Friday, August 28, 2015

Events for Weekend of August 28, 2015

Here are a few events that are going on around the State of Hawaii.  One of the wonders of Hawaii is the mixed variety of cultures and food. Enjoy the various music concerts, food festivals, cultural events, and activities available this weekend. Have a wonderful weekend!!!


2015 Great Waikiki Beer Festival
Date: 8/28-8/30/2015
Location:  Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach

Event days are as follows:
Friday, August 28, 2015: "Taste of the Aina" Brewers Dinner 6pm to 9pm
Location:  Rooftop Garden-Mid Pacific Conference Center at Hilton Hawaiian Village

Saturday, August 29, 2015: Great Waikiki Beer Festival - A Celebration of 100 Beers 6pm to 9pm.
Location:  Great Lawn- fronting the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon

Sunday, August 30, 2015: Rehab Beer Brunch 9am to 3pm
Locations:  Tropics Bar & Grill - beach front Hilton Hawaiian Village

For Tickets Call:  (808)947-7955

Kona Town Night Market
Date:  Saturday, September 29, 2015
Location:  The Brewery Block/Kona Brewing Company
Time:  11:00 am

Event features local crafters, entrepreneurs, and artists. Also featuring live music, food vendors, and interactive demos, along with a Kona Brewing Co. beer garden; Beer garden proceeds go to Innovations Public Charter School & Ride the Breaks;

Japanese Cultural Festival     
Date:  Saturday 29, 2015
Location:  Kauai Museum
Time:  10am to 1pm

Join in the celebration of Japanese Heritage. Taiko drumming, shakuhachi flute performance, bon dance classes, food, crafts, hanafuda cards, and more.

For More Information, call (808)245-6931

34th Annual Greek Festival Oahu
Date:  Saturday, August 29, 2015 to Sunday, August 30, 2015
Location:  Mc Coy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park
Time:  12:00pm to 9:00pm

Saint Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific are announcing the 2015 Greek Festival.  The festival includes Greek foods, and an assortment of pastries.  The Greek Taverna will be stocked with imported Greek Beer, and Retsina wines. There will be live music and much more.

Obon Dance & Festival - Honohina Hongwanji
Date:  Saturday, September 29, 2015
Location:  Honohina Hongwanji Mission
Time:  6:00pm to 10:00pm

Celebrate the Buddhist tradition with festive Obon dance.
For More Information:  (808)963-6032

Pepsi's Drink Aloha Concert



General Admission Tickets for the Wet n Wild Concert will allow free access to rides from 5 to 9pm as part of their semi-annual Twilight Series.
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

5th Annual Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival


The Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. The 5th Annual Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival will take place over a two week period on the islands of Hawai'i, Maui, and Oahu.  It will feature over 100 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers.  The festival is Co-founded by two of Hawai'i's own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong. It will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting Hawaii's own local produce, seafood, beef, and poultry.

 The event starts on Saturday, August 29 and continues on to September 13, 2015. Here is a list of the various events on each island.

Seven Chefs, One Big Island
Date:   Friday, August 29, 2015
Location: Hilton Waikoloa Village
Time: VIP reception 5:00; General Entry 6:00

18th Annual Roy's Ka'anapali Golf Classic
Date:  Friday, September 4, 2015
Location: Ka'anapali Golf Course
Time:  Registration at 10:00; Shotgun at 12:00

Grown on Maui Farmers Market
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2015
Location:  Whaler's Village
Time:  7:30 am to 11:30 am
Price:  Free

Moscow Mule Maui Style
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2015
Location:  Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas
Time:  11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Maui On My Mind
Date:  Saturday, September 5, 2015
Location:  Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Time:  VIP 5:00pm; General Entry 6:00pm  

Hawaiian Airlines Presents Legend of Shep Gordon
Date:  Sunday, September 6, 2015
Location:  Napili Garden at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Time:  VIP Reception 5:00; General Entry & Dinner at 6:00pm

Kamehameha Schools Presents Urban Lu'au
Date:  Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Location:  SALT at Our Kaka'ako
Time:  4:00pm to 7:00pm

