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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!

Make Independence Day Festive aboard the Star of Honolulu

June 13, 2017

Celebrate Independence Day in style aboard the Star of Honolulu! When you join your friends onboard, you’ll be treated to the best views of the iconic fireworks show while indulging in good food, drinks and company.

We offer the following three cruise options to cater to all sizes and budgets:

  • Party Sunset Dinner, Show & Fireworks cruise: Enjoy a 3-Course crab and tenderloin of beef dinner, Star Signature Mai Tai, the new largest cast on the ocean “60 Years of Aloha” show and the breathtaking sunset and fireworks views
  • Celebration Sunset Dinner, Show & Fireworks cruise: Treat yourself to an exciting evening at sea with a 5-Course whole Maine lobster and tenderloin of beef dinner, champagne toast, 2 premium beverages and the new “60 Years of Aloha” show
  • Admiral’s Sunset Dinner, Jazz & Fireworks cruise: Celebrate in style in the Super Nova Room with a 7-Course signature live Maine lobster and USDA prime tenderloin of beef dinner served at your private table, Hawaiian Bellini, 3 super premium beverages, and live jazz

The Independence Day cruise departs on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. Special kamaʻaina rates and transportation from Waikiki via Royal Star Hawaii motorcoach are also available. Tickets go fast, so book now for an Independence Day you won’t forget!

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

Celebrating “60 Years of Aloha!”

May 25, 2017

In the spirit of our 60th anniversary milestone, we recently debuted a brand new “60 Years of Aloha” show aboard the Star of Honolulu, featuring fabulous new costumes, dazzling choreography and impressive special effects!

We’re going back in time to celebrate a couple’s journey from Hawaii and across the Pacific Ocean. Thanks to the stunning work of Honolulu-based designer Kathe James, the new show features the largest cast on island waters decorated in beautiful, brand new costumes. We also enlisted a talented team of professionals from Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand to choreograph new, authentic dances to keep our guests moving and grooving throughout the evening!

Climb aboard the Star of Honolulu to experience the magic of our 60 Years of Aloha show for yourself! To learn more about the show or to book your cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit

Treat Dad to a Father’s Day at Sea with Star of Honolulu

May 18, 2017

Show dad how much you care this Father’s Day by treating him to a memorable evening out at sea aboard the Star of Honolulu. The two-hour, family-friendly voyage features live music, gourmet dinner and breathtaking views of the Waikiki coastline.

Families begin their fun and tropical evening with a welcome hula, relaxing Hawaiian music and the exciting “Polynesian Journey” show, perfect for keiki and adults alike! Festivities continue with the delicious Pacific Rim Dinner Buffet, featuring local favorites like roast beef carved onboard, steamed Pacific white fish, fire grilled guava BBQ chicken, and many other treats! Dads will also enjoy a free beverage of choice in honor of their special day!

Let Star of Honolulu spoil dad this Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18. For more information or to book your cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit

Celebrate Mom in Style this Mother’s Day aboard the Star of Honolulu

April 26, 2017

Treat mom to a relaxing day in paradise aboard the Star of Honolulu’s Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise! From a gourmet meal to breathtaking ocean views, each and every mom is guaranteed to enjoy an extra special day fit for a queen.

The voyage begins with a special champagne toast to all moms onboard. Throughout the cruise, Mom and her guests will indulge in a delicious buffet featuring island favorites like USDA choice top round grade roast beef, teriyaki chicken, citrus miso glazed white fish, and much more. Mothers will love the door prize giveaways, and families will have a blast participating in an afternoon of lei making, hula and ukulele lessons.

Show your hardworking mom just how much you love her and book your Mother’s Day voyage today! The family-friendly cruise departs from Pier 8 at Aloha Tower Marketplace on Sunday, May 14 at 12:00 p.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to book your cruise today, visit or call (808) 983-STAR (7827).

Indulge in the Flavors of Spring Aboard the Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz Cruise

March 22, 2017

Experience Star of Honolulu’s signature Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz cruise as we unveil our gourmet spring menu. Chef de Cuisine Aaron Lee is proud to present the 7-Course Spring menu featuring the seasonal colors and flavors with island touches.

Spring Canapés
Sun-dried Tomato and Roasted Garlic Roulade
Mascarpone and Honey Almond on Apricot
Artichoke Hearts á la Grecque

Roasted Cauliflower and Carrot Soup

Seared Ahi Nicoise Salad
Spring Microgreens, Haricot Vert, Nicoise Olives,
Potato, Grape Tomatoes and Soy Yuzu Emulsion

Air-Flown Live Maine Lobster
with Asparagus, Baby Corn,
Bacon Powder and Mentaiko Cream

Strawberry and Lehua Honey Sorbet

USDA Prime Tenderloin of Beef au Poivre
with Truffled Mashed Potato, Morel Mushrooms, Snow Peas
Port-Wine Glace de Veau and Cognac Butter Sauce

Balsamic Mixed Berry Pavlova
with Lemon Curd and Meringue

Throughout the cruise, guests will be enchanted by the soothing sounds of a live jazz trio and spectacular sunset and coastline views.

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 7:30 p.m. Disembarks at 8:00 p.m.; 8:30 p.m. Friday Fireworks & Sunset Cruise 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. The cruise is $199 for adults; not recommended for children.
Dress Code: No shorts, T-shirts or flip flops.
Kamaʻaina and military prices are also available with valid Hawaii and military I.D.

