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Jun 15, 2013 02:49 PM

Hawaii board description

The subtitle says:

Restaurants and food in Hawaii (inc. Honolulu, Oahu, and Maui)

To someone who lives here it looks kinda ridiculous, to visitors it is probably confusing. Maybe something more like:

Restaurants and food in the Aloha State including the islands of Kauai, Maui, Hawaii, and Oahu (with Honolulu and Waikiki)

I think you can get away with leaving off Molokai, Lanai, and the lesser islands. No one here is likely to be asking about food on Kahoolawe or Niihau. The Aloha State is our official nickname so thats ok too.

If thats too long maybe you could get away with:

Restaurants and food in Hawaii (inc. Honolulu/Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii)

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  1. Great suggestion and will hopefully be considered. The only tricky part of the last suggestion for non-residents might be Hawaii the state and Hawaii (the Big Island), but it makes perfect sense to me.

    1. I just wish there would be more activity there. I am planning a trip in July 2014 (never been) and would love to hear more about the food options: breakfast, casual dining, local specialities, luaus, etc. There just doesn't seem to be alot of posting going on over there.

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      1. re: Jerseygirl111

        I'm not clear on your expectations Jerseygirl, but living someplace always gives one a distorted perspective. Much of what you ask about has been covered somewhat in the last few months, and extensively over the last couple of years. Im sure some of the Hawaii Chowhounds and regular visitors can identify links to threads for your questions. The Hawaii room might be a better place to discuss them, hope to see a posting from you soon in the Hawaii room.

        1. re: Jerseygirl111

          I perused your 3 pages of posting and I didn't see one post for the Hawaii board.
          It's an active board, albeit, not as active as the NY/NJ board but with K Man and others, you can't beat the info.
          We talk about all the different food options in the islands all the time..luaus too.

          Ask and you shall receive.

        2. I know they're a bit odd, but those are the things people tend to search for regarding dining in Hawaii so they're things we wanted to include. We might be able to swing something like your last suggestion, but there are limits to how long we can go.

          Thanks for the suggestion -- we're happy to try to improve stuff like this.

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          1. re: Jacquilynne

            Thanks for the reply Jacquiynne. How about this?

            Restaurants and food in Hawaii (Honolulu/Oahu, Maui, etc.)

            1. re: Jacquilynne

              Really? I see a lot of requests for Big Island info. Of course, it could be that is what I am looking for...but then again, if you are going to Honolulu or Maui you may need these boards less than you do if heading to the Big Island. which may indeed be big but which (IMO only) lags in both quantity and quality of restaurants. (yet another reason to refer to the Big Island: the description could conceivably discourage some folks. No idea if this is the case, of course, but the two best Big Island tips I ever got were *not* from this board: one was from the innkeeper at our favorite play to stay, the other was from a travel guide. Given that many folks find Chowhound for the first time while looking for recs in places they are visiting, I'd think that the Board would want to capitalize by being clear what is covered.) Edited to add: and yes, no worries, I did report on both finds on the Hawaii board!

              1. re: susancinsf

                I think a lot of people are really surprised to find out that of the approximately 1.4 million people living in Hawaii 950 thousand of them live on Oahu and only about 150 thousand live on an island almost the size of the state of Connecticut.

                1. re: KaimukiMan

                  E, Brah, two tings:

                  (a) Lots people surprise find out *Waikiki* not da same as Hawai'i (good ting, too, pololei?).

                  (b) Gets aikane Jacquilynne puts da 'okina back in Hawai'i, an you da ikaika supaman.


                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    I thought about asking for the okina, but in this English Language dominated world it can really foul up a search.

                    For those of you confused, an "okina" is a reverse apostrophe that indicates a glottal stop.

                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                      Ya, da wai-ee in Hawai'i. I suppose there're still some people pronounce it Hawhy. 'Okina is treated as a letter.

                      I tried a year ago on the 'okina, and got a lot of unlove from people here on the basis of the dual official spelling. But the pronunciation always been the same, 'cept the "we" on Kaua'i and Ni'ihau.

                      Searching using "Hawai'i" yields mobettahs results, hiki no?


                      1. re: kaleokahu

                        the last time i did a google search with the okina was some years ago and it turned up very little information that I was looking for. Without the okina I had much better results. Haven't tried it again, but maybe things have changed.

                        being born as one of those without breath I may be biased, but I'm thinking most people searching Chowhound have probably not encountered the 'culturally appropriate' spelling.

                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                          An apostrophe is close enough for me, Brah. ;)

                          1. re: kaleokahu

                            One has to wonder what havoc the addition of a different spelling to Hawaii would bring to an already, at times, creaky and erratic CH search function?

                            We have so many hounds coming to Site to complain, gripe and just discuss the search function it probably would just add more angst to the process (as has been talked about on this thread by several other posters already).

                            I do independent Google searches at times for things I'm looking for here, but they don't produce nearly the breadth of returns to look at (which can be both bad and good depending on what I'm looking for) that the CH search engine does.

                            1. re: Servorg

                              Hi, Servorg:

                              Well, perhaps a discerning searcher would *appreciate and credit* posts using the correct spelling. I know I commonly have richer, more satisfying search results all over if I use the correct accent marks from other languages. I sometimes find it a way to sort wheat from chaff, tourist from local, etc.

                              I'm also confident Engineering could manage to treat "Hawaii" and "Hawai'i" as the same word without much angst or resort to Buspar.


                              1. re: kaleokahu

                                "I'm also confident Engineering could manage to treat "Hawaii" and "Hawai'i" as the same word without much angst or resort to Buspar."

                                Is that confidence based on the current excellence of the CH search function... ;-D>

                2. re: susancinsf

                  I think that the "searches" that Jacquilynne is referring to are the search terms that someone would plug into Google or Bing. CH needs to have specific words so that new people can find the site when searching for info.