Thursday Giveaway: Hawaii Swag Bag and 10,000 Hawaiian Airlines Miles

by on March 13, 2014 · 413 comments

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This past Tuesday, I wrote a full review the new Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines Elite World Mastercard, which features several valuable benefits like discounted award levels, companion discounts and vouchers and more. Though the card is best for travelers looking to maximize their Hawaii travel specifically, it’s a solid product.

Hawaiian Airlines Barclaycard

Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines Elite World Mastercard

I actually had the opportunity to make a quick 24-hour pit-stop in Hawaii last month on my way back from Australia and flew there from Sydney to Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines business class. In honor of my trip, and this exciting new card, for this week’s Thursday Giveaway, I have a whole bag of Hawaiian sunshine to give away.

There are sweets, crafts, mini-books on the history of Hawaii and the famous surfer Duke Kahanamoku (pictured below), and more. In addition to the swag, I am going to give this week’s winner 10,000 Hawaiian Airlines Miles to use towards their trip to the 50th state! Remember, inter-Island flights start at just 7,500 miles, so that’s more than enough for an island hop once you’re already there as well.

Famed Hawaiian surfer and five-time Olympic Medalist Duke Kahanamoku

In order to enter, leave a comment on this post telling me what you either your favorite memory from a past trip to Hawaii was, or if you haven’t been before, what you would like to see or do! Maybe a drive to the North Shore of Oahu to see some of those world-famouswaves, or you read about my trip to Kauai and picked up some tips! Either way, leave a comment on this post by 5pm ET on Monday, March 17 to be eligible. You can only enter once. The winner will be chosen at random and announced next week.

And the Winners of Last Week’s Prize of a TPG Swag Bag and 10,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points is…

In conjunction with the launch of TPG Maximizer and my New York Times Travel Show appearance, we had a giveaway asking for what your favorite tips were from my presentations. I received a lot of entries letting me know what you thought was the most helpful tip, but we could only choose one winner so the lucky recipient is reader Russ H. who said that the most valuable tip was:

“How to use Vanilla Reloads & Amex Bluebird to meet the $10k minimum spend requirements on my Citi AA Executive Mastercard for 100k miles! Also, being able to refer these presentations to coerce friends/family who need an introduction to points strategy so they stop “wasting” with their debit/credit cards!”

Congrats Russ and good luck to all who enter this week!

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

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  • Patrick

    I would love to go to Hawaii and learn to surf

  • Dawn

    Fav memory: I got married in Kauai on the beach, 12 years ago.

  • JG

    Would be great for my Honeymoon to Hawaii in July!!

  • Timothy Stewart

    Fave memory: Snorkeling!

  • Chris M.

    Haven’t been yet – but am going for my wedding in July and cannot wait! Would be awesome to use the miles to see a bit more of Hawaii on the honeymoon. I have heard that the Big Island is amazing w volcanoes and that the St. Regis Princeville is a great place to stay in Kauai.

  • Nancy Powell

    I would love to see the fireworks on Waikiki beach!

  • Robert

    I’ve been itching to get to Kauai to do some hiking!

  • David

    North shore shrimp trucks are always on my to do list.

  • Brad

    Never been – but would like to take my girlfriend to Maui.

  • MSPpete

    My favorite memory of Hawaii was a day drive around Maui. The changes of climate and vegetation was amazing.

  • Peyton

    We our going to Maui for our honeymoon and I would like hop over to the big island to go to Mauna Kea

  • David Hurd

    I came back from Hawaii last week. I am a United 1K member, but as Hawaiian offered a non-stop from where I live, I decided to give them a try. It was absolutely fantastic – free meal in coach, friendly service, decent AVOD, new planes. Anyways, to answer the question my favorite memory is having a Mai Tai at Dukes in Kauai, while watching the sunset over the water.

  • AC

    Would love to visit the beaches of Maui!

  • Mandy

    I want to go photograph the beaches of Hawaii.

  • grrljock

    Fave memory: spotting a turtle in the water just inches from me, at the Kekaha Kai State Park beach on the big island.

  • Samuel S.

    Ill be going to Hawaii in May and I cannot wait to go diving and maybe even learn to surf!!

  • Dennis Hodgson

    My favorite memory of Hawaii was my first trip there with friends when I was 20. We went totally cheap and squeezed 7 of us in one hotel room, and later made old couples feel really awkward in the tiny hot tub. Was a good time other than being left at the hotel alone while everyone went clubbing since i wasnt 21.

  • Samuel S.

    I have never been but I will be going in May and I really can’t wait to go wreck diving!!

  • SC

    Beautiful Waimea Canyon in Kauai

  • Justin

    So would use those miles to send my daughter and her new husband on their honeymoon after the wedding in May! Thanks Bri…and best stay ever was at Mauna Lani Estates in Kona.

  • ArsenalxBlood

    My favorite memory from a past trip was when I went to Oahu. I hiked down to the Tide Pools at Makapu’u. It was amazing, and so relaxing.

  • Will

    Going for the first time in June. Will be checking out Kailua Beach and other sights on Oahu.

  • Blake

    My favorite memory from my trip to Hawaii was exploring all of the awesome Kauai beaches. Some of my favorites were secret beach, tunnels beach and salt pond beach park. Next time I’m hoping to visit and explore even more hidden beaches!

  • Danielle Griggs

    I think my best memory was waiting for the sun to come up the first morning we were there. We arrived after dark, so we couldn’t see much of anything. We were in the Rainbow tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, and our room faced east. The first morning we got up before daybreak, and sat on our balcony waiting for the sun to come up and show us what all the fuss was about in the place called Waikiki. Well, what a sight as the daylight began to creep up and we got to see Diamond Head for the first time, not to mention the stretch of shoreline. So very magical!

  • Dizzy

    I’m going to Honolulu as the last stop of a trip I booked with 57.5k united miles, pre-devaluation. Saved a few miles and was going to fly home on allegiant, but Hawaiian would be a lot better!

  • Aaron Handman

    Two attempts to go have fallen through. Looking to try again this fall. Really want to soak up all the beauty while trying local brews like Kona and Maui.

  • Cali D

    My favorite memory was renting a car in Maui and driving down the road to Hana. This summer I am going to the Big Island and I’m excited to explore that!

  • Dave

    My favorite time in Oahu was when I visited recently, I kayaked
    to sunken island, climbed diamond head
    mountain, visited pearl harbor, snorkeled hanauma bay and much more.. Had a awesome time and cannot wait to go back!

  • Deb

    I would like to go back to Maui. My friends go every year and post a gazillion images on Facebook when they go, while the rest of us shovel snow here in Michigan.

  • Rae

    Wonderful trip to Oahu for a conference when I was in college. So many great memories. Definitely enjoyed all the tasty food, and who would have known even a trip to McDonald’s would be an experience. I’ve been craving a Haupia (coconut) pie ever since!

  • Terese

    My favorite memory of Hawaii was opening the doors onto our lanai and looking out at the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen!

  • April

    We visited kauai for my husband’s birthday. While staying at the hyatt we learned about the humane society’s program – take a dog out for a day. We “borrowed” a dog named Celeste, who right from the start fell in love with my husband. She wouldnt take her eyes off of him! Lol. We loved her so much i was crying when we returned her :( We paid for her adoption fees so whoever would want to take her home wouldnt have to pay for it.

    Past forward 2 weeks, i called to check on her since she wasnt on the “adoptable” list online anymore. I was expecting her to be adopted but apparently they were going to be put down that day for having kennel cough. :(

    Long story short, i lit a fire under their butts, made phone calls to the airlines and local pet supply store and we have her now and we’re all happy together. :)

  • Rod L

    I would love to take a hike up an active volcano, especially: Mauna Loa!

  • Aristo

    I haven’t been yet, but was able to book on BA for 12.5k Avios each way from transferring the miles from my CSP! Excellent tips on this website!

