10.26.2013

We ducked out last week and caught Melbourne rockers Damn Terran making some noise at Alhambra.

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How you like dem apples? No? Ok, what about these ones then? Those dirty bluesers and occassional fruit mongers Transvaal Diamond Syndicate are in this week for our The Music Magazine’s (Brisbane) – “The Guide” section shoot.

Check them out in this week’s issue of The Music (Brisbane) #011.

Get it FREE from all the usual street press outlets or read current and back issues online @ The Music magazine – Brisbane

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This week we have the lovely Eves in for The Music Magazine’s (Brisbane) – “The Guide” section shoot. We also did a bit of running around and caught Xavier Rudd at the Tivoli and Pikelet at Black Bear Lodge. Highlights from both gigs below.

Check them all out in this week’s issue of The Music (Brisbane) #010.

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Xavier Rudd @ The Tivoli

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Pikelet @ Black Bear Lodge

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Who ever said “All good things must come to an end” needs to be punched in the face! :(
Sadly, recently we said goodbye to a unique event on the Brisbane clubbing calendar, Dame Reggaeton, Brisbane’s one and only regular reggaeton night which solidered on for a solid five year inning. Many great nights were hand and plenty of new friends have been made so it is a loss to see it go, hopefully we’ll be treated to something similar in the future!

Much love to Danilo, Yin and the rest of the crew, it was an absolute pleasure working with you and to the folks that came out and shook their bits, hope to see you all shaking it some where soon (:

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Yes, things got a little crazy! Check out the full gallery of photos on the Dame Reggaeton facebook page

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This week we snap Marcus Blacke for our photo for The Music Magazine’s (Brisbane) – “The Guide” section and we checked out inaugral Parklife replacement festival, Listen Out.

Check it out in this week’s issue of The Music (Brisbane) #009. See below for highlight photos from Listen Out, full gallery coming soon!

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Listen Out Festival Brisbane photos

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Our feathered friends over at The Good Guide have released a new issue of Brisbane’s cream of the crop sights, sounds, buys and tastes just in time for Summer. You may even spot a couple of our photos in there (:

Grab it from the usual street press outlets or any number of your favourite nesting spots.

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For our final day, we wound things down starting with a relaxing drive out to Hanauma bay.

From Honolulu we took the Lunalilo Fwy to the Kalanianaole Hwy, it’s the most direct route and also runs through Kaimuki. Pretty much a blip on the map but it is home to Toys and Joys’ main store which if you had to make only one stop at a toy shop, this would probably be it. Prices were on the high side but the range and quantity of stock makes it a worthy stop for figures, games and RC gear along with the standard cutesy fair.

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A block or two away there’s also Gecko Books and Comics (surprisingly pretty much no web presence!) which would definitely be up there as Oahu’s most extensive range of comics. They also have an eclectic range of collectibles, toys and games.

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A few minutes down the road is the Kahala Mall. It’s a decent sized mall in a regional sense but nothing really of much note apart from Champs… and Pretzelmaker 😉

Onward along the Kalanianaole Hwy there are plenty of coves, boat ramps and sand bar lagoon areas, any of which would make a more than nice spot to stop for a cuppa, picnic or spot of sunning.

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You know you’re getting close to the entry to Hanauma Bay when the traffic grinds to a halt and you guessed it, you see paid parking. The parking is up the top at the lookout, which if you want to venture down to the beach is quite a hike but thankfully there are (paid) shuttle buses to spare your legs.

The beach itself is actually a private beach so you will have to pay to play. Going by recent reviews, it used to be the place to go to for amateur snorkelling but now (no thanks to its popularity) the natural reef is almost none existent till a lot further out. Closer in, they have tried to regrow sections by mounting coral to plastic frames, not quite the same ambiance.

For us the best spot was up on the lookout points. There are several around the top of the bay all with its own merits but the center point to fully take in the bay’s horse shoe shape was a clear stand out. Add it to your list of things to do before or after bumping shoulders with other greased up tourists down on the beach.

Photo tip: online reports mention its well worth your while getting there for a sun rise… but of course that would mean getting up early. No easy feat when you’re on island time!

