Tedeschi Vineyards – The Only Winery in Maui, Hawaii

Tedeschi Vineyards - Maui, HawaiiTedeschi Vineyards, established by Californian vintner Emil Tedeschi in 1974, is the only winery on the island of Maui in Hawaii. It is located in the former Ulupalakua Ranch (later renamed to Rose Ranch by whaling captain James Makee) on the southern shoulder of Haleakala.

The winery is know for its varied selection of sparkling wines made from grapes as well as several other specialty wines made from pineapple, passion fruit and raspberries. Read more

Toilet Bowl Swimming Hole – A Unique Attraction in Hanauma Bay, Hawaii

Toilet Bowl Swimming Hole - Hanauma Bay, HawaiiThe Toilet Bowl Swimming Hole in Hanauma Bay, Oahu Island, Hawaii, is a natural pool formed by centuries of waves beating against the lava rocks at the bay. Waves force sea water into the pool through a hole in the lava rock. The water is then sucked back out through the same hole, creating the “flushing” action similar to toilet bowls (watch video below).

While the rising and falling water action inside the pool seems inviting, the swimming hole can be very dangerous during high surf. In fact, the site is closed to the public when wave conditions are rough. Do not attempt to go to the pool when “CLOSED” signs are up. Read more

Hauola Rock – A Mystical Stone in Maui, Hawaii

Hauola Rock - Lahaina, Maui, HawaiiThe Hauola Rock is a sacred chair-shaped rock near the rocky shoreline of the Lahaina Harbor, in Maui, Hawaii. Depending on the tide, the rock can be partially submerged in sea water. Hauola means “to extend life and health” in English.

According to an ancient legend, the rock was believed to have been a girl, named Hauola, who was desperately fleeing from her enemies when her protective guardian gods turned her into a stone. Since then, the rock was considered to be sacred and holds special healing powers. Read more

Oahu Cemetery – A Historic Burial Ground in Honolulu, Hawaii

Oahu Cemetery - Honolulu, HawaiiOahu Cemetery is a sprawling Victorian graveyard where the remains of some of Oahu’s most important personalities lay buried. It was founded in 1844 and served as the first ever public cemetery in Honolulu. It is located in the lush Nuuanu Valley and is also referred to as the Nuuanu Cemetery.

Covering 18 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the cemetery is now the permanent resting place of more than 30,000 Hawaii residents including many historic and influential individuals. Read more

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii – A Showcase of Japanese Culture and Heritage

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, OahuJapanese Cultural Center of Hawaii is a museum and cultural hub showcasing the role of the Japanese in shaping Hawaii’s historical, social and cultural landscape since arriving as sugar plantation laborers in the late 1800s to becoming the second largest ethnic group in islands today. The center is located at 2454 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii.

The center was established in 1987 by a non-profit organization which aims to educate the public about the ever-evolving Japanese-American experience in Hawaii by offering a wide variety of programs, activities, workshops, festivals and exhibitions. Venues are also available for different cultural classes including Chado or the The Way of the Tea, Kumihimo or Japanese Braiding and Shodo/Shuji or Japanese calligraphy. Read more