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Art 27 Lessons of Light Ethan Tweedie Captures the Beauty of Hawai‘i Island By Gayle ‘Kaleilehua’ Greco 55 The Man Behind the Flowers Peter Honeyman Transforms Botany Into Art By Le‘a Gleason

Business 67 Managing with Aloha: ‘Imi ola By Rosa Say

Health 49 Kupuna Talk Story: Kenneth Francis Brown Native Son, Holistic Visionary Inspires the Future of Hawai‘i Island By Keith Nealy

Home 13 Then & Now: Volcano House Reincarnate Uncovering Old Beauty and Discovering Hawai‘i’s Oldest Hotel Anew By Alan D. McNarie 23 Stepping Back in Time And into Hilo’s Shipman House By Denise Laitinen

Land 39 Messages to Mars Artist Jon Lomberg Sends Relics From Today for Civilizations Tomorrow By Jon Lomberg 45 Community Supported Agriculture Grows Up on Hawai‘i Island By Cynthia Sweeney 75 Mangoes By Sonia R. Martinez



Music 69 Ali‘i Keana‘aina Shares Music From His Heart By Shirley Stoffer

People 19 Treasure at 107: Saramae Williams Landers By Paula Thomas 35 The Life and Legacy of Guy Toyama Remembering a Green Power Hero and Friend By Susan Cox 61 Uncle Billy Paris Talks Story By Fern Gavelek

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‘O Kamanawa a Kālama noho iā Kūāiwa, he ali‘i kō Kona Hānau ‘ia ‘o ‘Ehu, ka makua o ‘Ehunuikaimalino he ali‘i

Kamanawa a Kālama union with Kūāiwa, chief and chiefess of Kona Born is ‘Ehu, the father of ‘Ehunuikaimalino, a respected chief

‘O Laeanuikaumanamana ke keiki a ‘Ehunuikaimalino Noho ‘o Līloa, he ali‘i Akua o Waipi‘o a pili iā Laeanuikaumanamana

Laeanuikaumanamana is the child of ‘Ehunuikaimalino Līloa, an honorable Godly chief of Waipi‘o, and a close advisor is Laeanuikaumanamana

‘O Hākau a Līloa, he ali‘i lili ho‘i iā ‘Umi a Līloa Na ‘Umi a Līloa i hui ‘ia ka ‘āina o Hawai‘i a noho ma Kona

Hākau a Līloa was jealous of ‘Umi a Līloa his lower ranked brother However, ‘Umi a Līloa united the island of Hawai‘i and resided in Kona

‘O Keali‘iokaloa lāua ‘o Keawe nui a ‘Umi, he mau ali‘i kō Hawai‘i He keiki ‘elua a ‘Umi a Līloa lāua ‘o Kapukini a Līloa

Keali‘iokaloa and Keawe nui a ‘Umi are chief of the island of Hawai‘i Children of ‘Umi a Līloa and Kapukini a Līloa, high ranking chief

‘O Lonoikamakahiki, noho i Keauhou, ke keiki a Keawe nui a ‘Umi ‘O Kaikilani ka wahine a Kanaloakuaana, he ali‘i kō Kona

Lonoikamakahiki resides in Keauhou, the child of Keawe nui a ‘Umi Kaikilani, the woman of Kanaloakuana, a high ranking chief

Noho ‘o Keali‘iokalani lāua ‘o Keakealanikāne, nā keiki a Kanaloakuaana Hānau ‘ia he keiki wahine kapu kō Kona ‘o Keakamahana nō ia

Keali‘iokalani and Keakealanikāne are the children of Kanaloakuaana Born is a sacred chiefess of Kona, Keakamahana

‘O Keakamahana, hānau ‘ia ‘o Keakealaniwahine, he ali‘i kō Kona Noho iā Kanaloakapulehu, hānau ‘ia ‘o Keaweikekahiali‘iokamoku

Keakamahana gives birth to Keakealaniwahine, a significant chiefess of Kona Keakealaniwahine has a union with Kanaloakapulehu, born is Keaweikekahiali‘iokamoku

Noho ‘o Keaweikekahiali‘iokamoku lāua ‘o Kalanikauleleiaiwi, hānau ‘ia nā Ali‘i ‘O Kalanike‘eaumoku lāua ‘o Kekela, he mau keiki ali‘i a Keawe

Keaweikekahiali‘iokamoku union with Kalanikauleleiaiwi born are generations of chief Kalanike‘eaumoku and Kekela are children of Keaweikekahiali‘iokamoku

Noho ‘o Kalanike‘eaumoku lāua ‘o Kamakaimoku, hānau ‘ia ‘o Kalanikapupāikalaninui ‘O Kalanikapupāikalaninui noho iā Kalola, hānau ‘ia ‘o Keku‘iapoiwa Liliha

Kalanike‘eaumoku union with Kamakaimoku born is Kalanikapupāikalaninui Kalanikapupāikalaninui union with Kalola, born is Keku‘iapoiwa Liliha

Noho ‘o Kamakaimoku lāua ‘o Kalaninui‘iāmamao, hānai ‘ia ‘o Kalani‘opu‘u, he ali‘i ‘O Kalani‘opu‘u noho iā Kalola, hānau ‘ia ‘o Kīwala‘ō, he ali‘i kō Kona

Kamakaimoku union with Kalaninui‘iāmamao, adopted child Kalani‘opu‘u, a chief Kalani‘opu‘u union with Kalola, born is Kīwala‘ō, a chief of Kona

Noho ‘o Kīwala‘ō lāua ‘o Keku‘iapoiwa Liliha, hānau ‘ia ‘o Keōpūlani, he wahine kapu ‘O Kelela noho iā Hā‘ae, hānau ‘ia ‘o Keku‘iapoiwa ka wahine hānau iā Pai‘ea

Kīwala‘ō union with Keku‘iapoiwa Liliha, birth of a sacred chiefess, Keōpūlani Kelela union with Hā‘ae, born is Keku‘iapoiwa, the mother of Pai‘ea

‘O Pai‘ea ke keiki ali‘i, lilo i Kamehameha he ali‘i ma Kohala ala ‘O Kamehameha he Ali‘i kō Kona, noho iā Keōpūlani, ka wahine hānau i nā Ali‘i kapu

Pai‘ea, a respected chief who becomes Kamehameha of Kohala Kamehameha, a great chief of Kona, union with Keōpūlani, mother of the sacred chief of Kona

Proud is the genealogy of the many ali‘i of Kona. As we seek the relationship of these Godly chiefs and their people of the island, we are able to observe the large amount of temples in one area and the largeness of these temples as well. If these chiefs honor their gods, we observe their love for their land, people, community, and the god. An inspiring chief indeed would be followed and loved by their people. Righteousness is found within the land, with their people, its community, and the spirit. Seek a spiritually balanced individual and he/she will inspire us all. Inspiration is understanding the knowledge of all possibilities – Kumu Keala! Contact Kumu Keala Ching: | July/August 2013


a‘aheo ka mo‘okū‘auhau o nā ali‘i ma Kona nei. ‘Imi i ka pili ‘ana o nā ali‘i Akua a me nā kānaka o ia moku a e ‘ike paha ana nā heiau he nui a ka heiau nui kekahi. Inā he ali‘i pili i ke Akua, hiki ke ‘ike i ke aloha nui i ka ‘āina, nā kanaka a me ke Akua. Kīpaipai ho‘i o ia Ali‘i nei i nā po‘e kanaka a hāhai ho‘i nā kanaka i ia Ali‘i. Aia nō ka ‘ike pono i ka ‘āina, ke kānaka, ke kaiāulu a ka pili ‘uhane i ke Akua. Huli i ke kanaka pili ke Akua a nāna nō i kīpaipai ho‘i iā kākou.


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Then & Now:Volcano House Reincarnate Uncovering Old Beauty and Discovering Hawai‘i’s Oldest Hotel Anew |

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Volcano House Hotel circa 1866, at the edge of Kīlauea volcano. Mark Twain stayed here and wrote about it in his book Roughing It.

of Dietrich Varez, the front desk sits across from paintings of Hawaiian Ali‘i by Kamehameha descendant Kapanikuniahi Parker, and the restaurant walls are adorned with replicas of vintage Hawaiian magazine cover art. Guests no longer dine from a buffet line. Instead, meals are offered à la carte, and tour bus passengers now lunch on bento boxes featuring poi, poke, salad, and a choice of kalua pig, fish, chicken, or a vegetarian entree. The new menu, wherever possible, features “farm to table, Hawai‘i Island-sourced food,” says Elizabeth Churchill of Aqua Hospitality, the Honolulu-based company that the new | July/August 2013

he grand dame of Hawai‘i hotels is back! Volcano House began checking in visitors March 22 for the first time since it closed for structural upgrades and interior renovations on December 31, 2009. On June 1 the lobby, dining room, gift shop, and bar also reopened for business. Visitors familiar with the island’s oldest hotel will find completely new décor. Gone is the dark wood paneling, dark brown overstuffed leather sofas, and most of koa rocking chairs that gave the hotel’s great room its former gentleman’s club feel. The walls are a much lighter color now, and the lounge is furnished with modern wicker-rattan, as is common in most hotels in Hawai‘i. Vintage photographs displaying a pictorial history of the hotel that used to hang on the walls of the bar and hallways are gone. The great room is now decorated with copies of Volcano School art, the current lānai area once hidden by a Ad in The San Francisco former souvenir shop is Call, August 14, 1912 adorned with the artwork Public Domain photo on


The Volcano House, circa 1912. The center was built in 1891. The wing on the right is the 1877 structure. Photograph by Robert K. Bonine via Library of Congress website | July/August 2013

concessionaire, Ortega Family Enterprises hired to run the hotel. “Ortega holds concessions in several national parks,” says Elizabeth, and “wanted a locally based operator who understands the Hawai‘i Market and is pono to handle the hotel’s management.” When the hotel holds its grand opening celebration in September, she promises proper native Hawaiian protocols will be observed. The changes are definite improvements. The little art gallery/ gift shop that used to sit behind oversized sliding doors used as walls between the lounge and the crater has been moved to the mauka side of the building. In its place is now a “meditation room” with huge windows highlighting the real reason that people come to stay at Volcano house: the incredible panoramic vista of the Kīlauea Caldera with Halema‘uma‘u steaming away in the distance. In Volcano House’s previous incarnation, visitors had to walk through the bar and out the door on the far side to get to that vista. Now it’s front and center. That same panorama, viewed through huge picture windows, dominates the spacious dining room and all the guest rooms on that side of the building, as well. (The less expensive rooms on the mauka side offer rain forest views.) What remains are familiar staples. The famous koa wood bar counter has been carefully restored. The two big basalt fireplaces with their bas-reliefs, one of Madame Pele in bronze and the other of Lohi‘au and Hi‘iaka in wood are still there. Some of what may appear new is actually so old that most people alive won’t remember it. What’s happened in the past three years has not just been a renovation, it’s been a


1940 Fire started in the kitchen at west end of building. Note the direction of smoke is almost due south. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Photograph Collection

restoration. The national park and the new concessionaire spent an estimated $6.5-7 million, between them, to recapture the look and feel of the 1940s hotel when it first opened on November 8, 1941. When the restoration team took up the patterned carpet, for instance, they found polished concrete. Polished concrete was something of an art form in the first half of the 20th Century. When used in showcase buildings such as Hilo’s Palace Theater, those who created them were often considered fine craftsmen. Today, some of that gleaming dark green concrete is once again visible underfoot in the hotel lobby and elsewhere. Likewise, three “special rooms” upstairs feature the original hardwood flooring, rediscovered during the refurbishing, along with another surprise—elegant green tile fireplaces, which sat behind the rooms’ walls for decades until the restoration was underway. This isn’t the first reincarnation the hotel has been through. Volcano House is claimed to have been in continuous operation from 1846-2010, though not in the same building. In fact, it started life as a Hawaiian thatched house on the north side of Kīlauea crater built by Benjamin Pitman, Sr. Later, in 1877, a Mr. Jones decided to build a rustic six-room, single-story wooden lodge. It was replaced in turn by a series of wooden structures and additions, culminating in the current building, built in 1941 and expanded in 1953. Few people know more about the hotel’s early days than does Volcano architect and photographer Boone Morrison. In the early 1970s, Boone found the decaying 1877 lodge in the woods near the current hotel. As practice for the park’s fire brigade, the building was slated to be burned, and Boone proposed instead that it be turned into an art gallery. Boone himself led the nine man crew that used period tools to restore the old building in what he describes as “the best construction job I’ve ever had.” “I discovered the source of the coffee break,” he reminisces, “because midmorning and midafternoon, we had to stop and sharpen tools.” In 1974, the 1877 Volcano House building was placed on the National Register of Historic Properites and has served as the Volcano Art Center. The hotel’s logs, which date back as early as 1865 were originally meant to record changes in the eruption, include a plethora of comments by guests about the hotel and staff, as well. One praised the ‘neat little hotel’ with its ‘fine neat fireplace.’ Veteran visitors who’d been there before also made comparisons with earlier accommodations, which one called an ‘open shed with a hole in the roof for a fireplace.’

Past Renovations

In 1891 a “Victorian-inspired” two-story addition was built. Then, in 1921, the original 76 feet of the 1877 building was cut away and moved on rollers to its current location. Recent work on the documentation of this historic building in 2010 by Dr. William Chapman notes that the current 1877 building is 25 feet shorter than indicated by contemporary descriptions of the building. It is possible that part of the old building’s dining room and the manager’s quarters were overlapped by the new building and left in place.

The Volcano House 1947, historic landmark overlooking the east side of Kīlauea Crater Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Photograph Collection Meanwhile, the 1891 addition was expanded upon, until it eventually was a sprawling 115-room complex. A 1904 picture shows a much different Volcano House from the one today: a white, Victorian-looking frame structure with ornate shutters and a cupola. An interior shot showed a hotel lobby that resembled a Victorian drawing room, complete with a billiard table. This was the building that first attracted the attention of the hotel’s most famous owner: George Lycurgus, a Greek immigrant and California fruit dealer. According to tradition, he first came to Hawai‘i by accident when he boarded a ship in California for a friendly card game with members of the

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Halema‘uma‘u, NPS Photo/Michael Szoenyi/ Spreckels family, who owned the Oceanic Steamship Company, and didn’t notice when the ship left harbor. George eventually settled in the islands, leased land and buildings of the former “Seaside Club” in Waikīkī; renovated the buildings and renamed it the Sans Souci Hotel. He bought Lorin Thurston’s shares in the Volcano House in 1904, where “Uncle George” became renowned for his jovial hospitality. After the overthrow of the monarchy, George remained fiercely loyal to Queen Lili‘uokalani and was briefly imprisoned by the Republican government. He was also said to have started, or at least to have encouraged, the tradition of offerings to Madame Pele at Halema‘uma‘u. As George encouraged Hawaiian traditions, he also encouraged science, helping Thomas Jaggar to found Volcano Observatory. In fact, the observatory’s first room, still containing some of Thomas’ original equipment capable of detecting earthquakes, sits under a mound on the caldera side of Volcano House. The Whitney Laboratory of Seismology is on the National Register of Historic Places. George probably had some interesting political discussions with Thomas, who supported annexation.

Volcano House as seen from the steam vents NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

Then, Feb 21, 1940 turned into no doubt one of the worst days of Uncle George’s life. “An oil burner in the kitchen overflows and catches fire,” recounts Boone. “And the building goes up in an hour.” Remarkably, no one was killed. And George, already a senior citizen, wasn’t about to give up. He pressed the 1877 structure temporarily back into service, kindling the fire in the hearth with embers from the burnt hotel. He commissioned Hawai‘i architect Charles Dickey to design a new, smaller hotel in the so-called “National Park Rustic” style, at a site closer to the caldera rim. Within a year, the new Volcano House was up and running again. That building received another addition in 1953 to create a 33-room hotel. Finally, in 1960 at the age of 101, George passed away. The new management named the hotel bar “Uncle George’s Bar” in his honor.

