Category Archive: travel

When Mother Nature is a spoilsport, head for Poipu Beach on Kauai

Rain can put a damper on your Kauai vacation, but you can (almost) always find sunshine and blue skies on the arid south coast—at the resort strip of Poipu Beach. But Poipu is… Continue reading

The best of Hawaii on the cheap

The best things in life are free—or they cost a boatload of money. A trip to Hawaii is a prime example. You can spend a zillion bucks reserving a destination resort, booking tours,… Continue reading

Why Waikiki? It’s Wacky, Relaxing, Affordable.

Ala Wai Canal on Oahu was dredged a hundred years ago, draining a swamp and setting the stage for the canyons of high-rise hotels, designer shops, and eateries that draws millions of sun-seekers… Continue reading

Trailblazers are Hawaii’s Trip Advisor

Keep it simple and do it right: Rather than sort through thousands of posts written by hundreds of people on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor, pick up a Trailblazer guide. You will find… Continue reading

Kauai’s Sleeping Giant is no yawner

The signature landmark on Kauai’s Coconut Coast (the east shore) is Nounou Mountain, known as the ‘Sleeping Giant,’ since its ridge looks like the face of a rather large warrior in repose. Hikers… Continue reading

Spend a glamorous day at the ‘Hollywood of Hawaii’

Kualoa Regional Park on Oahu’s windward coast is next-door to the darling of Hawaii attractions, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and for that reason gets overlooked by most tourists. But locals are hip to… Continue reading

Lahaina, Maui: The more things change, the more they stay the same

In 1802, his immense eminence King Kamehameha the Great, fresh from battles that made him ruler of all the southern islands, made Lahaina his capital city and kicked back here for years while… Continue reading

The high-and-lowdown on Oahu’s cuckoo Koko Crater

Kissing cousin to the more-famous Diamond Head volcano, Koko Crater sits right across the highway from the most popular snorkeling venue in Hawaii (Hanauma Bay). Beginning at a parking lot for Koko Crater… Continue reading

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