Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Hawaii tips & tricks – keep cash on hand

We’re back from a trip to Oahu and Hawaii (Big) Island and stocked with lots of new reviews and advice to share. One of the first tips to share is the importance of keeping cash on hand. We were reminded of this several times on our recent trip as we ran a bit low on cash and the automated teller ... Read More »

How to celebrate Halloween while visiting Hawaii

Anytime is a great time to visit Hawaii and Halloween is no exception. It’s fun to celebrate the holiday’s festivities on a warm, tropical evening as the palm trees gently sway. If you’re visiting the islands with kids, one the easiest ways to celebrate is to take your kids to a shopping center that’s offering a special event. Children are ... Read More »

Two sunscreen chemicals to avoid – Oxybenzone and Octinoxate

Why is it so easy to get a sunburn in the Hawaiian Islands? Hawaii is the state located closest to the equator where UV rays are most intense. That makes a good sunscreen one of the essential items you need on a Hawaii vacation. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you should use a broad-spectrum, SPF 30 or higher sunscreen. Though ... Read More »

Are ocean water temperatures in Hawaii warm enough for year round swimming?

Is the ocean temperature in Hawaii warm enough for swimming and ocean sports? Yes, it is! Even in the colder winter months? Yes, it is! How do Hawaii ocean temperatures compare month to month? Referencing data for Honolulu, Oahu from NOAA, ocean temperatures range from 76°F (24.4°C) to 81°F (27.2°C). The following chart shows Honolulu’s monthly water temperature average.   ... Read More »

Everything you need to know to get to and travel in Hawaii

  When planning a trip to Hawaii, some of the first questions relate to how to get to the islands and then how to get around once you’re there. Chance are, we’ve written an article to help you understand every step of the way to get there and move around with ease. In this article, we organize the Hawaii transportation ... Read More »

Bonus tips for choosing a Hawaii vacation condo or villa

We’ve written several articles with advice for renting a condo or villa in Hawaii. Some of those articles are: How to choose the best Hawaii hotel, condo or villa – with tips on reading reviews, knowing resort fees, understanding parking options and fees, etc. A comparison of renting a condo versus staying in a hotel. List of Hawaii condo areas ... Read More »

Using Google Maps for vacations in Hawaii (and beyond)

Does anyone else remember the days when you had to study a map and write down directions? Then, if you traveled on your own, you’d have to try to read those directions as you were trying to drive. That was stressful. Navigation applications have made that process so much easier! Google Maps is our favorite application to use for trip ... Read More »

Souvenirs from Hawaii – what to get and where to buy

When you experience Hawaii for the first time, you wish your friends and family could also enjoy this paradise on earth. Bringing them a gift from Hawaii is not a substitute for visiting Hawaii, but it’s certainly a good consolation. Plus, you may like to get yourself a souvenir to remind you of your special vacation. Today we offer some ... Read More »

Cheap flights to Hawaii? Don’t book until you read these 6 tips!

As we’ve already established, flights to Hawaii are rather long. So, if you’re going to be cooped up in a plane for several hours, you should spend some time making a good flight selection. We outline the important points to consider as you’re choosing a flight to Hawaii. Is the cheapest flight to Hawaii the best option? Are you flying ... Read More »

Frequently asked questions about visiting Hawaii in the winter

For those of us who haven’t lived in a tropical environment, it’s difficult to imagine winters without cold weather. So, we tend to get a lot of questions about what Hawaii is like in the winter. Today, we address some of the most frequently asked questions. How cold is the winter weather in Hawaii? Winter months of January and February ... Read More »

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