All About Maui: 3 Favorites

Water

This is my FAVORITE waterfall on Maui, so worth the hike!

Waimoku Falls: The Pipiwai Trail, above Seven Sacred Pools, follows the Pipiwai Stream and is one of the best hikes on Maui.

Note: Stay safe. Please be aware of falling rocks.

More info: http://mauiguidebook.com/adventures/pipiwai-trail-waimoku-falls/

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Love these trees! How many of you have seen a Rainbow Eucalyptus in person?

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RUBY TUESDAY KIHEI HAPPY HOUR: SPICY FISH TACOS ROCK!

Happy Hour Menu

Mon-Fri 3:00p-6:00p

FOOD

Queso Dip $4.49
Smooth and spicy cheese dip served with crisp tortilla chips.
Asian Dumplings $5.49
Filled with a blend of chicken and seasonings, then steamed. Served with peanut sauce.
Spring Rolls $5.99
Grilled chicken, veggies, black beans, a blend of cheeses, and cilantro wrapped in tortillas and fried.
Spicy Fish Tacos $4.99
Grilled fresh and filled with lettuce, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, and cilantro. Finished with a drizzle of spicy ranch.
Baja Chicken Tacos $4.99
Spicy chicken with cheese, grilled peppers, and onions. Served with our chile-lime sauce.
Shrimp Fondue $5.99
A blend of spicy shrimp, creamy cheese, and fresh pico de gallo. Served with unlimited tortilla chips.
Coconut Shrimp $3.99
Light, crispy, and served with our special key lime sauce.

DRINKS

Coors Light $2.99 – $3.99
All Day, Everyday!
Blue Moon and Steinlager $3.99 – $4.99
All Day, Everyday!
Premium Wells $5.00
Smirnoff, Dewar’s, Beefeater, Bacardi, Sauza, and Jim Beam
Wine by the Glass $4.99
Ask your server for the wine selection. Daily During Happy Hour!
Bottles of Beer $2.99 – $3.50
All Day, Everyday!
Angry Orchard $3.99
Hard Cider 12oz Bottle.

View More Hawaii Happy Hours on Happy Hour Pal’s Free Website and GPS-based Apps!

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Six Strategies to Score Bargains in Hawaii

English: View of Kailua

English: View of Kailua (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

USA TODAY April 5, 2012

Hawaii: Get your lei without laying down a fortune

While Hawaii tourism may have taken it in the board shorts during the Great Recession, these days, the Aloha State is riding a new wave of popularity.

Nearly 8 million travelers arrived here last year, shattering the previous high-water mark set in 2006, and prices for everything from convertible rentals to luaus are rising in their wake.

According to industry tracker STR, the average cost of a Hawaii hotel room jumped to $233.30 a night in February — the highest rate in the country, up 13.1% from a year ago. Even at those prices, 85.6% of hotel rooms were occupied — a full 10 percentage points higher than rival Florida.

But you can still score bargains on a vacation in paradise if you plan carefully. Six strategies:

1. Don’t book your trip over the Christmas holidays or midsummer.

After a brief spate of price-cutting on new Mainland routes, “Hawaii airfares are generally on the rise, and seasonal variations are extreme,” notes BeatofHawaii.com‘s Jeff Tucker. “Best pricing and availability is based on pukas (holes), when airlines have small numbers of discounted seats,” particularly on weekdays during the spring and fall. But “even if you can only travel in summer, you can significantly reduce all of your Hawaii vacation costs simply by delaying until mid- to late August,” Tucker says. Case in point: Through June 6, fares from the West Coast to Honolulu start at about $230 round-trip ($420 from the East Coast), but zoom up to around $700 and $900, respectively, for peak summer travel (June 7-Aug. 11).

3. Avoid a herd mentality.

Each island has popular resort areas where affordable accommodations are challenging to find, but you don’t have to stray too far to find cheaper lodging prices. “On Kauai, look for accommodations in the Lihue and Kapaa areas, where you can easily save $100 or more per night compared to the more popular Poipu or Princeville resorts,” Beal says. On Maui, you can can save hundreds a night by picking a condo in centrally located Kihei vs. more upscale Kaanapali Beach.

6. Tap into happy hour specials.
“If you want a beer at 4 p.m. and you’re staying in Kailua, there’s an app for that,” Toth says. HappyHourHawaii.com, a searchable website and free GPS-based mobile app expanding to Mainland locales next month, lists happy hour menus and discounts for more than 200 restaurants and bars across the state.

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Full Article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2013/04/05/get-your-lei-without- laying-down-a-fortune/2055357/

Budget Travel: 9 Most Colorful Beaches in the World

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I wanted to share this fantastic article with you! Our favorite, Rainbow Beach (pictured above) in Australia…pretty sweet!

MULTICOLORED SAND
Rainbow Beach, Australia
Rainbow Beach makes up for its small size (just 0.62 miles) with its many colors. There are 74 different hues, a clandestine combination of erosion and iron oxide buildup that has been occurring since the last ice age, and the makeup changes. There is a sad romantic story behind the colors as well. According to an ancient Aboriginal legend, the sands became colorful as a result of the rainbow spirit falling onto the large 656-foot tall beachside cliffs after losing a battle over a beautiful woman, leaving his beautiful colors to rest on the beach for all of eternity.

See it for yourself: Rainbow Beach is a three-hour drive north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast of northeast Queensland. Greyhound Australia offers shuttle bus service to Rainbow Beach from Brisbane International Airport—prices for a round-trip adult ticket start from $114 per person including taxes. Another bus company, Premier Motor Services, offers similar routes for from $60 per person for a round-trip ticket.

SEE THE BEACHES!

Budget Travel Article Link: http://www.budgettravel.com/feature/9-most-colorful-beaches-in-the-world,12780/  By Kaeli Conforti

Virgin America Starting Service to Hawaii

Super Excited About This!

Virgin America said today it hopes to expand service to Hawaii in 2015.

The low-cost airline recently announced it has added to its fleet an Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklets, or wing tips, which improve fuel efficiency and enable the jet to make extended trips over water. The A320 with Sharklets can reach Hawaii from the West Coast.

“We hope to expand our route network to include Hawaii in 2015, when we begin taking delivery of more Sharklet-equipped A320s,” said Virgin spokeswoman Jennifer Thomas, in an email. The expansion to Hawaii was first reported by AirlineReporter.com in an interview with Virgin America CEO David Cush.

When asked if the A320 with Sharklets would allow Virgin America to open any new routes, Cush said, “The main thing is that it lets you do West Coast to Hawaii, and that’s something you can’t do with the current aircraft. And so we’ll be using Sharklet equipped airplanes in 2015 when we start flying to Hawaii, and we can’t do that without the Sharklets.” Cush said the airline will be adding 10 Airbus jets with Sharklets from 2015 to 2016.

Virgin America is a U.S.-controlled and operated airline and is separate from Virgin Atlantic. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is a minority share investor in Virgin America. Virgin America is headquartered in Burlingame, Calif., and uses the San Francisco International Airport as its main hub. Since its founding in 2007, the airline has expanded to 20 airport destinations, most on the East or West Coasts.

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Virgin America to start Hawaii service in 2015:http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/20130410_Virgin_America_to_start_Hawaii_service_in_2015.html?id=202432391

Sources: Honolulu Star-Advertiser The Cat Dish Virgin America