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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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Devouring Homegrown Bites on Hawaii, the Big Island

Devouring Homegrown Bites on Hawaii, the Big Island

Posted on June 6, 2012

by Joshua Lurie  My fall trip to Hawaii was to learn about the increasing connection between islanders and their homegrown food. For years, Hawaii imported 85% of its food from across the Pacific, but islanders are finally starting to harness the power of their fertile volcanic soil to produce food on-site, and that means taking [...]

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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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Making Family Connections at Pearl Harbor

Making Family Connections at Pearl Harbor

Posted on June 13, 2011

Poignant, inspiring, sad, thoughtful, important. Those are the words I jotted down in my notebook as I toured the newly expanded WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument and associated Pearl Harbor Historic Sites on Oahu earlier this month. To be frank, I didn’t know much about the site before I visited — my childhood [...]

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Maui: The Sugar Cane Train

Maui: The Sugar Cane Train

Posted on November 5, 2009

Often times people wonder, “Where do folks from Hawaii go on vacation?” and while I enjoy traveling throughout the Continental United States, I also love visiting the neighboring islands. With dormant volcano Haleakala sitting on the East and Mauna Kahalawai adorning the West, Maui is the second largest island of the Hawaiian chain.   I first [...]

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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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