Was Captain Cook the first Western visitor to Hawaii?

Ever heard of Juan Gaetano? Some say that HE is the first European who first stumbled across Hawaii, not Captain James Cook, who is generally credited with the discovery. If it’s true, it means that Captain Cook lost the race by over two centuries. Captain Cook discovered Hawaii in 1778, but Juan Gaetano, a Spanish explorer, […]

Blue Hawaii Recipe

Want to create the flavor of the islands in your very own home? Try this Blue Hawaii Recipe. Next to the Mai Tai, the Blue Hawaii is probably the most famous cocktail on the islands. The Blue Hawaii was created over 50 years ago right here in Hawaii, when a bartender at the Hilton Hawaiian […]


All about the pandanus tree in Hawaii

Here in Hawaii, pandanus fruit are sometimes called the “tourist pineapple” because they resemble pineapple closely enough that visitors sometimes mistake them for pineapples. In reality, the pandanus tree is not related to the pineapple at all, although their fruits do have a bit of a resemblance to one another. There are many varieties of pandanus tree, […]

No snakes in Hawaii! Is it true?

Maybe you’ve heard it before: “It’s amazing! There are NO snakes in Hawaii!” Sadly, that’s one rumor that just isn’t true – but it’s not for lack of trying. It’s illegal to own a pet snake in Hawaii, but that doesn’t mean it never happens. Because snakes are not native to Hawaii, they present an […]

Pink Hawaiian Salt

Why is Pink Hawaiian Salt Pink?

Pink Hawaiian Salt is a specialty food that chefs and foodies have recognized around the world. It has a distinguished taste and the ability to enhance all kinds of dishes. Of course, one of the coolest things about Hawaiian pink sea salt is its distinct color: yes, it’s pink! The reason that Hawaiian sea salt […]

Take a helicopter day tour to Niihau

It’s only been in the last few decades that visitors to Hawaii have been able to visit Niihau, Hawaii’s Forbidden Isle. Why is Niihau forbidden? Well, the island is privately owned, so the only way to go there is either to be invited by a resident or to take part in one of the few […]

Introducing Niihau, the Forbidden Isle

Niihau is Hawaii’s seventh largest island and is closest to Kauai. Never heard of it? That’s not surprising; we call it “The Forbidden Isle.” Although Niihau’s nickname sounds mysterious, the reason for it being “forbidden” is not so intriguing: the island is actually privately owned, so its availability to visitors is highly restricted. However, Niihau […]