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  • 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
  • Come. Join Donna Kahakui.

    donna kahakui on outrigger canoe, kai makanaWhen you ask Donna Kahakui where she comes from, she answers, the ocean. “I come from a family of fishermen. To me, the ocean is my best friend,” she says. “I am more coordinated in the ocean than I am on land.” Read More
  • Wyland’s 100th Whaling Wall Celebrates Green Olympics

    With exactly 100 monumental marine murals in 80 cities and 15 countries across the world to his credit, the artist known as Wyland can be considered a global citizen. And, yet, we in Hawaii consider him one of ours, as we regularly drive and walk past his eight life-size murals gracing the sides of, and in some cases, wrapping around multi-storied buildings across our islands. Even Wyland considers Hawaii his “first home,” as he puts it.

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  • Lottery Excerpt

    My name is Perry L. Crandall and I am not retarded. Gram always told me the L stood for Lucky. "Mister Perry Lucky Crandall quit your bellyaching " she would scold.

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  • Lottery: A Book Review

    In Patricia Wood’s debut novel Lottery, her narrator is not what those in literary circles would call reliable. And in society, Perry would not even be considered likeable. Read More
  • Patricia Wood: The Bird Wrasse Woman

    It was dusk when I pulled into Nawiliwili Harbor on Kauai’s east shore and found Patricia Wood standing under a streetlamp in the middle of the marina parking lot. Read More
  • 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
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