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Posted on August 24, 2015 in Hokulea, Polynesian Culture, Voyaging Canoe

The Hōkūleʻa is a replica of a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe. Since departing Hawaii in May 2014, it has sailed more than 7,000 miles through the islands of French Polynesia, Samoa, and Tonga before finally arriving to the shores of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Let’s take a look at how the crew of the Hōkūleʻa connected with the local community.


Click here to watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU87v-8HdvY


Posted on August 3, 2015 in Hawaiian Culture

In ancient Hawaii, kapa—bark cloth made from the wauke plant—was used for clothing, bedding, religious ceremonies, and many other purposes. Kapa-making is one of the most beautiful art forms in the Pacific. It has all but disappeared with the introduction of western cloth, but today, a small group of dedicated practitioners are reviving this ancient art. Let’s take a closer look and learn more about the artistry behind this wonderful Hawaiian tradition. 

Buffalo Bill

Posted on August 3, 2015 in Surfing, Hawaii Watersports

The Buffalo Big Board Surfing Classic is an exciting event that features two days of surfing contests at Makaha Beach on Oahu, where the waves are sometimes 20 feet high. It was created in 1977 by legendary Makaha surfer, lifeguard and premiere waterman, Richard “Buffalo” Keaulana, as a way to unite the Leeward Coast community. Showcasing traditional and new Hawaiian surf sports, the contest attracts watermen from all over the world. Let’s take a closer look at this thrilling competition.

American Samoa

Posted on August 3, 2015 in Polynesian Culture

Located halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand is American Samoa. American Samoans take great pride in being a U.S. territory and celebrate their adoptive country every year on Flag Day. The festivities include cricket, boxing matches and the ever-popular fautasi, or sleek boat, race. Let’s find out more about this exciting holiday as we see all the activities that take place on this special day. 

Pixar LAVA

Posted on April 27, 2015 in Film

Hawaii’s beauty has inspired artists for decades, resulting in photography, painting, jewelry and, most recently, animation. James Ford Murphy of Pixar Animation Studios found the scenery of Hawaii so alluring, he created and directed “LAVA,” a musical love story set in the Islands. Working with producer Andrea Warren, Jim tells the story of a volcano’s search for love. Let’s hear how they brought “LAVA” to life. 


Posted on April 27, 2015 in Hawaii Culture

In January 2014, the Hōkūleʻa, a replica of a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe, began its voyage around the world. After stopping in Tahiti and Samoa, it headed south to New Zealand. Let’s take a look as thousands welcomed the Hōkūleʻa and her sister waʻa Hikianalia, and reaffirmed the ancestral connections shared among the people of Polynesia.


Click here to watch video: https://youtu.be/qJQ2sUAKxdk

Nature Conservancy

Posted on April 24, 2015 in Nature

The Islands are filled with exquisite natural diversity that includes coral reefs, volcanic landscapes and lush mountain rainforests. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to protect Hawaii’s lands and waters. In particular, native forests which play a significant role in Hawaii’s ecosystem.

Click here to watch video: https://youtu.be/Chxqql183PU

Big Surf

Posted on April 24, 2015 in Hawaii Watersports

While Hawaii is known for its tranquil settings, it’s also known for powerful and dangerous surf. And, in the sport of big wave surfing, the bigger the wave, the better. For a while tow-in surfing and windsurfing made it possible to ride massive waves that were once unattainable, but, today, all alone, man and board face waves of unimaginable sizes. Today, we’ll take a close look at how adrenaline chasers have found a way to catch big waves like never before.


Posted on April 24, 2015 in Arts

Hawaii has always been known for its beautiful landscapes, but what happens when you blend spectacular island scenery with under water sonar, photography and oil paint. Let’s find out as we follow an artistic duo that combines their skills to create a new way of seeing Hawaii’s beauty. It may change the way you see it too.

Click here to watch video: https://youtu.be/pDBy5yrY1XY


Posted on April 24, 2015 in Hawaiian Music

What happens when you blend Hawaiian and Japanese musical talent? You get to enjoy beautiful music by the Japanese Hawaiian music group, Kaulana, and multi Na Hoku Hanohano award winners, Kupaoa. Sit back and relax as we listen to the music from Na Pua Mohala.

Click here to watch video: https://youtu.be/2BmuevmYvOo

Lovely Hula Hands

Posted on December 2, 2014 in Hawaiian Music

In 1939, Honolulu-born Robert Alexander Anderson was inspired by the beautiful movements of a hula dancer and wrote “Lovely Hula Hands,” which became an instant hit. Today, well-known musician Robert Cazimero has rerecorded this old time favorite and made it his own. Let the relaxing sights and sounds remind you of our Islands as you listen to this beautiful, updated version and watch the hula movements of Hawaiian Airlines’ own Debbie Nakanelua-Richards.

Click here to watch video: http://youtu.be/vJ-yCCWaVrs

Family Ingredients

Posted on December 2, 2014 in Cuisine

Enjoy this episode of “Family Ingredients,” a traveling food show hosted by local Chef Ed Kenney. This particular story takes us to the Nakasone family reunion as Chef Kenney visits with Hawaiʻi’s famed Chef Alan Wong in his hometown of Wahiawa, located in Oahu’s central valley. As we see here in Hawai’i, food is at the heart of family gatherings and connects the generations to family values, tradition and culture.

Click here to watch video: http://youtu.be/YyN6wj-RHA4