My husband, who lived in Hawaii most of his life, told me that sometimes the waves gets so high that it can wipe you out of your feet if you go down the rocks close to the blow hole! There are many warning signs in there and people died already. But some tourists tignore the signs and think it is fun to go down the rocks but it is extremely dangerous!
I will definitely put the danger of driving to Wainae in the island of Oahu. Before heading to the Makaha Cave at the Kaneana Point, there are now miles and miles of trash thrown at the shoulder of the roads including tires, broken glasses, old furnitures and appliances. There are so many tents put up by homeless people on the beachside. The residents there know each other that they know whose car is new to the area. I was told that some residents break the windows of the car or scratch the paint of whoever is visiting the area.
The best thing to do is to watch your car while you go visit the Makaha cave and be very careful in parking in front of the cave. There are many broken glasses in the area especially at the huge marker that says Kaneana.
The tourism industry in Hawaii never mention this area in any of their magazines, however, curious tourists still come and check the end of the road at the Kaneana point.
When driving to Kaneana point and going to Makaha cave, never turn around your car on the side of the road. Your car might be stocked on the sand and to ask help would be difficult. Just loop around on the paved road as their are very few cars passing by. It is better safe than sorry.
The other danger is going down the rocks at the Blow Hole in Honolulu. There are so many tourists already who died in this area. Sometimes, Honolulu police come and watch the area but not often. Some tourists climb the rocks and fall to the waters below and being swept to the water by huge waves. To waves curl around and no matter how strong swimmer you are, the current is very strong!
My daughters and I went at 2 pm to swim at Waikiki beach. Since it was too hot for me, I told my daughter that I will just stay in the shades and watch them. (I don't need a tan. I am already brown. Filipino-brown!)
I laid my beach towel and sat on it. I was in the bushes close to the waiting shed - adjacent to the beach shower area. This shower is open for swimmers to rinse off ocean water and sand before heading out. This is also close to the lifeguard's area.
I wore my sunglasses on and tried to relax...
After a few minutes, I saw and heard beautiful women in bikinis chatting while they are taking a shower. I noticed this guy (big Samoan guy) sitting on a bench with a cell phone. This guy is sitting on a beach towel with dark sunglasses facing the shower area. He raises his cell phone but not make a phone call! I noticed that he does this everytime there is a woman showering in bikini. Then, when this beautiful Japanese tourist in string bikini took a shower, this guy raised his phone again. Then, eureka! I figured it out! He is actually taking pictures of those bikini-clad women!
Be careful with this guy. I am not sure where he is going to use those pictures. I told this to my husband and he says that the guy taking pictures of those women is not violating a law. However, don't you feel violated when someone is taking a picture of you in your private moment and you don't even know it?
The day that we went to Kauai, we did not adequately protect our youngest child from the sun. He had sunhat on most of the day, but we failed to protect his feet and they became blistered with sun burn. After that we made sure that he had sunscreen on and also socks on his feet while in the stroller.
Many times, some tourists act stupid! They go close to the Blow Hole ignoring huge danger signs posted every corner at the view deck of the Blow Hole.
I still see some stupid tourists going to the huge rocks to check the blow hole. They act like they are immortals.
Anyway, just a reminder. If you happen to go to the Blow Hole, don't be stupid! Many tourists died here already because they ignored the danger and warning signs. That's why it is called Blow Hole. The big waves come thundering to the rocks and create a huge splash to the hole and the water goes up about twenty feet or more as the waves hit the rocks.
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Bring mosquito repalent, bring enough mosquito repalent. Even if you think today there are no mosquitos.... I tell you, there are. I was stupid enough and forgot to put on somerepalent (I didn't get bitten so far) but that day we hiked in Molokai a long a river to see two beautiful waterfalls, and I got bitten... outch... these were more than 200 mosquito bites.
You may have noticed the "red" dirt we have all around the island ... the islanders are used to this by now. They LOVE it so much (NOT), they now manufacture clothing bearing this name "Red Dirt" ...
==> Red dirt stains EVERYTHING. If you get it on your shoes or white t-shirt (or any other clothes) ... I have the perfect laundering solution ...... (WRITE this down, so you don't forget ... pass it along to others also! )
ROLL THE WHOLE ITEM IN RED DIRT, COVERING IT COMPLETELY, then launder as usual. You will never get the stain out anyhow, so why not just try to make the WHOLE item the same color!
