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Hawaii_Oahu_Honolulu_Elvis_concertMemphis-based Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. this week announced that tickets will go on sale on Friday (Nov. 2) for the Elvis Presley Aloha from Hawaii 40th Anniversary Screening.

According to a news release issued by the Elvis Presley Enterprises: “This experience will feature incredible re-mastered video projected on multiple screens with audio presented in Dolby 5.1 surround sound. The original performance has been edited to re-create the excitement of being there in-person 40 years ago and will include special footage filmed exclusively for this event.”
On Jan. 14, 1973, Presley’s Aloha from Hawaii concert was beamed live via satellite and seen in over 40 countries by close to 1.5 billion people. Held at Honolulu International Center (now Neal Blaisdell Center), the concert is regarded as the most-watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history.
The concert served as a fundraiser for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund. Lee, a Hawaii composer and entertainer who died of throat cancer in 1966, composed of the song “I’ll Remember You.” Aloha From Hawaii featured that song along with several older hits and tunes from the 1960s and ‘70s. The lineup ranged from “Blue Suede Shoes” to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and the Beatles’ “Something.”

The anniversary screening is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 14, 2013 at Blaisdell Center. All tickets are $35. To purchase tickets online, click here.

Earlier this year, Elvis Presley Enterprises announced a vacation package and other Elvis-related to events in Honolulu tied to the Aloha From Hawaii anniversary. For additional information about the anniversary celebration, click here.

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Photo: Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.

Hawaii_Lanai_Manele_Nobu_WaikikiPlans are in the works for celebrity chef and restaurateur Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa to open Nobu Lanai in mid-December at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay.

In a news release issued by the resort, Tom Roelens, general manager of Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, said: “As a leader in innovative Japanese cuisine, world-renowned Chef Nobuyuki’s has revolutionized the dining experience for epicureans and travelers alike,” Roelens said.

He continued:  “Nobu Lanai will elevate the culinary scene on Lanai and offer guests yet another exceptional experience while capturing the essence of the authentic, private island of Lanai.”
In June, Larry Ellison, co-founder and chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation, the world’s largest business software company, wrapped up a deal that made him the owner of all but a small slice of Lanai.

Ellison reportedly purchased 98 percent of the 141-square-mile island about $500 million. The deal includes the Pineapple Isle’s two resorts, a golf club, and the island’s water and electric utilities.  (Maui County, in tandem with the State of Hawaii, owns the remaining 2 percent-slice of the island.)

So, is Ellison a big Nobu fan? Could be.

According to a story that appeared in the Los Angeles Times last month (“Is Malibu turning into the Larry Ellison beach club?), Ellison now owns nine houses and commercial property, including Nobu Mailbu, along the area’s Carbon Beach, which is nicknamed “Billionaire’s Beach.”

Currently, Matsuhisa has 25 restaurants in 21 cities around the globe, including, in Honolulu (Oahu), Nobu Waikiki.

For more information about the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, click here.

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Nobu Restaurants/Steve Freeman

Hawaii_restaurant_Oahu_Maui_Kauai_If you’ll be in the Islands in mid-November, you’ve gotta eat out.

Slated to begin on Mon., Nov. 12 and wrap up on Sun., Nov. 18, Restaurant Week Hawaii is a seven-day celebration of Hawaii’s food services. With a total of more than 50 eateries participating on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island, the eats will range from refined fine dining to island-style fast-food, with a number special menu items, promotions, and discounts.

Now in its fifth year, a portion of Restaurant Week in Hawaii proceeds will go to support the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head — Hawaii's first four-year culinary program. The celebration serves as a reminder that Hawaii is a top culinary destination, known for top celebrity chefs and emerging green-mined philosophies tied to farm-to-table dinning.

Among this year’s participants: Alan Wong’s, d.k Steak House, Neiman Marcus Mermaid Bar, Nobu Waikiki, Stage Restaurant, hank’s haute dogs, Morton’s The Steakhouse Honolulu, The Melting Pot (Maui), Pineapple Grill at Kapalua Resort (Maui), Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Maui, Oahu & the Big Island), Genki Sushi (Oahu, Maui, Big Island & Kauai) and many others. 

