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There are legends behind most places in Hawaii, and the Kahuku area in the south Big Island district of Kau is no different.

The story goes that Kahuku, now largely barren and overrun by hardened, jagged a‘a lava, was once lush with forests and taro fields. Lush, that is, until Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire, unleashed her wrath on these lands with lava flows from Mauna Loa volcano after area chiefs turned aloof on her frequent visits. The once verdant land was turned desolate.

Now through September, landowner Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is offering visitors a chance to learn more about this storied area—dubbed the Kahuku Unit—with several free activities. The programs commemorate the 10th anniversary of the National Park Service’s $22 million purchase of the 116,000-acre Kahuku Unit in 2003, which effectively doubled the size of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The massive acreage is situated along the slopes of Mauna Loa, between the volcano’s 2,000- and 13,000-foot elevations, offering access to a variety of climates and ecosystems including forests, pastureland, lava fields and alpine landscapes.

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The park is offering the following activities as part of the Kahuku Unit’s 10th anniversary:

• Ohia Lehua program
Learn about the park’s native ohia lehua tree (middle photo) and its vital role in native Hawaiian forests. It’s one of the most prominent trees found in the Kahuku unit.
Aug. 18, Sept. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


• Mauna Loa Southwest Rift Zone hike
Take a short, guided hike to an overlook located on the Kahuku acreage’s Upper Palm Trail. From the overlook, park rangers will point out numerous prominent geologic features left behind by Mauna Loa Southwest Rift Zone eruptions. Hikers will learn about the fascinating natural processes that created these features and the cultural traditions associated with each.
Aug. 10, Sept. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Palm Trail guided hike
This moderately difficult, 2.6-mile loop trail traverses scenic pastures along an ancient cinder cone, offering some of the best panoramic views in the area. Hikers will see relics of the ranching era, sections of remnant native forest and impressive volcanic features from eruptive fissures that opened on Mauna Loa in 1868 (top photo).
Aug. 17, Sept. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• People and Lands of Kahuku guided hike
This moderate two-mile, three-hour guided hike (bottom photo) loops through varied landscapes to explore the human history of Kahuku. Discover emerging native forests, lava field and other sites that tell the story of the people who lived here before.
Aug. 24, Sept. 14, Sept. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The meeting point for all activities will be a parking area near Mile Marker 70.5, on the uphill side of Highway 11, marking the entrance to the Kahuku Unit.

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No advance registration is required. Sturdy footwear is recommended for all activities. Be sure to bring water, rain gear and a snack.

Click here for more information about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Kahuku Unit 10th anniversary activities.

Photos: National Park Service; Lehua blossoms, National Park Service/David Boyle

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We're stoked about all of the amazing photo submissions we’ve received over the last three months and are still receiving every day for HAWAII Magazine's 15th annual Reader Photo Contest.

But we've gotta tell ya. If you've been stalling on sending in your photos, start putting 'em together.

There are only two weeks left before the contest's Aug. 9 entry deadline!

The grand-prize winner will get airfare for two to Maui from the winner’s nearest Hawaiian Airlines gateway city, plus a six-day/five-night stay at The Kapalua Villas on Maui. Also, the grand-prize winner will get: a three-day car rental from Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group; a $100 gift certificate for Star Noodle restaurant on Maui; a $50 gift certificate for The Gazebo restaurant on Maui; and a Jams Throw and Surf line Hawaii towel from Jams World. Finally, for taking the best in show title for HAWAII Magazine’s 15th annual Photo Contest, the grand-prize winner will get a Canon PowerShot A3400 IS digital camera and an 8GB SOHC card.

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You may enter your photos in the following categories:

• People — Photos depicting individuals or groups, residents or visitors doing anything or nothing at all (outdoors or indoors) on any island.

• Outdoors — Photos depicting Hawaii's landscapes/ seascapes — natural or man-made, country or urban, mountain/beach (mauka/makai), close-up or at a distance.

• Culture — Photos depicting Hawaii’s diverse cultures — from Hawaiian to Japanese to Filipino and everything in between. Images may feature events, activities, artifacts, memorabilia, architecture, people, etc. Images may spotlight a single culture or many.

• Abstract — Photos depicting Hawaii or elements of Hawaii in a creative or rarely seen way. This category serves as an invitation for you to get experimental.

