Category Archives: Hawaii

Some things are always a work in progress

For example, it seems that every single Google app we use always seems to be in beta version.  Not a bad thing as one can assume it will (hopefully) keep getting better and better.

Such is the case with our GetAway Travel Pinterest pages.  Always room for improvement, but it is actually starting to look better.   We have a wealth of great photos from our trips that we love to share to help inspire our clients.  Eventually we will get more photos posted, but there is only so much time in the day – and – planning great vacations for you will always come first.  For now, please enjoy and let us know what you would like to see more of.

On our “Places We Love” board, we’re messing around with the new Pinterest feature that shows on a map where all the pins are located.

We do have other passions besides travel!

Here is a very small fraction (so far) of wineries we have visited

and of course our Wheaten friends


Escape from the Winter

We love winter in the midwest.  Well, most of the time.  The snow is beautiful, laying down marshmallow blankets all over the place, but can be a bit hard to appreciate when you’re stuck in rush hour traffic.

With another 6″ or so on the way today, there is no better time to take a bit of a break and think about Maui where it is in the 80’s all week.  The second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui has fewer people than you may expect and is extremely popular with visitors looking for all sorts of experiences.  From whale watching to the hairpin turns on the way to Hana, hiking and horseback riding above the clouds at Haleakala and miles and miles of white, black and red sand beaches Maui has so much to offer.

The best way to get to Maui is to call us!  Oh and don’t forget even though you are going to a tropical island, this is one trip where you can just leave your passport at home.

Please enjoy a little ukulele music to get you in the mood,

One more reason to go to Hawaii – Waimea Canyon, Kauai

3-Kauai Waimea Canyon State Park 24There are so many stunningly beautiful places to go on the island of Kauai, but certainly one that should not be overlooked is Waimea Canyon.  Actually … that is not true because you should definitely “overlook” Waimea.  In fact the overlooks are the best way to see the deep colorful gorge of Waimea Canyon. Waimea is Hawaiian for “reddish water”, a reference to the erosion of the canyon’s red soil.   

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AKA the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon is over 10 miles long, about 1 mile across and over 3000 feet deep.  The entrance fee to see the canyon is a very reasonable price – free.  It is an easy drive on state road 550 on the west side of Kauai.   There are several lookout areas and for those so inclined, numerous hiking trails.  Be sure to take plenty of water if you go hiking!

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nice beer shirt!

nice beer shirt!

Road past Waimea leads to Koke'e state park where you should not feed the Nēnē.

Road past Waimea leads to Koke’e state park where you should not feed the Nēnē.

Here is a larger panoramic view posted in Wikipedia Commons.