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A beautiful island

I don’t know if my father knows this, but my grandmother used to tell me stories from before she met my grandfather, stories of a young and intense love that died before it could flourish. My grandma was in love with a man who went off to war and never returned. She told me stories of their love and the way he looked so lovingly at her. When she met my grandfather and they wed, she told me that her heart felt as if it would be forever broken. As tradition would have it, she took on her husband’s name, leaving behind her maiden name Pau‘ole, which when translated, means “never ending.” She grew to love my grandpa, but she always

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told me that she often wondered about the love that never was, but that was in a way, never ending. She reminded me that love was a very special thing that everyone should feel. It was in high school that she first told me the story of ‘Ōhi‘a and Lehua, a legend about the famous fiery temper of Hawai‘i’s golden girl Pele, a legend that would forever link the trio together. This is her version of the legend. Pele, the powerful, fiery, beautiful and most well-known goddess of our islands came upon a handsome warrior named ‘Ōhi‘a, with whom she was immediately smitten with. Or as my grandma would say, “Ooh, the handsome man ‘Ōhi‘a was, and when Pele, wen’ see him, she like him.” She fell fast, like many had done for ‘Ōhi‘a, but even her status couldn’t change ‘Ōhi‘a’s already-taken heart. He had fallen for the beautiful Lehua, with whom his eye never strayed. Because he dismissed Pele’s advances, she transformed him into the ‘Ōhi‘a tree,

gnarled and twisted. Lehua was heartbroken and wept until the gods took pity upon her and transformed her into a beautiful red flower known as the Lehua blossom, which is forever coupled with the ‘Ōhi‘a tree. In an interesting twist of tale, the ‘Ōhi‘a tree was one of the first plants to grow out of the lava fields due to its versatility, and the red Lehua blossom became the official flower of the Big Island where Pele lives, forever tying the three together. It is said that if you pick a Lehua blossom from an ‘Ōhi‘a tree, the sky will weep for separating the two lovers. Now, that is a love pau‘ole, never ending.

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When you hike through Haleakalā Crater, which makes up more than 75 percent of Maui, you will be treated to an experience unlike any other. Read about the dormant volcano on page 42.

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34 | Salon Mode 38 | Makua Rothman Hawai‘i Island

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FEATURES 42 | Hiking Haleakalā 46 | Living Art: Aloha Fish Tours 50 | Blast From the Past: La Mariana Sailing Club

54 | A Spirited Roundup 60 | Ku‘uipo Fashion Explore 67 | Walkabout Wednesdays 72 | Guides

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M A R C H / A P R I L / M AY 2 0 1 4 Hawai‘i is home to unique cultural gems. It is one of the few places in the world where one can take a glimpse into the past and experience the creation of the islands at many of the volcano sites around each island. On Maui, experience a hike that’s out of this world through Maui’s Haleakalā Crater, from which you can view sunrises bursting with hues of brilliant golds and fiery reds. Though most have seen the dormant volcano from up high, we take you down below, to where one can walk on what seems like another planet. On Hawai‘i Island, enter the realm of the goddess Pele, who makes her home in Kīlauea, the site of our fashion editorial on page 60. Legend tells of Pele’s father exiling her from her home in Tahiti to Hawai‘i. Pele’s sister Namakaokaha‘i, the goddess of the sea, followed her to the islands and flooded the pits Pele dug with her o‘o (digging stick). Pele moved down the chain of islands until finally digging her last fire pit on Hawai‘i’s Kīlauea volcano where she could escape the waves of Namakaokaha‘i. She is said to live there today, renaming it after her home region, Ka Piko o ka Honua (Navel of the Earth) or where the gods began creation


ON THE COVER Hiking inside Haleakalā Crater makes for an experience like no other. Cabins are available for rent also, like this one shown here. I mag e b y D a v i d C h ats u th i p h a n , u n r e alhawaii . c o m

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O‘ahu The Gathering Place オアフ島:集いの場

O‘ahu, known as the Gathering Place, is where cosmopolitan delights and the scenic beauty of the islands collide. Home to about 75 percent of the state’s population, O‘ahu is awash in the sights and sounds of urban Honolulu, the state capital, filled with farm-to-table restaurants, contemporary art galleries, and world-class shopping. It is here that city life mingles effortlessly with the warm shores of Waikīkī, the thundering waves of the North Shore, and the serene waters of Kailua. Experience the heartbeat of Hawai‘i, where town and country are separated by just a short drive. Shown here is Ka‘ena Point, one of O‘ahu’s most spiritual sites. It is known in Hawaiian folklore as the “jumping-off point," where spirits of the recently deceased could be reunited with their ancestors. Today, the westernmost point of O‘ahu is designated as a Natural Area Reserve, protecting nesting albatrosses and shearwaters, monk seals, and native plant species.

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Hawai‘i Island The Big Isle ハワイ島:ビッグアイランド

Hawai‘i Island, known as the Big Isle, is made up of five volcanoes. It is the largest island in Hawai‘i —and still growing. It is here that one can experience all but two of the world’s climate zones, from the raw power of earth being formed at Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes; to the snow-capped mountains of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea; to lush tropical forests and black-sand beaches. Experience these unrivaled wonders and contrasting worlds all within hours of each other on Hawai‘i Island. Shown here, molten lava meets ocean and the island expands at Kīlauea, where lava has been oozing out since 1983. The shield volcano is located within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a fascinating world of active volcanism, biological diversity, and Hawaiian culture, past and present.

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Maui The Valley Isle マウイ島:渓谷の島

Maui, known as the Valley Isle, is filled with an array of natural wonders, making it one of the favorite destinations of visitors to Hawai‘i for nearly two decades. Catch a once-in-a-lifetime sunrise at the massive, otherworldly Haleakalā, which means “house of the sun” in Hawaiian; explore the sacred peak of ‘Iao Needle; or go for an adventure down the winding road to Hana, discovering sacred pools and cascading waterfalls along the way. With Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i islands belonging to Maui county and easily accessible by boat, there is never a dull moment. Shown here is the Haleakalā Crater, a dormant volcano home to more endangered species than any other park in the U.S. National Park Service.

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Kaua‘i The Garden Isle カウアイ島:庭園の島

Kaua‘i, known as the Garden Isle, could just as easily be called the “island of discovery,” as suggested by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. From the soaring cliffs of the Nā Pali coast; to the vast chasm of Waimea Canyon (Mark Twain called it the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”); to the towering heights of Mount Wai‘ale‘ale, one of the wettest spots on Earth; to the historic towns of Hanapepe and Kōloa, where no building is taller than a palm tree—there is much to explore on the picturesque island. The island is so photogenic, in fact, that Kaua‘i has been a favorite of Hollywood, featured in more than a hundred motion pictures in the last 80 years, including box-office smashes like Pirates of the Caribbean, Jurassic Park, The Descendants, Avatar, King Kong, and classics like Miss Sadie Thompson and South Pacific. Shown here is an aerial view of the sweeping Nā Pali coast on the north shore of Kaua‘i. Along with unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean, the 17-mile coast features towering emerald sea cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and secluded beaches. The only land access is via an 11-mile hike to Kalalau Beach or by kayak or boat.

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Holo Moana Heiau, Māhukona, Kohala, Hawai‘i Island

Traditionally, and even still today, this Holo Moana Heiau was dedicated to perpetuating traditional Polynesian navigation. It was likely used to view and study celestial patterns for wayfinding. The strategically placed upright stones make this sacred place unique among heiau in Hawai‘i, with Haleakalā seen in the background. This image is part of a historic sites calendar, produced since 1984 by the Hawaii Heritage Center in cooperation with the State Historic Preservation Division within the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The 2014 edition, entitled The Working Hands of the Maka‘āinana, addresses the theme of Hawaiian technology and innovation including navigation, fishing, farming, and salt gathering throughout the island chain. The calendar informs our present of the innovative achievements of ancient Hawai‘i and their ongoing presence in today’s world.

The DLNR calendar can be purchased from Hawaii Heritage Center, located at 1040 Smith St., as well as at Bookends in Kailua and Na Mea Hawaii at Ward Warehouse.


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Director of Sponsorships for the Hawaii International Film Fest (HIFF) Only a local would know: Shoyu (soy sauce) goes well with everything, and Likelike is pronounced “lee-kay-lee-kay,” not “like-like.”  

