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Molokai Travel


When you consider any of the islands of Hawaii, you may think there’s no need to define any of them other than as paradise. You would be right in that thought. However, it’s nice to take a comprehensive look at all the islands and see which one matches your personality. Not only do you want to see which island of Hawaii is most in alignment with who you are, it’s also important to seek out which island suits your vacation needs best.

When traveling to Hawaii, you want to make every moment count. It’s not often you get to visit paradise on earth, after all. If you are seeking lively entertainment and lots of tourist attractions, you may want to stay on Waikiki Beach. For a more laid back, authentic vibe, Moloka’i may be just the remedy you need for a life lived on overload where all you want to do for a while is disconnect.


Weather in Paradise

Depending on when you visit, you can expect the weather temperatures to be anywhere from the high 70s to upper 80s. Some parts of the island are warmer and drier while certain parts, such as those closer to the rainforest, are wetter and cooler. Either way, this island is a nature-lover’s dream.


Being One with Nature

Out of all the islands, Moloka’i is a favorite for those who appreciate authentic nature experiences. This island is known for the having the friendliest of residents. Their way is the authentic way. You can enjoy fishing, surfing, kayaking, and surfing right alongside those who inhabit the island.

You won’t be likely to find yourself waiting in long lines, waiting for heavily populated tourist destinations here. You will be rubbing elbows with the locals as you try your hand at sport fishing. From horseback riding to mountain biking, the outdoors is your playground in Moloka’i.


For the Athlete in All of Us

Once you arrive on the island, you cannot help but feel connected to the beautiful, natural surroundings. The warm sunlight and trade wind breezes will make you want to devour everything natural and outdoors you possibly can.

There is a hiking experience for every hike lover and for every level, at that. You get to choose from mountain or valley to shoreline in between. If your idea of an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime hike is viewing breathtaking scenery from an overlook, uncovering secret pools or passing by an historical site, then a hike on Moloka’i is medicine for your soul.


The Greens in the Greenest Place

As if Moloka’i was not green enough itself with its rainforests and plant life, you can visit a different kind of green – The Greens at Kauluwai (Ironwoods Gold Course). Who could be better than you as you playing a round in the beautiful and serene natural setting of Moloka’i?


Kalaupapa National Historic Park

The Kalaupapa peninsula is where those afflicted with leprosy were sent. The park offers insight and testimony to those who lived out their lives in isolation as they suffered from this terrible disease. The historic preservation of the buildings, the museums and the cemetery all tell the untold story of those who lived, suffered, and died there.


Halawa Valley

If you wish to take one of the most impressive hikes of your life, then step into Halawa Valley and take a step back into time when Polynesians lived, roamed and worshipped. Mooula Falls are waiting for you to view their two-tiered magnificence. So grab a guide and go take a hike in one of the most exquisite and untouched places on the planet.


Papohaku Beach

On this flawless, white-sand beach, you will feel as though you are on your own private property. Its seclusion adds to its beauty and charm. You will find picnic tables, the most pristine place to walk on the beach, and be able to enjoy snapping prize-winning photographs to call your own. Picnic tables under the trees and picturesque scenery with miles of sugary sand beaches underfoot will help you let it all go on this solitary beach.


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Hawaii Travel Tips


It’s not every day that you get to go on a trip to Hawaii. Some people use the expression, “It’s not about the destination, but the journey.” When it comes to planning ahead for your trip to Hawaii and setting foot in paradise, it’s about both the journey and the destination. If you had to think of anything more fun than both planning and arriving on your trip to Hawaii, not too many things could compare.

If you do have intentions to visit Hawaii, but aren’t quite ready yet, that’s good news too. It’s never too early to plan ahead for a trip to paradise. If Hawaii is on your wish list, but you haven’t had time to do much research yet, there are a host of reasons to visit the Big Island.