First-place prizes (one winner in each category) will score an Oahu tour for two from Gray Line Hawaii/Polynesian Adventure Tours, a pillow from Jams World, a gift pack from Maui Preserved, two day passes for Waimea Valley on Oahu, and two day passes for Wet’n’Wild Hawaii on Oahu.

Second-place winners (one in each category) will pick up a Surf Line Hawaii towel from Jams World, a gift pack from Maui Preserved, two day passes for Waimea Valley on Oahu, and two day passes for Wet’n’Wild Hawaii on Oahu.

Click here to check out the official contest rules and download an entry form.

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Need some visual inspiration? Check out photo galleries of our 2012 and 2011 HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest winners and finalists by clicking the links below.

2013 HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest winners and finalists

2012 HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest winners and finalists

The winning photos will be published in the January/February 2014 issue of HAWAII Magazine. Additionally, winners and finalist photos will be published on HawaiiMagazine.com.

Good luck, photographers! We’re looking forward to seeing your best shots!

A big mahalo to all of our 15th annual HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest sponsors. Please click on their links above to find out more about them.

Past contest winners and finalists photos: Rudy Calpo (top), Marie Frost (center), Henry Aquilar (bottom)


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Hawaii_Honolulu_Museum_Concert_SeriesThe Honolulu Museum of Art seems to have more live music than ever radiating from its Beretania Street location these days. And starting in August, there will be even more.

On Aug. 21, the museum kicks off “Music of Hawaii,” a third monthly concert series to accompany its “Secret Sound Showcase” alternative music and “Last Saturday Roots” jazz concerts. The inaugural “Music of Hawaii” concert at the museum’s intimate, 280-seat Doris Duke Theatre will feature traditional Hawaiian vocalist/musician Weldon Kekauoha (right).

Concerts in the new series are set for the third Wednesday of each month.

“The goal is to have consistency,” says Lesa Griffith, director of communications at the museum. “We want people to know that every last Friday, they can hear an alt music concert, every last Saturday is jazz, and every third Wednesday is Hawaiian music. We want it so people don’t even need a schedule. If they like jazz, then last Saturday is their day.”
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Longtime Hawaii concert promoter and artist manager Brandon Apeles, who joined the museum as music programmer in April, has organized the first six months of “Music of Hawaii” performances. The line-up will feature award-winning Island musicians and a gamut of styles and genres, showcasing the diversity of modern Hawaiian music. In addition to Kekauoha, performers in the months ahead will include living slack-key legend Dennis Kamakahi, the reggae-inflected pop of Mike Love and Paula Fuga, the perfect-pitch leo kiekie (falsetto) of Arkansas-born African-American Kamakakehau Fernandez, and the Hawaiian traditional and contemporary music blend of vocalist/composer/musician Nathan Aweau.

“One criteria is they need to be having an impact on the Hawaiian music scene,” Griffith says. “They were also chosen to illustrate the breadth of Hawaiian music today.”

With this series, the Doris Duke Theatre will offer reserved seating. Ticket prices are $25 for open seating and $45 for VIP reserved seating, with discounts for museum members. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

The “Music of Hawaii” concert series schedule will be:

• Aug. 21: Weldon Kekauoha
• Sept. 18: Nathan Aweau
• Oct. 16: Shawn Livingston Moseley (left), with special guests Stephen Inglis and Erika Elona
• Nov. 20: Dennis Kamakahi
• Dec. 18: Mike Love + Paula Fuga
• Jan. 15, 2014: Kamakakehau Fernandez

Concerts in the “Secret Sound Showcase” series happen on the last Fridays of every month. “Last Saturday Roots” concerts are schedule on the last Saturdays of the month.

“Music of Hawaii” at the Honolulu Museum of Art. For more information call (808) 532-8701 or visit www.honolulumuseum.org.

Photos: Honolulu Museum of Art


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Banned earlier this year from lighting up at a handful of popular Oahu beaches and parks, smokers will now have to contend with smoke-free zones at all Oahu parks, beaches and bus stops.

On Sunday, Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell signed into law two bills passed by the Honolulu City Council earlier this month banning smoking in still more public places on Oahu.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, all city parks, beaches, athletic fields and facilities will become absolute smoke-free zones. Smoking bans at Oahu bus stops will take effect within the next four months. The laws are part of the City & County of Honolulu’s contribution to a statewide effort to reduce cigarette-butt litter and address public health concerns about second-hand smoke in public areas.

