Best souvenirs of Hawaii??

Old Jan 29th, 2002, 07:29 AM
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Since we have always gone in either Nov/Dec or Dec/Jan, I like to bring back a good tan to our cold, foggy, dreary and now "snowing" No Calif. location.
I also manage to bring back around 5lbs from all the fine restaurants in the islands. Especially on Kauai.

And for "Lucky", most of the people I have met who live on Kauai either have 2 PT jobs, 1 FT and a part time or are just flat-out retired. What have we been missing on our trips there?
Old Jan 29th, 2002, 07:56 AM
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What is the big deal about lava rocks? Unless you are a superstitious simpleton from the 11th century, why not bring one back as a memento? It is not like bringing back a small rock is going to damage the environment - even if every single person who visited the island brought back a rock no one would ever be able to tell the difference. I agree that you shouldn't take rocks from National Parks, but outside the parks go for it.

I would really like to hear why a person shouldn't take a lava rock?!
Old Jan 31st, 2002, 05:05 AM
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Message for Lucky -

We have been traveling to HI for 14 years and have yet to meet any Hawaiian living on the beach and collecting welfare. Since you preface your statement with "most" Hawaiians, that would indicate the majority of the population. What part of HI did you visit, it at all? I would think that the residents of Hawaii would take offense, and rightly so, at your statement. You're attempting to paint an unfair picture of Hawaiians. Conversely, as Kal stated, most Hawaiians hold two jobs just to make ends meet with the high cost of living. You owe the Hawaiian population an apology!
Old Jan 31st, 2002, 06:03 AM
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To "Mr. Lava Rocks",

Why one should not bring lava rocks home: RESPECT.
There is a growing contempt amongst native Hawaiians, for white people.
I think you must be the poster boy -- "Idiots who find themselves amusing, at the expense of other people's beliefs".
I certainly hope you don't reside in Hawaii.
Old Feb 6th, 2002, 09:57 AM
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1. Red Dirt T-shirt
2. Little umbrella from MaiTai
3. Another little umbrella (different colour)
4. etc etc
Old Feb 6th, 2002, 10:12 AM
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While I don't still reside in Hawaii I used to and still have friends that send me some a couple times each yr. I suppose if you still believe in Peter Pan and fairy tales that you might believe all the lava mumbo jumbo. My suggestion to you Mr/MRS xoxo, take off your Dumbo Disney t-shirt and put a lava rock on your mantle. Let me know if you'd like to purchase one!
Old Feb 6th, 2002, 10:14 AM
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I am looking for stuff to send off the web any ideas? I am looking to send to a child that is learning about Hawaii. He is ten. So far I have found sugar cane, macnuts of course, Warrior/Prayer helmet (some contrivercy over use), Hawaii calendar and the piesta resistance Playing cards from Bishop Museum that display portraits of Monarchy members. The queen of hearts might be queen lilioukilani, King would be David Kalakua and so on. Let's all guess on who the joke will be.

I was hoping to find something with tapa cloth and more stuff of pre-statehood hawaii. Any clues? Not looking to spend a lot.

Also found video on Hawaii's last queen at, Hidden Hawaii an old Imax film. Anything else I child would appreciate at 10?
Old Feb 6th, 2002, 10:15 AM
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PS that was all stuff I ordered off the internet so please advise with web sites for ordering if you know
Old Feb 6th, 2002, 04:17 PM
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What's the web site to buy the lava rocks? I need some to put out in my garden. Can you get me some really big ones?
Old Feb 6th, 2002, 04:43 PM
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My friends just brought me a coconut bikini top (size L) from Hawaii. Its adjustable.
My family had a lot of fun with this--my husband was able to wear it (unfortunately) and we considered turning it into 2 yamulkas. Endless possiblities. I highly recommend this but they run small.
Old Feb 7th, 2002, 06:16 AM
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I am a transplanted Hawaiian living elsewhere so when I get a craving for goodies from home, I visit,,, and All are great for local food and snacks for myself, and also for gifts. You can get macadamia nut cookies, chocolates, frozen lau lau, etc. I suppose the idea of popcorn with kakimochi, or Japanese rice crackers, might be odd to tourists, but if you go to any movie theatre in Hawaii you'll see lots of people mixing the two. SO glad I can now buy the stuff online. Yum!
Old Feb 7th, 2002, 06:30 AM
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Thanks LC that is so helpful and to the rest of you out there Hurricane popcorn is yummy. Not a local and I love it.
Old Feb 7th, 2002, 06:31 AM
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also found
Old Feb 7th, 2002, 06:38 AM
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LC where do you find that Hawaiian stuff online at longs. I only found generic merchandise not specifically from Hawaii
Old Feb 7th, 2002, 01:21 PM
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I have been collecting lava rocks for many years.After my dog died and my wife left me I had plenty of room for the rocks.When my house burned down I was able to salvage many of the rocks.I am looking forward to gathering more rocks on my next trip but since I lost my job it may be awhile.
Old Feb 7th, 2002, 01:24 PM
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Thanks for the big laugh! Best one I've read all day!!

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