Tips on Taking Travel Photos

Camera photo uploaded by John Kratz They say a picture's worth a thousand words.  If that's true, then you'll want to snap tons of photos to remember your vacation. GoGirlfriend has some tips on snapping strategies to help capture your favorite travel memories. My favorite tip is the one on bringing extra batteries. It seems almost inevitable that whenever I go on vacation, the batteries in my digital camera mysteriously die, so that I have to hightail it to the convenience store for replacements. Next time, I'm bringing extra batteries! Do you have any tips on taking cool travel photos? Leave a comment and let us know! … [Read more...]

Sun Safe Tips for Travelers

Beach photo uploaded by Joe Shlabotnik If you're as fair-skinned as I am, then you probably already know the importance of wearing sunscreen. Experts tells us to wear sunscreen daily, even when it's overcast, but it's even more important when you're visiting a warm, sunny locale like Maui or Oahu and spending lots of time relaxing on the beach. If you have a vacation coming up, then check out this clever article called Smear Campaign: Savvy sun protection for winter escapees. … [Read more...]

Maui Brewing Company Expansion

Support your local brewery by heading over to the Maui Brewing Co. to see their new additions! Fellow bloggers over at the Hawaii Blog published an article about the company, letting us know that they've added two 100-barrel tanks and new equipment to the facility. There's a great demand for their brews and they're prepared to give the public what they want. The interesting fact about the equipment is that they purchased it from the now closed Maui Land & Pineapple cannery, which used to can local pineapple. They take great pride in their 100% Hawaiian brews and hope you'll come and give them a try! … [Read more...]

Traditional Hawaiian Guitar Concert

Guitar on the Beach Photo uploaded by SBishop The Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents Jerry Santos, Hawaiian guitarist, teaming up with Hoku Zuttermeister, guitarist and falsetto singer, and guitarist Barry Kimokeo. The three will present a show of traditional Hawaiian favorites mixed with new blends of exciting tunes on February 2nd at 7:30 pm. They aim to bridge the past, present, and future of Hawaiian music and love to share this goal with their audiences. The show will be held at the McCoy Studio Theatre, with tickets available here. … [Read more...]

Conde Nast Traveler Gold List

The Four Seasons Resort in Maui Photo uploaded by chrischappelear Concierge.com recently published the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List, a listing of the 'best places to stay in the world, selected by the readers of Conde Nest Traveler.' The Four Seasons Resort at Wailea in Maui scored a 99.4 and was named best for activities, best for design, and best for location. It was the top-scoring property in the United States, providing a contemporary Hawaiian design with a new art collection added in 2007, plus the culinary delights of Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant. This is the resort's third appearance on the Gold List, as it was also featured on the 2005 and 2006 listings. … [Read more...]

Birds of Maui

A Nene, Hawaii's State Bird Photo uploaded by gadgetdude If you're a birdwatcher, Maui is an excellent place to give your binoculars and curiosity a workout! From the mountains to golf courses, Hawaiian birds can be spotted just about everywhere. You'll most likely stumble upon an Albatross, soaring above the beach. Whether it be a Laysan, Black-Footed, or Short-Tailed, they'll be gliding effortlessly through the air with their whistle-like voice. If you're traveling to Kilauea Point, you may be lucky enough to see a Red-Tailed Tropicbird, diving into the water to catch fish and squid. These birds are hard to spot, so it might be best to bring binoculars. There's also the Masked Booby, the Red-Footed Booby, and the Brown Booby which also plunge into the water to catch their lunch. You'll see birds uncommon to tropical climates like the Canada Goose and Mallards, who had the … [Read more...]

DIY Chocolate for Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Photo uploaded by stu_spivack Looking to impress your very special someone this Valentine's Day? Why not attempt making them a box of chocolates this year? At Sweet Paradise Chocolatier, you can take an Introduction to Chocolate Making class where you'll learn about the chemistry of chocolate, how to prepare a classic ganache, and how to make hand-dipped and decorated Valentine's Day truffles. You'll also learn the art of the chocolate-dipped strawberry. Each student will take home a box of Valentine's Day chocolates at the end of the class and a light lunch will be served. The class takes place on Saturday, February 9 from 10 am to 3 pm. The class is limited to 12 participants, so to reserve your spot, be sure and purchase it early! … [Read more...]

Flowers of Maui

Flower photo uploaded by James Temple One of the things that makes Hawaii so distinctive compared to the rest of the United States is its strikingly colorful plant life. Especially when trekking off to the islands from a gray winter back home, be sure to savor the lush foliage that surrounds you in Hawaii. One of Hawaii's most beloved flowers is the Hibiscus, the state flower of the islands. In colors of white, yellow, orange, or red and endless combinations, you don't have to search very much to find these blossoms. Hawaiians love to use these flowers as a part of their local landscapes. There's also plentiful amounts of Orchids, out of which Hawaii has created an industry. In endless arrays of color combinations, many Hawaiians collect orchids and possess many rare varieties. If you've never seen a ginger plant, Hawaii also cultivates these beauties for creating stunning … [Read more...]

Maui in Top 10 Travel Destinations

Maui Sunset Photo uploaded by Yogi The Honolulu Advertiser recently announced that Hawaii has been named to three of the top ten spots in a survey completed by Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates. Maui was named the fourth domestic destination by 507 surveyed travel agents, only after Las Vegas and Orlando, while the third spot was awarded to Honolulu and the ninth to Kaua'i. Join the trend and pick up a Go Maui Card or a Go Oahu Card and rate the islands for yourself. If you've got ideas about your own top 10 travel destinations, we'd love to hear your list in a comment! … [Read more...]

Jake Shimabukuro in Concert in Maui

Ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro Photo uploaded by cajoel Jake Shimabukuro is one of the world's top ukulele musicians. He believes that the ukulele is an "...untapped source of music with unlimited potential." He plays everything from jazz to rock and blues on the 4-stringed instrument. To catch his local performance, head over to the Castle Theater on Thursday, January 12th at 7:30 pm when Jake plays with the Maui Pops Orchestra. This performance will include Jake's favorites as well as new collaborations with the Pops, which should surely provide something for everyone! … [Read more...]