Monthly Archives: April 2014

Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo

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This Hawaiian Cultural festival is a way of honoring the history or Hawaiian Culture with the youth and spirit of today. The original inspiration came from the King David Kalakaua, he was a stronghold for the preservation of the rich heritage of Hawaiian traditions.

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Starting in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii in the early 1960′s and originated from the attractions of tourists to come from around the world and watch this contest of the Hawaiian Arts. This would be a way to pick up tourism on the Big Island for many years to come and has come to be one of the largest held competitions in Hawaii.

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The next step was to meet with other islands to see what Arts would be competed for, and this list has changed over time. Some of the first contests were: The King Kalakaua look-alike contest; Singing, racing, dancing, and other events. Later the contest could have been lost except for the Newly appointed director Mrs. Thompson, who saved if from suspension.

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Today the festival is held for 1 week long, and has many different types of parades, festivals, events, and contests. Which are being held at this very Time. April 20 to 26th.

Here is a list of events:
http://www.merriemonarch.com/the-festival

Can also be watched on Channel 5 of your local TV Provider.
http://tvlistings.timewarnercable.com/tvListings/

Below is a video from a Past Festival.

New Appointments Announced at Polynesian Adventure Tours

Sandra Weir Named as President of Polynesian Adventure Tours
The Company Also Announces Appointments in Sales and Marketing Team

Polynesian Adventure Tours announced the appointment of Sandra Weir as President. Ms. Weir previously served as Director, Business Development for Norwegian Cruise Line in Hawaii from March 2005 to October 2011, establishing key relationships and developing new products including Kauai’s only theatrical luau, Luau Kalamaku.

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Sandra Weir

She brings more than 24 years of financial management and operational experience to her new role. Most recently Weir was Finance Director at Secure Energy Services, Inc., where she oversaw accounting and finance for the oil and gas company’s largest division located in Calgary, Alberta. Weir received her Bachelor of Commerce – Honors from the University of Manitoba and is a Certified Professional Accountant.

Polynesian Adventure Tours is a wholly owned subsidiary company of Norwegian Cruise Line and Hawaii’s exclusive licensee of Gray Line Tours. With Ms. Weir’s return to the company, Brandon Briggs has transferred to a new role at Norwegian Cruise Line headquarters in Miami.

“We’re delighted Sandra Weir is returning to Hawaii to lead Polynesian Adventure Tours. She’s an insightful leader, has extremely relevant experience and valuable contacts acquired during her earlier work with us in Hawaii. Sandra’s background, combined with her excellent financial credentials, will certainly contribute to her success in this key position,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer.

Polynesian Adventure Tours also announced additional appointments as follows:

Eric Burgoyne joined the company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He has several years of experience in directing sales and marketing programs for tour and activity companies in Hawaii, most recently at Star of Honolulu Cruises & Events. Before moving to Hawaii in 2000, he was based in London, England with Lufthansa German Airlines as General Manager, United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Margaret Lehman has been appointed Director of Charter Sales, focusing on creating new group sources for the company. She previously served as the company’s Director of Business Development.

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Lynley Minamoto joined the company as Marketing Specialist and most recently managed marketing programs at Farmers Insurance Hawaii.

Polynesian Adventure Tours provides quality ground transportation for the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii. The company began nearly 37 years ago and continues to grow as it explores new ways to bring the excitement and beauty of Hawaii to its guests. It operates informative Oahu excursions including Pearl Harbor tours, various Double-Decker sightseeing tours, and comprehensive Circle Island tours. Polynesian Adventure Tours also offers One Day neighbor islands, including Big Island Volcano tours, Road to Hana tours on Maui and the Waimea and Movie Tours on Kauai and a theatrical luau on Kauai. For more information, visit www.polyad.com.

Testimonials from Polynesian Adventure Tour Guests

Journey To Waimea Canyon
LOVED THIS TOUR (even with the chickens)

Our diver, Lisa, did a fine job of informing us of the things along the way. The drive up had lots of nice scenery. The colors of the canyon are really beautiful!! Very breath taking. Wonderful photo opts. Husband took LOTS!! We made a stop at Sphouting Horn Park. You could see the water spout up from the holes in the lava. If you have a fear of chickens (Hawaii Ground Birds) as I do, be warned there are LOGS of running around wild on this tour. Thank goodness I had friends to protect Me.

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Lahaina On Your Own – Round-trip
Good if wanting to shop! The bus ride over was interesting, Our driver. Allyn, was really informative. There wasn’t much to do in Lahaina except shop. There is a small museum in the old courthouse that was ok. We did see a very LARGE marlin brought in on one of the fishing boats. It was 14 feet long & weighed 412 lbs.

