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Linda’s Sunday

Posted by schlumpf84 on November 24, 2008

My Sunday began very relaxed. I had a nice breakfast and enough time to shower and get ready…Then Franzi and me took a bus (# 5) to the Manoa Falls and had a hike up there. That was real fun! It’ just a 3-4 miles hike, but it was enough for our lazy and out of shape bodies 🙂 ! We got up there very slow and stopped nearly every few steps to take photos…of plants, plants and the waterfall. We had a little picnic with brownies and enjoyed the waterfall. Back in town we had a coffee and went shopping in the Ala Moana Centre. All in one, it was a wonderful and relaxing Sunday and a perfect end of the week…

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Strange things seen in America.

Posted by joegre on November 23, 2008

This time I’d like to mention a few things that I’ve seen in this country which made me curious.

First of all I’d like to mention the cars here. I’ve heard that you get a fine if somebody in your car has no belt on, but it’s legal to carry peoples on the loading platform of your pickup on the Highway. Strange country.

But some stuff is really nice too. I like the ”rescue” surfboards of the lifeguards here. imgp1312I like the though that they rescue surfers with a surfboard; it’s somehow more organic then with a jet boat. So I see that it makes sense that lifeguards have surfboards. But what the hack do the firefighters have surfboards for? This looks like a joke:foto-0092So the local firefighters get the second place for being somewhat weird. But the first place belongs to something else: I mean I know this is a different country with a rich culture which might look strange to me. And I also know that fast food is an important part of the American Way of Life. BUT: Have you ever seen the haul down the flag ceremony at Burger King? It takes place every day at 6:15 p.m. Don’t believe it? Go to see it!imgp1321

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Maui, The Valle Isle

Posted by Josh on November 6, 2008

House of the Sun

House of the Sun

maui_mapbgThe most unforgettable and awe-inspiring experience you can have on Maui is watching the sunrise from the lofty summit of Haleakala, the volcanic peak that gave rise to Maui. Watching dawn paint the sky in fiery hues as the world’s largest dormant volcano emerges into view is an awesome experience. You’ll truly understand what Hale (house) Akala (sun) means. You have to get up really early though and drive to the top. Early is around 3am because it takes about 2 hours to drive. Bring something warm. It’s cold up there. If you really want to have fun, book a bike tour so that you can glide all the way down the volcano with hardly any effort. It’s very cool.

The bike tours end in the hip (cool) surfing mecca of Pa’ia, whose eclectic cafes dish up amazing lunchtime delights. If you like fish, you have to eat at the best fish restaurant in Hawaii, Mama’s Fish House.

Before you head to the beaches on the other side of the island, be sure to stop at Iao Valley. It will take your breath away.

Little Beach

Little Beach

On Maui, the afternoon belongs to the beach. Join the crowds ogling daredevil boardriders at Ho’okipa, the windsurfing capital of the world. Then drive over to the other side of the Island to Big

Beach, which is my favorite; and if you’re daring, Little Beach. Both are beautiful but Little Beach if for those who are a bit more open-minded.

Big Beach

The beach near all the resorts is really nice too its called Kaanapali Beach.

And if you like to snorkel, book a trip to Molokini, a crater that collapsed into the sea thousands of years ago creating the perfect reef for beautiful fish. And if you’re up for a little club-crawling, Lahaina offers a sizzling night scene.

Molokini

Molokini

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We Can Change: VOTE OBAMA

Posted by Josh on November 4, 2008

En Espanol

Yes We Can!

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Maui: Getting Our Bearings

Posted by Josh on November 3, 2008

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Grand Wailea Resort: Maui

Posted by Josh on November 3, 2008

This is the Hotel I had my honeymoon at for 2 weeks!

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My favorite places!!!

Posted by marianacandia on October 29, 2008

My favorite places in Honolulu are the following:

1. Restaurant: Islands

The best restaurant for me is Islands. There you can find the best hamburgers in all the world.

2. Bar: Duke’s Bar

I love Duke’s Bar. Duke’s has the best view of the beach. There’s live music, food, exotic drinks, and a good atmosphere.

3. Bay: Hanauma Bay

The best bay in Honolulu is the Hanauma Bay.  It is a sanctuary for whales. It is a beautiful place. You can have a wonderful time there.

