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    No one has a definite reason as to why this day is the National day of the state, as August 21, 1959, is the date that Hawai’i was officially united with the rest of the 49 states of America. Located in the Pacific Ocean, nearly 2,500 miles from the coast of California (although, the curve of the coastline makes the northern cities like San Francisco closer than it is to southern cities like San Diego), it is the 50th state of the United States- our beloved Hawai’i.  ...

Have you ever wondered how the state of Hawai'i, its residents, and island visitors celebrate holidays?     I know when I was a kid (being naïve), I thought everyone celebrated Christmas the same way: Santa came down the chimney (if you had one), and if not, he mysteriously found a way. Well, since our next national holiday is at the end of this month, it got me wondering how Hawaiians celebrated Memorial Day. Were there misconceptions? Was it lackluster and underappreciated? Or, perhaps, was it just as magical as...

  American’s (and almost everyone around the globe) already know that the Fourth of July is the day to celebrate our independence from the British monarchy. Although Congress signed and agreed upon this just two days prior, it was officially announced on July 4, 1776. From that day forward, the 13 original colonies were no longer under the rule of Great Britain and its people were now able to live as free, united, independent states.  However, in Hawai’i, this day of independence is 3-fold. Here’s why July 4th may be...

For most of us around the globe, June 11th is just another typical Tuesday. But to Hawaiian’s, this day is a state holiday - a joyous day full of festivals, culture, traditions, and honoring Kamehameha the Great (aka Kamehameha the First, Kamehameha I, and King Kamehameha). Celebrations for Honor Throughout the day, patrons participate in several activities throughout the Islands of Hawai’i, oftentimes with multiple chances to catch a ho’olaul eʻa.  A Hoʻolauleʻa is a Hawaiian celebration or festival, which may consist of authentic hula dancing and music, foods, vendors...