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Practice Aloha and Wear a Face Mask - Hawaii and COVID-19

Posted in: Events, Things to Do

A lot has changed since Hawaii shut down their islands to tourism in March when the Covid-19 pandemic took over our daily lives. The economic damage brought on by the pandemic and a shutdown of the state’s largest economic driver has been enormous. Hawaii currently has the highest unemployment rate in the nation and recovery will take years. Hawaii Coronavirus Success But with this hardship came success in keeping the virus from infesting the islands like it has in most parts of the United States and the world. As of ... Read More

What to Expect When You’re in Hawaii During Covid-19

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Update: June 22, 2021 According to the latest news reports, Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green is urging the state to commit to dropping its COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated mainland visitors ahead of the Fourth of July weekend to avoid “chaos at the airports.” Gov. David Ige has yet to make such a commitment. He announced earlier this month that requirements for vaccinated domestic travelers would end once 60% of Hawaii residents are fully vaccinated against COVID. As of Monday, that figure stood at 57% of the ... Read More

Hawaii Opens to Tourism, Travel Requirements for Bypassing Quarantine

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Beginning Thursday, October 15, the State of Hawaii opened its islands to visitors who follow established protocols to avoid a 14-day quarantine.  The State of Hawai‘i Safe Travels Hawai‘i program is a multilayered process designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community from trans-Pacific visitors and resident passengers arriving at airports/ports across the Islands. As part of the requirements to bypass the 14-day quarantine, visitors and returning residents must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test from one of the approved partners listed below taken within 72 hours ... Read More

What is Hawaii Uniquely Known For?

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Food & Drink, Things to Do

When you imagine a tropical paradise, Hawaii is one of the first places to come to mind. You probably picture a hammock tied up to two palm trees on the beach with a scrumptious strawberry margarita in your hand. But you can find palm trees, sandy beaches, and tasty margaritas at vacation destinations all over the world. Hawaii has all of those things and so much more. In fact, there are parts of Hawaii that you’ll only find on these specific magical islands. We’ve rounded up the top eight things ... Read More

Why Hawaii Will Be A Great Vacation Destination When Travel Re-opens

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In the last few months, our normal way of life has been completely upended by the coronavirus crisis. Schools and universities closed. We have to wear masks every time we leave our home. We can't get a haircut. We have to refrain from visiting our grandparents. The streets look like ghost towns.  While many states are ending their quarantines, we are spending extensive amounts of time in the same four walls. During times like these, it's comforting to let your mind wander to the last vacation you took. Many of ... Read More

How Long Will Hawaiian Beaches Be Closed

Posted in: Environment, Things to Do

The coronavirus pandemic spread across the world in early 2020 and wreaked havoc. As the virus spread from country to country, the effects were devastating. Hospitals became overwhelmed, economies shut down, travel became grounded, and borders even closed. At this time, 636,000 people have died worldwide from COVID-19.  To this day, we don’t know how long the coronavirus pandemic will last. However, Hawaii’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been swift. They immediately closed businesses and cancelled events. They quickly instituted a 14-day quarantine and careful contact tracing. To this ... Read More

Which Hawaiian Islands Have Active Volcanoes

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Environment

Volcanoes… The terrifying force of nature that has been the center of several historical events and box-office hits. Making a model-volcano is practically a rite of passage for young children in school. How cool would it be to see one in person? Hawaii is made of volcanoes. Literally. The islands were formed by volcanic eruptions and several are still active today. They expand the island, reshape the landscape, and are an integral part of Hawaiian culture and tourism. While not every volcano in Hawaii is still active, you can still ... Read More

Best Summer Vacation Spots on Kauai

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People vacation to each of the Hawaiian islands for different reasons. They visit the Big Island for the volcanoes and attractions, Oahu for the surfing and culture, Maui for the beaches… Kauai is a little different. Many people flock to Kauai for the natural scenery and serenity.  Aptly named the Garden Isle, Kauai is covered in lush jungles, quiet beaches, secret waterfalls, and dramatic cliffs. When looking for a Hawaiian vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the larger islands, Kauai provides a tranquil island escape. Are you planning ... Read More

Which Hawaiian Islands To Go To On Your Vacation

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When choosing a vacation destination, you can’t go wrong with choosing Hawaii. There are four major islands that make up Hawaii, including Big Island (Hawai’i), Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. Each island offers unique sides of Hawaiian culture, food, attractions, and natural beauty. When you’re ready to say aloha to adventure, you have plenty of options to choose from. Which island is the right one for you and your getaway? Keep reading to learn more about what each island offers and how that might fit your dream vacation. The Valley Isle ... Read More

Top 5 things to do on Hawai'i with Kids

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Things to Do

Journey into a land of sand, sun, and adventure when you visit Hawai'i. Bringing your kids to the Big Island is an opportunity for them to see a different side of the world and step into a paradise beyond their wildest imagination. We’ve rounded up our top five things to do on Hawai'i with your kids! Keep reading to learn about some must-see places and activities for your family's tropical escape. Hit The Hawaiian Beaches Have you ever seen pitch-black sand? With all the volcanic activity on the Big Island ... Read More

USS Missouri’s Captain Callaghan’s Tribute: Kamikaze Exhibit Reopens on the Battleship Missouri

