Breakin' da mold
The untold story of hip-hop’s journey to Hawaiʻi, and Hawaiʻi’s journey into hip-hop read
The Moon and the Dew
After Jerry Thomas’s 1876 Improved Gin Cocktail read
Transmitting hula knowledge: currency and kuleana
Carrying an ancient tradition into the modern era read
History and resilience experienced through Kalihi Ahupua‘a Bike Ride
Like wheels on a bicycle, Kalihi and its people will keep on turning through the ups and downs of life read
Summit + Maui Divers Jewelry
The quest for coral that put Maui Divers Jewelry on the map
A deep dive into the history of one of Hawaiʻi's most valued brands read
5 Great Seattle Spots to Eat, Drink and be Merry
Island hopping across the big pond to the Emerald City read
He Makana O Nā Rama

2 oz KōHana Kea Rum (Manulele varietal)
½ oz Noilly Prat Extra Dry Vermouth
½ oz Giffard Banane du Bresil
1 dash Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

Combine ingredients in a pint glass filled with ice. Stir to incorporate. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.

Great music from here and beyond at Blue Note Hawaii
From sweet Hawaiian to funk metal read
Culture in motion
Resistance and resurgence through ku‘i ‘ai read
Food for thought
Reflections on the food stuffs we're thankful for having here in the islands read
Olive & Oliver
Retail therapy for the conscientious consumer read
Fit to print
Manaola—patterns past, printed future read
Saltwater people
Surfing the waves of self-determination read
Gallery: 8th OluKai Hoolaulea
Photos from the three-day community event read
A Hawaiian Shochu: crafting fine, Japanese liquor from local sources
The ancient art of shōchū production meets the agricultural bounty of Hawai‘i read
Summit + Miyako at New Otani
Kaiseki at Kaimana
Under the slopes of Diamond Head lies a hidden gem of Japanese fine dining read
Summit + FEAST Hawaii
Spring FEAST
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. read
Shopping, Dining and Exploring the Valley Isle
Majestic Maui harbors fun, stylish and adventurous activities for the whole family read
Summit + Kualoa Private Nature Reserve
The long table
Perpetuating a tradition of agricultural excellence on O‘ahu’s windward side read
Summit + Magnolia Bakery Cafe Hawaii
Sweet and flour
A Hawai‘i-born chef returns home to helm the first ever sweet- and savory-serving Magnolia Bakery Cafe read
Where to dine in Waikiki
Twenty-five of our favorite Waikiki eateries; from breakfast to dinner, casual to fine dining read
Summit + Kona Brewers Festival Summit + Kona Brewing Company
10 brewers to sample at the Kona Brewers Festival
A guide to the 2016 Kona Brewers Festival; the 21st annual celebration and benefit takes place on March 12 read
A return to craft
How craft cocktails are making a stirring comeback read
Moiliili, then and now
Where this neighborhood came from, and where it could be headed read
Ssshhh – turn it up
Secret Record Store, the vinyl-digger’s dream, has the underground beat read
Furusato, Brazil
A small enclave of Japanese culture and cuisine thrives within South America's largest country read
Summit + Grand Hyatt Kauai
From blacktop to side salad
How a Kaua‘i hotel is doing its part to further sustainable practices, making healthy, farm-to-table salads in the process. read
Riffs in the rafters
A jazz and live music subculture thrives on the flanks of Diamond Head read
Supper Club with Chef Kevin Lee
Photos from the inaugural Supper Club with Chef Kevin Lee at the Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, presented by Summit. read
Dancing toward a healthy lifestyle
See what dance can do for you read
Hokulea celebrates the 40th anniversary of her first launch
Anniversary Celebration to Kick off in March, Continue Throughout 2015 read
Haleiwa walkabout highlights historic past

Liliuokalanai Church-Haleiwa

The Historic Hawaii Foundation (HHF) and the North Shore Chamber of Commerce (NSCOC) will host a walking tour of Historic Haleiwa on Saturday, March 14 with tours starting at 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Refreshments including local, North Shore delicacies will be served.