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According to Laura C. Schuster, architect Bruce Harden “tried really hard to complement the existing 1941 building,” mimicking some of its design elements found in the 1941 hotel. Although the annex rooms are laid out differently—they’re actually a little larger—they still have much the same feel, including those big windows to take in that magnificent view. All the rooms now have Wi-Fi, as well as thick white complimentary bathrobes and black golf umbrellas to

Newly remodeled Deluxe Crater View Room Photo credit: Volcano House accommodate Volcano’s weather. One modern convenience absent from the hotel is that none of the rooms have televisions. After all, who comes to Volcano House to watch TV? The real show is right through those big picture windows. ❖ For info:, Contact writer Alan McNarie: | July/August 2013


Photo from video clip shot by Saramae's grandson, Mark Landers, on her 100th birthday [2005] in her former Renton, WA home. She ends the 53 minute video with "As a man thinketh, so he is, so think positive! Watch the full video here: http://www. youtube.comwatch ?v=lV3mWsbAoMU

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niece, Mahilani, who is married to Jerry Hiatt, are both on-island. Her sister Stella’s daughter, Jacqueline Kellet, and her family live on O‘ahu. Saramae first came to Hawai‘i in 1927 to visit her sister, Stella, who was teaching in Hilo. At the time, Saramae was a college student and chanced to get a job teaching the “receiving grade” at Mountain View Elementary—for English as a second language students—and then at the Pu‘u Maile Home, a tuberculosis sanitarium, before returning to the mainland to get married. In 2001, she moved to Hawai‘i permanently from Washington State, where her son, Lewis Landers, still lives with his family and where she was living until her husband, Floyd Landers, entrepreneur and former Boeing employee, passed away. At loose ends after his death, Saramae joined a novel senior citizen program at Western Washington University. Seniors lived on campus for $75/month and took courses in any subject area. The opportunity suited Saramae so well because she loved to learn, she was lonely, and this program afforded some travel opportunities to places like Greece. Yet another program under Jimmy Carter, the Friendship Force, got her traveling to Korea and elsewhere. Back at her home in Renton, she took more | July/August 2013

t’s pretty rare to meet people who are 107 years old. Although we are all living longer, most of us never make it to 90, let alone 100. The current average lifespan is 78. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, those over 100 years old, called centenarians, number around 75,000 in the U.S.—about one in every 4,000 people. That number is expected to grow to more than 600,000 by 2050. Everyone, of course, ages. As early as 2017, it will be the first time in the U.S. that people 65 and older will outnumber children younger than five. Aging is not easy, and not for the faint of heart. However, elderly who stay active, are cared for by loved ones, are shown respect, and have healthy living habits tend to have their lives prolonged—and do make it into the centenarian “club.” Saramae Williams Landers is a perfect example. At 107, she’s barely 4’9,” weighs in at about 85 pounds, has hair white as snow, and sparkly blue eyes. Thin-boned with tender, almost translucent skin, she’s slightly hard of hearing (doesn’t always wear her hearing aides because they hurt), has survived three bouts of cancer, and suffers from macular degeneration, so she no longer can read. She has the dignity and poise of a lady and the humor of the worldly, seasoned traveler she is. Like many aging minds, she doesn’t transition quickly from one topic to another. When recalling things that happened more than fifty years ago, she’s likely to say, “Well, that happened so long ago!” Memories do fade. When you’ve lived for more than a hundred years, it’s hard to hold on to that much life experience. Saramae lives in Hawaiian Beaches with her daughter, Sara Burgess, who herself is in her 80s; and you wouldn’t know it to be with her. Sara’s mission is to take care of her mother. And at that she is succeeding remarkably because she is exceedingly caring. She continually schools herself on the aging process, and other family is also nearby. Saramae’s grandson, Alex and grand-

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Born in Samaria, Idaho, on April 4, 1906, Saramae grew up on a dry farm in a family of nine. Besides her parents, she had an older sister, two older brothers, a younger sister, and two younger brothers. Sitting right in the middle of seven, she joked that middle child syndrome was her excuse for being unpredictable and adventurous. With a large family, in those days, everyone worked starting at young ages and not all children went to college. However, education was paramount in her family. Her father, Lewis Williams, inherited his father’s mercantile business and wheat farm in Samaria. A grandson of Welsh immigrants who were Mormon converts (Samaria was a rural Mormon colony), Lewis eventually got appointed by Woodrow Wilson to be an IRS collector for the territory, and the family moved to Boise. A strong supporter of Social Security and the director of charitable institutions for the State of Idaho, he became well known as a public speaker. The family was close-knit, loyal, and egalitarian. That meant everyone was going to get an education and siblings had to help one another get through college. When Saramae’s elder brother finished college and got a job, he helped her afford the University of Idaho. The children embraced the ideal that it was important to make one’s voice heard. When women earned the right to vote Saramae’s 107 birthday party in 1920, the year the with her daughter Sara 14th Amendment was passed, Saramae voted because it was her civic duty and has voted in every election since. At her 107th birthday party, a congratulatory birthday wish from Hawai‘i Governor Neil Abercrombie lauded her career as an educator (with a Master’s in Psychology, she worked as a counselor at Dimmitt Middle School in the Renton School District) and as a woman who “never missed an opportunity to cast a vote.” She has strong beliefs about this. “We live in a democracy,” she says. “If you want to live in a democracy, then you should be part of it. You should vote. It’s your duty—part of your responsibility. That’s part of being a citizen, and if you didn’t vote, then you shouldn’t complain about how the government is run. It’s your country. Voting is part of your responsibility to participate.”

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Part of her fervor also comes from early conditioning. In her youth, she loved to recite poetry (she still can) and was a feature at Democratic rallies supporting democratic causes for and with her July 4 2012 parade in Kailua-Kona father. Here’s one of her early recitations: “I am 7 years old, a Democrat and true blue for Woodrow Wilson.” She and her daughter, Sara, are still active in the Democratic Party. In fact, Saramae rides in the 4th of July Parade in KailuaKona, in Jackie Rey’s woody station wagon. She’s a celebrity in the Democratic Party as the “ODH”—the Oldest Democrat in Hawai‘i. Mayor Kenoi declared April 10, 2013 as “Saramae Landers Day.” When I met with her, she was wearing hot pink leggings, with a white top and blue jacket, and aside from the fact that she needed to keep her legs elevated that day, she looked like she was ready to go out on the town. We talked a lot about her recent travels. Some people really do have bucket lists, and Saramae has had her own for many years. In her 80s, she went to Sri Lanka and India. She’s been to Australia and saw the Great Barrier Reef from a glass-bottom boat. For years she was part of a kind of Elderhostel group that traveled to Mexico, Greece, Istanbul, and out of the way places. The group was dubbed “On the Loose with Lars” (Lars headed the program). In 2008, a small Landers family contingent took a trip to Thailand. Destination: Ayutthaya, in the Chao Phraya River valley in central Thailand. The purpose: to ride an elephant. The thing that stood out most for her was not the pachyderm. It was the warmth and deference of the Thai people. In Thailand, anyone over 100 is revered “almost as a God,” noted Saramae. So at 102, she was on the receiving end of gifts and much admiration. The family stayed in a World Heritage site and enjoyed splendid surroundings. As for the elephant ride, Saramae’s aide bowed in reverence before helping her climb aboard. Once she was atop and the elephant started to walk, although she was high off the ground and the seat swayed a bit, she wasn’t at all scared. “It wasn’t particularly exciting. I just felt so small,” she said. “Everyone was making such a big fuss, but it didn’t seem like anything to me.” In 2012, when she was 106, her birthday celebration took place in a restaurant in Athens, Greece, with friends from her earlier travels. Neither the long flight nor navigating Mykonos and Santorini in a wheelchair for a month deterred her. Among the benefits of being her age is she rarely pays for a meal, no matter what part of the world she’s visiting. People insist on treating her, Sara notes. And speaking of treatment, she receives excellent care at both Puna Community Medical Center and at Hilo Medical Center from Dr. Stephan Harmeling. When I asked Saramae if she had any advice for people, she said, “Well, yesterday’s gone, and tomorrow’s not here yet, so

just live today.” She is well beyond the need to look very far into the future and seems to live richly in the now. Her daily life starts early. She’s up a 6 am, and eats breakfast: toast, fruit, sometimes oatmeal with raisins, and coffee. She likes the Elderly Recreation Services program held at the Pāhoa Senior Center on weekdays. It’s sponsored by Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation. Van service is available, and Saramae’s driver, Mr. Lincoln, is at her door at 7:45 am and helps her to the van. At the Center, crafting projects and snacks are served up, then it is lunch and socializing before all return home. The care Mr. Lincoln—and everyone else—takes with Saramae makes it easy for daughter Sara to let her mother go out without her. They try to do something different every afternoon as long as Saramae is up to it. Friday is art day at the hot ponds in Puna. One of the artists, Ken Charon, was so taken with Saramae that he painted her portrait and gave it to her! She used to read all the time and has spent a lot of hours in libraries. She still visits the Pāhoa Library, even though she can’t read anymore. It was her friends from the library who came en masse to celebrate her 107th birthday at the Palace Theater back in April. Reading and traveling have made her wise. While in Istanbul on one of her excursions, a Turkish man asked her where she was from, and she said, “America.” “North or South?” he asked. That’s when it hit her that “America” represented more than a country—it’s a hemisphere of incredible diversity. It was at the Taj Mahal that Saramae had another realization. Despite the plethora of languages and cultures and skin tones that make up the world population, she says, “We are different, with different beliefs, and we express them in different styles, but we all laugh and cry in the same language.” Indeed, we do. ❖ Contact writer Paula Thomas:

At festive occasions, Saramae has a favorite toast: “May you live a long life, full of goodness and health, with a pocket of gold as the least of your wealth. May the dreams you hold dearest be the ones that come true, and the friendships you make keep returning to you. And trusting in Him to whom we all pray, may a song fill your heart every step of the way.”

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Meanwhile, Reed’s Island was still being used for grazing cattle and remained difficult to access. “At some point someone decided to subdivide it, but it wasn’t selling because you couldn’t get up there to build,” explains Barbara. In 1899, a wooden bridge with steel trestles, now called Reed’s Island Bridge, was built to provide access to Reed’s Island. Barbara Andersen with koa chair Soon after, Hilo businessman J.R. Wilson bought the largest and most prominent lot on Reed’s Island and built a massive home on the an eight-acre parcel. Designed by Honolulu architect Henry Livingston Kerr, the home had indoor plumbing and electricity, as well as an upstairs ballroom, library, double parlor, conservatory, and billiard room. It was also the first private home in Hilo to have an operating elevator. | July/August 2013

tepping into Shipman House Bed and Breakfast on Reed’s Island in Hilo is like stepping into a piece of history. The house reflects a century of Hilo’s history, one filled with grandeur, decline, restoration, and preservation. In 1856, William H. Reed leased a strip of land in Hilo from King Kamehameha IV. Surrounded by the Wailuku River and Waikapu Stream (behind Hilo High School and below Rainbow Falls), the 26-acre parcel is an island peninsula surrounded by land. It became known as Reed’s Island after Reed bought it in 1861 for $200. Accessible by a rough trail, Reed used the land as pasture for cattle. “Mr. Reed ran cattle up here, and then he sold it to someone else who also ran cattle up here,” says Barbara Andersen, a Shipman descendant and current owner of the Shipman House. 1861 was also the year that William Herbert (W.H.) Shipman’s father died of typhoid fever. W.H., or Willie as he was called, was seven years old at the time. His parents had been Christian missionaries assigned to a post in Wai‘ōhinu, near South Point. After his father’s death, his mother moved the family to Hilo where she worked as a teacher, eventually marrying William Reed. After attending college on the mainland, Willie returned home and worked at Kapapala Ranch, owned in part by his stepfather. In 1879, he married Mary Elizabeth Kahiwaaiali‘i Johnson.

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Meanwhile, Willie had become an accomplished businessman, acquiring more than 64,000 acres of land stretching from Volcano to Hilo. His company, W.H. Shipman Limited, is still in existence today. Willie’s wife Mary had liked the Wilson home on Reed’s Island ever since it was under construction. In 1901, Willie bought the home from Wilson for $13,000 as a surprise for his wife. Since the Shipmans had W.H. “Willie” Shipman 10 children, many of the rooms, such as the billiard and the ballroom, were turned into bedrooms. Mary Shipman, or “Grandma Shipman,” as Barbara calls her great-grandmother, was known for her hospitality. “Grandma Shipman was known for her poi lunches,” says Barbara. One of the many guests to enjoy those luncheons was Grandma Shipman’s friend Queen Lili‘uokalani. A prolific composer of musical works, the Queen would play the living room piano when she came to visit. Other well-known visitors included author Jack London and his wife, who stayed in a first-floor bedroom for five weeks in 1907.


Having houseguests for such a lengthy time may have been the reason a two-bedroom guesthouse was built on the property in 1910. “I don’t know for sure, but I think the guest house was built for long-term guests after they [the London’s] left,” says Barbara. Mary Shipman died in 1931, and when Willie passed away in 1943, six of their 10 children were still living. “The names of all six of the remaining kids were on the TMK (tax map key) for the Reed’s Island property,” explains Barbara. For decades, the massive house was occupied by two of the couple’s five daughters, Caroline and Margaret, neither of whom ever married. Barbara explains that as the remaining siblings passed away, their heirs were added to the deed of the Reed’s Island property. Eventually, “there were a lot of names on the deed,” says Barbara. Mary Shipman In the mid-1970s, Willie’s grandson (Barbara’s father), Roy Shipman Blackshear, became president of W.H. Shipman Limited. He decided to simplify things and had the home’s ownership transferred from multiple auntys, uncles, and cousins, to the family company. “After the last of the Shipman sisters died, the house was pretty much closed up,” says Barbara. “The rest of the family wasn’t in Hilo to look after it, and the house wasn’t taken care of.” In 1989, the W.H. Shipman Board of Directors decided to sell the property. At the time, Barbara and her husband, Gary, were living in Silicon Valley with their two children where her husband worked designing computers. “I was always trying to figure out how to move back to Hilo,” says Barbara with a smile. “Then this house came up for sale.” Barbara approached the Board about purchasing the property with the intent of turning it into a bed and breakfast. She notes that even though she is W.H. Shipman’s great granddaughter, she received no special treatment or discount from the Board. “We did not get a deal,” says Barbara. “We had to pay what anyone else would have paid for the house.” In addition, they had to sell their California house before they could move back to Hawai‘i. The timing could not have been worse. “It was the same week the bottom fell out of the Bay Area real estate market. We sat for a year waiting for someone to make an offer on our house in California.” Eventually, their house sold and Barbara and her daughter moved to Hilo in the fall of 1993, arriving just before Halloween. “The house was a mess. It looked like the movie set for a haunted house inside and out.

The B&B now features three guestrooms in the main house and two guestrooms in the guesthouse. The inn is also Barbara and Gary’s home. All the guest rooms feature heirloom furnishings. “I arranged the furniture as it had traditionally been in the room,” says Barbara. “When the auntys died, their things remained in the house. When we moved in, almost everything was still here.” Today, those items are on display throughout the Shipman House. For instance, the living room features a sofa built by her great-grandfather Willie, as well as the 1912 Steinway piano played by Queen Lili‘uokalani. “Some of Hawai‘i’s musical greats have played that piano,” says Barbara. These days the couple focuses on the house and their guests. Gary no longer telecommutes to the mainland and now works with Barbara running the B&B. Shipman House reopened July 1 after being closed for several months for general repairs. The closure coincided with the closing of Reed’s Island Bridge in order for the historic bridge to be completely rebuilt. The bridge is scheduled to reopen this fall. In the meantime, there’s a detour route accessible from Waianuenue Avenue. To learn more about the Shipman family and the history of East Hawai‘i, read The Shipmans of East Hawaii, by Emmett Cahill, available at stores and at the Hawai‘i Public Library System. ❖ For more information on the Shipman House Bed and Breakfast: Contact writer Denise Laitinen: | July/August 2013

“There were four-legged critters running through the house, we had to have the place tented for termites, and the house leaked.” Barbara says the couple initially thought they would do the restoration work themselves, “but it took 10 minutes to realize that wouldn’t happen.” They divided the responsibilities, with her husband handling the outside while she dealt with the interior. Gary joined her in Hilo a week after she arrived (their son was already in college) and did something relatively unheard of at the time—he telecommuted to his job in Silicon Valley from Hilo. “It was a new thing at that time,” explains Barbara. “He took a turret in the attic and turned it into his office. His telecommuting worked out really well,” adds Barbara. In between business trips to the mainland, her husband and neighbor, George Fukushima, cleared the landscaping around the property. “There was major, major work out there in the yard,” adds Barbara. She recalls one day when her husband asked George, “How are we going to deal with all this?” George turned to Gary and said, “one vine at a time.” Barbara says it took the men about three years to get the landscaping under control. Meanwhile, Barbara tackled restoring the inside of the house. Friends suggested she contact Spencer Leineweber, a well-known architect on O‘ahu. “Turned out Spencer is a woman,” says Barbara. “She was on the historic board and knew what we could and couldn’t do [as restoration to] a historical property.” Then she needed to find a contractor. “The first bids were too high—like a million dollars too high,” says Barbara with a laugh. She eventually went with a woman contractor who specialized in Victorian restoration. “We had a women owner, a woman architect, and a woman contractor.” The restoration was massive. The house was restored from top to bottom, all while the family lived in it. “We restored three bathrooms and added an additional three bathrooms in the main house, as well as restored two bathrooms in the guest house.” The restoration took much longer than scheduled and wound up costing three times more than what they paid for the house. More than three years into the renovation process, they officially opened their doors in time for the 1997 Merrie Monarch Festival. “We opened to guests for Merrie Monarch before it was finished,” notes Barbara. In hindsight, Barbara says she’s not sure they could have completed the massive undertaking had they known what they were in for. “If anyone had told us it was going to take three-anda-half years to open our doors I don’t know if I could have done it. After we opened, I heard more people say they didn’t think we would be able to 50th Wedding Anniversary, 1929 pull it off.”


