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9,:(  ,-{{{ BAloha, I was finally able to pick up a copy of the magazine with Fern Gavelek’s article about Keauhou Canoe Club’s “octopaddlers” and am taking it with me to the Mainland today. Great job! Many people have commented on Fern’s story and how she truly captured the spirit of recreational paddling. I am so pleased she included the info about the Jane’s Race as well. Mahalo nui loa, – Jane Bockus, Keauhou Canoe Club BAloha, Many thanks for your article in the July-August, 2010 issue on Holuakoa Gardens Restaurant and Cafe. Our communities, including both Big Island farmers and consumers (which, BTW, farmers are as well!) need to look closely at personal choices and take the realities of diet— that is, what foods are chosen to be consumed - more slowly... Slow Food came about when a farmer saw the impacts of “fast” food on his family/farm life. Driving a tractor into a McDonald’s was a loud and clear activism: Take it slower and the whole community can be together. Take it fast, and local, small-scale farmers cannot survive! We need to pay attention to what we eat and why. There is a Hawai‘i island Slow Food convivium, and their website is: www.slowfoodhawaii. org. Through the local Slow Food efforts there are regular options to participate and support actions such as looking twice at what you eat, and taking the whole process slowly to ensure that the enjoyment is in the moment of consuming, and also supports those affected by the choices made. The national office of Slow Food, based in Brooklyn, NY, can also be contacted at their website: I encourage more local residents (as well as non-locals who read this lovely magazine) to support us here in Hawai‘i,

and more-so support the international Slow Food movement by becoming members and also to communicate with us as Terra Madre Delegates before we go to Italy in October representing our island, slowly. Peace, – Colehour Bondera BDear Editor, We, who love Hawai‘i can bask in the beauty and tenderness of Robert James’ A Dream of Old Hawaii . (July,Aug, 2010) We’re enchanted by the gentleness and skill he uses to define the spirit of Aloha. Please bring us more of his work. – John and Rosalind Marean, Kuakini Heights BTo the Editor: I love your magazine, but what really captured me was in the July-August 2010 issue, the story called “A Dream of Old Hawai’i” by Robert James. It was such a lovely piece and what a great picture by Suzanne Dix to go along with it. I will definitely go out and buy his book called “What is This Thing Called Aloha”, can’t wait to read it. – Mahalo, Sheila Colon BI am attending California Culinary Academy, Le Cordon Bleu, San Francisco and am half way through the A.O.S. Program. One of the comforts of home is Ke Ola. It brings back fond memories of my island home. I always say you can take the girl from the island but you can never take the island from the girl. – Leah Burns San Francisco, CA





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By Ann C. Peterson

hen King Kamehameha ruled from Kamakahonu (near today’s Kailua Pier), he would look up to the slopes of Hualalai and know that all was good. This is where he had built Kuahewa, an extensive, dry-land farming miracle that ran three miles wide for 18 miles to the south. In a terraced masterpiece of rich volcanic soil that maximized the scant rainfall and fed the hundreds of thousands living in the region, were lush groves of breadfruit (ulu), mountain apple, and kukui nut trees, blended in with fields of taro, cabbage, yams, and much more. Known today as the Kona Field System, when naturalist Archibald Menzies saw it in 1793, he called it the Eighth Wonder of the World.

At the core of this agricultural haven is Holualoa Village, named after the thrilling, yet dangerous sport of riding a thin “long sled run”, (lit: “holua” or wooden sleds and “loa” for long) down a slope of coarse lava rock pebbles. Today, this swath of fertile soil is part of the Kona Coffee Belt and it reflects the diversity of multi-cultural immigrants who found a new life along the holua run. With the advent of foreign visitors and ships, the mauka landscape and ethnic mix changed rapidly. In 1828, a European named Samuel Reverend Ruggles introduced coffee to Holualoa with cuttings from Brazil, and during the 1840s, an entrepreneurial effort saw the planting of hundreds of acres of the crop. The industry, however, took a back seat to the crop often called “king” in Hawai`i—sugar. From 1899 to 1926, sugar reigned in the little village that became Kona’s only sugar town and the district’s vital economic hub.

If you look closely as you travel through the area, you can see subtle multi-cultural influences on the architecture, on the churches and cemeteries, and on the momand-pop stores in the village and outlying area. The first independent Japanese language school in the islands was operated in what is now the Imin Center. The Kona Bottling Works bottled and delivered soda through-

out the district, and an enterprising German, Luther Aungst, established the Kona Telephone Company. With donkey labor and manpower, he ran phone lines to Ka‘u, on to Hilo, and all the way up to North Kohala. There were many small, general merchandise stores around Holualoa – part of the historic corridor of more than 80 from Palani Junction to a little beyond Honaunau. Stores served as a place to catch up on the news and carried everything from groceries to hardware to clothing while providing services like haircuts and mail delivery. For payment, shop owners accepted coffee cherry or parchment, which was then traded back to suppliers in Honolulu for staple goods like rice, sugar, shoyu, and dried codfish. Fresh meat and fish were often hawked right on the street with chants of “Opelu, opelu, ho,” or the ringing of a cowbell. A number of these stores are still standing, and even more amazingly, are still owned by the same family. Kimura’s Lauhala Shop, opened in 1914, is a perfect example. Like other stores, Kimura’s took coffee for payment and offered a broad range of general merchandise, in addition to lauhala hats, which were a staple for the coffee farmers and field workers who shopped in their store. During World War II, when the military set up camp at a defunct sugar mill, Kimura’s found a new market for a wide range of lauhala souvenirs and other natural fiber products. Komo Store, opened in 1920 north of Holualoa, is another fine example of one of the oldest operating general merchandise stores in North Kona. These two stores, along with the many other shops in operation for more than 50 years, were honored by two preservation groups, the Kona Historical Society and Pulama Ia Kona Heritage Corridor, as “Heritage Stores.” Look for the bronze plaques marking these establishments as you enter. What became known as Holualoa’s “art-volution” began in 1965 when Bob and Carol Rogers converted what had initially been the Aungst Garage (c. 1900), and later the Onaka Coffee Mill (c. 1935), into the Kona Art Center. Art galleries soon followed, and today, Holualoa has become a treasured destination for those seeking local fine art. Among the treasures to be found are paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, stunning wooden bowls, decorated ipu (gourds) and `ukuleles made from Hawaii’s indigenous and other exotic woods in the village galleries [see story on page 29]. For more information: Email Ann C. Peterson at

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By 1852, most Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese and Filipino immigrants arriving in Hawai`i came to work in the sugar fields, while some worked the coffee fields. When the coffee industry took a downturn, many Portuguese turned to ranching and dairy industries. The Filipinos established themselves on small leasehold coffee farms of their own. Many Japanese, too, established themselves as independent coffee farmers or store owners. They often sent for “picture brides,” and as an ethnic group, the Japanese created the strongest impact on the coffee industry and Holualoa Village.

Kimura’s Lauhala Shop – one of a select group of stores honored by the Kona Historical Society and Pulama Ia Kona Heritage Corridor, as “Heritage Stores:” those still in the same family for more than 50 years. (The second story has since been removed from this building.)

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Over fish wraps and an acai bowl early one afternoon at the quaint Surf Break Cafe, on Kino‘ole Street in Hilo, I asked her to tell me more about her passionate, Alohasharing endeavors. “Remember that dude in ‘The Secret’?” she questioned with a kind of child-like innocence. “Well, at the beginning of the movie he makes this wall. I made this scrap book,” she said, sliding a large navy blue book towards me. The first page is splashed with inspirational quotes cut out from magazines and newspapers, along with her own cursive hand. “I’ve only just started, but my goal is to eventually reach $100,000 in donations. My purpose is to show others what it means to be loved. And that’s what Aloha is all about—living life in love.” The blue book, which dates back to 2007, reveals how in that year she raised enough money to give away seven brand new keiki

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[At top:] Neighbors and friends in the Ocean View community came out to help celebrate Kalau Iwaoka’s bicycle giveaway. [Above:] Kalau helps young Trenton Wong Yuen get started on his new bike.

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alau Iwaoka will tell you without hesitation that her life’s goal is to be the embodiment of Aloha. And so far she’s good at it—really good. If you passed her on the warm and weathered street of historic Hilo town, it would be hard not to look twice. Iwaoka is a captivating woman, but her organic beauty reaches far deeper than meets the outer eye.

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bicycles, discounted by the locally-owned Hilo Bike Hub, to those less fortunate. In 2008, she donated 18 $100 grocery certificates for Malama Market, to people residing in the community of Ocean View. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first year was about the children, and the second, their providers,â&#x20AC;? she says. Last Christmas, Kalau was able to give away five bicycles and 10 $50 grocery gift certificates. Furthermore, she paid off six familiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; medical balancesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; erasing their debtâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as well as one childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill at the Sylvan Learning Center. So how did Iwaoka gather enough money for these gifts? What Kalau does is simple, yet deeply profound. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I save 10 percent of the money I earn working throughout the year and dedicate it to my God-fund,â&#x20AC;? she says with a smile. Kalau was raised in Alaska and Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i. After six months in the majestic white North, her father, who was in the Army at the time, was transferred back to their original home in Ewa Beach on the island of Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ahu. Her family would hop back and forth between Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;i and Alaska, so Kalau and her brother spent a few months each year living with their grandparents in Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;i. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was tradition to go back and learn from our grandparents. Our â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ohana (family) and the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;aina (land) were such an important part of our upbringing.â&#x20AC;? She explained that listening to the stories of the kupuna (ancestors) and understanding the mana (spirit) in all life forces are essential parts of the culture.

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Kalauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandparents also instilled in her an incredible work ethic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was kinda like work hard, lay later kine.â&#x20AC;? And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be fooled; these werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make your bed, finish your homework and clean the dishes types of lessons. Kalau was shown how to paint, plumb, caulk and grout houses at the age of 5, and was really getting her hands in it by 7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really understood my place in the family and why work needs to be done. Kind of like our form of teething,â&#x20AC;? she giggled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My grandparents didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have us watching â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Home Improvement,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; they had us doing it!â&#x20AC;? Above all, Kalau maintains that her grandparents presented to her the true essence of Aloha, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They taught that every experience in life is a learning process. No matter if the outcome seems bad, the lesson can be positive. As long as you have love attached to it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be okay.â&#x20AC;? And to this day, Iwaoka holds their teachings as the foundation of her lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophies. Why did she choose Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Ocean View Estates, the largest subdivision in the United States, as her donation location? â&#x20AC;&#x153;While working as the medical biller for Rick and Vicky Crosby, who own the Ocean View Family Health Clinic, I was having trouble getting a hold of certain families. They had â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waking up in the morning, I have my health, my home, my husband and a job. I just want to give back for all my blessings,â&#x20AC;? says Kalau Iwaoka. Her husband, Darren, too, seems to be enjoying helping this boy try out his new bike.

no phone numbers, no physical addresses.” She soon discovered that many of the families were living in community-like compounds, and even farther up the mountain, in old lava tubes. “Living on the mauka side, families are having to walk miles to the grocery store. So I thought, if I could somehow donate a few bikes, it could at least help a few families out.” A few weeks after our luncheon, I was invited to follow Iwaoka up Hwy. 11, past Volcano’s lush rainforest canopies, down to the drier, Ocean View area, in anticipation of her third annual, end-of-year give-away. After some meeting and greeting, Iwaoka spoke up, surrounded by community and staff members. “I chose Ocean View because its got my heart. In Hilo, its hard times, but everything is real close. If you want food, there are fruit trees. To me, it’s more hard times here,” she continued. “Waking up in the morning, I have my health, my home, my husband and a job. I just want to give back for all my blessings.”


A patient from the clinic, Theresa, had brought her six-yearold daughter Maya to be fitted for a purple bicycle. Theresa told me, “This is her first bike. She’s so happy.” Standing beside Maya, Kalau suddenly sings, “Look at that smile! You see this smile? My whole year, all the stress from insurance companies, now washed away!”


Alo, meaning presence, and Ha, meaning breath, form the word Aloha, which quite literally means ‘the breath of life.’ And as Kalau put it ever so perfectly, ‘living life in love.’ Aloha is the very life force that connects us all, as both breathing and love are the most powerful things that each human can be conscious of experiencing. Every so often, we encounter people who have very little in their hands, but give of themselves through this breath of life, through love’s heart. Kalau’s greatest gift to us is her life as an angel with a big Aloha heart. ™ If you are interested in donating to Kalau’s 2010 December giveaway please contact: or PO Box 715 Hilo, HI, 96720. Email Jessica Kirkwood at


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This advice comes from Jason Patrick Lester, who recently posted it on Facebook to his nearly 3,000 “friends.” Fewer than a dozen words, they speak volumes about the man who doesn’t let obstacles get in his way. The Kailua-Kona resident has not only overcome more physical challenges than most, he has reached higher than many “extreme” athletes. Each setback seems to motivate the 36-yearold even more. Along the road to his dream of becoming an accomplished athlete, Jason has also earned the titles of professional motivator, artist and author.


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In a brand new memoir—Running on Faith—just released by publishing giant Harper-Collins, Lester shares his “principles, passion and pursuit of a winning life” with the world. National notoriety is nothing new for the Arizona native. He first gained worldwide sports fame in 2009 when ESPN bestowed the triathlete with an ESPY Award for “Best Disabled Male Athlete.” Ke Ola recently caught up with Jason on the Big Island, in-between training in Portland and overseeing one of his TriFREAKS training camps. Our talk together was his first interview that day; another was with TV’s “700 Club.” Upon meeting Jason, there’s no apparent sign of a physical challenge. He seems anything but disabled, emanating ease

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and charm. You barely notice his motionless right arm, carefully tucked into his pocket. Jason lost the use of his arm when he was 12. Hit by a car while riding his bike in Phoenix, he sustained 21 broken bones and a collapsed lung. Being an avid Little League baseball player, the youth was devastated. While still adjusting to this traumatic disability, disaster struck again when his father and sole guardian died within the year. At that tender age, Jason developed a profound sense of selfendurance and determination. Inspired by his and his father’s love of sports, the youth switched his athletic focus to track and cross-country. “My father loved sports and taught me not to be a quitter,” he says.

