Monthly Archives: March 2014

Hawaii Scuba Diving with Classes

Hawaii is a perfect location for scuba divers of all types and levels. Al of the 4 major islands, Big Island of Hawaii, Maui, Kauia, and Oahu have some of the best places to scuba dive. As well as many different companies offering training and schooling for your Hawaii Scuba Diving experience. Diving boats and certifications are included in the once in a lifetime chance to dive with “Crush” the Sea Turtle.

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Scuba Diving School

Honolulu scuba diving certification stores offer many levels of scuva diving classes and lessons. Including beginner level training, PADI levels, and advanced classes. Also available are the open water diving courses and professional levels of Scuba certifications in Hawaii. All classes can be taken during your vacation here on the Hawaiian islands. Please Note: Divers cannot dive and then fly in the same day.

Scuba Diving Equipment

The 5 basic parts for scuba diving equipment are: Mask, Wet Suit, Breathing Regulator, Air Tank, and fins. All of which are provided for you by the diving store and school. Another important part of scuba diving is the ability to equalize your head. By creating pressure from squeezing your nose and blowing, your ear drums fill up with pressure protecting your head from very painful pressure.

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Scuba diving may be difficult for most people, you can undergo high pressures and claustrophobia. The main thing to remember is to just relax and breathe normally into the mask. I suggest you give snorkeling a try, before jumping to Scuva Diving.

Hawaii University at Manoa

The Start of the University:
The University of Hawaii at Manoa was founded in the early 1900′s, from a grant of land to start a school of agriculture. Starting very small with a class of 5 students and thirteen teachers with housing in the town square. About 5 years later, the college was Named Hawaii University and placed in the valley of Manoa. The first building constructed was named Hawaii Hall and is still located in the same area and is still named that today.

Attack on Pearl Harbor:
After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 the school shut down for 2 months and after it reopened students were given a protection mask to prevent any dangers from warfare. The following year around one hundred and fifty Japanese American students at UH formed a volunteer squad to help protect the campus and Oahu. Later they were united with an actual military team and give rifles with five rounds each.

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Athletics:
The Fighting Deans, Hawaii’s first football team was created just before the 1910′s. Due to difficult travels to the mainland the Deans were forced to play Local high school football teams. The 1st game was played at Punahou High and the Deans beat McKinley in a close game only by 1 touchdown. Ten years later, the first game against another college was held Las Vegas against UNLV on December 25, 1920.

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Moving Forward:
Celebrating is first 100 year anniversary in two thousand and seven, the University now offers many different degrees and studies. The UH Warrior football program celebrated its first conference 1st place and played in its first Bowl game January 1, 2008. Today many students from around the world come to Hawaii to attend school on our beautiful islands. During your stay on the island you should try and catch a game and take part in the pride that is Hawaii Warrior Athletics.

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Hawaii Five-0: The History and Today

The History:
Hawaii 5-0 is a TV show created by Mr Freeman and CBS, it was to be shot on Oahu Island in Hawaii. The tv show was on for twelve years from nineteen-sixty-eight to nineteen-eighty. The show base based on an actual crime unit from nineteen-forties and was about police detectives solving crimes in the Honolulu area. The theme song from the original show became very popular as well as the last saying of every episode, “bookem Danno”.

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Today Hawaii 5-0:
In the year two-thousand-eight the show was called to be brought back and would take place in Honolulu and the current time frame. The son of the original detective in the show would be back and busting crime on Oahu. This concept didn’t take off. Around two-thousand-ten CBS decided to give the show another chance and would air on Monday nights. Taking place in the old Honolulu advertising building and viewing all around Oahu island. Today many locals get the chance to be extras on the sets as well as track down where the show will be shot and watch it being filmed.

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Paradise Coves Beautiful Luau Evening


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History:
Located on the far west coast of Oahu the Paradise Cove Luau is one of the most beautiful Luau’s Hawaii has to offer. Around the nineteen forties Mrs Campbell inherited over 35 acres of Hawaiian land in Oahu including beach front property with 3 very special beaches. Ancient Hawaiian royalty was said to have used these beaches for there own personal use. Come out to Paradise Cove and see for yourself the heaven on earth.

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Greeted with a sweet smelling Flower Lei that stays with you forever is the perfect start to this evening. Make your way to grab a mai tai and take in all the beauty in this moment, because you are in Hawaii watching the sunset.

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Games and Fun:
Next its game time, fun traditional Hawaiian activities for kids and adults alike. Ancient crafts, villages and shops, hold island animals, hula dancers, drums and chants, and the pulling in of the fish nets.

