This past weekend I had the opportunity to experience the 12th Annual Waikiki SPAM Jam Festival. The event featured twenty vendors serving a variety of foods made with the timeless meat in a can, SPAM. During the madness, I decided to take a break and check out the sunset on Waikiki Beach. Located next to the Cheesecake Factory is a little alley that’s lined with surfboards. The alley will lead you straight to the white sands of Waikiki Beach. I walked along the beach and watched as the sun began to set. It was quite a sight. And then I went back to eating SPAM.
No, Blood Moon is not the latest book in the Twilight Saga. It’s even better than that, and Hawaii residents had a front row seat earlier this week to see it firsthand. Blood Moon is the nickname given to our moon during a lunar eclipse. In fact, this Blood Moon marks the start of a lunar tetrad, or four total eclipses in a row, the first of which took place on April 14. The next one is scheduled for October 8, so mark your calendars.
Hawaii was a prime spot to see the Sun, Earth, and Moon in alignment and the Blood Moon take shape. Exploration: Hawaii set up our cameras in Waikiki, at both Kapiolani Park and Fort Derussey. This is what we saw before the clouds and rain came rolling in.
While having a pretty laid back morning this past Wednesday (which happened to be a Hawaiian holiday, Prince Kuhio Day), I suddenly had a craving for beef cheeks. Yes, beef cheeks. To think, I never had that dish before, but it was due to Coty raving about it for months that I’ve had it on my list of foods to try. Before I told him of my lunch plans, I had already made reservations on OpenTable.
Tucky & Bevvy is an accidental new favorite of mine. Why accidental? After a visit to the Waikiki Aquarium, Michelle and I were eager to find a spot that we could walk to for a quick lunch. A quick Yelp search suggested Tiki’s Bar & Grill, which is located in the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, and overlooks Kuhio Beach. As we made our way to Tiki’s, I spotted a sign that read Tucker & Bevvy, on the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and & Kapahulu Avenue. I pointed to the Tucker & Bevvy sign, and asked “want to try that place out instead?” To which she replied, “sure, let’s go there.”
Hau’oli La Ho’omakika’i or Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Exploration: Hawaii to all of you. It’s your duty today to eat a lot of turkey and pumpkin pie. Calories you say? Don’t worry about the calories, you can always burn them off on an island adventure on Black Friday. And since you’ve got tons to select from (see the archives) choosing one won’t be a problem. Be safe out there and happy trails!
Despite living in Hawaii my whole life I never made it a point to attend the Honolulu Festival. This changed last month whenI attended the 18th Annual Honolulu Festival. The theme of this years festival was bonding together, hand in hand.
I recently stumbled upon a short film compiled by Richard Sullivan. The footage was taken from video that his father shot more than 65 years ago on August 14, 1945. On that day, Japan officially surrendered during World War II.
Watching the sunset on a beach in Hawaii is great. Watching the sunset in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with Israel Kamakawiwaole playing in the background and a drink in hand is even better. The Welakahao Outrigger Catamaran [Update 12/1/2011: the catamaran was recently renamed the Waikiki Rigger]. offers just that and I got to experience this sunset cruise this past Sunday with Michelle.