hawaii Travel Guide
There’s so much to photograph across the islands of Hawaii. There’s the sun, the sand, the waves, and even the celebrities doing their thing over in paradise. Sure you might not work for TMZ, but sometimes it’s hard to resist snapping a celeb shot while they work on their rest and relaxation. Better get those shots in quickly, as it sounds like Hawaii might be tightening the rules when it comes to what you can and can’t photograph in paradise—don’t worry, the waterfalls are still fair game.
Over two-thirds of the state senators over in the Aloha State have already signed on to a new piece of legislation, as they look to protect the right to a little bit of privacy for vacationing celebrities. It would give the rich and famous the right to sue over unexpected snapshots of them doing their thing while having a little fun in the sun. Of course we wouldn’t enjoy someone following us around while doing our thing in Hawaii, but celebrities love the attention—right? Ha.
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Two vintage uniforms with the current one (at right)
"Today we united the two best cities in the countryNew York and Honolulu. We'll have you on the beach, Mai Tai in hand, on the same day."
These words come from Mr. Mark Dunkerley, CEO of Hawaiian Airlines and the smilingest person last night at the party to celebrate the start of the airline's first flight between JFK and HNL. Of course he'd say this, since it's not only his airline, but his party and his Airbus A330-220 widebody that'll be zipping tropics-minded passengers on the long 10-hour flight.
Still, the start of this route marks a historic occasion for the airline and JFK airport, since Hawaiian has been around since 1929 and never before pulled their purple tail in a gate in the Big Apple. Now you'll be able to find the purple tail sticking out from the field of blue at JetBlue's T5 at JFK.
This weekend the family friendly 3D sequel to the 2008 hit Journey to the Center of the Earth heads into theaters. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island centers around Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson), who receives a message from his long-lost grandfather Alexander Anderson (Michael Caine) from a fabled Mysterious Island. Sean decides to find the island but has to take along his stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson), their pilot Gabato (Luis Guzmán), and his strong-willed daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens) on this journey of a lifetime.
The movie's plot might not sound too original, but its locations make up for it. Journey 2 was filmed in Oahu, Hawaii, around the Waimea Valley and Kualoa Ranch.
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For celebrities, summer vacation means sand and surf and it looks like this year their beaches of choice are in Hawaii.
Just yesterday, Julia Roberts was spotted laying under a makeshift tent built out of branches and sarongs on the beach in Kauai, along with her husband, Danny Moder and their three kids, twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, and son Henry. The famous family went swimming, played on bodyboards and ate sandy sandwiches for lunch, just like the rest of us.
Young Hollywood is basking in Maui's sun (and accolades) this week. Yesterday, Andrew Garfield, Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund came out to support Megan Fox as she received the Iris Award at Maui Film Festival's Celestial Cinema.
Andrew and Olivia will receive their own honors at the festival this week when they presented with the Shining Star Awards, while Garrett will receive the Rising Star Award.
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If you've had your travel plans disrupted by one of the many recent volcanoes, here's your chance to learn exactly how they work, and why they're becoming such a nuisance. Volcano Discovery is hosting several trips this year for small groups of novice vulcanologist, including an exhibition to the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii.
During the trip, participants will spend their time studying volcanic activity with an experienced vulcanologist guide. The Kilauea volcano is considered the most active in the world and also features the longest known continuous lava tube, making it one of the best places on earth to learn about volcanoes.
The five day trip will take place between September 25-29 and costs $1790, which includes hotel costs, breakfast, dinner and transportation daily. Air transportation is not included. For more information, visit VolcanoDiscovery.com.
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Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston share the big screen for the first time this weekend in Just Go With It, about a guy who pretends he is married to meet woman and then recruits a co-worker to pretend she's his ex-wife after he meets a woman he actually cares about.
If you're wondering what convinced Jennifer Aniston to star in one of Adam Sandler's movies, there is an explanation: they filmed the movie for seven weeks in Maui. The cast and crew enjoyed all of the perks of the Grand Wailea (like spa services, on-site golf, luxury suites and beach access) while filming (and living) at the resort last spring.
Today, Clint Eastwood's Hereafter opens nationwide and critics are already raving about the movie. But, rather than thinking about the film's focus, which is, well, death, we'd rather think about its amazing locations like Paris, London, San Francisco and especially, Maui.
The movie's griping opening sequence, in which a tsunami hits an island and wipes out a busy marketplace, was filmed on Front St in Lahaina, Maui. According to the movie's location manager, Lahaina was perfect for the scene because, "Front Street's proximity to the water and the architecture of its buildings help supply a look that will require much less transformation towards this goal than other locations which were under consideration."
For the past week, the streets around the He'eia Kea Pier and Kaneohe Bay on the windward coast of Oahu have been jam packed with fans trying to get a glimpse of Captain Jack Sparrow.
Johnny Depp and his Pirates of the Caribbean co-stars are currently filming scenes for the fourth movie on the pirate ship, The Black Pearl, which is docked in Kaneohe Bay. Fans have watched from afar as the actors (or more likely their stunt men) have performed death-defying scenes like sword fighting while climbing up and down the ship's sails.
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green got married! The couple, who officially announced they were engaged two weeks ago, have been together on and off since 2004 when they met on the set of the ABC sitcom "Hope & Faith". But, Megan was sure to add in the announcement that their commitment to each was nothing new and that she’d been engaged for some time.
Now, TMZ is reporting the couple secretly married late last week a small ceremony at the Four Seasons Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii.
The best part of being an A-list celebrity has to be the ability to choose your next movie based on its location. Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler have taken full advantage of their status in Hollywood and are currently filming Just Go With It in Maui.
The movie's primary filming location for the next six weeks will be the Grand Wailea Resort which is also where most of the crew is staying, though we hear Jen decided to stay down the street at the Four Seasons. The Grand Wailea, which is part of the Waldorf Astoria Hotels, is the tops in luxury. The resort is situated on 40 acres, with a private beach, spa, and even a camp for kids. Rates start at $369 per night.
You might remember the story of Bethany Hamilton, the teen who lost her arm in a shark attack off the shores of Tunnels Beach, Kauai in 2003 and was back in the water just 3 weeks later. Now, Bethany's inspiring story is being made into a movie starring AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt.
The cast and crew began filming two weeks ago and have been spending most of the shoot on Oahu's North Shore. On Wednesday, the cast was spotted filming scenes at Sunset Beach, off of Route 83. There are four other popular beaches along the North Shore, Ehukai (The Banzai Pipeline) Beach Park, KeWa`ena Beach, Waimea Bay Beach Park, and Ali`i Beach Park. Winter is the best time for surfers along the North Shore because the waves are at their highest, reaching 15- 20 feet on average. All of the beaches are free and open to the public, but on a good surfing day, you may have trouble finding a parking spot!