“Spiritual Warfare” Powering on, the teen competed in both high school and college. Lester also got back on a bike and says he was “full-time into biathlons” by the time he was 18—and ranked number two in the Grand Canyon State.

Jason moved to southern California in 1998, where he continued racing and worked at a sports agency. He represented professional athletes with marketing and licensing, including American welterweight boxer Oba Carr. “I got turned on to God through this amazing athlete,” says Lester. “Before that, I didn’t have a personal relationship with God.” Lester explains that working with Carr showed him “he had a gift” as an athlete, that he too was special. “At the agency, the athletes used their God-given gifts to be pros,” Jason continues. “So I saw I could use my gift as an athlete too. Some people who lose the use of an arm might give up. I decided to use my gift to inspire others.” And so Jason kept racing. “Up until 2001 I didn’t understand why things had happened to me…with my arm…my dad… until I saw the amount of people I was inspiring by racing,” recalls Jason. “I realized then this work was my calling and that’s when God revealed himself to me. I started seeing signs.” After witnessing the Ironman World Championship in Kona in 2004, Lester was energized to try the sport of triathlon. With a goal to come to Kona one day to compete, Lester began a rigorous training schedule and hired a swim coach. In 2007 he competed in his first Ironman, in Phoenix, using his left arm to swim.

Participation in that race took Jason back to the location of his tragic bike accident. “It was like spiritual warfare to go back,” he remembers. “I really didn’t want to be there with all the bad memories but I told myself, ‘I can overcome this.’ I finished and it was all that much sweeter.” With an Ironman finish under his belt, Jason continued competing in triathlons in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Germany. “I never signed up for a race in the physically challenged category,” states Jason, who adds that the only exception was the 2008 Ironman World Championship in Kona, for which he won a race slot through lottery in the physically challenged category. Lester conquered the grueling Kona Ironman course in 2008— finishing the 2.5-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle course and 26.2 mile run. And then, incredibly in the same year, he went on to achieve a personal and sports milestone by becoming the first physically challenged athlete ever to complete the Ultraman World Championship on the Big Island. Ultraman attracts an elite corps of athletes who face a 6.2-mile swim, 261.4-mile bike and 52.4 mile run over three days. Entry is limited to 35 participants. In 2009, Jason repeated Ironman and Ultraman events, finishing 18th overall in the Ultraman Hawai‘i. His accomplishments and drive earned the triathlete the prestigious ESPY Award by ESPN. The annual award taps the year’s best athletes, teams and sports moments, as voted on by fans. “Getting an ESPY was huge,” emphasizes Lester. “I was up there with all the other sports greats, walking the red carpet. It was like, yes, I have a challenge…and yes, I can prevail! It was the ultimate testimony to inspire others to do the same.”

Man on a Mission to Inspire To that end, the recognized athlete is using his example to motivate others facing challenges through his new book and other media, speaking engagements and the creation in 2007 of the NEVER STOP Foundation, which is dedicated to using athletics as a tool to encourage youth to achieve their full potential. ( ) He also finds time to visit youth recovering in the hospital. “The goal of the foundation is to help kids find their own true voice, help them build their confidence, improve their ability to express themselves and learn the values of discipline, trust, compassion, self-reliance and respect,” says its founder. Helping to fund the foundation is Jason’s new book released in August, Running on Faith. It is Jason’s story of triumph as an “ultra endurance athlete” with the use of one arm, while recognizing God’s guiding hand in his life. Lester shares the nine lessons that led him to achieve his dreams and find his calling. “In the book, I give tools for overcoming adversity with inspiration for never giving up,” says Lester. “I offer ways to win the game of life.” Also supporting the NEVER STOP Foundation is the new Running on Faith 5K - 10K Race Series, which started in Kona in August and continues in Seattle and Phoenix. In May, Jason and triathlete Rich Roll raised

over $3,500 by finishing the EPICS Challenge; it involved five Ironman-distance triathlons in five days on five different islands. “The idea is for athletes to continue racing to raise NEVER STOP funds,” says Jason. The next race is September 26 in Seattle. Lester’s dream is to ultimately fund the creation of the NEVER STOP Performance Center in Kailua-Kona in 2012. Jason’s experience in the Hawai‘i Ultraman World Championships is being made into a 90-minute documentary, “A Painted Race.” Also entering production is an indie feature film detailing Lester’s extraordinary life and titled, “Chasing Me,” ( As a motivational speaker for organizations and corporations such as Microsoft, Lester also shares his story on overcoming adversity through faith. In the hospital back in Phoenix, he offers his time speaking to injured youth.

“When I was 12 and in the hospital for three months, no one understood my situation…what I was going through physically and emotionally. So I make a point now of going back and talking to youth and sharing my experience. I tell them they can overcome it. I share my testimony. I’ve never let my situation keep me from being an athlete and an artist.” Jason adds that if he hadn’t lost the use of his arm, he wouldn’t be who he is today. He would have missed out on the many physical, mental and spiritual challenges. And he may never have believed in miracles—like getting the feeling back in his arm. “At first it was a slight feeling but then I was getting more and more feeling, and then movement, in my right arm,” shares Jason. “It’s like the nerves are coming back in my arm and moving down to my elbow. I didn’t believe it at first and I finally showed a friend how I could stand up on my bike out of my seat

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UContinued from page 19 to ride a hill. I can use my arm to balance myself. He got it on film.” Jason continues, “Never doubt God; everything is his timing. It just goes to show you, you can’t lose faith.” Y

“We see a lump of clay; God sees a beautiful vase. We see a blank canvas; God sees a finished painting. We see a lump of coal; God sees a refined diamond. We see problems; God sees solutions. We see failures; God sees potential success.” — Jason Patrick Lester

Lester Art Has No Boundaries Besides being a recognized athlete, Jason P. Lester is an accomplished artist. Both his father and grandfather were artists and Jason says he inherited their gift for painting. In 2001, he opened the JR Gallery in Manhattan Beach, Calif, featuring his art and works of others. “Art is my drug,” states Lester. “God is love and love is art.” He paints in the style of abstract expressionism, also calling it “grunge” and “something you might see when traveling on the subway.” “It’s whatever I’m seeing and feeling in that moment,” Jason explains. Lester does bold and vibrant, large-scale paintings and also mixed-media murals that incorporate items he picks up on Ebay, like a baseball mitt for a series on the New York Yankees. “I don’t have boundaries or limits with my art,” adds Jason. “I think outside the box. It’s the same thing as being an athlete. We don’t put limits on ourselves.”

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Calley O’Neill’s expertise in designing murals for public spaces is evident in her stained glass designs, such as “Water Bearer.”

erally circular, geometric designs, traditionally used in healing and meditation. O’Neill’s mandalas often focus on specific themes, such as endangered species, and can also becustom-made for individual intentions.

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The versatile and multi-faceted artist works, too, in a less-traditional way, in partnership with Rama, an Asian bull elephant in the Oregon Zoo! Rama’s handlers discovered he enjoys painting with his trunk. Rama, called the “Ambassador for the Endangered Ones,” lays down washes or broad brush strokes of color to which O’Neill adds foreground figures and detailed borders.


f eyes are windows to the soul, then windows must be the eyes of a house’s soul, particularly a house of God, where stained glass windows cast cascading colors to illuminate the people. In the quiet little chapel in Waimea’s Catholic Church of the Annunciation, the Madonna and Child shine down from tall peaked walls. She wears a lei po’o, and a royal blue robe streams across one shoulder. On other walls, she gazes heavenward, but here, mother and child look down, as if to acknowledge a prayer. The windows were created by the Waimea team of artist Calley O’Neill and artisan Lamar Yoakum. Their “firstborn,” the windows inspired a partnership that has continued to grow and flourish in the years since, as Yokomo Stained Glass and Mosaic. O’Neill is already well known for her realistic-mythical paintings like “The Three Muses,” and murals such as “Keanakāko‘i” and “E Mau Na Waiwai O Hawai‘i,” at the Kings’ Shops. Her diverse work also includes a kaleidoscopic collection of mandalas, gen-

Calley was inspired by this elephant (a story in itself) and endeavored to work with him. The result of their collaboration is the Rama Exhibition, a traveling education project to raise awareness and seek help for earth’s endangered species, schduled for completion in 2011. For more information, visit At home on the Big Island, she and her human partner are passionate about their work with stained glass and mosaic, particularly in church buildings. “I always had a penchant for churches, even as a little girl,” she said. “In school I took classes in stained glass and crafting classes, made mirrors, windows, boxes, and I just kept going. When I got to Honolulu in 1980, I was offered a commission-based job as a designer for Ka Hale Ani Ani.” (House of Glass) “The work has to be cut-able,” she said, “and it has to be elegant. Otherwise it looks hokey. My real talent was design... When I got to the Big Island, I met Lamar—and he is crackerjack,” she said. “He doesn’t want to do the designing; he doesn’t draw. He loves to fit, cut and craft, and he understands and appreciates the qualities of glass.” O’Neill holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Pratt Institute in New York. A prolific artist and muralist, her works grace public spaces such as the Campus Center at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, The Lodge at Koele, Hawai‘i Maritime Center, and many others. She also has a Masters Degree in

Social Ecology from Goddard College in Vermont, and many of her works focus on endangered species. “She’s a fine artist in the fine arts sense,” says partner Lamar Yoakum, “I’m pretty good at mechanical things and putting the glass together.” Yoakum, originally from Texas, began doing stained glass as a hobby. “I took some classes like the one I teach now,” he said. “I never did it professionally—just because I enjoyed it. I’d worked with different designers, and then saw her work and we decided to work together. Our first time was the church windows in Waimea.” Thus, Yoakum-O’Neill (“Yokomo”) Stained Glass and Mosaic was born.

Artist, muralist, environmentalist, yoga teacher, and stained glass designer Calley O’Neill

“It’s not complicated in the sense of what has to be done. I look at each piece of glass and ask ‘what does it do for the whole piece?’” said Yoakum. Does it look like a flower petal or just a blob? It’s like grains of wood.” The process actually begins with an in-depth meeting with their clients. They exchange ideas and inspiration, get a sense of the space, essential elements and the purpose of the piece, then they meditate and allow images to emerge before O’Neill begins sketching. She’ll translate the pencil drawing into a watercolor rendering and “color call-out,” working with Yoakum to pick a range of colors appropriate to the work. Yoakum then selects the glass, cuts and pieces the design together using the “Tiffany method” of wrapping each selection with thin copper foil and soldering it together. The Tiffany method is a 19th century process developed by Lewis Comfort Tiffany, son of famed jeweler Charles Lewis Tiffany. His method and his use of “opalescent glass” rather revolutionized the art of stained glass. Prior to the invention of opalescent glass, artists used clear, solid colors onto which details such as faces could be painted. Combining colors to create opalescent glass generates different textures and effects, resulting in a look that is more “alive,” with a far wider range of hues and unique three-dimensional qualities. Tiffany adapted his techniques to lampshades and capitalized on the popularity of new electric lighting for his wealthy clients.

Yoakum purchases the glass medium from Honolulu or mainland vendors in large sheets. “I can get small pieces here but they don’t always allow me to pick what I want,” he says, “The area I need to use might be right in the center.” “We use a lot of Youghiogheny Glass,” said Yoakum, “It’s very close to Tiffany.” Stained glass as an artform existed in ancient Egyptian and Roman cultures. Painted alabaster windows in 4th and 5th century Christian churches may be the ancestors of stained glass, but five windows in Germany’s Augsburg Cathedral are the world’s oldest, dating from the 11th century. In the Gothic Age, architects of the great cathedrals used stained glass to block out the light and external distractions, as well as inspire and delight the worshippers inside.

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Hawai‘i-themed, original window in Waimea’s Catholic Church of the Annunciation.

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“Opalescence has to do with the way the glass transmits the light,” says Yoakum, “and the way it’s annealed, whether it’s pulled out across bars or laid out on a table to cool. The color goes in loops, whorls and more interesting patterns. You can also ladle one color out, pour another color on top of it, up to four or five different colors, and it ends up changing characteristics.”

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“Pretty much everybody loves stained glass and everybody thinks they can’t have it,” said O’Neill. “There are different levels, and it can be quite affordable.” More and more, she and Yoakum are working with mosaics for indoors and out. “We did a curved wall for a swimming pool that was beautiful,” said O’Neill. “It’s not going to fade, and there’s no maintenance ever, not like paint.” “Glass is a great medium, a mystic medium,” said O’Neill. “Stained glass will teach you one thing,” said Yoakum. “You learn to live in the now. When it’s broke, it’s broke.” ™ For more information on stained glass works or Lamar’s classes, visi www or call 885.0609.

The Harmon family of Waimea admires a window installation in their home. From left to right: Briana, Devyn, Valerie and Sean Harmon.

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Renaissance Man archetype Leonardo da Vinci was fascinated by the colors and effects of stained glass. He has been quoted as saying, “The power of meditation can be 10 times greater under violet light falling through a stained glass window of a quiet church.” “It’s a beautiful quote, poetically written,” said O’Neill. “Of course it was known by the church, which should say something to everyone about their home. Light through glass affects the quality of glass; light comes through it to you and affects you.”

Window honoring Hawai‘i’s native butterflies can be seen in the “butterfly building” in Waimea.

One of Yokomo’s recent installations is in the Waimea home of Sean and Valerie Harmon. “We generated some ideas and bounced them around with Calley,” said Sean, “and she came back with some sketches and now we have this huge, beautiful stained glass.” A gift from Valerie’s mother as part of their new house addition, the window is symbolic of their family life. “The sun and moon represent my wife and me, our wedding,” said Sean. “And the pink and blue lotus flowers are for our children. My mother-in-law is represented by her favorite flower, the bird of paradise, and my mother, dogwood, because she’s from Virginia.”

