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Travel ‘N Tourism NewsHawaii ®  –   February, 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.

March 15, 2003
The Annual Family Ocean Fair offers fun for all ages with free activities designed to enhance the appreciation of Hawaii’s precious marine life. This event, held at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, provides an exciting day of live entertainment, lectures, games, food, hands-on demonstrations, projects, displays and exhibits. Off site parking and a shuttle service to the fairgrounds will be provided at no charge. Admission is free!

March 15 and 16, 2003
Lahaina celebrates humpback whales with a Marine Arts Festival at Banyan Tree Park . Local artists display their best ocean and marine-life themed art for sale; Hawaiian musicians and hula troupes entertain. Kids learn & have fun with art activities, games and Creature Feature exhibit in the Visitor Center — all free.

Big Island of Hawaii
March 14 – 16, 2003
An exciting and electrifying event at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium near the Hilo Airport, featuring dazzling performances by Tahitian and Polynesian dance and music companies from all over Hawaii, the mainland USA, Japan, Tahiti and Mexico. Polynesian craft vendors and local foods complete this colorful weekend. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the box office on the day of the event.

March 14 – 16, 2003
Hawaii’s premier event promoting cultural understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region. The 2003 Festival kicks off at Honolulu Hale, and will feature a variety of events at different Oahu venues. The Festival will culminate with a grand parade down Kalakaua Avenue on March 16.

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


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Paradise Hideaways LLC

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The Blue Room, Inside Kauai’s North Shore Cave

Located in the upper wet cave near Ha`ena, shortly before the end of the road on Kauai’s north shore, is a phenomenon unknown even to most locals. It’s called the Blue Room. It’s a separate chamber where light, filtered through the cold, fresh water, turns everything blue. Accessing it requires swimming in the cold cave water to the back of the cave, going through a triangular shaped opening and swimming about 10 feet to your left until you enter the chamber. Once inside, there’s barely anything to hold onto, so you will probably have to tread water until your eyes adjust. The chamber is about 7-8 feet in diameter and 5-6 feet overhead.

To get there, park on the lot on the ocean side of the highway 2/10 mile before the end of the road at Ke`e. There is a short trail up to the wet cave on the mauka (mountain) side. Be careful walking down into the cave; it’s slippery.

The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook: Kauai Revealed, p. 185


Kilauea Lakeside Estate

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Kilauea Lakeside Estate is a luxurious, gated, private, 5 acre waterfront retreat. A secluded tropical playground, with private beach and stream, surrounded by botanical gardens and 20 acre lake. Swimming, kayaking, fishing and golf on the property. Custom three bedroom main facility with all amenities.

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Phone: 310-379-7842
Kilauea Lakeside Estate Website:



Dive Kauai Scuba Center

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Phone: 808-822-0452
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Panang Seafood Curry

Courtesy of FRANK KE, JR
Royal Kona Resort

Seared Ahi and Red Tobiko Sauce

5 T red curry paste
2 C sugar
2 jars peanut butter (32 oz jar)
10 cans coconut milk
1/2 gal water
2 C fish sauce (patis)
salt to taste
15 pc each, carrots and potatoes
10 pc round onions
5 pc broccoli
1 lb cilantro
5 lb mixed assorted seafood
(your choice)
5 lb rice noodles

Combine first 6 ingredients on medium heat. Heat till all incorporated;
simmer for 10 minutes. Blanch vegetables separately, add to sauce, and
simmer for 5 minutes with seafood mix. Blanch noodles just before
serving. Pour curry over a bed of rice noodles. Yield: 50 portions.

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



Capt. Sundown Catamaran Sailing

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Capt. Sundown Departs Hanalei daily (except Sundays) taking 15 passengers along the Napali Coast. Join him for real sailing on a 40 foot Catamaran. Enjoy snorkeling whalewatching and just plain fun.

Contact: Bob or Stephanie
Phone: 808-826-5585
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Plantation Retreat

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Deep in the lush Kauai rainforest is a ten acre tropical paradise known as Plantation Retreat. Secluded jungle cottages overlook a rushing river with private swimming holes, rope swings, waterfall, caves and hiking trails. All cottages include a fully equipped kitchen, TV/VCR with free movies, queen beds, gas BBQ, stereo, and a lanai with gorgeous views. Also for guests only, is a state-of-the-art Jacuzzi, diving cliffs, bicycles, boogie boards, fresh fruit trees, a guided tour and plenty of hammocks swaying on ripe coconut palms.

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Hawaii Gear: Secrets Only the Locals Know (till now)
Hiking poles are a third leg and you’ll need one…Bring a waterproof shell jacket…Spitting in your swim mask will clear fog…Muddy puddles make for great dye-your-own red dirt shirt dunking…It’s cheaper to rent snorkeling gear for a few days, cheaper to buy for a week or more…It’s cheaper to rent a bicycle for a couple days, cheaper to ship if biking for more than that…You can rent a bike rack for the rental car…Or hang the bikes out the trunk..It’s cheaper to rent kayaks and surfboards…Call rental places first to make sure expert advice comes with the rental…When mountain hiking, bring a plastic bag to put your shoes in after hike…Clothes are gear: No nudity on any Hawaiian beach…Attend to skin with antibacterial and fungicide: Everything grows here…Carry water, but if you don’t use a water pump, use iodine to go along with the filter…Most-common island footwear: bare feet…Bring lightweight hiking shoes that you can hose off.

These Travel Tips are courtesy of Jerry & Janine Sprout, Kauai Trailblazer, at

Submit your Travel Tips to [email protected].


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Dear Big Kahuna,

Hey, Big Kahuna,
We’re big fish-eatin folks from Montana. We’re coming to Hawaii and bringin our stomachs. Can you tell us the best tasting eatin fish in Hawaii?
Big Boy
Big Sky, Montana

Aloha, Mr. Big Boy,
Like many things, the best tasting fish is in the mouth of the diner. Here’s a list of fish in Hawaii you may wish to savor:

-Tuna; raw in sashimi or poke, also seared, blackened, baked or grilled; good in fish sandwiches. Try painting ahi steaks with mayonnaise, which completely burns off when BBQ ‘d but seals in the moisture. Generally most plentiful April through September.

Hapu’upu’u-A grouper not usually available during the summer; best served baked or steamed.

Kona Crab-An elusive sand burrowing crabthat can reach 8″ and can only be caught by baited nets and traps.

Lobster-Hawaiian spiny lobster is quite good; also called “bugs” by lobster hunters.

Mahimahi-Deep ocean fish also known as a dolphinfish; very common in restaurants.

Marlin-Tasty when smoked, otherwise can be tough; the Pacific Blue Marlin (kajiki) is available almost year round.

Monchong-Excellent tasting deepwater fish, available year round. Usually served marinated and grilled.

Onaga-Also known as a ruby snapper; excellent eating in many preparations.

Ono-(Wahoo); awesomeeating fish and can be prepared many ways; most plentiful May through October. Ono is also the Hawaiian word for delicious.

Opah-(Moonfish); excellent eating in many different preparations; generally available April through August.

‘Opakapaka-(Crimson snapper); great tasting fish generally cooked several ways. Common Oct.-Feb.

‘Opihi-Using a specialized knife, these must be pried off rocks at the shore-line, which can be hazardous. Best eaten raw mixed with salt.

Poke-Fresh raw fish or octopus mixed with seaweed (limu), sesame seed and other seasonings and oil.

Shutome-Swordfish; dense meat that can be cooked several ways. Most plentiful March through July.

Shrimp-Kekaha shrimp or prawns are farm raised on Kaua’i and are excellent.

Happy dining!
Big Kahuna


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