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Hawaii 2015: The Royal Hawaiian Center and its Hotel Neighbors

It was winter on Waikiki a long time ago and Kakuhihewa, ruling chief of Oahu, was playing makahiki games with his warriors on the beach near his home when all of a sudden a rooster appeared and began scratching the … Continue reading

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Hawaii 2015: The Duke of Waikiki

Duke Kahanamoku was not a real duke. He was pure Hawaiian but not a member of the Hawaiian royal family. Duke was his real first name. He was named after his father who was a policeman. His father was named … Continue reading

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Hawaii 2015: Let’s Meet at the Moana

The Moana Hotel opened up in 1901 as the first hotel on Waikiki Beach. It’s still there. A seven-year-old banyan tree seven feet high was planted in the hotel’s courtyard in 1904. It’s still there, too, and now it stands … Continue reading

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