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“The Life” Cel eb rating th e a r t s, cu l t u re, a nd s u s t a i n ab i l i t y o f t h e Hawa i i a n Is la nds For those who love life on Hawai‘i Island

November–December 2014 Nowemapa–Kēkēmapa 2014

“The Life” Celebra ting the a r ts, culture, a nd susta ina bilit y of the Hawa iia n Is la nd s

November–December 2014 Nowemapa–Kēkēmapa 2014

Art 43 Through the Years Hawai‘i Museum of Contemporary Art By Le‘a Gleason

Business 73 Managing with Aloha: Ike loa By Rosa Say 81 Celebrating a Five Year Advertiser with Ke Ola Hawaii’s Gift Basket Boutique Culture 53 Ka Lei Maile Ali‘i—The Queen’s Women An original reenactment based on a newspaper article printed in The San Francisco Call By Renée Robinson

Health 49 Healing Plants: Lau Kahi An all-around helpful “weed” By Barbara Fahs

Home 13 Then & Now: Kīlauea Lodge Warm Up, Freak Out, Chow Down Friendship, ghosts, and gourmet cuisine By Alan D. McNarie

Land | November/December 2014

19 A Place to Remember: POW-MIA memorial garden at West Hawai‘i Veterans Cemetery By Barbara Fahs


61 Lessons in the Land Connecting with the “dryland kine” kūpuna By Ku‘ulei Keakealani 85 Coffee Time By Sonia R. Martinez


Music 77 Sing-Song, Sing-Along! Celebrating 25 years with the Kona Choral Society By Fern Gavelek

Ocean 67 Worldwide Voyage Update

People 25 Kāko‘o ‘o I Nā Keiki (Support the Keiki) To advance the common good for all Hawai‘i Island keiki By Gayle ‘Kaleilehua’ Greco

31 From Soil to Toil: Celebrating Kona’s finest crop and the volunteers of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival By Aja Hannah

37 Kūpuna Talk Story: Warren Vignato By Keith Nealy


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11 Mele Ho‘omana By Kumu Keala Ching

Ka Puana -- Refrain

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94 ‘Io Lani: The Hawaiian Hawk By William S. Chillingsworth


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As I write this letter, the residents and business folks in Pāhoa and its surrounding areas in Lower Puna are preparing for the unknown. Some of the people have lived through this before—the feeling of the inevitable lava heading towards their home or business—and sometimes both. One of our advertisers, Mary Dressler of Aloha ‘Aina Wellness Center, lost her home to the Kalapana lava flow in 1990. She was fortunate enough to have videotaped the blazing fire that engulfed her home when the lava came ever-so-close. Being able to prove that it was fire, and not lava, that destroyed her home made all the differnece to her homeowners insurance provider, and Mary was able to build a new home. She chose an exquisite area of the Hawai‘i Island coastline, the eastern shore, just north of the Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse—the eastern most point on our island. This spectacular area is a wellhidden secret, where oceanfront property is still affordable. The catch is, it’s in Lava Zone 1 and 2, and on a scale of 1–10, that’s high risk. People who build or buy homes in Lower Puna have always known that, and have felt the trade-off has been worth it. With the newest eruption breaking out from the Pu‘u Ō‘ō vent, which began on June 27, 2014, reality has literally hit home. Within weeks of Hurricane Iselle touching shore in the exact same area, our Lower Puna neighbors learned that the lava was heading their way. Soon a group of concerned Hawai‘i Island citzens heard about the needs of the Puna community in the Iselle aftermath, and a Facebook page called Iselle Recovery & Releif was formed. Within a couple of weeks, it had thousands of members, as those who wanted to help posted offers, and those who needed help posted requests for help. It was heartwarming to witness the aloha being spread, with genuine care coming from people who had the means, to provide for those who didn’t. It wasn’t long before the name of the Iselle Recovery & Relief page was changed to Hawai‘i Island Disaster Resources. It is still being utilized as a way for people to keep in touch and be informed. It’s been a lifeline for many. Other similar pages have been formed on Facebook and other social media sites, too. They have proven to be invaluable resources. A few weeks ago someone asked a mutual friend what those in the Puna community needed the most. She responded “moving boxes.” This had an immediate impact on me. I thought, Wow, with all the

From Our Readers ✿ Aloha Editor RE: Island Treasures article on page 77 Second paragraph says “City” of Refuge. Your writer and editor should have caught this. It was never a “City.” It’s a “Place” hence the name pu‘u, which can mean place or hill. Thought this was finally settled 30 years ago. Otherwise, I really enjoy your magazine. Me Ke Aloha, Claudia Steffen Hawai‘i Island Editors note: Mahalo for the catch. It got missed as we rushed to get the magazine to print as Hurricane Iselle arrived. There were a few other errors we’re sure we would have caught, had it not been for Iselle knocking on our door.

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boxes we use to distribute Ke Ola magazine, this is something we could help with right now. My assistant, Sharon, and I loaded up our cars and took the boxes and some packing tape to our friend’s business in Pāhoa Village. Once back in the office, I thought more about this. There are so many reusable boxes going to the recycling centers every day, whether from businesses or from residents who shop online, no one in Lower Puna should need to go looking for moving boxes and tape. It’s the least we can do to drop them off. I was writing my bi-monthly e-mail newsletter for this issue and wanted to include something about the situation our neighbors are experiencing. I put out a request for those reading it to mobilize and get as many boxes to East Hawai‘i as they could. My thought was to have them transported from West Hawai‘i to East Hawai‘i by people already making the trip, so it would be a sustainable community project. No need to use new boxes, nor extra gas to deliver them. I contacted two storage facilities, Great American Self Storage in Kailua-Kona, and Shipman Self Storage in Kea‘au, and both agreed to be drop off points. Radio station LAVA105 aired PSA’s about it which really helped get the momentum going! My intention was for people to self manage this project, that I would not have to be “in charge,” and thankfully, that’s exactly what happened. I’ve been so gratified to hear how people have dropped off boxes in Kailua-Kona and other people have picked up the boxes and transported them to the drop points in East Hawai‘i. Both storage facilities report there has been a nice ebb and flow to it. What a great feeling to know that our island community has “picked up the ball and run with it” and that the aloha spirit is alive and well. At press time, the lava is 1.5 miles from crossing Pāhoa Village Road. By Nov. 1, when this issue publishes, it could be a whole different story. We are keeping Lower Puna in our prayers, along with the rest of our Hawai‘i Island community and expanding out to the rest of the planet. May your holidays be blessed with peace, safety, health, and happiness today and always. Aloha pumehana, Barbara Garcia, Publisher



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HE ALI‘I He ali‘i, he ali‘i, he ali‘i ho‘omana Ho‘omana ‘oe ia‘u, he ali‘i.

A chief, a dignified, enlightened one You enlighten me, a chief

He aloha, he aloha, he aloha ho‘omana Ho‘omana ‘oe ia‘u, he aloha.

A compassionate, an admired, a loveable one You enlighten me, an admired one

He mihi, he mihi, he mihi ho‘omana Ho‘omana ‘oe ia‘u, he mihi.

A forgiving, a regretable, a spiritual one You enlighten me, a spiritual one

He ali‘i, he ali‘i, he ali‘i ho‘omana Ho‘omana ‘oe ia‘u, he ali‘i.

A chief, a dignified, enlightened one You enlighten me, a chief

E MALIU MAI ‘OE Hear my voice Honor my voice Seek my voice My cherished voice of love My honorable voice of love

E maliu mai ‘oe E maliu mai ‘oe E maliu mai ‘oe I ku‘u leo hali‘a I ku‘u leo hali‘a

Hear my voice Honor my voice Seek my voice My compassionate voice of memories My spiritual voice of memories

E maliu mai ‘oe E maliu mai ‘oe E maliu mai ‘oe I ku‘u leo maluhia I ku‘u leo maluhia

Hear my voice Honor my voice Seek my voice My respectable voice of peace My humbled voice of peace

kēia mau lā, huli wale kekahi i ka ‘ike pono, i ke ala pono, i ka hana pono a pēlā wale aku. ‘Imi ho‘i i ka mana o ka lani i ke ola o ka honua, aia wale i ka hana Ali‘i Ho‘omana me ke aloha a me ka mihi kekahi, he Ali‘i nō ia. Ke loa‘a ka mana o ka lani iā ‘oe, ho‘omau e wala‘au me ka leo aloha, me ka leo hali‘a a pa‘a i ka leo maluhia. E maliu mai ‘oe! Today, we seek for the righteous knowledge, righteous path, and righteous work, etc. One desires the Spirit of the heavens along with the life of the earth, found with a compassionate and forgiving enlightened one. When the Spirit of the heaven is found, speak your voice of love, your voice of remembrance and be firm in a peaceful voice. Honor my voice! Seek the enlightened one who walks amongst us, speak with honor and respect! Contact writer Kumu Keala Ching: | November/December 2014


E maliu mai ‘oe E maliu mai ‘oe E maliu mai ‘oe I ku‘u leo aloha I ku‘u leo aloha


Hale-O-Aloha, the centerpiece of the Hawai‘i YMCA’s mountain camp

Westervelt cottage

Then & Now: Kīlauea Lodge Warm Up, Freak out, Chow Down Friendship, ghosts, and gourmet cuisine


ven from a distance, the fireplace in the dining room of the Kīlauea Lodge and Restaurant in Volcano is an impressive structure. Large memorabilia imbedded in the fireplace matrix grab your gaze: Hawaiian poi pounders, dinosaur vertebrae, the Hawaiian salt stone (a large basalt rock with a shallow pan scraped in it, originally used for evaporating sea water into salt), the huge section of petrified wood log, and of course, the bronze plaque proclaiming, International Fireplace of Friendship. The closer you look, the more treasures appear: dozens of ancient and international coins, exotic minerals, a bit of white quartz embedded with gold, a Mexican opal. Some treasures you can only appreciate if you’ve read the lodge’s little brochure on the fireplace. The unassuming little brown stones located above an unfinished Hawaiian adze near the center of the fireplace, for instance, were picked up in front of George Washington’s tomb at Mount Vernon, other small stones from the Dead Sea, and the Mount of Olives. Some, such as the round stone from the ruins of the Acropolis in Athens, and a cave formation from Carlsbad Caverns, could not have been legally collected today. But the rules were somewhat different in 1938 when the fireplace was built. For decades, the lodge has been known for its fireplace and for its luxurious European-inspired cuisine: Duck L’Orange (broiled duck breast with apricot mustard glaze and caramelized orange peel), Hasenpfeffer (braised rabbit in a hearty wine sauce), and Lamb Provençal (rack of lamb baked with fresh herbs and seasoned bread crumbs) entice diners nightly. When the fireplace was built, the lodge served a very different clientele; it was Hale-O-Aloha, the centerpiece of the Hawai‘i YMCA’s mountain camp.

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The fireplace was the brainchild of Harold Lucas, who served as secretary of the local branch of the YMCA in the 1930s. According to Lorna Larsen-Jeyte, who now owns Kīlauea Lodge with her husband Albert, Harold also built a similar fireplace in Estes Park, Colorado, when he was assigned to the YMCA there. Harold cultivated a wide range of overseas friends, many of them connected with the YMCA, Rotary International, and Lions Clubs. When Camp Hale-OAloha was under construction, he sent off scores of letters, asking for rocks or coins from all over the world to embed in the fireplace. Some of the letters were accompanied by a small book of poems that Harold had composed about Hawai‘i. Volcanologist Thomas Jaggar, founder of Volcano Observatory, was serving as | November/December 2014

International Fireplace of Friendship at Hale-O-Aloha Lodge


President of the local YMCA at the time and wrote to contacts in the National Park Service. Those contacts responded with granite from Yosemite, rhyolite from Yellowstone, and novaculite from Hot Springs, Arkansas. All told, over 100 clubs and individuals responded from across the U.S. and from dozens of countries and territories, including New Zealand, Scotland, Lebanon, Bulgaria, Malaya, Hong Kong, India, Canada, Turkey, Thailand, the Philippines, Norway, and the Holy Land. In addition to the rocks, over 500 coins poured in from over fifty countries. Members of the Westervelt family donated 10 acres, including a small summer cottage built in 1909 to the YMCA camp (some early documents refer to the new camp as Camp Westervelt). In 1936, construction began on a dormitory, for campers, and the impressive main hall with its porte-cochère supported by massive columns of volcanic basalt, its central dining hall with its lofty cathedral ceiling, and, of course, the grand fireplace with all its worldly adornments. In Oct. 1938, about 400 people from across the islands gathered to watch Jaggar and some young campers light the fireplace’s first fire from driftwood that the campers had gathered from the island’s beaches. During World War II, the camp became an army radio school. Afterward, it resumed its original role, welcoming young campers and hikers from the YMCA, YWCA, 4-H, and other youth groups. It may sound like a pretty luxurious “camp,” with its indoor meals, bunk beds, and the manicured garden left by the Westervelts. The “Y” installed archery ranges and baseball diamonds. The kids still “roughed it” in some ways, of course.

There was no hot water, for instance—this was chilly Volcano, and most of the kids were from warm coastal towns. “Japanese kids normally take baths every day,” notes owner Lorna. She continues, “but some of the kids wouldn’t bathe for a week, because the water was so cold. They lied to their parents when they went home.” Some kids also took the icy water as a challenge, going for night swims in the camp’s redwood catchment tanks. They also faced another nocturnal challenge: the camp’s reputed ghost. Faucets reportedly turned on by themselves, bathroom stalls would reportedly lock themselves from the inside, and locked doors would fly open. The apparition still makes occasional appearances. Lorna says that one encounter happened when a female friend from O‘ahu spent the night in one of the guest cottages behind the main building. “She said one day she was walking back to the lodge. This spirit came right toward her. It was a light, but it was definitely a man, a male spirit. The spirit passed right through her,” Lorna says. Masons building

YMCA campers, circa 1940s

The spirit has also manifested to at least two other female guests, government employees staying at the lodge and working at the national park. The Jeytes finally consulted a Hawaiian kahuna, who said it was the spirit of a young Hawaiian man. She suspected it was a bird catcher who had died in a lava tube. In the days before Europeans arrived, few people traveled the island’s upland rainforests except bird catchers, who gathered native birds to supply feathers for the capes of the ali‘i. Partly in the ghost’s honor, perhaps, the dining room today displays a large painting of a Hawaiian bird catcher by local artist Gwendolyn O’Connor. When the Hilo YMCA was wiped out in the 1960 tsunami, the organization decided to sell the Volcano camp to finance a new Hilo facility. Virginia and Bill Dicks purchased the property.

the lodge circa 1930s


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“They saw the potential in this place for a restaurant and gift shop,” recounts Lorna. For a while, Virginia and Bill ran a lunch shop in the former camp’s great room; they became famous for their “mile-high pie.” Then Bill suffered a heart attack in 1973. Around the same time, the new Volcano Highway opened, turning the road past the former YMCA camp into a by-way, and the lunchroom’s business dropped. The pair closed the shop and used the building as a private home, then finally put it on the market. Enter the Jeytes. Albert was a makeup artist at the time, working on “Magnum P.I.” Lorna was a school teacher who had grown up in Hilo. “Tom Selleck said that when the series ended, Albert would have to return to Los Angeles for his next assignment,” recalls Lorna.” I said I wasn’t going to live in Los Angeles.” They saw the Volcano property advertised, looked it over, and fell in love. On New Year’s Eve of 1986, they made an offer. “I said, ‘Oh, my god, what have we done?’” Lorna recounts. They didn’t know the first thing about owning a restaurant. Yet the community demanded an alternative to Volcano House, because that was the only other place to eat. Lorna remembers, “So Albert said, ‘We’ll figure it out.’ He’s a can-do guy.”

