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Hula, Luau, and Fire Dancing

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Hula Dancing in Hawaii was not always the swaying, lulling motions we conjure today. Its origins are more drum-driven; an indigenous style, if we can use that as an adjective. It’s a form of story telling, about ancestors, the Earth, the volcanoes and ocean. It has sharp movements, yet still delicate. Watch a video that […]

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Aloha Means More than You Thought

testingAloha Means More than You Thought

Hello and goodbye, these are indeed daily uses of “Aloha.” But the true meaning is more beautiful. “Ha” is the breath of life. “Aloha” is to give the other person the breath of life upon greeting. Ancient Hawaiian practice was to greet each other with noses pressed together and to inhale each other’s life. Parents also did […]

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The Attack on Pearl Harbor Proved that Radar is More than a Toy

testingThe Attack on Pearl Harbor Proved that Radar is More than a Toy

Amid the exotic eye candy and glorious luxury of Hawaii, it’s ok to interrupt regularly scheduled programming and take time not only to learn, but to honor. Pearl Harbor and The USS Arizona Memorial truly should be imperative on everyone’s itinerary. I was in awe–of how little I know about this era; about the planning […]

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Volcano Lava is Surprisingly Like A Frozen Lake

testingVolcano Lava is Surprisingly Like A Frozen Lake

The lava temperature is so much hotter than the air, that it actually “freezes” on contact, creating a crusty layer. But that doesn’t stop the activity–the lava continues to flood underneath the layer; just like water flows underneath the top of a frozen lake. This instant freeze creates stunning formations in the lava fields of […]

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If You Can Climb a Tree, the Fruit is Yours

testingIf You Can Climb a Tree, the Fruit is Yours

The farmers may not entirely agree, but that’s the sentiment for coconuts, at least. In some cases, Hawaii’s bounty of fruit grows wild roadside or in people’s yards; and in others it’s cultivated in formal fields with meticulous rows  of trees. Either way, the fruit is farm to table–and sometime doesn’t wait that long: farm […]

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