ハワイの富士山<マウナケア山>

降りそそぐような満点の星を見ることができる、『宇宙に一番近い場所』ともいわれるマウナケア山。ハワイで最も標高の高い山で、4205mの高さがあり、冬には山頂付近で雪が降ることもあります。

MaunaKeaOBSERVATORY高度が高く、空気が澄んでいて、周囲に明かりがないため、世界でもっとも天体観測に適した場所のひとつで、世界11ヶ国の研究機関が合計13基の天文台があります。日本の望遠鏡「すばる」もここにあります。またハワイは地理的に赤道の近くにあるため、北北半球と南半球両方の天体を観測することができるのも魅力です。

富士山よりも高い山ですが、傾斜が滑らかなことから山頂まで車で行くことができます。しかし自力でとなると、舗装がなくガードや照明のない道のため、山頂付近までは昼間に行くのが良いでしょう。また山頂付近は気温が極端に下がり、酸素が地上の60%しかなく、高山病の危険もあるので、体調の悪いときは控えましょう。

マウナケア山には、ハワイの固有種も生えています。葉が銀の剣のように見えることから銀剣草と呼ばれる、絶滅危惧種に指定されている植物です。この珍しい高山植物は、7合目あたりにあるオニヅカセンターという休憩所にあり、丁寧に保護されています。10年に一度しか花を咲かせず、花が咲いた後はその生涯を終えます。

星降る山での天体観測は、他では経験することのできない、ハワイならではの極上体験です!

ハワイでのごほうび。スパ&ロミロミ

ハワイで極上の贅沢といえばスパでしょう!オアフ島には沢山のスパがあり、日本人スタッフもいますので、言葉に不自由することなくリラックスして施術をお楽しみいただけます。

Spa一般的なマッサージの筋肉を優しくほぐす、スウェディッシュマッサージもよいですが、特にハワイといえばロミロミを体験してみたいものです。

ロミロミは古代ハワイアンの病気を治療するヒーリング手段として伝えてきたものが、世界中にハワイ式リラクゼーションマッサージとして広がりました。基本的にオイルを使い、ハワイの海に寄せては返す、波のように穏やかな優しいリズムのマッサージで体の循環をととのえます。

祈りからはじまり、自然のエネルギーを使って愛情たっぷりのハワイアンスピリットで体を楽にしていくのが、ハワイのロミロミならでは。 温かいオールハンドでのトリートメントで深いリラクゼーション、心の癒し、緊張やストレスからから解放されること間違いありません。

出張サービスのあるスパもありますので、気軽にホテルや自宅で施術を受けたり、野外のガーデンスパでハワイの大自然のエネルギーを感じながら、心ゆくまで癒されることができます。

さらにホットストーンとの組み合わせで、体の芯からあたたまり、さらに贅沢な時間をおすごしいただくこともできます。

ぜひハワイにいらしたら、アロハの精神を心行くまでご堪能ください。

ハワイの朝食はパンケーキできまり!< エッグスンシングス >

ハワイで人気の朝ごはんといえば、ハワイ発“エッグスンシングス”。ボリュームのあるおいしい朝ごはん&ブランチメニューが、毎日でも食べられるお値段で楽しめます。

oまずはハワイで一番といわれる人気のパンケーキ!たくさんのフルーツにホイップクリームを贅沢に使ったトッピングで、あなたもやみつきになることまちがいなし。

新鮮な卵を贅沢に3個も使った自慢のオムレツも、新鮮な野菜や肉と組み合わせて、体にやさしい栄養バランスのとれた、地元の人気メニューです。すべてのお客様に対して家族のように接するというのがモットー。アロハシャツの笑顔のスタッフがあなたをいつでもあたたかくお迎えします。

ハワイに3店舗あり、本店のサラトガ店、カジュアルダイニングとテイクアウトのワイキキビーチ エクスプレス店、アラモアナショッピングセンターの近くのアラモアナ店と、お買い物のついでにお立ちよりいただきやすいロケーションです。

込み合う時間帯は待ち時間がかかることがありますので、おススメは6:00~7:00の早めの時間か、11:30~12:30の遅めのブランチの時間。テイクアウトでハワイの抜けるような青空の下でのブレックファーストもいいいですね!

