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Taste haggis, throw a caber, play a bagpipe at Scottish Festival

Competitions that are the ultimate tests of brawn and athleticism are among the highlights of an annual celebration of Scottish history and culture held in Honolulu by the Hawaiian Scottish Association since 1982. Read More

Museum spotlights the HFD’s 167-year history

It all began with two men who were fired up about history. Read More

Celebrating the work, goals of ancestors in Kapalua

‘MA KA Hana Ka Ike: In Work There Is Knowledge” is the theme for the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s 26th annual Celebration of the Arts. Read More

Kauai offers chocolate making classes

Hawaii is the only state with the right climate to grow cacao, and while cultivation is increasing, it’s still a young industry. Read More

Festival honors legacy of Prince Jonah Kuhio

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole, whose birthday, March 26, is celebrated as a state holiday. Read More

The story behind the Maui Arts & Cultural Center

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

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

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

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
 

Sleepy Honokaa wakes up for First Friday festivities

It’s one of the few plantation towns in Hawaii that have retained their sweet rural character. Read More

State Capitol shares lessons in art, culture, history and aloha

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

Kauai hiking tour shares the finer points of foraging

Kauai Hiking Tours’ Food and Foraging Tour is a fascinating course in survival training. Read More

Hatsumode welcomes new year with prayers, lion dances, soup and sake

For followers of the Shinto religion, New Year’s Day is the most important cultural holiday of the year and carries spiritual significance. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kapolei adventure park offers soaring thrills — and zombies

Kapolei’s Coral Crater Adventure Park offers high-climbing, fast-flying, zombie-slaying fun. Read More

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