hawaii history: May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii | Hawaii May Day 2011 Events - 04/27/11 05:23 AM
A poet named Don Blanding, wrote an article in the local newspaper in early 1928, throwing out an idea that there might be a holiday that centered around a Hawaiian custom of making and wearing the flower lei.  Then, fellow writer Grace Tower Warren came up with the idea of a holiday on May 1 to go along with May Day and she is the one who made up the phrase, "May Day is Lei Day."
The first Lei Day was held on May 1, 1928 and they encouraged everyone to wear a lei. There were wonderful programs in downtown Honolulu … (10 comments)

hawaii history: Haiku Stairs aka “Stairway to Heaven” | Pu’u Keahiakahoe - 02/21/11 04:05 PM
With 3922 steps going to the crest of the Koolau Mountains the Stairway to Heaven has long since been a favorite in the past for hikers though now it is closed to the public. Why the past?  Obviously, it is dangerous with some parts of the climb at a 90 degree angle.
This particular mountain peak is known as Puu Keahiakahoe and the stairs were built out of wood during World War II in 1942 for the U.S. Navy's Haiku Radio Station and the VFL antenna.  The first structure that was erected on top of the mountain housed the cable and … (13 comments)

hawaii history: Give Them Reason to Read Your Blog - BE the LOCAL EXPERT - 12/09/10 12:35 PM
Have you ever wondered what makes a good blog to gain readership?  In the beginning I just thought that it would be great to get a bunch of members reading my post. It was a lot of fun and darn if I didn't get a bunch of featured posts. I made friends and boy did we have a lot of fun!
Eventually my writing took a turn and I took everything I wrote to a higher level. I started to think about all the leads I was getting from my ActiveRain blog and what the topics were that they were contacting … (86 comments)

hawaii history: December 07, 1941 -The Bombing of Pearl Harbor | Memories from My Mother and Her Grandaughters' Discoveries - 12/07/10 05:27 AM
My Japanese ancestry and background as a Hawaii resident (since 1967) is pretty interesting.  My mother was born and raised on the island of Kauai and she was one of 8 siblings born into an ‘arranged' marriage with my grandmother being a "picture bride" and my grandfather being born and raised in Japan.
In 1936 my grandfather passed away from stomach cancer and my grandmother raised the children with my older aunties helping with the younger ones.  After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, many Japanese were put in the internment camps. 
My Mom met my … (18 comments)

hawaii history: The Waianae Coast | West Oahu Coastline and Interests - 04/10/10 06:52 AM
I appreciate the history surrounding Oahu and if one is relocating to Hawaii or just coming to visit, I strongly encourage to seek out the historic sites. There is more to an area besides the stores and malls and the history of an area will provide insight into the past to present.

The Waianae Range spreads the length of the West Coast of Oahu (Nanakuli, Maili, Lualualei, Waiane and Makaha are a few of the communities along the way) and separates it from the rest of the island. To get to the West Coast of Oahu you can just go … (16 comments)

hawaii history: The Swinging Bridge - 12/07/09 03:52 PM

When I was 11 years old I flew on a prop airplane to Kauai with my cousin to visit with my favorite Aunt Sally. She taught me how to crochet, sew, play the ukulele and clean house. On this first trip over there my cousin and I vowed we would find all sorts of mischief to get into.
We went crabbing with my Uncle Doug and we found a stray cat. We 'snuck' him in the back of the car and managed to muffle the cat's cries....for help wondering where we were taking her. We hid the cat under a wash … (17 comments)

hawaii history: ALL THINGS REAL ESTATE! - 10/18/09 06:29 AM
Some may tend to believe that Real Estate talk means only short sales, buyers, sellers, loans and so forth. I'm a Real Estate Industry Professional but I'm darn sure human.  And that means I can adjust my thinking and my attitude to any market, conversation, challenge because I AM a chameleon.
Being a chameleon means I can adapt to my surroundings.
Regardless of where I am ....when it comes to ‘All Things Real Estate'..... I can take into consideration what real estate means at any given place and time. While blogging on ActiveRain,  I grasped the concept that ‘All Things Real … (22 comments)

