Hawaii Journals


A March 2007 trip to Hawaii by kathyjohanna

sneak peek Photo, More Photos
Quote: We flew to Hawaii and took a seven day cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line. We explored the islands of Honolulu, Hilo, Maui, Kona, and Kauai.


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Waterfalls in Hilo Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
Hawaii is about 2,400 miles southwest of US mainland. Hawaii's nickname is the Aloha State, and Aloha means love in the Hawaiian language, but it is also used as a greeting. Hawaii lives up to its reputation as being a beautiful and pleasant state with brilliant colored flowers, flowing palms, and magnificent waterfalls. On top of all that, the people of Hawaii are friendly and treat tourists wonderfully.Before going to Hawaii their are a few things to think about. First of all, take some time to get acquainted with Hawaii's geography. Hawaii is actually made up of 132 islands, but people usually only think about the main 8 islands (Hawaii, Maui, Kahoolawe, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, Kauai, ...Read More

Captain Dan McSweeney's Whale Watch

Attraction | "Whale-Watching with Captain Dan"

Captain Dan McSweeney's Whale Watch Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
Prior to booking the whale-watching tour, we were told that the end of March was getting late in the season to see any whales. The official whale watching season is from December (the best time) to early May.We saw plenty of whales! We saw many whales from a far, one swam under the boat, and one jumped up extremely close to the boat. As far as getting pictures of the whales, it's pretty much hit or miss. (I did a lot of missing.) Whale-watching with Captain Dan was well worth the money (about $70/person for 3 hours).Captain Dan also taught us a TON about whales. For example, About 60 percent of the North Pacific humpback whale population migrates to Hawaiian waters where they mate, giv...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 7, 2007

Captain Dan McSweeney's Whale Watch
P.O. Box 139
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii 96725
(888) 942-5276

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

Attraction | "Pearl Harbor"

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
Although I wouldn't consider Pearl Harbor a fun and exciting part of our vacation, it is an important part of the Hawaiian experience. Every year over 1,500,000 visitors experience Pearl Harbor.The Arizona Memorial is open daily from 7:30am to 5pm. First they show you a 20-minute documentary film about the attack, then there is a boat trip to the USS Arizona Memorial, which took about 45 minutes. Then you can visit the USS Missouri Memorial, which is the ship where Japan signed the the papers to surrender with the allied nations.Pearl Harbor is very quiet and honorable. Think about it as a grave site where 1177 men lost their lives. Beware of taking really small children, but...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2007

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

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
Hawaii's Volcano National Park is located on the Big Island. This national park contains two of the world's most active volcanoes. The first volcano, Mauna Loa, is the tallest mountain on Earth and the other volcano, Kilauea, is known for spitting lava in the Pacific and transforming the island.Visitors have the option of hiking on lava trails to get an up close and personal look at the land. There is also scenic drives that wind through the Ka`u Desert and a rain forest. Within this scenic area you can see birds and other wildlife, like the Nene in the pictures attached. The Nene is species of bird that is down to about 1,000 world wide.The day we spent at the Hawaiian park it was ver...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 10, 2007

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

Island Hopping Via Norwegian Cruise Line

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Pride of America Photo,
Instead of going from hotel to hotel and spending hours of time flying from island to island, we went on the Norwegian Cruise Line. We were able to go to five different islands without ever having to packing up our bags.The cruise ship offered so many different tours. Our favorite tour offered by NCL was snorkeling. One good thing about booking tours with the cruise ship is that if the bus or van taking you has problems, like a flat tire and you get late boarding the cruise, the cruise ship will wait for you. However, if you go do your own thing and get a flat tire and are late getting back to the ship, it won't wait for you. Our favorite tour that we book independently was Whale Watching...Read More

The Island of Kaua'i

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sneak peek Photo,
Beautiful! That is the only way to describe this island. If you appreciate scenery then this is the island for you. Kauai is the most lush of the major islands. We rented a car to better explore the entire island. The best drive is up the western side of the island. Our ship came into the port at Lihue. Lihue has many plants and animals that are not found anywhere else in the world. At the Kauaui Musem (also in Lihue) you can see native feather capes and photographs of plantation life. Then we headed towards Wailua Falls Picture attached). Next we got on back on Route 56 and saw Lydgate State Park. Here you can see the ever beautiful Hanamaulu Beach. There are also natural "pools" that holes that e...Read More
coconut palm Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
Oahu is nicknamed the "gathering place". This is probably becuase most of the Hawaiian people liveon the Island of Oahu. We started our road trip at Waikiki beach/Diamond Head Area on route 72. Waikiki is worth seeing but it's a little over-crowded and not nearly as lovable as many of Hawaii's other beaches. Diamond Head is right over Oahu's most southern tip. We did a little exploring over the dormant volcano and then we took the military tunnel into the crater. Here, we took a short but very steep stair up the 760 foot tower. The view of Waikiki, Honuolulu, and the Koolau Mountains is like no other view. If you can handle the trek, it's worth the view. Then we continued the roadtrip to Koko...Read More
Maui Photo, Hawaii, United States
This road has to be one of the most beautiful and scenic roads that I've ever been on, but drivers beware because some parts of the road are narrow and their are a lot of sharp turns. In other words, the drive is unforgettable for more than one reason.Our cruise ship came into the port at Kahului, so we rented a car there and got on Route 36/360. Our first stop was at Hookipa Beach Park. This is yet another beautiful beach that appeals to windsurfers. We only had a short pit stop here and continued onto Twin Falls. Here you can see a pair of very nice waterfalls. This is where the highway becomes a little more difficult, because the road goes over the sleeping giant volcano. This volcano, Hale...Read More
Native Flower Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
We spent two days on Hawaii's Big Island. One day, our cruise ship came into the port at Hilo and later, the cruise ship came into the port at Kona.From Hilo, we explored the island by renting a car and heading north on Route 19. Hilo is one of Hawaii's largest cities and it does have black sand beaches. Hilo has nice safe beaches for swimmers who prefer calmer water. Our first pit stop was at Hawaii Tropical Gotanical Garden, which is a little ways past Papaikou. This garden offers 17 acres of more that 2,000 species of plants and boasts the World's Largest Assortment of Tropical Plants. Back in the car, we continued on to Laupahoehoe Park. Later, we heard that the waterfall at Akaka...Read More
Polynesian Cultural Center Photo,
When you're in Hawaii, you don't need to speak Hawaiian at all. Everyone can speak English, but many Hawaiian words are used here and there, and you can really impress the locals if you can use a Hawaiian words. So here's a few words that you can practice.

A hui hou kakou - Until we meet again
Aloha kakahiaka - Good Morning
Aloha'auinala - Good Afternoon
Aloha ahiahi - Good evening
Aloha 'oe - Good Bye
Inu - drink
Kahakai - beach
Kai - Ocean
Kala - Dollar
Kaukau - food
lua - bathroom
Mahalo - Thank You
Malu No - Reserved for ____(name)
'O wai kou inoa? - What is your name?
wai - drinking water