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Best Hidden Beaches in Hawaii

Blessed with 750 miles of coastline, it’s no doubt that Hawaii boasts countless beautiful beaches. One has yet to claim that they have discovered them all. But fortunately for most of us beach lovers, there are many hidden gems just waiting to be explored.

If you have the penchant for finding out something beyond the usual and popular, why don’t you start with discovering Hawaii’s best hidden beaches? These beaches are secluded and uninhabited, and they have very little to no commercial activity. That very seclusion leaves these beaches with matchless beauty and tranquility. However, they are inaccessible by regular means of transportation, so you have to make sure first if you are willing to take the trouble to get to any of these beaches (and we think, they are all worth the work).

1) Secret Beach, Kauai
The beach’s actual name is Kauapea, but it is quite secluded that it deserves its more well-known moniker as the Secret Beach. Located between Kalihiwai Bay and Kilauea Point on the northern shore of the island of Kauai, the Secret Beach is well way off the tourist’s radar, so having a moment of quietness and solitude is highly possible there.

It is inaccessible by land vehicles and can be reached only by hiking on rocky trails. Aside from its natural beauty and seclusion, the Secret Beach is actually expansive compared to other beaches in Hawaii, measuring about 3,000 feet long and 75 feet wide. The isolated nature and beauty of the beach are further enhanced by jutting red cliffs and brilliant azure waters. Black lava rocks line the beach.

2) Honomalino Beach, Big Island
The Hawai’i Island, aka Big Island, has lots of picturesque secret beaches to offer like in many other major islands in Hawaii. Located on the southwestern shores of the Big Island, Honomalino Beach should be included to your “secluded beaches to explore in Hawaii” bucket list. The gray-sand beach is flanked by tall, swaying coconut trees and contrasts beautifully against the deep-blue waters that gently wash the shore. At low tide, the beach gets even longer and wider. It can only be accessed by foot, so hiking is the most ideal way to get there; it is best done during early in the morning.

3) Makua Beach, Oahu
Makua Beach is one of Hawaii’s most secluded and scenic beaches. It is nestled away from the Waianae coast – far from the more crowded Waikiki beach – and backed by the surrounding Waianae Mountain Range and Makua Valley (from which the beach takes its name). Makua Beach is a truly an isolated piece of paradise, with no signs of man-made development whatsoever. You will have all the golden beach to yourself and do your favorite activities there – swimming, surfing, sunbathing, snorkeling – without anyone or anything distracting you. As it is isolated and uninhabited, there are no lifeguards patrolling the beach so it is best to stay at the shore as close as possible.

4) New Kaimu Beach
The New Kaimu Beach is indeed a new, “young” beach. In 1990, this beach was formed after the eruption of the Kilauea volcano, and the lava buried down a town named Kaimu. Before the eruption though, this beach used to be really popular among tourists and there was a significant amount of commercial activity there. It’s surely a far cry to the New Kaimu Beach now – rugged, isolated, uninhabited and bereft of any human activity and commercialism – but we say it is more beautiful now than ever.

5) Makalawena Beach, Big Island
This stunning beach is located on the west coast in the Kekaha State Park in Kalaoa Kona in Big Island. And why is this stunning? Check these out – isolation, no crowds, white sands, black lava rocks, crystal-clear blue waters, lush vegetation and several inlets for endless opportunities of delightful and peaceful swim. This slice of tropical paradise is truly worth the trouble. To get to Makalawena Beach, you’ll have to hike for about 20 minutes. Or to make things a bit easier and faster, arrive at a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Top Things to Do in Hawaii

Hawaii may be tiny compared to other US states, but it boasts lots of beautiful natural scenery and diverse culture. Hawaii is truly like no other place on earth! You will be surprised to learn that there are lots of things to do in the Aloha State – so many that you may not be able to do them all in one day! But first we roll out the top four activities that you should not miss doing when you are having a holiday in Hawaii (and a lot more to come, for sure!):

1) Learn to surf
The riding of waves in Hawaii originated as early as 4th century A.D., even before the natives came in contact with outsiders. So as you can see, surfing is not just a casual sport here – it is indelible part of the Hawaiian history and culture. Indeed, Hawaii is the birthplace of modern surfing.

