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  • Looking Out for the Little Guys
    Looking Out for the Little Guys
    by DSwede
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    Driving out to the North Shore
    by ryliecoyote
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    A Low Impact Lifestyle

    by DSwede Written Jan 17, 2012

    Favorite thing: Hawaii as a whole is a very environmentally friendly state and Honolulu is no exception. The processing of waste and recycling is a bit difficult and costly on remote islands, but they do their best.

    The city is clean and the people generally take pride to keep it that way. The streets and sidewalks are well maintained and there are no shortage of trash cans in public areas. As you can see by the photo here, even the sewer drains are labeled to deter unwanted contamination.

    Looking Out for the Little Guys

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    Waikiki vs. Honolulu vs. All of Oahu

    by ryliecoyote Written Apr 6, 2010

    Favorite thing: When a lot of people think of Hawaii, they think of Waikiki (or they think we live in grass shacks and wear grass skirts!). Waikiki is actually part of Honolulu which is actually a really big city made up of smaller districts. The main areas most tourists go to are Waikiki and Ala Moana (the place with the huge shopping mall).

    Many people don't really explore the rest of "town" (that's pretty much what we refer to as all of Honolulu) or the rest of Oahu unless it's to visit friends or family (or they take the wrong bus haha)...I would suggest that, if you've rented a car, just hop in and explore ALL of the island; you can drive around the whole thing in a day! Get out of Waikiki and maybe check out some of the interesting places that the business district and Chinatown have to offer. There's also Manoa: where the main university is (UH) and tantalus (a twisty mountain that you drive up and park on the side and get a miraculous view of the city).

    Also, definitely get out of the city and drive out to Kailua and Kaneohe (visit the Byodo-In temple); this side of the island (the windward side) has some of the most beautiful beaches around! There's also the North Shore (Haleiwa) which is a real old-fashioned touristy type place: have some shave ice and Matsumoto's!

    Go out and explore! It's hard to get lost on an island lol!

    Driving out to the North Shore

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    Checking Your E-mail

    by Rixie Written Jan 3, 2010

    Favorite thing: I stayed at a small hotel in Waikiki which did not have a computer room, but they directed me to The Niihau on Beach Walk. It's a tiny little place that mainly books tour groups, but they also have three computers and a printer which you can use for a very reasonable fee.

    The food court at Ala Moana Shopping Center also has some computers for public use, but they charge twice as much, and you have to put it on your credit card.

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    HAWAIIAN RADIO 105 KINE

    by Onedragon Updated Jul 30, 2009

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    Favorite thing: A GREAT LOCAL RADIO STATION WITH GOOD MUSIC IS HAWAIIAN 105 KINE. IF YOU WANT TO HEAR SOME HAWAIIAN MUSIC WHETHER IT IS OLDER OR NEWER MUSIC.105 KINE PLAYS IT. SO IF ONE REALLY WANTS TO HEAR JUST WHAT HAWAII'S OWN MUSIC VENUE IS LIKE. THIS IS A GREAT CHOICE TO TUNE INTO. This Week's(JULY 10TH)
    Hawaiian105 KINE
    Top FIVE CD's!
    #1 - Kamahiwa - Kealii Reichel
    #2 - Maui - Hapa
    #3 - He `Olu - Holunape
    #4 - Ka `Upu Aloha - Aaron J. Sala
    #5 - `E - Natalie Ai Kamau`u

    Fondest memory: MAKES YOU REALIZE YOU ARE IN HAWAII.......HAWAIIAN STYLE!!!!!!

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    ENJOY YOURSELF

    by Onedragon Written Jul 30, 2009

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    Favorite thing: SOMETIMES WE TAKE OUR WORRIES WITH US ON VACATION.. UNLESS YOUR WORRIES ARE THE PEOPLE YOU ARE WITH .. :0
    OTYHERWISE LEAVE YOUR WORRIES BEHIND AND ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF HAWAII...OR ACTUALLY ANY PLACE YOU TRAVEL TO..
    JUST ENJOY !!!

