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Images of Old Hawaiʻi – Nuʻuanu

July 23, 2014 in History

Nuʻuanu – In 1872, some referred to it as “Missionary Street,” although the Missionary Period had ended about 10-years earlier (the Missionary Period was from 1820 – 1863.)

You might more accurately call it the home of the elite, and that is not limited to folks of the Caucasian persuasion – both Kauikeaouli and Emma had summer residences here and included in the list of successful business people who called it home were the Afongs and others.

But you can’t help concluding the strong demand to live there based on early descriptions – even Realtors, today, would be envious of the descriptors Ellis used in 1831: “The scenery is romantic and delightful.”

“Across this plain, immediately opposite the harbour of Honoruru, lies the valley of Anuanu (Nuʻuanu,) leading to a pass in the mountains, called by the natives Ka Pari (Pali,) the precipice, which is well worth the attention of every intelligent foreigner visiting Oahu.” (Ellis, 1831) Read more…

  • Nuuanu_Valley_(WC)_1840
  • Nuuanu_Emmert-No._6-Looking_Mauka-1854
  • Nuuanu-from_School_Street-(Brigham)-(Scott-Saga)-1888
  • Nuuanu-Kauikeaouli-'Kaniakapupu'
  • Nuuanu-Kauikeaouli-'Kaniakapupu'-layout
  • Nuuanu-Wyllie,_Robert-'Rosebank'-(Emmert)-1854
  • Nuuanu-Walker_Estate-Japanese-Garden-(historichawaiifoundation)

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Coconut Chase 8k – Photos

July 13, 2014 in Event Pictures, Running

The 6th annual Coconut Chase 8k took place today at Kaka’ako Waterfront park.  The fun run/walk supported local charities and flowed through the park and surrounding streets.  Congratulations to all the participants. Click here for the full Coconut Chase 8k race results provided by

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Da Hui Paddle Race – Photos

July 4, 2014 in Event Pictures, Paddling

Hundreds of paddlers gathered for the 36th Annual Da Hui Paddle Race on July 4th, 2014. There were two courses for the event. The 4 mile course started at Sunset Beach and the 7 mile course started at Turtle Bay and both finished at Waimea Bay. It was a fun day for everyone with various divisions (OC1/OC2, Prone, SUP, Tandem, and SUPSquatch). Congratulations to everyone and many thanks to Da Hui for putting on another great event! Click here for full race results.

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Naked Turtle SUP Race – Photos

June 7, 2014 in Event Pictures, Paddling

Over 60 paddlers took part in the Naked Turtle SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard) race today. It was a beautiful day for the 7 mile race from Sunset Beach to Haleiwa. Coincidentally, a few turtles were spotted checking out the paddlers as they charged their way out of the water to get to the finish line. Congratulations to everyone! Click here for full race results.

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History of Hilo Farmers’ Market

May 27, 2014 in Businesses, History

Source: Hilo Farmers’ Market

Conceived and developed in 1988 by Richard “Mike” Rankin, the Hilo Farmers Market had a humble beginning with only four farmers who sold their goods from their parked cars and trucks.

Today, the market has grown to over 200 vendors selling everything from fresh island fruits and vegetables to locally grown tropical flowers, special Big Island food products, handmade craft items and beautiful gifts made with Aloha.

If you are looking for the best deals on produce or a special gift that says “The Big Island”, you’ll find it at The Hilo Farmers Market.

We have a high tech side too — the Hilo Farmers Market was the first open market in the nation to be federally approved to accept food stamps by way of a unique electronic system and EBT cards.

The Hilo Farmers Market is considered to be one of the best open markets on the Big Island and in the State of Hawaii. We’ve gotten our share of awards:

“Best Open Market on the Big Island 1999 and 2000″ Hawaii Tribune Herald Reader’s Choice Awards.
“One of the Best Farmers’ Markets in the West” Sunset Magazine, September 2000 (The only one listed from Hawaii!)
“Best Farmers Market” Hawaii Magazine, August 2000.
“Best Place to Buy Fresh Fruits and Vegetables” and “Best Place to Buy Flowers on the Big Island” Hawaii Island
Journal, April 2001

The farmers market was also featured on the Epicurious Food Show on the Discovery Channel (Dec. 2000). and in United Airlines Hemispheres magazine in September 2000.

Since April 1999, The Hilo Farmers Market has been owned and operated by Hilo Farmers Market L.L.C., a Hawaii based company. Keith De La Cruz is Market Master and together with a team of five, operates the market every week, all year round.

Click here for info on other Farmers’ Markets in Hawaii.

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