Category Archives: Hawaii’s Must See

Here you will find different places you must see while staying in Hawaii.

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.

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

Scuba Diving Halona Cove on Oahu

This scuba diving sight isn’t for beginners.  It’s for divers who are certified and strong swimmers as there are strong currents and the deepest you go is around 60 feet.  Let alone entering the water from the cove beach can prove difficult depending on the tide.  It’s a tiny cove which means the waves can come in strong and out strong, and if you’re not careful, can throw you into a side rock wall.

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Once you enter, swim straight out, and then head right following the rock wall.  Twenty feet will soon turn into 60 feet and that’s where you start seeing huge coral rock structures full of sea life.  Floating through what feels like a gorge surrounded by tall cliffs we saw several octopus, green sea turtles, moray eels, frog fish, and a banded coral shrimp among many large schools of fish of course.  Be careful of the frog fish, those puppies are poisonous!  We were hoping to see a shark or two, but weren’t lucky this time.

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Can you see the Frog Fish?  They blend in well.

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Written by Johann Moguel

Shangri La mansion tours

Shangri La is highly recognized around the nation for its amazing artistic value and is one of the most significant homes here in Hawaii. While you are visiting here on Oahu this a magnificent sightseeing opportunity that you should take advantage of. The beautiful collection of art and the architecture of the home offers one of a kind breathtaking views and scenic overlooks of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head. Tours of Shangri La begin and end at the Honolulu Museum of Art. The tours last approximately two and a half hours with one and a half hours actually spent at the Shangri La mansion. The tours feature the public rooms of the main house and portions of the grounds which include: Entry Courtyard, Foyer, Damascus Room, Central Courtyard, Living Room, Upper Lawn with views of the Playhouse, pool, terrace, Syrian Room, Moghul Garden, Mihrab Room, Dining Room and covered lanai’s.

Shangri La is located on about five acres near Diamond Head, on the island of Oahu. The mansion is on an ocean front property located in the exclusive Black Point residential neighborhood.This unique structure was given the name Shangri La and is an Islamic style mansion built by heiress Doris Duke. She wanted to build it after the honeymoon she took to the Middle East in 1935. The construction on Shangri La began on the site in 1937. She owned other homes, but this is the only one that she had built from the ground up and filled with art from the inside out. While on her honeymoon she became captivated by Islamic architecture and art, as well as the beauty of Hawaii. With the assistance of architect Marion Sims Wyeth they worked to fuse the two ideas together.

The 5 acre site boasts a 14,000 square foot house, a playhouse, and a pool. It also contains a series of interlocking spaces that include gardens, lanais, terraces, numerous water features, and indoor and outdoor rooms. Doris took many pictures of varies architectural styles and ideas while traveling. She wanted some of these incorporated and sent them to her architect. She also commissioned large orders of artworks from local artisans from India, Morocco, Iran, and Syria. The Shangri La property is filled with traditional Islamic artwork and modern sensibility. An example of this concept can be seen in the contrast between the Moroccan living room ceiling and the adjacent glass wall that can be full retracted into the basement which gives a sense of the fusion between tradition and modernism.

Doris Duke spent nearly 60 years acquiring a massive collection of over 2500 pieces. Many of these pieces have been incorporated into the structure of the house. Iranian tile panels, Moroccan ceiling paintings, perforated screens doors and windows, and various textiles and carpets all of which create an environment of Islamic design and architectural decoration. This is a unique chance to visit and tour one of the islands most impressive art and architectural features.

Written by James Bredeson

Jogging or Walking the Diamond Head Loop

Excellent Morning Walk/Jog Near Waikiki

 On vacation and feeling guilty because you strayed from the diet plan?  Go for a walk or jog around Diamond Head!  It’s scenic, it’s close to Waikiki and if you go early enough, you can end with watching the sunrise.  Also, there are a few beaches & Kapiolani Regional Park you can check out.

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 To me, there’s nothing better than an early morning activity.  You feel great afterwards.  Get the endorphin’s going, you feel productive, you don’t feel guilty downing a two liter of coca-cola when you’re done.  Ha-ha!  Minus the coca-cola, you feel great.  The hardest part is getting up!  Just check out this pic in all its glory.  This is why you’ll want to turn that early morning frown upside down.

