Hawaiʻi has two official languages which are English and Hawaiian however if you talk to any local they will tell you that there are, in fact, three "official" languages of Hawaiʻi. The third being pidgin. Pidgin is a very overlook language. It has so many languages mixed up into one. In Hawaiʻi a lot of locals can speak pidgin and turn it off when necessary. So donʻt be alarm if you want to travel or live in Hawaiʻi. Embrace it but NEVER EVER make fun of the accent of pidgin and/or try to do it. It takes years to learn and trying it (while being a foreigner) is not a good look and can be taken as offensive. So spare yourself the trouble. I have attached videos that go into details and usage of pidgin. Note: the language can be a little funny so prepare to laugh a bit. -A
Aloha! Myself and Hinano are excited to announce the arrival of our new author. Her name is E and she is a teen living in Hawaii on the island of Kauai. That is so exciting! She will bring more manaʻo or thoughts to this website. Please welcome her! More information about her on the about page.
My journey of learning Hawaiian has been tough yet rewarding. I started learning Hawaiian in August of 2018 for school. I continued learning for two years and recently finished my second year of Hawaiian classes completing my require two years of another language for school. At first, I did not have any urge to learn or retain the ability to speak Hawaiian. I have never felt connected to my Hawaiian ancestry and that blurred my eagerness to learn. However, as I started to progress in Hawaiian class and the ability to speak, read, listen, and write I started to feel encourage to become fluent. Currently, I am not fluent but I am at a level where I can process and respond pretty decently. As I have progressed I have noticed connections between English, Pidgin (Hawaiian Creole), and Hawaiian that I would not of known before. I have also realized the integration that Hawaiian has in the daily life of a Hawaii citizen. Many streets, saying, and signs are in Hawaiian and/or have a Hawaiian influence in them. Learning Hawaiian has helped to understand those influences and the greater meaning behind them. I personally would encourage anyone to learn Hawaiian. I understand that it isnʻt necessarily a popular or useful language but it is beautiful and has this power when speaking it. Itʻs great language for anyone whether you have Hawaiian in your blood or not. - Ana
During a recent trip to the Big Island I was reminded of one of the most amazing restaurant in Hilo called Cafe 100. This place can speak for itʻs self. With itʻs long list of different Loco Mocoʻs it has something for everyone.
A Loco Moco is a plate lunch meal consisting of hamburger patties on top of steaming rice topped with an egg and gravy. A Hawaii favorite that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! My sister gets the double Loco Moco with an over easy egg (pictured on the bottom.) I recommend my favorite which is a regular Loco Moco with a side order of Macaroni Salad or Mac Salad. Mac Salad is macaroni noodles mixed with mayonnaise and many other spices. And together the regular Loco Moco and Mac Salad cost less than $6.00. That is a bargain!!
Growing up in Hawaii I eat Saimin all the time. But what is saimin? Saimin is another way of saying Ramen. Many of you are familiar with this ultimate broke college student meal. This wrapped up block of noodles with a packed of flavor for only a couple cents is one of the staples of Hawaii. Places such as Zippys (Located all over the state), Palace Saimin (on North King Street), Sekiya's Restaurant & Delicatessen (on Kaimuki Ave.), Teshima's Restaurant (in Kona, Big Island), and Tanaka Saimin (on Nimitz Highway) sell this masterpiece. Make sure to take advantage of the Saimin restraunts in Hawaii and eat...eat...and eat!
A great activity to do with your family is sea glass hunting. Sea glass is glass that has been dulled down by the ocean. It usually does not have sharp edges (but use caution!) Small beaches around the island tend to have more sea glass. Beaches such as; Kawaikui Beach, Kaupo Bay, and Lanikai Beach. Collect as much as you can in as many colors as you can find. After the trip the sea glass can be used as jewelry, furnish for the house,, art, or whatever suites you. Enjoy!
If you are lucky enough to snap a picture of the beautiful Hawaii sunset you are so lucky. These are just a few of the sunset pictures I take almost everyday. Kuliouou beach too me is the best place to see one of these sunsets and sunrises. Lately I have been lazy and busy so keeping up with this blog. I one hundred percent going to up keep this blog. Me and Joe will work all weekend to make post. We have also been wondering if we should move the blog to google sites. Currently we are not but I will be working on something on Google Sites that may or may not relate to this blog. Mahalo -Ana
While visiting the Islands of Hawaii, visit the Island of Hawaii also known as the Big Island. I like visiting this island. It's a 45 minute plane ride from Oahu. The whole island is fun with their own regions.
Kona is on the west side of the island and more of the tourist side of the island, It's warmer here than other sides of the Big Island there is a Costco, WalMart, Target and a few more mainland stores along with quite a few local stores. On Saturday and Wednesday the Kona Farmers Market in held at the corner of Alii Drive and Hualalai Road from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you head towards the north of the island, you will be visiting Waimea, where the weather is cooler and it's cowboy country. It's fun to visit and if your lucky we may see the Cherry Blossoms Celebration, Parker Ranch rodeo, a ukulele festival and so much more.
If you head south of the island, it's fun to visit South Point where the cliffs are high and if your brave you can jump into the ocean from these high cliffs...good luck! There's a cool bakery in Naalehu called Punaluu Bakery were you can watch them bake bread and in the shop you can buy fresh sandwiches, ice cream or a loaf or two of fresh smelling bread. I like the guava bread and we make french toast with the bread.
On the east side of the island it's my favorite place to visit. The town of Hilo. I have family that lives here. Recently we went to visit Akaka Fall and it was so beautiful. It's a very short walk to the falls. You have to pay $5 per car and it's worth it. If you are a Hawaii resident, you can go in free. Here are some pictures of what you will see at Akaka Falls. - HInano
I have a 4 year old cousin who loves to swim. She uses a float which most young children use while swimming in the pool or ocean. My great grandfather Joseph Kanalua Travis, Jr grew up on the Island of Hawaii in Keaukaha and the way they taught their children to swim was to throw them into the ocean. My grandma said that her grandma told her that she was so mad at great-great grandpa cause he just picked up "Junior" from the beach and threw him into the deep ocean. He was about 5 years old. She was yelling that my great grandpa was going to die, he was the oldest of 9 children. He struggled to come to the surface but was able to find the rocks to push himself up and out of the water. Great-grandma thought that she was going to have to plan a funeral. After that experience, my great grandpa loved the ocean and swimming.
Now days we don't throw the children into the water, though I think some still do it the old ways, but my cousin, Hoku is learning how to swim. She loves using her swimmy floats but needed to learn to not depend on the floats. She was enrolled in a swimming class at the local YMCA. These are some pictures of her learning to swim from her "auntie". In Hawaii, we call older ladies - "Auntie".