A public example of O’Neill and Yoakum’s artistry is at the “butterfly building,” home of the “Green with Envi” shop and Big Island Substance Abuse Council on Mamalahoa Highway. You may have seen the giant specimens on the outside, but the inside story is a stunning study of Hawaii’s native butterflies, the King Kamehameha and the Hawaiian Blue, and the Kaua’i Moth. “There are very few but they are very pretty and pretty much unknown,” said O’Neill. “Not many people realize they are actual Hawaiian natives. They know kalo and koa trees; they know different ferns and flowers. We’re so happy that more people are now becoming aware of these beautiful Hawaiian butterflies.”

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“We met with Calley numerous times,” said Valerie, “We were all over the place as far as ideas. But she did some meditation and the Celtic knot in the center and the lotus flowers came from that. We’re very happy with it. In the morning it projects flecks of rainbows on the walls.”

Master artisan Lamar Yoakum uses the stained glass methods perfected by Tiffany. Here he installs a curved mosaic design for a swimming pool.

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by Marta Barreras, Master Feng Shui Practitioner

ave the stresses of life got you feeling burned out? Has your passion for living, your joi de vivre, become a distant memory of the past? Would you like to rekindle a sense of passion and joy in your life, to feel more connected to your true radiance and purpose in the world? Well, according to the great masters of every tradition, our outer world is a reflection of our own inner consciousness. With a goal of creating a dynamic life filled with enthusiasm, heartfelt warmth and spiritual purpose, an intelligent step to manifesting an incredible life is to take a look at your environment. With the hidden language of feng shui, you can begin to create a home or workspace that frees you from stressful energy patterns and inspires your highest potential.

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/LJKWLQJWKH&DQGOHRI$QFLHQW :LVGRPIRU9LEUDQW/LYLQJ Ancient Hawaiian and Chinese Taoist traditions both teach us the power of living in harmony with our environment. Within both systems, the fire element is regarded for its purifying, transformational and regenerative powers. Legendary gods and goddesses, as well as mythical creatures, have been used to personify the awe-inspiring forces of this element. Pele, the infamous fire goddess of Hawai‘i’s volcanoes, is revered for both her power to destroy and her power to create new land.

Pele, the infamous Volcano Fire Goddess, is known throughout the world for her power to create abundance and command respect for nature. Place a picture of her in your Fame area. Art by Maya Sorum/

In Taoist mythology, the Chinese associate the fire element with the Phoenix, a legendary bird that is synonymous with good fortune, opportunity and luck. The Phoenix conveys the transformational and regenerative powers of the fire element through the symbolic rising from its own ashes and soaring to greater heights. The ultimate message of this majestic creature is that fire contains both life and death, enlightening us to the truth that both are one.

7KH)LUH(OHPHQWDV0HGLFLQH In Chinese medicine, the five elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water) represent the fundamental building blocks of all things in

the physical Universe. From this perspective, these elements (which are essentially movements of essential energy or vibrations) also exist within you and everything in your environment. One of the creative building blocks of our natural world, the fire element is also healing—it clears, transmutes and regenerates. Mostly masculine, or yang, in nature, it represents the phase of blossoming, attainment and peak experience. It is responsible for the brightness of our spirit and holds the torch that illuminates us on the journey of our highest life purpose. When our personal fire element is in balance, we are intuitive and enthusiastic. We are always guided to the right place at the right time. With healthy fire element, we are enlivened, joyful and directed in our purpose in life. When our personal fire element is deficient or weak, we lose faith in ourselves, our relationships and in life. With little enthusiasm or direction, we are unable to reach out to connect with others and we become isolated, even uncaring. Fire element deficiencies create an inability to follow through and can result in physical symptoms such as heart palpitations and weak or erratic pulse. Conversely, when our personal fire element is in excess, we are irritable, impatient, over talkative and hyperactive. We become overexcited, over involved and overcommitted. We “burn the candle at both ends”.

)HQJ6KXLDQGWKH )LUH(OHPHQW The simplest, yet most powerful way, to balance the fire element energies in your life is to incorporate feng shui, the ancient art of space alignment, into your surroundings. With the proper alignment of how the natural elements interact in your intimate surroundings, feng shui helps you to live in harmonic resonance with the flow of joy and prosperity that is truly your divine birthright.

In Feng Shui, Fire corresponds to three main areas of the home:

Enlightening Tips:

1) The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fame and Reputationâ&#x20AC;? area - found in the middle onethird of the rear quadrant of the building, opposite the quadrant where your entrance is.


2) The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love and Marriageâ&#x20AC;? area â&#x20AC;&#x201C; found in the rear corner to the right of Fame as you are facing in from the entrance. It also occupies one-third of that rear quadrant.

Is the water in your bathroom putting out the fire in your Fame or Love area?

3) The stove in the kitchen. Although there is a multitude of ways to balance Fire in the home, one basic guideline is to make sure that you do not have the Water element extinguishing your Fire in any of these areas. Problematic examples that I have commonly seen in clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homes are: 1) Bathrooms or laundry rooms in the Fame or Love areas. 2) A pool, ocean or large pond in the backyard in one of these areas. 3) A second-story bathroom positioned above a groundfloor stove. Any of these imbalances in your homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main Fire areas can result in a negative impact on your relationships, your personal or professional reputation, your health and prosperity and your overall capacity for renewal and regeneration. Y e alignfurnitur tion that d n a s t en bra hancem e and cele ment en e of harmony rtunities for th le e e ir s F o n g p e p s in o d g e d After: A ate an enlivenin rity and positiv e re p c s s o t r n p e r m te act grea will attr . s nt occupa

In your Fame area, try putting a red rug on the floor, hanging some red bath towels and placing a bright colored pillar candle on the counter for radiant health and positive recognition. In your Love area, incorporate some fiery, warm pink or magenta colors in the form of towels and bath rugs. Add a pair of candles in equal size and a pair of rose quartz hearts to affirm love and partnership.

Is the bathroom above your stove putting out the nourishing fires of your health and prosperity? In the language of feng shui, the stove represents nourishment, health and prosperity. If there is a bathroom above your kitchen, try hanging a faceted, man-made crystal ball (the type that creates prisms) over the stove and another one over your toilet. You can also place a quartz crystal point (not man-made) on or near the stove, standing upright with the point directing to the ceiling. Both of these feng shui â&#x20AC;&#x153;curesâ&#x20AC;? will help lift and disperse the negative bathroom energy and help restore the flames of nourishment for your body, spirit and your bank account!

Is there a large body of water behind your home near the Fame or Love areas? A large (with depth) body of water behind the home can instigate health issues, especially related to digestion and the female organs. In the Love area, I have seen it create instability and bring up â&#x20AC;&#x153;deep, darkâ&#x20AC;? issues in relationships. This is a common concern, especially in Hawaiian homes, and it is a very important one to address with various remedies (check out the past article on the Water Element in the Sept/Oct â&#x20AC;&#x2122;09 Ke Ola Magazine or posted at www.


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Color your Fire:

Shape Your Fire:

Reds* Bright Orange Warm Pink Magenta Fiery Yellows Warm Purples

Pyramids Triangles Obelisks Flame Shapes Upwardly moving items

* Red, the color of the Fire element, represents power, luck, fortune and celebration. But use with caution: just as too much fire can rage out of control, red is very activating and is best used as an accent color.

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For issues related specifically to the Fire element, you can add lots of Fire related colors, shapes and items to your landscaping design. Examples would be red cushions for your lanai furniture, solar powered lights or tiki torches that turn on automatically every night, and statues of animals and people like turtles, birds, tikis, Buddha, Quan Yin or St. Francis.

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The “Cigar Box” uke. Photo by Carole Carraway.



ongtime Hawai‘i Island resident Sam Rosen is preserving one of Hawaii’s cultural treasures, one student and one ‘ukulele at a time. Soon after relocating to Hawai‘i Island 33 years ago, Rosen found he finally had the time to slow down and fulfill a long-time personal goal: to learn how to play a musical instrument. An established goldsmith and businessman in Southern California, Rosen said life in the fast lane never seemed to provide the luxury of time for his pau hana interests.

“When I decided it was the ‘ukulele I wanted to learn to play, I thought I’d learn how to build one first. After all, it’s not a difficult instrument to play; it’s all in the strum,” he said. And while that may be so, Rosen admits he is so busy building and teaching the construction of ‘ukuleles today that he rarely plays, still not having found the time to become as proficient as he’d like. But there’s no rush, he said, and that’s the vibe, the mantra really, at the Holualoa Ukulele Gallery he opened in March 2003 – a place where the curious, the wannabe players

In fact, the gallery, located in central Holualoa and situated in the town’s historic post office building, serves multiple purposes: shop, museum, classroom, gathering place and ‘ukulele-building workshop. Antique instruments in various shapes and sizes line the walls, many of them renditions of the legendary Honolulubased Kamaka styles. There are square-shaped ukes, often made out of old wooden cigar boxes, and designer Sam Kanaka’s signature “pineapple”‘ukuleles, including Rosen’s treasured 1951 Kamaka. Many of the instruments for sale or in various stages of construction or repair are Rosen’s own creations, made of native woods—mostly koa—which is prized for its fine tone and attractive coloring and

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That move, he said, from the frenzied lifestyle of “lala land” to the laid-back, mauka town of Holualoa on Hawai‘i’s Kona side, “is the best thing I’ve ever done!” His first inclination was to finally pick up the instrument he had purchased years ago, a guitar which had been collecting dust ever since. But in no time his attention turned to Hawai‘i’s uniquely “home-grown” instrument: the ‘ukulele. According to Rosen, it was the ‘ukulele’s portability, ease of play, unique sound and colorful history in the islands that quickly won him over.

and aficionadas alike drop by throughout the day to enjoy some music, talk story and learn much about the instrument that has become a symbol of the islands worldwide.

UContinued from page 29 grain. Some are beautifully adorned with abalone shell. All of the ‘ukuleles available for purchase, whether built by Rosen or other artists, share one thing in common: they all have been made here in the Hawaiian Islands. When not teaching the art of ‘ukulele construction at his shop, Rosen most frequently is found leading classes at Holualoa’s Donkey Mill Art Center. Rosen has been on the faculty at the art center since it was first established as the Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture in the old “Donkey Mill” property, known locally by the sign on top that was shaped like a donkey. Rosen’s ‘ukulele-building class runs 10 weeks (four hours each Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) and is just one of many ongoing classes, workshops, exhibitions and art and cultural events sponsored at the art center each year. Rosen’s class is designed for beginners, although he says even experienced woodworkers will enjoy the challenge of making a tenor ‘ukulele. “Each of the students may add different embellishments to the instrument to make it truly their own,” he said. While Rosen credits a number of cultural programs hosted island-wide annually for renewed interest in the ‘ukulele, he says the influence of Hawai‘i native sons like internationallyacclaimed contemporary artist Jake Shimabukuro and the late, great Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (”Braddah Iz”), has been the catalyst for the most recent spike in the ‘ukulele’s popularity.

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“It’s primarily these two wildly talented Hawaiian musicians who have captured the imaginations of a new generation of ‘ukulele players,” Rosen said. “The kids coming up represent a new crop of musicians who will not only preserve this cultural treasure but will rocket it to new heights. There really is no limit to what can be done with this portable, easy-to-play and relatively inexpensive instrument.”

The Holualoa Ukulele Gallery is a place to enjoy some music, talk story and learn much about the popular instrument. Photo by Carole Carraway.

As to the ‘ukulele’s origins in these islands of Hawai‘i, stories abound, each more colorful than the last, and interpretations of the name are nearly as numerous. Some say the ‘ukulele—or an early version of it—appeared in the hands of a newly arrived Portuguese immigrant who had just arrived by ship in the late 1800s and was absolutely ecstatic to be here. As the story goes, he pulled out a small guitar-like instrument, the machete (similar to, though smaller than, the modern Portuguese cavaquinho and the Spanish timple) and began to play it while leaping around the docks singing Portuguese folk songs. According to a story printed in an 1879 edition of the Hawaiian Gazette newspaper, three immigrants, Madeiran cabinet makers (Manuel Nunes, José do Espírito Santo, and Augusto Dias) are credited as the first ‘ukulele makers in Hawai‘i. And the stories go on, but what is fact is the instrument now known as the ‘ukulele emerged here in the late 19th century and it was love at first sight and sound, as it was integrated quickly—with slight modification—into Hawaiian music. The Hawaiian word ‘ukulele translates roughly as “jumping flea,” and some say the instrument was so-named because of the fast action of musicians’ fingers while playing it. Others suggest the name refers to the Portuguese immigrant jumping happily on the docks, while there are those who prefer to go with a royal interpretation! According to Queen Lili’uokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, the name means “the gift that came here,” from the Hawaiian words uku (payment or reward) and lele (to come). Historians say the instrument may not have struck it big with members of Hawaiian Society in the late 19th century, if the royal class had not embraced it. The instrument soared to de rigueur heights when Queen Lili‘uokalani personally played the ‘ukulele to accompany the Hawaiian anthem, “Aloha ‘Oe.” The ardent support and promotion of the ‘ukulele by the Queen’s brother, Hawai‘i’s “Merrie Monarch” King David Kalākaua, a passionate patron of the arts, propelled the instrument into world recognition. According to historical accounts, King Kalākaua frequently incorporated ‘ukulele and hula into programs at royal gatherings for visiting dignitaries. ™

Historic posters, photographs and clippings from various publications share the wall space, creating a sort of still-life documentary of the instrument’s evolution over the years. This historically important document is the U.S. Patent for Kamaka’s “Pineapple ‘Ukulele.”