    Can’t wait for my one week on the big island!

  • frenchman619

    Never been to Hawaii, but definitely want to see the black sand beaches on Maui

  • Bill

    We are going to Maui and Kauai for a honeymoon in September. Have the hotels and main flights booked. Looking forward to snorkeling and hiking on both islands!

  • Allen

    Seeing the sunrise on Haleakala

  • Paula

    I would love to have my first surfing lesson, and see a humpback whale. That would be amazing.

  • Jess Ridgway

    Before I went to Hawaii, I had heard that the weather there was “perfect.” I didn’t understand what that really meant until I was able to continue laying by the pool even when it was raining. Perfect indeed.

  • April

    When you go to Kailua (i live here), make sure to check out Lanikai beach as well

  • Scotty G

    This card will help me add to my Hawaiian Airlines miles so I can take a trip next year!

  • Ralph

    Going later this month as part of our honeymoon!


    There was nothing about our 2010 Hawaiian vacation that I DIDN”T enjoy. Sitting on Sunset Beach as the sun set was incredible. Being a surfing family, surfing Waikiki and seeing Banzai Pipeline was a dream and swimming in the ocean at Waikiki Beach was spectacular when a sea turtle popped up next to me. But being a HUGE “L O S T” fan I was over the top with excitement to swim in the lagoon and under the waterfall at Waimea Valley featured in the show. Hope to someday get back there.

  • Russ Heater

    I want to hike. Ive dreamed about it for 20 years!

  • Maciek

    I’d like to go to do whale-watching !

  • Allie39

    I grew up in Hawaii and love going back to visit family and friends – but prices are so high that I usually only visit when I have enough miles.
    Ps – Hawaii is the 50th state :)

  • WikiGirl

    My husband and I are planning our first trip to the Hawaiian islands next year, but have had trouble deciding which island to visit. Kauai is on the list and your “Day 1: Polihale Beach, Shrimp Burgers and Shave Ice, and a Poipu Sunset” sounds like the perfect way to spend the day!

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  • Dave

    My wife and I stayed at the Andaz Maui last November. It was fantastic!

  • Brian

    I have never been to Hawaii. I want to lay on the beach in Oahu after I do some hiking.

  • jessica

    Hiking the Kalalau trail on the Na Pali Coast on Kauai!

    We flew Hawaiian to and from Sydney in Dec/Jan this year. It was a great price and it is nice to have a stopover on that long flight!

  • John N

    I’ve been itching to go to Hawaii to bike down a volcano!

  • AMSBelle

    Heading there very shortly! So excited to stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai after seeing your photos!

  • Kristina T.

    I would love to hike a volcano, lay on the beach and enjoy the beautiful scenery

  • Simon

    Planning to go to Kauai later this year. Can’t wait to see the napali coast!

  • loumin

    I was last in HI 25 yrs ago. Young and broke, we were excited to book a cheap zodiac raft excursion down the Na Pali coast. It was so beautiful! The raft had a small leak but nothing that we couldn’t keep up with by bailing. On the way back we stopped to snorkel and watch the sunset, then as we were almost back to Hanalei Bay we ran out of gas. We bobbed on the ocean at anchor and shot of the flares as night had fallen. We sang songs and told jokes until I guess someone realized we hadn’t returned. We saw fire trucks coming to the dock. Our 14 year old first mate said they were probably excited for something to do. Eventually out of the darkness came one of the raft guides from one of the more legit companies to rescue us. It was one of the most fun times I’ve ever had and I’m planning to finally return to Kauai next year. Though this time I’ll read some online reviews before making my excursion choices. That’s definitely one thing I’m grateful for about the internet!

  • helixcon

    Heading there this summer, can’t wait to stay at the new Andaz at Wailea, and the Grand Hyatt Kauai.

  • Leo Alvarez

    In one word: Maui! Would love the opportunity to relax and enjoy the sun on those beautiful beaches!

  • Anna

    So many good memories from our last trip but the funniest was when we lost our go-pro in a EMI water main (man made waterfall) and spent 1+ hours looking for it in a murky mud pit. You can only laugh that off and move on!!

  • tiffany

    i loved pulling up to roadside food trucks in kuaui for everything from ahi tuna wraps to taro cake!

  • Kristen

    Ive been to maui three times now and each visit my favorite memory is always the drive down hana highway and the hikes off of the road that lead to the waterfalls. My FAVORITE hike was down to three bears falls and swimming in the pool there.

  • Jacob

    I loved snorkeling off the coast of Maui!

  • Aaron Gardner

    I want to go see my Huskies play the Rainbows and then hop over to the big island to see some lava flows.

  • Jane C.

    Spending Christmas with my family on Kauai. Waimea Canyon was so beautiful even though the incredibly strong wind gusts almost blew us into it!

  • Josh

    The sunsets are breathtaking! I would love to taker wife, who has never been before, and experience more islands and more culture … And more sunsets!!!

  • Kabukijuul

    Never been to Hawaii, but dying to go! I want to eat shaved ice on the beach and try various food trucks.

  • Biggles209

    I’d like to visit the telescopes at Mauna Kea Observatories in the Island of Hawaii

  • Ben D

    My favorite memory is drinking coffee on the lanai while watching the whales playing in the ocean. Such a relaxing time.

  • MissChele

    My 9 yr old DD would enjoy the beach but she is into history and science too. She is a great traveler and I would love to take her!

  • JTP

    My favorite memory.. was getting there on 25K avios!! what a steal!!!!

  • Montreal Travel Poster

    I’m looking forward to swimming the turtles with my kids.

  • Ken

    Was in Oahu, Ko Olina area, in mid Feb and stayed at the JW Marriott, very nice place. The best part of the trip was my ability to do absolutely nothing but lay pool/lagoon side for the entire trip! We flew Hawaiin airlines which I have to say is probably one of the best DOM airlines. Already making plan to return to the same area again next year.

  • Arturo Crespo

    I went to Hawaii a couple of years ago and the miles I got in Hawaiian are about to expire. My options: getting the 10k from The Points Guy or planning another trip to Hawaiii (I know, I know, I could also transfer miles or purchase something in their portal).

    My best memory of Hawaii, hiking with my sister at Waimea Canyon!

  • Tina

    I am dying to visit Hawaii…Pearl Harbor, the North Shore, Waikiki, PCC, swimming, snorkeling, hiking…I want to see and do it all!!

  • Marc

    Easily the highlight of our trip to Hawaii was the overnight drive up to the top of Haleakala in Maui to catch the sunrise. There is absolutely nothing like it!

  • Paul H.

    Da Poke Shack, ‘enough said…

  • Richard

    I would love to finally climb a real volcano, and see the lava flows.

  • Dave P

    Swimming with manta rays at night on the Big Island.

  • John

    This summer on Oahu I think the most fun we had was touring the island with my family and stopping for shaved ice along the North Shore.

  • KTM

    My best Hawaiian memory is from college when some friends and I camped on the beach on the island of Lanai. Gorgeous hiking and scenery, and the ferry to Lanai is spectacular…. almost like whale-watching included for free in your trip!

  • Brian

    Kayaking the Napali coast!

  • Shelly

    I just came back from a week in Kauai and a week on the Big Island. We had been to Oahu before, but this time we went on points. It was wonderful to stay in a nice resort for free!!!

  • suburbanmom

    I took my then 6 year old to Hawaii for a first trip for both of us in Dec 2001, right after 9/11. The Christmas lights were pretty, the ocean was just gorgeous with the sunsets. We went to the mall and had our photo taken with the Hawaiian Santa Claus and I got Hawaiian Christmas cards and sent them out without photo in it. We rode in a helicopter, went down in a submarine, went on a Keiki ride, and snorkeled. It was just wonderful. I would just love to take him again, he’ll be 18 this year. This time, he’s old enough to sit still through a Luau! :)

  • Matt

    Helicopter ride over the Napali Coast in Kauai – amazing views and experience.

