Next Stop: Tahiti

Three Islands Featured, Moorea, Huahine & Bora Bora. Segments Include: Magic Mountain by Quad, Cultural Hike, Jet Skiing, Pearl Farm, Shark & Stingray Feeding, Bloody Mary’s, Local Resorts & Music.

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00:00-00:04 JON: Bonjour, I am Jon Olson, welcome to Next Stop from French Polynesia!
00:05- 00:15 Intro music, title ‘Next Stop Tahiti’ rolls across screen
00:16- 00:34 JON: We’ve just arrived in Tahiti with Alaska Airlines and it’s code share partner, Air France’s non stop flight from LAX to French Polynesia. Tahiti has 118 islands, far more than we can tackle in a 30 minute show, but we are going to dive into Moorea, Huahine and world famous Bora Bora. The fun starts now!
00:35-00:36 Jon drinks from a coconut
00:37-00:38 JON: Ahhhhh!
00:39-00:40 Next Stop logo flashes on screen
00:41-00:48 JON: We’re off for a day of adventure on Moorea with Albert Tours, all I know is the itinerary said to show up at 8:50, get in the truck and have fun.
00:49-00:51 Music rolls
00:52-01:00 KARL: Alright, so today we are going on ATV Tours so we are gonna start from Cook’s Base, we’re gonna ride into Cook’s Base and we’re gonna use the, this off road here.
01:01-01:09 Music rolls, while they ride ATV’s
01:10- 01:12 KARL: So here is the Victoria Pineapple.
01:13-01:13 JON: It’s smaller.
01:14-01:25 KARL: Yes, it’s smaller than the Hawaiian pineapple but sweeter, uh. That’s why the only thing we grow here on this island. So the Victoria is originally come from Brazil, it was also introduced here.
01:26-01:32 Music rolls, footage of pineapple and ATV riding
01:33-01:41 KARL: Alright, so here you guys you can see coffee beans, this is arabica coffee. So, arabica is one of the best coffee in the worlds.
01:42-01:43 JON: You got your pineapple in the morning; you got your coffee in the morning. You’ve got your morning covered here.
01:44-01:45 KARL: Yep.
01:46-01:49 Music rolls, footage of ATV riding
01:50-01:55 JON: So we’re taking a little break here, Karl’s off trying to find avocado’s cuz apparently there’s some pigs up there and pigs like avocado’s.
01:56-01:57 ATV riding to pigs
01:58:02:01 JON: Hey piggies! (laughs) Oh, that’s the guy.
02:02-02:06 KARL: Oh yeah, he’s the man. So you have one male for all the females, so he’s pretty happy here.
02:07-02:15 JON: Come here sweetie, come here sweetie, come here, there ya go.
02:16-02:19 Pig snorts at camera
02:20-02:24 JON: That one really eats it quick (laughs)
02:25-02:40 Footage of riding ATV through mud and water, laughter.
02:41-02:49 KARL: We are going to go all the way to the top of the mountain over there, it’s called Magic Mountain lookout point, so over there we are gonna have a 360 degrees lookout.
02:50-02:57 JON: I can’t believe the variety of stuff we’ve already seen on this island, all the fruits, and the coffee beans, and you just pulled that off, like, randomly.
02:58-03:00 KARL: Yeah, that’s a passion fruits, that’s why we call this place paradise!
03:01-03:04 JON: (laughs) that’s a good reason, in our country you’ve gotta pay for everything.
03:05-03:07 KARL: Here, no, organic means free!
03:08-03:21 Music rolls, ATV and hiking footage
03:22-03:26 JON: You guys run great tours, we saw a little bit of everything today, we saw pineapple, we saw lime, we saw leche, we saw pigs.
03:27-03:29 KARL: Oh yes, you know, we are very lucky, uh?
03:30-03:35 JON: You get to make magic happen for all these visitors from all over the world. What’s your favorite thing about your job?
03:36-03:49 KARL: Oh you know I like to see people, I like to show people how beautiful is my island, you know? And I really like my job, you know, because we have beautiful island, and I like to show you my island, yeah?
03:50-03:59 Aerial views of beaches
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04:03-04:19 Strolling musical group on beach, Hawata Trio, playing ukuleles and singing
04:20-04:28 JON: Our Moorea Hotel is the Intercontinental Resort and Spa, and this place is amazing. It screams Tahiti, and when I envision a hotel in Tahiti, this is what I picture.
