Classic Christmas Gifts From Hawaii

Santa’s sleigh wouldn’t make it very far on Hawaii’s golden sands. Instead, ol’ Saint Nick delivers presents in the islands by paddling an outrigger canoe, and while the mode of transport might be a bit different, the excitement of receiving an island-themed gift is still exactly the same.

Since thousands of families annually celebrate Christmas in Hawaii, buying presents for friends back home is a Hawaii holiday tradition. Similarly, local families with children on the Mainland like to give gifts that reminds them of home, and while the array of gift items is always changing, the following are some of the traditional classic Christmas gifts from Hawaii.

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December 19, 2014 by
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Dinner With A View On A Private Maui Helicopter Tour

My pilot Jeannette wants to be absolutely sure that I’ve gotten a good view of this waterfall. “I’ll loop around one more time,” she says, her voice crackling through my headset. “We’ll stay in this area as long as you want—just need to be back before dark.” This, apparently, is the type of thing you […]

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December 15, 2014 by
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Farmers Markets on the Big Island of Hawaii

From the moment you arrive at the park or field where the farmers market is held, there is a festive sense of vibrancy and community that floats in the morning air. Hugs are exchanged between “competing” vendors who share neighboring white tents or tables, and friends, relatives, family, and strangers sit, talk story, and relax. Visiting a farmers market on the Big Island of Hawaii is like a window into everyday culture, where the marketing sheen and PR gloss is replaced by scenes of real life.

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December 12, 2014 by
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How Oahu Commemorates The Attack on Pearl Harbor

“December 7th, 1941—a date that will live in infamy.”

Those were the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and it’s a line that would become one of the most famous political quotes of the entire 20th century. Every year in the Hawaiian Islands, while much of the nation is preparing for winter or gearing up for holiday shopping, veterans, military, and local residents all stop and gather for a day to remember that fateful morning that forever changed the course of American history.

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December 5, 2014 by
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Save 10% on Hawaii Tours

Save 10 Percent in Hawaii when you spend $500 USD or equivalent value!*

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December 4, 2014 by
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Volunteer Opportunities on Maui

In the past on this blog we’ve discussed some of the things that you shouldn’t do when you visit Hawaii. While all of those statements still hold true, today we’re going to discuss something you absolutely should do:

Volunteer.

Since these islands provide joy for millions of visitors who travel from across the globe, every visitor should help in some way to keep these islands beautiful. The reefs provide homes for fish and turtles we love to swim and snorkel with, and the forests provide cool and shaded escapes we can experience while walking its trails. The Hawaiian culture and its unique identity are beloved by all who visit, and preserving, protecting, and cultivating its past is important for the islands’ future.

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November 28, 2014 by
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Best Marine Experiences on the Big Island of Hawaii

Whenever you hear about the Big Island of Hawaii you tend to hear about the island itself—tropical waterfalls, green sand beaches, snowcapped mountains, and a spurting volcano. All the Big Island superlatives aside, this is, after all, a Hawaiian island, which means the cobalt ocean that rings the island offers as many adventures as you’ll find back on land. Imagine scuba diving with manta rays just after sunset and watching their aquatic ballet, or kayaking with dolphins through an historic cove where Captain Cook met his end. Thanks to the protection from easterly tradewinds, many of the best marine experiences on the Big Island are found off the Kona coastline, and if you’re the type of traveler who likes salt in your hair and loves interacting with marine life, the following adventures are some of the best bets for marine adventures on the Big Island.

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November 21, 2014 by
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Guide to Oahu’s Triple Crown of Surfing

“The Seven Mile Miracle.”

That’s there phrase that professional surfers use for Oahu’s North Shore. The coastline here is perfectly angled to capture northwestern swells, and the slew of sandbars constantly create some of the world’s most perfect surf. Between funky, laid-back Haleiwa and the resort at Turtle Bay, there are dozens of peaks, reefs, and surf breaks that draw some of the best in the world.

That said, it’s important to realize that the North Shore of Oahu is flat as a lake in the summer. All of Oahu’s summer surf spots are located back in “town” (Honolulu), and Waimea Bay—which can have 40 ft. surf in winter—is considered one of the best summer beaches for its calm, glass-like conditions.

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November 14, 2014 by
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Tips for Whale Watching in Hawaii

Thar she blows!

That’s the call you hope to hear on a whale watching tour in Hawaii. Often the first part you see of the whale is the spout, the fluke, or its back, and during the peak months of January-March, the leeward waters are so full of whales it’s a call you could hear every few minutes. The first whales—nearly all of which are humpbacks—are usually sighted just before Halloween, but by December 15th when the season begins, hundreds of breaching, energetic humpbacks have started their Hawaiian vacations.

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November 7, 2014 by
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[CONTEST] Win an Ultimate Oahu Experience for 2!

Viator Oahu Ultimate Experience

This month, one lucky traveler will win an ultimate Oahu experience for 2! Read on to find out more…

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November 3, 2014 by
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