Did you hear or watch Hawaii Calls? If not, ask your parents or grandparents and let us know what they have to say

Hawaii Calls was a radio program that ran from 1935 through 1975 that featured live Hawaiian music conducted by Harry Owens, the composer of "Sweet Leilani". It was broadcast each week, usually from the courtyard of the Moana Hotel on Waikiki Beach but occasionally from other locations, and hosted by Webley Edwards for almost the entire run.

The first show reached the West Coast of the continental United States through shortwave radio. At its height, it was heard on over 750 stations around the world.

Hawaii Calls is credited with making many Hawaiian performers household names across the US and around the world. Among the regulars of Hawaii Call were Alfred Apaka, John Kameaaloha Almeida, Haunani Kahalewai, Nina Keali'iwahamana, Boyce Rodrigues, Lani Custino, and Pua Almeida. Other well known Hawaiian performers such as Martin Denny, Hilo Hattie, Ed Kenny, Benny Kalama, hula dancer Beverly Noa and Arthur Lyman also made appearances. The show also occasionally featured performers from other parts of the world who sang or played Hawaiian music.[2]

Each show opened with the sounds of the pounding surf and the enthusiastic bounding voice of Webley Edwards proclaiming, "The sound of the waves on the beach at Waikiki."

During the height of the show's popularity (1950s and into the late 1960s/early 1970s) Webley Edwards served the role of producer of numerous records, released on the Capitol Records label, under the title of "Webley Edwards present Hawaii Calls." The albums contained renditions of popular Hawaiian and hapa haole songs as arranged by the "Hawaii Calls" musicians. In addition to appearing on the many "Hawaii Calls" albums, many of the stars of "Hawaii Calls" also enjoyed successful careers as solo artists

Several of the "Hawaii Calls" CD releases listed below are still in print and available from Mele.com. There are also several compact disc compilations released by Hula Records, the company that owns the rights to the "Hawaii Calls" name and the show's surviving archives. They feature also songs from some of the classic radio shows and may include Edwards' colorful commentary. These are available at www.hularecords.com.

-- From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii_Calls

Honolulu PULSE PICS: ‘Five-0 Tweetup’ at Tiki’s

Blog Post from our friends at Hawaii Aloha Travel : Posted by Katherine Finch.  Follow me on Twitter @kfinches

The H50 fan club is IN the house … Tweeting, talking, & sharing their love of Hawaii’s best show on TV.

Hawaii Five-0 fans photograph Oahu sunset

I met them at the Hawaii Five-0 Sunset on the Beach 2011 Tweet Up/ reception hosted by Hawaii Aloha Travel’s own Bruce and Yaling Fisher.  A proper headcount was a little hard to do, as no one sat still long enough to be counted… but at least 40 visitors, from far and near, showed up at Tiki's Grill &  Bar in Waikiki  to start out a big weekend of H50 activities.  And even though the star of the weekend is the show’s season premier Saturday night, last night seemed more about meeting other fans from all over and putting faces with names that have been on Twitter, Facebook and other internet sites, keeping up with the show’s news and each other.

Hawaii Five-0 fans and Alex magazine covers

And while it’s pretty obvious the ladies of the group think that Alex Mc is pretty “hot”, it’s also obvious that Hawaii is the biggest draw of all.  And the group is ready to see and do it all while they can.  It was amazing to see where everyone came from – Austin, Chicago, Canada, LA, Charlotte, Australia, and even local Pearl City, here on Oahu.  One visitor told me she came here to Oahu last year after season one just to try to track down locations she had seen from the show.  And while she did a good job considering she was one her own, Bruce’s location tour on Sunday is a must-do for her.  Some visitors are experienced Hawaii travelers who make frequent trips and are happy to have another fun reason to come again and share in the fun of the premier. One local person told me about her experience as being an extra on the show.   Another woman told me she had never been here before but came a few days before her husband did, so that she could enjoy the FiveO experience.   While another traveler already had her trip booked and was on island when she found out about the weekend and decided it was a great way to enjoy a few days with others who love the show.  There were reunions with old friends who traveled here separately, and new connections with virtual friends.

This is a really dynamic group and there is no doubt they are going to have some big time fun!   Many started off with some lively but friendly showing off of home made t-shirts and buttons.   Several magazines with some pictures of the show’s males stars was circulated around, again, and then again.  And the sunset was gorgeous over Waikiki beach, which prompted fun group shots, and quick postings to Twitter and Facebook to show the world how lucky they felt to be here in Hawaii.     

