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From Our Publisher What does it mean to bring community together? The answer is the ongoing theme throughout this issue, woven from page to page; whether it’s the homecoming and near future plans for Hōkūle‘a, Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a, HIP Agriculture, Hawai‘i Artist Collaboration, the “Talk Stories” with our advertisers, plus many of the other stories. The theme is that Hawai‘i nei (this beloved island) is all about community. We see it in action every day—the individuals and businesses who work tirelessly to improve our communities, bringing towns and villages together for the benefit of all who live here, and all who visit. This island is made up of many different communities, which all create the most amazing Hawai‘i Island community. It’s like a quilt, with lots of wonderful pieces sewn together to create the finished piece—except in the case of our island, it’ll never be finished. I’m grateful that Ke Ola Magazine is part of the larger community, and has garnered the hearts of so many readers. The stories of this island are what inspire us to produce this magazine. Have you noticed Ke Ola Magazine’s look has been evolving continuously for nearly a year? In our dedication to the philosophy of kaizen (continuous improvement), we always strive to make every issue better than the last one. I’d like to give a shout-out to our design team, which includes Aaron Miyasato, Noren Irie and Michelle Sandell. Also, many mahalos to our editorial team: Gayle Greco, Sharon Bowling, and all our writers, for helping make this issue another literary beauty.

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Aia lā kahi kapu i mua o‘u ‘Ō ihola ka pono no‘u ē Eia maila ka ‘i‘ini a‘e nō Nene‘e akula ke ala no‘u ē I laila ala kahi kapu nō No‘ono‘o ka pono no‘u ē Ho‘i nō e ke kapu, kapu iho nō ‘Ō maila ke aloha, ke aloha no‘u ē He mele nō no‘u ē

Before, a sacred journey Righteousness bestowed Desires are acknowledged Encourage the journey Sacredness is there Seek righteousness within Return sacredness, sacredness anointed Gratitude bestowed, compassion within A song honoring the one

_ Aia e ka La Na Kumu Keala Ching

Aia e ka lā i ka Hikina Pi‘i a‘ela i ka lewalani Aniani ku‘u ‘ike i ka lehua Lehua lā i Kīlauea ‘Ōpua a‘ela i Komohana Lele maila ka ‘Iwa i ka Lehua Ho‘i nō e ke kapu i ka Ni‘olani I laila a‘ela o ke aloha ē

Eastern shores, one finds an enlightened source Ascending source to the highest peak Clarity of one’s knowledge is the source Centered within Kīlauea Fullness is achieved upon the Western shores Observed flight of the ‘Iwa Bird towards the source Sacredness returns to one’s temple Compassion is there, enlightened by the source

He mele nō ka Ni‘olani

A song honoring sacredness

He ‘i‘ini nui ko‘u e ‘imi i ke kapu o ke ola kūpuna. He hō‘ailona kūpono ka‘apuni o kākou āpau ā aia nō iā ‘oe e pili kou ola i kēia mau kūpaianaha nō! Huli wale ‘oe i ka ‘oia‘i‘o ma kou ola me nā kūpuna ā pule mau i ke Akua. ‘O ia ihola! My deepest desire is to seek the sacredness (characteristics, values and stories) of our Kūpuna. Observe the righteous signs about us and choose your relationship with these amazing gifts. Seek the true (of these signs) within your journey of your elders and then, honor the Highest Power. Here it is! Truly honoring the knowledge shared within the life of Hula! Eō mai e nā Loea Hula, nā Kahuna Hula,a me nā Kumu Hula i nā hana pono o kō kākou ola!

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By Leilehua Yuen | September-October 2017

Hawaiian practitioners oli (chant) greetings to the Höküleÿa crew.

Pwo Nainoa Thompson, Polynesian Voyaging Society President.


Hōkūle‘a now begins her final leg of the Worldwide Voyage—traveling the Hawaiian Archipelago to approximately 30 ports. Her crew will get to share their adventures with some 100 schools on various islands. After circumnavigating the Earth in a three-year-60-thousand nautical mile voyage to help grow the global movement toward a more sustainable world, on June 17, 2017 Hōkūle‘a returned to Hawai‘i nei. Hōkūle‘a and her sister wa‘a (canoe) Hikianalia, were escorted home by Okeanos Marshall Islands, the newly launched vaka motu (boat for the island) of the Okeanos Foundation and Fa‘afaite, Tahiti’s voyaging canoe. The four deep-water wa‘a were greeted by a flotilla of Hawaiian and Polynesian canoes and other watercraft. Makali‘i (from Hawai’i Island), Mo‘okiha o Pi‘ilani (from Maui), Mo‘olele (from Maui), and Nāmāhoe (from Kaua’i) were present to pay homage to their sister wa‘a.


Nearly 50,000 people were gathered on the shore of Ala Moana Beach Park to celebrate the wa‘a and crew. As Hōkūle‘a approached the floating dock at Magic Island, oli (Hawaiian chant) rang out. Once she was secure, and the crew on land, “I Kū Mau Mau” and other chants honoring canoes and voyagers filled the air. Hale Mua, an organization devoted

is tremendously proud of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, crewmembers, volunteers and community partners of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage for their efforts to share our knowledge and values and work collaboratively with cultures around the world to protect our environment. As a global leader in sustainability, Hawai‘i and its people will continue to support environmental conservation and preservation initiatives that make our world a better place.” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell called the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage a “global movement that has not only encouraged stewardship of our island Earth, but also has inspired the next generation of navigators, explorers and engaged citizens who are proud of where they come from and what our culture stands for. The value and lessons from this voyage will continue to help our community thrive for years to come.”


Höküleÿa ties up at Magic Island after her historic three-year voyage. to nurturing and strengthening Kanaka Maoli men through cultural practice, presented kāli‘i, a ceremony in which spears are thrown at an arriving chief who must catch them, or fend them off. Hōkūle‘a crew member Sam Kapoi represented the crew and canoe, fending off eight spears. “It was done for canoes that left the realm...basically in the hands of God. The spears show that the person catching is still a man, not a god,” Kapoi told Hawai‘i News Now. The theme of the homecoming celebration was Lei Ka‘apuni Honua, which translates to English as “a lei around the world.”

Men of Hale Mua participate in Käliÿi, a spear throwing challenge ritual used in ancient times. It honors the journey of connecting cultures and people around the world. The Worldwide Voyage was the first time a Polynesian canoe circumnavigated the Earth. VIPs from Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and the world were on hand for the aha ‘awa, the formal kava ceremony, and then the chairs were cleared from the tent so the public could enjoy the ho‘olaule‘a (celebration) where video and a large screen outside the main tent allowed more people to see the protocols and enjoy the entertainment. Hawai‘i Governor David Y. Ige said, “The State of Hawai‘i


Left to right: Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Bradford Nakamua, Mpho Tutu, Congressworman Tulsi Gabbard, Govenor David Ige, Danny Akaka, Anna Akaka, and Hector Busby. Cheryl Taupu, of Kealakekua, was there for a special reason. “While I watched the canoes enter Magic Island, I looked at the thousands of people gathered. I tried to imagine that I, and all those people, were there in ancient times, welcoming our family and friends from around the Pacific. I would like to think that I could somehow identify with them, but I don’t know if I have enough humility, as I was not very modest in the pride I showed that day as Hōkūle‘a arrived.” Cheryl’s husband, Tava Taupu, was one of the crew bringing the storied canoe home. At age 72, after sailing on Hōkūle‘a for over forty years, Tava says “I retired after this voyage. This was my last long distance sail. For me it was letting go.” Other events during homecoming week included the Mālama Honua Fair and Summit, a three-day summit, including a youth summit, based on the voyaging, cultural, environmental, educational and health and well-being missions of the voyage. ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i was ecstatic to be a part of Hōkūle‘a’s homecoming and celebration of the World Wide Voyage. ‘Imiloa has created a voyaging outreach program for interested schools that is motivated by the Polynesian Voyaging Society and aimed at inspiring the next generation of oceanic explorers. Staff from the program flew to O‘ahu for the celebration, and set up a 20-foot star compass and large portable planetarium, kindly loaned by the Bishop Museum so ‘Imiloa staff could share with the community lessons in oceanic navigation and voyaging starlines. Planetarium presenter ‘Āhia Dye said, “We saw hundreds of people, some who even flew in from other countries, just for | September-October 2017

this event! School groups and summer programs brought their students; the place was just abuzz in this epic outreach event! We were so excited to be a part of it with all. And seeing all the other partners and collaborators sharing with the public, it reiterated our collective mission for this entire Worldwide Voyage—to mālama honua, every day—it was a very special event!” The Homecoming Summit also included larger keynote events. The World Youth Congress Summit was hosted by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, in collaboration with the World Youth Congress. Young people from around the world were invited to celebrate Mālama Honua stories. Together, they made a collective call to action to the next generation to create a new sail plan for the future stewardship of the planet. The International Speaker Series featured individuals who are navigating towards a more just and sustainable future for island Earth. Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, talked about how the relevance of Hōkūle‘a in the modern world was questioned, and how some tried to discourage him from risking the canoe on the threeyear voyage. His emotional and evocative speech covered Hawaiian disenfranchisement, Hōkūle‘a’s role in the Hawaiian Renaissance, the stories of the original Hōkūle‘a navigators, and the role of young people as navigators into the future. His full speech is available on YouTube. (Search “navigator Nainoa addresses attendees”). Also speaking at the Homecoming Summit was Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer, Dieter Paulmann, Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Captain Don Walsh, Reverend Mpho Tutu van Furth, and Alaska Lt. Governor Byron Mallott. On the final day of the summit, individuals from around Hawai‘i and the world came together to talk about the work they or their organizations already were doing and planning. The eclectic group of more than 100 participants were from public, private, non-profit, for profit, educational, and governmental entities, connecting to find ways to support and accelerate current mālama honua initiatives, as well as to develop and initiate new ones. For the crew of Hōkūle‘a, their shipmates are ‘ohana (family), with ties as strong as blood. Wallace (Wally) Wong, of Hilo, felt that pull during his son’s graduation. “I was out of state during the homecoming, but watched it live streaming on the computer…I was thinking about it all day while I was at the graduation and checking the tracking map to see where both canoes were, but it didn’t really hit me until I got home and turned on the live stream. We watched it with friends and a whole flood of feelings came through me. Guilt was one. I should have been there helping with the homecoming as I watched all my fellow crewmembers on live streaming. A sense of accomplishment or relief that Hōkūle‘a is safe at home now. And pride in seeing all our older crewmembers and newer crewmembers sitting side-by-side enjoying the festivities. It was a long voyage and everyone deserved all the attention for their commitment to this project.  It was such a beautiful day and Hōkūle‘a looked great.” Wally was chosen to sail three legs of the Worldwide Voyage. In 2014, they sailed from Pago Pago, to Vavau & Nukualofa Tonga and then on to Waitangi, Aotearoa. He says, “My last leg was from Miami, Florida, to Key West, then down and through the Panama Canal. Sailing on the Caribbean was exciting as I thought of all the great ships that sailed before us. Our highlight was traveling through the Panama Canal and seeing

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one of the greatest engineering marvels ever. All of these three legs were awesome. We were able to experience different cultures; foods and everyone that we met along the way were always amazed with our journey and with Hōkūle‘a. She is very special and one of a kind.” Longtime crewman Tava Taupu grew up on Nuku Hiva working fishing canoes with his father. “Not big like Hōkūle‘a,” he says. “But we used sails and would be out on the ocean a long time. You learn how to not only fish to feed the family but also to live on the ocean. Almost the same on Hōkūle‘a. Not only sail, but how to work to take care of the canoe and work with everyone on the canoe. I had to learn plenty of things about the canoe. How to put the sails up, how to work the line, how to steer the canoe, plenty of things to keep the canoe going safe.” Tava continued, “When Herb Kane and the first crew were doing training sails, around 1974–75, they came to Kona and stopped at Ka‘ūpūlehu where I was working at Kona Village, I saw Hōkūle‘a and fell in love. I promised myself I would sail on her and asked if I could crew. That was 40-plus years ago and still a crew member, still sailing.” But now, Tava says, his longdistance days are done. “Sailing to Tahiti and Taputapuatea, and saying goodbye to all my old friends was very sad.” During the Worldwide Voyage, Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia visited more than 23 countries and territories, and 150 ports. Soon, they will begin the most important leg of the voyage*: an eight-month sail to 30 ports throughout the Hawaiian Islands and some 100 schools, to thank Hawai‘i’s people and share what we have learned with the children,” said Nainoa Thompson, Polynesian Voyaging Society president.


Tava says, “I will continue to educate our keiki who visit us at Hālau Maluhia, and help with the Hōkūle‘a educational mission as she sails around Hawai‘i, share our culture and knowledge.” Cheryl adds, “We, as a family, have always been a part of Hōkūle‘a's mission to educate our communities.” And, like the other members of the Hōkūle‘a ‘ohana, “We will continue to do so for as long as we can.” ■ More information about Hōkūle‘a, visit: *At the time of printing Ke Ola Magazine, the summer tour dates were not available.

Danny and Anna Akaka greeting voyagers with pule and oli.

Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a ’s 20th Anniversary A time of remembrance, preservation, and community service

By Gayle Kaleilehua Greco

Hula under the full moon, Tumu Naleialoha Napaepae-Kunewa, Kaulu Michelle Amaral, and the Lim Family at Twilight at Kalähuipuaÿa.

“My first impression of the property and ponds was that I didn’t think there were places like this that still existed.” says Danny “Kaniela” Akaka, reminiscing back to a day in 1972 when he first stepped foot on the grounds at Kalāhuipua‘a on the west side of Hawai‘i Island. Having grown up in Honolulu, Danny recalls, “There were no places like this where a house would be miles away from another residence.” One house that Danny frequented in the 1970s was near the site of the current Eva Parker Woods Cottage on the grounds at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. Larry Kimura, a Hawaiian language teacher, introduced Danny and his wife, Anna, to Abraham and Emily Kihe who lived at Kalāhuipua‘a with their children, grandchildren, chickens, pigs, and a dog. “We would kōkua (help) them with the ponds, hauling coconut leaves out of the ponds, clearing the property, making burn piles. We could smell the coconut burning.” A smell that, to this day, is reminiscent for Danny of his early days at Kalāhuipua‘a.

At dusk, Danny, Anna, Hawaiian Studies classmates, and the Kihe family would gather on the lānai of the cottage, Mama Kihe sitting on the front steps of the porch; everyone would have a soothing cold beverage after the hot, long day of work that had passed. Some of the work group would pick up a guitar and Mama Kihe would talk story, some of legends and some of history. During Mama Kihe’s talk story time, one or more of those gathered there in the nostalgic setting would start playing music, another would do a hula, beverages would be shared, and the picture begins to take form as Danny confirms, “The earliest seeds of Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a started back then.” Property Tours and Preservation of Hawaiian Culture In 1983, Danny worked as a landscaper at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel’s Tennis Gardens. In a time before formal cultural guest activities were offered, guests asked if there was anyone | September-October 2017

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who could tell them about the grounds, the vegetation, and the fish ponds. Danny says, “The Front of the House employees would tell them, ‘Yeah, there’s a Hawaiian guy who works at the Tennis Gardens’.” The guests would find Danny, who had his degree in Hawaiian Studies, along with the stories from his own ‘ohana (family) and his early experiences with the Kihe family. With that knowledge, Danny began informal tours. “I would tell the guests, I finish work at 3pm and I’ll be happy to take you out on the grounds on my own time after work.” Danny would spend an hour or more, sharing stories and educating the guests about the property. The small groups quickly became larger groups as Danny became the ‘Pied Piper’ of storytelling, which gave the guests more knowledge about Hawaiian culture and the place they were visiting. Always a family affair, Danny’s brother-in-law (Anna Akaka’s brother)

Aunty Queenie Dowsett, Uncle George Naope, and Aunty Nona Beamer grace the porch of Kalähuipuaÿa in a priceless magical twilight kanikapila of fun, talk 16 story, and music. photo courtesy of Aaron Miyasato

Tim Lui-Kwan was an archeologist/anthropologist from the University of Hawai‘i, working at the Bishop Museum, and had done the archeological project on the hotel property. Anna shares, “Tim took Danny around and said ‘here’s some places you should know about’.” Tim was a cave crawler, one who professionally crawled through the nooks and crannies of the caves and documented his findings. Tim recorded his discoveries for the historical archives and in a few cases, disclosed the information privately to Danny. This knowledge allowed Danny to be mindful as he toured guests through the property. Over time, with growing interest in the property tours, the hotel administration created the position of Hawaiian Historian and Danny moved into the official role. Constantly looking for ways to perpetuate Hawaiian culture, Danny entered into conversations with former Mauna Lani Bay Hotel Chairman, Kenny Brown (great grandson of John Papa I‘i, advisor to King Kamehameha II), George Kanahele (a native Hawaiian activist, historian and author), and Mark McGuffie (then resident manager of Mauna Lani Bay Hotel) on ways to restore and maintain music, hula and storytelling during this time of Hawaiian renaissance in the 1980s. These conversations grew to include leaders of many of the local Hawaiian families who regularly discussed how to bring back the Hawaiian culture from each of their diverse lineages and perspectives. The core group meetings took place at the round table at the Eva Parker Woods Cottage and were the seedling starters for the nonprofit Friends of the Future (founded by Kenneth F. Brown) and aptly named by Pua Kanaka‘ole as Ka Piko Lōkahi, the uniting center. One of the main subjects of these meetings was how to keep the stories of the kūpuna (elders) from fading away; how would the kamali‘i (children/future generations) pass along the elders’ stories? Drawing back to his early time at Kalāhuipua‘a with the Kihe ‘ohana and evening storytelling, Danny, with the hotel team’s support, decided to host a seaside ‘talk story’ at the Eva Parker Woods Cottage, with the porch serving as the natural stage.

