Category Archives: Seasonal

What’s happening on your favorite holiday or those once a year local celebrations

HAWAII POLO CLUB @ MOKULEIA FIELD ON OAHU’S NORTH SHORE

Mokuleia on Hawaii’s North Shore is home to The Hawaii Polo Club, which holds matches at the Hawaii Polo Field on most Sundays during the six-month polo season beginning in May. The Club celebrated its 43rd anniversary in 2008 and is part of a nearly 140-year history of polo in Hawaii. Visiting polo teams come from as far away as England and Argentina. And the club has coined its matches, Polo by the Sea, hosting spectators to exciting matches with rolling surf and white sand beaches as a backdrop.
Open to the public, the polo matches are a great excuse to drive to the “country” and relax near the ocean while enjoying the matches and other opening, half-time, and post game activities, including hang gliding demonstrations, food, drink, and bands. Our visit featured the band Green Eggs n’ Sam, dancing and dining. Bring your kids or date and check it out this Sunday!
Cost: $8 entry fee

Do’s and Don’ts: Get there early for seating with umbrellas; Games start at 2 p.m. (gates open at 11 a.m.). Although food and drinks can be purchased, we recommend bringing a cooler with food and drink. Beach chairs and an umbrella or small tent for shade are good ideas as well. Don’t run across the field during a match!!!

12th Annual Hawaii Kai Marina Association Boat Parade of Lights

The 12th Annual Hawaii Kai Marina Association Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2008.

It’s time for the spectacular 12th Annual Festival of Lights boat parade, coming to you on Saturday, December 20th, starting at sunset. Thanks to the hard work of Beverly Liddle, Hawaii Kai Marina manager, Beverly has once again put together a theme that will be a delight to young and old alike!

Master of Ceremonies will be Mike Buck, host of the Mike Buck Show on KHVH News Radio 830. The judges this year will consist of members of the Hawaii Kai Marina community.

This year’s parade will travel along the same route as last year. You can click here to see the route along the waterways.  The three major shopping centers offer’s excellent viewing of the parade and will have entertainment. Come early for a good seat and an enjoyable evening.

For boaters, you can get your entry forms for the parade by calling the Hawaii Kai Marina office during normal business hours. For the public, come early because the parking lots will fill up quickly, and shops and stores will be offering some exceptional deals and discounts.

So don’t delay, mark your calendars, tell your friends and family about this spectacular east side event, Saturday, December 20th.  We will see you all at our 12th Annual Festival of Lights Boat Parade!  Happy Holidays!

http://www.hawaiikaimarina.com/index.html

THE VERANDA (at The Kahala Hotel and Resort)

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Our day hike was followed by a relaxing—sorta—evening with friends. It started at Judy’s place with her special peppermint, chocolate rimmed martinis. Then we were off in a hurry to hit the dance floor at The Kahala Hotel and Resort. Not sure if they really have a dance floor or not in their room called The Veranda. But we make one.

David Swanson gets the crowd—mostly couples and groups from 35 years on up—swinging with his smooth jazz, including George Bensen and Stevie Wonder.

Cost:

Two drinks: $14 each
Pupus: Free crackers, olives, and olive tapenade

Do’s and Don’ts on this date: For anyone who doesn’t know how to dance, just follow Judy Chorus Line (or are they aerobics?) steps

BOAT FLOTILLA IN HAWAII KAI, HONOLULU, MAUNALUA BAY

flotilla2aDriving over Kalanianaole Highway into Hawaii Kai the day before Memorial Day, one can’t help but notice the island of boats and bright colors of floating devices with people bouncing on them. Welcome to Hawaii Kai’s boat tie-up party. Cool waters, good food and drink (bring your own), and Koko Head and Diamond Head views provide a great way to spend the day with friends and family. Anyone up to boating, paddling or swimming out to the event is welcome. girl-tubesa

You can tie up and tie one on around the island throughout the year: watch for flotilla boat tie-up parties off of Waikiki and at the Kaneohoe Bay sandbar on the Windward side of the island.

Cost: Free

Do’s and Don’ts: Bring food and drink to share, a designated driver, a swim suit, and good balance to get you from boat to boat. Don’t break up the tie-up by leaving in the middle of the day.

The next Hawaii Kai tie-up party is on July 4th http://independencedayatmaunaluabay.org

Oktoberfest at the Ala Moana Hotel

Do you do the chicken dance??

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I must be the only person from the Western World who didn’t know the chicken dance.

Now I do…thanks to my good friend, Yolanda, who insisted we go to this year’s Oktoberfest at the Ala Moana Hotel. I was really tired as we headed out on the town. My plan was to have, “just one beer.” HA!
We arrived at the top of the escalators to the Ala Moana Hotel’s ballrooms that was bedecked in German tradition. We seemed to be the only ones there. Yawn, I was in for a boring evening…until Yolanda bought $50 worth of script for food and for our “pitchers” of beer and “shots.” Gulp. Onward ho…to experience my own culture that I know nothing about—Welcome to Germany in Hawaii. hcd-girls

About ten different German beers on tap were available, from the well knowns like Becks and Loewenbrau to Widmer. With our pitcher of Amber Bock, we entered the ballroom and were shocked to find it packed full of about 500 seated or dancing people, leaving us nowhere for us to sit.

The band playing Edelweiss seemed to have been sipping at pitchers already and the people on the dance floor were doing something akin to the square dance (must be the Polka). Others were doing the Cha Cha, the Salsa, and some German-Hispanic hybrid.
If you’ve been to an Oktoberfest, you know you are not allowed to just sit there. Between being beckoned to lift your glass and “brost” and act like a chicken on the dance floor, you also get to swap dance partners and watch people in blow-up St. Pauli Girl outfits shake their breasts at you.

Goldwasser, Rumple Minze, Jagermeister…you might know the rest of the names of the “Schnapps Bude” shots you’re encouraged to take. I collected a few of those little shot glasses around my neck, made chicken beaks with my hands, flapped my arms, did the chicken boogy to the floor, and talked with everyone at the table, while tasting an assortment of food: Brotwurst; sauerbraten, black forest cake, German potato salad, spaetzle (authentic German dumplings), pig knuckle. Yum!

Where: Hibiscus Ballroom 6 to 11 p.m.

When: mid-October for a week