Albert and Lorna photo by Ken Lara

photo by Hawkins Biggins

Albert bought books on restaurants and began studying. He was still working in Honolulu for “Magnum PI.” He went out to Sand Island there and found some used restaurant equipment. They bought a used stove and counter-top refrigerator. “In the 1980s those things were much better built than they are today,” explains Lorna. They picked up the restaurant’s furniture from an O‘ahu restaurant that was closing. They had to get new commercial permits for the kitchen, which “took ages and ages.” Albert tore up the dining room’s orange carpeting, then stripped and refinished the wooden floor beneath. The room’s orange curtains went away, too, as did the orange fabric on the couch in front of the fireplace. They hired architect Virginia McDonald to draw up plans for converting the former camp dormitory into modern lodging, and Boone Morrison, who specializes in historic buildings (see “Boone Morrison: Hawai‘i’s Leading Restoration Architect” in Ke Ola, Sept.-Oct. 2014) to refurbish the tiny downstairs apartment in Hale-O-Aloha. Meanwhile, they lived in the once and future dining room. “We became laughingly known as the ‘Opening Soon Restaurant’ because it took nearly a year before we could open,” chuckles Lorna. Finding financing was a challenge, too. Bank of Hawaii wouldn’t give them a business loan since they had no restaurant experience; however, it was willing to give them a second mortgage on their home.

photo by Hawkins Biggins

They also borrowed $10,000 from Lorna’s mother. When they were nearly out of money, Selleck decided to do one more season of “Magnum P.I.,” so Albert flew to O‘ahu on weekdays and returned to work on the restaurant on weekends. They finally opened their doors in 1988 with Lorna as the hostess. When their chef stumbled while carrying a pot of water and was badly burned, Albert resolved to take over that job. “I said, ‘You don’t even know what a white sauce is,’” Lorna recalls. “He said, ‘You know what a white sauce is. You can teach me.’” At first, the results were not encouraging. Lorna remembers, “People would cut into the duck, and it would go flying off the plate, it was so tough!” So they borrowed more money and flew a chef and his whole family over from O‘ahu to give Albert a crash course in cooking. In four days, Albert had it down. Later, for Albert’s 50th birthday, Lorna found a chef’s school in France that offered instructions in English. They headed to France for a seven-day course in French cooking. “I thought I was just going to eat and drink,” she sighs. “But the school was set up for students to work in three teams. One person didn’t show up, so I had to cook, too.” Albert has continued to self-educate, reading books by French and German chefs, and experimenting with new recipes in a personal kitchen downstairs. The traditional European recipes on the menu have been joined by such dishes as leg of antelope


photo by Hawkins Biggins

fillet in red wine sauce with shallots, mushrooms, and bell peppers. The lunch menu features buffalo burgers and antelope sandwiches. Chef Albert has long since come into his own, and the menu has gotten as international and eclectic as the fireplace. In the early days, many of the diners were also lodgers, happy to have a meal within an easy walk to their rooms. Today, the restaurant is popular with local diners. One recent afternoon, about half the lunch crowd was Volcano residents. As the restaurant’s reputation has grown, itʻs attracted its share of celebrity diners: Robert Redford, Richard Chamberlain, Helen Mirren, Lily Tomlin, Danny DeVito. Once, director Jill Taynor treated her whole film crew to dinner there. On another occasion, Ted Turner rented the entire dining room for an evening.

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“Ted says, ‘You know, Albert, we have a lot in common. We were both in the television industry, we both have restaurants, and you were a makeup artist and I was a make-out artist,’” Lorna recalls. The upscale clientele often stop to study the fireplace, to look at the strange coins, and read the inscription from far-off lands in times long passed. Parts of the atmosphere of Kīlauea Lodge now are the modern paintings by Dieterich Varez and Caren Lobel Fried, the gleam of the koa tables, and the aroma of exotic gourmet dishes. Part of it, too, is still the echo of long-ago goodwill from a hundred exotic places, and the ghostly laughter of children.❖ Contact Kīlauea Lodge: Contact writer Alan D. McNarie:

A Place to Remember:

POW-MIA memorial garden at West Hawai‘i Veterans Cemetery | By Barbara Fahs

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very year we honor the men and women who have fought for our freedom on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Susan “Awapuhi” Graffe emphasizes we should honor them every day. Awa, her husband Paul, along with generous volunteers have made it their mission to improve the West Hawai‘i Veterans Cemetery by creating a garden and comfortable space that encourages respect for prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. While visiting the cemetery in mid-2012, Awa and Paul discovered there was nowhere to place the flowers they had brought to remember Paul’s father, Paul Graffe Sr. Paul Graffe Sr. was a pilot and army Captain in the Vietnam War. He was reported missing in action when his plane was shot down over South Vietnam on Oct. 30, 1969. He was only 24. Paul Jr. was two years old. Neither Paul Sr. nor his remains were ever found. “We saw the need for a memorial garden project at that moment…because there was no place to put the flowers we brought to honor Paul’s dad,” Awa shares.

Breaking Ground

Awa and Paul partnered with Dr. Richard Stevens, who has worked on forest restoration at the cemetery and John Grogan,

past President of the West Hawai‘i Veterans Cemetery Development and Expansion Association to initiate the POW/MIA garden project at the cemetery. “We heartily approved moving forward with the plans,” Dr. Stevens says. Awa is grateful for the support they received from the gentlemen. Dr. Stevens was integral to moving their idea forward. “The Forest Restoration is a huge ongoing project that Dr. Stevens oversees and to which he has dedicated countless hours of his life at WHVC. Without he or his wife, Angelica’s embracing

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support and aloha, our project would have taken much longer [to move] forward.” Awa then became the official fundraiser for the project. She knocked on doors and set up donation bowls at various community events for a year, sharing Paul’s and her vision vision of creating a memorial garden. “Our island community donated $7,000, and the assistance of Tomoe Nimori and Angelica Stevens (as grant writers) added to the expanding funds. Councilwoman Karen Eoff was supportive and gave us some greatly appreciated contingency funds to get the project started,” she explains. Karen was able to provide $15,000 from district 8 contingency funds for the garden. She writes, “When I found out that the cemetery didn’t have a special place to honor prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action, I wanted to help create the POW/MIA memorial garden. I was happy to [help].”

Supporters’ Impact

Support has also come from Hawai‘i Island Mayor Billy Kenoi and Hawai‘i State dignitaries, including Governor Abercrombie and Representative Tulsi Gabbard. On Veterans Day 2013, a ceremony was held at the cemetery to kick off the start of the POW/MIA garden project. In a proclamation issued for the ceremony, the governor praised “the perseverance of Kona’s veterans, [which] brought to life the West Hawai‘i Veterans Cemetery.” Representative Gabbard echoed those sentiments.

“This POW/MIA memorial honors the sacrifices of our nation’s military and Hawai‘i’s heroes…As long as our flag still flies, you are not and never will be forgotten,” Tulsi said. Because of all the work and improvements, the West Hawai‘i Veterans Cemetery is one of only three in the nation that have earned “shrine status,” which the Veterans Administration grants. “Elevating the appearance of the cemeteries to shrine status signals the commitment to maintain our Veterans’ cemeteries at the highest standards forever,” according to the VA website. The Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion have also contributed, Awa says. “Many former service people have made donations, and we are eternally grateful to them, not only for their service to our country, but also for their generosity,” she says. Hoping to ease the pain of friends and family members, the restoration project includes several special objects, such as a pair of bronzed army boots mounted on a slab of marble. David Dukevares, a veteran of Afghanistan, donated them. Richard Highley, Disabled American Veterans Kona Chapter 7 Adjutant, commented in an article published in West Hawai‘i Today in Nov. 2013, noting the important part cemeteries play in the grieving process. “The families of those still missing from past American wars have wounds that are slow to heal. There have been no graves to visit and no peace from the gnawing questions that last a lifetime,” Richard says. By planting native trees, shrubs, and flowering plants, as well as providing benches to allow visitors a comfortable spot to rest and reflect, this project will help to make the cemetery a more conducive place for visitors to linger and remember those individuals who served our country, yet never came home.

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Reforestation Coordinator and Professor Dr. Richard Stevens teaches at the UH Center, West Hawai‘i. He was a Marine and served in Vietnam, where he was also a member of the U.S. Foreign Service. He says 3,000 volunteers have planted over 90 species, or 12,000 plants, which include koai‘a, a dryland close relative of the koa tree; lama, or the Hawaiian persimmon; ‘a‘ali‘i, a member of the soapberry family; and hō‘awa, the Hawaiian magnolia, which is a favorite food of the endangered Hawaiian crow, the ‘alala. The native Hawaiian plants were chosen specifically to thrive in the arid area of the cemetery.

Dr. Stevens has high hopes for the future flora and fauna to bring a poetic harmony to the space. “We would love to see the native birds return to the area, where every plant has been dedicated to someone beloved by the planter, creating a ‘Forest of Loved Souls.’” Project Manager Kealaka‘i Knoche does much of the physical work involved in landscaping. He is an expert at installing dryland species, according to Angelica Stevens. “I want to spread the news about dryland forests through the example of this project at the Veterans Cemetery,” Kealaka‘i explains. “We have lost about 90 percent of the dryland forests on the west side, and I encourage more restoration of this important ecosystem. The cemetery project bridges the gap between a lot of different communities and it’s helping to educate many people.”

Future Plans

A solar-powered water feature donated by P.A. Harris is underway as well as a plaque to honor POWs and MIAs. It reads, Not Forgotten. They’re hoping to find a mason to install the memorial plaque in time for Veterans Day this year. The priority right now is to get more accessible restrooms built. “The current restrooms are a short hike up a hill, which is difficult for people who have special needs and our growing elderly community.” Awa says they are continuing to seek donations and grants for these and other future projects.

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On Sept. 11, the National Day of Service, 20 Marines and approximately 60 students and volunteers gathered at the cemetery to plant additional trees, including ‘ōhi‘a and koai‘a. The public is invited to attend a ceremony at the cemetery Veterans Day, Nov. 11, from 11am–noon. There will be a flag and a lei on every grave with a potluck lunch to follow. Donations for the ongoing care of the garden and future expansion can be made to: West Hawai‘i Veterans Cemetery Development and Expansion Association Memo: POW/MIA Project PO Box 1788 Kealakekua, HI 96750-1788 Visit the West Hawai‘i Veterans Cemetery: 72-3245 Queen Ka‘ahumanu Hwy., Kailua-Kona, 8am–noon, M–F. No permanent staff at site. Photos courtesy Nellie Medeiros Contact writer Barbara Fahs: | November/December 2014



Kāko‘o ‘o I Nā Keiki (Support the Keiki) To advance the common good for all Hawai‘i Island keiki


child’s big, innocent eyes gaze out into the distance. He waits street side, anticipating excitement, yet remaining ever-so-patient. He is surrounded by his ‘ohana who summon the minivan down the street. Reminiscent of waiting for Santa Claus or a Fairy Godmother, and yet, this is not a mythical figure who is here to fill Christmas stockings or sprinkle pixie dust into gifts. This arrival is better. The minivan’s sliding door opens, and a tender moment is suspended in time as this third grader receives his bag of food, spilling over with cereal, soups, rice, and a mix of food for that day’s meal. A bag of food, imagine that, so simple yet so powerful, and why? Because this young child’s parents have lost their jobs, or maybe their house; they are struggling to get by, and the basic supply of food is suddenly just beyond their grasp. The teachers know who these children and families are, yet humble and unseen to many else, it is the need of these children that drives this minivan into town. This is how the Kāko‘o ‘o I Nā Keiki food program started, with a food delivery for one child for one day. Four years later, through the passionate efforts of the program leaders and sponsors, Kāko‘o ‘o I Nā Keiki now delivers enough food to feed a family of three-to-four people for three days. The program was started and

| By Gayle ‘Kaleilehua’ Greco

is still run today by Ka‘ea Lyons and Jaz Yglesias. This is the same duo who are the on-air radio personalities for KAPA radio—Jaz and Ka‘ea of the Bolohead and Babes morning show. Kāko‘o ‘o I Nā Keiki is a community initiative that serves the children of Hawai‘i Island three times a year with their Slipper Drive in March, the School Supply Drive in July, and the Food Drive in December. It all started in July 2011, during the morning show on KAPA radio when Ka‘ea, then a full time teacher and part time DJ, was talking about putting some money aside for backup school supplies. Jaz questioned, “Is this for your kids?” Ka‘ea replied, “No, this is for my students.” As many teachers do, Ka‘ea was using personal funds to furnish materials to the students who could not afford to have complete school supplies. Jaz said, “Well, that is wrong!” Sharing the same passion to support the keiki, the seed was planted and Jaz and Ka‘ea set out to bring school supplies to the elementary schools. After researching which schools and communities had the biggest need, Jaz and Ka‘ea approached KAPA radio to do live broadcasts promoting the need for school supplies. During the live shows, people would drop off bags of schools supplies: paper, pencils, crayons, binders, and ‘any kind’ materials needed for the start of the school year. Jaz and Ka‘ea laugh over each other’s

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recollection of this time saying that they did a lot on their own at the start of this program, from organizing and delivering to keeping up with the volume of donations. At first, they loaded their personal cars for deliveries, and soon they realized the need to rent minivans. They did that on their own, while packaging and making the dropoff lists to fit the need. As Jaz and Ka‘ea were making deliveries around the island, they took the time to interview the school principals and teachers to find out what the necessities were for their disadvantaged school children. Immediately the school administrators mentioned that in addition to school supplies, slippers and food were needed. From the first round of donations in July 2011, the next program to take flight was the slipper drive in March 2012. As the first slipper drive progressed, the community supported the program with bags and boxes of new slippers for the keiki, monetary donations, and in-kind volunteering. Soon, Jaz and Ka‘ea were enveloped with people who shared their passion. An important partner entered their lives when Ka‘ea met Cathie Amelotte of Hawai‘i Island United Way. This was the beginning of a community relationship that still stands strong today. Cathie helped to further organize the administration of the donations by establishing the community initiative of Kāko‘o ‘o I Nā Keiki as a part of the Hawai‘i Island United Way’s Community Initiative. Together with United Way, the goal was established to “ensure that the children are protected and safe at school; have an increased level of self-esteem by not being bullied due to lack of essential items; are school-ready and come to school ready to succeed.”


One year into the school supplies and slipper drives, the teachers and families have seen the difference these simple items make in the children’s attitude, confidence, and self-esteem. In between multiple jobs, parenting, and life events, Jaz and Ka‘ea found themselves on the brink of the third program— providing food to the children in need. Through more community research, they found that the timing of the food drive was as important as the nourishment. Children who normally have free or reduced meals at school have no access to the meals during schools intersession. This food insecurity prompted the timing of the December 2012 food drive. In the first year, the DJ team made up a menu of what food was needed and delivered to a low-income housing area in Kona. Jaz says, “We would drive up, honk our horn and say, ‘come eat’.” Ka‘ea interjects, “But we realized we did not have enough money to provide all the food,” and with tears welling up and spilling over, Ka‘ea begins to thank the people who gave this first food program its roots. Tom Newhouse, former KAPA radio sales manager, helped to create promotion/sponsor packages to help run live broadcasts at the Christmas in Keauhou events. Here, the community could enjoy holiday music at the Keauhou Shopping Center and make donations. Ka‘ea says, “For three Wednesday nights, the schools would perform, and on the third Wednesday, local musician Kuana Torres Kahele donated his time for the show and gave $1,000 to the food drive. That’s how we were able to feed the kids.” Jaz says, “Our goal was to feed 1,000 kids and we exceeded the goal because of these donations.”

