Lanai Sunset Picnic by Puupehe (Sweetheart Rock)

Posted: February 28th, 2012 | Comments Off

Sunset picnic at Puupehe (Sweetheart Rock)

Whenever we go to Hawaii, we like to plan a picnic at sunset. As I’ve described in the post, The “Restaurant” with the Best Sunset View in Hawaii, sunset is the ideal time to enjoy a picnic. You’ll practically feel like you have the place all to yourself while most folks are trying to get a nice table in a restaurant.

On our recent Lanai visit, we decided we wanted...
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February 2012 Big Island Volcano Update

Posted: February 27th, 2012 | Comments Off


Something hot always seems to be going on with the active volcano, Kilauea, on Hawaii’s Big Island. Here’s the latest news on where you can see lava activity.

1.  Halemaumau Crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park continues to vent  from the lava lake below the crater’s surface. Dusk, night and dawn are the best times to check in on the vent in order to see the lava lake’s red glow emanating from the vent. With this webcam link, you can watch...
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Aloha Friday Photo: From Ocean View, Hawaii

Posted: February 24th, 2012 | Comments Off


Karren Fleuret shared today’s Aloha Friday Photo. Karren moved from San Diego to Ocean View on Hawaii’s Big Island in December. Two weeks after she moved in, she captured this golden sunset from her lanai.  It sure is a beaut!

Mahalo to Karren for sharing her photo with us on this Aloha Friday!

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What do you think of Waikiki Beach?

Posted: February 22nd, 2012 | Comments Off

Waikiki Beach at Sunset

Thousands of visitors flock to Waikiki Beach every day. Hawaii’s most iconic beach has been dubbed a tourist’s mecca.

I know we have lots of seasoned Hawaii travelers who read Go Visit Hawaii. So, I’d love to hear your thoughts about Waikiki Beach. Do you love it, like it or avoid it?

To start this discussion, I’ll share my thoughts. I enjoy the urban Hawaii vibe and gentle waves in the daytime. By far my favorite thing about...
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In Search of Mammals Near Lanai

Posted: February 21st, 2012 | Comments Off

Humpback Whale Tail (Fluke)

When we stopped by the concierge desk at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay to learn what  ocean adventures were available, we immediately asked to book the Lana’I Mammal Search with Trilogy. With February being the height of Hawaii’s humpback whale season, we had our fingers crossed that we’d see some whale action – and that we did!

Within minutes of leaving the harbor at Manele Bay, the mammal sightings...
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Ukulele Buying Guide: Where to Buy a Ukulele on Oahu

Posted: February 20th, 2012 | Comments Off

Ukulele Buying Guide

When you travel to Hawaii–Oahu in particular–you run the risk of being bitten by a rather contagious bug.

No, not a bed bug. The bug I refer to is more of a “jumping flea.” You may know it better as a ukulele.

Whether grabbing cocktails in Waikiki or catching a luau in Honolulu, your trip to Hawaii is practically guaranteed to include an opportunity to listen to...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Luxury in Paradise

Posted: February 17th, 2012 | Comments Off

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This photo makes me want to crawl right into this scene! Are you with me? I spy two empty chairs. Let’s snag’em!

Mahalo to Janet from New Mexico for sharing this photo from the infinity pool at the Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences at Kapalua Bay in Maui.

Now please excuse me as I stare at this photo for the rest of the day and daydream about being there.

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Tips for First Time Hawaii Snorkelers

Posted: February 15th, 2012 | Comments Off
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Trumpet Fish in Kailua Bay on Hawaii's Big Island

I’ve recently been asked for snorkeling advice for first Hawaii visitors. So, I thought we’d take another look back at this blast from the past post that I originally published in April 2008 – Courage for First Time Hawaii Snorkeling and Confessions from the Chicken of the Sea.

If you have never snorkeled before, I’d like to encourage you to try it. There really is a whole...
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Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted: February 14th, 2012 | Comments Off

Happy Valentine’s Day to our fellow Hawaii lovers!

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Maui’s Surfing Goat Dairy– Fun for Kids of All Ages

Posted: February 13th, 2012 | Comments Off

Surfing Goat Dairy

On the leeward slope of Haleakala, kids play and goats surf at the Surfing Goat Dairy. Well, to be honest, I think the owners are kidding that the goats surf, but, to be fair, I did see their surf boards.

While Andy was busy at the Maui Photo Festival, I decided to go out sightseeing in the upcountry with a stop at the Surfing Goat Dairy high on my list.

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