Category Archives: Oahu Safety Tips for Our Guests

Blaisdell Center event traffic advisory

The upcoming weeks will see an increase in traffic around the Neal Blaisdell center as there are many upcoming shows. The Blaisdell is located along Ward Avenue between Kapiolani and South King Street. As those of us here know during peak hours all of the before mentioned streets can cause a major traffic headache and delay. With the upcoming events in the area traffic is sure to increase during the peak rush hour times in the evening.

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The Blaisdell will be offering some much needed comic relief in the upcoming weeks as they have booked a couple of nationally recognized comics. Both Daniel Tosh and Gabriel Iglezias are two well known tv show hosts and recognized comics. The concert hall isn’t only dishing up comics, the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra will be performing a show on Sunday November 30. The Neal S. Blaisdell center offers a great venue for the symphany and orchestra.

The comics shows will begin on today Friday November 28 with Daniel Tosh taking the stage at 7 p.m and Gabriel taking the stage at 8 p.m. There will also be a show on Saturday November 29, with Tosh at 7 and 930 p.m, and Gabriel at 8 p.m. Parking will be available at both the King Street and Kapiolani gates, while overflow parking will be at McKinley High School with access off of Pensacola street. Try to make your plan ahead of time because parking may be limited or otherwise affected by lot closures.


Valet parking can be found on the mauka side (mountain) of the box office at the galleria driveway. As a safety reminder NO left turns are allowed into the Blaisdell Parking from Ward Ave or Kapiolani Ave. Be sure to lock your car and secure your valuables just in case. I hope everyone enjoys the show and gets some needed humor in their lives. Aloha

Written by James Bredeson

Jellyfish Season in Hawaii

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Jellyfish are a potential nuisance when deciding what beach you may want to visit while staying in Hawaii. If you are aware of the potential dates that many jellyfish may arrive it will assist you in making preparations. Most of the beaches affected in Hawaii are the south facing shores, however jellyfish can show up on any beach at anytime. The jellyfish types that are most common here in the islands are the Box, Moon, and many lagoon varieties. While these fascinating creatures pique our curiosity, they do have the ability to hurt you via the tentacles that provide a burning stinging sensation.

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Jellyfish generally arrive between 8-12 days after a full moon. On Oahu, the south facing shores that may be affected during this time include; Waikiki, Ala Moana Beach Park, Haunama Bay, and the Waianae Coast. On Kauai warnings can be found posted at Poipu Beach. Maui and Big Island beaches can be affected but generally have fewer issues. Please remember just because these are the most affected areas jellyfish can be at any beach. The box jellyfish and the Portugese Man of War are the most painful stings in Hawaii so please take care.

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The Portugese Man of War is identified by its purplish body and is commonly found on the windward sides of the islands. The Box jellyfish is identified by the box shape that it takes. If you happen upon a jellyfish on the beach, do not touch it! Even if it might be dead the tentacles can still provide a very painful sting. Be safe and aware, check with the lifeguard about potential hazards and look on the beach for washed up jellyfish. Remember the timing 8-12 days after a full moon are the most likely times for a jellyfish invasion.

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If you do happen to get stung by one of these varieties there are a few simple steps that you can take to help alleviate the pain. First, you will want to carefully remove the jellyfish and tentacles using a towel or napkin or anything other than your fingers. Next you will want to rinse the affected area with water or vinegar. The vinegar works to deactivate the toxins and remove the remaining tentacles. After that you can apply hot water or ice packs in order to reduce the duration and intensity of the pain. If you suffer a serious reaction seek medical attention immediately, in some people jellyfish stings may cause an allergic reaction leading to anaphylactic shock or in rare instances death. Just use these guidelines and remain observant and we can all enjoy the beautiful beaches these magnificent islands provide us with. Aloha!

Written by James Bredeson

Ocean Safety guidelines for Hawaiian Islands

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Living in or traveling to Hawaii, everyone should be familiar with at least some ocean safety guidelines. As winter swell approach I think its best to return our attention to some simple things that can minimize our risk and make our beach going days a lot better, not to mention a lot safer. One of the first things you need to remember is go to the beach with the intention of having a great time, we live among some of the most scenic beaches in the world. Remember to bring your sunblock, even if it is cloudy. Water, you must keep yourself hydrated, even if you do not realize it we sweat a great deal while swimming or any other physical activity at the beach!

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If you have no experience of the Hawaii shorelines, do not venture into unguarded beaches, this will minimize your risk to yourselves and friends. Some of our beaches during certain times of the year have dangerous waves and currents, and most of the time when a person is involved in an incident it is because of a choice they made and not a random accident. So if you are unsure of the conditions talk to a lifeguard in the area, if there is no lifeguard pay attention to what others may be doing out in the water and the where the wave breaks. Do not be afraid to ask anyone at the shore what hazards may be waiting for you.

