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Merry Christmas!

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Polynesian Adventure tours would like to take this chance to wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas. We hope the day brings you joy and happiness. We also hope that you continue to enjoy your time in the Hawaiian Islands.

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As we continue to enjoy a little cooler weather here in the islands it reminds me that I am lucky to live in such a beautiful place among family and friends. The weather is perfect today and provides an amazing backdrop for this holiday, and the perfect opportunity to spend some time outdoors with loved ones.

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It is our continued wish that everyone enjoys their time here, and appreciates the natural splendor of the land, and the majestic history of the Polynesian people. We offer tours that showcase all of this and more. We offer fully guided tours using professional tour guides and drivers that are shining examples of the spirit of Aloha. Enjoy the rest of your stay with us in our tropical paradise and we hope to see you soon. Aloha and Mahalo!f

Written by James Bredeson

Pearl Harbor Oahu Anniversary Events

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This weekend marks the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. That fateful day in history changed the course of history for the United States and the rest of the world. Shortly after the attack the U.S. voted to join World War II on the side of the allies. The attack changed the islands and the everyday way of life here in Hawaii. The people that were lost out here at Pearl Harbor deserve to be remembered and greatly respected. Pearl Harbor is the most visited destination in Hawaii and Polynesian Adventure Tours offer some of the best tours anywhere to visit this historic site. The following is information that will take place on Sunday December 7, 2014 in order to honor the heroes of that day of infamy.

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Sunday December 7, 2014 at 7:45 am, The 73rd Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony will take place. The admission is free and open to the general public. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center will open at 6:00 am however, the general seating will not be allowed access to the ceremonial area until 7:15 am. Parking will be available at Aloha Stadium and free shuttles to the Visitor Center will be available. There will be a limited number of free tickets for special USS Arizona Memorial programs available, these tickets are issued ONLY at the USS Arizona Memorial Ticket and information desk on a  first come, first serve basis.

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This year’s commemoration will have a “Preserving the Memory” theme and will focus on how we keep the story of the attack on Pearl Harbor Oahu and WWII alive and relevant to the nation and the world. We as a people have the responsibility to teach others the importance of preserving the history that has passed and is passing before our eyes. The National Park Service at WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the United States Navy plays a vital role in protecting the artifacts, stories and memory of those who participated in the Pacific War. They take care of many letters, diaries, photographs and interviews that are given to them as families realize they may not have the ability or resources to care for them. These irreplaceable items are used to educate, commemorate and memorialize an entire generation. It is our duty to continue to honor the past, inspire the future and educate everyone so that our veterans can rest easy that their fight was not in vain.

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This year along with the ceremony and keeping with this year’s theme; the National Park Service is hosting a live broadcast of this year’s event on the internet via a webcast. Before the beginning of the ceremony some of the Pearl Harbor Survivors and WWII veterans will be interviewed and those viewing remotely will get a “behind the scenes” look at the ceremony. Those who are unable to attend the ceremony in person will have the opportunity to watch the event live in their hometown as it takes place. In order to watch the December 7th webcast, you must register online. Registration is required to view the event.
If you are a Pearl Harbor Survivor and wish to attend the event, please email: Amanda_Carona@nps.gov.

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Over on Joint Base Hickam there will be a Field Ceremony (Free Admission, Base Access Required) at 7:55 am. The 15th Wing will host the December 7, 1941 remembrance ceremony at 7:55 am, at the Atterbury Circle historic flag pole on Hickam Field. The ceremony is set to honor the 189 killed and 303 others that were wounded during the attacks. This ceremony is open to all military identification holders, veterans, survivors of the attack, and guests of attending survivors.  All people who plan to attend MUST be in place by 7:15 am.

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There is a unique “Blackened Canteen Ceremony” (Free Admission with USS Arizona Memorial Ticket), that will be held at 11:00 am on December 7, 2014. Dr. Hiroya Sugano, Director General of the Zero Fighter Admirers’ Club, who has traveled from Japan to conduct this annual commemoration of peace and reconciliation. The ceremony will continue with a silent prayer and the pouring of bourbon whiskey from a WWII-blackened canteen into the waters surrounding the USS Arizona. The ceremony will take place on the USS Arizona Memorial and is seen  as an offering to the spirits of the fallen. A limited number of press is invited. After the ceremony a roundtable discussion will follow at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Tickets for this one of a kind ceremony will be available beginning at 6:00 am on December 7 at the USS Arizona Memorial Ticket Desk.

