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Travel ‘N Tourism NewsHawaii ®  –   April, 2003
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* Coming Events (see below)
Discover exciting upcoming events on Kauai, Maui, the Big Island, and Oahu.

* Best (Hidden) Places Hawaii (see below)
Find your way to the special places in Hawaii that other visitors may miss.

* Taste of Hawaii Recipe (see below)
Try a mouthwatering Hawaiian recipe from one of the most-renowned chefs in the islands.

* Travel Tips (see below)
Hawaii is so unique that it even has its own time zone. Enjoy the latest pointer from our collection of travel ideas to enhance your Hawaiian vacation.

* Ask the Big Kahuna (see below)
Find answers to questions from travelers. Submit a question for the Big Kahuna to answer in a future issue.

May 9 and 10, 2003
Hundreds of varieties of orchids are on display and for sale. Free lectures and demonstrations on general orchid culture. Held at the Kukui Grove Shopping Center.

May 15, 2003
After a winter of mating and calving in Maui’s warm waters, the humpback whales are on their way to the waters of Alaska and the north Pacific for a summer of feeding. To bid them farewell, Pacific Whale Foundation is offering an “Aloha to the Whales” cruise.

Big Island of Hawaii
May 17, 2003
In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the historic site near Kawaihae will host a one-day program featuring workshops and craft demonstrations such as lei making, traditional pohaku (stone) work, coconut frond plaiting, woodcarving, lauhala weaving and more. The event is free to the public, and will take place on the grounds of the Visitors Center.

May 9 and 11, 2003
Multi-Grammy nominee Tan Dun conducts his own music, including his original score from the cinematic masterpiece “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” – presented at Blaisdell Concert Hall with video projections.

For contact details and a complete annual calendar of events by month for each of the Hawaiian Islands, visit our online Events Calendar.


Aloha Beach Resort Kauai

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Beachfront resort only 6 miles from Lihue Airport. Kauai’s only enclosed ocean swimming/snorkeling. 2 pools, 2 restaurants, tennis, fitness, 190 rooms and 26 private cottages.

Contact: Gordon Kiyabu
Toll Free: 888-823-5111
Phone: 808-823-6000
Aloha Beach Resort Kauai Website:



Pleasant Holidays

TNT SPECIAL: Pleasant Holidays is pleased to announce $99 summer kids fares to Hawaii from Los Angeles and San Francisco! For travel June 7 – August 24, 2003, one child flies for just $99 when accompanied by two adults purchasing a complete vacation package. Hurry, space is going fast and you must book by May 15.
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For more information and reservations, contact your professional travel agent or click below to visit Pleasant online.

Contact: Reservations
Toll Free: 1-800-742-9244
Pleasant Holidays Website:



Best Books Hawaii

TNT SPECIAL: New Release!
The Self-Centering Manual:
How to Align Your Outward Behavior with Your Inner Belief
by Rob Sanford
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Every seeking person will want to give this book to themselves and to those they care about — if they want to make the spiritual practical.

Here is everything you need, at last, to live a centered, together life, to eliminate indecision, and to erase conflict. This guide shows you the way. Discover how to:
*Live a Centered, Together Life
*Eliminate Indecision
*Erase Conflict

This book reveals and lists by specific categories Life’s 120 Guiding Principles that unify your outward behavior with your inner belief, enabling you to become, remain, and grow as a centered being. Also included is an Alignment Workshop that can be revisited whenever you need to re-align the outside world with your inside world. When the demands of the world try to pull you apart, this practical guide gives you the needed technique to return to your center and to live in congruity with your true self. This manual shows you how to eliminate the friction of indecision and energizes you with the clarity of conviction.

For details, see the link below.

Contact: Janie Young
Toll Free: 1-800-835-0583
Phone: 808-822-7449
Best Books Hawaii Website: Best Books Hawaii



Banzai Hale

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Great Vacation Beach Homes for rent.

Contact: Rai Saint Chu
Toll Free: 1-800-528-400
Phone: 1-808-528-400
Banzai Hale Website:


Poisson Cru

Courtesy of Bobby Masters
Hula Grill

1 lb. diced fish (blue marlin)
1 c. lime juice
1 c. diced Maui onion
1/2 c. green onion, small dice
1/2 c. tomato, skinned, seeded, small dice
1 T. kosher salt
1/2 c. coconut milk

Marinate fish in lime juice and kosher salt for 6 hours. Drain off marinade, add veggies, mix together. Toss with coconut milk and put on plate with taro chips.

Courtesy of Taste of Hawaii®, the Ultimate Sunday Brunch.



