Category Archives: First Time to Hawaii

Advice for driving and parking in Waikiki Beach

We have received comments and questions from several readers who are concerned about driving and parking in Honolulu and more specifically, Honolulu’s tourist center — Waikiki Beach. Navigating Waikiki in a rental car can be intimidating for some folks. I think it all depends on your own driving experiences — if you regularly drive in New York City, Chicago or even ... Read More »

Check out our new first time visitors’ guide to Hawaii

If you’re planning your first Hawaii vacation, be sure and check out our newly created first time visitors’ guide to Hawaii. This new page  lists all our best planning advice organized based on where you are in your planning process — from “I don’t know where to go” to “I’m ready to pack my bags.” Even if you’ve been to ... Read More »

The most surprising things about visiting Hawaii

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 »

How much for a trip to Hawaii? (Budget calculator)

You’ve seen ads for Hawaii featuring photos of beautiful white sand beaches, palm trees and the bluest of blue water. Now you want to go, but you have no idea how much a trip to Hawaii costs. Where do you start? In this article, I’m providing you with the easy-to-use estimates to calculate your personal Hawaii trip budget. It can’t ... Read More »

Flying to Hawaii – How to Choose the Right Airport

So you’ve picked the Hawaiian island that’s perfect for you and now you must determine the logistics of getting there. Every first time visitor has faced the head scratching challenge of finding the right airport to begin their Hawaii vacation. I want to help you understand how to navigate with ease in Hawaii. As you may have been researching airport ... Read More »

7 Hawaii Car Rental Money Saving Ideas

Once you’ve planned your flights to Hawaii, then you’ve got to figure the logistics of getting around. Each island has some public transportation, but for the most part, they’re not designed to help tourists get around. So, most likely, you’re going to need a rental car for part or all of your vacation. You won’t have to spend a fortune ... Read More »

Saving Money on Hawaii Vacation Tours & Activities

You can easily spend hundreds of dollars per day on Hawaii tours and activities, but you definitely don’t need to empty your wallet to enjoy the islands of aloha. Here are tried and true strategies that will help you get the most out of your tour time and dollar. 1.  DIY Tours I often see brochures for organized, paid tours ... Read More »

Saving Money on Hawaii Vacation Dining & Meals

With just a little planning and a few strategies, you can save a pile of money on your vacation meals. Check out these seven practical ideas that will have your wallet saying thank you: 1.  Limit/avoid the hotel breakfast buffets. I’d estimate that the average resort breakfast buffet costs $25 per person. For a couple on a week’s vacation, you ... Read More »

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