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The expanded bans on smoking arrive three months after a bill passed in April outlawing smoking at Waikiki’s popular Duke Kahanamoku and Kuhio beach parks, all sandy sections of Ala Moana Regional Park, Sandy Beach Park, and the entirety of 300-acre Kapiolani Park. The popular east Honolulu snorkeling spot, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, banned smoking in 1993.

The nine-member council unanimously approved the latest two anti-smoking measures—Bills 25 and 28—which also outline specific fines offenders should expect to face if caught lighting up.

Bill 25, introduced by City Councilman Ikaika Anderson, bans smoking at public parks and recreation areas. This includes tennis courts, softball fields and public pools. The only exception is municipal golf courses.

Bill 28, introduced by City Councilman Ron Menor, makes it unlawful to smoke within a 20-foot perimeter around all of Oahu’s more than 4,000 city bus stops.

Fines for smokers who ignore the new laws will start at $100 for the first offense. The fine increases with each additional citation.

A statewide law, on the books since November 2006, bans smoking within 20 feet of entrances to stores, restaurants, bars and workplaces. Offenders can face fines up to $50, and businesses can be fined hundreds of dollars.

For additional information about Hawaii’s no-smoking law, click here.
 
photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), Daeja Faris


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Celestino Drago knows how deep the connection between food and culture is.

His childhood roots in Sicily are evident in his cooking and have made him one of Los Angeles’ most lauded Italian chefs.

“Everything I create is a reflection of my culture because it is what I grew up with,” says Drago, who runs several eateries and an artisanal bakery in Los Angeles. “I am a big promoter of cooking with authenticity.”

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He’s also a big fan of the annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, happening this year from Sept. 1 through 9 at multiple locations on Oahu and Maui. For the fest’s third year, organizers have extended their invitee list of internationally renowned master chefs and sommeliers for the epicurean event to more than 75. Notable chefs working the festival's main food events include Chicago modernist cuisine chef Grant Achatz (Alinea, Next), San Francisco Michelin star winner Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn), New York dessert master Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar), Iron Chef Japan’s Hiroyuki Sakai and Masaharu Morimoto, Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto) and Big Island-raised, Maui-based Top Chef finalist Sheldon Simeon.

Other notable Hawaii chefs cooking at the fest include Mark “Gooch” Noguchi (Taste Table, Pili Hawaii), Quinten Frye (Salt Bar & Kitchen), Chris Kajioka (Vintage Cave), Chai Chaowasaree (Chef Chai), Vikram Garg (Halekulani), Hiroshi Fukui (Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas), Michelle Karr-Ueoka (Alan Wong’s Restaurant), Alan Wong (Alan Wong’s Restaurant), Andrew Le (The Pig & The Lady pop-up), George Mavrothalassitis (Chef Mavro), Ed Kenney (Town), Robert McGee (Indigo, Hawaiian Fresh Farms) and more.

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“Every single participant has a great time and, as chefs, we are proud to integrate the beautiful Hawaiian culture and the wonderful local ingredients into our cuisine,” Drago says, about participating in the fest. “From the volunteers to the featured chefs to everyone involved, everyone’s passion for the event is unmatched.”

Drago will be working the burners with 13 other celebrity chefs at Hawaii Food & Wine Festival’s “Savory Ever After” evening event on Sun., Sept. 8, and hosting, along with Jonathan Waxman, a “My Italian Way” cooking demonstration on Sept. 7.

In addition to multiple cooking demonstrations and seminars scheduled throughout the week, the fest’s main food events include:

Malama Maui. The fest’s opening event—and first-ever Maui event— will be a dinner gala at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa.
6-9:30 p.m., Sun., Sept. 1

Under the Modern Moon: Morimoto & Friends. Host chef Masaharu Morimoto (Iron Chef, Morimoto Waikiki) and 14 international chefs from Asia and the Pacific work up inventive signature dishes on the pool deck of the Modern Honolulu hotel in Waikiki.
6-9 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 5

Around the World with Seven Chefs: Third Annual Halekulani Master Chefs Gala Series. A lavish seven-course dinner by seven world-renowned chefs paired with wines from top sommeliers at the Halekulani hotel in Waikiki.
6-9 p.m., Fri., Sept. 6

