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Hawaii : Winter 2015

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Born and raised during my formative years in Makaha and Honolulu on the island of Oahu, the Hawaiian Islands have always held a special place in my heart! It was most certainly a magical childhood and on my annual pilgrimage back to visit family and friends I have constantly surprised by how much has changed, and also how much has stayed exactly the same. Places hold such meaning in our daily lives, forming the stage sets to our most vivid memories and returning to this place I love time and again makes me so grateful! Here are my most recent tips and tricks for visiting Honolulu and the island of Oahu.

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Luckily my Dad gets so many points from his American Airlines credit card that I normally get my flight gratis. So grateful! American Airlines does have frequent flights from both Dallas and Los Angeles that I would recommend and usually take to land at Honolulu International Airport. Virign America and Hawaiian Airlines also have great flight options from the West Coast, just make sure to book in advance if you are traveling at anytime during the Holiday season, because it’s extremely popular for family trips!

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Luckily when I visit home I get to stay for free also, but there are so many options on AirBnB or great hotels. Location is the key! Oahu is a relatively small island, but traffic and parking can be a problem. I would recommend a combination of AirBnBs for a more authentic experience in one of the non-touristy towns and then taking in all the fantastic resorts and 5-star accommodations in the more popular tourist destinations.

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kahala

turtlebay
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Hawaii is 2,390 miles away from the nearest continent (North America) and is considered the most isolated population center on earth. Early in its history, seeds and plants were brought to the barren island by wind, water, and birds.

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Surfing, or heenalu, was invented thousands of years ago by the Polynesians who first settled Hawaii. Their boards weighed more than 150 pounds and measured up to 20 feet.

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Hawaii is the only state in the nation that grows coffee, has tropical rainforests, and is made completely of islands.

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Everyone is a minority in Hawaii—there are no racial majorities. Haoles or Caucasians, constitute about 33% of the population, Japanese about 33%, Filipino-Americans about 16%, and Chinese-Americans about 5%. Most of the population has mixed ethnicities.

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