Everything about Hawaii InterIsland Flights

Summary: In my opinion, the best way to get between the islands is Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaii Inter Island Flights – Flight Times, Prices

One of the most frequently asked questions in my forum is “Are there any boat ferries between islands as an alternative to flying” – and the answer is “No … except for between Maui and Molokai or Lanai”

The Hawaii Superferry came and left – there is no superferry anymore. There is a ferry between Maui and Molokai or Lanai – links below.

With a few exceptions, flying is the only way to get from one island to another.

Flight times generally take under one hour, with the longest one being the Big Island to Kauai; this flight will

take almost an hour and a half.

Flight Prices

The airlines available to fly between islands are two major ones and a few smaller ones. The major airlines are: Hawaiian Airlines and Go Airlines. Aloha used to be in there too but because of Go! they went out of business. In my opinion, there is little difference between the two – book the one that fits your needs most. They have similar costs and schedules and service.

Booking online is the best method of getting a good deal on cheap airline tickets ($61 one way is the best regular price you will usually see, but you have to get these early). Sometimes there are sales though.

Historically, flights used to cost about $180 for visitors for most flights, but Interisland flight coupons were available, and Aloha Airlines had an unlimited 7 day pass for $321. However, neither of these is available anymore.

How Can I Get Cheap InterIsland Flights?

Well, unfortunately, you may find this quite hard. The best prices are found early and online. I like Hawaiian Airlines but if you are flying from Kauai to Maui you may get the best prices with Go! Airlines. You can also check Mokulele and see if there is anything there.

Expect to pay at least $61 one way. If you see anything less than this, it’s a sale, jump on it! If you wait too late (prices go up as seats sell out) or try to fly on Holidays or during busy times, you may pay quite a bit one way.

These days if you can get the $61 price from Oahu or any of the islands to Maui, the Big Island, or Kauai, then you are doing good.

Also check Hawaiian’s partner program. Maybe you could at least get some miles

The major airports in Hawaii are:

  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL) – Oahu
  • Kona International Airport (KOA) – Big Island
  • Hilo International Airport (ITO) – Big Island
  • Lihue Airport (LIH) – Kauai
  • Kahului Airport – (OGG) – Maui

    but you can also fly into:

  • Hana Airport (HNM) – Maui
  • Kalaupapa Airport (LUP) – Molokai
  • Molokai Airport (MKK) – Molokai
  • Lanai Airport (LNY) – Lanai
  • Kapalua Airport (JHM) – Maui
  • Port Allen Airport (PAK) – Kauai(some of these latter airports only support the small propeller planes, so find out beforehand and be prepared)

    More Flight times

  • Honolulu to Kahului (Maui): 35 minutes
  • Honolulu to Lihu’e (Kauai): 35 minutes
  • Honolulu to Ho’olehua (Molokai): 20 minutes
  • Honolulu to Lana’i City (Lanai): 23 minutes
  • Honolulu to Kapalua (Maui): 30 minutes
  • Honolulu to Hilo (Big Island): 45 minutes
  • Honolulu to Kona (Big Island): 40 minutesThe smaller charter airlines mostly service the neighbor islands for commuter flights, but are starting to try to expand to inter-island flights.
  • Pacific Wings
  • Mokulele Airlines(which is actually now part of Go!)
  • Island Air—- The alternatives to flying for inter-island travel —

    Cruises

    You can take a cruise between the islands, but you *cannot* get on for only one leg of the trip. You must take the entire cruise.

    Ferries

  • The Molokai Ferry

    Offering trips from Maui to Molokai

  • Lanai-Lahaina FerryThe above are the only two regular ferries between islands, the channels are just to far and rough for ferries between other islands to be feasible, especially when flights are so quick and relatively inexpensive
  • Best Hawaii Hotels: Most Popular and Recommendations

    ** This is all my opinion on the best hotels on each island based on my own travels (I like affordability, nice pools, good beach locations, lots to do – I don’t care much about decor and maid service) plus my booking and search logs over the last 14 years.

    Best Oahu HotelsBest Maui HotelsBest Big Island HotelsBest Kauai Hotels

    Oahu Hotels

    #1 Best Oahu Hotel Overall and Best Oahu beach hotel:

    The Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach
    The Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach has one of the best locations on Waikiki Beach. It’s got a great beachside bar and a better restaurant. It is grand-looking and pleasant without being stuffy. Prices are generally lower than other hotels with comparable rooms and less-than-prime locations. Outrigger Official Site.

  • #2 Best Oahu Hotel Overall and Best Oahu Beach Hotel
  • hilton - awesome oahu hotel Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
    The Hilton Hawaiian Village is truly a fun and wonderful hotel to stay at. They do fireworks on fridays and hula shows – they have a brand new awesome waterslide at the pool (the only one in Waikiki as of 2010). They have penguins and fish ponds. It’s a great hotel and lots of fun for families or anyone. I love this hotel. Check prices at the hotel site but expedia is usually better.

    #1 Best Oahu Budget Hotel:

    aqua waikiki beachside hotel Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel Nice, clean, across the street from the beach. Not a lot AT the hotel, like no restaurants, but you are seriously right in the middle of Waikiki and there are restaurants all around.

    Check prices at the official beachside site (i’ve seen prices as low as $109 at expedia tho)

    this next one is actually an ad, so I wouldn’t call it a best, but the price is awesome and it’s a good hotel. It’s the Ambassador Waikiki.

    #2 Best Oahu Budget Hotel: Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel Waikiki Circle Hotel

    This hotel is super close to the beach, and has great views. the rooms are small, but the view, the price and the short walking distance can make up for that.

    I have seen prices as low as just under $100, but that is during the low season and by booking early.

    If you are booking in summer or other high seasons you may pay closer to $200.

    #3 Best Oahu Budget Hotel: Royal Grove Hotel
    Clean, short walk to Waikiki Beach, friendly service, kitchens available, fantastically low prices.

    The #1 Best Oahu Family Hotel is the Hilton Hawaiian Village that I talk about above.

    #2 Best Oahu Family Hotel: Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
    Full kitchen suites with divided rooms for an inexpensive price. A straight one block walk to Waikiki Beach will get you right behind the sea wall, perfect for small kids. On the roof of one of the floors is a nice playground, a small pool, a tiny putting green, BBQs, and a tennis court. On arrival the kids get a sand pail with beach toys and crayons, and a “Kids play and eat free” card with a booklet telling you where to use it. Walls nice and thick so sound from other rooms doesn’t carry. Parking garage is one of the cheapest in Waikiki. Resortquest Official Site

    Maui Hotels

    Best Maui Hotel Overall:

    Whaler On Kaanapali Beach, Lahaina,HI,United States Whaler on Kaanapali Beach This was a hard choice, because Maui’s touristy areas are really spread out around the island, and each area offers something different – plus there are tons of luxury hotels that are just perfect in every way – but since most people can’t afford $850 a night just for the room, I went middle of the road with a hotel in a popular area that gets great reviews on a fantastic beach.

    #2 Best Maui Hotel Overall

    Diamond Resorts Ka’anapali Beach Club This all-suite resort is loaded with amenities and is surrounded by lush, tropical landscaping, and scenic views of the Pacific. The spacious timeshare accommodations are available in one- or two-bedroom units. These suites include laundry facilities, private balconies, partial or full kitchens, and separate living room and bedroom areas. Check prices on the by-owner timeshare site KaanapaliTimeshare to find rates way lower than the official resort’s site.

    #3 Best Maui Hotel Overall

    Kaanapali Beach Hotel

    This hotel is highly respected as “the most hawaiian” hotel, meaning they do things authentically. People really like to stay here and it’s on a great stretch of beach.

    Best Maui Budget Hotel: Punahoa Beach Apartments

    Great location in Kihei with fabulous ocean views and no-frills, clean apartments for discount prices. Every unit is oceanfront with a complete kitchen. Close to grocery shopping and all of Kihei, with Kamaole Beach park a few steps away.

    Best Maui Family Hotel: Hololani Resort
    This is a condominum resort (not a hotel) with all large, oceanview suites with kitchens. Beach and pool are great for kids and prices are affordable. Location is a short driving distance to the craziness of Kaanapali and Lahaina.

    Another Recommended Family Hotel

    Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

    For families, I also like the Wailea Marriott – for the great kiddie pool structure and the water slides and fantastic location (no beach on the grounds but really nice beach right next door – short walk). official site

    Kauai Hotels

    Best Kauai Hotel Overall:

    Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

    Families and couples and singles alike enjoy this hotel. There’s a lagoon, good boogie boarding at the beach, and adults-only pool, hot tubs, a lazy river and slides. Great rooms, restaurants, and grounds. Overall a fantastic hotel in sunny and hot Poipu Beach.

    Hyatt Official Site

    Best Kauai Hotel for Families: Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club, Koloa,HI,United States Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club
    Located on Poipu Beach with large rooms, gorgeous grounds, and good snorkeling. Kitchens, washers and dryers, a mostly calm beach area, three pools plus a kiddie pool, barbeques, and soundproofing make this a great place to go with the kids.

    Best Kauai Budget Hotel: Kapaa Sands

    These are condos, so you’re not going to get a concierge desk and daily maid service, but you will get great views and a full kitchen at really low prices for every room.

    A note about Princeville hotels – I haven’t mentioned any here, but there are plenty of quality hotels in Princeville. Princeville gets a bit more rain than Poipu and has a little more condos than hotels. However, it is beautiful and many people say it is their favorite place on the island.

    Big Island Hotels

    Best Big Island Hotel Overall: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

    This was a really hard choice. The Mauna Kea is a gorgeous hotel and it’s on arguable the best beach in all the Hawaiian Islands (plus they restrict access to it which is practically unheard of in Hawaii) with a great reputation and nearby golf and a little pool .. but there’s nothing else to do and it’s quite a far drive from Kailua-Kona. However, lots of people like it and say it’s best for relaxing. I’ll also recommend the Hilton Waikola (see below) and the Sheraton Keauhou in Kailua-Kona. Official Site

    Best Big Island Family Hotel Hilton Waikoloa Village Hilton Waikoloa Hotel

    At the link above I have written a big review and added pictures. My child and even myself and my husband just love to take weekend trips to this hotel – we go about 4 times a year. We love the water slides and the lagoon and the tram and the boats – it’s really nice. It can be expensive (mostly the food is expensive), and it is far to walk from one end of the grounds to the other, but it’s so beautiful and fun. To counter how expensive the food is we usually bring or buy cereal and fruit for breakfast and eat dinner at the King’s shops – they have a Subway and a few other places that are healthy and reasonable and good.

    some of these reviews are poor, and I really don’t understand it. They are about poor service (I’ve never encountered poor service here, and would never count on it to make or break my vacation like some of these people apparently did) and cold swimming pool water ( ?? the pools are HUGE, you can’t expect them to be heated – and I’ve never found the water to be cold) and too much walking (exercise is *good* for you) and having to wait for trams and boats to get to the lobby (get walking 🙂 – the walk from rooms to lobby is paved with $7 million of artwork on one side and spectacular ocean views on the other).

