Category Archives: Culture

How to Get Tickets to Bruno Mars in Honolulu

Bruno Mars nee Peter Hernandez announced three shows at Aloha Stadium n November 8, 10, and 11, 2018. Tickets are sold out already. How can you get tickets?

At Least Three Options

Watch Craigslist. There are sure to be scalpers and last minute cancellations selling seats. A quick search turns up multiple tickets, but they are not cheap, ranging from $70 to $3,000.

Watch eBay. Plenty of tickets are showing up here. A quick search turns up an equally large range of prices, from $350 to $2,000. 

Turn up outside Aloha Stadium the day of the show and look for sellers. You could get lucky.

If these options are too rich or risky, consider skipping the live show, buy his music, and host a concert party. His latest album 24K Magic is a lot of fun and features the hit single That’s What I Like. 

How Do I Cover My Stomach Belly Fat on Vacation?

You are beautiful the way you are, and you are good enough.

Still, if you feel uncomfortable showing a lot of skin at the beach, Hawaiian people have a wonderful wrapping piece of clothing called a pareo, sarong, lava lava, or malo. These are wardrobe staples for Polynesian men and women. The good news is that pareos (or sarongs, people use both names) cover as much of the body as you like. People of all ages wear them. 

I love pareos. I wear them as swimsuit covers, shawls, and full-body wraps. I cover car seats and tables, sit on them at parks and the beach, and  twist them into impromptu carrying bags. Pareos are inexpensive, large squares of rayon or cotton fabric that typically cost under $30.


Women tend to wear brighter colors with flower prints, while men tend to wear subdued earthy colors with botanical or fish hook prints. But there are no hard and fast rules because this garment is so flexible. Buy one before you leave for your next island vacation so you have time to wash it and practice wrapping. 

Women – A good starter pareo for women and girls is a bamboo and flower design in blue or turquoise. 

Men – A good starter pareo for men and boys is a batik sunset and fish hook design in brown and black

If you want extra material, plus sizes are available. These are called extra long pareos or tapis on Guam. A good starter tapis is the lotus print in turquoise or purple. 

This video shows nine ways to wrap a pareo. Enjoy!

Independence Day Fireworks in Hawaii

If you’re wondering where to see fireworks in Hawaii on the 4th of July, here is a run down by island.

Fireworks Displays on O’ahu

The 4th of July fireworks show presented by Ala Moana Center is the largest fireworks show in Hawaii. The fireworks are launched from three separate platforms and they can best be viewed on the Makai-Ewa Parking Deck of Ala Moana Center. The center usually features live entertainment beginning about 5:00 p.m. and the fireworks show usually begins about 8:30.

The fireworks display at the Aloha Tower Marketplace usually happens on July 3, the day before Independence Day. The fireworks show typically begins about 8:30 or 9:00 p.m. and it is usually preceded by live music and other festivities beginning about 5:00 p.m. Call the Aloha Tower Marketplace to confirm dates and times.

  • Maunalua Bay 4th of July Celebration

The “Independence Day at Maunalua Bay” 4th of July celebration takes place at Maunalua Bay Beach Park, usually from about 2:00 in the afternoon to 9 p.m. Fireworks are released from a barge shore beginning about 8:00 p.m. The 2009 was the 2nd Annual Independence Day at Maunalua Bay Celebration and that year Maunalua headlined the live entertainment.

The Kailua Chamber of Commerce was not able to fund an aerial fireworks display in 2009 but the local citizens were hoping to raise enough money to keep it going. The Kailua 4th of July parade usually begins at about 10:00 a.m. at the Kainalu Elementary School and it ends at Kailua District Park. If the fireworks show can be resurrected, it will begin about 8:00 p.m.

  • Turtle Bay Fireworks and July 4th Celebration

There are usually fireworks and a 4th of July celebration at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu. The event usually takes place on a field across from the resort’s stables. Features live entertainment, food booths, arts and crafts, and a sunset fireworks display.

Fireworks Display on Maui

Lahaina Town hosts an old fashioned Independence Day celebration including music, food, kids activities and a grand fireworks show. The fireworks show is set to start at 8pm. This display will be visible from Lahaina’s Front Street waterfront and from waterfront restaurants. Synchronized music can be heard from Hard Rock Cafe Maui at 900 Front Street.

Kahului’s fireworks show is set to start at 10pm.

Fireworks Displays on Kaua’i

There will be local entertainments which performs throughout the day along with contests, Talent Show and more. There will be lots of Ono Food booths and plenty of cold Water and Soda booth. Then to end the day with a Spectacular “OMG” Fireworks Display which will be accompaniment by live music. Fireworks being 1 hour after dark.

Fireworks Displays on Hawai’i Island

Waikoloa Fireworks at Waikoloa Bowl are set to light up the sky at 8pm. This event is free and open to the public. Entrances open at 4:30pm with a performance from Beyond Paradise at 5pm and Johnny Shots at 6:30pm. Guests are welcome to bring beach chairs and blankets. Coolers are not allowed. This event is alcohol-free, drug-free and smoke-free.

  • Kailua-Kona Fireworks, Parade & Events
    Coconut Grove Marketplace is hosting a free July 4th Concert at 4pm. Kailua-Kona’s Independence Day Parade is set to begin at 6pm with this year’s grand marshalls being Korean War Veterans. See this link for the parade route.The Kona fireworks show is set to begin at 8pm. This fireworks display will be visible from along Kailua Bay in Kona.