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“The Life” A magazine for those who love life on the Big Island
The Life of the People: This Kupuna Radiates Beauty: Kumu Ulalia Berman
The Life of the Land: The New Face of Tourism— Ecotourism
The Life in Spirit:
Feng Shui Hawaiian Style— Bringing the Spirit of Heaven and Earth Into Your Home
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The Life in Spirit: 13 ‘O ka hula ke ola kanaka...
(Hula is the life of the people...) by Kumu Keala Ching
Feng Shui Hawaiian Style—Bringing the Spirit of Heaven and Earth into Your Home
The Life of the People: 14 This Kupuna Radiates Beauty, from the Inside:
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The Life of the Land: The New Face of Tourism: Ecotourism 17 Garden Fresh, Asian-Style Cuisine with 20
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The Life as Art: 26 The Magical Art of Francene Hart Viewpoint: 8 Remembering Hawai‘i’s future by recognizing
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id you ever notice? No matter what happens in our political world, or our economic world, our Earth remains abundant. In Hawai‘i, the trees continue to provide fruit and nuts, the sunshine and rain grow new flowers, and the land offers up no ending of beautiful, healthy vegetables, greens and coffee beans. In April, we celebrate once again the coming of spring. Thus, in this issue, we celebrate the land—from Francene Hart’s elegant geometric paintings to a beautiful, flower-adorned kupuna, to another in our series of farm-to-table restaurant stories, to giving you some surprising things to do with noni. Did you see the chameleon on the cover? Check out page 38. They’re there, too! As spring always blooms, so will our economy when we work together. When you prune a tree of old, dead wood, how beautiful it becomes when new growth appears. Now in our third issue, Ke Ola’s mission continues to include supporting businesses that aim to grow and thrive here, as well. We’re happy to report that Ke Ola advertising is working for them. And by popular request, we have now expanded to reach the entire Big Island! We see ourselves as partners with our advertisers. Towards that goal, we are teaming with local TV station KLEI Channel 6 and radio stations LAVA 105, KKOA 107 and AM620. They will be airing a series of Ke Ola commercials to create brand awareness and encourage people pick up the magazine from one of our advertisers or order a subscription; also to encourage them to patronize the many products and services being offered throughout the magazine. We are hosting an educational workshop and networking event for businesses, too. If you are interested in hearing about future events, please email email@example.com and we’ll add you to the invitation list. We are eternal optimists and know there are still many opportunities for success in our island community. We look forward to continuing to help our community grow and thrive. Please tell our advertising partners that you saw their ad in Ke Ola. —Barbara Garcia Bowman and Karen Valentine, Publishers A pri l/Ma y ‘ 09
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Aloha, [From readers in Los Angeles:] It seems like the East Coast gets their issues before the West Coast does. Which seems strange. If you had a bad magazine, we wouldn’t even bother about when it came or not, but we REALLY enjoy your magazine and can’t get enough of it! We look forward to each and every issue and hope one day it will be a monthly magazine instead of every other month! Keep up the good work with the magazine, we love it! –Very Respectfully, Elbert
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Hanau ka ’Uku-ko’ako’a, hanau kana, he ’Ako’ako’a, puka (Born was the coral polyp, born was the coral, came forth.) Thus recounts Martha Warren Beckwith’s translation of the Kumulipo, the chant of Hawaiian origins, signifying na kanaka (Hawaiian/ humankind’s) relation to the natural environment and recently shared with marine scientists from around the world who convened at Kahalu‘u and Keauhou.
work on Papakū Makawalu, a framework that conveys the Hawaiian worldview, a series of curricula she and a team of researchers developed through interpretive study of the Kumulipo and through her engagement with Kahalu‘u. Dr. Kanahele’s talk is from 5:30–7 p.m., Friday, April 24, at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Hotel. It is part of a collaboratively sponsored series called “Puana Ka ‘Ike: Imparting Knowledge.” Indeed, something quite remarkable is unfolding at Kahalu‘u Bay. Here, two organizations have found themselves in an unexpected and truly innovative collaboration. One of the organizations is small, the other one large; one not-for-profit, the other for-profit; one an independent center for research and education, the other a developer. The unlikely pairing? The Kohala Center and Kamehameha Investment Corporation.
The scientists, members of the Global Environmental Fund—World Bank Worldwide Coral Reef Health Team, came from Hawai‘i, Puerto Rico, the Marshall Islands, Zanzibar, Yucatan, Israel, and the Florida Keys. They were thinkDespite their differences, both share a love ing through the global reef health crisis and its Photo by Bo Pardau and respect for Hawai‘i Island, and both understand that Hawaii’s implications for Hawai‘i. They also learned the rich intellectual and spiritual heritage can lead Hawai‘i and the Hawaiian perspective of science, culture and education—and that world into a future of sustained abundance. the Kumulipo is associated with Kahalu‘u. In an upcoming presentation, Dr. Pualani Kanahele of the Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation will share with island residents her
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Then & Now: K a ‘a w a l o a By Ann C. Peterson
o reach the remote site of the Captain Cook Monument, you have to kayak, hike, or ride on horseback to this narrow stretch of land between the base of Pali-kapu-o-Keoua and Kealakekua Bay. This land’s Hawaiian name is Ka`awaloa (lit. the long, standing place), and although the area’s rich legacy is often relegated to the tragic death of the Captain James Cook in 1779, few people remember there was once an important and thriving village there.
Captain Cook Monument at Ka‘awaloa – Big Island Visitors Bureau
After Cook’s death, Kamehameha I often visited Ka`awaloa, and from this site launched a key battle in his attempt to unite the island at Mokuohai in 1782. The grim site of this battle is just south of Kahualoa Road in Napo`opo`o Village. Kamehameha was again at the bay to welcome Captain Vancouver and receive his present of the first cattle in Hawai‘i during his 1793-94 voyages. The arrival of the longhorn cattle at Ka`awaloa launched Hawaii’s paniolo culture. Vancouver also brought to Ka`awaloa the first orange trees to the islands in 1793.
Ka‘awaloa, c. 1890. – Kona Historical Society
Around 1820, Naihe, son of Keaweaheulu, Ka`awaloa’s chief, married high chiefess Kapiolani of Hilo and brought her to live at Ka`awaloa. Their residence reflected their love of beauty and nature – with thatched cottages on a raised platform, surrounded by walls three feet thick, and a painted gate where Kapiolani warmly greeted her guests.
Below: Author George Leonard Chaney, described his stay in Moses Barrett’s guesthouse at Ka`awaloa in 1880. This photo shows Moses Barrett’s House and the Captain Cook Monument. ca. 1800. from “Alo’ha!”: A Hawaiian Salutation
In 1825, author Rufus Anderson described the inside of their spacious home as, “Handsomely arranged, well furnished, and neatly kept, with a sitting room, in which a nobleman, in such a climate, might be happy to lounge; and bedrooms adjoining, where, in addition to couches which the most fastidious would unhesitatingly occupy, are found mirrors and toilet tables fitted for the dressing-room of a modern belle.” Kapiolani, an early convert to Christianity, invited the church to open a missionary at Ka`awaloa and prepared a large, thatched parsonage with several glass windows within 20 yards of Cook’s monument. In 1829, Queen Ka`ahumanu deconstructed the Hale a Keawe at Pu`uhonua o Honaunau and entombed the remains of 24 chiefs in the pali above Ka`awaloa. She visited again in 1831, when Naihe died. Kapiolani lived 10 more years – spending the last few just above Ka`awaloa at the 1500-foot elevation. King Kalakaua’s niece, Princess Ka`iulani, known until her untimely death as the “Hope of Hawai`i” visited the royalty’s vacation home at Ka`awaloa in 1885 with her mother, Miriam Likelike. She happily traded her heavy gowns for a holoku and her tortoise-shell carriage for a donkey. Away from the strict protocol of O`ahu’s polite society, she played and swam in the queen’s bath near the base of the pali, and celebrated her tenth birthday completely happy for a time in the sleepy little village.
Author and world traveler Jack London enjoyed a high luau at Ka`awaloa in the company of Mr. Henry Leslie in 1907. Leslie was a resident of Ka`awaloa at the time a portion of the land was ceded to the British for the monument to their fallen hero, Captain Cook. He served as the first of three generations of Leslies who have cared for the monument to this day. Today, Ka`awaloa is unique; the site of this little piece of non-embassy British land within the United States. All visitors are requested to honor the area, as it holds the piko (umbilical cords) of many Hawaiians who once thrived upon its shores. The bay’s designation as a marine reserve, which restricts fishing, makes it a place favored by swimmers and snorkelers. n
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‘O ka hula ke ola kanaka, ‘a’ole nā kānaka āpau ka hula (Hula is the life of the people, not everyone is hula) ~ Na Kumu Keala Ching
A message to those who know that hula is or is not your responsibility. Hula is life and the life of hula is within, should you choose to live the path found within the forest. Guided by a Higher Spirit, the Goddess of the hula is Kapo’ula and Laka. The ‘ie’ie is like the dancer striving to live within the life of the sun and the maile is like our memories entangled deeply. We seek to know our responsibility and our place within the forest. Yes, hula is not for everyone but it is life found within you if you choose to live it. Share hula, receive hula, life is hula and hula is life.
