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Destination Profile!

Posted: 12/03/2016 in Updates

Part 1: Long Review

Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Of the 5 major islands My favourite beach in all of Hawaii is Magic Sands Beach (La’Aloa) It is a tiny little beach right in the heart of Kona. It’s a sandy little beach that is awesome for sunbathing, swimming and catching waves if you want to ride waves into the shore. The water is also extremely warm but it does have insane waves which are considered dangerous at times. Mostly this is during monsoon season or the winter when the waves are bigger and rains can be heavier. During the summer, it isn’t as bad but of course it does have its moments that everyone must obey and follow.

This beach is so nice because it isn’t ridiculously busy but it is usually busy enough to allow for conversation and beach games if you want but it is not empty so you don’t feel like a crazy person being the only one on the beach. One of the main interactive sports to play with random people on this beach is beach volleyball. The sand and weather makes beach volleyball a

There are a few drawbacks however, even though this is a smaller that size difference makes it harder to find a place on the beach because of the size difference. I really do recommend that you go to this beach because you don’t want to go to the bigger beaches that are insanely crowed then this beach is a great option. Another drawback to this beach is that because it’s known as a smaller beach that is incredibly beautiful there is a limit to how many people they allow but of course that means parking is absolutely insane to come by. After the parking lot is full people just park on the street which is also an extremely common thing in Hawaii. At least on the big island.

The sand on this beach is soft and warm. When people go to the beach you lie out a beach towel and everything as well. The thing with this sand is when you walk on it you don’t need to do this is because it is so soft. It is incredible. I once laid in the sand there for almost three hours, I didn’t want to leave. Another thing with the sand, and this the case across all the sand in Hawaii or probably any place in the world along oceans is the sand is incredibly clean. By clean I mean that if you walk on it you can hear it squeak under your feet.

Part 2: Guidebook Entry

On the Big Island is the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy. This Observatory is one of the biggest in the world yet visitors aren’t allowed completely to the top. Visitors arer only allowed about ¾ the way up where the is Visitor Information Center is located. Here they have small tours where they bring out telescopes of different magnitudes to use. They usually focus them on certain areas of the sky with the ones being the Pleiades, another being Saturn, the moon and Jupiter. Although tourists can’t go further up the observatory than this point that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthless. The people who work at the observatory are friendly and knowledgeable. They know what they are talking about. If you ever have any questions these are the people to ask.

It may be nice during the day when the average temperature is between 25-29 degrees Celsius, it can get extremely cold at night. When you’re 9,300 ft in altitude you start to get slightly cold. So, if you’re sick and tired of freezing outside you can step inside the Visitor Information Center for a nice steaming cup of Hot Chocolate, completely free! And if you ask really nicely they may even supply you with a blanket if you’re lucky enough to be quick enough to know they are there. Inside the center is also a gift shop with a great selection of souvenirs for tourists or those who take an interest in the stars.

The telescopes that the people from the center set up are a nice addition because since they are so powerful they allow you to view things such as the moon or the rings of Saturn so clearly. I have been to this observatory three times and each time has been different. Even though the time of the year was the same each day the stars are in a different place. The planets are in a different position. Also, the guides from there happen to tell you a story.

This story is slightly different however. See to you and me we know the constellations one way through Greek Mythology. The Hawaiian people though, they have their own version of the constellations and each one of the constellations connects to form one giant story. When I was there and our tour guide told us this it was amazing.

So if you are looking for a great place to spend a few hours at night on the big hours that doesn’t hurt your pocket too much in the money department I recommend you head up the mountain and observe the stars because it will be worth it and you may learn something while you are at it at the same time. I guarantee a star like experience.

Part 3: Media Release

Waikiki celebrates 10th Year of Turtle racing.

Kona Hawaii – This year 2016, marks the 10-year anniversary of the famous Waikiki turtle races. Waikiki started the tradition a century ago when two people arrived at the beach dressed in the exact same turtle costume. When both women were separated from each other having shouted that each other stole the others costume. When neither woman would back down some bystanders decided that a race would determine a winner on who got to keep the costume and who had to change. The race was such a big hit that the following year both men and women alike showed up in turtle costumes just to have races.

Regardless to say it caused such hype in the community that Waikiki declared it a real race in 2006 and has been increasing in popularity since. The first year there were ten participants the next twenty, it has since grown until this year where 6,000 members will compete over a two-month period for ultimate supremacy in the State of Hawaii.

