Summer- Stand Up Paddling & More!
We're back from Tahiti and hey! Summer's almost over and you promised yourself you'd try Stand Up Paddling! Come 'on everybody's doing it... even the family's pet spaniel...and Mom and Dad you're going to love Aiea Bowl not only for its wash of memories from days gone by, the kids will love the entire experience and the food is a wonderful surprise. Gourmet pastries, great drinks, pizza made to order, and entrees you'd guess were created for a fine dining establishment but you can chow down in between your turn on the lanes. For those of you who were thinking of taking a "staycation" and flying the ohana to another island because the rates are so good right now? Maui's Ocean Center is a must see. It is a world class aquarium and we all should be proud of having such a beautiful display of Hawaii's indigenous Pacific Ocean aquatic animals. And yes one of their features is that you can swim with a sting ray for about $100. (MOC please correct me if this is not quite on spot) But that's the only really pricey activity we've noted and if you're in Maui you have to try the zip line at the Adventure Center (Maui Kapalua) which is not to be missed. (We have video of this activity in Local Ventures on PacificNetwork.tv.)
Anyway we spend more on a single night at the movies so don't balk at doing something different with the kids. Or with your girlfriend. Take advantage of where we live. Times are difficult everywhere and Hawaii is no exception but perhaps our lesson is to look again at where we live. It is beautiful. And much of what we can do in Hawaii is free. Hiking, swimming, picnicking at one of our many parks or simply driving to the beach at sunset is priceless. When so many friends and family are experiencing financial hard times we remember that Life is Good because life is what we make of it. Look to the older generations. They lived through a depression, WWII, martial law, and plantation days, when most local families had very little to spend. How many times have you heard an old timer say that they had grown up poor but didn't really understand or realize just how difficult times were for their families? It's about having the ohana together to enjoy these moments that, for your children, will become some of the most cherished memories that they will cling to years from now.
Enjoy and visit www.PacificNetwork.tv where you can view all kinds of clips on these activities. Check out the Family Channel and the series, Local Ventures, if you're interested in learning more about Stand Up Paddling, Aiea Bowl, Maui Ocean Center, the Kapalua Zip Line, Surfing Goat Dairy (this is one of my favorites and we'll do a special piece on them). Thanks to Kim and Guy Hagi and their keiki, Andrew and his mini - Rosens, and Malia Mattoch McManus for getting in front of the camera and having good fun!
Summer - Aiea Bowl
Ok may I please remind you (me) ... that we spend more on a single movie night per person and that's mostly on the popcorn, soda pop, hot dog and candy-- than it will cost to bowl one game and share a made to order gourmet pizza and have more fun than you've had in a long time. They've got it going...