Wondrous Hawaii: A Perfect Location

Orbiting around a star is a blue planet, i’ts heat source coming closer and farther away. While spinning on its own axis and spinning around its heat source a magical place stays the same temperature… Hawai’i.

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-So how is the temperature in Hawai’i? Well its always around 80 degrees during the day time. The real question is, is it raining or isn’t it. When most of the planet is getting snowed on, we have a rainy season. November through March we get the most rainfall, and the temperatures on certain higher altitudes on the islands can ready 65 degrees at night. But most of the time its paradise.

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During many months of the year Hawaii gets hit with Trade winds on the northern and eastern sides of the island. As the sun and rain combine almost everyday on certain parts of the island we are knows as the Rainbow State. As residents of the Hawaiian Islands we are humbled and blessed with our surroundings and take recycling and going green to heart. So please take care of our islands and we will return the kindness and consideration with Aloha.

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Our sea or kai the temperatures have a slight cooling off feeling but instantly used to it, you will be able to comfortably swim with our turtles on beaches like Hanauma Bay. One of the best places to go Snorkeling and enjoy the most beautiful beach on Oahu, that at one point was reserved for Royalty.

~ We openly share our paradise with our Ohana.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – Oahu, Hawaii

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Description:

The Term “bay” comes from the Hawaiian word Hana, and Uma means “curved”. One of the most beautiful beaches on Oahu, that is perfect for safe swimming and snorkeling. The plan was to bring back its beautiful marine ecosystem by lowering the visitor numbers and by educating them. The Marine Education Center give a taste of history and culture while helping to preserve marine life and coral reef.

Don’t feed the fish and Don’t Step on the Reef

Times/Open:

*Closed on Tuesdays
7:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. (Winter)
6:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. (Summer)

Helpful Hints:

Get there early if you want a parking spot…. If not, I suggest going around 1:00pm, this is when parking opens back up.

Cost:

$7.50 Per Person, Per Day
FREE: Residence; Hawaii State, Drivers Licence, or Student ID

Parking:

$1.00 Per Vehicle

Activities:

Sun bathing, Swimming, & Snorkeling (Rentals Available)

Location/Map: Oahu Island Hawaii


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History:

This dry and hot area of Oahu has no fresh water. But ancient Hawaiian’s found it perfect for fishing. Hanauma Bay restoration began around the turn of the 1900′s,

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Food:

Concession stand is available. Food and Beverages.

Hawaiian Kona Coffee: Arguably the Best

Remembering the first time I tasted Hawaiian Kona coffee was the first time I believed to be tasting the best coffee in the world. Being a fan of coffee, I have tried many different types and I stand strong by my choice that we have one of the best. ‘Mountain Coffee’ created in the slopes of the volcanoes from the islands, rich with minerals creating the ideal conditions for the growth of the coffee bean.

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Originating from a Brazilian coffee plant, the Reverend Samuel Ruggles brought the coffee plant to Hawaii sometime around the 1820′s. Today around 800 Kona coffee farms and workers from different parts of the world including: Mainland Americans, Japanese, Filipino, and Europeans.

How is the Kona Coffee Harvested?

Spring time is when the coffee blooms and is nearly ready to be picked. Sprouting green berries by the first quarter of the year and after mid-year the ‘cherries’ are ready to be picked. Providing around fifteen pounds of cherry that is hand picked and set to ferment in a tank creating about two pounds of roasted coffee.

Kona coffee is only grown in Hawaii and history would contest that every person who tried to duplicate it was not successful. Despite an infestation of a green beetle in the fields found around 2010 measures were taken to counter balance the bug by bringing in a ground fungus that is helping to destroy the beetle.

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Where Can I buy some Hawaiian Coffee?

Kona Coffee Online Store

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During your stay on the islands take advantage and try some of the different tasty varieties of our coffee. Many different flavors and prices of the coffee can be purchased at almost any store. Macadamia chocolates and rich Kona coffee is the best way to start a day before you venture out and experience what Hawaii has to offer.

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Wahiawa Botanical Gardens

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This lush botanical garden that is located between the Ko’olau and Wai’anae mountain ranges offers a quiet relaxing spot to walk around and view many tropical plants and flowers. It has received the nickname “tropical jewel” of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. This amazing stroll along paved walkways is a shady, cool, getaway from the warmer busier city scene. The 27 acres of land that the gardens currently sit on, was leased from the city by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association in 1920.