1. Best place to experience Hawai‘i’s culture: Kapi‘olani Community College’s Saturday Farmers Market (4303 Diamond Head Rd., parking lot C), held every Saturday from early morning to noon. It’s always filled with local vendors including popsicles from Ono Pops, Vietnamese food from Pig and the Lady, li hing lemonade in jars, and more.

2. Favorite food and where to get it: Spicy hot poke from Kyung’s Seafood (1269 S. King St.). Their poke is always fresh and perfectly seasoned. I usually order it with hot kimchi soup, and they give you rice and side orders for free!

3. Best place for a cocktail: Stage Restaurant (1250 Kapi‘olani Blvd.) for its unique and contemporary interior design and great ambience to enjoy dessert and cocktails and wine. I usually get Grand-gria.

4. Best place for an adventure: Helicopter tour with Makani Kai (130 Iolana Pl.) I did a 40 minute ride and got to see all parts of O‘ahu in the air, including sacred waterfalls in east O‘ahu that you are prohibited to hike.

5. Every visitor to Hawai‘i must: Try whale watching or get Kona coffee and Acai bowls from Island Vintage Coffee (Royal Hawaiian Center, 2201 Kalakaua Ave., Level 2).


6. Best place for cheap eats: Marukame Udon in Waikīkī (2310 Kuhio Ave.) and their new location in Downtown (1104 Fort Street Mall) is the best place to go on a rainy day. It’s only $5 for a big udon bowl.

7. Best place to experience the arts in Hawai‘i: Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) shows more than 35 films in the Spring Showcase, held April 4–10, and more than 200 films in the Fall Festival, held Oct 30–Nov 9, from all around the world. It’s the best cultural and arts event to watch foreign and non-commercial films that you won’t get to see elsewhere. Shown here is an image from Fall Festival 2013’s campaign, which celebrated 100 years of film in Hawai‘i.

8. Best thing to do on your day off: Watch foreign and indie films at Kahala 8 theater (4211 Wai‘alae Ave.), which is part of the HIFF’s programming every year. Shown here, Kon-tiki, the opening film at 2013 Spring Showcase. Image courtesy of HIFF.




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OLIVER MEN’S SHOP A carefully curated clothing and accessories shop in Kailua that mixes modern surf products and accessories. オリバー・メンズ・ショップ

カイルアタウンにあるオリバー・メンズ・ショップは モダンストリートファッションとサーフ用品系のク ールな洋服やアクセサリー等を取り扱ってます。

Tucked into a quaint Kailua shopping strip, in a space smaller than some walk-in closets, is Oliver Men’s Shop, an expertly curated boutique where owner, creator, and woodworker Parker Moosman has carefully selected each item adorning the walls and hanging from the racks. A respite from the sameness of endless surf stores, Oliver is a clothing and accessories stop that mixes the dapperness of JFK with the epic surf style of Kelly Slater. Moosman, a native of the Northwest and former musician in the Seattle scene, recently opened Oliver as an extension of his Kailuaborn wife’s Olive Boutique. The shops are separated by ChadLou’s coffee lounge, but the care and comfort you’ll find in both are equal. Visual artists, Moosman and his wife Ali McMahon are display masters, having done window displays for Gucci and the like. After several years living in the hip Capitol Hill neighborhood, the couple took a big leap and came back to Hawai‘i. They started by opening Olive Boutique in 2008—not a great year for any business, but soon the store was going strong and expansion was more than a twinkle in Moosman’s eye. November will mark two years for Oliver Men’s Shop, and Moosman couldn’t be more pleased. His light and personable manner is reflected all around the store, from the

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banjolele (a toy banjo-ukulele hybrid) hanging behind his hand-built counter to his grandpain-law’s original bathing suit displayed on the far wall. The stools at his counter are perfect for discussing the merits of the two-way stretch of Aloha Sunday Supply Co.’s boardshorts or the supernatural softness of Deus Ex Machina T-shirts. What sets Oliver apart from other men’s shops is the extreme selectivity. With such a small footprint, Moosman must personally vouch for every item. This means that each handcrafted mug (Miri Hardy) or manappropriate greeting card (Mau House) is just what you wanted but never knew existed. Walking a fine line between the juvenile irony of Urban Outfitters and the New York City slickness of Saturdays, Oliver’s selection, which includes the modern aloha prints of Roberta Oaks aloha shirts and Paradise Supply Co. hats, is at once stylish and island-friendly. Moosman says that he wants to bring high-quality items that will “stay in your closet for years” to men living a coastal lifestyle. A customer who recently picked up a pocketknife for her husband attests to this: “I know that if I come in here, I’m getting something good.”

Oliver Men’s Shop is located in Kailua at 49 Kihapai St. For more information, call 808-261-6587.



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SALON MODE A 24-hour cafe connects young collectors, coffee lovers, and local artists. アート・アット・キサテン

キサテン・カフェでは新しいアートショー、 50人以上の地元アテ


Kissaten Cafe boasts the reputation of being the only 24-hour coffee bar in Honolulu. Because of this, it has quickly become the ideal meeting place for young entrepreneurs and students alike. But what most people don’t realize is that Kissaten is also a great place to view art. The cafe is part of a growing phenomenon of multi-use art spaces popping up in Honolulu. It has hosted more than a handful of shows with themes that have ranged from fantastical manga and colorful pet portraits to abstracts and island landscapes. Through May, Kissaten will feature an exhibition entitled Salon Mode, which opened in February and features miniature creations by 50 emerging and established local artists, including Russell Sunabe, John Koga, Matt Kubo, and a wealth of other great local artists. The works on display are comprised of a mixture of different media, including works on paper, sculpture, and photography. The show’s curator, Lisa Shiroma, is enthusiastic about the potential of putting on art shows in multi-use spaces. “It’s great to be able to expose these works to people who aren’t necessarily expecting to see art when they come in,” she says. Salon Mode marks the second exhibition Shiroma has organized as a sub-curator for Kissaten. She was approached by Paul Azuma, the cafe’s head curator, at a renegade-style exhibition she put together in early 2013 at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Under the guidance of artist John Koga, Shiroma quickly curated a last-minute exhibition on the heels of a major exhibition by sculpturist Pheobe Cummings. She’s only recently tried her hand at curating,

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but her heart is big and her vision is venerable. It all began in 2008 when she took a job as a lab tech at Kapi‘olani Community College. “It was there that I started to network with young aspiring artists,” she says. “I was really moved by their talent and wanted to help get their names out there.” So what exactly does Salon Mode mean? Shiroma explains that the show gets its title from the installation’s style, which is inspired by the late 17th and early 18th century “salon style” and presents artworks hung to cover the entirety of the walls. She confesses that the exhibition model, which features only small-scale work, was inspired by the annual miniature shows put on by The Koa Art Gallery and Cedar Street Galleries. “I’m interested in connecting artists with collectors,” she says. “There’s often a disconnect between the two, and miniature shows like this provide an excellent opportunity for young collectors to get a work by their favorite local artist for a reasonable price.” When asked about her future plans for the space, she flashes a modest smile and replies, “I don’t really have any specific goals.” Shiroma tells me that she intends to go with the flow. “I suppose if I had to answer in those terms, I would hope to be able to continue doing more annual shows like Salon Mode,” she says. “I hope to be able to connect more artists with collectors through these kinds of shows. I see spaces like Kissaten as a practical and exciting outlet for something like that.”

Salon Mode is on display through May 1 in Honolulu at Kissaten Cafe, located at 88 Pi‘ikoi St. Open daily 24 hours.



“There’s often a disconnect between the two, and miniature shows like this provide an excellent opportunity for young collectors to get a work by their favorite local artist for a reasonable price.”

