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Hawaii Travel: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
6 Questions To Ask Yourself When Planning a...
Tips on the best time to go to Hawaii to get the best weather, save some money and still have lots to see and do.
Tahiti's Most Luxurious Overwater Bungalows
Among the best overwater bungalows in Tahiti, the overwater bungalows at Le Meridien Bora Bora have been renovated in 2011 with a more modern interior design. They retain the large glass viewing panel in the floor at the foot of the bed. Page 19.
18 Things to do on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu
There is so much to see and do on Oahu. We've chosen our top things to do on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
Top Things You Have to Do When You Visit Maui,...
Our choices for the best things to do in Maui to help you plan your next Maui vacation.
Fun things to do on Kauai, Hawaii
There is so much to see and do on Kauai. We've chosen our top things to do on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
Which Hawaiian Island Should You Visit?
Take our 23 question survey to help you decide which of the Hawaii Islands has the most to offer you for your next vacation.
10 Clothing-Optional Hawaiian Beaches
A guide to Hawaii nude beaches with photos and directions to the beaches.
Clickable Map of the Hawaiian Islands
Click on any underlined island or location name on this map to get more information to help you plan your vacation in Hawaii
101 Free Things That You Can Do on Oahu
An extensive list of 101 things to do on the island of Oahu for free or for $10 or under per person.
Lava Flow Recipe - Hawaiian Tropical Drink Recipe
There are numerous variations for making a Lava Flow. This biggest difference is that some recipes use 1 oz. of light rum and 1 oz. of Malibu® coconut rum. When Malibu® coconut rum is unavilable you can use 1 1/2 oz. of light rum and 1/2 oz. of coconut cream.
Best Luaus in Hawaii
Here are twelve of my favorite luaus in Hawaii with three included from each main island.
Visiting Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona...
Tips for visiting Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, Hawaii's most popular visitor attraction.
Why You Don't Have to Worry about "Jaws" in...
What are the facts behind shark attacks in Hawaii, and what can you do to reduce the risk of being attacked? Hawaii facts are much better than rumor.
Check out these fun things to do on the Big...
There are so many things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii that you'll never be able to do them all in just one visit. We've chosen our top things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii.
50 Things You Might Not Know About Hawaii
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Hawaii Statehood. See how many of these 50 things you might now know about Hawaii.
Favorite Affordable Places to Eat in West Maui
favorite affordable places to eat in West Maui, top places to eat in West Maui, West Maui dining, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Fish Market Maui, Honokowai Okazuka and Deli, Hula Grill Barefoot Bar, Kimo's, Leilani's On The Beach, OnO Bar & Grill, Pizza Paradiso, Plantation House Restaurant, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Sea House Restaurant
Clickable Map of Maui, Hawaii
Click on any location name on this map to get more information to help you plan your vacation on Maui, Hawaii
Packing For Your Hawaii Vacation
Packing for Hawaii vacations requires a good plan of what to take with you and what can best be bought or rented once you arrive.
Aloha - Definition, Meaning and Use of the...
Aloha is a word in the Hawaiian language that has numerous meanings both as a single word and when used in context with other words. The most common uses are as a greeting, farewell or a salutation. Aloha is also commonly used to mean love. It can also be used to express compassion, regret or sympathy.
How to Pack For a Trip to Hawaii
How to pack for a trip to Hawaii.
Luau Food and Recipes
Recipes for the Hawaiian food that is served at luaus in Hawaii.
Airlines That Fly to Hawaii
A comprehensive guide to the airlines with flights to Hawaii from various locations on the U.S. mainland and abroad.
Top 8 Hawaiian Aloha Shirts
Our choice for the best manufacturers of Hawaiian Aloha shirts as selected by John Fischer, your About Guide to Hawaii.
Mai Tai Recipe from the Royal Hawaiian Hotel
This original Mai Tai recipe is from the Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki.
