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  • Herb Kane's Canoes and the Dodo Bird of Mauritius

    Outrigger Mauritius Resort and SpaConsider the canoe. Across indigenous cultures, wherever there was water, be it fresh or salt, there were canoes. A canoe provided the means to feed a village. It provided entertainment in the form of racing. It provided a way to cross a river or an ocean. I cannot think of any culture which did not rely on a canoe in some manner. Read More
  • Pixel Postcard: My What Big Waves

    curling ocean waveThis week in Hawaii, we are expecting monster surf the likes of which we haven’t seen for over a decade. Everyone’s throwing around the number 50. As in fifty-foot high waves. And people, no doubt, will be riding them. But not competitors in "The Eddie.”

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  • Pixel Postcard: Diamond Head at Dawn

    sunrise over diamond head from outrigger reef on the beachThis week in Hawaii, we're playing tag with the weather. The trade winds have gone into hiding, and we're experiencing a "kona system" out of the south. Night rains give way to sunny days, which sometimes witness bouts of determined rain followed by intense sunshine. It's good to pack an umbrella or light jacket. Or just surf. It is, after all, a water sport. Read More
  • Na Alii Walking Tour of Waikiki

    na alii walking tour with kahoakaOne sunny, Saturday morning, I found myself standing at the foot of King David Kalakaua’s statue in Waikiki with my Big Girl Camera was hanging from my neck, an iPhone was in my hand, and, perhaps, even, my waterproof point-and-shoot stashed in my backpack. On my face, I wore a blank stare. I did not see the kids with florescent pink and green inflatables wrapped around their mid-sections and waddling for the beach. I did not see the surfers with their boards balanced on their heads, their wet footprints drying on the hot pavement. Read More
  • Our Pledge to Malama Honua with Polynesian Voyaging Society

    doctor chuck kelley speaking at polynesian voyaging society receptionLast week, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts announced its partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, pledging to provide more than $500,000 worth of support to further the mission of the PVS Worldwide Voyage through various fundraising efforts, cross marketing and global hosting at Outrigger hotels and resorts throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Read More
  • Ansel Adams in Hawaii: Who Knew?

    ansel adams islands of hawaii sitting on table in libraryAnsel Adams visited Hawaii several times in the 1950s on a commercial assignment from Bishop National Bank of Hawaii, now First Hawaiian Bank. Who knew? Not me, at least. From now through mid-January, a selection of his Hawaii photographs are on display alongside the paintings of his friend Georgia O'Keeffee. She visited Hawaii in 1939. Read More
  • One Musical Note. Two Monk Seals. And Me.

    nathan aweau performs at waikiki aquariumOne note. That’s all it took for singer-songwriter John Cruz to yank me from my seemingly pressing need to “Instagram” the photograph I’d just snapped of him. One note. That’s all it took for John Cruz to nullify the possible negative repercussions of the rain sprinkling over the crowd on the lawn at the Waikiki Aquarium yesterday evening during the opening night of the summer concert series known as Ke Kani O Ke Kai. One note. That’s all it took for John Cruz to cleave my soul and root me in the present moment. One note. And if I wasn’t careful, I’d miss my plane, the last flight of the day from Honolulu to Lihue, Kauai. Read More
  • It's Kamehameha Day. That's Right.

    The great King Kamehameha statue in front of Aliiolani Hale in HonoluluKamehameha was no legend--he was a living, breathing man, who was born in 1758 and died in 1819. But he was legendary--with stories of standing seven feet tall and lifting a 5,000-pound rock (on display outside the Hilo Public Library) to fulfill a prophesy that said whoever lifted it would go on to conquer the Hawaiian Islands. Kamehameha did, establishing the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. Read More
  • Chinatown: More than Just Chicken Feet

    brick facade in chinatown in downtown honoluluMost people come to Chinatown looking for dim sum, noodle houses, flowers, fruit, bootleg trinkets and your more unusual ingredients for Asian recipes. Chicken feet anyone? On the first Friday of every month, there’s also Art Night—with street food, performance artists, Taiko drumming, and art gallery showings. But I found myself in Chinatown on an architectural tour.

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  • The Trail to Kaniakapupu Palace

    kaniakapupu-palaceLike Kaniakapupu, the summer palace of King Kamehameha III and his wife Queen Kalama, in Nuuanu. It was built in 1845. According to the plaque in front of the crumbling rock wall ruins, the palace—a term to be taken loosely—was a place for parties. The biggest of which took place in 1847 to celebrate Hawaiian Restoration Day. Read More
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