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A NEW WAVE New music by big wave surfer Makua Rothman pays tribute to his Hawai‘i roots. マクア・ロスマン。

サーフィングで有名なマクア・ロスマン、現在さらに彼の 名前はポップミュージックでも世界中に轟いている。

In the winter, legendary waves mark the season when surfers from around the world flock to the seven-mile strip of famous breaks. Makua Rothman, a 28-year-old professional big wave surfer, never had to go far, growing up on Sunset Beach and learning to ride North Shore’s huge swells alongside his dad and uncles. In 2002, Rothman set a big wave season record, riding a 66-foot monster off of Maui’s coast. In 2007, he won the O’Neill World Cup on his home turf at Sunset Beach. But in December 2013, in the midst of surf season, Rothman braved a new wave, launching his debut album Sound Wave digitally. Rothman grew up surrounded by music, watching his grandpa play the auto harp and “every fancy instrument there is” while his grandma strummed the ‘ukulele, upright base, and danced hula. “After you surf, you jam with friends at the beach, barbecue,” he says. As a youngster, he even remembers visiting the house of family friend and one of Hawai‘i’s most legendary musicians, Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, and getting ‘ukulele lessons. In Sound Wave, Rothman’s personal favorite is “Ulili E,” which he performs as a duet with IZ, thanks to previous recordings. The result is an upbeat island cover highlighting ‘ukulele, IZ’s unique vocals, and Rothman’s clean, bright voice, all backed by cheerful drumbeat and flair—a combination ideal to achieve what Rothman says he strives for: “Seeing people having joy listening to my music.” This coming full circle was put into motion in 2012, when training coach Rob Garcia encouraged Rothman to get more into the music he loved to play around with

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while visiting Indonesia for surf. He took it to heart and created an EP album, Makanale Road, while in Bali. Since then, Rothman has toured Southern California with Donavon Frankenreiter and recorded with the renowned local recording studio Mountain Apple Company. With a style that he calls “roots aloha rock,” a mix of Hawaiian style and reggae rock, Rothman’s songs are sure to get played around the islands. “Lovely,” Rothman’s most popular single about the beauty of island girls and cruising, is already in regular rotation on Island 98.5. “I got a text message the other day from a little girl who wakes up every morning singing ‘Lovely,’” he says. “Seeing little kids singing my song, having a big smile on their face, that’s pretty much the most rewarding thing to me.” While the surfer and musician is excited to get his music heard in Hawai‘i, his album’s standing as #1 on the iTunes World Chart the week it debuted is a sign of the aspirations that he and his team have. Luckily, for Rothman, surf and music seem to have gone hand in hand, with major support from the surf scene and Hawai‘i’s constant love for local sound and kani ka pila (backyard jam sessions). “Surfing just taught me to be focused and really go for what I love, and if I’m passionate about it, do it,” he says. “Surfing ain’t going nowhere until I can’t walk, until I’m old and can’t really get on the board. But hopefully forever, at 90, I’ll get out there. Same for music, as long as I have a voice, I’m going.”

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A LIVING TRADITION The world's best hula hālau will compete at the annual Merrie Monarch festival. “フラは、ハワイの舞踊芸術である。それは我々が見聞きし、匂い、味わい、触れ

る全てのものを表現している。 フラはまさに人生そのものである " - アンティ・ マイキ・アイウ・レイク。写真はハワイ島で毎年開催されるモク・オ・ケアヴェ・フ


“People say that the hands tell the story in hula, but I think that is a misconception that arose because the Hawaiian language was less and less understood,” says Kumu Hula Manu Boyd. “What tells the story in hula are the chanting and the ‘ōlelo, the words. The hands can be very subtle or nothing at all.” Boyd has been dancing hula in Robert Cazimero’s Hālau Nā Kamalei since 1978. He graduated in 1995 as kumu hula through ‘uniki (graduation) rites from Cazimero’s hālau, and established his own school, Hālau o ke ‘A‘ali‘i Kū Makani in 1997. His hālau consistently places in both kahiko (traditional) and ‘auana (modern) categories at the Merrie Monarch Festival on Hawai‘i Island. There are two schools of thought in hula: Hula kapu refers to hula that has a restriction placed on it. In ancient Hawai‘i, it was a sacred art, danced by a certain elite connected to the heiau to please the gods and goddesses, like Pele, the goddess of fire, and Laka, the goddess of hula. Hula kapu also may refer to the private act of passing teachings from teacher to student. Hula noa, on the other hand, is free of restrictions and meant to be shared by all, which is the school of thought Boyd infuses in his hālau as well as in his day job as the cultural director at Royal Hawaiian Center. Still, he acknowledges the kapu he imposes on himself and the quality of the hula he presents: “We’re not going to bring out the plastic maile lei or do anything that’s contrived. If we are going

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to do it, we’re going to do it good.” Boyd has initiated a program at Royal Hawaiian called Hula Kahiko at Helumoa, where hula kahiko is danced every Saturday. “This is our home, and so whether you’re from Kentucky, Kāne‘ohe, or Korea we want you to come because this is the real deal.” Hula was banned under the rule of King Kamehameha II when he abolished ‘ai kapu and traditional Hawaiian religion. When the Calvinist missionaries arrived in 1820, they called hula noisy, unharmonious, and used to promote lasciviousness, and they had laws passed requiring the need for a permit to perform hula publicly. Hula performances were driven underground until King David Kalākaua, also known as The Merrie Monarch—for whom the famous hula competition is named— revived hula as a living tradition. As it has done since the days of old, hula will continue to evolve. “We live in a time of hula that has very little restrictions,” Boyd continues. “It’s no longer driven by the people who are the heritage, the bearers of tradition, but they can coexist and they do. Aunty Ma‘iki Aiu Lake, Robert Cazimero’s kumu, said this: ‘Hula is the art of Hawaiian dance. It expresses all we hear, see, smell, taste, touch—hula is life.’”

To see the world’s best examples of hula, check out the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo from April 20–26. For more information, visit

Backpacking HaleakalA One of the finest backpacking trips in Hawai‘i is inside a crater at the top of a volcano. It’s a dormant volcano, of course, and it’s called Haleakalā. T e x t a n d imag e s b y D a v i d C h ats u th i p h a n , u n r e a l h awa i i . c o m ハイキング・ハレアカラ

マウイ島ハレアカラ山の頂上までのハイキング、 75%ま

でマウイ全島が見渡せ、大自然の中今まで経験した事が ない素晴らしい景観やできごとに巡り会えます。

HALEAKALĀ MAKES UP OVER THREE-QUARTERS OF THE ISLAND OF MAUI. IT IS, IN ESSENCE, A BIG MOUNTAIN WITH A SUMMIT REACHING JUST OVER 10,000 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL. AT THE TOP, THERE IS A LARGE DEPRESSION THAT IS NEARLY 2,600 FEET DEEP AND SEVEN MILES ACROSS. THE AREA INSIDE THIS DEPRESSION IS CALLED THE HALEAKALĀ WILDERNESS AREA. Within, there are three cabins spaced out along a hiking trail that are available for backpackers to rent. Although these cabins are tucked away inside a crater, they aren’t much of a secret. Maintained by the National Parks Service, the cabins are in such high demand that if you want to reserve one, you’ll have to do so two to three months in advance. Many backpackers reserve the cabins on consecutive nights. Each day you hike to a different cabin and set up camp. The convenience of a cabin means that you don’t need to pack a tent, sleeping pad, or cooking gear, making for a lighter backpack and happy hiking. The cabins have bunk beds and are stocked with water, firewood, stoves, an oven, and cooking and eating utensils. The only thing

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they don’t have is electricity. When you backpack through Haleakalā Crater, you are treated to an incredible variety of sights and experiences. At the higher elevations, you hike through a desert landscape that looks like some other planet, rather than a tropical island. At lower elevations, you see more greenery, with some parts even rainforestlike. Haleakalā is also one of the few places you may also encounter the nēnē, Hawai‘i’s endemic state bird. If you visit the Haleakalā summit between July and October, you will be treated to the rare sight of a blooming Haleakalā silversword. This flowering stalk can reach up to six feet tall and has the appearance of an alien life form. The silversword flowers only once in its life, right before it dies. This can take up to 50 years. So if you ever see one flowering, you should consider yourself lucky. And don’t forget about the famous Halekalā sunrise. Many tourists wake up at 4 a.m. to drive to the top of Haleakalā and wait for the sunrise. When you backpack inside the crater, you can simply leave the curtains open in the cabin and let the sun wake you up. It will be one of the most beautiful sunrises of your life.

To see full coverage of a three-day backpacking trip inside Haleakalā Crater, visit Cabins reservations can be made online at


When you backpack through HaleakalÄ Crater, you are treated to an incredible variety of sights and experiences. At the higher elevations, you hike through a desert landscape that looks like some other planet, rather than a tropical island.

