Aloha! Hawai'i welcomes all participants of the 2007 International Microwave Symposium (IMS). The traditional Hawaiian greeting of aloha is often accompanied with song (mele) and dance (hula) and the adornment of fragrant garlands of flowers (lei).

However, aloha is more than just a salutation; it embodies the essence of Hawai`i.

The origins of aloha begin with the origin of Hawai`i in its volcanic birth. The eight islands that form the main Hawaiian archipelago are what remain of an ancient dance between magma and the sea. They are the tips of dormant volcanoes, sprouted from the ocean floor long ago, as tectonic plates shifted.

As activity cooled, life began to form on these islands. Spores and seeds found their way through wind, sea and wayward birds. On the islands, they settled and evolved in a pristine environment, isolated from natural predators. This lush environment existed in isolation, until discovered by seafaring voyagers who dared to cross the Pacific Ocean in canoes (wa`a).

The early Marquesan settlers to Hawai`i enjoyed and embraced all the life found on these islands. They were a collectivistic people, who valued community and family (`ohana). They were bound together by the beliefs of cooperation, hard work and love of the land (aloha `aina).

The cornerstone of Hawaiian culture is the land. Wedges of land from mountain to ocean (ahupua`a) were divided amongst communities so that each would have full resources of the earth, from mountain to sea. Spears and pounding tools were made from stone. Fishing nets were made from shrubs. The abundance and diversity of flora provided clothing (kapa). Wooden gourds were made to hold water.

The land and sea did not only provide sustenance, but also a joyous culture, rich in spirituality, language, art, craft and music. The ancient Hawaiians believed in demi-gods and spirits of nature that crafted the natural world. They passed on their legends through story telling (mo`olelo) and chant (oli), often accompanied by music and dance. People took to the sea for wave sliding (he`e nalu), or what today is known as surfing.

Sadly, such a time would not last indefinitely. The indigenous Hawaiians were conquered by other Polynesians. The conquerors set up a caste system with a monarch (ali`i). The Hawaiians lived this way for years until 1778, when British explorer Captain James Cook made the first European contact with the Hawaiian Islands.

However, it was not until 1810 that the great monarch Kamehameha I conquered and unified all the Hawaiian Islands, establishing a dynasty that would rule Hawaii for the majority of the 1800s. Lunalilo succeed the last of the Kamehamehas (Kamehameha V). He was later succeeded by Kalakaua, who was succeeded by Lili`uokalani. Overthrown in 1893, Queen Lili`uokalani was the last of Hawai`i’s monarchy.

The 19th century was not just about conquest. External influences began to morph Hawaiian culture. The Europeans introduced Hawaiians to many new things such as Christianity, the `ukulele and written language. Where the Hawaiians saw culture in the land, the new settlers to Hawai`i saw commerce. Beginning in the mid-1800s, plantation production of sugar ruled Hawai`i’s economy, and would do so for the next 100 years. The labor requirements of these plantations brought an influx of immigrants from around the Pacific and beyond: Japan, Phillipines, Portugal, China, Korea and Puerto Rico.

In 1898, Hawai`i became a US territory. Hawai`i’s location in the Pacific made it an optimal base for US military operations in the Pacific. On December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy,” the Pearl Harbor naval base on O`ahu was bombed by Japanese aircraft, spurring the US entrance into War World II. Hawai`i became a Republic of the United States before eventually becoming its 50th state in 1959. Air technology not only ushered a military presence to Hawai`i, but also allowed for Hawai`i’s next economic power, tourism.

Today, Hawai`i ranks amongst the most popular of tourist destinations and is regarded as one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It is home to the world’s most active volcano and the world’s tallest sea mountain. The state consists of eight major islands: Hawai`i (Big Island), Maui, Kaho`olawe, Lana`i, Moloka`i, O`ahu, Kaua`i and Ni`ihau. Hawai`i only experiences two seasons year round, dry and rainy, both of which are warm. During the spring and summer months, the temperature is between 75° and 88° F. During the winter months, the temperature is between 68° and 80° F. Because of its location in the tropics, Hawai`i weather is somewhat humid, and visitors are encouraged to wear casual and breathable clothes.

