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Maui Family Travel: Glorious Upcountry and Beach Bums

Maui Family Travel: Glorious Upcountry and Beach Bums

Posted on June 3, 2014

-by Amber Johnson Maui’s “upcountry” is a cluster of sites located 2,000+ feet up the slope of the famed crater Haleakala. What we expected: a welcome respite from our sunburned couple of days at the beach. What we did: fell in love. Parts of this region are referred to as the “Maui Alps.” With cooler temperatures, [...]

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The Kokee State Park Lookouts

The Kokee State Park Lookouts

Posted on March 20, 2014

-by David Chatsuthiphan, UnrealHawaii.com. Kokee State Park is located on the northwest side of Kauai. The park sits at an elevation of about 3,600 feet and getting there involves driving up the long and windy Kokee Road (Hwy 550). Along that windy road you’ll find four main lookouts that offer stunning views of Waimea Canyon [...]

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Google Street View Trekker Imagery Enhances User Experience on GoHawaii.com

Google Street View Trekker Imagery Enhances User Experience on GoHawaii.com

Posted on March 7, 2014

After embarking on the first-of-its-kind partnership last summer to visually showcase the Hawaiian Islands’ natural beauty like never before, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) and Google Maps today unveiled brand new, 360-degree images gathered by the Google Street View Trekker on Google Maps and Hawaii’s vacation planning website GoHawaii.com. Google Maps users can now explore [...]

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Get Healthy in Hawaii

Get Healthy in Hawaii

Posted on March 4, 2014

Fresh air, picture-perfect weather and a “hang loose” laid-back attitude are among the many reasons why Hawaii has been recognized as the nation’s healthiest state in the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index for the last four consecutive years. Whether you are dusting off your running shoes or a fitness enthusiast, there’s something challenging and enjoyable for everyone. [...]

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There’s Something About Maui

There’s Something About Maui

Posted on February 13, 2014

-by Kent and Canaan Aloha! As I write this, our time on Maui isn’t quite over, and we’ve already snapped hundreds of pictures. It’s overwhelming to sit here clicking through them all because it’s a reminder of how incomprehensibly magnificent and diverse this island is. Such a small place yet so much to see, do [...]

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Waimea Canyon and Hanapepe, Kauai: Make a Day and Night of It

Waimea Canyon and Hanapepe, Kauai: Make a Day and Night of It

Posted on January 9, 2014

-by Heidi Siefkas Whether staying on the North or South Shore of Kauai, you cannot miss taking a drive to Waimea Canyon. With the accolade of being the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, it is epic. And, you won’t truly believe it until you see it with your own eyes and experience its grandeur. The [...]

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Backpacking Haleakala Crater

Backpacking Haleakala Crater

Posted on October 9, 2013

Believe it or not, one of the best backpacking trips you can do in Hawaii is inside Haleakala “crater.” Haleakala is the volcano that makes up most of the island of Maui. It’s pretty much a big mountain with a summit that’s just over 10,000 feet above sea level. At the top, there’s a large [...]

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Apply now to be the next Google Maps Trekker

Apply now to be the next Google Maps Trekker

Posted on June 27, 2013

Guest post by Deanna Yick, Street View Program Manager for Google Maps We’re working to build the very best map of the world, and we’d love your help to do it. Today we’re kicking off a pilot program that enables third party organizations to borrow the Street View Trekker and contribute imagery to Google Maps. [...]

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Hike Through a Bamboo Forest to a 400 Foot Waterfall

Hike Through a Bamboo Forest to a 400 Foot Waterfall

Posted on May 7, 2013

-Courtesy of David Chatsuthiphan There’s a hiking trail in southeast Maui called the Pipiwai Trail. I believe is one of the finest in Hawaii. The hike takes between 2 to 3 hours and covers 4 miles (roundtrip). In that relatively short amount of time you’ll be treated to some amazing views of the Kipahulu area [...]

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Kalapana Lava Hike

Kalapana Lava Hike

Posted on February 5, 2013

-Courtesy of David Chatsuthiphan Kalapana, on the Big Island of Hawaii, is one of the few spots on Earth that you can see, and even stand next to, flowing lava. For the last couple months the lava has been flowing into the ocean providing some majestic and unreal views. You can see lava from a [...]

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