Pack your bags and don’t forget to bring some catnip. The next Geyser of Awesome Field Trip is headed to the Hawaiian island of Lanai where we’ll find the Lanai Cat Sanctuary. It’s a feline wonderland that’s currently home to nearly 500 contented cats. Also knowns as the “Furr Seasons,” the non-profit sanctuary provides food, shelter, healthcare, adoption, and spay/neuter services for all of their feline residents.

“The spacious, 25,000 square-foot-enclosure features things that felines love—there are cubicles for sleeping, “pallet palaces” for hiding, large irrigation pipes for playing, as well as kitty-climbing jungle gyms. Accompanying the man-made additions are bushes, long grasses, and plenty of trees for the cats to exercise their basic instincts.”

The Lanai Cat Sanctuary is open to the public, so if you’ve ever wanted to hang out with 500 happy cats all at once, this is the place for you.

Visit the Lanai Cat Sanctuary website for additional information.

Photos by Svetlana C. via TripAdvisor, dmm_artist via TripAdvisor, Dingo84 via TripAdvisor, and Johnny V. via TripAdvisor respectively.

[via My Modern Met]

We need to remember: Native Hawaiian Culture > Local Culture

I see this all the time from locals when issues on Hawaiian culture arise, where we think just cause we grew up around da culture, we have any say in how it should or shouldn’t be used.

Lucky we live HI but it doesn’t make us free from harming Native Hawaiians. We who do not have Hawaiian in our bloodlines, are haole to these lands in its original meaning. Yes, Hawai’i is a much more loving place than most and I am so proud to be from Hawai’i, but we are not free of racism, neo-colonialism, etc, including against Hawaiians.

When local culture says one thing but Hawaiian says another, Hawaiian culture wins, because it is HAWAIIAN CULTURE. We as locals, haoles, cannot combat the feelings and lived word of Hawaiians. Ainokea if we grew up with one thing and all of a sudden they saying different. Such as with Hapa. Local culture says its anyone who is mixed with anything. I grew up around that, you grew up around that. But that is false. That is erasure of the true meaning of Hapa, of what the identity of Hapa was born out of, of the Hawaiian culture attached to it. You are not Hapa if you are not part-Hawaiian, no matter what local culture says.

Hawaiian culture always comes before local culture. Respect the culture and respect Native Hawaiians.