Local traditions and culture in Honolulu

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    NIGHT BEFORE CHINESE NEW YEAR

    by Onedragon Written Feb 18, 2007

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    night before chinese new year THIS IS A FEELING OF EXCITEMENT IF NOT FOR ONLY GETTING READY TO TAKE PITURES OF THE LION DANCE AND THOUGHT OF LL THAT DELICIOUS FOOD..!!!!!!!
    YOU CAN FEEL AND SEE THE THRILL IT BRINGS SO MANY PEOPLE IN ANTICIPATION..SUCH AS THE CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS AS THEY WATCH THE LIONS PARADE AROUND!!!

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    LION DANCE

    by Onedragon Written Feb 18, 2007

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    THE NIGHT BEFORE THE NEW YEAR OF CHINESE CELEBRATION.. .I TOOK A WALK DOWN TO WATCH THE LION DANCE ..
    ALWAYS INTERESTING WATCHING THE HAPPENINGS OF THE PREPARATION OF A NEW YEAR OF THE PIG..

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    CHINESE NEW YEAR PARADE 2007

    by Onedragon Written Feb 18, 2007

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    THE LIONS HAVE BEGUN TO DANCE AND PARADE THE STREETS OF CHINATOWN IN HONOLULU!!!
    PEOPLE WERE LINED UP THIS WEEKEND WATCHING THE PARADE ON ALL THE FESTIVE GROUPS MARCHING DOWN HOTEL STREET WITH THEIR BANNERS OF CHINESE HISTORY!!!
    I WAS WATCHING THE PARADE AND AT THE SAME TIME NEXT TO ME INSDE A RESTAURANT WERE TWO LADIES PREPARING FOOD FOR THE OCCASION...

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    PUNAHOU CARNIVAL

    by Onedragon Updated Feb 4, 2007

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    EVERY FEBRUARY. .THE CARNIVAL COMES TO PUNAHOU HIGH SCHOOL AND ENTERTAINS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE READY TO HAVE FUN .. IT IS A CUSTOMn THAT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME!!!The Carnival is sponsored by the School's Junior Class to benefit the Punahou financial aid program and student activities Carnival Trivia
    Over 5,000 pounds of sugar was donated to the Carnival for malasadas. Is that why they are so good?

    The two hamburger booths each cook 108 patties every 10 minutes. At that rate they could make over 31,000 burgers at the carnival. Eat them your way: plain, teri or with cheese!

    In 2006, 8,000 jars of mango chutney and 2,000 jars of lilikoi butter were made for the Carnival. Fruit picking and cooking is completed during the summer. They still sell out on Friday!

    The Haku Lei Booth began in 1972. That makes 34 years. Do you have one?

    2,100 gallons - over 33,000 cups - of Portuguese Bean Soup are enjoyed at Carnival. Why? It's great!

    There are 64 booths and 18 E. K. Fernandez rides at the Punahou Carnival. How many have you tried?

    Punahou School Campus (Punahou Street and Wilder Avenue). Limited parking on School grounds. Additional parking is available at several sites in the area for a fee: The Lutheran Church of Honolulu ; Central Union Church; Maryknoll School (both campuses); and at St. Clement's Episcopal Church.

    OR TAKE THE BUS AND AVOID SEARCHING FOR PARKING! Take bus 4, 5 or 18 to the corner of Punahou Street and Wilder Avenue.

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    Banyan Courtyard - Sheraton Moana Surfrider

    by Hopkid Written Nov 23, 2006

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    The Surfrider Hotel was the first hotel on Waikiki Beach opening in 1901. Besides the historic main building of the hotel (now operated by Sheraton and since renovated with more modern wing additions), the outdoor courtyard on the makai side of the hotel is a must-see. The gigantic banyan tree was planted not long after the hotel opened and has grown to cover nearly the entire outdoor courtyard. The Banyan Courtyard was the site of the old "Hawaii Calls" radio show which was broadcast live from 1935 through 1975 and was a beacon for tourists, enticing them to visit the paradise of Hawaii.