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Continuing the Vison Danny speaks about the importance of this monthly gathering, “The goal of Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a is to perpetuate the lifestyle of storytelling as an example of bridging generations and offer it to the community.” Through the years, the entertainers have ranged from friends and family to award-winning musicians, singers, and dancers. “Some of these entertainers you only see on the big stage, that’s Guests enjoying sunset, music by Kahulanui, and talk story at Twilight at Kalähuipuaÿa. photo by Gayle Greco why we keep it secret. I let people know, it’s like The Early Beginnings of Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a giving you a gift, do you want me to open it for you and tell In September 1997, as the full moon arrived, Danny and you what it is?” Danny laughs at how many times he’s had to Anna Akaka assembled their children, other family members, explain the reason for keeping the entertainer list hush-hush, friends and a few hotel guests, and recalled the days of sitting “You are here to open the gift.” on tūtū’s porch, watching the sunset, having tea and crackers That gift has produced the likes of Nona Beamer, Aunty with peanut butter, talking story, playing music and dancing Genoa Keawe, the Pahinui family, Dennis Kamakahi, Amy hula. Anna made stew and rice, the Akaka children cleaned Hanaiali‘i, the Lim family, Jake Shimabukuro, Raiatea the cottage and set up chairs outside, Danny was the sole Helm, Darlene Ahuna, Kahulanui and even a spontaneous musician with one lantern and no sound system. The moon lit performance from an audience member, Don Ho, as monthly up the grounds and shined on the smiling, mesmerized faces. entertainers on the porch of the historic cottage. “All the shows Quietly as the evening ended, the Akaka family put everything are special,” says Danny as he remembers one night in 1999 away, the guests returned back to their rooms, and the seed when he sailed as a crewmember of the Hōkūle‘a, Hawai‘i’s was planted for what would be monthly gatherings for years to treasured voyaging canoe. They were back from their 1999 come. voyage and tied up to the buoy across from the Eva Parker Danny said, “For the next month, I wanted to invite a guest.” Woods Cottage. As the full moon talk story night started, the Danny was playing music at Kona Village where the gifted master navigators and crew became the musicians of the event Aunty Eleanor Makita also worked. Aunty Eleanor was a pure while the Hōkūle‘a sat as a silhouette in the bay giving way Hawaiian native who was a composer of music and chants, to the music and moon above. “It was a magical moment,” and danced hula. What a perfect guest for the next gathering recalled Danny. of ‘talk story’. That evening’s success prompted who would be “It’s remarkable,” says Rodney Ito, General Manager of there the following month and Danny decided on the Parker Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. “The evening is not only Ranch cowboys, who through the night told stories and sang of about the entertainers; it’s about the stories they tell and what the paniolo (cowboy). they share.” Rodney reiterates that having the event open As the first few gatherings took hold, the word spread to the community is a way of learning about the culture and and the management at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel was fully giving back is part of the overall vision of the hotel. Rodney supportive of a regular schedule. Anna said, “At first, we got acknowledges the Akaka’s with, “A big mahalo to Danny and together on the actual full moon night, no matter if it was a Anna for growing Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a as a commitment to weekday or weekend.” They soon realized that moving the give back to the community. It is still here because of them.” event to a Saturday closest to the full moon date was prudent Danny and Anna, in return, offer their sincere appreciation to for the musicians, hotel guests and community. With the dates the many volunteers, friends, and family who give of their time set, Danny knew they needed a proper name for the event to set up chairs, run the sound system, work the camera for and took great pride in preserving Kalāhuipua‘a as part of the the archives, manage the seating, and clean up when all is pau title. Danny wanted a way to blend the English and Hawaiian (ended). Danny and Anna comment, “We couldn’t do it without languages together and shared, “Twilight, that magical time of these unsung heroes. They are our Twilight Angels.” evening when stories were passed on by the kūpuna; the same Thinking back over the years, Danny and Anna recall the time at sunset when spirits who departed would go to the next entertainers who have graced the porch, the audience guests 17 realm.” The name Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a was established and impromptu moments. “What an amazing thing that has

come about through simply wanting to preserve talk story between generations,” says Danny. “We always hope, wish and pray that it will go beyond our time.” Anna adds her heartfelt thoughts, “It’s not such a hidden treasure anymore, but it still is a gem.” ■ Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a is offered on the Saturday closest to the full moon from 5:30–8:30pm at the Eva Parker Woods Cottage on the property of Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. For dates visit | September-October 2017

Danny and Anna Akaka, Takashi Yamakawa, and Jake Shimabukuro at Twilight at Kalähuipuaÿa. photo by Gayle Greco


Senator Daniel (Sr.) and Millie Akaka talk story about Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a In a unique set of circumstances, Senator Daniel and Millie Akaka, Danny’s parents, joined the interview for this story. When Senator Akaka heard his son talk about creating the name for this monthly event, Daniel Sr. offered, “When you put those together, the moon, the time of the day, the relaxing place where people sit on the ground, there’s only one place, that is Kalāhuipua‘a, there’s no other place where it fits.” Millie Akaka reflected about a rare time when all of their children were present at Mauna Lani for the talk story night and said, “It was twilight, the end of daylight and beginning of evening, the stars were ready to come out. They (Danny Sr. and the Akaka children: Millannie, Danny, Gerard, Alan and Nicky) sang a song, which was Daniel Sr.’s mother’s, (Annie Kaleiānuenue-Rainbow Lei) favorite song “Ka Makani Ka‘ili Aloha”. Millie continued, “All of a sudden out of clear skies, a rainbow came. There was a little mist of water, as they were singing the song, and just at the end of the song, the rainbow and the mist went away. Chicken skin, Ma was here.” Danny echoed the sentiment, “Kalāhuipua‘a is a dry place, when it does rain, it pours, it rarely mists”. Senator Akaka added, “There was a rainbow with stars just coming out in the sky. That’s Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a.”

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Like the cordage he weaves, Gary Eoff’s art stretches back through time to honor and connect with the ancestors. Previously from California, Gary and his wife Karen came to Hawaiʽi in 1980 to surf and visit Karen’s sister, but found much more. “We fell in love with Hawaiʽi, went home and packed up,” reminisced Gary. With a passion for art, traditional crafts and a thirst for learning, Gary has created an array of authentic Hawaiian artifacts that capture the highly advanced cultural practices of ancient Hawaiʽi. “I love the aesthetics and sensibilities of Hawaiian utilitarian objects,” said Gary. Before coming to Hawaiʽi, Gary was mostly a threedimensional artist. “Right from college I started being a craftsman. I did sculptures, including metal sculpture, and then jewelry. I carved a lot of shell and bone.” It is not surprising that Gary’s first endeavor in Hawaiʽi involved making fishing lures, a utilitarian three-dimensional art form. Gary creates the inserts that use the colors and shapes of prey to entice big game fish to strike. The lures, which he still makes, are a collaboration with Marlin Parker, son of lure inventor dad George. “I didn’t know about fishing but I knew about crafting. Marlin, being a great fisherman, knows what makes a great lure. The action of the lure is as important as anything,” Gary explained.

19 Gary weaving a fish trap. photo by Jack Wolford

Teachers A convergence of Gary’s curiosity with encounters provided by a budding cultural renaissance and his connection to the Kohanaiki Beach area led him on an odyssey of exploration of Hawaiian crafts. | September-October 2017




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Gary weaving. photo by Jack Wolford

When the student is ready the teacher will appear and that is what happened when Gary met Angel Pilago at Kohanaiki Beach. In the late 1980s, when Kohanaiki came under threat of development, the Kohanaiki ʽOhana was born. “Angel was my first teacher and mentor and our Kohanaiki ʽOhana leader. [See accompanying story.] He’s a cordage master and his expertise is lashing, among other things. He taught me to make fishing equipment, tools, gourds and drums. Items that were used culturally at the beach.” Angel, his wife Nita, Gary, and wife Karen began doing presentations centered on Hawaiian traditional and cultural practices and the importance of protecting our public trust resources. “We wanted to have the items to demonstrate the use of resources,” said Gary.

He continued to throw his net wide to discover other traditional crafts such as carving and tying gourds. They have decorative patterns and are lashed with cordage. “Tying the gourds is challenging. There’s only one knot at the beginning and one at the end, they’re all slip knots and there’s many different ways to do them.” Before he could learn to tie them, Gary had to grow gourds and get the shapes right and study the pāwehe (tattoo designs) on the gourds. He found his way to his next teacher when he attended a talk by expert weaver and cordage maker Willy McGlouthlin at the King Kamehmeha Hotel in 1992. “I had heard his name at a cultural festival. He was weaving mahiole (Hawaiian helmets) and he invited me to Puna. I studied with him for the next 15 years.”

You can’t learn about Hawaiian cordage without knowing about olonā. It’s the king of all cordage plants, endemic to Hawaiʽi and the strongest natural fiber in the world. “The Hawaiians planted it everywhere. It was used extensively in their material culture because of its strength and durability. It was tended constantly. It was said that if you grew one acre you were friends of the overseer, if you grew two acres you were friends with the chief and if you grew three acres you were friends with the King.” From Willy, Gary learned the full circle of cordage making, its uses and weaving with ‘ie‘ie. “Willy had the touch and I learned the touch. Find it, mālama (care for) it, process it, use it. Willy’s main message was to protect the resource and to gather it in a sustainable way. You don’t harvest unless you give back and I didn’t get any plants until I made them flourish

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in the forest.” Cordage making connected him to another of his teachers, Dr. Isabella Abbott. “She gave a talk and I went with my olonā sling. She knew what it was and invited me to come to Bishop

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Museum. I spent one whole day down in the basement with the feathered capes. She would have them get out everything that was made with olonā. I could touch it, feel it, look at it.” Gary’s interest in printing designs on Hawaiian kapa led him to master printer, Hiroki Morinoue in Hōlualoa. “I learned various styles of printing—monoprint, western printing using a printing press, and eastern style printing using a bamboo baren.”


Cultural Implements and Voyaging Arts Through the mounting of wayfinding and cultural exhibits, Gary has shared his passion for the knowledge and skills of the early Hawaiians. This comes through in the meticulously researched artifacts he creates and makes available to anyone. “I think it’s so important that people can handle the actual objects.” Entering the Eoff’s living room is like entering a miniature museum that illustrates Gary’s creative craftsmanship over the last 30 years. Every corner and wall space is covered with the evidence of a life spent Fish traps. photo by Jack Wolford

studying and honing his crafts. A post is draped with gourds, recessed shelves serve as displays of various weapons and implements and mahiole march atop a bookshelf. Gary reaches into the refrigerator and removes a partially completed mahiole, the most complex of weaving crafts. On average it takes about 200 hours to weave. Using iʽeiʽe fiber, the mahiole is woven over a carved wood head form. Its fine weaving and snug fit provided protection for chiefs going into battle. The star compass is one of Gary’s recurring themes. “My main focus is on the voyaging canoe and the celestial star compass used for deep ocean navigation by early Polynesians.” In collaboration with local artists Dave Reisland (marquetry) and Cliff Johns (wood turner), the star compass was transformed into several three-dimensional wood inlay pieces, one of which won first place at the Hawaii Wood Guild show in 2016. Gary also worked with Pwo Navigator Kālepa Baybayan to create a 17-foot diameter star compass employed as part of the educational program at Kohanaiki Beach Park. A recent collaboration stems from Gary’s curiosity about the ancient skill of bird catching, and pairs a woven bird cage with a painting by local artist, Dominic Tidmarsh.

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Gary working the craft in Kohanaiki's Hälau Ka Hale Waÿa. photo by Jack Wolford | September-October 2017


Worldwide Voyage: Hawaiʽi Shares Its Culture with the World When the Hōkūle‘a sailed up the Potomac River to the Smithsonian, it carried a traveling exhibit of traditional crafts created by Gary. This evolved into the Worldwide Voyage: Hawaii Shares its Culture with the World, an exhibit inspired by the three-year voyage. Initially mounted at the Volcano Art Center, it’s currently at Isaac’s Art Center until Sept. 30, 2017. The exhibit evolved through a request from the Hōkūle‘a ʽOhana Waʽa. “They decided they were going to tour the East Coast extensively, so they wanted an exhibit. I got together with Ed Kaneko, master lauhala weaver, Cliff did bowls and Dave helped with the wood.” The collection traveled on the Hōkūle‘a, up the East Coast and a larger exhibit was put on display at the Smithsonian during a festival to celebrate Hōkūle‘a’s journey. “I thought of telling the story of the Worldwide Voyage. The items are all on display with photos of the voyage from ‘Ōiwi TV. There’s also some art by Dave, Cliff and me that’s contemporary and inspired by the voyage.” Aʽo: To Teach is to Learn, To Learn is to Teach For many years, Gary concentrated on learning the art, but through his teachers he came to realize that’s only part of the process. When you have discovered and developed skills, it’s time to pass them on, which Gary does through exhibits and continuous workshops. Coming up at the Volcano Art Center is a series of rotating exhibits focused on specific aspects of traditional arts. “Every time I speak with him it’s like a whirlwind of information. He has so much to share that we’ve committed to doing these rotating cultural exhibits,” said Emily Weiss, Volcano Art Center Director. The key to our future lies in the past and through his journey with Hawaiian cultural crafts, Gary has come to understand how the wisdom, traditional practices and skills of the ancestors can protect the land and ocean resources for the future. ■ To see more of Gary Eoff’s work:

Gary scraping bark. photos by Jack Wolford

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two weeks in a warm area and then moving the pumpkins to a cold area for a month for optimum flavor. Some even report that pumpkins picked in late summer or early fall are the sweetest. I pick up the immortalized bumpy green kabocha and turn it ‘round in my hands. Its thick skin tells the story of generations, crossing the world to an island in the Pacific. The kabocha is weighed and I tuck it into the bottom of my bag. Sweet Kabocha Soup About 2 lb kabocha, skinned and roughly chopped 1 small white onion, roughly chopped 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk 1/2 cup honey 1 vanilla bean, split 1 tbs unsalted butter Cinnamon and salt to taste In a small stock pot, sauté onion over medium heat in butter until translucent and the edges are slightly browned. Add kabocha, coconut milk, honey, and vanilla bean. Bring to a simmer and decrease heat to low, stirring occasionally. Cook until pumpkin is very soft. Remove vanilla bean. Puree with blender. Season with sea salt and a dash of cinnamon. Enjoy! Kabocha Soup. photo by Brittany P. Anderson | September-October 2017

As I stroll around the farmer’s market, a woman in front of me turns to her travelling companion, “Look, there’s a kabocha!” She pushes her sunhat back off her forehead to feast her eyes on the knobby green-mottled rind. Starstruck by the squash, she snaps a picture and as she moves on glances back over her shoulder cementing the experience in her mind. Kabocha is a common name for several different varieties of pumpkin found here on Hawai‘i Island. Kabocha range from smooth light orange to deeply-lobed rough evergreen skin. Their coloration can be solid, speckled, or striped. Prized for its orange flesh rich in beta carotene, kabocha has been an important food source crossing cultures and centuries. A team of archaeobiologists found squash seeds at a dry cave in Oaxaca, Mexico, providing evidence that agriculture in Mesoamerica started approximately 8000 years ago. They believe squash to be one of the first domesticated crops predating maize and beans in the early Americas. Scientists then compared seed sizes and structures, deducing the variety of squash seeds found in that cave to be Cucuribita pepo—the same genus as kabocha. In the early 1800s, the first Portuguese immigrants began to arrive in Hawai‘i. Around 1832, skilled Mexican cattlemen came to Parker Ranch to teach cowboy techniques to local men. In the 1860s, Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawai‘i to work on sugarcane and pineapple plantations. These three cultures so deeply entwined in the history of kabocha converged on Hawai‘i Island within the same century, bringing with them a range of uses for this ancient squash. Mainland chefs and culinary writers have helped bring kabocha to the masses. The increased awareness of farm to table and emphasis on heirloom seeds has seen a crosscultural awareness—and celebrity status—of the tasty kabocha. The flesh of the kabocha has the consistency of sweet potato and is much sweeter than its jack-o-lantern cousin. For those who enjoy a steady supply of local kabocha, the praise and attention is of no surprise. Kabocha squash are easily cultivated throughout the range of Hawai‘i Island climates. They are tolerant of heat, and resilient with sparse watering while still surviving in wetter areas. The vines stretch outwards, climbing where they can. Large yellow flowers are male or female. The female flowers will show a small bulbous premature squash that, if everything goes well, will turn into a pumpkin. Once picked, the kabocha should be stored for at least two weeks to allow flavor and sweetness to develop. In speaking with several Thai farmers, they report to ripening kabocha for


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The Daniel R. Sayre Foundtion helps to provide ropes for the rescue workers. photo courtesy of Laura and Frank Sayre | September-October 2017

In August of 1997, the lives of Frank Sayre and Laura Mallery-Sayre were about to change forever. Their 25-year-old son Danny set off to hike Kapaloa Falls, the 500foot waterfall located in the back of Pololū Valley on Hawai‘i Island. The young man wanted to visit the place he considered to be personally sacred; the place he referred to as his ‘cathedral,’ before returning to the mainland for college. Danny, an employee at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, was preparing to depart for the mainland the next day to finish his senior year of college, when he decided to venture out one last time before meeting up with his parents the next day. All of his future plans came to an abrupt end when he fell from the trail, landing hundreds of feet below on a rocky cliff near the waterfall. The next day came, and when Danny failed to answer any of his parentsʻ phone calls, the search for him began.


