Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Waikiki Gateway Hotel Special Discount Package

Make your dreams come true with a fabulous value in Waikiki!
$449 + tax (original price $1023)

Experience a warm welcoming “Aloha” at the Waikiki Gateway Hotel all for just $449.

Included in this deal:

  • A Five-Night Stay for Two in a Partial Ocean-View Room
  • Daily American Breakfast for Two (value at $14 a day)
  • Free Parking and Internet Access (value at $19 a day)

The Waikiki Gateway’s prime location is at the entrance to the fashionable Kalakaua Avenue, where you will enjoy easy access to some of the best shops, restaurants and entertainment the island has to offer. Waikiki Beach is just a 5 minute walk. No matter where the surf takes you, you can bask in the islands sunshine. Test the waters at Lanikai Beach which Trip Advisor will tell you is “even more beautiful and breathtaking than any camera can capture.” Rejuvenate in Hawaii’s crystal clear waters, powder soft sand, along with the quintessential value of the Waikiki Gateway Hotel.

“Consistently a great value. Overall product is a perfect combo of location/price/accommodation.”

-Trip Advisor

Contact Naka’s Travel Service to book this special package now!

Reservations are required and subject to availability • Not valid on existing reservations • Blackout dates apply • Normal cancellation policies apply • Airfare is not included in this promotion; guests are required to obtain their own transportation • Other conditions apply • Promotional value expires on December 6, 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hawaii’s Duke and Father of Surfing Remembered with 10th Oceanfest

Celebrate the birthday of Hawaii’s “Father of Surfing,” Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, in true Waikiki Beachboy style with the 10th Annual Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation’s Oceanfest, August 24 – 28, 2011! Participate in or simply enjoy watching a host of ocean sports including longboard surfing, surf polo, swimming, stand up paddling and paddleboarding all along Waikiki Beach. The Oceanfest culminates with a lei draping ceremony of over 500 feet of lei on Duke’s statue.

Proceeds from the week of events provide scholarships for Hawaii’s scholar-athletes and charitable organizations throughout Hawaii. Duke Kahanamoku had a long and distinguished list of athletic achievements, including Olympic gold medals and world swimming records that stand tall and proud in the annals of sports history. Moreover, the Duke may be more well known as Hawaii’s ambassador of aloha and father of international surfing.

The events are free to attend, with food booths and entertainment.

For more information, please visit: www.DukeFoundation.org

Friday, May 27, 2011

2011 Worldwide Uchinanchu Taikai Caravan Group


2011 Worldwide Uchinanchu Taikai Caravan

Governor Hirokazu Nakaima Comes To Hawaii !

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 , 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Place: Hawaii Okinawa Center, Legacy Ballroom

The 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Taikai Overseas Caravan group will be visiting Kenjinkais in Canada, New York, Los Angeles and their last stop: Honolulu!

If you are interested in participating in the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Taikai in October, please join us on Wednesday, June 8th at 7 p.m. The Caravan group will be ready to share information about the Taikai and will also show the DVD of the last Taikai that took place five years ago. It is their hope that their visit and sharing will create excitement and enthusiastic participation in the Taikai. With the talented and famous Daiichi Hirata in the midst of the Taikai Caravan group, we can expect an exciting “finale”! So, see y’all on June 8th !

Please contact us if you will be attending and if you will be traveling to the Taikai with the Naka’s Travel Service 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival Tour to Okinawa. If you are not connected with a tour group and are traveling independently, please call the Hawaii United Okinawa Association at 676-5400 or email huoa@huoa.org to let them know of your attendance.

Roster of Taikai Caravan Group:

  • Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, Okinawa Prefecture
  • Kiichiro Miyagi, Governor’s Secretary
  • Hidetoshi Chinen, Governor’s Interpreter
  • Daiichi Hirata, Director General, Dept. of Culture, Tourism & Sports
  • Tae Tengan, Deputy Taikai Chair
  • Yasuhiko Yogi, Chief of Taikai Participant Coordination Section
  • Matthew Anderson, Coordinator for International Relations

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Oahu, Hawaii: 41st Annual Ukulele Festival

Since 1971, Roy Sakuma and his sponsors have been keeping the ukulele alive and well by presenting the Annual Ukulele Festival every July at Kapiolani Park in the heart of Waikiki. The Ukulele Festival is a summer tradition attended and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. By far the largest of its kind in the world, the Ukulele Festival showcases ukulele artists from Hawaii and around the world and an ukulele band of over 800, mostly children. Feel the irresistible magic of the ukulele. Food booths, ukulele displays, ukulele giveaways and more - July 17, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Kapiolani Park Bandstand.

For more information, please visit the Ukulele Festival Hawaii website:


The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the cavaquinho or braguinha and the rajão, small guitar-like instruments brought to Hawaiʻi by Portuguese immigrants.

The name “ukulele” roughly translates as “jumping flea”, due to the action of one’s fingers playing the ukulele resembling a “jumping flea”. According to Queen Lili’uokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, the name means “the gift that came here”, from the Hawaiian words uku (gift or reward) and lele (to come).

Monday, February 14, 2011

Churasa in Hawaii


Don’t miss this exciting and lively performance! Churasa, a youth EISA group from Tomigusuku, Okinawa is coming to Hawaii to participate in the Honolulu Festival on March 12-13, 2011. During their brief stay in Hawaii, Churasa has asked if they can put on a special performance for Tomigusuku Sonjin Kai, displaying their musical talents, artful dances and skillful acrobatics. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this wonderful group that has won top awards from numerous EISA competitions in Okinawa and Japan. Tomigusuku welcomes you, your family, and friends to come out and enjoy this truly amazing group.

When: Friday, March 11, 2011, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Japanese Cultural Center - Manoa Grand Ballroom
Parking: $5.00 with validation
Admission: Free. Suggested donation of $5 to Churasa on perfomance day.
Dinner: $10. Pre-orders for a deluxe dinner bento (including a beverage) that can be enjoyed either during the show or during the post-show sit-down with the members of Churasa and club officers.

Any questions about this performance, please call Selina Higa at 433-0569 (day) or 677-3453 (eve), email: shiga010@hawaii.rr.com or selina.higa@va.gov; Charlene Oshiro at 392-8414; or Ann Yuuki at 440-9239 (day) or 373-3814 (eve).

If you wish to attend Churasa’s performance, please RSVP by completing the information below and include your check (no cash, please). Deadline is March 5, 2011. Thank you!

No. of people attending _____
No. of Bento(s) _____ x $10.00 = total $_______
Contact Name: _________________________________________
Address: _________________________________________
Telephone: _________________________________________

Mail to: Tomigusuku, c/o Kaneshiro, 98-466 Puaapiki St, Aiea HI 96701