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photography and honing his skills as the school newspaper photographer. As life would have it, Ethan took a job as a stockbroker for Dean Witter in Honolulu, and his career in finance took him to the plains of Texas just north of Dallas. Successfully building a client base in the investment world, Ethan was recruited by a pharmaceutical company where he stayed for 12 years. Ethan’s travels centered on the national parks and anywhere he could capture the light refracting on nature. In 2003, Ethan bought his first digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera and a world of creativity opened for him. Rafting in the

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itting on the front steps of Parker School, a teenage boy pensively gazes at Mauna Kea, not knowing why, and yet, in his heart he knows he is home. One winter day, living in New Jersey, his father returned home from a trip to Hawai‘i and asked 15 year old Ethan, “Do you want to move to Hawai‘i? I’ll buy you a car!” Two months later, they arrived in Hilo, picked up the car, and at Christmas break, Ethan found himself basking in the ocean at Hapuna. Arriving in Waimea, Ethan Tweedie was immediately captivated by Hawai‘i Island. The majestic mountain, the serene ocean at Hapuna Beach, the starlit skies and beauty of Waimea were all at his feet . “It’s about life,” says Ethan when asked what motivates him. He was fascinated with photography as a child and carried that passion with him to Parker School, where he took photography classes as part of the activity program. His best friend’s father, Warren Roll, was Chief Photographer for the Honolulu StarBulletin. Warren also taught photography at Parker School, which surrounded Ethan with the essence of capturing images on film. Ethan’s grandfather, Harold Tweedie, was also a photographer and an amateur geologist. Subsequently, many of Ethan’s childhood memories were seeds planted in what would become his profession. Ethan graduated from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a degree in geology, all the while continuing his studies in

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Grand Canyon for five days, Ethan knew capturing nature’s images is what he was meant to do. His passion was to bring all of life’s lessons together— the geology, the weather patterns, the photography— it was all here Creating amazing pictures for him behind the lens. And the light, always the light, gave him lessons upon lessons of how to make his work increasingly better. Ethan enrolled in the Texas School of Photography and began intensive studies, mentored by some of the best photographers in the business. In the summer of 2009, Ethan’s mother and stepfather called him with an invitation that had a familiar resonance to his earlier years: “Do you want to join us in Hawai‘i?” Having been away from the islands for more than a decade, Ethan eagerly accepted the invitation for what appeared to be a two-week vacation. Driving up towards Kawaihae, a road all too familiar to him, he was in reach of the mountain, and a voice from within inquired, “Why did I ever leave?” Now back home again, Ethan was even more in tune with the beauty of the island and the light. Revisiting his hometown of Waimea, seeing old friends, connecting to the mountain


once again, Ethan knew there was more to his homecoming than a short visit. On a drive to Volcano, Ethan recalls seeing a shipping container in a restaurant parking lot. The paint was worn off on one section of the container and someone had taken their finger and written “Be In The Moment.” That became Ethan’s motto. It is how he has always lived and what photography taught him—always be in the moment. Ethan returned to Texas, only to sell his house, finish his studies, and pack up his belongings. In six months, he was back in Waimea—home again. While packing up his personal items, Ethan found old letters from his grandparents. With a touching expression of tear-filled eyes, Ethan reminisced about summers he and his brother spent with his maternal grandparents in Michigan. Fond memories of ‘ohana, carefree days, American values, and always respect for his grandparents. Ethan favors his grandfather, Waldo Hanson, in looks and in his gregarious personality. While his grandfather passed away in 1998, Ethan still feels his presence and guidance, particularly on days when he is getting ready for a photo shoot. When asked what inspires him, Ethan says, “It is God. God is telling me what to do. Before I walk into a shoot, I ask for God’s vision and ask, ‘Let me see this through your eyes.’ If not for him, there is nothing.” Never truer was one night, after working a 16-hour day touring Hawai‘i Volcano National Park for Hawai‘i Forest & Trail, Ethan was driving home on Kawaihae Road. The moon was centered in front of him. The winds were gusting between 30 and 40 miles per hour; the rain was falling like spears from the sky. And a voice, a familiar voice, said, “There’s going to be a moonbow to your left.”

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As quickly as Ethan heard the instruction, the moonbow appeared. He stopped the car, gathered his camera and tripod, battled the weather conditions, and found a spot where his back sheltered his camera from the wind and the rain. As he set up for the 30-second exposure, he looked at his camera screen and it read, ‘card error.’ He tried again and the same message appeared, equally as bold. Quickly, Ethan grabbed another memory card, watching for the eminent vaporization of the moonbow, he reset the entire shot again. He took two photos and the moonbow disappeared. Yet, as luck would have it, one photo captured it all! The photo went viral, and is now internationally known as “Waimea Moonbow,” a gift to all of us who may never see a moonbow in the dark of the night. Perhaps Ethan’s greatest talent is understanding and capturing Hawai‘i’s astonishing light. He remarks, “Every photo that is taken is all about the right light—where the sun is, where the moon is, the angle of the light.” In another photo adventure in August of 2012, Ethan’s friend and Park Ranger at the Pu‘ukoholā Heiau, Greg Cunningham, asked if Ethan was going to take pictures of the Perseids meteor shower. Ethan thought that was a fine idea and it created a vision for him to shoot south with the heiau in the foreground and the Milky Way in its vertical position. That August night, Ethan set out for the photo shoot, soon realizing he did not have his camera battery with him. With the weather in an uncooperative state, Ethan decided to try again the next night. The following day, he followed rainbows from Hawi, shooting the sunset at Upolu Point and the windmills under the night’s starry sky with the meteor shower in full array. As this show concluded, Ethan thought, now is the time to go to the heiau. In the stillness of the night, headlamp secured, watching the moon beams reflect on the calm waters of the bay, Ethan sat

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and waited. In a moment’s time, the Milky Way ascended to its most vertical reach, and was captured by the shutter of Ethan’s camera. “The Milky Way at Pu‘ukoholā Heiau” is an iconic photo, enveloping the ancient culture of Hawai‘i’s revered Ali‘i, the sacredness of the ‘āina, and witnessed by the star-studded galaxy. “The Place of Destiny,” the Pu‘ukoholā Heiau, was certainly seen in all its beauty on this summer night. Ethan takes a moment to honor his education and experience at Parker School. He is filled with pride and appreciation for the school’s founders, administrators, and teachers. The mission of the school is based on Excellence, Integrity, and Compassion. The Parker School Value Shield, remains with Ethan today. The strong foundation has kept him centered in who he is and what he has to offer, all in the name of humility and respect. You can feel the reverence Ethan has for Waimea, from the beauty of the Parker Ranch to the summit of Mauna Kea, this is where Ethan’s heart resides. As his award-winning photography spans the globe, Ethan remains loyal to his community, always remembering the source of where he started.

A major subject of Ethan’s work is Mauna Kea, the mountain that inexplicably calls to him. “I am just drawn to it,” he says. “I don’t know why, I can remember seeing it the day I moved here. I stare at it all the time. I look at it all day long. It fascinates me. The light is always different.” He continues to express that he needs to live where he can see the mountain and remarks, “If I can’t see the mountain, it feels like the umbilical cord is disconnected. There’s an emptiness in my heart.” As much as Ethan loves all the variety and beauty of Hawai‘i Island, it is clear that the center of it all is Mauna Kea, from which he draws his creativity, drive, passion, and wonderment. Ethan’s path has ventured into luxury real estate and architectural photography. He states that shooting architecture is some of the most difficult work. When asked why, Ethan says, “The light. If you are inside shooting out to capture the view, you are working against the light.” Yet it is this challenge plus the detail, the beauty, the aesthetic design, and the precision that captivates Ethan to perfect his craft. In a highly competitive field, this acclaimed photographer remains an ever-present student. Ethan is passionate about his gifted profession and mindfully reflects that when you do something that you are meant to do, Majestic Snow-capped Mauna Kea, with Waimea in foreground it is not work.

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A young boy who was brought to the island shaped into a man and artist deeply connected to the mountain and the land. His art has been nurtured by the teachings at his local school and by his respect and reverence for his grandparents and parents. What developed from Waipi‘o Valley the sum of Ethan’s experiences is more than a photo. What developed is a man with a humble yet brilliant gift of capturing images for all of us to experience. How many of us could see the Milky Way hovering over the Pu‘ukoholā Heiau, or see the moonbow crossing over the road in the night’s sky, or embrace the colors cascading over Mauna Kea? We all can, visitors and residents alike through the elegance of Ethan Tweedie’s inner eye and outward lens. This is his contribution. So many of his life lessons and teachings are brought forward to this present moment, where he unveils the gifts that were shown only to him and captured with the click of a camera. Where once a young boy sat on the front steps of the Parker School gazing off to the mountain, now a grown man pays homage to that which has imprinted the graces of his life. A moonbow is a rainbow produced by light reflected off the surface of the moon (versus the sun) refracting off of moisture in the air. A rare sight to see, indeed. ❖

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The Life and Legacy of Guy Toyama:

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So I asked him the most relevant question I could think of, “How is it in the future?” Guy looked at me right in the eye and in a most serious tone, responded, ”VERY BEAUTIFUL!” I was speechless. I don’t think anyone had ever said such a thing to me with such conviction before. Here I was devoting my life’s energy to saving the planet from the evils of fossil fuels, fully loaded with all my climate change and scientific reports painting the gloomiest of forecasts. Then I land at the Natural Energy Lab on Hawai‘i Island where my beloved Grams and Aunty live and a tall smiley Japanese Guy is telling me that we humans have a chance to create something beautiful! That day and that conversation shifted something inside of me. Suddenly another possibility was available. The space that had been occupied by the heavy environmental gloom and doom had bloomed into a love fest of all that could and WOULD be, if we worked hard enough. This auspicious meeting opened the doors of possibility and soon I moved with my two children in tow to live with Grandma and Aunty and to start my Hawai‘i Island Green Power Girl Adventure. Today, I am proud to say that the Green Power Hero program has been inspiring the next generation to be heroes for our planet in almost every school on-island. Guy and I gave presentations to the outer islands schools when they came to visit the exciting technologies at the Gateway Energy Center. I remember the naming ceremony where Guy proudly announced that he would now be known as the BLUE REVOLUTION MAN. We officiated his identity as the Blu-Revo into the Universe. His oh-so-shiny Blu-Revo suit gave him infinite powers to use the ocean as a source of healing, food, energy, and beauty. | July/August 2013

he first time I met Guy Toyama was about nine years ago. A mutual friend arranged a business meeting between us. I didn’t live on Hawai‘i Island yet, even though I dreamed about finding a way to move here so I could be closer to my aunty and 95-year-old grandma. I was doing Green Power Girl (GPG) energy and climate change awareness presentations in mainland schools, and I wondered if there would be room and resources on island for a small time hero like myself. Meeting Guy Toyama for the first time at his office at the Gateway Center, I was immediately struck by how tall he was for a Japanese guy. I am half Japanese myself and had never seen such tallness in my race before. His huge contagious smile and warm demeanor immediately drew me in. I shared with him all about GPG and the Green Power Heroes and he got very excited. We discussed ways we could collaborate and he assured me there would be exciting possibilities for the Green Power Girl on Hawai‘i Island! Then I noticed on his desk his business card “2075.” When I asked him what this meant he said, “Oh, it’s a business I am starting. We received a Navy research grant to study how sound can make hydrogen.” “How exciting!” I replied. “How did you come across that idea?” “Well, we work with a scientist who can channel this technology from the future so it can be utilized today.” He said it so matter of factly that I am sure my look of astonishment seemed out of place. After all, I am the Green Power Girl who writes about such things in my animated universe, but in a business meeting?

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“Guy’s legacy might well be Blue Revolution Hawai‘i (BRH) and the Pacific International Ocean Station (PIOS),” says Dr. Tetsuzan Benny Ron, an Aquaculture Specialist at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Guy created the first presentation for PIOS, which later was presented at the Seasteading Institute’s conference in San Francisco led by Dr. Pat Takahashi, Director Emeritus with the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute of the University of Hawai‘i. Dr. Takahashi and Guy, along with Dr. Ron and a few others, birthed BRH after Guy and Benny ran the Honolulu Marathon in 2010. “Blue Revolution envisions developing oceans as the ultimate sustainable resource with promising potential for renewable energy generation, integrated marine habitats, production of marine biomass for bio-fuels, bio-resource materials and supplying mariculture seafood,” says Dr. Ron. Dr. Ron concluded, “There is so much to Guy beyond any facts that I feel sort of uneasy. How can we sum up someone’s rich and amazing life and do it ‘right’?!” I agree. Guy was an impassioned advocate for renewable energy and entrepreneurship. He was always brainstorming about new and impressive inventions and devices, many around building a hydrogen economy here on-island and beyond. As the Executive Director of Friends of NELHA (FON) (Natural Energy Lab of Hawai‘i) he was exposed to new breaking energy technologies at the Gateway Education center managed by FON to do education and outreach on NELHA ventures. He founded H2 Technologies and prototyped a hydrogen motor scooter he liked to call “Hydra Jenny” which was slated to be a H2 pizza delivery vehicle! He even did a TedxHonolulu talk about his vision of transportation where he described a future commute that could serve a better use of time and a way to enjoy friends and his favorite tasty beverage—beer. Along with creating a sea salt spray, Guy has many more inventions that could not all be explained in such a condensed time frame. Guy was chair of Mayor Kenoi’s Energy Advisory Commission and sat on various boards around the island including; Kanu Hawai‘i, Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Kona Japanese Civic Association, Kona Kohala Chefs Association, and Kona Palisades Homeowners Association. Guy was instrumental in launching the Kuleana Green Business Program of the Chamber and cocreated Guy Toyama, aka Blu-Revo events such as Susan Cox, aka Green Power Girl the Kona Earth Doreen Virtue, aka Marina Del Ray Festival and Tech Con Kona. He built international relationships with Japan, Korea, and Taiwan on everything from sister city ventures in Hiroshima and Kanagawa, Japan to student educational exchanges on sustainability. His funeral was likened to a rock star tribute with more than 500 people coming from every corner of the islands. Many people flew in from the mainland and Japan to pay final respects. One was Tadashi Hosokawa, head of the chamber in

Hatsukaichi Hiroshima. Guy established sister city chamber relationships with Kumejima Island in Okinawa and Hatsukaichi Hiroshima. Tadashi-san was Guy’s counterpart for the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce. Guy was the Guy Toyama, Randy Kurohara ultimate Ambassador of Governor Nakaima, Taira-san Aloha and touched many across the world! Tadashi-san gave a beautiful speech at Guy’s funeral service and even wrote the lyrics for a song entitled, “Big Smile.” A famous Japanese composer Kyotaro made Tadashi’s words into a song and released it on a CD!

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“It’s a mistake. It’s a mistake. You’ve overcome such a lot of troubles with your smile, but sometimes you face problems that can’t be solved. Countless tries you did, each failure you apologize, Again, you have, you have a gift of smile that will make anyone forgive what you do That final speeding ticket you couldn’t escape Ah I’ll never forget your big smile Ah I wanna send my smile back to you. I’ll never forget... Never I forget…

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His lovely wife Rika shares, “Guy always said you can live happily ever if you have ‘gratitude and joy’ and that’s how he lived. He was also an expert of ‘forgive and forget’ and taught me through his example while we were together for 23 years.” Guy’s longtime friend Tei Gorden, remembers, “Guy was [the] ultimate Duck-fan. Only goes to reason, my best memory of Guy was him calling me up in Tokyo and yelling in my ear: “Teiiiiman! Ready for the [Oregon Ducks] game this Saturday!” Another dear friend, Jeff Craft, watched every Ohio State and Oregon Duck college football game with Guy for the past 11 years. A few years back, Guy told him that he thought the Oregon Ducks were going to win the Pac-10 Championship. They placed a bet at the beginning of the season when the odds were phenomenal and they won. That led to the ritual of placing bets together every college football season. “One year, Guy bet $10 on every college bowl game based on who he thought would win a fight between the two teams mascots. He didn’t do very good.” Jeff remembers another entrepreneurial idea they had to create a website called, “Big Island Pau Hana.” It would list all of the Happy Hour specials/entertainment for all of the restaurants and bars on Hawai‘i Island. “Needless to say we planned on doing the ‘on-site’ research ourselves. Our goal was to become so well-known that eventually we would have websites for all of the Hawaiian Islands!” Michael Kramer remembers, “Guy and I spent a lot of time discussing how to help people embrace sustainability. Once, when I was expressing my frustration about the resistance I was experiencing, he poignantly suggested, ‘Don’t come at them strong or head on. Think of the dynamic like aikido: bring people close to you and support their way of thinking and interests in order to move them where you’d like them to go without them realizing what’s happening.’ That insight forever

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changed me and clarified why Guy was so effective in his collaborative efforts.” Guy and his vision, enthusiasm, smile, humor, wisdom, and unwavering support is missed by many. I often remember him advising me to “Follow your heart Green Power Girl” when a complex challenge would arise. Guy’s friendship with all his friends was loyal and true. He had a rare gift of really listening and finding ways to support one’s highest aspirations. Dr. Rod Hinman, a close friend and associate says, “Guy had a significant impact on the direction that my life has taken since I met him. He introduced me to many people and motivated me to share my knowledge with the wider community. It is important to help continue that practice.” Rod and a group of loyal friends started The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund, a sustainability fund dedicated to honoring Guy’s legacy to support sustainability, entrepreneurship, and foster relationships that further peace and collaboration as an Ambassador of Aloha. The successful launch event on April 26, 2013 was a great start to keeping this beautiful legacy of Guy Toyama alive through scholarships to support budding visionaries. The last real conversation I remembering having with Guy went like this: Guy: “Don’t get angry GPG.” Me: “C’mon Guy, you never get angry?” Guy: “Nah, it’s a waste of precious energy. We need to conserve power. Right, Green Power Girl?” Me: “Yea, I guess you’re right Blu-Revo.” Guy is survived by his wife, Rika; his mother, Harriet; his father, Douglas; his brother, Wade, and countless friends.


