Celebrities From Hawaiʻi Who Made It Big (and What High School They Went To)

For a small state, Hawaiʻi produces some of the biggest names in sports, music and movies.

This article was originally posted on Jan. 31, 2018. Since we missed a few celebs, we’ve decided to update the list. With a population of a little under 1.5 million people, Hawaiʻi puts out its fair share of musicians, athletes, actresses and actors. Here are a few local Hawaiʻi celebrities who have attained the status of stardom and, to answer…

Cultural Entertainment Returns to Royal Hawaiian Center

Enjoy live Hawaiian music and cultural classes again at this popular Waikīkī shopping and entertainment complex.

Photos: Courtesy of Royal Hawaiian CenterCultural classes and Hawaiian entertainment returns to the Royal Hawaiian Center. Since the center opened its doors on Kalakāau Avenue in 1980, it has welcomed both locals and visitors and aimed to provide the best shopping and dining experiences and cultural lessons.  Step into The Royal Grove to discover the legacy of Helumoa, Waikīkī’s historic…

13 Hawaiʻi Situations That Evoke These Songs

What song do you think of during these very Hawaiʻi moments?

Photo: Getty ImagesFrom “Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī” to Kaʻau Crater Boy’s “Surf,” there really is a song for every situation in Hawaiʻi, whether you’re catching you first wave in Waikīkī, pulling into the Waipiʻo Costco on a Saturday afternoon or watching the sunset at Magic Island. So whether you’re a local or a visitor, some of these situation-song pairings may ring true…

A Tour of The Park Ward Village

Celebrated landscape architect Don Vita designs outdoor areas to connect people and nature.

Photo: Courtesy of Ward VillageThe Park Ward Village, one of Ward Village’s latest residential offerings, is surrounded by nature. Inspired by the principles of midcentury modern design, the harmony between interior spaces and the world outside is clear. In designing the lush gardens within and around the residence, Don Vita, principal, VITA Planning & Landscape Architecture Inc., took inspiration from…

Nine Endangered Species In Hawaiʻi Likely Extinct

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes listing 23 species as extinct, including nine from the Islands.

The Maui ʻākepa, a Hawaiian honeycreeper thought to be extinct. Photo: Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum/Jeremy SnellHawaiʻi has long been considered the endangered species capital of the world, as the Islands are home to hundreds of endangered and threatened plants and animals. On Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed delisting nine more Hawaiʻi species from the Endangered Species Act—meaning,…

Sea Life Park Welcomes Home a Special Hawaiian Monk Seal

Kekoa, an endangered Hawaiian monk seal, will now live at the Oʻahu attraction—and you can visit him starting in October.

Kekoa, an endangered Hawaiian monk seal. Photo: Courtesy of Sea Life ParkKekoa means “warrior” in Hawaiian. And this warrior—an endangered Hawaiian monk seal known as KE18—lived for about a decade at the Long Marine Laboratory at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Now he’s back—and living at Sea Life Park in Waimānalo on Oʻahu. Photo: Courtesy of Sea Life…

HAWAIʻI in the Kitchen: Hawaiʻi-Style Fried Saimin

Whip up this local potluck fave with tips from Keoni Chang, chief food officer at Foodland Super Markets.

Learn how to make local-style fried saimin by Foodland’s Keoni Chang. Photo: Courtesy of Keoni ChangFried saimin is a potluck staple in Hawaiʻi, a stir-fry of curly noodles, Spam (or char siu pork) and veggies seasoned with dry dashi (Japanese soup stock). You’ll see this dish on menus at local restaurants, okazu-ya and saimin stands. In fact, some places—like Leeward…

Podcast Show Notes: Have Aloha Will Travel EP66

Hawaiʻi born TikTok celeb Kirsten Titus joins us on this week’s episode to talk about her rise to fame and answer the eternal question—what is TikTok?

TikTok celeb—from Oʻahu!—Kirsten Titus. Photo: Courtesy of Kirsten TitusIf you’re not big on TikTok, or social media, you may not have heard about Kirsten Titus—who joins Cat and Kevin today on this week’s episode of the “Have Aloha Will Travel” podcast—but she’s a big deal. @pepperonimuffinCurrently thriving ☝️🥰☝️♬ original sound – Kenny 💌 Going by the username @pepperonimuffin, she has…

HAWAIʻI in the Kitchen: Tropical Malasada Shortcake

Learn how to make the perfect malasada with executive pastry chef Daniel Sampson from the Fairmont Orchid on Hawaiʻi Island.

