Tag: History

“Eddie Would Go” – Why Hawaii Celebrates Eddie Aikau

Eddie Aikau was the first lifeguard to work on Oahu’s North Shore. He became a surfing legend and local hero before sacrificing his life to save fellow Hokulea voyagers in the 1970s. Today, he is honored throughout Hawaii as a symbol of aloha and Hawaii traditions.  Hawaii has a unique culture that’s brimming with its […]

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10 Reasons to Visit Iolani Palace on Oahu

Iolani Palace is a beautiful attraction in Honolulu, and visiting can change your entire outlook on Hawaiian history and culture. But it can be tempting to skip it since there are so many things to see and do on Oahu. After all, you may wonder if it’s worth stepping off the beach and exploring some […]

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The Kona Coffee Story: The History and Future of Hawaii Coffee

You’ve probably heard about Kona coffee in Hawaii. When you come to Hawaii, drinking a cup of locally sourced brew is a must-do. But what exactly is Kona coffee, and why is it so different from other types of coffee? Let’s learn all about this delicious beverage and why it has become so synonymous with […]

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How to See a Volcano in Hawaii

Many visitors wonder if they’ll see a Volcano in Hawaii or how volcanoes influence the islands’ geography.  Volcanoes created each of the Hawaiian Islands, and the history behind them is quite fascinating. My curiosity about the islands I live on led me to research how and why these islands formed. It’s pretty amazing to think […]

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Why Does Hawaii Celebrate Prince Kuhio Day?

Prince Kuhio Day is a state holiday in Hawaii, but do you know why this person is so important and why the holiday exists? Let’s talk all about this fascinating historical figure and the many ways he influenced modern-day Hawaii.  Who Was Prince Kuhio Prince Kuhio is most famous for spearheading the Hawaiian Homes Commission […]

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Hawaii Islands Names: Origins, Nicknames, and Stories

Do you know the origins of the Hawaii island’s names? Each of the eight major islands in Hawaii has a fascinating history that resulted in their unique names and nicknames. Learn about them here before your next adventure in the islands.  Hawaii – “The Big Island” Hawaii Island often confuses first-time visitors who aren’t familiar […]

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Hawaii MayDay: A Celebration of Lei and Aloha

Have you ever heard of Hawaii Mayday (or May Day)? This is a day celebrating the custom of giving and receiving lei. It occurs each year on May 1 and is honored at schools, parks, and businesses.  Today, we’re sharing all about Hawaii Mayday and how you can celebrate it, whether you’re here in the […]

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A Sunset Visit to Hanalei Pier

Hanalei Bay Pier has become a popular and iconic Kauai hangout over the years. Teens cannonball into the waters below, fishermen cast out lures, and tourists chill under its pavilion. It’s a favorite spot of mine whenever I’m on the island – I come to slow down and cool off with a mid-day plunge into […]

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Menehune: Hawaii’s Most Elusive People

Legendary creatures called Menehune (pronounced meh-neh-HOO-neh) weave a charming spell throughout the Hawaiian Islands. These dwarf-like expert builders may have built some of Hawaii’s largest temples and strongest fishponds. Many say they still work through the night, maintaining their elusiveness as they march through forests and roads.  The History of Menehune The origin stories of […]

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Heritage Hawaiian Jewelry

Hawaiian Jewelry: A Lesson in Beauty and History I’ve always loved bracelets. They are my favorite pieces of jewelry because they are so noticeable when you move your arms. I love them so much that I requested a wedding bracelet instead of a wedding ring when I got married. I don’t wear it anymore because […]

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St Andrew’s Cathedral Honolulu has Royal Roots

Hawaii is full of eye-catching cathedrals and churches. The islands’ missionary history and architectural trends mean that there’s a lot to see and learn about the religious sites you’ll find here. St. Andrew’s Cathedral Honolulu has a fascinating (and royal!) history. The History of St. Andrew’s Cathedral Honolulu The Cathedral of St. Andrew (commonly called […]

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Night Marchers Hawaii: The Feared Spirits of the Islands

If you talk frequently with Hawaiians and Hawaii residents, you’ll soon hear stories of Night Marchers. These feared spirits are said to appear in dark, ancient areas of the islands. But what are Night Marchers, and will you encounter them on your vacation? Let’s discover the stories of these Hawaiian phantoms.  What are Night Marchers […]

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