So even if you’ve accepted the fact that you’ll never be even just an inch as good as those pro surfers, at least you should give surfing a try. If you are intent to begin your surfing lessons or if you want to try surfing just for fun, go for less intimidating waters. There are many surfing spots in Hawaii that are perfect for surfing newbies particularly in Oahu, Maui and Big Island.

Hawaii still enjoys its lofty position as the prime surfing capital of the world, like riding atop the crest of the biggest waves. No wonder, several major domestic and international surfing competitions have been held here every year, including the main events like the East Coast Surfing Championships and US Open of Surfing.

2) Visit the Pearl Harbor
Another activity that you should not forget when you’re in Hawaii is to visit Pearl Harbor in Oahu. One of the most-visited sites of interest there is the USS Arizona Memorial, which straddles the sunken battleship (without touching it) and is only accessible by boat. The floating memorial is the resting place of 1,177 Marines and sailors who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The USS Arizona Memorial is officially a part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Entrance to the memorial is free, though the number of tickets is limited.

3) Go on a doors-off helicopter tour over Kauai
If you’re a bit of daredevil, try a thrilling open-door helicopter tour over the azure waters and the emerald valleys of Kauai. Around 70% of this lush island cannot be traveled by land vehicles (although hiking there is possible). The best way to experience Kauai’s peerless natural beauty is by riding a helicopter. Flying inside the chopper with the doors open allows you to enjoy unobstructed views of Kauai’s stunning sites such as Na Pali Coast, Mount Waialeale and the popular Jurassic Falls.

Speaking of Jurassic Falls, helicopters are now permitted to land near it, although only in a limited number of times per week. Several helicopter ride companies are offering tours and landings near the Jurassic Falls.

4) Tour at a Kona coffee farm
Kona coffee is cultivated on the slopes of the fiery active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Hualalai in the Big Island (check out more about Mauna Loa on the article “Interesting Facts about the 16 Decade Volcanoes”). Kona coffee is one of the most expensive coffees in the world and you cannot find such coffee elsewhere. If you are a passionate coffee lover, you cannot afford to pass up a day’s tour at a Kona coffee farm. The Kona Old Style at Kuaiwi Farm is a five-acre sustainable coffee plantation which grows and cultivates organic coffee as well as other crops like bananas, pineapples, macadamia nuts and more. It offers two-hour guided tours. Of course, a tour at the Kuaiwi Farm is not complete without sampling their esteemed Kona coffee as well as other products that are made straight from the farm.

Things to Expect before Traveling to Hawaii

Hawaii, the 50th and most recent US state, is an island paradise for many. It is rich in natural scenery – azure waters, lovely beaches and amazing mountains and volcanoes. It is in Hawaii where you can find established traditions and Western modernization co-existing harmoniously. The state is also famous for being a melting pot of cultures.

You may have had some preconceptions about Hawaii, a few of which are true but most of which actually aren’t true. So to help you in getting to know Hawaii better, here is the handy list of the things you should expect before traveling to Hawaii (especially for the first time):

1) Not all locals wear Hawaiian shirts (and they’re not called “Hawaiian shirts”)
Granted, you will see many locals wearing those loud, floral-printed shirts especially at luaus and beach parties. But not all of the people in Hawaii wear those shirts. They may wear them, but not all the time either. And please, they’re not called “Hawaiian shirts.” They’re correctly called “Aloha shirts.”

 

 

 

 

2) Not all people who live in Hawaii are Hawaiians.
The term “Hawaiian” refers to people who are of Hawaiian descent, but they now comprise about 10% of the total state population.

The more correct term for the the non-native Hawaiians is “Haole,” in the Hawaiian language. The term was originally applied to white people settling in Hawaii but now it refers to any non-native Hawaiian who come from other ethnicities such as Japanese, Chinese and Filipino. If you have trouble remembering or pronouncing the word “Haole,” you can call them merely as a “local” and at least you may gain some respect from doing it.

