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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.

CULTURE

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.

CLIMATE

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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from ‎$26to ‎$3,484

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    Hotel The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Lahaina

    Nestled by the lovely beach in Lahaina, The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua will let you experience the interesting culture of Maui. The D.T. Fleming Beach Park is only a ten-minute walk from this luxurious five-star resort. All rooms have classic designs. The floors are wooden, the furnishings are plush, and the chandeliers are gorgeous. In addition, each room has a flat screen TV, iPod docking station, and private balcony. The hotel boasts a three-tiered outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. Moreover, Ritz-Carlton Spa® Kapalua offers tension-relieving treatments, invigorating facials, and traditional massages. You can choose from a wide range of eating spots on-site. These are The Banyan Tree, The Beach House, The Terrace, Kai Sushi, Aina Gourmet, The Pool Bar & Café, and Alaloa Lounge. The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is just a five-minute drive from the Kapalua Golf Club Plantation Course. The distance between the hotel and Oneloa Beach is one kilometer. more

    Hotel Kaleialoha Condominiums Lahaina

    Kaleialoha offers low-rise privately owned condominiums located in an "eclectic" neighborhood with oceanside walking and jogging paths, local coffee shop, health food store and beach park all near by. Many shops and restaurants in walking distance. Each unit is direct oceanfront with either a King or queen bed, ensuite washer/dryer, and free WIFI. Fully equipped with all basic amenities and starter supplies of soap and paper products. Free onsite parking and no resort fees! Small sandy beach adjacent to the property perfect for swimming and snorkeling! Each unit has a large private lanai with unobstructed ocean and outer island views. Free nightly sunsets! Centrally located between Kapalua and Kaanapali and 4 miles to Lahaina town. Go anywhere on the island and back in one day! Solar heated pool on site and building has an elevator. Oceanside barbecue. Large front yard for sunning and taking in the free nightly sunsets! Come experience the best condominiums and nicest people Maui has to offer! more

    Hotel Royal Kahana Maui by Outrigger Lahaina

    Located in West Maui Beach between Kaanapali and Kapalua, Royal Kahana Maui by Outrigger Lahaina is a three-star condo resort offering free Wi-Fi in lobby and floodlit outdoor tennis courts. The hotel’s well-appointed rooms feature a private lanai, cable TVs, DVD players, in-room safes, ironing facilities, air conditioning, and bathrooms. Kitchens are equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, and dishwashers. Some rooms have bathrooms with glass-walled walk-in showers. The hotel offers an outdoor pool, fitness facilities, picnic area with grills, ATM/banking facilities, meeting rooms, elevator, babysitting services, and 24-hour reception. Though the resort does not have an on-site restaurant, nearby dining venues like Roy’s Kahana Bar and Grill, Maui Brewing Co. and Outback Steakhouse serve delectable dishes. Within two and half miles of this property are such attractions as Reef Dancer, West Maui Wellness Centre, Honokeana Bay, Kapalua Plantation Course, and North Loop Coastline Road Highway 30. more

    Hotel Hotel Ka'Anapali Beach Club Lahaina

    Located on the golden sands of Ka'Anapali Beach, the Hotel Ka'Anapali Beach Club Hotel provides breathtaking views of Maui’s western shore lines, as far as the eye can see. Suites are spacious, and boast bathrooms with walk-in shower and a tub. Cable TV, DVD player and coffee makers are standard, while all suites have free Wi-Fi. The lagoon-style outdoor pool includes a waterslide and poolside bar, surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden, while guests can enjoy the BBQ facilities, hot tub, spa and massage service. Guests can choose to dine at the on-site restaurant, or one of the many restaurants within walking distance, while a breakfast buffet is served every morning. An on-site snack-bar and coffee shop is also available. Hotel Ka'Anapali Beach Club Resort is just two miles from the Kalalua Airport, while the Ka'Anapali Golf Course is only three miles from the hotel. more

    Hotel Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa Lahaina

    Set in lush tropical gardens and landscaped oceanfront, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa offers ideal accommodation for a memorable holiday. This 4-star property has a full-service spa, outdoor pool and fitness center along with breathtaking views. Equipped with flat-screen TV, minibar, refrigerator, luxurious bedding, iPod docking station and an en suite bathroom, the rooms at this property are sure to entice visitors. Guests can rejuvenate themselves at The Spa Moana that offers massage and body treatments, sauna, steam rooms and luxury couple spas. The hotel also boasts of an outdoor water park with slides, scuba diving, oceanfront aerobics and much more. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa has five on-site restaurants that serve distinct cuisine from seafood to steak, buffet to a la carte in the perfect ambiance so that guests can enjoy their time off. Kahului Airport is located at a distance of forty four kilometers. more

    Hotel The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali Lahaina

    Situated in a prime oceanfront location on the beach of West Maui, the 759-room, 4-star The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali features a 87,000 square foot water complex with five swimming pools, a 24-hour fitness center with a workout room, a business center with Internet access and a state-of-the-art health and wellness spa. Guest rooms feature contemporary modern furnishings with a work desk and sitting area, premium bedding, luxury linens, a flat-screen television, coffee and tea making facilities and en suite tiled bathrooms with slippers, robes, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali features a 24-hour multi-lingual reception desk, a concierge service, free Wi-Fi, and free parking. The hotel features multiple fine dining and drink options. Additional options are within an easy walk at the adjacent Whalers Villa. The elegant, oceanfront resort complex is within a stone’s throw of Whalers Villa and Kaanapali Golf Course Resort South. more