Just wanted to make certain you, of all people, were aware that, like the sands of the hourglass, special deals wait for no one.
The offer still stands for a discounted summer stay at this already most reasonably priced oceanfront Kona condo. But the aforementioned time is running out.
Courtesy of the Big Island Visitors Bureau, here are just a few of the many fun activities you can enjoy on the Big Island in the coming months:
- At the Imiloa Astronomy Center, the focus is on the Worldwide Voyage Display. Sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines, it's a four-year sailing mission set to cover 45,000 miles and brainchild of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Go there to check out information on two canoes said to be making the trip.
- Kona Brewing Company is inviting visitors to share photos of their summer fun and good times (and Kona brew) on its Facebook page. A lucky winner of its Summer Bucket List Sweepstakes wins a never-ending oodle of activities in and around Kailua-Kona.
- For the biking set, there's the annual Go BIG or go HOME fundraiser, benefiting MS and sponsored by Hilton Waikoloa Village. If you're not in shape for this ride, you will be once you've taken the 115 mile journey through parts of the same route taken by Ironman competitors. It's set for August 2-4 and you can learn more here. Oh yeah, and special code of HHGUEST lets you register for free and you must have raised at least $300 to participate.
We pass this along about the east side of the very Big Island courtesy of the Big Island Visitors Bureau
New nonstop flights take you to the heart of Hilo and open the door to countless adventures all over the eastside of Hawai'i Island
Hawai'i Island (May 23, 2011) - The news that United Airlines (operated by Continental Airlines) is adding two new nonstop flights into Hilo this June raises an interesting question: Why Hilo?
First, there is fun, funky, historic Hilo town itself. Bright, handsomely restored clapboard and stucco buildings near the bayfront are home to flower and antique shops, boutiques featuring the creations of local aloha wear designers, exotic ethnic restaurants and fun hole-in-the-wall eateries with favorite Hawai'i dishes. A lively farmers market offers exotic fruits, Hawaiian coffees, and vegetables, as well as local crafts, all at great prices - and even massage.
The East Hawai'i Cultural Center features always intriguing exhibits by local artists. The Pacific Tsunami Museum tells the dramatic stories of the 1946 and 1960 tsunamis that hit Hilo and the rest of Hawai'i and the Lyman Mission House and Museum, features Hawaiian artifacts and natural history collections in a house built in 1839 by American Christian missionaries. The 'Imiloa Astronomy Center features stunning shows in its planetarium, and memorable exhibits that explain (in English and Hawaiian) the importance of the stars to the early Polynesian voyagers who first discovered these islands. The interactive displays at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center open a window onto the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the remote Northwest Hawaiian Islands. The Monument is Hawai'i's second UNESCO World Heritage Site (the only other one is Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, just up the hill from Hilo town).
Hilo is no "tourist town." It is an authentic community whose friendly long-time residents go back generations to sugar plantation workers who were immigrants largely from Japan and the Philippines. But there's plenty for a visitor to do here.
Afterall, Hilo is the gateway to all of East Hawai'i, a sometimes overlooked adventurer's paradise that stretches from the isolated Ka Lae peninsula - the southern-most point in the U.S. and a National Historic Landmark - where ocean-faring Polynesians first made landfall in Hawai'i; to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, where Kīlauea volcano has been erupting since 1983; to the glistening jungles that tumble down-slope to the Puna coastline, where lava-heated ponds and clear tidepools speckle the shore. This diverse region is also where you find the only rainforest zoo in the U.S. (it's free!), and the only winery on Hawai'i Island.
East Hawai'i continues to the summit of Maunakea, the world's tallest mountain (measured from its base beneath the sea), and along the Hāmākua Coast where silvery waterfalls, lush botanical gardens, and old sugar plantation towns lead to the raw beauty of Waipi'o Valley.
Within this vast, diverse landscape, spirited travelers can choose from a menu of adventures or create their own, whether on foot, in the water, up in the air, harnessed to a zipline, on horseback, behind the wheel, seated at a table - or all of the above! They can get a good taste of East Hawai'i Island in just two or three days, but a week could easily be filled with exciting fun.
What Hilo town and the outlying districts are not is partly what makes the area so appealing. Instead of grand five-star resorts, the Hilo area offers a variety of excellent inns, bed & breakfast cottages, hostels and good family-friendly hotels, as well as comfortable cabins and campgrounds.
