Prince Kuhio Day

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What better way to experience Oahu than to engage in a celebration of its rich history and tradition? Locals and tourists alike welcome the holiday each year on March 26th - the birthdate of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniani’ole Piikoi. Prince Kuhio was the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii who became the 1st Hawaiian delegate to the United States Congress. As delegate, he wrote the first Hawaii Statehood bill in 1919, and won the Hawaiian Homes Act in 1921 - which set aside 200,000 acres of land for Hawaiian Natives. Prince Kuhio Day not only honors the former royal, but it is also a love letter to the individuals and organizations that strive to perpetuate the unique Hawaiian culture and traditions. Make the most of your visit to Oahu attractions this month, and take part in the … [Read more...]

Oahu Rainy Day Things To Do!

It is pretty safe to say that if you are spending a vacation on this island, you are going to encounter an Oahu Rainy Day. The excellent thing about rain in Hawaii is that it tends to be a gentler, more tropical rainfall, which often does not thwart your outdoor plans. However, an Oahu rainy day presents the perfect opportunity to experience some of the indoor destinations on the island that are well worth the trip. Iolani Palace and the Honolulu Academy of Arts are located within a mile of each other, giving you a chance to relax, absorb some Hawaiian culture, take a break from the beach, and take advantage of the peaceful rainfall. Iolani Palace is the only official state residence of royalty in the United States. This National Historic Landmark was home to the Hawaiian kingdom's two … [Read more...]

Best Summer Tourist Discounts

To experience everything a city has to offer, look no further than the Smart Destinations All-Inclusive Attraction Passes. Save up to 55% on combined admission prices for the top museums, tours, and attractions at some of the most beloved cities in the nation. When you visit a new city, you want to explore all its top-notch attractions, delve into its distinctive history, and experience all the attributes that truly make the city unique, but you may find yourself spending a lot more than you anticipated when you buy individual tickets. The Go City Card is the solution–it’s already saved millions of travelers time and money, and it can do the same for you!  First you select your destination city, and then you decide how many days of sightseeing you’d like to include. We can … [Read more...]

Things to Do on Vacation with Your Family!

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With school vacation weeks coming up around the country, it’s time to start planning your vacation. With the kids home from school, it’s the perfect time to gather up the whole family for a fun trip. If going far away isn’t feasible, day trips and weekend trips are another option. When it comes to things to do on vacation, we’ve got you covered. Check out these family-friendly options in some of our favorite destinations! Orlando Looking to Orlando for your school vacation destination? You’re not alone. Families flock to Orlando for winter vacations to escape the cold and relax under the palms. Of course, there are numerous things to do on vacation in Orlando, from the nation’s biggest theme parks to world-class museums. However, if you’re looking for something … [Read more...]

Oahu Travel Deals: Discount Day in Oahu

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Paradise may seem out of reach with six inches of snow on the ground and ice on the roads, but Hawaii is just a few dollars away. The savvy traveller should know that you get the best Oahu travel deals on airfare and accommodation this time of year because January is an off-peak time for tropical vacations. Airlines and hotels offer discounted prices to encourage travel in this slower season, especially for those able to plan a trip during the week. It’s also a smart time to take your honeymoon or family vacation for less; Oahu will be both more private and more affordable. Once you’ve tracked down the best deals on getting to and staying in Oahu, it’s time to start planning how you’ll spend your time. And of course, you’ll want to save money on all of your activities and … [Read more...]

Autumn Okinawa Dance Matsuri in Oahu this Saturday!

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Anyone who's studied Hawaiian history, or made a visit to one of the islands' many historic attractions,knows that Hawaii is a melting pot of cultures. Throughout the year, different groups celebrate their heritage with a variety of events - we're talking everything from parades to sporting competitions to outdoor music festivals. Coming up this Saturday is another cultural event central to Hawaii's celebration of its Japanese residents: The Autumn Okinawa Dance Matsuri. The word "matsuri" translates to festival or holiday in Japanese, whereas Okinawa is a prefecture in southern Japan. The event is run by the Hawaii United Okinawa Association, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote, perpetuate, and preserve Okinawan culture. They're planning an all-night dance party starting at 5PM … [Read more...]

Celebrate Hawaiian Culture with Oahu’s Aloha Festivals

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Honolulu's Aloha Festivals are almost exactly what you'd expect them to be - one big welcome to Hawaii and its rich history, culture, and traditions. But the Festivals, which kicks off tomorrow, are much more than an introduction to Hawaiian history; they're part of the state's history themselves. Ever since the 1940s, Hawaiians have been finding ways to honor their past while staying grounded in the present. The Aloha Festivals were originally created with Hawaii's unique mixture of cultures in mind, but ended up becoming so popular that by the 1990s it was a full-blown, state-run week of activities free to both Hawaiian natives and visiting public. This year's theme is "Ho'onui 'Ike: to increase knowledge, enrich". See how you and your family can live up to Ho'onui 'Ike with … [Read more...]

Hike to the Famous Makapuu Lighthouse

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Time spent in Hawaii usually consists of two kinds of activities; the relaxing, beach-related kind, and the adventuring, exploring kind. From hiking the iconic Diamond Head crater to exploring Hanauma Bay by snorkel, the Hawaiian adventurer has a lot of classic outdoor options to choose from. But for the traveler interested in a rare opportunity, there’s a brand new tour this season to check out – the Makapuu Lighthouse Hike, guided by Kaimana Tours, LLC. Available at a discounted price through both of Smart Destinations’ budget-friendly passes, this newly added activity is a unique opportunity to visit some of Oahu’s most famous historical sites. The tour goes past many of the most beautiful and truly representative Hawaiian natural landmarks, as well as a bounty of wildlife. … [Read more...]

Free Ukulele Festival this Sunday!

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What comes to mind when you think of Hawaii? Surf, sand, leis, and of course, the ukulele! The instrument originates from 19th century Hawaii, and is still praised today as a hallmark of Hawaiian entertainment. On July 22nd, starting at 9am, you’ll be able to join local residents of Oahu along with plenty of visitors and tourists in celebration of the ukulele and its historical significance in Hawaiian culture. Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll be seeing at the Ukulele Festival, as well as a little history on the instrument and Oahu attractions you can catch nearby: Singing the Ukulele's Praise Since 1970 Although Oahu has only been holding the Ukulele Festival since 1970, the instrument dates back all the way to the 1880s. Ukuleles gained popularity under the reign of King … [Read more...]

Prince Lot Hula Festival Returns to Oahu This July!

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Coming up on July 21st is the 35th annual Prince Lot Festival at the Moanalua Gardens in Honolulu, which celebrates all things traditional in Hawaiian culture. It's also the largest non-competitive hula festival in all of the United States, drawing a whopping 10,000+ visitors and residents to the Gardens annually. It's a festival that's near to Hawaii's heart - held in memory of King Kamehameha V, the Festival celebrates the triumph of hula over government repression. In the 19th century, King Kamehameha V (better known as Prince Lot) repealed the then ban on hula in the Moanalua district, effectively securing hula as an openly practiced Hawaiian tradition across the islands. It's only fitting that the Festival is held on the Prince's former summer grounds - once home to a botanical … [Read more...]