 

3) You can say it with “aloha.”
Hawaii has two official languages: English and (what else) Hawaiian. Although you will be able to get by just fine in English, learning some basic Hawaiian words and phrases may endear you to the locals and will help you to understand their culture better. Plus, it will help you to show a sense of goodwill and respect to the locals, who will definitely appreciate your effort.

You can say aloha in greeting (“hello”) and in parting (“goodbye”).  Aloha also means “love.” You can also expand your aloha knowledge by greeting the locals during a particular time of the day. Say aloha kakahiaka which means “good morning,” aloha awakea = “good noontime” (just past morning), aloha ‘auinala = “good afternoon” and aloha ahiahi = “good evening.”

A very important reminder on pronouncing aloha ahiahi: ahi means tuna in Hawaiian and you don’t want to end up embarrassing yourself by saying “tuna tuna.” Pronounce ahiahi instead as “a-hee-yah-hee.”

 

4) Men can dance the hula too
Blame that on Hollywood movies and the whole Westernization of Hawaii. Most people (especially white Americans) picture the hula dance as consisting of women wearing grass skirts and coconut bras, with their hips seductively swaying to the beat of the music. Cut that stereotype – in the true Hawaiian tradition, men and women alike dance the hula.

In fact, many forms of hula dances for males are distinct from females’ dances. During the ancient times, males used to dance the hula as a preparation for a battle. In the males’ hula dances, the movements mimic the local martial art known as “Lua.”

 

 

 

5) Snows in Hawaii? You betcha!
It sounds improbable – snow in the tropical paradise? But yes, it happens in Hawaii! You can experience snow in Hawaii at the top of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea during the winter months. You can actually spend a winter wonderland atop a 14,000-foot dormant volcano. Cold winter storms are not unusual at the mountain peaks and some forms of alpine vegetation are present. At the summit of Mauna Kea lies the Mauna Kea Observatories.

Next time, tell your friends that you’ve actually snowboarded in Hawaii and they will think you’re spinning some fantastic story – until you show them some pictures and videos.

Read the article “Interesting Facts about Hawaii” to know more about this truly unique US state.

The Best Hawaiian Products to Bring Home

The US island state of Hawaii is a dream of every vacationer and souvenir hunter. It offers the best of both worlds – stunning natural beauty and awe-inspiring man-made structures and amenities. Hawaii is certainly the place where both the traditional and the modern co-exist peacefully and harmoniously. Like in visiting other places in the world, you cannot leave Hawaii without buying some of its iconic local products and souvenirs. Here are only a few:

1) Ukulele
One of the quintessential symbols of Hawaii is the iconic ukulele. Actually, it is an adaptation of the machete, another small guitar-like instrument which the Portuguese immigrants introduced to Hawaii during the 19th century. While it has the appearance of a mini-guitar, the ukulele actually belongs to the lute family.

The ukulele is made of local island wood. It produces a light, soft and rather sweet sound that will definitely remind you of the last time you had a carefree holiday on the islands… and may prompt you to visit Hawaii again very soon!

2) Hawaiian print anything
When in Hawaii, you cannot resist not wearing those colorful shirts and shorts! Hawaiian print fabric has a wide range of bold colors and designs. If you are a fan of those “Aloha” shirts or anything with that iconic Hawaiian print, or if you are looking for that perfect accent for your upcoming Hawaiian themed party back home, you can find them on the local markets.

You may be surprised to discover that there is actually an etiquette regarding wearing Aloha shirts. Smaller, subtler prints are usually reserved for men, especially those who are attending formal business functions. Clothing with bigger and bolder prints and colors are considered casual attire, so get dressed in them for the upcoming luau!

3) Macadamia nuts (and their products)
Although macadamia nut trees are not really native to Hawaii – they actually originated from Australia – they have somewhat become identified with the islands. Since their introduction during the late 19th century, macadamia nuts have become one of Hawaii’s major crops. That’s why compared to other kinds of nuts, macadamia nuts have held a special place in Hawaiian culture.

