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Travel ‘N Tourism NewsHawaii ®  –   May, 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.

June 1, 2003
The largest, oldest and best food and beverage tasting event in Hawaii. Over 50 chefs from all the islands prepare signature dishes. Three stages with continuous entertainment, all in beautiful Smith’s Tropical Paradise. And all for a single admission fee. Proceeds support Rotary projects all over the world.

June 14, 2003
Honoring King Kamehameha the Great, the annual floral & pau rider parade begins at 10 am from the 900 block of Front St. to the Banyan Tree. An awards ceremony and cultural craft fair with Hawaiian music and hula follow at Banyan Tree Park. Free, 9 am to 5 pm.

Big Island of Hawaii
June 7, 2003
This Big Island event honors Kamehameha the Great, unifier of the Hawaiian Kingdom. The annual parade will travel along Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona and will include community marching units, decorated vehicles, colorful floral floats, glamorous mounted units (pau riders) and more.

June 20 – 22, 2003
Outdoor food, wine, and entertainment festival. Many of Hawaii’s top restaurants will participate. There will also be fun and educational activities, cooking demonstrations, and non-stop local entertainment. Scrip is sold for tasting portions. Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. -7 p.m. at the Honolulu Civic Center grounds adjacent to Honolulu Hale. This is a fund-raiser for Easter Seals Hawaii, a non-profit organization that works with children and adults with disabilities.

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


Princeville Condos, Including Oceanfront & Ocean Views, 1-3 Br, Summer & Fall Sales

TNT SPECIAL: A 10% discount is offered from the unit base price, before taxes, for a stay of one week or more effective between May 15 and November 15, 2003 when you call Condo Bob direct and mention Best Places Hawaii. A 15% discount will be in effect from November 15 to December 15, 2003. Only for calls to Condobob directly mentioning the Best Places Hawaii Special. All discounts are based upon availability at time of payment of deposit – no reservations held without deposit. Check availability calendar for available dates before making your call.
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We offer great vacation values including studios and 1-3 bedroom condos in a golfers paradise (Princeville discount available). Some of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii are here. Shopping, hotels and restaurants are nearby in this gated community.

Contact: Robert E. Estes
Phone: 925-820-3253
Princeville Condos, Including Oceanfront & Ocean Views, 1-3 Br, Summer & Fall Sales Website:



Paradise Outdoor Adventures

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Explore the interior rain-forests/jungles of Kauai. Here you will find rope-swings, cliff-diving, hiking and secluded waterfalls awaiting you. Kayaks, powerboats, Sea cycles, trail bikes and snorkel gear rentals are also available.

Contact: Mickey or Jeremy Theade
Toll Free: 1-877-42-BOATS
Phone: 808-822-1112
Paradise Outdoor Adventures Website:



Oneloa Beach, Maui

This West Maui beach should not be confused with another one of the same name in South Maui. Despite the many resort dwellings behind this long, luxurious beach, it is surprisingly uncrowded most of the time. Its geography is deceptive. The public access deposits you on the eastern (right) third of it and you quickly conclude that this wide, sandy beach has bad swimming and snorkeling because of a lava bench in the nearshore waters, seemingly extending the whole length. Visitors often turn around and leave at this point. The left third of the beach usually has a padded sandy bottom, making the swimming delightful. Snorkeling around the left end is very good, with lots of fish and rock formations. (Snorkeling is dangerous when the surf is up.) The beach is best enjoyed in the early morning, when the wind and surf tend to be low.

Maui Revealed, the Ultimate Guidebook


Kauai Magazine

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Contact: Jim Rosen
Toll Free: 1-800-835-0583
Phone: 808-822-7449
Kauai Magazine Website:



Anini Aloha Properties, Inc.

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Beachfront Homes, Luxury Estates, Romantic Island Cottages. A retreat, romantic getaway, family holiday, or island wedding gathering. Anini Aloha Properties offer a customized approach to locating the ideal property for your needs, with an extensive inventory throughout the Hawaiian Islands. For your Hawaii vacation, or to purchase a slice of paradise to call your own – we can help you create a dream come true island experience – with Aloha!

Contact: Samantha Fischer
Toll Free: 800-323-4450
Phone: 808-828-0068
Anini Aloha Properties, Inc. Website:


Tropical Salsa

Courtesy of Cory Dotario
Duke’s Canoe Club

1/2 tomato, diced
1/3 C onion, diced
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and finely minced
1/2 C fresh pineapple, diced
1/2 C mango, diced
2 T each of red and green bell peppers, diced
2 T cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 lime, squeezed
Dash of cayenne
Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, except for the salt and cayenne. Add a dash of cayenne and season with salt to taste. Serve with grilled shrimp.

