The Haʻikū Stairs

Stairway To Heaven; The Haʻikū Stairs The area is named “Haʻikū” after the Kahili flower which flourished throughout the area. Located at the east valley wall of Haʻikū Valley, Ko’olau mountain range is what we know as “Stairway To...

Splintered Paddle

Kānāwai Māmalahoe, Law of the Splintered Paddle The Splintered Paddle is a precept used by ancient Hawaiians. Centuries later it became Hawaiian law, set in place by King Kamehameha I in 1797. E nā kānaka, E mālama ‘oukou i ke akua A e mālama ho‘i ke kanaka nui...

Chinese In Hawai’i

Chinese immigration to Hawai’i Encouraged by King Kamehameha I, Hawaii exported sandalwood to China from 1792 to 1843. As a result, Chinese people dubbed the Hawaiian Islands “Tan Heung Shan”, roughly translates to “Fragrant Sandalwood...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

King Kamehameha Day

King Kamehameha Day Celebration Hawai’i Honors Kamehameha The Great June 11th Kamehameha Day was established by royal decree on December 22, 1871 by King Kamehameha V as a national holiday. Kamehameha Day was created to honor the memory of Kamehameha, who united...