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Hiking Diamond Head

Hiking Diamond Head

If you can handle stairs, uneven ground, and a steep climb, consider a hike up Diamond Head Crater.  I hit the trail before 7am this morning when the sun was still on the rise.  It’s one of the best times to be there.  The sun is not shining directly on the trail and there are [...]

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Hawaii Storm Update: Good and Bad

As you’ve undoubtedly heard, we’ve just had another extremely soggy week here in Hawaii.  I’ve been hold up at home, with fireplace burning and most all doors and windows shut tight.  This is most unusual, as we’ve already had between two and three weeks of very stormy weather, since our rainy season began just last [...]

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Hotel Lanai’s New Look

Hotel Lanai’s New Look

Off the beaten track, on the rural island of Lanai, sits a small hotel that’s undergone big changes lately. When I stayed at Hotel Lanai two years ago, it needed a good touch up both inside and out. Hawaii travel icon, Mary Charles, came to its rescue as the new owner.  She went to work [...]

Posted in: Lanai, Travel tips

Advantage Car Rental Hawaii Closed: Chapter 11

We were sorry to hear that yesterday, Advantage car rental filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and closed their Hawaii locations. This means less competition which can result in higher prices for locals and visitors. A total of nineteen locations have been closed nationwide. Advantage is also laying off nearly half of its 900 person work-force. [...]

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When Is The Best Time To Buy Your 2009 Hawaii Summer Vacation?

I had a question from a reader over the weekend that I thought might be of interest: “Basically, I am trying to plan a honeymoon for June — June 14th-28th.  And, we want to hit the Big Island and Maui. For just getting to Maui (OGG) and back (SFO), the tickets are $800+ everywhere I [...]

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Best Kauai Meals Under $20 Bucks? You Decide.

I read with great interest last week’s LA Times article on twenty meal deals on Kauai for under $20.  Having lived here a long time, I know that I can’t find twenty places to eat for under $20, so how exactly could they? To start out, I’ll cover three on which I can concur, and [...]

Posted in: Kauai, Travel tips

Chicago to Hawaii Including 2009 Peak Seasons $400

Updated 2/1/09:  This on and off fare fare is gone for now. Updated 1/25/09:  The fare is now $473 RT (all-inclusive) to Honolulu or $493 to Maui.  Availability is through March 4, although I suspect it may be extended until April 30. Updated 12/31/08:  Fare is gone for now. Updated 12/25/08:  AA has dropped the [...]

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Lihue Barbecue Inn: Our Pick for Best Budget Eats on Kauai

This past weekend, the Los Angeles Times featured their 20 cheap eats on Kauai for under $20 a person.  Jeff’s doesn’t agree with all of their choices and will tell you why soon. One thing we both agree on is their inclusion of the Lihue Barbecue Inn.  This is our top pick for family style [...]

Posted in: Kauai, Travel tips

Airline Fees May Prevent Back Injuries

Airline luggage fees has us all thinking that less is more.  There are still times, however, when I schlep luggage.  I’ve had my share of pulls and strains in the process. In fact, Jeff and I have both had airport escalator accidents.  So take extra care when bringing rolling luggage on escalators: Mine happened as [...]

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Is NWA Hawaii Fare Sale Any Good?

In a nutshell:  The deals offered are not very good. I received an email from NWA today with a seemingly good fare sale between the Mainland and Hawaii.  The offers are valid for travel through February 8, if you purchase your tickets by December 16. They’re even throwing in 3,000 (relatively worthless) bonus miles. The [...]

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