The Five Star Spring menu is available from April 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017. For more information or to book a cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit

Hop Aboard the Star of Honolulu’s Easter Brunch Cruise

March 22, 2017

We’re inviting all of our friends to hippity hoppity aboard the Star of Honolulu and enjoy an egg-cellent Easter Sunday with our Easter Champagne Brunch cruise.

Throughout the cruise, guests will enjoy a fun Easter egg hunt, prize giveaways for keiki and authentic Hawaiian cultural activities that include lei making, Hula and Ukulele lessons. Keiki will love searching for eggs, and parents will indulge in a champagne toast and gorgeous ocean and coastline views.

Of course Easter isn’t complete without a delicious brunch, and Star of Honolulu has got you covered with its delicious Taste of Hawaii buffet featuring a roast beef carving station, teriyaki chicken, citrus miso glazed white fish, and many other local favorites!

For more information or to book your Easter Champagne Brunch cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit


Humpback Whale Profile

March 20, 2017

Whale watch breaching.

The humpbacks are here! Our favorite ocean visitors have returned to Hawaii’s warm ocean, where they spend the winter months breeding, giving birth, and nursing their young before returning to the cold Alaskan waters.

In Hawaiian, humpback whales are called kohala. These magnificent creatures have a special significance to Native Hawaiians, who view kohala as a family aumakua, or spiritual ancestor who takes the form of an animal. Many Hawaiians today still honor their aumakua and treat them with the utmost respect.

When watching these enormous marine mammals, it isn’t hard to understand why they deserve this respect. Humpbacks can range in size from 40 to 50 feet and weigh up to a whopping 45 tons. At the same time, they are remarkably graceful creatures, and can thrust nearly half of their bodies out of the water in a grand gesture known as breaching. Humpbacks are also very strong swimmers and use their flukes, or large tail fins, to drive them through the water.

Want to learn more about humpbacks? Ask our certified Naturalists during your next Star of Honolulu whale watch cruise! For more information, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit

Humpbacks, Belugas, Fin Whales…Oh My!

March 7, 2017

With almost 90 species of whales and dolphins in the world, it’s hard to keep up with these magnificent creatures! We’re shining the spotlight on some of the more common species, from our beloved Humpbacks to the impressive Orcas:

Humpback Whales

Humpbacks, or Kohala in Hawaiian, are impressive marine mammals that can range in size from 40 to 50 feet and weigh up to 45 tons. Every winter, these mammals make their annual trek from Alaska’s cold waters to Hawaii’s warm ocean, where they breed and nurse their calf throughout the season.

Beluga Whale

Beluga whales are distinct marine mammals with bright white skin. While a beluga calf is born a dark gray shade, its skin turns pure white over the next five to ten years. As one of the more vocal whale species, belugas can often be heard “singing” their very distinct song from above the ocean waters.

Sperm Whale

These grand toothed whales are very easy to identify. Equipped with a uniquely angled blow and a single blowhole on the left side of their body, sperm whales can be quickly spotted at sea. They are also one of the deepest diving mammals in the world, reaching impressive depths of nearly 3 kilometers and holding their breath for up to 2 hours.

Fin Whale

Second to the blue whale, the fin whale is one of the largest animals in existence. They can measure up to 27 meters long and weigh up to 120 tons! This species rarely breaches and typically resides in the Gulf of California and the Mediterranean. They are incredibly fast, and feed mostly on plankton and large schools of fish.

Though many whale species reside in waters far from Hawaii, we are lucky enough to spot humpbacks every winter and spring seasons aboard the Star of Honolulu! For more information or to book a cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit

Have a Blast this Friday with Star of Honolulu’s #FridayFireworks Cruises

February 17, 2017

Here in Hawaii, we’re lucky enough to enjoy fireworks every week! On Friday evenings, Hilton Hawaiian Village hosts a weekly fireworks show that illuminates the sky above Waikiki Beach, and there’s no better place to view them than aboard the Star of Honolulu.

This year we’re dubbing Fridays, “Fireworks Fridays!” We stay out an extra hour to view the spectacular fireworks show in the best spot on the island—the Star of Honolulu viewing decks. Whether you’re enjoying the fun and tropical Pacific Star Sunset Buffet & Show or indulging in the Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz cruise, you’ll be treated to amazing views of the fireworks every Friday evening aboard the Star of Honolulu.

Entertaining guests for over 60 years, our ohana at Star of Honolulu host nightly dinner cruises aboard our award-wining, 1,5000-passenger tour vessel. We offer a variety of dinner packages to cater to every guest on every budget.

For more information or to book your Friday Fireworks cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit

Falling in Love in Hawaii’s Warm Waters

February 14, 2017

Have you ever wondered why humpback whales visit us at the same time every year? It’s all in the name of love!

Every winter, humpbacks migrate away from the frigid Alaskan waters to our pleasant, warm ocean, spending their “vacation” traveling in pods as they breed, give birth, and nurse their young. To humpbacks, Hawaii is their breeding grounds, and they travel over 3,000 miles every year to enjoy this much-needed season of love.

When you climb aboard the Star of Honolulu for one of our popular whale watch cruises, you may have the chance to observe majestic humpback whales as they swim along with their calves. Keep your eyes out for gorgeous sights like these aboard the STAR!

To book a cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit