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Travel Contest Roundup: Five Island Trips to Win This Winter

December 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are five vacation contests to enter right now that might just have you adjusting to island time:

Levo League – Jetset to Jamaica

The holidays will soon be over and done with, and the cold harsh winter will move in forever. That’s why you need to look forward to a trip to Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay. The big winner will get three nights in an ocean front room along with breakfast, airfare, and a couple of massages—around $2,200 in free prize value.

Allure Access – Present Perfect

For a chance at this one you need to enter sooner than later, as things will close to entries on December 23. Here you’re entering for a shot at a five-night stay down in St. Croix, as you just might be staying—along with a pal—at the historic Buccaneer Resort. Other goodies include airfare, spa treatments, and daily breakfast.

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How to Get Tickets 2015's Maui Comedy Festival

December 16, 2014 at 4:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Maui Comedy Festival has released tickets for next year's event, just in time for Christmas.

The fest hasn't announced a lineup for 2015 yet, but given the list of last year's performers - including Craig Robinson, Aisha Tyler, Reggie Watts, and Tig Notaro - it's sure to be a good one.

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Where Travel Writers Want to Go in 2015: Part 3

December 16, 2014 at 12:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

We see Nantucket in our future for 2015...

As 2014 quickly comes to a close, there's no better time than now to think through exactly where we want the next 12 months to take us. Forget trend pieces trumpeting generic destination hotspots; over the next week, we'll share with you where our own Jaunted contributors personally want to go in 2015.

Kyle here—with the addition of a brand new baby suitcase in 2014 my plans for 2015 are just a little different. Sure far off stretches and exotic locations are still on the travel to-do list, but I think I will dream of some more realistic locations for 2015 in search of foodie finds, charming towns, and the great outdoors.

1. Nantucket! I have been before, but I can’t wait to go again. I was tipped off to the place’s awesomeness by our own fearless leader, and after visits a couple years in a row—I was hooked. Surfside Beach, Cisco Brewery, and the WAVE bus are all waiting for me this summer, and I can’t wait to share it all with my daughter.

2. For whatever reason I cannot get enough fun in the sun over in Hawaii. Whether it’s Maui, the Big Island, Kauai, or Oahu they all have their own treasures and treats. I think it might just be that I really enjoying swimming with the fish—like in the snorkeling way. Maybe this year will finally be the time I check out Molokai or Lanai, or try out scuba diving for the first time.

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Where Travel Writers Want to Go in 2015: Part 2

December 15, 2014 at 6:03 PM | by | Comment (1)


Above: Copenhagen, Denmark

As 2014 quickly comes to a close, there's no better time than now to think through exactly where we want the next 12 months to take us. Forget trend pieces trumpeting generic destination hotspots; over the next week, we'll share with you where our own Jaunted contributors personally want to go in 2015.

Next up is Jaunted's Editor, Cynthia, who seeks freedom, authenticity, and quiet moments and when she travels:

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More Seats Means More People in Less Space on Planes to Hawaii

December 8, 2014 at 9:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

Be sure to stretch out those legs before hopping between islands on your next trip over to Hawaii, as Hawaiian Airlines is changing up the seating structure on the planes serving the inter island routes.

In the trend of most other airlines, Hawaiian Airlines is ordering up slimline seats, and as a result they’re hoping to squeeze in about 10 more passengers per plane. The thinner cushions should allow up to 128 passengers per jet—aboard the Boeing 717s—if you’re keeping count.

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Travel Contest Roundup: Six Ways to Hightail It to Hawaii

November 28, 2014 at 9:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner. Here are a few options that might get you a little fun in the sun over in Hawaii:

Dream Plan Go Honeymoon of a Lifetime Hawaii Contest and Sweepstakes

Tell your story of why you need a honeymoon in Hawaii, and they don't even care if it's just a long overdue one. The grand prize winner gets airfare, four nights accommodations, and a rental car to explore. Just be sure to enter by November 28.

Dole Sweet Inspiration Sweepstakes

Cruise all the way to Hawaii with this contest, and even if you don't win there's some other prizes available as well. The big winner might just score a trip for four over to Hawaii thanks to Princess Cruises—enter by December 3.

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Hawaii Will Host a Flight Attendant Fashion Show This Weekend

November 7, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Skip the beach for a little bit this weekend, and enjoy a little bit of a fashion show during your time on the islands. This weekend uniforms, accessories, styles, and designs from Hawaiian Airlines will be on display, and if you’re in the neighborhood and have the time—it’s yours to check out.

