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“The Life” Cel ebrat ing t he a r ts, culture, a n d s us t a inabilit y o f t he H awa iia n I s l a n d s For those who love life on Hawai‘i Island

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Art 55 Journey Together: The art and poetic expressions of Terry Taube By Fannie Narte

Business 67 Managing with Aloha: Alaka‘i By Rosa Say 77 Celebrating a Long-Time Advertiser with Ke Ola The South Kona Green Market

Culture 65 Healthy Boundaries By Ku‘ulei Keakealani

Health 41 Healing Plants: ‘A‘ali‘i Attractive native for landscapes and healing By Barbara Fahs

Home 37 Pono Practices at Honoka‘a’s Green Market and Café By Barbara Fahs

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brings people from all over the state and beyond to learn and practice lauhala weaving. We know how important it is to continue to share these types of stories, because we are losing some of our kūpuna (elders) and it’s imperative that we get their stories written so we can publish them and make them available into perpetuity. We were saddended to hear of the recent passing of some of our previously featured kūpuna. Y Aunty Stella Akana (whose quilt was featured on our January– February 2015 cover). Y Warren Vignato (who was featured in our Kūpuna Talk Story in our November–December 2015 issue). Y Bill “Papa Pea” Pagett, father of Sean “Peaman” Pagett who was in the November-December 2013 issue. We are gratified we were able to tell their stories. There are others in our community who have passed away recently. Many of us knew and loved Kailua-Kona’s singing dentist, Randy Ressler, who passed away unexpectedly on March 14. He’s one of several who have been taken from us too soon. We wish all their loved ones peace and hope that memories will bring them comfort. All the stories in this issue are rich and inspiring, as well as educational. I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoy presenting them to you! If you have suggestions for stories you think deserve to be told, please let us know by emailing them to editor Renée Robinson at Renée keeps a list of story ideas that are submitted and we consider them all, so please keep them coming. Aloha pumehana, Barbara Garcia, Publisher

✿ Dear Editor, I loved the cover art from the March/April issue so much that I framed it and placed it in my yoga room as an inspiring reminder of Mother Nature. Thank you for showcasing the talent of local artists like Sarah Week! Mālielani Larish Hawai‘i Island

✿ Dear Editor, I loved the Sammi Fo story. I got to see her dance one time last year at a Chris Yeaton concert at King Kamehameha hotel. She was exquisite. I’d never seen anyone dance that style. What a treasure! Great writing as always. Deb Sims Kailua-Kona

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Aia ka lā pili i ke alo mahina Hina ka wahine, Kū ulu niu ke Kāne Eō mai ke ali‘i e Ke‘ōpūlani Ka wahine ola, ka wahine aloha I uka o Kāneaka, hōlua i kai o Wai‘ula ‘Ula ka ‘Ahu‘ula, pali kapu o Keauhou Eō mai ke ali‘i e Ke‘ōpūlani Ka wahine ola, ka wahine aloha Kapu Keauhou iā Kau‘ikeauoli, he ali‘i ‘Imina‘auao ‘o Kapihe i ke ola o ia ali‘i nei Eō mai ke ali‘i e Ke‘ōpūlani Ka wahine ola, ka wahine aloha Kūhalalua ka pūnāwai ola o nā kala ala Ka‘ōpā kahi waiola, malu i Keauhou

Rejoice the chiefess Ke‘ōpūlani Woman of life, woman of compassion Above is Kāneaka, Hōlua to Wai‘ula Sacred ‘Ahu‘ula, sacred cliff of Keauhou Rejoice the chiefess Ke‘ōpūlani Woman of life, woman of compassion Sacred is Keauhou of Kau‘ikeauoli Knowledge seeker, Kapihe anoints this chief Rejoice the chiefess Ke‘ōpūlani Woman of life, woman of compassion Kūhalalua pond, life of the forgiveness Ka‘ōpā protected in Keauhou Rejoice the chiefess Ke‘ōpūlani Woman of life, woman of compassion

ia ke aloha i ka wahine kapu o ke ao i hala, ‘o Ke‘ōpūlani, he ali‘i. Nāna nō i hānau ‘ia ana ‘o Kau‘ikeauoli i kahi kapu ‘o Keauhou. Ma Keauhou, he pali kapu i ke ali‘i, ‘o ‘Ahu‘ula nō ia. I Kūhalalua, ua mālama kino ‘o Ke‘ōpūlani ā ua hānau ‘ia ma Ka‘ōpā i ke ali‘i kapu ‘o Kau‘ikeauoli. Na Kapihe i ‘ike ‘ia ke ola o ia ali‘i nei ā ua oli ā pule nō ke ola, Ua Ola! Eō mai ke ali‘i e Ke‘ōpūlani, ka wahine kapu, ka wahine ola ā ka wahine aloha. A compassionate honor to a sacred woman of her time, Ke‘ōpūlani, High Chiefess. She gave birth to Kau‘ikeauoli at the sacred Keauhou. At Keauhou, an honor to the ali‘i below the cliff of ‘Ahu‘ula. At Kūhalalua, Ke‘ōpūlani bathed and gave birth in Ka‘ōpā the sacred ali‘i, Kau‘ikeauoli. Kapihe, a kahuna of Kona, saw the life of this ali‘i and chanted for his passage, he lived! Rejoice this sacred woman, Ke‘ōpūlani, a woman of sacredness, a woman of life and a woman of compassion. Truly the sacredness of this entire story is Ke‘ōpūlani, a sacred woman of Maui and mother of Liholiho, Kau‘ikeauoli and Nahi‘ena‘ena, the children of Kamehameha I. It is indeed the names of these sacred locations that add to the importance of a royal birth by a sacred woman. Eō Ke‘ōpūlani! Contact writer Kumu Keala Ching: | May/June 2015


Eō mai ke ali‘i e Ke‘ōpūlani Ka wahine ola, ka wahine aloha

There the sun is upon the moon Hina the woman, Kū the man


Every Store has a Story: The Japanese Pioneers Kimura Lauhala Shop | By Gayle Kaleilehua Greco

The Kimura Store rebuilt circa 1930s

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ome, come, here is the room I was born in; there used to be a shoji door here,” says Alfreida (Kimura) Fujita, as we walk down the hall of the Kimura Lauhala Shop in Hōlualoa. Alfreida’s eyes dance brightly as she reminisces of days gone by with her grandparents, Yoshimatsu and Tomo Kimura. “Here was the coffee farm and cotton farm,” Alfreida says, looking out of a wood-framed window toward the ocean. “We


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Mary (Hatsu), Dorothy (Chiyono), Helen (Hifume) Tora (Torao), Sataro, Gilbert (Shiro), Albert Tsuruyo, Baban, Ji-Yan Alfreida, Morris, Esther (Kaoru), Shige

used to be able to see all the way to the water from here. There were water tanks and coffee shacks that my grandfather built for the workers and homeless.” In that moment, there is no past or present; there is only the knowing that the Kimura family has spent generations devoted to this land and the community. When Yoshimatsu and Tomo Kimura immigrated to Hawai‘i in 1894, they had a vision of providing for their family in a new frontier. Approximately 4,000 miles from their hometown of Wasa, Morino-mura, Oshima Gun, Yamaguchi Ken in Japan, Hawai‘i had a similar coastline that gave them reference to their home village. Yoshimatsu, known to his family as Ji-yan, was a carpenter by trade and a farmer at heart. In 1896, Yoshimatsu and his wife, Tomo, moved from Hilo to Kona, where they leased five acres in Kamalumalu from the Greenwell’s to start a farm and what would be a family of nine children. Yoshimatsu worked the farm and was an expert carpenter, and Tomo worked as the washwoman for Sheriff Charles Nahale’s family. Yoshimatsu claimed to be a naturalized Hawaiian since he lived in the islands during the time of Queen Lili‘uokalani and affectionately called Tomo “Wahine.” In 1914, Yoshimatsu opened Y. Kimura Store in place of the original smaller store (built in 1907) at the junction of Hualālai Road and Māmalahoa Highway. From a three-story building that housed the family and the store, they sold the basic necessities, food, and clothing. Bartering being common during this time, the local Hawaiians would trade lauhala hats, mats and baskets for groceries. The hats and baskets, in turn, were sold or traded to the field

The original Kimura Store circa 1907

Yoshimatsu and Tomo Kimura

workers for use while picking coffee. Tomo crafted a wise business practice trading fruits, futon, and zabuton in Waimea and brought that region’s cooler climate produce to the residents of the drier areas of Kona and Ka‘ū. The nine Kimura children worked the farm while attending school, inheriting a strong work ethic, education, and life philosophy that filled the Kimura homestead for generations to come. At a time when there were no local high schools in Kona, Yoshimatsu and Tomo provided opportunities for their children to attend schools on the mainland and Honolulu. Their second eldest son, Torao, attended Okumura School and the Royal School. As stories are recounted, Torao was known for helping the less fortunate and driving the family truck from town-to-town bartering the family’s wares. Tomo, an excellent matchmaker, introduced Torao to a local Japanese girl, Tsuruyo Fujiwara, and they were married in 1925. The Kimura family continued to work the farm during a time when coffee prices were depressed and deflated. Encouraged to be innovative, the second-generation Kimura children began to branch out to further support the family. Yoshimatsu and Tomo’s granddaughter, Alfreida (daughter of Torao and Tsuruyo Kimura), recalls the ‘coffee wives,’—wives of the coffee farmers who began learning the art of lauhala weaving from their local Hawaiian friends and community members. Tsuruyo and a circle of Japanese women had great affection and respect for the Hawaiian weavers. In turn, the ‘coffee wives’ were mutually respected for their generosity in the community. Weaving together, the Japanese and Hawaiian weavers added lauhala products to the merchandise being sold at Y. Kimura Store. For the Japanese farmers, the additional products from lauhala weaving provided a supplemental family income. Alfreida remembers how her mother, who knew the different varieties of pandanus trees, would pick, boil, strip, and bleach the leaves, then bundle 50 leaves at a time and preserve them in a sulfur box to protect them from bugs. With the leaves properly tended to, Tsuruyo would roll and soften the lauhala to prepare it for weaving: a complete process that kept Alfreida and her five siblings busy before and after school.

