Driving 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.
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.
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.
Lanipo is a tough seven-mile roundtrip hike and for once I can’t tell you about the spectacular views
because when I reached the Koolau summit after one and a half hours of hiking, it was clouded over.
The route begins at the top of Mauna Lani Heights above Kaimuki.
If you attempt Lanipo, be prepared to do some rock hopping in the first mile where the trail drops from its Maunalani Heights starting point into a low saddle and resumes climbing. Thereafter, you’ll be subjected to a long series of mostly ups and a few downs. Along the way, you can look down into both Palolo and upper-Manoa valleys. Near the top, you can look left into upper-Palolo Valley and see Ka’au Crater and a waterfall that cascades from a gap in it. Beautiful stuff, no doubt.
This is not for the novice as it does require upper body strength to climb using some ropes and some steep and slippery areas. bring water, snack, and your cell phone in case of emergency. we did the hike in 3 hours, but most hiking books suggest 5-6 hours so start early in the day. do not get caught in the mountains in the dark. even with a light the ridgeline hikes have been know to eat hikers for dinner.
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.
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!
Here we go again, reviewing Rum Fire. Why? Because it’s the new, happening place in Waikiki.
Located beachfront on Waikiki’s meandering boardwalk at the Sheraton, Rum Fire offers ambiance, entertainment, specialty drinks, ono food, and a few good deals. You can watch paddlers go by, the sun set, and hear great music some evenings. Hot, local musicians like Makana sooth your soul and keep a crowd gathered in the open air bar area.
Even more fun though, is sitting outside on huge cushions with friends near a fire pit, which regardless of how hot or cold, melts away tensions. Happy hour specials are available every night. You can enjoy Meldown Mondays with their signature “1944 Mai Tai” and 50% off all drinks on HumpDay Wednesdays.
Tapas (or pupus), range from crab cakes to ahi poke tacos. Our favorite Tapas to share with friends, though, is the Indian Curry Pot from the dinner menu. That along with a rum drink—in which Rum Fire specializes, is a great way to start or end the evening.
If you stay for dinner, you can enjoy their Euro-pacific cuisine that includes wok fried specialties and seared island fish.