    Fondest memory: EVERY THING

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    BE OPEN TO WHAT IT IS......BEAUTIFUL!

    by Onedragon Updated Jul 30, 2009

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    Favorite thing: MANY TIMES WE GO PLACES AND WE HAVE A PRECONCEIVED IDEA OF WHAT THE PLACE SHOULD LOOK LIKE AND THEN WE CAN BE DISAPPOINTED IN IT!!!
    I THINK THAT IS SOMETIMES TRUE WITH PEOPLE COMING TO HONOLULU... ...SINCE HONOLULU IS ALSO A CITY LIKE MOST CITIES ...BUSY..OVER-CROWDED.... .......EXPENSIVE...ETC..
    ONE NEEDS JUST TO ENJOY IT FOR WHAT IT DOES OFFER .....IT IS THEN ,WHEN WE AREN'T WRAPPED UP IN THINKING IT SHOULD BE LIKE WE HAD IMAGINED IT..... A GORGEOUS BEAUTIFUL PLACE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Fondest memory: THE WEATHER IS THE SWEETEST THING AND THEN THE BEAUTY OF THE AREA AND LAND!!!!

    STATUE OF KING KAMEHAMEHA HAWAIIAN CHURCH ///   KAWAIAHAO  CHURCH ALOHA TOWER IOLANI PALACE HONOLULU  AT WARD AVENUE

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    Free Attractions and Budget Eats

    by Hopkid Written Feb 28, 2009

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    Favorite thing: All of these are in and around Honolulu.

    Hike Diamond Head (go early before the temps rise)

    See the hula show at Kuhio Beach towards the Diamond Head end of Waikiki http://www.govisithawaii.com/2007/12/13/kuhio-beach-free-hula-show/

    Catch a free movie on Sat or Sun at Queen's Beach, also on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki but further east of Kuhio Beach. http://www.sunsetonthebeach.net/

    See a performance of the Royal Hawaiian Band. They play most Sundays at the Kapiolani Bandshell in Kapiolani Park and Fridays at Iolani Palace. http://www.honolulu.gov/rhb/concertcalendar.htm

    If you're staying in an apartment or condo, get food supplies at the Kapiolani Community College farmer's market every Saturday morning. http://www.hfbf.org/FarmersMarket.html

    A lot of hotels have free entertainment as well so check out their websites. One of my favorites is catching the show at sunset at the Halekulani restaurant, House Without A Key. The stage is outdoors and surriounded by small tables and chairs. The show is free and there is no obligation to buy food or drink although it's a good idea to buy something. It's not exactly cheap but one drink couldn't hurt. Great music and very beautifully-done hula. I recommend going when Pa'ahana are playing (Sun/Mon/Fri). http://www.halekulani.com/dining/house_without_a_key/

    Go to the fish auction early in the morning over on Pier 38 I think past the Aloha Tower Marketplace. http://www.frommers.com/destinations/oahu/S31766.html

    For budget food, go to Rainbow Drive-In, Leonard's Bakery (for malasadas!), Wailana Coffee Shop, Mauna Kea Marketplace in Chinatown (they have an awesome food court). Oh and for fresh flowers and leis, to go any of the flower shops in Chinatown on and near Mauna Kea Avenue.

    I hope that helps!

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    plane from California to Honolulu

    by Onedragon Written Nov 9, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Please check out both Hawaiian Airlines and Go Airlines..
    And also there is always Delta or Continental..
    San Francisco and Seattle have been stops for me.. Both are good locations..

    Fondest memory: THE HULA DANCERS !!! : ))))))

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    THE BOAT

    by Onedragon Written Mar 15, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Robert
    I haven't taken the BOAT yet bet they do allow passengers to take food on board with them..
    The ride is about 55 minutes in full.
    You can read more about it on the BUS website.. http://www.thebus.org/

    Fondest memory: SMILES

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    CHEAPER THAN HILTON

    by Onedragon Written Mar 14, 2008

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    Favorite thing: HI
    THE HOLIDAY INN IN WAIKIKI .. WHICH IS ABOUT A BLOCK FROM THE HILTON AT 1830 ALA MOANA BLVD.. .808-955-1111 ... STARTS OUT AT ABOUT US $149 ..THAT IS FROM ONE TO FOUR PEOPLE IN A ROOM... AND IF THERE ARE A LOT OF ROOMS AVAILABLE THEN THE PRICE COULD GO DOWN TO ABOUT US $124 PER NIGHT.

