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Travel ‘N Tourism NewsHawaii ®  –   August, 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.

September 27, 2003
A full day of music and dance performances, exhibitions and demonstrations celebrating the Japanese culture. Participate in mochi pounding, oshibana, tea ceremony, and kimono dressing. Special visiting Taiko drummers will perform. Kauai Memorial Convention Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

September 27, 2003
The pageantry of an ancient Hawaiian hoolaa, investiture of the ruling monarch, can be seen in this colorful event. The Maui 2003 Royal Court receives their symbols of reign 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wailuku, ‘Iao Valley State Park. Free to the public.

Big Island of Hawaii
September 6, 2003
A weekend rodeo filled with lots of fun put on by the Parker Ranch cowboys and cowboys from other ranches on the island. Portions of the proceeds donated to scholarships.

September 19, 2003
Hundreds of thousands of partygoers will take to the streets of Waikiki to celebrate Aloha Festivals. This is Hawaii’s largest block party with dancing, entertainment, ethnic foods and Hawaiian arts and crafts. Several entertainment stages, hula halau performances, Hawaiian food and international cuisine, as well as flower, shell and feather leis will be showcased. 7:00 to 10:30pm.

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


Starwood Hotel & Resorts

TNT SPECIAL: Celebrating over 75 years of Hawaiian hospitality, the “Pink Palace of the Pacific,” The Royal Hawaiian, one of the most elegant hotels on Waikiki Beach, would like to extend an exclusive offer to HSVP/BPH on-line users: 10% discount off of lunch and dinner in the Surf Room, excluding alcoholic beverages.
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Enjoy discount off lunch and dinner at the Beachside Cafe (Sheraton Moana Surfrider) and great savings off the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani’s show, Creation – A Polynesian Journey.

Traveling to a different island? Special offers also available at the Sheraton Kauai Resort and Sheraton Maui.

Contact: Michael Troy
Phone: 1-808-931-8420
Starwood Hotel & Resorts Website:



Hanalei Colony Resort

TNT SPECIAL: Take a break and relax in paradise with a special fall discount of nearly
50% off rack rates, when you mention Best Places Hawaii!
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Nestled on a beach in the most beautiful place on earth, the Hanalei Colony Resort has become a haven for those seeking to experience the magic of Kauai’s north shore without being insulated from all its natural energy.

Contact: Laura Beemer / Vicky Golar
Toll Free: 1-800-628-3004
Phone: 808-826-6235
Hanalei Colony Resort Website:




The Mahaulepu Beaches on the South Shore coastline of Kauai make for fantastic exploring and beach walking, but be aware that swimming is hazardous and the seas are choppy. To get to Haula Beach you must first turn right off at the dead end past the Hyatt on Poipu Road. Park and follow the trail that parallels the southern side of a stream. This will take you to Kawailoa Bay. Continuing northeast, the trail to Haula Beach requires a walk along an elevated field of lithified [rocky] sand on a trail beginning at a fence opening where the fence meets the ocean. The constant sea spray has caused the sandstone to erode into short, fantastically sharp and strangely-shaped pinnacles. When you reach Haula Beach after about 15 minutes you will almost certainly have it all to yourself. The swimming isn’t good (read dangerous) but the beach is a beautiful place to enjoy your solitude.

The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook


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.

A $39.45 value for just $21.95 (includes priority mail/handling).

Contact: Sari Stephens
Toll Free: 800-835-0583
H&S Publishing Website:



Luxury Vacation Homes, Inc., Villa Network of Hawaii

TNT SPECIAL: We specialize in upscale villas to meet the needs of discriminating travelers. We have access to the finest vacation accommodations on every island. We can help you realize your dream vacation in Paradise.
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Visit our website to view all of our Luxury Homes! Be sure to check out our Christmas 2003 listings from $550/night. Our minimum nights’ stay requirement varies depending on the property. All of our information on our website is current. Please call us only if you’re seriously interested in booking one of our Luxury Vacation Homes, or have specific questions about one of our properties. Be sure to mention Best Places Hawaii!

