Hawaii Blogging

Blogging requires me to have a certain desire to shout or talk into the ether, several times a day, about a narrow set of subjects about which I am unreasonably passionate.  That makes me kind of obsessive, and strangely bad at vacationing.

Nevetheless, I'm going to give it the old college try.  Tomorrow I go to Hawaii for a week, to do something I've read about called 'relaxing'.  I won't give up blogging, I'll just be putting up pictures of Hawaii while pursuing my various secret agendas to undermine your favorite candidate.

I'll be on Oahu, so if you're on that island, drop me a line (stoller at gmail).  And if you want to recommend anything cool to see or do, the comments are open.

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Just got back from a week vacation on Oahu myself!  Stayed in Kailua...highly recommended.  Definitely opt for snorkeling in Shark's Cove up towards the North Shore.  The diving on Oahu (if you're certified) wasn't great, but if you're interested I recommend an outfit called Aaron's Dive Shop in Kailua.

Also - if you do hang in Kailua...walk the beach for a minute or two before entering the water.  Portuguese Man O War have been a problem.  They're little clear/purplish looking globs (about the size of a dime or quarter).  It's no big deal if you just see one or two on the beach...but on my last day we saw hundreds.  They cause irritation, but aren't big enough to do major damage.  


by camucr 2007-05-29 06:38PM | 0 recs
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Brace for an incoming RNC press release about another liberal blogger taking a "relaxing vacation." In all seriousness, I hope you enjoy yourself, you've earned it Matt.

by who threw da cat 2007-05-29 08:30PM | 0 recs
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Whoops, didn't mean to put that there.

by who threw da cat 2007-05-29 08:30PM | 0 recs
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Have fun! My wife and I honeymooned on Molokai, just an island over.

by clarkent 2007-05-29 06:41PM | 0 recs
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My suggestion? Bring me with. I'm loads of fun and small enough to fit in a medium sized suitcase.

Pretty please!

by jazzy 2007-05-29 06:49PM | 0 recs
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How, then would Matt explain the fact that he has a person-a living one at that-in his suitcase when he goes through security? He could say he's part of a circus act (sometimes blogging does feel like a circus, only the clowns aren't quite as menacing), but I doubt Cirque du Soleil could get away with that.

by elessar 2007-05-30 04:46PM | 0 recs
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My wife is stationed in Hawaii.  She will take you scuba diving if you want.

If you go to Hawaii, you have to try it.

by guachi 2007-05-29 07:12PM | 0 recs
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Let us all know if the long flight is worth it.  I've heard the flavored shaved ice is worth the trip...well...maybe...anyway, I always enjoy offbeat travel advice, have a great time.  My fave offbeat place is rural South Dakota, its so fun to drive in ther land of no traffic.

by howardpark 2007-05-29 07:17PM | 0 recs
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Oh, and yes, please investigate Obama's high school and check out the Fox News people seeking to decode the secret Islamic messages in thier sports team nicknames, etc.

by howardpark 2007-05-29 07:19PM | 0 recs
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Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay is a lot of fun (a short drive from Waikiki).  It's crowded, but gorgeous.

by markjay 2007-05-29 07:26PM | 0 recs
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go early if you want to do that.  The second through forty-fifth buses are packed with tourists.

And don't let your fish-food bag dangle in the water - it WILL be attacked.

by willy mugobeer 2007-05-30 02:12PM | 0 recs
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Honestly, stay two weeks. And step away from that computer. Don't blog. Get snorkel gear and float in the ocean for a couple days looking at nice fishies (wear a t-shirt, don't burn your back).

Leave. Your. Computer. Home. Turn off your cell phone. Detach from the effin Matrix. The world will go on.

by kvenlander 2007-05-29 07:29PM | 0 recs
Great advice

I brought my iBook but never turned it on. I never called anyone and only answered calls from family or work. I realize Matt can't take it to that extreme but by all means prioritize the vacation.

by Gary Kilbride 2007-05-30 03:16PM | 0 recs

Best thing I did in Oahu last summer was visit Turtle Beach. It's a beach on the North Shore where Green Sea Turtles like to come ashore and sunbathe near you. Oh, and they swim around you in the water, too. Don't get too close, though, because their shells can rip your shins to shreds if they accidentally bump into you. Being able to get so close to such magnificent creatures is something I'll never forget.


by da0802 2007-05-29 09:04PM | 0 recs

OH! And be sure to talk to the volunteers on the beach watching out for the turtles. They can not only tell you stuff about green sea turtles in general, they can also probably tell you the name they've given whatever turtle is sunbathing at that moment. They are a wonderful resource, not just the "turtle police."

by da0802 2007-05-29 09:06PM | 0 recs
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Do you want to know how Barry Obama became the Barack Obama we know today?  Ask Hawaiians about the "Aloha Spirit".  

by mboehm 2007-05-29 09:05PM | 0 recs
I'm a peace officer. Euphemism? Maybe.

