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Kid's Adventures Hawaii
26 minutes | Apr 21, 2014
24 The Waters of Aulani, a Disney Resort
There are few valleys in this world that compare to Waikolohe Valley at Aulani! This week on Kid's Adventures Hawaii, we take a close look at the waters of Aulani!! Waikolohe Stream Waikolohe means "mischievous water" in the Hawaiian language-and with so many interactive and magical features, Waikolohe Valley truly lives up to its name. As you float down the stream, be ready for the unexpected! This is much more than a lazy river! There are animals carved in the rocks, manahune hiding on the sides, and mischievous menehune magic to throw you off course. Look out for the cavern as you float under Mount Pu'u Kilo! Waikolohe Pool This wonderful pool is located between Lagoon 1 (The beach) and Mount Pu'u Kilo with "Off The Hook Lounge" conveniently located at the end. Here you can enjoy a relaxing splash and swim that Goofy, Mickey, and other Disney vacationers will interrupt for a pool party somewhere around the mid-day hour (See you daily Ewa for details). The "Tupper Chairs" are located on the raised level here right next to Mount Pu'u Kilo by the pool. on the same level there is a terrific hot tub. This hot tub can get crowded though, as is is so close to the pool, and kids are allowed. As far as the "Tupper Chairs" are concerned, you are free to use them as long as we are not staying there. If we are booked...well good luck beating me up that early in the morning :-) Menehune Bridge This is a wonderful water playground, that includes deep Menehue magic! For guests 48" or shorter, adventures here abound! Slides, mischievous water, guns, and much more, imaginations will go crazy here as the children run and play. Hovering parents are not allowed on this structure, you will be kicked off. Don't worry Mom, you can watch from afar, or go enjoy you're own pool. On windy days, this water blowing around can get quite cool, and the crowds will clear out of here in search for warmer adventures. Hot Tubs I already mentioned one hot tub, over by "Off the Hook" lounge, but my favorite, and least crowded Hot Tub is located across the Waikoloe Stream from the Olelo Room. It is fun to sit in here, and watch the people float by on the Waikolohe Stream and relax. This hot tub seems hotter than the other ones as well. The garden Disney has planted around this hot tub is amazing as well, like your own private oasis! My second favorite hot tub (And most people's favorite hot tub) is the double tier "Adult Only" hot tub that overlooks lagoon one. I know
27 minutes | Apr 13, 2014
23 Dole Plantation on Oahu, What an Adventure!
This week on Kid's Adventures Hawaii, Heather Keller of www.storybookdestinations.com joins me at Dole Plantation on Oahu! There are 5 adventures I would like to highlight here: 1. The Pineapple Garden Maze! 2. The garden, and pineapple varieties 3. The Pineapple Express 4. Feed the fish 5. Dole Whip Dole's giant Pineapple Garden Maze was declared the world’s largest maze in 2008! This is a 3 acre maze, full of surprises! You need to find all 8 secret stations in order to conquer it! The fastest finishers win a prize and enter into the history of Dole Plantation, with their names recorded on a sign at the maze’s entrance. You can take a self-guided tour through the grounds that tell stories about pineapple, as well as other Hawaiian plants. This is fun and educational, my daughter just likes to explore the grounds and look at the beautiful plants. There are Wonderful photo opportunities here! The Pineapple Express is a 2 mile, fully narrated, twenty-minute train tour that is fun for the whole family. You’ll learn the story of pineapple in Hawaii, hear how James Drummond Dole founded his world-famous agricultural empire where Dole Plantation stands today, and travel through the stunning scenery of the island’s famous North Shore. At the end of the garden, between the Pineapple Express and the maze is the fish pond. The kids find it fascinating to watch the fish as they throw fish food into the water. The fish food is sold there for change right there by the water. Make no mistake, the star of the show, the Yummy in my Tummy, is the dole whip! Oh Man, this pineapple ice-cream is the star of Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and has a home right here on Oahu! While you are eating you're Dole Whip Yumminess, there are doves, chickens, and peacocks walking around the tables. they would obviously like a scrap, but the kids just LOVE this part of enjoying a Dole Whip! I hope you enjoy listening to this weeks show. Is there any fun stories, or other advice you have about Dole Plantation? You can email me at email@example.com or reach me on Twitter and Instagram at @dstupper.
