Join Date: Jul 2002
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Lin, I''d encourage you to contact Richard Schindler at Latitude 38 as they recently ran an excellent summary on cruising in the Hawai''ian Islands. He will probably provide you with a reprint via fax or electrons if you ask. In addition, look thru their back Changes in Latitudes at their www.latitude38.com web site(http://www.latitude38.com/chgindx.htm) as I''m sure there are comments there and each month''s Changes is summarized topically at the beginning; should go quickly.
The general scope seems to be choosing anchorages with an eye to the weather, as previously mentioned, but that not being a difficult task as the weather patterns are closely watched, reported in many forms, and seem quite predictable in advance in this region.
Probably the biggest risk you run should you call in here is Kilgo''s. You may lose Larry there forever. My wife & I thought we''d seen some pretty impressive hardware stores/chandelries until we walked thru their front door. They''re in the commercial docks section of the Port of Honolulu. Even the prices were reasonable, something unique in Hawai''i.
We''ve been here several weeks (our first time also...) and, while we could write a lot about our experiences & impressions, the biggest surprise for me is that the Hawai''ian culture and unique, special nature of these people remains tangibly present everywhere. This compensates for the heavy Americanization/commercialism present in some locales we''ve visited. This is also by far the most ethnically diverse place in the U.S., which we''re finding exciting & enjoyable.
Kaneohe Bay, O''ahu