About Hawaii

America’s favorite beach playground!

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Leave your passport at home and come see the most beautiful beaches on American soil.

Call Journey Pacific’s Hawaii office and chat to Robin on 808-269-6084 or (888)848-3307 for a free quote. You will never pay an agency fee, and best of all, you can have a local contact even throughout your trip in case you need a little direction.

We know the Hawaiian Islands best- we live here! and as residents, we have cultivated relationships with nearby hotels over 20 years. Those partnerships allow Journey Pacific to give you the best rate around on hotels that other travel sites just won’t turn up in their listings. You will never pay extra agency fees because we work directly for the Hawaiian Resorts. send us an email or request a quote online

Take a moment to discover the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands……..

Hawaii’s seven main islands – Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, and the Island of Hawaii (commonly know as the Big Island) – each offers a unique ambiance and attraction for visitors. Author Mark Twain once pronounced Hawaii to be the loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean and not even the past 40 years of mass tourism have managed to change that.
Hawaii offers a natural sanctuary with everything from waterfalls to whales. There are accessible eco-adventures on land and sea. Since the first British frigates sailed into Hawaiian waters more than 200 years ago, visitors have been fascinated by Hawaii’s unique environment, studying, drawing and being seduced by the natural riches native to her shores.

The Land

The young string of islands and atolls that make up Hawaii was developed in isolation, thousands of kilometers from the nearest landmass, through dramatic volcanic activity that continues to this day. The result is a unique masterpiece of natural diversity, where 21 of the worlds 22 climatic zones are represented (everything from tropical rain-forests to snow-capped summits), supporting an incredible 88 natural communities or ecosystems. No one yet knows when Hawaii was first inhabited. It was long believed that the Polynesians first arrived in Hawaii from Tahiti around 1000 AD. Hawaii was discovered by the western world in 1778 when British explorer Captain James Cook sighted Oahu and first landed on Kauai. In 1820 the first Americans missionaries arrived from New England. Not only did they bring Christianity to a people becoming disillusioned with their ancient gods, but they represented the first of several migrations which led to Hawaii’s cosmopolitan character. In 1959 Hawaii became the 50th state admitted into the United States

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Weather

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The Trade Winds provide Hawaii with an ideal balmy climate, mild temperatures and moderate humidity the temperature ranges from 65 degrees to 85 degrees. Being Subtropical there are really only two seasons and they meld together casually with no extremes.

Flora and Fauna

Hawaii boasts every climate on the planet, excluding the two most extreme: arctic tundra and arid desert. The Islands have wine-growing regions, cactus-speckled ranch-lands, icy mountaintops, and the rainiest forests on earth. The Galapagos has nothing on Hawaii’s biodiversity—more than 90% of Hawaiian plants and animals are endemic, meaning they exist nowhere else on earth. Most of the plants you see while walking around, however, aren’t Hawaiian at all. Tropical flowers such as plumeria, orchids, red ginger, heliconia, and anthuriums are Asian or South American imports now growing wild on all the Islands. Food plants grown commercially (or in backyards for home consumption) in Hawaii include sugarcane, pineapples, papayas, bananas, mangoes, guavas, lichee, coconuts, avocados, breadfruit, macadamia nuts, limes, passion fruit, taro (for poi), and tamarinds.

Wild animal life in Hawaii includes mongooses (yes that’s plural), rats, frogs, toads, and, in the more remote regions of some of the islands, deer, sheep, pigs (boar), donkeys, and goats. On the Big Island, even wild horses roam freely in Waipi’o Valley.

Hawaii Highlights

Ever since it became the fiftieth and most tropical U.S. state in 1959, Hawaii has been a hot spot for millions of people seeking surf, sun, and sand. With its renowned Aloha spirit, this island state welcomes visitors to climb its actively smoldering volcanoes, relax on its gorgeous black-sand beaches, sport a lei and hula skirt without a trace of irony, and generally enjoy themselves in the rich Hawaiian culture and environment. Hawaii is comprised of six main islands, each with its own distinct charm and flavor. Maui, or “the magic isle,” boasts stretches of beautiful beaches and a spectacular drive along the scenic road of Hana. The Big Island allows visitors to explore the primeval natural wonders of Volcanoes National Park and its extensive fields of solidified black lava. Oahu, the “heart of Hawaii,” is home to Honolulu and the world-famous Waikiki, with its combination of fantastic surf spots, fabulous nightclubs, and luxurious resorts under the shadow of Diamond Head. Kauai, the Nature Island, holds some of the most breathtaking and rugged natural beauty of the chain, from the Na’Pali coast to Waimea Canyon. Lanai and Molokai remain largely unsettled, but the lack of development (and paved roads) just means visitors can truly take a break from the too-fast pace of the modern world. As a meeting point of east and west, part of the United States but separated from it by thousands of miles of ocean, Hawaii is truly paradise.

