Tagged With "Hawaii"

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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 12, 2014: Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

MsK ·
Wow, that would be something to see. Thank for sharing.
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Re: Gallery: The Roof of Hawaii. An amazing sunset on Mauna Kea!

DrFumblefinger ·
Folks should not underestimate how very cold and windy it gets up there, especially when its dark. You'll want your full winter clothes here -- gloves, parka, hat. Beautiful photos, Dr.Y. Brings back many special memories!
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Re: Gallery: The Roof of Hawaii. An amazing sunset on Mauna Kea!

Travel Rob ·
What an amazing place! Your photos look like they were taken from a plane!
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Re: Gallery: The Roof of Hawaii. An amazing sunset on Mauna Kea!

PHeymont ·
Now I wish we'd taken time away from the volcanoes to go up there!
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Re: Gallery: The Roof of Hawaii. An amazing sunset on Mauna Kea!

Dr.Y ·
Originally Posted by Travel Rob: What an amazing place! Your photos look like they were taken from a plane! Yes, the summit is actually 40 percent above the Earth's atmosphere!
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Re: The Big Island of Hawaii (Part 1). Volcanoes Park

PHeymont ·
Great pictures, and great memories. This was our favorite part of Hawaii...especially the "end of the road" where the park highway suddenly comes to an end against a pile of lava from a few years ago. It's a big tourist attraction, yes, but it seemed much less so than many other places on the islands.
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Re: The Big Island of Hawaii (Part 1). Volcanoes Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comment, PHeymont. It's a great destination partially because the tourist industry can't control it. The volcano will do what it wants and as the flow of lava over the road reminds us, we have little power to stop it.
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Re: Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory Tour

PortMoresby ·
This may be a first on TG, "Don't go here". But your pain is worth it to us, for the garden pictures, very nice. I was there in the early '80s and all I recall is the shop.
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Re: Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory Tour

DrFumblefinger ·
Some folks might be fascinated by the place, PM, but I found it a disappointment. It would be at the bottom of my list of recommended things to do on the Big Island. And yes, the garden was a redeeming feature. The gift shop was tantalizing, but over-priced.
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Re: Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory Tour

PHeymont ·
I wouldn't want to be accused of being anti-Hershey or anything (might be my prejudice about their barring the import of REAL Cadbury milk chocolate), but Hershey has a bad record on factory tours. They used to have a great one at their factory in Hershey, PA, but closed the tour about 25 years ago and replaced it with an amusement-style ride—a little like Small, Small World—that showed trees and natives and ships, and absolutely no sense of how workers turn the nibs into chocolate in a real...
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Re: Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory Tour

PortMoresby ·
The macadamia tour doesn't sound all that different from the factory part of my visit to Charleston Tea Plantation . But that was just a small part and combined with the guided tour around the farm, it was good. Maybe a tea plantation needs to "cultivate" more goodwill than Hershey's macadamias.
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Re: Following the Nesting Turtles, Monterrico, Guatemala

DrFumblefinger ·
That's a great adventure, Lester! And yes, I can picture you strolling down the beach with a treasure of turtle eggs.
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Re: Travel planning: Japanese travelers like to book way ahead

DrFumblefinger ·
Some of us need to go out well beyond two months to be sure we get the time off we want (especially popular vacation times like Thanksgiving or Christmas vacation). So I'm very much in favor of planning in advance. Of course this makes it hard to be responsive to great last minute travel deals.
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Re: Gallery: Hapuna Beach Prince Resort, Hawaii

GarryRF ·
Some resorts have a rule that the tree line is the maximum building height. Blends in with the local landscape much better. Looks like this hotel was built to fit the local landscape. With the gardens it looks wonderful.
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Re: Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, Redux

GarryRF ·
A reminder of the destructive power of nature. I'd be worried about the soles of my shoes melting and welding themselves to rock ! Is the access a tourist has only to dormant areas ? Fascinating blog from what must be the most "lively" location on Earth. Once again DrF , educational and interesting !
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Re: Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, Redux

DrFumblefinger ·
Hi Garry, and thanks for your comment. The active areas within the National Park are off limits because of toxic fume levels, not so much because of lava. The roads to the Pahoe area (outside the park) of actively flowing lava are closed and access is theoretically restricted. For a fee, one of the locals will guide you to the flowing lava. Remember this is thick fairly slowly flowing lava, not unlike moving pancake batter. But it is hot and you have to be careful. Shoes can melt and worse...
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Re: Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, Redux

GarryRF ·
Hmm.... maybe I was right ! I have no wish to terminate my "footloose" attitude. Sounds like a lake with thin ice. Diamond Head on Hawaii was my limit !
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Re: Lanai: Sorry, Island Closed for Renovation

