FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii

FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii

 

FREE Things to Do with Kids in HawaiiThe mere mention of “Hawaii” brings to mind pristine beaches, crystal clear water, and big waves. Hawaii boasts some of the best beaches in the world and a major part of a Hawaiian vacation is some serious beach time.

One of the best things about Hawaii is that all the beaches are public with the exception of a few that are strictly for the federal government, meaning the military.  Developers are required to provide public parking and access to the shoreline in areas that are residential.  Hotels and resorts around the island must also allow the pubic to use the beaches directly in front of their property, however access thru hotel property and use of  hotel facilities can be restricted to hotel guests.
But beaches are not all Hawaii has to offer, there are many family friendly activities on the islands.
In my previous post 14 Things to Do in Hawaii with Kids I listed some fun activities that have a fee, in this post I will list some FREE things to do with kids.  You can decide to include a few activities from each category to make your Hawaiian family vacation memorable.
Most families who visit the islands generally rent a car, it makes getting around to the places I list so much easier.  It is possible to get around on public transportation.  Hawaii, at least Oahu has a pretty good bus system.  Bus fares are $2.50 one way per adult, kids 6-17 $1.25, under 6 is free.  Visitors can also purchase a 4 day pass for unlimited use for 4 consecutive days.  Price of the pass is $35.  For more info click here.
FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii
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You can’t go to Hawaii without spending time at the beach.  The islands are full of fantastic beaches.
Our favorite family beach in Honolulu is the Ala Moana Beach Park where the water is calm and the sand is fine.
Other favorites are the Ko’olina Beach lagoons on the Leeward coast of Oahu, and Kailua Beach Park on the Windward coast.
A drive around the island will take you to many more beaches, I’m sure you’ll find your favorite ones.
FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii
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Turtle watch at Laniakea Beach a.k.a. Turtle Beach.  Located on Oahu’s North Shore just past the town of Haleiwa this beach is consistently visited by the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.  You’re almost sure to see at least one or two on the shore.
This beach is not the easiest beach to find.  The best way to find it is to drive on Kamehameha Hwy. thru the historic town of Haleiwa.  Pass the town, the ocean is on your left.
About 1.5 miles past Haleiwa town you will probably see cars parked on both sides of the road, in the dirt.  This is the area where the beach is.  If you park on the mountain side of the road you will have to cross the very busy street, or you can try to make a U-turn further up the road and double back so you can park on the ocean side. From the road you will have to walk down to the beach, be careful as it’s rather steep in some areas. You will be rewarded with the site of these gentle sea creatures basking on the beach, but don’t get too close they are endangered and are protected by conservation laws.
There are no facilities at this beach so you must bring food and drink with you.  The nearest restrooms would be back in Haleiwa town or further along the coast at one of the other beach parks on the North Shore.
This beach is not really a family day out kind of beach, it’s best as a short stop-over on your way to one of the other beaches on the North Shore like Waimea Bay or Sharks Cove.
Or if you like the kids can go sand boarding down the slope that is further along the beach and less crowded.  All you’ll need is a cheap kick board you can buy at any ABC Store in Waikiki or a flat cardboard box.  This keeps our boys entertained for a little while.
FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii
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FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii
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Explore the tide pools at Pupukea Beach Park – this beach is actually 2 “pocket” beaches along the coast – Sharks Cove and Three Tables. Both spots are a favorite for divers and snorkelers.
Located further along Oahu’s North Shore just past Waimea Bay, across the street from the Foodland Supermarket.  This beach is calm and safe during the summer but has very high surf in the winter.
Low tide reveals tide pools and lava formations that are fun to explore.  Keep safety in mind, the best way to explore is to start as far out as you wish to venture and work your way towards shore.  You don’t want to be caught far from shore when the tide comes in, there are no lifeguards.
FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii
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Go fishing!  You’ll find fishermen fishing off the coast at many beaches, you may even see some spearfishing.
We usually go fishing in Haleiwa Harbor or at Kakaako Waterfront Park by downtown Honolulu.
All you need is fishing pole and some bait.  Hawaii does not require a fishing license for recreational saltwater fishing.
You can cast your line from any beach on the island except Hanauma Bay which is a marine wildlife preserve.
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Spend a relaxing day at Moanalua Gardens located about 5 miles Northwest from Honolulu.
This small park is home to a variety of native plants and flowers which line the short paved trail that is suitable for strollers.  It’s a wide open space that’s great for picnics, tossing a frisbee, and relaxing on benches and tables under the shade of the many banyan trees.
There’s a Koi pond where you can feed the fish with Koi food that can be purchased from the small gift shop at the entrance, you can feed the ducks bread if you have some.  King Kamehameha V’s summer cottage and tea house are located within this park, as is the famous “Hitachi” monkey pod tree which has been used by the Japanese company as their corporate symbol since 1973.  The company pays the park foundation an annual fee for the tree’s upkeep.
There’s also a small stream running along one end of the park.  My kids used to bring small nets to catch tadpoles in the stream.  I’m not sure if they still allow you to do this, you may want to check with the caretakers first.
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History buffs and older children would enjoy a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial which is in Pearl Harbor.

