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Planning a Visit to Majestic Maunakea

The Big Island – officially named the island of Hawaii – is the largest island in the U.S. and is home to a range of climate zones. It is also the youngest in the island chain and is a favorite vacation destination due to its volcanoes, black sand beaches, and Kona coffee. But did you…

What to Do When it’s Winter in Hawaii

It’s hard to believe that there are seasons in Hawaii, but there are actually two – “kau” (summer) and “hoolio” (winter). Although the change may not be as noticeable in the islands as it is in other states, if you visit Hawaii between December and February, you can feel the difference. As if large swells…

Taking Your Vacation Green

In Hawaii, we preserve the value of “Malama ka ‘aina” (caring for the land). This is the notion of caring for and living in harmony with the land. With so much natural beauty around us, showing aloha and taking care of our island home is even more important than ever so that we can ensure…

Ten Sweet Facts About Pineapples

Despite their prickly appearance, the pineapple is as sweet a fruit as they come. With a taste that instantly transports you to a balmy tropical vacation, it’s no wonder that many enjoy a slice or two in their drink, as a dessert or even a light snack. This ono (delicious) tropical fruit had been cultivated in…

DO’S and DON’TS For This Labor Day Weekend

Summer may be over but you can still enjoy one last hurrah this long Labor Day weekend on the shores of Oahu. With weather hovering in the 80’s, lots of sun and balmy trade winds, outdoor activities are always a sure thing. From annual cultural festivities to sporting events, there is a full of lineup…

Making Waves with Malama Honua

*Photo Credit: Chris Stankis Today the name Hokule’a, which means “the star of gladness,” serves as a light for people around the world. A “wa’a kaulua” or Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe, the Hokule’a recently returned home to the islands after a more than three-year journey around the world. The History Inspired by the ancient…

All Hail the King Tide

Summer has arrived. And while beach weather is prevalent year-round in Hawaii, if you’re planning on paying a visit to the islands this summer you may notice the tide rolling in a little higher than usual. This summer Hawaii is experiencing a natural phenomenon known as a king tide, which – as its name implies…

Why You Should Spring for a Vacation in Hawaii

It’s true. The sun is out year-round, the hibiscus are always in bloom and you’ll never need to wear a coat or boots. So what makes spring in Hawaii so special? While you can enjoy many activities in paradise all year long, there are a few reasons that make it worth traveling to Hawaii in…

Dancing Through the Art of Hula

Whether you’ve seen it performed on TV or experienced it in person at a Hawaiian luau, chances are you know of or have seen someone dance the hula. Dating as far back as the 1700’s, hula has been a thriving tradition in the Hawaiian Islands for centuries. Traditionally believed to have been performed in honor…

Dishing on the Hawaii Plate Lunch

Photo Credit: Crystal Yamasaki Known for its diverse culture, Hawaii is often referred to as an ethnic melting pot. So it’s no surprise that one of the islands’ signature dishes is often referred to by locals as a “mixed plate.” Dating back to the 1880s, plate lunches originated during Hawaii’s pineapple and sugar plantation era….