 We started jogging at 6:15 am from the corner of Monsarrat Ave & Paki Ave for a 7:00 – 7:15 sunrise.  Made our way clockwise around Diamond Head.  Monsarrat turns into Diamond Head Rd and you follow all the way around back to Paki Ave.  Total length of the loop is 3.9 miles.  Although be sure to time everything for the sunrise if that’s what you want.  There are look out areas above Diamond Head Beach Park before you get back to Paki Ave where you can sit and enjoy.  With jogging/walking, it took us just over 30 minutes in the direction we went to get to the look out area for the sunrise.

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 And if you want to reward yourself with some delicious breakfast afterwards, check out  Bogart’s Espresso & Cafe Bar on Monsarrat & Kanaina Ave.  You’ll feel your day is already complete.  Insert smiley face here.

Written by Johann Moguel

New Years Eve Block Party at Restaurant Row

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This New Years Eve there is always a lot of options to pick from when trying to find a way to celebrate the coming of another year. This year the M Nightclub and Tantriq Entertainment are hosting a New Years Eve Block Party at Restaurant Row in Honolulu. This event will be something to remember as we greet 2015 in style.The block party will begin at 9 p.m and is a combination indoor and outdoor venue. Tickets can be purchased here, if you were unable to purchase tickets in advance there will be a chance to pay upon entering the block party on New Years Eve.

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This New Years Eve Block Party will take place between 9 p.m and 4 a.m. Come on down and enjoy the Star Studded New Years Eve party. The theme for this years event is “Old Hollywood”, and will feature all of the glitz and glamour that was celebrated during that time. Guests will reminisce about the past year and look forward to their future endeavors in the coming year. There will be a complimentary champagne toast, and classy party favors for every guest. The New Years Eve Block Party at Restaurant Row will also allow guests to catch an amazing view of the fireworks show at midnight. Fashionable attire is required in order to attend this soiree, and guests are encouraged to dress in the theme of the evening, which is “Old Hollywood”.

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This amazing event is for 21 and over only, and will feature drink specials from Grey Goose Vodka, and Budweiser. There is also a VIP guest list and packages begin at $400 for 4 people. If you would like to get VIP access you can email ” info@mnlhnl.com ” and request a VIP package.. If you need more information or have additional questions you can ask via the same email address or just call (808) 529-0010. Free parking is available to all guests who attend. I hope everyone has a safe and fun New Years Eve celebration.

Written by James Bredeson

Amazing day at Waimanalo Bay

After the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holidays my friends and I decided to take a day off and hit the beach. We could not have picked a better day, we got together early in the morning around 10 am and set out to enjoy the day. We always try to leave early, but it never quite works out that way. Today was no exception, by the time we picked up everyone and supplies it was noon before we actually set foot on the beach.

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Once we arrived at Waimanalo Bay we picked a perfect spot on the beach and set up our little area. The sand was warm under our feet and the sun reflecting off it made it seem like we were on a white beach. Once we got our chairs set up and everyone was comfortable, we started playing our portable radio and just talking story. We were quite relaxed, but as the afternoon wore on we began to get pretty warm. It was now time to get into the water, and what I refreshing swim that was. The water was cool, and felt amazing after sitting in the sun for awhile.

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The waves were just the right size to attempt body surfing and a little bit of body boarding as well. We had a lot of fun just trying to catch a nice ride back to the shore. The beach and water was busy but not crowded and lots of people were enjoying the windward side of the island. After spending many hours hanging out together on the beach we decided to stop off in Hawaii Kai for dinner. We decided on The Shack Hawaii Kai and got there in time to enjoy their happy hour. The place was not quite busy yet, and service was excellent. We all got our drink orders and food orders in a timely fashion and it was the perfect way to end the afternoon.

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We all appreciated the day away from downtown or the city, even though we know its not really that far away. Heading over to the windward side of the island presents a new perspective away from the city area that we all find refreshing. Polynesian Adventure Tours offers a Grand Circle Island Tour which allows you to visit all the major destinations in the city and Pearl Harbor as well as taking the trip around the entire island so you are able to see the diverse landscapes of Oahu. I highly recommend that you try to make the trip around the island, whether you allow us to drive you or you rent a car and make the drive yourself, you will appreciate the natural scenic beauty of the Hawaiian Islands. This is a great trip to make memories and share the experiences with all of your loved ones.