There are displays and information about the war in the Pacific.  Then there’s the boat shuttle to take visitors to the memorial which is built directly over the sunken ship.
It’s a very moving tribute to all the troops who served in the Pacific during World War II.  Older children will definitely learn a lot of history, but younger ones may find it a bit boring.
Children under 5 are not allowed on the launch that goes to the memorial.  Admission is free as it is part of the National Park Service.  You may want to rent an audio guide for $5 to get the most of your visit.  The Junior Ranger booklet is available to young visitors free of charge, just ask for one at the ranger desk.
This is the 3rd. most visited attraction on Oahu, it is busy year round.  Click here for more info.
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Go fishing at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe on the windward side of Oahu.
Every weekend the garden sponsors a catch and release program.  The visitor center provides free bamboo poles you can pick up and plunk in the water, casting is not allowed.  You must bring your own bait, I’m told white bread is the best bait.
Hoomaluhia means ” a place of peace and serenity”, and that it is.  It’s a great place for a picnic and short nature walks in the lush garden.  Bring bug spray, wear good shoes, and bring snacks.
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Hike on the Aiea Loop Trail that begins and ends in Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area.
The park is located in Aiea on Oahu at the end of Aiea Heights Drive.
The trail loop is 4.8 miles and takes about 3 hours to complete.  It’s billed as an easy hike suitable for families with kids.  It can be strenuous specially if you’re carrying infants and toddlers.  There’s a short paved portion at the beginning mistakenly leading one to believe that it’s a cake walk.  It is not.  The trail has narrow portions at the edge of the cliff so make sure little ones are kept close.  You may have to climb over or crawl under several downed trees that block the path, and the trail has some steep sections.  There are a couple of benches strategically placed along the trail where you can rest and enjoy some awesome views.  There is also remnants of a plane that crashed there in 1944, it’s been slowly disappearing over the years but you can still make out a few pieces.
We’ve done this trail many times with the kids.  We started taking them there as toddlers but never really completed the loop until they were about 7 years old or so.  We’ve taken our old Doberman on this trail, but she had to be carried over some trees and bribed to go up the steeper slopes, not so much fun when your dog weighs 90 pounds.
Do bring plenty of water on the trail and perhaps some energy snacks for the kids.  If you like you can camp at the park, but you must obtain a camping permit.
You don’t have to be a guest at The Kahala Hotel to watch the dolphin feedings at 11:00am/2:00 & 4:00pm daily.

 

You can park at the hotel for a fee or park for free at the Waialae Beach Park and walk along the beach to the hotel.  You can wander around the hotel grounds and enjoy their landscaping with lush tropical greenery and waterfalls.  You can even enjoy the beach fronting the hotel and dine at one of their restaurants.  The beach is free to all but beach and water sports equipment is limited to hotel guests.  Restaurants and bars are open to the public, but they are rather pricey.
FREE Things to Do with Kids in HawaiiFor a nice respite from Waikiki relax at the Kakaako Waterfront Park.  It’s a great open space in the middle of Honolulu’s industrial area.  The kids like to slide down the hill on cardboard boxes.  You can walk along the paved sidewalk along the shore or even go fishing.  There are picnic tables and benches throughout the park and restroom facilities.
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Listen to a free concert by the Royal Hawaiian Band while enjoying a picnic lunch on the Iolani Palace lawn.  The Royal Hawaiian Band gives a free concert at the Palace most Fridays between 11:00 – 1:00 weather permitting.
Iolani Palace is the only real royal residence in the United States.  It is located on King Street in Downtown Honolulu across the street from the famous King Kamehameha statue.
Tours of the Palace start at $14.95 for an audio guided self-tour.  Children under 4 must be carried during the tour.
There’s also a museum in the basement that houses artifacts from the days when Hawaii was a Monarchy.  They also offer Hawaiian Quilt Making Classes.
Click here for more info.
Fly a kite or ride a bike at the Blaisdell Park in Pearl City.  This neighborhood park in Pearl City is a local favorite.  The wide open space is a great place to fly a kite and the bike path along the water has great views of Pearl Harbor.

FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii

We’ve hosted many kid’s birthday parties at this park.  There are picnic tables and benches, restrooms, and exercise equipment the kids can climb and hang from.
The park is located on Kam Hwy.  a few miles west of Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial.  You can pick up a picnic lunch at one of the many restaurants along the way and enjoy it under one of the many trees in the park.
FREE Things to Do with Kids in HawaiiSpend Saturday morning at the KCC Farmers’ Market.  Located on Diamond Head Road at the Kapiolani Community College parking lot the market is open every Saturday from 7:30 am – 11:00 am.
You’ll find the best locally grown produce and flowers here, as well as a large assortment of freshly baked goods, jams & jellies, and much more.
There are other Farmer’s Markets around the island click here for schedule and locations.
FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii
Don’t forget the Hawaii State Public Libraries.  They offer free activities, classes, movies nights, and events year round at most of the libraries in the state.
My grandsons and I attend Children’s Story Time and Craft Time weekly and have attended various events at different libraries around the island.  Click here for more info, schedules, and locations.
 Pearlridge Center located in Aiea has a free kids’ program called Connect Kids.  Members can participate in events and activities at the mall throughout the year.
My grandsons enjoy performances by Chris the Clown, and interactive song and dance programs by Gymboree.
Click here for membership application and event schedule.
Watch a free Hula Show at Ala Moana Center’s center stage. There’s a Hula show presented by Old Navy Monday – Saturday from 11:00 – 11:20 am. There are other performances and events throughout the year.
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FREE Things to Do with Kids in HawaiiEvery Friday night the Hilton Hawaiian Village puts on a fireworks show that can be seen on the beaches along the coast from Ala Moana to Diamond Head.
Pick a spot and enjoy the free show.

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3 Tips for Renting a Cool Airbnb Apartment

3 Tips for Renting a Cool Airbnb Apartment

Have you heard about Airbnb? This is a platform that allows you to rent other people’s apartment or home, especially when you are away on a trip. It enables you to save a few bucks that you would have spent renting an expensive hotel somewhere in town. An Airbnb coupon code allows you to pay further less money than other individuals who rent houses using the platform. It is, therefore, one of the perfect means of ensuring that you experience an enjoyable stay at your place of visit at a pocket-friendly price. But you wouldn’t want to feel cheated after finding that you’ve actually overspent instead of saving some funds? There’s a perfect way of ensuring that your experience with Airbnb is a blessing rather than a frustrating moment. On that note, you need to check on the following tips of renting an apartment on Airbnb.

  1. Negotiate the price before settling

Your primary aim of renting an Airbnb apartment is to ensure that you spend as little as possible on accommodation to free up funds for use in other activities during the trip. Therefore, you need to negotiate for the lowest possible price before making a payment. On the Airbnb website, there’s a button that indicates “Request to Book” where you need to click when making a booking. If you intend to negotiate the price, don’t click on the button first. Instead, click “Contact this host” and it will prompt you to indicate the dates that you are willing to stay in the house. Put this data in the necessary slots, and this will guarantee you of a place in the house that you are booking even though you don’t pay at first. From here, you can then negotiate with the house owner for the best price, and once you’ve agreed, you can proceed to make the payment.

2. Booking for more days than you need can be cheaper

You can save a lot of money while booking on the Airbnb platform if you are keen on the special offers they have for their users. At times, there are particular offers that enable you to save more if you book a number of days, say, one week. For instance, if you intended to stay for five days at a standard  price of $ 800, you might find a similar home with a special offer of 7 days at $ 750. In such a case, it’s evident that you stand saving $50 should you pick the special offer.   So, consider checking out such special offers before you select an apartment on Airbnb.

3. You can visit the place before you book

If you happen to be already at the area that you intend to stay in during your vacation, you can pay a physical visit to the place that you intend to stay in after identifying it on Airbnb. This will enable you to evaluate whether it is exactly where you would like to stay and has the facilities you need in an ideal apartment. Remember, booking first can be tricky as you may find out that the place is not as attractive as you thought. After visiting the apartment and you are satisfied that it is perfect for your stay, you should pay via Airbnb platform. This is a precautionary measure to ensure that you are not scammed which is a possibility if you pay directly to the house owner.