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USS Oklahoma Memorial Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance will take place at 1:30 pm and the admission is FREE and open to the public. This event is hosted by the National Park Service in honor of those who served on the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Oklahoma (BB-37) Memorial was officially dedicated on December 7, 2007. This memorial is located on Ford Island, near Fox-5 Pier next to the Battleship Missouri Memorial. The USS Oklahoma Battleship was berthed along Ford Island on December 7, 1941, and suffered the second greatest loss of life during the attack. The memorial includes 429 marble columns that represent each of the crewmembers who lost their lives on that day. Members of the public wishing to attend the ceremony can catch a free shuttle departing every 15 minutes from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park. The USS Bowfin is located adjacent to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and shuttle service will begin at 12:30 pm.

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Last but not least is the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade which will begin at 5 pm. Free and open to the public this parade runs from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park. The Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade committee will host the Pearl Harbor Parade that will feature Pearl Harbor Survivors, military and government officials, marching bands with parade units from the U.S. Mainland and Hawaii.

Written by James Bredeson

Upcoming Holiday Parades on Oahu for 2014

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With the holiday season upon us and excited children barely holding on to their patience before the big day, I thought I would make a list of Holiday Parades on Oahu that so everyone might have a chance to share in the spirit of the season. These parades are in seperate areas and spread out so that there is sure to be a parade near you. The festivities begin later this week and last through the majority of the month. On a related note, Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele have arrived at Honolulu Hale for the upcoming holiday season.

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December 4, 2014 Kaimuki Christmas Parade 6pm-8pm This event is expected to feature about 1,500 people marching along with 35 vehicles and 5 floats. The route will begin at St. Louis/Chaminade University and head to Waialae Avenue, continuing to Koko Head Ave, and ending at the Munincipal Parking Lot.
December 5, 2014 Wahiawa Town XMAS Parade 6pm-8pm This Holiday Parade is sponsored by the Wahiawa Community and Business Association, and is expecting to have approximately 300 marchers, 10 vehicles and 2 floats. The parade will begin at Kaala Elementary school to California Ave, to N. Cane Street and will be wrapping up at Center Street
December 6, 2014 Kaneohe Christmas Parade 9am-12pm This early morning parade is sponsored by the Kaneohe Christmas Parade Commitee and is expected to have 1,800 marchers, 40 vehicles, 18 floats, and 5 bands. The parade route runs from Windward Mall at Haiku Road and continue to Kamehameha Hwy, to K-Bay Drive and ending at Castle H.S.
December 6, 2014 Mililani Christmas Parade 9am-10:30am Starting at Mililani H.S. stadium at Kipapa St the parade will move past the Shopping Center onto Moenamanu St, following to Kuahelani Ave to Muehela Parkway and onto Lanikuhuna and finishing at Mililani Town Center. There is an estimated 1,500 marchers, 10 floats, 30 vehicles and 2 bands.
December 6, 2014 Pearl City Christmas Parade 4pm-6pm This event is sponsored by Pearl City Shopping Center. The event is expected to have 2,000 marchers, 30 vehicles, with 10 floats. Beginning at Momilani Elementary School, to Hookiekie St., to Hoomoana St., to Hoolaulea St., and will end at the Pearl City Shopping Center.
December 6, 2014 Honolulu City Lights Parade 6pm -11pm this annual event is sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu. The event is expected to have 2,000 marchers, 40 floats & 15 vehicles. It will start near Aala Park to King St, and will end in a closed off portion of King St., between Punchbowl & South Sts.
December 7, 2014 Pearl City Christmas Parade 4pm-6pm This will be the second Pearl City Shopping Center Parade in case you missed the first one. Again its route will be Momilani Elementary School, to Hookiekie St., to Hoomoana St., to Hoolaulea St., and will end at the Pearl City Shopping Center.
December 7, 2014 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade 6pm-11pm This amazing parade is sponsored by the Pearl Harbor Memorial Committee. The event is expected to have 2,000 marchers, 40 vehicles, 8 floats, and 10 bands. It will begin at Ft. DeRussy, to Kalakaua Ave., to end at the corner of Kapahulu, Kalakaua, Monsarrat Aves. by the grassy area fronting the Honolulu Zoo.

