HI Travel Guide
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.
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 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 Kauaione of the most expensive islands to travel toand 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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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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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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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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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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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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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Traveling to Hawaii is a dream in itself, but somehow Hawaiian Airlines continues to enhance the experience of flights to and from the islands. This time, the update has nothing to do with more legroom or better in-flight entertainment, though there's those as well; this time, our focus is on what's just been added to the beverage cart.
Hawaiian Airlines is now serving up bottles from Maui Brewing Company on many of their international flights, and domestic flights will get the new brews as well beginning October 1. To start, it’ll just be Bikini Blonde Lagerthe brewery's flagship beerbut popularity will decide if Mana Wheat or Big Swell IPA should also come onboard.