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The Life of the Land

Flower Power: Hawaii’s Outdoor Circles Make a Difference

The Life of the People

Zen Hostess, Akiko Masuda The Life in Art

Reviving the Ancient Art of Gourd Decoration The Life in Music

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ganic structures. I notice that each issue of Ke Ola culminates in a framework that has a theme running through it—it just happens. Elements of earth, wind, water and fire are usually reflected in every issue of Ke Ola, because they are so robust in our world. One often emerges as dominant. Earth—from which emerge heiau, gardens, zen sanctuaries, gourds and gourmet meals. You’ll find them all in these pages. To native Hawaiians, a relationship with the earth is fundamental to life. That’s why you’ll find songs and legends most often honoring places. Kumu Keala Ching begins with his song for Keauhou, a sacred place. (aren’t they all?). v Outdoor Circles in Hawaii are stewards of the green and glorious in our communities. Did you know how they were started? Ann Peterson tells us, while tuning us into their current projects. v Oh, what a humble hostess is the enchanting Akiko. If you’ve never set foot on her bed-and-breakfast sanctuary, you have a destination for your bucket list. Kim Cope Tait was so inspired while writing her story that she wants to go back again and again. v Speaking of humble, how can a gnarly vine turn into a beautiful vessel? Fern Gavelek pays homage to the gourd and those who see the art within. Did you know that the designs and colors literally grow into the surface? Think decorative scar or tattoo. Dig your way through these fascinating stories.  We’re growing talented youth, too. Hadley Catalano dropped in on a rehearsal of Kona’s newest show choir— Stars of the New Generation (SONG). v Our feng shui design contributor, Marta Barreras, sums it all up with her article explaining why it’s so important to incorporate the earth element into your living space. Don’t forget to touch your patch of earth today.

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The Life of the land Uhiuhi blossom, protected under Waikoloa Village Outdoor Circle’s Dry Forest Recover Project. WVOC is undertaking protection of a stand of endemic wiliwili trees and 13 uhiuhi trees, of which there are only 30 left in the world.


f you’ve noted that Hawaii’s beautiful scenery isn’t marred by a cacophony of huge billboards, you can thank The Outdoor Circle. “Clean, Green, and Beautiful” —that simple mission forged almost 100 years ago—has helped preserve and shape the landscape and natural beauty of our state.

At first they planted trees and flowers, established playgrounds and created attractive open spaces. Then they took on the daunting task of ridding the city of billboards that were becoming a blight as the dominance of commercial interests of emerging businesses were neglecting esthetics. With strong will and tenacity, these women led a boycott of businesses displaying the huge signs, raised enough money to purchase the last errant advertising company, and ultimately secured the passage of Act 195 outlawing billboards in 1927. The ban extended statewide in 1961.

Kona Outdoor Circle Kona Outdoor Circle (KOC) was the first neighbor island branch to form, in 1948. A new airport was planned, and a group of civic-minded women wanted to create a beautiful corridor into the Village; which at that time was along Palani Road. You can still see some of the bougainvillea donated by founding president, and native daughter of Hawai‘i, Sadie Seymour. In the mid-1980s, a beautifully styled, open-air Educational Center was built on an important historical site at the northwest corner of Kuakini Highway and Lako Street with the help of community donations. Now a popular space for classes and private gatherings, it also houses the Memorial Library with

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First formed by a “circle” of seven members of the Kilohana Art League in Honolulu in the early 1900s, it became The Outdoor Circle (TOC) in 1912 with a membership of 300 women. Feeling that the city’s board of supervisors was failing to create a town not simply to live in, but to love, they began their beautification mission.

Now a political force to be dealt with, TOC has planted hundreds of thousands of trees, helped prevent the adoption of hundreds of ill-conceived plans, and fostered a total of 12 branches throughout the state to carry out their mission. Included among them are three very active branches on Hawai`i Island: Kona Outdoor Circle, Waimea Outdoor Circle, and Waikoloa Village Outdoor Circle.

Sadie Seymour Botanical Gardens features 11 different terraces, representative of vegetation found in different regions of the world.

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the broadest collection of botanical and horticultural material on Hawai`i Island; including books, pamphlets, magazines, videos and colored slides – most donated and available for check out. It’s a valuable resource for learning how to grow virtually anything on the island. On the north side of the Center is the Sadie Seymour Botanical Gardens, designed by the founder’s son, Scott Seymour, a noted landscape architect, to honor her memory and service. All the work was done by volunteer labor. The gardens cover 11 different terraces, representative of vegetation found in different regions of the world. “The upper terrace has indigenous Hawaiian plants —those that were here before the Polynesians came, many of which are now endangered,” said Seymour. Other terraces display species from the Pacific Islands— Australian, Indo-Malaysian, Indo-Asian, Asian, Mediterranean, African, West Indian, South American and Central American. The gardens are open to the public and are also available for special events, such as weddings and parties. The Educational Center and Gardens are administered by a separate organization, KOC Foundation, which also runs the Full Circle Thrift Shop, leaving KOC to focus on spreading the clean, green and beautiful mission throughout the district.

Adjacent to Kona Outdoor Circle Educational Center is Kealakowa`a Heiau (“the way for dragging canoes temple”). Canoes built in the mauka koa forest were brought down and blessed here before their launch. The site contains a number of features, including a platform to interpret the stars, the foundations of the high priest’s home and council chamber. While no one is allowed in the temple unescorted, it is easily viewed from several different perspectives, and future plans include the building of a permanent viewing platform.

Just to the south is Kealakowa`a Heiau, built during the reign of High Chief Umi, who united the island in the 1600s and ruled from the Village of Kailua. Along with overseeing the revitalization of the site, curator Anna Hickcox, has launched a series of not-to-be-missed evening lectures on the history and customs of early Hawaiians.

Each year KOC offers many educational programs including a regular series of gardening classes, a Master Gardener Program—held jointly with the University of Hawai`i, and classes on a variety of plant-related crafts. They also present beautification awards in a variety of categories to honor the efforts of individuals and businesses that help keep Kona beautiful and green.

One of Kona’s most popular, enduring, and beautiful annual fundraisers, Pua Plantasia—a spring plant sale—helps fund the group’s operating costs and annual college scholarship program.

KOC current president, Marni Herkes, returning after having served as president in 1983, is leading the organization along a slightly different path this time around. “We’re responding to the current trends and community members’ interest in grow-

ing their own food,” said Herkes. “Growing edible landscapes in itself leads to being more clean and green – and healthy.” KOC offers classes on composting and building container gardens that, as Herkes points out, are helpful in “keeping the pigs out.” Their classes help folks know what trees, vegetables and other plants grow best in their particular neighborhood, and provide guidance on the trials and joys of gardening. Keep an eye on their newest project the “Green Lei” around the Kona Police Station in Kealakehe. KOC education coordinator Diana Duff anticipated the emerging trend and began creating school gardens at Konawaena many years ago. Now, more than the plants are growing—with over 50 schools with garden programs fostered by the Kohala Center and with KOC’s continued support at Kona’s public schools. “Kids are helping create our greenway corridor,” says Herkes.

Waimea Outdoor Circle

It was the loss of too many big trees in the late 1980s that fostered the creation of the Waimea Outdoor Circle. “So many individuals from Waimea were calling then-KOC-president Kathy Martin to see what they would do, that she said, ‘You guys have to get together’”, recalled founding president, Carol Hendricks. “We met at Merriman’s for lunch and became a garden circle under KOC’s wing,” she adds. “The group did a mailing to everyone in town and invited them to join—we immediately grew to 150, and KOC said, ‘you’re on your own.’” WOC incorporated in 1989. Their first project was Waimea Park, where members planted trees and raised money for tree trimming. Several years later, a dump truck crashed into the park fence and the community

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Anuenue Playground at Waimea Park was built and landscaped with Waimea Outdoor Circle volunteers.

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came together to build Anuenue Playground at Waimea Park. This labor of love created a safer place for kids to play and a place of unlimited adventures in fortress-like structures. WOC also took on the job landscaping around the playground. The dedicated group of WOC volunteers also designed and planted the entry to North Hawai`i Community Hospital, beautified the Waimea Elementary School grounds, and were successfully persistent when Mamalahoa Highway was widened through town, getting the county to put in a planted median and trees along Ohia street. Persistence seems to be a necessary attribute for Outdoor Circle folks, and no more so than in the development of Ulu La`au Waimea Nature Park, a 10acre site southwest of the town center. It took seven years of advocacy just to address the various hurdles to secure a

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55-year lease signed with DLNR and get the site designated as a public park. The Nature Park has become a place where individuals and families come to picnic, learn about native plants and gather for “Music in the Park” events. WOC created a self-guided, interpretive booklet, available at the entrance, and there is often a volunteer around to answer questions. The park is open daylight hours, and is available for birthday parties, memorial services, weddings, and such. They just ask that you check with then to make sure it’s open and nothing else has been planned. Waimea Outdoor Circle has a busy 2010 planned. Along with organizing clean-up days and sponsoring a number of different “green” classes, Anuenue Playground needs attention and they will be seeking volunteers/partner groups and donations for its renovation. They also have their annual plant sale on April 24, 2010, at Mile 51, the Anderson Arena. “This year we are expanding and putting an emphasis on the Hawaiian culture with indigenous plants as well as many traditional plants. There will be garden arts and crafts classes as well as our Plant Doctor, a silent auction and of course, music and food,” said WOC President Mary Mangarin-Kitchen. “One of our biggest goals for 2010 is establishing a new college scholarship fund,” said Kitchen with such resolve that you know it’s going to happen!

