Category: Hawaii Culture & Happenings

Merrie Monarch Festival returns, and with it spirit

The Merrie Monarch Festival begins on April 17, 2022. The beloved hula festival was begun in 1963, conceived as an effort to attract visitors to Hawaii Island. It celebrates the legacy of beloved King David Kalakaua, the Merrie Monarch himself, an elected king whose legacy of devotion to arts and culture and to the best […]

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Prince Jonah Kuhio: Hawaii’s royal “Renaissance man”

Hawaii celebrates Prince Jonah Kuhio Day on Friday, March 25 this year, to mark his birth on March 26, 1871. It is one of three State holidays in Hawaii honoring two of Hawaii’s most beloved figures (King Kamehameha the Great is the other) and momentous statehood that followed Hawaii’s territorial status after the overthrow of […]

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UH Baseball welcomes back visiting baseball fans

The University of Hawaii Men’s Baseball team, the Rainbow Warriors, held its “home opener” on Friday, February 18. This comes nearly two years after the pandemic forced college hardball fans to keep away across the country and the last game UH Baseball fans could see the home team in person at Les Murakami Stadium. Baseball […]

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Maui Observatory: Counting the Stars at Haleakala’s Science City

Hawaii telescopes and observatories provide scientists with some of the keenest galactic eyes on the planet. While you’re vacationing on the island below, scientists at the Maui Observatory are making discoveries that could impact the entire universe.  Where is the Maui Observatory? The Haleakalā High Altitude Observatory is located at the summit of Haleakala, a […]

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Hawaii “shoulder season” perks

We’re in the middle of one of Hawaii tourism’s “shoulder seasons” when demand for travel, accommodations, and tourism-adjacent businesses like restaurants and tour companies dips below peak summer and winter levels. But what does shoulder season mean? Right now, in the middle of October, daily visitor arrivals are averaging ~20,000. Just this past August, that […]

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Kilauea Volcano (re)awakens!

It happened in a geological instant. A “swarm” of low-magnitude earthquakes rattled Hawaii Volcanoes National Park near the Halema’uma’u Crater on Tuesday night before Kilauea Volcano erupted anew mid-Wednesday afternoon. Within minutes, images from the Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory, the US Geological Survey, and other agencies that monitor volcanic activity were flooding social media feeds around […]

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HAT Blog Maui posti dispatch: departure day diversions

It’s a HAT Blog Maui post this week as we head to the Valley Isle. With an 11:00 am checkout at the West Maui condo (between Kaanapali and Kapalua) and a 7:30pm flight back to Honolulu, we had a lot of time on our hands to wander Upcountry and take in some fascinating out-of-the-way and […]

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Aloha Plate Food Truck races along on Food Network

Hawaii Vacation Connection Podcast listeners will have noticed by now that Aloha Bruce has been flying solo of late, as co-host Lanai Tabura has been bouncing around between Hawaii and the mainland for a variety of local and national television productions with Aloha Plate Food Truck. He is a busy man (and Emmy Award winner) […]

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Action! Hawaii film and television production thrives

 Hawaii’s film and television industry hummed along quietly during the worst of the pandemic. The pandemic slowed productions, but it did not stop them altogether. Funded by big “Hollywood money”, productions were able to maintain rigorous testing and distancing practices. The cameras kept rolling. No one seemed to notice because most of us were self-isolating […]

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Try the fish! The other Hawaii seafood

The topic of fresh fish in Hawaii dining is dominated by the big ones: ahi tuna, marlin, mahi mahi. There’s good reason for that. They’re delicious. But Hawaii is home to a bewildering assortment of tasty reef fish that you are unlikely to find on the menu anywhere other than a dry-erase board on a […]

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2 favorite “Local Hawaii Food” dishes at home

We love our local food here in the Aloha State, especially here at Hawaii Aloha Travel. Our custom food tour is curated to offer the best of what Oahu’s farms and eateries have to offer. And we love to feature those establishments on the blog and Hawaii Vacation Connection Podcast as well. But you don’t […]

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Comedy U keeps Hawaii comedy laughs alive

Hawaii’s Comedy U and Jose “Dynamite” Figuera are keeping the laughs alive in Honolulu as the Aloha State continues its economic recovery amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Comedy U boasts a roster of talented and committed standup comedians and two showcase performances weekly at two popular Honolulu venues, The Blue Note and Hawaiian Brian’s. Jose […]

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