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One More Mai Tai Please

Rum is the official/unofficial vacation drink — so it has been officially/unofficially declared that Rum Punch is here to stay! At almost every island destination you visit, you can be sure to find some version of a rum cocktail. Here in Hawaii, the Mai Tai is our drink of choice, but it wasn’t always. The Mai Tai was originally created in Northern California by Trader Vic. The original recipe was a simple blend of white rum with orange curaçao, a dash of lime juice and orgeat syrup, topped off with a dark rum floater — straight and to the point. A few years later, Vic introduced his creation to Hawaii, but not before topping it all off with pineapple and orange juice, renaming it the Royal Hawaiian Mai Tai. This new version brought out a more tropical flavor and flirty attitude of the already-famous rum punch. Shock the bartender on your next visit by calling this cocktail by its original name — you’ll be treated like royalty. 

Plumeria flowers

Are the Plumeria's Pretending?

PSA: Hawaii’s most well known flower is not a native Hawaiian. The lovely Plumeria flower is often the flower draped around the necks of natives and visitors alike. There are few other flowers that show the essence of Hawaii. The popular plumeria flowers are traditionally strung into lei’s and worn on the left or right ear to symbolize relationship status. Although it would seem that the plumeria is from the volcanic islands, it actually was transported from Europe by a German botanist in the 1800’s. Thanks to Hawaii's tropical climate and rich soil, the plumeria have been thriving ever since--and thank goodness, because the vibrant colors and tropical scents have truly become a staple to the Hawaiian lifestyle and culture. The next time you're choosing a floral lei, be sure to take a minute and reflect on how different Hawaii might be without these precious petals.

Hanauma Bay View

Hunker Down at Hanauma Bay

Dreamy, sandy shores, vibrant fish, and the aloha spirit — it does not get much better than this. Learn about Oahu’s marine life on your visit to Hanauma Bay State Park. Hanauma Bay was once a meeting ground for Hawaiian Royalty — an exclusive spot for leisure recreation and fishing — it has since become a learning playground for people from all over the globe. This unique snorkeling destination is formed within a volcanic cone and inhabits and protects hundreds of different species of fish and marine life with its cone like atmosphere.

Hanauma became protected in 1967, after an influx of visitors began to damage the natural reef. Regulations were set in place but were not properly enforced until 1990, when Oahu decided to restore and educate those who stoped by the ‘curved bay.’ It has since been voted ‘The Best Beach in the United States’ and still strives for conservation and education, with a heavy dose of fun in the sun!

Duke Surfing in Waikiki

Duke -- A Hawaiian Classic

Take two steps in any direction and prepare to be bombarded with the heavy surf culture that surrounds our every day life here in Hawaii, surfing is a Hawaiian original. One of the most celebrated surf pioneers of all time is an Olympian and die hard water lover, Duke Kahanamoku. A Hawaiian native, Duke was born right here in our favorite city, Waikiki. He was born in 1890 to his father Duke and mother Julia and lived to be 79 years old, he is still one of the most important surfers in the history of the world, revolutionizing the sport to an international level and spreading it from continent to continent. Take yourself on a walking tour along the water to see Dukes nine-foot bronze sculpture that towers over the board walk — it is usually dressed with fresh leis and a healthy crowd nearby — and thank him for bring our world together through the rhythms of the ocean.

FRESH POKE BOWL

Peek a Poke Bowl in Waikiki

In the last few years Poke has become a household term — a food that has recently surfaced from coast line to coast line. Similar to sushi, a common misconception is that it is the savvy way to eat raw fish. When really Poke has been a staple in local Hawaiian diets since fish knew how to swim. 

Throw on your bikini or trunks and make your way to the beach — but be sure to bring along Hawaii’s staple street food, you guessed it Poke! Choose from an array of fresh caught fish over rice and generously top it off with avocado, spicy mayo and other yummy island treasures. This seemingly simple dish is actually an extremely complex meal packed with flavor and diverse texture. Light and refreshing, it is no wonder Poke has been a staple — don’t miss your opportunity to test out the original Waikiki Poke! 

Hula Girl in Sunset

Hula Hips in Hawaii

A sway of the hips, a flick of the hand, listen to the rhythm until you hit sand. Hawaii is known for its iconic Hula dance — a mesmerizing way to tell the story of the islands from long ago. This beautiful dance was created by the Polynesian settlers long before the 19th century, to depict the natural beauty of the world around them. The traditional outfits and steady music have been drawing people to the Hawaiian islands for years, and there is no sign of a decline in this interest. 

Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, you can catch a sneak peek into this creative world and come see a show for free on the shores of Waikiki. Be sure to reserve your spots early over by the Duke statue on the grass — no matter how many times this dance is preformed, it still draws a giant crowd every single time. Sit back and enjoy the true current of Waikiki.

Cliff in Hawaii

Drop in at Diamond Head

One step at a time, make your way up to the iconic volcanic crater that defines Waikiki today. The extinct volcano that sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean is a panoramic staple in Honolulu and goes by the name of Diamond Head. Try your hand at this .07 mile hike, the views alone are completely worth it! Easy for adults and children, but be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and water. This moderate hike takes about a hour to climb and half the time to go down — but leave yourself enough time to daydream once you reach the peak. There are not a lot of things that feel better than exerting yourself to the pinnacle of a mountain... or in this case, a volcano. But the views are not the only rewarding feeling you'll have after climbing Diamond Head. Let yourself shine with just a few simple steps! 

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