Caviar & Champagne: Cristal, Dom, Krug & Salon
Date:  Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Location:  Halekulani
Time:  5:00pm to 6:00pm

Chopstix & Cocktails
Date:  Thursday, September 10, 2015
Location:   The MODERN HONOLULU
Time:  VIP 5:00pm; General Entry 6:00pm;  

Dream Bigger Dreams:  Tips of the Trade
Date:  Friday, September 11, 2015
Location:  The Kahala Hotel & Resort
Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm

5th Annual Halekulani Culinary Masters Gala Series:  Indulge
Date:  Friday, September 10, 2015
Location:  Halekulani
Time:  Cocktail Reception 5:00pm; Dinner at 6:00pm

Chef's Private After Party
Date:  Friday, September 10, 2015
Location:  Japengo & SWIM at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Time:  10:00pm to 2:00am

TY KU Presents Apres Yoga:  After Savasana, There is Sake
Date:  Saturday, September 12, 2015
Location:  Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Time:  8:00am to 10:00 am

HMAA Presents Keiki in the Kitchen:  Food, Fitness & Fun!
Date:  Saturday, September 12, 2015   
Location:  Honolulu Zoo
Time:  9:00am to 4:30pm

Tete de Cuvee Champagne
Date:  Saturday, September 12, 2015
Location:  Halekulani
Time:  9:30am to 10:30am

Throwing the Ultimate Cocktail Party
Date:  Saturday, September 12, 2015
Location:  THE STUDY at THE MODERN HONOLULU
Time:  11:00am to 12:30pm

Four Decades of Opus One:  A Vertical Tasting with Winemaker Michael Silacci
Date:  Saturday, September 12, 2015
Location:  Halekulani
Time:  11:00am to 12:00pm            



Master Sommelier Favorites
Date:  Saturday, September 12, 2015
Location:  Halekulani
Time:  12:30pm to 1:30pm

Hawaiian Airlines Presents Corks & Forks Pacific Coast
Date:  Saturday, September 12, 2015
Location:  Rooftop Garden at Hawaii Convention Center
Time:  General Entry 6:00pm

Battle of the Brunch Showdown, Round II
Date:  Sunday, September 13, 2015
Location:  SHOR at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Time:  11:00am to 1:00pm

Beauty & the Feast
Date:  Sunday, September 13, 2015
Location:  Ko Olina's Kohala Lagoon 1
Time:  VIP 5:00pm; General Entry 6:00pm

For more information on this event and how to get tickets please visit their website at http://hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com

***Photos taken from Hawaii Food &Wine Festival Instagram



Friday, August 21, 2015

"Hawai‘i: Change & Continuity" exhibition opens at Hawai’i State Art Museum

Hawai’i State Art Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts will open a major new exhibition “Hawai‘i: Change & Continuity” on Sept. 4, 2015 at the Hawai’i State Art Museum as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations.
“Hawai‘i: Change & Continuity” explores how artistic expressions define the character of our changing civilization and how artists portray our aspirations and make a profound contribution toward better understanding ourselves.
The exhibit features 130 selected artworks and almost as many different artists from the HSFCA’s Art in Public Places Collection.
Featured artists include John Wisnosky, Sally French, Solomon Enos, Kazu Kau‘inana, Gordon Sasaki, Doug Britt, Kunane Wooton, David Kuraoka and many more.
The theme and art for the 50th anniversary exhibition was carefully considered by a 10-member HiSAM Exhibit Advisory Committee which selected Tom Klobe to curate and bring the exhibit to life.
“This exhibition will express something of what it’s like to live in Hawai‘i,” Klobe said. “It is important for us who live here and for people who are visiting to understand who we are.”
Klobe, a University of Hawai‘i-Manoa professor emeritus of art history, and many of the advisory committee members also curated the museum’s inaugural exhibition when it opened in 2002, bringing years of artistic and cultural understanding to this new exhibit.
Klobe said this exhibition includes the latest works of many of the state’s most influential, contemporary artists expressing themselves on the theme of change and continuity.
“This is different from anything else you will see,” Klobe said. “It’s all about Hawai‘i and the exhibit brings up to date artists’ views of what is different and what is the same.”
The exhibition opening coincides with First Friday at HiSAM entertainment featuring the popular slack key guitarist Ron Loo from 6 to 9 p.m.
In 1965 the Hawai‘i State Legislature established the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. The HSFCA’s mission is to promotion, perpetuation, and encouragement of culture, arts, history, and humanities for the people of Hawai‘i.
The museum, located a 250 S. Hotel St., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is always FREE at all HiSAM galleries, events and presentations.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