Contact: Betina LeVeau
Toll Free: 800-262-9013
Phone: 808-593-1525
Luxury Vacation Homes, Inc., Villa Network of Hawaii Website:


Maui Beef Fajitas with Mango Salsa

Courtesy of Ben Marquez
Maui Community College

3 lb. beef thinly sliced
1/2 C olive oil
2 oz. garlic finely chopped
10 oz. parsley finely chopped
3 oz. soy sauce
1 oz. fajita spice blend
2 doz. flour tortillas
1 lb. Maui onions thinly sliced
1/2 lb. red bell peppers thinly sliced
1/2 lb. green bell peppers thinly sliced
1 lb. celery thinly sliced
2 C sour cream
1/2 C milk
2 oz. garlic finely chopped
1 oz. cilantro finely chopped
salt and pepper

2 lb. tomatoes diced 1/4 inch
8 oz. chipotle peppers finely chopped
8 oz. mango, ripe diced
1/4 C red onion finely chopped
1 ea. lime squeezed of juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C cilantro finely chopped
1 tsp. garlic finely chopped
1/3 C olive oil

Marinate sliced beef in oil, garlic, parsley, soy sauce and fajita spice for about 2 hours. Prepare sliced vegetables and hold. Warm the flour tortilla and hold. Mix the sour cream with milk, garlic and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Hold chilled. Combine ingredients for the salsa. Blend the tomatoes, chipotle peppers, mango, red onions, lime juice, salt, cilantro, garlic and olive oil. Hold chilled. For service, saute the beef in a very hot pan. Add the vegetable mixture and top with the salsa and garlic sour cream. Roll up the tortillas and serve with an extra topping of salsa and sour cream as garnish. Makes 24 servings.

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



Blue Kauai Vacation Rentals at Poipu Beach

TNT SPECIAL: Best Places Hawaii customers only!! Enjoy a complimentary Romantic Dinner for Two on the beach when you stay at “Blue Kauai” for 7 nights or more this Fall & Winter season. Call our Toll Free number listed below for more info, or visit our website to reserve now! $275 VALUE! Offer valid from September, 2003 – March, 2004, for reservations made after 8/25/03.
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“Blue Kauai”, our home away from home, is as enchanting as the ocean, just steps from our luxury vacation condo. Blue Kauai can accommodate up to 7 people comfortably! We have 3 bedrooms, which include a California King (master suite), Queen (2nd bedroom suite ), 2 Twin beds convertible into 1 King  (3rd bedroom), and a futon, as well as 3 full baths. It’s perfect for a family or a couple’s Romantic getaway!  Please visit our website for complete details!

Contact: Paul & Clare Lehman
Toll Free: 866-724-3500
Phone: 808-651-1447
Blue Kauai Vacation Rentals at Poipu Beach Website:



Kauai Magazine

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Contact: Sari Stephens
Toll Free: 1-800-835-0583
Phone: 808-822-7449
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Kauai Fruit and Flower Company

TNT SPECIAL: Mention Best Places Hawaii and get a FREE “Tropical Fruit Smoothie” with any in-store purchase. FREE box of Kauai Cookies, with first two shipping orders when you mention Best Places Hawaii!
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Hawaii’s Premier Gift Source for Tropical Flowers, Gift Baskets, Fresh Fruits. We Package our Fruits, Flowers, & Gifts fresh for taking home or having it shipped home. We also offer a variety of wedding packages. Stop by our store or visit us on-line (see below). Aloha!

Contact: Pam Smith-Chock
Toll Free: 1-800-943-3108
Phone: 808-245-1814
Kauai Fruit and Flower Company Website:



Poipu Beach Resort Association

TNT SPECIAL: Free Poipu Postcard and Map when you mention Best Places Hawaii. Email us a note that you would like a free postcard of sunny Poipu Beach, Kauai, along with a free Koloa Heritage Trail Map and we’d be delighted to send them to you. Please include mailing address. Or call our toll-free number below.
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Poipu Beach Resort Association is supported by most of the fine accommodations, activities, restaurants, services and businesses located on Kauai’s Sunny South Shore. We provide excellent and non-biased information resources for all of Poipu.

Contact: Margy Parker / Suzanne
Toll Free: 1-888-744-0888
Phone: 808-742-7444
Poipu Beach Resort Association Website:


Top Ten Tips on How to Enjoy Your Island Helicopter Ride
There is no better way to see the incomparable beauty and drama of the Hawaiian islands than by helicopter tour. Here are some tips to get the most out of your trip.

