Thursday, February 19, 2009

Oahu Locals, Honolulu

King Kamehameha was the first warrior to unite all the Hawaiian Islands. There is a state holiday in June for King Kamehameha Day...when dozens of 30-foot leis are draped from this statue.

Curyn and Joseph create delicious meals at Ruffage, a natural foods store specialising in healthy sandwiches, smoothies, soups and salads. They have daily Vegetarian and Vegan specials. We couldn't get enough of their yummy food. Ruffage is located on 2443 Kuhio Avenue Honolulu. We discovered them in the Rough Guide Directions, Honolulu & Oahu.

Sue has a yarn store, Isle Knit, in the heart of Honolulu. She has a wide variety of wonderful crochet and knitting yarns. I couldn't resist the 100% sugar cane yarn hand dyed in soft variegated blues, greens and neutrals. I was pleased to find my favourite brand and style of crochet hook....Clover soft touch.

I discovered an excellent pattern book called Mondo Valeria. With a 5.5 mm crochet hook and my Araucania sugar cane yarn I embarked on no. 32, a lacy summer shawl. I finished it when I returned to Australia.

It's always a delight to find exquisite yarns and patterns when I travel. Isle Knit is located at 1188 Bishop St, Suite 1403 Honolulu.

Barack Obama, 44th President of the USA, was born in Honolulu on August 4, 1961. Obamaland by Ron Jacobs lets you follow in "Barry's" footsteps. The O-Zones of Oahu are Makiki, Manoa, Waikiki, Downtown, Windward and Northshore/Leeward.

I bought my collector's edition of Obamaland from Butigroove. The store is on Pi'ikoi Street, not far from the Ala Moana shopping center. Butigroove is a musically driven Hawaiian clothing label - representing positive movement influenced by all things musical.

For convenience you can buy your copy of Obamaland online from Butigroove.

A four-legged local. This loyal, local hound is waiting for his master at Dukes, a very popular watering hole right on the beach at Waikiki.

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