Waikoloa Village Outdoor Circle


ike the other Outdoor Circles, the Waikoloa Village branch was formed by a small group of people, (in their case, 14) coming together to address a specific issue, and afterwards expanding their scope and their membership. The initial project in 1998 was the beautification of the median strip on Waikoloa Road. Their efforts took hundreds of volunteer hours to raise $70,000 for materials; to weed, dig, and plant the luscious variety of plant species; and after five years, weeds gently transformed into living, growing colors and textures that are a natural feast for the eyes. In 2007, Waikoloa Village Outdoor Circle (WVOC) launched its Wiliwili Park Project. Wiliwili is an endemic tree whose exotic shape evokes the Hawaiian legend of three unkind sisters who were turned into a wiliwili tree, as seen in its fluttering leaves, falling leaves, and its gnarled trunk. (You can see a wiliwili from Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway at the entrance of Four Seasons Resort at Kapulehu). Wiliwili, which are thankfully not ‘endangered’, yet are considered ‘threatened’. They love this dry Waikoloa area. A small stand of them was found on land under development, and WVOC stepped in and successfully negotiated their relocation to safer and

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Wiliwili trees protected by Waikoloa Village Outdoor Circle, under its Dry Forest Recovery Project.

{Continued from page 17 more visible places along Waikoloa’s roadways. Another, larger stand of wiliwili was found on 275 acres within the village boundaries. WVOC sought and was granted stewardship and launched its Dry Forest Recovery Project. “It feels like an honor; these trees are hundreds of years old—and not self-replicating,” said Beverly Brand, WVOC president. “The site also has 13 uhiuhi trees, and there are only 30 left in the world,” she adds. Brand explains that 95 percent of the traditional plant species have been lost to invasive and out-of-control fountain grass that thrives even better after wildfires, and adds “goats are a big problem—every little thing that sprouts is eaten,” she said.

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WVOC found the funding for a small stipend to hire Dave Faucette as Dry Forest Recovery Project manager, who along with volunteers has cleared much of the fountain grass from around the trees to save them from wildfires. They are awaiting word from DLNR on a 50/50 reimbursable forest stewardship program that will fund the installation of irrigation, the building of a fence, pest control, and outreach and education programs. This dry forest recovery effort has gained the interest and involvement of local schools, UH-Hilo, and Cornell University.

WVOC is spearheading the construction of Keiki Playground at Ho’oko Street Park, near the elementary school, baseball diamond and soccer fields. Plans include two pavilions with landscaping, barbeques and play equipment, including a small area with apparatus suitable for children 2-5 years old. WVOC is soliciting grants, donations, and community volunteer assistance for this project. In line with all the other branches, WVOC organizes educational classes, clean-up days, and fun events. They’ve compiled a list of plants that love Waikoloa’s enduring gusts of wind and arid conditions. For the coming year, the group is considering starting a community dog park. As you can see, while each branch has unique programs, there are many similarities aside from their shared mission of clean, green, and beautiful. Foremost among them is the reliance on donations and the essential involvement of volunteers. Everyone is encouraged to get involved. It is very rewarding work, and you’ll meet lots of great folks. v

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Waimea Outdoor Circle 808.443.4482

Waikoloa Village Outdoor Circle 808. 883.3362

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Z en Guest by Akiko Masuda As a guest, leave no Trace, No Face. In fact leave only a â&#x20AC;&#x153;presence,â&#x20AC;? a feeling that for a moment you loved a place so deeply that both you and the place were transformed, and both became more beautiful, more natural and inseparably one.


f you are just looking for a place to lay your head for a night or two, Akiko Masuda might just send you on down the road. She will do it with love and a casual grace, so that no one is offended or hurt, but so that she is able to share the prosperity of paying guests with her favorite inn in Hilo town, and so that the spirit of her own bed and breakfast is honored. When I ask the proprietress of Akiko’s Buddhist Bed & Breakfast about that spirit, thoughtfully she folds her hands beneath her chin, closes her eyes tightly in order to let her thoughts distill. It is an important question, and the answer is perhaps part of the larger picture of her own life. For who can separate what one does and the place one inhabits from what is essentially self? So deeply connected to the ‘aina is Akiko, so certain is she that this two-acre plot of Hawaiian land is her place on earth, she describes her relationship to it as a marriage. Being ‘married,’ as it were, to the land and the structures that comprise the bed-and-breakfast sanctuary has “allowed me to be present for other humans that come here,” explains Akiko simply. Akiko welcomes the seeker into her ‘home’ and into the retreat she has created from the existing buildings and land in the village of Wailea. Here, the spirit of old Hawaii is alive and well, and it is honored by Akiko and her 12 neighbors, who are themselves the heart of the old plantation village. It occurs to me that she has become a steward of this sacred space, nestled against the hills along the Hamakua coast, and a willing servant to the spirit of transformation and change in lives and in the world.

consciousness or transformation. Instead, she builds a space for this to occur…and she prepares the food that will physically connect her guests to the land. Invited to breakfast daily in the dining hall, her guests are fed

“If all goes well,” says 65-year-old Akiko, “I have maybe 43 more years left on the planet. That’s not a hell of a lot of time.” She says this with a smile and a little laugh, but she speaks in all eriousness. Such a time span leaves no time to action or words that are not mindful or which detract from a life that honors its history, its ancestors, its own true potential. In fact, Akiko has already shown me her “launch pad,” one of the small cottages toward the south end of the property. “From here, I will leave this earth one day,” she says without fanfare. Indeed, dying should be done well, just like living. This little cottage with its lauhala mats and its twin bed under a handmade quilt, with its solar power and its Butsudan, or altar—it is all that is needed for life. Indeed, for death. Time spent at Akiko’s is about that. Living well. Preparing for one’s eventual death, however far off that may be. When asked what she would like her guests to take with them when they leave, Akiko’s initial answer is this: “A sense of oneness.” But she immediately revises her answer, scrunches her nose at the “esoteric” nature of her own words. Her second formulation of her intention is this: she wants them to leave Akiko’s Buddhist Bed & Breakfast with “a sense that they’ve been in harmony with a place…however that translates in their own lives.” She sits back, satisfied with her new response, the wall of greenery shifting beyond her in the yellow light of midday. Completely unassuming, Akiko prepares a space for her guests to simply open themselves. She does not create or even ignite

Mochi pounding is an annual New Year’s ritual at Akiko’s, resulting in a tasty treat and good luck for all. exotic fruits raised on the grounds or on the island, homemade bread Akiko herself has kneaded and baked with love, her famous French toast. Such food, Akiko suggests, “is an injection of energy from here.” Guests who eat it “connect to the source immediately,” fed as they are with food yielded to them by the land they are visiting. It is about “harmony with a place,” she says. Connecting deeply to the ‘aina.

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{Continued from page 21 “Anything is possible,” she intones, and the words have new meaning in the context of the halls of the Pu’uhonua House, where we have come to visit and share. “It is about the exercise of living here,” suggests Akiko, as the stairs softly creak beneath our weight, and I know she is not only talking about Wailea or Hawai‘i, but the planet. It is about the business of being alive and inhabiting a human body. Coming to stay at Akiko’s is inherently an act of consciousness. It does not require any grand vision and should not be weighted with any particular expectation of change or epiphany. One has simply to arrive with the humble intention to give and receive in the natural flow of reciprocation between people and the land. The humble intention to learn and grow as one may. Akiko is as unassuming as she can be, talking to me today in jeans and a tank top, surprising me again and again with her wry humor as we walk through her lush grounds under fruit trees and a web of sunlight. Like this, she has moved through the various buildings and around the grounds, pointing out each individual lodging; the rural Japanese monastery-style Main House;

the open-air temple she re-built in gratitude to the ancestors, nestled into the hillside and resplendent amid ti leaf and ferns. On the “foundation from the past,” explains Akiko emphatically, holding her fist in the air and landing her elbow firmly in her other hand, to suggest the solidity of such roots. Akiko hits ‘play’ on a little boom box as we come up the stairs of the Pu’uhonua House. “The spirits like music,” she says placidly and lights a candle at the little altar adjacent. I get the sense of speaking to someone my own age and have to remind myself that she is nearly 30 years my senior. Her youthful energy is balanced by the serene wisdom of having lived simply and well and having walked the planet honorably for well over a half-century. She has transformed an old Shell service station into a haven for the weary seeker, a nest for the kind of spiritual work one does in retreat and in silence. This is that spirit Akiko talks about, I decide. To honor the intention to do that kind of work. To honor experience. Whether in a transcendent moment of meditative bliss or in eating the preserves made by Wailea village grandmothers (potentially also transcendent), one honors what is our human experience. One honors the land and the ancestors. One honors the healing and harmony that are possible in the world. Our own human potential.

