Category: Honolulu & Beyond

Jun 13

When: Saturday, August 10, 2013
Where: Waimanalo Beach Park (just up the road, easy walk from Hale ‘Nalo)
Time: 10am-6pm.
Cost: The purchase of event t-shirts*

If you’re a lover of Hawaiian culture and enjoy authentic Hawaiian music, this event is an absolute “must see”.

During Gabby Pahinui’s life, weekends at the Pahinui home in Waimanalo were a continuous jam session, or “kanikapila“, with dozens of musicians, both young and old, coming by to jam with “the Master”. This day-long celebration features and perpetuates the “slack key” music of Gabby Pahinui. If you want a taste of authentic Hawaiian music and culture, this event is for you.

This event is FREE, however, it costs money to put on (and if you were paying to see  these groups perform, the ticket price would be astronomical). Please be generous and purchase a few event tee-shirt (or two :) , patronize the booths (food and crafts will be available for purchase all day).

Tips: Get there early to stake out a spot in the shade because the sun can be brutal. Take plenty sunscreen, a big bottle of water, a wide brimmed hat and a mat to sit on. For more information and details about the line-up, visit:

Aug 12

Beat The Heat is the place to be tomorrow night. Go rub elbows with anyone who is anyone in the honolulu art scene. Enjoy eats from celebrated Town, music by Kalani and the Cruisers, or take a tour of Boardshorts: A Perfect Fit (meet docents inside the gallery) and participate in art activities for a chance to win prizes. Groovy night in store no doubt.

Aug 12

I did this many years ago while on a voyage from Molokai to Lanai. As we sailed, we happened into a school of dolphins and so the skipper, Rob Barrel, dumped the sails. When I saw the dolphins, I jumped overboard. Rob tossed me my snorkel mask and when I looked into the water, I saw that I was surrounded by dolphins that looked like they were in a ballet. It was a magical moment in my life.

This experience can still be had. I highly recommend Wild Side Tours out in east Oahu.

For conscientious adventure seekers who want to explore Hawaii’s amazing marine heritage with an eco-sensitive, respectful marine biologist guide choose Wild Side Tours. (We do not support industries that profit by keeping wild animals in captivity.)

In addition to swimming with wild dolphins, you may find yourself snorkeling alongside native Hawaiian sea turtles (“honu”) on coral reefs and encountering whales (year-round). Wonderful staff. Tip: their “Best of the West” tour rocks!


Jul 12

Oahu has enough hiking trails to keep the most hard-core hiker blissed out for months on end. Two of our favorite waterfall hikes are to the Manoa Falls (this is where Steven Spielberg filmed many of the scenes in the movie ”The Lost World”) and the Maunawili Falls, both take you through beautiful rainforests where you will see giant ferns, cascading waterfalls, and tranquil streams, as well as unique plant and animal life that can only be found in these forests. Rare bird-watching opportunities abound.

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Jul 12

The USS Arizona is the final resting place for many of the ship’s 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The 184-foot-long Memorial structure spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship and consists of three main sections: the entry room; the assembly room, a central area designed for ceremonies and general observation; and the shrine room, where the names of those killed on the Arizona are engraved on the marble wall. More...

We recommend you plan your visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial by reserving your space in advance.