“We notified the Police Department and everybody we knew that he was missing,” said Danny’s stepmother Laura. “The next day we got a phone call from the Police Department that someone had found his backpack and shoes on the trail right next to Kapaloa Falls. The people who had found his belongings had seen them when they hiked in and when they hiked out, the backpack and shoes were still there. They looked inside of the backpack and his wallet was there, so they notified the police, then the police notified us and we went up to see if we could locate him.” Laura and Frank’s good friends Harry Wishard and Mike Gomes, who were very familiar with the valley, offered to assist in the search. The friends joined the Sayres, the police and the Waiakea Fire Department in looking for Daniel. Their worry deepened when a rescue helicopter located Daniel, not moving, in the stream below. Rescuers worked tirelessly for ten hours attempting to retrieve Daniel, but the extreme narrowness of the valley and the winds made a helicopter rescue next to impossible. Daniel R. Sayre. | September-October 2017

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The captain of the rescue team informed the Sayres the rescue mission would have to be called off for the day because they were unable to access the valley. Because they could not be assured their son was dead or alive, Frank and Laura refused to leave, and their persistence paid off when ace pilot David Okita arrived with his helicopter. Because the rescue team lacked ropes long enough to rappel down to where Daniel was lying, the only option was a lifethreatening helicopter maneuver, not unlike one that killed an Oahu-based search and rescue team a year earlier. “When David arrived with his helicopter, everybody hopped to and he was able to take James Kuniyoshi, who was a rescue worker at the time, and Clarence Young, who was the fire equipment operator, down into the valley on a cable and they were able to get to Dan,” said Laura. “When they retrieved him, they radioed up to us that he had passed away. We knew how life threatening this rescue mission was and we knew they were doing this for us and they didn’t even know who we were.” Okita was able to get close enough to Daniel’s body to allow the two fire rescuers to suspend from an attached cable and retrieve his body, but it was not without risk. “The area was so narrow, the blades from the helicopter were knocking leaves off the trees in the valley,” said Frank Sayre. The Sayres later discovered, after the mission was called off, the rescue workers had all volunteered to stay. They wanted

Laura and Frank Sayre at Rescue 7 Kailua-Kona Station. photo courtesy of Laura and Frank Sayre

to see the Sayres get to their son and have him recovered or rescued. The Sayres felt overwhelmed with gratitude for the rescue workers who helped them that fateful day, and felt it

was important to find a way to give back and thank the rescue team for the overwhelming selflessness and generosity they show every day. “After we went to the hospital to identify Dan, we were on our way home and decided, you know, we need to do something—we need to nominate these individuals who were so impactful to us that day, for an award,” said Laura. “We wanted them to be recognized for putting their lives on the line, for coming to our aid and for going above and beyond the call of duty.” Sometime later, the Sayres found out the reason the rescuers were not using rappelling ropes to recover their son’s body, was because there were no ropes on the island long enough to reach down into these valleys. The rescuers were going to have to shut everything down and fly over to Honolulu to borrow longer ropes and bring them back to Hawai‘i Island. It was not an unwillingness to continue the rescue; it was the lack of proper equipment that almost brought the mission to a halt. The couple also discovered the county budget did not have the funds needed to provide the necessary equipment for training due to the size of the island and the diverse types of rescues taking place. With terrains ranging from ice and snow to ocean bottoms, and lava deserts to rainforest, the types of equipment needed to provide these various types of rescues was overwhelming. Hawai‘i County has a resident population of about 200,000 people, therefore it does not generate the amount of tax revenue needed to adequately fund all emergency services. The Fire Department often finds itself in need of equipment and training not covered under current budgetary constraints. The more the Sayres researched the needs of the Fire Department, the more they realized how instrumental they could be in making a significant difference in the quality of services provided on the island. “After a couple years of us kind of nagging the Fire Department about what their needs were, and them kind of

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being reluctant, the dam broke,” said Frank. “We found out they were doing underwater rescue and recovery work with forty-year-old SCUBA tanks and twenty-year-old regulators. A lot of the guys wouldn’t trust the equipment they had so they would buy and use their own. Then we found out that they were having to go up Mauna Kea to rescue snowboarders and they didn’t have parkas, boots or mittens, and they didn’t have long underwear. The list just went on, and on, and on.” This is where the Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation steps in to help. The Foundation provides life-saving fire, emergency and rescue equipment and supplies to the Hawai‘i County Fire Department and Search and Rescue Teams. Their mission is to save lives, including the lives of local residents, visitors and first responders. From new rescue boards, megaphones, binoculars, and automatic defibrillators for lifeguards to underwater communication systems, the Foundation, with the support of the community, friends and families involved, has provided nearly two million dollars in life-saving equipment to local first responders. “The very first year we held the awards program at the Mauna Kea Resort and Frank and I personally bought the fire department two sets of rescue ropes, one for each rescue station on the different sides of the island,” said Laura. “It was a minimal amount of money, three thousand dollars, I think it was fifteen hundred dollars per set of ropes. We also had friends who wanted to be involved and they suggested we consider having a silent auction to raise additional funds. They felt the community would really get behind the idea, and from that point on, it has just really taken off.” Frank and Laura Sayre describe their endeavor as having a ripple effect upon the community—when one life is saved, there is a significant benefit to the entire community as a whole. “We have amazing people in our Fire Department,” said Laura. “Every one of them are heroes. Every one of them who has gone into this profession has a big heart and wants to be helpful—they want to make a difference, and they put their lives on the line every day. They don’t ask for thanks because they are very humble. In fact, they are often embarrassed when we honor them, but our community needs to be able to do just that. We need to say thank you and they need to hear it and know how grateful we are to all of them.” This Fall marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation. The annual fundraising dinner, organized by Laura and Frank Sayre and the Hawai‘i Island community, will take place Saturday, September 2, 2017, at the Fairmont Orchid. The event will honor the year’s most outstanding emergency responders, while raising money for necessary equipment and training not covered under the Fire Department’s current budget. Frank and Laura Sayre are bright beacons of the Hawai‘i Island community. They took a tragic experience of loss and turned it into a tangible, life-saving community organization that saves lives. They have built more than a foundation; they have created a legacy that will live on for decades to come. “The Daniel Sayre Memorial Foundation is truly a public foundation,” said Laura. “It truly belongs to the community. It’s not Frank’s and my foundation, it is our foundation and it is your foundation. This is for everybody.” ■


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Buettner found, was a group of Seventh-Day Adventists near Loma Linda, California. In these groups, it did not particularly matter what faith the communities practiced, however that faith had to foster a sense of purpose, a sense of belonging and a healthy lifestyle. Other groups, including family and friends, often supported their healthy lifestyles—the “right tribe,” as Buettner calls them. Buettner also points out the opposite can also be true: if your friends are obese, you’re likely to be, too. Buettner’s book grew into a movement and attracted corporate sponsors such as HMSA, which brought the Blue Zones Project to Hawai‘i. The Project teams up with local governments, businesses, schools and organizations to encourage healthier lifestyles based on the Buettner team’s findings. Nowhere has that movement gotten a stronger foothold than on Hawai‘i Island, which has become the first entire county in the U.S. to become a Blue Zones Demonstration Zone. At a ceremony marking that milestone last winter, HMSA Chief Operations Officer Mike Stolla explained that while most health insurance companies wrote checks to people when they got sick, “We’re here to advance health, and that means advancing the issues and the things that really drive health...How we live, what we eat, our spiritual connections, our meaning in our lives—all these things have been shown really to advance health more than anything else.” From Business to “Right Tribe” Lisa Cabalis oversees Hawai‘i Island’s Blue Zones team. Her background is in marketing and communications, she says, “But I’ve always been a little bit of a health nut. When I heard the Blue Zones Project would be in town, I knew it was something that I wanted to be a part of, whether I was going to be a volunteer or was lucky enough to be employed by the program.” Her team works with local businesses, schools and other organizations, including nonprofits and churches, to adopt Blue Zones’ principles for their employees, students, members or parishioners. Each organization is presented with an “á la carte menu” of possible practices for achieving that aim. “The organization picks and chooses what works best for them,” says Lisa. “We know not every organization is the same, and as long as the organization meets a certain number of points, | September-October 2017

then they can become Blue Zones Project approved.” About 186 organizations, including restaurants, grocery stores, other workplaces and faith-based organizations are currently participating in the project, and 30 or so have gained final approval for their programs. The first to gain such certification was the Hawaii First Federal Credit Union. “We developed our own wellness program,” says Carrie Fernandez, HFFCU’s Innovation and Outreach Manager. The program is called “Wellth First.” Some of its elements were already in place when a Blue Zones employee, who was also a credit union member, told them about the project. The credit union happily signed on board, and got its final approval within six months. Now its members enjoy such options as the "Babies to Work" program, which allows both men and women to bring their infants to work with them for the first six months of the babies’ lives. In addition to sick leave, employees get a “wellness day” for preventative medical appointments such as annual checkups. They participate in choosing healthy snacks such as smoothies or salads for work meetings. They get an allowance for health-related purchases such as running shoes, vitamins or gym fees. Every Wednesday is Wellth Wednesday, when employees come to work in casual shoes and sportswear—and go for a walk together after work. The afternoon walk, Carrie says, started out as a ten-week program—but after the ten weeks, “Our Cafe Wellness in Waimea formed this Blue employees still wanted to Zones-inspired walking moai. walk.... We exercise and photo courtesy of Lisa Cabalis, Blue Zones Project we talk together. It’s a


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good way to end the day on a good note.” It’s a win-win program: the employees are happier and healthier, and the company gets to benefit from a boost in morale, productivity and employee loyalty. The company becomes the “right tribe.” Teaching Healthy Habits Thirty-two of the island’s schools are participating in Blue Zones; six have already completed certification. In a school, Lisa points out, living healthier can be as simple as changing the schedule. If recess follows lunch, she notes, some “students in a hurry would dump food in order to get to recess.” If lunch follows recess, the kids have a better appetite and get better nutrition. Volcano School of Arts and Sciences has made just that change, among others. “We’ve changed our playtime to where they can play before lunch instead of after,” confirms Amalie Dorn, who’s in charge of the school’s lunch program. The school has gone even farther than that: “In the lunchroom we play music for them to calm down. The students have five minutes of quiet eating time after they sit down so they can concentrate on eating.” Kids are allowed unlimited refills of fresh fruits or salads. Ninety percent of the food comes fresh from local sources. The school has even replaced most wheat products with breadfruit (Amalie swears by the pizza dough made from breadfruit flour). The VSAS recipes are now being adopted by other area charter schools. The students also have cooking classes, so they can take those recipes home. The school is doing other things the Blue Zone way, as well. Lessons are “project-based” and “place-based,” so instead of sitting in the classroom, students are out moving around and building bonds with their community and environment. With continued focus on the program, the students will take the lessons they have learned, and the healthy habits they have picked up, out into the community—to live long, healthy lives, and teach those habits to their own children. ■ Contact Blue Zones Hawai‘i:

This Octogenarian is Still Creating Meaningful Art in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

John Dawson By Denise Laitinen | September-October 2017

Lots of five-year olds like to draw, but few at that age know they want to be an artist when they grow up. Fewer still grow up to actually become an artist—and a famous one at that, with their work appearing in National Geographic, numerous books, national parks, and even on postage stamps. Such is the case with Hilo resident John D. Dawson. As a young boy in San Diego, John knew he wanted to be an artist. Growing up, John spent a lot of time outdoors at his grandparents’ cabin in the Laguna Mountains and was active in sports. He’s quick to point out that his parents and teachers were supportive of his passion for art. “Kids tend to get discouraged [to pursue art careers] by junior high school,” says John. “I had a really good junior high school art teacher and a great high school art teacher. My parents were always supportive too.”

Upon graduating from the Art Center School, Los Angeles in 1960 with a degree in illustration, John left sunny Southern California for Detroit. “A lot of illustrators were moving to Detroit at the time,” explains John. “That was the place to get noticed as an artist because the car industry was using a lot of art to sell cars.” After about a year John returned to his native San Diego. With the Vietnam War on everyone’s mind, he joined the Army Reserves and applied to be a pilot, only to discover he was colorblind. “It explained why I never did well in my color theory class,” he says with a chuckle. John joined an advertising agency in San Diego where he was the firm’s only illustrator for 16 years, creating artwork for corporate clients, but nature was calling. John found himself spending weekends outside, sketchpad in hand, creating wildlife drawings. He knew he wanted to be outdoors drawing wildlife instead of inside, drawing ads for banks. Setting out on his own as a freelancer, John had no idea his work would one day be featured in publications such as Time Life Books, Reader’s Digest, Audubon, Field and Stream, among others. Or that his clients would include the US Forest Service, the United Nations, the US State Department, StarKist, Quaker Oats, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the 39 National Wildlife Federation, just to name a few. John Dawson sketching at Richardson's Beach Park in Hilo. photo by Kathleen Dawson | September-October 2017

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He started out modestly enough, illustrating college textbooks. In 1977, the family relocated to the mountains in Idaho. It was there John and Kathleen became motivated to move the business into more of a national/international market for illustration. From illustrating textbooks and other publications, John found himself working for National Parks Service publications and Readers Digest Books division. In turn, he also started illustrating for more publications, such as Ranger Rick magazine. “I’ve been working for Ranger Rick since 1978,” says John. “The people I work with now probably weren’t even born when I first started doing art for the magazine.” When your career has been as long and successful as John’s—spanning nearly six decades—it’s easy to gloss over the hard work involved. John recalls a time when he and his wife Kathleen spent weeks traveling up and down the East Coast cold-calling and meeting with the art directors of different magazines and publications to line up work. This was before portfolio websites and video conferencing, when if you wanted to meet with a publisher to show them your artwork, you had to travel to their offices, usually in New York City, lugging large oversized portfolio cases with you. John kept in touch with his contacts and in the early 1980s was approached by Howard Paine, at the time the art director of National Geographic, to create illustrations of ants. “He wanted me to do 22 painted illustrations of ants,” says John. “It was the largest art project National Geographic had undertaken at the time.” John spent two years studying ants and sketching ideas in preparation for creating his paintings. As part of his research, National Geographic sent him to Harvard University six times to meet with Bert Holldobler and E.O. Wilson—renowned scientists who were considered the world’s leading expert on ants. In June 1984, the National Geographic article with John’s artwork was published to rave reviews and three of his paintings from that article were featured in a book, The Art of National Geographic, a Century of Illustration. The project also led to a collaboration between the scientists and illustrator, with Holldobler and Wilson using a number of John’s National Geographic art in their 1991 book, The Ants, which won a Pulitzer Prize. By the time Holldobler and Wilson’s book, The Ants, was published, John and Kathleen had moved to Hawai‘i. “The kids were grown and moved out,” explains John. “Both of us were tired of Idaho’s cold weather and Kathie had always wanted to live in Hawai‘i. We didn’t know anyone in Hilo, but warm weather beckoned, so we loaded everything into a 40-foot container and moved to Hawai‘i Island in 1989.” As the couple got settled in their tropical home, John’s work frequently took them back to the mainland. A casual lunch with an old colleague during a trip to Washington, DC, resulted in a

John and Kathleen Dawson. photo courtesy of MagicMo/Karen Kaufman

highly successful partnership with the US Postal Service. “We were at lunch with Howard, who was the National Geographic art director we had worked with on the ant article. He was also serving as one of the art directors for the US Postal Service. “We told Howard Paine the story about meeting Morris the Cat and doing art of Morris for a revised version of