Photo: Courtesy of the Fairmont OrchidIf you’ve ever been to the luxe Fairmont Orchid on Hawaiʻi Island—and lucky enough to dine at Brown’s Beach House on a Tuesday or Wednesday—you might have tried the dessert special: the Tropical Malasada Shortcake. (At least you should have!) It’s a housemade malasada, sliced in half and filled with vanilla ice cream and topped…

HAWAIʻI in the Kitchen: Aoki Tai

Try this fresh take on the classic mai tai, courtesy of Doraku Sushi in Waikīkī.

The Aoki Tai from Doraku Sushi. Photo: Courtesy of Doraku SushiWhat better way to celebrate National Mai Tai Day—or any day, really—with a new take on the classic tiki cocktail. Ryan Birkett, head bartender at Doraku Sushi in Waikīkī, walks you through the recipe for Aoki Tai—new to the restaurant’s menu—which uses housemade falernum, a Caribbean cocktail ingredient spiced with…

Meet Kepuhinui, a Special Monk Seal Born on Molokaʻi

Formerly known as L4, this male monk seal was born during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meet Kepuhinui, The Great One of Kepuhi Beach. Born on Molokaʻi during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kepuhinui did not get tags attached to his hind flippers, which is often done for young monk seal pups, so now his gifted Hawaiian name is an added identity. Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiʻi Marine Animal ResponseIn the Hawaiian culture, names are immensely important. Names tell…

Aloha Friday Picks: Free Slurpees and Hawaiʻi Music This Weekend

Enjoy free Slurpees, live music and more this July weekend.

Free Slurpee Day is on Sunday. Photo: Getty ImagesAloha Friday Picks is a weekly news blog that will run every Friday and features three things we recommend you do, try or experience over the weekend. Send us tips at media@hawaiimagazine.com. Count your blessings, because so far, this summer has not been unbearably hot. Sure, we had a week or two of uncomfortable…

Learn the Hawaiian Strategy Game Kōnane on Kauaʻi

This Kaua‘i cultural practitioner says the game, sometimes called Hawaiian checkers, teaches people critical thinking and how to manage resources.

Photo: Courtesy of HawaiianCheckers.comYou wouldn’t expect a slippah store to be a place for learning strategy, but in Kaua‘i’s Kapa‘a town, that’s exactly what Sole Mates turned out to be when I arrived on a weekday afternoon. In between walls lined with various kinds of rubber slippers, sandals and Hydro Flasks sits a wooden table with a burlap papamū, or…

Aloha Friday Picks: It’s Sunflower Season!

Walk through a sunflower field, prep for the Merrie Monarch Festival and listen to Paula Fuga's new album, Rain on Sunday, this weekend.

Photo: David CroxfordAloha Friday Picks is a weekly news blog that will run every Friday and features three things we recommend you do, try or experience over the weekend. Send us tips at media@hawaiimagazine.com. Don’t have any weekend plans? Thinking about just resting and relaxing the weekend away? Well, that does sound nice, but if you want to do a…

17 Reasons We Love Maui Right Now

It’s an easy island to love, especially now.

A rainbow over Hoʻokipa Beach on Maui’s north shore. Photo: Getty Images/7MichaelMaui has long been the favorite of visitors to Hawaiʻi, beloved for its gorgeous beaches, stunning vistas and charming towns. And right now, as the Islands welcome more and more visitors, there are dozens of new (and perpetual) reasons to visit the Valley Isle. 1. Haleakalā National Park Sunrise…

Podcast Show Notes: Have Aloha Will Travel EP60

Kevin talks story with award-winning Hawaiian singer-songwriter Paula Fuga about her upcoming album, “Rain on Sunday,“ in this episode of the “Have Aloha Will Travel” podcast.

Photo: Courtesy of Paula FugaHawaiian singer-songwriter Paula Fuga (@pfunklove) joins Kevin on the “Have Aloha Will Travel” podcast to talk about her new upcoming album, “Rain on Sunday,” which will be available for purchase on June 25. Born and raised in Waimānalo, Fuga has performed all over the world, from Madison Square Garden to The Sydney Opera House Forecourt—she’s also…

Aloha Friday Picks: Cheers to Dads and Grads This Weekend

Grab a local beer, take a hike or get the grill out.

