Hawaii Journals

Island Hopping in Hawaii

A November 2005 trip to Hawaii by prissykay

Quote: What would you do if you had 15 days in paradise. During our Hawaii visit, we island hopped from Oahu to the Big Island and then to Kauai. There was fun around every turn. This vacation is one that would be hard to top - trip of a lifetime for any family.

Island Hopping in Hawaii

Overview

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On Oahu, Pearl Harbor is a must with Arizonia Memorial and Mighty Mo. The Big Island has unlimited things to do including whale watching, scenic drives, Volcano National Park, Hamakua Coast, Zoo, Waterfalls, helicopter tour, snorkeling, and a place of refuge. On Kauai, its time to slow things down and try some surfing, scenic drives, wildlife watching, and shopping at the Hawaiian gift markets.Quick Tips: Believe it or not, there are so many things to do at little or no cost. For those willing to spend more money, the sky is the limit. For us, we were some where in the middle. We decided what the pricier things to do were, and then filled in the rest of our day with the free/cheap stuff....Read More

Park Shore Waikiki

Hotel | "Park Shore Waikiki Hotel"

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The Park Shore Waikiki Hotel left something to be desired. It was an older hotel that was in desperate need of remodelling. The carpet in our room looked as though it had stains left from years ago. The parking was very limited and not free. It was in a difficult to find location, and then you had to circle around blocks to get to the parking because traffic was so heavy. At over $200 per night, I was expecting a lot more. It looked more like a low end budget hotel. One of the elevators was out of service, and the wait for the other was quite extended. On check-in, the hotel staff didn't know the meaning of courtesy. I hate giving completely bad reviews, so I do have one good thing to say. It was acro...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Park Shore Waikiki
2586 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 923-0411

Paniolo Greens

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:It is about a 10 minute drive to several of the northwest beaches. Just down the road is a mall with grocery, nightclub, shopping, and restaurants.Best Things About the Resort:The resort offers an introduction to BI by providing access to several vendors on site. You can get additional discounts by completing a tour of timeshare, but it is not required to schedule activities. Since we were exploring most of the island, this location was very good for us.Resort Experience:Located on the Northeast part of the Big Island. It is about 30 minutes to Kona and 90 minutes to Hilo. Good central location for the island if you plan activities in Kona a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Paniolo Greens
68-1745 Waikoloa Road
Waikaloa, Hawaii
(808) 883-0600

Kauai Coast Resort At the Beachboy

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "SVC at Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy"

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Best Things Nearby:Beach, restaurants, grocery, Luau (next door), mall-shopping, snack bars, movies (across street), fun factory video games.Best Things About the Resort:Beach within walking distance, restaurant on site (very good food), activity staff are very knowledgeable about island activities.Resort Experience:We had a 1bedroom / 1bathroom unit on the third floor of the resort which was more than large enough for four people. The resort does not have elevators which could be a problem if you have difficulty walking - make sure to request lower floor early. The stairs do have a very low, gradual incline that makes it a little easier to walk. Upon reque...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Kauai Coast Resort At the Beachboy
520 Aleka Loop
Kapaa, Hawaii 96746
(808) 822-3441

Wahoo's Seafood Grill & Bar

Restaurant | "Wahoo Seafood Grill & Bar"

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The Wahoo Seafood Grill & Bar is a don't miss if you like excellent food. The menu has a variety of different local catches along with steak and chicken. You have a wide variety of wines available to order. It is a little more expensive especially if you have little ones. But there is enough food that you can share with your child. My son and I are very picky eaters and we could not get enough - absolutely a must.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Wahoo's Seafood Grill & Bar
4-733 Kuhio Highway
Kapaa, Hawaii
808-822-7833

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

Attraction | "Pearl Harbor Visitor Center"

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There are several different places to eat at the visitor center - pizza, burgers, kabobs, salads, ice-cream, fruit, etc. They do cost more than average of course, but if you plan on being at the Memorial site all day it is an option. We had the kabobs shrimp/chicken - a little different but okay (we shared a $17 plate). There are also a couple of shops in the visitor center which are quite expensive.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial
One Arizona Memorial Place
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
(808) 422-0561

Volcano House

Restaurant

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The Volcano House is across from Kilauea Visitor Center. It has a buffet style - all you can eat with a variety of veggies and meats (beef, pork, chicken, local fresh fish), and it includes drink and dessert. It was worth the price-considering the snack bar was going to cost almost as much per person. It had a large dining area that had a view of the summit area. It can get busy when tour buses arrive, so there might be a small wait. The line seemed to move quickly, since it was a buffet. A gift shop was located across hallway from the dining area. There was also a sitting room at main entrance that has the fire that has been burning for 100+yr. It was a nice relaxing place to sit and wait for the res...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Volcano House
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Volcano

