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Bellows Air Force Station, named after WW-I American hero Lt. Franklin Barney Bellow, was an important air field during World War II. Bellows Field was made a permanent military post in July 1941, and it was one of the airfields attacked during Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Fast forward 75 years and what you […]

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Hawaii’s Hungry and Pesky Mongooses

What is it where you live? Pigeons that deface statuary, buildings and the occasional human head? Squirrels? Locusts? Mice or rats? Here in Hawaii, the pest of choice has been the mongoose. And we brought the pestilence on ourselves. The 1800s were big for sugar cane. Sugar plantations shot up on a lot of tropical […]

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Consider the USS Arizona an Essential Part of Your Hawaii Vacation

Plan on it. It’s Hawaii’s most visited attraction for a reason. The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor on Oahu lures 1,500,000 people a year, and nobody leaves the experience unmoved or uninspired. Plan on a half-day, and make it in the morning as early as you can (from 7:30). The later you arrive, the […]

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A Day of Adventure at Poipu Beach

Want to see one of America’s Best Beaches? Poipu Beach on Kauai is often ranked as a top destination, and for good reason. But will you love visiting it? Read on to learn about this scenic locale and how to have a great beach day at Poipu.  The Best Things About Poipu Beach Poipu Beach […]

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The Seven Natural Wonders of Hawaii

Mount Everest, The Matterhorn, The Meteor Crater, Victoria Falls, Ayers Rock, The Great Barrier Reef, and The Grand Canyon; they’re the seven Natural Wonders of the World.  Each is pretty impressive in itself, but you have to go a long way out of your way to see any of them. Here in Hawaii, we have […]

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About Hawaii’s Trade Winds

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard tales of Hawaii’s heavenly climate, often attributed to the enchanting “gentle trade winds,” a phrase as ubiquitous as “white sand beaches,” “swaying palms,” and “lush tropical gardens” when describing the islands’ allure. Yet, have you ever pondered the origins of these mystical trade winds, their elusive nature, and why they bypass other […]

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Hawaii’s Secret (and not so secret)Beaches

Most people considering a visit to Hawaii know we have a lot of beaches here. Our six major islands all are completely rimmed with beaches, and all the beaches are accessible to you. You are, of course, aware of “Waikiki Beach,” the most famous of them all. It’s convenient to every Waikiki hotel. It backs […]

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Hawaii’s Rubber Slippers

You may know them as “flip-flops” or as my Australian mates call them “thongs,” but here in Hawaii we wear “rubber slippers.” Living on an island, slippers are an essential part of an un-official Hawaii uniform. Flip-flops were inspired by traditional woven Japanese sandals. Post war, versions were briefly popularized by servicemen returning from Japan. […]

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Primo Beer Back in the 808 State

Back in the 1960’s the local brew to drink in Hawaii was Primo Beer. About ten years ago, the beer was discontinued when parent company Stroh Brewing decided to stop production. So Primo lovers were more than ecstatic to learn that their beloved beer was back and available this week on Oahu. Once the island’s […]

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History of the Merrie Monarch Festival

Every year in Hilo on the Big Island, there a week long prestigious hula competition called the Merrie Monarch Festival. It is the Olympics of hula. This year it will be held from March 30 – April 5th. This is an event not to be missed – assuming you can get a ticket. Begun forty […]

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Duke Kahanamoku – Hawaiian Surfing Legend

Driving in the bustle of downtown Honolulu, it is hard to imagine over 100 years ago one of the best watermen on the planet lived on the busy corner of King and Bishop streets. Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku was born in 1890 at his family home. Duke was named after his father, who […]

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Hawaii Shave Ice – Fun Local Tradition

On the mainland they are called “snow cones,” in Puerto Rico “piragua” but here in Hawaii we know it as “shave ice.” This is one fun treat that is worth trying. The tasty shave ice was brought to Hawaii in the 1880s by the Japanese immigrants who came to work on the sugar plantations. At […]

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