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White Hawaiian Pineapples
Paul and Jude Huber's Hole in the Mountain Farm is one of only three in Kaua'i to grow Sugarloaf pineapples, a heritaxge variety with a creamy white fruit that isn't too sweet and even the core is edible.
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Hawaii, Then and Now Rug
Brooklyn-based designers Cold Picnic have added to their repertoire a line of wool rugs hand-tufted in India. The poetically titled Hawaii, Then and Now 2' x 3' rug features an abstraction of color with a natural feel.
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Photographer Cole Barash Presents "Talk Story"
The North Shore of Oahu—quite likely the most photographed surfing destination in the world—is the go-to reference point for big wave-riding for both surfers and non-surfers. It is home to world-class breaks, sees some of the cleanest swells and...
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Bamboo Boxers
We salute these shorts—for those who may want a reprieve from the serious world of neutral-hued boxer briefs, these provide a loud and proud answer. Full-fitting in full-on patterns, Bamboo Boxers are made in Hawaii, and are "made with Aloha," an idea...
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Salty Wahine Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salts
With its long history of rich cuisine and global mix of cultures, partnered with a natural bounty of produce and seafood, it's no surprise that Hawaii is home to some of the most spectacular cuisine this side of the Pacific. From ancient Hawaiian...
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The Flour Sack Towel
Oahu's Downtown General Store specializes in handmade items invoking the aloha spirit of the island state. From hand-sewn ornaments to hand-screened T-shirts and flour sack dish towels all of the work has been designed by in-house artists. We discovered...
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Kaua'i Sugarloaf Pineapple
While perusing a farmers market on a recent trip to Kaua'i, we came across the Sugarloaf pineapple stand—the only one at the market with a line. We joined the queue, bought two and became part of the club. We devoured the first in the blink of an...
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Daylight Mind Coffee Company
It's in Kona, Hawaii where the unique "farm-to-roastery-to-cup" experience could give the artisanal roasters in New York or San Francisco a run for their money. Daylight Mind Coffee Company (DMCC) in Kona opened its doors in September 2013 as not...
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Nicole Naone at Waikiki Parc
An island of sun and sand, known for surfing and sea-scraping cliff vistas, Oahu now offers a platform to embrace the more recent flourish in its arts community. The University of Hawaii Arts Foundation is hosting a four-part art series to showcase...
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Secret Squirrel Cold Brew
Trevor and Rebecca Smith began their love affair with cold brew coffee by experimenting at home. Their adventures with beans, roasting profiles, brew times, filters and recipes led them to launch Secret Squirrel Cold Brew. The duo transforms organic...
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Interview: Rone at Pow Wow Hawaii
by Vivianne Lapointe Last month we traveled to Honolulu to join the bursting community of artists that migrates there every February as part of Pow Wow Hawaii. The exciting event founded by Jasper Wong has turned into a month-long art festival with...
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POW WOW Hawaii
by Vivianne Lapointe A grouping of islands smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is one of the most isolated places on earth. Over many generations, Hawaii has become a melting pot of cultures home to a vibrant alliance of artists...
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Hawaiian Surfriders 1935
Almost no one impacted the surfing world like Tom Blake. Apart from being a pioneer of the sport, he also invented the hollow surfboard, the lifeguard rescue buoy and the sailboard. Hawaiian Surfriders 1935 contains photography and words by Blake and...
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M.Nii Winter 2012
Shortly after the conclusion of WWII a movement was beginning on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. While Honolulu drew in first-time vacationers, around the corner in the town of Makaha, surfing, both as a sport and a culture, was coming into its own...
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M.Nii
Anyone who's surfed Makaha knows the waves there are as rough as the locals who run the beach they crash on. Located about 40 miles west of Waikiki, this Oahu outpost is the birthplace of big wave surfing, a phenomenon that began in the 1930s and...
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Hawaiian Shirts
Since its introduction in the 1930s, the Hawaiian shirt—or Aloha shirt as it's known in Hawaii—stands as one of the most notorious icons of good vibes and bad fashion. Ignoring the stigma behind the infamous floral print a few brave designers...
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Four Seasons Maui Artists Showcase
During a recent stay at the Four Seasons Resort at Wailea in Maui, Hawaii, we wandered through the artists showcase in the hotel's lower lobby area. The open-air gallery rotates throughout the week, featuring six different local artists each day...
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Malie Kai Chocolates
As the only U.S. state with the tropical conditions to cultivate cacao, Hawaii has been producing the sweet-yielding bean since the 1850s. In recent years the demand has raised chocolate production in the 50th State, bringing with it a new breed...
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Four Seasons Unforgettable Events
Surrounded by volcanic terrain, white beaches, and crystalline waters teeming with aquatic wildlife, there is little left to want for at the Four Seasons Resort Maui. The resort is ideally set up for lazy vacations lounging in the sand, at the swim...
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Swizzle Sticks
On a recent trip to Hawaii we came across Hula Girl Foods' naturally sweetened swizzle sticks. Farmed and packaged on the island of Oahu, the thin slices of pure cane sugar are a nice addition to your favorite cocktail, but they can also be used...
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Shagnasty Honey
Apiarist Oliver Shagnasty treats his bees like people. Originally caught in the wild, his "employees" produce an all-natural honey on his small farm on the Hawaiian island of Kauai (thankfully free of the varroa mite that plagues the bee population...
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Anahola Granola
Since 1986 Anahola Granola has been handmaking granola with a focus on fresh, quality ingredients in Hawaii. Founder Becky Burns' obsession with the region's surplus of exotic, tropical flavors dates back even further to when she bought a one-way...
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Hawaiian Quilt Masterpieces
Hawaii's geographic isolation is a blessing and curse. Though often lacking the attention of their continental neighbors, the separation helps fosters a distillation and refinement of native style. In the late 19th century, western traders brought...
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Feature: Honolulu Highlights
I recently spent a few days in Honolulu. Though the rain kept me and a few friends off the beach we still managed to find the Aloha spirit (if Mai Tais and karaoke count). I couldn’t visit all the great stores and restaurants Honolulu has to...