Culture

Celebration of the Arts – May 9 - 11, 2014

This weekend, May 9 – 11, the Ritz Carlton Kapalua presents an astonishing array of cultural offerings over the course of a storybook weekend entitled "Celebration of the Arts." Perched on a pine tree lined hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean (and neighboring isles of Lanai and Molokai), Celebration of the Arts is an incredible opportunity to delve into multiple aspects of Hawaiian culture. These include visual arts, performance, demonstrations, culinary offerings and of course, all the grandeur the Ritz Carlton has to offer. 

Outrigger Opens in Mauritius

The Hawaiian hotel group hastens their expansion across the Pacific Region

Hawaii’s venerable “ohana” hotel company has been expanding their portfolio outside of the Hawaiian Islands for over a decade. Things have progressed with abandon in the recent year, with a new property in Fiji opening its doors just prior to the New Year. Now Outrigger announces the Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa, located in the Indian Ocean, 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa. The 181-room property is perched on the beach. 

Ritz Carlton Maui's Celebration of the Arts

March 29 & 30 at Picture-Perfect Kapalua

Every Spring, the Ritz Carlton Kapalua on Maui presents an astonishing array of cultural offerings over the course of a storybook weekend under the event title "Celebration of the Arts." While perched on a pine tree laden hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean and neighboring isles of Lanai and Molokai, Celebration of the Arts is an incredible opportunity to delve into multiple aspects of Hawaiian culture.

Kailua Menswear Shop Gloriously Defies All (Lack of) Hawaii Fashion Sensibility

One writer's rant on how a barrage of uninspired experiences paved the way for a glimmer of hope in a small town beach boutique. 

This is a little tale about how one writer (a) moved to a little sliver of paradise in the midst of a very, very large ocean, (b) learned quickly to appreciate all things “island style”—the relaxed fashion in which everything is served/worn/executed, (c) after a decade of island living began to long for some sense of reform in the elegance of everyday occurrences, only to be besodden with example upon example of how a (warning: sweeping statement follows) simple-minded culture refuses to evolve, stylistically, and (d) ultimately found a glimmer of hope in a tiny, backstreet menswear shop in a Windward beach town. Recline your seat and enjoy the read/rant.

Court of Master Sommeliers to Offer Class on O‘ahu

Up Your Wine Game in Kailua This November

The internationally recognized Court of Master Sommeliers is offering a two-day introductory course plus a third day for those interested in taking the first-level “Certified Sommelier” exam on O‘ahu this November. Settling into two full days of lectures, discussion and tastings at MidPacific Country Club where the likes of master sommeliers Roberto Viernes and Patrick Okubo along with advanced sommelier Charles Fredy, will push your enthusiasm for wine into a full-fledged working knowledge of the industry.

IONA Dancers Host Dinner, Fundraiser

Poolside Dining and Show to Benefit Contemporary Dance in HNL

What's better than an evening spent supporting the arts and imbibing on food prepared by a James Beard-nominated chef fresh off the boat from exile in Kaua‘i? Nothing! (Good guess.) Honolulu's IONA contemporary dancers have joined forces with the Sheraton Waikiki and Colin Hazama (formerly of Jean-Georges' Kauai Grill) to present a Mayan-themed evening of dining and dancing on Saturday, October 8, 2011. The fete will take place around the newly refinished Helumoa Pool starting at 6:00 p.m.

Tag the Town: Hawaii Graffiti Artists Demo Skills

In the late 1970s, a new art form was born on urban the streets of Manhattan. Young kids—often frustrated with convention—armed with spray cans “tagged” the cold steel of dormant subway cars and buildings in shadowy alleys, only to emerge as the sun rose as roving artwork embraced on the streets. Some of these artists went on to lucrative design careers; others went to jail. Now, twelve top graffiti artists in Hawai‘i will compete in the “Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle” at the Honolulu Academy of Arts at Linekona Art Center this Saturday, Sept. 3, from noon to 7:00 p.m.

Duke's Oceanfest Brings Legends to Waikiki Beach

Meet Your Watermen (and Women) Heroes this Weekend

This weekend, Queens Beach in Waikiki will see more foot traffic by legendary watermen and women than anywhere else over the course of the entire year. It’s the full-swing of Duke’s Oceanfest, and the “Legends Lonboard” contest kicks off Friday, going well into Saturday afternoon; it is followed/preceded by the open water mile swim, SUP and paddleboard races, as well as a variety of water events that all culminate with a rockin’ luau at sundown on Saturday, August 27th.

Amidst the Mist: A Tranquil Respite

With summer in full swing, anyone not embarking on a European holiday or mainland sojourn tshould consider a neighbor island jaunt to one of many inn experiences we are lucky to have among us. We’ve written at length about the quaint (and historic) Shipman House in lush Hilo; you’ve drooled over the elite homes of Pure Kauai, as well as some stunning oceanfront estates on O‘ahu. But it’s been a while since we directed our gaze towards the coffee-laden hillsides above Kona—and the sublimely serene Holualoa Inn.

Eddie Would... Hang/Eat Here

New Big Isle Surf Museum and Eatery Spotlights Legendary Waterman, Eddie Aikau

There’s a new locale at the Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa, on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, that pays tribute to one of the most storied, modern day watermen. The Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum opened for business this month, and if the celebrity turn-out was any gauge for its future success, well, things are looking bright.

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