Hawaiian Travel Tips – 5 Most Important

September 6th, 2010

imageWhether you are going on a family vacation, a spring break vacation with college friends, or even your honeymoon, Hawaii is a great place to visit at any time of year. While Hawaii is a great travel destination, you may want to know a bit about this place before you land. The following are some important tips that can help you have a great time while you are in Hawaii.

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The Dunhill Scavenger Hunt – This Week’s Hunt: Hawaii

September 5th, 2010

imageAs this country faces an economical recession, many have aborted the idea of taking that yearly vacation.  The images of basking in the sunshine on miles of sandy beaches have been reduced to the travel section of the local newspaper.  While it’s true that the U.S. dollar isn’t what it once was, neither is the idea that some vacation spots are out of reach.  Hawaii, for one, has been on my list of places to visit for a very long time, and like the rest of the country, these islands are reducing their prices to get people to come on over.  So, armed with my desire to visit and my disbelief that you can’t get a good deal to Hawaii, I set out to find just that…I’ll call it my “Travel Scavenger Hunt” – what I found was a bit unbelievable in itself.  Hawaii offers a mixture of adventure, eco-tourism, sun and sand, breathtaking scenery and an overall “Zen” feeling.   From the relaxation and tranquility of Kauai, the volcanoes and remoteness of the “Big Island”, Hawaii, the tourist attractions and natural beauty of  Maui to the more ‘fast paced’ action Oahu, the Hawaiian islands can be 4 different vacations in one.   Family vacations have always been a cornerstone of my adolescence.  I remember packing into my father’s 1975 Chevy Impala and making that 50 mile drive from Boston to the beaches of Cape Cod. Is it possible to stay in Hawaii for less then two trips to the gas station?  Believe it or else, I found a steal in Big Island. The Kona Coast Resort is practically giving away villa accommodations. $88 a night settles you in this 21-acre tropical garden with the panoramic backdrop of the Kona Coast. Adjacent golf course (Kona Country Club), Children’s pool and playground and a ton more things to do is all you’ll need to make your Hawaiian Vacation one the whole family will treasure.      Kauai, the oldest of the main islands, along with being 5,148 feet above sea level, it averages 460 inches of rainfall a year; thus being one of the greenest spots on earth. If you enjoy hiking through canyons and mountains along with viewing some of the most scenic waterfalls anywhere in the world, this sure is the place.  The Sheraton Kauai Resort, a deluxe resort, is now only $199 (I did my home work; this is over 50% off the regular rate!). This oceanfront resort, ideally located on Kauai’s famous Poipu Beach, immerses you in the serene beauty of Hawaii’s oldest island.    Because of the close proximity of all these islands, it might spark your interest to visit more then one island on your vacation to Hawaii.  Each island gives you a completely different flavor and experience. Oahu (known to most as Waikiki, its main tourist area), is the main “city” of the Hawaiian Islands. In Oahu, you can take the kids to learn about the details of December 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was attacked prompting the United States to enter World War II. Created by lava flowing into the ocean and exploding, the “Big Island” of Hawaii is a once in a lifetime viewing. I found a deal for $899 including air from Los Angeles (a bit more from other cities), three nights in Waikiki and three nights in the Big Island.

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Are Air Japan, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and JALways the largest foreign operators at Honolulu?

September 4th, 2010

I’m asking if the presence of the japanese airline carriers in terms of number of flights is making Japan the largest foreign airline operator at Honolulu International Airport?

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Where can I find cheap/free Hawaiian decoration for a party I am having for a 13 year old girl?

August 30th, 2010

I am having an outdoor party for a 13 year old girl and the theme is Hawaiian. There will be a DJ, a table with food, and a “surf hut” for lounging.

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Japan Airlines Files Bankruptcy

August 29th, 2010

Japan Airlines filed for bankruptcy which brings more than half of all visitors from Japan to Hawaii. 1/19/10.

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Visit Hawaii To Experience The Grandeur Of The Massive Waimea Canyon On Kauai

August 29th, 2010

imageA venture to Kauai’s west side will bring you to the tremendous Waimea Canyon, a canyon so impressive that Mark Twain named it the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. It is indeed the largest canyon in the Pacific. Other similarities to the Grand Canyon are clear as it manifests the same rust-coloured rock and gaping chasm which are sure to amaze onlookers. The geology of the Waimea Canyon is worthy of note because of the uniqueness of its formation. It was not just made by the gradual erosion of the rocks and the forcing in of the Eaimea River, as many canyons are, but was also formed in part by the dramatic collapse of the volcano that formed the island of Kauai, more than four million years ago. The cliffs surrounding the canyon are actually made from the ancient lava flows from this volcano. The exposed basalt rocks are what give the canyon its distinctive rusty red colour. The Waimea Canyon is 3,500 feet deep, 14 miles long and a mile wide and provides stunning panoramic views which can be best seen from several look out points, including Kalalau Lookout – from here crested buttes, rugged crags and deep valley gorges can be seen. The canyon can be best reached by the main road, Waimea Canyon Drive, which offers breathtaking views en route and leads on to Kokee State Park where there are several trails for hikers of all abilities. You can hike to the bottom of the canyon or along the top of its ridge, whichever you prefer. A more exhilarating way to view the canyon is by helicopter. Helicopter tours give a fabulous aerial view of the Waimea Canyon and really give a sense of the enormity of this vast canyon as they hover above. The Waimea Canyon tours also take you to the stunning Napali Coast and the Wailua Falls. The beauty of the Napali Coast is astounding as you pass the 3,000 foot green cliffs, beautiful tumbling waterfalls and narrow valleys which make this coastline famous. Kauai is just a 20 minute flight from Oahu and is celebrated for its beautiful palm lined beaches and sparkling blue waters which provide a wonderful contrast to the island’s lush green tropical rainforest found at it’s heart. Here there are secluded deep-water pools and trails that lead into the midst of Kauai’s luscious landscape. Journey along the Wailua River by boat and visitors will be met by the flourishing Fern Grotto and cool cascading waterfalls set amongst exotic flora and fauna. Wildlife is abundant in Kauai and a visit to the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge will impress nature lovers as they catch a glimpse of migratory birds, seabirds, Humpback Whales, monk seals and dolphins from Kilauea Point. There are also a number of upscale eco-lodges, which overlook tranquil bird-filled lakes. When the island has been explored there might be time to browse around the exclusive art galleries on the island or wander around the many small boutiques that offer locally made crafts and jewellery.

