TA lot of onlookers were standing at Narita Airport near Tokyo when a huge airplane from Europe floated in for the first time in spring 2019, painted in a funny turtle design. When the Japanese All Nippon Airlines (ANA) offered its first scheduled flight with this jet shortly afterwards, it was sold out in no time. The airline called its new A380 “Flying Honu”, named after an endangered sea turtle in Hawaii. The fans stood upside down, had themselves photographed in front of the giant plane before the first flight with A380 models or with turtle actors in kitschy costumes.
The Airbus A380, the largest airliner in the world, has always sparked enthusiasm among passengers and airplane fans, since its first flight with paying guests in 2007 with Singapore Airlines. ANA was the last of 15 airlines to get their A380 – that was just over a year ago.
They lie at the other end of the world and have shaped our idea of paradise: the 137 islands in the Hawaiian archipelago. Hawaii is the 50th state in the USA and is nicknamed The Aloha State. In Hawaii, this Aloha is much more than just a greeting. It reflects an attitude towards life and symbolizes the serenity and hospitality of the locals, the diverse and lush nature, the endless sea and the always shining sun of Hawaii.
In these scenes you want to hold your breath: The charter boat of a cruise ship is tossed back and forth by the waves like a toy off the coast of Honolulu (Hawaii). Beachgoers filmed how the captain headed for the safe mainland. We show you the pictures in the video.
Munich / Honolulu – The NFL is returning to Hawaii after four years away. However, not with the Pro Bowl, but with a preseason game.
The Los Angeles Rams announced that the runner-up will face the Dallas Cowboys on August 17th at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
The game schedule has not yet been determined
In addition to the Hall of Fame Games on August 1 between the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons, the date of the second preseason game has been determined. The NFL will shortly publish the preparatory game schedule.
Around the draft – ProSieben MAXX and ran.de broadcast the first round live from 1:50 a.m. on the night of April 25th to 26th – the regular season schedule is also due to be announced.
The Pro Bowl was held in Honolulu between 1979 and 2015. The only exceptions were the years 2009 and 2014, when Miami and Phoenix were also allowed to hold the Pro Bowl before the Super Bowl was played.
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Mike Sisiem sits on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu and waits for customers. At 52, he still looks like a surfer from a brochure – tanned, extremely relaxed and one with the sea. Here, on the most famous beach in Hawaii, the islands, where surfing flourished in its present form and from where it was carried all over the world, guys like him glide through the surf on their boards shortly after sunrise.
But Sisiem not only surfs, he offers beach visitors an even older Hawaiian tradition: trips on the outrigger canoe. Small, fast paddle boats of this type probably discovered the islands more than a thousand years ago – by adventurers from Polynesia.
The tempting promise of South Pacific flair still surrounds the islands today. Hawaii, synonymous with a peaceful, exotic world, has long since become a destination. The 50th state of the USA offers tourist packages for honeymooners, nature and beach vacationers – but can they really find what they are looking for here? Did the island romanticism survive the Americanization and the tourist marketing? Or was it an invention of the travel industry from the start, a legend?
Paddling like the Polynesians a thousand years ago
What is it about the myth of Hawaii? You can actually experience its origins here, literally: with paddles in hand on Sisiems’ ten-meter long outrigger canoe, the slim Polynesian boat with a stabilizing outrigger on the side.
As a captain, Sisiem focuses on steering through the waves – not an easy thing. The apprenticeship lasted over ten years and only a few achieved the master’s license.
He turns the canoe a few hundred meters from the beach. After a pause, the sharp command comes to paddle the four tourists who sit one behind the other in the narrow hull. The boat is lifted onto the crest of the wave and shoots towards the beach.
It is a wet pleasure – and a reminder of Hawaii’s founding myth. Probably around the first turn of the millennium AD, intrepid sailors from Polynesia discovered and settled the Pacific archipelago at the Tropic of Cancer.
They must have been on the go for weeks on their wooden canoes, around 3,500 kilometers across the open sea without technical navigation aids, trusting in their feeling for water, wind, clouds and stars. Nobody imitated them that quickly.
Hawaii is a long-term destination with many facets
A Polynesian-Hawaiian culture developed undisturbed by external influences for around eight centuries – until the British James Cook found and formed the islands in 1778 and then at ever shorter intervals. They carried the news of an exotic paradise into the world and created dream images that tourists follow to this day.
Sonorous names like Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Lanai, Molokai or Big Island mark a tourist destination with many facets. Anyone who says Hawaii calls up a colorful program in the mental cinema: sun, sand, exuberant natural beauty, rich colors. But also spectacular and not harmless volcanic eruptions with glowing lava flows.
