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Hōkūle‘a - A Tiny Canoe's Mighty Mission for Island Earth

Hōkūle‘a - A Tiny Canoe's Mighty Mission for Island Earth

July 12, 2017

On June 17, 2017 people started appearing at Magic Island, carrying their lawn chairs, many strands of ti-leaf and maile lei, and their tents to set up camp early in the morning. Many even before dawn. In a several hours, at around 9 a.m., the Polynesian sailing canoe, Hōkūle‘a, is coming home after a three-year voyage around the world. Without using any modern-day navigational equipment, the 62-foot-long double-hulled wa‘a, a replica of ancient voyaging outrigger canoe, charted her way through high seas beyond the Pacific, only using their traditional wayfinding methods and techniques. Instead of relying on GPS and other modern technology, they utilized the organic clues provided by the Mother Earth—wind, swells, clouds, moon, stars, fish and birds, just like our ancestors did it thousands of years ago.

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Koko Crater Botanical Garden - Surround Yourself in Many Floras, Cacti and Feathers

Koko Crater Botanical Garden - Surround Yourself in Many Floras, Cacti and Feathers

June 26, 2017

Koko Crater Botanical Garden is a 2-mile looped trail, located on the inner slopes and basin of the 200-acre Koko Head Crater. The trail path is flanked by well-tendered shrubs and trees adorned with vibrant island flowers, followed by more exotic selections of floras and cacti from other hot and dry regions such as Mexico and South Africa.

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Manoa Valley – The First Home of Hawai‘i-Grown Coffee

Manoa Valley – The First Home of Hawai‘i-Grown Coffee

June 05, 2017

About two hundred years ago, the exotic drink of Ethiopia, finally reached to the Island of O‘ahu after travelling half way around the globe. It was Don Francisco de Paula Marin, the Chilean adventurist who served for King Kamehameha I as an interpreter, physician and confidant…a jack-of-all-trades, who planted the first coffee seeds in Hawai‘i back in 1813.

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Stay Cool with The Island's Natural Cold Treats

Stay Cool with The Island's Natural Cold Treats

May 30, 2017

Nothing can beat the scorching summer sun when it comes to cold desserts. The first bite of freshly shaved ice after a long day at the beach still gives me the sweetest adrenaline rush. To make this cold sensation last longer, we hurry and chisel down another slope of colorful flakes of snow, then another, and then another before it turns into a shapeless rainbow puddle. Despite the effort, a long-lasting effect seems to only work by punishing us with a freezing headache, or “the rocky horror picture show” of a colorful tongue. It was nothing but fun to show and share a bloody-red tongue or a bluish-purple tongue with each other when we were children.

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We are now the official water of the Yomiuri Giants!

We are now the official water of the Yomiuri Giants!

May 08, 2017

The Japanese professional baseball team, the Yomiuri Giants announced that Hawaiian Springs Water is now the official water of the team! It is the first time for the Yomiuri Giants to designate an official water.

Now our island blue bottles will be stocked up in the bullpen during their official matches, and replenish the team with an abundance of Hawai‘i!

The Yomiuri Giants is the oldest professional baseball team in Japan and won the most championships (twenty-two times) in the Japan Series, sending out many star players including a MLB player, Hideki Matsui.

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The Blooming Street Art of Honolulu – Pow! Wow! Hawai'i and More

The Blooming Street Art of Honolulu – Pow! Wow! Hawai'i and More

May 08, 2017

Have you ever experienced that your daily scenery suddenly became a little more colorful and cheerful to your eyes? Somehow you are capturing more colors and lights than usual, while walking your dog in the same old neighborhood or driving down on the same dull commuting route. You find yourself indescribably feeling positive and uplifted, and a series of questions circle around in your mind: “Am I in love?” “Did I just come back from a much-needed long vacation??”

Either way, it is a welcoming feeling to me as it adds some vibe to my day, and I have been tricked by this mind-boosting experience in Kaka‘ako for quite some time. Well, it was not a new love nor vacation, but it was Pow! Wow! Hawai'i’s murals! The artists, both local and international, have been physically painting Kaka‘ako’s scenery with their edgy graffiti, adding confetti of colors to our lives.

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Koa, The Most Prized Possession

Koa, The Most Prized Possession

April 27, 2017

Koa means “ Warrior” in Hawaiian.
The warriors in the time of King Kamehameha the Great made their weaponry and mighty canoes out of tall endemic Acacia trees that grew thick in the forests of the Big Island. They fought their fearless battles for the King and swept through the neighboring islands. Native Hawaiians started associating the image of these wooden weapons which included sharktoothed daggers, pikes, spears, as well as their mighty canoes, to these invincible warriors, and the endemic Acacia trees became known as “Koa”, the symbol of fearlessness, boldness or bravery.

