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73rd Annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade

Posted On: 09/06/2019

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 73rd Annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade
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All the culture and spirit of Aloha will be on display at the 73rd Annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade. The Aloha Festivals are a month's worth of community-supported festival events featuring Hawai’ian culture and history. The Floral Parade is the climax of this series of events where the natural beauty and cultural beauty come together.

Waikiki hosts the Aloha Festivals Floral Parade which takes place from 9:00 am until noon on Saturday, September 28. The parade runs from Ala Moana Park through Kalākaua Avenue to Kapi‘olani Park. Wake up, have breakfast at your hotel, and take a parade shuttle over to the route.

The parade features numerous floats, intricately decorated with thousands of Hawai’i’s fresh flowers. The parade includes all-American classics like marching bands and civic leaders, but the finest parts are those that show island culture. Pau riders show off traditional equestrian methods of women dressed in long, colorful dresses and riding side-saddle. Hula showcases island music and dance from the many different halau (schools) of hula. Dancers of all sorts parade in wild costumes highlighting the many heritages of Hawai’i, keiki (children) blow conch shells, and the royal court performs its final appearance of the festival. Almost everyone and everything will be covered in the flowers that give the parade its name.

This year’s festival theme is "Nā Mo‘olelo ʻUkulele: ‘Ukulele Stories". Hawai’ians adapted an instrument brought in by Portuguese sailors and named it “jumping flea” or “ukulele” because that is what the player’s hopping fingers looked like. Since then, the instrument has grown to symbolize the culture of the islands. The happy, jumping ukulele will make its mark all over the parade.

The important tradition of the Aloha Festivals started in 1946 and celebrated the end of World War II and bringing the people back together. Then, it was called Aloha Week. Once there were Aloha Festivals all over the islands, but the main one in Honolulu is the only one left. The parade celebrates the many different cultures that constitute Hawai’i today. Other festival events this year include a block party, a ukulele jam session, the royal court investiture, and plenty of music and dancing.

Today, one of the best ways to get there is by private car service, individually or with a parade shuttle. The drivers will know where and when to get you to the best viewing locations and parking near the parade route is notoriously bad. Pack a foldable chair if you want to sit because the parade is long. Sunscreen, water, and maybe a hat or umbrella will help you enjoy the entire length of the parade. The colors, sights, and sounds of the Aloha Festivals Floral Parade are unforgettable, but you might want to bring your camera, just in case.

Festival transportation is available with SpeediShuttle and Arthur’s Limousine.

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Best Hotels Outside of Honolulu

Posted On: 08/23/2019

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North Shore Hotels
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While there are countless resort hotels in Honolulu and Waikiki, sometimes it’s fun to see a different side of Oahu. Hotels in the North Shore and Ko Olina are a great way to explore what the other parts that the island have to offer. From family friendly hotels, couples resorts, and vacation rentals, there’s a wide range of accommodations to choose from. And whether you’re staying in the North Shore, Ko Olina, or anywhere in Oahu, airport shuttle services are available to the hotel of your choice.

Get out of Waikiki and into the North Shore! Book your hotel and transportation to destinations throughout Oahu, and have the vacation of your dreams.

Here are few of our favorite hotels located outside of Honolulu and Waikiki:

Turtle Bay Resort

The Turtle Bay Resort if the only major resort hotel on Oahu’s North Shore. Located 5 miles from the famous Banzai Pipeline, the Turtle Bay Resort is on 850 acres overlooking Kuilima Cove. It’s one of Hawaii’s most unique hotels destinations and a beautiful start to your North Shore adventure. Hotel amenities include a spa, outdoor pools (with a waterslide), hot tubs, and 2 golf courses. Popular activities at Turtle Bay include golf, horseback riding, tennis, spas, surfing, biking/running trails, Segway tours, and helicopter tours.

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

The Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is a beachfront resort on Oahu’s rugged western Leeward Coast (it’s one of the most coveted views on Oahu). The Four Seasons offers a variety of activities like a safe swimming beach with free boogie boards, lei-making lessons, canoe paddling lessons, keiki yoga, and a skate camp. There’s also the complimentary Camp Kohola, an activity-filled daycare for kids ages 5 to 12. Other amenities include a private beach, high-end spa and fitness center, tennis, and water sports.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Overlooking the Kohola Lagoon, the Aulani offers a touch of the Magic Kingdom in this Oahu paradise. The Aulani offers the kind of family vacation experiences that only Disney can provide. They offer a selection of rooms, suites, and villas with just-like-home amenities. It’s like having a Hawaiian resort in your own backyard. Other amenities include pools and a spa, kids entertainment, movie nights, and pool parties with Disney characters.

If you’re headed outside of Waikiki, these are some of the best hotels that Oahu have to offer. Reserve shuttle services to the North Shore, Ko Olina, and more with SpeediShuttle, or book a luxury car service with Arthur’s Limousine.

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Aloha Festivals 2019

Posted On: 08/09/2019

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Aloha Festivals 2019
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The countdown is on for the Aloha Festivals of 2019: a celebration of Hawaiian culture that has grown bigger and more colorful every year since its humble beginnings in 1946. This year the Aloha Festival runs from August 31st to September 28 and features more than 100 events on all of the Hawaiian Islands. What better way to explore and share the culture, cuisine, and art of this fascinating archipelago?

The 2019 theme for the Aloha Festivals is “Na Moʻolelo ʻUkulele” or “Ukulele Stories". Hawaiian music would not be the same without this small but powerful instrument! There will be workshops, talk-story events and of course many concerts and kanikapila, Hawaiian jam sessions, throughout the festival and beyond. The Ukulele is not only the state official musical instrument of Hawaiʻi but also a part of everyday life and there is hardly a home without one.

The month of festivities will commence with royal protocol on August 31st at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, where the historic home of Princes Pauahi, Coconut Grove, once was. Starting at 4 pm the Royal Court Investiture & Opening Ceremony will set a regal tone for what is to come and perpetuate the memory of the rich history of Hawaiiʻs monarchy. Watch the appointed Queen and King (mō‘ī wahine and mō‘ī kāne) together with their court portray the legacy of old Hawaiʻi. The formal event will be followed by chants, hula, and music to create an unforgettable evening right in the heart of Waikiki, on historic ground.

Another highlight of the Aloha Festivals is the biggest block party in all of Hawaiʻi. The Waikiki Hoolaulea invites you to put on your rubber slippers and enjoy an amazing kaleidoscope of music, dance, cuisine, art, and more, which is sure to tickle all of your senses. The 67th Waikiki Hoolaulea takes place on September 21 from 6 pm to 9:30 pm and will transform Kalakaua Avenue into a giant party of Aloha, that you won’t want to miss. Parking is available in the area; however, it is limited and can get pricey. A great way to get to and from the festival events without worries is to use a festival shuttle so that you can just focus on having fun.

All comes to a colorful finale with the breathtaking 73rd Annual Floral Parade on September 28 from 9 am to noon. Watch traditional pāʻū Riders, creative floats decorated with thousands of flowers, Hula Hālau, and bands make their way from Ala Moana Park to Kapi‘olani Park all along Kalakaua Avenue. A feast for the eyes and a memory that wants to be made. Make it easy on yourself and avoid looking for a parking space by taking advantage of a festival shuttle.

Reserve a charter shuttle or private luxury car to Aloha Festival events today!

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Hawaii Food & Wine Festival 2019

Posted On: 08/02/2019

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Hawaii Food & Wine Festival 2019
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Co-founded by Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi, two of Hawaii’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is the premier food event in the Pacific. Discover Hawaii’s rich culinary history and culture. The 2019 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is happening over three weekends, October 5 – October 27, throughout three islands.

The festival brings together a roster of over 150 master chefs, culinary personalities, and winemakers, as well as 14 resort partners. Hawaii Food & Wine Festival celebrates a love of the land, and a time when Hawaii was 100% sustainable. No Island adventure is complete without sampling the incredible food.

The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival offers wine tastings, family friendly events, and exclusive dining opportunities. Featured events include cupcake decorating with "Ace of Cakes" star Duff Goldman and “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, and the Drag Appétit brunch (unleash your inner diva).

Proceeds support commitments to sustainability, and Hawaiian cultural and educational programs.

Head to the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival with SpeediShuttle. Reserve private shuttles with SpeediShuttle or luxury car services to restaurants and resorts throughout Hawaii.

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Best Breweries in Honolulu

Posted On: 07/25/2019

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Best Breweries
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Craft beer is everywhere including Hawaii. It’s actually more expensive to run a brewery in Hawaii, but that just shows the passion of homegrown breweries. Craft breweries in Honolulu can create beers with ingredients unique to Hawaii. From ciders to ales, there’s something to satisfy every taste bud in Hawaii.