One thinks of hula dancers who sway to the high sound of the ukulele. Or there is the languishing Elvis Presley in technicolor and with a flower chain around his neck, while private detective Magnum carries out his colorful shirts in a red Ferrari.
The dinosaurs from Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park”, one of the many films that were filmed here, romp through the rainforest. IZ’s cover version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” provides the right Hawaii sound, and the all-defining move is the elegant ride over the waves.
Surfing is popular sport in Honolulu
While the tour in the outrigger canoe still reminds one of the hard work of early seafarers and fishermen, surfing is literally the supreme discipline in cultural history. The bays with the best waves were once reserved for the rulers, and the first king of Hawaii, Kamehameha I, was a legendary surfer.
After his death in 1819, the unique culture, including the almost holy surfing popular with the people, suffered. The Christian missionaries condemned it as pagan and immoral – men and women surfed together – idleness, which was soon banned. When the adventurous Royal David Kalakaua became king in 1874, he resurrected the tradition of surfing.
Today, the former royal residence, Honolulus Iolani Palace, a museum and surfing is again an integral part of Hawaiian culture. It is part of everyday life that water-drenched surfers of all ages walk the streets balancing the board on their heads. Only those who can afford it have parked their boards on brackets on the beach, where they are locked in rows.
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On the Waikiki waterfront, a larger-than-life statue honors the man who is revered in Hawaii as the “King of Surfers”: Duke Kahanamoku (1890-1968). The three-time Olympic swimming champion is considered the founder and global ambassador for today’s surfing. Numerous leis (the colorful wreaths of flowers that can be pulled from refrigerated machines at the airport for $ 20) hang on the arms of the statue, which are spread out to bless the surfers.
Surfing is popular sport, especially in Honolulu, where almost everyone dares to board. The experts, on the other hand, meet on the north coast of Oahu. In the north, it is rougher on all Hawaii islands. It rains a lot here, the steady trade wind brings huge clouds and really big waves from the east.
The vegetation is lush and becomes tropical at higher altitudes. The tranquil town of Haleiwa is a hotspot for the surfing scene and, although it reminds a little of a small California town, it can still be called Hawaiian.
Fusion cuisine and traditional dishes in the city
Honolulu, on the other hand, could be described as the Manhattan of Hawaii. There, where Europeans and Americans, weary of civilization, thought a paradise over a hundred years ago, new skyscrapers are constantly growing. In the streets behind Waikiki Beach, American malls with the standardized shops of international brands are waiting for wealthy customers.
The culinary offerings also follow globalization. There are numerous branches of the usual burger and chicken chains. Does the city fail the authenticity test? Not at all, because even here you can find the real taste of the islands. Noble restaurants maintain the Hawaiian fusion cuisine, which reflects the legacy of the different immigrants from North and South America, from Europe, but also from Japan and China.
Very original dishes have also been preserved, such as the traditional Luau banquet: a whole Kalua pig is wrapped in taro leaves, buried in the hot lava soil and slowly cooked. The roots of the taro plant become Poi mashed, a tough porridge that you have to like. On the other hand, it tastes fresher Poke: Raw, marinated pieces of fish are refined in various combinations with algae, vegetables, berries, salt, chilli and nuts for the traditional Fischer meal.
It is worthwhile to look for the small bars of “Hawaii’s Favorite Kitchens”. Under this label, young family businesses offer simple but good things, such as Malasada, an airy lard pastry that originally comes from Portugal. It tastes good – and protects the travel budget.
Because Honolulu is one of the most expensive cities in the United States. Rents are exorbitant, prices are high. A beer (also available in Hawaii, even home-brewed) costs eight dollars, a glass of wine doubles, two beach chairs under an umbrella cost 50 dollars. Still, the Pacific Islands – over five hours’ flight from San Francisco or seven and a half from Tokyo – are more attractive than ever. With almost ten million guests, the seventh record number of visitors in a row was reached in 2018.
Fake beaches and jungle backdrops
Hawaii lives well from mass tourism. The most important asset is its immaculate sandy beaches. But they have been at risk of erosion and rising sea levels for years. In the three-kilometer-long Waikiki Bay, for example, more and more sand is disappearing in the sea.
Replenishments are brought in from the neighboring island of Molokai so that the fairytale view is preserved. Artificially built up fake sandy beaches. Which doesn’t bother many tourists because they don’t notice it.
