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Love our Aloha state? Stay in touch with Star of Honolulu®! Our travel blog features Star of Honolulu news, specials and holiday offerings as well as fun things to do around Hawaii, our favorite Hawaiian recipes, and interesting features about Hawaiian history and culture!

Climb aboard Star of Honolulu’s Premier Whale Watch Cruise

January 3, 2018

Dive into winter with a whale watching cruise for an experience you will never forget! We’re thrilled that the majestic Humpback whales have made their annual journey back to our islands’ warm waters, and our favorite way to spot them is aboard the Star of Honolulu. From now through April 5, 2018, we invite guests to climb aboard Hawaii’s most popular whale watch adventure!

With four walk-around decks, three types of stabilizers and a 60-foot high observation deck, the Star of Honolulu is the best vessel for viewing whales in their underwater home. During the whale watch experience, guests will enjoy our friendly and knowledgeable crew of Naturalists, informative handouts and an educational program for the keiki (children). Adults and keiki alike can also immerse themselves in a wide range of cultural activities, from lei making to ukulele lessons.

Our friends at the Star of Honolulu look forward to meeting you at the dock! For more information or to book a cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit www.StarofHonolulu.com. Our dolphin friends would also love to see you, so for more information on a Wild Dolphin Watch cruise, visit www.dolphin-star.com!

Indulge in the Taste of Fall Aboard the Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz Cruise

December 20, 2017

Join the Star of Honolulu aboard our signature Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz cruise as we unveil our exclusive, gourmet fall menu. Chef de Cuisine Aaron Lee is proud to present the 7-Course fall menu featuring the exquisite colors and flavors of the season with unique island touches.

Fall Canapés
Smoked Salmon, Mustard and Chive Spread on Toast
Prosciutto di Parma with Bleu Cheese and Mascarpone
Miso Infused Tofu Salad on Red Endive

Sweet Potato Mulligatawny Soup
Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Blend, Purple Rice and Basil Oil

Big Island Goat Cheese and Beet Salad
Wild Arugula, Golden and Red Beets and Big Island Goat Cheese
with Cucumbers and Lemon Vanilla Bean Vinaigrette

Air-Flown Live Butter Poached Maine Lobster
with White Bean, Butternut Squash and Kahuku Corn Ragout
and Lobster Jus

Intermezzo
Pineapple Pinot Gricio Sorbetto

Highest Grade Prime Tenderloin of Beef with Foie Gras
with Smoked Bacon Mushroom Medley, Petite Potatoes
and Broccoli Rabe with Cabernet Demi Glace and Buerre Rouge

Roasted Apple Vol-Au-Vent
with Chai Spiced Pumpkin Puree and Hawaiian Sea Salt Caramel Gelato

Throughout the cruise, guests will be mesmerized by the soothing sounds of a live jazz trio while they bask in spectacular sunset and coastline views. On Fridays, guests have the added bonus of watching Waikiki fireworks light up the sky.

The Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz cruise departs nightly from Pier 8 at Aloha Tower Marketplace at 5:30 p.m., with the Captain’s Welcome Reception beginning at 4:45 p.m., and returns at 8:00 p.m.; 8:30 p.m. on Fridays. The cruise is $199 for adults; not recommended for children. Kamaʻaina and military prices are also available with valid Hawaii and military I.D.

The Five Star Fall menu is available from October 1, 2017 through January 5, 2018. For more information or to book a cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit StarofHonolulu.com.

Illuminating the Past with Aloha Tower Marketplace

December 20, 2017

We love our Star of Honolulu home situated at Pier 8 of Aloha Tower Marketplace. Lauded as the most recognizable building in all of Hawaii, Aloha Tower is one of the most iconic symbols of Hawaii, embodying the warm aloha spirit that welcomes visitors every day.

Constructed in September 1926, Aloha Tower was once the tallest building in Hawaii, equipped with both a lookout station and a separate observatory for harbor pilots. The lighthouse also operated as a navigational landmark, and was often regarded as Honolulu’s very own “Statue of Liberty.”

Though no longer exclusively an observatory or lighthouse, Aloha Tower still stands as a recognizable landmark for residents and visitors alike. In addition to our Star of Honolulu docking port at Pier 8, the Aloha Tower area also houses Hawaii Pacific University’s student residences and community study spaces, as well as a variety of beloved local restaurants. The observation deck at the top floor is still open to the public, offering picturesque views of downtown Honolulu and the Hawaii coastline.

