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Aqua Adds Gem Off Kuhio: The Waikiki Wave Re-Opens

Let's face it: Chain hotels can lend to the demise of the personality of a destination. Not always, but more often than not. Andre Tatibouet, owner of the aging Coral Reef Hotel in Waikiki for the last 33 years, couldn't agree more. So when he was ready to join forces with a rapidly growing hotel group in order to breathe new life in to his 247-room hotel, he chose carefully.

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Hawaii's National Parks Get A New Director

Frank Hays arrived in Honolulu a few months ago. He is one small man

with a very huge task. His recent promotion as the new Pacific Area

Director for the National Parks Service, makes him solely responsible

for managing all eleven National Park locations throughout the Pacific

(8 are in Hawaii). Sound like a lot of work" You try explaining

365,000 acres to millions of tourists annually, all the while keeping

them clean (the acres, not the tourists). Pop Frank Hays' forest

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A Swim With Wild Dolphin On Oahu's West Side

[This is an excerpt of an article that was previously published in a number of newspapers around the country. We thought you might enjoy sharing in the experience.]

We set sail for the waters just beyond those that create the famed surfing beach at Makaha. It was 7:15 a.m., and I was eating a yogurt and Hawaiian sweet bread. I sat on the soft vinyl of a catamaran that was whisking myself and 12 others across the blue West Oahu waters. The morning mist was evaporating, and the sun was just beginning to warm our skin.

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Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Brewing On Big Island November 3 Thru 12

The 2005 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival at the Outrigger Keauhou is rapidly approaching. If you're looking for an excuse to save some shipping charges on Kona coffee, swing by the Big Island between November 3 - 12th, and can pick up a case of the island's top-rated brew.

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Harnessing Wind, Waves And Sun: Hawaii's Energy Future

A 21-megawatt wind farm currently in construction on the Big Island's South Point will go operational as early as March 2007, according to Hawaii Electric Light Co. and partner General Electric. The Pakini Nui Wind Project will supply power for up to 10,000 households through the use of 14 turbines.

State lawmakers, representatives from the Hawaii Renewable Energy Alliance and Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona announced that they hope to have at least 20% of the State's energy come from wind, wave and solar sources by the year 2020.

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Simply Grape: A Dream Store For A Honolulu Couple: Nick And Lael Keeler Married Last Year At A Napa Vineyard, Then Came Home To

I've said it a million times before: I thoroughly enjoy reporting on the lives of people who have made drastic changes in their lives in order to pursue their dreams. What follows is a tale of not only inspirational proportions, but it serves a higher purpose. At the end of this story, you will know about one of Honolulu's hottest new finds.

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Big Island Slack Key Guitar Festival At Keauhou Bay September 3

The Big Island's 14th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival will take place at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa on Sunday, September 3, from noon to 6 p.m. This year's concert is a tribute to the late Gabby "pops" Pahunui, a slack key icon. Award winning performers who will pay respect to Pahunui include Makana, Ledward Kaapana, Michael Kaawa, David Kahiapo, Walter Keale, Brittni Paiva, Sonny Lim and more. Admission is free.

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Dueling Ukuleles Take The Stage At Duke's In Waikiki September 9

It doesn't get much more Hawaiian than the Duke's Ukes Contest, set for September 9. This inaugural event will showcase the island's top ukulele players in four age divisions. Held from 10 a.m. to noon at Duke's namesake restuarant, the contest will pit top players against each other, judging their style, speed, sound and knowledge of Hawaiian song.

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Kona Brewing Company's New Brew--Pipeline Porter--Tapped This October

Kona Brewing Company, Hawaii's own Big Island-based brewer of hops and so forth is about to release its first new product in eight years. The Pipeline Porter is a combination of roasted barley malt, hops, and 100% Kona-grown Cornwell Estates Coffee.

Marketing materials for the limited release porter, set to be tapped in early October, state "Pipeline's color is as dark as black lava and tastes of rich, roasted barley malt and aromatic hops. Smooth Kona Coffee finishes our Porter and helps take the edge off when the waves are high and the wind is blowing..."

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A Chat With Alan Wong On Eryngii Mushrooms

The delectable fungus that has popped up on fine menus and specialty markets in Hawaii.

We at B on Hawaii have noticed a rather interesting item that has been finding it's way on to menu's throughout Hawaii as of late. The Eryngii mushroom has been sprouting up on more and more plates at fine eateries around town, and as far as we have discovered, it's a relatively new fungus among us.

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