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36 | Bucket List: Discovering the Impossible

14 | North Shore Shark Adventures 16 | Pow Wow Hawai‘i 18 | Hanauma Bay M A UI

20 | Seven Sacred Pools 22 | Whale Watching BI G I SL AN D

24 | South Point KA UA‘ I

26 | Tow-in Surfing 28 | Zipline Tours

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44 | Point to Point: Across Moloka‘i’s Ka‘iwi Channel 48 | Nomad’s Land: Kailua Native Beau Flemister 52 | A Journey of Renewal on Kaho‘olawe 54 | Beyond the Horizon: Akita, Japan 58 | Storybook Adventures in the Country EXPLORE 64 | Free Range: Chinatown’s Super Market


66 | FLUX: Off the Grid Galleries

30 | Carissa Moore

68 | Ko Olina Golf Club


70 | Spa Luana

32 | Maui Lassoing the Sun

74 | Event Guide

34 | Made in Hawai‘i

78 | In-flight Information




EDITOR Lisa Yamada

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go! M O K U L E L E ’ S C E O Aloha to our valued customers, In the past five years, go!Mokulele has become the leader in Hawai‘i’s travel community, flying to all six of the islands in Hawai‘i (O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Maui, and Hawai‘i). We continue to offer the lowest airfares for inter-island travel. We have also added two new routes, Maui to Kona and Maui to Kaua’i. These are two more opportunities for our go! ohana to visit family and friends. Thanksgiving has served as a reminder of how thankful go!Mokulele is of the continued support that our valued customers have demonstrated over the past five years and continue to do so. This past holiday period was special as we provided air travel for one family in need, as was selected by Lokahi, our local charity, and one family selected by Kapi‘olani Medical Center to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. This was go!Mokulele’s way of giving back to the community as a sign of our appreciation to the people of Hawai‘i. The new year has quickly sprung upon us and we wish all of you a very happy and prosperous 2012. A few months ago, we launched our new website at, and we have received many positive comments. In addition to a fresh look, we have improved the site to enable our customers to book hotels, rent-a-cars, activities in Hawai‘i and packages that include hotel, car and air. We invite you to visit our website and ask you to take advantage of some of the very special promotional offers that we have negotiated for you.

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The earliest settlers of Hawai‘i came to the islands by way of outrigger canoes, with birds and stars as their guide. Hawai‘i, or as they called it, “the land of the raging fire,” became inhabited by these settlers from Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands, and a distinct culture was born. This culture was able to able thrive so incredibly because of the yielding terrain and favorable weather. Hawaiians were able to fish, cultivate and build, while still having time left in the day to take a dip in the ocean or watch the sunset from the top of a mountain. Here, surfing was invented, and subsequently Hawai‘i became a magnet for tourists from all corners of the world to experience this rich culture encompassed by arts, activities and adventure. These days, people come to Hawai‘i to swim with the dolphins, whale watch, or unexpectedly, fall in love. The opportunity for each day to be different than the last is always on the horizon. The bonds you make here will succeed you, while the experiences you have will lay the foundation for what lies ahead. In Hawai‘i, the warm aloha spirit flows through the craters of your soul, igniting a newfound passion or a renewed sense of self. Sometimes we need to be reminded of who we are by going on a spontaneous trip or doing something that makes your heart pump through your chest. It is through this awakening that the beauty of life is revealed. Different paths expose themselves every day like new stars in the sky, and it’s your choice on which star to follow.

Mahalo for reading this issue of innov8.

ON THE COVER Kahuku Unit, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Traverse two and a half miles through rugged terrain, past lava fields, pastures and historic ranch roads at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s Kahuku Unit. “People and Land of Kahuku,” a threehour guided exhibition led by National

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Park Service rangers, explores the land and history of the area that runs along the slopes of Mauna Loa, the largest volcano on Earth. The Kahuku Unit is open weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., except the first Saturday of the month.



T H I N G S T O S E E A N D D O I N H AWA I ‘ I Bird Hunter’s Pit Pōhakuloa, Island of Hawai‘i The rugged and barren pāhoehoe landscape between Hualālai, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea were the breeding ground for a number of species of birds, prized by ancient Hawaiians for food and feathers. Open pits cover this landscape, as kia manu (bird hunters) deliberately collapsed voids in the lava, creating nesting areas to increase the habitat and sustain the population of these birds. The image is from the 2012 calendar photographed by Ric Noyle for the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Hawai‘i Heritage Center. It is available for free at the Hawai‘i Heritage Center, located at 1040 Smith Street. Call 808-521-2749 for more information.






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north shore adventures Shark cage diving

Where There Was Once Royalty To have a sense of adventure means to linger on the promise of adrenaline coursing through your veins, staying the course until that yearning is quenched. To me, there is no better way to satisfy this desire than by scoffing in the face of danger … or blowing bubbles, as the case may be. Awake before the sunrise, we disembark from the Hale‘iwa Small Boat Harbor with North Shore Shark Adventures. So many thoughts run through your head as you sit on a boat with a giant shark cage affixed to its stern. The orange buoys trigger every episode of Shark Week to flippantly repeat in your mind. As we pull away from the harbor, the dark waters give way to deep hues of blue. The sun now shining, we chart a course for a floating marker set at a depth level of 600 feet. The

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captain kills the engine as we tie up to the buoy. The water is crystal clear as the floating cage is lowered into the water. Looking over the sides of the boat you can see rays of sun pushing through the water’s depths. With the arrival of the boat, and the slick of chum poured overboard, 10 to 15 sharks of varying sizes begin to ascend from the depths and into my frantic frame of reference, encircling the boat as adrenaline overcomes its awaiting divers. Mask and snorkel on, I enter the cage first, fearfully eager. My heart is racing as I submerge my head in a flurry of bubbles. Sand sharks, grey reef sharks and Galapagos sharks circle me like prey. I can look each shark in the eye and see the remnants of previous meals lingering in their layers of teeth. In their world, I am safely

left with my thoughts, eyes wide open, and the sound of my own rapid breathing. I am humbled by their presence and their grace. I return to the boat a self-proclaimed adventurer, with an overwhelming sense of personal triumph, and a deepened admiration for our world.

For more information on shark cage dives or to schedule a tour, visit

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An international gathering of artists

Explore the burgeoning neighborhood of Kaka‘ako during the month of February when urban art spills into the streets and onto walls for the second annual Pow Wow Hawai‘i, a gathering of international and local contemporary artists that engages with the broader community in the process and creation of art. From February 13 to 19, Honolulu will host more than 20 artists from around the world, including 123Klan from France, Will Barras from London, Flying Fortress from Germany, Jeff Hamada from Canada, Meggs from Australia and Ryuichi Ogino from Japan to name a few. This cosmopolitan group will join with local artists Estria, Jasper Wong, Kamea Hadar, Angry Woebots, Ekundayo, Prime, Rhandy Tambio and Nicole Naone, among others.

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For one week, these artists will paint the walls and buildings in the area, allowing full engagement and interaction between artist and audience. Typically, the beauty of art is enjoyed during its final stage. All the blood, sweat and tears that go into making a piece happens behind closed doors. Pow Wow Hawai‘i busts down those doors, making the process (where the real grandeur lies) the focal point. Thus the audience becomes an essential part of the artists’ process. If you’re up for an artistic adventure outside of the typical gallery space, be sure to check out this once a year event.

