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    Hawaiian Vacations

    Which Hawaiian Island is the Most Beautiful?

    I get asked all of the time – which Hawaiian island is the most beautiful?

    My answer:

    Whatever Hawaiian island I am on!  

    I love all of them for different reasons and they are all amazing and beautiful in different ways.  So it’s very hard to answer that question as beauty is so subjective and I also think it depends on what you’re wanting to see.

    which hawaiian island is the most beautiful

    Let me give me my  travel agent answer of the rundown of the different islands.


    Oahu is the most populated island – it is where the world-famous Waikiki beach is located as well as Pearl Harbor.  For those not wanting to stay in the busy Waikiki area – there are plenty of other locations.  The North Shore of Oahu is close to the Polynesian Cultural Center.  There are a few resorts there as well as home rentals.  Ko’Olina is another favorite area of mine – home to Disney’s Aulani Resort, Four Seasons and a handful of other condos.

    Oahu has plenty of beautiful beaches, but try to do your sightseeing on the weekends and save for beaches for the weekdays as you will have less crowds due to the locals hanging out more on the weekends.


    Kauai is probably what most people tend to picture as the most beautiful as far as lush and green.  Jurassic Park was filmed here as well as a host of other movies due to its green and jungle like vegetation in spots.  Kauai’s beauty never disappoints as beautiful beaches and vegetation are plentiful! Waterfalls, gorgeous cliffs and even a spectacular canyon are what you can expect in Kauai.  But, there’s not much to do after the sun goes down.


    Maui is my pick for people who want a mixture of beautify and nightlife.  I’ve probably spent the most time on Maui as my kids love it.   On the west side of the island it tends to be sunny most of the time.  If you want a breathtaking drive – the Road to Hana is incredible!  If you want to sit back and relax on the drive, opt for going with a small tour company.

    Big Island

    The Big Island has a completely different look than the others.  The west coast is very dry and sunny while the eastern coast gets more rain and therefore it is very green in the Hilo area.  This is the island to visit if you want to see live volcanoes (eastern side).  You can also see waterfalls here as well as a green sand beach.

    Each of the 4 main islands is so different – that it warrants a visit to all of them.  Many of my clients choose to visit 2 islands each trip.  But, if you want to immerse yourself in the island, do one at a time.

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    Hawaiian Furnishings,  Hawaiian Style Clothing,  Hawaiian Vacations

    Labor Day Sales

    There’s so many labor days sales going on now and I have to share with you my favorite Hawaiian style finds.

    Furniture and Furnishings Sale

    Bealls – Get 20% off plus with no minimum order plus receive  free shipping on $75+. I like this surfing quilt in twin size or full/queen size.

    teen surfing quilt


    Cymax Labor Day Flash Sale – has items up to 70% off.  They have a large selection of Coastal Living brand furniture on sale.  I love this Coastal Living sofa table – on sale for 30% off.

    coastal living sofa table

    Home Decorators – get free shipping on everything – Hawaii is extra. Ends 9/8.  My pick is the Maui pineapple rug below – available in 4 colors and many sizes.

    maui pineapple rug

    Kohl’s Labor Day Sale lets you take an extra 10% off select bedding items via code BEDDING10. And save an additional 15% off your order via code SUMMERSEND.  You can use both codes together. One more perk is that you’ll get $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend.  Some exclusions apply. Expires 9/7.  My pick below is this beach bedding set.

    beach bedding set on sale

    LinenSource – Receive free shipping on all orders.  Use code LNSLABOR. Offer  ends 9/7.  Pictured is an oblong seashells tablecloth in various size on sale for $21 – $27.

    seashells beach tablecloth on sale


    Macy’s – Extra 20% off Labor Day Sale + Free Shipping at $75 with code DEALS  Ends 9/7.  A few items I love include:


    One King’s Lane – Labor Day Blowout – save up to 90%.

    Overstock.com – Labor Day Sale Up to 70% Off Select Items – Ends 9/10 @ 11:59 PM MST. I like the 5′ x 8′ pebble rug below on sale for $170.84 was $323.99.

    tropical pebble rug

    Pottery Barn Kids – Save 10% off  $100 or more,  15% off $250 or more,  20% off $500 or more, or  25 off $1000 or more. Use code SAVEMORE. Ends 9/7.   Below is a twin size girls tropical bedding set on sale for $119

    girls hawaiian bedding on sale

    Shindigz – Save 10% on Orders $149+,  Use Promo Code SZFJ2.  Ends 9/6.  Get some fun party supplies for your next luau. Pictured is a woody car standee decoration.

    luau decorations on sale
    Wayfair – Labor Day Clearance Sale – Save up to 70%.  Below is a sealife quilt in full/queen size on sale for $68 was $205.
    sealife quilt on sale

    Hawaii Travel Deals

    Hotels.com – Save up to 50% during the Labor Day Sale and  save an extra + 10% off with code SAVE1015AUG! Book by 9/6, Travel by 10/11

    hawaii travel sale


    Living Social – Save 20% on local travel, restaurants and goods via code LABORDAY20.


    Spa Finder – Purchase a $100 egift card and save 10%. Ends 9/14.  Purchase as a gift or for yourself.

    spa services on sale


    Hawaiian Style Clothing Sales

    JCPenney – Labor Day sale has many tropical clothing items on sale.  Plus use coupon codePICNIC4U to save an extra $10 off $25+.  Ends 9/7.

    Old Navy – Save up to 60% off sitewide, plus use code DAYOFF to save an extra 15% off. Ends 9/7.

    Happy Shopping!

    owner the hawaiian home

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    Hawaiian Furniture Stores

    Hawaiian Furniture Store Spotlight- Martin & MacArthur

    Today we’re doing a spotlight on Martin & MacArthur – a Hawaiian furniture store.

    Locations in: Oahu, Maui, Kaui, Big Island, Online

    They sell: Hawaiian furniture for the entire home in beautiful tropical woods such as koa wood. They also offer unique wall decor, jewelry, koa sunglasses and other awesome items! Their artisans create top notch furniture for the finest Hawaiian homes including items made for royalty.

    This is one of my favorite Hawaiian furniture stores and you won’t be disappointed with their selection.

    koa bed

    Koa Tree Bed

    koa chair

    Clef Love Seat 

    koa sunglassesKoa Sunglasses

    What is your favorite Hawaiian furniture store? Please share by leaving a comment below.

    krista owner the hawaiian home