Hawaii Travel Guide

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The Perfect Museum for Passing a Rainy Day in Honolulu, Hawaii

Where: 1525 Bernice St [map], Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, 96817
September 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

As far as the numbers go, Waikiki is the most popular landing place for tourists visiting the Hawaiian Islands. People flock to the infamous beach for its relatively calm surf, happening hotels, high-end shops, food scene, and nightlife. However, despite these attractive amenities, it without question provides the least authentic look into actual Hawaiian culture as compared to other destinations throughout the state. All of it, including the grains of sand themselves, have been brought in to create what you see today.

But that doesn’t mean a trip to Waikiki has to be shallow, as one of the island’s premier collections of Hawaiian history and culture sits down the road at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. Regardless of whether you crave to learn more about the locals or just want to feel like you left Hawaii with more than a gut full of Mai Tais, this is indeed the place to pencil in a half day of exploration and reflection.

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Well, Here's One Perk of Traveling to Hawaii During a Hurricane

August 14, 2014 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Scenery near Hilo... on a nice day

We all hope and pray for good weather when we're on the road, but sometimes luck just isn't on your side. Such was the case for those who had made plans to travel to Hawaii earlier this month when Hurricane Iselle move across the island chain.

Natural disasters are nothing to make light of, but as we saw with the floods in Colorado last year, some adventure travelers take advantage of the extreme conditions. Anyone who was in Hilo after the storm hit had a similar opportunity, one filled with gushing waterfalls.

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Voluntourism Means Scaling the Slopes of Mauna Kea in Hawaii

May 14, 2014 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Aston is giving their guests an opportunity to give back on their next trip to Hawaii.

Aston Kona by the Sea, Aston Shores at Waikoloa, and Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas are all participating in the “Leave a Legacy with Aston” program.

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The Muppets Make Disney's Aulani Resort Their Most Wanted Vacation Destination

March 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Disney isn't afraid of a little shameless self-promotion, so it's no surprise it found a way to market The Muppets Most Wanted with everything from Lipton Tea to Subway. But Disney's biggest marketing stretch might be associating the new Muppets’ movie to its own Hawaii Resort, Aulani, which they say is the Muppets' "most wanted vacation destination."

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This Hawaiian Carrier is Shutting Things Down at The End of The Month

March 27, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Zipping back and forth between the islands over in Hawaii just got a little more complicated, as one of the main interisland carriers is getting ready to drop out of the competition. It’s been a rough ride for Mesa Air Group and its subsidiary known as go!, and now it looks like it will shut down and send the planes and people back to the mainland as of April 1.

We’ve heard less than awesome things about the carrier, and it appears that go! never really caught on with the locals after its entrance into the market and resulting fare wars drove Aloha Airlines' out of business back in 2008.

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New Summer Volunteer Trip Ships Teens to the Wilds Alaska and Hawaii

January 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

This summer 360° Student Travel is giving teenagers a chance to experience the best of two very different states - Alaska and Hawaii - while doing good.

The unique program lets teenagers explore the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of Alaska along with the tropical beaches of the Hawaiian Islands. The tour includes stops in Anchorage, Seward, Seattle, Whistler, Vancouver, Honolulu, Kauai, and Maui.

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Get Up Close and Personal with Some Hot Lava on Hawaii Island

November 29, 2013 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

We have a question for all you well-traveled folks out there: Sure, you've experienced a lot in your life, but have you ever walked on a rock that was a day old?

Hawaii Island might not boast the beaches that some of the other Hawaiian Islands do, but it certainly makes up for it with its incredible opportunities of environmental exploration. Yesterday, we told you how you can find all but two of the world's ecosystems on the island (except temperate snow forests or polar ice caps), including active volcanoes.

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Stay Up All Night with Sea Turtles on Your Next Hawaiian Vacation

November 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're stuck in the snow, ice, or rain blanketing the east coast this week, you're probably looking for an excuse to escape to warmer climates and we have one: sea turtles.

The nonprofit Hawaii Wildlife Fund has organized an effort to help protect the sea turtles who "bask" every night in the same spot on some of Maui's busy beaches.

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Experience Almost All the World’s Ecosystems with One Trip to Hawaii Island

Where: Hawaii Island, Hawaii, United States
November 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Road to Hana is the most famous drive in the Hawaiian Islands – which is understandable – but interestingly enough, it is Hawaii Island (the Big Island) that boasts perhaps the most unique opportunity when it comes to getting behind the wheel: The chance to see so many of the world’s ecosystems in a single day.

What does that mean exactly? Hawaii Island is by far the most diverse island in North America, and perhaps the world, in terms of the various life systems it supports. Now, the exact specifics of how many it harbors depends on which system of climate designation you use (you know how those things go), but the big picture here is that a drive around Hawaii Island will get you much more than coastal views.

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Three Hawaiian Adventures That Require a Sweatshirt

November 26, 2013 at 12:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

Wait, what? Winter wear in Hawaii? Not many people realize that Hawaii's tallest volcano, Mauna Kea, tops out at just under 14,000 feet and even gets a few snowfalls a year. Bearing the cold might not sound like much fun considering you went to the islands for the sunshine, but trust us, the payload of these activities are well worth the price of a small shiver.

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A Red Sand Beach Surprise at the End of the Road to Hana, Hawaii

November 25, 2013 at 1:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

We all know that the Road to Hana is a winding, beautiful journey with dozens of potential stop offs and waterfalls along the way. Yet no one really talks about Hana itself as a destination - it seems only the road to get there is discussed. But don't even think about turning around without first doing a little exploration, and, perhaps more importantly, a little relaxing after the long haul.

Hamoa and Koki are great traditional beaches, but why go for beige when you can get volcanic red sand? This maroon cove used to be a haven for nude sunbathers, and we can certainly see why given its secluded location and protected swimming area. Even when the current is rough, the line of volcanic rock creates a barrier that produces two calm pools that you can see in the photo above.

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Follow the Cast of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Across Oahu

November 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

This weekend The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters and just like the first movie, it's sure to get fans talking, and traveling.

Though much of the movie was shot in Atlanta the cast and crew did spend five weeks filming on the beaches of the North Shore of Oahu. Here's a look at where to stay, what to do, and where to eat if you want to immerse yourself into the world of The Hunger Games on your next trip to Hawaii.

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