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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Through Jan. 5, 2008
Each holiday season, birding enthusiasts diligently record the populations of our feathered friends across the Americas. Hawaii’s Audobon Society continues the tradition, providing training and bird identification meetings prior to the three-week watch. Last year, 23,329 birds were counted across the Hawaiian Islands including the rarely seen Hawaiian owl. http://www.hawaiiaudubon.com/xmas.html
|photo courtesy: primo brewing and malting|
PRIMO PAU HANA
Primo is back, again. Last month, the onetime Island favorite, first brewed in 1898, was resurrected for a second time and offered on tap at select bars throughout Honolulu. The original brewery closed down in 1979 and a Mainland-brewed version was in turn taken off the shelves in 1998.
The latest Primo promises to have a “smoothness and drinkability of a lighter lager.” We weren’t able to sample the new beer by press time, but Primo’s product testing sounds very promising: According to company officials, the beer recipe was fine tuned after tasting sessions with poke and other pupus.
We’ll drink to that!
Milk and Honey
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Our home just got a little sweeter. Hägen-Dazs Reserve Hawaiian Lehua Honey and Sweet Cream ice cream smells of butterscotch and features swirls of honey amid creamy richness. Manoa Honey Co. provides the homegrown honey, which it produces on the slopes of Hualalai. Although Hägen-Dazs’ Web site lists no locations in Hawaii that carry the Lehua Honey flavor, we found the ice cream at Pali Safeway. It’s also available at certain Foodlands, as well as select Safeways, Star Markets and Times supermarkets across the state. The Web site recommends pairing the ice cream with a Belgian waffle, but to give it real local flavor, we suggest serving it with a warm malassada.
EIGHT MILES? NO SWEAT
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Don’t wait until the last minute to sign up for the 2008 Hawaiian Telcom Great Aloha Run, scheduled for Monday, Feb. 18. The 8.1-mile run begins at 7 a.m. in front of Aloha Tower and ends at Aloha Stadium. Here are the application details:
Regular Entry: Postmarked through Jan. 19, $35
Late Entry: Postmarked from Jan. 20 to Feb. 1, $40
Stroller Entry: Keiki 4 years and under. Postmarked through Feb.1, $5 Keiki 5-12 and Seniors 65+: Postmarked through Feb. 1, $25
Last-Minute Entry: Mailed entries will no longer be accepted but applications are available at the Great Aloha Run Expo from Feb. 15 to17 in the Neal Blaisdell Center, $45, cash only
Participants can pick up their running packets, shoe tags and numbers from Feb. 16 to 18 at the Fitness Expo in the Neal Blaisdell Center. Go to greataloharun.com for more details.
– Cathy S. Cruz-George
|photos courtesy: sony open in hawaii|
In what has informally been referred to as “the Aloha Season,” the PGA and Champions Tours kick off their respective tournament schedules with four events, starting with the Mercedes-Benz Championship on December 31. The next week, at the Sony Open in Hawaii, look to see if Hawaii’s other teen golfing sensation, Tadd Fujikawa, can duplicate his magical 20th place finish. Here’s the schedule of events:
Mercedes-Benz Championship 12/31 - 1/6
Plantation Course, Kapalua Resort
Sony Open in Hawaii 1/7 - 1/13
Senior PGA Mastercard Championship at Hualalai 1/14 - 20
Turtle Bay Championship 1/21 - 27
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If you thought inflight dining has gone through some turbulence of late, the victim of downsizing and no-frills airfare wars, think again. The Web site airlinemeals.net chronicles the good and the bad of high-flying eating, providing more than 18,000 images of meals from more than 500 airlines. In addition to photos and commentaries of the in-cabin food, airlinemeals.net also provides information on special meals, flight-crew meals as well as lounge food.
The Web site also features an airline meal archive, which showcases some of the food served during the earliest days of airline passenger services. Look for the 1971 Braniff International Airways meal served on a flight from Dallas to Honolulu: roast beef, potatoes, green beans, salad, roll, cake and red wine - all served on china. Unbelievably, the first-class meal was served to passengers in coach.
Top 5 Off-Peak Winter Destinations
After a busy and expensive holiday season, traveling may be the last thing on your mind. However, if you’ve got room on your credit card and a small stash of winter clothes, you might consider these atypical wintertime destinations selected by the staff at SmarterTravel.com. Here’s their list and
Santa Fe, NM
Restaurants, galleries and museums stay open year-round, but Santa Fe is free from the visitors that can clog its streets at other times of year. Plus, you can save up to 40 percent on accommodations while having the city to yourself.
Sonoma Valley, Calif.
You’ll experience everything the Northern California wine country has to offer without the steep price tags and oenophiles that frequent the region during the warmer months. Rates at B & Bs around the valley drop during winter.
Lest the weather deter you from visiting, remember that Montreal’s underground city is designed for escaping arctic weather, with 20 miles of cozy walkways lined with restaurants, shops, movie theaters, hotels and subway stops.
One highlight of visiting Europe in winter is the post-Christmas sales. Running through late January, department stores and independent boutiques all around the city offer 50 percent to 80 percent off clothes, electronics and other goods - a fantastic opportunity to save money in pricey London.
Milwaukee may not seem like an obvious choice for a fun winter getaway. However, new air service, as well as several notable events, may make the prospect of Wisconsin in winter more appealing.
Edited by David K. Choo
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