Posts Tagged‘Hawaii’

Get Off the Beaten Path in Maui

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When traveling to Maui, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the many recreation and leisure options you can choose from. From the ocean to the mountains, you can find adventure from sea level all the way up to more than 10,000 feet. With so many microclimates to explore, it’s hard to know where you want to stay and what you want to see while you’re in Maui. While both the southern and northern shores of the island offer unique experiences, you’ll have to determine which will be more to your liking. The south shore of the island is home to…

A Maui Sunrise: My Haleakala Adventure

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By: Susanne Richards While I usually like to leave my vacations fairly open-ended in terms of activities, I arrived at my dream destination of Maui with a few experiences in mind. At the top of the list was an early-morning trip to the Haleakala summit to watch the famous Maui sunrise! Determined not to miss the big moment, my boyfriend and I dragged ourselves out of bed a 2:45 a.m. and headed for the mountain. (The drive from our Hawaii villa rental in Lahaina to the nearly 10,000 foot peak took about 2 hours.) Be prepared for some fairly white-knuckle…

4 Spectacular Stateside Summer Destinations!

The Golden Gate Bridge on a Sunny day, CC Salim Virji

If you’re looking for a vacation this summer, here are 4 stunning locations to choose from without having to leave the US. Whether you’re looking to laze on beautiful beaches or shop till you drop, these destinations have it all. San Francisco New York, LA and Vegas can often steal a lot of the USA’s thunder but you’d be a fool to overlook San Francisco. San Fran is a truly fantastic summer spot. There’s a lot to do in San Francisco and one of the best things about the city is that it’s relatively compact at just 49 square miles.…

Surf Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: The North Shore of Oahu

Surfing in Hawaii

The following is a guest post from a college friend of mine, Nick Castaldo. He is a big time surfer and recently went on a trip to the infamous North Shore of Oahu to experience the waves he only could dream about when he was 15, pimpled and had to read Surfer magazine and grudgingly look up to see the shitty swells at the Jersey Shore where he proudly hails from.  Enjoy! The coffee is brewed before the sun is up and the alarms are ringing. I know exactly what time it is. I’ve been practically counting the seconds leading…

Photo of the Week – Mauna Kea Observatories

Observatories on Mauna Kea

This picture is from the summit of Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii.  Mauna Kea is a volcano, and if measured from its oceanic base, is significantly taller than Mt. Everest!  The summit rises to 13,796 ft but from the sea floor, measures 33,500 ft. The observatories were created in the 1960’s on Mauna Kea because of its idyllic situation for star gazing. If you visit the observatories at night, you will be amazed at how many stars you can see (ya, not to many visible from downtown Miami), so look for cheap flights to Hawaii and and check…