Every Saturday night, the Honolulu Zoo in Waikiki offers a two hour twilight tour from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Visitors carry flashlights covered with red cellophane and they are asked to be very quiet, to avoid disturbing the animals. Tickets should be purchased in advance at the zoo box office and they cost $12 per adult and $8 per child. Families are welcome but children should be age 4 or older. For more information see the 2005 Star Bulletin Article or call 808-926-3191.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
The next chapter in the Hawaii inter-island airfare war: Go! Airlines is offering inter-island airfares $10 cheaper then their already bargain-basement $39 one-way fare for flights between Honolulu and the neighbor islands. Tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, August 1, 2006 and travel must be completed by September 30, 2006. Go! Airlines bought full-page newspaper ads in some of today's Hawaii newspapers announcing the new low fare. According to a July 30 article in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Airlines will match the $29 fare.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
A guide to golf courses on the island of Oahu. Includes golf courses near Waikiki and Honolulu, and golf courses in the north, south, east, west, and central regions of Oahu. The golf course on the right is Olomana Golf Links in the windward coastal town of Waimanalo.
Oahu Golf Course Guide Golf Courses on Other Islands
Friday, July 28, 2006
Governor Togiola Tulafono of American Samoa - pictured on the left - wants to force Hawaiian Airlines out of his territory. American Samoa has complained for years that Hawaiian Airlines charges higher rates for flights between Pago Pago and Honolulu then they do for same-distance flights between other cities. Last month, after giving Hawaiian Airlines 45 days to lower airfares, he asked them to voluntarily terminate all of their flights to American Samoa. Now he has issued an executive order accusing Hawaiian Airlines of "harassing or discriminating against passengers of Samoan ancestry". Not everyone in American Samoa agrees with the governor's approach to this issue. See the July 1 Pacific Magazine Article. For some history about this controversial issue, see Congressman Faleomavaega's 2003 Press Release.
Ruth's Chris Steak House is building two new locations in Hawaii, one at Mauna Lani on the Big Island and the other in Waikiki. The slightly odd name of this restaurant came about in 1965 when single mother Ruth Furtel purchased the Chris Steak House in Louisiana. Today Ruth's is one of the most successful of the high-end, traditional steak houses, with more then 90 locations around the world. After the two new Hawaii restaurants have opened, there will be five Ruth's Chris Steak Houses in Hawaii:
Ruth's Chris Ala Moana Restaurant Row (Oahu) Ruth's Chris Waikiki Beach Walk (Oahu) Ruth's Chris Lahaina Center (Maui) Ruth's Chris Wailea (Maui) Ruth's Chris Mauna Lani (Big Island)
Aloha Airlines Review Maui Menus Review
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Tonight in Honolulu you can taste sake and sample sake appetizers created by chefs from 15 Honolulu restaurants at the International Sake Association's Joy of Sake event at the Hawaii Convention Center. You can also attend a Living Ahupuaa Lecture at the Bishop Museum, featuring the Waimea, Waianae, and Waipio Valleys. If you bring a picnic to the Foster Botanical Gardens you can enjoy a harp ensemble this evening at their weekly Twilight Summer Concert (310-522-7064). The Hanauma Bay Educational Center is screening a documentary film about the endangered undersea world of Hawaii entitled "Oasis of the Pacific: Time is Running Out".
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
The Aliiolani Hale is one of the most photographed buildings in Hawaii because it sits behind the golden King Kamehameha Statue. The building is located in the historic capitol district of downtown Honolulu, across the street from the Iolani Palace. Originally the Aliiolani Hale was intended to be a royal palace for King Kamehameha V, but instead it was used to house the government offices of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Today it is the home of the Hawaii State Supreme Court and Judiciary History Center. Monday through Friday, visitors to the latter can view multimedia presentations and exhibits, including a restored courtroom and historic items. The Aliiolani Hale is included on the United States National Register of Historic Places.
The 17th annual Maui Onion Festival will take place August 5-6 at the Whalers Village shopping center in Kaanapali. Events will include cooking demonstrations, a Maui onion profesional chef's recipe contest, raw Maui onion eating contest, an outdoor produce market, a Maui onion ring stand, and live entertainment.
