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  • Rogue Wave of Laughter Hits Waikiki

    The Society of Seven got their start in 1969. You would have probably called them a variety act then. Their success led to a regular gig in Las Vegas. Before they left for the mainland—almost 10 years ago—they trained a troupe to carry on in Waikiki. Through September 20, the Vegas version is home, performing at the showroom at Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. Read More
  • How To Surf Without Getting Wet

    Honolulu Surfing Museum collage of photosStop by Nico’s at Pier 38, because a surfer has to fill up the tank for a good workout. If you’re up for the dawn patrol, order the fish and eggs. If you’re more of a late riser, go for the Furikake Pan-Seared Ahi with Ginger-Garlic-Cilantro dip. And you don’t have to stop at the ATM before you head out. Prices are shockingly reasonable, especially for the portions and quality. Read More
  • Signs of Spring

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  • Hawaii's Road to Statehood: #4

    At 6:45 this morning, after I fed the laying hens (abandoned chicks my husband rescued from the wild a few years ago) in their coop and as I walked the dog, I noted the muted sun rising behind a bank of clouds in the eastern sky. I remember thinking how far north in the sky the sun sits these days, as I reached into the newspaper box at the end of my driveway. It was still early—for me, at least—and I hadn’t cleared the fog in my mind with my morning cup of tea yet, so I wasn’t quite prepared for the bold headline stretching across the breadth of the newspaper’s front page. “Statehood!” the one word headline exclaimed. 

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  • Hawaii's Road to Statehood: #3

    Not always, but most stories start at the beginning. This story about Hawai'i's road to statehood, then, really starts with Kawaiaha'o Church--or, at least, what it represents.  In 1820, Christian missionaries arrived from America. On July 21, 1842, the "Great Stone Church" was dedicated, making it the first permanent Western house of worship in Hawai'i. Building it was no small task.

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  • Hawaii's Road to Statehood: Part 2

    Across the street from 'Iolani Palace sits Ali'iolani Hale. Built in 1874 by King Kamehameha V, the building was originally intended to house the royal palace and serve as the seat of government. Due to escalating costs--even then building costs could get out of control--the palace portion was skipped--giving the subsequent king--Kalakaua--something to build.  The story about this property that I find most interesting relates to the statue in front. Read More
  • The Road to Hawaii Statehood: Part 1

    On August 21, 2009, the state of Hawai’i will celebrate 50 years since President Eisenhower signed a proclamation officially declaring the archipelago the 50th state.  The road to statehood has to start with ‘Iolani Palace for one very simple reason in that the palace is the easiest place to pick up the “Walking Tour of 50 Years” brochure.  But the bigger and more formal reason your walking tour of Hawai’i’s road to statehood should start here is that ‘Iolani Palace marks the symbolic seat of power where the Hawaiian monarchy lived—even before the existing building was built in 1882. It is also the site where the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown a mere 11 years after the building was erected in the unique “American Florentine” style.

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  • In Search of the Perfect (Beach) Bag in Hawaii

    My penchant is bags. I am a bag lady. A bag-a-holic. A bag nut. I like the right bag for the occasion.  I have so many bags that I have devoted one whole closet to my collection. It used to be the guest closet; now guests will have to live out of their suitcases--bags--I guess.

     

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  • Meet Nukaau, the Hawaiian Monk Seal

    Nukaau was born on Laysan Island in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands in 1981 and was brought to the Waikiki Aquarium as a two-year-old.  He’s a big boy.  Or, rather, a big, old man.  He is now nearly 28 years old, and he measures almost 8 feet in length and weighs between 380 and 420 pounds.

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  • It's a TreeFest

    My husband’s last words when he left for work this morning were, “Don’t buy too much.” The man knows me well.  He knows I am like a kid in a candy store every November when it comes to Arbor Day.  Last year, because it was raining and the turnout was low, I returned home with a whopping 24 trees.  That meant 24 holes for him to dig. But I’m not the only child when it comes to trees. Read More
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