The real great illusionists are at work half an hour’s drive north of Honolulu. The American film industry has discovered the island’s jungle scenario. The 1600 hectare Kualoa Ranch was set for many Hollywood films. In addition to “Godzilla” or “Südsee-Paradies”, TV series such as “Lost” were filmed here. On the dream beaches, Drew Barrymore acted through “50 first dates”.
The dream factory continues to work, and the ranch is a single amusement park: Anyone who traverses the valley between the mountain ranges in a vintage bus, on horseback or on off-road motorcycles, discovers an artificial backdrop with World War II bunkers, South American drug villages or alpine via ferratas made of plaster.
Big Island is the island of superlatives
Big Island – the island of superlatives – offers spectacular natural scenery, 40 minutes by flight. With 10,500 square kilometers, four times the area of the Saarland, Big Island is the largest of the islands.
The city of Hilo is considered the rainiest in the USA. The Mauna Kea volcano is the highest mountain in Hawaii at 4205 meters. From the coast to the alpine peaks, eleven of the world’s 13 climate and vegetation zones are said to be found. Skiing in the morning, snorkeling in the evening, it’s possible here.
For Ehitu, Big Island is simply “the paradise everyone wants to live in” – and “too beautiful to move away”. The young Hawaiian tried it. He studied tourism in Pennsylvania, played basketball professionally.
It went well for him, but the homesickness was stronger, even if he can’t make ends meet on Hawaii Island: he guides tourists around his island, he also sells used surfboards, sells photos of surfing and goes hunting and fishing , to save money. But he obviously enjoys life in his paradise, about which he cannot tell enough. “Ask, ask! I love questions! “
Tour to lava fields and volcanoes
Ehitu, which means “number seven” because he is the seventh child of his mother and weighed seven pounds at birth, praises the new four-lane roads and even shows understanding for the strict speed controls: “We have little crime, so the cops have to do it busy yes. “
Above all, Ehitu knows about volcanoes. His tour leads to the gray-black plateau of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, in the middle of which the Halemaumau crater is steaming and bubbling.
Not far away you can explore tunnels that were created in the rock-blower, or huge, cooled lava fields that stretch from the four-thousand-meter peaks into the sea. If the black rock forms smooth shapes like a cake batter, it is pahoehoe lava – whereas aa lava is brittle and rough.
It is a fascinatingly inhospitable landscape that has its secrets. There must be water somewhere in this lunar landscape. Plants occasionally squeeze through the black rock masses, like the ohia tree with its red flowers. It only exists in Hawaii. According to legend, the warriors Ohia and the beautiful Lehua, who had previously separated the jealous volcanic goddess Pele, are reunited in bloom and tribe.
“The Americans Illegally Occupied Hawaii”
The cultivation of Hawaiian mythology and culture is experiencing a renaissance – and this shows how holidaymaker interest can also have a positive effect. The tourism authority is committed to the Hawaiian language, the alphabet of which is only twelve letters. So she tries to enforce the punctuation with the ’Okina (German:“ separation ”), the apostrophe that indicates the correct pronunciation – for example Hawai’i instead of Hawaii or O’ahu instead of Oahu.
The respect for the cultural heritage prevails, even at the hula shows in the big hotels. The dances that originally only performed men are less Americanized. Bast skirt and big band sound disappear. The original dance representation of the myths and one’s own story come to the fore again.
Approaches of an independence movement can also be discovered, for example on political graffiti on house walls. Etihu, who is always in a good mood, suddenly becomes serious as he drives past a US Army base. It is present everywhere, the islands between America and Asia have always been of great strategic importance. “The Americans illegally occupied Hawaii,” says Ehitu, to the detriment of the Hawaiians.
Descendants of the indigenous people demand independence
On the right side of his body he is tattooed with the story of his family, from neck to toe. Ehitu proudly points out that he is 56 percent indigenous. How does he come up with the number?
Genetic tests are carried out – which not only alienates visitors from Europe – in order to determine the ethnicity of the real Hawaiians. A daring venture in a region that has been home to Polynesians, Japanese, Chinese, mainland North Americans, South Americans and various Europeans for centuries.
But those who can identify themselves as descendants of the indigenous people get advantages, for example when it comes to places in schools or apartments. In 1993 the US government apologized for the 1898 annexation, but little has changed in the balance of power and property.
The call for independence therefore does not fall silent. It is also evident in the ubiquitous Aloha spirit, even laid down in the law. This means openness, respect and tolerance for each other, but also the connection to nature and the love for home and other people.