Here are just a few of the best breweries in Oahu:

Waikiki Brewing Company - 1945 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

One of the newer breweries in Oahu, Waikiki Brewing Company offers signature brews filled with local fruits and herbs. Favorites include Jalapeno Mouth, Hana Hou Hefe, Aloha Spirit Blonde Ale, a Black Strap Molasses Porter, and Ala Moana Amber.

Honolulu BeerWorks - 328 Cooke St, Honolulu, HI 96813

Honolulu BeerWorks is a local favorite. It’s a hip, microbrewery in a warehouse-like atmosphere. The pub features a custom-built seven-barrel system that delivers 10 to 12 house beers on tap including tropical fusion brews like Cocoweizen.

Aloha Beer Company - 700 Queen St, Honolulu, HI 96813

Locally owned and operated, the Aloha Beer Company offers a relaxing place to hang out, feel the saltwater breeze, and sample tasty craft beers, cocktails, and unique pub fare.

Beer Lab HI - 1010 University Ave, Honolulu, HI 96826

Beer Lab HI is a family friendly brewery that offers a variety of ever changing craft beers on a rotating menu. This modern brewery is built on the concept of constant change, experimentation, and small batch brews that keep you on your toes.

If you’re headed out to a Honolulu brewery, remember to drive safe. Reserve private shuttles with SpeediShuttle or luxury car services to breweries throughout Honolulu.

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Made in Hawaii Festival

Posted On: 07/19/2019

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Made in Hawaii Festival
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Find Hawaiian “home grown” products at their finest. The Made in Hawaii Festival is a three-day festival featuring the state’s largest annual emporium of Hawaii-made products. The festival is taking place Friday & Saturday, August 16 & 17, 2019 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena in Honolulu, HI. If you need group transportation to the Made in Hawaii Festival or any special event in Honolulu, book a private shuttle with SpeediShuttle.

The Made in Hawaii Festival is a shopper’s paradise in Hawaii. Both locals and tourists alike flock to see the showcase of food products, apparel, books, gifts, jewelry, and arts and crafts from all around the 50th State. The 25th Annual Made in Hawaii Festival presented by First Hawaiian Bank features nearly 400 exhibitors. The festival presents a unique opportunity for local businesses by getting them in front of more than 1,000 wholesale retailers as well as 35,000 eager shoppers! First Hawaiian Bank believes that when you “shop local,” you’re directly contributing to the wellbeing of Hawaii’s economy.

Besides exhibiting amazing local products, the Made in Hawaii Festival offers live stage performances as well as cooking demonstrations. Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners bring their musical talent to the entertainment stage. Hale Aina Award winning chefs heat up the Arena stage with cooking demonstrations.

f you’re looking for group shuttles to the Made in Hawaii Festival in Honolulu, book a ride with SpeediShuttle. Luxury car services are also available with Arthur’s Limousine to the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena, and throughout Hawaii.

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Los Angeles Rams vs Dallas Cowboys at Aloha Stadium

Posted On: 07/11/2019

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Rams vs Cowboys
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The NFL is headed to Hawaii. The Los Angeles Rams will host the Dallas Cowboys at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu for a preseason game on August 17.

This will be the first NFL exhibition game held at Aloha stadium since 1976. However, this, of course, is not Hawaii’s only taste of professional football, Aloha Stadium was the home of the Pro Bowl from 1979 to 2016. If you’re headed to the game, SpeediShuttle can offer private charter shuttles in Oahu. Perfect for large groups of football fans!

Expect more than just a great football game in Hawaii though. Rams players and staff will also be hosting community events for youths throughout the islands. Be on the look out for their 11-on-11 tournament & skills competition with 16 Hawaii high school football teams. Rams cheerleaders and mascot, Rampage, will also visit local schools to encourage youths to be active for the 60 minutes every day.

Besides this preseason matchup, the Rams are also scheduled to play the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium during the 2019 regular season.

If you’re ready for some football, book all your transportation services in Hawaii with SpeediShuttle and Arthur’s Limousine. A charter shuttle is the perfect way to get to Aloha Stadium.

Aloha Stadium
99-500 Salt Lake Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96818

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Best Golf Courses in Hawaii

Posted On: 07/05/2019

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Hawaii Golf Courses
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The beauty, climate and topography of Hawaii make it a year-round favorite golf destination. Whether you’re local or a tourist, getting around the islands is easy with golfing transportation service to all resorts and golf destinations. Here are eight of the best golf courses in Hawaii.

Oahu Golf Courses

Arnold Palmer Course at Turtle Bay
Golfers are in for a treat when they visit Turtle Bay resort on Oahu's North Shore. Designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, there are five sets of tees to accommodate golfers of all abilities. A shuttle service can take you and your party to and from the course from anywhere on Oahu.

Hoakalei Country Club
The course at Hoakalei caters to experienced and casual golfers. At 7,413 yards from the back tees, the Ernie Els designed Hoakalei boasts of being the longest course in Hawaii. If you like to test your driving prowess, their fairways are waiting for you.

Ko'olau Golf Club
Selected by Golf Magazine as one of the top 100 places you can play golf. Ko’olau Golf Club is a remarkable course that fits in well with the tropical lush scenery dominant in this area. The club is located just off of a major highway and easy to access when using golfing transportation services from all resort areas on Oahu.

Hawaii Prince Golf Club
Another Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay design, the Hawaii Prince Golf Club is located just off of Ewa Beach. The standout feature of this course is that it offers 27 holes. This allows players to mix and match the three sets of nine holes available.

The Big Island Golf Courses

Kona Country Club
Kona Country Club is a short drive from Kona International Airport. The wide course hugs the ocean and provides spectacular views on many of the holes. Kona also offers time-of-day discounts.

Maui Golf Courses

Wailea Gold Course
The Wailea Golf Club offers golfers three different courses to test themselves on. The gold course is unique in that there are prehistoric lava rock walls that were incorporated into the design of the course. This unique design element offers golfers an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

All three of the Wailea Golf Club courses are among the best golf courses in Hawaii. They are a short, scenic ride down the coast from Kahului.

Kahili Golf Course
The Kahili Golf Course is uniquely situated between the ocean and the West Maui Mountain. This provides a variety of scenic views. The course features a number of elevation changes as you move from seaside to mountainside.

Kauai Golf Courses

The Ocean Course at Hokuala
Golfers who head to Kauai will find a more laid back atmosphere when they play the Jack Nicklaus designed Ocean Course at Hokuala. MSN Travel named the Ocean Course as one of the world’s 12 most beautiful courses. The course is challenging, with the ocean so close to several greens, but well worth the experience.

Visit these or any of Hawaii’s golf courses and enjoy a day on the greens. Private charter shuttles are available with SpeediShuttle, or find a luxury car service with Arthur's Limousine.

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Best Coffee in Hawaii

Posted On: 06/21/2019

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Kona Coffee Farms
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Hawaii is the only state in the US to grow its own coffee, and Kona coffee just so happens to be some of the best coffee in the world. Kona coffee is grown on the slopes of the Hualalai and Mauna Loa volcanoes in both the north and south Kona district. It’s the volcanic soil that makes it some of the best gourmet coffee available.

Kona coffee can be found throughout Hawaii: roadside coffee shacks, cafes, and restaurants. But you can also visit the coffee farms for yourself.

There are 650 coffee farms in Kona on the Big Island and many do offer tours. Coffee tours vary farm-by-farm and often consist of walking around the plantation, and being taken through the entire process from beans to cup, which involves drying, processing, and roasting the coffee beans. Of course many tours end with a coffee tasting and a place where you can purchase local coffee.

Besides Kona, there’s also the lesser-known Kau coffee region on the other side of the Big Island. It’s not quite as popular, but offers a quality coffee experience.

Big Island Coffee Plantations

  • Rooster Farms
  • Kuaiwi Farm
  • Sunshower Coffee Farm
  • Heavenly Hawaiian Coffee Farms
  • Mountain Thunder Kona Coffee
  • Buddha’s Cup
  • Wailele Estates Plantation
  • Ueshima Coffee
  • Holualoa Kona Coffee Company
  • Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
  • Greenwell Farms
  • Kona Joe
  • Ka’u Coffee Mill

Oahu Coffee

Many Oahu coffee companies source their beans throughout the Islands, however, coffee is also grown in central and northern Oahu. Plantations include:

  • Green World
  • Waialua Coffee

Maui Coffee

Like Oahu, most coffee roasts get their beans from Kona and throughout the Islands. However there are around 50 coffee producers on Maui including:

  • Maliko Estate Coffee Farm
  • MauiGrown Coffee’s Kananapali Fields

Kauai Coffee

Surprisingly, Kauai actually has the largest coffee farm in the entire United States. Kauai Coffee Company has 4 million coffee trees! The fields are spread across 3,100 acres, and produce a wide range of coffee roasts and flavors.

