Welcome to paradise. "The Big Island," also known as the "Orchid Isle" is the youngest, tallest and by far the largest of the Hawaiian Islands. The Big Island, the least populated of the entire Hawaiian island chain, is the only island in the state where residents live in the shadow of active volcanoes. All across the island, wild orchids bloom in abundant profusion; as common as daisies in a mainland meadow.
On December 1, 1884, the peaceful tropical paradise of the Hawaiian Islands became the scene of one of the world’s most audacious and daring buccaneering raids. The brazen assault was possibly the biggest heist in the illustrious history of piracy, leaving King Kalakaua, the public treasury, and local merchants robbed of their wealth with no attempt at resistance. Numerous newspaper and government reports tell the embarrassing story, now relegated to a minor footnote in contemporary history books.
Kava is integrally interwoven into the history and culture of the Hawaiian Islands, playing an important role in rituals and sacred ceremonies. Upon arriving in Wilemea Bay on the Garden Isle of Kauai, Captain Cook became the first white man to sample the mysterious liquor of the royal Hawaiian Kings.
Highly entertaining and more interactive with owners and others than any other pet, a macaw requires a major commitment of time and energy; they can live for over a 100 years.
The most recent statistics on the homeless show an unsettling truth that few of us want to hear. These alarming statistics hit awfully close to home—and to the fact that any one of us, due to an unanticipated medical challenge, sudden unemployment, housing loss, or other unanticipated life event—can easily wind up on the street.
Long treasured in Middle-Eastern countries as a delicacy, camel meat is often the featured culinary highlight for galas, receptions, banquets and serious celebrations. Specialist camel butchers prepare the meat, with the hump as the most prized portion of the animal; similar to the back strap cut on an elk. Contrary to what many people believe, the camel hump is essentially a storehouse of fat; not a water bladder. Described as a cross between lamb and beef, young camel meat in no way tastes like chicken.