When you follow the tips mentioned above, you might save some bucks and will be able to choose a perfect home away from home through Airbnb.

How to party safe when traveling in the USA

How to party safe when traveling in the USA

Are you planning to take a trip to the USA soon? Aside from enjoying the many tourist spots and great food in the country, the USA is also a great place to party!  However, you need to make sure that you are safe wherever you go. Here are some tips on how you can party safe in the USA.

1. Choose a good location – The right location is something you should plan for. There are many establishments that you can choose from, especially if you are in the urbanized cities. Aside from making sure that the place has a low crime rate, you should also make sure that the establishment itself is safe. There should be enough fire exits if ever you need to use it. When it gets too crowded in the club, see if you can move to a location that will not make you feel too claustrophobic.

2. Stick to your limit when it comes to alcohol – It would be unfortunate to wake up the next morning after a night party without any recollection of the events that transpired the night before. To prevent this from happening, do not drink a lot of alcohol. Stick to your limit and even if you are pressured, you need to be firm in refusing.

3. Don’t let others top up your drink for you – One of the worst things that can happen at a party is that you become a victim of sexual assault. Many people fall victim to date-rape drugs. You need to be vigilant about this especially if you are not with your friends at a party. The easiest way to be a victim of date-rape drugs is when someone slips it into your drink. To be safe, never let anyone get a drink for you. You need to be the one to get it from the bar or pour it yourself.

4. Be with a group you trust – If you are traveling with a group of friends, you should stick with them so that you can look out after each other. This will not be a problem if you really traveled to the USA with a group of friends. Always make sure you know the whereabouts of everyone in your group, and have a plan if ever you decide to go to separate locations. But if you are traveling solo, you will need to take precautions. Have your phone with you at all times, bring a whistle or even pepper spray.

5. Choose safe transportation – This part also falls under preplanning. You need to make sure that you have transportation not just in going to the club or party location, but also when you leave. If you rent a car, make sure that you are sober and can drive the vehicle. You may also schedule a cab or car service to pick you up if you already want to leave or go to another place. Some also opt to go for party bus rental as it is not only safer but actually more fun.

Haunted Places in the 50 States

Haunted Places in the 50 States

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England’s Tower of London is said to be one of the most famous haunted places in the world; not surprising given it’s bloody history.  The Tower counts among it’s prisoners Anne Boleyn, Henry the VIII’s second wife, and Lady Jane Grey who was Queen of England for just over a week.
Both ladies were subsequently executed on the Tower’s grounds.

England boasts many more haunted places from castles and churches to parks and cemeteries.  But haunted places aren’t limited to England, or for that matter Europe.  Just about every continent, country, city, and town has at least a ghost story or two which is inevitably linked to a specific location.

America is no different, from coast to coast and from north to south our country has hundreds if not thousands of reportedly haunted places.   Some, like the Queen Mary in California, are world famous, others local legends famous only to the town’s inhabitants and serious ghost hunters.

In the fall, specially closer to Halloween,  many of us like to experience a little thrill and go on a ghost tour or drive by places that look spooky.  There’s definitely no lack of haunted places in each state. Here’s a list of haunted places, one from each state, some famous, others not so.   Perhaps one or two of them will be close enough for you to visit this year.

HauntedThe Sweetwater Mansion in Florence, Alabama has seen plenty of history.

Construction began in 1828, it was here that Union and Confederate officers stayed during their respective occupation of the city during the Civil War.  It is said that many of its former residents reside here still.  Children’s laughter is said to be heard and  items that  mysteriously move.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

HauntedScary Mary is said to have checked into the Golden North Hotel in Skagway, Alaska during the Gold Rush and has never checked out.

Filled with  hopes for a bright future she came to Alaska as the fiancee of prospector Klondike Ike. Mary locked herself in the couple’s hotel room to await her beloved who went off in search of gold, he never returned.

When concerned hotelkeepers finally gained entrance to her room they found her dead, dressed in the wedding gown she was to wear on her wedding day.

Today  guests have been spooked by a pale ghostly figure looking out the window still awaiting her lover’s return or by a figure standing over their bed checking to see who’s in it.

 

 

 

hauntedThere is no shortage of haunted places in the state of Arizona, but one of the most famous is the town of Jerome, a quaint community in northern Arizona.  All sorts of specters are said to haunt many of the town’s historic buildings.  The most haunted is thought to be the vintage Jerome Grand Hotel.