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Living Art

Go behind the scenes to see how tropical fish get to an aquarium near you with Aloha Fish Tours, an interactive and educational exploration of marine life in Hawai‘i. T e x t b y V i ncent V a n D e r G o u w e I mag e s b y J o hn H o o k リヴィング・アート


の生息やマリンライフの探求など色々楽しむ 事ができる。

Have you ever pressed your face against the glass of an aquarium and pretended you were underwater? I certainly have. Or, if you are a parent, you must be familiar with Nemo, the famous orange-and-white fish who found his way back to the ocean. You may have even been convinced by your little ones to get a saltwater aquarium to create an underwater Disney fantasy. But have you ever wondered about where these fish actually come from? “From the ocean,” you may say. Well, of course. But what is the journey that they make from the ocean to your pet store? Richard Xie, owner of Aloha Fish Tours, tells us the story. Though Xie has been in the marine life and aquarium business since 2001 with his company Hawaiian Sealife, one of Honolulu’s largest tropical fish exporting businesses, he recently opened his facility to the public for

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guided tours in January 2014 under Aloha Fish Tours. Hundreds of varieties of colorful and exotic fish from around the Pacific Ocean pass through here on the way to their worldwide destinations like Japan, China, Taiwan, the continental United States, and Europe. Even though they don’t sell tropical fish to the public, these tours give Richard Xie (pronounced “sea”) an important way to share his passion for marine life with others. “I have been operating this export business for almost 15 years,” explains Xie, “but I wanted to do a little more. I want to give people a unique look into the fish export business from both a backstage perspective as well as a the front side.” These fish warehouse tours are offered every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday and help visitors understand how a fish gets from ocean to pet store or public aquarium. Xie feels that the public aquariums he supplies serve an important role for the community at large. “When you stand on the beach looking out at sea, you cannot see what kind of animals live in the ocean,” he explains. “For many people, it’s hard to care about something that you cannot see.” With a location in the center of the Pacific on an island that is a major tourist destination, Aloha Fish Tours plays an important role in educating visitors and Hawai‘i residents on the importance of marine life conservation. On the tour, I am amazed at the variety of



fish they have. Xie’s business exports over a hundred different species. There were a cute yellow angelfish with a blue ring around its eyes and a fish that looked and acted like a leaf floating in the sea, the leaf scorpion fish. This warehouse is mainly a layover for the fish, a resting place before they take their journeys across the world. Here, the small holding tanks for the fish are quite dark, but this is important to prepare them for their trips across the globe, making the fish more relaxed and unconcerned about other critters bothering them. After three days at most, the fish will leave the warehouse. A huge stack of cardboard boxes marked “Live Fish” gives me a hint of how that goes. What’s most interesting about this warehouse tour is it gives me the chance to see how the fish are shipped. Packers carefully select a bag and measure out the

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amount of water and pure oxygen that will be pumped out of scuba tank-like devices into each bag. Then, the fish are placed into the bags, packed into Styrofoam padded boxes, and are off to the airport. From the warehouse, the tour advances into a second building that Xie calls the “front end” of the business. A selection of larger tanks is set up similarly to a public aquarium or pet store tank that showcases tropical fish from across the Pacific. This is where the hands-on learning takes place. Xie also points out a wide variety of crafts and other activities that are all related to marine life in one way or another. These activities enrich the experience and inspire people to learn more about the vast diversity of animals that call the coral reef home. Rather than just buying a souvenir from a store on a vacation, Aloha Fish Tours actually

allows you to make your own take-home memories. Visitors can create shell necklaces, T-shirt designs, Hawaiian soap with shells, and more. The most memorable of these activities is creating an ‘ōpae ‘ula (Hawaiian red shrimp) ecosphere, an apple-sized aquarium that allows these endemic little crustaceans to live up to 20 years in. They even offer a shipping service for people leaving the island who want to bring their creations home. Aside from exporting tropical marine life, Aloha Fish Tours also supports research on sustainable fishing methods. I spot an aquaponics garden, as well as a mysterious blue net in the corner. This is used to catch what Xie calls “post-larval fish.” These tiny versions of young tropical fish have less than a 1 percent chance of survival when left in the open ocean. In growing pens away from predators, these fish

mature into juveniles and adults and are then shipped to the Honolulu warehouse. This new sustainable fishing method is used in places like Micronesia and is hoped to replace some harmful fishing methods. The last stop on the tour is the touching area. You have probably held a hermit crab before, but what about a hairy teddy bear crab or a crab with sea anemones on its shell? I learn there are even bright red strawberry crabs and dark purple raspberry crabs. “But no banana crab,” jokes Xie. Still, the array of beautiful colors, shapes, sizes, and textures really sparks my imagination. At first sight, this plain warehouse located just walking distance from the airport looks nothing like a place any tourist would visit, but that is particularly Aloha Fish Tour’s strength. It is really a unique destination away from the flashy tourist experience we’re all used to. Being

so close to the airport, it is an ideal place to spend some time until you check in for your flight. They even offer free luggage storage. I leave the center with a shell necklace, pet shrimp aquarium, and a world of knowledge on how fish travel around the world. Later tonight, I’ll dream about teddy bear crabs and being the first explorer to discover the banana crab.

Aloha Fish Tours is in Honolulu 3239 Ualena St. and offers tours every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday between noon and 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required and private tours available. Cost: $15 child (16 and under) and $25 adult. For more information, visit

A Blast From the Past La Mariana continues the tradition of the tiki bar, which has become deeply embedded in Hawai‘i culture. T e x t b y L i z a Rya n I mag e s b y J o hn H o o k ラ・マリアナ


バーは昔、 2度の津波と3度のハリケーンに襲われたにも関わ らず被害にも遭わずにそのままの外観で残っている。

If you like to watch vintage Hawaii 5-0 or Gilligan’s Island episodes, this is the place for you. A memorial to old Hawai‘i, La Mariana Sailing Club defies the passage of time. It is also the resting place of all things tiki. As the trend died a slow death across the country, La Mariana became the last of its kind. Here, remains of legendary hotspots like Trader Vic’s and Donn the Beachcomber are interspersed with clamshell light shades and fishing nets. This historic bar, located along Ke‘ehi Harbor in Sand Island, has survived two tsunamis, three hurricanes, one complete move (including the replanting of 83 palm trees), and the test of time. Annette “La Mariana” Nahinu opened La Mariana Sailing Club next to Ke‘ehi Lagoon in 1957. With only 13 slips and a couple of docks available, the private marina was born. She and her husband at the time, Johnny Campbell, wanted to provide a spot for local boaters to hang out.

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Toddlyn Aurelio, manager and La Mariana employee since 1989, recounts how Nahinu used to serve hotdogs from behind a tiny counter and the guys would grab beers out of a cooler out front. Their little operation grew, slow and meandering, like the building itself. As more slips were added, the restaurant expanded, incorporating established trees into the architecture rather than cutting them down. Nahinu was a visionary. “She was meticulous,” remarks another long-time employee. “She would sit at a table and tell you to change the position of plants just slightly.” She was also a lover of anything tiki, and as the themed bars of the ’50s and ’60s shut down one by one in Waikīkī, Nahinu was there to cart away their valuables. “If she had $50, she would go and buy everything she could for $50, and in those days $50 could get you a lot of tikis,” remarks Aurelio. Nahinu also had a way with people. At lunch she would come down from the office and visit every table. She loved attention; on her birthday she would call the TV news station and get them to come down and celebrate with her. The woman was magnetic. But it was yet another star that really brought life to La Mariana’s tiki culture. When the Tahitian Lanai (the bar in the famous Waikikian Hotel) finally breathed its last breath in 1996, Ron Miyashiro, piano player extraordinaire, brought his whole gang to La Mariana, replete with Vegas performers, district judges, and ‘ukulele

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makers. Today, the average age of the singing, dancing, and bringing-down-the-house crew is over 80 years, but they are dynamite. Trying to get a table on Thursday night demands a reservation; these guys fill the joint and Exotica (tiki music) aficionados come from all over to hear them croon the classics and to see a live reenactment of the tiki era. Women in floral dresses with red lipstick and perfectly curled hair, men sporting original Reyn Spooner shirts—the faithful never fail to impress visiting diners. And all of it comes to a poignant closing round when the whole restaurant is invited to stand, join hands, and sing “Hawai‘i Pono‘ī”—and “America the Beautiful,” for good measure. Now that is an experience you’re not going to get many places. But all of this karaoke-style dining would not be complete if there wasn’t the centerpiece of all tiki bars: the cocktail. We’ve come to think of it as an alcohol-

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laced sugar rush, but the cocktails that were the backbone of tiki culture were much more than that. With names like Missionary’s Downfall, Vicious Virgin, or Hell in the Pacific, these rum-based concoctions were served in ceramic mugs for one, two, even four people. And La Mariana wouldn’t be the original tiki bar of Hawai‘i if it didn’t make the cornerstone of tropical tipples, the Mai Tai. Nothing transitions a person back to island life like a pineapple-topped libation paired with tako (octopus) poke. With all the essentials—Lava Flows, Zombies, and Blue Hawaiians—an afternoon at La Mariana can easily slip into an evening filled with ahi spring rolls, kalua pig nachos, and local fish with Okinawan sweet potato.

