travel guide:hawaii

  • A Dark Chapter in Paradise: The Leper Colony of  Molokai, Hawaii

    The island of Molokai is an unspoiled paradise — the last Hawaiian island that has held out against cruise ships and mass tourism — but for 100 years to more than 8,000 people, it was a prison.  On the north shore of the island is a secluded peninsula surrounded by high sea cliffs on three sides and an impassable coastline on the fourth. It was on this spot in Molokai in 1866 that King Kamehameha V created Kalaupapa. Related: Molokai, the Last Truly Unspoiled Island in Hawaii It may look like paradise, but for thousands, the colony of Kalaupapa was a prison. “The patients were brought in by boat,” Norman Leahy, the head guide for Father Damien Tours said. “They were put on long boats at the entrance to the bay and told to sail to shore.

  • 10 Amazing Places You'd Rather Be Than Stuck Here in the Blizzard

    The Beach at Jumba Bay on Antigua. (Photo: Rosewood)

  • Off-the-Grid Road Trip: Discovering the Real Hawaii

    With its winding roads and dramatic landscapes, the Big Island of Hawaii is made for road trips. A roadster like the Boxster Spyder is perfect for handling Hawaii’s rugged terrain. There I am, behind the wheel in the Porsche Boxster Spyder on the Big Island.

  • WATCH: Surfing With the 76-Year-Old Legend of Waikiki Beach

    Everyone on Waikiki Beach knows “Uncle” Billy Pa. At 76, he’s been surfing the shores in front of the Royal Hawaiian hotel for decades and was part of the original Beach Boys (not the band!) — the group of local surfers who brought the sport to the rest of the world.

  • Stay on Kauai for Under $200, Plus Save Big on Food and Drinks

    The deal: A Garden View room with a private lanai at the Courtyard by Marriott Kaua'i at Coconut Beach for $189 per night, including a $50 daily food and beverage credit, free Internet, and a waived resort fee that covers parking and beach yoga. A minimum three-night stay is required.

  • WATCH: Loco Moco and Spam? The Top 7 Weirdest Foods Hawaiians Love

    Hawaii is a fascinating place for many reasons - least of which is the food. Where else in the world can you find spam musubi (a spam sushi roll the size of a nerf ball)? Or anywhere for that matter that still not only eats spam but may actually consider it a lost food group?  Or take the favorite (and delicious) breakfast dish, the Loco Moco, whose name literally translated means  “Crazy Booger.” 

  • Inside the Belly of the Volcanic Beast in Hawaii

    Hawaii is the land of Pele, the volcano goddess. Inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the Kilauea volcano, the most active volcano on earth, which, according to the National Park Service, produces 250,000 to 650,000 cubic yards of lava per day — enough to resurface a 20-mile-long two-lane road daily. Thanks to Kilauea, about 500 acres of new land have been created on the island of Hawaii since 1983. Related: WATCH: The Magic of Night Swimming With Hawaii’s Gentle Giants The lava ate this road for lunch. (Photo: Paula Froelich) While it is beautiful — and the Kilauea Caldera glows every night as if alive — it is also terrifying.

  • WATCH: The Magic of Night Swimming With the Gentle Giants of Hawaii

    There is almost nothing more terrifying yet magical than being out in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, with 18-foot-wide, alien-looking beings swimming backward loops just millimeters from your face. One of the most fascinating things to experience in Hawaii is to take a night swim with giant manta rays. Although fierce looking — with triangular fins, horn-shaped cephalic fins, gaping maws, and long, sharp tails — they are not to be confused with some of their fiercer cousins (think sharks or Steve Irwin and his unfortunate demise).

  • What Tragedy Tourism Taught Me About Travel

    Take the mules to Kalaupapa leper colony and historic park. The doctor reported it to the authorities (as required by law) and they showed up at her door to tell her the news and to pick her up to take her to Kalaupapa.

  • 'Jurassic Park' Redux: 13 Places to Feel Like You're Living the Movie

    Do you remember the first time you heard the deafening roar of the T-Rex in Jurassic Park? Twenty two years and two follow-up films later, the much-hyped fourth installment of the series, Jurassic World, is ready to make its own earth-shaking footprint when the live-action adventure debuts on June 12. From hokey theme parks and man-made habitats to must-see museums and tours through today’s wildest lands, these worldly destinations are for fans and explorers alike.

