May day is Lei Day! May 1, 2016

“May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii Nei.” This popular phrase in the islands prevents anyone from forgetting this special day. It was Don Blanding, a writer and poet, who first suggested that a holiday should be dedicated to the beautiful Hawaiian tradition of making and...

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Waimanalo beach

Waimanalo Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches that is out of the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. It a must see on our list. Mahalo for the picture JWO!

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whale watching

Looking for a little exercise and a great place to watch for whales we recommend Makapu'u lighthouse hike. Bring water, wear sunscreen and enjoy this easy hike make sure to stop and look for whales along the...

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Heritage sights

Name:National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl Name:National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl What:Prominent national cemetery honoring American Veterans Where:North of Downtown Honolulu More Info:Open daily Name:National Memorial Cemetery of the...

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Lele O Na Manu Hawaiian Forest Birds

March 19 - July 31 2016 The Lele O Nā Manu exhibit is about the rich and diverse natural history of endemic Hawaiian forest birds, their preeminence in traditional Hawaiian culture, and the dire need for their conservation. Hawaiʻi has been called the ‘Endangered...

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HE NAE AKEA Bound together

In a partnership between the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), The National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, the ‘ahu ‘ula and mahiole of Kalani‘ōpu‘u will make their journey back to Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, in March 19, 2016 to be...

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Name that cove?

It has a few names.. they filmed the opening scene of Pirates of Caribbean the curse of the black Pearl here. Come on a tour with us and we will show you its beauty.

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Mammal mania

Only two types of mammals are native to Hawaii: the hoary bat and the monk seal

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Isolated population

Hawaii is 2,390 miles away from the nearest continent (North America) and is considered the most isolated population center on earth. Early in its history, seeds and plants were brought to the barren island by wind, water, and birds

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Hau’oli Makahiki Hou

Hau’oli — “how-oh-lee” Makahiki —  “mah-kah-hee-kee” Hou — “ho” Originally posted at: How to Say Happy New Year in Hawaiian | Go Visit Hawaii...

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Storytellers

Because Hawaiians society was largely an oral rather than a written culture, ancient Hawaiians would learn values and history through trained storytellers. Because the stories were considered sacred, listeners were not allowed to move once a story began

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Ohe hano ihn

While most people play flutes with their mouths, ancient Hawaiians often played flutes (Ohe hano ihn)with the nose. Perhaps the preference for a nose flute stems from the Hawaiian belief that the nose was more innocent or pure than the mouth, which could say many...

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Mano

Hawaiians considered the shark (mano) a god and treated it with great...

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Captain Cook

When Captain Cook arrived in Hawaii in 1778, he was greeted as the god Lono because he had arrived during a sacred festival. Initially, the Hawaiians thought Cook’s ships were floating...

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Beautiful Wahine

Ancient Hawaiians believed that the heavier a woman, especially a chieftess, the more beautiful she was.

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Happy Face Spider

Hawaii is home to the unique “Happy Face Spider” (Theridion grallator), which bears an uncanny resemblance to a smiling face on the back of its abdomen.

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Hawaii Facts

Hawaii is the only state that is not geographically located in North America, is completely surrounded by water, and does not have a straight line in its state...

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Remember Pearl Harbor

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day  Memorials have been built to remember the day and its events. The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor is a marble memorial over the sunken battleship USS Arizona, which was dedicated in 1962. The memorial remembers all military...

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Art on the Zoo Fence in Waikiki

Art on the Zoo Fence in Waikiki where various artists personally present their wide range of art styles and subjects in original paintings, prints, and photography for view and sale from 9am-4pm on Monsarrat Avenue, across from the bandstand in Kapiolani...

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10 Best Free Activities and Attractions on Oahu

Watch the sun sink into the ocean with a sunset picnic. You can either pick up your own picnic supplies from a grocery store or restaurant. Even the ABC Stores that are all over Waikiki have a decent selection for a picnic. Alternatively, many resorts will offer...

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10 Best Free Activities and Attractions on Oahu

2. Visit Punchbowl National Cemetery. This is a another solemn, yet peaceful site. Where else would you find a cemetery in the center of an extinct volcanic crater? You will find tremendous views of Honolulu at lookouts here, as well. See our tips for visiting...

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DUKE PAOA KAHANAMOKU EXHIBIT

Hawaii’s beloved ambassador of aloha and a public figure unrivaled in grace and humility, Duke Kahanamoku’s legacy transcends his outstanding resume of Olympic gold medals, daring surf adventures, and Hollywood movies. The beauty of Duke’s legendary fame consists of...

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COUNTRY NOW, COUNTRY FOREVER

More than 600 acres of coastal land stretching from Kewala Bay to Kahuku, on Oahu’s North Shore, has been saved from development thanks to a new deal signed into law by the State of Hawaii and by Turtle Bay Resort. Decades in the making, this deal–ushered forward by...

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2nd Annual Oahu Jazz & Blues Festival

When: Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 3:00pm to Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 10:00pm Where: Turtle Bay 2nd Annual Oahu Jazz & Blues Festival November 19-22, 2015 Festival Schedule Thursday November 19 – Jazz Fest Opener in Surfer, the Bar, Jazz Fest Teaser &...

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