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When to Visit Hawaii

Rainbow Over the West Maui Mountains

What is the best time to go to Hawaii? There are many things to consider - the weather; which island(s) you plan to visit; the cost of airfare; whether you'll stay at a hotel, resort, bed & breakfast or rent a condominium; should you plan around a major festival; and finally what do you want to do once you arrive in the islands?

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A Month of Events, Concerts and Awards Honoring the Best in Hawaiian Music - "Mele Mei"

Wednesday April 23, 2014

If you're planning to be in Waikiki on Oahu on at various locations on Hawaii Island during May, you'll have a great opportunity to enjoy some of the best that the music of Hawaii has to offer.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority and the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) are working together to present a month of concerts, workshops, jam sessions and awards - all culminating with the 2014 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards ceremony on Saturday, May 24 where the best in the music of Hawaii during the past year will be honored.

During the month, there are concerts every Sunday at lunchtime at Halekulani, a huge Concert on the Lawn at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort on May 10, and a Music for the Generations Concert at Waikiki Beach Walk on May 23 presented by Outrigger Hotels and Resorts.

Those are just a few of the more than 30 events throughout the month, aptly called "Mele Mei," or May Song. For more details, see our in depth feature 2014 Mele Mei - Celebrating the Music of Hawaii.

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It's Merrie Monarch Festival Time

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Photo Courtesy of the Merrie Monarch Festival
Photo by Renea Veneri Stewart

In Hawaii, the week after Easter is when hula halau from the islands of Hawaii and the mainland gather in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii for the Merrie Monarch Festival.

Celebrating its 51st anniversary in 2014, the Merrie Monarch Festival has evolved into what is now universally considered to be the world's most prestigious hula competition. KFVE, K5 The Home Team, will once again handle the TV coverage of this year's festival and will offer a live stream of the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival on their website.

Read more about the festival and this year's schedule in our feature on the 2014 Merrie Monarch Festival.

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Things to Do for Free on Kauai

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Photo by John Fischer, licensed to About.com
Kilauea Point Lighthouse

Like most everything in life, the best things to enjoy about Kauai are free - or at least pretty affordable.

Kauai is called Hawaii's "Island of Discovery" and popularly referred to as "the Garden Island" - both for good reason. Kauai's landscape is an enticing, exciting playground for lovers of the environment, outdoor adventure, and Polynesian culture.

Check out these twelve enjoyable and interesting ways for visitors to experience and enjoy Kauai for free (or nearly free).

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2014 LPGA LOTTE Championship Next Week on Oahu

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Photo courtesy of LOTTE Championship
2013 LOTTE Championship Winner Suzann Pettersen

For the third year in a row the top women golfers in the world are returning to Hawaii next week for a tournament at the beautiful Ko Olina Golf Club located within the Ko Olina Resort & Marina on Oahu's Leeward Coast.

The $1.7 million LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf is a four day, full 144 player field event beginning on Wednesday, April 16 and concluding on Saturday, April 19. Norway's Suzann Pettersen is the 2013 defending champion and everyone is hoping that her health allows her to return to defend her title.Most of the current top 20 money earners on the LPGA Tour are expected to play. Oahu's own Michelle Wie, fresh off her second place finish in the Kraft Nabisco Championship will be attempting to win for the first time since her victory in the 2010 CN Canadian Women's Open.

If you are on the island of Oahu this week, this is a great chance to see one of the few professional golf tournaments that will be held in Hawaii this year.

For those of us who can't be there live, we can still see lots of great Hawaii scenery since the tournament will be televised by the Golf Channel as follows:

Apr 16: 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. EST
Apr 17: 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. EST
Apr 18: 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. EST
Apr 19: 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. EST

LOTTE is an industrial conglomerate in Korea and Japan employing more than 60,000 people. They are engaged in such diverse industries as candy manufacturing, beverages, hotels, fast food, retail, financial services, heavy chemicals, electronics, IT, construction, publishing, and entertainment. J Golf is the the LPGA's television rights holder in Korea and is distributed to 8 million homes in Korea.

The Ko Olina Resort & Marina is home to Disney's Aulani Resort & Spa, the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa and one of Hawaii's top luaus, the Paradise Cove Luau.

You can read more about the tournament on their website.

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