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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

Luana Experience Series distills lively libations

Updated on  June 17, 2017 at 5:18 pm
The directions were daunting: In six minutes, create three cocktails, each with at least three of the five ingredients provided, and use all the ingredients at least once. Read More

Historic figures come to life at Oahu’s oldest graveyard

Updated on  June 10, 2017 at 11:18 pm
Every June, Hawaii’s history comes to life among the headstones at Oahu Cemetery. Founded in 1844, Oahu Cemetery is Hawaii’s oldest public cemetery, the final resting place for many Honolulu notables and the setting of Cemetery Pupu Theatre. Read More

Kamehameha Festival perpetuates pride of culture

Updated on  June 3, 2017 at 11:28 am
These are the values and traditions that characterize Hilo’s Kamehameha Festival, which honors the great warrior king who united the Hawaiian islands under one rule. Read More

Introduce yourself to creativity over Art Lunch

Updated on  May 29, 2017 at 4:58 pm
Don’t think art is your thing? Art Lunch at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum (HiSAM) might change your mind Read More

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