The next time you join us for a cruise, take a moment to explore all that the historic Aloha Tower Marketplace has to offer!

To learn more about Star of Honolulu or to book a cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit StarofHonolulu.com.

Don’t Miss Out on These Shining Summer Specials!

September 12, 2017

Don’t let the end of summer get you down—here at Stars of Paradise, we offer non-stop entertainment from now through the end of the month with our ongoing Child Free specials!

Set sail aboard the Dolphin Star throughout September and treat kids to an ocean adventure they’ll never forget! With Dolphin Star’s Child Free special, kids ages 3 to 11 can cruise free aboard the Wild Dolphin Watch cruise, with each paying adult. Keiki and parents alike will have a sea-sational time watching wild dolphins frolic and play while they soak up the sun and enjoy breathtaking ocean and coastline views.

 

Then close out your night with our friends at Rock-A-Hula, where kids ages 3 to 11 will enjoy tropical and rock-able entertainment on our Luau Buffet & Show package for free, with each paying adult! Featuring the spirit of aloha and the sparkle of Vegas, the new Rock-A-Hula show is guaranteed to dazzle and delight, and kids will love our Katy Perry, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley tribute artists!

 

Soak up the last of these spectacular summer specials while you can! For more information or to take advantage of these Child Free specials, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or (808) 629-SHOW (7469).

The History of Hula

August 21, 2017

Hula is one of Hawaii’s most iconic art forms, dating back to the time of the gods. The origins of hula have long been debated, often associated with Laka, goddess of hula, and Pele, goddess of fire. Since the time of these Hawaiian legends, hula has endured as vitally important to the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture.

With the revitalization of hula under the reign of King David Kalakaua, the style of hula transitioned from the kahiko form, accompanied by oral chants, to hula auana, the dance we see so often performed with accompanying ukulele or other stringed instruments. Today hula is celebrated throughout the islands, with events like the Merrie Monarch Festival and the Prince Lot Hula Festival paying tribute this beautiful and one-of-a-kind art form.

Here at Star of Honolulu, you’ll enjoy live hula performances even before you board the ship! From our nightly pier-side welcome hula to the exciting “60 Years of Aloha” show, which celebrates both traditional hula as well as Tahitian and Maori dance, we keep you entertained non-stop as you sit back, relax, and enjoy your cruise.

 

Interested in learning how to dance hula?
Check out our video below !

Set Sail this Summer aboard the Star of Honolulu

August 15, 2017

As we say “aloha” to the summer season, now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a memorable evening out at sea. Whether you’re looking for a casual cruise or a romantic excursion, we offer a variety of packages to meet your every need.

For an evening of spontaneous elegance, opt for our Star Sunset Dinner & Show package. Guests enjoy a delicious and filling tenderloin of beef and all-you-can-eat crab dinner before our signature “60 Years of Aloha” show. If you love non-stop entertainment and a high-value gourmet meal, this is the package for you!
Celebrating a special occasion? We recommend our Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz cruise, the ultimate in luxury and romance. We love pampering our Five Star guests with the VIP treatment, from an exclusive Captain’s welcome reception to a mouthwatering 7-course meal at sea. Throughout the evening, you’ll be treated to live jazz entertainment, quality service, and exceptional ocean and coastline views.

Just because summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Book your summer sunset cruise with us today by calling (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visiting StarofHonolulu.com.

Indulge in the Taste of Summer Aboard the Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz Cruise

August 7, 2017

Join the Star of Honolulu aboard our signature Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz cruise as we unveil our exclusive, gourmet summer menu. Chef de Cuisine Aaron Lee is proud to present the 7-Course summer menu featuring the colors and flavors of the season with unique touches.

Summer Canapés
Sun-dried Tomato and Boursin Cheese Crisps
Sesame Shrimp Herb Pastry
Grecian Hummus atop English Cucumber

Chilled Corn and Avocado Crema Soup

Fresh Kamuela Tomatoes and Green Papaya Salad
Crispy Pork Rinds, Micro Greens,
White Balsamic Soy Vinaigrette

Air-Flown Live Maine Lobster
with Sautéed Baby Cabbage, Garlic Chips,
and Beurre Blanc

Intermezzo
Raspberry Rose Sorbet

Highest Grade Prime Tenderloin of Beef
with Seared Foie Gras, Medley of Summer Vegetables,
Potato Puree and Demi-Glace

Lilikoi Mango Cheesecake
with Yuzu Orange Blossom Sorbet,
Matcha Green Tea Macaron and Fresh Fruits

Throughout the cruise, guests will be whisked away by the soothing sounds of a live jazz trio and spectacular sunset and coastline views. On Fridays, guests have the added bonus of watching Waikiki fireworks light up the sky.

The Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz cruise departs nightly from Pier 8 at Aloha Tower Marketplace at 5:30 p.m., with the Captain’s Welcome Reception beginning at 4:45 p.m. and returns at 8:00 p.m.; 8:30 p.m. on Fridays. The cruise is $199 for adults; not recommended for children. Kamaʻaina and military prices are also available with valid Hawaii and military I.D.

The Five Star Summer menu is available from July 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017. For more information or to book a cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit StarofHonolulu.com.

Let the Summer Fun Begin!

August 4, 2017

Summer means blue skies, sparkling seas and quality time with friends and family. From our friends at Rock-A-Hula to out at sea aboard Dolphin Star and the Star of Honolulu, we offer non-stop entertainment fit for a summer to remember (7/1 – 9/30/17)!

Our “Child Free” summer specials are truly fit for a king. At Rock-A-Hula, we’re calling all “Little Monsters” to join Katy Perry, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson tribute artists at the brand new Rock-A-Hula show, featuring the spirit of aloha and the sparkle of Vegas. Kids ages 3 to 11 are invited to attend the Luau Buffet & Show package for FREE, with each paying adult.

 

Non-stop summer fun continues aboard the Dolphin Star, where kids ages 3 to 11 can cruise free aboard the Wild Dolphin Watch cruise, also with each paying adult. Families will have a blast spotting these playful ocean creatures aboard our comfortable, panoramic decks while they soak up the sun and enjoy picturesque views.

 

Then join us aboard the Star of Honolulu, where you’ll close out the perfect summer evening with one of our many dinner cruise packages. Whether you join our high-value Pacific Star Sunset Buffet & Show cruise or our luxurious Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz cruise, you’ll be treated to the best ocean and coastline views for a summer night you’ll never forget.

For more information or to book your cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit StarofHonolulu.com.

Happy Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day!

July 18, 2017

July is one of our favorite months because it’s National Ice Cream Month! To kick off this cool month during a hot summer, we’re celebrating Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day with our signature macadamia nut ice cream.

This rich, creamy dessert features the nutty flavors of Hawaii’s staple macadamia nuts as they meet a sweet vanilla finish. Our signature ice cream receives rave reviews from our guests, and we couldn’t agree more!

You can indulge in our macadamia nut ice cream for yourself aboard our Star Sunset Dinner & Show cruise! For more information or to book your cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit StarofHonolulu.com.

Every Day is Lei Day in Hawaii

June 26, 2017

Aboard the Star of Honolulu, lei is a common sight. From our dancers who wear lei to greet you onboard to our spring holiday cruises, where we teach you how to sew lei for yourself, we love embracing this symbol of love, affection and aloha.

The tradition of giving lei first began with the early Polynesian voyagers, and still continues today. Traditionally made with flowers, leaves, vines, shells and even feathers, lei are often used to commemorate special occasions, like weddings, graduations, and birthdays. We also give lei to greet visitors when they first arrive in Hawaii.

Our friends at Royal Star Hawaii recently unveiled their new Lei Greeting services, offering the following four comprehensive packages to cater to all group sizes on all budgets:

  • Shell Lei Greeting: A Royal Star driver will welcome your group with a beautiful shell lei as soon as you arrive at your vehicle. This is the perfect way to begin your memorable Hawaii vacation!
  • Fresh Flower Lei Greeting: A friendly wahine (girl) will kick start your journey with a fresh orchid lei greeting.
  • Hawaiian Greeting, Ukulele, Hula & Lei: Your authentic Hawaii experience begins with a talented hula dancer as she welcomes you with a fresh flower lei and hula accompanied by talented ukulele players.
  • Hawaiian Greeting, Deluxe: A breathtaking hula and ukulele show will serve as the perfect backdrop for a fresh flower lei greeting.

Join us here at Star of Honolulu and our friends at Royal Star Hawaii and indulge in the aloha spirit! For more information on the new lei greeting services, call (808) 841-7827 or visit royalstarhawaii.com/lei-greeting.