Hawaii Travel Tips and Tricks
What time is it in Hawaii??
All of the Hawaiian Islands are on Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time.
The states of Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii, along with the territories of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa are the only places in the U.S. that do not observe DST but instead stay on “standard time” all year long.
The time is…
As you can tell by today’s multiple posts, I’m now getting caught up on things and have some extra time for blogging, chatting, surfing, and SHOPPING!!
I just made a purchase online that was so amazingly good that I had to share it. Sears is having a clearance sale online and they’re taking 75% – 80% of their original prices on lots of fall and winter clothing. It’s usually not that big of a deal, but today I found the cutest Satin Avalon dress in fuchsia that I’m going to wear to a spring cocktail party next week. It was originally $78 and I bought it for $17.99!
The catalog description says, “this sweet dress mixes sultry satin with a deep, shiny jewel finish.
The pin tucked waistline finishes the gown in a pleated style with barely-there spaghetti straps.” It looks super sexy to me and my boyfriend is going to love it.
Isn’t it adorable??
Here’s a screen shot from the website where I bought it. You can view the dress in detail from it’s description page on the Sears website. You can even move your cursor over different parts of the dress to get a detailed closeup.
So the song goes…
I don’t like spiders and snakes
And that ain’t what it takes to love me
You fool, you fool
I don’t like spiders and snakes
And that ain’t what it takes to love me
Like I wanna be loved by you
No, there are no snakes in Hawaii – none, nada, zip, zilch, period!
Well wait… technically, there are snakes in Hawaii but it’s not really out of line to claim there are none. Hawaii does have one native snake species, the island blind snake, (or as I like to say ramphotyphlops braminus). They’re usually mistaken for a worm though and are definitely not any kind of a major threat.
See, Hawaii has invested millions of dollars into fighting invasive species, including snakes which could cause havoc in the islands. Still, some snakes make it through the state’s snake defense systems (SDS) – speople smuggling snakes into Hawaii as exotic pets for example. Not good at all.
Fortunately, no snake species has been able to gain a presence here. If you spot a snake in Hawaii, call 911 or 586-PEST (7378) right away. And if you brought one in, it may be surrendered without consequence under the state’s amnesty program.
I just got back from lunch in Chinatown so I thought I’d blog about it!
I think that Chinatown is one of Oahu’s most exciting and mysterious neighborhoods. It’s a popular gathering place for kama’aina and for visitors located in downtown Honolulu. As a gateway to our Island of Oahu for many immigrants, Chinatown is a very colorful and eclectic blend of Southeast Asian cultures.
In 1852, Chinese immigrant laborers arrived in Hawaii to work on the emerging sugar cane plantations. After completing their labor contracts, many of the immigrants relocated to the Chinatown area of Honolulu and entered the business world. With its exotic mix of Asian culture and people, Chinatown at first gained a pretty disreputable image as it was known for its saloons, debauchery, drugs and dens of ill repute.
Today, Chinatown’s former reputation has been toned down considerably. It’s now a lively and colorful community to explore – you should check it out!
Every once in a while you find a site that really has a lot to offer. www.thechefscookbook.com is one of those sites. With amazing articles, fantastic well written recipes, hints & tips, and relevant articles about food related news and topics it is clear that The Chefs Cookbook has tons to offer. The writer puts a unique spin on all stories and articles. Imagine seeing the culinary world through the eyes of a young Chef. A couple of things that make this site stand out is the posts about culinary stories of mishaps and blunders, which is named “The Naked Chef” which is meant to reveal and expose how things can and do go wrong, but most patrons don’t notice–it’s a good thing! The recipes are unique and very easy to understand and read. Included on the site is also an ultimate wine pairing guide which makes it easy to pair wine to food items. Visit the site and find out why this blog is clean, interesting and refreshing!
Beginning September 10, 2012 and continuing through mid-2013, Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa will undergo an expansion. This expansion includes expanded water features and additional dining options.
Take advantage of an extra night and enjoy more moments of relaxation and exhilaration at this world-class Resort on O’ahu!
Splash into adventure in Waikolohe Valley – featuring pools, slides and winding streams. Unwind at Laniwai Spa – offering a sumptuous menu of treatments and an outdoor hydrotherapy garden. Or simply bask in beachfront bliss as you savor a spectacular sunset over the Pacific Ocean.
Whatever vacation pleasures you seek, you’ll find them all and more at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai’i.
Aulani is a resort like no other. Uniquely designed for families and inspired by the beauty, and traditions of the islands. Located on a crystal blue cove, Aulani creates different magical experiences for every age. Relaxing “me” time for adults. Imaginative fun for kids. And memorable moments together. It’s a new kind of paradise for families – from the people who know families best – Disney.
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With the tourist season heating back up, I thought I’d blog about my favorite dance club on Oahu, the Pipeline Cafe.
Pipeline Cafe is a super popular 18 and over dance club in downtown Honolulu that also hosts several concerts each month. If you are looking for alarge, attractive, younger type crowd (a crowd that includes ME), then Pipeline is definitely the right dance club foryou. Pipeline Cafe is open Monday through Saturday but it isclosed on Sundays for private parties only.
BTW, Pipeline Cafe is also the largest 18 and older night club on Oahu. Friday nights are my favorites (Foreplay Fridaze) and are hosted by 102.7.
I love searching for contests and sweepstakes on the Internet.
Today while searching the phrase “video sweepstakes” on Google, I stumbled across something a little different that I wanted to share – a video contest where Renuzit is actually giving away a $20,000 Home Make-Over to one lucky family. On the Renuzit TriScents website, there is a semi-finalist video gallery where surfers can view the videos and stories of all of the semi-finalists. In these documentary style videos, family members explain why their house needs a Renuzit makeover. You help choose the wining family by voting, as often as once per day, through the June 7th deadline to determine who will win the home makeover. If that finalist wins they will get to have Tanya Memme come out and make-over their home with a $20,000 budget!
My favorite video was the one with the family of five, a mother and four daughters. The acting was, er… not so good of course, but you could tell that the mother and the girls were really nice people that rehearsed extra hard for the role. They would go from room to room in their house finding locations to place a Renuzits Tri-Scents. I think it was just really cute and I love the way they go from room to room. You’d definitely need some heavy duty air freshening action to stop some of their problems!
Here is a picture of the entry I just described.
If you want to watch the video which you can view in the semi-finalist gallery. You just need to click on the picture and register to vote. It’s amazing what you can stumble across on the Internet without even trying.
Well… I told you that mom has been on a home improvement kick of late. She has been studying home interior design and is working on our rental home in Wahiawa. Our current tennants are moving out and mom found a store called Select Blinds that sells all kinds of vertical blinds, discount mini blinds, wood blinds and such.
I LOVE their fabric vertical blinds the best! They make the apartment so cozy that they make me want to lay down and take a nap.