Honolulu, located on the island of O`ahu, is the state capital and is the state’s economic, academic and political center. About 900,000 of Hawaii’s 1.2 million total population reside in the City and County of Honolulu (12 miles wide and 26 miles long). Most of the residents live in the city proper, but there are a number of surrounding suburbs that also serve as residential neighborhoods.

Although tourism is definitely Hawai`i’s “claim to fame,” Hawai`i also holds a place in other areas, such as business, research and innovation, and sport. Hawai`i’s prime location in the Pacific makes it ideal for Asia-Pacific and western business collaboration, and is acknowledged as the “Crossroads of the Pacific.” Business in New York and Singapore can be conducted in the same business day. Mauna Kea, located on the Big Island, is one of the Earth’s largest mountains and is home to arguably the best observatory site in the world. Hawai`i is also a center for maritime and geological research. Every year, Kona, Hawai`i hosts one of the world’s most elite triathlon events, the Ironman World Championship.

Although Hawai`i continues to be urbanized, its natural beauty remains intact over the centuries, and its position and reputation continue to expand into other areas. However, what is truly astonishing is despite the conquests over the last 200 years, Hawai`i’s cultural beauty remains intact. From its conquest and plantation days, Hawai`i’s population is one of the most ethnically diverse and tolerant in the world. “Aloha” does not merely mean “hello” and “goodbye.” It is an expression of the warmth and sense of community that has survived the test of time. It binds everything that represents this beautiful state. Aloha opens its arms to all visitors. Welcome to the “Aloha State,” and enjoy “Microwaves Across the Pacific.”

Places to Visit


In Hawaii, they say “Maui No Ka Oi”—Maui is the best. Come and see why for yourself on an exhilarating motorcoach tour that takes you to some of the best sites on the island. From impressive natural wonders to sprawling, man-made, lavish resorts, the Valey Island of Maui has it all.

Your island trek begins with a visit to the “House of the Sun,” Haleakala Crater, the world’s largest dormant volcano rising to 10,000 feet high. From the Crater you’ll be transported to the lush carpeted lands of spectacular Iao Needle in Iao Valley, where King Kamehameha defeated the chief of Maui, his last major rival in uniting the islands. Tour the historic former whaling port of Lahaina filled with a rich nautical tradition and a fabulous array of art galleries, pleasant souvenir shops and world-renowned restaurants. Visit the quiet town of Wailuku and the elegant Kaanapali resort area. This fully narrated tour points out the best points of interest so you don’t miss a thing.

Kualoa Ranch

Experience the best land activities bundled into two exciting adventure packages. Located on Oahu’s northeastern shore, Kualoa Ranch rests at the base of two spectacular mountain ranges and has been the backdrop of such Hollywood blockbusters as Jurassic Park, Windtalkers, George of the Jungle, Tears of the Sun, 50 First Dates, You Me and Dupree, and the series Lost. With the magnificent Koolau Mountains as your backdrop, it makes for the perfect setting for horseback tours, ATV tours, jungle expedition tours, a movie set tour and more.

Arizona Memorial and USS Missouri

Celebrate the honor, valor and courage of the US servicemen who served during World War II on this special Stars and Stripes tour. It’s a nostalgic journey to the two historic places that marked the beginning and end of the war for the United States—Pearl Harbor and the USS Missouri.

At the site of Pearl Harbor, you’ll view the Arizona Memorial where the remains of the USS Arizona lay silent beneath the waves. The events of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor are unfolded through detailed narrations and photos. While at Pearl Harbor, you’ll travel across the Ford Island Bridge to the historic USS Missouri battleship, otherwise known as the “Mighty Mo.” It was on the decks of this celebrated warship that the Japanese surrender ceremony took place, signaling the end of their involvement in World War II. Explore the passages, rooms and corridors on a special guided tour.

Big Island

From raging volcanoes to serene snow-capped mountaintops, the Big Island of Hawaii is an island of extreme power and beauty. Come visit the legendary Volcanoes National Park to witness the workings of Madame Pele (Hawaiian goddess of fire).

You’ll trek though miles of recent lava flows at Kalapana and the mysterious Halemaumau Fire Pit. The tour continues with a stop at the tranquil town of Hilo, home to the beautiful Rainbow Falls. While you gaze at the thundering waters, glistening rainbows float in and out of its mist. At your next stop you’ll uncover the secrets of how Hawaii’s favorite nut, the macadamia, is made into a variety of mouthwatering treats. For a viewing of true tropical elegance in bloom, an abundance of fragrant orchids await your discovry at a local orchid nursery.

