Surfing Maui

by Beth Whitman (June 30th, 2015)

Back in April, I had the chance to go to Maui (my first time there!) for a retreat with my fellow Expedia Viewfinder bloggers. We took writing, video and photography workshops, had business meetings and spent time experiencing some of Maui’s best activities. Oh, and we ate. A lot. Jon was able to tag along […]

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Fun Facts About Honolulu

by Beth Whitman (April 3rd, 2014)

Apologies in advance to my friends on Oahu but I have to admit that when I visit your lovely island, I spend little time in Honolulu. While I have done some sightseeing in the city—including, of course, Pearl Harbor and the downtown galleries—like most people, I make a beeline to the beaches upon arrival. I […]

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Kauai ~ Photo of the Day

by Beth Whitman (May 24th, 2013)

Hawaii can really get under your skin. For me it’s a visceral feeling. And it’s not just because I’m on “vacation” (because there’s always work involved, even when I’m on vacation). It’s the attitude of the Hawaiians. A laid-back feeling. It’s what some call “aloha.” But it’s well exemplified in this sign at one of […]

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Final Week ~ Hawaii-themed Travel Writing Contest

by Beth Whitman (September 6th, 2012)

Aloha wahines and kanes! This is the last week to submit your story for our Hawaii-themed travel writing contest sponsored by the Big Island Visitors Bureau. Grand Prize is 5 nights at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Hawaii Island including lots of extras. You can see the full description here. 3 Category […]

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Hawaii Island Travel Writing Contest Announced

by Beth Whitman (August 1st, 2012)

Aloha travel writers! Here’s a very special twist on our yearly travel writing contest. This year, we’re making room for a Hawaii-themed contest and have lined up one big Grand Prize. Here’s the skinny… Submit a story between August 1 and September 14, 2012 and you could win a 5-night stay (and fantastic extras) on […]

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Photo Safari on Hawaii Island ~ Photo of the Day

by Beth Whitman (March 23rd, 2012)

First, let it be known that I do not consider myself a photographer. I have the good fortune to travel to some pretty amazing destinations. True. And when I point my camera, sometimes I can capture some nice images. But I would say that many times, I’m just lucky. I think I can razzle dazzle […]

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Volcanoes on Hawaii Island ~ Photo of the Day

by Beth Whitman (March 16th, 2012)

I know it’s all grainy and such, but you have to trust me how absolutely cool it is to see the glow at night coming from the Halemaumau Crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. This is viewable from the overlook at the Jaggar Museum, just a short drive from the park’s entrance. During the […]

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Newport H2 Keen Sandals ~ WanderGear Wednesday

by Beth Whitman (March 14th, 2012)

I love a trip when I only have to bring one pair of shoes. I’ve traveled for weeks in Thailand and Bhutan with one pair of sandals – shoes that I can wear in warm weather yet be able to slip on a pair of socks when days or nights are cooler. That’s exactly what […]

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Best of Hawaii – Photo of the Day

by Beth Whitman (February 10th, 2012)

Maybe it’s because it’s February and I’m in Seattle. Maybe it’s because I’ve had a couple of invitations to visit Hawaii in the last couple of weeks. Whatever the reason, my mind has been drifting off to the islands. At night, as I lull myself to sleep, I’ve been designing our dream house in Hawaii. […]

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Sunset on the Kohala Coast, Big Island – Photo of the Day

by Beth Whitman (October 7th, 2011)

I remember the first time I ever saw the sun set over the ocean. I had traveled from New Jersey to San Diego during a 3-month trip to see the country. Watching the sun drop below the water, I wanted to clap. That was 25 years ago. But seeing a setting sun still makes me […]

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