The best thing about macadamia nuts in Hawaii is that they’re harvested and processed all year round. So it means that they’re all guaranteed to be fresh! You can find packed roasted macadamia nuts flavored with sea salt and honey. Is there a better indulgence than macadamia nuts covered in dark chocolate? Or you can find macadamia nut products that are combined with other native fruits.

Macadamia nut oil is also a popular product, known for its amazing health properties. It can be used for anything, from salads to hair and skin treatments.

Another one of the popular macadamia products in Hawaii is the macadamia-flavored coffee. Macadamia’s naturally sweet and rather buttery taste lends an interesting and exciting addition to the coffee’s flavor. You can buy packs of ground macadamia nut coffee at local stores and groceries in Hawaii.

4) Kona coffee
Hawaii is one of the few US states where coffee is abundant and commercially grown. One of Hawaii’s pride is their own Kona coffee, a type of arabica coffee grown and cultivated on the slopes of Mauna Loa and Hualalai which are both active volcanoes.

You cannot find an authentic Kona coffee anywhere else in the world but in the state of Hawaii, specifically in the Kona District on the Island of Hawaii. That’s why it is one of the most expensive coffees in the world.

The taste of the Kona coffee is simple yet rich, bringing out a complex aroma and taste. Usual hints range from spicy to buttery to winey. If you’re a true coffee aficionado in particular who’s looking for a new coffee flavor, fly out to Hawaii to have this unique coffee experience!

5) Pineapple wine
Wine making is not a large-scale production in Hawaii compared to major wine regions in the world, although it is an established business that’s been going on for years. With Hawaii’s rich volcanic soil and high elevation, these factors make planting wine grapes possible.

However, the pineapple sparkling wine is a unique Hawaiian product. Pineapple grows in abundance on the islands, and another fabulous way of making them is turning them into wine. The Tedeschi winery in Maui is a good place to discover the pineapple wine, which has been re-branded as MauiWine. However, you can also find pineapple sparkling wines at local stores. Check out this intriguing article “Unexpected Wine Destinations in the World” and know a bit more about Hawaiian wines.

Best Places to Live in Hawaii

Hawaii is famous for its postcard-pretty beaches, amazing natural scenery and tropical climate. Sounds like it’s a dream paradise for most people, right?

But you will have to consider the “livability” factor, whether you want to live in Hawaii permanently or temporarily. It depends on many things, which may include: cost of living, job opportunities, access to education, safety, crime rate and local amenities. You really have to ponder on these points to help you decide whether some places Hawaii are really a good fit to live, or not.

One of the reasons of wanting to visit and live in Hawaii is its numerous gorgeous beaches, with many of them untouched by commercialism. Imagine that — paradise awaits you just a few feet away as you step outside of your abode! Check out “Top Beaches of Hawaii” to discover some of its most popular and beautiful beaches.

To help you out a little further, let’s explore five of the best places in the Aloha State:

1) Honolulu
Honolulu, as you know, is Hawaii’s capital and largest city, home to almost 400,000 people. Located on the island of Oahu, Honolulu is one of the island’s major tourist destinations. The Waikiki beach is a popular tourist attraction with its several hotels, resorts, restaurants, shops and places to have some good fun and great nightlife. Honolulu is very much an urbanized city, with towering skyscrapers, commercial properties and residential communities sitting just between the shores and the mountains. Tourism alone has brought in over $10 billion to the capital. Aside from its major tourism sector, Honolulu also has a thriving banking and manufacturing business.

As it is an urbanized area, Honolulu has plenty of opportunities to live, with rental properties available. The average monthly rent can go up to $1300, which is pretty reasonable, as you can have access to most of the transportation and amenities (not to mention a stunning beach just a short drive away).