It opened as the United Verde Hospital in 1927.  Miners from the nearby copper mine were treated here for serious injuries many of which proved fatal; insane people were also treated here for their mental illness.  The hospital closed in 1950 and re-opened as the hotel in the late 1990s.

Today ghost enthusiaists, including my cousin and his family, book rooms here hoping to catch a phantom nurse or hear a scream or two during their stay.  My cousin and his family have stayed here twice and have never had a paranormal experience, but the town has many nice shops and restaurants making it a nice place to spend the weekend.

I can’t talk about Arizona ghost towns without mentioning the town of Tombstone.  During my last visit the lady at the fudge shop told me the whole town is filled with spirits.  She claimed their their presence could be felt as you wander the towns streets and buildings.  I’m not sure about the streets, but whenever we’re in town we usually stop for drinks at the Crystal Palace Saloon, and I hate going to the restrooms located in the back of the building.  Walking down the hallway to the restrooms always gives me the creeps and the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.  Haunted or imagination?
I’m never quite sure.  We did the Bird Cage Theater ghost tour, it was fun, but we didn’t really have a ghostly experience.

hauntedDriving along Arkansas 365 just south of Little Rock can turn into a paranormal experience.

Motorists driving this road on dark rainy nights have claimed to have encountered a young girl on the roadside.  They give her a lift, she tells them where she must go, but when they get to the destination the girl has vanished.

I think just about every town has a similar story, here in Hawaii it’s said that Madame Pele, the volcano goddess, has been seen asking for rides along many of our roads.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

HauntedCalifornia has many haunted places including Alcatraz in San Francisco and the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, but I would never had thought of Disneyland as a haunted place.

It is said that the “Happiest Place on Earth” is truly haunted.  The Space Mountain Ride and the women’s employee locker room is said to be haunted by a man who died on the ride in the 1970s and The Christmas Shop on Main Street, Tom Sawyer’s Island, and Tomorrowland all house a spook or two.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

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The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is hands down the most famous haunted hotel in the Rockies.  This sprawling luxury hotel that opened in 1909 is a favorite with dignitaries and ghost hunters.

This hotel inspired author Stephen King to write his bestselling book “The Shining”. Today there are many stories of paranormal activity, particularly in room 217.

 

Union Cemetery in Easton, Connecticut is said to be the most haunted spot in the state and possibly the most haunted cemetery in the country.

The famed “White Lady” is said to wander this 400 year old cemetery.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

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Fort Delaware sits on Pea Patch Island just off Delaware City.

Built in 1848 and decommissioned in 1943 this fort was never attacked.  It did house has many as 16,000 prisoners at one time.

Reached only by ferry today Fort Delaware is part of the Delaware Park System.  No one lives there anymore, just the ghosts of past inhabitants.

The park services offers ghost hunting tours on the island.  Click here for more info![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

HauntedThis particular bend of the St. John’s River in Seminole County, Florida with a cluster of cypress trees, is known as Round Cypress Head.

Many have said they have witnessed paranormal activities in this dark dank area of cypress woods.  It is said that the woods is home to demons and/or witches.  Folks are warned to not venture there for fear of being eaten by these monsters.  Locals claim that fishermen have gone missing in this river and many claim the woods are most definitely haunted.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

HauntedThe quaint southern city of Savannah is arguably the most haunted city in Georgia.

Known for its southern charm and hospitality along with its antebellum architecture many of it’s historic buildings and spaces are said to host a specter or two.

Madison Square was the site of a Revolutionary Battle and British soldiers were buried there.  Shadowy figures are said to be lingering in the park.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

hauntedSteeped in legends and lore from ancient Hawaiian days to missionary days and beyond the 50th. State has its own host of haunted places.

Night Marchers are said to walk the land at night and Madame Pele the volcano goddess can be frightening or almost playful.

The islands are filled with many haunted places including schools, bridges, libraries, drive-in movie lots, and hotels.

The luxurious Hilton Hawaiian Village is said to be one such place. Folks have reportedly seen the Lady in Red wandering the halls or even the beach.  It’s said she could have been a guest who tragically died at the hotel or Madame Pele herself.

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The Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise is supposedly the most haunted prison in the state.

Constructed in 1870 and added to over the years this prison has seen more than its fair share of violence.  It is said the hauntings began soon after the riots that started to erupt within the prison walls in 1935.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

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The Nellie Dunton Home in Belvidere, Illinois is said to be haunted by this broken hearted woman who lived here before the Civil War.