  • ken roden

    A must- Sunrise yoga on Poipu Beach

  • joey m

    i love taking the helicopter ride over kauai

  • Dan

    Looking forward to beautiful sunsets and a few shave ices!

  • ronette

    i loved the friendly local people

  • MarcMon

    I have never been so I would enjoy hiking up a volcano and maybe eating some Spam Sushi afterwards

  • Stuart

    I came back from Maui in December and the 2 best parts were the charter boat (Pride of Maui) where we went scuba diving and snorkeling as well as ziplining through the rain forest. Relaxing and invigorating!

  • Chris L

    Favorite Memory – Lots of great sunsets

  • Mitch

    Last time I was in Hawaii was in 1999 with my wife. As soon as we landed we found out we were pregnant with our first child.. Jake turned 14 last week. Would love to go back. .

  • MichaelG

    I haven’t been there, but I’d love to try the poi!

  • Stogs2

    I was there for my 10th anniversary in October, and enjoyed the Diamond Head Hike, and the drive up/down Tauntalus Drive. Would love to go back and explore other islands!

  • bryanschmiedeler

    I would just sit back on the beach. And do nothing…

  • Edgar L

    I would like to go on a volcano.And some surfing, too. That is all.

  • Linda

    We are excited to tour the north shore of Kauai on our honeymoon in July!

  • Harlan Vaughn

    Favorite memory of Hawaii? My gosh. Probably Kona. I didn’t spend nearly enough time there, and the drive along the north coast was breathtaking.

  • Jordan McGirk

    We are excited to go scuba diving, snorkeling, and hiking on Kauai, especially the Napali coast!

  • Ken

    Swimming under waterfalls on the Road to Hana

  • Suleo

    My favorite memory is the smell of the plumeria!

  • Dick A.

    Fish Tacos from “DA Crack” Poipu, Kauai. Then Snorkel till Sunset.

  • Cliff

    Staying at the Volcano House hotel. At night, you could see the eery-orange glow of the caldera, right from the restaurant. It was like Jurassic Park without dinosaurs.

  • Jesse

    I’m a waterfall “junkie” and I’d absolutely LOVE to travel all over Hawaii finding new waterfalls! Please Please Please!!!!! :)

  • nrdk

    Would love to see the island with my fiancee and view some of the lush areas, would be a great contrast for our recent Aruba trip.

  • Sanjay M

    isnt Hawaii the 50th state? Went to Hawaii with my parents when I was a teenager and thought it was a great time. really got to connect with them go up to the observatories and look at the stars and learned to surf. Can’t wait to head back soon.

  • Christina Oddy

    I have never been, would love to see the islands!

  • Joe S

    Snorkleing with Rays at Black Rock in Maui

  • Paul Teixeira

    I’ve had many great memories in Honolulu on Oahu, but the best was a group of 10 renting a huge house for 10 days to celebrate one friend’s 40th birthday. We went all over Oahu and tried out many different beaches as well as hikes!

  • Sean G

    I’ve been to Honolulu but I really want to check out the other islands. I’d definitely go to Kauai

  • Matthew Ender

    I am planning a cruise for my wife and I next April that starts in Honolulu (visiting 4 of the islands, and then onward to Vancouver). Thanks to the 100K AA Exec offer, we will be flying First on AA/HA. I would love the inter-island so we could fly to Maui for the first few days before hopping over to HNL for the cruise itself!

  • Helen McC

    We took my parents to see the Hawaiian islands a number of years ago. Planned to see the wonderful waterfalls and the Waimea canyon in Kauai. Unfortunately all we saw was some of the thickest fog I’ve ever been in (and that’s saying something as I grew up in the UK and we get “pea soupers”). Would love a chance to try again :-)

  • Brian Fu

    Just for future reference Hawaii is the 50th state! Alaska is the 49th!

  • David Miller

    Snorkeling with Manta Rays was absolutely incredible!

  • Greg

    surf lessons

  • islandhome

    What to choose? Dipping your feet into the warm ocean after getting off a flight from the frigid east coast, hiking around Volcanoes National Park, seeing the wild coast of Kauai, etc, etc

  • JamesP

    One of my favorite experiences so far was driving a Jeep up the winding, scenic Kamehameha V Highway on Molokai to the dead end at Halawa Beach Park – dozens of one-lane bridges and an absolutely breathtaking area.

  • cathn

    Probably the most fun my new husband and I had on our honeymoon was hiking to an abandoned WWII-era airfield on the north shore of Oahu. Met some local fishermen that had caught a weird horned fish for dinner!

  • Christa

    My favorite memory of Hawaii was from my one trip there: a short 3-day spur-of-the-moment flight to see my husband’s boat pull into port from a 3 month deployment. Because it was a surprise he didn’t ask off work ahead of time so much of my time on Hawaii was spent roaming the island alone but the highlight of our trip (aside from seeing him for the first time after three months!) was going to a beautiful luau.

  • socalgecko

    My favorite memory happened on a Hawaiian Airlines plane. I had bought seats in F for a special trip, and ended up sitting next to Hawaii Five-O star Alex O’Laughlin!

  • Dan

    Never been, but I’ve been dying to rent a convertible and drive on the Kamehameha V Highway!

  • Brian

    I want to see VOLCANOS!

  • ASW

    I would love to drive the entire length Maui’s Hana Highway – maybe even stop at some of the pools and springs along the way for a leisurely dip.

  • Onefasteuro

    My Favorite moment was freediving with a Whale and it’s baby last february during our freediving instructor course on the Big Island. Magical moments.

  • Lm2

    I would love to take my wife and child to the beautiful beaches of Hawaii and with the 10k points, I’d be that much closer.

  • IC

    Hawaii was the first vacation together for my husband (then boyfriend) and me. We met up with my brother, who was stationed in Korea with the army. We discovered Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, dippin’ dots and Maui tacos on that trip. Very fond memories.

  • Apple

    I would love to go SCUBA diving with giant manta rays in Hawaii! Ultimate dream.

  • disqus_zgyxAmiHSg

    We were in Hawaii last month. We spent a week at the Kea Lani Fairmont on Maui using 4 free nights from the credit cards. We also spent 3 nights at the Grand Hyatt on Kauai using points. We checked into the Hyatt at night so didn’t know what kind of a view we had. In the morning, we woke up and opened the draperies to find we had a spectacular view of the grounds and the ocean. We spent about an hour just repeating “oh my God” as we couldn’t believe the wonderful view we had just from using our points.

  • Jonathan Brewer

    Haven’t been in a long, long time, but it was definitely a ton of fun when I went. Driving around the island and seeing everything from urban Honolulu to the military base to North Shore and the crazy jungles/vegetation in the remote areas.

    Oh, and the freshest pineapples I’ve ever had!

  • Andrew

    Best memory was hiking the Na Pali Coast Trail in Kauai. We had a stunning sunset at the end of the day after a long walk in the mud. Beautiful and would love to go back!

  • mkm

    I haven’t been in years, but I still remember learning to surf with my brother! I think if I make it back I would love to go diving, and see some past colleagues of mine that live there.

  • gymrat

    My favorite memory was of Kauai and of the St. Regis Princeville. That is my all-time favorite Hawaiian island and SPG property.

  • Drew Hill

    I’m headed to Hawaii for my buddy’s wedding in September! He’s currently stationed out there as a Marine Officer.

  • bostrvlr

    A favorite memory is riding a mule down the cliffside on Molokai to the former leper colony. It was breathtaking scenery and a very interesting history lesson.

  • RkyMtHker

    I have been to Hawaii, but never to the island of Kauai. I would like to take in the scenery of the Waimea Canyon and Na Pali Coast.

  • Eric

    I’d love to explore Hawaii’s beautiful mountains and waterfalls, as well as learn to surf.

  • max

    Favorite memory of last trip to Hawaii: competing in the Lavaman triathlon in Kona!