While the Kako‘o o i na Keiki started as a grassroots program, the Hawai‘i Island United Way has complimented it with regular surveys to the schools and published impact reports. There is a formula for how many schools participate with the percentage of the eligible students to determine the donation goal for each of the three programs: slippers, school supplies, and food. While the United Way program administration is beneficial, the process is still a grassroots method, dependent on the volunteers who give kōkua (service/help) and the public for donations. In year three, the Kāko‘o ‘o I Nā Keiki food program partnered with The Food Basket and specifically, their Executive Director, En Young. Ka‘ea comments, “Instead of making up the meal packages and going to the neighborhoods, we wanted to get the food in the hands of the children.” | November/December 2014


Through a variety of resources, a specific menu of dietary needs was created, coupled with the formula for how many red-flagged families to feed, the program leaders determined the bag count for each school. While fundraising and donations were steady, the program’s United Way account was thinning out as the food program was about to be delivered. Seeing the need, The Food Basket, at the direction of En Young, partnered with Jaz and Ka‘ea to help with more food resources. Jaz says, “Where we used to feed the kids for one day, now the bags are going to select students to feed the family for three days.” With the efforts of many volunteers and sponsors, Jaz and Ka‘ea commend the dedicated support from Kelcie Kohara of the

United Way in Hilo. Kelcie helps to organize all three programs on the east side of the island. Now, while Jaz and Ka‘ea are still personally at each site, Kelcie has stepped in to coordinate the behind-the-scenes activities on the east side to make the programs run smoothly. Jaz exudes his appreciation in saying, “Kelcie’s in the trenches with us from the beginning. We don’t find many people like us that just want to do this, have the passion for it, and don’t want anything in return; they’re doing it because of the need. Kelcie rocks it!” Roberts of Hawai‘i, on board in year two, provides all the transportation for the deliveries and the volunteers to do the loading/unloading of all the boxes. Jaz says, “[Roberts] have been with us from the start. I hurt my back with this last delivery, and the drivers called in muscle for the next day.” These are a few of the examples of the unspoken kōkua (help) and the foundation of this community project. Jaz and Ka‘ea manage the Kāko‘o ‘o I Nā Keiki program as a separate community initiative from their full-time jobs at the radio station. KAPA radio is the promotional vehicle for the program and an extremely important part of the overall campaign. With more than a dozen program sponsors, the support of the program grows each year. It is estimated that Kāko‘o ‘o I Nā Keiki needs $30,000 annually to keep the three programs funded. This amount will rise as the programs expand to include more of the children in need. The actions and passion of Jaz and Ka‘ea reach far beyond the boundaries of an average citizen. Their dream is to build

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awareness in the community to the ongoing need and turn that awareness into participation as part of our kuleana (responsibility) in living on this island. “The need is there every day in the schools for supplies, food, and slippers,” Ka‘ea says. She continues with a heart full of emotion, “I should feel excited that we are ‘done,’ but we are never done. We are done with the drop offs, and that is pau, but the work is never done and the need is always there.” For some perspective on the statistics and need in our communities, there are 42 public elementary schools on Hawai‘i Island, with a current enrollment of 23,769 students. Seventy one percent (16,900) of these children are in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. The Kāko‘o ‘o I Nā Keiki July 2014 school supplies drive raised school supplies for approximately 35 schools, the March 2014 slipper drive provided 1,000+ pairs of slippers to 100% of the public elementary schools (approximately 50-90 pairs of slippers per school), and the December 2013 food drive served 2,450 lunches. As Jaz and Ka‘ea, who carry the torch for the keiki in so many ways, comment, “there is always a need for more.” ❖

Donations are accepted all year at:

Hawai‘i Island United Way: Click on Kāko’o ‘o I Nā Keiki Partnership for an online donation to this specific community initiative. KAPA Radio: For information about drop-off locations for school supplies, slippers, and food; or contact Jaz or Ka‘ea directly. To volunteer: or

Contact Ka‘ea Lyons: Contact Jaz Yglesias: Contact writer Gayle ‘Kaleilehua’ Greco: | November/December 2014

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From Soil to Toil:

Celebrating Kona’s finest crop and the volunteers of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

or 44 years, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival has celebrated the coffee pioneers, farmers, and artisans alongside the coffee bean, itself. This year the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is one of the winners of the 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for best specialty food festival, a contest sponsored by USA Today. Behind the award-winning festival’s success are the selfless volunteers who have donated their time for decades. Mel Morimoto, Kona Coffee Cultural Festival President says, “The festival relies on hundreds of volunteers to help and take part in this 10-day celebration of the culture behind the cup.” One of the most dedicated longtime volunteers is Norman Sakata, a former President of the Festival and current Chairman of the Board, who shaped the festival into what it is today.

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A kind-faced man, he grew up in the farming life. As a young man, he worked for the state, but always found himself outside after work taking time to work the land. When the festival first came together in 1970, it catered mostly to visitors. Norman attended the Norman Sakata event and joined the effort two years later. In 1977, he pressed for change. He wanted the pioneers of Kona coffee to be recognized and requested the

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1997 Parade Marshall Dr Chisato Hayashi and Norman Sakata


oldest coffee farmer, a man of 99 years, to be given the title of Grand Parade Marshall. Only one problem: the Governor had already accepted the position. As the story goes, Norman went to Governor George Ryoichi Ariyoshi and delivered his idea of the farmer being the Parade Marshall. The Governor smiled and said it wasn’t even a question. He would become the Honorary Marshall instead. Since then, the festival has celebrated a local coffee person as the Parade Marshall every year. After another aged farmer, a lady farmer took the title of Parade Marshall, then a laborer, and then a representative for every ethnic group working in Kona coffee. Alfreida Fujita was Parade Marshall in 1996 and Norman had the honor in 2001. Under Norman’s voluntary service and with the interest in cultural events and activities growing, the festival also amended its name from Kona Coffee Festival to Kona Coffee Cultural Festival in order to recognize the diverse people that made coffee a success and celebrate the lifestyle of those who grew up on the coffee farms. The life of the coffee farmer was not grand. It required dedication and discipline. They needed “togetherness of family and friends, working together” in order to achieve, Norman says. And it was this life of togetherness and discipline, which led many to success. In the private comfort of his Hōlualoa home, Norman shared a letter written by NASA Astronaut and Konawaena alumni Ellison Onizuka, who died in the Challenger mission in Jan. 1986. Behind his bifocals, Norman’s eyes are bright as he recites word-for-word the last letter that he received from Ellison before the astronaut went into space. The letter thanked Norman for his support and gave special honor to his childhood life on a coffee farm. Through Norman, Ellison explained how the coffee life was the most essential factor in making him reach his dreams to become

1989 Festival Board photo courtesy Bob Fewell

the first Asian-American in space—not his NASA training. Not his time in the Air Force. It was his life on the coffee farm. As the letter ends, my feet curl on Norman’s brown shag carpet because I have no appropriate words to say about this letter by Ellison or to the supportive man to whom Ellison wrote. Instead, we sit in the silence of memory, a memory before my birth, before we return to the festival. Norman shares how the festival grew in length and size, and Kona Coffee distinguished itself from Brazilian coffee. The festival has become the oldest, most successful, and most active food festival in the state of Hawai‘i. Past and present programs have included: lei contests, hula dancing, Hawaiian nose flute players, a play entitled Coffee Gamble, recipe contests sponsored by KTA, concerts, performances, Miss Kona Coffee pageant, quilt competitions, and talent shows. In fact, the first Miss America to be crowned from Hawai‘i got her start in the Miss Kona Coffee pageant. In 1988, Carolyn Suzanne Sapp won the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival’s title, then moved to the state competition, and next the nation! Norman emphasizes that the festival has been fortunate enough to receive generous donations. It is only with its supporters that the festival can continue to provide this cultural experience for its residents and visitors. Among many others and over many years, he acknowledges Kamehameha Schools, the County of Hawai‘i Research and Development and Carolyn Suzanne Sapp Department of Agriculture, KTA Super Stores, the Big Island Visitors Bureau, Kona Pacific Farmers Co-op, Superior Coffee Company, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, UCC Ueshima Coffee Company in Japan and Hawai‘i, and the countless newspapers and magazines that have covered the event. He also credits the other long-term volunteers for providing all their time, inspiration, and tireless efforts. One of these volunteers can be found at almost every Kokua Kailua Village Stroll, sitting in front of the Hulihe‘e Palace and Museum. Her silver and white hair is covered by a woven lauhala hat, one of many she and her husband sell at the Stroll. Known as “Aunty Fanny” by most people, Fanny AuHoy is the Chairman of the Lei Contest and Board Member for the Kona Coffee Culture Festival. | November/December 2014

Aunty Fanny served as the curator for the Hulihe‘e Palace and Museum until she retired in October, 2011 (see Ke Ola story Jan.-Feb. 2012). As an educator, she believes keeping Hawaiian culture alive is something that should be shared with visitors, children, and adults alike. In 2001, she became the Chairman of the lei contest and has no plans of stepping Aunty Fanny AuHoy and friends down anytime soon. She loves to see the creativity involved in each lei. The lei contest ranges from 18–30 participants every year. People of any age can submit their work, as well. She says, “The more you work at it, the more nimble your fingers get.” “People are in awe to see the amount of work that has gone into it,” says Aunty Fanny. Her favorite part is explaining to the visitors how to make lei and how coffee beans can be strung and still retain the scent of coffee. Every year, Aunty Fanny recognizes visitors from previous years who have planned their Hawai‘i Island visit to coincide with the festival. Though Aunty Fanny only became a member of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival in 2000, her work with this cultural celebration began many years ago. Aunty Fanny says, “I used to help now and then. Norman used to call me for little things and I always agreed.”


In fact, Aunty Fanny is such a well-known volunteer and cultural historian, that in the middle of the interview she had to pause to talk to a man about volunteering in another festival. When he asked if she could help, she said, “Sure, I’ll be there.” Aunty Fanny knows it is important to volunteer because “you cannot only take and forget your community. You have to say, ‘mahalo.’” She believes that if you’re going to complain about something in the community, then you need to get involved. You need to get out there and start to make the change yourself. “This is what our entire state of Hawai‘i is built on: the community, the Aloha spirit,” she says. Part of her volunteer contribution is always for the children. During the lei contest, children have their own group so that everyone is included and everyone leaves a winner. “We do this so [the children] can understand and realize what Hawai‘i is all about because it is not taught in schools. Many people come to the island and don’t realize we had a king.” As a lifetime student also, Aunty Fanny feels fortunate to have such a strong group of kūpuna on the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Board. “I have learned so much from the kūpuna. Many of them have been there for 40-plus years.” Aunty Fanny describes one of these kūpuna as “a firecracker named Alfreida Fujita.” In their youth, Alfreida and Aunty Fanny worked for competing airlines and always helped each other out. Alfreida is a small woman with a big vision. As a child, she worked on the coffee farms with her aunties and grandparents, and she is dedicated to her roots. Three years after the festival started, she was asked to help with the international market, a

part of the festival with many different cultural foods and products. With the help of other Board members, she cultivated the cultural side of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. She had an idea—a big idea—for a play, and the head of the festival, Fred Fujimoto, supported it. Coffee Gamble tells the story of the farmers, their Alfreida Fujita families, and the struggle that made coffee what it is today in Kona. She still holds it close to her heart as one of the most rewarding projects she’s worked on. “I really wanted the various cultures to live on.” So they incorporated diverse ethnic customs, like Japanese mochi pounding for celebrating a new year and Portuguese pickles and bread. Her ultimate goal was to show how coffee farmers lived and how they integrated with all different nationalities—how the coffee farmer culture came about, which was a similar goal to her grammar school playmate and Board Chairman, Norman. For many years, they called on each other for new ideas, support, and advice. Norman describes Alfreida as a “go-to girl” with many bright ideas. He also says he has been fortunate enough to do “all of this with many of the same Board members.” Alfreida remembers her history with the Board members, too. “[The kūpuna] brought their own customs from different

countries and we all blended together and tried to live together harmoniously,” she says. Alfreida has been sitting on the board of the Kona Cultural Coffee Festival for forty years. She was awarded the 2013 Preservation Honor Award for her many different volunteer jobs within the community and her dedication to perpetuating and restoring Hawai‘i’s cultural heritage. In fact, the shop that her daughter, Renee, manages in Hōlualoa, now known as Kimura Lauhala Shop, is the same building Alfreida grew up in. Now, Renee handles the business and Alfreida stops in frequently to help. “It’s time for the new generations. I would like to see young volunteers continue the festival for the community. They may have ideas on how to better the Coffee Festival. The kūpuna will give them the support and guidance.” ❖ To volunteer, contact Mel Morimoto, Kona Coffee Cultural Festival President:, 808.747.5424 Contact writer Aja Hannah:

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Warren Vignato

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first met Warren Vignato about 15 years ago. He was dangling from a thin rope attached to a huge ironwood tree 30-feet above the ground, trimming back the overgrown branches, shaping and pruning one of his silent friends. I thought to myself, This is not a young man. I wondered, Who is this guy? We talked briefly during the short break he took, though I did not learn much. A man of few words, Warren was also on the clock and eager to get back aloft. It wasn’t until 15 years later when I was invited to attend his 80th birthday party—a remarkable feat by itself—where I learned that he had just been “kicked out” of hospice and was going to be doing a poetry reading and playing the harmonica! I became fascinated with this real-life Tarzan and decided to do a filmed interview with him and add him to my Kūpuna Talk Story series. Only during the filming did I discover who this beloved man of Kohala really was. Warren described his fear while having a heart attack and his will to survive. This second chance at life filled him with gratitude and appreciation for friends and community and a newly inspired love for writing poetry. The spiritual philosophy of this man who spent his life in the trees reminds me that in every kupuna is a story filled with treasured wisdom. Keith: Warren, what made you decide to climb trees? Warren: Trees were my passion, I guess, as a young kid, climbing and being in the woods. I took pride in being able to climb any tree put before me—and they were pretty big, really tall trees. And as a teenager I would show off a lot (he flashes a mischievous smile). I would always look for the tallest tree to climb, then climb it and hang from one hand from the highest branch. I would dare the other kids to do the same (he laughs). Keith: When you were working, what was one of the biggest trees you ever climbed? Warren: One of the biggest trees I ever climbed was a tulip tree— even 40-feet of ladder didn’t reach the first branch because the first branch was about 50-feet off the ground! I had to find a way to throw a rope to that branch just to get into the tree—it was very exciting. Keith: How did you learn to climb trees and make a business out of it? Warren: When I was just learning how to climb I was very aware of established climbers not being too eager to share what they knew, so I saw it as a competitive thing. It was up to me to learn my way of doing what they do or copying them whenever I could. Initially, climbing was all about knowing how to throw a rope. Going into the tree, sometimes you need to throw a rope up to the next branch as a way to get to up to that branch.