    The courtyard is now the scene of a lively lounge scene and is a great place to grab that mai tai or any other drink with and umbrella and an orchid in it. They also have live Hawaiian music most evenings not to mention a great view of the beach and Diamond Head to the east.

    Sheraton Moana Surfrider
    2255 Kalakaua Avenue

    Banyan tree with historic main hotel Drinks with umbrellas! View of Diamond Head from the Surfrider

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    HAWAIIAN CHRISTMAS TREES

    by Onedragon Written Oct 7, 2006

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    SOMETHING THAT REALLY IS DIFFERENT FROM HAWAII CHRISTMAS TREES AND OTHERS ARE THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT SANTA IS SEEN DOING IN HAWAII AS OPPOSED TO HIM BEING DRESSED AND DOING OTHER PLACES... LIKE HIM RIDING A SURFBOARD AND HOLDING A BAG OF TOYS AND GOODIES... HAWAII CHRISTMAS TREES ARE GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!

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    FIREWORKS AT MAGIC ISLAND

    by Onedragon Updated Jul 5, 2006

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    ANOTHER ANNUAL EVENT THAT IS A GREAT CUSTOM TO HONOLULU IS THE FIREWORK DISPLAY AT MAGIC ISLAND RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM ALA MOANA SHOPPING CENTER..THIS BRINGS A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT... THERE ARE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE TRYING TO GET A GOOD SPOT TO VIEW THE BRILLIANT COLORS THAT THIS DISPLAY IS WELL KNOWN FOR..UNFORTUNATELY I DIDN'T HAVE A GOOD POSTION TO TAKE PICTURES ,,SO THEY DIDN'T COME OUT QUITE LIKE I WANTED THEM TO.......THIS YEAR THE FIREWORKS STARTED AT AROUND 8:30PM??? SEEMED LIKE A LONG WAIT THOUGH?????

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    TURTLE BAY FIREWORKS

    by Onedragon Updated Jul 4, 2006

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    ANOTHER GREAT PLACE TO SEE FIREWORKS IS TURTLE BAY ...USUALLY A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE 4TH OF JULY..FOR THE GUITARS UNDER THE STARS CONCERT THAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS .....TURTLE BAY RESORT IS A FABULOUS PLACE FOR A CONCERT AND THE BEAUTY IS PERFECT FOR AN EVENING OF JOY!!!!!

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    North and South do not exist

    by Hopkid Written Apr 21, 2006

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    As Hawaii is made up of a series of islands, the locals have found that it is more descriptive to provide direction not by compass direction but in what direction you're referring into in relation to the ocean or the mountains (which are usually away from the low-lying areas away from the coast. These terms are:

    Mauka and Makai

    Mauka means away from the coast. I remember this by saying mauka (pronounced MAO-kah) and mountain (MAON-ten) as they sound the same.

    Makai means towards the coast or beach.

    Example: "The restaurant is on Kalakaua makai" means "The restaurant is on Kalakaua on the side of the street closest to the beach" or "The restaurant is on the beach side of Kalakaua".

    Example: "Go two blocks mauka and turn right" means "Go two blocks towards the mountains and turn right"

    Get it?

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    FREE CONCERTS: ROYAL HAWAIIAN BAND

    by thinking Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    IOLANI PALACE ON FRIDAYS FROM noon to 1:00PM

    THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN BAND
    Founded in 1836 by order of King Kamehameha III, the Royal Hawaiian Band is one of the last living links to Hawai`i's monarchy. Steeped in tradition, the Band has survived a variety of political changes throughout the years. It has remained a vital part of Hawai`i's daily life as the islands evolved from a monarchy to a territory and finally to the 50th State of the United States. Today, the Royal Hawaiian Band is an agency of the City and County of Honolulu and is the only full-time municipal band in the United States.

    The Band has traveled extensively from its inception, performing in the Mainland United States, Canada, Europe and Japan, taking with it not only the music and culture of the islands, but the very essence of the aloha spirit itself. As a link to Hawai`i's precious past, the Royal Hawaiian Band performs the best of the Islands' traditional musical heritage, while showcasing Hawai`i's present day talent in both song and dance. In July 1988, the Band performed an historic concert in New York City's celebrated Carnegie Hall to a packed house and a standing ovation.