Classic 1950â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kamaka â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ukulele. Today, the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ukulele remains one of the most joyful and beloved cultural treasures brought to the Hawaiian Islands by immigrants. Just the mention of its name coaxes a smile, elicits fond memories and tickles the tongue as it rolls off the lips of visitors and island residents alike. Y For more information on Holualoa Ukulele Gallery, phone 808.324.1688. For the Donkey Mill Art Center, visit: Contact Margaret Kearns at







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think a lot of people don’t think that chickens have brains,” muses Jeannette Baysa, co-owner of the Hilo Coffee Mill. “But I think they do. We train them. They know their names. They come when they’re called, even without food.” Some 140 chickens roam the Mill’s 24-acre grounds near Mountain View, and they’re definitely more than just farm animals. “We don’t raise them for food. We raise them for the eggs and other benefits that they give,” says Baysa. “They’re great with kids.” Ancient Polynesians brought chickens, or moa, with them when they colonized the islands; for generations, some locals have raised gamecocks, even though cockfighting is illegal here. But lately, more and more rural residential neighborhoods seem to be sprouting chicken coops in their back yards: not the little individual triangular huts that shelter game cocks, but coops for laying hens. It seems, at first glance, to be part of a nation-wide trend: chicken chic. “Keeping a flock of backyard chickens has gone from being homey to being ‘oh-so-stylishly vogue,’” crowed a recent cover story in Rodale’s Organic Gardening magazine, which featured a full-page photo of a designer coop with red-striped wallpaper, a wrought-iron, chicken-feed holder and a framed giclee poster on the wall. The magazine’s center spread features a gallery of exotic and/or weird-looking breeds. Here in Hawai‘i, the backyard chicken phenomenon seems to be less about gentleman-farm trendiness and more about sustainability. The island’s last commercial chicken farm closed about two years ago and people are taking on the job themselves. “Ever since the big chicken farm went out in Kawaihae, everyone has been looking for the fresh island egg and they’ve caught on to raising chickens in their back yards,” muses Mike DuPonte,

a UH extension agent who helps local farmers (and back-yard beginners) with the birds. “There are very good economic and ecological reasons why there are no egg farms left on this island and no chickens raised commercially for meat. Number one is feed. There are only a few ways to feed chickens in the tropics and most of those don’t feed very many birds.” maintains Ahualoa chicken grower Ben Discoe. Ben and his wife, Deb Pun Discoe, originally planned to create a commercial chicken operation on their Ahualoa coffee farm, but cut back to a personal flock of fewer than a dozen birds. They also maintain “Chicken Notes,” an extensive online resource page for local chicken farmers at Information sharing is valuable, especially because there’s a generation gap since grandpa raised chickens. “Certain ethnic groups have an intact agricultural tradition,” notes Ben Discoe, “but for most of us, it’s about going back and rediscovering, because our grandparents raised chickens, but we didn’t.” This author is an exception. I grew up on a family farm in Missouri with a flock of 300 hens. It’s sometimes amusing and/or horrifying to watch some newly rural, would-be chicken farmer attempt to solve some simple problem with imagination but lack of knowledge. I remember a well-meaning soul advertising on Freecycle Big Island, the local online recycling club, for a fisherman’s throw net, which she intended to use to catch chickens. “You don’t need a throw net,” I wrote to her. “You need a chicken hook.” A chicken hook is a pole with a piece of heavy-gauge wire fastened to one end and bent into a shape like a narrow shepherd’s crook. Millions of years of co-evolution with hawks have made chickens extremely wary of threats from the air; they’d probably bolt before a throw net could land. But with a little practice, you can stand back with a chicken hook, slide it along the ground,

Chicks are designed to start out life literally under the wings of their warm and protective mothers, so their down isn’t a very good insulator. Even in Hawai‘i, they need warmth at the beginning. For starting a backyard-sized flock, says Baysa, a 250-watt, red heat lamp with a reflector collar, available from most hardware stores, will do. There are scores of varieties available: some bred for egg production or for meat, some for egg color (those blue or green eggs seen at farmers’ markets may come from a South American breed called Araucanas), and some for gentleness. “For us, the Rhode Island Reds are real popular and so are the Araucanas.” says Baysa. “We also bring in the special breeds; if someone wants to have the Buff Orpingtons or Coocoo Morans [which look somewhat like barred Plymouth Rocks with feathers on their feet, and lay deep brown, chocolate-colored eggs] or Black Stars [Black with teal highlights in its feathers; they also lay brown eggs]. We typically won’t bring in any white egg layers. They’re too commercial-looking. When you think of a farm, you think of brown.” “We’ve got barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons and Australorps (Australian Orpingtons),” says Ben Discoe. “Buff Orpingtons are kind of like the golden retrievers of chickens. They’re more people friendly. They like to be petted. But they do go broody.” Egg color, he maintains, has nothing to do with nutrition. For your and their health, what really matters, he maintains, is the chickens’ diet: “Do your best to make sure they have access to fresh green plants. Chickens who can eat grass and plants are many times healthier and have eggs that are far more nutritious.” Diet is perhaps the biggest challenge in Hawai‘i. Most of the chicken feed on my family’s farm came from our own fields: oats, wheat and corn; we bought mash and whey blocks (the former a brewing byproduct, the latter a by-product of cheese production) for protein and ground oyster shell for calcium (needed to make eggshells.) But Hawai‘i grows almost no grains, its dairy industry is almost as dead as its

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and hook one of the bird’s feet before it realizes what’s happening. Or you can wait until after dusk when it’s gone to roost, then just pick it up. That vulnerability after dark is one of the first considerations for a would-be chicken farmer. Chickens need someplace safe to go at night. Originally, they solved the problem by roosting in trees, but many modern breeds are just too heavy for that. The website carries over 450 different coop designs, among other resources. DuPonte suggests a model for a chicken shelter that was invented by a local couple, Liz and Mike Hubble. Called the “Hubble Bubble,” it’s inexpensive and easy to build: 16-by-16-foot square with chicken-wire walls, surmounted by a dome-shaped roof covered with white greenhouse plastic. “We’ve been going around the county. We’ve built four or five of them with CTAHR’s (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources) help,” explains Mike Hubble. At their most recent henhouse-raising, on Hawaiian Homelands in Panaewa, about 20 native Hawaiians gathered and got the job done in less than two hours. Materials, Hubble says, cost about $275. The Hubbles had raised chickens in Idaho before moving to lower Puna in 2007. There they realized a need for a more airy, economical coop suited to the tropics. DuPonte saw their first Bubble, and asked them to draw up plans that others could use. The CTAHR office in Hilo now offers a brochure with instructions for building Hubble Bubbles. Those interested can call DuPonte at 808.981.5199. A henhouse has its own furniture: raised roosts, feeders and nest boxes. Feeders can be found at any farm supply store; roosts can be improvised out of two-by-two lumber, round poles, bamboo or even tree branches. The Hilo Coffee Mill flock sleeps on guava branches. Nest boxes come in a wide variety of forms. My family built free-standing rows of nests for better access and ventilation: three tiers of wooden nests, each nest 18 by 18 by 18 inches, with a wooden perch in front and a hinged, drop-down board in back so we didn’t have to face the angry end of the chicken when we gathered the eggs. Some hens will defend their nest by pecking. Any box of about those dimensions will do, if it’s elevated, fastened down and lined with straw or dry grass. The next step, after building the henhouse, is to get the chickens. Sometimes they can be had for free; a neighbor may have a hen who’s gone “broody”—has stopped laying eggs and has settled down to hatch some. Or some may just wander in out of the jungle, if you feed them. “We usually bring in either eggs or chicks from the mainland,” says DuPonte. “Different feed stores bring them in every once in a while. I’ve seen them in Hilo and Pahoa.” The state only has one commercial hatchery left: Asagi Hatchery, on O’ahu ( which normally sells three varieties: White Leghorns (the favorite of commercial farms because they lay uniform white eggs and lots of them, but they’re very lightweight and extremely flighty), Cornish Rock hybrids (heavy, fast-growing white chickens raised mainly for meat) and browns (a mellow breed that lays brown eggs). They deliver to other islands. Another possible source of new birds is the Hilo Coffee Mill. “We bring in sexed pullets for people,” says Baysa. She notes that most commercial hatcheries have a minimum order of 25 chicks, but the mill can order a batch and split them among different buyers.

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UContinued from page 33 commercial poultry industry, and it has no commercial oyster beds. “It’s just crazy to grow feed in Iowa and ship it to Hawai‘i to grow an egg,” maintains Ben Discoe. But even with imported feed, Mike Hubble finds home layers a bargain. “Feed is about 35 cents a pound. $17 per 50-lb. bag,” he says; a bag, on average, lasts ten days. “We were spending about $1.75 per dozen eggs, and they sell for about $3.50.” Other local flocks get fed at least partially with local products such as coconut, mac nuts and kitchen scraps; left free to forage, they’ll enrich their diets with bugs and wild grasses. Which brings up another big question: caged layers vs. “free range.” Most commercial egg farms confine their birds to coops; traditional hens come back to the henhouse to roost, lay eggs, and

get out of the rain, but spend their days outdoors. Aside from enriched diets, better exercise and less disease, the birds just seem more contented. Some consider caged layers a cruel way to raise poultry. On the other hand, totally unrestrained chickens can destroy flowerbeds, wipe out a lettuce bed, and leave chicken manure on front porches. One compromise between cages and free-range is a “chicken tractor”: a portable coop which can be moved frequently from place to place, so the back yard gets the benefit of manure fertilizer without being scratched bare. Sanitation is the final challenge. Some would-be farmers give up the first time they have to shovel the manure out from under the roost. For others, that manure is a benefit: it’s excellent fertilizer. Manure does have to be dispersed or composted to prevent odor and health issues. One partial solution is to let the chickens help with the dispersal. The Hubbles, for instance, pile lawn trimmings inside the coop. The chickens happily scratch around in the cut grass, dispersing the manure in the process. “By the time they go through it all, there’s no pile up at all... only the normal number of flies and hardly any smell,” reports Mike Hubble. For chicken-lovers, the clean-up is worth the benefits, which are many: food, fertilizer, pest control (chickens eat many destructive insects) — even companionship. “They do have personalities,” says Baysa. “We treat them as pets. In fact I have one right now with a broken leg with a cast on it.” Y Email Alan McNarie at amcnarie@yahoo.coom. Photos by Devany Vickery-Davidson

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NELHA received a grant to host the market early in 2010 and the market started soon afterwards, in April. It was an immediate success, with close to 2,000 shoppers attending the first market. Since then, people have continued to support the concept and it is not uncommon for some to drive from far points of the island to shop at the market.

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Earlier this year, NEHLA received a grant to host the Fish Farmer’s Market. This market was an instant success and is quite well attended. Many of the vendors offer educational components at the market. The commercial tenants make their products available to the public and local farmers are also encouraged to sell their wares on the lower level. Some of the companies even make special packaging and product for the market, as most of them only sell wholesale or to the resort restaurants; so it is a special treat for the general public to be able to purchase some of these products.

• Kona Cold Lobsters, Ltd. imports live lobsters and crabs from natural Atlantic fisheries and rejuvenates them in cold, deepseawater holding pens for distribution throughout Hawai‘i and select Asian and Pacific destinations. This is one company that does sell directly to the public. Their live lobsters, lobster tails, frozen claws and Dungeness Crabs are a real treat for Hawai‘i residents who enjoy these shellfish, normally not available on the Big Island. *See recipe for Garlic Dungeness Crab.

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ooking for live crabs and lobster? Chef Olelo pa’a Faith How about some local sea salt? Ogawa does cooking Abalone? A free cooking class? demonstrations Get the cooler out and head to (offering samples!) NELHA! On the last Friday of each month utilizing products Hawai’i Island residents are afforded a unique available at local seafood and other sustainable products the market. at a one-of-a-kind farmers market in Kona. The venue is NELHA, the National Energy Lab Hawaii Authority, and the event is the Fish Farmers Market.

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• Kona Deep Water Corporation is a multi-faceted company utilizing the natural and abundant resource of the pristine, pathogen-free, 3,000-foot-deep ocean water accessed from NELHA. It has developed a commercial bottling facility specializing in desalinated deep seawater products for the global market. A terrific bi-product of the companies that do desalinization is high-quality Kona Sea Salt, which is also available at the market.

• Kona Blue Water Farms, Kona Kampachi® is a Hawaiian yellowtail tuna that is open-ocean grown in the pristine waters off the Kona Coast of the Big Island—hatched, reared and harvested using stateof-the-art aquaculture technology, without depleting wild fisheries or harming the ocean environment.