04:29-04:36 LAURENT: It’s actually the biggest property on the island of Moorea, so you have a lot of different areas on the property, it’s like a small village, a little bit.
04:37-04:41 JON: It is a small village, and you have your own little thatch huts all over the place, right on the water.
04:42-04:50 LAURENT: Exactly, you know so you have 4 different categories. The beach bungalow, the over water bungalow, totally over the water, we all like those kind of rooms of course.
04:51-05:00 JON: Now we’ve stayed at a lot of hotels, and this one is very unique to me. My favorite thing about this property I can actually swim from your beautiful pool area straight to my room and just crawl up.
05:01-05:10 Music rolls, while Jon swims to his bungalow, then jumps in the water
05:11-05:12 JON: You also have some live entertainment that we are going to check out later on.
05:13-05:24 LAURENT: Dancing, Tahitian show, as we can, you are sitting on the beach with the buffet on your back of course, the fire dance show.
05:25-05:42 footage of fire dancers, and Tahitian dancers
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05:45-05:49 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, we visit the largest archeologist site in the Pacific Ocean.
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05:53-05:57 Music plays, Jon riding in vehicle
05:58-06:06 JON: We’ve just taken a short flight on Air Tahiti from Moorea to Huahine. We’re with Paul, and we gonna talk story about the largest archeological site in the entire Pacific Ocean.
06:07-06:31 PAUL: Well we are in Maiva village here on Huahine, and as you said, it’s the largest archeological site; it’s a huge habitation site, and the largest in the Pacific Ocean. It’s an area that expands over a kilometer in width and has the densest concentration of sites in the South Pacific. What we’re looking at here is actually is an alter and these stones right here are backrests for seats.
06:32-06:38 Music rolls, with footage of site being explored by Jon and Paul
06:39-07:07 PAUL: Well there’s obviously a lot of different vegetation we’re seeing as we wander. This is, uh, happens to be pineapple. And it’s kind of interesting the modern Tahitian language because the first Europeans that came spoke English, and they brought metal, tools and new plants, there’s a lot of words in the Tahitian language that actually come from English, like pineapple, pinapo. And as we go up the hill we will see vanilla, vanilla, or hammer, hamre. Or fry pan, fripani. So the head club was replaced by the fry pan, fripani.
07:08-07:09 JON: (laughs) Fripani!
07:10-07:16 Music rolls while they stroll through site
07:17-07:35 PAUL: As I mentioned earlier, this is over a kilometer wide and it’s just one huge site so this small area here, this is just a very small portion of the 5,6,7 percent of what’s on this hill. So this area that’s kind of cleared back has been restored by Dr Siyoto and it is called teyana, which is the traditional land name.
07:36-07:37 JON: So families would live in something like this?
07:38-07:55 PAUL: It’s really hard to say, this is actually, this terrace we’re on here was a house site, and there was a rectangular building, and actually these stones here correspond with, to where there would have been a wall, so the wall would have been built flush inside and the stone keeps out the mud, the rain and the erosion.
07:55-08:01 Music while they walk through site
08:02-08:04 JON: This is awesome!
08:05-08:07 PAUL: Oh it’s probably, well to me it is the most beautiful mauri in all of Polynesia.
08:08-08:09 JON: This is just spectacular!
08:09-08:18 PAUL: It’s one this everybody says when they come to this island is it’s so lush, and the variation, or the variety of vegetation is so mind blowing.
08:19-08:20 JON: It really is.
08:21-08:24 Music while they walk through site
08:25-08:31 PAUL: What you see here are 8 back rests, so as we said how there are 8 royal lines, and there is 8 back rests.
08:32-08:33 JON: So this would be the first son? You said that I got to be the first son.
08:34-08:35 PAUL: Then you get to sit here.
08:36-08:37 JON: Ok, so this is mine.
08:38-08:41 PAUL: And then you have got the alter ahead of you, or in front of you, of this incredible banyan tree.
08:42-08:48 JON: What a great tour, this is such a pleasant surprise here at the largest archeological site in the entire Pacific, right here.
08:49-08:58 PAUL: Well Jon, it’s still very much a hidden treasure, I mean even people that have grown up in Tahiti aren’t really aware of the fact that these sites are here on Huahine, but this place puts a big smile on my face.