Visit a coffee farm for yourself and the sample the best coffee Hawaii has to offer. Take a tour, grab a cup of Joe, or simply buy coffee on sale in grocery stores throughout the islands. IMI also provides Kona tours and more for exploring the Big Island's culture and history.

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Summer in Hawaii

Posted On: 06/11/2019

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Summer in Hawaii
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Fun Ways to Explore Hawaii this Summer

While it does seem like its summer year-round in Hawaii, there are some slight differences between summer and winter on the Islands to look out for. The weather is slightly different and there are seasonal events to discover. From beautiful scenery to great places to eat, there’s something for everyone in Hawaii. Have fun this summer and check out some of our favorite activities to do in Hawaii between May through October.

The North Shore

Summer on the North Shore is a totally different experience. While the winter is known for big waves, the summer offers a more relaxing scene. Don’t worry about monster waves, and enjoy splashing in the shore break. IMI Tours offers tours to the North Shore all year long.

Haleiwa Arts Festival

Taking place in Haleiwa Beach Park every June, the Haleiwa Arts Festival is the perfect place for local artists to gather and check out unique, handmade piece of art. It’s a one-of-a-kind artistic and cultural experience filled with music, dance, chalk art events, artistic workshops, and more. The Haleiwa Arts Festival is located on Oahu's North Shore.

Take a Hike

Summer is the perfect time to a hike in Hawaii. In other months, rain can often turn even the most leisurely stroll into a Slip ’N Slide. On average, it rains much less during the summer month in Hawaii. However, this also means fewer waterfalls. Popular summer hikes include Diamond Head and Pali Puka.

Koloa Plantation Days

Koloa Plantation Days is a 10-day event held every July on the south shores of Kauai. The event celebrates the bygone days of Kauai’s plantation era with parades, historic sugar exhibits, music, dance, costumes, food, games, and rodeos. Celebrate the plantation heritage and modern-day vitality of Kauai's Koloa and Poipu communities.

Maui Film Festival

Hawaii’s answer to Sundance, the Maui Film Festival at Wailea & Kahului is the best part of the year! The festival takes place over five days every June and is nicknamed the “Cinema-Under-the-Stars.” Hollywood films are projected under the starlit sky in Maui. The weeklong festival has three venues to watch films, panels, and tasting events.

Enjoy your summer in Hawaii! Book a tour with IMI Tours or schedule a shuttle to summer events with SpeediShuttle.

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Best Places to get Pineapples in Hawaii

Posted On: 05/29/2019

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Best Pineapples in Hawaii
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Hawaii is known for a few things: surfing, sunsets, hula dancing, and, of course, pineapples. While tourism has become the major trade of Hawaii, pineapples still play a major role on the Island.

If you’re looking for the best places to get pineapples, let IMI Tours be your guide.

Dole Pineapple Plantation

The Dole Pineapple Plantation in Oahu is a favorite spot for tourists from all over the world. Originally a simple fruit stand in 1950, the Dole Pineapple Plantation now attracts more than a million visitors a year. Activities include a Pineapple Express Train Tour, Plantation Garden Tour, and Pineapple Garden Maze. There’s also an onsite country store where you can enjoy a delicious glass of Dole pineapple juice and the world-famous "Dole Whip!"

The Dole Pineapple Plantation is part of the Oahu Circle Island Adventure Tour. Book a Dole Pineapple Plantation tour today.

Kohala Grown Market

This is the can’t miss spot for foodies visiting Hawaii. Located on the Big Island, Kohala Grown Market offers locally sourced specialty produce and products. It’s the perfect place to get locally grown pineapples and other Island goodies. Products include farm fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh juices, kombucha on tap, local meats and fish, local dairy products, body care products gifts, books, and art.

Be sure to pick up a Pineapple Banana Smoothie!

Hawaiian Crown Plantation Cafe

This is a coffee shop & market in Honolulu. They offer the plantation's pineapples & juice, as well as other locally grown foods. Products all come from locally owned, family farms located on Oahu and the Big Island. Their Hawaiian Crown™ Sweet Gold™ Pineapple is becoming known as the best tasting pineapple on the Island. It’s a super-sweet, low acid fruit with an intense aroma and pineapple taste.

Check out these and other popular pineapple spots. Your stomach won’t be disappointed. And reserve your Pineapple Plantation tour with IMI!

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Memorial Day in Oahu

Posted On: 05/23/2019

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Memorial Day in Oahu
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Hawaii has a rich military history, which makes Oahu the perfect place to honor our heroes for Memorial Day. Memorial Day, of course, commemorates the U.S. men and women who gave their lives in military service, but it’s also time to spend with friends and family. Celebrate Memorial Day in Oahu with parades, concerts, and more.

Memorial Day Parade

Each year, the Memorial Day Parade goes through Waikiki and features marching bands, scouts, and military organizations that pay tribute to our veterans, active military and military families. The parade features 40 vehicles, four floats, and five bands with 1,200 marchers expected. The route beings at Ft. DeRussy, follows Kalakaua Avenue and ends at Kapahulu, Kalakaua and Monsarrate Avenues.

Lantern Floating Ceremony at Ala Moana Beach Park

The Lantern Floating Ceremony is hosted by the Shinnyo-en Buddhist order, and gathers us to remember loved ones who have passed away. Over 7,000 paper lanterns float into the bay at Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park. Lanterns are distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Memorial Day Weekend Concert Series at Pearl Harbor

The US Pacific Fleet Band will perform a free concert at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial on Sunday, May 26, between 10am and 11am. Performances will include a woodwind quintet playing patriotic songs and a jazz ensemble playing big band music!

It is not recommend for first time visitors to head to Pearl Harbor on Memorial Day. It’s a much busier experience and crowds may cause delays as you walk through exhibits and sites at Pearl Harbor. However, if you are determined to visit, IMI Tours does have tour options to both the USS Arizona Memorial and Might Mo.

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Pan Pacific Festival 2019

Posted On: 05/15/2019

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Pan Pacific Festival 2019
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The Pan-Pacific Festival is like Hawaii’s biggest block party. 2019 will be the 40th annual Pan-Pacific Festival; it’s an annual three-day event taking place June 7-9. The festival is a cultural celebration featuring arts, crafts, food, and stage performances in venues throughout Waikiki.

Start your trip with a festival shuttle service to Waikiki or throughout Honolulu.

The Pan Pacific Festival begins with a Hoolaulea (block party) on Kalakaua Avenue, from Seaside Avenue to Uluniu Avenue. The block party has delicious food booths featuring ethnic cuisine from around the world and live entrancement stages: Japanese Taiko drums, Korean dance, hula, and more. Other Pan Pacific Festival events include hula festivals, street dancing, and the Pan Pacific parade. The Punahele Party on Saturday night will feature a live band with hālau.

2019 Pan Pacific Festival Schedule

  • Pan-Pacific Ho’olaule’a - Friday, June 7, 2019 - Kalakaua Avenue
  • Street Dance Fest in Hawaii – Friday,June 7, 2019 - Waikiki Beach Walk Plaza
  • Performing Arts Showcase - Friday to Sunday, June 7-9, 2019 - Ala Moana Centerstage
  • Pan-Pacific Hula Festival - Friday to Sunday, June 7-9, 2019 - Kuhio Beach Hula Mound
  • Punahele Party - Saturday, June 8, 2019 - Waikiki Beach Walk Plaza
  • Pan-Pacific Parade - Sunday, June 9, 2019 - Kalakaua Avenue

If you’re traveling to Waikiki, book a festival shuttle service with our partners at SpeediShuttle. It’s the best group transportation option to the Pan-Pacific Festival. Our experienced local drivers know how to avoid road closures and get you between special events and your hotel.

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Lantern Floating Hawaii 2019

Posted On: 05/03/2019

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Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii
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Head to Ala Moana Beach to witness one of Hawaii’s most breathtaking events of the year. The Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii launches 6000 floating lanterns into the Pacific in remembrance of our loved ones. If you’re going to Ala Moana Beach, reserve festival and beach transportation today.

Lantern Floating Hawaii honors lost loved ones, while spreading hope for the future. Memorial Day has celebrated in Hawaii with the Buddhist tradition of the floating of lanterns since 1999. The lanterns represent the wishes for the peace and happiness of loved ones past, and for courage to those in the present. It’s truly remarkable to watch thousands red Japanese lanterns floating into the sunset. Lantern Floating Hawaii also features Taiko performance, hula, and a traditional ceremony.

More than 40,000 folks turn out for an all day celebration on May 27th at Ala Moana Beach Park. Lantern Floating Hawaii is free to the public and the ceremony starts at 6 PM.

Ala Moana Beach Park is a public beach on Oahu located between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. It’s recommended to arrive at Ala Moana Beach extra early and use public transportation or a car service like those at SpeediShuttle. Avoid traffic or parking issues with car or shuttle service in Oahu.

