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8 Hawaiian Treats to Try When Visiting the Islands

8 Hawaiian Treats to Try When Visiting the Islands

Visiting Hawaii is a dream come true for many due to the glorious beaches, weather, diverse beautiful nature, and Hawaiian food. Speaking of Hawaiian food, it is to die for. If you’re planning on dieting in Hawaii, just don’t. With a variety of food choices as well as delicacies, you will certainly enjoy the taste of Hawaiian treats. Malasada Malasada is a Hawaiian staple and is considered one of favorite fried Hawaiian treats. Malasada was originally from Portuguese in the…

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Safe Sunscreens for Hawaii and You: A Closer Look At Sun Protection

Safe Sunscreens for Hawaii and You: A Closer Look At Sun Protection

Heading to Hawaii for a much needed vacation? You will need to bring a safe sunscreen or to buy it locally to protect yourself from sunburn. Take note: Hawaii’s new sunscreen law bans sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate due to the bleaching effect of those ingredients on coral reefs. You can no longer buy sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate in Hawaii, and many sunscreen brands re-formulated their sunscreens to replace oxybenzone and octinoxate with other ingredients. While it’s very important to protect…

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Hawaiian Pronunciation Guide

Hawaiian Pronunciation Guide

Hawaiian language belongs to the Polynesian language family. The Hawaiian alphabet consists of only 13 letters: 5 vowels and 8 consonants. This Hawaiian Pronunciation Guide is a simplified overview for English speakers with recorded examples kindly provided by Hawaiian language specialist Kamalani Johnson. Our Use of Transcription Words in square brackets [ ] show the pronunciation of Hawaiian words. Such notation is called transcription in linguistics. For the purposes of this article, we use our own very simple transcription system,…

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Taking a Dog to Hawaii

Taking a Dog to Hawaii

Hawaii is often number one on people’s bucket lists. It is a popular destination for weddings, honeymoons and even family vacations. But if your furry family member is on the list of travelers, then study the subject of taking a dog to Hawaii seriously and well in advance. If you’re talking about a cat or dog, it’s possible, but not at all easy. If you are talking about some other type of animal, it’s almost impossible. Hawaii has strict pet import…

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Types of Coffee in Hawaii

Types of Coffee in Hawaii

Hawaii is a favorite tourist destination not only for its tropical landscapes and magical luaus. It is also one of the largest coffee-producing lands in the world! There are many different types of coffee in Hawaii, all having unique taste profiles with fruity and floral notes. Which one to choose for your next cup of demitasse and which one to buy as a gift? Let’s explore the Hawaiian coffee tradition. When your appetite for coffee is whetted, you’ll be ready…

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The Meaning of Aloha Through Hawaiian Language and History

The Meaning of Aloha Through Hawaiian Language and History

Ua Kuluma Ke Kanaka I Ke Aloha.It Is Natural For People To Behave In a Loving Way.– Hawaiian Proverb Derived from an enchantingly beautiful language with only 13 characters, aloha is one of the most famous words in the world. Through the magic of movies, television, and music most people on Earth have had at least a small glimpse of Hawai’i. But to understand the meaning of the word aloha, let’s try to slow down to the beat of the…

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Hawaii 101 or What Everyone Needs to Know About the Islands

Hawaii 101 or What Everyone Needs to Know About the Islands

Come join the class, it’s called Hawaii 101 or What everyone needs to know about these enchanted isles. Whether you’re a wahini (wa-heenee) woman, or kane (kaw-nay) man, a malahini (mawla-heenee) newcomer, or a kama’aaina (kawmah-eye-nah) children of the land, it’s good to know the basics about your islands. First, there are 8 islands, actually a couple hundred stringing halfway up to Alaska, but there only are 8 main ones. And each island has a nick-name. Hawaii Island is so…

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Hawaii State Symbols: State Flower, Bird, Fish and More

Hawaii State Symbols: State Flower, Bird, Fish and More

Welcome to Hawaii!  It’s always good to know the symbols of the state you visit. Best to start with the big 5 Hawaii state symbols, the state flower, the state bird, the state nickname, the motto, and the little state fish with the big name. Once you know these you’re on your way to being a real local. You can already guess other Hawaii symbols like the state sport, surfing, and the state musical instrument, the ukulele (pronounced “oo”-ku-lay’-lee” not…

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The Shaka Sign: One Way Ticket to Spreading Aloha

The Shaka Sign: One Way Ticket to Spreading Aloha

The shaka has made its home in the hands of surfers around the globe. I’m here to tell you all about where this curious and friendly hand sign claims its origins and how the shaka continues to be relevant today. The shaka sign is a hand gesture that – by the general consensus – holds its origins in sweet Hawaii nei. To make it, all you have to do is make a fist and then stick your thumb and pinky…

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Petition to Provide Concession for 2020 Maui Vacation Property Taxes

Petition to Provide Concession for 2020 Maui Vacation Property Taxes

Maui owners came up with a sample tax concession petition to Maui County to retroactively lower the property taxes assessed on Maui vacation rentals, reflecting their loss of use during COVID-19 pandemic. In Maui County, property’s tax rates depend on its classification for tax rate purposes. Properties that are classified as short-term rentals are subject to the highest property tax. According to 2020 Classification table, owners renting short term are paying 1.1% while owner occupied tax is around 2.6% and non-owner…

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