Hawaiian Rain Forest Stamp illustrated by John Dawson. photo of John's work courtesy of The Magic Mo,

the 9 Lives cat food label,” said John. This gave Howard an idea. He gave us the job doing a set of postage stamps on cats,” recalls John. Thus began several decades of working for the United States Postal Service. John did a handful of stamp series, including American Cats (1988), Idaho Statehood (1990), and Flowering Trees (1998), in the beginning. While working on those postage stamp series, John illustrated another book, The Grand Canyon: An Artist’s View in collaboration with long-time friend, writer and naturalist Charles Craighead, based on their travels along the Colorado River. Juggling all these projects, John and Kathleen still found the time to explore the natural environment of their Hawaiian home, spending many hours outside. John sketched trees, plants, and animals while Kathleen took reference photographs and notes for John to refer to later as he painted. John had spent years working on different projects for the National Park Service when Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (HVNP) contacted him shortly after moving to the island, asking if he was interested in creating a mural depicting the ecosystems found within HVNP. In preparing to paint the mural art, John and Kathleen spent one day a week for several months out in the field, exploring with USGS botanist Linda Pratt, who showed them plants and animals that HVNP requested for the art. “We learned so much,” says John of those hikes. “The mural art never would have been as accurate without the help and input of the park staff who went out of their way to support us in our research.” In 2005, the Kīlauea Visitor Center within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park reopened after extensive renovations, with the remodeled center featuring John’s mural in six, two-foot by four-foot art panels. Kīlauea Visitor Center also houses other supporting art by John included in their display. His illustrations can also be seen on 64 plant signs dotting trails within the park as well as several other waysides displays. By the time the Kīlauea Visitor Center reopened featuring his art murals, John was in the midst of a 12-year project for the US Postal Service. In the late 1990s, the USPS had another new art director who had seen John’s work in National Geographic. John was asked to create paintings for a stamp sheet on the American desert. That, in turn, led to him receiving the contracts to illustrate the Nature of America stamp series featuring 12

stamp sheets, each depicting a different American ecosystem from the Sonora desert to the Hawaiian Rain Forest. From 1999 to 2010, one stamp sheet was released annually. During the same time period, John also illustrated more than a half dozen guidebooks on dinosaurs, reptiles, birds, and poisonous animals. But it was the Nature of America stamp series that drew the most acclaim. The stamp series was so popular that when the USPS released the stamps each year, they held large unveiling ceremonies. John recalls one unveiling during a stamp convention in Madison Square Garden where he autographed stamps eight hours a day for two days straight. Such was the success of the stamps that John had his own personal bodyguard and had to be escorted even to use the restroom during the stamp signings. For the final stamp in the Nature of America Series, the Hawaiian Rainforest, the unveiling ceremony was held at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park in September 2010, with the late Senator Daniel Inouye unveiling the stamp amidst much fanfare. At a time when many might consider taking it easy, John is gearing up for his third one-man show at Volcano Art Center, which happens to coincide with his 80th birthday. The show will feature 20 new paintings of ‘ōhia that John created in honor of the tree that’s now imperiled by Rapid ‘Ōhia Death. After 41 years of marriage, John and Kathleen still work as a team, and spent hours outdoors hiking, roaming, and studying the flora and fauna in preparation for this upcoming show and future art projects. “We wander these trails and areas looking for special trees, plants, scenes. Kathie takes reference pictures, makes notes of them while I sketch, study, absorb. When we get home, we review the images on the computer and I choose the image(s) or a combination of them that serve as my inspiration for a painting,” explains John. “I’ve had a great time going out in the field, not just seeing all the different varieties of ‘ōhia, but how it comes together with the rest of the nature within the Park. I’m excited about the show because I have a special fondness for the ‘ohia, but also because it is coinciding with my 80th birthday, which falls in the middle of the show.” John Dawson’s paintings of ‘ōhia will be featured in his one-man show at the Volcano Art Center within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park from August 26 though October 8. The art exhibit is free; park entrance fees may apply. For more information, contact Volcano Art Center at 808.967.7565. ■ Contact John Dawson at:

ÿApapane and ÿIÿiwi illustration by John Dawson. photo of John's work courtesy of The Magic Mo,

Hawai‘i Artist Collaboration: By Karen Valentine

The public is invited to the final night gala at Holualoa Inn for refreshments and fundraiser auction. photo courtesy of Hawaiÿi Artist Collaboration

What happens when you bring together a group of 42 master artists and craftsmen, put them in a confined space for only four days, and task them with producing fine art worthy of a gala charity auction? It brings to mind the various, whimsical, collective nouns describing groups of birds and animals—and I think all of these words might apply: a busyness of ferrets a chattering or clattering of choughs an exaltation of larks

a fluther of jellyfish a labour of moles a murmuration of starlings a pandemonium of parrots a parliament of rooks a zeal of zebras Although it may be a less playful word, yet still appropriate, the founders of this event have chosen to call it a collaboration. The space is the open-air studio of Hōlualoa master

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A carved paddle is featured at the 2015 auction with auctioneer Dick Herschberger. photo courtesy of Hawaiÿi Artist Collaboration

woodworker/craftsman Tai Lake. The cast of characters is made up of 42 collaborating artists invited from Hawai‘i Island and beyond. Each one represents a specialty medium, as well as other factors such as geographic location, heritage and experience. “Put it all together and magic happens”, says Tai. The synergy of great minds and great talents collaborating together produces a new level of art compared with singular creations. The serious work of fine art is most times a solitary endeavor, interspersed with a few wine-and-cheese gallery openings and workshops, none of which allow sustained

conversations about art. What to do with all the thoughts running through those creative brains? Bring them to Hawai‘i Artist Collaboration for a week in October. This year, beginning on October 22, this exclusive group of artists, representing some 14 different media, are gathering together to share, learn, and create art. Modeled after larger events in Canada (the Emma Collaboration) and New Zealand, this event is in its seventh year and has expanded into a multi-cultural and international gathering that is building bridges between worlds, says co-founding artist Tai, who is an internationally renowned koa wood furniture designer.

A no-reserve auction is scheduled for Saturday, October 28, with funds going partially toward charitable outreach for art education in Hawai‘i Island schools. Tai shares, “You get really talented people together in a no-rules format, and over four days a whole different level of contact occurs. There is no better way to expand as an artist than to come together with like-minded individuals. This creates a ripple effect and begins an explosion of interconnection and new possibilities.” In 2006, Tai and local master wood turner Cliff Johns were invited to a similar collaboration event in Saskatchewan, Canada, the Emma Lake International Collaboration. “This was the granddaddy of the whole movement, begun after a group | September-October 2017

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of artists started swapping stories during a snowstorm in the 1980s.” The concept of master artists gathering together there grew over time until now the Saskatchewan event invites 100 artists each summer at various stages of their careers. Tai and Cliff, who “have been cohorts forever,” says Tai, started thinking about doing the same thing in Hawai‘i, a dream they fulfilled in 2011. “They spun off another collab in New Zealand,” says Tai, who also traveled there to participate. “I got to see how a prairie culture [Saskatchewan]—which is a very community-oriented culture—works together, and then how New Zealand, with a strong indigenous community, collaborates, often combining contemporary and indigenous art concepts.” Tai feels the New Zealand example of taking contemporary and indigenous art to new levels is something Hawai‘i can emulate. Discussions among the artisans in a relaxed setting may help facilitate this.

Choosing to schedule their Hawai‘i event in the fall and with a host of professional contacts, Tai and Cliff started putting out the word. “After realizing that art teachers were not usually available at that time, we decided on professional artists, people who have mastered the art of controlling their own time. This is just a matrix that Cliff and I discovered. It’s all about the artists that come,” says Tai. And come they do—with tools, talent and tents. Tai and Mary Jo Lake have hosted the event since the beginning at their own home property situated on two acres near Hōlualoa. There is space for camping, which also allows for evening gatherings around a circle and an ‘ohana (family) house that serves as the kitchen and cafeteria. About 22 community and artist volunteers pitch in to help out, including the Lake’s sons Jonah and Noah and daughter Kristin. “Four countries are represented this year. We could do the whole thing with outsiders,” Tai says. “Everybody wants to come here. But the whole point of it was to get the local artists together first. Then we try to bring in people with expertise that isn’t here—blacksmithing, for example.” A stroll around the property reveals a fairyland of workspaces inside industrial-style structures filled with big and small tools, stools and every manner of materials. “This is mission control. It’s my woodworking studio. During ‘Collab’, we have about 14 different media represented, including jewelry, blacksmithing, ceramics, pottery, woodworking, welding, painting, plus Hawaiian cordage and carving. The energy is just ridiculous. Most people have multi-talents,” Tai said while showing the spaces. “This becomes the jewelry studio. We have an entire studio set-up and there are consistently six people just doing the tiny-shiney stuff. They also do components for others. It’s quite the magical workshop space. There is another shed set up over there for ceramics and fine art.” Tai says he keeps trying to move the ‘Collab’ to a neutral space, perhaps larger. However that would have other challenges, like moving all the big equipment, tools and | September-October 2017

Hosts Tai and Mary Jo Lake in their workshop. photo by Karen Valentine

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workbenches. “All other collaborations have to put it all together in some neutral spot. This is unique because we pretty much have a base core of everything you’d ever want. People donate equipment, and stuff just shows up. We have all these wonderful materials sitting around that people can use.” On Sunday, the first day, the artists set up campsites, get acquainted and introduce themselves with a slide show. Then on Monday, they officially open with a Hawaiian-style blessing. “Then it’s four days of ‘hammers down’ and the auction on Saturday. Everything has to be done in a very short time.” The auction is show time and open to the public. It’s a gala affair held at the Holualoa Innʻs Malulani Pavilion, with heavy pūpū (appetizers) and open bar. It’s a unique chance for members of the community to acquire some incredible pieces of art with the knowledge that it was created at this special event. “Each of us has spent our lives perfecting some thing or other, but this is like the band. This is like the orchestra coming together. When you come together, suddenly there’s an exchange that happens on a master level that allows artists to start really stepping up in a way they couldn’t do on their own. Living together during this time, we ask ourselves, why don’t we live like this? This is the old guild system in villages where everybody was doing their thing and if they needed expert advice, just walked somewhere nearby. We’ve all been cordoned off into our own corner. Even on our island, no other art event has brought the five districts together. We are all so cloistered.” Tai serves as president of the 501c3 nonprofit educational organization they formed, Hawai‘i Artist Collaboration, which

Guests review finished art ready for auction. photo courtesy of Hawaiÿi Artist Collaboration has started a fund that is available to local public school teachers to apply for art supplies for classrooms. They have attracted broad support, he says, and they are self-supporting, not grant-dependent. “These events are essentially self-funded. The artwork produced is sold at an auction at the end of the event. The revenue from this, plus the registration fees, is enough to host the next event. The benefit to our communities comes from having their artists cross-pollinated and reinvigorated so that they can continue to do all the good that they already do.” The bar is raised on the quality of art produced for this auction, participants say, because the process has been enhanced with input from so many skilled artisans, as well as the elevated atmosphere and energy. All the pieces are unique and reminiscent of this time and place.

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“Lökahi is the value of harmony and unity. People who work together can achieve more.” Ninth in Series Two on Managing with Aloha

Invoke Lokahi for Harmony and Unity By Rosa Say


responsibility, and Kākou, the value of inclusiveness. Kuleana reminds us that every individual must choose their role, to thereby effectively engage with others from their Ho‘ohana (their work’s intention) within that role, whether they’re on a team, in a family, or seeking to be involved in their community and society as a whole. Roles will differ, and life is more interesting because they do: as every musician knows, you don’t get beautiful harmony if everyone sings the same note! Kākou provides us with the constant awareness that life is not a solo proposition; our sense of belonging requires us to communicate well, and with others inclusively—judging others, and presuming to know their reasoning or circumstance can never happen before the unconditional acceptance and welcoming nature of Kākou’s gracious extension of inclusiveness does. Lōkahi will then take over as the good partner it is, assuring unity and harmony instead, as our relationships deepen and strengthen. The Lōkahi coaching presented in Managing with Aloha reads, “Lōkahi challenges managers to be the best possible project leaders of group endeavor in a couple of different ways,” and it continues to explain the detail of this value’s how-to, based on experiences that are the everyday work of business life. Thus, my earlier statement and sincere belief, that we in the islands can lead, and be the ones to solve any discord and heal as we must. Look back upon your own life, and I’m sure you will find that Lōkahi has served you well in your various roles. Let’s now invoke this value with more constancy and greater intention, helping all of America by the example we set. Next issue: We revisit Kākou, the value of inclusiveness. For more information, visit | September-October 2017

If ever there was a time for Lōkahi, it is now. As the Roman historian Sallust avowed, “Harmony makes small things grow, whereas the lack of it makes great things decay.” I’ve heard it said that we feel discord more deeply when we are older, for we can look back on the varied events of our years and compare their temperature by merit of more experience. This sounds valid to me, for even in a lifetime which spans Hawai‘i’s Statehood, the Vietnam War, and a Great Recession, I don’t recall feeling America was at such odds as I do now, with our domestic disagreements testing us so severely. We’ve had disagreements before— many of them—yet we have always managed to be more understanding and civil, even as we’ve allowed our passions to flare. However, this I know to be sure: Our discord started with us, and we can be the ones to solve it and heal as we must. This is especially true when we evoke our Aloha Spirit and invoke Lōkahi, the Hawaiian value of harmony and unity. Lōkahi seeks harmony by bringing people to win-win agreements. It is working with cooperation and collaboration, so all who participate feel valued and unified. Lōkahi seeks unity, because it defines it as a sense of belonging which has grown with involvement, partnership, and contribution. In Managing with Aloha culture-building, we usually refer to Lōkahi as our value of teamwork, for collaborative work is the objective we most often apply Lōkahi alignment to, seeking a “habit of co-creation” and the synergy of the third alternative: “Synergy is about producing a third alternative— not my way, not your way, but a third way that is better than either of us would come up with individually. It’s the fruit of mutual respect.” Lōkahi is a masterful team player, for to truly learn this value and apply it to our better behaviors skillfully, we must also embrace Kuleana as our value of individually held

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HawaiiCon: Magic and Mōhihi‘o* By Catherine Tarleton | September-October 2017

Every day, people travel from around the planet to bask in the Hawai‘i Island sun, immerse in the ocean and feel the warm culture of aloha. This fall, that welcome extends to those from far, far away during HawaiiCon, a multi-day celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars and all things science fiction, happening at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, September 14–17, 2017. “People don’t realize it—if you haven’t been there, it’s really hard to describe. I just have to say ‘trust me; it’s amazing’,” says Patricia Tallman, actress, stuntwoman, author and entrepreneur. Known for her role as Lyta Alexander on the Hugo Award winning Babylon 5, Patricia has made it her mission to lead the celebrity excursions for HawaiiCon. These adventures give fans a chance to go zip lining with Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), to snorkel with Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek guru Gene Roddenberry, or take a night swim with the mantas and Temuera Morrison, the voice of Moana’s father. These are just a few in the stellar field of 40 celebrity guests, gathered from across the sci-fi universe by HawaiiCon creator GB Hajim, filmmaker, teacher, Hawaiian speaker, dad and steward of the family farm in Pāpa‘ikou. HawaiiCon’s vast and expanding network of special guests includes actors and voice-over actors, writers, artists, cartoonists, costume designers, prop builders, gamers, cosplayers, vendors, fans and friends. It also includes actual scientists and cultural practitioners, of the nonfiction world. “Sci-fi inspires scientists to imagine greater things,” says GB. “I want HawaiiCon to inspire people. We have all these scientists come, celebrities come. It inspires all of us to imagine great things.” Dozens of workshops, panels and activities—many geared toward the keiki (children)—include rockets, robotics, planetarium shows, stargazing, celestial navigation, oceanography, archeology and many more. GB himself has a science background, having originally studied astrophysics in college, yet he was drawn to art: painting, sculpture, installation work and murals. In the 1980’s, he discovered a passion for film, which satisfied both sides of his brain, logical and artistic. That led GB on a journey across Polynesia—Hawai‘i, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa—to make a documentary on ceremonial kava bowls. “I got to sit at the King’s kava ceremony in the 80’s in Tonga,” GB says. “It was incredible. So much of the culture was still intact... Everybody opened their homes to me; I fell in love with that island community, that feeling of aloha.” In 1997, GB made a documentary about Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for the Discovery Channel, and worked with ‘Aha Pūnana Leo, to produce more than 120 videos in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i, 50 and—as far as he knows—the only feature length film in

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Family cosplay. photo courtesy of Peter Chiapperino Hawaiian, becoming fluent in the language along the way. In 2013, he completed an original sci-fi film, an animated lesbian musical called Strange Frame: Love & Sax with filmmaker Shelley Doty. To give it the professional sound he wanted, he took a shot at the stars. “I went to Skywalker Sound,” says GB. “They had the sound engineers I really wanted. I got punted to Gary Rizzo (Batman) and he signed on. And, because he signed on, voice casting agent Jamie Thomason (Lilo & Stitch) signed on, and it was like ‘who do you want in your movie’?” As a result, the characters of Strange Frame speak with the

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Keiki (children) cosplay. photo courtesy of GB Hajim skilled voices of actors like Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Michael Dorn (Star Trek), Ron Glass (Serenity), George Takei (Star Trek), and Alan Tudyk (Serenity). “I got to spend a month in Skywalker Ranch, ‘Nerdvana’,” says GB. “Brave was mixing across the hall, Avatar had just finished. Our little tiny movie was being mixed in this incredible place.” When completed, Strange Frame went on to screen around the world, inspiring audiences and bending barriers.

