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Hawaii Travel Guide

A true-color satellite view of Hawaii shows that most of the vegetation on the islands grows on the northeast sides which face the wind. The silver glow around the southwest of the islands is the result of calmer waters. NASA. Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. (IotD Date: 2003-06-03. IotD ID: 15304)


Travel video about destination Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands boast Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, amazing volcanoes, dramatic coastlines and a colourful history.

Video by Expoza Travel.


Explore the Big Island and hover above erupting craters at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; watch steam billow and orange lava flow across charred rock.

Glide over Mauis Haleakala National Park and discover the diversity of Hawaiian landscapes: rugged mountain ridges, lush valleys, deserts and rain forests. Island-hop to Lanai for spectacular beaches; then it s on to Molokai, where you will stare straight down a towering waterfall. Visit Pearl Harbor from above and the memorial sites before exploring the rest of Oahu. Kauai is the perfect way to end your tour, with the breathtaking Cathedrals on the Na Pali Coast, and much more! A Magical Place: Soar over lush Waimanu Valleys waterfalls and pools on the Big Island, and the rugged summit of Mauis highest peak, in Haleakala National Park. Sweep past Sweetheart Rock on Lanai, over the ocean cliffs on Molokai and through spectacular Waimea Canyon on Kauai. Over Oahu, get an exquisite aerial view of Hanauma Bay s reef through turquoise water.

Mysterious Volcano: Hover over an active volcano on the Big Island, and watch as molten rock flows out of the earth and over a charred and steamy landscape. Discover how this process has, throughout millions of years, formed these beautiful islands geologically and culturally. Traditional music, natural sounds and unobtrusive narration enhance OVER Hawaii, giving you an experience like no other.


Hawaii is more than high-end resorts, luaus, and hula dancers. Its vast reaches of undeveloped land—from wonderful seaside hikes to more challenging adventures along rugged mountains, past waterfalls and volcanoes, and even throughdeserts and swamps—are ripe for outdoor experiences. Describing fifteen to twenty hikes on each of the state’s four main islands, this guidebook covers the best of the best, with a range of hikes to suit all tastes and hiking abilities.


Daja’s Hawaii Travel Tips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


The Music of Hawaii

Hawaiian Music is seen as a mellow and peaceful, the sound of a summer’s breeze blowing through on a pastoral day, the un-intrusive sound of a paradise. Yet like all native musics it is a collection of many sounds, each adding something a little different, forming a collective dynamic.

Hawaiian slack-key guitar began evolving in the 1830s, when Spanish and Mexican cowboys brought guitars to the cattle ranches of the Big Island. It became a recognizable style around the turn of the century. The term refers to the practice of slacking some strings from standard tunings to create open tunings; the thumb provides the bass line while the other fingers play melody and improvise. It might thus remind some listeners of the fingerpicking of a country master like Doc Watson, but the style has a wind-blown, wide-open quality all its own. Traditionally an accompanying instrument in a group setting, slack key has recently moved out front, and this all-instrumentals CD shows why. From the light touch of Moses Kahumoku or Leonard Kwan to the bluesiness of George Keo or Ray Kane to the pop feel of Keola Beamer, it offers the best possible introduction to the music. –John Morthland –

Most notably it is the lucidity of the music, this is a sound that has contributed largely to the whole soundscape of America, with Hawaii’s contribution being rather vast and disproportionate in spite of its relatively small size in the grand scheme of the States.

Ledward Kaapana is widely acknowledged to be one of the most exciting and accomplished players in ki ho’alu, or slack key guitar style.

Playing in open-chord and other alternate tunings, Led’s two-finger picking and alternating bass is reminiscent of the great blues and country guitarists, but with the licks and harmonies typical of Hawaiian traditional music. His playing is loose and improvisational, and his repertoire encompasses both quiet, beautiful melodies and rip-roaring show-stoppers with lightning-fast licks and fancy picking.

