Category : Festivals — Culture & Music

Taste of Hawaii – Mochi!

Those of you who regularly follow our blog are no strangers to our Taste of Hawaii series where we feature some of the unique foods you’ll find here in paradise. Part of what makes a Hawaii vacation so special is the variety of exciting new tastes to explore. Here on our Hawaii blog, we’ve featured […]

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Chinese Fortune Festival In Hawaii

Aside from the sunshine and beautiful beaches, Hawaii can always be counted on for some incredible cultural festivals. Regardless of the island you find yourself on, there are usually plenty events in the works that celebrate Hawaii’s rich cultural diversity. The good folks over at The Shops at Mauna Lani in Waimea certainly know how […]

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Hawaii Slam in Honolulu

The sound of the ocean’s surf, the flowing lava, and the subtle the sway of our palm trees; Hawaii’s natural environment is already poetry in motion, but we’ve got something even better for those who enjoy the spoken word. Poets and poetry buffs won’t want to miss Hawaii Slam. On the first Thursday of each […]

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Hawaii’s Kukaniloko Birthing Stones

If you plan on taking in some historical sites while on vacation in Hawaii, you’ll want to add the Kukaniloko birthing stones to your excursions. Listed with both the National and Hawaii Register of Historic Places, the area is one of Hawaii’s most important cultural treasures. Once the birth place for royalty, Kukaniloko is still […]

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Taste of Hawaii – Poke

England is revered for their fish and chips, down south loves their collard greens, and here in Hawaii, we’ve got Poke. Pronounced Poh-kay which means to cut or to slice, this popular pupu (appetizer) is as much a part of Hawaii as the hula. Poke was originally prepared by native Hawaiians by slicing ahi tuna […]

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Hawaii’s Lantern Floating Ceremony

If your Hawaii vacation takes place over the Memorial Day weekend, we encourage you to visit Honolulu’s Ala Moana Beach Park for the annual Lantern Floating ceremony. Thousands of lanterns floating in to the Pacific at sunset not only make for some incredible photos, the symbolism of the event creates an atmosphere of peace and […]

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Hawaiian “Shave” Ice

Whether you’re staying in a luxury villa in Hawaii, a hotel or resort, or with friends and family, no Hawaiian vacation would be complete without indulging in our famous “Shave Ice”. Originally brought to Hawaii by Japanese plantation workers in the early 1900’s, Hawaiian Shave Ice can now be found throughout the islands and is […]

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History of Hawaii’s Hula

Aside from Aloha, palm trees and the pacific, one of the first things that come to mind when you think of Hawaii, is the hula dance. We’ve all seen images of the svelte beauties in their grass skirts and headdresses performing the hula, but here in Hawaii, it is much more than a dance. With […]

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May Day Is Hawaii’s Lei Day!

The Lei is as synonymous with Hawaii as Aloha and the Shaka. When Don Blanding first suggested “Lei Day” back in 1927, he had no idea that it would soon became an annual holiday. It was made official in 1929 and since then, the 1st of May has been known here in Hawaii as Lei […]

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Hang Loose in Hawaii – Spreading Aloha With the Shaka

Even those who’ve never been on a Hawaiian vacation are familiar with the “Shaka”. Not everyone knows its official name but the “hang loose”, or “surfer” sign has become synonymous with Hawaii over the years. The “Shaka” sign is made by making a fist, extending both the pinky and thumb, and then giving the hand […]

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