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.
The Dodgers hosted the annual All Access Event September 1st at Dodger Stadium where participants toured the stadium and enjoyed a buffet dinner on the infield. There they listened to the panelists about the front offices and listened to popular current players share stories about the season.
Of course Hawaiian Springs was there to make sure everyone was properly hydrated.
Part 2 of Know Your Source
When it comes to bottled water, there are two primary categories of water that you should be aware of: Purified and Natural.
Did you know that The Honolulu Zoo is the only zoo in the United States that originated in a King’s grant of royal lands to the people?
Hawaiian Springs has always prided itself on being honest, transparent and authentic.
There's been much in the news lately about bottled water sources from tap water containing chlorine and bottled water processing so we decided to start an educational series called 'Know Your Source.'
Did you know that Diamond Head was the first United States military reservation in Hawaiʻi with Fort Ruger being built directly in the interior of the crater?
Lēʻahi otherwise known as Diamond Head is one of Oʻahu’s defining features that tourists flock to year after year. The crater was given the name Diamond Head by British sailors who thought they had discovered diamonds on the crater’s slopes in the 19th century, however these so-called “diamonds” were shiny olivine that turned out to have no monetary value.
Formed more than 100,000 years ago, the crater was used as a strategic military lookout since the early 1900’s and was named a National Natural Monument in 1968. These days, the crater is home to one of Oahu’s most popular hiking destinations and one of the most iconic landmarks to come out of Hawaii.
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FineWaters and the Fine Water Society, in collaboration with the Water Expo Guangzhou conducted their 2nd annual International Fine Water Tasting Competition in Guangzhou on July 1st 2016.
Over 70 of the World's finest waters participated in the blind taste tests. No processed water or municipal water were admitted to the tasting competition. After all the tasting was done, Hawaiian Springs walked away with the Gold taste award for the Still Category of Low Minerality!
Affectionately called "The First Lady of Waikīkī", this iconic resort embraces true Hawaiian hospitality.
Opening on March 11, 1901, the Moana was the first hotel to call the beautiful and iconic Waikīkī home. Rested upon land that was once home to Hawaiian royalty, the Moana became the center of Waikīkī's growing popularity...
Every year, Da Hui holds an annual paddle race from Turtle Bay & Sunset Beach, culminating at Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu. Over 600 watermen from across the world entered the competition with courses ranging from OC1 world class competitors to the SUPZILLA.
Hawaiian Springs was fortunate enough to be one of the sponsors making sure that all the competitors were well hydrated after their paddle. Check out some of the photographs from the beautiful day at the bay!
Naupaka is a shrub found in the mountains or near the shores of Hawaiʻi beaches that bears glossy green leaves and white flowers that resemble only half of a flower. The legend of these half-flowers come from Kauaʻi and honors the love between two young students, Nanau and Kapaka.
Nanau and Kapaka were haumāna, students, of a hula hālau who were expected to memorize long chants and dances as well as obey strict kapu (prohibitions) and protocols.