Was Captain Cook the first Western visitor to Hawaii?

Ever heard of Juan Gaetano? Some say that HE is the first European who first stumbled across Hawaii, not Captain James Cook, who is generally credited with the discovery. If it’s true, it means that Captain Cook lost the race by over two centuries. Captain Cook discovered Hawaii in 1778, but Juan Gaetano, a Spanish explorer, […]

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State Flower of Hawaii: the Hibiscus

Yellow Hibiscus flowers are showy, fragrant, and exotic… just like Hawaii! It’s no wonder the hibiscus was selected as our state flower. The hibiscus flower has been honored in Hawaii since well before we officially became part of the 50 states. It was first adopted as a territorial emblem in the 1920s because of its […]

Rice Mill Tour

The Haraguchi Rice Mill Tour: Kauai’s Best-Kept Secret?

The Haraguchi Rice Mill Tour: Kauai's Best-Kept Secret? Are you the kind of traveler who likes to go a little off-the-beaten path? Do you want to discover some of your destination’s best-kept secrets? On Kauai, you definitely don’t want to miss that Haraguchi Rice Mill Tour. This little-known tour consistently gets top reviews from the […]

5 Things Hawaii Doesn’t Have (That You Didn’t Expect)

Hawaii is famous for all the things that it DOES have that the mainland DOESN’T, like tropical sun and sand, plus lots of unique flora and fauna. But what about the things that Hawaii doesn’t have? This little list may surprise you! 5 Things Hawaii Doesn’t Have (That You Didn’t Expect) 1) Snakes. In a tropical location […]

Green Sand Beach

Ever heard of a green sand beach?

Ever heard of a green sand beach? You might find some green sand in various beaches, but to find an all-green beach IS rare – only four in the world – one in Guam, one in Norway, one in the Galapagos, and the last one, called Papakolea, right here on the Island of Hawaii. Papakolea got […]

Fall in Love with the Lyon Arboretum on Oahu

Recently rated one of the top 10 arboretum in all of the United States, the Lyon Arboretum is a wonderful little day out on the island of Oahu for anyone who wants to see amazing tropical plant life up close and personal in a real live rain forest. This part of the world sees a whopping 165 […]

The Niihau Incident

On December 7th 1941, a Japanese pilot crash landed his bullet-punctured plane on the island of Niihau, Hawaii’s “Forbidden Island,” a little-known place that few outsiders ever set foot on. In fact, the Japanese attackers had been instructed to make any necessary emergency landings on Niihau because they incorrectly believed the island to be deserted. No […]

Blue Hawaii Recipe

Want to create the flavor of the islands in your very own home? Try this Blue Hawaii Recipe. Next to the Mai Tai, the Blue Hawaii is probably the most famous cocktail on the islands. The Blue Hawaii was created over 50 years ago right here in Hawaii, when a bartender at the Hilton Hawaiian […]


Haleakala Sunrise

Do you want to experience a little romance on your Hawaiian honeymoon or Hawaiian vacation? Of course you do! Hawaii is one of the most romantic places on earth, and the Hawaiian sunrise seen from Haleakala is a moment you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Located on Maui, Haleakala National Park is home […]

Wailua River

Outdoor Adventure on the Wailua River

The only rivers that you can boat on in all of Hawaii are found on Kauai – and one of the longest and most awesome ones is the Wailua River. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to get out on the river during their Hawaii vacation. The Wailua River is 20 miles of calm and winding […]