The Greek Festival of Honolulu: A Festival of the Gods

Greek Festival of Honolulu

Hawaii is always described as a melting pot of different cultures, but, let’s be real, it’s always thought of as a melting pot of Asian cultures.  I’ve even written quite a bit about the influence of the Asian cultures in Hawaii in my posts on Chinatown and the Japanese Byodo-In Temple.  However, there are other cultures in Hawaii that, while they have smaller populations, have an influential presence, like the Greeks.  Just this past weekend, Honolulu’s annual Greek Festival took place at Ala Moana Beach Park, and, as precedented by years past, my family and I stopped by.​

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My Rainy, Muddy, Spontaneous Manoa Falls Hike

Manoa Falls Tree Arch
…so this isn’t really how the hike started, but wouldn’t it be cool if it started with this awesome tree arch?!…

Monday morning, I woke up to a bunch of texts and phone calls from some friends telling me that they were going to hike Manoa Falls that morning.  I’d wanted to go on a hike the entire summer, but it just hadn’t happened.  But that day, it was going to happen.

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Downtown Waikiki: The Ultimate Tourist Hub

 This summer, my goal has been to have new experiences and, in the process, I’ve explored most of the island of Oahu.  I’ve pretty much covered the entire island in the past couple of months, from Kaneohe and Laie in Discovering the Northeast Side of Oahu, Hawaii to Ko Olina on the West side of the island in A Secret Lagoon in Ko Olina, Hawaii.  However, until just a few days ago, I had yet to immerse myself in the ultimate tourist hub of the island: downtown Waikiki.

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What to do on Oahu, Hawaii When It’s Raining

Raining in Hawaii

This week was more rainy than usual, so I had to figure out something different to write about for this week’s blog – something that didn’t require the sun to be out.  I mean, its not like I could go on a hike while it was raining.  Then I wondered, “what do tourists do when it rains in Hawaii?  They can’t just sit around in their hotel rooms, right?”

I decided that there were two possible options to deal with the rain: embrace it or avoid it.

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Hawaii’s Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

Even though I was born and raised in Hawaii, I had never been to the famous Aloha Stadium swap meet (flea market) until just a few days ago.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it was definitely worth the experience.

After paying the entrance fee of $1 per person, we gained access to all of the booths surrounding the entire stadium.  They sold all sorts of items (catered mostly to tourists) at surprisingly cheap prices!  (Many of the booths sold 7 T-shirts for $20!)

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet Sarongs

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