Top 3 Reasons to Go Visit Hawaii

  • The weather is idyllic. Temperatures are between 80 and 85 degrees, not too hot, with the trade winds blowing and the golden sun shining, it’s near perfect. Even when it rains, a few minutes later you get the benefit of one of Hawaii’s famous rainbows immediately afterward.
  • The epitome of relaxation – not only is the weather sublime and the surroundings glorious, the people are some of the most laid back and relaxed folks you will find. If you are in need of a much-needed rest and relaxation destination, the Big Island is the place for you.
  • Something for everyone – from weddings to honeymoons and family reunions to singles’ events, there is something for everyone in Hawaii. Dancing, nightlife, beach activities and water sports, historic tourist attractions and even volcanoes, there’s never a dull moment – until you say there is. With endless beaches and deep blue waters, you can pull up a hammock and not move until you want to.

Once you have your mind set that this is the perfect destination for you, it’s time to plan ahead.


Choose Your Island

This is where some of the work comes in; however, by planning ahead, you can get a clear idea of which island best suits your needs. Many families and couples, however, visit more than one island on their trip to Hawaii.

  • Hawaii – waterfalls, rainforests and volcanoes
  • Maui – the road to Hana
  • Oahu – Home to the historic Pearl Harbor sites and Waikiki
  • Kauai – famous sea cliffs of the Napali Coast
  • Molokai – deep connection to Hawaiian culture and heritage
  • Lanai – luxury, romance and R&R

What type of activities do you intend to partake in – historical and cultural or water-based sporting activities? Are you looking for pure relaxation or romance on the beach? Once you know which island you want to visit and what you want your itinerary to look like, next is the accommodations.



There are quite a few things to think about when it comes to which accommodations you will choose.

  • Do you want to book a package deal with an online discount travel service combining air fare, hotel and excursions? Or would you prefer to go it alone and compare and contrast the various deals?
  • Where would you like to stay? All inclusive resort, small beach hut or a condominium? Would a service such as Airbnb suit you where you can rent a room or a small house from a private owner and come and go as you please?
  • What is your budget? Economy or luxury or somewhere in between. When you know your budget ahead of time, you have more than enough time to save.


Credit Cards and Frequent Flyer Miles

If you play your cards right – credit cards, that is – you might get a super deal on your airfare to Hawaii. Shop around and seek out the best credit card deals that offer the best frequent flier reward programs, whether it is an airline credit card or private card. If you travel for business a lot, those points can add up nicely. If you play your cards right, you may get some pretty substantial discounts on your airfare.

Look for cards that offer flexibility and the ability to transfer and use your points toward airfare and/or hotels accordingly. Pay attention to the fees, rules and requirements and you may be pleasantly surprised that you find yourself with quite a few extra points adding up before you know it. It might take some time and effort, but again, if you plan ahead, it can be well worth your while.


Ask for Discounts

Many a traveler has received some pretty decent discounts simply for being a “newbie” to a hotel, resort or restaurant. Businesses want happy customers, but more importantly, they want repeat customers. Never be afraid to politely ask for an incentive to visit, dine or stay and offer the reward of coming back with your entire family.

Even ask to book excursions in advance and receive a discount for doing so; you never know who just may say yes to your request.

These starter tips will help you plan ahead well in advance so that you can have the most enjoyable visit when your feet finally do hit the ground in paradise.

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Hawaii Golf Courses

Imagine yourself on top of the world with the trade winds in your hair and a golf club in your hand, with the ocean as your view. That’s just a little slice of what’s it’s like to enjoy golf in Hawaii. Golfers from around the world come to visit Hawaii to play a round or two, or several for that matter. From breathtaking seascapes to signature holes, golfing in Hawaii is more than a slice of paradise. While Honolulu may be the capital of Hawaii, Hawaii is the capital of golf, which just happens to be located in paradise.

Whether it’s independent, within a resort or public, there is no loss for variety of golfing experiences in Hawaii. From one island to the next, from one coast to the other, each has its own awe-inspiring view. From beginner to seasoned pro, your golf experience in paradise awaits.


Kohala Coast

The Kohala Coast gives new definition to the term black and blue. You get to view the black lava rock formations set against the backdrop of the deep blue ocean, which is a contrast that you will not soon forget. Then, there are the white sand beaches and lush green fairways for more eye-pleasing enjoyment. While there are plenty of places around the states to play golf overlooking beautiful oceans and bays, the Kohala Coast is unique unto itself.



