Tickets to Paradise on the Rise

I have got to stop looking at airline rates to Hawaii. Doing so just depresses me. But I just can’t seem to help myself. I’ve subscribed to several travel sites that automatically send me updates on ticket prices for the dates that I am planning to travel home… and the news is not good. With record-breaking fuel prices and the recent demise of several carriers servicing the islands things are not looking sunny for my trip to the “Aloha State.” What’s more, from now until at least September, airlines have scheduled 14% fewer seats than last year between the mainland … Continue reading

Wedding Deals in Paradise

Hawaii is one of the most popular destinations in the world for couples to wed. Some plan months in advance to tie the knot in the state’s lush tropical setting while others have been known to get swayed by the romantic island atmosphere and end up walking down the aisle during their vacation. Whether you live spontaneously or are currently in the planning stages of a Hawaiian wedding you might want to consider a unique nuptials package designed by Aqua Hotels & Resorts. There are 10 Aqua hotels throughout Waikiki (which is located on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu) and … Continue reading

A “Funny” Handbook To The Hawaiian Islands

Perhaps the title of this blog is not as fitting as it seemed a minute ago when I was tapping it out on this page. It may not be perfect, but it is accurate. It’s also a rare event that I would write a blog promoting a handbook about my home state. But this one happens to be peppered quite a number of funny tales that I had to do it (hence the title of my blog). Author Michael Perkins has penned a book called “Surviving Paradise: True Life and Death Stories of Hawaii’s Hidden Dangers.” You’d be hard pressed … Continue reading

Hawaiian Helicopter Tours

If you’ve been watching the news lately you may have heard about the rash of fatal helicopter crashes that have taken place in Hawaii—-specifically on the island of Kauai. For those of you out of the loop, several tourists visiting the state have died in the past two weeks—-all victims of helicopter crashes. Please note that this blog is not written with the intent to scare you from booking a helicopter tour. Rather, it is my goal to try to convince you to experience the once in a lifetime feeling you get gliding through the clouds and into valleys to … Continue reading

Visiting Hawaii—Where To Go

I was born and raised in Hawaii, but moved to the “mainland” shortly after graduating from high school. I moved back to Honolulu for a brief period in the late 90s, but eventually moved back to the Midwest to accept a new job position, and have remained here ever since. Regardless of where I move or how long I have been gone, Hawaii is always HOME, and I try to get back as much as possible. I just returned from Oahu five days ago and am so homesick (especially since I left 80 degrees temps—it’s 5 degrees in the city … Continue reading

Hawaii’s All-Inclusive Airport–Deck The Halls With Trees AND Menorahs

Much has been made of the whole Seattle airport/Christmas trees/menorahs brouhaha, but off the the coast of the Evergreen State (about 2,000 miles off the coast) sits a pearl of islands where Chritmas trees and menorahs co-exist in harmony void of controversy. ALOHA! And welcome to paradise. Yes, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, far from the threats of rabbis and 14 plastic Christmas trees– airports throughout the Hawaiian Islands have both Christmas trees and menorahs prominently displayed for tourist of all religious affiliations to admire. “In light of everything that’s going on, we thought it was a good … Continue reading

Hawaii’s Free Activities

If you are jetting off to Hawaii for the holidays—congratulations! Spending time in the tropics while others are dealing with wind chills and snow shovels is priceless. However, the price of paradise can be a bit steep at times (depending on where you stay and what you eat). But, there are ways to have fun in the Hawaiian sun without going home broke. Here’s one of my favorite free activities offered by the Sheraton Kauai. They are 6 to 8 feet long, and weigh more than a typical sumo wrestler. Their big dark eyes will make your heart melt and … Continue reading

Hawaii’s Earthquake–The Impact On Travel

It’s been nearly a week since a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Hawaiian Islands. The quake’s epicenter was located just off the Leeward coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, near a string of luxury hotels. It caused more than $100 million dollars worth of damage throughout the state and some residents are still without power and water. However, remarkably, according to initial reports, the major earthquake appears to have only caused a minor ripple through Hawaii’s visitor industry so far. In fact, according to information from the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, “domestic arrivals from last … Continue reading

A Great Guide For Your Hawaiian Vacation

A number of members have commented that they will soon be embarking on vacations to Hawaii. All I can say is: “WAH—Take me with you.” Yes, I am jealous, but at the same time, I am thrilled that you will get to partake in all that the Islands have to offer. There are many reasons Hawaii is called the “Jewel of the Pacific.” (See my many travel blogs on the Aloha State for several of them.) Another way you can learn about the opportunities that await you in paradise is to pick up the “Aloha Book.” The “Aloha Book” … Continue reading

Hawaii–A Honeymooner’s Paradise

If you have ever visited Hawaii this news should come as no surprise to you. If you have ever dreamed of visiting Hawaii then this news may encourage you to book a trip. For the tenth year in a row, Hawaii beat out other sunny locales to retain the title of Modern Bride Magazine’s top destination for honeymooners. The “Aloha State” took the No. 1 slot in the magazine’s annual “World’s Best Honeymoons” beating out exotic destinations Tahiti (2), Italy (3), Mexico (4), Fiji (5), Anguilla (6), St. Lucia (7), Bermuda (8), France (9) and Costa Rica (10). The annual … Continue reading