I miss him. Sometimes his energy will come to me. I look up to the sky and feel his great big joyful contagious smile and know he has truly entered into the realm of Green-Power-SuperHero-Dom! I also know its true that love (energy) never dies. It just changes form. Guy’s legacy will continue to inspire all of us for a long time. “Mahalo for all you Guy and Rika have been in our world and in our hearts Guy Toyama, our beloved Green Power Hero!” ❖ View Guy’s TEDx talk: View ‘Big Smile’ song: To honor Guy Toyama and continue his legacy: Photos courtesy of: Aki Kumejima, Susan Cox and Rika Horikiri Contact writer Susan Cox:

Messages to Mars

Artist Jon Lomberg Sends Relics From Today for Civilizations Tomorrow |


The CD could easily carry much more than just stories by Asimov. So to honor all the authors whose imagination propelled us into space, they would send a whole library of science fiction to Mars as a gift to the future—the first Martian Library. At that time, The Planetary Society was working with the Russian Mars lander mission, Mars 94. The Russian Space Agency let us hitchhike a ride between planets. Sagan and Friedman asked me to direct this project. My job was to lead the effort to select and organize the audio contents and then record them onto a space-ready CD disk. I worked with Sagan before on the Voyager Golden Records on both Voyager spacecraft, so I already knew about sending disks with messages into space. We expanded the library to include science fiction images, spoken greetings from four people, and of course, Orson Welles, notorious War of the Worlds radio broadcast. (Unfortunately, back in 1993 we lacked room to include video files on the small 250 MB mini-CD we used.) The collection is called Visions of Mars. The fiction includes 90 stories in nine languages from 26 countries and four centuries. It includes seven full-length novels in English, French, German, and Russian. Soon after we began, the Mars 94 launch was postponed until 1996, which gave us 18 more months to work on making the disk. We started a worldwide search for Mars-related fiction and art. | July/August 2013

ASA landed the Curiosity rover on Mars last August to begin a two-year study on Mars at Gale Crater, near the Martian equator. The crater has features that were formed by water long ago, so it is a good place to explore for ancient signs of life. Curiosity is filled with complex instruments to study Mars’ surface and atmosphere. Curiosity also carries a simple experiment for school kids on Earth: a sundial to watch. In the same way a sundial is used on Earth, this Martian shadow can reveal the season, latitude, and time of day on Mars. The NASA team that designed this sundial invited me to do some of the actual artwork on this artifact with fellow artist, Tyler Nordgren. Around the edges is a message intended for the future human inhabitants of Mars who might find it someday. This is the fourth artwork of mine with Mars as the subject. My first attempt to reach the Red Planet started with a death and ended in failure. In 1993, the famous science fiction writer, Isaac Asimov, was dying of cancer. Carl Sagan’s space advocacy group, The Planetary Society (TPS), proposed to honor Asimov by sending his stories to Mars on a CD designed to survive the extreme climate conditions there. Sagan and TPS Director Louis Friedman valued the important role that science fiction stories play in inspiring the real exploration of space. The CD was intended as a gift to any future human if they were to find it in the old spacecraft on Mars.

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We tested our disk’s ability to survive the stresses of launch, landing, and a very long exposure to the frigid Martian environment. An ordinary CD would fall apart. For this reason, the final mini-disk was made of very hard and chemically inert silica glass instead of plastic. The label on the disk tells future humans on Mars the specific technology required to play the disk. Probably they will have to build a computer to play a CD ROM. They can find the details in a museum of ancient communications technology. If they have the technology to live on Mars, they will be able to build a 20th century CD player. Finally, on November 16, 1996, the Mars 96 spacecraft was launched from Kazahkstan—and fell into the Atlantic Ocean minutes later. The mission ended almost as soon as it began. When that happens to a spacecraft, everyone involved sees years of work destroyed in an instant. There was no Plan B. Painful barely describes it. “Oh well,” I thought, “So much for getting my art to Mars.” Fast-forward to 2003 and NASA’s mission to launch twin robot rovers Spirit and Opportunity to Mars. The popular science teacher Bill Nye (who succeeded Friedman as TPS Director), and astronomer Steven Squyres, leader of the rover’s camera team had an idea: a sundial serving as a student experiment on Mars. Students could observe the same physics working on both planets. Steve’s cameras needed a color-test target to assure scientists they were seeing the correct colors of Mars. This target could also act as the sundial. All that was needed was a little post (called a “gnomon” by sundial experts) to cast the shadow. Squyres and Nye assembled a small team to design the sundial, which we called the Marsdial. Among those scientists was also TPS’s Louis Friedman. Mars 96 had given both of us very useful experience in designing artifacts for Mars. We were joined by Tyler Nordgren, Jim Bell, and Woody Sullivan. This team created the design on the Marsdial’s face. Some of the area was already occupied by four color patches. These perform the Marsdial’s most important job: assuring correct color in the photos that go The faces of the 2004 and 2012 unscathed by Marsdials created by our graphics. Steven Squyres, Jim Bell, To this we added Bill Nye, Woody Sullivan, the planetary orbits of Louis Friedman, Earth and Mars. The two Tyler Nordgren, planets are in the position and Jon Lomberg they occupied at the time Image credit: Jon Lomberg of the mission’s launch.

A ring surrounds the orbits. It is traditional for every sundial to bear a motto and date. Ours says “Two Worlds, One Sun.” The right and left sections of the ring (between the languages) are mirrors that reflect the changing sky colors of Mars, which is otherwise invisible since none of the cameras can look straight up. The gray circle on the center is the position of the gnomon, or pin of the sundial that indicates the hour of the day. I suggested decorating the dial with the written name of Mars in many different languages. We had done the same thing on the title screen of Visions of Mars to express the idea that NASA’s planetary exploration is done on behalf of the entire human species. This left the four edges around the base of the Marsdial smooth and empty. In spacecraft jargon, this is unused real estate. So I proposed that we write a message on those four edges to explain the Marsdial’s purpose. Hypothetically, Spirit or Opportunity could be discovered by the descendants of human colonists from Earth centuries from now. To these “human Martians,” each rover would be a relic of their history. They would understand the purpose of all the instruments, not why the sundial is there, unless we took advantage of the open space, so to speak. Bill Nye and others explained why the sundial was sent to Mars with this message on the Marsdial: “People launched this spacecraft from Earth in our year 2003. It arrived on Mars in 2004. We built its instruments to study the Martian environment and to look for signs of life. We used this post and these patterns to adjust our camera The title screen on the DVD has and as a sundial to Mars listed in Hindi, Russian, reckon the passage Korean, Sumerian, Chinese, Thai, of time. The drawings Hebrew, Arabic, and Inuktitut and words represent Image Credit: Jon Lomberg the people of Earth.

The deck of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit is so dusty that the rover almost blends into the dusty background. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell carried our Martian Library to the northern polar regions, where it waits in deep-freeze. Someday, this disk could be found and played by our great-great-grandchildren born on Mars. That same year, Marsdial designer, Jim Bell, a lead scientist in NASA’s Curiosity mission, contacted me. Jim wanted to use our Marsdial again as the camera calibration target. The Marsdial team discussed it and created a new motto for the new sundial, and a new message engraved around the sundial’s edges. “For millennia, Mars has stimulated our imaginations. First, we saw Mars as a wandering red star, a bringer of war from the abode of the gods. In recent centuries the planet’s changing appearance in telescopes caused us to think that Mars had a climate like the Earth’s. Our first space age views revealed only a cratered Moon-like world but later missions showed that Mars once had abundant liquid water. Through it all, we have wondered: Has there been life on Mars? To those taking the next steps to find out, we wish a safe journey and the joy of discovery.” For technical reasons, we were unable to change the graphic showing the positions of Earth and Mars, so the new dial has the planets at the same position as on the previous Marsdials. Perhaps some future historian on Mars will wonder why. Like its cousins on the other rovers, Curiosity’s sundial will be photographed every day by the camera engineers, so students will have many chances to see how a shadow and a stick can tell you the time and date on Mars. Perhaps they or their children will someday get to Mars themselves. Why send these objects to Mars? Unlike all of the other science instruments, they give us no new information about Mars. They provide a way for ordinary people to feel connected to the project. The messages can excite the interest of children and non-scientists, who perhaps do not care about details such as the chemical composition of Martian sand. These artifacts represent cultural and artistic aspects of our era that we send to distant times and places. They also express optimism that humanity will in fact survive to enjoy such a future. ❖ More about Mars messages: Contact writer Jon Lomberg: | July/August 2013

We sent this craft in peace to learn about Mars’ past and about our future. To those who visit here we wish a safe journey and the joy of discovery.” I added the illustrations, including stick figures drawn by the young children of some of the mission scientists. Unlike Visions of Mars, the only technology required to read this message is a simple magnifying glass. Spirit and Opportunity landed safely on Mars in 2004. Each carries one of the Marsdials. And each explored its Martian surroundings for a much longer mission than expected: Opportunity sent its latest 3D view in April 2013. Following the rovers on their different journeys has felt to me like riding along with our little Marsdials across the Martian landscape. I had finally gotten something to Mars! And there was still more to come. Ever since the failure of Russia’s Mars 96, Louis Friedman had been trying to find a way of getting Visions of Mars to Mars. Finally, he persuaded NASA to carry it aboard their Phoenix lander, destined for a successful 2008 landing on Mars. It



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ach Thursday, Lark and Steve Willey pack up their specially outfitted van with boxes of freshly picked spinach, beets, leeks, mushrooms, and other seasonal fruits and vegetables from their farm in Waimea, and deliver them door-to-door. In just three years, their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm has grown to about 75 members. “This is an encouraging time. What used to be a small fringe movement has now entered into the mainstream, with access to organic and locally grown food increasing in popularity,” Lark says. CSAs are a win-win situation for people who want to buy local produce and farmers who sell their products directly to them. With community membership, CSA farmers are able to build a reliable, steady customer base, receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow, and have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow. Lark and Steve successfully made the transition from commercial farmers to CSA farmers eight years ago, when they moved to Hawai‘i Island from their organic farm on Maui. Steve is originally from Kula, and has always been an upcountry boy. He found a partner in Lark, and now, with their two daughters, it is a family affair. On Maui, they farmed organically for 22 years. This included harvesting a monocrop lettuce once a week for Down To Earth health food stores, an experience Steve describes as “intense.”

Steve and Lark Willey own and operate a CSA farm serving the Waimea area, delivering a variety of fresh produce to customers on a weekly basis.

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After moving to Waimea, their break from farming didn’t last long. Their passion got the better of them and they began growing what would mature into a seasonal variety of fruits and vegetables at their farm in Waimea, Ka ‘Ohi Nani (beautiful harvest). “I can’t stop—it’s in my blood,” Lark explains. “I missed it so much. We started from scratch again. That’s what happens when you find your bliss,” she says. While not all farmers are comfortable dealing directly with the public (Steve smiles and raises his hand) Lark is in her element designing the weekly boxes. “You have to be very social,” Lark says. “The whole idea is to get out into the community, and the community gets to see the farm. It has helped us to bond with the farming community. This is very different than being a commercial grower. To be a CSA grower, you have to be service oriented. I’m having a heck of a lot more fun. I get to do newsletters, recipes; my creative side is fulfilled.” The contents of the boxes vary from week to week and according to the season. A typical box will include an array of vegetables handpicked that morning, like lettuce, artichokes, beans, and tomatoes. Subscribers will also often find fresh flowers and eggs, a newsletter and recipes that coincide with the boxed vegetables like tomato and red pepper omelets. All this delivered to your door for $20 a week. Lisa Shattuck has been a Ka ‘Ohi Nani member for more than a year. “I love the surprise of getting different vegetables each week. I never heard of yakon before. This encourages me to eat what I might not ordinarily buy. I know the vegetables are freshly harvested that morning, not sprayed, and not sitting on somebody’s shelf.”

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There are about 4,000 CSAs across the United States, with variations in the way they operate. On Hawai‘i Island there are currently about four CSAs in operation. While Ka ‘Ohi Nani grows and supplies all of its own produce, Adaptations Inc. in Kona operates more like a wholesale broker, distributing produce from 40–50 local farms to various pick-up locations around town. Owners Maureen and Tane Datta have their own seven-acre certified organic farm in Hōnaunau that supplies about 30 percent of Adaptation’s produce. “We are in a unique position by not having to rely on our own farm,” Maureen acknowledges. Adaptations has about 65 regular members who pick up their weekly bags of fresh, local produce at various locations around Kona and at Tropical Dreams in Waimea. They also deliver and ship to 65 restaurants and 15 health food stores across the islands. Adaptations offers two choices for their members: The Basic Feast is $22 a week, and includes seasonal fruits and vegetables. The Gourmet Feast, at $35, includes the basic box plus three or four “upscale” items. From their warehouse in Kealakekua, Maureen and Tane have developed an infrastructure to keep all of this organized. Saturdays, Maureen emails members as to what choices will be available for Tuesday’s delivery. Members can also customize their weekly orders via the website and have access to Adaptation’s web store where they can purchase extra items for their bag. Maureen also posts recipes on the site. While Tane has been farming since the 1970s, the Datta’s started their CSA in 1998, “Mostly to get our friends off our back,” Maureen laughs. “Friends were stopping by for a bunch


of carrots here, a few heads of lettuce there, which was disruptive and just did not work,” she said. The Datta’s earnest movement to “supply real food to real people who live here” goes back to 1990, a time when almost all of the island’s produce was shipped in and found in a can on a store shelf. Chef Peter Merriman, founder of Merriman’s restaurants and widely credited with the farm-to-table movement here in Hawai‘i, attended a potluck at the Datta’s farm one day and was impressed with the fresh produce he saw. So impressed, he invited Maureen and Tane to sit in on a forum with ten other chefs including Sam Choy, Amy Ferguson, and Alice Waters, on how to remove the barriers and bring local produce to the table. “We were working together to see how we could do it better,” Maureen said. In addition to Adaptations, the Datta’s also find time to host sustainable agriculture students from around the world, who receive college credit for studying and working on current farming projects. “We love learning from the students. They have so much energy and enthusiasm,” Maureen says. The Datta’s also farm Kona coffee and Ceylon cinnamon, which they sell for culinary and medicinal purposes. These are available under their Oceanfire label. In Hilo, Big Island Farm Fresh Foods operates as part CSA distributor, part personal shopper. In addition to the fruits and vegetables delivered weekly in the basic $20 box, members can choose from a wide variety of items on their “webstand,” like Puna goat cheese, Hawai‘i Island grass-fed beef, local wildcaught ahi, and other island products that can be added on

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A variety of local produce is ready to be boxed up

Hamakua Mushrooms, displayed by Maureen Datta

Multi colored cauliflower

Rosie Gottesman, warehouse assistant, packs up a CSA box

Ka ‘Ohi Nani Farm in Waimea

Steve Willey harvests tatsoi

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Lark Willey delivers a CSA box to customer Lisa Shattuck at her Waimea home.