08:59-09:02 JON: Mauru-uru. Nice to meet you.
09:02-09:03 PAUL: You too.
09:04-09:08 Music fades
09:09-09:10 Next Stop logo flashes across screen NEXT STOP TAHITI
09:16 JON: Most of us have really stressed out lives, especially if you live in the hustle bustle of a city. Well, if you wanna come and really chill out, come to Huahine, and come to the Te Tiare Resort, this place is so chill and beautiful Rudy, thanks for having us.
RUDY: Well, pleasure to have you guys on board here and really, you wanna feature Huahine and the people, this island is magical. It’s not like Bora Bora, or Moorea, where there’s a lot of business and entertainment and things like that. The people that enjoy this place, you mentioned it Jon, it’s the quietness, it’s the tranquility, we have uh, coral and fish here on our over water bungalows, below them actually, that you can’t find in any other part of the island.
10:02 JON: Now you built this place, right? This was your inspiration? What inspired you to build a property like this so kind of tucked away, you have to get here by boat, you can’t even get here by car.
RUDY: Well this was all jungle Jon, just total jungle. You could barely land here. This beach was natural, which was one of the things I liked about it.
10:22 JON: Your property gets you back to just this peace and serenity, and I love the gardens, and your staff is wonderful, so thank you very much for having us here.
RUDY: Well enjoy it while you are here.
JON: How can we not!
RUDY: OK, thank you.
JON: Thank you.
10:33 Music by Te Tiare Boys
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10:46 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, we feed the fish on Huahine.
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10:53 JON: The word tattoo originated in Tahiti. The legend of Tohu, the god of tattoo, describes painting the ocean’s fish in beautiful colors and patterns. In Polynesian culture, tattoos have long been considered a sign of beauty, and in earlier times were ceremoniously applied when reaching adolesence. And speaking of youth, over half the population of 200,000 in Tahiti is under the age of 20.
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11:18 JON: We’re kicking off our day of play in Huahine with lunch on the beach and jet skis, right on!
11:28 PARKA: We make the plates.
11:33 JON: We’ve got a plate, and I didn’t help at all (laughs)
PARKA: This is the huero in Tahiti, huero.
JON: Huero.
PARKA: Huero.
JON: Breadfruit.
PARKA: Breadfruit.
11:49 JON: It’s like a big, giant glob of bread.
JON: Wow, that smells good.
PARKA: Just push. You push now.
JON: Oh, then you do the coconut shavings.
PARKA: Tuna is the fish.
JON: And some limes.
PARKA: Limes, salt.
JON: And some salt.
PARKA: And cook the fish.
JON: I’m gonna guess you are going to squeeze that and get the milk out of it.
FLOHR: You squeeze it.
12:13 JON: I’m gonna squeeze it.
FLOHR: Yeah.
JON: Okay.
FLOHR: So if you guys want some raw fish, just call Jon, the chief.
ALL: Mmmmm.
12:16 JON: We had a killer lunch
FLOHR: Yeah.
JON: Mauru-uru.
FLOHR: Mauru-uru.
JON: Now’s the time for the action.
FLOHR: Jet skis
JON: Alright.
FLOHR: Rock and roll, uh?
JON: Do your thing brother.
12:44 FLOHR: OK so this is the map, this is Huahine, that’s where are. Actually there’s two islands, so we got the big island that we call Huahine nui, nui means big in tahitian. And Huahine iti, on the right side Huahine iti means small. Ok, so we are gonna pass under the bridge that separate the two island, and then we’re gonna go all the way to the east side, and go back to the north to see the pearl farm.
Jet ski footage
13:31 JON: Tahitian pearls are famous all over the world. Well, as were riding our jet skis around the water, I saw this little like hut, or house, just like sitting in the middle of the water. It’s a pearl farm.
13:44 JON Tell us about Tahitian pearls.
CANDY: Yes, we start with a little explanation. The first thing, the oyster who gives the Tahitian pearl we call the oyster the pinctada marg it’s a long name but this is the one who lives here in French Polynesia. After we take the pearl out 24 months after, and if it’s really nice it means we have a good graft and good host oyster. We can try again with the same oyster to get second pearl.
JON: And you have one on your neck right now.
CANDY: Yeah, I believe its champagne.