To check out the full list of Restaurant Week participants and menus, click here. For more information about Restaurant Week Hawaii, click here.

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Photo: Restaurant Week Hawaii

Hawaii_Oahu_Honolulu_airfare_Allegiant_MauiAllegiant Air, a Nevada-based airline owned by Allegiant Travel Company, is now holding a sale through which it’s offering one-way tickets between Honolulu and nine cities on the U.S. mainland for as low as $99.

The fares are limited (not available for all flights) and area available for a limited time for travel between Honolulu, Oahu and Boise, Idaho; Eugene, Ore.; Fresno, Calif.; Las Vegas; Phoenix/Mesa, Ariz., Santa Maria, Calif., Spokane, Wash., Stockton, Calif.; and Bellingham, Wash.  The sale also includes fare as low as $99 for flights between Maui and Bellingham.

The start dates for the sale’s travel period are staggered, and all travel must be wrapped up on April 15, 2013. Sale-priced flights between Honolulu and Las Vegas get under way today, and Fresno-Honolulu flights start tomorrow. Start dates for Bellingham, Eugene and Santa Maria are during November. Sale-priced flights for Boise, Phoenix/Mesa and Spokane begin in February 2013.

The sale was announced yesterday on Allegiant's facebook page. For more information about flight schedules, click here or call 702-505-8888. For information about baggage fees (including fees for carry-on luggage), click here.

Allegiant made its first-ever flight to Hawaii in late June 2012, when it launched its service from Las Vegas to Honolulu. On July 1, the airline sent its first flight from Fresno, Calif. to Honolulu International Airport. Its planned mainland-Oahu lineup now consists of the nine cities (mentioned above) in Western states. 

In late May, the carrier announced a plan to add Monterey, Calif. to the lineup, with flights slated to start in mid-November. Earlier this month, though, Allegiant dropped the plan for the Monterey-Honolulu nonstop route because bookings for flights were reportedly lower than anticipated.

Founded in 1997, Allegiant Travel Company specializes in providing low-cost travel packages that include air, hotel, rental car and attractions. For additional information about Allegiant Air, click here.

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Photo: Joe Solem/Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)

Hawaii_Maui_televisionThe buzz started about a week ago when Deadline Hollywood, an online source for breaking news in the entertainment industry, posted an exclusive dispatch with this headline: “AMC’s ‘Mad Men' Heads to Hawaii For Season Premiere.”

The story reported that actors Jon Ham and Jessica Pare, who play husband and wife Don and Megan Draper in the popular 1960s-period TV drama series set on New York City's Madison Avenue, would soon be traveling to Hawaii to shoot scenes at an undisclosed location for the show’s sixth season premiere.

In response, several entertainment writers quickly weighed in with tongue-in cheek speculation about possible plot lines. Here’s one the ideas served up by the Los Angeles Times:

“Megan’s acting career takes off and she is cast in the pilot for Hawaii Five-O, which began airing on CBS in September of 1968. ("Mad Men’s" most recent season ended in 1967.) While Megan is hard at work, Don slips off to a Don Ho concert where, drunk off of too many mai tais, he rushes the stage and is arrested. Mortified, Megan talks to Don about his drinking and decides that, for the health of their marriage, she will quit acting.”

What the premiere episode holds is anyone’s guess. But a few hints are now surfacing by way of beach photos posted on various news websites, such as the Huffington Post. It appears that the Mad Men crew has been shooting scenes this week on a Maui shoreline, with Don Draper sporting red paisley swim trunks and Megan Draper looking stylish in a brightly colored purple-print, 1960s-era bikini. In the photos, they're stretched out on a sandy strip, apparently edging a hotel of some sort, with tropical drinks, cigarettes and various bits of beach reading within easy reach.

The AMC channel has yet to announce when the show’s sixth season will premiere. For more information about Mad Men, click here.

