Culture

Memorial Lantern Float a Sight to Behold

How many times have you endured a holiday weekend and, somewhere between frosty “adult” beverage numbers three and four (or thereabouts) thought: “Wow, I don’t even know what this holiday is all about!” or something similar? Thankfully, this year you can experience less of what has become a kick-off-the-summer weekend, and more of what it actually signifies. We’re talking Memorial Day—and there’s no better place to be than in Ala Moana Beach Park watching or participating in the 13th Annual Lantern Floating ceremony

Sig Zane Clan: Paving the Way with Aloha

Hawai‘i Island's creative force comes in this trio of entrepreneurs

While the name Sig Zane isn’t unknown throughout fashionable circles on O‘ahu, it isn’t every day that the residents of one isle get to deeply experience the true artistry of an entire family of talent that resides on another island. In fact, there may still be some that aren’t aware: authentic (and hand drawn) aloha attire designer Zane is married to the uber-talented kumu hula (and cultural practitioner) Nalani Kanaka‘ole. Along with son Kuha‘o—an entrepreneur and artist—the Hilo-based trio will lecture, display and talk story at an open gallery event for an entire week in Waikiki.

Grammy Winners To Talk Future of HI Music

Amy Stillman, Daniel Ho & Tia Carrere To Hold Free Forum Discussing the Future of Hawaiian Music

Two-time Grammy Award winning singer (and actor) Tia Carrere and four-time Grammy winning producer-performer Daniel Ho will join professor of Hawaiian language Amy Ku‘uleialoha Stillman for an open forum session on the future of Hawaiian music. The admission is free for this event, to be held at the University of Hawaii on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 6:00 p.m.

Daniel Ho, Tia, Peterson and more Garner Grammy Nod

Time has arrived again to review the albums selected for this year’s Hawaiian Grammy Award, something that could come in handy this week as you’re looking for the gift of song for the music enthusiast on your list.
First up, and hard to overlook, is Tia Carrere’s follow up album (to her ‘ikena LP that took home last years Grammy), entitled Huana Ke aloha. The album features arrangements and accompaniment by Carrere’s long time pal and collaborator, Daniel Ho.

A Heart-Warming Story of Makahiki

Maui's Most Hawaiian Hotel Celebrates a Lost Life During Makahiki Season

The Hawaiian Makahiki season is celebrated today without parallel at the Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, on Maui. There, employees come together for months—beginning in November—to craft an array of gifts to present to the “king” and “queen” after the New Year. This family-friendly resort holds a week-long series of festivities, including a parade, arts and cultural demonstrations, and a dinner feast open to guests and locals at the end of Makahiki.

Cultural Events at Keauhou this Fall

A wealth of cultural and wellness events will roll-out over the coming month on the Big Island of Hawaii, in the Keauhou area, just outside of Kona-Kailua town. Beginning with a Healing Arts Festival on Saturday, October 23 (from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m), and ending with a Makahiki Festival on Sunday, November 21 (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Both of these events are free and will be held at the Royal Lu‘au Grounds at the Keauhou Beach Resort.

Eddie and Myrna Kamae's Historic Documentary Debuts at HIFF, Santa Cruz

If you don’t know the names Eddie and Myrna Kamae, you should take the time to learn about them. Entrenched in all things Hawaiian music and poetry, the Kamae’s have made 10 documentary films, researched a slew of near-forgotten tunes penned by Hawaiian royalty, and shared their messages across the globe. This October, the Kamae’s will debut their most recent film — entitled Those Who Came Before — at both the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and (for our friends in California) the Pacific Rim Film Festival in Santa Cruz.

The Jewel Designer and the Conservationist Talk Coral Reef

A Sit Down with Temple St. Clair Carr and Celine Cousteau

You may have noticed an increase in the awareness of coral reef preservation as of late. Sure, it’s a prevalent subject—one that’s been pertinent here in Hawaii—for a long time. (Duh! We’re surrounded by this living organism.) Yet worldwide, it seems that both conservationists, environmentalists—and now fashionistas—have caught wind of the dire need to protect these colorful outcroppings just beneath the waves.
Recently, we at B on Hawaii had the unique opportunity to speak with two leading advocates of the protection of coral, who together aim to initiate the complete ban of it for use in jewelry and fashion.

Peace Day Parade: Held Locally, Seen Globally

We recently heard this statement on the local news: “It’s a lot harder fixing a broken adult than it is educating a receptive child”. While understandably controversial, in essence, it’s true. Steering a child down the right path is the best shot we have at making our future bright and prosperous.

Japanese-Hawaiians Honored

Part of the “magic” of living in (or visiting) Hawaii is the multi-cultural fabric that weaves through each of our communities. On September 25, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii will honor five members of this community as both significant contributors to Hawaii as well as Japanese icons. The theme is “Kakushin No Tatsujin!

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