For more information visit

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Exploring the depths of the ocean allows one to travel back in time and discover creatures that have been around before humans. Hanauma Bay, a marine embayment formed within a volcanic cinder cone on O‘ahu’s east shore, is the premier place to swim, snorkel or scuba dive while vacationing in Hawai‘i. Submerged in the pristine tropical water, you will encounter more than 250 species of fish endemic to Hawai‘i, and with some luck, a honu (turtle) gliding by or a he‘e (the Hawaiian octopus) hiding in a reef crevasse. The undersea beauty witnessed at night is even more spectacular. The seemingly unresponsive, lackluster coral reef opens up to feed, revealing their vibrant, lively interiors that upon glance take your breath away. Fortunately, you are equipped with a mask and snorkel forcing you to take steady breaths as you continue your voyage under the stars with a flashlight as your guide. Wrapped in darkness, you will feel as though you are moving through space, surveying an undiscovered world with creatures that you never thought existed. After a few minutes of canvassing the seafloor, you will forget about any fears or qualms you had and simply marvel at the beauty below you. What you will experience in hours of darkness will change your perception of what you see in the light. You will behold what lies beneath when everyone else is sleeping.

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, Hanauma Bay is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 808-396-4429

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Driving up the curving, narrow road to Hana is just as much of an adventure as what you’ll find at the end. Turns winding at sharp right angles, cliffs dropping off to breathtaking views of lonely beaches, trickling streams and dramatic waterfalls flowing beneath one-lane bridges – this will be your landscape as you journey to Ohe‘o Gulch on the Kipahulu Coast of Haleakalā National Forest. Nearly three hours later and you’re adventure’s just begun. Though there’s a $10 charge for admission into Haleakalā, the pass is good for three days and will also get you through to the summit area of the park where you will witness the most magnificent sunrises and breathtaking views of Haleakalā crater. The Pipiwai Stream, located two miles inland feeds the waterfalls and numerous other streams

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throughout Ohe‘o Gulch. Though the area is commonly known as the Seven Sacred Pools, this is a misnomer, as there are many more than seven pools in the area. The Pipiwai trail takes you on a 4-mile roundtrip along the stream, gaining 650feet in elevation, with the final destination being the 400-foot Waimoku Falls. Though many people might jump in for a quick dip in some of the area’s seemingly serene waters, the streams are very unpredictable and flash flooding can happen very quickly and sweep people out to sea. This happened in 2003 when a Kentucky school teacher and his 8-year-old daughter were swept away in a flash flood while crossing the stream. The floodwaters pushed them over the 190-foot Makahiku Falls. The beauty of Ohe‘o and its many sacred pools is definitely worth the trip, but be sure to heed all posted warnings.




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IN THE PRESENCE OF GIANTS Stand up next to these gentle giants

Stand-up paddleboarding along the coast is a remarkable approach to experiencing the Hawaiian reefs and wildlife, but during whale season it is beyond spectacular. In the winter months, humpback whales migrate to the shallow, warm and protected bays of Hawai‘i to breed and give birth. The Big Island is one of their favored destinations, as are Maui and Kaua‘i, and during the peak months of February and March these gentle giants come so close to shore they can be seen from the beaches. Whale watching from land or boat is a common excursion. However, there is nothing quite like embarking on a stand-up paddle journey

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through the aquamarine bays, hearing precious little but the swish of the paddle and the glide of the board when, phsoosh, a whale surfaces less than 50 meters away from you. Without the hum of a boat engine or the murmur of other tourists, this whale watching adventure is uniquely your own. It can be a startling and somewhat spooky experience to be on the same level as an animal three times the length of your puny paddleboard, but these magnificent mammals are unusually aware, and because they are in birthing season and not feeding season, chances of being swallowed are slim to none. Spectators are required to halt their approach

100 yards from the humpbacks, but more often than not, if you stop your advance they will glide past you much closer than that. There is no need to chase these behemoth beauties – it’s a pursuit you will surely lose. Instead, be still and marvel at their beauty and grace as they fly, weightless, through the water. Then return your attention to the swish and the glide as you resume your journey along the coast.

From November through May, Maui celebrates with the Maui Whale Festival presented by Pacific Whale Foundation. For upcoming events and activities, visit


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THE UNTAMED POINT An unexpected Hawaiian landscape at South Point

The Big Island is a vast wilderness of varied landscapes, and the area around Ka Lae, also known as South Point, is no exception. Ka Lae causes those present to stand in awe of nature’s palpable power, cloaked in the tingling energy of the untamed terrain. A wind swept and wild expanse, it takes the breath away. Traveling south from Kona, this destination is a magnificent sight. It juts out from the land and rises hundreds of feet above the black lava plain below. About 10,000 years ago the Alika Submarine Slip occurred in the ocean off of South Point. Imagine the slip like a temper tantrum of an enormous toddler who stomped on the land

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just north of the point causing it to give way, resulting in the towering pali (cliff ). South Point Road is just south of the pali. This 12-mile stretch cuts across the windswept grasslands of Kahuku Ranch and alongside the windmill farms. Some of the mills are operational, but others are missing blades and all are swathed in rust – a testament to the elemental brutality of the area. The hidden gem of Ka Lae lies two miles from the end of the road, and, like most things worth finding, is not easily accessed. South Point road ends at a dirt parking lot above the boat ramp, and those without four-wheel drive must aban-

don their cars and make it on foot, cutting tracks through the fine orange pahala ash and treading carefully across the lava rocks before arriving at Pu‘u Mahana, or the Green Sands cinder cone. Green Sands Beach boasts one of the most arresting Hawaiian color palettes you’ll find. Olivine sand, grey cliffs, gold ash and bisque grasses flank the bay, a collection of turquoise, navy and cobalt striations. At the edge of this land where white caps dance along the ocean’s surface, grasses lean and rustle like unscripted music, and the sky, a perfect spectrum of blue, presides over it all; and one cannot help but breathe a little freer.



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TOWED-IN Kekaha Beach Park

Winter swells bring massive waves to Hawai‘i’s shores. Thundering waves can be as large as 20 feet (translating to a wave face height of more than 30 feet) and oftentimes even larger. Tow-in surfing, as shown here at Kaua‘i’s Kekaha Beach Park, utilizes a motorized vehicle such as a jetski or helicopter to be able to catch waves that were once thought uncatchable. Waves of this height move at 30 to 40 mph, making it nearly impossible to pick up enough speed to manually paddle into the wave.

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ZIPPED OFF THE LIST Princeville Ranch Zipline Tours

Kaua‘i is ranked third in U.S. News and World Report’s list of “16 Best Adventure Vacations in the U.S.” Here you can take an ATV or helicopter tour, enjoy horseback riding, hike the world-famous Nā Pali Coast, take a downhill bike tour from Koke‘e, kayak Wailua or Hanalei River, go on a mountain tubing adventure, take a surf lesson, or soar above the treetops by zipline. Ziplining Kaua‘i was on my bucket list of things to do, and I finally got the there’s-nobetter-time-than-now motivation and booked the zipline express tour at Princeville Ranch Adventures. The tour begins with a safety brief-

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ing and securing the appropriate gear. Pre-zip jitters are common, but the entertaining guides helped ease our nerves. Before we did our first manini (small) zip, we introduced ourselves. I found others had ziplining on their bucket lists too. The excitement of zipping on the first plunge had us excited for the next. The camaraderie of our group grew with each zip. We cheered each other on. Some screamed, some laughed, some held on tight; there was even a “cowabunga” yell. As the zips continued, I discovered that lightly holding on and relaxing was a much more enjoyable ride. This three-hour invigorating adventure con-

sisted of nine zips over lush Kaua‘i scenery with a backdrop of majestic mountains. Each zip, increasing in length and excitement, leads up to the King Kong zip, which is 1,200 feet in the air and allows you to ride alongside a partner. We also had the opportunity to cross over a suspension bridge, which made me feel like I was in a movie. After the tour, still on my adrenaline high, I asked myself, “What’s next?” All I know is, I’m off to cross off some new adventures.

