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Aloha and welcome to my home: Hawaii!
I live in the district of Oahu known anciently as Ko/olauloa - the windward region of the long mountains. Geographically, my part of Oahu is the east-northeast side of the island.
Hawaii offers all sights, sounds, and memories of its famous landmarks, but don/t limit yourself to Waikiki. Take a day or two to visit the country and experience the real Hawaii.
Once outside of Honolulu proper, you/ll find stretches of beaches just as captivating as Waikiki Beach, but without the crowds. On a breezy day on the Windward side, the beach can even be a little cool - bring a light jacket.
All the beaches in Hawaii are free for the enjoyment of all, just exercise caution and courtesy when parking your vehicle.
Since fishing provided the main part of a Hawaiian/s diet, the local residents have adopted many styles besides the basic pole fishing. If you look carefully along the highway, you/ll be sure to spot dozens of long bamboo fishing poles propped unattended at the shore; bells on the poles signal the bite to the nearby fisherman. On a calm day, look for the orange free-dive flags in the water to find the spearfisher below. You may also catch a glimpse of someone throwing a net, or even an old-fashioned Hukilau, where everyone helps to pull in the fishing nets.
Rent a car or catch the bus around the island, and be sure to stop and chat with local residents where you can. Most are eager to share their culture with you, as long as you are willing to learn.
article published 7/17/2001