The "Hui Hawaii O Utah" Hawaiian Civic Club in Salt Lake City is having their 20th anniversary celebration on the evening of Saturday, September 9, 2006. The event will include an island-style dinner and live Hawaiian music. The celebration will take place at the Columbia Center Auditorium in Salt Lake City and it is open to the general public. For more information visit the Hui Hawaii O Utah web site or call 801-733-6388.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
The 22nd annual Koloa Plantation Days Festival is taking place now on the island of Kauai. Koala Plantation Days is a celebration of the cultures of the different ethnic groups who immigrated to Hawaii to work in Hawaii's sugar industry. Many different events are part of the celebration including historic tours, cultural demonstrations, sports events, a luau, and live entertainment. On Saturday July 29 there will be a historic parade through Koloa Town followed by an all-day celebration at Koloa Ball Park and the conclusion of an outrigger canoe race from Oahu to Kauai. The Koloa Plantation Days Rodeo will take place on Sunday, July 30.
The Makapuu Lighthouse Trail on the southeast coast of Oahu is an easy trail that can be enjoyed by all levels of hikers. The trail is a little more then a mile in each direction and while it is steep in some places, it is fully paved, making it a relatively easy hike. There are magnificent views of windward Oahu and two offshore islands from the observation deck at the top of the trail. On a clear day you can see the island of Molokai off in the distance and during the winter season you will often see whales passing by.
The last two perfomers in the Waikiki Aquarium's 2006 Summer Concert Series, called Ke Kani O Ke Kai (Sounds of the Ocean), will be Jerry Santos of Olomana on July 25 and Na Palapalai on August 8. Food items from a leading Honolulu restaurant will be sold at each performance. Audience members will probably want to bring beach mats or low beach chairs. Proceeds from these concerts will help fund a Northwestern Hawaiian Islands exhibit that is being developed for the Aquarium.
The first major storm of the season to enter Hawaiian waters has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm. The storm known as "Daniel" is expected to pass over the Hawaiian islands on Friday and Saturday, bringing up to ten inches of rain and winds in the 40 to 70 mile per hour range. The eye of the storm is expected pass directly over the Big Island, but the other islands should also be prepared for significant amounts of wind and rain. The progress of Storm Daniel can be tracked on the Web site of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
According to an article in this week's Honolulu Advertiser Newspaper, the Hawaii Superferry project is on schedule and service is still expected to begin in July of 2007. The company's first $90 million ferry is 80% complete and in-ocean testing will begin by the end of 2006.
July 23 Honolulu Advertiser Article More About the Hawaii Superferry
Two tour operators in Hawaii offer guided Segway scooter expeditions on the islands of Oahu and Maui. Segway scooters have been allowed on sidewalks and bike paths in Hawaii since Governor Linda Lingle signed a bill making them legal in 2003.
Segway Tour Operators in Hawaii News About Segways in Hawaii
Wyndham Vacation Ownership announced this week they have purchased Pahio Resorts of Hawaii. Wyndham plans to expand one of their new resorts - the Bali Hai Villas - by adding 125 units and a clubhouse. Pahio has four timeshare properties, all on the north and east sides of the island of Kauai:
The Shearwater Bali Hai Villas Ka Eo Kai Kauai Beach Villas
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Hawaii's peaceful and serene Byodo-In Japanese Temple sits nestled in a grove of pine trees at the foot of the dramatic Koolau Mountains, in the town of Kaneohe, on the eastern side of Oahu. The temple was built in 1968 and it is a full scale replica of the Byodo-In Temple built in 998 in the city of Uji, Japan. [Photo Gallery]
Friday, July 21, 2006
Pacific Basin Communications will publish the last issue of Honolulu's Downtown Planet newspaper on Monday, July 24, 2006. Downtown Planet is a free weekly newspaper that was first published in 1979. It covers business, entertainment, and community issues related to downtown Honolulu. The publishers are talking about possibly replacing the print version of the magazine with an online version.
Each of these ten ideas for improving and rejuvenating Honolulu's historic Chinatown district won $4000 in a "Chinatown Honolulu Bright Ideas" contest organized by the City and County of Honolulu. The contest was funded by the Ford Foundation and five of Hawaii's banks.
Ideas for Improving Chinatown Honolulu
The island of of Oahu experienced a jellyfish invasion this week that resulted in more then 200 people being stung while swimming at beaches on the south and west shores of the island. Warning signs were posted on many beaches - including Waikiki - and Hanauma Bay was closed for several hours because of the problem. Hawaii's box jellyfish are unique among the world's jellyfish because their arrival on shore is very predictable. They come close to the beach to spawn 8 to 12 days after each full moon. Usually the swarms only last two or three days, so fewer jellyfish are expected to be in the water this weekend. For more information, see
The Box Jellyfish of Hawaii Swimming Hazards in Hawaii
Thursday, July 20, 2006
The 2006 Hawaii State Farm Fair will take place July 20-23 and July 28-30 in Kapolei on the island of Oahu. The event will include farm produce and livestock exhibits, a petting zoo, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, food booths, and a midway with carnivals rides.
