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    Two Words - Sun Block

    by H-TownJourneyman Written Jan 28, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Now I know that this is a pretty obvious tip, and I'm sure all of you have heard it over and over again. But I must stress this tip, not only from my many eyewitness accounts, but also, unfortunately I must say, my own personal experience. If you are going to be out in the Hawaiian sun, you must wear sun block! The suns rays here are much more intense, so it is important to protect your skin if you are going to be exposed to it. This is especially important for all of you pigment-challenged (fair-skinned) people out there. It is possible to get burned in less than 20 minutes if your skin is exposed to the sun here. But darker skinned people as well need to use sun block. Nobody can escape the sun's wrath here! GRRRRRR! So in order to avoid any painful memories during your vacation, be safe and apply some sun block to your skin. You won't regret it!

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    The big city of Kanakaki (sp?)...

    by merimichelle Updated Jan 8, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The big city of Kanakaki (sp?) on Molokai....the only ''city' there are also a couple of smaller towns lol

    Fondest memory: No traffic! Not even one traffic light! I love it!

    In town they have the best bakery! They sell there bread all over the islands....they are very famous for their Hawaiian bread. It's a island secret to wait behind the bakery in the ally at 10pm to get the hottest and freshest bread....creamcheese bread...cinniamon...blueberry...to name a few of my favorites! The bread is better than any type of sweets!

    Yummmy my mouth is salvating just thinking of it!

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    This was on a stormy day on...

    by merimichelle Updated Jan 8, 2006

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    Favorite thing: This was on a stormy day on Molokai. The island that you can see across the ocean is Maui. Usually you can almost walk a mile out in the sea at this location. It's called the mile 1 marker. It is known for the snorkeling but today was very very stormy!!! A horrible day to snorkle but a great day for pics

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    Gotta love Molokai....I have...

    by merimichelle Updated Jan 8, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Gotta love Molokai....I have many more pics that I'll be putting up....some of the safari I went on in Molokai....I had a giraffe eat off of me...the west side...is also the dry side...It reminds people of Africa especially when you see zibras, giraffes and many other exotic animals!

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    My trip was mainly just Maui...

    by merimichelle Updated Jan 8, 2006

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    Favorite thing: My trip was mainly just Maui and Molokai. Molokai you either love it or you don't. It is a place to go if you want to get away from it all. It's great for the outdoors type! Lots of great hiking, boating, and other exciting adventures.

    For example while I was there some locals taught me and my friend how to spear fish, night dive, surf...surviving off the land.....It was wonderful! I will keep going to Molokai. Maui was also nice, especially when you are craving the nightlife or simply to shop and do the tourist things.

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    Great place for Honey moon

    by Dragana Updated Jul 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: People like different things and different activities. That means that you would chouse different places for your holiday. But if you are just married, I bet that Hawaii would suit to everyone.

    Fondest memory: The best will be to rent a car and to see whole island, and beaches which are small and far away from Waikiki and numerous hotels. You will feel, somehow, that you are the only couple on the world. Also, diner cruses can be romantic and fun in the same time.

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    "Pink Palace of the Pacific"

    by deecat Updated Jun 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: One of the first hotels build in Honolulu on Waikiki Beach, The Royal Hawaiian has been dubbed, "The Pink Palace of the Pacific" and remains an icon of luxury still today. It's a Waikiki landmark, and people all over the world recognize it.

    The Royal Hawaiian opened in 1927 with its Moorish-Spanish architecture and stunning coral pink stucco. Even though it sounds "garish", it somehow fits here on Waikiki Beach!
    It has been named to Conde Nast Travelers Gold list several times, and generations of travelers have been guests here, even royalty and presidents.

    This is a nostalgia-filled, elegant old hotel with its Royal pool, its barber and beauty shops, a business center, its Restaurant, Fitness Center and Spa, and gracious rooms that include hairdryers, Cable TV, Room Service, and Laundry/Valet Services.

    The Hotel has a Bar/Lounge, Babysitting/Child Services, 24-hour Front Desk, and a Concierge.
    You need to go inside and see the elegance from a bygone era!

    Fondest memory: The Royal Luau, held each Monday, is almost as famous as the hotel itself.