DrFumblefinger ·
Any idea how long the island is going to be closed? I'd hope to visit Lanai in about 2 years. Must be nice to buy your own Hawaiian Island -- and interesting to see if this "green" scheme will work. Lanai has limited resources, except for lots of sunshine a great weather.
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Re: Lanai: Sorry, Island Closed for Renovation

PHeymont ·
This first project is scheduled for 3 months, but it’s not clear what the schedule of other projects will be, or if it will require the closing of both major hotels. Best advice, I think, would be to check with the Lanai Four Seasons resorts and see when they’re taking new reservations for. But two years out…probably no problem.
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Re: Dole Plantation, Oahu, Hawaii (Where Gumbo was #169)

Travel Rob ·
Amazing photos!
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Re: Dole Plantation, Oahu, Hawaii (Where Gumbo was #169)

DrFumblefinger ·
I just discovered a useful website for information on visit Oahu, including on the best tourist attractions, called " Live your Aloha ". Check out their link.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day. September 7, 2013: Sunset, Haleakala National Park, Maui

DrFumblefinger ·
It's hard not to like a Maui sunset!  I'm fond of this image because it was taken from the summit of Haleakala, looking down at the sunset and thick layer of clouds that surrounded the mountain and obscured the Pacific Ocean and Maui.  The...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 12, 2013: Sugar plantation, Maui, Hawaii

DrFumblefinger ·
 Looking remarkably like grass, this is actually a field of sugar cane.  What's lacking is a size perspective because these canes are about 3 meter(10 ft) tall.   The central region of Maui, between the two large volcanoes of that...
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The Big Island of Hawaii (Part 4). Kohala & Saddle Road

DrFumblefinger ·
My final blog post on the Big Island covers the driest (less than 25 cm of rain a year) and oldest parts of the island — the northwest and central regions.  (Petroglyphs, King's Trail, Waikoloa village) The Kohala...
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The Valley Island of Maui: 1) Introduction and West Maui

DrFumblefinger ·
There are few destinations that evoke more traveler’s fantasies than the Hawaiian islands; of these, Maui is thought by many as THE island to visit.  I have a genuine fondness for the Big Island, one of my favorite travel...
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The Big Island of Hawaii (Part 1). Volcanoes Park

DrFumblefinger ·
(Volcanoes National Park -- plume of volcanic smoke from Halema'uma Crater) There are many places in the world I wish everyone could visit.  At the top of this list is Hawaii.  It’s a great travel destination and for me retains...
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The Big Island of Hawaii (Part 2). Hilo & Hamakua Coast

DrFumblefinger ·
(Sunset over Hilo Bay, Big Island of Hawaii) Hilo is tucked into the northeastern corner of the Big Island, on the slopes of Mauna Loa’s rainy side.  And boy can it rain; the region gets up to 200 inches (500 cm) each year though...
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Laughter Set in Stone: Fun with Statues

PHeymont ·
This is a hold-up! This fellow (and a companion on the other side of the door) carry the weight at building entrance on Stromgaten, near Bergen, Norway rail station. Historically, statues have served a variety of serious purposes: to honor the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 16: Hawaiian History

PHeymont ·
Ancient bathers share the beach with modern visitors at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. The park is a bit south of Kona, on the west side of the island, and on the way to Volcano National Park....
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The Valley Island of Maui: 3) Central, Upcountry and South Maui

DrFumblefinger ·
 The largest stretch of (relatively) flat land on Maui is the valley between the two volcanoes, Haleakala and the West Maui Mountains.  This area is commonly called “Central Maui” and it’s here most locals live....
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The Valley Island of Maui: 2) Haleakala National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Volcanoes never cease to fascinate me!  Something about their massive size and primal earth shaping power appeals to my sense of curiosity and awe.  So it’s not surprising that I find Haleakala to be Maui’s most interesting place...
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Island Air: Even Billionaires Get Airline Blues

PHeymont ·
Larry Ellison, of Oracle fame and billions (he's one of the world's richest) is still having trouble keeping Island Air (he owns it all) flying to Lanai, Hawaii (he owns 97%). Since acquiring the airline a bit over a year ago, there have been problems...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 3, 2014: Kohala Sunset, Big Island, Hawaii

DrFumblefinger ·
 It's hard to beat Hawaiian sunsets.  This one was taken from the northwestern corner of the Big Island, looking in the direction of Asia (the next landmass due west of here).  We were  driving from the cowboy town of Waimea...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 24, 2013 : Plantation Village, Hawaii

PHeymont ·
Not the glamorous tourist Hawaii; no dramatic coastline here, no glitzy hotels, no surf. This building, the Waipahu Cultural Heritage Center on Oahu, is part of Hawaii’s Plantation Village, a living history museum that tells the story of...
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Gallery: The Roof of Hawaii. An amazing sunset on Mauna Kea!

