Category Archives: Hawaii

Making Tapa Cloth

On a recent weekend I had the opportunity to watch Benjamin at work making tapa (or kapa) cloth. Benjamin talked about the process of making tapa as he carefully pounded a work in progress. Made from the bark of the paper mulberry tree (wauke in Hawai‘i) the resulting cloth was traditionally used for clothing and bedding.

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Local Flavors Everyone Should Try Once

The food scene in Hawaii features some of the nation’s best chefs serving up high-style cuisine. Step away from the four star restaurants and orchid-laced drinks, though, and you’ll find the heart of Hawaii in three favorite dishes. From poi – the dish that visitors love to hate – to loco moco and Spam musubi, […]

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Delve into World War II History on Oahu

Historic Pearl Harbor, site of the infamous attack that drew the United States into World War, is now home to museums and memorials honoring war veterans, lost soldiers and civilians. These moving sites are well worth squeezing into your vacation schedule. USS Arizona Memorial: The final resting place for the 1,777 men who lost their […]

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Sampling Island Delicacies

My friend Kristen over at My Kids Eat Squid, is hosting a giveaway (for bison!) and in her post she asks readers to share one of the most unusual things they’ve eaten. I didn’t have to think back too far for my answer. On a recent youth group camping trip along the Kohala Coast of […]

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Being Party to a Chant

At the base of a hill, the entrance to the ho‘ike site, stood a man lifting his voice in spine tingling chant. Very few of the people on hand were fluent in Hawaiian, but it was clear that this chant was one of greeting, with the visitor asking permission to enter the site.

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Tasty Treats Made in Hawaii

Leaving the Hawaiian Islands behind after a beautiful vacation can be bittersweet. While your bright blue umbrella drink isn’t going to pass customs, you can take the flavor of the islands home with you in the form of some locally sourced, locally made sweet treats. Neatly packaged and ready to go, these cookies, candies, and […]

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Oahu’s Famous Shrimp Trucks

Oahu’s north shore is famous for big wave surfing, but another reason to make the drive to “the country” is for the food. Specifically? Shrimp. The road between Kualoa and the famous surf town of Haleiwa is peppered with Crayola bright shrimp trucks and hand-lettered signs. Just the kind of establishment that visitors might hesitate […]

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Hiking Kalopa State Recreation Area

About an hour’s drive from the famed Kohala Coast resort area and beaches, Kalopa State Recreation Area and Forest Reserve offers visitors a different view of the island.

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Hawaii Brew Pubs Serve Up Island Flavor

If you’re one of those people who seek out microbreweries wherever you go, you’ll be happy to know that even way out here in the Pacific you can find a good brew. Whether your trip brings you to Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, or Kauai, seek out locally flavored ales, IPAs, and porters at these […]

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Find Island Style Kitsch at Hawaii Antique Stores

If you’re one of those people who use the word “antique” as a verb, you’re in luck – there are some great antique shops in Hawaii, though you’ll have to put forth a little bit of effort to find them. Whether you’re shopping for something special or just want to take a peek into the […]

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