Aloha Friday Photo: Reeling in a Sunrise

Posted: March 30th, 2012 | Comments Off


Big Island resident Lee Cochran from sent in today’s unique Aloha Friday Photo. Lee took this photo a couple of weeks ago after a rainy spell.  Lee said, “It was an incredible morning with the sun trying to peek through the clouds over Hualalai.” Mahalo to Lee for sharing his photo.

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It’s Our Fifth Blogaversary

Posted: March 29th, 2012 | Comments Off

Hula at sunset

Can you believe Go Visit Hawaii is five years old? I can’t!

Though we’re thrilled and honored to win awards and be the leading independent Hawaii travel blog, it’s the comments from readers like these that we cherish:

Your website is awesome!  It was the only website I’ve gathered so much information about Maui.  I even bought the book Maui Revealed but I kept going back to – Fidel from New Jersey

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Should You Look For An All-Inclusive Hawaii Vacation?

Posted: March 28th, 2012 | Comments Off

Dinner at Travaasa Hana

If your tropical vacations normally take you to the Caribbean or Mexico, you probably stay in an all-inclusive resort. So, when you start to look at Hawaii as your next tropical destination, you may wonder where you find the all-inclusive resorts. You might be surprised to learn that Hawaii doesn’t have many all-inclusives.

Hawaii’s all-inclusive resorts are:

2nd Annual Ukulele Festival Coming to Lanai in April

Posted: March 26th, 2012 | Comments Off

With the announcement that the Four Season’s Resorts Lanai plans to host its Second Annual Lanai Ukulele Festival, is it any wonder that I’m writing about this event, and not Sheila?

I am a self-proclaimed ukulele nut, so you can imagine my joy when we arranged to cover the music event this April 13-15. It will be three awesome days of ukulele maestros playing great music, Hawaiian language workshops, and even the chance to jam with Kaliko Beamer Trapp!

Aloha Friday Photo: Sunset at Sunset Beach

Posted: March 23rd, 2012 | Comments Off


Today’s beautiful Aloha Friday Photo was taken on Oahu’s Sunset Beach by Scott Harmon of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Scott and his wife, Jane, recently enjoyed their first trip to Hawaii. They spent four days in Waikiki and 4 days on the North Shore at Sunset Beach. That’s a great way to have two different vacation experiences on the same island.

Scott had this to say about his trip, “It...
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Hawaii Vacation Deals & News: March 22, 2012

Posted: March 22nd, 2012 | Comments Off


* Hilton Hawaii resorts is giving away a 5-night Hawaii vacation with a private golf clinic hosted by professional golfer Se Ri Pak. See more about this giveaway and the entry details here.

* Outrigger Hotels and Hawaiian Airlines have teamed up to offer a Hawaii vacation sweepstakes. The winner gets 6 nights at an Outrigger hotel or condo, roundtrip airfare for two on Hawaiian Airlines and more. This contest is open to US and Canada...
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Luxury Stay Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Maui

Posted: March 21st, 2012 | Comments Off
Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

On my very first visit to Hawaii in 2003, we stayed next door to the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in the Kapalua Villas. Back then, villa guests were welcome to enjoy the three-tiered pool at Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. That’s when I first fell in love with this beautiful Maui resort. I guess you could say it was my first Maui hotel crush. Fast forward about 9 years later, I finally had the chance to stay...
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Great Products That Make Traveling Easier (& You Could Win Them!)

Posted: March 19th, 2012 | Comments Off

Travel products

You know I’m big on traveling light. Andy and I have engineered Hawaii packing to a science, so we travel to Hawaii with carry-on luggage – that’s it.  By packing light, we skip paying luggage fees and bypass waiting at the baggage carrousel to get onto the fun!

I’m always on the lookout for products that make traveling light easier. So, when the oneCARE Company asked...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Purple Twilight Edition

Posted: March 16th, 2012 | Comments Off

Erin Turtle Bay

Today’s Aloha Friday Photo comes to us from Erin Jones of Colorado. Erin and her husband recently enjoyed a romantic stay at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore.

The purples and pinks of this twilight sky are beautiful. In between the milky rolling waves, you can see bits of the sky reflecting off the ocean. Blazing tiki torches by the pool...
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Outstanding Travel Deals For Big Island Film Festival

Posted: March 15th, 2012 | Comments Off

Free family films screened outdoors at The Shops at Mauna Lani, photo by Jeff Sears

You might recall seeing the Big Island Film Festival on our list of the top Big Island festivals and celebrations. The Big Island Film Festival is scheduled for May 24 – 28 at the Mauna Lani resort area on the Kohala Coast.

I’ve been...
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