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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.
If you're already in Waikiki or your are just headed to Honolulu this weekend, then we have a suggestion for you that’s a little different than Hawaii’s usual surf, sand, and sun. On Saturday the city’s main drag, Kalakaua Avenue, turns into a street scene dedicated to one of the island’s favorite foods—SPAM.
It’s time for the eleventh annual Waikiki Spam Jam, and at this point you can kind of assume that they’ve really got things figured out. Basically it’s a street festival for one and all, and plenty of the area’s best restaurants stop by to serve up spam and other canned meat delicacies. There’s a pair of stages with free entertainment and music, and of course there’s plenty of arts and crafts so that you can bring home a souvenir.
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When we first heard about Allegiant Air and their plans to grab some Boeing 757s for flights over to Hawaii we were pretty darn excited. After all, who wouldn’t want to head off to paradise while saving a few bucks in the process? Of course things are pretty budget-oriented with Allegiant, so your discount fare is complete with a side of fees, charges, and other extras. However, if it’s between paying for a bag or two—and not going to Hawaii—we’d gladly pay for the bags.
Anyway, it looks like not long after the first flights took to the skies it’s already time to change things up. Allegiant Air is cancelling a whole bunch of flights to and from the islands, as they figure out what to do with their planes for the summer travel season.
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There’s a new fun activity to try on your next trip to Hawaii, and you won’t even need to leave the airport. It’s do-it-yourself baggage tagging, and it’s a brand new option thanks to Hawaiian Airlines. We’re sure you now want to visit the Aloha State now more than ever—right?
Seriously though we kind of love the idea, and imagine that it should be a pretty slick process for those checking their bags back to the mainland, other countries, or just over to one of the neighboring islands. Passengers at Honolulu International Airport will be able to weigh and tag their own bags, and Hawaiian Airlines is quick to point out that they’re the first carrier in the US to go all in with this process at one of their hubs.
Tax day is coming, and you're probably excited...but not because you look forward to sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.
You’ve always dreamed about heading to Hawaii. It’s been close to happening a couple of times, but we know how it is—something else has always gets in the way. Well thankfully you just got a decent tax refund—the internet says the average should be around $2800—so we say it’s time to head off to the paradise.
It’s not as expensive as you might think, but it is far away. At least that’s the case for those of you heading to the Aloha State from the eastern side of North America. Thankfully the new nonstop flight between New York-JFK and Honolulu from Hawaiian Airlines has made things seem a little bit closer, and the new nonstop service has added a little bit of competition to that market.
Last summer we heard about Island Air and their plans to refresh their fleet, and to add some snazzy new colors and style to the sides of their fleet. Since then the planes have been heading back and forth doing their business as usual; however, behind the scenes things must have been getting hot and heavy. That’s because this week we found out that Island Air has been sold, and it’s been sold to the owner of Lana’i.
In case you haven’t been keeping up on your rich dude business news, last year Larry Ellison—CEO of Oracle—shelled out some big time cash in exchange for the property rights to pretty much all of Lana’i. Not only is he now the proud owner of his own tropical island, but he’s the proud owner of his own tropical island in Hawaii—like could it get any better?