ディナーも新鮮な魚介やお肉を使ったバラエティーのあるメニューがあります。 アヒ(マグロ)のステーキや、オリジナル特製ロコモコのパニオロロコモコなど、“エッグスンシングス”ならではの味を心ゆくまでお楽しみください。

ハワイでNo.1のアクティビティは何といってもダイビング!

ハワイでNo.1のアクティビティは何といってもダイビング!

ハワイといえば青い海を堪能するのが一番の贅沢です。ビーチにいるだけでは、本当のハワイの海を体験したとはとても言えません。ぜひここで青い海中のサンゴ礁の別世界に浸ってみましょう。

hawaiiubオアフ島には数えきれないほどのダイブスポットがありサービスが充実しています。泳ぎが得意でなくてもBCジャケットがあるので大丈夫。 ライセンスがなくても、体験ダイブでスタートできます! 機材は全てレンタルでき、インストラクターが丁寧に説明、サポートをしてくれますので、リラックスしてぜひ参加してみてください。

初心者やブランクのあるダイバーであれば、まずはオアフ島の南や西の、ファンダイビングコースからがおすすめ。南側は年間をとおして波が穏やかですので安心です。沈没船ダイビングもできます。経験豊富なダイバーであれば、東側にトライしてみてください。地形が変化に富んでいて、魚影が濃く透明度が良いです。ドリフトダイブができて、体力に自信のある方にはとてもおススメです。

ハワイはウミガメ遭遇率No.1!ほかにもハワイ諸島特有の固有種がたくさん生息しています。カラフルなトロピカルフィッシュの群れから、大物のイルカやクジラが見られるスポットもあります。マウイ島には日本人スタッフのいる沢山のダイブショップがありますので

安心してお問い合わせください。ハワイで外せないアクティビティとして、海底の楽園のゆったりした海中散歩を、ぜひお楽しみください。

Ultra Running Takes to the Streets of Hawaii Kai

As an organized sport, ultra running races over distances of 100 miles or more have evolved from the running boom of the 1970s. As the birthplace of the Ironman triathlon and home to one world’s largest marathons, Honolulu is no stranger to extreme endurance events. The Honolulu Marathon became the largest marathon in the world in 1995, just over 20 years after it began in 1973.

Modest Beginnings

Much like the first Ironman triathlon, which attracted 15 athletes in 1978, the inaugural Hawaii Kai Ultra Run is by most measures, still small. The inaugural event, held in Kalama Valley in July of 2013, saw 9 runners challenge distances ranging from the marathon to 100 miles. A second event was held in December of 2013 and then again in December of 2014. In 2014 the number of runners reached 35, more than matching the early growth of events like the Honolulu Marathon. The 3rd (or 4th depending on how you’re counting) annual Hawaii Kai Ultra Run is slated for December 19, 2015.

The Course

009The course consists of a 3.34 mile circuit in Kalama Valley at Oahu’s far eastern tip. The course travels up and down the valley from near Sandy Beach Park to a turnaround near the top of Kealahou Street. The route passes a central aid station where runners can replenish fluids and eat carbohydrate rich snacks, both critical for finishing such long distance endurance events. Since its inception the Hawaii Kai Ultra Run has been more about comradery and personal challenges than racing. Friends and fellow runners typically drop by throughout the day to offer encouragement.

Plans for the Future

Kawika Carlson, who directs the running related non-profit organization, Kukini, acts as race director and regular participant in the Hawaii Kai Ultra Run. Carlson, who also writes about running and covers Hawaii running events on the Kukina website, has big plans for the future of the Hawaii Kai event.

