The twilight air around Mauna Lani Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii is full of stories -- it is, after all, the time when spirits reveal their memories most strongly to the living. Hear their tales during Twilight at Kalahuipua'a, a Hawaiian storytelling event on the Saturday closest to the full moon. On Jan. 10 and Feb. 7, spread out a picnic and watch the sunset on the oceanfront lawn. As dusk descends, voices rise like those memory-stirring spirits who leap toward the setting sun into the world of ancestors at leina a ka 'uhane (jumping off places). Danny Akaka, the resort's cultural historian, hosts a night of Hawaiian legends and local lore, and special guests like kupuna (Hawaiian elders), paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys), kumu hula (hula masters) and traditional musicians talk story in languages all their own. Everyone is invited to bring stories to share -- so listen carefully to what the twilight is saying to you. maunalani.com
- Mauna Lani Resort's room rates are available from about $355.