Alfreida recounts, “My brothers, Morris, Walter, and Clinton carried the heavy lauhala bundles from the front porch to the coffee platforms for drying. The bundles were so heavy. We girls did a lot of the work too, but the boys did the heavy labor.” The art of lauhala processing and weaving was caringly sustained by the Japanese ‘coffee wives’ and their families who Kimura Farm Today

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regularly acknowledged their Hawaiian friends for the kindness of their teaching. In the 1920s, the Kimura family planted cotton in the land below the coffee fields. Kona cotton was well known for its feather-like softness and sturdiness. This was another crop which added to the Kimura’s offerings in the community. In the 1940s, the Kimuras continued to increase and diversify their land holdings by adding ginger crops and cattle ranching. This allowed the family to manage the economic pricing swings of good and bad years. The Y. Kimura Store was renamed the Kimura Lauhala Shop in the 1950s. As accomplished weavers, Tsuruyo and her sister-inlaw, Hatsu, took over the management of the store and added more lauhala products. Tsuruyo had the creative idea to line the baskets with material, and as coin purses, eyeglass cases, and other products were included, the cloth lining became a recognized feature of the lauhala merchandise. Some tried to copy and mass produce the lining, however none quite fit like the customized approach that Tsuruyo was known for. Alfreida remembers how skillful her mother was with her hands, so detailed and precise in her work, “My mother loved lauhala, she loved it.” At the time, there were as many as 30 local weavers contributing to the store, each with their own specialty. Lauhala was in demand after World War II as military personnel bought lauhala items as gifts. The Kimura expansion continued when Hatsu opened a lauhala store in Hilo, Hale Lauhala, and later opened another store in Waikīkī. Tsuruyo remained in Hōlualoa operating and managing the Kimura Lauhala Shop with the help of family and friends. Even during the prosperous times, there were moments Alfreida remembers when her uncles would leave Hōlualoa with groceries for sale and return with lauhala mats and furniture. No matter what people needed, the Kimura family provided a place for people to work, live, or trade for the betterment of all. Alfreida and her sister, Ella, began to take over the store in the 1980’s. Alfreida, a retired Hawaiian Airlines employee, managed the business operations and Ella, a retired teacher, made the beautiful haku (woven) lei that adorned the lauhala pāpale (hats). Today, Alfreida can still be found in the store cheerfully fitting people for hats or bags, while Ella is in her element taking care of the gardens that surround the store and family home.

Renee Kimura, Alfreida’s only child and eldest of the fourth generation, remembers the experience of growing up with her great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents. “I remember Ji-yan and Baban [great-grandparents Yoshimatsu and Tomo] picking coffee early in the morning and stacking dried coffee wood on the furo for burning; they worked long hours and always took care of people.” A flash of memories seem to wash over Renee as she pauses. “I grew up thinking I was poor; we had an outhouse and water tanks. When we had a school break, we picked coffee. Other children didn’t pick coffee, so I thought we were poor.”

Alfreida, Tsuyuro, and Ella Kimura Alfreida and Tsuruyo with a happy man buying a hat

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In a hindsight moment, that only life can provide, Renee is filled with heartfelt gratitude for what her great-grandparents instilled in her, along with her cherished grandmother and parents. “My great-grandparents were rich within themselves. They provided education and travel for their children at a time when that was rare.” Renee learned to weave at her grandmother Tsuruyo’s side, reminiscing about cutting patterns from newspapers and fiber. Her grandmother would take the pattern and in an instant, mark, sew, and pinch it. Right before Renee’s eyes, there would be a hat-shaped pattern. Apart from her mother, Renee attributes her weaving talent to kumus Aunty Gladys Grace, Josephine Fergerstrom, and Ed Kaneko. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in education and sociology and a minor in fine arts, Renee found Lauhala products

herself moving further west with each work experience, from Denver to Los Angeles, until she returned home to Hawai‘i Island in 1987 as an educator at a local elementary school. In 2000, a century after her great-grandparents emigrated from Japan, Renee Kimura stepped in to assist her mother and aunt with the store, while also caretaking for her grandmother and father. Today, Renee manages the operations and sales of the store, while Alfeida and Ella continue to beautify the landmark with their stories and gardens. In 2014, the descendants of Ji-yan and Baban (Yoshimatsu and Tomo Kimura) celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the Kimura Lauhala Shop with a family reunion in Kona. In commemoration, Hawai‘i County’s Mayor, Billy Kenoi, honored the Kimuras with this excerpt from his Mayor’s Message on July 19, 2014: “Yoshimatsu and Tomo led accomplished lives filled with cherished memories and extraordinary achievements and they made significant contributions to improving the quality of life for the people of Kona.” “Yoshimatsu Kimura was a well-respected and highly successful farmer, rancher, builder, businessman, and community leader. On his 75th birthday in 1948, the Hawai‘i Times Newspaper presented the ‘Recognition of Community Service Award’ to Yoshimatsu for his many contributions to the Kona community. In 1914, he built Y. Kimura Store, a 3 story house and general merchandise store that sold household goods. After 100 years, the store still remains open for business in Kona as the Kimura Lauhala Shop.” “Tomo Kimura is most remembered by her friends for her compassion and generosity towards people in need of help. Alfreida and Renee at the front door of the Kimura Lauhala Shop | May/June 2015


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As co-owner of Y. Kimura Store, she occasionally burned account books of friends and neighbors who could not pay for charged items at the store. As an expert in the healing arts, she freely shared her skills with people from all over the Big Island. When Kona experienced severe droughts, Yoshimatsu and Tomo Kimura shared their drinking water with anyone who needed it since they owned one of the largest water tanks in Kona. They generously gave from their hearts without expecting anything in return.” A metaphor for life, the weave of the lauhala intertwines the legacy of this Japanese family as an integral part of history on Hawai‘i Island. The Kimura’s, and other Japanese families of their time, were the pioneers in building sustainable businesses

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Navigating From the Na‘au Worldwide Voyage Update with Celeste Ha‘o | By Le‘a Gleason

Pulling Ta‘ū (the eastern most island of American Samoa) out of the sea. photo courtesy Celeste Ha‘o


n the car on the way to meet Celeste Ha‘o, navigator of the Hōkūle‘a, I wonder if I might cry during our interview. Some people wear a certain integrity on the outside, and I’m told Celeste is one of those people. After a quick greeting at the desk of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, out walks a beaming young pregnant woman in a floral mu‘umu‘u, and I can already tell. There’s always that moment in meeting a new friend—eyes meet, words exchange, and then, all of a sudden, a moment of truth so clear and precise it’s like holding a magnifying glass straight up to the heavens. In that moment of connection, emotion overwhelms. Celeste searching the horizon for directional clues from her environment. photo courtesy Kamakanioka‘āina Paikai

Celeste is one of those people who seem to speak truth like that all the time, and hers is a story of connection to something much bigger than all of us. She was born and raised in Keaukaha, a surfer who knew the water well, but never thought she’d one day sail on it. At 17, she went with her parents to ‘Upolu, Samoa, to visit her grandfather, Tialavea Morris, the Ali‘i and High Chief of Faleapuna. Grandpa had called them there for a special reason: Celeste was to become a Taupou (female leader) of the village, a right that could only be bestowed by a male elder on his daughter or granddaughter. Instead of asking her to stay and lead her people, the Chief instead directed her to return home and focus on her studies. | May/June 2015

‘Āina Paikai and Celeste Ha‘o photo courtesy ‘ŌiwiTV


Celeste ended up at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo with an internship as a planetarium operator at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center; she’d wanted to be an astronomer since the fifth grade. There, she met Master Navigator Kālepa Baybayan, who has sailed on Hōkūle‘a since 1975. Kālepa took Celeste into the planetarium and showed her what he saw in the night sky as a navigator. “Right there in that instant I saw everything: astronomy, math, art, science, culture, stories; everything was captured within his mind as a navigator and I was like, ‘I want in on that,’ ” Celeste remembers. She was given two months to accomplish the task of entering Hawaiian cultural content and stars into the planetarium system so that it could be used for crew training for navigating voyages. During this time, Kālepa saw her dedication and became her mentor. For the last eight years, the two have trained together. Four years ago, Celeste mapped the sail plan for the ‘Te Mana O Te Moana’ maiden voyage of seven canoes, or “Vaka Moana” from Aotearoa (New Zealand) to Hawai‘i. “My portion is with celestial movements. We can go back or forwards to any time, date, hour, second… my job was to go in and watch all the stars that would rise and set during that time frame, put the sail booklet together, and send it over to them,” Celeste says. Other times, she worked in the planetarium dome helping wa‘a (canoe) crew study the stars. Then, in 2013, her grandpa called and told Celeste she would come home and educate the people of her village, and that her homecoming would be by way of sea and stars, just as her ancestors had done, and that she must bring her navigational master. Try as she might, Celeste could find no way to sail to Samoa. She and Kālepa tried for two years, but there wasn’t a crew, or there weren’t canoes, and everybody was going to be leaving soon on the Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia’s World Wide Voyage.

In 2014, Nainoa Thompson and the Hōkūle‘a crew came to study stars at ‘Imiloa. It was May 28—Celeste’s birthday. “I told my husband if there was anything I wanted for my birthday, it was just to let me get my voyaging fix…to stay inside the planetarium with the crew [that night]. Iʻve been pregnant for most of the past four years, so have been landlocked. I had just given birth six weeks prior to that night,” Celeste says. Before the crew came in, Uncle Nainoa came in to go over some stars. While walking back out, he told Celeste, “I really think you should come…I don’t know what it is, but I just feel like you have to come. Consider a short stint that goes from…I don’t know if you’re familiar with Samoa.” After committing to the one-week leg of the voyage that would sail between American and Western Samoa, Celeste realized the sail plan made it so that one could easily see the glow from Western Samoa, so true navigation wouldn’t be needed. She talked it over with her husband, and realized that to make it an honest voyage, she’d have to sail from the previous destination, Aitutaki, Cook Islands, and into Samoan Waters. That leg, however, would take over a month. With three weeks left to decide, her amazingly supportive husband agreed to watch their three kids (including a threemonth-old) so Celeste could fulfill the voyage of a lifetime.