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A Prince for the People – Remembering Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole

A Prince for the People – Remembering Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole

April 07, 2017

Just like Hawaii itself, there is something very special about the last prince of Hawaii, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole. The irresistible charm of his as a person is seen in every picture of him and felt in the hearts of many through the written records as if he is actually talking to you. It was his signature smile which gave him his famous nickname “Prince Cupid” throughout his entire life. Combined with his impeccable academic and athletic prowess as well as his charismatic presence and influence of being the only royalty and first native Hawaiian in the U.S. congress, he left a stellar impression everywhere he went. What he is remembered for most is his unparalleled compassion and support throughout his life for his people to regain their pride and strength as Hawaiian. People called the Prince as “Ke Ali`i Maka`ainana” (the Prince of the People). He didn’t become a king after all, but he was the true Ali‘i (chief) who never stopped fighting the battles for the rights of the Hawaiian people.

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Mark Twain's Voyage to the Kingdom of Hawaii

Mark Twain's Voyage to the Kingdom of Hawaii

March 17, 2017

On the Sunday morning of March 18th, 1866, a powerful fast steamer, the Ajax docked into Honolulu Harbor safely after a 10-day sea voyage from San Francisco. Receiving a cheerful welcome of gliding albatross from up above and a crowd of flying-fish in front of their decks, passengers watched the green valleys and swaying palm trees gradually coming into their views. Church bells tolled in the distance.

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Lookout for New Life - Watch Whales from the Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse!

Lookout for New Life - Watch Whales from the Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse!

March 06, 2017

Every year, on the first Saturday of January, February and March, those who are allured by the giant humpback whales, gather together on their outposts throughout the islands. Their serious gazes are glued on the glaring sea spanning out its full panoramic view in front of them. Their binoculars move slowly and quietly like an experienced hunter who would never disturb the animal until “the moment” comes. When the moment arrives, a white whiff arises miles away; a pack of humpbacks are here, breaching. Instead of mustering its crews with ropes and tools for attack, they muster their notebooks and pens. They are ‘hunting’ for whales with their eyes only, just counting.

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Kalo (Taro), Rooted in the Hearts of Hawai’i

Kalo (Taro), Rooted in the Hearts of Hawai’i

February 20, 2017

Like many of you, I never get tired of seeing the multitudes of greenery in the islands. It could be the distant peaks of velvety mountain ranges from a window, ferns crouching through a pathway to the trunks of bulky trees or the constant-hula movement of tall palm trees in the air. Among the many greens composing the island scenery, what I cherish the most are those super-sized tropical leaves.

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A Glimmer of Hope for the Hawaiian Monk Seal Population!

A Glimmer of Hope for the Hawaiian Monk Seal Population!

February 20, 2017

Upon the arrival of the year of the Fire Rooster last week, the Islands have received awakening great news for the state of the Hawaiian monk seal population. According to the latest assessment by the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the population of this critically endangered marine mammal from Hawaiian has been increasing 3 percent annually in the past three years; now estimated to be 1,427 seals in the wild! And there is a reason why this figure gives us a little gasp of joy.

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Aloha President Obama

Aloha President Obama

January 20, 2017

There are only a few days left before President Barack Obama leaves the White House this Friday. Because he was born and spent his boyhood here in the Aloha State, it’s no surprise that we feel close to him during his family vacations on this island. But it’s more from unassuming buildings and sites that compose our everyday scenery here in Oahu that brings him close to home.

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Lit Up for Her Majesty: The ‘Iolani Palace’s Evening Tour adorned with Royal Dresses

Lit Up for Her Majesty: The ‘Iolani Palace’s Evening Tour adorned with Royal Dresses

January 09, 2017

On the most remote island in the Pacific, there is one special evening every year that many are enchanted by the royal flair long after the sun goes down. The ‘Iolani Place, the royal residence of the Hawaiian monarch, is lit up for a special evening event. As if it became a beacon for its guests, the Palace glows in its own light and sends out soft music chords into the surrounding air. In the quiet neighborhood in downtown, Honolulu, guests arrived from all over the island, forming long lines from the entrance to the outside gate. Some donned in intricately woven hats with rare bird feathers, others wore strands of iridescent island shells on their necks. The most noticeable of all was a flat soled footwear worn by many of the guest, called “slippers”, “flip-flops” or “zoris”. The date was December 28th, 2016.

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The Melting "Poke" Theory

The Melting "Poke" Theory

December 21, 2016

One of the rituals that I would never skip on when I travel somewhere new, is to visit the local supermarkets. Regular shoppers, unfamiliar packaging, odd-looking fruits… Just being in the space makes me feel a little closer to the local culture. There are some regulars who dart into the section and pick up their usual fixes, most of the time, the popular items which are selling fast. I spend most of my time roaming around but it is always in the pre-cooked food section. As I step closer to the counter and ask for a sample, sometimes I get a jackpot, but on other times, I carry the aftertaste of an unaccustomed foreign flavor for the rest of the day. Either way, it still gives me an eye-opening moment for sure.

