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What's It Like In Hawaii?  
User currently offlineAir Taiwan From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 1517 posts, RR: 4
Posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

Sorry for the dumb question... but i just wanted to know what is Hawaii like for travellers?

It's one of the most famous destinations in the world and it doesn't seem to offer that many things...I mean, is it all surf suf and more surf? Is there anything for non-surfers?

thanks for that!

Jimmy

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User currently offlineMbmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1047 times:

There are lots of things to do in Hawaii if you like the outdoors.

On several of the islands, you will find a few protected bays that provide good conditions for snorkeling. You can rent a kayak and cross some of the calmer bays. You can hike across ancient lava flows. You can hike to and/or around extinct volcano cones. You can buy a ride on a helicopter to fly over active volcanoes and watch magma ooze to the surface.

On the leeward side of the islands you will find interesting plantations and farms as well as historical sites. I recommend that you visit a sugar-processing plant. They're amazing.

So that's a list for starters. There are plenty of other things to do on the islands, as I am sure others will say.





User currently offlineTimdapup22 From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1049 times:

I dunno what it offers, but im about to find out next Thurday...(at whatever crazy time of night Air New Zealand/Ansett get me there).
Would be great for any pointers on where to go in Oahu, staying on the northshore and going camping for a bit too... but would be interested to know this more on Jimmy's question too.


User currently offline174thFWff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1035 times:

I have been there 2 times. One word sums it all up,...

PARADISE!



User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1034 times:

Imagine yourself having just eaten a delicious meal at a nighttime Luau. You go out to sit at the beach, and its a clear, starry night with a crescent of a moon shining. The sound of the surf and the ruslting of the palm leaves is all you hear. A few girls walk by, almost naked, the bright colors of their bikinis faded in the moonlight.......

Hawaii is fantastic.

Aloha 737-200!!  Wink/being sarcastic

I live in Maui, stop on in for a visit!  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineJet-A gasguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 266 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1033 times:

I also live on Maui. And if you like heat and humidity....I say WELCOME! You know, working on that airport ramp is so blazing hot and humid that sometimes it feels like I'm about to pass out! But its great here and having gone to college in Cali., I can honestly say that there is absolutely no place like Hawaii! And Aloha 737-200, what are you doing here in Maui? I thought you were going to go to HCC and pursue a flying career?

J-A.G.G.



Find a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life.
User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1032 times:

Aloha Jet-A!!

I'm not moving for a while, I'm only a junior in hight school.

At any rate, you better e-mail me.

alohacooldude@yahoo.com

I need to talk with you. It's important and considering my career.

Mahalo,

Aloha 737-200!!  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1016 times:

Timdapup22,

ANZ gets in pretty late; the flights are designed to connect to Star Alliance partner Air Canada's flights to Canada.

On the north shore, check out the town of Haleiwa. In particular, get shave ice at Matsumoto's. Also you might want to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie.

There is the Dole pineapple plantation about half way between the north and south shores in the middle of the island, it's worth checking that out too.

Also check out Pearl Harbor; the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri are nice. They also have a Russian submarine; I haven't been there yet.

David / SAN
...who will be in Hawaii soon...


User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1017 times:

Hawaiian..
So you lived on Oahu once? Or were you there as a tourist?

Aloha 737-200!!  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1013 times:

Honalulu and Oahu is great. The best veiws can be seen by tourist helecopter and Aloha airlines as you are island hopping. Helo is another great location. The area Around the Arizona Memorial is quite peacful and surean.


"FUIMUS"
User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1015 times:

Helo, you mean Hilo?

Aloha 737-200!!  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineTimdapup22 From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1008 times:

Thanks for That David/SAN - taken notes on those things to do. Will be staying in Haleiwa so am glad to hear it is a place worth going  Smile

Double thanks on the reasons behind the time scheduling, I was wondering on that but never did ask  Smile Not really related to this post but I'm guessing that would be why NZ14 from Sydney to Los Angeles left at 5 PM and now leaves at 9 am or so... (I may be wrong on those too...)


User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1002 times:

Well I've been almost everyone in Hawaii (except Lanai) as a tourist at one point or another. Three years ago my parents moved from California to Hilo, and just this week moved from Hilo to Oahu.

David / SAN


User currently offlineChris28_17 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1439 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 997 times:

Hawaii frickin rocks!


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Click here for full size photo!

Photo © Chris weldy



no matter what you do, it will be relaxing, i love just waking up and thinking "hmm, i suppose i'll go hang out at the ocean for a while" as if that was a default plan for the day...
Here in indiana, going to a public pool on a hot summer day, where little kids pee, and you have what seems like 100 people surriounding you, is a luxury....


hawaii is great! not to mention the highest percentage of gorgeous chicks in the world!

Aloha!!

