Poi is “The” Hawaiian Food

The staple that has been the foundation of the traditional Hawaiian diet for centuries is Poi. This Polynesian staple food made from the underground plant stem or corm of the taro plant. The corm of the taro plant (called Kalo in Hawaiian) is first steamed and then pounded into a …

Kapa Fabric Reclaimed by Hawaiian Artists

Forget all of those Hawaiiana fabric prints made for Aloha shirts and muumuus. The traditional, in fact only, fabric known by the ancient Hawaiians was the kapa cloth made from the the fibrous inner bark of the wauke or paper mulberry tree. The kapa clothed early Hawaiians for centuries before …

LauLau, Some Call it the Food of the Gods

Forget the barbecue, for Hawaiians the food that everyone wants to eat is LauLau. It has everything you could possibly want. It is chunky pieces of pork (usually), a little bit of salt cod (also called butterfish) all wrapped up in taro leaves, tied up in a ti leaf and …

Ukelele Epitomizes Hawaiian Music

(multiple play links at the bottom)   While for many mainlanders the ukelele may be synonymous with the singer Tiny Tim and his hit classic “Tip Toe Through the Tulips,” the instrument is deeply ingrained in Hawaiian culture. In fact, it has become inseparable from Hawaiian music and hula because …

Why So Much Spam?

The people in Hawaii eat more Spam than any other state in the union — in total more than 7 million cans of the stuff each year. Islanders’ love affair with the canned meat started during World War II when GIs introduced the salty lunch meat to the islands. The …

Ziplines Offer Unique Outdoor Adventure

Adventurers on the Big Island have access to several Zipline adventures on the Hilo side of the island that provide unique access to some of the beautiful rainforest areas on the island. At it’s most basic, a zipline, for the uninitiated, is a cable that is higher at the starting …

Loco Moco is Crazy Good

Nothing is as crazy good as Hawaiian Loco Moco, unless it is the story about how the dish was created. There are nearly as many stories about how Loco Moco was invented as there are unique variations of this post WWII classic Hawaiian dish. The dish, which consists of rice …

Hilo, Hawaii and its History of Tsunamis

The Big Island of Hawaii may be surrounded by ocean, but that doesn’t mean that it is not affected by events in places as far away as Alaska, South America or Japan. Just this week, a strong earthquake in Alaska activated a tsunami warning across the state of Hawaii affecting …