14:17 JON: That’s nice, I like that color. This is beautiful, and they are sold all over the world.
Jet ski footage
14:39 JON: The jet skis were awesome, and now it’s time to feed some fish, lot’s of fish. Permission to come aboard, Captain Stubing.
Footage of feeding fish
15:02 JON: We have had a fantastic day here in Huahine, Mark and his staff of Huahine Nautique, they are awesome, you guys gotta check this out. I’m gonna go back and feed the fish.
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15:16 JON: Coming up on Next Stop we island hop to world famous Bora Bora
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15:57 JON: Bloody Mary’s located on Bora Bora is one of the most famous establishments in all of Tahiti. Tonight for Next Stop they brought in some live music and fresh catch of the day.
16:09 JON: It takes a lot to keep a bar around, and a restaurant around 30 years much less on an island as isolated as Tahiti, but these guys have done it at Bloody Mary’s.
RICK: The secret in Bloody Mary’s is very very simple I mean try to have your ambiance, keep the fish fresh, the beer cold, try and charge a reasonable price, cuz it’s an expensive destination.
JON: Well you also have some amazing staff around, I saw Olivia giving the rundown of the fresh catch of the day coming in, that’s pretty cool.
RICK: Olivia’s only been with us about a dozen years, come on, speaks  languages, portugese, italian, spanish, french, english, things like this, and she’s prettier than I.
16:45 JON: There are so many choices. I don’t even know where to start.
OLIVIA: Ok, everything is grilled just right there. Teriyaki beef and a shrimp kabob, crab cooked with a garlic cream sauce, and also you can have lobster, cut in the middle and grilled on the barbeque. And my favorite fish is a swordfish, broadbill, deep, deep water, grill it tender, and oahu, iono.
17:12 JON: So this morning my buddy Rudy now, my new friend Rudy on Huahine said ‘You gotta go to Bloody Mary’s and say hi to Rick’ it’s famous all over the place.
RICK: Word of mouth is the best, there is nothing quite like it.
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17:35 JON: We’ve stayed at some gorgeous properties here on Tahiti, and the Sofitel on Bora Bora is no exception.
PHILIPPE: Most of your hotel are remote too, which you need to take a shuttle to go to the islands, or to go out from the islands. But here we are on the mainland, means the guests can go out easily, for shopping, for tour, for walking, for jogging.
17:54 JON: The bungalows look like they should just blow away in the wind, but they’re very sturdy. What are they made of, and how do the roofs stay on?
PHILIPPE: The roof are made with a vegetable we call it a pamenoose. It means that when you are living on the island of Bora Bora every hotel is a got the same roof, same roof, a vegetable roof.
18:10 JON: My favorite thing is the glass bottom in the room. You can literally ride and paddle your canoe right underneath your own room.
18:22 JON: I want to thank you very much for having us here.
PHILIPPE: It’s a pleasure.
JON: We love your property, we are going to go hang out and enjoy the rest of our time.
PHILIPPE: Don’t forget to look at the show.
JON: Oh, of course
PHILIPPE: It’s a pleasure.
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18:35 JON: It’s 9:00 in the morning on Bora Bora, and it’s shark feeding time, it’s time to feed the sharks! My question is, as they swarm around right now, what are we feeding them?
18:39 JON: Morona, I’ve never fed the sharks before, this is a new experience for me (laughs)
MORONA: (Laughs) That’s good.
JON: You laugh like that, whats…
MORONA: I’m impressed with all the people.
JON: Do we stay on the boat, or do we go inside the water?
MORONA: We go inside the water with them, look at them.
19:02 JON We do?
JON: Uh, OK.
19:12 JON: The sharks are surrounding the boat right now, theres hundreds of them. There’s big manta rays below my feet, and tons of butterfish right here.
19:34 JON: So we’ve fed the sharks, we fed the fish, and now we are feeding the sting rays, wow.
MORONA: You have to feed from the eyes, see the eyes please, the hole?
JON: They eat it through their eyes?
MORONA: Yeah, you feed from the mouth they are gonna get it, but they don’t have teeth, they only like have the whole gum. From the eyes.
JON: Here we go.
20:03 JON They suck it in through their eyes!
20:37 JON: Well the fish got fed, so now it’s our turn.
20:51 JON: Another near perfect day on Tahiti. When you come to Bora Bora, make sure and hook up with my new buddy Morona, he’ll help you make amazing memories, like he did for us today.
