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Travel ‘N Tourism NewsHawaii ®  –   September, 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 pointers 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.

October 11, 2003
The Emalani Festival commemorates Queen Emma’s historic 1871 trek up Waimea Canyon and into the Alakai Swamp. Enjoy the royal procession, authentic hula, traditional Hawaiian music, crafts and exhibits. Free. Starts at 10 a.m. on the meadow in front of the Kokee Museum.

October 11, 2003
The sleepy town of Hana will burst to life for the opening ceremony and parade that will feature floats designed and built by local high school students and elegant pau riders. The opening ceremonies will offer a day of fun-filled activities, food, games and displays.

Big Island of Hawaii
October 11, 2003
A country fair with local flavor. Over sixty booths with great crafts and food from around the world. Live music all day. Great exhibits and contests including the 4th annual Spam carving contest. Silent auction and lucky number drawings. Fun for the whole family.

October 18 – October 20, 2003
The largest and oldest free storytelling celebration in Hawaii. McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Spooky Stories!, Saturday – Kid Kine Tales! & Sunday – Legends!

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


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:



Kihei Bay Vista / Hawaiian Vacations

TNT SPECIAL: Receive your fourth night free at Kihei Bay Vista condominiums in Maui when you book for a stay in September and mention Best Places Hawaii.
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Hawaiian Vacations offers non-stop flights from Alaska, Boise, and Spokane to Hawaii! In addition, we offer accommodations and car rentals throughout the islands to complete your reservations for a wonderful vacation.

Contact: Dee Buchanon
Toll Free: 800-770-2700
Phone: 907-261-2756
Kihei Bay Vista / Hawaiian Vacations Website:




This little gem of a beach near Hana Bay (its Hawaiian name is Kaihalulu) is a delightful hidden place to visit if you are spending a couple of days in Hana during your visit to Maui. It is not a beach you would go to simply for a day at the beach. The swimming isn’t great (something like swimming in a washing machine), the snorkeling opportunities are nil, and access is awkward. Still, this striking beach is worth a look for the rainbow-colored lava cinders on the way, the electric blue waters outside the cove, the menacing-looking lava rock inside the bay, the ironwood trees, and, of course, the red sand.

To get there, park on Uakea near Hauoli. Be sure to park facing the correct direction or risk a parking ticket. Walk part-way across the large lawn area to a trail on the right leading downward. Take a right at the Japanese cemetery and watch out for slippery cinders. At the end of your five-minute walk, enjoy the untouched beauty of the Red Sand Beach.

Maui Revealed, The Ultimate Guidebook


Niihau Safaris Ltd.

TNT SPECIAL: Half day tours are available, and include a helicopter ride to the
“Forbidden Island”, an aerial tour over Niihau and landing on the island at a beach. Half day excursions are $280 per person. Safari tour rates vary and are all listed on our website.
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Now YOU can escape to Hawaii’s Forbidden Island of Niihau. Learn the history of this private island while you enjoy an aerial tour and enjoy swimming, snorkelling, beachcombing and lunch on a secluded beach. For a tropical and challenging safari, come and hunt with us for your choice of free roaming Wild Polynesian Boar, Wild Eland, Hybrid Sheep, Wild Aoudad (Barbary Sheep) and Wild Oryx. Please visit our website for full details!

Contact: Jill Rickards
Phone: 808-335-3500
Niihau Safaris Ltd. Website:



Maui Condominium and Home Realty Inc.

TNT SPECIAL: “Come relax on the Gold Coast of Maui”. Call us now and ask us about our 15% off Fall & Winter Special for Best Places Hawaii visitors. Offer ends December, 2003. You MUST mention Best Places Hawaii to receive the special!
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Maui Condominium & Home Realty features Kihei’s Kamaole Sands on a beautiful 15-acre property located directly across from Kamaole Beach III. The ideal location, spacious grounds, and complete amenities make Kamaole Sands the ideal estate for your family’s Maui vacation.

Contact: Melanie Marumoto
Toll Free: 1-800-822-4409
Maui Condominium and Home Realty Inc. Website:


Kona Lobster with Avocado Salsa and Chili Sour Cream

Courtesy of Miles Togikawa
Outrigger Waikoloa Beach

5 pcs fried won ton pi
2 oz lobster meat (poached)
4 oz avocado salsa
1 oz sweet chili sour cream

Place salsa in serving bowl, arrange chips in salsa and place lobster meat on top and garnish with sweet chili sour cream and green onion slivers.

Sweet Chili Sour Cream
4 oz sour cream
2 oz sweet chili sauce
Salt to taste
Mix all ingredients in bowl.

Asian Avocado Salsa
8 oz avocado (diced)
2 oz tomato (diced)
1 oz red onions (diced)
1/2 oz green onions (sliced)
1/2 oz chopped cilantro
1/2 oz sambal chili paste
1/2 oz minced ginger
Juice of 2 limes
1/2 oz mirin (sweet cooking rice wine)
1/2 oz peanut oil
Salt to taste

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



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:



Anini Mauka

TNT SPECIAL: Best Places Hawaii visitors only! Call us and mention this add for bookings made by December 31st, 2003, and receive 15% off the daily rate of $105. You must mention Best Places Hawaii to receive the special rate.
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Private, secluded, fully-appointed one-bedroom guest house near Anini Beach & Princeville Golf Course. Deep sea charters available, great snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, body boarding, and hiking. Beautiful tropical beaches within walking distance. Please visit our website for complete details!