21st Annual Made In Hawaii Festival


Every year First Hawaiian Bank showcases items made in Hawaii. The 21st Annual First Hawaiian Bank "Made In Hawaii Festival" will be held Friday through Sunday, August 21-23, 2015 at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena. This event starts at 10 a.m. and finishes at 9 p.m except Sunday at 5 p.m. The cost for this event is $5; For children six and under free; Look for the $1 OFF coupons at all Oahu First Hawaiian Bank branches.

So, what is this festival all about you may ask.  It is a 3-day showcase of "Made in Hawaii" products. This includes food, books, art, gifts, fashions, plants, crafts, produce and more. There will also be cooking demonstrations and ongoing live entertainment. The vendors showcased come from all the different islands to share their products.


"Made in Hawaii" is something very special. Why? Because buying local supports our Hawaiian economy and encourages growth and creativity. As for you tourists, it's a means of finding everything made in Hawaii to take back home as souvenirs. I must say you can find some unique gifts along with new items being introduced into the Hawaiian Islands.

I took the time to look at some of the vendors listed and was impress. Here is some of what's in store for those who want to check it out.


Looking for fashion? Clothing from names such as 808 Clothing, All in Clothing Co, Coastwear, East Honolulu clothing company, One Sea, Salt Liko, Palapala designs, etc.

Beauty products made from names such as Malie Organics, body butters and sugar scrubs by Cinnamon Girl, soaps made by Pualani Soaps, bath and cleaning products from Nature Girl, and many more.


Looking for a taste of Hawaii? You can find many food items such as Kona Gold Rum Cakes, Sauces from Aunty Lilikoi, Uncle Louie's Sausages, ice cream from Meadow Gold Dairies, Kokolani Chocolates, The Tea Chest, Homemade Bakery, Aloha Shoyu Company, and many more.


You will also find many other items such as handmade jewelry, wines and spirits Hawaiian Crafts, art, produce, plants, musubi makers, candles, etc.


So, need something fun and different to do? Want to pick up a few "Made In Hawaii" souvenirs? Enjoy some live entertainment, watch some cooking demonstrations, check out some new products, visit the 21st Annual Made In Hawaii Festival. Mahalo for buying "Made In Hawaii."


Thursday, August 6, 2015

2015 Ma'alaea Harbor Parking Fees


On July 30, 2015 the Department of Natural Land and Resources released their intent on implementing a new parking plan in the Ma'alaea Small Boat Harbor beginning Monday, August 3, 2015.

The Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) has selected Diamond Parking to manage the entire parking area in Ma'alaea.  This is approximately 208 regular parking stalls available for users.  The final count on the available stalls is pending finalization of plans.

Approval for the DOBOR to issue month to month revocable permits for up to a year to a parking vendor was given by the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) at a meeting back in April 24, 2015.  This  discussion has been circulating in media since 2013.

As the vendor, Diamond Parking will be installing parking meters, collecting fees($0.50 per hour, $12.00 per 24 hour period) for all parking in the harbor. All fees are to pay for necessary infrastructure upgrades related to parking(signage, etc) and pay for flat fee  percentage of gross receipts to DOBOR for deposit in the Boating Special Fund which will be used to improve harbor facilities.


The Ma'alaea Small Boat Harbor has undergone some improvements which include a new ferry building with attached DOBOR district office, new piers, loading docks, and parking.  These improvements cost approximately $15 million.

The repairs and maintenance were paid for by the boating special fund which consists of users fees generated for mooring fees, commercial vessel operations, and revenues from land leases.  There is no funding that is collected to help cover operating expenses.