The event aims to pair people with places that tell the rich history of Haleiwa and share information and stories about the buildings, sites and people who helped shape the history. The tour is geared toward kama'āina who would like to learn more about the historical treasures in their own backyards as well as visitors with an interest in history, architecture and preservation.

"Although I grew up in Haleiwa and Waialua, I never learned the history of the town or district," says Antya Miller, Executive Director of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. "I became involved with Haleiwa Main Street in 1999 to do just that. While doing the research for the Haleiwa Walking Tour, it was so much fun to hear the stories from people I'd known for years, to research the buildings and people who lived in them, and highlights such as hearing the first-hand account of the demolition of the Haleiwa Theater from Captain Haleiwa himself. The tour will not only provide an overview of the historical context, but also share what's historical about Haleiwa Town and who built it."

The 90-minute docent-led tour will include stops at many of the 25 "places of interest" within Haleiwa, including the historic Mutual Telephone Company Building built circa 1930, now the home of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. In 2011 Robert Fox, George and Florence Fujiwara, and Miller jointly received a Preservation Commendation Award from the Historic Hawaii Foundation for saving and preserving this excellent example of plantation, vernacular architecture from the 1920s and 1930s.

Mutual Telephone Co. Building | North Shore Chamber of Commerce

Efforts to preserve Haleiwa have been ongoing over the years, and protecting the town was one of several key preservation issues in the news when the statewide nonprofit organization Historic Hawaii Foundation was founded in 1974. At the time, the possibility of a Department of Transportation-planned bypass could have destroyed wetlands, historic buildings, part of Haleiwa Beach Park and possibly the well-known Anahulu (Rainbow) Bridge.

The community rallied, and the bridge and other historic sites were saved. Haleiwa's designation as a Special District in 1984, the creation of the Haleiwa Main Street Program in 1989 and the amendment of the articles of incorporation in 1990 to widen the purpose of the program to include, "… promotion, preservation and restoration of the culture and architecture of Haleiwa…" have all served to protect this special town.

Tickets for the tour are $25 for HHF and NSCOC Members and $50 for General Admission. Tickets are required and may be purchased online. Attendees will choose a tour time when registering. Tours will begin approximately every half hour with the last tour beginning at noon. Parking is available at the North Shore Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 66-434B Kamehameha Highway. Participants will drive the middle part of town from the Chamber parking lot to Liliuokalani Church. Questions about the event may be directed to the Historic Hawaii Foundation at (808) 523-2900 or

Walking Tour of Historic Haleiwa
North Shore Chamber of Commerce, 66-434B Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa
Sat., March 14, 9:30am-noon
$25-50, all ages

The Historic Hawaii Foundation is a statewide non-profit organization that encourages the preservation of historic buildings, sites, communities and objects relating to the history of Hawaii. Founded in 1974, Historic Hawaii Foundation has become the driving force behind historic preservation in the state through its core programs of developing a community ethic of historic preservation, supporting smart legislation, and providing technical assistance to make preservation accessible.

Haleiwa Main Street, DBA the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was founded in 1985 to encourage economic development through historic preservation. Today, the Chamber exists to promote, maintain, and encourage the historic, cultural, civic, and economic welfare of the North Shore district through research, education, advocacy, and other related activities. Visit for more information.

Malama Honua visits Gisborne

Written by Kālepa Baybayan

Aloha mai kākou

Otatara Pā sits on a bluff of what was once a great bay, Te Whanganui a Orotu. A is a fortified enclosure with an exterior stockade built for defensive purposes. A second , Hikurangi, is located higher on the bluff. The entire complex spans some 40 hectares and was favored by Māoris for its strategic location, expansive views, and access to marine resources. Throughout the area are terraces used for dwelling sites and kumura, sweet potato, storage pits. In 1931, a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook the area and forever changed the landscape, raising the bay. What once were shellfish beds is now dry farmland.

