Monthly Archives: December 2011

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year)

As 2012 nears, we at Go Visit Hawaii want to wish you Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, the Hawaiian way to say happy new year! If you’re one of the lucky ones visiting the Aloha State for the New Year’s holiday, check out this roundup of New Year’s Eve fireworks and celebrations across Hawaii.  Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: SPAM Breath Mints?

Hot off the heels of yesterday’s post about SPAM flavored mac nuts, we have yet another wacky, new SPAM product – SPAM mints. That’s right – SPAM mints! Our Oahu pal, Dave, sent today’s photo. He spotted this display of SPAM mints on his way out of the store. He said that the cashier gave him a sample to try ... Read More »

SPAM Flavored Macadamia Nuts — Would You Try Them?

When we were visiting Big Island last month, we popped into the visitors center at the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company to see and taste new flavors. We were amused when we saw SPAM flavored mac nuts. With Hawaii being known for producing yummy macadamia nuts and Hawaii’s long standing love affair with SPAM this flavor was a perfect marriage. I posted ... Read More »

Pre-Vacation Checklist

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While we’re in between holidays, I thought we’d revisit this blast-from-the-past post with a checklist of what to do before going on your Hawaii vacation. We’ve refined the list a bit to make it even more useful. I’d really appreciate you’re input,, too. So, please comment to add your checklist items. — I wrote this checklist while I was recently ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: “Big As A House” Poinsettia Edition

Most of us on the mainland will purchase a poinsettia this time of year for the holidays. We typically care for the small plant indoors for a few months. Then, we’ll thank the plant for its display before sending it on the compost. That’s why it’s so surprising for us visitors when we see large poinsettias bushes growing outdoors in ... Read More »

Oahu New Year’s Eve Fireworks At Ko Olina

This post is from 2011. Much of the event will be the same in 2012. For more information, see this link. — I just got word that Oahu’s Ko Olina Resort is planning a huge New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganza! How huge? The sponsors are spending over $100,000 and making the fireworks visible from all four ocean lagoons. They’re also ... Read More »

Big Island Lava Viewing Update By Land, Air & Sea

*** Early 2012 UPDATE: The December 2011 lava ocean entry is no longer active. *** The ever changing lava activity on Hawaii’s Big Island creates news options for lava viewing. As reported last week, lava is flowing down the pali (hill) to the ocean. I want to provide an update of the various ways you can view this exciting lava ... Read More »

Kauai’s 15th Annual Festival of Lights

The Garden Isle of Kauai is all aglow for the Christmas season with their annual  Festival of Lights. In its 15th year, Kauai Festival of Lights was created by the community to continue a local tradition that was started more than 50 years ago by Auntie Josie Chansky, a folk artist born and raised on Kauai. For nearly 40 years, Auntie ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Santa at Haleakala

Today’s Aloha Friday Photo comes to us from Annie Chavez-Hollingshead. Annie visited the summit of Haleakala for sunrise in December 2007. She had a magical visit that she describes as follows: I have a gorgeous capture of the sunrise, despite the flurries, and cold that we experienced right before this. I  have a wonderful picture of a man that looked ... Read More »

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