Monday, June 30, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
There is definitely great hiking on all the Hawaiian islands - to hidden waterfalls and spectacular valleys! Maybe it sounds odd but you can even get lost when hiking in Hawaii. So definitely tell your friends or hosts where you intend to go for your hike. For challenging hikes, make sure you don't go by yourself but with a hiking companion.
There are great hiking books available plus the Hawaii Island Revealed books, there is one for each island, also make hiking suggestions!
Hiking the Na Pali Coast on Kauai is one of those challenging hiking adventures. You want to have the right outfit and have somebody with you who has done it before. We didn't do that one but we had a wonderful hike to the Fern Grotto on Kauai after Kayaking the Wailua River. No guide needed for kayaking or hiking!
Maui has a lot of trails around Haleakala. If interested in hiking on Mauai, visit Maui Island Hiking Trails which offers a map with Maui hiking trails, hiking destinations and hike description with length of hike and level of hike.
I am not too familiar with hiking on Oahu but Frommer's - Frommer's Hawaii 2008 is a perfect book to have for your trip to Hawaii anyways - lists a lot of great Oahu hiking trails and resources.
The Big Island offers exciting hikes, around and into Waipio Valley on the Hamakua Coast and Pololu Valley in North Kohala. When hiking into the valleys (Pololu is much easier than Waipio), it's an experience of a life time you won't forget. Just one suggestion: better don't go swimming in the ocean there, as you are not familiar with undercurrents in the area.
You will find a lot of hiking on the Big Island in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Our favorite trail is the Kilauea Iki Trail. When you follow the signs of the Park Rangers, it is very safe. And which of your friends can say they have seen a live volcano and real red glowing lava on their vacation?!
Hiking should be something different and exciting on your summer vacation in Hawaii. Have fun. What's your favorite hike in Hawaii? Aloha, Pua Hawaii Vacations
Summer in Hawaii can be very hot but as hikes are mostly leading into higher elevation hillside and mountain territory, it will be a nice change to lying on the beach all day long. Don't forget: hat + plenty of water + sunscreen when hiking in Hawaii!
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Thursday, June 19, 2008
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It was a tough decision this time which of the beautiful Hawaiian girls from WahineStyle
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008
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Saturday, June 14, 2008
Before pulling some tricks from my hat, I'd still like to say this: To my mind, it's a misconception, that Hawaii gas prices are generally quoted as the highest in the nation. It all depends where you are on the island and where you fill your tank! However, what is a fact gas prices are higher this year than they were on your last Hawaii vacation. A few driving and strategic adjustments might be necessary to help you to save gas in Hawaii:
Of course, just as in the past the further the gas station is away from the harbor where the gas actually arrives on the Hawaii island, where you are vacationing on, the more money you pay.
Get gas right in downtown in Hawaii cities (Honolulu, Kahalui, Lihue, Kona, Hilo).
Get gas at the cheapest gas stations, which are Costco gas stations and Aloha Gas Stations in Hawaii.
If you see cheaper gas, buy it now. The price of gas seems to go up daily. Buying often can save you money.
Plan your trips carefully. Combine your shopping for Hawaiian gifts, visiting galleries with grocery shopping and even nightly entertainment like watching hula dancers.
If you want to explore the entire Big Island of Hawaii, you might want to stay at more than one vacation rental to save gas on going back and forth long distances. Explore one area at a time!
When you stay at a Hawaii hotel, use free hotel shuttle service as often as you can, to shopping, to golf, spas etc.
Last but not least, use the Internet and research where to find the lowest gas prices on the Hawaii island where you stay. The following sites will hopefully help you locating the lowest gas prices for your vacation area:
Find lowest and highest gas prices at different Honolulu locations and from different gas companies at Honolulu Gas Prices.
Hawaii Gas Prices lists the lowest regular gas prices for all Hawaii between $4.04 and $4.23 over the last 72 hrs. (as of 6/12/08) with Aloha, Costco and Chevron having the cheapest offers. Highest gas prices for Hawaii over the last 72 hrs. (as of 16/12/08) are $4.53. These record gas prices are offered mostly by Shell gas stations and a few Chevron.
Our Hawaii post girl is Korri again. Much mahalo Kawika from WahineStyle. Your Hawaiian calendar girls are really beautiful and you did a great job photographing them!
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Thursday, June 12, 2008
However, if you also want to have some outdoor shopping fun in Hawaii and find something unique, plan leisurely shopping on Kona's oceanfront Alii Drive - remember that's there where the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon starts in October each year. You will find lots of small boutiques with quite a variety of different stuff. Not as cheap as WalMart but still affordable. When you got tired, get a Kona coffee at one of those ocean view cafes and take in the blue ocean and relax to the soothing sound of the ocean waves. Definitely a one-of-a-kind shopping experience in Hawaii!
However, the best is still to come. You will find best Big Island shopping north of Kona on the exclusive Kohala Coast resorts. No worries just as Ala Moana in Honolulu caters to the extravagant shopping tastes and at the same time to the average shopper, popular Kohala Coast shopping markets, like the Kings Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort, do just that.
You will find exclusive brand names almost next to retail stores with nice, yet affordable clothes and apparel for the average shopper. A Food Mall and many restaurants offering different cuisine make sure you won't go hungry when shopping. The Kings Shops make your Hawaii shopping fun with daily and nightly free entertainment such as hula performances, story telling and the outstanding slack-key guitar playing by John Keawe.
