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Kayaking in Hawaii

Recently our family went to a sand bar in Kaneohe Bay about a half hour from our home. It was a beautiful sunny day with trade winds blowing.

The children were so excited as we boarded the…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on October 22, 2015 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Hawaiian Scary Ghost Stories

This is my third Hawaiian ghost story hub. Most people call them goose bumps, but in Hawaii, when you feel the presence of a ghost, or you are affected by a spooky story, we call it "chicken skin" .…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on October 19, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Annexation of The Hawaiian Islands

Truth or Fiction?

To those of us who are fairly new to Hawaii, we have to more or less learn for ourselves about the so-called injustices that were done to the “Native Hawaiian” people. We get a sense that something happened when we hear of recent assaults by locals on military personnel or tourists. But the stories are veiled since they are not particularly a draw for…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on April 17, 2015 at 8:49am — No Comments

Shore Fishing in Hawaii

My husband and I recently inherited two fine fishing poles. We live on the North Shore on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. We often notice fishing poles stuck in the sand on the shore near the winding highway on our…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on March 4, 2015 at 8:10am — No Comments

How the Ukulele Came to Hawaii

The ukulele is usually associated with Hawaiian music. But, before the haole (white) missionaries came to Hawaii, the Hawaiians knew very little about melody. They performed solo chants without any accompaniment for ceremonies and rituals with a monotone voice. Hawaiians also used pahu (drums), double gourds (ipu heke), or uliuli (gourd rattles), and also slapped their hands on their chests (pai umauma) to accompany dancers. The ukulele came much later.…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on February 12, 2015 at 2:09pm — No Comments

The True Beginnings of the Hula

Today, the hula is associated with a dance often including long mu’umu’us, grass skirts and leis as a form of entertainment at a dinner or show. That is only a minute part of the whole picture. In its earliest forms, the hula was a form of worship performed in a temple in honor of the Gods, and under the…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on February 11, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Hawaii Budget Attractions

The Hawaiian Islands offer much for the sight seeker. The island of Oahu, on which I live, boasts many gorgeous beaches and lush dense mountains.

There are many educational and fun things you can do in Hawaii that are inexpensive or totally free. We are all looking for a great deal. Whenever I have visitors from the mainland, I tell them about the sites they can see…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on September 21, 2014 at 5:36pm — No Comments

How to Make a Hawaiian Plumeria or other Flower Lei

Sharing Aloha

Lei giving is part of living in Hawaii. Leis represent the aloha spirit. They are given for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, graduation, weddings, anniversaries, for special guests at meetings on Sunday, and of course, when tourists arrive or family comes to visit.

In our yard we had a white plumeria tree and also a pink plumeria tree. I would send my granddaughter out to pick the flowers on the lower branches, or she would use a broom to…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on June 29, 2014 at 6:50pm — No Comments

How to Treat Box Jellyfish Stings

Who doesn't love a visit to the beach on a gorgeous day in Hawaii? I know I do! Grab the sunscreen, a towel and make your way down to Hukilau or Pounders beach for a fun time in the sun. Great time, right? What could ruin this perfect time? An influx of box jellyfish could do it. Don't be fooled when you are venturing into the wild, including the ocean, you must be aware of what aquatic creatures you may encounter. Educate your children so they know what to do. These creatures are willing…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on June 10, 2014 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Hawaiian Party Costumes and Makeup Ideas

You may be having a party and have chosen a Hawaiian theme. Or, you might have decided to go trick or treating as a Polynesian maiden.

Don't worry men, we did not forget you! You can go as a Haka Warrior Hunk! Children also love to dress up in hula skirts and leis. And, don't forget your dog!

Whatever the reason is, here are some costume and makeup ideas you…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on June 9, 2014 at 5:54pm — No Comments

How to Make a Hawaiian Plumeria or other Flower Lei

Sharing Aloha

Lei giving is part of living in Hawaii. Leis represent the aloha spirit. They are given for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, graduation, weddings, anniversaries, for special guests at meetings on Sunday, and of course, when tourists arrive or family comes to visit.

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on May 21, 2014 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Changing Climates in Retirement

Bees buzzed around basil blossoms and passionfruit tendrils. Our little raised bed garden boasted chives, cherry tomatoes, lettuce and green peppers amidst rosemary and thyme. Then we retired and moved to the desert in the valley of the Rocky Mountains. I grieved for all our little plants we had left behind.It was late October and autumn leaves were scattered all around the sidewalks as trees shed their glory.…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on May 20, 2014 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Otai An Unforgetable Watermelon Drink

Origin of 'Otai

ʻOtai is a fruit drink, which originated in Tonga. They make variations of the drink with scraped mangos and vi (which is a native Tongan fruit). In Tonga they don't usually have half and half, but instead use freshly squeezed coconut milk, that is the most delicious to me. This is not to be mistaken for the juice of the…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on May 19, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Take a Day Cruise in Hawaii

There are a few day cruises you can take when you are on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Perhaps you live on the island and just want a short getaway from the hectic pace of work and traffic. Or you may be visiting from another island or the US mainland. Visitors from all over the world come to Hawaii and take a day…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on May 17, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The world never sleeps.

The world never sleeps.

Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on May 15, 2014 at 8:53am — No Comments

Trances and Guided Imagery

I was asked if I wanted to sit up or lie down. I wanted to lie down on the couch. I was asked to uncross my legs. I did so. Then in a soft monotone voice, I was told to concentrate on my breathing. In and out. I was asked to slow down my breathing. Two counts in and two counts out. I concentrated on my breathing for some time and it was suggested that I listen to the sounds around me, sounds of the office, sounds of her voice, sounds of the clock on the wall. It was suggested that I…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on March 27, 2014 at 3:57pm — No Comments

The True Beginnings of the Hula

Today, the hula is associated with a dance often including long mu’umu’us, grass skirts and leis as a form of entertainment at a diner or show. That is only a minute part of the whole picture. In its earliest forms, the hula was a form of worship performed in a temple in honor of the Gods, and under the direction of a priest.Rest of my article

Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on October 8, 2013 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Visit Hawaii and Catch Local Festivities

Hawaii has idyllic weather much of the year. It is wise to be aware of the month by month events that take place in the islands so you can plan accordingly.

January is typically Hawaii’s wettest month. This is also when snowbirds escape winter storms elsewhere and make their way to the Hawaiian Islands. I guess they enjoy the warm rain rather than the cold snow.…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on October 8, 2013 at 12:47pm — No Comments

A Kiss is More than a Kiss in Polynesia

I come from a family of hand shakers. My mother was given the official title of “hand-shaking Christensen” owing to her stance of giving kisses sparingly, especially to strangers. Coming from a European background, you may better understand my dilemma when I moved to the South Pacific. Growing up, my grandparents on occasion kissed my forehead, but not much more, except one grandpa who used to kiss me directly on the lips.…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on October 8, 2013 at 12:46pm — No Comments

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