    Best Budget-Inexpensive Hotel on the Big Island: Kona Billfisher
    Close to town, full kitchens, ocean and mountain views. Nice place for good prices.

    The best hotel in Hilo would have to be the Hilo Hawaiian. Great location, and well taken care of. Definitely spend most of your vacation on the Kona side though ;). Hilo tends to be humid and rainy with not as many things to do, and the beaches are not what you’ll be expecting from Hawaii.

    Military Accomodations and Lodging in Hawaii

    Oahu Lodging, Big Island Lodging, Kauai Lodging, Maui Lodging

    If you are in the military and planning on vacationing in Hawaii you are in for the time of your life. The military has great morale, welfare, and recreation facilities here that are actually beneficial to your morale and welfare and provide great recreation. Imagine that. Ok, here we go.

    Oahu

    Hale Koa If you are visiting Oahu, I recommend the Hale Koa (house of the warrior). I LOVE the Hale Koa. (more inexpensive oahu hotels)

    It is located right on Waikiki Beach in one of the prime locations. It has 817 rooms, swimming pools, a PX, bars, restaurants, a weight room and more. Make your reservations as early as possible … It is hard to get a room.

    If you are planning on visiting any of the military bases on Oahu you may need to rent a car (or take the Oahu Bus) as none of them are close to the hotel. I think the cheapest rate is about $75 a night … and the rooms are great!

    Pililaau Army Recreation Center 39 cabins close to the beach on the leeward side of the island (not in Waikiki). Nice place.

    Tripler Army Hotel – right behind Tripler at Fort Shafter. Convenient and easy for work.

    Inn at Schofield Barracks – right at Schofield Barracks. Not so great for vacationing if you are looking for fun and beaches 🙂

    If you are on a vacation, be sure to check out my reviews of the Go Oahu Card and the Hawaii Entertainment Book – both are great for Oahu. They aren’t military discounts, but they can still save you good money.

    The Big Island

    Kilauea Military Lodge On the Big Island, the hands-down best place to stay is Kilauea Military Camp. I worked there as NCOIC of the dispensary for 3 years (cherry duty if you can get it) and loved my entire tour of duty.

    The camp is located across the street from Kilauea Caldera within the boundaries of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Talk about amazing … we used to wow the Sergeant Majors and the Colonels who came on official business to inspect the dispensary by walking them across the street and having them look into the 300 foot drop off the lip of the caldera. Then we told them there was a golf course right across the highway on the other side and they finished up the inspection pretty quick. (Fore!)

    KMC is actually a bunch of cabins grouped together with a general store, a gas station, a bowling alley, and a cafeteria in the middle. The cabins are all really nice and most have fireplaces (it gets cold at the 4500 foot level). I think rooms start around $65.

    Kauai

    My husband and I spent our honeymoon at one of the eight MWR cabins on Barking Sands beach within the Pacific Missile Range Facility Cabins on Kauai. My biggest regret about getting out of the military is I will not get to stay at this place again. I never wanted to leave the base! My husband said “Lets go see the canyon” or “lets go to a restaurant” and I said “No honey, lets stay here and barbeque and swim!”

    The beach is three miles long, the cabins are right on the beach … and we were the only ones there the entire time. We would go out in the morning and swim and snorkel, and then go back to the cabin and shower and eat. And then we would go look for shells and swim and snorkel and fish, and then go back and shower and eat. And then go back and swim and watch the sunset, and then barbeque and go to sleep. It was the most relaxing time of my entire life. The cabins were $80.00 a night (16 years ago) and well worth it.

    Maui

    Unfortunately, there are no military bases or mwr facilities on Maui. Really, the best you can do is a military-friendly hotel. I recommend the Kaanapali Beach Hotel

    So, if you are visiting an MWR facility in Hawaii get ready to have a great time. If none of these meet your needs, then check out more Hawaii hotels here

    The Go Hawaii Card – Oahu and Maui Discounts and Deals

    The Go Hawaii Cards

    Pack Each Day with Fun Activities and Spend Only What You Planned

    The Go Oahu Card: is currently only good for Oahu attractions. There was a Go Maui card too, but it’s been phased out.

    Click here for more go maui card options

    (note ** I am super-impressed with the newest additions to the Go Oahu Card there are new general attractions like the Polynesian cultural center (admission free with the card – talk about a great discount!, and Kualoa Ranch Tours, plus new 3, 5, and 7 day bonuses like a dolphin encounter, a sunset ranch experience, and the PCC show. – these were all NEW additions in April 2011 and really increase the value of the card in my opinion.)

    What is it: It is a credit-card sized card that you present to get in free to certain Oahu and Maui attractions and activities and to automatically take a discount off certain shopping and dining.

    How does it work

    waterfall on Maui

    You purchase the card at the website. You can buy a 1 day card, a 2 day card, a 3 day card, a 5 day card, or a 7 day card. Your card is activated when you first use it. You then get into any and all participating attractions for free for the entire day.

    If you bought a 2 or more days card you have 2 weeks to use the rest of your days. Go back to the same attractions or go to all new ones (each attraction can only be visited once per day though).

    One card per person, so if you are a family of three and are all planning on going to the same activities you will have to each buy a card. *** check the website to be sure this is still accurate

    Coupon

    ! Go Oahu Card coupons here (read about the end of summer sale there right now – it’s pretty good) <--- check here for promotional codes, there is not actually a physical coupon to be had but if there is a deal running (15% off or free shipping or whatever) the code will be on that page. You can also just click through to the go card site – sometimes they put all the cards on sale and don’t even tell anyone . You just click through and feel really lucky 🙂

    Is it worth it?

    This is for the Oahu card only – I did the same study for Maui and it didn’t turn out quite as well, so I don’t recommend it a whole lot, but I highly recommend the Oahu card

    Well, let’s do a study: let’s say you are a family of four (2 adults and 2 kids between 3 and 12) going to Oahu for a week and a half. You buy a 3 day card for each family member, which costs about $500 (actual price may be a bit more or less depending on sales or promotions) and this is what you do:

    ** prices in red my estimates for 2 adults, 2 kids

    Day One

    Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park in the morning (normally around $120)

    Bishop Museum in the afternoon (around $50)

    In the evening, you run around Waikiki on the trolley (normally at least $50)

    Day Two

    USS Arizona audio tour plus USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park (about $50)

    Sea Life Park admission (typically near $70)

    In the evening, get a free caricature at Royal Hawaiian Caricatures (ride over on the trolley) or get 25% off Germaine’s Luau tickets (Let’s be really conservative and say $80)

    Day Three Makani Catamaran Breakfast Sail (about $140)

    Hanauma Bay Snorkeling (around $20)

    Hawaiian Ocean Surf Lesson or One day Car Rental (I’m not sure of price, let’s say $40)

    All Day Waikiki Trolley rides (around $50)

    Total: $670 — a savings of $170 — Looks Worth It in this case

    Who it probably would be great for
    Imagine going on a Hawaii trip for a week and a half and running out of money the last few days so all you could do is hang out at the beach or run up your credit cards. Well, this card could eliminate that worry – you could buy a card specifically for when you run out of money. You could even use the card to budget your activity spending for the trip.

    Who it’s probably not so great for
    If you think you are only up for one major activity a day this card would probably not save you money.

    My experience
    I bought a one day Go Oahu card in late November for a mid-december trip to Oahu. It was mailed to my house along with a booklet that has maps and instructions, along with information about the individual activities supported by the card. They are put together by area and each area includes other free points of interest. I used the card with no problem. I just handed it over instead of money. The attendant took it to a computer and then handed it back to me and that was it.

    Another Option, a Cool One

    Recently the Go card people came up with another option for people who like the savings of the cards but who like to relax and take it easy a bit more on their vacations. This is called the Custom Oahu Explorer Pass and I have written a complete review and explanation of it here. It’s another option I can recommend.

    More Info or Buy the Go Hawaii Card

    question I received
    I have recently purchased a 3 day Go Hawaii Card for an upcoming trip to Oahu. The 3 day purchase entitles me to either a free surf lesson or a one day car rental from Budget. The question is: Is the car rental good for a 4th day, or does it have to be rented on one of the three days for which you are using your card?

    answer I sent
    I’m not a Go Hawaii Card representative, but I did call the Waikiki Dollar and they seemed to think you it would need to be during the 3 days you are using the card (the woman I spoke to wasn’t positive, but that’s what she thought). Have a wonderful vacation! Lisa

    Go Maui Card Options

    So the people who make the go oahu card used to make a go maui card but they don’t anymore. It wasn’t that great of a deal anyway.

    So if you are going to Maui what do you do?

    One option is to look into the entertainment book – see all the maui coupons in the entertainment book here

    Another option is the maui fun card. I’ve never used it. I don’t know if it’s any good or not.

    Other than that, you can try the strategies on my maui coupons page to save money. good luck!

    Hawaii Entertainment Book Review Year 2015 Hawaii Discount Coupons

    ***** all reviews below are for the 2014 book. I have not received my 2015 book yet, but they are usually similar from year to year

    Let me tell you about a super big coupon book that is full of restaurant, activity, and travel coupons for Hawaii: Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, and Kauai. The coupons are best for Oahu and Maui, and not so great for the Big Island and Kauai. Read on for much more information about the book.

    The 2015 book is now out (click through and click on the word memberships at the top right of the page and find the Hawaii book) – I don’t have it yet. I will get it soon and review everything that is in it.

    The book is called the The Hawaii Entertainment Book. (click through and click on the word memberships at the top right of the page and find the Hawaii book) Coupons are good now.

    The book has coupons for all the major islands: the most for Oahu, 2nd most for Maui, then the Big Island, then Kauai.

    Here’s a note I received from Lonnie H. who bought the 2012 book and used it:

    We just returned from 3 weeks on 3 islands. I had purchased the book earlier this year and I can tell you we used so many of the coupons that it paid for the book 5 times over. Many resturants, some discounts, and the Polynesion Cultural center was a big help. Also, Germains.

    The rest of this review is for the 2012 book! the books are generally similar from year to year

    What Coupons are in the Hawaii Entertainment book?