    Fondest memory: SMILES

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    HAWAIIAN ETCHED GLASS

    by Onedragon Written Mar 13, 2008

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    Favorite thing: BILL Arts Hawaii was located at 514 Piikoi St . AND THE PHONE # DOESN'T WORK ANYMORE..808-591-2544.Arts Hawai'i owner rcvrb Gary Oda said he held on for as long as he could despite lagging sales over the past few years. But Oda said he has finally reached the breaking point and will close the 60-year-old family business ALSO TRY JollyStyle.com FOR ETCHED GLASS ONLINE...

    Fondest memory: SMILES

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    BUSES TO DIAMONHEAD

    by Onedragon Written Mar 12, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Hi
    THERE ARE TWO BUSES RIGHT NOW THAT PASS DIAMONDHEAD...THAT BEING THE 58 AND 22..
    #22 IS HEADING AND ALSO COMING BACK FROM HAUMANA BAY AND THE # 58 IS GOING TO AND COMING FROM HAWAII KAI.. THERE ARE BUS STOPS ON BOTH SIDES ON THE STREET FOR THOSE JOURNEYS.

    Fondest memory: SMILES

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    FUN THINGS TO DO

    by Onedragon Written Mar 12, 2008

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    Favorite thing: HI
    THE HILTON IS A GREAT LOCATION ..FROM THERE JUST HEAD TO THE BACK AREA WHERE THE BEACH BEGINS..WALK ON THE BEACH TOWARDS DIAMONDHEAD CRATER..FIRST STOP IS THE FREE FORT DERUSSEY MUSEUM.REALLY COOL !! AFTER THAT HEAD OVER TO THE FREE HULA DANCES HELD AT ABOUT 6:30 PM ON THE BEACH ..DURING THE DAY HEAD TO THE ZOO WHICH IS ABOUT $ US 8 ..AND AROUND THE CORNER ON THE WEEKENDS ARE FREE ART SHOWS. CROSS THE STREET TO KAPIOLANI PARK . .WHERE ON THE WEEKENDS ARE A LOT OF FREE FESTIVALS..GO UP TO THE TOP OF DIAMONHEAD GRATER AND SEE THE AWESOME VIEW OF ALL WAIKIKI..THERE IS THE LIGHTHOUSE TO SEE ALSO IF YOU GET THAT FAR.
    GET OUT TO SEA LIFE PARK..A LITTLE EXPENSIVE BUT A GREAT PLACE TO SEE..
    IF YOU DO GET TO THE NORTH SHORE . .STOP IN AT MATSUMOTO'S AND HAVE SOME AWESOME SHAVED ICE..THAT IS IN HALEIWA... THERE IS ACTUALLY A LOT TO SEE AND DO..: )

    Fondest memory: SMILES

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    FREE WIRELESS IN WAIKIKI

    by Onedragon Written Mar 12, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Hi Robert
    This is one of the Aqua hotels that has free wire less ....: I think Aqua has at least two hotels with free wireless connection ...name is Hotel Renew
    129 Paoakalani Avenue
    Waikiki Beach, HI 96815
    P: 808-687-7700 F: 808-687-7701

    Fondest memory: SMILES

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    PLACES TO EAT IN CHINATOWN

    by Onedragon Written Mar 12, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Hi Robert
    There are some good places for food in Chinatown..If you like Cantonese foods at a fairly good price check out:DOUBLE EIGHT
    1113 Maunakea Street
    Honolulu, HI 96817
    (Honolulu / Chinatown Area)
    Tel. (808) 526-3887
    Also DIM SUM HOUSE it has 20 different Dim Sum
    1111 Bishop Street
    Honolulu, HI 96813
    (Honolulu / Downtown Area)
    Tel. (808) 524-8328

    Fondest memory: SMILES

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