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Footprints: In 1991, when Oahu-born Akiko Masuda first stepped foot on the land that is now Akiko’s Buddhist Bed & Breakfast, it had been abandoned for seven years. She stood amid broken glass, car parts, grease, torn screens and fallen leaves and said, “This is where I’m gonna die and be buried.” The young suitor who had brought her to the place, presumably with dreams of a shared life there with Akiko, must have found that a strange comment. When she rejected his idea for converting the space into “a great Japanese restaurant,” he left angrily. Akiko recalls his impetuous suggestion that she “buy the damn place [herself ]” with a knowing smile. She had immediately recognized the place as where she would build a temple of gratitude to honor the ancestors and as the place she would spend her days from that point forward. Having lived simply for 12 years, she had saved some money and, miraculously, the property became hers. With her M.F.A. in Dance, her many accomplishments in the arenas of art, horticulture and writing, Akiko says to me across the coffee table, “I do fairly decent toilets. I use a sickle, I weed whack.” Her life here, and the accommodation she provides, is about “living with a sense of trust, hard work and common sense,” she tells me. “Old values.” Among these values are the support and perpetuation of local cultures and traditions, as well as the appreciation of the Hawaiian land on which it all happens. Akiko’s is the venue for a host of events throughout the year, all of which honor those values through human fellowship and good fun. Recently, she hosted the 12th annual Traditional Mochi Pounding for the New Year. The mochi-tsuki

celebration included the sharing of stories of plantation-era times by the “old timers” of Wailea, and everyone took a turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice “for good luck.” Ongoing events include “The Morning After (the Full Moon) Hikes” down into the Kilauea crater at sunrise; “If Stones Could Speak,” 4-wheel drive explorations with rock-sculptor and sociology professor Dr. Fred Soriano to collect the stones that become one-of-a-kind Japanese stone lanterns and water basins, and Buddhist and Hawaiian deities; visits to the studio and gardens of local potter Clayton Amemiya in Hilo; and “The Best Kept Secret” Hamakua Coffee Tour where guests share a unique morning with local hosts Netta and Wendall Branco on a tour of their estate coffee farm above Honoka‘a. Up next on Akiko’s calendar is a photo workshop called “Images of Gratitude: An Inner and Outer Journey” from March 12th to 21st, 2010 with master photographer Douglas Beasley. This and other events hosted by Akiko can be further explored on her website: v

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The Life

With no pottery, metal or glass, early Hawaiians found a myriad of creative ways to use gourds.

From water carriers to ossuary urns, from musical instruments to canoe bailers, they could be plucked from a vine in the garden—and decorated to please the eye. The Hawaiian dictionary notes nearly 70 entries for “ipu,” which is the Hawaiian word for the “bottle gourd,” the “general name for vessel or container,” or the “single-gourd” drum. One entry, “Ipu-o-Lono,” describes how gourds were used to honor the gods. Kahiko hula performances are most-oftened accompanied by the beat of an ipu or ipu heke (larger instrument constructed with the joining of two gourds). Early explorers to Hawai‘i remarked in their journals on the multiple uses of these hardskinned gourds, or ipu. A total of 36 different uses were described by Ernest Dodge in Hawaiian and Other Polynesian Gourds—12 as either wet or dry containers, used for carrying water and fermenting poi, for example. Five different uses as musical instruments were noted and the rest for other varied uses such as fishing lures, funnels and masks. Ethnologists believe the gourd was the most common container used by all levels of Hawaiian society. While gourds were especially prized in Hawai‘i for their usefulness, these multi-purpose implements, like pottery, were also decorated. The Rev. William Ellis and others described decorating methods they observed, but over time, the exact techniques were said to have been lost. That is until Bruce Ka‘imiloa Chrisman M.D., a Midwest native, became fascinated with Hawaiian cultural arts after coming to the islands in the late 1960s. His fascination led to extensive research and the rediscov-

ery of native decorating techniques. Recognized for bringing this technique to light, he has spawned a revival of gourd art.

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“My goal was to find out how Hawaiians did this unique art,” notes Chrisman. “It took me 15 years and it’s remarkable that only Hawai‘i developed this decorating style.” The technique is referred to as the Ni‘ihau method, as some scholars believe it originated there. Michael Harburg, owner of Ipu Hale Gallery in Holualoa, met Dr. Chrisman in 1997 at an ipu decorating demonstration at Honaunau’s Place of Refuge. He learned the basics and got into gourd decorating as a hobby before mastering the art form. While Harburg says the “source is traditional,” he has applied his own artistic style to gourds as an art medium. “Gourds were the first domesticated plants by humans,” states Harburg, a former mushroom farmer who was attracted to the idea of decorating plant forms. He grows his own gourds. “With a gourd, you were growing a canteen and the canteen enabled travel and transformed the world.” Harburg believes Ipu Hale Gallery is the only shop of its kind dedicated to the promotion and perpetuation of gourd art. The gallery offers more than 100 gourds created by Harburg and his co-proprietor, Bill Wright. Some have traditional, geometric designs while others depict whales and other island themes.

While gourds have been used and decorated throughout the world, Dr. Chrisman says Hawaiians refined their gourd growing to produce a thin, hard-skinned fruit and decorated their ipu unlike any other culture, dying them from the inside-out. His research found, in essence, that Hawaiians cut their gourd from the vine and then scratched a design into the outer skin, using a sharp object. In a couple weeks, the gourd’s shell sealed beneath the injury, forming a kind of scar as the skin healed. The gourd top was opened, some of the seed and pulp removed, and the gourd was filled with a natural dye. The dye was left to leach through the shell and stain the unscratched area. The sealed, scratched area prevented the dye from coloring the pattern. Then the dye was poured out, the outer skin cleaned off and the gourd left to dry. Hawaiians also decorated gourds occasionally by burning a design on the surface, which is a common technique in other societies; the English term is pyrogravure. “It doesn’t hold up nearly as well as Hawai‘i’s unique dying method, unless the burned designs are protected from light,” he explains. “Conversely, light tends to darken dyed gourds over time and natural gourds as well.” It takes a year to start from a seed to produce a decorated gourd using the Ni‘ihau method, according to Chrisman. “It’s a rarity to do it in the old way,” he adds. There are several rare souls on Big Island, however, who have taken on the challenge. Along with Harburg, Momi Greene of Keahole-Kona is one of Chrisman’s students who are dedicated to doing it the old way. She studied under Chrisman in the early ‘90s, one of a dozen students chosen from around the Big Island to first experiment in growing seeds and then decorating gourds.

“Bruce gave each of us about 40 seeds and we learned how to discern if a seed is from Hawai‘i or elsewhere,” she explains. “We learned the basics about growing and then applied it to our different environments.” The seeds were for the long, slender ‘olo gourd, the long-necked wai (water) gourd and the ‘umeke (bowl) gourd. “By going through the tedious process of growing the gourd, I learned of its value,” emphasizes Greene, who works on a plumeria farm with her family. “It’s like having a baby. When it came to gourd decorating, Greene says the students were given “generalized” instructions. “We were told to take a green gourd, incise the design somehow, dye it and dry it out—little details on what to use or how to do it,” she recalls. Chrisman agrees adding, “That’s the way ancient kupuna taught their students. I tell my students 90 percent of what I know as I want them to seek the rest. Maybe they’ll discover things I didn’t find…” Dr. Chrisman, a retired surgical dermatologist who now lives in Arizona, first consulted with botanists and then built 33 stone terraces in Honolulu, typical of ancient gardens. Tending to his plants, which opened their blossoms at dusk, he devised cotton and paper coverings to protect his gourds from fruit flies, which arrived in Hawai‘i in the mid-1940s. He learned through experimental archeology—the replication of recovered artifacts or known activities. “I like challenges and once I knew

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Michael Harburg, owner of Ipu Hale Gallery in Holualoa, has added a contemporary flavor to an ancient art.

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Bruce Ka‘imiloa Chrisman, M.D., is recognized for his research into native Hawaiian gourds (ipu) and for reviving the Ni‘ihau method of ipu decoration, which was nearly lost.

about the tools and studied old Hawaiian specimens at the museum, I learned by a trial-and-error approach,” and says “I found answers by doing it, such as how Hawaiians cut off the top of a gourd without a hacksaw.” At first, Greene tried different tools to create her designs— shells, shark teeth, a metal Exacto knife—and experimented dying her gourds from the outside and the inside. She made dyes using different plants, finding aloe yielded a golden brown, kukui bark a reddish brown and ulei a pinkish brown.