CHRIS


User currently offlineHawaiibelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 988 times:

Hawaii is a dream for alot of people because it's too expensive to get here. Hotels are expensive, living here is expensive. Things here are like 3 times more than they are in the continental U.S.Hawaii is beautiful tho. I live on the North Shore in Hale'iwa--and the sunsets are wonderful, the beaches are great, and the people out here are nice. There's lots of things to do here without just surfing. There's alot of ancient hawaiian culture here, there's old hawaiian buildings in Honolulu, museums, you can go shopping at various malls around the island, go to a hula show, go hiking at Diamond Head..all kinds of things.

User currently offlineG Dubya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 987 times:

cool...a real life wahine replying on this topic.

...beats Aloha737-200  Big grin

 Smokin cool


User currently offlineHawaiibelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 984 times:

I think it's funny how they make Hawaii look in the movies. Like they had this one show called Byrds In Paradise, it was a local based show, and there was one scene where they went into the sugar cane fields (when we still had them) and then all of a sudden there's a beach...where did that come from? Alot of people think we dance hula and surf all day and live in grass shacks. I was born and raised here, I don't surf heehee. We dress like everyone else.

User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 982 times:

Aloha peoples!!

Hawaiibelle got it right on the head with what she said about Hawaii. Hollywood has totally changed people's perception of the islands.

They've given Hawaii south-american style rainforests and bora-bora style lagoons. Unfortunately, these islands are quite different, but beautiful nonetheless.  Wow!

Hawaii has its rainforests, and its beaches. But we also have deserts and cattle ranches, grasslands and plains. On the Big Island we even have Skiing!! Hawaii is more diverse than people think, and the sad thing is that alot of people get here, find out it's not what they had pictured, and become disappointed.

To really know Hawaii you shouldn't look at pitures, and you shouldn't believe everything Hollywood throws at you. You have to experience Hawaii FOR YOURSELF! You have to spend a great deal of time here to truly understand these islands.

Some poor photos will make an island look ugly, but if you're here to take in the whole picture, you fund everything is quite lovely, more beautiful than you could even imagine, because you have to look at beauty in ALL THINGS.  Love

The surf-
When you first move here, as I did, the surf can be annoying, trust me on this one. If you're near the shore, the sound never ends. The surf is always there. But the more you hear it, the more the surf mezmorizes you, it places you under a spell and you begin the LOVE the surf. So much you can't live without it. The sound of the waves battering the shoreline becomes a lovesong, the essence of the life of the islands.

The wind blows through the valleys and lifts up your soul. The scent of nature fills your every sense, you become pert of the islands, and the islands become a part of you. But one must find these things, which are invisible to the eye of the tourist.

I have to have mountains, and I have to have sea. Hawaii delivers. I don't think I could live anywhere with sand and sea that doesn't have high mountains. Hence why I could never live in the Caribbean. And the people here are fantastic. Granted you wil have you people who make a mess of things, and you have a little crime, you have that everywhere, but it seems as if most people have this spirit within them that comes only from the islands. A peice missing from every person can be found here, if you only open up your eyes and look.  Big thumbs up

On first sight, Hawaii is not as beautiful as people claim. But when you open up your heart and look at all things with love, you begin to see beauty tha tyou never knew existed, you find yourself in a place that couldn't possibly exist, for it is too beautiful. And this is why I love Hawaii. I can look at a mountain, and see beauty. I can smell it in the air, I can feel it on a breeze. Hawaii has a soul, and you have to open yourself up to it before you can appreciate her true beauty.

Hawaiibelle, you have a great advantage. You've lived in the island all your life. I'm a newcome, Haole, and was, like everyone I'm sure, a bit disappointed at first with a few things. And alot of things I loved from the start. But as more time went by I grew to love these islands and I couldn't live anywhere else!

For everyone, think of Hawaii as a painting. You have your areas of light, places of jaw-dropping beauty that are unimaginable, and you have your areas of dark, your not-so-pretty areas that at first degrade Hawaii's image.

Now step back, and watch light and dark blend together to create a beautiful, fantastic picture. This is Hawaii, the perfect blend.  Smile

Don't let Hollywood show you Hawaii, come and see it for yourself. To really love it, stay away from the hotels. Camp. And camp here for a month, at least. And then, surrounded by nature, over time, you will see and love the real Hawaii, not the one served to you on a plate.

And I'm sure Hawaiibelle would agree. I'm oving on over to O'ahu here in a year or two for college, so maybe I could meet up with you. That is, if you like (No hidden meaning! Big grin ).