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Other regular vendors include Island Thyme Gourmet, which offers sausages from Hawaiian Red Veal, as well as ground Hawaiian Red Veal and scaloppini; Roy’s Hydroponic Produce; Coastview Aquaponics, Lyman Kona Coffee; Ahualoa Farms (mac nuts); Hawaiian B Natural Farms (tomatoes and peppers); Palani French Bakers (artisan bread); Big Island Kettle Corn; Honomu Jams; Kevin Hopkins sturgeon fillets; and Dan Jelks live catfish and tilapia. There is a wonderful stand selling fish tacos, ceviche, salsas and tostadas. Slow Food Hawai‘i also has an informational booth there. The educational component is another unique feature of this monthly market. Well-known Hawaiian chef Olelo pa’a Faith Ogawa does cooking demonstrations (offering samples!) utilizing products available at the market. There are also educators on aquaculture, local tropical fruit and vegetables. The July market featured tropical fruit guru Ken Love, who gave a talk on local, tropical fruits. Pastry chef Hector Wong came from Honolulu to do a demonstration on fruit carving and decorating cakes with fruit. Michael Rosato, AIFD, of Island Orchard Florist did a floral and fruit arrangement demonstration accompanying chef Olelo pa’a Ogawa’s food demonstrations. Chris Smith of Coastview Aquaponics gave two presentations on growing your own food with an aquaponic system, which is a combination of aquaculture (growing fish) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil). Some of the markets also have live music. NELHA is the complex north of Kailua-Kona and just south of the Keahole-Kona International Airport. As you drive by on Mamalahoa Highway, you can see the acres of solar panels and industriallooking buildings. While it is mysterious to many island residents and visitors, NELHA is actually a scientific center which has always been on the cutting edge. The complex was first called OTEC when the Hawai‘i State Legislature created the Natural Energy Laboratory

of Hawai‘i on 322 acres of land at Keahole Point in 1974. NELHA was mandated to provide a support facility for research on the ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) process and its related technologies. The scope of its research activities has expanded, and today NELHA is “landlord” to nearly 30 thriving enterprises, which generate $30-40 million per year in total economic impact. Two pipeline systems extract and pump deep and surface-level sea water to shore. The purity of this seawater makes an ideal medium for growth and cultivation of marine plants and animals. NELHA has four classifications of tenants. Pre-Commercial are the companies which are hoping to one day make a viable product, Commercial are those that that are already selling products in a variety of ways, and Research and Educational classifications are self explanatory. There is nothing like this market anywhere in the world. It is totally unique and a real gift to the people of Hawai’i Island and her visitors. The best way to know what is happening at each market is to become a fan of the market on Facebook. You can find it by doing a search for Big Island Fish Farmers Market at NELHA. It does not have a website at this time. The market is held once a month, on the last Friday, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the NELHA Gateway Center just south of the Kona Airport. Restrooms and water fountains are provided. Y Contact Devany Vickery-Davidson at



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ny resident or visitor to Waimea has experienced the wind blowing down from the mountains on a daily basis. The winds of change are also blowing in Waimea’s food scene. Legendary chef and restaurateur Daniel Thiebaut is about to make major renovations to his restaurant’s architecture, placement of his kitchen, its banquet and catering facilities, and even the name of the restaurant. After 10 years of building a restaurant and clientele in Waimea’s Restaurant Row, he is taking things to a new level that will benefit Big Island residents and guests alike.

Chocolate shell with heart cut-out, filled with Chocolate mousse on a pool of vanilla sauce with strawberry coulis, garnished with Waimea strawberries and blueberries. For special occasions such as anniversaries.

Daniel Thiebaut started his culinary career in Lorraine, France at the age of 14. He still shakes his head in wonder at how he ever made the decision to become a chef. His father has always had an extreme disdain for restaurant dining, much to the senior Mrs. Thiebaut’s chagrin. She, like most women, loves to have a night off from the kitchen and to dine in restaurants. To this day, the senior Mr. Thiebaut does nothing but complain in restaurants and fights going to them. One day his son came to him and announced that he wanted to be a chef. The rest is history now. Daniel attended culinary school for three years, each summer doing apprenticeships.

When the call came inviting him to work for the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel as their third executive chef in four years, he and Shelia decided to move their two young boys even farther from England. When at one point in his Hawaiian career he had a job

offer to work on the East Coast of the U.S., he thought she would jump at the chance to be closer to her family, but this time Shelia was the one who resisted change. She had fallen in love with Hawai‘i and they decided to raise their boys on the culturally rich and diverse Hawai‘i Island. In 1991, Daniel and a partner opened his first restaurant, The Palm Cafe in Kona. After four years, the partnership dissolved and he left the restaurant to work at the Royal Kona Resort. Finally in 1998, he decided to open his flagship restaurant, Daniel Thiebaut, in the old Chock Inn Store. His backer was convinced that the location was very special and would make a fantastic restaurant, so they set about creating a space within the rooms of the old store and Chock home. Today many elements of the old store remain. The Chock Store’s antique safe greets you at the door and memorabilia from the store’s old days are showcased around the restaurant. The patina on the aged plank floors has seen many generations of feet walk across, some bare footed, some in slippers and others in high heels. The old counters of the store remain to add bar seating and buffet space. There are two walls full of old glass-door cabinets displaying even more collections of things from the store. What looks to be a trap door at the old entrance was actually a spring-loaded warning system. When someone would step on it, it would wiggle a wire connected to a bell in the house in the rear part of

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When he graduated, he worked in a series of hotel restaurants around France and Switzerland. One day he accepted a job at the renowned Central Hotel in Glasgow, Scotland, and a new international adventure began for him. Another journey began then too. This is where he met his wife and partner for life, Shelia. She somewhat Chef Daniel Thiebaut at reluctantly followed him around home in his namesake the world—first to the Philippines restaurant kitchen. for a year, where they married, then to Aberdeen, Scotland, and finally making a move away from her family in England. With a toddler and an infant son, the Thiebaut family moved to Dallas, where Daniel worked for the Westin Hotel and opened their fine dining restaurant, “Plum.” It was there he says he learned his greatest lessons of customer service and team building from the general manager.

approach to local seasonal and organic food will be sought out and embraced.

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the store, calling the Chocks to the front to wait on customers. One of the most intriguing elements is the ceiling fan system that is still operational. It is run by a series of pulleys and fascinates visitors to this day. Starting this fall, the restaurant will close briefly for renovations, at which time there will be major interior changes to the restaurant. The bar will be moved into the center of the main room and the kitchen will be moved and placed behind glass, where customers can watch food being prepared on all-new, state-of-the-art equipment. A wood-burning oven will be installed in the dining room along the same wall that has windows to the kitchen. Large, flat-screen TVs will be placed in the main dining room, but not to view the soccer game. Instead, cameras will focus on various stations in the kitchen for people to watch up close. There will still be quiet alcoves, and some dining areas will not change significantly. What is now the porch will become an enclosed waiting area with a fireplace facing the main room of the restaurant. Solar panels will be added to the structure to provide green energy. Another major improvement will be the addition of a full catering/ banquet kitchen and a banquet pavilion to seat hundreds of people for special events. The restaurant kitchen will no longer be a scene of chaos when large catering events happen. The new pavilion will provide a venue for special events and private functions. Structural changes will not be the only improvements. Menus will become much more fluid and seasonally based, changing as farmers and fishermen provide the very best local and organic ingredients from Hawai‘i. Chef Daniel currently buys mostly organic and local ingredients, and his menus and specials are based on them, but he intends to increase his dedication to those principles which drive him and to do the extra work that it takes to constantly be changing the menus. This will of course make some customers unhappy. Those who have specific menu items that they are used to may have to try new things. For the majority of diners today, this fresh

Chef Daniel uses purveyors such as the Sunrise Tomato Farm, the all organic Kula Kahiko Farm on the Hamakua Coast, Kekela Farms of Waimea and a variety of small farmers, like Josh of Honoka‘a, who simply drop by the kitchen and offer what their harvest of the day may be to Chef Daniel’s delight. Thiebaut is also going to have crops grown especially for the new restaurant. Waimea is in the heart of cattle country, so a ready supply of local, grass-fed beef is always available, whereas finding good, local lamb is more of a challenge, but certainly not an impossible one. Seafood is forever abundant from surrounding waters, as is incredible tropical fruit. With our growing season and abundant resources, finding local and organic foodstuff is becoming far easier for Hawai‘i Island chefs and consumers alike. As the 10th year of Daniel Thiebaut Restaurant winds down, there is much anticipation for the new incarnation of one of Waimea’s and Hawai‘i Island’s favorite restaurants. Some people oppose change and others embrace it. John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” One thing is for certain, Daniel Thiebaut is not going to miss the future of food in Hawai‘i. And for all of those people who have struggled to spell the name Thiebaut in search engines, the name of the restaurant will be called simply, “Daniel.” Y Learn more at Email Devany Vickery-Davidson at pineappleprincess@hawaii.

This wall of old glass door cabinets, now displaying more collections of memorabilia from the old Chock Inn, will be transformed into windows, through which patrons can view the new exhibition kitchen.



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he traditional Hawaiian healing herb mamaki seems to have taken the world by storm. When you Google “mamaki” you’ll find 39,500 Web sites that talk about the Hawaiian version of the stinging nettle, including general information on sites such as Wikipedia and the many companies that sell dried mamaki leaves for its supposed healthful benefits. Known botanically as Pipturis albidus, mamaki can grow as tall as a small tree. Botanists believe it was one of the plants that the ancient Polynesians introduced to these islands because it was important to them for not only its healthful properties but also for other uses such as natural dyes, cordage and in making tapa, or kapa, cloth. If you have ever accidentally brushed up against a stinging nettle plant on the mainland, you know how much pain and discomfort the stinging hairs can cause, but mamaki is a different breed. Many believe that it failed to develop the protective hairs during its evolution because no predators ever threatened its existence. Traditional Hawaiian healers have used mamaki for serious illnesses such as general debility, allergy and hay fever,

Teas, Tinctures and Tonics: Mamaki

By Barbara Fahs

cleansing of the stomach, liver, bladder, bowel and urinary problems.*

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As with all herbs, fresh mamaki leaves taste better and are more potent than dried leaves that might have been sitting on a store shelf for months.

Using Fresh Mamaki Leaves

You can harvest young mamaki leaves and add them to salads or sandwiches. The taste is mild, yet tangy. Mamaki leaves can also be steamed or stir-fried, in the same way that you would cook spinach, kale, swiss chard and other greens.

Making Mamaki Tincture Tinctures are herbal preparations made with vegetable glycerin, vodka, other alcohol or apple cider vinegar, which you take by the dropperful in therapeutic dosages. For example, if you have acute symptoms, you might take one ounce of a tincture daily; for milder symptoms, a usual dosage might be three droppers full taken two times a day. Mix your tincture with fruit juice to improve its flavor — it’s medicine, so it’s not meant to necessarily taste good. Taking it under your tongue is not necessary: this practice comes from homeopathy and

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Mamaki tea is the most common way of taking the herb. Dried mamaki leaves are sold at island farmers markets and even at Long’s Drugs. Like the stinging nettle, mamaki is believed to be helpful for urinary tract ailments, including the prostate gland. The small, white, gelatinous seedpods are believed to have laxative effects; I tell visitors to my garden: “You don’t want to eat too many of them… unless you need to.”

UContinued from page 45 is not the way you take tinctures, which come from the Western European tradition of herbalism. 1. Fill a jar half full of chopped mamaki leaves and then fill it to the top with vodka, rum, glycerin or apple cider vinegar. Screw lid on tightly, cover with a dark cloth, and put away in a cool, dark place, like a rarely used cabinet. 2. Allow to steep for 30 days, shaking daily. 3. Strain and bottle in bottles with dropper tops.

Growing Mamaki Mamaki will grow successfully on both the windward and leeward sides of the island. If you live windward near the ocean, grow your mamaki near a tree that will give it a bit of shade, especially in the hot afternoons. On the leeward side, make sure to plant your mamaki in an area that gets filtered afternoon sun and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to water it: it can droop badly and even perish if it dries out to much. It generally does better at higher elevations.

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To find a starter plant, the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook often has starts for sale. Starting mamaki from cuttings of an existing plant is tricky. Collect seedpods and plant them in a pot, barely covering them with standard potting soil. Give them filtered sunlight, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow tender seeds to get too hot. Keep the soil moist and be patient: germination can take up to two months. When keiki plants are one to two inches tall, transplant them into three-inch or larger pots, using standard potting soil. In about six months your keiki should

be large enough to transplant into the garden. Water your mamaki until they become larger and better able to withstand dry conditions, then let them adapt to their environment. But do water plants if prolonged dry spells occur. Mamaki leaves are a favorite food of the Kamehameha butterflyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s larvae (Vanessa tameamea). Refrain from killing the larvae of this native insect if you see worms eating your leaves. Normally, they will eat some of the plant and leave some for you. * Curative actions of mamaki have not been proven nor formally evaluated in laboratory studies. However, laboratory studies have been conducted on its more common relative, nettles, and have shown it to have diuretic effects, according to the Physicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines. Ethnobotanists rely on information of this type to determine the likely properties contained in less common plants based on knowledge of their close relatives in the plant world. Â&#x2122;

Cautions: The use of herbal products should not be taken lightly. Consult a physician bef ore using any herb, especially if you are taking any prescribed medications, due to drug interactions. Do not use mamaki if you are pregnant or nursing. Nettles are a galactagogue (increases milk production), so we must assume that mamaki has this same property. Email Barbara Fahs at










Reflections on doing business on Hawai‘i Island



Is it Your Business or Your Life?

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Big Island Business Owners Find the Critical Balance By Grif Frost, Life Quality Business Consultant

wning a business should give you freedom. Freedom to set your work hours.... to decide what you do (and more importantly don’t have to do). Freedom to earn as much money as you want. Freedom to congratulate yourself for success in the business. And freedom to know that if the business is not successful there is only one person to blame.

Yet many business owners let their businesses take over their lives. The business starts dictating what hours you MUST work, what tasks you MUST do, what days you can take off (or can’t) and suddenly being a business owner is not about freedom. It‘s about the lack of freedom. I remember waking up one morning as the owner of a business in Japan with 100 employees and wondering who is working for whom? The answer was that I was working for the business/employees, and yet, the business/employees should be working for me. This epiphany motivated me to begin an ongoing quest to identify what factors in a business can help enhance the life quality of the owner and what factors detract from the life quality of the owner. One of the key factors in enhancing this life quality is to live in the kind of environment that supports it. Here are two stories of Hawai‘i Island business owners: a couple who both have 100-ton captain’s licenses in West Hawai‘i and a couple in East Hawai‘i who started their industry-leading business in their garage in Hilo

Prioritize Health & Family

Cynthia told me, “It has been increasingly challenging since the economic downturn. Our business has required a 24/7,

attentive effort to stay on top as leaders in our industry here in Kona. Family life has sometimes unintentionally taken a back seat when so much time is devoted to work. In our case, our teenage son is preparing for college. Assistance and support from both Ray and me are essential during this time to ensure his future success. Long hours at work and juggling family life demands can also create an unusual amount of stress that can cause health problems for certain individuals. Ray and I are fortunate that we do not have any health issues at this time—knock on wood. ” Fortunately, Cynthia and Ray have found a solution, as Ray shared with me, “The biggest challenge we experienced was finding more time away from work to spend with family. We have found that you just have to convince yourself that your business can run smoothly without your everyday presence. Take the time off. It is hard at first; but with the expertise of hardworking, dedicated employees like ours, it is possible.” When I asked Ray and Cynthia what advice they would give to other local business owners to help improve their work-lifebalance they both quickly agreed, “Our advice is easy: prioritize family no matter what! That’s good for your family and good for your health and really, in the end, it’s good for your business.” In stepping back and reviewing Ray and Cynthia’s success in these tough economic times, we can see two keys: 1) Prioritize health and family before business.