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Ocean Center & loa Valley
Beautiful Scenery. Lots of Fishy Info
Our driver was Allyn (a lady) was very interesting. We had her as our driver both days in Kahului, Thanks Allyn!! She told us how the sugar cane is refined as we passed it growing along the highway. She even pointed out the processing plant off in the distance. The Ocean Center was very enjoyable with many different fish in many display settings. Be sure to try the shaved ice! Yummy! loa Valley was beautiful. Loved the view from the foot bridge (both sides). Allyn told us a very interesting story of a battle that took place there years ago. We thought this was a very interesting tour well worth the month. Would be great for a family tour.

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Hawaii Breast Cancer: The Race for the Cure

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The Truth

This breathtaking news is by far the most difficult to take, and finding help for this disease can be very expensive and painful. Just under 5 thousand people in Hawaii will get the bad news that they have been diagnosed with Cancer. Over two thousand of those people will die from it. For the island families here on the Hawaiian Islands, cancer causes the most deaths. It is also the leading reason children still in school will die, more so than most any other cause.

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Symptoms of Breast Cancer

People should often feel around there bodies for unusual lumps in there skin. Commonly in the breast area and under the under arms. These lumps will have a different feel to them and if you find any you should see your doctor immediately. Next the doctors will perform a mammogram on the lumps to determine if they could be cancerous.

Some of the differences when looking for lumps included, growths around the armpit, redness or sores around the nipple, rashes or discharge, one breast could be larger than the other, or the breast tissue could be hardening or feeling thick.

The 2014 Race

The next Race is held in October, 2014 and is the twentieth Race for Cancer or the Komen Race in Hawaii. Please come out and support those who need the love or any loved ones that have been affected by this disease. Bring your family members, friends, co-workers or strangers off the street to support the cause. Included is a 1 mile walk or 5k walk/run, which ever you feel up to. You also have the chance to sponsor a runner with a donation to help cure breast Cancer.

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This post is dedicated to my Sister Kelley who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This can hit anyone at any time, please live your life as full as you can, love others, and just be happy.

Sign up for the Race Here. (October 19th)

Mahalo,
Steve

 

Ironman Triathlon Championship: Big Island Bike Races

History of Ironman or IronWoman

On the Big Island of Hawaii, specifically Kona, the Championship of the Ironman Triathlon is held. During the month of October, a race is held, one that will test the will of all who compete. This race of endurance, strength, and will is held on three different mediums including: swimming two and a half miles, a twenty six mile run, and a hundred and twelve mile bike ride. These gladiators of today are given a seventeen hour window to compete the race. Better have your stretch pants on tight for this one.

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Over Time

With the sport growing in popularity, as well as the idea of having the championship in Hawaii, were better a place in the US that you would work hard and enjoy counting the waves for relaxation after the event. A beautiful run along the Big Island coast line, a swim in the bay of Kona on the big island, as well as a bike race across the dry barren plains of lava fields in Hawaii. The fastest the race was ever won was set by a man from the Outback with a time just over 8 hours. For the women’s race the winner was also Australian and the record is just under 9 hours.

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Today

The Hawaiian Ironman is still considered the Win of Wins in the Ironman sport. With the majority of the Ironman field simply happy to finish the race, a few athletes go for the gusto. This is truly a sport that will test every inch of your body, and a true honor just to finish such a race. Even though the World Triathlon Championships say there is a time limit to finish, the “local community” of athlete agree, if you finish the race, you are an Ironman or Ironwoman.

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Hawaiian Koa Wood

History of Hawaiian Koa Wood
The Koa trees that make up the majority of today’s special gifts can be found on the big island of Hawaii. Dating back in the 19th century the local Hawaiian people cut down the Koa tree and used it for making there boats. Today however the Koa tree can only be used if it has fallen from natural causes. They are protected because of the beautiful look of the finished wood.

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Strengths of Koa Wood
The durability and sturdy weight are why the Hawaiian’s of Old used them for work, recreation, and fun. They used the Koa wood to make boats, ukuleles, guitars, surf boards, and body boards. Today Koa wood is still used in many upper scale products and has a beautiful smooth and shiny finish. The tree normally has to age around 30 years before it is a useful size.

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Koa Wood Products: Martin and MacArther
This company here on Oahu is one of the most prestigious makers of products with Koa Wood. Offering many different types of furniture, sun glasses, watches, rings, and instruments. They are the only Koa Wood company that offers wood watches in the world. Check out our Koa Wood history and beauty on your next trip to the Hawaiian Islands.

