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Travel ‘N Tourism NewsHawaii ®  –   June, 2003
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TNT NewsHawaii® is an ongoing monthly newsletter we send to people like you who visit our website and request information about Hawaii. The newsletter is just one way we hope to keep you connected with Hawaii before and after your visits to the islands.



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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.

July 19 – July 27, 2003
A week-long tribute to Kauai’s plantation heritage on the south shore. Events throughout the week include a rodeo, sunset hoolaulea block party, craft fair, historic walks and tours, Hawaiian games, ethnic cooking demonstrations, a Polynesian revue, a parade, lots of music and much more.

July 5, 2003
The ceremony honors the souls of the departed as hundreds of lanterns are floated out to sea from Puunoa Point. Service at 7p.m. Obon dance to follow lantern ceremony.

Big Island of Hawaii
July 4, 2003
This Independence Day tradition includes action-packed rodeo events, horseracing, food and more. Parker Ranch paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) are joined by other Big Island paniolo for a corral of traditional rodeo events, including relay horse races, team sorting, double mugging, dally team roping and more. The rodeo provides visitors with a rare glimpse of real-life paniolo in action.

July 12, 2003
The Contemporary Museum presents their annual open house arts festival from 10a.m. to 4p.m. Continuous art-related activities, demonstrations and performances of dance, music and art by local artists.

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


Pleasant Holidays

TNT SPECIAL: Think it’s crazy to get a great deal at the last minute to go to Hawaii over the 4th of July? THINK AGAIN. Pleasant Holidays has great deals still available around the holiday from Los Angeles, San Francisco and lots of other U.S. departure cities. Contact your professional travel agent or call the toll-free number below.
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For more information and reservations, contact your professional travel agent or click below to visit Pleasant on-line.

Contact: Todd Castor
Toll Free: 1-800-742-9244
Phone: 808-945-1810, ext. 6327
Pleasant Holidays Website:



Starwood Hotels & 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 Best Places Hawaii on-line users: 10% discount off 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 on 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.

To better familiarize yourself with our hotels, we invite you to visit us at our website below.

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



Hoomaluhia State Park, Oahu

The park’s name means “a place of peace and tranquility” and it is located along the dramatic Koolau mountain range in Kaneohe. Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden was designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide flood protection for Kaneohe.

The 400 acres are geographically laid out and represent tropical regions from around the world: the Philippines, Hawaii, Africa, Sri Lanka, India, Polynesia, Melanesia, Malaysia and tropical America. A network of trails helps visitors discover an abundance of endangered and rare plants. The collection includes over 10,000 specimens.

The park is also a recreational area and includes a 32-acre lake (no swimming allowed) and campgrounds (Friday through Monday with permits). Open 9am to 4pm daily. Located at the end of Luluku Road; Kaneohe, Oahu.


H&S Publishing

TNT SPECIAL: Kauai Travel Value Pack: Includes a collection of the best Kauai travel publications valued at $39.45. Yours — delivered priority — for just $21.95!
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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:



Island Rentals & Real Estate

TNT SPECIAL: We encourage people to spend longer periods of time on Kauai and get into the Aloha spirit. Pay for three weeks in one of our vacation rentals and get the fourth week free.
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Island Rentals & Real Estate specializes in property management. We care for off-island owner’s property as we would our own.

Contact: Marjorie L. Lewis
Phone: 808-822-1049
Island Rentals & Real Estate Website:


Shrimp Ceviche con Guacamole & Topotitos

Courtesy of Ligia Baylon
Brennecke’s Beach Broiler

2 lb 61/70 shrimp
3 C lime or lemon juice
3 pc ripe fresh tomatoes diced & seeded
1 pc sweet maui onion minced
8 oz diced green chiles
3 T cilantro minced
2 tsp kosher salt
2 T virgin olive oil
2 tsp dried mexican oregano

Soak shrimp overnight in lemon juice. Rinse shrimp and put into colander to
drain. Toss shrimp with all ingredients. Salt to taste, when adding oregano
crush in hand or use a mortar and pestle. Serve with avocado or guacamole
and freshly made tortilla topopitos.

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



Total Life Planning Institute

TNT SPECIAL: The Total Life Planning Institute of Maui is your one-stop center for
planning your Hawaii vacation and quite possibly your life. We are offering our Maui Retreat at $1000 off. Discounts are also available on all your Hawaii Activities.
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The Total Life Planning Institute offers life-planning retreats, Maui weddings and Hawaii activities.

Contact: Mark Steffan
Phone: 808-268-8451
Total Life Planning Institute Website:



Prince Kuhio / Maui-Molokai Sea Cruises

TNT SPECIAL: More than 10%off when you mention Best Places Hawaii.
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Snorkel in the warm, crytsal-clear waters at Molokini Crater and Kalaeloa (Turtle Town) aboard the 92-foot Prince Kuhio motor yacht; the most comfortable ride to Molokini. Your trip includes: Complimentary transportation, breakfast, “Hot off the Grill” deluxe Buffet Lunch and our famous Prince Kuhio Mai Tais, Beer, Wine, Sodas and Juice. All snorkel equipment, and instruction. Come expericence Maui’s best.