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

The USS Missouri was the last, and most famous, battleship commissioned by the United States Navy. Launched on January 29, 1944, the “Mighty Mo” would see action in three wars—World War II, and the Korean and Gulf Wars. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese surrender aboard the Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2nd. It will also mark the 75th anniversary of the first time the ship was hit by a kamikaze. Photo Credit: Naval History and Heritage Command “The attack did not get much media attention when ... Read More

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum Adds ‘Dogfight’ Experience to your Day of Remembrance

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Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum sits on 441-acre Ford Island, a short bus ride from the Arizona Memorial (Pearl Harbor National Memorial). Now a National Historic Landmark, the museum hangars are quiet today, but still show the scars of war.   It’s important to budget an entire day for your Pearl Harbor experience. “What makes the museum even more of a ‘must-see’ attraction is the ‘must do’ of our new state-of-the-art 360-degree flight simulators,” says Executive Director Elissa Lines. “You can take to the sky in the Fighter Ace 360 that ... Read More

Pearl Harbor Historic Sites Overview: Read Before You Go!

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

Pearl Harbor Historic Sites is the most popular visitor destination on O‘ahu, hosting over 1.7 million people a year, yet planning your day here can be confusing. Here’s what you need to know: USS Arizona Memorial at the Pearl Harbor National Monument There are four distinct historic sites that make up Pearl Harbor: the two bookends of World War II with the USS Arizona (what most people think of when you say “Pearl Harbor,” recently renamed Pearl Harbor National Memorial) and Battleship Missouri Memorial, plus two museums detailing the air and ... Read More

Out & About—Seeing O‘ahu’s Sights

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Whether you choose to rent a vehicle or not, here are a few helpful suggestions on what to see and where to go to make the most of your time on O‘ahu! See O‘ahu’s sights, such as the Byodo-In Temple For more than 75 years, Roberts Hawaii has been servicing visitors as a tour and transportation company on all four islands. Sightseeing, dining, shows and entertainment, land activities, ocean tours and activities, luxury tours and island hopping are all the experiences available to you through this employee-owned company. Just be ready ... Read More

Get Your Beach On! Your Day of Surf and Sand on Kauaʻi

Posted in: Food & Drink, Kauai 2021, Shopping, Things to Do

Gear up for a day at Po‘ipu Beach with brand name swimwear, quality snorkel gear and beach accessories, surf lessons and food—for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Making Waves, part of the Maui Clothing Company family of stores, features “Hawai‘i’s largest collection of swimwear” offering eye-catching styles and designs for every shape and size. Stop by their store at Poipu Shopping Village to browse through hundreds of suits from brand name designers, as well as their own exclusive Maui WaterWear line featuring rashguards and swimwear for the entire family. “We cater ... Read More

Experience Magnificent Nāpali

Posted in: Environment, Kauai 2021, Things to Do

Magnificent. Stunning. Simply awesome! There are many adjectives used to describe the Nāpali Coast, and none do it justice. Viewing pictures of the coast by sea is one thing, but it’s something you have to experience for yourself. Board one of many ocean vessels and get ready to see one of Mother Nature’s most incredible creations.   Cruising along the majestic Nāpali Coast with Blue Dolphin Charters The only company on Kaua‘i offering guaranteed dolphin sightings on their morning tours is Blue Dolphin Charters—if the captain confirms no dolphins were ... Read More

Rev Up for an Aquatic Adventure!

Posted in: Environment, Food & Drink, Things to Do

On Maui, pretty much every day of the year is a beach day. This is especially true during the spring and summer months, though, when weather conditions are at their best. Experiencing our beautiful waters doesn’t always mean laying around on the sand and taking a dip along the shoreline. As wonderful as all that is, sometimes, some of us need a little more action in our lives, just a little further from shore.   Snorkeling Molokini on Boss Frog’s Malolo If snorkeling an extinct volcano sounds like your type ... Read More

Going to the Extreme on O‘ahu

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Even in Hawai‘i, where people come ostensibly to relax, there are ways to get the ol’ heart racing if you so choose. You can skim along the treetops on the North Shore or dive to the bottom of the ocean to explore shipwrecks near Waikīkī. Break through your comfort zone at CLIMB Works Keana Farms At CLIMB Works Keana Farms you’ll get to experience the best zipline course on O‘ahu. There are eight side-by-side zipline runs, designed so you can see the North Shore’s famous beaches, farms and lush mountains ... Read More

More Hawai‘i Themed Virtual Activities to do While Social Distancing

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Events, People, The Arts, Things to Do

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve written about activities you can do while you’re stuck at home #socialdistancing, from the educational to the entertaining, and other unique virtual experiences. Now, we’ve got even more for you to check out while staying in, including aquarium visits, walking tours and music playlists! Though they're temporarily closed to the public, the Waikīkī Aquarium still has experiences to share online Waikīkī Aquarium, long known as a pillar of education, conservation and just inspiring awe and wonder, still continues its mission despite not being physically open ... Read More

Changes are Afoot at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

Posted in: Culture & History, Things to Do

Changes are afoot for this museum situated next to the Pearl Harbor National Monument. Plan for a return later in the year to see the improvements. The USS Bowfin at sunset [Photo courtesy USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park] Submarines were America’s ultimate stealth weapon during WWII sinking more than 5.5 million tons of enemy shipping. Docked at Pearl Harbor, the USS Bowfin (SS-287) served with distinction. The museum is currently undergoing a major improvement, but the submarine, gift shop and food service is still open to visitors. Don’t miss ... Read More

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