Saturday, March 28, 2009

Puukohola and Mailekini Heiaus being rebuilt

According to a story in the Hawaii Tribune, the Puukohola and Mailekini Heiau on the Big Island is being rebuilt by volunteers. This heiau, located near Kawaihae Harbor in Kohala, was severely damaged by the earthquake in 2006. The Park Service is working with a local group to rebuild the heiau using traditional dry-stack masonry techniques.

Read the article for more details.

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Free Local Music at The Shops at Mauna Lani

The Shops at Mauna Lani will be offering free local music on the first Friday of each month, starting April 3. From their web site:


First Fridays at The Shops

The Shops at Mauna Lani hosts free music performances at its outdoor stage on the first Friday evening of every month.

Dubbed "First Fridays at The Shops," the concert series features a diverse array of local sounds, from contemporary Hawaiian to jazz. Participating center merchants offer shopping incentives and kamaaina specials each "First Friday" event.

First Fridays at The Shops schedule:

* April 3 - Nino Kaai & Kahua
* May 1 - Nino Kaai & Kahua
* June 5 - Bill Noble Jazz Band
* July 3 - Bill Noble Jazz Band
* August 7 - To Be Determined

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Changes at USS Arizona Memorial

Construction on a new visitor center is underway at the USS Arizona Memorial. There were concerns about the impact of noise from pile drivers, but according to an article in today's Honolulu Advertiser, the first day went smoothly.

The article also says:

Beginning next week — possibly Wednesday — tickets for the Arizona Memorial documentary film and boat launch will be distributed at the adjacent Bowfin submarine park, where a lot of visitors now have to park with the visitor center construction going on, especially when the site is busiest during the morning.

"We don't want people to park there, drop their bag off, come over here, get their ticket and find out it's going to be three to four hours before they see the documentary film," DePrey said.

By checking in at the Bowfin, visitors can better divide their time between the museums and memorials in the area, officials said.

This is a great change! The Bowfin park has a lot to do and see, whereas the visitor center has limited exhibits and is always extremely crowded.

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Golf Course Updates

The San Francisco Chronicle website has a special blog called Hawaii Insider. A post from February 17, 2009 talks about changes underway at some Hawaii golf courses. Specifically:
  • Kaluakoi Golf Course on Molokai has been closed.
  • The two courses at Kauai Lagoons are undergoing changes; the back nine of the (better) Kiele course is being rebuilt, so currently you play the front nine of Kiele and 9 holes of what used to be the Mokinana course.
  • The Lakes and Ocean nines at Princeville Makai are closed while being upgraded.

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For a number of years, I've maintained a web site on visiting Hawaii. This blog is intended to supplement that site, by identifying changes and trends related to Hawaii tourism. I hope you find it useful!