December in Honolulu

Ah, the holidays are here, decking our fireplaces with stockings and filling our bellies with hot cookies. Fortunately, the holiday season can do much more than satisfy our sweet tooth. In the city of Honolulu, you can find exciting events to attend all month. Allow us to list some that we are most excited for.

Shop ‘til you drop at the Farmer’s Market!

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Watch the Mililani Hometown Holiday Parade!

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Join the festivities on December 3rd for the opening night of the Honolulu Lights!

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Giddy up your ears for the Voices of Aloha Christmas Concert!

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Attend the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade!

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Do your Christmas shopping at the Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace.

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Jog for a cause at the Jingle Rock Run!

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20 Movies Filmed on Oahu

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We are reminded every day of the beauty of Hawaii, but for those who see Oahu for the first time, marvel at it’s sights. It’s scenery is unlike any other!

For it’s unique landscape, Oahu has been a sought after film location for decades. Who knew there were movies being filmed in our backyard??

Here are 20 of our favorite movies that have been filmed on the island. If we missed one of your favorites, be sure to comment the title below!

  1. Jurassic Park, 1992
  2. Karate Kid II, 1986
  3. 50 First Dates, 2003
  4. Along Came Polly, 2003
  5. Soul Surfer, 2011
  6. Godzilla, 1997
  7. Godzilla, 2014
  8. George of the Jungle, 1996
  9. Mighty Joe Young, 1997
  10. Hunger Games, 2013
  11. Blue Crush, 2002
  12. Pearl Harbor, 2000
  13. Throw Mama from the Train, 1987
  14. Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1980
  15. The Descendants, 2011
  16. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 2008
  17. Big Eyes, 2014
  18. Aloha, 2015
  19. Point Break, 1991
  20. You, Me, and Dupree, 2006

Halloween in O’ahu

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The spookiest night of the year is nearly here, when your neighbors are more ghoulish than usual and you let your freak flag fly. Dressing up for the season is just half the fun, the best part of Halloween is getting lost in corn mazes, ghost tours, and picking the perfect pumpkin at the patch. Fortunately, you can enjoy all of those activities here on O‘ahu!

We’ll start out listing the events with the spookiest of the bunch, the Haunted Plantation. The plantation village is open for 10 nights of fright in Waipai. If you really want to know how freaky the village is, watch this trailer for the 2015 scare season. You can find another night of scare at the Nightmares Live. With thirty years of screams under their belt, you’ll find a worthwhile fright here. Last, but not least, is Scare Hawaii. This year their theme is deranged souls, and with that, you can count us in!

Who knew that O’ahu was loaded with haunted sites? Well, we did. But it’s all thanks to the O’ahu Ghost Tour we took last year. If you want to know how to scare visiting friends and family on the island, a ghost tour is a must-do.

As for pumpkin picking, you can find that at Aloun Farms and Waimanalo Country Farms. There, you, like Charlie Brown, can find your own great pumpkin.

5 Tips for Maintaining a ‘New Car Smell’

When the office and the beach are just a couple miles apart, as they are in Honolulu, your car is likely to feel the consequences. Taking the punches from swim trunks full of sand and to-go meals between point A and B, your car is bound to build up some stink! Odors from leftover food and humid air can leave you wishing the Hawaii heat away, but before you do, take a look at some of our simple tips that will help your car smell fresh and keep it that way.

 

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We all eat in our car. There is no shame, but when you do, throw your trash away immediately! It’s scary how  stinky little crumbs and treats can leave your car  after just a few days.

 

Shake out your floormats!

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A quick shake here and there can prevent stench buildup from crumbs and sand. If you do not already have floormats, they are a great way to protect your car’s floor from food and dirt.

 

Never leave beach gear in your car!

The heat, plus the leftover saltwater on your towels, is a recipe for mildew disaster. Be sure to remove all beach gear before the night is through to ensure a satisfactory smell during your morning commute the next day.

 

Vacuum!

Next time you go to a car wash, find one that offers vacuums. Sucking up the bits of  grit and grime before they start releasing their stink can save you and your backseat drivers  some agony.

 

Select an odor neutralizer!

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Although pina colada and strawberries ’n’ cream air fresheners may jibe with your vibe, you may want to select an odor neutralizing scent in order to prevent nasty smells from building up.

Dress Up Your Car This Halloween!

Although you may be busy putting together a Madonna or zombie costume for a spooktacular party this weekend, we are going to ask you to put the down the glitter and glue gun to bring your attention here—it’s time to dress your car up for Halloween! We’ll share some of our favorites from the internet that will be sure to spook the neighborhood brats without breaking the budget.

  1. The Haunted Jeep

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2.  DIY Hands and Feet

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3. The Road to Oz

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4. A Trick-or-Treater’s Dream: Candyland

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5. Spooky Magnetic Car Decor

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6. The Kardashian

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7. Ogre Patrol (Whatever that means…)

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Driving in Honolulu

What may be normal to us in Honolulu is strange to people on the mainland. Don’t believe us? We can begin by telling you that referring to citizens in the 48 states sandwiched between Canada and Mexico as mainlanders is unique to us Hawaiians. Hawaii’s uniqueness becomes more apparent as you take this theory to the streets.

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Driving in Hawaii is a learning experience for tourists and others new to the island. When receiving directions to Leonard’s Bakery, you may expect to hear the words “makai” and “makau”, or even North of [a popular landmark]. To us that’s completely normal, but in the rest of the states, you’ll expect to receive directions like “take a right here and a left on the next street”. Tourists may want to stick to a GPS for directions.