Aloha Ahiahi,

Aloha 737-200!!  Wink/being sarcastic

BTW- G Dubya, you shahbait kine, eh? LOL  Acting devilish


User currently offlineChris28_17 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1439 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 974 times:

The surf-
When you first move here, as I did, the surf can be annoying, trust me on this one. If you're near the shore, the sound never ends. The surf is always there. But the more you hear it, the more the surf mezmorizes you, it places you under a spell and you begin the LOVE the surf. So much you can't live without it. The sound of the waves battering the shoreline becomes a lovesong, the essence of the life of the islands.

The wind blows through the valleys and lifts up your soul. The scent of nature fills your every sense, you become pert of the islands, and the islands become a part of you. But one must find these things, which are invisible to the eye of the tourist.



*snif* *snif* quite poetic indeed  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


anyhew, people in hawaii are just like everyone else... (only darker.. haha) but geez whiz its an incredible place...

Hawaiibelle!! a newbie, thought i would say welcome, i love seeing more people from hawaii on this site! i've met a few A.net ppl on previous trips down there.. (mostly for airplane stuff)

CHRIS



User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 974 times:

Chris28_17 wrote:
anyhew, people in hawaii are just like everyone else... (only darker.. haha)

They're friendlier too.

David / SAN
...looking forward to signing his posts as David / HNL all summer long


User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 975 times:

Ass right Hawaiian!!

Hey, didn't you use to live in Lahaina?

Aloha 737-200!!  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineOH-LZA From Finland, joined Jun 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 967 times:

Can you tell me things about the Big Island? Because i might go on a trip there during christimas.

Alexander


User currently offlineHawaiibelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 966 times:

Big Island..hmmm only been there once years ago and me and my mom stayed at a resort. Didn't have a rental car so didn't have a chance to look around the island. I wanted to see the volcano erupting and snow. At the time I've never seen snow before, but then when I was in Arizona, I got to see snow for the first time. It was great!I'd love to visit all the islands someday. And off the subject of the Big Island...I like meeting new people, so Aloha737-200 come on down! Would love to meet ya.

User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 960 times:

Aloha 737-200,

No I didn't live in Lahaina. My parents lived for three years in Hilo on the Big Island, just last week moved to Ewa Beach on Oahu.

Which leads me to answering OH-LZA's question...

The Big Island is nice. The Kona (west) side is where most of the resorts are, as well as the good beaches and is known for its coffee plantations. It's dry though, and is prone to getting vog (volcanic smog), so if you are prone to respiratory problems, be careful there.

Hilo is on the east side of the island. Many tourists for some reason get discouraged from going there. It might have something to do with the average 120 inches of rain Hilo gets in a year. But this is typicall in short, 5 minute bursts, and more at night. Because of all this rain, Hilo is very lush and green. If your main interest is the volcano, Hilo is where you want to stay, since it's much closer, about a half hour drive from Hilo town to the volcano.

In my opinion, the best way to see lava flowing from the volcano is to take a helicopter tour, since the flow is somewhat distant from anywhere you can reach on land unless you're willing to take an all day hike across old lava flows. Again because Hilo is closer, its cheaper to go from there than from the Kona side. Short of a helicopter, another neat way to see the lava flow is to go down to the end of Chain of Craters Road at sunset. Bring binoculars, and after it gets dark you can see some distant orange spots where the lava flow (mostly underground) runs under an opening to the surface. Without binoculars, all you'll see are some distant orange spots of light, with with them you can often see currents in the lava. Since its night and you may want to hike a short distance across across a lava flow to get a little better view, bring a flashlight.

David / SAN


User currently offlineChris28_17 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1439 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 962 times:

DAVID>>>>

how do photographers get such awesome lava pictures from those volcanos, i see these pics everywhere in hawaii, especially calanders...etc... they *have* to be pretty damn close, thats what i wanna do next time im out there!!! (im guessing not just anyone can get that close... but im not sure, thus, im asking)  Big thumbs up

well, hoping anyway..


Hawaiibelle>>>

i think you need to post a picture, i swear all hawaiian females are gorgeous...