See what adventure you can cross off your bucket list at






ASP champ Carissa Moore plays the hand she’s dealt

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Carissa Moore in the water is an explosive and impressive experience. Exuding a raw energy to subdue the most craving of adrenaline junkies, Moore carves snaps and handles a reverse 360 pure and easy. Even more impressive is her growing accumulation of firsts in all of surfing history. The most recent being the youngest surfer to clinch the ASP World Title and the first woman ever to receive a wildcard entry to the Men’s Vans Triple Crown of Surfing held on O‘ahu’s North Shore. At the rate Moore challenges peers and raises bars, the outlook for women in surfing remains optimistic. But as anyone who calls the ocean their playground knows, some forces remain out of one’s control. Professional women’s surfing saw 2011 halt to a premature conclusion without a Van’s Triple Crown in Hawai‘i to call their own due to a lack of sponsors. “All the girls on tour are doing exactly what they need to be doing, which is surfing at a high level, really pushing themselves and each other,” Moore says. “The level we’re surfing at is better than it ever has been, but unfortunately the sponsors have kind of slackened and we’ve lost a lot of events.” In turn, the reigning world champion soon found herself paddling alongside six-time Triple

Crown champ and fellow Hawaiian Sunny Garcia at Sunset Beach. “I’m actually really competitive and was a little frustrated that it didn’t go better for me,” says Moore, whose run at the Triple Crown was ended by Garcia. “It was definitely a bittersweet situation because I would have loved to paddle out to Sunset and Hale‘iwa with the girls for them to show the world what they have to offer on a bigger stage. All in all, I’m very flattered for the opportunity to paddle out with the best guys in the world.” At only 19 years old, Moore has the ability to transcend barriers, as exemplary in her feats to date. Too young to claim fame? Moore put that to rest a long time ago. Traveling the globe, encountering the spontaneity that comes with life on the road, all while staying grounded to home have brought about a disposition of many thanks with the ability to turn any negative into gold. As Moore prepares for another year of promising surf and unknowns, one piece of advice remains: “If you put your mind and heart to anything, you can achieve it. You’re going to fall down and fail a lot, but you got to embrace that process, and it’s all worth it in the end.” She continues: “I get to travel the world and do something that I love. I have a beautiful home in Hawai‘i and great family, friends and a support team that I love so I can’t really complain. I am living the dream.” For now, the young world champ will continue doing what she does best, ever grateful, ever so gracefully and nowhere near throwing in her cards.

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“Maui became restless and fought the sun With a noose that he laid. And winter won the sun, And summer was won by Maui.”

- Queen Lili‘uokalani’s family chant

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Haleakalā National Park is home to Maui’s tallest peak, Haleakalā, whose graceful slopes can be seen from nearly anywhere on the island. The park, which is comprised of more than 30,000 acres of public land includes Kipahulu Valley and ‘Ohe‘o Gulch, along with its seven sacred pools. Haleakalā, which means“house of the sun,” provided the backdrop for the Hawaiian legend of Maui “lassoing the sun.” The legend tells the tale of Maui, a Polynesian demi-god whose many labors created the world. The moon, pale and dead in appearance moved slowly across the sky, while the sun, full of life and strength, moved quickly. Thus the days were very short, while the nights remained long and dark. Day and night were equally harsh on mankind. The darkness lasted so long that fruits could not ripen, so mankind suffered. Maui was determined to slow the sun. He climbed Haleakalā and hid among the roots of a tree. When the first rays of light – the first leg of the sun - came up from behind Haleakalā, Maui threw his rope around it and caught hold of it. One by one the sun’s legs came over the edge of the crater and Maui caught hold of each one. Soon the sun’s 16 legs were all caught in Maui’s rope. The sun begged Maui to free him, and it was soon agreed that there should be a regular motion in the journey of the sun. Days became longer in the summer, but the sun was allowed to move quickly during the winter. Thus mankind was blessed with warm rays and cool nights.

The summit area of Haleakalā National Park can be reached from Kahului via Route 37 to 377 to 378.

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The Evolution of Freediving In his second book, The Evolution of Freediving, spearfishing pioneer Sonny Tanabe creates a definitive text for the sport. Fueled by a lifelong love affair with the ocean, this compilation of stunning photography, historic lore and modern information is sure to fascinate. This book traces both the advances in dive equipment as well as the progression of the spearfisherman, from explore to hunter to the current evolution as steward of the sea. Available for purchase at Hana Pa‘a Hawaii. For more information, visit

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VERS Hawai‘i Founded by Hawai‘i artists, Roxanne Chasle and Matthew Kawika Ortiz, VERS clothing is defined by finely crafted, line-based drawings that balance both simplicity and detail. Wonderfully versatile, the comfy, eye-catching apparel can easily be worn from the beach to a night on the town. The designs are hand-drawn exclusively by Matt and Roxy, and produced in small editions so that each unique shirt is a distinct piece of wearable art. With emphasis on the lines that unite (instead of divide), Vers is earth-friendly as well. The T-shirts are organic blends and recycled materials are used whenever possible. Check out their “Kalo Kruiser” shirt at Super Citizen, located at 22 S Pauahi St. in Downtown Honolulu, or online at


Noelani Designs Jewelry designer Noelani Love handcrafts her jewelry from her Sunset Beach studio on O‘ahu’s North Shore using ethicallysourced natural materials, including mother of pearl shell, healing stones and other high-quality metals. The sea-inspired wearable art reflects the natural beauty that Love is surrounded by daily. These pieces are perfect for the contemporary woman who is active, fashion-savvy, healthy and ocean-minded. The custom jewelry can be found online at, at numerous retail locations throughout the globe, and at the Hale‘iwa Farmers Market held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Misa Jewelry Through the ancient art of wax casting, Misa Hamamoto skillfully carves her designs from wax, which then undergo a casting process that solidifies the molten metal. Much of her handcrafted jewelry is inspired by her island upbringing in Hawai‘i and Micronesia. Featured here is a piece from her Journey collection, which was inspired by steps. Misa’s Jewelry can be found at Riches Kahala, located in Kahala Mall or online at

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bucke t list Discovering the impossible in Hawai‘i T ext by L i s a Ya m a d a

Hawai‘i is a place where wonders unfold, where the beauty of the natural world is so magical it often seems dreamlike. It’s here, in this idyllic paradise, where scientific impossibilities melt away into possibilities, where the chances of catching a shooting star, walking on water and falling in love are only a moment away.

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Walk on Water I mage by J im R u s s i ,

For 2,000 years, people have tried to figure out how to duplicate the miracle of walking on water, as made famous by Jesus in the Bible’s New Testament. Leonardo da Vinci, along with his many other watery inventions, came up with a design for floating snowshoes to walk on water. Polish kite surfer Maciek Kozierski spent four laborious days in 2011 on the Sea of Galilee trying to recreate the feat, using his kite to accelerate to maximum speed then step off the board and walk. After 50 falls at high speeds, Kozierski managed to photograph a few steps. In Hawai‘i, walking on water is as simple as standing up. Stand-up paddleboarding provides a nearly effortless way to experience the sensation of walking on water, explore breathtaking coastlines or come face to face with a pod of dolphins.

