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  • 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. [...]

  • March 16, 2016

    Ask a Tropical Meteorologist Part One: What Makes the Eddie Go?

    photo-1444136723005-b0f64ef04accThe 2015/2016 El Niño winter has sent plenty of swell puling through the Pacific. Despite all the energy, the most prestigious big wave contest in the world, The Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau, has not run. To shine some light on the relationship between El Niño and The Eddie, we interviewed University of Hawaii meteorologist, Chris Holloway. [...]

  • March 7, 2016

    “Cultural Harmony, Journey to Peace” : Honolulu Festival

    photo credit: Honolulu Festival Foundation photo credit: Honolulu Festival Foundation

    Hawaii’s premier cultural event, the annual Honolulu Festival, celebrates ethnic harmony and economic cooperation between the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific Rim region. Established in 1994, the prestigious event draws thousands of new and returning spectators seeking an enjoyable experience beyond Hawaii. [...]

  • February 25, 2016

    A Satisfied Soul: Aloha Ambassador Brock Little, 1967-2016

    Brock and cheese 0001946-029Brock Little was Hawaiian by heart and soul, but not by birth nor blood. He looked Hawaiian— dark and fit and fierce—and he lived Hawaiian, getting in street fights and betting on the rooster fights. And Brock could bust out pidgin in a way that would make a Waianae kid nod approval, but inspire all his haole friends to say, “Huh?” [...]

  • February 23, 2016

    Toward the Mountains. Toward the Sea: Matt and Roxy of Wooden Wave and Their Olu'kai Artwork

    IMG_3040 copyLana Lane is an artsy little alleyway in Kaka’ako, an industrial area just west of Waikiki that is in the process of being transformed from dusty, inexpensive industrial buildings to high-rise rentals. Tucked away in Lana Lane, you will find an art studio called Wooden Wave, and there most hours of the day are Matt and Roxy Ortiz hard at work, creating. [...]

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