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Photo Courtesy of Shinnyo-en Hawaii
Lantern Floating Hawaii

The 16th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii Ceremony will take place next Monday, Memorial Day, May 26, 2014. More than 6,000 candle-lit lanterns bearing individual and community remembrances and prayers will illuminate the ocean off of Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park.

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It should be no surprise that the two questions that I get by email and in person are 1) Where should I stay in Hawaii (or specific island) and 2) What should I do in Hawaii (or specific island name?)

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Photo by John Fischer, licensed to About.com
USS Arizona Memorial as seen from the bridge of the Battleship Missouri - Photo by John Fischer, licensed to About.com

A must stop for any first time visitor to Oahu, is Pearl Harbor. While most visitors are aware that they can visit the USS Arizona Memorial, many do not realize that there are three other historic sites available. It's easy to spend a full day experiencing history.

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Photo Courtesy of the Polynesian Cultural CenterVisitors to the Hawaiian Island of O'ahu have the unique opportunity to learn about the culture and people of Polynesia, not from books, films or television, but from the actual people who were born and live in the area's major island groups.

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Photo Courtesy of the The Fairmont Orchid
Photo Courtesy of the The Fairmont Orchid

Are you planning a wedding in Hawaii? If you are, you're in good company. Every year thousands of people from around the world choose to get married on one of Hawaii's beautiful islands.

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Photo Courtesy of Waikiki SPAM JamThis Saturday, May 3, 2014, visitors to Waikiki will get a great chance to experience some of Hawaii's unique culinary tastes when the 12th Annual Waikiki SPAM® Jam returns to the island of Oahu.

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Today is May Day and May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii. It's a day of color, celebration, flowers and aloha.

In our feature Lei Day in Hawaii we take a look at the origins of Lei Day and how the holiday is celebrated throughout the Hawaiian islands.

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Photo by John Fischer, licensed to About.com
Crater or More Accurately Called Depression of Haleakala

Haleakala, "The House of the Sun", is a dormant volcano and the tallest peak on Maui, reaching 10,023 feet above sea level.

The crater, or more correctly called the depression, is large enough to hold the entire island of Manhattan. It is 7.5 miles long, 2.5 miles wide and 3000 feet deep. The crater includes its own mini-mountain range of nine cinder cones - the largest of which is over 1000 feet high.

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If you're planning to be in Waikiki on Oahu on at various locations on Hawaii Island during May, you'll have a great opportunity to enjoy some of the best that the music of Hawaii has to offer.

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Photo Courtesy of the Merrie Monarch Festival
Photo by Renea Veneri Stewart

In Hawaii, the week after Easter is when hula halau from the islands of Hawaii and the mainland gather in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii for the Merrie Monarch Festival.

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