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Over time, you get it down. You make the best of what the tree has to offer and sometimes a rope will often bridge the gap. You throw a rope to the closest branch you can find and learn how to swing like Tarzan, ‘cause me and my friends, when we were growing up, we enjoyed watching Tarzan. We would build treehouses, preferably near the river where we could have a rope in the treehouse and swing and drop into the river. We spent a lot of time flying through the woods, not even touching the ground. We would throw ropes and swing from tree-to-tree like Tarzan—and have a great time doing it. Keith: What would you say was the best part of that job? Warren: Well, the best part about that job would be being out embracing nature. It brings to mind my appreciation for trees in general and why they’re here and what I can do to make their situation better. Many times people don’t like a tree that is in their yard, and for some reason they say, “Let’s cut it down.” I will try to find a reason for them not to cut it—or at least think twice about. Keith: Warren, what made you want to come to Hawai‘i? Warren: Well the weather was a big deal when I was climbing trees on Long Island, New York. In the winter time, well, there was no joy in that. You get the work done and you try to go home before your feet freeze. My feet would easily get frosted frequently—and my ears! For years I couldn’t even lay on my side on my pillow because they were frosted and peeling from frostbite. So living and working in the warm country was inviting to think about. I have relatives here in Hawai‘i, so I used that as a reason to come for a visit. And I never went back to Long Island (he smiles). Keith: How long you been living here? Warren: I don’t remember the exact date. I think it was 1960, so it’s probably more than 50 years. Keith: In this past year I heard you went through some pretty serious health challenges? Warren: Yeah, pretty serious ones, that’s for sure. I was carrying a five-gallon jug of water in the house, and I felt some pain in my chest and I could hardly breathe all night long.

Keith: That must have been a pretty scary experience. What kinds of things were going through your mind? Warren: Yes, it was a very helpless kind of feeling. I was starting to feel the chest pains and not wanting to expect the worst. There were people who I could’ve called but they weren’t within helping distance, and I didn’t want to worry them. I was just thinking about all the things I should be doing for help, but the strong push was for me to get in the car. I knew I had to go get some help, and I was pretty sure I’d be able to do it without any difficulty. So I drove myself to Kohala Hospital about eight or 10 miles away. So sure enough, I got to the hospital okay and there were definitely people ready to help me. They stuck me in an ambulance and drove me down to ‘Upolu airport and flew me to Honolulu. It gets pretty scary when you can’t breathe, so I’m glad I got some treatment.

Keith: What got you started writing poetry? Warren: Years ago when I was spending quite a bit of time with a young lady friend I seemed to get very inspired. And, as a result I ended up writing a lot of poetry. It was really very moving for me to spend time with her and the writing came very easy. She’s since left town. Keith: As you enter this new chapter in your life, it seems that you have a new lease on life. | November/December 2014

Keith: Was this the first major health problem you have had? Warren: No, I’d already had open heart surgery with a quintuple bypass in 2004 and I was up against the same outlook where I either lived with what I had—which was a weak heart and kidney—or elect to do another open heart surgery—which they told me was considered to be a greater risk. So, I decided not to risk it. I ended up in hospice, and I had nurses and doctors helping around the clock. With their loving help, I guess I got a lot better, because hospice kicked me out! I guess that’s a good thing. I guess I was too healthy for them (he smiles). I never felt so good since getting home and especially after going through what I’ve gone through. It’s been maybe the happiest time of my life. Everything is just falling into place. I have no regrets. I felt very appreciative of people in the hospital and people driving the ambulance. It’s nice to know that help is out there. Even though the bill for the ambulance was some unbelievable figure—when you’re hurting it doesn’t matter what color the bus is (he laughs).


Warren: Yes I feel like I have a new opportunity that I might not have taken advantage of before. My writing has brought me to a new place of sharing it… and having it appreciated, and well, that’s the icing on the cake. I’d like to continue writing and not waste so much time sitting around just wishing. I have written a children’s book. I wrote that when I was living in a commune in California. We had a camp where I spent quite a bit of my time. We ended up getting a couple of guinea hens. It was fun to have them in the camp because they would follow us around and imitate us a lot and make a lot of noise. We discovered they would warn us of rattlesnakes in the neighborhood. When the guinea hens were cackling, we knew enough to look for a snake. We’d find the snake, catch them and put them in a barrel and run down the road and dump it in the woods instead of killing him. So, I decided to write a children’s book about that story. | November/December 2014

Keith: What kinds of things go through your mind now after you’ve had this kind of life-threatening experience?


Warren: Well, for me it’s about appreciation. The one thing I do think about, and will keep thinking about (he begins to cry) is appreciating what I have—my friends, my family, my community. And not wanting to waste so much time. Spending more time with what I know I can be happy with—and that is my writing. I find I’m able to make people laugh a lot when I do a certain kind of writing, and I get a kick out of it, too. Keith: So, do you ever think about what’s next after all of this? Warren: In some ways I find myself getting closer with certain relationships than I have ever experienced before. I frequently

tell myself, Hey, you’re 80 years old; don’t get any big ideas! I’ve just gotten very friendly with a lot of people and I’m happy for that. As far as work goes, my crew runs my tree business, so I’d like to see myself spending more time writing. Keith: On that night that you had the heart attack did you ever consider what might be next? Warren: Oh, it definitely makes you wonder if your time has come. I do believe it’s a happy time to leave the world, and I don’t believe there is suffering when you die. So I’m so open to it; I’m not fearing it. I’m happy for all these experiences since getting ill. I’ve had a lot of time to think about where I’m going from here. And one of the things I have written in my poetry is, Where does one go from here… Is everywhere going to be like me?” Keith: Is there anything you regret in your life? Warren: Well, now that I see more than ever my own creativity—the writing and playing my harmonica—I think if there are any regrets it might be to make up for time I wasted and spend more real time doing what I know I like to do.

Warren sharing his poetry at his 80th birthday party

Because I spent a lot of time (laughs) just having a good time, not getting real serious about life. Keith: Is there any recommendation you have for us? Warren: I would suggest looking at yourself and how happy you are with the life you live. I do believe I’ve found a lot of myself in meditating and finding quiet ways. I think silence is golden and so little appreciated. I get sad when going to the coffee shop and seeing a family on an outing and they’re all sitting at a table glued to telephones or iPads and not relating to each other. I think there’s a certain danger of too much of the electronics becoming an excuse for communicating with a real live person. So I’ve avoided the computer for the most part, though I do have a cell phone. Is it too much of a good thing? I don’t know, maybe.




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Keith: Now that you’re 80 years young, do you have any words of wisdom to share with us? Warren: Well, the first thing that comes up for me is to appreciate the people around you. You don’t realize what a support system you have around you until it’s threatened one way or the other. This community of Kohala (holding back the tears) is outstanding. You never know who’s going to knock on your door until you need it—the world is so full of surprises. I also feel so well taken care of beyond the community. There’s no question about whether there is a God or not—because we are he. I can’t blame God for anything—except being God. ❖ Current photos by Keith Nealy Other photos courtesy Warren Vignato Contact Warren Vignato: 808.884.5036 Contact writer Keith Nealy: Kūpuna Talk Story ©2014 Keith Nealy Productions

Where ever I go from here I’m going In the name of the spirit My faith is growing Day by day Angels must be in the vicinity and yet what am I at 80 doing writing about angels? I’m so far from being one It’s a wonder if I’ll ever get my wings I can barely walk the path of doing the right things and loving my brother The light at the end of the tunnel needs batteries. And so... Where does one go from here? Is there a direction Or Is everything Going to be Like me? By Warren Vignato

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ourdan Kimbrell is running late. It’s because he’s at the airport picking up photographs for an upcoming show of Kohala’s archeologically significant areas. Inside the Hawai‘i Museum of Contemporary Art (HMOCA), it’s not just the Director, Lourdan, who has a full plate. Artist and long-time Hawai‘i resident, Ken Charon, is busy installing the Trash Art Show, a recycled art show started by Ira Ono 26 years ago. Upstairs hangs a painting of Leila Mehle, known as the ‘patron saint of Big Island Art,’ painted by Ken. Across the hall from the painting is a large, colorful abstract painting by Steve Irvine, another long-time artist and advocate for arts in East Hawai‘i. Back downstairs, several people sit at computers in a small office working busily. Here at HMOCA, volunteers work in shifts and share desks to plan art classes and exhibits and work to develop a new image for the longstanding downtown venue. None of the HMOCA volunteers are paid, including Lourdan, who has been instrumental in the facelift. Instead, it’s a love

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for the arts and a drive to see a community venue continue to thrive that keeps them going. Forty-seven years ago, the building, which stands at the corner of Kalākaua Street in historic downtown Hilo, was a police station. It later became the East Hawai‘i Cultural Center, a venue which was governed by the East Hawai‘i Cultural Council, an arts advocate group. Throughout the years, many art shows, performances, children’s theater workshops, classes, and other gatherings have filled the walls of the former police station with happiness and laughter.

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Management and the people who govern this place have changed over the years, and with the ebb and flow of different energy, so too have the programs shifted. Two years ago, Lourdan joined the ranks. He hails from California, where he administrated art-related nonprofits and worked as a professor at California College of the Arts. After Lourdan Kimbrell being invited to serve on the Council, Lourdan says he looked around the facility and saw major potential. His mission was the major motivation for shifting the name to the Hawai‘i Museum of Contemporary Art. “Our purpose is to educate …we believe that culture itself depends on new energy and new ideas to ferment further development of culture. The culture then retains what is beneficial to the community and disposes of what’s not. Our value here is to expose these communities to a greater global presence. It’s no longer just saying we’re Hawaiians, but we’re human beings and we’re part of this whole experience. If you aren’t able to go elsewhere, it would be nice to have a place to


come that brings those things to you. It’s also educational and you grow up valuing art,” he says. As he walks around the facility, he points out features full of endless possibilities. “This is going to be a museum shop, and that’s going to be a café out there,” he says, walking through a smaller room adjacent to the main gallery. “And we are in the process of replacing and restoring all the windows in this building.” Upstairs, Lourdan envisions a certified kitchen where visiting chefs can cook and everyone can sit at a large table enjoying communal meals. He heads out back to show a new multipurpose space being renovated. Here, one can see several of the doors and windows that still have bars on them, as they were originally the women’s holding cells. “This 800-square-foot room was a junk heap that’s all been cleaned out. The brand new level floor can be used for textile designs and all kind of outside things. We are revitalizing the facilities,” he says.

There’s also the former annex, which is becoming a gallery space with restored period-appropriate doors, a large workspace for printmaking, and a resident artists quarters. “Not only do we want to support the local community, but the artist community at large. Who doesn’t want to come to Hawai‘i and paint? Let’s bring the international community here and have them stay,” he says. Lourdan smiles as he talks about everything that’s to come. It’s September now, and by the time this story publishes in November, many of these renovations will be complete and HMOCA will already begin to offer some innovative new programs to the community. “We’re trying to figure out what we want to teach here. We’re more interested in teaching high-end things like metal casting, fabrication, jewelry design, fashion design. Let’s find out what the community will support. I’m focusing more on what we don’t [already] have [in Hilo]. What about gem setting classes and hand beading jewelry?” Lourdan says. Inside, the Trash Art Show looks superb. In particular, two large Samurai made from car tires and other medium painted jetblack have captured jurors’ attention and have a little pink post-it indicating an award. Other standouts are a pair of swim-trunks quite literally made out of a trunk of an Albezia tree inspired from the wreckage of Tropical Storm Iselle. That evening, the Trash Art Show opening goes off without a hitch to the welcome of a giant crowd. Ira Ono remembers how the show first started. “I’ve been doing recycled art for many, many years. Starving artists do this because we can’t afford materials. I’ve taught for

many years in places that had no budget so I’d dumpster dive in the garment district for supplies for my students in Harlem and find things and use them and make things out of them. I noticed the things that were made using reused materials were very beautiful and provocative and that’s interesting to me,” he says. As a member Trash Art Samurai of the Cultural Council, Ira says he thought the show “was relevant at the time.” Recycling and wearable art had been recently coined, and it was a natural progression, he says. “Such beautiful provocative items were being made by myself and many people so I said, ‘let’s have a show; not just any show, but a juried show,’ and the concept was to make a political | November/December 2014


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and each pair of loving hands that have worked on renovations and maintenance of the facility over the years. “It’s a perpetual theater. You don’t rest ‘cause the next one is coming around the bend. You have to like chaos and be able to maintain equilibrium,” Lourdan says. Back upstairs, Lourdan unlocks the door to a dressing room that doubles as an archive. Swim-trunks made out Boxes and stacks of of a trunk of a downed Albezia tree albums fill the shelf. Inside, there are hundreds of photos, pictures and programs from events throughout the history of EHCC and HMOCA. Looking through the photos, what’s most clear is how many hands have gone into supporting the arts here over the years. Photos show crowds smiling at art openings, women gathering around tables outside to sew lei or dance hula, teachers addressing fascinated students during workshops, and more. Early headlines read, “Police station to become art center,” while numerous later headlines read things like “Event Slated at EHCC.” About this community of hands, past and present, “I could not do all the things I do without the team of people who make it happen. It’s about community. The volunteers who come in are all important,” Lourdan says. When asked why this project matters so much, especially to a group of volunteers like him who have to drive to the airport to pick up photos, arrive late to meetings, and stay afterwards to clean up after everyone else has gone home, he simply says, “It matters in many, many ways.” “Without educating future generations about the value of art, there won’t be any art, and art is a component to being human that has always been. Without it, you are actually taking part of what it is to be human away from people. Our particular society in America tends to marginalize art as the weird or the strange. But if you say art is merely expressing something that can’t be expressed in any way to the person creating it, then it’s like a sonata or any other form of creation,” he says. Lourdan might have been late from the airport, but it’s no consequence. He’s just on time for the Hawai‘i Museum of Contemporary Art. His passion for living and breathing art is evident in the ways he talks about it. “As an educator people would come to me and say ‘I can’t draw’. It’s not unusual; we can all draw—it’s an innate human trait. In my case I grew up in a family that didn’t value art and it was dismissed. I grew up thinking I’d never teach that way. A place like this is very important because we need to express ourselves. Who are we as human beings? What is it that we’re giving to the world? What is our place? How can we change? All these answers to these philosophical questions need to be addressed everywhere on the globe, because places like this, they inspire,” he says.❖ Photos by Le‘a Gleason Contact Hawai‘i Museum of Contemporary Art: Contact writer Le‘a Gleason:

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Healing Plants: Lau Kahi An all-around helpful “weed” |

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f you have a lawn, a pasture, or garden beds, you have probably mowed, weed whacked, or pulled out lau kahi. Commonly called plantain, this small broadleaf herb has no relationship to the plantains we know as cooking bananas. Instead, it’s a member of the genus Plantago, and some species or another exists on every continent on earth except the Arctic regions. Early European voyagers introduced some species of plantain to Polynesia, and it formerly existed on many Polynesian islands. Today, however, it is common only here in the Hawaiian Islands. An endangered native species called kuahiwi laukahi (Plantago hawaiensis) still exists in rare places on Hawai‘i Island.

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Young, tender leaves of lau kahi are tasty in salads or cooked and eaten instead of spinach or kale. Always remember to wash all greens thoroughly before you eat them raw to ensure that no snails, slugs, or other insects are present. Lau kahi is a good source of beta carotene (vitamin A) and calcium. It also contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and vitamin K. The seeds of lau kahi are also edible. If you have a large number of these plants, harvest the seedpods, dry them, and then release them from the pods by knocking them onto a piece of paper. Quickly stir-fry them in a dry cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until they’re brown and crunchy and then add them to baked goods or grind them into flour, for a glutenfree alternative to wheat flour.