    Oahu Coupons, Maui Coupons, Big Island Coupons, Kauai Coupons

    Hawaii Restaurant coupons with more than one location – possibly more than one island

    I really only this book it for Oahu (Honolulu and around) and Maui but if you are going to the Big Island or Kauai, check out the coupons for these islands: big island, kauai, maybe you want to do all the things listed and it would be good for you.

    Click here to see the book or buy the book (click through and click on the word memberships at the top right of the page and find the Hawaii book)

    I lived on the Big Island, but I still bought the book every year because I ALWAYS made more than my money back easily just by using one to two coupons.

    Someone visiting Hawaii for a week or two could easily save over $300 using these coupons for food and activities.

    I bought the book online I have bought the 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Hawaii book online, following the same link you would: Click here to go directly to the entertainment book site (click through and click on the word memberships at the top right of the page and find the Hawaii book)

    A NOTE about the activity coupons: most of them are for adult admissions only – some specify buy a child get a child but most are buy an adult get an adult free – check with book or company for details to hear from you.

    The Offers

    **** I am going through my book, recording what I see. I am not guaranteeing this is mistake free or these are all valid – check with the individual business or in the book for all the details and restrictions ****

    What is in the Hawaii Entertainment Book?

    I list all the coupons here – the below ones are for the 2012 book.

    Restaurant Coupons that are in many locations – possibly valid on each major island

    Pizza Hut: buy one large pizza and get one large pizza free of equal or greater value, buy one medium pizza and get one medium pizza free of equal or greater value, free single order of breadsticks or cinnamon sticks, and $5 off the regular price of a family tuscani pasta.

    KFC: $3 off a 16 pc. Family Meal, $1 off a 3 pc. Drumsticks and Thigh Meal, and free Twister when you buy a Twister Combo Meal of equal or greater value.

    Burger King: free Croissan’wich when you buy a croissan’wich value meal, free Original Chicken Sandwich when you buy an Original Chicken Sandwich Value Meal, and free Whopper sandwich when you buy a Whopper Sandwich Value Meal.

    Taco Bell: buy one beef burrito supreme and get one beef burrito supreme free, buy one crunchy taco supreme and get one crunchy taco supreme of equal or lesser value free, buy one crunchy taco and get one crunchy taco of equal or lesser value free , and one free order of cinnamon twists.

    Carl’s Jr: buy one Spicy chicken sandwich and get one Spicy Chicken Sandwich of equal or lesser value free, buy one Western Bacon Cheeseburger and get one Western Bacon Cheeseburger of equal or greater value free, buy one Famous Star Burger and get one Famour Star Burger of equal or lesser value free.

    Popeyes: free 2 Piece Dinner when you buy a 3 Piece Dinner and Medium Drink, $19.99 for 20 Pieces of chicken (thighs and drumsticks). Hot Dog on a Stick: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free.

    Baskin Robbins: buy one Single Scoop and get one Single Scoop of equal or lesser value free, buy one two Scoop Sundae and get one two Scoop Sundae of equal or lesser value free, buy one Soft Serve and get one Soft Serve of equal or lesser value free, and $3 off any oce cream cake purchse of $15 or more.

    Dairy Queen: buy one Waffle Bowl Sundae and get one Waffle Bowl Sundae of equal or lesser value free, buy one Artic Rush Frozen Beverage and get one Articl Rush Frozen Beverage of equal or lesser value free, buy one small Cone and get one small Cone of equal or lesser value free.

    7-11: $1 of a purchase of 3 Taquitos

    Jack in the Box: buy one Jack’s Spicy Chicken and get one Jack’s Spicy Chicken of equal or lesser value free, buy one Ultimate Cheeseburger and get one Ultimate Cheeseburger of equal or lesser value free, and buy one Sourdough Jack and get one Sourdough Jack of equal or lesser value free.

    Wendy’s: buy one small Frosty and get one small Frosty free, buy one Asiago Ranch Chicken Club and get one Asiago Ranch Chicken Club of equal or lesser value free, and buy one large Chili and get one large Chili free.

    wetzel’s pretzels: 3 coupons for buy one Pretzel and get one Pretzel of equal or lesser value free, wetzel bitz with a purchase of a wetzel bitz, free pretzel with a purchase of a pretzel, free fresh lemonade with the purchase of a fresh lemonade, and free wetzel dog with the purchase of a wetzel dog.

    IHOP: enjoy a free kid’s meal with the purchase of any dinner entree, $2 off a $15 purchase (excluding tax, tip and alcohol), and 15% off your bill (excluding tax, tip and alcohol).

    Buca di Beppo: $10 off a $20 purchase (dine in only) and 10% off Buca To Go.

    Taco Del Mar: buy one entree and 22oz drink at regular price and get 50% off your second entree, 1 free cookie (no purchase necessary), one free taco when you purchase an entree of equal or greater value, 2 Mondito Burritos for $10 OR 2 Mondo Burritos for $12, and free chips and salsa with the purchase of any entree.

    Ben and Jerry’s: free small or large sized cup or cone when you buy a cup or cone of equal or greater value.

    ColdStone Creamery: $5 off a large Signature Cake

    Charley’s Grilled Subs: free Gourmet Fry when you buy an Sub and Drink, free Sub when you buy any Sub of equal or lesser value, free regular Fry and regular Drink when you buy any Sub.

    TCBY: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $5 value) (excludes: pints, quarts, cakes and pies), buy one Parfait and get one Parfait of equal or lesser value free, and $3 off any cake or pie.

    Click here to see the book or buy the book

    Oahu Coupons, Maui Coupons, Big Island Coupons, Kauai Coupons

    Hawaii Restaurant coupons with more than one location – possibly more than one island

    Now let’s talk about the hawaii grocery store coupon.

    It used to be a safeway coupon, now in 2012 it is a Times Supermarkets coupon. I know there are Times on Oahu, I don’t know about the other islands. I don’t think there is one on the big island.

    So, there are 4 Times coupons, and each one says $5.00 off a grocery purchase of $50 in a single transaction. One is valid from August 01, 2011 to December 31, 2011, one from January 1, 2012 to April 30, 2012, one from May 1, 2012 to August 31, 2012, and one from September 01, 2012 to December 31, 2012.

    Not exactly stellar for visitors, but a good deal for hawaii locals and residents. See the back of the coupon for exclusions.

    Next is Regal Entertaiment group: (14) $2 off and full-priced Adult admission of $8 and above, free small soft drink with the purchase of any size popcorn, and 1 free movie admission on your birthday (valid driver’s license or birth certificate required) – I think there is a regal on the Big Island and Oahu, maybe Maui and Kauai too, I’m not sure.

    Oahu Coupons

    Oahu Restaurant Coupons

    Cattle Company Steakhouse Coupons: $5 off a purchase of $20 (excluding tax, tip, and alcohol) and $10 off a purchase of $40 (excluding tax, tip, and alcohol).

    4 coupons from the Chart House Waikiki. $20 off a purchase of $80 (excluding tax, tip, and alcohol), then $15 off $60, then $10 off $40, then $5 off 20. That’s nice – good coupon for hawaii locals too 🙂

    Ruby Tuesday: $10 of $40 purchase (excluding tax, tip, and alcohol) and $20 off any order of $100 or more on to-go/catering platters (excluding tax, tip, and alcohol).

    Tony Roma’s – 4 different coupons: $10 off a purchase of $40, $5 off a purchase of $20, 2 for $49 and receive 2 ultimate roma feasts with side salad and 2 side items each, and one complimentary appetizer with the purchase of 2 entrees (up to a $7.99 value).

    Pagoda Floating Restaurant: 20% off the dinner buffet for up to four people and 25% off the total bill for breakfast or lunch for up to 4 people.

    Kobe Japanese Steak House: buy one dinner get one dinner free up to $20 (need to present your entertainment card for this promotion)

    Don Ho’s Island Grill: buy one dinner entree and get one dinner entree at equal or lesser value free (up to a $19 value).

    Tanaka of Tokyo: buy one dinner and get one half off up to $20 (need to present your entertainment card for this promotion).

    Verbano Pasteria: $15 off with a minimum purchase of $60 (excluding tax, tip, and alcohol), $10 off with a minimum purchase of $40 (excluding tax, tip, and alcohol).

    Verbano Italiano Ristorante: buy one dinner entree and get one dinner entree free up to $14

    Verbano on King Ristorante: buy one dinner entree and get one dinner entree free up to $13

    The Hau Tree Lanai: buy one dinner get one dinner free up to $17 (need to present your entertainment card for this and other promotions).

    Monterey Bay Canners: buy one dinner and get one dinner free up to $18, buy one lunch and get one lunch free up to $10 (need to present your entertainment card for promotion).

    Seafood Village: buy one dinner and get one dinner of equal or lesser value free (up to a $20 value)

    Gyu-Kaku: Buy one a la carte entree and get one a la carte entree free up to $13 (need to present your entertainment card for this promotion).

    Sam Sneads: buy one dinner entree and get one dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $13 value).

    Tea at 1024: buy one menu item and get one menu item at equal or lesser free ( up to a $13 value).

    Che Pasta: 20% off up to $50 off your food bill (excluding tax, tip and alchohol) (need need to present your entertainment card for this promotion).

    Sergios: buy one entree and get 50% off the second entree

    The Pyramids: buy one dinner get one dinner free up to $15

    Aqua Cafe: buy one entree and get one entree free up to $18 (need to present your entertainment card for this promotion)

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    Banditos Cantina: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to an $8 value).

    Big City Diner: $10 off a $50 purchase (excluding tax, tip and alcoholic beverages) available at multiple locations and buy appetizer get one appetizer free up to $5 available at multiple locations.

    Miyako: $12 off one Hot Pot Dinner when you purchase a Miyako Hot Pot Dinner Sukiyaki Shabu-shabu Udon-suki.

    La Mariana Sailing Club: get 50% off one entree when you buy a second entree of equal or greater value.

    Angelo Pietro: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10.00 value), Honolulu

    Dreamers Homestyle Cooking: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $8 value), Honolulu

    The Shack: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to an $8 value), Kailua

    Stonegrill: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 value).

    Cafe Joy: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser free (up to a $7 value), Honolulu

    Papa John’s: one free Cinnapie, buy one large Pizza and get one large Pizza of equal or lesser value free, free medium pizza when you buy one large pizza at regular price, $11.99 for one large one topping pizza and one 2 liter soda, and $25.99 for two large two topping pizzas. multiple locations

    Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: buy one Yogurt and get one Yogurt at 50% off.

    Yogurtland: buy one Yogurt and get one Yogurt at 50% off.

    Orange Julius: buy one Julius Original and get one Julius Original of equal or lesser value free, buy one Premium Fruit Smoothie and get one Premium Fruit Smoothie of equal or lesser value free, and buy one 20 oz. Light Smoothie and get one 20 oz. Light Smoothie of equal or lesser value free.

