24 Feb 2012
Comments Off
cookies

Coconut Macademia Nut...

(“No Ka ‘Oi” means The Best! in Hawaiian.) Macadamia trees grow all over the South Pacific, though they are native to Australia, New Caledonia and Indonesia. »

Read More
15 Feb 2012
Comments Off
maunakei1

Mauna Kea: Sacred Wonder...

Hawaii is known for its beaches and surfable waves, but did you know it’s also home to one of the world’s tallest mountains? Mauna Kei is on the island of Hawaii »

Read More
9 Feb 2012
Comments Off
episode3_col3

New Episode: The Perfect...

Aloha friends ~ I’m so excited… The third episode of The Rainbow Pals is finally here! As you know, The Rainbow Pals are seven animal friends that live in the »

Read More
23 Jan 2012
Comments Off
snorkeling

Snorkeling: An adventure...

Aloha, friends! The South Pacific is a beautiful place. Fascinating flora and fauna, and sun and beaches… but wait! The real beauty lies beneath the waves. There are »

Read More
16 Jan 2012
Comments Off
ukulele ad

The Great Ukulele Contest

Aloha, friends! As you know, I play the ukulele. Wait! I don’t just play it — I love it! One of the best things about playing the ukulele is that it is easy to sing »

Read More
7 Jan 2012
Comments Off
ukefest

2012 Ukulele Festivals:...

Honk if you love the uke. You’re not alone! The ukulele revolution is taking the world by storm! We just can’t get enough of that powerful little instrument. The »

Read More
28 Dec 2011
Comments Off
facebook

Are we friends yet?

We live in the South Pacific — it is such a fascinating place! It’s the home of the hula and the ukulele, but also much more. From dugongs to breadfruit, from quilting »

Read More
13 Dec 2011
Comments Off
breadfruit

Bread + fruit = breadfruit...

One of the most wonderful things about the South Pacific is the interesting variety of plants. The tropical weather creates a hospitable environment not just for adventurers, »

Read More
8 Dec 2011
Comments Off
slider_episode03

Episode 3: The Perfect...

Kokio loves to surf… But where are all the waves? Join Rainbow Pals on an adventure all the way to Indonesia to explore an awesome surfing destination: the Telos Islands! »

Read More
7 Dec 2011
Comments Off
billtapia

Ukulele Legend: Bill Tapia

Bill Tapia was born in Honolulu on January 1, 1908. That’s 103 years ago! And what a ukulele player. He learned how to play the uke at 7 years old, and went on to play »

Read More
2 Dec 2011
Comments Off
loose_black_pearls

The Perfect Pearl

The pearl is an exceptional thing. Do you know how pearls are made? They starts as a speck of sand, caught inside an oyster. The tiny speck grows and grows, until one day »

Read More
25 Nov 2011
Comments Off
tivaivai2

The art of Pacific Island...

Hello friends! The South Pacific is a land of many colors. Whether it’s the classic hibiscus or a lokelani design, Pacific Islanders love floral patterns. Not in drab »

Read More
17 Nov 2011
Comments Off
surfing

Live to SURF!

Dear pals and readers, In my last blog post, I told you all about my new hobby… playing the ukulele! My friend Koali is teaching me, and I just love how fun and easy »

Read More
8 Nov 2011
Comments Off
ukuleles-300x300

Join the Ukulele...

Hello friends! Usually I sing and play the conch. In our most recent webisode, In Search of the Blue Kiele, you may have noticed that I played the ukulele! When the Rainbow »

Read More
31 Oct 2011
Comments Off
kiele3_col3

Flower Power!

Have you ever heard of a kiele? It is a kind of Hawaiian flower, also known as a gardenia. Kieles are often used to make the leis that Hawaiians wear around our necks. In »

Read More
18 Oct 2011
Comments Off
fj

Fiji’s flag: A lion and...

Have you ever looked at Fiji’s national flag? What an interesting South Pacific symbol! It flew for the first time on October 10, 1970, when Fiji first became an independent »

Read More
12 Oct 2011
Comments Off
dugong

Meet the Mermaids!

Hi, friends! I’m here to tell you all about mermaids that live in the South Pacific. [Tee hee!] Well, okay… actually I’m going to tell you about the dugong! »

Read More
4 Oct 2011
Comments Off
800px-Tavurvur_volcano_edit

Rabaul: In the shadow of...

What South Pacific county is just south of the equator, has more than 600 islands and more than 800 languages? Papua New Guinea! It is one of the most culturally diverse places »

Read More
25 Sep 2011
Comments Off
oceania

Where is Oceania, anyway?

Aloha, friends! Now if there is one thing I get asked all the time, it’s this: What is Oceania? We all know where the South Pacific is — that one’s easy. Sometimes »

Read More
18 Sep 2011
Comments Off
DSC_5343-01 copy

Surfing in the Solomon...

What do you imagine when you hear surfing? I bet you get images of Hawai’i, Waikiki and Maui. While surfing did originate in Hawai’i, it can now be found all over »

Read More