Hawaii always conjures up images of sandy beaches, turquoise waves and tropical sunsets. What many overlook is the abundance of botanical gardens that thrive with lush, indigenous flora, as well as unique trees and plants gathered from around the world. Among these is Moanalua Gardens, a 24-acre privately owned park managed by the non-profit Moanalua Gardens Foundation. Located in Honolulu’s Moanalua District near Tripler Army Medical Center, this tranquil park is the perfect place for flying a kite or sharing a picnic with Mother Nature’s wonders creating a gorgeous backdrop.
Windward Oahu Beach Scores Best of the Best for the Second Time! “Dr. Beach” uses 50 criteria that include safety, water cleanliness, and management of both the beach environment and its facilities when making his list. Learn what Dr. Beach and other beach lovers love most about Kailua Beach Park.
Each of Hawaii’s official flowers is as unique as the island it represents. Typically, the color of the flower is linked to the official color of each island as well. From Oahu’s native yellow ilima to Molokai’s white kukui blossoms, these beautiful native Hawaiian flowers create a colorful, fragrant symbol of the state of Hawaii and of each of Hawaii’s main islands.
Every spring for the past nine years, POW! WOW! Hawaii puts on a street art festival that attracts hundreds of local and international artists to paint dozens of murals in Oahu’s urban neighborhood of Kakaako. It gets bigger and better every year. This colorful event has reached critical mass over the years to the point where amazing murals have totally transformed this industrial neighborhood into a modern Honolulu attraction.
Hawaii’s farmers markets have existed nearly as long as island farms and ranches. From plantation era trading and selling to today’s flashier gatherings showcasing agriculture and aquaculture bounty from across the islands, these colorful markets serve up a delicious opportunity to savor the flavors of the Hawaii. Oahu’s mega-popular KCC Farmers Market, where you can meet farmers and innovators who are turning trends into a way of life.
The Prince made such monumental achievements that he remains one of only two crown heads of state to be honored with an official holiday. The “Citizen Prince” lived a very unique life that helped him shape Hawaii. Here are 10 reasons that Prince Kuhio deserves his own holiday!
It goes without saying that the state of Hawaii is truly one of the most unique among our country’s 50. Not only is Hawaii the only island state in the U.S., but the Hawaiian Archipelago is also the longest island chain in the world. Here are 10 more fun facts about Hawaii that will help make you a Hawaii trivia whiz!
Most people agree that Hawaii is one of the most romantic places on Earth. Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the Hawaiian Islands is pure magic. Here's list of six top romantic Hawaii Valentine’s Day ideas to help keep the sparks alive with your ku’uipo! (sweetheart)
While seasonal whale watching cruises are a favorite activity among visitors and even locals, you can also spot these marvels from lots of shoreline locations that are easily accessible and absolutely FREE!
Held biennially in
even-numbered years, RIMPAC finds Hawaii rolling out the welcome mat and
sharing our Aloha Spirit with 26 nations, 47 surface ships, 5
submarines, 18 national land
forces, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel who will all be
converging on Hawaii to
participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.
From free cultural
performances and a multi-ethnic Kalakaua Avenue parade to a grand finale
fireworks thriller off Waikiki Beach, the 24th Annual Honolulu Festival
is set to bombard the senses with a vibrant display of traditions from
Hawaii, the Pacific and Asia.
Pick a spot, set your alarm, grab a cup (or Thermos) of Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee, and set out for an early morning adventure that will make your day! Here are a few of our
favorite places to watch darkness give way to dramatic shades of red,
orange, purple and pink. It’s sure to perk you up and set the stage for a
perfect day in paradise.
Say Aloha to Duke Kahanamoku. Hawaii’s Ambassador of Aloha & Father of Modern Surfing. On Kuhio Beach, a bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku welcomes everyone to Waikiki with open arms and it's one of the most popular attractions in Hawaii.
is more iconic during Christmas time in downtown Honolulu than the 21-foot tall, 2-ton Shaka Santa & Mrs. Claus (Tutu Mele) relaxing with
their shoes off and basking in the warm Hawaiian weather in the
courtyard in front of Honolulu Hale (City Hall).
If you've ever been to a luau, you're probably familiar with the traditional way Hawaiians cook an entire pig in an
underground pit oven called an "imu". But instead
of cooking a single pig, you can cook HUNDREDS
of turkeys all at once!