Things Not to Do in Hawaii
Our tips for things to avoid when you visiting Hawaii to ensure that you have a safe and better vacation.
Best Places to Shop on Oahu
A guide to the best places to shop on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
Tipping in Hawaii
A guide to tipping in Hawaii - how much to tip and whom to tip from arrival at the airport, at your hotel and restaurants, and on guided tours in the Hawaiian islands.
Hawaiian seafood, Hawaiian food glossary, ahi,...
A guide to the seafood found in the islands of Hawaii
Free in Waikiki
A Guide to Free Things to Do in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
In Search of Filming Locations for ABC's Lost
Join me as we search Oahu, Hawaii for the filming locations for ABC's Emmy Award winning best drama series Lost.
Off the Beaten Path on Oahu
A guide to some of the best scenic drives and secret beaches on Oahu
The Weather in Hawaii
We look at the weather in Hawaii throughout the year on the different islands.
Tips for Choosing the Best Waikiki Hotel or...
Choosing which of Waikiki hotels to stay at is a big decision. How much you spend for your resort or hotel will determine how much of your vacation budget is left for other activities. Luckily, in with so many Waikiki hotels you have many choices ranging from world-class resorts to quite acceptable budget hotels.
Best Oahu Family Activities
15 great activities for families on the island of Oahu, Hawaii
Things To Do For Free on Oahu
A trip to Oahu can be expensive, but there are many free or almost free (less than $20 per person) things to do.
Flowers of Tahiti - French Polynesia's Fragrant...
A guide to some of the most beautiful and fragrant flowers found in the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Taha'a Raiatea and others. Tahiti is known for its vibrant tropical flowers used in everything from leis to dance performances.
Jack Lord
Jack Lord's career is best known for his role in Hawaii Five-0 but there is much more to learn about the man and his relationship with Hawaii.
21 Interesting Facts About Tahiti and Her Islands
Tahiti and Her Islands are unlike any set of islands in the world. Here are 21 interesting facts about Tahiti and Her Islands.
Interesting Facts About Fiji
If you are looking for facts about Fiji, here are some fun and informative tidbits. Fiji is not only an inviting and beautiful vacation destination, but its 333 islands are home to scenic wonders, both natural and man-made, and are the cradle of ancient myths and legends as well as modern political sagas. Here are a few of the more memorable facts about Fiji:
Before Going to Hawaii - Essential Information
Before you leave for Hawaii there are lots of things you should know and plans you should make.
Find out about some of the top hotels and...
There are so many Maui hotels and resorts to choose from. Here are our picks for some of the best places to stay on Maui.
Money Saving Tips for Your Hawaii Vacation
Here are some tips to help you save money for your Hawaii vacation.
Kalua Pig
Even if you don't have an imu, you can still make Hawaiian kalua pig at home from pork butt purchased at your local supermarket.
Chicken Long Rice
This staple of a Hawaiian luau, Chicken Long Rice, actually originated in China.
You'll love these things to do for free on...
My picks for some of the top things to do for free, or almost free, on the island of Maui, Hawaii.
Speak Tahitian — Common Tahitian Words...
A dictionary or glossary for the most common and useful words and phrases in the Tahitian language. Key words and phrases for travelers are listed in this Tahitian glossary.
Huli Huli Chicken
Hawaii's own version of barbecued chicken is cooked with Huli-Huli Sauce (made with pure Hawaiian brown sugar cane along with soy sauce, fresh ginger and more).
Blue Hawaii Cocktail Recipe
A recipe for the original Blue Hawaii Cocktail as invented by Harry Yee at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Tahiti vs. Fiji - Which is Right For You?
Both Fiji and Tahiti are exotic South Pacific nations ideal for a romantic getaway, wedding or honeymoon. There are top reasons for visiting Fiji and great reasons for traveling to Tahiti, so which is right for you? Here are tips and strategies that can help you decide.