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Next you will make your way to the ceremony of the Kalua Pig, dated back to ancient Hawaiian times, when the Royal court would take part in pulling the Pig from cooking for hours in a pit in the earth covered with leaves.

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Views:
The Paradise Cove Luau is located at the beautiful Ko’olina beach and resort. Right at sunset you can walk along the beach, put your toes in the ocean, take a death breath and take in the Best of Hawaii.

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Dinner:
The Luau buffet dinner starts the evening festivities including: Salads, Kalua Pork, Island Fish, Fresh Fruits, Coconut Haupia, and many deserts to choice from. Two more free drinks will also be included as the evening show begins. Sit back, relax, and watch the hula and fire dancers.

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As the sun has almost set and your tummies are full, journey back in time and watch the traditional Hawaii luau show. Visit many islands and cultures with live festive music and entertainment. Enjoy.

Paradise Cove Luau was my first Luau experience in Hawaii and I truly hope it is yours also.

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Check out Paradise Coves Deluxe Luau Buffet Package.

History of the Ukulele in Hawaii

Introduction to Hawaii:
Started in the 1800′s the Ukulele or ‘Uke’ comes from the guitar instruments and has 4 strings for plucking or playing. Arrived in the Hawaiian Islands from Portugal travelers who launched from the Macaronesian island chain. With growing popularity in Hawaii and on the mainland, the Ukulele soon became an iconic instrument to the world in the 1900′s.

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How did the Ukulele get its Name?
The “jumping flea” or Ukulele was given this name because of people who play the instrument have fingers that move around at a rapid rate. Nicknamed after a small Hawaiian man who played they instrument very well, Mr Purvis, who was one of the King’s officers. Also known as Uku or a gift that arrived in Hawaii, and lele or to come, the Queen helped name it as such.

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Hawaiian Music Culture:
From the support of the Hawaiian King, the Ukulele became part of the Hawaiian culture and was performed at most of the island gatherings. The Hula and Luau on the islands is best accompanied by an Ukulele player, without it you will find something is missing. One of the most famous Ukulele players ever to be heard on the islands was the famous iz kamakawiwoʻole who passed away in 1997.

Annual Ukulele Festival:
in the two thousand and four the couple Mr and Mrs Sakuma started to spread the love of music with the Ukulele and started to hold Ukulele events. Soon after they started up the Ukulele Festival that is still held today on Oahu island. The message was simple: Spread Love, Hope, and Joy to all who here the Ukulele music.

No Woman Don’t Cry: On Lanikai Beach

The Hawaiian Cowboy

The Paniolo, said to have been directly related to the cowboys of California and Mexico. Learning their skills from mainland cowboys, Paniolo’s traits directly reflect the teaching and practices of these cowboys. Over time the Hawaiian Paniolo word is believed to decent from the Spanish word for espanol. The latest Paniolo cowboy styles and clothing still resemble the old styles of the South American Cowboy.

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Many of the Paniolo tools and saddle carry the specific look and feel from the Spanish cowboys. Even today the Spanish descender’s started homes and families here on the islands and still carry the Spanish names. In the 1800′s the arrival of steer to the Hawaiian islands grew fast and in large numbers throughout the hillsides. By eighteen twelve, a shipmate by the name of Parker landed in Hawaii and decided to start a the beefing establishment from the grazing cattle.

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Once the cattle were captured they had to be tamed, Paniolo ranchers did this by separating them and not feeding them for a while. Once they calmed down they were ready to be tamed and fed. They were then put with a tamed steer and learned the ways of the grazing oxen. The ranches grew slow and steady through out the years and today is Hawaiian main source of beef on the island.

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The History of Surfing in Hawaii

Origin of Surfing:
Catching waves started when the first person went swimming in the ocean and rode the wave back to the beach. Known as wave riding with your body became the oldest form of surfing. The ancient Polynesians took a board made from the koa tree into the ocean with them and stood up on it, this is where hanging-ten originated.

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Usually the Polynesian chief would be at the top of the surfing community, with the most skills, best surf board, and rode at the best beaches (off limits to the lower class). The upper-class of the community had access to the best places to surf, however a lower-class person could gain respect by catching these waves and impressing the community.

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Surfing was a major part of respect within the Polynesian tribes and the best surfers treated like royalty. Petroglyphs of the surfers were chiseled into the lava rocks and date back over 500 years.

The Duke:

At the start of the 1900′s Waikiki beach started to see surfing as a sport and would introduce Duke Kahanamoku. By far the most famous Hawaiian surfer helped open the worlds eyes to the sport of surfing. Known for his many achievements including his performance in the nineteen-twelve Olympics gold medal for swimming. He quickly became the surfing icon and a postal stamp was created for his surfing accomplishments.