Left: Warming up for the Cosplay Contest 2015. Right: Professional cosplayer Riki Lecotey and HawaiiCon guest. photos courtesy of Tyler Murray

Cosplayers HawaiiCon 2016. photos courtesy of Peter Chiapperino

Star Trek actors at HawaiiCon 2016–Chase Masterson, Walter Koenig, and Jonathan Frakes. photo courtesy of Peter Chiapperino Steve. “I’ve always loved Hawai‘i, but the trip to HawaiiCon changed everything for Mary and me. The people we’ve met on Hawai‘i Island became instant friends and truly feel like family. We’ve felt magic there every trip. And the island calls to us literally on a daily basis... I’ve never felt more connected anywhere else on the planet.” This year’s sci-fi stars represent all phases of the genre. In addition to actors already mentioned, there’s Daniel Logan, who played Boba Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), and voice-over actors like Steve Blum (Call of Duty), and Cree Summer (Guardians of the Galaxy), among others. The lineup also includes a cast of professional cosplayers, a cohort of comic book artists, a posse of prop builders and a warren of writers from across the sci-fi genres. These include comic book artists and writers, YouTubers, screenwriters and the amazing Dr. Keao NeSmith who has translated The Hobbit and other classic fantasies into ʻōlelo Hawai‘i. Many of the writers, artists and other creatives teach workshops during the | September-October 2017

In 2013, GB was developing another script, and called on actors he’d worked with before. What he heard was that many of them were busy going to sci-fi conventions, “cons,” and he had the thought: Why can’t it be in Hawai‘i? With a Kickstarter campaign that doubled its $35,000 goal and a lot of creative perseverance, the first HawaiiCon launched in September of the following year. “That first year we had Walter Koenig (Chekov from Star Trek), cast members from Stargate Atlantis, Aaron Douglas of Battlestar Gallactica, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and Patricia Tallman—who’s in charge of all of our tours now, Steve Blum,” says GB. “Once they get to experience the island, experience feeling the aloha, feeling the ‘ohana, they want to come back. That’s the magic of HawaiiCon.” Steve Blum is a super prolific voice-over actor, who has played over 650 characters—including the voice of host Tom on the Cartoon Network—since his career began in 1981. “My first real job was sorting comics in my grandfather’s bookstore at age 12, so that’s most likely where the nerd foundation began to set in,” he says. “I’ve been coming to the islands since I was little,” says


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“con” as well. The schedule is nonstop and the possibilities are endless. With coffee, and determination, an immersive day at HawaiiCon could look something like this: 8am, Get down to the beach for “Becoming Jedi” class. At 10am, send the kids to either build a bottle rocket or make a dragon egg, while you check out the celebrity auction. Don’t miss the photo op with Tem Morrison at 11am, then grab a bite from one of the food trucks and enjoy the performance by Puna Taiko. At 1pm, there’s the Keiki Cosplay Contest. Afterward, go through the Vendor Room; then the kids can try Wand Making while you get ready for the grownup Cosplay Contest. Or, if you forgot your light sabre, sit in on the “Geek Film Fest,” or try your skills in the Gaming Room. And, of course there are adventures with Patricia and the stars. Organizing and accompanying the excursions was a natural role for her. “It fits my experience. I love the water, love to SCUBA and snorkel. I’m a beach girl, always happy on the water. Plus I love taking care of people. It’s a sweet spot in my diagram of talents,” she says. Between acting gigs, Patricia runs what she calls “adventure retreats for nerds” through her own company, Quest Retreats. This year, she led a London tour, with a focus for fans of fiction like Harry Potter, and next year, it’s New Zealand and Lord of the Rings. This fall, one of her adventure retreats concludes at HawaiiCon. “I only do stuff that makes me ferociously excited. When you get together with a group of people who come together because you love something, it creates its own energy. It’s

always amazing, always wonderful,” she says. “This magic stuff works.” “HawaiiCon is a great place to hang out and celebrate fandoms,” GB says. “It’s about the real depths of fandom and the underlying mythologies. It’s a belief system, one that guides us to write better stories and inspire more people... Lots of cons are just about celebrity worship. We want to add depth to it, to get into its meaning,” he continues. “Why do we love these things? Why do people cosplay? Why is it important to us?” One important reason GB does it is to help the Force extend to future generations. HawaiiCon is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, whose mission is to “increase public awareness of science, the science fiction genre, and mythologies, past and present, which guide humanity. HawaiiCon will emphasize education and uniquely Hawaiian contributions to science, including navigation, and ensure that Native Hawaiian culture is accorded an honored place in the conversation of science and science fiction.” To that end, proceeds from HawaiiCon benefit performing arts and robotics programs for youth on Hawai‘i Island. One-day admission starts at $10, with four-day passes from $169, and discounted prices for keiki. Tours and special events are additional. Some workshops add a materials fee. For complete information and tickets, visit ■ *Mōhihi‘o. Science fiction. From mō‘ike, to interpret dreams; dream interpreter, and hihi‘o, a dream or vision.

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quietly in the dark of his Kohanaiki mauka hale (mountain-side home) in final preparations for a makai (oceanside) gathering journey, collecting the supplies he will need for the day and a lunch of dried fish and poi. He heads down the lava-strewn trail lit by the first rays to peak over Hualālai. Almost to the shore, he stops at a pond to collect ‘ōpae ‘ula, small shrimp that he will use for bait. He stops to observe the north and south currents facing off, a restlessly undecided ocean and moves south to fish. Historically Kohanaiki makai, the coastal section of the North Kona ahupuaʽa of the same name, was a gathering place for shoreline fishing, salt collection and gathering ‘ōpae ‘ula from anchialine ponds by ahupuaʽa (land division) residents. Reggie Lee, park cultural advisor, lineal descendant and son of recently passed master weaver, Elizabeth Lee remembers, “My mom’s story is, they used to come down here and fish. We were shoreline fishermen. They would use the anchialine ponds as refrigerators to keep their food cool and fresh. They used to dry and salt the fish out on the pahoehoe pōhaku (lava rocks). They’d go up on a donkey. My grandfather used to trade all the way up to Kalaoa. We even dyed our own net using the bark of the kukui tree. We wanted it dark brown or red to camouflage it.” Formerly known as Pine Trees, the popular surfing area came under threat in the late 1980s with the proposal of a large resort development. The community activated with the goal to keep the area open

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57 Aerial view of Kohanaiki. photo courtesy of Kohanaiki Shores LLC

Keiki Surf for the Earth participants with their signs. photo courtesy of Karen Eoff | September-October 2017

and accessible. “First we formed a grassroots surfersʻ group, the Friends of Kohanaiki. We didn’t know all the buttons to push to fight something that big. We were working on keeping the beach jeep trail access open,” said original Kohanaiki ʽOhana member and North Kona County Councilwoman, Karen Eoff. One day Karen and husband Gary Eoff met Angel Pilago. “We met Angel and his wife Nita at the beach. Angel is a visionary and a strategist and he knew about the work that Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (NHLC) and Earth Justice were doing. He became president of the Kohanaiki ʽOhana and navigated us through the legal battles,” said Karen. Under Angel’s leadership came two landmark Supreme Court victories reaffirming the impact of any development on the gathering and usage rights of Native Hawaiians, as well as the environment, must be taken into consideration. Following these decisions in 2000, Hawaiʽi State Legislature adopted Act 50, which requires a cultural impact statement as well as an environmental one for all future land use decisions. Professional legal support in combination with an activated community eventually won the day. Rebecca Villegas, Kohanaiki ‘Ohana’s current president, was born and raised in Kona and grew up at Kohanaiki. Rebecca was already speaking out about it as a young teen. She recalls, “when I was 14 years old I gave a speech to the panel requesting that efforts be made to protect Kohanaiki. Growing up at Kohanaiki, it has been a place where I’ve celebrated my own birthdays and my family’s birthdays. I raised my daughter there. It’s a grounding place, not only for myself but for the whole community.” In 2001, Harry Kim brought all the stakeholders to the table and after two years of meetings, a good faith agreement was forged. The zoning changed from resort to open space along the shoreline, with the developer donating 100 acres to the County of Hawaiʽi for the creation of Kohanaiki Beach Park. Since that time the corporate entity, now Kohanaiki Shores, 58 has honored the agreement, creating a public park along the

shoreline with camping, bathrooms, and showers. They have also complied with the highest standards of environmental protection, creating an Audubon award winning sanctuary for such endangered birds as aeʽo (Hawaiian stilt) and ‘ewa‘ewa (Hawaiian sooty tern). Not Your Ordinary Beach Park Although many changes have taken place since Kohanaiki mauka residents traveled to the shore for sustenance, today Kohanaiki is carrying on as a valuable community resource, and for the perpetuation of Hawaiian cultural practices and sustainability. Turn off the traffic-choked Highway 19 south of the Keahole-Kona Airport and one is immediately plunged into an eye-of-the-storm calmness. Turning right at the stop sign, the road, lined with great heaves of lava, winds towards the sea, eventually curving south and running parallel to the shoreline. A series of campsites are tucked under the numerous tree heliotrope. A little further on, a large group of young surfers ride the southern summer swells while parents are watchful on the shore. Colorful hand-painted signs with reminders to take care of the beach, drive slowly and live with aloha line the entry drive, compliments of Keiki Surf for the Earth, a contest for youth 14 and under, now in its 22nd year. It is not just about surfing, though. “Kids have access to a space that is safe and healthy where they can learn and grow and have an understanding of their kuleana (responsibility). They clean up marine debris, take care of the reef ecosystem and learn how to conserve water and reduce one-use plastics,” said Rebecca. The road ends and a foot path continues past the hālau, Ka Hale Waʽa, today having its thatching repaired. An ahu and lele (two altars) stand south of the hālau and form the entrance to a 17-foot diameter star compass, designed by Gary Eoff and Kālepa Baybayan, and used to teach wayfinding.

Drawn to the star compass’s connection to canoe culture, Kumu Keala Ching brings kūpuna (elders) to the park. “I brought kūpuna down to learn about the dial itself, the movement, the celestial stars summer solstice and winter solstice and to bring information to our people by learning about the area,” said Kumu Keala. Beyond the star compass is the canoe garden backed by some of the 200 anchialine ponds that dot the area. Carved out of a space once choked with fountain grass and naupaka (native shrub), the canoe garden contains large patches of gourds, sweet potatoes and kalo (taro). Besides providing sustenance and materials for the creation of traditional implements, the garden is a living laboratory of sustainability that teaches novices by allowing them to plunge their hands into the soil and life’s mysteries hidden there. A Learning Laboratory Kohanaiki Beach Park provides an ideal setting for students to engage in authentic cultural and environmental learning. Neighboring Innovations Public Charter School has a biannual hands-on science program at the park. “We incorporate a lot of ethnomathematics into our curriculum. Cordage and cordage-making are one of the corner stones of our science curriculum,” said Meg Dehning, Innovations middle school teacher. The students experience a combination of hands-on engagement to learn about environmental science, cultural practices and give back with service work. “They had an opportunity to learn about the culture/ecological heritage of that particular section of the coastline. The students got to do

Lineal descendant Reggie Lee harvesting ipu gourds in the canoe garden. photo by Jan Wizinowich | September-October 2017


lauhala weaving with Aunty Elizabeth Lee, learn to strip hau and took part in the ceremony for the star compass that was presided over by Kālepa Baybayan,” said Meg. Service learning allows students the chance to give back at the same time they were receiving. “They really liked the hands-on work, especially when it came to learning to weave from Aunty Elizabeth or clearing the pond or helping dig the garden. It gave them the opportunity to learn in an authentic way. These are things that you just can’t teach in the classroom,” said Meg. Another regular group at the park is Lanakila Learning Center, an alternative high school program in Hilo. Their environmental science curriculum involves what director Wendy Hamane calls full circle learning. Students teamed up with Gary Eoff to propagate, harvest, process and use ‘ie‘ie, a vine that grows on ‘ōhiʽa trees and is traditionally used for weaving and cordage. “Realizing how much work went into gathering the leaves, cleaning and stripping and the whole thing. They understand the hard work that goes into it and they really appreciate the manaʽo (meaning) that’s passed down by cultural practitioners because they’ve been on the receiving end of it. A whole different level of appreciation,” said Wendy. Next year’s program will focus on fiber art and cordage. “We hope to help them with their cordage garden. Gary’s going to teach the kids how to make cordage out of hau and coconut husk and hopefully the kids can help weave the hau to make the entry rope for the front of the hālau and to learn to lash the double-hulled canoe that they’re in the process of building,” said Wendy.

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A Win-Win Model for the Future The Kohanaiki Beach Park provides a sense of place and connectedness to the past and the future. It’s an example of what can be done when people bring their best intentions to the table. Kohanaiki ʽOhana’s president, Rebecca Villegas reflects, “The park is a model for a better community where the shore remains for and by the community, and managed by a consortium of county, community and developer representatives. The vision is that the model be perpetuated elsewhere. The coastline must be available for everyone.” Mahalo to all those whose kōkua (care) has seen to it that Kohanaikiʻs future is protected for future generations. ■

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Growing up, Jackie | September-October 2017

Pualani Johnson was drawn to drama from a young age. Born and raised in Hilo, Jackie started her journey in theater during high school. After nearly 40 years of working with the UH Hilo Performing Arts Department, Jackie retired at the end of the Spring 2017 semester. Outside of the UH Hilo community, she has also made a huge impact on the Hilo theater community. In a place where theater was not as well known four decades ago, Jackie changed that with her passion and creativity. She recalls memories as a child living in Hilo when it was a much smaller town. Living near the Hilo Jail was somewhat eventful for the small, sleepy town. So when someone would get put into jail Jackie and the other kids

65 Portrait of Jackie Johnson. photo courtesy of Elizabeth Lough | September-October 2017

would run around the house screaming in dramatic excitement. She says, “it was just part of the drama of childhood.” Having a grandfather who was very involved with music got Jackie familiar with music at a young age. Her passion for theater might have sparked as early as toddler years. Jackie recalls, “My favorite toy when I was a baby was a Viewmaster. Click click. You watch scenarios and they were three-dimensional so you can actually see some depth. They were wonderful, little scenarios and different ways of looking at stories. Click click. So I always think that must be why I fell in love with storytelling.” Jackie began her career teaching theater when she felt a pull to move back home to Hilo after she had lived in Colorado, where she completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees. She said it made sense to return to Hilo and teach because she had great opportunities at the time. Also, Jackie had a wonderful mentor, Clarence Waipa, a Hawaiian man from Keaukaha, who appeared in a number of made-in-Hawai‘i Hollywood movies. He inspired her and ultimately changed her life. Starting at UH Hilo, Jackie was solo in the theater department and had to be a ‘Jackie of all trades’, so to speak. She did costumes, makeup, stage/set design, acting, directing, and everything else that goes into a theater production. ‘Every aspect of art is involved’ in the theater process and Jackie felt unquestionably at home in that creative atmosphere. She said, “There is something about a theater when you have to do things, you don’t just plug into a class and walk away. Because after the class you go to a lab where youʻre building the set or you're painting this or youʻre making a prop. You have to make the fake fruit for Ms. Saigon. There’s this sense of it not just being functional, it’s much more participatory, but in the sense


Merrie Monarch parade 2017. photo courtesy of Jackie Johnson of it’s not a singular thread. It goes off in many directions and then it comes back and gets braided then goes off again. So you don’t feel like you’re just punching a clock as a student or as a teacher.” Jackie is the founder of Shakespeare in the Park, Hilo’s popular production that happens each summer in Kalākaua Park. 2017 was the 40-year anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park. In the early years of the production, the streets surrounding the park would be closed off to traffic allowing people to stroll through and catch one of the many acts. You can still find crowds gathering around the live performances each summer, as this production is a local favorite. This year, Jackie was in the audience cheering them on. She said, “I

began with a tribute song to her. The song titled “Quite-a-lot” really defines what she has done over the years in the theater community and Jackie really has done quite a lot. Humblehearted Jackie doesn’t like to take all the credit and she likes to emphasize the team spirit in the theater and how everyone helps each other. Jackie said, “We would like to think that is one of the differences about the theater here, it’s the idea that we are in this together as an island. There’s not that kind of rivalry but more resource sharing which is nice. We got to see each other plenty and there is a lot of cross-pollination which is really healthy. We use the word ‘ohana (family) but it’s truly so, this sense of working together, caring about each other, bringing cough drops if somebody is sick, it has every aspect. It is a real gratifying experience to be in a show with people.” The room had a vibrant energy and every performance was a glimpse back in time into Jackie’s career. When you see the pure bliss on her face watching these performances, you know she truly enjoyed her job. When passion and career meet, it can create a magic that lasts forever. Jackie will definitely be remembered for her captivating presence and innovation in the Hilo theater community. With nearly a full house at the UH Hilo theater, the audience made it clear how much of an impact Jackie has made with their laughter, applause and standing ovations. Jackie said, “There is a wonderful thing that happens when you communicate with the audience and it never leaves you.” Jackie was presented with a special gift at the end of the show from UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Manager, Lee Dombroski. She was given two full scrapbooks containing fond memories people had of her from over the years, along with a box of tissue because she “cries like the Hilo rain.” Lei covered Jackie as she sang along with the audience to “Don’t Cry for Me, Waiakea ‘Uka”, a song she wrote for Evita. It was a special moment for her and the crowd to be able to join together in a farewell song.

