Peace Corps Training on Hawaii Island – A Chapter in Peace Corps History

February 6, 2017||Big Island: History and Culture

Between 1962 and 1971, over 7,000 young American Peace Corps volunteers spent time on the Big Island, which had been chosen as the training ground for volunteers assigned to Asia and the Pacific Islands. A heart-warming film about their experiences has recently been completed after 5 years in the making.

August 24, 2015||Big Island: History and Culture, Clark Realty Corporation Community Fund

Clark Realty Community Fund: Supporting the Chamber Orchestra of Kona 

Every spring Clark Realty selects a group of Hawaii Island nonprofit organizations as grant recipients of our Clark Realty Corporation Community Fund (CRCCF.) Created in 2005 as a component fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation, the mission of CRCCF is to support local programs that promote the arts, healthy lifestyles, environmental awareness, and lifelong learning for Big Island residents. This past May, six organizations across the island were selected from the many nominees we received from Clark agents. In the coming weeks we’ll introduce you to this year’s grantees, describing their various programs and the inspiring ways they are aiding others throughout our island community. We invite our friends, family, clients, and fellow community members to participate with us in supporting these worthwhile groups. Each organization selected as a CRCCF grantee is a program with a proven track record of providing substantial... Read More 

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February 26, 2015||Big Island: History and Culture, Clark Commercial Group

Hilo Commercial Real Estate: Historic Kaikodo Building For Sale 

Hilo's Kaikodo Building For Sale Originally designed to house the Big Island's first Masonic lodge, the Kaikodo Building on Keawe Street is a downtown Hilo landmark. Built in the Renaissance Revival style, the historic structure has three entrances from Keawe Street and an additional entrance to the 2nd and 3rd floors from Wainuenue Avenue. With two public parking lots in close proximity, this is a prime location for commercial use. Inside, the first floor has been extensively renovated and most recently housed a restaurant. Unique finishes that remain in the space include a gorgeous 19th century English bar and Italian Murano glass chandeliers. A bank vault is also located on the first floor, a legacy of Bishop Bank's tenancy. Upstairs, the 2nd and 3rd floors hold many surprises for the first time visitor. The former Temple room is a grand space, two full stories in height. Other rooms are suited to serve multiple purposes, including... Read More 

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June 4, 2014||Big Island: History and Culture

The Voyage Continues: After Hilo Departure, Hōkūleʻa Heads to Tahiti 

Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia to Visit 26 Countries The world wide voyage continues! The Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia sailed into Hilo very early in the morning on Wednesday, May 21st and headed back out to sea on May 30th. The Big Island community was ecstatic to be a part of such a special and historic event. On Thursday, after the crew had recuperated from the previous leg of their journey, a large group from a Waimea school came to bless and perform for the crew. The students performed several moving hulas, chanted with their teachers and presented lei to honor the next portion of the voyage. The motto for Hōkūleʻa's voyage is hewa’a he moku, he moku hewa’a, which means "the canoe is our island and the island is our canoe." The motto speaks to the vision of the sponsoring organization, the Polynesian Voyaging Society, which seeks to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit... Read More 


May 1, 2014||Big Island: History and Culture

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii 

On the Big Island of Hawaii today the air is sweet with fragrances of the many flowers that have been being picked and strung for lei in celebration of May Day, Hawaii style. When given a lei in Hawaii it is a symbol of affection. Thus, May Day in Hawaii is a day filled with the spirit of Aloha as family and friends alike bestow their beautiful fresh flower lei upon one another. Many businesses, hotels and visitor attractions offer lovely displays of the various types of lei found throughout the Big Island of Hawaii. From today through May 16, the Lyman Museum in Hilo is hosting demonstrations of feather lei making from some of Hawaii's most talented feather lei artists and a fascinating exhibit of featherwork including the lei papa (flat lei often used as hatbands), kāhili, `uli`uli (feathered gourds and rattles), `ahu `ula (feathered capes), and an elaborate crested mahiole (helmet). Visit the Lyman Museum website for details about... Read More 

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