  • Vijay

    My favourite memory is a sunrise hike on Lanai up the cliff above Sweetheart Rock.

  • Alexis Lavko

    My favorite activity was snorkeling with sea turtles!

  • Jason

    I surprised my other half with a trip to Kauai for his 30th bday. His grandparents, who were the most important people in his life growing up, lived in Princeville and he had not been back since their passing. I saved SPG points for years for a stay at the St. Regis and woke up every morning to Bali Hai and then exploring all of his favorite island childhood haunts. The trip culminated with a teary visit to his grandparents house in Princeville… I’ll never forget how special that trip was for him.

  • Lesli

    I am hoping to get to Hawaii this summer to see my friend from HS that is stationed in Honolulu. While I am there I plan on staying three weeks and do a little island hoping. People at work have told me so many great things to visit and see including the Molokini Crater and another mountain on Maui that is so high you can see down through the clouds. Right now I am trying to build up as many points and miles as possible to have flexibility as to how to get there!!

  • Nhrca1065

    My favorite memory of Hawaii was during my first trip, on honeymoom with my wife, eating dinner at Duke’s Restaurant watching the sunset on Waikiki Beach! This memory never fades as we’re going back to Hawaii in April to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary with our two beautiful boys! We took a picture in the restaurant which was my wife’s Facebook banner for 6 years until this January (which she finally replaced with a picture of us skiing at Park City, right after #thepointsguy went for Sundance).

  • Karen

    Was on the Big Island last year and have fond memories of the amazingly fresh poke. Can’t wait to go back some time and get some more!

  • Zachary P

    My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 55 – she always wanted to go to Hawaii so we took a trip that spring. She passed away this past October. I will never forget how happy she was being there. 5 years later I am planning a trip now for my wife and daughter. I just opened the Barclay card and am racking up the miles as fast as I can!

  • sumit singhal

    i would just like to lie down on the beaches of the hawaii to relax.

  • Sandeep B

    Just taking in the incredible weather and vistas driving around Kauai in our convertible rental. Pure bliss!

  • nagrom9

    I have never been to Hawaii, but if I do go I would love to visit Disney’s Aulani Resort.

  • John Ellison

    Stayed by Honokeana Bay on Maui a number of years ago. Went snorkeling in the bay with a family of sea turtles, and could walk up the beach for an outdoor breakfast of macadamia nut pancakes. Can’t wait to go back some day!

  • steve

    my best memory from my first/last trip to hawaii was the first approach into HNL on our flight from IAH.

  • Adam

    I’ve never been to Hawaii, but I’d love to go and just chill on the beach for a week while absorbing sun rays.

  • Ryo Wong

    I went to HNL and snorkeling at Queen’s Surf Beach, Makaha Beach Park and Kailua and Lanikai Beaches. The best snorkeling experience ever! I would rather go to beaches at Hawaii than Thailand cuz it is much safer in Hawaii. I can walk on the beach during the night without any worries.

  • Pie

    I would love to take my mother, who has never been out of the country for 20yrs, to her dream vacation in Hawaii.

  • Jeffrey

    One night my wife and I were all alone at the beach by the Ritz on Maui. After a while we noticed a faint glow in the water but didnt pay it much attention. After a few more moments, out walked a scuba diver in head to toe black gear. Walked past us without saying a word. Something we still laugh about to this day. Can’t wait to go back.

  • Rachit Agarwal

    I have never been to Hawaii, but if I do get a chance the thing I would look most forward to is scuba diving. I have only heard stories and I can’t wait to do it myself!

  • Ron Martinez

    I have never been too Hawaii. My wife and I are planning our first trip for sometime in October. It’ll be my 6 mo. old daughter’s first vacation!

  • Grant

    I have never been to Hawaii but my wife and are planning a trip to celebrate her graduation from law school in the next year and we want to do all we can that you must see and experience if you’ve never been to Hawaii!

  • Eva

    I have never been to Hawaii but always wanted to go! Won 4 nights at the Hilton Waikiki that I have to use before November so this year I will finally get there!

  • Alex

    Want to go back there someday. Oahu has one of the best beaches in the world and it’s 5 mile long, secluded, has breathtaking views of the ocean. My favorite memory is how I got married right on that beach, surrounded by nature and sound of the wind…

  • Mark R.

    favorite place – Manoa Falls

  • Grace

    The Hula Pie at Fishermsns Wharf on Maui! Amazing!

  • Jo

    Have been to HI several times and always a favorite is Hanalei Bay’s gorgeous crescent shaped beach with its to die for view of Bali Hai. A walk out to the end of the historical pier is a must of course. Such visits stay with me for a lifetime.

  • Kathy S

    I am heading to Hawaii for the first time in May! Can’t wait to see it – I’m honestly just really excited to take in the beaches and relax!

  • tigermark82

    Laying on the beach at Hanalei Bay in Kauai and staring up at the waterfall on the side of the mountain.

  • Sara P.

    Hiking the Kalalau Trail in Kauai was one of my all time favorite vacations!!

  • Joseph May

    I was there twice last year and I must say it was the scenery – mountains and water that blew me away. Also Alan Wong’s restaurant in Honolulu is not to be missed.

  • Michelle Glastein Friedman

    While I am sad that I missed the really cheap flights to Hawaii during the Delta glitch on 12/26- I would still love to go there, and I’m dying to see a sunrise over a volcano!!!

  • sdrummer

    North Shore with my fiance for sure!

  • Wendy

    I went to Hawaii as a child but have not been back since. Kauai is so on my list!

  • Steve

    My favorite memory of Hawaii travel is hiking from Waikiki to Diamond Head… My girlfriend and I stopped at a great farmers market on the way up, and she bought a coconut. They cut it open for her to drink with a straw. She took a sip, then handed it to me. I carried the coconut up half the crater before she let me know she didn’t want it anymore. Apparently, fresh coconuts don’t taste like piña coladas. But the day was incredibly hot – people being coptered off from heat exhaustion left and right – and that coconut came quite in handy getting to the top and seeing the beautiful view over the beaches.

  • Joseph Alberts

    i utilized a sub-$500 RT fare from JFK last april to spend a few days in honolulu. best time was a 6am jaunt up diamond head, virtually free of other tourists at that hour. it was beautiful. amazing views, nice fresh breeze. and when i came down–as the crowds were building–i enjoyed a nice 2nd breakfast and had a leisurely afternoon of surfing. would love 10K miles to assist in my 4th visit!

  • Andy

    Never been, but I’d like to see Volcano National park.

  • Rick

    The lookout over Kalalau Valley in Kauai was just breathtaking and definitely the most memorable part of my trip

  • Mike

    Looking forward to my trip to Honolulu to see Pearl Harbor this September!

  • Nick

    Hiking up kokhead to see the sunrise!

  • Angela

    Looking out over Hanalei Bay from the St Regis Princeville was definitely my highlight!

  • Kevin

    I’d love to hike on a live volcano. That, and learn to surf!

  • Jenny

    Loveeeeeed a catamaran cruise in Maui last summer.

  • jpgsg9

    I stayed with a friend in Kaui at their house and it was awesome when I was in high school! So beautiful and enjoyed the mountains, beaches, Hanalei bay etc. Would love to go back soon!

  • Richard

    Drive up to the top of a volcano.

  • April West Jordan

    I came across your site by accident, a few months ago and refuse to leave. My goal with the points I’m collecting, is to take my family of 4 to see Volcano National Park. Hoping to collect all I need by Spring break 2015.

  • alex

    I would love to go surfing and watch the sunset on a hawaii beach. Which beach… I have no idea!

  • Mark D

    Would love to check out Oahu, maybe do a little snorkeling and see a volcano or waterfall. So many great options!

  • jb

    I know it sounds INSANE, but I actually love + miss poi!