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“The other students experimented with decorating too, some even baked their gourds, and so our gourds all looked alike, but were different,” she said. Today, Greene has honed her tools and techniques of choice and has figured out how to best grow gourds in Keahole, using fruit fly bait. After scratching her design on the gourd, she makes a hole to get the pulp and seeds out from the inside. For the long-necked wai gourd, this is especially difficult. “I take my gourds down to the beach and use sand, tiny pebbles and sea water to clean the insides,” she shares. “I fill and empty many, many times. While doing this process, Greene, who is part Hawaiian, feels connected to her past. “I know this was done before, probably here at this beach.” Greene’s designs use patterns that repeat themselves and are already in Hawaiian culture, such as geometric shapes, stars, the sun and birds. “The triangle stands for the hala tree,” she details. “My grandparents used the hala design in lei making and I feel connected to them through that shape.” According to Chrisman, Hawaiian geometric design is referred to as pawehe. The Pukui-Elbert Hawaiian Dictionary defines it as “generic name for colored geometric motifs, as on Makaloa mats made on Ni‘ihau, bowls and gourds…”

After beginning with the traditional designs, and over time and gained expertise, Harburg began creating contemporary designs, and now sells gourds which depict turtles, hibiscus and mangoes in his gallery. The Colorado native also developed a method for using synthetic, fiber-reactive dyes to give his designs vivid colors like red, yellow, green and most recently, blue. “Using color is tricky because the gourd is organic and draws dye to the surface by capillary action,” explains the Holualoa artisan. “It’s similar to dying a white carnation in colored water. You’re using living tissue and have to be attune to the life cycle of that tissue.” Still, Harburg points out that knowledge of this art is a gift from old Hawai‘i and as such, he feels obligated to pass on the tradition to others by teaching at various venues, such as the Amy B. Greenwell Ethnobotancial Garden in Captain Cook. He also serves as a cultural demonstrator at Hawai‘i Island’s national parks, creating gourds reminiscent of museum specimens, using old patterns and native dyes. Greene doesn’t sell her green gourds, emphasizing the importance of growing your own. Prices for her decorated gourds range from $50 to $500 and they can be found at community art fairs and at events staging Hawaiian cultural activities. While Chrisman has sold some of his gourds, he points out that he doesn’t make them for commercial gain, but buyers can reach him at With gourds being so important to mankind, it seems only fitting to decorate and cherish them. v The 2010 Ipu Cultural Festival January 23-24 at Hale Halawai in Kailua-Kona. For details on the fourth annual event,visit or email KE OLA | | 27

Momi Greene of Kona is dedicated to practicing the traditional ways of preparing and decorating gourds.


Paris Without the Jet Lag Restaurant La Bourgogne

by Fern Gavelek

f you think Restaurant La Bourgogne is Kona’s best-kept culinary secret—think again. Booked way in advance for Valentine’s Day and other major holidays, the classic French restaurant is abuzz with new and loyal, satisfied patrons dining on the likes of escargot, soupe ‘a l’oignon and filet mignon with Bernaise sauce. The word has long been out on the marvelous “cuisine francaise” served here five nights a week. A 2000 Zagat Survey plaque at the front door proclaims to all who enter: “Extraordinary-Rated as Hawai‘i’s Top French Restaurant and a Hidden Treasure.” Inside, patrons are greeted by a blackboard naming the night’s specials—like ostrich—and a mini illuminated Eiffel Tower. The cozy, low-lit dining room has a French country look with brick walls, provencale wallpaper and floral-hued paintings. There are 10 tables, each covered in traditional French style with starched white and turquoise cloths and pink napkins. One patron best described it: “It’s like going to Paris without the jet lag.” Restaurant La Bourgogne (lah-bor-goan-yuh) is named after the historic region of east central France known for good wine, good food and the good life (called Burgundy in English). The husband and wife team of Ron Gallaher and Colleen Moore bring a touch of France to Kailua-Kona for dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays. He oversees food preparation, which includes growing herbs like culinary lavender at home; she takes reservations and readies the dining room.

Restauranteurs Colleen Moore and Ron Gallaher at the entrance of Kona’s Restaurant La Bourgogne.

Together, they work the intimate dining room: greeting guests, suggesting wine and food pairings and waiting on tables. “We personally serve about 30-35 people per night,” explains Moore. “We only take so many; we don’t push people through.” Chef Gallaher, who sowed his culinary oats at French restaurants in San Francisco’s Bay area, says the menu hasn’t changed much in 13 years. “We’re kind of stuck with it as we have loyal customers who expect certain things like our veal sweetbreads,” he details. “We’ve experimented with different versions (of dishes) to create the menu.” The couple has been at the helm of Restaurant La Bourgogne since 1993, when they took over the establishment from founders Guy and Jutta Chatelard. Gallaher says his philosophy is to try to offer guests the very best with the products he can get. The chef-owner adds, “If you start with really great products, you don’t have to dothat much.” While the restaurant’s Roti de Lapin (slow-roasted rabbit) and Cote de Chevreuil (rib chop of venison) don’t hail from Hawai‘i, other menu items do. “We try to use local ingredients as much as possible,” Gallaher shares. “We work with suppliers and individuals like Chez Marguis Farm and Ken Love.”

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Maine lobster grown in sunny Keahole is the star ingredient of Restaurant La Bourgogne’s Salade de homard a’la mangue, along with local mango, greens and a passion fruit vinaigrette.

Priced at $38, the most expensive entrée is Fricassee De Homard a’l’ Americanine, which features fresh Maine lobster grown at Keahole’s Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA). It’s prepared braised with shallots, tomato, brandy and cream. The fresh catch of the day can be ordered with a choice of French sauces—such as provencale with onion, tomatoes, white wine, garlic and herbs. “Local fisherman call us with their catch and we use as much local fish as we can,” Chef Gallaher says. “I’m particularly fond of using onaga, sea bass and opakapaka; I like the meatier texture and flavors.” The restaurant also serves Kona Kampachi. Local, grass-finished beef is used for the filet mignon and the Entrecote sauce au poivre, ou au Roquefort et’ Beurre de noix, which is ribeye-cut steak, with choice of peppercorn sauce or Roquefort and walnut butter. The menu also points out the use of local products. The Salade d’Epinards features local spinach while the Salade au fromage de Chevre showcases local goat cheese with salad greens, pine nuts and a vinaigrette dressing. “I’m a regular at farmers markets,” Chef Gallaher adds. The restaurant gets its free-range, organic eggs from long-time customers Norm and Ann Goody of Kona’s Three Ring Ranch Exotic Animal Sanctuary. “We deliver La Bourgogne six-to-nine dozen eggs a week,” says Norm Goody. “The money we make goes to feed the sanctuary’s animals.” Other menu items, like the snails, must be ordered from Burgundy, because Chef Gallaher says they’re bigger and he likes them better.

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France is the world’s largest producer of wines and La Bourgogne has a wine cellar offering more than 100 selections—some by the glass. “If you go out and compare, you’ll find our wine is reasonably priced,” points out Moore. “But then, we think a bottle of fine wine should add enormously to your meal, not your bill.” The restaurant’s menus contain quotes from a book given to the couple from legendary Napa Valley vintner Robert Mondavi. One quote is “Wine is sunlight held together by water” by Gallileo. Another is the French proverb: “In water one sees one’s own face, but in wine one beholds the heart of another.” Restaurant La Bourgogne is located just south of the Lako Street junction on Hwy. 11 at Nalani Street. Open 6-10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations are recommended; to be safe, call a couple days in advance, 329.6711. Or, book now for Valentine’s Day, 2011. v

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Sweet Wind

All the restaurant’s luscious desserts are made in-house and paired on the menu with dessert wines and ports. There’s a Chocolate-Stuffed Poached Pear with Port Sauce, Lemon Tartlette and Profiterole—heavenly ice cream-stuffed cream puffs with a warm chocolate sauce. Topping the dessert menu is a light-as-a-feather Mousse au Chocolate. A selection of sorbets and ice creams created by the Big Isle’s own Tropical Dreams can be enjoyed along with 100-percent Kona coffee.

The Life at home

Feng Shui Hawaiian Style

by Marta Barreras, Master Feng Shui Practitioner

Have you noticed a rising sense of anxiety in the air lately? Changes in jobs, changes in economic status and especially changes in our Earth’s atmosphere are provoking millions of people to be concerned about their future security and wellbeing. Would you like to be able to feel more confident and successful, more stable and secure, even in the midst of all of life’s changes? While the conditions of our economy and the climate change may leave us feeling stressed and out of control, there is a way that we can, as individuals, begin to effect positive change now—within our own hearts, minds and homes.

Ola ka ‘aina, “The land lives”— ancient wisdom for navigating through challenging times Beautiful wisdom has been passed down from the ancient Hawaiians that we can draw upon in our own lives today. It comes from a deep awareness of one’s inseparable interconnectedness with nature. They saw the Divine in every aspect of nature’s elements and knew that communing with the elements would instill in them the “mana” or life force to overcome all obstacles and ensure ultimate success in all their endeavors. The Hawaiians of old regarded our planet Earth as a living being, with which humans must live in a reciprocal relationship. The ancients regarded the Earth as the “mother of life,” who gives birth and sustenance to all that grows out of her. Art by Doya Nardin/

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Earth Energy for Stability and Success in a Changing World

For the Hawaiians, Haumea is the archetypical Earth goddess. Haumea is the provider of unlimited abundance and possesses the makalei, the mystical tree branch that attracts unending food supply. From this ancient perspective, the Earth represents the mother archetype and is the sustainer of unconditional support and physical nourishment. For the Hawaiians, Haumea is the archetypical Earth goddess. Not only is she known as the mother of Pele, the infamous volcano goddess, and of many other elemental gods and goddesses in the Hawaiian pantheon, Haumea is the provider of unlimited abundance.

