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Molokai Day 1 – A Family of Five’s Journey the Friendly Isle

Molokai Day 1 – A Family of Five’s Journey the Friendly Isle

Join one family’s holiday voyage to Hawaii’s 5th largest island. This island is approximately 38 miles long and 10 miles wide, with the tallest sea cliffs in the world, zero traffic lights, rumored to  be the birthplace of hula, and home of U.S.’s longest continuous fringing reef. Can you guess what tropical paradise this is? It is…Molokai! Flying from Oahu to Molokai Before dawn, my husband and I and our three sleepy daughters climbed aboard a small plane departing from…

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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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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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The Cheapest Maui Car Rental for a Larger Car

The Cheapest Maui Car Rental for a Larger Car

Price is obviously important for most people, myself included. But today I am not looking for just the cheapest Maui car rental, but for the best deal on a larger rental car. I have just booked my flight to Maui for May 2 – 14, 2018. This time, I will travel alone and stay in our two Kamaole Sands Resort vacation rental condos. It’s a business trip – I need to paint and deep clean both of them and to do…

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Crouching Lion Hike: A Walk through the Jungle

Crouching Lion Hike: A Walk through the Jungle

The Crouching Lion is a formidable hike, only for experienced hikers. It is formidable because of the steep climb through the thick forest, stepping over large tree roots webbing throughout the trail, slippery grounds, overgrown bushes, and the risky walk on knife-edge hilltops with sharp 1000 feet drop offs. Want to feel like Tarzan for a day? This is your jungle! The Crouching Lion is also known as the Pu’u Manamana. Pu’u in Hawaiian means “hill”, and Manamana means “supernatural…

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Filmed in Hawaii – Jurassic Park (1993)

Filmed in Hawaii – Jurassic Park (1993)

In 1993’s ground-breaking Jurassic Park, tourists are pitted against genetically-engineered theme park dinosaurs. But if there’s something visually-striking about the movie besides its special effects, it’s the alluring backdrop. The remote island setting may be fictional, but its lush valleys, rugged mountains and majestic coastlines are very real. Along with the bestselling novel on which it’s based, Jurassic Park is set in Costa Rica, but it was actually filmed in Hawaii. Various filming locations included Oahu’s Kualoa Ranch and Kauai’s…

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A Day in the Life of a Maui Tourist

A Day in the Life of a Maui Tourist

Touching down onto the OGG tarmac is a thing of blood pressure reducing blissfulness. Only this airport can take me away to pure bliss. Traffic? No problem. Luggage to drag around? Not a problem. Trying to get used to the humidity? Oh, I love it. As you can see, I love Maui! Maui Na Ka Oi! I go get my rental, and then head straight to my condo at the Kamaole Sands Resort – a condo resort of over 400…

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Oahu Hikes: Laie Falls Trail and Kaiwa Ridge Trail

Oahu Hikes: Laie Falls Trail and Kaiwa Ridge Trail

On my first visit to the island of Oahu I had a rough plan of what experiences, hikes and sites I would like to take part in while vacationing. I knew that I wanted to make hiking a priority and I’m so glad that I did. Whether the hike ends at a waterfall (Laie Falls Trail) or with a spectacular view from a trek to somewhere high above (Kaiwa Ridge Trail), each hike will give you a whole new perspective…

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Hiking Kalalau Trail to Kalalau Beach: Personal Experience and Advice to Potential Hikers

Hiking Kalalau Trail to Kalalau Beach: Personal Experience and Advice to Potential Hikers

UPDATE Nov 2018:  Due to major flooding and landslides of 2018, the highway leading to the Na Pali Coast Wilderness Park is closed. The state of the 11-mile Kalalau Trail is also being evaluated. Presently, it is not known when the trail will be accessible again. Kalalau Beach, located in the midst of the Na Pali Coast, is one of the most breathtaking and secluded beaches in the world.  Kalalau Beach is the final destination of the Kalalau Trail, which has…

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