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Vans Triple Crown of Surfing – Oahu

Surfing is more than just a hobby in Hawaii; it is a way of life. From the gentle ripples of Waikiki Beach to the thunderous giants of the Sunset Beach, the island of Oahu in particular is a tempting place for fans of the sport. The legendary waves of the North Shore are some of the most challenging sets in the world, making this island a popular setting for locals and visitors, amateurs and professional surfers to congregate and witness […]

Farmers Markets on Oahu

The fresh produce of the Hawaiian Islands is incomparable. Regular rainfall, mineral-rich volcanic soil, and abundant sunshine create the ideal climate for farming, as proven by the long list of tropical fruits in Hawaii. Though most of us enjoy taking a vacation from the kitchen while we travel, we wouldn’t want to pass up a chance to sample some of the delicious and unique types of Hawaii’s fruits, veggies and traditional snacks found at local farmers markets. Plus at a […]

Atlantis Submarine Coastal Tours

The Hawaiian Islands are some of the most beautiful islands on earth, full of striking landscapes and dynamic ecosystems. The verdant rainforests, glittering beaches, countless waterfalls, soaring cliffs and spectacular volcanoes comprise many of the most popular features. However, it is in the underwater kingdom that we find Hawaii’s best kept secrets. The serene depths are home to some of the most vibrant marine life imaginable, from bright tropical fish to sea turtles, monk seals and ancient coral reefs. A […]

Japan Tours Testimonials

Hey Panda Travel ® fans, if you haven’t already joined us for a Japan tour already, please check out any of our upcoming tours.  Not sure if you’ll have fun?  Here are a few words from some that just came back from one of our tours personally escorted by one of our very own Panda ® family members  Some had such a great time they signed up for another tour.  Hope to see you on one of our tours soon! […]

The Merrie Monarch Festival

The week following Easter proves to be an exciting time of celebration for native Hawaiians and visitors alike.  When the Merrie Monarch Festival takes place on the Big Island in Hilo, Hawaii, the air is filled with music, as the city is in full swing to celebrate Hawaiian heritage.  This week-long festival is replete with music, arts and crafts, traditional food, and most importantly:  hula dance competitions!  The festival hosts a hula demonstration in the midweek, and ends with the […]

Meet Doraemon at the Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum

On Saturday, February 15, 2014 the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum opened a new exhibit featuring Fujiko F. Fujio’s Doraemon. Doraemon is one of Japan’s most popular and well-loved cartoon characters; the robotic cat is so popular, in fact, that it was dubbed Japan’s first “anime ambassador” in 2008.  The exhibit itself will last until April 20, and features interactive stations for children and adults to explore Doraemon’s universe, theaters running clips from the show, an art gallery of Fujiko F. […]

Sapporo Snow Festival Tours from Hawaii

The annual Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan always features spectacular ice sculpture displays. It is one of Japan’s most popular winter events held one week every February in Hokkaido’s capital, Sapporo.  The Snow Festival was started in 1950, when high school students built a few snow statues in Odori Park. It has since developed into a large, commercialized event, featuring spectacular snow and ice sculptures and attracting more than two million visitors from Japan and across the world.  It is staged […]

Hawaii Weddings

couple running on the beach in Hawaii

Destination weddings are the fairytale dream many women wish for.  There is something idyllic about standing on a sandy shore with the ocean gently rolling a few feet away and palms swaying in the sunset.  The stress of wedding planning often makes brides want to abandon ship.  Cutting down guest lists, price negotiating with the caterer and writing dozens of place cards is enough to make someone wish they were far away, having a simple ceremony in paradise.  The good […]

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