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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

3 Best Tips for Hawaii Vacation Rental Owners

Dear Best Hawaii Vacation Blog visitors,
Our post today is written for the people who are doing everything to provide their guests with your Best Hawaii vacation, namely the owners of Hawaii vacation rental homes or condos. When you had a closer look at our About Us page of this blog, you read about our many years in the Hawaii vacation rental business. The following information is for all the vacation rental owners, whether on Maui, Kauai, Oahu or the Big Island, who want to improve their vacation rental business.

3 Best Tips for Vacation Rental Owners to make your Vacation Rental business a big success!

1. LONG DISTANCE with VONAGE at an affordable rate

With more and more inquiries coming in through our own homepage and from our listings with the big directories in the vacation rental industry like vrbo.com and A1 vacation.com, we were facing not only long distance calls within the USA and Canada but also calls to Europe, Japan and Australia. The long distance calls became an expense issue. This is when we heard about vonage.com. At that time we had already broadband Internet access for our computers and thought we'd give it a try. It is unbelievable how much money Vonage calls can save you when in the vacation rental business. All long distance calls within the United States and Canada are free for your flat rate of $24.99/mo. It helps so much, when you talk to a potential guest and are at ease about the time you are spending on the phone providing more rental information. It makes you relaxed and your guest happy! A lot of the International Calls are extremely cheap too. No MCI or AT&T can beat those rates.
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2. ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS for your Hawaii vacation rental reservations with PAYNET SYSTEMS

The more inquiries you will get for your Hawaii vacation rental home, the bigger the chances are that potential guests want to pay with their credit card. Personal checks work fine within the United States but as soon as you get inquiries for your rental from abroad, accepting credit cards are the way to go. Otherwise, you might lose some good rental business to other rentals which accept credit cards. Just one little warning here, whether you take a check or a credit for the vacation rental reservation, make sure that you had the guests sign a contract which states clearly your cancellation notice. You want to protect yourself and not having to face a sudden cancellation with having to return the deposit money. Banks can charge a lot of money for you accepting credit cards. Paynet System does not.
Visit Paynet Systems for more information.

3. Affordable WEBHOSTING for your HOMEPAGE

The majority of Hawaii vacation rental owners still don't have their own website or homepage. They depend on listings with vacation rental directories. We actually recommend to have one. Admitted, it takes some time till your vacation rental homepage will show in the search engine results of Google, Yahoo or MSN. Look for a website designer (we did ours ourselves which worked well for us but takes lots of time for designing and learning the trade) who really knows what he is doing with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) meaning designing your homepage, so it will come up in SE results. It's not the fancy sites which come up in the top of Google search, it's the ones which are best designed in regards to SEO. So don't just ask the webmaster for his portfolio but also ask where the sites come up in the searches. Best is to pay some extra money for having the webmaster transferring the files to your local harddrive. Dreamweaver is a great program to do your changes with. Anyways, long story short, whether you take care of your vacation rental site or a webmaster does it, you will need an affordable but reliable webhost. We have been with 1and1.com for many years and have 3 sites hosted at $7/mo.
Visit 1and1.com for more information.
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We hope Hawaii vacation rental owners found this information useful for making their vacation rental business more efficient and successful. Many Happy Rentals, Pua Hawaii Affordable Vacation Rentals

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Will Hawaii Vacation Rentals Benefit from New Super Ferry?

This post is written by Julie, owner from Ideal Vacation Rentals Blog

There has been much controversy surrounding the Hawaii Superferry, scheduled to start service July 1, 2007, between the islands of Oahu, Maui and Kauai with added service to the Big Island in 2009. Arguments opposing the new ferry range from environmental issues associated with the harbors, possible travel of invasive species from island to island, concern over the saftety of the seasonal humpback whales and the potential for illegal drug traffic to move between islands. Information available on the Super Ferry Web Site shows that these issues are being addressed, and also the state senate bill approving an Environment Impact Study to go ahead, will also address these problems.

My question on this blog is Will Hawaii Vacation Rentals benefit from the superferry?
It is very likely that the locals might use the new super ferry more than tourists to the islands. Imagine if you are a crafts person, and live in Oahu, Maui or Kauai. The new super ferry will enable you to load up your van with all your goods and travel to one of the neighboring islands to attend craft fairs and swap meets. You probably will not choose to stay in a hotel because of the expense so chances are you will decide to search Hawaii Vacation Rentals, and rent from an owner for a more affordable accommodation.

