Rare Underwater Scooters, Podium Raceway Go Kart Racing ,Wet N Wild Water Park, Tiki Grill and Bar, Aston Resort, Makana With Lono and Lopaka
NEXT STOP: OAHU (TRANSCRIPTION)
00:00-00:05 Aloha, I’m Jon Olson. Welcome to Next Stop from the most isolated, and populated island in the world.
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00:21-00:38 JON: Oahu is the gathering place, and on this episode I gather some of my family and friends, my ohana, to share in the fun. We will show you an underwater activity found in very few places in the world, and we’ll mesmerize you with the tunes of Makana and his magical musicians. All this and more on Next Stop Oahu, the fun starts now.
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00:42-00:52 JON: Oahu is the gathering place, so I have gathered some of my friends and family, my ohana, for a day of fun. We are going to kick it off at Podium Raceway and then we will splash it up at Wet N Wild, but first, I have the need for speed with my ohana.
01:01-01:56 JON: This place is awesome.
MARK: Thank you.
JON: Now how long has this been here? You brought this from California kind of recently, right?
MARK: Yeah, that is correct. I came to Hawaii about 5 years ago, we were looking for a venue to do indoor entertainment, cart racing is real big there, so we decided to start looking for a building and bring it here.
JON: What is the process, you gotta go over there to the computers, you gotta get signed up, get your little card.
MARK: What you do is just come in, and on the kiosk, we have an electronic kiosk, you punch all your information in there, your email address, your facebook, walk right up here and it puts you in a race.
JON: So the kids actually get to have their own little drivers license, they must love that.
MARK: Yeah they love it. They got their picture on it, and it keeps all their information on so, once they sign in one time they don’t ever have to do that again, they can come back at anytime. Your information is on there, if you have 2 or 3 races left, swipe it and you can race again.
JON: So who loves it more, the kids or the adults?
MARK: Oh you know what? We run about 5 adult races for every kids race, so what does that tell you?
02:05-02:11 MARK: Ok Jon, that’s it, your history, your going to be last.
JON: Whatever dude, you’re going down. So is hot wax over there.
02:37-02:57 JON: Man that gets your adrenaline pumping, that was awesome.
MARY: I couldn’t catch you guys.
JON: Did you guys have a good time?
JON: So did I. Before we go to Wet N Wild, we have a special presentation for you guys. Alright!
JON: Thank you very much.
03:05-03:35 JON: So here we are at Wet N Wild, but we are obviously not in our Wet N Wild attire, so girls you have got 5 minutes, you go that way, guys we go this way, meet back here with your swimsuits. Go, it’s a race! Boys win!
ROBERT: Yay, boys on three!
JON:OK the girls finally arrived, everybody before we have some fun the sun is out, we have to protect our skin,everybody gets a squirt of sunblock and then you get to go play, Robert, you are first. Go play.
03:54-04:34 JON: I’ve sent my ohana off to enjoy the water park, there is lots to explore. Eddie, where do we even start at this place?
EDDIE: Well, depends. If you have kids we have many different areas for kids.
JON: What’s this? This is just a big cruising pool right here?
EDDIE: Yeah, right behind us in our Hawaiian Waters wave pool, it’s our man made wave sort of attraction here at the park.
JON: I also saw some people surfing over here, I’m not sure if that is going to be me or not.
EDDIE: You know, it takes a lot of good core to get on that boat, but basically what the floor rider is is a stand alone wave where you can either body board, or use a skim board which is similar to a snowboard.
JON: Oh cool.
EDDIE: So if you can snowboard you can definitely ride the floor rider.
04:41-05:11 JON: This looks like a ride for the real men, so we have got Charles. Mike, Johnny, and this Jon. Tornado time. We had a great day here today, did we have fun?
JON: Highly recommend Podium Raceway and Wet and Wild, for your ohana day on Oahu.
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05:18-05:22 JON: Stick around, coming up on Next Stop, one of the most unique water activities in the world.
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05:26-05:52 JON: Admitted to the union in 1959, Hawaii, our 50th state, is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. China is 5,000 miles away, Japan 4,000 miles away, and the nearest population center is California, some 2,400 miles away. Now even though we might be far away from you right now, you never feel lonely in Hawaii, truly one of the worlds premier travel destinations. Book your Hawaiian getaway today at alaskaair.com
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06:00- 06:45 JON: We’re in Hawaii Kai marina heading out to the pacific to experience on of the most unique water activities you will find anywhere in the world, but you will find it on Oahu.
BOONE: Are you guys familiar with the Hawaii Five Oh show?
JON: Oh yeah.
BOON: Yeah. We’ve got some filming grounds right over here, this brown house with the shiny windows, it’s like an aspen style looking one? A bunch of like famous celebrities like Dog the Bounty Hunter lives on the beach, we’ve got some musicians, things like that. A lot of movie stars. Also in the introduction of Hawaii Five Oh? They use this whole bay, they take a helicopter and zoom in and they shoot down, and then if you guys are staying in Waikiki, this is the opposite side of Diamond Head from what you are looking at.
