Archive for May, 2007

Maui and Haleakala Crater

Haleakala is one of the most visited destinations in East Maui and rightfully so. It is an enormous, spectacular crater that stretches as far as the eye can see. “House of the Sun” in Hawaiian, the crater sits 10,023 feet above sea level (3055 meters) and has an area of 570 square miles!

According to the U.S. Geological survey, Haleakala has experienced at least 10 eruptions in the past 1,000 years (that’s quite a lot, in volcano/geological time). In fact, this pattern indicates that the East Maui volcano will once again erupt in the future!

Sunrise is spectacular at the crater (many love sunsets there too), but it requires that you get up incredibly early in the morning to make the long trek up to the crater summit in your car (biking expeditions are also available).

Oahu and the Shrimp Truck

On the scenic North Shore of Oahu, you’ll find a curious phenomena – as you drive along Kamehameha Highway, you’ll see Shrimp Trucks dotting the landscape.

Here’s a tip……..if you want freshly cooked, succulent shrimp, be sure to visit the “Original” Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck in Kahuku, on the island of Oahu.

If you love shrimp (and you’d better, because that’s all they serve), you’re going to love their Shrimp Scampi, Hawaii-style.

One dozen jumbo shrimp, smothered in garlic and butter, dripping over white rice.

They’ve got several picnic style tables set up under canvas tarps.

No, it isn’t fancy, but I can’t think of a better way to spend time, eating a delicious meal outside, close to the beach, in a largely unspoiled stretch of Oahu.

Tip: If you like a little heat, be sure to ask for some hot dipping sauce for your shrimp scampi – but be careful! It can blow your mouth off!

Kona Grown Chocolate?

Did you know that there are chocolatiers in the Kona side of the Big Island?

Cacao beans are able to grow in this area – it is the northernmost region where these cacao beans can be grown.

There are small boutique companies that grow the cacao beans, process them into chocolate, and package the finished bars.

As you can imagine, this Kona-bred chocolate is not cheap, and is sold mainly as “boutique chocolate” to fine connoissuers of chocolate.

So, the next time you’re in Kona, be sure to ask for genuine Kona chocolate!

Kona Marlin Fishing

Just caught this great video of Marlin Fishing off the Kona Coast. Great weather, blue water, and Marlin just off of Kona. Geez, aren’t these suckers HUGE?

Kona Coffee

As any coffee fan knows, Kona coffee is one of the finest brews in the world.

 You might be asking yourself, “Coffee from Hawaii?????”. 

That would be right………..Kona has climate conditions that are perfect for coffee growing – this includes sunny mornings, humid and rainy afternoons and mild nights.

The next time you are shopping for Kona Coffee, be sure you know what you are buying.  “Kona Blends” are not made of 100% Kona beans – in fact, these blends may contain as low as 10% Kona coffee beans.  So, if you’re looking for real Kona coffee, insist on 100% Kona beans.

Marlin Fishing Off of the Kona Coast in Hawaii

Kona, Hawaii offers some of the best deep sea Marlin fishing in the world.

Each year in August, the Hawaii International Billfish Tournament hosts teams from around the world, in one of the most prestigious fishing tourneys in the Country, competing for the Governor’s Trophy.

The tournament lasts 5 days with teams fishing off the warm waters off off Kona, Hawaii (the Big Island).

If you’re ever interested in visiting Kona during the summer and seeing the tournament, book early, as prime hotel rooms go fast!

Earthquake Beneath Kilauea

A 4.7 magnitude Earthquake occurred this morning beneath the Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.

It was the largest earthquake in the area in the last 50 years.

An Earthquake like this sometimes indicates a new eruption or a change in an existing eruption.  However, there have been no outward signs of unusual summit activity.

Interestingly, Kilauea has been actively erupting since January 1983!

Kona Hawaii Maui Honolulu

Aloha!

You’ve dreamed of travelling to a Pacific Paradise, whether it be Kona, Hawaii, Maui, or Honolulu (Oahu).  Well, we’re going to give you a little taste of the islands…..

Stay tuned for some observations about the state of Hawaii and its many islands.  Find a cool hotel to stay at, things to do, places to see, the rich ethnic diversity to experience, and on, and on, and on!!!

We’ll be travelling to Hawaii (the Big Island), Maui, Oahu, and Kauai.  Hope you join us for the ride!

Aloha!