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Hawaii vacation deals & news: April 15, 2014

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* The 2014 Hawaii Entertainment coupon book is on sale for $10.40 plus $2.49 shipping through April 17, 2014. If you are going to Oahu and hoping to take in a luau, this coupon book can offer significant savings that will more pay for itself. See our discussion on this Hawaii coupon book for more information. * Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Favorite place to sit and think


Mahalo to David Newbold for sharing this lovely Hawaii Island photo with us. David used to live on the Big Island, but he lives on the mainland now. He says this spot near Living Stones Church in Kona was his favorite place to sit and think. We can see why this was a favorite spot. Would you like to sit ... Read More »

The 5 most unexpected landscapes of Hawaii

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Thoughts of Hawaii conjure up scenes of white sandy beaches flanked by gently swaying palm trees, but the landscapes of the Aloha State are far more diverse. You know the expression not just a pretty face? Well, Hawaii’s not just a pretty beach. 1. Waimea Canyon on Kauai You may think you’ve suddenly been transported to the Grand Canyon when you ... Read More »

Hawaii helicopter tours

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Though we were terrified to take our first Hawaii helicopter tour when we visited Kauai for the first time in 2003, we ended up having a thrilling experience that far exceeded our expectations. Since then, we’ve taken three more helicopter tours in Hawaii and they’ve all been spectacular. We were recently asked for our advice on the best island and ... Read More »

New fruit created in Hawaii — the Papineapple!


** Update ** just in case you weren’t sure if a papineapple is real or not, it is not. We created this imaginary fruit for our annual April Fool’s Day post. —- A papineapple? What’s that? It’s a new fruit that’s a cross between a papaya and pineapple. This new fruit has emerged in the last year and it’s taking ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Humuhumunukunukuapua’a


Mahalo to Nikki Clouse for sharing this trigger fish photo with us for our Aloha Friday Photo series. I believe Nikki’s photo is a humuhumunukunukuapua’a. This Hawaiian fish with the long name is Hawaii’s state fish. Though the length of the name looks fairly intimidating to pronounce at first glance, it’s really quite easy. Use this link to learn how ... Read More »

Hawaii vacation news & deals: March 25, 2014


* Hawaiian Airlines raised the cost of checked luggage for interisland flights. The good news is that you can avoid that increase by becoming a HawaiianMiles member, which is a free, frequent-flier membership. The fee for the first checked bag increased from $17 to $25, but the fee for HawaiianMiles members has dropped to $15. See this link for more ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Palm tree magic


Mahalo to Damian James for supplying his gorgeous photo with us for our Aloha Friday Photo series. Damian took this photo on Molokai. From the looks of it, I believe he took this photo at Ali’i Park just east of Kaunakakai town. Isn’t it stunning? As Damian shared this photo he simply said, “Molokai…you don’t know until you go!” Though ... Read More »

Is April a good month to vacation in Hawaii?

tiki torch on an April evening

After taking a look at March, we’re moving on to examine whether April is a good month to visit Hawaii. Before we review the details, I want to reiterate that just about any time is a great time to visit Hawaii. I wouldn’t hesitate to hop on a plane to Hawaii any month of the year and April is no ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Kapa’a Sunrise

Kapaa Sunrise by Ashley Howard

Mahalo to Ashley Howard for sending in this lovely sunrise photo. Ashley took this photo in Kapa’a on Kaua’i in October. We tend to find sunset photos relaxing, but Hawaii sunrise photos seem energizing — starting a new day filled with more Hawaii beauty to explore. When Ashley shared this photo on our facebook page she said, “Wishing I was ... Read More »

Hawaii vacation deals & news: March 11, 2014

Hibiscus at sunset

* When you sign up for email alerts with Hawaiian Airlines Cruise Vacations, you could win 80,000 HawaiianMiles (enough miles for two roundtrip tickets from the US mainland to Hawaii) and a seven-night cruise for two. See the entry requirements here. (Note that this sweepstakes is open to legal US residents only.) * Google Maps’ Street View has recently added ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Bursting Sunset

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  Mahalo to Bernadette Kozak for sharing her lovely photo with us for Aloha Friday. Bernadette took this sunset photo from Oahu’s North Shore. It appears that the afternoon had been overcast, but the clouds seem to have given way to the bursting sun. What a lovely ending to the day! Happy Aloha Friday! Read More »

Is March a good time to visit Hawaii?

Rainbow Falls on Hawaii, the Big Island in March

Today we’re taking a look at visiting Hawaii in March. We’ll review all the important information you need to help you choose when you should go to Hawaii. Before we jump into the details about Hawaii in March, I want to say that just about anytime is a great time to visit Hawaii. The temperatures are warm and generally sunny ... Read More »

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