A Day at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Many who visit the islands consider visiting the volcanoes a “must do” and plan accordingly. Yet, I’ve lived in Hawaii my whole life and have only visited the volcano once, way back in the 80’s when the eruption first began. Back then we traveled with my grandparents who were visiting from Pennsylvania, and I remember very little about the helicopter flight we took over the […]

Kama’aina Deal: 50% Polynesian Cultural Center Annual Pass, through 4/30

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I was reading the Yelp Weekly newsletter a while back and came across a great deal for Kama’aina at the Polynesian Cultural Center. If you bring in a printed copy of their ad (see here and scroll towards the middle) and present your local ID, you can get 50% off an annual pass to the Polynesian Cultural Center. From the ad: Through April 30th, Polynesian […]

Adventures in Kealakekua Bay

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My first morning waking up in the mountains of South Kona and the stillness of the forest outside was almost overwhelming when compared with the city of Honolulu I’d left behind. Huge, stately ohia trees reached up to the sky with lush, green ferns and colored hibiscus flowers scattered throughout canopy below. A little bird sat chirping away in the window, looking confused as to […]

Stepping back in time…

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I arrived in Kona late in the evening, and I was a tad disappointed that I hadn’t thought better about timing my flight. I had done my research on which side of the plane would give me the best perspective coming into the landing (right side, I was told) and I always love that first moment when you see the black lava fields coming into […]

Kama’aina Special: Aqua Lotus Honolulu

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UPDATE AS OF MAY 2015 – The property has changed to the Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, and Kama’aina (and other offers) can be found here. The Aqua Lotus Honolulu is a perfect escape for Kama’aina who want to stay just outside of the craziness that can be Waikiki. Say, perhaps after a concert at the Waikiki Shell or to be near to the Saturday […]