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21:29 JON: Mauru-uru for tuning in to Next Stop, from Tahiti. A gorgeous country rich with culture and activities, and the people, so warm and inviting. Merci Beaucoup to our Tahiti show sponsors, Air France, and Jonathan and his staff at Tahiti Tourism for putting together an awesome itinerary. Also thanks to our Title Sponsor and good friends Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Airlines visa signature card. Next Stop, where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody.
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21:56 KARL: Here is the pineapple plantations
22:00 JON: (Laughs) Did you get that? Alright. Works better without the break on, is that how it works? OK.
22:14 JON No way, I lost this card in Maui and we are in Tahiti, I found it Susan!


Next Stop: Big Island

Hawaii Forest & Trail, Kahua Ranch, Swimming with Dolphins, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Volcano Helicopter Tour, Kona Brewfest



00:00-00:05 JON: Hi, I’m Jon Olson, welcome to Next Stop from the island that doesn’t stop growing.
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00:17-00:33 JON: Aloha and welcome to the Island of Hawaii, also home to the most active volcano in the world, Mt Kilauea. It’s also called the Big Island, and for good reason, all other 100 plus Hawaiian Islands fit snugly into the Big Island with room to spare, which means there is a lot to see and do, let’s get after it, the fun starts now!
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00:37-01:30 JON: We are in the Kahala Mountains and about to take a combo trail with Hawaii Forest & Trail.
ROB: This is waiawi, it’s strawberry guava actually, and it’s one of our big invasive species. This was once you know, other plants all here and this plant just comes in and takes over.
JON: It looks like it takes over.
ROB: Replaces a whole forest with itself. The ditch was built in 1905, 1906 and the flume was here up until just a few years ago and they are, just last year they replaced this , so lava makes waterfalls but what people don’t realize is that because we have basalt lava it is very condusive to making these big staircases in our streams as the water erodes it away. Loosens up the loose stuff and drops it away, get to the hard stuff, runs down a little way and falls off, so, we’ll go right over here to this rock face and I will show you how the hard and soft is in the lava flow.
01:40-01:46 ROB: This is the hard dense stuff that we are talking about on the rock, but it is old and crumbly, look at that, that’s lava, that’s just rock.
01:57-02:32 JON: Ok, we need you to give a little tour of your vehicle here. What is this thing called, it goes everywhere! I love this thing though.
ROB: This is what we affectionately call ‘The Pinzie but the real name in Pinzgauer, and it is austrian made by * Styer Daimler Push* for the swiss military. Put power to every single wheel and get the traction to where we need it so..
JON: And it’s fun to drive, isn’t it?
ROB: They are fun to drive, they are.
JON: You look like you’re having a good time.
ROB: I have more fun than you guys in the back.
JON: Oh, we’re having fun too.
ROB: Wiakama river, she’s nice and mellow today.
02:59-03:56 JON: Well we definitely had some adventure on the big island today, thanks to Hawaii Forest and Trail, and this man. Rob, how do you know these mountains so incredibly well?
ROB: I don’t know, I just love it. Love it and do it, live it, read it, lots of studying.
JON: How did you get into this?
ROB: I’ve been into nature since I was a kid so, then I came to Hawaii for a job and as a naturalist it just blew me away, I had no clue and I’ve just been in love with the place ever since.
JON: Well tell us about Hawaii Forest and Trail, what are you guys all about?
ROB: Well we are about connecting people to Hawaii, and Hawaii’s nature, and that’s basically it. So we’ve got the access, we’ve made arrangements with landowners to get people through gates, and got the vehicles to get into spots, we’ve made trails and we just want to bring people to Hawaii nei, what’s the best of Hawaii of Hawaii, so Hawaii a lot of people don’t get to see.
JON: I love the vehicle, that was amazing, but your feet. I gotta ask about these, these are not your average hiking shoes.
ROB: These are Vibram five fingers. Once you wear them, after a little bit you are hooked and you just hate wearing shoes after that.
JON: I trust you.
ROB: Its like walking barefoot.
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04:05-04:25 JON: Located just 15 minutes from Kona International Airport, historic Kailua Village is a lively seaside town located in the heart of the Kona coast. Once a sleepy fishing village and retreat for hawaiian royalty, today it’s bustling with affordable accommodations, great restaurants, loads of shopping and much more. It’s also a great place to get a cup of 100% pure Kona coffee.
