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Yesterday, we mentioned that everything you see in Waikiki, from the infrastructure to the grains of sand, have been brought in for the purposes of tourism. That wasn't us being dramatic. Waikiki used to be a marshy, taro-growing region before the decision was made to create what exists today.
The Ala Wai Canal was created to dry out the land, and the sand was shipped in from Australia and California. Naturally and unfortunately, the sand was then washed out to sea by the tides, coating and killing most of the reefs directly off shore. With that damage being done, artificial reefs have since been put into place (aka dropped in). We're talking shipwrecks, airplanes, and less-than-sexy triangular structures that encourage fish to congregate and seaweed to grow.
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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.
Airlines are often quick to add some new colors and other artwork to the sides of their aircraft, but the stuff that usually stay on the ground never really gets much attention—think ramps, baggage handlers, stairs, and other ground handing.
Hawaiian Airlines is changing this, however, as they’ve partnered with local artists to bring a little color and design to the tarmac.
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:
Enter for a chance to win a five-day and four-night trip for two to Honolulu plus airfare—enter by September 20.
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.
There’s some new goodies and treasures on display over at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, and it all has to do with air travel over to Hawaii.
The new exhibit is called Hawaii By Air, and it reveals the progress and changes in air travel between the mainland and one of the most remote spots on earth. Early flights are detailed and documented from the first flights that crossed the Pacific to the initial boom in island tourism. Learn how Inter-Island Airways made hopping between the islands a little bit easier and way more convenient than taking a boat between spots like Oahu and Maui.
There’s never a bad time to visit Hawaii, but now might be one of the best times to visit. However, for some, we could also see how now would be one of the worst times to visit. That’s because there’s been some rumblings, shakings, and other underground stuff happening with one of the state’s volcanoes.
Over in on the Big Island of Hawaii the volcano known as Mauna Loa may be getting ready to erupt for the first time in decades—the last eruption was way back in 1984.
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Remember the days when you used to get a complimentary meal with your airline ticket? Yeah, we barely do. And what's worse, is there's a whole generation of kids growing up thinking thats it's "normal" to pay $12 for turkey and cheese sandwich on a flight. Sigh.
But on Hawaiian Airlines, you can at least pretend that all that nickel-and-diming never happened. That's because Hawaiian is the last domestic airline left that serves a complimentary meal AND a complimentary glass of wine.
Here's a shot of the fare from Maui (OGG) to Los Angeles (LAX.) In the bun is grounded up Hawaiian BBQ chicken manapua, made with garlic, ginger and peas. It was tasty. On the side you get a small salad with packaged salad dressing, a Hawaiian shortbread cookie, a cup of water and (hells yes) a glass of wine. On the way to Maui, we got the same salad but a special fried noodle dish and two chocolate-covered macadamia nuts.
You can check on the type of of meal you will have on your Hawaiian airlines flight here as well as read about the man behind the complimentary (and first class) meals, Thai-born Chef Chai Chaowasaree.
It’s never been a better time to board with fully charged electronic doodads, as carriers have started to start streaming stuff like never before. United is the latest carrier to use WiFi to share much more than just the internet, as now they’re sending programming right to your device.
Things are limited at this point, but United just started testing things out on certain flights to and from Hawaii. They’re working with—or just paying—Panasonic to get things up and running, as the plan is to beam and stream around 150 shows and movies from servers aboard the plane to your tablet, phone, or other thing with a screen.
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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We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, as there’s alway these current contests:
Enter between now and April 30th each and every day, as United Airlines is giving away some airfare over to Belize as part of the My Coke Rewards program. Apparently if Belize isn't your preferred destinations things can be changed, as options across the United States and Central America are also open to the winners. It's all part of Earth Day celebrations, as they want you to learn all about United and their commitment to the environment. The link above will fill you in on the rules and regulations, and you'll be one-step closer to scoring something with an a approximate retail value of $1,050.
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Last week, Hawaii announced that was establishing a conservation easement on a section of Oahu’s North Shore, effectively shielding over 650 acres of land from future development.
The agreement ensures the land, which is owned by Turtle Bay Resort, will never suffer the same fate as Waikiki and become an urban development project. Marine and land ecosystems will be protected and thus restored, and the area will become a haven for public recreation, education, and cultural activities.