However, Honolulu is densely populated compared to other cities and towns and Hawaii. So if you have some concerns about safety and living in a heavily-populated area, you may consider the other following suggestions:

2) Maunawili
Munawili is a census-designated place located just north of Honolulu. Considered one of the best places to live in Hawaii, the community is home to only 2,040 people. Maunawili is more of a suburban type of community, although the coastal vibe is still persistent.

However, living in Maunawili can be a bit steep. If you have a million dollars to invest in a new home, for instance, the average residential property value is almost $915,000, but at least you’ll still get a change from your money. Most homes in Maunawili are quite modern and spacious.

According to the 2000 census, the median income for a household in Maunawili is $82,148 and the median income for an entire family is $84,294. However, the disparity between the income for males and income for females is quite significant – $51,078 and $36,324, respectively. This has to be considered seriously if you’re a female professional looking for a much higher pay.

3) Hilo
From Oahu, let’s go over to the Hawaii state’s biggest island, the Island of Hawaii. Hilo is the island’s biggest city which overlooks a couple of volcanoes, Mauna Loa (an active volcano) and Mauna Kea (a dormant volcano). In fact, Hilo was partly built from Mauna Loa’s lava flows. Like many other cities and towns in Hawaii, Hilo heavily derives its economy from tourism. Hilo is unique in that it is the only place in the world where you could find a museum devoted only to tsunamis. It also has several shopping centers, restaurants, cafes, hotels, as well as an international airport.

Hilo has a population of 43,263 in an area of about 58 square miles, just slightly smaller to Honolulu (which has an area of 68.4 sq. mi. and a population of almost 400,000). So if you want to live in a place with complete amenities but you hate to live in a populous environment, Hilo can offer that to you.

4) Ocean Pointe
Ocean Pointe is a coastal town located on Oahu Island, home to about 8,000 people.

Developed by Haseko Corporation during the 1990s, Ocean Pointe is one of the relatively new communities on Oahu. Ocean Pointe has fast become a popular place especially for real estate business. It has also become a big magnet for millennials who are looking for a great place to settle, work and play.

There are plenty of excellent residential options in this lovely, family-friendly community, as well as amenities including two elementary schools, a middle school as well as a private school. There are also shops, cafes, gyms, restaurants and lots of parks.

However, the cost of living in Ocean Pointe is pretty steep for an average American family, as median property rates go around $540,000. But what you’ll get are the quality housing and local amenities. Ocean Pointe also enjoys a low crime rate (19% lower than the rest of Hawaii) so there’s additional peace of mind too. Add those things with its proximity to the beach, and Ocean Pointe has all the makings of a near-perfect community to live and work.

5) Kailua
Kailua is a city on the Island of Hawaii. Residents just love living in Kailua not just because of its picturesque scenery, although the city boasts some attractions such as Kahana and Lanikai beaches, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and Maunawili Falls Hike.

There are several schools in Kailua that give parents plenty of options. Public transport there is absolutely accessible, making commuting (and living, in general) in Kailua definitely a lot easier.

The early 2010s saw Kailua rising from its slump and now it is enjoying a significant economic development. Kailua’s median household income is around $94,000, almost double the national average (take note – not just the entire state, but national). As you can expect, property rates are pretty steep in Kailua – and properties located right on the beach obviously command higher prices.

Among the amenities in Kailua are shopping centers, fitness gyms, cafes, restaurants, several parks as well as public and private schools.

Unwinding In Hawaii: Where To Go, What To Do

Hawaii has a lot of spots that are super popular with both locals and holidaymakers, but if you want a relaxing and restful vacation where you can simply unwind, perhaps this would NOT be your scene – and that’s fine! Hawaii also has many areas that offers that perfect mix of R&R – rest and rejuvenation!

Sea Bell Resort

If your idea of the perfect vacation in Hawaii is relaxing by the sea, sipping your cocktail while listening to gentle music then you need to visit Sea Bell Resort.

Despite the name, this isn’t a resort at all. There is no accommodation and you can’t stay the night.

It’s a place where you pay a small fee to access the numerous facilities available. There are BBQ’s, a games room with the best foosball table and even a huge tire swing that can accommodate 5 people at a time! Perfect for the entire family.

