Culture and Events

Lahaina Noon This Week

If you’re In Hawaii over the next 10 days, you may see people gathering around poles and fences mid-day. Come and join us. We’re celebrating a unique solar condition that prevails twice each year. It’s called Lahaina Noon when the sun is directly overhead, and is casting no shadow on vertical objects (like telephone and [...]

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Unique Gift Idea From Hawaii: Hamakua Mushrooms

If you’re looking for that completely unique gift to bring home with you from your Hawaii vacation, look no further. Hamakua mushrooms are a gourmet treat from Hawaii and some of the best mushrooms I’ve tasted. They have both a wonderful flavor and texture. You can legally import them to the mainland, inasmuch as they [...]

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Happy July 4th Weekend From Kauai

July 4th is the opening day for this year’s Methley plum season. It’s a day I look forward to each year. Methley plums are delicious, small, sweet-tart plums which grow in Koke’e State Park. Falsely believed to be a Japanese cultivar, they originated in China and have been grown there for thousands of years. Methley [...]

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Hawaii Bananas Could Be Set For Resurgence

Hawaii’s banana industry may be well-positioned for a serious comeback. They are certainly growing well in our backyard. This photo shows our latest crop growing amidst Blue Ginger. Prices of Hawaii bananas have never been competitive with Central America in the past due to the high cost of land and labor. The scale is starting [...]

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Hawaiian Quilt Show at Kauai Museum

The Kauai Museum continues their Traditional Hawaiian Quilt exhibit through July 25. I toured the exhibit recently and was quite partial to the pink quilt in this picture. There’s a reason why: I’m the proud owner! There are many historic quilts on display and each one has a unique history. The placard next to this [...]

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First Chinese Tour Group to Hawaii

The first Chinese organized tour of the United States began today with 250 visitors arriving from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong. Each person paid approximately $4,000 to be part of the tour. Chinese visitors have previously been able to visit independently. An agreement signed last year which made the United States an approved destination, however, is [...]

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Honolulu Free Museum Find: HiSAM

I usually view museum art behind glass, on one side of a rope and under the watchful eye of a guard. Not so at the Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM). Dubbed the “People’s Art Museum,” HiSAM deserves a place on everyone’s Honolulu activity list. First you take a historic building with Italian scrollwork and architectural [...]

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Hawaii: Two Plants and A Mammal

Name a plant that has been a staple in Hawaii since the Polynesians brought it here by canoe. Hawaii produces 6 million pounds each year. If you guessed Taro you’re right. On July 1, Taro becomes the official state plant of Hawaii. TARO is believed to have the greatest life force of all foods. It’s [...]

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Swim With Hawaiian Sea Turtles – 200 Million Years Old

Swim With Hawaiian Sea Turtles – 200 Million Years Old

We love our Honu which is the Hawaiian green sea turtle. Three other Honu fans are the talented Claremont Trio who performed recently in Hawaii. While on Kauai, they filmed this wonderful video for their tour blog. 1. Green: Protected by the endangered species act, and weighing up to 500 pounds, their life-span is believed [...]

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Lei Day in Hawaii: Kauai Celebrates

Beat of Hawaii was at the Kauai Museum today for their 28th Annual Lei Day Celebration. I hope you like our pictures of some of the contest winners. It turned out to be a beautiful day of flowers, music, dance and Aloha. Share/Bookmark

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