In ancient times, the Hawaiian people followed a healthy lifestyle that included physical fitness gained through labor and sport, a well-rounded and nutrient-rich diet, fastidious personal hygiene and pride in grooming. In fact, when Westerners (malihini) first visited the islands, they were so impressed they made written record commenting on the Hawaiian people’s incredible strength, beauty, grace, brilliant white smiles, overall cleanliness, and meticulous grooming. They described the island natives as a people of elegant carriage, glowing golden brown, blemish-free skin, dark piercing eyes and thick flowing hair with an outstanding level of physical fitness, giants among common men. In fact, skeletal remains gleaned from ancient burial grounds indicate that many of the early Hawaiians were over eight feet tall. [...]
June 2, 2016
May 31, 2016
If you haven't already, pick up a copy of June's Outside Magazine and flip over to pages 64-69. The gracious eds over at Outside must have really digged our summer styles. Good to hear because we're dig it too. Thanks Outside for the sweet pickup!
May 27, 2016
World-famous for their incredible natural beauty, the islands of Hawaii offer jungle covered cliffs, canyons, ravines, rainforests, deserts, some of the most active volcanoes in the world, unique fauna and flora found nowhere else on earth, the wettest spot in the world, and some of the planets highest and most scenic waterfalls. [...]
May 24, 2016
Despite being known worldwide for its leather sandals, OluKai has also made a name for itself in leather boots. Taking the comfort of a leather sandal and creating a leather boot that is just as stylish was no easy feat, but it's what we do here.
Here’s a quick rundown of what to look for in a leather boot. [...]
May 19, 2016
There are far more spectacular towns in Hawaii than six, but here we'll stick with a sampling. As you're about to pack three pair of your OluKai sandals (slippahs, if you're in the know) for a trip to Hawai'i, know that in true island spirit we are dying to linger and talk story with each town. Curbing one's storytelling—talking in snapshots—when there's so much to tell can prove challenging around the Hawaiian luau, but such is the way of the modern world. Now, where will you go? [...]
May 17, 2016
With a worldwide reputation for some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, Hawaii’s beaches are also among the most dangerous in the world. Never turn your back on the unforgiving sea. Monster waves, strong currents, shore hazards, and life-threatening sea creatures can turn a dream vacation into a nightmare. [...]
May 12, 2016
Steeped in mystery and mysticism, the shark-shaped Hawaiian Island of Molokai, fifth largest and least developed of the eight inhabited islands in the 136-island chain, rises like an elegant emerald set in a sapphire sea. Molokai is just ten miles wide and only 38 miles from end to end. Showcasing many of nature’s most spectacular wonders, Molokai is home to Hawaii’s highest waterfall and largest collection of native-crafted fishponds, the world’s highest sea cliffs, deeply hidden coves, Hawaii’s longest fringe coral reef, lush rainforests, rolling sand dunes, and miles and miles of isolated golden sand beaches. [...]
May 10, 2016
As we all know, OluKai has become of the most successful footwear giants in the retail marketplace. This isn’t just due to exceptional design, creative product development and excellent marketing. For over 10 years, and since day one, OluKai has made a point of giving back to the community and supporting Hawaiian culture. OluKai does this with their deep respect for the Hawaiian Islands through many diverse giveback campaigns, community donations and the desire to be more than just an ethical manufacturer. [...]
May 5, 2016
Once the home of Hawaiian royalty, the quaint seaside harbor town of Kailua features a sacred temple complex lovingly restored by King Kamehameha the Great. Kona refers to the district, not the town. Locals call the village Kailua-Kona to distinguish Big Island’s Kailua town from Kailua town on O’ahu. Kailua-Kona is known for breathtaking sunsets, world-famous Kona coffee, whale watching, and long lazy hours gazing out to sea.
Known for silvered clouds, golden sun, soft rains, and gentle “Kona Winds” that blow in from the Southwest, Kailua-Kona is the major urban center on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii. Kailua-Kona is where King Kamehameha the Great established his royal kingdom. The Big Island is the first island, and for many Hawaiians, the Big Island remains the real Hawai’i.
History Of Hulihe’e Palace
In 1812, after the islands were consolidated, King Kamehameha returned to his ancestral home in Kailua-Kona, making it the headquarters for the royal kingdom. King Kamehameha lived out the last days of his life in Kona within the royal residence, dying in Hulihe’e Palace in 1819. Not long after King Kamehameha’s death, his son King Kamehameha II relocated the royal court to Honolulu, then Lahaina before finally moving the court once again back to Honolulu, leaving Hawai’I governed by Kuakini.
During Princesses Ruth’s ownership of the property, the palace became a family retreat. The home was subsequently purchased by King Kalakaua and remained a family vacation home. The home was eventually sold in 1914, by his adopted son, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole, to Bathsheba Allen. Allen died within a month of the purchase and never lived in the palace.
Nestled in the very heart of Kailua, in Kona District, the royal palace is located on Ali’i (Royal) Drive. Hulihe’e Palace is also revered as the home of a sacred ancient battlefield where warriors fought fierce battles for their land and a way of life, and lost. Those warriors are now considered ghosts that wander the midnight reef, often rumored to be seen on nights of the full moon when the tides are high. They fish for ono and talk story to locals who will listen.
For more than ten years the property was neglected and left in disrepair as the jungle reclaimed the once elegant mansion. In the mid 1920’s, the Daughters of Hawaii negotiated a lease on the property and began restoring the royal residence. Today the palace, restored as a museum and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, is open to the public.
Kailua-Kona holds the historic distinction of being the location where King Kamehameha’s successor, King Liholiho, abolished and officially broke the sacred ancient system of kapu or “things forbidden,” by sitting, talking, and eating in the presence of women.
First Christian Church In the Hawaiian Islands
On April 4, 1820, when he allowed the first missionaries to come ashore, King Liholiho, although he probably didn’t know it at the time, forever changed the future of the islands. The first Christian Church in the Hawaiian island was established at Mokuaikaua in 1820.
The best way to explore Kailua’s historic main street, Ali’I Drive, is on foot. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Designated as a Hawai’I scenic byway with the official title of “Royal Steps Along The Kona Coast”, the route offers spectacular ocean vistas, shaded sugar sand beaches, a rich diversity of more than two dozen historical and archaeological sites, and an impressive array of dining, drink and shopping opportunities.
Visitors can experience upcountry Kona at the old Keauhou Store. Established in 1919, the charming store proudly displays merchandise from the past as well as Kona coffee, fresh cookies, art and local crafts.
May 3, 2016
Floating peacefully, a brilliant colored floral lei on an azure sea, the Hawaiian Islands are a paradise immersed with a rich historical heritage, ethic diversity, fabulous food, breathtaking beauty, and an ever-evolving diversity of spectacular vistas and landscapes. [...]