Imagine yourself on the 18-hole championship golf course designed by none other than golf legend Jack Nicklaus himself. This signature golf course has every amenity you could want or need. With food and beverage stops along the way and the Hualalai Grille at the end and a view that will make it difficult to keep your eye on the ball, you will want for nothing on this green.


Mauna Kea

The Mauna Kea golf course at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has much to boast about, from its designer, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. to being graced by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Less than a decade ago, the Mauna Kea underwent some state-of-the-art renovations. If you want the best of the best, then the Mauna Kea is for you.


Mauna Lani

Talk about an once-in-a-lifetime experience; that’s what the North course of the Mauna Lani Resort is. It was built on a lava bed, of all things. This signature course is more like a mix of photo opportunities and golf with its appearance of wild goats, mesquite forests not to mention its one-of-a-kind 17th hole. Natural lava, golf and goats – one-of-a-kind, for sure.


Club at Hokuli’a

A little more than a decade old, this club is a private club overlooking the ocean. The view could not be more impeccable or impressive. This Jack Nicklaus golf course has something special indeed. It combines a highly challenging course with exquisite views and atmosphere. It’s quite an intoxicating mix.

When you play golf in Hawaii, your senses may very well go on overload, from the lush greens to the deep blue ocean, to the black or white sand beaches and the bluest of skies, you will be in awe. Whether you are seeking an exclusive club, a one-of-a-kind experience, are a beginner or a pro, there is a course with your name on it in the paradise known as Hawaii.

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Running in Hawaii


For some, running is a pastime while for others it is a way of life. If you were to ask a daily runner why they run, the answer may be to stay healthy or to alleviate stress. While hardcore runners might say it’s in their veins and it opens up the valve to adrenaline for them. Can you imagine anything better than being a runner and being in Hawaii? It could be a place where your passion meets paradise. Some races are an annual tradition, while others still are for a higher cause; but, no matter the reason, runners hit the road in paradise.

The Family Promise 5K Fun Walk/Run

The Family Promise 5K Fun Walk/Run is one of those instances where fun and running gathered together for a good cause. Hundreds of participants gathered together recently to run and walk for a cause – that cause was to help put an end to homelessness on the beautiful isles of Hawaii.

The Family Promise of Hawaii was the sponsor for this philanthropic event. The premise behind the event was to raise awareness and to also highlight how their foundation helps families to avoid homelessness through innovative programs offering food and shelter as well as a means toward gainful employment.

Within a period of a few short months, many families have been able to rebound from homeless status to finding housing. Can you imagine the exhilarating feeling of running a race in paradise combined with running for a good cause? It just doesn’t get any better than that.


The Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon

If you missed the Family Promise 5K, no worries – there are plenty more running events throughout the islands. The Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon is a perfect example. Besides the fact that the race is being held in Poipu, Kauai, this race is extra special. Prior to the race, there will be a concert on the lawn on Friday, September 4th. The concert kicks off the race and will host an assortment of enticing treats for the whole family.

Tasty treats, beer, wine and cocktails will be available as the Poipu Athletic Club teams up with the Kauai Marathon to get everyone geared up for the race that Sunday, September 6, 2015.


Honolulu Marathon and Race Day Walk

Are you considering a trip to Hawaii during December to get away from cold, blustery weather elsewhere? If you are a runner and wondering where to run your next race, think no further than Honolulu if you are adventurous enough. If beginning a race at 5:00 a.m., watching the sun rise over Honolulu and hitting the pavement feels right to you, then December 13, 2015 is your date.

This race attracts thousands upon thousands of runners each year, and is the fourth largest marathon in the United States. With more than four decades of experience under its belt, the Honolulu Marathon and Race Day Walk is a well-organized and enjoyable experience for all.

The 26.2 mile journey will leave you feeling exhilarated and in awe of all the beauty you will take in along the path.

If running a marathon in paradise makes your heart skip a beat, why not consider joining the thousands who participate in any one of Hawaii’s great races and make your dreams come true.

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Hawaii Scenery


Everyone who has ever been to Hawaii knows that it’s all about the beaches and the sunsets. Of course, Hawaii’s beaches are silky smooth ribbons of white and its waters are aquamarine gems to swim, snorkel and play in; but there is more to Hawaii than just its pristine beaches and indescribable sunsets.

