Everyone knows that Deep Sea Fishing Season in Hawaii is year round. However, we are once again approaching those much anticipated months where it is the beginning of PEAK season. Can you think of any better place to embark on your fishing adventure than off of the breathtaking Hawaiian Islands? Whether you’re an experienced angler or just looking for something fun to do for the day, nothing beats the thrill of big game fishing and a day out at sea. In the upcoming month of May there will be no shortage of fish. It is peak season for just about every fish imaginable, both Blue and Striped Marlin, Spearfish, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Wahoo (Ono), Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi) you name it!
Recently HawaiiDeepSeaFishing boats have been making headlines with their colossal catches. Last month it was a giant 823-pound marlin caught off the southern coast of Oahu on Sportfishing boat Play n Hooky. In addition, just last week over in Lahaina, Maui Sportfishing boat Start Me Up got into the action as well securing a 661.5-pound big blue. The monster of a fish was ultimately lured in by Brad Schafer. He was fishing alongside Captain Randy Evans and deckman Jeremy Johnson.
From left, Brad Schafer, Capt. Randy Evans and Deckman Jeremy Johnson with their 661.5-pound marlin caught on Start Me Up.
Start Me Up promotes a “Catch a 500+lb. Marlin & Your Trip is Free” guarantee, and will also make a $300 donation to a Maui charity. Nevertheless, for catching the 600+ pound beast, Start Me Up gave Brad his trip for free and donated $300 to Habitat for Humanity.
In honor of Valentine's Day we thought to pass on the local view of the islands to take your special someone
Haleakala National Park in Maui.
Haleakala National Park, or the “house of the sun,” is home to endangered species, volcanic landscapes and sub-tropical rainforests filled with secluded hiking trails that lead visitors through this exotic location. Hikers can bring a picnic breakfast and hunker down for the colorful display of light that spreads across the valley. It can be chilly, sometimes below freezing, before sunrise at the top of this 10,023-foot dormant volcano, so prepare with plenty of layers. Sunscreen is also recommended if you plan to stick around for a hike through the volcanic landscape. There is no food, beverages or gasoline in the park, so be prepared. If the volcano isn’t of much interest, the coast is a beautiful spot as well
Lanikai Beach on Oahu.
The name of this mile-long, white sand beach means “heavenly sea,” and after you visit, you’ll see why. Its calm waters are perfect for swimming and wading in the water without having to worry about the waves. The beach gives visitors a great view of the nearby Mokulua Islands. Keep in mind that the best part of this beach is found before Onekea Drive, so be sure to park in that neighborhood and take a trail to the beach.
Kaanapali Beach in west Maui.
Known as Maui’s “signature beach,” Kaanapali was named one of the best beaches in 2003 and offers three miles of white sand, perfect for a romantic walk. Once a retreat for the wealthy, Kaanapali is now a public getaway. This location is best known for Puu Kekaa or the Black Rock. It’s an area well-known for snorkeling, with the water ranging from about eight to 25 feet deep, depending on the slant of the lava rock under the water. The water is fairly clear, even in deeper areas, and turtles are often found frequenting this spot. Linger with your loved one after the rest of the observers leave, and admire the sun as it appears to melt into the ocean.One aspect that makes Kaanapali even more unique and romantic is the cliff diving ceremony that takes place at sunset each day. The act of the dive, accompanied by the lighting of torches that line the cliff, is in honor of Maui’s King Kahekili
Puu Ualakaa State Park in Oahu.
A one-mile loop trail leads to a lookout at Puu Ualakaa State Park where visitors can view southern Oahu. This spot is known for romantic sunset picnics while onlookers admire the views of Diamond Head and Pearl Harbor. Even Honolulu and Monoa Valley can be seen from this height, which sits on top of a cinder cone near downtown Honolulu.The trail leads through a wooded area, and the leisurely walk will take visitors up to the top of the hill that overlooks the city below. Let the backdrop of the forest and the bustling city be the perfect, romantic sunset location
Kailua Kona Coast on the Big Island.
This seaside town on the coast of Kona is an ideal spot to watch the sunset. A historic fishing village, this coast is now a destination for shopping, restaurants, and those who want to get away from the bustle of life.
The Na Pali Coast of Kauai.
One of the most beautiful places in the world, the Na Pali Coast of Kauai is home to waterfalls, beautiful green mountains, and a breathtaking coastline. The pali, or cliffs, are a backdrop of rugged valleys that suddenly end once they reach the ocean. The valleys are dotted with waterfalls and streams that continue to cut into the terrain. Stone terraces where Hawaiians once lived can still be found on extensive hikes. A large state park here is made up of these beautiful landscapes for all to enjoy. Many plants that once thrived on the island are considered endangered. Because of that, there are no roads in this area.
Maniniowali Beach at Kua Bay on the Big Island.
Watch out for powerful waves in this location, but be ready to be swept away by the beautiful views of the ocean and romantic atmosphere. The drive to the beach, once only accessible by a dirt path, was paved in recent years. While it’s easier to get to, it’s still not widely known and can provide a quiet, secluded location. Sit on the lava rocks and keep an eye out for turtle and dolphin sightings, a common occurrence at this spot. Packing a picnic lunch is also a good idea. Recently installed showers and bathrooms near the parking lot make it easy to spend a few hours on the beach.