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Photo: various Mad Men cast members (Ham is seat, center)/Frank Ockenfels/AMC

Hawaii_Maui_windsurfing_MakaniThe American Windsurfing Tour’s Maui Makani Classic — ranked among the sport’s most prestigious competitions — is slated to begin tomorrow (Thurs., Oct. 25) in the waters edging Hookipa Beach Park, on Maui’s north shore. The Hookipa area is considered ideal for windsurfing because of its large, well-shaped waves and strong winds.
The competition, which will continue through Sat., Nov. 3, is expected to showcase scores of pro watermen, including last year’s winner Camille Juban (pictured, right), and Maui resident Levi Siver.

Known as the “King of Style,” Siver has come a long way from his hometown in Idaho to his current status as one of the best in the sport. Recently, Siver won American Windsurfing competitions in Santa Cruz, Calif., Pistol River, Ore. and San Carlos, Baja (Calif.). Juban (France) began surfing as a young boy, after his family moved to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Juban has collected recent competition wins in Peru and Hatteras (cape on the coast of North Carolina). Last year, he became to first French competitor to win the Maui Makani Classic.

In addition to the male pros, the Maui Makani Classic will feature competition divisions for women and youth. In addition, the event will include “family combos,“ during which multiple generations will hit the waves together.  For more information about the Maui Makani Classic, click here.

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Photo: Camille Juban, 2011 Maui Makani Classic/American Windsurfing Tour 

Hawaii_Volcano_World_Heritage This week, the Big Island’s Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its designation as a World Heritage site with two events: an “After Dark in the Park” presentation and a roundtable talk, both focusing on World Heritage site status and the 40th anniversary of the international World Heritage Convention.

Today, there are 21 World Heritage sites in the United States, including two in Hawaii. In addition to Hawaii Volcanoes, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument — the largest single area dedicated to conservation in the United States — was dedicated as a World Heritage site two years ago. Both were cited by the World Heritage Convention, which is operated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for “superlative attributes of universal value important to the common heritage of humanity.” There are more than 960 World Heritage sites around the globe, ranging from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to the Great Wall of China.

Here are some more details about the anniversary events organized by Hawaii Volcanoes.

• World Heritage “After Dark in the Park”  — 7 p.m. tomorrow (Wed., Oct. 24) at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium. National Geographic Traveler editor Jonathan Tourellot will provide an overview about World Heritage sites. The event, which is part of the park’s ongoing After Dark in the Park series, is free, but park entrance fees apply.

• World Heritage Anniversary Roundtable — 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Thurs., Oct. 25) at The Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast.  This event, presented by the park, Big Island Visitors Bureau and the Fairmont, will feature a discussion about the relevance of the World Heritage designation. Among the roundtable participants: National Geographic’s Tourellot, park staff members, and representatives of the travel industry. To RSVP to this free event, click here.

For more information about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, click here. To learn more about World Heritage sites, click here.

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Photo: lava lake glow at Kilauea volcano’s Halemaumau crater/Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Michael Szoenyi/National Park Service

The lava lake swirling beneath a crack in the earth at Halemaumau crater — Kilauea volcano’s summit caldera — is hitting its highest levels since the vent opened in 2008, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Yesterday afternoon, the lava lake rose within about 110 feet of the top of the nearly vertical vent. Since March 19, 2008, when an explosive eruption formed the lava lake, it levels have typically fluctuated between 230 feet to 490 feet below the crater floor.

Over the last few weeks, however, the lake’s levels have fluctuated but have remained high. On Oct. 14, the lake was measured at about 150 feet from the top of the crater’s 520-foot wide cylindrical vent.

VIDEO: This 44-second video, taken during a recent helicopter overflight of Halemaumau, shows vigorous spattering on the lake margin and the emission of a thick plume of gas on the rarely seen southern side of the pit. To watch video, click here.

