We had landed in Kauai to with less than a couple hours before the sunset. The weather was far from perfect, but it was a tropical paradise compared to what we had left at home. We made it to the beach with only a few minutes of daylight left to spare. Just enough time to be excited about tomorrow and be worried if the weather tomorrow would make a mess of the best intended plans.
Sure, the nightlife in Kona isn’t exactly Manhattan, but with all the things to do in Kona people are usually exhausted by nightfall. Nevertheless, travelers wondering where to see shows in Kona will still find a number of options, from traditional Polynesian performances to contemporary live music and theater. Travelers staying in the Waikoloa resort […]
No disrespect to the Grand Canyon, but even though Mark Twain famously labeled Waimea Canyon as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” there is so much more to this famous site than simply a big hole in the Earth. Sure, there is the colorful cleft in the Kauai mountainside which plummets 3,600 feet towards the floor, […]
One of the best ways to experience Maui is by exploring on your own two feet. From thundering waterfalls which plunge through the rainforest to blowholes in coastal lava rock, many of Maui’s best sites are only accessible by foot. West Maui is no exception, and while it might not boast the thundering waterfalls you […]
Quintessential Hawaii — the Hawaii that movies are made of and vacationers dream about, includes surf, sand and waterfalls. Doing it all the right way in one trip is tricky. Doing it all the right way in one day … well I used to think that was impossible
Kauai is one of those places where the definition of a great vacation can vary. All some want is the beach and a good book. Others are up before the sun, searching for a new adventure every day. Being able to combine the best of both, makes Kauai a good fit for families.
Even though Oahu is literally swimming in options for ocean recreation, there are some travelers who would prefer to find adventure by heading into the hills. After all, with the rugged Ko’olau mountain range serving as the island’s backdrop, it’s hard to not be enticed by the beauty of the cloud-covered, deeply green hills. The […]
In ancient Hawaii, the sport of surfing was a sacred activity reserved for royalty and kings. Though commoners were still allowed to surf using small, lightweight boards, the best surf breaks with the largest waves were strictly for the use of the ali’i (chiefs), whose olo boards were reputed to measure as long as 24 […]
It doesn’t fit the description of the typical Kauai tour, but the head lamp sealed the deal for me. The Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon would have to wait. My day was dedicated to touring a once booming sugar plantation. I know what you’re thinking, it sounds, well, boring, but along with a head lamp, I needed a helmet, water shoes and an inner tube to make the trip.
For one day each year, the city of Honolulu once again feels like it’s a part of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Floral lei are found in abundance, men and women in traditional dress parade through the downtown streets, and Hawaiian games such as ulumaika are enjoyed at a ho’olaulea (celebration). June 11 marks Kamehamemeha Day, which is a day to honor the illustrious king who united the Hawaiian Islands. First celebrated in 1871 when King Kamehameha V marked a day to honor his grandfather, the day is now an official state holiday and reason for celebration—though the day of most of the celebrations is usually on the ensuing Saturday.