Celeste with her Aunt Tina Tilo and her teacher, Pwo Master Navigator Kālepa Baybayan, following her homecoming ceremony at her village of Faleapuna on the island of ‘Upolu, Samoa. photo courtesy Keli Takenaga

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Celeste is smiling now, remembering the excitement of that moment. I tell her I know nothing about navigation, and that many of our readers likely do not either. I apologize for asking questions a novice might, and she just smiles warmly. She holds out her hand in a fist, with thumb and pointer finger extended. Each navigator must calibrate their hand, and for her, it’s 15 degrees to the tip of her finger. Navigators look for the sun, the moon, stars (Hōkūle‘a, or the north star, is an important one), and patterns in the night sky. Once they’ve located these things, they can use their hand as a compass and complete a mental map around the horizon. | May/June 2015

Setting course and direction for the day. photo courtesy Kamakanioka‘āina Paikai


On the water, the wind and the waves become key factors in ways Celeste says she never realized beforehand. When she got to Aitutaki, she had to choose whether to stay on Hikianalia with Kālepa, or to undertake the task of head navigator of Hōkūle‘a. She chose Hōkūle‘a. “The stars are my bread and butter. Because I hadn’t had a lot of time on the water, I didn’t understand the waves and the wind. But there are [also] times when you have none of those,” she says. It was the final eight hours of the journey that would test her navigation skills to the core. “We had a lot of bad weather and adverse winds over nine days, [and] we had three nights where for a couple of hours it was just gorgeous. I’ve never seen that many stars in the sky— so bright, that you could see the reflection of the Milky Way off the water,” she says. When Ta‘ū, the easternmost island of American Samoa was close, she asked Tua Pittman, Pwo Master Navigator from the Cook Islands, what to look for. Tasked with looking for “strange clouds,” she spotted what looked like a cliff in the distance and thought, ‘that’s my island.’ Up ahead though, a big squall loomed and was fast approaching. “All of a sudden, it was right on top of us, and as soon as it hit, it clocked us around and shot us away from Hikianalia within two minutes. You talk about lost, scared, disappointed in yourself, pretty angry...I looked at my master with tears in my eyes and said, ‘Uncle, I am lost. I have no idea,’ ” she says. Tua told her, “This is a point where you take everything you’ve learned, every book you’ve read, and you throw it off the canoe. This is a time where you feel your way home.”

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At this point, I’m sitting on a bench with Celeste in a sunny garden outside ‘Imiloa and we’re both crying. Any other person, telling a story in which they admit defeat, might be overcome with shame. Not Celeste—she’s smiling through her tears, like this is just another important lesson. Eventually Celeste would move to the front of the boat to pray to ask Ke Akua (God) and her kūpuna (ancestors) for help. They’d cleared the first squall, and everything inside her told her to instruct the captain to continue forward into a squall ahead of them, despite her rational brain telling her they should turn around. After two cold, rainy hours, they spotted Hikianalia in the squall, and together the two vessels broke through the clouds to

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a stunning view: a lush green island, with birds flying overhead. Looking back, that’s when Celeste says she started to cry. “To come through all of that, not have a clue, and just trust, and to see it come through in the end, that is navigating my na‘au (instinct). I was blessed to be able to learn a very valuable lesson. Our ancestors understood learning in a very different way than we’re accustomed to. It’s holistic—the mental, physical, and spiritual are important,” she says. Celeste was able to do another thing: bring the hope of voyaging back to the land where it was born. “My grandfather said, ‘My hope and my prayer is that when your people see you come home this way they will be inspired to leave our shores’…it wasn’t until I got home to my village that I


Honoring those who came to welcome Hōkūlea with a siva, a Samoan dance, from the navigator’s platform. photo courtesy Kamakanioka‘āina Paikai

realized when you bring back the canoe, you revitalize the va‘a. You bring back all the values that come with it: what it’s like to live together as one, to work together, to have to rely on the next person, to know how to conduct yourself, be compassionate, committed, and dedicated to an end goal.” For the past two years, Celeste’s work at ‘Imiloa had been to create voyaging curriculum for grade-school children and help them build “connection to place.” Now, this will become a template she can take back home to Samoa, as she was tasked with creating a school of navigation there. “I thought taking this voyage would be like a ‘check, and we’re done.’ That wasn’t the case. When you learn something new, and rise up to the challenge, you get more kuleana (responsibility) after, but it’s all the stuff I love anyway, so I consider myself really blessed,” she says. Celeste smiles and dries her tears, a soon-to-be mother of her fourth child, who won’t be going anywhere soon. When she says what comes next, it isn’t just something she comes up with, it’s one of those celestial truth moments. “The beautiful thing about voyaging is it doesn’t matter if you’re a navigator and you’re going on the canoe. Voyaging is just a metaphor for life. Everybody is a navigator. Everyone will have to look at the people and the things around them, and decide who it is that guides you. And once you set up those things, and you understand exactly where you want to go, then it’s easy to trust,” says Celeste Ha‘o. ❖ | May/June 2015

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The Voice of Skylark

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voice that could melt butter—velvety smooth and honed over a few decades of broadcasting and emcee gigs—is that of Skylark, professional name of the radio diva born as Jacqueline Leilani Rossetti. It’s not put-on or pretentious; it’s her everyday voice, and it issues from deep within the woman who has helped shape the public awareness of Hawaiian music, from its famous renaissance period during the ‘70s up until today. Her sincere love of the music and her passion for telling the stories of its musicians resonates in her voice. First known as Honolulu Skylark, the renowned radio personality is a Hilo resident today and famous statewide in the music world. She was recognized as Outstanding Hawaiian Woman of the Year in 1984, Broadcaster of the Year in 1991, and won two Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, first in 1993 and then in 1996. In 2011, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts. She is cofounder of the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, Hawai‘i’s version of the Grammy Awards, and has announced, broadcasted, and emceed the Merrie Monarch competition and hō‘ike presentations for more than 30 years. To learn what led up to these accolades, we first flash back to 1975. The O‘ahu native and Kamehameha Schools graduate was returning to Honolulu after attending college and working for several years in San Francisco, California. “I thought I was going to be a world famous graphic designer,” Skylark says, smiling. “But during college, I fell into radio broadcasting and graduated with a third-class FCC license. I said, ‘Okay, let’s take on the world in radio.’ Also, my real passion was and is always Hawaiian music, so I ended up doing a Hawaiian music radio show in San Francisco at a small station called KPOO.” With her strong heritage in Hawaiian ways, it was no wonder she soon got homesick and found her way back. “I grew up in a big Hawaiian family from my mother’s side, and we would gather at a family home in Ka‘a‘awa. We were always sitting around and playing Hawaiian music at family gatherings. We fished, did hukilau, pulled taro, and had our own imu.” Though Skylark’s father was pure Italian, meeting her mom at Pearl Harbor, she says he “became more Hawaiian, almost, than my mother. Dad was involved with the festival called Aloha | May/June 2015

Skylark was the 2014 recipient of the Moe Keale “Aloha Is” Award for Community Service. photo courtesy Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts

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Week back then, and he surrounded us with just wonderful mentors that were our aunties. He was hānai’d by Aunty ‘Iolani Luahine, for example.” City life on the mainland just didn’t fit Skylark. Back home in Honolulu, she tried for jobs at all the radio stations. “I realized that Hawaiian music was not being played, not even in Hawai‘i! They were doing the funky hula. But it wasn’t the stuff I grew up with. I felt there was a need to do something,” she says with all the idealism of a young college grad. “So I went to the only Hawaiian music station in Honolulu, KCCN, and they wouldn’t hire me. I said, ‘Something’s wrong here.’ I got hired at all these other radio stations, like a Filipino station and a Japanese station, because I was an American citizen with a license. Then this gentleman who had an all-women’s radio station called me up and said, ‘Why don’t you come work for me?’ It was called KNDI, ‘Kandy.’” She went to work with them and discovered Hawaiian music was played at midnight. “I said, ‘I want that shift,’ and he said, ‘No, I want you to train to learn all about radio.’ Women ran the entire station, which was unprecedented in the 1970s. Skylark was permitted to run the station from 4pm until midnight, after which point she would get a police escort to her car. “Still, I kept saying, ‘I want that shift.’” Skylark’s approach to the midnight shift was a departure from the common “closed board” practice of spinning records and not talking. She even went beyond the usual DJ patter mixed with music. Carrying a microphone and tape recorder, she hit the streets of Waikīkī when all of the lounge acts were finishing up.

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She would play her recordings of Uncle Sonny Chillingworth, or ‘Olomana, or Hui Ohana on the radio. “It was just fabulous! I just loved those days!” KCCN heard about her and convinced her to go there, even though it was less money. She obliged because it was the Hawaiian music station. Skylark continued interviewing the musicians and songwriters, and her original recordings soon grew into longer, three-hour sessions that would later be accepted into the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. “I did a program on KCCN called the Heritage Series,

Skylark with the late Dennis Kamakahi and Kimo Laau at the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Awards photo courtesy Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts

highlighting artists, musicians, and their stories. It aired for five years straight once a month on a Sunday. I wanted so much to learn all about the authors of songs and why they wrote them. It was right at the crucial time, where there was that transition between musicians of the 40s, 50s, and 60s leaving us and the new generation of the 70s. I went in-depth with the artists, some of them playing live on the air. One of my favorites was John Kameaaloha Almeida.” Almeida was a blind musician known as the “Dean of Hawaiian Music.” His life spanned the eras from the Hawaiian Monarchy through statehood, up until 1985 when he died at age 87. Almeida had played at Queen Lili‘uokalani’s funeral in 1914, was chief musician on the Matson Lines ships during the ‘20s, and he composed more than 300 songs, including “Green Rose Hula” and “Iesu Me Ke Kanaka Waiwai.” Other iconic musicians interviewed by Skylark in the series include Alvin Isaacs, Andy Cummings, and Gabby Pahinui. She even went to Kaho‘olawe when protests against military occupation and bombing were occurring to record some of the kūpuna that were born and raised there. “I think it’s important that we document these things and that we learn,” she explains. “I have this passion because I’m curious.” Skylark chooses to focus on the music and musicians, with no desire to be the star herself. Skylark with Ku‘uipo Kumukahi and Harry Soria Jr. as a 2011 Lifetime Achievement Awards honoree. photo courtesy Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts | May/June 2015

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Skylark Rossetti and Moon Kauakahi presenting at the 2007 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards photo courtesy Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts


“The radio stations at the time were just playing music and spinning discs. The DJ was the talent. I didn’t want to be the talent, I wanted to share the stories and have the talent focused on them. I wanted to honor them. And from that honoring came the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, which we designed to honor our local musicians, simply because [at that time] they would never win a Grammy, so someone needed to start recognizing them.” Skylark, DJ Krash Kealoha, and the rest of the staff at KCCN put on the very first Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards in 1978. It grew each year; then the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) took over administration of the awards in 1982. Live Honolulu radio, including Skylark’s show, also helped make the stars. One of them was Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, also known as Bruddah Iz. “He must have been 13 or 14 years old when I first met him. He and his brother, Skippy, would call me up on the midnight show at KNDI. Skylark says Bruddah Iz loved radio. “It kept him entertained. He said, ‘Come on out to Makaha. I have this group; I want you to hear us.’” So Skylark did, “and there they were—just these kids in puka (holey) clothes—but their harmonies, their voices, and their family unit was so endearing—I just loved them.” Skylark continues, “I brought them to KCCN after I moved there, and we did their first recording—this was when we could play bootleg music on the air. And so that’s how they started their career.” By 1991, Skylark had three children and was ready for a change. She moved to Hilo, her motherʻs home town. “It was in a rural area where we could have dogs and cats and not live in an apartment where the kids would have to take an elevator home. I could go down the street, wave to my neighbor, and he would wave back to me. That’s how I still look at Hilo—as a wonderful place to ensure that the foundation for my children was there.”