    Brandy’s Bar and Grill: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $6 value).

    Julie’Z Restaurant: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $8 value), Kapolei

    Kelley O’Neil’s: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to an $8 value) South Shore Grill: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $9 value).

    Waldo’s Pizza: buy one entree and get one entree or equal or lesser value free (up to a $9 value) OR 50% one pizza, Mililani

    Greek Marina: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free, Honolulu

    Kit N’ Kitchen: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $6 value), Honolulu

    Saeng’s Thai Cuisine: buy one lunch, dinner or a la carte entree and get one lunch, dinner, or a la carte entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 value), Kailua

    808 Bar-B-Q: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $6 value), Waipahu

    Harbor Pub and Pizza: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free OR one pizza at half off.

    Matsutake Sushi: 25% off your total food bill (excluding tax, tip and alcoholic beverages), Honolulu

    Sea Island Steak and Seafood: buy one lunch and get one lunch free up to $15 and buy one dinner and get one free up to $15 , Honolulu

    Seafood Village: buy one dinner and get one dinner free up to $20 , Honolulu

    Kuhio Beach Grill: Buy one breakfast a la carte item and get one breakfast a la carte item free up to $25, buy one dinner a la carte item and get one dinner a la carte item for free up to $25, buy one breakfast buffet and get one breakfast buffet free up to $25 and buy one dinner buffet and get one dinner buffet free up to $25

    Spada: buy one dinner entree and get one dinner entree up to $17 free (need to present your entertainment card for promotion), Honolulu

    Lucy’s: 20% off the total food bill (tax, tip, and alcoholic beverages excluded) maximum discount $25.00 (need to present your entertainment card for this promotion).

    Pho and Company: $5 off a $20 purchase (excluding tax, tip and alcohol beverages), Kapolei

    Just Tacos: $5 off a purchase of $20 or more (excluding tax, tip, and alcoholic beverages).

    Z Pizza: $5.00 off $25.00 (excluding tax and tip).

    Moana Terrace: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $14 value).

    Jimmy Buffet’s at the Beachcomber: $5 off a purchase of $25 (excluding tax, tip and alcohol).

    Tacos Ricos: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to $10).

    Thai Herb Kitchen: buy one dinner entree and get one dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $8 value).

    Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value for free (up to a $10 value).

    Thai Kitchen: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree or equal or lesser value free (up to a $10 value).

    Kunia Chinese Restaurant: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10 value).

    Joyful Garden Fine Asian Cuisine: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10 value).

    Leeward Bar and Grill: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to $9 value).

    Dillingham Saimin: buy one bowl of Saimin and get a bowl of Saimin of equal or lesser value free.

    Thai Village: (2) buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to $8).

    Ayame Curry and Ramen House: buy one menu item and get one menu item at equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 value).

    Anykine Grill: buy one breakfast or lunch entree and get one breakfast or lunch entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $5 value).

    Sahlee’s Barrio Fiesta Restaurant: buy one lunch of dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $5 value).

    Killer Taco’s: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $5 value).

    Pinky’s Pupu Bar & Grill: free appetizer with the purchase of any two entrees (up to a $17 value).

    Aloha Sushi: $5 off a $20 purchase (tax, tip and alcoholic beverages excluded).

    Kaimuki Grill: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $12 value).

    Blossom’s Okazuya: buy one a la cart entree and get one a la cart entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $5 value).

    Fillipino Express Restaurant: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 value).

    Aloha Crepes: 50% of any Crepe upon payment of a second Crepe of equal or greater value.

    Masa and Joyce: buy one Hawaiian Plate and get one Plate free (up to a $7 value).

    Da Smoke House BBQ and Pub: get 50% off an entree when you buy a second entree of equal or greater value.

    Windward Poi Bowl: get 50% off an entree when you buy a second entree of equal or greater value.

    Auntie Pastos: get 50% off one Pizza or Entree upon payment of a second Pizza or Entree of equal or greater value.

    Little Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine: get 50% one Menu item when a second Menu item of equal or greater value is purchased.

    Hana Sushi: $5 off a $20 purchase (tax, tip, and alcoholic beverages excluded). Off the Wall: get a free appetizer when you purchase a dinner entree at regular price.

    Pizza in the Raw: buy one Pizza and get the second Pizza 50% off the regular price.

    Moon Hoe Drive Inn: $5 off a $20 purchase (must include purchase of 2 fountain beverages).

    Bo Bo’s Sushi: buy two hand rolls get one free (up to a $5 value)

    Cha Cha Cha Salsaria: get one lunch or dinner entree at 50% off when you buy a second lunch or dinner entree of equal or greater value.

    Laverne’s Restaurant and Catering: get one menu item 50% off when you buy a second menu item at regular purchase price.

    A Cup of Tea: $10 off a purchase of $40 (excluding tax, tip and alcoholic beverages).

    Hi Town Cafe: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free.

    Mahaloha Burger: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value at 50% off.

    BBQ Hut: buy a Plate and get one Plate of equal or lesser value at 50% off. Macky’s Kahuku Sweet Shrimp: $2 off any shrimp plate.

    Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood Market: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $12 value).

    Big Wave Shrimp: by one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10.00 value).

    Tacos Vicente: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10 value).

    Blazin’ Steaks: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $6 value).

    Crepe House Hawaii: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7.50 value).

    Sushi 2Go: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 value).

    The Sundial Cafe: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $5 value).

    Ono Cheesesteak: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to $10 value).

    Triple RT’s: buy one Choice Plate and get one Choice Plate of equal or lesser value (up to a $8 value).

    U-Choice In: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 value).

    Pepper’s Place: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $5 value).

    Tanioka’s Seafood and Catering: buy one pound of Shoyu Ahi Poke and get the second pound of Shoyu Ahi Poke at 50% off (up to a $5 value), and free $5 Snack Pack with a $25 purchase.

    Tutti Frutti Yogurt: buy one Yogurt and get one Yogurt at 50% off.

    Bubble Berry Frozen Yogurt and More: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to $5 value), buy one Sundae Order and get one Sundae Order of equal or lesser value free, buy one Drink Order and get one Drink Order of equal or lesser value free.

    Milano Freezer: buy one Gelato and get one Gelato of equal or lesser value free, and buy one Yogurt and get one Yogurt of equal or lesser value free. Kokonuts Shave Ice and Snacks: buy one Shave Ice and get one Shave Ice of equal or lesser value free.

    Connie’s Hawaiian Coffee Classics: buy one Bubble Drink or Fruit Smoothie and get one Bubble Drink or Fruit Smoothie of equal or lesser value free.

    Ewa Seed Company: buy one regular Shave Ice and get one regular Shave Ice of equal or lesser value free.

    Scoop of Paradise: buy one Ice Cream and get one Ice Cream at 50% off.

    Diego’s Taco Shop: buy one menu item and get one menu item at 505 off.

    Marble Slab Creamery: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free.

    The Food Company: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $8 value).

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    Oahu Dinner Shows and Cruises Coupons

    Magic of Polynesia buy one get one free show or dinner show

    Alii Kai Catamaran Cruise Dinner buy one get one free *** cool!

    Polynesian Cultural Center Buy one get one free adult admission (not valid on twilight or show only admission)

    Chuck E Cheese’s: $27.99 for a large one topping or two topping pizza, 4 drinks, and 40 tokens

    *** there’s more on Oahu, but you get the idea.

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    Oahu Activity Coupons

    Oahu Dinner Show and cruises coupons

    A-1 Watersports and Skydiving: 50% off one regularly priced helicopter tour, $100 off a regulary priced tandem jump, 2 coupons for 50% off a one hour jetski or parasail trip, 50% off one scuba diving or snorkeling trip, 50% off one tandem jump

    A-1 Helicopter Tours Hawaii – half off a circle island tour for up to 8 people

    Polynesian Adventure Tours: 4 coupons: buy one tour and get one tour 50% off and 10% off any Island on any One Day Fly Away Tour.

    Dave and Busters: $5 off a $20 food purchase, free $20 birthday Power Card with Special Events Booking, and two coupons for free $10 Game Play with a $10 Game Play purchase.

    Germaine’s Luau: 25% off admission up to 4 people.

    Paradise Cove Luau: 25% off admission up to 4 people.

    Dolphin Excursions Hawaii: 25% off a dolphin excursion up to 4 people, Kaneohe

    Blue Nun Sportfishing: buy one full day fishing excursion and get one full day fishing excursion 25% off.

    Waikiki Aquarium: buy one adult admission and get one adult admission free.

    Polynesian Cultural Center Buy one get one free adult admission (not valid on late-entry or show only admission)

    Battleship Missourri Buy one adult get one child free admission

    Bishop museum $2 off

    Seabreeze parasailing buy one get one free

    Shark Cage Trip: 25% off retail rate of a Hawaii Shark Cage Trip.

    North Shore Surf Girls: 25% off a two hour surf lesson OR free surf board rental when you purchase a two hour surf lesson or surf board rental.

    Hawaii Nature Center: 50% off admission up to 4 people.

    a dream wedding hawaii 50% off any simple wedding, commitment, or vow renewal ceremony plus one free wedding bouquet – cool! this is the first hawaii wedding coupons offered in the entertainment book

    Happy Trails Hawaii: $5 off regular rate up to 4 people, Haleiwa

    Glass Bottom Boat Rides: free shuttle with purchase of tour.

    Midnight Shark Hunt 30% off

    Rock n Roll Blues Cruz free food, drinks, and shuttle with purchase of cruise

    Bottom Fishing Tours 25% off one

    Ice Palace: buy one get one free admission, Honolulu

    TwoGood Kayaks – buy one get one free half-day stand up paddleboard coupon and buy one get one single or double kayak rental. in Kailua

    Air Ventures Hawaii 25% off small plane air tour up to 6 people, Oahu and Kauai

    Dole Plantation buy one get one free adult maze admission

    North Shore Catamaran Charters buy one get one free adult admission

    Dive hawaii Maunalua Bay one tank dive for up to 4 people at 50% off

    Hawaiian Parasail one tandem flight at 50% off

    Roberts Hawaii Tours: buy one Grand Circle Island Tour and get one Grand Circle Island Tour of equal or lesser value free, and buy one Pearl Harbor,USS Arizona Memorial, or Honolulu City Tour and get one Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, or Honolulu City Tour or equal or lesser value free.

    Tradewind Charters 2 half off coupons and 1 25% off coupon for various ocean cruises and charters

    Manini Dive Co free pic and 20% off two tank dive

    Sharkey’s Comedy Club buy one get one free

    University of Hawaii several buy one get one free sports tickets

    Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks buy one get one half off kayak or paddleboard or windsurf rental

    Ocean Joy Cruises: $20 off any cruise for each person in your entire party.

