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According to Dave Rolf, executive director of the Hawaiian Auto Dealers Association (HADA), the technology for self driving cars is still relatively in the early stages, and that the number of autonomous cars in Hawaii will grow as fast as the technology itself. “Driverless cars will be here in 2020, they say,” said Rolf, “and there’s five different kinds in five different levels: hands on, hands off, eyes off, mind off, and then no wheel.” For now, not only do all semi-autonomous cars still have steering wheels, they have built-in sensors that require the driver to, at the very least, maintain a physical connection, even when in auto-pilot mode.

When it comes to these self-driving cars, Hawaii is in many ways ahead of the curve.Gov. David Ige recently traveled to Google’s headquarters in California to see firsthand what these cars of the future have to offer. “The real focus by everybody that we talk to is they truly believe that autonomous vehicles can reduce significantly the traffic deaths on the highways, because these cars can be safer,” said Ige. Ige says Hawaii is perfect when it comes to hosting and advancing the technology.

The Governor also think this technology could help the local economy.  “Part of the conversation was to allow us to hopefully attract research and development type of jobs in addition to serving as a test,” said Ige, “and more importantly in a long-term basis, we are looking to see if we could establish research and development facilities here in Hawaii which would create quality jobs for our community.” In addition to adding more jobs, there’s also a shared belief these cars could one day help eliminate our worsening traffic.

Source: www. khon2.com

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Tesla is expanding beyond the realm of cars and deepens its experience and expertise in solar power and energy storage. The company has been landing projects of impressive scale. Tesla’s solar solutions SolarCity have recently installed a 13 MW solar farm in Hawaii. The installation also includes an impressive 52 MWh of storage capacity from 272 Tesla Powerpack 2 battery system units. That capacity allows customers to keep the lights on through the night while still using that cleaner solar power long after the sun has set. Tesla says this will save Kauai 1.6 million gallons of fossil fuels per year.

The island of Kauai relies on liquid fuels like diesel and naphtha for much of its energy needs, though efforts to shift to renewables have been underway for some time. The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KUIC) is working to get the island’s grid to 50-percent renewable by 2023. With its 20-year contract with Tesla, KUIC moves closer to its goal, and saves money on electricity in the process. The price of energy from this installation is 13.9 cents per kWh, undercutting diesel plants by 1.58 cents.

In addition to providing cleaner, more reliable energy to the residents of Kauai, the solar installation gives Tesla the opportunity to demonstrate the feasibility of its solar systems and the benefits of building grid scale energy storage. While places like Hawaii have plenty of opportunities for renewable energy, sources like solar, wind, and hydroelectric can be intermittent, making the storage part of the equation particularly important. Batteries are continuing to get better and cheaper, too. As companies like Tesla continue to improve and expand their offerings, we can expect more places with dirty or unreliable electricity and untapped renewable resources to look for similar solutions.

 

Sources: http://www.autoblog.com/2017/03/28/tesla-solar-powerpack-hawaii-kauai/

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The Big Island

Also known as the island of Hawaii, is by far the biggest island. Almost the size of all the other Hawaiian Islands combined. The Big Island has only two cities: Kona and Hilo. Hilo makes up about a third of the island’s population as the Hawaiian islands’ oldest city, while Kona mostly attracts tourists, has the majority of the island’s accommodations, and is a major center for recreational activities. The Big Island is the most geographically diverse of the Hawaiian Islands, including mountains, tropical rain forests, waterfalls, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The Big Island currently has the most affordable real estate of all the islands however it does have a high unemployment rate.

 

Oahu

Oahu is the third largest island it has the highest population. Oahu is home to Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital and largest city. It has the most jobs, places to live, restaurants, and entertainment options. It has the jobs with the highest salaries although it does have a high cost of living. It is also home to the University of Hawaii.

 

Maui

Maui is the second largest island. It is the second largest island for tourism, which attracts about half the visitors of the outer islands.  Maui is becoming increasingly commercialized, but still has a lot to offer as far as outdoor recreation is concerned. It provides a great medium between the city life of Oahu and the laid-back lifestyles of Kauai and the Big Island, which is perfect for everyone.

 

Kauai

Kauai is slightly smaller than Oahu. Kauai is home to the world famous Na Pali Coast, which is Hawaii’s premier hiking destination. Fewer than half the residents of Kauai work and almost half of its workers are employed in tourism industries. It is the least developed of the four main islands, with much of the island’s interior made up of a mountainous forest reserve. Its main attractions are its stunning natural beauty, hiking trails, and white, sandy beaches.