CHRIS


25 Post contains images Hawaiibelle : Well, let me just say that even tho I've been here all my life, I'm not really hawaiian. If you'd like to see my webpage and pictures of me, look for
26 Hawaiian717 : Chris, I don't know for sure, but I can take some guesses. Vulcanologists study volcanos and often get very close to flowing lava. They are usually we
27 Post contains images B757300 : I've been to Hawaii twice and I would go back again in a heartbeat. I was able to go when I was 15 and luckily got to go back when I was 16. Heck, I'd
28 Post contains images CstarU : Maui, Hawaii Haleakala National Park Lahaina ...can't have a collection of Maui pictures without a waterfall.
29 Post contains images Chris28_17 : CstarU>> that waterfall picture i believe is "sacred falls" on oahu; i was there a few years back just before there was a landslide down there and kil
30 Post contains images CstarU : Chris, That's definitely in Maui. I haven't been to Sacred Falls in O'ahu, wished I did. But there's something sacred about this waterfall; about a hu
31 Post contains images Hawaiibelle : Wow CstarU those are beautiful pictures I've never been to Maui.
32 Post contains images Aloha 737-200 : Chris 28_17, I KNOW that that waterfall is in Maui. That's Wailua Falls, on the Hana side near O'heo Gulch! That and Waikani are probably the most fam
33 Post contains images Hawaiibelle : Yes I've lived here all my life, but stayed on O'ahu. I'd like to visit the other islands someday, perhaps even play tourist
34 Post contains images Aloha 737-200 : LOL, you play tourist I'll beef ya! LOL OK, here's some Maui-
35 Post contains images Aloha 737-200 : Aloha!! Hehe...Sunset at Kapalua-
36 Hawaiibelle : Timdapup22 is coming here in 2 days and I plan on playing tourist and see what kind of reactions we will get. He's coming from Australia and so we bot
37 Post contains images Aloha 737-200 : Well it's VERY geen in some areas, very brown in others. Depend on how far Mauka/Makai you are, and whether you get the trades or not. Up Pu'u Kukui w
38 Post contains images Aloha 737-200 : Alau island at dawn...
39 Post contains images Aloha 737-200 : Hey Hawaiibelle!!! OMG, I used to have a friend that looked JUST like you. Her name was Ahrian. It's too bad though what she's done with herself. Star
40 Hawaiibelle : Answer to your question Aloha737-200, Timdapup22 is a member here only posted a few things here and there. I guess parts of Maui are like here; like o
41 Post contains images Aloha 737-200 : No kidding, that Pali Highway is VERY green and VERY cool. If I can afford a pad on that side when I move over I'll crash in Kane'ohe. That's the most
42 Post contains images Aloha 737-200 : Heheh..Kaneohe-
43 Post contains images CstarU : I've been to O'ahu more than Aloha737-200. me = 3x Aloha737-200 = 1x
44 Post contains images Aloha 737-200 : Suck Rocks!!! Hey Cstar, you should chat with me more! I miss ya!! Aloha 737-200!!
45 Post contains images CstarU : Aloha737-200, ...you should chat with me more! wrong thread! top: Lana'i bottom: Front St. Lahaina
46 Post contains images Aloha 737-200 : Aloha737-200, ...you should chat with me more! wrong thread! Huh?? Anways, top- Lanai- DUH bottom- Front street- DUH! LOL, j/k Aloha 737-200!!
47 Post contains images CstarU : Please use TWFirst volumes for chatting. Before I go (to Starbucks), here's more... (note: I'm not OJ anymore. Please see profile for more info.) Moko
48 Aloha 737-200 : ................................OK Juice......................................
49 Post contains images B757300 : If you are planning to visit Hawaii, you really need to go here especially if you're an American. (And No, I'm not saying only Americans should go.)
50 KonaB777 : I agree with Aloha 737-200 when I say that the islands are truly mezmerizing and that once you go there, you just have to go back. I am a lifelong res
51 Post contains images Chris28_17 : first of all, i feel like a dipshit for earlier, i could have sworn that was sacred falls, i have pics not scanned that truly look almost identical...
52 Post contains images Aloha 737-200 : NICE pics Chris!! Especially the Lanikai one. KonaB777, it's not that we're against tourists, it's that sometimes it can be a pain. Perticularly if yo
53 Hawaiibelle : Tourists aren't bad...they bring money to the state, but at the same time we have to build more things to cater to them. Prices keep going up, almost
54 Post contains images Aloha 737-200 : Unfortunately, Hawaiibelle, I have to agree. Our beautiful Hawaii is going to become nothing more than an oasis of concrete. And there's not much peop
55 Hawaiibelle : Well Aloha737-200, I don't know. It IS a great idea, but it wouldn't happen because there's a stranglehold on open land. As you know Bishop Estate own
56 Post contains images Aloha 737-200 : Yes Hawaiibelle, I can see your point. I forgot about Bishop. Perhaps though they will continue to preserve the land. What I have against them is that
57 Post contains images Jet-A gasguy : Hawaiibelle~ Whats a goth girl like you, doing in a forum like this? Aloha737-200~ Is that you I see often parked outside of the fence on the East ram
58 Post contains images Hawaiibelle : Well Jet-A gasguy, I got into the goth style thing when I was in Arizona. My ex-boyfriend was a DJ at a goth club. I just like the clothes and makeup
59 Post contains images Aloha 737-200 : Goth girls frighten me!! LOL, just kidding. Aloha 737-200!!
60 Post contains images Aloha 737-200 : Hey Jet-A!! You get your butt on your e-mail. I've been trying to get ahold of you!!! E-mail me, OK!! Aloha 737-200!!
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