‘O ka hula ke ola kanaka, ‘a’ole nā kānaka āpau ka hula He kuleana ka hula ma kahi o nā mea a’e e huli iho kou kuleana Na ke kāne kai hula mua no ka ho’o’ikaika ‘ana o ke ola koa ‘O ka hula Akua ka wahine, ‘O Kapo’ula lāua ‘o Laka ‘A’ole nā kānaka āpau ka hula, ‘a’ohe o lākou kuleana ma laila Hula aku, hula mai, hula ke ola, Ola ka hula
Hula is the life of the people, not everyone is hula. Hula is a responsibility beyond other things. Seek your responsibility. Men did hula first for the life and strength of war. The hula goddesses are Kapo’ula and Laka. Not everyone is Hula, their responsibility is not there (in hula). Share hula, receive hula, life is hula, hula is life.
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‘O ka hula ke ola kanaka, ho’onui ‘ike ke ola pili i ka ‘āina Na ka ‘āina e hō’ike ai ke ala pono o ka hula I uka o ka waolani, he hale kapu no Laka Huli a’e ka ‘ie’ie i luna o ka lehua, na ka lā e ola ai Hīhia ka maile i ka nahelehele, he mana’o pili ka na’au Hula aku, hula mai, hula ke ola, Ola ka hula
Hula is the life of the people; knowledge grows with the understanding of the land. The land shows the rightful path of the hula. In the forest is the sacred house of the hula Goddess, Laka. The ‘Ie’ie vine strives high upon the lehua, seeking the life of the sun. The Maile crawls along the forest, entangling the thoughts deep within. Share hula, receive hula, life is hula, hula is life.
This Kupuna Radiates Beauty, from the Inside
Hawaiian Studies Educator & Kumu Hula Ulalia Berman By Ann C. Peterson
ne look at her and you understand the meaning of “Aloha”— she is always dressed in Hawaiian patterns, wearing a lei—made from any number of things…flowers, nuts, seeds, shells… and often with flowers in her upswept, pure-white hair. Love and beauty radiate from her sparkling hazel eyes – somehow incongruent. Her ready smile is there for everyone (well, except perhaps misbehaving students). This woman draws you in and, if you’ve never met her, the rolodex in your mind starts flipping; looking for the context—who is this woman?— because instinctively, even if you’ve never met Kumu Hula Ulalia Ka‘ai Berman, you want to get a hug.
“I prefer a lei rather than perfume. I just love flowers.”
Why is it that hugging Ulalia—even if you don’t know her—seems like the most natural thing in the world? Why does this Kona teacher of Hawaiian studies, mentor to other teachers, musician and cultural representative, who so obviously embraces the very essence of Hawai‘i, have hazel eyes? And, how in the world can someone look this good in anything from a holoku to a pareo? Well to understand, let’s step back a few decades to 1940s O‘ahu. Ulalia was born in the luscious ahupua‘a of Nu’uanu Valley, on O‘ahu in the ‘ili of Pu‘unui, “which we always called Laukalo,” adds Ulalia explaning that lau means ‘leaf ’ and kalo means ‘taro’; the perfect name for an area that was once a central growing region. Remnants of the terraced field system were still visible during Ulalia’s childhood, and the area was rife with myths and legends. Rumors of Pele sightings circulated, a certain rock was whispered to bear the handprints of menehune, and no one would carry pork over the pali—
not wanting to provoke any mischief from the famous pig god, Kamapua‘a. Ulalia remembers heading over the pali with Papa Sam, her grandfather, and her six brothers and sisters in his Chevy Coupe— with her stuffed into the rumble seat with four of them— no pork! Kids growing up in Nu‘uanu played in the forest and streams that were their backyard and they learned to swim in the streams and ponds before going into the ocean. There were plenty of low-hanging guavas to pick for juicing. The land seemed wild, but the close-knit community took care of the land, watched over its keiki, and folks were well-mannered and respectful. As Ulalia and I sat in a coffee house and talked about her life, I saw a measure of how her background shaped her. She tapped on the window to let a fellow outside know that he had dropped his keys; she grabbed both of my hands just as I reached for the blueberry scone, bowed her head and began a passionate prayer blessing the food before us (I loved it); several people come up to her to talk story— her Aloha showing brightly! Ulalia’s father, Ernest Kaleihoku Ka‘ai, Jr. was a musician and toured China, Japan, New Zealand, and the mainland, playing with his father and brother. When in town he played in Waikiki and other local gigs; and often played backup for visiting musicians. “Dad could play any instrument,” said Ulalia. “Once he was in Bobby’s music store on Hotel Street and an African-American sailor came in with an unknown instrument that had been in his family a long time. Dad opened the box, and instantly knew its African name and how to play it.” Her mother, Josephine Ulalia Ikuwa Ka‘ai was a nurse and was in great de-
Ulalia’s father had some Caucasian blood in him—yes, this is where her shining hazel eyes come from, along with other colorful Western influences on her family. A couple of her brothers had red hair, and the siblings’ skin tone varied from lily white to luscious tan. The variety of skin tones accepted in Hawai‘i was seen in a different light on a trip to Florida to visit her grandfather in 1948. “We flew to California, then took trains and buses all the way across the mainland. While in the South, my mother was told to go to the back of the bus. Of course she refused, ‘I’m Hawaiian, and I’m staying right here,’ she announced to all,” Ulalia said, affecting her mother’s stance and tone.
Ulalia married Kona Berman in 1966, and they moved to North kona the same year. She lives in Kaloko mauka, and this is also the location of her school of dance. These days, Ulalia is busier than ever, “I never imagined I’d be where I am today,” she said explaining that she’d just earned a Bachelor of Arts from UH. Earning a BA may be enough for most folks in their sixties, but Ulalia, “Can’t stop working—glad I’m busy.” No problem there, she is the Kumu Hula of Ulalaia’s School Continued on page 16.
Ulalia began taking hula lessons even before she could remember. One of her feet was
In the 1970s, Ulalia performed at the Merrie Monarch, “Just once to try it. I’m really not a competitive person,” she says, while in total admiration of those who do dedicate themselves to Hawaii’s traditional culture at this high level; particularly (and you can’t blame her) her granddaughter, Surreney Ann Ho‘ola‘ikahiluonalani, who dances with the Lim family’s grand-prize-winning halau, Na Lei Kaholoku. Her three granddaughters, Lia Ann Ki‘ohu‘ohuleianu‘enu‘e, Sheldan Nanea, and Jade Josephine Hauoli, also dance hula, and her son, Robert Lono Ikuwa, published a children’s book in Hawaiian, Tutu Hamana: The Shaka Sign Story. Of course she is proud of all her children, Mike, Analu, Ho‘ola‘i, and Lono, mentioned above, and her nine grandchildren.
Of course they met lovely people along the way as well, “We were having dinner in a restaurant and when my father went to pay, he was told that the bill was already settled.” Ulalia explains that the town’s doctor was so impressed by the manners of the Ka‘ai family, especially in comparison to his own lack of control over his own two boys, that he wanted to pay tribute to them.
shorter than the other, and one of her aunties suggested that she take hula lessons when she started to walk to help with her coordination. “I don’t really remember those early lessons,” she said. When she was six or seven, she started with Halau Hula o Makai, with Kumu Hula Maiki Aiu Lake, a halau that she stayed with for 40 years.
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mand with her expert medical skills, her caring way, and her attention to details. She lived to be 98 years old with over 100 descendants honoring her life. Ulalia’s father died was she was ten, and with her mother working to support the family, Ulalia took on a lot of housekeeping duties. She loved cooking and caring for the younger siblings. “Mom was an okay cook, but my Dad had always done the cooking— he had a flair with spices that he taught me,” she laughs.
In the 1970s, Ulalia performed at the Merrie Monarch, “Just once to try it.”
Lanihau Christmas with keiki.
Continued from page 15.
of Hawaiian Dance; performs weddings, blessings, and memorial services; sings in the choir at St. Michael’s Catholic Church; demonstrates how to make traditional instruments at cultural events; and is a member of Ahahui Ka‘ahumanu, a group of 125 woman who formed in 1913 to honor the legacy of Queen Ka‘ahumanu. Ulalia tried to retire from the Department of Education after teaching in the Kupuna Hawaiian Studies program for 25 years, but was instead put in charge of Project Kahua, a collaboration between the DOE, Kamehameha Schools, and several other organizations to mentor new teachers. Ulalia coaches eight mentors who in turn support 31 teachers in 23 schools around the island. Ulalia started teaching at Hualalai Academy two years ago where she is the Kumu for Hawaiian Studies. Foremost on her plate is the school’s May Day celebration. “We’ve picked an ocean theme, and each grade will do a dance about the ocean before the Royal Court,” she explains. She has a large production before her; teaching not only the dance, but also the meaning behind the songs to each class; determining the appropriate attire and accessories; teaching each student how to make their instrument or string their lei; and so much more. But she is such a pro that planning for this event along with the other things on her plate is second nature.