  • Surprise! Budget-Chain Hotels in the Most Luxurious Places on Earth

    Traveling abroad can bring surprises — like checking into a Holiday Inn in the Maldives. You’d never expect it, but some luxury destinations known for outrageously expensive resorts have budget hotels, too. The Maldives is one of the most exclusive places in the world.

  • There's More to Do on Oahu, the Hawaiian Island That Has it All

    Oahu has the buzz and attractions of a major city combined with solace and scenic beauty just a short drive away. (Photo: Banzai Hiroaki/Flickr)

  • The Night Kicks Off With a Cliff Dive in Honolulu

    Ah, Thursday night — the only truly social night of the week. It’s the night when babysitters are booked, friends convene, and drinks are imbibed. There are no family obligations to fulfill, no amateurish weekend crowds to elbow through — and the possibilities are endless. The night starts after work and ends whenever you want. In any city. All over the world. This week, we’re presenting the perfect Thursday night in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

  • Hawaii or Tahiti: Which is the True Polynesian Paradise?

    Each week, Yahoo Travel pits rival destinations against each other to determine once and for all which place is the best. This week, our challengers are Hawaii and Tahiti.

  • Honolulu Votes to Move Homeless Out of Tourist Areas

    The Honolulu City Council approved several measures Wednesday aimed at moving homeless people out of tourist hotspots in Hawaii, including one that bans sitting and lying down on sidewalks in the popular Waikiki area. The council responded, in part, by passing a measure that prohibits people using sidewalks as open-air restrooms on the island of Oahu.

  • Say "I do" with a View: The 10 Best Places in the World to Elope

    From classic locales like Las Vegas to historic backdrops like Florence, Italy, these are the top 10 best places to elope. The Viceroy Palm Springs can make this dream come true with its Midnight Elopement package for $4,000, which includes a ceremony, floral arrangements, and dinner for you and up to eight guests.

  • 10 Reasons You Need to Explore Maui Right Now

    Think of the Hawaiian island of Maui, and immediately its stunning beaches and marine life come to mind. Hotels, resorts, condos, B&Bs, vacation rentals … there are hundreds of accommodation possibilities available to Maui visitors. Make a beeline to its spa for a treatment that speaks of Maui through indigenous ingredients.

  • Let's Take An Adrenaline-Fueled Island Hop Through Hawaii

    Best way to see a lot of Hawaii? If you’re in the latter category of Hawaii vacationers, you may want to consider seeing the islands via ship. Cruises allow you to see several Hawaiian islands in one vacation without having to go through the hassle of plane-hopping and moving all your gear from hotel room to hotel room.

  • Where Everyone's Going Right Now (Can You Say, Aloha?) and Other Summer Travel Trends

    Adobe is about to release its “Travel 2014 Report” and gave Yahoo Travel an exclusive sneak peek at the inside scoop on  how and where the world is traveling this summer. Travelers will be spending in droves: the Adobe Digital Index (ADI) predicts that figure could hit $61 billion between Memorial Day and Labor Day—a 15 percent increase from last year. Adobe gathered its insights by analyzing 33 billion consumer visits to 1,300 branded travel websites across the globe and aggregating the data.

  • Surf's up! We Want to Visit America's Top 10 Beaches

    Dr. Beach’s winner: Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Honolulu. (Photo: Sam Eifling/AP)

  • We've Got You Clooney: Here's Your Perfect Honeymoon

    George Clooney is finally settling down. Yesterday, we gave you the perfect wedding cake for your destination wedding and today, Yahoo Travel has pitched in to plan your perfect honeymoon. It ain’t easy for the paparazzi to track you down in a yurt in Mongolia’s Gobi desert.

  • Would You Spend $130,000 For a Seat On This Jet? We're Not Kidding. It's a Real Thing.

    It doesn’t get more glam than the new Four Seasons jet. (Courtesy: Four Seasons)

  • The 5 Most Terrifying Zip Lines in the World That Would Even Make Tony Hawk Freak Out

    It’s no secret that zip lines are an easy way to get an adrenaline rush on vacation—with the added bonus of seeing a place from a completely different vantage point. And these days, they’re all trying to outdo each other. From flying high above a volcanic crater to hanging on for dear life on 10 miles of lines, we’ve got the top five largest, fastest—and craziest—zip lines ever: