Hawaii Vacation Blog

A Complete Guide to Kailua Beach

Kailua Beach is one of my favorite beaches on all of Oahu. There is so much to do on this scenic stretch of shoreline, whether you want to relax in the water or get active with something more adventurous. And its location in a residential area makes it feel off-the-beaten-path while still offering great amenities […]

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Laniakea Beach: Home of Hawaii’s Green Sea Turtles

We often head out to Oahu’s North Shore for scenic drives and beach hopping along the coast. But recently I went that way with only one destination: Laniakea Beach.  We had visitors from the mainland who desperately wanted to see a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle (called honu in Hawaiian). Laniakea Beach is a popular hangout […]

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Scenic Horseback Riding – Maui Style

Let’s slow down and see Hawaii in a unique way. Today, we’re learning about the best horseback riding Maui offers. From the western slopes of Wailuku to the cowboy region of upcountry, there are many great options for galloping across the valley aisle.  Ok, most of these places won’t take you galloping – plan for […]

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10 Reasons to Visit Iolani Palace on Oahu

Iolani Palace is a beautiful attraction in Honolulu, and visiting can change your entire outlook on Hawaiian history and culture. But it can be tempting to skip it since there are so many things to see and do on Oahu. After all, you may wonder if it’s worth stepping off the beach and exploring some […]

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Horseback Riding Oahu: The Best Tours & Advice

Horseback riding is one of the best ways to see Oahu. Slow down and have a unique adventure through some of the island’s greatest sights.  These are rural areas, way more rugged than the vibrant shorelines of Waikiki. But that’s what makes these excursions so special. You’re seeing Hawaii through the vantage of Paniolo – […]

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Join a Backyard Hawaii Party at Germaine’s Luau 

There are a lot of luau to choose from on Oahu, but one of the most time-tested and classic options is Germaine’s Luau. This family-friendly dinner show promises a backyard-style atmosphere complete with great food and entertainment.  But does it live up to its promise? Let’s learn all about this popular Hawaiian luau and whether […]

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Bodegas in Hawaii

Yes, there are bodegas in Hawaii. They are not commonly referred as such here. “Bodega” is a Spanish word, only slowly and recently entering Hawaii vernacular. I say that because of a recent debate I had with a visiting stranger from a major American metropolis who insisted that so-called bodegas can only be found in […]

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Old Lahaina Luau Updates for 2024

Old Lahaina Luau has long been a favorite on Maui. This authentic Hawaiian luau featured world-class entertainment, a stunning oceanfront setting, a relaxed yet polished ambiance, and incredible food.  But then tragedy struck. The 2023 wildfires destroyed much of beloved Lahaina town and forced the luau to close.  We’re happy to share that this isn’t […]

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Where to Find a Black Sand Beach in Hawaii

There are few things as mesmerizing as a black sand beach in Hawaii. At these scenic spots, turquoise waters and green landscapes dazzle against the pitch-black shoreline. It’s somehow both calming and invigorating to visit, and the photos are incredibly Instagram-worthy.  But where can you find the best black sand beach Hawaii offers? Ahead we’re […]

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The Many Types & Costs of Hawaii Destination Weddings

Hawaii destination weddings have a unique allure. Couples from all over the world flock here to wed amid our beautiful scenery. Sometimes, they may invite along a few loved ones for a tropical vacation. Other times, it’s just the couple – no distractions or pressure, just romantic serenity.  But when people think of a Hawaii […]

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A Curated List of the Best Honeymoon Resorts in Hawaii

Hawaii is such a beautiful place, and you really can’t go wrong at any hotel. But still, choosing one of the best honeymoon resorts in Hawaii will help elevate your getaway from a tropical stay to an unforgettable experience.  That’s why we’ve curated our ultimate list of Hawaii’s best resorts for honeymooners. As you travel […]

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Opaeka’a Falls – Kauai’s forbidden waterfall

A lot has been written and discussed about Opaeka’a Falls on Kauai. It’s on Kauai’s windward side and is remarkable for its natural beauty and place in ancient Native Hawaiian legend and cosmology. We’ll make this much clearer: hiking to the waterfall is illegal. Its name translates to “rolling shrimp” and refers to the once […]

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