Awesome Hand-Crafted Spirits and Beer Skillfully Made in Maui

Organic spirits, super-creative cocktails, craft beers, boutique wines – specialty drinks are a thing!  The Hawaiian Islands have known about hand-crafted alcoholic drinks since 1790. We cannot describe the very first distilled liquor as a specialty drink, but it caught on very quickly. The origin of the island’s first liquor happened to be with one… Read more »

A Small, But Absolutely Mighty Island That Shows the Way

Kaho’olawe is the smallest main island in the Hawaiian chain.  But don’t let that fool you. It is small but mighty, a 45 square mile island that has endured an unimaginable, punishing past. The good news is that today it is making a huge comeback. This May marks the 28th year since the return of… Read more »

Tattooing – A Gift to the World from Hawai’i and Polynesia

When I tell someone that the art and practice of Tattooing first originated in Polynesia and Hawai’i, people do not believe me.  However, it is true. The art form of Tattooing was utterly unknown in the western world before Captain Cook’s first voyages through Polynesia and Hawai’i.  Even the word, Tattoo, is one of a… Read more »

3 Yearly Visitors to Hawai’i That Fly 3000+ Miles Each Way

The Hawaiian Islands have many visitors who come every year.  Some use their wings to fly here while others swim. The North Pacific Humpback Whales have one of the longest annual migrations of any animal, swimming between the food-rich Alaskan waters and the warmer breeding waters of Hawai’i.  The Pacific Golden Plover also makes this… Read more »

Beautiful Fruit and Vegetables Ready to Eat Year-Round

One of the great things about living in the sub-tropics, particularly Hawai’i, is that you can get leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables year-round at farmers markets and roadside stands.  Many fruit and vegetable varieties actually produce fresh food all year in Hawai’i. However, a few types are seasonal. For example, there are over 100 varieties… Read more »