Category: Family

Nā Keiki o Puʻuhonua o Waiʻanae

“Puʻuhonua o Waiʻanae” is the adopted name of the Waianae Harbor Village, a community of over 200 men, women, families and children living under cover of trees and brush near the Waianae Boat Harbor. Unlike homeless encampments in urban Honolulu that are displaced every few weeks, the Waiʻanae village has co-existed mostly peacefully...

Videos: Mililani High School Chorus

I’m a proud alumnus of Mililani High School, and this year, I’m also a proud parent of a Mililani High School senior. My daughter Katie is developing a passion for the performing arts, and joined both the MHS theater and chorus programs. Of course that means year-end performances before family and...

Energy Fun Fair in Kapolei Tomorrow

An up-and-coming community in Kapolei is hosting a free Energy Fun Fair tomorrow, highlighting energy efficiency and local technology, while giving residents their first look at the neighborhood. Not to be confused with Hawaiian Electric’s Clean Energy Fair, held in September for the 12th year, the Energy Fun Fair is the...

Family Sunday Features Duke Kahanamoku

Bishop Museum’s popular “Family Sunday” will celebrate Hawaii’s most celebrated surfer and athlete, Duke Kahanamoku. The museum grounds will be buzzing with educational activities, informational booths featuring local community groups, live music, and food trucks and food booths. As noted here in August, Bishop Museum unveiled an original historical and multimedia...

SOEST to Showcase Earth Sciences This Weekend

Kids and families will get to explore Pacific rim earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, deep sea creatures and Mars rocks at the SOEST Open House this weekend. The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology hosts an open house every other year, its 2013 event drawing over 7,600 people. “Students and families...

12th Annual Clean Energy Fair Set for Saturday

The first Clean Energy Fair, organized by Hawaiian Electric, was held in 2004. And over a decade ago, clean energy was not nearly the hot topic it is today. Across the islands, wind was only generating about 7 million kilowatt hours of electricity back then, and we were getting less than a...

Chinese Festival Celebrates the Harvest Moon

Chinese Festival Celebrates the Harvest Moon

This weekend, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii is organizing its first Moon Festival, calling it the largest such festival in the state. The fall full moon has been celebrated by cultures around the world for centuries. The mid-autumn festival (中秋節) is a holiday in China, and is similarly celebrated...

Gallery: Yamanashi Club Annual Picnic

Every Labor Day weekend, the Yamanashi Kyoyukai Friendship Club holds its annual picnic at McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Beach Park. My dad Walter has been part of the club leadership for over a decade, and he and his wife Gayle have worked hard to ensure it continues and keeping it a...

Gallery: iTrampoline Hawaii in Kapolei

Last weekend our youngest son celebrated his 11th birthday at iTrampoline Hawaii in Kapolei. I was impressed, as he researched possible venues and picked the spot all on his own. And I had never heard of the place. Trampoline parks are a thing on the mainland, of course, but I wasn’t...

Gallery: Biggest Little Airshow

Today was my youngest son Alex’s 11th birthday, and thanks to Anne Murata of the Pacific Aviation Museum and Burt Lum and his Bytemarks Meetup Group, we were able to mark the occasion with a memorable visit to historic Ford Island in Pearl Harbor at the 8th annual “Biggest Little...

Gallery: Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bon Dance

With the otoba come and gone, and the formal obon services complete, this weekend brought the annual bon dance at the Jodo Mission of Hawaii. There was a little rain tonight, but as always there was a lot of music, dancing, tasty food, and fun little games for kids. The Friday night...

‘Biggest Little Airshow’ No Small Affair

Airplanes from many eras in aviation will be on display and featured in flight at the Pacific Aviation Museum’s 8th annual “Biggest Little Airshow” on historic Ford Island this weekend. From military aircraft to vintage biplanes to fighter jets, pilots will prove they have the right stuff with takeoffs and...

Video: Flying with Hang Gliding Hawaii

  Back in May, I wrote about how Eric Nakamoto put everything on the line to learn to fly, buy a state-of-the-art ultralight powered trike, and bring it back to Hawaii to start Hang Gliding Hawaii. Even though he sought me out as part of a blogger outreach campaign, offering...

Gallery: 8th Annual Hawaii Geek Meet

A wonderful mix of creators, designers, thinkers, teachers and seekers turned out today for the Hawaii Geek Meet, despite an early storm threat and a less than stellar weather forecast (provided personally by Dan Cooke). This year, two dozen different groups were represented — some by one person with smiles and business...

Otoba Stand as a Spiritual Sign of Summer

One of the hallmarks of summer in Hawaii are bon dances, a Buddhist custom that has gone mainstream in the islands, evolving into inclusive, family-friendly neighborhood festivals that celebrate Japanese culture. (There are also lantern floating ceremonies, usually at the end of obon season.) But in the days before temples come alive with dancing, singing,...

Lantern Floating Hawaii 2015

Gallery: Shinnyo-en Lantern Floating

Every Memorial Day, the Shinnyo-en Buddhist sect stages one of the largest and most visually stunning public tributes to the dead. This year was the 16th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony, a unique merging of an American day of remembrance for fallen military members and the Japanese tradition of tōrō nagashi....

Take the Survey!

Please Take my Daughter’s Energy Survey!

How much energy do you use in your household, and how much do you pay for your electricity? I’m asking for my daughter. Katie is a junior at Mililani High School, my alma mater. Considering that my uncle Gordon was once principal there, I’m kind of glad to see a...

Hawaii Comic & Toy Expo 2015

Comic & Toy Expo Returns with Fun & Funko

Sunday, May 3 is Star Wars Day Eve, and a great day to check out the 2015 Hawaii Comic & Toy Expo at the Ala Moana Hotel. It takes a lot of courage, creativity, hustling and straight-up hard work to organize an event. But calendars of days past are littered...

Sunday is Mom’s Day with Moms In Hawaii

Mother’s Day is more than two weeks away, but it’s never too early to celebrate moms. Or, in the case of Sunday’s “Mom-o-Rama,” to give a bunch of mothers a chance to get together and enjoy themselves. The “Mom-o-Rama” is a partnership between Moms in Hawaii, founded by friend and super-mom...