Is very difficult to make a list of the best places because the Island is very nice all over!!

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North Shore

Posted by schlumpf84 on October 29, 2008

My favorite place on Oahu is not just one place but an area [in itself]; it’s _____ North Shore! My host dad took me and my roommates to a round trip along _____North Shore. The weather was very voggy but I made no difference as we were just for driving around and stopping on some beaches. I have never seen so many beautiful beaches before! Now I know where I want to go if I am [grow] bored of these crowdy beaches here in town. When we arrived in the north______, we had lunch at a very delicious Restaurant called “Killer Taco”.  It is a small shop next to the road and the atmosphere was not the best…but I was soooooooooo hungry that the big veggie taco I had was just delicious!!!

I can’t wait to go to every single beach again!

You should [all] go to North Shore !

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Favorite Places in Hawaii

Posted by ninsl on October 29, 2008

I was in Hawaii 4 years ago and went traveling around the different islands. I’ve already been to Kauai, Big Island and Maui. My favorite place is, until now, the island of Kauai. Usually i don’t like it to hike. But you have to hike, when you go to Kauai. We hiked at the Waimea Canyon. It was breathtaking. We hiked down until two valleys are coming together. The fog was exactly leaving when we arrived at the lookout. It was amazing. I’ve never seen something special like this. I’ve some pictures at home in Switzerland. I would love to upload them. But i can’t. I recommend to fly to Kauai. It’s not as busy as Honolulu or Oahu is. It’s stressles and if you’re interested in nature, flowers or lizards you really should go to Kauai.

Then there is another favorite place. The Aloa Moana Shopping Center. It’s a oversized Shopping Center with endless numbers of stores. You could spend your hole day in the Shopping Center without seeing a store twice. I love that. But it’s dangerous for my moneybag. I try my best. But it’s hard to buy nothing…

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Hanauma Bay, Montse’s favorite place

Posted by gvcholita on October 29, 2008

My favorite place in Oahu is Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve that is meant to be the Sanctuary for whales.

It is about 10 miles east of Waikiki just off the main coastal road and it is beautiful, it has a very clear water different deep blue tones, white sand and no rocks! that I think that is the best for me, I do not like Waikiki beaches because they have rocky sands and when you go in the water you are actually stepping on rocks. That is an important reason for me to have chosen Hanauma Bay as my favorite place around the island of Oahu.

I love Hanauma Bay because it has a beautiful landscape, I think the nicest view, you can even see the tip of  an archipelago far away. The sunset is beautiful, you can see a rainbow, the sky seems to be painted in different colors and the sun hiding underneath the ocean.

I think Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is very nice too because during winter is the home for whales and seas and you are able to see them there, not to dive with them because they are not near from the shore or the beach they are a bit far away but you can get to see them, and take some nice pictures it seems like if you are in Paradise lots of differnt fish species among many other sea animals that you can see while you take a snorkel tour, that I highly recommend!

I love Hanauma bay, I really think everybody will like it as well.

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Josh’s Pick for Best Beach on O’ahu

Posted by Josh on October 29, 2008

HAPPY HONU (Hawaiian for sea turtle)

So where is this beach and how can you get there?

Beach Information

Map

DA BUS

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Favorite places in Hawaii

Posted by ramyleo on October 28, 2008

I came to Hawaii just a little longer than one week ago so I think I’m feeling a bit jet-lagged even now. So I haven’t seen a lot. I was at Duke’s and at Moose’s and on different beaches, which I liked. The Food at Duke’s was really good. But they served too much [the portions were too large] and we were tired again after dinner so we went home. Usually we go to the “Army Beach;” I don’t know what the right name is of that place, but it’s not so far and I really like to go to this beach after the class for swimming, relaxing and maybe playing beach volleyball. I hope I will get to explore more beautiful places in the next few weeks.

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Local Culture

Posted by Josh on October 28, 2008

Local Culture
Thanks to its convenient position in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, not to mention its tropical beauty, Hawaii has attracted people from a vast array of ethnic backgrounds. This has earned its moniker as “the melting pot of the Pacific,” merging the kama’aina into their own unique culture.

