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    Local fresh fish in Hawaii

    by joiwatani Written Jan 18, 2013

    To fish lovers like myself, you can find fish at local stores in Kalihi. I love grilled milk fish (Bangus to Filipinos), and Mahi-mahi.

    There are barbecue stands at the Ala Moana Beach Park and you can have a barbecue there. Rub the milk fish with salt and insert onions and tomatoes inside the fish and wrap it with aluminum foil and voila! You have grilled fish!

    My brother barbecuing at Ala Moana Beach Park
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    The shower tree in Hawaii

    by joiwatani Written Jan 18, 2013

    One thing that makes Hawaii unique besides it's beautiful weather, sun, sand, and sea are its flora and fauna.

    I love looking at the shower trees especially when I am driving...They are so beautiful!

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    Ala Moana Beach Picnic

    by joiwatani Written Jan 18, 2013

    You can see a lot of the locals in this beach having a picnic with their friends and relatives.

    This is very accessible since it is very close to Waikiki and downtown Honolulu.

    The ground is very safe for children to run around, play badminton, etc.

    This is a great place to put up a barbecue grill, a tent, and just relax- Hawaiian style.

    There are so many trees here that gives shade when the sun gets too hot.

    The beach is very accessible- just across the street and there are many street parking, too. The bathroom is nearby and some showers close to the beach.

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    Sacred Falls.

    by Devin_B Updated Feb 28, 2012

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    The falls are located on the windward (northeast) side of Oahu. You can park at the beach which is directly accross from where the trail starts. (The bus also stops nearby.) There is a moderate level hike to get to the falls, with the path crossing a small creek once or twice. If you are planning on staying at the falls for any length of time (swimming, picnic, etc.) plan on arriving early so you can grab a good boulder. If you do decide to go swimming, the water is mighty chilly until mid-afternoon (we once tested it in the morning--58 degrees F!) It is a beautiful sight and well worth the hike. Be warned, however, that the falls are at the end of a narrow canyon with no other way in or out, and I have heard reports of visitors being robbed as they went in. Apparently, after the robbers passed enough people through to the falls, they would then simply leave. I heard about this years ago and have no idea if this has happened recently.

    UPDATE: I'm told that the falls have been closed to tourists for many years now due to a fatal rock fall. I do not know if there are plans to reopen the site.

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    Ka'elepulu Fishpond - Protected bird sanctuary

    by Edith49 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I love birds and wanted to see some of the birds of Hawaii - I read about this protected wetland on the Internet and wanted to explore it on my own, although there are tours that include this as one of their stops. I am not a great fan of tours, I like exploring on my own.

    It was easy to find and it is quite beautiful and I saw many, many birds, some I had never seen before and some that are endangered and endemic to Hawaii. I was thrilled and I took tons of pictures.

    The fishpond is located in the Enchanted Lakes Development in Kailua on the windward side of Oahu. From Honolulu, follow the Pali Highway (Hwy 61) to the Kalanianole Highway (Hwy 72). Turn left on Keolu Drive into the Enchanted Lakes development. Turn left again at the first intersection (I think it's still Keolu Drive because it circles around on itself). Turn right at Kiukee St and you are there! - it's a short dead end street.

    View of the fishpond Federally Protected Wetland Enchanted lakes development on the fishpond Enchanted lakes development & the fishpond View of wetland from Highway above
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    Best way to discover hidden Oahu

    by sarsparilla Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Everyone says Oahu is rotten in comparison to the other islands - over expensive, over touristed - I disagree.

    The cheapest and best way around the island is to rock up to Ala Moana shopping centre, in Waikiki, and catch a number 52 (clockwise) or a number 55 (anti clockwise) bus around the perimeter of the island. The full journey costs just $2.
    As you get on, ask for a 'transfer' slip - that gives you about 90 minutes' grace to spend at any stop, with a free hop back onto the bus after. At that price, I spent 3 days exploring the island.

    Top stops to get off the bus:
    *The north shore is fantastic
    *Explore the maze at the Dole pineapple plantation
    *go eat shave ice in Haleiwa, followed by the tastiest fresh sashimi ('poki') and sea urchin nigiri you've ever dreamt of
    *Collect shells at Sunset Beach
    *gorge yourself on surfer art and history at Deep Ecology in Haleiwa
    *It's just two dollars a game to play pool at the Turtle Bay Resort
    *Eat the finest $5 mahi mahi sandwiches at the pizza bars between Sunset Beach and Banzai Pipeline
    *watch a stunning sunset from the Haleiwa bay
    *In winter, watch the surfers at Waimea
    *take your 4WD to Ka'ena Point to see the causeway as dusk falls
    *Take in a movie at Mililani
    *chat to the winos at Kaneohe -they're lovely really
    *snorkel in the caves and rock pools at Shark's Cove, where you can swim alongside turtles for free

    The Ala Moana is a gret interchange for buses to Kailua and Hanauma Bay, too. The buses rock. Only drawback is they won't accept huge rucksacks or surfboards.

    Route no. 52 travelling north up LikeLike Highway
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  • President’s Residence – Obama’s Crib When Young

    by AlohaBobby Written Jan 21, 2011

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    Before Barack Obama made his way to the highest echelon of power, he grew up in the Makiki neighborhood of Oahu, a scant 2 miles from Waikiki and hard by the business center of Honolulu: 1617 South Beretania to be exact, the Punahou Circle Apartments.