Merrie Monarch was also a big factor in Skylark’s move to Hilo, she says. Over the years, in addition to the annual mega event, she has become involved in a number of community events and economic initiatives, including the downtown Ho‘olaule‘a and many fundraisers. She went to work for John Leonard at KWXX radio and later for KAPA radio. Now a grandmother of four, Skylark’s son Imakakoloa has a daughter, Kahena, and her daughter Kilohana, who lives in California, has three sons: Iolani, age five, Mana, age three, and Keanu, two months. Her son, Makana, lives with her. Slowing down a bit, Skylark says she is enjoying being mentor to others. “There is such good talent. I just do weekends on KAPA radio, from 8 to noon Saturday and Sunday. We are getting a lot more talented people writing Hawaiian music for today that will take us into the future. With the music’s resurgence, they have groomed new writers. I’m just floored by these kids. There was a time I was worried it was going off track, and now it’s come full circle and I’m so happy. I feel Hawaiian music is going to be supported and go forward.” After more than 30 years of hosting Merrie Monarch events, she bowed out this year. You can find her, however, at the Ka‘ū Coffee Festival on May 5. Also on her calendar is the Annual Gabby Pahinui Festival in Waimanalo, Hilo native Kuana Torres Kahele’s Hawai‘i Island concert tour, and the Seattle Slack Key Festival.❖ Contact Contact Contact Contact

Cofounder of Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, Skylark was honored with their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 from the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts. photo courtesy Aaron Miyasato

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Strong in Spirit and Build: Puna’s Historic Congregational Churches

| By Denise Laitinen

Pu‘ula Church in Nānāwale


una residents are a hearty lot, known for their resiliency and ability to survive. So it should come as no surprise that their places of worship are equally strong, having withstood a myriad of natural disasters. In some cases, historic churches in Puna have actually been moved or rebuilt (more than once!) as a result of Mother Nature. “We’re used to disasters because our church was taken by lava 25 years ago,” says Kahu Mike Warren, of Kalapana Maunakea First Hawaiian Congregational Church, in Nānāwale Estates subdivision.

Kalapana Maunakea First Hawaiian Congregational Church, UCC

Perhaps no other church on the island has endured more than this small congregation composed of less than 100 members. The oldest congregational church in East Hawai‘i is even older than well-known Haili Church in Hilo.

Interior of Kalapana Maunakea

Kahu Mike Warren with a picture of the 1990 Kalapana lava flow approaching Kalapana Maunakea Church. | May/June 2015

Tucked deep in the lower Puna neighborhood, the unassuming blue church is off the beaten path of tourists. This hidden gem of a church is steeped in history and its musically inclined members have won awards from royalty. “We’re in the fifth building of our church,” says Kahu Mike. The first missionaries set foot on Hawai‘i Island in 1820 after arriving in Kailua-Kona from Boston aboard the ship, Thaddeus. Kalapana Maunakea’s first church, made of pili grass, was built as a mission station after Reverend William Ellis and three missionaries visited Kaimū and Kalapana while travelling the island by foot in 1823. It’s reported that when the missionaries reached Kalapana in early August of that year they held worship services for 700 Hawaiians living in nearby villages. After the mission station was hit by a tidal wave, the congregants moved the building further back from the shore and rebuilt it from lava rock. In 1868, Hawai‘i Island experienced a catastrophic 7.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that killed 77 people. The two disasters devastated the Ka‘ū and Puna coasts, destroying most of the buildings in Kalapana, including the church. The congregation set about building a new church with building materials delivered from Honolulu by the steamer, “Kina‘u.” The strongest men in the community swam out to the boat with ropes tied around their waist. “The Hawaiians swam the lumber in from the boats,” says Kahu Mike. The church, which was called “Kalauonaone” (many sands), was rebuilt within two years and featured a church bell from New York. In the early 1900s, erosion along the Puna coastline caused the congregants to dismantle the church and rebuild it further inland on solid rock.


Kalapana Maunakea Church

Lore has it that during the rebuilding process a church member painting the steeple saw Mauna Kea and cried out “Maunakea, Maunakea.” From then on, the church was called the Kalapana Maunakea Congregational Church. In 1977, the church was threatened by lava, which stopped a mile and a half before reaching the church grounds. The church wasn’t as fortunate when lava approached Kalapana again in 1990, consuming the church in June of that year. In the weeks before the church was destroyed by fire from the lava flow, congregants removed the most precious items including a koa cross, the church bell, a silver flagon, and a silver chalice. The flagon and chalice represent one of the church’s greatest accomplishments. In 1886, the church’s choir, 60 members strong, walked for three days from Kalapana to Hilo to participate in the Aha Mele, an annual statewide song contest at Haili Church. The Kalapana choir won first place and received the flagon and chalice with an inscription from Princess Lili‘uokalani. After the church burned in 1990, Pu‘ula Congregational Church in Nānāwale invited the church to use their facilities. In 1992, the church became part of the United Church of Christ (UCC), becoming officially known as the Kalapana Maunakea First Hawaiian Congregational Church, UCC. Church members decided to rebuild in Nānāwale on land given to them by the Nanawale Corporation, and their current church, the fifth in the congregation’s history, was completed in 1996.

Pu‘ula Congregational Church, UCC

Pu‘ula Church, just up the road from Kalapana Maunakea Church in Nānāwale, has also weathered its share of challenges. Pu‘ula, (red conch shell), was first established in Koa‘e (near Kapoho) by missionaries in 1839. Originally a thatched hut, the church was replaced with a wooden building in 1850 with a bell tower added in 1868. In a span of little more than a month in 1960, a volcanic eruption destroyed the town of Kapoho. The church was one of the few buildings left standing, but it was surrounded by lava. For nearly a decade, the congregation was unable to use the church. “Many Kapoho residents had moved to Nānāwale and often commented how nice it would be if their church could be up in their new neighborhood too,” says Pastor Diane Hultman. “Around 1968–1969, a crew of guys went down to Kapoho and decided to move the church. They had to cut it in half because the roads were narrow. At the time, there were five lots in Nānāwale set aside for churches. Pu‘ula is on one, Kalapana Maunakea is on another,” adds Pastor Diane, | May/June 2015

Lava flowing towards the Kalapana Maunakea Church in 1990

Today, the majority of the church’s members are comprised of five Hawaiian families, many with deep ties to Kalapana. The church is active in the community, participating in a monthly feeding program with the Hawai‘i Island Food Basket and providing emergency food for area residents. “We’ve always been feeding people,” says Kahu Mike. “When the missionaries stepped off the boat we fed them. We were the first church and we continue feeding people to this day.” “We continue on,” says Kahu Mike. “The church continues to go on generation after generation. You see the kids here—they’re all from Kalapana.” And indeed while the church is often referred to as the Hawaiian church, on any given Sunday you’ll find people of a variety of ethnicities and ages, running the gamut from infants to senior citizens, and even the occasional dog. It’s also a musical church with a band performing songs in English and Hawaiian. Kahu Mike plays ‘ukulele and sings.


Pu‘ula Hawaiian Church Dedicated March 19, 1919 with Rev. Ernest K Richardson as pastor | May/June 2015

continuing, “It took about a year to rebuild the church, and we had our first service here in Nānāwale on Easter Sunday 1970.” Pastor Diane says the church currently has roughly 35 members, about half of whom live in Nānāwale while the rest live in Puna. Some of the members have been attending the parish for decades and include a mixture of ethnicities ranging from families with young children to senior citizens. A potluck meal is held after the weekly service in the social hall next to the church that was built in 1971 (and rebuilt after a 1991 fire). Even though the parish is small, Pastor Diane says they offer a wide variety of services, including a monthly young people program for roughly two dozen high school students, a recovery center group that meets with a counselor during the week, and a transition house. “We’re an involved church,” says Pastor Diane, “a real community minded congregation.”


They also know how to deal with adversity. Although the church itself was not damaged in the storm, Nānāwale was among the hardest hit community by Hurricane Iselle last August, during which time the neighborhood was without power and water for more than two weeks. So it is probably no surprise that the congregants are steadfast about remaining in their community now that lava from the June 27 Kīlauea flow is threatening Pāhoa. Pastor Diane says that as the lava approached Pāhoa last year, she asked the congregation if they planned to stay if the lava crossed Highway 130 and all their hands went up. She asked how many would stay if the lava crossed Railroad Avenue and all their hands went up. She then asked how many would stay if lava crossed Beach Road, and again all raised their hands. “Then one of the parishioners said, ‘there’s only one problem pastor, we didn’t see your hand go up,’” says Pastor Diane with

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Pu‘ula Pastor Diane Hultman a chuckle. A Nānāwale resident herself—Diane and her husband live near the church—Diane has lived in Hawai‘i for 31 years. She said up until that time, she wasn’t sure if she would stay or go, but after that sermon, she decided to stay. “We have church members that are fishermen, who know how to live off the land; we’ll survive.” Pastor Diane and Kahu Mike were among the nearly 100 Puna residents and clergy who attended a multi-faith prayer service in downtown Pāhoa in September 2014 when the smoke plume from the lava flow was looming large over the town. Both ministers point out that the lava slowed the day after that service.

