Friday, July 26, 2013

Coffee Art at DFS Galleria Waikiki

Hilton Hawaiian Village Fireworks 7/26/2013

Hilton Hawaiian Village Fireworks 7/26/2013

Island Chasers Private Tours

Island Chaser's offers private tours 

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Island Chaser's offers private tours for small groups on the island of Oahu. We are a small family-run tour company.  Island Chasers is known for excellence in customer service.  I will help you create a plan for an original tour unique for you and your family or group.  Let's get together and enjoy the charm of Oahu!

Charm of Island Chasers
Using Island Chasers makes your experience visiting Oahu a memorable one. The entire experience is customized especially for you and your family or private group. Customized private tours are just that. We focus only on your group. You will not tour all of Waikiki hotel by hotel picking up 2 or 3 guests up until a 50 passenger bus is full.  You visit all attractions that you want to see, you visit all the sites that you want to see on your schedule, on your time line. This kind or tour experience allows you to enjoy and experience all the charm that Hawaii offers.

Choosing Island Chasers provides the ultimate experience. Bus tours serve a purpose. However, we understand that you want this once in a lifetime experience to remembered …. well forever. Please leave everything to Nick your private tour host.  He will be full aware of the experience that you are looking for. You may also change your schedule as you want.  You have no stress from driving in unknown areas.  All the anxiety simply floats away because Nick does all the thinking. You finally have the opportunity to experience the local feeling, see sights that are not so well publicized and enjoy nature that is unparalleled to anything you have seen before.

Nik Chase  private tour guide

Niks family settled in Idaho in 1885. As a child growing up with nature he explored the hills and countryside on horseback. Often he would serve as a hunting or fishing guide. His connection with outdoors and nature as well as beautiful weather brought him full time residence in Hawaii. Nicks hobbies include golf, surfing and taking care of his children. His wife is first generation Japanese. 

O'ahu Shopping

Oahu is a shopper's paradise as well. You'll find everything from open-air malls (Ala Moana Center is one of America's largest outdoor malls) and high-end retailers to charming boutiques and local specialty stores.

On the streets of Waikiki you can find everything from authentic Hawaiian crafts and local surf shops to stylish fashion and designer flagship stores. Waikiki shopping centers like the DFS Galleria and the Royal Hawaiian Center offer a variety of items you can only find in Hawaii, from ukulele and Hawaiian arts and crafts to designer fashion and high-end jewelry. Browse shops like Mana Hawaii and Aloha Army in the Waikiki Beach Walkfor even more unique gifts. All along the main strips of Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues, you can explore a multitude of shops and boutiques as you treasure hunt for the perfect memento to remember your trip.

Shopping venues beyond Waikiki include Ward Centers, Aloha Tower Marketplace and Kahala Mall in Honolulu, Pearlridge Center and the Waikele Premium Outlets in Central Oahu, and Windward Mall on the Windward Coast. Plan to pack an extra bag for your trip back from Oahu.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Moʻomeheu Hawaiʻi — Complimentary Cultural Programming

Moʻomeheu Hawaiʻi — Complimentary Cultural Programming

Excellence in Hawaiian performing and visual arts is an important part of our mission. Royal Hawaiian Center offers complimentary classes Monday–Friday, and live entertainment Tuesday–Saturday. Join expert kumu (teachers) in such arts as lei making, quilting, hula, 'ukulele playing and more! Royal Hawaiian Center is proud to present the best in Hawaiian and island contemporary music.


photo of a group of people learning hula

Ukulele Lesson

Paʻina Lanai Food Court
Learn basic chords and songs as you strum Hawai'i's best-known string instrument, introduced to the islands in the 1870s from Portugal. 25 instruments and music books are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own, or purchase one at Bob's 'Ukulele at Royal Hawaiian Center. Instructors Wainani Yim and Puake'ala Mann are seasoned performers who share favorite songs and simple chords. 1 hour, four times weekly.

Polynesian Cultural Center Performance

Songs and dances from throughout Polynesia represent Hawai‘i, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Sämoa, Tahiti and more. A cast of dancers and musicians represent one Hawai'i's favorite attractions located in Lä‘ie on O‘ahu’s Windward Coast. 1 hour, twice weekly.

Lei Making Class

Level 1, Building A
Making, giving and wearing flower lei is synonymous with Hawaiian hospitality. Naomi Wahinekaupua Braine, owner of Aunty Bella's Lei Stand, shares the kui method of stringing flowers using special lei needles, usally 10in length. Seasonal flowers, string and lei needles are provided. Classes accommodate up to 25 participants. 1 hour, twice weekly.

Hula Lesson

Building C, level 2
Hula is the art of Hawaiian dance. It expresses all that we hear, see, smell, taste, touch and feel. Hula is life.The late kumu hula - dance master - Maiki Aiu Lake's philosophy expresses the depths of this Hawaiian art form. Puake'ala Mann, a kumu hula graduate of Hälau Hula o Maiki, shares basic hand gestures, footwork and body movements that accentuate mele - chant or song lyrics. 1 hour, twice weekly.

Hawaiian Entertainment

Building A, ground level in front of Fendi
Hawaiian music and hula 'auana (hula’s modern form) fill The Royal Grove Tuesday through Friday at twilight. Hour-long performances feature top island entertainers with a focus on Hawaiian language musical favorites – shared with kama 'äina (locals) and malihini (visitors) with aloha.

Legends in Concert Waikiki - Mini Promotional Show

Building A, ground level in front of Fendi
Legends in Concert is energizing, crowd-pleasing entertainment, a truly memorable and fun night out. We are confident of bringing to Waikiki a new level of cosmopolitan and entertaining nightlife that enjoys a track record of close to three decades of success.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

2013 Ukulele Festival at Kapi'olani Park


Every July – as welcome as summer itself – Ukulele Festival Hawaii presents the annual Ukulele Festival at Kapiolani Park on Oahu. Families jam the park. Ukulele fans wouldn’t miss it. Tourists follow the sounds of music. The music swirls over the tops of ironwood and monkeypod trees toward Diamond Head. It’s upbeat, infectious, bouncy about surf and sunny days. It’s music you want to dance to or sing to like a beachboy. It embraces everyone who hears it. That’s the irresistible charm of the ukulele.

For the next four hours ukulele virtuosos, internationally known musicians, local celebrities donate their time and talented ukulele players from around the world and a ukulele orchestra of over 800 students, mostly children will take the stage and delight the crowd with laughter, love and hope.

Free Parking & Shuttle Service
Food Booths
Ukulele Displays

Enter to Win Ukulele Give-Aways
Ukulele Lessons
It’s summer’s best musical treat and it’s free.  Come and join us!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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