La Mariana is located in Honolulu at 50 Sand Island Access Rd. For more information, call 808-848-2800.

Get Spirited T e x t b y D av i d J o r d a n

Hawai‘i imports the majority of its consumer products. From electronics to furniture to foodstuffs, many residents of the islands rely on the continental United States and international sources to ship over these goods. Alcohol is no exception. Whether it’s beer from Germany, bourbon from the mainland, or vodka from Russia, most alcoholic beverages are brought in from sources external to Hawai‘i. However, three local distillers have emerged in the past decade that offer high-quality spirits made using Hawai’i’s own natural resources. The vodka of Ocean Vodka, the dark rum of Kōloa Rum Co., and the moonshine—or ‘okolehao, as it’s known in the islands—of Island Distillers are three top-shelf alcoholic commodities that exhibit a distinctively Hawaiian flair.


I mag e s c o u r t e s y o f Oce a n V o dk a

ハワイの地元のアルコールメーカーはオ ーシャンウォッカ、 コロアラム、ハワイア


Ocean Vodka Ocean Vodka is unique because unlike most vodkas, which are typically distilled from carbohydrate sources such as wheat and corn grown on vast fields in nondescript locations, it is the only vodka in the world distilled from organic sugarcane—and on the slopes of Haleakalā on Maui at that, with panoramic views of the north and south shores of the island. Besides the organic sugarcane, sourced in part from Ocean Vodka’s own farm, only one other ingredient is utilized in the production of Ocean Vodka: water. Ocean Vodka is the only spirit in the world made with deep ocean mineral water, which is extracted 3,000 feet below the Kona Coast. Here, the water is ice-cold, pure, and full of naturally occurring minerals. The deep ocean water is then organically purified and desalinated through reverse osmosis. During the purification of the water, they intentionally retain trace minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium, which impart the light, crisp taste unique to Ocean Vodka. The organic sugarcane Ocean Vodka utilizes is processed in a state-of-the art column distillation, where it is run continuously through more than 100 polished-steel filtration plates over a two-week period. This multi-step distilling results in an exceptionally pure spirit. Ocean Vodka has been awarded with numerous accolades over the years, including a gold medal from the Beverage Tasting Institute in November of 2011, a rating of 92 in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and, most recently, a triple gold medal in the Beverly Hills World Spirits Competition. Though vodka is currently Ocean’s only offered product, there are several other products in the works, including rum coming to a store near you.

Ocean Vodka chief marketing officer Don Freytag’s cocktail of choice: Fresh Ocean Grapefruit • Pour 2 oz. of Ocean Vodka in a tall glass over ice. • Add grapefruit slices and muddle. • Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a squeeze of lime.

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Island Distillers’ Hawaiian Moonshine I mag e b y J o n a s M a o n

Dave Flintstone is the owner, founder, and primary operator of the facilities of the O‘ahu-based Island Distillers. Although Island Distillers was created in 2008, his relationship with high-quality alcohol goes back many years and can be traced to the islands of Maui and Hispaniola in the Caribbean. While on Maui, Dave was a bartender and a scuba-diving instructor. His experience as a bartender exposed him to a wide range of alcohol and resulted in the development of his appreciation for well-made spirits. One of his scuba-diving trips took him to Hispaniola, where he was first exposed to the craft of distillation. He spent several years in casual internships at distilleries both large and small, including “one guy on the side of the dirt road with a tiny 55-gallon barrel over a fire.” When he returned to Hawai‘i, he didn’t begin his distillery straightaway, but it was always in the back of his mind. “I’m going to make this stuff someday,” he remembers telling himself. Now, ten years after Flintstone's return, Island Distillers is the only licensed distillery on O‘ahu and has three liquors in production: Hawaiian Vodka, Coconut Hawaiian Vodka, and Hawaiian Moonshine. Though vodka remains a popular spirit, Flintstone sets himself apart

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with his signature ‘okolehao, a Hawaiian moonshine of sorts and a lesser-known liquor that originated in Hawai‘i. “Originally produced in 1790, I have recreated it through years of research and trial and error,” says Flintstone. “A high-proof spirit of ti root and sugar cane, un-aged, powerful, and smooth. It has a light vegetal flavor with no overpowering aromas, and a hint of sweetness.” Unlike the vodka of Ocean Vodka and the rums of Kauai Rum Co., both of which are 80 proof, Flintstone’s Hawaiian Moonshine is 100-proof. Despite Hawaiian Moonshine’s higher alcohol content, it is surprisingly smooth.

Hawaiian Moonshine founder Dave Flintstone’s cocktail of choice: Hawaiian Soda • Pour 2 oz. of Hawaiian Moonshine in a glass of ice. • Add 4 oz. of sparkling water. • Finish with a squeeze of lime


Kōloa Rum Co. I mag e c o u r t e s y o f K O l o a R u m C o .

Mai Tais are a quintessential tropical drink, perfect to enjoy on the beaches of Hawai‘i. The one thing that might make it better is the addition of Kōloa Rum Co.’s Kaua‘i dark rum. Kōloa Rum Co. was started on Kaua‘i because of the deep ties that all of its founders have to the island. The company’s founders are all either from the island of Kaua‘i or have families there. Bob Gunter, Kōloa Rum Co. president, says that there are three components that make Kōloa Rum distinctively different from other rums. The first is that pure Hawaiian cane sugar is used in the production, differentiating it from most rums produced in the Caribbean and other locales that use molasses. The second element that distinguishes Kōloa Rum is, like Ocean Vodka, their use of pristine water collected from underground aquifers of Mount Wai‘ale‘ale and surrounding mountain peaks. The water is filtered through porous volcanic rock until it coalesces in the vast subterranean caverns, and by the time this water is extracted, it is remarkably pure. The third factor is a vintage 1947 solid copper pot still that Kōloa Rum utilizes to distill its products. This ensures that each bottle of Kōloa Rum’s rum originates from a single-batch selection. Kōloa Rum Co.’s rums have all received awards, but their Kaua‘i dark

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rum is especially decorated, receiving a bronze medal from the San Francisco Spirits Competition in 2012, a gold medal and best in class at the 2011 Maui Rum Renaissance Festival, and a silver medal at the 5th Annual International Rum Festival in 2010.