41 minutes | Apr 7, 2014
22 Makapuu Tide Pools
This week on Kids Adventures Hawaii, my friend Jake from hawaii-vacation-fun.com comes on the show. You will enjoy listening to us, as we relax near the tide pools of Makapu'u on Oahu. This trail breaks away from Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail about half way up. When you come upon a large sign that describes humpback whales, you will see a trail leading down the side of the mountain behind it. Hike down the path all the way and you'll reach to the tide pools. Going down this hill can be challenging. It is very rocky and you need to take precaution on your journey down. Take it slow, and if going with children, help them watch their step. It is worth the time and effort though, this is an adventure that is worth the challenge. Take a first aid kit with you, as the lava rock is not forgiving. Be sure to wear great footwear, while flip-flops may be fine for the main Makapu'u trail, they will not serve you well. You need good traction, and for swimming in the tide pools, I would highly recommend reef shoes. Don't venture too close to the edge of the rocks near the ocean. The ocean is unpredictable. As you listen to this show, you will hear a wave splash near us, and we were a good 30 feet from the edge. Respect mother nature here! Its so worth it though, just a beautiful place to adventure! Tips: 1) Closed toe shoes, hiking boots, or just good traction shoes for the hike, reef shoes for the swim. 2) No super clear path down, take your time and look for the best warn path. 3) Coming back up is easier than going down, as there are arrows that point your way. 4) Take lots of pictures! This is such a beautiful adventure, you are sure to do it again and again! 5) Pack towels, and swimsuits. You will want to be dry and have a good change of clothes for the hike back out. 6) Sunscreen! This is one of the hottest, and driest parts of Oahu. Re-apply as needed as well, you don't want to ruin your day or week with a bad burn. I hope you enjoy listening to this weeks episode of Kid's Adventures Hawaii! Lets go on a vacation together!
24 minutes | Mar 31, 2014
21 Hiking Maunawilli Falls on Oahu
The whole Ohana will have a wonderful time while hiking Maunawilli Falls! When you think of hiking Hawaii, this trail delivers on all of your expectations! Maunawilli Falls Trail takes you along a river or creek in Kailua that ends at a gorgeous waterfall. This is also a terrific swimming hole, and provides opportunities to climb the sides of the falls, and jump in the pool. Swim at your own risk here, as the rocks can be rough, and the water can have bacteria from "Critters" upstream. This is a muddy hike! That being said, because there is so much rain in this area, the beauty is just breathtaking! Everything is so green and healthy, the colors, sights and sounds just pull on the imagination in every way! As we were hiking with the kids, we were pirates, mud warriors, bears, even chiefs of entire tropical nations! You will cross the stream a few times on the way back to the falls, these parts of the trail to me were the most beautiful! Also, just for sounds, to sit and listen to the stream was wonderful. We did doddle long, as everyone was looking forward to getting to the falls. Remember, its not about the destination, enjoy the journey! Many wonderful spots for adventurous family pictures! At one point you will start climbing some steps. At the top of this, your jaw will drop as you during in the views of the surrounding mountains, Kailua, and the ocean. Another perfect place for pictures! We also took a break here to get some water and a snack. This was a good call, as at the falls, there isn't allot of comfortable places to sit and have a snack with friends and family. Keep In Mind: 1, MUD! You will get muddy! Wear clothes you dont mind getting muddy in. 2, Shoes, wear hiking boots or solid shoes. Make sure its a pair you don't mind getting muddy. I don't know how many poor souls I seen out there barefoot because they tried to wear flip-flops. 3, Bug Spray, Just writing about this hike, my arms start itching! Please, don't hike in Hawaii without insect repellent! These mosquitos will eat you alive! 4, Water, bring in plenty of water. Just to be safe, I wouldn't drink any of the water from this stream. There are many wild pigs up stream that ...well you get my drift. Bring water, stay hydrated. 5, Snacks, Moms know all of this stuff, but a backpack with some snacks can ensure all the little pirates and princesses are happy and in a good mood. 6, First Aid Kit, This Daddy learned this lesson the hard way, thankfully there was a girl-scout on th
32 minutes | Mar 24, 2014
Muppets Most Wanted, A “Kid’s Adventures Hawaii” Review
This week on Kids Adventures Hawaii, David Hodges of thedislife.com and Rebecca Kelly from disneywithme.wordpress.com join me to review "Muppets Most wanted". I Love that Muppets Most Wanted starts out with a silly, toe-tapping musical number stating, “We’re doing a sequel, That’s what we do in Hollywood and everybody knows that the sequel’s never quite as good!”