Wedding chanting. photo courtesy of Jackie Johnson | September-October 2017

enjoyed sitting and appreciating what we have built in all these years. And I say ‘we’ because every single person who has been a teacher here or leader, we have all played a part in making that happen.” Jackie has also been involved in productions at various theaters and locations around Hawai‘i Island, some of which involved being at the very spot where the story being told actually took place. This grew to be one of her favorite ways to share her passion of performing and telling stories from the past. ‘Oral or Living History’ involves re-enacting real stories and events from the past. It is a way to show people a little piece of history while also entertaining them. She describes it as a wonderfully superb experience to get to bring some of these stories back to life and be standing right where the person she is portraying stood at one point in time. Jackie says that more often now she is drawn to stories like this because they have a deeper meaning and breathe a new vitality in history. In honor of her retirement, and to celebrate all that Jackie has accomplished over the years, the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center put together an ensemble on May 7, 2017 to showcase some of Jackie’s favorite songs. This dedication to Jackie

Randy and Jackie, Honokaÿa, 2013. photo courtesy of Jackie Johnson

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Jackie’s family has been with her during her theater journey, and they have also taken an interest and involvement in the drama. Jackie’s daughter even paid tribute to her mother in a beautiful solo from another one of her well known productions, Hilo: Da Musical!. The song “Semi-Precious Baby” was written in Jackie’s back room by Jeri Gertz, long-time friend and actor/ director. Jackie said, “It was written for and won a slot on the Home Grown Album released as a result of a statewide contest in the early 1980s. I ‘snuckʻ it into Hilo: Da Musical! without Jeri knowing, honoring her by having the lead character sing the song in the show. She was agog, to say the least.” Her grandchildren have also spent a great deal of time behind the scenes with her on various productions. They have seen the time and commitment that goes into a show. As Jackie says, “When you’re in rehearsal that’s all you’re doing basically. Living, breathing, eating it. With the people who know and love you around you, who are not part of it, they have to have understanding and patience.” Many productions and projects over the years with various people have made Jackie’s network and fan base quite extensive, both on and off the UH Hilo campus. Jackie sees the Hawai‘i Island theater community as one that builds each other up and shares resources instead of acting as competitive rivals. Amy Horst, a Instructor of Music at UH Hilo who has known Jackie for about 18 years said, “My fondest memory of her is not one incident, but of her constant joy in bringing actors to a higher skill level than they thought they could attain, and bringing world class performances to Hilo.” When people come together with their creative ideas, a magical thing occurs. Hilo is clearly home to a variety of creative talents, many of which have had a great impact on the community. Jackie has most certainly left her mark and paved the way for future performing arts enthusiasts. She said, “If you know who you are and you’re comfortable with all of that, what’s possible? Everything!” Jackie will always return to the theater for “The love of the music, the connection with people.” ■


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Growing an interest in food farming By Ma‘ata Tukuafu

At the UH Hilo Commencement Ceremonies

held in May 2017, the numbers of graduates in various fields were impressive. However, a disturbing trend surfaced, with only 18 graduates completing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and fewer than 60 new nursing degrees being awarded. Yet more than 75 students graduated with a Bachelor of Arts or Doctorate of Pharmacy. Food production and farming, such an important part of our lives when it comes to daily living, is apparently not the trendiest of professions with our younger generations. This is where a non-profit organization like the Hawai‘i Institute of Pacific Agriculture (HIP Ag) becomes such a valuable resource to our community, and to our current and future food production. Committed to educating and empowering the next generation of young farmers, HIP Ag offers a variety of programs designed to engage Hawai‘i’s youth in sustainable agriculture and land stewardship. Set atop land in Kapa‘au, near the Halawa Gulch and Cemetery, HIP Ag’s rows of kale, swiss chard, lettuce, taro, basil and diverse Polynesian crops grow bountifully in the rich North Kohala soil. HIP Ag is the brainchild of Dashiell (Dash) Kuhr and Erika

Shickle, who have made North Kohala their home. In their quest to live healthy and full lives, their dream is to share nutrition, health and well-being with others. “We want to inspire others to care for the earth…care for the people and to share this knowledge with their communities,” says Dash, who has had this vision since 2008. “We want to create access [for others] to food security and health in their own backyards.” In 2008, Erika and Dash began permaculture farming at Uluwehi Farms in North Kohala with work-trade interns and local high school students. They helped develop organic gardens on two acres plus a 15-acre orchard, which in turn became a teaching tool and a thriving community space. Realizing how important it was to connect with the youth, “who are Hawai‘i’s most precious resource,” Dash says, he and Erika founded the Hawai‘i Youth Agriculture Program (HYA), a non-profit under the North Kohala Resource Center. Many elementary through high school students benefitted from touring the Uluwehi farm, learning where their food is grown, and how to cook or use the produce they harvested. Erika and Dash visited students in the local schools to make | September-October 2017 Students from the Hawaiÿi Outdoor Institute help mulch the HIP Ag loÿi courtesy of Maÿata Tukuafu


Sign at HIP Ag. photo courtesy of Maÿata Tukuafu presentations, and created after-school programs to educate students on how choices in the food we eat and how we grow it can impact our health and our lives. In late 2011, HYA became HIP Agriculture to reflect their commitments to their new 7-acre Halawa Campus property and to their revised educational mission. Since then, Dash says more than 100 people have been through their residential program. Hundreds of schoolchildren have benefitted from the knowledge HIP Ag shared with them, and their annual Kohala ‘Āina Festival fundraiser drew more than 2,000 people in 2016. By bringing together like-minded people, HIP Ag has succeeded in creating a nurturing community, both necessary and beneficial in these current times of change. Sustainable agriculture is a term used frequently, but what does it really mean? The US Department of Agriculture defines sustainable agriculture: to make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and to satisfy human food needs. It is a way to enhance environmental quality and the natural resources on which agricultural economy depends, and to sustain the economic viability of farm operations. The members of HIP Ag have successfully accomplished all of this with their years in operation and continue to contribute to the overall community with their vision and commitment. Youth Education Maylan Ackerman is a Food Corps Member and a garden teacher for kindergarten to fifth graders at Kohala Elementary School. She says HIP Ag has been working with the school for several years now, giving nutrition lessons and teaching the students through the 21st Century grant program. Maylan’s students have been on tours to the Halawa campus, learned Students pound poi from the kalo (taro) grown at HIP Ag. photo by Erik Overlan

about animal husbandry, gardening and how the farm processes food, as well as the business side of farming. HIP Ag teaches creativity to the students which Maylan says is very useful in the farming industry. “I think one of my favorite things we did at the end of summer was harvest kalo from the garden with our summer kids. HIP Ag took the kalo and cooked it, and set up a whole station to show the kids how to pound their own poi,” Maylan says. “I’ve really heard only positive things from the kids. A lot of the kids grew up here, but now they are learning about true Hawaiian foods. It’s one thing to teach them, but when they go to a real farm actually growing the food and processing it, they get to see in real time how their food is being prepared.” HIP Ag’s current program manager is Lauren Rutolo. Working on an internship, Lauren is one of the educators in the youth education program. She states that Dash and Erika have set out to make farming and agriculture more attractive to the younger generations. Farming can be a strenuous and time-consuming career that often doesn’t yield as much money as other professions. Yet when young students experience the ‘āina (land) and food production from passionate educators, one never knows how truly deeply they may be affected. Lauren believes the youth education tied in with the Hawaiian culture brings the local students back to their roots. For students who are not originally from Hawai‘i, the experience of being on the ‘āina can be enlightening and offer a glimpse into the world of truly living sustainably. The outdoor classroom is absolutely necessary in our increasingly complicated world, inspiring youth to lead healthy lives. HIP Ag offers after-school programs, class field trips, in-class presentations and a hands-on approach to youth on their Halawa farm and campus. Residential Farmer Training/Internship Program This six-week internship program is held in the spring and fall each year, and offers a full immersion into the agricultural lifestyle. Students live on the Halawa Campus and are taught a variety of topics: homestead farming, permaculture, soil fertility, beekeeping, plant medicine, community living, Hawaiian arts and culture, making food from harvests, and the business side of farming. Dash says, “The goal of this program is to give a bunch of tools to the interns who then go back into their own communities and make an impact. We want to see people take action and with crises unfolding in the world, this is a way to empower leadership.” Interns are taught how to make compost, plant seeds, transplant, harvest produce and herbs, meal preparation and how to market and sell yields at local farmersʻ markets. Planting, nursery management, caring for chickens, ducks and

dairy operations are just some of the daily activities interns may expect to engage in. They learn to serve the community and HIP Ag asks that all future interns arrive ready and willing to participate in all aspects of the farm and community life. The Spring Internship for next year will be from March 16 to April 19, 2018. As a past intern in 2013 and now current farm owner at Kumakani Farms, Jeremy Graves says HIP Ag has done an amazing job with their farming system. “They have acres of healthy food plants and what they do fits in with the traditional Polynesian farming system. They bring so many people through, and they are good at what they do,” says Jeremy. “This farming career has been an elevator ride for me, and I’m excited to see where it’s going.” Interns who take the knowledge from HIP Ag’s programs start small, within their communities first, while learning to collaborate with neighbors, then extend out to a greater community. Jeremy works with many in the North Kohala Community, including HIP Ag, and says everyone working together adds so much value to the farming tradition. 
 An intern for six weeks and an apprentice for six weeks, Katie Carbonara has returned to her New England home. Among many things, she learned to process turmeric root into powder and worked with different superfood plants like cacao, coconut, and kalo. “It was hands-on from start to finish,” says Katie, “and after learning so much, I hope to bring that experience to my own community.”

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Dash Kuhr with jackfruit.

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Patient: Can naturopathic medicine treat skin conditions? Dr. Ardolf: This is a great question for the fall. The answer is YES, definitely! Too much sun, not enough hydration, poor diet, our genes and our life history all can cause skin conditions to occur. In natu natural medicine, we look for underlying causes, which is why we take a very detailed history. Like a medical detective, I examine the health of every organ and body system. By optimizing your overall health, your skin condition clears, your whole body is healthier and you feel and look younger. The skin is the largest eliminating organ of the body. If one or more of the body’s other eliminating organs become overwhelmed, the next place for toxins to try to exit is through the skin. For example, Herpes Simplex Virus manifests through the skin usually when a person is under stress, which compromises the immune system. People typically treat the topical outbreak only to find that it returns. Natural medicine works to bring down the viral overload and address how stress can be handled in a healthier way. We can treat all skin conditions, even some notoriously difficult ones such as eczema, shingles, and staph infections. We have treatment options for all ages, ranging from homeopathy, food as medicine, IV medicine, hydrotherapy, and herbal medicine. Call for an appointment and start feeling better! “Treating shingles with a pharmaceutical anti-viral had limited success. My mom's recovery time is much faster with Dr. Ardolf's caring, holistic approach. She desires to be treated by no other doctor!”

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Community Events Throughout the year, HIP Ag will host classes and workshops open to community members. Working with cultural practitioners as well as experts in various fields, they have been able to teach natural building, poi making, cooking and nutrition as well as various forms of sustainable agriculture. Also host to the Kohala ‘Āina Festival, HIP Ag’s annual event is a Makahiki celebration and a fundraiser to continue growing the local food movement. With a lineup of excellent musicians, educational booths, children’s activities and local foods available, participants are able to come together and celebrate the true definition of a sustainable farming community. It takes passion and dedication to approach food-growing sustainably, and Dash and Erika have proved that it can be done. “It’s amazing we have to hold courses to teach people to live from the land, humans have become that disconnected,” Dash says. “We are constantly planting seeds of knowledge in our students, but we don’t know how and when they will germinate. Sometimes it takes years, but the movement has momentum, and soon I think many local youth will rise up and farm.” ■

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Island Stowaways:

Invasive Pests on Hawai'i Island By Brittany P. Anderson

The Yellow-shelled semislug, Parmarion martensi, is a host for the nematode Angiostrongylus cantonensis, which causes rat lungworm disease. It feeds on lettuce and papaya in gardens in Hawai‘i, and is considered to be a pest. photo courtesy of Bernard | September-October 2017

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Born from fire, Hawai‘i Island sprang from the bottom of the ocean. Cooling lava breached the surface of the sea, and our island was born. Plants and animals traveled thousands of miles to reach the new island. Beaten by wind and battered by waves, the first plants and animals arrived. Everything happened here in complete isolation away from the rest of the world. That is not the Hawai‘i Island of today. As Hawai‘i Island grew in popularity and was settled by people from all over the globe, they brought non-native species, purposefully and accidentally, to the island. The term “invasive species” typically

Rats find their way into the tightest of places. photo courtesy of CDC

refers to a species that is both harmful to the environment, economy, or human health while also having been introduced with human assistance and not through their own movement. Three prevalent invasive species that pose health risks to visitors and residents include rats, slugs, and mosquitos. These three nonnative species harbor diseases that spread to humans and are some of the most damaging invasive species on Hawai‘i Island. With a little awareness and a few tricks Hawai‘i Island visitors and residents can decrease their risk of exposure. Rats of Hawai‘i Island According to the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Polynesian rats first arrived in Hawai‘i with the Polynesians (approximately 400AD) while black and Norway rats arrived with Westerners in the 1780s. Rats can climb brick walls, trees, telephone poles and can fall from 50 feet without being injured. Most people associate rats with restaurants that are unsanitary, or homes fallen into disrepair. However, because of the readily available food sources—seeds, insects, fruits, food scraps, and eggs— their range is just about anywhere on the island. They have the ability to survive in a wide variety of climates like the Ka‘ū desert and rainy Hāmākua coast. Rats can even swim for miles, surviving for days in the water. Rats carry an astounding 40 diseases that can be harmful to humans and animals. One of those diseases is rat-borne leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that, if not treated early, can lead to kidney failure and liver damage. To contract leptospirosis, all one needs is direct contact—through water, moist soil or food—with urine from infected animals. A

Kay Howe demonstrates how to handle slugs and snails to a group of students. photo courtesy of the Jarvi Lab, College of Pharmacy, University of Hawaiÿi at Hilo

common exposure scenario is that rats climb up a tree limb and scamper across the roof, urinating as they go. Rainwater runs over the roof into the gutter system that delivers water into the catchment tank. If a filter system fails or water is used without filtration it can lead to human infection. Even farmers working in a field where rats have urinated may become ill from leptospirosis. The good news is that with awareness and early detection, leptospirosis can be easily treated. Limiting exposure to situations where leptospirosis could be present is key. Homeowners can take precautions by ensuring catchment tank filters are running properly, trimming branches near roofs, and wearing gloves when handling wet debris. Those exploring the island should ask before drinking from a tap, avoid pond water in the mouth, and wear proper shoes when hiking in muddy conditions. Rats also harbor a parasite that is transmitted to humans by slugs—Rat Lungworm Disease.