Earth Element as Medicine Taoist philosophy states that the five elements (wood, fire, metal, water and earth) compose the basic building blocks of everything in the Universe. Therefore, according to this perspective, these elements also exist within us as well as everything in our physical environments. According to Chinese medicine and acupuncture, the earth element is the feminine energy, called yin, at its fullest. It is receptive, accommodating and embraces all of life. The energy of the earth element creates the safe containment within which all life can flourish. When your earth energy is in balance, you are grounded, organized, receptive, authentic and centered. There is a sense of order in your life that creates an inherent feeling of stability and security. Balanced earth energy engenders the ability to “be here now” with a sense of strength and presence that allows the inherent goodness of life to blossom forth under all circumstances. Conversely, when your earth energy is deficient, you will feel unorganized, unstable, spacey or chaotic. If you have too much earth, you will be rigidly controlling, overly serious and conservative, and lacking a sense of joy and spontaneity in life.

Feng Shui and the Earth Element The energy in your environment has a direct impact on your state of mind, and your state of mind has a direct impact on what you attract and experience in your life. By intentionally creating conscious space for balance and peace in your life, you are also better able to take effective action toward the changes you want to see in your life and in your world. Feng shui is actually a branch of Chinese medicine and works like acupuncture to enhance and unblock energy in your environment. With feng shui, we can assess the quality of the earth element in your home. Earth energy relates to containment. If your space has large windows or glass doors that make up most of a wall in your house, you may

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be experiencing a beautiful view, but it’s likely that there is not enough energy being contained in the house to support your health and prosperity. This is especially true if your glass doors or large windows are directly across from your front door. The earth element anchors and stabilizes fast-moving energy. If your home is near a busy road or freeway, energy and opportunities in life may be “passing you by.” This may also be the case even if you can just hear cars and road noise loudly from your home. In the bagua of your home, the earth area is at the center. If you have a bathroom here, your energy will be continually drained

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away because energy flows down drains like water. If this is your laundry room, your energy will be continually drained and agitated. These rooms may be very small and dark and can constrict the energy flowing through the vital center of the home – somewhat like wearing an overly tight belt around your waist. These scenarios can eventually have a negative impact on your health, relationships and prosperity.


Embracing the Earth Element for Graceful Living and Success Are your beautiful large windows or glass doors allowing vitality and prosperity to leak out of your home? Try placing large ceramic pots on either side of the window or doors to anchor the energy contain it within your space. You may also notice how nicely they frame and enhance your view. A large ceramic pot or large vase placed between the front door and opposite door or window will anchor the ch’i before it can flow out of the house. It can be on a table, by a tall plant, or grouped with other pots or vases to add strength to this cure. Is your home on or near a busy road or highway? Use large ceramic pots and other large, heavy items (like cement/ stone fountains and statuary) near your front door to stabilize the ch’i as it enters your home. Windchimes will help to harmonize the energy coming into the home and offset any noise from cars and other vehicles. Be sure to use large chimes that offer a deep, earthy tone.

stabilize the energy. A faceted, manmade crystal ball placed above the toilet/washing machine or a plant or something colorful on a shelf to keep the ch’i from flowing down the drains. Keep all sink drains covered or plugged for the same reason. Others: Abundance vessels: Medium to large bowls, pots or vases made from ceramic, clay, stone, crystal or other earthy material. Be sure that your abundance vessel has a large opening so that it opens to receive lots of healing and prosperity-enhancing ch’i. Color: Earthy yellows, terra cotta, orangey browns and earthy pinks and earthy reds are colors that can bring the stabilizing qualities of Earth into your space. Try an accent wall in your bedroom or brighten up a dark bathroom with a bright earthy yellow. You can also incorporate throws and decorative pillows in these colors on your bed or sofa.

Is the earth center of your home continually drained by a toilet or washing machine?

Earth materials: Statues, sculptures, candleholders and other items made from stone, clay, terra cotta or natural crystals and geodes will enhance the Earth element in your home or office.

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group of 15 teenagers—unsupervised and listening to music—gather inside on a sunny Sunday afternoon in early November. It’s hot inside the old attic space of the Aloha Performing Arts Center LOFT and the kids are sweating. Welcome to a mid-rehearsal break of Kona’s newest and only show choir, Stars of the New Generation (SONG).

The teens finish their conversations and flirtatious tickling and group together at one end of the large, empty, wooden dance floor as the music begins.

One of the older boys, wearing an athletic jersey and shorts, talks loudly, making the group laugh as they gulp drinks of water. Younger girls in jean shorts and Converse sneakers huddle together, giggling, while hip-hop music plays from a small sound system. Others, ranging in age, mingle around, awkwardly affectionate but indisputably friendly.

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring ting tingling too/ Outside it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you. Snapping their fingers and waiting for the two soloists to finish, the performers theatrically take center stage, walking in time to the up-tempo beat of Relient K’s “Sleigh Ride.” Soon they are dipping and nodding, left, right, left in correspondence, and boys and girls smoothly trade positions on the dance floor by sliding gracefully between “body windows” created in formation.

The scene is seemingly chaotic and outwardly disorganized in the open practice room until suddenly a loud but gentle, female voice announces, “take it from the top, with music!”

It’s one of many routines the song and dance troupe will perform over the holiday season, adding to the growing list of musical numbers on their young—and growing—repertoire.

A brainstorm of Delaney Ross, 15, and BriAnna Johnson, 18, SONG came together in July of 2009 as a breakout group of Aloha Teen Theater. As already-veteran members of Kona’s performing arts community, the girls, who attend Hawai`i Preparatory Academy and the University of Hawai`i-Hilo wanted to bring something new and inspiring to the community, while telling all that their generation has something to sing and dance about. “We wanted to show that the performing arts has a great range,” Johnson said about starting the first show choir. “We have so many talented teens that can sing and dance and we want to show those abilities.” The girls were inspired to launch their performance plan after watching the Fox television series Glee. While the popular, musical comedy-drama TV show has brought show choir

plays and or school musicals. Others sing in professional and/or school choirs and take dance classes and lessons. As a SONG rule, all interested parties must audition. Students are invited to show up to any one of the Sunday practices held at the Aloha Theater or LOFT. “We ask the person to join in on our practice to see how quickly they can learn and how well they work together with the group,” Johnson explained. “We also ask them to sing.” During the two-hour, bimonthly rehearsals (every other Sunday) the troupe will run through acts for upcoming shows and begin learning steps and lyrics for future recitals. There is an even mix of boys and girls, allowing for more dynamic dance moves—think partner dances—and wider vocal capabilities. “We’re excited about sharing our experiences,” Ross noted. “We are passionate and we all like to perform, dance and sing.”

back to center stage, so to speak, the notion of combining song and motion centered on a theme or story began in the mid-1960s. Known as ‘swing choirs,’ Up With People and The Young Americans first championed the show choir movement. Performing and touring throughout the country, they are the catalyst—along with the popularization of show performance through Internet and television—for many smaller high school and extracurricular clubs. The young veteran theater buffs had no problem acquiring participants. Roughly 20 teenagers, ranging in talent levels and ages (13-19) heeded Ross and Johnson’s call. Many are no strangers to the stage, having performed in Aloha Theater

After practicing for only a few short months, SONG began performing in the Kona area, with appearances at an Aloha Theater event, the Arts of Kona Young Artists’ Showcase and the Kona Outdoor Circle’s (KOC) Orchid Show. Each time they succeeded in capturing the audience with their performances. At the latter two events, the opening song and dance number was a three-part harmony version to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” First, the group moved through simple head, arm and body gestures while soloists sang and vocal instrumentals hummed softly in the background. As the song’s tempo escalated, the boys and girls, dressed in tuxedo colors

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SONG performs at the Kona Outdoor Circle Orchid Show (Back row, left to right) Alec Lugo, Josh Yong, Dylan Ressler, Bowen Ressler, Alexander Miyashiro, and Billy Baker. (Front row, left to right) Choreographer BriAnna Johnson, Musical Director Delaney Ross, Mele Makanui, and Jacquelynn Collier.

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{Continued from page 35 and blue dresses, picked up the pace and incorporated position changes and more complicated movements into their routine.

“I come occasionally to check them out and make sure they are okay,” Logan explained. “They are fully developed and self-led. It’s great to see and they like it that way.”

Following the rock band’s song, the group jazzed up the stage with a lively dance number to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” by Queen. Swinging and dipping partners, the boys and girls spun around each other energetically while remaining in sync and focused. As a finale, the number-one boy leaped over the shoulders of another, sparking a loud round of applause. “That was a great show. You guys are really good,” KOC’s Master of Ceremonies Sherry Bracken said of the performance. “We are delighted to showcase the talents of young people. We are lucky to have this type of talent fostered in this community.” Self-composed and self-directed, SONG is under the sole direction of Ross, musical director and Johnson, choreographer. The brains behind the three-part harmonies, Ross breaks down popular songs to showcase the a capella talents of her soprano, alto and tenor peers while Johnson, the backbone behind the group’s choreography, likes to change up the acts. “We like to mix it up,” Johnson said, explaining the duo’s dance and choral coordination. The girls like to sample a variety of musical genres, pleasing both their counterparts and audience members.

He continued explaining that the benefits of Aloha Teen Theater are two-fold, not only allowing the teens to become motivated self-directors, seeing a show develop and take shape before their eyes, but it also creates a safe, welcoming environment for those who are seeking extramural activity. “It gives kids that don’t have other social groups or don’t participate in athletics an outlet,” he said. “And it’s built up and grown. Not by adults making it happen but because these kids made it happen.”

