Archive of: Lanai, Local Vibe



Splash of Heat! May-Aug 2012

Splash of Heat!

Go beyond the Ketchup and Tabasco and dash some chili pepper water on local cuisine to accentuate your meal. Be forewarned, chili pepper water does pack some heat.

Tropical Blooms May-Aug 2012

Tropical Blooms

The tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) is a native flowering plant to Central America and is named for the shape of its rootstock. A member of the agave family, the tuberose flower is recognized by the heady effect it has on the olfactory senses.

Hand Gestures—Local Style! May-Aug 2012

Hand Gestures—Local Style!

The shaka is a ubiquitous hand gesture that has become closely associated with the Aloha Spirit.

Trumpets of the Sea May-Aug 2012

Trumpets of the Sea

A relative of the seahorse, trumpetfish (Aulostomus maculatus) are named for their long, thin bodies with upturned mouths. While common in waters around the Big Island, these masters of disguise can be hard to spot.

Local Lingo: Grindz May-Aug 2012

Local Lingo: Grindz

The local term grindz is often used by kama‘aina (island residents) to describe food that is tasty and good to the last bite.

Going Green May-Aug 2012

Going Green

The Madagascar day gecko is named for its native eastern coastal home and inhabits trees in rainforests, including those found throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

The Snow Cone - Hawaiian Style! Jan-Apr 2012

The Snow Cone - Hawaiian Style!

A shave ice is cool and refreshing and a must-have treat while in Hawaii. It’s a local favorite among keiki (children) and adults alike—the perfect remedy to cool you down on hot sunny days.

The Scent of Hawaii Jan-Apr 2012

The Scent of Hawaii

Plumeria blossoms are almost synonymous with the spirit of aloha and recognized as the quintessential lei flower. With varying sweet aromas from jasmine to gardenia, plumerias are among the most fragrant flowers in the islands and can be found almost everywhere.

The Fruity Foe Jan-Apr 2012

The Fruity Foe

Strawberry guava, called waiawi (yellow-fruited) or waiawiulaula (red-fruited) in Hawaiian, is a beautiful tree with delectable fruit, but government agencies have deemed the strawberry guava as one of Hawaii’s most destructive non-native species.

Cruzin' Jan-Apr 2012


Cruizin', or cruisin', is amongst one of the most popular, highly used slang heard frequently throughout Hawaii. And, no wonder—it’s one word that pretty much sums up the laidback vibe here in the islands.