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Hawaii Winter Weather

This week in Hawaii. We are in the midst of another very cool and rainy winter week here in Hawaii.  The photo above is of the back yard, which develops a muddy winter river during these periods of heavy rain.  I’ve been hold up in the house with doors and windows closed.  At the moment, [...]

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Hotel Reviews: Now A Complete Mess

Updated 6/23:  Be sure to see our most recent article on TripAdvisor fraud. The situation is quickly getting much worse. Finding the truth about others’ hotel experiences, at least here in Hawaii, has now become impossible.  I consider myself reasonably astute at this, and there is just no way for me to make good use [...]

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New Hawaii Weather Tracking

NOAA’s National Weather Service has some new features available only for Hawaii.  I really like the ease and functionality they add and think you might too.  Launched in the past couple of weeks, they provide: A statewide weather view from which you can easily drill down to any region of interest.  No need to put [...]

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Jellyfish: It Can Even Happen Here

Late last week, I had quite a surprise instead of an intended swim, when I found Kauai’s Salt Pond Beach closed due to jellyfish.  This is the first time I can ever remember Salt Pond being impacted by jellyfish.  The lifeguard told me that he had counted over 500 of them that day. Jellyfish are [...]

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Swap To Hawaii For Free?

Mile High Swap has been in the news recently so I signed up for a trial run.  The site was launched last month by two marketing execs. They had an “ah-ha” moment when they saw the value of outstanding frequent flier points was over $500 Billion.  When I heard about Mile High Swap, I had [...]

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Finding Hawaii Car Deals In 2009

Getting a good deal on a car rental, especially in Hawaii, takes time, skill and luck.  This past week for example, I rented a car at Kahului, Maui for $30 a day.  If I’d rented the same car without doing the work below, the cheapest price was more than double.  I have another car rental [...]

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Why A Waikiki Beach Smoking Ban?

As I write, Hawaii’s legislature is considering banning smoking on famous Waikiki Beach.  The bill, which is expected to pass, will take effect immediately. The law is designed to keep cigarette butts off of the beach, while still allowing smoking on nearby sidewalks. Waikiki beach has been through a significant transformation in recent years and [...]

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5 Money Saving Tips For Visiting Hawaii in 2009

This is the first in a series of posts on affordable Hawaii, 2009. 1.  Consider package deals. Having said that, always price it yourself separately to be sure it is truly a good value.  Online travel agencies, including Orbitz, Travelocity and Expedia are anxious for you to book their air plus hotel or car deals.  [...]

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10 Most Popular Posts From 2008

Here’s a look back at Beat of Hawaii’s ten most popular posts from 2008.  I removed posts that contained time sensitive information (like airfare deals) and came up with the following list based on page views. How To Eat Well At 30,000 Feet First Look: Kauai’s Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas When To Find The [...]

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Could This Foreclosure Affect You?

Last month I wrote about four recent Hawaii hotel foreclosures.  At that time it did not appear that the foreclosures would directly affect visitors.  Now I’ve learned that in fact that may not be true. Good question from a reader. Micc wrote a comment on the previous post and had the good sense and perhaps [...]

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