Tagged: culture

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,...

Grow Hawaiian Festival

Festival Features Native Plants, Sustainable Living

This week brings Earth Day, and this weekend brings the 8th annual Grow Hawaiian Festival at Bishop Museum. The free event features native Hawaiian culture and native plants, and teaches families about conservation and sustainability. The festival got its start over a decade ago on the Big Island, hosted at the...

How Not To Visit a Heiau

How Not To Visit a Heiau

Noted conservationist Sam Ohu Gon III shared a photo on Facebook this morning of a blogger’s photo of himself lying on a stone at Moʻokini heiau, saying, “This is what lack of respect looks like.” He posted the following comment: “You probably did not intend it, but your picture lying on...

Disney Breaks Ground in Hawaii

Disney Breaks Ground in Hawaii

Disney is preparing to build an $800 million resort in Ko Olina, transforming 21-acres of oceanfront land into a lavish oasis. The property will feature an enormous artificial volcano, roaring rapids and meandering rivers, lagoons and pools, all custom built for adventure, romance, and relaxation. Among the palm trees and...