1. Never take a flight less than an hour; you will only get your appetite whetted. It’s too rushed.

2. With a still camera, zoom lenses work best since the size of the field changes rapidly.

3. Use fast film–ASA/ISO 200 or 400.

4. Beware of the glare from the inside of the windows, and don’t let your camera touch a vibrating window while shooting. Circular polarizers reduce glare as does dark clothing.

5. Don’t get so caught up taking pictures that you lose the moment. It’s hard to soak up the magic of your flight through a camera viewfinder.

6. If you’re in a craft that has two-way communication, don’t be afraid to ask the pilot to turn so you can take a shot of something. Most will.

7. If there are four or more of you, consider chartering a helicopter. It might be cheaper and will allow you to call many of the shots during the flight.

8. Make your helicopter trip early in your stay. It will help orient you to the island.

9. Morning is usually the best time for flights. Rainy weather brings more waterfalls.

10. When you see people getting off a helicopter after their tour, try not to be downwind from them. They are often foaming at the mouth from their experience and might drool on you.

These Travel Tips are courtesy of Andrew Doughty & Harriett Friedman, The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, at

Submit your Travel Tips to [email protected].


Kona Honu Divers, Inc.

TNT SPECIAL: Best Places Hawaii customers only! Pre-book your dive with us prior to
your arrival, and receive your Rental Dive Equipment for FREE! Please call us now at the toll-free number below for details. You must mention Best Places Hawaii in order to receive your FREE Rental. This offer is valid through December 31, 2003.
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The Big Island of Hawaii’s new FAMILY oriented DIVE / SNORKEL / WHALE WATCHING / DOLPHIN EXCURSION operation, catering to individuals, mainland dive clubs, VIP and Group Charters. Recently featured in New York Times Travel magazine as one of the fast new great dive boats in Kona Hawaii offering one of the top 10 dives of the world – THE MANTA RAY NIGHT dive. Visit our website listed below to see our dive photos and videos!

Contact: Maggie Anderson
Toll Free: 888-333-4668
Phone: 808-324-4668
Kona Honu Divers, Inc. Website:



AA Oceanfront Condominium Rentals

TNT SPECIAL: We are offering our weekly discount to guests who stay less than 7 nights, or our monthly discount for guests that stay at least 7 nights and mention Best Places Hawaii. These specials are for all our properties with arrival dates in either September or October, 2003. Please call us at our toll-free number listed below with any questions about our properties and special rates.
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Located on Maui since 1983 providing luxury condominiums. Oceanfront condominiums offer spacious lanais, wet bars, and Jacuzzi tubs. Call or visit our website for specific property details!

Contact: Mike Ziegel
Toll Free: 800-488-6004
Phone: 808-879-7288
AA Oceanfront Condominium Rentals Website:



Dear Big Kahuna,

I would like to take my wife sunbathing/swimming on Kauai along the coast that is not accessible by car.  The last time I was in Kauai we flew over it in a chopper and it was so beautiful.  Any advice where I can find a boat to rent or have someone take us out there for the day?  Would appreciate your input.  After 25 years of marriage, I would like to do something really special.
Regards from cold Pennsylvania,

Aloha Brian,

I see cold Pennsylvania has not chilled your ardor for your lucky bride of 25 years.

You could charter a boat (or helicopter) to take you to the remote Na Pali coast and drop you off near enough to swim to one of its uninhabited beaches. If you choose this option, visit: “Activities”, then click “On the Water” or “In the Air” for a list of the best boating and helicopter companies available.

However, what few people realize is that many of Kauai’s beaches, even those easily accessible by car, are never crowded. If you add to that the beaches accessible only by foot, I can pretty much guarantee that you will have a beach virtually all to yourself.

Let’s do the math: there are about 1.1 million visitors to Kauai each year or about 3,014 per day on average. If you assume that there are about 60 beaches on Kauai (per The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook with every single one of those people going to the beach, that means about 50 people on a beach each day. With 12 hours of daylight, those 50 people spread out to about 4 people on any beach in any one hour. Now, you know some of those beaches, like the ones in Poipu and Lydgate (Kapaa) and Hanalei Bay are going to be a bigger draw, and some visitors will be doing other things, so inevitably there will be beaches that are nearly deserted.

If you absolutely press me, I’ll suggest Queen’s Bath on the North Shore, Donkey Beach on the East Side, and Polihale on the West Side. But any beach you choose on Kauai could provide that special place for that special moment.

Happy Anniversary,
Big Kahuna


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