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Discover the Real Menehune of Hawaii’s Stories and Legends

How did you first hear of the Menehune? Did you spot a “Menehune at Work” sign in one of Hawaii’s airports? Did you buy a bottle of Menehune drinking water or a bag of Menehune Madness Hawaiian potato chips? Or have you been regaled with tales about this legendary race of people, which many compare to Ireland’s Leprechauns or Iceland’s elves? Menehune remain one of Hawaii’s enduring mysteries. Are they a mythical race of industrious people, small in stature, who live in Hawaii’s forests and mountains? In other words, are the Menehune stories Hawaiians’ version of fairy tales? Or were the Menehune a race of […]

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Discovering the Magic, the History and the Legends of Hawaii’s Honu

It’s an extraordinary sight to see the head of a Hawaiian green sea turtle pierce the glassy surface of the ocean. After the honu gets a good, deep breath, its head slips below the surface, often to peek through again for one more sip of air before the turtle dives deep below the surface. Some stay down for hours, with the longest recorded underwater time clocking in at just around five hours. Given how long honu can sustain themselves underwater on a few breaths, seeing them above the surface is one of those sights you won’t soon forget. However, if you stroll the right beaches […]

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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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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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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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There’s Never Been a Better Time to Visit Hawaii—Through a Great Book

Right now, many people are dreaming of visiting Hawaii, and many of us in the Hawaiian islands are dreaming of a day when we can explore and enjoy every inch of our island homes. Until we can experience all that Hawaii has to offer together, we’ve put together a list of our favorite books about Hawaii so you can explore the island’s unique culture and fascinating history from the comfort of your favorite chair. (Feel free to set up a beach chair on your lawn to set the mood!) You’ll find something for everyone in this list: history buffs, culture aficionados, creation story collectors, outdoor […]

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