All About the Island of Bora Bora
A guide to the island of Bora Bora with information on its size and population, airport, transportation, cities, geography, retail hours and more.
Choosing Your Inter-Island Airline in Hawaii
A guide to Hawaiian inter-island airlines and tips for choosing which is best for you.
What to Eat in Tahiti
A glossary of the top foods eaten in Tahiti, from poisson cru to coconut bread. The flavors of the South Pacific are abundant and nature-based, meaning that eating in Tahiti is a delight.
Allegiant Air Non-Stop Flights to Hawaii
Allegiant Air offers non-stop flights to Hawaii from a number of cities in the western USA.
Things To Do For Free On Hawaii's Big Island
A guide to some of the best things to do for free on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Things To Do For Free on Kauai
Called Hawaii's Island of Discovery and the Garden Island, Kauai's landscape is an exciting playground for lovers of the environment.
Top Oahu Hotels and Resorts
Our picks for some of the best places to stay on the island of Oahu, Hawaii
Flea Markets (Swap Meets), Farmers Markets and...
Held every Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. is the Maui Swap Meet. The Maui Swap meet is now held at the University of Hawaii Maui College (formerly known as the Maui Community College) just off of Ka'ahumanu Ave in Kahului. Admission is still just 50 cents.
Traveling With a Pet to Hawaii
Traveling with your pet to Hawaii may seem like a fun idea, but chances are you have no idea of what you're getting into. If you're talking about a cat or dog, it's possible, but not easy. If you're talking about some other type of animal, stop right here. You can't.
Sightseeing Tips for a First Time Visitor to...
We've chosen our favorite activities and day trips for a first time visitor to the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
Walmart in Hawaii
Help in finding a local Walmart in Hawaii and what types of things you can find at a Walmart in Hawaii.
Haupia - Hawaiian Coconut Pudding
This coconut pudding, haupia, is a staple desert at every Hawaiian luau.
Clickable Map of Oahu, Hawaii - Map of Oahu
Click on any black name on this map to get more information and help you plan your vacation on Oahu, Hawaii
Honokohau Harbor Beach, Big Island of Hawaii
Photo of Honokohau Harbor Beach, Big Island of Hawaii
The People of Hawaii
Who are the people of Hawaii? Learn about the many ethnic groups that make Hawaii their home.
Kahului - What to See and Do and Where to Shop...
A brief look at the history of Kahului Maui and what Kahului has to offer today for shopping, culture, and activities.
Lei Day in Hawaii
May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii - Read about this day of color, celebration, flowers and aloha.
Speak Fijian - A Glossary of Common Words and...
While almost everyone in Fiji, one of the major island groups in the South Pacific, speaks English, which is the country's official language, knowing a few key phrases in Fijian is not only polite but will endear you to the already warm and welcoming Fijian people. One word you will hear constantly is the infectious Bula! which means hello or welcome.
Most Romantic Places on Kauai
One of the best spots to snorkel on Kauai is Tunnels Beach–both for the clear fish-filled lagoon water of the lagoon and the splendid views of the island's signature peak, Mount Makana (aka Bali Hai), you'll enjoy when you surface. It's easiest to enter from the wide sand beach and snorkel the inner reef, but do keep an eye on the surf. Page 3.
Costco Locations in Hawaii
Tips and directions to the nearest Costco Wholesale Warehouse in Hawaii
Top 10 Movies and Television Shows Filmed in...
Our picks for the top movies and television shows that were filmed in the South Pacific islands. Filming sites include Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Taha'a, Fiji, Palau, the Cook Islands and Samoa.
Best Maui Beaches
Our picks for some of the best beaches on the island of Maui, Hawaii
Clickable Map of the Big Island of Hawaii,...
Click on any black name on this map to get more information and help you plan your vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii, one of our clickable Hawaii maps.
Hawaii on a Budget
How to go to Hawaii for three weeks on two weeks worth of money.
