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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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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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19 “Must Do” Hawaii Bucket List Items for Living on the Islands

Whether you’re moving to the Hawaiian islands for the first time, leaving Hawaii for the Mainland or just looking for some exciting new activities to enjoy while you’re living in Hawaii, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve gathered a list of 19 must-do items across all of the islands: Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai. Consider this your “bucket list” of only-in-Hawaii experiences, ones you simply can’t miss while you’re living here. (And, don’t worry, we’ve got something for everyone in your family, from keiki to kupuna!) Let’s dive in!   For the History Buffs in the Family #1: Oahu: Visit […]

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Hawaiian Flowers and Plants You’ll Only Find on the Islands

When he visited the Hawaiian islands in 1866 as a special correspondent for the Sacramento Union, Mark Twain wrote about the islands’ “balmy airs . . . summer seas . . . plumy palms . . . remote summits . . . woody solitudes.” In short, Twain was charmed by the natural beauty of the islands he visited: Oahu, Maui and the Big Island. Many visitors and residents alike share his sentiments and admire the natural wonders that the isolated island chain has to offer. To celebrate the start of spring, we’ll be highlighting some of Hawaii’s most exotic and amazing endemic plants, which means […]

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My Hawaii Moving Story: Meet Karina, a Student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

Sometimes, moving to Hawaii is a bit of a leap of faith. After a visit to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Karina Sevilla decided to move from Valley Center, near San Diego, California, to the island of Oahu for college. How did she decide to make the move? Some of her fellow students ended up in Oahu for the beaches, she noted. However, that wasn’t what initially drew her to college in the Hawaiian islands. “I came for the culture,” Karina told us we interviewed her about her Hawaii Moving Story. “I’m Hispanic. Both of my parents are from Mexico. I’ve been looking at […]

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The Pineapple: Meet the Fruit with Surprising Health Benefits and Significant Historical Impact 

Immigrants from distant lands have long had a huge impact on the Hawaiian islands—and the pineapple is no different! This nutritious fruit, which hails originally from South America, shaped the history and culture of Hawaii in significant ways. In fact, at its peak, just one tiny member of the Hawaiian archipelago supplied 75% of the world’s pineapple. Pineapple also has the power to impact your health, by offering eight surprising and wide-ranging benefits for your body that result from its unique makeup.   Discover more about this fascinating fruit, including the role the pineapple played in history, from honoring party guests to cornerstone crop that drew thousands of immigrants to the Hawaiian islands. […]

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