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There will also be many other parades and events in the coming weeks. There will be heavier traffic in these areas so be patient and spread the Aloha. Everyone needs to be safe and responsible and lets make this a great holiday season out here in paradise. Perhaps I’ll even see you out and about at one of these amazing Christmas events on Oahu.

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Written by James Bredeson

Castle Medical Center Tree Lighting

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Castle medical center on the windward side while heading into Kailua down the Pali Highway will be hosting their 32nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.The festivities will commence at 6:15 p.m with a holiday concert from the Marine Forces Pacific Band. The actual tree lighting ceremony will begin at 7 p.m, and will be followed by a concert from Nathan Aweau. Nathan has won the coveted Hoku award from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts. The amazing tree is an estimated 60 feet tall and has thousands of lights.

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This free event is open to the public and has many activities to take in and enjoy with the entire family. You can arrive early and pick out a prime spot in the grass fronting the area with your lawn chairs and enjoy a quiet evening dinner, that you can pick up from the bistro tent. They will also be having many children activities in order to keep the keiki entertained. While supplies last they will also offer FREE holiday gifts and holiday munchies. Your children will also be given the opportunity to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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Trolley rides into Kailua will also be provided so you will be able to see the other lights that Kailua has to offer as well, also complimentary due to the generosity of Kaneohe Ranch and the Castle Foundation. Reserved event parking will only be available at Kailua Long’s parking structure.

Shuttle’s to CMC will run regularly beginning at 5 p.m. Parking will not be allowed on Manu Aloha Street, adjacent to Castle’s Emergency Room.

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I am looking forward to this great event this year and seeing the lights that I would not normally see as I live in Honolulu. This is a great way to get to see some of the other side of the island and to actually enjoy the Aloha spirit of the holidays. While I am mentioning Aloha let us take a moment to remember those that are less fortunate than ourselves. At the tree lighting ceremony at Castle Medical Center there will be specially marked bins near the entrance to this free event so that we can come together and make a donation to the Hawaii Foodbank in order to insure that no family goes hungry this holiday season. You can make a canned food or non-perishable item donation that will go straight to the Hawaii Foodbank. Mahalo and Aloha, seasons greetings.

Written by James Bredeson

Feeling grateful in Hawaii

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As Thanksgiving day approaches we all like to take a look back and remember some of the things we are thankful for. With all the rush that surrounds the holidays we sometimes forget to  appreciate the little things. The older i get it seems to me like this time of the year is masked in consumerism. The stores now open in the early evening on Thanksgiving Thursday instead of allowing the public to spend the time with their families and being grateful for the time together.

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So I would like to take this time to reflect on some of the things that I am grateful for this year. I am grateful to my family and friends for all the help that I received this year. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to live in one of the most amazing places in the world. I appreciate the fact that my family has stayed together and healthy for another year. I enjoy the company of my friends, who on a moments notice will help if they are able. I am happy that my children still enjoy going to school and are excited with it still.

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Here in Hawaii we get the opportunity to take advantage of a year long weather pattern that allows us the chance to be outdoors and enjoy the majestic scenery that surrounds us. While you are here in Hawaii, you should take advantage of the great Hawaii tours offered by Polynesian Adventure Tours. Their drivers are professional and full of information about the islands, and the true spirit of aloha. They offer tours for everyone and visit the top tourist destinations in Hawaii. We should all be giving thanks for our time here in the islands whether we live here or are just here for a brief beautiful time.

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Written by James Bredeson

Veterans day at Pearl Harbor

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With veterans day approaching I think it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the sacrifice and dedication of our veterans. I can think of no better way to do that than visiting the memorials located on Pearl Harbor and Ford Island. These destinations are a poignant reminder of our history, and the honor these heroes had while serving their country. As the holiday approaches it gives us a chance to thank all those who have served and are currently serving.