If you are a trades person and work is slow on Kauai, the ferry will enable you to put all your tools and equipment into your vehicle and take a job on Oahu, where there may be more opportunities for work. Perhaps your job will take a month or more so you may search for Oahu Monthly Vacation Rentals for great rates. Many local families like to get away to a different island for their vacations. The ferry will enable them to put their luggage, surf boards, pets, baby seats, cooler and other vacation necessities into their car with no airport hastle or picking up a rental car at their destination. Renting from an owner provides affordable accommodations on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island.

It may just be that the Hawaii Super Ferry will stimulate the local economy more than benefit tourists. A reason for this is the cheap interisland flights now available through Go, Hawaiian and Aloha airlines. Most tourists are only on the islands for a couple of weeks so may opt for a flight over a longer ferry ride. There are of course the snowbirds who come to Hawaii to escape the cold winters of Canada and the Northern US. The new super ferry might appeal to these "Kama aina" tourists, as they will have more time to explore the other islands. More than likely these snowbirds will opt for Hawaii Vacation Rentals over hotels for accommodations on the islands.

We, Pua and Keoki at Best Hawaii Vacation Blog, think that tourists will like and use this new way of interisland travel. It's different, offers new scenery and is soooo relaxing! When you see the island of Maui from Kawaihae on the Kohala Coast, just like you could touch it, one can understand that travel by boat comes to mind immediately. Too bad that it will take another 2 years, till Kawaihae Harbor is ready for the Super Ferry.

Let us know what you think about the Hawaii Superferry. Mahalo and aloha, Pua Kohala Coast Vacation Guide

About Best Hawaii Vacation Blog


Aloha and welcome to Best Hawaii Vacation Blog. Our Hawaii blog title and blog description in the header tells you already what the blog is about. Let's try to say it differently though, more focused on the reader than the Google search engine.

Best Hawaii Vacation blog is a Hawaii weblog (blog) website aimed at those interested in Hawaii Vacation including accommodation at Hawaii hotels or private vacation rentals or beach front condos, travel tips for cheap air fare to Hawaii and car rental discounts on Hawaiian islands, favorite things to do in Hawaii and everything else which makes your trip to Hawaii your Best Hawaii Vacation.

You will find:

Basic Vacation Information on all Hawaiian Islands

Fun youtube Hawaii videos on Whale Watch, Hawaiian Luau

Fresh content on Hawaii happenings and events.

'How to or Where to' instructional articles to help blog visitors to plan their Best Hawaii Vacation

Air Fare Specials to Hawaii, Vacation Rental Last Minute Offers

Who are Pua and Keoki?

KohalaCoastWeb blog content is written my Hawaii lovers Pua and Keoki. We were running our own successful Hawaii vacation rental business with top Google ranked websites till 2006. Our ultimate goal had been providing quality vacation accommodations but also the most comprehensive Hawaii vacation information. Hawaii Frommer's listed our vacation rentals on the Kohala Coast several times.

When it was time to move on, we continued to share our experience as long-time hosts in the Hawaii vacation rental business with Hawaii Big Island visitors on our two new sites: HawaiiAffordableVacationRentals is designed for Big Island rental owners to list their vacation rental for free. At the same time, visitors to the Hawaii Big Island can easily find Big Island vacation rentals island wide according to their budget and expectations.

Our other site is KohalaCoastWeb.com. This site was created to supply Hawaii visitors with the most comprehensive information on the Kohala Coast. The site is over 100 pages and is still growing. Kohala Coast Vacation Guide lists Hawaii vacation & Big Island information with emphasis on Kohala Coast vacation, including a selected list of Kohala Coast vacation rental homes.

Our goal at Best Hawaii Vacation Blog

With blogs conquering the web and replacing more stagnant websites with no fresh content, we decided to develop a Hawaii blog which deals with all the vacation needs of the Hawaii traveler at new, different perspective. Thus Hawaii Best Vacation Blog was born.

We'd like to close the gap between visitors and vacation hosts. We are not another corporate Hawaii blog whose main goal is selling you Waikiki hotel packages, Hawaiian cruises, golf course discounts and such. If we come across some great deals, we will definitely share those with our Hawaii blog visitors. This blog is about people's experiences, ours and our blog visitors, and what it takes for your Best Hawaii Vacation. Little things contributing to the big picture of a unique Hawaii vacation.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

When to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, lava flow Kilauea
If you consider a Hawaii vacation on the Big Island in order to watch the hot lava of a live volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park like Joe Duck told in his recent Big Island vacation trip report, well, you might have to think again, unless the hot lava is not on your top priority list.
John Hibberd and Josephine Howarth traveled 10,000 miles from England to Hawaii to see lava. The two visitors seemed to think their arrival the previous week at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was poorly timed because they didn't get to see flowing lava. Having lived on the Big Island for many years, there were always times of poor or no lava flow. We always felt kind of sorry for our Big Island vacation rental visitors from all over the world when Kilauea was not spitting fire fountains and lava rivers. But guys this is mother nature (or Pele the Goddess of the Volcano)! No prediction can be made.

