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COURTESY KATHLEEN T. CARR
                                Andrea Pro demonstrates printmaking.

Works by South Kona artists can be viewed next weekend

COURTESY KATHLEEN T. CARR
                                Andrea Pro demonstrates printmaking.

Updated on  February 19, 2017 at 1:01 pm
Boar tusks, horse hair, volcanic ash, bottle caps and chess pieces are among the eclectic objects that Jozuf Hadley uses for his 3-D works of “assemblage” art. Read More
COURTESY BRAD PAULSON
                                Minnesota resident Mary Pettis painted hula dancer Brittany Moreno-Sajor during a previous Paint Out.

Art in action, out in the open, provides a treat in old Lahaina

COURTESY BRAD PAULSON
                                Minnesota resident Mary Pettis painted hula dancer Brittany Moreno-Sajor during a previous Paint Out.

Updated on  February 12, 2017 at 12:21 am
Lois Reiswig jokingly says she can’t draw a straight line, let alone an entire scene, but she has nonetheless become a leader in Maui’s thriving art community. Read More
COURTESY UKULELE PICNIC IN HAWAII
                                Twelve-year-old Usaburo Mendenhall, a student at Kaimuki Middle School, performed at last year’s International Ukulele Contest at the Royal Hawaiian Center. He won third place in the 13-and-under category.

Japan’s ukulele ambassador hosts 2 days of musical fun

COURTESY UKULELE PICNIC IN HAWAII
                                Twelve-year-old Usaburo Mendenhall, a student at Kaimuki Middle School, performed at last year’s International Ukulele Contest at the Royal Hawaiian Center. He won third place in the 13-and-under category.
Kazuyuki Sekiguchi first saw the ukulele in the 1985 film “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” one of Woody Allen’s most critically and financially successful movies. Read More
COURTESY THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT
                                The great lawn at the entrance of the Royal Hawaiian, above, is shaded by trees and lush landscaping.

‘Pink Palace’ tour is fun way to learn its history

COURTESY THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT
                                The great lawn at the entrance of the Royal Hawaiian, above, is shaded by trees and lush landscaping.

Updated on  January 29, 2017 at 9:31 am
The Royal Hawaiian is turning 90 — another milestone for the stately Waikiki landmark that has been nicknamed the “Pink Palace of the Pacific.” Read More
 
VALERIE A. VICTORINE 
                                A torii gate on the west side of Lili‘uokalani Gardens frames a view of Mauna Kea in this photo, the image for December in the Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens’ 2017 photo-contest calendar, which will be available Saturday at Banyan Gallery during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll.

Hilo’s Lili‘uokalani Gardens celebrates century of beauty

VALERIE A. VICTORINE 
                                A torii gate on the west side of Lili‘uokalani Gardens frames a view of Mauna Kea in this photo, the image for December in the Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens’ 2017 photo-contest calendar, which will be available Saturday at Banyan Gallery during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll.

Updated on  January 29, 2017 at 9:49 am
That after due and careful consideration we find that the object of the bill is to provide a park in the suburbs of the City of Hilo where can be constructed gardens surrounding silvery lakes and about rock-bound inlets of the sea … on the order of Japanese landscape gardening that will add greatly to the beauty of this approach to the city.” Read More
COURTESY NORMAN NEGRE
                                Hui Okinawa Kobudo Taiko performs regularly at Wailea village’s annual mochi-pounding celebration.

Whack of the mochi pounder rings in new year in Wailea

COURTESY NORMAN NEGRE
                                Hui Okinawa Kobudo Taiko performs regularly at Wailea village’s annual mochi-pounding celebration.

Updated on  December 24, 2016 at 1:04 am
Akiko Masuda is of full Japanese ancestry, but it wasn’t until she moved to the tiny rural village of Wailea on Hawaii island in 1991 that she learned about the New Year’s tradition of mochitsuki (mochi pounding). Read More
 
COURTESY HAIKU PLANTATION INN/JONATHAN CAMOU
                                An abundance of trees, plants and flowers surrounds the Haiku Plantation Inn, including ti, banana, coconut, avocado, breadfruit, hibiscus, heliconia, palms and ferns, above.

Inn invokes Valley Isle’s plantation background

COURTESY HAIKU PLANTATION INN/JONATHAN CAMOU
                                An abundance of trees, plants and flowers surrounds the Haiku Plantation Inn, including ti, banana, coconut, avocado, breadfruit, hibiscus, heliconia, palms and ferns, above.

