Hilo International Airport, known as General Lyman Field until 1989, is located about two miles east of Hilo, on the eastern shore of the Big Island. Its three-letter IATA airport code is ITO. There is no official explanation as to why, but the Hawaii State Department of Transportation lays out a couple of theories. The airport was designated ITO […]
Why is Maui’s airport called OGG?
Kahului Airport is the second busiest airport in the State of Hawaii, located on the northern edge of the land bridge between Haleakala and the West Maui Mountain Range on the island of Maui. It’s three-letter IATA airport code is OGG. OGG is a tribute to aviation pioneer Bertram J. Hogg. An accomplished pilot, Hogg […]
Where did Honolulu get its name?
The name “Honolulu” (also written as “Honorourou” in early maps) is said to mean “sheltered bay” or “fair harbor,” referring to the natural, deep and narrow channel that made an ideal port, and by the late 1700s, ships began making the island a major stop in their ocean crossings. A small village near the protected […]
How do I find a Hawaiian name for my baby?
While there are several websites that supposedly offer lists of Hawaiian names and their meanings, most of the time these sites are simply copying material out of books, and at worst they offer only what random people have suggested as names and their meanings. In fact, many references will merely give you transliterations of English […]
How did Pearl Harbor get its name?
Pearl Harbor was originally named by the native Hawaiians, who called it “Wai Momi” (pearl waters). The harbor was once full of pearl-producing oysters, although Hawaiians likely valued them more for their shells and meat than for the shiny nuggets prized by westerners. Europeans arrived in 1778, however, and within ten years, the pearls had […]