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Breathe Underwater I mage by D a v e M iya mo t o , d a v e miya mo t o . com

The average person can hold his or her breath underwater for two minutes. Free divers are known to be able to hold their breath for six minutes or more. Austrian Herbert Nitsch holds the record in the “no-limits” free dive category, descending with the help of a ballast more than 700 feet, equivalent to a 58-story building. Though the body can be trained to go without oxygen for minutes at a time, advances in technology allow for the body to be underwater for hours at a time. The first commercially successful scuba gear was the Aqualung, developed by Emile Gagnon and JacquesYves Cousteau. Today, there are even more ways to swim like a fish and enjoy Hawai‘i’s colorful underwater environment. Explore the ocean world with Snuba, a shallow water diving system that does not require certification, or through breathing observation bubbles, in which the rider’s head is covered with what looks like a goldfish bowl so you’ll not only swim like a fish, you’ll look like one.

Play with Fire I mage by M a r k W a s s e r

Playing with fire is a ritual that dates back to the beginning of civilization and is practiced by cultures from all parts of the world. From fire walking to fire dancing to fire eating, playing with fire was seen as a mysterious feat, one that was possible only with the help of the gods. The kahuna (priest) of ancient Hawai‘i are among the most famous fire walkers, letting molten lava harden just enough to hold their body weight then walk over it. Today, fire-seekers can get close enough to feel the heat without getting burned. On the Big Island is KÄŤlauea, one of the most active volcanoes on the planet, where liquid, red-hot lava has been steadily oozing out since 1983.

Catch a Shooting Star I mage by J a r o d P ow e ll

In 2009, astronomers “caught” a shooting star for the first time. Astronomers were tracking a small asteroid hurtling toward Earth; it blew up in the sky and after a painstaking search through the Sudan desert, they found chunks of black jagged rock filled with minuscule diamonds from that same asteroid. Though star gazers may not be able to find a star’s physical remnants, they can catch them nightly in Hawai‘i by just looking up. Home to the Haleakalā and Mauna Kea observatories, Hawai‘i meets all the criteria for a glittering night of star gazing: lack of light pollution, good year-long weather and high elevation. Of all the stars that Earth can view, Hawai‘i can see more than 80 percent of them, making it the perfect place to wish upon a star.

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In Greek mythology, the fabled Icarus soared high on wings made of wax and feathers. Though Icarus did not fare well, the many advances in aviation have brought humans closer and closer to flying: looming parachutes, silky gliders, flapping wingsuits resembling flying squirrels. Flight tours of various type are offered on nearly every island, offering unparalleled views of inaccessible waterfalls, deep valleys, empty beaches and oozing volcanoes. One unique way that puts aspiring pilots behind the controls is through powered hang gliding, affectionately known as “triking,” which offers an interactive, hands-on experience high above the clouds and is also many times the first step in obtaining a pilot’s license. The experience will leave riders with a newfound appreciation for these types of aircrafts and flying in general.

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Falling in love is likely the one item on lists everywhere, something wished for when happening upon a shooting star. Falling in love might seem as impossible as walking on water; breath is held in anticipation for “the one,” fire is played with along the way, but when you fall, it’s as if you’re flying. Finding love in Hawai‘i is not only possible, it happens every day. Hawai‘i is consistently ranked among top wedding destinations, and with its picturesque beauty, it’s easy to see why.

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POINT TO POINT Setting the pace across Moloka‘i’s Ka‘iwi Channel T ext by N o e l P i e t s c h S h a w images by S t e v e H a u m s c h il d

Stretching from Moloka‘i to O‘ahu, the Ka‘iwi channel is considered one of the roughest open ocean channels in the world. With a maximum depth of 2,300 feet and ocean swells towering up to 30 feet, “Moloka‘i” has become the ultimate goal for canoe paddlers, kayakers and paddle boarders from across the globe. But undisputedly, the toughest challenge of them all is attempting the 27-mile point-to-point crossing with no watercraft – simply swimming from Moloka‘i to O‘ahu.

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“The Ka‘iwi channel is the most crossed channel in Hawai‘i,” said Mike Spalding, an experienced open ocean swimmer. “Every year paddlers and kayakers cross this channel and every year there are drop outs and DNF [“Did Not Finish”] participants, and occasionally a swimmer will attempt the crossing.” According to Spalding, a member of the Hawai‘i Swimming Hall of Fame and who has swam across seven different Hawai’i channels, there are three major obstacles when attempting to swim the Ka‘iwi channel. “The distance requires marathon endurance, the logistics and timing are critical, and the weather conditions are typically rough,” said Spalding. “All of these factors have caused some of the best marathon swimmers to abort their at-

In his quest to swim the world’s seven most difficult channels, 28-year-old Darren Miller takes on Hawai‘i’s most infamous open ocean swim.


tempts, not to mention the risk of Portuguese man-o-war and sharks.” For Pennsylvania native Darren Miller, all the stars were aligned when he visited Hawai‘i on his third stop to complete the “Ocean’s Seven,” his ambitious goal to swim across the world’s most difficult and dangerous channels (a feat no one has yet accomplished) in an effort to raise money for the Forever Fund, a non-profit organization founded by Miller that donates 100 percent of contributions to the cardiothoracic unit at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg of UPMC. Fully aware that Moloka‘i was the most challenging channel in his line-up, Miller relied on his months of training and his sports and exercise psychology background to keep him focused on his goal. “At 4:50 a.m., with just my suit, goggles, and glow stick tied to my cap, I found a rock that was connected to the point of Moloka‘i, climbed up on it, my team started the watch and I jumped into the pitch black ocean to begin the swim,” said Miller. “The first mile or two was pretty calm and then it just started going crazy. There were giant swells for miles and miles, hours and hours, sometimes literally crashing on top of me.” Following English Channel Swimming Association regula-

tions, “no physical contact could be made by any person” or flotation device, which meant that Miller had to tread water while stopping for provision breaks throughout the crossing. Like many endurance athletes however, Miller said that he believes 99 percent of the challenge is psychological. For Miller, his needed boost of motivation came from his escort crew, just as he reached the halfway point between Moloka‘i and O‘ahu. “When they told me that I was well under the world record time set for the crossing, that made me feel great. I was not about to quit halfway into it,” said Miller. “I kept thinking to myself, I am not coming back here to do this again. Traveling across the country, breaking the record and knowing that it is all just going to help the kids, that was motivation enough to finish the challenge.” After rolling on to land at Sandy Beach and running up to the dry water line, Miller’s team alerted him that he finished the crossing in 12 hours and 12 minutes, setting a new record and beating the previous record by 41 minutes. “I am a very faith-based person and there is a reason Mother Nature gave me that day and a reason I am three for three and have not had any problems during the three

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major crossings I have completed,” said Miller. “There has to be a reason I have gotten so lucky and that reason is most likely our cause.” Starting in July 2010, in addition to the Moloka‘i Channel crossing, Miller has completed both the English Channel and Catalina Channel swim and has raised thousands of dollars for the Forever Fund in the process. With his Moloka‘i record to boost his spirits, Miller looks towards future marathon swims with great confidence. Next up in his quest to complete the “Ocean’s Seven” is Japan’s Tsugaru Channel, scheduled for July 2012, followed by The Strait of Gibraltar, The Cook Strait and The North Channel between Ireland and Scotland.

