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Hawaii (State of) Favorites

  • Pearl Harbor

    Honolulu Favorites

    what an ironic twist that most visitors to pearl harbor are japanese hehehe since japan is now a peaceful country and is a major ally of the United States. The Japanese tourist are awed by the sights in the pearl harbor area and the memorial. December 7, 2009 marks the 67th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and The United States'...

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  • Volcanoes National Park

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    Visiting Volcanos National Park was worth the whole trip. The Drive from Kona was about 2 1/2 hours, so get started early and plan on a long day. Better yet, if your going to visit VNP stay in Hilo or at the Volcano House, which is perched on the edge of the caluldera. The sights here will take your breath away. the most memorable part of this trip...

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  • Beaches

    Waikiki Favorites

    I loved eating fresh grilled fish sandwiches all over Waikiki and the island of Oahu. We dined at The Top of Wakiki (revolving restaurant). A little expensive (over $100 for two people) but a really unique experience. The Mahi Mahi was wonderful everywhere I went. Living in Minnesota you usually can only get lake fish sandwiches in restaurants and...

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  • Volcanoes

    Hilo Favorites

    Dominating the area are the volcanos and Volcano National Park is a must see for anyone visiting this area. It is constantly changing and there are so many fascinating aspects about it - seeing an active lava flow (after dark) is pretty special as is a walk inside the volcano crater. Thurston lava tube is another beautiful site with lush ferns...

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  • Landscape

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Favorites

    As the steaming lava cools & descends into the sea, patches of forest recover. Black shoreline as such are commonly observed. A huge undersea volcano (called the Loihi) is presently building a future Hawaiian island.

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  • Organized tours

    Volcano Favorites

    If you are taking an organized tour, check out where exactly they will take you. My tour was very interesting, but unfortunately they did not go anywhere near where the Lava was flowing. Which would have been an Awesome site. Just everything about this place is a fond memory. You walk around and see some incredible things. Steam spurting out of...

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  • Beaches / Coastlines

    Oahu Favorites

    There is nothing better in my opinion than having a beachfront room with a balcony. First off, the views are spectacular; there is no compare. Second, and my favorite is going to sleep with the balcony doors open with the sounds of the waves hitting the sand. It is truly one of my favorite things being lulled to sleep by the sound of the water....

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  • Volcanoes National Park

    Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

    As with birds, Hawaii is home to a variety of plants that exist nowhere else in the world. Evolving in isolation for over 50,000 years, Hawaiian plants normally lack the defense mechanisms or competitiveness to survive against introduced plabts, so they are now often found in unique environmental niches inhospitable to most western plants. One...

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  • Waikiki Beach

    Honolulu Favorites

    Surfers bring in their boards, tourists gather along the shoreline and dinner boats cruise out towards the horizon, all to watch the sun set over Waikiki Beach. In the last couple of years, there have been free movies on the beach. Tourists from around the world can view movies on an outdoor 30 foot screen. This event in Waikiki is also called...

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  • Island Tour / Exploration

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    Hard to believe that this dormant volcano is the world's tallest mountain at a height of 32,000 ft. measured from the bottom of the ocean floor to the summit. Although a good portion of it is below sea level, 13,796 ft. is visible and rises above the ocean. The last eruptions occured about 4,500 years ago. At the summit is the world's largest...

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  • Internet Connections

    Waikiki Favorites

    4 Feb 04 1115 I managed to find Buzz Cafe where I managed to swindle 10 minutes internet use, a coffee and bagel for just over $3. I got a blueberry bagel and despite some initial reservations have smothered it in cream cheese, American Style. I must say, It isn't bad. This was the cheapest internet I found, but I think they made a mistake, so I...

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  • Waterfalls

    Hilo Favorites

    The many waterfalls... Rainbow falls, to Akaka falls, and many in between. The lush greenery in this area is spectacular. Makes you feel like you have just entered a different world. The natural lush green rainforests, and the beauty of the waterfalls, is spectactular.

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  • Waikiki

    Oahu Favorites

    During our most recent trip to Waikiki; there was a nice, bright full moon. We were able to enjoy this moon while sitting on our balcony having drinks. The moon was so bright and cast a beautiful light on the beach and water below.

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  • Waterfalls

    Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

    Wai'anuenue "Rainbow" Falls is only 80 feet high, but it out-produces any other fall in the state in sheer volume. Its average discharge per day is more than 300 million gallons. On a sunny morning the resulting spray from this full-force falls does indeed result in a bright and colorful rainbow. When we were watching the falls it was heavily...

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  • Shopping

    Honolulu Favorites

    again fun to shop in hawaii due to it's sales tax of 4.71%, a way lower than the mainland sales taxes like 9.25% in california. lots of shopping opportunities here like shopping in the mile long touristy kalakua avenue, the largest outdoor mall in the mall, the ala moana center, the premium outlets of waikele, the International Market Place, the...

