Posted by: Bob Fisher | May 20, 2009

Hawaii: A Dream Destination for a Cultural Anthropologist

hawaiipetroglyphsI have explored the cultural and bio-diversity of Hawaii on six different occasions, and always recommend it to friends and colleagues. A multicultural destination unto itself, Hawaii is also a cultural anthropologist’s dream destination … whether you’re an amateur or a professional. So without further ado, here’s the latest from Hawaii!

Aloha Bob!

Welcome to the December 2008 edition of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau’s (HVCB) “What’s New in the Islands of Aloha”, a monthly update keeping journalists informed of what’s new with Hawaii’s accolades, events and attractions, developments in the islands, and transportation updates.

To read the update in full, click the link below to visit HVCB’s Online Media Communications Center at

What’s New in Hawaii

The following are highlights from this month’s “What’s New in the Islands of Aloha”:

New Developments

The Kahala Hotel & Resort recently unveiled its newly renovated ballrooms and meeting spaces. The hotel’s Waialae Ballroom and Maile Ballroom have been outfitted with orchid patterned carpeting and walls adorned with elegant, traditional Hawaiian prints and designs. The ballrooms’ new buffet tables are hand carved and custom made with special furnishings unique to The Kahala and the Golden ballroom chairs are now plush with an Asian twist. By year’s end, each ballroom will also be outfitted with a 6’x9’ LCD screen for presentations. For more information, visit

Events and Attractions

Outrigger Reef on the Beach and Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach will offer free activities and island holiday events this Christmas season. Outrigger Reef’s most popular events are the Tree Lighting Ceremony, scheduled for December 1, 2008 at 6 p.m., and Outrigger Waikiki’s Hawaiian Santa Clause, scheduled for December 13, 2008 at 9 a.m. The Hawaiian Santa Clause will make his stop at Outrigger Reef on December 23 at 9 a.m. During the month of December, hotel guests will be offered island-style holiday activities with their Polynesian Christmas Craft Sale featuring hands-on crafts; Hawaiian ornaments, kukui nut bracelets, and more. Carolers will be singing Hawaiian Christmas songs and there will be ukulele and hula lessons and Hawaiian Christmas storytelling. For more information, visit

The Hans Hedemann Surf School is offering two new tours, the North Shore Tour and the Stand Up Paddle Surfing Tour. The North Shore Tour includes transportation to the surfing location, a surfing or bodyboarding lesson, and sights of O‘ahu’s famous North Shore. The Stand Up Paddle Tour will educate participants of the popular local sport of stand up paddle boarding. For more information, visit

Transportation Updates

Hawaiian Airlines has acquired three new Airbus A330-200 aircraft, two of which will join the fleet in second quarter 2010 with the third coming a year later. The Airbus A330-200 carries 298 passengers, is fuel efficient, and has an operating range of 6,050 nautical miles, giving Hawaiian the capability to fly nonstop to all of North America and points in eastern Asia. For more information, visit


Two Hawai‘i restaurants have made Gayot’s 2008 List with Chef Mavro restaurant on the Top 40 Restaurants in the United States list, and Ono Hawaiian Foods on the Top 40 Cheap Eats list. Chef Mavro’s was recognized for its Hawaiian regional cuisine and Ono Hawaiian Foods was recognized for its portion and combination plates like: Kalua pig, pipi kaula (Hawaiian beef jerky), lomi lomi salmon (tomatoes and onions), and lau lau (steamed pork within ti leaves), with a choice of rice or poi (made from taro). For more information, visit


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