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  • Kids Ask the Best Hokulea Questions

    Destination: Oahu

    life ring on hokulea canoeIt was dusk, after school, when a couple dozen students from Punahou School gathered at Sand Island on Oahu to tour the famous voyaging canoe Hokulea. For all her reputation and cultural significance, the canoe isn’t very big. That was especially apparent this night, one of the last school visits that wrapped up the Malama Hawaii leg of Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Worldwide Voyage. For nearly the past year, Hokulea has sailed 1,000 miles within the archipelago of Hawaii and welcomed thousands of students—and parents and teachers and curious others like myself—on board. On the evening of my visit, Ka`iulani Murphy—with whom I chatted on Waikiki Beach—fielded questions from students. And, since I found the kids’ questions fascinating and insightful, I’m going to share them—and Ka`iiulani’s answers—here.

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  • Waikiki Beach Walk-and-Talk: Navigating with Ka`iulani Murphy

    Destination: Oahu

    pvs navigator kaiulani murphy walks waikiki beachThe sun was setting behind a bank of clouds off Waikiki when I met Ka`iulani Murphy on the beach fronting Outrigger Reef on the Beach. Conditions weren’t perfect for a green flash. They weren’t even great for picture-taking, but the nightly sunset-watching crowd had emerged just the same. This was back in January. The night before, a thunderstorm had excited the sky with threads of lightning and this evening, strong winds poured on-shore.

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  • Pixel Postcard: Happy Fifth Anniversary Kani Ka Pila Grille

    Destination: Oahu

    kani ka pila grille menuThis Saturday, Kani Ka Pila Grille celebrates five years of nightly Hawaiian music--live from 6 to 9--at the outdoor eatery. That's 1,820 days of continuous performances and 5,460 hours of music. At a minimum, Cyril Pahinui had played 780 hours of the total. The Hawaiian music legend--and son of Gabby "Pops" Pahinui--is so committed to his Wednesday night gig that he only signs contracts for other performances if they guarantee he'll be back by 6:00 each Wednesday evening. I love this about Uncle Cyril. "I made a commitment," he once told me, referring to his schedule.

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  • The Detonation of Plumeria

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    For many of our Facebook followers, I’ve recently learned, the quintessential scent that represents Hawaii is plumeria. There. Did that single word send you tumbling into a memory of Hawaii?

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  • Waikiki Beach Walk-and-Talk: Cyril Pahinui

    Destination: Oahu

    cyril pahinui on waikiki beach with diamond head in backgroundWhen Cyril Pahinui arrives for his weekly Wednesday night gig at Kani Ka Pila Grille, the valet and bell team at Outrigger Reef on the Beach, spring into action. One opens Uncle Cyril’s car door. One grabs a luggage cart. Another starts unpacking Uncle Cyril’s gear, including the slack key guitar for which Cyril is known.

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