Reserve transportation to the Floating Lantern Ceremony today.

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The 50th State Fair 2019

Posted On: 04/24/2019

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The 50th State Fair 2019
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An institution for locals, the 50th State Fair returns to Aloha Stadium for four weekends: May 26th through June 25th. The state fair is one of the largest annual events in Hawaii, and affordable entertainment for the whole family!

The 50th State Fair for started in 1930 as a Hawaiian Products Show to increase business during the Great Depression, and would eventually become branded as the 50th State Fair when Hawaii was granted statehood in 1959.

The state fair features the he Amazing Anastasini circus with a big top featuring circus acts, "Diablo" juggling, aerial silk, hula hoops, and the "Thunder Globe." The Fair also showcases variety of live entertainment from daredevil motorcyclists to daring performance atop the 40-foot-tall Space Wheel. New thrill rides include the Zero Gravity, Rockin' Tug and Black Out. Other activities include the Altervision 3D experience, family friendly Pork Chop Revue, and petting zoo.

Rides, midway games, animal acts, live music, and circus acts, all at one location!

50th State Fair Schedule

Weekends of: May 26-29, June 2-4, June 9-11, June16-18 & June 23-25

  • Fridays: 6pm – midnight
  • Saturdays: 4pm – midnight
  • Sundays except June 11: noon – midnight
  • Monday, May 29: noon – midnight
  • Thursday, June 8: 6pm – midnight
  • Sunday, June 11: 4pm – midnight

Address:
Aloha Stadium
99-500 Salt Lake Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96818

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Tiger Woods Creating New Golf Course in Makaha Valley

Posted On: 04/17/2019

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Tiger Woods Golf Course
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Tiger Woods, coming off his first majors win in 11 years (his fifth Masters, and 15th major victories in total), is designing the newest luxury gold course on Oahu.

On Oahu’s Leeward Coast, Pacific Links International and the Makaha Valley Resort announced that one of the golf’s greatest champions, Tiger Woods, will revamp one of two golf courses planned for Makaha Valley.

The design will be by completed by Woods and his TGR Design company. Initial design renderings display a 7,300-yard course that finishes with a 633-yard Par 5 on 18. The course designs have already been posted online by Woods’ company, and you check the new Makaha Valley Resort golf course for yourself.

Gil Hanse is crafting the second golf course for Makaha Valley Resort. Hanse is best known as the architect behind the official competition course used during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

This is not the first golf course to be designed by golfings’ greats in Oahu. Other courses that were designed by pro golfers include the Palmer Turtle Bay course envisioned by golf legend, Arnold Palmer, and the Hoakalei Country Club by Ernie Els.

If you’re headed out for a day of golf in Oahu, hit the tees with SpeediShuttle. Private charter shuttles are available to groups with plenty of rooms for clubs and accessories.

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Best Places to Eat in Oahu

Posted On: 04/11/2019

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Best Places to Eat in Oahu
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Of course, Hawaii is known the sun and Aloha way of life, but one of the best reasons to visit Oahu is the food. The culinary scene has evolved on the Island throughout the years and has really come into its own. Top chefs from around the world combine fresh, local ingredients with classic Hawaiian flavors and innovative cooking technique.

Restaurants can be expensive though, so it’s best to go in with a plan. Here are just a few of the recommended must-try eating experiences for tourists as well as some out-of-the-way local favorites.

Leonard’s Bakery – Home of the famous, sweet malasadas, a Portuguese donut. Leonard’s Bakery opened in 1952 and has made the malasada a Hawaiian staple.

Sunrise Shack – Start your day at the Sunrise Shack. Owned by pro surfer Koa Smith, the Sunrise Shack is a brightly colored stand with a healthy menu of coffee and papaya bowls. The papaya bowls are made with local honey + granola, bananas, nut butter, cacao nibs, goji berries, and blueberries.

Eating House 1849 – This is where Chef Roy Yamaguchi blends the simple flavors of a plantation town with haute cuisine. The name of the restaurant is a nod to the first restaurant in Honolulu popular among Oahu plantation workers. This is true of the food as well. The Plantation-Style Paella is a fusion of classic paella and Roy Yamaguchi's grandfather's own tomato-based stew.

The Pig and the Lady - The Pig and the Lady offers modern Vietnamese cooking with communal tables. Enjoy locally sourced food and an often lively atmosphere. They’re best known for their Hanoi Style Fish and Poi.

Merriman's Honolulu - Peter Merriman has been a culinary pioneer in Hawaii for over 30 years, and was one of the first to advocate the farm-to-table Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement. The tableside poke is a memorable for tourists and locals alike (they sell about 700 orders a month). Also check out their Bag o’ Biscuits!

Helena's Hawaiian Food – Be sure to check out one of Hawaii’s oldest eateries. This is home-style Hawaiian cooking in a casual, no-frills settings. It’s also very popular with locals. This is how Hawaiian food should taste. If you want to sample a little bit of everything, try ordering “Menu D.”

Rainbow Drive-In – This is one of Oahu’s most iconic places to eat. It serves up local favorites and is best known for their plate lunches: rice, heavy macaroni salad, and your choice of spam and eggs, hamburger steak or shoyu chicken. Rainbow Drive-In always hits the spot.

Check out restaurants throughout Oahu. And if you need a lift, check out IMI’s partner SpeediShuttle for a private shuttle service. If you’re looking to save money, be sure to check out some of Hawaii’s farmer’s markets. But no matter how you do it, enjoy all the food that Oahu has to offer!

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Visit the Unique Farms of Hawaii

Posted On: 04/05/2019

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Farms in Hawaii
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The beaches are definitely a reason to visit Hawaii, but for something fun and unique, why not try visiting Hawaii farms? The islands are abundant with farms where you can meet goats or see how chocolate is grown. If you’ve seen photos online, you know that pineapple farms are something you’re not likely to see at home.

One of the great experiences of traveling is to eat as locals eat. Why not visit where that food is grown and explore how it’s done? Your children will have a hands on experience they won’t forget. For an easy visit, check out a private shuttle service for transportation to and from the farms of your choosing. They’ll be able to get you the farm and back to tour hotel without any headaches.

Best Farms to Visit in Hawaii

Kahuku Farms, Oahu
This beautiful Oahu based farm has a wide variety of activities and foods to check out. The whole family will enjoy a wagon ride around the farm where you can learn about the history of the place, and about the people that work the farm and the crops themselves. There is a cafe where you can try some of the foods growing right outside. Definitely check out some of the unique jams, like Lilikoi Butter and Pineapple Papaya Jam.

Lydgate Farms’ Chocolate Farm Tour, Kauai
This is exactly the kind of unique experience Hawaii farms offer. Hawaii is the only state with cacao trees. On the island of Kauai, in the foothills above Kapaa, have a unique experience on a 46-acre chocolate farm. Enjoy a three-hour tour across the farm. You will go through the gardens and try whatever fruit is in season, possibly lychee, rambutan, mountain apple, or lilikoi. Also available for sampling is the award-winning palm blossom honey made on the Lydgate Farm.

And then, of course, there is the chocolate orchard. See where the chocolate is grown. Your tour guide will cut open a chocolate pod so everyone can see inside and have a taste. Afterward you’ll have the chance to visit the chocolate tent. The name alone is enough to get most people excited. Inside are chocolates from the farm and around the world.

This tour proves that education can be fun. And delicious!

Dole Pineapple Plantation, Oahu
Everyone knows Dole! Come to the island of Oahu and see it for yourself! You might have seen photos online of how pineapples are grown. If not, take a look, and you’ll see why the Dole Pineapple Plantation is one the top attractions in Hawaii.

Learn more about the history of growing pineapples on Oahu, enjoy the Pineapple Express Train Tour, the Plantation Garden Tour, the Pineapple Garden Maze, and visit the country store for a Dole Whip. A Dole Whip is a soft serve that is only available at the Dole Pineapple Plantation and Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

The Dole Pineapple Plantation is also one of the stops on IMI’s Circle Island Tour.

Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm, Hawaii Island
Do you want to pet a seahorse? Does your child? Do you think you have to ask?

Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm is in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii Island. If you want to do unique experiences that you will only be able to do in Hawaii, this is one of them. This is the only seahorse farm like this in the USA. The Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm works to protect endangered sea creatures. They raise seahorses and sea dragons, so that people won’t fish them out of the oceans for aquarium sales.

Not only are they doing good, they also offer a tour of the 3-acre oceanfront park, where you can visit more than 20,000 seahorses. As a surprise to all, you will also get to hold a seahorse on your finger.

Truly a once in a lifetime experience!

Book a private shuttle service to farms with our partner SpeediShuttle or book a Dole Pineapple tour today with IMI Tours.

