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Official Colors and Flowers of Hawaiian Islands

Official Colors and Flowers of Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii is such a Neverland you won’t be surprised that each island has its own color, 8 islands, 8 colors. Most all given for the color of flowers growing on each isle. The Hawaiian islands is a lei of colorful flowers, strung across the sea. Is this a charming state or what? Here are the official colors and flowers of Hawaiian islands from the bottom to the top, Hawaii to Ni’ihau. The Big Island – Red – Lehua flower First,…

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An Ultimate Guide to Movies Filmed in Hawaii

An Ultimate Guide to Movies Filmed in Hawaii

When it comes to film, there might be no place in the world that’s quite as versatile as Hawaii. Whether it’s the deeply rich landscape of the Na Pali Coast on Kauai’s North Shore, or the timeless wonder that is Ka’a’awa Valley in Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii simply knows no bounds, and can adapt to almost anything. In fact, the islands’ landscape is as versatile as the kind of movies that are filmed in Hawaii – in other words, there is…

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Menehune, Hawaiian Leprechauns

Menehune, Hawaiian Leprechauns

Lose your keys, it’s the Menehune. Can’t find your purse? The Menehune stole it. If you can’t find something, they took it. Stealing little things is part of their rascally nature. When you eventually find what you lost, it’s them giving it back to you. So who are these Menehune? Picture elves dressed in Hawaiian Ti-leaves between 6 inches and 2 feet tall, very smart, strong and skilled in building things with rocks. That’s the ancient, mythical Hawaiian dwarf called…

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The Legend of Naupaka

The Legend of Naupaka

It’s the Legend of Naupaka [nau-‘pa-ka], a beautiful Hawaiian Princess. Naupaka fell in love with a fisherman named Kaui [‘kau-i]. Over the years, the legend has been told in different ways, but the ending has always remained the same. One version of the story goes like this. Long ago in Hawaii, the beautiful Princess Naupaka, who lived high in the mountains, came down to walk along the beach. Many say she lived on the island of Kauaʻi [kau-‘a-i]. She had…

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Oahu Surfing Guide: Ka He’e Nalu i O’ahu

Oahu Surfing Guide: Ka He’e Nalu i O’ahu

All amazing photos in this Oahu Surfing Guide are courtesy of Matt Heirakuji. Surfing isn’t just a sport. It’s the bond shared between people and the ocean that humans have known for hundreds (maybe even thousands) of years. It’s an expression of self, of culture, and of one’s innermost longings to find stillness in world of chaos. And it all began right here in sweet sweet Polynesia. Lucky for us, surfing has evolved to capture a broad audience, with breaks…

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Kolohe Kai’s Enchanting ‘Summer to Winter’ Odyssey

Kolohe Kai’s Enchanting ‘Summer to Winter’ Odyssey

Being among the most recognizable artists in Hawaii is more often challenging than it is glamorous. Just ask Iration, or better yet, Henry Kapono. It means living up to higher expectations each time. Kolohe Kai set those expectations for themselves early on, so in many ways it’s themselves they have to live up to.  Since making a splash on the local airwaves in 2009, Kolohe Kai has released 3 albums and a handful of singles in recent years. The “rascals…

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Maui Nightlife: Best Things To Do After Sunset

Maui Nightlife: Best Things To Do After Sunset

Maui, Hawaii brings more than beach loungers, sunshine, and lazy afternoons by the pool. As the spectacular sunset approaches, you might like to turn your mind to the evening entertainment. Maui nightlife options include stargazing at Haleakala, relaxing on a sunset cruise and maybe the theater, a luau, or a show later. To help you decide on your evening’s entertainment, here are a few suggestions on the best things to do at night. South Maui Nightlife Kihei Town is the…

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Nā Pōhaku Ola: The Legend of the Wizard Stones

Nā Pōhaku Ola: The Legend of the Wizard Stones

If you’re out strolling Kalakaua Avenue along Waikiki Beach, as you no doubt will be some afternoon in between lunch and happy hour on your next visit to Oahu, you’ll no doubt stop at the Duke Kahanamoku statue to pose for a selfie or family photo with the Duke or drape a lei on his outstretched arms or around his neck. Maybe you want to pay homage to Hawaii’s most legendary waterman (not everyone is an Olympic gold-medal swimmer and…

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Prince Kuhio Day – In Memory Of “the Citizen Prince”

Prince Kuhio Day – In Memory Of “the Citizen Prince”

On March 26th all of Hawaii comes together to celebrate the birthday of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole – known as “the Citizen Prince” and “the Prince of the People”. Prince Kuhio Day was established in 1949 as Hawaii state holiday. Prince Kuhio is fondly remembered and celebrated for his role and persistent efforts towards carving a better life for the Hawaiian people. Prince Kuhio was born in 1871 on the island of Kauai. The sacred site of his birthing house…

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Hawaii Lei Day – Celebrating a Beautiful Tradition

Hawaii Lei Day – Celebrating a Beautiful Tradition

Every year since 1929, the 1st May is celebrated as Hawaii Lei Day. Statewide celebrations are held in all of Hawaii with full fun and fare symbolizing the beauty of the aloha spirit! Header photo by Joel. The day marks the celebration of Leis – fresh flowers famous not only across Hawaii but also across the world. Traditionally Lei wreaths were used as a sign of peace between various native tribes. Today, people from across the globe recognize the wreath…

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