There are also, of course, volcanoes complete with lava flow, rainforests and waterfalls. Don’t forget to throw in some winding twisting roads that will leave your hair standing on end. From waterfalls to winding roads, here are some of the best of the best Hawaii has to offer.


Hanakapi’ai Falls

For some, it’s the vision of a magnificent waterfall that makes the destination so exhilarating. For others, it’s more about the journey. Some hikers love the trail as much as the pot of gold at the end – the breathtaking waterfall. Others enjoy the experience of being in a remote and secluded location.

The Na Pali coast, for some, is referred to as one of the most beautiful coasts there is. If you choose to hike in the Na Pali coast, your trek may begin with the Kalalau Trail, leading you to Hanakapi’ai beach and then up further toward the Hanakapi’ai Falls.

This trail is not for the faint of heart as conditions can sometimes be laden with slippery mud, steep inclines and declines, as well as narrow foot pathways and loosened rock underfoot. Make sure to bring appropriate supplies of water, and be prepared to view one of the most majestic waterfalls as it cascades over and dives into a deep pool below.


Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is 80 feet of exquisite beauty located in Hilo, Hawaii. As the water majestically plunges into the river below, you have a good chance at capturing a shot of a rainbow gracing its dive. Rainbow Falls is surrounded by lush tropics. The falls lead into the Wailuku River where there is some possible royal history attached to it.

If you seek an easier visit to see one of the most magical falls, then Rainbow Falls is definitely for you. Visit Wailuku River State Park for a picture-perfect postcard view of one of the most gorgeous waterfalls in a lush tropical setting you will ever set sights on.


Pools of Ohe’o

You may have heard the term, “The Seven Sacred Pools” while exploring your visit to Hawaii. The pools belonging to the Haleakala National Park in Maui offer you beautiful waterfalls leading into several pools in which you can play and swim. Stunning and exhilarating are two perfect words to describe the experience of visiting the Seven Sacred Pools.

These pools are quite popular and just as crowded. So if you enjoy having a one-of-a-kind experience in a pool of wonder and enjoy sharing it with many others, the Seven Sacred Pools are sure not to disappoint.


Akaka Falls

This waterfall lives in beautiful Akaka Falls State Park. When you visit the park, you have the opportunity to take a hike that will fill all your senses. Breathe in the scent of wild orchids as you make your way through a lush rainforest. From there, continue your hike to view one of the smaller water falls known as Kahuna Falls. Go forward and loop around until you are in awe of the spectacular Akaka Falls which is known to be more than a 400 foot drop, giving the appearance that it is a secret treasure in the middle of everything. Take it all it as you view this waterfall plummeting downward into its pool and admire the beauty and majesty of nature.

If all this magnificence is not enough for you and you seek even more adventure, why not spin your wheels on Maui’s famous Hana Coast.


Hana’s Maui Coast

High above Hana’s Maui’s coast, dotted with black sand beaches, you will find the road to Hana. If you want somewhere to leave all your cares behind, this is the place to do it. As you drive over the slithering cliffs of the road to Hana, there’s nothing else to think about other than the drive itself.

Here, you can experience the view of Hawaii’s beautiful oceans and lush greeneries while getting a thrill-rush of a ride all the while. This coast offers more than 50 miles of winding curves, with just as many bridges – some of which are only big enough for one lane – as it snakes around until you come to a stop. Enjoy the feeling of being in the middle of the most beautiful nowhere you have ever seen. Leave your cares behind and understand that there are places like this on earth that are few and far between.


Waimea Canyon Drive

If the thought of Hana’s Maui Coast terrifies you a bit too much, then try your way on Waimea Canyon Drive. While there are curves, turns and cliffs, most people who have traveled this road say it’s more for the tame at heart as opposed to the road to Hana. The Waimea Canyon will remind you of all the glory and beauty of the Grand Canyon only smaller scale. With rugged terrain and an impressive and dramatic view of Kauai’s landscape, you can view the canyon at the overlook.

From rugged terrain with winding, serpentine curves to majestic rainbow waterfalls, these place are sure to leave an impression on your heart and mind. Be sure to check to see current conditions and openings on all before you go.