    Island Divers: 50% off a Whale Watching Charter with a photo CD.

    Aikane Sports Fishing 10% off a full day fishing charter

    Seabreeze parasail buy one get one half off

    Big Kahuna 3D Glow golf buy one get one free round of miniature golf

    Turtle Bay Golf, Kahuku, Buy 3 rounds of Golf, get 1 free

    Go Bananas watersports , Aiea and HNL, bogo SUP (stand up paddle) board rental or kayak rental

    Aloha Bus: buy one Aloha Bus pass and get one Aloha Bus pass 50% off and free child Aloha Pass with each paying adult.

    Fun Factory: free 5 Tokens when you purchase $5 worth of tokens.

    Snorkel Bob’s free hatchling turtles dvd with 2 snorkel gear set rental, free boogie board or beach bag when booking 2 seats on most activities good in Kona, on Maui, Oahu, and Kauai

    Jungle Fun: free 5 tokens with a $5 token purchase.

    Fish n Dive: 50% off 2 Tank Boat Dive aboard the Dive Barge

    Captain Bruce’s Extreme Comfort Diving: 10% off with the minimum purchase of Two Certified Divers.

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    Maui Coupons

    Maui Restaurant Coupons

    Kobe Japanese Steak House: buy one dinner get one free up to $20 (need to present your entertainment card for this promotion), Lahaina

    Spices Restaurant: buy one dinner get the second dinner half off, kihei

    Stopwatch Bar and Grill: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to an $11 value), Makawao

    Maui Ocean Grill: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $9 value), Kahalui

    ********** note about the maui ocean grill coupon. I got a comment from someone on my old website that said the Maui ocean grill is not accepting this coupon. I don’t know if it is true or not. If it is, that sucks.

    The Sports Page Grill and Bar: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10 value), Kihei-Maui

    Life’s a Beach: by one lunch or dinner entree and get on lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to $10 value), Kihei

    Maui Coffee Roasters: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free, Kahului

    Tutti Frutti Yogurt: buy one Yogurt and get one Yogurt at 50% off, Kihei

    Basil Tomatoes: buy one dinner, get one dinner free, up to $45 (need to present your entertainment card for this promotion), Lahaina

    Fu Lin: buy one dinner, get one dinner free, up to $13 Lahaina

    Famous Dave’s: $5 off a purchase of $20 or more, Lahaina

    Lulu’s: buy one dinner entree and get one dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10 value) and buy one breakfast or lunch entree and get one breakfast or lunch entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 dollar value), Kihei

    Captain Jack’s: buy one breakfast entree and get one breakfast entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10 value).

    Jay’s Place Pasta, Pizza and Subs: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to an $8 value). Fat Daddy’s: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 value).

    Take Home Maui, Inc.: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10 value).

    Fat Boy Burger: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 value), Kihei.

    Maui Activity Coupons

    Snorkel Bob’s free hatchling turtles dvd with 2 snorkel gear set rental, free boogie board or beach bag when booking 2 seats on most activities good in Kona, on Maui, Oahu, and Kauai

    AlexAir Helicopters: $100 off per couple OR $50 off per person with any booked tour 45 minutes or longer.

    Maui Golf and Sports park buy one get one free miniature golf round

    Maui Boss Frogs weekly snorkel set rental at 50% off

    Kaanapali Golf Courses buy one get one free bucket of range balls

    Maui Ocean Activities Buy one get one free windsurfing or surfing lesson or kayak or windsurfing rental

    Makena Coast Charters 25% off 4 people

    South Pacific Kayaks 25% off turtle reef intro tour Hawaii Nature Center Iao Valley 50% off up to 4 admissions

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    Big Island Coupons

    Big Island Restaurant Coupons

    Pancho and Lefty’s: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree or equal or lesser value free (up to a $12 value) – Kailua-Kona

    U-Top-It: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $9 value), Kailua-Kona

    Royal Siam: buy one lunch, dinner, or a la carte entree and get one lunch, dinner, or a la carte entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $6 value), Hilo

    Big Island Activity Coupons

    Snorkel Bob’s free hatchling turtles dvd with 2 snorkel gear set rental, free boogie board or beach bag when booking 2 seats on most activities good in Kona, on Maui, Oahu, and Kauai

    Camelot Sportfishing 25% off – Kona

    Swing Zone buy one get one free bucket of balls and miniature golf – Kona

    Body Glove Cruises Buy One get one free snorkel or dolphin sail or 20% off any cruise – kona

    Makalei Golf Club – Buy 3 get one free green fee – Kona

    Lyman Museum: 50% off admission up to 4 people, Hilo

    Molokai Coupons – there’s just this one

    Molokai Pizza Cafe: buy one lunch or dinner entree and one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to an $8 value) OR 50% off one pizza.

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    Kauai Coupons – all

    Snorkel Bob’s free hatchling turtles dvd with 2 snorkel gear set rental, free boogie board or beach bag when booking 2 seats on most activities good in Kona, on Maui, Oahu, and Kauai

    Aloha Kauai Pizza: 50% off one pizza (up to a $7 value).

    Air Ventures Hawaii 25% off small plane air tour up to 6 people, Oahu and Kauai

    Dive Kauai 4 tours 25% off

    Travel and Hotels

    over 40 offers, not exlusively Hawaii

    Examples are American Airlines, $10 off any fare worldwide for up to 6 passengers or 5% off a vacation, Avis $25 off a weekly rental, coupons for Budget Car rental, Hertz, Cheapair, $15 off a flight, super shuttle, $2 off per person.

    Many hotel programs, like up to 20% off Hotel chains like Days Inn and Econolodge (almost none of these in Hawaii), guaranteed best rate with rebates, and Direct to Hotel deals.

    Retail and Services

    This section is really growing – a lot of it is national, and plenty of offers are on Oahu. Most of these offers in Hawaii would be for locals – stuff like more times coupons, 20% off a purchase at Kimo’s surf hut, and $10 off a $50 party at party land.

    So what has your experience with the Hawaii Entertainment book been like? Did you save money? Did you use a lot of the coupons? Leave me a comment – I’d love

    Hawaii Flight Prices

    alert! How much does a Plane Ticket to Hawaii Cost Right now?

    Hawaii Flight Prices in November 2013 and December 2013:

    Prices are really low right now! Just avoid christmas and avoid thanksgiving, and you can find $500 flights from many places, not just the west coast! Check here

    March and April 2013

    Gas prices back up … travel prices up … look for sales! nOthing below $400 right now – as travel gears up for the summer months. Prices will go back down in September …

    from the west coast: $400 to $450 it can and will get worse from the east coast: $1400 to be expected from the midwest: $906 at expedia from texas: $890

    So spring break and a looming summer is driving prices up. We will see what happens here!

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    Maui – Flight Price Trends to Maui

    Kauai – Plane Ticket Prices and Trends to Kauai

    Big Island – Flight Prices and Trends to the Big Island

    Oahu – Flight Costs and Trends to Oahu

    What is the Price for Two Round-Trip Airfare Tickets to Hawaii?

    Maui – Flight Price Trends to Maui

    from the west coast: $500 from the east coast: $740 from the midwest: $812 from texas: $780

    Kauai – Plane Ticket Prices and Trends to Kauai

    from the west coast: $490 from the east coast: $890 from the midwest: $690 from texas: $787

    Big Island – Flight Prices and Trends to the Big Island

    from the west coast: $590 from the east coast: $690 from the midwest: $690 from texas: $698

    Oahu – Flight Costs and Trends to Oahu

    from the west coast: $350 from the east coast: $600 from the midwest: $644 from texas: $625

    What is the Price for Two Round-Trip Airfare Tickets to Hawaii?

    The price for round-trip airfare tickets to Hawaii depends on where you are flying from, and when you are flying, but here’s some averages.

    Price from the West Coast (best prices from the west coast here): Generally $300 to $450 apiece for one round trip ticket in Winter and off-season, so for two tickets you would pay $600 to $900). Prices will go up to $500 to $650 ($1000 – $1300 for two tickets) in the summer and around holidays. (california, washington, maybe oregon)

    Price to Hawaii from the central mainland U.S.: Tickets will start at $600 apiece generally in the winter and offseason and hopefully won’t go up past $750. In the summer and peak season you could pay as much as $850 to $1200. (illinois, wisconsin, texas, arizona)

    Airline ticket prices from the east coast: Expect to pay $850 apiece as your cheapest price in the winter and the offseason. In July, if you book early, you may still be able to find some $850 rates, but if you don’t, you could pay $1500 easy. (new york, virginia, florida)

    From Alaska: In the winter and offseason, tickets start at $800. In the summer and around holidays, early book prices will start around $1000.

    From Canada: British Columbia in winter: around $700 to $800. British Columbia in summer and holidays: around $1000 and up. Quebec in winter and offseason: as low as $800 but more likely around $1000. In Summer and peak seasons. Prices start at $1000 and $1100 if you book early. More if you don’t.

    From Japan: In Hawaii’s low season (september, october, december except around christmas, november, except around thanksgiving, January, february, april, and may(, you can find tickets for $750 or so. In the summer, prices can start at $900 apiece if you book early.

    Gas prices will affect ticket prices. If gas is going crazy above $4 a gallon here in the U.S., prices will go way up.

    Each airline will have the best price sometimes and the worst price sometimes. You want to use a fare compare agent like Expedia or kayak.com. (Or, check deals at Hawaiian – they have good ones).) That way, you can make one search and instantly see which flight will have the best prices and times for you.

    There is no magic formula or magic day to search on to get the best prices. My suggestion is always to start searching as early as possible. Pick one fare compare site and see what the prices are. Check again later in the day. Check again the next day. Do this for a week and see if prices fluctuate. This way, if you see a good deal on a flight you will KNOW it’s a good deal.

    The DAYS that you fly make a big difference someitmes. Try playing with different leaving and arriving dates – like if you are planning on leaving on a monday and returning on a sunday, see if coming back on monday or tuesday will make a big difference. Sometimes it really does.

    (everybody wants to fly on the weekends it seems, so if you can buck that trend you may be rewarded with savings.)

    When my husband and I flew from Hilo to Florida, roundtrip we paid $900 apiece. The flight stopped in Chicago after 8 hours and then we flew to florida. It was long.

