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We can tell you how to get to Hawaii so you can view the Waikiki skyline.

How to get to Hawaii? Inquiring minds and potential visitors to Hawaii want to know. The first way is by flying to Hawaii. Most people who want to travel to Hawaii do this. The second longer, but perhaps, more leisurely way to travel to Hawaii is to go there by cruise ship.

How to Get to Hawaii by Air

Fortunately, there are many airlines, domestic and international, that fly to Hawaii. This gives the flying public many options to get to Hawaii. Almost all of the major domestic US airlines fly to Hawaii. This includes: American, United and Delta. Southwest doesn’t offer Hawaii airfare yet; but many in the industry believe they will within the next five years. There are also three regional airlines, Hawaiian, Alaska and Allegiant, that offer daily trips to Hawaii out of their gateway cites on the US mainland.  In fact, Hawaiian offers the most daily flights to and from the Aloha State.

A growing number of international carriers are also flying to Hawaii. For many years, international carriers like Japan Airlines, QANTAS, All Nippon Airways, China Airlines, Air Canada, Philippines, Korean, Asiana, Air New Zealand and Fiji Airways have offered regularly scheduled service to Hawaii. Relatively recent international carriers serving Hawaii include: Jetstar, WestJet, China Eastern Airlines and Air China.

How to Get to Hawaii by Sea

Getting to Hawaii by sea offers some unique challenges for those who are interested in taking this option. Let’s assume you are coming from either the mainland US or Canada. You will need more a week, and often longer, and you will have to travel to one of the North American west coast cities that offer cruises to Hawaii. These include ports like Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego or Vancouver, Canada. Some cruise companies that sail to Hawaii from these ports include Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Celebrity and Norwegian cruise lines.

Cruises on foreign-flagged ship that embark from a US mainland port must continue to an international location before they can make the trip back to their originating port. This is due to US regulations requiring internationally flagged passenger ships to make an international stop before returning to the US. Such international stops include Polynesia, Oceania, Canada and Mexico. This restriction would not apply if you start your cruise outside the US, such as a port like Vancouver. So if you do plan to travel to Hawaii by sea, you’d better prepare to take a longer, but at least, more leisurely vacation.

Historic Lighthouses in Hawaii

Historic lighthouses in Hawaii

Kilauea Lighthouse on Kauai, one of the historic lighthouses in Hawaii.

Three Historic Lighthouses in Hawaii

There are a number of historic lighthouses in Hawaii that you might want to visit on your next trip. In addition to their historic value, many of them offer commanding views of the Pacific Ocean. They also offer great opportunities to view a wide range of marine wildlife.  And best of all, you can see and experience them for little or no cost.

Kilauea Lighthouse

The Kilauea Lighthouse was built in 1913 on the northern part of Kauai. The facility is unique in that it is the only lighthouse in Hawaii open to visitors. The Kilauea lighthouse was famous during World War II for offering radio beacon signals to aviators. This was especially important to pilots veering off course while trying to land.

It no longer serves as a lighthouse. But since 1985, it has become the focal point of the Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition to scenic ocean vistas, you can see a wide range of marine wildlife. Here, there are seabirds, like the Laysan albatross and wedged-tailed shearwater. There are also marine mammals, such as the green sea turtle and humpback whale. You might have seen the Kilauea Lighthouse in Disney’s popular animated movie, Lilo and Stitch. As such, it might be one of the most popular historic lighthouses in Hawaii.

Kalaupapa Lighthouse

This lighthouse, the tallest in the State of Hawaii, was completed in 1909. Its construction was a response to the increasing amount of maritime traffic in the Kaiwi Channel. This channel separated the islands of Oahu and Molokai. Kalaupapa was an ideal location for the lighthouse. This was because it was on a long peninsula on Molokai extending two miles into the sea. But Kalaupapa was also the quarantine home for those in Hawaii with Hansen’s disease or leprosy. Initially, lawmakers were reluctant to build a strategically important navigational aid here. This was because they were concerned about station personnel being in close proximity with those with once incurable Hansen’s disease.

At 138 feet tall, the Kalaupapa Lighthouse is not only the tallest lighthouse in Hawaii. But it is also one of the tallest ones in the Pacific. Today, the lighthouse and the nearby settlement, still home to those once afflicted with the now curable Hansen disease, are part of the Kalaupapa National Historic District, which the National Park Service manages.

Another one of the historic lighthouses in Hawaii.

Distant view of Kalaupapa Lighthouse from the Kaluapapa Lookout on Molokai.

