Here are my notes on preparations to be a first time Malihini (visitor), such as the strategies for choosing among the dizzying number of options. Mahalo (thank you) for visiting.
Locals eat at King's Hawaiian and Zippy's
Hawaii State Sales Tax is 4.166%
"Island Woman" - Pablo Cruise 1976
"Honolulu City Lights" - The Carpenters 1981
"My Hawaii" - The Rascals' 1968 Once Upon a Dream
"Hawaii Five-0" (theme from the TV show) - The Ventures 1969
When (in 1995) the
Four Seasons Hotel and Resort at Hualalai at Ka'upulehu on the North Kona-Kohala Coast
wanted to capture the spirit of Old Hawai'i, life precontact (by Captain James Cook on Waimea, Kauai in 1778),
they called on Herbert Kawainui Kane, who illustrated
Voyage: The discovery of Hawaii (Island Heritage 1976)
Ancient Hawaii (Kawainui Press August 8, 1998) came from that commission. The book describes how ancient Polynesian explorers (called the Menehunes) found the Hawaiian Islands, the most remote in Earth's largest sea; how they navigated, how they viewed themselves and their universe, and the arts, crafts, and values by which they survived and prospered without metals or the fuels and inventions believed necessary for life today.
Hawaii's last king, King David Kalakaua, ruled the kingdom from 1874 until his death in 1891. Nicknamed Hawaii's "Merrie Monarch", Kalakaua was a major patron of the arts, especially music and dance.
Aloha Auinala (Good Afternoon)
Aloha Ahiahi (Good Evening)
Hawaii (New York : Ballantine Books, 1982,, 1959) by James Mitchner, America's preeminent storyteller. This is a 1056 "mammoth epic" about people: "the Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos who intermarried into a beautiful race called Hawaiians."
Great to read out loud The Legends and Myths of Hawaii: The Fables and Folk-Lore of a Strange People Tuttle Publishing (May 1, 1972) by King David Kalakaua (a direct descendant of the Hawaiian King Kamehameha) speaks about the origins of the Hawaiian people, such as Pele the volcano goddess being an immigrant from Samoa to Puna, Hawaii. Tahiti and the Marquesas.
Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen by Liliuokalani (1838 - 1917)
(Boston, MA : Lee and Shepard, 1989, c1964)
Shoal of Time a History of the Hawaiian Islands by Gavan Daws
Country roads of Hawaii 919.6904 WEN (Castine, Me. : Country Roads Press, 1993) by Wenkam, Robert, 1920-
Wal-Mart, at 700 Ke'eaumoku St. off Henry St. 4 blocks from the wharf has low prices that drive independent merchants out of business.
Pau means done, finished.
Pride of America
Island tour USS Arizona Memorial, Dole Pineapple Pavilion, Chinaman's Hat Island, Historical Haleiwa Surfer town, Laie Point, Pineapple, Coffee and Banana Plantations, Kaaawa, Punaluu and Hauula Villages, Jurassic Park and Pearl Harbor Film Locations, Waimea, Pipeline & Sunset Premier Surfing Beaches, Diamond Head Crater, Hanauma Bay, Extinct Volcanoes & Lava Flows, Spouting Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach, Makapuu Lookout and Rabbit Island, Breathtaking Pali Lookout, Gilligan's Island, "From Here to Eternity" Beach, Lush Rainforest, Hidden Waterfall, Exotic Flowers, Archeological Sites, Ancient Hawaiian Petroglyphs
Akamai means Smart, clever. If I'd had to do it over again, I'd save money by booking through a travel agent on the island, such as Blue Hawaii 800-315-1812 x88
or all-inclusive operator:
American Hawai'i Cruises (2 North Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL, 60606, USA. PHONE: 312/466-6000 or 800/765-7000), offers seven-day interisland cruises S.S. Constitution and the S.S. Independence departing from Honolulu
$175 for a 20 minute Encounter
$195 (plus tax) for a 30 minute Deluxe Encounter
$500 per couple or $975 for a family of 5 (operated by the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel 808-739-8919)
Victor Lozano's $89 wild dolphin expeditions on the west coast of Oahu pickups 5:45 a.m. or 8:15 a.m. and leaves from Waianae Boat Harbor at 7:30 a.m. or 10.30 a.m (early mornings when dolphins tend to be more playful).
