Monthly Archives: August 2007

Air Tours of Recent Lava Flow Wows Tourists and Pilots

According to the Honolulu Advertiser, the most recent lava eruption on the Big Island of Hawaii is “offering the best daytime lava viewing opportunities for airborne tourists in years.”  A Hilo pilot told the Advertiser that, “I’ve been doing tours from Hilo for seven years, and this is the best lava flow I’ve ever seen.”  The above ground stream of ... Read More »

An Islander’s Perspective of this Hawaii Superferry Fiasco

Note: Hawaii’s Superferry system was closed down. See our guide to Hawaii’s  inter-island travel. We’ve all been keeping our eyes on the Hawaii Superferry launch issues.  Protests have even made the national news.  Some people may be scratching their heads and wondering how on earth a $75 million ferry was ever commissioned with such opposition.  Dave Zuls, our friend and ... Read More »

Hawaiian Fishponds

Ancient Hawaiians were geniuses at making it easy to catch a seafood dinner.  They built fishponds along the shores and water inlets.  They created rock walls that allowed sea water to ebb and flow into the ponds.  Gates would be built into the wall that would help circulate new seawater and allow small fish in. Once in the fishpond, fish would eat ... Read More »

Maui’s Kapalua Resort Opens New Hiking Trails

A new 3.5-mile scenic coastal trail that goes form Kapalua Bay to Honolua Bay opens this week.  The trail includes rest stops and information about the plants and resort history.  I can’t wait to try it out.  Another trail offers more mountainside views.  These new trails are only the first installment of more than 100 miles of paths that are planned.    ... Read More »

Hawaii Superferry – Dead in the Water

Note: Hawaii’s Superferry system was eventually closed down. See our guide to Hawaii’s inter-island travel for alternatives for getting from island to island. The much anticipated launch of the Hawaii Superferry has gone from bad to worse.  Today, a Maui judge ruled that the Hawaii Superferry cannot operate the Maui route until an environmental assessment is conducted.  That assessment normally takes three months ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation News Roundup for August 29th

Carlson Wagonlit Travel named the top 10 US domestic destinations for this fall.  Oahu, Maui, and Kauai all made the list.  Viator.com came out with their top 10 beach and island destinations from around the world.  Oahu made the list at number 2.  No other Hawaiian island made that list.  Cheapflights.com has a very nice list of what to see and ... Read More »

US Airways Hawaii Flights on Sale this Fall

US Airways has announced some great fares to Hawaii from all across the US Mainland.  One way fares are as low as $182.  It seems like the East Coast folks have been snubbed with some of the recent fare deals, but this sale includes East coast departures as well.  For example, the Charlotte (CLT) to Honolulu (HNL) flight is $278 ... Read More »

Hawaii Superferry Launch – One Big Mess!

Note: Hawaii’s Superferry system was eventually closed down. See our guide to Hawaii’s inter-island travel for alternatives for getting from island to island. I hope you’ve not purchased Hawaii Superferry tickets from Oahu to Maui, at least for today and tomorrow.  A Maui judge blocked superferry sailings to Maui until the courts can decide whether an environmental assessment is required.  Another ... Read More »

The Cathedrals of the Na Pali Coast

  This photo is of the “cathedrals” area of the Na Pali Coast.  We took this photo during a helicopter tour of Kauai.  In my opinion, Kauai is the best Hawaiian island for touring by helicopter.  To get a bit of an idea what it is like to see Kauai by helicopter, see this brief video of the cathedrals.  (Video credit to bhawaiianhelicopters) If you are ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation News Roundup for August 25th

On this weekend edition: Attention backpackers!  Teri Shaver describes her three-day hiking trip in Haleakala National Park as a top 5 exotic backpacking trip.  Pua and Keoki have a Hawaii Vacation Blog Carnival with a nice selection of articles from taking your pets to Hawaii to the history of Hawaiian shirts to considerations for moving to Hawaii and more!  The ... Read More »

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