Services, Inc (ICS), since the Hawai‘i Organic Farmer’s Association ceased certification of organic producers. Everything is done by hand—tilling, harvesting; no machinery is used whatsoever. Weeding is a daily task, Steve noted, and neighbors have been known to scold them—in a friendly way—for weeding on Sunday’s and holidays. Fertilizer and plant food is all-organic and everything possible is composted. “Nothing ever goes to waste around here,” Lark says, including pesky garden snails that are fed to the chickens and ducks. Although the 2,500 ft. elevation in Waimea is higher and colder than the Willey’s farm in Makawao, their three-acre farm is typical of smaller organic farms around the island. Several other small farms including Ginger Ridge Farm in Mountain View and Dragon’s Eye in Kapoho have performed as CSAs in the past and are looking to do so again in the future. They cite various challenges including, in the case of Island Goods in Pāpa‘ikou, wild pigs uprooting entire corn crops. Lark and Steve acknowledge their hard work and perseverance while encouraging others. “I feel really blessed we survived the [bad] economy. We were always innovative enough to find work. We believe you can create work for yourself. CSA is a marketing tool, but you can market yourself. People often don’t realize their potential. We’re not going to get rich but we have food on the table and are working in a time when a lot of people are not. All my life I believed if you do what makes you happy, you will be successful.” ❖ | July/August 2013

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s a filmmaker and storyteller, I have been blessed with the gift of sharing the mana‘o (knowledge) of more than 60 of Hawai‘i’s most revered kūpuna in spirited conversation exploring the cultural legacy they carry in their memory. Each conversation has been a journey back in time, into the world they inhabited, through their eyes, and expressed in their words. This conversation with Kenny Brown took place in September 2005 for the film Not Just Another Hospital, which told the triumphant story of North Hawai‘i Community Hospital in Waimea—a unique healing environment, conceived and built against all odds and succeeding by becoming a model for changing the very nature of healthcare with Hawaiian healing practices. To describe the accomplishments of Kenny Brown, and to do it justice, would take this entire magazine. Born in 1919, Kenny is one quarter Hawaiian, descendent of ali‘i, former state senator, successful architect, and businessman. He has provided innovative leadership of institutions as diverse as the Bishop Museum, the East-West Center, The Queen’s Medical Center, and the Mauna Lani Resort on Hawai‘i Island where

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he is still chairman of the board. In fact, Kenny’s family owned the property on which the Mauna Lani Resort now stands and had an oceanfront home at Kalahuipua‘a a few hundred yards from where Danny Akaka holds his Twilight at Kalahuipua‘a concert every month on the porch of Eva Parker Woods cottage. The humble man I talked story with on this day was far from the powerful business magnate one might imagine from his resume. However, I was not as interested in what he had done so much as in his passion and vision and where all that came from. Kenny is a soft-spoken storyteller with a twinkle in his eye, passionate about his native Hawaiian culture, the magic of healing, and the possibility of changing the very nature of healthcare—right here on Hawai‘i Island.

Let’s listen as he tells his story.

Keith: “How did the multicultural nature of your heritage affect your upbringing, your life and your philosophy?” Kenny: “Well, the Hawaiians were of an entirely different nature. Even in my parents’ case, there was some dichotomy—even some tension between the two. I’ve inherited that dichotomy and schizophrenia of having two conflicting heritages.” Keith: “As you were growing up which heritage did you gravitate to?” Kenny: “I gravitated towards the mainland one. I didn’t rediscover my Hawaiian heritage until I went down to New Zealand about 20 years ago, which was a | July/August 2013

Kenny: “One-quarter of my grandparents were native Hawaiian. They came here when the other Hawaiians came here a few thousand years ago. The rest of my grandparents were from New England. Though there was a marvelous dichotomy between Hawaiians and people from New England who were merchants and practical people, they weren’t missionaries.”


Keith: “What did that rediscovery do for you from a psychological point of view? Here you were busy building your life based on Western models and you were very involved in business in Hawai‘i. How did that reawakening affect you?” Kenny: “It was very good for me because I had been studying and had been a student of Zen for a long time. It turns out that the Polynesians and Zen have a lot in common. For me, it was not so much as an awakening as it was a confirmation where my genes had been taking me. Then the Māori’s opened my eyes, and I said, ‘My God, there was a handclasp between the Zen and Polynesian ethos.’ ” It dignified the genes that were rumbling around in me for a long time. It made me feel that those feelings were valid, and they have a lot of power. It helped my understanding of the world and helped me to understand myself. That was a huge awakening for me.”

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real awakening. My genes had been slumbering. It was a tremendous awakening and enlightenment for me. I discovered the New Zealand Māori resisted the subjugation of their Māori heritage by their New Zealand/English heritage. They still celebrated their culture; it’s very comforting to know that. I saw the Māori were able to worship their own culture, still get along in the world, and do a good job.”


Keith: “Tell me about what life was like growing up here?” Kenny: “It was very schizophrenic in my family. My father was part New England and very practical. They weren’t missionaries, but they were very practical people. And one-half of him was Polynesian—with a very lyrical way of looking at the world. My father was fluent in Hawaiian, but never spoke it at home, so we never learned it. I remember my father when we would be at parties. A Hawaiian orchestra would play music and suddenly he would get up and join them in a Hawaiian song, and I said to myself, ‘I never knew he knew that song.’ He had that huge connection to the ancient Hawaiian ways and he never showed that at home because the missionaries told him, ‘Don’t expose that to your kids.’

He subjugated his Hawaiian heritage when he was at home. I think somehow or other it imparted on him that it was inferior. And you don’t want your kids to grow up knowing anything about it. That was the feeling in those days of his growing up. I feel sorry for myself for not having had that exposure.” Keith: “I have discussed that very same situation with many kūpuna. Nona Beamer, Kindy Sproat, and Clay Bertelmann all told me stories about when they were younger. They told me how speaking Hawaiian at home or in school was discouraged and looked down upon.” Kenny: “I think the missionaries brought that. Christianity and various modes can sometimes be very domineering and dominating. See, the missionaries came here to save the Hawaiians, so they tried to subjugate the Hawaiian culture. My dad accepted that, even though he was never taught by the missionaries. It was built as a pyramid of values in the culture and morality with the Christians on the top and the Polynesians down below. I eventually discovered that was very wrong. The better metaphor for me is the tree, the roots, and the trunk—all those things together in equal validity and equal respect. The Hawaiian culture was formed way down near the roots. What it means is to accept that you’re getting down to the place that generated all the other cultures—it’s very rewarding to understand. It’s not just an exotic little bypass of the other cultures. It’s a part of the primal culture—it’s part of the primal trunk. It’s a huge reward to understand that all the other cultures, belief systems, and branches all come from the same place. It was very helpful to me to understand that.”

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Keith: “You once said, ‘As we planned for our own future we must listen to our past.’ What did you mean by that?” Kenny: “Well, you have to have a way of seeing where you came from. The things that directed you, sometimes faith, sometimes outside spiritual things, and sometimes your own dedication. To see how those have guided you and then invoke the one that has been most influential. The one you accept in your soul and become conscious of those directions [that] are sending you into the future. What is my guiding principle telling me? I have used the concept about which is heavier—gold or aloha? And I keep that idea in the back of my mind all the time. There are times you have to accept the gold, and yet most of the time you weigh it between gold and aloha. You always have to keep the aloha in there. Many times you follow the aloha direction, and sometimes you must follow the Kenneth at the original house gold. Remember Kalahuipua‘a, circa 1968

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the aloha is there too, and you only use the gold to enhance the aloha—to direct you to aloha. It’s a good metaphor.” Keith: “During the past 20 years, you have been very active on Hawai‘i Island inspiring the creation of more than 50 community initiatives and programs such as: Hawaii Island Healthcare Alliance, Community Health Initiative, Tutu’s House, and Earl’s Garage. Tell me about the organization you created called ‘Friends of the Future?’” Kenny: “Well, some of us thought Hawai‘i Island was at a turning point, and had been for a long time, dealing with materialism versus Hawaiian spirituality or Christianity or Buddhism or Taoism. We felt the “Friends of the Future” should try and re-inject into the destiny and guidance of Hawai‘i the knowledge of and support of those spiritual signposts and spiritual stars. We had succumbed to all this materialism and the people needed help and support. So our desire was to get that back into the constellation of what was guiding Hawai‘i, and I think it has worked out pretty well.” Keith: “Tell me about your involvement with North Hawai‘i Community Hospital in Waimea?” Kenny: “For years some of us had an idea that there should be a hospital in Waimea because Hawai‘i Island has a legend of being the “Healing Island.” It was a belief that the five mountains have something to do with healing, regeneration, and inspiration. Of course, in those days they didn’t have any differentiation between mind and body. Some asked, ‘Why don’t we put together some kind of institution based on western knowledge—a hospital—and invoking the other magic and mana


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of this place.’ So that’s how we got the idea of building a hightech hospital. And also a place where the magic of the ancient healing will be accepted and encouraged. A few of us got together and agreed to do whatever was necessary to get a hospital built here.” Keith: “Is that how you met Earl Bakken?” Kenny: “Yes, my nephew Alan put us together. He knew that Earl and I were both interested in the same thing. We decided there was a lot of talk about building a hospital and that we should help and make sure that it had mind-body medicine. Earl was very instrumental because he was able to talk in the language of both disciplines, being very successful with his [implanted] pacemaker. He was researching another element having to do with the pacemaker and the patient’s state of mind. If the patient is not ready to receive it or doesn’t believe it will work, it actually doesn’t work as well as one in a patient who believes in it. He was fascinated in this mind-body connection. And he set up some means of quietly investigating that connection.” Keith: “Tell me about Earl’s concepts of “blended medicine” and what does that mean? Kenny: “You recognize that there is a connection between body illnesses and the psyche. There is some kind of mental or spiritual elements of illness. And somehow we in the materialistic world have not been able to really attach the two. We take drugs or antidepressants. There must be a way of intervening, so when you find some kind of a bodily ill, you can also cure the part of your psyche or soul [that] is working hand-

Old house at Kalahuipua‘a, circa 1950

in-hand with that. It’s very hard because our language and our minds are not set up to understand that. We believe that they’re all totally separate. We talk about mind-body but it’s hard for us to believe. And, we’re fumbling and stumbling towards it. The ancient kāhuna and primal people have known about the connection all along.”

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Keith: “You seem to have an amazing ability to get people to collaborate with you and support this dream of a better Hawai‘i by bringing back the ancient, cultural ways. How do you do it? Kenny: “Well, you have to invoke Maui, ‘the trickster!’ He leads them down the way he wants them to go and then they follow. Maui is a marvelous inspiration. It’s not being dishonest; you’re actually helping them by tricking them into doing things they really want to do anyway. Maui is the guy who when the sun came up erratically, put up a net and the sun got caught in the net. And the sun asked, ‘Maui, what can I do so you will let me out?’ Maui said, ‘Not until you promise me that you’ll come up regularly every day.’ And the sun said, ‘Okay, okay, I’ll do it.’ Maui, ‘the trickster,’ is a very important person to keep in the back of your mind if somebody or an organization is doing something you want to change. Sometimes you have to trick them from doing something they think is in their own good, usually their own selfish good, and getting them to see the bigger picture. So Maui is really a marvelous person to think about. ‘The trickster.’ (He smiles with that twinkle in his eye.) And regarding Earl, well, we’re just so lucky to have him here. My feeling is he was really attracted here by the legend of ‘Healing Island’ and by the five mountains—they were beckoning him here—tricking him (he smiles) just like Maui, ‘the trickster.’ ” ❖


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The Man Behind the Flowers

Peter Honeyman Transforms Botany Into Art

The second process involves sealing miniature wildflowers and limu in resin. “This here is an algae that grows on the rocks right down there,” he says, pointing towards Hilo Bay across the street. “Its beauty is in the way the little tendrils go out and form those fascinating designs.” These particular onlookers eventually thank him and walk away. His work is not for everybody, he says, and, “Every now and again some gem comes in who is really interested.” Peter’s customers have “an appreciation of flowers in a manner in which they’d like to wear them, as opposed quite distinctly to someone who loves a beautiful garden. My customers are not necessarily gardeners at all, but they do have a great ‘feeling’ for flowers. photo by Le‘a Gleason My customers are relatively | July/August 2013

eter Honeyman stands inside a booth at the Hilo Farmers Market addressing passersby. “That’s not silk, it’s not a fabric, not a synthetic. They’re all the real thing,” he says, pointing. It’s hot. Everyone who passes by looks flushed. Peter squints into the sun at them, without a trace of the heat or a drop of sweat on his smiling face. The slight wrinkles at the corners of his eyes reflect a certain soft determination one can only identify as love. He’s talking about Hawai‘i Island grown flowers and sea plants: dramatic orchids, limu (algae), and miniature wildflowers that undergo two unmatched processes of preservation. The first, a method of preserving orchids, is a patented process developed by Peter himself. “They’re not brought in from anywhere else. I live here, the flowers and plants grow here, and I preserve them here,” he says. He adds, “They’re preserved to be pliable. They come with a written guarantee that says that if they ever get spoiled for any reason, you can send them back and I’ll replace them,” he assures onlookers. Looking at the table, these orchids are amazing. They look, feel, and behave like fresh cut orchids. And yet they are completely preserved, almost as if he’s captured a pristine moment in nature.

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intellectual and thinking people, more mature, and mostly women,” he explains. He also adds that 90 percent of his sales are bought as gifts. Another couple passes by. “Have you seen these before?” chirps Peter. The couple shakes their heads. “Well then you haven’t lived!” he chuckles. Peter’s business, Wearable Real Flowers of Hawaii, is somewhat the product of many years of figuring out what he didn’t want to do in life. Peter spent his formative years in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where he inherited a love of botany. “My mother would never throw away a live flower. Her favorites were grasses. She was fascinated by them, saying, ‘Why doesn’t everybody see what I see in grass?’ As a little boy I was schooled with grass. The flora [in central Africa] is just wonderful,” says Peter. As a young man he went on to acquire degrees in law and economics, and a Master’s Degree in business. He worked for a time with the police, then as a public prosecutor (district attorney), later an assistant magistrate, and went on to join a large South African based international corporation where he worked his way ultimately to Chief Executive. “Back here, totally on my own, doing what I’m doing, have been the seven happiest years of my life. When you’re in a business atmosphere, they’re all doing what is most important for them. I realized that what I was doing was proving to myself I could do things that were not naturally what I wanted to be doing,” says Peter. He has been working with flowers since 1989, doing so-called “slow work” in exchange for the “fast work” of his past. Even so, his success with his preservation techniques has taken him all over the world where he sells out at most flower shows and TV shopping networks. “I do not just turn a machine on and produce all night. There’s a season when the flowers are growing, and I’m watching them and emotionally urging them to look the way I want. For instance, when I go underwater looking for limu, I don’t just go out and grab something. Something makes

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me want to ponder them, and there’s something there that calls out, ‘This one is going to appreciate what I’m doing’,” says Peter. Perhaps most notable about Peter’s work is his unique patented preservation process. Prior to developing the method, he ran a business on O‘ahu that sold exclusively to gift shops at airports all over North America. “I would never fail to be impressed by the huge number of flowers at airports. I thought, ‘You can’t get out of Honolulu in less than a four or five hour flight, and what do those flowers look like at the other end?’ Sometime later, I was in San Francisco and I came out of an airport business meeting right as a flight from Honolulu was disembarking. These women came out looking exhausted and the flowers looked worse,” Peter says. He began to brainstorm a business opportunity, looking for a way to preserve the flowers so they could be enjoyed long-term. “It took me forever to get it right. I thought you could go to the floral industry and buy a bottle of something. They all laughed at me, and when I told them what I was trying to do they said I was looking for the Holy Grail. I thought they were trying to keep me out, but after about six months of research I didn’t see any of them doing what I wanted. I came to the


conclusion that they did not know how to do it,” says Peter. While researching how he might preserve flowers, Peter discovered it is common in Europe to see pressed flowers under glass. However, this allows a minute space for air which can oxidize the flowers, thereby discoloring them. “I researched and was not happy with the risk. I didn’t invent this, I read up on the technology. I place my dehydrated flowers into whatever setting I’m using and pour hot resin over them. Because the flowers are so dry, they suck up every bit of the resin in every cell, which allows no air inside, hence no discoloration.” With one technique up-and-running, Peter continued to experiment. Through a lengthy process of trial and error, he eventually developed an unprecedented method of preserving orchids and roses so they remained pliable, retain their colors, and were strong enough to be practical to wear. “There’s a certain amount of satisfaction at having solved what hundreds of people have not. I’ve got this need to feel that what I’m doing is unique,” Peter adds. As for his pressed flowers, Peter has chosen flowers that the average person might pass on a daily basis. “I’ve chosen them because the average person going down any nice country walk or down the side of the road would see them. I’m astonished how tourists notice them and the locals don’t,” says Peter. Later, standing on the lānai of his Ainako home, he points to the lawn. “In this patch of grass there’s one particular little flower used in my designs. I go out there on my hands and knees picking these tiny things. To anybody else I’m being a nutcase out on

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my lawn—I’m not, I’m actually working,” he laughs. He also smiles as he talks about gathering limu. “The other day I collected my latest batch at Richardson’s Beach. I was putting the stuff into containers and labeling them. Somebody came up and asked, ‘What on earth are you doing?’ And I said, ‘I’m working.’ He didn’t believe me. It then dawned on me that I’d been having fun working at my daily job,” he says. And while some might think Peter is reaching retirement, he attests to feeling 21 years old. “The technical aspects of it give me some satisfaction in that I’ve achieved something that nobody else has done. When I see the facial expressions of someone opening a gift of my product that someone’s given to them and puts it on, I know I’m bringing to them a wonderful feeling,” he smiles. Recently, a teen passed by his booth and picked up a flower that he turned and put on his mother’s lapel. “I don’t think she studied the flower. What she knew was that she was wearing what he thought was beautiful, which in turn made her beautiful. I think of how I am exciting and satisfying emotions. When I see that pleasure, I know I’ve something worthwhile,” he says. As Peter sits on his lovely shaded porch, looking out at the mountain stream that bubbles through the gardens, it seems that maybe he doesn’t even realize how he’s touched others. “My oldest daughter was talking to my younger daughter, and she said, ‘Look at him, he hasn’t been happier in years. He’s working with the Divine’,” he remembers. A humble artist, he begins to protest, “It totally caught me unawares. I didn’t realize that she appreciated what I’m doing. I work with flowers, people dismiss it—it’s fleamarket stuff—but she understood what I’m doing,” he says, with just a hint of wetness in the corner of his smiling eyes. In that moment he finally exposes the real man behind the flowers. ❖


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This page is for Ke Ola readers to have FUN while learning about the Hawaiian culture and this wonderful island we call home. Some answers are in English, some are in Hawaiian. Some answers will be found when you read the stories and ads in this issue. Feel free to use the online Hawaiian electronic library. Oh yes, you can find the answers on page 62 Your feedback is always welcome.

