Monthly Archives: April 2009

Hawaii in Contrasts – Diamond Head in Brown and Green

As you may recall, I visited Oahu in October 2008 and February 2009. As I arrived in Waikiki in February, one of the first things I noticed is how green Diamond Head (Le’ahi) looked compared to October. The following photos show Diamond Head in October and then in February. Diamond Head in October 2008 Diamond Head in February 2009 So, ... Read More »

Kauai Restaurant Review – Hukilau Lanai

When many upscale Hawaii restaurants charge $35 just for a main course, you can have a six-course dinner for $28 at the Hukilau Lanai in Kapaa. Each Tuesday through Saturday evening from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Hukilau Lanai offers a six-course Food and Wine Tasting Menu that’s $28 without wine and $40 with five wine pairings. On our last trip to ... Read More »

Hawaii in Contrasts – Fire and Ice

The Big Island of Hawaii is home to almost all of earth’s climates. I’ve not been able to find the absolute answer and scale used to scientifically count the number of climates, but I’ve been told that Hawaii has every micro-climate except for extreme cold and extreme heat. Luckily, we don’t need to be scientist to appreciate the contrasts of ... Read More »

Announcing New Photo Series – Hawaii in Contrasts

Based on readers’ interests and participation of our previous photo series – Colors of Hawaii and Signs of Hawaii – I’m announcing a new photo series. This new series will highlight Hawaii’s diversity. So look through your photo collection and let me know if you have some contrasting photos that highlight Hawaii’s incredible extremes. Here are the posts in this ... Read More »

Go Oahu Cards: Will they save you money?

I was recently asked for my thoughts on the Go Oahu Card. This activity discount card allows you entrance to 30 Oahu attractions over a specific number of days. They advertise that you can “save up to 40% or more compared to buying regular tickets.” Since I’ve never used the cards, I thought I’d use one of my lifelines and ... Read More »

Kauai’s Polihale State Park Re-opens

Thanks to the efforts of Kauai community volunteers, Polihale State Park re-opened this weekend. As I reported in January, the park had to close due to heavy flood damage. When the closure was first announced, funding wasn’t readily available for the repair work and a timeline for completion was unclear. I’m very impressed with the donation of equipment, skill, and ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation Deals & News Roundup – April 24, 2009

Just a couple quick things to let you know: * A closure is planned on part of the road to Hana in May and early June. The Paihi Bridge which is  between Hana and Kipahulu will be closed beginning May 5th, 2009 for approximately 4 weeks. Thus the Seven Pools and Lindbergh’s Grave will only be accessible via the back ... Read More »

Notes From Our Recent Maui Vacation

As most of you know, we recently took my parents to Maui for their first visit to Hawaii. I will be posting our itinerary with details in a future post, which I think will be an excellent first timer’s guide to Maui, but in the mean time I just wanted to share some notes from the visit. The Good Stuff ... Read More »

Maui Toilet Humor

I couldn’t help but laugh and then pull out my camera to take this photo in the restroom at Maui’s Haleakala National Park visitors center. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need a warning sign to keep me from drinking water out of the toilet bowl. 🙂 Read More »

Caring For Hawaii’s Sea Life

As this is Earth Day, let’s consider the very important topic of protecting Hawaii’s reefs, fish, and marine mammals when you visit. This entertaining video with excellent underwater footage is narrated by a fish. Listen to the story they would tell if they could only talk.   I do encourage you to watch the video, but if you don’t have ... Read More »

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