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Ray and Cynthia LeMay, owners and captains of Blue Sea Cruises Inc., a leading “glass-bottom lunch/dinner cruise excursion” business in Kailua-Kona, understand what enhances their business life, but have found it challenging to maintain.

Ray and Cynthia LeMay, owners and captains of Blue Sea Cruises, say, “In our case, our teenage son is preparing for college. Assistance and support from both Ray and me are essential during this time to ensure his future success.”

UContinued from page 47 2) Budget your physical time working in the business. Realize you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to do what you have hired employees to do. Trust them to do the job they were hired for. Delegate, give them the authority to handle their responsibilities, then get out of the way and let them do the job they were hired to do! The LeMays are true examples of knowing that to own a lifequality business, it certainly helps to live in a life-quality environment like Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;i Island.

Empower your Employees

In East Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;i Mark and Jonaliza Allen own a seven-acre flower farm in Kurtistown. Mark describes their approach to balancing their life with their business: â&#x20AC;&#x153;My wife and I, mostly my wife, have taken a business we started in our garage to the largest retail tropical flower shipper in Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i according to FedEx. Jona was managing a new family but found time to get shipping certifications, maintain customer satisfaction and begin to grow a business. I had some experience with computers, Internet and such and applied that to creating an online business for her while I maintained my salaried position. The business took on a life of its own and soon we had no more room in our house and I had no more time to remain salaried.â&#x20AC;? This method of starting a business is often times called â&#x20AC;&#x153;chicken entrepreneurship,â&#x20AC;? where you maintain your â&#x20AC;&#x153;day jobâ&#x20AC;? while starting a side business. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a smart, low-risk approach to becoming a successful business owner.

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I asked Mark to share with me their number-one challenge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doing everything ourselves, starting out, has been the largest challenge. As we grew, we found employees to be the largest challenge. We still face those challenges today as we learn to step back. I think many business owners can trap themselves into believing they are needed in the day-to-day, when in fact they may be hindering progress and being a bottleneck to accomplishing real growth in their business.

Mark (50) and Jonaliza Allen (36) make it a priority to take time off from their business to spend it with their daughter Rosalyn (10) and enjoy the local, natural wonders such as Rainbow Falls, near their home.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do seem to involve myself too much in the details of my business. It is fun, in a way, to manage everything and it does give a wonderfully false sense of being in control. But, my time has been spent on situations that did not need me there. Letting employees at all levels learn and show their potential is equally rewarding and actually gives me a confidence in my business I could not have achieved otherwise.â&#x20AC;? Mark had this specific advice for local business owners: â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a business owner, step back, cross your fingers, and let it happen. Sure, there will be issues that will need your attention but, more often than not, the people you have entrusted with your business will step up and get the job done. Let them do what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve hired them to do. This employee empowerment philosophy also helps morale.â&#x20AC;? In stepping back and reviewing Mark and Jonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success in growing a business from a garage start-up to the leader in its industry in Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i, we can learn: 1) Keep your â&#x20AC;&#x153;day jobâ&#x20AC;? and experiment with starting a business as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;side job.â&#x20AC;? 2) Hire good employees, empower them, and then let them do the job you hired them to doY See more about Ray and Cynthia LeMayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business at The Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garage start-up, which has become the industry leader in Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i, is Grif Frost helps Big Island business owners find work-life-balance. (




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Pahoa High School students discover a new voice — in slam poetry performances. The art and sport have captured the attention of youth around the islands.

have already discovered: Poetry is cool again. Poetry is beast. Especially if it’s your classmates doing it. In one corner of the gym, Caki Kennedy sits among students waiting to perform. Kennedy is beaming. And she should be. She and her husband Robert are the initiators of this movement. “I saw a great slam on the First Friday on O‘ahu. I saw it and thought, ‘Gee, this might be great for high school kids,’” she’d recounted, a few days before the Puna event


he bleachers of Pahoa High School Gym are packed with cheering, clapping students. The noise is deafening. But this isn’t a basketball game, or even a pep rally. It’s...a poetry reading? It’s Guinevere Balicoco’s turn at the microphone. She’s chosen to share a poem about her surfer boyfriend. “He’s in love with the female ocean...,” she reads into the buzzy microphone. The sound system bites, and the gym has the usual loud, echo-y gymnasium acoustics, but the youth have tamped their crowd noise down tight, as they strain to pick out the words:

This is electric. This is slammin’. Literally.

,HQY\KLP 'HK\GUDWLRQIURPWRRPXFKODQG She finishes, and the crowd erupts again. The emcee raps, “Let the youth, let the youth tell the stories of Punaaaaaa....” And the crowd roars again as the next student takes the podium. Teens on the Big Island are discovering what the kids on O‘ahu

The Kennedys recruited some young veterans from the Youthspeaks Hawaii on O‘ahu to help start a similar program here. So far, they’ve done readings, workshops and slams with Big Island youth at Ka‘u and Kea‘au High Schools, then at Pahoa. The results have astonished local teachers. Kids take the workshops, then get passes from other classes to attend the workshops again. “What I’ve heard consistently from school staff is they’re surprised how attentive these kids are at the slams,” commented Caki Kennedy. “At assemblies they’re normally restless, but at these slams, they pay attention to each other.... This is peer influencing at its zenith. The poets that I bring in are under 30. The kids are captivated. The poet that I brought to Ka’u High two years ago.... the kids would be nudging each other and texting, they’d be putting their heads on the desks like they were going to go to sleep, and within minutes, their heads would perk up at attention, then they’d look at each other, they’d start elbowing and nudging each other, and they’d be captivated.”

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Poetry “slams”—oral performance competitions of original poems—have been around for quite awhile, long enough to develop a whole new style of poetry, akin to the beat and protest poetry of the ‘50s and 60s, and even more closely akin to rap music. It’s not stuff that is likely to be read in a literature class; the emphasis tends to be on rhyme, rhythm and energy, not technical perfection. But in its element, spoken aloud, it can be electrifying. In recent years, it’s been spreading to high schools. When Kennedy decided to do something in local schools, she had merely to call Liz Soto of Youthspeaks Hawai‘i, which has been doing slam poetry workshops in O‘ahu schools since 2005. For the past two years, the Youthspeaks Hawai‘i team has won the Brave New Voices international poetry slam festival. Counting the school workshops that the organization conducts and its weekly Wednesday slams at Mark’s Garage in Honolulu, says Soto, “I think the number of kids that we’ve worked with runs into the hundreds and possibly thousands.”

UContinued from page 49 At the mike, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Devon Gonsalvesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; turn, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What would you do/ If you were that liâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l haole girl/ being picked on in school?â&#x20AC;? he chants:

(YHU\RQHWHDVLQJ\RX WKLQNLQJWKH\¡UHVRIXQQ\ QRWNQRZLQJWKDWOLWWOHJLUO¡VKHDUWLV UDFLQJ 6KH¡VIHHOLQJOLNHDPRQVWHULQVLGH One of the appeals of the slam is that teens get to write about what they wantâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; what they needâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; to write about. As the slam goes on, kids take on some tough topics: the agonies and ecstasies of young love; the loss of loved ones; the emotional scarring from school bullies, abusive parents, abusive politicians. One poem by Storme Eisenhour attacks politicos who tell young people to how to live, who to love, and what causes to die for: â&#x20AC;&#x153;So tell me, who do we believe? Who else is around?/ When all the President wants is a few more boots on the ground.â&#x20AC;? Another girl reads a searing poem attacking her own, abusive mother. Sarah VanSwearingen paints a vignette of a girl worn down to bare nerves by listening to her parents fight:


Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a catharsis, and a lesson. These kids are aware that their world isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t perfect, and they want the world to be aware too.

/HWWKH\RXWKOHWWKH\RXWKWHOOWKHVWRULHVRI 3XQD â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming here, it is refreshing to hear these voices because their stories are so genuine and so honest. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an inspiration to see teens have the courage to perform in front of their whole high school,â&#x20AC;? comments Jocelyn Ng, one of the national-awardwinning, young Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ahu poets who had come over to help with the Pahoa workshops and slam. Caki Kennedy hopes that Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Island kids will also be entering national poetry competitions. And thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no reason to think that they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Every once in a while, a kid steps up to the mike whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just, without apology, a damn fine poet. Take the conclusion to Triston Kimbalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poem, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who I Want to Beâ&#x20AC;?:

VRJHWWRVOHHSDQG\RXUPLQGVZLPV OLNH Ă&#x20AC;VKHVLQWKHELJJHVWVHDLQWKHZRUOG DQGQRĂ&#x20AC;VKHUPDQFDQFDWFK WKRVHĂ&#x20AC;VK7KH\DUH \RXUVDQG\RXUIHHOLQJV DQG\RXUWKRXJKWV VRODXJKDQGVD\ WKDQN\RX If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a veteran poet like this writer and you hear a teenager reel off lines like that, you want to laugh and say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank you!â&#x20AC;? too. One of these young people has gone a step beyond using words to express anger or grief or joy. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discovered the joy inherent in words themselves. Y Email Caki Kennedy at Email Alan McNarie at

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Photos by John Lyle

For Pomaika’i, it was a case of being in the right place at the right time. His production company provides entertainment for lu‘au and conventions, and one day he got a call from a group that wanted someone to sing and play ‘ukulele. However, he couldn’t find anyone to fulfill this client’s request.


“How’s that for crazy?” said the actor, who played ‘Tattoo Face’ in the romantic comedy “50 First Dates.” “Prior to that, I had no acting experience, had never taken any acting classes, I never even had an interest in acting.”

Singer, musician and actor, Pomaika‘i Keko‘olani Brown.

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omaika’i Keko’olani still shakes his head in disbelief. A local boy arrives in Hollywood, and fresh off the plane, he is greeted by a chauffeured limousine that whisks him off to a major studio for an audition with Adam Sandler.

“The catch was, they wanted someone to play Don Ho’s song “Tiny Bubbles” for 30 minutes straight. I called everyone. No one would take the gig, so I had to take the job myself,” the singer/musician said. The job turned out to be with the game show “Celebrity Mole.” Two celebrities, who had never been on a surfboard before, tried to catch a wave as he continuously played Ho’s signature song. The show aired several months later and when Pomaika’i watched it with his kids, they all had a good laugh and thought that was that. The very next morning, he got a call from a casting director in Los Angeles who saw him on the show, and wanted him to read for a part. “It was crazy. I don’t know how they got my number. I thought it was a prank my friends were playing on me,” he said. “But they

faxed me a script and my wife got the video camera. I dressed like I was in “Celebrity Mole,” read the lines into the camera, and sent them the video. We didn’t hear anything for three weeks and I thought, well, that’s how it goes. Then I got a call. There was a ticket waiting for me at the airport.”

“To me, the most important part on the set was the fabulous people I met. The cast and crew were friendly, giving, and down to earth. But the extras really made an impression. I never felt like I should have been there,” he recalled. “I didn’t have any qualifications, and I saw what their (the extras) resumes were, their experience, their background and the training they had. I found out they were real actors with their backs to the camera and not a single line in the movie. It was humbling.” So Pomaika’i made a commitment to himself that when he returned to Hawai‘i he would learn his new craft. He signed on with three acting coaches, and to this day is still training and taking classes in stage, film, improvisation and auditioning.

Pomaika’i Keko’olani is a man who exudes Hawaiian mana. Shaking his hand is like connecting with the earth you both stand on. His journey began on O‘ahu, where he was raised in Kalihi by his mother, who moved her family to the Big Island in 1972. He credits his mom for instilling the Hawaiian values he continues to embody. Pomaika’i is an artist who dives head first into all his many talents with joy, devotion and dedication. Aside from acting, he sings and plays about a dozen different instruments including ‘ukulele, drums, bass guitar and Hawaiian steel guitar, his favorite. “For me, this is the most loving instrument. Its expression is individual. Of all the instruments, this is the most refreshing and expressive,” he said. Earlier on, as a student attending Kamehameha Schools, his musical talents had led him on another fantastic journey.

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Pomaika’i auditioned on Friday and on Monday they were making a movie. The 2004 romantic comedy starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. He was to play the role of an overweight cook with Polynesian tattoos on his face and a meat cleaver in his hand—which he uses to cut Spam, can and all—and who is also known to put peanut butter cups in pancakes for breakfast.

“Everything I know about acting I know because it was unfair of me to have such an opportunity to act in a major motion picture. I owed it to them (the extras) to get qualified. So I immersed myself in acting classes. Since then, I have been fortunate to act in commercials and independent films. It’s been a learning experience and I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had.”

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Donald P. Jacobs was an eccentric entrepreneur from Tennessee who had connections with Kamehameha Schools. He would come to Hawai‘i to recruit talent for a Polynesian show at one of his amusement parks, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. For three summers, Pomaika’i played ‘ukulele and Polynesian drums at the park, while Jacobs provided transportation, housing, two company vehicles and a credit card for the visiting Hawaiians. “That kicked it over the top. It was an unbelievable dream come true,” Pomaika’i still laughs at the experience. “And it was such a culture shock, to experience the country music side of America, like the Grand ‘Ol Opry, and Southern hospitality.” Pomaika’i has also played with the Poi Boyz, performed with Tavana’s Polynesian Spectacular— one of the most famous shows in Waikiki—and attended UH and Hawai‘i Pacific University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in business and entrepreneurial studies in 1986. Pomaika’i still gets recognized for his role in “50 First Dates,” although he has had major roles in more than half a dozen independent films. Most recently he starred in “Lychee Thieves,” directed by Kathleen Man. The film was shown recently at the Big Island Film Festival and is playing well at film festivals around the country. Unlike a lot of actors who stick with one genre, Pomaika’i feels comfortable in both comedic and dramatic roles. Part of this came early on from the realization that if he wanted work as an actor in Hollywood, he should expect to get typecast. “I knew I would be typecast as a big jolly Hawaiian,” he said. “I know that now. I wasn’t going to be the one that gets the blue-eyed girl.” This local boy wasn’t blinded by the bright lights of Hollywood. Although he could have gone on from “50” to continue working in that vein, Hollywood was not in his blood.

