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Best Kauai Luaus

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The Top 5 Kauai Luaus

“Sublime” often comes to mind when describing Kauai—and it’s no exaggeration, either: From picturesque Hanalei Bay to the arresting Na Pali Coast, the oldest island in the Hawaiian archipelago booms with beauty and heart.

And while simply stepping outside in Kauai is a feast for the senses, there’s no better way to soak up its splendor than at a luau. Here are 5 of the top luaus on the Garden Island—and what you can expect at each of them.

  • Auli’i Lu’au – Authentic
  • Hawaii Alive Luau Show & Dinner – Longest Running Show in Hawaii
  • Havaiki Nui Luau – Interactive
  • Smith Family Garden Luau – Unique Location
  • Luau Kalamaku – Best Performance

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Top 5 Maui Sunset Cruises

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Top 5 Maui Sunset Cruises

Updated: July 23, 2021

Maui sunsets are as exceptional as the rumors suggest, ranging in colors from whisper pink to fiery red and reminding all who witness them that nature’s shows are the best. Savoring them from the island’s shores is a highlight for kama’aina and visitors alike, but watching them from the stern of a boat? Now that’s another story.

Top 5 Maui sunset CruisesSunset cruises go down as one of the most popular activities on Maui for a reason: They provide beauty and romance in equal measure, as well as an ambiance seldom found on terra firma.

Here are the top 5 dusk-on-deck affairs—and why you should book a spot on one of them.

Sunset Dinner CruiseAward Winning Lahaina BOOK NOW
Adventure Sunset SailCatamaran Kihei BOOK NOW
Lahaina Sunset SailRelaxation with Coctails Lahaina BOOK NOW
'Alihilani Sunset SailFamily Friendly Lahaina BOOK NOW
Maalaea Sunset CruiseMusic and Sunset Ma'alaea BOOK NOW

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Best Kailua Kona Luaus

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The Top 5 Luaus in Kailua-Kona

What’s a Big Island vacation without a luau?

The island itself may evoke plenty of wonder, but nowhere else will you find heart-pumping drums, Polynesian dancing, and heaps of delicious food. The question is less should I go to a luau when visiting Hawaii, but which one should I choose—particularly when deciding between those performed in Kailua-Kona?

With this in mind, we’ve pulled together our top 5 picks for the best luaus on the Big Island’s sunny West Side:

Voyagers of the Pacific LuauBest Fire Dancing Royal Kona Resort BOOK NOW
Island Breeze LuauHistorical Setting Kona Beach Hotel BOOK NOW
Hawaii Loa LuauBest Buffet Fairmont Orchid BOOK NOW
Haleo LuauMai Tai's Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa Currently Closed
Sunset LuauGourmet Cuisine Waikoloa Beach Marriott

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10 Things You Should Know About the Grand Wailea Before Arriving

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grand poolThey don’t call it grand for nothing: The Grand Wailea—a Waldorf Astoria Resort on the south shore of Maui—has it all: beauty and romance, leisure and play, elegance and authenticity, glee and tranquility.

So spectacular is this spot, in fact, that U.S. News & World Report named it one of the top ten luxury resorts on the Valley Isle, while it caters to more than half a million visitors annually.

Planning to count yourself as one of them? Whether you’re on your way there or are dreaming up the vacation of a lifetime, here are 10 things you should know about the Grand Wailea before arriving:

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Top 5 Hawaii Island Tours

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The Top 5 Big Island Hawaii Tours

Once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kailua-Kona—the hubbub of all things fun in the sun on the Big Island—is a visitor’s Shangri-La. Balmy weather, first-rate snorkeling, world-class resorts, a historic village brimming with lively shops and restaurants—the enclave is as entertaining as it is stunning. Located on the southern slope of the Hualalai volcano, it’s the perfect spot to revive in style—and the perfect starting point for some of Hawaii Island’s coolest tours. We’ve rounded up our choices for the top five of these expeditions; here they are:

Volcano UnveiledVolcanoes and Lava Tubes Waikoloa, Kona BOOK NOW
Kohala Waterfalls AdventureWaterfalls Waikoloa, Kona BOOK NOW
Maunakea Summit & StarsDinner, Sunset, Stars Waikoloa, Kona BOOK NOW
Kohala Canopy AdventureZipline Wakoloa, Kona BOOK NOW
Hawaii Grand Circle Island TourVolcanoes National Park and more! Pick Up from Hotel BOOK NOW

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Mauna Kea Tours

Top Mauna Kea Tours

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The Top Maunakea Tours

The Big Island’s Maunakea has been a hot topic in recent times, undergoing everything from fierce protests to torrential rains to blankets of snow. But take away the commotion and what remains is the mountain Native Hawaiians deem the most sacred site in their North Pacific archipelago.

Understandably so. Soaring 13,769 feet above sea level, it’s not only the highest peak in the Hawaiian Islands but, when measured from its underwater base, is also the tallest mountain on Earth. Physical attributes aside, it was and continues to be a sacrosanct place, and home to a number of Hawaiian deities. Its more common, contemporary spelling, Mauna Kea, translates to “White Mountain”—for the seasonal snow it sees—while “Maunakea,” as suggested by the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s School of Hawaiian Language, indicates the mountain of the Hawaiian deity, Wakea. Its majesty, its height, its remoteness, its dry air, and the clear, luminous sky that cradles it has rendered the dormant volcano one of the leading astronomical observation sites in the world. In addition to serving as the designated place of the proposed Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT)—the cause of those aforementioned protests—it houses thirteen telescopes operated by astronomers from eleven different countries. In other words? The summit is the place to see the sky.

As such, tours to its peak abound across the Big Island, offering budding astronomers, avid stargazers, and early risers a chance to get this close to heaven. Here are the top Maunakea Tours we’d recommend—and why you should toss a sweater into your suitcase now:

Maunakea Summit & StarsBest Tour Kona BOOK NOW
Maunakea Summit AdventureSunset & Stars Waikoloa, Kona BOOK NOW
Maunakea Stellar ExplorerBest Price Hilo, Kona BOOK NOW
Maunakea Stargazing ExperienceUnique Location Maunakea Base BOOK NOW

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