The beauty of the slack key style is that it’s made up of simple chords and melodies, but an accomplished player then builds up improvised variations using interchangable licks and turnarounds similar to those in blues guitar. Ledward provides all the elements for making arrangements in this style, showing how he acheives the special sounds (damping, bass runs, hammers, pull-offs, trills, and other ornaments) that make each tune come alive.

Dancing Cat Records Recommended Slack Key Guitar Recordings & Other Information

Styles such as the slack-key guitar have contributed in a major way to modern rock and pop music, and we hear this as a sound of America, perpetuated throughout American soundtracks, as a sound of freedom and abandon.

The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association

James Hill’s Beltona lap steel ukulele

The steel-guitar is now popular with blues musicians the world over and has found itself a firm staple within country music, notably with Patsy Cline, appearing on some of the most beloved American songs of all time.

Though Hawaiian music itself is a strange concoction of styles and reference points. A truly pan national semblance of other native musics, punctuated by a deeply Hawaiian presentation. We see this embracive approach to music quite clearly in the form known as Jawaiian.

Jawaiian is the somewhat tongue in cheek name for what is essentially a Hawaiian Reggae. Since its popularisation in the sixties and seventies, Reggae music has become popular over the world especially with marginalised communities such as native Americans and aborigines. In Hawaii ethnic Hawaiians started playing around with the style in the 80s creating their own approach to this distinctly Caribbean music.

The band Simplisity were widely credited as the pioneers of Jawaiian music, promoted by the Honolulu record company Quiet Storm Records. From its birth Jawaiian became very popular, coming to practically dominate the Hawaiian music scene by the early nineties.

In a few short years, THE GREEN has become one of the biggest acts in reggae, garnering a Best Reggae Album nod from iTunes for their debut and then following it up with 21K+ sales for their second record. HAWAI’I ’13 will take them even further to the top with 13 brand new songs, including two early singles that have already become hits on Hawaiian radio. Produced
by the band with Danny Kalb (Jack Johnson, Ben Harper), the record shows off the band’s many singers and sides, from roots anthems to romantic ballads.

Reggae culture in general remains popular in Hawaii, it is hard to work down the street and not see a local sporting a Bob Marley T-shirt, and much local memorabilia comes emblazoned with the Ethiopia flag colours, a nod to the Rastafarian culture proliferated through Reggae.

The traditionally African American form of Jazz also took off in Hawaii in quite a big way in the first half of the 20th century, with musicians enjoying its expression of oppression.

There are many noted names within the Hawaiian jazz canon, with a good number still alive and active, these names include: Henry Allan, Adam Baron, Vic Castelinni, in a list that goes on and on.

Baron is still very much active within the Hawaiian jazz scene today, performing with his band the Honolulu Jazz Quartet.

Hawaii also has a very active jazz music scene with excellent musical talents such as this quartet from Honolulu. Full of great straight ahead playing on 10 original compositions, this is one of the most enjoyable jazz albums that I’ve heard in a while, and certainly an auspicious début for 4 talented musicians who obviously mesh very well together.

Honolulu perhaps offers the most access to jazz gigs with a university venue that encourages the form and books local groups very frequently.

Though you don’t especially need to find a venue to appreciate the music here, it is largely running through the streets, playing on most corners.

Like all native musics it is a collection of many sounds, each adding something a little different, forming a collective dynamic.

2012 live collection from the singer/songwriter and his musical friends. Culled from six years of his eco-minded music festival, Jack Johnson and Friends – Best of Kokua Festival, highlights onstage collaborations with legendary musicians like Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Dave Mathews, Ziggy and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and others. The Kokua Hawai’i Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawai’i.

Bonnaroo jack johnson

Jack Johnson, folk rock musician, was born and raised on Oahu’s North Shore.



How to Find Cheap Flights to Hawaii


Hawaii  from the International Space Station, photo by NASA.

For all those tourists and business people looking for a way to have cheap flights to Hawaii there are many possibilities and options around. By following some helpful and handy tips on finding cheap air tickets to Hawaii you can save yourself a great deal of  both money and time. Therefore, if you are looking for the cheap flights and speedy services to visit Hawaii this year you can read the money saving tips below.