Since those with use permits issued by DOBOR are not the only people using the facility, i.e. surfers, fishermen, neighboring commercial businesses, etc., DOBOR is seeking ways to make the generating of operating revenues more equitable for all user groups.



Several meetings have been held over the year, with harbor permittees and members of the general public, to discuss implementation of a parking plan.  Since the proposed parking area is new and may need to be amended based on general operations, DOBOR has issued a revocable permit on a month to month basis for up to one year to gather information that will be used to draft a concession agreement that will be later placed out to bid.

This parking concession is similar to that located at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor, Oahu.  Since its beginning, the average monthly parking revenues generated is $62,500(which is used to support operation costs statewide).  It also benefits security at the facility during times when the harbor office is closed.

On the other hand there are many in Maui that are upset at the thought of charging for parking.  For some that work at the harbor paying $10 per day to go to work is a big chunch out of their paycheck.  For others such as the old time fishermen, it's a way of living. Some make money fishing every day which will take a bite out of what they catch.  For others its a part of their culture and family tradition. Being able to fish, surf, and enjoy the area.

Hopefully the DOBOR and the State will take into consideration on this as for places like Ma'alaea it is the right to water that they are blocking off and making many have to find other ways and places to continue what they do as a means of life or enjoyment.













Monday, July 27, 2015

Hawaii's Aquarium Showcased On Top 25 Best Aquariums in the United States



Each year TripAdvisor holds its annual Travelers' Choice Awards as a part of the publications Travelers' Choice List.  This is the second year in a row that one of Hawaii's own, Maui Ocean Center in Ma'alaea, Maui has been awarded among the Top 25 Best Aquariums in the United States.
It is currently rated at 13 out of 25 and Maui Ocean Center is thrilled to receive this award. 

The award is awarded by travelers from all over the world who have visited and have be able to create memories from their experience at the Aquarium.

Maui Ocean Center is dedicated to showcasing the unique beauty of Hawaii's marine life and ecosystems. It exhibits animals living in closely replicated habitats as their natural ecosystems. Marine life in over 60 exhibits are showcased. Many of the animals showcased are only found in Hawaii; nowhere else in the world.



The Aquarium features one of the largest collections of live coral in the nation, Hawai'i reef fish, sea turtles, octopus, and eels. There is also outdoor touch pools, an exhibit of jellyfish that is just amazing. There is also a 54-foot acrylic tunnel through a 750,000 gallon open ocean exhibit with 240 degree view acrylic tunnel that guides visitors through the ocean depths, exploring the pelagic fish, sharks and rays.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

FIND ART at Hawai‘i State Art Museum

FIND ART at Hawai‘i State Art Museum
An Art+Flea pop-up market
Friday, July 3, 2015, 5–9 p.m.
Hawai‘i State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St.



On Friday, July 3 from 5–9 p.m., the Hawai‘i State Art Museum will play host to FIND ART at HiSAM, an Art+Flea arts and music festival on the lawn and museum grounds. Presented by the Friends of HiSAM, FIND ART will feature more than 25 vendors, live performances, and arts workshops by HiSAM-supported artists. The event will be a celebration of the Hawai‘i-based community of visual and performance artists that the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (HSFCA) has long supported.

Art and food vendors will intermingle alongside workshops throughout the first and second floors of the museum by the Honolulu Printmakers and performances by KTUH, PAGE, TV Microwave, The Rightovers, Patrick Oiye on shamisen, and Edelyn and Ellison Agustin. A no-host bar will be provided by Kona Brewing Co., Koloa Rum Co., and Barefoot Wine.

Featured vendors include: Hookani, Avant Pop, Flotsam & Co., Megumi, HVN Apparel, Ten Thousand Dreams Art Studio, Sirens & Surfers, Skinny Pig Designs, Dominion, and more to come.

This July marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the HSFCA and programming around this momentous occasion will continue through July 2016. On display at HiSAM’s Diamond Head Gallery is the exhibition, “Voyaging: The Art of Wayfinding,” which features a selection of maritime art from the Art in Public Places Collection.

