Is Hawai’i still on your bucket list?

We all have heard about bucket lists. We may have even made one ourselves. I’ve personally read books on the subject looking for motivation but it seems pointless unless you have boat loads of money, and time to do it all. So, I got real. I started listing things I thought I could realistically accomplish in my lifetime with those I thought would mean the most to my loved ones and myself. I mean, seriously, don’t YOU want to put those treasured/limited vacation days to good use?!
In the process, I asked, and asked, and asked tons of people what the top ten things on their bucket list were. 8 out of 10 of them had Hawai’i on their list. Really? As someone who was born and raised here, it’s hard for me to imagine so many people wanting to be right where I am. Then I asked why it was on their bucket list, and not something they were actively planning. Main reason: money.
Okay, well…I started checking out ways the average person could get Hawai’i off their bucket list without spending their kid’s entire inheritance in the process. First off, let me say that you do NOT need tons of money to vacation in Hawai’i, but you do need to plan ahead. Your budget is really up to you over and above the basics such as transportation (air, ground), accommodations, meals and whatever else you wish to include.
Let’s start with the Airfare – sign up for fare deal notifications with your favorite airlines. Be willing to jump ship if flights are so low even my two year old can’t see bottom! We’ve seen absolutely amazing deals recently on Alaska Airlines, check them out at From the west coast to Kona, Hawaii for as little as $200! That is unheard of usually, so book now, book early and check the airlines often for deals. You should also check out Hawaiian Airlines at They also have great deals, but they go fast so check often! used to live on Oahu, and it’s got its charm for sure, but I prefer taking vacations on the Big Island! So much to see and do. I can play in the snow atop Mauna Kea in the morning and snorkel serene warm waters in the afternoon. I can hike in to view the lava, see waterfalls, or view the amazing Waipio valley. I can snorkel with Manta Rays in the evening, pods of dolphins and schools of tropical fish during the day. I can bodysurf, boogie-board, take a surf lesson, or enjoy a leisurely whale watching cruise. All for no to relatively low cost. Did I get your attention yet? can save you A LOT of money on your accommodations on the Big Island of Hawai’i. They are a boutique vacation rental firm in the heart of the Waikoloa resort area but they also go above and beyond to make your trip amazing! Check out this one for instance: starting at just $179/nt It has 2 bedrooms, 2 bath and can sleep six. Full kitchen, Hilton pool Package, and much, much more. All surrounding hotels, are priced much higher for anything comparable and you’ll end up eating out more, which will cost more as well. Once you’re here, and you figure out that you just don’t want to go home…they can help you with your Real Estate needs too! This is just a sneak peak of what has to offer. They really do help you find your home away from home, but without the ultra-high vacation prices.
What’s coming up that you might want to plan your trip around? Well…the 2015 Big Island Chocolate Festival-Chocolate Decadence is set for May 9th. Check it out here: Then there is HawaiiCon coming up Sept 10-13, see And much more before, after and in-between!
Let help you get Hawai’i off your bucket list and into the photo albums! There is no time like the present…
**ResorticaHawaii does not endorse any specific business and the information we provide is based on personal experience and is NOT a paid endorsement.

The many faces of the Big Island, Hawai'i.

The many faces of the Big Island, Hawai’i.

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