06:50-07:18 SAM: Alright everybody, so basically here is the alien you guys are going to cruise around on today. We know it is bizarre looking, but it is a really good water toy, you guys are going to enjoy it. How it works is we have a dive tank here on the front, which we will have in a second, it’s not there yet. And that pumps fresh air right into the dome here. So you’ve got fresh air coming in right in front of your face, and all the old air is coming out these holes here in the back, it’s really cool, and the only thing you guys got to be responsible for is pulling the trigger and steering around.
07:44-08:21 JON: Sam, we’ve done a lot of water sports all around the world and this is the first time we have ever seen scooters, where did you find these things?
SAM: I was on a surf trip about 6 or 7 years ago, and met a guy at the bar actually and started chatting, 2 years later he came at me with this proposition and told me that he wanted me to start this over here, he thought it would be a good fit for Hawaii.
JON: It’s a great fit for Hawaii.
SAM: Yeah, I mean it ties the gap between snorkeling and scuba, and a lot of people don’t want to go through the whole process of getting their dive card and all that and so it’s a good fit, and for non swimmers as well.
08:22-08:40 JON: So Charles, you are 10 years old. Not many kids get to go on underwater scooters. Your first time, was it what you expected, and would you do it again?
CHARLES: I definitely want to do it again, and it was kind of what I expected but kind of better than what I expected.
CHARLES: Exciting, more.
JON: Good opportunity. High five.
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08:50-10:33 JON: We are staying once again with our good friends with the Aston Hotels and Resorts on Oahu, which is a good thing, because there is a huge variety of properties here on Oahu, right Cara?
CARA: Absolutely, and variety is the spice of life.
JON: It is, I agree
CARA: Yes absolutely, so we have something for everyone, whether you are young or young at heart, whether you are a family or single, or a couple travelling together.
JON: If you are looking for luxury, you’ve got that.
JON: The Aston Waikiki Tower is just absolutely beautiful.
CARA: Right, we have budget, moderate and upscale, and the Waikiki Beach Tower is our most luxurious property, with full service, so you get the beauty of the condominium, the space, and the great price.
JON: Now if you are looking for something a little bit more moderate, the Circle Hotel, some great values there and that is a really fun property, and it is in a circle!
CARA: Yeah, well you know the Circle is one of my favorite properties, one of the reasons why is because of its location, you can’t get that close to the beach and consider yourself a moderate property. And you are correct, it is shaped like a lantern, and it’s Fung Shui, and nowdays when it’s very important to have all the good vibes, you know, coming at you, and so all the bad spirits go straight up to the roof.
JON: I love it. And this property that we are staying at, The Waikiki Beach Hotel is right across the street, and you’ve got great shopping right here in the lobby, another perfect place for families.
CARA: One of the nice things about Aston Hotels and Resorts is we have, not only do we have a great price, but we have a great value. Obviously value isn’t about the price, it’s about what you get, what you pay for that price.
CARA: And with our Aloha Book, and having over 2,000 dollars worth of savings especially here on Oahu, even when I look through it, I get surprised. Ooh, we have this in the Aloha Book?
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10:39-10:45 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, a royal celebration at the Royal Hawaiian Waikiki, and Da Kine Grinds.
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10:48-11:09 JON: Duke Kahanamoku is a legend here on Oahu, and was a true renaissance man of his day. He won several olympic medals in swimming, and was the first person to ever be inducted into both the swimming and surfing hall of fame. Duke was an actor. Duke was a lawman here in Honolulu for many years, and was the Hawaiian Ambassador, helping spread the aloha spirit throughout the world. Duke Kahanamoku, we salute your spirit.
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11:20-12:45 JON: We are at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel for a Tihati Productions Luau, now I know from experience living here, if I see Tihati Prodictions on the bill, it’s going to be good.
AFATIA: Oh thank you.
JON: Afatia, thanks for having us brother.
AFATIA: Thank you, how are you doing?
JON: Good to see you.
AFATIA: Alright, pleasure to be here.
JON: Tell us about this luau, and lets talk story about the story.
AFATIA: Ok, what we have here is actually what we don’t like to call a luau, and its what we call Aha Aina, or what is traditionally known as a feast, or a get together.
JON: And there is entertainment happening around the perimeter right now, you’ve got guys pounding poi over there.
AFATIA: Absolutely. We have some fishermen showing some of their unique wares as well as some of the techniques that they did, and lastly we have our women which was pounding tapa, ancient traditional Hawaiian bark cloth, and it was something only women were allowed to do back in ancient days, so you know, this first act is kind of pre European contact with our activities, and kind of let everybody know some of the activities we used to do as Hawaiians before everybody came.
