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Hawaii-based Polynesian Voyaging Society launches first leg of ambitious worldwide sail

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Fri May 31, 2013 at 02:33 PM Two traditional Polynesian voyaging canoes are now sailing from Honolulu to Hilo. The Big Island town is the first stop on the "Malama Hawaii" leg of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s ambitious four-year Worldwide Voyage.   More

"Samurai Summer" at Honolulu Museum of Art features traveling exhibition, film fest

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Thu May 30, 2013 at 04:12 PM In the spotlight at Honolulu Museum of Art: "Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor," a exhibition showcasing everything from fierce face masks to swords and daggers; and a film fest saluting Hollywood’s bygone Japanese film theaters.   More

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

Traditional Hawaiian trio wins big at Na Hoku Hanohano Hawaii music awards

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Tue May 28, 2013 at 01:56 PM Among the top winners at the 36th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Hawaii music awards (the Hawaii music industry's Grammys): newcomer Na Hoa, celebrated vocalists Amy Hanaialii and Weldon Kekauoha, and ukulele star Brittni Paiva.   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

“Generations” summer concert series slated for Waimea Valley on Oahu's North Shore

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Thu May 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM Some of Hawaii’s top musicians will take part in the “Generations” concert series, which gets under way next month in leafy Waimea Valley on Oahu's North Shore. The lineup of performers spans three generations of style and story.   More

And the winner of HAWAII Magazine’s Pan-Pacific Festival Flyaway sweepstakes is...

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Tue May 14, 2013 at 12:57 PM Congratulations to Sarah Haney of Newport Beach, Calif.! Sarah will be Oahu-bound early next month as the winner of our HAWAII Magazine’s Pan-Pacific Festival Flyaway sweepstakes. Now in its 34th year, the fest is one of Hawaii’s largest cultural celebrations.   More

Waikiki Aquarium summer sunset concert series spotlights popular Hawaii musicians

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Thu May 09, 2013 at 02:20 PM “Ke Kani O Ke Kai,” which translates as “ sound of the ocean,” offers a chance to listen to some of Hawaii’s most celebrated musicians while enjoying an Oahu sunset. Also, Waikiki Aquarium’s galleries will be open during the events.   More

Hawaii Book & Music Festival spotlights best-selling authors, Islands-inspired music

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Wed May 08, 2013 at 12:28 PM Staged at Honolulu Hale civic center’s grounds, the eighth annual “Bank of Hawaii Presents the Hawaii Book & Music Festival” is a sure bet to replenish and freshen up your stash of Hawaii-themed reads and tunes.   More

Blazing blades! 2013 World Fireknife Championship slated for this week on Oahu

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Tue May 07, 2013 at 02:30 PM The 21st annual World Fireknife Championship showcases blade-and-blaze-resistant competitors in a four-night Samoan contest at the Polynesian Cultural Center. For the first time, the event will be live-streamed online.   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

Shuttered Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial slated for renovation as new beach area

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Wed May 01, 2013 at 11:19 AM The State of Hawaii and Honolulu officials plan to replace the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial's dilapidated saltwater-fed pool with a stretch of sandy beach. The memorial was built in 1927 to honor residents who served in World War I.  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

This weekend's “I Love Kailua” Town Party celebrates Windward Oahu’s easygoing vibe

posted by: Maureen O'Connell on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM Now in its 21st year, “I Love Kailua” Town Party is a food-focused fundraiser for Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle, which aims to keep the area green and beautiful with landscaping and maintenance projects in parks and other public places.  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
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