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What to Eat in Kauai, Hawaii: 17 Foods to Rock Your World

March 30, 2015 at 2:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hope you're hungry.

We may have already shared our secret of the best local ramen on the island (Hamura Ramen Stand!), but the truth of the matter is that there's enough good eats on Kauai to warrant more than just a quick trip. It's no wonder Kauai is a destination with visitor loyalty; travelers and families we met all seemed to have a history with the place, vacationing there for generations or having made it their permanent vacation with a long-distance move.

Deep into a shave ice with a view to the sunset over surfers in Poipu Beach, we admit to considering it ourselves; it would be all too easy to live in Kauai and eat well every day of the year. Still, for those with only several days to taste Kauai, we recommend these 17 favorites:

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Food Worth Flying For: The Saimin Ramen of Kauai, Hawaii

March 25, 2015 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have).

Shave ice. Puka Dog. Mai Tais. Ahi poke. Kalua pork. Macadamia nut...everything. We could go on.

You see, the food-related reasons to travel to Kauai, HI are pretty much endless, but we keep returning to one taste from the island over and over: Saimin Ramen.

Though you may recognize the word ramen, "saimin" is a special sort of the comforting noodle dish specific to the Hawaiian islands. The original influence is a mix of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Filipino, but the inclusion of Hawaiian-favorite Spam lunch meat and, depending on your personal preferences, may also contain, sausage, eggs, wonton, dumplings, and kimchi.

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How a Scuba Dive in Kauai Just Became Our Favorite Ever

March 18, 2015 at 5:18 PM | by | Comment (1)

Dear snorkelers and scuba divers:

Have you ever experienced a trip out into the water which was so impressive, effortless, and magical that you just know you'll be comparing all future water adventures to it?

Such was our recent experience during a dive off the south coast of Kauai, Hawaii, with the island's Seasport Divers.

What made it special enough to become the best scuba dive of our lives (so far)? During the long, long flight home from Hawaii, we boiled down the exceptional experience to 8 factors to look in every future dive:

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Hawaii for Half-Price? Airfare Deals to the Islands Keep on Coming

March 9, 2015 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hawaii is cheap this season, you guys. The faraway state of paradise (both literal and figurative) has seen airfare deals from all over the country, for totals that've been beating prices to Cancun, Cabo, and even Florida. Right now is the time to rethink and reroute vacation plans in the direction of the Pacific Ocean.

The onslaught of Hawaii deals began in December, with some roundtrips from almost all major US cities to most major Hawaiian airports in the high $500 range. We jumped on a $570 US Airways deal from Boston to Kauai—one of the most expensive islands to travel to—and a friend snagged Detroit-Kauai on Delta. It seemed a Christmas miracle, having flights to Hawaii for 50% off!

To our surprise and everyone's benefit, those deals have continued and, in certain cases, even sweetened. Our friends at FareDealAlert just dug up a $355 roundtrip to Honolulu on United from Minneapolis and various other middle America cities suffering from the winter blues. Chicago is a hair more at $500.

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When (and When Not) to Splurge on a Rental Car Convertible

March 6, 2015 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

The wind in your hair, the radio turned up, sunglasses on fleek, and every hottie on the sidewalk glancing your way. You're driving a convertible, baby!

The transformer of automobiles is frequently associated with men in mid-life crises and women who list "trophy wife" as their occupation, but there's no reason it's not also for you, for at least a few days. Convertibles are best enjoyed as a rental car, but making the decision to lay down the dollars for the upgrade is the worst part of the experience. In fact, it's a dilemma we faced hardcore in Hawaii this week.

Arriving to the Avis rental car counter at Kauai's Lihue Airport, we asked about the availability of an upgrade to a convertible. This being Hawaii, the lot was packed with Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro convertibles, and the agent noted that typically they cost $129/day to rent (Priceline actually has them from $65/day at the LIH Airport location), but the upgrade price is significantly less on a prepaid economy reservation such as ours.

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Oh Lei! Hawaiian Airlines is Spiffing Up Its Premier Club Lounges

February 6, 2015 at 10:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Leaving Hawaii is never easy, but at least your time at the airport might be that much more enjoyable thanks to the folks over at Hawaiian Airlines. They’ve always had a few lounges here and there across the island airports, but now they’re spending some cash to spiff them up for both tourists and locals alike.

All in all they’re upgrading and improving six of their Premier Club lounges, but up first was the one over at Honolulu International Airport—and it’s now open for business. Think the usual lounge offerings like free WiFi, plenty of power outlets, and free snacks and beverages.

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Enter The $100,000 Hawaii Contest From The Travel Channel

January 30, 2015 at 11:10 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you do just one thing today—besides going to work—be sure it’s entering the latest contest from the folks over at the Travel Channel.

This year their big giveaway known as The Trip: 2015 is all about Hawaii, and one lucky winner is going to score around $100,000 worth of airfare, vacation, and spending cash.

Hosts from the channel will take viewers across five different islands showing off all the giveaway goodness. That way you’ll know what you’re getting into if you win the grand prize (the next airing is February 4 so set your DVR).

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As Blizzard Hits NYC, Ambassador Taylor Swift is Whale-Watching in Hawaii

January 26, 2015 at 6:03 PM | by | Comment (1)

Greetings from Maui! @haimtheband

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Taylor Swift has taken time out from her busy job as the tourism ambassador for New York City to remind us that it is currently whale-watching season in Hawaii.

The country pop singer was Instagramming like crazy over the weekend during her trip to Maui with the cool girls of the band Haim.

Here is an actual video from the whale-watching session:

YES WHALE. @haimtheband

Une vidéo publiée par Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) le


Not gon' lie. We were a bit jealous. Then the jealousy escalated to near-hatred of Taylor Swift whose official title could be: "Woman Who Rebounded from Jake Gyllenhaal with Harry Styles and Then Made a Chart-Busting Album About It." But before we unfollowed her in jealous disgust, Taylor won us over again with this post.

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The Obamas Aren't the Only Famous Family Celebrating in Hawaii This Week

December 22, 2014 at 2:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

The holidays are here, which means the annual onslaught of celebrity vacation photos is also upon us. And, it looks like The Obamas won't be the only famous family enjoying Hawaii this season. Already, two other celebrity couples have attracted their own entourage of photographers on the islands.

Last week, Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis were spotted hitting the beach in Maui with baby Otis. They've taken part in the decade's trendiest celebrity sport, paddleboarding, a few times since arriving on the island, too.

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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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