JON: Lovely. Act 2 I assume is the feast?
AFATIA: Act 2 is the feast, absolutely, Aha Aina, this wonderful feast, but it is a wonderful range of variety of food, from some traditional Hawaiian to kind of pacific fusion. And then finally act 3 is the actual production piece, the show piece, and it takes us on a journey. Earlier days, ancient Hawaiian days was known as Halumaua, this whole area, and so we kind of teach you about how this name came about, and what our Hawaiian people did to make this place significant.
12:51-13:16 ACTRESS: The most prominent and renowned of all our elite year kings, was King Kamehameha Nui, Kamehameha the great.
ACTRESS: And now we celebrate the Kalakaua dynasty in a medley of songs and dances written in their honor.
13:43-13:56 ACTRESS: Just down the road from here, a very new sensation was taking center stage. The world was being introduced to the pulsating beat of the drums from Tahiti, and to awe inspiring fire knife dancing from Samoa.
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14:17-14:33 JON: With 112 miles of coastline, Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands, but it is also the most visited, thanks to attractions like Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, world famous Waikiki Beach, and the state capitol of Honolulu, which is also home to the only royal palace in the United States, the Iolani Palace.
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14:40-16:44 JON: I’m with Michael at Tiki’s Bar and Grill, Waikiki’s premier locally owned restaurant. Before we talk about food that is such a passion here on Oahu, let’s talk about this drink, what is this thing?
MICHAEL: Absolutely. Well, we have a couple of new drinks, and a couple of new custom tiki mugs. This is one that has cruzan rum in it as well as red stag cherry flavored bourbon. We put in a little dry ice, and you can see it is off gassing right now. You have to drink it with a straw, but it chills the drink even more and it makes it exciting. You get to take the mug home.
JON: And this of course is one of your traditional drinks.
MICHAEL: Yeah, the lava flow right here, and then we also have, in a real coconut cup, our world famous mai tai.
JON: Alright, lets get to the food, because I live here on Oahu, one of the things that I notice is we have a lot of ohana BBQ’s on Sundays, and everybody potlucks and brings food. Food is so much more than an eating experience, its a cultural experience on Oahu, why is that?
MICHAEL: Absolutely. Well families get together and people want to give a little, time is so limited that you get to spend with family and extended family, so when you get together, you want to be able to share something good, something exciting, you want to be known as that person that is either bringing that speciality dish maybe, or that you’ve brought something maybe a little unique that other people in the family haven’t had in a while.
JON: Lets talk about what is on the table here because we haven’t eaten lunch yet and we’re kind of starving.
MICHAEL: Absolutely.We have an ahi salad, its like a nicoise style, jumping up to the plantain chips right there that have been fried, that is our poisson cru, and that is made with ono today, guava glazed BBQ ribs, excellent.
JON: You are well known for your food, but you are also well known for your nightlife, this place has a really good nightlife Friday and Saturday nights, you have live music tonight I think, its a Thursday.
MICHAEL: Yep, absolutely. But we’ve also had some unbelievable visitors from around the world stop in and see this is going on, and they have their regular day job back home but they are a closet entertainer, so they get up and they perform and have a good time.
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16:53-16:58 JON: Up next on Next Stop, slack key guitar artist Makana, with Lono and Lopaka.
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18:22-19:08 JON: The New York Times calls his music dazzling, Next Stop calls it mesmerizing and Makana and your band, you are an amazing gift to Hawaiian music, thank you for joining us.
MAKANA: Right on.
JON: Next Stop Oahu, this is probably the most special music segment we have ever done, because we are in your home.
MAKANA: We are, and you know, hawaiian music comes out of the home, hawaiian music is a very personal thing. When the missionaries arrived back in the 1800’s, a lot of what was culturally hawaiian was outlawed, and a lot of the cultural practices kind of went underground, so hawaiian music including the style that I am versed in which is called kehowu, or hawaiian slack key guitar, kind of went underground and became very personal and was only played in the home, so we wanted to share hawaiian music in the context that it was created.
19:23-19:55 JON: In Hawaii we talk story, right? And you talk story through your music. What is the source of it, besides the ancestors. What is the source of your music today?
MAKANA: The sense of place, it comes down to that. When you aloha someone, its an action, it is a verb, its not a noun, its a verb. You aloha, I aloha you. I aloha you means I recognize that whatever is lighting you up and making you alive, is the same thing that is lighting me up and making me alive. I celebrate that, and we are ohana, we are family, and so lets work together to create harmony. That’s aloha.
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21:33-21:53 JON: Thank you for tuning into Next Stop from my home, Oahu, the gathering place, and big mahalos to my friends and family for joining me in all the fun, I love you guys. Thanks to our shows sponsors, The Aston Hotels and Resorts, Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Airlines VISA Signature card. We’ll see you next time on Next Stop. Next Stop, where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody.
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