What is she doing this weekend? “Going camping!” Yet, she will still have to leave the campsite a couple times to meet some obligations. This woman is not only gracious, and full of Aloha, she’s tireless! n
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The New Face of Tourism— Ecotourism
One of the priceless, yet free, things to do on Hawai‘i Island is a short hike to Puako Petroglyph Preserve in Kohala, leading to more than 3,000 petroglyphs. By Hadley Catalano
Whether it’s partaking in the wide range of “voluntourism” opportunities such as weeding invasive plants at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (HVNP) or scheduling a day learning about a working farm in South Kona through the island’s agricultural tourism possibilities, the opportunity to really connect to the island has never been so apt. “As the world changes, people are looking to nature. They are looking for meaning in life,” explained George Applegate, Executive Director of the Big Island Visitor’s Bureau (BIVB). “People are no longer just sitting on the beach. They are getting involved.”
Hawai‘i Forest and Trail (HFT), a Kona-based company that provides guided nature tours, has been a statewide leader in ecotourism and natural history education since 1993. HFT abides by its trifurcated mission – to give visitors the opportunity to experience Hawaii’s resources, engage them on a deeper level with the resource and facilitate a connection between the resource and tourist. “We see a lot of trophy seekers,” Chris Colvin, Marketing and Sales manager at HFT explained about his clientele. “The intrinsic hooks draw them to the Big Island. They want to see the most active volcano in the world or climb Mauna Kea. After we facilitate the connection of the deeper level of interpretation, we see a person who wanted to see the most active volcano be converted to someone who wants to contribute to the conservation of that resource.”
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Applegate and the BIVB have been actively marketing the back-to-the-land activities desired by many travelers by establishing the only sustainable tourism “micro-site” (www.bigisland.org/ecotourism) of any of the Hawaiian Islands.
Due to its fragile ecosystem, Hawai‘i tourism planners are concerned about modeling visitor attractions to minimize the impact that the some 7 million outsiders pose for the region each year. Native Hawaiians paved the way, providing a sustainable ideal for modern day Hawaiians to follow. Local businesses and organizations have picked up the torch, providing people the opportunity to appreciate the natural state of the islands and practice sustainable, conservation practices.
The Life of the Land
ull up your sleeves, find your gardening gloves and lace up your work boots – you’re on vacation. What seems less like rest and relaxation and more like manual labor has become the latest trend for traveling tourists. Trading in their blue or white collars for the more responsible green collar, more and more visitors to Hawai‘i Island are finding themselves seeking out the environmentally and culturally-conscious opportunities available through the island’s ecotourism. And for residents whose visiting relatives have done everything else, here are some new ideas to keep them from getting bored.
Due to its fragile ecosystem, Hawai‘i tourism planners are concerned about modeling visitor attractions to minimize the impact that the some 7 million outsiders pose for the region each year.
Photo: Hawai‘i Forest and Trail
Visitors sometimes volunteer to help preserve natural sites. In Volcanoes National Park, a nature tour company, Hawai‘i Forest and Trail, invites tour guests to participate in helping remove invasive kahili ginger plants from the park. Continued from page 17.
Interwoven with the spectrum of ecotourism design is the incorporation of community neighbors. HFT engages land owners into their operation, working together to create a sustainable business valuable on socio, cultural and environment levels. “Working with private land owners and resource managers, we seek to create a perpetual open space revenue. A portion of the proceeds goes back to the private land owner, an incentive for them to keep their open space undeveloped, for the benefit of the public.”
Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners and healers like Keahi Kawehi Hanakahi are often available to visitors in unique opportunities to share their stories and knowledge. Photo courtesy of Wellness with Aloha
Other ecotourism operations around the island are also tapping into the local resources, allowing the visitor to experience the full living history, cultural healing and therapeutic beauty of the land. David Gaynes is the operator of Wellness with Aloha, a unique business that offers a “spiritual concierge service,” for visitors seeking to immerse themselves in the traditional powers of native healing techniques. “People are looking at the planet. They want to protect the place they are coming to visit. They want to leave a light footprint,” explained Gaynes, noting that it is
people of this mindset that seek out his service. “I offer the opportunity for people to get their feet in the mud. They can spend time in Waipio Valley, pulling taro with a family. They can work with local kahunas, experience the psychic healing powers out in the ‘aina. We live in the world’s greatest yard. We should be out in it every chance we get.” Gaynes noted that his new business was based in community collaboration. By focusing on appreciation of the land and culture, Gaynes offers a spiritual pilgrimage for those seeking the healing powers of the Hawaiian earth, elders or ecology while in turn supporting the local providers. “How do we offer economic sustainability to the next generation of taro farmers or lomi lomi masseuse? We create sustainable businesses models using local resources, joining the people, culture and land,” said Gaynes. Green guests are exploring their bedding options in conjunction with their daily activities. Many overnighters are booking reservations at earth-minded B&Bs. Elegant off-the-grid B&B Waianuhea in Ahualoa is an example of a get-a-way retreat, offering all the amenities of a large hotel but capitalizing on their ability to use solar power, water catchment system and eco-friendly cleaning products. Ka’awa Loa Plantation and Guest Retreat in Captain Cook offers visitors a stay on a 5.6 acre diversified agriculture plantation, aiming to sustain both agriculture for the island and share it with guests. Roaming the possibilities as a responsible traveler has people searching for natural and cultural tours and experiences. In an attempt to help improve the well-being of the local people, support area business and conserve the island’s pristine beauty, people are signing up for farm tours, helping the Hawai‘i Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary by recording endangered humpback whales seen from shore during weekly ocean counts, or helping to restore the dry land forests with the Tropical Reforestation and Ecosystems Education Center of Hawai‘i.
FREE BIG ISLAND ACTIVITIES: Others are booking farm visits through Hawai‘i AgVentures, a project created by the Big Island Farm Bureau (BIFB). Representing 450 farms, ranch families and agricultural organizations, the BIFB, according to their website, created the ag tourism project to facilitate markets and promote on-site farm visits. Through the implementation of offering high-quality educational farm tours, the hope is that the farmers will be able to expand their markets while providing visitors with a farm-direct experience. From nature walks, visits to botanical gardens, and eco-tours to volunteering for a conservation cause, travelers are learning more and participating more in the daily cultural, historical, local and environmental aspects of Hawai‘i Island. “Sometimes we have two or three people that want to participate, other times it’s the whole group, 10 people,” Colvin explained about HFT’s voluntary option for tour guests to participate in pulling invasive kahili ginger from special, controlled monitoring sights at HVNP. “We’re tapping into the people that want to help. They want to lend a hand. We
work anywhere from half an hour to an hour. Sometimes we have to pull people away after we’ve been working for an hour and a half.” HFT also maintains a lo`i (taro patch) in Kohala, a terrace along the stream used to grow kalo (taro) as part of their cultural resource initiative. “We want to continue the traditional practice and get people involved in cultural tourism and voluntourism,” said Colvin, noting that HFT is a member of the World Heritage Alliance, a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) operation that recognizes the preservation of cultural sites and their value to humanity. HVNP was inducted in 1987 as a World Heritage site, the first and only one in the Hawaiian Islands. Sustainable ecotourism has become integrated into the island’s latest leading industry. By minimizing the negative impacts on the environment, promoting local culture and heritage and emphasizing the invaluable importance of sustaining and preserving the environment and people, Hawai‘i will continue to be iconic Hawai‘i. n
From mountaintop to ocean floor, the Big Island offers countless, enjoyable and free recreational activities. Here are just a few: Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens. South Hilo. Features a children’s petting zoo on Saturdays, a white Bengal tiger, and botanical gardens on its 12-acre campus. Open 9-4 daily. Free admission. 959-7224. Mokupāpapa Discovery Center. Hilo. Showcases the marine life of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Open Tues. – Sat. 933-8195. Kalōpā State Recreation Area. Honoka‘a. Nature hikes in native ‘ōhi‘a forest and trails in the adjoining forest reserve. Picnic area. Kohala Historical Sites State Monument. Hawi. Mo‘okini Heiau, a National Historic Monument, is an ancient sacrificial heiau, and down the road, Kamehameha’s Birth Place. Lapakahi State Historical Park: Kawaihae. A partially restored ancient coastal settlement, with daily cultural demonstrations and storytelling. Puakō Petroglyph Preserve: Puako. A short hike leads to more than 3,000 petroglyphs. Kona Historical Society, South Kona. Experience (and sample) traditional Portuguese bread baking in stone ovens, every Thursday 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 323-3222. Ka Lae: South Point. Green sand beach and breathtaking cliffs, this is the southernmost point in the U.S. A National Historical Landmark district. Lava Tree State Monument, Pāhoa. A forest of “lava trees,” formed by a lava flow that swept through the area and left behind lava molds of tree trunks. Mauna Kea: Saddle Road. 13,000 feet. Visitors Information Station, astronomical observatories and nightly stargazing program.