“The last five years I’ve made a conscious effort to learn ‘Na Mea Hawai‘i,’ all things Hawaiian. The language, everything about the culture, crafts, canoeing, ‘ukulele making, coconut weaving... this is more important to me. So I decided I would take the work that came here and keep this lifestyle.” And work he has. Besides his own production company, Pomaika’i has eight screen roles to his credit, several TV roles and numerous commercials. He is also an advocate for struggling actors, working on getting a venue for them to practice their craft. “There are a lot of good actors here, and they don’t get a chance to work their craft. Everyone needs to work to get better, so when the work does come you are qualified. To be acting on this level, I have learned you want your performance to be real,” he said. To this end, he is currently writing a script for a local series. “I want to tell the stories of Hawai‘i rather than be hired to tell someone else’s stories,” Pomaika’i said, keeping it all in perspective. “I gotta say my family is more important to me than music and acting. I want my kids to know who they are as Hawaiians, and know their history and culture. Immersing them in ancient Hawaiian arts, teaching them to know who they are as Hawaiians, to practice the spirit of Aloha. And to make them realize that the place where they are living is amazing.” Y Photos courtesy of Pomaika‘I Keko‘olani. Also see

The Keko‘olani family. “I want my kids to know who they are as Hawaiians and practice the spirit of Aloha,” says Pomaika‘i.

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“I just couldn’t see myself relocating. I love Hawai‘i and its people,” says Pomaika’i, whose number one priority is his wife Toni, and their eight children, ranging in age from 1-1/2 to 23.

A memorable face: ‘Tattoo Face’ in the romantic comedy “50 First Dates.

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The latter fits the eminently knowledgeable and amiable Kalani (as his friends call him). I recently met up with him on a clear Kona morning as he was heading to Keahole-Kona International Airport, flying to Samoa to evaluate a course in tsunami preparedness. Kalani’s life has been and continues to be centered around water and music and the inherent power within both. Born on O‘ahu to parents from Maui with ancestral ties

He learned to play the guitar and ‘ukulele in the early ‘70s and carried his instrument with him everywhere (including high school, where the teachers, in a misguided way, expelled his guitar due to the amount of time he spent playing it). Simultaneously working as a consultant for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an accomplished musician, videographer, family man and a cultural advisor for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Kalani Souza is an individual who possesses a clear, concise vision for the future of humanity and our planet. Not your everyday musician, the well-traveled and world-savvy Hawai’i resident is also passionate about helping people understand and implement

Currently, Kalani serves as the chairman of the Indigenous Knowledge Hui of the Pacific Risk Management Ohana, a collection of federal, state, county and non governmental agencies who work primarily to mitigate and respond to disasters in the greater Pacific Region. He also serves as a cultural competency consultant for NOAA Pacific Services Center of the Dept. of Commerce and previously served as one of two Hawaiians in the Native Network, a group of 450 peacemakers on the Dept. of Interiors out of the Morris Udall Center for Peace in Tucson, Arizona “I blame disco,” the charismatic and kind-spirited former student body president half-jokingly says to me when asked why

people have apparently behaved so negligently in their slow response to the environmental damage in the Gulf of Mexico. Having spent three years in Louisiana doing oceanic research, Kalani, who now travels from his home on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island, is qualified to make statements regarding this disaster. “This has been going on for a long time and the way to look at it is not to ask, ‘How could we have created this mess?’ but, ‘How can we change?’ and ‘How are we really with one another and with the planet in order to effect change?’” “The Gulf is the bedroom of the Atlantic Ocean. The oil slick will likely reach the shores of Europe by next year. There will be a food shortage and the ocean will eventually heal itself but this will take so long. Communities need to learn to look after themselves so that they will have fresh water, fresh food and their health.” Kalani believes that the key to awareness is through education, starting when children are young. “People are beginning to believe that the old ways are no good. Barriers in thinking need to be broken. Without mobilizing through education at an early age, we are repeating mistakes and diving deep into shallow waters.” Continued on page 57


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to Moloka‘i, there was music all around him as a boy. He absorbed it through listening and playing with family members, friends and radio—Hawaiian, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, classical; it was all good to his ears.

alternative energy sources, including wind, solar power and water.


It’s one thing to take a cursory interest and have minor involvement in several organizations all at once, only getting your feet wet when the notion suits. It is entirely different to passionately serve several organizations simultaneously, and to give each your full-time commitment and knowledge, with compassion for the greater ecological good of the planet.

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any on The Big Island may know Kalani Souza as a great musician whose personality lights up the room when he enters and takes the stage—either solo or with Sugah Daddy or Hamakua Uprising—in local venues and the many community events in which he participates—events such as the Laupahoehoe Music Festival, Malama Punalu’u and Na Waiwai O Laupahoehoe. He is that and much more.

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UContinued from page 55 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oil is not a bad thing, until it is mixed with water. The current situation in the Gulf is actually a strange gift to wake us all up; we all live with the water and cannot live without it. The past should have a voice, but given the current ecological state of our planet, not a vote.â&#x20AC;?


E hoâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;omana i ka wai, hoâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;omana wai nui: The water gives power, great power in the water.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water is the manifestation of spiritual power without which no living thing can exist,â&#x20AC;? Kalani tells me. He says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s explore the importance of understanding the balance between science and indigenous intuition. We use science to prove a theorem, we use intuition to discover. Indigenous knowledge IS science; how indigenous people react to each other in their environment can teach us things about how to survive. In a natural disaster, everyone is equal: all victims, all survivors. If we can train a community to react, it rescues itself.â&#x20AC;?

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The Big Blue O: Creating Awareness and Change Through Music

Music has a curious and often welcome way of â&#x20AC;&#x153;soothing the savage beastâ&#x20AC;? and of getting people to listen to inherent messages. Kalani has an idea to save the planet through presenting a theater-based Pacific/Hawaiian musical throughout Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i and the rest of the world, based on the principles of creating harmony and mobilization through music and storytelling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I became a musician to effect social change. Who would most people likely believe; Bob Dylan, Sting and Bono or George Bush and Dick Cheney? It is important as humans to understand who we are through singing, music and storytelling. My goal is to create resonance, educate, raise awareness and change.â&#x20AC;? Y â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Big Blue Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is the planet and we are traveling minstrels, troubadours telling the truth through music. The Big Blue O as a musical group will make a splash to mobilize people and get the planet leiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about respecting the earth and creating harmony.â&#x20AC;?

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Stay in the historic village of PÂ&#x160;hala near Volcanoes National Park, PunaluĂ&#x201D;u Beach & HawaiĂ&#x201D;iĂ&#x2022;s longest uninhabited coast

Weekend of Hawaiian Culture Waikoloa Beach Resort Part of the Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Island Festival, this weekend features Hawaiian falsetto singing, falsetto and poke contests, Ms. Aloha Nui Pageant and Royal Court appearance and a Hawaiian Elegance brunch. Waikoloa Beach Resort hotels and shops. Visit for the complete festival schedule or call 808.886.8822.

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2010 Events:

â&#x20AC;˘ Sunday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m. - Hawaiian Elegance Brunch, Hilton Waikoloa Village â&#x20AC;˘ Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m., Waimeaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 35th Annual Paniolo Parade & Hoâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;olauleâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a â&#x20AC;˘ Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 15-16, 5 p.m. - Kupuna Hula Festival, Keauhou Outrigger Resort. Residents and visitors are invited to help sustain the festival by purchasing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;i Island Festival - 30 Days of Alohaâ&#x20AC;? keepsake ribbons. For more information:

Taste of Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Island & 14th Annual â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Run For Hopeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Two-day event at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Kaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;upulehu benefits cancer research in Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i. Taste of Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Island on Friday night features some of the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best chefs and restaurants; Saturday features 10K Run/5K Run/Walk, golf scramble and tennis tourney. Call 808.325.8052 or email

Saturdays, Sept. 4 & 11 East Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Dance Festival & Extravaganza Hilo A celebration of dance featuring Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading dancersâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; from hip-hop

to hula, tango to tribal, traditional to cutting-edge. 7 p.m., Sept. 4, Palace Theater. Classes held throughout the week, culminating in a student performance 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the East Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Cultural Center. Call 808.217.9924 for more information.

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 4 & 5 36th Annual Parker Ranch Round-up Club Rodeo Waimea This annual two-day rodeo is a fundraiser for scholarships for school-age children of Parker Ranch employees. Family-style fun includes team roping, bull riding and barrel racing. Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena at noon to sunset. Call 808.885.5669 or visit

Friday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sunday, Sept. 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 Queen Liliâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;uokalani Canoe Races Kona Coast The Queen Liliâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;uokalani is the largest, long-distance canoe race in the world, attracting dozens of canoe halau (clubs) and hundreds of paddlers from Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i and beyond. Single-hull, double-hull and individual outrigger canoe races along with a torchlight parade, dance and luâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;au awards ceremony. Call 808.334.9481 or visit

Sunday, Sept. 5 Honuapo Hoâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;olauleâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a Naâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;alehu Day-long festival at Honuapo Beach Park in Kaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;u, featuring live musicâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including a special appearance by celebrated Hawaiian musician Cyril Pahinuiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hula, food, storytelling and activities highlighting the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and cultural traditions. 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. Call 808.929.9891 or visit

Sunday, Sept. 5 Kona Style Slack Key Guitar Festival Keauhou A celebration of Hawaiian â&#x20AC;&#x153;slack-keyâ&#x20AC;? guitar talent, in a free performance staging 15 players. Noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa in Kona. 808.226.2697 or visit

Friday, Sept. 10 Mealaniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival Waikoloa Beach Resort One of Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier food festivals, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a place to learn more about local agricultural products. More than 30 top Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i chefs prepare dry-aged, grass-fed beef and other meats with island-grown vegetables and fruits. Meet the farmers

Â&#x2122; H A P P E N I N G S Â&#x2122; and ranchers who produce our food at festive booths. Taste: 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 p.m. Grass-fed beef cooking demo: 12:30 p.m. Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort. 808.959.2744 or visit

Friday, Sept. 10 Nature Photography Volcano Bring your camera for this easy, hourlong stroll on the rim of Kilauea caldera in Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Volcanoes National Park with wildlife photographer Jack Jeffrey. Meet at Volcano Art Center next to Park Visitor Center. 9 and 10:30 a.m. Free. 808.967.8222 or visit

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 10-12 3rd Annual Hawai`i Film Ho`ike Hilo The Palace Theater hosts three days of films made in Hawai`i by residents of Hawai`i. Filmmakers this year will include Eddie Kamae, Danny Miller, Puhipau, Joan Lander and more. Tickets are $7/general, $6/senior & student and $5/ Palace Stars. Call 808.934.7010 for more information.

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Monday, Sept. 13

The Redstick Ramblers Hilo In concert at UH-Hilo Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. A group with Cajun cultural roots, The Redstick Ramblersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; performs a lively and unique hybrid of country, stringband and swing. Box Office: 808.974.7310. Center on West Kawili Street, across from Waiakea High School, on the UH-Hilo campus.

National Federation of the Blind Kailua-Kona National Federation of the Blind monthly meeting (every 2nd Monday) at 1 p.m. at the Regency at Hualalai, 4th floor chapel. 75-181 Hualalai Road, Kailua Kona. Call 808.989.9299.

Sunday, Sept. 12 11th Annual Bamboo Festival Papaikou Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Bamboo Society presents the 11th Annual Bamboo Festival, 7:30 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3:30 p.m. at the Papaikou Hongwanji, located makai off Hwy. 19 between mile marker 7 and 8, north of Hilo on the Scenic Route drive. Watch building construction, furniture making and fence building; exhibits include Master Gardeners, Invasive Species Outreach Committee, Little Fire Ant Specialist Cas Vanderwoude, BioChar Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i and bamboo info. Vendors sell plants, timber, furniture, tools and edible shoots. Arts and crafts contest, bamboo recipe contest, silent auction and hourly door prizes.

Wednesday & Thursday, Sept. 15-16 Kupuna Hula Festival Keauhou Some of Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most experienced and talented kupuna or elder hula dancers (55 and older) perform at this popular annual event, which is a part of the Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Island Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; 30 Days of Alohaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa. Two nights of dance competition, 5 p.m.: solo competitions are held Wednesday evening followed by the non-competitive hoâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;olauleâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a. Thursday features group competitions and awards presentation.

Arts and crafts fair all day. Also features an appearance by the Royal Court. County of Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Elderly Activities Division- Special Programs. Event often sells out. Call 808.322-1812.

Thursday-Sunday, Sept 16-19 Hawaii County Fair Hilo Fun for all, with a wide variety of island ethnic foods, live musical and vocal entertainment, games, farm products, special exhibits and informational booths. Civic Auditorium fairgrounds, 5:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; midnight Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, Sept. 18 Waimea Paniolo Parade and Hoâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;olaulea Waimea Part of the Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Island Festival, this parade celebrates the Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) with many colorful entries and Hawaiian Island princesses on horseback. Followed by crafts show, games and arts plus island food and products and entertainment. 11 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 p.m. Free. Always a popular event for the whole family. For more information call 808.936.4376.

