With our tropical weather and unbelievable scenery, Hawaii really is a paradise. In fact, visitors consistently give Hawaii high marks for our natural beauty, safety, and security. But even in paradise, precautions should be taken to avoid a bad situation. Although tourist areas are generally safe, visitors should always stay alert, even in Hawaii (and particularly in Waikiki). Avoid deserted areas, especially at night. Don’t go into any city park at night unless there’s an event that draws crowds—for example, the Waikiki Shell concerts in Kapiolani Park. Generally speaking, you can feel safe in areas where there are many people and lots of open businesses. Avoid carrying valuables with you on the street, and don’t flaunt expensive cameras or electronic equipment. Hold on to your purse, and place your wallet in an inside pocket. In theaters, restaurants, and other public places, keep your possessions in view. Remember also that hotels are open to the public and that security may not be able to screen everyone entering, especially on large properties. Always lock your room door—don’t assume that once inside your hotel you’re automatically safe. Crimes of tourists’ rental cars in hotel parking structures and at beach or hiking parking lots have become more prevalent. Park in well-lit and well-traveled areas, if possible. Never leave any packages or valuables visible in the car. If someone attempts to rob you or steal your car, do not try to resist the thief or carjacker—report the incident to the police department promptly. Ask your rental car agent about particular spots to avoid on each island, and get written directions or a map with the route to your destination clearly marked.
With our tropical weather and unbelievable scenery, Hawaii really is a paradise. In fact, visitors consistently give Hawaii high marks for our natural[……]
One of my favorite ways is by spending the day relaxing on one of the many Windward beaches. I recently wanted a more invigorating form of relaxation so a friend and I decided to try a five-hour guided tour to the Mokes, Lanikai’s twin islands, with a locally-owned company, Twogood Kayaks. When we arrived at Twogood Kayaks, our guide for the day gets straight to business. He gives a quick but thorough safety briefing and an intro-to-kayaking lesson. He also goes over the surf report and our route – a large swell is rolling in and conditions might be too rough to land on Moku Nui; we will put out to sea at Kailua Beach Park then paddle to Moku Nui and attempt to land on its beach. And then we’re off! Under our guides’ watchful care, we paddle two-thirds of the way to Moku Nui. We are abruptly stopped when two lifeguards roar past on a jet ski and inform us that the Mokes are off-limits due to dangerous conditions. Time for plan B. Since we were unable to go out to the Mokes on our guided tour, my friend and I picked another day with better weather to try again. We rented a tandem kayak from Twogood Kayaks for the day; it came with everything we needed – paddles, seats, lifejackets, and racks and straps to transport it. The friendly staff gave us a safety briefing followed by directions and pointers then helped us load the kayak. The paddle out was calm and beautiful; the water was crystal clear and we observed plenty of healthy coral and even spotted a honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) or two! We landed on Mokunui’s beach in between sets of waves and promptly set off to explore. Following the staff’s succinct instructions,
One of my favorite ways is by spending the day relaxing on one of the many Windward beaches. I recently wanted a more invigorating form of relaxation[……]
Ea Mai Hawai'inuiakea This chant speaks of the genealogy of the Hawaiian Islands themselves and includes references to the divine origins of early chiefs and kings. Genealogy chants such as this one are revered in Hawaii as they affirm the connections between people and the land upon which they live. These connections help us better understand our privilege and kuleana (responsibility) to care for places and people. Na Kahakuikamoana, Fornander Collection of Hawaiian Antiquities and Folk-lore, Vol. IV Ea mai Hawaiinuiaakea Ea mai loko, mai loko mai o ka po Puka mai ka moku, ka aina Ka lalani aina o Nuumea Ka pae aina o i kukulu o TahitiHanau o Maui he moku, he aina Na kama o Kamalalawalu e nohoNa Kuluwaiea o Haumea he kane Na Hinanuialana he wahine Loaa Molokai, ke akua, he kahuna He pualena no Nuumea Ku mai ke alii ka lani Ka haluku wai ea o Tahiti Loaa Lanai he keiki hookama Na Keaukanai i moe aku Moe ia Walinuu o Holani He kekea kapu no Uluhina Hanau Kahoolawe, he lopa Kiina aku Uluhina Moku ka piko o ke kamaiki Ka iewe o ke keiki i lele I komo i loko o ka ape nalu Ka apeape kai aleale Loaa ka malo o ke kama O Molokini ka moku He iewe ia, he iewe ka moku Ku mai Ahukinialaa He alii mai ka nanamu Mai ka api o ka ia Mai ka ale poipu o Halehalekalani Loaa Oahu, he wohi He wohi na Ahukinialaa Na Laakapu he kane ia Na Laamealaakona he wahine Hookauhua, hoiloli i ka Nuupoki alii Ka heiau kapu a Nonea I kauila i ka po kapu o Makalii Hanau Kauai he alii, he kama, he pua alii He huhui alii, a Hawaii Na ke poo kelakela o na moku I pahola
Ea Mai Hawai’inuiakea
This chant speaks of the genealogy of the Hawaiian Islands themselves and includes references to the divine origins of early ch[……]
