Fall Pumpkin Picking, Island Style

Posted in Food & Dining on October 24th, 2008

Fall on Oahu bums me out a little. I grew up in New England, where right now people are wearing sweaters, the leaves are turning and roadside stands are selling fresh pressed apple cider in plastic jugs. Here, well… it’s eternal summer.

But this weekend, Aloun Farms in Kapolei will save me from my fall ennui with the pick-your-own Pumpkin Patch Festival. They’ve got 100 acres of pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides and (just to make it island) a flyin’ Hawaiian pumpkin slingshot, rock climbing and ono fair foods like grilled corn on the cob—which is fresh off the farm, by the way—chili and shoyu chicken. I can’t express in words how much I love fair food.

Pumpkins are priced according to size. But don’t worry too much about your wallet—spending money at Aloun Farms is good for our local community because a lot of what’s grown there goes to local stores and open markets and keeps local farmers working. They also are accepting canned donations for Hawaii Food Bank, so think about cleaning out your pantry before heading over.

Fall really does bring me back to the old days. I wonder if they let grownups on the ponies?

The patch will be open to the public on Oct. 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. It’s $3 to park. For more info, visit alounfarms.com or call (808) 677-9516.


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Fall Pumpkin Picking, Island Style

Posted in Food & Dining on October 24th, 2008

Fall on Oahu bums me out a little. I grew up in New England, where right now people are wearing sweaters, the leaves are turning and roadside stands are selling fresh pressed apple cider in plastic jugs. Here, well… it’s eternal summer.

But this weekend, Aloun Farms in Kapolei will save me from my fall ennui with the pick-your-own Pumpkin Patch Festival. They’ve got 100 acres of pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides and (just to make it island) a flyin’ Hawaiian pumpkin slingshot, rock climbing and ono fair foods like grilled corn on the cob—which is fresh off the farm, by the way—chili and shoyu chicken. I can’t express in words how much I love fair food.

Pumpkins are priced according to size. But don’t worry too much about your wallet—spending money at Aloun Farms is good for our local community because a lot of what’s grown there goes to local stores and open markets and keeps local farmers working. They also are accepting canned donations for Hawaii Food Bank, so think about cleaning out your pantry before heading over.

Fall really does bring me back to the old days. I wonder if they let grownups on the ponies?

The patch will be open to the public on Oct. 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. It’s $3 to park. For more info, visit alounfarms.com or call (808) 677-9516.


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Hidden Surf Oasis On The Big Island

Posted in Surfing on October 13th, 2008

Hawaii is known world round for it’s modest weather, aloha spirit and epic surf. Many surfers think of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui as a great place to visit and catch some sets. There’s no doubt that each of these islands hold their own when it comes to surfing, but there is another fun and welcoming place to paddle out on the Big Island’s east-side.

Isaac Hale Beach Park is known to locals as Pohoiki and is located at the edge of Pohoiki Bay, in the Puna district of the Big Island. A place once notorious for a rough crowd and unfriendly surf scene, has blossomed into a great family beach park built for the people.

You won’t find a white sand beach along this volcanic reef edging the bay, but you will find 9 breaks to choose from. The waves continue year-round, and though sometimes small, You can drop-in almost every day of the year. When the swell hits look out! Experts only at this point. You’ll find a spot to surf no matter what your skill level is. Beginners go to First Bay and hard-core surfers love Bowls on a good day.

The boat ramp is full of laughing children and families who are occasionally removed for a boat coming or going. There is a mini pool to the side of the boat dock that has a rock wall barrier, ideal for the babies. There is also a small hot pond nestled in the trees.

You’ll find most the amenities you need in the newly built park. There are new restrooms, several showers, and a nice camping lawn. Permit is required to camp. The street, once lined with tarp houses and beer cans, is now a smooth sidewalk traveled by loads of skate boarders. The weekends bring food and ice cream vendors. This is “The” spot to kickback, catch some waves or BBQ some grinds.

There are a few things to remember when visiting Pohoiki. As with any place in Hawaii, please respect the people and the land. Drive slow, there are a lot of children skating in the road. Throw your rubbish and recycling in the bins, and most of all, play hard and enjoy your stay!