Coconut Beach Luau

Restaurant

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This Luau is referred to as the best one on Kauai. It has recently been changed to include not only the Hawaiian culture dance and music, but also other Polynesian cultures such as Thai dance and music. The food was amazing with a variety including the pig from the Imu, steak tips, chicken, salad, veggies, and desserts. My son's favorite part of the Luau was the fire dancer. After the show, pictures can be taken with the performers. Hours 6pm-8:30pm. Reservations are highly recommended because seats go fast. We went the morning of our Luau to watch the pig placed in the Imu.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

Attraction | "Pearl Harbor/USS Missouri"

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Tickets 877/MIGHTY-MO or buy tickets at the Bowfin Memorial beside Arizonia Memorial (A$14/C$7); you can buy guided tour at slight additional cost, but it included a simulated flight off the ships deck which my son found amazing. (A$20/C$13). Military personnel get a discount. Hours are 9am to 5pm. A shuttle takes you from Bowfin to Ford Island and back. It was very interesting and educational (for the kids). A must see if you are visiting Pearl Harbor. The battleship sets along battleship row where the battleships were targeted during the attach on Pearl Harbor. You can see it from the Arizonia Memorial. The size of the battleship and the guns on deck are unbelievable. You get to see first hand how t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial
One Arizona Memorial Place
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
(808) 422-0561

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

Attraction | "Pearl Harbor/USS Arizona"

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(808) 422-0561 The Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial are free, but first come so get there early. Each person has to be present for their own ticket. While waiting for your boat ride to the memorial, you can walk along the waterfront that has exhibits which tell the stories of Pearl Harbor. You can also visit the museum and gift shop. The museum has a replica of the memorial and different ships. When your ticket number is called you enter a theater to watch a documentary film about the Pearl Harbor attack. Afterward, a boat trip takes you to the Memorial. Don't forget your lei to place the flowers in the water to show respect for those lives lost - remember it is a memorial. If you see a Pearl Har...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial
One Arizona Memorial Place
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
(808) 422-0561

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

Attraction | "Pearl Harbor/USS Bowfin"

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The USS Bowfin is a submarine located adjacent to Arizona Memorial. If you are limited on time and must choose between the submarine and the battleship, I would choose the battleship. The hours are from 8am to 5pm. No kids under 4 are allowed on submarine. The entrance fee for adults is $8 and $3 for children, discounts for certain groups; museum, mini-theater, submarine, missiles located outside.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial
One Arizona Memorial Place
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
(808) 422-0561

Hapuna Beach State Park

Attraction | "Hapuna Beach Park"

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The Hapuna Beach Park is a secluded beach. The road is rough driving and a 4 wheel drive is a must. You drive past lava tubes - don't go off "road" because you cannot tell what is not solid ground. This is more for the adventurer. It is a reasonable walk for those who are steady on their feet with a good pair of hiking shoes. The sunset is beautiful. There are no lights, so if you go for the sunset make sure to take flashlight. It is a park, so if you drive the gates do get closed. Like I said the walk is not for the little ones, elderly, or lazy.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Hapuna Beach State Park
Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway
Kona, Hawaii

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For the train or history lover, it would be very interesting to learn how the train affected the culture and agriculture of the Hawaiian people. There are restrooms and snacks. A small gift shop is on site, but not to many items.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Laupahoehoe Train Museum
36-2377 Mamalahoa Highway
Laupahoehoe, Hawaii 96764
(808) 962-6300

Kolekole Beach County Park

Attraction | "Kolekole Beach Park"

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The beach was made of large round rocks. It was definitely not a sunbathing beach, but there was a grassy area for sunbathing. The scenes were beautiful. So if you plan on going out on the rocks for pictures, wear your tennis shoes. Seemed to be a okay spot for surfing - several locals. A small stream about 3 feet deep draining into the ocean seemed to make a calm swimming spot for the kids. The grounds were litter free, but the bathrooms were the typical park bathroom. Plenty of parking.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Kolekole Beach County Park

Hilo

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The Place of Refuge is a walking tour of the sacred grounds. The leaflet provided gives you descriptions of the different things located throughout the park along with a recommended path to follow. It allows an opportunity to see how the Hawaiians lived 200 years ago. The palace grounds have scattered grass huts-each with a different purpose. It is on a beach at the ocean and is a good spot to catch a sea turtle swimming or relaxing. The area is not recommended for swimming. It is recommended to relax, catch the breeze, and soak up the sun as you imagine what life was like many years ago. If you want to see the true Hawaiian culture, I recommend a stop. We were told that a local even used this nationa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Off Highway 160
Honaunau-Napoopoo, Hawaii
(808) 328-2288