For more information on Darren Miller and the Forever Fund, visit

EDITOR’S NOTE: Four weeks after Darren Miller set the record for swimming the point-to-point crossing of the Moloka‘i Chanel, Australian hall of fame marathon swimmer Penny Palfrey challenged his time, setting a new record for the swim at 12 hours and 7 minutes, beating Miller’s record by less than five minutes.


NOMAD'S LAND T ext by K e lli G r at z I mages courtesy B e a u Fl e mi s t e r

Beau Flemister is explaining to me how he ended up stuck in a tree after getting chased by sloth bears in Nepal when I start to get the impression that most of his stories would probably qualify for Animal Planet’s I Shouldn’t Be Alive. But as he speaks, I notice he doesn’t act like he’s lost at sea without a paddle or tailor his explanation of why he was running from creatures that with one swipe could leave you without an arm. He simply says, “It comes with the package. I expect there to be bumps in the road wherever I go, because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have made it through my second trip.” The dangers of his lifestyle are not hypothetical. From safaris in Kenya, getting stuck on a frozen avalanche in Nepal, losing his passport in Pakistan, to gazing upon cannibal

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shrines in the South Pacific, Flemister doesn’t take life merely by the throws – he reconfigures the archetype. “I love traveling because I really like being somewhere totally different than where I’m from. It’s like being a kid again because every day is exciting and unpredictable – thrilling, really. Learning a language, trying new food, navigating a new city on your own is fun to me. I think a very great rule to travel by is to make plans and then break them. Unless you’ve got years at a place, you can’t see it all, so best to not cram a bunch of stuff in. But definitely stray from the plan – that’s when the really good stuff happens.” Born into a family of travelers, Flemister was destined for a life full of adventures abroad. At 16, his parents sent him on his first solo trip to

At the age of 16, Beau Flemister bravely chose the path of ever-changing backdrops, scents and time. Now as he approaches 30, the unassuming author and managing editor of Surfing Magazine reflects on the only way of life he has ever known.



Brazil. “I had such a great time that I decided I wanted to go somewhere new every year from then on,” says the Kailua native. Suffice to say, at 29 years old, he’s kept his goal, having traveled to more than 50 countries, and counting. “I used to travel for surfing mostly – Indonesia, South Africa, Tahiti, but then I just got interested, well, in the rest of the world. I’d wanna see Gypsies in Spain or see Istanbul. A lot of times I’d just see an obscure photo of somewhere and go off that. I remember I had watched The Thin Red Line and was obsessed by wherever that took place. I waited for the credits to roll all the way to where they say, “Thank you to the city or island of so and so,” found out it was the Solomon Islands, and went there that summer.” The level of a) dedication and b) resilience that is required to travel the world on the equivalent of an 11-year-old's allowance is incredibly high, not to mention unbelievably audacious. Somehow the ex-valet makes it sound easy. “I’ve traveled around the world a few times on valet money,” he says. “In 2008 I went to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Scotland, Ireland, Iceland, New York and spent about nine grand in the span of eight months. The plane ticket was three grand. The places I go, I don’t spend much. I’ve found places to sleep and eat for less than $2 a day.” One of Flemister’s most endearing qualities

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is the sense that, even though he’s approaching his 30s, there’s a great part of him that is still the little boy with his nose pressed to the glass. He’s not afraid of putting himself out there, flying on a whim and hoping for the best. According to Flemister, “a good traveler is not too suspicious. It’s okay to trust strangers, make friends with a variety of people, and not be afraid to fall in love with them, even though you know you’re leaving.” In between his passions for traveling the world and surfing, Flemister has managed to weave his third passion into the mix: writing. After graduating from the University of Hawai‘i in English literature, he began his love affair with travel and writing on his 2008 trip around the world with a collection of short stories based on the geographic and cultural surroundings he experienced. “My mom always urged me to pursue my writing, to not waste a talent,” he says. “I also credit the Kandell brothers for being my mentors and helping me with my writing. I’ve learned that even good talent doesn’t just pop out without at least some sacrifice and a lot of discipline.” His forte for fiction doesn’t stop there. He recently finished writing his first novel and is looking to get it into the hands of a publisher. “In order to write the brunt of my novel I had to travel to the mountains in Northern India where my cousin lives,” he says. “It was quiet there; I had no friends, not much Internet,

and no sea. As of now it’s called In the Seat of a Stranger’s Car and is kinda my love letter to Hawai‘i. That, or just a comedy about valets.” How Flemister does it all seems to boil down to a combination of formidable will, zeal, staying power, and just a dash of luck. After traveling to all the corners of the world and back, Hawai‘i remains at the top of his list. “Hawai‘i has a beauty that is incomparable to any other place. I used to think when I was younger that I’d end up somewhere else, that somewhere else had to be better, but I was wrong. It turns out Hawai‘i has it all, and I love that I call this place home.” There’s an art to traveling that most people don’t get to experience in their life, an art only mastered by few with the desire to sleep under the stars, take a chance with the local cuisine, or get chased by wild animals. And more often than not, it won’t provide you with any answers, but it will give you some perspective and little bit of what you’re missing in life: more stories that end with exclamation marks. Flemister, full of stories that start off mesmerizing, and end leaving you wide-eyed and mouth gaping, has a handle on everything travel, and thankfully knows the difference between a period and an ellipsis.

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E Ala e A Journey of Renewal on Kaho‘olawe T ext by J e f f Smi t h image by Ric N oyl e

April, 1994. Just one year after the State of Hawai‘i was given back ownership rights of the island of Kaho‘olawe from the United States government, we embark from Maui to Kaho‘olawe on a weeklong expedition of adventure, education and renewal. Motoring past Molokini atoll, the darkness of night weakens to the triumphant morning, allowing Kaho‘olawe to emerge as more than just a distant black mass. All aboard are quiet and nervous with anticipation as the captain pulls into the sheltered cove of Hakioawa. Kaho‘olawe has few beaches and no harbors so one-by-one we jump overboard forming a human chain to float our belongings to shore. We are greeted by members of the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana, known as the PKO, a grassroots organization founded on the premise of protecting and rebuilding the island for the people of Hawai‘i. Over the next week, we would learn from them about the geography of the land, its historical ties to ancient Hawai‘i, and aide in turning back the hands of time by reforesting this decimated island. Exploring the coastline of Hakioawa, we find ancient relics of adzes, heiau (temple) foundations, and sites for canoe building. Our 10-hour hike across Kaho‘olawe is quite an undertaking in the unrelenting heat of this barren, red-dirt island. There are very few trees once we leave the perimeter of the island and approach the impact zones, an area that was once used as target practice for the military . We hike past exploded bombs, missiles and rusted vehicles. The paths are littered with large bullet casings, and we can see targets in the distance as we reach Moa‘ula, the highest point of the island, and make camp. We wake in the predawn hours with careful coaxing by the leaders of the group for an early

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morning trek to Moa‘ula Iki, the summit. We are met there by a handful of people, including Nainoa Thompson and the crew of the Polynesian voyaging canoe, Hokule‘a. In the frigid wind, they serve us hot chocolate while Nainoa teaches us ancient Hawaiian astrology in the darkest hours of the morning. In the middle of an island with no electricity is the perfect spot for this lesson. He points out the constellations and how the position of the stars carved a blueprint in the sky for ancient seafarers from Tahiti. The pre-sun glow from across the ocean begins illuminating Maui and the other Hawaiian Islands. We join hands and chant, “E ala ē,” which translates to “rise up,” and continue to chant as the sun rises over Haleakalā on Maui. From this vantage point, we can see O‘ahu, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Maui, Hawai‘i Island, and all the areas of ocean in between. The day and our selves have been reborn here, with the Hawaiian Islands as our witness. We spend the day planting more than 500 seedlings of native grasses in hopes that they will grow and help contain the ongoing erosion of the island. Giving back to the island is only a small offering of thanks for what it had already given to us in the few short days of our journey. Our labored feet stomp through the dusty redness of the Kaho‘olawe landscape and as the dirt turns to white sand under our soles, we spy the magical bay of Hanakanaea. The untouched, unspoiled colors of the reef shine through the turquoise clear waters of the bay, and spinner dolphins beckon us in achievement. We spend the rest of the day in the ocean snorkeling, fishing, and searching for shells on a deserted beach. Our journey of renewal is pure and whole. The end of our time on Kaho‘olawe closes just as it began – in the ocean. We ceremoniously gather for a hi‘u wai, a cleansing of mind and spirit. We enter the water in silence, the ocean lapping at the sand the only sound to be heard. We offer ourselves to connect with our ‘aina, our land, and allow ourselves to feel the mana of Kaho’olawe, the ancient power of the island, uncertain if we will ever have a chance to return.