    Its backdrop is Diamond Head and Waikki Beach. On this special night, guests are greeted with leis and Hawaiian melodies and the famous Mai Tais drinks on the Ocean Lawn.

    Next, a feast of foods from the islands are presented. Afterwards, a spectacular Royal Polynesian Extravaganza Luau begins.

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    If You Stay in Maui, Here are Some Tips...

    by deecat Updated Jun 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Buzz, the man who rented his condo to us while we were in Maui, gave us these suggestions, which I will pass along:

    1. Have a sunset dinner at Kimo's.
    (845 Front St., Lahaina)
    2. Try the outrageous desserts at Longhi's.
    (888 Front St., Lahaina)
    3. Try the pizza at BJ's Chicago Pizzeria
    (730 Front Street, Lahaina)
    4. Try the Hyatt Regency's Swan's Court
    Breakfast.
    5. Kaanapali Beach Hotel for brunch.
    (Belgian Waffles topped with warm
    coconut syrup, whipped cream, and
    macadamian nuts.)
    6. Observe the turtles this side of Black Rock
    on Kaanapali Beach.
    7. Go to the Farmer's Market on Monday or
    Thursday for great produce. (opens at
    6:30 a.m.)
    8. Go to the Food Pantry for great shrimp.
    9. Visit The Bakery in Lahaina for fresh
    baked goods, fresh bread, and coconut
    macaroons "to die for". Opens at 7 a.m.
    But best time is between 8-8:30 for fresh-
    out-of-the-oven French breads.
    10.Marco's is great place for sandwiches
    11.Try Hard Rock Cafe in Lahaina for quick
    lunch.
    12.Mama's Fish House
    "Best seafood in the world!"

    Fondest memory: Of that list, we took Buzz up on most of it.

    We did eat at Mamma's Fish House (see tip);
    we did go to the Hyatt Regency (see tip); we did see the Turtles; we went to the Farmer's Market; we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe ; we had pizza at B.J. Chicago Pizzario;and we visited The Bakery.

    All that we tried, we loved. Buzz knows what he is talking about.

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    "Not Your Average Torch Song"

    by deecat Updated Jun 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Fortunately, while Allan and I were in Maui, one of my friends at work was on a tour which included Maui. As part of that tour, she and her husband stayed at the Hyatt Regency Resort at Kaanapali Beach in Maui. The tour also included the Luau show at the Hotel. She invited Allan and I as her guests.

    A succulent dinner buffet was included with the Luau Performance. That buffet featured Hawaiian and Western specialties such as tender Kalua Pork, Ulupalakua Beef, Huli Huli Chicken, fresh Mahi Mahi, Pacific Ahi Poke, plus a variety of island accompaniments and several mouth-watering desserts.

    Before the buffet was served, a cultural ceremony was presented with the roasted whole pig (the ceremony was the "unearthing of the imu".). This was quite elaborate and fascinating.

    The name of their show was called "Drum's of the Pacific". It was a Polynesian cast of 18 dancers and musicians performing the songs and dances of their ancestors from throughout the South Pacific.

    We received a Lei Greeting from a beautiful Polynesian girl where our picture was taken. Later that evening, we received a 5x7 photograph.

    The performance included a Hawaiian crafts demonstration that turned out to be quite interesting and eye-opening. There was an OPEN BAR for the three-hour Luau!

    Fondest memory: The sound of the conch, the beating of the drums, and the echoes of the Hawaiian chant signaled the start of the Luau. Exotic songs and dances of Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Rarotonga, and Hawaii were performed. They took us on a journey through the islands of Polynesia via the authentic dances and songs which tell stories of the islands.

    We were able to watch the sunset over the Ka'anapali Beach. It all took place at the Hyatt Regency Maui's Sunset Terrace on Ka'anapali Beach. The shows take place from: 5:00pm to 8:00pm nightly.

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    Most Famous Beach in the World

    by deecat Updated Jun 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on the Island called O'ahu is perhaps the world's most famous beach.

    "Waikiki" in Hawaiian means "Sprouting Water". It is a two-mile stretch of white sand coast and is fronted by numerous high-rise hotels and other tourist facilities.