Fly on the local Hawaiian airlines to save some dollars. Often you would find the Hawaiian Airlines offering cheap and affordable packages to their avid clients and for getting more business. Due to the heavy competition, the airfares are offered cheap to allow more and more tourists visit this part of the world. The more the visitors grow the better the economy would be. With foreign exchange coming into the country it is often observed the sources of transportation becomes easy and cheaper than expected. Therefore, make sure you always check the airfares before opting for any final decision


Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767-300 “Akohekohe”
Photo by Dylan Ashe from San Jose, USA. CC BY-SA 2.0

Like any other place on earth, swarming with foreigners and visitors from all over the places Hawaii is no exception. The traffic of incoming visitors reduces in the off-season and the rate of arrival or passenger drops. If you are interested in saving money and make the trip worth remembering plan visiting Hawaii in non-peak season. Flights to Hawaii become real cheap during the off season.


Boeing 737–200 of Aloha, CC BY Stefan Ehrbar.

Perform a research on the online portal. There are many internet websites designed for providing the tourists all the necessary and vital information that includes the accommodations, food, clothing and the best time to visit the preferred country. These travel websites often contain worthy information on cheap flights and airfares to Hawaii therefore, keep on visiting these websites every now and then or subscribe to their newsletters to receive any promotional schemes or discounted coupons and rates. Another good idea is to visit the airlines official page and subscribe to their newsletter.


A Bellanca CH-300, similar to the one which Inter-Island Airways used for its inaugural service.

Another helpful tip is to keep in touch with a good travel agent to know about the changes in fares ahead of time. The travel agent would be in the ideal position to offer you any discounted packages and they can guide you towards cheap and chartered flights to Hawaii as well.

All the above tips are helpful in finding the sources to save money and buy cheap air tickets for you and family, friends or relatives.

Watch the video She works in Hawaii.

Hawaii 50 and Pineapple Bread

Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo from Creative Commons by Travis.Thurston Derivative of w:File:Waikiki from the air.jpg from author JeffreyAllen197.



by Sandy Powers

In 1959, President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill making Hawaii the 50th state in the Union. That same year, James Michener’s historical epic, Hawaii, was published after seven years of research. Extraordinary timing. Fifteen years later, we, the Powers Family, experiencing a relentless season of rain and cold in Seattle, joggled our webbed feet and flew to Hawaii to dry off.

Destination was Oahu, one of the eight main islands that make up the state of Hawaii. Oahu, the third largest and most populous of the islands, is home to the capital, Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and the tourist Mecca, Waikiki Beach.


Oahu is beaming with life, yet a couple blocks off Kamehameha Highway, the main road in Oahu, we experienced the graciousness and charm of island hospitality. In a small sandwich shop a few minutes from Waikiki Beach, we had a plate lunch served with delicious pineapple bread. (Not surprising since Hawaii is home to the Dole Pineapple Plantations.) The amiable proprietor of the shop kindly gave me the recipe.



Pineapple (Ananas comosus) is the common name for a tropical plant and its edible fruit, which is actually a multiple fruit consisting of coalesced berries. Photo by by Rameshng.


Pineapple Bread

Olive oil cooking spray

2 eggs

½ cup extra light olive oil

¾ cup sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla

3 tablespoons orange juice

1 ½ cups pineapple chunks, drained

2 ½ cups flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup walnuts, chopped

Spray bread pan. Beat eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla, and orange juice together. Stir in pineapple chunks. In separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to pineapple mixture. Mix well. Fold in walnuts. Pour into sprayed pan. Bake at 350 degrees. Check at 50 minutes. Test to see if toothpick comes out clean. If not, check every 5 minutes until done. Cool in loaf pan for 15 minutes and then remove to rack to finish cooling. Store in refrigerator.





 International Marketplace, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1958. Photo by Father of JGKlein.





Waikiki Beach, photo from Creative Commons by Cristo Vlahos.