Your dream Oahu Wedding can be a reality! Just keep these 7 tips in mind while planning your wedding in Hawaii. Destination weddings are increasing in popularity as more people shun the hotel ballrooms for a picturesque wedding on some faraway beach. An Oahu Wedding is a perfect choice no matter the time of year. No international travel means you may convince more guests to come and you’ll find a number of gorgeous locations for your wedding ceremony and reception. Here are 7 tips for planning your Oahu Wedding. Tip #1. Use a Wedding Coordinator If you’re planning your Wedding in Hawaii from a distance, you’ll want to utilize the services of a wedding planner or coordinator. This is especially true if you’re not familiar with the venues. Your wedding coordinator will help you select where you hold your ceremony, suggest venues for the reception, organize the services of local vendors, and much more. Tip #2. Choose a Hotel or Resort Wedding Package An even easier way to plan an Oahu Wedding from afar is to choose one of the many packages offered by Oahu resorts and hotels. If you’re dreaming of a wedding on the beach then you’re in luck as many of the hotels that offer such packages are right on the water. What is included in these wedding packages varies by property. Some offer packages that include everything you’ll need for your big day while others may only include the venue rental with other services and catering offered ala carte. Tip #3. Pick Your Date Seems obvious, right? Some couples get so overwhelmed at the thought of all the details that go into planning their Oahu Event that they put the whole thing off. That’s a mistake. Pick your date and reserve your venue as far in
Your dream Oahu Wedding can be a reality! Just keep these 7 tips in mind while planning your wedding in Hawaii.
Maps for each of the six major Hawaiian Islands, along with descriptions and points of interest are available for download in PDF format. Click on the island map name below to download. Each map is two pages with a map on one side and a suggested itinerary on the back.
Maps for each of the six major Hawaiian Islands, along with descriptions and points of interest are available for download in PDF format.
If you are vacationing in Kauai you might want to know where the top 10 Kauai beaches are. Chances that you are going to be spending a lot of time at the beach. We have the perfect mix of tucked-away coves and wide-open stretches of expansive beauty. Each beach has its’ own unique character and charm, meaning that somewhere out there is the ideal beach for you. The following is a brief list of the top Kauai best beaches from a local’s opinion. We know the island inside and out, and want our guests to have the best experience possible. To us, that means sharing in some of the beauty and magic of Kauai beaches. We aren’t too worried, there is plenty of room for everyone! Please be very careful and do take extreme precautions before entering the waters. Kauai Beaches has very strong currents, waves, and rip tides. Check the Weather and Ocean Condition. Also, check to see if any lifeguards are on duty. North Shore: Tunnels – Haena State Park sits at the far western end of the North Shore. The main beach here is tunnels, a small bay with shallow water that is perfect for snorkeling in the summer months, and a prime spot for surfers to test their might in the winter. Although this beach can get crowded, there is a reason – the bright blue water looks stunning when contrasted to the bright white sand. Hanelei- Ke’e beach - A visit to Kauai is not complete without some time spent walking along the beach at Hanalei. This bay wraps around over 2 miles, offering stunning views of the ocean in one direction, and the majestic, lush inland valleys the other way. Anini – The giant sheltered lagoon is the highlight here. No matter the time
If you are vacationing in Kauai you might want to know where the top 10 Kauai beaches are.
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European Arrival With the sighting of great white sails on the horizon, the likes of which the Hawaiians had never seen, the islands were forever changed. Captain James Cook, one of the world’s most recognized British navigators, sailed into Waimea Bay on the island of Kaua’i first in 1778, and then onto the Big Island at Kealakekua Bay in early 1779. At the time of Cook’s arrival on the Big Island, some 10,000 or more Hawaiians were in the midst of their makahiki celebration, a celebration that honored the god Lono. Cook arriving on his ship with white sails (similar to that of the god Lono’s flag) was likely mistaken as the god Lono and treated accordingly. During his two week stay on the Big Island, he was honored in ceremony upon ceremony. Cook and the Hawaiians entertained each other mutually with their own inventions before the famous navigator set sail away from the islands. Shortly thereafter, the makahiki celebration ended, and the bay was made kapu (off-limits). Meanwhile, a storm off-shore had damaged one of Cook’s ships. Naturally, he returned to the bay expecting the same hospitality he’d received before. But many of the Hawaiians had grown tired of the sailors’ presence in the bay, and despite the fraternization that took place, one of Cook’s smaller boats was stolen. It should have ended there but Cook instead decided to go ashore and kidnap Chief Kalaniopu’u until his boat was returned. Intentional or not, Cook was stabbed in a skirmish which left him dead at the hands of Hawaiian warriors. Today, a white monument stands erected at the northern end of the bay where Cook met his demise, a solemn reminder of this event. This is the only piece of land in the Hawaiian chain that remains British soil. Today
With the sighting of great white sails on the horizon, the likes of which the Hawaiians had never seen, the islands were forever c[……]
