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What's Happening Now-Open Topics
12-30-2010, 06:09 AM (This post was last modified: 12-30-2010 06:13 AM by WonderinginWaikiki.)
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What's Happening Now-Open Topics
Something that is having an effect on visitors right now and making the news here is the large numbers of tourists that are getting stung by the Box Jellyfish. It's not usually a big problem here but every few months, we get a lot of them. The last time,maybe back in July, we had them for six days straight and many people had to be transported to the local hospitals here. Six days in a roll was a new state record.
This week has been one of those weeks. You can not walk down the beach here in Waikiki without zig zagging through them. Many tourists simply don't know that they are there until it is too late. We get a lot of people that like to go into the water late at night after partying all night and then gets jumped by these Box Jellyfish and then suddenly can't breathe.
The sting from these things are painful from what I understand and I've been lucky so far(knock on wood). They appear about 9-12 after a full moon and not every month either. Sometimes it still happens but on another part of the island.
I have a friend that will be posting his own Box Jellyfish Chart under the Weather section of this forum and will be telling you about the science behind the Box Jellyfish and what to do. This will be a very healthy thread and one you should read if you know that you will be traveling here during those periods.
The best thing to do if you have never been stung by one before is to go straight to the nearest lifeguard stand and they can render First Aid and they also have radio communications with EMS/Fire/Rescue if needed. Days like the last three,you may have needed emergency help even if you are use to the sting of these creatures. I have a couple of pictures of them that I can edit in here to this thread after I find it among the thousands of pictures that I have.
Other news, an all out ban against Fireworks begins on January 2nd,2011. All venders must sell all their stock according to the new law.
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04-23-2011, 02:42 PM
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That's scary.I have heard that Box jelly fish are especially painful! I really hope it isn't a problem when we come in July. We will be arriving July 18th, and I looked at the calendar, and looks like we might have to be real careful in the middle of our trip Sad
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04-23-2011, 08:49 PM
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Yes, looks like on July 18, there shouldn't be any jellyfish yet, but around the 24th, they could arrive on the beaches. But I have seen jellyfish even on days when they weren't supposed to be there. Whenever lifeguards spot jellyfish, they put the signs out. So just keep an eye out for them. Here's a link to the calendar.
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04-24-2011, 06:04 AM
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Thank yo so much kaniamea! I'll put that link in my phone
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04-24-2011, 12:41 PM
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Last week, I called Enid Brewster and wished her Happy Birthday. She had just turned 69 years old or young that is,lol. It was then that she told me that she is planning another trip to come here to Hawaii. Maybe around September if all goes well.
Then she called me yesterday to tell me about her adventurous week. She lives in Ohio and they had a really bad thunderstorm with tornado watches and warnings. Then a bolt of lightning struck the front of her house, went through the wall and fried everything in it's path including her TV.. It toasted her Road Runner router box,the power cord to her new laptop,and then fried her cordless phone. She had to get her old phone out to call for help from her family.
Apparently,you can see where the lightning had traveled behind the wall in the living room and her concern was whether the lightning had started any fires within the wall itself. As it turns out,she had everything plugged into a surge protector bar and it did it's job for the most part. It prevented a fire and did it's best against the lightning strike. The main thing is that she is safe.
The next day, she went to get out of her living room chair and something awful happen to her foot as she was standing up and she fell down. She had to call for help and an ambulance arrived and took her to the hospital. They thought that her foot was broken. As it turns out after x-rays, that she blew out the tendons in her foot.
After she got out of the hospital a day later and was taken home,more bad news was discovered. That her heater for her house wasn't working. Apparently, during the same fierce storm, leaves got sucked into the air transfer box and a safety switch had cut off the furnace to prevent fire and more damage. Plus the lightning had tripped the thermostat also and needed to be reprogrammed and reset.
Then her daughter and family surprised her with a new 32" flat screen Digital LCD TV with HD. She just loves the picture quality and this is a bigger tv screen than her last.
I am telling you guys this because Enid can't but I'll get to that in a minute. I have known Enid and her late husband, Ken for many,many years. We have built an online relationship that has lasted over ten years. A relationship from an online forum just like this one. She flew over here last December and spent time with me and my family. This was the very first time that we met.
I took her,her son,Todd and daughter-in-law to Dog the Bounty Hunter's office off of Queen Emma Street to buy souvenirs. I then took them to the beach in Kahala where we saw a rainbow and took pictures. I went with her to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Run on Kalakaua Avenue where we saw over 10,000 motorcycles and it lasted several hours. I had several friends that were a part of the Toys for Tots Run and many of them gave my kids candy as they went by. It's hard to believe that we have so many motorcycles on this island and is the only Toys for Tots run that rivals the Toys for Tots Run in Washington,DC.
