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PAINTING NORTH SHORE, HI

Prolonged study of an object creates a familiarity through which even mute objects reveal their secrets. Study of the natural world brings us into familiarity with “Ha” the presence of life, the breath of living, the force all existence shares. As we engage in symbiotic kinship with the Ha we give and receive love and […]

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Dole Plantation


www.dole-plantation.com
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Giovannis Shrimp


www.giovannisshrimptruck.com
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Matsumoto Shave Ice


matsumotoshaveice.com
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Surfing


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Giovanni’s Shrimp truck


Eat at Giovanni’s Shrimp truck and go back for seconds – so maybe this is 10 and 11...

www.giovannisshrimptruck.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Hale’iwa Farmers Market


Take some time in the Hale’iwa Farmers Market.

www.farmloversmarkets.com
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Hawaiian Shave Ice


Get a Hawaiian Shave Ice at Matsumoto’s shaved ice. (Just don’t let the new guy behind the counter make it for you.)

matsumotoshaveice.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Snorkeling or scuba diving



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North Shore O’ahu Visitors Center


Go to the North Shore O’ahu Visitors Center and get the history of the area.

www.gonorthshore.org
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Turtle Bay Beach


Go to Turtle Bay Beach and see the endangered Hawaiian Green Turtles just don’t feed, pursue, or touch them.

www.turtlebayresort.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Surfing lessons


Take surfing lessons. It is Hawaii’s gift to the world.

★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Dole Pineapple Plantation


Tour the Dole Pineapple Plantation, nom nom nom nom nom.

www.dole-plantation.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Waimea Valley


Take a tour of the Waimea Valley and finish it off with a jump from the cliffs into Waimea Bay.

www.waimeavalley.net
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★

Polynesian Cultural Center


Spend the day at the Polynesian Cultural Center and be sure to catch “HA”.

www.polynesia.com
★ BEST OF THE BEST ★
FUN TRIVIA

SELECT ONE
OF 10
LANDMARK

Mountain View


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Polynesian Cultural Center


www.polynesia.com
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Sharks Cove


www.hawaiisnorkelingguide.com
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Waimea Valley


www.waimeavalley.net
HISTORY IN A NUT SHELL

North Shore, HI



Prolonged study of an object creates a familiarity through which even mute objects reveal their secrets. Study of the natural world brings us into familiarity with “Ha” the presence of life, the breath of living, the force all existence shares. As we engage in symbiotic kinship with the Ha we give and receive love and life. We are in the presence of, joined with, a part of the one. We become Alo. This concept of becoming one with the life force is Aloha. It is Hawaii.

Prolonged study of an object creates a familiarity through which even mute objects reveal their secrets. Study of the natural world brings us into familiarity with “Ha” the presence of life, the breath of living, the force all existence shares. As we engage in symbiotic kinship with the Ha we give and receive love and life. We are in the presence of, joined with, a part of the one. We become Alo. This concept of becoming one with the life force is Aloha. It is Hawaii.

Through centuries of studying the oceans which surround them and the cycles of the seasons the Polynesian people were able to turn the boundless Pacific Ocean from an opposing force or barrier into a generous confidant who provided necessities and revealed secrets of its vastness to the people. While the western world was bumping up and down coastlines and skipping across ponds, like the Mediterranean, the Polynesian people were venturing out on the boundless Pacific in split hull canoes finding small islands and incorporating them into regular trade routes, just amazing. The oceans told them where undiscovered islands were. They followed the oceans guidance and sometime around 300 – 600 AD the Hawaiian Islands began to be peopled. Over time the people developed this knowledge and belief in Aloha.
The traditional greeting of the people was to touch foreheads and noses and then breath out and in sharing the HA of their lives. When Captain James Cook arrived in 1778 and rebuffed the greeting, the native people called them ha ouli’s or those without the breath of life or life force. Unfortunately they did have many diseases for which the Hawaiian People had no immunity and, unfortunately, the meeting resulted in many deaths. In 1810 Kamehameha I unified the Hawaiian people under one flag. Their family would rein until 1878. After a brief period when the island kingdom was returned to Kamehameha III, after being seized by France, Kamehameha declared “Ua mau ke ea o ka ??ina i ka pono”, the motto of the future State of Hawaii translated as “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” After a brief rein by the Lunalilo family the Kal?kaua [Kalah cowa] Family took the throne until 1894. When the white minority on the island forced the government into a Republic and a short time late into a U.S. Territory.
The island began producing large amounts of pineapple and sugarcane. In 1941 the Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor and launched the U.S. into World War II. This attack on Pearl Harbor was the only full scale assault launched by a foreign country on the United States in the 20th century and the deadliest attack until September 11, 2001. In 1959 President Dwight D Eisenhower signed the legislation making Hawaii the 50th state. Still there has been resentment by native Hawaiians on how the annexation took place and how ancestral lands were taken. In 1993 President Bill Clinton signed the Apology Resolution apologizing to the Hawaiian people.
Hawaii is the longest and most isolated island chain in the world but its paradisiacal conditions have brought it global fame. Today its eight main islands welcome millions of tourist from around the world. Auntie Pilahi Paki spoke of a time when the world would be in collapse and would look to Hawaii for answers. She said Hawaii would have the remedy to save the world and the answer would be Aloha. I cannot think of a time when the world has been more in need of turning to the people of these islands and seeking the gentle wisdom of the Spirit of Aloha.