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Vellay Appam is a delicate coconut milk and rice flower pancake that wraps a curried mix of veggies and your choice of chicken, tofu or fish. It’s bathed in a golden curry sauce with hints of cumin, garlic and coriander.The dish is surrounded by a cornucopia of produce grown by the Simons.
ingredients “to create healthy, nutritious food that tastes good.” And the Simons do it while faithfully using mostly local and organic ingredients, many from their own garden, cooked with 100-percent solar power. No dish is cooked in bulk or prepared in advance. Ladda fashions every order individually and her masterful creations are the same meals the couple enjoys at home with their two sons. “I cook from the heart, the foods that we love to eat,” shares Ladda, who is the restaurant’s culinary guru. Billed as “Hawai‘i’s only Asian-Style Natural Foods Café,” Lotus Café focuses on the dishes of Thailand, Indonesia, Burma and India.
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he enticing aroma of kaffir lime and ginger wafts through the entrance to Lotus Café and floats in the air like the expanse of silk that drapes from the ceiling. Water trickles down a lava-like fountain and beckons diners with a feeling of peace and tranquility.
Once inside, you wouldn’t know you are in a converted warehouse within view of Kona’s Costco. An ornate gong, like those traditionally used in Indonesian homes to announce the arrival of guests, sits along one wall. It is truly symbolic of the effort, sincerity and hospitality owners Howie and Ladda Simon put into their restaurant—their home away from home, often 12 hours a day, six days a week. The Simons’ business philosophy is to prepare and serve customers with the same attention to detail and congeniality they offers guests at home. That means preparing food from scratch and using the finest
For example there’s the Teram Balado, which hints of Sumatra (one of the 10,000 islands of Indonesia), composed of organic eggplant in a spicy ginger tomato sauce. Ever so delicious is the Ginger Lilikoi Mahimahi that features grilled island fish served with purple Molokai sweet potatoes in a sweet coconut-cinnamon sauce. The large lunch and dinner menu contains satés; summer rolls; savory soups; fresh cold salads; a host of vegetarian, chicken and seafood entrees; and curries using just-picked and hand-roasted, ground herbs and spices. “Ladda has a good palate to mix flavors,” claims Howie, who does double duty waiting on tables and growing the café’s veggies, herbs and fruit. “All her sauces are simple blends of complementary ingredients, but it’s not easy to do what she does.” The couple’s sprawling garden is at their home above Kona Vistas. Imagine looking out the window to see a canopy laden with mango, tangelos, passionfruit, lemons and limes—plus four varieties of sugar cane, each standing sentinel over the numerous cultivars of eggplant. There are also string beans, pumpkins and peppers. “We grow three varieties of Thai eggplant because the Thai types don’t have the bitter skins,” notes Howie, who obtains seeds from eggplant grown in Thailand, Laos and China. “You can eat some Thai eggplant raw, like an apple, they are so good.”
The culinary guru at Lotus Café is Ladda Simon, a native of Thailand. She displays Miang Kham, a pupu sampler unique to the restaurant that offers ginger, coconut, peanuts, lime and onion, plus dipping sauces with fresh Thai betel leaves.
In addition, the Simons farm a wealth of herbs to concoct Ladda’s unique and authentic sauces and curries. Utilizing the just-picked herbs—which include lemongrass, cilantro, turmeric, ginger and three varieties of Thai basil—Ladda whets the appetite with a cornucopia of fragrant and full-bodied flavors. “Most restaurants decide first what to offer and then search for food sources,” details Howie. “That can be frustrating, so we do the opposite, looking at what grows well for us and then formulating a menu around those ingredients.”
Harvesting eggplant in their sprawling garden above Kona Vistas is Howie Simon with his two sons from left: Kai (14) and Koa (11).The boys attend West Hawai‘i Explorations Academy.
Opened in 2007, The Lotus Café is the result of enterprising entrepreneurship. The idea for the restaurant came unexpectedly, while Howie was working at his Koloko furniture store, Island Lifestyle. He saw the flow of eager eaters frequenting Costco and figured it was time to open a nearby restaurant with “high quality food” in Island Lifestyle’s existing warehouse space. Continued on page 22.
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True to the tenets of Thai cooking, Ladda believes that food should have “the proper balance of flavors” to taste all its nuances. Continued from page 21.
According to the Simons, their restaurant—from the décor to food—is the result of their travels and personal backgrounds. For Ladda, that’s growing up in Northern Thailand and eating the foods of her homeland. Howie, on the other hand, hails from Brooklyn and has a penchant for Italian-spiced food. He also has a background in natural and organic foods that includes an apprenticeship in biodynamic farming. The couple met more than 20 years ago in Thailand, when Howie was on a buying trip to purchase silk. After becoming friends, he hired Ladda to do quality control for his importing business in Hawai‘i. They later married and made Kona their home. Ladda describes her cooking style as “Thai village,” pointing out that it’s not the “Americanized version of Thai food.” True to the tenets of Thai cooking, Ladda believes that food should have “the proper balance of flavors” to taste all its nuances. “You should be able to taste sweet, salty, sour, bitter and hot in a dish,” when it’s properly prepared. “I have to give Ladda credit as she’s open to eating and using nontraditional ingredients in Thai food,” adds Howie. “Her interest in making food more nutritional and healthy also benefits our customers.” The couple employs a selective scrutiny for all the café’s ingredients—whether it’s purchasing organic chicken or traveling
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annually to Indonesia to make their own fried shallot and garlic garnish. In fact, Howie says Lotus is the only restaurant in the state he knows of to use palm sugar. Imported in a powdery form or in blocks shaped like the bamboo it’s dried in, palm sugar is ubiquitous to Thai and Asian cuisine. It offers a rich and more complex sweetness to the restaurant’s many dishes, desserts and refreshing drinks. Harvested from the sugar palm, it has flavor akin to maple syrup and a beneficially low glycemic index. “Using palm sugar and our carefully harvested ingredients definitely makes our flavors stand apart from other restaurants,” details Howie. The Lotus Café boasts numerous standout menu items, starting with beverages like the Fresh Naked Sugar Cane Juice, pressed from their own organic sugarcane. There’s also fresh gelato and sorbets made on site from fresh fruits, organic soy and coconut milk. “Organic coconut milk is the only canned food we use in the restaurant,” divulges Howie. “We have too much fun making our sauces from our fresh herbs to ever used bottled curry pastes and sauces.” For many cooks, the secret is in the sauce, and Ladda prepares a whopping 17 different sauces at Lotus Café. One is Red Ginger Sauce, tomato-based with coconut milk. Howie describes it as “Thaitalian— a marrying of her Thai and my Jewish-Italian tastes.” Another unique offering is the Lemongrass Lime Sauce, starring the couple’s freshly-cut and tender lemongrass, which yields a better flavor than woody, mature lemongrass.
“Our 11-Spice Indian curry comes from the southwest coast of India, Malabar,” shares Howie. “We took an Indian recipe and we cook it Thai style.” He explains the Indian influences are the use of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and star anise. “The way Ladda blends them with veggies results in a special curry that isn’t available elsewhere on the island.” The “way” Ladda does things is so special it’s taught during Saturday cooking classes. For a $65 fee, students learn the principles of healthy Thai cooking and are introduced to the 15 main ingredients used. Ladda also shares her methods of cooking—she mostly grills, steams or lightly sautés all her dishes. Nothing is deep-fried.
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In class, Ladda stresses the importance of preserving the flavor of ingredients while avoiding the use of preservatives and artificial coloring. She tells students she never uses MSG or genetically modified foods. Participants prepare a complete meal from pupu to dessert and enjoy it there in the convivial setting. “We also give students tips on growing and sourcing ingredients, and we just started selling palm sugar and some other specialty items,” notes Howie. He says the idea is to get students thinking “Thai style.” Then they can cook authentically—just like Ladda. n Located at 73-5617 Maiau St., The Lotus Café is open Monday-Saturday with lunch available 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and dinner from 4-9 p.m. Custom catering services are available and gift certificates. For more info, including a complete menu, visit thelotuscafe.com or phone 327-3270.
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E ola au “Grant me life”
rom the heavenly wonders of the Mauna Kea summit to the powerful creative forces of Kiluea’s molten lava flow, our beautiful island of Hawai‘i offers us an opportunity to experience the powers of both heaven and earth in their most pristine form. It is here that one can truly experience the cosmological significance of heaven and earth that is present in both Hawaiian and Taoist traditions. In Hawaiian mythology, Papa (earth mother) joined with Wakea (sky father) and gave birth to Ho’ohokukalani (the heavenly one who made the stars). In Taoist philosophy, Yin (the primordial feminine) and Yang (primordial masculine) join in a synergistic union that gives birth to the entire physical Universe.
The ancient wisdom of these concepts reveals to us that a vital creative force springs forth when the essential energies of heaven and earth, or masculine and feminine, are joined in a dynamic balance. What if we could use this creative force in our own lives and our surroundings? We can, within the ancient systems that have been used for millennia to access this energy to enhance and bring prosperity into our lives. Of them, the science of Feng Shui is one of the most profound.