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A small detour to your destination can help you discover a whole new side of Hawaii. These scenic drives are made to show some of the beautiful places on the Big Island that you would have easily missed. Take your time, drive slowly and enjoy the views. These  routes will bring you closer to the natural beauty of Hawaii.

Here are some of our favorite scenic drives on the Big Island.

Mauna Loa road
Mauna Loa road climbs the slopes of Mauna Loa above the Kilauea Volcano. It takes you across old lava flows and through Koa forests, stopping at the trailhead of the red cabin hike. From here you can view Hawaii Volcanoes National park. If you are staying at least one night in volcano village Hike the 1-mile scenic trail at the Bird Park and don’t forget to stop halfway up to look back to the Kilauea Volcano.

Kapoho Kalapana
The Kalapana – Kapoho road runs along the coast through tree tunnels in the lush Puna district, and passes by a few beach parks and hot ponds which make great stops to take in the surroundings. Kalapana-Kaimu where the road now terminates after it was overrun by lava in 1990. This lava also covered the world-famous Kalapana black sand beach.

Onomea (Pepe’ekeo) scenic drive
The Pepe’ekeo, or onomea bay scenic drive is the most famous scenic routes on the Big Island. It is a 4 mile stretch of the old mamalahoa highway that snakes from scenic spot to scenic spot through lush tropical forest and gives some stunning views of Onomea Bay. The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens halfway the drive are a must-see if you like tropical plants and flowers, and are one of our favorite short hikes on the Big Island.

Chain of Craters Road
The Chain of Craters road is almost impossible to miss. It is located In the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The Chain of craters road takes you from an elevation of 4000 ft. all the way down to sea level over the lava covered flanks of the Kilauea volcano. The drive itself leads past many trails, old craters scenic spots, a large field up to the place where lava covers the road.

 
Coffee country (South Kona)
South of Kona the landscape becomes greener and the skies more cloudy. The dry lava fields change into lush green forests and coffee plantations. There are many great snorkeling and diving spots along the coast. There is so much history in this scenic drive, with as highlight the Pu’uhonua o Honaunau national park. Pu’uhonua o Honaunau is a park of great historical and cultural significance. While driving the loop, you will pass some coffee farms and the very picturesque St Benedict painted church.

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Shipping a car to Hawaii is a lot more simple than it sounds. We answered some common questions asked while setting up vehicle shipments to help you prepare for your booking.

 

What do I need to set up my shipment?

• Year, Make & Model of the vehicle

• Vehicle Color

• Vehicle VIN Number

• License Plate Number (If available)

How long will it take to ship my car?

Transit times vary depending on the origin and destination of your shipment. You can visit our transit times page to view delivery times for your specific route.

Can I track the progress of my shipment online?

Yes. Online tracking is available to you 24 hours a day and is updated in real-time. Upon scheduling your shipment, you will receive a unique booking number that will allow you to track the status of your shipment online anytime.

Can I have anything inside my vehicle when shipping?

Your vehicle must be clean and empty. Exceptions are made for child seats, jumper cables, and in some cases automobile parts.

How do I pay for my shipment?

We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover, electronic transfer, money orders, and company checks. Payment must be made in full prior to the date of your shipment.

Are there size restrictions on shipping my vehicle?

Yes. The rates provided online apply to standard size vehicles. A standard size vehicle is defined as any passenger automobile not exceeding 21’6″ length x 8′ width x 7′ height. If your vehicle is larger than the standard dimensions, please contact our oversize shipment department by calling (808) 445-6695 to receive a rate for your transportation.

How much gas can I have in my vehicle?

Less than 1/4 tank – no exceptions. This is a coast guard regulation (#176.905). Please note, we do not offer a siphoning service.

What is required on the date of my shipment?

• Copy of booking

• Set of keys

• Vehicle title or lien holder authorization letter (If your vehicle is financed or leased)

• Current registration (If available)

• Picture ID

How can I book my shipment?

For your convenience, you can book your shipment securely online anytime. If you would prefer to set your shipment up with a shipping coordinator, please call (808) 445-6695.

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Turn your dream of moving the paradise a reality.  Make sure to do your homework and research well before you take the big step.  Here are some tips to help you out along the way.

 Budget Finances

Hawaii has one of the highest costs of living in the United States. Make sure to plan out and budget your finances correctly.

 Culture

Hawaii has its own style and culture.  Life is more laid back and slow paced. In general things will take longer to get done (like getting your mattress delivered) since business runs slowly. Keep this in mind when planning your move. It’s a big cultural change for many people so be prepared to slow down.