“The first number we performed was “Jai Ho” (the Pussycat Dolls version of the song from the movie Slumdog Millionaire), we’ve done Broadway, partners/swing dance and hip-hop. People really enjoy it,” she said, explaining the discipline it takes to both sing and dance simultaneously. “It’s a whole new level. It takes a high level of dedication and passion. But we can do it.” Billy Baker, 13, puts heart and soul The affirmation is correct. The boys and girls into rehearsing. are a highly committed, talented group. “People genuinely want to be here,” Jacquelynn Collier, a 15-year-old at Kealakehe High School said. “It’s cool to see so many kids dedicated. We are all super musically talented. We want to show that we can do this on our own. We can work together with other teens.” While the teen group is absent of adult ‘interference,’ Aloha Teen Theater Adult Advisor Alex Logan does drop in to check on their progress.

Elliott Jacobson, 14, and Malia Davis, 14, rehearse together.

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Throughout the month of January, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and other partner organizations will offer guided hikes, informative talks, living history programs, and educational workshops, to increase public awareness of Hawaiian volcanoes. “After Dark in the Park” is a weekly series of informative talks held in Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium at 7 p.m. For more events, see complete calendar at http://hvo. or call (808) 967-8844. After Dark in the Park Programs co-sponsored by Hawai’i Natural History Association.

Jan. 12 – “Tracking Kïlauea’s Eruption at Halema‘uma‘u” Geologist Matt Patrick offers an overview of Kïlauea’s current summit eruption at Halema‘uma‘u Crater with an in-depth discussion of volcanic processes occurring within the vent. Jan. 19 – “The 1960 Kapoho Eruption: The Rest of the Story” Fifty years ago, lava from a 36-day eruption near the eastern-most tip of Hawai`i

Island covered farmland and the town of Kapoho. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Jim Kauahikaua reviews the eruption that destroyed Kapoho and relates the “rest of the story.” Jan. 26 – “The Volcanologist’s Toolkit: How Volcanoes are Monitored” Volcano studies are carried out among four disciplines: geology, seismology, geophysics and geochemistry. Volcanologist Mike Poland explores the many tools used to monitor active volcanoes, and how applying multiple tools can lead to new insights into how Hawaiian volcanoes work. For information, call (808) 985-6011. Your $1.00 donation helps to support Park programs. Park entrance fees apply.

Saturday, Jan. 2 Vision Board Workshop Kailua Kona A clear vision for your life acts like a magnet that attracts to you all the resources and support you need to manifest your dreams. This workshop will inspire your Spirit into action as you create your own soul-guided Vision Board. 9:30-2:30 $75 fee. (808) 327-4447 Thursday, Jan. 7 Kona History Talk Story Kealakekua (Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28) – Weekly talk story sessions about Kona history. Memories of the coffee belt, cowboy and ranch life, good gossip, ghost stories as well as retellings from diaries and letters of residents of old Kona. H.N. Greenwell Store Museum in Kealakekua, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. (808) 323-3222 or visit Friday, Jan. 8 Volcano Poetry Slam Volcano Performance poet Kimberly Dark emcees this fun, high-energy, audience-judged poetry competition. Open to up to 15 poets (on a lottery basis that evening). Call for rules. Prizes for the top 3 finalists. 7 p.m. Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd. in Volcano Village. $6 at the door. Call (808) 967-8222. Saturday, Jan. 9 Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden Tour Captain Cook More than 200 species of plants that grew in the traditional farms and native forests of Kona, including endemic, indigenous and Polynesian introduced plants. Understand the role plants played and still play in the Hawaiian culture. Free; 10-11:30 a.m. Hwy. 19 in Captain Cook. (808) 323-3318 or visit Saturday, Jan. 9 Aloha Saturday Hilo Monthly program featuring music and hula, along with presentations by com-

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Jan. 5 – “Kïlauea’s East Rift Zone Eruption: Twenty-seven Years and Counting” Tim Orr, geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, reviews the highlights from this eruption and reveals the latest developments.


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munity groups, arts and crafts vendors and food booths. Noon-4 p.m. Kalakaua Park in Hilo. Free. (808) 961-5711 or visit Sunday, Jan. 10 Kamuela Philharmonic Winter Concert Waimea Concert presented by talented, locallybased orchestra, featuring the popular William Tell Overture by Rossini and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky orchestrated by Maurice Ravel. Free. 4 p.m. at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea. (808) 325-4991 or visit

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Sunday, Jan. 10 Kahuku History Hike Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit, Ka‘u Guided hike focusing on the human history of Kahuku section of Volcanoes National Park, “People and Land of Kahuku.” Moderately difficult hike over 2-1/2 miles of rugged terrain including lava fields, pastures and historic ranch roads. Boots, long pants, and raingear recommended. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Kahuku gate (mountain side of Highway 11 near the 70-mile marker in Ka‘u) will be open from 9 to 3 p.m. No need to sign up for this hike; four-wheel-drive vehicles not required. For information, call 985-6011. Friday & Saturday, Jan. 15 & 16 Yoga & Dance for the Worlds Kalani Oceanside Retreat, Puna Sign up for one or both events. On Friday evening, Vinyasa, Wave Motion, and Quantum M’Ocean yoga movements bring universal healing energy, peace, and power to your life. 7:30-9:30 p.m. On Sunday, “Dance for the Worlds,” based on a 133,000-year-old dance to the directions from Tsalagi ancestral tradition. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. With Marya Mann, Ph.D. To ask about special weekend rates

& to register: Visit Suggested Donation: $20 each event. Saturday, Jan. 16 “A Day in the Rainforest” Volcano Village Workshop and hike with botanist Tim Tunison. Explore three rain forests of Kilauea in an all-day series of light hikes, highlighting geological features and plant and bird relationships. Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village (19-4074 Old Volcano Rd.) 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $65 (financial aid available). Call (808) 967-8222. Register Online! Saturday, Jan. 16 Comedian Robert Post Hilo Robert Post is a brilliant physical comedian with a stunning theatrical mind. He combines dry humor with expert mime, versatile acting, skilled juggling, and a keen sense of satire and the absurd. For all age levels and interests. UH Hilo Performing Arts Center. Reserved seating. $20 general, $15 discount, and $7 for UHH/HCC students and children 12 & under. Call 808-974-7310 or order online at Saturday, Jan. 16 West Hawaii Youth Talent Show Kainaliu A showcase of young, local talent, 7 p.m. at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu. Actors, comedians, dancers and singers from ages 12 to 24 each have 3 - 7 minutes in the spotlight! Sponsored by West Hawaii Community Health Center for the purpose of educating the community about teen pregnancy. Charles Rix, Community Outreach Educator, (808) 326-5629 x254. Saturday, Jan. 16 North Kohala “Eat Locally-Grown” Day Hawi A special day to taste and feast on

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locally grown dishes, featured by North Kohala restaurants and markets. Close the evening at the Kava Kafe with local kava and local music. More information at Sponsored by particpating restaurants and markets, North Kohala Food Forum and BALLE/ Walk Story. Sunday, Jan. 17 Kailua Village Stroll & Hulihe‘e Palace Concert Kailua-Kona Ali‘i Drive is closed to traffic and lined with vendors, merchants, and restaurants offering a wide variety of specials. At 4p.m., a free Hawaiian music concert on the lawn at Hulihee Palace honoring Hawaiian royalty. Spend Sunday in scenic and historic Kailua Village.1 p.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday to Sunday, Jan. 17-24 Mitsubishi Electric PGA Champions Golf Tour Four Seasons Resort Hualalai This 13th annual event at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Golf Club is the first match of the year on the PGA Champions Tour. Visit Monday, Jan. 18 Mark Morris Dance Group Waimea Breathtaking, American modern dance at its best, combining modern and ballet choreography. 7 p.m. Kahilu Theater in Waimea. Tickets $40/$45. (808) 885-6868 or Wednesday, Jan. 20 From the Top – Live! Waimea Live taping of “From the Top,” the hourlong weekly show broadcast nationally on National Public Radio, showcasing young, classical musicians and hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O’Riley. Sensational musical talent! 7 p.m. Kahilu Theater in Waimea. Tickets

$40/$35; $15 students. (808) 885-6868 or Thursday, Jan. 21 Tea Talk and Tasting Volcano Eva Lee of Tea Hawaii & Company, tea grower and Hawaii Tea Society founding member, presents a one-and-a-half-hour talk, offering a glimpse into this unique, quickly growing cottage industry. Hear about what growers on Hawai’i Island are doing and enjoy a tasting session of Hawai‘i-grown tea with tea plants available for purchase. 7 p.m. Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd. in Volcano Village. Free; donations are appreciated. Call (808) 967-8222. Thursday - Sunday, Jan. 21 - 24 4TH Annual Ipu Cultural Festival Kona Celebrating Hawaiian ipu or gourd culture, this event hosted by the Hawaii Gourd Society features ipu history and heritage, demonstrations, classes and an ipu farm tour. Also, music, entertainment and information from kumu and cultural practitioners. Jan. 21- 22 at Ipu Lani Farm in Honaunau; Jan. 23 -23 at Hale Halawai in Kailua Village. (808) 937-4308 or visit Friday, Jan. 22 Puana Ka Ike Keauhou Beach Resort Thomas S. Dye, Ph.D. presents “A Brief History of Archaeological Map-making in Hawai’i”. The lecture is part of the Puana Ka Ike (Imparting Knowledge) series, an educational forum that offers a deeper understanding of Hawaiian culture, history, tradition and perspective of the environment. 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Keauhou Beach Resort ballroom. For more information, call 534-8528, email or visit puanakaike/about.html