Sugar Beach on Maui.
Home to condos and resorts, Sugar Beach, also known as Kealia Beach, is said to be one of the longest beaches in Maui. You won’t find any buildings on this beach, making it a perfect spot for romance. It can be a bit windy here, though, so it’s a favorite spot for kite flying and kayakers that often push off from the shore.
Kuilima Cove in Oahu.
Known as one of the best snorkeling beaches in Hawaii, Kuilima Cove in Oahu is surrounded by secluded locations, including Turtle Bay and Waimea Bay along the north shore of the island. One of the lesser known beaches, it’s maintained by a nearby hotel, so you’ll find it’s well kept and beautiful.
The Waipi’o Valley on the Big Island.
Known as the Valley of the Kings, The Waipi’o Valley on Hawaii’s Big Island holds a deep history. Ancient royals of Hawaii were buried in this area. Cliffs can be seen in the distance with valleys filled with some of the most beautiful waterfalls you can see in Hawaii.
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Mahi Mahi's aka Dorados are in peak season right now! Try this simple yet tasty recipe for your next catch!
3-4 mahi mahi fillets (3oz. each)
1/2 tbspn lemon zest (from 1-2 lemons)
1/2 tbspn fresh thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 medium sized onion
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
1/2 tbspn olive oil
1. To zest, simply rub your lemon against cheese grater, careful to turn the lemon as you grate through just the yellow rind.
2. Once you have your lemon zest, combine with salt and pepper in a bowl.
3. Add thyme to the zest/salt/pepper mix. When adding the thyme you want the leaves, not the stems. To get the leaves, pinch the stems and run your pinched fingers all the way down the length of the stem to remove thyme leaves. Discard the stems & add the leaves to the mix.
4. Pat dry your fish with a paper towel. Coat the fish with the spice mix. Set aside on a plate.
1. Heat a pan on medium/high heat. Add olive oil.
2. Once pan is searing hot, add onions.
3. Once your onions are a golden brown, add your fish to sear. Be sure not to move the fish once you set it down in the pan. Let the fish sear for 3-4minutes (depending on thickness).
4. Turn your fish over using a spatula. Let the fish sear for another 3-4minutes (depending on thickness).
5. Allow fish to completely sear on the other side, then lower heat and cover your pan so that the fish can cook all the way through. Add your garlic. Let fish cook for another 3-4minutes (depending on thickness).
6. Once fish is cooked through, remove from heat and serve.
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New Years 2015 in Hawaii. ”Hau’oli Makahiki Hou” a time of celebration, start of the New Year with unique Hawaii style flare.
Hau'oli Makahiki Hou - Happy New Year. The western Christmas and New Year fell during this same time of the year that the Hawaiians traditionally honored the earth for giving them plenty to eat. This period of resting and feasting was called Makahiki (mah-kah-HEE- kee). It lasted for 4 months, and no wars or conflicts were allowed during this time. Because makahiki also means "year", the Hawaiian phrase for "Happy New Year" became "Hau'oli (happy) Makahiki (year) Hou (new)"(how-OH-lee mah-kah-hee-kee ho).
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Christmas time is a time to share and care! The tradition of Christmas was in Hawaii even before the Protestants arrived - come celebrate the way the Islands do!
In ancient times, Christmas coincided with a traditional Hawaiian festival called Makahiki. For four months the islands celebrated which included great feasts and games. During this time, wars and conflicts were strictly forbidden. As far as the early Hawaiians were concerned, the Makahiki was their time for “peace on earth and goodwill toward men.”
Christmas wasn’t formally introduced to Hawaii until the Protestant missionaries came from New England after 1820.Though, the first Christmas celebration in Hawaii is believed to have occurred in 1786, when Captain George Dixon, docked aboard the Queen Charlotte in Waimea Bay on Kauai, commanded his crew to prepare a Christmas dinner that included roasted pig, pie and grog mixed with coconut milk. The English navigator then led his men in toasts to their families and friends back home. Following that, in 1856, Alexander Liholiho (King Kamehameha IV) declared December 25 to be his kingdom’s national day of Thanksgiving. Two years later, Santa Claus made his first appearance in Hawaii, arriving at Washington Place (now the governor’s residence) to deliver gifts for the children.
Today, there’s no bigger Christmas celebration than “Honolulu City Lights,” a favorite holiday spectacle put on by the City & County of Honolulu. Held at Honolulu Hale (City Hall), “Honolulu City Lights” features a 50-foot Norfolk pine Christmas tree (pictured above), elaborate Christmas tree and wreath exhibits, giant Yuletide displays and live entertainment!
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Bake or Grill your marlin with some Aloha Spirit! Try this easy recipe with the next big Marlin you catch
Cut Blue Marlin into 4 x 7 oz 3/4 in. thick each
1/2 cup lime juice
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
19 oz pineapple pieces, with juice
Mix all the ingredients for the marinade.
Marinate the marlin steaks in a glass dish in the refrigarator for 2 hours.
Drain the fish steaks.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
Bake for 8 to10 minutes.
Preheat the barbecue to medium heat.
Place marlin on a sheet of aluminium foil or in a fish broiler.
Cook the fish for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.