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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!

Count Down to 2020 aboard Star of Honolulu’s New Year’s Eve Midnight Cruise

October 29, 2019

Ring in the New Year in sophistication and style aboard Star of Honolulu’s New Year’s Eve Midnight Cruises! On Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 10:15PM, the STAR sets sail for a memorable evening of live entertainment, delicious gourmet dinner, “champagne” toast, festive party favors and the best view of the fireworks show.

Guests are invited to choose from three cruise options:

  • Celebration Dinner, Show & Fireworks Cruise: Celebrate the New Year with a 3-Course whole Maine lobster and tenderloin of beef dinner with one premium beverage and the thrilling “60 Years of Aloha” show.
  • Romance Dinner, Jazz & Fireworks Cruise: Treat yourself to an intimate, 5-Course live Maine lobster and prime tenderloin of beef dinner, two super premium beverages and a live jazz show.
  • Admiral’s Dinner, Jazz & Fireworks Cruise: Indulge in the ultimate luxurious experience in the Super Nova Room with a 5-Course signature live Maine lobster and prime tenderloin of beef dinner served to your private table, two super premium beverages with after-dinner cart service and a live jazz show.

For an even more festive experience, upgrade with a private table and a bottle of “champagne” for just $30 per person.

Gather your friends and family and set sail for a New Year’s cruise you’ll never forget! For more information or to book your cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit www.StarofHonolulu.com.

Sample the Flavors of Fall aboard Star of Honolulu’s Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz Cruise

October 15, 2019

This fall, indulge in an evening of gourmet cuisine and spectacular views aboard the Star of Honolulu’s Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz Cruise. From October 1, 2019 to January 5, 2020, guests can enjoy our brand new 7-Course Signature Dinner fall menu featuring the unique colors and flavors of the season.

Fall Canapés
Seared Scallop and Microgreens with Pomegranate Sauce
Prosciutto, Date and Blue Cheese on Polenta
Mushroom Pâté on Toast

Potato Leek Soup
With Truffle Foam and Prosciutto-Dusted Spoon Crouton

Roasted Beet Napoleon
Micro Lettuce with Pomegranate Balsamic Dressing

Air-Flown Live Maine Lobster Butter Poached
Corn Soufflé with Beurre Blanc and Romesco

Intermezzo
Blackberry Prosecco

USDA Prime Tenderloin of Beef Wellington
Fondant Potato, Romanesco and Duxelle Pastry with Chasseur Sauce

Chocolate Ganache Chiffon Cake
Hand-Painted Marzipan Ribbon and Berries with Raspberry Coulis

Alternative fish, chicken or vegan entrées available with 24 hours notice.

Throughout the cruise, guests will be entertained by the relaxing sounds of a live jazz trio while soaking 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 5:30PM, with the Captain’s Welcome Reception beginning at 4:45PM, and disembarks at 8PM (8:30PM on Fridays). The cruise is $201 for adults (not recommended for children).

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

Stars of Paradise ‘Ohana Practices Sustainable Tourism

September 5, 2019

In an ongoing effort to practice sustainable tourism, Stars of Paradise continues its commitment to caring for Hawaii’s environment whether on land or at sea. For the past 60 years, Star of Honolulu Cruises & Events and Royal Star Hawaii have been delivering a high-quality “Experience of Aloha” aboard Hawaii’s largest dinner cruises and tours.

  • The Star of Honolulu uses reusable glassware and utensils, and most recently eliminated single-use plastic straws on all cruises.
  • The eco-friendly Dolphin Star vessel minimizes emissions with EPA compliant main engines and operates at a cruising speed shown by recent NOAA studies to be safe for marine mammals. It was also built without generators to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Our sister transportation company, Royal Star Hawaii, also features vehicles with green hybrid engines and incentivizes drivers with monthly fuel conservation awards.

Star of Honolulu Enters TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame

September 5, 2019

We’re proud to announce that Star of Honolulu has received entrance into TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame! Since 2018, the Hall of Fame program has recognized businesses that received a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years, and we’re thrilled to accept this prestigious honor.

In addition to Star of Honolulu, our Stars of Paradise friends at Rock-A-Hula, Dolphin Star and Royal Star Hawaii also received entrance into the Hall of Fame!

The Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame program recognizes attractions, accommodations, restaurants and vacation rentals that have consistently received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. The certificate accounts for the quality, quantity and recentness of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Click here to visit Star of Honolulu’s TripAdvisor page. To book a Star of Honolulu cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit www.StarofHonolulu.com.

