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By Land or Sea: How to Enjoy Peak Humpback Whale-Watching Season in Hawaii.

By Land or Sea: How to Enjoy Peak Humpback Whale-Watching Season in Hawaii.

Posted on February 12, 2016

Story by Derek Paiva A pair of humpback whales spouting near a Hawaii whale-whatching tour boat. Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Tor Johnson.  Hawaii’s biggest winter vacationers are back in the Islands. There are a handful of observers who’ll tell you they’re a bit late arriving en masse for their annual vacation this year. (More on [...]

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Bog Agog: Hiking Kauai’s Alakai Swamp Trail

Bog Agog: Hiking Kauai’s Alakai Swamp Trail

Posted on December 30, 2015

Story by Heidi Siefkas Wood stairs on the Alakai Swamp Trail. Photo by Heidi Siefkas. All right, I know exactly what you’re thinking after reading the headline above. I didn’t come to Hawaii to check out a swamp! Also … What would I find fun about an adventure in a swamp? As it turns out, [...]

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Merry and Bright: A Guide to Honolulu City Lights and Hawaii Christmas Season Illuminations

Merry and Bright: A Guide to Honolulu City Lights and Hawaii Christmas Season Illuminations

Posted on December 2, 2015

Story by Derek Paiva Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele cool off at the Honolulu Hale fountain as part of Honolulu City Lights, the city’s annual Christmas season light display. Photo credit: Derek Paiva. So you’re headed to the city that never snows this holiday season. (That would be Honolulu, by the way.) First off, Happy [...]

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From Azuki Beans to Mochi Balls: A Handy Guide to Hawaii Shave Ice Toppings

From Azuki Beans to Mochi Balls: A Handy Guide to Hawaii Shave Ice Toppings

Posted on October 23, 2015

Story by Derek Paiva A Hawaii shave ice bowl, for the moment, sans toppings; Photo credit: Derek Paiva.  Consider the shave ice. The cool-comfort-for-warm-days treat has been a perennial favorite of both Hawaii residents and visitors ever since late 19th century immigrant Japanese sugar and pineapple plantation laborers first sought heat relief in the fields [...]

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West Side Wonderful: Hiking Kokee State Park’s Canyon Trail

West Side Wonderful: Hiking Kokee State Park’s Canyon Trail

Posted on October 2, 2015

Story by Andrew Collins Often called the Garden Island, Kauai conjures images of impossibly lush rainforests and emerald valleys. But there’ s more to the island than just green. Its drier west side is home to a spectacular 3,600-foot-deep canyon characterized by burnt-red soil, craggy basalt bluffs and promontories, and upcountry woodland: Waimea Canyon. Nicknamed [...]

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Limahuli Garden and Preserve: America’s Best Natural Botanical Garden

Limahuli Garden and Preserve: America’s Best Natural Botanical Garden

Posted on July 28, 2015

Story by Leah Lamb One of Kauai’s most dramatic and scenic botanical gardens is Limahuli Garden and Preserve on the island’s north shore. Located in 1,000-acre Limahuli Valley, home to countless biological and cultural treasures, the 700-year-old site is akin to a step back in time. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself unable to [...]

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A Concierge’s Guide to Hawaii Plate Lunch Spots

A Concierge’s Guide to Hawaii Plate Lunch Spots

Posted on June 29, 2015

Many Hawaii residents and visitors insist that time spent in the Islands isn’t complete without sampling that quintessential of local meals: the plate lunch. Appetite sating, near always affordable and ever delicious, the basic plate lunch formula calls for two scoops of sticky white rice and a scoop of macaroni salad (or mixed greens, if [...]

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Talk Story with Travel Writer Jody Robbins

Talk Story with Travel Writer Jody Robbins

Posted on June 5, 2015

Travel writer Jody Robbins has covered some of the world’s most exotic destinations for many of Canada’s most popular publications including WestJet Magazine, Calgary Herald, Today’s Parent, and others. In the below interview, Jody reveals what makes the Hawaiian Islands stand out. What has been your most memorable Hawaii activity? Each Hawaiian island is so [...]

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The Only Kayak on the Beach

The Only Kayak on the Beach

Posted on May 21, 2015

Writer, adventurer, and Kauai resident Heidi Siefkas describes one of her all-time favorite kayaking adventures to Kipu Kai beach, famous for its appearance in the movie The Descendants. It is important to note that it takes an experienced paddler to make this journey. If you’re so inclined, you need to be in excellent shape, understand surf conditions, and [...]

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Festival Fun for the Whole Family

Festival Fun for the Whole Family

Posted on April 23, 2015

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Merrie Monarch Festival, a world-renowned hula competition in April, or seen pictures of the mouthwatering dishes served at the Hawaii Food & Wine and Festival in September, but there are so many family-friendly festivals and events that take place during the months in between. From young keiki (children) to teenagers, [...]

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