Sunday, April 28, 2013

Waikiki Weather

Waikiki Beach Hotel, remarkable Waikiki beach location

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

Everything about Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is fun and full of life--from the urban-Hawaiian beach theme in the lobby (surfboards and all) to the vibrant tropical colors of our guest rooms. Simply put, this is one of Waikiki's most popular hotels. We're directly across from the most scenic section of Waikiki Beach, so you can get to your favorite spot on the beach with ease.
All guest rooms at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel are styled for comfort and convenience, and include mini-refrigerators and large flat-panel TVs. Most rooms have full or partial ocean views, and some offer private lanai (balconies) where you can relax and enjoy the scenery.

Home of Tiki's Bar & Grill

Hand-Selected Oceanfront and Ocean View Rooms

We have selected the most exceptional views the hotel has to offer with Aston Select Rooms. Each premium view unit also includes an arrival amenity that the General Manager has personally selected, featuring an assortment of favorite island refreshments.
Enjoy unbeatable ocean views and an unforgettable experience when you select the best of Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Waikiki Weather

Waikiki Beachboy, Grady Timmons

Waikiki Beachboy, Grady Timmons (amazon)

Waikiki Beachboy [Hardcover]

Grady Timmons 

Available from these sellers.

1 new from $118.36 25 used from $14.08
 3 collectible from$84.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waves of nostalgia and a yearning for the old Waikiki.October 30, 1999
This review is from: Waikiki Beachboy (Hardcover)
I have been reading and re-reading this book since 1990 and still can't put it down. Reading about the old days in Waikiki and all the old beachboys fills one with a yearning to go back. What wonderful days they must have been. Thanks, Grady Timmons, for that warm feeling I get every time I pick up your book.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Waikiki Weather

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Jellyfish Arrival Calendar – Jellyfish Forecast for Hawaii Beaches

Jellyfish Arrival Calendar – Jellyfish Forecast for Hawaii Beaches

Note: This calendar is for informational purposes only. All jellyfish arrival dates are estimates. Jellyfish may be present on any day of the year. Always obey warning sings posted on beaches. Swim on guarded beaches only and ask a lifeguard about the presence of jellyfish and other ocean hazards.
Jellyfish First Aid
In case you get stung by a jellyfish or Portuguese man-of-war:
1. Carefully remove and tentacles on the skin (use a towel, napkin, or other item other than your fingers) and rinse the affected area with water or vinegar.
2. Apply ice for pain.
3. Get medical help in case you suffer from a severe reaction. Immediate medical care may be necessary as jellyfish stings may cause an anaphylactic shock or even death. Get the help of a lifeguard or call 911
Jellyfish Info
The most common type of jellyfish in Hawaii is the “Carybdea alata” and “Carybdea rastonii,” also known as “box jellyfish” because of its squared body. The box jellyfish is most commonly found on Hawaii’s leeward (west) and south shores. Their arrival on Hawaii’s beaches is quite predictable. They usually arrive around 9-12 days after a full moon (but occasionally they have been observed on off-cycle days as well). This is when warning signs are usually posted on many Oahu beaches (warning signs are generally only posted on popular beaches).
Don’t swim at remote and unguarded beaches for your own safety. There are many other ocean hazards besides jellyfish, including strong currents, rip tides, sharp coral, etc. Similar to a jellyfish, the Portuguese man-of-war also causes a painful sting. It has a purplish body and is commonly found on windward (east) shores as the prevalent northeastern tradewinds blow these creatures close to shore.
If you see a jellyfish on the beach, don’t touch it as its tentacles can cause a painful sting even if the animal is dead. Keep children away from beached jellyfish. If you get stung, see a lifeguard for first aid. For more serious cases or if you feel unwell, call 911 immediately.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Waikiki Historic Trail

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native hawaiian tourism and hospitality
architect & trail facilitator
City & County of HonoluluThis website is a dynamic document and has been put together for free by LavaNet as a service to the people and guests of Hawaii to inform them of the Waikiki Historic Trail. Some historical facts included here may be disputable and there may be errors in spelling and punctuation. We apologize for any errors and hope not to offend anyone.
Photo credits: Bishop Museum Archives

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Leahi, Diamond Head Hawai'i

Leahi (Diamond Head )Diamond Head

Leahi (Diamond Head), Oahu

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Quick Facts

  • Name:Leahi (Diamond Head State Monument)
  • What:Iconic state monument with a panoramic view of Honolulu
  • Where:Five minutes east of Waikiki
  • More Info:Open 6am to 6pm, $1 for walk-ins, $5 for cars
The iconic silhouette of Diamond Head State Monument sits along the Honoluluskyline just beyond Waikiki. This 760-foot tuff crater is one of Hawaii's most famous landmarks.

Known as Leahi (brow of the tuna) in Hawaiian, the crater was named Diamond Head by 19th century British sailors who thought they discovered diamonds on the crater's slopes. These "diamonds" were actually shiny calcite crystals that had no value.

Formed more than 100,000 years ago, the crater was used as a strategic military lookout beginning in the early 1900's and was named a National Natural Landmark in 1968. Today, Diamond Head is a popular hiking destination with panoramic views of Waikiki and Oahu's south shore.

It only takes a short drive or bus ride to get to Diamond Head Crater from Waikiki. This moderately challenging trail includes two sets of stairs, totaling 175 steps, as well as dark, underground tunnels and old military bunkers that require a flashlight. The stunning views that greet you at the top of Diamond Head are well worth the effort.

If you plan to hike on Saturday morning, don’t forget to stop by the Kapiolani Community College Farmer’s Market — Oahu’s premier farmers market showcasing locally grown food and produce — across the street from the monument entrance on Monsarrat Avenue. In fact, there are a few notable cafes and restaurants lining Monsarrat that will make for a great pre or post Diamond Head meal.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Interview with Shorebreak Photographer Clark Little

Interview with Shorebreak Photographer Clark Little

Clark Little is a photographer based in North Shore, Hawai’i who specializes in shorebreak wave photography, or photographing waves as they crash onto shore. Visit his website here.
Mahalo +Clark Little & Michael Zhang, We love your work!