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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

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

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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

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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!

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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, 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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

Get Beach Ready!: Tips for Visiting O‘ahu's Beaches

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Sun, sand and blue ocean are hard to resist, but before plunging in, first things first, check with the lifeguard for ocean conditions and heed any posted warning signs. We’ve also got a few handy tips to round out your beach day! An aerial view of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve [Photo Colin Maruoka] EASTSIDE - HANAUMA BAY NATURE PRESERVE O‘ahu has many beautiful white sand beaches, but none boast the rich variety of marine life that call Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve home.  You’ll be amazed by the abundance of marine life ... Read More

Your Own Private Film Festival: Movies to Stream During Hawai‘i's Stay-At-Home Order (or Whenever!)

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  Social distancing doesn’t mean Friday nights at the movies are a total bust. If you need a break from Netflix’s offerings (or your family), here are some cinematic options for you! From local productions to local movie houses, we've got you covered: The award-winning 'Mauka to Makai' and other short films are available for stream via HIFF The Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF) had to cancel their Spring Showcase this year, but that doesn’t mean that we’re totally without film fest-worthy fare to enjoy. At the beginning of the ... Read More

Honoring a King—Kamehameha Day Celebrations on O‘ahu

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By Fern Gavelek   King Kamehameha Celebration Lei Draping Ceremony [Photo by Sarah Yamanaka]   Background on Kamehameha I On June 11 each year, the state honors Hawai‘i’s first king—Kamehameha I (1758?-1819). Born in the Kohala district of Hawai‘i Island, Pai‘ea was destined for greatness as Halley’s Comet is said to have shot across the sky the night he was born. A great warrior, diplomat and leader, Kamehameha is credited with uniting the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom. His war tactics have been studied by the Pentagon and his likeness ... Read More

Sky Riding—How Richard Schuman’s Magnum Helicopters Became a TV Star

Posted in: People, Things to Do

The Hawai‘i helicopter tour business has grown over the years, and there are several reputable companies to choose from on each island. But on O‘ahu, there’s only one helicopter to fly if you want to feel like a TV star. “Well, there’s actually four,” corrects Richard Schuman, owner of Magnum Helicopters and Makani Kai Airlines. “Our guests get to fly in the same helicopters they see on ‘Magnum P.I.’ and ‘Hawaii Five-O’ each week—doors on and doors off.” Does Stephen Hill, who plays Vietnam veteran and helicopter pilot Theodore “T.C.” ... Read More

Experience a Bounty of Delights at a Maui Lu‘au

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The bountiful food and lively Polynesian performances of today’s lu‘au have their roots in a proclamation by King Kamehameha II that abolished a long-standing tradition that men and women eat separately. The 1819 feast where the King ate with women was a symbolic act that ended the religious taboo and is considered the first lu‘au. The lu‘au got its name from the most popular food item at the feast, chicken and young tender leaves or taro baked with coconut milk. ‘Aha‘aina Wailea, A Grand Wailea Luau The royal lū‘au of ... Read More

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