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AstroDay encourages the public to learn about astronomy


Updated on  November 2, 2017 at 12:44 am
AstroDay is Hawaii’s version of Astronomy Day. The event has been held each spring in Hilo for the past 16 years. For the first time this year, it also will be held on the west side of Hawaii island. Read More

Kohala festival shares insight and abundance of the aina


Updated on  October 20, 2017 at 6:44 pm
Aina Fest is an opportunity for the 2,000 expected attendees to renew their vow to malama aina (care for the land), join forces to build food sovereignty and learn how to use agriculture to restore the land instead of harm it. Read More

Arabica flourishes on Garden Isle coffee estate


Updated on  October 16, 2017 at 5:04 pm
If you need a few cups of java every morning to rev up, you’re not alone. One hundred fifty million Americans drink 400 million cups of coffee daily (more than 140 billion cups annually). Read More
 

Aloun’s annual Pumpkin Fest delivers fun for families


Updated on  October 9, 2017 at 8:27 pm
Two hundred acres of Aloun Farms are reserved to grow different varieties of pumpkins every fall, ranging from little decorative ones that are just a pound to giant pumpkins that weigh up to 80 pounds. Read More

Festival commemorates ruler of Kauai, Niihau


Updated on  September 22, 2017 at 7:29 pm
Highlights of the festival, which is planned to be a biennial event, include Na Mele O Kaumuali‘i, performances of new songs and chants about the king, and more. Read More
 

Four Seasons Resort offers amazing adventures


Updated on  September 18, 2017 at 6:04 pm
Novel. Intriguing. Exhilarating. Inspiring. The Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina has redefined the ultimate guest experience. Here are the highlights. Read More

Quilts are a highlight of St. John’s Kula Festival


Updated on  September 11, 2017 at 3:40 pm
The inaugural show at St. John’s Kula Festival is one of the highlights of the popular Upcountry Maui fair, with some 70 quilts (different ones each year) adorning the church’s walls, pews and wraparound deck. Read More

Scenic tour dives into Kaanapali history


Updated on  September 2, 2017 at 6:43 pm
During the Kaanapali History and Legends Tour, participants visit nine historic sites at a leisurely pace, enjoying legends, lore and spectacular views of the ocean, Lanai, Molokai and the West Maui Mountains along the way. Here are a few highlights. Read More

Hanapepe tour keeps alive unvarnished history


Updated on  August 26, 2017 at 8:04 pm
What has become known as the Hanapepe Massacre holds the dubious distinction of being the bloodiest confrontation in Hawaii’s labor history. It’s hard to imagine it took place in Hanapepe, a quiet town in South Kauai that’s now known as an artists’ enclave. Read More

Chefs to gather on Maui for culinary spectacle


Updated on  August 24, 2017 at 3:54 pm
This year’s second annual event will again bring renowned chefs from across the country to Maui Tropical Plantation for three events showcasing the island’s exceptional meats, produce and fish. Read More

Artist Herb Kane’s former home turned into luxury B&B


Updated on  August 6, 2017 at 1:06 am
Serendipity can change lives. In April 2011 David Cox was visiting South Kona, searching for a property that he and his life partner, Michael Corbitt, could buy and call home. Read More

Converting yard for conservation a life changer


Updated on  July 29, 2017 at 7:42 pm
‘Xeriscape” was in the back of Val Yoshikane’s mind for years, but it wasn’t until 2012 that it became the focal point of a project that transformed her life and front yard. Read More

Haiku Mill, Cane House brim over with history


Updated on  July 22, 2017 at 7:18 pm
Haiku Mill, along the northern coast of Maui, occupies a relatively short chapter in the annals of Hawaii’s 181-year sugar history; Haiku Sugar Co. processed cane there for just 18 years. Read More

Fare is local and fresh at Haleiwa’s Red Barn


Updated on  July 22, 2017 at 7:25 pm
Today Sexton is co-owner/chief operating officer of Holoholo General Store and a partner in the Red Barn Farmstand in Haleiwa, which hosts Farmers & Friends Friday, a monthly event spotlighting local farmers and makers of artisanal food products. Read More

Hui Noeau offers traditional Hawaiian crafts


Updated on  July 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm
The ceramics classes that Anne-Marie Forsythe took at Hui Noeau as a child were escapes into the wonderful world of whimsy. She remembers marveling at the magic of clay, which she transformed into cows, donkeys, pinch pots — whatever popped into her head. Read More

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