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It was originally used for experimental tree planting, and most of the large trees that can be found were planted during this original lease. The land was turned back over to the city of Honolulu in 1950, and was opened as a botanical garden in 1957. The majority of the plants in the collection require a nice cool environment in order to thrive, and the emphasis is on native Hawaiian plants. The park is currently opened seven days a week, from 9 am to 4 pm. For anyone who is interested in a beautiful walk in tropical environment this park is a definite must.

Written by James Bredeson

Ka’au Crater Hike on Oahu

This hike isn’t for beginners!  But WOW is it BEAUTIFUL!  This is for the adventurous, well rounded lovers of the challenge, and people whose bodies are conditioned for many inclines/declines and climbing.  If you are as mentioned, you’re going to LOVE this hike!  Nestled deep in the Palolo Valley, you’ll find the trail-head, BUT it’s hidden.  There’s no sign that says “Trail Head Here”.  So how do you get there?

Take Waialae Ave to 10th st, Take 10th st into the valley away from the H1, then make a right onto Waimao Rd.  You’ll know you’re going the right way when you pass by the MuRyangSa Buddhist Temple on your right.  You can’t miss it.  It’s beautiful.  Follow Waimao Rd all the way to the end of the pavement.  When you reach the end you’ll see a set of mail boxes &  a make shift car port on your left, and a gravel area on the right side.  If you can, parallel park in the gravel area.

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The trail head is behind the mail boxes and it’s almost like entering the dark forest.  Haha.  As soon as you enter, there’s a rocky climb down with a rope.  So you know this trail means business.  Follow the pink ribbons.  When you get to the top of the 3rd waterfall you’ll see the crater.  From here you can head back and feel that you had a great hike or you can continue on for the ridge hike and the summit.  NOTE: There is a return trail! Take a left at the top of the waterfalls and after a short distance you’ll see the return trail on your left.  If you decide to hike the crater go counterclockwise around the ridge!  You’ll have a better day.

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Tips:  Go earlier in the morning!  Easier to park and the hike can range anywhere from 4-6 hours. Don’t go while it’s raining.  It hadn’t rained for a while and it was still muddy and wet.  We’re avid hikers and we hiked entirely around the crater and the entire hike took us a total of 5 hours.

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Distance: Round Trip from the top of the waterfalls – 3.7 miles  Round Trip from the Summit of the crater – 5 miles.  Hiking entirely around the crater – not positive, approximately 6  (The hike feels longer than the mentioned distance due to the ups and downs as well as the climbing involved)

Elevation: Over 2,000 ft.

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What to Expect: Rocky + muddy = slippery areas (You will get muddy) Crossing the stream many times.  (You will get wet) Narrow trail areas along steep hills Steep rocky areas where you will need to use the rope provided to climb up/down 3 amazing waterfalls (NOTE: To continue on & get to the top of the 1st you must climb ropes on your left before the short trail that leads you to the base of it.  On the 3rd waterfall you will be using a series of ropes to climb up and traverse across it.) One of the best views on the island once you reach the summit of the crater!!

What to Bring: Sunscreen Bug Spray Bathing Suit (if you want to swim in the waterfall pools) Gloves (if you want extra grip) Good hiking shoes (that you don’t mind getting muddy/wet) 2-3 liters of water per person. Pants (if you decide to hike the crater / your legs will get nicely scratched up by the dry brush surrounding the trail)

Written by Johann Moguel

Employment Opportunities: January 2015

CDL Driver Training Program (Oahu, Maui) Interested in a new career? PolyAd is offering a CDL Driver Training Program. Get your CDL permit on your own, have an acceptable driver history and driver abstract, pass a PUC physical, have a clear criminal abstract and be able to pass a pre-employment drug test. PolyAd will pay you as you train, training takes 2-3 weeks.

CDL-B DRIVERS (Full-Time, Part-Time Oahu, Kona, Kauai) We are looking for full-time and part-time Drivers with CDL B licenses with passenger and air-brake endorsements to drive our fleet of motor coach vehicles. Applicants must provide their Driver Abstract and History Record.