Homeowner sprays diluted liquid soap on bromeliads that collect water. photo courtesy of Brittany P. Anderson

live on food cooked to 165°F. Alternatively, freezing for 24 hours will also kill parasites—perfect for green smoothies! With a few extra steps around the house, you can increase your food safety and help keep Rat Lungworm Disease from spreading. Mosquitos of Hawai‘i Island An article in the Hawaiian Gazette from April 1903 attributes the ship Wellington as bringing mosquitoes to the island of Maui in 1826. The building of roads and inter-island commerce aided in the widespread distribution of mosquitoes to other islands. Today, it is hard to find an area that mosquitoes haven’t taken over. Mosquito-borne diseases kill one million people a year | September-October 2017

Slugs of Hawai‘i Island Slugs thrive in the wet environments of Hawai‘i Island. A 2008 study by biologists at UH Center for Conservation Research and Training believe invasive snails and slugs were brought to Hawai‘i Island inadvertently through horticulture imports. Slugs on Hawai‘i Island can carry the tropical disease Rat Lungworm Disease. This parasite is found in rats; it is passed on to snails and slugs through rat feces. Humans risk becoming infected after eating or drinking something that is contaminated by infected snails or slugs, or accidental ingestion of the tiny gastropods. We can also contract Rat Lungworm Disease through handling the infected snail or slug with bare hands. UH Hilo College of Pharmacy Rat Lungworm Working Group estimates that 89–100% of the rats in the Hilo area are infected with Rat Lungworm Disease with an infection rate of 70–80% in semi-slugs. Semi-slugs have a small shell (about the size of a fingernail) on its back, which it cannot retract into like a snail. Kay Howe, researcher with the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy Rat Lungworm Working Group, has dedicated her life to understanding the tiny parasite after her son contracted the disease and fell into a coma. The Rat Lungworm Working

Group is working to develop a blood test that would diagnose Rat Lungworm. Because early symptoms of Rat Lungworm Disease are much like the flu, most people are either never diagnosed or are diagnosed much too late. Funding for this work has been little to nonexistent—which researchers hope changes soon. Controlling slug populations is one of the most important steps in preventing the spread of Rat Lungworm Disease. Homeowners should take care to check under planters and tarps—using tongs to pick up any snails or slugs and drop them into a bucket of highly concentrated salt water. Keep any snails/slugs 24 hours in the saline solution. Once dead, you can dump out the contents, slugs and all, on a gravel or rocky surface where you don’t want or care if plants grow. Semi-slugs like leafy greens such as lettuce, kale, and cabbages. Kay Howe promotes “Check. Clean. Cook.” as one of the most effective precautionary measures to avoid Rat Lungworm Disease. First, check leaves for unwanted pests— separate leaves from the stalk. Clean produce with lots of fresh water and agitate, then drying produce is best when possible. If the parasite is present it cannot survive without moisture. Cook produce when possible—Rat Lungworm cannot


globally. The Hawai‘i Island dengue fever outbreak of 2016 was the largest amount of locally-acquired dengue since 2011 with 264 confirmed cases. Since the outbreak, the Hawaii State Department of Health reports that no locally acquired dengue fever have been reported. The events of 2016 highlighted the importance of protecting against mosquito borne illnesses and the vulnerability of our island. Eliminating breeding sites is one of the best protections we can control around our homes and businesses. Standing water in animal watering troughs, puddles, and palm fronds can easily become home to thousands of mosquito larvae. Change standing water at least twice a week and remove debris quickly. Tires, trashcans, and wheelbarrows can also retain water if not stored properly. A common product added to ponds and water troughs is a biological mosquito control commonly called Mosquito Dunk. The active ingredient is a bacterium that is toxic to flies and mosquitos which, when present in water, prevents the mosquito larva from reaching maturity. The EPA cautions against human consumption of water with Mosquito Dunk, and it may also interfere with the life cycle of beneficial insects. A more holistic approach is to add a little liquid dish soap to standing water. Spritzing bromeliads with soapy water or adding a few drops of liquid soap to a rain barrel will stop breeding in those areas. Adding fish that eat mosquito larvae to ponds is also a method of prevention. Wear long pants and long sleeve shirts to protect yourself from being bitten by mosquitoes. The CDC recommends repellents with high levels of DEET, Picaridin, Bayrepel, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535, which are all found in common brand name repellents. There are also numerous

Aedes aegypti mosquito, only found on Hawaiÿi Island and Molokaÿi, can spread dengue. photo courtesy of CDC

non-chemical repellents containing ingredients such as citronella, lemongrass, geranium, and lemon essential oils, which may be helpful. Remember to wash clothes and treated skin once you’re done, and always read the label before applying. Invasive Species Council In 2003, the Hawai‘i Island Invasive Species Council was established. It was formed to provide coordination, policy direction, and planning between state departments, federal agencies, and local initiatives to control and eliminate harmful invasive species and prevent other potentially harmful invasive species from being introduced. Without the dedicated work of UH at Hilo College of Pharmacy Rat Lungworm Working Group, especially Kay Howe, the disease could still be a medical mystery. The work of these organizations is undeniable, and the protection from these invasive species and the diseases they harbor starts with every one of us. ■ To learn more about how you can protect yourself from invasive species log on to: To donate to the continued research of Rat Lungworm Disease please see:

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Table Of Contents Artist: Diane Tunnell Hawai‘i watercolor artist Diane Tunnell, who lives and works in Hōlualoa, offers original paintings and giclee reproductions of her work. Her subjects include tropical flora and fauna, native species, landscapes, figures, and scenes depicting Hawaiian culture. Diane’s work is exhibited in juried exhibitions and shows on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island, and is available to the public through fine art galleries and her website. A proud member of the Hawai‘i Watercolor Society, Diane recently won their Best in Show for her watercolor, Love Entwined. Diane’s painting, Sunset, Eva Parker Woods Cottage, is featured on our Table of Contents page. For more information about Diane Tunnell’s work, visit: | September-October 2017

Kathleen T. Carr is a professional and fine art photographer, teacher, author, and a former Polaroid Creative Uses Consultant. She received a BFA (cum laude) in Photography from Ohio University in 1970, and then studied extensively with Minor White and worked for Aperture, a renowned photography quarterly. Her award-winning work has been exhibited internationally, purchased for private collections, and has appeared in numerous books and periodicals. Her four books are Dolphins: Kindred Spirits (2015); Polaroid Manipulations (Amphoto Books 2002), Polaroid Transfers (Amphoto Books 1997); and To Honor the Earth (HarperSanFrancisco, 1991). Selected periodicals include Outdoor Photographer (featured artist), National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Decor, (featured artist), Photo Vision, (featured artist), Esquire, Art of Northern California and American Art Collector. Kathleen was a staff photographer at the Findhorn Foundation, Scotland, and Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA during the 70s and 80s. At Findhorn she was the photographer and photo editor for the books The Findhorn Garden, Faces of Findhorn (Harper & Row, 1975, 1980) and The Findhorn Family Cookbook (Shambala, 1981). Kathleen received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1991. Kathleen has resided in the Captain Cook area of Hawaii since 2006. She offers a 7-day Women’s Photography Retreat each November (upcoming retreat October 28–November 4), limited to 6 women. Kathleen is a founding member and president of SOKO (South Kona Artists Collective), who host an Artists Open Studio Tour during the last weekend in February each year. Her current passions are infrared photography and landscapes, filming and photographing dolphins, whales and other life underwater, and the digital darkroom. In 2014, she released a 28-minute DVD, Whale Journey: Connecting with the Humpback Whales, filmed in Tonga. Upon hearing of the sailing voyage of the Hōkūle‘a, Kathleen went to see the voyaging canoe in Ho‘okena as part of the canoe’s island tour in 2014. As she witnessed the people gathered to see the arrival of Hōkūle‘a, Kathleen noticed a young woman who had made ti leaf lei for the crew. With permission from the young woman, Kathleen found the shot which represented the essence of the moment. Kathleen


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Crossword Puzzle | By Myles Mellor

Enjoy this crossword that tests your knowledge about what you read in this edition of Ke Ola Magazine, including the ads, while learning about Hawaiian culture and our island home! Some answers are in English, some are in Hawaiian. Feel free to use the Hawaiian reference library at Answers can be found on page 81. Your feedback is always welcome.

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Hawaii illustrator, ___ Dawson Hawaiian word for fresh or recent Hawaiian word for roar, as a wind Passion of Danny Akaka, “Twilight at Kalāhuipua‘a” founder 5 Best time to get prawns 6 Flower garland 7 It now has a public beach park after a legal fight to protect the land 10 Type of imported species which threaten the existing wildlife of Hawai‘i as well as public health 16 Hawaiian tuna fishes 17 Hawaiian words for mountainside home, 2 words 18 Sweeping story 21 It supports sails 25 ‘ili uliuli in Hawaiian is _____ skin 27 It makes waves and has a swell 28 Everything 31 Fishing equipment 32 Hawaiian word for of 33 Look __ to the sky | September-October 2017

Across 1 Hilo theatre icon, Jackie Pualani ____ 6 Host and organizer of a Hawaii Artist Collaboration in Hōlualoa, Tai ____ 8 ___ to sea 9 Poliahu is the Hawaiian goddess of this 11 Hawaiian lowland tree 12 Web site ending 13 Chicken 14 Howdy! 15 Hawaiian crafts artist, ____ Eoff 17 Well-known Hawaiian ray 19 Score for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, abbr. 20 Award 22 King Kamehameha ___ 23 Boat of the Bible 24 Overseer of Hawaii Island’s Blue Zones team, Lisa ____ 26 Get up 28 Endangered Hawaiian stilt 29 Hawaiian word for by 30 Hotel where HawaiiCon happens, goes with 34 across 34 See 30 across 35 Oli (chant) Na Kumu Keala Ching 36 Piece of advice

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Barbara Hanson Polymer Clay Art work and Jewelry


Barbara Hanson creates art and jewelry made from intricately layered colors of polymer clay rolled into a tube, where a slice reveals a picture. Barbara describes it as being “like a complicated sushi roll.” Barbara came across Fimo® polymer clay in 1985, when she attempted to paint beads with it, to add to her other beadwork. Although it was a failed attempt, her previous study of Venetian glass beads helped her discover that it was possible to re-create the glass process. At the time, there was no information on how to create polymer clay canes, which are rods of two or more colors. The colors inside the rod are constructed so that when the rod is cross-sectioned at any point, a two-dimensional pattern is revealed. Some canes take over 30 hours to complete. With much trial and error, Barbara created a new art form. She begins with a base of 10 colors of Fimo® that she blends to make hundreds of shades. In creating her jewelry, she combines her original polymer beads with glass beads, shells, and semi-precious stones. This type of art is very durable—it can be washed with soapy water and the colors won’t fade away. Barbara’s business began upon her arrival to Kona in 1991. She reminisces, “I was blessed with 18 years of showings and teaching this art form at the Kona Village Resort. I’ve also had demonstrations and art sales at all the other major resorts. My latest adventure is with Kira Kamamalu in A Work of Art gallery in the Inaba’s Kona (Pink) Hotel in Hōlualoa. It’s my favorite location to date. Not only is it the most comprehensive body of

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my work, it’s a place where everyone can enjoy the process, interact with the material, take a class, create a family project, and see me working on my current project.” In addition to her Hōlualoa gallery, her art is also in various other galleries on the island. Her Facebook page keeps you upto-date with her latest projects. It’s fun to follow her because you see all the steps involved in creating her artwork. She creates artwork for everyone, including contemporary jewelry for children to adults. She also has a full line of kitchen utensils and barware, which have a stainless steel base. Her collection includes clocks, sculpture; plus lots of marine animals, such as honu (turtle), fish and even mermaids. If you have never seen this process or met Barbara Hanson you are in for a colorful experience. There are only a handful of people in the world that take polymer clay to this level.

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Hawai‘i Island Happenings Wondering what’s happening around Hawai‘i Island? Visit these businesses and organizations websites for the most up-to-date event calendars.

Akamai Events 808.747.2829

InBigIsland 808.333.6936

Island of Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau 800.648.2441

Konaweb Shirley Stoffer, 808.345.2627

Aloha Theatre–Kainaliu Aloha Performing Arts Company 808.322.9924

Basically Books 808.961.0144

Donkey Mill Art Center 808.322.3362

Downtown Hilo Improvement Association 808.935.8850

Food Hub Kohala Karla Heath, 808.224.1404

Friends of NELHA 808.329.8073

Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua 808.494.0626

Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network

Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art/ EHCC 808.961.5711

Holualoa Village Association

Honoka‘a People’s Theatre 808.775.0000

Hulihe‘e Palace Wilhelmina’s Tea 808.329.1877

Kahilu Theatre–Waimea 808.885.6868

Kailua Village Business Improvement District 808.326.7820

Kalani Oceanside Retreat 808.965.0468

Kona Historical Society 808.323.3222

Kona Choral Society 808.334.9880

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i 808.969.9703

Resort and Shopping Center Cultural Events

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Keauhou Shopping Center 808.322.3000

Kingsʻ Shops–Waikoloa 808.886.8811 | September-October 2017

Kona Commons Shopping Center

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Kona International Marketplace 808.329.6262

Prince Kuhio Plaza 808.959.3555

Queens’ MarketPlace–Waikoloa 808.886.8822

The Shops at Mauna Lani 808.885.9501

Hawai‘i Island Happenings Wondering what’s happening around Hawai‘i Island? Visit these businesses and organizations websites for the most up-to-date event calendars.

Kona Stories Bookstore

Palace Theatre–Hilo

Lyman Museum

Society for Kona’s Education & Art (SKEA) 808.324.0350 808.934.7010 Liz Ambrose, 808.935.5021 808.328.9392 Virginia Holte, 808.329.8876


Volcano Art Center–Gallery 808.967.8222

Nā Wai Iwi Ola (NWIO) Foundation Kumu Keala Ching

UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

North Kohala Community Resource Center 808.974.7310 808.889.5523

Waimea Community Theatre

One Island Sustainable Living Center 808.328.2452

West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy 808.885.5818

West Hawai‘i County Band 808.961.8699

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Kona Vistas Recreational Center 75-6350 Pualani St, Kailua-Kona 3rd Saturday, 1pm Trap, neuter, spay, community education, colony feeding, management. Contact Stephanie or Nancy 808.327.3724

Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island

Hilo, Kea‘au, Pāhoa, Pāhala Oceanview, Hāmākua Monday–Friday, 2:30–5pm Volunteers needed for after-school youth programs 808.961.5536

Calabash Cousins

Hulihe‘e Palace Grounds, Kailua-Kona 2nd Thursday of the month 1–2:30pm Men and women who support the mission of Daughters of Hawai‘i. Contact Geri Eckert 808.329.9555

Volunteer Opportunities CommUNITY cares

Kailua-Kona Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm Saturday, 9am–2pm Community suffering from cancer, medical hair loss, domestic abuse. Contact Tiana Steinberg 808.326.2866

Donkey Mill Art Center

Hōlualoa Hōlualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture Tuesday–Saturday, 10am–4pm Volunteers help in arts education program. Contact Anne Catlin 808.322.3362

Friends of Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

Captain Cook Saturday, 9am–noon Volunteers needed to help with weeding, trimming and maintenance of the gardens. Contact Peter 808.323.3318 or 808.936.6457 Ethnobotanical-Garden-761479683986161

Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens

Hilo Ongoing Volunteers needed to help with the maintenance of Lili‘uokalani Gardens.

Friends of NELHA

East Hawai‘i Cultural Center/HMOCA

Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10am–4PM Office Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10am–4pm Volunteer in the art galleries, performing arts, classes, workshops, festivals. 808.961.5711

Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai‘i Keāhole Kona Monday–Friday, 9am–noon Share Ocean Science/Technology using deep ocean water. 808.329.8073

Use provided contacts for information (Listings provided on a space available basis)

Hāmākua Youth Foundation, Inc.

