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History of Hōkūle‘a

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Culture, Ocean, History

The original inhabitants of Hawaii are believed to have arrived many centuries ago from Polynesia using only the stars as their guide. The navigational skills, courage and resilience that enabled them to sail such a huge distance in relatively small voyaging canoes over the deep sea are truly inspiring. So inspiring, in fact, that historic voyages have been re-created by the canoe called Hōkūle‘a, whose name means “star of joy.” Let’s learn more about these great voyages and how they revitalized Hawaiian pride and the use of Polynesian voyaging techniques.

Hōkūle‘a Worldwide Voyage

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Hawaii, Culture, Ocean, Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines is proud to sponsor the Hōkūle‘a’s around the world voyage. The Hōkūle‘a is a double-hulled voyaging canoe, a replica of canoes that the ancient Polynesians used to travel to Hawai‘i. In May of this year, Hōkūle‘a will embark on a historic 4-year, 47,000 nautical mile voyage around the world, powered only by the wind and navigated by the waves and stars. Here to tell us more about this epic journey is President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, Mark Dunkerley.

Hawai’i Beach Volleyball

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Hawaii, Activities, Sports

The sands of Hawai’i aren’t just a place to lounge and get a tan. They’re also a place to be competitive. Beach volleyball, the outdoor sand version of indoor volleyball, is a sport of strategy, stamina and skill with a growing community of players here in Hawai’i. Learn about the evolution of beach volleyball in Hawai’i and its growing popularity. What started as a way for Beach Boys to pass the time when the waves were small is now a highly competitive circuit in the Islands.

Polynesian Cultural Center’s 50th Anniversary

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Hawaii, Culture, Activities, Attraction

The Polynesian Cultural Center is a popular attraction on the northeast shore of O’ahu where visitors can learn about the cultures of the South Pacific. Skilled artisans and original materials were imported from the South Pacific to ensure the authenticity of villages that represent different Polynesian islands, and today the Center also features a luau and the Hawaiian Journey theater. This past year, the Polynesian Cultural Center celebrated fifty years of sharing Polynesian heritage and facilitating the education of students from around the world.

Moloka’i 2 O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Hawaii, Ocean, Ocean Sports, Paddling

It’s no secret that Hawai’i loves ocean sports. While you’ve probably heard of surfing, you may not be familiar with paddleboarding, but it is equally popular here in the Islands. The 18th Annual Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships in July is the perfect opportunity to witness this challenging sport. The race crosses the Ka’iwi Channel that connects the islands of Moloka’i and O’ahu. More than 200 paddlers from all over the world take on the 32-mile course across the 2,300 foot deep Ka’iwi Channel, which has challenged athletes for decades.

Kupaoa

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Hawaii, Music, Entertainment

Hawai‘i has always been known for its beautiful music and Kupaoa is a perfect example. The combined talents of husband-and-wife team, Kellen Paik and Līhau Hannahs Paik, are distinguished by their original compositions in Hawaiian and the soothing sound of their two rich voices. They blend their talents and voices to create an unforgettable impression.

Kings of Swing

Posted on December 4, 2013 in Music

Thanks to thousands of American servicemen in Hawai‘i during World War II, the sound of swing became increasingly popular in Hawai‘I and Hawaiian Music. During this time it wasn’t hard to find an orchestra playing Hawaiian Swing and the house would be jumping. Our featured artist is the musical group Kahulanui, who emulate sounds from that memorable era and perform classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style that revitalizes Hawaiian Swing.

Paddling Perfection

Posted on December 4, 2013 in Ocean Sports

The Na Pali Challenge is an outrigger canoe race that takes place in the crystal clear waters along the Na Pali Coast of Kaua‘i. Surely one of the most beautiful sporting events in the world, it is contested against a backdrop of magnificent mountains, waterfalls, caves and cliffs.

Head to the gorgeous island of Kaua‘i and see how competitors fared in the latest running.

Keahuolū Historic Preserve

Posted on December 4, 2013 in Historical Preserve

A brand new historic, educational facility is being built in Kona, on Hawaii Island. The Kepoʻokalani Interpretive Center provides a point of passage and shelter where groups can be oriented and prepared for the experience of visiting or working in the 25-acre Keahuolū Historic Preserve. The preserve contains key elements of a traditional agricultural complex that sustained the lives of ancient Hawaiians within the ahupuaʻa of Keahuolū. The center features interactive exhibits, dozens of artifacts, and a media sculpture.

Hula Lessons

Posted on December 4, 2013 in Entertainment

Think of Hawaii and one of the first images likely to appear is that of the beautiful and graceful hula, the dance of the Islands. A part of Hawaiian culture since ancient times and accompanied by chants or songs, Hula tells a story with gestures and flowing movement.

But what makes hula so fascinating? And, what is it about this island dance that resonates around the world? Find out with the help of Halau Hula Olana.

Cowboys in Paradise

Posted on December 4, 2013 in Festivals

Honokaʻa is a quiet plantation town on Hawai‘i Island that serves as a reminder of the past when sugar was a pivotal force in Hawai‘i’s agricultural industry. As the gateway to Waipiʻo Valley, Honokaʻa draws visitors in with its rustic architecture and friendly residents. And each Memorial Day Weekend, Honokaʻa comes alive with the sounds of marching bands, banjos and rodeo.

Hawai'i Children's Discovery Center

Posted on July 29, 2013 in Activities, Attraction, Children, Honolulu

The keiki, or children, of Hawai‘i are fortunate to grow up with beaches as a playground and perpetual warmth inviting them outside to play. But there is another wonderful place for them to play, learn and explore. It’s in Honolulu, and it’s called the Hawai‘i Children’s Discovery Center.

Designed to help parents and their keiki learn and grow together, Hawai‘i Children’s Discovery Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits in five major galleries. It’s perfect for the young and the young at heart.