April 1, 2014 |
The hula is sometimes performed by dancers in grass skirts, but the connection between the dance and the land goes well beyond that, as visitors can discover next month when a hula master and a botanist team up for a field trip on the Big Island of Hawaii. Much of that day, April 11, will be spent at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park . At the Kilauea Overlook, hula master Ab Kawainohoikalai Valencia will lead a walk among the native grasses and flowering plants essential to hula.
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March 27, 2010 |
Dorothy "Auntie Dottie" Thompson, who helped found and direct the Merrie Monarch Festival, Hawaii's most prestigious showcase for hula, died March 19 in Hilo after a long illness. She was 88. Thompson and George Na'ope co-founded the festival in 1964 with the intention of boosting tourism and cultural pride. Na'ope died in October at 81. The weeklong Merrie Monarch Festival, in Hilo's Edith Kanaka'ole Tennis Stadium, celebrates its 47th anniversary this year beginning April 4. Under Thompson's determined leadership, the festival remained little changed or modernized.
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January 31, 2011 |
Gretchen Clarke, who with her husband, Waltah, built what was once the nation's largest retailer of aloha wear, has died. She was 78. Clarke died Jan. 22 of kidney failure at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, her son Cameron said. Waltah Clarke's Hawaiian Shops started in the 1950s and grew to more than 30 stores on the mainland and in Hawaii. His first store opened in Palm Springs in 1952 before the Clarkes met, but over the years Gretchen designed most of the company's clothes and prints and "ran the business," Cameron said.
October 28, 2012 |
A family getaway to Santa Cruz proved this eccentric beach town along California's Central Coast is fun enough for a 5-year-old yet cool enough for a teenager. The excitement of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk entertained our young daughter, while the Australian exchange student we're hosting zigzagged her way in and out of trendy stores on Pacific Avenue. We were in town to cheer on my wife, who was playing roller derby against the Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats. Here's what we did with the rest of our time.
August 9, 2009 |
The Kaanapali Beach Hotel on Maui is offering a fall special that cuts room rates to $143 per night, a 28% savings. Throw in its free nightly hula show and you've got yourself a deal. The deal: The offer runs from Aug. 21 to Dec. 22. Guests will have access to the hotel's free welcome breakfast their first day, as well as free daily cultural classes, including hula-dancing lessons, lei and ti leaf skirt-making classes, and lau (leaf) printing. Hiking, kayaking, horseback riding and golf are also available.
November 7, 2011 |
Old core workout: Crunches and planks. New core workout: Almost anything, as long as it's an all-body movement that forces you to stabilize yourself. As the trend to functional fitness grows, activities that involve compound movements - such as kettlebell swings, heavy-rope whips, hula hooping, even a dumbbell bench press on an unstable surface - are increasingly recognized as terrific core builders that can improve posture and performance in all sports as well as reduce injuries.