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  • Beaches / Bays

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    As I was wandering along the beach near my hotel, I was stepping from rock to rock, looking for fish and sea turtles to photograph. In addition to these, I noticed a crab on one of the rocks It was one of the largest crabs I had seen: about 6 inches across. I was wondering if he would stay still enough to photograph; fortunately he complied. It was...

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  • Hotel Attractions

    Waikiki Favorites

    Each morning a young lady came and hand fed the Penguins in the natural habitat created in the Hotel's Garden area. Many Turtles were also in the Pond hanging loose with the Penguins. I allready miss all these wonderful scene of beauty created in the Gardens of this magnificent Hilton Hawaiian Village , indeed it is more than just an Hotel , it is...

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  • Churches

    Hilo Favorites

    Also known as the Haili Church, this was founded in the 1820s by the first group of Christian missionaries to operate on the big island. The current structure, built in 1867, was designed in the Greek Revival style, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It's located at 211 Haili Street, a little ways up the hill from the Bay.

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  • Touring / Exploration

    Oahu Favorites

    My wife and I are very early risers and most mornings in oahu we were up around 4:30-5am. This is the best time to walk along the beach or street without the crowds. We enjoy watching the sky lighten up and the sun rise over the beach.

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  • City of Refuge

    Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

    this is where you'd flee to if you've committed a crime in ancient hawaii. if you've managed to get to the designated area before being captured ''you cool''. google o.j. and ford bronco for an unsuccessful modern day attempt of this concept.

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  • Statues

    Honolulu Favorites

    Of course everybody knows Confucius has a statue in Honolulu Chinatown at Maunakea Marketplace. Over by Nu'uanu Stream you can find another statue of a Chinese guy who became famous after spending some time in Hawaii. Sun Yat Sen is often referred to by Chinese historians as the "Father of Modern China" and his statue in Honolulu Chinatown...

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  • Watersports

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    Anaehoomalu Bay is great for windsurfing, especially in the afternoon when the wind picks up. This beach is very casual & many try the water sports available even if it's the first time. There is no pressure here to 'look good'. Anaehoomalu Bay is the only spot on the island where you can learn to windsurf. I realize this tip should be under the...

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  • Hula Dancing

    Waikiki Favorites

    Waikiki is by far a very interesting "people" watching place. I love to walk down Waikiki at night and see all the tourists begin to unwind after day long activities. The lit tiki torches really add to the "tropical" mood set, as you see literally hundreds of people decked in aloha attire, leis and shopping bags. I love to sit at the beach and...

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  • Local Map

    Hilo Favorites

    - Here is a map of Hilo. Arnott's Lodge off the map right 1/4 mile on Hwy 19 UncleBilly's Hotel is where the 'e' is in foot bridge Shipman House is off the map left center See all the green bayfront land that hasn't been rebuilt upon since the sunami's of 1946 and 1960

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  • Hapuna Beach

    Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

    Stay in Kailua, but take time to drive along the Kona and Kohala coastal areas to get your Perfect Sandy Beach fix(es.) HAPUNA BEACH STATE PARK rates among the best. There's a big parking lot (free!!) and covered picnic areas just above the beach itself. Bring water and snacks, but just in case, they do have a nice little concessions stand for all...

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  • Useful Tips

    Oahu Favorites

    Some of the filming of the current tv series called "Hawaii Five-O" are done on the premises of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The tv series is a "remake" of a popular show which was originally aired from 1968-1980 with the original cast members of of Jack London, Richard Denning, James McArthur and Kam Fong Chun. Most people will remember the...

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  • Cruise around the Island

    Honolulu Favorites

    IT IS A LOT SAFER THAN JAKARTA !! : ) IT DOES HAVE IT'S PROBLEMS OF SOME OF THE LOCALS GIVING TOURISTS A ROUGH TIME..ESPECIALLY AT THE CLUBS EARLY IN THE MORNING..BUT LIKE ANYWHERE. .JUST STAY AWAY FROM THE TROUBLE AREAS

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  • Sunsets

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    First of all don't sleep the first night. That will kill your Jetlag! To waiste the time switch to Channel 6 this is the local touristic channel wich will show you what you could do during the next days! Vacation!

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  • Bars.

    Hilo Favorites

    Check out this bar called Flipside Too. I think it is on Mamo St. But I know for sure it is across from the open market (Saturdays...) The bartender was a hoot in a half. And the patrons look like they've been there forever! VERY nice and made Frank and I feel real welcomed! The guy sitting next to me.. his pidgen was so thick I barely understood...

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  • Polynesian Cultural Center

    Oahu Favorites

    If you are visiting the Polynesian Culture Centre and need to sit a while with a cold drink, then the Banyan Tree Snack bar is ideal as it has comfortable chairs, and sunshades, plenty of space to sit, and the tables are not crowded together, which is nice.