Black Sand Beach - Punaluʻu Beach

Attraction | "Punalu'u Black Sand Beach"

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It was an amazing view to see the black of the sand beach against the blue of the ocean. It is the most accessible of the black beaches. There were some people sunbathing on the beach, but no one was in the water. Just visiting for the beauty was enough for us - we would not have missed it. Remember that you cannot take the sand, it is against the law.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Black Sand Beach - Punaluʻu Beach
Between Pahala and Na'alehu
Big Island

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(808) 985-6000; $10/car; The Volcano National Park is a must see if you are on the Big Island. You will not see any red lava, but the views are amazing. The Jaggar Museum displays the history of the Hawaiian volcano eruptions and displays the how it works, different types of lava, and much more. There are restrooms available at the museum. The crater rim drive and chain of craters road allows us to see the interaction and flows of the volcanoes. The Thurston Lava Tube is an actual lava tube that visitors can walk through. The walk is not bad. With good shoes and slow pace, you can walk it in 20 minutes. Just be careful because it can be wet and slick. Restrooms are available, but not clean. The Volcan...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Highway 11
Hilo, Hawaii 96718
(808) 985-6000

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Orchard & Factory

Attraction | "Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Orchard & Factory"

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The Macadamia Nut Factory was definitely the place to buy your nut items. They had the most reasonable priced nuts items on the Island. You can also sample before you buy. The drive through the scenic orchards was nice. There was a snack bar and restroom on site. You get to watch how the different products are made. If you like macadamia nuts, a stop to buy some will be worth it - especially the chocolate covered ones. It is open from 8:30am to 5pm. (808) 966-8618; www.maunaloa.com.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Orchard & Factory
Macadamia Road off Hwy 11
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii

Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo

Attraction | "Pana Ewa Rainforest Zoo"

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You can adopt any zoo animal-if at least $20, you get an adoption certificate for adoptee. There is a gift shop that helps support the zoo. Restrooms are available. On site, there are a variety of animals including the white Bengal tiger, spider monkeys, wild pigs, frogs, turtles, sloth, parrots, hippo, emu, goats, lemur, water buffalo, squirrel monkeys, butterfly house, and deer. As you walk around in the zoo, you will find the peacocks and other birds running/flying around free. There is also a petting zoo from 1:30pm to 2:30pm, but my son thought himself too old. The best thing about the zoo is that it is free, so for those on a budget it is a great place to stop for a few hours.  ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo
South of Hilo on Mamaki Street
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii
(808) 959-9233

Volcano Winery

Attraction

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The Volcano Winery makes six different wines. I'm a very picky wine drinker and only liked one of the wines. For a different experience, they do make some wines using the jaboticaba Brazilian tree grapes which grow one the bark of the tree instead of a vine. The wine tasting is free daily. They do not accept large tours. The gift shop had some nice take home gifts.10am to 5:30pm; (808) 967-7772 www.volcanowinery.com

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 5, 2006

Volcano Winery
35 Pii Mauna Drive
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii 96785
(808) 967-7772

St. Benedict's Painted Church

Attraction | "St. Benedict's Catholic Church"

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"The Old Painted Church" is one of the most peaceful historic sites that we visited. The murals and frescoes are painted on the walls and ceiling of the church. I do not have the words to describe how you feel upon entering the church. You don't have to be Catholic to appreciate the beauty in one of God's houses. It is free to visit, but it can be difficult to find without directions. They do sell local handmade items to help support the church up keep.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

St. Benedict's Painted Church
84-5140 Painted Church Road
Captain Cook, Hawaii 96704
808-328-2227

Big Island Discovery tour

Attraction | "Big Island Discovery"

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It is a complete circle of the island giving you a taste of its history and culture. If you have limited time on the island and want to see the "best" parts, then this is a great tour. On the tour, the stops include Kona Coffee Factory, Place of Refuge, Black Sand Beach, Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum & Observatory, Fern Tree Rain Forest, Thurston Lava Tube, Orchid Nursery, Macadamia Nut Plantation, Rainbow Falls, Hamakua Coast & Parker Ranch Lands scenic drive, and a stop for lunch at the Volcano House. The tour does include activities for both the children and those more young at heart than years. The tour bus drops you off right in front of most of the stops. No extra fees for parki...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

