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Hunting and Gathering in Hawaii


Camping on Lanai (one of the neighbor islands).

Since camping is tricky to set up from afar, but great fun, and you may find yourself dying to stay in Hawaii for just a little while longer... maybe the trick would be to do it AFTER the tournament. Extend this most pleasurable part of your life another precious week or so.

The main problem with camping is that reservations are tricky. You have to be there in person as soon as the slots are open, and the parks fill up fast. It's free, and everybody around here loves to spend the weekend on the beach. It also takes a fair amount of baggage (tent, etc.), and none of the usual camping spots are handy to the game fields.



Call city hall for the reservations info. A camping group could share a rented car or van. This combination might be the most fun / least expensive way to go. The weather in Hawaii in August is almost always perfect for camping. August has mostly dry, balmy nights with temps about 70 degrees. The parks are generally clean and safe.


If you're camping out in the open, you'll probably be wishing you had a way to keep off the night mosquitoes. Mosquito coils work great. They burn for about 7 hours, and all you need is matches.

Kirk's coconut castile soap

Weird little item, but handy for campers who shower in the beach showers and want minimum baggage. It foams like mad even in cold water, and makes a great shampoo. One bar is all you'll need for soap and shampoo for the week.

Beach mats and air mattresses

How / when to gather: Tourists buy these (about $2) and leave them on the beach. A little dumpster diving about sunset on the main Waikiki beaches will get you all you need. Sometimes you need to dry them out. Great for napping or hanging out on the grass or beach.


Drinking on the beach

It is illegal to drink alcohol without a permit on any public property in Hawaii (ALL the beaches are public in Hawaii). However, let me give you what you can rationally expect.

I don't know if it happens everytime, but here is what I've seen happen in Waikiki. A small, quiet group pulls out a bottle of wine on the beach at night. Before everyone has had a sip plain clothes police walk up behind them and, at the very least, make things a little unpleasant. You should assume Waikiki is reserved for peaceful strolling. (Walking along the beach at night is one of the best parts of Hawaii.)

On a country beach in the day time you'll be 99% OK with a cooler of beer, etc. Just don't flaunt it ("make A", as we say in pidgin). Occasionally the police will crack down on big parties of rowdy teenagers, but that is about it. (And when they do that, they typcially will first send out plain clothes guys to tell all the small peaceful groups to put away their coozie cups for about a half hour while they take care of business.) The beach where there is the most action like this (and it is a great beach) is Kailua beach where the windsurfers, catamarans, etc. put in. (You can rent kayaks nearby, I forgot to mention this as another fun thing to do. There are some islands off shore you can paddle to.)

The laws in Hawaii are generaly written and / or enforced to help people enjoy Hawaii. Please do!

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