Have fun in Hawaii.

Apropos of nothing I share one of my favorite YouTube finds - 'McGarrett vs. Hippies' from Hawaii 5-0.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bvhCVaJ4 -Q

by joejoejoe 2007-05-29 09:07PM | 0 recs
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I've never been to Hawaii, although I'd love to go some day.  Have fun!

by Illustrious 2007-05-29 10:45PM | 0 recs
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   If something looks interesting or fun, do it. You don't want to come back thinking "I wish I would have gone ......". Have a great time.

by MarvToler 2007-05-30 04:15AM | 0 recs
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Breakfast at the Royal Hawaiian, visit the Arizona Memorial, drive the Pali Highway to the North Shore & stop at the Pali lookout, get a suntan on Waikiki Beach, wear a lei and enjoy yourself!

by royce 2007-05-30 04:47AM | 0 recs
Agreed, the Pali Lookout is a must

Mark Twain called it the most beautiful view in the world. I just spent 3 weeks in Hawaii and I could definitely see why. Awesome view of the windward side, looking toward Kailua. I went up there 3 times. The winds can reach hurricane force and it's phenomenal. There's a wind tunnel at the lower right of the viewing area, so make sure to go down there and not stay atop where most of the tourists are.

Also, take the walk up to Diamond Head. It's a nice hike with plenty of switchbacks and a frustrating number of stairs, but rewarded with a surreal view of Waikiki Beach. Make sure to go early in the morning, before the heat of the day. And bring some water.

The Pearl Harbor sites also are best if you get there very early, 8 AM or earlier. It takes longer than you think to visit all of them, assuming you want to do the full sample -- Arizona Memorial, USS Missouri, submarine and museum. Plus there's an excellent movie at the beginning of the tour in the aging and crowded visitor center. The crowd really builds up at peak periods of 10 AM and later. Take your time in that visitor center. They have a cramped but very interesting area with summaries of Dec. 7, 1941 including quotes from people who lived through it. I found the story of the Oklahoma particularly fascinating, the overturned ship with searches continuing for days, rescuers hearing taps but unable to find the source.

For an excellent pictoral view of WW II and other wars, go to the Punchbowl Cemetery. I thought the war summary was a bit out of place at a cemetery but the ceramic murals really provided a great summary of strategy and how events unfolded in the Pacific.

There are great suggestions throughout this thread. The rugged north shore is excellent. You can get there on a loop of the island. That area has windsurfing and even glider planes with public flights available.

by Gary Kilbride 2007-05-30 12:41PM | 0 recs
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The Pearl Harbor tour by boat is pretty interesting.

by aiko 2007-05-30 06:34AM | 0 recs
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Be careful of voodoo tiki idols.  And old men eating beans on the beach.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y0Yf2MpC uA

by RickD 2007-05-30 06:43AM | 0 recs
Check out Sandies

My favorite beach on Oahu is Sandies - on Rt. 72, not sure the mile marker, but a local will know. It has a fantastic beach break and is great for body surfing & body boarding. Just watch out for the rip tide...

by Matt Browner Hamlin 2007-05-30 08:35AM | 0 recs
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Oy. Sandy's is too much of a high school show for me, dude.  And, yeah, if you're into to getting smashed on the shore break, it's fun for that too.  But, I dunno if it's such a hot place to relax.

If you're looking for a chill place to relax on the beach, check out one of the beach accesses along Kalaheo Ave in Kailua--less people there than at the admitedly more pretty Lanikai nearby.

People for some reason never mention the food in Hawaii. To me, it's some of the best food going if you know where to get it.  Keneke's in Waimanalo was always my favorite.

by attorney at arms 2007-05-30 12:36PM | 0 recs
The food is damn expensive

I was shocked. I prefer to buy at stores and make my own. But the grocery store prices were surreal, since almost everything has to be imported. They were charging $9 for a gallon of milk, $6.50 for a half gallon of orange juice, $6.15 for a medium box of cereal, $1.20 for a pound of bananas, $8.75 for a half gallon of ice cream. I could go on. Everything seemed to be double. And those were prices in a full sized grocery store, not a convenience store.

Restaurant prices were high also. There was a Denny's on Lewers Street not far from my hotel on Waikiki Beach. I went in there for breakfast and the slam breakfasts were $3 more than what I pay in Las Vegas.

Believe it or not, I did best in terms of value in a Pizza Hut buffet. It was $7.59 including beverage and they had great variety including plenty of pizzas loaded with veggies, which is my preference. I realize it doesn't sound glamorous to eat there in Hawaii, but I always prioritize value. The standard plate lunch in Oahu didn't thrill me, with the white rice and macaroni salad.

by Gary Kilbride 2007-05-30 03:26PM | 0 recs
Secret Agendas?!@

You have secrets about secret agendas concerning my secret favorite candidate?! How Dare You!

