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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

    LOOK FOR THE SIGN
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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...

    OHANA WHILE YOU EAT OHANA IN THE WATER EVEN ANIMAL OHANA EVEN SANTA IS PART OF THE OHANA OHANA ON LAND OR IN THE WATER
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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.

    Friendly Islanders!
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    The importance of KEIKI!

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Kids are revered in Hawaii. Maybe it's an Asian Thing -- because, naturally, children are adored all over, but no one dotes more on Kids than Asian Cultures... So here in Hawaii, where 60% of the population is sometype of Asian mix, you will notice LOTS of people playing with kids and / or spoiling them! Be sure to notice all the beautiful keiki and play with them. As long as you are sincere and kind, your kokua shown to the keiki will be duly noted!!!

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    The importance of the LEI

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Don't give someone else your lei direct from your neck... to their neck. That is not done. If you want to "re-gift" a lei... carry it. Don't be wearing it... Some leis can last a long time if they are crafted from flowers that dry out well. Other flower leis have a limited shelf life! Don't forget some folks have allergies. Those leis that smell the nicest can wreak havoc on folks that have sensitivities to flowers / scents. Kukui Nut Leis (Shiney black or brown kukui nuts) are always a safe bet, plus they last forever! Get Lei Happy in Honolulu!

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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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    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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    Fireworks at home on New Year's Eve

    by TropicGirl77 Written Dec 16, 2002

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    Hawaii has always been special on New Year's eve for burning fireworks in the neighborhood. I can remember when I first came to Hawaii in the 70's, when it would be so competitive between neighbors to see who fired off the most firecrackers, or who had the loudest area at MidNight! Now a permit is required for most of the more fun ones, but there is still a selection of fun ones that you can get at WalMart of other stores locally that you can fire off without a permit.

    Fireworks on New Year's Eve
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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