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Native Hawaiians Are Taking Ownership of Indigenous Sites and Stories With a New App

Choose from a hundred free, ethically sourced guided tours thanks to Native Stories. The app’s gone global and adds Japanese-language programming this fall. (And did we mention that we love it?)

O‘ahu in 1967: “The Flop That Flipped”

Since the Polynesian Cultural Center opened in 1963, some 38 million people have visited. But early on, many considered the concept outlandish, as HONOLULU Magazine reminded them a few years later.

Divided Over TMT: We Take a Look at Where Things Stand and How We Got Here

With tensions running high and a weeks-long standoff now stretching into its third month, no one seems to be able to predict what will happen next on Maunakea. Will the state or the protectors back down? Or will the Thirty Meter Telescope bow out? We take a look at where things stand and how we got here.

Swing Dancing Returns to O‘ahu in the Nineties and More From Hawai‘i’s History

A look back at Honolulu from 1948 to 2003. Stories taken from the archives of the Paradise of the Pacific and HONOLULU Magazine.

O‘ahu in 1957: The Day the Pali Highway Opened

One day in May, Hawai‘i drivers started going through the Ko‘olau mountain range to Kailua, instead of over it.

Stories From When the Vanderbilts, George F. Baker and Henry Robinson Luce Visited Hawai‘i

Here we see how the other half lived on vacation—sometimes breaking the law in style—and even, in one instance, dying.

[PHOTOS] Many Gather in Downtown Honolulu in Support of Maunakea

Cultural practitioners from ʻĪlioʻulaokalani Coalition, including six hālau hula, and people from across Oʻahu gathered at ‘Iolani Palace.

The Sacred History of Maunakea

As protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope on the Big Island stretch into a fourth week, we look at the history of the summit.

O‘ahu in 1963: Housing the Royal Household Guards at the Halekoa

A modern state building was in the works. But a quiet coral-block barracks stood in its way.

Merriam-Webster Updates Definition of “Hawaiian” With a New Usage Note

The word has a new note next to it on Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, thanks, in part, to an email from a local writer.

Your Ultimate Guide to the 2019 Mōʻiliʻili Summer Fest

It’s time to celebrate the vibrant culture of one of Honolulu’s most historic and diverse neighborhoods at the Mōʻiliʻili Summer Fest. Here’s everything you need to know about the 8th annual event.

O‘ahu in 1934: Honolulu’s Vanishing Street Car Tracks

The advent of Honolulu’s new, technologically advanced fleet of Twin Coach buses signaled a new era in the city’s rapid transit system.

Meet Honolulu’s Registrar for the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts

When he’s not coordinating the Honolulu City Lights annual holiday wreath contest or dressing up for historical re-enactments, Tory Laitila is responsible for helping manage the city’s art collection.

The Ultimate Guide to Hawaiʻi’s Summer 2019 Bon Dance Schedule

The 2019 obon season is here, time to dance!

Portraits of Gender and Sexual Identities in the Hawaiian Community

Mana Magazine explored Hawaiian cultural traditions through modern icons.