  • Raymond_G

    I’d love to go to Hawaii… and go surfing! I’ve been surfing a few times in New York and even though it’s no great shakes, it has me hooked. Going to Hawaii on Hawaiian miles would be a dream!

  • Wayne

    Just back 2 weeks ago from the Big Island and can’t wait to go back. Fantastic whale watching (see pic of humpback waving), coffee farms/farmers (Kona, Ka’u, Hilo), volcano and laid back vibe. Missed the Mauna Kea sunset this time (pic from previous trip).

  • Ian Yu

    Planning on my honeymoon to Hawaii in advance, i’ve already got the Barclays credit card last week to earn those bonus miles! The extra 10k miles would be HUUUGE as neither of us have never been there before!

  • CC

    Shrimp trucks on the north shore of Oahu

  • Octavian

    I’d like to go to maui!

  • AZL

    the volcano!

  • Aimee

    My favorite memory was definitely cliff jumping in North Shore.

  • brian

    My favorite memory is having Wailoa Shave Ice in Honolulu! Best shave ice on the island

  • David

    My favorite memory is of driving the road to Hana on Maui!

  • Brad Fitzgerald

    One of the many memories of Hawaii was when I was in Maui 2 years ago. I took a snorkel cruise and the weather was pretty windy so we couldn’t go to our 2nd stop. Instead we did some whale watching. We saw several humpback whales swimming in the “nursery” off the coast of Lahaiina. It is the most amazing feeling to be in such a beautiful place with these very interesting and honored Hawaiian creatures.

    No matter where I go, I always try to find a way back to Hawaii.

  • r0m8470

    I manage a global team of program managers. I just approved one of my staff to be full remote from the Big Island. We will go to Hawaii for our next team building trip.

  • John Ruda

    Haleakala sunrise in Maui

  • GregD

    So many great memories from a couple of trips to Hawai’i (including Spam and eggs!), but I would really like to go snorkeling again at Molokini off of Mau’i.

  • cz

    my favorite memory of hawaii is atv’ing thru the hills of kauai. we went thru a mud puddle but i wanted to go thru one more time but w much more speed. no one else in the group wanted to do it so we didnt go back. i made their trips miserable after that. its 3 years later and i still bring it up to my wife. i still try to make her life miserable.

  • kyle

    Just got back from Hawaii. The highlight was swimming with spinner dolphins. incredible!

  • Siddharth

    My favorite was the submarine trip in Lahaina, Maui

  • Colleen K

    My husband and I got married at the Halekulani Hotel on Oahu and took a short 4-day ‘mini-moon’ to Maui. We followed a NYT article on snorkeling around Maui and hit over three-fourths of the spots they mentioned. We would have made it to all of them, but I made my husband spend an extra day at Makena Beach, which has to be one of the world’s most gorgeous beaches.

  • jeff

    I have never been to Hawaii before! Most of my friends and family have gone except me..and I would love to just see the Hawaiian experience!

  • Dina

    I haven’t been to hawaii yet but I would love to travel down the road to hana and sightsee and hike along the way,

  • Patrick Folger

    Best memories of Hawaii are the sunsets. Just walking down to beach, with a drink in hand and seeing the beauty the sun puts off across the waters

  • Ed Jorczyk

    I need a little Hawaii to bring some Aloha to Minneapolis! My favorite memory is walking on lava so new it glowed red in the cracks and I had to walk fast to keep the soles of my shoes from melting!

  • James

    Lazing under a cabana along the beach at the Grand Hyatt, Kauai

  • AEG

    Taking a trip to Maui next week to stay at the Andaz Maui. Looking forward to trying to find sea turtles and take a pineapple tour!

  • Scott M

    To stay at the Four Seasons on Lana’i and play golf at the resorts course at Manele Bay!

  • Anna

    Well, this is an easy one for me. I was married in Hawaii and that is definitely the highlight!

  • Amanda

    I am excited for my first trip to Hawaii this summer! My husband and I will be there celebrating our 12th anniversary. We are excited to discover Hawaii!

  • sanyi

    I want to try some of their golf course and just relax at the beach

  • snakedoc1

    I was on Oahu for 5 days in October. It was my first trip to Hawaii, but definitely not my last. The stunning beauty of Hawaii,,,,, in spite of the tourism…… made a lasting impression on me. That will get me back there!

  • Heather

    I loved my time staying in Volcanoes National Park with my family for my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary. It was amazing to see an active volcano in person!

  • Susan

    I went to Maui over Thanksgiving and went snuba diving. My first underwater experience and was under for half an hour. Loved it!!

  • Jeff

    Heading to Maui in late May. Excited about the helicopter tour around the island

  • Guest

    I lived i Hawaii in the late 90′s. Would love to return and see some of the outer islands since I only saw Oahu.

  • Mary W

    I lived in Hawaii during the late 90′s. Since I worked on Oahu, I was not able to visit any other places.Would love to tour some of the other Hawaiian islands.

  • Esteban

    Loved driving the road to Hana in Maui.

  • Darin

    Watching my kids just smile and play in the waves and sand, then they turn to me and ask can we do this EVERY year!! I say, sure can :).

  • Paul

    Just got back from Maui. Stayed in Poipu. Koa Kea hotel is outstanding.
    The Gardens nearby are worth a visit.

  • Mark

    Seeing the sun rise from Haleakala. Awesome

  • Rob P

    I loved being a beach bum at Hanalei Bay, Kauai! Thank you!

  • Jansen

    Eggs and SPAM!!!

  • Kestie

    Best tip for going to Hawaii. Double the amount of time you had planned on spending there because there is so much to see, take in, savor and enjoy. The Big Island alone is worth 7-10 days (spend 3 days at Volcano and another 6-7 on the Kohala Coast with day trips to Waimea and Kona). then take another week in Kauai. Pack flip flops, some light clothing and a zen spirit, the better to join in the aloha approach to life.

  • Cmatti3515

    We are heading to Hawaii for the first time in May. Excited to stay in Kauai and use 2 free nights from the Hyatt card at the Grand Hyatt in Kauai!

  • Nguyen

    I would love to see the lava flows. Thanks.

  • Kacy

    Last year, for my boyfriend’s birthday, I arranged a surprise helicopter tour & introductory lesson during our trip to Kauai. It was awesome, although I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to live to tell the tale ;) We’re headed to Maui this fall for my sister’s wedding, and could really use the extra top-up of miles to help with the trip. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Rick

    Pearl harbor is unbelievable!

  • Kevin W.

    Never been to Hawaii, but can’t wait to see a volcano and waterfall.

  • TSH

    Went snorkling with my wife in Hanauma Bay. She was terrified and had a deathgrip on my arm, until I spotted a turtle swimming lazily nearby. She immediately raced to follow the turtle and completely lost her fear of open water/snorkling. After that I was able to convince her to learn to dive, and eventually take trips to Fiji, Maui, and Maldives!

  • mangoManFT

    One of my favorite Hawaii memories is buying super-fresh fish at the docks on the Big Island and grilling it up at our condo – absolutely delicious!

  • Isaac

    Favorite recent memory from a Hawaii trip was snorkeling in the pristine waters of Hulopoe Bay

  • Armando86

    I havent been, but I surely do want to check out Polihale beach! :D


    The best memory is a “no doors” helicopter ride up the Napili coastline. Awesome!

  • Susan Pertierra

    I would love to go to Kauai or Maui to see the other islands besides Oahu.

  • Al Slagle

    I know I’m technically obligated to say that my wedding was my favorite memory of Hawaii (wink, wink). But honestly, our family trip last year was a lot of fun. We took our 18-month-old daughter and drove up the east coast of Oahu to Lanikai Beach. It is one of the best beaches I have been to in the world and my daughter enjoyed her first time in the ocean as well. After that, we headed into the town of Kailua for some super delicious LILIKOI PANCAKES at Moke’s restaurant. Awesome day!

  • Eric

    Kalalau lookout at the end of the road in Kokee State park! Amazing!!

