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Hawaii Shark Encounters

This experience flat out rocked. It was a picture perfect day heading out from the Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor on the North Shore of Oahu. During the 25 minute ride to the diving site, while soaking up the view of the shoreline, I said to one of my fellow tour members that “this sure beats working” and she replied, “You are working!”

Did I say this was awesome?

We arrived at the shark cage location and the sharks began to gather upon hearing the boat. This took me back to the first time I understood that there was such a thing as a shark cage in 1975 while watching the movie Jaws. If you are curious, check out this clip from the movie.

Our guides from Hawaii Shark Encounters, Richard and Kaleo were great at telling us all about the history of the tour and important safety information while interspersing some fun.

The screen capture above is from the optional Go Pro camera I rented during the tour. Can you believe it?

I was able to go down into the water in the cage and with snorkel gear and see sharks in the ocean. Amazing doesn’t begin to explain the experience.

Check out the website link on Seek Spot and go to the Hawaii Shark Encounters website. There is a lot of great information and photos.

As Suzanne from Denton, Texas came out of the water she exclaimed that this tour was “the best money I’ve spent” during her week on Oahu.

Hawaii Shark Encounters tour gets high marks for the tour itself but also for fun, safety and ease of reservations.

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Walking Tour of Historic Hale’iwa

The North Shore Chamber of Commerce (NSCOC) and Historic Hawai’i Foundation (HHF) will host a walking tour of Historic Hale’iwa on Saturday, March 14 with tours starting at 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Refreshments including local, North Shore delicacies will be served. The event aims to pair people with places that tell the rich history of Hale’iwa and share information and stories about the buildings, sites and people who helped shape the history.

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The tour is geared toward kama’aina who would like to learn more about the historical treasures in their own backyard as well as visitors with an interest in history. Antya Miller, Executive Director of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, shares the reason for the tour. “Although I grew up in Haleiwa and Waialua, I never learned the history of the town or district. While doing the research for the Haleiwa Walking Tour, it was so much fun to hear the stories from people I’d known for years, to research the buildings and people who lived in them.”

Tickets for the tour are $25 for NSCOC and HHF Members and $50 for General Admission. Tickets may be purchased online by going to www.gonorthshore.org

Questions about the event may be directed to the Chamber at 637-4558 or to info@gonorthshore.org 

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Win a Horseback Ride with Your Sweetheart!

Still haven’t planned a romantic Valentine’s Day date for your and your sweetheart?  Why not enter to win a romantic horseback ride for two at Gunstock Ranch?

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Gunstock Ranch, where you can experience Hawaii as a true paniolo (cowboy), is giving away a Sweetheart Ride for two and a dozen roses to one lucky couple!  There are three different ways you can enter: 1) go to their Facebook page and like the page or leave a comment letting them know who you’d take on your sweetheart ride, 2) follow them on Instagram @gunstockranch, 3) post a photo of you and your love and use the hashtag #gunstocklove.  Each one counts as one entry!  They will post the winner on their Instagram and Facebook pages.

 

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Now Open: Polynesian Football Hall of Fame

Courtesy of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame

Courtesy of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame

After that amazing Super Bowl game, we’ve got football on the brain here at Seek Spot!  While we don’t have a professional team of our own to root for, Hawaii has a rich history of players that go on to play on the college and professional levels.  At the moment, almost 60 players in the NFL are of Polynesian ancestry!

The Polynesian Cultural Center just opened the doors to a new Polynesian Football Hall of Fame to honor such individuals from Hawaii and all of Polynesia.  The Hall of Fame aims not only to preserve and protect the history of Polynesian football, but to educate Polynesian youths and provide scholarships for Polynesian athletes.

Each year, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame will induct Coach/Contributor.  The players must be retired for a full year and of Polynesian ancestry or born in Polynesia, and coaches or contributors must “have demonstrated a commitment to Polynesia.”

 

 

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Kanikapila at Surfer, The Bar

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Young musician Irina Delatorre, excited to perform on stage during Kanikapila Night at Surfer, The Bar

The term “kanikapila” comes from the words “kani,” meaning “sound,” and “pila” which refers to any type of string instrument.  Traditionally, kanikapila refers to a style of music created when people get together for a jam session of sorts and often times mash up different pieces of music.  A great example of a song that is representative of this style is Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which beautifully blends “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World.”

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Irina Delatorre, is one of many talented local singers that play at Turtle Bay’s Kanikapila Night at Surfer, The Bar.

 

Kanikapila has also come to refer to open mic nights at venues like Turtle Bay’s Surfer, The Bar.  Every Tuesday at Surfer, visitors and locals alike are invited to grab their instrument of choice (including simply their vocal chords) and hop on stage!  Even if you’re not brave enough to take the stage yourself, pull up a seat, get a cocktail, and enjoy the night.  The caliber of talent that graces the Kanikapila at Surfer, The Bar’s stage is something to behold.

 

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Clark Little Talks Story at Surfer the Bar

It’s surf season on the North Shore and that means it’s Talk Story time at Surfer, The Bar.  The weekly event allows some of the greatest figures in the surf industry to share their tales in an intimate setting.  This week’s guest might not be a professional surfer, but he’s certainly caused a huge stir in the world of surf photography.  Clark Little, sometimes called the “godfather of shorebreak photography” has revolutionized the way we look at waves.  Next time you see someone risking life and limb to get a great barrel shot on the North Shore, you can thank Clark Little for the inspiration.

 

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photo courtesy of surferthebar.com

 

On Wednesday, December 17th, at 8PM Clark will be sitting on stage at Surfer talking about his experiences and for a $5 suggested donation, you can be in the audience!  Can’t make it?  Don’t worry, you can watch a recording of Clark’s Talk Story, and of other Talk Stories here.  For info about future Talk Story guests, check out our calendar.

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Eddie Could Go!

Last Thursday, December 4th, marked the start of the holding period for the most famous, and least run, big wave surfing competition; the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational.  Between now and February 28th, 2015, if the surf at Waimea Bay is large enough, the contest that honors the man who had a true passion for big waves and helping others, could run for the first time since 2009.

Eddie Opening Ceremony

 

Photo: ASP/Ed Sloane

The opening ceremony, held on December 4th every year, is truly unique in that it gathers some of the world’s best surfers in one spot – not to surf, but to commemorate Eddie Aikau, a true inspiration to all who know his story.  As stated by Kahu Billy Mitchell, who led the ceremony, “today is not about competition; it’s about passion, respect, and aloha.  The passion these surfers gathered here share with Eddie, respect for one who lived righteously, and aloha, love.  Eddie was all about aloha.  That’s why we make this circle (of surfers) here at Waimea.  A full circle.  Uncut.  Full circle love like Eddie had.  He received so much from this place and he gave more back.”

2010/11 Quiksilver Eddie Opening Ceremony - 021112 - Waimea Bay

 

Photo: ASP/Kelly Cestari

Conditions look favorable for the contest to run this year, its 30th year.  You can learn more about Eddie and sign up to get alerts about the competition here.

 

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