MECHANIC (Full-Time Maui, Kauai) We have an exciting opportunity for a full-time Mechanic in Maui to assist in the inspection, service, and repair of the Company’s fleet of vehicles. They diagnose vehicle problems quickly, replace or repair faulty parts, perform routine maintenance, and restore each vehicle to its precise factory specifications. Qualified candidates should have at least three years of experience working in an automotive repair shop or related field. ASE/ICAR certification or Certificate of Completion from an accredited technical school is preferred. CDL B License and possession of own tools also preferred.

BASE DISPATCHER (Part-Time Maui) Come work for the company that provides the finest tour and charter bus service in the islands! Polynesian Adventure Tours is looking for a part-time Base Dispatcher to assist in our fleet operations. Some of the job duties include (but are not limited to) assigning vehicle units daily to our drivers, route management, updating tour information accurately, and reporting problems immediately to management. One year of customer service, administration, dispatch, and/or hospitality experience is required. Qualified applicants must be flexible to work as the station operates between 3:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. seven days a week, possess excellent communication and computer skills, and be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

FIELD DISPATCHERS (Part-Time Oahu) Polynesian Adventure Tours is looking for quality individuals to join our field dispatch team. These positions are on a part-time basis. Applicants must be able to pass federal background security checks to access airport and harbor facilities. Strong communication skills, the ability to multi-task and maintain focus in a fast-paced work environment are essential. Exceptional customer service skills and teamwork are also requirements for this position. Applicants must be flexible as they are expected to work less than 20 hours a week in which shifts include early mornings and late evenings, weekends and holidays.

JAPANESE-ENGLISH SPEAKING ON BOARD AMBASSADOR (Part-Time) Polynesian Adventure Tours has an exciting opportunity for a full-time and part-time Japanese-English speaking on-board Ambassador to work on an ongoing private Charter. The Polynesian Adventure Tours Ambassador provides a superior level of customer service to passengers while ensuring their safety and well-being. The ideal candidate will be outgoing, a team player who enjoys the outdoors, meeting different people and is excited to share Hawaii’s beauty with our customers.

Be a part of the best tour and transportation team on Hawaii! We offer competitive salaries, advancement opportunities and a wide range of attractive benefits. Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans are part of our benefits. We offer a 401(k) with a generous company match! Paid training, paid vacation after one year, and cruise discounts are also offered to all our ohana. Our corporate office is located at 2880 Kilihau Street, Honolulu HI 96819. You may apply in person at any of our facilities during regular business hours or email your resume with salary requirements to the Human Resources Manager here!

Download application in a Microsoft Word Document. Download Driver application in Microsoft Word Document. If you wish to mail the application to our Human Resources office please send it to 2880 Kilihau Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819.

Wild Pets on Hawaii

Most of the natural surroundings you see in Hawaii, plant and animal life, were introduced to the islands rather than being native.  Seriously, you point at it, and someone with knowledge will tell you, “oh, that plant is originally from so-and-so country”.

A nerd at heart, I geek out to seeing two types of lizards out here in the wild.  Both being introduced to the islands by the pet trade.  The Jackson Chameleon & the Gold Dust Day Gecko.  I’ll save you the pain of having to read their scientific names.  For all you lizard enthusiasts out there, you already know how spectacular these lizards look, but for the rest of you, you’ll most likely be blown away at the color and decoration these little guys display IF you’re lucky to spot one.

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The Gold Dust Day Gecko.  Originally from Madagascar is ordained in a beautiful display of bright colors.  Green, Red, Yellow, and Blue.  These guys that grow to a length of 4 to 5 inches can be easily confused with The Giant Day Gecko, also from Madagascar, which can grow up to 12 inches long.  Primarily due to similar coloration.  When they are the same size, the best way I’ve noticed to tell them a part is their tail and how many red stripes they have on their head.  The Gold Dust has 3 red stripes on its head with a more stubby rounded tail while the Giant has a specific red stripe from snout to eye with a more long pointy tail.  Both are active during the day and I have yet to see the Giant Day Gecko, but here are pics of a fully grown Gold Dust on a car in my driveway.  He wasn’t shy.  Probably trying to sell insurance.  Knee slap!

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The Jackson Chameleon.  Originally from East Africa and probably the coolest looking of all the Chameleons due to the male’s small scale impression of one of our favorite dinosaurs, the Triceratops.  And as you know, these guys can change color based on their surroundings and/or mood.  Not to mention how funny it is each of their eyes can point in different directions and during feeding time their tongue can extend about the length of their body!  I still haven’t seen one in the wild, but asking locals, they’ll tell you they see them all the time and are easily caught.  Although, as pets, they need lots of care.  They are a fragile species of lizard.

