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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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Mementos of a Thriving Ecosystem in Old Hawaiʻi

Mementos of a Thriving Ecosystem in Old Hawaiʻi

October 03, 2016

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.

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Aloha Festival Ho'olaulea 2016

Aloha Festival Ho'olaulea 2016

September 18, 2016

The 64th Annual Aloha Festival Hoʻolaulea took place last night on the busy streets of Waikīkī. Known to be the largest block party in Hawaiʻi, the night was filled with ʻono food, live music, beautiful hula, and an array of lei, crafts, and vendors.

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Hawaiian Springs Presents the Hawaiian Classics

Hawaiian Springs Presents the Hawaiian Classics

September 12, 2016

Starting September 2016, Hawaiian Springs and the Hawaii Theatre are presenting a monthly concert series at the Historic Hawaii Theatre. Each performance showcases a Hawaii Music Legend playing traditional and contemporary Hawaiian Classics. Expect to see special guests and hula halaus join in. You won’t want to miss a single show. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Theatre box office or online at www.hawaiitheatre.com.

Built in 1921, and lovingly restored in 1996, the Hawaii Theatre has played a significant role in Honolulu’s cultural scene for nearly a century. Listed on the State and national Register of Historic Places, “The Pride of the Pacific’s” opulent auditorium, with its excellent acoustics and perfect sight lines, is the ideal venue to enjoy these not-to-be-missed shows.

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Dodgers All Access 2016

Dodgers All Access 2016

September 08, 2016

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.

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Hawaii Summer 2016

Hawaii Summer 2016

September 08, 2016

Some of the best footage from this summer from our friends at Ryzone Media!

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Purified vs Natural

Purified vs Natural

August 30, 2016

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.

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Moʻolelo Monday: The Honolulu Zoo

Moʻolelo Monday: The Honolulu Zoo

August 22, 2016

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? 

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Dodgers Foundation & Fernando Valenzuela at Darby Park

Dodgers Foundation & Fernando Valenzuela at Darby Park

August 22, 2016

The Dodgers Foundation hosted a meet and greet with Fernando Valenzuela at Darby Park in Inglewood, CA.  Valenzuela is a former MLB pitcher from the 80's that played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had a career record of 173-153 and a 3.54 ERA.

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Know Your Source Series

Know Your Source Series

August 02, 2016

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.'

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Moʻolelo Monday - Diamond Head

Moʻolelo Monday - Diamond Head

August 01, 2016

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.

Share your favorite pictures of Diamond Head with us by using #MooleloMonday!

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Hawaiian Springs Wins Gold at Fine Water Tasting Competition

Hawaiian Springs Wins Gold at Fine Water Tasting Competition

July 15, 2016

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!

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First Lady of Waikīkī - Moʻolelo Monday

First Lady of Waikīkī - Moʻolelo Monday

July 11, 2016

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...

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4th of July at Waimea Bay

4th of July at Waimea Bay

July 08, 2016

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!

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Da Hui 38th Annual 4th of July Paddle

Da Hui 38th Annual 4th of July Paddle

July 05, 2016

Over 600 competitors raced from Sunset Beach & Turtle Bay to Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu to celebrate the 4th of July.

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The Legend of Naupaka

The Legend of Naupaka

June 21, 2016

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.

 

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5 Facts About Kamehameha The Great

5 Facts About Kamehameha The Great

June 10, 2016

Graduating from Kamehameha Schools, I've been fortunate to learn about Kamehameha and what he stood for. Kamehameha Day is a parade that was established on December 22, 1871 by King Kamehameha V in order to honor the memory of King Kamehameha 'The Great' who unified the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. Here are 5 interesting facts about the life of Kamehameha.

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Albertsons Markets in CA & the SW

Albertsons Markets in CA & the SW

May 31, 2016

We’re excited to announce that Hawaii’s Finest Water is now available to shoppers in the West and Southwest U.S. at Albertsons Markets in two sizes.  Depending on the state, customers will now be able to find 750mL, 1 Liter, or the 1.5 Liter size of Hawaiian Springs Natural Artesian water at 295 stores in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona and West Texas.  We can’t wait to see what they think about the world class water’s sourced from the Big Island of Hawaii.

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