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Walking tour spotlights Kakaako’s past and future


Updated on  April 14, 2018 at 6:11 pm
In observance of Architecture Month in April, the Honolulu chapter of the American Institute of Architects is offering a walking tour of Kakaako led by its member architects. Read More

Festival celebrates taro and Hana’s community spirit


Updated on  April 7, 2018 at 6:13 pm
The East Maui Taro Festival returns this month. Visitors to the festival can eat taro burgers, taro seafood chowder and squid and taro luau; and pound poi; make kapa (tapa); play konane (checkers) or weave a lau hala bracelet. Read More

Taste haggis, throw a caber, play a bagpipe at Scottish Festival


Updated on  March 31, 2018 at 6:07 pm
Competitions that are the ultimate tests of brawn and athleticism are among the highlights of an annual celebration of Scottish history and culture held in Honolulu by the Hawaiian Scottish Association since 1982. Read More

Celebrating the work, goals of ancestors in Kapalua


Updated on  March 17, 2018 at 5:54 pm
‘MA KA Hana Ka Ike: In Work There Is Knowledge” is the theme for the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s 26th annual Celebration of the Arts. Read More

Kauai offers chocolate making classes


Updated on  March 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Hawaii is the only state with the right climate to grow cacao, and while cultivation is increasing, it’s still a young industry. Read More
 

Festival honors legacy of Prince Jonah Kuhio


Updated on  February 25, 2018 at 12:09 am
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole, whose birthday, March 26, is celebrated as a state holiday. Read More

The story behind the Maui Arts & Cultural Center


Updated on  February 17, 2018 at 5:58 pm
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center is the venue for plays, concerts, musicals, dance performances, fashion shows, culinary festivals, movie screenings, art classes and exhibits, Hawaiian cultural discussions and much more. Read More

Volcano Art Center preserves, nurtures hula traditions


Updated on  February 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Desiree Cruz has been coordinating this presentation of the ancient style of hula for five years, and it always fills her with a sense of pride and awe. Read More
 

Vietnamese community welcomes all to New Year’s celebration


Updated on  February 6, 2018 at 9:30 pm
Phen Bob Pham never would have imagined life as a successful businessman and co-organizer of Honolulu’s Vietnamese Festival when he left his home in Ca Mau, South Vietnam, in 1978. Read More

Waimea’s cherry blossom festival welcomes the arrival of spring


Updated on  January 27, 2018 at 6:49 pm
The Japanese have perpetuated hanami (literally, “flower viewing”) for over a thousand years. Associated specifically with sakura, this tradition inspired the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival, one of Hawaii island’s biggest annual celebrations. Read More

State Capitol shares lessons in art, culture, history and aloha


Updated on  January 15, 2018 at 7:29 pm
After nearly a decade of planning, Hawaii’s territorial and state legislatures moved from Iolani Palace, where they had convened for some 70 years, to the state Capitol building. Gov. John A. Burns wanted the structure of the Capitol to represent Hawaii’s people, history, culture and aloha. Read More

‘Iolani Palace opens in the evening to honor Queen Kapi‘olani


Updated on  December 26, 2017 at 7:53 pm
Once a year — just once — you can experience what it would be like to attend a gala hosted by King Kalakaua and Queen Kapi‘olani at ‘Iolani Palace, the only official royal residence in the United States. Read More

Show shares the wonder and delight of magic


Updated on  December 16, 2017 at 6:21 pm
This year’s magic show will feature six 5- to 12-minute acts. The youngest performer, Landon Espiritu, is 9 years old. Read More

Craft tours offer a diverse taste of the Valley Isle


Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 7:52 pm
Maui Craft Tours offers four guided tours — Taste of Maui, Taste of Upcountry, Field to Glass and the Ultimate Craft Adventure — that feature various combinations of 10 purveyors. Read More

From New York to Kauai, couple trade high life for gardening


Updated on  December 2, 2017 at 7:45 pm
Recognizing a business opportunity and a chance to spread the word about what they regarded as a “super herb,” they began selling bags of their homemade noni tea at local farmers’ markets and health food stores. Read More

Poet cultivates a miracle of a garden on Maui


Updated on  November 25, 2017 at 9:31 pm
The celebrated poet, now 90, refers to the lush forest that surrounds his modest off-the-grid home in Haiku, Maui, simply as “the garden.” In reality, it is nothing short of a miracle. Read More

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