This time though it seems to be different. Currently, lava is no longer flowing from the Puu Oo vent, and it will likely remain empty for a few weeks, if not longer, Poland said. Geophysicist Mike Poland hopes visitors realize just what exciting events are happening, even if no lava is coming from Puu Oo and creating its trademark steam plume. Based on past performances, the lava will likely flow again.

Read more on recent and future lava flow at Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National at West Hawaii Today article 'Eruption Pattern changes'

In any case, when the lava starts flowing again, we recommend night time visits but pay close attention to the signs of the Park rangers and take plenty of water and variety of clothes - ocean front is extremely hot and one gets dehydrated from walks to lava flows easily - whereas at 3000 ft elevation of the Hawaii Volcanoes Park, it gets quite cold when the sun has set. Believe us the visit will be an experience of a lifetime, with or without lava flow. Aloha, Pua Hawaii Big Island Vacation Guide
Nearly forgot to mention that the stop of Kilauea's lava flow has a big advantage for the residents and visitors in Kailua Kona and the rest of the west coast...no vog (sulphur fumes from the volcano lingering over the coast!), just clear, blue skies everywhere! Enjoy this rare event!

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Big Island Vacation Trip Report 1

Mahalo to Joe Duck from Online Highways for his Hawaii Big Island Trip Report.

For me the big “surprise” of Hawaii was how relaxed and uncrowded it was, even during Spring break, *except* in the Honolulu area surrounding Waikiki Beach. A little research after our trip of a few years back told me that almost all Hawaiian tourism happens in the few square miles of Honolulu right around Waikiki Beach, the stretch of beautiful white sand and surf that curves in a gentle crescent around the surf side of Honolulu. Pearl Harbor was also fairly crowded, though even these “busiest” parts of Hawaii were easily manageable.

I think the kids remember the high rises, beach, and trinket shopping in Honolulu the most but my wife and I enjoyed our stay at the Keauhou Bay Resort, an “Outrigger” Brand Hotel about 10 miles south of Kona on the big Island. Our first room was too low and with a bad view but they relocated us to higher floor where we enjoyed a great view of the surf and swaying palms. Hawaiian hotel lobbies are often in the open air in a patio like setting, and that was the case at the Keauhou Bay. The restaurant also was “outside” but under a roof, next to a nice small pool and within view of the surf. The immediate area was a sometime home of King Kameahameha, the dude who unified the islands (sometimes with brutal force), but is still celebrated as one of Hawaii’s great historical figures. A recreation of his small house is still on the grounds.

the Keauhou Bay Resort Hotel was somewhat isolated from the big groups of resorts and hotels located at Kona and at Waikoloa. Kona appeared to cater more to the “middle class” where the huge resorts at Waikoloa tend to cater to the wealthiest visitors to the big island. Based on our short visit to Waikoloa the resorts there seem to spend a lot of time “recreating” Hawaii at the resort grounds and pools rather than having you experience it a bit more directly on the beaches and the small city of Kona. However if you want to be pampered more you’ll probably want Waikoloa places.

The big Island is not nearly as big as I’d expected - you could drive completely around it in 5 hours 20 minutes using the main Hawaii Belt Road that circles Hawaii (this is pretty much the key main road on the big Island, though there are a few other big roads in Waikaloa area.

Links to some key attractions of Hawaii:

DO NOT MISS the historic native village at Honaunau a US National Historic Park. This is a “must see” to understand Hawaii before colonialism. A beautiful recreation of a native polynesian village with interpretive information.

Kealakekua Bay is where Captain Cook first landed. He was greeted by Hawaiians peacefully and left, but then returned and was killed. The monument area offers excellent snorkelling as part of a *great* full day adventure that was the highlight of our Hawaii trip. No special skills required though it is a bit physical unloading and loading the boats on the car and into the water:
* Rent Kayaks and snorkelling equipment at one of the places south of Kona. We used “Kona Boys” and they were nice.
* Drive to the put in area at Kealakekua Bay. There were some folks hanging out there to help put in and take out for tips, but we just did it ourselves.
* Kayak out to near the monument. You can take out on the rocks north of the monument and then snorkel the reef around there. Lots of fish, great “drop off” to deep water.
Keep an eye out for Dolphins, or even whales. Dolphins are most likely in the mornings and evening.