His eventual plans call for the run to become a full-fledged race but first he needs to expand the course to encompass more of Hawaii Kai. The new route will include the notorious Heartbreak Hill. The challenging climb, well known to local Hawaii Kai area runners, leads out of Kalama Valley and over the saddle between the Koko Head volcano crater and Kamehame Ridge. From there, the quiet streets and valleys of Hawaii Kai offer a wealth of possible running routes.

From Small Beginnings

As interest in the event grows it may be difficult to imagine more than a handful of elite athletes racing through the streets of Hawaii Kai but history shows anything is possible. The Ironman, which started with only 15 hardy souls meeting on San Souci Beach near Diamond Head now attracts more than 80,000 participants worldwide. Even the Honolulu Marathon, which started with full support of then mayor Frank Fasi, saw only 167 entries in 1973. If history tends to repeat itself, don’t be surprised to see tens of thousands of ultra-runners on the streets of Hawaii Kai in the very near future.

Roy’s Hawaii Kai – Birthplace of Hawaii Regional Cuisine

Tokyo to New York

thWhile he grew up in Tokyo, Roy Yamaguchi’s Hawaiian roots can be traced to his Hawaiian-born father and his grandfather who once operated a tavern in Wailuku, Maui. After graduating from high school Roy enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America in New York City where he mastered the traditions of European cuisine. It was this unique mix of Japanese, Hawaiian and European cooking influences that would come to define his singular culinary style.

LA to Hawaii Kai

In 1988, Yamaguchi, along with his young family moved to Hawaii. Fresh from being named California Chef of the Year and with experience from opening his first restaurant, 385 North, in Hollywood, he chose Honolulu to launch his eponymous restaurant, Roy’s. The location, in the exclusive neighborhood of Hawaii Kai overlooking the glistening waters of Maunalua Bay is still home to the original Roy’s. It was here that he developed his own signature blend of Asian inspired cuisine using local Hawaiian ingredients.

Proving Grounds

Over more than 25 years the original Roy’s has served as the proving ground for many of Yamaguchi’s culinary ideas. Original favorites from the 1988 menu, like the Canoe for Two, stuffed with Pacific Rim inspired appetizers or “pupus”, the Macadamia Nut-Crusted Mahi Mahi and the always delectable chocolate soufflé, better known as Roy’s Molten Lava Cake, have become fixtures on the menu at many of Roy’s 30 locations. Even with his rock solid reputation, Chef Roy continues to evolve and expand his menu today, regularly adding new items and adding more fresh local ingredients to his existing recipes.

Hawaii Regional Cuisine

In 1991, Roy Yamaguchi was one of the original 12 chefs that met to form a nonprofit group to promote Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Drawing on their diverse ethnic cooking traditions, chefs including Sam Choy, Peter Merriman, Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi sought to establish Hawaii cuisine as its own distinct culinary style. Trading imported ingredients and “mainland” recipes for bountiful fresh produce, fish and farm products from Hawaii these chefs used their unique hybrid of ethnic Asian and Hawaiian style cooking to create something totally new. Hawaiian Regional Cuisine soon caught the attention of the world’s culinary community. Enthusiastic food lovers followed and Hawaii Regional Cuisine is now recognized around the world.

Local Grown

Roy Yamaguchi and the original Roy’s restaurant in Hawaii Kai have played a major role in the development of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. The group’s efforts have been successful in moving Hawaii’s visitor and food services industry away from exclusively imported food products and helped local producers expand and grow their business. Thanks to chefs like Roy Yamaguchi there is now a greater variety of locally produced foods available than ever before. From Hamakua mushrooms to macadamia fed wild boar sausage, you’ll find many of these unique and delicious treats at the original Roy’s in Hawaii Kai.