Accessing the Creative Forces Within Feng Shui, the ancient science of building and space alignment, is a branch of Chinese medicine that helps us to improve and optimize our lives through our homes and workspaces The fundamental principle of Feng Shui is that everything in the physical universe is made up of Ch’i, or life force energy. (In Hawaiian, this energy is called “mana”.) Modern science is only now beginning to embrace this knowledge, as well. According to the laws of physics, matter equals energy. And
although Einstein proved this decades ago, modern science now proclaims that our universe began as energy and the forms that we perceive as solid are simply patterns of energy vibrating at different frequencies. Therefore, Ch’i, or mana, is like the invisible breath of the universe. It is constantly flowing through our bodies, homes and our workspaces. Ch’i surrounds and embraces us. It could be said that we are literally marinating in the Ch’i in our environments. And, in truth, this Ch’i has a powerful impact on how we feel, how we think and what we attract into our lives. Hence, just as it is crucial to drink clean water and breathe clean air, it is vitally important that the Ch’i in our spaces be of optimal quality and that it flows harmoniously throughout. This is the primary purpose of Feng Shui.
Ola ka ‘āina “ The land lives ” Feng Shui works to enhance, restore and draw out the natural healing forces within the land. It employs an energy map that helps to restore the cosmic blueprint within your living and workspace. Unlike some popular, superficial approaches to this science, Feng Shui applied in its most powerful, authentic methods will restore creative life force to even the most depleted spaces, resulting in greater wellness, harmony and prosperity for its inhabitants, as well as a blessing to the land of the surrounding areas.
Peace Begins at Home It is a matter of fact that our peaceful, healing island of Hawai‘i will continue to be built upon and developed over the years to come. Even though we cannot truly stop this development, we can begin to apply the science of Feng Shui within our own homes to anchor a dynamic sense of balance and harmony that will radiate out to bless the land and the inhabitants of the surrounding area. n
Basic Feng Shui Improvements You Can Do Although the science of Feng Shui takes decades to master, here are some simple things you can do to begin to draw more balanced, creative energy into your home:
• Clear out clutter. Do your spirits literally drop when you enter a cluttered room? Through the power of resonance, our bodies and minds reflect the quality of energy flowing throughout our homes and workspaces.
If your home or office is filled with too many things, this creates a blockage in the healthy flow of Ch’i. Even lovely items, if there are too many, can create a blockage. And according to Feng Shui principles, this blockage has a negative impact on physical health and can cause a sense of depression or overwhelm. Let go of items that are no longer current in your life. They may be unconsciously holding you in the past and keeping you from attracting and embracing new opportunities in life.
• Enhance the entryway. Do your guests and family feel a sense of welcome immediately upon entering your home? The entry of a building is called “ch’i kou” or the mouth of ch’i. This is one of the most important areas of the structure in Feng Shui because it is where a powerful force of ch’i enters into the building. The ch’i kou location determines the quantity and quality of life force energy flowing into the space, thus having a primary impact on the health, harmony and prosperity of the occupants. Be sure that your entrance is clear, uncluttered and welcoming. Try adding brightly colored flowers and/or welcoming statuary to your front walkway. Placing a water fountain at the entrance is a powerful way to invite a greater flow of health and prosperity into the building.
Ua mau ke ea o ka ‘āina i ka pono — The life of the land is perpetuated (sustained) in righteousness (right balance).
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Of the visionary artist, I now sing. Paint for us, Francene Hart, so our hearts are cleansed by your lifeaffirming purples and tangerine tetrahedrons. Pour forth your liquid lavenders, indigo insights, and passionate pinks to nurse our thirsty souls.
The Life in Art
May those of us twisted by 10th-grade geometry be straightened by your icosahedrons and elevated by your “Elemental Embrace.” May we find in your primal patterns that the Pythagorean Theorem is both visually beautiful and mathematically true, and as spiritually bold as it is naturally light. Infinite Wisdom
THE MAGICAL ART OF FRANCENE HART
enter the bright bungalow on the slope of Mauna Loa volcano where visionary artist Francene Hart lives, works and communes with her muse. Lining the walls of her sanctuary, Hart’s vibrant watercolors reveal mystical essences normally hidden from the naked eye.
Painting in the “language of light,” the ancient geometric code that guided Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Mayan astronomers, and Egyptian architects, Hart discovered an incandescent world at her fingertips.
“Nature is my greatest teacher,” she says, traversing her cozy living room to open the sliding glass door. She steps onto the lanai, overlooking her kitchen garden and Kealakekua Bay. “Getting in the ocean or getting out in nature, you can’t help but connect with devas and nature spirits. They’re all around you, unless you’re just so locked up in your story.”
Her work is an evolutionary process, she says. “I do a drawing on artists’ vellum, a heavy translucent paper you can erase on. Then I use a light table to put it on the watercolor paper. So I have an outline. Then I go straight to the watercolor with my #2 brush.
“Painting is really a meditation, because my technique is very time-consuming, so it’s one way I go to sacred places, with the geometry,” she says.
“I work in layers, very thin layers. It allows me more flexibility. You can’t take anything out of a watercolor. What you put down is there. So, my only rule for myself is don’t go too dark too fast, because then you can still adjust the color. One of my other main
“If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.” – William Blake,Visionary Artist
“Several times while painting, I felt as if I were being thrust through time.” concepts is the way every life is in layers. So, you see through one layer to another reality, another vision.” This layering technique conjures an alluring dimensionality in paintings like “Traveler’s Prayer,” “Expanded Shri Yantra,” and “Ho’oponopono Sunset.” These torso-sized pieces express at least three “ways of seeing” -- the eye of the flesh, the eye of the mind, and the eye of contemplation – common to almost all spiritual traditions. Art using the geometric “language of light” appeals to all three levels of perception, and thus is said to be like a magical doorway through which spirit enters the physical plane, manifesting thought into matter. Hart’s eyes glow like sapphires as she recalls the exact moment when the vision for “Sunset Activation” came to her, full-blown with sky-surfing spirals and whirling glyphs. While attending a friend’s birthday party at Pu’uhonua O Honaunau, a magnificent twilight shimmered into a dazzling display of storm clouds and rainbows. She had to paint it.
“When I started looking into sacred geometry, I realized how it balances the right and left sides of the brain. I was extremely right-brained, creative,” she says, “and I was OK with that, but as far as business, science, and left-brained stuff, I was hopeless.” Incorporating sacred geometry into her life harmonized her inner male and female, she says, while balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Because of it, “I am now better able to do business than I was previously,” she says. Her international following might attest to that. Acclaimed scientist Bruce Lipton, Ph. D., author of The Biology of Belief, now recommends Hart’s work to his seminar students because her art provokes the “whole-brained” state essential to health, maturity, and conscious evolution. Continued on page 28.
Like the Southwestern painter Georgia O’Keefe who influenced her, Hart has always needed the rhythms of nature to gestate her visions. As a child in Kansas, the patterns in crystals, trees, flower petals, and snowflakes fascinated her.
From the tiniest atom to our DNA, from the Milky Way to the way Francene’s hands dip and dance when she speaks, the same designs interweave everything.
“An intricate formation borrowed from a crop circle is embedded in the center,” she says, pointing to the Mayan-like glyphs in a wheel of teal, violet, and gold. “Several times while painting, I felt as if I were being thrust through time. This feels appropriate, since the Mayans are revered as master timekeepers.”
“I lived in a suburb on a little street. There weren’t a lot of wild places, but down the road there was this little gulch with a tiny stream. I remember sitting there and having this experience of everything shifting and the light changing.” She came to see the continuum of geometric codes in honeycombs, nautilus shells, the cornea of the eye, the star we spin around, and the galaxy we spiral within, not as abstract forces, but as vitalizing forms.
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Her sacred geometry cards were also featured on CBS-TV’s The Ghost Whisperer, but she owns no television set. “The news is so fear-based,” she says. She prefers the positive states aroused by nature and her paintings, which she considers to be “places of refuge,” gateways where the divine imagination cascades into the world. An avid traveler, Hart has visited Ecuador, Nepal, and Great Britain to draw inspiration from sacred sites, but in 2001, she chose West Hawai‘i as her home. “I was summoned by spirit to this incredibly activated pinnacle on the earth grid,” she says, “to be a part of birthing new consciousness. I honor that sacred responsibility, my kuleana. Exploration of the culture and beauty of this island paradise unfolds as a daily wonder.” Reverence for the land, ocean, and Big Island traditions has sparked new outpourings from her virtuoso brush. “I think living here has expanded my vision, partly because Hawai‘i, and in particular this part of the island, is very open and progressive spiritually. I can be, do, and say anything I want here. I don’t feel that automatic censor which you do in a lot of places.” The images gracing her art studio and in her two books, the Sacred Geometry Oracle Deck and Sacred Geometry Cards for the Visionary Path, are so rich with nature’s blueprint you can almost smell the forest perfumes, taste the sea salt, and feel the ocean swirling through your toes. Even if you can’t find time to spend in nature every day, she says, you can select one of her cards or view sacred art to reconnect with your creativity. “Choosing a
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couple of cards helps you remember to remember, because that’s what we’re all doing. We’re waking up and remembering our divinity, remembering our oneness.” Hart is currently offering sacred geometry workshops at Kona Stories in South Kona. “Geometry helps us realize we are not separate beings but part of this beautiful whole,” she says. “It’s all about our shift to unity and goodness,” she adds, swirling her hands and smiling in the exact same pattern, I notice, as the noni leaves twittering in the breeze. And I remember to remember. n
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to be renewably powered, we’re going to have zero waste, we’re going to be carbon neutral.’ We never saw those kind of absolute statements before,” Makower said. The primary obstacle this year will be a lack of cash. As such, green businesses are looking to Washington for stimulus spending to make the U.S. economy greener, leaner and cleaner. As Makower states in his “State of Green Business 2009” report, “We stand on the cusp of a potential explosion of new ideas, inventions, and initiatives. The coming year will be a critical one for the future of green business and, by extension, the future of the planet.” To see Joel Makower and all the inspiring speakers at this year’s Kuleana Conference, visit www.kona-kohala.com to register and to download exhibitor information.