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



Maui Accommodations Guide

TNT SPECIAL: A “FREE” Maui Accommodations Guide and a “FREE” Maui Info-Dex will be mailed to you by Calling 1-800-221-6118. Mailed first class, same day. The Maui Accommodations Guide Features over 140 Listings of places to stay on MAUI. These vacation rentals feature Hotels, Condos, Homes, Cottages, Inns, and B&B’s. Each Listing has Color Photos, Amenities, Maps, Rates, Toll Free #’s, Emails and Links to their Website. Book Direct.

The Maui Info-dex is an A-Z Visitor Guide. Featuring: Map and Mileage Chart, Auto Rentals, Art Galleries, Activities & Attractions, Baby sitters, Beach Apparel, Beauty Salons & Spa Services, Dining Favorities, Golf Courses, Specialty Shops, & Services and More!!! Mention Best Places Hawaii when calling.
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Publishers of Visitor Publications: The Maui Accommodations Guide

Contact: Ed & Judy Mee
Toll Free: 1-800-221-6118
Phone: 1-808-572-6730
Maui Accommodations Guide Website:



Affordable Oceanfront Condos

TNT SPECIAL: Please contact us now, and ask about our “2003 Summer Specials”! We have specific properties available with up to 30% discounted rates. This is just for the summer, so act quickly while space is still available. Experience the Best Oceanfront Accommodations with Affordable Rates! We look forward to hearing from you.
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We have one and two bedroom condos in the Kihei-Wailea area. All units have full kitchens and are fully equipped. Units have Cable TV, VCRs, and most have washers and dryers and A/C. Each property has a pool and most have a Jacuzzi. Most have tennis courts and barbecues. I hope we can be of help with your travel plans.

Contact: Kathy Englert
Toll Free: 1-800-808-3138
Phone: 808-879-2700
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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.



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.

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:



Bed, Breakfast, and Beach at Hanalei Bay

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Property #1: North shore; beautiful B & B, private baths, queen beds, rates from $75. Property #2: North shore private cottage, quaint, king/double beds; sleeps 2 – 4, kitchen, 1/2 block to beach.

Contact: Reservationist
Phone: 808-826-6111
Bed, Breakfast, and Beach at Hanalei Bay Website:


Legend says that if you remove any lava from the island that bad luck will befall you. Balderdash! you say. Hey, we don’t know if it’s true or not. You don’t have to be a believer, but talk to any resort or local post office and they will tell you about boxes of lava that come in all the time from visitors who brought a souvenir of lava home only to have their house burn down, their foot fall off, or get audited by the IRS. Coincidence? Maybe. But if you decide to do it anyway, remember…you’ve been warned.

Editor’s Note:
For the legend behind this superstition, see the November 2000 issue of TNT

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

Submit your Travel Tips to [email protected].


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:



Wild Side Specialty Tours

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Marine biologist crew take intimate (4-15 passengers) groups on unique journeys to swim with wild dolphins, snorkel with turtles and bask in luxury and serenity on 42-ft. sailing catamaran. A don’t-miss opportunity, only in Hawaii!

Contact: Tori cullins
Phone: (808) 306-7273
Wild Side Specialty Tours Website:



Dear Big Kahuna,

Dear Big Kahuna,

On our recent trip to Hawaii we were greeted at our hotel with lovely, fragrant leis. I know this is a tradition in Hawaii, but why? Just curious.
Denise, Los Angeles

Dear Curious Denise,

The custom of presenting a sweetly scented garland of tropical flowers is one of Hawaii’s most endearing expressions of aloha (love). The tradition apparently began when kings and queens ruled the islands. Royalty were greeted with lots of gifts, including flowing necklaces of flowers. The tradition has continued and has become a way of saying aloha to everyone, royalty or not. Lei-making has become quite an art form on the islands and the necklaces are made from incredibly fragrant plumeria blossoms, pikake (a type of jasmine), trailing vines, or rare and very expensive Niihau shells. Niihau leis can cost thousands of dollars, but the flower varieties range from $5 to $35.

To arrange a lei greeting upon your arrival, visit Kenui Aloha Lei Greeters by clicking here.

For information on Selecting and Keeping Your Hawaiian Lei, see the September 2001 issue of TNT.

Mahalo for writing, Denise. Come back and see us soon.

Big Kahuna


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