hawaii history: Wordless Wednesday - Enter - 09/09/09 05:20 PM

Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman is a Realtor-Associate with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs, she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocating to Hawaii, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents. Website: www.hawaiihomesmarket.com
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hawaii history: North Shore Real Estate | Oahu Real Estate | Hawaii Relocations - 05/03/09 09:14 AM
With our warm tropical island weather and outstanding scenic views Hawaii is THE choice spot for a Hawaii Relocation. With the Hawaii Military Relocation, the Hawaii Retiree and the Hawaii Job Transfer at some point they all consider buying a condo or home on beachfront property.  It's the dream come true, right?
Ah...the famous North Shore of Oahu where the beaches are gorgeous and the famous surfing competitions commence every winter. Sun, surf, sand, mountains mean coastal and country living at its best! 
Historic Haleiwa Town  is one of the towns on the North Shore that has everything from historic landmarks … (14 comments)

hawaii history: Historic Haleiwa Town & Ancient Hawaiian Temples-VIDEOS - 05/02/09 03:20 PM
You've walked with me through the Historic Honolulu County Hawaii - Club Chaos Eye Candy post and my pictorial of Historic Sites in Honolulu County. Now you will really see a few sites in video......and be there right beside me....
Historic Haleiwa Town:  In 1898 Benjamin Dillingham (a businessman) opened a hotel on the North Shore of Oahu and named it Haleiwa (Ha le ee va), Hale meaning house and iwa is a frigatebird.  With many preserved old buildings this old town makes for a wonderful destination for tourists.  Anahulu Stream Bridge, also known as Rainbow Bridge is on the north entrance to Haleiwa … (21 comments)

hawaii history: Historic Honolulu County Hawaii - 05/01/09 06:03 PM
Come walk beside me through a Honolulu History tour. Your presence is required and with mind, heart and soul front and center you'll experience a history unfolding right before your very eyes.
Iolani Palace- A National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historical Places, Iolani Palace is the only royal palace used as an official residence by a reigning monarch in the United States. The original palace was built in 1845 during the reign of Kamehameha III, You can visit the palace and see the magnificent feather cloak of Kiwala'o, the Crown Jewels, the Chamberlain's Office and other treasures … (21 comments)

hawaii history: History of Kawaiahao Church and Diamond Head - 04/18/09 05:19 PM

We have this space above our counter on the outside of our kitchen and needed desparately to put pictures up there to give clarity and substance to the space. For three years I look at my three pictures but this one is my favorite.

In my mind this picture depicts the growth of downtown Honolulu and Waikiki since the year 1890.
Kawaiahao  (Ka Wa ee ah ha o) Congregational Church was constructed between the years of 1836 and 1842 and was the site of royal coronations, christenings and funerals during the reigns of King Kamehameha II and King … (16 comments)

hawaii history: Kahuku Sugar Mill and North Shore Activities on Oahu, Hawaii - 02/22/09 03:17 PM

The Kahuku Sugar Mill was built in 1890 on the North Shore of Oahu in a town called Kahuku. The portuguese, Japanese and Filipino immigrants came to work this plantation for eight decades. Being the victim of decay and the costly cleanup of polluted land was the reason for tearing down much of what was left of the mill in 2004.
Everyone in this tiny little town grew up around this mill and everyone seemed to have a connection to it. The Mormons settled there in the mid 1800's and they are the ones who began cultivation of sugar and … (18 comments)

hawaii history: The History of Father Damien in the Land of the Exiled - 10/03/08 06:01 PM