Written by Johann Moguel

A Scenic Inner Island Trail for Everyone!

Looking for that beautiful well manicured trail that’s kid, elderly, and pet friendly?  Try the Kanealole & Maunalaha Loop located in the Makiki Valley.  Head up Makiki Heights Dr and turn onto the dead end street where the Hawaii Nature Center is located.  All along that street is side street parking or, if you can find a spot, there is a small parking lot on the left.  After parking, walk to the end of the street, and you’ll see this.

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Head to your right and walk past the bathroom area.  You’ll see the Kanealole & Maunalaha Loop trail head.  When you get to the fork, head left for an easier hike, head right if you want the heavier incline.  Keep in mind the loop isn’t difficult.  There are some muddy rooted spots especially after rain.

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Overall, expect a wide well manicured trail full of scenic rain forest with several bridges over streams and rain run off.  You’ll see ginger plants, strawberry guava trees, banana trees, and magnificent Banyan trees.  The trail is busy with people and pets, but it’s wide enough so that it doesn’t feel clustered.  Definitely a place to take a stroll and calm the senses.  If you feel you want some rigorous exercise, it is jog friendly as well, just be careful when it’s gets muddy.

Written by Johann Moguel

The Warmest Waters on Oahu

Located in between Kahe Point Beach Park and Tracks Beach Park is Hawaiian Electric Beach Park.  Also known as E-Beach, this place offers the warmest waters on Oahu due to it being right across the street from a power plant.  Haha, it may sound bad, but it’s not.  Known as one of the snorkeling “hot-spots”, pun intended, the power plant emits clean warm water from a large pipeline just off the beach which just happens to attract a lot of fish.  Fish that love to play in the warm water current.

Bring your snorkeling gear and head on out from either Kahe Point Beach or E-Beach.  You’ll find all the coral structures you can handle in one day.  The quickest way to the pipeline is to get in from Kahe Point and swim straight out approximately 100-150 yard.  You’ll come upon this large rectangular structure completely covered  in coral.  The first time I saw it, I thought of it as a small sunken ship.  Then we swam to the other side and suddenly you feel the water temperature change and fish playing in the strong current shooting out of it.  Go have some fun and see if you can enjoy the warm waters!

 Written by Johann Moguel

Aloha Tower

Today Aloha Tower is one of the most recognized buildings in Hawaii and ranks with Diamond Head as one of the most popular landmarks. It is easily recognizable along the waterfront area of Honolulu. Aloha Tower was completed back in 1926 at a cost of $190,000 and was the largest structure in Hawaii at that time. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Coast Guard ordered the USCG Cutter Taney to take up defensive positions to keep the tower from being taken over and occupied. A little known fact is throughout the remainder of world war II the tower was repainted camouflage so it would be able to “disappear” during the night.

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Aloha tower stands a massive 184 feet tall with an additional 40 feet for its flag mast, it also boasts an observation deck on the tenth floor. Aloha Tower is located on Pier 9 at the waterfront and can be seen as a welcome beacon to vessels entering the City and County of Honolulu, just like the Statue of Liberty stands at Ellis Island. It was originally constructed as a lighthouse, and was attached to three warehouse buildings, one on each side. Today  Aloha Tower stands alone as a proud symbol of Honolulu’s new waterfront.

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Even today, Aloha tower continues to act as the Harbor Master’s traffic control center. The Hawaii Maritime Center was opened near aloha tower in 1982, in order to benefit Hawaii’s commercial trade industry that was based at Honolulu Harbor. Aloha tower is owned by the state of Hawaii and is listed on both the State and National Register of Historic Places.

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The observation deck that is located on the tenth floor is open to the public and is free to access. Once you make your way up to the deck, vast sweeping views of Honolulu are available. There are even signs that help point out various landmarks that you are able to see from this area. The observation deck is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. I would highly recommend that you take the time to visit Aloha Tower and take advantage of the sweeping vistas, and take photos so you will be able to share with your family and friends. On New Year’s Eve Aloha Tower is the site of an amazing firework display each year.

Written by James Bredeson