Hilo is Hawaii’s largest city but not nearly as big a tourist destination as the Kona area. However our drive along the Puna Coast offered some of the most scenic views of the trip. At the end of the road is a great fish and burger cafe, and you can walk from there to the black sand beach that used to be among the world’s most famous until the area was overrun by Lava from Kilueau. Now you’ll see the beach in the process of eroding away into black sand again and note the coconut palms planted all around by a local. Although technically you could hike to Kilauea from here it is many miles away, not recommended, and could be dangerous.

Kilauea Volcano - Walking right up to the red molten lava flow, and seeing a lavafall shooting into the ocean were, for me, a personal “life’s great moments” kind of adventure. Eruption updates.

Kona Coffee: Be sure to do one of the many coffee tours offered just south of Kona at the small coffee plantations. Our 40 minute tour showed the trees and the process. Also it was “free” (though you should give the guide a nice tip) and including sampling several Kona blends and taking away some free avocados from their trees.

Yes, there is a lot more to note about Hawaii, but I need to move on to some new destinations. We’ll do more Hawaii later….

We invite all our readers to join our Hawaii Trip Reports. Write a short trip report about your Hawaii vacation on Oahu, Kauai, Maui or Hawaii Big Island or Molokai and Lanai. Hawaii visitors would like to hear where you stayed, island, hotel or vacation rental, and what you did on your Hawaiian vacation. Please, email us your report. When approved, your Hawaii trip report will be published immediately. Mahalo and aloha Pua Hawaii Kohala Coast Vacation Guide

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

How to have a great Big Island Vacation and Save Money

Have a great Hawaii Vacation and Save MoneyDear Hawaii traveler,
Well, now we are coming full circle with 'entering' home territory of Hawaii Big Island. We happily noticed that our 'How to have a great Hawaii vacation and Save Money' articles found lots of interested readers. The follow-up work with providing more useful vacation links for "Cheap Hawaii Vacation", "Hawaii Luau vacation", "Hawaii Vacations Cruises & Honeymoon packages", "Hawaii vacation condominiums" is still ahead of us. Who missed our posts on Best Hawaii Vacation on the different Hawaiian islands, can find them all here at one glance here:
Now, let's go visit Hawaii, Hawaii the Big Island that is. With our many years of experience in the Big Island vacation rental accommodation business, we are happy to share our insiders' knowledge and our love for this Hawaiian island with everybody who plans his next Hawaii vacation on the Big Island.

Hawaii Big Island is the Hawaiian island of superlatives. The Big Island is not only the largest in the Hawaiian chain and the least populated, but it also offers the biggest diversity of climates (11 micro-climates) and terrain, from dry tropical climate on the west coast beaches - Kona and Kohala Coast - to lush green rainforest on the east coast - Hamakua Coast, Hilo, Puna Kapoho areas.

Your Hawaii vacation on the Big Island will be more than just a beach vacation. So, prepare yourself for a Hawaii vacation beyond the ordinary. We always recommend an entire week for a Big Island vacation. There are just too many things to do and to see, which you don't want to miss once you are on the island. And a little R&R on a white sand between Big Island adventures should be on your vacation itinerary!

First things first, where to stay for your Big Island vacation? The Big Island's fancy ocean front 5-star hotels are on the Kohala Coast, where famous white sand beaches like Hapuna Beach and Mauna Kea Beach are located and where the sun shines all year around. You have probably heard about The Hilton Waikoloa Village, which resembles those Maui ocean front resorts like the Grand Wailea with water slide, fish ponds, big guest room towers but...no beach access here. I think the Marriott at Waikoloa Beach Resort and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel offer the best ratio of price, amenities and beach access of all the Kohala Coast hotels, if you prefer a hotel versus a private vacation rental. Kona Coast hotels are generally cheaper than the Kohala Coast hotels. Keauhou Beach Hotel, King Kamehameha Beach Hotel and Kona Seaside Hotel in Kalua Kona are meeting all the expectations of the budget traveler.

More and more Big Island travelers decide for private, fully equipped vacation rental homes and condos for their Big Island vacation. Rental homes don't only offer you lots of privacy, the option to stay home and cook for yourself but in lots of cases a lot of amenities, like high speed Internet access for your laptop, are included for free in your stay.

With us having lived on the Kohala Coast for so many years, it goes without saying that we recommend vacation homes on the sunny Kohala Coast...white sand beaches are all in an easy 10 -15 minute drive, the Kohala Coast area offers the best access to Mauna Kea summit adventures (one does not need to ski the mountain but star gazing is available to everybody at the Mauna Kea Visitors Center), Kona with Hawaii Ironman Triathlon in October and Hilo with famous Merrie Monarch Hula Festival at Easter are both a convenient 1hr drive away. Even exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and watch the lava flow of Kilauea can be done within a day trip. Why not stay at one of those nice Volcano logdes or cottages for one night!

