Monthly Archives: May 2011

Kohala Driving on Hawaii’s Big Island

A scenic drive along the Kohala Coast and on the volcano’s ridge provides an amazing contrasts of climate and vegetation – from thick green jungle to dry barren hills. What’s almost mindboggling is that you can see these strikingly different climates within minutes and miles of each other. The Kohala displays one of the most compact examples of leeward and ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Off the Road to Hana Edition

Cari McGee of Washington sent this beauty in to share. Cari and her husband, Matt, recently returned from visiting Maui for the first time. I think they’ve fallen in love with the Valley Isle. Cari took this photo off the Road to Hana near the Red Sand Beach. Cari says, “I love the different shades of blue in this, and ... Read More »

Video: Off Road Jeep Driving on Lanai

Want an off the beaten path adventure in Hawaii? Then you’ll enjoy renting a Jeep on Lanai.  In the following video, Andy provides excellent clips and narration of this fun adventure. (Email subscribers: use this link to access the Lanai 4-wheel driving video.) For more advice for getting off the beaten path on Lanai, check out my article Adventure Time: ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation Deals and News: May 25, 2011

Let’s see what bits of Hawaii news we find on our path today. -  From time to time, I tune into ABC’s Cougar Town. Tonight, I’ll be watching for sure as the crew heads to Hawaii. From the previews, it looks like the show was filmed at  Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore. -  Book a five-night (or longer) ... Read More »

Check Hawaii Airfares Today!

Per airfarewatchdog.com, 2011 Fall and Winter fares to Hawaii are on sale today. Most round-trip fares are in the $425 – $575 range. Most deals are to Oahu, Maui and the Big Island. Link to deals to Honolulu, Oahu (HNL) Link to deals to Maui (OGG) Link to deals to Kona, Big Island (KOA) Read More »

Honolulu/Oahu 2011 Memorial Day Activities

For 2012 events, go to Honolulu/Oahu Memorial Day Events & Activities 2012. The following list is from 2011 for reference purposes only. For 2012 events, go to Honolulu/Oahu Memorial Day Events & Activities 2012. If you are looking for a meaningful place to honor Memorial Day, Oahu will certainly offer you that opportunity. Here are some suggestions for what to see and ... Read More »

Check & Recheck Rental Car Rates for Potential Savings

Thanks to Matt McGee for writing in to tell me about his experience with saving money on his Maui rental car.  Matt saved $60 for his one-week rental simply by rechecking rates before his vacation.  Here’s the timeline: April 5th– Booked Avis car with a rate of $245 April 22nd – Checked the rates and rebooked Avis rental car with ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Sunset Rays Edition

Mahalo to Mayra Talunas for sharing this photo that she took on her Maui vacation. You’d probably never guess that this wonderful Maui sunset photo was taken from a parking lot. That’s right, a parking lot!  When Mayra told me that she took this photo from a parking lot, she added, “Seriously, Hawaii is gorgeous and sunsets are breathtaking regardless ... Read More »

Excellent Hawaii Snorkeling at Lanai’s Shark Fin Cove

You may have heard of Hawaii’s famous snorkeling spots like Molokini off Maui, Hanauma Bay at Oahu, and Kealakekua Bay at the Big Island. Those are all great spots to snorkel, but let me tell you that Lanai’s Shark Fin Cove at Kaunolu is definitely on par with those more well known sites. We went out to Shark Fin Cove ... Read More »

Let’s Go Horseback Riding in Lanai

We thoroughly enjoyed horseback riding with Lanai Western Adventures. The guided tour ($110 for 90 minutes) led us on the Paniolo Trail through groves of fragrant Christmas Berry (Brazilian Peppertree) , a forest of Ironwood Trees and to a fantastic view of the nearby islands of Molokai and Maui. Along the way, we enjoyed the sounds of the birds and ... Read More »

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