    I wish you an awesome flight and an amazing vacation. You can’t go wrong in Hawaii 🙂 .

    archive:

    January, February 2012

    from the west coast: $493 from the east coast: $1073 * good price! from the midwest: $1073 * good price from texas: $1150

    March 2012

    from the west coast: $388 – $448 from the east coast: $695 * still a good price from the midwest: $711 * eh it’s creeping up there from texas: $707 also creeping

    ** remember, prices will be higher around spring break (last two weeks of march – book early if you can)

    April to May 2012

    OMG, gas prices are pushing the ticket prices to insane heights. Sorry!! This isn’t the worst I’ve seen …. but hopefully we don’t see that.

    from the west coast: $529 🙁 not great from the east coast: $773 not horrible from the midwest: $733 ouch from texas: $673 not bad for texas

    June to July 2012

    Gas prices and summer prices are keeping flight prices quite high right now.

    from the west coast: $493 🙁 better than last month from the east coast: $1193 ouch from the midwest: $1030 double ouch from texas: $1170 triple ouch

    August, September to October 2012

    from the west coast: $333 down a lot! from the east coast: $993 from the midwest: $890 from texas: $1090

    November to December 2012

    Prices may stay down till January when they will probably go back up. After christmas people start traveling for vacation again. gas prices are down a bit, so that’s good.

    from the west coast: $330-$400 up a bit from the east coast: $600 from New York – $600? Amazing! from the midwest: $644 at expedia not bad at all from texas: $625 pretty good

    January and February 2013

    Travel is up, but gas prices are WAY DOWN, so it kind of balances each other out. 🙂

    from the west coast: $350-$410 a bit high right now from the east coast: $625 from New York – $620? Still amazing! from the midwest: $690 at expedia great for now from texas: $695 good

    Hawaii Itinerary – Planning the Best Hawaii Trip Ever!

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    Note from Lisa – my friend Cindy wrote this.

    The intention of this article was to share what someone who KNOWS Hawaii would choose to do on her vacation there.

    I’ll be chiming in here and there with my own opinion. Our opinions will probably be similar but her kids are older and she’s a bit more eco-oriented than I am. See more from Cindy at Coconut Roads Hawaii Eco Travel Magazine.

    You could also skip directly to the hawaii itineraries for the individual islands. Kauai, Maui, Oahu, Molokai, big island, Choosing Airlines to Hawaii

    My Ideal Hawaii Itinerary

    When my friend and sometimes editor, Lisa, asked me to write an article for her website about my ideal Hawaii vacation, I readily accepted – Not only is Hawaii one of my favorite places in the world and one-time home, but it’s not often we give ourselves permission to plan a vacation as if there were no constraints – no budget to hold me back, no 8-day limit – woohoo!

    Even though this is just a make-believe itinerary, I am approaching the article with a great sense of adventure and am especially curious how my “Ideal Hawaii Itinerary’ will turn out. I wonder how much of my dream vacation will include places and things to do I have recommended when writing about budget travel in Hawaii, as I often have for my website and ebooks.

    I am also curious how much my itinerary will veer from eco type activities and places. Nature, camping, eco-friendly places to stay, tourism that supports the islands and the environment are all big on my list because that’s just who I am.

    It’s the reason that over a decade ago I founded CoconutRoads.com , a Hawaii Eco Travel online magazine.

    Given the choice of things to do in my everyday day life I usually choose the hike, sitting outdoors on a summer’s evening, horseback riding, enjoying a garden, that sort of thing. I can also be a sucker though for a scrumptious meal in a romantic restaurant, a concert, shopping for new clothes, and all those sort of things.

    Mostly while living and vacationing in Hawaii I appreciated the natural beauty of Hawaii and its culture…

    Having lived there for over 14 years – three different times, two different islands between 1988 and 2010, I already have ideas of places that I want to see again and things I want to do – many of these were free but others were those things that aren’t cheap and you do once, promising yourself someday you will splurge and enjoy them again – which I fully intend to do vicariously in this assignment.

    And since I believe in the law of attraction, I won’t be surprised if this does someday become a “real vacation.”

    Sooo to answer to complete the assignment,”If I were going to Hawaii right now and could do anything I wanted, here’s what I would do and see and what island(s) I would go to and where I would stay…”

    A Bit About The Hawaiian Islands to start off these itinerary ideas

    Each of Hawaii’s islands has its own charm, and since this is an ideal vacation, I know I will want to visit all of them.

    I think since I have lived the longest on the Big Island (only six months on Oahu and part time on Kauai), I will spend more time on the other islands. I haven’t seen much of Maui at all, so that’s one I want to explore, including a day or maybe overnight trip to Molokai.

    Oahu has so many people and cities but there are fun things there that are found nowhere else, and while I would never want to live in a big city or spend day after day in one, I enjoy a few days in Honolulu, enough that I’m sure to visit there.

    They say Kauai is a nature lover’s paradise, and it is to me – there’s something else about Kauai that attracts me that I can’t quite pinpoint.

    When I remember days on the Garden Island, where I spent almost every weekend one year, the first things that come to mind are the smell of flowers – this is true for any of the islands I have visited from the mainland, but my time on Kauai was spent while living in Hilo, orchid capital of the world, so I think that Kauai has its own floral scent.

    Kauai is definitely greener than the other main islands. The other thing that comes to mind is the friendliness of the island and the joy of being able to travel between two places, each very unique from the other in climate, terrain, everything…in a very short time.

    It’s true that you can drive around the Big Island in a day, but on Kauai you can drive from one side to the other and engage in activities and have plenty of time left over to relax, enjoy lunch, etc. Of the islands I’ve visited, Kauai has always been my favorite.

    Seeing lots of humpback whales is a must-do. The whales arrive in December and leave in April. Some may leave in March, but there will still be hundreds, including lots of babies !

    During whale watching season, March is best for the weather. Anytime of year is lovely but since many things I want to do are on the windward sides of the islands, less rain is better.

    (Places on the south and leeward sides of the islands like Kona Big Island and Waikiki Oahu are almost always sunny.)

    I also may want to attend some of the Merrie Monarch Festival (the world hula competition) on the Big Island. This takes place the week preceding Easter (April 8 in 2012). Spring Break for most of the U.S., including many of Hawaii’s schools Is mid-March.

    And I plan to spend three weeks. While this is an unlimited budget itinerary, I don’t want to stay away from home and family too long. We will be missed.

    My fiance and I work from our computers running our eco travel websites, and while most of our work is more like play than work, other than blogging a weekly vacation updates and pictures, this is going to be a Get Away from responsibilities. Since we’ll be married by then, it will be a honeymoon of sorts.

    We’ll start with Kauai on the south end of the island chain and travel north to the Big Island. Since I enjoy flying with Hawaiian Airlines, and their website lets you choose multiple destinations, we’ll fly straight home from the Big Island rather than returning to Kauai.

    Choosing Airlines to Hawaii

    In “real life” I first look at the Hawaiian Airlines site for fares and then at Hotwire.com

    I don’t especially like that at Hotwire.com I don’t get to know the exact airline I’ll be on until after I purchase my tickets, but I love the deals I have found there. Sometimes I’ve found better deals at Hawaiian and other times at Hotwire.com

    I haven’t tried Priceline yet, but I have studied their site after Lisa recommended them and will try them in the future. The drawback is that as with Hotwire you don’t know exactly what hotel you’re going to get.

    Lisa taught me some tricks though, like looking at the Priceline forum and finding out where your favorite hotels are more likely to come up as far as ratings, amenities and locations – things you do know upfront.

    As for hotels and rental cars, it varies. I have probably used Hotwire.com the most for rental cars. I also have gone directly to rental car companies, such as Hertz on Oahu (because they accepted debit cards).

    Years ago I booked at a local travel agency. Then came Cheap Tickets over the phone – still back in the old days,and I found great deals with them.

    Now I only book online (note from Lisa – me too, I use expedia almost exclusively, unless I can use Hawaiian) – not just for the savings, but for the same reason I will book online for this dream trip – because I can more easily get what I want. I can search a site like Hawaiian Airlines to my heart’s content with all sorts of different configurations.

    Logistics out of the way, I am excited to put this itinerary together! First stop…

    Kauai Itinerary – How I Would Plan my Activities on Kauai

    Where I would stay in Kauai: Hotel Choice 1, Hotel 2, Hotel 3

    Los Angeles to Lihue, March 7 – 14, Rental car pickup at the airport.

    Lihue

    Wailua Falls – The famous twin falls featured on Fantasy Island is a four-mile drive out of Lihue.

    Wailua River – Kayak tour up this peaceful river to visit the sacred sites along the river’s banks.

    Air tour of the island with Air Ventures Hawaii. With less environmental impact than a helicopter and views of Na Pali where we’ll see hundreds of waterfalls (coming down from Mt Wailaliali, one of the “wettest spots on Earth”) and Kauai’s miniature Grand Canyon, Waimea Canyon.

    Hamura’s Saimen Stand – When I went to Lihue a couple decades ago with a bunch of other teachers to attend a workshop, they were all very excited about getting saimen at Hamura’s, a little hole-in the wall place on Kress Street.

    Ever since then it is a must-do on Kauai for me. Bob’s not into Asian food, but he’ll like the teriyaki chicken and their famous lilikoi chiffon pie.

    Kauai Museum – Lots of Kauai history here with artifacts, as well as contemporary art.

    Kauai North Shore

    Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge is visited by lots of birds including frigates, boobies and albatross and overlooks a marine preserve. If they still have their “buy a brick” fundraiser, I will buy a memorial brick honoring my grandparents who loved Hawaii, wildlife and this lighthouse.

    Na Pali – Two days here! We’d take the days and camp at the end of the trail but it’s too rugged and too much off a cliff hanger for me. We will though hike to the first beach, stopping at the pretty little waterfalls and stream along the way.

    Even though you climb up hundreds of feet, the trail is wide enough and stable, a family friendly sort of trail with amazing views!

    Lisa’s note – Yes, Na Pali is amazing. You must check it out if you are going to Kauai. Drive up to the lookout or hike some of the trail. There’s even areas to camp here where you have to be dropped off by boat to get there!

    Na Pali Snorkeling Cruise, Makana Charters This is run by an old Kauai family with roots going back to the last kanaka maoli (those of Hawaiian descent) to have farmed in the Na Pali’s Kalaulau Valley.

    We’ll explore sea caves, snorkel in the warm waters of one of the island’s most treasured reefs (Nu’alolo Kai) and learn about legends, local lore and natural history from our guides. I’m sure we will see some humpbacks too. I’m so excited thinking about it!

    Lisa’s Note – The Na Pali Boat tours are the best on the island – if you can only get on one boat on Kauai, it needs to be a na pali tour. There are so many dolphins and turtles in this area – it’s awesome.

    However, there has been a bit of a brouhaha lately with the boats. Because of environmental concerns, many of them have been forced to switch their operations to leaving from Port Allen.