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Honolulu Downtown

August 28th, 2010

HONOLULU (March 21) – Aloha Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday, a little more than two years after emerging from bankruptcy. Aloha said it will continue to fly as long as a bankruptcy court accepts the airline’s financial plan to keep operating. The airline said in its filing that it was unable to generate sufficient revenue due to what it called “predatory pricing” by Mesa Air Group Inc.’s go! airline. Aloha Airgroup Inc. emerged from bankruptcy protection in February 2006, just 14 months after filing under Chapter 11. Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group launched go! into the interisland market later in 2006 to compete with Aloha, as well as Hawaiian Airlines Inc. In January, go! reported a $20 million operating loss in its first 16 months of operations. Meanwhile, Aloha and Hawaiian reported combined losses of nearly $65 million since go! began operating. Aloha said it was forced to match go!’s below-cost fares at a time when the airline industry was facing unprecedented increases in the cost of jet fuel. “It is a travesty and a tragedy that the illegal actions of a competitor and other factors completely beyond our control have forced us to take this action,” said David A. Banmiller, Aloha’s president and chief executive officer. Mesa Air Group CEO Jonathan Ornstein declined comment, saying the company had not yet read the filing. In October, a US bankruptcy judge ordered Mesa to pay Hawaiian Airlines $80 million for using confidential information it

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Vacation In Maui, And Stay The Night In a Hawaii Vacation Rental Property

August 25th, 2010

imageThere are very few vacations across the world that offer as much opportunity for adventure, excitement, and relaxation as Hawaii does. Surfing is perhaps one of the most popular pastimes vacationers and locals alike engage in during the summer months, but there are many other activities you can enjoy throughout the year as well. One of the most beloved islands to visit in Hawaii is Maui, particularly famed as being a “melting pot” of rich diversity and culture. Maui is the home of many sandy beaches, sweeping golf courses, extensive hiking trails, and exotic rainforests. It’s a beautiful island beloved by honeymooners, anniversary couples, families of all sizes, and lone travelers seeking exploration. For all of the tourists that visit this island each year, there is a substantial number of vacation rental properties that can comfortably and affordably accommodate just about everyone.Kaananpali, Maui is a splendidly diverse city that hosts all of the best vacation activities Hawaii has to offer. With little more than 2,000 residents, this small city contains approximately six square miles of beaches, horseback riding trails, tropical trees, and oceanfront property. Lahaina, the capital of Hawaii, is nearby with opportunities to delve deeper in the state’s rich history by visiting the museum or taking a tour through the town. Resorts, rental condos, townhouses, and homes for rent are some of the most popular vacation properties that visitors use for a trip to Kaananpali. There are rental properties available at great prices in both Kaananpali and Lahaina.Kihei is another city many tourists flock to when vacationing in Maui, Hawaii. The population of Kihei is larger than that of Kaananpali with the number of year-round residents amounting to just under 18,000. Kihei proffers miles of beachfront property that can be rented at incredibly reasonable prices when compared to less hospitable, standard hotels in the same general area. Although Kihei is a great destination for anyone in search of fun, the properties in this area are particularly ideal for families and other large groups. Three-bedroom (and more) condos, homes, and an assortment of resort options are available for negotiable durations of time, so you’ll have the choice of how long you’d like your trip to last.Wailea’s population fits snuggly between Kaananpali and Kihei at approximately 6,500 annual residents. There are several resorts that line the beaches of Wailea, as well as a plethora of privately owned vacation rentals. These properties easily range among homes, villas, condos, and even townhouses large or small enough to accommodate any group, from a growing family to a retired couple. The majority of these properties can be found on or very near to the beautiful white beaches of Maui, so virtually all of your adventures will be within walking distance of your vacation home. With all of the great activities Maui offers, as well as fair, comparable prices in vacation rental properties, you could be only an airplane ride away from experiencing the trip of a lifetime.

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Celebrate your Honeymoon in Hawaii

August 24th, 2010

imageEver since childhood individuals grow with a feeling that out there in the wilderness there is someone special waiting for them. And often we think of spending our lives with our special ones in our rosy imaginary world. And then the time comes, when we do meet up with our dream man/woman, we really do want to leave any stones unturned. Wedding, to put loosely, comes with new hopes, new beginning and a new life. Since wedding marks the beginning of the most important phase of ones life, every newly married couple plans the best possible honeymoon vacation for themselves to begin in the best possible way.

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Hawaii Weather & Honeymoon Packages

August 21st, 2010

www.hawaii-aloha.com **Hawaii Vacation News – June 16, 2008 – Hawaii’s the best Vacation spot, Hawaii’s Award Winners, Hawaii Wants Your Body!, Oahu’s Pizza Fix (Antonio’s), Honeymoon in Hawaii, Island Weather

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