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Hawaii’s bon dance season gets under way this week. Here’s where to go for festivals.

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Wed May 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM O-bon, or simply bon in Hawaii, is a Japanese Buddhist observance that honors departed spirits of family members and ancestors. Festivals feature bon-odori — group dances that welcome the spirits for a summer visit. Everyone’s invited to join in. Don’t know the moves? Just follow the leaders.  More

Ten Hawaii visitor sites offer free admission to active-duty military families this summer

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Thu May 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM Starting on Memorial Day and wrapping up on Labor Day, admission fees will be waived for Blue Star active-duty military families at various Hawaii art museums, cultural centers, an arboretum, a coffee farm, and a royal palace.   More

Big Island Film Fest to honor “Mad Men” actor, “Saturday Night Live” cast member

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Mon May 20, 2013 at 01:52 PM Organizers of the eighth annual Big Island Film Festival describe the five-day event, which gets under way Thursday on the Kohala Coast, as a "celebration of narrative films and filmmaking" and as the "talk story" film fest.   More

Puna Music Festival spotlights sounds of Hawaii this week on Big Island’s east side

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:58 AM The third annual Puna Music Festival celebrates the sounds of Hawaii with more than 100 performers from around the Islands. Among the highlights: evening concerts and a “kanikapila” jam session in Old Town Pahoa.   More

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii. Here’s where you’ll find plenty of flower-draped shoulders

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 06:25 AM Our fragrant symbol of aloha will be in the spotlight tomorrow with Lei Day festivities, ranging from lei-making contests to the coronation of a lei queen at Honolulu’s 86th annual celebration in the Waikiki area.  More

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers “plants of hula” field seminar

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 08:22 AM A traditional hula master and a longtime National Park Service botanist are teaming up this weekend for a Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park field seminar that focuses on cultural and scientific exploration tied to plants used in hula.   More

Kau Coffee Festival serving up world-class cups of Big-Island grown, roasted Hawaii joe

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:19 PM The fifth annual Kau Coffee Festival offers everything from coffee farm visits to cultural performances and a stargazing excursion at Mount Makanau’s summit. Oh, and plenty of top-notch coffee and tasty java-infused treats.  More

Entrance fees to be waived at three Hawaii national park sites for five days next week

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:43 PM Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, and Haleakala National Park are among scores of sites celebrating National Park Week, Mon., April 22 through Fri., April 26, with free admission.   More

Kona Coffee Farmers Association fundraiser banquet slated for this weekend on Big Island

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 02:27 PM Proceeds from the Kona Coffee Blossom Banquet event will go toward the coffee farming community's ongoing fight against the coffee berry borer, an invasive insect that began infesting coffee beans on the Big Island in late 2010.   More

Kuana Torres Kahele, Na Palapalai among nominees for Hawaii's Na Hoku music awards

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 02:12 PM Big Island vocalist/songwriter/musician Kuana Torres Kahele was among top winners at last year’s Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. This year, he’s a nominee again as both a solo artist and as a member of the Na Palapalai trio.   More

Merrie Monarch Festival wraps up 50th anniversary event: hula competition results

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:34 PM The weeklong Merrie Monarch Festival's world-class hula competitions — both ancient and modern — wrapped up over the weekend. Here are the results for the top contests.   More

Big Island Film Festival to showcase 54 indie films, including 10 made-in-Hawaii movies

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 11:46 AM Known as the “talk story” film festival, organizers of the eighth annual Big Island Film Festival staged on the South Kohala Coast describe the five-day event as a “celebration of narrative films and filmmaking.”   More

HAWAII Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards: Top 10 best resort spas

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 10:11 AM HAWAII Magazine's first-ever "Hawaii Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards" issue is on sale now. It’s loaded with reader picks for everything from favorite lodging and eats to best beaches for snorkeling and new Hawaii music albums.  More

Seventh annual Hawaii Avocado Festival to be held on Big Island’s Kona Coast

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 12:44 PM The Big Island is prime avocado-growing country, with some 200 varieties of avocado trees thriving there. Among the batches of “alligator pears” is some of the most buttery-tasting fruit found just about anywhere.   More

Volcano House launches "soft opening" at edge of Big Island’s Kilauea caldera

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s iconic Volcano House is now offering special kamaaina lodging rates in celebration of its anticipated full reopening in June.   More
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