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Olino by Consolidate Theaters – Luxury in Kapolei!

 Yeah, yeah, I know Olino “By Consolidated Theaters” opened way back in October of 2016. It was a month later before I made it out to Kapolei, to watch “Fantastic Beasts” and check out the new luxury theater with power recliner seats. I do have a seven-year-old son so the family has have traveled to the Leeward Coast, more than a few times, to take in a new movie(s):

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – Nov 18, 2017
Moana – Nov 23, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Dec 16, 2017
Sing – Dec 21, 2016
Kong: Skull Island – Mar 10, 2017
The Boss Baby – Mar 31, 2017
The Fate of the Furious – Apr 14, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017
Wonder Woman – Jun 2, 2017
Pixar’s Cars 3 – Jun 16, 2017
Despicable Me 3 – Jun 30, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming – Jul 7, 2017
 I like that you can order your tickets and seats online so you don’t have to worry about arriving early for first come, first serve seating. The reclining seats are leather and very comfortable. You can vary the settings to find that perfect comfort zone for your body.

The seating layout is stadium style and there is plenty of space between patrons in front and behind you. My child had no problem viewing the screen even while in the supine position. There is also a food tray (with drink holder) that swings in and out.

Food

There is a wide assortment of food items…not just the usual popcorn & nachos. There are different styles of burgers, hot dogs (Kim Chee Dog anyone?), pizza, local craft beer, wine, coffee (you gotta try the coconut latte) and tea.

If I’m hungry, I usually go for the Olini Burger which features a thick all-beef patty, caramelized onions, sharp cheddar, crispy fried onions and roasted garlic mayo. Of course, I have to save room for hot buttered popcorn along with a mega sized soft drink.

Conclusion

What better place to have both a movie and dining experience than at Olino. My family has been here many times and we have never been disappointed. Good food, reserved seating…what more can you ask for? We also went to other luxury theater in Kapolei, Regal Kapolei Commons 12, but did not enjoy the seats or food as much.

Waimea Canyon & Koke’e State Park Through Pictures

Waimea Canyon as seen from the Waimea Canyon Lookout view deck. You can barely see Waipoo Falls to the far left.

A better view of the fantastic, wondrous, glorious Waipo’o Falls just past Pu’u Ka Pele Lookout on Waimea Canyon Drive. See the video below!

Waimea Canyon, with the Waimea River snaking through, as viewed from Pu’u Hinahina Lookout.

Majestic view of the Kalalau Valley and ocean from the Pu’u O Kila Lookout.

Wai’ale’ale was once THE wettest spot on Earth but is now only ONE OF THE WETTEST SPOTS ON EARTH.

Waianae I Ka Po or Waianae at Night

Leaving Ku’ilioloa Heiau and back to the bus.

My wife and I joined Lopaka Kapanui, of Mysteries of Hawaii, on a “three hour tour.” Lopaka offers the “Waianae I Ka Po” tour only a couple of times a year so we were thrilled. Lopaka has great insight to the local legends and supernatural happenings, since he grew up in Maili (near Kaukama Road).

There were only three stops on the tour but Lopaka, a great native story teller, kept everyone entertained and a little nervous during the bus ride. He literally met his wife in a graveyard. No, they weren’t just randomly strolling, she was on one of Lopaka’s tours!

Ku’ilioloa Heiau

According to legend, Ku’ilioloa (the long dog form of Ku) was constructed by a priest from Ra’iatea (Society Islands) who arrived between the 11th and 12th century. One of the major functions of Ku’ilioloa was for navigation but…

Lopaka said there was a different use for the heiau. It was also used for sacrifice. When a Hawaiian baby was born, if there were any defects or flaws detected, the newborn would be sacrificed at Ku’ilioloa.

A few lucky volunteers stood in front of the heiau while the rest of us took pictures of them…nope, no ghosts, orbs or strange lights seen in our photos.

Kaena Point Night Marchers

My 30 seconds of fame!

We pulled into the parking lot at Kaena Point (this is as far as you can drive on the Leeward side of Oahu). We walked towards the mountain and stopped at the tall grass. If you look up, you can see the Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station. Here is where the night marchers emerge after winding down the Waianae mountain range.

Lopaka said if you see the lights, from the torches, and hear the drums, run like hell! If you are in their path, it is best to shed your clothes and lay face down until the night marchers pass. He said no worries since they only march during the last four Hawaiian moon phases.

Again, everyone took photos and I was one of the lucky (or not) volunteer models but there was nothing supernatural in anyone’s pictures.

Kaneana (Makua) Cave

Lopaka, in story telling mode, in Kaneana Cave.

According to Hawaiian legend, Kaneana Cave is the home of a shape-shifting shark god by the name of Nananue (Son of Kamohoali‘i, a brother of Madame Pele). Nanaue, disguised as an old man, would trick travelers into dining with him in the cave,  turn back into a shark and eat them. Back to the present!

There’s nothing like hearing chicken skin stories, in a cave that is TOTALLY dark. Lopaka told many stories but the one that stood out was about a teenager from Pearl City. She ran away from home and was partying with a friend near Kaneana Cave.

Somehow the teen, from Pearl City, and her friend were separated and a group of young men began harassing her. She ran away, from them, and hid in the cave. Unfortunately, the men were locals and soon found her. They raped and killed her. Her spirit still remains in Kaneana Cave. She had beautiful long hair and loved combing it. As soon as we entered the cave, Lopaka told us, “If someone asks you for a comb, do NOT go be them one!” Her spirit may follow you home.

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 3500 Kilauea Rd, Kilauea, HI 96754
Phone: (808) 828-0384

We finally were able to visit the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge! On our last trip we did not know that the park is closed on Sunday and Monday. Boo hoo! Just remember that the refuge is open Tuesday Through Saturday 10am to 4pm. It’s generally more crowded in the morning than in the afternoon. It is well worth the $5 entry fee and you will spend at least 30 to 45 minutes taking in the scenery and snapping those selfies! Most important, the refuge has a clean bathroom.

The Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge has been operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1985. Even when the lands were in possession of the Coast Guard, the area was already a natural habitat for different species of sea birds such as the red-footed boobies (‘ā), the white-tailed tropicbird (koa‘e kea) and the wedge-tailed shearwater (‘ua‘u kani).

The refuge staff re-introduced the nēnē (Hawaiian goose) which was on the brink of extinction. Thankfully, the sate bird population has been growing steadily. The Laysan Albatross (mōlī) returned to Kauai’s north shore in the mid 1970’s. Refuge management created a safe nesting environment protecting the laysan albatross from predators.

Short Kine History

Since Kauai was the first landfall for vessels coming from the west, the U.S. government searched for a location to build a lighthouse to aid navigation. After discussions and consultation with experts, Kilauea Point was chosen. Since the elevation of the peninsula was 180 feet, the lighthouse need not be tall and at only 52 feet is one of the shorter lighthouses in the U.S.

Constuction of the lighthouse began on July 8, 1912. Kilauea was one of the first towers that used reinforced concrete technique. Metal fabrication was constructed in Ohio. The Fresnel lens (invented by Augustin-Jean Fresnel) was shipped from Fance. Remember, Kilauea Point is 180 feet above sea level so it was difficult to offload materials from ships and haul them up the steep incline.

Kilauea Lighthouse, while important to marine traffic, also aided aviation from the late 1920’s forward since its beam was visible for up to 90 miles. In 1930, radio towers were added to broadcast directional signals for ships and airplanes. After the attack, on Pearl Harbor, by Japan on December 7, 1941, the lighthouse went dark for the remainder of World War 2.

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