WAIKIKI STREETS ARE PRETTY WELL DESERTED AFTER MIDNITE. THE ONLY PEOPLE LEFT OUT ARE THE DRUNKS AND DRUGIES. STAY ON THE 2 MAIN DRAGS, USE COMMON SENCE, AND KEEP YOUR STREET SMARTS ABOUT YOU. DON'T CARRY ANY MORE MONEY OR JEWRLEY THAN YOUR WILLING TO LOSE.
You may get an offer to sit through a sales presentation in return for a helicopter ride, boat tour, dinner, etc.......DON'T. These people are high pressure sales sharks and will keep you longer than you bargained for all the while sucking the life out of you and your vacation.
...in the uplands of all the islands.
Here is the Hawai‘ian goose. It is called the Nĕnĕ (naay-naay) and is a close relative of the Canada goose. It so closely resembles them both in appearance and DNA structure that biologists consider them to be close cousins and believe that migrating Canada geese were blown off course and deposited here eons ago.
The Nĕnĕ has physically evolved a shorter wingspan and smaller flight feathers since it is now a non-migratory bird. It also has smaller webbed feet than its Canadian cousin possibly because it is mostly a land-bound bird now.
It was hunted almost to extinction 40-50 years ago. Between humans, mongoose and domesticated animals hunting them, they didn't stand a chance and a repopulation effort was started in the more unpopulated uplands of the islands. This effort has since brought the Nĕnĕ back towards a better standing. Though still endangered, it is now starting to move back into the lower, populated areas of the islands as their population grows.
These gentle birds are widely known for their lack of fear of vehicles and are known to have braved on-coming traffic while they pondered whether to cross the road completely or not. That's why you'll see the yellow diamond traffic signs warning of a "Nĕnĕ Crossing" along many upland roads. So, if you see the signs, please heed the warning and slow down! The Nĕnĕ will appreciate it.
It is a very elusive bird it seems, at least, for us. Of our several trips to the islands and the many warning signs we've seen, we have only twice seen the birds in the wild.
The first was on our way back from a pre-dawn trip to the end of Chain of Craters Road in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to watch the lava. We stopped at one of the many crater lookouts along the way. That's when we finally got to see the first pair.
The second time was while at the Kaua‘i Marriott's golf course.
NOTE: The macron over the "e" is not being portrayed correctly on the VT servers.
The sea turtles are endangered, and bask on many of our beaches. Look, but don't touch or disturb. It's not uncommon to see these awesome creatures basking on the northshore, or swimming without a mission along the coasts of all our islands.
Don't take the "LOCK your Car" signs lightly! Most tourist areas are high theft areas, and as you may know by now, the thieves KNOW a rental car when they see one. Be sure to lock up items you won't need right away in the trunk or boot of your car BEFORE you get to your destination, that way anyone scoping out the area won't SEE you put away valuables, therefore may not target your vehicle.
OMG!!! It's in Punalu'u and it's very nasty! Some beds didn't have sheets. Some beds had bottom sheets only. Some beds had DIRTY sheets. Management was not courteous and you had to turn the light bulbs with your hands to turn the lights on. (No Switches on the wall) Just an overall odd place and only appropriate for young backpackers who don't mind a little filth & hard partiers...
...on any of the Islands.
It is widely published that we, as tourists, should pull over and let the locals pass. It is especially true when you are doing only 50MPH on an open highway like I have pictured here.
This photo was taken Sept. 11, 2002 as we were driving along Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway just north of Kona. You can clearly see why the locals hate us tourists.
On a highway where most everybody drove 65MPH+, this guy (the car at the front of the line) was only doing 50. As you can see, one impatient local was passing in a dangerous area of roadway. I grabbed my video camera and started shooting since I thought I was going to witness a head-on collision. Luckily, that didn't happen.
Remember: The locals have seen all of this beautiful scenery a million times. It's old news to them. They just want to get to where they need to be.
Just make sure that the next time you're site-seeing and going slower than the flow of traffic, pull over and let the others pass. They'll appreciate it.
Upon arrival to the Halekulani you are greeted at the desk and assigned a staff member to tour you...more
The hotel room I had, had a balcony. When I looked to the right, I had a view to the ocean.more
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