by Dream Vacations on May 27, 2014
Can you guess how many letters are in the Hawaiian alphabet? Thirteen.. Here are some interesting facts about the Hawaiian alphabet for you!
- There are no consonant clusters in the Hawaiian language.
- Hawaiian words must always end with a vowel.
- Hawaiian words must have at least one vowel.
- An okina ( ‘ ) is a glottal stop – it is also considered a consonant, so only appears between vowels.
- The kahako ( ¯ ) makes vowels longer, so it occurs only over vowels.
The Hawaiian alphabet consists of thirteen letters: the five vowels and eight consonants, the consanants being: h, k, l, m, n, p, w, the eighth is the okina ( ‘ ) – its sound is the glottal stop that occurs between “oh-oh”. The vowels have two sounds, stressed and unstressed, as follows:
a, as in water
e, as in wet
i, as in bit
o, as in obey
u, as in pull
a, as in ah
e, as in hey
i, as in police
o, as in bow
u, as in open
Two vowel combinations usually merge as a diphthong, some examples being:
ou, as in soul
oi, as in loiter
ae, like “y” in my
ei, as in veil
ai, like “i” in light
au, like “ou” in out
ao, like “ow” in how
There is no “s” in the Hawaiian language; to Pluralize a word, you must put na before the word. Example:
pua – flower / na pua – flowers
maka – eye / na maka – eyes
‘ilo – dog / na ‘ilio – dogs
There are other ways to pluralize, but this is the easiest for this pronunciation lesson. So now that you are familiar with the Hawaiian alphabet, time to start planning your next big vacation to the most beautiful islands in the world!
by Dream Vacations on May 22, 2014
Cozumel Mexico is located just 5 miles off the Yucatan coast. It is very accessible to the Riviera Maya and Cancun, Mexico. Described by Jacque Cousteau as the best diving area in the World ! The famous Plancar Reef is trhree miles offshore and is renowned for its underwater clarity of up to 150 feet. Cozumel is a divers and snorklers paradise.
Cozumel also has wonderful beaches. On the eastern side of the island the beaches are gorgeous white sand. Between the north and south hotel zones on the island’s west coast you’ll find the vibrant city of San Miguel, population 90,000. This safe, extraordinarily friendly Mayan/Mexican community has somehow managed to retain its own customs and cultural identity despite the increasing influx of visitors.
San Miguel, in fact remains one of the very few places left in the Mayan Riviera where visitors can truly experience and even become involved in traditional Yucatecan culture. It’s also a great place for shopping and sampling a wide variety of Mexican, Yucatecan and international cuisine.
If your looking for world class water sports, great beaches and wonderful accomodations Call me and lets talk Cozumel !
by Dream Vacations on May 20, 2014
by Dream Vacations on May 13, 2014
Are you dreaming of an all inclusive Thanksgiving holiday in 2014? Now is the time to book! Let someone else cook and clean this holiday season with all of your meals, beverages and entertainment included in one easy package! We’ve rounded up some amazing all inclusive resort deals, just call to add airfare from your city. Give your family a Thanksgiving they’ll never forget and give us a call today!
HOTEL ONLY-Prices valid for 7 nights stay Nov 22-29, 2014 and based upon adult double occupancy. Prices include transfers to/from the destination airport, all meals and beverages, nonmotorized watersports(at most resorts) and taxes. Prices valid as of 5/7/14 and do not include airfare. In most cases children ages 12 and below will receive a reduced rate.
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Enjoy summer the right way by heading to the beach! July 4th weekend is the perfect time to leave your worries behind and enjoy some pure R & R. Great deals are available but you’ve got to act fast! July 4th is less than 2 months away! Check out these great all inclusive resort deals and give us a call today to package it with air from your city!
HOTEL ONLY-Prices valid for 4 nights stay July 3-7, 2014 and based upon adult double occupancy. Prices include transfers to/from the destination airport, all meals and beverages, nonmotorized watersports(at most resorts) and taxes. Prices valid as of 5/13/14 and do not include airfare. In most cases children ages 12 and below will receive a reduced rate.
by Emily Kupersmith on May 8, 2014
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to photograph Humpback whales in Banderas Bay!! A photo captures a single moment in time and this specialized excursion is designed to capture that magical moment when you encounter wild dolphins and majestic humpback whales in their natural habitat.
Using new APEX inflatable speed boats to ensure a safe & comfortable ride, your photo safaris is guided by marine mammal experts who are passionate about protecting wildlife & the environment. As you follow these magnificent mammals across Banderas Bay, your guide’s knowledge & insight will give you a deeper understanding & appreciation for the wildlife that you’ll encounter on this unforgettable experience.
There is no such thing as a “typical day” on this adventure tour, because often it’s the “wild ones” -the whales and dolphins! – who are in charge of the daily itinerary. We can’t always predict where they are, so we let them guide us along their preferred route of the day.
Wear:Light, comfortable clothing
Bathing suit under shorts
•Bring:A hat, sunglasses and sunblock, Camera, extra batteries, film/discs Binoculars A light jacket
Tour lasts approx. 4 hours and runs December-April