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Just when I was thinking there was no relief in sight from all of the high airfares this year, United airlines announced this week that they are beginning nonstop service from Washington DC to Honolulu in June. Ironically, this is the same month that Hawaiian Airlines is beginning air nonstop service from JFK. This is great news for our friends on the East Coast who have been struggling to find decent airfares this year. Increased competition is always good and having more airlift from that region will be a big boost to the Hawaii tourism market.
Iron chef Hiroyuki Sakai whose most famous for his appearance on the food network is opening a restaurant in Waikiki. This will be the first restaurant for Sakai outside of Japan and will specialize in French cuisine. It will be located in the heart of Waikiki on Kalakaua Avenue in a 3500 ft.² space on the ground floor of the Galleria which is currently the home of a Starbucks.
If you’re planning on visiting the islands in the next week you may want to check out the North Shore of Oahu which which is having some of the highest ways of the season. The waves were so large this week that they canceled one of the most popular surfing competitions because of the treacherous waves. Some of the waves were reported to be 35 feet. If you’re planning on visiting the North Shore to see the waves make sure you get there early because the traffic can get very congested.
We got a question this week from Martha who wanted to know if we had any suggestions for whale watching on Kauai. While the most popular islands for whale watching are Maui and Oahu, Kauai has spectacular whale watching as well. We recommend checking out the blue dolphin catamaran evening cruise. They do a great job in the crew is very knowledgeable on the Eco-system as well as where the best places to see the whale pods are in the Na Pali coast area. And to top it off the food is excellent with a complete luau style dinner give us a call at 1-800-843-8771 in any of our agents can hook you up on this great adventure.