Aloha Hawaii Vacations

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Aloha Hawaii Vacations specializes in the Waikoloa and South Kohala Resorts areas of the Big Island of Hawaii. Call our local experts for great savings on room rates, car rentals, golfing and other activities. We Know Our Island!

Contact: Kim Parker
Toll Free: 1-800-66ALOHA(2-5642)
Phone: 808-883-8300
Aloha Hawaii Vacations Website:



Diver Kauai Scuba

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1 Diver/2 days Boat Dive Tour/Charter. Offer Valid until October 31, 2003
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Dive Kauai Scuba Center is Kauai’s exclusive PADI Gold Palm Instructor Development Dive Center offering daily Boat dives, Shore dives and all levels of PADI Diving Certifications including 1st time Discover Scuba Diving experiences. Sales, Rentals, Service.

Contact: Michael
Toll Free: 1-800-828-3483
Phone: 808-822-0452
Diver Kauai Scuba Website:




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Ilima Hotel

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availability. Other rates start as low as $85. Offer not valid during July and August 2003.

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Spacious studios, 1-and 2-bedroom condo-style rooms and suites (with hotel
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Contact: Karen or Courtni
Toll Free: 1-800-801-9366
Phone: 808-923-1877
Ilima Hotel Website:



H&S Publishing

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The Kauai Travel Value Pack includes a copy of the most recent edition of Kauai Magazine ($8.25 value), plus the latest Kauai Databook & Newcomers Guide ($19.75 value), plus a copy of the Millennium Edition of Inside Kauai Magazine ($8.25 value), plus a FREE Kauai Fold Out Map, plus a FREE Kauai Real Estate Magazine, plus a FREE 32-page full color Poipu Beach Guide.
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Successful Snorkeling
One of the most popular vacation activities among visitors to Hawaii is snorkeling because of the abundant brilliantly colored underwater life. Be sure to choose a safe beach for swimming and snorkeling. Ask locals or lifeguards if you’re not familiar with an area.

Here are some tips to make your snorkeling day especially great:

— Feeding the fish is not recommended since it introduces unnatural behavior to the reef.

— Anti-fog your mask. Spread this anti-fog “goop” thinly on the inside of a dry mask, then do a quick rinse.

— Most damage to coral comes when people grab or stand on it. Even touching the coral lightly can transfer your oils to the polyps, killing them. If your mask starts to leak or you get water in your snorkel, be careful not to stand on the coral to clear them.

— Don’t flail your arms or you will spook the fish — gentle motion is best.

— Wear divers’ fins that slip over reef shoes so that you can walk easily into and out of the water without tearing up your feet. If you wear socks or nylons under the shoes, it’ll keep you from rubbing the tops of your toes raw.

— Use a disposable underwater camera for taking snapshots. Get close to your subject, since the lenses are at a fairly wide angle.

These Travel Tips are courtesy of Doughty and Friedman, Hawaii, the Big Island Revealed, at

Submit your Travel Tips to [email protected].


Aloha Island Tours

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Best Prices for your Hawaiian Vacation! We offer discounted prices on Tours, Activities and Hotels on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Our customers are guaranteed savings of up to 50%!

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Phone: 1-808-923-5300
Aloha Island Tours Website:



Kuhio Shores Oceanfront One Bedroom Condo

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Fully oceanfront one and two bedroom condos in Poipu. Located at Poipu Shores and Kuhio Shores. One condo with AC, all with spectacular oceanfront views.

Contact: Patricia
Toll Free: 866-764-7863
Phone: 7149629230
Kuhio Shores Oceanfront One Bedroom Condo Website:



Dear Big Kahuna,

My friend told me it is possible to go snow skiing in Hawaii. That can’t be true, can it?
Dubious in Virginia

Aloha Dubious,

When people think of snow skiing, Hawaii may not be the first destination that pops into their heads. But, if tropical snow skiing is your bag, then Hawaii is the right place.

People do snowboard and snow ski on Mauna Kea (Hawaiian for white mountain) on the Big Island of Hawaii. There are no ski lifts to take you up the mountain, which is over 13,500 feet high, so you must rent a 4WD vehicle or hire a guide. Skiers take turns being the driver up a road that also serves several observatories at the summit. It usually snows from December to May on Mauna Kea, but February and March are the best bets.

Snow skiing in Hawaii is unlike skiing anywhere else in the world, plus, how many places do you know where you can go snowboarding in the morning and scuba diving in the afternoon? So get with your shredheads and launch some gnarly tweakage.

Big Kahuna


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