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Hawaii’s Backyard

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 8, 2017 at 9:35 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
HAWAII PREPARATORY ACADEMY
                                The Isaacs Art Center is in the foreground, top; the building in the background is part of Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Village Campus for kindergarten through eighth grade.

Waimea edifice still inspires, enlightens

HAWAII PREPARATORY ACADEMY
                                The Isaacs Art Center is in the foreground, top; the building in the background is part of Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Village Campus for kindergarten through eighth grade.

Updated on  September 4, 2016 at 1:19 am
For more than 80 years, students of Waimea School on Hawaii island attended classes in a 157-foot-long, 5,580-square-foot plantation-style building that the state Departmentof Education designated as Building N. Constructed in 1915 and opened a year later, it was the first public school in the picturesque ranching community. Read More
COURTESY LANCE TANINO
                                Birders on the Puu Oo Trail along Saddle Road near Hilo, which is part of the 90-mile Hawaii Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail, keep watch.

Coast-to-coast Big Isle trail beckons all birders

COURTESY LANCE TANINO
                                Birders on the Puu Oo Trail along Saddle Road near Hilo, which is part of the 90-mile Hawaii Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail, keep watch.

Updated on  September 3, 2016 at 3:41 pm
Catch Rob Pacheco during his spare time and he’ll likely be peering at the sky or trees through binoculars. He’s traveled all over the United States and Canada as well as exoticlocales such as ­Botswana, Trinidad, Rapa Nui, Guatemala and Nicaragua specifically to observe birds. Read More
COURTESY ANDREW RICHARD HARA
                                Students displayed the skills they learned at the Kahilu Theatre’s Circus Camp during a performance in July. The camp includes such activities as acrobatics, juggling and stilt-walking.

Magic is back at Big Island’s Kahilu Theatre

COURTESY ANDREW RICHARD HARA
                                Students displayed the skills they learned at the Kahilu Theatre’s Circus Camp during a performance in July. The camp includes such activities as acrobatics, juggling and stilt-walking.

Updated on  August 31, 2016 at 2:17 pm
Mimi Kerley became president of Kahilu Theatre’s board of directors in June 2012, a month after the theater closed its doors to re-evaluate its mission, goals and fiscal matters. She had just one year of board participation under her belt and was its newest and youngest member. Read More
COURTESY KONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
                                Volunteer Karen Akana, right, shows visitors how to “strip” hala leaves so that they can be used for weaving during Hands on History’s Weaving Tools and Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm activity. The wide leaves are pulled over a board that has razors set every quarter-inch or so. They cut the dried leaves into long strips for weaving.

Visitors touch past at Kona coffee farm

COURTESY KONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
                                Volunteer Karen Akana, right, shows visitors how to “strip” hala leaves so that they can be used for weaving during Hands on History’s Weaving Tools and Treasures: Lauhala on a Kona Coffee Farm activity. The wide leaves are pulled over a board that has razors set every quarter-inch or so. They cut the dried leaves into long strips for weaving.
In Gavin Miculka’s view, history is best learned via the senses — sight, sound, touch, smell and taste — rather than just words and pictures in a book. Read More
COURTESY JAMES MIURA 
                                Halau Hula ka No‘eau (kumu hula Michael Pili Pang) dances to “Happy Talk.”

Hapa Haole Hula Festival celebrates bygone era

COURTESY JAMES MIURA 
                                Halau Hula ka No‘eau (kumu hula Michael Pili Pang) dances to “Happy Talk.”

Updated on  August 7, 2016 at 6:56 pm
As the story goes, Bing Crosby first heard “Sweet Leilani” during a mid-1930s vacation in Honolulu. His friend Harry Owens, then music director of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, had written that hapa haole song in October 1934 to celebrate the birth of his daughter. Read More

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