Category Archives: Culture & History

Eat Where the Locals Eat in Hawaii

Whenever I go into a restaurant and I can tell that local folks are there, I know I’ve found a great place. Travelocity has just released their list of “Local Secrets, Big Finds: Hawaii“. Though it is not a big list, it is worth taking note of as you make your list of restaurants to try in Hawaii. On Travelocity’s ... Read More »

Byodo-In Temple – A Slice of Japan in Oahu

Can you believe this ornate temple was built without the use of any nails? It’s true! The Byodo-In Temple was completed in 1968 to commemorate the first Japanese immigrants arrival to Hawaii. It is an exact scaled replica of the 900 year old Fuji Temple in Japan. The temple and grounds are as peaceful as they are picturesque. We highly recommend a visit here as one ... Read More »

Hawaii Shave Ice Rocks!

So, I’m almost ashamed to admit that in all my trips to Hawaii, I hadn’t yet tried shave ice.  That was up until my recent trip to Oahu.  Some friends in Hawaii recommended we try Matsumoto’s Shave Ice in Hale’iwa and we were glad that we did.   There is almost always a line of 20 or more people at Matsumoto.  ... Read More »

Polynesian Cultural Center – A Hawaii Must Do!

Imagine this – getting to visit the islands of Fiji, Tahiti, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tonga, Marquesas, and Hawaii all in one day!  You may think this is impossible, but it is true!  You can visit all these islands and meet their people all in one day at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie on the North Shore of Oahu. The Polynesian Cultural Center is a ... Read More »

Kauai’s Coco Palms Resort – A once proud resort to be revived?

As I have driven past the Coco Palms and admired its Polynesian architecture and grounds, I wish I could take a peek back in history and have seen it in its glory days.  Though the resort stands mostly in disrepair, somehow I’ve sensed that it was once full of life and remains proud of its history. Perhaps the biggest Coco Palms’ ... Read More »

Hawaii’s New Pacific Aviation Museum

AmericanHeritage.com has an excellent review of the Pacific Aviation Museum.  The first phase of the new museum is in Hanger 37 which is a former seaplane hanger that survived the attack on December 7, 1941.  The museum is open every day (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years day) from 9 to 5.  Admission is $14 for adults and $7 for ... Read More »

Now, how do you say the name of “that” Hawaiian fish?

Have you ever wanted to know how to properly pronounce the well known Hawaiian fish, humuhumunukunukuapua’a?  This cool Kona Hawaii Scuba Diver’s blog post breaks the pronunciation down into an easy to understand way:   “who moo who moo new coo new coo ah poo ah ah” Mahalo, Kona Hawaii Scuba Diver, for explaining it to us who aren’t kama`ainas!   Technorati tags: ... Read More »

Celebrate Spam

The fifth annual Waikiki Spam Jam will be held next Saturday, April 28th.  This street  festival celebrates the people of Hawaii’s love for Spam.   Check out their website.  Looks like good fun! Source   Technorati tags: Hawaii, Spam, Festival Read More »

Share Your Love in Hawaiian

Just in case you want to whisper sweet nothings to your loved-one, in the beautiful language of the Hawaiian Islands, the Babble Blog has shared some common terms of endearment. Examples include: Aloha no au ia ‘oe = I do love you me ke aloha pau ‘ole = with undying love, or love forever me ke aloha palena ‘ole = with ... Read More »

Hawaii Cultural Guide

It seems journalists, and I assume many bloggers, need a little refresher on Hawaiian culture. The Hawaii Tourism Authority has decided to offer help with a 20-page guide to Hawaiian culture. The new ”Style & Resource Guide” corrects common mistakes for those who promote or write about Hawaii. The 20-page guide is partly a response to concerns that the tourism ... Read More »

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