Contact: Cindy Koehne
Toll Free: 1-800-468-1287
Phone: 808-242-8777
Prince Kuhio / Maui-Molokai Sea Cruises Website:




Win a Free Romantic Hawaiian Vacation!



  • Round trip air travel from the continental U.S.
  • Flower lei greeting
  • 8 days/7 nights stay
  • Use of a rental car
  • Candlelight dinner
  • Package of romantic tropical isle specials!

It’s free and easy to enter and win – just click “Love Stories of Hawaii” Contest! Sponsored by Pleasant Holidays & Idea Travel.



Papa’aloa Plantation Cottages

TNT SPECIAL: Reserve 6 nights in one or all of our cottages and get 7th night FREE when you mention Best Places Hawaii!
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Historic Plantation Cottages located along the Mysterious Hamakua Coast in Papa’aloa town.

Contact: Harvest
Toll Free: 1-877-828-1235
Phone: 808-828-1234
Papa’aloa Plantation Cottages Website:



Oceanfront Kaleialoha

TNT SPECIAL: Now until December 2003. Studio cottage at $75/night. Large studio at $100. One-bedroom at $125. Two-bedroom at $175 while available. All oceanfront on Aliomanu Bay. Mention Best Places Hawaii.
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Explore Hawaii from a native’s point of view. Kaleialoha, wreath of love, offers oceanfront vacation homes in Anahola, Kauai. Hawaiian-owned and operated with Hawaiian decor and ambience. 20 minutes from the airport.

Contact: Esther Medeiros
Phone: 808-822-3000
Oceanfront Kaleialoha Website:


Suggestions to Speed Summer Travelers through Airport Security

Golf Gear
Before flying, clean off clubs to prevent possibly triggering baggage screening equipment (from fertilizer residue). Remember to pack clubs in a travel bag and consider leaving it unlocked.

Camp Gear
Be sure to check the camp’s suggested supply list against the Transportaton Security Administration prohibited items list to avoid headaches at security checkpoints. Items like pocket knives and pointed-tip scissors are not permitted in carry-on luggage. Also, parents and camp counselors can call ahead to airlines for permission to escort children to and from gates. Children under 18 are not required to travel with identification.

Fourth of July Celebration
Fireworks are not allowed on airplanes, in checked or carry-on baggage for safety and security reasons.

Submit your Travel Tips to [email protected].


Holualoa Kona Coffee Company

TNT SPECIAL: 10% DISCOUNT when you mention Best Places Hawaii
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Holualoa Kona Coffee Company is a 300-acre farm located in heart of the Kona coffee belt. Visitors learn what goes into one of the world’s finest coffees from the tree to the cup. In addition to the estate’s coffee orchards, guests can view the thriving mill and roasting operation that handles coffee for more than 100 nearby farms. You can buy direct or mailorder 100% pure Kona coffee and enjoy a little Hawaii back home.

Contact: Desmond and Lisen Twigg-Smith
Toll Free: 800-334-0348
Phone: 808-322-9937
Holualoa Kona Coffee Company Website:



Sea Quest Rafting Adventures

TNT SPECIAL: $12 off per person towards our 4-hour morning adventure (2 snorkel stops) or 3-hour afternoon (1 stop). Both trips explore the sea caves and coastline. Must print coupon available on our website for savings.
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Sea Quest is a unique snorkel cruise experience, generally catering to small groups of people so everyone receives plenty of personal attention and individual help. . .not to mention elbow room! Recommended for beginners and non-swimmers. Can also accommodate larger groups or families for an exclusive trip.

Contact: Randy Farish
Toll Free: 1-888-732-2283
Phone: 808-329-7238
Sea Quest Rafting Adventures Website:



Dear Big Kahuna,

Which beach is the best beach in Hawaii?
— Wants to know, Idaho.

Dear Wants,

Your question is such a good one that we are going to open it up to the world.

BK invites our readers to let their voices be heard. We will compile the winning list of beaches, announce the results here, and post the results online in our new “10 Best” section.

Here’s how to stand up and make sure your beach is counted:
Send us the name of your favorite beach in Hawaii by sending the Big Kahuna an email (click on the blue Big Kahuna link below).

We cannot guarantee that your favorite beach will appear in the 10 Best list, but we can guarantee that we will not be surprised if people are evangelical about their favorite beach in the islands. We invite you to tell us about your favorite beach, too. We’d love to hear why you believe your favorite beach is one of the best in the islands, if not in the world.

Big Kahuna


Do you have a question for the Big Kahuna?
Just email your questions to the Big Kahuna.
Due to the great number of questions asked, the Big Kahuna is unable to answer all personally. Questions of general interest will be answered in future issues of this newsletter, usually one per issue. In the meantime, we invite you to explore


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