    Bandmaster Aaron Mahi
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    LOVE

    by nygaston Updated Mar 3, 2005

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    Aloha, ano i, nipo, kaunu, hooipoipo, hooheno, puni, oha, mahamaha.

    See sayings, ana 2, ?eha, h?ko?i, h?loa, hilo 1, kilohana, kula?ilua, lalawe, lomia, m?kuma, ??lino, wiliwai, wi?uwi?u, dedicated, expression, hungry, mist, overwhelm.

    Gods of love: Lono-i-ke-aweawe-aloha, Makani-ke-oe, Laukapalili, Hono-a-lele. Deep love, kipona aloha, halehale ke aloha. Loved one, mea aloha, aloha. With love, me ke aloha. Insincere love-making, kaunu waha. An expression of love for a favorite, pa?ipunahele. Love song, mele ho?oipoipo.

    Love magic, hana aloha (see ?hole). To cherish secretly, as love, h?keo. To be in a bond of love, pilialoha. To make love, ho?oipo, ho?oipoipo, h??aloha, ho?onipo, h??in??inau, kaunu, kaulu. No man who does not suffer in love (UL 82), ?a?ohe kanaka ?eha ?ole i ke aloha. Mist, rain, spray, and coolness may represent love in poetry.

    Aloha !

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    EATING FISH IN HAWAII

    by thinking Updated Feb 26, 2005

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    The fish here are wonderful. Here are only two Hawiian names of the local fish:

    "AHI " is tuna in Hawaii.
    "Opakapaka" is a white fish that is very tastey.

    When I have time, I will come back and add all of them.

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    DOWNTOWN HONOLULU

    by thinking Written Feb 21, 2005

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    In case you're wondering, Waikiki and downtown Honolulu are not the same. What we call downtown is the area around Honolulu Harbor, near Aloha Tower. It's easy to reach by city bus (No. 19 or 20).

    Downtown Honolulu is a refreshing, comfortable blend of the old, Iolani Palace, and the new, Aloha Tower Market-place. Currently experiencing both a building boom and a classic case of urban renaissance, the city is compact, clean and cheerful. Our bankers, lawyers and businesspeople are bustling about in dressier island wear (you'll see very few coats and ties here!), the traditional Chinatown merchants are selling goods with Oriental zest aside their new, artsy neighbors, the lei sellers string floral fare with timeless serenity, and everyone seems to be having a good time.

    A walking tour of our city should include the Aloha Tower Marketplace, the fascinating Hawai'i Maritime Center, Chinatown, our business district, and several sites of unique historical significance.

    Tours of stately 'Iolani Palace are conducted from Tuesday through Saturday, call 522-0832 for reservations and 538-1471 for recorded information. Across King Street and facing 'Iolani Palace is the striking statue of King Kamehameha the Great. Further down King Street is Honolulu's City Hall, also called Honolulu Hale, Kawaiaha'o Church, and the Mission Houses Museum (with tours Tues.-Sun., call 531-0481).

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    HOT SPOTS FOR A FEE

    by thinking Written Feb 17, 2005

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    BORDERS at 1200 AlaMoana Blvd (Ward Center)
    you can get a free day pass by asking for the free T-Mobile Handout Advert at the cash register.

    MacDonald's and Kino's offer it also as does Barnes and Noble at Kahala Mall

    Honolulu Airport

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    Merchants lure with free wireless services

    by thinking Written Feb 17, 2005

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    Bring your laptop when you come to Hawaii and use the free wireless service not located at your hotel.

    Here are some of my favorite ones:

    ABBE BREWSTER COFFEE at 451 Piikoi
    APPLE STORE at ALA MOANA SHOPPING CENTER (you can check your e-mail free here using there computers)
    COVE BAR located in the MAIKAI MARKETPLACE at Ala Moana Center
    COFFEE TALK 3601 Waialae Ave (take Bus #1)
    HAWAII MEDICAL LIBRARY 1221 Punchbowl
    HONOLULU COFFEE COMPANY at Bishop Street

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