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There is a short acronym that may help you out with these simple tips; SOAKStudy the conditions of the ocean before going into the water. Observe the activities of the others already in the water. Ask lifeguards or others about the current conditions and the conditions for the remainder of the day. Know your own personal limits, and do not attempt to exceed them. With these simple tips you should be able to avoid many common problems associated with the ocean and shoreline here in Hawaii.

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However, if you do get caught in a rip current (a current that rushes back into the ocean through the low lying spots created by the wave break) there are a couple simple things that you can do to help yourself. First off, do not panic! Conserve your energy, tread water, float, and do not forget to breathe and wave for help if you can. Next swim out of the current, traveling parallel to the shoreline. This will get you away from the current at which point you can now swim at an angle back to the shoreline, avoiding the current. If you cannot get out of the current, stay calm and float or tread water. You will be able to tread water as there will not be an undertow with a rip current. If you need any help or assistance do not hesitate to wave your arms and call for help.

With winter swells fast approaching these few tips and reminders will hopefully help keep us all safe and enjoying this beautiful island. Be safe and I will hopefully see you at the beach! Mahalo and Aloha!

Written by James Bredeson

Big Island Current Lava Flow Advisory

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The might Kilauea volcano on the big island of Hawaii erupted on June 27 of this year and the lava flow front is now within reach of a residential area. The current activity began in two seperate areas; the Halema’uma’u crater at the summit and the Pu’u O’o crater and vent within the East rift zone of Hawaii volcanoes national park. Since the eruption a steady stream of lava has continued to move out of the East rift Zone and towards the town of Pahoa. There is currently no lava flowing towards or into the Pacific Ocean. The lava flow continues to advance at a rate of 10-15 meters per hour and is expected to cross Pahoa Village Road. The flow front continues to grow in width and height as new lava moves to the leading edge from breakouts along the current path.

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The safest and most responsible way to view the current activity is at the caldera rim area of Kilauea with the best vantage point being at the Jagger Museum. You will not be able to see the actual lava flow, however you will be able to see the giant plume of gasses and smoke from the active eruption that signals the mass of churning lava that is just below the surface. As the sky darkens into night you will be amazed at the colors that are affected at the vent. The crater glows with yellow, pink and red and appears to be spewing fire, a fitting tribute to Madam Pele. You can enjoy these amazing experiences with Polynesian Adventure tours that include admissions to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Jagger Museum.

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The drama continues to build daily as the lava flows from the Pu’u O’o vent as it flows towards a residential area. The length of the current flow is mostly within the closed access area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and next to state land that is managed by either the Department of Land and Natural Resources or Office of Hawaiian Affairs. It is currently ILLEGAL to hike to view the leading edge of the lava flow, not to mention dangerous. Fines are up to $5,000 and with the Governers recent emergency proclamation fines have been enhanced for crimes committed while the proclamation is in effect.

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Pahoa Village Road is closed between Apa’a Street and Post Office Road, and access is limited to area residents only. Residents of the affected area should not bring unauthorized guests into the restricted area. The activity is being closely monitored and evacuation advisories have been issued. The front has already crossed Pahoa Cemetery and claimed outlying buildings as it advances. Safety is paramount and no one should attempt to illegally view the leading edge of the flow. These events all serve to remind us of the power of the forces of nature that shaped and continue to shape the world we live in.

Written by James Bredeson

The Rogue Wave and learning to respect the Ocean

Every 30th to 40th wave comes a wave that is much larger than all the waves before it. Basically the set of 4 waves merge and create a super wave. Recent studies have shown that these rogue waves may be more common that we first thought. Some believe this may be the reason why so many boats have gone down in the Bermuda Triangle and the swept in the abyss.

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Painfully having to learn things the hard way, I escaped with my life about the 8th time I attempted to surf. Almost getting the hang of it but not really grasping it yet. You see I came from a snowboarding background and people tell you ‘oh if you can snowboard, surfing should come easy’. They could not be more wrong and here is why. First when you are snow boarding you start standing up. Second you do NOT have salt water splashing in your face. Third paddling a surf board is all upper body strength and the ability to center yourself, not only side to side but front to back also.

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So on this most beautiful day a would-be-friend takes be to a beach that had awesome waves. However this 8 foot wave hung for about 35 to 40 yards and was beautiful. This bay in Waimea had a reef that channeled the power of the wave giving it a deceiving strength. Basically this would be considered a top level surfing beach, my friend told me I should give it a try. Breaking one of my first lessons of Hawaii Ocean Safety: Don’t go in the water if someone is not already there. He was not a good friend, this beach literally spit me out onto the beach.