Hāmākua Youth Center, Honoka‘a Daily, Mon. Tue. Fri. 2–5:30pm Wed. 1–5:30pm, Thu. 2–8pm Serving Hamakua’s school-age kids. Contact T. Mahealani Maiku‘i 808.775.0976

Hawaii Literacy/Kona Literacy Center Bougainvilla Plaza, Kailua-Kona Ongoing at various times Kona Literacy provides free, one-to-one tutoring for English speaking adults. Contact Lisa Jacob

Hawai‘i Island Humane Society

Kona Shelter, Kailua-Kona Monday–Saturday, 9am–5pm Need volunteers 16 or older, parent/child team 6 or older. Contact Bebe Ackerman

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund

Wai‘ōhinu Coastline, Ka‘ū SE Hawai‘i Island beach cleanups. Ongoing 7:45am Contact Megan Lamson

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Community Kökua Volunteer Opportunities Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center 808.769-7629

Hospice Care

North Hawai‘i Hospice, Waimea Monday–Friday, 8am–4:30pm Care for families facing serious illness. Contact Catrinka Holland 808.885.7547

Hospice of Hilo, East Hawai‘i

Serving Laupāhoehoe to South Point Ongoing Seeking volunteers to provide staff support and care to patients and families. Contact Jeanette Mochida 808.969.1733

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i

Hilo Tuesday-Sunday 9am–5pm Assist with tours, shows, education programs and membership. Contact Roxanne Ching 808.969.9704

Kahalu‘u Beach, Kailua-Kona Daily 9:30am–4:30pm ReefTeach Volunteers educate visitors on reef etiquette and protection. Contact Rachel Silverman 808.887.6411

Kalani Retreat Center

Kalapana Varied Schedules Seeking volunteers: skilled trades/ maintenance, housekeeping, kitchen, horticulture. Contact Volunteer Office 808.965.7828

Kohala Animal Relocation & Education Service (KARES)

Kamuela/Kona Shopping Area Saturdays and/or Sundays, 11am–4pm Volunteers needed to assist with pet adoption events. Contact: Deborah Cravatta 808.333.6299

Kona Choral Society

Parrots in Paradise Sanctuary

Kona Toastmasters

Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary

Kailua-Kona Seeking volunteers for help with box office and ushering at our concerts. Contact John Week 808.334.9880 Kailua-Kona 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6pm Lynn Bell 808.989.7494

Ku’ikahi Mediation Center

Hilo Ongoing Become a volunteer mediator via Basic Mediation Training and apprenticeship. 808.935.7844 ext. 5

Lions Clubs International

Various Locations, Kailua-Kona 2nd Tuesday, 5:30pm “We Serve” is the motto of Lions Clubs International. Contact Lani 808.325.1973

Make-A-Wish Hawaii


The Power Of Hawaiian Wisdom

Ongoing Granting wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. 808.537.3118

Malama O Puna

North Kohala Community Resource Center

Kohala Welcome Center, Hāwī Daily 9am–noon or noon–3pm Greet people to North Kohala with aloha. Contact Juanita Rivera 808.889.5523

Paradise Ponies, Carousel of Aloha

Hilo Coffee Mill, Mountain View Ongoing Seeking volunteers to create the Carousel of Aloha Pavilion. Contact Katherine Patton 808.315.1093

Kealakekua Flexible hours Monday–Friday Sanctuary for displaced parrots. Contact Dorothy Walsh 808.322.3006 Kurtistown Ongoing Volunteers needed to help care for the animals, repairs and maintenance to the Sanctuary, and help with the office paperwork. Contact Mary Rose 808.982.5110

Snorkel Day for People with Disabilities Kahalu‘u Beach Park, Kailua-Kona 3rd Friday, 10am–2pm Volunteers needed. Contact Hannah Merrill 808.326.4400 x 4017

Sundayʻs Child Foundation

Kamuela Serving at-risk youth aged 6 to 17 Volunteers needed islandwide. Contact Lauren Rainier 877.375.9191

The Pregnancy Center

Kailua-Kona (serves the entire island) Monday–Friday Volunteers needed and appreciated! Free pregnancy testing, ultra sound, and client support. Contact Matthew Schaetzle, Director 808.326.2060

Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii Kailua-Kona Volunteers are the heart and soul of this program. All levels of expertise needed. Contact Nancy Bloomfield 808.937.7903

Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai’i Island (VASH) Islandwide Ongoing Volunteers need to provide assistance to visitors who experience misfortune while visiting Hawai’i Island. Training provided. Contact Phoebe Barela 808.756.0785 Kona 808.756.1472 Hilo | September-October 2017

15-2881 Pahoa Village Rd, Pahoa Weekdays: 10am–1pm or by appt. Volunteers needed for outdoor work for our environmental nonprofit doing hands-on projects. Contact Rene 808.965-2000

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Hawai‘i Island Farmers Markets East

Tuesday 2:45–5:30pm Hakalau Farmers Market Live music by: Alternative Medicine Bank Hakalau Veterans Park


1st and 3rd Friday of the month 4pm–8pm Mā‘ona Community Garden Friday Night Market 84-5097 Keala O Keawe Rd. Hōnaunau Saturday 8am–noon * Keauhou Farmers Market, Keauhou Shopping Center, Keauhou. Saturday 7:30am–10am Waikoloa Village Farmers Market, 68-3625 Paniolo Ave., Waikoloa Community Church parking lot across from Waikoloa Elementary School. | September-October 2017

Saturday 9am–noon Hōlualoa Gardens Farmers g Market 76-5901 Māmalahoa Hwy, Hōlualoa. Friday 9–5 * Sunday 9am–2pm * Pure Kona Green Market g Kealakekua, Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. Wednesday 8:30am–1pm Kings’ Shops Farmers Market Waikoloa Beach Resort Kohala Coast. Wednesday 9am–2pm Ho‘oulu Community Farmers g Market, Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay.

Wednesday 2-6pm Kona Sunset Farmers Marketg 84 74-5511 Luhia St (HPM parking lot).

Wednesday–Sunday 7am–4pm Kona Village Farmers Market, corner of Ali‘i Drive and Hualālai Rd.

North Saturday and Tuesday 8am–2pm, Saturdays * Hāwī Farmers Market, North Kohala, across from Post Office and Nakahara Store under the banyans. Saturday 8am–1pm Waimea Town Market g at Parker School, 65-1224 Lindsey Rd., Waimea/Kamuela. Saturday 7am–noon Waimea Hawaiian Homestead Farmers Market, 67-1229 Māmalahoa Hwy at Lindsey Rd, Waimea. Behind the post office across from Kahilu Theatre. Saturday 7:30am–12:30pm Kūhiō Hale Farmers’ Market 64-756 Māmalahoa Hwy, at Hawaiian Homelands office, Waimea. Tuesday and Friday 2–5pm Kekela Farms Organic Farmers Market, 64-604 Mana Rd., Waimea. 100% organic. Wednesday 9am–3pm Waimea Mid-Week Farmer’s g Market at Pukalani Stables, site of the Paniolo Museum. Pukalani Road in Waimea.

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Saturday 7:30am–2pm Honoka‘a Farmers Market, Mamane St., Honoka‘a, Honoka‘a Trading Co., Old Botelho Bldg. Sunday 9am–2pm * Hāmākua Harvest Farmers g Market, Honoka‘a Hwy 19 and Mamane St. Sunday 9am–1pm Laupāhoehoe Farmers Market. Next to the Minit Stop on Hwy 19. Daily 8am–5pm Pana‘ewa Hawaiian Home Lands Farmers Market, Pū‘ainakō and ‘Ohu‘ohu Streets by Walmart, Hilo. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 7am–4pm Hilo Farmers Market, corner of Mamo and Kamehameha Ave., downtown Hilo. 30 vendors. Wednesday and Saturday 6am–4pm * Hilo Farmers Market, corner of Mamo and Kamehameha Ave., downtown Hilo. 200 vendors. Saturday 7am–noon * Kino‘ole Farmers Market. Kino‘ole Shopping Plaza, 1990 Kino‘ole St., Hilo. Sunday 7am–2pm Pāhoa Village Farmers Market, Nānāwale Community Longhouse. Sunday 6am–2pm * Maku‘u Farmers Market, Kea‘au-Pāhoa bypass road.

Every 2nd Saturday 10am–2pm Orchidland Community Association Farmers Market Community Lot Orchidland Dr. Daily 7am–5pm Kea‘au Village Market, 16-6550 Old Volcano Rd., Kea‘au. Wednesday Evenings 5–9pm Farmers Market Kalapana end of Kalapana-Kopoho Rd, (Rte 137), next to Kalapana Village Cafe. Saturday 7:30am–4pm Keaukaha Pana‘ewa Farmers Market. Railroad Avenue, across from Home Depot, Hilo. Saturday 8am–noon * Outer SPACE Ho‘olaule‘a at Uncle Roberts ‘Awa Club, Kalapana. Monday–Saturday 10am–6pm * Dimple Cheek Farm Hwy 11, Mountain View. Saturday 10am–3pm Hawaiian Acres Farmers Market 16-1325 Moho Rd., Kurtistown Saturday 8am–1pm * Hilo Coffee Mill, g 17-995 Volcano Rd., Mountain View (on Hwy. 11 between mile markers 12 and 13).


Sunday 6:30am–10am * Volcano Farmers Market, Cooper Center, 1000 Wright Rd., Volcano Village. Saturday and Wednesday 8am–2pm Nā‘ālehu Farmers Market, Ace Hardware lawn.

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Indich Collection Hawaiian Rugs ®

Celebrating a Long Time Advertiser Rugs® are designed by local artists, then handcrafted by master weavers in Nepal, India, and China using exacting standards, fabrics, and century old techniques to guarantee a fine quality and long lasting product. Indich Collection is proud to be working with small weaving facilities and cottage weavers in Nepal and India. More than 3,000 hours go into a single 9×12 rug handcrafted on these traditional looms. All looms are certified free of child labor and the many people working in these facilities are provided with medical and educational opportunities. As Hawai‘i’s premier rug manufacturer and distributor, they offer the largest selection of traditional hand-woven Persian, Oriental, and Contemporary rugs in the Pacific. With their slogan being “You Dream It, We’ll Weave It”, the team at Indich Collection is prepared to offer consultations that include helping their customers’ create custom sizes, shapes and color concepts to create a custom rug just for them. Indich Collection Kailua-Kona New location is 73-5617 Maiau St. across from Costco. Current MOVING Sale is 83-5401 Luhia St. in the Old Industrial Park 808.329.6500 Monday–Saturday: 10am–6pm Sunday: 10am–4pm | September-October 2017

Hawa‘i’s largest rug importer, Indich Collection, is the exclusive designer and manufacturer of Hawaiian Rugs®. Indich operates five showrooms across the Islands and has been serving Hawai‘i for more than 38 years. The Company has enjoyed great success since opening in Kailua-Kona 14 years ago. Committed to Kona, they recently purchased a permanent location across from Costco in the Kaloko Industrial Park. The new showroom has high visibility, easy access with plenty of parking, a large open showroom, and supports the alternative energy model with electricity provided exclusively by photovoltaic solar power. The grand opening will be in October. At the current location in the Old Industrial area on Luhia Street, they are having a moving sale with lots of great deals. For your shopping convenience they are open every day at 10am. If you have been thinking about a redesign, now is the time to come by and take advantage of prices never before offered. They have over 3,000 rug choices. The team at Indich offers islanders free home installation and a memo program that allows you to take several rugs home at a time to assist in your decision to purchase. Longtime store manager Barbara DeFranco says, “Our success is based on creating a world class shopping experience. As direct importers, we can deliver what our customers expect: quality, design, and value. We take pride in working with homeowners, the interior design community, hotels and resorts, developers, and tourists. We even offer free shipping to the mainland and have low cost rates for shipping worldwide. This move offers us an opportunity to increase our custom design program and bring in new inventory. Our expert custom design process enables us to create custom rugs of any size and design. Recently we were asked to design, weave, and install a houseful of oversized rugs. Our clients were thrilled when we laid them down in 60 days. We provide many different weaving options and strive to meet our clients’ timelines.” They are renowned for merging Hawaiian themes and colors with traditional weaving qualities and materials. Hawaiian Rugs® blend Oriental rug quality with tropical themes and create a unique contemporary look which has become incredibly popular over the years. These heirloom Hawaiian



Kamuela Inn

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BOOKKEEPING | September-October 2017




The Kamuela Inn is a charming 30-room boutique hotel. It is centrally located in Waimea, set back from Kawaihae Road, in a relaxing and peaceful location. The new owners, Tim Bostock and Melanie Holt purchased the property two years ago and have been undergoing a series of upgrades and renovations. They have incorporated the paniolo (cowboy) style of Waimea and used contemporary touches such as art by local artists, barn doors, and exposed wood features. The Kamuela Inn includes many different types of rooms. Some have a fully-equipped kitchen or kitchenette, two are executive suites, plus there are deluxe, standard and ADA accessible rooms. Each room is very comfortable, with all rooms having new beds and linens. Prices for all rooms include a continental breakfast, free parking, and WiFi. Coin operated laundry facilities are also available.  Mel and Tim had never worked in the hospitality industry before, but both share a love of travel and feel strongly about the beauty and people of Waimea. “We feel that travelers to this part of the island are looking for a deeper connection to the island than a resort can offer.” Their usual guests include local families, alumni, small convention groups, and active travelers such as cyclists or hunters. The Kamuela Inn is also very popular among Australian and European guests.  The main challenge of the inn has been trying to run it as “business as usual” during the upgrades. It is always their goal to make sure that guests have a relaxing and comfortable stay during their visit. Their greatest asset is their staff, particularly their innkeeper Edlyn Carvalho who goes above and beyond to make sure everything runs smoothly.  “We are blessed to have such a hard-working and honest staff who know the town and are happy to share their aloha and knowledge with the guests,” said Melanie. The Kamuela Inn is especially suitable for weddings and parties. Large groups can rent out the entire facility and there is room on the newly improved front lawn for a large tent.  In the future, Melanie and Tim plan to create a library, large meeting room, commercial kitchen, and bar. While there may be other places to stay in Waimea, none have the appeal of the quaint Kamuela Inn. They also offer a discount to Ke Ola Magazine readers—enter KEOLA when you book your reservation! Kamuela Inn 65-1300 Kawaihae Road Kamueal (Waimea), HI 808.885.4243

Kohala Village HUB


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Kohala Village HUB 55-514 Hawi Road, Hawi, HI 808.889.0404



VETERINARY SERVICES | September-October 2017

Have you ever wondered about all the different things happening on the grounds of the Kohala Village HUB? The HUB is a tri-business project, consisting of the Kohala Village Inn, the Kohala Village HUB PUB, and Feed Hawai‘i, a community based 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Core services and programs of the HUB include a community-learning center, event and meeting facilities, and a food branch which helps support a local food hub by offering a community kitchen and food related services. The HUB PUB serves locally sourced food, with an organic focus, supporting our local farmers and value added producers. The Kohala Village Inn celebrates the Hawaiian plantation traditions of old Hawai‘i, where everyone is a part of their family. Bennett and Delphina Dorrance, who purchased the HUB property in 2014, saw a need to provide opportunities for economic and social development in the Kohala area. This site has been a cornerstone of the community since it opened in 1951 as Luke’s, a former gathering place. It was unused for more than 5 years when the Dorrance’s committed to renovating it. They started at the back of the property and are completing renovations at the Inn this year. Their focus includes limiting their carbon footprint and developing a renewable energy infrastructure. The Kohala Village HUB provides authentic Hawaiian accommodations, dining, and program experiences. The nonprofits executive director, Lehua Ah Sam points out, “our culture, our people, and our places are not marketing gimmicks; they are a practice and a lifestyle for us.” Lehua continues, “Bennett and Delphina are generous local philanthropists who believe in the Kohala community and provide unselfishly. We also attribute our success to our community. We stay engaged in our community, getting feedback on their desires, wants, needs, and areas that they feel are important to spend energy and resources on. We honor Kohala’s mission to ‘Keep Kohala, Kohalaʻ and we recognize that this is defined and delivered through the actions of our community. We currently employ more than 30 Kohala community members, with a growing workforce provided by the project.” Kohala HUB is a bustling and vibrant town center, a true village of youth to elders, of visitors and kama‘āina. Stop by for a meal, take a class, or stay for a week—you’ll be so happy you did.


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Activities, Culture & Event

Aloha Performing Arts Co. Art is Healing Benefit for WH Comm. Health Center Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Awards Ceremony East Hawaii Jazz & Blues Festival FairWind Big Island Ocean Guides Hawaiÿi Artist Colloboration ÿImiloa Astronomy Center Kona Boys Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Palace Theater Wiraqocha Foundation Peruvian Sacred Training

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Art, Crafts & Jewelry


Akamai Art Supply 45 Barbara Hanson Polymer Clay Artwork 25 Blue Sea Artisans 55 Cliff Johns Gallery/Champions Wood and Fine Art 23 Colette's Custom Framing 6 Dovetail Gallery & Design 24 Glyph Art Gallery 25 Harbor Gallery 13 Holualoa Gallery 24 Holualoa Ukulele Gallery 24 Ipu Arts Plus 24 Isaacs Art Center (at Hawaiÿi Preparatory Academy) 46 Kimura Lauhala Shop 21 Kona Frame Shop 44 Mountain Gold Jewelers 61 Nizo Natural Precision 46 One Gallery 76 Pat Pearlman Designs 24 Roz Marshall Fine Art 40 Simple Elegance Gems 20 Tiffany's Art Agency 63 Volcano Art Center 22


Precision Auto Repair Schneider Services Mobile Motorcycle Service

Beauty, Health & Nutrition

Alex's World of Beauty Big Island Body Contours Colloidal Silver made on Hawaiÿi Island Deborah Ardolf, ND Douglas Dierenfield, DDS Hemp Extract from Jade McGaff, MD Hinano Healing Arts Community Acupuncture Joan Greco, DDS, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Keary Adamson, LMT North Hawaiÿi Community Hospital Reiki Healing Arts Vibrationally Sound Voice Healing

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Building, Construction & Home Services

Colette's Custom Framing 6 dlb & Associates 86 Fire Ants Hawaii 60 Fireplace & Home Center 33 Hamakua Canvas Co, (Upholstery) 60 Hawaii Electric Light Co. 22 Hawaii Water Service Co. 48 HomeWorld Furniture 26 Indich Collection Hawaiian Rugs 2 Kona Frame Shop 44 Plantation Interiors, Teak Garden & Lanai 34 Polynesion Development, Inc. 45 Statements 81 Tai Lake Custom Furniture 38 Water Works 48 Yurts of Hawaiÿi 20

Business & Professional Services A.S.K. About Travel Action Business Services Aloha Kona Kids Employment Experts Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union


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Real Estate

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Restaurants & Food

Daylight Mind Coffee House, Café & Bakery Food Basket "Da Box" Holukoa Gardens & Café Kailua Candy Company Kohala Grown Market Kohala Village HUB PUB Lucy's Taqueria Organo Gold Healthy Coffee & Tea Päpaÿaloa Country Store & Cafe Peaberry & Galette Standard Bakery Sugai Kona Coffee Sushi Rock & Trio WikiFresh

Retail & Gifts

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