‘Opihikao Congregational Church, UCC

‘Opihikao Congregational Church, nestled along the Puna coastline on Kapoho-Kalapana Road, is unlike the other Puna

‘Opihikao church along Kapoho-Kalapana Road was founded in 1823 and continues to hold weekly services.

congregational churches in that it has not had to relocate due to disasters. However, the church is steeped in history with one local family figuring prominently for more than five generations. After Reverend William Ellis and a group of missionaries visited Kalapana and Kaimū in August 1823, they continued travelling by foot along the Puna coastline, arriving in ‘Opihikao a few days later. There, they were welcomed at the home of Kalaikoa, a



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community leader. It’s not known when the church was built, but it’s believed to be originally sited at Kalaikoa’s home. In 1853, Daniel Makuakane became the leader of the church and was conveyed the title of Reverend in 1865 after growing the church’s congregation to 319 members. Rev. Daniel Makuakane was known as the “kanaka kahu hipa o ke kuahiwi” or “the shepherd from the back country.” Records indicate that the church was rebuilt in 1895, but it’s unclear why and if that was the second or third rebuilding of the church. After Rev. Daniel Makuakane passed away, the church was without a full-time pastor for decades. “There were many, many pastors that served the church,” says Reverend Violet Makuakane. But my husband was the first full time minister since his great-great-grandfather Daniel Makuakane.” John P.C. Makuakane, Rev. Daniel Makuakane’s great-greatgrandson, was born and raised in ‘Opihikao and grew up next door to the church. He was appointed deacon of ‘Opihikao Church in 1959 even though he did not have the formal training of a minister. In the United Church of Christ, ordained ministers go through specific training and keep the title of Reverend even after they retire. Whereas licensed ministers have to get relicensed every year and cannot keep their title. Seeing a need for more ministers across Hawai‘i Island in 1985, John’s wife Violet requested that the Conference Board of Directors for the State Council of Hawaiian Congregational Churches create a formal training program for ministers in East Hawai‘i. After graduating the first ministers’ training class, John became Reverend Makuakane in 1987. He continued serving as minister until his death in 2006, at which time Violet, who also became an ordained minister, took over the reigns until she retired in 2009. Today, services are held by Kahu Harriet Daog, a licensed minister who is the niece of Rev. John Makuakane. ❖


Contact writer and photographer Denise Laitinen: Kalapana Maunakea Church is located at 14-3502 Kahoolawe Rd., Pāhoa in Nānāwale Estates. Sunday services are held at 10:45am. Pu‘ula Congregational Church is located at the intersection of Kehau Rd. and Church Rd. in Nānāwale Estates. Sunday services are held at 9:30am. ‘Opihikao Congregational Church is located at 13-6325 Kapoho-Kalapana Road in ‘Opihikao. Bible study is every Sunday at 10am, with worship service at 11am.

Pono Practices at Honoka‘a’s Green Market and Café | By Barbara Fahs


“The way we met was serendipity,” Danielle shares. “I was planning to build a home after I moved to the Big Island in 1995 and contacted Cheryl’s company, Green Construction, to talk about it. Although we didn’t follow through on those plans, we became friends.” They eventually formed a design and drafting company together in 2006 and continue to operate it today.

The Vision

Both women wanted to build and be involved in a sustainable business. “I had owned the property where Green Market and Café is now located for about 14 years before we decided to build the restaurant,” Cheryl says. “I had thought about building a hotel—instead, with Danielle, we decided to create a great restaurant.” After the plans were drawn, permits were obtained, and additional workers were hired, construction began, using many recycled materials from Cheryl’s storage: • The wood for the lanai bench. • All of the roof beams and rafter support beams. • All 6x6 posts. • 98% of the structural hardware. | May/June 2015

magine a restaurant that generates virtually no waste. Also imagine, a menu chock-full of fresher-than-fresh, organic, in season, locally produced ingredients. Wait, there’s more! Under the same roof is a small natural foods store, the only one of its kind in Honoka‘a. Green Market and Café owners Cheryl Green and Danielle McKim joined forces in 2013 to plan and build the edifice that houses the restaurant and market. And when we say they built it, they actually drew up plans and worked on the construction crew. “I have been a general contractor since 1989,” Cheryl mentions during our chat over lunch. “Before that, I was in the carpenter’s union and served as the foreman in high-rise construction projects along with 300 men.” Coupled with Danielle’s customer service and business management experience and both women’s enthusiasm for healthy, organic meals, the partners bring the best of their skills to their business. One important facet of Danielle’s experience centers on her career as an administrator for an entrepreneur with 23 restaurants in San Jose, California. And Cheryl—well, the best way to describe her is a ‘Jill-of-alltrades.’ Both women are passionate about giving their customers a great dining experience.


Along with two other workers, Cheryl was involved every step of the way, swinging a hammer and sawing boards. Green Market and Café formally launched on April 9, 2014.

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Cheryl began farming by the organic method in Mendocino County, California in the 1970s and has continued this endeavor in Hawai‘i since 1994. Making compost, creating organic bug sprays, and companion planting were techniques Cheryl brought to The large “windows” are doors her farm north of Honoka‘a. repurposed from a Waiki‘i Ranch “My farm produces organic remodel. The lānai bench is made of recycled macadamia nuts, citrus, and wood, as are the roof beams and rafter support beams. avocados that we use in the restaurant,” Cheryl says. Other items come from Mother Nature’s Sliding barn door bottoms are repurposed from the old Miracle, Adaptations, and the Hilo Farmers Market. Honoka‘a mac nut factory. Danielle’s grandparents shared their knowledge of organic The front door, dining room door and the large “windows” gardening and love of homegrown food with her. “And Cheryl has are doors repurposed from a Waiki‘i Ranch remodel. taught me a lot more,” she adds. Handmade screen doors are made from wood from an old cedar deck. Repurposed the large existing foundation in the back of While we typically encounter cloth napkins at fine dining the property that was permitted and built in 1953. The establishments, Green Market and Café has woven this custom foundation is now utilized as a parking lot for their guests.

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into their casual atmosphere, both elevating the experience for the guest and staying at the forefront of environmently-conscious business practices. “I’ve lived off the grid since 1995,” Cheryl shares, continuing, “so creating a restaurant that uses solar energy was a natural thing for me to do.” They do use net metering, which is an integral part of the energy savings plan for the building. Cheryl explains, “Our energy savings plan is very simple: if you’re not using it, turn it off.” • No HVAC system. The building was designed to have natural airflow (as building codes allowed) and natural day-lighting. • Building was designed for minimal impact to the land. Excavation was only to dig the footings for the building. • Concrete counter tops. • Multi-pure filtration system for water. • Energy STAR® rated equipment (dishwasher, merchandisers) • LED lighting is throughout the building and the exterior and parking lights are LED. • 9 KW Photovoltaic Net Metering system. • Recycling Program for all waste (cardboard, plastics, paper; food scraps go to pig farmer-not the landfill; bottles are recycled). • All take-out containers, straws, napkins, cutlery are biodegradable. The toilet paper, hand washing soap, paper towels, office paper are biodegradable. • The restrooms have low-flow flushing toilets, urinal. • Propane, electric, and water saving programs to lower costs and keep waste at a minimum. Clientele is comprised of both visitors and kama‘āina. So far, the feedback from everyone has been positive, with many truly impressed by their comprehensive vision on their responsible business model. “People seem to love what we’re doing,” Danielle says. “Although we’re not consciously trying to set any precedents, we hope that we can have an influence over the way that other restaurants handle their waste, use energy, and conserve on water consumption.” Danielle adds that some Hawai‘i Island chefs have visited, and she is optimistic that they will be integrating more organic produce into their menus. “I hope that we are an inspiration to others about ways a restaurant can function in a more sustainable manner,” says Danielle. Sustainable practices are far from being a new phenomenon. Concrete counter top | May/June 2015


On O‘ahu in the 1940s, households filled “slop buckets” with their food scraps and pig farmers collected this valuable refuse on a regular basis. Playing off that method, Green Market and Café also recycles its food waste this way. “Several times a week, someone from the pig farm stops by and picks up our buckets of scraps,” Danielle explains. In a state where an estimated 31 percent of all landfill materials—371 tons of food waste—are produced every year from all types of food establishments. Because the landfills are rapidly filling up, it would make sense for more restaurants to practice some type of food recycling.

Fabulous Food Choices

The menu at Green Market and Café includes choices for all tastes and food preferences. Featured ‘Asian fusion’ choices such as pasta, fish tacos, and rib eye steak are some favorites. From the many gluten-free and vegan choices to local grass-fed beef, vegetarians and carnivores alike can enjoy meals that satisfy their cravings and preferences. Cheryl is “90 percent” responsible for developing the recipes and is serving as the head chef until May 2015, when her brother Roland arrives from Colorado to take the reins. “He grew up in restaurants,” Cheryl says, “so he is a perfect choice to take over our kitchen.” All ingredients are locally sourced and house made, including all the meats, vegetables, breads. cheeses, herbs.

Music, Art, and Literature at the Café

Special musical events are held twice each month. On May 21, The Mamane Street Music Club will perform, and on May 28, the Old Songs of Hawai‘i Band will entertain. Performances start at 6pm and continue until the musicians are “pau,” announces Danielle. Art exhibits add to the dining experience. Work by artists such as Mary Spears, Clytie Mead, and Amber Bonnici are currently revolving every two to three months. Watch for the work of Val Kim soon. Artists who are interested in showing their work may contact Danielle. Danielle adds, “Our next goal is to bring in local authors for talk story sessions.” ❖ | May/June 2015

Contact photographer Renee Hoogs: Contact the Green Market and Cafe: 808.775.0004, Contact writer Barbara Fahs:


Sources: Okazaki, Wendy. Identification and Assessment of Food Waste Generators in Hawai‘i. December 2006.

The front door was repurposed from a Waiki‘i Ranch remodel.


any of us probably know the Hawaiian word ali‘i: it refers to a reigning noble of any kind. When an “a” is added to this word, it means “of” the royalty. The name ‘a‘ali‘i has been given to a native Hawaiian plant in the soapberry family (Dodonaea viscosa) because it was considered sacred to Laka, the hula goddess. ‘A‘ali‘i is native to all of the main islands except Kaho‘olawe. The United States Department of Agriculture reports that the same species also grows in California, Arizona, the Virgin

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Islands, Puerto Rico, and Florida. In Hawai‘i, it is also called ‘a‘ali‘i kū makani, which means “‘a‘ali‘i standing in wind,” due to its ability to grow where strong winds occur.

Appearance and Characteristics

‘A‘ali‘i is a partially woody shrub that grows in many climate zones. Although it can reach a height of 30 feet, it is usually smaller. It grows in profusion in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, along the sides of Chain of Craters Road. It also grows in other dry environments, from near sea level to about 7500 feet. The leaves are one to four inches long and are elliptical or lance-shaped. Leaves stand out in the landscape because they are glossy and have red stems. The plant’s most distinguishing feature is its fruits, which are triangular seedpods that range in color from pale green, yellow, pink, orange, pale red, brick red, to reddish purple, and sometimes having a mottled combination of colors. It is important to the Hawaiian ecosystem because it serves as a host plant for the Blackburn butterfly (Udara blackburni), which is one of Hawai‘i’s two native butterfly species.

Traditional Uses

Medicinal Uses

The National Tropical Botanical garden reports that ‘a‘ali‘i leaves were chewed to relieve the pain of toothaches. Because these leaves contain very astringent tannic acid, toothache sufferers spat out the juice without swallowing it. In some cultures where Dodonaea viscosa grows, it is taken internally to reduce fevers. In all parts of Hawai‘i, ‘a‘ali‘i was ground to a paste and then employed to relieve rashes.

