Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

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 »

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 »

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