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What to Eat in Kauai, Hawaii: 17 Foods to Rock Your World

March 30, 2015 at 2:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hope you're hungry.

We may have already shared our secret of the best local ramen on the island (Hamura Ramen Stand!), but the truth of the matter is that there's enough good eats on Kauai to warrant more than just a quick trip. It's no wonder Kauai is a destination with visitor loyalty; travelers and families we met all seemed to have a history with the place, vacationing there for generations or having made it their permanent vacation with a long-distance move.

Deep into a shave ice with a view to the sunset over surfers in Poipu Beach, we admit to considering it ourselves; it would be all too easy to live in Kauai and eat well every day of the year. Still, for those with only several days to taste Kauai, we recommend these 17 favorites:

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Food Worth Flying For: The Saimin Ramen of Kauai, Hawaii

March 25, 2015 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have).

Shave ice. Puka Dog. Mai Tais. Ahi poke. Kalua pork. Macadamia nut...everything. We could go on.

You see, the food-related reasons to travel to Kauai, HI are pretty much endless, but we keep returning to one taste from the island over and over: Saimin Ramen.

Though you may recognize the word ramen, "saimin" is a special sort of the comforting noodle dish specific to the Hawaiian islands. The original influence is a mix of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Filipino, but the inclusion of Hawaiian-favorite Spam lunch meat and, depending on your personal preferences, may also contain, sausage, eggs, wonton, dumplings, and kimchi.

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How a Scuba Dive in Kauai Just Became Our Favorite Ever

March 18, 2015 at 5:18 PM | by | Comment (1)

Dear snorkelers and scuba divers:

Have you ever experienced a trip out into the water which was so impressive, effortless, and magical that you just know you'll be comparing all future water adventures to it?

Such was our recent experience during a dive off the south coast of Kauai, Hawaii, with the island's Seasport Divers.

What made it special enough to become the best scuba dive of our lives (so far)? During the long, long flight home from Hawaii, we boiled down the exceptional experience to 8 factors to look in every future dive:

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Hawaii for Half-Price? Airfare Deals to the Islands Keep on Coming

March 9, 2015 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hawaii is cheap this season, you guys. The faraway state of paradise (both literal and figurative) has seen airfare deals from all over the country, for totals that've been beating prices to Cancun, Cabo, and even Florida. Right now is the time to rethink and reroute vacation plans in the direction of the Pacific Ocean.

The onslaught of Hawaii deals began in December, with some roundtrips from almost all major US cities to most major Hawaiian airports in the high $500 range. We jumped on a $570 US Airways deal from Boston to Kauai—one of the most expensive islands to travel to—and a friend snagged Detroit-Kauai on Delta. It seemed a Christmas miracle, having flights to Hawaii for 50% off!

To our surprise and everyone's benefit, those deals have continued and, in certain cases, even sweetened. Our friends at FareDealAlert just dug up a $355 roundtrip to Honolulu on United from Minneapolis and various other middle America cities suffering from the winter blues. Chicago is a hair more at $500.

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When (and When Not) to Splurge on a Rental Car Convertible

March 6, 2015 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

The wind in your hair, the radio turned up, sunglasses on fleek, and every hottie on the sidewalk glancing your way. You're driving a convertible, baby!

The transformer of automobiles is frequently associated with men in mid-life crises and women who list "trophy wife" as their occupation, but there's no reason it's not also for you, for at least a few days. Convertibles are best enjoyed as a rental car, but making the decision to lay down the dollars for the upgrade is the worst part of the experience. In fact, it's a dilemma we faced hardcore in Hawaii this week.

Arriving to the Avis rental car counter at Kauai's Lihue Airport, we asked about the availability of an upgrade to a convertible. This being Hawaii, the lot was packed with Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro convertibles, and the agent noted that typically they cost $129/day to rent (Priceline actually has them from $65/day at the LIH Airport location), but the upgrade price is significantly less on a prepaid economy reservation such as ours.

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Oh Lei! Hawaiian Airlines is Spiffing Up Its Premier Club Lounges

February 6, 2015 at 10:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Leaving Hawaii is never easy, but at least your time at the airport might be that much more enjoyable thanks to the folks over at Hawaiian Airlines. They’ve always had a few lounges here and there across the island airports, but now they’re spending some cash to spiff them up for both tourists and locals alike.

