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Travel ‘N Tourism NewsHawaii ®  –   March, 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.

April 3 – May 29, 2003
Valerie Mae Wyle and Rauyl Nakayama Exhibit. The spontaneous Zen based Japanese Ink Painting (Sumi-e) and calligraphy of Valerie Mae Wyle and the work of self-taught, full time ceramic artist, Rauyl Nakayama are showcased. Artists’ reception is April 3, 4:30-7 pm in the Mezzanine Gallery.

April 17 – 20, 2003
This event pays tribute to the people, arts and culture of Hawaii through demonstrations in hula and chant, workshops in Hawaiian art, one-on-one interaction with local Village Gallery artists, a traditional Hawaiian luau and a special celebration concert by reowned Hawaiian musicians.

Big Island of Hawaii
April 20 – 26, 2003
A week-long festival of cultural events including Hawaii’s most prestigious hula competition. The festival begins with a hoolaulea on Moku Ola (Coconut Island) on Easter Sunday. On Wednesday there is a free exhibition night at the stadium that begins at 6 pm. Thursday is the solo Miss Aloha Hula competition. Friday & Saturday are the group Kahiko (ancient) and Auana (modern) hula competitions. A grand parade winds through Hilo-town on Saturday morning.

April 26 – May 17, 2003
HTY’S “The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi” is a complete reworking of Kipling’s original, set on an unnamed island very much like Hawaii. Naive young mongoose Rikki Tikki Tavi finds himself in a garden ruled over by Darzee, a selfish and obnoxious bird. Once Darzee learns that a mongoose can kill a snake, she wants Rikki to stick around to try and murder her nemesis, Nag the cobra. But Rikki simply convinces Nag to leave and in the process imparts a lesson in friendship and teamwork. A brand new musical production of the play HTY presented to enormous success in 1998.

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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Maui Beachfront Rentals is a vacation rental management company representing owners of preferred resort condominiums on West Maui. Our website allows you to pick the specific “Suite To Suit Your Style”. Our selection includes economical beachfront studios, private oceanfront bungalows, luxurious full service resorts in Kaanapali or unsurpassed oceanfront Villas in Kapalua! Our personal services include preferred rates with Avis, as well as island activities.

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Here’s a spot on the Big Island that even most longtime residents don’t know about – a PUBLIC SALTWATER SWIMMING POOL fed by the splashing of waves.

On Alii Drive, between Kona-By-The-Sea and Kona Isle is a 100-yard access trail that leads you to it. It was privately built decades ago and reverted to the state when the owner died without heirs. The pool directly abuts the ocean and even has some fish in it most of the time. There’s a smaller tide-pool to the left. If you want to swim in seawater but are hesitant to go into the ocean, here’s your chance. Unmaintained, the pool occasionally isn’t refreshed enough if the surf has been flat for too long – meaning it sometimes gets green.

Hawaii, The Big Island Revealed


Kauai Condos

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Chocolate Tofu Pie

Courtesy of Nalani Kaneakua
Papaya’s Natural Market and Cafe

8 oz. hemp granola, crushed
1 oz. non-dairy margarine, melted

Combine above ingredients till a ball is formed, adding more margarine if necessary, but not to exceed 2 oz. Press into pie plate and bake for 10 minutes.

1 block firm tofu
2 c. chocolate chips, melted
1/2 c. sucanat (sweetener)
1/2 c. soy milk

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend till creamy. Pour into pie shell and refrigerate for at least an hour.

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



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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters is the largest helicopter tour operator in Hawaii with a unique blend of cultural excursions to some of Hawaii’s most remote and breathtakingly beautiful places on Earth. All of Blue Hawaiian’s pilots are State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guides and each averages over 10,000 hours of flight time and 20 years of experience. The company ranks tops in the industry and is the only one to fly the revolutionary new EC130B4 (ECO-STAR), which was specifically designed for air touring, along with a fleet of industry standard A-Stars. Blue Hawaiian’s staff and mechanics have received numerous awards, including the prestigious FAA Certificate of Excellence ­ “Diamond Award”. No other helicopter tour company in Hawaii can match this record. Blue Hawaiian has been awarded the prestigious Five-Star Diamond Award for Outstanding Quality and Service from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and is the only activity company in all of Hawaii, of any kind, to be so honored.

Contact: Scott Innes
Toll Free: 1-800-745-BLUE
Phone: (808) 871-8844
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In Hawaii the ocean is our playground, but you still need to take certain precautions. Offshore winds and currents can be powerful and they can change suddenly. If warning signs are posted or if conditions seem chancy, do not stray too far from shore or head out to kayak, windsurf or sail. If you are swimming and the current or riptide begins pulling you out to sea, do not fight it or panic. Instead, simply swim parallel to the shore till the current releases you and then swim into shore.

If you’re hiking into a wilderness, be sure to sign out with park rangers and let someone know when you expect to return.

Few places are as safe as Hawaii, but that doesn’t mean you should abandon all care as you travel about. Lock your car doors and keep valuables out of sight. 911 works here should an emergency arise requiring police assistance.

Submit your Travel Tips to [email protected].


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Dear Big Kahuna,

I have been searching for hours to find information about interisland ferry travel. Does it exist now? I know it did at one time, I even found an articles discussing future sites with large carriers. I am trying to plan some excursions from Maui to Molokai or Lanai.

Also I am trying to plan another (flying) excursion from the Big Island to Kauai and would like to know of a company that specializes in this particular service. It seems like everything on the net is geared toward mainland to HI. Any information/direction/website would be appreciated.

Thank you. Dawn from San Antonio, TX

Aloha Dawn,
As of now there is ferry service, but only between Maui and Lanai, and between Maui and Molokai.

Expeditions has provides 5 daily 90-minute round trips or one way trips on between Maui and Lanai. Passengers can go on deck to take photographs or simply enjoy the views offered by Maui County – the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe, and on a clear day, the Big Island. You may be treated to the grace of flying fish, dolphins, and, in season (January to April) spectacular displays by humpback whales. For more information call (808) 661-3756.

Molokai Ferry makes one daily trip between Maui and Molokai. One way takes about 90 minutes. The trips seem timed more for people commuting to work rather than tourists, as the ferry leaves Molokai at 6 am and the return leaves Maui at 5 pm. For more information about this ferry call 1-(800) 275-6969.

In the 70s we had interisland hydrofoil ferries connecting Honolulu with Maui and the Big Island. Reports are that the ships would sometimes hit objects in the water, and mechanical difficulties would leave passengers wallowing in the channel for hours. Whatever the reason, they are no longer in operation.

For interisland flights, the largest carriers are Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Airlines. For Hawaiian Airlines, go to: Hawaiian Airlines

Flying between islands is by far the most popular choice of interisland transportation. It’s the fastest way to get from one island to another.

Enjoy your visit!
B. K.


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