Sea Life Park

Sea Life Park offers the island’s most beautiful setting for a traditional Hawaiian Luau. Overlooking the ocean above Makapu’u Point, the Sea Life Park luau is held in an unparalleled location revealing breathtaking views of Rabbit Island, the historic lighthouse and the cliffs adjacent to the park.

Only at the Sea Life Park Luau can guests witness a spectacular nighttime dolphin show, enjoy delicious traditional Hawaiian food, and a sensational Polynesian Revue provided by the famed performers of Tihat—all of this in an easily accessible location. Luau price includes park admission, enabling guests to experience the daily shows, activities, and educational displays on the day of their luau or on another day within 30 days of the luau. With the traditional sound of the conch shell, you will be transported to a magical world of music, food, dancing and dolphins in true Seal Life Park style.

Grand Circle Island

Get to know Hawaii from the inside out with an all-day tour that covers 120 miles of Oahu’s best sight-seeing spots. You’ll circle the entire island, beginning with a tour of the stunning, world-famous Diamond Head Crater. For a close-up view of a seawater eruption, you’ll visit Hawaii’s own Old Faithful known as the “Blow Hole,” where you’ll witness oceanside water play at full-force. Besides a stop at Sandy Beach—a favorite for body surfers—you’ll venture to the most celebrated surfing zones in the world along the North Shore—Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach and the spectacular Banzai Pipeline. In colorful contrast to the brilliant blue of the crystalline waters, you’ll also find emerald oceans of shimmering pineapple and sugar cane fields waving gently in the breeze. Take a glimpse into the Hawaii of long ago as you pass remnants of old homesteads on your return to Waikiki.

Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesia comes alive in a celebration of song, dance and culture at Hawaii’s most popular attraction—the Polynesian Cultural Center. Nestled along the island’s scenic North Shore, this is one must-see event. Travel across the South Pacific in a day, as you take an escorted tour through seven authentic Polynesian island villages— Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand, the Marquesas and Old Hawaii. Meet real Pacific Islanders and see them demonstrate the arts and crafts of their native lands.

See the breathtaking IMAX film Polynesian Odyssey and learn the story of the early Pacific voyagers and their incredible journeys across the sea. Experience the regal spectacle of the Pageant of the Long Canoes. Shop for authentic Polynesian crafts and gifts at the Treasures of Polynesia Shopping Plaza. Indulge in a sumptuous dinner buffet. The evening ignites with “HORIZONS,” an extravaganza of song and dance showcasing all the pride and color of the people of Polynesia.




  1. Sunset Grill 500 Ala Moana Boulevard 808-521-4409
  2. Chuck’s Cellar 150 Kaiulani Avenue 808-923-4488
  3. Java Jones Breakfast Bar 150 Kaiulani Avenue 808-924-2223
  4. Pepper’s Waikiki Grill & Bar 150 Kaiulani Avenue 808-926-4374
  5. Ka ‘Ikena 4303 Diamond Head Road 808-734-9499
  6. Sam Choy’s Breakfast, Lunch & Crab 580 N. Nimitz Highway 808-545-7979
  7. Southern Swell Bar B Q and All Day Breakfast 87-070 Farrington Highway 808-306-6593


  1. Indigo Eurasian Cuisine 1121 Nuuanu Avenue 808-521-2900
  2. E & O Trading Company 1200 Ala Moana Boulevard 808-591-9555
  3. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant 1 Aloha Tower Drive 808-599-4877
  4. Hoku’s 5000 Kahala Avenue 808-739-8779


  1. Legend Seafood Restaurant 100 N. Beretania Street 808-532-1868<
  2. Little Village Noodle House 1113 Smith Street 808-545-3008
  3. Continental Aaron’s 410 Atkinson Street 808-955-4466
  4. Alan Wong’s Restaurant 1857 S. King Street 808-949-2526
  5. 3660 on the Rise 3660 Waialae Avenue 808-737-1177


  1. Chef Mavro 1969 S. King Street 808-944-4714
  2. Michel’s 2895 Kalakaua Avenue 808-923-6552
  3. Duc’s Bistro 1188 Maunakea Street 808-531-6325
  4. Padovani’s Honolulu 1956 Ala Moana Boulevard 808-946-3456


