9 Hawaiian Books to Read Before and During Your 2019 Visit

Countless Hawaiian books have been written over the years.  Some chronicle the history of the Hawaiian islands and recount stories passed down through generations via oration and mythology.  Others narrate World War II and the struggles of modern-day Hawaii, as it became the 50th state added to the United States in 1959.  We hope you …

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Hawaiian Monk Seal

Hawaiian Monk Seal

Common Name: Hawaiian Monk Seal Scientific Name: Neomonachus schauinslandi Type: Mammals Diet: Carnivores Group Name: Colony, rookery Average life span in The Wild: 25 to 30 years Size: Length, 7.5 ft Weight: 500 to 610 lbs About the Hawaiian Monk Seal (from National Geographic) Most seals are at home in frigid waters, but the Hawaiian …

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Kukui Nut Trees

Hawaii’s State Tree History The Kukui Nut Tree became the official state tree of Hawaii when Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States, 1959. It was named the state tree because of its prevalence throughout the islands and its many uses.  The tree is not native, but was brought to the islands by …

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Pacific Golden Plover

Should you visit Hawaii in the fall and winter months, you may have the opportunity to see the Pacific Golden Plover. This beautiful bird was named “Kōlea” by early Hawaiians who noted that individual birds return to the same place in the islands year after year. This species is a wader and forages for food on tundra, fields, …

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The Legend of Naupaka

The Legend of Naupaka The Half flower of Hawaii Once upon a time in ancient Hawaii lived a beautiful princess named Naupaka. She was loved by everyone who knew her because she was just as kind as she was beautiful. One day while walking along the beach, Naupaka encountered a handsome fisherman named Kaui. When …

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Dances with Whales

Whale Songs

Pacific Humpback Whales are truly native Hawaiians—many of them were conceived and born in Hawaiian waters. The Humpbacks spend most of the year in the waters off the Alaska coast and in the Inside Passage where they feed. The waters there are rich in plankton, which is their primary food. Typically, in October and November …

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Meaning of the Hawaiian word ‘Haole’ The word “Haole” literally means “a person without a country or a known beginning”. So what does haole mean today? It is frequently used today to identify a person of Caucasian/white ancestry but this is an incorrect usage. The Hawaiians are a very family-oriented people – check out the …

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Aloha `Oe

The last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Queen Liliʻuokalani, inherited the throne from her brother Kalākaua on January 29, 1891. A woman of peace and an accomplished author and songwrite, she became the first Native Hawaiian female author. Upon her death, Liliʻuokalani dictated in her will that all of her possessions and properties be …

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