Growing ‘A‘ali‘i for the Landscape

‘A‘ali‘i is a good choice in windy areas and hillsides that might be in danger of soil erosion because its roots firmly grip the soil. Currently, it is being planted on Kaho‘olawe, as an aid in environmental restoration, according to Patrick Conant, retired Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture entomologist. It has multiple other uses in the landscape, such as an accent or container plant, a hedge or screen, a trellis or fence climber; low-growing types make a nice groundcover. It’s perfect for xeriscape gardens because it is drought tolerant. To propagate seeds, soak them overnight in hot water. Then plant them ¼ inch deep in a sterile potting medium. Keep your pots in a shade house or under the dappled shade of a tree. Water daily: germination will begin in about 10 days. At four months, gradually expose your young plants to direct sun for one month before you plant them into pots or the garden. ‘A‘ali‘i adapts to most soil types. Fertilize with a slow-release plant food every six months.

Pests and Diseases

Watch out for pests such as mealy bugs, black scale insect, and black twig borers (Xylosandrus compactus), also known as ambrosia beetle, which are relatives of the coffee borer beetle. If twigs or ends of branches begin to die back, prune and destroy affected parts. Diseases of this plant rarely occur. Occasionally plants will develop sooty mold, the fungal disease known as Verticillium wilt, or a virus called Dodonaea yellows. Prevention is the best cure: be sure to give your plant adequate irrigation, fertilize regularly, and prune affected branches. Photos courtesy Forest and Kim Starr Contact writer Barbara Fahs: Sources: USDA Plant Fact Sheet. HOPBUSH. Dodonaea viscosa (L.) Jacq. Plant Symbol = DOVI. Contributed by: Hoolehua Plant Materials Center. David Duvauchelle. | May/June 2015

‘A‘ali‘i had numerous uses in Hawaiian society: • It has hard, durable heartwood. Corner posts of houses sometimes included ‘a‘ali‘i wood, as did fenceposts • Weapons such as spears were also fashioned from the wood. • A sticky resin covers the leaves, which turned the plant into a torch when it was ignited. • On the culinary front, ‘a‘ali‘i’s fruit has been used instead of hops when alcoholic beverages such as beer were prepared. • The attractive, colorful seedpods continue to be used in haku lei, which are worn around the head. • Seedpods were also used to make a red dye, which was used to decorate kapa (tapa) barkcloth.

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Composting At Home: Treasure in the trash


A Bit of History

Modern-day fertilizer companies weren’t around when great-grandma and grandpa ran their farm or grew a victory garden. Since ancient Mesopotamia, over 2000 years BC, people have created compost to nourish their plants. Until the 20th century, composting remained the standard method of farming. At that time, synthetic fertilizers began to appear on the market; many farmers switched to them and abandoned composting. In the 1970s, Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren developed a method they dubbed permaculture, or “permanent agriculture.” As Mollison explains in his book, Introduction to Permaculture, “Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments.” Things really took off in 1972, when the group Ecology Action started a half-acre vegetable garden experiment in Palo Alto, California. They used the French intensive biodynamic method to create deep, rich growing beds that supported more plants than traditional methods. They produced a garden that provided a complete vegetarian diet for one person on only 2,800 square-feet of land. This method has been introduced to many countries, where it has helped to overcome poor soils, droughts, and famines. | May/June 2015

ne autumn day in 1971, a young woman was busily building a compost pile alongside her new home. Two little girls, eight and nine, wandered by and asked what she was doing. “Well, I’m making a place to dump my food scraps and all the leaves I rake up and other stuff,” the woman replied. Fascinated by this new concept, the girls hung around for a while, helped out where they could, and ended up having cookies and milk with the woman. Making new friends is just one of the benefits of composting. Another benefit is how easy it is to make free fertilizer from things we often consider rubbish. When you don’t put your leftover food into the garbage, undesirable creatures like flies and ants won’t become residents in your home. And of course, your plants will thrive. Whether you use your finished compost around an avocado tree, a tomato plant, or a hibiscus shrub, the health of your plants and the quality of their flowers or fruit will quickly become evident. Composting at home is as easy as laying plant and food materials on the ground. Or you can get a bit more fancy. However you choose to create your compost, all of the various methods are simple. Let’s get started!

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Easy Composting Methods Making compost is an easy process. Here are several simple methods. | May/June 2015

Do It On the Ground Start your compost pile by spreading a layer of broken up twigs, seedy weeds, and other seemingly useless stuff on the ground, in an area about four feet by four feet. If you want, build a frame from two-by-fours and chicken wire or simply stand four wooden palettes on end and lash them together. Then start adding organic materials. Grass clippings and raked-up leaves are perfect. Add food scraps if you have any, and also wood ashes, straw, or whatever you have lying around. Alternate layers with fresh, green, leafy materials (which give it nitrogen) and dried, brown materials, such as fallen leaves (these provide carbon). Cover your pile with black plastic to keep critters out and prevent your pile from becoming too wet due to rain. Add food scraps when you have them, burying them to prevent animals and insects from enjoying the feast. Two methods of composting exist: active and passive. With the active method, you turn your compost pile every few weeks to speed up decomposition. With the passive method, you just let it sit. Decomposition will still happen, but your finished compost will take longer if you don’t turn the pile.


Hack, Whack, and Stack Fruit trees and ornamentals benefit from occasional pruning. Whenever you “hack” off a branch, simply stack it around the base of the same tree. “Whack” it up into shorter lengths if it’s unwieldy. This method will nourish your plant and help to smother weeds that might want to grow around it. Sheet Composting This permaculture technique has been popularized in the book, Lasagna Gardening. It allows you to create a garden space in less than one day. Start by covering an area with flattened cardboard or layers of newspaper. Don’t worry: today’s inks are soy-based. Then stack alternating layers of organic materials on top, as we described above. Water it well and plant right away. Purchased Bins Purchased compost bins are attractive and work well in small yards and suburban neighborhoods. Some include low doors,

which allow you to scoop out finished compost from the bottom of the heap while fresher food scraps and other materials decompose on top. “Laulau” Method Kona coffee farmer Una Greenaway of Kuaiwi Farm has come up with a cool and easy way to compost right where you pull the weeds and trim dying leaves off of your veggies or flowers. She calls it the “laulau” method because all you do is roll up your materials in shade cloth or other porous materials and lay them next to the plants. The Chicken Method Chickens provide a great way to dispose of food scraps and other organic materials such as raked leaves and grass clippings.

photo by Renée Robinson

Simply dump your refuse into their coop. What they don’t eat, such as citrus and liliko‘i rinds, decomposes. As they walk around, they will fertilize it further. Every couple of months, rake out the coop and add what you gather to your compost pile, which will allow fresh chicken manure to mellow before you use it on any plants and possibly burn them. Wonderful Worms Worm composting is the perfect answer if you live in a smaller place with little outdoor space. It’s clean, compact, and odorfree. Make a simple system with plastic storage bins that you keep under your sink or on your lanai. Don’t worry—they won’t escape from the bin! Purchase three plastic storage bins, about seven inches by 12. Drill 1/8-inch holes in the bottoms of two of them and then stack the bins on top of each other, with the undrilled bin on the bottom. Cover the top one and save the other two lids.

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Using Your Finished Compost

photo courtesy Ann Hassler

In the top bin, add damp strips of newspaper, filling about half full. Add chopped up food scraps and your worms to this bin. Avoid meat, oils, dairy products, cooked food, citrus fruit, onions, and broccoli. Favor a variety of fresh vegetable matter, such as papaya rinds and wilted lettuce. Keep your worm bin in a shady spot. After about three months, move the top bin to the center position and put damp newspaper strips and food into the new top bin. The worms will crawl through the holes in the bottom of the top bin to get to their food and in two to four weeks the contents of the middle bin will be ready to use as fertilizer. Mix it with soil or water. Use the liquid in the bottom bin directly on plants. One important point: it is illegal to import worms from the mainland, so look for approved red wigglers (Eisenia fetida), which are a Hawaiian variety. â?–

Several easy uses exist for finished compost: Mulch is a common use of your finished compost. Just shovel it on top of the soil around any type of plant. When you create a new garden bed, dig compost into the soil before planting. Make compost tea by mixing half a bucket full of compost with water and letting it steep overnight. Then water your plants with it. Simple as soup! Use the remaining compost in your bucket as mulch.

Dos and Don’ts

Examples of materials you can add to your compost pile: All fruit and vegetable matter, including seeds Ashes from wood fires Boxboard, such as pizza and cereal boxes, torn up Coffee grounds and filters Dryer lint Egg and nut shells Farm animal manure Grass clippings and disease-free plants Nail clippings and hair Rice and pasta Shredded paper and newspaper Tea bags (remove the staples) Used paper napkins, toilet paper rolls, and paper towel rolls Weeds before they form seeds




Remember the woman from the beginning of this article? That was me. The two little girls are now 52 and 53 years old and remain two of the best friends I have had in my life. All because of composting. Contact Ann Hassler:, Contact Hawaii Rainbow Worms: Contact writer Barbara Fahs:

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The list of items that you should not include in your compost pile is shorter: Ashes from barbecue charcoal Cooking oil Dairy products Glossy paper, such as magazines and newspaper inserts Meat, fat, bones, and fish Pet and human feces

Composting Classes

Ann Hassler of Hawaii Rainbow Worms says her composting classes ended, due to loss of funding. Through Hawaii Rainbow Worms website, she is still offering fee based workshops to schools and civic groups. “I’d also be glad to teach independently if there were a call for it.”

