Hawaii 2006
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IBM APRE 2005 Event
03 Apr 2006
Check-in Sheraton Waikiki and cocktail reception

04 Apr 2006
Surfing lessons at Cockroach Bay

05 Apr 2006
ATV (All Terrain Vechicle) session at Kualoa Ranch
    - Into the valleys of the Kualoa Ranch where Jurrasic Park was flimed
    - We were all ready to rev up the ATV when they told us that "This is NOT an extreme sport .. sigh


Hawaii Trip
06 Apr 2006 0800 Check-out Sheraton Waikiki
0930 Meetup with Sock at Honolulu (NHL)
1200 InterIsland Flight Honolulu -> Maui (OGG)
1400 Self-drive Airport to Kanaapali

1600 Check-in Kanaapali Beach Hotel
    - Sunset along Kanaapali beach
    - Greeted with a Rainbow at Whaler's Village
    - Dinner at Rusty Harpoon - Crab stuffed shrimps & BBQ Ribs

07 Apr 2006
Sunrise downhill riding at Haleakala (House of the Sun)
    - 0245 pickup for Sunrise downhill cycling tour with Maui Mountain Riders
    - Safety video and van ride up to the summit
    - Waitng at 10,000 ft elevation, freezing temp, strong wind chills ... COLD !!
    - Finally, the perfect sunrise at 0607 ... AWESOME !!

    - Let's get rocking ... downhill riding, dropping 10,000 ft over 38 miles through countless hairpin turns among the clouds ... you got to experience this !

    - Breakfast Pitstop - burritos and hot coffee (Really good and large burritos with scrambled eggs, salsa, guacamole, bacons and other good stuff)

    - Uncle Russ and Alex from Maui Mountain Riders (Safe, reliable, definitely knows what they are doing and fun... highly recommeded)


Whalewatch with Pacific Whale Foundation
    - season is slowing already in Early April
    - spotted a mother and calf, a male trying to join the group
    - we were so lucky to witness the calf breaching the water 4 times

Dinner at Maui Brewing Company
08 Apr 2006 Diving at Lanai and Maui
    0645 Check-in with Extended Horizons for 2 dives at Lanai and Maui

    Dive 1: Monolith & Never Never Land, Lanai
        - Single monolith structure with lots of endepmic toby, angelsfishes & wrasses

    Dive 2: Cathagina Wreck, Maui
        - Literally brand new wreck sank by the submarine company in 2005.
        - Kind of funny that the submarine was circling the wreck taking photos of divers on the wreck and we divers were posing for submarine photos when it passes by

    * Extended Horizons follows PADI dive tables strictly if you do not own a computer. So if you want to get any reasonable bottom time, you will need to bring or rent one.

CheeseBurger in paraside (Lahania)
    - Angus beef burgers with everything in bacon, cheddar, mushroom, swiss cheese, guacamole, onions and tomatoes

Laua at Hyatt Maui - Drums of the Pacific
    - Fanfare opening with torch lighting ritual and un-earthing of the kuala pig
    - The kuala pig is cooked by stuffing heated river stone and burying it in the underground oven (imu)
    - Kuala pork is shredded and taste really juicy and good
    - Lomi lomi slamon salad, Ahi Poke, Poi (yam paste staple of hawaiian)
    - The show potrays the 7 different polynesian culture ...  Hula dance, Spear dance, Haka war dance, Fire dance was impressive

09 Apr 2006 Breakfast at Tiki Cafe at Kanaapali Beach Hotel

Iao Valley State Park
    - Iao Needle, 1200ft rock pinnicale
    - historical site where battle between Kamehameha I and the maui warriors
    - Drive through old Wailuku town, Kahului

1400 Flight to Big Island
1435 Touchdown Kona, Big Island
    - Weird first impression of big island, open-air airport built on top of 1970? lava flow

Check-in to Hawaiian Oasis Bed & Breakfast
    - very private and pretty B&B, 4 units only set in a tropical oasis literally
    - the owners are going to convert it to a luxury vactional rental soon. So, if you want to rent the place, probably needs about 15 people to share all 4 units

