Category Archives: Culture & History

The first day of May is Lei Day in Hawaii

The first of May is a celebration of lei in Hawaiian culture. Last year, we were fortunate to join in the annual celebration at Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club on Kauai. We enjoyed seeing a lei making competition, a royal court procession, hula and cultural presentations. See our follow up post for interesting information we learned about the Hawaiian lei. If ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation Words to Know: Mauka & Makai

I was reading HONOLULU Magazine over the weekend and noticed an ad for a shop in Hawaii’s largest mall, Ala Moana Center. The ad provides directions to the shop saying that it was on the “mauka side” of the shopping center. What that ad means is that the shop is located on the mountain side of the mall. Seeing the ... Read More »

Honoring Hawaii’s Prince Kuhio

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaianaole was born in Kauai in 1871 and his birthday, March 26, is celebrated as a Hawaii state holiday.  If you visit Hawaii around his holiday, you may have an opportunity to join in celebrations of this beloved Hawaiian prince. Prince Kuhio was the last reigning prince in Hawaii who became a politician representing Hawaii in Washington, ... Read More »

March Madness Monday Music Giveaway – March 21

Oh, goody! It’s time for another Monday Hawaiian music giveaway! This week’s music giveaway CD is The 50 Greatest Hawaii Music Albums Ever. The record company, Mountain Apple, describes this CD as follows: In June 2004 HONOLULU Magazine put together a panel of experts and named The 50 Greatest Hawai’i Music Albums Ever. From those great albums we’ve selected the ... Read More »

March Madness Monday Music Giveaway – March 7

As Andy mentioned on the Jake Shimabokuru post, each week this March, we’ll be giving away an island music CD. We’ll host this contest each Monday during March. We’re kicking of this March Madness Monday Music Giveaway today! Today’s giveaway is IZ Kamakawiwo’ole’s Facing Future CD. For a chance to win this CD, you’ll need to comment either: – here ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation Deals & News: March 2, 2011

Here’s all the latest for a destination that’s the greatest. 🙂 *  Airfare deals to Hawaii are becoming a little more scarce, but if you can fly from the West Coast you’re chances of finding a deal are best. Here’s a roundup airfare deals worth mentioning: If you’re going to Hawaii this summer, why not go in style? Hawaiian Airlines ... Read More »

Puu Loa Petroglyph Trail at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you’ll find an astonishing number of images carved in 400 to 500 year old pahoehoe lava flow stone. If these Hawaiian petroglyphs could talk, what a story they could share, as there are more than 20,000 petroglyphs in Pu’u Loa. The vast majority of the petroglyphs are small dot-like holes that are approximately two inches ... Read More »

Honor Kapu Symbols When You Visit Hawaii

When you visit Hawaii, you might come across two sticks crossed in the shape of an X with two ball shapes on top. That’s a symbol of kapu and when you see it, you should take notice. That kapu symbol will most likely be warning you one that entry or further approach is forbidden because the point is sacred and ... Read More »

Jake Shimabukuro: Peace Love Ukulele…and Awesomeness!

Forget what you know about the humble ukulele. Sure, the four-stringed instrument is the backbone of any Hawaiian song, but Jake Shimabukuro is out to show the world that the ukulele can play everything from Don Ho’s Tiny Bubbles to Michael Jackson’s Thriller–and sometimes both at the same time! (Email subscribers, click this link to see some amazing videos of ... Read More »

‘Alea ‘Ula – The Hawaiian Moorhen

On our recent trip to Oahu, we saw our first ‘alae ‘ula at Waimea Valley (the waterfall place.) . This endangered bird is endemic to Hawaii (e.g. evolved in Hawaii and found nowhere else in the world). The Hawaiian moorhen is a waterbird, so they tend to live near freshwater marshes and taro fields on the of Kauai and Oahu. ... Read More »

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