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Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival honors beloved namesake

A beloved ambassador of hula and the Hawaiian culture, “Auntie Emma,” as she became known, served on the first board of the Napili Kai Foundation, a nonprofit organization that offers free Hawaiian cultural programs for Maui keiki aged 6 through 17, including a weekly hula show. Read More

Nature shines during National Wildlife Refuge Week celebrations

Hawaii has 10 national wildlife refuges, including the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge on Oahu, Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge on Maui and the Kauai National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Here’s a wrap of activities at those three locations. Read More

Museum harks back to West Maui’s plantation days

Hawaii’s Backyard: Food, fun and film at the Ko Olina Children’s Festival

It’s called the Ko Olina Children’s Festival, but in actuality it’s an afternoon and evening of movies, activities, musical entertainment and more the whole ohana will enjoy. Read More

8 great things to do on Hawaii island for free

Been thinking about a Hawaii island getaway? Do it! Read More
 

Opa! Festival provides a heady dose of Greek culture

The Greek Festival started as a fundraiser for Honolulu’s first Greek Orthodox church. Thirty-seven years later, the event is one of Hawaii’s largest ethnic celebrations. Read More

A farm on Maui enlightens visitors about the tropical palm’s seed

The coconut palm might be a Hawaiian icon, but, in truth, we kamaaina take it for granted. After all, it’s so common, so familiar, so … well … ordinary. Read More

Maui Calls promises a memorable evening in celebration of hula

When Maui Calls, 800 people answer. That’s the number of attendees at this annual gala, which has raised more than $3.5 million to support the nonprofit Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Read More
 

Botanist’s legacy preserved for century at Lyon Arboretum

The Harold L. Lyon Arboretum celebrates its 100th anniversary on Saturday — a momentous occasion for the 193.5-acre oasis deep in Manoa Valley that some kamaaina don’t even know exists. Read More

Reach for the stars at Hokulani Imaginarium

Fly over Pluto, cruise through Saturn’s rings, walk on Mars. It’s all possible at Windward Community College’s Hokulani Imaginarium. Read More

Keiki dancers shine at annual hula festival

The annual Queen Lili‘uokalani hula festival is back in town. Read More

8 great things to do on Kauai … for free

Have a lot of time but not a lot of cash? Here are options that won’t dent your wallet if you’re visiting the Garden Isle. Read More

Expect mango mania at city’s celebration

Like many kamaaina, Misty Kelai gets nostalgic come summer — mango season in Hawaii. Read More

Touring historic Kailua-Kona on Segway

In Kailua-­Kona on Hawaii island, visitors are enjoying the benefits of navigating tour sites via Segway. Read More

World Oceans Day celebrates man’s connection to the sea

One of the highlights will be the world premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” in the Hawaiian language. Read More

Yoga with a twist and no mat needed

If yoga is part of your regimen even when you’re on vacation, consider these out-of-the-box options — no mat needed. Read More

Fond memories inspire tours that share love of food, camaraderie

Knowing that food is top of mind for many travelers, Isaac Bancaco has designed several innovative culinary programs at Andaz Maui, all of which are open to the public. Read More

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