One of the first things newcomers notice is the way locals speak – their inflections and their slang. Many locals speak pidgin, a special dialect that originated in the old plantations blending Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian, Portuguese, Filipino and English words into a new concoction of colloquialisms.

Pidgin is more than just words; it’s a relaxed way of talking. The first step to understanding pidgin’s vocabulary and how to use it, however, can be learned through books such as Pidgin to Da Max or the Da Kine Dictionary. Online instruction is also available through Web sites like http://www.extreme-hawaii.com/pidgin.

In addition to dialect, locals have a different way of giving directions. Instead of using north, south, east, and west, expect to receive (and give) location advice using mauka (toward the mountains), makai (toward the ocean), Ewa (west) and Diamond Head (east).

Local CultureWhen driving, giving and receiving the aloha spirit is always appreciated. It’s been noted that Hawaii drivers tend to let others merge into their lanes easily, and drive at a more relaxed pace than the mainland. Allowing pedestrians to cross the street completely before you make a turn, however, is not just being courteous – it’s the law.

One very important custom is to remove your footwear before entering someone’s home. Usually at parties you will see a myriad of shoes, sandals, and slippers strewn outside the door; follow suit and you will fit in perfectly. (By the way, they are called “slippers,” not flip flops or thongs.)

On that note: whenever you attend a party at someone’s home, especially a pot luck, don’t show up empty handed. If it’s not a pot luck, a form of food or drink for the host is always offered, even if it is not something they will consume at the party.

Everyone loves celebrations, but in Hawaii they go off with a bang. Chinese New Year, birthday parties, grand openings, the Fourth of July and especially New Year’s Eve spur strings of firecrackers – provided, of course, you have a permit. The idea behind firecrackers is to scare off any evil spirits so that you can be assured of good luck for your home or business for the coming year.

Speaking of spirits, don’t be alarmed if people speak of the supernatural and paranormal in casual terms. Local folklore, ancient myth, and cultural superstitions also bring Hawaii people together through common understanding. Don’t take lava rocks home; avert your eyes if you see a procession of drums and torches coming from the mountains; don’t stand your chopsticks in your rice, and always keep some Hawaiian salt in the house – not just for cooking, but to help with any metaphysical needs as well.

The most important thing to remember: relax, you’re in Hawaii. Share your customs with your neighbors as they share them with you, and you just may start a new tradition.

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Weekend!!

Posted by marianacandia on October 27, 2008

This weekend I didn’t do anything special. I stayed in Honolulu and because it was raining the whole time so I couldn’t go to the beach.

On Friday, I went to eat at Islands where I had the best hamburger ever!!! I really think that Islands is the best restaurant for hamburgers. In the afternoon, I went to Dave’s residence to have dinner and then we all went to Lotus  for 80’s Night. I didn’t like the ambiance at Lotus because all the people were very drunk. However, did manage to have some fun looking at all the interesting 80s fashion people were wearing. 

On Saturday, I stayed in my apartment all day long and I just went out to have dinner at Lulu’s  with some friends.

On Sunday,  I went to the Island Colony Hotel with my friends and we went in the jacuzzi and then we went to Jack in the box to have dinner.

That was my weekend!!! It was not the best ever but I had a good time! I believe that in Hawaii you can’t ever really have a bad weekend.

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Rain

Posted by schlumpf84 on October 27, 2008

This Friday I went out for the first time here in Hawaii. We went to a discotheque called Zanzibar in Waikiki. It took nearly one hour to get in, but it was worth to wait! The club has two floors where they play hiphop and R&B. I went home very late and that was the problem on Saturday morning. I did not set the alarm and woke up at 11.30am…

On Saturday I went to town and spend nearly the whole day in the Ala Moana Shopping Center, because the weather was so gre4y and cloudy that we did not want to go to the beach.

I have been to the farmer market at the Aloha Stadium on Sunday and really enjoyed it. I bought a birds house for my new aapartment in Germany and hope that a bird will move in and I can feed it everyday :).  In the afternoon I had to do my homework and to check my emails. My host mom cooked a very tasty dinner with tofu and vegetables and rice. We put them in letters and wrapped it. Mmmhh… yummy!

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