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HAWAII: AT A GLANCE
When you think of HawaiiHawaii images of warm weather, beautiful white sand beaches and lush flowers may come to mind. Hawaii is also known for its delicious food, traditional luau celebrations, hospitable native people and fun outdoor activities – which include surfing, snorkeling, hiking, camping and so much more. Yet Hawaii is so much more than the activities you see on the surface. Its land is filled with historical teachings and legends that are passed down from generation to generation. Hawaii is a place where visitors from all over the world can come together to share the “spirit of aloha”. During your stay, you should definitely discover the rich cultural history of Hawaii. Just remember not to take any of the sand, land and rocks (of any kind) from any of the islands. You wouldn’t want to face the goddess Pele’s Curse, which won’t be lifted until you return the Hawaiian elements. According to locals, every year hundreds of packages are returned, back to Hawaii, full of rocks, sand and other natural materials.
The cuisine in Hawaii is a true testament to the diversity on the island. Most Hawaiian cuisine incorporates flavors from the Polynesians, who first settled on the islands, to after the first contact with Europeans. As pineapple and sugarcane plantations grew, so did the demands for more workers, bringing immigrants from China, Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Portugal; introducing their food styles to the island and culture as well.
Poi is the staple and traditional filler starch dish in Hawaiian cuisine. It’s a thick paste made from taro root, which is similar to yams or potatoes. It’s made by steaming or baking the root, pounding it and adding water to the mixture, until it’s a pudding consistency. Laulau is another popular dish in Hawaii. Taro leaves are wrapped around pork, fish or chicken and cooked in an underground hot rock oven. Kalua pig is a famous pork dish from Hawaii that’s a favorite amongst locals and tourist. Tuna is the most commonly served fish in Hawaii and fruit, like pineapple, is also popular with meals. A fun fact: Spam is also extremely popular in Hawaii. It was first brought over to the country during the war and was fed to soldiers, because it was easy to cook with, it was slow to expire and it could be eaten out of the can. Today, there’s a Spam Festival and there are many Hawaiian dishes that include Spam. Tiki Cocktails, like the Mai-Tai are also popular in Hawaii.
One of the biggest celebrations in Hawaii is the Aloha Festivals. Traditionally, they normally included a parade, pageants, hula shows and more. In 1991 the event expanded and now encompasses about 300 events on all six islands spanning a two month period – from September to the end of October. Each island picks a king, queen, prince, princess and royal attendants – all who are Hawaiian descent. There are concerts, food booths, arts and crafts and more. If you can, it’s worth visiting every island during the festival.
Summer is the most popular time, tourists visit Hawaii and you can book your trip then. The weather is the best during this time. However, summer is also the most crowded since everyone visits then. It is said that September through November can be some of the best times to find bargains; since traveling to Hawaii can be expensive. However, if you’re looking to enjoy Hawaii with a little more peace and quiet, the spring – April and May – may be the best time to travel. Winter is supposedly the worst time to travel. The islands experience heavy rains and earthquakes have been known to happen during this time with more regularity. But, whale watching is only available during the winter months. So if you’re looking to partake in this activity, winter is your season.
NOT TO MISS
There are eight islands that make up the state of Hawaii. Out of the eight, only six are open to visitors; they include Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii – “the Big Island.” The most popular island is Oahu Oahu and the capital, Honolulu Honolulu, is located here. Oahu has one of the most famous, and most visited, beaches in the world – Waikiki, and you definitely will want to make a trip here. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll be able to snag a hotel on Waikiki beach. However, these always fill up quickly. While you’re on Oahu Island, stop by the Pearl Harbor Memorial, the Honolulu Museum of Art and Iolani Palace – which gives you a unique glimpse of Hawaii’s history. You’ll also be able to check out some nice shopping and restaurants here.
“The Big Island” (Hawaii Island) Kailua-Kona is also another popular destination. This island is filled with popular hiking spots and beaches. If you want to explore the outdoors, this is the island to do it on. Getting a glimpse of fiery volcanos can be done at Hawai’I Volcano National Park. Akaka Falls State Park is good for hiking and you’ll be able to view beautiful waterfalls. The Hilo Farmer’s Market is a sight to see and you’ll be able to buy fresh fruit and veggies while you’re there. And if you’re looking to lounge on the beach for an entire day, Kaunaoa Beach is the place to be, but come early; there aren’t many parking spaces. For more information about Oahu and “The Big Island,” check out the City Guides!
