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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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My Hawaii Place

My Hawaii Place

I call it my sweet zone, my Hawaii place when everything comes together perfectly, when I am totally at rest. When you’re looking out of your dreary eyes, not seeing what is in front of you, feeling only bliss, that’s the sweet zone. It is easiest to feel when the environment is peaceful and leaves you alone. Hawaii does this, but Hawaii is not paradise, Hawaii is a place so peaceful that paradise can happen inside you. My sweet zone…

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Best Turtle Snorkeling Locations in Hawaii

Best Turtle Snorkeling Locations in Hawaii

Snorkeling with sea turtles in Hawaii is an incredible experience and understandably at the top of the list for many visitors to our islands! Here we share with you the best turtle snorkeling locations on each island in Hawaii and tips for how to fully enjoy them! Sea turtles are known as honu in Hawaiian, and two species can be spotted near-shore: the Hawaiian green sea turtle and less frequently the Hawksbill sea turtle.  There are fantastic sites to snorkel…

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Travel Insurance for Vacation Rentals

Travel Insurance for Vacation Rentals

Are you looking forward to your next vacation? More people nowadays opt to stay in vacation rental properties, enjoying their time away in ample home-like accommodations. Travel Insurance for Vacation Rentals is an essential part of planning your coveted once-a-year (for most folks) time to rest and recover. Whether you need to cancel your trip or interrupt it due to sickness or weather conditions, you can get professional assistance and recover your funds with the right travel protection plan. VRBO…

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Hawaii on a Budget

Hawaii on a Budget

Ideal climate all year round, alluring beaches, delightful landscapes and the welcome spirit of aloha – it’s Hawaii! Many would like at least one glimpse of these paradise islands, but prices can bite. However, Hawaii on a budget is possible. Smart travelers always have a couple of trump cards in their pockets, that is, secrets for saving the budget even in such faraway places. What’s your budget? Decide on your own budget. If you have any flexibility, define the maximum…

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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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Hawaiian Christmas Music for a Holiday on the Islands

Hawaiian Christmas Music for a Holiday on the Islands

Nothing sets the mood quite like Christmas music. You know the songs by heart: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “Merry Christmas, Darling,” “Twelve Days of Christmas”. There’s no need to reinvent such classic holiday staples. Artists like Henry Kapono and Keali’i Reichel know Christmas songs don’t need fixing, but adding a little Hawaiian flavor results in a savory Hawaiian Christmas music recipe. If you’re in the mood for a Hawaiian-style Christmas, these local artists have the vibes and the medleys to…

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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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The Happy Melting Pot of Hawaii

The Happy Melting Pot of Hawaii

Once a week when you walk by Macdonald’s inside the Kona Walmart you can hear sweet Hawaiian songs being sung by tutus (grandmothers). They are dressed in colorful mumus, happily strumming their ukuleles and singing their Island songs. Hawaiian songs and hula define being Hawaiian. The ultimate example of Hawaiian Culture is the Merry Monarch Festival, happening in Hilo every April. A humble ambassador of the friendly Hawaiian culture – the shaka sign – is known in all corners of…

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Everyday Hawaii Animals

Everyday Hawaii Animals

To really know our islands you should know the animals in Hawaii. They scurry through the bushes,  skip across scraggly lava, and fly through the air. Allow me to introduce you to a few everyday Hawaii animals. Mongoose (Small Asian type) The first one to meet is the cute but unappreciated mongoose. You’ll see this furry little rascal running across the road in front of your car, or slipping out of a bush to grab an old french fry. He…

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