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Season’s 'Shaka' from Hawai‘i

Season’s 'Shaka' from Hawai‘i

December 06, 2016 1 Comment

During this time of the year, the Honolulu’s traffic gets very hectic regardless of the day or time. More cars and people are on the road to wrap up the year’s end, conclude school work, or hurry up with their much-needed holiday shopping. Cars and buses form a beeline to the malls, the holiday craft fairs, or other destinations, sharing the heat of the season with fellow islanders. Despite the extra stress from the busy streets, there is only one place where I don’t mind being forced to slow down. This special place would be on S. King Street in front of Honolulu Hale (City Hall)! 

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The Lei, An Infinite Circle of Aloha

The Lei, An Infinite Circle of Aloha

November 28, 2016

It is still one of my best childhood memories that I cherish in my heart even after many years have passed by. A big strand of yellow plumeria lei placed on my neck upon my arrival at the airport. A slightly dewy and velvety feeling against my nape, the sweet island smell instantly shrouding in my world…my sister and I shrieked and danced around as if we received a gold medal.

A weary feeling of jet lag was long gone, and a lingering discord from trivial arguments such as who’s going to take the window seat were amended, from the shared joy of a welcoming lei. And it was the same for hundreds of others who arrived from all over the world. Everyone was welcomed. Everyone was smiling, both the givers and the receivers.

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Disney Moana Soundtrack + Hawaiian Springs Giveaway!

Disney Moana Soundtrack + Hawaiian Springs Giveaway!

November 23, 2016

Hawaiian Springs is teaming up with Disney to give away the new Disney Moana soundtrack + a case of Hawaiian Springs (500ml 24 count) to 5 lucky winners each week up until Christmas!

The soundtrack to the new Disney film, MOANA, is available now! Featuring music from - Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa‘i, Mark Mancina and end credit tracks performed by Alessia Cara and Jordan Fisher. Order at http://disneymusic.shop.musictoday.com!

Make sure to check out Disney's Moana featuring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson & Auli'i Cravalho now in theaters!

Enter here!

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All Hawaii Stand Together

All Hawaii Stand Together

November 18, 2016

The Kamehameha children's choir rehearsing with Brother Noland and Friends for tomorrow's Hawaiian Classics show at the Hawai'i Theatre. Sponsored by Hawaiian Springs, tickets available at the Theatre's website...

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Hoʻoilo Season Has Come!

Hoʻoilo Season Has Come!

November 18, 2016

In the Hawaiian calendar, a year is divided into two seasons: Kau, the warmer dry season which lasts for eight lunar months and Hoʻoilo, the cooler wet season which lasts for four lunar months. The arrival of Hoʻoilo season is marked by the first appearance of the Makali'i or Pleiades, a blue cluster of stars in the eastern horizon after the sunset. This usually happens on Nov, 17th of every year. After confirming a thin crest of the Hilo moon, the first phase of a new moon, slits into the night sky, it is official.  

During this time of year, we are gifted with more rain. Instead of warm-colored foliage covering the hills and mountains, in Hawaii, we welcome new growth sprouting out from the soil, turning all the islands ever greener. Streams become more alive, and ponds invite more Koloa (Hawaiian ducks) with abundant water. Ancient Hawaiians planted taro, banana, and sweet potato in this season, being grateful for Lono, the god of harvest, rain and fecundity.

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The Hawaiian Classics: Brother Noland

The Hawaiian Classics: Brother Noland

November 17, 2016

This Saturday Nov. 19, catch @brothernoland at #HawaiiTheatre for #HawaiianSprings presents the Hawaiian Classics. You'll get to hear music from his latest album in "Coconut Girl Revealed" plus a lineup of special guests including Henry Kapono, John Cruz and more!

Tickets available at hawaiitheatre.com

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Disney's Moana Premiere

Disney's Moana Premiere

November 17, 2016

Hawaiian Springs is proud to have sponsored Disney's Moana Premiere that took place on Hollywood Blvd. at Disney's El Capitan Theatre. Main characters Dwayne Johnson & Auli'i Carvalho were there amongst many other A-list celebrities.

The Moana celebrates the rich history of Polynesian ocean voyaging cultures. Make sure you check out our photos as well as see the Moana in theaters November 23, 2016!

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Sneak peak of Disney's Moana

Sneak peak of Disney's Moana

November 13, 2016

Hawaiian Springs is proud to sponsor Disney's Moana Premiere, tomorrow at the El Capitan theatre in Hollywood! Enjoy this sneak peak of "We Know the Way."

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Hawaiian Springs is the Official Sponsor for the World Premiere of Disney's MOANA!!

Hawaiian Springs is the Official Sponsor for the World Premiere of Disney's MOANA!!

November 08, 2016

We can't wait for the premiere of MOANA!! 🌺

The music, the story, the culture, and Hawaiʻi's own Auliʻi Cravalho and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson!!

So much excitement!!

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