BEYOND THE HORIZON text by j u n jo I M A G E S by KE N Y U

A kita P refecture , J apan In 2011, we traveled to Akita Prefecture, on Japan’s northern coast for 10 days of surf and snow for Surfing Life Japan magazine. Unlike the territorial nature of many surfers over their home breaks, the surfers here are welcoming of everyone, gracious for visitors to experience surfing in Japan.

Seven days after we left, the deadly Tohoku earthquake and tsunami hit Sendai, located directly east of Akita. The city of Sendai was obliterated and the water left polluted by nuclear waste, in effect destroying surf sites off Sendai’s coast. Now Sendai surfers find respite in Akita’s breaks.


the surfers here are welcoming of e v eryone, gracious for v isitors to e x perience surfing in J apan.

photography by john hook styled by aly ishikuni & ara laylo makeup by dulce felipe, timeless classic beauty models: chelsea rodrigues & steven stinson location: north shore, o‘ahu

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storybook adventures in the country

F i n d t h e s e lo o k s at:


Collins & 8th 560 Pensacola St. 808.593.9696

The Butik 1067 Kapiolani Blvd. 808.593.4484

The Human Imagination 1154 Nuuanu Ave. 808.538.8898

Chelsea: Cream lace cardigan, black tencel scallop short, both Lush; Fuchsia jaguar backpack, Jeffrey Campbell; all from Collins & 8th. Vintage brimmed hat and vintage circle sunglasses, stylist’s own. Sandals and ring, model’s own.

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Chelsea: Silk twist shoulder dress, Mara Hoffman; vintage red coral-esque bracelet; red leopard dark blue bag, Jeffrey Campbell, all Collins & 8th. Oversized denim jacket, stylist’s own. Boots and ring, model’s own.

Steven: Denim stripe button-up, Matix x In4mation, The Human Imagination. Pants and shoes, model’s own.

Opposite Page, Chelsea: Flary crop tank top, Lush; Aztec printed mini, Cherish, both from The Butik; caffe fringe crossbody handbag, Bellaluca; Pink Presence leather bracelet and turquoise wood tribal necklace, both Sonya Monique, all from Collins & 8th.

Steven: Nuuanu & Pauahi T-shirt; red buttonup shirt, SLVDR; grey backpack, Herschel, all from The Human Imagination.

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Chelsea: Fringed Indian vest, Olivaceous; black and white tribal print legging, See You Monday, both from The Butik; silk printed top, Olivaceous, Butik Vintage; turquoise leather diva earrings, sexy mama leather earrings and horn prophet leather bracelet, Sonya Monique, all from Collins & 8th. Vintage brimmed hat, stylist’s own; boots and ring, model’s own.

Steven: Black motto T-shirt, In4mation, The Human Imagination; military green jacket, Stussy, The Human Imagination; pants and shoes, model’s own.

(Opposite Page) Chelsea: Multi tribal two tone chiffon top, Urban Behavior, The Butik; tan paper bag short, Lush, Collins & 8th.

Steven: Blue button-up shirt, SLVDR, The Human Imagination; black shorts and shoes, model’s own.




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A Trip Through Chinatown’s super market

“Is that what I think it is?” I blurt out as I pass by the meat market. Granted, the sign says, “Fresh Meat,” only I wasn’t prepared for O‘ahu’s very own Chinatown’s version of fresh. Walking through the streets of Chinatown is like walking through a festival and freak show all in one. Apart from getting rammed by an eager Asian grandma and gag reflexes on full alert, the experience is quite memorable – to say the least. Fishermen unload their catch of the day into buckets on the side of the road, butchers slice and dice their prime cuts for display, and farmers neatly arrange their assorted fresh fruits and vegetables in their wooden stands. It’s a breath of fresh – well, fertile air, evoking a sense of nostalgia, and stands to compliment the rich cultural history of Hawai‘i. O‘ahu’s Chinatown emerged in 1860 in response to the population of Chinese that turned

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away from the sugar plantations to owning their own businesses. Rebuilt twice after devastating fires annihilated the area, Chinatown remains an ethnically diverse district easily accessible by foot. Walking through the marketplaces brought back a lot of memories of my grandfather, who took me shopping every Saturday morning to buy the freshest ingredients for making fishcake, char siu and pork dumplings, and braised oxtail stew, among his other prized dishes. It’s been quite sometime since I took a trip through the triangular vortex of Downtown, Honolulu, but the smells, sights and sounds made me feel like I was 8 years old again, hiding behind my grandfather as he ordered a cut of meat hanging in the window, still practically oinking away. What you will find through the many stalls and shops of Chinatown might scare you, surprise you or entice you, but instead of running from the creature that is Chinatown,

embrace your fears and come out on the other side stronger. Fine-tune your haggling skills and make your way through the crowd, slowly checking off what you have on your shopping list – whether it be a cow’s tongue, a pig’s hoof, or a bird’s nest. If eating is at the top of your list, you can make a meal out of the samples you buy or head to the Maunakea Marketplace food court filled with stands of authentic Singaporean, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese and Filipino food. There’s no disclaimer when it comes to Chinatown. If you can survive a day in this town, you can rest assured that you’ll make it through anything Hawai‘i has to offer, skydiving, bungee jumping and all.

Maunakea Marketplace is located at 1120 Maunakea Street. For more information visit


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OFF THE GRID GALLERIES If you think Hawai‘i’s art scene is situated solely on Kalākaua Avenue, take a closer look. Beyond the galleries in Waikīkī, you’ll discover a network of galleries, nightclubs and alternative venues featuring Hawai‘i’s emerging and established contemporary artists. You won’t find these places listed in cultural tour guides, but take it from this writer: The most interesting and exciting art is located outside the tourist-centric hotspots. Here are a few places to see (and purchase!) contemporary art in Hawai‘i.

Gallery of Hawaii Artists This is not your typical art gallery. Located within a network of office suites, GOHA offers an ongoing series of curated group and solo exhibitions that liven up stark interiors. Don’t miss the current portraiture group exhibition on display until April 6 (image above).

Waikiki Landmark Building 1888 Kalākaua Ave. Ste #C312 808-447-8908 Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed weekends and holidays.

The Human Imagination This retail showroom for legendary street wear brand In4mation also functions as an art gallery. In February, be sure to catch a photography exhibition by Mark Kushimi, creative director for Contrast Magazine. While you’re there, grab one of their iconic cursive “hi” hats or shirts. They’re de rigueur these days.