MORE HAWAII FARM FAIRS:
Aug 24 - Sep 27: Kauai County Fair Sep 07 - Sep 10: Big Island Farm Fair (Old Kona Airport) Sep 14 - Sep 17: Hawaii County Fair (Hilo) Sep 28 - Oct 1: Maui County Fair
MORE HAWAII FARM FAIRS:
Marriott International, the largest hotel chain in the United States, announced this week that it will ban smoking in all 400,000 of its hotel rooms in the United States and Canada. Twenty years ago about half of the hotel's rooms were set aside for smokers, but today only about 5 percent of their customers request smoking rooms. Marriott will enforce its ban by charging violators up to $300. Marriott International has six hotels and resorts in Hawaii:
Oahu: Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa Oahu: Ihilani Resort and Spa Maui: Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa Maui: Rennaissance Wailea Beach Resort Big Island: Waikoloa Beach Resort and Spa Kauai: Marriott Resort and Beach Club
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
The 24th annual Honolulu Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival will take place on Sunday, August 20, 2006 from 11 am to 6 pm in Kapiolani Park. In conjunction with the festival, the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach is hosting the second annual Ledward Kaapana Aloha Acoustic Workshop August 15-19 with sessions focused on slack key guitar, ukulele, and steel guitar. If you are interested in the workshop, sign up soon, because enrollment is limited to 25 people.
This week Hawaiian Airlines started selling activity cards - called "Go Cards" - that provide unlimited access to participating attractions on the island of Oahu. Cards for one to seven days are available, and the price is $23 per day if a seven-day card is purchased. It's interesting to note that Hawaiian introduced their Go Card only a few days after they sent a cease and desist letter to new inter-island carrier Go! Airlines, directing them to stop using the world "Hawaiian" on their Web site. For more information about the new Hawaiian Airlines activity card, see the Hawaiian Airlines Go Card.
This week, Brian Anderson of Anekona Properties purchased the Y-shaped, 700 room Ilikai Hotel, which first opened on the west end of Waikiki in 1964. The Ilikai Hotel currently operates under the Marriott Renaissance brand, but Anderson is in discussions with several other operators, including Hard Rock International, to take over management of the hotel. Nearly 600 units at the Ilikai hotel are privately owned, fee simple condominiums and about 80 units are owned by timeshare operator Shell Vacations. Most of the privately owned units are rented out as hotel rooms by the condo-hotel's management. The hotel's new owners are planning a $40 million renovation project that will close the Ilikai's Yacht Harbor Tower for a period of time.
Last month, a new International House of Pancakes restaurant opened inside the 327-room Ohana Waikiki Malia Hotel, and after only a month, it is the third highest money earner in the restaurant's 1200 location chain. The International House of Pancakes now has two locations in Hawaii, one in the Maui Mall in Kahului and the new Waikiki location at 2211 Kuhio Avenue.
Friday, July 14, 2006
The 2006 Hawaii Shakespeare Festival will take place this month at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on the island of Oahu. Plays will include "Much Ado About Nothing" July 7-15, "Antony and Cleopatra" July 15-22, and "The Comedy of Errors" July 22-30. For more information visit the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival Web site and read the July 14 Honolulu Star Bulletin Article.
The 10th annual Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard race will take place on July 30, 2006. Expert peddlers from all over the world will travel to Hawaii to compete in this challenging 32 mile race across the Kaiwi Channel. For more information visit the Event Web site, read the Event Announcement or call 808-638-8208.
The Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce will present the 5th Annual Honolulu Korean Festival on Saturday, July 15, 2006, at Kapiolani Park on the island of Oahu, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. This one-day event is open to everyone and admission is free. The annual celebration will feature Korean music, dance, food, products, cultural displays and family activities.
On the second Friday of each month, the BellyRoll Dance Company performs middle eastern belly dancing at the Cafe Marc Aurel in Wailuku on the island of Maui. There are two shows, at 7:00 and 8:00 pm, and there is no cover charge. The cafe is located at 28 North Market Street in Wailuku, near the Iao Theatre.
On Saturday, July 15, 2005 there will be an all-day concert in the Kaimuki High School auditorium on the island of Oahu. The concert will feature the Hawaiian music recording artists, mentors, singers, musicians, and icons of the "Hawaii Calls" radio program and Waikiki's golden years.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Today I received a message from a 70 year old woman who was born and raised in Hawaii, but later relocated to the mainland United States. She has been craving a two-crust coconut pie she enjoyed while living in Hawaii and has been trying to find the recipe. I hope the double crusted Coconut Macaroon Pie in our Hawaiian Recipe Collection is exactly what she is looking for!
