Category: Hawaii Culture & Happenings

Real Hawaii History at Royal Mausoleum

At the top of Nuuanu Avenue, about a mile and a half from the bustle of Downtown Honolulu, Oahu visitors can visit the Royal Mausoleum. Known as “Mauna Ala” in the Hawaiian language, it is the final resting place of many members of Hawaii’s royal family and retainers. It is an excellent way to experience […]

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Learn to Live Aloha: “Kuleana Campaign” Videos

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) and Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) have created a new video “Kuleana Campaign” to educate visitors about cultural norms and practices unique to the Aloha State. These unwritten rules are important to knowing what it means “Live Aloha” while enjoying a Hawaii vacation. All of the videos are available […]

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Kona’s Family Band (family-friendly)

On Hawaii Island, Kona’s Ronnie V & the Family Band offer visitors and residents a live music experience that transcends the Hawaii trope of strumming ukulele and falsetto warbling. A mix of bluegrass and blues, gypsy jazz and folk, and an eye for the love of the land, the outfit is unique among the many […]

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USPS releases USS Missouri “forever stamp”

The US Post Office has released a “forever” postage stamp featuring the USS Missouri battleship. Now a museum ship docked in Pearl Harbor on Oahu, the “Mighty Mo” played a significant role in one of the most important events in modern world history. (Forever Stamps are good for First Class postage regardless of future rate […]

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Update: Kilauea Volcano Lava Viewing

When erupted on Hawaii Island on May 24, 2018, it made headlines around the world. Video and images of fountains and fast-moving rivers of lava drew many thousands of visitors and residents alike for lava viewing. The eruption slowed to a stop, with Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory stopping daily volcano updates in early October 2018 for […]

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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl

I recently had relatives visiting from Philadelphia who were staying in a time-share at Disney at Aulani, far from Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. With just a couple of hours to spend together, I decided to take them to the (Punchbowl Cemetery, informally). It turned out to be a good choice, as I was to learn […]

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Busy New Year for Kauai entertainment

Kauai visitors have a host of Kauai entertainment options to choose from throughout January to begin the New Year. The Garden Isle outside of resort hot-spots like Poipu and Princeville can be considered, generally and accurately, as quiet and pastoral. Its lush vegetation and pristine beaches are what come to mind when describing Kauai, not […]

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Mana Ai: Preserving ancient taro traditions

Mana Ai is a small business located in Kaneohe, part of the ancient Koolaupoko district of Windward Oahu. Mana Ai provides sustainably-grown taro products to consumers in Hawaii and around the world. Sustainable agriculture and resource management were vital to the success of the first Polynesians to arrive in the Hawaiian Islands many hundreds of […]

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Manoa Chinese Cemetery links to the past

The Manoa Chinese Cemetery is steeped in history, tradition, and a spiritual connection to revered ancestors. For most Hawaii visitors, strolling through a graveyard is probably not the first thing to come to mind when planning a Hawaii vacation. But the Manoa Chinese Cemetery isn’t gloomy. It’s solemn, but not grim. There are many things […]

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Red Pineapple: Creative gifts from Hawaii

It’s a tradition around the world for adventurers and vacationers to return home bearing gifts for loved ones. Red Pineapple on Oahu is the perfect stop for visitors to find unique, Hawaii stocking stuffers and jaw droppers for the holidays. With two locations on Oahu, is a local, family-owned and operated business and brand. Founder […]

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Falls of Clyde to return to Scotland

The 140-year saga of the Falls of Clyde appears to be reaching a happy turning point. Hawaii’s historic but deteriorated merchant ship, built in Scotland in 1878, will be returned to its original berth-place. Port Glasgow, Inverclyde will welcome the ship home in the spring of 2019. In maritime speak, she’s “rolling home”. She is […]

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Crack seed in Hawaii: A love letter

Crack seed is a Hawaii snack item with a taste that is, well, acquired. Generally speaking, it is a Chinese food item, imported with Chinese sugar plantation workers who arrived in Hawaii in the mid-1800s. is essentially bite-sized preserved fruits, plums being most common. There is almost no end to the varieties of crack seed […]

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