Surf Shots Pohoiki

Links:
Pohoiki Surf Forecast
http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Pohoiki.shtml
Isaac Hale (Pohoiki), Beach Park, Puna
http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/parks/isaachale.htm


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Hidden Surf Oasis On The Big Island

Posted in Surfing on October 13th, 2008

Hawaii is known world round for it’s modest weather, aloha spirit and epic surf. Many surfers think of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui as a great place to visit and catch some sets. There’s no doubt that each of these islands hold their own when it comes to surfing, but there is another fun and welcoming place to paddle out on the Big Island’s east-side.

Isaac Hale Beach Park is known to locals as Pohoiki and is located at the edge of Pohoiki Bay, in the Puna district of the Big Island. A place once notorious for a rough crowd and unfriendly surf scene, has blossomed into a great family beach park built for the people.

You won’t find a white sand beach along this volcanic reef edging the bay, but you will find 9 breaks to choose from. The waves continue year-round, and though sometimes small, You can drop-in almost every day of the year. When the swell hits look out! Experts only at this point. You’ll find a spot to surf no matter what your skill level is. Beginners go to First Bay and hard-core surfers love Bowls on a good day.

The boat ramp is full of laughing children and families who are occasionally removed for a boat coming or going. There is a mini pool to the side of the boat dock that has a rock wall barrier, ideal for the babies. There is also a small hot pond nestled in the trees.

You’ll find most the amenities you need in the newly built park. There are new restrooms, several showers, and a nice camping lawn. Permit is required to camp. The street, once lined with tarp houses and beer cans, is now a smooth sidewalk traveled by loads of skate boarders. The weekends bring food and ice cream vendors. This is “The” spot to kickback, catch some waves or BBQ some grinds.

There are a few things to remember when visiting Pohoiki. As with any place in Hawaii, please respect the people and the land. Drive slow, there are a lot of children skating in the road. Throw your rubbish and recycling in the bins, and most of all, play hard and enjoy your stay!

Surf Shots Pohoiki

Links:
Pohoiki Surf Forecast
http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Pohoiki.shtml
Isaac Hale (Pohoiki), Beach Park, Puna
http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/parks/isaachale.htm


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Hidden Surf Oasis On The Big Island

Posted in Surfing on October 13th, 2008

Hawaii is known world round for it’s modest weather, aloha spirit and epic surf. Many surfers think of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui as a great place to visit and catch some sets. There’s no doubt that each of these islands hold their own when it comes to surfing, but there is another fun and welcoming place to paddle out on the Big Island’s east-side.

Isaac Hale Beach Park is known to locals as Pohoiki and is located at the edge of Pohoiki Bay, in the Puna district of the Big Island. A place once notorious for a rough crowd and unfriendly surf scene, has blossomed into a great family beach park built for the people.

You won’t find a white sand beach along this volcanic reef edging the bay, but you will find 9 breaks to choose from. The waves continue year-round, and though sometimes small, You can drop-in almost every day of the year. When the swell hits look out! Experts only at this point. You’ll find a spot to surf no matter what your skill level is. Beginners go to First Bay and hard-core surfers love Bowls on a good day.

The boat ramp is full of laughing children and families who are occasionally removed for a boat coming or going. There is a mini pool to the side of the boat dock that has a rock wall barrier, ideal for the babies. There is also a small hot pond nestled in the trees.

You’ll find most the amenities you need in the newly built park. There are new restrooms, several showers, and a nice camping lawn. Permit is required to camp. The street, once lined with tarp houses and beer cans, is now a smooth sidewalk traveled by loads of skate boarders. The weekends bring food and ice cream vendors. This is “The” spot to kickback, catch some waves or BBQ some grinds.

There are a few things to remember when visiting Pohoiki. As with any place in Hawaii, please respect the people and the land. Drive slow, there are a lot of children skating in the road. Throw your rubbish and recycling in the bins, and most of all, play hard and enjoy your stay!

Surf Shots Pohoiki

Links:
Pohoiki Surf Forecast
http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Pohoiki.shtml
Isaac Hale (Pohoiki), Beach Park, Puna
http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/parks/isaachale.htm


read the full article »
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