Kōloa Rum Co. president Bob Gunter’s cocktail of choice: The Kaua‘i Mai Tai • Pour 2 oz. of Kaua‘i dark rum into a cocktail shaker. • Add 1/2 cup of crushed ice. • Add 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice. • Add 1/2 oz. orange Curacao. • Add 1/4 oz. rock candy syrup. • Add 1/2 oz. orgeat syrup. • Shake, serve, and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Ku'uipo I l o v e y o u m o r e t o da y O n H a w a i ‘ i I s l a n d , e n t e r t h e r e a l m o f t h e g o d d e s s P e l e , w ho m a k e s h e r ho m e i n K ī l a u e a , t h e s i t e o f o u r f a s h i o n e d i t o r i a l s ho w n h e r e . L e g e n d t e l l s o f P e l e ’ s f a t h e r e x i l i n g h e r f r o m h e r ho m e i n T a h i t i t o H awa i‘i. P e l e’s s i s t e r N ama k ao k a h a‘i, t h e g o d d e s s o f s e a f o l low e d h e r t o t h e i s l a n d s a n d f l oo d e d t h e p i t s P e l e d u g w i t h h e r o ‘ o ( d i g g i n g s t i c k ) . P e l e m o v e d d o w n t h e c h a i n o f i s l a n d s u n t i l f i n a l ly d i g g i n g h e r l a s t f i r e p i t o n H awa i‘i’s K ī l au e a vo lc a n o w h e r e s h e c o u l d e s c a p e t h e w a v e s o f N a m a k a o k a h a ‘ i . Sh e i s s a i d t o l i v e t h e r e t o d a y, r e n a m i n g i t a f t e r h e r ho m e r e g i o n , K a P i k o o k a H o n u a ( N a v e l o f t h e E a r t h ) o r w h e r e t h e g o d s b e g a n c r e at i o n . ファッション・イン・ザ・ボルケーノ

P h o t o g r aph y b y B a i l ey H a r a d a - S t o ne H ai r a n d ma k e up b y Ing r i Mc K i n l ey A ssista n t: A lyss a J o hn a sen M o d e l : S h a nn o n H i gg i ns , F o c us I n t e r n ati o n al M o d e ls H awaii L o c ati o n : H awai ‘ i V o l c a n o e s Nati o n al Pa r k , H awai ‘ i I sla n d

O r a n g e halt e r d r e ss , M a c y ’ s , multipl e l o c ati o n s ; b e lt, J e a n s Wa r e h o us e , multipl e l o c ati o n s ; r i n gs , H & M .

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R e d e m b e llish e d f r i n g e d r e ss , vi n tag e ; n e c k la c e , I c i n g b y Clai r e ’ s . ••• K e lly g r e e n d r e ss , Ralph L au r e n , multipl e l o c ati o n s ; j e w e l r y, H & M ; sh o e s , B e b e , multipl e l o c ati o n s .




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In the 1940s, the historic district of Chinatown was once the playground for locals and servicemen during World War II. Known as Hawai‘i’s redlight district, Chinatown played host to a lively environment of nightlife activities, burlesque shows, and more. Back then, and much like today, Hotel Street served as the heart of Chinatown’s nightlife. The famous Club Hubba Hubba sign continues to shine today, reminding patrons of a vibrant history of times past. Today, Chinatown continues to be a hub of entertainment and is home to a string of trendsetting boutiques, unique restaurants, and fun bars.

Get over the hump with these weekly Chinatown events.

In an effort to highlight this burgeoning area, businesses have banded together for Walkabout Wednesdays, a collective effort by Chinatown businesses to celebrate what’s known by many as “hump day.” “Our goal is to make Wednesdays exciting for the visitor and customer by highlighting the fresh, diverse, and affordable mid-week entertainment found in Downtown-Chinatown,” says Miki Lee, spokesperson for the event and operator of Bar 35. Events are held every Wednesday at Bar 35, Nextdoor, Manifest, Downbeat Diner, with more being added regularly. Though the risqué activities are no longer present, is making a new name for itself as hub for arts and entertainmen



Events on Walkabout Wednesday:

House of Brews Bar 35, 35 N. Hotel St., 6 p.m. Indulge in weekly beer tastings at Bar 35, which features more than 150 beers from around the world. Totally ’80s Downbeat Diner and Lounge, 42 N. Hotel St., 9 p.m. Hits from the ’80s and early ’90s by rotating

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deejays G-Spot, Nocturna, Ross Jackson, Coon Doc, Monkey, Dallas, and more. Gravity Manifest, 32 N. Hotel St., 10 p.m. Dance the night away with body rolls, hand claps, future R&B, and heavy bass with DJ Tittahbyte and DJ Revise. Switch Nextdoor, 43 N. Hotel St., 10 p.m. Switch gears with deejays mixing R&B, soul, club bangers, and more.

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VIVE HOTEL WAIKIKI Vive Hotel Waikiki is a brand new boutique that offers an inviting and stylish place to call home when visiting O‘ahu. Warm and friendly service combined with sophisticated and eclectic design make for a whimsical retreat located just steps from the vibrancy of Waikīkī. Guests will delight in an experience like no other with the hotel’s intimate size and attentive and friendly staff. Vive Hotel goes far beyond the traditional amenities and services typically offered at a beachside locale. A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily in the hotel’s living room. A dedicated concierge desk, free local telephone calls, complimentary, high-speed Wi-Fi, use of beach gear, and more are all provided to guests staying at the hotel. Rates start at just $189.

For more information, please visit or call 808-687-2000.

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O‘AHU events FIRST FRIDAY Every first Friday through May, 5–9 p.m. The ARTS at Marks, 1159 Nuuanu Ave.; free; A monthly festival in Chinatown showcases art in close proximity to restaurants, bars, clubs, and cafes. HANGAR TALK & BOOK SIGNING WITH DONNA KNAFF March 8, 2–4 p.m. Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, 319 Lexington Blvd.; free; Donna Knaff, author of Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Women of World War II in American Popular Graphic Art will host a book signing and meet and greet after Hangar Talk.

94th ANNUAL KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS SONG CONTEST March 21, 7:30–10:00 p.m. Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena, 777 Ward Ave.; The students of Kamehameha High School compete in their annual Hawaiian song contest. DISCOVER YOUR FUTURE IN AVIATION March 29, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Pacific Aviation Museum, 319 Lexington Blvd.; The 5th annual aviation interest day showcases workshops, a career far, a flight lab, and interactive exhibits. KAWAII KON April 4–6 Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave.; $42–$655; Kawaii Kon is Hawaii’s annual premiere event featuring all things anime—including events, panels, showings, video games, merchandise, special guest appearances, and more.

2014 FIRST HAWAIIAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW March 14–16 Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave.; free–$10; Motor Trend Auto Shows, nation’s largest auto show production company, showcases the newest cars on the market.

HAPALUA, HAWAI‘I’S HALF MARATHON April 13, 6 a.m. Duke Kahanamoku Statue, 2425 Kalakaua Ave.; $88–$150; The 3rd annual iteration of Hapalua starts at Waikiki Beach by the Duke Kahanamoku Statue.

HAWAII POPS PRESENTS DRIVEN TO DANCE: DINNER DANCE & CONCERT March 15, 8 p.m. Hawaii Convention Center Ballroom, 1801 Kalakaua Ave.; $35–$75; This monthly Orchestra Series event features performances from guest artists, dinner, and dancing.

HONOLULU 5K April 27, 6:30–9 a.m. Frank Fasi Civic Center Grounds, 650 S. King St.; Concluding at the Frank Fasi Civic Center, this run’s proceeds are distributed to participating schools to promote health and fitness for Hawai‘i’s children.

WIKI WIKI ONE-DAY VINTAGE COLLECTIBLES & HAWAIIANA SHOW March 16, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Blaisdell Center, Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave.; $4.50–$15.00; Ninety-two vintage vendors offer a diverse selection of antiques, jewelry, clothing, and more.

LEI DAY CELEBRATION 2014 May 1, 9 a.m.– 5:30p.m. Queen Kapiolani Park and Bandstand, 2806 Monsarrat Ave.; leiday This event celebrating Lei Day features presentation of the Lei Court, opening of the Lei Exhibit to the public, and various entertainment throughout the day.

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12th ANNUAL WAIKIKI SPAM JAM STREET FESTIVAL May 3, 4–10 p.m. Royal Hawaiian Center, 2259 Kalakaua Ave.; free; This annual tradition features tasty, Spaminspired culinary creations in a family-friendly environment, benefiting the Hawaii Food Bank. HAWAII BOOK & MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 May 3–4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Frank Fasi Civic Center Grounds, 650 S. King St.; free; The Hawaii Book & Music Festival provides the community with a high quality event celebrating reading, books, storytelling, and music. ALOHA CONCERT LUNCHEON May 18, 10:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m. Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom, 2005 Kalia Rd; Hawaii Youth Symphony closes out its 49th season with their annual event, featuring its top two youth symphony orchestras. THE 37th ANNUAL NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS May 24 Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave.; This annual music award ceremony presents awards to the most deserving local music by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts in a wide range of categories. LANTERN FLOATING HAWAII 2014 May 26, 6–7:30 p.m. Ala Moana State Regional Park, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd.; by donation; This annual ceremony takes place on Memorial Day and was started by Shinso Ito, head of the Shinnyo-en Buddhist Order.