This year we have a new predicted winner in John Favor-Rite is the favourite having clocked in the fastest time at the preliminaries and qualifying events. You can never rule out last year’s winner and three-time champion Jane “The Defier” Dogunder. Regardless of who wins we are all here to have some fun.

Although started by accident turtle racing has become a major event in the state of Hawaii with the final closing down the state completely due to the popularity and amount of people skipping previously arranged appointments. Last years event drew over 1,000,000 spectators over the two months and over 100 million watching on TV. Due to the increase in popularity the event coordinators are looking for volunteers to help. If you are interested please contact Erica Needsahand at

Also ticket prices have increased this year from the usual $2,000.00 USD to $2,500.00 USD. Get them now while you can before they sell out. The Event itself runs from November 1st and ends on December 31st. To learn more about this event please visit the Website

Joseph Bunn – Senior Editor

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Phone: 123-456-7890

Fax: 098-765-4321


Part 4: Top 10



Hello Everyone! Jay here and welcome back to the present. Now Today I thought I’d change it up a little bit and do something different. First off, I’m sorry about the beard I know it must look terrible but I promise it will be gone in a few days as Movember is almost over. Well me and my friends do Movembeard where we grow both Beards and Mustaches. But anyway, I thought it would be fun to bring you all along on a quick journey I like to Call Jay’s top 10. Basically, what this is, is I will be listing of my top 10 things of something and why it on the list where it is. Honestly guys I’ve been meaning to start one of these but I thought what a better way to do it than for a school project. Alright guys enough of me blabbing Here we go!

Top 10 List:

Things to do in Hawaii:

10: Whale Watching

Whale Watching is one of the greatest things about being around water. When in Hawaii there is no end to the amount of water creatures you can see. It’s incredible, people. But there is something that trumps (and I don’t mean Donald Trump) everything and that’s seeing a whale while on a boat. There is something special about Dolphin watching but there is just something extra special about seeing a whale breach the water if you don’t believe me check this out (Show the clip) Awesome, right?

9: Surfing

Number nine is surfing. Surfing is a big thing in countries with water. Now since many countries touch water we must narrow that down to the specifics and say places with warm waters or that we know have big waves Because I believe France has a time of the year off the coast where surfing is a thing…possibly? If someone knows the answer leave the answer down below. Surfing is very common world-wide so here are a few stats to get you in the mood or scare you off.

23 Million people surf World-Wide every year

The longest time surfing at a single time was 37 minutes

The most money made in a year surfing was 3 million dollars

The height of the biggest wave ever recorded was 1740ft

The most people to ever ride a surfboard at one time was 47

Now isn’t that cool? I mean Surfing all over the world is a pretty cool thing But in Hawaii it’s just awesome because it has different size waves for different times of the year and also for different ages or levels. The waves go from Advanced, and I mean really advanced to beginner.

8: Paddle-boarding

Now if you have a protective parent or feel you couldn’t quite hand surfing there is another option. This is very similar but you use a paddle instead. This is called paddle-boarding. Now this is what I like to call the dimmed down version of Surfing. Now please everyone, don’t feel bad if this is what you enjoy or want to do. That is not my intention at all Personally I prefer this because it means I can have paddle-board competitions with my brother. It’s terrific. So if you don’t want to go surfing but want to do something similar this is what you need to do!

7: Snorkeling

Hawaii is known for having so many different kinds of fish and so many kinds of wildlife. Especially in the ocean, So, have you ever wanted to go exploring under the sea? Not Little Mermaid style butjust on the surface basically lying on the water with a mask on and breathing through a giant tube? If this appeals to you then Snorkeling is what you want to do. Personally, I love snorkelling because it’s near the surface and much more of the wildlife is near the surface of the water instead of deeper down which is where Scuba diving comes into play!

6: Scuba Diving

If you want to go underneath the water for longer periods of time. Then skip snorkeling and go straight for Scuba diving! Back when I was in Grade 11 my class took a month-long trip to Vancouver Island and we all got our Suba Diving certificates…Well…Everyone except me because the day before the Scuba diving I got a major ear infection and it blew my ear drums so I couldn’t get my ear or head wet. It really sucked terribly because I couldn’t do the thing that the entire class had looked forward to all semester. But still just look up scuba diving and I guarantee you’ll want to get on a plane, fly to Hawaii and take your own lessons. Oh, and Did I mention, Once certified it never expires. That right it’s good for life! Pretty Neat Eh??