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04:32-04:36 JON: Coming up, swimming with dolphins in the pacific, and a working ranch.
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04:40-05:25JON: Very few things roust me out of bed at 6 o’clock in the morning, but I’ll you what does. Sunlight on Water’s opportunity to swim with dolphins in the pacific.
CHINA: I have a piece of bamboo, it’s a hawaiian wind instrument that I have made, it’s called a ipu, and it’s made of bamboo, ohei. This is my ipu ohe. I’m going to blow it 4 times. When I start my ceremony, I’ll start facing east. I want to acknowledge our life source kala, the sun. And uh, I blow it 4 times to recognize and honor the 4 directions, just like native americans do.
05:38-06:34 CHINA: These are humpback whales, the ones that are born here in Hawaii, that makes them hawaiian humpbacks. Alright, I’m just going to slow and stop the boat here for now just for a moment, the dolphins are swimming right over to our boat. We’ve been at this for so long, I’ve been in the water swimming with dolphins for over 20 years so I know what works well, what the dolphins are comfortable with, first of all the more comfortable, more relaxed you are in the water, the more comfortable the dolphin will feel coming around you.
JON: Emmulate them basically. Hence the fins.
CHINA: Yeah, yeah, that’s why you have got fins on. When I am in the water I use a double legged dolphin kick as opposed to a straight legged scissor kick, or I’ll switch back and forth.
JON: Let’s go play with some dolphins.
06:58 CHINA: People see the dolphin and they are so excited, and they pick up on that, the happy vibe that the dolphin give off and they just want to be with them, it’s crazy.
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07:26-08:14 JON: We are 3200 feet above sea level and we’re in for a treat, an evening at Kahua Ranch.
JOHN: Well my name is John Richards and on behalf of the Richards family I want to welcome everybody to Kahua Ranch. Well how do we run it? Well we run it under a single principal, and we have for quite some time. That of course really started this all many years ago. The term today unfortunately of course has been co opted and used in a lot of different ways, the term of course is sustainability. Now like I said it’s been used for a million different things, but real simple. What we do today we want to make sure that we can do tomorrow and on into the future without degrading the value, the productivity, and frankly, the beauty of the land. If you look around you its a pretty special place, we are doing what we can to keep it that way.
08:26-09:01 JON: We’re going to brand something here, right?
BRANDER: That’s right.
JON: How do we do this?
BRANDER: OK, so what we are going to do is just going to take one of our red hot brands and you’re going to apply it to a cedar shingle.
JON: Oh yeah, so we made the K, but you have a special treat for us that was designed just for tonight.
BRANDER: Just for tonight, it was made by John Richards, it took about 10 hours to make, it was hand carved and, well would you like to see it?
JON: I would love to man, this is going to be cool.
BRANDER: And then, right up.
JON: That is very cool.
BRANDER: That is cool.
JON: Mahalo.
09:13-10: 23 JON: I have so many questions for you Raymond. My first question, how does a proper gentleman from England find the big island?
RAYMOND: Well I originally arrived her in 1957 on a cruise ship out of London, and fell in love with this beautiful island after seeing many parts of the world, and this island has everything.
JON: All ages come for tonight, tell us about the night.
RAYMOND: Well tonight we have families coming from as you say, from hotels and resorts, some of our local families. We have been able to attract the family people, the children, the parents and the grandparents, the Tutu’s as we call them. And its a wonderful opportunity for them to come and enjoy, they can eat all the food, there is steak and potatoes and chicken
JON: And after dinner you get to dance it off a little bit.
RAYMOND: Oh that’s right, you’ve got the line dancing and we get to kick our heels and absolutely then we of course go around we have the activities, we have got branding, and we got telescope, make some s’mores, of course we put more sugar back in. And of course John here show you how to do roping, we have horse shoes, so a lot of activities for folks to get involved and have fun.
JON: It’s such a pleasant surprise, most of our viewers who think of Hawaii do not thing of a ranch, a working ranch. When you come to the island of Hawaii you gotta  to check out Kahua Ranch, it is amazing.
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10:29-10:34 JON: Coming up, a helicopter tour over the worlds most active volcano, and a truly Hawaiian resort.
