During my flight from Honolulu, I read an article in People, "On location with Hawaii Five O - A guide to some fave Aloha State tourist spots from the producer of the CBS Hit."
Executive Produce Alex Kurtzman recommended three "must see destinations":
1. Aloha Tower, http://www.alohatower.com/.
On screen: The Aloha Tower was featured in a recent chase scene.
History: It is the original marketplace for incoming cruise and cargo ships.
Tourist Attraction: Perhaps a few tourists from the cruise ships walk over to the Aloha Tower, but I don't know many locals who do (although Hawaii Five O held a casting call at the marketplace). Most tourists stay in hotels on Waikiki Beach without cars. The Aloha Tower is a long walk.
Alternate shopping: The best place for tourists to shop for Hawaiian items is Hilo Hattie's. There are a few smaller stores near Waikiki Beach and tourists can take its shuttle bus to the larger store on Nimitz Avenue (between the docks and airport).
2. Diamond Head Crater, http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/.
On Screen: It is a distinctive landmark in almost any production filmed in Hawaii.
Tourist Attraction: Yes, it is worth the visit to hike up the crater walls and overlook the Pacific Ocean.
3. Surfing school. The article hints that one surfing school will be featured in future episodes. But let's talk about a surfing school connected to romance books - Ty Gurney's Surf School. Ty advised Jane Porter when she researched her book, Flirting with Forty. Jane posted her own Hawaii favorites on website.
|Jane Porter and Diamond Head|
In honor of Hawaii, I am giving away Hawaii Gift Set to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about a special place near your home that you would recommend to tourists;
2. Make sure I know how to contact you - send your email to email@example.com.
3. Comments will be open through Friday, December 17 for the giveaway. I will mail the gift set on Monday, December 20 from Hawaii.
Kim in Florida