However, we are certain that the shops will pick up business as soon as more people moved into the surrounding townhouses and condos plus busy summer Hawaii vacation season is coming up.
For all the guys who were more interested in the beautiful Hawaiian girl than the bikini, it's Korri from WahineStyle!
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Sunday, June 08, 2008
Finally, you are in Hawaii and on vacation! You can leisurely enjoy going shopping whether it's for some Hawaiian gifts for your friends or family at home or for that special piece of clothes for yourself. Hawaii shopping offers a delightful variety of independent, locally owned markets and stores to national retail chains and upscale boutiques from around the world. Meaning there is a store in Hawaii for each wallet. We want to help you find it.
What about Shopping in Hawaii on the Big Island? Guess what, you got to wait. We don't want to overwhelm you with all this Hawaii shopping stuff and decided to give the Big Island, as our home island, a special post for Big Island shopping. If you don't want to miss that post, sign up for our email updates.
Last but not least, please, share your Hawaii shopping experience with our Best Hawaii blog visitors. Let them know which shop or shopping center you liked best on your Hawaii vacation on Oahu, Maui or Kauai. Mahalo and aloha, Pua Hawaii Vacations
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Wednesday, June 04, 2008
One question we have not covered so far is whether you should buy travel or health insurance for your Hawaii vacation. OK here we go. In all those years as vacation rental hosts, we experienced a few cancellations due to personal accidents or sudden health issues of the traveler or a close family member. A person might suddenly lose his or her job and has to cancel his long planned trip to Hawaii. Even when believing in positive thinking, unexpected things can happen to all of us. You want to protect your money by signing up for a travel insurance. Again it's an insurance. It's taking a precaution. In 90% (or higher) of all the Hawaii travels probably things work out perfectly.
We noticed that most of our Hawaii visitors from Europe had travel insurance. One of the reasons probably being the much higher costs for air fares from Europe and much longer planning their Hawaii vacation in advance. We had guests booking their rental cottage even up to one year prior to starting their trip to Hawaii. When one had to cancel their Hawaii vacation, it's bad enough after all that planning plus there was big money at stake. Having travel insurance was at least protected them from the financial loss!
Hawaii Travel Insurance
Here are a few recommendations before you buy a Hawaii Travel Insurance. Check your existing insurance policies and credit card coverage before you buy travel insurance. American Express card members enjoy the exceptional travel benefits, including: Global Assist® Hotline , Car Rental Insurance, Travel Accident Insurance Visa card holders enjoy special travel services and benefits when owning Visa Premium Rewards cards. We definitely advise to pay with your credit card as much as possible, especially for air fare tickets to Hawaii. Be protected so you won't lose your money when airlines go out of business like Aloha Airlines and ATA.
Despite of all the above travel benefits through your credit card, you might want to consider trip-cancellation insurance. It will help you get your money back if you have to back out of a trip or if you have to go home early. The cost of travel insurance varies widely mostly between 5 - 8% of the total cost of your vacation. Read the fine print what reasons are allowed for cancellation. Be aware that insurers usually won't cover vague fears!
Travel Insurance Companies
Travel insurance policies vary; so make sure you get what you want for your Hawaii travel. Here are a few travel insurance companies, which we found when searching online. We cannot recommend one or the other. Make your choice which one offers the best coverage for your individual needs for your trip to Hawaii: Travel Guard International tel 800-826-4919, Access America tel. 800-284-8300, Travel Insure tel. 800-937-1387, or Travelex Insurance Services tel. 800-228-9792
Hawaii Travel Health Insurance
Most health insurance policies cover you, when you get sick on vacation but check, particularly if you're insured with an HMO. I had my insurance company mail me the form for health care when going on vacation. In most cases, you can also download this doctor's visit form from your health care company's website. I think it's good to have it with me on my travels. Then you know exactly what my health care insurer needs to reimburse my costs. For additional medical insurance, check with MEDEX Assistance tel. 410-453-6300.
Hawaii Flight Luggage Insurance
Make sure whether your credit card covers your lost luggage and upto what value. Same applies with the airlines. Checked baggage is covered by the Airline you are flying to Hawaii. You might want to check with the airline how much your luggage is covered if/when getting lost. If your luggage is lost, immediately file a lost-luggage claim at the airport, listing all the luggage contents.
Remember, you must report delayed, damaged, or lost baggage within 4 hours of arrival! For your peace of mind, in all the cases when luggage to Hawaii did not arrive with our guests, the airline delivered it at the latest the next day. Good idea to have essentials + your bathing suit in your carry-on, so you can start your vacation in Paradise immediately!
Hoping our recommendations will help plan your Hawaii vacation the best way you can. Have a wonderful vacation in Hawaii! Anything we forgot to mention about Hawaii travel insurance, please, share with our blog visitors. Mahalo and aloha, Pua Hawaii Vacationsp.s
Our Hawaii post girl is beautiful Amber from WahineStyle.
Monday, June 02, 2008
Your kids will fall in love with a shaggy dog named Sir Newton which will be their Hawaii travel guide! Visit the Sir Newton Book website to learn more about this book and find out whether this book is right for your kids. I, myself, recommend it for children starting age 6.
Dear parents, don't miss our post about the best way to start your Hawaii vacation! This is for you and not the keikis.