5: Eating Hawaiian Cuisine

Hawaii is stuck in the middle of nowhere, we all know this. But that doesn’t mean they can’t cook. I mean They can cook. I don’t know if any of you know what a Luau is but They are incredible. A Luau is a traditional Hawaiian party put on by locals and it involves music entertainment and dancing (usually) But that isn’t even the best part. The best part of it has to be the roast pig. I mean OMG I can’t even describe what it’s like! Essentially what it is, is a roast pig that has been cooked in a pit of rocks wrapped in leaves and seasoning. Usually they put it in the night before and it slowly cooks over the entire day. When done and if done correctly it is incredible. I mean sooooooo, good! I can’t even give you a proper example because of how good it is. If I had to try it would be like this, take the best steak you’ve ever had now imagine that but just melting in your mouth…I realize that sounds weird. Deal with it!

4: Visiting Iolani Palace

So in Hawaii there is a palace. This palace is quite famous. It’s called the Iolani palace. This palace is so majestic that it is almost indescribable. Like take every castle and palace you know and combine them. That’s how beautiful this place is. I don’t know a lot about it unfortunately guys but I know that it’s amazing and you should go check it out. I also know this. The TV series Hawaii 5-0 is filmed in the building as well. Now isn’t that interesting?

3: Observing the stars.

Want to see the stars? Have an interest in Astronomy? Well, when you go to Hawaii you basically have to walk outside your door at night and you can see the stars. There is the odd exception of course. When you’re in the heart of Honolulu it’s harder to see. But go anywhere outside a city and you can see the stars forever. I personally love going outside at night and looking at the stars. I’m also into Astrology a little bit so I can point out some of the constellations that we know today. A couple of fun facts for those of you interested. Hawaiian people have their own stories involving the constellations we know as Greek ones and also in Hawaii, it’s the one of the places near the equator so that means you can see both the North Star and the Southern Cross. The Southern cross is basically the South’s version of the North Star.

2: Watching the Sun Set

Now for the last two. These ones are so close that they could almost be interchangeable but one just outlasts the other. So number two on my list of top 10 things to do in Hawaii is Watch the sun set. Hawaii is known for having beautiful sunsets and This picture is no exception. If you wonder if it looks familiar that’s because it’s the same one just edited. But watching the Sunset in Hawaii is like watching a movie and seeing the stars appear is the credits. It’s just incredible. The thing with Experiences like this is you can’t copy them. You can’t describe them. You can try, but unless you’ve actually lived it you can’t say you’ve lived.

1: Visiting Pearl Harbour!

And Finally Number one! The number one thing you need to do in Hawaii is visit Pearl Harbour. It’s awesome. You get to explore the giant battleships you can explore a old submarine you can visit the Memorial of the USS Arizona. The USS Arizona which was sunk during the bombing of Pearl Harbour. The history you learn from the place is incredible. I want to go back and I know I will at some point…When? I don’t know but like with the Sunset unless you’ve lived it you haven’t seen anything yet! So go check it out!

Thanks for tuning in Guys I hope I convinced you to go to Hawaii at some point in your life!

Alright Travelers I’m taking off for now keep exploring and I will see you, in the not so distant future!

Part 5: Personal Experience

I’ve been to Hawaii twice in my life both times were in the winter and since I grew up in a cold place I admit it was nice to get away from the cold. When I was in Hawaii the first time we never left the big island which kind of sucked. The second time we went, and by we, I mean my younger brother, two sisters, my mom and me. When we went the second time we did leave the big island and went to Oahu for a week at the very end of the trip. Now that was an amazing experience.

Before we left for Oahu however, we spent two months on Hawaii (which is the name of the big island.) On the big island, we spent it exploring, going to beaches, visiting the observatory going to Volcano National Park and driving completely around the island from one side to the other and then around the rest. It was a surreal experience to say the least.

After we had done everything we wanted to on the big island, we decided we would go to Oahu for the final week because the big thing on mine and my brother’s list of things we wanted to do was go to Pearl Harbour! Our trip there was amazing, my brother turned into his five-year-old self again. My sisters were less thrilled but still were excited to see everything when they saw we were going to go in the USS Missouri.

In all it was an amazing trip to Hawaii! I couldn’t have asked for a better time. My family was awesome and we got to spend so much quality time together, because that was the last time we spent time together now that I’m in university. I’m so glad I got to go again and I will make a major effort to go back again sometime in the future, hopefully with my family!