Across 1 He was a Green Power Hero and proponent of hydrogen based energy, Guy _____ 5 The late noted Hawaiian educator and cultural preservationist, Nona ____ 9 Hawaiian word for network of veins 10 Hawaiian word for send greetings of love 11 Planet visited by the Curiosity Rover that carried messages for people who arrive there in the future 13 Town where the Shipman House is located 15 Hawiian word for root cutting 17 Hawaiian word for to oppose 18 He runs a business called Wearable Real Flowers of Hawai‘i, ____ Honeyman 19 Hawaiian word for algae 22 Island’s Falsetto singer, ____ Keana‘aina 23 Expression of surprise 25 Volcano that erupted in 1950 (goes with 30 across) 27 Hawaiian word for crowd 28 Hawai‘i’s oldest hotel, now reopened (2 words) 30 See 25 across 31 Uncle Billy Paris' dance with Irma Chillingsworth (2 words) 35 Coarse mat in Hawaiian 37 On the ocean (2 words) 38 Hawaiian mountain-to-the-sea land division

Down 1 Drink that can be consumed hot or cold 2 It’s the mainland form of a taro 3 Hawaiian word for coconut frond clothlike sheath 4 Farmers ____, where fresh produce is sold 6 Heroic tale 7 Polynesian people from New Zealand with close ties to Hawai‘i 8 Hawaiian word for life or air 12 Rested 14 Hawaiian word for to extend greetings 16 ____ cane plantations 17 Mauna ___: as a boy Hawaiian photographer Ethan Tweedie was fascinated by it 20 This Hawaiian lady is 107 years old, Saramae ______ Landers 21 To seek best life in Hawaiian (2 words) 23 ___ahoa, Hawaiian word for adventure 24 An individual mission statement is ______ in writing (Hawaiian word) 26 US ship title 27 Hawaiian word for twist 28 Large mansion 29 Ending for University of Hawai‘i’s website address 32 Young dog 33 Hawaiian word for to wander 34 Hawaiian word for a vine, as of a sweet potato 36 Hawaiian word meaning faded or wilted

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Uncle Billy Paris Talks Story


town of Kainaliu, in the ahupua‘a (Hawaiian mountain-to-the-sea land division) of Lehu‘ula. The Paris family moved into the house in 1926 “after the water tanks were full” with rainwater. “In the old days, the area was called Honuaino Village,” notes Uncle Billy. A stickler for using correct place names, Paris emphasizes how the names used today for some towns are really misnomers, having changed for different reasons. “We’ve butchered our names,” he emphasizes. For example, Uncle Billy cites the town of Captain Cook in Kona. He explains the town got its name because the manager of the Captain Cook Coffee Company offered a spot on the veranda to house the community post office. The company office was located above today’s Napa Auto Parts on Hwy. 11. “That area is really Ka‘awaloa, but it came to be called Captain Cook because of the post office,” Billy details, adding he purchased one of his first cars near there—a blue Billy as a toddler with houseboy Fairlane—from the Ford Tadao Masutomi, 1925 dealership located in | July/August 2013

e makes the best guava jelly and can sing a mean rendition of “Kona Kai ‘Opua.” Uncle Billy Paris has done many things during his 90 years of life and easily recalls all of them with pinpoint accuracy. The long-time Kona resident loves to “talk story,” sharing with relish early childhood memories, harrowing WWII battles, volcanic eruptions, and challenges he tackled as an adult. William Hauwawaikaleoonamanuonakanahele Johnson Paris Jr. was born December 18, 1922 at his grandparents’ house on O‘ahu and came to live in Kona when he was three weeks old. His Hawaiian name means “the noise of the birds as they sing in the forest.” Named after his granduncle William Johnson, Uncle Billy claims an impressive lineage. Billy’s paternal great-grandfather, the Reverand John D. Paris, hailed from Virginia and came to Kona as a missionary in 1841. He built many of the island’s churches. His paternal grandmother, Kailikolamaikapaliokaukini Johnson, was descended from ali‘i nui (ruling chiefs) on Maui. On the maternal side, his grandfather was a Hind and his grandmother a Low, having descended from the Parkers of Parker Ranch. Ranching has been a mainstay in Uncle Billy’s life. He says one of his fondest childhood memories takes place in the saddle. “I was a youngster of five and a half,” he smiles. “I went with Father on a horse to take the cattle up to the top of Hualālai where we met the cowboys. They took the feeders (cattle) to Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Ranch to be fattened because they had good grass. And then we took the Hereford bulls, brought to the top by the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a boys, back down to our ranch.” It was a 17-mile ride “to the top” from where Billy grew up at the W.J. Paris Ranch. The ranch is located in the present-day

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the current Farm and Garden. Billy grew up on the Paris ranch, attending grade school at Central Kona Union Church, before entering the boysonly ‘Iolani School on O‘ahu for ninth grade. As a boarder, the young teen got in trouble, and ended up attending Punahou. During high school vacations, the youth returned to the chores of ranching on Hawai‘i Senior portrait at Island, traveling via Punahou School, 1941 the interisland cattlefreight steamers. He recalls raising ticket money for Easter vacation by winning a game of craps and has all kinds of stories to tell about the shenanigans during the 11-hour trips, adding, “we had a camaraderie on ship.” Billy graduated from Punahou in the “centennial class” of 1941 and enrolled in the University of Hawai‘i (UH) at Mānoa to study agriculture. And then life as the young man knew it ended on December 7 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. “We were all members of the ROTC at UH and told to report to the Honolulu Armory,” recalls Billy. He was outfitted “with a rifle, a bandolier of ammunition, a bayonet, and a helmet” and was assigned to guard “municipal installations” like Queen’s Hospital and utility plants. “I was placed in the Hawai‘i Territorial Guard and then inducted into the U.S. Army in April 1942,” remembers Uncle Billy. He was stationed on O‘ahu’s North Shore for two years in Headquarters Company of the 298th Infantry, working in communications as a telegraph operator and out in the field laying wire. After attending Armored Officer Candidate School in Kentucky, Platoon Leader Paris was assigned to the 8th Armored Division as a replacement officer and shipped oversees to England, France, and Germany. Uncle Billy details a battle in the spring of 1945 in Unna, Germany, that earned him and six others a Bronze Star with Valor: “We had just gone through a hell of a winter. The infantry


was held up and we couldn’t proceed with tanks because of bazooka fire. I rounded up six volunteers and advanced on foot. We killed the enemy and took 29 prisoners.” The young officer later earned a Purple Heart when wounded in a tank as part of a reconnaissance unit. He credits his field glasses for saving his life and still has their battered remains to prove it. Billy claims they helped block the shrapnel from his body, though he still carries some in his arm. “They wanted to send me to the hospital, but instead I commandeered a jeep and proceeded back to my unit and we headed to battle,” he explains. With Billy’s arm in a sling, his unit wiped out the resistance and kept going. “The battle surgeon later picked out field glass bits from my gums.” After WWII, Paris returned to UH on the GI Bill and was called back to the ranch in 1947 when his father took ill. At that time, the Paris Ranch had 1900 acres that stretched from the mountain down to the sea. The family produced grass-fed beef, plus all their own taro and vegetables. Uncle Billy tied the knot April 14, 1949, marrying Bertha Herrmann of Honoka‘a. The newlyweds built a house above his parents’ 1926 home and had two daughters, Charlotte and Wilma Jean “Wee-J.” “Lumber was good in those days, it lasted,” says Uncle Billy. “It floated in the ocean to come ashore and that helped season the wood.” On June 1, 1950, lava erupted from Mauna Loa’s southwest rift zone for 23 days, producing a large and spectacular display, see map*. Billy refers to the volcanic episode as “Kona’s three lava Platoon Leader Paris flows,” saying he was on an M24 tank in Pilsen, eating dinner when Czechoslovakia, WWII he spied a red glow. “It was overcast and we couldn’t see the mountain’s shape, but then all of a sudden we saw lava coming down the mountain… we jumped in the car because we knew somebody [who] lived out that way.” *

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By the time the Parises got to the area where the lava crossed Hwy 11 (a few miles south of Kealia Ranch headquarters), the flow was already spilling into the ocean. The rapidly moving Honokua lava flow had covered 24 km in less than three hours. They found their friend, Connie Collins, in a bathrobe carrying her dog; her house was destroyed. A member of the National Guard, Uncle Billy was asked to plot the lava flows and says their plane was “tossed around like a hayseed in the wind” as the earth was still hot. After William Johnson Sr. regained his health, Billy was called to help out his mother’s family at Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Ranch. He was familiar with the ranch, having worked there in the summers as a teen. So in 1956, Billy left to work on the northern flank of Hualālai at Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a near Pu‘uanahulu. During droughts, Billy Paris weds Bertha water for the ranch Herrmann, April 14, 1949 was hauled from Waimea so Paris went to work improving the water distribution system with a larger, 6,000-gallon tank and a pump station. He also increased the calf crop (animals sold as calves to be grown elsewhere). “I’m proud I was able to get maximum production from the workforce,” says Uncle Billy. “I had a whiz Japanese mechanic and carpenter, but the bulk of the workers were Hawaiians and not too happy when I got there.” Paris was able to get them a salary increase “and paint and lumber to fix their homes.” He worked there for three-and-a-half years and then the ranch was sold. “When I went, the ranch was in the red,” notes Billy. “When I left, it was in the black.” Back at the Paris Ranch, Billy was tasked right away with repairing fences and making water holes to catch rainwater as it

flowed down the mountain. “In the old days, the mean rainfall at the ranch was 60 inches, but [we’d] gone through a series of droughts and it made us cut back on our cattle-carrying capacity,” he shares. In 1968, it came to Billy and Bertha’s attention that things weren’t going well at Konawaena School. Teachers were coming and going like a revolving door and Charlotte’s seventh grade teacher couldn’t adequately answer questions in the classroom. “The teacher told her to see me for the answers—imagine that!” exclaims Uncle Billy. So he went to see the principal and Bertha called the Department of Education. Soon Mrs. Paris spearheaded a committee to get the school schedule changed. Since 1932, Kona students had been attending school on a custom “coffee” schedule so they could help during the harvesting season. School vacations were August to November, instead of June to September. “Bertha gave a lot of time to the effort,” explains Uncle Billy. “The coffee farmers, they resisted at first, but were persuaded to do it for the kids.” In 1968, Kona schools changed to a “normal” schedule, following the rest of the state. “We could finally field a football team and recruit better teachers,” added Billy. Community service has been a big part of Uncle Billy’s life. He recently was named kahu at Lanakila Church, where he served as a deacon for many years. As director of the Kona Soil and Water Conservation District, Billy worked on flood control projects and helping ranches build reservoirs. While president of the statewide Hawai‘i Cattleman’s Council, he lobbied in Washington D.C. for the Beef Imports Act, which limited beef imports into the U.S. While in the nation’s capital, he was asked by Hawai‘i Congressman Cecil Heftel to advocate for the state’s sugar industry—which he did successfully. Active in county government, Uncle Billy helped establish the Hele-On Bus as a member of the transportation commission. Other endeavors that have kept Uncle Billy busy include serving as managing partner of a limited land partnership that has educated families and children and helped them build homes. “I’m proud of the result; I only wish I had studied business or business law, in college,” he confides. “Then I wouldn’t have needed a lawyer in one hip pocket and a CPA in the other.” “I’ve had a wonderful life,” Uncle Billy muses. “And I was married to a wonderful gal for 53-and-a-half years (Bertha passed away in 2002). I give her credit—I was a wild character.” ❖ Contact writer Fern Gavelek: | July/August 2013


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Uncle Billy Remembers… | July/August 2013

… The first time I went to Hilo was in 1927 and it took 13 hours and two flat tires. … We made our own toys: bows and arrows. … Getting scarlet fever from a “carrier” at the old Okazawa Hall (located at today’s Oshima’s parking lot). I was bedridden for almost six months and it left me with a “conditioned” heart that was back to normal by the time I was 10. Then I could do football, basketball, and track. … In first grade I was talking to somebody and Miss Holly swatted me with a ruler. I swore at her, with quite a choice vocabulary that I had learned from the cowboys, and it shocked that poor teacher. She called my mother and Mom was waiting with a peach switch. … When eight cars would go by in an hour; now eight cars go by in a few seconds. … We thought nothing of walking to the ocean from the ranch … When the only mauka paved road in Kona was from Hōnaunau to the Palani Junction. … During the Depression years, Waipi‘o Valley was a great poi-making area. People would hide liquor under poi bags for delivery to houses. Cowboys had a loose step where the delivery boy would hide the hooch. … Being 15 years old and pulling my first steer into the water at Keauhou Bay for shipping. … Driving cattle from Palika (Paris) Ranch to Ka‘awaloa on the main highway and car drivers would help by pulling aside to block driveways. … How paniolo from all the ranches communicated in Hawaiian. … When you knew just about everybody in Kona and a heck of a lot of people in Hilo. … Growing 17 varieties of taro and 32 varieties of sweet potatoes. … Travel among islands for students was on three different freighters and when you went steerage, it was a hell of a ride. Cattle were the principal cargo. Two of the boats had slot machines. There were parked cars and empty staterooms and we had a ball—it was an easy place to get into trouble. … I loved to party before I married Bertha. I was a target for quite a few women—they always wanted to Four Generations, left back to front: Elle Paris, Lehua Greenwell, Wee-J shilly up to me. Paris, Willie Greenwell, Uncle Billy … I went back to Paris, and Makamua Paris, 2012 my 10th high school class reunion with Bertha. Everyone was on the dance floor with their old girlfriends and finally, Irma Chillingsworth asked me to dance the hana pau. Oh, we danced away and Bertha was so mad. After that, I toned down.


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To seek best life. Our purpose in life is to seek its highest form. The value of mission and vision. Fourth in an ongoing series.


Managing with Aloha: ‘Imi ola

An individual mission statement is Ho‘ohana in writing— it’s the visionary work of livelihood aligned with personal purpose via the pathway of company mission. Managers can learn so much about their staff in coaching them to author their professional mission statements. It’s a conversational opportunity we seldom take advantage of, where partnerships open up and engagement syncs for the better. As every great coach will tell you, the players they help perform best are those they know best and can stretch in reach. Knowing their ‘Imi ola, they can bridge present work with future possibility, engineering the most sensible and motivating connections between the two. Keep the writing of mission statements as simple a process as possible. Missions evolve, and by their very nature they beg to be revised and edited often. You cannot allow a lengthy writing process to sabotage the primary objective here—theirs. No forms or templates. There is immense power in the written word when penned by its own author and read often as something they give form to. Your goal is to tap into that power and let it work its magic. With most missions, a sentence or two is all you need. Get people to talk about the future they imagine. Ask them to describe it in a way that applies to that sweet spot where work, livelihood, and well-being will intersect. Once you’ve done this, performance coaching and the annual appraisal focus both objectively and subjectively on ‘Imi ola as an individual’s most meaningful work-in-progress. Annual appraisals become the time to assess if their last year was truly one in which they purposefully worked with their professional goals in mind or not. If not, the discussion will revolve around the question why, and it may happen that from that point forward, the time you best spend together is writing a new mission statement—even if it will point the way toward change, or a different job for them elsewhere. Best of all? ‘Imi ola’s energy won’t wait for that annual appraisal and neither will you: Performance coaching will be the gift you give others in well-being, looking for every chance you have in giving it. ~ Rosa Say Next issue: Ho‘omau, the value of perseverance and persistence. Contact writer Rosa Say:, | July/August 2013

o ‘Imi ola is to seek life. When we practice ‘Imi ola as personal value, we create and fulfill our own destiny. We learn that our very purpose in life is to seek the highest form of our well-being. This is not selfish, it’s expressive: to ‘Imi ola is to define and celebrate your gifts as you breathe best working form into your actions, growing into the person you’re meant to be—the person you can most generously share with others through your Aloha Spirit. At work, you seize the well-being of ‘Imi ola through livelihood and the form you give every effort. Practice ‘Imi ola in both noun and verb forms as your workin-progress. As verb, you actively practice it by constantly seeking the best form you can actively apply to each stage of your life. As noun, you make it your visionary goal: You conceptualize and design ‘Imi ola as the person you want to become, the project you want to complete, and the mission you want to materialize. On a day-to-day basis, it is very useful to think of ‘Imi ola as a measure of your currently functional reputation. There’s nothing passive about it. We can’t select our reputations; we have to earn them. If you’re a manager, you ‘Imi ola by answering your calling within that profession: form begs function, and the highest form for a life within management can best be thought of as your management style. You create it, you do it, and others recognize it and attribute it to you. If you ‘Imi ola, you design it intentionally rather than falling into it by chance or errant habit, so your management style reflects your calling as an Alaka‘i Manager and your constant learning about your profession. You will then mentor ‘Imi ola for your staff, so they may answer their calling: what is their intention within worthwhile work, expressed for their livelihood? This mentoring of ‘Imi ola in others is the extraordinary privilege of being a manager, and its reward: Alaka‘i Managers count their successes and blessings by counting the people they have helped become successful in the Ho‘ohana work of their Aloha Spirit. There are two common business practices that can be positively reinvented as ‘Imi ola tools, and this ‘highest form/ best function’ shift in thinking about them will improve their current usage dramatically. They are the writing of individual mission statements and the performance coaching of annual appraisals. The mere mention of both practices get most people to roll their eyes and groan because they’re rarely done well. To manage with Aloha, we must ‘Imi ola them.

