Akaka Falls State Park

ʻAkaka Falls State Park Pleasant self-guided walk through lush tropical vegetation to scenic vista points overlooking the cascading Kahuna Falls and the free-falling ‘Akaka Falls, which plunges 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge. The 0.4-mile loop footpath requires...

Hanafuda Flower Cards

Japanese Hanafuda Flower Cards Hawaii Hanafuda – Sakura Hanafuda; Sakura; Hawaii-style Koi-Koi Hanafuda are playing cards of Japanese origin. The name Hanafuda literally translates as “flower cards”.   A traditional Hanafuda deck has 48 cards divided...

Molokai: The Friendly Isle

Island Of Molokai, The Friendly Isle The Most Hawaiian Island Beginnings of Molokai Molokai is the fifth largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago; 260 square miles total area, 38 miles long, and ten miles wide at its widest point. One and a half million years ago,...

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...

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

estination 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....