FIND ART is free and open to the public. Parking is conveniently located across the street at Alii Place for $3.

About Art+Flea
Since 2010, Art+Flea has held monthly arts and crafts fairs in Honolulu, featuring a rotating roster of more than 700 made-in-Hawai‘i vendors. Art+Flea has since expanded with pop-up fairs in Mililani and Waikiki. For more information, visit artandflea.com.

The Adventurer’s O`ahu: Air, Land, and Sea

By Denise Moreland

S
o…what does the active, O`ahu golfing visitor do after finishing 18 holes on some of the finest courses in the world!  Or, how does the spouse and family experience the island while dad’s on the links?  Just so happens that O`ahu, also known as the Gathering Place, is home to every type of activity you can imagine or dream to try. From the air, to the land, into the sea, we offer it all on one, beautiful island!  If you're interested in hiking, biking, surfing, snorkeling, touring, or learning about Hawaii’s culture, this is the island for you!

Picture Credit: Huffingtonpost.com       O'ahu, Hawaii
Honolulu became the monarchy’s new capital after King Kamehameha the Great won the last battle for unification of the islands in 1795 on the ridges of the Nu`uanu Pali Lookout.  Waikiki was the playground, and the healing grounds, for the ali`i and chiefs…the ruling class… and the waters bordering [downtown] Honolulu soon became the ports that opened up the islands to a whole new economy...and a lot more visitors.

Today’s visitor industry found its genesis in the early 1900s when Matson ships would bring guests across the Pacific.  The First Lady of Waikiki, the Moana Hotel, opened its doors in 1901 as Hawaii’s first resort hotel.  Followed by the Royal Hawaiian in 1927 (lovingly called the Pink Palace), and the trans-pacific flights by Pan Am, the shores of Waikiki soon became the playground for America’s rich and famous.  Today, they are your playground, too.
 
Waikiki,O'ahu
But don’t let the tall buildings and retail shops confuse you:  Waikiki is still considered a sacred land with many historic sites and activities.  One could spend an entire day just learning about the visiting nobles and ceremonial events that took place on that famous shore.  In fact, we just celebrated the anniversary of our beloved “Father of Surfing” – Duke Kahanamoku – with a two day event featured near his childhood home…former grounds that are now known as the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

No doubt, after scouring the multitude of restaurants, shops, and activities in Waikiki, the active traveler will want to explore more of this magnificent isle.  This is where some real fun begins! 

Island Seaplane
Let’s start with a historical, narrated aerial tour of O'ahu in Hawai'i's only seaplane!  The owner of Island Seaplane gets his love of flying from his father, who just happened to get his pilot’s license from the Wright Brothers.  This seasoned veteran, Pat Magie, has stories galore besides the island tours he and his wife offer.  Looking across Kihei Lagoon to the prominent profile of Diamond Head, their beautiful, floating chapel and dock are awesome places to hold a wedding and/or vow renewal and reception or family party. With complimentary van pick up from Waikiki, this is the unique way to experience the island from a “higher” perspective!  Visit www.islandseaplane.com or (808) 836-6273.


Next we head in-land for some great land adventures.  Here’s one way to “do it all in a day!”  Bike Hawai`i has thought of everything.  Its owner, Mr. John Alford, born and raised in Hawai'i, has been a biker (as in bicycle) all his life and has written several books on the subject.  He now encapsulates his biking passion with his love for the land and environment (aina) by offering a “bike-hike-sail/snorkel” package that is sure to please everyone in your ohana (family) or group. His “Rainforest to the Reef” program covers it all.  From the private “Rainforest mountain hike to a 200-foot waterfall,” to the “downhill rainforest bike ride,” to his afternoon “swim and snorkel with the turtles off Diamond Head,” these tours are touted to be the highlight for many visitors.  Visit his website to see the many custom tours and group events Bike Hawai`i can handle.  Each tour is narrated by ecologically-trained specialists who know the land…and their business! Visit www.bikeHawai`i.com to view their impressive list of activities – combination or ala carte – or call toll free 877-682-7433; on O`ahu call (808) 734-4214.