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After about 10 minutes of assessing the situation I should have followed my instincts and have not gone in, but then I would not be telling this story. I paddled off of the beach and made it through the wave by pushing under it and holding on like my life depended on it. As I looked up the 2nd wave was a Rogue Wave was heading towards me and it looked like a 10 to 12 foot wave and I was directly in the kill zone (where the wave folds over and hits the water). Panicking I started to paddle to the right and I was hoping to get out of the way. Since I didn’t try to go under the wave, it lifted me up and smacked the board back at me. Hitting my elbow and dislocating my shoulder and smacking me in the face and spat me out onto the beach.

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After this day I really started to give the ocean more respect. Trust your instincts and remember the ocean is the most powerful element on our planet. So respect it.

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Bike riding and safety in Honolulu, Hawaii

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A Couple Simple Rules.

1. Watch out for drive ways
People in cars most times will look one way when pulling out and as you are crossing a street or driveway you should stop as if they are NOT going to notice you trying to cross. An automobile would easily crush you so why leave your life in a strangers hands? Be safe with your own life.

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2. Watch out for car doors
One of the first times I rode my bike in Honolulu I almost hit a car door opening. If someone is in a car you are passing, you should plan as if they are going to open the door and don’t be surprised when it happens. Remember they probably can’t see or hear you coming.

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3. Lock your bike up with a chain
Some people will walk or ride off with your bike, it is highly advised to lock up your bike here on Oahu.

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4. Stop and Help
Stop and help any sweet old ladies crossing the street it only takes a minute and you may just be the sunshine in someones day. I had a lovely conversation with a sweet old lady who used to be a Bon Festival dancer. Spread the Aloha.

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Oahu, Hawaii Bus Transit System

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The bus system here on Oahu is very useful and goes around the entire island. It is a very handy tool to go beach hopping to the different many beautiful beaches here on Oahu. The first time I rode the bus I traveled from Ala Moana shopping center up to the north shore Sunset Beach. Having traveled through lots of different climates and towns, I realized it would have been nice if I had taken a tour around Oahu island. The 1.5 hour bus ride would be better with narration.

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The Bus

One of the main bus systems on the Island is called ‘The Bus’ and is the main source of transportation for the locals. In one year it averages over seventy five mill. people getting on and off the bus. With over 500 buses in its arsenal and over one hundred routes it picks up on every day. Below are some of the main routes on oahu and highways.

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Gray Line Hawaii: Double Decker

One of the ways we offer to ride a bus is by far the best for sightseeing and getting some vitamin D from the sun. Our double decker tours will take you to 3 places: Around the South Shore, Pearl Harbor, and on a Shopping Tour. Grab a hat and sunblock or slip down stairs into the air conditioned bus and check out Oahu on one of the COOLest rides in Oahu.

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The Road to Hana’s Romantic Waterfall Get-a-way!

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Hana Town
A cute little rustic town located in central Maui’s eastern coastline. Off the beaten path, this town still holds old Hawaiian ancient Customs. Start your trip to Hana early in the morning and prepare yourself for some of the most beautiful views of ancient volcanic rock and breath taking waterfalls.

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This 52 mile tour takes you around the most of Maui Island. Its six hundred and twenty curves and fifty-nine 1 lane bridges makes it for an interesting drive, which is why we suggest taking a tour. The Maui local drivers are used to tourist driving slowly to take in the sites, so if you do decide to drive it, be prepared when they pass your car on these curves.

 

Sit back and leave the driving to us
Know as the road to divorce this drive can be a bit overwhelming, and the “do it yourself” mile marker tour is very difficult to locate the places to stop and sightseeing. So again we suggest you sit back on this one and let the professionals drive this roadway.

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On an average day you can visit up to ninteen waterfalls or more given rainy weather conditions and even get the chance to swim in a couple of them. Mark this on off your bucket list, bring snacks and drinks, and enjoy one of our favorite tours. Maui’s Beautiful Road to Hana.

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Tour Link

http://www.polyadhawaiitours.com/hana_tour_gold.html

Oahu Safety Tips/Waimea Bay


Hawaii’s Waimea Bay at North Shore is awe inspiring during the winter months with the very large swells that come in, however these conditions create a massive undertow and all but the experienced swimmers should excersise caution in the water during these times. The beach is a great destination stop for families and I have enjoyed the swimming and the tradition of jumping off the large rock in the Bay. This is one of the most popular spots for tourists on Oahu, and Polynesian Adventure tours will get you there in style and comfort.


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