The Aloha greeting is often underlined by the Shaka gesture that originated in Hawaii. You roll your ring, middle and index fingers into the palm of your hand, while your thumb and little finger are spread apart.
Ehitu is convinced that the Polynesian canoe captains were able to navigate with it. With the fingers spread apart, the distance between the stars and the horizon was measured and thus the position on the Pacific was determined. Nowadays you wiggle your hand a bit too – the perfect Hawaiian greeting gesture.
Tips and information
Getting there: For example with Lufthansa or United Airlines to San Francisco, further to Honolulu on Oahu, the largest airport in Hawaii. There are many connections between Hawaiian Airlines between the islands. Because of the long journey, it makes sense to combine a Hawaiian vacation with a trip to the US west coast.
Accommodation: The “Alohilani Resort Waikiki”, renovated in 2018, ranks among the high-rise buildings on Waikiki Beach and offers a pool, spa, bars and a shop for snacks, drinks and beach supplies, the rooms with balconies have direct sea views or side views of mountains and Sea, double room from 178 per person (alohilaniresort.com). One of the oldest hotels in Hawaii is the “Volcano House” in the Volcanoes National Park on Big Island – if the Kilauea allows it, you can look directly into its crater, 33 rustic, simple rooms, double rooms from 159 dollars (hawaiivolcanohouse.com). The “Royal Lahaina Resort” on Maui is located north of the old whaling town of Lahaina directly on the beautiful Kaanapali Beach, extensive grounds with pools, spa, tennis courts, double rooms from $ 220 (royallahaina.com).
Island hopping: FTI Touristik offers many round trips, such as an 11-day rental car tour “Exotic Hawaii” via Oahu, Big Island, Maui, including domestic Hawaiian flights, overnight stays, road map, 24-hour hotline (rental car of your choice not included), from 1535 euros per person; or 14 days “Hawaii for adventurers” via Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Big Island with similar services plus four excursion packages, from 3208 per person (fti.de). By ship: Studiosus offers a 17-day study trip “Hawaii – Pacific Coast – Dream Islands”, six days cruise with the “Pride of America” through the Hawaiian island world with stops on Oahu, Maui, Big Island, Kauai and stays in Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, including flights from Germany, domestic flights, full board, excursions, from 7290 per person (studiosus.com).
Editor’s tip: In Lahaina on Maui you can eat and drink well at “Fleetwood’s On Front Street” (fleetwoodsonfrontst.com), owner Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac is sometimes said to perform personally.
Further information: gohawaii.com/de
Participation in the trip was supported by FTI Touristik and Hawai’i Tourism Europe. You can find our standards of transparency and journalistic independence at axelspringer.de/unabhaengigkeit.
The “legal” battle between Honolulu town hall and the WSL begins its 3rd week. Little reminder : WSL missed deadline fixed by the town hallHonolulu to make changes to its calendar of events. The WSL wishing to “reverse” the Pipe Masters and the Volcom Pipe Pro.
We may well be entitled to 2 Pipe Masters in a few weeks.
WSL / Kirstin
Bluff or not, it looks like the threat launched by the WSL had the expected effect since through a press release, the mayor of Honolulu seems to return to a position more open to debate: “The request that I would like to make to the WSL, which is I must admit, an extremely important organization, is please do not withdraw your competitions from us. We have heard and taken your concerns into account and we want to see how we can improve this in the future. But let’s not hurt anyone in the short term. “
The atmosphere seems to lighten up a bit on the North Shore.
WSL / Kirstin
A kind of mea culpa which helps ease tensions between the two parties. The Mayor justifies however his initial speaking explaining that he had received 26 application files to organize competitions on the North shore. “23 of these 26 requests were in direct conflict with each other“. With such competition, the Mayor did not want to appear as a person promoting an organization (in this case the WSL) which in addition did not respect the protocol.
We still wonder which organizations could have overshadowed the WSL and had as big an impact on the Hawaiian community as the WSL who will probably organize 2 Pipes Masters (just in 2018-2019)a few weeks apart.
After the rain the good weather between the WSL and Hawaii?
WSL / Kirstin
So that these kinds of problems are resolved quickly and no longer occur in the future, the mayor of Honolulu decided to create a “surf advisory committee“. Even if Kirk Caldwell has certainly taken a first step in this conflict which opposes it the WSLnor does it say that reverse its original decision. The cards are therefore now in the hands of Sophie Goldschmidt and the League.
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Woe, they catch a passerby who looks into the smartphone while crossing the street. In this case, a new regulation allows the police in Hawaii’s capital to distribute a parking ticket. The example could go to school.