There’s also a spa and sauna with very reasonable prices, as well as 3 large swimming areas.

We spoke to the manager at Sea Bell Resort who said they did a lot of research into what people want on a vacation, and matched it. Every detail was taken into consideration, from the type of drink people like to drink to the very best foosball table they could find. Research was essential – they consulted this guide here.

Beach Near Cedar House Hawaii

The reason our little Cedar House homestay is so popular with vacationers is not only due to the great hospitality we offer. We offer the traditional Hawaiian experience in cedar style homes, positioned right on the doorstep of a private beach!

Now of course the beach does not belong to Cedar House Hawaii, but as we are located in a remote setting, you almost always are guaranteed exclusive use of it.

The Sea

If land isn’t your thing, why not venture out to sea? At Cedar House Hawaii we offer regular boat trips out to sea. Spend the afternoon (or entire day) being gently swayed by the waves.

The Village

At times, Hawaii can see more American than… America! Being positioned far from the tourist district and outside of a small local village, you’ll be sure you never bump into anyone you know. Truly relax and unwind away from the rest of the world.

The Best Outdoor Activities in Hawaii

Hawaii is a place where you need to take advantage of the outdoors. Even people who do not enjoy, or simply cannot do strenuous outdoor activities can find something enjoyable to do in Hawaii.

With it’s crystal clear water, activities that make use of the water are a favorite among visitors. No matter what your activity level is, you will find something fascinating to do in Hawaii. Read on to see what outdoor activities make the list in Hawaii.

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Hunting

There’s some fantastic hunting spots in Hawaii for all skill levels. Whether you are advanced or a beginner, you’ll find a place that a spot where you can be comfortable. Remember to bring some essential items to make your stay the best it can be. We suggest the best hunting binoculars you can find, as well as appropriate clothing. Remember, it’s hot in Hawaii, but you still want to be safe!

Snorkeling

Hawaii’s crystal clear water makes it a popular place to snorkel. Some of the places to snorkel in Hawaii can be incredibly beautiful, and choosing the right place to snorkel is essential. One of our favorite places to snorkel is Makaha Beach.

In addition to being a fun activity, snorkeling is not overly difficult or expensive. It is a great way for the whole family to spend time together in the water, discovering an underwater world.

Surfing

Although some skill would be beneficial over none, you do not have to be an expert to surf in Hawaii. Most people can perfect their surfing technique after just a day out in sea. Hawaii has some of the best beaches for surfing, and no matter what island you are on, you will find people partaking in this popular activity. Board hire is cheap and found all over the islands. Here is a list of some of the best surfing spots.

Whale Watching

Proving that you do not need to be super fit to spend a day outdoors, whale watching is a popular outdoor activity in Hawaii. From December to May, the humpback whale can be found in the waters of Hawaii. Something that makes this such a popular activity is the unique chance to get up close to these fascinating creatures in one of the worlds most beautiful seas.

Parasailing

Again requiring an element of skill, parasailing can be an exciting way to spend your day. Parasailing needs to be done with a group as it will require the use of a boat. You will also need a strong core to hold yourself. This can also make it a great workout, and a fantastic way to spend your day in Hawaiian waters.

Don’t forget to check out the best places to go shopping in Hawaii. See the best Hawaii has to offer with Cedar House Hawaii!

The Best Places To Shop In Hawaii

Hawaii remains one of the best places to go shopping in the US. Whilst prices may have risen over the years, there are still deals to be found. In combination with great weather and sandy beaches, this makes Hawaii an even more fantastic destination to visit. But what are the best places to shop in Hawaii?

Most of us are traveling quite a distance until we reach Hawaii, and once we are here, we are looking for value. After all, we spend a lot on flights and accommodation, why shouldn’t we spend a bit on ourselves?

You can find all the best places to shop in Hawaii listed below.

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Alo Moana Center

As the largest open air mall, you know that this place is going to be great. No where in the world is there a better place to have an open mall but Hawaii. The mall is located in Honolulu and has a range of retail and dining options. There are approximately 37 retail shops. Here you will also find Bloomingdale’s, a first for Hawaii.