There are no broad, manicured white sand beaches in East Hawai'i, but no one seems to miss them. Hilo town locals flock to the little coves and beach parks along Kalaniana'ole Avenue in Keaukaha for picnicking, snorkeling and splashing in the tidepools. Farther afield, around East Hawai'i, there are black sand beaches and secret snorkel spots to explore along the dramatic, lava-rock shorelines of the Puna and Hāmākua coasts.
So, why Hilo? Just come, and you'll never ask that question again.
Getting Here: Two new direct flights begin service to Hilo this June. United Airlines (operated by Continental Airlines)will offer daily nonstop service from Los Angeles (LAX) to Hilo International Airport (ITO) starting June 9, and weekly flights from San Francisco (SFO) to ITO on Saturdays starting June 11. Rates and information at www.continental.com and www.united.com . Other direct flights from the mainland on major carriers serve the Kona International Airport, a 2-1/2 hour drive from Hilo. All major carriers and interisland aircraft provide connecting flights from Honolulu to Hilo and Kona.
East Hawai'i Fast Facts:
Kīlauea is the world's most active volcano, and has been flowing almost continuously since Jan. 3, 1983Hawai'i's human history began at Ka Lae in the Ka'u District where the Marquesans first made landfall between 500 A.D. and 800 A.D.King Kamehameha the Great launched 800 canoes from Hilo Bay, from where he set sail on his quest to conquer Kaua'iHilo is home to the world's largest and most beloved hula competition, the Merrie Monarch Festival, which comes to town each year the week following Easter SundayEast Hawai'i produces 95 percent of the state's papayas, and 65 percent of the world's macadamia nutsOne of the world's most accessible lava tubes, Thurston Lava Tube (Nāhuku), is found at Hawai'i Volcanoes National ParkHilo is beautified by an average of 130 inches of rain a year, resulting in waterfalls, lush foliage and abundant rainbows
For more about Hilo town and outlying areas go to www.gohawaii.com/big-island/regions-neighborhoods/hilo .
For more information on Hawai'i Island, please visit www.gohawaii.com/big-island .
We salute Hawaiian-born and bred Michelle Wie for her second victory as a pro on the LPGA Tour as she wins the CN Canadian Open on Sunday.
She never trailed in four rounds in Winnipeg, Canada, eh? She won by three strokes.
Above image courtesy of CBC and Golf Channel - No. 1 on the Web for all you want to know about Twain's "nice walk spoiled by the little white ball."
On the back nine on Sunday, Wie, 20, played near flawless golf, with birdies at 13, 14 and 15. While coasting to victory on a Sunday makes for little drama for viewers, it's one of those finishes tour pros love.
In addition to a six-figure payday, she received a hug from fellow pro Kristie Kerr and a dousing of champagne from Christina Kim after making par on the final hole.
Wie told a CBC interviewer it was a "fun day."
Characteristically Wie sprinkled the interview with a bit of her endearing goofiness when she related being a bit nervous during the round after having a "weird dream" and being unable to sleep the night before.
The interviewer wanted to know: Did she care to relate her dream?
"No." She giggled. "It was too weird."
In other Sunday sports news from the islands, the team from Waipahu, Hawaii reached the finals of the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., but the bats fell silent on Sunday to the team from Tokyo.
Japan held the islanders to just four singles and wins for the first time since 2003.
A tip from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center:
"There are certain items you need to have regardless of where you take shelter from a hurricane. The disaster supply kit is a useful tool when you evacuate as well as making you as safe as possible in your home.
For detailed information on what to include in your family's disaster supply kit please contact your county civil defense agency, FEMA, the American Red Cross or the National Weather Service Office in Honolulu."
NOAA UPDATE: AT 1100 AM HST...2100 UTC...THE TROPICAL STORM WATCH FOR THE BIG ISLAND HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR OAHU AND FOR ALL OF MAUI COUNTY...WHICH INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF MAUI...KAHOOLAWE...LANAI...AND MOLOKAI. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...IN THIS CASE WITHIN THE NEXT 36 HOURS.
