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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

Big Island mayor signs bill to ban plastic bags at store, restaurant checkouts

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 01:37 PM In an effort to reduce litter and environmental threats to marine life, the Big Island is gearing up for a ban on plastic shopping bags. The green-minded move follows bag bans already in effect on Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai.   More

Hawaii marine sanctuary’s “Ocean Count” slated for peak of whale-watching season

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Mon Jan 16, 2012 at 02:13 PM Hawaii visitors and residents are invited to take part in a census of visiting humpback whales. Hawaii is the only state in the nation where humpbacks mate, calve, and nurse their young. During the 2011-12 season (September to March), some 12,000 whales are expected to reach the Islands.  More

SLIDESHOW: HAWAII Magazine’s 13th Annual Photo Contest winners and finalists

posted by: Derek Paiva on Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 03:41 PM We asked HAWAII readers to send us their best photos of the Islands. After viewing more than 2,500 photos, here are our favorites—the prize-winning and finalist photos from HAWAII Magazine's 13th Annual Photo Contest.  More

Ooh! Aah! Aloha, 2012! Best places to watch Hawaii New Year’s Eve fireworks shows

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 10:58 AM Pyrotechnic displays will soon be bursting into the night sky over our mid-Pacific islands and ushering in the new year with thunderous clamor. Here’s where to find fireworks displays on Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, Kauai and Lanai.  More

Kauai’s 15th annual Festival of Lights showcases island-style Christmas folk art

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 02:10 PM You’ll find plenty of holiday cheer at Kauai’s annual Festival of Lights, which features island-style folk art ranging from graceful seed-pod decorations to a glittering “Surfin’ Santa’s Sleigh,” pulled by a team of Hawaii roosters.

Rare Hawaiian monk seal abandoned on Kauai finds new home at Waikiki Aquarium

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 03:56 PM A 3-year-old Hawaiian monk seal abandoned by its mother as a newborn on Kauai is now taking up permanent residence at the Waikiki Aquarium. The Hawaiian monk seal is among the most critically endangered seal species in the world.  More

Hawaii-filmed “The Descendants” picking up praise, Oscar buzz among movie critics

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 01:20 PM “The Descendants,” a dramedy filmed on Oahu and Kauai, is packed with a cast of compelling Hawaii characters and scored exclusively with Hawaiian music. The box-office draw is now a contender for the year’s top film awards.   More

Restaurant Week Hawaii: dining deals at 90 eateries on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Big Island

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Mon Nov 14, 2011 at 11:19 AM Returning for a fourth year, Restaurant Week Hawaii gets under way today with special menu items and discounts at more than 90 dining establishments, ranging from sophisticated restaurants to fast-food favorites.   More
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