Hawaii: The Hot Spot and Volcanoes

Watch on YouTube A geologist describes the Hawaiian volcano chain, including its history, activity, scale and plate tectonic setting.

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Kona in a Cup: Everything you need to know about Kona coffee before you buy

You’ll find coffee farms on five Hawaiian Islands: Maui, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island. But the Big Island lays claim to the Hawaii-grown...

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The social meanings of hula: Hawaiian traditions and politicized identities in Hilo

on This scholarly paper offers a detailed review of the history and meaning of hula, focusing on its social meanings and its role as an e...

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Who Owns the New Land Created By a Volcano in Hawaii?

What the law says about staking a claim to that hot new stuff. By Sarah Emerson.

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Ledward Kaapana | Oral History

In this Library of Congress conversation, master Hawaiian slack key guitarist, ukelele player and vocalist Ledward Kaapana — born in the village of Kalapana on the Big Island — discusses his life and musical career. Runtime: 47 min.


Hawaiian Chants, Hula and Love Dance Songs

Recorded in Hawaii by Jacob Feuerring with Tom Hiona, this Smithsonian Folkways recording presents traditional Hawaiian songs and dances. To better un...

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‘Ōhi‘a Lehua

If there is one Hawaiian tree you've got to know, it's ohia (it makes up 50% of all trees in the archipelago). Produced by the Lyon Arboretum in Honol...

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The death of Captain Cook

In February 1779, the great English seafarer, Captain James Cook, was beaten to death on a beach in the Big Island's Kealakekua Bay. Find out why in t...

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