Honolulu – Honolulu sounds exotic like the sound of the sea and the rustle of palm leaves. Very few Central Europeans associate the capital of the US state of Hawaii with the problems of a modern city. The reality of Honolulu is not very heavenly. The city, whose metropolitan area is home to around a million people, has traffic and pollution problems, poverty and homelessness in the immediate vicinity of its dream beaches. Like most places in the industrialized world, you also struggle with the consequences of modern telecommunications.
Telephoning is allowed
In Honolulu, just like in Hong Kong, Berlin and New York, passersby cross the street without looking up from their smartphones. In doing so, they overlook other people, red traffic lights, car, motorcycle and bicycle riders. And like everywhere, this leads to accidents more and more often. This has now become too much for the mayor of Honolulu, Kirk Caldwell. That is why he has issued a regulation that prohibits looking at a cell phone or tablet when crossing a street.
“There are things you would like common sense to do on their own,” says the mayor. “But unfortunately you often have to help out with the arm of the law.” As a punishment, first-time offenders can expect to pay a fine of up to $ 35 ($ 30) for a repeat offense of $ 75 and the third time $ 99. However, the phone can still be used on the street for speaking and tweeting, texting and chatting can continue on the sidewalk.
The number of pedestrians who have died in accidents has risen rapidly
Honolulu is responding with the regulation to a study by the Association of US Governors. According to the study, the number of deaths and serious injuries to pedestrians has increased dramatically in the past three years. In 2016, 6,000 pedestrians died in US road traffic, 22 percent more than in 2014. The rapid increase, experts say, can only be explained by the increased use of electronic devices.
For example, the number of visits to the hospital related to the use of microelectronics in the United States increased by 124 percent between 2010 and 2014. According to the Wall Street Journal, these devices are responsible for ten percent of all pedestrian injuries and about a dozen deaths each year.
It remains unclear whether the police are equipped for this
The problem is of course not limited to the United States. The World Health Organization estimates that pedestrians distracted by their electronic devices are four times more likely to be at risk than people who are careful where they walk. A study in six European cities shows that 17 percent of pedestrians use their mobile device in some way when crossing the street. Now it has to be seen whether the example of Honolulu is at least a school in the USA.
Before Lee Honolulu, Fort Lee in New Jersey had already introduced a similar law, San Mateo in California and Stamford in Connecticut are also considering a regulation. However, Honolulu is the first major city to take action against the distraction of running. It remains unclear whether the police are ready to enforce the law. Only if the income compensates for the effort, the example should also go to school. In the meantime, other cities are likely to focus on greater public health risks.
Local politicians in the Hawaiian capital are fed up with disoriented cell phone users on the streets. A law is now supposed to stop them and is also aimed at repeat offenders.
Smombie, the – a suitcase word from smartphone and zombie. The combination made it to first place in the 2015 Youth Word of the Year poll. Since then, the number of pedestrians who continuously look at their smart phones while walking has increased. Dekra accident research recently observed the phenomenon more closely in six European capitals.
Leader in walking with simultaneous smartphone use was Stockholm with 23.6 percent, followed by Berlin with 14.9 percent. Accidents increase with the smombie invasion. People who go swimming in canals or fountains, stumble over other passers-by or, particularly dangerous, run into a car head-on.
Some cities have now developed defense mechanisms against such incidents. Moscow, for example, has installed LED strips in the floor of traffic lights that warn that the lights – just outside the sight of the smombies – are just shining red. Other cities are now much more rigorous: in Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, local politicians are fed up with the constantly looking down smombies. From October 25, a new regulation will apply in the city.
Anyone looking at their cell phones or other electronic devices while crossing streets must pay a minimum of $ 15, but no more than $ 35. It gets more expensive if you get caught as a smombie again within a year. Then $ 35 to a maximum of $ 75 will be due. And if you still haven’t seen it and still don’t keep your smartphone in your pocket, you can expect a fine of between $ 75 and $ 99.
Smombies at the wheel could pay more
The politicians apparently expect recalcitrants to be recalcitrant. “Sometimes I wish we didn’t have to pass such laws and that common sense might prevail,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said before signing the law. “But sometimes we lack common sense.”
Such a regulation is still a long way off in Germany. For this, the Ministry of Transport is planning stricter penalties for drivers and cyclists who use their phones while driving. The fines could increase from 60 to 100 euros or from 25 to 55 euros. If there is a risk to others, drivers would then have to face a penalty of 150 euros and a driving ban of one month.