You can pretty much continue along the highway to explore more of the coastline which gives way to specklings of hidden secluded beaches and sweeping golden sand.

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Diamondhead Crater
The crater is definitely one of the biggest landmarks on that side of the island. It’s clearly visible on take off or landing at HNL airport and always looming on the southern horizon. Its a short drive from Waikiki so it wouldn’t be a stretch to head out on a moped if that was your only mode of transport. The parking is, you guessed it, paid, $5 per car but this is entry to the park as well. You can avoid the fee by parking in the lower carpark but only if you’re prepared for a long uphill walk BEFORE you even get to the foot of the crater and you will still have to pay $1 per person if you arrive on foot.

The upper carpark is actually on the crater floor, here you’ll find restrooms, vending machines and the odd food truck. The hike to the lookout takes you up the inner wall of the crater to a south west point. If you’re reasonably fit and don’t dawdle it takes about 45min to get to the top (about 30min coming down).

Travel tip: Like any hike, make sure you have sturdy shoes, if you’re wearing heals, dressy shoes or thongs (flip flops) save yourself the blisters, stubbed toes, rolled ankles and whinging and just wait down the bottom. A fair portion of the track is very uneven with loose and jagged rocks, it would be even more treacherous in the wet. Depending on the time of day there is little to no shade so water and sunscreen is a also must.

Photo tip: There are a few places on the way up to take photos but they all pale in comparison once you reach the top. Save unpacking and repacking the slr till then.

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The “top” is actually one of a few large battlements which line the crater top. Being an outpost and early warning location for the USA you can just imagine the kind of artillery they would’ve had up here during the World Wars.

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The view to say the least is well worth the climb. You can see the whole breadth of the island from Waikiki and Honolulu in the west through the central mountain range to off shore islands in the east. Get there at the right time and you’ll even catch the scheduled afternoon rain shower rolling in and an obligatory rainbows.

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After some view savouring we took an alternate route and ventured down through the internal stairwell of the battlement, a little creepy but a lot cool. I’ll leave you to explore the area to find the entrance 😉

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For those that are a gluten for punishment or want the ultimate downhill mountain biking rush, there’s THAT “hill” nearby.

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And with that, another one of our adventures comes to a close further cementing our motto, overseas holidays are for doing stuff, relax when you get home!

ALOHA!

 

…and, Moshi moshi!
Yes I know its taken some time to get through these, more than a year again! Hopefully I’ll be able to find the time so you don’t need to wait as long for the next batch! Coming soon, Japan 2013! Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Kyoto – highlights include the Tokyo International Toy Expo, Studio Ghibli, the Ramen Museum, Universal Studios Japan, outlet malls and more toy shopping than you can poke a 1:1 scale Gundam at!!

 

As always, if you have any questions about our adventures or where to buy something, just hit us up on the Soulbridge Media facebook page.

Hawaii 2012 part #1 – Arrival
Hawaii 2012 part #2 – Waikiki
Hawaii 2012 part #3 – Honolulu shopping – Part A
Hawaii 2012 part #4 – The Big Island – Volcano tour
Hawaii 2012 part #5 – Shopping Honolulu – part B
Hawaii 2012 part #6 – Tattoo Honolulu / Boardshorts: A Perfect Fit art exhibits
Hawaii 2012 part #7 – Pearl City area
Hawaii 2012 part #8 – Swap meets and Made in Hawaii festival
Hawaii 2012 part #9 – Cook offs and Car shows
Hawaii 2012 part #10 – North shore
Hawaii 2012 part #11 – Windward shore and Sealife Park
Hawaii 2012 part #12 – Chief’s Luau at Sealife Park
Hawaii 2012 part #13 – South shore – Diamondhead crater, Hanauma bay

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The original men in black, The Ninjas fling their throwing stars about this week for our photo for The Music Magazine’s (Brisbane) – “The Guide” section.

Also get your swoon on with our review of John Legend‘s new “Love in the Future” album.

Check it out in this week’s issue of The Music (Brisbane) #008.

Get it FREE from all the usual street press outlets or read current and back issues online @ The Music magazine – Brisbane