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    BEST SHAVE ICE IN THE WORLD

    by travelgourmet Updated Mar 15, 2014

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    Driving to the North Shore of O'ahu and this is the place to stop and enjoy the best shave ice on the Island. Start out with a paper cup/cone, place a little vanilla ice cream and some azuki beans (a small red bean that is popular in Asian countries and to locals in Hawaii). Now comes the fun part.

    Using a hugh shave ice machine, a block of ice is shaved so close that the resulting "snow" is a fine powder and this is added on top of the ice cream and beans. Piled high above the cup/cone and then your favorite exotic tropical flavoring is poured over the top. This is a Matsumoto's Shave Ice. The best in the world, and made to your liking, with or without beans, with or without ice cream, it is still the best. The reason being that the shave ice "snow" is shaved to perfection, and made just for you.

    The Matsumoto Family has been making the best shave ice since 1951. The next generation, with Stanley Matsumoto and his wife, Noriko, is keeping alive the legacy of Mamoru and Helen Matsumoto, in giving fast, friendly and super service to all the locals and tourists, alike.

    When in Hawaii, on Oahu, head for the North Shore, not just to see the great surfing, but to have a shave ice in Haleiwa, and make sure it is Matsumoto's Shave Ice. It will broke da mouth. Pure ono. Aloha

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    ... and the surfing capital of the world?

    by Ewingjr98 Written Oct 6, 2012

    Is Huntington Beach, California the surfing capital of the world? How about Santa Cruz, California? Maybe someplace in Australia? Probably not.

    No matter how much you like California, you have to acknowledge Hawaii as the surfing capital of the world. Polynesians were among the first in the world to surf, and the tradition probably began in Tahiti. But it wasn't until the Polynesians come to Hawaii that they established surfing as a sport.

    While Waikiki is the most famous of the Hawaiian beaches, the real surfing takes place on the winter waves of the north shore, at such famous beaches as the Banzai Pipeline.

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    Hawaii - the rainbow capital of the world

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 6, 2012

    On at least half of the days during my most recent trip to Hawaii, I spotted beautiful rainbows. Some went a full 180 degrees, and one was a double rainbow. Sometimes the rainbows were in morning and sometime just before sunset. The only place with more rainbows per day is San Francisco's Castro District, but most of theirs are displayed on flags or in shop windows.

    Hawaii has the perfect mix of weather, geography and location to produce simultaneous sun and rain, especially along the mountains.

    With Hawaii being the rainbow capital of the world, it's no wonder some of the University of Hawaii athletic teams are proudly called the "Rainbow Warriors."

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    Hawaii Shot Glasses

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 8, 2009

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    i bought one since i'm an avid shot glass collector besides being an equal avid refrigerator magnet collector. I have lots of shot glass collection in my study table and buying hawaii shot glasses is a must to bolster my collection. shot glasses in hawaii comes in different designs and kinds of glasses like the frosted glass, tempered glass, regular glass, etc. and the prices starts at $ 1.99 for a simple shot glass and goes up to $ 5.99 for a tempered glass shot glass. they are available everywhere so again for the avid collector, buy one now!

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    Pearl Harbor Ref Magnets

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 8, 2009

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    own a piece of history especially the remembrance of the pearl harbor bombings which started world war II. Again one must not leave oahu without seeing the USS Arizona Memorial and relive the history of the sacred place and also buy a piece of history and for the refrigerator magnet buffs and collectors like me, buying the USS Arizona Memorial Ref Magnet reminds me of history. the ref magnets and other collectors stuff like old newspapers or t-shirts or paper weights are available at the visitors center before going on a USS Arizona ferry boat ride. the ref magnet costs $ 3.99.

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    Hawaii Ref Magnets

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 8, 2009

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    nice stuff for a souvenir, I have been an avid collector of refrigerator magnets since i've started travelling and has tons of the stuff at my refrigerator that some are just stored to my cabinet due to lack of space hehehe. here in oahu, i must buy one and the choices are endless and the prices start from $ 1.99 for a plastic ref magnet with magnetic film at the back to the magnetite ref magnets at $ 3.99. i bought this ceramic ref magnet for $ 4.99 due to the good design. ref magnets are available everywhere in oahu so for the ref magnets enthusiasts, buy one now!

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    Taxes in Hawaii

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 30, 2009

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    The Hawaii sales tax is 4.71%. There is a hotel occupancy tax of 7.25%. You should check on your hotel rate and make sure whether or not the hotel occupancy tax has been added in when you are given a quote. Hotels are also allowed to add on a .1666% excise tax. With this, you should expect that about 11.42% in taxes would be added to your hotel bill. Again, check with your travel agent to see whether your rate includes these taxes or not.

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    Asking for info from Islanders

    by csordila Updated Mar 19, 2009

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    Hawaian people are very friendly, and if you ask for info, most of them share their knowledge with you. But be aware, they don’t give directions such as east, west, north, or south, only directions towards well known places ( Diamond Head, ocean, mountains, etc....). Your hotel personals are potentially the best sources of insider information. They expect you, however, if their advice is good, to give them a tip.

