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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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A Stretch of Sand for Every Mood: The Beaches of Lanai

A Stretch of Sand for Every Mood: The Beaches of Lanai

Posted on November 16, 2015

Story by Derek Paiva Polihua Beach, with the island of Molokai visible across the Kalohi Channel. Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Japan (HTJ) I like Lanai’s beaches. The 140-square-mile island with a mere 18 miles of coastline has only three of ‘em. Well, three beaches at the end of roads I feel comfortable sending friends behind [...]

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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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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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Travel Channel Discovers Unexpected Hawaii

Travel Channel Discovers Unexpected Hawaii

Posted on February 4, 2015

Travel Channel’s “The Trip: 2015” showcased the incredible diversity and unique vacation experiences of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Lanai, and Hawaii, the Big Island in the one-hour episode which premiered on Jan. 26. The following guest post reveals the surprising facts they uncovered while filming the special. Akaka Falls on Hawaii Island. Photo Credit: Hawaii Tourism [...]

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Warm up to Once-in-a-Lifetime Hawaii Experiences

Warm up to Once-in-a-Lifetime Hawaii Experiences

Posted on January 30, 2015

For those enduring the wintry mix that’s moving its way across the country, get your blood pumping with thoughts of only-in-Hawaii adventures such as swimming with manta rays or plunging out of a plane on Oahu’s picturesque North Shore. Learn how you can tick multiple items off your bucket list with a trip to the [...]

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Hokulea Explores New Horizons

Hokulea Explores New Horizons

Posted on January 28, 2015

Covering 47,000 nautical miles, 85 ports, and 26 countries, the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage of Hokulea, Hawaii’s traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe, is certainly a historic journey. Hokulea completed its expedition through Polynesia and recently arrived in Golden Bay, New Zealand, marking the furthest south she has sailed in nearly four decades of voyaging. This new milestone [...]

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Get Social and #LetHawaiiHappen

Get Social and #LetHawaiiHappen

Posted on January 13, 2015

As we’ve seen in beautiful, captivating photos and videos on social media, there’s more to the Hawaiian Islands than most people think. Whether it’s stumbling on unexpected spots or meeting unique individuals, the best travel memories – especially in Hawaii – often stem from unplanned moments. #LetHawaiiHappen on Lanai #LetHawaiiHappen on Kauai This month, the [...]

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Celebrate the Holidays Hawaii-Style

Celebrate the Holidays Hawaii-Style

Posted on December 9, 2014

(Cue the Christmas carols.) It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….even in the Hawaiian Islands. While it may not be the white Christmas you’re dreaming of, here in Hawaii, the holidays are just as merry and bright and celebrated in our own special way. Here are five reasons that make Christmas in the Hawaiian [...]

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Taro – A Hawaiian Staple

Taro – A Hawaiian Staple

Posted on November 25, 2014

This week, thousands of Americans will look forward to indulging in Thanksgiving staples such as turkey with stuffing, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Food is often tied to such deeply rooted traditions and kalo (taro) is no different in the Hawaiian culture. Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson While most are [...]

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