Tag: Hawaii

Kamakawiwo’ole's Rendition Of "Over The Rainbow" Is One You've Bound To Have Heard Before

Israel “Iz” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole was a talented Haiwaiin musician known for his ukulele arrangements and incorporations into genres such as jazz and reggae. His influence on Hawaiin music has remained a legacy and his voice was heard internationally with the release of his album ‘Facing Future’ in 1993.   His cover of “Over The Rainbow” reached #12 on the Billboard’s Hot Digital Tracks and was often used in several commercials, films and television programs. Although many preferred this version over the original, it’s important to note that the original was written for the movie: The Wizard of Oz in...

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Even Piglets In Hawaii Love To Surf

It should come as no surprise that surfing is a way of life in places like Hawaii, where the locals are part of the Polynesian peoples whose ancestors invented the sport. Yet it may come as just a bit of a surprise to learn that even the wildlife and possible food sources can enjoy hitting the waves from time to time. On Oahu’s Sandy Beach, Kama and his son Kama II (also called Son of Kama) have become local fixtures thanks to their love of surfing. Ever since he was a piglet, Son of Kama has loved the water...

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Samoan Chief Has Some Great Ways To Husk A Coconut

Chief Kap Te’o-Tafiti is from Samoa, but he is part of the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii. The Center is a Polynesian-themed theme park and living museum with representations and demonstrations from across Polynesia, an area which stretches over a vast chunk of the Pacific Ocean. While most coconuts that you would find in the supermarket are pre-husked, any you find in a tropical paradise are going to have a big husk you have to get through. Thankfully we have this manly and hilarious Chief to show us how it’s done in truly speedy and spectacular fashion. Use...

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A Stunning Collage Of Humpback Whales In Hawaii

A user going only by the name ‘uheheu’ is capturing stunning videos of humpback whales off the coast of Hawaii. It’s a beautiful capturing of nature in its natural habitat in an area quite frequently cited as being paradise on earth. You can clearly see the size and the personality of these creatures shine through the water. It seems that this pod of whales is particularly fond of playing with and hanging out with dolphins. They are also naturally curious creatures, since they love to investigate other animals such as sea turtles and humans. When you see the canoes,...

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Two Hawaiian Girls Shred Ukuleles Like No Other

Some stories were meant to be told, and some friendships destined to happen. This is clearly the case for teenagers Honoka Katayama and Azita Ganjali of Honolulu, Hawaii. The dynamic duo first met at a ukulele studio and quickly garnered exceptional credentials. They also performed very well in ukulele competitions across the Hawaiian Islands. They didn’t become an official act until 2012, but since then have dominated the ukulele scene. Just a year after their formation, they took home 1st place in the 2013 International Ukulele Contest. If that weren’t enough, they were also awarded the prestigious title of...

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