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Prince Lot Hula Festival XXXIV: July 16, 2011

June 28, 2011 in News by Ramona Quincey

Moanalua Gardens Foundation Presents Ho'omālamalama, E Ala Mai…Enlighten, Rise! Prince Lot Hula Festival XXXIV on Saturday, July 16th, 2011. The festival is Hawai'i's oldest and largest non-competitive hula celebration held each year to honor Prince Lot Kapuāiwa who revived the once banned hula in the district of Moanalua.

The event will feature both hula kāhiko (ancient) hula and chant, and 'auana (modern) hula performances. Dancers will perform on one of the few remaining pa hula (hula mounds) in Hawai'i.

There is no charge to attend the festival however a button donation to MGF is requested to raise funds to support the event. The public, and visitors, are welcome and encouraged to bring their beach chairs and mats and enjoy the fun, food and festivities under the shady monkeypod trees of Moanalua Gardens. For more information, visit: www.moanaluagardensfoundation.org

Prince Lot Hula Festival XXXIV 2011

Free Shave Ice at Kaka'ako Kool: May 28 - 30, 2011

May 28, 2011 in News by Sarah Jones

To celebrate Memorial Day and to kick off a great summer, come enjoy FREE shave ice at Kaka'ako Kool! Kaka'ako Kool is located at 831 Queen Street. Read More >

Hawaii Food and Wine Festival: May 20 & 21, 2011

May 18, 2011 in News by Ramona Quincey

The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival is coming up Friday, May 20th & Saturday, May 21st, 2011 at the JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa. This popular event will showcase some of the best culinary talent in the Country. Read More >

Free 'Ukulele Lessons every other Thursday at the Aloha Tower

February 27, 2011 in Insider Tips by Sarah Jones

The Aloha Tower is holding a series of free 'ukulele lessons every other Thursday in the Center Atrium from 12:30pm - 1:30pm. Bring your own 'ukulele or borrow one from The Hawaiian Ukulele Company (limited supply, first come basis). Read More >

Free Concerts at the Iolani Palace Grounds Every Friday

January 10, 2011 in Insider Tips by Sarah Jones

The Royal Hawaiian Band presents free concerts on the Iolani Palace Grounds most Fridays from 12 noon to 1pm, weather permitting. Read More >

Sunday Brunch at Hula's

January 5, 2011 in News by Sarah Jones

Hula's is the place to be every Sunday for brunch. Enjoy an ala carte menu that includes eggs benedict, steak and eggs, bacon and eggs, pancakes, waffles and chicken, and much more. Drink specials from 10am - 3pm includes $3.50 Champagne, $4 Mimosas, $3.75 Mai Tais, Bloody Marys, Mojitos, Chi Chis, and Blue Hawaii. Read More >

Martini Nights at the Honolulu Design Center: Every Thursday

December 27, 2010 in News by Sarah Jones

The Honolulu Design Center hosts Martini Nights every Thursday from 5:30pm - 10pm at the Cupola Theatre, located on the 3rd floor of the Honolulu Design Center (The Orange Building, Furniture Store on Kapiolani Blvd) In addition, they feature productions, live music, concerts and more every month. Read More >

Surfing, a Hawaiian Tradition

October 15, 2010 in Insider Tips by Ben Sumner

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Duke Kahanamoku Statue © LukeGordon1 on Flickr

A time-honored sport, surfing originated from the ancient Hawaiians who considered it a symbol of social status and power. Royalty used surfing as a means of maintaining their strength, liveliness, and authority over their people. The sport was nearly extinct by the late 1800s, until a teen named Duke Kahanamoku and his friends breathed life back into it and promoted it worldwide. Now, Kahanamoku's statue stands on the shores of Waikiki Beach and the beaches of Oahu are filled with surfers of all levels and styles. Read More >

Glide the Oahu Skies

October 5, 2010 in Insider Tips, Travelogues by Ben Sumner

The tow plane before liftoff. (Ben Sumner)

One of the most amazing adventures you can have on Oahu isn't even on the island - it's above it. On a clear, beautiful day, head up to the Dillingham Airfield on Oahu's North Shore, and schedule a ride with Original Glider Rides, where you'll be towed up more than 3,000 feet in a glider plane, and see one of the most spectacular views in Hawaii. Read More >

Great hiking, Great Danes

September 22, 2010 in Travelogues by Megan Edgar

A few weeks ago my brother and I were hiking around Makapu'u Head.  We hiked up above the lighthouse and took in the view of Manana and Kaohi-ka-ipu Islands.  We cruised around on the trails to the Dragon's Nostrils, checking out the lava formations and the pools along the shore.  The sun was warm but not hot, there was a gentle breeze, and there weren't too many people, a rare and welcome summertime treat.

As we walked back to the car I saw a woman with two Great Danes.  My brother and I are both huge animal lovers and couldn't resist the site of these floppy eared, droopy faced, gentle giants having the time of their life rooting through the grass.  We walked over, said hello, got in a few pats, and went on our way.  A few minutes later we saw another Great Dane.  Then another.  Then three.  I couldn't figure it out.  Was there some kind of convention going on?  I'd never even seen one Great Dane on my home island of Maui, and now they were everywhere.

When we reached the parking lot there were at least five more Great Danes getting out of cars to go on hikes.  I had to ask.  Turns out it was a Great Dane convention of sorts.  Once a month, Great Dane and English Mastiff owners get together at various dog friendly hiking spots around O'ahu so their dogs can play together.

If you're interested, check out http://www.meetup.com/hawaiigreatdanes/about/.  The site hasn't been updated in a while, but the contact information is still posted and obviously they're still out and about.

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