How The Hawaiian Islands Were Created and Other Volcano Magic

Hawai’i is full of superlatives.  Stunning sunsets, giant waves with excellent surfers, magnificent rainbows, the world’s tallest mountain… wait!  What? The worlds’ tallest mountain? What about Mount Everest?  If you measure Mauna Kea on the Big Island from the seafloor to the summit, it is 33,500 feet high, while Mt. Everest is only 29,029 feet… Read more »

The Thrill and Excitement of Traditional Games During the Hawaiian New Year

Centuries before the European sea-faring explorers discovered Hawai’i, the people living on these islands had already developed a great New Year’s tradition.  This tradition is called Makahiki. The Makahiki preparations, ceremonies, and celebrations were extensive. This special time of the year lasted from October through January. Four months were needed for all the activities that… Read more »

Aunty Nona – Giving Us the Gift of the Essence of Aloha

Today, we continue our Kūpuna Series, bringing you stories of the elders who convey the heart and soul of Hawai’i. As I begin writing this, I am reflecting on the many unique opportunities I have had during my 30-plus years of studying Hawaiiana*, to be in the presence of the remarkable Kūpuna.  One of my… Read more »

How Hawaii’s Anthurium Became Its Most Popular Bouquet Flower!

  Anthurium flowers never fail to mystify people.  From this day since they were first introduced people ask if they are real.  These stunning flowers were brought to Hawai’i from London in 1889 by Samuel Damon. Their cultivation and propagation went well until the 1970s when a fungal disease first appeared. This pest spread so… Read more »