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Ali‘i Keana‘aina Shares Music From His Heart | By Shirley Stoffer


He Mele No CD Release Concert, September 22, 2012 celebrated in the Hawaiian language. His mother, Carol, was the church’s choir director while Ali‘i was growing up. Well-known Kumu Hula, Roy Palacat, is Ali‘i’s uncle and is known to the family as “Uncle Bobo.” “It’s thanks to him that I became an entertainer,” Ali‘i says. “I only played music in church until he asked some of my family to back up his hālau (hula group). I was in ninth grade.” | July/August 2013

e is an imposing figure, being of large build, with a full head of long, wavy hair. Carved bone earrings spiral through his earlobes. He smiles, and any feeling of intimidation one might have first felt in his presence disappears. Hawai‘i Island’s Ali‘i Keana‘aina exudes an openness and sincerity that makes him a pleasure to be around, which is all the more enhanced by his masterful falsetto singing. The use of a falsetto in music lifts the voice from its regular range into the upper register. It is often utilized in Hawaiian music and originates from a combination of sources: pre-European Hawaiian chanting, early Christian hymn singing, and the songs and yodeling of the Mexican immigrant paniolo (cowboys). Ali‘i’s father, Norman Keana‘aina, was the youngest of 15 children. He performed with some of his brothers in the musical group, Keana‘aina Brothers, during the heyday of the Kona Inn and other “downtown” hotels during the ‘50s and ‘60s. “The Brothers also played for the lū‘au show at the King Kamehameha Hotel, and their wives danced hula for it,” Ali‘i says. These days, his father is known as Pastor Keana‘aina and presides over Mauna Ziona Congregational Church of Hawai‘i near Matsuyama Market in Kalaoa. The church’s services are

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When Ali‘i graduated from high school in 2001, he assisted his uncle with the Hawaiian Studies classes he taught at Kealakehe Elementary School. “It was then I discovered my knack for writing music,” Ali‘i says. “Aunty Nona Beamer [the late noted Hawaiian educator and cultural preservationist] left us with some wonderful teaching tools—simple songs she wrote for teaching the Kumu Hula Roy Palacat/Uncle Bobo alphabet, colors, numbers, and short Hawaiian phrases to children. I felt an urge to create my own. I started composing my own songs for teaching, and that created a snowball effect. I started learning the proper way to write a Hawaiian song from my cousin Kaina Keana‘aina. I also began studying falsetto singing with him.” “There are certain components usually found in Hawaiian songs,” Ali‘i shares. One is the kauna (hidden meaning) that lies behind the lyrics. A reference to a flower might be an allusion to a woman, for instance. “I had been tearing apart songs on my own to learn their form. Then, in August 2012, I attended the first Haku Mele (song writers) Retreat in Volcano, and I thought, ‘Oh, this would have made things SO much easier for me early on!’ ” “It was around 2001 that I was introduced to the lū‘au world,” Ali‘i says. “I helped create a lū‘au for what’s now the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay and for what’s now the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. I did chanting and singing, created some of the costumes, wrote a couple of the songs, and taught hula. I was the emcee for both of those lū‘au for a couple of years. It really helped me perfect my stage presence!” Ali‘i continues, “I have a hula group of my own, but I don’t call it a hālau. In the Hawaiian tradition, you must go through


Uncle Bobo dancing hula at the CD Release Concert

Tribute to Ali‘i’s sister Lani at the CD Release Concert I was getting the message, ‘Ali‘i, it’s your turn. Why are you afraid?’ I didn’t want to step on stage with TOO much confidence. Then, I was notified that I would be the last contestant to perform,” he laughs. “When it was my turn, I kicked off my slippers and just went out and did what I do. When the judges’ critiques arrived in the mail later, I was ecstatic to find out that they liked my song ‘A Heaha.’ It was a validation for me that I was going in the right direction with my songwriting. It was the highlight of my life so far,” Ali‘i says. The creative momentum that began in his uncle’s classroom in 2001 culminated in the creation of Ali‘i’s first CD released in 2012. He Mele No (A Song For) is a collection of personal songs that Ali‘i wrote. Each is a tribute to special individuals in his life. The song “Ka Nai‘a” (The Dolphin) was written for Ali‘i’s sister, Lani, whose ‘aumakua (guardian spirit) was the dolphin. She passed away unexpectedly in December 2010, soon after Ali‘i won the falsetto contest. “Lani had always encouraged me to focus on being a Hawaiian music writer and performer rather than pursue the reggae or R&B styles I had dabbled in. Unbeknownst to me, right before she died she had arranged for me to be her main beneficiary. I was to receive all her stocks, her life insurance, etc., on one condition—that I record a CD. For some reason, Hula Records dropped out of their agreement to record the Falsetto Contest winner the year I won. And then I was gifted by my sister the means to do it myself,” he marvels. The album was engineered by Charles Brotman at Lava Tracks Studio in Waimea. Ali‘i’s CD release concert at the Sheraton Kona Resort was also a CD release celebration for Kuana Torres Kahele of Nā Palapalai fame. Many of Ali‘i’s relatives were on stage with him during his segment of the concert, either playing in his backup band or dancing hula. ❖ Ali‘i is an activities coordinator for Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort. In addition to special events, he can be seen every third Friday at 6 pm in the hula show at Keauhou Shopping Center. Contact Ali‘i Keana‘aina’s manager, Matthew Hanato: 325-9955, 896-0759, Contact writer Shirley Stoffer: | July/August 2013

specific training and be given special permission from your kumu hula to teach. The training is very detailed in regard to traditional chanting, how and what foliage to gather, and what to wear. My group is just a ‘Hawaiian production.’ I very seldom touch on the Hawaiian gods and goddesses in it. For me, and for many other Hawaiians, there is some conflict with our Christian background.” Ali‘i had begun learning hula when he was five years old from his cousin Kaina. “One of the reasons I stopped dancing was there are times when you’re in a hālau that you really need to dig deep into the cultural side of who we [Hawaiians] are as a people. I couldn’t resolve the question ‘How am I to give honor to Pele, when God is telling me there should only be One?’ “I feel I need to respect the Hawaiian culture,” Ali‘i continues, “so sometimes I will write a song for Pele. I’m expressing my love for who she is as a woman and a creator, so I feel that it’s ok for me to teach the song to my hula group since I wrote it.” Because Ali‘i doesn’t want to “step on any toes” by performing the ancient songs and chants and because he believes there is a need to create contemporary Hawaiian music, he is inspired to write his own. “I think it’s critical for us haku mele to compose music about what’s going on now with our culture, for future generations,” he says. Preserving the Hawaiian language is important to Ali‘i. “When my brother came home one day and told me he had been at ‘Maks’ (pronounced mahks), I told him, ‘Don’t you EVER use that term around me again!’ ” “Maks,” a shortened version of Makalawena, joins the list of other abbreviations like “A-Bay” for ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay, that have been adapted for convenience by those unwilling to learn or use the Hawaiian Ali‘i wearing celebratory lei names for places. after winning the 2010 Kindy That practice Sproat Falsetto Contest contributes to a photo by Michael O’Brien gradual disappearance of Hawaiian history and culture. In 2010, Ali‘i won the 19th Annual Kindy Sproat Falsetto Storytelling Contest. The namesake of the competition, Clyde “Kindy” Sproat, was one of Hawai‘i’s most beloved falsetto singers. Raised in North Kohala, Kindy was a recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts’ National Heritage Award in 1988, and was considered to be a national treasure. “I had been asked to enter the falsetto competition over the years, but I kept turning it down,” Ali‘i says. The day before the entry deadline for 2010 contest, he finally felt ready to enter. Next, he had to decide if he should sing a traditional Hawaiian song or one he had composed. “I decided I had to step out on my own and do a song I’d written, not caring if it flopped. On the day of the competition,


Fahrenheit 2400—Volcano


here is something both dramatic and dynamic about the manipulation of a molten mass of glass, such that the process has almost as much appeal for me as does the product. Hot glass is a medium in constant motion, where balance, timing and rhythm are the essential tools in the process. Once you start, you can’t stop until it’s done, and after more than thirty years in glass, I’ve conceded that it is the glass that is really in control, as much as I would like to think otherwise.”                  Michael Mortara, 2002 Michael Mortara was first introduced to glass blowing as a student in high school. In 1980, he joined the glass blowing department at Punahou School as a technical assistant while completing a degree in Architecture from University of Hawai‘i. Several years later, he began a shift away from his architectural endeavors to focus more time on his work in glass. In the summer of 1998, he began the construction of his new studio on the upper slopes of Kīlauea volcano. As a full

time glass artist, he and his wife, glass artist Misato Mochizuki Mortara, divide their time between the production of their limited edition vessels and one of a kind sculptures. His glass is in private collections throughout the US and Europe, and has been included in the permanent collection of Hawai‘i State Foundation of Art, and The Contemporary Museum of Art in Honolulu. The Mortara’s studio is tucked away on the east side of the island in the area known as Volcano. At M 3000’ is aninthe i Mweather ermaid ideal for blowing glass. They primarily market through the American Craft council show in Baltimore, as well as through referrals, and at their studio, located along Highway 11 on Old Volcano Road between mile markers 2324, where they display pieces that are not available anywhere else. Fahrenheit 2400 808.985.8667 | July/August 2013

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(now Verizon Store). For a he Kailua Village Artists Gallery, Inc. (KVA) is a decade and a half KVA was at cooperative organization that offers original art made by local the King Kamehameha's Kona artists from Hawai‘i Island. Beach Hotel. The Cooperative The gallery features an eclectic display of reasonably priced ran their gallery for 16 years original artwork including paintings in acrylic, gouache, mixed at the Keauhou media, oil, pastel, photography and watercolor, Beach Resort, until and fine-art prints of the originals are available. the hotel closed its The gallery hosts a distinguished display of 3-D doors on Oct. 31, art in ceramics, glassware, jewelry, mosaics, 2012. The second porcelain, stained glass and wood work. gallery was Alii Sunset Plaza Gallery from March 2010 KVA is a small business, promoting the arts until Dec. 2012. In January 2013, KVA opened its in the community, with no paid employees or new gallery at the Kona Marketplace. managers. The purpose is to collectively bring In 2012 KVA celebrated its 25th anniversary. Its artistsʻ work before the public and mutually share roots go back to the 1980s when a few artists bonded the costs of promoting and selling the art. together and for years participated in art shows The gallery is managed by its members: around the island at different hotels and venues. Stefanie Culbertson, Barbara Denman, Felicia Dorothy Williams was the founder of Kailua Village Fry, Betty Gerstner, Cynthia Hankins, Bill Jaeger, Artists in 1987. Felicia Fry is the last original founding Kathleen Jaeger, Gay Jensen, Marilyn Koschella, Monstera Vase member. She has painted in watercolors featuring the Richard Rochkovsky, Linda Savell, and Gail Yasin. by Betty Gerstner Kona Coast for the past 25 years. Eight guests artists include: Rachel Baker, Patti Every month KVA features an artist for the month. July is Datlof, Marian Fieldson, Hugh Jenkins and Stephanie Ross, Stefanie Culbertson who paints in watercolors and does digital Brad Lewis, Dale Moore, Stacey Siegel, and Syd Vierra. design and is well known for her Ānuenue (Rainbow) Series. In 1987, the artists August is Betty Gerstner who specializes in hand crafted and made the guild an painted porcelain and paints in watercolors. official business and became Kailua Village Friday, July 12, 2013 is the featured artist reception Artists Inc. from 4-7 pm for: Gail Yasin, Richard Rochkovsky, and KVA’s first gallery was Stefanie Culbertson. located in Waikoloa at the former Sheraton Kona Marketplace Gallery Hotel (now the 75-5729 Ali‘i Dr., Suite C-110, Kailua-Kona Marriott) for almost 808.329.6653 nine years. KVA had Twins Ānuenue Honu galleries at the Lanihau lbertson by Stefanie Cu Shopping Center

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Tuesday and Friday 2–5 pm Kekela Farms Organic Farmers Market, 64-604 Mana Rd., Waimea. 100% organic. Wednesday 9 am–4 pm Waimea Mid-Week Farmer’s Market at Pukalani Stables, site of the Paniolo Museum. Pukalani Road in Waimea.


Saturday 8 am–noon * Keauhou Farmers Market, Keauhou Shopping Center Keauhou. Saturday 9:30 am–2 pm SKEA Farmers Market Hōnaunau, Hwy. 11 between mile markers 104 & 105. Saturday 7:30 am–10 am Waikoloa Village Farmers Market, 68-3625 Paniolo Ave., Waikoloa Community Church parking lot across from Waikoloa Elementary School. Sunday and Friday 9 am–1 pm South Kona Green Market Captain Cook, Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden Wednesday 8:30 am–1 pm Kings’ Shops Farmers Market Waikoloa Beach Resort Kohala Coast Wednesday 9 am–2 pm Ho‘oulu Community Farmers Market, Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay Wednesday – Sunday 7 am–4 pm Kona Farmers Market, corner of Ali‘i Drive and Hualālai Rd.

Sunday 9 am–1 pm Laupāhoehoe Farmers Market. Next to the Minit Stop on Hwy. 19. Daily 8 am–5 pm Pana‘ewa Hawaiian Home Lands Farmers Market, Puainako and Ohuohu Streets by Walmart, Hilo. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 7 am–4 pm Hilo Farmers Market, corner of Mamo and Kamehameha Ave., downtown Hilo. 30 vendors. Wednesday and Saturday 6 am–4 pm * Hilo Farmers Market, corner of Mamo and Kamehameha Ave., downtown Hilo. 200 vendors. Saturday 7 am–noon * Kino‘ole Farmers Market. Kino‘ole Shopping Plaza, 1990 Kino‘ole St., Hilo, Sunday 7 am–2 pm Akebono Farmers Market. Luquin’s/Akebono Theater parking lot in Pāhoa. Sunday 8 am–2 pm * Maku‘u Farmers Market, Kea‘au-Pāhoa bypass road. Sunday and Thursday 2 pm–dusk, Thursdays Dawn–2 pm, Sundays Pepe‘ekeo Farmers Market. Off Hwy. 19 on Ka‘akepa St. Produce and foods.

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Tuesday – Saturday 7 am–5 pm Kea‘au Village Market, 16-6550 Old Volcano Rd., Kea‘au Wednesday Evenings 5–9 pm Farmers Market Kalapana end of Kalapana-Kopoho Rd, (Rte 137), next to Kalapana Village Cafe. Local grown produce, ono grinds and live music. Saturday 7:30 am–4 pm Keaukaha Pana‘ewa Farmers Market. Railroad Avenue, across from Home Depot, Hilo. Homegrown produce offered by Hawaiian Homelands lessees. Saturday 8 am–noon * SPACE Farmers Market, Seaview Performing Arts Center for Education, 12-247 West Pohakupele Loop, Kalapana. Saturday 8 am–1 pm * Hilo Coffee Mill, 17-995 Volcano Rd., Mountain View (on Hwy. 11 between mile markers 12 and 13).


Sunday 6 am–9 am * Volcano Farmers Market, Cooper Center, 1000 Wright Rd., Volcano Village. Saturday and Wednesday 8 am–noon Na‘ālehu Farmers Market, Ace Hardware lawn.