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  • Green Sands Beach

    Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

    Drive down to the southern most point in the US (not the tip of Key West, as we are led to believe), and drive/hike over to the Green Sands Beach. The sand really is green, but not the kelly green I was expecting.

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  • Pali Lookout

    Honolulu Favorites

    Pali Lookout was the sight of the famous Battle for the unification of the Hawaiian Islands in the 1700th century! It was here in 1795 that King Kamehameha and his warriors defeated the O'ahu armies by sending them over these steep, forested cliffs and claiming his victory and uniting the Hawaiian Islands. The breathtaking sight and the gruesome...

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  • Scuba Diving / Snorkeling

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    I didn't snorkel myself, but it was even fun to watch other people snorkeling at Kahalu'u Beach. It seems there were almost always snorkelers there. The bright blue water was quite enjoyable to look at.

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  • King Kamehemeha

    Hilo Favorites

    The statue of King Kamehemeha. This statue is the original one that while being transported from Boston it was lost at sea near the Falkland Islands. Later recovered and brought to Kohola, King Kamehemeha home district.

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  • Honolulu

    Oahu Favorites

    Honolulu is the most famous town in Hawaii, a typical US town in the middle of the pacific, with skyscrapers, rush hours & nightlife Of course the Waikiki-Beach is a must see, but the real romantic, secret, hawaiian beaches can be found somewhere else... Make sure that you see the east coast (beautiful coastline) and the north shore (Haleiwa the...

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  • Waipio Valley

    Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

    The lush, coastal Waipio Valley is the largest and most spectacular of the series of amphitheater valleys on the windward side of the Kohala Mountains. It is enclosed by near-vertical 2000-ft (600m) high cliffs and is accessible only by a narrow, excessively-steep 4WD track, making hiking in the best option. The valley is a fecund tangle of jungle,...

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  • Suggested Activities Lists

    Honolulu Favorites

    There's a free tourist publication called This Week Oahu that you can pick up from stands all over Waikiki. Check out the activities listings for the week, and also take a look at the coupons in the booklet. I was surprised that I was actually able to use a couple of the coupons: one for a free appetizer at a Waikiki restaurant, and one for a...

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  • Turtle Gate

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    I was taking a stroll along Alii Drive when I came across this rather interesting gate. Since this area definitely has a sea turtle theme, this fit right in. It turns out it belongs to a B&B, though I didn't try it because I was staying at the hotel where my symposium was being held.

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  • Mauna Loa

    Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

    Rising gradually to more than 4 km above sea level, Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on our planet. Its long submarine flanks descend to the sea floor an additional 5 km, and the sea floor in turn is depressed by Mauna Loa's great mass another 8 km. This makes the volcano's summit about 17 km (56,000 ft) above its base! The enormous volcano covers...

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  • Sea Life Park

    Oahu Favorites

    One of my fondest memories of Oahu is my time at Sea life Park. Sea llife park has a Dolphin Excursion. For an additional fee, I was able to pet, kiss, swim and even take a ride on a Dolphin. I have been to other places that offer dolphin excursions (Bahama's, California-Sea world) I do not think any of the others are as nice as this one.

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  • Hula Hands

    Honolulu Favorites

    Karlie I hope you have a great time when you get here.. Looks like you are gonna go for renting the car.. Try to check out where everything is on the Island before you get here and that probably will help in saving time doing the things that you really want to do.. No fun getting lost... EVERYTHING !!!!!

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  • Golfing

    Kailua-Kona Favorites

    Golf - A golfers paradise with the best golfing of all the Hawaiian Islands (per my avid golfing co-workers). There are 18 golf courses ranging from municipal to championship with some of the best facilities in the world. At one point the Big Island was trying to lure Japanese tourists with the wonderful golf courses. Unfortunately, they were not...

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  • Guide Books.

    Hawaii (Big Island) Favorites

    Any trip to the Big Island is incomplete without this guidebook. You will find more things to do and see than you will have time and it will certainly show you a new side of the island if you are a retrun-traveller. Get this book! You will not be disappointed. You can find it at Amazon or any of the big book retailers in the travel...

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  • Sheraton Hotel

    Oahu Favorites

    During our trip to Waikiki in 2013; we explored the Sheraton Hotel and found this great Koi pond surrounded by rocking chairs. We came back during our January 2014 and had a wonderful time relaxing on the rocking chairs in the early morning and watching the Koi. For several days we enjoyed sitting here; relaxing after breakfast. On several...

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  • Diamond Head

    Honolulu Favorites

    The view from the top of Diamond Head is AMAZING!! Be prepared to walk, though. Take a big bottle of water and a camera. Once you get inside the crater it's so crowded, a backpack just gets in the way. Pack light. I miss the weather, and the laid-back attitude of the island.

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