Don’t Go To Hawaii Without: Shoes You Don’t Mind Getting Wet & Muddy

Posted: November 22nd, 2011 | Comments Off

I see so many people on Hawaii’s trails and adventures wearing new-looking, white sneakers. I just don’t have the heart to tell them that their shoes will never look the same. They’re blissfully unaware that they’re going to have to stamp through unavoidable mud or cross the trail in a stream.

To hike to waterfalls and traipse through a rainforest, you really need to be wearing shoes that you won’t mind getting wet and dirty. Ideally, you should bring hiking shoes or sandals that are designed for quick drying. I always bring my water sandals to Hawaii. They’re...
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Don’t Go To Hawaii Without: Moisture-Wicking, Quick-Drying Pants

Posted: November 14th, 2011 | Comments Off
Moisture wicking, quick drying trousers

Andy likes to wear zip-off pants (left) while I like my convertible trousers (right).

With Hawaii’s weather being warm and tropical, you might not think of packing long trousers, but they are very useful.

Several Hawaii vacation activities either require or are best done in long pants. Some of those fun activities are:

  • horseback riding
  • hiking over lava – to protect your skin in the event you fall on this very hard and uneven surface
  • ATV riding
  • sightseeing in...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Veterans Day 2011 Edition

Posted: November 11th, 2011 | Comments Off

We veer a bit away from our normal light-hearted Aloha Friday Photos to something with a bit of a serious tone. With today being Veterans Day in the U.S., let’s remember the sacrifices of our service men and women.

Please make the effort to thank a veteran today. If you don’t have the opportunity to extend your personal gratitude, please consider making a donation to the USO , an organization  that does so much to assist our service men and women.

If you are a veteran reading...
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The Big Waves are Comin’

Posted: November 10th, 2011 | Comments Off

Ehukai Beach Park - Banzai Pipeline

On Saturday, the premiere surfing event, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, begins on Oahu’s North Shore. That means the big, ginormous, monster waves of winter are on their way!

If you’re going to Oahu between now and February, keep your eyes and ears tuned to the surf report. If the big waves are coming, then try to take a peek at the surfing action on the North Shore. The read the full article »

Don’t Go To Hawaii Without: Rash Guard Top

Posted: November 9th, 2011 | Comments Off

Rash guard top

Andy has been wearing his rash guard top in Hawaii for a few years now. I only found mine earlier this year. I won’t go to Hawaii without one now.

What makes rash guard tops so valuable?

The built in sun protection is the main reason I recommend a rash guard top. Whether we’re kayaking, snorkeling, or just spending a day at the beach, these tops offer exceptional sun protection – usually the equivalent of SPF 50. We don’t have to keep...
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New Series: Don’t Go To Hawaii Without

Posted: November 9th, 2011 | Comments Off

Luggage tag

Do you remember the old American Express commercials with the famous tagline, “Don’t leave home without it”? Well, I’m going to start a new series of posts that somewhat plays on that tagline. This new series is – Don’t go to Hawaii without – will highlight all the the items that are our must brings for Hawaii vacations. I’ll publish this series of tips periodically in the coming weeks.

My aim in this series is to help highlight some...
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4 Favorite Places for a Sunset Drink in Waikiki

Posted: November 8th, 2011 | Comments Off
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Golden Waikiki Sunset from House Without A Key

Watching sunset with a refreshing tropical drink in hand is a relaxing way to end a day in Waikiki Beach. After many trips to Waikiki, we definitely have some favorite spots that we’d like to share with you. Whether you like to sip on a tropical  cocktail or mocktail,  we recommend these top Waikiki spots:

Our favorite place is Halekulani’s House Without A Key. We love their...
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Hawaii Vacation Deals & News: November 7, 2011

Posted: November 7th, 2011 | Comments Off
Pololu Lookout

Pololu Lookout on Hawaii's Big Island

Here’s the latest Hawaii news that we’ve found “out standing in our field”. 

*  While most folks on the US mainland turned their clock back an hour over the weekend, Hawaii time remains the same year-round.  I like to think that Hawaii just became an hour closer to the mainland.

*  Waikiki’s 53-year old International Market Place has plans to spiff up into a three-level open air shopping center per Pacific Business News.

*  Don’t...
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Aloha Friday Photo: Somewhere Under the Rainbow Edition

Posted: November 4th, 2011 | Comments Off


Today’s stunning photo was captured by Michael Kinsley of Pahoa on Hawaii’s Big Island. He shot this vibrant  rainbow on the Red Road near Kehena in the Puna District of Hawaii’s Big Island. Amazing! Isn’t it? Mahalo to Michael for allow us to share his photo!

I first saw this magical photo on the No Ka Oi Adventures facebook page, where I’m a fan after touring the road to Hana with No Ka Oi....
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Hawaii Vacation News & Deals: November 3, 2011

Posted: November 3rd, 2011 | Comments Off

rainbow falls

Here’s the Hawaii vacation news that’s falling into our inbox.

- King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel on Hawaii’s Big Island is now a new member of the Marriott family. As of November 1, the hotel’s name is officially Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

- Enter to win the Ohana Hawaii Getaway from L&L Hawaiian Barbecue and Ohana Hotels and Resorts.

The photo is of Rainbow Falls in Hilo on Hawaii’s...
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