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  • A Gift of Music at the Waikiki Aquarium

    Makana plays slack key guitar at Waikiki Aquarium at sunsetIn the summer, the aquarium hosts Ke Kani O Ke Kai, The Sound of the Ocean, a series of five Hawaiian music concerts. You tour some exhibits, nosh on a selected menu of dinner entrees from local restaurants, and about the time the sun sets, you take your place on the grassy lawn and settle in for the evening performance. Read More
  • Our Oceans Connect the World

    woman standing on beach looking at waves

    According to a press release from The Ocean Project, the goal of World Oceans Day is “to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives, and the important ways people can help to protect our shared world ocean.”  In the United States, Hawaii became the first state to recognize and celebrate World Oceans Day. On Tuesday, volunteers around the state participated in beach clean ups and reef surveys. Seminars and movie screenings educated the public on the prevalence of plastic in our Pacific Ocean.

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  • Kaui Hart Hemmings Hawaii's Cinderella

    The Descendants is a book that starts off as awkward as a newborn colt taking its first steps. But it gallops to the finish a good three lengths ahead of its nearest competitor and that’s what makes it stick in your mind. What author Kaui Hart Hemmings managed to do in her debut novel is present Hawaii in all its paradisiacal and real ways. She makes Hawaii accessible way to the rest of the world. You don’t just have to live in Hawaii, love Hawaii or have ever visited Hawaii to enjoy this book.

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  • Princess Kaiulani the Movie

    Not all of Hollywood’s movies make it to Hawaii. This Friday, however, a movie will open in a limited release—including the islands of Hawaii. Princess Kaiulani is a coming-of-age story of a young woman in Hawaii. The lead character in this movie was, indeed, a real woman and a real princess.

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  • Get Your Fill of Spam in Waikiki

    Spam jam waikiki cansTomorrow, some 20,000 people are expected to crowd Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki on Oahu between 4:00 and 10:00 p.m. for—of all things—SpamJam. (Officially, Waikiki SpamJam.) Yes, we’re talking about the canned, spiced ham here. Read More
  • New Year's Resolution

    A couple weeks ago, a group of virtual writer friends started posting their goals for 2010. They could all be my own: Write more, publish more, stop procrastinating. But out of the dozens of New Year’s resolutions I read, one stood out. And ever since I read it, I have pondered it. Rolled it around in my mouth like my dog eats peanut M&Ms. Read More
  • In Memory of Heroes in Hawaii

    When you live in Hawai'i, you don't forget December 7, the anniversary of the attack of Pearl Harbor 68 years ago. It's a day of remembrance. Today is another such day. The 25th anniversary of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. It only runs when the surf reaches heights of 20 feet at Waimea on O'ahu during the annual one-month holding period. In its 25-year history, the event has only run seven times. Today makes eight. Read More
  • Hawaii’s St. Damien

    Pope Benedict XVI canonized Jozef De Veuster yesterday, Rosary Sunday, October 11, 2009. In Hawai'i, we know him as Father Damien.  He arrived in Hawai’i on March 19, 1864 as Brother Damien. Two months later, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace ordained him a priest. In 1873, Father Damien asked to be assigned to a peninsula on the north shore of Moloka’i, known as Kalaupapa, where he could minister to the 816 Hawaiians who had been exiled there, because they suffered from Hansen’s Disease.


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  • Hawai'i Writers Conference. Day 3

    Located in the middle of the Pacific and known as the most remote body of land in the world, Hawai’i exists in its own time zone.  But I think time works in another way here.  More times than I can count, I run into just the person I seek, know, need, want.  It’s like a conspiracy is going on.  Out of the thousands of people in Waikiki, the elevator doors open and there’s one of the two people I know attending the Hawai’i Writers Conference.
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  • Hawaii Writers Conference. Day 2

    Let's say your husband dies suddenly. Let's say you're in your mid-30s when it happens and let's say you also have three young children at the time. What you really want to do is crawl into bed and never get out, but you have these children. They need their mommy. They also need clothes to wear and food to eat. You decide the only thing you can do for your children is to show them that tragedy does not give one permission to live a small life. Read More
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