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    ALOHA WEEK DOWNTOWN HONOLULU PART 3

    by Onedragon Updated Jun 26, 2008

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    LOVED CHECKING OUT ALL THE GREAT LOCAL FOODS THAT WERE AT THE FESTIVAL..HERE ARE SOME PICTURES OF THE HAWAIIAN STEAK AND SHRIMP......... ONO-LICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!! THIS YEAR IT WAS ON A FRIDAY OF THE 15 OF SEPTEMBER.......NOT ONLY WAS THERE GREAT FOOD BUT ALSO LEIS AND SHIRTS AND CAPS AND DIFFERENT CRAFTS ..IT WAS A FUN PLACE TO BE. .AND OF COURSE GREAT MUSIC!!!!!!

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    ALOHA WEEK IN DOWNTOWN HONOLULU

    by Onedragon Updated Jun 26, 2008

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    The opening ceremonies on Oahu take place at Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu. The ceremonies are immediately followed by hula performances and the Downtown Hoolaulea, a block party that includes live musical performances on a number of stages, food booths, arts and crafts, and more. An even bigger block party—the Waikiki Hoolaulea—takes place a week later on Kalakaua Avenue.This year the Waikiki one was first and then a week later the Downtown Hoolaulea...... this year it was Oahu, Sept. 7-16......

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    OHANA TIME

    by Onedragon Updated Jun 26, 2008

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    ONE OF THE COOLEST THINGS ABOUT HAWAII IS THAT PEOPLE LOVE TO GET TOGETHER AND EAT FOOD ,PLAY MUSIC ,SURF,PLAY SPORTS....... HAWAII IS A PLACE OF ' OHANA'.....FAMILY.. ....
    SO ON A WEEKEND WHERE ARE MOST PEOPLE.... ..USUALLY DOWN AT A BEACH TOGETHER EATING AND BEING FAMILY.......
    OHANA PUSHES THE WEEK TO GET TO THE WEEKEND...SO AS TO GET TOGETHER AND DO THINGS....ANY THING...JUST ANOTHER REASON TO OHANA...

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    ALOHA WEEK IN DOWNTOWN HONOLULU PART 2

    by Onedragon Updated Feb 22, 2008

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    The first Aloha Festivals took place in 1946, when a group of Jaycees staged a grassroots cultural celebration reminiscent of the Makahiki season of ancient Hawaii. The group wanted to honor Hawaii’s special heritage and celebrate the aloha spirit that the Islands are widely known for.

    Plus, it was a great excuse to throw Hawaii’s biggest party.

    The initial festival—it was called "Aloha Week " at the time—included a parade, pageants, hula shows and services at Kawaiahao Church in Honolulu. Expanded to the Aloha Festivals in 1991, the event now encompasses some 300 events on six islands spanning a two-month period. Nearly 30,000 volunteers work together to stage the various events, which are attended by nearly a million people each year.

    The Aloha Festivals kicks off in August and runs into mid-October. Each island has its own celebration, starting with Oahu in mid-September. Each island chooses a king, queen, prince, princess and attendants, all of whom are of Hawaiian descent. The investiture of each island’s alii is a wonderfully colorful affair, accompanied by conch shell blowers, kahili (feather standard) bearers, ladies-in-waiting and others.

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    ALOHA TOWER FOURTH OF JULY

    by Onedragon Updated Feb 22, 2008

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    ONE FUN AND ENJOYABLE EVENT IS WATCHING THE FIREWORKS EVERY YEAR AT ALOHA TOWER NEAR DOWNTOWN HONOLULU.NOT ONLY ARE THERE FIREWORKS BUT THIS PLACE HAS IT'S RESTAURANTS AND STORES OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND THE STAGES ARE SET FOR ENTERTAINMENT OF ALL KINDS...
    GETTING THERE ABOUT 4PM 0R 5PM AND HAVING A GOOD DINNER AND LISTENING TO THE MUSIC OF ANY OF THE LOCATIONS AND THEN LATER IN THE EVENING GETTING READY TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS...IT IS A TREAT!!!!!!!
    IT IS POPULAR...SO ONE NEEDS TO GET THERE EARLY TO FIND A GOOD SPOT TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS!!!!!!!!!

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    Tipping in Oahu

    by machomikemd Written Aug 12, 2007

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    Tipping is considered appropriate in Oahu, like in any areas of the United States. The following are generally accepted tipping percentages:

    Bellhops $1 per piece of luggage

    Housekeeping Staff $1 per day

    Restaurants 15-20%

    Valet parking $1 per vehicle

    Cab Drivers 15% of the fare

    The telephone area code for Hawaiian Islands is 808.

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    Royal Hawaiian Band Concerts

    by Hopkid Updated Apr 12, 2007

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    The Royal Hawaiian Band was first established during the reign of King Kamehameha III in 1836. It is one of the last remaining links to Hawaii's monarchy. It is also the oldest continuously operating municipal band in the country. The band performs for the public with free concerts on most Fridays from noon to 1pm at Iolani Palace and on Sundays at 2pm in Kapiolani Park. At Iolani Palace they play at the bandshell located on the palace grounds. In the park they can be found at the bandstand. Their focus is to maintain Hawaiian culture but at the same time to encourage young people to follow a musical path by exposing them to music and to fulfill the lives of the community through their playing. Their repetoire is a combination of traditional Hawaiian and comtemporary tunes. They are often accompanied by vocalists and hula dancers.

    Be sure to check their performance calendar if you're planning on seeing them at the Iolani Palace bandshell or Kapiolani Park bandstand (http://www.royalhawaiianband.com/sked.htm).

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