In recent news reports, Jim Kauahikaua, scientist-in-charge at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), said: “If this trend continues, we may expect the summit lava lake to continue rising slowly until there is a rupture somewhere within the subsurface transport system, carrying
magma to the east rift zone eruption site."

A news release issued by Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kauahikaua said the lava lake will be visible from the overlook at Jaggar Museum if it comes within about 65 feet of the crater floor.

Until that happens, daytime visitors can check out the constant ash and gas plume emanating from the Halemaumau crater. And nighttime visitors gathering in the museum’s overlook area are likely to catch a glimpse of the brilliant glow that lava beneath the surface casts upon clouds and the plume of volcanic gas.  All after-dark park visitors are urged to bring flashlights.

Park officials also note several pairs of nene, the federally endangered Hawaiian goose, are beginning to nest near the Jaggar Museum parking lot, and are sometimes spotted along roadsides and trails. Motorists are advised to watch out for the goose and drive the speed limit.

Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando said: "We encourage everyone to visit during this fascinating episode, but to exercise caution. Staff will be assisting visitors with parking and interpretation of the current activities. If people come prepared and proceed as directed, they should have an unforgettable experience."

For daily updates on Kilauea volcano activity, issued by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website, click here.

HawaiiMagazine.com reports regularly on lava activity at Kilauea volcano and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. Click here to catch up with all of our Volcano News posts. You can also follow our updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

UPDATE, 10/26/2012:
The lava lake rose to within 89 feet of the top of the vent today—the highest level it has reached since the vent opened in March 2008.

Lava lake on Oct. 22, 2012, with surface 110 ft. below the floor of Halemaumau crater.

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Photos: (top and middle) aerial views of Halemaumau vent and lava lake; (bottom) bird's-eye view of the lava lake at sunset — U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Hawaii_Honolulu_Molokai_saintBlessed Marianne Cope, a member of the Roman Catholic Sisters of St. Francis who cared for Hansen's Disease (leprosy) patients on Oahu and Molokai for three decades beginning in the late 1880s, will be named as a saint during a ceremony set for this Sunday (Oct. 21) at the Vatican in Rome.

At the ceremony presided over by Pope Benedict XVI, the church will also canonize six other sainthood candidates, including Kateri Tekakwitha, a 17th century Mohawk Indian who spent most of her life in upstate New York.   

About 250 Hawaii residents are in Rome for the ceremony, among them nine Hansen's Disease patients who reside at the former Molokai exile settlement at remote Kalaupapa Peninsula. Although cured, about a dozen people still live at the site, which is now part of Kakaupapa National Historical Park.

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities petitioned Pope Paul VI to open the cause for Mother Marianne’s canonization in 1974. Nine years later, an official registration took place, which then led to the titles of venerable, blessed and, now, saint. Canonization is conferred when the Vatican attributes two cases of miracles to a candidate for sainthood. In 2004 and 2011, Vatican officials ruled that cases of inexplicable medical recovery were due to the intercession of Mother Marianne, who died 96 years ago.  

Barbara Koob (now officially "Cope") was born on Jan. 23 1838 in West Germany. The next year, her family moved to the United States and settled in Utica, N.Y. At age 24, Barbara entered the Sisters of St Francis in Syracuse, N.Y., where she received the religious habit, the name "Sister Marianne" and began working as a teacher and principal in several elementary schools in New York state.Hawaii_Honolulu_Molokai_saint Quickly recognized as a deft administrator, Cope was tapped to help establish two general hospitals in New York state. Working alongside doctors, she picked up medical knowledge on everything from sanitation procedures to pharmacy skills, which she later put to use in Hawaii.

In 1883, when an emissary from Hawaii sent letters seeking capable leaders to provide health care for patients with Hansen’s Disease, Mother Marianne was the only religious leader — out of 50 contacted — to respond positively. She reportedly wrote to the emissary: “I am not afraid of any disease, hence, it would be my greatest delight even to minister to the abandoned 'lepers.'"

