* Dr. Stephen Letterman (a.k.a. Dr. Beach) issues his annual list of top US beaches before Memorial Day weekend each year. Hawaii beaches claim two spots on the beach guru’s top 10 list including the number one spot. Dr. Letterman placed Kauai’s Hanalei Bay in the number one spot for 2009. Hamoa Beach, on Maui, claimed the fifth best spot this year. Dr. Letterman bases his annual ratings on fifty criteria that evaluate everything from sand and water quality to facilities and environmental management.
* Hilton Hawaiian Village is offering a new Friday night poolside show called Rockin’ Hawaiian Rainbow Revue. The show provides a nostalgic review of music that made Hawaii famous. Tickets for this 45-minute show cost $15 and you can purchase them up starting at 6:15pm on Friday nights. The show begins at 7:00pm and is followed by the Friday night fireworks display.
* On Kauai, Island Helicopters is offering a new tour that includes a landing at the 400-foot Manawaiopuna Falls — a waterfall featured in the movie Jurassic Park. In addition to the stop at the waterfall, this 90-minute tour covers the entire island. It’s not cheap, though, at $349 per person. (Before you book any helicopter tour, make sure you review my tips for choosing a helicopter tour in Hawaii.)
* Make plans to watch Samantha Brown’s show on the Travel Channel this Saturday, May 23. She’s headed to Hawaii’s Big Island. Here’s a link to take a sneak peek of what she’ll be seeing and doing.
Happy Aloha Friday and Memorial Day Weekend.