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The Arizona Memorial is a somber reminder of what happened that fateful day in 1941, and is a serene and beautiful reminder of their unyeilding dedication. This magnificent monument is the most visited tourist destination on the island of Oahu, and it is easy to recognize why. This somber shrine sits above the sunken remains of the USS Arizona and has the names of the 1,177 sailors and marines who perished aboard her as she sank to her final resting place.
Polynesian Adventure Pearl Harbor Tours offer a great many tours to this famous memorial.

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The USS Missouri is another amazing landmark that is located near Pearl Harbor and is often affectionately called the “Mighty Mo”. On the deck of this battleship you can stand on the exact spot where the treaty that effectively ended World War II was signed. This one of a kind exhibit on Oahu was the last commissioned battleship and now you can see the the sheer size and power of these ships that were the pride of the Navy. This historic ship earned a grand total of 11 battle stars during her illustrious and prolific career.

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While you take the time to view these well known Pearl Harbor attractions there are some others in the area that you may want to take in such as, The USS Bowfin, Pacific Aviation Museum, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, and perhaps the National Cemetery of the Pacific. Or better yet why not take the WWII Pearl Harbor Heroes Adventure tour from Polynesian Adventure Tours and see all of the major attractions in one shot? I think this would be the perfect way to remember our veterans and honor all who serve or have served.

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Written by James Bredeson

Electric Beach Cleanup #TrashBucketChallenge – Round 3

Still feeling the positive energy from the #TrashBucketChallenge my friend Liz and I visited the west coast of Oahu out towards Waianae by the power plant named Electric Beach. We picked up the litter and cigarette buts on the beach and in the parking lot. Once again there were about 100 cig butts we picked up and that sad part was they were most all right net to the trash. Like people flick the cig AT the rubbish can. Help us help you! One awesome person said good job, way to give back and actually joined us in cleaning up the park.

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First we went for a snorkel about 250 feet off the beach the power plant pumps hot water into the ocean and the sea life just love the warm water. Be careful because of the rocks on right and left side near the beach. Getting out to the location and coming in was tricky and timing the sets of waves is the best way to get in and out safely. SO on this adventure we still got to learn about Oahu and help in the clean up of it as well. Also I would suggest some gloves and handy wypes after the cleaning job is complete. Mahalo and go Help Clean Hawaii.

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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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Seasons Greetings from Polynesian Adventure Tours

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Aloha and “Mele Kalikimaka” Merry Christmas,

Our absolute favorite time of the year and we love nothing more than to share it with our Cousins from all over the United States of America. One of the first recordings of the Merry Christmas holiday song, was created in the 1950′s Hawaiian Style.

Mele Kalikimaka from Bing Crosby and the Anderson Sisters.

Honolulu Holiday Lights Tour:
A must see this time of the year and the best time to go is at night. We offer one of the only Double Decker bus tours from Waikiki to see the lights.

 

Surfing Santa:
After a long evening of delivering presents to all the good boys and girls around the world, Santa likes to catch a couple waves off the shore of Waikiki.

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Mahalo and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Polynesian Adventure Tours

“Hunger in Hawaii”

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In December, 2012 we had a very successful Holiday Food Drive bringing in just over 1,000 pounds of donations state-wide.  Thank you to all who were able to help and support our communities and families in need.   But it’s not just during the holiday season that Hawaii families need our help.  The summer months are approaching and for many families that are struggling this year, this means children are home for summer break, therefore requiring additional assistance and resources at home.

In an effort to continue to make a difference within our community, we are collecting food items for the Hawaii Food Bank (and its neighbor agencies) this summer to help feed Hawaii’s hungry. According to “Hunger in Hawaii 2010”, the Hawaii Food Bank network feeds over 183,500 individuals statewide – or over 14 percent of Hawaii’s population – including 55,000 children and 11,000 seniors.

During the month of May, we are encouraging all employees to donate non-perishable food items at their designated station sites. Our company’s goal is currently set at 1,500 lbs.

Mahalo,
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Please donate today!
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