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    3 Great Places to Take in Some Hawaii Island History

    3 Great Places to Take in Some Hawaii Island History

    Posted on August 31, 2015

    Story by Derek Paiva Who were the first farmers to see the potential for growing coffee on the Kona Coast? What were the everyday lives of early Hawaiians and American missionaries like in early 19th century Hilo? Who was Hawaii Island’s and Waimea town’s “First Lady of Ranching?” The answers to every one of these [...]

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    Limahuli Garden and Preserve: America’s Best Natural Botanical Garden

    Limahuli Garden and Preserve: America’s Best Natural Botanical Garden

    Posted on July 28, 2015

    Story by Leah Lamb One of Kauai’s most dramatic and scenic botanical gardens is Limahuli Garden and Preserve on the island’s north shore. Located in 1,000-acre Limahuli Valley, home to countless biological and cultural treasures, the 700-year-old site is akin to a step back in time. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself unable to [...]

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    Festival Fun for the Whole Family

    Festival Fun for the Whole Family

    Posted on April 23, 2015

    Perhaps you’ve heard of the Merrie Monarch Festival, a world-renowned hula competition in April, or seen pictures of the mouthwatering dishes served at the Hawaii Food & Wine and Festival in September, but there are so many family-friendly festivals and events that take place during the months in between. From young keiki (children) to teenagers, [...]

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    Celebrating Pacific Harmony at the 21st Annual Honolulu Festival

    Celebrating Pacific Harmony at the 21st Annual Honolulu Festival

    Posted on March 6, 2015

    This weekend, thousands of Hawaii residents and visitors will celebrate cultural diversity at the 21st Annual Honolulu Festival from March 7-8. The festival features an impressive showcase of cultural traditions through music, dance, and art – all of which is free to the public. Check out a few highlights below and be sure to stop [...]

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    Merrie Monarch Festival – Something for Everyone

    Merrie Monarch Festival – Something for Everyone

    Posted on April 14, 2014

    In less than a week, the highly anticipated 51st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, held April 20-26, 2014, will be in full swing. Year after year, thousands of people from all over the world flock to Hilo, Hawaii for the week-long celebration famous for what is considered to be the world’s most prestigious hula competition. In [...]

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    Kid-Friendly Museum Programs in the Hawaiian Islands

    Kid-Friendly Museum Programs in the Hawaiian Islands

    Posted on August 12, 2013

    A family vacation to the Hawaiian Islands can involve more than just sun, sand, and surf. Families can expand their Hawaii experience with a visit to one of the multitude of museums to learn more about the islands’ unique culture and history in a fun and engaging way. Turn young travelers into modern-day explorers at [...]

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    Hawaii’s HAWI Gallery: Vintage Ukuleles, Local Art, Authors, Crafts & Music

    Hawaii’s HAWI Gallery: Vintage Ukuleles, Local Art, Authors, Crafts & Music

    Posted on June 16, 2012

    When you think of Hawaii, you think of many things and certainly one vision is hula dancing with a guitar or ukulele player on a beach….

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    FoodTrek: A Historic Feast of Kona by Land

    FoodTrek: A Historic Feast of Kona by Land

    Posted on August 26, 2011

    They say travel nourishes the soul, of which I totally agree. I also think travel should nourish the appetite, as all that wandering about can build up a monster hunger. Continuing my journey around the island of Hawai’i, I had the opportunity to satisfy both a hunger for history as well as local eats while on the journey across the island.

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    Molokai – A Hawaiian Time Machine

    Molokai – A Hawaiian Time Machine

    Posted on July 17, 2011

    Visiting Molokai is like entering a time machine and journeying to a past Hawaii, where the only crowd is at the Friday night party at Hula Shores Restaurant. Here, the hustle and bustle of more urbanized islands has apparently been banned – in fact, the island’s highest speed limit is a sedate 45 MPH. Getting [...]

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    Hawaiian Culture: Hula

    Hawaiian Culture: Hula

    Posted on October 30, 2009

    The historic origins of the hula are as complex and graceful as the dance itself. The mythical stories vary and are specific to each island. Goddess Laka gave birth to the hula in Ka’ana on the island of Molokai where her remains are also buried. On the Big Island, legendary goddess Pele ordered her sisters [...]

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