Category Archives: Culture & History

Aloha Friday Photo: Maui Mana


Mahalo nui loa to Mike Nuebauer of Mike Neubauer Fine Art Photography for sharing today’s Aloha Friday Photo with us. Mike titled this photo “Mana”. I’m somewhat familiar with the word mana, but to be on the safe side, I found this description of mana from Wikipedia to share: In Hawaiian culture, Mana is a form of a spiritual energy ... Read More »

Ukulele beginners’ guide for new ukulele owners

Learn to play the ukulele

If you’re a fan of Hawaiian music, there’s a good chance that Santa delivered a brand new ukulele this past Christmas, or perhaps you bought a ukulele yourself on a recent trip to Hawaii. Either way, you might find the following resources useful as your start learning to play the ukulele. I know they helped me! First up, you might ... Read More »

Infographic: Hawaii Fashion


Via Infographic Journal, we came across this interesting infographic describing the evolution of Hawaii clothing and fashion. View full image Hawaiian Apparel Infographic Do you have  Hawaii-influenced clothing in your wardrobe? Read More »

Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas


Christmastime gives us a great opportunity to practice a little Hawaiian pronunciation. Though Hawaii’s way of saying Merry Christmas does not literally translate as such, it’s fun to say Mele Kalikimaka. We created the above image with text to help be a guide for how to spell and pronounce Mele Kalikimaka. Feel free to share this post on Pinterest, Facebook, ... Read More »

Beautiful Leis from Kona Coffee Festival


With today being Lei Day in Hawaii, I thought it would be a great excuse to write about some outstanding leis we saw at the Kona Coffee Festival on Hawaii’s Big Island. As you will see each of these leis are gorgeous, but what makes them even more special is that they incorporate  some aspect of a Kona coffee plant ... Read More »

Do you recommend going to a luau on your Hawaii vacation?

Readers often ask for my thoughts about luaus. Are they worth the time, money and effort? Are they touristy? Are luaus authentic? Those are all great questions, but there’s probably not a one-size-fits-all answer. What’s worth it to me might not be worth it to you. In my opinion, I think going to a luau is definitely worth planning into ... Read More »

Ukulele Buying Guide: Where to Buy a Ukulele on Oahu

ABC Store Ukulele

When you travel to Hawaii–Oahu in particular–you run the risk of being bitten by a rather contagious bug. No, not a bed bug. The bug I refer to is more of a “jumping flea.” You may know it better as a ukulele. Whether grabbing cocktails in Waikiki or catching a luau in Honolulu, your trip to Hawaii is practically guaranteed ... Read More »

Top Oahu Festivals to Plan into Your Hawaii Vacation

If you’re hankering to go to Oahu, but not sure when to go, perhaps you’d like to go during one of the many excellent festivals. To help you, I’ve created this handy dandy list of Oahu festivals – which mixes in input from the nice folks at the Oahu Visitor’s Bureau, plus my opinion. Please note that is post was ... Read More »

Have you tried Spam Musubi?

You know Hawaii loves Spam.  How much so? Well, Hawaii residents and visitors consume nearly 7 million cans of Spam each year. That’s a lot of Spam! With Hawaii’s love of Spam combined with an influence of Japanese cooking, the popular Hawaii snack, Spam Musubi, evolved. What is Spam Musubi? The ingredients are rice, rice seasoning including sesame seeds, nori ... Read More »

Elvis in Hawaii

Elvis Presley and Hawaii went together like chocolate and macadamia nuts. The two definitely had a beautiful love affair with each other.  I can’t say that I blame them. Can you? One of Elvis’ most famous concerts, Aloha from Hawaii, took place in Honolulu in 1973. Per Wikipedia, the concert was broadcast live via satellite and was the most watched ... Read More »

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