  • Sara

    My husband and I are going to Maui for the first time for our 5 year wedding anniversary. We are most excited to see the Haleakala sunrise. We would love a side trip to Kaui with Hawaiian air miles!

  • John

    We are going to maui completely on points thanks to you. Flights hotels, and over $2000 in free cash.

  • Sanders

    I’d love to go diving with manta rays at night in Kona

  • andrew

    Haleakala sunrise in Maui

  • raf

    will definitely want to see hawaii

  • rwzeitgeist

    Driving to the top of Mauna Kea to tour one of the observatories.

  • Globus1

    Any of the many hikes I’ve done on Oahu. Diamond Head area, Manoa, Hawaii Kai, Kualoa Ranch, etc.

  • phil

    Coolest moment is when I saw my first honu (green sea turtle).

  • sue

    Our first trip to Maui we stayed in a condo that was about 20 yds. from the crashing ocean waves. Very, very cool.

  • dbutlerku

    Just signed up for the Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines card last week in prep for a winter trip to Maui for me, my wife and my 2 little girls. Excited to spend a week in paradise!

  • Landon

    Waking up in the Kalalau Valley, North Shore Kauai, after a grueling hike in the day before. Then showering in a waterfall, and grabbing some passionfruit from the vines to eat for breakfast!

  • juddpatterson

    The best memory for me so far has been seeing and photographing some of the native and endangered honeycreepers (birds) such as the ʻIʻiwi and ʻAkiapolaʻau. They are absolutely gorgeous and have all been forced into a shrinking band of suitable highland forest. It is well worth anyone’s time to take an adventure and see this beautiful part of native Hawaii.

  • Holly B

    We went years ago for a friend’s wedding. It’s simple and probably sounds silly, but just sitting on the patio at the Halekulani and sipping drinks in the perfect weather. It was so relaxing!

  • NP

    I’m going to Hawaii with my wife and my 2-year old. Can’t wait to see the sunset on Honolulu beaches.

  • tina m

    I swam with sea turtle. Best memory ever!!!

  • gpks00

    I am looking into a first trip to Hawaii. Alaska + companion fare OW, AA: Hawaii-Mainland free OW spring & Mainland-Italy later.

  • Steve

    My wife hiking pregnant up a trail overlooking the Na Pali coast in Kauai. It was a fantastic babymoon!

  • Miguel Angel Arteaga

    I haven’t been able to go to Hawaii yet but I’m definitely saving up for it. I would love to check out the volcanoes and see some island being created. Couldn’t hurt to take a day to just pig out and sip a cocktail while soaking in the sun in paradise.

  • Steve

    Watching the extreme surfing at the North Shore

  • jra716

    During my trip to Oahu for my 21st birthday, sadly there were a few nights that weren’t very memorable (it was my 21st birthday after all). The nights were a blur, but I did remember how convenient 7-Eleven was for a quick spam musubi. I would love the chance to visit again.

  • KC28

    Napali Coast hike was absolutely breath taking.

  • James K

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    Last time I was there, on my way hiking towards Mount Waileale, I lost one of my shoes in the mud! I need to go back to not only finish the hike…but it’d be nice to get my shoe back too. -)

  • Greg A

    I’m looking forward to my trip to Oahu this summer. Thanks to TPG, I was able to snag a $425 round trip flight from NYC!

  • Michael R

    Hiking through Waimea Canyon was awe-inspiring

  • Randi Goodies

    Never been! Would love to visit the island that Oprah has a summer home on!

  • Ang

    I’ve never been to Hawaii before, but I’d love to eat some spam and see a volcano!

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  • benstephens

    I just picked up the card myself. I’ve never been to Hawaii, hoping I can find some good diving there.

  • Venkata

    Just finished a trip to Hawaii. Highlight of the trip is to watch my son play & enjoy in the water

  • Chanel @ La Viajera Morena

    My favorite part of my Hawaii trip was going to the beach in Kauai and having a barbecue with some locals :S

  • TJBFan

    I would love to go to Hawaii to visit the Volcanoes National Park!

  • Michael

    I would love to see the Pearl Harbor Memorial

  • Rod Smith

    Favorite memory was jumping into the ocean from a lava tube on the Big Island of Hawaii.

  • Robert Duncan

    My favorite memory of Hawaii was staying on the Club Level of the Four Seasons Maui and organizing an impromptu party with several other guests in the Club Lounge!

  • Ahmed

    8 free tix to hawaii from texas with a free stopover in san fran on the way back + a steal on an oceanfront condo for 400$/nt on the northshore of Oahu!

  • Jeff

    A chopper rid

  • George W

    I would love to go back and visit Kona on the Big Island- I love it there!

  • reikokorin

    I haven’t been to Hawaii since I was a kid, but I’m hoping to go to Kauai this year with my husband, who has never been.

  • Or N

    Never been to Hawaii, but definitely plan on visiting and hiking in all the various mountains and canyons with my wife.

  • Noy

    I would like to go snorkeling for the first time far away from home.

  • Buddy M.

    My most recent fond memory is snorkeling near the Captain Cook monument on the big island of Hawaii. The water was so clear; best ever.

  • MFK

    My best Hawaii memory was hiking in Volcanoes National Park out towards the geyser created by the lava flow hitting the ocean water. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Joseph Hsieh

    I wanna go back to Hawaii and just lie on the beach and drink mimosa for five days.

  • Dustin

    Snorkeling and just hanging out on the beaches would be sweet!

  • Andrea

    Ziplining, white water rafting, and anything adventurous!

  • Liz L

    Kauai in winter is fantastic! Rather than use/gain hotel points, we rented an ocean view villa in Princeville. Was way cheaper for the whole family, there were pods of whales breaching everyday, we could cook for ourselves and take things at our own pace. Heaven!

  • Roberto

    The highlights of my past trips to Hawaii have been helicopter tours of Kauai and Maui, and scuba diving off the coast of Maui!

  • Mark

    I live on the north shore of Oahu, life’s a beach. The HA miles program is an excellent way to get off the island for a weekend or so in Vegas

  • reiestrada7

    I would like to celebrate my brother’s wedding with him in style this December

  • Ryan

    Swimming at sunset beach with my wife.

  • Trin

    Eating shave ice at Waiola

  • Corinne

    I want to try the food. I’ve heard the deserts are amazing.

  • Nick H.

    I’ve never been to Hawaii, but I would like to drive along the south coast of Maui! Thanks so much!

  • Ivan

    Favorite memory in Hawaii was in Maui for our honeymoon! Would love to go back but haven’t been able to afford it. 10000 Hawaiian Miles would sure help!

  • Lantean

    I guess the best part was a hike to a small waterfall with swimming hole on the road to Hana.

  • Xiangyu Louis Ma

    Gonna go Hawaii end of March, could surely use some points =)

  • Mike

    Well actually I’m in Hawaii for the first time right now as I write this! Having a great time and going to Big Island in a few weeks to check out the volcano. Maybe Maui too! So my memories are being created right now.

  • Eric Goodman

    Would love to go to Hawaii with the wife for our 10 year anniversary!

  • Xavier

    The last time I went was 10 years ago but my fondest memory was taking a glider for about 20 minutes over Oahu.

  • iwantmoremiles

    Watching the sunrise on the beach.

  • Jeremy

    I would like to hike on each of the Islands.

  • CS

    Going to Hawaii for my wedding next month! Excited to go hiking along the Napali coast in Kauai. Amazing!

  • Chris B.

    I’ve never been to Hawaii, but when I get there, I’m definitely skydiving. It’s going to be awesome.

  • shonuffharlem

    Dying to take my wife to Maui. We have never been.

  • David

    Looking forward to getting back to the islands!

