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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Hawaii Vacation Deals & News: March 15, 2012

Posted: March 15th, 2012 | Comments Off
Lanai -- Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods)

Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) on Lana'i

* Options for getting to Lanai will get a bit better starting April 15 with direct flights from Maui (OGG)  to Lanai (LNY) on Mokulele Airlines. (Source)

* We’re excited to announce that we’ll be covering the Second Annual Lanai Ukulele Festival April 13 – 15. Andy will have more...
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Top Kauai Festivals & Celebrations

Posted: March 12th, 2012 | Comments Off

Opening Ceremony, Festival of Lights(1.25MB)

If you’re going to Kauai for your vacation, you might want to plan in one of these top celebrations. Kauai festivals make great places to immerse in local culture.

Waimea Town Celebration
Late February
Waimea Town is Kauai’s most ancient settlement and a capital from anckient Hawaiian days. In it’s 35th year, this celebration includes sporting events like canoe racing, craft making competitions and ukulele playing contest.

Prince Kuhio...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Poipu Panorama

Posted: March 9th, 2012 | Comments Off


Today’s Aloha Friday Photo comes to us from Cliff Jenson, who just spent six weeks in Poipu on Kauai. The above photo shows the wonderful view he enjoyed from his lanai at Poipu Sands Resort.

Cliff is a repeat visitor to Hawaii. You can find more of his beautiful Hawaii travel photos from his Smug Mug account.

Mahalo to Cliff for sharing this photo with us! 

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Hawaii Vacation Deals & News: March 7, 2012

Posted: March 7th, 2012 | Comments Off

Lanai Palm

*  Anyone up for an island hop? To celebrate Maui’s OGG airport becoming a second Hawaii hub for Hawaiian Airlines, the company is putting inter-island flights to/from Maui on sale starting at $69 one-way. Round-trip purchase is not required to get this low fare. You must purchase the tickets by March 12 for travel between March 13 and June 30, 2012.  [The fine print: Fare applies for non-stop one-way (and does not require a roundtrip purchase) itinerary between...
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Treasuring Hawaii Through Art (+ Giveaway)

Posted: March 6th, 2012 | Comments Off

Hulopoe Bay

The above photo is of Hulopo’e Bay on the island of Lana’i. It’s definitely one of our favorite places in Hawaii. In fact, we’ve dubbed it our happy place.

Another Hawaii favorite of ours is Lana’i artist Mike Carroll.  We don’t often purchase original oil paintings, but Mike Carroll’s art has captured our attention since we purchased the outrigger canoe painting shown in the below photo.

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Top Festivals on Hawaii’s Big Island

Posted: March 5th, 2012 | Comments Off
Kona Coffee Festival Parade

Hawaii County Band marching in the Kona Coffee Festival Parade

We continue our series of annual Hawaii festivals with a stop on the Big Island. Here are ten great festivals or events to plan into your Big Island vacation.

Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival
Early February
As the cherry blossoms bloom along Waimea’s Church Row Park, enjoy multi-cultural performing arts, hands-on demonstrations and craft and food booths
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