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Craft tours offer a diverse taste of the Valley Isle

Updated on  December 8, 2017 at 7:51 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

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

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