    The beach is an excellent place for "people watching", walking, swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, using catamarans or outrigger canoes.

    Thankfully, there are Lifeguards on duty to help protect the masses. There is a sand and reef area, picnic areas, concession stands, restrooms, snorkeling and body board rentals, showers, and phones.

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory is walking the beach, staring out toward Diamond Head, and enjoying the diversity of the population on the beach--it is the United Nations of beaches.

    I took the two photographs; one of a typical day at the beach; the second of a scantily clad (and beautiful) female sunbather. She was the object of attraction for many male beach patrons!

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    Local Favorite Foods

    by BlueCollar Written Mar 13, 2005

    Favorite thing: 7-11's on the islands have sushi, musubi, and manapua. Although none of the sushi selection are the raw fish-types, it is sushi nonetheless.

    Here I am about to dig into a shoyu tuna and a futomaki sushi roll as well as a Spam (tm) musubi.

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    Local Flavor

    by BlueCollar Updated Mar 13, 2005

    Favorite thing: Tasting the local foods is always a pleasure since you cannot always get the same thing back home. Even some big nation-wide companies have localized favorites. A perfect example are these Maui Style chips made by Frito-Lay of Hawai`i.

    The Maui Onion flavor is to die for! If you try them once, you will not put them down (Hmmm... maybe it is a good thing they are not available at home).

    You have to try these....it's a must.

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    Bring lots of money!

    by cruedo Written Sep 2, 2004

    Favorite thing: Hire a car, or jeep, get out of the monstrosity that is Honolulu, and cruise around the island. It is beautiful!
    Take money tho... this place is NOT cheap!!

    Fondest memory: Hey I'm English... I miss the weather, and the sunsets!

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    Learn the lingo

    by kaipow Written Jul 26, 2004

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    Favorite thing: In Hawaii, they speak a little differently. A few words/phrases that'll be helpful:

    haole = foreigner
    kamaaina = local person
    the mainland = the part of U.S. that is not Hawaiian islands
    mahalo = thank you
    keiki = children/kids
    kane = man
    wahine = woman

    Check out this web site for more helpful words/phrases

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    The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Maui

    by deecat Written Feb 22, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Although we could never afford to stay at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, we were able to spend one magical afternoon at this stunning resort.
    The hotel is situated on an historic, 23,000-acre working pineapple plantation . It is surrounded by 54 holes of golf on three courses as well as the Kapalua Golf Academy. There are 548 rooms in the hotel which offer wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with fresh flower leis.
    The resort includes recreational facilities such as 10 tennis courts, a 10,000-square-foot three-tiered swimming pool, two outdoor whirlpool spas, nine-hole putting green, bocce ball lawn, and a secluded beach!
    In addition, there is a 7,000-square-foot fitness center and spa, including steam rooms, saunas, and spa treatments as well as weight training equipment.
    They also have a "one of a kind" room in all of Hawaii: The Aloha Outdoor Ballroom as well as the two indoor ballrooms.
    All of the 548 rooms and suites have spacious, private lanais; many of the rooms and suites have partial ocean or ocean views.
    1. Twice-daily maid service and turndown service is given.
    2. Plush terry bathrobes.
    3. Marble bathrooms with separte showers and double vanities.
    4. Plush non-allergenic featherbeds, comforters, and pillows
    5. Non-smoking and barrier-free rooms available.
    6. Choice of one king or two-double beds.

    The main dining room is called "The Banyan Tree", and it offers contemporary Australian cuisine. There is also a beachfron restaurant called "The Beach House Bar & Grill".
    In addition, there is "The Terrace" where the Plantation breakfast buffet is served. For sushi, the "Kai" is available. "The Lobby Lounge" is the place to enjoy a cocktail, and "The Pool Bar & Cafe" offers, drinks, appetizers, sandwiches, and salads to sunbathers and swimmers.

    Fondest memory: Allan and I walked the grounds, took photographs of the famed three-tiered pool (see Photo), shopped in the Gift Shoppe, had a drink at the Lobby Bar, and did a good deal of "people gazing." This is certainly where the "well-heeled" stay!

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