Kalanianaole Highway – Then and Now

Hawaii state route 72 is named for the Hawaiian royal turned U.S. congressional delegate for the territory of Hawaii, Prince Kuhio Kalanianaole. Kalanianaole Highway begins at the end of the H-1 freeway in the Honolulu suburb of Kahala, loops around the eastern tip of Oahu through the Honolulu suburb of Hawaii Kai and ends at its junction with the Pali highway in Kailua. Along the way it passes through many of the island’s most desirable neighborhoods and many notable landmarks.

The Long and Winding Road

By 1931 much of the road around the eastern end of the island had been completed, including the spectacular section that winds along the flank of Koko Head Crater and over the Ihiihilaukea Bridge to Sandy Beach. During the Second World War, the road was an important link between Pearl Harbor and the naval air station at Kaneohe Bay and Sandy Beach was also a popular attraction for thousands of soldiers stationed on the island.

From Here to Eternity

Hawaii-OceanIn 1951 James Jones scored a huge hit with his novel, From Here to Eternity. His story of the days leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor included a quiet and secluded beach as the backdrop for one of the books most iconic and scandalous scenes. The small beach at Halona Cove, tucked into a curve in Kalanianaole Highway, quickly became known as Eternity Beach. As well as being featured in the book, the beach was used to film the heavily censored 1953 Hollywood version. In 1954, the road was widened from two to four lanes and officially dedicated as Kalanianaole Highway.

The Kaiser of Hawaii Kai

In 1955 Henry J. Kaiser moved his family from California to his newly completed estate in the Portlock neighborhood of Hawaii Kai. A noted industrialist, Kaiser was developing what would become the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki while at the same time making plans for development of a marina around the Kuapa Fish pond in Hawaii Kai. In 1959 dredging began and in 1961 his company leased most of the land in Hawaii Kai from the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate. The trust created by the former descendant of King Kamehameha is the largest private landowner in the State of Hawaii.

Kalanianaole Highway Today

During the 1960s and 70s Hawaii Kai grew into a large community which now numbers more than 30,000 people. Most residents of the community commute to and from work, accounting for the bulk of the 71,000 cars that travel the highway each day. Visitors also enjoy the highway for its many views of the ocean, the lush Koolau Mountains and the Kaiwi channel where you can see the islands of Molokai and Maui on a clear day. Popular stops include the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and the Makapuu Lighthouse hiking trail.

Hawaii Kai’s Newest High-rise – 7000 Hawaii Kai Drive

6a012876842898970c01bb078da961970d-300wiIn October of 2014, after nearly 2 decades of planning, false starts and a public battle to save one of Oahu’s last wetlands, construction began on 7000 Hawaii Kai Drive. The nearly 4-acre parcel at the corner of Keahole Street and Hawaii Kai Drive has long been one of the last buildable parcels of land in Honolulu’s upscale community of Hawaii Kai. Over the years plans for project have swung between affordable senior housing to million dollar condos. The pendulum has now settled firmly in the middle with a mix of market priced and affordable rental apartments.

The History of 7000 Hawaii Kai Drive – A Troubled Timeline

2000 – 21st Century Homes, the “for profit” arm of the non-profit Hawai’i Intergenerational Community Development Association (HICDA) purchases the property.

2003 – HICDA completes a 31-unit affordable senior citizen rental apartment complex on an adjacent parcel.

2006 – HICDA director and principal investor in 21st Century Homes, Mike Klein announces plans for a luxury condominium project named Hale Alii. Plans include a private park with tennis courts, swimming pool and putting green to be built on 5 acres of preservation wetlands adjacent to the condominium.

2007 – Wrangling over affordable housing requirements, height variances and the impending financial crisis keep the project on the drawing board.

May, 2009 – Television crews are called to the scene by concerned citizens after contractors begin grading work on the preservation land and cover portions of an 800 year old Hawaiian Heiau.