DATA FROM AN AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT INDICATES THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 45 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. FELICIA IS EXPECTED TO REACH THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS AS EITHER A TROPICAL DEPRESSION...OR POSSIBLY A TROPICAL STORM IF THE EXPECTED WEAKENING DOES NOT OCCUR. IN EITHER CASE...THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO BE NORTH OF THE CIRCULATION CENTER AND OCCUR MOSTLY OVER WATERS NORTH OF THE ISLANDS.
A LARGE SWELL GENERATED BY FELICIA IS ALREADY AFFECTING THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS. THIS SWELL WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD ACROSS THE STATE TODAY AND TONIGHT. ALSO...REGARDLESS OF THE INTENSITY OF FELICIA WHEN IT REACHES THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS...LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL IS STILL EXPECTED TO OCCUR AND FLASH FLOODING REMAINS A POSSIBILITY.
More news later via the Cocoanut wireless. . . if it's not being messed with by the Haoles who own the network . . .
And it appears to be permanent...
The cooperative news agency known as the Associated Press reports that a court in Hawaii has ordered a halt to journeys by the so-called Superferry.
The state Supreme Court has ruled the service's operators should not have been allowed to "bypass an environmental review."
The company, via its web site, says it's "hugely disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision," and has noted that it as operated "on a regular, reliable and responsible basis for the past 11 months."
While up and running, the Superferry had bookings of more than 250,000 people and the company is scrambling to dole out refunds and help stranded passengers.
The case has been returned to a lower court to Circuit Court, the AP says.
And, oh, guess we now bury the lead, but it looks like, as of 3/19, the company says if it can't be quarterback of the islands, it's going to pick up its Superferry and go home.
We quote briefly from the AP dispatch on island reaction to a Saturday Night Live comedy sketch, poking fun at the aggravation of dealing with tourists.
"The four-minute skit, an exaggerated portrayal of how annoying and frustrating it can be to deal with tourists, depicts a pair of disgruntled locals who sing and dance for mainland visitors."
At one point, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, tells a gushing tourist, according to the AP: "It's a fun fact about Hawaii. Our biggest export is coffee. And our biggest import is fat white tourists!"
Thought the clip is reportedly one of the most popular on GE's Hulu.com site, island tourism reps are not amused, calling it "offensive" and coming at a bad time when the weak economy is taking a heavy toll on the island's big cash crop: tourism.
Well, one things for certain, we won't poke fun of you for booking our humble little abode, ho, ho, ho, hula, hula, hula...though we acknowledge, fat white guys can be funny, funny, funny. So lighten up, all, eh?
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As divers and such with more than a nodding familiarity with the "great" white shark, Friday's news arrived with much sadness.
Of course, it's a terrible tragedy when someone dies before their time in a terrible way.
A 66-year-old retired veterinarian, training for a triathlon, was bitten by a white shark off Solana Beach in San Diego County, USA, and died onshore. The local daily's report can be found here.
While it is noted that such attacks are extremely rare, missing is the larger context of the white shark's own fate. Like that of any other shark in the ocean these days, it has more to fear from the voracious appetites of humans.
Above shark was photographed off Isla de Guadalupe, Mexico, where annually, they are sighted by shark tour operators and sport fishers.
White sharks are a protected species, because their populations around the world are so low.
An eye-opening little ticker on the site Shark Foundation continually counts the number of sharks that are killed around the globe, mainly for their fins -- estimated at 3 every second.
"Jaws" novelist Peter Benchley noted before his passing that he could not have written his blockbuster today, as it was unrealistic. We know now that humans are not their primary prey, and we know now that humans are a greater threat to the shark species than the other way around.
The global population is threatened, as sharks are slow to reach reproductive age, and have a slow gestation period.
No small solace to the swimmer, his family and friends and the greater community of Solana Beach, but well worth noting, nonetheless.
And, oh yes, white sharks have been known to frequent Hawaiian waters, but are also thought to be rare here as well.
The most notable incident came when the foolhardy captain of a shark tour boat off Honolulu, jumped into the water with one (sans shark cage), and swam for nearly 45 minutes with a large female.
Tiger sharks appear more frequently here. They, like white sharks, are mainly ambush predators, striking from behind or below in poor visibility. Experience here is, if you face 'em head on (if you're unfortunate enough to be sharing close proximity) they generally steer clear. Attacks against scuba divers are exceedingly rare, as sharks, like most fish, tend to shy away from our noisy, odd, air bubbles.