With 2018 right around the corner, we present to you our 2018 L & L Calendar! This year, we have a new design based off of the Chinese New Year animal…the dog! The calendar features dogs in Hawai’i doing variety of Hawai’i activities. If you have the calendar already, here is a little more detail as to what they are doing:
Activity: Fire Knife Dancing
Popular Spot(s): Polynesian Cultural Center
Fire knife dancing is a tradition that is rooted in the Samoan culture and is an exhibition of a warrior’s skill. It involves careful and swift maneuvering of a knife object that is lit on both ends. The result is a dance performance that is both dangerous an mesmerizing at the same time.
Popular Spot(s): Sunset Beach (Oahu), Waikiki Beach (Oahu), Hanalei Bay (Kaua’i)
The most recognized water sport in Hawai’i, surfing involves riding the ocean that moves the rider in the direction of the wave. The result is a fun activity that quickly becomes a favorite for the person doing it! And if you don’t know how to surf, there are many schools throughout Hawai’i that will give you a quick lesson on this popular water activity.
Popular Spot(s): Matsumoto’s Shave Ice
With the year-long warm weather in Hawai’i, a popular way to cool down is by having some shave ice. The cold treat consists of tiny ice shavings, typically shaped into a ball with sweet flavored syrup. Some places even add additional ingredients to boost the dessert, such as condensed milk or sweet beans (azuki).
Popular Spot(s): Waimanalo, Parker Ranch
The rich diversity of outdoor activities in Hawai’i also includes the popular activity of horseback riding. In fact, Hawai’i has its own version of cowboys called Paniolo, who trace their history to the vaquero of California and Mexico. The Paniolo settled and became an important part of the communities that they lived in.
Popular Spot(s): Sheraton Waikiki Infinity Pool, Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon
Days off in Hawai’i calls for rest and relaxation. A popular activity for many is to rest by or in the pool. Many hotels on Oahu, especially those in Waikiki feature first-class pools that offer a wonderful view of the iconic Diamond Head crater. Our advice? Go early, because you secure your spot!
Popular Spot(s): On a boat, Keauhou Harbor (Big Island), Pokai Bay (Oahu)
The islands lifestyle makes for great fishing opportunities. Whether its on the boat or by the shore, there are many opportunities to catch some of the best fish around the world. Can you guess the long standing food tradition that came as a result of the islands fishing friendly environment? If you guessed Poke, you’re right!
Popular Spot(s): Diamond Head, Kokohead Ridge, Manoa Falls
One of the best ways to appreciate the islands beautiful scenery is by going on a hike. Hawai’i is home to dozens of trails featuring a variety of scenery options that will surely give you a greater appreciation of Hawai’i magnificent environment. And of course, hikes are best when done with friends!
Popular Spot(s): Ala Moana Beach Park, Maunalua Bay, Hale’iwa
Similar to surfing, stand-up paddleboarding offers a unique water activity where you can enjoy playing in the water. And like surfing, it takes a bit of balance and coordination both in balancing yourself and paddling. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll be navigating the water like a pro!
Popular Spot(s): Anywhere and Everywhere
The ‘ukulele is a four-stringed instrument brought from Portugal and is the official instrument of Hawai’i. Over the years, its sound has become the audio signature of the islands, with fans all over the world. In fact, its signature sound was found on the hit song “The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars (who is from Hawai’i).
Popular Spot(s): Pearl Harbor Historic Bike Trail
One of the many family-friendly activities in Hawai’i, bike riding takes on many forms in the islands. There are many who participate for leisure around various parks throughout the state as well as competitively in events such as the Ironman Triathalon held on the Big Island and the Century Ride along the East Side of O’ahu.
Popular Spot(s): Hanauma Bay
Beneath the water’s surface, there’s a wonderful world life and activity that awaits. Snorkeling brings you into that world where you can see first-hand, colorful fishes, exotic plants, and playful animals come to life. If you’re lucky enough, maybe you’ll be able to swim with next to a honu, or Hawaiian turtle.