Folks claim to see her in the house and around the neighborhood.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

hauntedFrench Lick Springs Hotel is a historic resort in the town of French Lick, Indiana.

Among the paranormal activities here it is said that its former owner lingers in the service elevator.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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Originally known as Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts when it was founded in 1858, Iowa State University (it was renamed in 1959) is known for its agriculture, engineering, and science programs.

It is also home to the ghost of Frederika Shattuck who was said to haunt the theater named after her for her contributions to the theater department.  Shattuck Theater was torn down hence this other worldly being has moved to the Fisher Theater on campus.

 

HauntedThe Hutchinson Public Library in Hutchinson, Kansas is said to be haunted by its former librarian named Ida Day.

Locals say she wanders the building sometimes sorting or looking thru books.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

HauntedThe Waverly Hills Sanitarium in Louisville, Kentucky opened in 1910 to house victims of the Tuberculosis Epidemic.

Over 63,000 people including patients, doctors, and nurses died there.  The death toll in this building is comparable to a battle field, it’s no wonder it is said to be haunted.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

HauntedFrom haunted bayous to voodoo queens, Louisiana is host to many ghosts, and goblins, and other things that go bump in the night.

The historic city of New Orleans is home to the blues and filled with many quaint shops and restaurants, it’s also steeped in mystery.  Walking down the streets of the French Quarter on a foggy night can be very creepy.  I know we were creeped out one dark and foggy February night as we walked down Decatur Street.

But did you know that it was in this state where the infamous duo Bonnie and Clyde met their end?
This lone stone in Gibsland, Louisiana marks the ambush site.  Legend has it that on nights when the moon is full you can still hear the gunfire.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

hauntedEllis Pond, also known as Roxbury Pond in serene East Andover, Maine is said to be haunted.

Visitors walking along the shores have reported hearing or feeling a presence.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

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There are hundreds of haunted places in the small state of Maryland, but the Antietam Battlefield is possibly the most haunted.

Over 23,000 souls lost their lives here making it the site of America’s bloodiest single day battle.

It’s no wonder those poor souls still wander the field and battle sounds can reportedly still be heard[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

HauntedSite of one of the most infamous double ax murders in American History, the Lizzie Borden House in Falls River, Massachusetts is now a Bed and Breakfast.

I would be surprised if it wasn’t haunted.  It is reported that guests have seen apparitions in the house.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

HauntedFamed pilot Amelia Earhart was a guest at The Landmark Inn, located in Marquette, Michigan before she mysteriously disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.

They say that she sometimes shows up in room 502.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

HauntedStaff and diners claim this St. Paul, Minnesota restaurant is haunted by the building’s former owner and his mistress who committed suicide here in 1892.

Back then it was the home to Joseph Forepaugh, today it is Forepaugh’s Restaurant.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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Stucky’s Bridge in Enterprise, Mississippi is said to be haunted by the inn-keeper named Stucky.

He supposedly robbed and murdered guests who stayed at his inn.  He was caught and hanged on this bridge.

hauntedThis 14 room Victorian mansion in Independence, Missouri is now a museum.

It was the home of President Truman, and of course it is said to be haunted by the President himself.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

HauntedThe scene of the historic battle known commonly as Custer’s Last Stand the Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana is home to many spirits.

Apparitions and Native American war cries have been reported here.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

HauntedBrother Sebastian’s, a restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska is said to be haunted by Bill Walden, a regular patron who passed away but still frequents the joint.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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The Riviera is one of the oldest casinos on the Las Vegas strip in Nevada.

Many mob-related murders took place here and staff reports strange happenings in the hotel, specially on the 9th. floor.  [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

HauntedBuilt in 1926 at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire this college dorm called Huntress Hall is said to be haunted by its namesake Harriet Hunter.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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One fateful evening, May 6, 1937, the airship Hindenburg caught fire and crashed killing 36people.

Today it is said that screams can still be heard at the crash site in Lakehurst, New Jersey.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

HauntedChaco Canyon National Historic Park in New Mexico is an eerie place.

It’s haunting beauty and great stone work is a testament to past ages.  Folks claim to have the eerie feeling of being followed while visiting this park.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

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Built in 1884 the Dakota is one of the most sought out residences in New York City.

This landmark building built in gothic style architecture was where the horror movie “Rosemarie’s Baby” was filmed.  But it’s most known as the building where former Beatle John Lennon lived and was shot and killed on December 8, 1980.