In former times in Polynesia, lau kahi was used medicinally only in Hawai‘i and Tonga, where it is called filo. Hawaiians of the past used lau kahi as a tonic for weakness, as a laxative and, externally, for boils, wounds, lacerations, and other skin maladies. They soaked the seeds and ate them to relieve constipation and intestinal inflammation. In his book, The Way of Herbs, Michael Tierra reports that when taken as a tea or tincture or in any other oral form, plantain is useful for urinary tract infections, hepatitis, and bacterial dysentery. Christopher Hobbs’ book, Herbal Remedies for Dummies, adds that it is also effective for treating coughs, ulcers, colitis, and painful urination. The Physician’s Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines states, “No health hazards or side effects are known in conjunction with the proper dosage” of plantain. However, as with all medicines, consult your doctor before you attempt to treat yourself.

Lau Kahi Poultice for Skin Healing 1. Gather 10-12 large lau kahi leaves and some flower spikes, if available. You may combine lau kahi with comfrey leaves. 2. Chop up the plant material into 1-inch lengths. 3. Boil 1 quart of filtered water in a non-metallic pan, such as Pyrex. 4. Add your lau kahi and reduce the heat to a simmer. 5. Simmer for 20 minutes, then remove from heat; cool. 6. Scoop out the mushy plant material, squeeze the excess water from it and hold it on your wound for as long as you can. Use tape to hold the lau kahi in place for longer periods of time. Photos courtesy Forest and Kim Starr Contact writer Barbara Fahs: Sources and more info action?spcode=Q37S Polynesian Herbal Medicine. Dr. W. Arthur Whistler, National Tropical Botanical Garden, 1992. | November/December 2014

Hawaiians who resided here when this plant was introduced recognized its medicinal effectiveness and named it lau kahi, translated as “leaf one,” or “one leaf,” referring to the parallel veins on the leaves, which make it look much like a grass. More than 200 species of plantain exist around the world. The two most common types in Hawai‘i are Plantago lanceolata and Plantago major. All species are small, low-growing plants with thin or broad leaves in a rosette around the base, depending on the species. Lanceolata sports 6-inch, narrow, strap-like leaves. Major has 4-inch leaves that are wider and fleshier—it’s often called “broadleaf plantain.” They both produce a seedpod that is borne atop a tall stem, up to 12 inches high. All species that grow in Hawai‘i are known as lau kahi.

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This story begins with a listing on January 13, 2013 “KA LEI MAILE ALI‘I; THE QUEEN’S WOMEN,” A PLAY—KEAUHOU

was inspired to attend and invited a friend to the event in Keauhou, not knowing what we would see. We arrived early and sat in the second row. The moderator shared the play is based on an article Miriam Michelson wrote on Sept. 22, 1897 on the deck of the passenger ship Australia on her way home to San Francisco, and that we, the audience, were also actors in the play. We were at a meeting of the women’s branch of Hui Aloha ‘Āina in the Salvation Army Hall in Hilo on Hawai‘i Island in the Hawaiian Kingdom, Sept. 1897.

As the play began, I recognized cast members Sherry Bracken, a journalist on-island, and Ka‘ea Lyons of KAPA Radio. I took a few pictures and wrote some notes. Most of the actors were dressed in black. A couple of ladies walked up the center aisle stopping to greet people they knew along the way. Everyone read their parts with passion and conviction. I knew this event was important, although I didn’t know why. And then the lady actor talking asked, “Shall we be deprived of our nationality?” The audience responded, “ ‘Ae, pololei, aloha ‘āina.” (Yes, correct, we love our country.) | November/December 2014


A short play remembering a meeting in Hilo in 1897 when Hawaiians were urged to sign a petition protesting annexation. Features local actors in a staged reading. The list of signers and signs showing their names will be on display. Audience is invited to wear attire from 1800s and bring lei for the kūpuna signs. The event will be held at the old Kona Lagoon Hotel site, just south of Keauhou Beach Hotel on Ali‘i Drive in Keauhou. Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Free to the public. Sponsored by Kona Hawaiian Civic Clubs.


“Shall we be annexed to America?” “A‘ole loa!” (Of course not! Never!) I turned in my chair to take pictures of the audience participation. Once I felt the emotion behind the shouted words, the camera was put away. As the play continued, with the audience participating, tears ran down my cheeks. Tears of sadness for the Hawaiian people. Tears of disgust of the people who created this tragedy. Tears of shame for not knowing the history of this land. After the play was pau (done), the audience was able to see the signs on the lawn close up. It was a time for somber contemplation. The 2,000+ white signs looked like tombstones in a cemetery. Each sign included the name of an original signer, their age, where they lived, and the page number on the Kū‘ē Petition. The ages ranged from 12 to 92 from all islands. A few last names I recognized. Were the Lindseys from Kohala ancestors of my friend Kari Ann’s husband Lindsay “Kaleo”? I wondered. (Later I found out he is related to them.) At the end of the signs, I turned to head back to my car and saw row after row of “NO TREATY OF ANNEXATION.” The tears began again and my heart was heavy as it felt the horror of a country that had been killed. It took a few days to process the emotions for the people of this land. | November/December 2014

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Sherry Bracken Mahie Ka’awa

, Kini Ka’awa Ka‘ea Lyons, David Carlson photo by Renée Robinson

Fast-forward to Jan. 8, 2014

Pua Case sent me a message asking if I would consider being one of the cast members and play the role of the reporter. I flashed back to the year before when Sherry Bracken played the reporter and read her part from her script in hand. Ummm, reading I could do; memorizing, probably not. The next morning I awoke with the thought, When a Hawaiian asks you to do something, your answer is Yes. My response to Pua read, “I’m willing to be a part of this. Just know that I may cry.” Now that I agreed to play her part, I needed to research who was this Miriam Michelson? Miriam was born the seventh of eight children in the mining town of Calaveras, California in 1870. Her article, “Strangling Hands Upon a Nation’s Throat” was published in the The San Francisco Call, September 30, 1897 and is the basis for the play.

She began her writing career as a journalist, “interviewing a murderer one week and Paderewski the next” and “writing dramatic criticism of a very fearless and truth-telling sort,” according to a 1904 biographical note in Current Literature. Her first book, In the Bishop’s Carriage, was the fourth best-selling novel in 1904.

Miriam Michelson

Lights, Camera, Action!

I was up earlier than normal on Jan. 16 for the drive to Waimea. Fortunately, there was time to have a quick run through of the play before the first of four seventh grade classes from Waimea Middle School arrived. Dot Ushima was my translator and a wonderful coach who said, “It’s ok to slow down when speaking.” Mahalo, Dot! Dot has been with the play since it began. She knew the late Helen Edyth “Didi” M. Lincoln Lee Kwai who wrote, produced, and first directed the play. Its inception and fine-tuning was on the Mauna Makahilo on the island of O‘ahu. The play went all over America and to the major islands of Hawai‘i Nei. Each time, the people were asked to take the script and run with it in each community. | November/December 2014

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One class with their scripts


Pua Case has worked with a group of educators and community members to coordinate this event in Waimea largely because her great grandmother Emma Pa‘a and other members of her own family, the Husseys from Kohala signed the petition. Pua opened up each of the four reenactments with these comments to the audience: “Our gratitude is for every native and non-native who sat in that meeting that evening. You are those people who sat there: someone who was concerned about the future of Hawai‘i; someone who was afraid of what would happen if we were annexed, or taken over, by another country; someone who knew what they would lose—land, possessions, their spirit and soul.” To listen to the keiki (children) speaking their parts during each play was awe-inspiring. Watching the kids’ eyes go wide when Pua shared about being put in jail was priceless. And as they looked at the Kū‘ē Petition pages afterward, I wondered if they recognized any of the names, and if so, how were they related? As we were finishing lunch and getting ready to do the fourth play, there was chanting from across the street. As if on cue, the Kanaka maoli actors from Kamuela gathered outside and chanted back, welcoming the Māori students and teachers from Aotearoa. Both Dot and I had tears in our eyes as we listened and watched. Shortly after the play began, the Māori students and teachers entered the hall. The chairs were full so they sat on the floor to listen. Before leaving, I asked Pua if the chanting between the two groups had been planned. Her reply, “It is simply protocol.” Doing the play four times in one day is intense, at least for me. It was all I could do to drive back to Kailua-Kona and fall into bed.

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After processing for a few days, I shared my learnings with Pua in an email: Aloha Pua, I meant what I said as I was leaving—that I got more out of the day than I gave. When I realized the date that Miriam wrote the article, “Strangling Hands Upon a Nation’s Throat,” was Sept. 22, 1897 and I moved here Sept. 22, 2007—I knew it wasn’t a coincidence that I was playing her part in the reenactment. As I asked “Uncle” Google about her, I learned her oldest

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brother, Albert, was the first American citizen to win a Nobel Prize for science. Her youngest brother, Charles, became a close assistant to Franklin D Roosevelt. She authored seven novels, the most famous was In the Bishop’s Carriage, which caused a sensation. OK… I’m not seeing the connection. Then on Thursday, Jan. 16, I listened to you, Pua, share four times about the courage of the people attending the meeting in 1897. How each of them could have been put in jail. You also talked about the courage of Miriam—being in a land with a lot of unrest and distrust and being in a building where non-Hawaiian’s weren’t really welcome. (Much less one who was taking notes.) I felt the respect for Miriam. I felt the gratitude for her writing and documenting the truth. I felt the acknowledgement that because she wrote the article, people 100+ years later are learning the truth. I felt confirmation. I’ve been asking why I was called to this island. Recently I’ve been sensing that it is to document the stories. Thursday felt like an exclamation point—Yes, you are here to share the stories, so 100 years from now future generations will have the information available to learn from. Mahalo nui loa, Renée”❖


Students looking at Kū‘ē Petition names photo by Pua Case

Experience the Original Reenactment for Yourself

Ka Lei Maile Ali‘i—The Queen’s Women will be held Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 at the Kahilu Town Hall. Each free presentation is scheduled for one hour: 8:30–9:30am, 9:45–10:45am, 11:00am–noon, 12:30–1:30pm. Daytime presentations are open to the community and all schools studying the events surrounding this time period in Hawaiian Monarchy. This year an evening presentation has been added, sponsored by the Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club. Presentaton begins at 6pm. Era attire encouraged. Contact Pua Case for scheduling and information: | November/December 2014

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The 2014 cast members: Jennifer Bryan Moderator Renée Robinson Narrator Miriam Mickelson Dot Uchima Translator Keali‘i Bertelmann Minister Ku‘ulei Keakealani Mrs. Kuaihelani Campbell Liliuokalani Ross Mrs. Emma Nāwahī Keala Kahuanui Audience guide Comments from the cast: What being in the play meant to me: “I learned so much about my history, Hawai‘i’s history, and was able to experience literally first-hand an important part in the political history of Hawai‘i. One particular element of the play that was special for me was the usage of the Hawaiian language. I fully realized then the extent of literacy in our native language by the people of the land in those days; furthermore, that a translator was necessary for the one English speaking person in the room that day (the reporter) blew me away. Reenacting those events, speaking the words, and to my surprise, feeling the emotion of the day, moved me beyond what I imagined. I now believe in the words “you get into character” because within that experience I was truly able to live those words. Mahalo.” Ku‘ulei Keakealani who played the role of Mrs. Emma Nāwahī Why I said yes to being in the play: 1) First, I wanted to feel the essence of the people’s plight during that era. 2) My maternal great grandfather, Hawaiian patriot John E. Bush, was a renegade and rubbed shoulders with Hawaiian patriot Joseph Kaho‘oluhi Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u in the anti-

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annexation effort. They led the Ahahui Aloha Aina Hawai‘i. Joseph’s wife, Emma ‘A‘ima Nāwahī was secretary of the women’s auxiliary of that hui—Ahahui Aloha Aina Hawai‘i o Na Wahine o Ko Hawai‘i Pae‘aina (Women’s Hawaiian Patriotic League of the Hawaiian Islands)—under the leadership of Abigail Kuaihelani Campbell. They all had influence in the petition signing around the islands. 3) Hundreds of my kūpuna signed the Kū‘ē. More particularly my maternal grandmother then age 16 and maternal great grandmother [pg 9] who was also a member of the women’s hui, Kona district; my maternal grandfather then age 19 signed the Kū‘ē [pg 93]; my maternal great grandfather signed the Kū‘ē [pg 98]. 4) Lastly, I’m a genealogist, and the Kū‘ē book is a gold mine to my work. Since being in the play, I feel connected to my kūpuna. Dot Uchima who played the role of the translator

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he inspiration, or perhaps subtle dictation for this story came from a phone call that sounded a bit like this, “Bebe, daddy just saw what you wen write in dis magazine ova hea. Nice what you wen write!” As the conversation continued, I was certainly uplifted and encouraged by the words of my father, a full-blooded Native Hawaiian kupuna (elder), who in his own unique way was telling me he was proud of what I had done. As we neared the end of our conversation he asked if I was going to write again. I answered yes, but wasn’t too sure what I would write about this time. Surprised that he had an answer for me, I listened as he said, “Why you no write about the trees, you know the dryland kine trees of home Pu‘u Anahulu, Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a, and Ka‘upulehu. That would be good, you no think so?” I knew at this point that a question I had posed to the ears of the universe had sent an answer via the words of my own father. So much to be thankful for, right? How can I not? I asked myself. For one, to listen to the instruction given by an elder. And secondly, to write about my own homeland. The kūpuna (ancestral) trees of this cultural landscape to which I belong surround me now as I write and embrace me in their comforting shade. Cool breeze blowing mauka, I close my eyes, and it seems that the scent of the ocean air is rising to the māulukua (upland forests). Now, a thought to ponder, or rather, a perspective to consider: trees are our kūpuna. Is this a far-fetched viewpoint? Perhaps for some, but not for many. If we look at one simple factor of what qualifies a kupuna, it is their age. They have progressed to a time in their lives where the gray of their hair is evident and the wear of their body is visible; maybe we’d say they’ve, “been there, done that.”