When arriving at Kona International Airports or Hilo International Airport for your Big Island vacation, pick up vacation brochures for Hawaii right there. If you want to be better prepared for your best Hawaii vacation, order your Hawaii Big Island Official Vacation Planner or call toll free 1-800-648-2441. This vacation brochure will help you plan the perfect Hawai'i's Big Island vacation and save money. A great choice is also to buy the 'Big Island Revealed' Book as your travel companion for your Big Island travel.

Bookmark this Big Island page. We will include links on "How to have a great Big Island vacation & Save Money". We, Pua and Keoki at Best Hawaii Vacation Blog, are looking forward to hearing from you with your Hawaii experience or questions on Big Island vacation. Aloha Pua Hawaii Vacation Guide
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Monday, June 18, 2007

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Please, contact us for advertising your Hawaii vacation or travel business on our Hawaii blog. Mahalo, Pua Hawaii Vacations
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Best Hawaii Vacation Articles

Here is our current list of best Hawaii articles from our Hawaii blog chosen according to traffic to the blog post, comment responses and last but not least page rank of the blog post. This is not a permanent list but a project of Love and Aloha in progress.

How to have a great Hawaii vacation and Save Money

3 Reasons to Visit Hawaii this Summer
How to have a great Maui Vacation and Save Money
How to have a great Kauai Vacation and Save Money
How to have a great Oahu Vacation and Save Money
How to have a great Big Island Vacation and Save Money
How to get free vacation brochures for Hawaii

What you need to know about your best Hawaii vacation

Hawaii Vacation with Kids
Your best Hawaii vacation
Which Hawaiian island is your favorite?
Do I need to rent a car for my Hawaii vacation?
When is the best weather for your Hawaii vacation?
How to find best Hawaii car rental

5 best secrets for your Hawaii spa vacation
5 Hawaii Myths you should know about
How safe are Hawaii Beaches - A Life and Death Story
Best Beach Big Island

Get a Taste of Hawaii now

Where can I find Hawaiian music
Hawaiian gifts from the Aloha State
Learn how to hula
Hawaii Lei greetings with Hawaian flower leis
Best Hawaii Photos
Hawaiian Calendar Girls

Things to do in Hawaii

Biggest Waves on North Shore Oahu
Horseback Riding in Hawaii
Best Hawaii Helicopter Tours
Hawaii Humpback Whale Encounters
Surfing in Hawaii
Best Hawaiian luau show
Hawaii Hula Festival
Poipu Kauai Vacation YouTube video
Ever wanted to be an Ironman?
Getting married in Hawaii
Visit Aloha Festival Events on your Hawaii Vacation

Places to stay in Hawaii

Where to Stay in Hawaii This Summer?
Hilton Waikoloa Village Big Island

Hawaii Vacation Packages for Fall Vacation
Best Hawaii Vacation Destination
Kohala Coast Hotels & Resorts
Kohala Coast Vacation Rentals & Vacation Homes

Hawaii and Celebrities

Celebrities in Hawaii
Donald Trump in Hawaii

Best Hawaii Vacation Resources and Vacation Tips

Best Time to Visit Hawaii
Hawaii Weather Today and Island Forecasts
How much Does a Hawaii Vacation Cost
Best Hawaii Guidebooks for Vacation

How to get free Hawaii Vacation Planners
Big Island Vacation Trip Report 1
Maui Vacation Trip Report 1
Molokai Vacation Trip Report
Moving to Hawaii - Vacation For Ever

Hawaii Island Life

Best Price Hawaii Home for Sale

Feel free to let us know, which Hawaii blog post should be included in the list and why. Looking forward to hearing from you. Mahalo and aloha, Pua Kohala Coast Vacation Guide

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Alaska Airlines New Service to Hawaii

This post is sponsored by Hawaii Affordable Vacation Rentals

Dear Hawaii travelers,
Great news for Hawaii visitors from Seattle. Alaska Airlines Hawaii vacations recently announced its new service to Honolulu on the Island of Oahu and Lihu'e on the Island of Kauai. Alaska Airlines will offer daily year-round nonstop flights between Seattle and Honolulu, and between Seattle and Lihu'e on the island of Kauai. Alaska will also launch seasonal service between Anchorage and Honolulu. Go here for Alaska Airlines Promo

Seattle-Honolulu starts October 12th;
Seattle-Lihu'e begins October 28th;
Anchorage-Honolulu starts December 9th.
All flights operate daily with Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Hawaii Fares
Look for fares as low as $162* each way, from Seattle to Honolulu, and $202* each way, from Seattle to Lihu'e. Book today. Use Alaska Airlines Promo code for your flight reservation to Honolulu or Kauai.