TourTalk Hawaii
For those with wanderlust who want to “get out and about,” then driving around our island is the perfect fit for you.  Now, there is an award-winning, first of its kind, cultural audio driving tour of O'ahu guaranteed to help you better connect to this island destination.  With TourTalk-O`ahu, you won’t just see the aina (land), you’ll experience its essence from the comfort of your own rental car…on your own time, and at your own pace.  This narrated tour – by some of Hawaii’s most recognized cultural historians, kumu hula, chanter, teachers, and more, audibly guide you around the island sharing with you site information, music, history, ancient culture, as well as the ancient and contemporary traditions of hula and lei.  They also revisit O`ahu’s significant battles such as the Battle of the Nu'uanu Pali and the attack on Pearl Harbor.  The specific audio directions are complemented by the accompanying 72-page, full-colored booklet filled with maps, factoids, directions, beautiful site photos, and revisits the cultural stories shared during your drive.  This two-time award-winning tour comes on 2 CD’s – almost 3 hours of narration – and is the only tour you take home with you to experience again long after your vacation has ended. With this tour, you can’t get lost unless you want to!  Order online at www.tourtalkHawai`i.com or call 877-585-7499.  (Delivered to Waikiki hotels for small fee.)

Now…about the sea!  The ocean (kai) is very important to the Hawaiian way of life and every imaginable water sport is played here.  Two companies, guaranteed to quench your thirst for a high-quality, water experience are Twogood Kayaks and Hans Hederman Surf School.

Photo Credit: Twogood Kayaks

Twogood Kayaks offers the “most complete paddling sports company in Hawai`i.”  Located in the quaint town of Kailua, on the northeastern shore of O'ahu, his kayaks launch from the shores of the famous Lanikai and Kailua Beaches -- each often rated in the top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches of the World. He provides Waikiki pick up and return, lunch, and gives you the most wonderful paddling experience offered in the islands today.  You will have the kayaking adventure of a lifetime as you are guided to the off-shore Moku islands populated with endangered (some are seasonal) sea turtles, dolphins, whales, and many types of exotic tropical fish! Sea bird and turtle sanctuaries that you can visit are also located within easy paddling distance from Kailua Beach.  You won’t want to miss the crystal blue waters off Kailua and this edu-taining aquatic experience! Visit www.twogoodkayaks.com or call (808)262-5656.

Photo Credit:Hans Hederman's Surf School

Last but not least, what would a Hawai`i visit be without the chance to “surf famous Waikiki Beach!”  Located directly opposite the famed Prince Kuhio Beach sits Hans Hederman’s Surf School.  Hans, a former pro surfer, has been surfing Hawai`i’s waves since he was a boy.  Hederman’s Surf School is the “go to place” for those who want a guaranteed ride from virtually your first time on a board!  His school is recognized as one of the “best in the business” where safety is always the primary concern.  His various programs are suited to everyone:  from the beginner to the avid surfer.  He even offers programs for the children!  So don’t miss the chance to surf one of O`ahu’s famous locations with the best.   Visit www.hhsurf.com or call (808) 924-7788.

As you enjoy the essence of O`ahu through its renown golf courses, beautiful beaches, numerous activities, and its cultural opportunities, remember that around here, the sun rules!  Don’t let the trade winds fool you; keep sunscreen on every time you venture outdoors.  We know you’ll enjoy your unique O`ahu experience and look forward to sharing our island home with you soon!
~~ Aloha ~~

Denise Moreland is a Cultural Specialist
And president of TourTalk-Hawai`i Nei,
A Hawaiian Cultural Promotions Company.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Two Hawaii Beaches Listed On Top 10 Beaches 2015 by Dr. Beach

Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as "Dr. Beach", a professor at Florida International University has been selecting Top 10 Beaches in the United States annually for the past 25 years since 1991. This year two of our Hawaii beaches have made its place on the Top 10 List.  Waimanalo Bay Beach Park was listed as the number one beach for this year along with Hamoa Beach Park in fourth place.