Activities

Hawaii offers all manner of water sports, famous for its dive sites and surf breaks, you will also find many opportunities to experience snorkeling, windsurfing,paddle boarding,kayaking, sailing, fishing with the land sports encompassing biking, hiking, zip lining, horse riding, ATV adventure tours to name a few. Dinner cruises and Luaus (Hawaiian Feasts)It is warm enough to swim year around and resorts offer pools, spas and gyms in abundance. The islands also offer an array of night life and many different options for restaurants. The shopping in Hawaii ranges from specialty designer stores to the many Galleries and shops that feature authentic handmade arts and crafts.

Important things to know before traveling to Hawaii

What do Hawaiians wear?
Dress is casual. Women in Hawaii often prefer light and loose dresses, while men favor cotton aloha shirts, shorts, sandals for day and slacks for evening.
Is it necessary to bring a power adaptor?
Electrical current is 120 volts.
What currency is used in Hawaii?
The currency of Hawaii is the USD.
What time zone is Hawaii on?
Hawaiian time is 10 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time – 3 hours behind West Coast USA. Most Hawaiian resorts offer free Wi-fi, though some may charge. Please see the individual resorts pages for details.
How much should I tip?
Tipping for good service is appropriate in Hawaii. It is customary to tip 15% (percent) in a restaurant.

Getting Hitched

Hawaii is a beautiful place and a marriage here is an ideal way for a couple to start life together.
For any person to lawfully marry in the State of Hawaii, a license for that purpose must be obtained from an authorized agent. Once the license has been issued, there is no waiting period before the marriage can take place. The religious ceremony to be held at the resort of your choice. Usually the ceremony takes place at sunset on a jetty, on a beach or in a traditional chapel. We will arrange the minister to be available prior to the wedding to discuss the wording to be used in the ceremony. Getting married in Hawaii is exotic, romantic, and beautiful. I can strongly recommend it!

Special considerations

Please let your Hawaii Travel Specialist at Journey Pacific know if you are having a birthday or anniversary while on the trip. We would also like to know of any medical or special dietary requirements, or food allergies that need to be considered in planning your trip.

Getting there

Hawaii is serviced by most International airlines and has regular daily flights to all the outer islands.
From mainland USA there are several routes that fly direct non stop to Oahu, Kona, Hilo, Maui and Kauai.

Getting around

Your Hawaiian Specialist at Journey Pacific will help you with all your plans to get around Hawaii .Hawaiian airlines has regular half hour flights between all the islands. Taxis, car rental and regular bus services are widely available. Driving is on the right side of the road. We also offer transfers between airport and hotels.

Minors

Minors can travel to Hawaii if they have a State ID. If they are travelling alone there may be additional fees set by the airline.

Insurance

Although every effort is made to insure a safe trip for all, we strongly recommend that you protect yourself, your belongings, and your vacation through the purchase of a short-term traveler’s policy. A trip cancellation policy covers your non-refundable payments in most cases, should you have to cancel your trip at the last minute due to illness or injury. Trip participants should realize that in the event of illness or injury on a trip, evacuation could be prolonged, difficult and expensive. Participants are responsible for the cost of evacuation. Personal belongings and cameras are carried entirely at the owner’s risk, and Journey Pacific LLC. accepts no responsibility for lost, damaged, delayed, or stolen property. Click here for a free quote

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Aloha

What happened to simple human interaction? Where two people could express love for each other not just through words, but through looks and touch as well? Where did the Aloha go? That’s right, Aloha………See, Aloha is the Hawaiian word that, on the most basic level, can mean hello, or cheers, or welcome. But in Hawaii it means a lot more. In Hawaii it comes alive….it becomes a philosophy….a way of life. In Hawaii, people smile at you….all the time….for no particular reason…..That is Aloha ! They believe that the bear hug and the belly laugh are two of the finest forms of communication ever invented, and as you walk down the beach with someone you love, you get the feeling that, while your holiday may only last a week or two, the feeling will stay with you forever. Aloha only works in person. It can’t be faxed or emailed or instant-messaged. It needs human interaction to survive. It has to pass from hand to hand, eye to eye, heart to heart. Aloha truly needs us. And what’s more, once you’ve been to Hawaii, you’ll see how much we truly need Aloha as well.

For your dose of Aloha E-mail Robin or call (808)269-6084 or (888)848-3307 in Hawaii or (800)704-7094 for mainland USA assistance.