I hope you relax sooo much that you fall a sleep and get sunburned!

I am so mad! ..... that i can't go to hawaii.  


by kevin22262 2007-05-30 10:15AM | 0 recs
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I live in Waikiki, so I'm assuming you are staying a few blocks away from me. Which is kind of neat. My friend is coming from New York today, so I will be partaking in the touristy stuff as well.

If you have a rent-a-car I suggest going to Tantalis  for a gorgeous view of the city. Also, I would take the scenic route to and fro the North Shore, you will see the Dole Plantation, and other farms, and coming back from Turtle Bay and other North Shore hot spots you will pass the Polynesian Cultural Center, Chinaman's Hat and the mountains where they filmed some scenes of Jurassic Park.

by True Centrist 2007-05-30 11:18AM | 0 recs
Polynesian Cultural Center was okay

Problem is it takes up an entire day. I squeezed it into the end of my 3-week trip but if I only had one week I don't think I would do it.

The luau was disappointing. The food wouldn't qualify as caliber of one of the lesser buffets here in Las Vegas.

But the night show was excellent especially the Samoans and their fire routines. Overall the Samoan island was the best also, with a guy climbing a coconut tree in a flash and a funny routine by the star of the night time show.

Plus you've got to love the girls from Tahiti with their hip shaking dance.

That Polynesian Cultural Center doesn't open until noon. Then the show is over past 9 and it takes an hour to drive back to Waikiki.

by Gary Kilbride 2007-05-30 01:07PM | 0 recs
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Hey, I live on Oahu.  There are lots of cool things to do here.

Easy hikes with big payoffs.  Ka'ena point on the north western shore.  Most people never go there, and you can't drive around that corner of the island.  The hike is only about a mile and a half in, but at the end in the tide pools, you are very likely to see hawaiian monk seals, of which there are only about 1200 left in the world.

Manoa Falls is right in honolulu, a short hike through the jungle to a great waterfall.

Also, this one is a bit more gutsy, but if you go to Makapu'u on the east coast, there is a simple hike up a paved trail to a lighthouse with awesome views.  Once you reach the top, there is a whale watching point (whale season is over right now).  To the left of the sign for the whale watching point is a trail leading down the cliff.  It looks impossible from the top, but it's easier than it looks.  It also has little white arrows painted on the rocks showing you how to go back up, but once you reach the bottom, there are awesome tide pools big enough to snorkel in (they are like little aquariums full of every fish imaginable) and a huge double blow hole called "the dragon's nostrils" that can spew water 60 feet high.  Just don't go to the edge of the rock outcropping next to the ocean, stay back a bit, it can sweep you off and kill you (happens every year).

by leadfoot 2007-05-30 11:25AM | 0 recs
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oh, and also, pick up the book "oahu revealed"

The "revealed" books are the best tour guides to any of the islands.

http://www.amazon.com/Oahu-Revealed-Ulti mate-Honolulu-Revisited/dp/097172797X/re f=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-3110385-4002333?ie=UTF 8&s=books&qid=1180553184&sr= 8-1

by leadfoot 2007-05-30 11:26AM | 0 recs
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The O'ahu one sucks.  Maybe better than other guidebooks, but compared to the kinda of rabbits outta hats they find on Kauai, they miss an awful lot on O'ahu.

by attorney at arms 2007-05-30 12:37PM | 0 recs
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The Maui Revealed guide is great, though.

by RT 2007-05-30 01:31PM | 0 recs
One hidden gem is the US Army Museum

I stumbled onto it by chance, not far from my hotel on Waikiki Beach. I saw a tank out front and expected to stay 15 minutes but it was so fascinating I spent hours. Great exhibits and war items.

The place has a fascinating history. It was built as a coastal artillery almost a century ago. Some very sophisticated methods, for their era, were incorporated into firing the shells and concealing the big guns when not in use. They tried to destroy the place by wrecking ball maybe 40 years ago but it was so robust the attempts failed and the wrecking company gave up!  

by Gary Kilbride 2007-05-30 03:11PM | 0 recs
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As a word of caution: stay away from beaches with lots of fledgling albatrosses (not sure if this is the correct time of year for that) because Tiger Sharks (2nd or 3rd most dangerous species of shark depending on which Shark Week doc you watch) like to congregate in the shallows and nail any albtrosses that land in the water (though if you happen to see this, please take a picture!). Also, if you're planning on doing a little surfing, be very careful as Tiger Sharks also feed on the Monk seals native to Hawaii and from below a surfer looks a lot like a delicious seal.

Want to know how I know so much about sharks? Watch enough years of Shark Week on Discovery, in addition to almost every Nat'l Geographic video/special and YOU can be an expert too!

by elessar 2007-05-30 04:54PM | 0 recs


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