Makapu’u Lighthouse

The Coast Guard built the Makapu’u Lighthouse on the eastern tip of Oahu in 1909 for the same reason as Kalaupapa Lighthouse. It was a critical navigational aid that responded to the increasing amount of ships sailing though the treacherous Kaiwi Channel. The lighthouse was once the only one of its kind in the US with the hyperradiant Fresnel lens.

The  Coast Guard declared the land around the lighthouse surplus and then transferred it to the State of Hawaii in 1987. Since then, the road to the lighthouse is now one of the most popular hiking trails in the State park system. The trail offers spectacular views of the surrounding coastline, migrating humpback whales and the Hawaiian sunrise.

More historic lighthouses in Hawaii

Distant view of Makapuu Lighthouse on Oahu.

Eating Pancakes in Hawaii

Pancakes in Hawaii.

Eating pancakes in Hawaii at Ken’s House of Pancakes.

Eating in Pancakes in Hawaii

Traveling to Hawaii doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the pleasures of home. And if you like pancakes, Hawaii offers some of the country’s finest, of course with a Hawaiian slant to them. Here are some of the places where you can enjoy eating pancakes in Hawaii.

Ken’s House of Pancakes

You can find Ken’s House of Pancakes in the town of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii.  As its name suggest, Ken’s specializes in pancakes. So when you order breakfast, it comes complete with pancakes. What’s also nice about Ken’s is that the serving are very generous in addition to the food tasting great.  This is what makes Ken’s a local favorite on the Big Island.

Tucker and Bevvy

Tucker and Bevvy specializes in Australian and Hawaiian themed breakfasts and picnic foods. You can find in the Kapahulu area of Honolulu. It offers a wide variety of breakfast dishes, including its highly popular ricotta cheese pancake.

Bills Sydney

Bills Sydney is a restaurant chain that originally started in Sydney, Australia. Today, it has restaurants in a number of cities throughout the world. You can find Bills Sydney in Waikiki on Beachwalk Avenue. It features great ricotta cheese pancakes on its menu.

Moena Cafe

Moena Cafe, a breakfast and lunch restaurant, is in the Hawaii Kai area of Honolulu. Its breakfast menu includes a wide range of pancakes, including cinnamon roll and strawberry and milk. It’s famous for its banana Chantilly pancake.

Mac 24/7

Mac 24/7, as noted in its name, is open 24 hours daily and is in the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel in Waikiki. Its breakfast menu offers huge, crazy pancakes. It was once prominently featured on the television series, Man vs. Food.

Liliha Bakery

Liliha Bakery is a long-time local favorite bakery and diner in the Liliha area of Honolulu. You can’t be in business as long as Liliha Bakery has been if you’re not doing something right. And their pancakes are definitely one of the reasons why.

Maui Onions

Maui Onions

Sweet Maui onions.

World Famous Maui Onions

Maui is famous for many of its unique agricultural products, including its world famous Maui or Kula onion. Many feel Maui’s sweet onion is on par with other famous varieties. These include Georgia’s Vidalia or Washington State’s Walla Walla onion. A sweet onion is an onion that is not pungent. It also has higher sugar and water content and is lower in sulfur than most onions. Like Vidalias, Maui onions are a Yellow Granex type hybrid. Farmers developed them from Texas varieties.

What Makes Them Special

A Maui onion has a stout globular shape with a pale golden peel and a crisp, juicy white flesh. Farmers grow them in the Kula region on the eastern slopes of Haleakala, Maui’s legendary volcano. Many say Maui’s rich volcanic soil, perfect amounts of rainfall and sunshine make Maui onions so special. Farmers do not grow Maui onions in huge quantities. They limit growing to no more than 400 acres of prime agricultural land each year. This makes the relatively limited supply of these onions even more special. One can typically get them during the months of February through November. You can readily identify such onions grown in this region through the trademark “Kula Grown.”

Where to Get Them

The mainland US first became familiar with Maui onions when tourists brought them back  home. Today, one can buy Maui onions in most grocery stores throughout Hawaii. You can also purchased them in specialty stores and supermarkets on the mainland West Coast. You can also order them from a number of online retailers.

How to Eat Them

Due to their sweetness, Maui onions are a favorite accompaniment with Hawaiian food. Local people typically eat them raw with Hawaiian salt. You’ll also find them in many varieties of poke, a marinade of raw fish chunks, local seaweed and savory spices.

Maui Onion Event

To celebrate Hawaii’s love of the Maui onion, the community comes together each year at the Maui Onion Festival in late April to early May. This has been a signature event at the Whalers Village in the Ka’anapali Resort since 1990. It features recipe contests, food booths, games, prizes and dinner events.