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Head Outside of Honolulu

Posted On: 03/27/2019

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Fun Things to Do Outside of Honolulu and Waikiki

Fun Things to Do Outside of Honolulu and Waikiki
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Oahu delivers fun and adventure, but the island has so much more to offer than Honolulu and Waikiki. Tourists flock to Honolulu every year, but visitors often never venture further into the island. However, Oahu is full of hidden wonders and tourist spots just off-the-beaten-path. When you’ve had your fill of Diamond Head Crater and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, check out some of our favorite destinations outside of Honolulu or plan an adventure on your own!

Waimea Falls

Located on the North Shore of Oahu, across from the world famous Waimea Bay, the Waimea Falls and Botanical Garden is a two-mile walking trail marked by indigenous flora and fauna, leading up to the grand 30-foot waterfall. It’s considered on of Oahu’s best hikes and suitable for all ages. These Hawaiian botanical gardens have significant cultural value as well. After years of neglect, were transformed into a non-profit preserve benefiting the community.

Dole Pineapple Plantation

The Dole Pineapple Plantation is in Wahaiawa, about a 40-minute drive from Honolulu. The Dole Plantation has activities for the whole family, including the Pineapple Express Train Tour, the Plantation Garden Tour, and the Pineapple Garden Maze. However, the most popular treat may just be the world-famous DoleWhip® ice cream. The Dole Plantation is also a stop on IMI’s Oahu Circle Island Adventure Tour.

Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail

Located near Honolulu on eastern most point of Oahu, the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail is Oahu’s second most popular hiking trail, after the Diamond Head Hike. It’s a moderately easy hike that offers a scenic view of Makapuu Beach, Koko Head, the windward coast, and Molokai & Lanai neighboring islands. Points of interest include Makapuu Point, old military pillboxes, and of course the popular Makapuu lighthouse landmark, built in 1909.

The Byodo-In Temple

Byodo-In Temple is in Kaneohe at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains. It’s a non-denominational Buddhist temple, which welcomes people of all faiths to worship, meditate, or appreciate its beauty. It’s also a part of Oʻahu’s Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. The Byodo-In Temple is a smaller-scale replica of the over 950-year-old Byodo-in Temple in Uji, Japan. The Byodo-In temple can also been seen on an IMI Tour in Oahu.

Explore everything that Oahu has to offer for yourself, or book an IMI Tour and let us take care of planning your next adventure.

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Best Sights on the Road to Hana

Posted On: 03/21/2019

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Best Sights on the Road to Hana
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The historic and famous Road to Hana is a must-see experience for anyone visiting Maui. The Road to Hana offers breathtaking views and adventure fit for the whole family. From waterfalls, caves, beaches, hiking trails, and authentic Hawaiian culture, Hana has something for everyone. At over 60 miles with more than 600 curves and 50 one-lane bridges, the Road to Hana is a truly unforgettable experience. Whether you’re driving to Hana yourself or taking a professional Road to Hana tour, here are just a few of the popular sights you’ll be sure to see on your journey.

Puohokamoa Falls

Located between the 10-11 mile markers on the Hana Highway, the Puohokamoa Falls is actually comprised of the Upper Puohokamoa & Lower Puohokamoa Falls. This makes for two hundred feet of cascading waters and a sight to behold! There is a lookout point after mile marker 10, and is available to see on the IMI tours Road to Hana tour.

Ho’okipa Lookout

Ho’okipa Beach is the Mecca of windsurfing, and the lookout is easily accessible. Located past Paia on the Hana Highway, you can enjoy the views of bobbing wind and kite surfers and the vistas of the Ho'okipa Beach Park. During the winter months, the waves at Ho’okipa Beach can sometimes reach towering heights of 20 feet! So, not a spot for tourists to swim, but the views are incredible.

Wai’anapanapa State Park

Wai’anapanapa State Park is best known for its Black Sand Beach, hiking trails, blowholes, freshwater caves, sea arches, lava tubes and panoramic views. Located off the mile marker 32 on the Hana Highway, this state park is 120 acres filled with all the natural wonders and spectacular sights that make Maui famous. Strolls along the black sand beaches of Wai’anapanapa State Park are available on IMI’s Road to Hana tour.

National Tropical Botanical Garden

At the end of end of Ulaino Road, The National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Maui is the biggest collection of Hawaiian plant species and breadfruit cultivars in the world. The National Tropical Botanical Garden is also home to Polynesia’s largest religious structure known as Piilanihale. This ancient temple on the Road to Hana is made entirely of lava rock and took hundreds of years to be completed.

Puaa Kaa State Wayside Park

Pua'a Ka´a State Park is another stop on IMI Tours’ Road to Hana package. The park features handicap accessible hiking tails, recently upgraded restroom facilities, an array of park benches and picnic tables, and a waterfall for easy photo ops. It’s a great stop to make on the way to Hana.

Hamoa Beach

Located at mile marker 51, Hamoa Beach is perhaps Hana’s nicest beach, just a couple of miles detour from the town of Hana. Popular beach activities include wind surfing, snorkeling, and body surfing. This is a postcard-perfect crescent beach with a reliable surf break, but the currents can be strong.

Take the Road to Hana Tour and let us do the driving! Find out more about all our Maui Tours.

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Merrie Monarch Festival

Posted On: 03/12/2019

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Monarch Festival Hawaii

Hawaii is a highly popular travel destination for people from places all over the globe. This assortment of islands is sought after by many travelers for its breathtaking natural beauty, world-class resorts, and local hospitality, but Hawaii offers numerous festivals and events that capture the beauty of its cultural traditions and the collective big-hearted spirit of its people. One of the most well-regarded cultural events in Hawaii is the week-long Merrie Monarch Festival, which begins on Easter Sunday of each year. Festival shuttles allow visitors to enjoy all the happenings without needing to worry about how to get to the venue or how they will return.

The first Merrie Monarch Festival was held in 1964 to give Hawaii’s tourism industry a much-needed boost and to commemorate the important reign of King Kalākaua. Many credit Kalākaua for pushing to maintain and evolve the hula art from and other important Hawaiian cultural traditions. The festival did not come to prominence until it was reenergized in 1971 with the introduction of the hula dance competition. The cultural event has grown exponentially since then, expanding its schedule of activities and moving to larger and larger venues to accommodate the high number of attendees.

The festival features numerous Polynesian dance performances from groups outside of Hawaii, an arts fair, and a fantastic parade throughout Downtown Hilo. The festival also hosts the Miss Aloha Hula competition, a hula dance competition in which young girls vie for the art form’s highest title. The Royal Court of the Merrie Monarch—a group of Hawaiians chosen to represent King Kalākaua, Queen Kapiolani, and the royal family—makes its entrance during a ceremony on Wednesday night of the festival. Wednesday night is also when the hō’ike takes place, a unique performance that employs song, dance, and drama to tell captivating stories about the history of Hawaii and the Hawaiian people.

Merrie Monarch is often regarded as the ultimate celebration of Hawaiian art and culture, so the city of Hilo is much busier than usual starting the week of Easter Sunday. Visitors may want to take advantage of one of the convenient festival shuttles to experience all the week-long festival has to offer without having to deal with the hassle of finding parking during the busy parade or renting an expensive car. Attending the Merrie Monarch Festival is the perfect way to experience the power of authentic Hawaiian culture on the Big Island.

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Our Favorite Luaus in Oahu

Posted On: 02/28/2019

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Our Favorite Luaus in Oahu
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No Hawaii vacation is complete without a luau. Luaus originally began in 1819 as a feast to end religious taboos. It was the favorite dish at these early feasts that gave the luau its name. The dish consists of the leaves of taro plants and chicken, baked in coconut milk. However, luaus really took off in 1930s to 1950s with growth of Hawaiian tourism. Get a taste of real Hawaiian hospitality at a Luau in Oahu.

Hawaii is full of excellent luau venues; check out the best Oahu has to offer:

Polynesian Cultural Center – Voted as the #1 paid attraction in Oahu, the Polynesian Cultural Center features Hawaii’s most authentic luau. The show at the Hale Aloha amphitheater features traditional songs and hula dance surrounded by waterfalls and a freshwater lagoon. Be sure not to miss the evening show, Ha: Breath of Life. Over 100 Polynesia performers, special effects, and surround sound.

Magic of Polynesia – This is the “must-see” show in Waikiki; the Magic of Polynesia combines magic and illusions with Polynesian dance, song, and chant. This amazing dinner theatre experience is the most successful show in the all of Hawaii.

Paradise Cove Luau – A 20-year mainstay on Oahu, Paradise Cove offers several luau packages. Luau options include indigenous games and a hukilau ceremony. After dinner, the Polynesian revue-style show has everything from comedy to fire-knife dancing.

