The 2012 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is entering its thirtieth anniversary. 3 events combine between November 12th to December 20th on the North Shore of Oahu creating a spectator sport that combines breathtaking nature with at times death defying waves. Don't miss it.
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Hawaii International Film Festival
2011 saw critically acclaimed and Hawaii filmed The Descendents grace the screen to the delight of an audience that felt that a Hollywood film finally gave the world a look at the other side of the islands - one filled with cloudy skies and family units with real problems that don't frolick happily in the surf everyday. Not that the Hawaii International Film Festival doesn't also paint the azure toned half of paradise, it does, and that's the point. The Hawaii Internaional Film Festival introduces old and new filmmakers and their various takes on film that touch on every dimension of Hawaii and abroad. The setting in Oahu simply takes the film festival genre and places it against a culturally richer background that separates the HIFF from Utah and Toronto - to name a couple of popular Mainland film festival destinations. If you happen to be in the Gathering Place be sure to take in one or two of the movies on tap at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 and enjoy the panels, workshops, parties, filmmaker meet and greets, and other special events at the internationaly renowned Hawaii International Film Festival.
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The SPAM Jam festival of Waikiki beach is a block party dedicated to the canned Hormel company born gelatinous meat byproduct heralded across the Hawaiian Islands as a dietary staple. Without going into the history of SPAM's significance to the culture we'll simply give you a run down of SPAM Jam.
SPAM Jam, from a vacationing spectator point of view, is about the same as any of the festivals and events that cause Waikiki's Kalakaua Avenue to shut down. The street is packed with vendors, artisans, performers, concert stages, and of course food stands. In this instance the food stands are dedicated to SPAM (obviously).
Local Waikiki chefs and eateries come out in full force during the festival to sling their custom take on SPAM. From Eggs'n'Things to Duke's Restaurant the familiar trusted faces are out to ease any trepidation that those new to SPAM cuisine may have in sampling this famous/infamous canned substance. While pretty much every food stand serving on Kalakaua delivers a wonderfully flavorful twist we suggest taking a chance on items like the Hawaiian Cheesecake (NY Cheescake topped with maple syrup and SPAM) from Hawaiian Cheesecakes or a SPAMburger from Cheeseburger in Paradise - you can't go wrong with either. Before the event closes for another year be sure to grab a souvenir SPAM Jam t-shirt and some SPAM flavored Macadamia nuts to take back to the Mainland, both of which are surefire conversation starters.
SPAM Jam Waikiki is Ono! See ya' next year!
Write-up and photos by Marcus Maraih - Editor. Follow Marcus on Google
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Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural Center turns from an enriching experience to a bone chilling adventure every October as the mellow sunlit lagoon that once carried canoes full of visitors through the Hawaiian village replicas becomes a blackened fog draped passage into darkness.
Legend has it that the tragedy stricken Lady of Laie haunts the lagoon but only makes her phantom presence known during the season of the witch as she searches for a son taken from her grasp long ago. Instead of closing the Polynesian Cultural Center as the Lady spectre runs her ritual course the organization holds the annual Haunted Lagoon in part to honor her legend and in an effort to accommodate those that fear the undead that still roam the island, comforting them into thinking the affair is nothing more than a Halloween trick and treat. Much of the scene taking place at the Haunted Lagoon is nothing more than well orchestrated theater and special effects. The rest, well, we’ve said too much.
Even the more obvious spectacles send shivers up spines and if you have an aversion to clowns the menacing versions that plague the late night lagoon ride will only serve to further hammer home the now validated phobia. There are many more surprises (some fun, some scary) through the duration of the Haunted Lagoon than we don’t care to tell you about so as to not spoil the affair. It’s better to go into it without knowing what’s coming and decide for yourself afterwards about what was real and what was not. You may not believe your eyes nor trust your senses after a visit to the Haunted Lagoon but if exhilaration and fear floats your boat then this is what you are looking for this Halloween season.
Disclaimer: YAHglobal takes no responsibility for emotional/mental trauma or detriment to a visitor’s health if they have any pre-existing medical conditions that may be affected by any encounters they may experience at the Haunted Lagoon. Enter the Haunted Lagoon at your own risk.
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Vans Triple Crown of Surfing 2016
Regardless of where on the island of Oahu you are, this over a month long event is worth the drive. Regardless of where you in the world you are, this over a month long event is worth the flight. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is a spectator's dream. Your stadium consists of the slanted and exquisitly scenic sandy beaches of the North Shore Oahu with the gladiators arena a mere yards away in the tourquoise yet treacherous blue expanse that is the Pacific Ocean. If the waves are prime, you won't find a more exhilerating showcase of bravado. If the waves wont co-operate, you will be hard pressed to find a better place for people watching and sightseeing. Unlike the drab concrete parking lots and tailgate parties of Mainland America sporting events the onlooker scene at Hawaii's most popular sporting event puts all others to shame.