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Take a Fresh Look at Hawaii Through 12 Different Lenses, Thanks to These Films

The state of Hawaii is a diverse place. In the 300+ miles that stretch between Kauai and the Big Island, you’ll find a rich mix of ethnicities—and cultural experiences. In fact, Wallet Hub ranked the state first in ethnic diversity,i and Hawaii is also home to the country’s largest share of multiracial Americans.ii Nowhere is this more apparent than in the breadth of films that have been shot in, around and about Hawaii. In this article, we’ll give you a tour of twelve of our favorites, each of which offers a different lens with which to view the experiences of the people who call Hawaii […]

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Tips from the Pros: How to Move Your Mattress

We spend an average of 26 years of our lives sleeping, so it’s understandable that you’d want to be extra careful when moving your bed (and mattress!). That’s especially true if you’ve invested a good chunk of change into this piece of furniture in order to get a good night’s sleep, night after night. Mattresses are tricky to move because they’re large, awkward, and more delicate than you might think. In this Tips from the Pros article, we’ll walk you through exactly you need to know to safely move your mattress to your new home, whether you’re headed across your island or across the ocean. […]

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By Land and By Sea: 7 Fascinating Species You’ll Find in Hawaii

More than 21,000 species call Hawaii home, and more than 8,700 of those are endemic to the islands, which means you won’t find them anywhere else in the world. We’ve already regaled you with tales of Hawaii’s flowers and plants and introduced you to eight species of native Hawaiian birds you’d be lucky to spot. Now, we’re going to share seven of Hawaii’s exceptional seagoing and land-roaming members of the animal kingdom, starting with one that looks straight out of central casting for Jurassic Park. The Prehistoric-Looking Jackson’s Chameleon Even though the Triceros jackson is considered an invasive species, there’s no question that these exotic […]

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5 Reasons Why Texas Is Attracting Hawaii Residents (and Vice Versa!)

The state of Hawaii has seen a net migration loss over the last few years, meaning that more people are leaving Hawaii than moving here. While we experience the joys of Hawaii life daily, we also understand that this island paradise just isn’t for everyone. If you’re like many of the people leaving Hawaii, you may be looking at the Lone Star State. In fact, Texas is the third most common destination for people leaving Hawaii, according to IRS data. If you’re considering a move to Texas, we’ve got five reasons why the state makes an appealing home base for a former Hawaii resident. Or, […]

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8 Fascinating Hawaiian Native Birds You’ll Only Spot on the Islands (If You’re Lucky!)

Being an isolated archipelago has its perks. Hawaii’s remote position in the Pacific Ocean has given its flora and fauna a unique advantage: Many species have been left alone to evolve to their particular environment without a great deal of outside interference. As a result, Hawaii and its surrounding waters are home to a tremendous number of species—21,383, to be exact. Of those, 8,759 are endemic to the Hawaiian islands, meaning you won’t find them anywhere else in the world. The state’s visitors and residents already know just how special Hawaii can be, and its biodiversity is just another reason to love the Aloha State. […]

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Why Do So Many People Move from Hawaii to Las Vegas? Exploring the “Ninth Island”

There’s a special connection between the Hawaiian islands and Las Vegas. Some suggest the kinship started way back in the 1940s when a businessman moved his family from Honolulu to Las Vegas. Sam Boyd didn’t open the California Hotel and Casino until 1975, but he struggled in his first year to get the operation off the ground. Thinking back to his time in Honolulu, when he worked for an entertainment company called Palace Amusements, he decided to make his property a destination for travelers from Hawaii. He started with the food, sending his chef to Hawaii to learn how to cook dishes like oxtail and […]

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