Swim with dolphins at Sea Life Park $153.46 with transportation + pictures.
I used to be a land shark — someone who says he surfs, but doesn't. Hans Hedemann Surf 808.924-7778 The premiere surf school in Hawaii. Lifeguard-certified instructors ultra-safe Equipment, multilingual staff availableat 6 hotels: New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel, Park Shore Waikiki, Outrigger Reef on The Beach, Sheraton Waikiki, Kahala Mandarin Oriental, Turtle Bay Resort (North Shore) at 9, 12, 3:
$115 (plus tax) p.p. for 1 hr, $150 for 2 hours
Semi Private Lessons (2 people):
$95 (plus tax) p.p. for 1 hr, $125 for 2 hrs
$50 (plus tax) p.p. for 1 hr, $75 for 2 hrs
Guaranteed to ride a wave!
Hawaiian Fire Surf School 888.955-7873 Transportation at a secluded beach (pickup/return at 7am/11:30 or 9:30/2pm) included in price of 2 hour lessons with studly firefighters:
1:1 Private lessons: $169 (plus tax) p.p.
3:1 lessons: $119 (plus tax) p.p.
Surf Hawaii Surf School (808) 295-1241 on the North Shore of Oahu.
1:1 Private lessons: $120 (plus tax) p.p. for 3 hours
2:1 Semi Private Lessons: $85 (plus tax) p.p. for 3 hours
Group Lessons: $75 (plus tax) p.p. for 3 hours
On MauiNancy Emerson School of Surfing 808.244.7873 At 505 Front Street, Suite 224B. "We focus on the complete surfing experience. Lessons are available for beginning through advanced surfers with a special emphasis on safety and ocean awareness. Group and private surf lessons as well as specialized surf clinics."
1:1 - $165 (plus tax) p.p. for 2 hours
2:1 - $130 (plus tax) p.p. for 2 hours
Group: $75 (plus tax) p.p. for 2 hours
Goofy Foot Surf School At Breakwall Beach in Lahaina since 1994; professionally and patiently teaching surfing, safety and ocean awareness to over 40,000. Learn in 2 hours or free! Groups, private or camps available.
Humpback Whales migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii late December through April to calve, mate and rear their young. The shallow waters surrounding Maui are known as the "cradle of the humpback".
"Dr. Beach, Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, the beach expert professor at Florida International University in Miami, has annual ranking of America's Best Beaches based on 50 criteria:
Kapalua Bay Beach
Kailua Beach Park, E Oahu
Wailea Beach, Maui
Hanalei Beach, N Kauai
Poipu Beach Park, S Kauai
Hanauma Bay, E Oahu
Hawaii Water Sports Center In the Koko Marina next to Hanauma Bay, the Center offers a full line of exciting water sports. Parasail, jetski, waterski, wakeboard, and scuba diving. W aikiki transfers and Hanauma Bay excursions can be included. Three-ride special - $79.
As the Hawaii state capitol, Honolulu is the 11th largest U.S. metropolitan city, home to about three-fourths of the entire state's population.
Highest Point Kaala Peak (4,003 feet)
http://www.hawaiiweb.com/oahu/activities/germaines_luau.htm Germaine's $58 show and all-you-can-eat luau buffet provides free transaportation to its Barbers Point location on the West side.
http://www.hawaiiweb.com/oahu/activities/paradise_cove.htm The Paradise Cove $110 luau/show is one hour from Waikiki at Ko Olina, so pickupis 3:45pm.
Wed. & Fri 10-Noon, see a Japanese Tea Ceremony at the Urasenke Tea House 245 Saratoga Road 808.923-3059
Honolulu map by Google
This Week Oahu
Oahu radio stations
Oahu Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Honolulu, Waikiki & Beyond (Wizard Publications Inc.; October 15, 2004) by Andrew Doughty, Harriett Friedman
ElvisElvis is alive and well in Hawaii!
Elvis Presley's "Hawaii trilogy" include:
1961 Blue Hawaii.
Filmed in OahuDiamond Head - Charlton Heston
Waikiki Wedding (1937) Bing Crosby.
Pearl Harbor - Ben Affleck.
John WayneBig Jim McLain
High and Mighty
In Harm's Way
Boats dock at Kahului harbor on the North side of central Maui. Here is the seat of Wailuku county consisting of the islands of Maui, Lana'i, Moloka'i, and Kaho'olawe (which is now uninhabitable thanks to US Naval target practice).
