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THINGS TO DO IN HAWAII: TRAVEL IDEAS

Duke's sashimi and more delicious reasons to love Hawaii!

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Photos by Phillip Roberts: Southshore at sunset (top) and Duke's sashimi (middle), Sunet Beach (bottom).

Year-round, there are so many festivals and other things to do in Hawaii. Aloha from the middle of the Pacific!

I’ve been reading a fascinating book published in 1975 by Island Heritage. Written by the late Honolulu Advertiser columnist Bob Krauss, it’s called “The Island Way.” It deals with a walking and canoe trip around the Big Island of Hawai‘i following in the footsteps of missionary William Ellis. I’m learning a great deal on every page and it makes me want to take a short trip over. It’s been too long since I left O‘ahu.

The Merrie Monarch Festival runs from the April 12th to 19th at Hilo on the big island of Hawai‘i. Tickets are very hard to come by, so the event is televised by local Hawai‘i television station KITV. Hula halau’s compete in a number of categories. Miss Aloha Hula 2008.

"Primo" Beer is back! Tasty! I had a pint with sashimi at Duke’s Canoe Club. Ask for it in most of the bars on the island. I understand it’s in bottles on the mainland U.S.

Some April events in Hawai‘i I recommend:

Thursday, April 9th: California punk band Bad Religion rocks out at Pipeline Café. 801 Pohukina Street. The show happens to be the day after my birthday, so I’m definitely going. I love their song “21st Century Digital Boy!” They always put on a great show and usually sell out in advance so hit Ticket Master if you want to attend. $.

Saturday, April 18th: Flogging Molly comes to town. (Also at Pipeline Café) The 7 piece is incredible and plays everything from Celtic to Punk. Another sellout is expected. $.

Saturday, April 25th: 7th Annual Waikiki Spam Jam. Kalakaua Avenue hosts a street party benefiting the Hawai‘i Food Bank. Bands- and Spam-related food. I’m not big into the canned meat, but it’s usually a great party. About seven Million cans are consumed in Hawai‘i annually. FREE.

Sunday, April 26th: 2nd Annual HECO Grow Hawai‘ian Festival at the Bishop Museum’s great lawn. Perfect for Earth Day, the event features hula and eco-exhibits. FREE. There are plenty of things to do cheaply in the Hawai‘ian islands besides swimming off Waikiki beach. From ukulele concerts to museums, you will find plenty of excitement for the whole family. Make your Hawai‘ian holiday special.

Until next month, Aloha!

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