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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.
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After a couple of in-flight Mai Tai beverages you might need a little bit extra room to stretch out and relax, and thankfully that’s now a possibility aboard Hawaiian Airlines. The carrier is jumping on the pay-to-play system when it comes to increased legroom seating, and now these options are officially up for sale to passengers.
You still might need to wait a few months before testing things out, but you can now at least pay a little extra for them and guarantee that they will be available for your flight later this year. These Extra Comfort economy seats will be first available on the carrier’s Airbus A330 fleet, and you are now welcome to select these better seats right on the airline’s website. Travel on or after August 1 is an option as of now, so you might want to delay that vacation until that time.
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Next week is Valentine's Day and, if you haven't even begun to think about what gift to get your honey to show your affection, take it from us that plane tickets trump flowers or chocolates any day. With that, just any old city won't do to make the holiday a memorable getaway, so picking the perfect romantic destination is key.
From lovey-dovey beach weekends to a high-style cities, the United States offers up some perfect locations to be shot by Cupid's arrow. Put your passport away for once, as we've compiled the most romantic locations around the country to spend this V-Day with your loved one.
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.
If you're anything like us, you like to enjoy yourself and have a good time on the road. There's no question that we do our fair share of research after the sun goes down in a destination, and coming together over a local beer or spirit is a great way to meet people and get involved in the social scene.
But for those of you who fancy feeling good about yourself in the morning yet would still like to indulge, the Polynesians might have the answer you've been looking for. Kava is a chalky, earthy drink that is made from the roots of the yaqona plant, and although it is alcohol free, it has been known to make people feel pretty good about themselves.
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After the warmth of the holiday season fades and January and February begin to sink in their teeth throughout most of the country, you won't be alone if you find yourself dreaming of the ocean. You could always cruise out to So Cal, but we're recommending an extended winter vacation this year, one that you should start planning now while the cash is already flowing from your wallet. Don't wait for those holiday bills to come -- at that point, you'll be too discouraged to cough up any more.
Given the popularity of resolutions, the beginning of the new year is a great time to try something new. And since we're talking summer, how about holding up in a small beach town and learning to surf? Here are three destinations we visited this year that will have you hanging ten in no time.
So far, organic growth thanks to newfound tourism has created a local, pleasant surf town vibe in Sayulita that is not found in the hustle and bustle of nearby Puerto Vallarta. Even though many of the businesses are most definitely there because of tourism, the town has done a nice job overall of keeping them authentic and feeling local -- something we greatly appreciate.
Surfboards can be rented right off the beach for less than $25 a day and multi-person bungalows can be rented for as little as $90/night (there are also cheap hostels and a campground). We recommend you not hesitate, because as great as the town is at the moment, we see small signs of infection – such as annoying beach vendors and aggressive restaurant greeters – that could very well begin to change the feel of the town in the coming years. We have our fingers crossed, but we aren’t holding our breath given the direction most other Mexican destinations have gone with their approach to tourism. So, go!
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.
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.
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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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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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.