  • Chelsea T

    We’re getting Maui’d in July,and I haven’t been yet. I’m looking forward to some beautiful beach shots and getting married barefoot on the sand! We’re alos planning to release some of those Chinese paper lanterns with our wedding promises written on them out to sea :-)

  • Nathan Brown

    I would ride the bikes down the volcano, then watch my 1yr old play in the sand all day while my wife and I drank delicious drinks! Ohio has been a cold place this winter, We DREAM of Hawaii!!! :)

  • Daniel

    If I were to visit Hawaii, I would eat their fresh seafood all day!

  • Ryan

    I’ve never been, but we are starting to plan a trip there. I’d love to see Maui and Kauai while we are there.

  • Johnny

    I would like to go whale watching off the coast of Maui.

  • Candy

    I would like to take paddle board lessons.

  • TerryH

    Hiking in Kauai with family.

  • tm1128

    Was stationed in Wahiawa, Oahu from 1963-1966. Had wonderful memories of the area. Would not mind going back to see how it looks like now.

  • Allen

    would love to go to Maui with my gf

  • Tina B

    Whale watching off Maui. Our boat captain stopped and waited. They approached us. A mother and baby pair came right up to the boat. Amazing! Leaving for Maui next week.

  • Stephanie T.

    My family went to Kauai when I was a kid and my sisters and I failed miserably at trying to catch the tropical fish in the ocean, but it was fun!

  • LMP

    I would love to travel to the 50th State and bask in the sun and soak up the culture! Waterfalls and Volcanoes!

  • newtothis

    In the process of trying to plan a trip to Hawaii next year for our 15th Anniversary.

  • Sean

    I would love to go snorkeling in Hawaii!!!!

  • newtothis

    planning on trip to Hawaii for 15th wedding anniversary next year

  • Helen S

    Visit the volcanos, take a helicopter ride, swim, eat fresh fish and fresh fruit. Heaven!

  • Ed

    never been there…but would love to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center located in La’ie.

  • Michele

    I’d love to see the active volcanoes, like Kilauea, on the Big Island!

  • Thomas

    I’ve never been, so I’d definitely like to see some of Hawaii’s amazing beaches, waterfalls, and volcanoes…and perhaps even check out the Andaz Maui.

  • CVG_Traveler

    Surfing for the first time last year with Maui Waveriders in Lahaina

  • Melissa

    I would love to visit Hawaii to soak up the sun, hike Diamond Head, learn to surf, and top if off with some local shaved ice! Hawaii really has it all with history, culture, and natural beauty.

  • FW

    I went to Hawaii for my cousin’s wedding. Love to go back again.

  • Kyra

    My favorite memory is being proposed to at sunrise at the top of Haleakala!

  • Nebojsa A.

    I ve been there 4 times, Oahu and Maui…now I am thinking about Kauai and Big Island.
    I wish if I could move there. i love Hawaii.

  • Rich

    on my honeymoon ( back in the day ! ) we did 4 islands ! They were all great in there own was ! the Volcano , the road to Hana , which when we got there the 7 pools were empty ! small prop planes between islands , getting to the airport before it opened ! Back then it was a booth on a runway , No Terminal building !! The guy came opened the padlocked door took the tickets , we stood on the side of the runway the plane came people got off we got on and the plane left !

  • Dale1122

    I Went to college at UH but havn’t been back in over 30 years. I would love to see sunset from Mt Tantalus again, maybe someday…….

  • Alice Liu

    I’ve never been to Hawaii. I’d like to see Hawaii’s amazing beaches, volcanoes! And I want to do surfing!

  • curtmuell

    My favorite memory of Hawaii is hiking Mauna Loa (not so favorite memory: getting altitude sickness), summiting at 13,000+ feet wearing coat, hat, and gloves, then driving barely more than an hour down to the beach at Kailua-Kona. What contrasts!

  • Jon

    Sunrise at Haleakala crater. Driving up through the clouds and watching the sun rise beneath us. Just beautiful.

  • Bob Herrington

    Watching the sun rise over Haleakalah — amazing!

  • Jennifer

    Planning a trip to Kauai for my 10th anniversary. Would love to hike the Kalalau Trail while there.

  • Laura

    I would love to go back to Hawaii. My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Maui and Kaui. Love the slower pace of life, the people, and the wonderful beaches. My favorite in Maui were the road to Hana and Mt. Haleakala, where we could literally see clouds below us!

  • Kay

    Relaxing on the beach!

  • Jill

    I have been dreaming of going to Hawaii for years! I still have not been but I’m close!! I’ve saved up 42,000 United miles and I just received
    the awesome 50,000 mile bonus for opening up an Amex card. I figure someway somehow I’ll be able to fly
    me and my boyfriend roundtrip to Hawaii on that amount. Now for the hotel… I’ll probably just pay for
    that with my new Amex!! I’m so excited
    and I’m so lucky that I found your blog.
    I really appreciate all the tips you’re sending out! My goal destination is Maui! I want to just be there and enjoy it! I’d love to go up in a helicopter, swim with
    dolphins, and go to a luau, heck! I
    might even learn to play the Ukulele!! Keep
    the Hawaii tips coming J

  • Pazpeaceman

    Getting up at 5 am to see the volcanic ash glow in the big island’s HVNP.

  • cotoneloc

    Favorite memory? Getting up day one at the Goofy Foot Surf School in Maui…

  • Alexzandra Celestino

    My favorite memory was paragliding off of Haleakalā in Maui! Best experience ever – would love to do it again.

  • Erika Katayama

    I would love to visit Doris Duke’s Shangri La.

  • Sharon

    I’m meeting my boyfriend in Hawaii in May and I found an amazingly priced non-stop flight from Sacramento to Maui. However, he will be in Kauai and so I will need to island hop to meet him there. Since I’m not sure my 50,000 Amex bonus will post in time to transfer to Hawaiian (it may be 6-8 weeks, yikes!), I would love to use the 10,000 points for the island-hop! I have never been to Kauai so I can’t wait to check it out!

  • Paul Oliver

    Just got the card and plan on using it for a round of golf at the ko’olau course. It’s ranked 7th in the nation, really beautiful !

  • Betty Fang

    My absolute favorite memory is watching the sunrise over Haleakala with my hubby in Maui!

  • Erin Siodmak

    I have never been to Hawaii but I have a friend who’s been several times. She told me about a long hike she’s done on Kauai to a fairly remote and beautiful beach. That is exactly what I would do for respite and creative inspiration.

  • gingersnaps

    My favorite island is the Big Island and my last trip back in Summer of 2012 I stayed for 6 1/2 weeks ( I was checking it out to make a more permanent move). I’d love to see it again and all the wonderful people that I have met. My favorite beach is Puako where the locals go and the diving is the best in the islands!

  • Mark

    My favorite memory from Hawaii is hiking the first stretch of the Nepali Coast in Kauai with my wife on our honeymoon… It was beautiful, strenuous, and believe it or not felt like just a bit dangerous. Awesome memory!

  • Hannah M.

    My favorite memory of Hawaii is exploring a new beach everyday on Maui, and enjoying shave ice in the sun.

  • Stephanie

    We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon and it was fantastic. Would love to go back and check out some of the other islands!

  • Marib

    Going back in December and staying on Big Island and Maui. Favorite memory from our 1st and only visit way back in 1988 was our helicopter ride in Kauai over the Napali coast – awesome!!!

  • Amy A

    I have been fortunate enough to travel to Oahu and Maui, but the Big Island has my heart. There is something about the barren volcanic asj landscape on one side, and then the rainforest on the other that makes this island one of my favorite destinations. I also like the fact that it si a bit under the radar compared to some more popular islands….and can we talk about the magnificent resort that is the Four Seasons there? Dying to go back to anywhere in Hawaii—it is just so magical!

  • Lea

    I’d live to go see Kuai

  • Carol H.

    As a child, I lived in Western Australia from 1973-78. We’d always stop in Honolulu traveling to and from the States. In fact, my first Christmas was spent lounging on Waikiki! My dad and I both loved Hawaii and proclaimed it our favorite destination (out of many!) during our last visit in December, 1978. I was also fortunate enough to visit the big island twice. I have not returned since the late 70′s and hope to one day soon share with my husband and son what a special place the Hawaiian islands truly are.

