I've never visited Hawaiʻi but my wife has. And, with my interest in ukulele and many great hawaiian friends I've made thru the ukulele. I have to get there one day soon.
Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian: Hawaiʻi) became the 50th state of the United States on August 21, 1959. It is situated in the North Pacific Ocean, 2,300 miles (3,700 km) from the mainland, at 21°18′41″N, 157°47′47″W. In the 19th century, Hawaiʻi was also known as the Sandwich Islands.
The Hawaiin Islands
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Hawaiʻi Cities & Towns
All things Ukulele
- CurtSheller.com - Right here!!! I have a massive amount of ukulele content. You can start with this page.
- HUAPALA Hawaiian Music and Hula Archives - link
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- Hawaiian Melodies Reference Collection: He Mele Aloha List - link
The Island of Hawaiʻi (called the Big Island or Hawaiʻi proper) is one of eight main islands that make up the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi. It is said to have been named after Hawaiʻiloa, a legendary Polynesian navigator who first discovered the Hawaiian Islands. However, other accounts attribute the name to the legendary land or realm of Hawaiki, or Havaiki, a place from which the Polynesians originated (see also Manua), the place where they go in the afterlife, the realm of the gods. The Island of Hawaiʻi is larger than all the other Hawaiian Islands combined.
The Island of Hawaiʻi is administered under the County of Hawaiʻi. The county seat is Hilo. It is estimated that as of the year 2003, the island had a resident population of 158,400 persons.
(from hawaiiweb.com) Hawaii, the Big Island, place where gods, myths, and legends reside - an island still being created before your very eyes as volcanoes bubble and spew forth red-hot lava into the sea. Here, eleven of the thirteen climates of the world can be found. Scenery changes here every few miles from lush rain forests, to barren black lava fields, to snow capped peaks.
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The island of Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727 square miles (1883 km²). Maui is part of the State of Hawaiʻi and is the largest island in Maui County. Three other islands, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, and Molokaʻi belong to Maui County. As of 2005, Maui has a resident population of ~141,000 , which is ranked third within the state behind the islands of Oahu and Hawaii.
(from hawaiiweb.com) Maui, named after the demigod that drew the Hawaiian Islands up from the ocean, is the Valley Isle. Legend says that Maui captured the Sun and secured the promise of long days for the enjoyment of the people and visitors of these islands. Today it is said the Sun resides in the beautiful mountains of Haleakala known as the "House of the Sun". Maui is the second largest island in the Hawaiian chain providing miles and miles of diverse cultures, climates, and landscapes.
Kahoʻolawe is the smallest of the 8 main volcanic islands in the Hawaiian Islands. It is located 7 miles (11.2 km) southwest of Maui and southeast of Lānaʻi and is 18 km (11 miles) long by 10 km (6 miles) across. Total area is 115.595 km² (44.63 mile²). The highest point is the crater of Lua Makika at the summit of Puʻu Moaulanui, which is 450 m (1,477 ft) above sea level. The island is relatively dry because the low elevation fails to generate much orographic precipitation from the northeastern trade winds and it is located in the rain shadow of Maui's 3055 m (10,023 ft) high East Maui Volcano (Haleakalā). More than one quarter of the island has been eroded down to saprolitic hardpan.
Lanaʻi (IPA: [lɑːnɑʔi]) is the sixth-largest of the Hawaiian Islands. It is also known as the Pineapple Island because of its past as an island-wide pineapple plantation. The only town is Lānaʻi City, a small settlement. The island is somewhat comma-shaped, with a width of 18 miles in the longest direction. The land area is 140.53 square miles (363.97 km²). It is separated from the island of Molokaʻi by the Kalohi Channel to the north, and from Maui by the ʻAuʻau Channel to the east. The United States Census Bureau defines Lānaʻi as Census Tract 316 of Maui County. Its total population was 3,193 as of the 2000 census.
(from hawaiiweb.com) Lanaʻi, Hawaii's Most Secluded Island. This island paradise is only 18 miles wide and 13 miles long and yet encompasses every imaginable service in order to serve its guests in incomparable style. For comfort, seclusion, style, and grace.......the pristine island of Lanai is the place to visit.
Oʻahu (usually Oahu outside Hawaiian and Hawaiian English), the "Gathering Place", is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and most populous island in the State of Hawaiʻi. Including small close-in offshore islands such as Ford Island and the islands in Kaneohe Bay and off the eastern coast, it has a total land area of 1,545.34 km² (596.66 mile²). In greatest dimension, this volcanic island is 71 km (44 mi) long and 48 km (30 mi) across. The length of the shoreline is 366 km (227 mi). The island is the result of two separate shield volcanoes: Waiʻanae and Koʻolau, with a broad "valley" or saddle (the central Oʻahu Plain) between them. The highest point is Mt. Kaʻala in the Waiʻanae Range, rising to 1,225 m (4,019 ft) above sea level (Macdonald, Abbott, & Peterson, 1983).
(from hawaiiweb.com) O'ahu is the third largest island in the Hawaiian chain. It is home to about three-fourths of the state's population. Honolulu is the state capitol and the 11th largest U.S. metropolitan city. Waikiki, the most world-renowned site in O'ahu, is the top visitor destination of the state. This manmade beach attraction encompasses 450 acres of top vacation fun, surf, hotels, shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Kauaʻi (Hawaiian IPA pron.: [kauˈa.ʔi]; Kauaʻi-Niʻihau dialect: [tauˈa.ʔi]; usually spelled Kauai outside the Hawaiian Islands and pronounced [kəˈwɑ.i]) is the oldest and fourth largest of the main Hawaiian Islands, having an area of 1,430.43 km² (552.29 sq mi). Known also as the "Garden Isle", Kauaʻi lies 105 miles (170 kilometers) across the Kauaʻi Channel, northwest of Oʻahu. Of volcanic origin, the highest peak on this mountainous island is Kawaikini at 1,598 m (5,243 ft). The second highest peak is Mount Waiʻaleʻale near the center of the island, 1,570 m (5,148 ft) above sea level. One of the wettest spots on Earth, with an annual average rainfall of 460 inches (11,700 millimeters), is located on the east side of Mount Waiʻaleʻale. The high annual rainfall has eroded deep valleys in the central mountain, carving out canyons with many scenic waterfalls.