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Hawaiian Island


If you are planning a trip to Hawaii for the first time, there is so much to consider. Do you want to be an island hopper or do you want to stay put in one place and what kind of experience are you intending to have? Traveling to Hawaii, for many, is an once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You want to be certain that you make the most of it and are as informed as possible.

The moment you open a brochure or search online about traveling to Hawaii, it is easy to become enthusiastic – overwhelmingly enthusiastic, at that. There is one important factor you need to consider as you set out to create the details of visiting Hawaii. After all, you don’t want to stress out before you head to paradise.


One of the Most Important Factors to Consider before Visiting Hawaii

Anyone who is even half-awake will be excited at the possibility of venturing to Hawaii. However, after the excitement has waned a bit, you will want to get down-to-earth about your visit. Here is the number one question that needs answering beforehand:


What Kind of Experience do you want to Have?

Of course visiting the Hawaiian Islands are exquisite and blissful, but what kind of experience are you seeking? Are you seeking to go after one hundred percent rest and relaxation? Or are you looking to get in touch with nature in the form of Hawaii’s volcanoes, waters and mountains? Once you choose your adventure, picking a destination is that much easier.

Kauai might be the best choice for you, for example, if you are seeking rest and rejuvenation combined with natural adventure such as kayaking. Kauai has waterfalls and mountains that will offer you the experience of being that close to nature. Kauai also offers a more authentic cultural experience both in its food and in its terrain. You can kayak its waters or visit the Na Pali Coast for a remote, out-of-the-way experience.

If you are a sightseer, then Oahu may be the best choice for you. Many visitors to the Hawaiian Islands choose Oahu as it serves as the perfect choice for home base. From there, you can bounce over to the many other islands. In addition, if you are a lover of sightseeing, you can visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona.

The islands of Molokai and Lanai offer a more authentic Hawaiian experience and are the perfect choices for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. If you can’t de-stress in one of these islands, you may need to stay a while longer.

While the big island of Hawaii has it all. If you want to experience nature in the form of volcanoes at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or get to know the ocean better, rest and relax during the day and then hit the nightlife at night, the big island may be the perfect choice for you.

Maui is perfect if you want to taste the culture of Hawaii, but stay in one of its luxurious resorts. Maui is all about mixing luxury from resorts to dining with combining long, windy roads and traditional luaus.

Of course, visiting Hawaii is thrilling, exciting and adventurous; however, once you have gotten used to the excitement and can focus on the notion of what type of adventure you want to experience, your trip will be that much more fulfilling. From exciting and remote beaches to winding, turning roads up toward the mountains to rest and relaxation and traditional Hawaiian culture, the choices on the beautiful isles of Hawaii are just about endless.



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Hawaii Beaches

Taking a trip anywhere these days takes a lot of creativity, especially when it comes to financing that trip. If you’ve always wanted to visit Hawaii but couldn’t quite seem to fit it into the budget, you don’t have to lose heart. There are many activities that are inexpensive and some are even free on the beautiful isle of Hawaii.

If you have saved enough for your airfare and found a decent hotel, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have an exhilarating experience in Hawaii. Of course, there is the beach, but there are also a host of ways to enjoy the beach in Hawaii other than simply sunbathing.


Sports on the Beaches of Hawaii

If you are the energetic type and sitting still on the beach endlessly for hours has little appeal, you can enjoy the beaches of Hawaii in a bevy of ways. Taking up a sport is a perfect example. Of course, there is beach volleyball, but if you are more extreme than that, you’re in luck. You might want to get involved in playing extreme volleyball or try your hand at kite surfing.

Kite surfing is a mixture of wakeboarding and windsurfing. What makes kite surfing so popular in Hawaii lies within the fact that the trade winds combined with the waves can make conditions perfect for this sport.

Kailua Beach in Oahu is one of the top spots to enjoy kitesurfing. The conditions at Kailua are optimal. Kite Beach is another prime location, especially if you are a beginner. You can take kitesurfing lessons and try your hand at something different. If you enjoy the feeling of surfing and sailing, then kitesurfing will beat sunbathing hands down for you.

