Monthly Archives: December 2009

Hawaii Video Clip from 1952

I love coming across any old video clips and anything retro related to Hawaii. Here’s a recent video find from a 1952 news clip that was most likely mainlanders first introduction to the islands of Aloha. The clip begins by saying, “The News Magazine visits Hawaii, the U.S. territory at the crossroads of the Pacific, which may become the 49th ... Read More »

Longing for Lanai

When folks find out that I’m a Hawaii travel writer, they usually ask me which island is my favorite. My response is that  I love them all for their unique scenery and personalities. With that said, there is one island that I find to be the most relaxing. Without a doubt, that’s the island of Lana’i. Just take a look ... Read More »

Twelve Days of Christmas (Hawaii-Style)

While Andy and I were stuck in traffic on our way to visit family for Christmas last year, we wrote a new version of the Twelve Days of Christmas Sing along as you read it, starting with "On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me," Twelve whales a leaping Eleven hula dancers Ten surfers surfing Nine ... Read More »

Maui Luau Review: Feast at Lele

The Feast at Lele offers a refined luau and a welcome departure from the buffet lines and large tables. At the Feast at Lele, guests sit at tables to fit their group size, so you aren’t sitting with strangers. If you are looking for a more romantic luau, I’d recommend the Feast at Lele because you and your sweetie sit ... Read More »

A Friendly Reminder: Plan Ahead & Protect Your Valuables

From your comments and emails, I’ve gathered that many readers are about to visit Hawaii for the first time. So, I thought it would be useful to update and republish this tourist advice that was originally posted in March, 2008. It’s so easy to get distracted by the beautiful scenery in Hawaii, but you do need to keep your wits ... Read More »

Maui New Year’s Eve

For 2012/2013 UPDATE, see this link: Maui New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Events 2012/2013 ——- The follow list is from 2009/2010. These Maui New Year’s Eve Events are listed below for reference purposes only. Headed to Maui for the holidays? If you’ll be there for New Year’s Eve this year, you’ll find some special events to welcome in 2010. * Pride ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation News & Deals Roundup: December 17, 2009

I think you’ll find that today’s roundup has an airy feeling to it. * As I mentioned in the last roundup, there are plenty of nationwide airfare deals to Hawaii. Yesterday, TravelZoo announced these specials. * A few days ago when I published the Oahu New Years Eve guide to what’s happening, you may have noticed that the Waikiki Beach ... Read More »

& Stop for Hammock Time

You know that MC Hammer song, U Can’t Touch This? In the song, there’s a dramatic pause followed by the famous words, “…and stop for Hammer time!” We could all use some hammock time. So, I hope you’ll enjoy a virtual break on this hammock from Maui’s Kaanapali Beach. Read More »

Oahu New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Events

***   For New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2013, see this link: Waikiki & Honolulu 2013/2014 New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Dinners & Events *** —————— ** 2009 events are listed below for reference purposes. Note that some links will no longer work. ** You’ll find lots and lots and lots of things to do to bid a fond aloha to 2009 and ... Read More »

Review: Hawaiian-Style Hot Dogs at Puka Dog Restaurants

After a recent trip to Kauai,  Shane Eubanks of Insider Travel Group generously agreed to write a guest review of his visit to one of the quirkiest hot dog places you’ll ever find, Puka Dog. Thanks, Shane! If you’re planning a visit to Kauai or Oahu and are looking for a unique place to eat, then be sure to check ... Read More »

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