Holoholo Weekly: Whales Chasing Dolphins, Standout Spas, Iconic Hawaii Restaurant, and Troubled Lei

Holoholo Weekly is a compilation of stories and tidbits that we’ve collected from around the web. It’s like a weekly mystery grab bag of Hawaii related goodness, featuring different articles of interest, fun images, videos, products, deals, downloads, and more.


My pick of the week goes to Erin Lundy, who spontaneously filmed a humpback whale chasing dolphins off the Waianae coast.

“Off the Waianae coast this morning, we got in the water to do a dolphin swim and immediately a humpback swam close to us following the dolphins, seeming to chase them playfully.”

Krisanne Fordham of Conde Nast Traveler offers insight into some of Hawaii’s Best Hidden Beaches. What’s your favorite beach?

Conde Nast also revealed their Gold List 2015 of the Seven Hotels with Standout Spas. This is seven spas in the whole entire world, and one spa from Hawaii made the list: The Spa at the Travaasa Hana.

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Lee Breslouer of Thrillist lists the 50 Most Iconic Restaurant In Every State. Can you guess which Hawaii restaurant made the list? Hint: The steaks are to Dy for.

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President Obama spends his winters in Hawaii, and this is what the White House Press hangout looks like.

Speaking of Obama, why does he always choose Kailua as his family’s winter getaway? Landess Kearns of the Huffington Posts offers 7 Hawaii Destinations The Obamas Should Escape To. (PS: I’d also recommend the The Lodge at Koele – it’ll be back open by next Christmas).

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One of the best parts about visiting Hawaii is getting lei’d. Honolulu Civil Beat’s Denby Fawcett investigates the daily struggles of airport lei sellers.

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Who says that it doesn’t snow in Hawaii? Haleakala Closes Because of Heavy Ice On The Road.

I stumbled upon this wonderful track by Marc Marzenit, titled The Imaginary Trip To Hawaii from the album To Love Until We Say Goodbye.

It was accompanied by this photo that Marzenit took:

Tropical beauty makes you hungry. What better place to eat than at Morimoto Waikiki? Speaking of Morimoto, he’ll be guest starring on the January 9, 2015 episode of Hawaii Five-0. Catch Iron Chef Morimoto on CBS tonight at 8pm Hawaii time (9pm EST/8pm CST).

Interested in a nice and hearty farm to table meal? Check out the next Kahumana Farm Dinner at the Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe on January 31, 2015.

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Want to win a whole year worth of ice cream from Lucy’s Lab Creamery? If so, be sure to check out the Bow Ties & Bling event at the M Nightclub on January 24. Buy your tickets from Eventbrite.

This Week’s Money Saving Deals

Hawaiian Airlines is offering roundtrip fares starting at $379, but you’ve to book by January 12, 2015. The booking period is January 6 – 12, 2015 and the travel period is January 8 – March 12, 2015.

Outrigger Waikiki On The Beach has a 2015 Early Bird Special, with rooms starting at $237 and no resort fees.

The Hilton Hawaiian Village is offering 20% off when staying 5 nights or more.


Finally, have you signed up for the official Exploration: Hawaii newsletter? Our first issue went out this week and it featured an exclusive story about our trip to Kalaupapa, on the island of Molokai. Subscribe today and receive Issue 2 next month, you’ve already missed Issue 1!

Got a tip for us to include in next week’s Holoholo Weekly or a question that you would like answered? Let us know!

Featured photo courtesy of the Travaasa Hana.

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