Stand up paddle boarding is all the rage in waters everywhere these days. Aqua jogging is another great way to enjoy your time at the beach, as well as power walking with ankle weights. Join a zumba class on a beach and combine excitement with peace and calm.

Mixing physical fitness with the beautiful landscape of the ocean beaches and the challenge of working out in the sand is the latest trend. There are plenty of ways to exercise and enjoy the beaches of Hawaii


A Little Yoga Goes a Long Way

Whether you are a beginner or pro, a male or a female, you may just find yourself getting hooked on yoga. Picture yourself on the beach in the early morning, sand underfoot and glorious scenery all around you as you get into the flow of yoga. Beside the fact that yoga on the beach can change your health, physical fitness and your mindset all at once, there are also several forms of yoga from basic to power yoga.

Hatha yoga is your basic form of yoga that focuses on breathing techniques. The power of breath is the energy of life according to this type of yoga.

Power yoga uses quicker, livelier movement with the more advanced poses. Power yoga challenges you, has the potential to burn a few hundred calories in one hour and also increases flexibility.


Meet New People

One of the top universal fears for just about everyone is fear of speaking in public and meeting new people. If you are a business person and need to brush up on your people skills, what better place to do it than on the beach in Hawaii. No matter if you are walking on the beach or sitting and taking in the sun, this is a great opportunity for you to polish up your skills and practice extending yourself to new people.

Having a backdrop of paradise makes it an easy-going experience to strike up a conversation. Even if you flub, when you are in Hawaii, there’s nothing really wrong. You never know, you might just meet your next big client.

Taking up a sport, getting into yoga pose or trying your hand at meeting new people are all creative and fulfilling ways to spend (at least some of) your time other than sunbathing on the beaches of Hawaii.

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Hawaii Cruise Vacation

There are many tourist attractions in Hawaii from volcanic activity to memorial sites; however one of the biggest attractions in Hawaii is the water itself. If this is your first time visiting Hawaii and its neighboring islands, there will be much excitement and planning, as well. In your zest to see it all and do it all, you may forget some items along the way.

Whether you are cruising to Hawaii on a cruise ship or taking a sail boat out on the water, there are some important tips you need to know.


Contact Your Cruise Specialist – If you are setting sail on a cruise ship, there may be a good chance that you are leaving from a foreign port of interest. In the midst of your excitement, you may simply forget (or not know) that you need a passport. Check the rules and regulations of the cruise ship you are sailing. Make certain to inquire as to whether or not you should carry your birth certificate just in case. Ask whether or not there are any necessary immunizations necessary. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; it’s better to ask too many questions than to have too few answers.

If you have family back home, you will want to keep in touch. Inquire about your cruise ships internet capabilities and pricing packages. For the most part, getting in touch by simply sending a text or placing a call could result in exorbitant cell phone fees. You don’t ever want to be surprised by a cell phone bill with hundreds of dollars of roaming charges on it.

Most cruise ships offer internet packages that you can pay for with a set amount of time you can use. Once you are in port, you might be able to set your cell phone to Wi-Fi mode and make a call or two, but check with your cruise agent.

Also, keep an eye on your on-board account. You will have an on-board account attached to a credit card while on board. It is easy to lose track of how much you spend and it is important to keep track as you go along.

Do Your Research before You Set Sail – Take some time to explore the excursions for your cruise. If there is something that interests you and you are certain you want to partake in that activity, then take the time to book it in advance. Once you are on board, there will be a host of activities from shopping and possibly gambling to dinner shows. Booking your excursions in advance is a wise choice indeed.

Contact Your Credit Card Company in Advance – Whenever you travel, it’s a smart idea to contact your credit card company in advance to let them know you will be away and charging to the card. More than a few travelers on cruises have learned the hard way that the credit card company will not honor the credit card in the attempt to protect you. Call them in advance and this will alleviate any potential headaches when you should be traveling.

Look at Your Itinerary Closely – Take a look at your itinerary closely and be certain that you will have all the items necessary for that particular itinerary. Don’t forget a small beach tote and a small canvas cooler to keep some water or fruit cold while on the beach. The last thing you want to do is to spend more than it cost you for the cruise on food elsewhere on the islands. It’s always a good idea to bring more than one bathing suit because, more than likely, one will be wet at all times. A small laundry bag or plastic bag for dirty laundry is also a good idea.