Contact: Steve Kuljis
Toll Free: 1-800-642-5228
Phone: 310-530-1234
Anini Mauka Website:




Win a Free Romantic Hawaiian Vacation!



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



Maui Vacation Properties / Windsurfing West, Ltd.

TNT SPECIAL: FREE ECONOMY CAR! This special is good for NEW reservations made on or after August 19, 2003, to October 31, 2003, with the following Kihei Condo Properties: Mana Kai, Maui Kamaole, Kihei Akahi, Hale Pau Hana (1 bedroon units only), Sugar Beach Resort, Hale Kai O’Kihei, and Hale Kamaole.
Please visit our site for complete details or contact us immediately.
Please let us know you found us here on Best Places Hawaii.
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Well equipped accommodations for the budget conscious traveler. We offer basic to mid-range condos in Kihei/Wailea, as well as Upcountry cottages. Rates start at only $65/night + tax. Call or email for quotes!

Contact: Catherine Clark
Toll Free: 1-800-782-6105
Phone: 808-575-9228
Maui Vacation Properties / Windsurfing West, Ltd. Website:



Kauai Magazine

TNT SPECIAL: Heaven on Earth – Kauai Magazine. Never miss a single issue! Kauai Magazine is published quarterly and focuses on the beauty, culture and people of the Garden Island. Printed on high quality paper and full color throughout, this award-winning Kauai Magazine is a true keep-sake for those persons in love with the beauty of the island. Price is $8.25 for a single issue, a one-year (four issue) subscription for $18.00, a two-year (8 issue) subscription for $32.00 or a three-year (12 issue) subscription for $40.00.
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Contact: Sari Stephens
Toll Free: 1-800-835-0583
Phone: 808-822-7449
Kauai Magazine Website:


If Matt LeBlanc (of Friends fame) Can, Why Not You?
So you’ve decided that you, too, want to be married in paradise on one of the gorgeous islands of Hawaii? The islands are a perfect backdrop for weddings, engagements, vow-renewals, and eloping. Here are a few location suggestions for that special moment:

1. In a quaint, historic church.
2. At sunset on any of the pristine beaches (a la Mr. LeBlanc).
3. Under azure waters, while scuba-diving.
4. In front of the crystal flowing waters of a picturesque waterfall.
5. In a lush, tropical garden.
6. At one of the luxury resorts.
7. On a private river boat cruise.
8. On a private estate.
9. On the turquoise Pacific in a chartered sailboat.
10. At the Coco Palms (Kauai), the scene of Elvis’ wedding in “Blue Hawaii.”

You can spend a little or you can drop a small fortune–either way, memories to last a lifetime will be made.

For more information visit Weddings and click on “Weddings” on the island of your choice.

These Travel Tips are courtesy of Mrs. Maballi Mabembo, at

Submit your Travel Tips to [email protected].


Shell Vacation Club / Shell Vacation LLC

TNT SPECIAL: Call us now and ask us about our Discounted Vacation Packages starting at $449 for 5 nights!!! Visit our website and click on DEALS to view complete details. Please mention Best Places Hawaii when contacting us!
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Shell Vacation Club invites you to visit one of our beautiful golden crown resorts, located either on the Big Island or Kauai. Stay in either our one or two-bedroom luxury condominiums.

Contact: Reservations
Toll Free: 1-800-395-2924
Phone: 808-322-8393
Shell Vacation Club / Shell Vacation LLC Website:



Kauai Real Estate Magazine

TNT SPECIAL: The Kauai Real Estate Magazine is a full-color real estate publication that contains practical information and hundreds of real estate listings for sale on the Garden Island of Kauai. Price is $8.25 for a single issue, a one year (six issue) subscription for $22 or a two year (12 issue) subscription for $37.00.
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Give the Gift of Warmth! We will gladly send a gift card with your subscription.

Contact: Sari Stephens
Toll Free: 1-800-835-0583
Phone: 808-822-7449
Kauai Real Estate Magazine Website:



Dear Big Kahuna,

Is it true that there is trout and trout fishing season in Hawaii????
Curious in California

Aloha Curious California,
Reportedly, there is trout fishing on Kauai in Kokee on the west side. Here’s the hook-line-and-sinker, quoted verbatim, from the State of Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources:

“Location: The Kokee Public Fishing Area includes certain streams, reservoirs and ditches in the Kokee State Park on Kauai.

Permitted: With a valid Freshwater Game Fishing License, to fish with one pole and line or one line using one baited hook attached to the single line, or possess any rainbow trout during the trout fishing season, beginning the first Saturday in August and continuing for a period of 16 consecutive days, then only on weekends and holidays for the remainder of August and September, unless suspended.

To use a dip net up to two feet in longest axis, excluding the handle, to land hooked trout. To take up to seven trout per licensee per day during the open season, provided that additional legally taken trout may be possessed under refrigeration. To fish between 5:30 am and 6:45 pm during the open season, provided that all fishermen report before and after fishing activities to designated checking stations.

Hawaii freshwater fishing licenses are available online at The Freshwater Game Fishing License (FWGFL) is required if fishing for rainbow trout in the Kokee Public Fishing Area, Kauai.”

For a simpler alternative, visit On the Water and click on “On the Water.”

And when you get bored with fishing, there’s also seasonal plum picking and pig hunting!

Good luck!
Big Kahuna


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