Clickable Map of Kauai, Hawaii - Map of Kauai
Click on any location name on this map to get more information to help you plan your vacation to Kauai
Paradise Found!
There is always something fun to do on Oahu, from extreme sports to simply lounging around in a cabana by the pool at a fancy resort. Here are 15 'must do' activities to give you a memorable vacation.
Top Things to Do on Bora Bora
A guide to the top things to do on Bora Bora, Tahiti's most legendary island. From soothing massages and sunset cruises to Wave Runner tours and shark feeding excursion, there are plenty of amazing activities to enjoy on the Tahitian island of Bora Bora.
Choosing Your Waikiki Hotel or Resort
Choosing which of Waikiki hotels to stay at is a big decision. How much you spend for your resort or hotel will determine how much of your vacation budget is left for other activities. Luckily, in with so many Waikiki hotels you have many choices ranging from world-class resorts to quite acceptable budget hotels. Page 2.
Paradise Cove Luau at the Ko Olina Resort
A review of the Paradise Cove Luau at the Ko Olina Resort on Oahu, Hawaii.
Oahu - Hawaii's Gathering Place
A profile of the island of Oahu, Hawaii which hosts more visitors annually than all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined.
Tahiti on a Budget
While true budget travel to Tahiti is practically impossible, there are ways to save during a visit to Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, which rank as some of the most expensive islands in world. These budget tips can help travelers cut costs when visiting the French Polynesian islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora.
Oahu's North Shore
A Driving Tour of the North Shore of Oahu, from La'ie to Ka'ena Point
Hawaii, the Big Island - Hawaii's Island of...
An overview of Hawaii's Big Island, the largest of the Hawaiian Islands and the one which grows every day with the lava flow from Kilauea Volcano.
The Most Beautiful Beaches in Hawaii
Our picks for the best beaches in Hawaii includes several less well-known beaches that we consider real gems.
Volcanoes of the Big Island of Hawaii
Exploring the volcanoes of the Big Island of Hawaii is a unique opportunity to view the living earth.
Maui, Hawaii's Valley Island
An overview of the island of Maui, Hawaii which is continually chosen as one of the top islands and vacation destination in the world.
Kauai Helicopter Tours
A helicopter tour is the best way to see the island of Kauai. Since over 70% of the island is inaccessible by land, you'll see areas that can only be seen from the air.
Hawaiian Wedding Attire
A list of do's and don'ts for Hawaii wedding attire, from the best fabrics for a wedding dress to suggestions for the groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen and guests. If you are getting married in Hawaii, here are suggestions for the most appropriate and comfortable wedding attire.
Driving Tour of Mount Tantalus and Round Top...
The views of Diamond Head, Waikiki, downtown Honolulu and Punchbowl Crater are unlike any other when seen from Mount Tantalus and Round Top Drive.
Diamond Head State Monument
A guide to hiking Diamond Head State Monument on Oahu, Hawaii.
Best Places to Get Married in Tahiti
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort offers several idyllic spots for bespoke weddings - from the postcard perfect beach with its natural palm altar to a serene green lawn overlooking a sparkling snorkel lagoon. Page 10.
Shopping on Oahu - Page 2
A guide to the best places to shop on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Page 2.
Planning for Those Additional Taxes and Fees...
Information about Hawaii's General Excise Tax, Transient Accommodations Tax and Car Rental Surcharges and Fees
Island Scorecard
scorecard for use in which island suits you best: deep sea fishing world class resorts vacation condominiums money budget budget travel
Before You Visit Pearl Harbor
Tips on visiting the USS Arizona Memorial and the other Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.
Planning a Trip to Tahiti — Everything...
Helpful information about getting to Tahiti, getting around Tahiti, which islands to visit, the weather, the language and the currency.
Pina Colada Recipe - Hawaiian Tropical Drinks
One of Hawaii's most popular drinks, this delicious blend of pineapple juice, rum and coconut cream is originally from Puerto Rico.