Dress Appropriately - Check to see if your cruise has a formal night and be prepared. You will need a nice dress or suit and the appropriate shoes. While you are excited about heading out to the gorgeous beaches of Hawaii, flip flops and formal wear don’t go together. Bring a hat and a spare pair of sunglasses as well as a bathing suit cover up for poolside and beach excursions.

Don’t forget the sunscreen - While this might sound like a common sense item to pack, you would be surprised at how many travelers forget to bring sunscreen. Sunscreen is three times the price on board than it is at your local home pharmacy.

Get acquainted with the Culture – While it’s great to do all the touristy excursions and pack them all in before you get back on board, why not consider getting to know the people and the culture of Hawaii as you go along. Stop along and chat with the locals and try their food, as well.

You may be going on your first ever cruise to Hawaii and these tips are important items to know and to remember in order to make your cruise as much like paradise as Hawaii is.

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Going Green in Hawaii


Hawaii is a much-loved land; both by its own people and the tourists that visit there and understandably so. What’s not to love – miles of sugar sand beaches, delightful waters that beckon you to come and play, and so much to see and do. The list is endless indeed. Nevertheless, the more visitors that Hawaii sees, the more potential for pollution.

You would think with all the greenery Hawaii already has, green energy would not be necessary. Hawaii is thinking a different shade of green though these days – energy related green and not just palm tree and rain forest green.


Little Critters Make a Big Difference

We all know how little critters can make our lives uncomfortable from mosquitos to those large cane spiders in Hawaii. Nevertheless, Hawaii has other critters that are important in the work that they do – honey bees.

Several years ago, the Adopt-a-Beehive with Alan Wong Program was developed in the hopes of raising awareness about honey bees and their current situation. At the UH Hilo Farm Laboratory in Pana’ewa, you can adopt a beehive. Once you sponsor your beehive, you will get news about how well your beehive is doing. This program promotes the importance of the honey-bee and offers education to the public, as well as filling the need for honey bees to thrive and continue to be the contribution that they are.

With the opportunity to promote research on how important the honey bee is to a sustainable environment in Hawaii, this program makes honey a little bit sweeter.


Going Greener with Greenery

When it comes to keeping the green in Hawaii, TREE (Tropical Reforestation & Ecosystems Education) is a perfect example of such an endeavor. TREE has a commitment to the preservation and restoration of Hawaii’s natural green beauty. There are a variety of programs TREE creates in order to maintain and sustain the rare and native species of Hawaii.

By connecting both youth and adults alike to the maintenance and preservation of native Hawaiian ecosystems, TREE promotes an environment that thrives for both nature and human-kind.


Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative

The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative takes action in keeping Hawaii green by planting trees in an area that was once claimed by King Kamehameha. While a few koa trees remain on this land, the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative continues to take efforts to recreate this area.

You can sponsor a tree, track your tree and if you don’t have any plans to visit Hawaii any time soon, you can check in on your tree using your coordinates online. What a fun and rewarding way to be a contribution to the green movement located on Mauna Kea in Hawaii.


Plastic, Plastic Everywhere

There once was a quote by Samuel Taylor Coleridge about “Water, Water, Everywhere.” There seems to be a new, unfortunate, way of being where we find plastic everywhere we go – from our homes to the vehicles we drive and even our workplace.

It is more important than ever for visitors to take exceptional care with plastics in Hawaii. With so many beaches and hiking opportunities, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that those improperly discarded water bottles can wind up in the oceans of Hawaii. Not only does that pollute the ocean water, but the sea life that lives within it. The ecosystem of that sea life is necessary and vital.

The Surfrider Foundation Chapter rises above the task by creating programs such as Rise above Plastics. Local action that makes a difference on a large scale is what this program is all about by educating and reminding people of the dangers of overuse of plastic and the pollution it causes. Rise above Plastics reminds people to recycle, reuse and make some change.


Solar Energy in Hawaii

Utilizing all that energy from the sun just makes sense in Hawaii. Just about everywhere you go in Hawaii, there is an abundance of sunshine. Tapping into all that energy, the government as well as the utilities are creating incentives for homeowners to go solar. Hawaii is a leader in the solar energy movement throughout the nation and understandably so.

