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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Aloha Friday Photo: A View Fit for a Prince

Posted: February 10th, 2012 | Comments Off

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Today’s Aloha Friday Photo was taken by Bruce Allie from the Waikiki Prince Hotel. Bruce tells me that he took this photo while staying there in 2008. Then a few months later he moved to Hawaii permanently.

Mahalo to Bruce for sharing his sunset photo with us.

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Review: Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort on Hawaii’s Big Island

Posted: February 8th, 2012 | Comments Off


Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island is a massive resort.  How big is it? The resort sprawls over 62 beautiful oceanfront acres. That’s big!

Some folks describe the Hilton Waikoloa Village as Disney-esque with the tram and boat rides that transport guests throughout the resort. Though we found it fairly walkable from one end to the other. Of course the tropical landscaping and corridors of artwork and artifacts certainly provide eye candy as you move about.


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Off the Road to Hana at Keanae Peninsula

Posted: February 7th, 2012 | Comments Off

Keanae Peninsula

A short drive to Keanae Peninsula is definitely worth the diversion off the Road to Hana. The paved drive down to this peninsula leads you to the ocean’s edge for amazing views of the Hana coast.

Keanae Peninsula

You’ll find the turn to Keanae Peninsula on the ocean (makai) side of the Road to Hana between mile markers 16 and...
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Hawaiian Vanilla Farm Tour & Lunch

Posted: February 6th, 2012 | Comments Off
Vanilla (orchid) growing on a hapuu fern

Vanilla (orchid) growing on a hapu'u fern

Vanilla has the reputation for being, well, somewhat bland, but did you know that vanilla is quite a fascinating plant? Vanilla is actually an orchid that only blooms for one day. If the orchid is to produce a vanilla bean, it must very carefully hand pollenated on that one day of blooming.  I learned these interesting facts while visiting the read the full article »

Aloha Friday Photo: Banzai Pipeline

Posted: February 3rd, 2012 | Comments Off


Mahalo to Lisa Eichinger for sharing her photo of Ehukai Beach Park . This North Shore Oahu spot is where the famous Banzai Pipeline surfing spot is.

For such a popular beach park, notice how pristine and peaceful this beach looks. Lisa definitely found a beautiful scene to share with us.

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