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Mangoes | By Sonia R. Martinez


A ‘Taste of Summer’ Mango Gazpacho

3 cups fresh mangoes, peeled and cubed 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice, pulp and all 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3-4 Tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 small seedless cucumber 1 small to medium sweet Maui onion 2–3 medium garlic cloves 1 Tablespoon—heaping—freshly grated ginger 2 red-hot Hawaiian chile peppers, seeded 2–3 Tablespoons fresh mint, chopped 1/2 teaspoon Hawaiian sea salt, or to taste   When peeling a mango use a very sharp bladed knife so you can peel as close to the surface as possible without cutting into the pulp. Peel and cut over a large bowl or measuring cup so you can catch all the juices. After cutting the pulp from the seed, scrape the seed with the blade of your knife or vegetable peeler to catch every bit of pulp and juice.   Process all ingredients in blender until puréed. You might have to do it in batches, depending on your equipment. Taste and adjust seasonings, then blend again. If you prefer stronger mango flavor use a bit more mango or less orange juice. Pour into a pitcher and chill in refrigerator for several hours. The longer it sits the better, although not longer than overnight. Serve in a pretty bowl, glass stemware, or shot glasses and garnish with ingredients listed below or choose your own favorites.  

Toppings and Garnish

1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced small 1/4 cup mango, chopped Mint sprigs   Yield: 6 regular servings or 16 shot glass servings   The Fifth Annual Mango Festival is Saturday, July 20 from 10 am–5 pm at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Contact information: 808.334.3340 Photos by Sonia R. Martinez Contact writer Sonia R. Martinez: | July/August 2013

he mango (Mangifera indica), a native of Southeast Asia and India is a member of the Anacardiaceae family, which includes cashews, pistachios, poison ivy, and poison oak.  The tree was transported to the Philippines and other Pacific tropical islands by early travelers. Spanish and Portuguese sailors took trees to Brazil, Central America, and the West Indies, where the trees immediately made themselves at home. The mango was brought to Hawai‘i in the late 1800s, and can now be found in many backyards. The fruit has been cultivated for more than 6,000 years, and there are more than 50 known species and 400 varieties throughout the world. The four best-known varieties are the Tommy Atkins, Keitt, Kent, and Haden, although there are many more delicious varieties available today. Mangoes contain a large amount of vitamin C, as well as vitamins A and B6, and fiber. Select a ripe mango by feel and smell; don’t be swayed by the color. Mangoes will ripen in different colors: some will blush, some will be a uniform yellow color, some might even turn slightly purplish in the rounded stem end, and yet some varieties will stay completely green when ripe. The aroma of the stem end can also detect ripeness: the stronger the aroma, the riper the fruit. Your selection will also depend on how and when you will be using it. The fruit should be firm, with no soft spots, and have a slight ‘give’ when squeezing gently. Do not refrigerate until completely ripe and ready to use. After they ripen, mangos can be peeled, cubed, and stored in plastic bags for several days in the refrigerator or for up to six months in the freezer. If you tend to breakout from contact with certain plants, such as poison ivy or oak, be cautious when touching a mango for the first time. Some people suffer allergic reactions from contact with the resinous latex sap that drips from the stem end after harvesting. Many people agree that the best way to eat a fresh mango is to just eat them out of hand while leaning over a sink with the juices running down your chin!  Mangoes are also suitable for making jams, chutneys, and pickles. They are wonderful in salads and salsas, entrées combined with chicken or pork, smoothies, ice cream, ambrosia, and desserts such as mango bread pudding, tarts, and trifles. Mango-based sauces pair wonderfully with grilled shrimp or seared scallops.  Gazpacho is a traditional Spanish and Portuguese cucumber and/or tomato-based soup served chilled. I have tasted and made several variations of gazpacho and love them all. Three years ago at the Second Annual Mango Festival, I experienced Mango Gazpacho for the first time—it was like tasting summer! After playing with several recipes I found on the Internet and a mango cookbook, I came up with my own favorite version of this truly tropical refreshing summer soup. This recipe is very forgiving, so adjust the ingredients to your own taste.


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Ke Ola Magazine Hawai‘i Island Edition Sharon Bowling, 808.329.1711 ext 4

Konaweb Shirley Stoffer, 808.345.2627

Hawai‘i The Big Island Sherry Bracken, 808.334.1521

Aloha Theatre - Kainaliu

Aloha Performing Arts Company 808.322.9924

Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden Peter Van Dyke, 808.323.3318

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Basically Books Julie Callahan, 808.967.8222

Donkey Mill Art Center 808.322.3362 808.935.8850

East Hawaii Cultural Center 808.961.5711

Honoka‘a People’s Theatre

One Island Sustainable Living Center

Hulihe‘e Palace

Palace Theatre - Hilo

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i

UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Karla Heath, 808.224.1404

Kahilu Theatre - Waimea

Waimea Community Theatre

Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network

Kailua Village Business Improvement District

Resort and Shopping Center Cultural Events 808.885.6868 808.326.7820

Aloha Performing Arts Company Presents

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Kalani Oceanside Retreat 808.965.0468

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Downtown Hilo Improvement Association

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North Kohala Community Resource Center

Volcano Art Center 808.961.0144 808.886.8822 Emily Benton, 808.935.5021

The Shops at Mauna Lani 808.885.9501

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Community Kokua Volunteer Opportunities


Methodist Church Palani, Kailua-Kona 3rd Saturday, 10 am.

Contact Cathy or Nancy Trap, neuter, spay, community education, colony feeding, management. 808.327.3724

Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island Hilo, Kea‘au, Pāhoa, Pāhala Oceanview, Hāmākua Monday–Friday, 2:30 pm–5 pm.

Hamakua Youth Foundation, Inc. Hamakua Youth Center, Honoka‘a Daily, Mon. Tue. Fri. 2–5:30 pm, Wed. 1–5:30 pm, Thu. 2–8 pm. Serving Hamakuaʻs school-age kids. Contact T. Mahealani Maiku‘i 808.775.0976

Hawai‘i Island Humane Society Kona Shelter, Kailua-Kona Monday–Saturday, 9 am–5 pm.

Volunteers needed for after-school youth programs Contact Matthew S. Therrien 808.961.5536

Need volunteers 16 or older, parent/child team 6 or older. Contact Bebe Ackerman 808.217.0154

Calabash Cousins

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund

Kailua-Kona Hulihe‘e Palace Grounds 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1 pm–2:30 pm

Men and women who support the mission of Daughters of Hawai‘i. Contact Sabine Andresen 808.329.9555

CommUNITY cares

Kailua-Kona Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm., Saturday, 9 am–2 pm.

Community suffering from cancer, medical hair loss, domestic abuse. Contact Tiana Steinberg 808.326.2866

Donkey Mill Art Center

Holualoa Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

East Hawaii Cultural Council Hilo Monday–Friday, 8 am–3 pm.

Volunteer in the art galleries, performing arts, classes, workshops, festivals. 808.961.5711

Friends of NELHA

Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai‘i Keahole Kona Monday–Friday, 9 am–noon

Share Ocean Science/Technology using deep ocean water. 808.329.8073

SE Hawai‘i Island beach cleanups.

Ongoing 7:45 am.

Contact Megan Lamson 808.769-7629

Hospice Care

North Hawaii Hospice Waimea Monday–Friday, 8 am–4:30 pm.

Care for families facing serious illness. Contact Catrinka Holland, Volunteer Coordinator 808.885.7547

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i Hilo Tuesday-Sunday 9 am–5 pm.

Assist with tours, shows, education programs and membership. Contact: Roxanne Ching, Guest Service Manager 808.969.9704

Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center Kahalu‘u Beach, Kailua-Kona Daily 9:30 am–4:30 pm.

ReefTeach Volunteers educate visitors on reef etiquette and protection. Contact Jean BevanMarquez 808.987.6249

Kalani Retreat Center Kalapana

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

1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6 pm Lynn Bell 808.989.7494

Lions Clubs International

Various Locations, Kailua-Kona 2nd Tuesday, 5:30 pm.

“We Serve” is the motto of Lions Clubs International. Contact Lani 808.325.1973

Make-A-Wish Hawaii

Granting wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Ongoing 808.537.3118

North Kohala Community Resource Center

Kohala Welcome Center, Hawi Daily 9 am–noon or noon–3 pm.

Greet people to North Kohala with aloha. Contact Juanita Rivera 808.889.5523

Paradise Ponies, Carousel of Aloha Hilo Coffee Mill, Mountain View Ongoing

Seeking volunteers to create the Carousel of Aloha Pavilion. Contact Katherine Patton 808.315.1093

Parrots in Paradise Sanctuary Kealakekua Flexible hours Monday–Friday Sanctuary for displaced parrots. Contact Dorothy Walsh 808.322.3006

Snorkel Day for People with Disabilities Kahalu‘u Beach Park 3rd Friday, 10 am–2 pm.

Volunteers needed. Contact Stephanie Kovatch 808.326.4400 x 4017

Sundayʻs Child Foundation Kamuela

Serving at-risk youth aged 6 to 17 Volunteers needed islandwide. Contact Lauren Rainier 877.375.9191 | July/August 2013

Volunteers help in arts education program. Contact Anne Catlin 808.322.3362

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amboo Two owner, Kacey Parker, hails from Northern California. He came to Hawai‘i Island 30 years ago. “I originally started my business selling mats to local restaurants and hotels, as Aloha State Matting. About 14 years ago, my customers started asking for various tropical building products, such as bamboo poles, thatch, and natural fiber materials. That was the beginning of Bamboo Too.” The store in the Old Industrial area carries an extensive inventory of renewable and sustainable resources including: cork, lauhala, rattan, bamboo, coco palm, sea grass, sisal, jute, banana leaf, and more. You will find bamboo poles and fencing, as well as natural and synthetic thatching in the warehouse. Their showroom has a broad selection of wall paneling, floor and wall coverings, tiki bars, benches, shelving, shoji screens, mirrors, pottery, and fountains. And now there is a new line of furniture! Bamboo Too provides unlimited creative options for decorators, architects, designers, builders, and homeowners. From interior to exterior, they have the “green” materials and imagination to assist in building and decorating your own little piece of Hawai‘i. If you are looking for an exotic touch to add to your home, you will find many exciting goodies to create your tropical dream. The employees are knowledgeable and ready to answer questions and provide assistance.



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L-R: Jeremy Barker–Practice Manager, Dr. Alfred J. Mina–Owner/DVM Dr. Malia H.K. Lyons–DVM/Associate Veterinarian Erin Mina–Lead Veterinary Nurse Missing: Dr. Agnes Horvath–DVM/Associate Veterinarian Dr. William SanFilippo–DVM/Associate Veterinarian

East Hawaii Veterinary Center, LLC Prince Kuhio Plaza 111 E. Puainako Street, Suite A-109, Hilo 808.959.2273 Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm, Saturday: 8am-4pm, Sunday: 9am-4pm | July/August 2013

or most of us, our furry companions are more than just pets; they are treasured members of the family. At East Hawaii Veterinary Center, Dr. Alfred Mina and his dedicated team are here to help. East Hawaii Veterinary Center, which provides care for dogs, cats, avian, and exotic pets, is locally owned and operated. Dr. Mina was born on Kaua‘i and grew up on Hawai‘i Island, graduating from Hilo High School and UH Hilo. He went on to attend Washington State University, earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, and returned to Hilo where he opened EHVC in 2003. Many of the doctors and staff (including Practice Manager, Jeremy, and Lead Veterinary Nurse, Erin) have been part of the team since the center’s inception. As the only veterinary center open seven days a week and conveniently located at the Prince Kuhio Plaza, EHVC has the most accessible veterinary services in East Hawai‘i. Mina attributes their success to their compassionate staff and excellent services. This success is evidenced by their many loyal clients, some of whom travel from as far away as Kailua-Kona or Ocean View to utilize EHVC’s services on a regular basis. Services include routine vaccinations for cats and dogs, basic grooming, diagnostic testing, microchipping, and routine spay and neuter surgeries on dogs, cats, and other pets, among other specialty services and surgeries. They also go above and beyond, offering 24-hour emergency services for their loyal clients to ensure peace of mind in any unforeseen circumstance. Dr. Mina also enjoys raising purebred angora rabbits for wool production and works closely with Department of Land and Natural Resources and other native bird sanctuaries, aiding in the medical and surgical care of the birds of Hawai‘i. In addition to caring for the animals in his professional and personal life, he enjoys doing martial arts and painting. Check out some of his beautiful artwork adorning the office walls on your next visit. The team at East Hawaii Veterinary center truly cares for their clients and patients, and would like to say, “Mahalo nui for all of the support throughout the years.”

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Ka Puana–The Refrain Excerpts used with permission of the publisher:


The Problem With Thinking | July/August 2013

have a knack for generating stress in that time right before dawn when it’s too cold to get out of bed and my wide-awake brain seems to run out of control. Fearful, worrisome thoughts cascade in, ruining my morning peace. If I have the presence to breathe, rest in Hook Ups*, and focus on the birds calling up the morning, I can stop the runaway thoughts; otherwise I enter the day incoherently. When I first read that thinking inhibits coherence, I had a knee jerk reaction to defend the status quo. Aren’t we supposed to think? Isn’t that the responsible, rational thing to do, to figure things out so I feel safe in knowing what’s coming next, to orchestrate events and plan all my actions? In the times when I’m truly creative, however, I’m not thinking about or even trying to be creative. I’m just in the moment, and the most remarkable ideas Hook Ups come to me; my world and events fall perfectly into place and I easily move from task to task consciously with what needs to be done in that moment. The same thing occurs when I am fully present with a friend or even a stranger, listening without thinking about what to say—or my grocery list. They become my teachers, opening up their unique corner of the universe to me. Something they say can trigger multiple pieces of a puzzle to fall into place. Voila! I experience the Ah-Ha, the exhilaration of seeing something in a new, more complex way, more clearly than I had ever seen it before and I feel I’ve been given a great gift. Two cardiologists, Michael Cooper and Michael Agent, did an interesting experiment with a group of men who had very elevated cholesterol levels (ranging between 300-500). These men had been cardiac patients, some with severe problems. Besides keeping diet, exercise, and body weight constant, these high-risk men were trained to sit quietly for 15 minutes a day and clear their minds. They were told that if a fearful or worrisome thought came into their head, to just let it pass and come back to the present. Almost immediately, this caused their cholesterol levels to drop by one third. This kind of a drop is unheard of except with one specific drug now on the market. And this highly effective technique is cheaper and safer than any drug.165


In traditional Chinese medicine, the heart and mind are considered to be the same, thus one word heart/mind is used for both aspects. The Chinese feel that excessive thinking or excessive emotional strain detrimentally affects the heart/mind. The notion of “not thinking too much nourishes the heart” is heavily influenced by Taoist ideas of nourishing life by calming the mind and preventing distracting thoughts. I wonder if Taoist sages would say that rampant consumerism, multitasking and the strong intellectualism of our culture harasses the heart? The heart runs the show, acting as though it has a mind of its own, profoundly affecting perception, intelligence, and our interaction with others.168 As mirrors for those around us, our greatest gift is coherence. As parents, educators, and friends, we miss the boat by focusing on an agenda, or driving ourselves beyond our limits when the heart energy is not straightened out first. * Hook Ups = crosssed legs, complex intertwining of the hands and arms, with tongue on the roof of the mouth. It demands balance and stimulates the neocortex of both hemispheres of the brain and makes it easy to come to coherence.


The Yum Solution

• Stop the runaway thoughts about the past and possible futures. • Be aware of where you are at this moment with no distractions. • Be present, with who you are and who others are at this moment. • Do Hook Ups and take long, slow breaths from your belly.


• Look at your world with a child’s eyes, experiencing the constant newness. • Look at yourself honestly as a valuable, unique being. • Look at others or the situation as the perfect learning experience.


• Listen to the rich sounds of nature. • Listen from your heart to the tone of another’s voice and words. • Listen to your intuition and your gut feelings.


• Reconnect through touch, which is our strongest anchor and bridge. • Hug yourself and others with the hug of the beloved. • Touch with your eyes, meeting another’s eyes with total love. • In a difficult situation extend your hand, and turn with the other person to look at the situation before you instead of between you.


• Take a relaxed walk, swim or bike ride, being aware of the feel, the smells, and the sights. • Relax your shoulders and open your heart. • Do integrated movements, yoga, tai chi, or dance to your favorite music. • Move your mouth in song, laughter, or gratitude for yourself and others.


• With pleasure, recognize and bless who you are, what you have in your life and the people and situations you have manifested to assist your growth.169

We don’t need expensive technologies, therapies, or designer drugs to come home to the heart. It only takes a moment of true presence and coherence to change the incoherence, not only in ourselves, but also in those around us. This forces us to more responsibly trust ourselves for the solutions, giving us back the power to structure our lives as we choose. Carla’s books can be found at Kona Stories and her website. Contact author Carla Hannaford: 165 Dossey, Larry. Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine. HarperCollins, New York, 1993, p. 291. 168 Lacey, John I & Beatrice C. Lacey. Two-way communication between the heart and the brain: Significance of time within the cardiac cycle. American Psychologist, Feb. 1978, pp. 99-113. 169 Adapted and expanded from the original Yum Solution developed by my good friends in Hawai‘i, Candle and Iao.

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