More Info: How To Grow More Vegetables. John Jeavons. Ten Speed Press, 1974. Lasagna Gardening. Patricia Lanza. Rodale Press, Inc., 1998. Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens. Barbara Fahs. Authorhouse, 2006. ines&nlid=50844754&_r=1 mandatory-recycling-and-composting-ordinance | May/June 2015


‘Ēkaha ferns hug tree trunks photo courtesy Jaya C. Dupuis


Keau‘ohana Forest Restoration | By Mālielani Larish

Keau‘ohana—which translates to “group of families” or “familial currents”—is the largest and most intact lowland wet forest below 1,000 feet remaining in the state of Hawai‘i. A multitude of native plant species flourish in this forest, including the endangered ha‘iwale (Cyrtandra nanawalensis). Most of Hawai‘i’s lowland wet forests have been replaced by agriculture and residential development. Other forest experts who recognized the value of Keau‘ohana’s unusually intact habitat began restoring a small section of the forest in 2005. However, they only met on a quarterly basis and did not pursue any funding for the project at that time. Jaya completed a Master’s Degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo in 2012 with the specific aim of doing restoration work for Hawai‘i’s lowland wet forests. Ann Kobsa, a dedicated lowland wet forest steward and friend, inspired much of Jaya’s focus. Jaya’s study, which examined vegetation patterns in Puna’s five lowland forest reserves, prioritized the Keau‘ohana Forest Reserve as an ideal candidate for restoration. The data revealed | May/June 2015

strawberry guava tree quivers as Jaya C. Dupuis tugs at its roots, freeing them from beneath a mossy log. One stubborn root remains anchored to the earth, so she follows it to a cluster of young native kōpiko seedlings. Kneeling down, she gently extracts the strawberry guava’s root without disturbing the neighboring kōpiko. Jaya bundles the strawberry guava together with other invasive plants and hauls them to a neatly stacked compost pile. Looking up and inhaling deeply, Jaya absorbs the thriving life of Keau‘ohana Forest Reserve that has inspired her actions for the past six years. ‘Ie‘ie vines spiral up ‘ōhi‘a trees while ‘apapane birds dart between crimson ‘ōhi‘a lehua blossoms. ‘Ēkaha ferns hug tree trunks at multiple heights, glowing a verdant stainedglass green. Yellow ‘amakihi fly down to investigate the 20 or so volunteers who are working alongside Jaya to remove invasive plants from this Puna reserve. Since July of 2014, Jaya has organized and facilitated monthly volunteer days to help restore the native rainforest of Keau‘ohana Forest Reserve.


Hāpu‘u ‘i‘i photo courtesy Jaya C. Dupuis | May/June 2015

Volunteers in the forest photo courtesy Jaya C. Dupuis


that forests growing on 200 to 750-year-old lava flows contained higher native species richness, more rare native plants, and the fewest number of invasive species when compared to younger and older flows. The Keau‘ohana restoration area consists of a substrate within this intermediate range. Jaya developed a restoration plan and wrote a grant proposal to restore about 100 acres on the makai (ocean) side of Keau‘ohana. Several local conservation agencies rejected her proposal. Undeterred, she worked with State Senator Russel Ruderman to submit her grant proposal to the legislature of the State of Hawai‘i. The state’s Grant-in-Aid program approved the request in 2014. With the help of County Council member Greggor Ilagan, Jaya also secured county contingency funds to purchase project supplies.

The grant monies will allow Jaya to hire a crew of part-time workers who will systematically remove invasive species and plant native species in the targeted restoration area. In addition, the grant funds will enable her to continue managing monthly volunteer efforts, which she has facilitated out of her own pocket up until now. In the meantime, volunteers keep returning for the welcoming community atmosphere of the monthly volunteer days. Laughing and talking, a knot of volunteers reenters Keau‘ohana to assist with outplanting on the afternoon of a volunteer workday. Carrying potted ‘ohe plants, they step carefully to avoid the native groundcover springing out of the moss and rock. The ‘ohe plants will grow up to 80-feet tall and provide important shade for plants below. In their quest for good outplanting spots, the volunteers meander through the lush understory: neon-green moss cushions sparkling with raindrops, hāpu‘u ‘i‘i tree ferns covered with furry hairs, māmaki plants prized for their antioxidant properties, and kōlea trees sporting rosy new leaves. The endangered ‘io (Hawaiian hawk), which relies on mature ‘ōhi‘a forests like Keau‘ohana, calls a shrill “eeeeh-oh” overhead. After finding a good spot that has some open canopy, one of the volunteers carefully moves ‘a‘ā lava rocks to create a hole for the plant. He looks around, perplexed as to where he is going to find soil to fill the hole. His partner arrives with the answer: rich black humus scooped from the heart of a decomposing ‘ōhi‘a stump. They nestle the humus into the hole to nurture the young ‘ohe. These and other local native plants are grown at the Hawai‘i Reforestation Program greenhouse, which is run solely Moss cushion photo courtesy David Anderson

by volunteers. David Anderson donates the space for the greenhouse, while Ann Kobsa, Mark Hanson, and several others donate supplies, labor, and time spent collecting seeds in Puna’s lowland forest reserves. Led by Dana Keawe, a volunteer kitchen crew prepares and serves a free lunch for the workdays. Most of the ingredients are donated, organically grown, and locally sourced. The onolicious spread includes dishes like kalua pig, cassava hash browns, octopus poke, avocado, and papaya and rollinia for dessert. It is easy for the community to access Keau‘ohana because it is located along Highway 130. Drivers zoom past the reserve every day, but they can’t see the magical native ecosystem hidden behind a thick wall of strawberry guava. “All the monthly efforts have been very successful,” Jaya observes, noting that volunteers have weeded about a quarter of an acre on each volunteer day. “Māmaki is coming in strong. It is being spread by the birds in areas that we have opened up,” Jaya says. In restored areas “there are also a ton of kōpiko keiki. This is good because kōpiko may become the primary canopy species in the forest if we lose the ‘ōhi‘a to the Ceratocystis fungus.” Last year, scientists identified the Ceratocystis fungus as the culprit in the mysterious deaths of ‘ōhi‘a in the Puna district. In areas where large canopy trees like ‘ōhi‘a are lost, invasive species can rapidly gain a foothold by taking advantage of the extra light. Jaya plans to continue holding monthly volunteer days and applying for grant funding. She would like to bring more groups into Keau‘ohana to learn about its native forest ecosystem, which she believes is an “essential representation of the past.” The native plants of Keau‘ohana arrived in the isolated Hawaiian archipelago hundreds of thousands of years before humans via wind, wings, and water. Hawaiians consider the natural life forms of the forest (and in fact, all of nature) as kinolau, or body forms of the deities. ‘Ie‘ie, maile, and ‘ōhi‘a lehua, which all grow in Keau‘ohana, were picked for the hula altar as kinolau of the hula goddess, Laka. Hawaiians wove the strong and flexible adventitious roots of the ‘ie‘ie vine into fish traps, baskets, and feathered helmets for warrior chiefs. The loss of Keau‘ohana, Jaya says, would be “a tragic one in terms of the forest community and individual species therein, but also in terms of our understanding and enjoyment of this unique resource.” The restoration of Keau‘ohana Forest Reserve is a labor of love, community, and urgency. As one Hawaiian proverb reminds us, Hana no‘eau ke aloha—love is wise work. ❖ | May/June 2015

Dana Keawe thanks the volunteers photo courtesy Uncle Masa Sumida


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Contact writer Mālielani Larish: Sources: Anderson-Fung, P. and K. Maly. Hawaiian Ecosystems and Culture. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, 2002. Online pdf. Dupuis, Cindy J. Vegetation Patterns in Lowland Wet Forest of Hawai‘i. University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Master’s Thesis, 2012. Hall, John B. A Hiker’s Guide to Trailside Plants in Hawai‘i. Mutual Publishing, 2004

Ann Kobsa and Jaya Dupuis care for outplants photo courtesy David Anderson

The monthly volunteer workdays meet on the third Sunday of the month from 9:30am-4:30pm. Volunteers may come and go as they like. A check-in tent is set up between mile markers 16 and 17 on Highway 130 at the intersection of Pāhoa-Kalapana Road and Upper Puna Road. Volunteers are advised to bring gloves, sturdy shoes/boots, rain gear, mosquito repellant, water, and snacks. The trail into the forest is just across the highway from the intersection.

Terry Taube on his Turtle Eyeland photo by Fannie Narte

Journey Together:

The art and poetic expressions of Terry Taube | By Fannie Narte


he Thinker,” by Auguste Rodin, perhaps the best-known sculpture of all time, was initially named, “The Poet.” This statue has become a symbol of contemplation or thoughtful meditation for millions. “The Thinker,” “The Poet,” contemplation, thoughtful meditation—these ideas offer keys to entering the heart, mind, and soul of artist Terry Taube. To fully understand the work of an artist, look into the artist’s heart. When you look into his heart, you will see his “life’s poem”—the story of his life. To understand his “life’s poem” is to understand his soul.

Terry experienced a personal renaissance in recent years. He was like an oyster, encased within his shell, foreign matter having entered his soul needing a space to percolate. This was a time of reflection, reassessment, and resetting. When the gestation period ended, Terry emerged a light-filled pearl—an artist with creative clarity and purposeful passion.

Monet found Giverny; Terry found Makalei

To help me understand his “life’s poem,” Terry takes me on a tour through his garden in Makalei, a subdivision in Kailua-Kona. “The garden’s been a real part of my life for the last 13 years,” he says. He points to a dying branch on one of the 20 ‘ōhi‘a trees in his garden and expresses his concerns. As we walk over fallen

He planted trees and discovered the trees planted him

Following in his footsteps, I am careful to walk under and around protruding branches. In the clearing, he points to a green chicken coop, “I have 21 chickens.” I exclaim, “A lot of eggs!” Without hesitation, he offers, “I’ll give you a dozen to take home.” Sprinkled among his native trees are various fruit trees: papaya, lama, and liliko‘i. Hanging above our head is an umbrella of shade; Terry picks and shares some yellow fruit from a loquat tree. Chickens gather at our feet and beg for a taste. With Terry’s permission, I share a handful of loquats with his chickens. They follow us as we walk towards the pomegranate trees where on the ground is an 11-year-old male tortoise named “Moku.” “Moku has 24 carapaces around the edge of his shell—the amount of hours in a day,” Terry explains. “He’ll live to 150 years | May/June 2015

Thirteen Year Retreat

kukui nuts, Terry explains that each kukui nut tree can produce a thousand pounds of nuts, which result in soil that is high in phosphorus. We meander through the labyrinth of native trees he planted, many of which are endangered species: the ‘a‘ali‘i, wiliwili, olopua, kauila, uhiuhi, hau hele ‘ula, and koai‘e. With each step we take through his garden, Terry reveals his poetry one line at a time.

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Vessels within a Vessel photo courtesy Hans Klett


and weigh up to 150 pounds. These are the original solar panels, I figure. He’s a total sun bum.” Our garden tour resumes on the makai (toward the ocean) side of his house through lauhala, sandalwood, and kauila trees. We walk toward his house past the lānai and head to the deck. “We didn’t plan it this way, but this deck has three corners and four sides. That’s what the turtle’s about, the three corners in life: honua (earth), pu‘uwai (heart), and lani (heaven). We’re always going around the bend and about the four winds. Everywhere I go, I see turtle,” Terry explains. Terry’s connection with the turtle began when he was four years old, hanging around some young boys who had found a painted turtle. “I knew they were going to hurt the turtle, so I took the turtle home. This wasn’t something I wanted to do. “The next morning my dad and I went fishing on the lake. When we got back to our cabin, the boys came and told my parents that I stole the turtle, and my mom gave them back the turtle. “Later, I went back to the lake and found the turtle—dead. It was my first heartbreak. The turtle became my universe.”