Polynesian Arrival Today most anthropologists will tell you that the original settlement of the Hawaiian Islands was by Polynesians from the Marquesas Islands around 300-500 AD. This group of early settlers is today believed to be where the legend of the Menehune originates. A second wave of settlement followed during the 9th and 10th centuries from Tahiti, radically changing the islands and the culture that existed there. They came in their double-hulled canoes, some 3,500 miles south of the Big Island. Using the wind and paddle they navigated themselves in uncharted waters to the peaks of this foreign land. Arriving as early as 2,000 years ago, the Polynesians came in waves of migration bringing most everything with them they’d need to survive on the shores of Hawai’i. Banana and coconut trees, dogs, hogs, rats, and chickens came with them from thousands of miles away. Their knowledge of the sea also provided ample seafood. Weaving, wood, and stone carving allowed them to grow crops and farm. Their population would flourish here, and by the time Europeans first made contact in 1778, their numbers were estimated at approximately 800,000 to one million. Once established, the Hawaiians had no further need to obtain supplies from their old homelands, and thus underwent centuries of isolation in what is still today the most isolated spot on the planet. The Polynesians governed themselves by a set of rules, a kapu system with chiefs and ali’I (royalty). Their culture was strict and abundant in both mythology and lore. Their religious system was very deeply tied to nature, and there were hundreds upon thousands of gods in the system. Four main gods were especially important to the Hawaiians: Ku, Kane, Kanaloa, and Lono. One of their most powerful deities, Pele, made her continuous presence known on the Big
Today most anthropologists will tell you that the original settlement of the Hawaiian Islands was by Polynesians from the Marque[……]
Scuba-diving in Hawaii is a fun and adventurous experience. Many dive sites here are offering impressive dive experiences. You will come across most amazing sights in the waters around Hawaii, such as Nesting sea turtles, white tip reef sharks, whale as well as sharks of all shapes and sizes. Here are major dive sites in Hawaii perfect for your scuba- diving venture. 1. Kailua-Kona, Big Island Kailua-Kona is a magical place for scuba divers. The site is located on Big Island, and the weather here is almost dry and sunny. Kailua-Kona site is also called as Blackwater. It is very popular among the divers as it gives them once in a lifetime kind of experience. The water here is shallow, almost 60 feet. Marie's life bio-illumination is worth a watch. 2. Pelagic Magic, Kona Pelagic Magic is a famous dive site in Hawaii, and the underwater world here is mesmerizing. Each night, millions of creatures rise from the depth of the ocean to find food and mates in the dark waters of Kona. Pelagic Magic gives the divers a memorable view of Hawaii after dark- they can see glowing jellyfish, zooplanktons, and also other species of deep-sea creatures. 3. Cathedrals, Lanai These are two dive sites – Cathedral 1 and Cathedral 2. These sites are known as pinnacles and lava tubes. Their depth ranges from almost 15 to 65 feet. It is a famous spot on the Lanai islands, which is famous for its hiking trail and beaches. Depth: 45-60 feet Access: Boat Location: South Coast Visibility: 40-100 feet Level: Intermediate-Advanced Sealife: Crabs, Butterfly Fish, Turtle, Moorish Idols and Octopus Water Temperature: 70/75 F, 21/24 C from November to April 75/80 F, 24/27 C from May to October 4. Three fingers, Kauai Kauai is known as the garden islands, which
Scuba-diving in Hawaii is a fun and adventurous experience. Many dive sites here are offering impressive dive experiences. You will come across most a[……]
Ocean, sea, and waves have always fascinated humans. The desire to ride mighty tides prompted humans to catch waves, and it remarks the beginning of surfing. No one is exactly sure about the origin of this sport, but there are theories which believe that it is almost 1000 years old. Surfing probably began as Polynesian people migrated from Sumatra in Indonesia. As a result, the sport spread through Fiji to Tahiti, and eventually, Hawaii was introduced with it. There are references that surfers were seen in Tahiti as early as the 1700s. Surfing has always mesmerized a large number of people. The joy of being driven on fast and smooth on the sea while standing on the surfboard is fascinating and enthralling. At present, Hawaii is one of the most popular surfing destinations. The surfing culture started in Hawaii in the 1700s, but it was quite different than today’s scenario. Previously, royalty ruled the Hawaiian’s water – surfing was reserved for royals only, and commoners were not allowed to surf. But over time, barriers were dropped, and surfing became a common sport for all. It became a sport of ability rather than a sport of elites. The expansion of sport also resulted in changing the surfboards and their shapes. People started customizing them as per their needs and began to explore surfing in a better way. New wave-riding techniques were found, and sport took a shift- it became more enjoyable. Instead of wooden longboards which weighed quite heavy and made it difficult to get out into the water, lighter Styrofoam surfboards were introduced. These boards had fins and provided with the ability to surf in challenging conditions and in winter months as well. Thus, surfing achieved its rightful place and gained the attraction of masses. Over the decades, now surfing
Ocean, sea, and waves have always fascinated humans. The desire to ride mighty tides prompted humans to catch waves, and it remarks the beginning of s[……]