Shen Yun: An Ancient Culture Returns

Join millions around the world who have experienced Shen Yun, and find out why they are so inspired by the performance. Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world’s premier Chinese dance and music company, will be in Honolulu for three performances, from May 7–9, 2014, at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. “This is the highest and best of what humans can produce,” says Olevia Brown-Klahn, Canadian music educator. “Absolutely the No. 1 show in the world,” according to Kenn Wells, former lead dancer of the English National Ballet. “Go see it to believe it, because otherwise you are going to miss the most important thing in your life,” says Joe Heard, veteran American photographer. Based in New York City, Shen Yun’s mission is to revive authentic Chinese culture, which has been nearly destroyed in China after 65 years of communist rule. In short vignettes of Chinese classical dance, accompanied by a full orchestra, Shen Yun explores the fascinating history of China. Legends, myths, and heroic stories spring to life, transporting the audience to another world—a world rich with virtue, beauty, and kindness. Come to experience Shen Yun. Explore humanity’s journey of 5,000 years, consider where we are going, and reflect on the benevolent values that have been guiding us along the way. Glimpse a world in which hearts are uplifted and hopes revived—as the ancient meets the modern, and humanity meets the divine. Shen Yun has been touring the world since 2006, with an all-new program every year. The show returns to Honolulu for the seventh year from May 7–9. For more information about the Shen Yun performance in Honolulu and its world tour schedule for 2014, visit

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JJ DOLAN’S $$ 1147 Bethel St. (808-537-4992) An Irish pub with handcrafted New York pizza and hand-poured drinks. Follow them on twitter for daily pizza specials.

TOWN $$ 3435 Waialae Ave. (808-735-5900) This unpretentious American bistro’s menu changes daily based on the freshest ingredients procured from local farmers.

Boots & Kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen $$ 151 Hekili St. (808-263-7929)

KALAPAWAI MARKET $$ 306 S. Kalaheo Ave. (808-262-4359) A quaint coffee bar and deli featuring

Wahoo’s Fish Tacos $$ 940 Auahi St. (808-591-1646) and 4614 Kilauea Ave. (808-732-9229)

The wait can be long, but it is well worth it once you’re able to get your taste buds dancing with breakfast classics with a local twist.

sandwiches and salads for lunch and a wide selection of dinner plates using fresh island ingredients.

Combining Mexican, Brazilian and Asian flavors with a North Shore vibe, this surf-laden restaurant is famous for their flavorful fish tacos.

BRASSERIE DU VIN $$ 1115 Bethel St. (808-545-1115) Channeling many of the cafes found in southern France, this quaint indoor-outdoor patio location serves up rustic dishes with an expansive wine list.

LONGHI’S $$ Ala Moana Shopping Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. (808-947-9899) Though Longhi’s is known for fresh fish, prime steaks and succulent lobsters, they also have one of the best eggs benedicts on the island.

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse $$$$ RHC Level 3, 2301 Kalakaua Ave. (808-922-3600) With a dry aging room on site, each cut of meat is butchered to order, creating cuts of meat that are sweat and rich in deep flavor.

Taste BANZAI SUSHI BAR $$ North Shore Marketplace, 66-246 Kamehameha Hwy. (808-637-4404) Wooden floors, paper lamps and inventive contemporary sushi bring a little bit of Japan to the North Shore.

BRUNO’S FORNO $ 1120 Maunakea St. (808-585-2845) An Italian taste in Chinatown with lasagnas and sandwiches made fresh in house daily. Open for breakfast and dinner. CINNAMON’S RESTAURANT $$ 315 Uluniu St. (808-261-8724) A breakfast staple in Kailua, this popular breakfast joint will get your mouth watering with classic comfort food and a unique selection of eggs benedicts and pancakes. HE‘EIA PIER AND GENERAL STORE $ 46-499 Kamehameha Hwy. (808-235-2192) Located on the water’s edge, this general store serves up one awesome gourmet plate lunch. Indigo Restaurant $$ 1121 Nuuanu Ave. (808-521-2900) A modern blend of Asian, French and Mediterranean cuisine situated in an oasis of tropical glamour.

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Lu Lu’s Waikiki $$ 2586 Kalakaua Ave. (808-926-5222) Panoramic views of Diamond Head and Waikiīkī Beach and surf memorabilia enhance this openair restaurant and bar’s signature cocktail list and extensive menu. ROY’S $$$ The birthplace of Hawaiian fusion cuisine, Roy’s consistently provides patrons a genuinely Hawaiian food experience using locally grown food sources. SALT KITCHEN & TASTING BAR $$ 3605 Waialae Ave. (808-744-7567) With an emphasis on housemade charcuterie, SALT may well have come up with the tastiest bar food menu in Hawai‘i by being innovative with the classics. SHOR AMERICAN SEAFOOD GRILL $$$ Hyatt Regency, 2424 Kalakaua Ave. (808-923-1234) A contemporary American seafood and steak grill under a newly renovated contemporary breezeway offering open-air seating and stunning ocean vistas.


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Big Island EVENTS 14th ANNUAL GREAT WAIKOLOA UKULELE FESTIVAL March 1, 1–7 p.m. Waikaloa Beach Resort, 69-1000 Kolea Kai Cir.; free; Big Island ukulele enthusiasts can strum along with a great lineup of ukulele masters. KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL March 8, 2:30–6:30 p.m. Kona Beach Hotel, 75-5660 Palani Rd.; $75; Celebrate with Kona Brewing Company and enjoy craft beer, island cuisine, music, and the company of good friends. THE 50th ANNUAL MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL April 24–26, (time varies per day) Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium, 350 Kalanikoa St.; $5–$30; A week-long celebration of both traditional and ancient hula. DIVE FOR EARTH DAY April 28, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Coconut Island Park, 77 Kelipio Pl.; free; Help protect Hilo Bay along with a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet. 9TH ANNUAL LEI DAY CELEBRATION May 1, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Kalakaua Park; free; Live music, food, hula, and hands-on lei making workshops. KONA ORCHID SHOW & PLANT SALE May 10–11 (time varies) Old Airport Events Pavilion, 74-5562 Makala Blvd.; free; Enjoy this fragrant flower or buy an orchid for Mother’s Day. BIG ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL May 22–26, time varies The Fairmont Orchid, 1 N Kaniku Dr.; $8 and up;

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TASTE BIG ISLAND GRILL $$ 75-5702 Kuakini Hwy. (808-326-1153) The secret’s out, Big Island Grill serves up huge servings of localized American home cooking for ultra reasonable prices. CAFÉ 100 969 Kilauea Ave. (808) 935-8683 $ Originally opened in 1946, this home-style café serves great local favorites with a menu of over 30 different varieties. DA POKE SHACK $ 76-6246 Dr. (808-329-7653) Poke at its best, like Hawaiian salt, limu, avocado, furikake and soy sauce. HAWAIIAN STYLE CAFÉ $ 65-1290 Kawaihae Road (808-885- 4295) This small country kitchen serves some local favorites for breakfast. HILO BAY CAFÉ $$ 315 Makaala St. (808-935-4939) Hidden in plain sight in a strip mall, this café has great burgers and cocktails, made with local, organic ingredients. HUGGO’S 75-5828 Kahakai Rd., (808-329-1493) With its waterfront location, Huggos has earned a reputation as Kona’s premiere restaurant for fresh seafood, oceanfront ambiance and casual elegance. Ken’s House of Pancakes $$ 1730 Kamehameha Ave. (80-935-8711) Awarded the best breakfast spot on the Big Island 13 years in a row, this pancake house’s menu available 24 hours a day.