There is no known meaning behind the name of Kauaʻi. Native Hawaiian tradition indicates the name's origin in the legend of Hawaiʻiloa — the Polynesian navigator attributed with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. The story relates how he named the island of Kauaʻi after a favorite son; therefore a possible translation of Kauaʻi is "place around the neck", meaning how a father would carry a favorite child. In South Africa, a health food and drink franchise is named after the island.
(from hawaiiweb.com) Kaua'i, The Garden Isle, where the legends of the Menehune abound. Kaua'i is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain and often called the Garden Isle because of its endless beauty. It is a place as close to the Garden of Eden as one can find.
Niʻihau, at 69.9 sq. miles (181.04 km²), is the smallest of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands in the U.S. State of Hawaiʻi. Niʻihau is also known as the "Forbidden Isle" because the island is generally off-limits to all but relatives of the island's owners (the Robinson family), U.S. Navy personnel, government officials and expressly invited guests. However, tourists are able to visit the island through a limited number of supervised tours, including diving, hiking, and hunting safaris. Niʻihau is also referred to as the "Distant Isle" and sometimes the "Forgotten Island", as it is frequently omitted on tourist maps. Niʻihau is also the site of the "Niʻihau Incident", in which a Japanese fighter pilot crashed on the island and terrorized its residents during WWII.
Northwestern Hawaiʻian Islands
Wikipedia: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
The Northwestern Hawaiʻian Islands or the Leeward Islands are the small islands and atolls in the Hawaiian island chain located northwest (in some cases, far to the northwest) of the islands of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau. They are administered by the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi except Midway Atoll, which has temporary residential facilities and is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In the state of Hawaii, they are part of the City & County of Honolulu. The United States Census Bureau defines this area as Census Tract 114.98 of Honolulu County. Its total land area is 8.0485 km² (3.1075 sq mi).
- A = "ah" as in "ha ha" = "mana" said as mah-nah
- E = "eh" as in "met" = "ete" said as "eh-teh"
- I = "ee" as in "meet" = "iwi" said as "ee-vee"
- O = "oh" as in "boat" - "mokokaikala" said as "moe-koe-kah-ee-kah-lah" (motorcycle), although the "kai" in the middle of this word is usually said as "kahee" as in "why" ("Why?" indeed!)
- U = "ooh" as in "flute" - "muu muu" said as "moo oo moo oo" (four syllables total), although locally we usually say it as "moo-moo", which is a word for a Hawaiian women's garb
- W = sometimes, but not always, pronounced as a "V" = "Ewa" said as "eh-vah", although the W in "Waikiki" is not pronounced this way.
Hawaiian Random Links and Listings
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Higher Ground is a new coffee and music café in the heart of Wahiawa right across from Zippy’s on Kam Hwy. We serve and sell coffee grown right here on the island along with Hawaiian made tea, honey, fresh squeezed juices, snacks, desserts, sandwiches, and live music every weekend. Come enjoy Higher Ground Coffee and Music Café.
Andrew & Jennifer Kitakis
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( from their site ) - Lele Music Productions (LMP) was founded in 2003. It was our goal to start a record label and release Hawaiian Contemporary music.... the kind of music that will soothe you, relax you, and to appreciate the artistry of our artist to the fullest.
Hawaiian Best Beaches
Locals Name Top Ten Beaches in Hawaii
(WebWire) 4/11/2007 5:29:49 AM
HONOLULU, HI - An informal survey polls local Hawaiians to find the top ten beaches for Hawaii vacations. With 750 miles of coastline spread over several islands and beaches, some of Hawaii’s most beautiful beaches have been well kept secrets of the locals -- until now!
Lanikai Beach is reef protected with velvety white sands, making it an ideal spot for families with children to relax with a priceless view of the Mokulua Islands
Sunset Beach, with its dangerous waves, invites surfers to hang ten at one of the best surfing sites in the world. Memorable sunsets give this beach its name.
Waimanalo, where ranches meet untouched beaches nestled between lush valleys, was one of the backdrops for "Baywatch Hawaii."
Hanalei, a great place to learn how to surf, has breathtaking secluded beaches with a back drop of waterfalls and misty mountain peaks making it one of the most peaceful places in Hawaii.
Haena beaches, including Ke’s, are beautiful and perfect for snorkeling and cooling down after hiking the scenic Napali Coast.
Poipu has ideal year-round conditions for body boarders and surfers, as well as a protected area for parents and children to play and snorkel.
Wailea offers five beaches with over two miles of smooth, golden sand. With its exclusive shops and some of the most luxurious condos on Maui, it is an oasis for discerning travelers.
Makena, known as the Big Beach, is tucked in a remote neighborhood and one of the best beaches in Maui.
Hanauma Bay, on the south side of Oahu, is a great spot for visitors to rent snorkeling equipment and view coral, sea turtles and tropical fish in the ancient remains of an extinct volcanic crater.
Hapuna Beach State Park is a stretch of white sandy beach amid swaying palm trees that invites snorkeling, boogey boarding and sun bathing.