Taste Our Love for the Land. Grown-in-Hawaii ingredients are the showcase items in dishes crafted by 18 world-renowned chefs known for their farm-to-table prowess. Hosted on the rooftop garden of the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.
6-9 p.m., Sat., Sept. 7

Savory Ever After. The festival finale event will feature 14 chefs crafting a menu of ethnic foods from around the world, under the stars at the Aulani Disney Resort & Spa and JW Marriott Ihilani Resort lagoon.
6-9 p.m., Sun., Sept. 8

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Tickets for single Hawaii Food & Wine Festival events or packages are available online at www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com and are discounted through Aug. 23.

Need to fly to the fest? A handful of festival lodging and travel sponsors are offering deals for attendees flying to the Islands for fest events. Visit the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival website Travel section for more details on lodging deals.

“What we are trying to do is bring world-class chefs from all over the world to work with local products and local ingredients,” says Hawaii chef Alan Wong, who, along with fellow James Beard Award winner Roy Yamaguchi, co-founded this festival. “And I hope we convey our culture and people and lifestyle to those who come and enjoy these events.”

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival will be held from Sept. 1 through 9 at various locations on Oahu and Maui. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

Photos: Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


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Hawaii_Oahu_ukulele_festivalUkulele lovers of the world—or at least those finding themselves on Oahu this Sunday—unite!

Each year, thousands of visitors and residents flock to Kapiolani Park to check out Ukulele Festival Hawaii, an annual gathering featuring skilled local and international ukulele players, alongside student musicians from around the island. This year’s 43rd annual event will include performances by Jake Shimabukuro, Sean Naauao, Paula Fuga, Herb Ohta, and more.

The festival happens July 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki. Admission is free.

With performers ranging from local celebrities to international players from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Japan, the festival celebrates the artistry of the Hawaii-invented instrument here in the Islands and its interpretation by cultures worldwide. Festival founder and Oahu-based ukulele instructor Roy Sakuma (pictured above) will demonstrate just how versatile the instrument is with his own 800-student orchestra, whose musicians range in ages 5 to 85. Expect the orchestra’s musical repertoire to include pop, jazz, reggae, rock, classical and Hawaiian music.

Visitors can also enjoy perusing the fest’s Hawaii-style food booths, displays by local ukulele crafters and festival merchandise. One lucky winner will even score a free ukulele!     
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Established in 1971, the Ukulele Festival began as a project of Sakuma and his co-workers at the Honolulu Parks and Recreation Department. With Sakuma's goal of reviving and perpetuating the tradition of ukulele playing, the festival has grown to become the largest of its kind in the world. In 2004, Roy and wife Kathy Sakuma even created an Ukulele Festival Hawaii non-profit charity, which provides scholarships for high school seniors.

Ukulele Festival Hawaii. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., July 21, Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Free shuttle service will be available from the Kapiolani Community College campus to Kapiolani Park. Parking at Kapiolani Community College will be free. Click here for a list of all scheduled performers or go to the Ukulele Festival Hawaii website for more information.

Photos: Ukulele Festival Hawaii


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It may seem odd to have a manmade wave park in Hawaii, where our coastlines teem with real, nature-generated surf breaks.

But if you’re a surfer, imagine riding perfect point-break waves anytime, any day, with no crowds, no reef and no sharks. That’s the beauty of surf parks.

It’s also a surf scenario a new Oahu-based company, in a venture announced yesterday, hopes to bring to the birthplace of modern surfing.

Honokea Surf Parks is a partnership between big-wave surfer and noted waterman Brian Keaulana and business partner Kenan J. Knieriem Jr. The company is the first to secure the U.S. rights to the Wavegarden artificial wave-generating technology patented by Spain-based Instant Sport S.L. Wavegarden's parks aim to offer both high-performance waves for expert riders and smaller waves manageable for beginners and novices.

It’s that kind of wave range that could make Wavegarden surf parks appealing in a surfer paradise like Hawaii, where despite ample natural waves, some may not feel comfortable with dangers associated with the water sport.

The idea behind Wavegarden is building surfing lagoons, scalable in size, that generate waves catering to different skill levels. These are perfect waves, unaffected by weather conditions, in a controlled and safe environment.

