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Month: February 2018

Hawaiian Music, Its Origins and Evolution

Hawaiian Music, Its Origins and Evolution

When the sound of Hawaii comes to mind, one tends to think of the soothing rhythms of the ukulele set to the gentle rustling of waves – background music commonly used in elevators, spas, and tropical-themed occasions. While Hawaiian music is often soothing and rhythmic, it is so much more than good background. Music is the very fabric of Hawaiian culture, its humble beginnings rooted in the origins of its people and its later evolution sparked by the arrival and…

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Surfing in Hawaii, You Can Do It

Surfing in Hawaii, You Can Do It

It’s like flying, it makes you feel free and lifts you into the air like a seabird in the wind. Once you try it you’ll be hooked, the word is “stoked”. I’ll give you a hint, it’s a sport, it happens in the perfect warm waters of Hawaii, it gives you a tan, and makes you feel really alive, ok, it’s surfing in Hawaii. On the islands, you can go surfing at any time. You want to lie on a…

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Oahu Hikes: Laie Falls Trail and Kaiwa Ridge Trail

Oahu Hikes: Laie Falls Trail and Kaiwa Ridge Trail

On my first visit to the island of Oahu I had a rough plan of what experiences, hikes and sites I would like to take part in while vacationing. I knew that I wanted to make hiking a priority and I’m so glad that I did. Whether the hike ends at a waterfall (Laie Falls Trail) or with a spectacular view from a trek to somewhere high above (Kaiwa Ridge Trail), each hike will give you a whole new perspective…

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Haleiwa Town – Historical and Cultural Center on North Shore Oahu

Haleiwa Town – Historical and Cultural Center on North Shore Oahu

Haleiwa (pronounced ‘hahlay-eeva’, Hawaiian transcription Hale’iwa) is a small beachfront town on the North shore Oahu. It has two great beach parks with beautiful sky and water views. The natural grace of the island is easy to enjoy here. Major surfing competitions are held in Haleiwa town every year. Local shops range from surf shops and gift shops to amazing offerings of talents from around the globe. Rich volcanic soils, coastal flats and fresh water wetlands that first attracted natives…

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Hiking Kalalau Trail to Kalalau Beach: Personal Experience and Advice to Potential Hikers

Hiking Kalalau Trail to Kalalau Beach: Personal Experience and Advice to Potential Hikers

UPDATE Nov 2018:  Due to major flooding and landslides of 2018, the highway leading to the Na Pali Coast Wilderness Park is closed. The state of the 11-mile Kalalau Trail is also being evaluated. Presently, it is not known when the trail will be accessible again. Kalalau Beach, located in the midst of the Na Pali Coast, is one of the most breathtaking and secluded beaches in the world.  Kalalau Beach is the final destination of the Kalalau Trail, which has…

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Day 3 – Jaggar Museum, Punaluu Beach and the Painted Church

Day 3 – Jaggar Museum, Punaluu Beach and the Painted Church

This is a part of our 9-day Big Island Itinerary. Wednesday, December 27. With help of a local guide I made arrangements to meet an authentically trained Kahuna healer in Volcano.  We’ll treat her to a lunch at 11 am in Kilauea Lodge and then I will have a private session with Kahuna. After that we planned to stop at Jaggar Museum and Kilauea crater overlook, and then head to our rental cottage on Kona side. We’ll take the longer route,…

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How To Export VRBO Calendar – Explained Step-by-Step

How To Export VRBO Calendar – Explained Step-by-Step

While this article is written for HomeyHawaii & VRBO owners who need to export VRBO calendar into their HomeyHawaii listing, it will be useful to anyone who needs to sync VRBO calendar with any other platform, supporting iCalendar format. We can’t stress enough the importance of updated availability for traveler user experience and for owner getting bookings! Trained by Google in the recent years, people want the results instantly and reliably. We constantly hear from upset travelers that after hours…

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The Aloha Spirit – Ke’ aloha ‘uhane

The Aloha Spirit – Ke’ aloha ‘uhane

As the ship approached Maui, I was happy to finally make it to Hawai’i. I’d always wanted to go, but I honestly had the same superficial idea of what the islands were like as anyone else who’d never been, that is to say, I didn’t know much. We anchored out in the Au’au Channel off Lahaina, and I was on the first wave of liberty boats to the beach. Whenever we made port in a new place, I’d always spend…

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