2009 Hawaiian Statehood Stamp

10 04 2012

Herb Kane whose images keep Hawaiian history alive

First issued in August 2009 to celebrate 100 years of Hawaiian statehood this stamp was designed by the great Big Island artist Herb Kawainui Kane who died in 2011. Here’s what the postal service said about this stamp he adorned:

“Artist and historian Herb Kawainui Kane, who has dedicated much of his life to studying Hawaiian culture and history, created the painting on the stamp. In the art, a surfer rides a wave on a long board, a popular choice among surfers for centuries. Next to him, two people paddle an outrigger canoe to shore. Kane has extensive knowledge and experience in surfing, a favorite pastime, and in canoe construction, a skill he developed from building a traditional sailing canoe himself.”


The Heartbeat of the Hawaiian People

5 02 2011

Hula dancer at Volcanoes National Park

The Hula is the heartbeat of the Hawaiian People. ~ David Kalakaua

Mark Twain: About Hawaii

5 12 2010

Hula Dancers at Volcano National Park, Big Island

That peaceful land, that beautiful land, that far-off home of solitude and soft idleness, and repose, and reams, where life is one long slumberous Sabbath, the climate one long summer day, and the good that die experience no change, for they but fall asleep in one heaven and wake up in another. – Mark Twain on Hawaii

Lei: Made with Love

5 11 2010

hula not just for women

Aloha means when you give someone a lei, you do not buy the lei—you make the lei with your own hands and then you give it away and that lei is made with love and respect and everything that should be in the soul of man. ~ Levon Ohai

Stories told by Movement

5 10 2010

hula hula

Hula, which is used to impart ancient Hawaiian history and myths,

appeals to me because you tell stories with your hands.

~ Mahealani Uchiyama

Hawaii, a place like few others

5 09 2010

There’s no other place that I’d rather be than home in these islands in the middle of the sea. ~ Henry Kapono Ka’aihue

Hawaii State Song: Hawai’i Pono’i

20 07 2010

Hawai`i Pono`i

Written by King David Kalakaua
Music by Prof. Henry Berger, the Royal Bandmaster

Hawaii ponoi Nana i kou, moi
Kalani Alii, ke Alii.
Makua lani e Kamehameha e
Na kaua e pale Me ka i he.


Hawaii’s own true sons, be loyal to your chief
Your country’s liege and lord, the Alii.1
Father above us all, Kamehameha,2
Who guarded in the war with his ihe,3

1. Alii (ah-lee-ee) sovereign
2. Kamehameha (Kah-may’-ha-may’-ha) king who first unified the islands.
3. Ihe (ee-hay) spear
Submitted by: Michelle Quigley, The Palm Beach Post
Source: Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau

Hula Dancer: At Sunset

5 05 2010

hula dancer at sunset

What I have always longed for was the privilege of living forever away up on one of those mountains in the Sandwich Islands overlooking the sea…. no alien land in all the world has any deep strong charm for me but that one, no other land could so longingly and so beseechingly haunt me, sleeping and waking, through half a lifetime, as that one has done. Other things leave me, but it abides, other things change, but it remains the same… – Mark Twain on Hawaii

Hawai’i History: Forever a Source of Fascination

5 04 2010


Hawai’i has an incredible, fascinating past … No place on earth has anything like the true stories that make up Hawai’i history. … The sun, sand, and surf may be the reasons so many people come to the Islands, but the culture and heritage are the reasons so many people stay. I, for one, could never get enough Hawai’i history.

Brian Nichol

Learning Hawaiian Words: Holoku

1 04 2010

Holoku is a long Hawaiian dress usually with a yoke.

This loose fitting dress, now considered historical fashion, with a high neck and long-sleeves was first introduced by missionaries to cover as much skin as possible. The loose fitting cotton makes them cool in the warm climate and always cheery.

Learning Hawaiian Words: Laulau

15 11 2009

Early laulau contained pork and local fish rubbed with salt, wrapped in young taro leaves called lu`au. When the whaling industry brought salted butterfish and it became the “traditional” fish to use in laulau. The meat, fish and lu`au bundles were carefully wrapped in ti leaves then baked in an imu.

Hungry yet, feeling adventurous? Here are some laulau recipes.