Secrets of the Hawaiian Islands

Author: , February 16th, 2012

Hidden HawaiiThe choices are countless and the difficulty is not finding a beautiful spot to romance your loved one, it is in the decision of which to choose. The focus here is not on the well-travelled or popular, but more on the secret gems hidden from view.

The Big Island: Hawaii

The island that is continuously growing and continuously changing-volcanic activity add square mileage to this beautiful hunk of rock almost continuously, ever evolving and changing. You can find anything you wish, city life, country life, sand, surf and pretty much any clime you can imagine-11 of the 13 climate zones are represented.

HIDDEN SPOT: Ahalanui Pool – Known locally as “Pele’s Bath” – this is a naturally heated pool that the 1960 Kapoho volcanic eruption created. Secluded, it is heated to about 90 degrees Fahrenheit and is surrounded by palm trees-your own tropical paradise. You can find Ahalanui Pool east of Pahoa on the Big Island’s east side on Highway 137 past the ten-mile marker.

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RSVP Plans First Gay Cruise to Hawaiian Islands

Author: , March 18th, 2010

Celebrating a special anniversary with a special trip is not that unusual, but it might come as a surprise that the original gay/lesbian cruise company is just now making its first foray into historically rainbow-friendly Hawai’i.

RSVP Vacations, established in 1985 as a charter cruise operator, is marking its 25th anniversary with an inaugural Hawai’i itinerary. The company is offering a one-week interisland cruise on NCL’s appropriately named Pride of America, departing Honolulu Oct. 30 and calling in Kahului, Hilo, Kona and Nāwiliwili (Kaua’i) before returning to Honolulu the morning of Nov. 6.

The RSVP vacation is apparently the first such fully chartered cruise (versus gay-themed “group travel”) in the Hawaiian islands, although they’ve been commonplace in the Caribbean for years. In addition to the typical excursions to Hawai’i’s breathtaking sights, the RSVP cruise will feature gay-themed entertainment at pool parties, “T-dances,” cabaret piano bars and shows in the ship’s two-story theater. We suspect a certain amount of action will be taking place in Pride of America’s six Jacuzzis as well. (For a description of the 2,138-passenger ship’s other amenities, see Chronicle Travel Editor Spud Hilton’s writeup of his inspection in 2005.)

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