All those involved are serious show fans and I hope to get to know them better as the weekend progresses and find out more of their stories.  That is if I can get them apart for a second.  This group has pretty much bonded and it should be great fun for the luau today.  We’ll keep you posted, so till then I’ll sign off using the words of another  visitor who  says she signs off the internet every night with  “ Cuff me, Steve”.   LOL.


Honolulu Pulse was also on on location to cover the party:

PHOTOS Bellow BY LANCE ARINAGA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

To see more photos go to http://www.honolulupulse.com/bars-clubs/pics-five-0-tweetup-at-tikis?pid=32244#pulse-gallery
© 2011 The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. All rights reserved.


Make your own Tiki Halloween Costume!

Gearing up for halloween and don't know what to be?
Here are step by step Tiki Halloween Costume buildiing directions!
Allow three to four weeks of evenings to complete this project.

Click on the photos to enlarge.

I started with some cheap wire fencing. It's about 6 feet tall and wired together.
PVC pipe is used to support the wire frame, and give me somthing to attach the shoulder straps to.
I cut notches in the PVC and wired the framework to the PVC so it would stay in place.
The PVC needs to support the top so when it is carried by the bottom, the weight of the top doesnt collapse the tiki.
The wire frame was covered with an old bed sheet, and hand sewn on at the seams. I painted the sheet with my Paiper Mache wall paper paste mixture and let dry.
The sheet shrinks as it dries to a drum like finish. Next I taped cardboard pieces to the body of the tiki. Tape and crumpled paper on cardboard make the arms.
The Mouth was made from a thick rope that was twist tied to the metal frame to hold it in place. I began with random strips of Paiper Mache to hold everything in place.
My Paiper Mache mixture is wall paper paste and water with some garlic salt added to keep bugs from eating it in the future. Keep up the Paiper Mache!
Here the Paiper Mache is almost finished. I cut out the mouth and added my surfboard rack straps over my shoulders and around the PVC base.
Once the Paiper Mache is finished I added a coat of primer, to cover the newspaper texture.
After a cood coat of Primer they are ready for paint. I used three colors of spray paint. First I coated the entire tiki with the base brown, then added shadows with black and highlights with a beige color. I flicked some black speckles over the tikis to give them a wood like feel.
I painted some old window screen black and glued it on the inside covering the mouth.
I added two layers of Hula skirts 4 in all to each Tiki. Attach the skirts with twist tie to the metal frame. Put the tiki's on and cut the skirt to the right length so you don't trip on it.
That's it, you now have the tallest Tiki in town. This one is about 9 feet tall. Have Fun!
Which is the Statue?
Halloween Kids Parade, Front Street, Lahaina Maui
Later that night.


It's September 1st, do you know what that means?

Buy your friend a Drink for only $1.00!

Buy your friend a Drink for only $1.00!

     The first of every month is "Buy your friend a Drink day" at Tiki's. Go online and you can purchase drink vouchers for your buddies! Each voucher costs only $1.00, but is worth up to $8.00! What's best is that your buddy can use the voucher anytime! He receives it by email and comes to Tiki's at his convenience.  You don't even have to be with him!  This certificate is good for one cocktail/beer/wine at Tiki's Grill & Bar. Up to a value of $8. Cannot be redeemed for cash. One certificate/voucher per person per day.

     Did you lose a bet last football season?  Miss hanging out with the guys?  Was there a special occasion that you wanted to celebrate? Maybe you know someone who needs attention.  Your friend will receive their voucher by email with your personal message, that they can redeem anytime.  But hurry!  This deal is only available for purchase on the first of the month!

Click here to Buy a drink for your Friend now!

Do you have what it takes to host your own show on Food Network?

Honolulu Open Casting Call

We might be submitting one of our Tiki's Grill & Bar personality to the show. 

If you or someone you know has the skills, personality and passion for cooking, they want to hear from you!

Date: Tuesday, August 30th

Time: 10am- 2pm

Location: Sheraton Waikiki 2255 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu, HI 96815

If you can’t make it to an open call, please visit us at www.FoodNetworkStarCasting.com for details on how to submit a home video!

For questions please e-mail us at fns8Honolulu@gmail.com.
For information about the show please go to www.FoodNetwork.com/Star.
/>Please read the Rules & Eligibility Requirements (found on the “Rules and Eligibility” page) before applying. Applicants must (a) be a US citizen or permanent legal resident with the unrestricted ability to work in the U.S. and (b) be at least 21 years of age.

Watch Tiki's on Alaska Airlines media players and KHNL on Sunday

Next Stop –Episode # 116 “Oahu” will be running on Sunday, 8/28/11 at 7:00pm and repeat at 11:30pm.