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La 14 o Malaki, he po‘alima keia, March 14, Friday Today I went to school, yes, stepped into the classroom. Not the four-walled building with the library down the walkway or the cafeteria we gather at to eat—nope. The ceiling is the sky today, blue is its color with some cotton ball clouds scattered throughout. The floor is the weed-filled, rocky-ground evidence that Lonoikamakahiki has functioned well this season. Much rain has fallen, and the land is greened. The trees, to some extent, are the walls of my classroom. Vines are creeping upward, kissing and embracing the trunks of these kūpuna trees. Beautiful, is my classroom today. Content? Hummm, what did I learn today? Well, lessons began with me feeling alive and well as I turned my face to the sun to feel its warmth—I knew I was blessed to see another day. I learned about movement—physics may be what they call it; I’m not sure. As the wind blew, and I saw the leaves move, some leaves moved and some did not. I had to ponder and observe, why are some moving while others aren’t? I had a thought, maybe even a theory. My keen observation proved that thought wrong. Is that not science? Evidence of felled trees gave me insight to what the people were doing. How they lived and interacted with their environment. Social Studies is the subject I believe that would be. I know there was some integration of math…yes, it was when I measured by sight the size of many things in relation to my own body. This tree was more than 25-feet tall. How do I know? Well, I’m about 5’3” and this tree is certainly more than five of me— hummm, yep, that’s math! I had some language arts and English in this. Spellcheck in my head: do I have the proper punctuation marks? How many paragraphs? I even received some physical education as I walked the trail to my resting spot. All in all, I’d say that after this day of being in the forest, I know I’ve learned much. The forest is one of the best teachers there are. Optimal learning environment? Yes! Interactive teacher? Yes! Content rich? Yes! Relevant? Yes! Developmentally appropriate? Yes! Any tests? Retention of day’s lessons? Met and exceeded! What do I say to all of this? Class dismissed! The trees of this land are treasured natural features belonging to this landscape that continue to hold value and honor. My perspective as a native to the North Kona lands is that these trees are an important factor in the design of natural systems. And as the human inhabitants on these lands for hundreds of years span multiple generations, our connections are deeply rooted in these systems. The shoreline areas of the North Kona ahupua‘a are scattered with beautiful beaches. For me they are the birth sands of my elders. They further as places of rest for those who have passed on—this includes the upper regions as well. It is with great

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Kaulana e ka holo o Hōkūle‘a

Famous is the voyage of Hōkūle’a

I ka ‘ale ī

On the high crested swell

I ka ‘ale moe

On the low crested swell

I ka ‘ale hāko‘iko‘i

On the agitated swell

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On the short backed swell

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On the long backed swell

O Kanaloa, A Kanaloa, I Kanaloa

Of the ocean, on the ocean, in the ocean

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Grant life to the vast expanse of the sea

This Waimea Middle School 2014-2015 Schoolwide Chant is the chorus of a genealogy chant for the Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia by Pualani Lincoln-Mai‘elua and Manai Kalua. Used with permission. | November/December 2014

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ew crewmembers left the Hawaiian Islands Monday, Oct. 6 and arrived at Pago Pago, American Sāmoa to join with Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia. From there, they set sail to Tonga and the Kermadec Islands en route to the northeastern tip of Aotearoa (New Zealand) a voyage of 1,500 nautical miles. Hawai‘i Island, Kaua‘i, Maui, and O‘ahu crewmembers, as well as two Māori voyagers from Aotearoa, joined this diverse crew for the 1,500 nautical-mile leg of the Worldwide Voyage. Together, they will become a part of the journey that returns Hōkūle‘a to Aotearoa for the first time since 1985. Hikianalia, which was built in Aotearoa in 2012, will be returning to her “birthplace.” Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia are slated to arrive in Aotearoa in November. Crewmembers’ arrival to the region will commemorate nearly 30 years since Hōkūle‘a first voyage to Waitangi, Aotearoa.

There, Māori elders have shared that the genealogy of all Māori in Aotearoa is traced back to five canoes. Upon Hōkūle‘a’s arrival in 1985, they recognized her as the sixth canoe carrying the sixth tribe, thus, the theme of the Sāmoa-New Zealand voyage of 2014 is Nā Waka: A tribe returning home.


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The value of learning. To know well. To seek knowledge and wisdom. Twelfth in an ongoing series.


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knowledge updated, refreshed by newly workable pathways, and in constant Kākou/Lōkahi circulation. ‘Ike loa naturally comes to mind whenever I consider Kuleana and one’s personal sense of responsibility. As Jan Carlzon, former CEO of Scandinavian Airlines Systems would say, “an individual who is given information cannot help but take responsibility.” I’ve experienced this consistently within my own career and in coaching others, and it became a co-ownership strategy for me as a manager, helping me treat my direct reports as true partners more readily. When a manager fosters learning they are not just passing out information, they are teaching people how to think, and encouraging them to do so more independently, so they may share their sequential and consequential results, doing so confidently and courageously. At a client’s request, I once interviewed a gentleman with years of experience in his field, who was candidate for an executive opening in their company. He had been associated with organizations I recognized as firms known for their quality standards and highly ethical reputations. He was professional, articulate, and charming. Early in our conversation, I could tell his personality would assure him quick acceptance with my client’s staff and with their customers, and he revealed substantial character when he spoke about the values he believed in. However, the interview was over for me when I asked him, “What have you read, or learned of lately?” and he responded, “Oh, I don’t read much. Just the occasional golf or travel magazine.” Was that single-minded of me? The position this gentleman was applying for required that he exhibit rousing leadership; he would lead other managers and his operation needed to consistently deal with new variables that had emerged in the marketplace within which my client competed. I could not fathom how he would possibly conjure up leadership that would inspire others to follow if he was not linked into learning habits that would inspire him. Energy begets energy, and when people are not up for work on any given day, it is the manager who must be the catalyst that energizes them. That’s a hefty requirement, and one we need to continually replenish. ~ Rosa Say Next issue: Ha‘aha‘a, the value of humility. Contact writer Rosa Say:, | November/December 2014

ew knowledge is food for mind, heart and soul. Without it, you deny yourself vital nourishment for overall well-being. We grow as we learn, and as we seek to know, and know well. Seeking knowledge is not a passive affair. Learning is extremely active, and wonderfully energizing. Consider reading: Every person who has settled into the comfort of their couch to read a good book, has had that enlivening moment where they jump up to capture an idea, or have a conversation that will not wait, because they were compelled by something within that book’s pages—fresh learning, and a tidbit of knowledge that lit up their brainwaves, causing them to act immediately. As a businessperson, you’re guaranteed learnings ample availability in all partnerships. Every human being on the planet has the capacity to learn; it’s the survival instinct of our species. The more we engage with our learning, the more it demands that we make our newfound knowledge useful, and in the process, make our lives more interesting. Fascinating creatures that we are, mere survival is not enough for us to enjoy a fulfilling life, or be satisfied with a ‘decent job.’ We want to know so much, and we want to know it well. You want this life-enhancing rejuvenation for yourself, and you want it for everyone around you. The value of ‘Ike loa is your guarantee too, assuring that lifelong learning is a valuebased choice you intentionally make. Value drivers make our chosen endeavors conscious and constant: To choose ‘Ike loa, is to decide that learning is a basic necessity for you, and not an occasional luxury. A manager of people must be a learner, and they must dedicate themselves to non-stop, sequential and consequential learning. Sequential in that it builds upon previous lessons learned, and it takes you through a process where you question instruction and do not always accept what you are taught at face value; you polish it like a gem in your mind until it rings true for you. Consequential in that it is worthwhile; it makes a difference for you, and you aren’t simply collecting lessons on some scorecard. There’s personal take-away in it for you, a keeper. Now that you know it, you’re going to use it. To a business, knowledge is the asset of intellectual capital, and the activities of highly engaged learning are priceless experience. Alaka‘i managers have intellectual capital in good supply, because they intentionally work at gaining it through active, engaging experiences. Knowing too, that they have an abundance of knowledge readily available within others, they work at challenging and inspiring their team, keeping

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rdinary becoming extraordinary—this describes Mary Lovein’s art journey to a T. As a young mother, she took up oil painting for a hobby, and found she had a knack for it. Her first painting sold when she was a 21-year-old art student. Mary has painted and drawn in just about every medium and style. Sushi Party, on metal For her photo art she uses a Canon Rebel camera and a desktop computer with lots of ram and hard drive space. Her creative medium of choice is Adobe Metal is Mary’s favorite medium for its clarity Photoshop, where she continues to develop her skills. and color display. The metal is lightweight, long Mary enjoys being behind the camera and takes lasting, and each image is available in many sizes to photos of just about everything. After uploading the complement specific decors. images, she will often use digital layers and virtual Mary shared that her Art to Art series is possible tools to create the completed picture. because she is married to a talented artist sharing Most recently, she has introduced an abstract the “same story.” What begins with a beautiful body of work based on high-resolution, macro creation in glass becomes her “expanded and shots she takes of her husband Matt’s glass art. abstract vision.” Caldera, on metal She enlarges the images and makes them completely “In the new series, I feel that what I am creating unique through layers. The art is printed on paper, acrylic, is from my soul. It feels so right that it represents both of us in or metal. a unique way,” she says. Mary is inspired by documenting the world around her and Time Traveler sharing the expression of her vision. photo art “I have photo opportunities, and the time is now. These are the days! There is so much joy in what I do,” says Mary. Mary and Matt first visited Hawai‘i Island in 1988. The following year, they moved here and opened Holualoa Gallery. Mary and Matt’s work, along with art from a select group of fine artists, can be seen at Holualoa Gallery next door to the post office in Hōlualoa Village. Please join us in congratulating the Lovein’s on the 25th anniversary of their gallery!

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Sing-Song, Sing-Along!

Celebrating 25 years with the Kona Choral Society

ith one thing in common—the love to sing—Kona Choral Society’s 70-some members rehearse weekly to perform concerts for the enjoyment of the community. This year, KCS is marking its 25th year with a new name, additional performances, and a tuition waiver for youth members. Susan Duprey Conducting Dec. 2013

“The music and total leadership of artistic director Susan Duprey is really what makes it such an exciting experience,” notes Julia. “And the chorus is a wonderful group of people.” Julia, a KCS second soprano who grew up on the East Coast, has been singing since a child. The Kailua-Kona resident says Susan is “welcoming to any member of the community who wants to sing,” and also makes being a member a rewarding, special experience.

Conducting the Chorus

Formerly known as the Kona Music Society and the Kona Community Chorus, the organization was recently rebranded to become the Kona Choral Society. “The former name of Kona Music Society didn’t represent who we really are,” explains Julia Lester, KCS board president. “We are specific to a chorus,” she adds. With a mission to bring choral music to the community, KCS attracts people from all walks of life, hailing from Ocean View to Waimea. Whether an octogenarian or pint-sized third grader, KCS offers all an opportunity to join together in song in either its adult or youth choirs.

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“A couple of years ago, we sang the Brahms’ Requiem in German, and it was one of the most moving performances of that work that I’ve ever been a part of,” Julia recalls. In its two decades, KCS has had its share of other memorable performances, including the master works of Mozart’s Requiem, Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, and the annual Christmas performance of Handel’s Messiah. KCS performs many musical genres: traditional Hawaiian, African, Asian, Latin American, American Folk, and Gospel. What they perform is based on a variety of factors, explains Susan, who travels from O‘ahu to Kailua-Kona to lead the chorus. She must ask herself several questions before deciding on a title: are there enough sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses to perform the work? Is the work too difficult or too easy? She wants to challenge singers, not Julia Lester frustrate them. KCS President

She must also determine if KCS can afford to do the piece. For works that require a full orchestra or guest musicians, up to 40 additional instrumentalists must be rallied. “I typically alternate a more expensive work with another so we don’t go broke, like a title requiring 26 musicians one year and 13 the next,” the artistic director explains. Susan also says another consideration is having a venue large enough to hold all the performers. “It’s the art of finding the balance of all these factors.” KCS is a tightly run ship with an annual operating budget of about $95,000, according to Julia. “We always welcome more input and volunteers,” shares Julia, who heads a 13-member board of directors made up of chorus members and volunteer community members. In addition to a BOD, a volunteer advisory council governs KCS. Other volunteers help with fundraising, grant writing, marketing, and audio needs. Brahms Requiem, May 2013

Formed in 1990 as the Kona Community Chorus by Ken Staton, former Chair of the Performing Arts Department at University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, the chorus attracted nearly 50 participants for the first rehearsal at Central Kona Union Church. The group operated as an all-volunteer organization for its first several years and met its budget largely through car washes, according to Ken. Today, KCS hires the leadership and musical talents of artistic and youth directors, a rehearsal accompanist, plus performance musicians, which are the principal players of the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to financial support through grants, private donations, and sponsorships, KCS has fundraising activities like silent auctions and special musical events. They also charge chorus members tuition. Performance ticket sales cover approximately 30 percent of concert costs. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students and KCS also offers annual concerts free of charge at countyrun facilities like Hale Halawai and the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area Pavilion.

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“Our free holiday music concerts are very popular—people bring their entire family, and this year we are adding a second date,” details Julia. “Seating is provided at Old Airport and we serve juice and cookies; it’s our gift to the community.” Dates for 2014 are December 20 and 21. Also this holiday season, in commemoration of its silver anniversary, KCS’s annual Messiah concert on Dec. 7 will include a performance of Franz Schubert’s “Mass No. 2 in G major.” The


Adult choir members rehearse September through June from 6-8pm every Wednesday at the Kealakehe Intermediate School band room. Adult “dues” are $75 per semester and hardship scholarships are available.

Music for All Gloria Juan, Accompanist

composition, more commonly referred to as “Schubert’s Mass in G,” will commemorate what was done during the choir’s first Christmas performance. “Unlike Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s work is not well known, but it’s delightful and refreshing,” shares Susan, adding “It requires an orchestra, features several solos, and I’m excited we’re doing it.” Susan details that “Schubert’s Mass in G” was last performed in 1990 and only a portion of it was done at that time. She says the complete 25-minute work, which they will do this year, is, “tricky and a wonderful work for our singers to have under their belt.” Susan McCreary Duprey, a Hawai‘i native who earned a Master of Music with distinction at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and also doubles as artistic director of O‘ahu’s Windward Choral Society—says performing music by master composers like Schubert, Mozart, and Brahms is important. “They are enormous works that provide continued growth in the musicality of our members,” she says. The definition of musicality refers to qualities in music such as being melodious and tuneful, plus tastefulness and accomplishment in music.

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Heading the youth choir is Kealakehe Elementary educator Marinella Savarese, who is assisted by Kealakehe Intermediate veteran music teacher Gloria Juan. Gloria accompanies both the adult and youth choirs and has been with KCS for all 25 years. Children in grades three through 12 comprise the KCS Youth Chorus and rehearse 4-5:30pm Thursdays starting in August. “In celebration of our 25th, we’re waiving the annual $300 tuition for youth,” notes Julia. “Hopefully this will attract more children.” Youth choir members learn more than the fundamentals of music. Marinella, who grew up in a musical family and has been singing since the age of 10, says keiki members experience a sense of belonging, “which is very important at a young age.” Students learn to follow the conductor so they can sing as one voice. This develops their listening skills. They also learn how to read Marinella Savarese music and lyrics. Youth Conductor

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“Our goal is to plant a love for music and allow kids to go beyond the limits of our island,” says Marinella, who moved to Hawai‘i in 1994 from Italy where she practiced medicine. “We access different cultures and languages through rhythm and lyrics; we travel the world.” Students “visit” Africa, Europe, and the British Isles when they sing the songs of those lands. Youth participants hail from all of West Hawai‘i, and special needs children are also welcome if they can follow directions and have a sense of rhythm. “Kids with special needs struggle with academics or behaviors, but they can have a creative mind and music can be a part of their well-being,” Marinella says.