Based on travel Monday through Thursday. Seats are limited. Check alaskaair.com for availability and restrictions. Have a great Hawaii vacation. Aloha, Pua Hawaii Vacation Rental Specials

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

How to have a great Oahu Vacation and Save Money!

Save money on your Oahu vacationDear Hawaii visitors,
We are still dealing with the question all Hawaii vacationers ask themselves and the locals which Hawaiian island is the best for their Hawaii vacation vacation! After telling you about best places to stay on your Kauai condo vacation and family Maui vacation rental ideas for your Maui vacation plus how to get FREE vacation brochures for Hawaii, we are talking Oahu Vacation today.

Honolulu International Airport is still the gateway to the Hawaiian Islands, even though more and more Airlines fly direct into Kona International Airport on Hawaii Big Island, Maui's Kahului Airport or Lihue Airport on Kauai. Amazingly 9 out of 10 visitors to Hawaii stop on Oahu for a visit to Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Waikiki has not lost its magic attraction to Hawaii visitors from Japan and the Mainland. And why not stay there for a short Oahu vacation?

Waikiki Beach Hotels offer rates from luxury to affordable. Here are a few advantages for staying at a Waikiki hotel: Hotel shuttles or the public Honolulu bus service take you right to your Waikiki Hotel. If you stay at Waikiki, no car rental is necessary! For touring Honolulu, Honolulu's bus service is excellent and affordable! We took the shuttle from Honolulu Airport to our Waikiki hotel as they told us it's faster than the bus. Well, big mistake as our hotel was the last one in the line of Waikiki Hotels.

Waikiki beach is a nice white sand beach but it can be very crowded. However, Waikiki fancy shops, fine dining restaurants and nightlife attract lots of tourists. For budget shopping, we recommend to take the bus to Ala Moana Shopping Mall. Same applies to restaurants. If you look for affordable lunches and dinners, just walk down a few streets from Waikiki. There are also plenty of condos Hawaii Oahu vacation rental options, if you want to have your own vacation rental place with kitchen.

Oahu vacation is not just Waikiki. Believe us or not but there are miles of white-sand beaches and slow country living with rainbows and waterfalls, tropical flowers and sunsets just 1hr-drive out of Honolulu. Ride the big waves on the North Shore, snorkel a crystal clear lagoon, kayak or sail or just sunbathe on an empty beach. Oahu weather is very moderate with average 82 F and light trade wind breeze blowing. For your best Hawaii vacation, find vacation rental homes in Kailua Oahu Hawaii, Hawaii Oahu rental vacation Waimea or Kailua Oahu Hawaii private home.

When arriving at Honolulu Airport for your Oahu vacation, pick up vacation brochures for Hawaii right there. If you want to be better prepared for your best Hawaii vacation, plan your Oahu Vacation with the free vacation brochure for Hawaii Oahu from the Oahu Visitors Bureau or call 1-877-525-6248 (OAHU). This free Hawaii vacation planner is full of information on accommodations, activities, restaurants, car rentals, island maps and more. You can also buy the book 'Oahu Revealed - The ultimate Guide to Honolulu, Waikiki & Beyond' as a companion for your Oahu travel.

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

How to have a great Kauai vacation and Save Money!

Have a great Kauai VacationHow to have a great Kauai Vacation and Save Money!

Best Hawaii Vacation destination? What do we expect from your best but cheap Hawaii vacation and what are the things you want to do in your vacation? Last but not least, your budget will define which island to go, what to do and where to stay, at a 5-star Hawaiian beach resort or an affordable inexpensive Hawaii vacation condominium. Laid back Kauai, the Garden Isle, might just be right for you...rainforests, cliffs, valleys, swaying palm trees and most impressive, seemingly endless stretches of white sand beaches.

Be prepared though for frequent tropical downpours but these make the island so lush and green. After the downpour, the sun is fast out again and the most beautiful rainbows will be displayed. The readers of 'Travel & Leisure Magazine' have voted Kauai as the best island in Hawaii to spend your vacation 3 years in a row.

Kauai vacation is perfect for the active Hawaii traveler...there are miles of trails through tropical rain forest and along rugged ocean cliffs for passionate hikers, bikers or horseback riders, huge variety of ocean sports from scuba diving, surfing, to whale watching, golf courses from championship courses to affordable local courses invite golfers. We combined on our Kauai vacation our kayak tour on the Wailua River with a hike through rain forest to hidden waterfalls. Won't ever forget that.