Waikele Premium Outlets

To find premium brands at discount prices, Waikele is the place to go. Located in Waipahu, this former sugarcane plantation has more to offer. Here you can find products well below their retail price, and with over 54 specialty stores, the range is huge. There are a good number of dining options so that you can spend a descent amount of time looking for the best deal.

T Galleria Hawaii

One of the best places to visit in Hawaii for luxury brands is the T Galleria Hawaii. This can be an excellent place just to window shop at some of the high end luxury products. Located in Honolulu, this mall is also located conveniently near the beach and offers parking. There is a wide range of products for both men and women, and it is an impressive place to visit.

Haleiwa Store Lots

With over 27,000 square feet, this open air mall has recently had a major facelift. This makes now a better time to visit than ever before. Here you will find around 21 stores and several dining options. You can get a bus from the main town to get to this shopping mall, where you are likely to find yourself surrounded by locals. This is a shopping mall popular with both locals and visitors, and with that comes a certain charm.

Kahala Mall

Although the above options definitely have their advantages, one shopping mall stands above the rest as the best shopping mall in Hawaii. This title has to go to the Kahala Mall. This enclosed shopping mall allows you to escape from the heat any time of year. In addition to its shops and dining options, this mall offers free exercise programs in the early morning, and is a favorite among locals.

Shopping in Hawaii is a fantastic experience and you are likely to find some treasures to buy that you will value for life. No matter where you are staying in Hawaii, you will find a shopping mall near you.

Best Mowers, Electric Chainsaws and Everything you Need for Gardening Hawaii Style

Creating a garden that is perfect for recreation and relaxation at our BnB takes care and attention. We need equipment to maintain the appearance of our space, and we need to know how to use them.

If, after visiting, you are dreaming of a tropical Hawaii style garden, this is going to take up even more of your time, but it is a hobby you should enjoy at the same time! How else do you think we maintain some of the best golf courses in the world?

If you have no idea where to start, here are the ten pieces of equipment you need to create that Hawaii-style garden space, enough to make everyone drip with envy and to bring part of your vacation home with you!

(If you are already in Hawaii, there’s some useful info here)

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Electric Chainsaw – You are going to need to carry out wood chopping maintenance of any trees or large bushes, and perhaps also need to chop up wood for other reasons. We are proud of our nature and work hard to protect it, so an electric chainsaw is the best option. An electric chainsaw is an ideal piece of equipment to have, and one which serves many different purposes. Shop around for the best one for you. Do your research and read the best electric chainsaw reviews and take into account how heavy you need it to be, and your overall budget. Remember to also invest in protective clothing and equipment.

Electric mower – The state of your grass is an indicator of how healthy your garden is. In order to keep it maintained and healthy, you need to invest in a good quality electric mower, to save you time and of course, to give you the best results.

Shoves and spades – Digging and turning over soil requires a plethora of different sizes and shapes of shovel and spade, so shop around again, purchasing the correct size depending on the size of your garden space. Planting new flowers, bushes, and trees is also a task that requires these pieces of equipment.

Hand pruners/secateurs – That new tropical garden is going to need keeping in check, and we know that bushes and plants grow quickly, especially in a tropical downpour! A pair of small hand pruners or secateurs will help you quickly clip any stray bits and pieces.

Wheelbarrow – For transporting heavy soil or equipment around your garden, you should save your back and arms and invest in a wheelbarrow. You can go for small or large, it depends on the size of your garden and what you need to transport around.

Small hand fork – In order to chop up small clumps of soil or work in any additional extras, you need a small hand fork. This is particularly ideal for small flower bed areas.

Heavy duty fork – For larger areas of soil, e.g. before you plant anything, then a large fork is going to help you turn over the soil, mix in anything that needs mixing and basically help maintain the integrity of the soil itself, whilst saving you time and effort.

Watering can – Small flower beds and plants need water to live and a small watering can will help you target their thirsty needs.