Head outdoors this weekend. Photo: Getty Images/ globalmomentsAloha Friday Picks is a weekly news blog that will run every Friday and features three things we recommend you do, try or experience over the weekend. Send us tips at media@hawaiimagazine.com.   There’s lots to celebrate this weekend in Hawaiʻi—and masks outdoors is optional!—so here are some fun, get-outdoors things to do…

Experience Hawaiʻi at Royal Hawaiian Center

This Waikīkī landmark boasts everything from restaurants to cultural classes for residents and visitors alike.

Photo: Royal Hawaiian CenterFor more than 40 years, Royal Hawaiian Center has been welcoming kamaʻāina (residents) and malihini (visitors) to experience the very best in cultural lessons, shopping and dining. Here is your guide to experiencing everything Royal Hawaiian Center has to offer.   Embrace the Heritage Royal Hawaiian Center is built upon the historic lands of Helumoa. Waikīkī, meaning “spouting waters”, was a favored…

The 5 Best Surfing Spots on Oʻahu in 2021

If you're just getting your sea legs—or are an experienced tube hound—here are the five best surfing spots on Oʻahu, according to our readers.

Photo: Getty Images/ tropicalpixsingaporeOʻahu is considered by many as the surfing mecca of the world. From the heavy-duty breaks located on the North Shore—which has even been given the flashy nickname of the “Seven Mile Miracle”—to the pristine fun-sized surf on Oʻahu’s southern shoreline, there’s plenty of surf to go around. And while there are hundreds of surf spots on the island,…

Aloha Friday Picks: Memorial Day Weekend in Hawaiʻi

Here are three things to do this Memorial Day weekend.

Photo: Getty Images/ RightFramePhotoVideoAloha Friday Picks is a weekly news blog that will run every Friday and features three things we recommend you do, try or experience over the weekend. Send us tips at media@hawaiimagazine.com.   It is upon us. Memorial Day weekend. Kicking off summer—well, it’s almost summer—this Memorial Day weekend is bound to be much, much busier than others as the…

Aloha Friday Picks: Get Outside This Weekend in Hawaiʻi

This weekend’s gorgeous weather is too good to stay indoors.

There’s fun-size surf this weekend on all islands. (This is Maui.) Photo: Getty Images/MlennyAloha Friday Picks is a weekly news blog that will run every Friday and features three things we recommend you do, try or experience over the weekend. Send us tips at media@hawaiimagazine.com.   Gorgeous weather is in the forecast this weekend—so get outside with these activities. Get…

Aloha Friday Picks: Astronomy, Art and Amazing Beaches

With spring on its way out, here are three weekend activities you can do by yourself or with your ʻohana.

A collection of works being shown at Bishop Museum, in conjunction with POW! WOW! Hawaiʻi. Photo: Aaron K. YoshinoAloha Friday Picks is a weekly news blog that will run every Friday and features three things we recommend you do, try or experience over the weekend. Send us tips at media@hawaiimagazine.com.   “It’s aloha Friday, no work till Monday.” If you didn’t…

Aloha Friday Picks: How To Celebrate National Picnic Day in Hawaiʻi

Picnic in a botanical garden, grab a poke bowl and head to the beach, or learn how to make local-style mac salad at home.

Photo: Getty Images/sofiaworldAloha Friday Picks is a weekly news blog that will run every Friday and features three things we recommend you do, try or experience over the weekend. Send us tips at media@hawaiimagazine.com.   If you’re lucky enough to be in the Islands this weekend, we suggest grabbing some lunch—poke bowl, anyone?—and heading outdoors. It’s National Picnic Day today—in case you…

Aloha Friday Picks: Taking it Back to the ’80s

This weekend is looking ... radical.

Photo: Getty ImagesAloha Friday Picks is a weekly news blog that will run every Friday and features three things we recommend you do, try or experience over the weekend. Send us tips at media@hawaiimagazine.com. Ever find yourself reminiscing about the ’80s? MTV actually played music videos, Prince was king and fashion choices weren’t scared of neon hues. If you’re pining for the…