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  • 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
  • The Inspiration of a Master Canoe Shaper

    kaukahi canoe on display at outrigger waikiki on the beachI spent an afternoon last week in an industrial area a few miles from Honolulu International Airport, past a sand and gravel supplier, a drywall contractor and a cabinet re-facing company, in a setting that made me wonder whether Hawaii Five-0 had filmed here. The place was hot, reeked of migraine-inducing paint fumes, and everything was coated in layers of dust that you could measure in quarter inches, and for Tay Perry, this is his office away from the office. Amidst the sounds of power sanders and paint guns, this is where a lifetime of passion and sweat go into creating Tay’s legacy—shaping canoes. Read More
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