Rather than stating the amount of time a drive will take, mainlanders tend to reference distance from point A to B in miles. The two are quite interchangeable, but the amount of time it takes one person to make a drive compared to another can vary a lot. After all, we all have that friend that drives 95 mph on the H-1.

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Speaking of the H-1, we ll know that you must plan your day around rush hour or else… After all, Honolulu has some of the worst traffic in the country. And although many come here to vacay, we are here to stay, and so is rush hour traffic.

 

USA Olympians: What they would be if they were cars

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Elegance is Gabby Douglas and the Chrysler 200. Like Gabby Douglas for her second Olympics, the Chrysler 200 has made a comeback. Better than ever, we’d say the two are as good as gold.

 

 

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Small, yet mighty, provides the perfect description for 4 foot 8’ inch Olympian and the FIAT that puts the might in mighty. Just like Simone has proven, big things can come in small packages. We think this duo would be a firecracker!

 

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Just like the Buick Regal, Kerri Walsh Jennings has been around the block. She knows the playing field and with three gold medals under her belt, she’s very well perfected it.

 

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With 21 gold medals in his career in a range of different races, Phelps’ versatility is what makes us believe he could pull off being a ride as flexible as the Jeep Wrangler.

Fun Facts About the ‘Sport of Kings’ (Surfing)

  1. Duke Kahanamoku, the “Father of modern surfing”, revitalized surfing on Waikiki beach in the early 1900s.Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.34.12 PM
  2. Captain James King wrote the earliest account of surfing known in 1779. He wrote “who had the most supreme pleasure while he was driven so fast and smoothly by the seas.”Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.37.55 PM
  3. Surfing is nicknamed the ‘sport of kings’ because it was originally reserved for royalty.
  4. Among the oldest sports on earth, prehistoric stone carvings in Chan Chan in Peru depict surfers.Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.38.21 PM
  5. The amount of female surfers around the world has risen by 300% since 2002.
  6. Following WWII the surfboard was revolutionized through materials like styrofoam, fiberglass and resin.
  7. In 1928, the first major surf competition took place in Corona del Mar, California.
  8. Believe it or not, Plymouth University in the UK offers a Surf Science and Technology degree.
  9. Hollywood helped push surfing into popularity with movies like Gidget and The Endless Summer.Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.38.39 PM
  10. American Surf Magazine recorded that 66% of surfers think about sharks while riding a wave.
  11. You are more likely to die from a falling coconut than to die from a shark attack.
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Must-Have Accessories This Season (For Your Jeep)

Although it’s always in style to accessorize, with 10% or more off all car accessories at Cutter Honolulu CJDR, it’s never been so affordable to look and feel this good in your Jeep. We’ve created a guide for all your must-have accessories.Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 2.53.15 PM

 

 

Grab Handles

Do you remember the car game where you would smash the people sitting opposite of the corner of the turn you were taking? Well, it’s a lot more fun when the doors are on, which is why we greatly recommend grab handles for your jeep, especially if you’re one of those Jeep people that like to drive doorless.

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Slush Mats

Keep the dirt and grime of a great weekend to a minimum with easy to was slush mats. Do you know what’s better than 10% off slush mats? 15% off slush mats—we aren’t joking. Get your coupon here.

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Wrangler Door Sill Guards

Do you want to know what’s also 15% off? Wrangler Door Sill Guards. Their purpose is to protect your Wrangler’s door sills from damage.

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Phone Mount

The fear that the turn of a wheel could break your beloved iPhone is the harsh reality of off roading or even cruising without a phone mount. That’s why we are big fans of the Daystar Dash Panels. This is created with perfectly proportioned compartments to hold goods like sunnies, phones, and MP3 players.

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Fire Extinguisher

This one could be self explanatory, but with the dangers that come along with off-roading, we’ll explain that you should be prepared for anything. A fire could happen on your own Jeep or in its surroundings.

 

 

Best Places to Camp Out of Your Car in Honolulu

Camping beachside is not just an activity for the hopelessly romantic and beach bums, it’s for anyone and everyone hoping to enjoy cool ocean breezes at dawn from the comfort of their beloved backseat. But to find a place that is both vehicle friendly and beautiful is a task that we are pulling in our experts for.

 

Lualualei Beach Park

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This lovely stretch of beach presents a breezy paradise that’s secluded from modern Honolulu. Plentiful parking and privacy are just two factors that make this park stand out from the others. Because of the beach’s great space, it is ideal for family and friend gatherings that are followed by a restful night of sleep in the backseat of your cars. If you choose to truly rough it, be sure to reserve a camping spot.

 

Ma’ili Beach Park

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Did you wake up to the sight of white sand beaches contrasting blue waves? You must be at Ma’ili Beach Park! Meaning “Little Pebbles” in native Hawaiian, this beach has big waves in the winter and vast parking year round. In addition to a white beach attraction, it is located near a historic community. Like Lualualei Beach Park, you will want to reserve a spot to enjoy the amenities.

 

Waimanalo Bay Beach Park

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If shade is what you’re looking for, look no further than the tree-covered Waimanalo Bay Beach Park! Plentiful beaches, parking, and sun coverage are the name of this park’s game. Yet again, make your reservation here.

 

Although these sites require reservations, there are often last minute openings and nothing beats camping near the beach in Honolulu! Now that we’ve shared a couple of our favorite places to camp with you, we must know, what are yours?