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Dear Reader,

Aloha! It’s been fifty years this month since Hawaii became the fiftieth state, and there has never been a better time to visit the far-flung islands. In this tough economic climate, there are bargains to be had, and we want to show you The Best of Hawaii at a price you can afford.

Need a place to stay? Check out our Hawaii hotel database, which makes it easy to search for the best accommodations for your particular needs. Learn the top 10 Value Hotels or the top 10 Romantic Hotels in Hawaii. We also publish in-depth featured hotel reviews, including the  Kahala Hotel & Resort on Oahu, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island and the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa and The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui. The Ritz-Carlton is part of the Kapalua Resort (home of The Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival), and we have the scoop on its new 30,000-square-foot spa. If Maui is not on your itinerary, we are also happy to share our top Hawaiian spas from each island.

Our Hawaii restaurant database covers more than 500 of the state’s restaurants, from the highest-rated to quick bites to places that specialize in Hawaii Regional Cuisine. We’ll even help you order with our glossary of Hawaiian food terms. See why Chef Mavro’s eponymous restaurant is one of the top 40 restaurants in the country as you salivate over the menu and photos of a fifteen-course meal we recently enjoyed there. We regularly publish restaurant news, including the new dining concept TABLE ONE at the Halekulani Hotel, culinary events, and we have the top 10 Luaus in the state. If you want to improve a home-cooked meal or a sunset from your balcony, consult our list of Hawaii’s best wine shops.

Want to enjoy the great outdoors? We’ll help you ride kayaks, horses and zip lines on Maui, and mules on Molokai.  If you want to tour Hawaii’s volcanoes, we have got the lava lowdown on the Big Island and beyond. How about an island-hopping Volcano trip that covers Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui and Hawaii? We even have a guide for Hawaii honeymooners and another for rookies on their first trip to the Pacific island chain.

We also provide plenty of events and things to do, including the Maui Photo Festival, and the premiere of Cirque Polynesia. The gentle at heart will enjoy the Hawaii Healing Garden as it travels from island to island exploring the multicultural healing arts of the state. The young at heart will wow at Duke’s OceanFest in Oahu, a weeklong ocean sports festival that celebrates the legacy of "The Father of International Surfing" Duke Kahanamoku.  To celebrate our President, you can visit sites that helped influence Barack Obama during his time in Hawaii, including his birth site and schools.

If you can’t afford a trip to the Aloha State, you can still join the celebration for a measly 44 cents. That’s the cost of the new commemorative stamp honoring the anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood, available at your local post office. For a better taste than the back of a stamp, try mixing yourself a mai tai, or one of the Skyy Pineapple Vodka commemorative cocktail recipes especially designed to celebrate fifty years of Hawaii.

Hawaii, we toast you! Congratulations and Mahalo!

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