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96712 The Happiest Seaside Town in America aka Haleiwa

If you’ve ever visited Oahu’s North Shore and spent some time in Hale’iwa, then I ask you close your eyes for a moment and bring your favorite image to mind. If you’re like me, it might be the view from Puaena Point, looking left across teal ocean tones to the small boat harbor, then scanning to your right across the flanking range of the Waianae mountains to where they melt into the sunset at Ka’ena Point. It’s a vision that always makes me feel happy and fortunate to live here. It never gets old. And that’s why I’m voting for Hale’iwa as America’s Happiest Seaside Town in 2014. If Hale’iwa makes you happy, then I hope you’ll VOTE too.

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The Magnum P.I. Chopper Returns Home to The North Shore

Magnum, P.I. alumni Rick (Larry Manetti) and T.C. (Roger E. Mosley) handed “The Chopper” keys to Paradise Helicopters CEO Calvin Dorn in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Watch the Video Here>> Phoenix Heliparts has faithfully restored an MD500D with the precise details of the original ship including the exact paint job and original tail boom #’s from the show. “The Chopper” is headed to Oahu for its new home at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore – only a few miles from the “Robbin’s Nest” where it lived on TV during the 80′s. Guests will be able to ride the star when it arrives at Turtle Bay sometime in April 2013.
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How Turtle Bay Golf Marshall Al became known as “The Pro”

If you’ve golfed Turtle Bay’s Palmer Course, then we’re sure you have seen Mr. Al Flamingo. He’s the man flashing his pearly whites, waving a shaka and exclaiming, “Boom!”

A tag on his shirt says “Al” but the man has several different names. There’s Pro, Golf, Al Flamingo  and Elvis to name a few. He’ll happily tell you how he got each one too. But I’ll stick with Pro, since it tells the story about how he fell in love with golf.

His love for golf brought him to Turtle Bay about 6 years ago, but his love for the sport began years before that thanks to his spirited attitude.

Flash back to 1970. He was a studying to be a firefighter in class and couldn’t focus thanks to others guys in his class.

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Micah McMullin: Pro Body Boarder by Day, Porter by Night

More than 500 employees make up our Turtle Bay Ohana or Family.  Every month we’ll be sharing tales from our Turtle Bay employees with the tag #TBROHANA.  This month we feature Micah McMullin who is charging waves as a pro bodyboarder when he’s not serving guests with aloha as a banquet porter.

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Kawela Bay: The Jewel’s Past, Present & Future

“The rope was placed there in the 60s and it’s still there!” Sue Murphy laughs looking up at a coconut tree she used to swing from as a child. Her father, a paratrooper in the military, used his military grade rope to make her a swing to play on. The tree stood right in front of her family’s home. In 1966, white sand and the ocean were what she enjoyed while swinging. Now, overgrown plants and trees cover where her childhood home once stood.

Decades ago several homes were nestled along Kawela Bay and the coast of the resort. They were built back in the 1920s, primarily for sugar cane workers. Residents lived in the homes for several years, some for several generations- up until 1986, when the land owner told them they had to leave.

They owned the homes, but not the land. They were told they could take their homes with them, which most couldn’t do. The homes left behind were bulldozed but all the families bonds still remain.

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