Hawaiian music 101

Categorized as Hawaii Activities, Hawaiian History

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

Fun facts about Hawaii snow [Video]

When you picture Hawaii weather, snow probably doesn’t come to mind. However, even tropical destinations get some snowfall – provided they’re high enough above sea level. The three tallest mountains in Hawaii, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and Haleakala, all get light snowfall during winter. Winter isn’t a prerequisite for Hawaiian snowfall, however – in July… Continue reading Fun facts about Hawaii snow [Video]

Hawaii’s state bird, the Nene Goose [Video]

Hawaii’s state bird is the Nene, a species of goose native to this group of islands. A land bird typically found in grassy areas, these geese can be seen in the wild at Volcanoes National Park, along with some other parks in the State. They can also be viewed in captivity at the Honolulu Zoo. Male… Continue reading Hawaii’s state bird, the Nene Goose [Video]

Getting to know Hawaii’s volcanoes. [Video]

Hawaii is a special destination for science enthusiasts of all ages, since it’s one of the only places in the world where you can safely explore active volcanoes. If you’ve got a head for geography, or simply want to see how volcanic activity shapes an island, Hawaii is the perfect destination. When most people hear… Continue reading Getting to know Hawaii’s volcanoes. [Video]

Understanding Hawaii’s Seasons [Video]

Hawaii’s weather is fairly consistent all year around. However, because the islands are located in a tropical zone, there are only two seasons: summer and winter. If you’re from a colder climate, don’t let the phrase “winter” fool you – Hawaii’s winter isn’t even a little bit cold. Daytime temperatures still reach the upper 70’s,… Continue reading Understanding Hawaii’s Seasons [Video]

Great scenic byways on the Big Island

Hawaii's Big Island is an absolutely gorgeous destination for any traveler interested in getting a closer look at the culture, landscapes and wildlife of the islands. If you're looking for a chance to explore, consider checking out one of the island's scenic byways. These stretches of road don't just boast gorgeous views – they also go… Continue reading Great scenic byways on the Big Island

3 Hawaiian legends for your Halloween trip

Everyone’s in the right mood for a scary story in October. Hawaii has some thoroughly spooky legends – here’s a look at a few of the paranormal stories coming from the islands:  1. Pele, the Fire Goddess Since Hawaii was literally made by volcanoes, it’s no wonder they have a plethora of legends surrounding fire… Continue reading 3 Hawaiian legends for your Halloween trip

Learn the history of the Hawaiian luau

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Even if you've never experienced an authentic Hawaiian luau, odds are you're familiar with the overall gist of this traditional island take on feasting and festivities. From a full-on smorgasbord of roasted pig and smoked salmon to the soothing sounds of hula music, you haven't officially settled into your Hawaii vacation rental until you've experienced a… Continue reading Learn the history of the Hawaiian luau

Aloha Shirts

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As residents and visitors throughout the U.S. bear high temperatures, they apply creative and conventional ways to beat the heat. Staying hydrated, carrying handkerchiefs or tissues, applying sun block and participating in water sports and limiting time spent in the sun are a few methods to keep cool. Apparel is significant and it’s not always… Continue reading Aloha Shirts