Archive for the ‘Hawaii’ Category


Every year, Frommer’s releases their must-do travel list, and it’s always sure to include at least a few eyebrow-raisers. Beirut, Lebanon? You might not know that it’s a sophisticated coastal city bustling with energy. Kansas City, MO? The world-class Kauffmann Center for the Performing Arts just opened, attracting some of the biggest names in dance and music.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Photo credit: Flickr

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Photo credit: Flickr

Check out the full list here for some other surprising – and not so surprising – travel ideas.


Trip of the Week: Win Frommer’s Guides

We’re giving away a weekly prize to the best Trip created on TravelMuse in “Trip of the Week” for the next 10 weeks, in conjunction with our amazing Create a Trip on TravelMuse, Win Your Perfect Moment in Hawaii contest!

Create Trips for destinations you plan to visit or share your experiences and recommendations on places you’ve already been.

What you Win:

Winners will receive a copy of their choice, of one of the latest Frommer’s Day by Day Guide books to Hawaii, Ireland or Italy each week (value ~$30)!

Win Frommer's new day by day guide books to Hawaii, Italy or Ireland

Win Frommer's new Day by Day Guide books to Hawaii, Italy or Ireland

See our recent review of Frommer’s Day by Day Guides.

How to Enter:

  • Create a Trip with at least five (5) saved items to qualify. If you’ve entered our Hawaii contest you’re already eligible for Trip of the Week.

Tip: To create a quality Trip remember to include a description and add more items (don’t forget to try the TravelMuse Bookmarker).


We’ll publish our Trip of the Week pick every Tuesday, and will announce our first winner next week on Tuesday, May 25.

Good luck and happy Trip planning!


The contest runs from May 6, 2010 until July 20, 2010. Qualifying Trips must contain at least five (5) items. The winner will be selected by a judging panel comprised of TravelMuse staff and other employees. Winners must claim their prize within three (3) business days after the date of notification of such prize. A winner’s failure to respond to the prize notification within the specified three (3) business days will be considered such winner’s forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries. To enter, you must be a U.S. resident, age 18 or older. Employees, partners and vendors of TravelMuse and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. When applicable, the winner may be required to execute and return within five business days an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and Publicity Release to be eligible for the prize or an alternate winner will be selected. All prizes will be awarded. No substitutions including for cash are permitted, except that TravelMuse reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any prize. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize.

Also, don’t miss your chance to WIN a FREE, Once-in-a-Lifetime Luxury Trip for 2 to WAIKIKI!

Win a luxury trip to Hawaii on TravelMuse!

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Traveling to a new country or state can be intimidating, especially if you’re going by yourself or with a group of people as unfamiliar with the territory as you. Trying to create the perfect itinerary can be overwhelming—how can you be sure that you’re seeing the best sights versus getting sucked into touristy gimmicks? Frommer’s to the rescue!

Italy Day by Day. By Sylvie Hogg. Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2010. Photo courtesy of Wiley Publishing, Inc.

Italy Day by Day. By Sylvie Hogg. Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2010. Photo courtesy of Wiley Publishing, Inc.

Everyone’s favorite travel guide Frommer’s has recently followed up their successful Day by Day travel guide series with the release of three full-sized Day by Day guides for Italy, Ireland and Hawaii.

Travelers take heed—these are much heavier than the Day by Day guides you’re used to. So if you’re planning to backpack around Ireland or be carting your children’s stuff around Hawaii, these might not be the most practical guides. That being said, what they lack in portability and convenience, they make up for with incredible photography, detailed maps (including a pull-out map in the back of each book), in-depth information and easy-to-follow itineraries. These Day by Day guides are a blast to look through, in particular thanks to the color photos on every page.

Ireland Day by Day. By By Christi Daugherty. Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2010. Photo courtesy of Wiley Publishing, Inc.

Ireland Day by Day. By By Christi Daugherty. Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2010. Photo courtesy of Wiley Publishing, Inc.

From business travelers who want to pack in some sightseeing in their downtime to families who want to ensure their travels are enjoyable for the kids, and everyone in between, Frommer’s new Day by Day guides to Italy, Ireland and Hawaii will help you plan an amazing vacation that allows you to see the best of each location. Each guide has customized itineraries based on how long you plan to be in a certain region, what activities you want to partake in and what cities you want to visit. Only have a day to spend in Rome? No worries—Italy Day by Day has an itinerary to maximize your experience. Going to spend two weeks in Ireland and what to see as much as the country as possible? Check out one of the “The Best of Ireland in Two Weeks” in Ireland Day by Day.

While these guides are a little on the expensive side (approximately $30 each), they’re definitely worth it. Just don’t shove them haphazardly in your backpack or suitcase.

Read our book review on Frommer’s Hawaii Day by Day.

Plan your trip on TravelMuse.

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Kama’aina Speak: Key Hawaiian Words and Phrases

The destination features this week on TravelMuse are Honolulu and Oahu. Two of our writers—[Jennifer Hwang|] and Dana Young—share below some language tips that may come in handy on your next Hawaiian vacation.

“Howzit Brah? Where you like go grind? Ovah deah, get plenny ono grinds fo’da money!”

Confused? Don’t be. Just know that during a vacation to Hawaii, you might end up hearing locals using a language that sounds like English but is more difficult to understand.


Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Tor Johnson

Here are some key words and phrases that will help you translate local-speak, aka Pidgin English. But keep in mind—there’s nothing that bothers Kama’aina (locals) more than when tourists mispronounce or misuse the local lingo. There are a few words everyone can embrace, and visitors can easily add them to their lexicon. As for the rest, they’re really more for the locals—and in one case, use at your own risk. (For more phrases, check out Peppo’s Pidgin to da Max (Bess Press, 1981) by Douglas Simonson.)

Safe for Visitors to Say

Aloha — Hello, goodbye. It also captures the Hawaiian spirit.

Mahalo — Thank you.

Howzit — Slang for aloha (hello).

Howzit Brah — How are you, friend?

Brah, Bruddah, Sista or Cuz — What you call a peer. For elders, use Aunty or Uncle.

Ono — Good.

Laters — See you later.

More for the Locals

Grinds — Food as in “Brah, you like get some ono grinds.”

Choke — Awesome, as in “Cuz, da waves stay choke!” Also means a large amount.

Brok’ da mout — Broke the mouth. Really tasty (food specific).

Brah, you like beef? — Do you want to fight?

Chicken skin — Goosebumps.

Talk story — Relax and chitchat.

Holoholo — Go out, as in “you like go holoholo tonight?”

Any Hawaiian words and phrases you care to share? Leave them in the comment section below!