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10:39-11:05 JON: Mt Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world, and thankfully and kindly, it decided to become more active this week for us. Sunshine helicopters is going to take us up for a birds eye view.
KIMO: Getting in the aircraft today we have floats on the bottom, in this illustration it’s yellow, but when we do get out to the aircraft they are  gray, please don’t step on those, I will point out to where you can step as you enter and exit the aircraft.
11:25-12:12 PILOT: The big island of Hawaii has 3 active volcano’s. Along the western edge of the Kilauea caldera wall is about 400 feet deep. Halemaumau crater mountain puts out over 2000 ton or so for the sulphur dioxide.
JON: Well there is a lot of activity, there is a lot of vents.
PILOT: Yeah. Now the trees off to the right side of us is getting burnt down its from the lava flow that is flowing along the tree line that kinda cooled down already.
12:22-12:42 PILOT: Off to the right is front of us inside of the tree lines over here is we have the chain of craters road, chasing down the hill towards the coast line, towards the west end road closure, where the road ends. That comes down into the Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park.
JON: How high are these sea cliffs?
PILOT: Umm, about 1,000 feet.
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12:50-13:08 JON: The Big Island has the most diverse weather of any of the Hawaiian Islands, including tropical, monsoonal, desert and even permafrost. It has 11 of the worlds 13 climazones, creating a beautifully lush environment. From volcanic deserts, to snow capped mountains, to black sand beaches, to this amazing coastline.
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13:19-14:48 JON: Our Island of Hawaii home, the Mauna Kea Resort is truly a special property. It’s not like a lot of hotels you see that just kind of sprawl out, this place looks like it belongs here.
DAN: It is. It’s one of those very special places.You know, it was a vision of Laurence Rockefeller who kind of a very interesting kind of a character. He was truly a venture capitalist,but even more, he was involved with the environment, he was very much on eco tourism, and so when they built this place it was really more about making the property fit the land, it was never the other way around.
JON: You feel that, you really do feel that.
DAN: Yeah, it’s a beautiful place, and his dream was on every great beach there should be a wonderful resort.
JON: You’ve got some beautiful sculptures and pieces of art around this property.
DAN: He was a lover of art, I mean he, his face shined when it came to art work, he truly believed that art should be experienced by everyone around the world, you shouldn’t put it behind glass, there shouldn’t be barriers around it, so he believed that when people came they should experience some of the beautiful arts from around the world.
JON: You have a beautiful golf course.
DAN: Thank you, we want you to go out and experience it.
JON: II want to definitely, but what else can we do here? I see lots of families here, this looks like a great place for families.
DAN: This is, I mean, you know here it is all about the ocean. We try and do everything around the ocean since that is really the reason why he built this hotel. I mean we do all the snorkeling, we do scuba diving here, in the morning you will see people out here paddle boarding. We really do focus on the ocean, that’s our mainstay here.
JON: You’ve got a great staff with some very colorful chefs, check this guy out.
14:51-15:54 JUNIOR: Welcome guys to the Mauna Kea, we’ll do, be doing a few things here using organic product and we’ll do a pasta today. Actually this is a recipe that we developed, ok, there is different ways of making pasta’s or different ingredients. So we run this through the machine, ok, so we roll this up, bigger pastas we do it like this, ok, or you can go thinner, ok, or you can just do a bigger cut. Alright, so we’ll go ahead and cook it, ok, saute this up a little bit.
JON: Do you do the throw it against the refrigerator trick?
JUNIOR: You know what, the funny thing about it is we did that, and believe it or not one of the cooks was like ‘are you crazy I haven’t seen that before’ so its funny because my old chef from actually, Oregon taught me that, so if you go back the the Winchester Inn you’ll have pastas all over the wall and there are like, that is Chef Junior, there is Chef Mark, but here it the Mauna Kea it’s all about the flavor and the food.
JON: And it’s all local, right here.
JUNIOR: Yes, yes, exactly.
JON: You don’t import this from anywhere, it doesn’t get any more fresh than that. A little garnish, voila.
JUNIOR: Garnish right there, and there you are, you got it.
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15:58-16:03 JON: Up next, liquid aloha on the Big Island at the Kona Brewers Festival.
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16:06-16:42 JON: It’s time for some liquid aloha. We are at the Kona Brewer’s Festival, the sun is out, the beer is flowing and the people are ready to party. I’ve got Tracy here all the way from California.
