Hazards in Hawaii—Sun, Surf and Stings

Ahhh. Vacationing in paradise. You've left the rat race for a brief, blissful respite in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. What could go wrong? Unfortunately, plenty. We all tend to throw caution to the wind to some degree when it comes to vacationing....

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Hawaiian Reefs—Why is it that…?

If you’ve ever gazed into an aquarium and wondered what it was like to see colorful fish in their natural environment, complete with coral and strange ocean creatures, you’ve come to the right place. Hawai‘i features a dazzling variety of fish. Over 600 species are...

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Place of Refuge: More Than a Historic Park

In South Kona on the Big Island, there is a very special place named Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau, also called Place of Refuge. (This is a good opportunity to work on Hawaiian pronunciations—POO-OO-HO-NEW-AH O HO-NOW-NOW.) Though it can be difficult to pronounce, it is is...

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Is Hawaii an Island, or a State?

When people start planning their first trip to Hawaii, if they don’t know much about the islands, they come to some curious mysteries that have to be solved. One is—Soooo is Hawai‘i an Island or a State? Well, it’s Both Actually The Big Island, more than any other...

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