Category Archive: Hawaii Planning

If wild is your thing, then Kauai is king

Vacationers in search of undeveloped natural beaches must go to Kauai: On a 20-plus mile run of coastline from the Coconut Coast (east shore) to Princeville (before dropping down to the tourist-packed Hanalei),… Continue reading

Hiking Hawaii: What you need to know to not screw up

To stay safe, even fit, experienced trekkers need a crash course on trail hiking in the mountains and jungles of Hawaii. First of all, even popular trails are going to have rough patches.… Continue reading

The wild side of paradise is hidden on the Big Island

Between the tourist buzz of Kailua-Kona and the destination resorts of South Kohala is … well a whole lot of nothing—or, rather, nothing man-made. On this run of wild coast are some of… Continue reading

Trick or Treat: Maui’s north shore is a mixed (scary) bag of goodies

Once past the Ritz Carlton Resort headed north from jammed-packed Kapalua on Maui, the scene instantly changes to a rural highway hugging the coast for about 30 miles—all the way around to Wailuku… Continue reading

The Big Island’s Hamakua is like Maui’s Hana Highway without the hassle

Maui’s Hana Highway hugs a jungled coastline, crossing mossy one-lane bridges, botanical gardens, and umpteen spewing waterfalls. The Big Island’s Old Mamalaoha Highway on the Hamakua (northeast) coast does pretty much the same… Continue reading

Living the good life that King Kamehameha could only dream about

On a Hawaiian vacation, adventure seekers can go wild and get muddy and wet and return home exhausted. Luxury seekers, on the other hand, can immerse themselves in opulence and bodily pleasures and… Continue reading

Guess which Hawaiian island has the most trails

With an urban corridor that is home to nearly a million people—more than double the rest of the Islands combined—you wouldn’t think that Oahu has more trailheads than Maui, Kauai, or the Big… Continue reading

Rough it in luxury on the Big Island’s South Kohala Coast

The post-apocalyptic view seaward from the highway north of Kona—square miles of jagged slag heaps of black lava broiling in the sun—gives no clue of the oases that lie in pockets along the… Continue reading

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