Dr.Y ·
Standing at an altitude of 4,205 meters (13,796 ft) above sea level, Mauna Kea mountain on the Big Island of Hawaii is the highest point in the Pacific Basin and the highest island-mountain in the world!  According to the Hawaii tourism guild,...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 12, 2014: Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Dr.Y ·
      The landscape on the Big Island of Hawaii is simply amazing!  You can watch it change before your very eyes at Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site .  The park is home of Kilauea volcano, one...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 24, 2014: Chicken Hawaiian Style

PHeymont ·
We went to Hawaii expecting surf, mountains, palms, pineapples and all the rest...but no one told us about the chickens! Here and there around the islands we found them...on the beach, on mountain trails, in parking lots. Sometimes one or two,...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 28, 2014: Poipu Beach, Hawaii

PHeymont ·
The caption is really a bit of a tease, because the beach barely appears in this picture, taken as we approached it through a shady grove that became our retreat when the beach was too hot. In fact, one of the things we enjoyed about Hawaiian beaches...
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Watching Nature or Disaster? Flying over Volcano Eruption

PHeymont ·
Big Island Air is offering small-plane flights over two active volcanic eruptions on Hawaii's Big Island (one of the eruptions was featured in yesterday's  Gumbo Pic of the Day ). The other eruption is in an area closed off to visitors but which...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 28, 2014: Pololu Valley, Big Island, Hawaii

DrFumblefinger ·
  Today's highlighted picture was taken from the Pololu Valley lookout in the northwestern corner of the Big Island, which offers memorable views of a classic Hawaiian landscape.  Foamy surf, black sand beaches, rugged...
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It's a beach! TripAdvisor picks the world's and U.S. top ten

PHeymont ·
TripAdvisor has put out its annual best beach lists, with an overall list and lists for each continent and region. Top beach in the world, based on quality and quantity of TA member reviews, is at Baia do Sancho in Brazil. The only U.S. beach to make...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 7, 2014: Japanese dance troupe, Honolulu, Hawaii

DrFumblefinger ·
  Walking down the streets of Honolulu one day, I came across this splash of color.  A group of "mature" woman, all part of a traditional dance troupe, were gathered and waiting to go on a nearby stage for their performance.  The were...
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Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park (The Place of Refuge), Big Island of Hawaii (Where Gumbo was #113)

DrFumblefinger ·
    Perhaps the best place on the Big Island to enjoy a sunset (from many great possibilities),  Pu’uhonua o Honaunau  (the Place of Refuge) is a remarkable destination.  This is a National Historic site which should be...
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Lanai: Sorry, Island Closed for Renovation

PHeymont ·
Larry Ellison, the software billionaire (Oracle) has a dream of making the Hawaiian island of Lanai "the first economically viable, 100% green community" and he's closed down the island for a while to work on it. He can do that, because three years...
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Gallery: Signs of Waikiki

DrFumblefinger ·
    There's a lot you can tell about a city simply by looking at small things, like its signage or public art.  Every place has unique and interesting shops and landmarks that add to its personality.  I've posted several...
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Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory Tour

DrFumblefinger ·
  Much like lei made of tropical blossoms, or Dole pineapples, Mauna Loa macadamia nuts have long been a symbol of Hawaii for me.  As a child I recall family friends returning to the frozen White North from Hawaii, bringing small cans of...
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Dole Plantation, Oahu, Hawaii (Where Gumbo was #169)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting one of Oahu's most popular tourist destinations, the Dole Plantation!
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Virgin America flies into crowded Hawaii skies

PHeymont ·
Virgin America doubles its Hawaii routes in a market already heavily served by all the majors, plus Hawaiian and Allegiant.
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Solar plane to resume its round-the-world trip

PHeymont ·
Solar Impulse 2, a sun-powered plane that has completed half of its intended round-the-world trip without a drop of fuel, is almost ready to tackle the second half of the trip. The Swiss-built plane which uses solar energy to fill its batteries and power the engine, has been grounded in Hawaii by battery damage suffered during a 5-day flight from Japan to Hawaii. Yes, it doesn't fly very fast! Project staff say that they've raised enough money for the repairs, and can be in the air again by...
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Hawaii State Capitol Building – The Aloha State

Samantha ·
On their quest to visit all 50 state capitol buildings, Samantha and her husband feel a spirit of 'aloha' in Honolulu.
 
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