So, while Hawaii may seem effortlessly and naturally green, it’s not without the efforts of those behind movements such as these.

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Hawaii Best Kept Secrets


When you need to take a visual break and envision somewhere tropical, far away and easy-going, Hawaii is the perfect image to envision. Hawaii is the epitome of sugar-sand beaches, ocean surf and a laid-back lifestyle to say the least. However, did you know that Hawaii has more than two colors of sand beaches other than sugar white and black sand?

Of course, the black sand beaches are remnants from the volcanic history that makes up Hawaii. After all, Hawaii would not be in existence if it were not for that volcanic history. However, the volcanoes and coral reefs of Hawaii did more than make a little slice of paradise with black and white sand beaches. They created the colorful world of Hawaii’s colored sand beaches.


Red Sand Beach

Officially known as Kaihalulu Beach, Red Sand Beach is quite a sight to see. Red Sand Beach gets its color, once again, thanks to Mother Nature in Hawaii. One visit to the Red Sand Beach and you will know why it is known as one of the most exquisite beaches Hawaii has to offer.

Red Sand Beach, of course, has red sand, but it’s the surrounding colors of nature compiled with the sand that make it breathtaking. Bluer than blue ocean waves, the greenest of forestry and the red sand make it look like something out of an artist’s portrait. Pictures sometimes cannot even capture the beauty of this beach.

While there is no swimming allowed and climbing could be tricky, with a guided tour you may be able to chalk your visit up to the red sand beach as one in a million.


Green is Golden

Papakolea Green Sand Beach on Hawaii is considered a treasure of a find. While the sand may be green, the opportunity to see this uniquely colored beach is golden. To say that a visit to Papakolea Green Sand Beach is to speak the truth. You will have to drive your car and park it and begin your hike over to the beach.

Imagine having to take a 2.5 mile hike only to reach a cliff overlooking the Green Sand Beach and then having to climb down to explore. While it is not a long nor treacherous hike, you will still need to be prepared. Make sure you have the right protection such as sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water along for the adventure.

The green olivine crystals that formed the beach are magnificent to see whether you view the beach from atop the cliff or get up close and personal and hold some in your hand.


Yellow as the Sun

While visitors to Hawaii expect a lot of sunshine, they may be surprised to see quite a bit of that sunshine right on the sand in the form of yellow hued granules. Yellow and brown sands have a tendency to attract more heat and more beachgoers. The hotter the sand, the hotter the location for tanning and swimming. Waikiki is said to have miles of yellow sand beaches to enjoy.


Black Sand Beaches

Imagine laying out in the sun on a black sand beach. The black sand is courtesy of the volcanic activity from the islands in the form of lava fragments. While other beaches may have a combination of marine life and coral reef to attribute its sand colors to, black sand beaches can thank goddesses such as Pele for their formation.

Another thing you can bet on when visiting a black sand beach – the sand will be hotter than hot. You know how you are advised to wear lighter colors such as white during summer months in order to reflect the sun’s rays and how black attracts those rays all the more? Well, the same goes for the black sand beaches – they will be hotter than hot. Wear your flip flops or beach shoes at all times.

Punalu’u Beach on the Big Island is a favorite of beachgoers and even sea turtles. The green sea turtles do well there since the black sand stays warmer for the turtle eggs to thrive. If you are looking to do some serious swimming, it’s best to check on the surf for the day. The surf on this particular beach can be rough going at times. Sunbathing or walking along the beach may be a better option.


The Glorified White Sand Beaches

While it may appear that the white sand beaches of Hawaii are smooth and soft, there may be more on these shores than meets the eye. The sand may actually contain more fragments of shells and coral reef remnants.

Kailua Beach on Oahu is one such example. The combination of azure waters meeting white sandy beaches is something your eyes won’t believe and your memory will never forget either. Waikiki Beach is also a popular choice what with Diamond Head in the backdrop. You can relax and feel like a king or queen when visiting this well-loved stretch of white sand beach.

So, if you thought Hawaii only had white sand beaches, now you know there are other options to choose from; some of which are even colors of the rainbow like yellow and green.

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