. This kind of silly, laugh at yourself humor is what I love about the Muppets. What a Great way to start out a movie! Muppets Most Wanted takes on a different feel compared to 2011′s The Muppets. The main goal is to provide entertainment in this movie, and I for one can appreciate that. It is exciting to see Disney reintroduce our beloved characters to the new generation. As far as focusing on entertainment, this movie comes through. There are many silly slap-stick jokes and puns, celebrity appearances, and many entertaining musical numbers that make you want to sing along. I found the story entertaining, but I confess that I am a bit biased, as I have been a big Muppet fan since, well a few years now. The story takes flight when the Muppets hire a new manager, Ricky Gervais‘s Dominic Badguy (pronounced “bad-JEE”), and tour Europe in search of fame and fortune. Although Dominic Badguy insists his last name is French, he shows his true colors quickly. Before long, we find out that Mr. “bad-JEE” is in league with a horrible criminal mastermind named Constantine. By pure coincidence, this criminal bears a close resemblance to Kermit! Kermit is then wrongly imprisoned by authorities who believe him to be Constantine, while Constantine takes Kermit’s place as the head of the Muppets. While the Muppets tour from Berlin to Madrid, Dublin, and London, Kermit is trying to make the best of life in prison, which is headed up by a prison guard named Nadya (Tina Fey). Tina Fey is absolutely fabulous in her role, leaving me in stitches as we watch her keep an eye on Kermit. Meanwhile, the Muppets are enjoying their world tour, absolutely oblivious that their beloved leader is actually a plotting criminal. I am a big fan of Sam the Eagle, he stands for everything "Honest" and "Moral". Sam and French Interpol agent Jean-Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell), are investigating Constantine, the horrible criminal. These two really feed off each other well and add so much fun to the film! In the end, it adds up to a wonderfully entertaining movie full of Muppet mayhem! I hope you enjoy th
40 minutes | Mar 16, 2014
6 Great Places To Eat With Your Family On Oahu
Aloha and Welcome to Kids Adventures Hawaii, your connection to amazing family adventures on Oahu. This week, my friend Agnes joins me on the show to talk about some of her favorite places to eat with the whole family. 6. Brunos Forno www.brunosforno.com (808) 585-2845 Agnes throws this place out first, she says,"This is where Garfield would go to eat Lasagna!" A real family friendly place, the kids can see the menu written on the wall in chalk and pick out what they want. As a bonus, close to "Brunos Forno" is a place called "Cake Envy" (808) 599-8900. This got my attention, as I am a cheesecake fan! I Absolutely have to try this place, sounds wonderful! 5. Brick Oven Pizza brickovenpizzahi.com (808) 674-8561 My first restaurant was Brick Oven Pizza. I love the way they welcome children here. They give them a ball of dough to play with, and there is a good bit of distance between the tables. The atmosphere is welcoming, and the food is wonderful! 4. 678 Hawaii (808) 941-6678 1726 Kapoilani Blvd, Ste 101 The second place Agnes would like to provide to you is 678 Hawaii. This is the kind of place where you cook the food yourself, at your table! The folks at 678 Hawaii will also help you and tell you how to use the sauces to make the flavors really pop! This is good for people that have little chefs, that want to get in on the fun themselves! 3. Ramano's Macaroni Grill Macaronigrill.com (808) 356-8300 This was my second choice, I love it for its Wonderful food (I always get the mushroom raviolis in wine sauce) laid back atmosphere, coloring on the table, and hot bread with oil and vinegar. 2. Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar shokudojapanese.com (808) 941-3701 For her top choice, Agnes goes with Shokudo! Reservations are needed here. I'm getting the point from Agnes that she likes the "Honey Toast" :-) 1. The 'Olelo Room at Disney's Aulani Resort and Spa (808) 520-7001 This is a Great place to go with the whole family for happy hour! The live music is Fantastic, there is a real "Family Atmosphere" here, after all, its a Disney resort! The view is Amazing, the fish pond by the bar is entertaining for the kids, and you never know what Disney character will walk by and provide a photo opportunity! Also, keep and eye out for "Uncle", he walks past there on his way to the fire pit! What a treat it is to hear the stories around the fire pit at Aulani! Agnes and I added many more after we talked about these, there are many great places to take the w
23 minutes | Mar 9, 2014
Kid’s Questions about Humpback Whales
This week on Kids Adventures Hawaii, I am excited to have Safari Mike (@Jamboeveryone on Twitter) from Radio Harambe (www.radioharambe.podbean.com) on the show to talk Humpback Whales! After Jake and I went to Kaena Point, many questions were asked! I had to go out and get a professional involved! Here are some of the Questions Mike answers on the show: What do Humpback Whales eat? How do Humpback Whales have babies in the waiter? Why do Humpback Whales breach? What do Humpback Whales like to do? Can people talk to Humpback Whales? What do Humpback Whales sing about? How big do Humpback Whales get? How much food do Humpback Whales eat? why don't Humpback Whales just stay in Hawaii? Mike comes on the show with quick whit and hard facts, it was a fun episode to record. I hope Mike's wisdom, and my.. well, I'm sure I added something inspirational in there somewhere, anyways, I hope you enjoy the show! I am also excited to announce that Kids Adventures Hawaii is now available on Stitcher! Here is the new link to my Stitcher feed, http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=46067&refid=stpr Just in case you haven't had enough of Dave Tupper, I will be happy to tell you that David Hodges from the Dis Life podcast had me on his show to talk about the Muppets!! http://www.thedislife.com/022/ It was a fun time of remembering former episodes of the TV show, and speculating what the new Muppets movie has in-store for us! Enjoy the Show! Leave a comment below, telling me what you think. You can also comment with me on Twitter and Instagram @dstupper.
