Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

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 »

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 »

Where to stay if you want to see Pearl Harbor

With its rich history, Pearl Harbor tops many visitor’s list of places to see on their Hawaii vacation. That was definitely the case for us when we first visited Hawaii and it’s a common priority I hear from our readers. Often times, people refer to Pearl Harbor in a very general sense, but there are multiple attractions in this famous ... Read More »

What are the public transportation options in Hawaii?

For best Hawaii vacation access and independence, we recommend getting a rental (hire) car, but if you can’t or don’t want to rent a car, you do have public transportation options. Currently, the only public transportation options in Hawaii are via bus. There are no trains, trams or subways. Here’s the list of bus systems on each of the four ... Read More »

What you need to know about vog in Hawaii

We are sometimes asked about volcanic ash and gases in Hawaii — known as vog. Generally people want to know where the voggy areas are and if vog is an issue that they should be concerned about. In this post we’ll aim to answer those questions and provide you with useful information about vog. What is vog in Hawaii? Vog ... Read More »

When is the best time to see humpback whales in Hawaii and which islands are the best for watching?

The Hawaiian Islands are a national marine sanctuary for humpback whales — a protected environment for these amazing creatures to breed and give birth. It’s such a delight to see a humpback whale’s spout (breath), or tail break the ocean’s surface, and absolutely thrilling to see a whale breach by jumping out of the water and creating a big splash. When ... Read More »

Reminder: Avoid leaving valuables unattended in Hawaii

After reading recent this news about about a UFC Champion’s bad experience with a car break in on Maui, I thought it was time for a fresh reminder for us all — don’t leave valuables unattended in Hawaii. Though this incident made the news because of the celebrity nature of the victim, car break ins are an unfortunate problem in Hawaii, ... Read More »

Renting a condo vs hotel for your Hawaii vacation

As you are considering accommodation options for your Hawaii vacation, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of your choices. Should you stay in a hotel or would a vacation rental be a better selection? In today’s article, we’ll look at some of the top aspects to consider. We are going to use the term condo interchangeably with vacation ... Read More »

What you need to wear and bring for sightseeing in Hawaii

There are few things more exciting than getting out and about for a day of sightseeing in the Hawaiian Islands. It’s a day filled with amazing views and memorable experiences. After many, many days of sightseeing in Hawaii, we’ve determined the best clothes to wear and the best supplies to bring. Besides a car or tour bus, sightseeing in Hawaii ... Read More »

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