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    Surf Information and Forecasts

    by kellinwood Updated Feb 13, 2013

    Most people already know that Hawaii is a great place to surf. Its location in the central Pacific makes conditions ideal for surfing as well as body surfing, body boarding, stand-up paddle surfing. If you are planning a trip to Hawaii, how can you find out where the waves are and the best places to go during your stay? This tip aims to answer that question and more.

    Location, Location, Location...

    Hawaii gets swells from a variety of sources and at any given time waves are arriving from several directions.

    For southern shores including Waikiki, distant storms in the southern hemisphere send swells to the islands during the summer months. There is usually at least some small surf on these shores year-round.

    The northern shores get swells from winter storms in the northern pacific, and are typically flat during the summer months.

    The western shores are similar to the northern shores. Winter pacific storms can send surf here depending on the location of the storm. These shores are also flat during the summer.

    The trade winds are almost always generating waves for the eastern shores, although they are usually small and choppy.

    Water Temperature

    The temperature of the ocean ranges from the low 70's (22 Celsius) in the winter to about 80F (27C) in the summer. This means that you will never need a wet-suit, and might want to wear a rash-guard that offers UV protection instead.

    Surf Reports and Forecasts

    There are several web-sites that offer reports and surf forecasts. Getting familiar with the terminology should be your first step. Most sites report wave height as the size of the breaking wave-face in feet and the Hawaiian scale is rarely used. The swell period is indicative of the energy contained in the wave, and larger period swells result in higher and better quality waves compared to swells with shorter periods. Periods below 9 seconds generally indicate locally generated, low quality wind-waves.

    I recommend the following sites:

    The National Weather Service page Surf Forecast for O`ahu provides an excellent summary and background information on current and upcoming conditions.

    Surfline provides surf reports, forecasts, and even webcams of popular surfing spots. Basic information is free, but extended forecasts and premium features require a paying a subscription fee.

    Stormsurf.com. This free site provides interesting animated maps showing current and future conditions for seas, wind, and surf. They also have in-depth tutorials on surf forecasting.

    Places to go body boarding on Oahu

    “Walls” – this is body boarding spot in Waikiki. It is located immediately surrounding the cement pier near the intersection of Kalakaua and Kapahulu Blvds. The water is somewhat protected by outer reefs, so the size of the surf is perfect for beginners and experts alike. It gets crowded but remains a fun place to go. Park nearby for free in the Kapiolani Park / Waikiki Shell parking lot or pay at in the Honolulu Zoo parking lot. See this video of the action at Walls.

    Kalama Beach Park, Kailua – located on Windward Oahu in the center of Kailua Bay, this spot, nearby “Shorebreak” at beach access 89B, and "Castles" at beach access 89A get the easterly surf generated by the trade winds. Conditions are usually 2-4 feet and choppy with an onshore breeze, but 5-6 foot waves are possible when the trade winds are strong.

    Sandy Beach – located on eastern Oahu between the blow hole and Makapuu Pt., this one of the best but most dangerous places to body board due to the hazardous shorebreak conditions.

    Places to go surfing on Oahu

    Canoes and Queens – These are the surf breaks in Waikiki. They are very crowded even when the surf is small. Both breaks are located off Kuhio Beach park, with Queens to the left of Canoes as you face the water.

    Castles in Kailua (beach access 89A) is a good spot for longboarding.

    Stay Safe

    Don't go out in conditions that are beyond your ability handle. Beginners should follow these guidelines

    Pick a location with 1-2 foot wave faces
    Surf with a buddy or near a lifeguard
    Consider taking a lesson

    Jellyfish

    The box jellyfish typically arrive 8-10 days after a full moon on the southern shores of Oahu and a sting can be painful and irritating. Although they typically descend to deeper depths during the day, they are sometimes reported on the surface of the water. The Waikiki Aquarium has a good page which predicts their arrival.

    Portuguese Man-o-War are small jellyfish that float on the surface of the water and are sometimes seen in the waters on eastern Oahu.


    Equipment: You'll need a surfboard, body board and fins, or a stand-up paddle board. Rent or bring your own. For learning to surf, rent a soft-bodied (foam) longboard at least 8 feet in length.