The Father Damien statue sits in front of the State Capitol Building in Honolulu, Hawaii. The one thing that I have always remembered from stories in my younger years is that Father Damien helped the people on the island of Molokai who suffered from Hansen's Disease (Leprosy).
This statue was dedicated to Father Damien and in memory of the 7,200 victims of Hansen's Disease (and their helpers) who died in remote Kalawao and Kaupapa, land of the exiled. Their courage and compassion spared others from … (13 comments)

hawaii history: Moanalua Gardens & the Hitachi Tree - 09/17/08 12:44 PM

Back in the late 1960's my family would have 'Special Family Sunday's. We'd either do a family dinner with my aunt, uncle and cousins or we'd do a picnic or something. One of our 'relaxation' excursions would lead us to the Moanalua Gardens. After a hearty homemade fried chicken and potato salad lunch we'd all spread out under a tree on our mats or blankets.
Looking through the branches up to the blue skies with a tropical cool breeze fluttering across my face I would daydream about whatever 10 year old kids dream of. The shade from the huge umbrella shaped tree … (22 comments)

hawaii history: Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area - Aiea - 08/18/08 02:52 PM

Keaiwa Heiau (an Ancient Hawaiian Temple) is located at the top of Aiea Heights Drive in the Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area. Upon entry into the State Park the Keaiwa Heiau is to the left and you will definitely do a double take at first glance. KEAIWA HEIAU is known as the temple with life. It is believed to be where the 'Kahuna' (priest, minister) practiced the art of healing. The gardens right by the temple were compounded and then given to the patient while praying.
It is unknown when this Heiau was built but one source says possibly around … (15 comments)

hawaii history: Hawaiian Spirits, Superstitions & Lore- Do You Believe? - 08/06/08 06:49 AM
We have MANY different ethnic groups living in Hawaii and most are highly superstitious and believe in the spirits of their ancestors who walked the lands of our islands.  The history of Hawaii tells of our great warriors in battle and their traveling along the paths along the ridges of mountains and valleys between them to get to the ocean.  They are called the "Night Marchers"; the ghosts of ancient Hawaiian high ranking warriors.. They can be "seen and heard" marching along carrying torches to light their way and beating drums along places where there were battlefields as well. 
The most famous of these "marching" paths of the Nightmarcher's is … (13 comments)

hawaii history: The History Behind DIAMOND HEAD Crater - Honolulu County- Hawaii - 07/16/08 12:47 PM

Standing at Kewalo Basin I look out to Waikiki and the ever so famous Diamond Head (volcano crater) on the southeast coast of Oahu overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Overlooking an object in the water I choose to shoot the scene to 'possibility' depicting that the object is from some long ago sunken ship that wrecked on the reef.
Whatever it was it was beautiful.
Diamond Head is towards east Honolulu and past Waikiki Beach. This monstrous crater is an extinct volcano from 300,000 thousand years ago and is 3,520 feet in diameter with a 760 ft. summit.

This is the history of … (23 comments)

hawaii history: Sharing a Piece of Paradise.....East Oahu, Hawaii - 07/08/08 06:20 PM

It usually takes about four hours to circle the island by car. Sightseeing and stopping along the way at the many sights around Oahu may take a wee bit longer. :)
There is so much of our rich history and culture to take in that it has taken even me.....a lifetime to grasp.
And I share it with you.......
Kaohikaipu (Ka O HE KA ee Poo) Island (Turtle Island) is right in front of Manana Island (Rabbit Island) off the East Coast of Oahu by Makapu'u Beach. Between the two islands is a coral reef and though divers sometimes explore around … (12 comments)

hawaii history: A Paradise Sunrise at Makapu'u Hawaii (LOCALISM FEATURED) - 07/05/08 05:59 AM

It's 4:05 am on July 4th, 2008 and he gets up and stumbles to the bathroom. After he's finished he climbs back into bed and snuggles close to her. Just when he's starting to doze off again she startles him wide awake with a "let's get up and drive to the other side of the island to look at the sunrise"!
Huh? He rubs his eyes and asks her, "Are you serious?". YUP!
She jumps out of bed and hops in the shower with the poochie running after him while he turns the automatic coffee pot to 'brew' NOW.

Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) Ambassador large

Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman


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