festivals 

Royals come out for Prince Kuhio Day

Prince Kūhiō Day is a state holiday in Hawaii, observed March 26 each year. He was the founder of the Hawaiian Civic Club movement and proponent of the Hawaiian Homestead Act of 1921. Events take place on or around this date, featuring festivals and parades. On Saturday, March 25, hundreds of participants dedicated to preserving the heritage and culture of the Hawaiian islands formed a magnificent two-hour parade along Waikiki Beach on Kalākaua Avenue. Members of the Royal Societies (Royal Order of Kamehameha, Ka‘ahumanu Society, Hale O Nā Ali‘i, and…

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Hyatt Centric Waikiki: A new hotel and resort trend setter

It still smells new at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach. Located at the corner of Seaside Ave and Kuhio Ave, there could not be a better more central location in Waikiki. In January 2015 Hyatt Hotels Corporation introduced Hyatt Centric, a new, full-service lifestyle brand designed for business and leisure travelers. Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, Hyatt said in January 2015:” Hyatt Centric travelers are looking for a cosmopolitan vibe in the center of the action, so we worked to test various elements in real time, in real…

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Great bargains you will love in Waikiki

A visit to Waikiki doesn’t have to break the bank; there are many fun activities that are a frugal traveler’s dream come true. After 38 visits to the islands, I came up with short list of must-do activities that are budget friendly. The first bargain is the public bus. Seniors and disabled visitors can get a yearly pass for only $30. For shorter stays, the senior ID card costs $10 and monthly pass sticker costs only $5. The regular fare costs only $2.50, which is steal when used for a…

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beaches 

Kailua Beach Park, Oahu

With a half mile of soft white sand, turquoise water and gentle breezes, Kailua Beach Park located on the Windward Coast is a local favorite. A hub for water sports, Kailua Beach welcomes visitors and locals to windsurf, body board, kayak and parasail. Conveniently, kayak rentals, dive shops and beachwear boutiques are located nearby the beach. Kailua Beach’s proximity to several small islands makes it an ideal place for adventuring and kayaking. Closest to the shore is barren Flat Island, and far off to the east are the Mokulua Islands,…

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resorts 

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort

Situated in a “beautiful location” fronting the beach and surrounded by gardens and lagoons, this low-rise Keoneloa Bay resort has an open-air design reminiscent of Hawaii in the 1920s and ’30s. “It’s heaven on earth.” R Rooms have white-marble–tiled entryways and rain showers, and terraces are furnished in mahogany with traditional Hawaiian-print linens. Dine on pan-Asian at Yum Cha, or surf and turf at Tidepools, which was built to resemble huts floating in a lagoon. Anara Spa offers treatments in open-air bungalows. “The staff make you feel so welcome.” Pools…

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Ko‘a Kea Resort Kauai

You might assume that the first luxury small property to open on Kauai in 30 years would have made a splashy debut, but the beachfront Ko‘a Kea (built on the site of the old Poipu Beach Hotel) slipped onto the scene with barely a ripple. Maybe it’s the size: With just 121 rooms—all with balconies or lanais and within earshot of the waves—the resort is considerably smaller than its brand-name neighbors on the sunny south coast. Eschewing waterslides and swim-up bars, Ko‘a Kea has more sedate pleasures: an unadorned swimming…

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Four Seasons Resort Lāna‛i: Grand Opening

  Four Seasons Resort Lāna‛i, on a 90,000 acre secluded island just nine miles from Maui, is now celebrating its grand opening. In a Hawaiian blessing ceremony, Lawrence J. Ellison, owner, Four Seasons Resorts Lāna‛i and Isadore Sharp, Founder and Chairman, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts were joined by Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, local dignitaries, community members and employees to untie the sacred, mana-filled lei and officially open the Resort. “We are delighted to share a unique destination experience with rich culture, diverse landscapes and limitless options for relaxation and…

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beaches 

Waikiki Beach is disappearing

One of Hawaii’s most iconic beaches, Waikiki Beach is facing erosion issues due to its nature as an engineered beach filled with imported sand. It’s not a new problem since Waikiki Beach has been dealing with erosion for years. To provide a solution that will preserve the beach, Hawaiian lawmakers are pushing for the implementation of a bill. The original bill stipulates that $1.5 million will be allocated to fill a part completely eroded with sand over time. A path will also be designed along the shoreline for pedestrians and…

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restaurants 

La Mer restaurant Halekulani Hotel

Chef Mavro restaurant and La Mer restaurant both have retained the AAA Five Diamond rating they first earned years ago. La Mer at Halekulani in Waikiki was first awarded its Five Diamond status in 1990, and Chef Mavro has maintained its since 2008, while several other restaurants have fallen from the lofty height, often because the hotels in which they are located have closed for renovation. Four Diamond winners and the year of their first rating are, Bali Steak & Seafood at the Hilton Hawaiian Village (1989), Hoku’s at the…

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