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by Cate Lincoln

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Things to Do in Hanalei, Kauai North Shore

Things to Do in Hanalei, Kauai North Shore

The north shore of Kauai is probably the dreamiest place in the Hawaiian Islands. Lush and tropical, this is the stuff your Jurassic Park dreams are made of. It’s less developed than the more tourist-centric south shore of Kauai and has more of a local feel giving...

Things to Do on Oahu’s North Shore

Things to Do on Oahu’s North Shore

Hawaii is home to some of the most famous waves in the world, and the north shore of Oahu is ground zero for surfing in Hawaii. The legendary surf breaks from Haleiwa to Kahuku have created a “scene” that’s a world away from Honolulu, and whether you’ll be on island...

Best Kauai Vacation Rentals & Condos (MANY

Best Kauai Vacation Rentals & Condos (MANY <$100/NIGHT!)

Finding the perfect vacation rental on Kauai is a huge job, especially since legislation has limited the options in residential areas. If you’re looking for alternate accommodations (not a hotel or a resort), I tend to recommend condos over apartments and houses...

Best Big Island Vacation Rentals & Condos (MANY

Best Big Island Vacation Rentals & Condos (MANY <$100/NIGHT!)

Finding the perfect vacation rental on the Big Island can be overwhelming…I mean, it’s a BIG island with a TON of condo-tels and rentals. While it’s still possible to find houses or apartments to rent, I tend to recommend condos over them as it puts less of a burden...

Ultimate Guide to Kihei, Maui

Ultimate Guide to Kihei, Maui

A good many of visitors to Maui are attracted to the Kihei area because of it’s central location, sunny weather, beautiful beaches, large number of restaurants, and bargain priced accommodations. It feels more like a “town” than a lot of Maui’s resort areas even...

Best Oahu Vacation Rentals & Condos (MANY

Best Oahu Vacation Rentals & Condos (MANY <$100/NIGHT!)

Save This post may contain some affiliate links, which means I’ll make a little money on anything you choose to purchase. But of course, I only recommend my absolute favorites to you. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Hulaland possible. Finding just the...

Where to Stay on the Big Island, Hawaii

Where to Stay on the Big Island, Hawaii

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Where to Stay in Kauai

Where to Stay in Kauai

If you’re planning a vacation to Kauai then you’re one lucky dog! It’s one of my favorite Hawaiian islands and probably the prettiest one at that. If you’re very far into the planning process, you’ve probably realized that picking the right place to stay is likely the...

Where to Stay in Oahu: Waikiki or Not?

Where to Stay in Oahu: Waikiki or Not?

Oahu (pronounced oh-ah-who) is by far Hawaii’s most populated and most visited island and it’s home to the state’s capital, Honolulu, and its major tourist hub, Waikiki. Waikiki (a beachfront neighborhood in Honolulu) is home to about 95% of the island’s hotel rooms,...

Best Maui Vacation Rentals & Condos (MANY

Best Maui Vacation Rentals & Condos (MANY <$100/NIGHT!)

Trying to find the perfect place to stay on Maui is tricky, and if you're trying to narrow down all of the different condo options, it can be downright mind boggling. In this post, I'm breaking down 50+ condo complexes (also called condo-tels or condo resorts) by area...

Where to Stay in Maui

Where to Stay in Maui

If you’re planning a trip to Maui and wondering where to stay, this post is for you! If you’ve never been before, you might be overwhelmed…what is the best area to stay in Maui? Are some beaches better than others? Are those fancy resorts really worth the money and...

Molokai: The Most Hawaiian Island

Molokai: The Most Hawaiian Island

This trip to Molokai was sponsored by Maui Nui (the tourism board for Maui County), which means all of my expenses were paid for and the itinerary was organized for me. As always, I only recommend my absolute favorites to you. Thank you for supporting the brands that...

Things to Do in Paia & Haiku, Maui

Things to Do in Paia & Haiku, Maui

Home to big wave, surfers, hippy towns, and so many sea turtles, Maui’s north shore is a region that you definitely don’t want to miss. Even if you’re staying in the resort areas in south and west Maui, it’s worth at least a day trip to see the sites. There are three...

Four Seasons Maui Review

Four Seasons Maui Review

On my latest trip to Maui, (a girl’s trip with my friend who had never been before) I scheduled a lot of spectacular activities like driving the road to Hana and going up for sunrise at Haleakala. Spectacular, but exhausting. After all of that adventuring, we knew we...

Ultimate Guide to Ka’anapali, Maui

Ultimate Guide to Ka’anapali, Maui

Ka’anapali is a resort area in West Maui that’s anchored by the ultra nice Ka’anapali beach. Originally developed in the 1960s, it remains the most popular place to stay and play on Maui. The old whaling village of Lahaina is nearby so you’ll be right in the middle of...

Ultimate Guide to Wailea, Maui

Ultimate Guide to Wailea, Maui

Of all the amazing resort areas in Hawaii, Wailea – a resort community in south Maui – is by far my favorite. If you’re never been to Maui before, chances are it’s exactly what you think Maui would be like – manicured and lush, quiet and luxurious with gorgeous...

Guide to Ko Olina Oahu, Hawaii

Guide to Ko Olina Oahu, Hawaii

Ko Olina is an oceanfront resort area on the leeward (west) side of Oahu. It’s a preplanned community (as in, much of the infrastructure was laid out before many of the resorts and restaurants moved in) so it has a bit of a curated and idyllic vibe that although is...

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui Review

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui Review

Wailea, an upscale resort area in south Maui is one of my favorite spots in all of Hawaii. The resorts are fabulous, the beaches gorgeous, and it just feels like 24/7 vacation. On my latest trip to Maui, I spent a few days at the Fairmont Kea Lani (one of the crown...

Fairmont Orchid Hawaii Review

There are many reasons why I love Hawaii, but high on the list is that good beach resorts are plentiful. Yes, I love to snorkel colorful reefs, hike to waterfalls, and stargaze atop volcanoes, but to me nothing says vacation like laying around the resort pool/beach...

Hilton Waikoloa Village Review

Hilton Waikoloa Village Review

I don’t write a lot of hotel reviews on this blog (you can read my where to stay archives here), but I feel pretty strongly about this one so I definitely wanted to share my experiences. On my most recent trip to the Big Island, I booked part of my stay at the Hilton...

My 12 Favorite Boutique Hotels in Hawaii

My 12 Favorite Boutique Hotels in Hawaii

This post may contain some affiliate links, which means I’ll make a little money on anything you choose to purchase. But of course, I only recommend my absolute favorites to you. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Hulaland possible. Admittedly, the most...

10 Favorite Luxury Resorts in Hawaii

10 Favorite Luxury Resorts in Hawaii

  This post may contain some affiliate links, which means I’ll make a little money on anything you choose to purchase. But of course, I only recommend my absolute favorites to you. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Hulaland possible. If you’re after a...

Disney’s Aulani Resort Review

Disney’s Aulani Resort Review

If Julie Andrews was singing a song about my favorite things, both Hawaii and Disney would be mentioned in the first verse. And koalas. While I haven’t found a strong connection between all three of those things (yet), when Disney built the Aulani Resort and Spa in...