Kona’s Michael Kramer is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary and Managing Partner of Natural Investments LLC, Hawaii’s only Investment Advisor exclusively managing portfolios of ethically screened and environmentally responsible investments. He also coordinates the Kuleana Green Business Program, and can be reached at 331-0910 or email@example.com.
Business Program, initiated by steward the environment. “Whenever there’s been a the Chamber to promote ethical Joel Makower, the “guru of green downturn in the past, compabusiness practices and envibusiness,” believes we’ve passed the nies have sort of said, ‘OK, let’s ronmental stewardship. This tipping point on many indicators, shifting take a step back and, oh by the year’s conference addresses from a movement to a market. He says way, the economy’s bad, let’s green development, renewable that green values — efficiency, reducget rid of our whole environenergy, and sustainable agricul- ing waste, managing carbon — have mental department because no Makower ture and agroforestry, but the increasingly become standard practice one’s suing us today.’ That’s not agenda primarily addresses how any for smart businesses. “It’s really becomhappening right now.” – Joel Makower, entity can embrace social and environing business as usual,” says Makower. greenbiz.com mental responsibility to attract and keep “These are practices that don’t go away Makower is a featured keynote during a recession. speaker at the Kona-Kohala Chamber of employees and customers, maintain “Companies are saying, ‘we’re going Commerce annual Kuleana Conference, positive community relationships, and the state’s premier green business conference and trade show, May 6 at Two EvEnTs PlannEd To BoosT BusinEss succEss: the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort. KONA-KOHALA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PREsENts: One of three national experts keynoting the 2009 conference, he is author of “Strategies for the Green Economy” and chairman and executive editor of Thurs, April 23: 2nd Annual Business Expo Greener World Media, which produces Expo, Workshops & Programs 12-7pm – Free admission greenbiz.com. NTS OPEN Cocktails, Pupus & Networking 5-7pm Other speakers will be Mike Kane, BOTH EVE PUBLIC! Old Airport State Park Pavilion, Kailua-Kona TO THE Co-Founder of Plug In America, the nation’s leading electric car advocacy Wed, May 6: 4th Annual Kuleana Conference group, and Don Shafffer, CEO of RSF & Trade Show Social Finance and founder of solarTrade Show – Free admission 8am – 6pm, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort powered and sustainability-focused Conference: $50 for Chamber members; $60 for guests – Includes lunch Comet Skateboards; Keynoter: Nationally known speaker, Joel Makower The 4th Annual Kuleana Business Conference & Trade Show is the Pre-Register at www.kona-kohala.com • 808-329-1758 cornerstone event of the Kuleana Green
Healthful, Tasty Recipes Using Noni ( Yes, really!) By Barbara Fahs
The Life of the Land
oni is hot. People pay big bucks for a jar of the juice, believed to be a cure for cancer, helpful for chronic respiratory conditions such as tuberculosis, influenza, asthma, coughs, colds, sinusitis and sore throat. It also is believed to be effective for digestive disorders such as diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastric ulcers and intestinal parasites. Although it does not appear to have any adverse health effects, it is not recommended for pregnant and nursing women. Called the Indian mulberry, noni (Morinda citrifolia) is native to Southeast Asia, possibly only to the islands of Indonesia. It occurs from India to Eastern Polynesia and was so valuable to the ancient Polynesian travelers who settled Hawai‘i that it was one of the few plants they selected to carry here on their canoes. Like the early Polynesians, who used all parts of this small tree, you too can easily grow a noni tree or two on your property, and benefit from its healing powers and attractive appearance. If you live on the windward side of any Hawaiian island, noni does especially well in the moist climate, especially near the ocean. It also thrives in leeward areas, such as Kona. However, it prefers elevations below about 1700 feet.
Noni can grow in areas with virtually no soil and will sometimes pop up in what appears to be solid rock. It’s hard to start from seeds, as you must first soak them — and then you must wait for the long germination period to pass. The best idea is to purchase a young tree. It’s easy to plant a noni tree: 1. Dig a hole twice the size of the pot. 2. Mix in compost, and then plant your tree to the top of the soil in which it is potted. If the roots are cramped, loosen before you plant. 3. Apply mulch around the base to keep weeds away. 4. Keep your young tree watered well for the first two months of its life in the ground. After that, the natural rainfall will be sufficient and it will adapt to its environment, whether you live in a wet or dry area. Fertilizer and pest control are not necessary: Noni is a carefree tree that will start to produce fruit soon after you plant it.
What To Do With All Those Noni Soon, you will have more noni fruit than you know what to do with. The ripe fruit will drop to the ground when it’s translucent white,
and can attract slugs, fruit flies and rats, so pick up the fruit before it makes a big, smelly mess. The best time to pick noni is before it turns white and soft: earmark large, hard yellow fruit and then bring them inside to ripen, away from critters. You’ll know when it’s ready to use because of the smell. Granted, the smell is unpleasant to many people, but if you use it in recipes, the strong odor and taste will be masked by other ingredients. Try one or both of the recipes below to experience a different way of using this healthful fruit.
Noni Vinegar Is the Base for Many Delicious Dishes Noni makes a wonderful herb vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is the most common and most reasonably priced vinegar: It also has many healing qualities on its own. When you add noni, the healing effects are more potent. You can use other types of vinegar, depending on the recipe you’re making: Rice vinegar and Balsamic vinegar work nicely with noni. Red wine vinegar is very tasty, especially for Italian dishes. White vinegar is not appropriate. Be creative! You can combine herbs such as basil and oregano for extra flavor and
interest. Garlic and a little Maui onion are also great additions to this versatile vinegar. 1. Take one or two very ripe noni, chop them up and fill a quart jar half full with fruit. 2. Fill jar with apple cider vinegar and cap tightly. 3. Let the jar sit in the sun for several days. If you need your vinegar right away, heat the vinegar in a non-metallic pan such as Pyrex, and then pour it over your noni and other herbs, if included, and let the mixture steep for an hour or longer.
4. Strain the mixture and use it in salad dressings and any recipe that calls for vinegar. It’s also great as a gargle for sore throats. Noni vinegar keeps forever in a cool, dark cupboard — no need to refrigerate. If you keep some in a pretty bottle in your kitchen, you’ll be reminded to use it whenever you need vinegar in a recipe. It’s also a good addition to stir-fry when it needs a little liquid, toward the end of cooking. n
Noni-Banana Nut Bread or Muffins You’ll be surprised how moist and tasty this bread is! And … it doesn’t smell or taste like noni. • 1/2 cup light salad oil, such as Blend sugar with oil. Beat in the Canola eggs, noni, banana and vanilla, and • 1 cup white sugar then stir until it’s smooth. • 2 eggs Add the flour, soda and salt — • 1/2 cup mashed very ripe Noni no need to sift. Fold in the nuts and (about 2), with seeds removed raisins and then pour the mixture • 1/2 cup mashed very ripe into muffin tins lined with cupcake bananas papers or a greased 9 by 5-inch • 2 tsp. vanilla bread pan. • 2 cups flour (whole wheat or white) For muffins, bake at 325 degrees • 1/2 tsp. salt for about 40 minutes. For bread, • 1 tsp. soda bake at 325 for about 60 minutes. • 1 tsp. cinnamon Makes one generous loaf of bread • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg or 12 large muffins. • 1/2 cup chopped nuts of any kind (walnuts or macadamia) • 1/2 cup raisins
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A decision by the Veterans Administration to cut off funding to a program that was helping some Vietnam veterans moved Family Nurse Practitioner Nancy Emery to take matters into her own hands. While training at the Upledger Institute, she learned about a treatment program, where eight veterans who were on many medications, self medicating with drugs and alcohol, and having multiple problems in their personal lives, all had profound healings, decreasing medications, turning around their lives, and ending their addictions. Then it was stopped.
Dolphin Journeys has been a real journey for owner, Captain Nancy Sweatt. If she hadn’t been hit with a Mack truck with 50,000 pounds of rock in it, she says, she might not be where she is today. A life-altering incident that led to lots of pain and grueling rehabilitation eventually led her to Hawaii, where she swam in the ocean, and found herself surrounded by spinner dolphins. As many others have reported, she experienced a deep, emotional and physical healing.
“It has been a dream of mine to make such a difference in other people’s lives,” Emery says. “Having grown up in the Vietnam era, worked in a drug and alcohol program in Portland, Oregon, spending years working on a psychiatric unit of the local hospital, and seeing people in my private practice, I realized that the traumas of war, and life in general, stayed with people for their lifetime. But I also saw deep healing when I was able to empower people to let go of their past fears and traumas and to move into a place of selfgenerated power within themselves.” After working in the allopathic medicine world, Emery has now been in alternative medicine practice for about 15 years, with a private practice opened in 1995, called Dolphin Healing Touch. “People with whom I had begun to work with using deep emotional healing and gentle body work were making changes in their lives that enabled them to take charge and heal themselves.”