Maui Zipline Tours
On Maui three companies offer zip line tours. The first Maui zip line or Maui zipline company was Skyline Eco-Adventures. This was followed several years later by Kapalua Adventures. The most recent entry in the Maui zip line business is the Piiholo Ranch Zipline.
Walking Tour of Historic Honolulu
Join us for a walking tour of historic Honolulu including stops at Honolulu's 'Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha Statue, Ali'iolani Hale, Kawaiaha'o Church and the Mission Houses Museum.
2013 Festivals and Events On Oahu
A guide to festivals and events on Oahu in 2013 - arts & culture, cuisine, music, shopping & entertainment, sporting and fitness events and festivals. Page 2.
Kihei on Maui's Sunny South Shore
Situated on the south Maui coast, Kihei is known for its dry and warm days, great beaches and affordable accommodations.
Kauai Helicopter Tour Safety in Question...
Two recent helicopter crashes On Kauai and a February 2007 NTSB report raise serious issues of the safety Of Kauai helicopter tours.
Top Paid Attractions and Tours on Oahu
Our picks for the top paid attractions and tours on the island of Oahu, Hawaii
Planning a Trip to Fiji
If you are planning a trip to Fiji, comprised of 333 islands in the middle of the South Pacific, here's everything you need to know to get there, get around and find a hotel or resort. The South Pacific nation of Fiji is ideal for both a romantic or adventure getaway and is equally popular with honeymooners and scuba drivers.
Big Island Family Activities
A guide to things for families to do on Hawaii Island, the Big Island.
Top 10 Reasons to Visit Hawaii
Few places in the world can appeal to such varied tastes for a perfect vacation as the islands of Hawaii. We offer our top reasons to visit the islands of Hawaii.
How to Apply for a Marriage License in Hawaii
Details on how to apply for a marriage license in the state of Hawaii. The process of applying to be legally wed in Hawaii is done in person in Hawaii and the license is issued that same day.
Top Films Set in Hawaii and Made in Hawaii
Our picks for the best films set in Hawaii with principal filming or artwork done in Hawaii.
Chicken Adobo
Adobo is the Philippines national dish and a favorite with many people in Hawaii.
Maui Nightlife
When the sun goes down on Maui, the beat picks up, and the island’s rhythms turn to dining, dance and music.
Luau Foods and Recipes - Page 2
A guide to the foods found at luaus in the islands of Hawaii. Page 2.
Free in Hawaii
A guide to things to do for free, or almost free, when you visit Hawaii.
Fiji Islands
A look at the history and culture of the islands of Fiji from 1500 B.C. to the present.
Clickable Map of the Road to Hana on the island...
Click on any black name on this map to get more information and help you plan your trip along the Road to Hana on the island of Maui
Sunrise at Haleakala
This guide to visiting Haleakala on Maui for sunrise gives background on the sacred mountain as well as tips for making the most of your pre-dawn visit.
Lilo & Stitch and the Spirit of Hawaii
The message of the film and the meaning of ohana. Page 2.
Kauai's North Shore
A Driving Tour of Kauai's North Shore from Anahola to Haena State Park and Ke'e Beach and the Start of the Kalalau Trail
Facts About Hawaii's Sharks
A guide to the many species of sharks that are found in the waters of Hawaii.
Top 8 Maui Jim Sunglasses
Our picks for the best sunglasses sold by Maui Jim® of Lahaina, Maui.
Top Things to Do at Aulani, a Disney Resort...
Ten of our favorite things to do, for adults and kids, at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa at the Ko Olina Resort on Oahu, Hawaii.
Red Sand Beach in Hana also known as Kaihalulu...
A Photo of Red Sand Beach in Hana, also known as Kaihalulu Beach, a nude beach on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Page 8.
Kauai - Hawaii's Island of Discovery
An overview of the island of Kauai, the Garden Isle, now also known as Hawaii's Island of Discovery.
