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.
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!
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...
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.
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
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!
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!!
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.
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
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.
Today we feature another of our favorites: Paula Fuga in "Country Road" with Jack Johnson.
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!
The Hawaii Mamo bird is a tiny black honeycreeper with golden yellow feather accents on its shoulder, tail coat and legs. Because of its deeper hue of yellow, Mamo’s yellow feathers were much more valued and used to plait the magnificent feathered ornaments which were reserved only for the ali‘i (chief) and high-ranking warriors in Hawai‘i.
Endemic to the Island of Hawai‘i, the bird is now extinct due to the change of their habitat. Some reports indicate that the last time the Mamo was observed, was in Kaumana (Hilo) in 1895.