Holoholo Weekly: Best Beach In America, Kalaupapa, and Photographing Pueo

Holoholo Weekly is a compilation of stories and tidbits that we’ve collected from around the web. It’s like a weekly mystery grab bag of Hawaii related goodness, featuring different articles of interest, fun images, videos, products, deals, downloads, and more.


Our pick of the week is this Civil Beat article on the possibility of Kalaupapa loosening restrictions on visitors as remaining patients pass away.

“As the remaining patients near the end of their lives, the National Park Service is discussing the controversial possibility of loosening the restrictions on visitors. Some worry that allowing more people into the park will change the atmosphere, especially since the park is considered a sacred and very solemn space.”

Hawaii Magazine posted the back story of a photo that photographer Jack Wolford shot of a pueo.

“My grandmother would always have these stories about the pueo and I knew that it was our family’s aumakua,” said Wolford. “I had just returned from the memorial services of a close family member on Maui.” Driving alongside the mist-enshrouded Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes, “the sun was setting and the light was just beautiful.”

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Will you be watching Cameron Crowe’s upcoming film, Aloha?

“Caucasians only make up 30 percent of the population [of Hawaii], but from watching this film, you’d think they made up 99 percent,” says MANAA’s Guy Aoki, a former resident of Hawaii.”

Dr. Beach rated Waimanalo Beach as the top beach in the United States.

“Waimanalo Bay Beach Park is an unexpected surprise to visitors who have come upon this beach because it is a great beach and hardly known,” said Dr. Beach, also known as coastal expert and Florida International University professor Stephen P. Leatherman.

Near Waimanalo is Kailua, and the Huffington Post rated Kailua as one of the best small beach towns in America.

The trip to Flat Island was a short one. Here's Andy and Papa Timbo setting their sights on the Mokulua Islands. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

The trip to Flat Island was a short one. Here’s Andy and Papa Timbo setting their sights on the Mokulua Islands. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Neat article on an upcoming PBS Hawaii film, The Quietest Place On Earth.

Hungry Much?

The Tasting Table talk a little bit about the new wave of Hawaiian cuisine.

“This is an exhilarating time to be part of the Hawaiian culinary community,” Lee Anne Wong, chef at Koko Head Cafe in Honolulu, says. “What’s so amazing is now you see a generation of chefs, local and transplants, like myself, figuring out new ways to incorporate modern techniques, contemporary ideas and new styles of presentation into our unique style of cuisine.”

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