Monthly Archives: July 2011

KAUAI FISH TACO SHOP HONORED

In the July, 2011, Sunset magazine, page 76, Waipouli’s famed Monico’s Taqueria was named in the top 15 nationwide.  Monico’s bright yellow building at 4-356 Kuhio Hwy is worth a stop for both residents and visitors.  The article goes on to say “Monico’s succulent fresh ahi version is almost impossible to beat.”  Don’t miss this unique spot for a quick and transportable lunch.

OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL SET FOR WEEKEND OF JULY 22-24

As reported in The Garden Island, 7-20-2011, a series of excellent films about the ocean and more is scheduled.  There are numerous locations and different films, so best to use the URL www.hawaiioceanfilmfestival.org for specifics.  By showings in several areas on Kauai, more people have a chance to enjoy these award winning and informative films.

Sponsored in large part by various organizations dedicated to surf riding and the oceans.

POLYNESIAN CANOE FLOTILLA ARRIVES AT KAUAI’S HANALEI BAY


Another extraordinary epic of maritime genius, guts and glory, as seven Polynesian double-hulled sailing ships traversed the Pacific Ocean from New Zealand, two months at sea.

The sailing craft were modeled and sailed using ancient Polynesian navigation practices and without modern navigation instruments.

They are next bound for San Francisco.  Their website is www.pacificvoyagers.org, and their story and progress can be followed online.  Ultimately, they will sail for Rapa Nui, Marquesas, and Tahiti.  These voyages began a few years ago with a single similar craft, which inspired a ground swell of amazement and keen interest.

Courtesy of The Garden Island, July 7, 2011

HAWAII GOVERNER SIGNS NATIVE HAWAIIAN BILL

New Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into state law provisions for the foundation of recognition, and associated benefits, of Native Hawaiian rights, much like those that exist for Native Americans and Native Alaskans.  This concept has met defeat 10 years running at the federal level, so the powerful Democratic Party in Hawaii took this step at the state level. More details can be found in The Garden Island website archives at www.thegardenisland.com.  Interestingly, there were Native Hawaiian Rights proponents who opposed the state action, feeling in part that it would defuse the federal activity in this highly controversial situation. It appears that this will have little or no effect on non-Hawaiian residents or property owners, nor the millions of malahini (visitors) who vacation here annually.

Hawaii remains ranked very high for both visiting and buying Kauai real estate.

Courtesy of  The Garden Island, July 7, 2011

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS FLEET

Hawaiian Airlines, the dominant carrier in the interisland market, will add three Boeing 717-200s to its fleet later this year that will provide about 20 more flights per day between Honolulu and other major airports in the state.

The company said today it expects to hire an additional 40 to 50 pilots, flight attendants and ground staff to support the increased operations.

“With our increasing service to Hawaii from Asia, demand for our interisland flights during peak hours of the day and during popular travel periods has never been higher,” Hawaiian President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said. “Adding these aircraft will give us the ability to serve more customers during these periods.”

Hawaiian said it expects to take delivery of the three leased aircraft in September, October and November, with the increased service beginning in October. The airline said service will be expanded to Kahului, Lihue, Hilo and Kona during peak travel periods. The 717s seat 123 passengers.

In addition, Hawaiian said it has purchased its existing fleet of 15 leased Boeing 717s from Boeing Capital Corp. in a refinancing transaction that reduces its fleet costs over the long term. The airline also signed multiyear leases with Boeing Capital for the three additional 717s. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Courtesy of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, June 30, 2011, by Dave Segal

The expansion of America’s #1 rated airline bodes well for the continued increasing interest in flying to Hawaii, and to the increasingly popular Neighbor Islands of Kauai, Maui, and Big Island.  Many visitors vacation here annually, and others look to invest in Kauai real estate, as well as other islands.