    Animated surf forecast for the north Pacific
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    Aloha Stadium

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 6, 2012

    Aloha Stadium is the biggest sports venue in Hawaii. The stadium main tenant is the University of Hawaii Warriors college football team, but it is perhaps more famous as the site of the NFL's annual Pro Bowl since 1980. Aloha Stadium also hosts college football's Hawai'i Bowl and the Hula Bowl from 1975 to 1997 and in 2006. The stadium also welcomes high school football throughout the fall.

    It's most attended event is the swap meet, which is held in the stadium's parking lot every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Just what is a swap meet, anyway?

    The stadium, which opened in 1975, seats 50,000 spectators, and was built with moveable grandstands to allow for different sports and concert configurations.

    The stadium is outdated and there are plans to either significantly remodel the field or build a replacement stadium in the coming years.

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    Run a 5K or 10K

    by geeyook Updated Apr 4, 2011

    There are fun runs, fun walks and running events almost every weekend in Honolulu. Participating is a way to see the nice views of Honolulu, burn off those extra calories and mingle with the locals. A great way to see Honolulu by foot. Check the local paper or internet for upcoming events.

    Equipment: Bring your running shoes and sorts.

    Honolulu Niketown 5K

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    WALL JUMPING

    by Onedragon Updated May 7, 2008

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    I CALL THIS WALL JUMPING AND WHAT IT REALLY IS ...IS KIDS JUMPING OFF ANYTHING WITH HEIGHT TO IT AND JUMPING INTO THE OCEAN,,SO WHETHER IT IS A CLIFF OR A MOUNTAIN OR IN THIS CASE..OFF THE WALL AT KUHIO BEACH...THEY CAN SPEND
    HOURS HAVING FUN JUMPING INTO THE WATER FROM A HEIGHT OF ABOUT 7 TO 10 FEET HIGH ON THE WALL { AS IT IS CALLED} INTO THE OCEAN BELOW...CHECK OUT THE PICTURE..

    Equipment: NO EQUIPMENT NEEDED ..JUST A WILLINGNESS TO JUMP.

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    TAIKU

    by Onedragon Updated May 7, 2008

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    THIS IS AN INTERESTING SPORT OF COMBINATION VOLLEY BALL AND SOCCER....
    I SEE THEM PLAYING EVERY WEEKEND IN A PARK THAT I LIVE CLOSE TO.
    WHEN I WAS TAKING PICTURES OF IT I NOTICED AN OLDER MAN THAN ME WATCHING ME TAKE THE PICTURES. SO I ASK HIM IF HE KNEW WHAT THAT^ SPORT WAS CALLED ..AND HE SAID "TAIKU" AND THAT HE THOUGHT IT ORIGINATED IN ASIA..????NEVER KNOW !!! MAYBE....
    WITH FOUR PEOPLE ON A TEAM,IT IS PLAYED LIKE VOLLEY BALL,BUT THE NET IS ONLY A FEW FEET OFF THE GROUND...AND LIKE SOCCER, ONE CAN NOT USE THEIR HANDS TO TOUCH THE BALL...ONE HAS TO KICK IT,OR USE SOME OTHER PART OF THE BODY TO GET IT OVER THE LOWERED NET...!!!

    Equipment: A GOOD WORKOUT OF TWO SPORTS COMBINED !!!!

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    Volley Ball

    by Onedragon Updated Feb 21, 2008

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    Volley Ball is a huge love here on the Islands. And especially here also on Oahu!!!!
    The Hawaii { U.H.} Wahines/ women volley ball team has to be one of the best college teams ,not only in the U.S.,but I bet in the world!!!!!!
    But the sport of volley ball doesn't stop there. It is a hot item anywhere you go in Hawaii. Whether it be in a gym or on the sandy beaches here. It is one of the number one sports in Hawaii.