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Saturday, Jan. 23 Django Reinhardt Gypsy Jazz Festival Hilo Le Hot Club De Hilo hosts a Gypsy Jazz Festival in honor of famed guitarist Django Reinhardt’s 100th birthday. For more info, email Hal Glatzer at hal@ or John Nussbaum at Saturday, Jan. 23 Na Mea Hawai‘i Hula Kahiko Volcanoes National Park Traditional-style hula and chant performed outdoors on the hula platform overlooking Kilauea Crater, featuring hula halau Halau Ka No‘eau, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Hawaiian crafts demonstrations at Volcano Art Center Gallery 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free (Park entry fees apply). Call (808) 967-8222 or visit Saturday, Jan. 23 Writing Workshop Volcano “Tapping Your Creative Right Brain,” a writing workshop with Tom Peek. Fun, provocative exercises to add depth and sparkle to your writing. All levels and genres welcome; no previous writing experience necessary. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. $65 (financial aid available). Call (808) 967-8222 or visit

Friday, Jan. 29 Alpin Hong Waimea A creative tour de force by a talented classical pianist who combines snowboarding, martial arts, and video games. Alpin Hong inspires the imaginations of young and old everywhere, with his energy, stunning technique and rare humor. 8 p.m. Kahilu Theater, Waimea. Tickets $40/$35. (808) 885-6868 or Sunday, Jan. 31 Writers in the Park Kailua-Kona Hawaii Island Writers Association is hosting Writers in the Park. Bring an except or excepts from your own original work for a 7 to 10 minute reading. Regency at Hualalai, 75-181 Hualalai Rd, KailuaKona. 1-3 p.m. Meet and greet before and after. More info at .

FEBRUARY Tuesdays, Feb. 2 & 9 Feng Shui Certification Levels 1 and 2 Kailua-Kona Learn the ancient art and science of space alignment for greater harmony, wellness and prosperity. Become a Feng Shui practitioner or enhance your existing career. In Level 2 (Feb. 9), deepen your mastery in the art. Attend one or both classes. Bring a friend for 1/2 price! Call 327-4447 or visit Thursday, Feb. 4 Quantum Creativity Group Kailua-Kona Awaken your “Einsteinian Body.” Draw-

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ing from ancient wisdom teachings, ensemble theater practice, and the new sciences. Led by Marya Mann, Ph. D. at Loom of Love Studio in Kailua-Kona. Free. 7-9 p.m. Introduction to eight-week group experience, beginning Feb. 11. Call 345-0050 or visit Friday, Feb. 5 Nature Photography Stroll Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Renowned wildlife biologist/photographer Jack Jeffrey leads for this one-hourlong, easily-navigable stroll along the rim of Kilauea caldera. Meet at Volcano Art Center Gallery, next to the national park Visitor Center. Bring your camera or binoculars. No pre-registration needed. 9:00 a.m. & 10:15 a.m. Free (Park entrance fees apply). Donations welcome at VAC Gallery. Call (808) 967-8222. Friday, Feb. 5 Tokyo String Quartet Waimea Rated among the world’s top string foursomes, The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences for the past 40 years, collaborating with an array of artists and composers, releasing critically-acclaimed recordings and annually performing at more than 100 venues internationally. 8 p.m. Kahilu Theater in Waimea. Tickets $45/$40. (808) 885-6868 or Saturday, Feb. 6 Hawai’i Grown Tea Propagation Volcano This workshop with Eva Lee, of Tea Hawaii & Company, is first in a series of two workshops highlighting Hawai’i as the only state in the U.S. collectively producing domestically-grown tea and what distinguishes tea growing in Hawai’i from other tea producing countries. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Early registration

recommended. Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd. in Volcano Village. $55 (financial aid available). Call (808) 967-8222. Register online at Saturday, Feb. 6 Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival Waimea Popular annual festival held in the community of Waimea, celebrating Japanese traditions and culture. Includes cherry blossom viewing, music, demonstrations, exhibits, crafts, entertainment, ethnic foods, a farmers’ market and visiting performers and artisans from Japan. For additional information contact (808) 961-8706.

Saturday, Feb. 6 “A Night at the Races” Mauna Lani Resort, Kohala Neighborhood Place of Kona and Ka’analike partner in a most unusual fundraiser, “A Night at the Races.” Wagering for prizes on Real Thoroughbred Races broadcast on 12 ft. video screens, surf-and-turf dining, dancing, live and silent auction and prizes. Hale Hoaloha Pavilion at the Mauna Lani Resort. 6-11 p.m. This event benefits community families and individuals. Call 331-8777 for more information.

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Thursday, Jan. 28 Nature Drawing Class Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park “Nature Drawing in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park” with painter Ken Charon. Ages 8 and up welcome. Be prepared for unpredictable weather: sunny, wet or windy conditions. No pre-registration needed. Meet at Volcano Art Center Gallery, located next to the Visitor Center. 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Free; donations appreciated. Park entrance fees may apply. For more information, call (808) 967-8222.

{Continued from page 39 Saturday, Feb. 6 Mardi Gras Masked Ball Sheraton Keauhou Resort Soroptimist International Kona presents “Mardi Gras Masked Ball”, a dinner, dance and silent auction from 6-10pm. Come in your best Mardi Gras costume! Barons of beef & New Orleans buffet. Dancing with live band “Casablanca”. Fundraiser for West Hawaii programs that benefit women and children. Tickets $75. Call 930-7614 for more information. Sunday, Feb. 7 Bob Fest Concert and Agricultural Fair Hilo Rasta people and everyone who likes good music are invited to this event, celebrating the legacy of reggae icon Bob Marley. Big Island and off-island bands, locally-grown foods, seeds and trees to plant, children’s activities and more. Noon to 6 p.m. in Hilo at Mo‘oheau Park Bandstand. Free. Call (808) 216-7372.

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Friday, Feb. 12 Hawai‘i Island Chinese Film Festival Hilo A special film screening officially opens the Hilo Chinese New Year observance and features films from and about China. Preceded by a special lion dance and firecracker blessing! All showings are free at the historic Palace Theater in downtown Hilo. 7 p.m. For more information call (808) 933-9772 or visit Saturday, Feb. 13 8th Annual Chinese New Year Festival Hilo Chinese lion dancers snake to Hilo’s Kalakaua Park which is transformed into a mini-Chinatown to celebrate the Year of the Ox. Performances, displays, cooking and cultural demonstrations show the

Chinese influence in Hawai‘i. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free! Information: (808) 933-9772 or Saturday, Feb. 13 Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden Tour Captain Cook This tour gives an understanding of the role plants played and still play in the Hawaiian culture. Garden features more than 200 species of plants that grew in the traditional farms and native forests of Kona, including endemic, indigenous and Polynesian introduced plants. Free; 10-11:30 a.m. Hwy. 19 in Captain Cook. (808) 323-3318 or visit Saturday, Feb. 13 Aloha Saturday Hilo Monthly program featuring musical performances by Hawaii Island musicians and hula halau, along with presentations by community groups. Arts and crafts vendors and food booths. Noon-4 p.m. Kalakaua Park in Hilo. Free. (808) 961-5711 or visit Saturday, Feb. 13 “Some Enchanted Evening” Volcano Sixth annual fundraiser for the Volcano Art Center offers delicious food, luscious hand made chocolates, fine wines, live music by Maggie Heron, and silent auction. Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd. in Volcano Village. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $35. To reserve tickets, call (808) 967-8222 or order online at Saturday, Feb. 13 Black Grace Hilo A fusion of traditional Pacific cultures

tional education. 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. at the Water’s Edge Ballroom at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort. Tickets $45 adults/$20 children. Call (808) 329-2522.

and contemporary dance, Black Grace is an all-male ensemble of six dancers of Pacific Island and Maori descent. An extension of the personal history of founder and choreographer Neil Ieremia, Black Grace blends artistic expression with an energetic physicality, delighting global audiences with its spirit, passion, and unique point of view for more than ten years. Reserved seating. Tickets are $30 general, $25 discount, and $15 for UHH/ HCC students with Valid ID and Children 12 & Under. Call 808-974-7310 or order online at Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 13 & 14 Panaewa Stampede Rodeo Hilo Rodeo Hawaiian-style at a weekend event featuring amateur competition by cowboys, cowgirls, keiki and kupuna. Enjoy paniolo (cowboy) demonstrations, Hawaiian musical entertainment, food and craft booths. Panaewa Equestrian Center in Hilo, noon-5 p.m. both days. Fee. Call (808) 937-1005 or e-mail: ncabral@

