6 things you might not know about Hawaii

Planning a trip to Hawaii? You’re in for a treat! This chain of islands is one of the most beautiful and exciting destinations in the U.S. It’s also one of the most interesting. Some fun Hawaiian facts are fairly well-known, like the many meanings of the word “aloha.” Others, however, are a little more obscure. Check… Continue reading 6 things you might not know about Hawaii

Exploring Hawaii’s coffee beans [Video]

Aloha! Are you one of those people who can’t function in the morning until you get that sweet, sweet cup of joe? If so, locally grown coffee is one part of your Hawaii vacation you won’t want to miss. Hawaii is the only U.S. state that produces coffee beans. Growing coffee requires a combination of… Continue reading Exploring Hawaii’s coffee beans [Video]

Hawaiian phrases you should know for your vacation [Video]

Heading to Hawaii for your next vacation? Although English is spoken all over the islands, Hawaiian is as well. Here are a few phrases to know for your trip: You’ve probably already heard of “aloha.” This means both “hello” and “goodbye,” but it is also used as a stand-in for nearly any and every positive emotion.… Continue reading Hawaiian phrases you should know for your vacation [Video]

Rainbow Beaches – A Guide to Hawaii’s Multicolored Sand [Video]

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White, red, black, yellow, and green: You’ll find beaches in all sorts of colors on the Hawaiian Islands! Hawaii’s multicolored beaches got their spectacular hues from the island’s volcanic activity. The high-pressure geologic environments which create magma and lava also create vibrant rocks. If a beach happens to be near an area with high concentrations of… Continue reading Rainbow Beaches – A Guide to Hawaii’s Multicolored Sand [Video]

History of the Hawaiian lei [Video]

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The Hawaiian lei is one of the most iconic parts of Hawaiian culture. Although most people generally picture lei made of flowers, they can also be made of leaves, shells, feathers and other items found in nature. These adornments are more than just decoration: They can also signify peace, friendship and bonding. [marker] You can wear… Continue reading History of the Hawaiian lei [Video]

Christmas Traditions in Hawaii [Video]

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Hawaii might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think “holiday traditions.” Usually, people picture snow-coated cottages, heavy sweaters, and reindeer-drawn sleighs. These aren’t the holiday sights you’ll find in Hawaii – people here have their own ways to enjoy the season. [marker] You might be surprised to hear that Santa, for… Continue reading Christmas Traditions in Hawaii [Video]

Hawaiian music 101

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Music is one of the most defining cultural traditions for any location. Musical styles are developed over centuries, as musicians with different skills and playing methods come together and share their knowledge. Something new and wonderful is born of this mutual exchange, and that is particularly true in Hawaii. The blend of cultures that has… Continue reading Hawaiian music 101