WHO ARE WE AND HOW DID WE GET TO HAWAII?
Aloha, we are Mike and Kim Crinella. We have been taken in by Hawaiis unique history, people, and environment since we visited the islands on our honeymoon in June 1989. We made the 6,000 mile move from Massachusetts to Oahu in April 1993 and immediately took advantage of our new surroundings by becoming avid hikers and snorkelers. We find exploring the unique marine and rainforest environments fascinating and we are always striving to learn more about what we were looking at.
WHY DID WE START "A FRIEND IN THE ISLANDS"?
In 1998 we first started off with alohafriends.com which hosted information about Hawaii as well as information on things to do. We created it for our friends and family to use when planning their visits to see us and to learn about our lives in Hawaii. We started getting emails from a lot of people that found our web site who were visiting Hawaii or wanting to move to Hawaii or had a Hawaii related question. We began to expand our resource pages to include more information based on what people were sending us emails seeking.
HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT HAWAII?
Since our move to the islands we have enjoyed learning
about Hawaii's history through books, people we meet, and visiting historical sites around
all the islands. Since moving to the Hawaiian Islands in 1993 we have explored each
island: Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and the Big Island of Hawaii, some only once
and some many times. In 1998 we enrolled in the State of Hawaii Tour Guide Certification
course at Kapiolani Community College and passed with very high marks. This course covered
Hawaiis unique cultural and natural history. Our studies covered from the time the
first island was formed to modern times. We found it so enlightening to understand why
places were given a certain name, what Hawaii was like prior to human arrival, what life
was like for ancient Hawaiians, the history of the Royal Family, and lots of other
interesting information. We are both State certified Tour Guides. We really enjoyed this
class and found the information we learned useful.
HOW DID WE BEING OUR ISLAND GIFT SHOP?
We have received thousands of emails and compliments from
our website users and clients over the 17 years of being in business about how useful our
websites are and how much they loved the products and services we provided them. We
personally created this website ourselves. We did not have anyone create this for us.
After investing thousands of hours of research and development of our Hawaii information
websites we find it very difficult to close them down. For now although we have closed the
Island Gift Shop we will continue to keep the Hawaii information websites, however, we
will not be updating information on the websites.
Disclaimer : This page was created by and is maintained by Mike & Kim Crinella. All information, graphics, and photos contained in this web site are property of Mike & Kim Crinella. If you would like to contact us with questions, orders, or to notify us of any problems while navigating through our site please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are NOT affiliated with any activity provider or services! We are concerned with the quality of our suggestions and welcome positive and negative feedback about our suggestions and our web site. We, Mike and Kim Crinella, and our company, "A Friend in the Islands", will not be held responsible for any accidents, loss of property, or any other misfortunes associated with information provided on this web site.