Now, a little background on Enid. She use to live here in Waikiki in 1963 when her husband Ken was stationed here. It was a very fun time to live in Hawaii. The Vietnam war was going on and many entertainers such as Don Ho stepped up to the plate for our troops. They did USO shows here with Bob Hope and many other stars. They lived on Lewers Street near Kuhio and that was a booming area for troops similar as it is now. It was a wonderful time to live in Honolulu. It was before all these monster hotels were put in and was full of beautiful gardens for all to see.
She knew Don Ho and his entire band and saw him almost every night. Back in those days,there was a ballroom where the International Market Place is now located. In fact, the bar is still there with only half of it being used today. The bar that sits there now is called Lave Rocks. It's the sports bar with a set of stairs that goes go next to Hank's Hot Dogs.
Waikiki was so different then. They had Big Bands to Elvis Presley. Rock and Roll to the sweet sounds of local Hawaiian music. In fact,the ballroom that I mentioned above had an owner that refused to ID soldiers in the belief that if soldiers can die in combat, then they were old enough to drink and it should still be that way today. The owner was very upfront and open about his policy and HPD left him alone.
Enid,like many seniors her age, are a wonderful source of facts and history of Waikiki and Hawaii. History books can state certain facts of an era but they just can't fill you in on the tone and mindset of that era.
So it was sad when her husband passed away a few years back. Then she was diagnosed with Cancer and has been undergoing treatments for that. Because of cancer treatments,she almost didn't make it here to Hawaii last year. She is trying to plan another trip here later this year and I'm really hoping that she makes it back. Her treatments are basically just buying her time. Neither one of us think that there will be a cure for it but she is taking a new medication that appears to be working but it has some side effects. That is why I am typing this for her. She can't seem to type with her fingers because she really can't feel them. The same with her feet. She has to look and make sure that her feet are flat on the ground before getting up.
She comes to this forum everyday and reads what we post here. Her son, Todd,has this page on her computer up all the time so that she doesn't have to pluck at the keys a whole lot. If you notice,she still has one or two dozen posts here still. Even though she lives alone, she still manages handles herself very well and has adapted to every situation.
I call her every month but not every week. She calls me every month too, so we do keep in touch very well. Sometimes we talk right after she leaves her doctor's office because there has been a setback and maybe afraid to talk to her family about it or looking for the right things to say. That is what dear friends are for. Yes,sometimes it can be very tearful for both of us but we all must keep putting our best foot forward. One day at a time but still moving forward.
So you can leave messages here for her or ask her any questions about Hawaii and what it was like here then. It's a rare opportunity to talk to someone that has been coming here to Hawaii since the 1960's until present day. To have walked in her shoes and seen all the changes to Waikiki as they had happen. To see the hotel building boom in the mid 1970's until now. All the different shows,luau's and tours that hasn't existed for years now.
If all goes well,she will be here around September. She hates the cold weather from back east but still needs to continue her cancer treatments. She is so sweet but yet so tough at the same time. She will read this, laugh and cry at the same time but really,she values her friendships with everyone on here. She refuses something like cancer from stopping her from loving Hawaii or coming here. So the next time you are on vacation here in Hawaii and you see a senior citizen, you will always wonder how long that they've been coming here and what it was like then.
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04-26-2011, 07:46 PM (This post was last modified: 04-26-2011 07:47 PM by kaniamea.)
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Thanks for sharing Enid's story. That sounds like a pretty "adventurous" week she had. I know lightning can be scary. One time when I was in my teenage years, we did a school trip to Italy. We were walking through a neighborhood in Florence when suddenly a thunderstorm appeared out of nowhere. It wasn't raining, maybe just a few sprinkles. So as we were walking, we suddenly heard a loud Bang right above us. As we looked up, we saw that the lightning struck the satellite dish that was mounted on the side of the house. We basically walked right under this satellite dish (it was about 6 feet above our heads) when the lightning fried it. It was completely black after that (before that it was white). That was a scary experience. So I can imagine how this experience must have been like for Enid. I'm sure it's a lot worse if it happens right at home and damages your equipment.

I would love to know how Waikiki was like in the 1960s. Often times when walking through Waikiki I have wondered how this neighborhood must have looked like before all the hotels were built. I've borrowed books from the library and researched old pictures online. But it's much more interesting to listen to stories from someone who has actually lived there during this time. Thanks for sharing some interesting facts.