Big Island Discovery tour
On site
Kona, Hawaii

Hilo Hattie

Attraction

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The Store of Hawaii has everything Hawaiian. They claim to have the largest selection of Hawaiian fashions, gifts, souvenirs, jewelry, and foods. Hilo Hattie is located on the islands of (2)Maui, (1)Kauai, (2)Big Island, and (2)Oahu. They also offer shuttle service in some stores to the local hotels. The Hawaiian fashions are labelled made in Hawaii. The prices are reasonable and the quality good. So if you are not one to hit the markets for souvenirs, I would suggest Hilo Hattie. www.HiloHattie.com

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

Hilo Hattie
Ala Moana Shopping Center
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
808 537 2926

Mauna Kea Summit

Attraction

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Free and even if you had to pay, it would be worth every cent! (808) 961-2180. The Mauna Kea Summit is the highest and most famous mountain peak in the Hawaiian Islands. It is the focal point of many native Hawaiian traditions, beliefs, customs, and practices. The observatory visitor center which is located half way up to the summit is educational and interactive. Pick a clear day/night on the summit and bring a jacket/gloves, the visitor center brings out the telescopes to view sunspots or planets depending on the time of day. If you go during the day, don't forget the sunglasses and sunscreen. The best part was the drive to the visitor center when we came out of the hazy, rainy day from below to ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

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The Orchid Gardens is located on the east side of the island, south of Hilo and north of the volcano park exit. It sells a wide variety of orchids which you can have shipped, but you don't have to buy to stop and appreciate the beauty of the many colorful flowers. They also have an orchid that costs $20,000.00. Yes, you read it correctly. It is displayed when blooming and only a picture when not. It is quite ugly, but a site to see. When you enter the green house, there are gift orchids on a small table for the women the place in their hair (left-taken, right-available). There is also a small gift shop that has reasonably priced souvenirs. The gift shop is where I found the island sand. You can buy th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

Akatsuka Orchid Gardens
Highway 11
Volcano 96785
(808)967-8234

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Attraction | "Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours"

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Wow! We took the volcano/waterfall tour--which is one of the tours out of Hilo. If you can afford more than $380, they also fly out of a small heliport (Waikoloa) down the road from Paniolo Greens on the west side of the Big Island. The helicopter seats six passengers. The pilot narrates the tour through your headset. You hear history and lava events. To see the lava flowing through the tubes and steam coming out of the vents from a bird's eye view was amazing. We also flew over the area where the lava meets the ocean. The large mushroom like cloud was beautiful even though we didn't get to see the red lava hitting the ocean. You can purchase a personalize video of your flight for $20. The lava flow i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
Waikaloa
Waikaloa, Hawaii

Sea Quest Rafting & Snorkeling Adventures

Attraction | "Sea Quest Rafting & Snorkeling Adventures"

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The tour boat is a aluminum bottom raft which was sturdy. The ride on the coast can be a bit bumpy, but you can place a leg over the side to get a cool splash of water. The group sizes were small (6 or 12). Our son is nine and can swim better than me, so I felt okay with him being in the ocean. I wouldn't recommend it for younger children because the water is deep and you cannot step in the swallow areas because you may damage the coral. Although, you don't have to be able to swim to snorkel because the guides provide equipment and "noodles" to help you float, so not to use so much energy. We saw Captain Cook's Monument which can only be seen by hiking or boating. We didn't get to enter the sea caves ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

World Botanical Gardens

Attraction | "Waterafalls Rainforest & Gardens"

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Garden Hours 9am-5:30pm. The Gardens boost being the largest botanical gardens in Hawaii with over 5,000 species. Visitors are given a map of the garden for a self-guided tour. There is a 5-minute drive to the triple tier Umauma Falls. The Rainforest Walk is a jungle walk along the drive. There is a beautiful flowing stream beside the path. Although at the end, you turn around. The Rainbow Walk is a floral walk. Our favorite part of the tour was the Rainbow Walk. The floral had vibrant colors and unique shapes. My son's favorite was the pencil plant. I told him not to get too close because he might poke his eye out. The brochure says that you can complete the tour in 30 minutes, but we spent 2 1/2 hou...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

World Botanical Gardens
Off Hwy 19
Honomu 96728
(808)963-5427

Island Soap & Candle Factory

Attraction | "Island Soap & Candle Works"

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Handmade soaps and candles with unique tropical scents. It reminded me of Bath & Body with a Hawaiian influence. Some candles were molded into coconut shells and bamboo. They also had unique island gifts. You can't take lava rocks home from the volcano, but they sell lava rocks made into items that you can buy and take. This was the only place that I found such unique lava gifts.

