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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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Eat Healthy, Support Local at Kaka'ako Farmers' Market

Eat Healthy, Support Local at Kaka'ako Farmers' Market

November 08, 2016

During the weekdays, this is the “hot” spot of a new construction activity in town. Tinkering sounds shower down from somewhere up in the sky and neon-yellow dots of workers in the still hollow concrete frames highlight how high they are going up.

On Saturday mornings, it is quite a contrast that you can munch on your favorite food and enjoy live music under the soaring blue sky at Kaka'ako Farmers' Market (Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to noon). The mauka-side parking lot of the Ward Warehouse is literally transformed into a long swath of farmland where you can find a load of Hawaii-grown bounty. It is amazing how much you can learn about Hawaii’s local farms and their sincere dedication to our well-being in a short casual stroll.

As is always the case with anywhere in the Islands, fresh crisp greens are the first-grab for many of us. A packaged green mix or neatly wrapped lettuce goes out fast here too. Pick some bunches of green lettuce and cabbages just arrived from the Big Island at the Kozen Farm’s tent. This is the only place in Oahu where you can taste Kozen’s vibrant greens grown in the rich soil of Waimea.

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A “Wisdom” from the Kūpuna

A “Wisdom” from the Kūpuna

October 30, 2016

The world’s oldest known bird is named “Wisdom,” the Laysan albatross. She has been coming back to the Midway Atoll to lay her egg every year since she was banded on her leg back in 1956. As the Laysan albatross doesn’t start breeding until they reach about 5 years old, this makes her at least a 65-plus years old kūpuna (elderly) and a mom of (an estimate) 40 chicks! Her youngest child has hatched successfully in February this year.

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Jake Shimabukuro "Kawika" Live

Jake Shimabukuro "Kawika" Live

October 11, 2016

Join us this Sunday October 16 at the Hawaii Theatre for the Hawaiian Concert Series: 100th year Kamaka Ukulele Celebration, featuring Jake Shimabukuro! Jake Shimabukuro is a well known ukulele player known for his amazing complex finger work. Today he plays the popular "Kawika" mele

 

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The ‘Ulu’s Never Ending Journey

The ‘Ulu’s Never Ending Journey

October 11, 2016

The journey of the ‘Ulu (breadfruit) to the Hawaiian Islands began as early as 300 A.D. Polynesian people traveled the Pacific by way of their mighty canoes, and the ‘Ulu was the perfect staple food to keep them company during these long sea voyages. An old double-hulled canoe boasted great storage rooms where pigs, dogs and even fowl were the guests onboard. And this was also the perfect place to store the ‘Ulu. Experienced Polynesian seafarers sailed thousands of miles with a solid stash of cut, dried, and fermented ‘Ulu that could last up to three months! It’s no wonder that it was also known as a “canoe plant”.

Originally from Papua New Guinea, the ‘Ulu traveled greatly beyond the Pacific on the ships of the Western explorers as well. Their voyages traced over the strands of precious little Pacific islands where Polynesians had been traveling for thousands of years, and then reached as far as the Caribbean and Africa.

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Paula Fuga "Country Road"

Paula Fuga "Country Road"

October 07, 2016

Today we feature another of our favorites: Paula Fuga in "Country Road" with Jack Johnson.

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Shirokiya Japan Village Walk

Shirokiya Japan Village Walk

October 06, 2016

Shirokiya has been a staple at Ala Moana Center, known for its delicious Japanese food from bentos to ramen, ice cold beer, and a popular pau hana spot for the residents of O'ahu. When you enter Shirokiya, it's as if you left O'ahu for a brief moment and have been transported into the streets of Japan. 

The new Shirokiya Japan Village Walk, that opened earlier this summer, is home to 48 eateries and 900 seating squares with a design that mimics, mozen-machi, a town built near shrines and temples. The perfect place to meet friends, catch up, and enjoy a variety of delicacies.

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Kamaka Ukulele 100th Anniversary Celebration at Hawaii Theatre

Kamaka Ukulele 100th Anniversary Celebration at Hawaii Theatre

October 06, 2016

Leading up to the Oct. 16 Kamaka Ukulele 100th Anniversary Celebration at the Hawaii Theatre, we'll be featuring our favorite songs from performers that will be playing.

Here's Ho'okena with He Wahine U'i:

Literally translated as The Beautiful Wahine, He Wahine U'i is a kolohe song about the love of many different flowers, or sweethearts.

Tickets on sale at hawaiitheatre.com and at the Hawaii Theatre Box office. See you there!

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