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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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Things to Do for Free on Kauai

Wednesday April 16, 2014

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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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Upcoming Events on Hawaii Island, the Big Island, in 2014

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Now that spring has officially arrived there are many exciting events taking place on each of the Hawaiian Islands. Some of the most exciting events take place on Hawaii Island, the Big Island. Let's take a look at some of the events taking place over the next several months.

Big Island Bees Tours
Big Island Bees, the premier producer of pure and organic Hawaiian honey on Hawaii Island, will begin offering free morning tours of beehives located at its facility immediately off Napoopoo Road in West Hawaii. Accompanied by an experienced beekeeper, guests will be safely located behind a screened fence for close-up observations of bee colonies, with an opportunity to learn and ask questions about bees, beekeeping, and honey production. Tours, which can accommodate up to 20 guests at a time, begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit their website.

Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival
From June 6 to 8, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel will host a wonderful celebration of music at the third annual Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival. The experience begins on Friday, June 6, with a VIP meet and greet at the Kaunaoa Bar & Grill, followed by the festival main event on Saturday, June 7 on the North Pointe Luau Grounds. The festival line-up includes performances by Grammy Award winner Skip Martin, The Iguanas from New Orleans, and saxophone legend Donald Harrison. The festival concludes with a lavish brunch at Manta Pavilion & Wine Bar, accompanied by live jazz and blues entertainment. For more information, call (866) 977-4589 or visit their website.

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Waikoloa Beach Resort will host the kick-off event for the 2014 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) on Friday, August 29, 2014. Co-chaired by award-winning chefs, Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi, HFWF will launch its fourth annual event with an opening gala in partnership with Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Hilton Waikoloa Village. Held across the state, the week-long festival, for the first time with events on Hawaii Island, is Hawaii's leading epicurean event with more than 80 celebrity chefs and winemakers participating in exclusive dining experiences, cooking demonstrations and cultural excursions that feature the islands' local beef, produce, and seafood.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Those looking to give back to the aina (land) are invited to help protect Hawaii's fragile ecosystem from invasive, non-native plants through Stewardship at the Summit at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The program is offered from May through June on select Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 9:00 a.m. through noon. The May program will run on May 9, 17, 23 and 30 and the June sessions will be held on June 6, 13, 20, and 27. Interested volunteers are asked to meet at Kilauea Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. and wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Recommended attire and refreshments include a hat, rain-gear, garden gloves, snacks and water. Tools will be provided. There is no cost to participate but park entrance fees apply. For more information, visit their website.

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Tsunami Advisory in Hawaii

Wednesday April 2, 2014

A tsunami advisory has been issued for all of the Hawaiian Islands following yesterday's 8.2 earthquake off the coast of Chile.

At this time, while many beaches will be closed this morning, the impact on the islands appears that it will be confined primarily to differing currents and perhaps some higher surf. Civil defense authorities are advising everyone to stay our of the water and away from shorelines, streams and harbors this morning and until further notice.

The most destructive tsunami's ever to effect Hawaii occurred on April 1, 1946 causing extensive damage especially in the Hilo area of Hawaii Island. No such damage is expected from yesterday's earthquake and associated tsunami.

One of the best places to keep in touch with what is taking place in Hawaii is by watching Hawaii News Now and their live coverage from Hawaii.

You can also check out our Guide to Webcams, Streaming Video and Other Live Video Sources in Hawaii.

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