Having cancer must be very tough. One of my hobbies is reading health books. In some of them it is mentioned that cancer can't easily survive in an alkaline body. Enid, have you tried alkalizing your body by drinking alkaline water and eating alkaline foods? Standard medications can be taken but I think trying natural remedies in addition can't hurt. Based on your experience I can tell that you're a very strong women and I wish you to feel better soon.
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04-27-2011, 04:56 AM
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Thank you so much for sharing Enid's story. I loved it so much! She is a very inspirational woman! I actually have a very dear friend, who I met online about 12 years ago. (actually my mom met her first and she sort of adopted me, I call her Granny) Granny is from Ohio as well. And she told me all about the horrible storm that happened there. She is a flight attendant and was staying in a hotel, and the hotel was ripped up from one end to the other. She even shared a picture on Facebook. It looked like a terrible storm.
I have always tried to imagine what Waikiki was like in the 60's. I have a movie that I watch all the time. My poor husband has to endure it on a daily basis. The movie is called "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" and it was filmed in the 60's. It's gotten to the point where I watch the movie, just to look at everything around the actors. They stay at the Royal Hawaiian, which I'd absolutely love to stay there someday... My Uncle Charlie went to Veitnam and was stationed in Hawaii. Though he says he has spent more time in Kauai. It's sad, our family doesn't talk to him much anymore (family issues??) But I would give anything to hear some of the things he has seen, and what Waikiki was like. My Aunt stayed at the Royal Hawaiian in the 60's, but she passed away in 1990, I was 10 at the time so I never really got tot talk to her about it. I wonder if Enid was there when they filmed any of the movies? I know that Elvis made some movies there, but I have heard they filmed them on other islands.
I'm so sorry Enid that you have to go through having cancer. It's such a terrible disease. I too have had cancer, cervical cancer which wasn't really life threatening because I caught it really quick. But having it has caused me to have a very difficult time having baby's ;( If you don't mind me asking, what kind of cancer do you have? My grandma has lung cancer, she lives in Las Vegas which is about a 7 hour drive from where I live. I am planning to go and see her soon. I really wish I was closer so I could take care of her. I don't know if you know this Enid, but I am studying to be a Nurse. I have such a passion to help and comfort people. I always wanted to be a teacher, but my grandpa became very ill. I helped my mom take care of him. And one day he hugged me and said, you are so amazing, you should be a Nurse! I was 19 at the time, and thought, No Way Nursing sounds scary. But through my 20's I found more rewarding, and not scary. Anyways, feel better, you sound like a very courageous, strong woman.
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04-27-2011, 03:02 PM (This post was last modified: 04-27-2011 03:06 PM by WonderinginWaikiki.)
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One of the more interesting things that I've discovered about Waikiki is that behind Duke's Statue, under all that sand is a parking lot. There use to be a restaurant and a boat house there before they constructed the statue and put it in facing the wrong direction. I joke around about this fact but it seems that the locals don't seem to care what direction it faces. Yes,the statue represents Duke's accomplishments as a humanitarian and a Olympic Gold medalist by it strongly represents a focal point of the will and nature of the Hawaiian culture in ocean-based sports. The reason behind Duke's statue facing with his back to the ocean was in fact,all about tourism and what people would see after taking his picture and going back home with it. A picture of the ocean and not of a bunch of buildings. So, in this case,the buildings represent a form of progress that not everyone believes in.
Today, we are hearing commercials on the radio for a push to open one single casino here in Waikiki and the only one in Hawaii. They are saying that this will pump in $100 million dollars into the state budget without raising taxes but we all know what politicians will do with that money,they will blow it and next thing we know,we'll have casinos at every corner like ABC Stores. These casinos will forever change the landscape of Hawaii instead of doing what really needs to be done. That is tear down some of these buildings and bring back the old Hawaii that many of the locals remember. I am somewhat sad that I didn't have a childhood here in the islands. I often wonder what it would have been like?
My personal view is that they should have either Powerball or Mega Millions lottery here and maybe offshore gambling on cruise ships. It could be a case where the state of Hawaii wants more control of the money but I still don't think it would benefit the Hawaii people at all.
The local Hawaiian people are very much like the native American Indians and are losing the battle for their homestead rights and their Hawaiian lands. I hear what the locals say and how it was taken away from them. That most of the homeless populations here in the islands are a direct effect of those rights that were taken away. Now they are treated as trespassers of their own lands and thrown into the system as common criminals but yet we see whole families living on the beaches here and both parents working two jobs each but still can't afford to own a house or a farm.