Dinner at Kona Brewing Company
    - Liliko pale ale (local passion fruit)
    - Great pizza
10 Apr 2006 Volcano tour with Hawaii Forest & Trails
    - Saddle Road between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea
    - Breakfast at 5000 ft with Mauna Loa as backdrop (never regreted bring all my warn clothings to hawaii)
    - Feels like Mars when travelling among all these lava scapes and misty clouds
    - drive through Hilo to the Volcano National Park
    - Volcano National park Vistor's Center
    - First view of the caldera from the Volvano house (hotel)
    - Halemauman Overlook
    - Jaggar museum (live seismograph feeds and great view of Mauna Loa)
    - Chains of crater Road
    - Short hike to view the active lava flows to the sea (cannot get much closer since the November 2005, 44 hectares collapase )
    - Thurston's lava tube
    - Long drive back to Kona, glad i am not driving after such a long day ... zzz
11 Apr 2006
Diving the Big Island , Red Hill
    Kona Honu Divers, great boat "Honu One", great crew, great diving !!
    There were 18 divers on-board, but the crew were extremely systematic and orgnaized that you don't feel the crowd at all. Guide to diver ratio is 1:6
    Recommended !!

    0800 Check-in at Honokohua Harbour
    Dive 1: Long Lava tubes,  Red Hill
        - swim throughs in 80ft long underwater lava tubes with a few skylights

    Dive 2: Henry's Cave
        - quite a large cave with a resident whitetip reef shark

Dinner at Manago Hotel & Restaurant
    - still retains its 1917 feel, rustic and full of character
    - old pictures of the original 1917 building all over the walls
    - antique kendo sets displayed there (belonging to the 1st generation of Manago? )

    - great atmosphere, great home cooked style food, most reasonable pricing
    - pork chops and new york steak with side dishes of tofu, japanese seaweed salad,  mashed potatos and rice

12 Apr 2006
0800 Breakfast at Hawaii Oasis
    - Bacon crossiont with brie, maui pineapples, fried egg  .. yummy

Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (Place of Refuge)
    - Burial grounds of the 23 chiefs, scared and royal grounds
    - pahoehoe lava flow forming tide pools (south of the national parks)
    - green turtles basking and feeding at the beaches and tide pools

Bong Brothers
    - Old store along the highway serving up
    - football size avocado

Manta Night Dive with Kona Honu Divers
    - Dive 1: Orientation dive Keahole Bay, Garden Eel
    - Dive 2: Manta Maddess
        - 11 mantas decided to join in the party tonight
        - close encounters with manta like you never experience it before
     
13 Apr 2006 0800 Breakfast at Hawaii Oasis
    - fresh blueberry waffles, portugese sausages, pineapples, papaya
    - avocado from Bong Brothers

Holualoa Coffee Company
    - self-guide coffee farm tour
  
Kahaluu beach
    - Green turtle ( more people than turtles)

1400 Flight to Oahu

1700 Check-in Waikiki Hyatt Regency
    - Sunset Cocktails at Hyatt Regency Club
    - A bit of shopping along wakikiki
14 Apr 2006
Oahu Island self-drive
    - Exploring the famous North Shore beaches
    - Banzai Pipeline - 45 degree beach slopes, power rip currents, 5 ft surfs when it is gentle, imagine the winter months !
    - Surfing at Haleiwai Alii Beach Park

    - Giovanni Shrimp Truck along the freeway
        - shrimps scampi, 12 shrimps and 2 rice ball for $12

    - Cattle Ranch, Molokii Island view

Dinner at Cheesecake Factory

15 Apr 2006
Breakfast and view of surfers on waikiki from the hotel lanai (balcony)

1015 Check-out, airport transfer
1250 Flight to Narita -> Singapore
17 Apr 2006
0130 Touchdown Singapore

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3 Apr to 6 Apr 2006
IBM APRE 2005 Event


6 Apr to 17 Apr 2006
Raymond,Sock Ling

    3 nights in Maui
    4 nights in Big Island
    2 nights in Oahu

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