Employment

Finding a job may take longer in Hawaii keep this in consideration. Make sure to tart your job search in advance. Start your job search after you have arrived, it’s easier to secure a job when you are in Hawaii.  There is a high turnover rate of people that move here and miss home. This sometimes makes companies hesitant of hiring people that have just moved here. Make it known that you here to stay.

 Enjoy

Hawaii is beautiful year round take advantage of this. Experience the beauty Hawaii offers by keeping active outdoors, eating fresh organic foods and taking a dip in the ocean whenever you want. If you start to miss home on the mainland think of why you moved there in the first place and Embrace your new life on “Hawaiian Time”.

 

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It’s a New Year and a New Election Year at that. What better time to think about starting a new relationship than in 2017? More importantly, what better way to meet someone than while on a travel vacation for singles. There are plenty of ways to meet someone new like online dating or just out and about on your daily adventures, but traveling is a great way to make a new connection.

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When it comes to travel, you probably think of romance when you think of Hawaii. Believe it or not, Hawaii is a great destination for singles too. There are many agencies that cater exclusively to the singles group.

There are so many adventurous activities for singles on the islands of Hawaii. While couples are getting their massages, having romantic dinners and enjoying sunset cruises, singles are out hiking, ziplining and snorkeling. There are just as many tour companies that cater to this elite group.

For specific names of tour agencies, check out this article here:

http://traveltips.usatoday.com/singles-vacations-hawaii-18542.html

Singles Cruises

Singles cruises are becoming more and more popular as time goes by. What’s great about singles cruises is the variety. There are plenty of fabulous locations and there are even themed cruises for singles to enjoy. The fun doesn’t stop once the cruise is booked either. There are plenty of on-board activities which are organized through the carrier. From the minute the cruise starts until the minute it ends, there’s plenty of fun and adventure.

Miami

If you think spring break for college kids when you think of Miami, think again. Miami is the up and coming spot for singles to travel to. Single get to hang out at the beach by day and enjoy an active and vibrant night life by night.

Puerto Rico

It’s close enough to get to, it’s a territory of the United States and you don’t even need a passport. Puerto Rico offers a relaxing day life with a vibrant night life. If you want a more adventurous excursion for your singles vacation, you can visit the rain forest, trek through the jungle, explore a cave or go snorkeling.

By night, you can take a romantic moonlight ride on Bioluminescent Bay where the water turns a deep blue when touched because of the organisms that live there. Paddle your way through the mangroves and be part of another enchanted world. You never know, you just might fall in love.

New York, New York

If you can’t find love in the city that never sleeps, where can you find it? New York offers so much that the only way to wrap your head around it is to get a guidebook. You can go from eating in Little Italy to double decker ride through Times Square and a picnic in Bryant Park. Museums, shows, night life – New York has it all. Of course, don’t forget a visit to Central Park – the perfect spot to walk hand in hand with a new connection you made while you were there.

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Of course, every year is a year to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor. What makes this year more significant? It is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. On December 7, 1941, just before 8:00 a.m., a Japanese dive bomber made its way through the sky and toward the island of Oahu.

Several hundred more Japanese warplanes followed suit. It was one of the most horrific attacks on the United States. Descending upon Pearl Harbor and unleashing its terror, this attack by the Japanese left behind something that Americans will commemorate and also remember forever.

Commemoration ceremonies as well as many other special events took place. From musical tributes in honor and in memory of those fallen to the ringing of the Spirit of Liberty Foundation Freedom Bell, those lives that were lost were remembered in honorable ways.

A musical tribute with over 1,000 students paying homage to those who served our country was scheduled to offer “A Gift of Music” to remember the fallen heroes while the annual wreath presentation was scheduled to take place earlier in the morning. While some are too young to know much about that fateful day other than what they learn in their history books, others remember it quite clearly.

Then there are those who are old enough to talk about it, remember it, and recant some of the events of that day. One such example, is the oldest known Pearl Harbor Veteran who is 104 years’ young. He is no stranger to the events of that fateful day and made plans for a special trip to the site 75 years later.

Not only is it amazing in and of itself that he is a 104-year old survivor of the human race, but also that he is a survivor in more ways than one. Before he could take on taking the trip, he also took on bulking up a bit with the help of a personal trainer. He may have put on a few pounds, but it was all muscle as he worked hard to work out.

You can tell just by his story that this is the type of man we can all be thankful for who served and honored our country. He has an amazing story and, more importantly, an amazing spirit.

