With the helicoptor

A Hawaiian holiday


Hi everyone,

February already – this year seems to be tick-tocking away so quickly! Hubby and I have just come back from a trip to Hawaii, which was one of the most spectacular places I’ve ever been.

Palm treesThe main island of Hawaii, known as The Big Island, was just stunning, a mix of barren desert, beautiful beaches, rainforest and mountains. Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanos and has been erupting constantly since 1983 – we went on an incredible trip with a former U.S. Marine helicopter pilot, who flew us through beautiful valleys, around the coastline and then right over the volcano. It was extraordinary to see the red-hot lava flowing out, setting trees on fire as it went.

With the helicoptor


I love to learn about the places I visit – I’m not really a beach sitter, and there was so much about Hawaii I didn’t know. We flew past a huge dome on the slopes of another volcano, Mauna Loa, and discovered that NASA uses this inhospitable landscape to simulate Mars! At the moment six scientists are spending a year living in this dome, to see how people can maintain morale and continue to perform effectively under such conditions – they eat only freeze-dried “space” food and if they come outside, they must wear spacesuits, so they are basically spending a year living like astronauts.

Hawaii is also one of the best places in the world to study the stars, and has one of the world’s largest observatories. To keep the skies dark, no neon lights are allowed anywhere, street lighting is all low level, and many streets, even in Honolulu, are lit by flaming tiki torches. Could you imagine British cities being lit by flaming torches…I think it would be carnage!

One of my favourite parts of the trip was a day spent whale watching. Humpback whales come to Hawaii from Alaska in winter to breed, and we saw dozens of these remarkable creatures, up to 50 feet long, leaping from the water and swimming around our boat. Pictures were hard to get, as they moved so quickly, but when our guide dropped a hydrophone into the water we were able to hear the extraordinary sound of whale song. It was utterly magical and haunting, and I recorded a little of it… take a listen:

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We also spent a few days on the island of Oahu. The famous Waikiki beach was not for me – too busy and noisy – but I had always wanted to visit Pearl Harbour, where over 3,000 people were killed or injured when the Japanese attacked the U.S. Naval base there in December 1941. The memorial is beautifully done and very moving.

Pearl Harbour memorial

I could talk about Hawaii for hours but I won’t bore you with any more holiday talk! On a beauty note, the weather was very hot and sunny so I relied heavily on my Ultrasun 50-plus and came back with a light tan and no burnt bits! And, very unusually for me, I came home with my hair in better condition than when I left. I struggle with dryness, especially in the sun, but I discovered a magic formula –  Nexxus replenishing masque (it’s supposed to be used a few times a week but I used a little bit every day) and a fabulous new styling product from Taya, called Inner Core which left my hair unbelievably soft and shiny. If you suffer with dry, frizzy hair, I really recommend these two products.

Taya Inner Core

Do you have any holiday plans for 2016 yet? Please do get in touch, either by leaving a comment under this blog or by saying hello on Twitter (I’m @jackiekabler).

Love Jackie  x


  1. Sue Gammack February 9, 2016 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    Hawaii Sue here Jackie.So glad you enjoyed your trip,I agree with you,to me Waikiki
    is just a beach and as we are not beach babes we love to explore.So glad you
    enjoyed(which I think is the wrong word)Pearl Harbour,we even saw oil in the
    water when we were there.
    We did a helicopter trip on Maui,we were in the air for over an hour and that was
    Do you think you will go back?
    Lucky you,we went whale watching but sadly saw none.