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    visit the open air Polynesian...

    by hanspeter_W. Updated Aug 15, 2009

    visit the open air Polynesian Museum on Oahu, where the culture of all Pacific islands is shown

    Join in the interactive activities and shows in each of our 8 island villages and exhibits.
    Watch the Rainbows of Paradise canoe pageant on the lush lagoon winding through the grounds.
    Enjoy the authentic Hawaiian lu’au experience at our award-winning Ali’i Lu’au dinner and show.
    Experience "Ha Breath of Life", Hawai‘i’s newest ancient story with a cast of more than 100 performers.

    lake at polynesian culture center oahu typical polynesian luau

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  • HANA.....Stay AT LEAST one night!!!!

    by ginanoelle Updated Jul 3, 2009

    My first trip, I had to turn around and get back to Kihei-----EVERY trip since I have stayed overnight longer, even while paying for nights in Kihei. I am single mother and have a budget and have NEVER regretted the extra expense. I can not state enough, its not Hana town-its Hana beauty. Leave by 10:30am, stop for sandwhich to go in Paia----scenic,slow 5 hour trip to discover this paradise.

    Blue Pool, Venus Pool, Black Sand Beach State Park, and road to Pools-a must!!!! Buy your food at market, and BBQ-its expensive but no more than any other vacation-and this one is breathtaking. I have never been sick on trip, and SLOW down and let locals by on Road to Hana. My favorite line from guidebook.............Hana isnt a destination, its a journey!!!!

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    Are you planning to get married in Hawaii?

    by joiwatani Written Jan 3, 2009

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    Most couples nowadays plan a wedding travel destination. Some goes to the Bahamas and get married there or some go on a cruise. Some couples who have links in Hawaii go to the islands and get married.

    Last July 2007, we attended the wedding of my step-daughter at a Japanese restaurant in Waipahu. Some couples get married at a local hotel and some goes to the beaches. The most famous hotel to get married actually is in Maui.

    But in Honolulu, you can basically get married to any hotel. The Pacific Beach Hotel have wedding coordinators and have very beautiful restaurants to cater to your wedding needs.

    While getting up early to go to our tour in Honululu, I scouted a bride getting ready for her wedding across our hotel room. Unfortunately, I didn't have a zoom lense but I still was able to take some good pictures of the bride!

    A bride preparing for her wedding My step daughter getting married in Hawaii Joni and Ricky getting married on 7/7/07 Cutting the wedding cake Eating the cake
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    Check out the Gallery of Legends at the airport

    by joiwatani Updated Jan 3, 2009

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    There is a Gallery of Legends at the airport terminal. Once you are heading back home, make sure to check out the gallery. There are many very good information about the gallery and they are actually on the walls on the walk-way heading to the outgoing gates at the airport.

    Make sure to go to the airport at least three hours earlier for checking in your luggages and to have some time to check out the Pacific Asia Travel Associate's Gallery of the Legends.

    My daughter Shelby and Sierra at the airport At the airport in Honolulu Waiting for my plane back home

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    Eat green mangoes

    by joiwatani Written Jan 3, 2009

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    If you walk along the neighborhood of Kalihi, Haleiwa, Kaneohe or Wahiawa, you will see a lot of mango trees laden with fruits during the months of July and August.

    The mangoes are good to eat when they are still dark green (not ripe). We eat the mangoes green and slice them in small bite sizes and dip them with vinegar and salt!

    Some Filipinos in the islands cut them into tiny slices and add some fish sauce on it and eat it with rice, rish or fried meat!

    The mangoes in Wahiawa
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    Learn how to surf

    by joiwatani Written Jan 3, 2009

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    When you don't know how to surf and wanted to learn, there are surf boards that you can borrow and some instructors can teach you. There are some locals at the beach who are teaching tourists how to surf.

    For those who already know how to surf, there are surf boards for rent at the beach. But, if you are already a pro, then go to Maku'upu Beach or Sandy beach to surf. The locals are out there braving the huge waves! Or, they usually go to Haleiwa.

    The surf board for rent The statue of the famous surfer of all times The local surfers in Maku'upu beach The surfers The learner in the pool
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    Check out the Banyan Trees

    by joiwatani Updated Jan 3, 2009

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    There are so many Banyan trees in Honolulu but the most gorgeous tree so far is found in Punahou Drive. There are also other trees in Waikiki but, because of limited space, the parks department usually cut the roots out. There are also Banyan trees in some parks of Oahu fronting the Ala Moana. The Banyan tree have roots that are huge and they sprout from the huge branches. The roots connect from one Banyan tree to the other that looks like a runner.

    There are also Banyan trees in Lahaina, close to where you wait for your ferry boat.

    The Banyan trees are good shades in the summer because the trees are thick with their leaves and they are gigantic trees!

    I am not sure if this is native to Hawaii but definitely, it is a beautiful tree to check it out!

    My daughters w/ the Banyan trees in Punahou, 2002 The Banyan Tree in Waikiki, 2007
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    Watching sunset at the Aloha Tower

    by joiwatani Written Jan 3, 2009

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    I am sure you will find some place to watch the sunset. But, my family were watching the sunset at the Aloha Center where we went walking and sitting underneath "logo" trees.

    The sunset was actually beautiful over there what with the silhouette of the ships.

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