Le Magic Pan $$ 64 Keawe St. (808-935-7777) Right in the heart of Hilo, enjoy French cuisine and cocktails. Try the authentic crepes. MIYO’S $$ 400 Hualani St. (808-935-2273) Melt in your mouth sashimi and other traditional Japanese dishes. Paolo’s Bistro $$ 333 Pahoa Rd. (808-965-7033) This adorable Italian bistro transports you to a quaint village in Tuscany, where the portions are large and the pastas and ravioli, among other dishes, are robust. Puka Puka Kitchen $$ 270 Kamehameha Dr. (808-933-2121) The place where the locals eat, Puka Puka is famous for their local style food like bentos, donburi bowls (rice bowl topped with meat protein) and vegetarian options, like their falafel. Right before closing time, bentos become half off. TWO LADIES KITCHEN $ 274 Kilauea Ave. (808-961-4766) Legendary freshly pounded mochi in a whirlwind of traditional and contemporary flavors. Fresh strawberry, butter, and kinako mochi.

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KAUA‘I EVENTS KAUAI SLACK KEY GUITAR & UKULELE CONCERT March 23, 3 p.m.–5 p.m. Hanalei Community Center, Malolo Rd.; $15 and up; Enjoy the music while learning about its cultural history. 4th ANNUAL ANAHOLA PRINCE KUHIO DAY CELEBRATION March 9, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Anahola Beach Park, Anahola Rd.; free; Celebrate in Anahola with activities, performances, and food booths. A CULTURAL ROMP THROUGH PARADISE Kilohana Plantation, 3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy.; $140; A culinary tour to tickle the taste buds with local flavors. MUSICAL LEGENDS IN THE GARDEN April 5, 1–5 p.m. NTBG Southshore Visitors Center, 4425 Lawai Rd.; $35 and up; Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Tropical Botanical Garden with legendary music. A TASTE OF KILOHANA May 12, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Kilohana Plantation, 3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy.; $115; A unique guided tour through lush fruit plantation fields. NA LEI HIWAHIWA EHIKU May 2, 6–10 p.m. Kauai Beach Resort, 4331 Kauai Beach Dr.; A May Day celebration concert with fantastic Hawaiian music.

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KAUAI YOGA RETREAT, ANAHOLA BEACH May 10–16, all day Anahola Beach Park, Anahola Rd.; $1,500 and up; Come home to your true self at this weeklong yoga retreat at the sacred Anahola Beach.

Island Tacos 9643 Kaumualii Hwy. (808-338-9895) Local flavors wrapped in fresh homemade tortillas make the perfect lunch after a day at the beach or a long drive from Waimea Canyon.

MAY DAY BY THE BAY May 10, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Waioli Beach Park, Hanalei; $5 donation; Features cultural demonstrations, a craft fair of Kaua‘i-made products, Hawaiian food, and silent auction.

JOSSELIN’S TAPAS BAR $$$ Kukui‘ula Shopping Center, 2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St. (808-742-7117) This tapas bar features dishes inspired by all parts of the world using as many locally grown ingredients as possible


Living Foods Market & Café $$ Kukui‘ula Village, 2829 Ala Kalanikauamaka Shop in the island’s largest selection of organic, sustainable and locally-grown produce and don’t forget to grab lunch in the market’s café-style restaurant, which serves a simple European-style menu.

BARACUDA $$$ 5-561 Kuhio Hwy. (808-826-7081) Inspired by the Mediterranean regions of Europe, this tapas bar is one of Kaua‘i’s coolest places to relax with friends and sip some wine. Brick Oven Pizza $$ 4-361 Kuhio Hwy. (808-823-8561) and 2-2555 Kaumualii Hwy. (808-332-8561) Brick ovens at this casual pizza joint make for a crispy pizza and chewy, pretzel-like crust. Be sure the get the garlic-brushed crust option. HAMURA’S SAIMIN $ 2956 Kress St. (808-245-3271) Soft, slight chewy saimin noodles make this nofrills mom-and-pop joint a favorite among locals. HANALEI GOURMET $$ 5-5161 Kuhio Hwy. (808-826-2524) A quick and easy spot for lunch, this casual eatery serves sandwiches made on fresh baked bread, alongside classic American eats.

MARK’S PLACE $ 1610 Haleukana St. (808-245-2522) Takeout restaurant located in Puhi Industrial Park that specializes in gourmet plate lunches and local souvenir snacks. Postcards Café $$$ 5-5075 Kuhio Hwy. (808-826-1191) Set in a charming setting, Postcards is known for freshly prepared seafood and gourmet vegetarian cuisine, using no meat, poultry, refined sugar or chemical additives. THE FERAL PIG $$ 3501 Rice St. (808-246-1100) New American breakfast, lunch and dinner spot specializing in using the whole animal

Farmers Markets Lush and green, Kaua‘i is known as the Garden Isle for a reason. Support local farmers on Kaua‘i by visiting some of the island’s many farmers markets, who offer up their various locally grown products like honey, goat cheese, coffee, produce and flowers. With farmers markets open every day of the week on Kaua‘i, you can indulge in the freshest products while talking with local farmers.

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PADDLE IMUA May 3, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Hawaiian Canoe Club, Hoaloha Park; $50 and up; Improve core muscle strength and challenge your endurance in this stand up paddle race.

16TH ANNUAL MAUI HEART WALK & HEALTH FAIR March 8, 7 a.m.–11 a.m. Keopuolani Park, Wailuku; free; Stay fit and support health awareness with the annual walk and health fair. MARDI GRAS MAUI March 8, 6 p.m. King Kamehameha Golf Club, 2500 Honoapiilani Hwy.; $35 and up; Join the VIP dinner or dance the night away with special performances that celebrates the New Orleans tradition. LEGACY OF LIFE HAWAII BUTTERFLY BALL GALA March 15, 5:30–9:30 p.m. King Kamehameha Golf Club, 2500 Honoapiilani Hwy.; $165; This gala benefits Legacy of Life Hawai’i with its family services and support to donor families and outreach efforts to encourage organ and tissue donation. 3RD ANNUAL MAUI FOR KIDS 5K April 6, 7 a.m. Maalaea Triangle; $20 online registration; Keiki and adults stay fit in this run to help schools improve their physical fitness, play, and athletic programs. SIXTH ANNUAL MAUI HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL April 11, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Kaanapali Beach Hotel, 2525 Kaanapali Pkwy.; free; This three-day event brings together master players from around the world for a celebration of the Hawaiian steel guitar. HAIKU HO‘OLAULE‘A AND FLOWER FESTIVAL April 12, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Haiku Community Center, Hana Hwy.; free; Lots to do in Haiku at this festival that features

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MAUI VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK May 10, 7 a.m.–11 a.m. War Memorial Soccer Field, Kaahumanu Ave.; free; Join one of the largest fundraising events to support the local community and residents. MAUI MATSURI: A JAPANESE FESTIVAL May 10, 2–9 p.m. Maui College, 310 Kaahumanu Ave.; free; Enjoy a wide range of Japanese cultural activities and performances.

TASTE 808 BISTRO $$ 2511 S Kihei Rd. (808-879-8008) Set in a spacious open verandah capturing beautiful views, patrons get to experience the savory tastes of two chefs originally famous for 808 deli’s sandwiches. Aloha Mixed Plate $ 1285 Front St. (808-661-3322) Voted “Best Plate Lunch” by Maui readers and eaters alike. Craving pupus? Try their famous coconut prawns. CAFÉ O’LEI $$ 2439 S Kihei Rd. (808-891-1368) Don’t let the location fool you, happy patrons return for the food and not the view. Flatbread Company $$ 89 Hana Hwy. (808-579-8989) This casual eatery uses local, fresh, sustainable ingredients on their thin crust flatbread pizzas.

Mama’s Fish House $$$ 799 Poho Pl. (808-579-8488) Rated as one of Maui’s finest dining establishments, this restaurant is not only celebrated for its seafood dishes but its fine hospitality as well. MULLIGAN’S ON THE BLUE $$ 100 Kaukahi St. (808-874-1131) Irish restaurant and bar is known for its live music, especially its dinner shows with Uncle Willie K. GAZEBO RESTAURANT $$ Napili Shores, 5315 Lower Honoapiilani Rd. (808669-5621) Arresting views in a casual gazebo setting make this restaurant and its pineapple macadamia nut pancakes a must. LAHAINA GRILL $$$ 127 Lahainaluna Rd. (808-667-5117) This contemporary bistro favorite offers a refined yet comfortable atmosphere. Sam Sato’s $ 1750 Wili Pa Loop. (808-244-7124) Eat where the locals eat. With simple and flavorful noodles dishes, its comfort food at its best.


Yokohama Bay at sunset on O‘ahu's westside.

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