Episode 496 – Hawaii Vacation News

Tsunami Debris Update

Earlier this week officials announced that floating debris headed towards Hawaii as a result of the tsunami may make landfall in Hawaii sooner than expected. A group of scientists from the Ocean Conservancy will be joining an expedition to investigate what type of debris would be likely to wash ashore. While there are tons of debris floating it’s hard to determine exactly what is still floating and what remains a hazard. Officials say that the worst-case scenario is that debris will start washing ashore in mid-2013.

Honolulu Festival

Visitors tell us that when they experience a festival while vacationing in Hawaii they’re more likely to return. If you’re going to be here in the next few days you’re in luck. This weekend marks the 18th anniversary of the Honolulu Festival which is a cultural celebration to promote ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific rim region. The events will be hard to miss culminates with the grand Parade moves down Kalakaua Avenue on March 14 at 430 to 8 PM.

Hawaii’s top dog

When it comes to dogs, Hawaii is pretty much like everyplace else. This week the American Kennel Club announced its ranking for the top dog breed and Honolulu. It turns out that the Chihuahua has overtaken the Labrador retriever to become the dog most likely to be part of a Hawaii Ohana (family).

Here’s how the list rounded out:
1. Chihuahua
2. Labrador retriever
3. Shetland sheepdog
4. German Shepherd
5. Pomeranian/ Yorkshire Terrier (tie)
6. Bulldog/poodle 9 (tie)
7. French bulldog
8. Cavalier King Charles spaniel

Waikiki Beach Restoration

There’s a stretch of Waikiki Beach right behind the Sheraton which has been suffering from serious sand erosion. The erosion has gotten so bad that there’s hardly any beach left. This stretch of beach is A is estimated to bring pr $2 billion a year in a state of Hawaii. A recent poject to restore the beach has run into a problem which cause some delays. Today we discuss project and the impact it will have visitors.

Facebook and listener questions

Maddy, one of our Facebook friends, wants to know when is the best time to hike Koko crater and Diamondhead, we offer some advice which included getting there as early as possible usually between 630 and 7 AM. The Koko Crater hike also known as Puu mai trail is very strenuous so you must be in good condition to take a hike.

Mary wanted to know how to book group activities. We go over some ideas as suggestions for her and discuss the best way to book activities with Hawaii aloha travel.

And finally it Linda Fonteyn asks ” where is the best place to show a newcomer the real Oahu” this is a great question. And living on this island I can tell you that there are so many places in contrast to the busy Waikiki. For example exploring the East side of Oahu or on the opposite side the Waianae coast. I always like to take people’s thoughts like China walls or eternity beach.