Discover Culture

Explore stories that dive into the local communities and culture of Hawaiʻi.

On a mission to legitimize exotica as an art form, The Waitiki 7 make a case for fantasy.
A person wearing a pink kimono with square and floral patterns sitting indoors, with another individual in a dark kimono and patterned obi belt partially visible on the left.
Ukwanshin Kabudan reconnects Hawai‘i’s Okinawan community with their homeland through music, dance, and cultural education.
In Hale‘iwa, a world-renowned plumeria farm opens its doors to the public.
The art of lau hala lives on in the hands of multigenerational weaving groups around the islands.
For local coin enthusiasts, the history of Hawai‘i is in its money.
The final resting places of Hawai‘i’s departed speak volumes about those living in the islands today.
rattan close-up in a a dark lighting setting with cherry colored weave.
With their durability and tropical charm, rattan furnishings stand the test of time.
On the heels of Mauna Loa’s first volcanic eruption in nearly 40 years, local photographers across the islands capture awe-inspiring landforms both old and new.
A nonprofit is reviving ancestral traditions to feed the He‘eia community in both body and spirit.
Erin Lau's Inheritance: an eruption's depth, a hint at hidden forces.
Founded in 1912 to be the voice of Japanese immigrants in the islands, the Hawai‘i Hochi continues to be a lifeline connecting local Japanese to their native culture and community.
The title of Earl Derr Biggers’ mystery novel was inspired by the hotel he stayed in, Gray’s-By-The-Sea, where guests weren’t given keys because, apparently, no one locked their doors in Waikīkī.
At House Without A Key, inspired by Earl Derr Biggers’ novel of the same name, a writer basks in nostalgia for what once was.
The architect's signature : "Dickey roofs" combine wide, shallow-pitched eaves with a steep upper roof designed to suit | Hawaii's tropical climate.
Architect C.W. Dickey shaped Hawai‘i's statehood aesthetic from its royal and territorial roots.
Mary Mitsuda’s intuitive and freewheeling approach thrives in the juxtaposition of opposites.
Dive into the lives of a surf instructor, board shaper, and designers united by love for the ocean and Hawaiian culture.
In Tony Barnhill’s colorized images of old Hawai‘i,
In Tony Barnhill’s colorized images of old Hawai‘i, black-and-white photographs are reimagined in vivid color.
In ancient Hawai‘i, ‘opihi was an important part of the Native Hawaiian diet starting at infancy.
‘Opihi, considered a delicacy due to its immense difficulty to harvest, is where high stakes meet high flavor.
Silver and neutrals stoke a sense of calm at the homey and refined Charlot House.
Silver and neutrals stoke a sense of calm at the homey and refined Charlot House.
With his artwork, Kamran Samimi explores time, form, and metaphysical truths.
Women horticulturists craft unique flower hybrids at Hibiscus Lady Nursery in Mokulē‘ia.
Explore Yvonne Cheng's open-air studio, renowned for powerful Polynesian women depictions.
Spearfisher Makani Christensen explains how fishing is a way of life in Hawaiian culture and society.
Hawai‘i State Archives treasures a royal collection of historic Hawaiian flags.
Experience the soothing Japanese-inspired design of the historic Earle Ernst home.
Honolulu kendo club: preserving the art of the sword, nurturing body, mind, and spirit.
Kilin Reece, a luthier on O‘ahu, protects the integrity of Hawai‘i’s beloved stringed instruments.