With miles of sandy beaches and no resort next to it, Kauai offers lots of quiet spots for relaxation or meditation away from hotel crowds and resorts. When looking for nightlife action, then Kauai is probably not the right place for your Hawaii vacation. Did you know that a Kauai rule is that no building may exceed the height of a coconut tree? So, even on the Kapaa Coconut Coast the height of condo resorts is not higher than 3 or 4 stories.

One can find affordable vacation accommodation on the east coast in the area of the above mentioned town of Kapaa, which is the shopping and resort center. Kapaa has made a great comeback after hurricane Iniki flattened the island of Kauai in 1992. We like the central location of Kapaa for vacation activities, shopping, restaurants and beaches. Resorts condos are offered at affordable rates.

Going further north from Kapaa on the one and only road the traveler gets to beautiful Kauai's North Shore with Princeville Resort as a centerpiece. Princeville Resort includes a luxury Sheraton hotel and 10 condo complexes plus lots of new timeshare golfcourse condos. Hanalei is the laid back center of North Shore life with Hanalei Bay beach attracting families with kids because of the calm ocean. Hanalei is the gateway to the wild Na Pali Coast. Be aware that the North Shore has quite a bit more rain than the south point of Kauai.

When arriving at Kauai Lihue Airport for your Kauai vacation, pick up vacation brochures for Hawaii right there. If you want to be better prepared for your best Hawaii vacation, order your free vacation brochures for Kauai ahead of your trip or buy the ‘Kauai Revealed’ book as your travel companion for your Kauai travel.

You want to know what the weather is like right now on Kauai, check current Kauai weather in Lihue, Hawaii (for your stay on the Coconut Coast, Kapaa), weather in Princeville (for your vacation at Hanalei or Princeville Resort) or Poipu Resort weather.

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Kauai Hawaii Vacation Information To visit Kauai is to quickly lose yourself in the quiet majesty of the island's lush tropical setting and extraordinary natural heritage. Come, discover the legendary aloha spirit that abounds in this friendly garden island paradise.

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Saturday, June 9, 2007

How to have a great Maui vacation and Save Money!

Save Money on your Maui VacationHave a great Maui Vacation and Save Money

Our Best Hawaii Vacation Blog provides you with comprehensive information about all the Hawaiian Islands to make it easier for Hawaii travelers to decide which island they want to visit for their Hawaii vacation, whether they were looking for a cheap Hawaii vacation, coast inexpensive vacation condo Kona Hawaii, family Maui vacation rental Hawaii or a Kailua Oahu Hawaii private home.

Hawaii vacation means to most visitors relaxing on white sand beaches and swimming in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean when the Mainland is haunted by cold or rainy weather. The best Maui beaches are located on the West Coast from Kapalua to the historic port of Lahaina with lots of Maui resorts. South Maui is another beach attraction area. Kaanapali is the big family oriented resort area with about 3 miles of white sandy beaches. Whalers Village, a seaside mall with about 48 shops and restaurants is very popular among all Maui visitors. For budget accommodations, Maui condos in Honokowai, Kahana and Napili (built in the 70s), offer excellent bargains at a great location, in a short distance from Kapalua and Kaanapali resort areas.

South Maui can be considered the driest and hottest area on Maui. So, it’s very popular with sun lovers. Kihei on a 7-mile stretch of white sand beaches provides Maui’s best vacation bargain. It’s just the opposite of a Maui vacation at Wailea 5-star resort hotels like the Four Seasons and the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa. Wailea is the ‘playground’ for the celebrities. Wailea has warm, clear water with lots of tropical fish and year-round sunshine and clear blue skies.

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, then Makena might be right for you. You can spend a quiet, relaxing vacation on Makena beach. It’s long ways to drive though to any kind of Maui activities. So make sure serenity is what you want for your Maui beach vacation.

As most everybody rents a car for their Maui vacation (there is no public transportation on Maui!), except from the few visitors who take a shuttle to their Maui resort and don’t move from the beach, unless they get a Mai Tai at the beach bar, a trip to famous Haleakala Volcano in Haleakala National Park is a must.

When arriving at Maui Airports Kahului Airport or Kapalua Airport for your Maui vacation, pick up vacation brochures for Hawaii right there. If you want to be better prepared for your best Hawaii vacation, order your free vacation brochures for Maui ahead of your trip or buy the ‘Maui Revealed’ book as your travel companion for your Maui travel.

You want to know what the weather is like right now on Maui, check here:
Kahului Weather Maui See current local weather in Kahalui and weather forecast.
Lahaina Weather Maui See current local weather in Lahaina and weather forecast.
Hana Weather Maui See current local weather in Hana and weather forecast.