It is said that the famous musician sometimes appears to the building’s residents, although he is not this building’s most famous ghost.  That honor belongs to the two children dressed in late 19th. century style  who have been seen since the 1960’s.  It’s not sure who the children are, but it is assumed that they were once residents of the building, more likely around the time it was constructed.

HauntedBuilt in 1924 Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is said to be haunted by no fewer than 20 ghosts.

The most famous one is that of Dr. William Jacocks.  He lived in room 256.  He pulls pranks and locks guests out of his former room, even after it was renovated in 1990.  The room was partitioned to become part of 4 other rooms and electronic locks were installed to prevent such pranks.  No go, he still manages to jam the new locks.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

HauntedApple Creek Country Club in Bismarck, North Dakota is reportedly haunted by a former chef.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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The Big Four Train Depot in Galion, Ohio is said to be the most haunted building in town.

It’s seen its share of tragedies and historic events of the town.  Folks claim that at times the building shakes as if a train is passing by.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

HauntedGuests at the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City, Okalhoma claim to hear infant cries and female voices during their stay.

It is thought it’s the ghost of  a former maid who killed herself and her illegitimate child by jumping out of one of the windows of the hotel.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

HauntedBuilt by Universal Studios in 1927 the Bagdad Theater in Portland, Oregon housed both vaudeville type shows and moving pictures, today it’s a cinema and pub, it also is home to 2 haunts.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HauntedStraight out of history books is Valley Forge.

Every American knows or should know about the hardships the Continental army suffered here during the Revolution.

Today it’s a National  Historical Park in Pennsylvania.  Visitors claim to have seen men dressed in period army dress.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

HauntedThough Belcourt Castle in Newport, Rhode Island is not really haunted, some of the furnishings and decor is reportedly so.

The objects here have a haunted history including chairs and a suit of armor.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

HauntedHolley House or the Hotel Aiken in Aiken, South Carolina was built in 1878.

It is reportedly haunted specially on the second floor.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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The 1880 Train in Hill City, South Dakota was the first locomotive steam engine brought to the area.

Today the Highliner Eatery is located within the train.  Employees report seeing a spectral in a brown suit.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

HauntedThe Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennesee is more famously known as the Grand Ole Opry House  because it was the site for the show, was built in 1892.

It is reportedly haunted by none other than Hank Williams, Sr. whose voice has been heard within singing his songs.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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I’m sure just about everyone’s heard of the Alamo located in San Antonio, Texas.

Many American folk heroes including James Bowie and Davy Crockett died here defending the Alamo against the forces of General Santa Ana during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.  During that battle over 2000 lives were lost.  It’s not a stretch to hear reports of restless spirits wandering here.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

HauntedReports claim that the Mormon Militia massacred a group of settlers at this site in Central, Utah in 1857.  Today visitors to the Mountain Meadows Massacre Site report hearing screams in the wind.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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Legend has it that Glastenbury Mountain in Shaftsbury, Vermont is believed to be cursed by Native Americans, they used it as a burial ground.

There have been several unsolved disappearances on the hiking trails.  All the trails stop partway up the mountain as if forbidding hikers to continue.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

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The beloved home of Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, located outside of Charlotteville, Virginia is said to be haunted by the famous former owner himself.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

HauntedThis inn located in Tacoma, Washington is where Stephen King’s movie “Red Rose” was shot.  It’s called the Thornewood Castle Inn and guests and staff have reported seeing strange apparitions and lights.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia is on the site known for its battles during the Civil War.

Many apparitions including a marching army have been reported here.

 

 

 

HauntedBuilt in the 1800s and rumored to have been owned by Al Capone the Maribel Hotel in Maribel, Wisconsin burned down in the 1920s.

It’s rumored that it’s haunted.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

HauntedBig Horn Medicine Wheel in Big Horn, Wyoming is said to be at least 12,000 years old.

It’s not known who built it.  Legend has it that if you fast within the circle for 4 days ancient spirits will come to you.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

HauntedAlthough it’s not a state this post wouldn’t be complete without a haunted place in Washington D.C.

Our Nation’s Capital is not lacking for haunted places, many of them famous, or more appropriately infamous.

At the top of the list would be Ford’s Theater where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.  It is said his footsteps can still be heard echoing up the back stairs to the President’s Box.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

I’ve taken you thru the states from A-W and the District of Columbia.  Each state has many more haunted places, let me know if  you’ve visited any of them!  Better yet contact me to book your haunted adventure at one of these spooky places!