Maui is nicknamed the "Valley Isle" because of the isthmus connecting the older West Maui extinct volcano, Mauna Kahala Wai with the larger dormant volcano.
In 1810, the Iao Valley is where King K I, using two cannons from Captain Cook, killed all the remaining Maui fighters at the last battle before consolidation of the Hawaiian Islands.
On the North coast of Molokai is the former leper colony which Father Damien ministered. Although in 1969 leprosy (Hansen's disease) could be treated on an out-patient basis, The peninsula is still a separate Kalawao County of Hawaii within Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
Kahului Airport (OGG) 808/872-3800 or 808/872-3830 is East of it.
To avoid choppy seas in the afternoon, boats leave early (7am).
Blue Water Rafting 808-879-7238 use rubber rafts for snorkeling at the Molokini Marine Preserve, whose outer reef is formed by the rim of an underwater volcano. The water is only two or three feet deep, teaming with butterfly fish, wrasses, black and pink tailed durgeons, all posing against a backdrop of multi-colored coral. The special part is snorkeling at the backside there is a sudden drop off into an "abyss" of 300 to 400 feet within the volcano. The shafts of light, awesome visibilty, towering cliffs and sheer drop offs are what make this site so unique. Gliding over the reef gives one the "feeling of flying" as you look off the edge of the world!
In their 4 hour tour, see spinner dolphins around the protected waters of South shore La Perouse Bay,
to go past Wailea and Makena (Gold Coast) for the Kanaio Coast where Mt. Haleakala erupted 200 years ago, spilling molten lava from a side vent which poured into the ocean, forming incredible lava arches, grottos, and sea caves.
Departs from the Kihei Boat Ramp across from the "Maui Kamaole" condominium at 2777 South Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii 96753 South of "Kamaole Beach Park III".
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters 1-800-745-BLUE (2583) at 105 Kahului Heliport, Kahului, HI 96732
Learn to surf at Surf clinics.com 71
Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum
at Puunene Ave & Hansen Rd in Puunene 808.871-8058
Note: The temperature drops three degrees for every 1000-ft of elevation.
This Week Maui
Discovery Travel Channel/Fodors
Maui radio stations
Ka Lae (the point) is the southernmost tip of the United States (below 19 degrees North Latitude). This is until underwater volcano island Loihi eventually rises above the water 22 miles SW.
Near it (to the East via 4WD) is Green Beach.
Get the 101 Things To Do On The Big Island booklet for its 2 for 1 coupons.
Bike rides down Haleakala is more dangerous than they say.
Hilo Windward (East)
map by Google
This Week Big Island
Discovery Travel Channel/Fodors
Big Island radio stations
Hawaii the Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook (Wizard Publications Inc.; 3rd ed June 1, 2002) by Andrew Doughty, Harriett Friedman
Kauai is Hawaii's Northern most island.
Na Pali on the North.
In the Kapaa metro area, Lihue is the seat of Kauai County.
Waimea Canyon State Park, where the movie Jurassic Park was filmed.
Kokee Natural History Museum, the Waioli Mission, and the charming historical towns of Hanalei, Hanapepe and Lihue.
At the Kahuli pier, rent a car from Enterprise (open 7am-6pm) nearby at 40 HANA HWY, 96732-2105 (808) 871-1511 Compact $42.99 (5% off for AAA)
This Week Kauai
Kauai : the separate kingdom (University of Hawaii Press ; Kauai Museum Association, 1984) by Edward Joesting, 1925-
Kauai and the park country of Hawaii (San Francisco, Sierra Club 1967) by Wenkam, Robert, 1920-
Kauai Underground (Guide 16th Ed) by Lenore W. Horowitz
This is the moment I've waited for I can hear my heart singing Soon bells will be ringing This is the moment Of sweet Aloha I will love you longer than forever Promise me that you will leave me never Here and now dear, All my love, I vow dear Promise me that you will leave me never I will love you longer than forever U-a, si-la Pa-a ia me o-e (Sealed forever to you) Ko a-lo-ha ma-ka-mea e i-po (Sweetheart you are so precious) Ka-'u ia e le-i a-e ne-i la (I pledge my love to you alone) Now that we are one Clouds won't hide the sun Blue skies of Hawaii smile On this, our wedding day I do love you with all my heart
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