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Ooh! Aah! Kaboom! Here's a list of dazzling Hawaii Fourth of July fireworks shows

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 03:30 PM Glittering pyrotechnics will light up Hawaii's skies through this week's Independence Day celebrations.Fireworks are in the works for Oahu as well as on neighbor islands — Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. We tell you where they'll be.  More

Updated Google “Scenic Hawaii” gallery zooms in on must-see sites on six islands

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 02:36 PM Ready for a “virtual vacation” in the Islands? Google has expanded its “Scenic Hawaii” Street View gallery with scores of interactive-panoramic images of popular visitor attractions on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, and the Big Island.   More

Hawaii’s summer bon dance season is under way. Here’s where to go for evening festivals.

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 03:13 PM O-bon, or simply bon in Hawaii, is a Japanese Buddhist annual observance that honors departed spirits of family members and ancestors. Evening 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

Hawaii marks King Kamehameha Day with parades, lei-drapings. Here’s where to go.

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 01:03 PM Hawaii’s annual Kamehameha Day festivities will get under way tomorrow with a lei-draping of Honolulu’s King Kamehameha I statue. On Saturday morning, the state’s longest parade — complete with flower-studded floats and scores of horseback riders — will wind through Waikiki.   More

Your striking Hawaii photo could win a free Oahu getaway from HAWAII Magazine

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Tue May 22, 2012 at 01:55 PM Our 14th annual photo contest is under way. Airfare and a six-night stay at a Waikiki resort, along with eight other prizes, will be awarded for the most awe-inspiring images of Hawaii — our people, places and culture, etc. C’mon, shutterbugs. Hit us with your best shot.  More

Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural 15-night Los Angeles-to-Hawaii voyage under way

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Mon May 07, 2012 at 02:03 PM The Disney Wonder — a 964-foot ship that holds 2,700 guest passengers — is now skimming Hawaii waters for the first time, with stops on the Big Island, Maui, Oahu and Kauai.   More

Honolulu City Council backs bill to ban plastic bags at store, restaurant checkouts

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 09:54 AM Bans on non-biodegradable plastic bags are already in effect on Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and, starting in 2014, the Big Island, too. Pending Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle’s signature on a ban bill, Oahu could follow suit in July 2015.  More

Whale-watching season’s final Hawaii “Ocean Count” census effort slated for this weekend

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM Hawaii residents and visitors on Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island are invited to take part in the last humpback whale-spotting census for the 2011-12 season. "Ocean Count” relies on volunteers to help gauge winter population and distribution figures in Hawaii waters.   More

Hawaii International Film Festival event to spotlight “The Descendants” soundtrack

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 02:04 PM The 15th Hawaii International Film Festival's Spring Showcase will include screenings of 34 films as well as a panel discussion and concert spotlighting music from the Oscar-winning, Hawaii-filmed "The Descendants."  More

Kauai celebrates Prince Kuhio’s birthday with two weeks of island-style festivities

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 03:28 PM Now under way,"Prince Kuhio Celebration-Kauai" will wrap up with Hawaiian music and hula on March 26 — the state holiday that salutes Kauai native Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole. The only born royalty to ever serve in the U.S. Congress, Kuhio is remembered in Hawaii as a “prince of the people.”   More

Top 5 favorite Hawaii parks: HAWAII Magazine Facebook poll results

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM We’re always asking our Hawaii Magazine Facebook ohana about their favorite Hawaii things. Here are the Top 5 picks from our most recent Facebook Ohana Poll question. We've got an amazing assortment of national, state and city/county parks. Which one is your favorite Hawaii park?   More

Jack Johnson, with Paula Fuga and John Cruz, to stage Hawaiian Islands acoustic tour

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Fri Mar 02, 2012 at 08:27 AM Hawaii singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, along with Oahu-based musician friends Paula Fuga and John Cruz, will give seven performances in the Islands during April. The tour is in support of a new "Best of Kokua Festival" album.   More

Hawaii-filmed “The Descendants” dramedy wins Oscar for best adapted screenplay

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 01:09 PM Filmed on Oahu and Kauai and packed with a cast of compelling characters, “The Descendants” has won an Academy Award for its screenplay, which is based on the best-selling novel by Hawaii writer Kaui Hart Hemmings.   More

Waikiki Aquarium’s “Whale Wednesdays” celebrate Hawaii’s 45-ton winter visitor

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM The Waikiki Aquarium is presenting weekly talks and activities spotlighting the humpback whale. The events are sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is also conducting a whale census. Hawaii residents and visitors may take part in the count.   More

Hawaii-filmed “The Descendants” dramedy picks up five Oscar nominations

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM Filmed on Oahu and Kauai, and packed with a cast of compelling Hawaii characters, “The Descendants” today picked up five Academy Awards nominations, including best picture.   More
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