Travel tips

My 6 Hawaii New Year Travel Predictions

As we get ready to ring in the New Year, I’ve been thinking about what visitors should expect here in Hawaii in 2009.  These are the six things that come to mind: 1. Best deals in a decade are coming for winter and spring travel. We’ve already seen hints of what they will be like, [...]

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Tip for a Jellyfish Free Hawaii Vacation

Has this ever happened to you?  After a long flight to Hawaii you rush down to the beach only to see Jellyfish warning signs.  This let down can be avoided with proper planning. Tip: Check the full moon calendar when planning your vacation and add 8 days.  This will give you the approximate date jellyfish [...]

Posted in: Oahu, Travel tips

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 [...]

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