Waimanalo Bay Beach Park
Photo Creditor: TripAdvisor


Waimanalo Bay Beach Park is located in the northeastern corner of Oahu and is often missed as tourist drive through the small village. Waimanalo Bay is Oahu's longest beach which extends for more than five miles; This white sand beach is great for walking and the wind always blows onshore due to Trade Winds. It is also known sometimes for strong currents so keep a look out for the lifeguard tower for safer swimming. There are restrooms and showers along with some shaded areas. It's also a good place for body boarding due to the shallow sandbar.

Hamoa Beach Park, Maui, HI
Photo Creditor: Aloha-hawaii.com
 Hamoa Beach Park is located on the east side of Maui in Hana and is listed number four on Beach's list. It is rimmed by cliffs, palm trees, and flowering greenery. This crescent shaped beach is a mixture of coral and lava sand and is the most famous of Maui's Hana beaches. Getting to this remote beach will take you a little over two hours to drive on a long windy road on some high cliffs and few guardrails, not to mention 50 one-way bridges along with waterfalls.  It was listed at number five on last year's 2014 list.  It also appeared in the national list in 2010, ranking nine.

Top 10 Beaches 2015

  1. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu, HI
  2. Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs, FL
  3. St. George Island State Park, FL
  4. Hamoa Beach Park, Maui, HI
  5. Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks of NC
  6. Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, FL
  7. Coast Guard Beach , Cape Cod MA
  8. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Is., SC
  9. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples, FL
  10. East Beach, Santa Barbara, CA

National beaches that make it to the Top are then retired and listed on the website to giving other beaches a chance for first place. Fifty criteria are used to evaluate these beaches, which includes views, water, sand quality, as well as safety management.

Some of Hawaii's past winners that have been archived are:

Fleming Park Beach, Maui, Hawaii
Hanalei Bay Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
Hapuna Beach State Recreational Area, Big Island, Hawaii
Hulopoe Beach, Lanai, Hawaii
Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii
Kailua Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii
Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hawaii
Kaunaoa Beach, Big Island, Hawaii
Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
Wailea Beach, Maui, Hawaii


More emphasis is being placed on environmental management as well as safety. Bonus points are awarded for prohibition of smoking on beaches. Both Maui and Oahu have recently been leading the way as smoking is prohibited in all county parks, beaches, and recreational facilities.

More information on the 50 criteria used and also past beaches archived may be seen on Dr. Beach's website at:  www.drbeach.org

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Heading to Hawaii? Don’t miss this Oahu Summer Special!

Travel professionals who sell Hawaii now have a unique, one-of-a-kind way to give their Oahu-bound clients an experiential touring activity.  Introducing TourTalk-Oahu…the island’s only award-winning audio driving tour, now your clients can completely circumnavigate the island at their own time, own pace, and in the comfort of their rental car.  Recipient of both an international award (AXIEM) for its production and a Hawaii Tourism Award – Keep It Hawaii – for the perpetuation of Hawaii’s rich culture and people this stand-alone tour has edutained thousands. 
 Formatted on 2 audio CDs, this island tour is complemented by a 73-page full color booklet filled with photos, factoids, maps and more.  While enjoying the beauty of the island, listeners will learn about core cultural concepts such as the “deeper meaning of Aloha”, the traditions of hula and lei, the Hawaiian ohana (family), and connection to the aina (land/environment).  They'll hear stories about the two great battles that changed the face of Hawaii forever:  the Battle of the Nu`uanu Pali for unification of the islands under King Kamehameha and the surprise Attack on Pearl Harbor.  Also included is wonderful slack key music from one of Hawaii’s “kihoalu masters” and 2 poignant mele (songs) written by a local troubadour.


TourTalk-Oahu is the one tour your clients can take home with them to relive time and againand it’s offered to you, the travel professional, for only $10 U.S. per copy plus $3.95 shipping and handling.  It makes an amazing Thank You amenity for your traveler(s) or can be upsold and combined with a car rental!  If you order 10 or more, the shipping fees are waived.
 Show your clients just how much you care about their Oahu vacation! Visit our website at www.tourtalkhawaii.com to listen to sound samples and discover all of the extras this tour offers.  You’ll be glad you did…and so will your clients!