Hawaii Travel Tips and Tricks
A while back, I blogged about the financial benefits of flying to your vacation destination and renting a car rather than driving – mainly due to the outrageous cost of gasoline. Just a thought however, that you need to consider before going this route…
Due to some recent regulatory changes, you must now have a regular credit card to rent a car. You are no longer permitted to use a debit or secured credit card for rental cars unless you have a significant amount of available cash on your account to hold against the expected charge. Those companies that do allow a rental with a debit
card often put an authorization hold on the debit card, as much as $500. Yes, the unused funds will be returned to your account after you return the car, but it might
take up to two weeks for the funds to be released back to your account.
So the best thing to do is get a credit card specifically for the trip. The nationally known Credit Cards Club is a good place to research credit cards and find the type of card that will work best for you. What I particularly like is the way the club lists card choices by category (i.e. rewards cards, no annual fee cards, balance transfer cards, etc.) – very handy.
So make sure you have your proverbial ducks in a row before you approach the rental car counter. Keep your debit card for Applebee’s and have a regular credit card when arranging your travel wheels.
What time is it in Hawaii??
All of the Hawaiian Islands are on Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time.
The states of Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii, along with the territories of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa are the only places in the U.S. that do not observe DST but instead stay on “standard time” all year long.
The time is…
With gas prices at record highs, are you taking extraordinary measures to cut down on your fuel expenses? Perhaps you’re walking to work or not letting your car idle anymore? Maybe you’ve begun carpooling or consolidated your family down to one vehicle??
Here in Honolulu, my family has always used City Pharmacy on Palani Avenue as our regular hometown pharmacy. It’s reasonably close to our home, stocked well with anything and everything we could possibly need, and we know the owners and staff on a first name basis. Although City Pharmacy is close to home, Honolulu traffic means that this round trip journey is now a 2-3 gallon adventure – too much in these days of higher fuel costs.
As much as we love our local pharmacy, it makes sense to cut corners where we can. After some googling about the problem, we found that ordering online prescriptions is becoming the norm rather than the exception – people are turning to the Internet for their prescription needs because of increasing gasoline prices. The online pharmacy we chose shipped right to our door – efficient, inexpensive, and fast.
Would you consider an online pharmacy to combat rising fuel costs? If you can’t decide which online pharmacy to try out, try eDrugstore.md which has become the Internet’s leading online pharmacy. They have US licensed pharmacists and physicians and they have a strict policy to distribute only FDA-approved prescription medications.
Good luck in your efforts to beat the rising fuel costs. If you have any other fuel saving suggestions, please leave me a comment!
My Warriors are not doing so well
Lots of missed opportunities yesterday added up to a pretty deflating loss for Hawaii U, and our post-season bowl hopes are vanishing kinda’ quickly. I agonized with my friends as we went scoreless on four of our five trips to the red zone (including three that were inside the Utah State 9) and I shed a tear when Utah State defeated us 30-14.
The Warriors stay on the road this week and face New Mexico State on Saturday in Las Cruces. They now have to go 3-1 down the stretch to remain bowl eligible.
As you can tell by today’s multiple posts, I’m now getting caught up on things and have some extra time for blogging, chatting, surfing, and SHOPPING!!
I just made a purchase online that was so amazingly good that I had to share it. Sears is having a clearance sale online and they’re taking 75% – 80% of their original prices on lots of fall and winter clothing. It’s usually not that big of a deal, but today I found the cutest Satin Avalon dress in fuchsia that I’m going to wear to a spring cocktail party next week. It was originally $78 and I bought it for $17.99!
The catalog description says, “this sweet dress mixes sultry satin with a deep, shiny jewel finish.
The pin tucked waistline finishes the gown in a pleated style with barely-there spaghetti straps.” It looks super sexy to me and my boyfriend is going to love it.
Isn’t it adorable??
Here’s a screen shot from the website where I bought it. You can view the dress in detail from it’s description page on the Sears website. You can even move your cursor over different parts of the dress to get a detailed closeup.
Beaches and sunshine – yes, but that’s just one of the many facets of Hawaii. The Aloha State has been associated with celebrity glitz and glamor for decades and continues to this day.
Take Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, for instance. Dark, lean and lovely, Nicole was born in Hawaii and is actually consideredkānaka (native Hawaiian). Born in Honolulu to a Filipino father and a Hawaiian/Russian mother, Nicole even sports a Hawaiian middle name – “Elikolani,” which can be translated to mean “heavenly child.”
Hawaii contains a number of live volcanoes and is probably one of the most geologically studied places in the entire world. At the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, visitors can check out an amazing pit crater called Halemaumau, and they can discover many interesting facts about Hawaii and volcanoes in general. On display are the results of years of volcanic evolution on the Big Island. Guests can tour the park, camp there if they choose, and go to the many events that highlight the history and unique geological aspects of the island.
On the Big Island there are five volcanoes: Kohala; Mauna Kea; Hualalai; Mauna Loa; and Kilauea. Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea are all active volcanoes and in some places you can actually see the lava flowing. All of Hawaii was formed by volcanoes and the islands continue to move and grow. This makes this State unique in the U.S. and many tourists go to Hawaii to see the forces of mother earth in action.
If you plan to visit us in Honolulu, make sure you check with your wireless provider before placing that first telephone call across the sea! Hawaii is expensive enough, and you sure don’t want to be greeted by a monster phone bill when you arrive back home.
Now that you’ve agreed to put your cell phone away, remember that it’s quite expensive to make trans-Pacific phone calls without some proper planning. You could spend hundreds of dollars on prepaid phone cards at our local retailers – not good. Or, you can buy your calling card online before you travel and save a ton.
My aunt in Kansas City used to buy a $5 phone card here that would allow her to talk about 30 minutes maximum. With a $5 card from therich.com however, she can talk about 169 minutes – big difference!
So to summarize, my best suggestion is to turn the wireless phone off and use a prepaid phone card. A prepaid phone card is super convenient and can definitely help control your phone bills when you’re calling home from Hawaii. Use an online vendor like therich.com rather than a retail outlet and you’ll save a lot of bucks, plus have no worries about the mail carrier when you get home!
When I travel, my new iPhone is always with me. My service package has unlimited data, unlimited calls, and unlimited texting so I pretty much have my phone lit up all the live long day. It’s a quadband (world phone) and I have used it all over the world – Japan, Mainland USA, New Zealand, Australia – I have put it to the test for sure!
So I just found this cool new phone skin and have officially retired my Mickey Mouse case – it was time for me to grow up a bit anyway I guess. My new “grown up” iphone case is an invisibleSHIELD from IZAGG – kind of a clear film that covers the phone and protects it from the inevitable scratches (fortunately, my iPhone is brand new and my new skin should keep it as pristine as the day I took it out of the box). According to the packaging, the invisibleSHIELD is only .2 millimeters thick so it’s by far the slimmest iPhone skin of its kind.
Do you own an iPhone? Has it tested gravity yet? Please leave me a comment!