Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau Cultural Festival, 2011

As the famous song goes, everybody loves a hukilau. But how many of you have actually seen a real hukilau in person? This year’s festival marks the park’s 50th anniversary. Visitors to Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park will have the opportunity to witness the ways and lifestyles of Old Hawai‘i, when the park presents …
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King Kamehameha Day Parade, Saturday, June 11

This coming Saturday on June 11, a floral parade honoring Hawaii’s first monarch will take place on Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona beginning at 9 a.m. With more than 100 riders on horseback, the parade will showcase pa‘u equestrian units, marching bands, private mounted units, hula halau, floats, a horse-drawn carriage and more. Beginning at the …
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Fun Hikes in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must-see destination for visitors of the Big Island. The best way to experience the park is to get out of your car and take a short hike. One of the easiest hikes in the park is also one of the most fascinating. Located just past Volcano Art Center, the …
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The Hawaiian Tradition of Pa‘u Riding

Pa‘u princess, Island of Lana‘i. As Kamehameha Day approaches on June 11, equestrians throughout the Hawaiian Islands are preparing for floral parades in honor of the great monarch, King Kamehameha I. Adorned in the colors and flora of the islands, the regal pa‘u riders are the highlight of every parade. Led by a princess outfitted …
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Hulihe‘e Palace

Did you know that there are three royal palaces in the United States? In fact, all three palaces are located in the state of Hawaii: two of them on Oahu (Iolani Palace and Queen Emma Summer Palace), and one of them right here in Kona. Situated on the oceanfront in Kailua-Kona, Hulihe‘e Palace was built …
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Mother’s Day Events in Kona

Aloha mai kakou, Mother’s Day Weekend in Hawai‘i takes on special meaning at a number of events in Kona this weekend. Hawai’s’s top recording artists will be taking center stage at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa on Saturday, May 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The annual Mother’s Day hula and concert, …
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May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii

Every year on May 1st, a statewide celebration takes place that’s quintessentially Hawaiian: May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii! Whether at work, school, strolling through town or going to the grocery store, everyone celebrates Lei Day by wearing a lei as a symbol of Aloha — as well as to honor the cherished custom …
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Waimea’s First Lady of Ranching

The Big Island’s ranching heritage comes alive at Anna Ranch in Waimea, where the historic home of Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske (1900-1995) is open to the public for tours. The vintage ranch house with blue-and-white awnings reveals the fascinating life of Waimea’s First Lady of Ranching, who was an accomplished equestrian, successful jockey, hard-working rancher, high-society …
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