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Hotel Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort Honolulu
Set on 22 acres of alluring tropical grounds, the upscale Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort takes pride in its long stretch of white sand beach, unique saltwater lagoon, five swimming pools with water slides, and full-service spa. Offering private lanais with resort or ocean views, all accommodations include modern comforts such as bespoke beds, HDTVs, and multiple electronic docking stations. Suites highlight separate dining and living quarters, and access to a private pool. Besides diverse recreational activities ranging from traditional hula to outdoor yoga, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort boasts a contemporary fitness centre, a diversified children’s camp, plus large outdoor and indoor event spaces. Every Friday night, the hotel showcases one of Waikiki’s grandest fireworks display. More than 20 drinking and dining venues are located on site. Guests can fully enjoy authentic Hawaiian cuisine and entertainment at the on-site Waikiki Starlight Luau, which serves native foods using locally sourced ingredients. Hawaiʻi Convention Center and Ala Moana Shopping Center are both within a 15-minute walk of the resort. more
Hotel Hilton Waikiki Beach Honolulu
The Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio hotel is a four star hotel located at Kuhio avenue in the city of Honolulu. The hotel is right near the beach, near to a golf course and close to shops, restaurants and bars. There are 601 guest rooms and suites available which are all non-smoking. Accessible rooms are available. Each guest rooms features air conditioning, alarm radio, balcony, 42 inch LCD flat panel television with on demand movies and videogames, coffee making facilities, high speed internet access, iron, ironing board, mini refrigerator, telephone and safe. Services include 24 hour housekeeping, room service self-laundry facilities. Guests can have dinner and a drink at the MAC 24-7 which is open 24 hours and seven days a week. At the Mac-2go guests can get a Starbucks coffee. There is a heated outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a fitness room. With 18 meeting rooms and facilities the hotel offers space for maximum 825 people. Other facilities include concierge desk, elevator, baggage storage, laundry/valet service and convenience store. This hotel is also known as: Hilton Waikiki Beach, Hilton Honolulu, Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel, Hilton Hotel Honolulu and Hilton Hotel Waikiki Beach more
Hotel Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Honolulu
Named after the island’s last heir to the throne, chain hotel Hotel Sheraton Princess Kaiulani offers a prime location in Honolulu’s famous Waikiki neighbourhood. It’s just a five-minute walk to Waikiki Beach, popular with surfers and sunbathers alike. Guests can choose air-conditioned rooms and suites with balconies and views of the city, the hotel’s pool or the stunning ocean. Standard in-room amenities include a television, mini fridge and a safe. Wi-Fi access is also available. Around the outdoor swimming pool, guests can enjoy Hawaiian entertainment each evening and there’s a 24/7 gym for those wishing to keep fit. Hula and ukulele classes are some of the other activities on offer at Hotel Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. Pikake Terrace is the hotel’s on-site restaurant, offering Hawaiian and international buffet meals. After dining, Splash Bar is the destination for tiki cocktails. Half a mile away, Honolulu Zoo provides family-friendly fun and the three-mile hike to the top of Diamond Head State Monument is rewarded with stunning views. more
Hotel Holiday Inn Express Waikiki Honolulu
Maile Sky Court Hotel is located in downtown area of Honolulu, just three blocks from Waikiki beach. Located in a high-rise, 44-storey modern building, this hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, jet spa and 24 hour self-service business convention centre. Local tourist destinations of interest include International marketplace and Honolulu Zoo, both of which are within a mile from Maile Sky Court hotel. Immediate area around the hotel is populated with luxury retail stores, restaurants and nightclubs, providing many opportunities for shopping and entertainment. The 596 rooms and suites are air-conditioned, and come with private bathrooms, television and internet access. Coffeemaker, mini-refrigerator, safe,ironing board and hairdryer are also parts of standard equipment. Guests can choose between queen beds or two twin beds per room.There are a choice of restaurants serving both local and International cuisine. Maile Sky Court hotel also provides laundry services, ice machine and fax services. Limited parking is available at surcharge, while hotel has easy access to Honolulu public transportation network. more
Hotel Hotel The Modern Honolulu Honolulu
Waikiki Edition is a 5-star Marriott hotel in Honolulu on the Pacific island of Oahu, Hawaii. It is located close to Waikiki Beach, the International Market Place and the Royal Hawaiian Center. There are 353 air-conditioned guest rooms and suites spread over 18 floors. Each unit has en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, alarm clock, room safe, desk, mini-bar, complimentary bottled water, direct dial telephone, flat-screen television with satellite TV channels and pay per view movies, DVD player, radio, iPod docking station, and free wireless high-speed Internet access. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available, and there are a variety of dining options available in the hotel's five restaurants and bars, which feature Japanese, eclectic and Asian Fusion cuisine. Leisure facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool with sun terrace and sun beds, a fully equipped fitness room with cardiovascular equipment and free weights, and a spa with beauty treatments and massages. Eight conference and meeting rooms are available, the largest of which can hold up to 1300 people. Planning services and the use of audiovisual equiment can also be requested. more
Hotel Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel Honolulu
The Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is a 4-star non-smoking property located on Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki, Honolulu. It has an outdoor pool with sun loungers. Breakfast is served, and there is a bar and grill. Takeaway breakfasts are also offered. The hotel has a lift. Valet parking is available for a fee. All the 644 air-conditioned rooms have flat-screen TV, mini refrigerator, telephone, safe, iron, hair dryer, CD player and an en suite bathroom. High-speed Internet access is offered for a surcharge. There is a PlayStation 3 console, for which DVDs and games may be hired from the lobby. Some rooms have balconies overlooking the ocean. Rooms are not suitable for the disabled. The front desk is open 24 hours. The hotel has a business centre and a tropical garden. There is a concierge service. A meeting room is available. No pets are allowed. The hotel is beside Waikiki Beach, and Honolulu Zoo is nearby. The Ala Wai Golf Course and Waikiki Aquarium are within walking distance. There are shops and a fitness centre close by, and a sightseeing bus stops outside the hotel. Honolulu International Airport is 10 miles away. more