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Having grown up in Waikiki on Oahu and spent most of his time in the water and on the beach he was well known in the community and drew crowds by the thousands. Later a bronze statue would be created and dedicated to the ‘Duke’ standing tall in Waikiki with his arms held open as a welcoming gesture to the visitors of Oahu.

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Today in Waikiki you can visit the Duke restaurant that is located right on the beach.

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We remember and honor the memory of Duke as a wonderful carefree person and great competitor. Please feel free to place a lei on his statue and enjoy yourself here in the Hawaiian Islands.

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Location of the Duke Statue in Waikiki:

 

Hawaiian Humpback Whale Migration

Migration:
Every year around winter time the humpback whales travel to the warm waters of Hawaii for breeding. Traveling over three thousand miles from the cold waters of Alaska for 2 straight months they swim back to the place they were born. Around 66% of the entire humpback whale population return to the perfect place to vacation for 3 or 4 months, raise there young-lings, and just play around in the Hawaiian waters. These amazing marine mammals are respected here in Hawaii and are protected in these waters.

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Every year the home coming of these huge whales is celebrated and many people from around the world come to witness this event. The whales also seem to put on quite an aerial display and launch out of the water.

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Currently there are over six thousand Humpback whales in the Pacific ocean and they fill up there fat storage in the summer. Looking for love, raising a family, and enjoying the warm waters are the reasons why whales migrate to Hawaii. There are many different ways to see these mammals in action, so come to Hawaii and mark this one off your bucket list.

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History of the Hawaiian Pineapple

History:
Pineapples were given the name because they are shaped like pine cones and has fruit inside them. Rough on the outside and sweet on the inside this fruit is not much to look at, however is one of Hawaii’s favorite snacks. Brought to Hawaii hundreds of years ago the pineapple was considered a lavish gift and easily spread out through the world by ships. We are not sure the exact time or persons who brought the fruit to Hawaii.

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Early in the 1900 century, a south American traveler grew pineapples for the Hawaiian King Kamehameha. John Kidwell, later began to commercialize pineapples and grew many different types to find the best pineapple for the fertile land. It wasn’t until James Dole landed in Hawaii that the pineapple became an american icon and household name. Dole.

Dole Plantation:
1899 was the year that Mr Dole came to Hawaii. Having knowledge of agriculture and business he decided to make Hawaii would be a perfect location of growth of the Hawaiian Pineapple. In 1890 he purchased over 50 acres of land and started harvesting mass quantities of the fruit. Know becoming the King of Pineapples, Mr Dole has started a prospering business model that is still thriving today.

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Today:
Dole Pineapple plantation is one of the major tourist attractions and is a stop on several of our tours. The most popular being the Oahu’s Grand Circle Island Tour. Its funny to think that this empire started from a small stop on the side of the road outside of Haleiwa the famous surfing town. We suggest that you make this a must see in Hawaii and enjoy this experience and tasty ice cream and shop.

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There are many fun activities at the plantation including: Pineapple Maze, Train Ride, Beautiful Landscape Views, Gift Shop, Plantation Garden, and Koi Pond. Step into history, plan this stop on your next visit to Oahu and indulge yourself with some world famous pineapple ice cream.

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Huge Waves on Oahu Island

How are waves made?
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Waves are formed by winds moving across the ocean which creates a rippled like motion on the surface. These ripples build up over time and eventually hit a land mass and makes them topple over. Winter storms in the north Pacific ocean will create huge waves that make there way down to the north shore of Oahu. When these waves touch down they will hang in this position by running along the sea floor creating ideal conditions for surfing.

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Famous North Shore waves:
Oahu’s northern shore is considered by many surfers in the world as the best place to hang ten. It is also considered one of the most dangerous places to surf. Surfing contests are held every winter when the waves are at their strongest. People come from all over the world to watch and participate in these contests. If you are new to surfing do NOT attempt to catch these waves, the ocean is more powerful than you might think.

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Huge Wave Surfing Competition:
Named the Big Wave Invitational held at the beautiful Waimea Bay does not fail to impress. This surfing contest is ONLY held when the waves are at least 20 feet high. You can only participate in this event by invitation and for good reason. Only the best, of the best, of the best. Sir.

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Seen in this image above is Garrett McNamara riding the largest wave in recorded history. Standing over one hundred feet tall, very few people will experience this rush and brush with death. Imagine yourself staring straight down from on top of a 10 story building and take a leap knowing that if you don’t make the drop just right, it will probably cost you your life.

Be careful when going into the ocean and please respect its power.

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