Travel on the Side

Oh Hawaii, so beautiful, yet so expensive. However, if you play the game right, you can use plenty of cost-savings strategies. In one of my grad classes, we were required to give...

I thought the trip to Hawaii would never come! It was booked deep in the depths of a Wisconsin winter (what’s that like?). It was my little thing to look forward...

Our last day on Maui. We decided to do the summit at Haleakala. So here’s the deal: everyone says to do the Haleakala summit at sunrise. Yes, it’s beautiful. But you...

I will freely admit: I wasn’t sure about a luau–I thought it was too “touristy.” But, then again, am I not a tourist?! Well, it turned out to be one of...

When in Maui, it’s the one thing everyone says to do. You need to do it. You must do it. It’s the Road to Hana. Tropical rainforests, beautiful plants and flowers,...

Danger and romance in Maui! From Lahaina, drive north on Highway 30 (Honoapi’ilani Highway)¬† through Kaanapali. After leaving the resort areas (and the traffic!) continue on Highway 30 for some spectacular...

Iao Valley is a lush tropical rainforest in West Maui. Designated a state monument, there’s a $5 admission fee per car (at the time of this writing). Once parked there are...

After three nights in Honolulu, it was off to Maui. We made Kihei, in south Maui, our home base for the next four nights. Only about 30 minutes from Kahului Airport...

Honolulu was great, but then it was time for Maui. We got to Honolulu International Airport (by cab, around $40 with tip from Waikiki) and checked in for our Hawaiian Airlines...

Pearl Harbor is an amazing site to see. We all learn about it in history books. We’ve seen it in documentaries. But to actually be there is quite different. The museum...