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Banyan Tree in Lahaina, Maui

Banyan Tree in Lahaina, Maui

Banyan Tree in Lahaina, Maui is the oldest and largest banyan tree in Hawaii, and one of the oldest and largest banyans in the United States. It’is a true landmark and a sight not to miss. Located in the center of Lahaina Banyan Court Park, it can be visited and admired at any time. Many events in Lahaina take place under its canopy. All Lahaina ocean tours and activities depart from the harbor, right behind the Lahaina Banyan tree. Photo…

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Wild West Pahoa Town

Wild West Pahoa Town

Header photo credit Scott Hess; original photo cut and enlarged. Deep in the forests of the Big Island lies Pahoa Town – a sleepy little cowboy town, its sidewalks made of hundred-year-old planks of wood left over from a bygone time. A few old hippies wander around the streets, also left over from a bygone era. Pahoa Town’s rustic colorful buildings look like fake storefronts for a western movie, but they are real and still used as homes and businesses….

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Road to Hana

Road to Hana

We traveled on Road to Hana two times in the past. One of those times, long time ago, we bought a self-guided tape and followed all the directions and made all the stops recommended on it. Another time, we stopped less and drove faster so that to spend more time in ‘Ohe’o Pools. This time we decided to follow directions in Andrew Doughty’s Maui Revealed guidebook. On the way we saw many people carrying this guidebook – “the blue book”, how it’s…

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Filmed in Hawaii: Jurassic World (2015)

Filmed in Hawaii: Jurassic World (2015)

If you’re as familiar with 1993’s Jurassic Park as I am, then you’ll know that Hawaii is no stranger to prehistoric monsters. It’s also home to filming locations for The Lost World Jurassic Park (1997) and Jurassic Park III (2001) – the second and third films in the series. More recently, though, 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World was also filmed in Hawaii. In fact, the fourth film covered more Hawaiian ground than any of its predecessors. And while the new park doesn’t last long once…

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Let’s Go to a Hawaiian Luau

Let’s Go to a Hawaiian Luau

You smile as a Hawaiian girl puts a plumeria lei around your neck. It’s your first Hawaiian Luau and you’re excited. Wearing your new lei, you walk onto the wide lawn where a 100 people, mostly in flowery shirts, are sitting at tables waiting for the Kalua Pig and the big hula show. There’s the Polynesian Stage, with the wide, silver ocean behind it and the big red sun hanging above the water. You step into the bustling dinner grounds…

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Filmed in Hawaii: TV Series Lost (2004 – 2010)

Filmed in Hawaii: TV Series Lost (2004 – 2010)

In the popular TV series Lost, the survivors of a plane crash are forced to unite to overcome the mystifying threats of the island on which they’re stranded. From the beginning, the sci-fi hit relied heavily on intrigue to draw in viewers. But the fact that it was filmed in various locations throughout Oahu in Hawaii for its entire six-year-run is no mystery. The pilot episode opens with the characters finding themselves on a seemingly-deserted island beach in the wake…

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Na Pali Coast With Holo Holo Charters Catamaran

Na Pali Coast With Holo Holo Charters Catamaran

Na Pali Coast of Kauai has unspoiled nature that is otherworldly. Its sky-high mountain peaks, raising directly from the ocean, and cascading waterfalls look ethereal. Due to the steep cliffs and the faraway location, this 15-mile coastline at the northwest of the island of Kauai remains one of the most beautiful and unspoiled in the world. One can only imagine, that 5 million years ago these mountain cliffs were hot flames that the Earth was spewing up. “Na Pali” means…

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Kualoa Ranch – a Must-See Oahu Destination

Kualoa Ranch – a Must-See Oahu Destination

Ever wanted to zipline through Hawaiian jungle, ride a horse or ATV through jungle trails and movie sets? What about tasting locally grown grass fed beef? Kualoa ranch is a great place to see and enjoy while on Oahu! Just 24 miles from Honolulu on the North-Eastern shore (Oahu Winward Coast) off of Hwy 83 / Kamehameha Hwy. Kualoa Ranch has a lot to offer for tourists and locals alike. This is the world’s most famous private nature reserve, with…

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Filmed in Hawaii – Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Filmed in Hawaii – Kong: Skull Island (2017)

There have been many versions of 1933’s King Kong, the classic story about a giant ape who falls for a human woman. The best known are 2005’s epic re-imagining of the same name and 2017’s action-packed Kong: Skull Island. And while each movie is a different take on the story, there’s just as big a contrast between their backdrops. Like the original, they both take place on “Skull Island” – a fictional prehistoric land in the Pacific. To bring to…

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Day 5 – Swimming with Wild Dolphins and a Whale Shark in Hawaii

Day 5 – Swimming with Wild Dolphins and a Whale Shark in Hawaii

This is a part of our 9-day Big Island Itinerary. Friday, December 29. I had originally scheduled our swimming with wild dolphins trip for yesterday, but considering that we could arrive to our cottage very late the night before, I contacted our dolphin guide Roberta asking to move it one day later. She obliged, and what a lucky reschedule it was! Our group was the first to encounter a whale shark early in the day and to have a magic…

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