Some information about two companies in Hawaii

Your dapper

Your dapper is a company that sells menswear. At the moment they are only selling bow ties, but they plan to bring whole suits to the market as well. The founders of the company had a big interest in menswear and they wanted to create elegant and freaky clothing at the same time, so you don’t have to change between working and going out. They started their company last year. Their marketing idea is that fashion-confident people will wear the bow ties and their friends will like it and start to wear these crazy bow ties as well. The internet is the only place where you can buy your dapper menswear at the moment.

Hilo Hattie

Hilo Hattie is a retail store that sells clothing, food and souvenirs made in Hawaii. They also offer typical Hawaiian activities, not only for tourist but also for the local people. This year they celebrate their 50th anniversary. On Oahu and the outer islands, there are seven Hilo Hattie stores. In 1963 the very first Hilo Hattie store was opened by Jim Romig on a stretch of road between Lihue and Kapaa on the Island of Kauai. The sign out front read, “Kaluna Hawaii Sportswear”. The first store was the birth of an idea for a retail store that specialized in Made-in-Hawaii fashions and gifts. 1965 the first manufacturing center opened in Honolulu where the Ward Warehouse is today. It was called “Hawaiian Wear Unlimited.” At this time, the company began to sell Aloha shirts with one van and became known as home of the “$3.95 Aloha Shirt.”

 

 

 

We met at about 9:00 am in front of the Island Colony. And we drove with a van to the west coast of O’ahu. We were all very excited and hoping that we could see dolphins. After one hour we arrived at the harbor and the weather was beautiful. We took our snorkel equipment and all together we went to the boat. We drove into the open sea and from the very beginning we saw the first pod of dolphins there. The boat stopped and we jumped into the water, approx. 30 dolphins were under me, oh, what a feeling!!!

It was for me an unbelievable experience and it was great because I was sharing this moment with great people.

 

Aloha

Mama

A tour with uncle Kamaka.

Did you know how to build a ‘Ukulele or how Koa-wood smells?
In uncle Kamakas factory you can see every detail from the history of different ‘ukulele shapes, the hole producing progress and the biggest stack of Koa-wood I’ve ever seen.

Did you know that the pineapple ‘ukulele was copyright by a Kamaka? It was good until 1960!

In the 1930s a Kamaka ‘Ukulele cost 5 bucks, now they can get  $850 up to over $2000. One reason is the price of the Koa Wood and every Kamaka ‘Ukulele is made out of it.

Learn to play the ‘ukulele at
http://www.ukuleleplayalong.nl
With this site you can learn different songs with your ‘ukulele. They show you the different chords for every song on their song list. And the song list it’s quite extensive.

Yesterday we went to the west coast of Oahu to swim with the dolphins. It was a really great day and an unforgettable dolphin swim experience. It was combined with a snorkel adventure and whale watching too. It was the perfect day in the ocean. I swam with the dolphins with a big group of people. I got to get closer to the dolphins. I brought a waterproof camera, to take many pictures with them as well. It was one of the greatest times in my life! A dream came true.

Lara

The Swim of my life

Posted: February 14, 2014 in GVHawaiiOhana Stuff

Yesterday we went to the West Coast of Oahu for the amazing activity “swim with Dolphins”.  The Company who makes this activity picked us up at 9am and we drove to the harbor where the boat for our tour was waiting. First, we got our snorkel gear and some instructions and then we took our seats on the boat. After more instruction we drove to the sea. We drove more towards the North and stopped on a place near the coast where we saw a lot of whales. It was the first great experience on this day. We saw maybe seven whales.

After that we went away from the whales and drove to a place even more north. There we saw a dolphin family coming out of the water. We put on all our snorkel gear and dove in the water. It was one of the greatest times in my life! There were so many dolphins in the water that they were swimming under me and on the side of me.

Now, I will tell everybody: “Do this activity. It’s one of the best that you can do here in Hawaii.”

 

snorkel-man

     

The best Hot Dog in Honolulu

Posted: February 14, 2014 in GVHawaiiOhana Stuff

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There is my favorite Hot Dog shop which name is Hank’s Haute Dogs. The owner used to work as a French chef, then, he opened his own restaurants in the mainland. He came back to his hometown Hawaii and has started his hot dog shop. I often visit there as a field trip of my class or just on an individual basis. In my opinion, their menu is not so big compared to other local restaurants. Even though they have a small selection, the quality is excellent! Their hot dogs have a delicate flavor, so I don’t have to put any extra ketchup or mustard on it. They have a daily menu and on each day there is a special hot dog for that day. My favorite is “lobster sausage”, we can only order it on Friday and Saturday. The texture is super soft and the relish is mouthwateringly delicious. I recommend the lobster sausage with the Hawaiian Hibiscus Ice Tea. Please do not forget to order french fries, too with the curry ketchup sauce.

Go find your favorite HAUTE DOG!

 

My Hat lady

 

Location: 324 Coral Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808-532-4265

Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 4pm

             Fri. 10am – 7pm

            Sat. 11am – 7pm

            Sun. 11am – 4pm

 

The day started at 9 o’clock am in Waikiki. We drove with the DolphineTour–Taxi to the west coast. We started the snorkeling tour at eleven, and saw the first two whales a half hour later. We were so lucky, because the whales are not so easy to find every day.  After 100 Whale pictures we drove forward to the dolphin colony. It was Amazing! There were about 100 dolphins….!!  We jumped in the water and swam with a big dolphin family! We also drove to a reef and we could also do more snorkeling, this time not with dolphins but with turtles and other strange sea creatures! Overall, it was one of the greatest days I had here in Hawaii! A  fantastic tour with great people and great weather!🙂

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