A old friend stopped in to Tiki's Grill & Bar to film a new travel segment for a travel channel.  Jon Olson the host is doing a new show called Next Stop TV.  His creative team has earned seven Emmy nominations.

NEXT STOP is a new TV travel show featuring the places and the people that make each destination unique. They will show you where to go, what to do and how to do it. Fun & positive entertainment is the theme of every show, featuring local music, sports & activities, local flavors and more. NEXT STOP gives you an insider’s look into each featured location.
The Tiki's Grill & Bar segment will air locally NBC on Sunday, 8/28/11 at 7:00pm and repeat at 11:30pm. and also be featured on the inflight entertainment for Alaska Airlines.

Admission Day in Hawaii - Third Friday in August Celebrates Hawaii Statehood in 1959

The third Friday in August is Admission Day in Hawaii. It celebrates Hawaii's admission to the Union on August 21, 1959. The following article appeared in the New York Times on August 21, 1959 - the actual day of Hawaii's statehood.


Hawaii Becomes the 50th State; New Flag Shown

Eisenhower Hails 'Historic Occasion' as Proclamation Joins Territory to Union


Star Staggered in 9 Rows of 6 and 5 Each in Latest National Standard



Washington, Aug. 21, 1959 -- Hawaii was officially proclaimed as the fiftieth state of the United States today by President Eisenhower at bipartisan White House ceremonies.

The Presidential action was followed immediately by the unfurling of a new fifty-star flag, which will not become official until next July 4. The thirteen alternate red and white stripes remain unchanged, but the stars on a field of blue are arranged in nine alternate staggered rows of six and five stars each.

The President welcomed the new state along with Alaska, admitted earlier this year. Not since 1912, when Arizona and New Mexico were added to the Union, had any new states been admitted.

Ceremony a Formality

The White House ceremony today was but a formality noting the Hawaiian citizens had boted to accept the obligations of statehood and had held elections to choose their officers.

The ceremony had a bipartisan character because a Democratic Congress had voted to carry out a Republican President's recommendation in authorizing statehood for Hawaii.

The President sat at the long Cabinet table, flanked by Vice President Richard M. Nixon on his right and the House Speaker, Sam Rayburn of Texas, on his left. Behind them stood representatives of Hawaii, including one of her Senators-elect, Oren E. Long, 70-year-old Democrat, and the House member-elect, Representative Daniel K. Inouye, 34-year-old Democrat and war hero.

The other Senator-elect, Hiram Fong, a Republican, remained in Hawaii, as did Gov. William F. Quinn. The Senators will be seated on Monday after they have drawn lots to see whether they receive terms of approximately six years, four years or two years. The Governor was sworn in today at ceremonies at Honolulu.

Mr. Inouvye will also take his seat Monday.

President Eisenhower called it "truly an historic occasion" because for the second time within a year a new state had been admitted.

"All forty-nine states will join in welcoming the new one- Hawaii- to this Union," he said. "We will wish for her prosperity, security, happiness and a growing closer relationship with all of the other states. We know that she is ready to do her part to make this Union a stronger nation- a stronger people than it was before because of her presence as a full sister to the other forty-nine states. So all of us say to her, 'good luck.'"

As the President completed his remarks, Speaker Rayburn leaned over to chat with him.

Then the President remarked that he had been reminded by the Speaker of "one fact that has great historic significance."

"Next Monday will be the first time in 158 years there has not been a delegate in the membership of the Congress of the United States," he said.

"The delegates are gone and in their places we have Senators and Congressmen."

Hawaii and Alaska were represented by non-voting delegates in the House of Representatives while they were territories. Puerto Rico, as a commonwealth, continues to have a commissioner, without vote, in the House.

Among the Hawaiian officials witnessing signature of the proclamation were Edward E. Johnston, former Secretary of the Territory, and Lorrin P. Thruston, publisher of The Honolulu Advertiser.

The United States Secretary of the Interior, Fred A. Seaton, who had responsibility for the territories, was also on hand for the official birth of a new state.

The approval of statehood for Alaska last year in effect ended Hawaii's long fight for statehood. For at that time it was generally understood that this year Hawaii's turn would come.

Until this year Hawaii statehood bills had passed the House three times in the last decade. On one occasion the bill passed the Senate also, but was tied to an Alaskan measure that brought death to both.

Much of the opposition came from Southerners in Congress who took a dim view of the mixed racial strains of Hawaii's population. Southerners also fought its admission on the same ground they fought Alaskan statehood. That is, the additional seats would weaken the South's already diluted strength in the Senate.