June, 2009 – Investigations are launched over whether developer followed preservation plan. Department of planning and permitting alleges developer did not have a permit for construction on the site. Members of various community groups criticizing the developer receive letters threatening legal action.

Late 2009 – Korean developer Hanwha becomes principal investor in the project.

2010 – Newly appointed project manager, Mike Greco apologizes at a neighborhood board meeting and pledges better relations. Hanwha sells the 5-acre preservation parcel to The Trust for Public Land for $650,000, a fraction of its appraised value. The land is transferred to the Livable Hawaii Kai Hui to restore, maintain and teach others about the natural and cultural legacy of the site.

October, 2011 – Official groundbreaking is held for the relaunched $300 million luxury condominium project now dubbed Hale Ka Lae. Sales begin on the 242-unit project with prices ranging from $675,000 to more than $3 million. Plans include the construction of the required affordable units on the site of nearby Lunalilo Senior Care Home.

Late 2011 – Hanwha cites slowing global economy and puts construction on hold indefinitely.

December, 2013 – Hanwha retains local developer, Avalon Group to reassess project and obtain financing.

September, 2014 – Avalon CEO Christine Camp announces building permits have been obtained and financing secured for a $108 million 269-unit rental project to include 54 affordable units. The two and three bedroom units are planned to rent for $2,200 to $3,700 per month with affordable units ranging from $1,475 to $2,200.

October, 2014 – Hawaiian Dredging begins construction on the newly renamed 7000 Hawaii Kai Drive. The two 10-story towers are slated to be completed by mid-2016 and Avalon Group will manage the building.

Hawaii Kai – Ocean Playground

With 266 acres of sheltered waterways and easy access to Maunalua Bay, Hawaii Kai is a magnet for water enthusiasts of all kinds. For the fortunate residents that live along its 12 mile waterfront, the Hawaii Kai Marina serves as an ocean playground right in their front yard. Fortunately anyone can join in the fun with one of the many ocean activity companies based at the Koko Marina and Hawaii Kai Shopping Centers.

Banana Boat

Banana BoatAmong the many watercrafts you will find at the marina, the banana boat is perhaps the most popular among kids and kids-at-heart. While most of the marina is strictly enforced as a slow/no wake zone, two large basins include designated “speed zones”. In the main basin that stretches between the Koko Marina Shopping Center and the Hawaii Kai Towne Center, you’ll often hear the buzz of speed boats mixed with shrieks of delight. Watching the action from one of the many waterfront eateries located around the marina provides great free entertainment but getting wet is half the fun. Whether you jump on a banana boat or decide to hang on for a bumper tube ride, there’s one sure bet; you WILL get wet.

A Day on the Bay

Once the adrenalin from your wild ride around the marina begins to wear off you can head to Maunalua Bay for even more excitement. From one of the water sports activity platforms that spend the day anchored in Maunalua Bay you can enjoy a variety of water activities. Whether you want to learn stand up paddling, take to the air in a tandem parasail or feed your need for speed on the jet ski course, it’s all here.

Infinity and Beyond

Hawaii Kai is also home to the world’s first commercially operated Jetlev jet pack installation. Since 2012 there have been two of these ultra-cool jet packs operating in Maunalua Bay. Owned by H2O Sports in the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center, Jetlev packs use water pumped through a powerful marine engine to lift pilots up to 30 feet in the air. If you’re new to jetting around like Buzz Lightyear, first timers get help from an instructor who remotely controls the thrust while talking you through your first flight via a specially equipped helmet. While your coach can help you out with the thrusters, steering yourself around with the pack is all up to you. With a little practice you’ll be swooping and spinning in no time.

More than a Day 

In all there are more than a dozen different water activities to enjoy in Hawaii Kai. From surfing to scuba diving there’s no end to the fun you can have in this idyllic corner of Honolulu. Located just 20 minutes from Waikiki, Hawaii Kai is a great place to spend a day or a lifetime enjoying all the best Hawaii has to offer.