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Hawaii Holiday Travel Planning

Here’s my take on the upcoming 2008 holiday travel season: Even though most airlines have reduced their Hawaii service and Aloha and ATA have gone out of business, there’s far more availability than is normal during the holidays.  In the past there have been many sold out travel dates by this time for Christmas holidays.  [...]

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What To Expect In A Hawaii Recession

If at all possible, consider a dramatically price-reduced Hawaii vacation between now and next May. Why? You will not see these values again, probably ever.  Without the crowds, this is truly the idyllic Hawaii of yesteryear. This isn’t the first time I’ve pondered the economy and how it impacts those of us who live here [...]

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Follow Travelocity And Kayak Deals

Following this week’s earlier post on using Expedia’s new travel deal subscriptions, I wanted to point out two other online travel agencies which offer similar features. The reason for using these is to get the most timely updates on travel deals tailored specifically to your travel plans.  The deals will arrive in your RSS reader [...]

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When Airlines Drag Feet On Fare Sales

It seems to me that the airlines aren’t very smart.  But I really want your input on this.  Here’s what I’m thinking. 1.  Transpacific. In spite of huge capacity reductions over the past few months, the carriers flying between the mainland and Hawaii have had too few seats occupied.  This was inevitable.  To avoid empty [...]

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Hawaii Deal Alerts: Expedia and RSS

The online travel agencies have just starting making it far easier to follow their best deals as they happen. Given that today’s top bargains often come and go in the course of a day or two (though not always), this should really help in finding the best Hawaii vacation values from your home city. Here’s [...]

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Economist: Hawaii Now Much More Affordable

There is a “glimmer of light” according to Bank of Hawaii’s chief economist Paul Brewbaker.  Our state has very quickly become affordable again, thanks to the recent discounting of airline tickets and hotel rooms. “Our Top Deals:” A New Category on Beat of Hawaii I concur with Paul’s comment, which is reflected in many of [...]

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Islands Magazine Free Subscription

I came  across another great free magazine offer. This time it’s for Islands Magazine, which should be a real hit for people who love Hawaii and other island destinations. Islands features frequent coverage of Hawaii as well as other islands world-wide.  Regular features include island culture, history and lifestyles.  Great photography and maps too. As [...]

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Three Big Island Restaurants

We recently tried these northwest Big Island restaurants and came away surprised.  Bamboo is in the quaint town of Hawi, while Daniel Thiebault and Merriman’s are in Waimea (Kamuela). 1.  Bamboo.  We came here with perhaps the lowest expectations, and to our surprise, enjoyed the best food.  While it is simple, in a bamboo coffee [...]

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Soon To Be Hurricane Polo Moving Towards Hawaii

UPDATE:  As of late Monday evening, it appears that Polo will not strengthen to hurricane force after all. Whew! We’ve just learned that Tropical Storm Polo is in the Eastern Pacific, and is moving Northwest towards Hawaii. It’s intensifying and expected to become a hurricane within the next 72 hours.  Current analysis indicates the likelihood [...]

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Budget Travel: 10 Issues For 5 Dollars

One year subscription to Budget Travel for $5.00 and 6 cents. If you enjoy travel magazines like I do, this is a great offer from Best Deal Magazines.  You get 10 issues for about the price of one at the grocery store. The offer is $5.95, but if you enter code ANTIREBATE15, you’ll receive the [...]

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