  1. Ka ‘Ikena 4303 Diamond Head Road 808-734-9499
  2. Don Ho’s Island Grill 1 Aloha Tower Drive 808-528-0807


  1. Buca di Beppo 1030 Auahi Street 808-591-0800
  2. Palomino 66 Queen Street 808-528-2400
  3. Sarento’s Top of the “I” 1777 Ala Moana Boulevard 808-995-5559


  1. Benihana of Tokyo 2005 Kalia Road 808-955-5955
  2. Kobe Japanese Steakhouse 1841 Ala Moana Boulevard 808-941-4444
  3. L’Uraku Restaurant 1341 Kapi Olani Boulevard 808-955-0552
  4. Yohei Sushi 1111 Dillingham Boulevard 808-841-3773
  5. Tokyo-Tokyo 5000 Kahala Avenue 808-739-8888


  1. California Pizza Kitchen 4211 Waialae Avenue 808-737-9446


  1. Legend Seafood Restaurant 100 N. Beretania Street 808-532-1868
  2. Ocean Club 500 Ala Moana Boulevard 808-526-9888
  3. Yohei Sushi 1111 Dillingham Boulevard 808-841-3773


  1. Morton’s Steakhouse - Honolulu 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard 808-949-1300
  2. Ruth’s Chris Steak House 500 Ala Moana Boulevard # 6C 808-599-3860
  3. Kobe Japanese Steakhouse 1841 Ala Moana Boulevard 808-941-4444

Waikiki Beach


  1. Village Steak and Seafood Restaurant 2005 Kalia Road 808-949-4321
  2. Rainbow Lanai 2005 Kalia Road 808-949-4321
  3. Brew Moon Restaurant and Microbrewery 1200 Ala Moana Boulevard 808-593-0088
  4. Kincaid’s Fish, Chop & Steak House 1050 Ala Moana Boulevard 808-591-2005
  5. Shorebird Beach Broiler 2169 Kalia Road 808-922-2887
  6. Chief’s Hut 2169 Kalia Road 808-924-4992
  7. Outrigger Beach Snack Shop 2335 Kalakaua Avenue 808-923-4213
  8. Frank Pai Shop 2335 Kalakaua Avenue 808-922-4282
  9. Ivy’s at the Shorebird 2169 Kalia Road 808-924-6000
  10. Kaka’Ako Kitchen 1200 Ala Moana Boulevard 808-596-7488
  11. Keo’s 2040 Kuhio Avenue 808-941-7777
  12. Oceanside Bar & Grill 2169 Kalia Road 808-923-2277
  13. Seattle’s Best Coffee 2335 Kalakaua Avenue 808-922-4722
  14. Sunset Terrace 2335 Kalakaua Avenue 808-971-3595


  1. Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar 2552 Kalakaua Avenue 808-922-6611
  2. Bali by the Sea 2005 Kalia Road 808-949-4321
  3. Keo’s 2040 Kuhio Avenue 808-941-7777


  1. Ciao Mein 2424 Kalakaua Avenue 808-923-2426
  2. Golden Dragon 2005 Kalia Road 808-946-5336
  3. Continental Diamond Head Grill 2885 Kalakaua Avenue 808-922-3734


  1. La Mer 2199 Kalia Road 808-923-2311
  2. House Without A Key 2199 Kalia Road 808-923-2311
  3. Sam Choy’s Diamond Head 449 Kapahulu Avenue 808-732-8645


  1. Sergio’s Italian Restaurant 2005 Kalia Road 808-951-6900
  2. Pizzeria California Pizza Kitchen 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard 808-941-7715


  1. Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar 2552 Kalakaua Avenue 808-922-6611
  2. Village Steak and Seafood Restaurant 2005 Kalia Road 808-949-4321
  3. Orchids 2199 Kalia Road 808-923-2311


  1. Chuck’s Steak House 2335 Kalakaua Avenue 808-923-1228
  2. Duke’s Canoe Club 2335 Kalakaua Avenue 808-922-2268
  3. Waikiki Steak and Lobster House 2280 Kuhio Avenue

*Portions of the above information appear courtesy of the 2007 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS) program guide and the DiningGuide Network