During the decade preceding Mother Marianne's arrival in Hawaii with a group of sisters of the St. Francis order, thousands of Hansen's Disease patients throughout the Islands had been sent by government order to the Kalaupapa Peninsula. In 1873, Father Damien de Veuster moved to the island to live among the patients and minister to them. (Saint Damien was canonized in 2009.)

Mother Marianne first met Father Damien in January 1884, when he was in apparent good health. Two years later, in 1886, after he had been diagnosed with Hansen's Disease, Mother Marianne was reportedly the only religious leader to offer hospitality to the priest. (His illness made him an unwelcome visitor to church and government leaders in Honolulu.)

Several months before Father Damien's death in 1889, at age 49, Mother Marianne agreed to provide care for the patients at the Boys' Home at Kalawao that he had founded. Subsequently, Mother Marianne, along with two other nuns, ran the Bishop Home (for girls) and the Home for Boys at Kalawao.

Mother Marianne never returned to Syracuse, and neither she nor the nuns she worked with contracted Hansen’s Disease. Mother Marianne died on Aug. 9, 1918 in Hawaii and was buried on the grounds of Bishop Home.

During Mother Marianne's lifetime, the chronic, contagious disease then known as leprosy was shrouded in fear and mystery, despite having afflicted humankind for millennia. About a decade after Cope died drugs were developed that could effectively cure the bacterium-caused disease. Left untreated, the disease, which weakens the immune system, can open the door for potentially deadly infections, such as pneumonia. 

Mother Marianne's story, "Mother to Outcasts," is featured in the September/October 2012 issue of HAWAII Magazine.

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Photos: (top) Mother Marianne Cope/Sisters of St. Francis; (middle) Wikimedia Commons, Mother Marianne Cope beside Father Damien's funeral bier; (bottom) Hawaii's first saint, Father Damien on Molokai (historic photograph)  

Hawaii_Oahu_Pearl_Harbor_Battleship_MissouriThe Battleship Missouri Memorial — located a ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor — is now offering a 360-degree above- and below-deck virtual tour.

In a news release issued this week, Michael A. Carr, the memorial’s president and chief operating officer, said: “With the new virtual tour people from across the world can see this historic battleship, before and after their visit to Pearl Harbor. This, combined with our recently launched Guide2Go app (available for $1.99 through the iTunes App Store), gives guests the next best thing to actually being here.”
Want a look at the actual spot on the 900-foot ship where Imperial Japan’s leaders agreed to surrender, thereby ending World War II? How about a peek at where the “Mighty Mo” crew took meals and slept while at sea?  Click here to check out the memorial’s virtual tour.

Together, the virtual tour, which is free, and the Guide2Go app aim to give the viewer the feeling of being aboard the ship. For example, while the virtual tour allows guests to explore everything from a lower-deck barbershop to the upper-level view of the surrounding harbor, the Guide2Go will add to the experience with video footage and crew interviews, among other offerings.Hawaii_Oahu_Pearl_Harbor_Battleship_Missouri 

“As remarkable as our guided tours are for the superb talent and knowledge of our guides, the reality is people can’t just get up and come to Hawaii whenever they want to see the Missouri. The virtual tour and Guide2Go offers a solitary, reflective experience that can be quite moving no matter what your previous familiarity with this magnificent battleship,” Carr said.

The battleship's career spanned five decades before it was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association. Among the ship's historical highlights: On Sept. 2, 1945, Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Douglas MacArthur and representatives from 10 nations assembled on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay to accept Imperial Japan’s formal, unconditional WWII surrender.

The formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri followed V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day), May 8, 1945, when German troops laid down their arms after Germany surrendered to Allied Nations. Japan announced its surrender on Aug. 15 (Japan time) and formalized the agreement on Sept. 2 aboard the ship, thereby finalizing the Allies’ victory over Axis Powers.

For more information about the virtual tour, click here. The actual Battleship Missouri Memorial is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and extended hours throughout the summer months.

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Photos: (top) "Mighty Mo" at sunset, Thomas Fake/Battleship Missouri Memorial; (bottom) Battleship Missouri Memorial
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