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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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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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