Monthly Archives: June 2014

Honolulu Fish and Seafood Auction at Pier 38

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The History of the Honolulu Fish Auction:
Here in Hawaii on a daily basis fresh fish are caught and brought into Honolulu and sold at auction. It has been done this way since the 1950′s and put pricing the fish in the hands of the buyer. This ensures that the fresh fish are sold in town at stores and restaurants and are guaranteed fresh day to day. The fish are brought in daily by the hundreds and are on display for buyers to walk down the rows and get ready to bid on the fish they want the most. About 100k lbs of fish pass through here daily and are brought to the people.

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The Auction Day:
Fish are brought in and delivered to the Pier just after 12:00 am Monday through Saturday. Once the fish are weighted and checked for color and quality, they are graded based on these variables and then bidders will have an idea of the value of the fish. Around 5:00 am the floor opens to bidding for the very fresh, non frozen fish by the ding of a large bell.

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Safety & Inspection:
The quality control and safety of this process is handles by the UFA (United Fishing Agency) as well as the USFDA (United Stats Food & Drug Admin) once a year. For the last 50 years, this process is the main reason here in Hawaii you can get some of the best sushi in the world. This melting pot of different cultures you can get many kinds of flavors and styles for cooking sea food. Tours are also available of this pier 38 and process of the Fish Auction.

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RIMPAC Exercise 2014

The Rim of the Pacific, commonly referred to as RIMPAC, is the worlds largest international military exercise. The training takes place every two years on even numbered years, and is hosted and administered by the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet which is headquartered at Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The exercise combines Marines, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and the Hawaii National Guard under the control of the governor of Hawaii. The United States invites military forces from around the Pacific Rim and beyond to participate, either actively or as an observer. The U.S. Navy describes the event as a unique training opportunity that helps the participants foster and maintain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and the security of the worlds oceans.

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The first RIMPAC exercise began in 1971 and involved forces from the U.S, U.K, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Of the forces that were involved in the first RIMPAC, the U.S, Canada, and Australia have participated in every RIMPAC. The exercise has grown and as of 2014 involves 23 active participants and 3 observer nations.

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Observer nations are usually invited and do not contribute ships or forces but participate on a strategic level, and use the opportunity to prepare for future active involvement. The United States usually contributes an aircraft carrier strike group, submarines, up to a hundred aircraft and up to 20,000 Sailors, Marines, Guardsmen and their respective officers.

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The 2014 RIMPAC exercise will be the 24th time the exercise has taken place, and will run from June 26, to August 1, 2014. There is a planned opening reception for June 26, and a closing ceremony scheduled for August 1. For the first time ever the Royal Norwegian Navy will contribute a frigate and possible some marine special forces, this will be their first active involvement in the exercise China has also confirmed their active involvement in this years program and is sending a frigate, destroyer, supply ship, and a hospital ship. This also marks the first time the Chinese have participated in a United States led large scale naval exercise The list of this years active participants include: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Honolulu Art Districts

The Arts District of Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu. The area surrounding the newly renovated Hawaii Theater is considered to be the Arts District. This is located at the eastern edge of Chinatown.

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The district is comprised of twelve blocks and its East-West boundaries are Bethel Street and Smith Street, and the North-South limits are Beretania Street and Nimitz Highway. The Arts District is home to many cultural institutions, performing arts venues, galleries, and special arts events.

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The close proximity to both Chinatown and the Merchant Street Historic District as well as Historic Downtown Honolulu make this a popular Hawaii sightseeing destination.

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Rainbow Eucalyptus on the Road to Hana

This tree is special in that when it sheds it bark the colors under it are different colors. The bark under the pealing bark comes in almost of kinds of colors. From the warm bright colors to the dark cool colors. This process is also a good indicator of the trees age because of the fact that it sheds its bark yearly. Also the leaves from this tree give off a sweet smell and are used to make lotions and other products.

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History:
These trees originated in Australia, and were brought to the Hawaiian Islands for trade many years ago. Though you can find them on all the major islands, the easiest way to see them is on Maui island. The tree likes more dry climates and grows up very fast and can be hundreds of feet tall.

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Where you can find it in Hawaii:
On one of our famous tours on Maui the Road to Hana tour, which takes you along the cost of Maui stopping at several rain-forests, waterfalls, and beaches. Along this tour path you will get to check out several forest including the Rainbow Eucalyptus.

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Oahu Shrimp Trucks are Worth the Stop

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After a hot day of beach hopping around Oahu island nothing completes this perfect day like stopping on the North shore and picking up a shrimp plate. Located mainly in Haleiwa with some scattered around the North Shore, do yourself a favor and plan a simple cheap dinner at one of these shrimp trucks. Scuba Steve suggest that you go around Oahu starting on the windward (east side) of the island so around sunset you are at the north shore. This way you are going away from traffic and eating dinner when most people are fighting traffic.

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Personally I like the Garlic Shrimp plate that comes with 2 scoops of rice, however the shrimp can be made with any type of hot-ness you prefer. Wash this delicious meal down with a Corona and create your own beer commercial. These shrimp are raised on a shrimp farm on the north shore and are large and fresh. Bring a little mosquito spray to keep those pests away and enjoy yourself.

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Traveling to Hawaii Airplane Considerations and Tips.

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What to wear:
When you are going to the airport and you have to pass through security, you might as well dress with comfort. No belts, shoes, jackets. You should not wear any metal, though I have never been asked to take off my wedding ring. Also the plane can be cold most of the time, so you should bring something light and fun.

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Reclining Seat:
So once you decide or remember to sit your seat back, you should give the person behind you a heads up. They might have drinks on the fold down trey and you sitting the seat back could spill them or in my case spill drinks onto my laptop. So please be courteous and think of the person behind you even though you have every right to slam your chair back right into a laptop.

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Curbside Baggage:
I just used this for the first time and I have to say, it was awesome. No line and I didn’t have to carry my bag into the airport. There was a small charge per bag and you should tip them a couple bucks. They will take care of you and its faster than standing in line at the desk. Avoid the long lines.

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Tip Your Flight Attendant:
Most of them will tell you they will not accept the tip but believe me they really appreciate the gesture. A nice comment like, “Thank you for the beverage, and please let me help you later with yours”. I have also left stuffed it on there cart when they were not looking.

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Tips to conserve laptop battery life:
On my last trip to a wedding in Portland, I found that if you disable the wireless internet and set the desktop of the old windows basic, you will save a lot of your battery life. Also set the screen brightness to really low and turn off any programs you are not using. By selecting Control+Alt+delete you can start your task manager and turn off these programs.