Monday, March 12, 2012

Online Ticket Sales for Pearl Harbor Historic Attractions

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. Online and easy - now visitors to Hawaii can make reservations for the USS Arizona Memorial Tour and purchase admission to Pearl Harbor’s historic sites online at Recreation.gov, a website featuring information about thousands of federally sponsored activities. This website is a key objective of the President’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative and seeks to be the federal portal to recreation.

While the USS Arizona Memorial tours have historically been offered on a first-come, first-served bases, the new online reservation system will give individual visitors and group the ability to make advance reservations and avoid the wasting time standing in line.

Also available for purchase online is a Passport to Pearl Harbor package, including admission and audio tours for the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, the Battleship Missouri Memorial and the USS Arizona Memorial Audio tour.

The Passport to Pearl Harbor package is $55 for adults and $30 for children. For an additional $10, visitors can purchase a two-day passport. Online reservations for the USS Arizona Memorial tour require a $1.50 convenience fee.

Visit www.recreation.gov for online reservations and more information.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates March 8 2012

The Japan Rail Pass, which is issued by the JR (Japan Railway) Group, offers travelers excellent value for money and convenience. The Rail Pass enables the almost unlimited use of JR trains and its affiliated bus and ferry services within various areas of Japan. The Japan Rail Pass can also be used for the Tokyo monorail to Haneda Airport and the Narita Express to Narita Airport.

The Japan Rail Pass is available only to people from abroad who wish to travel to Japan as “temporary visitors” for sightseeing. The pass must be purchased before entering Japan.

Japan Rail Pass exchange rate for March 8th 2012 through March 14th 2012 - 1 USD =80.86 JPY

JR Pass prices are updated for the current exchange rate every Thursday.

See http://www.nakastrav … l.com/rail-pass.html for details and current pricing.

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Japan’s four major islands, Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku are covered by an extensive and reliable network of railways. About 70 percent of Japan’s railway network is owned and operated by the Japan Railways (JR), while the remaining 30 percent belongs to dozens of other private railway companies, especially in and around metropolitan areas.

The Japan Railways Group, more commonly known as JR Group (JRグループ), is made up of six regional passenger railway companies, which are JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West, JR Shikoku, and JR Kyushu, and one nationwide freight railway company, JR Freight. Together they operate a nationwide network of urban, regional and inter-regional train lines, night trains and shinkansen (bullet trains).

Mele Mei 2012

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of the unique music of Hawaii. Started in May 2011, Mele Mei 2012 represents anchor Hawaiian music and hula events throughout the entire month of May. Events in Mele Mei are held throughout Waikiki and will take place at various hotels, venues and the beach. Beginning on May 1st, and every weekend leading up to the Festival, partner events are scheduled including Lei of Stars dinner concert (Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame); Hawaii Book and Music Festival; International Hula Conference (Waikiki Improvement Association); Ka Leo Kiekie Contest, Hula Palua Competition, and Legends of Steel luncheon concert (Maiki Aiu Foundation); Slack Key All Stars Concert (East Hawaii Cultural Center); cultural walking/music tours of Waikiki; and several Hawaiian concerts for Mother’s Day.

On April 27th a media brunch will kick off Mele Mei to welcome participants, government officials, music educators from around the state, media and special guests. The brunch will feature music and comments from keynote speakers and provide media information on the events occurring in the four weeks to follow.

Additionally, there will be two concert events that weekend to kick-off Mele Mei on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, 2012. Both concerts will feature Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning artists.

For more information and a complete listing of all special offers, visit the Mele Mei web site at http://melemei.com/index.html.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates March 1 2012

The Japan Rail Pass, which is issued by the JR (Japan Railway) Group, offers travelers excellent value for money and convenience. The Rail Pass enables the almost unlimited use of JR trains and its affiliated bus and ferry services within various areas of Japan. The Japan Rail Pass can also be used for the Tokyo monorail to Haneda Airport and the Narita Express to Narita Airport.

The Japan Rail Pass is available only to people from abroad who wish to travel to Japan as “temporary visitors” for sightseeing. The pass must be purchased before entering Japan.

Japan Rail Pass exchange rate for March 1st 2012 through March 7th 2012 - 1 USD =80.63 JPY

JR Pass prices are updated for the current exchange rate every Thursday.

See http://www.nakastrav … l.com/rail-pass.html for details and current pricing.

jrrail.jpg

Japan’s four major islands, Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku are covered by an extensive and reliable network of railways. About 70 percent of Japan’s railway network is owned and operated by the Japan Railways (JR), while the remaining 30 percent belongs to dozens of other private railway companies, especially in and around metropolitan areas.

The Japan Railways Group, more commonly known as JR Group (JRグループ), is made up of six regional passenger railway companies, which are JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West, JR Shikoku, and JR Kyushu, and one nationwide freight railway company, JR Freight. Together they operate a nationwide network of urban, regional and inter-regional train lines, night trains and shinkansen (bullet trains).

Friday, February 24, 2012

Okinawan Languages - Myakufutsu, the language of Miyako Island

jts-logo.jpg Do you know about the languages of Okinawa? Check out this article for some interesting information about the different languages of Okinawa, which are different both from Japanese and from each other. We’ll be going to Miyako Island this October to check out their unique kind of Okinawan on the Naka’s Travel Hawaii United Okinawa Association Study Tour and Okinawa Naha Matsuri Tour from October 4th - October 15th 2012

We’ll also be visiting Ikema Island, which has a unique dialect all its own, even though it is just across the bridge from Miyako Island!