Final Month to Soak Up Child FREE Specials at Dolphin Star and Rock-A-Hula

September 5, 2019

From now through the end of September, visit our friends at Dolphin Star and Rock-A-Hula for their Child FREE Special savings!

On the west side, Dolphin Star is making it simple and affordable for families to spot wild dolphins and other marine life with an incredible Child FREE Special, inviting a child (age 3-11) to cruise FREE with each paying adult on the morning Wild Dolphin Watch cruise. Complete with open-air, multi-level decks and a shaded dining area and bar, Dolphin Star’s 149-passenger vessel is comfortable and spacious. A crew of certified Naturalists will engage passengers with unique insights on wild dolphins and other marine life, as children participate in Dolphin Star’s interactive keiki program and receive a souvenir activity book.

Meanwhile, in the heart of Waikiki, Rock-A-Hula is offering an exclusive Child FREE Luau Special! One child (age 3-11) can enjoy the Luau Buffet & Show package for FREE with each paying adult. The evening kicks off with an upscale luau buffet in a cabana under the stars featuring a whole roasted pig and roast beef. A new Treasure Hunt keiki program is also included. Following dinner, guests will make their way to premier seats in the mezzanine for Waikiki’s biggest Hawaiian show, featuring talented artists, hula and fire knife dancers and a live band! Close out the evening with an exciting Meet&Greet with the cast.

Indulge in the Flavors of Summer aboard Star of Honolulu’s Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz Cruise

June 26, 2019

This summer, treat yourself to an evening of luxury, romance, and gourmet cuisine aboard the Star of Honolulu’s Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz Cruise. From July 1 through September 30, 2019, we are treating cruisegoers to a new 7-Course Signature Dinner summer menu featuring the exquisite colors and flavors of the season:

Summer Canapés
Jackfruit with Tropical Remoulade
Smoked Salmon Mousse on Cucumber
Ahi Tuna Tiradito Cones

Crème of Carrot Soup
with Fava Bean Mousse and Parmesan

Summer Green Salad
Watermelon Radish, Heirloom and Toy Box Tomatoes, Golden Beets, Cucumber and Parmesan with Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Powder and Agrumato Dressing

Stuffed Air-Flown Live Maine Lobster
White Sturgeon Caviar and Candied Tomato with Meyer Lemon and Kamuela Tomato Water

Tuscan Cantaloupe Sorbetto
with Port Wine Syrup

USDA Prime Tenderloin of Beef Wrapped in Prosciutto and Basil
Truffle, Potato Pavé, Zucchini and Carrot with Agliata Demi Sauce

Orange Tiramisu and Zabaione Gelato
with Orange Crème Anglaise

Alternative fish, chicken or vegan entrees available with 24 hours notice

Throughout the cruise, guest will be entertained by the soothing sounds of a live jazz trio while indulging 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 5:30PM, with the Captain’s Welcome Reception beginning at 4:45PM, and returns at 8PM (8:30PM on Fridays). The cruise is $201 for adults (not recommended for children).

Plus, if you’re a kama‘aina or active military, you can take advantage of a limited-time Buy One, Get One 50% Off special offer fit for a VIP! From now through September 30, 2019, buy one Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz cruise and book a second ticket for 50 percent off! A valid Hawaii or Military I.D. is required for purchase and must be presented upon check-in.

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

Put a “Pop” in your Independence Day aboard Star of Honolulu

June 11, 2019

This Fourth of July, celebrate in luxury and style aboard Star of Honolulu’s Independence Day Cruise! Climb aboard for this three-hour voyage on Thursday, July 4, 2019, complete with gourmet cuisine, refreshing beverages, live entertainment and breathtaking views of the sunset, fireworks show and Honolulu City Lights.

