Category: Family

Hā: Breath of Life

Hā: Breath of Life

The Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii’s top paid visitor attraction, recently unveiled its new night show, “Hā: Breath of Life.” On Saturday, my wife and I were among a group of people invited by the center to check it out as part of a “social media night.” Our hosts, Lee Britos...

Bon Dance in Makiki This Weekend

Bon Dance in Makiki This Weekend

The Jodo Mission of Hawaii (located in Makiki off S. King St. at 1429 Makiki St.) is holding its annual bon dance on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14 and 15. Dancing begins at 7:30 p.m., but the food concession opens at 5:30 p.m. Though dancing is the main attraction, the...

Hawaiian Hall Grand Reopening

Hawaiian Hall Grand Reopening

The historic Hawaiian Hall at Bishop Museum celebrated its grand reopening this weekend, after the 120-year-old building finally saw its first-ever renovation. The work took over three years and $21 million, but the time, money, and thought spent in Hawaiian Hall’s renewal shines through. Filled with priceless artifacts, the hall...

Host Families Sought for International Students

Host Families Sought for International Students

The non-profit STS Foundation, which works with a network of coordinators to place international students across the country, is looking for host families in Honolulu for two high schoolers for the 2009-2010 academic year. “These students will integrate themselves into a Honolulu area family with the goal of experiencing American...

Waikiki Aquarium Concert Series Announced

Waikiki Aquarium Concert Series Announced

Tickets are now available for the popular Waikiki Aquarium Summer Concert Series, “Ke Kani O Ke Kai,” which brings talented local artists to the aquarium’s cozy and picturesque oceanside lawn. The Thursday night performances offer great music, great food, and great company for the entire family. Thursday, June 18: The...

Haleiwa Farmers Market Debuts

Haleiwa Farmers Market Debuts

One of the island’s most historic and colorful neighborhoods is hosting a new weekly farmers market. The Haleiwa Farmers Market will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday, April 5. Following the blow of a conch shell and a blessing by North Shore kupuna “Aunty Betty,” over 40 vendors will offer...

Meet the Stargazers on Sunday

Meet the Stargazers on Sunday

The University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy is holding its annual Open House this Sunday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s event is a special one, as it’s part of a global “100 Hours of Astronomy” celebration. This year, 2009, is the “International Year of Astronomy,”...

VEX Robotics Championship

VEX Robotics Championship

Hawaii’s first international scholastic robotics competition will be held this week at the Hawaii Convention Center. The Pan Pacific VEX Championship Tournament is bringing 84 middle and high school teams from Hawaii, California, and China to compete on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6. The teams will be separated...

Raw Food Fest on Hawaii Island

Raw Food Fest on Hawaii Island

A four-day celebration of raw food and wellness begins on Thursday on the Big Island. The “Rainbow Raw Games” will fill the Kalani Oceanside Retreat in Pahoa with family-friendly activities and presentations focused on raw food living, spiritual growth, and personal empowerment. The event caught my eye, as my coworker Beth...

Sensational “Saltimbanco”

Sensational “Saltimbanco”

UPDATE: A special $20 discount is propagating on Twitter. If you’re thinking of checking out “Saltimbanco,” be sure to use the special link and save! Acrobats, gymnasts, dancers, a cyclist, a juggler and jester, and hapless subjects pulled from the audience. Around them, a kaleidoscope stage, and behind them, a...

Diamond Head Hike

Diamond Head Hike

Diamond Head Hike from hawaii on Vimeo. Yesterday, I joined my 10-year-old daughter, Katie, on a hike up Diamond Head, one of Hawaii’s most recognizable landmarks and a popular local attraction. The hike was organized by her Girl Scout troop (Hawaii Troop #84), and we were joined by seven other...

Saturday is Museum Day

Saturday is Museum Day

There’s only one thing better than getting into several island museums for the price of one: when the price of admission is free.  This Saturday, Sept. 27 brings “Museum Day,” sponsored by Smithsonian magazine. That means free admission at ten participating museums in Hawaii (and dozens of museums across the...

Fire!

Fire!

My middle child, Zac, had just grumbled that he was bored. He was rolling around on the floor, lamenting that his little brother Alex was off doing his own thing in the next room, when the noisy bunch of kids in the driveway (which included his big sister Katie) suddenly...

Get Ready to Celebrate Palolo Pride

Get Ready to Celebrate Palolo Pride

How well do you know Palolo Valley? I’d wager you don’t know it half as well as its neighbors, Manoa, Kaimuki and Kahala. Once filled with farms, then home to a rock quarry and even a World War II airfield, today’s Palolo is a country-style neighborhood in the middle of...

Rediscover Makiki at ‘Sunset in the Park’

Rediscover Makiki at ‘Sunset in the Park’

Makiki is one of Honolulu’s most densely populated neighborhoods, making Makiki District Park a green jewel in a crowd of high-rises and busy streets. We used to live a block away, and the park was a life saver for our young family. Plenty of people used the park, and its...

Mermaids and More at Art Spree

Mermaids and More at Art Spree

This Saturday brings the “Art Spree” at The Contemporary Museum” in Makiki. In addition to great art, demonstrations, and hands-on crafts for kids, there’ll be live performances… including two shows by Mermaids Hawaii in the museum’s reflecting pool. Other performers include Ringmaster-MC See of Ong King Arts Center, Wally Amos...

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Honolulu’s best bargain for book buffs has begun! The Friends of the Library annual book sale at McKinley High School runs through Sunday, July 6 (though they’re taking July 3 and 4 off). It’s an unmatched literary treasure trove — refreshed daily — of used and out-of-circulation books… often including...

Supporters Seek to Save the Parade

Supporters Seek to Save the Parade

the Aloha Festivals floral parade has delighted locals and visitors alike for more than 60 years. But the loss of Hawaiian Airlines’ title sponsorship means the annual tradition is in jeopardy. Some Waikiki residents and businesses have been known to be annoyed at the number of parades that come down...

Flavors of Honolulu Festival Begins Friday

Flavors of Honolulu Festival Begins Friday

Save your appetite and round up the kids, this weekend brings the second-annual “Flavors of Honolulu” festival on the Honolulu municipal grounds (near Honolulu Hale and the Frank F. Fasi Building). The three-day event mixes over a dozen restaurants, live performances by several local artists, and highlights including a wine-tasting...

Chinatown Potluck on Monday

Chinatown Potluck on Monday

A coalition of Honolulu community groups is kicking off summer tomorrow night with “Chinatown Potluck,” a festival to bring together the diverse Chinatown community and to highlight everything it has to offer. Good health will be at the heart of the event, which will offer delectable multi-cultural dishes “with a...