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Hokule'a Embarks

Posted on August 4, 2014 in Polynesian Culture

Hokule'a and Hikianalia are Polynesian canoes that departed O'ahu earlier this year on a three-year journey around the world to encourage a more sustainable planet. The voyage will be equipped with state-of-the-art communications technology, including Google Hangout capabilities, videos and photos. This will allow everyone to be part of the worldwide voyage and learn about historical traditions and values. Click here to view the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl0KZkFl1Yc&list=UUEQChJ6hAFgppcz3jHuKnv...

OluKai Ho'olaule'a

Posted on August 4, 2014 in Hawaii Watersports

Maui is known for its relaxing way of life, but every spring things pick up speed when the OluKai Ho'olaule'a takes place on Maui's North Shore. This event features family-friendly cultural activities and draws some of the world's biggest names in stand up paddling as well as one-man and two-man outrigger canoe paddling as they all compete for cash prizes and gifts. Take a closer look at these athletes as they show off their skills on the spectacular coast of Maui.
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Makua Rothman

Posted on August 4, 2014 in Hawaiian Music, Surfing

Makua Rothman grew up on the North Shore of O'ahu and became an accomplished big wave rider, but along the way he also mastered music. Influenced by famous Hawaiian musicians, Makua has been playing ukulele and singing for years. Feel the aloha spirit as you listen to Makua's deep-rooted Hawaiian style with a song from his debut album, Sound Wave.

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Hawaiian Airlines 85th Anniversary

Posted on August 4, 2014 in Hawaiian Airlines

This year, Hawaiian Airlines is proud to celebrate its 85th anniversary. It's hard to believe it all started way back in 1929 with flights from O'ahu to Maui and Hawai'i Island. From expanding its fleet to extending its services internationally, there were many pivotal moments that ultimately made Hawaiian Airlines into Hawai'i's longest-serving airline.

Click here to view the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc0x0mNwFio&list=UUEQChJ6hAFgppcz3jHuKnvg

Catch of the Day

Posted on August 1, 2014 in Culture, Cuisine

Enjoy an episode of "Family Ingredients," a fascinating traveling food show hosted by local Chef Ed Kenney, as he traces the history of ancestral dishes from Hawai'i to their origins and discovers cultural stories along the way. In this show, Chef Kenney and his guest, Alan Wong, visit two important ports where they find the delicious catch of the day.

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History of Hōkūle‘a

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Culture, Ocean, History

The original inhabitants of Hawaii are believed to have arrived many centuries ago from Polynesia using only the stars as their guide. The navigational skills, courage and resilience that enabled them to sail such a huge distance in relatively small voyaging canoes over the deep sea are truly inspiring. So inspiring, in fact, that historic voyages have been re-created by the canoe called Hōkūle‘a, whose name means “star of joy.” Let’s learn more about these great voyages and how they revitalized Hawaiian pride and the use of Polynesian voyaging techniques.

Hōkūle‘a Worldwide Voyage

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Hawaii, Culture, Ocean, Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines is proud to sponsor the Hōkūle‘a’s around the world voyage. The Hōkūle‘a is a double-hulled voyaging canoe, a replica of canoes that the ancient Polynesians used to travel to Hawai‘i. In May of this year, Hōkūle‘a will embark on a historic 4-year, 47,000 nautical mile voyage around the world, powered only by the wind and navigated by the waves and stars. Here to tell us more about this epic journey is President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, Mark Dunkerley.

Hawai’i Beach Volleyball

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Hawaii, Activities, Sports

The sands of Hawai’i aren’t just a place to lounge and get a tan. They’re also a place to be competitive. Beach volleyball, the outdoor sand version of indoor volleyball, is a sport of strategy, stamina and skill with a growing community of players here in Hawai’i. Learn about the evolution of beach volleyball in Hawai’i and its growing popularity. What started as a way for Beach Boys to pass the time when the waves were small is now a highly competitive circuit in the Islands.

Polynesian Cultural Center’s 50th Anniversary

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Hawaii, Culture, Activities, Attraction

The Polynesian Cultural Center is a popular attraction on the northeast shore of O’ahu where visitors can learn about the cultures of the South Pacific. Skilled artisans and original materials were imported from the South Pacific to ensure the authenticity of villages that represent different Polynesian islands, and today the Center also features a luau and the Hawaiian Journey theater. This past year, the Polynesian Cultural Center celebrated fifty years of sharing Polynesian heritage and facilitating the education of students from around the world.

Moloka’i 2 O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Hawaii, Ocean, Ocean Sports, Paddling

It’s no secret that Hawai’i loves ocean sports. While you’ve probably heard of surfing, you may not be familiar with paddleboarding, but it is equally popular here in the Islands. The 18th Annual Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships in July is the perfect opportunity to witness this challenging sport. The race crosses the Ka’iwi Channel that connects the islands of Moloka’i and O’ahu. More than 200 paddlers from all over the world take on the 32-mile course across the 2,300 foot deep Ka’iwi Channel, which has challenged athletes for decades.


Posted on April 1, 2014 in Hawaii, Music, Entertainment

Hawai‘i has always been known for its beautiful music and Kupaoa is a perfect example. The combined talents of husband-and-wife team, Kellen Paik and Līhau Hannahs Paik, are distinguished by their original compositions in Hawaiian and the soothing sound of their two rich voices. They blend their talents and voices to create an unforgettable impression.

Kings of Swing

Posted on December 4, 2013 in Music

Thanks to thousands of American servicemen in Hawai‘i during World War II, the sound of swing became increasingly popular in Hawai‘I and Hawaiian Music. During this time it wasn’t hard to find an orchestra playing Hawaiian Swing and the house would be jumping. Our featured artist is the musical group Kahulanui, who emulate sounds from that memorable era and perform classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style that revitalizes Hawaiian Swing.