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Six Must-See Places on Six Hawaiian Islands for First-Time Hawaii Visitors

Six Must-See Places on Six Hawaiian Islands for First-Time Hawaii Visitors

Posted on September 6, 2016

Story by Derek Paiva Waterfall alongside Maui’s Hana Highway. Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Tor Johnson. A few months back, a friend who lives in Chicago asked me for a short list of places I considered “must-sees” and things I considered “must-dos” on Kauai. Sarah was a couple weeks away from visiting the island for the [...]

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Chasing the Channel: The Pailolo Challenge Maui-to-Molokai outrigger canoe race

Chasing the Channel: The Pailolo Challenge Maui-to-Molokai outrigger canoe race

Posted on September 1, 2016

Story and photos by Fili Auro Paddlers in the 2015 Pailolo Challenge approach the island of Molokai. Photo by Fili Auro. On a Saturday morning near the end of summer, the sea vigorously pounds against the sands of D.T. Fleming Beach Park on Maui’s northwest coast. The beach is lined with nearly 100 outrigger canoes, [...]

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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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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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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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