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Top Lana’i Adventures

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There’s a common misconception that there’s nothing to do on Lanai. Au contraire! There’s plenty of exciting adventures that will make memories for a lifetime. We’ve visited Lana’i at least a half a dozen times — and we’ve never run out of things to do. So, what sort of vacation adventures does Lana’i offer? Let’s take a look. Go off ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Green Sand Beach on Big Island of Hawaii

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Mahalo to Kelly Driscoll-Smith for sharing this unique Hawaii Island photo with us. Kelly took this photo at Papakolea Beach — also known as the Green Sand Beach. How does this green sand beach get it’s color? I’ll let Wikipedia explain: The cinder cone is rich in olivine, a silicate mineral containing iron and magnesium, also known as peridot when of gem quality. Olivine is a common mineral ... Read More »

Hawaii vacation deals & news: July 16, 2014

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* If you are thinking about a late summer or fall trip to Hawaii, it’s time to start to keep your eyes on airfare. Hawaiian Airlines is starting to show lower fares for travel between August 19 and November 19, 2014 with fares starting at $438 roundtrip. For a quick search of the lowest fares available from your home airport, we ... Read More »

What you need to know about visiting Hawaii in August

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If you are considering an August vacation in Hawaii, you may be wondering if it’s a good time to visit the islands of Aloha. Let’s examine weather, costs, visitor statistics and more to help you decide if August is the best time for you to vacation in the Hawaiian Islands. What’s Hawaii’s weather like in August? August and September are ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Wailea Beach Day

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Mahalo to Kathleen Wiegand for sharing this beautiful beach photo with us for our Aloha Friday Photo series. This photo was taken from sunny South Maui where Kathleen tells us she was enjoying a day at the beach in Wailea. We love the perspective of this photo. It’s so close to sand-level that you can almost feel like you’re sitting ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: A diamond of an oath

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Mahalo to Debbie for sharing this perfectly timed photo from the top of Diamond Head. Debbie suggested that we share this photo for 4th of July, which is an excellent idea. So, how did Debbie get this photo? I’ll let Debbie share her story: This photo was taken in April 2011 on our first visit to Waikiki and Kauai.  We ... Read More »

Is July a good month for a Hawaii vacation?

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We continue our month by month examination all the important criteria – such as costs, weather, crowds and special events –  to evaluate when is the best time for you to visit Hawaii. It’s now time to focus in on the month of July. What’s the weather like in Hawaii in July? July’s weather in Hawaii can be described as ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Sunset with an audience

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Mahalo to Tony Bartlett for sending this Waikiki sunset photo to us for our Aloha Friday Photo series. I really like Tony’s unique composition of this shot, that not only features an eye-catching sunset, but also shows the many people out enjoying the moment. Waikiki sunsets always seem to have an adoring audience and deservedly so. Happy Aloha Friday! Read More »

Celebrating July 4th 2014 in Hawaii

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We always say that Hawaii knows how to celebrate a holiday and this fourth of July will be no exception. Independence Day celebrations in Hawaii include patriotic parades and fireworks, of course. In addition to those traditional events you’ll also find celebrations that are very unique to Hawaii, such as the juvenile honu (turtle) release ceremony at Mauna Lani Bay ... Read More »

Hawaii Island (Big Island) July 4th Fireworks & Events 2014

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Hawaii Island is an excellent destination to celebrate Independence Day. You’ll find festive events including fun games, great food and outstanding waterfront fireworks shows to cap off this exciting day. We organize this annual list of all the top July 4th events by “West/Kona side” and “East/Hilo side” on Hawaii Island. Here’s what you’ll find July 4, 2014. FIREWORKS & ... Read More »

Kauai July 4th fireworks and celebration 2014

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Kauai’s biggest July 4th celebration and fireworks show is all set for the 25th Annual Concert in the Sky. By purchasing tickets to the Concert in the Sky, you’re not only gaining access to top entertainment and fireworks, but you are also supporting this annual Kauai Hospice fundraiser. The highlights of this year’s Concert in the Sky include musical artist Anuhea as ... Read More »

Maui July 4th Fireworks & Events 2014

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If Maui is your destination for July 4th, you’ll find fireworks and fun events to celebrate this Independence Day. Here’s what’s on slate for July 4, 2014: Lahaina July 4th Fireworks Show & Entertainment After sunset, the night sky will light up with a big fireworks show visible from along the sea wall on Front Street in Lahaina. The fireworks show ... Read More »

July 4th Fireworks & Events near Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu 2014

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Oahu really knows how to celebrate Independence Day with a bang! We’ve created our annual list of all the top places to celebrate the day and catch an amazing fireworks show. July 4th Fireworks at Ala Moana Beach Park (near  and possibly visible from Waikiki) Ala Moana Center has traditionally hosted Oahu’s biggest fireworks show and this year’s 4th of ... Read More »

Swimming with Honu (Hawaiian Sea Turtles)

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While snorkeling along the Kohala Coast on Hawaii’s Big Island, we encountered many honu — so many that it was almost hard not to see them along the shore or in the water. From our experience, the Kohala Coast is perhaps one of the very best places to see honu and swim near them. Honu swim so gracefully in the ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: “Hanalei Canyon”

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Mahalo to Jeffrey Murray Photography for supplying this amazing photo for our Aloha Friday Photo series. Jeffrey’s photo from Kauai’s north shore is stunning. What a gorgeous capture with the soft sunbeams illuminating these rugged, green mountains. We like Jeffrey’s title for this photo — “Hanalei Canyon.” Though, to our knowledge, there’s not a specific place in Kauai called Hanalei ... Read More »

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