Andrew Rose Gallery If you’re looking for contemporary art by established artists of the highest order, head to this white-cube gallery, a cultural oasis in bustling Downtown Honolulu. Marvel at the ink paintings of Linda Kāne in her solo exhibition Nā Mahina i Hala (Past Moons), on display until February 24 (image top right).

1154 Nu‘uanu Ave. 808-538-8898 Monday – Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday closed.

1003 Bishop Square, Suite 120 808-599-4400 Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (First Fridays until 9 p.m.) Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and by appointment.

The Fine Art Associates If you’re seeking a diverse selection of art in one place, pencil in a visit to the showroom of this fine art consultancy. You’ll find an endless inventory of paintings, sculptures, fiber art, ceramics and prints available for any budget. Give them a call to schedule an appointment (above).

Ward Industrial Center 1020 Auahi St, Suite 4010 808-591-2489 By appointment only


Every 3rd Saturday of the month! at BAR35, 35 N. Hotel St.

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PGA PRO’S TIP: Unlike Bermuda grass, the new Paspalum greens at Ko Olina do not have a lot of grain to them, making it much easier to control distance when putting and chipping. However, due to the undulations and tiers, the player has to be creative and careful to play enough break to get the ball close to the hole. A good general rule for putts outside 20 feet: Play about twice as much break as you see and remember the ball breaks most when it is slowing down and nearing the hole.

KO OLINA GOLF CLUB The late, great golf course architect Ted Robinson was dubbed the “King of Waterscapes” because he was one of the first to use an abundance of scenic water hazards in his designs. When you play Ko Olina Golf Club, you will clearly understand the moniker. Opening in 1990, Ko Olina is an 18-hole gem. The front nine offers a diverse variety of interesting and challenging holes. A forgiving par 5 with an elevated tee box makes for a great start. The tee shot on the par-4 seventh hole overlooks the Ko Olina Resort and Marina and the newly opened Aulani Disney Resort and Spa. The par-3 eighth hole is one of the most difficult on the course – a beautiful waterfall feature guards the entire left side of the 6 8 I N N O V 8 M A G A Z I N E . C O M | I F LY G O . C O M

hole and the green is two-tiered and elevated, making par a great score. Once a golfer gets through the challenging front nine, the back offers a bit of a respite, allowing for a few more birdie opportunities. Aside from hole 10, the par 4s on the back nine are relatively short and offer the player a chance to put some good scores together. Players will certainly enjoy the waterfall tunnel on the drive up to the par-3 12th hole. There is also the rare back-to-back par 5s of holes 13 and 14. The course finishes off nicely with a tough yet scenic 18th hole, with another of Robinson’s cascading water features. The tee shot must be strategically hit to give the player a reasonable chance at getting the ball on the green in regu-

lation – too far and it rolls into the water or not far enough and you are looking at a difficult carry over the water and up to another two-tiered and elevated green. Of course, golfers might remember seeing LPGA stars Annika Sorenstam and Paula Creamer make it look simple. In 2009, golf course superintendent Alan Nakamura began a gradual process of changing the greens from Bermuda grass to the more popular and environmentally-friendly Paspalum. They are now some of the finest on the island. The challenging greens are undulating and tiered so good putting is a must. For the avid golfer, the practice facility is superbly equipped with a grass driving range, a spacious putting green, and a wedge and bunker area to hone the short game.


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SPA LUANA Turtle Bay Resort

Turning onto the coconut tree-lined drive of the Turtle Bay Resort, it is easy to see why people in the know avoid Waikīkī, and vacation here, away from the city. We came to Turtle Bay on an adventure quest. With helicopter tours, golf, tennis, horseback riding, surf schools, and more than five and a half miles of walking trails along pristine shoreline, the 880 acres of the Turtle Bay Resort is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. The aloha spirit in this place is natural and warm, not contrived or gimmicky. I retire to my room after an early dinner in one of the six onsite restaurants. I look forward to tomorrow, my mind still spinning with adventurous thought. But soon I fall asleep with my lanai doors open, allowing the crashing surf to settle my racing mind and deepen my slumber.

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Rested, we awake with anticipation and intent to go horseback riding, but a Jacuzzi lulls us to seek out something more relaxing and we decide to visit the full-service Spa Luana instead. Taking advantage of the swelling surf outdoors and melodic crashing of the waves, Spa Luana’s makai (seaside) massage for two is the perfect outdoor indulgence. Donned in robes and slippers, we lounge in the open-air relaxation room sipping cucumber water while watching the tops of waves pass by in the distance. Our therapists collect us and lead us to the privacy of our seaside hut with an open wall to the ocean. The thatched bamboo hut is modest and beachy, trimmed in shells and calming hues. The open wall is picture perfect, framing the dancing natural backdrop of greens and blues. We share a kiss to commemorate the

moment, thunderous waves outside coaxing us into a state of relaxation. Our 50-minute treatment seems to linger on, as unrelenting as the ocean. The indigenous Hawaiian lomi lomi massage mimics the rhythm of the ocean in every way. I surrender to the ebb and flow of my therapist’s movements and imagine myself as a buoy drifting on the surface of the sea, at the mercy of the waves. Our spirit renewed, we look forward to tomorrow. There are so many adventurous outdoor options within the sprawling North Shore confine of the Turtle Bay Resort that whether it be Segway rides along coastline trails, visiting nearby shrimp trucks, or lounging poolside near the Hang Ten bar, we can choose to do as much, or as little as we want here and experience true Hawai‘i, naturally.




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ASK A CPB BANKER! With Lance Oribio

YOUR CREDIT SCORE AND HOW IT ALL ADDS UP What is a credit score? Your three-digit credit score is the number that indicates your credit risk. Lenders use it to determine your interest rate, or whether you qualify at all. It’s generally determined by your bill payment history, debt owed, length of credit history, new credit, and types of credit used. Where can I check my credit score? You are entitled to one free credit report every 12 months from one of the three major credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax and Transunion) under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Your credit score, however, is not provided in your free credit report. You can obtain your credit score from a credit agency for a fee of approximately $10 to $20. How do I improve my credit score? Paying your bills on time is the most important contributor to a good credit score. You should also only apply for, and open new credit accounts only as needed, as numerous inquiries may negatively impact your credit score. Also try to minimize outstanding debt, and lastly, request a free copy of your credit report and check it for any inaccuracies.

O‘ahu Events

What advice do you have to help me pay my bills on time? Many banks offer services that help you better manage your account, such as online banking, automatic bill payment, and email alerts that let you know when your payment is due.

ELTON JOHN Date: Saturday, January 6 & 7, 8 p.m. Place: Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave. Cost: $40 - $140 Contact: 808.591.2211

Once I pay off my debt on a credit card, should I close it? In general, closing credit card accounts with a zero balance may lower your credit score because it decreases the total amount of available credit. This results in a higher balance-to-limit ratio which generally lowers scores. If you can keep a low-to-zerobalance card open without being tempted to use it, leave it open. Otherwise, keep the account active, but cut up the card.

