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Main entrance to Spa Resort Hawaiians, a huge water park and onsen hot spring amusement facility built in 1966. I visited for the first time shortly after they reopened on Feb. 8, 2012.
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One wing of Hotel Hawaiians was still undergoing repairs to cracks.
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The new Monolith Hotel opened on Feb. 8, 2012.
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After completing earthquake repairs, the water park re-opened on Feb. 8, 2012. Admission was half price.
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Layout of Spa Resort Hawaiians.
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From JR Yumoto Station, free shuttle buses run to Spa Resort Hawaiians.
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The huge water park at Spa Resort Hawaiians. All the water is from a hot spring. The pool water is lukewarm.
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The whole water park is heated to tropical temperatures even when it is freezing outside.
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The water slides cost extra money. 200 yen per slide.
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The water slides cost extra money. 200 yen per slide or a day pass for 2,200 yen.
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Wading pool.
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Wading pool.
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Besides the pools, there are real hot spring baths where you have to go in naked. Cameras not allowed though.
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Spring Park, a lukewarm hot spring pool.
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Spa Garden Pareo has outdoor pools and a sauna. In winter, the air is freezing cold.
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Statue of King Kamehameha even!
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Hula lesson for kids at the Beach Theater in the Water Park.
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Hula lesson for kids at the Beach Theater in the Water Park.
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Beach Theater shows are free, but they also sell tickets for the best seats for ¥600 to ¥800.
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Colored seats are reserved and cost extra.
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Hula Girl Polynesian Revue at 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm at the Beach Theater.
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The live band were all Japanese. All the dancers were Japanese and most are from Fukushima.
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Fire knife dancers are the highlight and crowd pleasers. They are Japanese, but well-trained and highly skilled with the fire.
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Great dancers and great show!
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This is Maluhia Yukari, the leader of the hula girls. She was a pivotal in taking the lead following the 3/11 disasters and promoting Spa Resort Hawaiians on tour. She retired in June 2012. マルヒア由佳理
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At the end of the show, people who paid for reserved seats could have their picture taken with the hula girls.
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The Hula Museum shows the history of Spa Resort Hawaiians first established as Joban Hawaiian Center in 1966.
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Congratulatory letter from the Governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle, upon the opening of the Hula Museum.
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Congratulatory letter from the mayor of Kauai upon the opening of the Hula Museum.
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How Spa Resort Hawaiians got its start.
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Recruitment of hula girls.
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Shortly after Joban Hawaiian Center opened in 1966, famous singer Aunty Genoa Keawe from Hawaii performed here.
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Hawaiian movie posters.
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Hawaiian records by Japanese artists.
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The second room of the Hula Museum introduces hula.
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The 2006 comedy movie, "Hula Girl" was a major hit and made Spa Resort Hawaiians famous again. Awards given to the movie.
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Autographs by the actors and actresses in the movie, "Hula Girl."
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Autographs by the actors and actresses in the movie, "Hula Girl."
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Autographs by the actors and actresses in the movie, "Hula Girl."
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The Hula Museum also has a small stage where this band performed at 12:30 pm.
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Hula implements.
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My video of Spa Resort Hawaiians. Visit Fukushima, visit Spa Resort Hawaiians!
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Eateries. This one is named Lau Lau, but no lau lau is served.
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Hawaiian gift shops.
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Inside Hawaiian gift shop.
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View from Spa Resort Hawaiians.
     
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