Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea

Hawai’i Sovereignty Restoration Day Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea Sovereignty Restoration Day (Hawaiian: Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea) is a national holiday of the Hawaiian Kingdom celebrated every July 31 and still commemorated by Native Hawaiians and Hawai’i residents of today. The...

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay, O’ahu, Hawai’i Hanauma Bay has long been one of the island of Oahu’s jewels. Native Hawaiians have been enjoying life on the bay for thousands of years. The beach and surrounding natural park get their name from two Hawaiian words: “hana”...

Siberian Plantation Immigrants

Not So Sugary Sweet For Russian Siberian Plantation Immigrants During the heyday of sugar production at the turn of the 20th century Hawai’i supplied much of the worlds sugar. Labor demands were filled with foreign immigrants from far away lands such as Japan,...

Hawaiian Milk Caps

POGS, Hawaiian Milk Caps, Bottle Caps POGS, the game:Pogs are circular cardboard discs with printed imagery. Traditional style pogs, made of rough cardboard, are printed with limited colors, and often have a staple in them and a perforated pull tab as they appeared...

Acacia Koa; Native Hawaiian Plant

Acacia Koa; Native Hawaiian Plant The Acacia koa is a large species of flowering tree categorized in the pea family. The koa tree is one of Hawaii’s most common tree. Growing naturally, koa is endemic to Hawai’i. It is a native plant exclusive to the...

Hilo, Hawai’i

Destination to Paradise:Hilo, Hawai’i The first Polynesians settled in Hilo around 1100 AD. These first Hawaiians landed near the mouth of the Wailuku River at Kaipalaoa Landing (Hilo Bay Lighthouse). Oral history gives the meaning of Hilo as to twist or braid....

Hula Legends

Legends of Hula; How Hula Was Born There are multiple Hawaiian legends of how hula came to exist. One Hawaiian legend claims Laka, goddess of the hula, as well as fertility and reproduction, gave birth to the hula dance on the island of Molokaʻi, at a sacred place in...

Mākaha, Hawai’i

Destination to Paradise: Mākaha, Hawai’i   Mākaha is located on the leeward coast of O’ahu, just north, northwest of Waianae. The town sits at the west opening of Mākaha Valley, and at the foot of Mt. Ka’ala in the Wai’anae Mountain Range....

Kākau Ancient Hawaiian Tattoo

Kākau Ancient Art Of Hawaiian Tattoo Born out of Polynesia, the ancient form of tattooing known as kākau and kā uhi, is as sacred to the Hawaiian people as hula, lei making and surfing. Traditional Kākau, Kā Uhi is an art that was nearly lost to Hawaiians, but many...