Friday, January 30, 2009
Friday is now my regular day to post some interesting Hawaii trivia - and today its all about the Big Island, otherwise known as the island of Hawaii. Check your knowledge with this quick Q&A:
1. How old is the Big Island estimated to be?
2. How many days per year does it rain in Hilo?
3. How many coffee farms are in Kailua-Kona?
4. What is considered the world's most active volcano?
5. What is Hawaii's highest free-fall waterfall?
1. It is the youngest in the Hawaiian Island chain at only about one million years old.
2. Approximately 278 days per year.
3. About 650.
5. Waipio's Hiilawe Falls, with a drop of more than 1,000 feet.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Days of the Week
Sunday, January 25, 2009
1. Exhibitors were very limited, covering Hawaii, Washington State, The Caribbean, and a few others. Not a great selection.
2. When I arrived to pick up my FOC ticket, no-one had any idea what I was talking about and it took me nearly 15 minutes to get into the actual show
3. Most of the exhibitors I spoke with were not interested in hearing anything that I had to say. When I mentioned to one exhibitor that I had a blog about Hawaii, he said, "So does that mean you are a travel agent?" No, sir, that means I have a BLOG.
4. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to do any networking. All the Hawaiian exhibitors were just handing out packages of paper, and no-one was friendly. I do have some good resources that I can use, but I was hoping to make a few connections.
5. If I had paid $8 to go into that show, I would have asked for my money back.
Overall, a disappointing event, and its back to the drawing board for me for Hawaii networking opportunities - the Seattle Travel Show just didn't cut it.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Hawaiian Airlines - My airline of choice when visiting the Islands, and when travelling from Seattle to Sydney.
Big Island Visitor's Bureau - Although I lived on Oahu and spent most of my time there, my trip to the Big Island was one of the most amazing travel experiences I have had - I have never seen anything like the active volcanoes in my life.
Maui Visitor's Bureau - I have been to Maui a couple of times and enjoyed it very much. However I know there is a lot more to explore (besides Lahaina and the shopping) and I am looking forward to getting more info so I can write more about Maui on my blog.
Oahu Visitor's Bureau - Undoubtedly my favorite Hawaiian Island. I think I know a lot about Oahu and what it has to offer, but I hope I will be pleasantly surprised with what I have been missing....
There are some other great exhibitors who will be at the event, including Norwegian Cruise Line, Paradise Cove Luau, Kona Beach House and Hilton Waikoloa Village. If you live in Seattle and are looking for a weekend activity, head to the Seattle Travel Show - its cold outside but once you visit all the Hawaiian exhibitors, you will feel like you are in paradise. Its on from 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday, and tickets for adults are $8.
Doing what I do best - Hanging out at the Ritz Carlton in Maui
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Bento: Japanese Lunch Box
Haupia: Creamy coconut pudding, usually served in squares (a popular luau dessert)
Kalua Pork: Pork slow-cooked in an underground oven. Often served as a pulled kalua pork sandwich
Lilikoi - Passionfruit
Lumpia: The Portuguese version of a spring roll, but spicier, doughier and deep fried
Poi: The root of the taro pounded into a starchy paste; this is a staple of the Hawaiian diet, however I have not tried it as I heard it is rather unpleasant
Poke: Cubed raw fish, seasoned with onions, soy and seaweed (I have a great poke recipe from Sam Choy on my blog)
Ponzu: A soy and citrus flavored dipping sauce popular with regional cuisine chefs
Shave Ice: The Hawaiian version of a Snow Cone
A Picture of Poi - it doesn't look overly inviting
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
One of the ways that Hawaii attempts to preserve the Hawaiian language and culture is through naming of streets. Since 1954, city law has established four criteria for naming streets:
1. The Hawaiian names, words or phrases must be 'appropriate' to cultural, scenic, and topographic features
2. There must be no duplication in spelling, or similarity in sound from existing street names
3. Street names can not exceed 18 characters (in order to fit on the street sign)
4. Street names must be spelled with diacritical markings
In light of the information above, apparently Oahu now has 138 streets with the same Hawaiian name in two or more communities! There are also 33 duplicate Hawaiian street names honoring people or topographic sites.
Another interesting fact is that many streets carry the same name in different languages, for example, in Mānoa, there is Rainbow Drive and Anuene Street - each is a translation of the other!
If you want to ever live in Hawaii, I would suggest studying up on the street names; after living there myself I still have to spell the signs out when I see them to make sure I am reading them correctly, but also to confirm that I am on the correct street. It gets confusing!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Given that I have been working in the celebrity circles last week and this week, I thought it might be nice to write about some entertainment trivia related to Hawaii. If you are like me and read People, US Weekly, Life & Style etc on a regular basis you would know that Hawaii is the playground for many celebrities and many have homes in the Islands as well. Test out your knowledge on these fun bits of trivia!
1. What were the first two Hollywood movies filmed on location in Hawaii in 1913?
2. What Hollywood star, while vacationing at the Moana Hotel in 1917, frequently entertained children along Waikiki Beach?
3. How many Academy Award nominations did the film Hawaii receive?
4. What were the ticket prices when Elvis Presley played the Honolulu Stadium in 1957?
5. Kauai doubled as a remote island inhabited by shipwrecked schoolboys in what 1989 remake of William Golding's novel?
1. Hawaiian Love and The Shark God
2. Charlie Chaplin
4. $1.50 and $3.50
5. Lord of the Flies
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Aloha - Love
Nani - Beautiful/Beauty
Lani - Heaven
Honi - Kiss
Hauʻoli — Happiness
Ipo — Sweetheart or Lover
Aloha Au Ia 'Oe - I Love You
E Hoomau Maua Kealoha - May Our Love Last Forever
E Ku'u Aloha - My Love
Aloha Nui Loa - Very Much Love
Monday, January 12, 2009
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If you prefer to avoid Waikiki completely, and you have a Timeshare, you can stay at the Mariott Ko'Olina Beach Club, which is in walking distance of the lagoons.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Here is a Mai Tai recipe you can try at home, courtesy of Les Hong, Chuck's Original Steak House.
1.5 ounces sweet and sour mix
1.5 ounces light rum
.75 ounce orange curacao
.5 ounce falernum or orjeat syrup
1 ounce dark rum or Demerara dark rum
Garnishes: half of a fresh lime, pineapple
Pour first 4 ingredients over crushed ice; stir.
Top with the dark rum, garnish and serve.
Makes 1 serving.
If anyone has a recipe for a Mai Tai that they would like to share, please send to me at firstname.lastname@example.org