    Equipment: Get a net ,a volley ball and some eager players and you got a game happening !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    VOLLEY BALL ON WAIKIKI Any Water Sport

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    WAITING FOR THE LUNAR ECLIPSE

    by Onedragon Written Feb 21, 2008

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    IT BECAME A SPORT IN THAT ALL EARLY EVEING I WAS RUNNING OUTSIDE TO SEE IF THE MOON WAS DARKENED BY ANYTHING..: )
    AT 9 PM AND AT 10 AND THEN AT 11 AND THEN AT 12 MIDNIGHT EVEN EARLY ABOUT 1 AM AND STILL NO DARKENING..THE GOOD THING WAS THAT IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL CLEAR SKY ..
    SO EVEN AT 2:30 AM THERE FINALLY SEEMED TO BE THAT DARKENING BUT THE MOON WAS HID BEHIND THE HIGH RISE BUILDINGS..SO I THOUGHT I WOULD GO TO SLEEP AGAIN AND IN MAYBE AN HOUR GET TO SEE THAT LUNAR ECLIPSE..
    I WOKE UP AT 5:30 AM AND IT HAD PAST ME BY.. A SPORT IN IT'S SELF.. OH WELL.......+

    Equipment: CAMERA AND IF YOU HAV E THEM ..A TELESCOPE !!

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    BOOGIE BOARDING THE WAVE

    by Onedragon Updated Feb 4, 2008

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    FUN THING A LOT OF YOUNGER BOOGIE BOARDERS LIKE TO DO . RUNNING AND CATCHING THE WAVE FROM THE BEACH..OR IN OTHER WORDS. .RUNNING INTO THE SURF AS IT COMES TOWARD SHORE...

    Equipment: NEED A BOARD OF SOME SORT OR SOMETHING THAT CAN RIDE OVER THE INCOMING WAVE....

    THE PLUNGE

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    SAILING ON THE OCEAN

    by Onedragon Updated Jul 19, 2006

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    THE BEACHES OF ANY OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS ARE A TREAT TO SAIL AND ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF THE WATERS AND THE BEAUTY OF THE^ LAND FROM A DIFFERENT VIEW....
    PLUS ALL THE GREAT SIGHTS OF FISH AND DOLPHINS AND SEA TURTLES AND SO MANY MORE ...
    AND ALSO THE CHANGE OF THE COLOR OF THE BLUES OF THE OCEAN AS ONE GETS FARTHER FROM LAND... SO FUN...SO ENTERTAINING!!! ALSO YOU GOT TO CHECK OUT THE CATAMARANS!!!!!!!!! Outrigger Catamaran Sunset Sail off Waikiki Beach IS A GOOD ONE.. THERE ARE A LOT ..AND THEY CAN BE FUN!!!

    Equipment: SOMEONE'S BOAT !!!!!!!!!!!!

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    SKATEBOARDING

    by Onedragon Updated Jul 19, 2006

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    SO MUCH FUN SOMETIMES WATCHING THE KIDS DOING THEIR THING WITH THE SKATEBOARDS ..THEY CAN DO SOME PRETTY COOL TRICKS..I WAS DOWNTOWN AND ON MANY OCCASIONS I SEE A GROUP OF GUYS AROUND IN THEIR MID AND EARLY TEENS JUMPING ONTO THE WALL AND SIDEWALKS OF SOME OF THE BUILDINGS THAT HAVE NICE JUMPS AND STEPS ON THEIR LOCATIONS... WELL TODAY I THOUGHT I WOULD TAKE SOME PICTURES OF THEM DOING THESE TRICKS SUCH AS JUMPING ONTO A 2 AND A HALF FOOT WALL AND RIDING A FRONT AND THEN A BACK WHEELY. AND THEN ALSO MAKING SHARP L SHAPED CORNERING TURNS... I WAS JUST STARTING TO TAKE PICTURES OF THEM WHEN THEY STOPPED AND WALKED AWAY.. I THOUGHT MAYBE THEY DIDN'T WANT THEIR PICTURES TAKEN???!!BUT THE REASON THEY STOPPED WAS THAT THE SECURITY OFFICER WAS COMING TO CHASE THEM AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO I ONLY GOT A FEW PICTURES.....

