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  • Favorite Movies Made in Hawaii

    Here's an overview of some of the movies made in Hawaii, beginning in 1937.

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  • Ten Trivia Tidbits from Hawaii's Hollywood History

    How well do you know Hawaii's history with Hollywood? Do you know how many movies John Wayne made in Hawaii? What beach Mitzi Gaynor washed that man right outta her hair? The author of the book from which George Clooney's newest movie was adapted? The year Hollywood first started filming in the Hawaiian Islands? Read on and learn more.

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  • Hula Is A Celebration of Life

    hula dancers perform on big island in honor of king david kalakauaHula is the highest form of respect. Kia says, “For us hula is life, because we can learn everything about life--everything about morals, everything about ethics, everything about our daily life, everything about how we should live--through hula.” In an oral tradition, hula served as the textbook for life. But it also took a more poetic, less didactic turn. Whether to serve as mnemonic memory devices or make the telling more interesting, the direct meanings that were intended to be conveyed in hula were cloaked in metaphors, illusions and personifications. Read More
  • Sustainable. Locavore. Green. Hawaiian.

    Ono Organic Farms dragon fruit on MauiSustainability. Green. Conservation. Environmental. Locavore. Whatever trendy term you call it, the movement to preserve our world isn't new. Living on islands now known to be the most remote body of land on the globe, Hawaiians were renowned for their conservation...environmental...sustainable...green...practices. Let's put it this way, whatever term you choose, those old time Hawaiians knew how to take care of their environment as if it was their living room. Or refrigerator. Or bathtub. Because, often, it was. Here are some stories about Hawaii's sustainability movement and how you can help. Read More
  • The Meditative Quality of Hawaii's Traditional Textile Craft

    close up of kapa maker handsIt’s mid-afternoon, the sun is pounding, and Sabra Kauka and I take cover under the shade of a robust noni tree, native to Polynesia, also known as the Indian mulberry, a tree that produces a fruit renowned for its medicinal properties--and smell. Some liken the aroma to blue cheese. Read More
  • The Languages in My Heart

    author photo of constance Connie Hale likes to say she grew up bi-lingual--in English. She spoke "proper" English at home around the dinner table, but could let unfurl with a string of Pidgin around the schoolyard and beaches and cane fields and cattle ranches of Oahu's North Shore. In this article, Connie shares her love affair with the many sounds and languages you'll find spoken in Hawaii. 

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  • Get to Know Hula. Get to Know Hawaii.

    hula dancer hands tell the storyHula is a uniquely Hawaiian dance performed with oli (chant) and mele (song) to convey the many stories and traditions of the Hawaiian people. These stories might be light-heared. They might be sensual. They may evoke a spiritual or worshipful essence. They may be told at breakneck speed or a hypnotic pace. Read More
  • Hawaiiloa Sails Again

    Jerry Ongies likes to get things just right. “How tall is this?” he asks as he unclips the handy tape  measure attached to the waistband of his jeans. “About 18 inches?” He uncoils a length and stretches it across a box at his feet. It measures exactly 17 inches. “That’s too low,” he says. “Imagine you’ve got your stove in here, and you’re cooking. The whole thing is way too low.” Read More
  • Diversity in Islamic Art at Shangri La

    shangri la artwork“Islamic art dates from the 8th century to present day and pretty much encompasses the countries from southern Spain all the way to India, so Islamic art is very diverse,” said Barbara Buchman, taking cover from the bright sun in the shade of an 80-year-old banyan tree. “If you take away anything from my tour, that’s it. That Islamic art is very diverse.” Read More
  • Luana Maitland Shares Her Hawaiian Culture

    luana maitland teaches mother and daughter to string leiI was born and raised in Hawaii, and am three-quarters native Hawaiian by ancestry. My heritage is important to me, and I’ve always wanted to work somewhere where I could incorporate my culture in my daily work. Read More
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