    This makes their trip to the Na Pali Coast a LOT longer. I would probably choose to sail with someone leaving from Hanalei, like Na Pali Catamaran.

    Years ago, when I went we went on the super-fast zodiac rafts that are really close to the water, but those all leave from the other side now too. 🙁

    Ke`e Beach – Near the start of the Na Pali’s Kalaulau Trail, this beach is perfect for snorkeling when calm.

    Along the way we’ll stop at the overlook to Lumahai Beach (the nurses beach in South Pacific. Often “South Pacific” is traced in the sand. Anini Beach a little south of here is very pretty and has calm shallow water on its lagoon side. We’ll swim there if it’s sunny and warm.

    Hanalei – Pastoral with taro patches and a pretty harbor. Every time I see this place the song “Hanalei Moon” plays in my head.

    This is also the Hanalei of “Puff the Magic Dragon.” If the moon is full we will walk along the pier under it. We’ll grab a bite to eat at Tropical Tacos because we both love Mexican food and seafood. We’ll have to also try Hanalei Mixed Plate, a local favorite with the local style Hawaiian foods I like and a hamburger or hot dogs for Bob. Hanalei is on the way to and from Na Pali so we’ll make a couple stops most likely.

    Limahuli Garden and Preserve Haven’t been here yet but the garden but the American Horticultural Society did select this natural botanical garden as best in the U.S. for environmental practices and its rare plant conservation, so it should be interesting. Lots of history too.

    Na Aina Kai – I’m really excited about visiting this garden because it is a wonderful blend of nature and the arts.

    I love the bronze statues with the children and musical instruments that I saw on their website. I want to see all the gardens here – both the formal and wild gardens. The children’s garden too! Will be taking lots of pictures here 🙂 If were getting married in Hawaii, this would be one of my top picks.

    Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast

    Hotel Coral Reef – I know money isn’t a consideration and this small resort is one of Kauai’s best deals, but I really would love to stay here from what I’ve read about it and viewed on their site.

    It’s Kauai’s oldest hotel, upgraded just a few years ago and has a gorgeous blend of rich wood furnishings and greenery. I appreciate the kitchenette and jacuzzi too. We’ll book the oceanfront king suite and stay here.

    Kapa`a Grocery Run – On our way back to Lydgate Campground we’ll grab a bite to eat at Papayas Natural Foods and add some goodies to the cooler. After the natural food and vegatarian stint though Bob’s going to want a steak – we’ll stop by the Foodland supermarket and get some barbecue fixin’s.

    If we’re here on Wednesday we’ll shop at the Sunshine Market (Kauai’s name for their farmers’ markets). There are produce stands and farmers’ markets on various days around the island, so if we don’t hit this one we’ll stop at some others.

    Coconut Marketplace – I don’t plan to spend a lot of time shopping but I love this outdoor mall. Lots of unique shops, cultural activities, entertainment and good food.

    South Kauai

    Poipu Beach – One of those “best in America beaches.” Golden, and in some areas, pinkish, soft sands, gentle surf, gorgeous sunsets and a good chance of spotting one of Hawaii’s rare and endangered monk seals.

    Grand Hyatt Resort, Koloa, Poipu Rd. – Since money’s not an issue…:-) We’ll stay here a night or two. I’ve strolled around the grounds here but never stayed.

    I love the 1920s-30s architecture, the pool with waterfalls and lush garden settings and can’t wait for Bob and me to toast each other and the sunset from the Seaview Terrace, an oceanfront, open air lounge in a Polynesian setting.

    Indoors we’ll soak up some jazz and atmosphere in Stevenson’s Library (the bar is carved from Koa). We’ll check into a deluxe ocean view room. The rooms reflect Hawaii’s golden era and have beautiful wood décor, greenery, private lanai, over-sized bathtub,

    Dining – Lots of great restaurants in this area, and the town is so pretty at night. We’re not into crowds for the most part, but the Poipu Beach Broiler with its surf theme sounds fun – I’m most interested in their mac nut crusted mahi-mahi, and Bob’s probably going to want the prime rib or a steak.

    Keoki’s Paradise (owned by the same people that bring us Duke’s) also sounds fun. Tiki theme with dining outdoors, tiki torches, and their world famous Hula Pie – which I have never tried yet! Bob will like it to because they have steak and burgers.

    The lagoon, outdoor setting with tiki torches and lush gardens is absolutely beautiful, as are the meal presentations – and the lobster – wow! My dream vacation really isn’t all about dining, so moving along LOL

    Allerton, a National Tropical Botanical Garden was a favorite retreat of Hawaii’s Queen Emma. An artist and an architect maintain the European meets Hawaii grounds. This is a soothing, very lovely place to spend a little time with numerous water features, bronze mermaids and other statues and a significant collection of tropical plants.

    West Kauai

    Waimea Canyon State Park – Hike in the canyon dubbed by Mark Twain, “Grand Canyon of the Pacific. From above it looks like a southwestern scene, but below there’s lots of green, including waterfalls.

    Also visit Kokee Museum, and hike some other trails in the park, breathe in the eculyptis scented cool refreshing air (probably about 60 degrees in March and 40s at night) and enjoy the view from this side of the Na Pali – the way the clouds continually roll in an out, hiding and then revealing the towering velvet green sea cliffs is magical.

    Camp Slogget: We’ll stay here for a night or two. We’ll rent the cabin for privacy and enjoy campfire with other guests. This is super close to Waimea Canyon and the Kokee Museum. There’s also a 1925’s lodge fireplace and dining areas.

    Hanapepe – Friday Art Night if we’re in this area then. Great little town, old plantation homes.

    Oahu Itinerary – How I Would Plan my Activities on Oahu

    Fly, Lihue to Honolulu, Pick up rental car at airport.

    We will stay a few days on Oahu, just long enough to check out some of the cultural sites, do some shopping (sorry Bob), enjoy a luxurious hotel and camp up at Malaekahana. We’ll rent a car but take the Waikiki Trolley to many of the places in Honolulu rather than hassle driving.

    Windward Side

    Friends of Malaekahana Campground – I love this campground! I already know the tent site I want to reserve. It’s ocean front yet secluded in a group of small trees that open up just enough to provide an unobstructed view of the water and beach, which is practically deserted on school days.

    Lanikai Vacation House – We’ll rent a small cottage with a lanai that has an ocean view and twin hammocks 🙂

    This will be in a quiet area and will have a kitchen, bedroom with a pillow top mattress, jacuzzi, ceiling fans, plasma screen TV, barbecue, tropical décor and lots of ambience and comfort because we are going to do lots of relaxing here. Very nice neighborhood here.

    Polynesian Cultural Center – We’ll tour the villages and go to the show and luau. The luau’s not the best but it’s decent and the show is fantastic.

    Waimanalo – I lived in this cowboy town years ago. Now I’ll get to buy some art at Patrick Ching’s Gallery – wonderful horse paintings.

    Byodo-In Temple – In Kaneohe at the foot of the Koolau Mountains, this is a very tranquil place Bob tells me. From what I’ve read about it, I am really looking forward to visiting. It was built to commemorate the first Japanese immigrants and is a Buddhist temple that welcomes those of all faiths.

    “Byodo-In” means “Temple of equality – not to discriminate” There are gardens, several koi ponds and a big “Peace Bell.” I know I will love it here.

    North Shore

    A few minutes up the road from the campground, we’ll visit the surfer/artist/hippy town of Haliewa, grab a bite to eat and do a little shopping (sorry Bob). Waimea Bay might be calm this time of year and if so we’ll swim, if not we’ll watch the surf and relax in the sun a bit.

    Then we’ll dine at Jameson’s by the Sea and enjoy one of those famous North Shore sunsets!

    Honolulu

    Where to Stay in Honolulu – So many choices here! Bob likes infinity pools, so we’ll book an ocean view room for a couple days at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. The Helumoa water playground makes me wish I was a kid!

    And they are also known for award-winning cuisine. I’ve always been fascinated with the gracious 1920s charm of the Royal Hawaiian, the “Pink Palace of the Pacific.” So maybe we’ll stay a night here too. It’s at Waikiki Beach but very insulated.

    I`olani Palace – We’ll take the full tour here. It’s a fascinating and very beautiful place.

    King David Kalakaua, a huge patron of the arts and known as the Merrie Monarch, designed the palace. This is where Queen Lili`uokalani spent her last ruling days before the Hawaiian Kingdom was illegally overthrown. Also will watch the Royal Hawaiian Band concert on the lawn.

    Bishop Museum – Lots to see here. The Hawaii exhibits cover the entire line from Polynesian voyagers through modern day Hawaii. The Hawaii in Hollywood exhibit will be fun for Bob and me, and he loves history so we’ll probably spend almost a day here. They have a nice courtyard where we can have lunch.

    U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. A must-do.

    (Note from Lisa, honestly, I never did do the Arizona Memorial, although we went to the USS Bowfin and the Mighty Mo – which are on the same base – several times. If you have young kids, I definitely recommend the bowfin and mighty mo over the memorial. )

    Waikiki, Honolulu Itinerary Activities

    Outrigger Canoe Rides – This is I think the only place in Hawaii where you can surf the waves on the canoes. The beach boys take care of you and it’s completely safe. No skill required. Other than the canoe rides we probably won’t spend much time on Waikiki beach except for night walks … it’s just too crowded.

    Note from Lisa – I love LOVE Waikiki beach. I would recommend surfing lessons here, and it’s great if you have young kids (the baby beach part). It is crowded, but that never bothered me.

    I’m not a big fan of crowded beaches on the Big Island, but hey, that’s part of Oahu’s charm, is how many people there are. If you don’t find a way to appreciate it, you might not want to go to Oahu.

    Drive up to the Diamond Head Lighthouse and watch the sunset, or hike Diamond Head and bring a picnic – or both!

    Hilton Hawaiian Village – We’ll stroll through the gorgeous gardens, enjoy the art and see the penguins.

    Entertainment! – Bob comes from a very musical family and he in reeealy into listening to music – all kinds if it’s good. I am too, so we’ll catch some of the great shows here like Olomano, Brothers Cazimero and some of the other oldies but goodies.

    Also we’ll attend the Honolulu Symphony. And we’ll see one on my favorite comedians, Frank Delima. Also we’ll book reservations for the Society of 7 show at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach hotel.

    Honolulu Magazine says it’s the best show in Waikiki, and it sounds like fun. Mostly I want to see Hawaiian musical acts that I don’t normally get to see on the mainland, and many of Hawaii’s most famous entertainers are either based in Honolulu or regularly perform here, so we’ll check out the calendars.