Emery’s new business, Alakea Healing Center, is her vision to offer a safe space for veterans and their families, as well as the general population, to come for healing and wellness. “I work at a very deep level with people combining deep emotional, physical, spiritual, mental healing. I am focusing on veterans and their families using an alternative to drugs. I also offer gentle detox options to cleanse the body of toxic substances and helping to balance the body to heal. I plan to offer classes in empowerment, manifesting life dreams, meditation, nutritional eating, teaching children to help others out of a place of love, and art workshops, just to name a few. Alakea Healing Center is located in Kainaliu at 79-7393 Mamalahoa Hwy. Suite 6B, across from Oshima Store. Nancy can be reached at 938-4763, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about her at www.dolphinhealingtouch.com.
Since she was a toddler, the ocean has always been Sweatt’s favorite place to be and now her life’s work. She has a BS in geology/oceanography and spent several years working in the South Pacific as an oil geologist. She realized her real interest is in marine preservation and sharing her love of the ocean and its dolphins with others. In Hawaii since 1995, she has a captain’s license and is certified as a First Responder. “We do not sell ‘dolphin trips’; we sell joy. The elation experienced by our guests when they have their first experience being welcomed by dolphins into their world is a rare and treasured feeling.” Dolphin Journeys also mentors college students in its Sea Life Internship, teaching them the ins and outs of an entrepreneurial tourism business and enhancing their knowledge of the marine environment and its inhabitants. Sweatt serves as chair of a committee currently working with the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL). “We hope to build consensus among the various participants in the ocean environment as to what are best practices to provide adequate confidence to [all] that we are doing the right, pono, thing with the dolphins. I believe a key value in conservation is educating visitors about a resource, and we do that extensively with each guest,” she says. “The companies and groups involved with swimming with our resident dolphins have voluntarily established standards of behavior around dolphins, and most happily comply, knowing that these are our precious friends and most valued resources! The local dolphins are thriving and giving every indication they enjoy the interaction with humans. We invite readers to become members of CORAL as task force members if they wish to be involved.” Dolphin Journeys excursions depart from the Honokohau Marina– call 329-3030 or 800-384-1218. Email: email@example.com. Website: www.dolphinjourneys.com.
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Saturday, April 4 thru April 30 Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Quilt Exhibit Annual show features some of the best by Big Island and other quiltmakers. Wailoa Center at Wailoa State Park in Hilo. Free. Hours: Mon./Tues./Thurs./ Fri. 8:30–4:30; Wed. noon–4:30; Sat. 9–3. 933-0416. Saturday, April 4 “Na Lani ‘Eha” Hawaiian Music Concert Ku’uipo Kumukahi & the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Serenaders honor the music of King Kalakaua, Queen Lili’uokalani, Princess Likelike, and Prince Leleiohoku, known collectively as Na Lani ‘Eha (The Royal Four). Enjoy the music and learn the history and meaning behind the poetry of these royal composers. Kilauea Military Camp Theater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Advance tickets $16 adults/$14 seniors & children ($2 more at the door). Call 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org Saturday, April 4 Kona Chocolate Festival Gala evening including a chocolate taste-off with local and regional, professional and amateur chefs. Wine tasting, dancing to Salsa Latinos and entertainment by Grammy-award-winning slack key artist Cyril Pahinui. Gala preceded by one week of farm tours and chocolate-related symposiums. Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort. Time: 6-10 p.m. Advance tickets $40. $50 at the door. For more information call 987-8722, or visit www.konachocolatefestival.com
Sunday, April 5 “Praise and Hallelujah; the Easter Passion and Glory” Easter holiday concert featuring Kona Brass Quintet and the Lutheran Holy Trinity Choir. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets $15, available in advance. Call 329-5733. Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Kailua-Kona, at the bottom of Lako Street (77-165 Lako Street). For more information, call 329-1705, or visit www.konabrass.com Saturday, April 11, 2009 Partner Yoga Workshop Create more balance and harmony, in all your relationships. Individuals, couples, children, and adults all welcome. With Marya Mann, Ph.D. and Koakane Green, D.C. at Honu Kai, a Sanctuary in Kona. Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. $30. Call 345-0050 or visit www.maryamann.com. April 12-18 44th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Week-long festival of cultural events including the world’s most prestigious hula competition at Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium, Hilo. The festival begins with a ho’olaule’a at the auditorium behind the Stadium on Easter Sunday 10 a.m.5 p.m. with lots of music, food and fun. Wednesday is free hula exhibition night at the stadium, beginning at 6:30 pm; Thursday is the solo Miss Aloha Hula competition; Friday and Saturday are the group Kahiko (ancient) and Auana (modern) hula competitions. A grand parade winds through Hilo town on Saturday morning. www.merriemonarchfestival.org. Get your tickets early! 935-9168
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Saturday, April 4 BLEND – A Multi-Cultural Dance & Music Performance Featuring talented dancers from around the Big Island, expressing the elements of fire, water, earth, air & ether African, Hawaiian, Samoan, Tahitian, Classical Indian, Brasilian, & Contemporary Dance themes. Partial proceeds to benefit East & West Hawaii Domestic Abuse Shelters. Palace Theater, Hilo, 7 p.m. Tickets: Adults-$23, 12 & under-$13, available at the Palace Box Office, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Mon-Fri except holidays. 934-7010. Events recording, 934-7777. Visit www.hilopalace.com.
Sunday, April 5 Tsunami Talk Story Festival Stories and interviews with Hilo residents who were “first responders” in the tsunamis that struck Hilo town in 1946 and 1960. 6-9 p.m., Sangha Hall, Hilo. $25 includes dinner. 935-0926 or visit www.tsunami.org.
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Continued from page 33. www.maryamann.com. Time: 7–9 pm. Repeats on May 21. Thursdays, April 16 & 30 Writing Group Author Wayne Stier leads informal discussion on the problems and joys of writing at Mi’s Italian Bistro in Kealakekua 2- 4 p.m. Repeats every Thursday in May at the same time. Contact Wayne at firstname.lastname@example.org, 929-8356. Limited to 10 participants. Minimal charge and specials from Mi’s. Saturday, April 18 “He Launa Aloha No Ka Moi Kalakaua” The 4th annual gathering to honor King David Kalakaua, at the King’s summer playground, Kalakaua Park, on the day of the Merrie Monarch Royal Parade in downtown Hilo. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Hawaii’s last king was nicknamed the “Merrie Monarch” for his love of gala events, hula and festivals. Enjoy hula, singing, ‘ukulele playing, storytelling, food, artists & craftspeople demonstrating and selling their works. Hosted by Hawaiian historian and well-known musician Palani Vaughn. For more information, call 933-9772 or visit www.poshfestivals.com. Saturday, April 18 Spring Arts Festival Try your hand at various arts media including raku firing, origami, lauhala weaving, printmaking, painting and others. Plus door prizes, raffles for gifts, ukulele entertainment, food, and arts recycling education. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the historic Donkey Mill Art Center above Kona in Holualoa. 322-3362 or visit www.donkeymillartcenter.org. Saturday, April 18 Earth Day Fair Festivities and helpful information devoted to our Earth and environment—displays, educational presentations, informative talks, plus live music and entertainment. Coordinated by the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort. Call 329-1758 or visit www.konaearthfestival.org.
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Saturdays, April 18 & 24 Kona Earth Fest Bicycle Rides “Ride for Sustainability.” From Old Airport to the Gateway Building at NELHA, 2 p.m. April 18. “Ride for Awareness.” From Living Stones Church on Ali‘i Drive to Earth and Ocean Fair at Keauhou. 9 a.m. on April 24. Contact: Tracy Solomon, 854-0171.