The spectacular cruise sets sail from Aloha Tower Marketplace at 6:15PM. Guests can choose from four cruise options:

  • Party Sunset Dinner, Show & Fireworks Cruise
    Casual onboard fun featuring a 3-Course crab and tenderloin of beef dinner, Star Signature Mai Tai, the engaging “60 Years of Aloha” show and breathtaking sunset and fireworks views.
  • Celebration Sunset Dinner, Show & Fireworks Cruise
    A festive evening featuring a 5-Course whole Maine lobster and tenderloin of beef dinner, “champagne” toast, two premium beverages and “60 Years of Aloha” show.
  • Romance Sunset Dinner, Jazz & Fireworks Cruise
    An intimate dining experience in private lounge featuring a 7-Course signature live Maine lobster and prime tenderloin of beef dinner served at a private table, Hawaiian Bellini, three super premium beverages and live jazz.
  • Admiral’s Sunset Dinner, Jazz & Fireworks Cruise
    The ultimate in luxury and style featuring a 7-Course signature live Maine lobster and prime tenderloin of beef dinner served to your private table in the brilliant Super Nova room, Hawaiian Bellini, three super premium beverages with after-dinner cart service and live jazz.

The three-hour cruise cost ranges from $165 to $251 per adult; kama‘aina and military rates are available with valid I.D. Transportation via Royal Star Hawaii is also available at an additional cost.

Get ready for an Independence Day you’ll never forget! Book your Independence Day Cruise package today by calling (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visiting www.StarofHonolulu.com.

Buy One, Get One 50% Off Savings aboard Star of Honolulu’s Five Star Cruise

June 7, 2019

Make this summer unforgettable—and save big—with Star of Honolulu’s seasonal kama‘aina and military offer fit for a VIP. From July 1 through September 30, kama‘aina and military personnel are invited to buy one Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz Cruise and get a second ticket for 50 percent off!

The ultimate in luxury and romance, our Five Star Sunset Dining & Jazz Cruise is one of the most spectacular dining experiences on Oahu. Following an exclusive Captain’s welcome reception with a Hawaiian Bellini, guests will be treated to a 7-Course Signature dinner at a private table in the magnificent Art Deco Super Nova Room featuring air-flown live Maine lobster and USDA prime tenderloin of beef.

Throughout the evening, be treated to three super premium beverages, exceptional panoramic views and nonstop entertainment, from a Bon Voyage hula to a talented, show-stopping jazz trio.

For a limited time only, kama‘aina and military personnel can purchase a Five Star cruise ticket at the kama‘aina rate of $150.75 and receive a second one for just $75.38! Some restrictions apply.

For more information on this exclusive summer special, visit www.StarofHonolulu.com/kamspecials. Reservations can be made by phone at (808) 983-STAR (7827).

Pamper Dad aboard the STAR’s Father’s Day Sunset Dinner Buffet & Show Cruise

June 5, 2019

This Father’s Day, climb aboard the Star of Honolulu for an ocean voyage to remember! We’re setting sail for our Father’s Day Sunset Dinner Buffet & Show Cruise on Sunday, June 16, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30PM!

On this casual, high-value dinner cruise, guests will enjoy the spirit of aloha as our friendly crew welcomes you aboard. Indulge in stunning sunset and coastline views, the festive “Polynesian Journey” show and one FREE beverage of choice for dad. The cruise also features the delicious Pacific Rim Dinner Buffet featuring a roast beef carving station, misoyaki BBQ chicken, white fish with coconut curry sauce, Hawaiian potato macaroni salad and more. See the full menu with vegan selections here.

The two-hour cruise is $97 per adult and $58 per child (age 3-11). Kama‘aina and military rates are available with valid Hawaii I.D. Transportation via Royal Star Hawaii is also available at an additional cost.

Show dad just how much you love him by booking your Father’s Day Buffet Cruise today! Call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit www.StarofHonolulu.com.

Treat Mom to a Special Mother’s Day Brunch aboard Star of Honolulu

May 3, 2019

Pamper mom like the queen she is aboard our Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise on Sunday, May 12, 2019, from 12-2PM!

During the cruise, guests will enjoy prize giveaways for moms, breathtaking ocean and coastline views, live entertainment and Hawaiian cultural activities, such as lei making and hula and ukulele lessons. The cruise also features the delicious Taste of Hawaii Buffet, featuring local favorites such as Alaea Salt Roast Beef carved onboard, Teriyaki Chicken, Citrus Miso Glazed White Fish and Fried Saimin. Plus, guests will savor a special Mother’s Day cake and other tasty desserts, coffee station and a festive “champagne” toast (non-alcoholic option available). See the full menu here.

The two-hour cruise is $73 per adult and $44 per child (age 3-11). Kama‘aina and military rates are available with valid Hawaii I.D. Transportation is also available at an additional cost.

Treat mom to a memorable Mother’s Day at sea and book your Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise today! Call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit www.StarofHonolulu.com.