Could this be Mars or is it really Hawaii?

Could this be Mars or is it really Hawaii? If you didn’t see the man sitting in the picture, you would think that you were viewing a photo from Mars. Training has actually started right on The Big Island of Hawaii and not too far from Mauna Loa. You probably never thought you would see the day when Hawaii would be used for a training exercise, with a comparable landscape to the planet Mars.

NASA Training in Hawaii

NASA’s Mars training is taking place in Hawaii.

The space agency recently spent $1 million on a “Martian” mission that required the slopes of a Hawaiian volcano.

NASA used the Mauna Loa volcano to stage a four month geodesic-dome “habitat.” Astronauts were forced to live inside their space suits as they walked outside of their domes.

 Could this be Mars or is it really Hawaii?

The $1 million Hawaii observation is part of the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission funded by NASA’s Human Research Program, the University of Hawaii, and Cornell University.

The purpose of the mission is to determine how astronauts will cook food when on Mars. Speaking to Astrobiology Magazine HI-SEAS, Commander Angelo Vermeulen revealed: “Some successful meals were Russian borscht, Moroccan tagine, ‘enchilasagna’ [and] seafood chowder.”

Vermeulen added:

“The freeze-dried meat is only really enjoyable when used in meals. In itself it’s too bland and hardly has any aroma.”

The crew’s favorite food was a “slimy” dish called “Kung Fu Chicken.”

The biggest success arrived in the form of dehydrated and freeze-dried vegetables. Because of the need for fruits and veggies, astronauts used those food stuffs in almost every meal they prepared.

Researchers also studied how robotic arms could be used to grow hydroponic food on terrestrial planets.

NASA astronauts also learned what it would be like to walk on Mars soil minus a change in gravity.

With a Mars flight still two decades away, many more “Mars missions” will be planned and executed on terrestrial type terrains.

 Could this be Mars or is it really Hawaii? As the song goes… “Is there life on Mars?” Well, there is in Hawaii…

 ~~Aloha Nui Loa

Tags: , , ,

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Circus Under the Sea at the Waikiki Aquarium

Circus Under the Sea at the Waikiki Aquarium and it’s always a lot of fun to view the many different sea creatures living in the Pacific Ocean. You’ll see fish you never knew existed and some with very bright colored skin almost like florescent lights. This will certainly be an educational experience for all who take this opportunity to be amazed with your own eyes these lovely creations of Mother Nature.

Circus Under the Sea at the Waikiki Aquarium

Family Night this year highlights the weird and the wacky. Gender swapping animals, creatures that re-grow parts, punching shrimp, beautiful worms and much, much more!

Circus Under the Sea at the Waikiki Aquarium

Scientists, from different university departments, will be on hand to answer question and share their expertise.

Visit the freak show, highlighting the amazing array of animal adaptations. Enjoy circus themed performers. Create fascinating crafts, and your own “animal” adaptations. In between the activities enjoy the warm summer evening and bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. It’s fun for the whole family!

$9/person ($12 for non-members), includes educational gift bags for children. All ages welcome; children 2 and under are free.

August 23, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Manoa Campus, Waikiki Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Avenue

Ticket Information
440-9011 or reservations@waquarium.org

Event Sponsor
Waikiki Aquarium, Manoa Campus

More Information
440-9011, http://www.waquarium.org

Circus Under the Sea at the Waikiki Aquarium and don’t forget to mark your calendar on this great event, you will surely enjoy it…

 ~~Aloha Nui Loa

Tags: , ,

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Hawaii makes the Top 100 list for restaurants with scenic views

Hawaii makes the Top 100 list for restaurants with scenic views and those are some breathe taking views right here on the Big Island of Hawaii. The chef’s signature dishes are a delight to your taste buds, like his Seared Big Eye Tuna, Hamakua Mushrooms, and if you’re a dessert  lover like me his mac nut toffee ice cream pie. I can feel this delicious meal dancing on my tongue.

Top 100 Restaurants

Two Hawaii restaurants have been named to OpenTable’s 2013 Diners’ Choice Award list of the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants, the online restaurant reservation provider announced Wednesday.

Hawaii makes the Top 100 list for restaurants with scenic views

Sarento’s at the Top of the Ilikai in Waikiki on Oahu and Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Big Island were both named to the list. Restaurants were not ranked within the top 100. In addition to Hawaii, restaurants from 28 other states were named to the list.