The 12th annual San Francisco Aloha Festival will take place August 5-6, 2006 at the San Francisco Presidio. There will be two days of live music, hula performances, food booths, craft demonstrations, and workshops. The event will also include an outrigger canoe race called the "Round the Rock" Alcatraz Challenge.
The 9th annual E Pili Kakou I Hookahi Lahui hula retreat and workshop will take place August 25-27, 2006 in British Columbia, Canada. The venue for the event will be the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in Surrey. The 2006 special honoree will be kumu hula Aunty Kealoha Kalama and there will be more then a dozen presenters from Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, the Big Island of Hawaii and Tahiti. Every year, hula masters from all over Hawaii are invited to pass on their teachings at this important event. For more information see the official event Web site at Epilikakou.com.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Hawaii state park official are planning to re-route the several of the trails in Kauai's Kokee State Park to make the trailheads closer to paved roads, so hikers can avoid driving and parking on rough, muddy dirt roads. As part of the project, three new gravel parking areas will be created and existing parking areas will be expanded. For more information, see the July 12th Honolulu Advertiser Article.
The Moana Hotel on Waikiki Beach was built in 1901, and it was the first real hotel in the Waikiki area. The two side wings, which give the hotel its distinctive "H" shape, were added in 1918. The main building of the hotel is called the Banyan Wing and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information about the history of the Moana Hotel - currently known as the Sheraton Moana Surfrider - see:
History of the Moana Hotel The Moana Hotel Today
The state of Hawaii has passed a statewide smoking ban that disallows smoking in almost all public places, including restaurants, taxicabs, shopping malls, airports, bars, nightclubs, and other businesses. The law also establishes a smoke free zone for 20 feet around public entrances, exits, windows, and ventilation systems. The law will allow smoking in hotel rooms designated as smoking rooms, but only twenty percent of the rooms at any hotel may be so designated. Hawaii's new smoking ban will become effective on November 16, 2006, the date of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Aloha Airlines is celebrating its 60th birthday on July 26, 2006, and as part of that celebration they are giving away birthday presents to all of their passengers on that date. Every passenger flying Aloha Airlines on July 26, 2006, using a paid ticket, will receive a voucher good for free round trip airfare on their own birthday in 2007. From Aloha Airlines Chief Executive Officer David Banmiller : "We're thanking the people who fly with us on OUR birthday by celebrating THEIR birthday". For more information see Aloha Airlines Birthday Give-Away.
The Bishop Museum in Honolulu has closed their three-floor Hawaiian Hall Gallery in order to begin a $20 million renovation project. Elevators and air conditioning will be added to the building and the exhibits in the Hawaiian Hall will be revamped to cover Hawaiian history from the perspective of the Hawaiians themselves. The Hawaiian Hall is expected to re-open in the Spring of 2008. For photos of the Bishop Museum and more details about the renovation project see:
Hawaiian Hall Closed Until 2008 Bishop Museum Photo Gallery
(Photo Credit: Hawaii Tourism Japan)
(Photo Credit: Hawaii Tourism Japan)
This week Go! Airlines started offering five round-trip flights a day from Hilo to Honolulu, with the first flight departing from Hilo at 7:48 a.m. and the last flight departing from Honolulu at 9:30 p.m. A sixth Hilo/Honolulu flight will be added on July 14th. Go now offers flights between the main airports on Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the two largest airports on the Big Island of Hawaii. For more information see the Go! Airlines Web site.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
A company called Dish Simple in Kahului Maui will deliver fresh-frozen gourmet meals to your Maui home or condominium. The menus change every month, and some of the items included on their July 2006 menu are Curried Chicken, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Chicken with Apples and Almonds, Vodka Tomato Penne, Adobo Pork Loin, Wild Salmon, Pineapple Coconut Cheesecake, and Carmel Apple Pie. For more information visit the Dish Simple Web site, phone them at 808-877-1414, or visit them in person at 150 Hana Highway in Kahului.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
This week Island Air introduced a new frequent flyer rewards program that will give a free round-trip inter-island ticket to customers who complete nine round-trip flights or eighteen one-way flights. To sign up for the program, visit the Island Air Web site and select "Rewards Program" from the green menu at the top of the page. After you sign up for the program you can print your own rewards card. The awarded tickets can be used by anyone the member designates. Island Air was founded in 1980 as Princeville Airways on the island of Kauai. In 1987 the company was purchased by Aloha Airlines and their name was changed to Aloha Island Air. In 2004 they became an independent airline and changed their name to Island Air. They now operate flights between the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, and the Big island of Hawaii.