Maui : 7 Romantic Things To Do On Maui

Maui : 7 Romantic Things To Do On Maui

 Conde Nast has rated Maui as “The Best Island in The World” for 20 consecutive years.  There’s no mystery why Maui has held this honor for two decades, Maui is truly a magical island filled with natural beauty and wonder.

If you’re looking for romance you don’t need to look far when you’re on Maui.  The island’s beauty is the perfect backdrop for romance.  Here is a list of romantic things to do on the Valley Isle.

mauiHaleakala Sunrise

Watch the sunrise over the Haleakala then bike down the mountain at your leisure.[spacer height=”-50px”]

 

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Sunset Cruise

 

Sail on catamaran sunset cocktail cruise.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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Helicopter Tour

 

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Horseback Riding

 

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Whale Watch

During the Whale Watching Season set sail on a Whale Watching Cruise and be awed by these gentle giants.  Humpback whales return to the relative safety of Maui’s warm waters each year to give birth to their calves.  They normally arrive between October – November and the last ones leaves around June.  The peak of the whale watching season is between February – March when whale sightings are abundant.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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Luau

Go to a Luau on the beach.  The Feast at Lele  serves up a sit-down 5 course dinner and entertains you with music and dance from the Pacific Islands.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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Road to Hana

One of the must do’s on Maui is the drive to Hana on the winding Hana Highway.  See some of the most beautiful scenery on the island, take a dip at under a water fall, and drive over 59 historic bridges along the way.
This requires a whole day; you might consider an overnight stay in Hana to explore Hana’s beauty.[spacer height=”-20px”]

Book your magical Maui vacation today! 

8 Romantic Things to Do on the Big Island

8 Romantic Things to Do on the Big Island

Big Island

The Big Island of Hawaii is the largest of the 8 main islands that make up the 50th. State.  It is best known for its volcanoes Mauna Loa and Kilauea.  Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world.  Its current eruption began in 1983 and has added over 500 acres of new land to its southeastern shore.

Many activities on the Big Island center around the volcanoes, both of which are easily accessible to visitors.  They really are a site to behold, but are not the only things the Big Island has to offer, specially for those looking for romance.  Here is a list of romantic things to do on this island.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

No trip to the Big Island would be complete without a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Take a drive along its main roads, Crater RimDrive and Chain of Craters Road. Both roads have scenic stops along the way where you can pull over to see some of the park’s points of interest.  Among them is the Thurston Lava Tube, a definite must see.
Hike or bike one of the park’s many trails for an up close look at the wonders of the volcanoes.
There is some risk to visiting an active volcano area, be sure you check in at the Visitor Center for current conditions and road closures.  The official National Park website can help you plan your visit.  Click here to be directed to the NPS site.

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Boat Tour

See the lava flow into the ocean on one of the Lava Boat tours.  Sunrise and Sunset tours are available.

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Champagne Pond

Take a dip in Champagne Pond.  Nestled on the Puna Coast in a residential area the pond is heated by natural geothermal heat.  The pond is always pretty calm making it an ideal place for swimming and snorkling.

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Green Sand Beach

Stroll on the sands of Papakolea Beach, also known as Green Sand Beach due to the greenish color of the sand.  The sand is made up of olivine, a semi precious stone created by the volcano eruptions.  The water is very turbulent here so don’t go swimming.

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Rainbow Falls State Park

Take an early morning drive out to Rainbow Falls State Park.  Swimming is prohibited but you can see this scenic spot from the look out, you may be treated to rainbows in the mist of the falls.

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Waipio Valley

Waipio Valley, Hawaii’s version of the “Valley of the Kings”,  on the northern Hamakua Coast is steeped in legend and history.  The valley was the childhood home of King Kamehameha I and was an important political and religious center in Hawaii.  Today it’s not only an important place for Hawaiian history and culture it is also a an awesome place filled with dramatic beauty.

You can view the valley from the lookout or walk in and hike through the forest to the beach.  Click here for more hiking info.

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Mauna Kea

Drive or hike to the summit of Mauna Kea the largest volcano on earth.  The spectacular sunsets on the volcano is a must see.
Children are not allowed to the summit due to altitude sickness.  Persons with heart and lung issues should check with their doctor before attempting to go up to the summit.               Click here for more info and directions.

  

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Stargazing

Stargaze at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station.  The skies above the mountain are usually clear and perfect for stargazing.  The VIS has a free nightly stargazing program that includes telescopes operated by knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

Click here for more info and directions.

Book your Big Island romantic advnture here!