All in all they’re upgrading and improving six of their Premier Club lounges, but up first was the one over at Honolulu International Airport—and it’s now open for business. Think the usual lounge offerings like free WiFi, plenty of power outlets, and free snacks and beverages.

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Enter The $100,000 Hawaii Contest From The Travel Channel

January 30, 2015 at 11:10 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you do just one thing today—besides going to work—be sure it’s entering the latest contest from the folks over at the Travel Channel.

This year their big giveaway known as The Trip: 2015 is all about Hawaii, and one lucky winner is going to score around $100,000 worth of airfare, vacation, and spending cash.

Hosts from the channel will take viewers across five different islands showing off all the giveaway goodness. That way you’ll know what you’re getting into if you win the grand prize (the next airing is February 4 so set your DVR).

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How to Get Tickets 2015's Maui Comedy Festival

December 16, 2014 at 4:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Maui Comedy Festival has released tickets for next year's event, just in time for Christmas.

The fest hasn't announced a lineup for 2015 yet, but given the list of last year's performers - including Craig Robinson, Aisha Tyler, Reggie Watts, and Tig Notaro - it's sure to be a good one.

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More Seats Means More People in Less Space on Planes to Hawaii

December 8, 2014 at 9:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

Be sure to stretch out those legs before hopping between islands on your next trip over to Hawaii, as Hawaiian Airlines is changing up the seating structure on the planes serving the inter island routes.

In the trend of most other airlines, Hawaiian Airlines is ordering up slimline seats, and as a result they’re hoping to squeeze in about 10 more passengers per plane. The thinner cushions should allow up to 128 passengers per jet—aboard the Boeing 717s—if you’re keeping count.

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Travel Contest Roundup: Six Ways to Hightail It to Hawaii

November 28, 2014 at 9:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner. Here are a few options that might get you a little fun in the sun over in Hawaii:

Dream Plan Go Honeymoon of a Lifetime Hawaii Contest and Sweepstakes

Tell your story of why you need a honeymoon in Hawaii, and they don't even care if it's just a long overdue one. The grand prize winner gets airfare, four nights accommodations, and a rental car to explore. Just be sure to enter by November 28.

Dole Sweet Inspiration Sweepstakes

Cruise all the way to Hawaii with this contest, and even if you don't win there's some other prizes available as well. The big winner might just score a trip for four over to Hawaii thanks to Princess Cruises—enter by December 3.

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Hawaii Will Host a Flight Attendant Fashion Show This Weekend

November 7, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Skip the beach for a little bit this weekend, and enjoy a little bit of a fashion show during your time on the islands. This weekend uniforms, accessories, styles, and designs from Hawaiian Airlines will be on display, and if you’re in the neighborhood and have the time—it’s yours to check out.

The presentation from Hawaiian Airlines is all part of their sponsorship of Hawaii Fashion Month. The fun takes place at the MAMo Wearable Arts show at the Hawaii Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public, and it begins around 7:30pm on November 8—that’s Saturday. It’s actually the first time Hawaiian Airlines has done something like this, but we’re thinking if it goes well—it might not be the last.

The flight attendant fun isn’t the only thing taking place, as the MAMo Wearable Arts event will also show off some goodies from a few native artists from the Aloha State as well. Things like bamboo printing, lauhala weaving, and body art will be on display, and that’s in addition to some dancing, chanting, and other Hawaiian activities and traditions.

We’d see you there—but sadly, no Hawaii in the plans for us this weekend.

[Photo from HNL: Jaunted]

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Travelers Just Can't Seem to Find Oahu's 'Other' Airport, Kalaeloa

October 20, 2014 at 10:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Getting to the airport can be a real hassle. The signs aren’t totally clear, you can’t figure out where to return the car, and sometimes the difference between arrivals and departures is a little tricky. In Oahu, however, travelers have started complaining about the location of the area's other airport, and have missed their flights as a result of confusion.

Most travelers, as in like 99% of them, do their thing in and out of Honolulu International Airport, and that’s usually not a problem to find. However, it’s the smaller airport on the western side of the island that’s proving a problem.

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