Island Air Customer Rewards Program Island Air Web Site
A directory of Hawaiian flower shops, lei shops, nurseries and flower farms that sell fresh Hawaiian flowers, seeds, and tropical plants on the Web.
Hawaiian Flower Shops and Nurseries Floriculture Organizations in Hawaii The Flower Industry in Hawaii
Thursday, July 06, 2006
There are hundreds of coffee farms on the Big Island of Hawaii, and Kona coffee is famous around the world, but many people do not realize the largest coffee plantation in Hawaii is located on the island of Kauai. Four million coffee trees are grown on the Kauai Coffee Company's 3400 acre estate near Koloa. There are no walking tours available, but their visitors' center features videos and displays covering the history of coffee production on Kauai and general information about how coffee is grown and processed.
More About the Kauai Coffee Company The Coffee Industry in Hawaii
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
The Barefoot Natives, a new Hawaiian music duo featuring the award winning Willie K and Amy Hanaialii Gilliom's brother Eric Gilliom, are touring California and Oregon this month to promote their new self-titled album "Barefoot Natives". Here is their tour schedule:
July 09: California - San Diego (Humphrey's) July 10: California - Santa Barbara (SOHO) July 11: California - Santa Monica (Temple Bar) July 12: Oregon - Eugene (Luna) July 13: Oregon - Portland (Alladin Theater) July 14: California - Saratoga (Villa Montalvo) July 15: California - Sacramento (Borders) July 15: California - Newcastle (Constable Jacks) July 16: California - Nicasio (Rancho Nicasio) Buy the "Barefoot Natives" CD at Amazon.com
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Sacred Falls State Park is a 1370 acre park located about one mile south of Hauula Town on the windward side of Oahu. The park was named after an 80 foot waterfall that lies at the end of a narrow canyon. Hiking in the park has always been considered risky, because of slippery footing on the trail and the danger of flash floods in the narrow canyon. The park was completely closed to the public after a rock slide in the canyon killed eight hikers and injured fifty others on Mother's Day 1999. For more information about Sacred Falls State Park, the 1999 rock slide, and efforts to re-open the park, see:
More About the Park and the Tragedy More State Parks on Oahu
Monday, July 03, 2006
Information about 2006 Fourth of July events in Hawaii including parades, fireworks displays, rodeos, fishing tournaments, street festivals, concerts, and even a rubber duckie race and an Indendence Day baby sea turtle release. The photo on the right is of a parade held every year on July 4th, in Volcano Village, near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Oahu Independence Day Events Big Island Independence Day Events Maui Independence Day Events Kauai Independence Day Events
Here are two of my favorite ideas for serving a red, white, and blue breakfast on the 4th of July. HEALTHY BREAKFAST: Layer plain unsweetened yogurt in tall, clear parfait glasses with fresh and perfect strawberries and blueberries. DECADENT BREAKFAST: Spread cream cheese on blueberry pancakes, and top them with with strawberry jam. You can "Hawaiianize" these recipes by replacing the strawberries and blueberries with tropical fruit, tropical fruit jam, and Hawaiian style pancakes. That will probably take away the red, white, and blueness of the recipes, but they will still be a delicious way to start celebrating!
More Tropical Food and Drink Recipes
Hawaiian culture events and organizations in the state of Arizona, including Hawaii clubs, outrigger canoe teams, luaus, festivals, musicians, hula performers, and Hawaiian restaurants. The picture on the left is of the Arizona Aloha Festival, an event that takes place every year in the city of Phoenix. For more information see Hawaiian Culture in Arizona.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
On July 22, 2006 windsurfers, kite surfers, kite canoes, and kite catamarans will attempt to cross the Pailolo Channel between Maui and Molokai, which is one of the windiest and roughest channels in the Hawaiian Islands. The event is a benefit for Molokai's "Youth in Motion" program.
Molokai Challenge - Official Web Site Windsurfing in Hawaii
The Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach has opened two new facilities on the top floor of their hotel: a 1000 square foot fitness center and the Waikiki Plantation Spa which has beautiful ocean views and a menu that includes massage, facials, body treatments, reflexology, manicures, pedicures, and other beauty treatments. The spa also offers a range of specials from a 2 hour package that includes a seaweed wrap, foot massage, scalp massage, and facial to a 6 hour package that includes a body wrap, massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, paraffin foot treatment, and lunch.
Destination Spas on Oahu Day Spas on Oahu
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