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Hawaii History
A Brief History of King Kamehameha I

A Brief History of King Kamehameha I

King Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great, is the king who in 1795 united the Hawaiian islands, minus Kauai and Niihau, under one rule. By 1810, Kauai and Niihau peacefully agreed to join the kingdom and Kamehameha became the first king of Hawaii. It's...

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A Brief History of the Lahaina Banyan Tree

A Brief History of the Lahaina Banyan Tree

The banyan tree, the anchor of Banyan Tree Park on Front Street in Lahaina, might be the most iconic place on Maui. OK, the summit of Haleakala probably wins the prize, but the banyan tree rates a close second. As Front Street is a major tourist destination itself,...

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A Brief History of Pele: Goddess of Fire and Volcanoes

A Brief History of Pele: Goddess of Fire and Volcanoes

While it's been a live volcano for centuries, because of the current large-scale eruptions of Kilauea, Pelehonaumea, or Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes has been in the news. But who is Pele and what are her origins? Pele is the creator of the Hawaiian Islands...

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A Brief History of the Lei

A Brief History of the Lei

When you landed on Maui, it's quite possible you received a lei. If not, you're at least familiar with them, right? Why do people share leis in Hawaii? Where did they come from? Here is a quick history of the lei in Hawaii. In the Hawaiian language, the word "lei"...

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The Maui Holoholo Bookmobile – HOP to it

The Maui Holoholo Bookmobile – HOP to it

Maui is fortunate to have a bookmobile that reaches people who would otherwise have a difficult time visiting the library. We are also fortunate to have librarian Jessica Gleason running the program. In accepting the job as the bookmobile librarian, Gleason needed to...

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A Brief History of the Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato

A Brief History of the Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato

If you've shopped in grocery stores or farmers markets around Maui, or visited assorted restaurants around town, you've probably come across purple sweet potatoes, also called Okinawan sweet potatoes. The potatoes have a long history in Hawaii, but lets start at the...

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A Brief History of Taro in Hawaii

A Brief History of Taro in Hawaii

Taro, once a staple of the Hawaiian diet, and still an integral part of the culture, is surprisingly not native to Hawaii. Instead, it is thought to have originated in southern India, before migrating east to China and as far south as New Zealand. From there,...

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A Brief History of the Hula

A Brief History of the Hula

People often associate hula with men and women in short grass skirts, rapidly gyrating their hips and twirling fire. Unfortunately, that's not hula dancing. That's a Polynesian form of dance, popular at luaus. No, hula, authentic hula, is a slower, soulful dance,...

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A Brief History of T. Komoda Store and Bakery

A Brief History of T. Komoda Store and Bakery

T. Komoda Store and Bakery, or Komoda's as it's more commonly known, has been a Maui institution for over 100 years. Its cream puffs and stick donuts are famous throughout the state. In telling the story of Komoda's, let's start at the beginning. In 1916, Takezo...

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