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Shave Ice Locations on Oahu

History:
Just the perfect treat on a hot Hawaiian day of swimming and fun in the sun. This sweet treat is prefect to cool yourself and the kids off. It is also very easy on the wallet and you can get it almost every town on the island. Brought to the Hawaiian Islands by visitors from Japan many years ago. Back when the plantations of sugar flourished in Hawaii.

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How is Shave Ice made?
First a large block of ice is brought out of the freezer and put in a cooler so it starts to melt. It is then sliced into small pieces of ice that is small and easy to chew, not like its cold hard to chew sister the icy or snow cone. The correct name is called Shave Ice, though the Ice is basically shaved off. Below the Shave Ice sits ice cream or other ingredients that gets mixed with the ice and fruity flavors. Then they syrup is added and can have different combinations of flavors. On top of this are any fruits that could be added. Basically its Hawaii’s favorite hot say treat.

Shave Ice Toppings:
You can basically put any type of topping you can imagine. Any type of Hawaiian fruits or flavors and mix them till your taste buds are content. Below are just some of the topping you can put on or under the Shave Ice.

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Hawaiian Favorites:
Azuki beans
Hawaiian Fruits
Li hing powder
Mochi balls
Sweetened condensed milk
Vanilla ice cream

Where can I find Shave Ice on Oahu?

RECIPE CORNER: STEAMED LAULAU

There are few dishes at a local party that get people as excited as a big platter of laulau, those savory bundles of pork and fish nestled in taro leaves. Part of the excitement comes from a mistaken impression that preparing laulau is a complicated process, and must therefore be saved only for special occasions. Actually, laulaus are so easy to prepare that you can make them anytime you’re ono for them.

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Ingredients:
1 lb luau leaves 12 ti leaves
1 1/4 lb pork 3/4 lb salted butterfish
1 Tbsp Hawaiian salt

Directions
Wash the luau and ti leaves; remove stem and fibrous part of the veins. Cut pork and fish into 6 pieces. Place pork in bowl, add salt, and work in thoroughly. Arrange 5 or more luau leaves on the palm of the hand. Place one piece of pork and one piece of fish on leaves and fold to form a bundle. Place laulau on the end of a ti leaf and wrap tightly. Wrap another ti leaf around in the opposite direction forming a flat package. Tie securely with string. Make the remaining laulaus. Steam 4-6 hours or steam in a pressure cooker for 1 hour. Makes six servings.

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June 11th every year is King Kamehameha Day

All the Hawaiian Islands celebrate the Great King Kamehameha the on June Eleventh and has been declared a public holiday. The early 1800′s the Kings great grand father was named the first King of Hawaii and was the man who brought the islands to stand together as one unified Hawaii. He is by far the most celebrated King of all the kings of Hawaii. In the late 1800′s statues to honor the king were created and placed in the Heart of Hawaii and our nations capitol Washington, D.C.

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The very first celebration of this holiday was started on June 11, 1872, and were celebrated with many Hawaiian traditional festivities. Today the celebration continues by honoring the statue in Honolulu with long Hawaiian leis and a parade of flowers that goes all around Oahu and is also celebrated on the other islands.

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Battle that Brought the Islands Together
During the conquest of Kamehameha to unite the islands of Hawaii, the most memorable and gruesome battle was fought over a 6 mile stretch knows as the battle of Nu’uanu. The depiction below is of the warriors in the battle who were driven off the edge of the Pali lookout and was the final and decisive act that ended the battle and determined its victor. After this victory Kamehameha was named King of All the unified islands of Hawaii.

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Haleakalā silversword on Maui

Found on the slopes of Maui’s Haleakala volcano, the Silversword plant grows and lives to be any where from ninety years to three years old. It is name from the long hairy looking leave of the Silversword and thrive in the dry hard lava rocks form the volcano where the sun beats down on it and survives in very extreme conditions. After the plant has decided its time is up, it will sprout its flowery seeds and will grow upwards releasing its spawn to the area.

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Sustaining life at around 7,000 feet at Maui National Park you can find this plant on two of the tours we offer. The Maui’s Spectacular Haleakala Sunrise Tour and the Haleakala, Central Maui and Iao Valley Tour and you can book these tours from the links above. Since the Silversword plant is very dry, it has been used for kindling to help make fire. As well as the different animals on the island eating the plant it did not look very good for the survival of it. Today the plant is a protected and on the up-rise, though threats are still present, it is believed to be a win in the hearts of Hawaiian conservationists.

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