www.kauaisoap.com (888) 528-7627 Hours from 9am to 10pm.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

Island Soap & Candle Factory
5428 Koloa Road
Kauai, Hawaii 96756
(808) 742-1945

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The Kilauea Lighthouse is located on the northeast shore of Kauai on a wildlife reserve. It is a short walk on a paved walk to the gift shop (restrooms) and lighthouse area. Take your water bottle. The Nene goose which is the Hawaiian bird along with other bird species are abundant on the cliffs. The views from the overlook area are spectacular. If in season, you can look for the humpback whales swimming by. Don't forget your binoculars. Cost about $4/adult free/children. Open 10am to 4pm. (808) 828-1413.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

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The Fern Grotto tour begins at the Wailua River Marina where the tour guide begins telling the legends of the river and its people. During the two-mile tour you hear stories about the ancient Hawaii. Upon arrival to the Fern Grotto dock, there is a small, winding paved path (new one under construction) that takes you through the rain forest. The path gets wet so choose your foot wear wisely. The Fern Grotto is a cave with natural acoustics. To demonstrate the acoustics, a local family performs the "Hawaiian Wedding Song." On the return trip, Hawaiian musicians fill the air with aloha music as hula dancers sway in the rhythm. It is referred to as a journey of songs and legends. The entire trip takes 1-...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

Captain Dan McSweeney's Whale Watching Adventures

Attraction | "Captain Dan McSweeny's Whale Watch"

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There are several species of whales in Hawaiian waters all year, so if you are there off season of the humpback, you can still see whales. You will probably even get to see wild dolphins and sharks. Captain Dan actually studies whales all year long. So, you become part of an eco-tour that contributes to the Wild Whale Foundation. You are given the opportunity to buy products that support the whales or even adopt a whale. Casual dress with tennis shoes is recommended. We were in Hawaii in the higher surf time, and we did not have a problem with the ride being too bumpy. Don't forget the sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, binoculars, and camera/film. You can bring a small purse type bag with a drink, but no bi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

Captain Dan McSweeney's Whale Watching Adventures
Honokohau Marina
Kona, Hawaii 96725
(808) 322-0028

Spouting Horn

Attraction

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The Spouting Horn is located on the southern tip of the island of Kauai. It was amazing to watch the water spout up through the blow hole. My son said that it looked like a whale blowing water. Very unique site to visit.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

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The Spouting Horn Market is where I found several good buys. They have handbags, jewelry, and souvenirs. They barter with the cost of the items, so those who like the challenge go for it. If not, the prices are reasonable. Along the way is the Old Sugar Mill Market, we ran out of time so we didn't get to stop.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

Waimea Canyon

Attraction | "Waimea Canyon State Park"

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There are several overlooks as you drive up to the main overlook of the canyon. It is referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. The main overlook has a paved path that is wheelchair accessible. In the distance, a waterfall can be seen coming out of the red-brown-purple of the cliff. The views are spectacular with a mix of vibrate colors. And the best thing is that it is all free.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

Waimea Canyon
Koke'e Road (highway 552)
Kauai, Hawaii 96752
(808) 274-3433

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This is a lovely green canopy of swamp mahogany branches that reach over the road to form a tunnel. The way the trees are arranged makes it look like a tunnel. It's one of the most popular sights to see. If you plan on visiting the Spouting Horn, just make sure to take 520 and you will not miss it.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

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The phone is (808) 332-6100, the cost is $112 for a 2-hour private lesson. Small group lessons are also available for about half this cost. Equipment is included and post-lesson equipment is $10 per hour. This was a nice beach on the southern part of the island. The area almost looked like a small bay that was surrounded by coral out in the deep area which was only about 5 feet. The waves did not get too big for the beginner. The lesson begins on shore to get the techniques and moves into the water. My son had so much fun and can't wait to surf again. His instructor fit the image of the surfer dude. The only complaint was the parking or should I say the limited parking. Early lessons would probably...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2006

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Driving the Hamakua Coastline takes a day to stop and enjoy the scenic spots. There are several waterfalls, parks, points of interest. You can find the Umauma Falls and Rainbow Falls, Kolekole Beach Park, Akaka Falls State Park, and Train Museum. The drive itself is amazing, but the road is called the only snake in Hawaii because it is very winding. The waterfalls are beautiful. If you want to see why Rainbow Falls gets its name, make sure to go early on a sunny day. At Umauma Falls, there is a tour of a rainforest and tropical area which was fairly inexpensive. The train museum does ask for donations, but it was also cheap.

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prissykay
Charleston, West Virginia