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Hawaii's Diverse Terrain Makes For Spectacular Rainfalls

Did you know that ancient Hawaiians had 200 names for rain?<p>Rather than dreary, gray rainstorms, Hawaiians often enjoy <i>ililani</i>, "an unexpected drenching from a seemingly clear sky."<p>According to Maui Magazine, Hawaii experiences such rain diversity thanks to the trade winds and vacillating …

Snow On Hawaii's Big Island (PHOTOS)

The summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on Hawaii's Big Island regularly see temperatures below freezing during the winter and snowfall is not uncommon. In fact, the Big Island often boasts the rare opportunity to both ski and surf in the same day.<p>Mauna Kea is nearly 14,000 feet above sea level, …

Hawaii's Youngest Surfers Will Blow Your Mind

Surfing Oahu's North Shore during its famed winter season is a difficult feat for any surfer, regardless of skill or experience. The waves here are more powerful and challenging than most other places in the world. With steep drops, colossal size, and the terrifyingly real possibility of a …

Hawaii Hilton Adds Sharks To Property To Help 'Educate' Visitors

A Hawaii resort has welcomed two sharks onto its property in an effort to better educate visitors about sharks and to "banish their man-eater reputation."<p>The 62-acre Hilton Waikoloa Village, on Hawaii's Big Island, is something of a Hawaii Disney Land. It's main attraction is Dolphin Quest Hawaii, …

Most Colorful Beaches in the World

Most beaches need umbrellas and blankets to brighten up the landscape. Not these stretches of sand. From iconic pink sand beaches in the Bahamas to a green beach in Hawaii, we've rounded up beaches around the world that you have to see to believe.<p><i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Kaeli</i> …

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Possible Unexploded Bomb Found At Maui Beach

And you thought sharks were the scariest things you could find at the beach.<p>A tourist in Kapalua, Maui was snorkeling on Tuesday when he came across a partially buried, unmarked canister in the water. He brought it to the county lifeguard stand where Ocean Safety officers then called police.<p>Roughly …

Poke Poke, Kaua'i Style

Though Kaua'i is far from the humming hustle of Waikiki, there is plenty to do -- it's just so relaxing, you don't want to. Regardless, we snorkeled, tubed, zipped, rode in an open cockpit Bi-Plane... and were welcomed as dignitaries by local folklorist and Hula Empressario Lopaka.<p>Last week, we …

Maui Video Will Transport You To A Dreamy Oasis In Just Five Minutes

Let's face it. Although it would be an absolute dream to drop everything, quit your job and your family and run away to a sleepy, tropical island, most of us simply don't have the funds -- or, excuse the expression, the balls -- to do that.<p>With the holiday madness about to descend upon us, we …

This Is The Place To Be If You're Sick Of Everything

The holidays are rapidly approaching, so we're offering you a bit of an escape route. If a few minutes (or days) of solitude is what you're looking for, head off to your own private island getaway on Motu Teta in Rangiroa, French Polynesia.<p>The Rangiroa atoll, the second largest in the world, …

6 Ways Hawaii Will Absolutely Ruin Your Life Forever

Maybe you've only been to Hawaii once. Maybe you come every year. Or maybe you come any chance you can get.<p>Regardless of your time spent in Hawaii, this list serves as a warning. And those of you who have ever left the Honolulu International Airport with tears in your eyes and that stinging, lump …

Hunger Games in Hawaii: The Islands' Most Glorious Hotels

Trivago has compiled a list of ten of the top luxury dwellings in the Hawaiian islands. You're likely to ogle over them, with or without Jennifer Lawrence.<p>The beloved second installment of the <i>Hunger Games</i> trilogy, <i>Catching Fire</i>, was partially filmed on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. For the arena …

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Glamping In Hawaii: Your Answer To The Stereotypical Resort Vacation

If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, you’re traveling at least 2,500 miles. So why fly all the way over for a typical trip? On the island chain that is full of surprises, eccentricities and adventures, ditch the resort and opt for an off-the-wall accommodation arrangement. Here are six abodes to …

A Mind-Bending Trip Around (Some Of) America's Most Famous Sites

Want to take a trip across America without actually leaving your seat? Leave it to Reuben Wu, a Chicago-based photographer, to take you there.<p>Wu set off on a 6,000-mile trip around the U.S., documenting the experience as he went. The result is mind-bending.<p>Want more of Wu's cool photos? He also …

15 Maui Adventures That Will Keep You Active, Happy ... And Shark-Bite Free

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for Maui in 2013. On the one hand, the valley isle was voted the best island in the world by <i>Conde Nast Traveler</i> readers for the 20th consecutive year.<p>On the other hand, it has experienced an unprecedented eight shark attacks so far this year, two …

Obama's Life In Hawaii: A Travel Guide Through The President's Island Past

Before there was President Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, there was Barry -- a basketball-loving, body-surfing local boy from the Hawaiian island of Oahu.<p>In an essay for his high school's alumni magazine, the Punahou Bulletin, published in 1999, Obama wrote of his home …

Obama's Local Hawaii Vacation: What We Wish He'd Do

Like the rest of us, the Obamas are creatures of habit. They make the Hawaiian island of Oahu their holiday trip every winter, they rent the same beachside house, and they frequent (more or less) the same restaurants and attractions.<p>This year, we have something else in mind for the Obamas. If …

How To Have A Hawaii Vacation Like The Obamas

On Friday night, the Obamas will arrive in Hawaii for their sixth, annual Christmas vacation. At this point, they've pretty much perfected their Hawaii itinerary, which means that we lucky observers can simply take note and learn from the experts.<p>Here's how the Obamas vacation in Hawaii:<p><b>1. Stay in</b> …

6 Reasons Why Hawaii Will Be Just As Awesome In 2014

As the year comes to an end, the Hawaiian islands are enjoying some standbys: spontaneous rainbows, days of powerful surf pulsed with days of calm, cradling waters, breathtaking sunsets that allude to the end of something beautiful and the start of something new.<p>Island residents and visitors are …