Monthly Archives: August 2009

Hawaii in Contrasts: Rain and Waterfalls

Now that we’ve completed the 50 Facts about the 50th State series, let’s revive the Hawaii in Contrasts series by looking at what a difference rain makes to Hawaii’s waterfalls. You may find this difficult to believe, but the following photos are of the same waterfall – Pe’epe’e Falls and Boiling Pots in Hilo on the Big Island. The photos ... Read More »

4 Things You Should Do Before Your Vacation

This blast from the past post, 4 Less Obvious Things You Should Do Before Your Vacation, was originally published July 2008 . I thought it would be good to republish it as a reminder. Days before our vacation, we’re usually busy getting our work done. If we have time to think of the vacation, we prefer to be researching a ... Read More »

September Inter-island Flight Sale

If you’re headed to Hawaii this September and have a hankering to island hop, you’ll find great flight deals from Hawaiian Airlines, Mokulele Airlines, and go! Airlines. With the sale, you can fly from $24.99 one-way plus nominal fees. Click on each of the three links above to learn all the details to take advantage of this sale. Want to ... Read More »

Oahu’s Byodo-In Temple

A visit to Byodo-In Temple is a true feast for the eyes. Not only is the ornate temple a marvel, but the setting with the pine trees and Koolau Mountains as the backdrop is almost surreal, it’s so beautiful.  That’s why I recommend a visit to the Byodo-In Temple on my list of top budget-friendly things to see and do ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation Deals & News Roundup: August 24, 2009

Pull up a chair by the Kauai Marriott Resort pool while we review today’s Hawaii vacation news. * Marriott Resorts Hawaii is giving away 25 vacations for two to Hawaii! To enter you must have a twitter or facebook account. See all the entry details here. * What are your Labor Day Weekend plans? According to Orbitz, Honolulu is one ... Read More »

Wrapping Up The 50 Facts About Hawaii Series

Well, here we are at the finish line of our 50 facts about the 50th State marathon. Other than celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood, my intention with this series was to highlight the uniqueness of Hawaii. I’m pleased to say that I believe we now have fifty facts under our belt to prove that point. When I began ... Read More »

Hawaii Fact 50 of 50: Hawaii’s State Motto

As this series of 50 facts about the 50th State was evolving, I decided weeks ago that I wanted Hawaii’s state motto to be the 50th fact. Why? Well, I feel that Hawaii’s state motto captures the essence of the Aloha State. Hawaii’s motto is a Hawaiian phrase, “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono”, which literally ... Read More »

Hawaii Fact 49 of 50: Hawaii’s Winter Guests — Humpback Whales

One of the most fascinating natural phenomenon that occurs in Hawaii, is the humpback whale’s annual winter visit to the islands. They travel some 3,000 miles from the North Pacific to give birth to their calves, nurse, and breed. It is believed that humpbacks return to Hawaii because of the warm waters, the underwater visibility, the variety of ocean depths, ... Read More »

Hawaii Fact 48 of 50: Hawaii Holidays

Hawaii observes all the standard US national holidays, plus they have additional days that are celebrated only in the 50th State. Personally, I think that’s a bit unfair that Hawaii residents live in a tropical paradise and have additional holidays. 😉  I’ll list the Hawaii state holidays when most public offices and some private companies are closed in observance. Prince ... Read More »

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