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4th Annual Parade and Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace Honokaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a This Hamakua Coast community joins the world in observing the United Nations International Peace Day with a parade featuring bands, floats, clubs, school groups, performance artists and dancers. Also food vendors, info booths and entertainment. Noon. 808.640.4602 or visit

Kau Kau Kailua Kailua-Kona In the Hawaiian language, kau kau means food and this week-long event is all about enjoying inspiring food at a variety of restaurants in Kailua-Kona. Konaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Restaurant Week is organized by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District (KVBID). Waterfront dining, special three-course dinner menus at â&#x20AC;&#x153;unbeatable valuesâ&#x20AC;? and much more. Visit

Sunday, Sept. 19 Kailua Village Stroll & Huliheâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;e Palace Concert Kailua-Kona Aliâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Drive is closed to traffic and lined with friendly vendors, merchants and restaurants offering a wide variety of specials from 1-6 p.m. At 4 p.m., enjoy hula by Halau Na Pua Ui o Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i and a free Hawaiian music concert on the lawn at Huliheâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;e Palace honoring Queen Liliâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;uokalani. Bring your own mat or chair and they will be checked for free while you stroll Aliâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Drive. 808.329.1877;

Friday, Sept. 24 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fireside Storiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Volcanoes National Park Learn about the history, culture, and people of Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i in this series of informal talks near the fireplace in the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Volcanoes National Park. 7 p.m. Free; park entrance fees may apply. Call 808.967.8222 or visit

Saturday, Sept. 25 Forest Hike Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Volcanoes National Park Join Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Volcanoes National Park

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rangers on a challenging, three-mile hike to an isolated geologic remnant of native vegetation to discover the rare plants and trees that live there. Participants are limited. 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. at Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Volcanoes Kahuku unit near mile marker 70 on Hwy. 11. For registration, call 808.985.6011.

Sunday, Sept. 26 He Haliâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a Aloha No Ka Queen Liliâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;uokalani Festival Hilo This festival celebrates the birthday of Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beloved Queen Liliâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;uokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i. It is held in the beautiful surroundings of the Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historical namesake, the Japanese-style gardens in central Hilo. Hula. 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 p.m. Call 808.961.8706 for more information.

Sunday, Sept. 26 Larry Carlton Trio Hilo Three-time, Grammy Award-winner and all-time guitar great Larry Carltonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and his trioâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;bring blues, jazz and fusion to the UH-Hilo Performing Arts Center.! Recently awarded a lifetime achievement award by Guitar Player Magazine, Larry Carlton is famous for his incendiary guitar work on Steely Danâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic albums. 7:30 p.m. Box office: 808.974.7310. Center is located on West Kawili Street, across from Waiakea High School, on the UH-Hilo campus.

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One of Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front-ranking tabla players, Pandit Nayan Ghosh is the sixth generation musician in the Ghosh family. Call 808.934.7010 for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 2 Namasteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Birthday Party Hilo Help celebrate the 12th birthday of Namaste, the rare white Bengal tiger at the Panaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens. Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i County Band concert, entertainment, games for the kids, crafts and foods. Plus party favors for all the animals! Free. 9 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 p.m. Visit

Oct. 8-24 The Sound of Music Hilo The Palace Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fall Musical. Call (808)934-7010 for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 9 Ford Ironman Triathlon World Championship Kona-Kohala Coasts A whopping 1,800 triathletes from around the world (50 countries and all U.S. states) converge on Kona for this superbowl of triathlon events, featuring a 2.4-mile ocean swim, a 112-mile bike course and a 26.2-mile run. Road closures will occur; be a part of it by volunteering at an aid station. Call 813.868.5929 / 813.868.5914 or visit

Nayan Ghosh in concert Hilo Classical Indian music â&#x20AC;&#x201C; sitar and tabla, performed live at Hiloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Palace Theater.


Â&#x2122; H A P P E N I N G S Â&#x2122; Saturday, Oct. 9 Na Mea Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Hula Kahiko Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Volcanoes National Park Enjoy traditional hula and chant performed outdoors on the hula platform overlooking Kilauea Crater, featuring Halau Na Pua Haâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;aheo o Kona, 0:30 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:30 a.m. Hawaiian crafts demonstrations at Volcano Art Center Gallery 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entry fees apply. Call 808.967.8222 or visit

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 9 & 10 East Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Dance Festival Hilo This two-day festival perpetuates Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique dance heritage with a variety of performances of dance styles, educational events and participatory activities. Enjoy both traditional and contemporary ground-breaking dance genres at the Civic Auditorium. Call 808.961.5711 or visit

Tuesdays, October 12 & 19 Recreate Your Life When Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at a Crossroads Waimea Life Coach Desiree Watson presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six Dimensions of Transitionâ&#x20AC;? and how to

Wednesday, Oct. 13 Complexions Contemporary Ballet Waimea Kahilu Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 30th Season opens 7 p.m. with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Founded by two former Alvin Ailey members, Complexions has created an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement. Call 808.885.6868 or visit

Saturday, Oct.16 Found Objects Sculpture Workshop Honaunau Workshop by Jozuf Hadley at Society for Konaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Education and the Arts (SKEA). 10 to 12 a.m. for six Saturdays. Attend one or all.

Saturday, Oct.16 Patrick Ball: Modern Day Bard Hilo In concert at UH-Hilo Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating, spoken-word artist. He performs on the ancient, legendary

brass-strung harp of Ireland and tells tales of wit and enchantment. Call 808.974.7310 or visit

Sunday, Oct. 17 Kailua Village Stroll & Huliheâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;e Palace Concert Kailua-Kona Aliâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Drive is closed to traffic and lined with friendly vendors, merchants and restaurants offering a wide variety of specials from 1-6 p.m. At 4 p.m., enjoy hula by Halau Na Pua Ui o Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i and a free Hawaiian music concert on the lawn at Huliheâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;e Palace honoring Princess Kaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ulani. Bring your own mat or chair and they will be checked for free while you stroll Aliâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Drive. 808.329-1877;

Fridays, Oct. 15, 22 & 29 Cemetery Tour at Konaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christ Church Kealakekua Join costumed interpreters from the Kona Historical Society through the cemeteries of two churches in mauka Kona, as they tell stories of the famous residents and ordinary citizens buried there. 6 p.m. at

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Wayfinding Festival Hilo This third annual event celebrates the historic sailing feats of Pacific peoples using celestial navigation along with current efforts to revive and expand skills and interest in long-distance canoe voyaging. Free activities include panel presentations and workshops led by Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s master canoe navigators. Imiloa Astronomy Center. Call 808.969.9704 or visit

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Art Market Fall Festival Volcano Village A family celebration of visual and performing arts, featuring fine arts market with photography, painting, jewelry and sculpture. Live art demonstrations, keiki activities, nature walk and food booths. 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. Volcano Art Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Free. 808.967.8222 or

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Kona History Cruise Kona Coast An ocean adventure aboard a sailing catamaran to learn about the many interesting Hawaiian historical sites found along the Kona Coast. Sponsored by the Kona Historical Society with narration by

Konaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s John Mitchell. 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 p.m. Fee. Call 808.322.2788 or visit

Oct. 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 31 Eco Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Festival Pahoa Week-long celebration promoting sustainable living, which concludes with a weekend â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jungleweenâ&#x20AC;? celebration the evening of Oct. 30 and then a day devoted to eco experiences, farm tours, gardening, educational events and local flora Oct. 30. At Kalani Oceanside Retreat in Pahoa on Hwy. 137 between the 17- and 18-mile marker. Call 808.965.0468 or visit

Tuesday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Friday, October 26-29 Hoâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;okahi Puâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ui Wai i ka Hula â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hula Camp Keauhou An extraordinary hula retreat for hula practitioners, hula lovers, and those interested in hula, its stories and traditions. All are welcome no matter what level of experience. Program includes workshops, field trip to sites in Kona and evening entertainment. It concludes with a field trip to Kilauea Volcano at Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Volcanoes National Park. Learn knowledge of implement making, traditional hula adornments, as well as to learn hula dances and chants. Fee. Information: Kumu Keala Ching, Keauhou Beach Resort, 808.324.2553.

October 28-31 The Rocky Horror Show Kainaliu Aloha Performing Arts Company presents the cult classic rock musical, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rocky Horror Showâ&#x20AC;? for four performances

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Friday, Oct. 29 ‘Obake’ – Ghost Stories Wailea Village, Hamakua Celebrate Halloween local-style with an evening of food and spooky obake or ghost stories from Island residents. At Akiko’s Bed & Breakfast in Wailea Village at the 15-mile marker on Hwy. 19 on the Hamakua Coast from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Nominal fee. Call 808.963.6422.

Sunday, Oct. 31 War of the Worlds Hilo A live production of the original radio play performed at the historic Palace Theater by Hilo’s finest. Call 808.934.7010 for more information.

Coming in November: Nov. 4 – 7

and the hula arts. Call 808.886.8822 or visit

Friday, Nov. 5 Black & White Night Hilo Downtown Hilo’s biggest annual strolling party with live music, fashion shows, a treasure hunt through town, free food, author and artist receptions. Wear black and white! Call 808.933.9772 or visit

Friday, Nov. 5 New Waves at NELHA Keahole-Kona Luncheon and tour at NELHA, the innovative aquaculture and natural energy facility on the Kona Coast. 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Call 808.329.8073 or visit

-Nov. 5 – 14 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Kona Call 808.326.7820 or visit

Moku o Keawe International Hula Festival Waikoloa Beach Resort A multi-day event celebrating the hula

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Owners Penny (left) and Connie Brumbaugh

enny Brumbaugh came to Hawai‘i in 2003 to open and manage a funeral home in West Hawai‘i for another company. After a few months the company decided that West Hawai‘i wasn’t a good market for them, and they decided to shut down and suggested that she move her family back to the mainland. Instead, she talked with her family about staying in Hawai‘i, and her sister-in-law, Connie, made the decision to bring her family to the island. Together they opened A Hui Hou Crematory & Funeral Home in October of 2004. Its creative name sends the message in Hawaiian: “Until we meet again.” A Hui Hou has become the only full-service facility in West Hawai‘i. “Without us the only option is two-and-a-half hours away,” Penny said. “We believe that the West Hawai‘i community deserves to have a funeral home to care for its community.” A Hui Hou was originally located on Kuakini Highway in Kailua-Kona, but the owners felt the need to expand its facility and parking. It has resulted in a recent move to a new, larger facility with more parking spaces at Palm Terrace, 74-5615 Luhia Street.

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“A Hui Hou serves all of West Hawaii, from Naalehu to Honokaa (including Hawi, Waikoloa, Kamuela, Kohala). Our college-educated staff have all passed the Federal Boards with reference to Embalming, and we have worked in the funeral industry a combined total of over 30 years,” Penny said. “We have served over 475 families during the time we have operated here, and we respectfully appreciate the trust they have given us,” she said. “We are a family business and a part of this community. We support the businesses and organizations in West Hawai‘i.” For more information, call 808.329.5137. Email: Website:

mily Gualtieri and Gary Brown, fine artists and owners of Showcase Gallery in South Kona, moved to Hawai‘i in 1989 and sold their silver and Gary Brown and Emily Gualtieri niobium jewelry at local art and craft shows and galleries around the state. Emily descends from a long line of Northern Italian artisans, and is a fine jewelry craftsman. She was recently certified as a Level One Instructor in Art Clay Silver. Gary has a passion for building ship models. His love of the ocean and many years at sea is reflected in his highly detailed, museum-quality sailing ship models. He also makes furniture, jewelry boxes and small wood products as well as silver and koa jewelry and folding knives. In 2001, they opened their first gallery, Eternal Wave Gallery, in Kainaliu. In 2004, they acquired Showcase Gallery in Keauhou, and renamed the Kainaliu gallery as Showcase Gallery. It remained the main gallery, with almost 1800 sq. ft. of display area, at its location at 79-7407 Mamalahoa Hwy (Hwy. 11), on the mauka side, across from Just Ukes and Kimura’s in Kainaliu. “We’ve always loved Kainaliu,” Emily said, “with its mellow atmosphere, friendly people, and close-knit community filled with many wonderful small shops and restaurants.” In Spring of 2009, the couple closed the Keauhou gallery and consolidated in the Kainaliu location. Showcase Gallery strives to maintain a good relationship with the artists and artisans they represent. “We understand and appreciate the challenges of being an artist/craftsman, and gratefully acknowledge them. They are part of our extended family,” says Emily. More than 90 percent of the work in the gallery is made on the Big Island. They offer a selection of hand made pottery, jewelry, woodwork (including boxes, bowls and furniture), art glass, metal petroglyph and sea life sculptures, photographs, original painting and prints. “We still produce a lot of the work found in the gallery, sold under the trade name “Eternal Wave Designs,” Emily said. “This fall, we plan to add a selection of materials for jewelry artists, including beads, findings, metal clay and fused glass supplies. We will also be offering art and craft classes in the gallery.” For more information, call 808.322.3203. Email: Website:


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I Mua e Nā Wāhine

By Jackie Pualani Johnson


Our backs twist together, nā wāhine o ke kai. We plunge our paddles as one, forcing the Pacific Under the ‘ama, the canoe piercing the incoming swell

Salty spray clinging to lashes, lips,

There is unity in heaving with the hull.

Filling the bottom just enough to slow our progress

Twisting a haku of bodily power with each huki,

Bailer clunking between our legs, tangled,

Releasing passionate cries of effort,

Kahi mālie toward the horizon.

No longer mothers or lovers, But mea hoe wa‘a.

Women warriors of the waves, battling speed and Swells that loom from the breast of an ocean mo‘o,

Nā wāhine o ke kai:women of the sea

Defying reason and belittling human presence,

‘Amaoutrigger float

Humbled, we push like women in labor,

Kahi malie:long, easy strokes

Unable to stop the pulse.

Mea hoe wa‘a:canoers

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Photos by GP Merfeld,

Jackie Pualani Johnson, professor of Theater Arts at UH-Hilo, is editor of Ho‘okupu: An Offering of Literature by Native Hawaiian Women. It is the first such anthology, showcasing the writings of contemporary Native Hawaiian women—many of them residents of Hawai‘i Island. To use a metaphor from this poem, the authors “plunge their paddles as one” into the sea of story and song. The book, published in 2009 by Mutual Publishing, is available at Basically Books in Hilo.



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