You can read more about him and his special trip to Hawaii to celebrate the 75th anniversary and commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor here:

http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/oldest-known-pearl-harbor-survivor-104-returns-honor-fallen-n692546

Dedication, determination and service are great words to describe him and his service to our country.

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Hawaii is known for many things; it’s gorgeous sunsets, majestic rainbows, enchanting rain forests and steaming volcanoes just to name a few. There is also a love of culture among the native Hawaiians living there. One of the lesser known details of Hawaii might be its abundance of coffee farms with Kona coffee being one of the rarer commodities.

A visit to Hawaii can be as typical or as diverse as you want it to be. You can make your way through the rainforest or visit a coffee plantation. Renting a house in an off-the-beaten path part of Hawaii is a great way to experience the culture better. If you’ve never been to Hawaii or are just planning to revisit sometime soon, here are a few ideas of what happens in Hawaii.

 
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In the late 1970s, the Iron Man Triathlon was conceived. It was a way to combine the most rigorous endurance races in categories of swimming, running, and bicycling. Recently in October, thousands of athletes competed in the triathlon with hundreds of thousands in prize money awarded.
For more photos and info on the Iron Man, check it out here: Iron Man

 
Coffee & Chocolate

 
What’s better than coffee and chocolate? Coffee and chocolate in Hawaii is the answer. On October 21, 2016, there will be a coffee and chocolate festival held in Kauai. There will be music performances, presentations, and silent auctions. Don’t forget the best part of all: coffee and chocolate samplings and workshops.

 
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

 
If you’re not a coffee and chocolate connoisseurs, no worries, you can have your fun with food and wine instead. On October 22, 2016 you can take part in one of the most well-known and well-loved – not to mention long-awaited for- events of the year.
The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival has seven world-renowned chefs serving a six-course meal, and it’s held in Hawaii. It doesn’t get much better than that.

 
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Urban Luau

 
What’s a trip to Hawaii if you don’t visit a luau or taste the traditional foods from one? At the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, you can try different renditions of traditional and contemporary luau foods.

 
Happening October 26th, 2016, you can get a taste of old versus new and compare and contrast as you decide for yourself who made it best in the world of traditional Hawaiian luau food.

 

Made in Maui Festival
Held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului – the perfect spot for this event – the Made in Maui Festival offers the best of everything made in Maui. From fashion shows to product demos and with tons of arts, crafts and collectibles, you’re sure to go home with just the right souvenir or something special for yourself.

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Flying used to be a bit simpler a few short years ago; book a ticket, hop on a plane and off you go. Now with so much competition throughout the airline industry, flying right has become a challenge. There are airfare wars, frequent flyer programs, even credit card miles you need to compare and contrast – all just to get the best deal you possibly can.

 

There are so many little tips and tricks on how to get you where you want to go and save some much-needed cash on the way. Here are a few top tips on how to fly right.

 
Buy a One-Way Ticket

 
When it comes to buying a one-way ticket, you really have to do your due diligence. Some fares on a one-way basis can be astronomical. However, if you do your research, you might just wind up ahead of the game. Domestic one-way fares are typically more competitive. Because of major competition, the bigger carriers may be coming around the corner with joining the competition. In order to snare more business away from the cheaper carriers, the larger ones need to stay competitive. It can’t hurt to do the research; while it may take some time, like all good endeavors it could save you some bucks.

 
Consider a Layover

 
While no traveler is really keen on purposely taking a layover, there may be some additional savings in considering to do so. Consider the time involved in the layover and how much money you would save and then make your decision accordingly. It’s worth looking into anyhow.

 
Keep Your Options Open

 

If you are considering a layover, don’t make it the last one of the night; you want to be sure there are plenty of options open and available to you. You don’t want to get a great deal on a layover and find yourself in a position where the flight is cancelled and you are seeking overnight accommodations. Keep your options open; consider a flight during midday.

 
Keep an Open Mind for Smaller Airports

 

While larger airports can handle and accommodate more traffic and busier schedules, you might like to try on a medium-size airport on for size. There may be more one-on-one service if there is a delay or some other issue and you may find the service that much better. Big airports are not for everyone.

 
Rest Assured

 
When it comes to peace of mind and travel, there’s no better way to feel protected than to invest in some travel insurance. Travel insurance, when researched and bought properly, will help tremendously if something should go wrong. It may cost a little more but the peace of mind is well worth the price.

 
Research before you Fly

 
If you truly are a frequent flyer, it does pay to do your research when it comes to the right credit card. Some credit cards offer discounts and advantages like free checked baggage and early boarding accommodations.
For more tips on how to fly right, check out THIS ARTICLE from USA Today.

 

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