TRACY: We’re pouring a dark IPA today which is a new beer style to the beer community. It’s a dark beer that has a lot of hop flavor to it, about 8% alcohol.
JON: Nice, well lets taste your stuff man.
TRACY: Alright. That’s the alpha red, the other beer we’re offering here today.
JON: Oh that’s nice
TRACY: That’s nice.
JON: It’s really nice.
16:49-17:17 JON: Some amazing costumes here today, but I think I have found the two that exemplify a beer festival the best, what do you guys think? Now you are obviously St Pauli girls, do you know each other? Did you coordinate this?
MAREA: Actually, we do know each but we did not coordinate this.
JON: So where do you get a costume like this, it’s not at the ABC store.
MAREA: This is my halloween costume.
DANIELLE: This was my halloween costume as well actually, and I figured, you know, you only have so many places where you can wear a costume like this and brew fest is one of them.
17:20-18:12 JON: This festival brings out some crazy outfits, check this one out. There is actually a reason behind this outfit Rebecca, tell us about what this is made of and the significance of the trash fashion show at the Brew festival.
REBECCA: The trash fashion show is a phenomenal group of people who are dedicated and start working on their costumes probably 5 months before the event. We do our best to educate the crowd to the small things that we can all do to make sure that all of this didn’t end up in the landfill.
JON: I love your president, Mattson Davis. Today we tried to hook up with him but it is just too busy, but yesterday we did learn a little bit more about Kona Brewing.
18:19-19:32  MATTSON: In 1994 father and son, Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa, decided to share their passion for the craft world, felt that Hawaii needed a nice little brewery, and here we are today.
JON: This is really a good gathering place for people here on the island, and for visitors.
MATTSON: Big goal of ours right from the beginning, when Cameron and I got together and started working with each other I said ‘Let’s build a restaurant that is a great gathering place’
JON: Now Kona Brewing has kind of exploded in the last couple of years, tell us what has been happening with you guys.
MATTSON: Well there is further distribution on the mainland, and I think the clear message of paradise, liquid aloha, high quality product, using those aloha series beers that have things like Kona coffee in them or passionfruit on the Wailua wheat.
JON: Before sustainability was even a word, you guys were adopting sustainable practices here, leading the charge not just in Hawaii, but really on the mainland too.
MATTSON: Well thank you. There is a couple of things, it’s the right thing to do, and I think as a leader you want to take a leadership position on things. And so from the menu where we use products that are grown here locally, to the fact that we are one of I think, very very few breweries, I can’t think of any others, that actually produce their beer in multiple locations to minimize their carbon footprint.
19:36-19:56 JON: So this is where it all started thought, right? The main room, this is where all the beer is brewed, I see some longboard over there, my favorite.
MATTSON: For the first 5 years this is where all the beer form Kona Brewing Company came from.
JON: What does the festival mean for you guys?
MATTSON: The festival is really is an opportunity for us to celebrate our birthday, it’s really a chance to get down and celebrate with the people that live right here in Kona.
20:01-20:36 JON: How appropriate and how cool is it that our featured artist on this episode from Kona, is a guy by the name of Kona.
KONA: Yep, yeah.
JON: We couldn’t have planned it any better.
KONA: Aloha, my name is Kona, how you doing?
JON: We’re here at the pub, here at the brewery, you’re the featured band on the stage today, what was it like playing the festival?
KONA: Oh it was awesome, first time here, the people are great, of course there is beer, so you know.
JON: Did you get to partake in any of the beer?
KONA: I did, I try, my thing is, I dunno, unlike other musicians I try not to drink before I play because then I will just get stupid and forget, I have major brain farts and I’ll forget lyrics and stuff.
21:07-21:16 JON: Your music has actually won awards, Na Hoku Hanohano award, the Hawaii’s Grammy.
KONA: Yes, my first Na Hoku Hanohano award, 2010 rock album of the year.
21:28-21:52 JON: Mahalo for tuning in to Next Stop from the Island of Hawaii, or the Big Island, the island that just doesn’t stop growing. It’s a beautiful place with beautiful people. Thanks also to everybody that made our show possible, especially the Mauna Kea resort, we love your property. Thanks also to our title sponsors, Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Airlines Visa signature card for your partnership. We’ll see you next time on Next Stop, where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody.
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