Then you add the fact that many states on the mainland are providing their homeless and criminals with one-way plane tickets to Hawaii as was found recently after a robbery attempt of a parking attendant at the Waikiki Marriott.
So,ok, I think we can all find things wrong if we look for them. It was once said that if you set out each day to find a penny,that you will find one and that is very true. You can,in fact,find more than one.
I love Hawaii no matter what is going on. Hawaii is still far better than the life that I am use to on the mainland. Here, I know in a time of need,my neighbors will help me if I needed it and I would do the same for them and I have.
During last years tsunami,we had a local Hawaiian couple stay with us because they lived on the ground floor of the building behind us. They had food and we had shelter, it was a perfect match and we actually had a lot of fun. My wife cooked up a storm and we had a party.
This year, we had a different guest, a surf instructor, who has since moved to Japan as a relief worker with an NGO. The ties between the locals here and the Japanese is so strong. Many of them didn't think twice about the radiation from the power plants there,they only know that the Japanese need our help. I have seen more local fundraising events here than we ever saw for the tsunami in 2004.
So, I have put forward a bunch of topics to leave comments about here. I want to keep this thread open to whatever any member would like to discuss. Enid is a great person to blog about. She has had the unique opportunity to see the old Hawaii vs the new.
By the way, if you ever had the opportunity to talk to Enid directly, it's not all about cancer and her treatments, it's all about coming back to Hawaii and the history of Hawaii. Enid is on a new drug that sounded horrible in the beginning but appears to be working. No guarantees that it's a cure but about making her feel better and allowing her to come back to Hawaii. I think that is what's important to her. Like I said,she reads this forum almost daily. Her fingers don't work so good for typing but you still see her do posts here and there. She is loved by everyone that has ever talked to her online. I like the fact that everyone is saying aloha to her and trust me,she just loves that. Keep it up and I'll keep you guys up to speed.
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04-28-2011, 06:08 AM
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That would be terrible, please please no casinos!!!!! That would change everything that Hawaii is about! I think it would be disrespectful to the Hawaiian culture. I have read many books on the history of Hawaii, and being an American, I'm very saddened. I can't believe some of the things the Hawaiians had to endure. I feel like I kind of know how they feel, some what. My Grandpa is full blooded Native American Indian. Which makes me only a quarter, but its in my blood. Some of the things that happened on my grandfathers side is disgusting. His family was torn apart and separated, and forced to live with white people. It makes me sad that people can't just be respectful of other peoples cultures, and let them be, why force change???

Aloha Enid, I hope you're having a lovely day Smile
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04-29-2011, 09:32 AM
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Aloha and good morning Enid. I hope you are getting a break from these deadly storms. The TV footage is just heartbreaking and over 300 souls lost. Most were saved by jumping into their bathtubs with only a couple seconds to spare.
I hope you are feeling better and your foot is mending. I know you can get a little emotional about your love for Hawaii. Hawaii for you is only four months away. You will be getting on that plane soon and we'll get together again.

Aloha Hawaiianbinky,
Yes,I hear many stories like those. We usually go to both Pow Wows every year but we haven't since we moved to Hawaii.; I understand that we get Pow Wows here in Hawaii also but haven't heard when though.
My late grandmother used to talk about the "Trail of Tears" and how her family was affected when she was growing up before she married my grandfather. There's a lot of history there with our family. I,myself,still maintain my tribal membership.
On another front, I understand that you are much closer to finalizing your Hawaii travel plans. You must be getting excited at the prospect of another Hawaii vacation after such a long break from Hawaii. I can tell you that the weather is wonderful and couldn't get much better than this.
The local news here has been informing us that hurricane season starts on June 1st and to check our disaster preparedness kits and make sure everything is stocked and up to date. We didn't have any hurricanes at all last year but many close calls the year before. I feel that people here seem to understand the importance of being prepared here more than when I lived on the mainland. So that seems to put me more at ease even though we still need to get a few items before we can say we are ready. They even have a few programs on the local channels here about the subject and the many different ways to be prepared such as "shelter in place" or having "go bags or kits". So I like the TV programming here in Hawaii. You never seem to get this stuff on TV on the mainland until a disaster has happen and that is unfortunate.
Some friends of mine has been talking about going Wind Tunnel Surfing here and it sounds like a lot of fun. It's on the other side of the island and they are suppose to call and get more details. I'll post more about this as my friends go and do this.
I hope you are having a good day and I will be back later tonight. See you later.
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