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The Hawaii Plan Reviews Tommy Bahama Bar/Restaurant Waikiki

The Hawaii Plan Reviews Tommy Bahama Bar/Restaurant Waikiki

I had the pleasure of being invited to Tommy Bahama (store, restaurant, and bar) last month to try their new, Frozen Mai Tais. I thought Tommy Bahama was going to be a touristy, chain restaurant, but I was surprised to see that it is a very nice place, with a unique menu that has some local flavors! There are many unique dishes created by the restaurant chefs. I went with a good friend who enjoys nice restaurants and we tried…

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The Best Guide for Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail

The Best Guide for Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail

Overview Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail is a great hike for families, dog owners, casual hikers, large groups, bikers, or just people wanting to jog an incline. The path is incredibly friendly. As a hike however, it is fairly boring, with little challenge. There are plenty of side adventures though, including a beach you can walk to, hiking beyond the path to the pillboxes, and hiking down to the tidepools.   Review coming soon…

The Best Guide for the Diamond Head Hike

The Best Guide for the Diamond Head Hike

Hike Summary Diamond Head is a great hike for families and tourists. There’s pavement, slightly rocky paths, many turns, a dark tunnel, a long flight of stairs, and a little pillbox-like thing you can crawl through. It’s an easy hike. You can try and find parking here for $5 a car, but parking is limited. On weekends, when it’s busy, I recommend parking at Kapiolani Community College and walking up. It’s definitely the most popular hike on the island. There…

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The Best Guide for the Koko Head Crater Trail Hike

The Best Guide for the Koko Head Crater Trail Hike

Overview This hike might be on my top 2 hikes in Hawaii. It is not a typical hike where you run around in some trees, but rather, a big climb towards the top. There is something appealing about looking back and seeing how far up you are… and something disheartening about looking up at the steep climb ahead. The views are so-so, but I love the appeal of this hike and it is very unique. It’s also great that it…

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Introducing Hawaii Hike Reviews!

Introducing Hawaii Hike Reviews!

As someone who enjoys hiking as a hobby, I have always found hiking information sites to be frustrating. Although they provide a lot of information on directions, parking, descriptions, photos, and basic statistics, they do not provide a review of the hike. And the websites that do review hikes almost all have high ratings even for hikes that are very plain with no exceptional views. So, I decided to make my own reviews, with a better way to quantify how…

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What’s the best transportation method in Honolulu / Oahu?

What’s the best transportation method in Honolulu / Oahu?

Honolulu, Hawaii is a big tourist attraction. It is also the biggest city in Hawaii, so transportation options are fairly decent. Here are my opinions on the different transportation methods available to you.   1. Uber Before I mention any other transportation methods, I need to express my love of Uber, the ride-share company. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a taxi-alternative that hires regular people to use their own cars to give people rides. It sounds strange, but many…

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Why is Hawaii so Diverse?

Why is Hawaii so Diverse?

Hawaii. The 50th state. A group of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. My home. And also… a VERY diverse place. As an American, I grew up watching a lot of American sitcoms. Family Matters, Full House, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It was funny though — because the demographics of these people on TV did not reflect what I saw everyday in Hawaii. Hawaii is one, big mixed plate If you’ve vacationed in Hawaii ever, you may have…

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Best Hotels in Hawaii: A Local’s Opinion

Best Hotels in Hawaii: A Local’s Opinion

In an old post, I had talked about how to vacation in Hawaii for cheap by staying at places like hotel condos, bed and breakfast inns, or by just couch surfing. Today, we’ll be looking at the opposite end of the spectrum — what the best Hawaii hotels are. These places are much nicer, more resort-type, have more amenities, and are great choices for special occasions, such as a honeymoon. Hilton Hawaiian Village: a great resort to stay at for…

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Underwater Camera Reviews: GoPro Hero3

Underwater Camera Reviews: GoPro Hero3

Looking for a waterproof camera to use for underwater activities and water sports? Then look no further than the GoPro Hero3. Underwater Camera Reviews: What is GoPro? In short: Durable, mountable, action cameras. GoPro is a company that has creates cameras for taking pictures and video for people in an active lifestyle. The cameras are small, mountable, and have a wider view lens to capture the most area. Because of this, GoPros are often synonymous with extreme activities like surfing,…

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