    Equipment: SKATEBOARD AND IMAGINATION

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    UH 'S STAN SHERIFF ARENA

    by Onedragon Updated Jun 4, 2006

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    THERE ARE PLENTY OF EVENTSAT THIS ARENA WHETHER THEY ARE COLLEGE ACTIVIES OR PUBLIC EVENTS. THE STAN SHERIFF ARENA HAS BEEN A GOOD VENUE FOR HAPPENINGS AROUND HONOLULU.!!!!! Stan Sheriff Center located on UH Manoa's lower campus.
    It is now the home of UH Volleyball, and UH Basketball home games as well as many other community events.
    University of Hawaii - Manoa Campus
    Manoa Valley, Oahu FRIDAY NIGHT I WENT TO A GREAT CONCERT THERE. AND IT TURNED OUT TO BE AN EXCELLENT EVENING!!!!

    Equipment: JUST BRING YOURSELF...THERE IS FOOD AND DRINKS SOLD INSIDE THE ARENA.....

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    RAINBOW WATCHING

    by Onedragon Updated May 13, 2006

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    NOT A SPORT NOW TO MOST PEOPLE . BUT IN HAWAII THE SKIES CAN BE SO CLEAR AND BEAUTIFUL THAT RAINBOW WATCHING CAN BE A SPORT TO WATCH HOW FAST THE TRADE WINDS CHANGE THE POSITIONS OF THE CLOUDS AND IF THE RAINBOWS DISAPPEAR QUICKLY OR NOT???

    Equipment: CAMERA ..--MAYBE BINOCULARS AND PATIENCE SOMETIMES!!!

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    Let's Go Surfing Now!

    by Hopkid Updated May 1, 2006

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    Surfing lessons are fun and aren't as scary as you might think. Taking lessons in Waikiki on Central Beach is just about the most perfect place for the first-timer. The waves are gentle and abundant, the break isn't too far out, and even then it's mostly shallow enough that you can stand on the bottom and not have to worry too much about drowning. Plus they give you a gigantic board that is very stable and helps out quite a bit in allowing the learner to stand relatively quickly.

    We went with the first outfit on the beach as you walk towards Diamond Head down Kalakaua Avenue at the Waikiki Beach Center just past the Moana Surfrider Hotel. Philip was our instructor, an old kane who's obviously been around the block a few times. But he was trim and fit...a testament to his lifelong hobby of surfing. He kept the instruction simple and basic and we were in the water within 10 minutes. His goal was not to get us to be perfect surfers but to get on a wave and stand on our boards. That's the ultimate goal anyway right? And dang if we (me, brother-in-law, niece, and nephew) didn't all stand on the first time out! It was a total blast and I would recommend it to any and all. Only $35 for an hour's lesson and only $10 per hour to just rent a board.

    Best time is early in the morning before it gets to crowded. We went at 7am. Oh, and be forewarned that the worst part of it is the paddling back out to the break. You'll be wishing the hour was over after 30 minutes!

    Equipment: Just bring your swimsuit and a towel. They'll provide the rest.

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    Honolulu Club

    by thinking Updated Sep 1, 2005

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    This club is 25 years old in Sept 2005.
    The program director, Jen Jen, just left in August 2005 after 10 years.The club is now suffering from her lack.

    You can request a 3 day pass to try out the club.
    You will receive a schedule of classes, the use of the showers, lockers, and pool as well as the weight room.

    Be forewarned: Theft occurres here.
    I had my very, very expensive watch stolen on August 11, 2005.
    The police are so overwhelmed, that is it rare to get something prosecuted.

    In addition, the club will do nothing to help you.
    They say they are not responsible, so you must defend yourself.
    Many members left their things in the lockers which were broken into while they were working out.
    See
    Pacific Business News (Honolulu) - March 14, 2005
    http://pacific.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2005/03/14/story5.html

    Equipment: Bring nothing you cannot afford to loose.
    Wear your purse around your waste at all times.

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    INTERESTED IN A CAREER IN COMMERICAL DIVING?

    by thinking Written Mar 24, 2005

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    The College of Oceaneering offers many programs. Here you can earn your commerical diving certificate.

    Equipment: Honolulu, Hawaii
    10 Sand Island Parkway
    Honolulu, HI 96819
    moreinfo@natpoly.edu
    Phone: (808) 599-3597
    Fax: (808) 599-3599

    College of Oceaneering
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