Sunday, September 21, 2008

Honeymoon

So I have been pretty lazy of late. Which is why I missed last weeks blog post. So I am back now and this will be last post that will focus on my wedding.

Honey Moon

So as mentioned before I went to Honolulu, Hawaii. It is on the island of Oahu. Although the islands is one of the smaller Hawaiian islands in terms of land mass it is the most populated. We chose Hawaii because 1) It was going to be a lot cheaper than Europe, 2) We thought it would be easy to get around. It really is not very different than any other American city. If you are looking for traditional Hawaiian culture it is going to be very hard to find. I am not sure what I was expecting but I did think there would be a little more history to see. Now I will list some of the highs and lows.

Highs

Island to Island Tour

On one day we did this tour where we flew to the "Big Island". The real point of going to the big island was to see the volcanoes. We did a helicopter tour of the volcano. If you look closely you can actually see the running lava. Unfortunately because of all of the twists and turns and helicopter was taking I started to get sick. Luckily the pilot landed soon or I am sure I would have thrown up.

The Hotel
We stayed in a five star resort. We told the check in guy that we were on our honeymoon and he upgraded the room for us for free and also gave up tickets for a free breakfast for everyday of our trip.

Getting Around

It was very easy to get any where we wanted to go. Just hop on the bus and $2 dollars later you are where you wanted to get to. There is a shuttle system that even includes a narrated tour. There is also a free shuttle that takes you to one store called HiLo Hattie.

Lows

Very Little Hawaiian culture

One of our tour guides told us that there are only about one thousand 100% pure Hawaiian left. Every one else is a mix of Chinese, Japanese, Samoan, etc... I think that is kind of sad. He also said that if you can prove that you are at least 50% Hawaiian then the state will rent you land at the rate of $1 per year.

The Food

This relates to my first complaint. There was not native food. If you want subway and McDonald's then you are in heaven. No matter what restaurant we went to they didn't have much to offer us.

The distance

the island is in the middle of the ocean. And you really do lose about a day of you vacation to travel time. There is no direct flight from Toronto. As such we had to fly to Vancouver first and then fly to Hawaii.

Overall it was a really good trip and I can see myself going back there someday.

Next week ... Fall TV show premiers.

5 comments:

Nads said...

Nice post. :)

Renee said...

I am not surprised that there was such a lack of culture. When the US illegally annexed Hawaii they did as any other colonial power would do, they did their level best to eradicate the Hawaiian people. To this day there are groups that still advocate for the liberation of Hawaii from the US government.

Anonymous said...

The Hawaiian people were under a stone age system called the Kapu system. It was eradicated by King Kamehameha V by choice. He did it to consolidate his power base and end about 500 years of war that had persisted since the Tahitians arrived and established Kapu.

Hawaii started electing their Kings since King Kamehameha V had no heir. This established the concept of democracy in Hawaii.

In 1893 Kalākaua did some unpopular things and by force Hawaii was switched to a democracy. This biased democracy that was essentially run by "Native Hawaiians". Supposedly the revolution was led by Americans and Europeans. However they represented about .5% of the population. It is hard to believe they could have pulled it off without a lot of support from the “Native Hawaiians.” The vote under the new constitution included Europeans and Americans but they were such a minority they were meaningless. For the era the democracy was fairly good. Remember at the time there were about 5 democracies in the world.

Queen Liliuokalani tried to reimpose royalty by force on Hawaii. In fairness their second democracy was imposed by force. If the native Hawaiians had voted for her she could have established her rule easily. They didn't. So she attempted to take over the government with a bunch of warriors. The US Marines stepped in and stopped her from establishing her monarchy by force. This is were the controversy primarily centers. It didn't help she had support of the President. The democracy had the support of the elected US government.

There are a lot of cool things about Hawaiian culture. Most of that has been retained. What hasn't been retained is anything to do with Kapu. Honestly I am not surprised. It is like going through a medieval torture museum. It has a lot of things in it we would probably all rather forget. Kapu is one of them. If you don't believe me do your own research on Kapu.

Anonymous said...

The original Hawaiian culture was primarily destroyed by the Tahitians when they brought in Kapu. KAPU was removed by King Kamehameha V to consolidate his rule. What is left of Hawaiian culture is from the Polynesians that arrived between 300 and 500 AD. Honestly it is pretty neat. It is too bad so much of it has been destroyed by two cultural invasions.

As a side note Hawaii voted at a ratio of 17 to 1 to accept becoming a state in 1959.

JAW said...

We should all now officially start making Jokes about Duane's life being over since he got married. Notice the last blog entry ever was his honeymoon. That is it, nada, nothingness.

The Star Trek Version: He has passed into the void! He has transcended the event horizon! Help Geordi save him via the teleporter!

Just kidding: But like where is the next blog entry?!?