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Long-haul flight tips to and from Hawaii: Choose best flights & seats

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The first post in our new series of Hawaii flight tips starts the important first step of choosing the most comfortable flights and seats. Let me preface this post by saying airline seats, especially economy/coach seats, are not known for comfort. So, our advice in this article is aimed at making an uncomfortable situation as comfortable as possible. Please note ... Read More »

New Series: Long-haul flight tips to and from Hawaii

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If experience makes one an expert, then we are experts on making the best of long-haul flights to and from Hawaii. We’ve lost count, but we’ve probably made the trek to and from Hawaii 30 to 50 times. From our North Carolina base, the travel time from door-to-door averages about 15 hours, barring delays. So, it’s not exactly a hop, ... Read More »

Let’s talk Hawaii water safety, again.

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Before we jump into what prompted this post, let’s review some Hawaii water safety recommendations. Ocean/Beach Safety Never turn your back to the ocean. When you are swimming or simply standing or walking by the shoreline, you never know when a strong wave might sneak up on you. The waves could appear to be predictable for many minutes before  a ... Read More »

Will you give your kokua to keep Hawaii free of litter?

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The Hawaiian word kokua means help or assistance. With Hawaii’s beautiful but fragile environment, we as visitors need to give our kokua to help keep Hawaii litter-free. A very easy way for us visitors to help keep Hawaii litter-free is to bring a reusable shopping bag. It’s not only eco-friendly, it’s practical, too.  As I have previously shared, we recommend you bring ... Read More »

What to wear in Hawaii on a catamaran cruise

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Taking a sailing excursion for a sunset sail or dinner is a great way to end a day on your Hawaii vacation. Unfortunately, I’ve seen far too many people stuck in the interior of a catamaran with no view because they weren’t dressed properly. I want you to be able to enjoy the views and fresh air when you take ... Read More »

Hawaiian words to know for your Hawaii vacation

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Though English is the primary language of Hawaii, the centuries-old Hawaiian language is still actively used. While you won’t need to learn Hawaiian for your vacation, I want to share some useful Hawaiian words and phrases to know for your trip. Aloha means hello, goodbye and love. You will generally hear it used as a greeting. Mahalo means thank you. ... Read More »

Adding interest to your Hawaii sunset photos

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As I’ve been organizing nearly 700 photos that we took on our recent trip to Kauai, Maui and Lanai, something about our sunset photos started to become apparent. While the run-of-the-mill, sun, sky and ocean photos are nice, the sunset photos with something in the foreground are much more interesting. Let’s look at some comparisons. First, here’a sunset shot from ... Read More »

3 things we always check before Hawaii trips

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We probably check dozens of things like flight times, seat assignments, directions to hotels, hotel parking options, confirmations, etc. before each trip. Those things, we check out of necessity. For our vacation fun, there are three things that we consistently check within a week or two of our Hawaii vacations. We wanted to share these with you, in the hopes that you ... Read More »

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