Chosing the Best Hawaii Activities
Things you should know about the best Hawaii activities in the air, on land or in/on the ocean.
Where to Get Married in Hawaii
A guide to choosing the perfect wedding location in Hawaii on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, the Big Island and Lana'i. Options for where to get married on Hawaii range from beachfront resorts to private villas and from secluded beaches to dramatic waterfalls.
A Driving Tour of Upcountry Maui
Join me for a driving tour of Upcountry Maui beginning at Pa'ia and Ho'okipa along the coast and then upcountry through Makawao, Kula and the 'Ulupalakua Ranch.
Top Things to Do In Tahiti - From Romantic...
There are many top experiences on Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora—here are our favorite things to do in the islands of French Polynesia.
Oahu Attractions - Waikiki and Waikiki Beach
An overview of the best attractions and most popular tourist attractions in in Honolulu, Waikiki and the island of Oahu.
Hawaiian Wedding Ceremony
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Tips on Traveling the Hana Highway Through Maui
Tips for things to see and do along the Hana Highway from Kahului to Hana in Maui, from Visitors Forum Member Heidi Scoggins, aka MauiHeidi
How to Choose a Place to Stay in Hawaii
Whether you decide on a bed and breakfast, rental condominium, private rental property or a world class hotel or resort, Hawaii has something that will fit your needs and your pocketbook.
Hilo on Hawaii's Big Island
An overview of the town of Hilo on Hawaii Island, the Big Island.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Check out these 10 reasons why I really like the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Waikiki, Oahu.
Best Places to Hear Hawaiian Music on Oahu
Whether dancing to energizing Hawaiian-reggae beats or sipping on a Mai Tai while listening to the soothing sounds of the slack key guitar, the island of Oahu offers numerous opportunities to enjoy free, first-rate Hawaiian music throughout the year.
Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato Recipe -...
A Recipe for Hawaiian purple sweet potato also known as Okinawan potatoes served at the Polynesian Cultural Center Ali'i Luau.
State of Hawaii - Hawaii Island and County...
In addition to their island names and county names, each island in Hawaii has one or more nicknames. Understanding place names in Hawaii is an important first step in planning your trip to the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
A driving tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the island of Hawaii, the Big Island
Securing Your Checked Luggage and Protecting...
Our tips for securing your checked luggage against loss, damage and theft under the new TSA security measures announced on August 10, 2006
Waipio Valley
History and cultural significance of the Waipio Valley on the Big Island of Hawaii
Old Lahaina Luau
The Old Lahaina Luau offers the most delicious and authentic food and the most well-produced and choreographed entertainment. If you only attend one luau while you're in Hawaii, be sure to attend the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui.
Quick Fried Rice
A standard of Chinese cuisine, fried rice can be made with meat or seafood and a wide assortment of vegetables.
Parking Lot of Kehena Beach
Photo of the parking lot of Kehena Beach, also known as Dolphin Beach, a black sand, clothing optional or nude beach in the Puna District of Hawaii's Big Island
Shopping on Oahu - Page 3
A guide to the best places to shop on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Page 3.
Don't miss the Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge...
The 29th Annual Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge takes place on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.
Lahaina, Maui
What you can see and do in historic Lahaina, Maui.
Maui Attractions
An overview of the best and most popular tourist attractions on Maui, Hawaii.
West Maui's Rugged North Shore by the...
Join us as we travel west Maui's rugged north shore from Kapalua to Wailuku by the Honoapi’ilani Highway and Kahekili Highway.
Hawaii for Kids and Teens
Hawaii is a great vacation place for kids and teens. Find out why.
Oahu's Southeast Shore and Windward Coast
Oahu's Southeast Shore and Windward Coast features some of the island's best beaches separated by rugged rocky shores, lush green valleys and top attractions.
Donkey Beach (Kuna Bay), Kauai
Photo of Donkey Beach, A Nude Beach on Kauai, Hawaii. Page 4.

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