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What I’m about to tell you might be hard to believe: The photo you see above is of a prison. Not a view from a prison, but a prison in itself. I’m sure you’re confused. Let me explain.
In 1865, King Kamehameha V and the Hawaii Board of Health created the “Act to Prevent the Spread of Leprosy” in an attempt to do just that: Control the highly-contagious disease that seemed poised to become nothing short of a major epidemic on the islands. The plan was simple: Take everyone who was infected and quarantine them off from the rest of society. A remote location called the Kalaupapa Peninsula (KA-LOU-PAPA), shown in the photos of this post, was chosen as the location. Sporting the highest sea cliffs in the world and rough seas off shore, it was the obvious choice at the northern end of the lightly-populated island of Molokai.
This weekend the American Royal World Series of Barbecue returns to Kansas City, MO where carnivores will spend four glorious days celebrating meat.
The event attracts more than 550 teams competing in four categories, making it the largest barbecue contest in the world. Along with the competition, there will be a food expo, cooking demos, and live music. The meats in competition might not be available for sampling but there will be plenty of vendors dishing up eats and drinks in the food court each day.
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Attention architecture, history, design, aviation, and photography buffs! The TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for one day: Saturday, October 11, from 11am to 3:30pm.
The reason? The 12th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city over weekend of October 11-12.
Although OHNY began in 2002, the TWA Center has only been welcoming the OHNY public since 2011, and each year is typically considered the last chance to see it in this raw, restored state before developers re-purpose it. Recent plans, now shelved, involved turning it into a hotel, to be added to the property portfolio of hotelier Andre Balazs. His loss is our gain, and access will again be free on October 11.
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The Flying Cowboy Roo arrived in Texas!
As we mentioned yesterday, Qantas Airlines landed their Airbus A380 in Dallas yesterday from Sydney. The inaugural flight took about 15 hours, making it the world's longest route. It was also the first official arrival of the double-decker plane for the DFW airport.
Naturally, that's cause for celebration but since everything is bigger in Texas, Qantas really went all out in Terminal D for the plane's arrival, including a special appearance from Qantas Goodwill Ambassador, John Travolta.
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One of the biggest festivals of the year is now underway in Germany but, if you’re stuck at home in the nifty fifty, there are still a few spots to celebrate Oktoberfest—even at the airport.
For example, we know that Lufthansa is all in when it comes to the seasonal celebration, and this continues at the airport as well. Senator and Business Lounges around the world, including those in the US (New York-JFK, Newark-Liberty, and Washington-Dulles, Detroit).
The lounge staff might not be in traditional dress like some of the cabin crew, but a few Oktoberfest treats will be added to the food and beverage selection.
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iPads, in general, are a good thing for travel. Airline are utilizing them both in the cockpit and cabin to lighten the crew's work load both literally and figuratively, and private pilots can navigate and aviate with greater confidence thanks to some iPad apps. Even sticking an iPad in front of a child may ensure a quieter flight, but there are some instances in which iPads just aren't welcome.
Take, for instance, this weekend's case of the idiot who caused a security scare at Sydney International Airport. The entirety of Terminal 3 had to be evacuated owing to the stupidity of this one person, simply because he couldn't be bothered to look up from his iPad screen to notice he was walking the wrong way into a secure area after getting off his flight.
This terminal, home to much Qantas' domestic service, then had to re-screen all the evacuated passengers, causing a travel delay of approximately one hour.
Yesterday, we mentioned that everything you see in Waikiki, from the infrastructure to the grains of sand, have been brought in for the purposes of tourism. That wasn't us being dramatic. Waikiki used to be a marshy, taro-growing region before the decision was made to create what exists today.
The Ala Wai Canal was created to dry out the land, and the sand was shipped in from Australia and California. Naturally and unfortunately, the sand was then washed out to sea by the tides, coating and killing most of the reefs directly off shore. With that damage being done, artificial reefs have since been put into place (aka dropped in). We're talking shipwrecks, airplanes, and less-than-sexy triangular structures that encourage fish to congregate and seaweed to grow.
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For whatever reason big airports seem to have big problems when it comes to concourse connectivity. Of course WiFi is available everywhere, but it usually comes with an annoying fee. Some of the big boy airports—like Atlanta—have finally flipped the switch to make things free, and now yet another major airport is finally doing the same.
It’s time for the WiFi to be free for all across Houston, as the airport authority has opened up the network to passengers at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport. The rollout is complete over at Hobby Airport, but a couple of the terminals at Bush Intercontinental will need another month or so to work things out—so just be aware.
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As far as the numbers go, Waikiki is the most popular landing place for tourists visiting the Hawaiian Islands. People flock to the infamous beach for its relatively calm surf, happening hotels, high-end shops, food scene, and nightlife. However, despite these attractive amenities, it without question provides the least authentic look into actual Hawaiian culture as compared to other destinations throughout the state. All of it, including the grains of sand themselves, have been brought in to create what you see today.
But that doesn’t mean a trip to Waikiki has to be shallow, as one of the island’s premier collections of Hawaiian history and culture sits down the road at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. Regardless of whether you crave to learn more about the locals or just want to feel like you left Hawaii with more than a gut full of Mai Tais, this is indeed the place to pencil in a half day of exploration and reflection.
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This week, the world's longest commercial flight route scores a few more points in the world of aviation. Today marks the inaugural arrival of Qantas' Airbus A380, traveling from Sydney to Dallas as Qantas 7, a route previously operated with a Boeing 747-400ER. The jumbo days are over now, in favor of a superjumbo future.
The inaugural flight, the duration of which rings in around 15.5 hours, is scheduled to land at DFW at 1.45pm local time.
Not only will this be the first time Qantas uses an A380 for the route, but it marks the first official arrival of the double-decker plane for DFW Airport. In order to welcome the beast, the airport underwent some minor construction for updates to the international terminal (Terminal D). No doubt the ground crew at DFW are readying the water cannons right now.
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Traveling to Hawaii is a dream in itself, but somehow Hawaiian Airlines continues to enhance the experience of flights to and from the islands. This time, the update has nothing to do with more legroom or better in-flight entertainment, though there's those as well; this time, our focus is on what's just been added to the beverage cart.
Hawaiian Airlines is now serving up bottles from Maui Brewing Company on many of their international flights, and domestic flights will get the new brews as well beginning October 1. To start, it’ll just be Bikini Blonde Lagerthe brewery's flagship beerbut popularity will decide if Mana Wheat or Big Swell IPA should also come onboard.
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Seattleites love spending time outside. This week, contributor Lilit Marcus shows how even the most indoorsy city kid can enjoy Seattle's outdoor gems without having to go on the advanced hike.
Mt. Rainier is probably the most popular outdoorsy day-trip attraction for visitors to Seattle, and with good reason. For one, it’s relatively close to Seattle; about an hour’s drive, depending on traffic, will get you from downtown to the national park. For another, it offers a broad range of stuff to do for people of every ability level, from easy hikes to three-day peak climbs with ice axes and crampons.
The most popular and accessible entrance is the Nisqually Entrance. There, you can stop in at the Longmire Museum, which has exhibits on the flora and fauna in the area and gives some historical background on the Native Americans who lived there.