The presentation from Hawaiian Airlines is all part of their sponsorship of Hawaii Fashion Month. The fun takes place at the MAMo Wearable Arts show at the Hawaii Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public, and it begins around 7:30pm on November 8—that’s Saturday. It’s actually the first time Hawaiian Airlines has done something like this, but we’re thinking if it goes well—it might not be the last.

The flight attendant fun isn’t the only thing taking place, as the MAMo Wearable Arts event will also show off some goodies from a few native artists from the Aloha State as well. Things like bamboo printing, lauhala weaving, and body art will be on display, and that’s in addition to some dancing, chanting, and other Hawaiian activities and traditions.

We’d see you there—but sadly, no Hawaii in the plans for us this weekend.

[Photo from HNL: Jaunted]

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Travelers Just Can't Seem to Find Oahu's 'Other' Airport, Kalaeloa

October 20, 2014 at 10:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Getting to the airport can be a real hassle. The signs aren’t totally clear, you can’t figure out where to return the car, and sometimes the difference between arrivals and departures is a little tricky. In Oahu, however, travelers have started complaining about the location of the area's other airport, and have missed their flights as a result of confusion.

Most travelers, as in like 99% of them, do their thing in and out of Honolulu International Airport, and that’s usually not a problem to find. However, it’s the smaller airport on the western side of the island that’s proving a problem.

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It's Not All That Easy to Find Good Poke in Hawaii

October 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Although unassuming, Alicia's Market in Honolulu boasts one hell of a poke bar

When it comes to enjoying sushi and raw fish, there is a sense of elegance that comes along with how refreshing and clean it is in both appearance and taste. Funny, then, that the best poke I found during my swing through the Hawaiian Islands was typically from places where the idea of buying raw fish looks really bad on paper. Like, liquor stores and chain grocery conglomerates, to name a few.

Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised after discovering that the best bread on Molokai was from one of the shadiest bakeries I've ever seen. The lesson here is that while you might be enticed to seek out somewhere fancy for raw fish, the most impressive poke bars are often found in the most unimpressive of places as far as appearances go. Below, we list a few recommendations that we were led to during our travels to illustrate the point. When you go, be sure to ask around town for the best place, and hopefully this teaches you not to roll your eyes if they send you to a grocery store.

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This is What's at the End of Kauai's Most Famous Hike

October 16, 2014 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our campsite on Kalalau Beach at the end of the Kalalau Trail on Kauai

Just about a year ago, we hiked the first two miles of the Kalalau Trail on Kauai's Na Pali Coast, calling it one of the prettiest coastal hikes we had ever walked while showing off the photos. After such an impressive experience, we decided to return to tackle the entire trail and spend two nights at Kalalau Beach before hiking back out.

Although the 11-mile hike begins and ends at sea level, the Kalalau Trail gains and then drops a total of 5,000 feet in elevation via a series of rolling valleys along the Na Pali coast. In addition to the rigorous ups and downs of the terrain, the trail is very narrow at times with unstable footing, especially when it rains, right along the cliffside. It doesn't require any technical experience, but it does require that you are able to maintain good balance with a full pack.

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Cheap Waikiki: This Japanese Gem Might Be the Best Bang for Your Buck in the City

Where: 2310 Kuhio Avenue [map], Waikiki, Hawaii, United States
October 10, 2014 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (2)

Lineup at Marukame Udon in Waikiki

Between Waikiki and Honolulu, the south shore of Oahu is without question the epicenter of Hawaii's food scene. The problem is that, given the area's tourism draw and expensive real estate, food prices can be quite hefty, making it tough on the budget traveler to dive in. Last week, while investigating some of the Asian-influenced eateries in the area, we discovered a restaurant that we think might be the best-going value in Waikiki: Marukame Udon.

Marukame is a seat-yourself, cafeteria-style restaurant that specializes in udon noodle bowls. The lineup, which can get extremely long during peak hours, takes you through the different stations, starting with the udon. Behind the counter, you can see them making the noodles, and it is here that we found the best value: $5.25 for a noodle bowl. There are a handful of flavoring options, including curry, bukkake, kake, niku, and veggie, among others.

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Mailbag: What's Up with All Those Pine Trees on Lanai?

October 7, 2014 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

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When you land on the island of Lanai and head towards Lanai City, you’ll notice immediately that something’s different. Instead of palm trees, the roads and hillsides are lined with tall pine trees. And not just one or two – they are literally the most dominate tree on an otherwise dry, bare island. What’s up with that?

The varietal you see now is called a Cook Island Pine. But the story begins with the Norfolk Pine, which appeared first on the island in the late 1800s. In 1911, a rancher named George Munro was laying in bed and, despite the lack of rain, heard water dripping down on his tin roof. Lanai is the driest of the Hawaiian Islands, and so any extra water coming from the sky was something people noticed.

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