Review: Courtyard King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel on Hawaii’s Big Island

Posted: January 17th, 2012 | Comments Off

Courtyard King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel

The Courtyard King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona is set in a location fit for a king, literally. King Kamehameha the Great established one of his royal residences here. As you survey the site, you can see how these grounds would have been chosen with a naturally protected bay. Remains and reconstruction of this royal residence and heiau provide reminders of the site’s importance. (Read more about the read the full article »

Off the Road to Hana: Alau Island

Posted: January 16th, 2012 | Comments Off

Coast View along Road to Hana - Alau Island

Near Hana, you’ll find an island that will probably peak your curiosity – Alua Island. This island seems to appear out of nowhere, but what surprises me most is that there’s palm trees growing on top.

For years, I had wondered how those palm trees were established. I finally got my question answered as I was on a horseback ride included in my stay at read the full article »

Aloha Friday Photo: Wonderful Waikiki Sunset Sky Edition

Posted: January 13th, 2012 | Comments Off


What a beautiful sunset photo captured by Kathy Reeves after Friday night fireworks on Waikiki Beach. The colors of this sunset sky are simply amazing. I love scanning the transition of colors from purple and pink to peach

Mahalo to Kathy for sharing her photo with us for Aloha Friday!

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Horseback Riding in Waipio Valley with Na’alapa Stables

Posted: January 12th, 2012 | Comments Off
A view of Waipio Valley on the way down to the valley

A view Waipio Valley at the start of our decent

I have to admit that I looked forward to the van ride down into Waipio Valley almost as much as the horseback ride. As we began our 25% grade (the equivalent of a 45 degree angle)  decent, my heart started racing a bit. We were advised to open...
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Pubcon Hawaii Lands in Waikiki February 13-15

Posted: January 11th, 2012 | Comments Off

Aloha y’all, Andy here. :-)

Just a heads up for all of our Hawaii friends–which judging by the traffic to Go Visit Hawaii, there are thousands of you–Sheila and I will be back in Waikiki this coming February.

In addition to our normal efforts to bring you the best, unbiased Hawaii travel advice, we’ve both been invited to speak at the upcoming Pubcon Paradise conference.

If you’re involved in marketing, PR, or any part of Hawaii’s...
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Hawaii Vacation Deals & News: January 11, 2012

Posted: January 11th, 2012 | Comments Off
Kauai Marriott Pool

Kauai Marriott Resort Pool -- one of the biggest in the state of Hawaii.

* Outrigger Resorts is offering deals up to 65% off with the promotional code DREAM. Outrigger hotels and condos are located on all the major islands.

* Aston Hotels and Resorts is offering a third night free deal. You can double the deal to pay for four nights and get two nights free. Choose from any of the hotel...
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Hawaii Prize Pack Giveaway

Posted: January 10th, 2012 | Comments Off

Hawaii giveaway goodies

It’s high time for another giveaway here on Go Visit Hawaii. This Hawaii prize pack includes:

  • a 2012 Hawaii calendar
  • set of 10 postcards of vintage Hawaii travel posters
  • a luggage tag with a vintage Hawaii scene
  • mints in a tin designed like a Hawaii license plate

To enter for a chance to win this prize pack, please comment here on this blog post your answer to this question:

Is a trip to Hawaii in 2012 in your plans?

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What’s it like to drive the road to Hana?

Posted: January 9th, 2012 | Comments Off

The road to Hana carves its way along the coastal cliffs

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to drive the road to Hana, this video by GoHawaiiTV will give you an idea.  The video shows the coast, the incredibly curvaceous road, fruit stands, a bamboo forest on the Pipiwai Trail, gardens and waterfalls.

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Hilton Hawaiian Village Completes Rainbow Tower Renovations, Offers Deal

Posted: January 9th, 2012 | Comments Off
HHV_Rainbow Corner King Ocean Front

Newly Renovated Rainbow Tower Corner King Oceanfront Room

Waikiki Beach’s iconic Rainbow Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village just got a $45 million makeover. Rooms were all refreshed with brand new furnishings, carpet, wall coverings, bathrooms, tubs, fixtures, draperies and artwork.

Aloha Friday Photo: Maui’s Garden of Eden Edition

Posted: January 6th, 2012 | Comments Off


Today’s Aloha Friday Photo was taken at Maui’s Garden of Eden just off the road to Hana. What a delightful view filled with serene shades of blue and green. Looking at this scene makes me want to relax on one of those benches for an hour or two or three.

Mahalo to Nan DeMott of Richland, Michigan for sending in this beautiful...
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