Saturday-Sunday, April 18-19 “Trash Bash” Art & Fashion Shows In Hawi, upstairs at Kohala Coffee Mill. Art exhibit, 5:30 p.m. Saturday; Fashion show 1 p.m. Sunday. Friday, April 24 “Fly Me to the Moon” The Kona Brass Quintet celebrates the 40th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing with a unique musical journey from the Renaissance period to 1969. Kilauea Military Camp Theater, Volcanoes National Park. Advance tickets: $15 adults; $13 seniors and children. Additional $2 per ticket at the door. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. Theater opens at 7; show from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information call 329-1705 or visit www.konabrass.com April 24-26 Ka‘u Coffee Festival A festival celebrating coffee growers and award-winning coffee from Hawaii Island’s beautiful Ka’u district. Includes Miss Ka’u Coffee pageant, a ho’olaule’a, best coffee competition, recipe contest, music and entertainment, farm tours, coffee demos and more during the three days. Community Center in Pahala. Most events are free. For more info, call 929-9550 or visit www.kaucoffeefest.com. Saturday, April 25 Earth and Ocean Fair Events at Kahalu’u Bay and the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Traditional Hawaiian blessing at 9:45 a.m. Free, family-oriented event features activities and games for all ages, Hawaiian crafts, renewable energy exhibits, tidepool, whale, turtle, fishing games and other exhibits. Also, at the ReefTeach Booth, learn how to take care of our corals, fish and turtles and save Kahalu’u Bay. Many handouts and prizes! Questions: Contact Sara Peck at UH Sea Grant, 329-2861. Saturday, April 25 “Singspiration” – Kona Festival Chorale At Mokuaikaua Church, on Alii Dr. across from Hulihe’e Palace, 7 p.m. Free to the public. Featuring guest artists, choirs, praise teams and halau performing the finest in contemporary and traditional sacred music. Call the Chorale at 331-1115 for more info., or email email@example.com. Saturday, April 25 Junior Ranger Day & Book Release Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Refreshments, music, activities for children under 7, and free copies of the new Junior Ranger
Adventure Book for each 7 to 12 year-old present. The new book for kids, the Hawai‘i Island National Parks Junior Ranger Adventure Book, highlights all five national parks on the island of Hawai‘i and encourages kids to become Junior Park Rangers by exploring them. The first 100 families who attend with a 7 to 12 year-old child will receive a coupon redeemable for a free Tri-Park Annual Pass (valued at $25.00). On grass lawn next to Volcano Art Center Gallery, 10-11 a.m. Sunday, April 26 Hulihe‘e Palace Monthly Sunday Concert and Village Stroll Free Hawaiian music and hula on the Palace’s South Lawn at 4 p.m. Bring your own beach mat or chair. Afterwards, Ali‘i Drive is closed to traffic for strolling and visiting outdoor cafés and restaurants, local musicians & artists. Monthly event sponsored by the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Destination Kona Coast, Kailua Village Business Improvement District, and Kailua Village Merchants Association. Sunday, April 26 Makana Slack Key Workshop Award-winning slack key artist, Makana, presents a slack key workshop from 1-3 p.m. in a private room at Keauhou Shopping Center. Makana was the last student to have studied under the great slack key master, Sonny Chillingworth, as well as Uncle Raymond Kane. $30 per person. Reserve your spot early: email nahenahe@hawaII.rr.com or call 808-325-0714.
Friday, May 1 May Day is Lei Day May Day means Lei Day, a tradition at the Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Kohala Coast. Day-long, resort-wide event highlighting Hawaii’s diverse culture. Live, local entertainment, authentic Hawaiian arts and crafts, performances by hula halau, lei-making contest and Lei Queen. Call 886-8822 or visit www.waikoloabeachresort.com. Friday, May 1 Tropical Paws Benefit for the Hawaii Island Humane Society At Four Seasons Hualalai Resort, the gala event includes silent and live auction, Four Seasons-style buffet dinner, live entertainment and dancing throughout the evening. Seating is limited and the event sold out early last year. Begins at 6 p.m. For ticket information, sponsorships, or to donate to the auctions, please call 329-1175. For
(Park entrance fees apply). Call 9678222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.
more information, call 329-1175, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hihs.org Saturday, May 2 Kona Earth Festival Farm Tours Sustainable Farm Tour & Permaculture Seminar at Waiaha Farm, 10 a.m.3 p.m. Kealakekua Ranch 4x4 Tour. 7 a.m., all day. Contact: Tracy Solomon, 854-0171. Sunday, May 3 May Day Lei Day Festival A celebration of the Hawaiian art form of lei making—spectacular lei display, hands-on demonstrations, lei contest, live music and hula on stage, historic short films, and the historic theater’s pipe organ. Time: 1 p.m. at The Palace Theater, Hilo. Free to the public. For more information, call 934-7010 or visit www.hilopalace.com. Friday-Saturday, May 8-9 Kona Orchid Society Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Show and Sale A wide selection of island-grown orchids, including new orchid hybrids and exotic species, plus a selection of cacti and succulents. Orchid-themed art, cards, pottery and apparel gift selections. Benefit for the nonprofit Kona Orchid Society. Hale Halawai, Kailua-Kona. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. For more info, call Bob Zeller at 939-9282. May 8-23 “To Kill a Mockingbird” Harper Lee’s gripping, Pulitzer Prize winning novel adapted for the stage in a compassionate, deeply moving drama. The story of childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it. Aloha Theatre, Kainaliu. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; Sunday matinees at 2:30. Tickets at the box office or call 322-1648, Mon-Thurs 9-5. $15 Adults; $12 children and seniors. Fridays All Seats $12.
May 14 through 17 Big Island Film Festival Entering its 4th year of celebrating new independent films from Hawaii and around the world, presented in Waikoloa Beach Resort’s outdoor and indoor venues. Family films, multiple daytime films, and social events honoring an actor and a filmmaker. Sunday, May 17th wraps up the four days with an Awards Brunch and The Best of the Fest: a 5-7 p.m. concert by Makana, followed by Audience Choice feature and short films. Silent Auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $5; Kama’aina pricing available for evening film and Best of the Fest tickets. For more information go to www.bigislandfilmfestival.com, call 883-0394 or email: email@example.com. Saturday, May 16 31st Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk The 3.5 mile Charity Walk is at the Waikoloa Beach Resort this year. Registration from 6:30 to 8 a.m. Run starts at 7:45 a.m.; Walk at 8 a.m. A minimum donation of $35 adult/$25 children is required to participate, and includes a T-shirt and Beach Party with brunch, games and top-notch live entertainment. For more information, call 328-8162 or email bambi.lau@ hilton.com
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Saturday, May 16 “Screenplay in a Day” An intensive seminar in the fundamentals of screenwriting, part of the Big Island Film Festival at Waikoloa Beach Resort. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn to develop a marketable story idea, structure it into Hollywood format, flesh out characters and leave with an outline, completed scenes, and a pragmatic business plan! Taught by three working screenwriters (who have written for 20th Century Fox, Disney, New Line, and Sony). Students at ALL levels of experience will find information to benefit their writing. Pre-registration and $40 payment is required by May 1. More info and register online at www. bigislandfilmfestival.com or call 883-0394. Continued on page 36.
Saturday, May 9 Na Mea Hawai‘i Hula Kahiko Performance See traditional hula and chant performed outdoors on the hula platform overlooking Kilauea Crater, featuring Halau Hula o Kahikilaulani under the direction of Kumu Hula Rae Fonseca. Hawaiian crafts demonstrations at Volcano Art Center Gallery from 9:30- 2. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Free
Saturday, May 9, 2009 Special Mother’s Day Partner Yoga Fun workshop with Marya Mann, Ph. D. & Koakane Green, D. C., at RCS Fitness in Kona. $30. Call 345-0050 or visit www.maryamann.com. Time: 10 a.m.– noon.
Continued from page 35. May 16-24 Western Week – Honoka‘a The little town of Honoka‘a swells with thousands of visitors who experience more than a week of the plantation and paniolo heritage of the Hamakua Coast. Friday, May 22: Paniolo Barbecue and giant Block Party with live Country Western dance music, a live auction and Saloon Girl Contest. Saturday: Paniolo Parade, agricultural festival, kids’ activities and exciting contests. Memorial Day weekend: Rodeo. For more information, call (808) 885-5580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday, May 17 Hulihe‘e Palace Monthly Sunday Concert and Village Stroll (See April 25 for description.) May 23-25 Hilo Intertribal PowWow Celebrate Native American culture through music, dance, drumming,
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Ka Puana — the Refrain “Tarzan”
“Here’s looking at you.” This face-on view of an adult male’s horns may look menacing, but to others he is smiling. “To me he is living art — a perfect sculpture,” says Mary Lovein. “Because each male’s horns are a little bit different, it is a way of identifying an individual. Though they are free to come and go, some become longtime residents and are given a name.This one is called Pan. The females are 3 a little trickier to I.D. Sometimes their differences in appearance can be subtle. I have also noticed from close observation that they have a disposition or personality.”
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Chameleons in the Garden, Being Jackson’s, Doing What Jackson’s Do
Chameleons in the Garden
ary and Matt Lovein, artists and owners of Holualoa Gallery in Holualoa, have a love affair with chameleons.
“We are so lucky to live in Hawai‘i, which is one of the only places on the planet that we can see Jackson’s chameleons in habitat, besides their place of origin, Mt. Kenya, Africa,” said Mary. “We are living in chameleon country here on Mt. Hualalai and can spot them in the trees from any window in our home or from the lanai. They adorn the trees like holiday ornaments in a surrealistic dream. “ The Lovein’s lush garden has become a haven for the prehistoric-looking creatures and, after collecting an album of some 5,000 photos and a five-year journal, Mary decided to publish a book about their bumpy green friends. Titled, Chameleons in the Garden, it is full of fascinating photos and facts, complete with love stories. Available at the Hawai‘i Public Library, Amazon.com, Borders Bookstores, selected independent book stores and art galleries, Lovein’s Holualoa Gallery, book website: www. chameleonsinthegarden.com.
Love Bite In this courtship, the female is biting the male’s preocular horn. Often when the male and female interact, the female will grasp onto a horn, one of his feet or legs. The male uses his front feet like hands to caress or grab onto the female. Neither of these chameleons look to be stressed.
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