Hawaii Not To Miss and Fun Facts August 30, 2010Posted by Matt Long in Honolulu Information.
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Think you know a lot about the 50th State? Here are some fun facts and things to do in the Aloha State.
If you’re traveling to Hawaii, then you have to try a Puka Dog. According to their website, Puka means Hole in Hawaiian.
With a special recipe they bake a bun-sized loaf of bread. They then pierce a “puka” from one end and toast through most of the length of the bun. Next, they then pour in any of their unique Hawaiian secret recipe relishes and sauces or standard condiments.
Finally, they slide in a perfectly grilled, premium Polish type sausage made from a proprietary combination of prime meats manufactured to the highest quality standard.
The closest place to the conference hotel to enjoy one of these island culinary treats is an easy walk:
Waikiki Town Center
2301 Kuhio Avenue # 2
HONOLULU/ HAWAII 96815
How to Visit the U.S.S. Arizona
The USS Arizona Memorial is the final resting place for many of the battleship’s 1177 crew members who lost their lives on December 7, 1941.
Spanning nearly all of the Pacific Ocean, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument preserves and interprets the stories and key events in the Pacific Theater leading up to the U.S. entering World War II, its impacts on the mainland, through to the Peace Treaty in Tokyo Bay, Japan ending the war.
When visitors arrive, they are asked to pick up a timed ticket, which provides free admission to the memorial tour. Free tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the visitor center ticket desk. While waiting for the program to begin, many visitors tour the visitor center and its shoreline exhibits. Visitors may also take the time to purchase a ticket for our partner sites. These tickets are picked up at the same ticket booth.
For more information about the Memorial, including directions, please visit their site.
- The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island of Hawaii.
- Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.
- From east to west Hawaii is the widest state in the United States.
- Hawaii has its own time zone (Hawaiian Standard Time.) There is no daylight savings time.) The time runs two hours behind Pacific Standard Time and five hours behind Eastern Standard Time.
- Honolulu is the largest city in the world — at least it has the longest borders. According to the state constitution any island (or islet) not named as belonging to a county belongs to Honolulu. This makes all islands within the Hawaiian Archipelago, that stretch to Midway Island (1,500 miles northwest of Hawaii) part of Honolulu. Honolulu is about 1,500 miles long or more distance than halfway across the 48 contiguous states.
- Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the United States.
About the Sheraton Waikiki August 25, 2010Posted by Matt Long in Conference Highlights, Honolulu Information.
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Located on Oahu’s idyllic Waikiki Beach, the Sheraton Waikiki will serve as the gorgeous backdrop for the 51st Annual NASBLA Conference.
The Sheraton, which recently underwent a comprehensive makeover, is close to the beach, shopping and, of course, restaurants. Regardless of what you want to do in your free time, this location will afford you easy access.
If you’re curious about the hotel layout, here is a floor_plan of the hotel conference area, where our meetings will be held. Don’t worry though – you’ll receive a copy of this in your program as well.
Although the Sheraton has several world-class restaurants, you will definitely want to leave the property and sample some of the local fare. While there are far too many to name in the Waikiki Beach area, here are some recommendations.
Pearl’s Korean BBQ
2250 Kalakaua Ave 96815
Waikiki Noodle Shop, Fast Food and Japanese
2250 Kalakaua Ave
Cha-Cha-Cha 2 Waikiki
342 Seaside Ave
311 Lewers Street
The hotel is located at 2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 Phone: 808.922.4422
Honolulu is on Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is currently 6 hours behind EDT. So, if it is 10am in New York, then it is 4am in Honolulu.
The weather in Hawaii this time of year is fairly consistent with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the low 70s.