Shopping in Hawaii

May 5, 2008 by  
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Are you looking for a tropical destination to travel to? If so you may want to consider Hawaii. This beautiful state has everything to offer including the finest dining, best shopping, many activities, and shopping beyond the imagination. The views that are offered here are majestic and should only be experienced firsthand.

Depending on which island you are visiting you will have a variety of stores and shops to choose from. Also it will depend on who you are shopping with or what you need. For those who are looking to make a quick trip for items such as toiletries or extra clothes you will be able to find them at your local retail stores.

Each of the islands offers unique shops ranging from expensive clothing boutiques, specialty shops, and electronic stores. Some areas of each island only have small stores while other areas have huge elegant shopping centers. Regardless of your budget you will find a store to shop in. You have the ability to purchase small inexpensive souvenirs or costly art and Hawaiian artifacts. If you are a shopper at heart you will feel right at home in the Hawaiian shopping area. Keep up with your favorite brands and latest trends.

For those looking to cook a fresh meal you will be pleased with the many markets that are setup to supply you with fresh fish and fruits allowing you to prepare a traditional Hawaiian meal of your own.

The shopping experience is endless in Hawaii and can be enjoyed daily.

Dinner Cruises

May 1, 2008 by  
Filed under Dining And Entertainment

Are you a local located in Hawaii or maybe thinking of finding a vacation sometime soon? Whether call the Hawaiian Islands home or plan to visit there are an amazing opportunity waiting for you.

Activities in Hawaii are unlimited and will be sure to please even the most adventurous.  You can enjoy your days golfing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, or just lying around on the beach.

Maybe you are here celebrating your honeymoon or anniversary with your special partner.  Why not surprise them with something unique by planning an evening out enjoying a dinner cruise.  What is a dinner cruise?  Imagine you and your spouse being aboard a large ship sailing along the beautiful Hawaiian waters.  You will have the privilege of enjoying the beautiful sunset while dining at sea.  What would be more romantic than surprising your mate with a magnificent dinner cruise and the chance to explore the majestic coastal waters surrounding Hawaii.

There are a variety of companies that offer dinner cruises throughout state of Hawaii.  The are are some that have live entertainment, live bands, performers, swimming pools aboard the ships, and serve five course meals.  Regardless of your budget you will be able to find a dinner cruise that will put a smile on your companions face.
You will be happy to know that dinner cruises also allow you to the enjoy things such as whale watching.  There is nothing like observing these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
The experience of being a part of a dinner cruise is something that you will never forget.  It will allow you to take photos and video footage of views that you may not have the chance to see from land.

Hawaii real estate

May 1, 2008 by  
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The real estate found throughout Hawaii is just amazing. You will find a wide variety depending on what your looking for. For example if your looking for vacation rental homes you will most likely find something within your budget with most of the amenities that you desire. Depending on the which island you are looking at will depend on the price that you will spend.

Each island may offer something that the other may not. For example Oahu is one of the most desired locations in Hawaii so the cost of living is a bit higher than if you were to purchase on Maui or Kauai. You can find many real estate agents that can help you find the perfect vacation rental home.

If you are looking to move to Hawaii indefinitely you will be able to browse through a variety of online virtual tours to get an idea of what houses look like and their price ranges. Hawaii is a popular and highly desirable place to live so regardless of where you choose to move to it will be expensive.

The cost of real estate will depend on many things ranging from location, type of home (condo, apartment, house), size, and whether or not it has an ocean or mountain view. There will be many other factors that come into play once you are ready to begin looking. The more bedrooms and bathrooms the house has the more costly it will be as well. For those who desire a pool should opt to purchase a house that already has a pool rather than add one of your own. It will be much cheaper than hiring someone to build it for you later.

Most of Hawaii is a tourist destination but this only adds to the growth of the economy there. Locals in Hawaii spend their days enjoying the serenity that it offers. Purchasing a home in Hawaii would be like purchasing your own small piece of paradise.

Ala Moana Shopping Center

May 1, 2008 by  
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Ala Moana Shopping Center offers a variety of stores, eateries, and more to choose from. Shopping will never be the same once you experience what it is like here. Along with beautiful architecture and views this will be a highlight of your trip. If you are vacationing in Hawaii you will definitely need to check out the shopping here.

The Ala Moana Shopping Center was developed with convenience in mind. Tourist and locals flock to the many stores daily from the time they open till the time they close. You will find a variety of retails shops, luxury clothing stores, bakeries, and specialty stores.

For department stores there are some name brand stores such as Sears and Macy’s. You will also find Neiman Marcus, Shirokiya, and Nordstrom. For women’s apparel there is many choices including Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Arden B., Cache, Jeans Warehouse, Chanel Boutique, Spiral Girl, DKNY, and bebe. Menís apparel includes the Banana Republic, Bobby Jones, Gap, Guess, Hollister, Metropark, Puma, Old Navy, and American Eagle Outfitters.

