Monthly Archives: October 2012

Visiting Kahanu Garden off the road to Hana

You'll find spectacular views of East Maui coast from Kahanu Garden

A short diversion off the road to Hana (Hwy 360) leads to one of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Kahanu Garden. Two of the most distinguishing features of this garden are: Kahanu is an ethnobotanical garden – a garden that tells the relationship between people and the plants the use in their culture. Kahanu focuses on essential plants to Polynesian ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photos: Ocean encounters of the Hawaiian monk seal kind

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Normally we feature one photo from a reader. Today, we’re posting several photos that tell of a neat underwater experience from John Walsh of Arizona. While snorkeling at Tunnels Beach on Kauai this past summer, John noticed bubbles coming up from a hole in the coral and rocks. He thought the bubbles were coming from a scuba diver and as ... Read More »

Hilo- Hawaii’s Foodie Heaven

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The following is a guest post by Bret Love of ecotourism and environmental conservation website Green Global Travel, which you can also find on Facebook and Twitter. Brett’s trip to Hawaii, the Big Island was sponsored by the Big Island Visitors Bureau. While other parts of Hawaii become increasingly overrun with development, Hilo remains a relatively unspoiled tropical haven of ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Painted Sunset

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Doesn’t this photo almost look like an oil painting? I love the peach, pink and butter-colored clouds with their undefined edges. The kiawe trees in the foreground provide grounding, while the hills in the background draw me further into the photo. Mahalo to Kelli Buenconsejo for sharing this beautiful sunset photo with us. Here’s how Kelli described the story behind ... Read More »

Let’s chat about romance in Hawaii!

Are you looking for romantic ideas for your Hawaii honeymoon or anniversary trip? Or, do you have tips you’d love to share from your romantic Hawaii vacation? Please hop in on the #LoveOnLanai twitter chat on Wednesday, October 17th from 3:00 to 3:30pm ET! The nice folks at Four Seasons Lanai and I are co-hosting this twitter chat. We’ll be ... Read More »

Infographic: Hawaii Travel Trends

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The folks at FlipKey crunched years of data from their reservation request system to determine travel trends. Then they packaged the trends in a neato infographic that’s shown below. Some of the top stats that you might find interesting are: Nearly 20% of travelers to Hawaii are from California Honolulu is the top overall Hawaii vacation spot at 13.7% of ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Splash on the Rocks Edition

Today’s Aloha Friday Photo was shared by Erin Jones of Colorado. Erin snapped this photo from Oahu’s North Shore in February. If I gaze at this photo long enough, I can start to hear the sound of the waves crashing against the porous lava rocks. What a relaxing view and sound. Mahalo to Erin for sharing her Oahu photo with ... Read More »

Scenes from the Kona Coffee Festival

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The Kona Coffee Festival is one of Hawaii’s top festivals. As you’ve probably guessed, this festival is held annually on Hawaii Island, the Big Island and home of Kona coffee. If you’ve not already made plans to attend this year’s Kona Coffee Festival, you still have time to book your trip. Festivities begin Saturday, November 3rd and extend through Sunday, ... Read More »

Aloha Friday Photo: Anniversary sunset

Mahalo to Beverly Foos for sharing her Maui sunset photo with us. She tells us, “We had such a wonderful time on our anniversary trip to Maui and hope to be able to go back some day.” Maui sure is a romantic place to celebrate an anniversary. There aren’t many things much more romantic than watching the sun set with ... Read More »

The most surprising things about visiting Hawaii

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Hawaii really is unique. Those islands way out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean hold many surprises for visitors. I wanted to compile a list of the most surprising things about Hawaii. This list can help you be better prepared for your trip. It might even help you keep your eyes open for finding some of these amusing quirks. ... Read More »

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