Liliuokalani Gardens – Priority Mail stamp

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Liliuokalani Gardens in Hilo will be featured on a Priority Mail stamp in the new year to celebrate the landmark’s 100th anniversary.

The gardens are on land donated by Queen Liliuokalani, and named in her honor.

The landmark features Japanese influences, and includes tropical flowers and a view of Mauna Kea.

The stamp depicts one of the gardens’ most iconic structures, the red wooden shelter on a stone bridge spanning a portion of the pond. The bridge is surrounded by three stone lanterns and lush tropical plants.

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.

source Hawaii News Now

Hawai’i Bowl 2016

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The Rainbow Warriors will meet the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at 3:00 p.m. HT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN and will be available on the WatchESPN app on mobile devices and gaming consoles. For tickets, visit the Hawai’i Ticket Office online, in person at the Stan Sheriff Center box office, or by phone at (808) 944-2697.

J.J. FLORENCE : VANS TRIPLE CROWN TITLE

John John Florence has had plenty to celebrate in 2016. As if his win at the Eddie and the 2016 World Championship weren’t enough, he clinched his third Vans Triple Crown of Surfing crown today. And while the Billabong Pipe Masters title he’s been longing for eluded him again this year, Florence isn’t letting it get to him…yet. He spoke with Rosy Hodge after surfing his last heat of 2016.

 

Billabong Pipeline Masters

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The Billabong Pipe Masters, the final stop of the Vans Triple Crown and the final event of the WSL Men’s World Tour, is the perfect venue for the culmination of both series. An iconic and historic wave, the Banzai Pipeline is often referred to as the best wave on the planet. Known for its perfect, heaving top-to-bottom barrels and its close proximity to shore, not only is it the perfect wave for those willing to charge, but also for the spectators on the beach.

Part of the allure of Pipeline is that with the perfection comes consequence. Pipeline is one of the most dangerous waves on the planet. It has claimed more lives than any other wave in the world—one fatality a year, on average—inflicts numerous injuries and breaks boards for a hobby. The cause of danger, a shallow slab of reef with crevasses and coral heads, is also the reason for the barreling shape and immense power of the wave.

Whether competitors drop into a wedging Pipeline left or free fall into a Backdoor right, surfing Pipe, especially big Pipe, requires a physical and mental commitment all to itself. It’s why the Pipe Masters title is so prestigious and its champions are some of the most highly respected surfers on the planet.

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UFC 206 – Max Holloway

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Holloway (16-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) goes after his first UFC title on Saturday when he meets Anthony Pettis (19-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) for the interim featherweight title in the UFC 206 main event at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

“I’m not trying to go for the ‘Fight of the Night’ performance – that means the guy was my equal, and I don’t want an equal in there,” Holloway said. “I go out there and I make people wonder, ‘Why is this guy here?Why did they match me with him? This is a horrible matchup.’ Max is making this guy look easy, and that’s what I plan to do.” – Max Holloway

(via : MMAjunkie)