Germaine's Luau – This is a backyard-style Hawaiian luau. Dine on the beach under palm trees and the stars! Located on the west shore of Oahu, Germaine's also offers Polynesian entertainment for weddings, parties, and private events.

Rock-A-Hula® – Rock-A-Hula® is held at the 750-seat Royal Hawaiian Theater. Shows feature a large cast and concert quality performances with Hawaiian and Polynesian music, hula and fire-knife dancing… as well as a little rock n’ roll. Their new show “Hawaiian Journey®” spans from the 1920s to today.

If you’re headed to a luau, reserve an Oahu shuttle service. SpeediShuttle offers private charter services across Oahu. Get luau transportation today!

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Best Hikes in Oahu

Posted On: 02/18/2019

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Best Hikes in Oahul
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Hawaii is known around the world for stunning landscapes and beautiful weather. Millions of travelers from around the world flock to the islands to take in the sheer grandeur of the natural landscape. Oahu is one of the largest islands in the chain and the most popular among tourists. It also happens to be home to some of the best hikes in Hawaii. Here are some of the best hikes in Oahu.

  1. Diamond Head Crater Hike
    Diamond Head Crater is an iconic crater located on Honolulu's coast. There is a gorgeous hike that takes tourists up to the top of this crater offering stunning views of the coastline and capital city of Hawaii. The views on top of the inactive volcano are panoramic because of their height. Tourists can enjoy a full 360-degrees of beautiful scenery. The Diamond Head Crater Hike takes a few hours roundtrip and entrance costs $5 per vehicle. The hike is open from 6 am to 6 pm every day of the year.
  2. Pali Notches
    There are two giant notches that can be seen when driving down the Pali Highway. These protrusions are known as the Pali Notches and rest just north of the Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve. These two notches are actually man-made and were constructed to hold canons by Hawaiian warriors when fighting with other tribes. The hike up to these mountains is more of a climb than a walk, but it can still be done without equipment. Hikers must be careful and watch their steps. This hike is more difficult than some others and should only be attempted by those in good shape. The Pali Lookout is part of the IMI North Shore Eco-Fun Waterfall Tour.
  3. Manoa Falls Trail
    Manoa Falls is a beguiling waterfall located in the Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve. The hike to reach this waterfall is only 1.6 miles long. It traverses through lush canopies and dense jungle before opening up to the stunning Manoa Falls. The water is perfect for swimming, and the hike can comfortably be walked in swimwear. This is a great hike for those in need of a relaxing stroll. There isn't much incline and the distance is not too far. Despite the ease of this hike, the views will still not disappoint.
  4. Ka'ena Point Trail
    Oahu's western portion is dominated by the Ka'ena Point State Park. There is a trail that starts from the northern portion, leads around Oahu's westernmost point and ends at the southern portion of the park. This isolated hike offers a great contrast to the crowds that are sightseeing on Oahu everyday. The Ka'ena Point Trail takes hikers along a rugged coastline that offers extraordinary views of the ocean.

Oahu offers some of the best hiking opportunities in the entire Hawaiian archipelago. Tourists can enjoy the natural sightseeing on Oahu while enjoying the amenities of Honolulu. These are the four best hikes in Oahu although there are many more waiting to be discovered.

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25th Annual Honolulu Festival

Posted On: 02/08/2019

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 Honolulu Festival
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As Hawaii’s premier cultural event, the Honolulu Festival has a lot to offer and promote, including ethnic harmony, economic cooperation, and basic mutual understanding. The Festival attracts thousands of new and returning tourists each year, and all of them are looking forward to experiencing the archipelago’s unique sights and sounds.

The Festival’s activities and educational programs are sponsored by the Honolulu Festival Foundation, which throughout the years has been very successful in terms of showcasing the country’s vibrant and rich blend of Hawaiian, Pacific, and Asian cultures. The three-day event takes place March every year, usually from Friday through Sunday. In 2019, the event will run from March 8 through March 10.

Why Participate in the Festival?

To see spectacular and once in a lifetime performances!

Hawaii is home to many gorgeous resorts beloved by both local and foreign tourists. The Festival, happening in the heart of the states, is flocked by tourists coming from Europe, Asia, and the mainland US. With all these visitors, it’s just natural for the state to enlist the top performance of the world, including performers from Japan and other countries in the Pacific Rim.

This event also provides the chance to share cultures with other people regardless of their ethnic backgrounds.

To experience what’s it like being in Hawaii’s top performance venues

Performance venues have become tourist attractions as well, and not just the usual beaches and the events in Hawaii. Activities sponsored by the Festival will be held in the country’s top venues where large audiences are to be expected, such as the Waikiki Beach Walk, Hawaii Convention Center, and the Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki.

Sightseeing and more

Hawaii has always been the favorite of many travelers and vacationers. Its pristine beaches will never disappoint, and the cultural experiences can even make the trip more worthwhile. And what better way to experience these things than on the day of the Festival itself?

While sightseeing, you can also experience a wide range of cultures and traditions and you can share yours as well with the locals. Hawaii’s deeply rooted culture, which they call the Aloha Spirits, never fail to welcome everyone and bring inspiration and profound joy.

What to Expect

Regional cuisines

On the first day of the Festival, a variety of local dishes is served by the top restaurants in Oahu. They call this event the Friendship Gala, where people line up for the most scrumptious dishes before partying the night away. At the Gala, there’s a lot of food, dancing, and of course, friendships to build.

Ease of travel

Given it’s the time of the year where thousands of people are expected out and about in the streets, expect the availability of private car services all around, like a festival shuttle for example.

A festival shuttle will take you anywhere you want from the airport. This is the easiest and cheapest option since you won’t have to make arrangements at all. They are available at the airport all the time. But you can always make reservations if you like, especially if you want to rent a private car for yourself or for your group exclusively.

Visit Hawaii at the annual Honolulu Festival this year. Whether you choose to walk or hire a festival shuttle, it’s a guarantee you will experience a unique kind of vacation rooted in the cultures of the state.

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73rd Annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade

Posted On: 09/06/2019

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 73rd Annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade
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All the culture and spirit of Aloha will be on display at the 73rd Annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade. The Aloha Festivals are a month's worth of community-supported festival events featuring Hawai’ian culture and history. The Floral Parade is the climax of this series of events where the natural beauty and cultural beauty come together.

Waikiki hosts the Aloha Festivals Floral Parade which takes place from 9:00 am until noon on Saturday, September 28. The parade runs from Ala Moana Park through Kalākaua Avenue to Kapi‘olani Park. Wake up, have breakfast at your hotel, and take a parade shuttle over to the route.

The parade features numerous floats, intricately decorated with thousands of Hawai’i’s fresh flowers. The parade includes all-American classics like marching bands and civic leaders, but the finest parts are those that show island culture. Pau riders show off traditional equestrian methods of women dressed in long, colorful dresses and riding side-saddle. Hula showcases island music and dance from the many different halau (schools) of hula. Dancers of all sorts parade in wild costumes highlighting the many heritages of Hawai’i, keiki (children) blow conch shells, and the royal court performs its final appearance of the festival. Almost everyone and everything will be covered in the flowers that give the parade its name.

This year’s festival theme is "Nā Mo‘olelo ʻUkulele: ‘Ukulele Stories". Hawai’ians adapted an instrument brought in by Portuguese sailors and named it “jumping flea” or “ukulele” because that is what the player’s hopping fingers looked like. Since then, the instrument has grown to symbolize the culture of the islands. The happy, jumping ukulele will make its mark all over the parade.

The important tradition of the Aloha Festivals started in 1946 and celebrated the end of World War II and bringing the people back together. Then, it was called Aloha Week. Once there were Aloha Festivals all over the islands, but the main one in Honolulu is the only one left. The parade celebrates the many different cultures that constitute Hawai’i today. Other festival events this year include a block party, a ukulele jam session, the royal court investiture, and plenty of music and dancing.

Today, one of the best ways to get there is by private car service, individually or with a parade shuttle. The drivers will know where and when to get you to the best viewing locations and parking near the parade route is notoriously bad. Pack a foldable chair if you want to sit because the parade is long. Sunscreen, water, and maybe a hat or umbrella will help you enjoy the entire length of the parade. The colors, sights, and sounds of the Aloha Festivals Floral Parade are unforgettable, but you might want to bring your camera, just in case.

Festival transportation is available with SpeediShuttle and Arthur’s Limousine.

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USS Arizona Memorial Under Repair Until March 2019

Posted On: 01/14/2019

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USS Arizona Memorial
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The National Park Service (NPS) has updated the completion time for repairs on the USS Arizona Memorial. Visitor access has been suspended since last year due to safety concerns caused by movement on the loading dock and ramp. The repairs were originally due to be completed by October of 2018, but has been pushed back to March 2019.