HARD ROCK LIVE MUSIC FRIDAYS Date: Friday Nights, 10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. Place: Hard Rock Café Waikīkī, 280 Beach Walk Ave. Cost: No Cover Contact: ANDREW BIRD Date: Thursday, January 12

Place: Hawaii Theater, 1130 Bethel St. Cost: $10 – $54 Contact: hawaiitheatertix@ THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT Date: Saturday, January 21 Place: Hawaii Theater, 1130 Bethel St. Cost: $24 – $55 Contact: POW WOW HAWAI‘I Date: Febuary 13 to 19 Place: Loft In Space, 831 Queen St. Cost: Free Contact: NEIL DIAMOND Date: Thursday, February, 16

Place: Neal S. Blaisdell Expo Hall, 777 Ward Ave. Cost: $59 - $159 Contact: 808-591-2211 Great Aloha Run Date: Monday, February 20 Place: Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium Cost: Registration $35 Contact: CAKE Date: Friday, February 24 Place: The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd. Cost: $33 GA, $65 VIP Contact: HAWAI‘I CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL Date: Saturday, February 25


12th Annual Mardi Gras Carnaval Festival Celebrate Fat Tuesday, February 21, in the streets of downtown Honolulu with more than 10,000 revelers. Start off the night with a free street festival on Nu‘uanu Avenue with sinfully delicious cuisine, samba parades, ornate floats, live music and dancers from New Orleans, Brazil and the Caribbean. The party continues from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a neighborhood club crawl at the many bars located in the area. You don’t want to miss this international celebration of indulgence. For more information, visit

Place: Dole Cannery, 650 Iwilei Rd. Cost: $20, $25 Door Contact: SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET Date: Every Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Place: Kapi‘olani Community College 4303 Diamond Head Rd. Cost: Free Contact: 808-848-2074, WINDWARD MALL FARMERS MARKET Date: Every Wednesday, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. Place: Windward Mall 46-056 Kamehameha Hwy Kaneohe,

HI 96744 Cost: Free Contact: HALE‘IWA FARMERS MARKET Date: Every Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Place: 62-449 Kamehameha Hwy. Contact: THE QUIKSILVER EDDIE AIKAU Date: Holding period December 1 – February 29 Place: Waimea Bay Contact: eddieaikau/2012

Maui Events WAILUKU FIRST FRIDAY Date: Every First Friday, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Place: Wailuku Town, Market St. Cost: Free Contact: Yuki Sugimura, 808878-1888, FIRST DEGREE REIKI NATURAL HEALING CLASS Date: Saturday, January Place: Maui Meadows (directions will be sent post sign-up) Contact: Shalandra Abbey, 808-280-7704,

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INNOV8 EVENTS JAN/FEB 2012 THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT Date: Friday, January 20 Place: Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way Cost: $24 - $55 Contact:

Cost: $33 GA, $65 VIP Contact:

TEDxMAUI THE COURAGE TO DREAM Date: Sunday January 22 Place: Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way Contact:,

2ND ANNUAL WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL Date: Wednesday, January 4 – 8, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Place: Hotel Honokaa Club, 45-3480 Mamane St. Contact: 808-854-6095,

Hawai‘i Island Events

MAUI’S PARADE OF WHALES Date: Saturday February 18 Place: Kalama Park, South Kihei Rd. Contact: Pacific Whale Foundation, 808-249-8811,

KOKUA KAILUA VILLAGE STROLL Date: January 15 Place: Historic Kailua Village Contact:

CAKE Date: Saturday, February 24 Place: Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way

‘IOLANI LUAHINE HULA FESTIVAL Date: January 26 – 28 Place: Napo‘op‘o Village Cost: Fee for hula workshops

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Contact: 8TH ANNUAL “LOVE THE ARTS” FUNDRAISER Date: February 11 Place: Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd. Cost: $50, $60 door Contact: 6TH ANNUAL HAWAII AVOCADO FESTIVAL Date: February 18 Place: Keauhou Beach Resort, 78-6740 Alii Dr., Cost: Free Contact: SOUTH KONA GREEN MARKET Date: Every Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Place: Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethno Botanical Gardens Contact:

Kaua‘i Events

HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY CONCERT Date: January 1 – 8 Place: Hanalei Community Center Cost: $20 Contact: Sandy, 808-826-1469 2012 E PILI KAKOU I HO‘OKAHI LAHUI FESTIVAL Date: February 23 – 26 Place: Kaua‘i Beach Resort Contact: Tina Unciano or Paddy Kauhane, 808-237-9110 KAPA‘A SUNSHINE MARKET Date: Every Wednesday Place: Kapa‘a New Town Park Cost: Free Contact: 808-241-4946 KILAUEA SUNSHINE MARKET Date: Every Thursday Place: Kilauea Neighborhood Center Cost: Free Contact: 808.241.4946


Check out one of the many farmers markets around Hawai‘i.

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Lihu‘e Honolulu


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ho’olehua AIRPORT (mkk), moloka’i

lihu’e AIRPORT (lih), kaua’i

WELCOME ABOARD On behalf of go! Mokulele Employees, we’d like to welcome you aboard. The following information is to help make your travel experience easier and more enjoyable. If you need anything at all, don’t hesitate to ask your flight attendant. Thank you for supporting low fares and flying go! Mokulele. We hope you enjoy your flight!

Ticketing and Check-in

In-Flight Safety

In Flight Beverage / Snack Service

Check in generally begins 3 hours prior to departure. We request that you check in at least 75 minutes prior to departure. Don’t forget that you may need additional time for parking and security lines-we don’t want you to miss your flight. You can check in at any go! Mokulele kiosk or our website www.iflygo. com, up to 24 hours in advance.

We ask that all passengers remain seated with seatbelts fastened at all times. This is for your safety in the event of unexpected turbulence. If you need to use the restroom (located in the rear) press the Flight Attendant call button and ask if it is safe to do so.

go! Mokulele offers a variety of drink items available for purchase onboard. go! Mokulele accepts only cash for these items at this time (US currency)

Passenger Luggage

Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Bottle Water, Sierra Mist and Passion-Guava Juice

Boarding and Deplaning

go! Mokulele provides the option to check 1 bag for $15, a second bag for $17 and a third bag for $25. Due to the size of our aircraft, we cannot accept surf/bodyboards over 6 feet in length. Passengers are asked to keep extremely important items like laptop computers and medication in their carry-on luggage.

All passengers must be at the gate at least 15 minutes prior to departure or there is a chance you may lose your seat. If you are connecting to another airline in Honolulu, advise a ramp agent prior to leaving the tarmac, he or she will direct you to a walkway leading to the interisland and Overseas Terminals. Exit Row Requirements So… you were one of the first onboard and lucky enough to snag row 8, which is designated as an Emergency Exit Row. This row offers our customers a few extra inches of legroom, but in return we ask for your assistance in the event of an emergency. If you are seated in row 8, you must be able to understand the passenger safety information located in the seatback, follow commands from the crew, be at least 15 years of age and understand English.

Smoking Policy The use of cigars and cigarettes while in flight is not permitted. This also applies to anywhere in or around the aircraft, so please refrain from smoking while deplaning. Smoking is only allowed in certain designated areas at our airports, so kindly wait until you are in an appropriate area before lighting up.


$3.00 Royal Kona Coffee Latté $4.00 Heineken and Bud Light Beers* $5.00 Maui’s Premium Organic Ocean Vodka plus your choice of mixer. $5.00 Hamakua Plantations Lightly Salted 100% Pure Hawaiian Macadamia Nuts. 4.5 oz Can. *These are the only alcoholic beverages allowed to be consumed onboard the aircraft. All alcohol must be served by the flight attendant only. Regulations prohibit go! From serving anyone under the age of 21 or people who appear to be intoxicated.

Contacting go!

Customer Service

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Thank you for choosing go! Mokulele operated by Mesa Airlines and Mokulele Airlines. We value your feedback to help us build a better airline.

Attn: Customer Care


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Innov8 Magazine V016 - January / February 2012

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