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The false alarm about an incoming ballistic missile that sent Hawaii into a panic this weekend threatened to turn into a major embarrassment for the state and its politically endangered governor, David Y. Ige, as Hawaii officials moved to head off damage to Hawaii’s biggest industry, tourism.
An early-morning emergency alert mistakenly warning of an incoming ballistic missile attack was dispatched to cellphones across Hawaii on Saturday, setting off widespread panic in a state that was already on edge because of escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea.
In this tried-and-true guide, we highlight the most memorable, the most special, the most aspirational resorts to stay this year. After a year’s worth of checking into everything from the shiny new thing on the block to the enduring turn-of-the-century classic, this collection of properties falls under a special class of accommodations: the 50 hotels, grouped by island, that we have no hesitation recommending to friends, family, first- and 15th-time visitors.
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
This seaside resort has all the creature comforts and value most expect of the Marriott brand, while its location – fronting ancient Hawaiian fishponds and near a petroglyph reserve – and locally-born-and-raised restaurant chef keep the property grounded in its sense of place.
This cosy inn inside a traditional stilted fisherman’s home is a charming and modern retreat from the elements. Snuggling under the covers and watching porpoises spout in the bay provides the perfect balance to exploring Chiloé’s intricate wooden churches or trekking in its thick forests.
A blissful seaside retreat with a protected lagoon, huge pool and excellent amenities – including snorkel rentals and tours of nearby Hawaiian petroglyphs – saddles guests with a difficult decision: stay and enjoy or depart to explore the Big Island’s epic waterfalls, jungle, beaches and volcanoes.
The Royal Kona’s tiki-style bars, swimming lagoon, circular pool and popular evening luau are all set on a lava rock peninsula right on the ocean. It's also across the street from an abundance of great bars, restaurants and shopping. It’s one of just two large hotels in downtown Kailua-Kona.
Tiny Lava Lava Beach Club, one of the few collections of on-the-sand seaside bungalows on Hawaii Island, enjoys an intimate setting near its popular seaside restaurant. Guests can go from air-conditioned comfort to swimming in the tropical sea in mere seconds.
The Sheraton Kona, tucked in a cove far from other hotels, continues to wow families and honeymooners with everywhere-you-look ocean views, an epic 200-foot waterslide, a series of sparkling pools and even offshore nighttime snorkeling with giant manta rays within view of the main restaurant.
Since its midcentury transition from agriculture to a tourism-focused economy, Hawai‘i has attracted a steady stream of the sun-starved and stressed-out. For even the most food-obsessed, part of an ideal Hawai‘i vacation probably involves a hotel, a beach, and some hardcore lounging. But dining-wise, not all hotels are created equal. Luckily, no matter which island you choose, there’s at least one hotel where you’ll be as well-fed as you are blissed out.
If you don’t come back from Hawai‘i with a suitcase stuffed with macadamia nuts, pineapples, and a plastic lei or seven, did you even go? Instagram stories from the beach dissipate at 24 hours, after all.
It hardly seems possible to return home without at least a few tchotchkes, and, in fact, local culture demands it. The Japanese tradition of omiyage — a gift brought back from a trip for friends, family, or even co-workers — is fully integrated into the state’s culture, where it frequently t...
In Hawaiʻi, you’re never far from the very best the 50th state has to offer: waves crashing on white sand, warm sunshine in azure skies, emerald green mountains crowned by waterfalls — and pillowy soft malassadas, ripping hot from the fryer, stippled with sugar. Anyone knows you should go to Hawaiʻi for the beach, but to truly live your best life, go to Hawaiʻi for the food: Technicolor shave ice, sushi omakase from legendary Japanese chefs, a heaping plate of kimchi fried rice, hot kūlolo to...
In the last 50 years alone, hundreds of scenic natural landmarks around the world have drastically shape-shifted, never to return to their former states. They serve as reminders that our planet is a dynamic and impermanent place. See some of the places that we have recently lost, and similarly fragile sites you can still visit.