The Beat Goes On

Susan emphasizes that her vision for KCS is to continue the membership’s growth in numbers and musicality so the chorus can continue on a path to performing a variety of music. “We’re looking forward to a big spring production to finish our anniversary year,” she shares. “A well-known, popular choral work is planned, but I can’t say what—yet.” Susan adds that her personal mission as artistic director is a simple one: to get people singing. She says KCS has a wide range of participants, from professional singers who can sight read music, to first-timers who don’t know how to read a note. “It’s thrilling to see a nervous alto with no experience, stick with it, and gain the confidence to sing solo at other venues!” Susan exclaims. All it takes is the desire to sing. ❖ To participate or volunteer contact KCS:, 808.334.9880 | November/December 2014

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Kona Community Chorus Concert, Dec. 21, 1990, the year it was founded

KCS Coming Events Dec. 7, 4pm Messiah Concert/“Schubert’s Mass in G” Dec. 20-21, 4pm Old Airport Concerts Jan. 14, 2015 Spring Open House 5:30pm Newcomers/Returning Singers Kealakehe Intermediate School band room May 17, 2015 25th Anniversary Celebration Concert Details:

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because of the culture. “From dance to food, if you fall in love with it, it’s really hard to go back,” she says. And she had fallen in love. So the idea for gift baskets grew. She describes the whole venture as a growing process. “I never thought of myself as being creative, but I found that it’s something I really enjoy, so I must be doing it okay,” she says. In fact, the store has a saying: BYOB or Build Your Own Basket. Anything in the store can be put in the basket, and Tammy tries to fill every special request within reason. Customers can also bring things of their own to be included in the baskets. The idea of the baskets is to take home a real piece of the island. “Each basket can be customized just for that individual. It’s always a joy to see what brings happiness to someone,” Tammy says. The baskets either feature Hawaiian-print insulated bags or hand-decorated lauhala boxes to display the products. The bags and baskets are all reusable. In-store products can also be purchased individually. As the holidays approach, Tammy prepares for her busiest season. An influx of requests always come from the website, and foot traffic from holiday shoppers picks up in the Waikoloa shops. She says the earlier people order, the better selection they get. From food to spa to jewelry to art, even for keiki and dogs, there is a little something for everyone. Hawaii’s Gift Basket Boutique Located in Waikoloa Kings’ Shops 250 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Suite C-6, Waikoloa 808.866.8000 | November/December 2014

pon entering the store, customers are greeted with an array of products from about 100 different vendors, all local to the Hawaiian islands. While Hawaii’s Gift Basket Boutique does carry products from other Hawaiian islands, it specializes in Hawai‘i Island products with island style. Glass figurines, cups, stuffed animals, and spa products are displayed on the tables. Paintings and photographs hang on the walls. Postcards and knick-knacks of all kinds sit propped up on shelves. Jewelry spins on hooks. Everything and anything that might go into a gift bag is in the store, and owner Tammy Sullivan oversees them all from behind the counter. Her day starts at 9:30, checking online orders, opening the store, and taking calls. She greets customers in the front of the store, creates baskets for delivery and mailing in the back, and helps with the local deliveries. Today, the store is thriving in Waikoloa, although it hasn’t always been that way. Tammy started the venture with a partner seven years ago in Hōlualoa. It was called Big Island To-Go, but people kept confusing it with a take-out restaurant. They changed the name and moved the store to KailuaKona. Then the recession hit and Tammy’s partner went on to other adventures. Still, Tammy persevered. Now, nestled in the King’s Shops, across from the Walking Company, Tammy has met her five-year goal: to be in a thriving commercial area. Tammy came by the concept for the business after working the food service industry for more than 35 years. “I was working at Kona Village Resort, asking guests what they might like when they got home. They wanted a product that would bring back a memory of their time in Hawai‘i,” she says. She also wanted to do something that represented the local artists well. Tammy came to the Hawaiian Islands when she was 19 on vacation. She decided then that the Hawaiian Islands were the place for her

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True Hawaii Blue —Waimea


| Le‘a Gleason | November/December 2014

amie Hoskinson has always worn an apron. She grew up a farm girl in Mt. Hood, Oregon and wore her first apron as a child while making plum jam with Grandma. Later, she sold strawberries on the roadside and kept change in her apron pockets. As a teenager, she worked in a diner and wore an apron she learned how to make in home economics class. As an adult, while cleaning homes, clients would ask her where she got her apron. “I made it!” she would reply. That was the inspiration for True Hawaii Blue, Jamie’s apron and handbag business. The products can be found online or at her pop-up boutique at the Waimea Farmers’ Market Saturdays from 7:30am–12:30pm. “My aprons are handcrafted with great care: double-stitched, high-quality, beautiful and unique fabrics, lined (most), and made with love. An apron is more than something you wear. It is a representation of a time in someone’s life that will leave an everlasting impression,” Jamie says. Each apron is unique, made with fun, flashy fabric and functional design that’s a little bit reminiscent of grandma’s apron. The variety of designs offer something for everyone, from functional to frilly. Fabric prints range from gorgeous


Hawaiian flowers to cute kitchen instruments, to girly paisley. For the male chefs, there’s beautiful “kanaka” or koa surfboards print. Jamie also makes functional and fashionable fabric handbags in a range of sizes and prints. To name a few, there’s “hootie owl”, made with pink and white owl print fabric and green accents. “Funny cats in purple” features comiclike cats lounging on white fabric with purple accents. For Jamie, True Hawaii Blue is more than a job. “I have a passion for my business, and every day that I create a design and sew it together is full of joy. I am thrilled to set up my little pop-up boutique each weekend and see who appreciates and purchases my aprons and handbags. It really brings it all full circle with the feeling of, ‘oh, so that’s who I made that for!’” she says. Jamie also sells simple, yet elegant sterling silver wire earrings with gemstones and beads, and her daughter Lily’s Flower Crowns. All are handcrafted, unique, top quality, and reasonably priced. They can also be purchased by visiting Jamie’s website. True Hawaii Blue Waimea

The Blue Sea Artisans Art Gallery—Kailua-Kona


as eight guest artists, all of whom were accepted to the gallery by a vote. There are no employees at the Gallery, so all of the artists equally share the tasks required to keep the gallery running. Teresea is pleased with the group of people she works with, stating, “We’ve really become a nice little hui (group).” Every month, Blue Sea Artisans selects one artist to feature. A reception is open to the public, allowing those interested to come see the artist’s work and talk story. Additionally, the gallery hosts workshops and classes, giving people “an opportunity to get together and have fun,” says Teresea. They also host a semi-annual art and music festival open to all artists, crafters, and musicians. The fifth annual Fall Art and Music Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 22 at the Kona International Market. The Blue Sea Artisans Gallery may be looking to add one more artist to the family. Teresea explains with a grin as she looks around the gallery, “We can’t take any more wall artists because we’re out of wall space…obviously,” but they may consider welcoming a glass or dimensional artist. This would bump their number of artists to 18, expanding their selection of arts and fine crafts even further for all to view, appreciate, and purchase. The Blue Sea Artisans Kona International Market 74-5533 Luhia Street, Kailua-Kona 808.329.8000 | November/December 2014

n May 2014, The Blue Sea Artisans Gallery finally became the true cooperative gallery of artists that Teresea Boswell had envisioned when she first opened the space in 2009. Featuring 17 different local artists, one may feel overwhelmed by the desire to see everything at once. Your eye may be drawn to the shiny case housing handmade beads and vintage jewelry, the vibrant photographs of lava fields, the dozens of watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings hanging on every inch (and both sides!) of the bamboo wall dividers, or your fingers may take charge and reach for a soft, crocheted lei. Teresea confirms with a laugh, “We’ve got a little bit of everything!” The artists mostly capture the tropical island world in their creations, and some even make use of its gifts in their craft. Teresea is the original sand artist, creating a variety of pieces such as lamps and bowls that have been adorned with sand, shells, and sea glass. She also uses leaf imprints in her pottery pieces, as does Sue Mailander in her mesmerizing collage works of woodcut prints, stitching, and beads. Collie Will has even painted entire works with different brews of Kona coffee. The cooperative consists of nine core artists as well

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Hawai‘i Island Farmers Markets West East


Sunday 9am–1pm Laupāhoehoe Farmers Market. Next to the Minit Stop on Hwy. 19.

Saturday and Tuesday 2–6pm, Tuesdays 8am–pau, Saturdays * Hawi Farmers Market, North Kohala, across from Post Office and Nakahara Store under the banyans.

Daily 8am–5pm Pana‘ewa Hawaiian Home Lands Farmers Market, Puainako and Ohuohu Streets by Walmart, Hilo.

Saturday 8am–1pm Waimea Town Market at Parker School, 65-1224 Lindsey Rd., Waimea/Kamuela. | November/December 2014

Saturday 7am–noon Waimea Hawaiian Homestead Farmers Market, 64-759 Kahilu Rd., located at Kuhio Hale Bldg. (off of Mamalahoa Hwy., two miles east of Waimea town).


Saturday 7:30am–2pm Honoka‘a Farmers Market, Mamane St., Honoka‘a, Honoka‘a Trading Co., Old Botelho Bldg. Tuesday and Friday 2–5pm Kekela Farms Organic Farmers Market, 64-604 Mana Rd., Waimea. 100% organic. Wednesday 9am–4pm Waimea Mid-Week Farmer’s Market at Pukalani Stables, site of the Paniolo Museum. Pukalani Road in Waimea.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 7am–4pm Hilo Farmers Market, corner of Mamo and Kamehameha Ave., downtown Hilo. 30 vendors. Wednesday and Saturday 6am–4pm * Hilo Farmers Market, corner of Mamo and Kamehameha Ave., downtown Hilo. 200 vendors. Saturday 6:30am–noon * Kino‘ole Farmers Market. Kino‘ole Shopping Plaza, 1990 Kino‘ole St., Hilo, Sunday 7am–2pm Akebono Farmers Market. Luquin’s/Akebono Theater parking lot in Pāhoa. Sunday 8am–2pm * Maku‘u Farmers Market, Kea‘au-Pāhoa bypass road.

Saturday 8am–noon * Keauhou Farmers Market, Keauhou Shopping Center Keauhou. Sunday and Thursday 2pm–dusk, Thursdays Dawn–2pm, Sundays Pepe‘ekeo Farmers Market. Off Hwy. 19 on Ka‘akepa St. Produce and foods.

Saturday 7:30am–10am Waikoloa Village Farmers Market, 68-3625 Paniolo Ave., Waikoloa Community Church parking lot across from Waikoloa Elementary School.

Daily 7am–5pm Kea‘au Village Market, 16-6550 Old Volcano Rd., Kea‘au

Sunday 9am–2pm South Kona Green Market Captain Cook, Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

Wednesday Evenings 5–9pm Farmers Market Kalapana end of Kalapana-Kopoho Rd, (Rte 137), next to Kalapana Village Cafe. Local grown produce, ono grinds and live music.

Wednesday 8:30am–1pm Kings’ Shops Farmers Market Waikoloa Beach Resort Kohala Coast

Saturday 7:30am–4pm Keaukaha Pana‘ewa Farmers Market. Railroad Avenue, across from Home Depot, Hilo. Homegrown produce offered by Hawaiian Homelands lessees. Saturday 7am–noon * Outer SPACE Ho‘olaulea at Uncle Roberts Awa Club, Kalapana Saturday 8am–1pm * Hilo Coffee Mill, 17-995 Volcano Rd., Mountain View (on Hwy. 11 between mile markers 12 and 13).

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Wednesday 9am–2pm Ho‘oulu Community Farmers Market, Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay Wednesday–Sunday 7am–4pm Kona Farmers Market, corner of Ali‘i Drive and Hualālai Rd.


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

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Coffee Time

| By Sonia R. Martinez


awai‘i Island has been known for coffee for many years, and in the last 10 or so, several ‘new’ areas of our island have become award-winning coffee growing regions. Our island is also growing vanilla beans (which come from an orchid plant) and cacao trees. Subsequently, a whole new chocolate-making industry is underway. Other islands in our state are also producing rum and vodka, so when thinking about the upcoming holidays, my thoughts have turned to what I can serve at parties or give as gifts using as many locally sourced products as possible. Homemade Vanilla Extract Add a few vanilla beans, some whole and some split to a bottle of Kaua‘i Dark Kōloa Rum. You can decant the rum if you wish and use a different bottle. Although you can use vodka, I prefer a dark rum since the “sweetness” of the rum gives the extract a smoother, richer taste. Keep in a dark, cool place for at least a month, shaking every once in a while. You can reuse the beans. To re-use the beans in a new batch of vanilla, just keep in the bottle and add more rum. You might have to add a bean or two more. To save for other uses, the beans should be air dried before being stored so they will not mold.

Hawai‘i Grown Coffee Bean Liqueur

Making your own coffee liqueur is fun and quite easy. It is also a great project to do about a month before the Christmas holidays to give as gifts. We like to collect pretty bottles through the year. You can find many in yard or garage sales. After a while, you will start noticing pretty bottles everywhere!

Make your coffee ahead of time, if you wish, using the 3 1/2 C water. While still hot add both sugars, stirring constantly until dissolved. Cool. Stir in the glycerin and vodka and pour into clean glass jars. Add vanilla beans making sure to include the seeds. Seal and store in a cool dark place for at least 30 days before using. Decant into individual gift bottles, tie a pretty ribbon on the neck, and tie a card with the recipe if you wish. Yield: about 1-1/2 pints * Vegetable-based glycerin (95.5% USP Kosher) can be used in food applications and gives the liqueur a smooth finish. You can find it in most pharmacies.

A deliciously easy raveinspiring dessert. Perfect for the holidays. 4 C cold strong Hawai‘i grown coffee 1/2 C sugar 6 Tbs Hawai‘i Coffee Liqueur In a medium bowl, stir together the coffee and granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the coffee liqueur.  2 8-ounce containers Mascarpone cheese 1/3 C confectioners’ sugar 1 Tbs Kaua‘i Kōloa dark rum 1 tsp pure vanilla extract In a large bowl, using an electric mixer with the whisk attachment at low speed, combine the mascarpone, confectioners’ sugar, dark rum, and vanilla.     2/3 pint heavy cream or 6 eggs, separated With the mixer on low, gradually pour in the cream (or the egg yolks, if using) then turn the mixer up to medium speed and whip until thick. If using eggs, beat the egg whites separately and then fold into the mixture.       13-15 oz, or approximate store-bought vanilla angel food cake Dark chocolate or cocoa powder for garnish Invert the angel food cake onto a work surface. Using a large serrated knife, slice the cake horizontally into three layers. Place the smallest layer cut side up in the bottom of a 7-inchwide trifle bowl. Drizzle 1/3 C of the coffee syrup evenly over the cake. Spoon 2 C of the mascarpone mixture evenly on top. Finely sprinkle some of the cocoa powder over the mascarpone. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 2 more layers. Cover the trifle and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 2 days. Garnish with chocolate shavings or cocoa powder if you wish. Contact writer Sonia R. Martinez: | November/December 2014

2 C finely ground Hawai‘i grown coffee beans (strong, full-bodied blends such as French Roast or espresso) 3 1/2 C water 1 1/2 C granulated sugar 1/2 C light Maui brown sugar, packed 1 tsp glycerin* (optional) 3 C Hawai‘i Ocean Vodka 4 split vanilla beans

Tiramisu Trifle


Hawai‘i Island Happenings

Wondering what’s happening around Hawai‘i Island? Visit these businesses and organizations websites for the most up-to-date event calendars.


Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden Shirley Stoffer, 808.345.2627 Sherry Bracken, 808.334.1521

Quick Eventz 808.965.9990 808.961.0144

Aloha Theatre–Kainaliu

Aloha Performing Arts Company

Food Hub Kohala Karla Heath, 808.224.1404

Kahilu Theatre–Waimea

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Kailua Village Business Improvement District

Volcano Art Center

Downtown Hilo Improvement Association 808.935.8850

Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art/EHCC 808.961.5711 808.322.3362

Akebono Theater–Pāhoa 808.322.9924

Basically Books

Donkey Mill Art Center

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i Peter Van Dyke, 808.323.3318

Hawai‘i The Big Island

Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network Julie Callahan, 808.967.8222

Holualoa Village Association 808.969.9703 808.885.6868 808.326.7820

Kalani Oceanside Retreat 808.965.0468

Honoka‘a People’s Theatre

Kona Historical Society

Hulihe‘e Palace

Kona Choral Society 808.775.0000 808.329.1877 808.323.3222 808.334.9880

The Kona Choral Society Susan McCreary Duprey, conductor Presents | November/December 2014

Schubert’s Mass in G & Handel’s Messiah


Sunday, December 7th, 2014• 4:00 pm • Sheraton Keauhou Resort Tickets: Adults $20•Students $5 call 808.334.9880 or visit Tickets are available at Kona Stories Bookstore & Kona Bay Books.


