King Kamehameha III — Born on the Big Island

Take a drive through the Keauhou area of Kona and you might notice the name of King Kamehameha III on street signs and bronze plaques. That’s because this second son of Kamehameha the Great was born right here in Kona at Keauhou Bay. After he rose to the throne following his brother’s death, Kamehameha III …
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Art Auction at Holualoa Inn

Renowned artists from Hawai‘i Island will be gathering at Holualoa Inn for an exciting art auction on November 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The pieces up for bid originate from the recent Hawai‘i Collaboration project spearheaded by Holualoa woodworker, Tai Lake, known internationally for his exquisite koa furniture. Last month, Tai brought together …
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Artists of Holualoa

The historic village of Holualoa is also a vibrant arts town, home to many of the Big Island’s most acclaimed artists. Located within walking distance of Holualoa Inn, a wonderful array of art galleries and studios beckon visitors to experience the creative energy of Holualoa. Just around the corner from the Inn, Woodworker Cliff John’s …
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Portuguese Cultural Festival, Saturday, October 1

Hawai‘i’s history would not be the same without the contributions of the Portuguese. Immigrating here in the late 1800s, the Portuguese brought with them myriad skills and traditions that have helped to shape the local culture through the decades — everything from cattle ranching, dairy farming and rock-wall building to stone ovens, sweet bread, the …
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Hawai‘i Flag Day

Did you know that every year on July 31, the state of Hawai‘i celebrates Hawai‘i Flag Day, otherwise known as Ka Hae Hawai‘i? A day to contemplate the meaning and the history of the flag, Hawai‘i Flag Day came about in 1990, proclaimed by then-governor of the state of Hawai‘i, John D. Waihee III, in …
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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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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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Welcome to the Makahiki Season – Hawaiian Tradition

The Pleiades In ancient times, Hawaiian priests would search the night sky for Makali’i, known today as the Pleiades.  The sighting of the Makali’i signified the presence of Lono, the Hawaiian god of fertility, and the start of Makahiki season, the four month Hawaiian new year season.  As Lono passed over each district, each island, …
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