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Publishers Talk Story...

Thy sea is so great... T

wo years ago, a friend in Honolulu called and asked, “How would you like to go out on the Hokule‘a? They’re looking to recruit new crew members for a round-the-world voyage.” “Right,” I thought. “Me?” But I jumped at the chance. Our host was Kimo Hugo, Herb Kāne’s first mate on the famous canoe’s initial shakedown voyages. I didn’t know who he was at the time, but today that experience is burned in my memory. It was an incredible honor just to step aboard that icon of the revival of Pacific voyaging and education. Participating in sail handling and examining the intricate lashings, I could sense the mana of seamen and women who’ve crossed the ocean in recent years on that very small boat, even Eddie Aikau.

“Oh God,
 thy sea is so great
 and my boat is so small…”

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– from an Irish Fisherman’s Prayer

A Herb Kāne painting graces this issue’s cover of Ke Ola magazine. This placement posed another challenge for us: how do you tell this iconic artist’s story in a way that would honor and express the impact he has had on our Hawai‘i? Our magazine is so small… like the boat… but the honor is truly ours. See “Herb Kawainui Kāne, Larger Than Life” (page 19). Many of you have a story about Herb, who passed away earlier this year. We invite you to share your own Herb Kāne stories on our website, in the comment section following Herb’s story. Also in this issue, you’ll find abundant praises for the humble and somewhat-lumpy breadfruit. If you tasted it once and didn’t like it, or if you’re a breadfruit novice like most of us, do give it a chance. Pacific voyagers like Kaha‘i on our cover and later on, Captain Bligh, sought to take it home and feed the world. Ke Ola magazine, too, is sailing around the world. On a daily basis we hear how much our readers love Ke Ola and how you often mail copies to your friends and family all over the world. We love that Ke Ola is traveling all over the world! What we would love even more is if you pick up one copy for yourself, and also order gift subscriptions for your friends and family. (The holidays are coming.) Order on our website, call or mail (see page 7 for details). The nominal subscription fee just covers postage and handling, so the magazines are actually still complimentary. Your friends and family will thank you each time it comes in the mail. We offer 22,000 copies for free on this island. Sending subscriptions to off-island folks helps us to gather accurate statistics so our advertisers know where their ads in Ke Ola are going! This is your community magazine and, in the spirit of community, let’s all continue to support each other’s success. With your help, we can continue to bring more great stories about the arts, culture and sustainability of Hawai‘i Island!

Karen Valentine and Barbara Garcia

From Readers... ✿ Your Glorious Mag! Aloha! I am just writing to tell you all....and I know there’s quite a crew responsible... that I absolutely LOVE your magazine.  I have read and subscibed to several mags.  NONE of them come close to the high quality of everything in your monthly magazine.  The level of Aloha and spirit, as well as the high level of craftsmanship is evident in each issue. Amazing. There are mags here on O‘ahu.  They just don’t come even up to # 1 on a one to ten.  And you hold the #10 spot.  Wow.I’ll go online and sign up for a subscription. And if there’s that much Mana and Aloha there, I may have to move to the Big Island.   – Robert Wood, O‘ahu Home Inspector (private) ✿ Dear Editor: I am honored and grateful to have my artwork included in the article “Ocean Trash Art” by Devany Vickery-Davidson.   My name is Aurora Robson and I am the artist who was on residency creating the piece out of plastic debris collected by the Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund on the southern shores of the Big Island. Anyway, there is a error in the article - it says that I used a heat gun to create the piece, but I didn’t. This is important because of the potential of toxins being released by the plastic if heated. One of the biggest problems with plastic in the oceans is that it acts as an aggregate (toxins accumulate in it). So, I would never melt it or heat it to create a piece -- especially with students helping, I certainly wouldn’t want to endanger their health! The piece was created using no hardware or adhesives and in a totally environmentally sensitive way.

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The sculpture is for sale, and proceeds from the sale of the piece will go to help clean up our oceans and shorelines and raise awareness about plastic pollution. It also might be good to mention that the Sculpt the Future Foundation also helped support my creating this piece. Thank you and Devany again for sharing this story! Mahalo & Aloha, Aurora Robson [From the editor: Author Devany Vickery-Davidson noted the heatgun in one of the photos taken at the work site. However, she didn’t actually see it in use. Ke Ola regrets the mistake and we are happy to pass on this information to our readers.] ✿ Dear Editor: As an animal lover I couldn’t help but immerse myself in the recent article, “Saving the Kona Nightingale.”  This article inspired me! As a small business owner who creates handbags from Hawaiian coffee sacks, I appreciate the Hawaiian donkey and its significance in the history of Kona coffee. One of the coffee sacks used in my handbag collection is from Kona Pacific Farmers Co-op and it features a Kona Nightingale.  I created the ’Save the Kona Nightingale’ tote to help raise money and awareness regarding efforts being made to protect and preserve these donkeys. A portion of the proceeds benefits the “Humane Society of the U.S. Waikoloa Donkey Project.” Mahalo Ke Ola magazine for spreading the word about our island issues and allowing us as a community to offer a helping hand!  – Tanya Mariano Kearns Owner/Designer, Manila Extract

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