38 minutes | Mar 3, 2014
Adventures At Paradise Cove Luau
This week on Kids Adventures Hawaii, We set our sights on the Paradise Cove Luau! (www.ParadiseCove.com) Check-in starts at 4:45 PM, and it is worth it to get there as soon as you can. If you are taking a bus, you may not be in control of that as much, but if you're driving, get there early. This is a complete afternoon of events and experiences you will not want to miss. Once you check in, and get you're entrance ticket, you will get in line to have your picture taken with some of the Luau's dancers. This line moves fast, and they give you a juice or alcoholic MaiTai while you wait. Also, while you are in line, there is a musician playing Hawaiian music. The path that is used for the line is also surrounded by a fish pond. The kids like to see the fish. Once you get through the picture line, the staff will assign your family to a table, and you will be free to play games. My advice at this point is to take in the canoe ride in the lagoon first, as this line backs up. If there is a long line already, take in the lei and hat making, or throw a spear & bowl some Hawaiian pins. This is also a good time to grab a drink with one of your coupons. Another good thing to do early on is to get a painted on tattoo. The dancer that did our tattoo was also the guy that did the fire dance during the show. They pick really nice, outgoing people for this! I was impressed with how good these young guys were with the kids and guests. The first event that is held is toga tying. The dancers show you how to wear them, and conveniently enough, they are sold in the shop next door. Everyone gets a giggle out of this as the dancers ham this up a bit. Next, a dancer comes up on stage and shows people how to clean the husk off a coconut and break it open with a rock. He will pick a child from the crowd to "Help" him with this and share in the coconut water, and the coconut meat inside. Next, they take the guests to throw a net into the lagoon for fish, and throw flowers from the top of a coconut tree. All this is fun, you will enjoy them, but I like to take this time to go get pictures of the sunset and score a great seat for when they take the pig out of the pit. This is a good show, but don't be fooled, that IS the pig that will be used in the buffet! You will smell it, and Oh My!!! Just sitting there, your stomach will turn when you smell this delicious pig! Singing and hula goes along with this, very fun and relaxing. Its no
27 minutes | Feb 24, 2014
Oahu Whale Watching at Kaena Point
This week, on Kid's Adventures Hawaii, My friend Jake (www.hawaii-vacation-fun.com) and I take a hike out to Kaena Point on Oahu. As it was February, we were making the trip in hopes to see humpback whales from the coastline. This trip did not disappoint! As soon as we parked the truck, we saw pods of whales just off shore! As we were putting on sunscreen and preparing to hike, we were keeping an eye on the coast, watching them play in the distance. The trail that people use to hike was extremely muddy on this day, so we decided to hug the coastline. This allowed us to see more of the whales while walking as well as provide better footing. This hike does not have any shade, so sunscreen is highly recommended. What I think is the biggest bonus concerning this hike is that it is highly overlooked. On a Saturday morning we say very few people, and for the most part, we were all by ourselves. Little untouched beaches bot the coastline on this hike, so if you're looking for exclusive beach spot, this is the place! Aim for summer though, the surf out here can be string, as I am sure you will hear on the podcast. You will see the remains of the railroad that used to pass through here. The only way people used to travel to the North Shore was via rail. That train would pass through here on its way back and forth from Honolulu to Haleiwa. Dolphins have been known to be seen early in the morning out this way. It was overcast, so we didn't see any on this hike, but I will try again you can be sure. Another land mark out here is a sea cave called "Kaneana" that is home to "Nanue the Shark Man" but that my friends, is a whole other exciting podcast! I hope you enjoy the show!
33 minutes | Feb 15, 2014
Lion King Hawaii
On this week's episode of Kid's Adventures Hawaii, My friend @aggienes (Instagram) and Alan @NORMNB8S (Instagram and Twitter) from the Enchanted Tiki Talk Podcast talk about Disney's Lion King! Alan's Podcast can be found at www.enchantedtikitalk.podbean.com My wife and I were so happy to see this again, as it has been years for us. The last time we were able to catch the show was in London when we were there visiting family. I hope you enjoy our conversation as we reflect on what we enjoy about this wonderful musical. Lion King will be playing in Honolulu until 9 March 2014. It is certainly worth the time and money to go catch it. www.blaisdellcenter.com
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