For those looking to shop for accessories you will find a wide array of shops including Alfred Dunhill, Celine, Coach, Fendi, Prada, Swatch, Tumi, Claire’s, Bally, Aldo Accessories, Vera Bradley, and Le Sportsac.

Jewelry stores include Bvlgari, Cartier, Damiani, Folli Follie, Ben Bridge Jeweler, Na Hoku, Jewel Flair, Maui Divers Jewelry, Silver Rhino, Hallmark Jewelers, and Ponte Vecchio Hotta.

This list doesn’t even begin to cover whatís available at the Ala Moana Shopping Center. You will also find childrenís clothing stores, shoe stores, beauty products, salons, stores that sell books and electronics, health shops, and specialty shops. With the variety and affordable pricing your days of shopping will be well above your expectations.

Hula

May 1, 2008 by  
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Have you thought about traveling to Hawaii for your vacation or just to spend a few days away in the one of the beautiful islands of this tropical state. If you have you will probably hear the term “hula” quite a bit. Hula basically stands for dance which is accompanied by song or chant. Originally it was developed by the Polynesians who had settled in the Hawaiian Islands. The song or chat accompanying the hula is known as a mele. A hula is used to dramatize on the mele.With there being different types of a hula it may be confusing but can be easily understood with just a bit of research. Normally there are two broad categories for hula. Ancient hula is also known as kahiko and was performed the Western encounters of Hawaii. This was normally accompanied by not only chant but traditional instruments as well. After evolving a bit hula fell under the Western influence leading it to be called auana. This type of hula is accompanied by chant and Western musical instruments such as the ukulele, the guitar, and the double bass.

Many hula dancers are performed at restaurants as live entertainment or at luaus in which many dancers will perform over a period of time. There are many hula dancers who also perform during celebrations such as weddings, dances, birthdays, and other special occasions.

Most individuals enjoy watching the professional hula dancers perform. Its amazing how their body flows so well with the music.

Whale Watching

May 1, 2008 by  
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Whale Watching

If you are planning on visiting Hawaii anytime soon you will be happy to know you will never lack of things to do or activities to participate in. One activity that is becoming very popular throughout Hawaii is whale watching.

Hawaii offers spectacular while watching tours that allow you to observe the majestic Humpback Whales. Many of the islands offer while watching tours including Maui, Kauai, and Kona.  Imagine sailing across the deep waters with the sun setting as you have the chance to observe these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
If you are interested in a less crowded whale watching area I would recommend traveling to the North Shore which is located on the beautiful island of Oahu.  From here you can travel by sailboat a small group for an upclose and personal experience the whales.
While you may choose to go whale watching throughout the year one of the best times as during the winter months.  This is because more whales travel to Hawaii during this time to seek refuge from the cold harsh temperatures.  This allows them to bask in the warm waters of Hawaiian Islands while being observed by thousands of tourist.  Individuals travel from all of the world to participate in the seasonal whale watching.  The best months to observe these magnificent creatures is between late November to mid April.  There are a variety of whale watching excursions offered all throughout the state.  Some of which even drop microphones into the ocean so tourists can hear the whales.
Whales often choose to travel to the Hawaiian Islands to breed, nurse their young, and give birth.  Many visitors feel as though by visiting the whales in their natural habitat it gives us a better sense of what they’re really about.  You will have the chance to take photos and video footage that will capture and amaze your friends and family.

Things To Do In Hawaii

May 1, 2008 by  
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Things To Do In Hawaii

If this is your first visit to Hawaii you will be surprised at how many activities there are here to do.  You will never lack things to participate in or new things to explore.  It may vary depending on the actual location that your traveling to in Hawaii.
You can spend your day lounging on many of the Sandy white beaches, swimming in the beautiful waters, horseback riding, playing golf, or shopping.
For those who are looking to take up a new sport or hobby while visiting Hawaii can start by taking lessons for area of interest. For example if you are looking to learn how to surf, snorkel, or scuba dive now would be a great time to learn. There are many companies, individuals, and tour guides that will be more than happy to teach you how for a small fee. There is so much to explore, see, and do that it would be virtually impossible to become bored while visiting Hawaii.
The shopping here is absolutely amazing. There are many shops ranging from retail stores, souvenir shops, fresh markets, and specialty stores that stay open most of the day for your convenience.

Dining here is an adventure on it’s own. There is a variety of culture and cuisines combined throughout the restaurants found on the islands. You will find traditional Hawaiian, American, Pacific, seafood, French, and many others to choose from. The price for you dinner will depend on what you choose to order and how many are in your party. Most dishes will run you between $20 dollars a meal to as high as $125 depending on what your craving that day. Most of the dining choices have views of either the ocean or the mountains so you will be pleased if you choose to eat outside.