Written by James Bredeson

Pearl Harbor Annual Festival of Lights

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I took the time to check out some more holiday decorations this weekend and it was an amazing experience. The guys over at Pearl Harbor went all out with their Annual Festival of Lights! I was looking for something to do and came across the information for this and checked it out. The displays on the ships and submarines were impressive and it was great to see the Navy and Air Force go out of their way to spread some holiday cheer for everyone to see. I know there was a lot of thought and work put into these displays and to see what they come up with for this year was exciting.

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There was a good group of visitors that had gathered at the Merry Point Landing for the evening boat tours in order to view the show of lights. Merry music and children’s joyous exclamations rang out through the evening air. It was a great experience and heartwarming to see the displays and be a part of the holiday spirit. Service members and families from around the island also attended the festivities, and for many it was a rare occasion to see ships and submarines up close.

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I found that this was a great opportunity to get out on the water and see the ships and holiday spirit. It is something that I would like to do each year, because each ship has something different every time. It is fun and exciting to see which ship or submarine has the most holiday cheer. During the festival, ships and submarines also participate in an annual light decoration contest. They also competed in other categories that included best decorations, best hospitality, best Christmas skit, best choir and a scrooge award. If you have never had the chance to check out some of these magnificent displays I would definitely take the time to check these displays out.

Written by James Bredeson

Puna Lava Flow update

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On the Big Island of Hawaii the Puna Lava Flow has stalled near the Pahoa Transfer Station, however breakouts are still occurring. The current front has narrowed to 50 yards but is maintaining its path of steepest descent which will take it directly towards the Pahoa Marketplace. It is currently advancing at approximately 300 yards a day and is about 1.2 miles away from highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road.

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The terrain in the area could impact the speed and direction of the flow in the next several days, but it has been consistently advancing at a rate of 300 yards a day since last Thursday. The flow is expected to arrive at Pahoa Village Road and Highway 130 in the next 7-10 days. No evacuations have currently been ordered, but every business in the Pahoa Marketplace and the shopping center across the street has been given notice. Most businesses have expressed their intent to stay as long as they can safely serve their customers, most have said it will take about 3 days to evacuate.

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Hawaii County Civil Defense officials continue with their plans to open the Pahoa Transfer Station for public viewing of the lava flow that stalled in the area in early November. Thousands of students have been to see the stalled front on school trips. Mayor Billy Kenoi has made that a priority to allow children who have been displaced by the flow, to visit and see the stalled front. Smoke conditions remain moderate, and their is no threat of a brush fire due to the recent rainfall in the area.

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Pahoa Village Road remains open to the public, and people are reminded drivers to drive carefully due to the utility pole protection material that is still in place. We would also like to remind people to please respect residents who have been displaced by the lava flow and do not trespass onto private property.  For the latest information on the flow you can visit Hawaii County Civil Defense or you can contact Hawaii County Civil Defense at (808) 935-0031.

Written by James Bredeson

Double Decker Tour of Honolulu Hale Christmas Lights

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‘Tis the season and Honolulu is decorated with lights and everyone is in a festive mood. Children are playing and parents are shopping for Christmas gifts, so why not take a break and enjoy a relaxing tour of the Honolulu Christmas Lights? Polynesian Adventure Tours offers a very unique way for you to experience this Honolulu Holiday Tradition. Our Double Decker Tour of the Honolulu Christmas Lights offers you a one of a kind bus tour with spacious open air views of the decorations.

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The Honolulu Christmas Lights plus Waikiki After Dark tour has 3 convenient locations to board on the way to see the beautiful Christmas decorations including; Ward Center, Honolulu Hale and Bishop Square. Once you have viewed the Honolulu Christmas Lights, enjoy the sights and sounds of Waikiki after dark from the perspective of our Double Decker buses. With stunning 360 degree views you won’t miss anything going on all around you. There are many different stops where you can be picked up in order to enjoy this special tour including, Aston Waikiki Beach, the Ilikai, Duke Kahanamoku Statue, and others.

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Families really enjoy the opportunity to travel on a double decker bus and children are always excited to see the Holiday Lights and decorations. Our tours run every day starting at 6:30-10:00 p.m. With this great package deal you get the best of two different tours all in one. Book your tour now, seats are filling up quickly and you may miss your chance. Mele Kalikimaka, and Aloha!

Written by James Bredeson