  • MissVacation

    My most memorable moment was watching sunrise at 10,000 feet at the top of Haleakala and then on the way down the clouds were below my feet and made me think…am I dreaming?

  • Jonathan

    One of my favorite memories of Kaui was taking a helicopter flight around the Island and seeing the Napali Coast from above!

  • Anneke

    I have many wonderful memories of my favorite place on Earth, but probably my most favorite is watching the beautiful humpback whales in the winter time. I could watch them for hours.

  • kabk

    I have not yet been to Hawaii but the thing that I would absolutely love to do there would be to night snorkel with the Manta Rays on the Kona coast!

  • nyla711

    I would love to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park! Thanks!

  • NH

    Seeing the lava flow in Volcano National Park!

  • Marc Cardenas

    Going there at the end of August for my girl’s 40th birthday, first time for her, many a times for me…Maui it is!!!

  • KLM

    Driving the Hana Highway with my mom and fulfilling her dream to see lots of waterfalls!!

  • Taryn

    Hawaii is where I fell in love with luxury resorts- I’d never treated myself to 5 star before.

  • Cynthia

    I’ve never been to Hawaii. I keep flying past to somewhere else! But I think I might take advantage of this new credit card. I want to go on some of those beautiful hikes through the forests to some of those gorgeous waterfalls. I really don’t want to have to choose just 1 island to visit so 10,000 miles would be great!

  • Eric C

    Oh! I havent been to Hawaii in so long! Thanks for all your blogs!

  • jbatt

    I would love to take my granddaughter to tour Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Memorial. I think it would have a special significance to her since her great-grandfather served in WWII.

  • JD D

    The drive to Hana on Maui is amazing! Only was there 2 days and would love to go back.

  • Andrew P

    My favorite memory from my last trip is flying in a glider on the North Shore and seeing the scenery from a unique vantage point

  • Scott

    Definitely the spam musubi and loco moco! I love it!

  • Chris

    My favorite memory was driving down the Hanna Highway. So beautiful. Great place to go for a honeymoon, and I want to return so badly.


    My favorite memory from Hawaii was riding the moped waikiki to kailua. crazy and dangerous, but it was fun.

  • Uri

    I would love to see an active volcano… and where they shot “Lost”

  • Happy Singh

    I would like to see where they shot Hunger games…..!!

  • Darryl

    Would love to get some hiking in this time around!

  • IslandBound

    I live in Kauai and never take a rainbow for granted.

  • Roger T

    I moved away to NYC from Oahu two years ago, and I am so over the winter weather here. I would love to go back to Oahu and just relax at any of the beaches (they beat all the beaches in NYC). Embarrassed to say, I have lived in Hawaii for most of my life, but never took the time to explore Maui. Would love to do a island hop and visit the lavender farms!

  • Magali

    My husband I and went to Hawaii for our honeymoon in 2007 but unfortunately, i must have caught a bug in the place which made me sick with a flu for at least a few days. We did our best to enjoy the situation but would love to go back and do what we planned to do like biking down the mountain in Maui and really exploring the road to Hanna.

  • Liz

    I would love to check out the volcanoes and do a helicopter ride!

  • Mark

    Driving the road to Hana and swimming in the Venus pool was amazing.

  • Nick O (PIT)

    I would love to go back and explore more of Volcano National Park and do more hiking in general.

  • Skor

    I want to see the volcanoes..

  • Shana

    I’m working on trying to hit all of the Hawaiian islands. Halfway there so far! Would love to go again.

  • Josef

    My wife and I are going to Honolulu for 9 days in May. Flights to Hawaii are already booked, but 10,000 miles will still help covering our inter-island flight to Maui! I heard it’s really beautiful. Can’t wait!

  • bn100

    I’d like to swim with dolphins

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  • Uri Hadelsberg

    Swimming with the dolphins!!

  • Ashish

    Relax on the beach and swim with dolphins,

  • Eugene

    Swimming with the dolphins!

  • Anita

    I’ve never been to maui heard its gorgeous! I would love to go before we start having kids
    I want to learn to surf, attend a luau(don’t wince it’s the only touristy thing I need to check off y bucket list, and eat some good Hawaiian grub

  • JR

    My favorite memory was gong to a Luau and watching them dig that delicious pig out of the sand. Amazing!

  • Duane

    I would love to go on the road to Hana.

  • William W.

    For our honeymoon 30 years ago my wife & I flipped a coin. I won and we went to Aspen in December. I would love to give her the Hawaii trip she really wanted. And, word on the street is that Southwest is going to open that route up by next year. Let’s keep this on the DL,right?

  • Andy Conlin

    I would love to go to Hawaii to scuba dive and surf!

  • Kona Rider

    Waikiki beach, sun, soft sand, surf, and beer at night! Oh yeah.

  • nangress

    When I got married, we eloped and tied the knot on the Big Island. It
    was absolute paradise – rather than spend money on a wedding, we spent
    two blissful weeks on the Big Island and then Kauai.

  • Geoffrey

    I’ve never been to Hawaii but I’d love to run the Kauai half marathon.

  • LuvVacations

    America II sailing out of Lahaina on Maui was without hesitation the most fantastic Hawaiian experience. A former America’s Cup sailing ship, it was incredibly fast and narrow, and getting soaked by the water under the nice hot sun was a fun ride! Too bad they shut this down, so when I’m back there this October, I’ll need to find another sailing trip to try and match the enjoyment.

  • Scott E.

    My wife and I splurged and did a catamaran tour of the Na Pali Coast. Absolutely amazing. This time we want to kayak it!

  • Nathan Agin

    Celebrating Christmas in Hanalei Bay: shorts, volleyball, barbecue—quite a different tradition (from New England) and well worth it! Kauai is one of my favorite places in the world, and I love being able to check out the other islands when I go back too!

  • Rohit B

    I have never been to Hawaii but I am planning at trip in October for 8 days and would love to go scubadiving.

  • Jessica M

    I haven’t been to Hawaii, but I’d love to visit the place my grandma lived in Kauai, and also see the Haleakala sunrise on Maui (after a night in the Hyatt Andaz Maui)!

  • Ellen

    Driving around Oahu and seeing those fields of pineapples!

  • Zack K.

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park! No other place to take a hike quite like that!

  • Jigna Patel

    thanks for the pointers, TPG! Jet setting on my new World card tomorrow!

  • Margi R.

    Best memory: My sister and I taking our upper-80′s parents to Maui 2 years ago. We rented a small house in Kihei where they could relax & feel at home if they didn’t want to sight see every day. They loved it!

  • George Cronen

    Watching our best friends getting married on the beach in Maui. The harsh winter has me longing to go back!

  • Michael Macken

    Would love to climb Diamond Head again as it was kewl. Did it with two year old daughter last time. Be a nice before and now picture. Great view.

  • Anthony Spears

    I want to run the Honolulu Marathon and climb the Haiku Stairs.

  • Brittany Cooper

    I would love to go back and see where I was born!

  • Jill Pierson Spears

    Would love to show my children where they were born, been away too long!

  • Amanda McGowan

    I’d love to take my daughter snorkeling!

  • Erika

    I’ve never been to Hawaii, but I would love to go snorkeling there! I hear the water is beautiful & clear!

  • jdshscja

    My favorite memory was when I was 7 years old in Kauai. They had fishing in a little river behind the hotel and the fish bit without even using bait.

  • Terri

    So hard to choose…what’s not to like? I’ll go with snorkeling in Hanauma Bay.

  • Luke US

    I’ve never been to Hawaii, but I would love to go there and visit the islands!

  • April Freeburn

    My favorite memory of Maui is jumping into the lava tubes’ freshwater pools at Waianapanapa State Park with my 10 year old.

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