    Love Suexx

    • Jackie Kabler February 12, 2016 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sue,
      It was wonderful! I tend not to go back to places (apart from some of my favourite cities like New York!) as there is so much of the world I still want to see, but as we didn’t go to Maui on this trip I would quite like to go there one day. What a great place. And yes, Pearl Harbour was very moving. We were so lucky to see so many whales, such beautiful creatures, I loved it.
      Love Jackie x

  2. Susan February 10, 2016 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Looks stunning Jackie! I’d heard about the NASA study being done so how amazing you got to fly over it! You’re a reporter to the core! Brilliant blog!x

    • Jackie Kabler February 12, 2016 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

      Hi Susan,
      Yes, from the helicopter I took a photo of the dome they are staying in but it wasn’t very clear so decided not to post it! I loved the trip, fascinating place!
      Love Jackie x

  3. carol downie February 12, 2016 at 7:57 am -  Reply

    Sounds like you had an amazing time in Hawaii.
    I’m just back from Disney land Paris with my family. My four yr old granddaughter is partially sighted but loved every minute of it. We have the most amazing picture of her looking at Pluto and giggling. That will be my abiding memory. Xxx

    • Jackie Kabler February 12, 2016 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

      Hi Carol,
      Awww how lovely! I went there with some nieces and a nephew some years ago and we had a brilliant time. I think I enjoyed it even more than they did, I’m a big child at heart! Glad you and your granddaughter had a good time.
      Love Jackie x

  4. Heather Blaber February 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Wow! How lucky are you, getting the chance to visit Hawaii. Somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. I saw you on air, I think it was your first day back, you looked really well. Its my 60th this year – can’t believe it, and can’t take it all in, that I’m going to be a pensioner! A trendy pensioner, may I add. Friends and colleagues tell me I don’t look it. That’s because I buy great skin care from QVC! Anyway, we’ve always wanted to go sailing down the Rhine, so we have booked a “Rhine in Flames” cruise for early September. But because its a long way off, and I didn’t want a party, we are going to Antwerp for a couple of nights on the Eurostar, on my actual birthday. So looking forward to both trips.

    Take care

    • Jackie Kabler February 12, 2016 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

      Hi Heather,
      Well it’s my 50th this year so we are both celebrating big birthdays! The Rhine cruise sounds fabulous and I have always fancied Antwerp so you must let me know what it’s like, have a wonderful time! I don’t want a party either for my birthday – we are going to New York, my favourite city in the world, for a few days, hurray! Happy birthday in advance.
      Love Jackie x

  5. Jayne February 14, 2016 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, your holiday looked absolutely fab but it’s your book I wanted to pass comment on.

    I’ve just finished reading it on my journey in and out of work on the tram. It really made me smile and I had to stop myself from laughing out loud at one particular bit (about the pig). It really was such a fun book to read, very entertaining. You must have so many more stories from your GMTV days you can drawn on (and perhaps a few you can’t lol). I just got to the bit where the culprit was about to be revealed, when my tram stop came and I had to shut my Kindle down until my journey home, agony!!
    Do hope you’ve got further books planned, I love the character of Cora.

    Thanks for helping my dull tram journey into work so much more bearable. xx

    • Jackie Kabler February 15, 2016 at 9:49 am -  Reply

      Hi Jayne,
      That’s so kind of you, thank you! Every story in the book is based on things that really happened to me on GMTV and yes, so many more to choose from! And yes indeed, I am curently working on the next book in the Cora Baxter series which will be out later this year. I will keep you posted!
      Love Jackie x

  6. shirley osborne February 19, 2016 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    you look brillant for your age and thought how well you looked after your holiday considering you travelled for quite a few hours. we live in cornwall so for us to go anywhere like that we have to travel to london and sometimes it,s not always possible because i have a 15 year old daughter and the school is very fussy about holidays so it has to be a must when she finishes school. me and hubby are off to antigua for 2 weeks on the 23rd feb first time we have been on holiday together for 2 weeks on our own cant wait .anyway love watching you on qvc as you seem such good fun take care

    • Jackie Kabler February 22, 2016 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

      Hi Shirley,
      Yes, always tricky with children and school holidays…I’m not a mum but I know my friends often find it difficult. Enjoy Antigua, I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time! Thank you for the kind words too, much appreciated.
      Love Jackie x

  7. vivienne watson March 7, 2016 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi I’m disabled and when you are on you really make me feel better you are a lovely lady .and sorry for asking did you have a boy or a girl keep up the good work

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