Oahu Island – Having Fun & Staying Safe

Parachuter gliding over a grass-covered suburb of Oahu.

We have spent years finding the best spots to recommend you spend your valuable vacation time (and steering you away from the worst), and we also want to do our best to help you keep your ‘okole out of trouble. Though Hawai‘i can be idyllic, please remember this isn’t a theme park—its nature. Mother nature is hard, …
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Maui Island – Local Culture & You

The red land of Maui with mountains and water in the far background.

Maui is a favorite vacation spot for local residents from other Hawaiian Islands (To coin a local phrase, Maui no ka oi!) You will find the aloha spirit is alive and well most everywhere here. (With a few exceptions—Wailua and Honokohau come to mind—which we mention in our driving tours.) People from all over the …
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Maui Island – Being an Eco-Friendly Tourist

Young boy with surfboard on the shores of a Maui beach.

The Hawaiian Islands are unlike anyplace else in the world. The extraordinary remoteness made colonization by plants and animals just a chance occurrence over millions of years. These days, shipping and air travel has expedited the introduction of new life. That’s not a good thing. As a result, the native wildlife is under constant threat …
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Maui Island – Having Fun & Staying Safe

Vast landscape of trees alongside highway on Maui Island, with waves crashing into the shore.

Maui is the activity hub of the islands. Think of something to do in Hawai‘i, chances are you can do it here. Jet skiing, horseback riding and snorkeling are only a few of the guided tours offered, and there are an endless number of things you can do on your own. This is where personal …
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Kaua‘i Island – Being an Eco-Friendly Tourist

White tour boat filled with people in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by deep blue water.

The extraordinary remoteness of the Hawaiian Islands has given rise to unique life that can’t be found anywhere else on the planet. That being said, the native wildlife is under constant threat from a variety of sources. Knowing how best to enjoy all that Hawai‘i has to offer while staying ecologically sensitive is important in …
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What Readers Have to Say

“Thank you for the awesome maps. This was the best vacation ever for our family because of them. My husband and I usually get into huge fights because we get lost while on vacation. This usually trickles down so that everyone is mad the whole trip. This time everyone was happy because we never go lost.”

- J. Mayer, KS