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According to Honokea’s website, Wavegarden’s sole full-scale artificial wave pool thus far, built in Spain’s Basque County (and pictured on this page), generates perfectly formed tubing waves that break for more than 720 feet without losing power or shape, making them the longest man-made surfing waves in the world.

Said Keaulana in a statement, “There is a certain happiness associated with a great surf session. We want to share that feeling and experience while remaining true to Hawaiian surf culture.”

Honokea is pursuing surf park projects in Hawaii and California. The company has yet to release an estimated date for its first Hawaii wave park.

Photos: Honokea Surf Parks

Check out this video of Wavegarden’s manmade wave pool in Spain:

Wavegarden 2.0 - June 2013 from wavegarden on Vimeo.



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Hawaii_Oahu_Honolulu_Museum_ExhibitionIn 1929, painter Georgia O’Keeffe and photographer Ansel Adams met for the first time in Taos, New Mexico. O’Keeffe was by then an established artist; Adams was still at the beginning of his career. Despite a 15-year age gap and different personalities, the two forged friendship that lasted the rest of their lives.

In their own unique ways, Adams and O’Keeffe each possessed a remarkable ability to capture the world’s natural beauty, which they both revered. The two would correspond and visit each other over the years.

Though they did not visit at the same time, one of the places O’Keeffe and Adams briefly ensconced to work was Hawaii. The works of both artists in the Islands are the centerpieces of an exhibition opening this week at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawai‘i Pictures is the first exhibition solely dedicated to collectively featuring the paintings and photographs created in Hawaii by these two pioneering American artists.

While both artists are inextricably connected with specific places—O’Keeffe to the American Southwest; Adams to Yosemite National Park—it remains a little-know fact to many that O’Keeffe and Adams spent brief periods in the Islands between 1939 and 1958 capturing Hawaii's essence and sense of place.

“Both artist wanted to unmask what lay beyond the beaches of Waikiki,” says Theresa Papanikolas, the museum’s curator of European and American art and of this exhibition, in a statement.

O’Keeffe stayed for two months on Oahu in 1939 to work on print advertisements for the Hawaiian Pineapple Co. (now Dole Co.). While here, she visited Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, capturing dramatic coastlines, volcanic terrain and tropical plants in 20 paintings, some of which will be on display in the Honolulu Museum of Art exhibit.

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Adams visited the Islands in 1948 on a project to take photographs for a series on America’s national parks for the Department of the Interior. He returned 11 years later to shoot photos for a commemorative publication for Bishop National Bank of Hawaii (now First Hawaiian Bank). Fifty of Adams’ gelatin black-and-white prints—featuring both his signature panoramic and scenic photos, in addition to portraiture and scenes of day-to-day life in Hawaii in 1958—will be part of the Honolulu Museum of Art exhibit.

The six-month Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawaii Pictures exhibit opens on July 18 and closes on Jan. 12, 2014. It will then travel to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

To learn even more about the fascinating back stories behind O’Keeffe and Adams visits to Hawaii, check out the HAWAII Magazine feature Georgia and Ansel in Hawaii by associate editor Maureen O’Connell in the July/August 2013 issue, available on newsstands and in bookstores nationwide, by print subscription or on the Apple iPad Newsstand. In addition to being a great read, the piece features several of the Hawaii-inspired photos and paintings from both artists.

Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawaii Pictures runs from July 18 to Jan. 12, 2014 at the Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. Cost is $10 for adults, free for children 17 and under and museum members. For more information, call (808) 532-8700 or visit www.honolulumuseum.org.


Photo and painting: (top) Ansel Adams' "Roots, Foster Garden, Hawaii," 1948, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Clark, Jr., 1989 Photo: ©2013 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust; (bottom) Georgia O'Keeffe's "Black Lava Bridge, Hana Coast No. II," 1939, gift of the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation, 1994 Photo: Honolulu Museum of Art 


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summer_like_a_local_essential_Hawaii_music_playlistIt’s summer. You’re ready to chill at the beach, fire up the grill or hit the asphalt on a road trip. And you’re thinking, “Gee, I really wish I had some of the awesome Hawaii music from HAWAII Magazine’s ‘Essential Summer Tunes’ playlists ready to roll on my iPod.”

We’ll, perhaps you’re not exactly thinking that. But you should.