Since May, the NPS has partnered with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force to implement a new anchoring strategy. The design phase of the project was completed, and the repair timeline was updated to March 2019. The new USS Arizona Memorial repairs will include helical screws that will screw down to the harbor floor to ensure stability.

On May 6 of 2018, The Arizona Memorial was suspended due to when what was considered minor damage became viewable from the main entry point. However, upon further review, it was revealed that the damage was caused by a failure of the anchor system, which delayed repairs by months. Access to the memorial has been closed since.

However, other Pearl Harbor attractions remain open. Visitors are encouraged to take the harbor tour of Battleship Row. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, museums, and bookstore remain open as well as other attractions like the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, and the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.

It’s unclear how the recent government shut down will affect the repair date of the USS Arizona Memorial.

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Chinese New Year Celebrations in Hawaii

Posted On: 01/10/2019

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Chinese New Year Celebrations
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February 5, 2019 will be the start of the Year of the Pig, and there's no better place to celebrate than in Hawaii. If you want to see just how to celebrate Chinese New Year in Hawaii, here are a few places to start.

New Year's 'Ohana Festival - Oahu, Honolulu, HI

A few weeks before the official new year on February 5, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii will be celebrating with their own unique flavor on January 13. Events will include mochi pounding, taiko drums and lots of food and games to enjoy. Admission is free, so there's no reason to say no to this excellent festival.

Chinese New Year Celebrations at the Ala Moana - Oahu, Honolulu, HI

On January 20, this special afternoon event will be at the Ala Moana Hotel in Oahu, and it'll be perfect for seniors to enjoy. There will be a Lion Dance, calligraphy displays and a special appearance by Chef Martin Yan. It'll be starting at 1:50 PM.

70th Narcissus Pageant - Oahu, Honolulu, HI

The Narcissus Pageant is set up by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. Here, the ladies of the community are compete, and the Queen and her Court will be chosen for the Year of the Pig. This will be at the Hawaii Theater on January 11 from 8 - 10 PM.

Chinese New Year Celebration - Oahu, Honolulu, HI

This is Honolulu's and Hawaii's biggest celebration, and it's open for everyone to enjoy. It'll take place at the Chinatown Cultural Plaza between 6-9 PM on February 1-2, and it'll include everything from fireworks to a gigantic parade, food booths and the famous Lion Dance to ward off evil spirits.

New Year's Dinner at Little Village - Oahu, Honolulu, HI

From January 30 - February 5, Honolulu's Little Village Noodle House is hosting a special dinner available by reservation. You can choose between an intimate group of four people or a large gathering of 10. Dishes will include Kau Yuk with Steamed Bun, a lovely winter soup with melon and San Choi Ba among other great foods. On New Year's night, there will also be a Lion Dance inside the restaurant for you to enjoy.

If you happen to need a ride to attend any of these celebrations of Chinese New Year in Hawaii, then find out more about private shuttle services that are available.

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Partial Government Shutdown Affects National Monuments in Hawaii

Posted On: 12/28/2018

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Government Shutdown in Hawaii
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The Hawaii national parks have seen some shake-ups in services since the government shutdown. The shutdown has closed most volcanoes and wildlife refuges as well as the summit area of Kilauea, Crater Rim Drive, Chain of Craters Road, Escape Road, all campgrounds, all backcountry areas, and Kahuku.

However, while parks and guided tours will be closed, some roads, trails and viewpoints to landmarks will remain accessible to visitors. Staff as well as emergency and rescue services will be limited though.

The iconic Pearl Harbor Historic Sites are trying not to close through the government shutdown. These landmarks attract more than 1.9 million visitors a year, and cost $18,000 a day to remain in operation. Several non-profit organizations have stepped in to keep Pearl Harbor monuments open to the public.

“This park is important because it’s an iconic park. It’s a memorial," said Aileen Utterdyke, Pacific Historic Parks president. “It’s a park that represents a lot of people who sacrificed their lives for the United States.”

Pearl Harbor’s historical sites include the Pacific Historic Parks, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri Memorial, and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.

Remember the duration of the shutdown is unpredictable and access to monuments may change without notice. Return to IMI Tours for the latest Hawaii tour news.

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67th Cherry Blossom Festival

Posted On: 12/26/2018

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Cherry Blossom Festival 2019
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2019 is almost here and so is the annual Cherry Blossom Festival! The Cherry Blossom Festival is a three month event that begins in January and ends in March. Originally started as a beauty pageant in 1953, the Cherry Blossom Festival is the longest running ethnic festival in the State of Hawai‘i.

The Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Japanese culture while it enriches the lives of young Japanese-American women.

The festival offers a variety of different Japanese cultural events focusing on education and professional development, most of which take place on Oahu. 15 Contestants learn about their Japanese heritage, improve their public speaking and develop skills through numerous cultural and training classes including taiko drum, Japanese calligraphy, and ikebana. Events before March feature a chance for contestants to practice public speaking skills, with additional entertainment ranging from drums to dances.

The 67th Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony is set to be held on January 13 at 10:30 AM at Japanese Cultural Center of HawaiʻI in Honolulu. The opening ceremony unveils the Queen Contestants to Hawaii and features a traditional Shinto blessing to bring peace and good health to everyone involved in the festival.

Need transportation to the Cherry Blossom Festival? Group shuttles and luxury sedans are available with IMI and our partners.

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi
2454 S Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI 96826

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Sony Open 2019 in Hawaii

Posted On: 12/17/2018

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Sony Open 2019
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While the Sentry Tournament of Champions gets the honor of being the PGA's first tournament of the calendar year, entries are restricted to golfers who won PGA events from the prior year. That gives the Sony Open in Hawaii the prestigious honor of being the first open entry event of the year.

This year's Sony Open will run from January 7 – 13, 2019 at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 2019 event marks the 20th year that Sony has served as the tournament's name sponsor and the 53rd year of the event overall. Barring late scratches, tournament officials are expecting a full field of 144 of the best golfers in the world.

The Course

The Waialae Country Club covers 7,044 yards, relatively short by today's standard. Par for the course is currently set at 70 strokes. In 2017, Justin Thomas made his mark on the tournament's record book by shooting an amazing 253 (27 under par), which included a course record 11 under 59 on opening day. The course layout features tight fairways and small greens surrounded by multiple sand traps. With very little foliage and water around the course, it's fair to say the layout favors players who are straight off the tee and effective with their short irons.

The Golfers

The PGA tour's January swing through Hawaii attracts most of the association's top golfers who are glad to get away from winter weather in favor of beautiful sunshine and warm winds. Expected to defend his Sony Open in Hawaii 2018 championship is Patton Kazzire, who took down last year's top prize of $1,116,000 by shooting a 17 under 263. Other golfers expected to enter the event are tournament record holder Justin Thomas and two-time event winner Jimmy Walker (2014 & 2015). Top 10 golfers expected to be in attendance competing for a total purse of $6,400,000 are Brooks Koepka (#1), Justin Rose (#2), Dustin Johnson (#3), Rory McElroy (#8) and Rickie Fowler (#9). It's not clear if Tiger Woods will make the trip to the Sony open for the first time in 5 years.

Other Tournament Details

Honolulu offers one of the most beautiful PGA event settings of the year. Patrons can purchase tickets by day or a package that covers the whole event.

Event shuttles can eliminate the hassle of renting a car or hailing a taxi to the Sony Open. Shuttle services will be available throughout the tournament as well as luxury, private charter cars. Passengers can call us for more information about our event shuttles and pickup points, which will include many of the top hotels in the area.

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New Year’s Eve in Hawaii 2019

Posted On: 12/10/2018

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Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! Spend New Year’s in Hawaii

Hawaii is the perfect getaway all year round, so why not start your year on the islands? When it comes to ringing in the New Year, no place is as beautiful as Hawaii. From cruises to incredible restaurants, find the New Year’s Eve activity that’s right for your vacation. If you’re looking for some fireworks, warm scenery, beautiful beaches, and active volcanoes, start your 2019 in Hawaii!

Here are just a few of things happening on New Year’s Eve:

Drums of the Pacific Holiday Luau - Maui, Lahaina, HI

The Drums of the Pacific offers special holiday luaus to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. For NYE, the Drums of the Pacific offers two shows: 5 to 8 PM and 9 PM to Midnight. Both luaus feature all-you-can-eat-buffets with prime rib and Hawaiian favorites as well as authentic songs and dances from throughout Polynesia. The second show also features party hats, noisemakers, and sparkling wine.

New Year’s Eve Cocktail Cruise - Maui, Lahaina, HI

This is a dance party on the seas! Hop aboard a cruise and get the perfect view of fireworks along the along the West Maui coastline. Multiple cruises are available with departures in Lahaina and Maʻalaea.