    Shopping – I’m not super into shopping but will do some shopping at the Ala Moana Mall, International Marketplace, and we’ll go to the Kapiolani Community College’s big farmer’s market. We’ll be taking the trolley around Waikiki and get off to shop when the mood strikes.

    Lisa’s note – a few of the things Cindy has mentioned are included on the go oahu card, so if you might be interested in that, see my go oahu card review here. It’s kind of like a big coupon.

    Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – Shallow waters over a coral reef makes this an easy place to snorkel and see lots of colorful fish. It’s also where Elvis and his leading lady in Blue Hawaii went for their moonlit swim. I wonder if they are open at night 🙂 ?

    Leeward Side of Oahu

    Wild Dolphin Foundation Tours – Eco friendly and dolphin-friendly, I can trust that if we do get to swim with dolphins its because the dolphins approach us. We’ll get to see dolphins and sea turtles from the boat and learn lots about them. We will likely see whales too since this is March!

    Lisa’s note – Wild Side Tours is also very eco and dolphin friendly – a comparable alternative if you needed one.

    Maui Itinerary – How I Would Plan my Activities on Maui

    Fly Honolulu to Kapalua (Located near Lahaina, serving inter-island flights only), also you can choose Kahului – Pick up rental car at airport

    Lahaina – Whale city!

    Pacific Whale Foundation Whale Watching Ecocruise: I love whales and I like the idea of taking a whale watching cruise that is both eco-friendly and supports this nonprofit. The largest population of the humpbacks that winter in Hawaii like hang out around Maui, and we will see many of these gentle giants on the cruise – probably even swimming under our boat! If you look at the pictures on this site, you will see why I am excited: http://www.pacificwhale.org/

    Pacific Whale Foundation Sunset Cocktail Cruise – This just sounds very romantic, and I love the ocean at this time of day.

    Pacific Whale Foundation Private Charter: If I’ve got my new SLR and lenses by vacation time, we might take this marine wildlife tour also to get some of those shots you miss when on a boat with lots of people. They use a boat for this one that gives a smoother ride too which is why photographers like it.

    Maui Ocean Center: I’ve not been yet and really looking forward to it. This is a state-of-the-art aquarium with a 850,000 gallon aquarium and outdoors exhibits.

    Lahaina Walking Tour: We’ll enjoy walking around this picturesque and historical town.

    Maui Arts and Cultural Center Two of my favorite and the world’s favorite Hawaiian musicians live on Maui – Keali`i Reichel and Keola Beamer – and often perform here as do many other musicians.

    Old Lahaina Luau – This is one the best and most authentic luau in Hawaii. They’ve one at least six Ilima (“Keep it Hawai`i”) awards and have all sorts of other honors.

    Many luau in Hawaii feature other islands, such as Tahiti, but this one tells the story of the Hawaiians using hula, chant and music and moving from ancient to contemporary Hawaiian music and dance. The buffet features both Pacific Rim and traditional Hawaiian foods. I’ve been to community luau but only one commercial luau, so I’ve researched the luau thoroughly and this is one of my top picks.

    Hana Highway – This is a must-do. Bob’s a good driver, so I won’t be too nervous. It’s a beautiful drive I hear and am looking forward to the views and short hikes to waterfalls and views of the beaches, including a black sand beach.

    On the way to Hana Highway we’ll stop at Mana Foods in Paia for organic and island grown picnic treats. At the end of our road trip we’ll go to the general store in Hana to buy souvenir t-shirts and soak up the quiet, small town atmosphere.

    Haleakala – If, and it’s a big IF, we can get up early enough, we’ll drive up to watch the sunrise from the summit. I’d love to see that.

    Upcountry Maui – I love this area! What I remember best are the soft, green pastures, pine trees, miles of eucalyptus and awesome views of the Pacific. The main town up here, Kula is small and friendly. Lots of strawberries, pink protea flowers and other plants and produce you see at the farmer’s markets are grown up here. It’s just a very pretty place.

    Accomodations: We’ll stay at a B&B in upcountry Maui. It’s just so pretty and we’ll enjoy the quiet. We’ll go horseback riding up here and eat lots of strawberries 🙂

    Hyatt Regency at Kaanapali Beach – We’ll spend a few nights here, one of Hawaii’s most romantic resorts. We’ll have a private lanai with cushy twin lounge chaises and a room with Hawaiian décor, ocean view and a king size Plush Grand Bed™ just all those amenities that help you to unwind and enjoy each other, including romantic restaurants with poolside dining.

    The resort integrates Hawaiian culture…from the “Drums of the Pacific” luau to their spa. The spa includes outdoor massages under seaside cabanas and they base their treatments on Hawaiian values such as maluhia (peace) and ikaika (strength), practices like lomi massage and natural Hawaiian botanicals.

    Their Cirque Polynesia show also sounds exciting. The ocean front pools sound really nice too, including one for quiet swims and another with an adventure playground (swinging bridge and more fun). We can also relax in the whirlpool, and this is all right at one of the most gorgeous beaches in Hawaii, Kaanapali Beach. Long stretches of golden sand, sunsets, a boardwalk and lots of ways to relax and have fun.

    Molokai Activities Itinerary

    We’ll take the ferry (more whale watching) to Molokai and spend a few days here on the island’s quiet beaches, and we might take the mule ride to Kalaupapa.

    We’ll enjoy the slower pace of this “most Hawaiian” island and I might try sport fishing with Bob or at least go for the ride. We’ll stay at at the Kepuhi Beach Resort in an ocean view loft suite. Or we might rent a cottage. Either way we will enjoy the star filled skies and old Hawaii here.

    Big Island Itinerary – How I Would Plan my Activities on the Big Island

    Fly from Molokai to Kona (Lisa’s note – I would probably take the ferry back to Maui and then fly to Kona) – Pick up our rental car at the airport.

    Since I lived on the Big Island for about 14 years, I’ll spend the least amount of time here as there are so many other places I’ve not seen yet or only had the opportunity to spend a little time at on the other islands.

    Since Bob has only been to Oahu, I do want to share some of my “second home” with him and there are some really exciting things to do here, along with relaxing.

    Volcano National Park – The Visitor Center with movie about how the island was formed, Kilauea Lodge (if open after renovations) with the lounge overlooking Halemaumau Crater, Jaggar Museum, the walk through the song bird forest and then the lave tube and adjacent cave.

    If Chain of Craters Road is open we’ll drive around the Park. Then we’ll drive over to Volcano Winery and Volcano Village and the art center there. I love it up here as long as it’s not voggy,and it’s usually not. The air is crisp, there are cedar trees, nene geese and lots of song birds.

    Lava Viewing Helicopter Tour – This or the boat tour is the best way to see the lava flows. Sometimes you can see the lava flowing into the sea from the Kalapana Viewing Area, but from the sky you can see much more.

    We’ll go with Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours since they are as eco-friendly as you can get with these types of tours, they have a great safety record and National Geographic seems to like them.

    Kapoho – We might rent a vacation home fronting the Kapoho Tide Pools. It’s often sunny here when it’s pouring elsewhere here on the Windward side.

    We can drive from here to the volcano and other places in Puna district, like the hot pond at Ahalanui Park. Really it’s not hot but it’s often warm, and the setting is very pretty. We’ll go on a weekday to avoid crowds.

    The drive here is very pretty with lots of big trees along the road. We’ll stop in Pahoa at Island Natural Foods for some healthy snacks. The Kalapana Lava Viewing is a fun short hike at night, and we might do that too.

    Hilo

    Richardson’s Beach – My favorite beach on the Windward side with black sands and a nice, protected coral reef for snorkeling. We’ll also walk to the back and hike around on the black lava cliffs where the aqua and turquoise waves crash below – awesome views!

    Hilo Downtown – Will go to the famous Hilo Farmer’s Market for island fresh foods. We might find some nice handmade crafts here too. We’ll walk around downtown, stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants, check out the book and map store and stop at the tsunami museum. Orchids – Bob and I both love orchids and Hilo has lots of them! We’ll shop around at some of the nurseries and maybe the big one the tour buses stop at up by Volcano. We’ll learn what we can and try our hands with them at home.

    Merrie Monarch Festival – We’ll be here for the parade and some of the competition. There’s also a huge crafts fair at the stadium where they have the hula. This is a really big competition with hula halau coming from all around the world to compete.

    Mauna Kea – View the sunset from above the clouds, and then star gaze. The tour provides hot cocoa and jackets since it’s very cold up here.

    Hamakua Coast

    This is a beautiful drive, probably almost as amazing as Hana. We’ll stop at Akaka Falls. Very pretty walk to the viewing area.

    Waimea

    We’ll go horseback riding at Parker Ranch and tour the museum here. Will have a good steak dinner in this paniolo town and check out the art galleries. I hope to find a Hawaiian quilt to bring home. We’ll also take an ag tour with Merriman’s Restaurant and sample island honey, vanilla and other yummy farm fresh Big Island foods.

    Kohala

    From Waimea we’ll drive down the hill to one of my favorite beaches in all of Hawaii, Hapuna. We’ll enjoy the warm, turqoise waters and I’m renting a boogie board! (If the waves are small).

    Bamboo Restaurant – After watching the sun set at Hapuna we’ll drive up to the Bamboo Restaurant in North Kohala for Pacific Rim cuisine and Hawaiian slack key.

    Lots of ambience here – “Old Hawaii” setting and they support local farmers.

    Kohala Accomodations – Will have to toss a coin…or two….

    The Four Seasons at Hualalai This is a gorgeous resort that reflects Hawaii’s natural beauty. It has a wonderful cultural center and six beach-side pools. The spa has won numerous awards.

    Mauna Lani – This is also a very Hawaiian, culturally sensitive resort. It’s built around an open air, tropical atrium and blends well with the historical environment, including ancient fish ponds. The resort faces two white sand beaches, one that is usually calm. There’s an outdoor, thatched roof spa too.

    Mauna Kea – Also culturally and environmentally sensitive, this resort fronts a very pretty beach. Conde Nast named it twice “Best beach in the world.” It’s a crescent white sand beach with calm waters and sea turtles. If we don’t stay here we’ll drive over one morning. They limit the visitors from outside the hotel to about 30 per day to protect the beache’s pristine sands and preserve the coral reef.

    Kailua-Kona

    Deep sea fishing. I’ve never been. Bob would love to go, and I’m sure I’d have fun just being out on the ocean and watching him catch a big one. Kona’s like the deep sea fishing capital of the world.

    Pu`uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) This is a nice place to take a walk and enjoy a picnic. It was once a sanctuary where those kapu breakers could escape punishment. The re-created coastal Hawaiian village is interesting, and there’s a pretty lagoon.

    April 7 Kona Airport to LAX

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