“A table at any of these winning restaurants is sure to be the crown jewel of your travel and dining experiences,” OpenTable Chief Dining Officer Caroline Potter said in a statement. “In a single sitting, you can take in the very best vistas of each city while feasting on fresh, local ingredients and specialties to help you capture the true essence of the region.”

Sarento’s at the Top of the Ilikai offers views of Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach and the Honolulu skyline. Ulu Ocean Grill is an oceanfront restaurant and has three private dining terraces.

More than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia were used to determine the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants.

Hawaii makes the Top 100 list for restaurants with scenic views and dinning under the ocean moon light is a very romantic experience with the one you love…

~~Aloha Nui Loa

Tags: , , ,

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

AirAsia will be offering cheap flights from Hawaii to Tokyo

AirAsia will be offering cheap flights from Hawaii to Tokyo which will help with the high cost of travel. Many travelers come from Japan to our lovely islands each year and now we can fly to Japan on a reasonable flight thanks to AirAsia.

Flying to Japan?

There’s some moving and shaking in the world of low cost carriers this week, as AirAsia Japan is going under the knife for a little bit of work. They’ll still be around to whisk you off to here and there and, depending on where you want to go, their new destinations may even be more appealing than their former spots.

AirAsia will be offering cheap flights from Hawaii to Tokyo

All Nippon Airways—ANA to their friends—are getting ready to try something new with AirAsia Japan. The new focus will be on warm and sunny destinations, as the carrier wants to do a little more travel to resort and leisure locations. Spots like Guam and Hawaii have been mentioned, but that’s just the beginning of the possibilities.

That’s not all! The carrier will be getting a new name later this month, as the old AirAsia Japan brand fades off into the sunset. New planes will be acquired, and the revamped carrier should be up and flying by the end of the year. They’ll start with a couple of planes, but should be up to around five or so by the spring of next year.

Despite the focus on overseas leisure options, they aren’t totally forgetting about the domestic market. Flights from Tokyo to spots like Sapporo and Okinawa will still be available, and honestly these will probably be some of the carrier’s first flights after the total rebranding. As it stands, Peach remains Japan’s only true and completely operating low-cost carrier.

AirAsia will be offering cheap flights from Hawaii to Tokyo and I’m one who for sure will be taking them up on this offer…

 ~~Aloha Nui Loa

Tags: , , , ,

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

The Annual Queen Liliuokalani Outrigger Canoe Races

The Annual Queen Liliuokalani Outrigger Canoe Races are here and this will be the 40th year of women participation in this exciting race. This race takes place on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii on Saturday, August 31st.

This brings back memories of the first time I sailed on a boat, it was a catamaran, and I was told it was the world’s largest catamaran residing at the Hilton Hawaiian Village dock. It took us out along the coast over to Diamond Head for a breakfast buffet; it was a great way to start the day.

Be There... Aloha!

The Annual Queen Liliuokalani Outrigger Canoe Races

It was in 1973 that wahine (“women” in Hawaiian) first participated in the long-distance competition. Back then, it was a six-mile race. It has since expanded to 18 miles between Kailua and Honaunau. 

“We knew we could do it,” Blondie Kamaka, one of the pioneering members of the Kai Opua Canoe Club crew, said in a news release. “We paddled because we love it [and] now it’s a legacy.”

Women who participated in the 1973 open-seas race will share their memories during a “talk story” session at 5 p.m. Aug. 30 on the lawn at Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel

The races will begin the next morning, with women paddlers taking to the water starting at 7:30. The kane (men) get a shot as well; they bring the canoes back on a return journey that starts at 11:45. 

There are races for single- and double-hull canoes as well as paddleboarding events. 

Spectators seeking front-row seats can reserve space on one of two catamarans that will be offering special trips on race day. Blue Sea Cruises, (808) 331-8875, has adult tickets priced at $40. For $50, Body Glove will include a continental breakfast and barbecue lunch with its special sailing. 

The Annual Queen Liliuokalani Outrigger Canoe Races happen only once a year and this is your chance to catch some Hawaiian history in the making…

~~Aloha Nui Loa

Tags: , , , ,

  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS
Copy Protected by Chetans WP-Copyprotect.