Updated on  December 18, 2016 at 12:23 am
As soon as Sandy Beck Camou and her late husband, John, saw the 2-acre Haiku, Maui, property in 2004, they knew they had found something special. Read More
TURTLE BAY RESORT
                                Six-year-old Rise Michimoto-Toma, left, enjoys a seaside ride during the Pony Experience.

Kids can have blast without even leaving the resort

TURTLE BAY RESORT
                                Six-year-old Rise Michimoto-Toma, left, enjoys a seaside ride during the Pony Experience.
From snorkeling and kayaking to hiking and zip-lining, families vacationing in Hawaii find there’s a lot to see and do on every island. Read More
COURTESY STEPHEN KEIL
                                Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary founder Barbara DeFranco and her dog Mona

Science, spirituality unite to create a garden of peace

COURTESY STEPHEN KEIL
                                Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary founder Barbara DeFranco and her dog Mona

Updated on  November 19, 2016 at 6:50 pm
In 1970, when Barbara DeFranco first walked her 9-acre property in Honaunau, it was covered with brush, lantana and Christmas berry that were so thick she had to cut a path with a machete. Read More
COURTESY KAMAKA PILI
                                Dancers from Halau Hula o Kawaili‘ula, led by kumu hula Chinky Mahoe, performed during the inaugural Native Hawaiian Arts & Culture Expo last year. Just as before, the second annual exposition will feature a craft fair, entertainment, presentations, workshops and a gallery showcasing work by Hawaiian artists.

Celebration of Hawaiian culture, arts makes waves

COURTESY KAMAKA PILI
                                Dancers from Halau Hula o Kawaili‘ula, led by kumu hula Chinky Mahoe, performed during the inaugural Native Hawaiian Arts & Culture Expo last year. Just as before, the second annual exposition will feature a craft fair, entertainment, presentations, workshops and a gallery showcasing work by Hawaiian artists.
Preparing for the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in 2012 and 2013, Kamaka Pili remembers attending long practices that left him mentally and physically exhausted, with sore muscles and bruised and bleeding knees. Read More
KUALOA
                                Tour participants try their hand at fishnet throwing.

Tour offers taste of Kualoa fishponds, gardens, ranch

KUALOA
                                Tour participants try their hand at fishnet throwing.

Updated on  November 2, 2016 at 8:33 pm
Kualoa private nature reserve and ranch is taking the concept of farm-to-fork dining one step further — literally. Read More
COURTESY TURNBULL STUDIOS AND SCULPTURE GARDEN
                                Christine Turnbull

Artists open their home studios so visitors may enjoy sculptures

COURTESY TURNBULL STUDIOS AND SCULPTURE GARDEN
                                Christine Turnbull

Updated on  October 22, 2016 at 7:46 pm
Christine Turnbull graduated from Seattle Central Culinary Institute (now Seattle Culinary Academy) as a certified chef, but it wasn’t until 1998, when she was pregnant with her first child, that she found her true calling. Read More
KAUAI CHOCOLATE & COFFEE FESTIVAL
                                A display of cacao pods, cacao beans and products from Steelgrass Farm, which offers tours to visitors.

The Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival returns for lots of family-friendly fun

KAUAI CHOCOLATE & COFFEE FESTIVAL
                                A display of cacao pods, cacao beans and products from Steelgrass Farm, which offers tours to visitors.

Updated on  October 16, 2016 at 12:47 am
Bordering a mile-long stretch of Highway 50 in Kalaheo, Kauai Coffee’s trees create a green coverlet as far as the eye can see. Some 4 million trees flourish on 3,100 acres, makingKauai Coffee the largest coffee plantation in the United States. Read More
Michael Mochizuki 
                                More than 65 dealers and collectors from Hawaii and the mainland will be selling and buying coins, currency, stamps, postcards, Hawaiiana and other collectibles at the 53rd annual Coin Show. Above, young coin collectors look for a bargain. Many dealers give keiki free coins or sell them at low prices to get them started in the hobby of coin collecting.

Coin show spotlights rare collectibles

Michael Mochizuki 
                                More than 65 dealers and collectors from Hawaii and the mainland will be selling and buying coins, currency, stamps, postcards, Hawaiiana and other collectibles at the 53rd annual Coin Show. Above, young coin collectors look for a bargain. Many dealers give keiki free coins or sell them at low prices to get them started in the hobby of coin collecting.
In a world that prizes perfection, Joe Au-Franz looks for flaws. He keeps an eye out for cracks, chips, misalignments, missing or added elements and other mistakes on coins that sometimes occurduring the minting process. Read More

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