Review: Wicked Hi Cafe (Waialua)

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Much like my friend Michael W Travels, I have a great love for pizza. So, when one of my favorite farmer’s market vendors opened a cafe slinging sourdough pizzas, I had to try it. And, that’s how I found myself at Wicked Hi Cafe in the (Oahu) North Shore town of Waialua. What is Wicked […]

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A New Airport Lounge Opened in Honolulu

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Surprise! A new airport lounge opened in Honolulu the other day. However, unlike most other lounges at HNL, this is not an airline lounge, nor is it a contract lounge. So what is it, and how do you gain access to it? Let’s discuss. The Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is home to a surprising […]

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Dinner at the Hau Tree at the Kaimana Beach Hotel

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I don’t know what I was looking forward to more during our Royal Weekend staycation – our stay at the Royal Hawaiian or dinner at the Hau Tree at the Kaimana Beach Hotel? After all, the culinary team behind the Hau Tree is almost like a foodie dream team. Background The Hau Tree isn’t actually […]

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Review: Tsurutontan Waikiki Deals

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After settling into our suite at the Royal Hawaiian, we decided to get some lunch. Given the pandemic, that’s a bit more difficult than you’d think. But, I remembered seeing something I wanted to check out. That’s how we ended up taking advantage of the amazing Tsurutontan Waikiki deals. As was the case back in […]

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Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort Renovation

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Recently, the Outrigger Hospitality Group unveiled its $80 million Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort renovation project. The project, which was stuck in planning stages for years, touches nearly every aspect of the property and even adds new rooms. The Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is one of the few Waikiki hotels actually on the beach. […]

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Kauai Not Rejoining Pre-Travel Testing Until May

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If you were hoping to take a Kauai vacation sometime soon, you might want to rethink your plans. At least for now, Kauai is not rejoining pre-travel testing until May at least. This being Mayor Kawakami, though, there is a very good reason for this. As cases began rising again, Mayor Derek Kawakami decided to […]

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Hawaii Credit Card Award Travel Guide 2021

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Last year, I not only neglected to do a credit card strategy post – and you know what? I didn’t do a Hawaii credit card award travel guide either. And while it’s not clear when travel will resume, much has changed last year. So, I think it’s prudent to do a Hawaii credit card award […]

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My 2021 Credit Card Strategy

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

Well, then. I did not realize I totally skipped 2020 as far as credit card strategies go. But, in hindsight, I guess it wasn’t all that necessary anyway, right? After all, the whole year ended up being blah. And even though most of 2021 looks like it’ll be similar, I want to talk about my […]

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Second AC Hotels by Marriott Coming to Hawaii

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Last week, I reported that the AC Hotels by Marriott Wailea is opening in April. Hot on the heels of that announcement came the news that a second AC Hotels by Marriott is coming to Hawaii. This time, though, the property will be on Oahu. Not only is Hawaii’s second AC Hotels by Marriott going […]

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AC Hotel by Marriott Wailea to Open April 2021

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In 2019, I reported that Hawaii’s first AC Hotel would be built in the Wailea Resort on Maui. At the time, the developer had just broken ground and didn’t provide a projected opening date. But now we know the AC Hotel by Marriott Wailea is to open in April 2021. AC Hotels In Marriott’s collection […]

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Hawaiian Air Joins the Hawaii Pre-Clear Program

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Late last year, Alaska Airlines piloted Hawaii’s new COVID-19 pre-clearance program. Much as Global Entry does for US Customs screenings, Hawaii Pre-Clear allows Safe Travels participants to skip the arrival screenings when they land in Hawaii. And, now, Hawaiian Air joins the Hawaii Pre-Clear program too. Alaska Airlines launched the State of Hawaii’s Pre-Clear program […]

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Review: Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort

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As I mentioned during my Royal Weekend Staycation introduction post, I mentioned my stay at the Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort. It’s someplace I didn’t think I would stay at. But, thanks to my lack of travel due to the pandemic and great kama’aina rates, I finally pulled the trigger. History There’s no talking […]

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State May Defund Hawaii Tourism Authority

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

The pandemic and ensuing restrictions have wreaked havoc on Hawaii’s tourism industry. So, to me, it’s a bit surprising that the state may defund the Hawaii Tourism Authority. But, effectively, that’s precisely what Governor David Ige is doing. This decision, of course, shouldn’t surprise anyone. It comes as no surprise that Hawaii has seen a […]

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Double Your Nights and Points with Marriott!

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Marriott has a new promotion available for registration that’ll let you double your nights and points. It seems like they’re trying to make it as easy as possible for Marriott Bonvoy members to earn or retain status since this is on top of the elite bonuses they already handed out. Did you receive your Marriott […]

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Marriott Bonvoy 2021 Category Changes in Hawaii

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

While the pandemic continues to rage on, Marriott remains intent on having changing around its hotel award categories this year. Even though most hotels sat relatively empty over most of the last year. So, let’s discuss the Marriott Bonvoy 2021 category changes in Hawaii. Before the COVID-19 brought global travel to a screeching halt, Marriot […]

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Royal Weekend Staycation – Introduction

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

With tourist arrivals still incredibly low in Hawaii, local hotels have been offering great kama’aina deals. So, to bring you guys a bit more reviews (and for a change of scenery for me), I’ve been taking advantage of these deals. Hence my next “trip report” for my Royal Weekend Staycation. If you’re familiar with Waikiki’s […]

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Waikiki Sand Replenishment Round 2 Begins

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

In 2012, the State of Hawaii sought to combat Waikiki Beach’s erosion with a sand replenishment project. Nine years later, most of that sand is already gone. So the Waikiki sand replenishment round 2 begins to restore the beach once again. Waikiki has long had an erosion problem. Ever since the 1800s, several bad decisions […]

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Hawaii Lt Governor Outlines His Reopening Plan

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For being basically a one-party state, Hawaii’s politicians have been absolutely horrible when it comes to aligning COVID-19 strategies. No one can seem to agree on ANYTHING. So, as Hawaii Lt Governor outlines his reopening plan, take his plan with a huge grain of salt. Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, an ER physician by trade, spent […]

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Hawaii Legislature Proposes New Car Rental Fee

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To help balance the state budget and provide funds to combat the effects of climate change, the Hawaii Legislature proposes a new car rental fee. This fee, should it pass, would be in addition to the two existing fees. Currently, Hawaii has among the highest rental car fees in the nation. Right now, anyone that […]

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Southwest Announces New Long Beach-Kahului Route

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Last November, Southwest Airlines began expanding its service out of Long Beach. At the time, it announced one new route from the airport to Hawaii. That route will provide service to Honolulu in direct competition with Hawaiian. And, now, they’re at it again as Southwest announces a new Long Beach-Kahului Route. Since it began service […]

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