The Sound of the Past, Bringing in the Future

For countless generations, the sound of the pū* would broadcast the arrival of Ali’i*, the beginning of protocols, the coming of canoes, and the setting or rising of the sun. It was even used to call Ke Akua*! In more modern times, it calls a gathering to attention at the beginning of an event, blesses… Read more »

Unique Fashion With Rare and Unusual History – The Aloha Shirt

Like so many traditions in Hawai’i, The Aloha Shirt is deeply rooted in Hawaiian culture and history. Seeing an Aloha Shirt will make most people feel the irresistible pull towards Hawai’i. Everyone has a dream to someday visit or return to these magical islands.   The Aloha Shirt was initially called The Hawaiian Shirt. It was… Read more »

Top 5 Favorite Hawai’i Subscription Boxes for 2020

Subscription Box Companies began in 2004. One of the earliest examples of these companies was called The Sampler. It offered samples of products from independent web-based artists, crafters, zines, and specialty shops. The early subscription box business model worked like this: The company sent you a package every month or 3 (depending on your subscription) … Read more »

Canoe Plants of Hawai’i – 3 Useful Varieties

Before coming to Hawaii, ancient Polynesians had to be very observant to learn and understand the intrinsic value of the items they would carry with them on their long voyage.  Through trial and error, they learned which plants to bring. Plants that could provide what they needed to create and sustain their new life. How… Read more »

Canoe Plants of Hawai’i – What are They?

Plants make life possible on Earth.  They capture the sun’s energy and transform it, like a giant Photovoltaic Solar Panel, into a battery of stored energy we call food. We eat the food and convert it back into energy – to work, play, move, and even to think and feel.  Every culture has its favorite… Read more »

2 Myths of Maui – Legends of The House of the Sun

What is a legend?  It is a story rooted in a historical person, event, or place. Usually, a traditional tale, often regarded as factual, but unauthenticated. A legend is somewhere between history and myth. Like, the legend of King Arthur and Excalibur, the sword King Arthur withdrew from the stone. Hawaiian Legends Ancient Hawaiian legends,… Read more »

House of the Sun – Sacred, Mystical, and Rare

No Matter Our Culture or Heritage, All People are Drawn to the Mountaintop    The mountains are calling and I must go –  John Muir.   I have been to the Mountaintop –  Martin Luther King Jr.  The wind howls but the mountain remains still – Japanese Proverb   Since ancient times, Haleakalā* has been and… Read more »

64 Years – Join in the Paniolo Fun!

Everyone loves a parade! We have heard that saying for ages. When it comes to parades, people on Maui are no different. Especially the residents of Makawao town, where local people have gathered for the last 64 years to participate in a four-day event, the colorful July 4th Paniolo* Parade and Rodeo!  The town spends… Read more »