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Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park Review & Tips

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  3 Comments

Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is a coastal park on the big island of Hawaii. In this post, I’ll review the park, share some photos I took when we went here, and offer some tips for visiting. First, a bit of filler. Uh, I mean background… Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park contains 420 acres […]

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Oahu, Hawaii: Where to Stay

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  18 Comments

The island of Oahu is a popular destination in Hawaii, and with several distinct “regions” including Waikiki Beach, the North Shore, Ko Olina, and more, you might be wondering where you should stay in Oahu if you’re planning a trip. In this post, we’ll provide some insight into our favorite places, and also compare hotels […]

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Tips for Visiting Pearl Harbor

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  20 Comments

Pearl Harbor is one of the most popular spots in Hawaii, and the USS Arizona Memorial is a particularly moving experience. This post offers our tips and ticket recommendations for seeing the memorial, and also some info for visiting. If you’re visiting Oahu, it’s pretty much a must-do. Operated by the National Park Service, Pearl […]

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Lava Viewing at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports, Tips  •  60 Comments

Recently, we hiked out to see the “firehose flow” at Kīlauea Volcano’s Kamokuna ocean lava entry in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. This post is about our experience hiking out to the viewing area, along with some photos of the lava entering the ocean. I’ll also provide some lava viewing & photography tips, and recommendations for […]

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Paradise Cove Review & Luau Tips

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining, Points of Interest  •  18 Comments

In this post, we will review Paradise Cove Luau, and compare it to other luau options in Oahu, Hawaii. We’ll share photos from our experience, discuss whether we think the luau offered good value for money, and provide some other tips and thoughts about attending a ‘traditional’ Hawaiian luau in Oahu. If you’re like us, […]

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The Real Highlight of Wailuku River State Park (Hint: It’s Not a Waterfall)

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  11 Comments

Wailuku River State Park on the Big Island of Hawaii is well-known for Waianuenue (Rainbow Falls), a neat waterfall just outside of Hilo. From the parking area at Wailuku State Park, there is an easily-accessible viewing area that gives guests a view of the 80-foot Rainbow Falls, which derives its name from the frequent rainbows […]

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Dole Plantation Review & Tips

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  23 Comments

The Dole Plantation advertises itself as Hawaii’s preeminent “pineapple experience” and one of the most popular draws on the island of Oahu, welcoming over one million visitors per year. In this post, I’ll share some of my photos from Dole Plantation, thoughts on whether it’s worth your time, and what’s worthwhile here. First, I want […]

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Things To Do In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  13 Comments

Looking for tips and the best activities in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park? Here are our top 10 picks for things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This National Park is located on the Big Island of Hawaii, about 45 minutes from Hilo Airport and 2 hours from Kona Airport. While Volcanoes National Park is […]

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Tips for Night Photography

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  11 Comments

Taking photos at night can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have the right equipment. This post covers what you need to know about nighttime photography, what equipment you need, and some best practices to get great photos at night! Nighttime photography can be intimidating, especially for beginner and novice photographers. The primary reason […]

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Volcano House Review

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  4 Comments

Volcano House is the National Park Lodge located inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with views of Halema’uma’u Crater at the rim of Kilauea caldera. The hotel costs around $250-400/night depending upon season and view. This review features my photos and thoughts from my visit to Volcano House. On my “About” page, I reference the unreliability […]

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