Luaus in Hawaii

May 1, 2008 by  
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Luaus in Hawaii

If you are planning on visiting Hawaii anytime soon you will be pleasantly surprised by whats offered here. There are many things that are offered here that you could not experience anywheres else. One thing that you must attend while visiting the beautiful majestic islands of Hawaii is a traditonal luau. A luau normally consists of a large feast and live entertainment including hula dancers and Polynesian entertainment.

In preperation for the luau those who will do the cooking begin preparing the feast early on the day the luau is expected to take place. A huge pit is dug into the beach or sand. Next Kiawe logs are then placed inside of the pit and later topped with river rocks. A fire is then started on the rocks to create hot rocks and hot coals. The rocks will then be evened out near the bottom of the pit and moistened banana stalks will be placed on top followed by another layer of banana leaves for the pig to be placed on.
Then later the laulau, sweet potatoes, and pig are placed in the imu and covered with additional ti leaves and banana leaves. Wet burlap bags may be used to add team and keep the heat packed inside. The final step is when a large tarp is placed over the pit which will be covered in sand. Within 6-8 hours the kalua pig should be ready to eat.
Many other foods are often found at luaus including chicken long rice, poi, coconut custard, lomi salmon, salads, sweet potato, variety of fish, and many other specialty items.

Also many of the luaus have open bars that offer a variety of tasty tropical drinks including Mai Tais. For others or children you can find soft drinks, ice tea, or fruit punch.

Luaus are always held near sunset and offers a variety of live entertainment. You should attend at least one in your lifetime and more than likely you will be going back to many more.

Hawaii Beaches

May 1, 2008 by  
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Hawaii Beaches

If you are planning a vacation in the future there are many destinations to consider.  If you are looking for a warm tropical location that will allow you to relax on white Sandy beaches and spend your days lounged on a blanket soaking up the sun you may want to consider Hawaii.

Hawaii has some of the best beaches in the world.  They offer a variety ranging from private beaches, public beaches, to nude beaches.  Each island located in Hawaii have something special to offer.  For example the travel Channel has named Poipu Beach which is also referred to as “America’s Beast Beach”, the number one beach in America.  This magnificent beach is located in this South Shore near the Garden Isle of Kauai.

Other popular beaches located in Hawaii include the Wailea Beach located in Maui. This beach is also referred to as “Best Beach for Pampering”. Other popular Maui beaches include Big Beach, Black Rock, and Ahihi Kinau Bay and Nature Preserve.  Oahu has many popular beaches including the Ala Moana Beach Park, Bellows Beach Park, and Ehukai Beach Park. Kauai has many unique beaches including the Anahola Beach, Hanakapi’ai Beach, Glass Beach, Hideaways Beach, Kalihiwai Bay Beach, and Lawai Beach.

For the more daring you may choose to visit one of the nude beaches located throughout Hawaii.  There are nude beaches located on Maui, Oahu, and Molokai.  While some tourist or locals object to these types of beaches its growing more popular each year.  These individuals choose to swim, sunbathe, and resume partially or fully nude.

This is just a few of the many beaches that Hawaii has to offer. Many of them have services located near or on the beach such as showers, concession stands, life guards, and restrooms. Others offer barbacue stations, playgrounds, and rental shops for surfing, canoing, snorkeling, and other water sports.

Ala Moana Beach

May 1, 2008 by  
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The Ala Moana beach is often referred to as “The Path to the Sea”. This is a great place to spend your days especially since its free for tourists to visit. The Ala Moana Beach is located on the island of Oahu, between downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. There is over 100 acres located around the beach which offers tons of space for visitors. With big grassy areas, palm trees, and banyans its the perfect place to have a picnic after a long day of swimming and beach activities.

The water here is calm most of the time so its great for those who are looking to swim close to shore or who are traveling with children. It also contains a 25 foot channel that is dedicated for deep swimming.

This beautiful beach does offer several amenities including on duty life guards, food concessions, music pavilion, showers, restrooms, picnic tables, and even a tennis court. Many families from Honolulu travel to this particular beach during the weekends to spend time together doing things such as swimming and picnicking. Many individuals also choose to come here to surf and bodyboard.

If you are looking for a great place to hang out for the day to enjoy beach activities and even have a BBQ as the sunsets this is the perfect place. Whether you are looking to spend the evening alone with your significant other or take the whole family everyone will be pleased.

You will want to avoid swimming near the boat channels located on each side of the beach park. Also at times there may be swift tidal changes and strong undercurrents so itís advised that you check out any warnings that are posted throughout the beach and never swim alone.

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