Watering hose – Larger areas of garden, e.g. your lawn, will need watering too, especially during the summer months when rain may be at a premium. Install your hose by keeping it to one side of your garden, so it doesn’t trail around and look unpleasant, or cause a hazard.

Gloves – Finally, to save your hands and perhaps that new manicure, a pair of thick gardening gloves is a must have piece of equipment in your kit.

These pieces of equipment will help you create the ideal Hawaiian style garden, a tropical slice of paradise to make everyone cry with envy!

How To Get The Best Vacation Deal

A yearly vacation is essential for most people. This is a time to relax and escape the stresses of everyday life. A vacation should not bring stress and in fact planning your vacation should be just as exciting as the vacation itself.

Something that stresses people out is managing how they will afford a vacation. Taking a vacation brings with it a lot of expenses. Some of these expenses include transportation. This not only means the flights, but taxi and bus rides once you arrived. Accommodation is another large expense. Choosing the right accommodation is essential to make sure you are located near the attractions that interest you, whilst also being comfortable and staying within budget.

Other expenses include spending money and food once you arrive. This will differ between people due to their own individual needs. However it is easy to see why expenses pile up fast.

To get the best deal for your next vacation, follow the steps below and you will be sure to save a bunch…

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1. Book your flights in advance

One of the most important steps in saving money on a vacation is by cutting costs with the most expensive things. One of the most expensive things is likely to be your flights. Depending on where you are flying from, flights could cost $500 to $1000 and over. Price will also jump if you choose to fly first/business class.

Booking your flights in advance is usually the best way to save money. Flights become more expensive as demand for them grows closer to the date of the flight. This pushes up their price.

Airlines frequently have flight deals over a year in advance. Booking one of these flights can literally save you hundreds.

2. Fly with a budget airline

A lot of the extras provided by airlines are nice, but not necessarily essential. By packing light and flying with a budget airline, you can save yourself a lot of money.

You will often forgo included meals, check in baggage and seat selection. These are the major things that make a budget airline differ from a full service airline.

3. Book your accommodation last minute

In contrast to flights, hotel prices usually go down in time. Hotel prices will start at a base rate, but the closer it gets to a certain date, the cheaper a room might be. Hotels get more desperate to sell their rooms last minute as they know there are plenty of cheap last minute options and they need to be competitive.

To do this effectively, we recommend that you have an idea of where you want to stay. For example, if you want to be near the best golf courses in Hawaii, then you may choose to stay in the locations of the golf course. Decide on a list of hotels that appeal to you.

Check their price closer towards the date that you plan to visit. Sites like Wotif can show you last minute deals and you can see just how low the prices can go.

4. Have a budget and stick to it

One of the best things you can do for your wallet is to strictly stick to a budget. Whilst traveling can be expensive, it does not have to get out of hand. Usually, the most money spend during a holiday is done so on impulse.

Many of the best attractions in Hawaii are free. These include beaches where you can spend the entire day enjoying and national parks.

5. Use public transport

When you arrive, you can save a lot of money by using public transport as opposed to expensive taxis. Although it may seem more convenient at the time, they can drain your bank balance quickly.

A bus ticket can cost as little as a few dollars.

6. Take out travel insurance

Whilst not directly related to saving money, it could save you a lot of money. Having travel insurance will protect you against things such as lost luggage, missed flight, natural disasters and accidents. Some travel insurances even include cash vouchers for flight delays.

If you had to pay for these things yourself, you could be looking at a lot of extra money to pay, and it would be a less than idea way to end your vacation.

Should I leave my credit card at home?

Some people recommend leaving the credit card at home. This allows them to avoid temptation to spend more on their vacation. Whilst this is true, we do not recommend you leave your credit card at home.

If something happens that is out of your control and you need emergency cash, you may not have enough to support yourself whilst you are in Hawaii. As these events are unforeseen, they may require you to book new flights and if you do not have a credit card to support you, it can be a big hassle.

You should always be prepared for the unforeseen future.