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For your best Maui vacation, we recommend the book 'Maui Revealed', which you can buy at Amazon very cheap. Take it with you as your travel campanion on your Maui vacation.

Friday, June 8, 2007

How to get free vacation brochures for Hawaii?

Remember our Hawaii Blog is here to get you in the mood for your visit to Hawaii, give you a taste of Hawaii plus to help you with useful travel and vacation recommendations for your Best Hawaii Vacation. The Internet is a great resource for finding Hawaii Vacations Cruises, cheap vacation Hawaii, all inclusive spa vacation, Hawaii vacation condominium, honeymoon packages, Hawaii luau vacation and more, but it can be very time consuming and challenging all these hours of staring at the monitor and cruising through tons of Hawaii vacation sites. Here is what we find very helpful.

Free Vacation Brochures for Hawaii

These vacation brochures for Hawaii are free and easy to order. You can fill out the online forms; we find the phone call the easier way. These free Hawaii vacation planners are full of information on accommodations, activities, restaurants, car rentals, island maps and more.
Order your free vacation brochures for Hawaii today:

For everything you need to know about planning your Maui Vacation order a free vacation brochure or call 1-800-525-MAUI (6284).

Order your free Hawaii vacation planner for your Kauai Vacation from KauaiDiscovery or call Kauai Visitors Bureau Tel (808) 245-3971, toll free Visitor Information (800) 262-1400.
Plan your Oahu Vacation with the free vacation brochure for Hawaii Oahu from the Oahu Visitors Bureau or call 1-877-525-6248 (OAHU).

Order your Hawaii Big Island Official Vacation Planner or call toll free 1-800-648-2441. This vacation brochure will help you plan the perfect Hawai'i's Big Island vacation. The website link also allows you to order vacation brochures for Hawaii for the islands of Lanai and Molokai.

Print Vacation Brochures for Hawaii

If you don't want to wait for your free Hawaii Vacation Guide, you can go to the IslandSource site and print vacation brochures for Hawaii islands from there. IslandSource.com includes the following Hawaii things to do vacation brochures for Hawaii:
Airplane Tours, HelicopterTours
Botanical Gardens & Flowers/Nurseries
Sightseeing Tours & Adventure Tours
Galleries & Museums
Diving & Snorkeling
Fishing & Kayaking
Whale Watching
Party & Dinner Cruises, luaus

Restaurants& Shopping
Vacation Homes & Hawaii Vacation Condominium
Hawaii Wedding
Vacation Packages
Real Estate

Buy Vacation Brochures for Hawaii with coupons and promo codes

If you want to pay for your vacation brochures for Hawaii, including coupons and promo codes, visit HawaiiWeb. They will send you up to 4 pounds of color Hawaii vacation brochures, maps, coupons, and information for O'ahu, Maui, Kaui, Big Island, Molokai, or Lanai. The Island brochure packets provide you with the most up-to-date information. HawaiiWeb.com claims that their vacation brochures save you hundreds of dollars on saving coupons for restaurants, activities, gifts and admission fees.

Don't forget there are the Hawaii guide books like Frommer's Hawaii 2007 and Fodor's Hawaii 2006 with comprehensive Hawaii Vacation. Have your best Hawaii Vacation.
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Monday, June 4, 2007

Best Hawaiian Luau Show

What is a Best Hawaii Vacation without attending one of our special Hawaiian luaus with a typical Hawaiian or Polynesian show?!

Yes, we know it's kind of touristy with all the aloha calling, hula dancing and eating kalua pig which has been cooked covered in ti leaves for hours in a Hawaiian 'imu' (fireplace in the open made from lava rocks for cooking luau pig and other meats) and being served poi, the original Hawaiian diet. Well, don't miss the food, whether you like it or not (it's definitely an acquired taste) and don't miss the show at the luau because everything what you will experience at your Hawaiian luau is part of the ancient Hawaiian culture and traditions.

The highlight of any Hawaiian luau is the Samoan or Polynesian Fire Dance. One can see some dare devils there, and the fast beat of the drums gets Hawaiian visitors drawn into this special performance. If you have never had a chance to watch a Polynesian Fire Dance, we have two choices for you. Which Samoan or Polynesian Fire Dance do you like best?

Let's hear your choice. If you have seen an exceptional Hawaiian luau show, which you think other Hawaii visitors should see, please, share with us. Tell us Hawaiian Island and hotel or resort. As usual, we are looking forward to hearing from you. Aloha, Pua Hawaii Vacation and Accommodation Guide