Wailea Wonders in MAUI

Well-known for its pristine beaches, lavish resorts and natural beauty, Wailea hits all the right notes for a classic Hawaiian vacation. Whether it’s sliding into a refreshing pool or sipping a refreshing drink while watching the sunset over the Pacific, Wailea offers some of the best beaches and resorts in Maui, throughout its 1,500 acres (three times the size of Waikiki). For a … [Read more...]

Local Color: Urban Art in OAHU

A new generation of local artists, chefs and designers are expressing their vision of modern Hawaiian culture in exciting ways. In O‘ahu, you get the best of both worlds: a tropical island rooted in a diverse culture and native Hawaiian traditions, contrasted by the pulsating city of Honolulu with contemporary art, world-class restaurants and the urban amenities of big city living. This … [Read more...]

Tuning into the Sounds Of Hawaii at the Mele Mei Music Festival

For writer Eliza Escaño-Vasquez, a recent trip to Oah’u uncovers a treasure trove of Hawaiian music For lovers of Hawaiian music, there’s no better time to be Oahu-bound than in May when the month-long Mele Mei music festival occurs. Mele means ‘song’ in the Hawaiian language and Mei simply refers to the month. This year, Honolulu buzzed with events—a concert series at the Hilton Hawaiian … [Read more...]

Introducing wandermelon Journeys: Trips Designed by Travel Writers

Experience the amazing insider itineraries and off-the-charts access enjoyed by pro travel writers (without the annoying deadlines of course). "You have the best job in the world." Oh if we only had a frequent flyer mile for every time the wandermelon team has heard that sentiment expressed to us. As professional travel writers and photographers, it's true we enjoy a pretty enviable … [Read more...]

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Rainbow Falls, HAWAII

Explore Hawaii’s Big Island with a visit to the Rainbow Falls waterfall in Wailuku River State Park.  Searching for waterfalls in Hawaii often involves long treks along high peaks far from the main roads. But reaching Rainbow Falls, located on the Big Island in Hawaii, is relatively easy and definitely worth the trip. This majestic waterfall has a spectacular 80-foot drop and its name stems … [Read more...]

Hawaii Comes to LOS ANGELES Via the Ukulele

Documentary screening of “My KoAloha Story,” performance by Grammy award-winning artist Daniel Ho, and free Ukulele workshop all part of Grammy Museum program. Just when you thought summer was over, we are happy to say “not so fast!” Seems like we are about to get a dose of Hawaiian love via the artisans of KoAloha Ukulele. If you’ve been under a rock and not hip to ukulele then here’s a quick … [Read more...]

Photo of the Week: A Hawaiian Sacred Spot

Shielded by the highest sea cliffs in the world, Molokai’s Kalaupapa peninsula has shed its dark past but retained its natural beauty. Wandermelon’s Eric Hiss recently had the opportunity to visit Kalaupapa National Historic Park on the island of Molokai’s north shore. Called “the most Hawaiian island” for its ability to avoid much of the modern malaise that affects other Hawaiian … [Read more...]

Outstanding in the Field Brings Their al Fresco Feasting to Hawaii

Oah’u, Maui, Kauai and the island of Hawaii will each host one of these “table to farm” onsite artisanal feasts in January, 2012 In January, Outstanding in the Field, the California-based "restaurant without walls" that has inspired pop-up supper clubs across North America and around the world, makes its first-ever visit to Hawaii to celebrate the New Year with four dinner events at four farms … [Read more...]

The Big Island of Hawaii’s Kohala Coast Gets New Zipline Adventure

Kohala Canopy Adventure “Aerial Trekking” experience is as unique as this pristine corner of Hawaii Hawaii’s Big Island is a place many travelers associate with outsized adventure, and the opening this month of a new zipline experience in the Halawa area is no different. Located on a pristine reserve filled with towering, century-old trees, the Kohala Canopy Adventure is located area that's a … [Read more...]

Hawaii, Family Style: Disney’s Aulani Resort

The new Aulani Resort offers stylish interiors mixed with whimsical Disney touches, making it the ideal Hawaiian destination for families. The new $800 million Aulani Resort in Ko Olina on the southwest coast of Oahu is far from the over-the-top theme park extravaganza one might expect from a Disney property. This modern take on a Hawaiian resort is free from tiki torches and fairy tale … [Read more...]