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Monday, Feb. 15 Black Grace Waimea Black Grace is New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance company, fusing Pacific and contemporary dance in a dynamic form. The all-male Black Grace has become internationally renowned for its artistry and innovation, becoming the world’s leading exponent of Pacific contemporary dance. 7 p.m. Kahilu Theater in Waimea. Tickets $48/$43. (808) 885-6868 or Friday & Saturday, Feb. 19 & 20 International Nights Hilo These back-to-back evenings feature performances of dance, music and other international and ethnic entertainment by various student ethnic groups at the

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Sunday, Feb. 14 ‘Q’uisine of Hearts Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort Sumptuous food by Big Island chefs, along with wine and music. Vote for your favorite “sweetheart” floral arrangement and bid for silent auction items at this American Culinary Federation Valentine’s brunch that benefits childhood nutri-

Sunday, Feb. 14 Portuguese Day in the Park Hilo Celebration of all things Portuguese! Portuguese Chamber of Commerce members make Portuguese bean soup and bake bread in the “fourno”, then distribute it free to everyone. Sweet bread, pickled onions, sausage, and malasadas will be available for sale. The Hawaii County Band will play selections of Portuguese music at 11:30 a.m. and there will be a booth to look up ancestry and history of the Portuguese in Hawaii. Fun for the whole family. Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gilbert Carvalho Park, Hilo. For more information, call: 808-935-0547 or email

{Continued from page 41 from page 41 {Continued University of Hawaii – Hilo. 7:30 p.m. each night. Small fee. Call (808) 9220881 or visit http://artscenter.uhh. Friday, Feb. 19 to March 13 Musical, “Anything Goes” Kainaliu A Cole Porter musical presented by Aloha Performing Arts Company at the Aloha Theater, “Anything Goes” is set aboard the “S.S. American,” a luxury liner sailing from New York to London. Songs include “I Get a Kick Out Of You,” and “It’s De-Lovely.” Performances Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays 1:30 p.m. matinee. Reserved seating. Tickets $18 adults, $15 seniors 65+, $15 students/ children 3-18 years old. The 26th, 5th and 12th are Discount Nights, everybody $15. Tickets Available at the Aloha Theatre, online at or (808) 322-1648.

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Saturday, Feb. 20 Writing Workshop Kealakekua Hawai‘i Island Writers Association is hosting a writing workshop, given by Prof. Tanya Dean at West Hawai‘i Community College in Kealakekua. Fee $30 for members and $35 for non-members. For furthers details, visit our website at

Saturday, Feb. 20 Piano Trio Waimea Since making their debut at the White House for President Carter’s inauguration in January 1977, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson continue to dazzle audiences and critics alike with their performances. 8 p.m. Kahilu Theater in Waimea. Tickets $45/$40. (808) 885-6868 or Sunday, Feb. 21 Kailua Village Stroll & Hulihe‘e Palace Concert Kailua-Kona A village street fair and monthly concert honoring a Hawaiian monarch. Ali‘i Drive is closed to traffic and lined with vendors, merchants, and restaurants offering a wide variety of specials. At 4 p.m., on the palace lawn overlooking Kailua Bay, vocal music by the Merrie Monarchs and hula by Halau Na Pua Ui o Hawai‘i honors Princess Ruth Ke‘elikoolani. Free. 4 p.m. (808) 329-1877; Tuesday, February 23 After Dark in the Park Kïlauea Visitor Center Auditorium “Talking Hawaii’s Story: Oral Histories

from Hawai‘i Island.” Michi KodamaNishimoto and Warren Nishimoto of the University of Hawai`i-Manoa authors of Talking Hawaii’s Story: Oral Histories of an Island People, taken from more than 800 interviews. In this talk, the Nishimotos share stories of Hawai’i Island residents—a Kona coffee farmer, a former sugar plantation worker, a Kona rancher and Native Hawaiians who worked the land and fished the waters in the old Hawaiian style. 7 p.m. Program co-sponsored by Hawai’i Natural History Association. For information, call (808) 985-6011. Your $1.00 donation helps to support park programs. Park entrance fees apply. 

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 27 & 28 Nati Cano y Los Camperos Waimea Famed mariachi musicians, Nati Cano and his famed Los Camperos, for more than 40 years, have shaped mariachi music, performing with a vibrancy and intensity that distinguish the group as one of the finest mariachi groups. 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Kahilu Theater in Waimea. Tickets $40/$35. (808) 885-6868 or

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Eryce Enterprises


T he Big Island has

always been a favorite location for people’s second homes. And in today’s market, many have turned their second homes into vacation home rentals. Eryce Enterprises is in business to help both. William F. Bennett “With the economy being what it is today, many of the homeowners we currently represent were looking for an edge over all the vacation rental companies, property management companies, and other property service businesses,” says the firm’s manager, William F. Bennett. “We provide any and all services for vacation rental properties, owners of multiple homes, and even people who live here year-round and save a great deal of money by using our services.”

Eryce provides services to homes throughout the Kohala Coast, from Kohala Ranch to Kukio. “We are like an insurance policy. With our house checks, we make sure the toilets aren’t leaking, the doors are secured, lights are off, and if we see some sign of termites, they are attended to immediately, as well as a thousand other things that might go unnoticed until the house is occupied. This will, in the long run lower the overall costs,” says Bennett. A graduate of the Starkey International Institute for Household Management, Bennett has extensive career experience in estate management, hotel management, and training of other household and resort managers. He worked as a concierge, residence manager and VIP guest services manager for major Kohala Coast resorts before joining Eryce, based in Waimea.

“We are responsive 24/7 to any and all our homeowners and guests,” Bennett says. “We meet and greet each rental guest and are available for any challenges they might have. These challenges are not only within the homes should the AC not be getting cool enough or an AV system needs attention, but we also provide arrangements for reservations, activities, transportation…basically anything a hotel concierge provides we will provide. If a smoke detector starts beeping at 3:00 in the morning, a call to us will elicit a visit with a ladder and fresh battery, and an apology for the inconvenience for disturbing their sleep. Our competition will usually not be available, or will tell them they will be down in the morning to repair it.” Bennett’s 24/7 phone no. is (808) 896-6385; at the office: (808) 885-6515. Email: Eryce Enterprises is located at 64-5176 Kamamalu Road in Kamuela.

Cindy Griffey, RA

H er casual, comfortable style is a signature of Cindy Griffey,

RA, and it may explain a little of why she is the top-selling real estate agent with Century 21 All Islands. She helps clients feel comfortable. Cindy has ranked number one for the previous 12 years among 450 Century 21 All Islands agents. She has 20 years experience as a licensed real estate agent, having worked exclusively with the Century 21 system. She is highly credentialed and has strong negotiating skills, but Cindy hasn’t lost her desire to reflect a little bit of Old Hawaii. She moved to the Big Island from Maui in 1978, and was known as the Realtor on the beach at the start of her career. On workdays, she drove to Pebble Beach and posted a sign on her car to let clients know she was “in.” Cindy has since moved her work indoors, but she does occasionally get caught with bare feet in her office. With experience in homes, condos, commercial properties and land throughout West Hawaii, she loves working with people. “I get to work with different people from all over the world and make new friends. My job is different every day,” she says. Her primary market is local, first-time buyers, investors and relocations. “The Big Island is diversified and awesome with many new opportunities for newcomers.”

To maximize her time with clients, Cindy has teamed up with her daughter, Jamaica Canas, who is also a Realtor. Cindy views real estate as a service industry and she always strives to do her best for her clients. “I don’t look at the commission”, said Cindy, who makes completing the transaction her top priority. She has a knack for resolving tough issues when a buyer and seller hit Cindy Griffey, RA a stalemate so she can still make the deal happen. “If you’re chasing the money you’re not serving the client well,” said Cindy, who really enjoys the thrill of closing a sale and making buyers and sellers happy. Cindy stays in touch with customers long after a transaction is complete through personal contact and by enrolling them in the Century 21 Preferred Client Club. Many clients remain longtime friends and much of her business is repeat clients and referrals. Cindy’s credentials are an advantage in the industry. In addition, she has an Associates’ Degree in Interior Design, which helps her assist buyers and sellers with decorating or design questions. She also has several specialty designations, including the International Property Specialist. Cindy Griffey, RA, is located at Century 21 All Islands, 75-5759 Kuakini Hwy. in Kailua-Kona. Phone: (808) 937-3370. Email:

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Eryce is not in the business of booking vacation rentals, but the company works with several rental companies to provide concierge services to their guests.




t has been said that the word “aloha” actually has two definitions. “Alo” means the center or heart of the universe, while “ha” is the breath or spirit of the Creator.

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It has also been said that aloha cannot be found outside of ourselves. It can only be uncovered at the center of our hearts. That is where it lives. That is where it awaits us. And once found, aloha makes our lives whole, gives power to our words, fills our actions with purpose and assures that our every thought is of benefit to each other and to the world around us. Aloha is the essence of the Creator’s love, and when that love is expressed through our voices, our minds, our hearts, and our hands, the world becomes a better place. You might ask, “How can this be? There are millions and millions of hearts in the world, how can aloha be found in mine?” There is only one heart, one center, one spirit, one aloha. Find aloha at the core of your own being and you will have instantly found it in everyone and everything. Robert James is a poet, photographer, writer and lifetime student of world spiritual philosophies. His book, What is this thing called Aloha? is available in bookstores, at Long’s Drugs and at

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