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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

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

‘Iolani Palace opens in the evening to honor Queen Kapi‘olani

Updated on  December 26, 2017 at 7:53 pm
Once a year — just once — you can experience what it would be like to attend a gala hosted by King Kalakaua and Queen Kapi‘olani at ‘Iolani Palace, the only official royal residence in the United States. Read More

Show shares the wonder and delight of magic

Updated on  December 16, 2017 at 6:21 pm
This year’s magic show will feature six 5- to 12-minute acts. The youngest performer, Landon Espiritu, is 9 years old. Read More

Craft tours offer a diverse taste of the Valley Isle

Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 7:52 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

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