Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

How to Pack a Surfboard for Traveling

If you live to surf and are aiming to test your skills on Hawaii’s wicked waves, you may want to bring your trusty surfboard with you. But, how do you pack your surfboard so that it arrives in Hawaii in all one piece?  Neal from Surfboard Shack has written an excellent step by step guide to packing and shipping surfboards ... Read More »

Listening to Hawaii Radio Stations Online

Whether you’re planning a trip to Hawaii or you’ve just returned from the islands, you’ll enjoy staying connected to Hawaii with Hawaiian music. Fortunately, these days, we have options to listen to Hawaiian music stations online. Here are some of my favorite Hawaii radio stations that play classic and contemporary Hawaiian music online. – Oahu: Hawaiian 105 KINE – Big ... Read More »

Most Frequently Forgotten Items to Pack for Hawaii

After numerous trips to Hawaii, we’ve almost perfected the packing process down to a science. Of course, we made many mistakes along the way that have helped us become “Hawaii vacation packing pros.” From our experiences and observations, here are the seven most frequently forgotten items: Sunglasses Binoculars (especially useful for lava viewing and during humpback whale season) Light jacket, ... Read More »

Google Brings Hawaii Virtually to Your Doorstep!

If you’ve ever visited Hawaii, you’re going to love this new feature from Google Maps. If you’ve never visited Hawaii, you’re going to love this new feature from Google Maps. 🙂 So, what is it? Well, Google has announced the addition of Hawaii to its Street Views project, meaning you can take a virtual “stroll” around the places you’ve visited, ... Read More »

Where to Find Oahu Vacation Maps

It’s a good idea to start getting familiar with the geography and streets of Oahu before your feet touch the island ground. Where do you find a useful Oahu map? Here are eight resources to help you find your way around Oahu. 1. Download or order your free Oahu vacation planner from the Oahu Visitors Bureau. From this link you’ll ... Read More »

Free & Green Shoe Bag Idea

Among all my other nerdy tendencies, I’m a recycling/reuse nerd, too. I always think twice before throwing something away. About a year ago, I got the idea that the plastic newspaper delivery bags might make great shoe bags to protect my clothes from germy, dirty shoes in my luggage. I tried the idea and it worked like a charm! I ... Read More »

Zipping Through the Airport in Hawaii

This blast from the past post, A Vacation Time Saving Tip, was originally posted in March 2008. Andy and I have used this time-saving trick a number of times when we’ve chosen to check luggage. It really makes a difference! This time saving idea will help you if you check your luggage and you are traveling with someone else. When ... Read More »

Be Prepared for Agricultural Inspection In Hawaii’s Airports

We’ve already reviewed the agricultural form that’s required as you arrive in Hawaii, but what happens when you leave the islands? The process for checking luggage at the airports in Hawaii is a bit different than on the mainland. All mainland bound passengers must have their luggage inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The purpose of the agricultural inspection ... Read More »

What To Avoid On Your Hawaii Vacation

Go Visit Hawaii is full of advice on what to do to plan and enjoy your Hawaii vacation. So you might be wondering if there’s anything that you should not do? The answer is yes, there are several things you should avoid on your vacation. Here’s your handy dandy list of what to to avoid in Hawaii. 1. Avoid getting ... Read More »

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