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5 Ways Hawaii Does Winter

BY: MARIA KANAI While winter in Hawaii isn’t quite full of typical, traditional Christmas images: white snow, sweater weather or a roaring fireplace, we’ve got plenty of Christmas spirit of our own! Here are some of our favorite ways we do winter … island-style! 1. Holiday Feasting You know it’s a party when there’s a pile of slippers (slippahs)! crowding the front door. Our Christmas parties tend to morph into an all-day, potluck-style feast with a revolving door of guests: parents, kids, aunties, uncles, tutus, friends, grandkids, and so on – maybe because we live in a state where so many homes are made up of multi-generational families. Some of our family-favorite dishes during the holidays include: Kalua turkey: Slow-cooked shredded turkey with a deep, smoky-salty flavor Pumpkin crunch: All the aunties make this! The crust holds a sweet pumpkin…

Oahu Events To Fill Your Summer

Mark your calendar! From hula festivals and ocean sports to live music and entertainment, the long days of summer are the perfect time to take advantage of Oahu’s many outdoor events and activities. Plan your trip now to soak in Hawaii’s warm, balmy weather along with all the culture, sports and music the islands have…

Ring in the Lunar New Year with These Good Luck Rituals

The Lunar New Year – or Chinese New Year – is right around the corner and in Hawaii, it’s a pretty big deal. From block party celebrations to household traditions, the coming of the New Year gathers people together as they wish one another good fortune and honor ancestors. The date of the Lunar New…

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…

Makahiki Games: The Hawaiian Olympics

For Native Hawaiians, it wasn’t the lighting of a torch but the appearance of a star that signified the opening of the games. The appearance of the Makalii, also known as the Pleiades, in the eastern sky would mark the Hawaiian New Year and the start of the Makahiki (pronounced mah-kah-hee-kee) season. Makahiki was a time for the Hawaiians to honor Lono, the god of rain, agriculture, harvest, peace and fertility. Alii (chiefs) of each island traveled clockwise to the various ahupuaa (or districts) holding Lono’s image atop a long pole collecting tributes for Lono as well as taxes from their tenants such as taro, sweet potatoes, dried fish, clothing and rare bird feathers. Some of these taxes were stored away as emergency supplies and some shared with lesser alii, but most were redistributed and used for the celebrations. The…

Interest in Local Farmers’ Market Grows

There are quite a few reasons why people love a Hawaiian getaway – the mesmerizing scenery, year-round warm weather, the exotic mixture of cultures and the delicious local delicacies. On your next Hawaii vacation take a bite into the best the islands have to offer at one of many farmers’ markets across Oahu. One of…

Drift Away with Lantern Floating Hawaii

Each year Memorial Day is a time for people from around the country to honor those who have given their lives to protect our freedom. In the islands many use the day to visit the graves of loved ones. To help cultivate cultural harmony and understanding, Her Holiness Shinso Ito, the Head of the Shinnyo-en Buddhist Order, launched the first Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony on Memorial Day in 1999. For the first three years the ceremony was held at Keehi Lagoon until 2002, when the service was moved to Ala Moana Beach Park where it has been ever since. While elements of the ceremony are taken from religious traditions, Shinnyo-en, in partnership with other groups, has adapted the ceremony to be a interfaith celebration of the people who have come before us. This year Lantern Floating Hawaii will celebrate its…

Congressional Gold Medal Event

Roberts Hawaii was privileged to help provide ground transportation for the Congressional Gold Medal Luncheon on Maui on Feb. 25, in recognition of 39 Maui veterans who courageously served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service during World War II. We’re proud to honor the brave men and their families who sacrificed so much to protect and secure the comforts and freedoms we enjoy today. Roberts Hawaii was privileged to help provide ground transportation for the Congressional Gold Medal Luncheon on Maui on Feb. 25, in recognition of 39 Maui veterans who courageously served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service during World War II. We’re proud to honor the brave men and their families who sacrificed so much to protect and secure the comforts and freedoms we…

Visit us at the Great Aloha Run Expo!

Save the date and come visit us at the Great Aloha Run Sports, Health & Fitness Expo! The expo is Friday February 17 through Sunday, February 19th at the Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. Friday: 4PM – 9PM Saturday: 9AM – 7PM Sunday: 9AM – 5PM Come by our booth (T5) and learn how you can play tourist, and in addition, be sure to enter-to-win a pair of tickets to either the Alii Kai Catamaran, Lani Misalucha Show or Magic of Polynesia! For more information about the Great Aloha Run Expo, please visit www.greataloharun.com/events/expo

Eddie Aikau – The Man Behind the Name

*Photo Credit: Dan Zelikman In Hawaii the name Eddie Aikau is as famous as Waimea Bay, the celebrated Oahu surf break where the prestigious big-wave surf contest carrying his name is held each year. Wherever you go — whether you’re passing a bumper sticker along Pali Highway or grabbing breakfast from Rainbow Drive Inn you’ll…

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