WHAT DOES OHANA AND HANAI MEAN?

What are the meanings of Ohana and Hanai? Ohana Means Family While Honolulu is often considered “Big City”, it is really only one city that consists of most of one island, which is just short of 70 square miles. The rest of Hawaii is made up of a scatter of cozy, tight-knit towns where everyone looks out for one another. Within each town lies an intimate community that grows up together, knows each other’s families, supports each other, and roots for each other. They go to the same schools, have the same circle of

WHAT DOES “DA-KINE” REALLY MEAN?

Many say that “da-kine” is a catch-all phrase used to fill in a mental blank when talking, much similar to “um” or whatchamacallit”. While this is mostly true there are a handful of other ways this term is used: WORDS WE SHOULDN’T USE:  “Da-Kine” can be used in place of a mean word, or one that could be taken offensively. For example, when a person takes advantage of their own good looks and charm, often getting the best of the opposite sex they may be referred to as “da-kine”. [Fred is out

WHAT DOES “CHICKEN SKIN” MEAN?

Chicken Skin literally means “goose bumps”, only it is almost never used to describe the goose bumps themselves. While we normally think of goose bumps when we are chilled, in Hawaii we rarely use “chicken skin” to describe the temperature or the weather. Rather it is usually used to describe how we get goose bumps.  Something Scary:  When a spooky story is told and the hairs on our arms stand up, we call this chicken skin.Many will actually use the term chicken skin when describing how scary the story is to them. [Morgan’s Corner was dark

WHAT DOES “CHANCE ‘UM” MEAN?

CHANCE is the possibility of something happening. We use this word a lot in Hawaii. The original translation or the root of the word basically remains the same in most of the ways that it is used, so keep that in mind when you hear it. You Like Chance? This is a phrase that many young lads might use to ask a young lady to take a chance on him. Another translation might be “Would you like to go steady”. By Chance… This is usually used when you have something in your hand

THE ULTIMATE ENGINEERING OF THE MAGICAL (MAN-MADE) KO OLINA LAGOONS

The ultimate engineering of the magical, man-made, Ko Olina Lagoons can be laid at the feet of one Herbert Horita. They were designed to be continually cleaned by natural ocean currents while serving the needs of the community without concerns of chlorine or chemicals. Sand for the beaches was brought in from the neighboring island of Lanai. The ocean is no more than six feet deep in the portion roped off for swimming. Ko Olina was once part of sugarcane plantations owned by the Campbell family. The land was sold in

THE ORIGIN OF THE HAWAIIAN “SHAKA”

What does the Hawaiian Shaka sign mean? Anyone who has visited the islands has no doubt seen the famous hand gesture coupled with the “Shaka” greeting! A shaka sign – the unmistakable pinky and thumb salute – is the ultimate symbol of Aloha and local culture in Hawaii. Interpreted to mean “hang loose” or “right on,” the shaka is a constant reminder that in Hawaii, it is not the norm to worry or rush. The shaka sign represents the embodiment of “island style.” It conveys friendship, understanding, compassion, and solidarity among

INTRODUCING THE RARE HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL

Introducing the Rare Hawaiian Monk Seal Neomonachus Schauinslandi, more commonly known as the Hawaiian Monk Seal, is not only one of the rarest seals found in U.S. waters but one of the most endangered species on the planet. These beautiful animals are native to Hawaii and are primarily found inhabiting the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.   Habitat While most seals like to keep things cold, the Hawaiian monk seal is downright tropical and prefers the warm waters and sandy beaches found on the coasts of the Hawaiian Islands. They spend most of their

THE HISTORY OF HULA: HOW HULA WAS SAVED

The mesmerizing hula dance you see performed on the islands of Hawaii today has a long history rooted in traditional culture. Most visitors will see hula at a luau or a special event. (Paradise Cove Luau near Ko Olina Resort is one of the best in Hawaii!) Hula is such a part of Hawaii that it might be surprising to learn there was a time when hula was in danger of disappearing from the islands. The history of hula is the history of Hawaii. Before the Hawaiian people had a written

HAWAIIAN WORDS AND PHRASES: KOKUA

The Hawaiian language was originally an oral language, with no written version. All stories, traditions, and myths could only be passed down and shared through chants, hula, and song. Out of the necessity of needing it to be easy to remember for recitation, the language developed to be quite poetic in nature, with many words having multiple meanings or conveying a complex thought. Words in Hawaiian can have many layers and may be interpreted in slightly different ways depending on context. Aloha, for example, can mean both hello, goodbye and love, but

HAWAIIAN WINTER ACTIVITIES

Fun Winter Activities to Enjoy Outdoors Warm breezes, swaying palm trees, pristine beaches, and warm Pacific waters welcome you during Oahu winters. With the sun shining high overhead and temperatures hovering in the high 70s year-round, every month is ideal for a tropical beach vacation on Oahu. Pack your swimwear and a jacket for evenings with cool ocean breezes, and come ready for a warm Hawaiian winter getaway. Enjoy a Whale Watching Tour If you’re traveling to Oahu during winter, it is the perfect season for whale watching. These gentle