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  • April 29, 2016

    Pa'ia: Artistic Oasis, Ocean Paradise

    OKpaiaWhether you’re visiting Pa’ia on vacation, or if you’re headed to Maui’s North Shore for the 2016 8th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a, you’re in for a big treat!

    Just eight miles Northeast from the Kahului Airport sit’s Maui’s #1 favorite beach town, Pa’ia. This historic Maui town has so much aloha flavor exuding from it, you won’t know where to start. As the main hub of the North Shore, Pa’ia is where the community gets together for shopping, dining, bar hopping, dancing, experiencing local culture, perusing art galleries, and otherwise enjoying all Maui life has to offer. [...]

  • April 27, 2016

    What is EVA?


    L1001084 When shopping for leather shoes and other types of footwear, one of the most common questions people ask is about midsoles—specifically, what is EVA?

    EVA, chemically speaking, is Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate, an elastic co-polymer very similar to rubber and also used in household and industrial applications. EVA is considered environmentalyly friendly in that it doesn’t use chlorine in its production, and can be recycled into products such as playgrounds or industrial mats. Because it is man-made and animal friendly, it is commonly used in vegan shoes. [...]

  • April 22, 2016

    5 Best Food Trucks In Maui

    truck3When on Maui, there are a ton of great places to eat ranging from roadside vendors to fine dining. Maui is quickly becoming known for its awesome food truck scene. When sightseeing or taking a break from Maui's amazing beach life, look out for these 5 best food trucks in Maui for fresh eats, innovative menus, and the taste of the islands [...]

  • April 20, 2016

    Hōkūleʻa Lands in South Florida, March 2016


    A familiar sound extends across the sea, landward, to the ears of people walking the beaches last month in South Florida. The sound brings deep feelings of beginnings, of celebration. Standing on the deck of the Hōkūleʻa, a crewmember blows into a pū—the Hawaiian name for conch shell—trumpeting their arrival.

    The Hōkūleʻa is on a Worldwide Voyage, sharing the principles of Mālama Honua—"caring for our Island Earth." She departed Hawaiʻi in May of 2014. The voyage, weaving a "Lei of Hope" around the world, has encompassed 12 countries and over 55 ports to-date. Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, said this voyage presents an opportunity to share stories and indigenous knowledge with people around the world who are engaged in sustainable practices. [...]

  • April 7, 2016

    A Wander Through Waimea

    With a population of fewer than 10,000 residents and only three stoplights, Waimea, locally known as Kamuela, is the largest settlement in the interior of the Big Island of Hawaii. Home of the range-riding paniolo (cowboy), the Paniolo Heritage Center located adjacent the Pukalani Stables on the Waimea rodeo grounds preserves preserves the rich historical heritage of Hawaiian ranching. A wander through Waimea is a trip back in time, a chance to visit with resident artists, an opportunity to explore unique shops, and an enviable epicurean adventure. [...]

  • April 4, 2016

    How to Maintain Leather in Wet Climates

    OK2Naturally water resistant, breathable, and supple, leather is a fantastic material for footwear. Plus, it looks great! Though leather is very well-suited to use in wet climates, if you're not careful, you can cut the productive life of your leather footwear short. Keep these tips in mind, and your new leather shoes will give you many years of service – even in a wet climate. [...]

  • March 30, 2016

    How to De-odorize Your Leather Shoes

    OK2 Congratulations! You own a lovely pair of leather shoes. The good news is that leather is an ideal material for footwear. It's durable, breathable, flexible and dang attractive. The bad news? Once foot odors settle in, it can be a challenge to evict them. Keep a few simple tricks in mind, and you can prevent your shoes from getting funky, and freshen them up if they're getting a little “ripe.” [...]

  • March 25, 2016

    53rd Merrie Monarch Hula Festival – A Glorious Celebration Of Aloha Spirit

    OKMM “Hula is the language of the heart, therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.” ~ King David Kalākaua –Born 1836 – King of the Kingdom from 1874-1891

    The Merrie Monarch Festival, held each year in March at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium in Hilo, unites the finest performing hula halau (hulu dance troops), from throughout the islands and around the world, in a colorful celebration of aloha spirit and Hawaiian art and culture. [...]

  • March 23, 2016

    From Aloha to Wahine: A Dictionary of Hawaiian Terms

    OKHawaiian is a fun language; it’s a cool language. It seems the older a language is, the less complicated, and Hawaiian dates back 1,800 years to 300 AD when explorers from the Marquesas first landed on the islands they called Owhyhee. [...]

  • March 18, 2016

    The Eddie Goes Big, and Some Say Brock's Spirit Was Behind It

    Waimea Bay roared for the ninth running of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, aka "The Eddie." The winter of 2015/2016 will go down in history as one of the wildest in the history of big-wave surfing. For most of the Pacific, the energy can be attributed to a meteorological phenomenon called El Niño, which kicked up giant surf from Jaws on Maui to Mavericks in California and back to Oahu, where a giant swell swept into Waimea Bay on February 25 and dared 24 of the world’s best surfers to go steep and deep. [...]

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