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Expect mango mania at city’s celebration

• Updated on  June 22, 2018 at 7:56 pm
Like many kamaaina, Misty Kelai gets nostalgic come summer — mango season in Hawaii. Read More

Touring historic Kailua-Kona on Segway

• Updated on  June 16, 2018 at 6:13 pm
In Kailua-­Kona on Hawaii island, visitors are enjoying the benefits of navigating tour sites via Segway. Read More

Yoga with a twist and no mat needed

• Updated on  June 2, 2018 at 7:06 pm
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

• Updated on  May 12, 2018 at 6:27 pm
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

Street party celebrates the charm and spirit of Kailua

• Updated on  April 21, 2018 at 5:48 pm
For 26 years, the “I Love Kailua” Town Party has raised funds for beautification efforts spearheaded by the Lani-Kailua Branch of the Outdoor Circle. Read More

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

Sleepy Honokaa wakes up for First Friday festivities

• Updated on  January 20, 2018 at 6:44 pm
It’s one of the few plantation towns in Hawaii that have retained their sweet rural character. 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

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