The new July/August 2013 issue of HAWAII Magazine features our first-ever visitors guide to enjoying the warm season in Hawaii the way we do: “Summer Like a Local.” In addition to our “Essential Summer Tunes” playlists, you’ll find among the guide’s cool nuggets of summer-in-Hawaii advice:

summer_like_a_local_essential_Hawaii_music_playlist• 5 Places We Hike to See the View

• 5 Places We Hike to Stay Cool

• 8 Places We Go to Get Our Shave Ice

• 8 Non-Shave-Ice Treats We Cool Down With By Day & By Night

• 6 Places We Keep the Kids Happy (Besides the Beach)

• Our list of Essential Summer Picnic & Grilling Essentials

• And lots more.

Be sure to look for HAWAII’s July/August 2013 issue with our “Summer Lke A Local” feature on newsstands nationwide or subscribe in print or on the Apple iPad Newsstand.
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For now, however, sit back and take a listen to the Spotify compilation we’ve put together below of selected music from our “Summer Like A Local” guide’s “Essential Summer Tunes” playlists. (You'll need to sign up for a free Spotify account to listen, but it'll be worth it.) Look for the full track listings of all three of our Hawaii music playlists (“Top Down Modern,” “Keeping it Traditional” and “‘70s Road Tripping”) in the new issue of HAWAII.

Enjoy the tunes!



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Will Chen’s favorite way to eat mangoes is straight up raw.

“That way you truly get to taste the flavors,” he saysHawaii_Oahu_Mangoes_at_the_Moana.

And he should know.

Chen is the chef de cuisine at Beachhouse at the Moana, the fine dining restaurant at the Westin Moana Surfrider Resort & Spa, which hosts the annual Mangoes on the Moana event. The fifth annual edition of the popular fest for fans of Hawaii mango happens Sat., July 13.

This year’s Mangoes at the Moana promises a full lineup of activities, including a mango cooking competition with local celebrity chefs, a mango farmers market and a mango cocktail competition with spirit enthusiasts and professional mixologists.

The festival happens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with live entertainment in the Moana Surfrider’s Banyan Courtyard for the entire event.

“As it’s our fifth anniversary, we are definitely looking to make it the biggest and loudest mango celebration to date,” Chen says. “We got great chefs throwing down.”

Maui’s Chef Sheldon Simeon and Lee Anne Wong, both alumni of Bravo Network’s Top Chef fame, will be among the noted chefs participating in this year’s festival.

Mangoes have long been a part of Hawaii’s culinary scene, and July is the height of mango season in the Islands.
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The two major types of mangoes grown in Hawaii are Haden and Pirie. The mild-flavored Haden, which originated from India, arrived in the Islands in 1930 and became the major type of mango cultivated here. The Pirie, which tends to be smaller with a spicier taste, was brought to Hawaii in 1899 by S.M. Damon, who planted a tree in Moanalua Gardens on Oahu.

While Haden and Pirie are the most common mangoes grown in Hawaii, there are hundreds of species of mangoes that have been imported here since the early 1800s. Other common varieties that grow well here include Ah Ping, Fairchild, Gouveia, Harers, Keitt, Momi K, Pope and Rapoza.

Mangoes are prepared in a variety of ways in Hawaii—from pickled mango, sauces and canned and dried mango to juices and jams. Chef Chen’s preference? Fresh picked and uncooked.

“There are so many different varieties that all have their own unique flavors,” Chen says.

Here are a few Mangoes at the Moana highlights you won’t want to miss, all at the Westin Moana Surfrider, July 13:

    Best Mango Recipe Contest and Best Mango Contest: 8-11 a.m., Lani Kai Room

    Mango Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Banyan Courtyard and Lani Kai Room

•    Mango Cocktail Mixdown: 4-5 p.m., Banyan Courtyard

•    "Let's Go Mangoes" Social Media Contest: Noon - 4:00 p.m., Banyan Courtyard

    Mango Throw Down: Noon-4 p.m., Banyan Courtyard


Mangoes at the Moana, Westin Moana Surfrider Resort & Spa, 2365 Kalakaua Ave., www.moana-surfrider.com/dining/mangoesatthemoana. Call (808) 923-2811 for information or reservations.


Photos: Moana Surfrider Resort & Spa


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