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Hawaii Trip Itineraries

Urban Oahu

Urban Oahu
Destination(s): Oahu

Who said paradise can't be found in Hawaii? Urban paradise is not an oxymoron in the Hawaiian sense. In fact, it's a way of life for more than a million people here on Oahu, and it's a great way of life at that! Visitors to Oahu shouldn't miss a few great days in the big metropolis of Honolulu. Day 1: Kahala/Diamond Head area Day 2: Waikiki Day 3: Ala Moana/Downtown area read more about Urban Oahu... Read More

Teen Maui

Teen Maui
Destination(s): Maui

OK, everyone up early today, so you can arrive upcountry in time for breakfast at the Pukalani Terrace Restaurant on your way to the slopes of Haleakala for the Zipline and ATV tours. Stop at Pi`iholo Ranch on the way down for horseback riding on the mountain (lessons?). Lunch at Polli?s in Makawao and then down to Kanaha (Airport) Beach to see the kite-surfers up close. Those who dare: take a lesson in sailboarding from the Alan Cadiz School; others swim. Dinner at Ruby?s Diner for a taste of the 50?s, then take-out home-made frozen dessert from Tasaka Guri Guri to eat at Iao Valley State Park where, if you?re lucky, you?ll catch local musicians playing for outdoor parties. read more about Teen Maui... Read More

Maui for Keiki (under10's)

Maui for Keiki (under10's)
Destination(s): Maui

Start on the West Side with breakfast at the atmospheric Rusty Harpoon in Whaler?s Village and an educational visit to the Whaler?s Village Museum. Then, a trip on the historic Sugar Cane Train and an unforgettable undersea ride on an authentic Atlantis Submarine. Stop for lunch at Bubba Gump?s and admire the sea view. Head toward Central Maui for a visit to the magnificent Maui Ocean Center and a tour of the Maui Tropical Plantation (it?s free!). Dinner at Ruby?s Diner will give the kids a taste of the 50?s and complete the evening with their favorite: the Fun Factory! If they are still awake, try the home-made frozen dessert at Tasaka Guri Guri, and so to bed. read more about Maui for Keiki (under10's)... Read More

Lahaina Town

Lahaina Town
Destination(s): Maui

Welcome to a relaxing, no driving day, exploring historic Lahaina Town, former royal capitol and harbor of the whaling trade. Arrive early for free parking and head for the central Banyan Tree Park (yes, that?s ONE tree!). Stop for breakfast at the Pioneer Inn Grill when you wish, then explore the historic Old Lahaina Prison, Old Lahaina Courthouse and the nearby Baldwin Home Museum. Continue up Front Street, stopping at the exotic Wo Hing Museum, to Longhi?s Restaurant, a Lahaina institution and excellent for lunch or hors d?oeuvres (?pupus? in Hawaiian). Then, keep walking along the seawall until you come to a road that leads to the Mala Boat Ramp. Along the shorefront, you will find the delightful and rarely visited Jodo Mission and the largest Buddha statue outside of Asia! A short walk further and you arrive at the Old Lahaina Luau (reservations required), the most famous show in Hawai`I (dinner included). Friday night is ?art night? in Lahaina, so stroll back down and visit the Wyland Galleries, the Curtis Wilson Cost Gallery and many, many more. Perhaps a nightcap at the Pioneer Inn and off to bed. read more about Lahaina Town... Read More

South Maui

South Maui
Destination(s): Maui

Your day of tropical sand and sea begins just after dawn at La Perouse Bay, where, if you are lucky, you will see the spinner dolphins play. Then on to Makena State Park and the majestic Maluaka Beach. Swim only if the current permits. Ready for breakfast? Try the Seawatch Restaurant, just above Wailea Beach, for economy and panoramic views. Keawakapu Beach is my personal favorite swimming beach and Joy?s Place my preferred lunchtime venue. Are you adventurous enough to take a lesson with the Windsurf School? If not, perhaps a stroll through the Art by Loyd Gallery might appeal. Dinner at Stella Blues Caf? guarantees delicious food and, if you want nightlife that?s exciting, try Life?s a Beach. Otherwise, a quiet drink on the sand in front of the Fairmont Kea Lani hotel never fails to enthrall. read more about South Maui... Read More

Big Island Hawaii Holiday Budget Minders

Big Island Hawaii Holiday Budget Minders
Destination(s): Big Island (Hawaii)

Although the Big Island has it's share of world-class resorts, fabulous golf courses and much more, there are still ways to keep it real, friendly and on budget.

Local hotel chains like Uncle Billy's and Seaside Hotels have long offered budget rates and clean rooms for locals and neighbor island residents. Remember that all Hawaii beaches are public and free and even a visits to some of the premiere parks on the island are reasonably priced if not gratis. read more about Big Island Hawaii Holiday Budget Minders... Read More

Hawaii Volcanoes by Land Sea and Sky

Hawaii Volcanoes by Land Sea and Sky
Destination(s): Big Island (Hawaii)

The volcano has haunted and amazed many for generations. Kilauea has been active for over 25 years and the stories and mystical sightings of the hot-tempered Hawaiian goddess Pele lend even more to the mystery and fascination. This tour allows you to embrace the legends and lava of the volcano and make the memories yours. read more about Hawaii Volcanoes by Land Sea and Sky... Read More

My Top 10 Hotels in Hawaii

My Top 10 Hotels in Hawaii
Destination(s): Big Island (Hawaii)

Why settle for anything less than the best in accommodations when in paradise? My top 10 list of Hawaiian hotels will give you the information you need to make the right choice. The Fairmont Orchard has something for everyone. Family activities and settings? Got it! Activities for couples? Got it! All of this with a breathtaking view of the beach as well. The Mauna Lani Resort offers the best in amenities without the price of a 5-star hotel. Spacious rooms with views of the beach, a golf course, and more make this one of our favorites. The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu is a gated community offering understated luxury and unrivaled amenities with a staff that is gracious and knowledgeable. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa has exquisite landscaping and a wide range of choices from casual to fine dining. Use my top 10 hotel list to find the one that best suits you. read more about My Top 10 Hotels in Hawaii... Read More

Hawaii Holiday Brunching on the Big Island

Hawaii Holiday Brunching on the Big Island
Destination(s): Big Island (Hawaii)

Whether at a simple coffee shop with frenzied waitresses or a subdued al fresco table with views of the crashing surf and palm trees, a Big Island brunch is more than just chatter about plans to see dolphins or visit volcanoes. It’s thick coconut syrup on macadamia nut waffles, freshly brewed 100 percent Kona coffee (not the blend) served lavishly and generously. Sweet lilikoi butter on warm popovers, Portuguese Sweet Bread French Toast and POG, a blend of passion fruit, orange and guava juice that is an island classic. read more about Hawaii Holiday Brunching on the Big Island ... Read More

Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Hawaii

Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Hawaii
Destination(s): Kauai

Use our top 10 romantic things-to-do in Hawaii list to make the most of your honeymoon or amorous getaway. For active couples, Kipu Falls Zipline trek is a must-do activity. Hiking, swimming, and a rope swing across a deep water pond at the base of a waterfall make for an unforgettable experience. If you and your spouse crave even more adventure take a zip line ride high above the forest canopy and waterfalls of the area. For a less rigorous couples bonding experience, try your hand at a guided tour of Diamond Head Crater at sunrise. Revel in the beautiful splendor of panoramic views of Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean while learning about the history of this local treasure from knowledgeable guides. Be sure to visit Makena State Park for the scenic natural views and people-watching. Use our top 10 guide to experience something out of the norm for your romantic vacation getaway. read more about Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Hawaii... Read More