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In all of the Polynesian islands, the Pu shell or Conch shell is a very sacred instrument used to begin ceremonies, ward off unwanted spirits, bless unions and was also used for important communication between islands in ancient times. Particularly in Hawaii, the conch shell is a very intimate part of every ceremony, beginning the […]

Along Highway 97, near the picturesque Central Oregon resort community of Sunriver stands a roadside sign erected in 2009. It reads, “World War II Veterans Historic Highway.” A few of the highway vehicles pass the sign then turn into Sunriver, while the majority of traffic quickly continues on. Many of the drivers passing the sign […]

Trip 1: North Kona and Kohala: Ancient History, Sumptuous Beaches Approximate minimum time start to finish (to see every site) 11 hours The tour begins at the Keauhou Historic District with ancient battlefields, heiau (stone temples), surfing beaches and shopping in Kailua Kona. 15 minutes north of town is Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park. See how […]

Coffee was introduced to Peru in the late 1700’s. The Typica varietal of Arabica still accounts for about 35% of the country’s exports. The Bourbon varietal was introduced in the 1950’s. Combined, these two varietals make up about 60% of the Peruvian coffee production. Peru exports primarily newer varietals such as Caturra and Catimor. Peru […]

It is exactly 100 years since the pride of the White Star Line, the RMS Titanic, hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and sank with the loss of over 1500 lives. The centenary has prompted many insurance companies on both sides of the Atlantic to publish documents relating to the greatest maritime loss to […]

Pani Popo is the traditional name for a sweet and sticky bun that originated in the South Pacific Islands of Samoa. The bun is soft and doughy and it is baked in a sweet aromatic coconut sauce. It is the perfect choice when planning a Hawaiian Luau or any other tropical themed party. This recipe […]

Hawaii birth records have been made available since 1853, with some files dating as far back as 1826. Initially, pertinent files were conserved by district officials and ministers. However, because of the lack of sophisticated machinery, several early records tend to have insufficient information. Presently, vital records containing birth, death and marriage information can be […]

The Arnold Classic remains one of the most popular bodybuilding competitions in the industry. And why shouldn’t it be? It is only named after and promoted by one of the most legendary bodybuilders in history. (One guess who it is…) Each year, some of the top names in the bodybuilding world will compete at the […]

Chojun Miyagi is one of the most important figures in the development of modern day karate do. Throughout his life he worked tirelessly to spread the empty hand art around Okinawa and mainland Japan. During this time he survived the Battle of Okinawa, not only physically but also emotionally after losing a son, his top […]

The Ukulele has long been considered as Hawaii's national instrument, lending itself to be synonymous for an 'Island Style' sound. The first rendition of this instrument has its origins in early European and Middle Eastern plucked stringed instrument in the lute spin-offs. In the Portuguese Islands of Madeira, the Machete was developed and became a […]

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