We departed Napier for Gisborne at 1900 hours on Saturday evening arriving in port 21 hours later on February 1st (February 2nd HST).

Tūranga a Nui a Kiwa, The Great Standing Place of Kiwa, renamed Gisborne in 1870 is a large coastal port that exports logs for construction timbers. It sits on the shores of Poverty Bay. Captain Cook, who first set foot here in 1769, named this bay so after a skirmish with natives where he killed two Māori warriors, and the people then refused to trade with him. We were welcomed into the community with a traditional Māori powhiri at the docks, and the crew is being housed at Tūranga Ararau, a iwi tertiary education provider.

Monday was a clean up day and the crew watched the Super Bowl in the afternoon. Aotearoa is a day ahead of the U.S. Today, we visited Whangarā and Whitireia Marae, most famous for the 2002 movie Whale Rider. Up on the roof sat a carving of Paikea on the back of a whale. He is the discoverer of Whangara. Students from the Whangara School greeted the crews of Hōkūle'a and the escort boat Tranquility on to the marae.

We spent the day with the students and the teachers and did a star compass demonstration. We ended the afternoon with horseback rides in the ocean while some of the crew surfed the beach break.

Tomorrow we will have students visiting the crew from 10a-6p. Thursday we are visiting another school in Uawa, Tolaga Bay, and then hosting an evening Mālama Honua presentation. Friday is Waitangi Day, a national holiday in New Zealand, and we will be opening up the canoe for tours throughout the day.

Nga Mihi,

Get a taste of Aloha Got Soul in NYC this Friday

Aloha New Yorkers: We're bringing a taste of Hawaii funk and soul to Aloha Friday NYC. Aloha Got Soul, Honolulu's new record label offering rare Hawaiian grooves, has issued a limited-edition 45 from Mike Lundy titled "The Rhythm of Life".

We'll be entering everyone who RSVP'ed for Aloha Friday NYC into a drawing to win one 45.

Hokulea ventures furthest south in her history
The Worldwide Voyage brings the traditional voyaging canoe to a historic new milestone. read
Take a Winter Walk through Chinatown

Beginning this Friday, December 5, the streets of Chinatown will begin to look a lot (more) like Christmas. Eight downtown merchants will display decorated windows as part of the Arts District Merchants Association's inaugural Winter Walk Holiday Decorating Display and Contest.

“We're always looking for ways to bring excitement and crowds to the area," says association volunteer Miki Lee, “So, we thought we'd give it a try."

This year's suggested theme, Angels and Elves, is meant to spark creativity, but don't be surprised if you see other festive characters and scenes. The participants include Fishmarket Studios with Sergio Garzon, The Manifest, Hound & Quail, Next Door, Louis Pohl Gallery, Owens & Co., Madre Chocolate and Tin Can Mailman. And, the public is invited to choose their favorite window displays.

Vote by liking the photos on Winter Walk's Instagram account, or by using the hashtag #winterwalk808 on your own posts. These votes will determine this year's People's Choice winner that will be announced on December 22. The displays will be up for everyone to walk by and see through December 31.

“It's a good start of many things to come," says Lee.

Celebrate Cyber Monday with Summit

For a limited time, we're offering big savings on Summit 1.0 and 2015 subscriptions. Purchase here.

The Pacific-centered, sci-fi-doused, alternate history of Honua

Polyfantastica is a speculative fiction series, delineating 40,000 years of an oceanic human society on a planet named Honua ("Earth" in the Hawaiian language). The collection is divided into four ages—wā—each comprising 10,000 years. Over those millennia, groups rise and fall, technologies are developed and utilized, wars waged and subdued. The Polyfantastica epic echoes the rich tradition of Hawaiian myth, stretching over ages, civilizations and incredible fits of change.

The following is a sample of Polyfantastica. The full series can be viewed at

Fashion on the high seas
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