HI Travel Guide
There’s never a bad time to visit Hawaii, but now might be one of the best times to visit. However, for some, we could also see how now would be one of the worst times to visit. That’s because there’s been some rumblings, shakings, and other underground stuff happening with one of the state’s volcanoes.
Over in on the Big Island of Hawaii the volcano known as Mauna Loa may be getting ready to erupt for the first time in decades—the last eruption was way back in 1984.
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Remember the days when you used to get a complimentary meal with your airline ticket? Yeah, we barely do. And what's worse, is there's a whole generation of kids growing up thinking thats it's "normal" to pay $12 for turkey and cheese sandwich on a flight. Sigh.
But on Hawaiian Airlines, you can at least pretend that all that nickel-and-diming never happened. That's because Hawaiian is the last domestic airline left that serves a complimentary meal AND a complimentary glass of wine.
Here's a shot of the fare from Maui (OGG) to Los Angeles (LAX.) In the bun is grounded up Hawaiian BBQ chicken manapua, made with garlic, ginger and peas. It was tasty. On the side you get a small salad with packaged salad dressing, a Hawaiian shortbread cookie, a cup of water and (hells yes) a glass of wine. On the way to Maui, we got the same salad but a special fried noodle dish and two chocolate-covered macadamia nuts.
You can check on the type of of meal you will have on your Hawaiian airlines flight here as well as read about the man behind the complimentary (and first class) meals, Thai-born Chef Chai Chaowasaree.
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Just the other day we were looking at the snazzy look of the latest member of the Hawaiian Airlines family, and now it looks like ‘Ohana by Hawaiian is ready to take to the skies.
If you need a refresher ‘Ohana by Hawaiian is the new subsidiary carrier from Hawaiian Airlines, as they plan to connect some smaller airports and locations in and around the islands with a little bit of propeller power.
A while ago we mentioned that Hawaiian Airlines was planning on launching a few new routes, and that they would be doing so thanks to some new propeller power. They’re still going with the new carrier name of ’Ohana, and it looks like things are set to hit the skies sooner than later.
The plan for the subsidiary airline is to serve some of the islands smaller airports, as Hawaiian Airlines is probably a little miffed that there are some options that their larger Boeing 717 interisland planes are missing out on.
It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
Everyone's hip on the fact that Hawaii has some of the world's best beaches to go along with volcanic interiors and incredibly lush rainforests, but this year's best kept secret is that the State harbors its own "grand canyon" on Kauai.
Known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," Waimea Canyon is ten miles long and 3,000 feet deep (to give you some perspective, the real Grand Canyon 277 miles long and 6,000 feet deep). "Waimea" is Hawaiian for "reddish water," and is no doubt a reference to the color of the canyon and the tint the water takes on as it runs through.
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Emily Blunt is on the best Babymoon ever.
The Devil Wears Prada star was spotted showing off her baby bump on a beach in Oahu yesterday with her husband John Krasinski and a shirtless Bradley Cooper.
John and Bradley have been in Hawaii for a couple of months shooting Cameron Crowe's Untitled Hawaii Project along with Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. Emily arrived about two weeks ago to enjoy some R&R before having her first baby early next year.
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The flight to and from Hawaii just got a little bit more entertaining, as it looks like Hawaiian Airlines is ready to bring iPads onboard. You won’t have to wait too long either, as it sounds like the suckers are ready to go and should be an option as soon as this weekend.
Beginning September 1, the plan is to provide in-flight iPad minis as an entertainment option aboard their Boeing 767-300s. Up in business class these will be handed out to travelers for free. but in coach, of course it’s going to cost you. In the back of the plane they will be $15 if reserved in advance, and they’ll be a couple bucks more if you make the decision onboard—assuming they are still available.
Hawaii has plenty of awesome activities, as the islands are filled with sun, sand, surf, and stuff to do. However, you might want to stick to the basic watersports when it comes to getting out into the ocean. Surfing, snorkeling, and paddle boarding are all fine and dandy, but if you want to use one of those newfangled jetpack water things the fun police might come after you.
Apparently the devices that blast you up into the air thanks to plenty of water shooting out of your back pack thing aren’t really that great for the environment. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before officials in Hawaii move to ban these suckers, and after that you’ll be stuck using them back on the mainland.
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Downloading mobile apps for your phone or tablet is usually pretty simple and straightforward. This is still the case when it comes to accessing the online offerings from Alaska Airlines, but this month you’ll get a little bit more with your download. Things are still totally free, but the carrier is actually kicking in a few bucks for help out a good cause.
The airline is partnering up with The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii to help out all the coral—and fishies—doing their thing within the reefs over in the islands. Every time someone downloads an Alaska Airlines mobile application during the month of August a dollar will go to help out the ocean life. The minimum contribution will be $30,000, and things run through the month of August.
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If your idea of rest and relaxation is lounging on the beach, watching the waves, and enjoying a cigarette, your time is running out—at least in Hawaii. The Aloha State is sick and tired of picking up discarded cigarettes and dealing with the smoke at the beach, so the island of Oahu—home of Honolulu and Waikiki—is ready to put up the no smoking signs.
The clean air kicks in on the first of the year, so there’s still some time for smokers to get in one last puff. Smoking will be banned at spots across the island including pools, tennis courts, parks, and beaches. Even if you walk into the water in hopes of smoking—nope—apparently that’s not allowed either, so it’s the rules don’t just stop at the sand.
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As many already know, we have a serious obsession with airline cocktails, and so much is our passion that we occasionally name an In-Flight Cocktail of the Month. The aim is to highlight those special concoctions that flight attendants whip up with only a cocktail shaker, some tiny liquor bottles and a whole lot of hope that it won't make you drunk and unruly.
The best place to enjoy a Mai Tai is undoubtably while sitting in front of crystal clear blue water with your toes dug into some cool, white sand. However, we bet you didn't know it's been scientifically proven that the second best place for a Mai Tai is at 35,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean.
You’re probably familiar with the airline safety video, as it does its best to describe the importance of seatbelts, oxygen masks, and a timely exit in case of an emergency. Now there might be an additional safety briefing for those heading over to Hawaii, as some state officials want to reiterate the importance of staying safe in and around the water.
Since the ocean isn’t exactly a swimming pool, there are obviously risks involved due to waves, swells, and riptides. Drowning deaths aren’t a statistic that anyone is especially fond of, and that’s especially the case on the island of Kauai, where drownings have spiked this year. Now some lawmakers are proposing some rules and regulations that would encourage airlines to play some additional safety videos during the flight.