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An Ultimate Guide to Movies Filmed in Hawaii

An Ultimate Guide to Movies Filmed in Hawaii

When it comes to film, there might be no place in the world that’s quite as versatile as Hawaii. Whether it’s the deeply rich landscape of the Na Pali Coast on Kauai’s North Shore, or the timeless wonder that is Ka’a’awa Valley in Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii simply knows no bounds, and can adapt to almost anything. In fact, the islands’ landscape is as versatile as the kind of movies that are filmed in Hawaii – in other words, there is…

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The Happy Melting Pot of Hawaii

The Happy Melting Pot of Hawaii

Once a week when you walk by Macdonald’s inside the Kona Walmart you can hear sweet Hawaiian songs being sung by tutus (grandmothers). They are dressed in colorful mumus, happily strumming their ukuleles and singing their Island songs. Hawaiian songs and hula define being Hawaiian and the ultimate example of Hawaiian Culture is the Merry Monarch Festival, happening in Hilo every April. In Hawaii there are many  races, Hawaiians, whites, Japanese and Chinese Americans and more. Each race and culture…

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Everyday Hawaii Animals

Everyday Hawaii Animals

To really know our islands you should know the animals in Hawaii. They scurry through the bushes,  skip across scraggly lava, and fly through the air. Allow me to introduce you to a few everyday Hawaii animals. Mongoose (Small Asian type) The first one to meet is the cute but unappreciated mongoose. You’ll see this furry little rascal running across the road in front of your car, or slipping out of a bush to grab an old french fry. He…

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The Ultimate Guide to Hawaii Vacation Rental Fees

The Ultimate Guide to Hawaii Vacation Rental Fees

The same term ‘Vacation Rental Fees’ gets used in different contexts, and it can get quite confusing. The purpose of this article is to explain most possible fees that a traveler to Hawaii can expect to pay. We mainly discuss those fees as they apply to vacation rental industry, and mention hotels for comparison only. All quoted taxes and fees are in USD. What are Vacation Rental Fees? Vacation Rental Fees include any fees that a traveler, staying in a…

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Official Colors and Flowers of Hawaiian Islands

Official Colors and Flowers of Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii is such a Neverland you won’t be surprised that each island has its own color, 8 islands, 8 colors. Most all given for the color of flowers growing on each isle. The Hawaiian islands is a lei of colorful flowers, strung across the sea. Is this a charming state or what? Here are the official colors and flowers of Hawaiian islands from the bottom to the top, Hawaii to Ni’ihau. The Big Island – Red – Lehua flower First,…

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Hawaii State Symbols: State Flower, Bird, Fish and More

Hawaii State Symbols: State Flower, Bird, Fish and More

Welcome to Hawaii!  It’s always good to know the symbols of the state you visit. Best to start with the big 5 Hawaii state symbols, the state flower, the state bird, the state nickname, the motto, and the little state fish with the big name. Once you know these you’re on your way to being a real local. You can already guess other Hawaii symbols like the state sport, surfing, and the state musical instrument, the ukulele (pronounced “oo”-ku-lay’-lee” not…

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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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Whale Watching in Hawaii

Whale Watching in Hawaii

You might think of whale watching in Hawaii as a rather peaceful activity. To see a whale surge out of the sea and fall back down in a massive splash is a beautiful sight. Some things are beautiful from a distance. To see a whale up close is rather scary. Let me tell you a real whale’s tale. A Maui Whale Watching Tale We were on a whale-watching boat off  Lahaina, Maui one morning, all the camera toting tourists were…

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Surfing in Hawaii, You Can Do It

Surfing in Hawaii, You Can Do It

It’s like flying, it makes you feel free and lifts you into the air like a seabird in the wind. Once you try it you’ll be hooked, the word is “stoked”. I’ll give you a hint, it’s a sport, it happens in the perfect warm waters of Hawaii, it gives you a tan, and makes you feel really alive, ok, it’s surfing in Hawaii. On the islands, you can go surfing at any time. You want to lie on a…

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Hawaii 101 or What Everyone Needs to Know About the Islands

Hawaii 101 or What Everyone Needs to Know About the Islands

Come join the class, it’s called Hawaii 101 or What everyone needs to know about these enchanted isles. Whether you’re a wahini (wa-heenee) woman, or kane (kaw-nay) man, a malahini (mawla-heenee) newcomer, or a kama’aaina (kawmah-eye-nah) children of the land, it’s good to know the basics about your islands. First, there are 8 islands, actually a couple hundred stringing halfway to up Alaska, but there only are 8 main ones. And each island has a nick-name. Hawaii Island is so…

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