Waikiki Fireworks 2018 - Oahu, Honolulu, HI

Waikiki’s annual fireworks show is the most popular NYE event in Hawaii. Starting at 11:55 PM on December 31, the show stretches for blocks along Waikiki Beach in Oahu with concerts, DJs, and street fairs staged throughout the area.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration at Poipu Beach Park – Kauai, Koloa, HI

If you’re on Kauai, bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Poipu Beach Park. Activities include live entertainment, a FREE family friendly movie under the stars, keiki activities, food trucks, and fireworks show.

Hotel and Resort Parties

If you’re not able to travel, most hotels, restaurants, and resorts offer New Year’s Eve parties and firework shows throughout Hawaii. Remember that some resort NYE parties can be very pricey though. Popular resorts with New Year’s celebrations include The Ritz-Carlton, Aulani Disney Resort and Spa, and the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Whichever hotel or restaurant package you choose, you’ll want to be on the beach for midnight fireworks!

If you need a ride to New Year’s Eve events in Hawaii, find out more about private charter shuttle services or luxury cars.

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Honolulu Marathon 2018

Posted On: 11/14/2018

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Honolulu Marathon
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The Honolulu Marathon is 26.2 miles in Paradise! The scenic run includes views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. The 46th annual Honolulu Marathon is taking place December 09, 2018. If you’re looking for a shuttle service to the marathon, contact IMI Tours today.

Due to Hawaii’s naturally beautiful location, the Honolulu Marathon has become a favorite for first-time marathoners and international runners (most from Japan). The start line is located at Ala Moana Beach Park on Ala Moana Blvd. and beings at 5 AM. The racecourse travels through downtown Honolulu, Iolani Palace and the Christmas lights, Waikiki and around Diamond Head, through Kahala and Hawaii Kai, and then back toward Honolulu to the finish at Kapiolani Park. Overall the terrain is level except for some uphill grades near Diamond Head.

After the race, the finish area includes post race food (freshly made malasadas, bananas, and bagels). And the marathon awards ceremony beings at 1:00 PM at the Bandstand in Kapiolani Park.

Most Waikiki hotels are within walking distance from Kapiolani Park, but Honolulu Marathon shuttle services are also available throughout race day.

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Thanksgiving in Hawaii 2018

Posted On: 11/09/2018

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Thanksgiving in Hawaii
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Vacationing during the Holidays doesn’t mean you have to miss your favorite traditions. If you’re headed to Hawaii for Thanksgiving, there’s plenty to get you into the holiday spirit. From "Hawaiian-style" Thanksgiving buffets to holiday parades, you can enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday in Hawaii. If you’re lucky enough to be in Hawaii for Thanksgiving, there’s more than just great sun and surf. Enjoy the Hawaiian take on traditional thanksgiving treats or find something more seasonal to occupy your time.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Hawaii for Thanksgiving, there’s more than just great sun and surf. Enjoy the Hawaiian take on traditional thanksgiving treats or find something more seasonal to occupy your time.

Thanksgiving Meals

Feast the local way! There’s a Hawaiian version of all the standard Thanksgiving fare. Kalua turkey is prepared in an underground oven, the same way we cook pigs for luaus. It’s usually prepared with sausage, garlic, and Hawaiian salt and has a moist, smoky taste. Hawaiian style side dishes include Okinawan sweet potatoes, Portuguese sausage stuffing, and poi.

Lots of restaurants, supermarkets, and hotels usually sell complete pre-made turkey dinners ready for pickup. There’s a number of brunch and dinner Thanksgiving Buffets as well including Mauna Lani Fairmont Orchard on the Big Island and the Waikiki Prince in Oahu. There’s also holiday cruises like Pacific Whale Foundation Thanksgiving Cruise in Maui. Enjoy classic dishes and entertainment at sea!

Thanksgiving Activities

Enjoy turkey trots, parades, and more in Hawaii. For those looking to burn come calories, several 10-mile Turkey trots throughout the islands including the 43rd Annual Turkey Trot in Honolulu. The Waikiki Holiday Parade is held on Friday, November 23rd. The parade was originally designed to commemorate the survivors of Pearl Harbor, but now combines with the holidays. Holiday Kick Off at the Royal Hawaiian Center offers an official tree-lighting ceremony, festive music, and a visit from Santa.

Enjoy Thanksgiving in Hawaii, and book a shuttle service for all your holiday transportation needs!

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Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Posted On: 11/01/2018

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Kona Coffee Festival
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If you enjoy your daily cup of java, Hawaii’s Kona Coffee Cultural Festival 2018 is the place to be and being held from November 9th through November 18th. 

A multitude of events take place over these ten days with something of interest to everyone including coffee tastings, art exhibitions and tours of farms and mills. The best Kona coffees are presented and the winners of the Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant are chosen. Festival shuttles are useful for getting to and from the various functions. 

Began in 1970, this is the 48th year for this festival that honors Kona’s famous coffee and the effort and achievement of the pioneers and farmers in this industry. Kona’s rich cultural legacy is showcased as well. 

In 1828, thanks to a cutting from an Oahu orchard, an American missionary, Samuel Ruggles, transplanted the first Coffea arabica. The plants thrived, fed by the climate, higher elevation and soil. Though grown all over Hawaii, ultimately production took place in the Kona district. Now, five generations of coffee farmers later, there are over 600 commercial and estate coffee farms in Kona. 

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival 2018 activities are being held throughout Kona. Visit art galleries and coffee tastings in Holualoa Village. See both Miss Kona Coffee and Miss Aloha Hawaii queens crowned at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Visit a historic Kona coffee farm. Enjoy ethnic food, lei contest, arts and crafts and live entertainment in Hoolaulea. Watch the Lantern Parade in historic Kailua Village. The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Art Exhibit can be seen at the Donkey Mill Art Center. Take in an Intercultural Concert at Makaeo County Pavilion or the Sugai Kona Coffee Talent Night at the Aloha Theater. You’ll want to experience as much as possible and with the wide range of events and activities offered at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival 2018, using local transportation like festival shuttles, cars for hire and driven cars will be quite convenient. 

All in all, this celebration of Hawaii’s long history of coffee growing and those that have nurtured this industry since the 1800’s, is a great festival to experience.

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USS Arizona Memorial Reopens to Boat Tours

Posted On: 10/11/2018

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USS Arizona Memorial
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Boat tours have resumed to the USS Arizona Memorial visitor center. The memorial was originally closed since May 10 due to a faulty anchoring system on the concrete loading dock, which posed a safety concern for visitors. The USS Arizona Memorial was originally set to reopen October 1, but a second floating dock where visitors depart became partially submerged requiring further delays. Repairs have been made to the second dock and boat tours have resumed.

However, boat tours have continued to USS Arizona since May, but without docking at the memorial. 

Recent repairs to the loading dock were completed thanks to the support of the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard divers, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 1, Port Operations and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii.

All other amenities at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center remained open and unaffected by the issues with the USS Arizona Memorial.

The USS Arizona Memorial remains one of Pearl Harbor’s biggest attractions; find out more about the USS Arizona Memorial and related Pearl Harbor tours at IMI Tours.

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Hawaii Food & Wine Festival 2018

Posted On: 10/08/2018

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The 8th annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is almost here!

Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

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Food fanatics rejoice! The 8th annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is almost here! The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival 2018 is a two-week long affair filled to the absolute brim with food, wine, and entertainment. The festivities will make their way across three islands and feature an astonishing 150 individual chefs. The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival 2018 promises to be a massive affair, drawing in an estimated 10,000 people and featuring 20 different events. 

Trying to keep track of the extensive schedule and planning out transportation can be an absolute headache. There are so many great things happening during this extensive event, and you won’t want to miss a single moment of any of them. The best thing you can do is put your experience into the hands of a professional tour company like IMI Tours

Below is a look at just some of the exciting events that are taking place during Hawaii Food & Wine Festival 2018:

The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Roy’s 21st Annual Golf Classic will take place on October 19th, 2018 at the Kaanapali Golf Course, located at 2290 Kaanapali Pkwy in Lahaina. You and friends can enjoy a round of play-and-eat golf. Be sure to reserve your spot as space is limited!

Starting at 6 PM on October 21st, 2018, you can partake in the Symphony of Flavors, an expansive food-filled event at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in Lahaina. $250 will give you access to a six-course meal prepared by six culinary masters. Each course is paired with a specialty wine from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Hawaii.

If you find yourself looking for better wine options, you’ll want to be first in line for Hawaiian Airlines Presents Winederland on Oahu. The event starts at 6 PM at the Hawaii Convention Center and costs $225 for general admission. They’re even offering a discount package for two; $657 will get you two general admission passes and a one night stay at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort.

You can see a full list with the rest of the events here: https://hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com/events

Don’t miss out on a single second of this foodie paradise by grabbing your own personal tour festival shuttle from IMI Tours!