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Why You Should Visit the Museums on Oahu

Bishop Museum

Here’s why you should visit one of the museums on Oahu. Home to two-thirds of the population of the Aloha State, Oahu is home to an extensive list of museums which are dedicated to the history, culture and/or art of the Hawaiian Islands as well as of Polynesia. As Oahu is the most visited island in the State, visitors should definitely take advantage of their stay here by visiting some or all of them. The Bishop Museum, One of the […]

Hawaii’s Biggest Party, The Aloha Festivals

Pa'u Rider

The Aloha Festivals is a celebration of Hawaiian culture and is the largest of its kind in Hawaii as well as in the entire United States. The Aloha Festivals first began in 1946 as a week-long event and were originally dubbed Aloha Week. The festivities were intended to be celebration of Hawaiian culture, music, dance and history as a means to perpetuate them among all local residents. The idea was originally developed by members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce […]

The Hawaii Book and Music Festival

Honolulu Hale Seat Of Government

In historic downtown Honolulu, there are always a multitude of events, restaurants, markets and activities for visitors to enjoy. But during the final week of April there is a festival filled with song and storytelling for all who are privileged enough to experience it. From April 30 to May 1, the 11th annual Hawaii Book and Music Festival will take place near Honolulu Hale (city hall) on the Civic Grounds.  Here families, friends, vacationers and local residents can gather and […]

Reasons Why Hawaii Is the Healthiest State in America

Have you ever considered what it would be like to live where other people go on vacation? What would it be like to be a resident on the island of your dreams? With miles of coastline, warm waters to swim in, mountains to hike and historic sites to explore, it is easy to understand why the breathtaking Hawaiian Islands are a healthy place to live. The scenic surroundings alone would inspire even the most sedentary of people to take a […]

Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu

Some vacationers traveling to Hawaii often may be so focused on the beaches and the glorious terrain of the islands, that they might miss the wealth of history and culture of the Pacific Islands. Don’t be one of them. One of Oahu’s most exciting attractions for visitors is the Polynesian Cultural Center on the northern end of the island. Here guests get to explore the history of several Polynesian cultures, watch live shows, learn new skills and taste authentic food […]

Diversity in Hawaii

The Hawaiian Islands comprise a unique archipelago of cultural diversity. Being located remotely in the vast Pacific Ocean, with the Asian and North American continents on either side, it is no marvel that Hawaii’s population is a blend of many cultures. The United States of America is fondly referred to as a “melting pot,” but the state of Hawaii best exemplifies this with the widest variety of races and ethnicities. According to the 2010 United States Census, of the residents […]

Spring and Easter Events in Hawaii

Easter Eggs On The Beach

Spring is a season of new beginnings, fragrant flowers and sunny weather, making it the perfect time to plan a vacation to Hawaii. Whether you escape to the islands in early March or late May, there are ample exciting activities and events for families and groups of friends to enjoy.  From Easter bunny sightings to garden egg hunts, beach sunrise services, traditional Hawaiian festivals or open-air concerts, take a glance at the list below to see what things are happening […]

Heroes of Hawaii

The irresistible islands of Hawaii are more than just picturesque vacations destinations, they have also been home to many honorable, courageous and talented men and women. Learn about a few of the people who have stood out in history as individuals modeling the “Aloha Spirit” and get to know some of the great heroes of Hawaii: King Kamehameha I:  This great Hawaiian king was noted for his strength, determination and success as a monarch. Kamehameha was a seasoned warrior, reputedly […]

The Makahiki Festival

Ancient Hawaiians began the traditional celebration for the New Year in honor of the god Lono, who was worshiped as the provider of fertility, rain, agriculture, music and prosperity. The timing of the Makahiki festival was generally determined by astronomical formations, such as the seasonal appearance of star clusters or of the first crescent moon. The native Hawaiians would watch for the Pleiades constellation near the horizon at the end of the day, which would signify the coming of the […]

Lua: Hawaiian Martial Arts

Puako Petroglyphs Park

Throughout history, cultures have defended themselves by training warriors to protect their families and homeland. Israelis developed street fighting called krav-maga, the Japanese created martial arts like jujutsu and karate and the ancient Persians taught koshti in the Middle East to help natives defend their land. The ancient Hawaiians developed their own method of defense, called kapu kuialua or merely lua, meaning “double hits.” Lua was a form of hand-to-hand combat based on breaking the bones and joints of one’s […]

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