PLUS F R E E HOLIDAY CONCERTS Saturday & Sunday Afternoon December 20th & 21st•2014•4:00 pm Both concerts are at the Old Airport PavilionCo-Sponsored by the County of Hawai`i

Hawai‘i Island Happenings

Wondering what’s happening around Hawai‘i Island? Visit these businesses and organizations websites for the most up-to-date event calendars.

Kona Stories Bookstore

Society for Kona’s Education & Art (SKEA) 808.324.0350 808.328.9392

Lyman Museum 808.974.7310

North Kohala Community Resource Center

Waimea Community Theatre 808.885.5818 808.889.5523

One Island Sustainable Living Center 808.328.2452

Log onto websites for event calendars

UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Emily Benton, 808.935.5021

Resort and Shopping Center Cultural Events

West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy Virginia Holte, 808.329.8876

Keauhou Shopping Center 808.322.3000

Kingsʻ Shops–Waikoloa 808.886.8811

Kona International Marketplace


Prince Kuhio Plaza 808.959.3555

Queens’ MarketPlace–Waikoloa

Palace Theatre–Hilo 808.886.8822 808.934.7010

The Shops at Mauna Lani 808.885.9501

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2:23:58 PM

The 8th Annual


Sunday December 14, 2014 HPP Activity Center on Maku’u & 17th Dog/Companion team raising the most with a minimum of $1000 wins


Maui Getaway for 2


including 3 night stay at the Grand Wailea Hotel





Concerts, Family Fun Day, & Master Classes Featuring Ledward Kaapana, Mike Kaawa, Benny Chong, Aidan James, Richard Ho`opi`i, Jeff Peterson, Nathan Aweau, & Vincenzo Martinelli

Thursday, Nov. 20 to Sunday, Nov. 23

$2500.00 Value




Live Mu sic Fun & Free Activities & Demonstrations


Dec. 20

Dog-N-Jog Walk Entry Donation $10.00

All funds go to benefit

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To submit volunteer information for your nonprofit,

AdvoCATS Methodist Church Palani, Kailua-Kona

3rd Saturday, 10am Trap, neuter, spay, community education, colony feeding, management. Contact Cathy or Nancy 808.327.3724

Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island Hilo, Kea‘au, Pāhoa, Pāhala Oceanview, Hāmākua

Monday–Friday, 2:30–5pm Volunteers needed for after-school youth programs Contact Gail 808.961.5536

Calabash Cousins Hulihe‘e Palace Grounds, Kailua-Kona | November/December 2014

2nd Tuesday of the month 1–2:30pm Men and women who support the mission of Daughters of Hawai‘i. Contact Sabine Andresen 808.329.9555


Community Kōkua Volunteer Opportunities

CommUNITY cares Kailua-Kona

Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm Saturday, 9am–2pm 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, 10am–4pm Volunteers help in arts education program. Contact Anne Catlin 808.322.3362

Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art (aka East Hawaii Cultural Council) Hilo

Monday–Friday, 8am–3pm Volunteer in the art galleries, performing arts, classes, workshops, festivals. 808.961.5711

Use provided contacts for information (Listings provided on a space available basis)

Friends of NELHA Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai‘i Keahole Kona

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Wai‘ōhinu Coastline, Ka‘ū

Monday–Friday, 9am–noon Share Ocean Science/Technology using deep ocean water. 808.329.8073

SE Hawai‘i Island beach cleanups. Ongoing 7:45am Contact Megan Lamson 808.769-7629

Hamakua Youth Foundation, Inc. Hamakua Youth Center, Honoka‘a

Hospice Care North Hawai‘i Hospice, Waimea

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

Hawai‘i Island Humane Society Kona Shelter, Kailua-Kona

Monday–Saturday, 9am–5pm Need volunteers 16 or older, parent/child team 6 or older. Contact Bebe Ackerman 808.217.0154

Monday–Friday, 8am–4:30pm Care for families facing serious illness. Contact Catrinka Holland 808.885.7547

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i Hilo

Tuesday-Sunday 9am–5pm Assist with tours, shows, education programs and membership. Contact Roxanne Ching 808.969.9704

To submit volunteer information for your nonprofit,

Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center Kahalu‘u Beach, Kailua-Kona

Daily 9:30am–4:30pm 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

Kona Choral Society Kailua-Kona

Seeking volunteers for help with box office and ushering at our concerts. Contact John Week 808.334.9880

Community Kōkua Volunteer Opportunities

Kona Toastmasters Kailua-Kona

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

Lions Clubs International Various Locations, Kailua-Kona

2nd Tuesday, 5:30pm “We Serve” is the motto of Lions Clubs International. Contact Lani 808.325.1973

Make-A-Wish Hawaii

Ongoing Granting wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. 808.537.3118

North Kohala Community Resource Center Kohala Welcome Center, Hawi

Daily 9am–noon or noon–3pm Greet people to North Kohala with aloha. Contact Juanita Rivera 808.889.5523

Dec 5-21, 2014 - Fri, Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2:30pm Adults – $22 - Seniors/Young Adults – $20 - Under 18 – $10

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

Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary Kurtistown

Ongoing Volunteers needed to help care for the animals, repairs and maintenance to the Sanctuary, and help with the office paperwork. Contact Mary Rose 808.982.5110

Snorkel Day for People with Disabilities Kahalu‘u Beach Park, Kailua-Kona 3rd Friday, 10am–2pm Volunteers needed. Contact Stephanie Kovatch 808.326.4400 x 4017

Soroptimist International Kona Kailua-Kona

Monthly Meetings Enriching the lives of women and girls in our community for more than 40 years.

Sundayʻs Child Foundation Kamuela

Serving at-risk youth aged 6 to 17 Volunteers needed islandwide. Contact Lauren Rainier 877.375.9191

Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii Kailua-Kona Volunteers are the heart and soul of this program. All levels of expertise needed. Contact Nancy Bloomfield 808.937.7903 | November/December 2014 - 808-322-9924

Use provided contacts for information (Listings provided on a space available basis)


Aloha Metal Roofing

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here can you go for quality roofing supplies whether you’re a contractor, do-ityourselfer? Aloha Metal Roofing is a one-stop-shop that provides “service with aloha,” says manager Jon Hunter. Jon has been in the business more than 10 years. He started working for a building Jon Hunter, Manager supply company that owned roofing machines. When the company sold, he was kept on as the manager. The business has served clients across the island and even statewide for the past five years. So what is it like being in the business of roofing supplies? According to Jon, it requires dual knowledge of metals and metal fabrication, and business savvy: knowing how to give quotes, run an office, and provide excellent customer service. When it comes to serving customers, Aloha Metal Roofing offers several benefits: free estimates, delivery island-wide within 48-hours, and some of the lowest prices around. “We actually bring the materials to the site in big flat coils and we run them and cut them to specific lengths. We have two patterns that are always ready to go. As soon as customers place their order we get going. It’s why we have a [quick] turnaround time,” says Jon. According to Jon, when someone buys from them, they usually become a repeat customer. “We do have a pretty steady clientele that know how we operate—how we communicate with the customers and deal with them individually. We take care of our customers. I would say our friendly customer service and our lower prices really make a difference,” he says. Regarding lower prices, it seems that everyone is trying to save, and Aloha Metal Roofing strives to offer low prices that make necessary home improvements doable for customers. “I like that we can offer metal roofing at competitive prices. We offer many options so you have choices.” Aloha Metal Roofing 16-207 Wiliama Place, Kea‘au 808.966.7788

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Aloha Aina Wellness Center

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Aloha Aina Wellness Center Hawaiian Beaches, Pāhoa 808.965.6424

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808-329-3403 | November/December 2014

ou have changed my life forever,” begins a letter written by Ann Hemmingway. This letter is to Mary Dressler and the staff at Aloha Aina Wellness Center (AAWC). Her letter goes on, “My experience of going through your 10-day cleanse is the most profound experience of my life. It was an incredible journey Mary Dressler, Owner that opened up my mind to what is actually taking place in my body and what the implications are of eating a bad or a good diet, the emotional connection, and the healing that can take place as you become clear.” This is just one of many positive testimonials Mary and AAWC often receive. Mary has called Hawai‘i Island home for over 35 years and has spent much of her adult life studying and practicing good nutrition. She is a certified Nutritional Therapist and an Advanced Colon Hydrotherapist, has studied with Dr. David Katzin from UCLA, and has traveled the world sharing good health. For nearly two decades, Mary has counseled clients in nutritional health. She educates them that they can prevent most diseases with proper nutrition. She became intensely interested in colon health after suffering with fissures and ulcers due to stress. After seeing the positive results in her own life, she realized she wanted to share the healthful benefits of colon hydrotherapy with others. Mary received her certification by I-ACT as an Advanced Colon Hydrotherapist at the Maui School of Colon Hydrotherapy.  The following month she opened AAWC, which has been in business for 14 years now. Colon Hydrotherapy is a way to restore optimal colon function by flushing it with fine-filtered water. This cleansing process dates back thousands of years. Irrigating the colon benefits people by cleansing the blood, stimulating the immune system, and restoring pH balance to the body. It also stimulates the liver, kidneys and lymph systems, assisting in the release of toxins. Often times, clearing years of impacted waste can relieve hip and back pain, too. AAWC specializes in a 10-day cleanse paired with organic meals, therapeutic massage, light exercise, and spiritual rejuvenation.  Those interested in a 10-day cleanse will receive $250 off by mentioning AAWC’s ad on page 52 or this story. Mary is also offering a discounted rate for introductory single sessions and detox foot baths. Please see the AAWC ad for details.

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Kona Boys

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rank Carpenter and Brock Stratton are passionate about protecting the ocean and its sea life and are involved with several organizations working towards that goal. They have been proactive in helping to create voluntary Brock Stratton and Frank Carpenter owners standards for people and businesses to adopt, which educate everyone about the preservation of the coral reefs. To learn more about caring for the ocean, please visit the Kona Boys website for links to the following organizations and projects: | November/December 2014

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Coral Reef Alliance Defenders of Wildlife Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Kona Surf Film Festival

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Sea•thos Foundation Surfrider Foundation Surfrider Kona Kai Ea West Hawaii Voluntary Standards

In 2000, Frank, now the co-owner of Kona Boys, left his job on the mainland to work for free at Kona Boys in Kealakekua to prove how wholeheartedly he believed in their brand. Brock, now Frank’s business partner, joined his longtime friend in the venture. Together, they built up the Kona Boys name, diversifying their services. Their goal is for people to have the best experience possible in the ocean, so they provide all the services available. Kona Boys has progressed over the years from giving tours to adding rentals, retail, and lessons. Walking into the Kona Boys shop in Kealakekua, customers can find bathing suits made of recycled materials, Kona Boys brand clothing and hats, scuba gear, stand-up paddleboards, surfboards, maps, sunscreen, and many other products from local companies. Local artwork hangs on the walls. They are proud to support local people and businesses of Hawai‘i. “People feel the significance of the products they are buying. They know that everything they are getting in the store is— in some way—helping people. It makes it more layered and important,” says Frank. Through a serendipitous fax, Kona Boys found their second location, the shack on the beach at Kamakahonu Bay, in the heart of Kailua Village. Frank describes working in the shack as “where you have to be really reverent of the history and culture in order to be allowed to be in that spot. It’s an honor and responsibility to do any sort of operations on that sacred beach.” If you haven’t experienced stand-up paddleboarding yet and want to see what it’s like, come to either location and rent a SUP for an hour or two. Kona Boys even offers kama‘āina rates! Kona Boys Shop: 79-7539 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kealakekua 808.328.1234 Shack: On the beach at Kamakahonu Bay, King Kamehameha Beach Hotel, Kailua-Kona 808.329.2345

Precision Auto Repair

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Precision Auto Repair 74-5622 Alapa St., Bay #3, Kailua-Kona 808.329.7223 | November/December 2014

aymond and Shelly Ciriako operate Precision Auto Repair as if it were Precision Family Pediatrics. They treat every car with patience and understanding, knowing how much every customer values their vehicle. Opening at 7:30am most weekdays, Precision Auto Raymond and Shelly Ciriako Owners Repair takes the cars in one-by-one. The receptionists ask about the symptoms, the mechanics run tests, and together the team comes up with a diagnosis. Then, they bring the customer back in, explaining in detail what is wrong, what needs fixing, and their options for treatments. Just like learning about the human body, learning about the inside of a car can be tricky. “It’s like going to a doctor. The doctor isn’t just going to tell you that your hand hurts because it needs surgery,” says Raymond. “The doctor will tell you that your hand hurts because it is broken here and here and that it can be fixed with surgery.” The team at Precision Auto Repair takes pride in educating the customer. They will go over the problem under the hood and every available option until the customer is satisfied. No work will be done on the car until the customer gives the okay. “We always try to stay updated on our technology, and it helps our technicians work more effectively,” says Raymond. Heading up the team is ASE certified technician, Raymond. As one of the most trusted men in the car service industry in Kona, Raymond has been working in the business for about 20 years and he has been featured in Ratchet+Wrench magazine. After working for other companies, Raymond wanted to build a company with values that he believed. So he and Shelly opened up shop in the old industrial area, in the heart of Kailua-Kona. “I believe that [the success] is because of Raymond and his personal touch. People trust him and that’s what sets us apart,” says Shelly. Together, Precision Auto Repair has won Best of West Hawai‘i for Auto Repair three years in a row, is noted as one of Hawai‘i’s fastest growing businesses in Pacific Business News, and is the only shop on Hawai‘i Island that is Repair Pal Certified. Shelly says, “We wouldn’t be where we are today without the people who work with us. We work together as a team, and that’s important.” Raymond reaffirms the strength of the team and says, “In life today, you spend most of your days at work. Being really closeknit makes it easy for us to work together.”


Ka Puana–The Refrain Following are excerpts from Kapa‘au resident William S. Chillingworth’s book, ‘Io Lani: The Hawaiian Hawk Used with permission.

I | November/December 2014

had been hiking with a camera in the wild eastern valleys for thirty years or more, and had seen ‘auku‘u, ‘ulili and kolea, but one day I heard a compelling, high-pitched call, and overhead was an ‘io, motionless in the trade winds, great wings extended. It was a moment Hawaiians describe as ho‘ailona (a strong signal or omen.) I abandoned the shorebirds and followed the call of the royal hawk. It was as if by following this ancient, solitary native, I had found a way to connect more deeply with my own forebears. My mother’s family came from Kamae‘e, forty miles east of Kapa‘au on the


Hamakua coast, between Hakalau and Ninole. My great-great grandmother’s grandfather, whose name, Kanehoalani, refers to a god who rules the heavens, was a kia manu, a bird collector, and a feather worker who made lei hulu mamo melemele, one of them a wedding present for his granddaughter, Rebecca Ioela, when she married Benjamin Macy, recently arrived from Nantucket, at the Austin sugar plantation in Onomea, in 1873. ... Fortunately, when I began collecting the images, I knew very little about how difficult it would be. I had visions of my ancestors, na kia manu, and their similar process; first, find the bird, then get close enough to do the work. Patience

was everything. I was very grateful that I wasn’t in a wet, cold windward rainforest in Kamae‘e, shivering under a rain cape of ti leaves. My kia (staff used to trap birds) was a Nikon D5100 equipped with a 300mm lens. The main problem with the lens was the autofocus. If the bird was close enough, above the horizon line in clear sky, I sometimes was able to make an acceptable image. Below the horizon line, it was up to the gods. Often I had a lovely shot of ironwoods with a mysterious dark blob in the center. Contact photographer William S. Chillingworth: ‘Io Lani: The Hawaiian Hawk is available from the author and local bookstores.

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