In the past 30 years, Terry has created over a thousand turtle cast paper sculptures. Terry sees a parallel between his art and that of French impressionist painter, Claude Monet, and American painter, Georgia O’Keefe. “My work has the reflective quality of Monet, as seen in my sculpture, ‘Monet Ray’ and the boldness and sensualness of Georgia O’Keefe, as seen in my piece titled, ‘Georgia’s Orchid.’ ” In addition, Monet and Terry share the same birthday, November 14, one day before Georgia O’Keefe’s birthday, November 15.

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Terry’s reentry into the art scene will be at his upcoming exhibit, “Journey Together” on Saturday, May 2 at the BMW of Hawaii Kona Showroom in Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i.

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Journey Together

“My show is about honoring our ancestors. It’s about what the hands, heart, and mind can do when you put them together. The Monet Rays represent the hands, the stone canoe and the turtles represent the heart, and the “He‘e” (octopus) represents the mind. All of these pieces are going to be displayed to tell a story. “I grew a bunch of gourds that I call the ‘turtle gourd’ because they’re shaped like a turtle. They are probably an old variety of Hawaiian water gourd. These gourds wrote my poem, ‘TwentyOne Turtle Feathers Walking the Worlds.’ ” An excerpt from Terry’s poem: I Thank Turtle for sharing ambient divinity For sharing Humility For sharing past and future For sharing great mystery I Thank Turtle for being the shape to shift us For Circling us For Loving Us For Helping Us


Beautifully hand made sterling silver collection by Sassafras inspired by the Big Island of Hawaii.

Terry was born in Detroit, Michigan and lived for a time in California. He moved to Hawai‘i Island 40 years ago from the San Francisco Bay area. His art career began with the making of gyotaku fish prints. Later, he took a Japanese paper making class from Marilyn Wold where he learned to make flat sheets of paper from pulp using Turtle Eyeland photo by Fannie Narte

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screens. His explorations in papermaking eventually developed into three-dimensional cast paper sculptures. Terry begins the month-long process of each sculpture by dusting his molds with metal and pearlescent powders. These powders mix and react with the pulp during the casting process, which creates colors found in nature. He blends two types of pulp, hemp and abaca, into an oatmeal-like consistency. Using a high-tech process, the pulp mixture is sprayed onto each mold in layers, three to four times, allowing it to dry between each application, a procedure that takes approximately two weeks. After spraying each layer he hand-presses and massages the pulp into the molds. Once the molds are cured, he separates each piece, trims the excess pulp, and cleans up the edges. “Then it is time to shape, weave, dye, and paint the sculpture. The last step is to coat the artwork with acrylic to preserve and finish its colors.”

Large Taro Leaves photo courtesy Hans Klett | May/June 2015

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Moku photo by Fannie Narte

The Isaacs Art Center features some of the finest Hawaiian and Asian art from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. All proceeds benefit the HPA Scholarship Fund, which assists promising young people from Hawai‘i in realizing their educational goals. Currently on view are historic paintings by Theodore Wores, Diamond Head in the Moonlight, and by Jules Tavernier, the Volcano School artist renowned for iconic scenes like Kilauea Caldera (pictured). Among the other art treasures are several large antique calabashes, the quality of which continues to inspire our contemporary wood artists. Come visit the gallery and enjoy! PICTURED: Jules Tavernier, Kilauea Caldera, oil on canvas,1887.

Terry with his dog Wai Li photo by Fannie Narte

In 2005, Terry completed a major public sculpture, “Turtle Eyeland,” located at the Kona Coast Shopping Center in KailuaKona, Hawai‘i. “Each of my pieces are unique. Even though they come out of the same mold, they don’t look the same. They’re all hand worked. “When people come to my show, I want my exhibit to bring them closer to who they are, to who we all are, to honor ourselves and each other. “When I read my poem to people, they usually ‘grab onto’ one line. It’s the line they need. It would be good if they can all walk away with one line.”

Terry credits Hawai‘i Island Georgia’s Orchid photo courtesy Hans Klett

“I spent a lot of time in the forest and in the ocean. I was able to farm, fish and hunt here for years. I feel so fortunate just to have that direct relationship with nature.” | May/June 2015


Jan Ken Po photo courtesy Hans Klett | May/June 2015

Heart, Mind, and Soul


To understand Terry’s connection to nature and his humanity is to understand his soul’s expressions as revealed in his artwork. His work will carry his life’s poem into the timeless future, just as “the turtle spirit will continue to carry the stories and wisdom of the universe, to ‘walk the world.’ ” Terry’s renaissance will continue to evolve. When Terry read his poem to me, I “grabbed onto” the lines: I Thank Turtle for hatching our hearts For finding our voice For helping us sing and dance. When you discover or rediscover Terry Taube’s artwork and hear his poem, what line will you “grab onto”? Terry revealed his life’s poem one line at a time during our tour through his garden in Makalei: “The Thinker”—“The Poet”—“The Artist”—Terry Taube. ❖ Contact artist Terry Taube: 808.325.5496, Contact writer Fannie Narte:


Featured Cover Artist: Nelson Mākua

elson Mākua has been an artist and designer for more than 35 years in Hawai‘i. It all began with him drawing on napkins at his grandmother’s house at the age of four. Born and raised in Kailua, O‘ahu, he and his ‘ohana moved to Hawai‘i Island in 1975, where they made their home in Puna. “My ancestors were part of the migration from Tahiti to Hawai‘i, and they settled in the Kalapana area in the district of Puna. Moving to Hawai‘i Island felt like coming home for me.” A 1968 graduate of Kailua High School, Nelson attended UH Hilo as a fine arts major. While he was a student there, he was offered his first job in the design field as an illustrator for a design firm in Hilo. After a few years, he and his son, Kainoa, started Nelson Mākua Design. They presented their new line at the Merrie Monarch Festival in 1999 and it took off from there. Nelson is well known for his design work and specializes in image development and logo design with clients in Hawai‘i, the mainland, and Japan. His range of work includes photography, illustration, package design, retail store design, book design, computer graphics, and digital art.

Contact Nelson Mākua: 808.969.7985 | May/June 2015

Nelson is a two-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winner for best graphic design. He designed the packaging for the Hawaiian Slack Key Masters series produced by Dancing Cat Records. He is the only artist who has designed six years of Merrie Monarch Hula Festival posters, of which his first poster in 2003 has now become a coveted collectors item. His 2008 Merrie Monarch poster received a prestigious Pele Award by the Hawaii Advertising Federation for best illustration. Nelson is also known for his paintings and art and has had exhibits in many shows in Hawai‘i. Though classically trained in drawing, painting, and photography, he has been a digital artist for more than 20 years. “The digital age has opened up a whole new world of creating for artists, with countless possibilities.” Nelson works exclusively in Photoshop on a Mac with a digital tablet. “I am not a ‘techie’ by any means. Instead I use a more intuitive approach to creating art in digital form. I push pixels instead of paint, just as if I was working in paint on canvas.” “Guided by my kūpuna who came before me, I draw from this as a source of inspiration, although I see myself as a Hawaiian living in my own time, creating images that reflect my own time and place.” Nelson has been the director of the annual Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair since 2004, which has become one of Hawai‘i’s premier events. He and Kainoa are also producers of the Nā Mākua Invitational Christmas Gift Fair held in Hilo every December. Nelson and his wife, Linda, reside in Puna with their dog, Keahi, their cat, Maka, and their pua‘a (pig), ‘Ele‘ele.


Healthy Boundaries | By Ku‘ulei Keakealani

Lo‘i (irrigated terrace for taro) photo courtesy Forest and Kim Starr


may be, or not, I encourage us all—mostly self-encouragement here—to make the changes. To embrace the challenges and most importantly set healthy boundaries for ourselves, we are worth it! I share a piece I wrote in the waiting room of my doctors office as I was hāpai (pregnant) with my third child. So much was happening, the office was buzzing and the energy level in the air was on an extreme high. I found myself in the midst of what appeared to me to be over stimulation on steroids. This is dedicated to each of us who are blessed to have lives that are filled to the brim, and also have the need to set healthy boundaries. We each have things we enjoy doing or places we love to go; they help us “unwind” or relax, right? Maybe it’s a day at Kīholo, perhaps it’s a yoga session, maybe it’s the weekly talk with your mom. Whatever the case, let’s try to make more time for these vital things in our lives. Schedule it in, just like we schedule everything else, secure time for you, for what replenishes you, for what you love to do.

Journal Entry

Moving, going, doing, walking, running, driving, smiling, turning this way, spinning that way—motion, constant motion—it seems everything is in motion. This is how the world functions— in motion. Even the very earth herself is in constant motion, it appears to just be the way of the world. Left, right, upward, and down—lights flashing, cars roaring, voices puncture through non-uniform sequences. Feet in forward motion. Magazine pages flipping. Cell phones ringing. Shimmering fringes flutter in the wind of a car sales lot that has the feeling of abandonment. In this world of organized chaos, I must retreat to the stillness, the quietness within me. I must disassociate from external forces that pull and tug me from one corner of the fighting rink to the other. My mind spinning in multiple directions simultaneously— | May/June 2015

forgot I booked one meeting after obligating myself to another. Then I confirmed one excursion while planning to have lunch with some friends at the exact same time—can’t be two places at once. Nope, not possible Ku‘ulei. Story of my life—Go, go, go! Movin’ about my way, right? That’s life, on the go. Ok, really, seriously Ku‘ulei you have to stop the madness. Get a hold of your life and all that fills it. When do you have time to take a ride on your horse? When do you have time to watch the sun set? When do you have time to read? What about Zumba? When do you listen to Leona Lewis or Nora Jones? When do you have time for yourself? Getting a massage, now that’s unheard of. Time for self is impossible, right? Is it? Only if you allow it, answers the self-talk. Finally sense is kicking in. I hear the messages that have been screaming and falling to deaf ears. Attention given where attention was needed—far too long was it pushed aside. What would happen if I did take the time for an afternoon horseback ride? Would anything unravel? What would happen if I actually got myself an iPod to listen to my favorite artists? Would the mountains come crashing down? What would happen if I actually had a massage, a pedicure, or even a macadamia nut ice-cream cone? Happiness, that’s what would happen! Healthy boundaries for myself is what I need to set. Saying “I can’t” doesn’t spell catastrophe. Great realizations Ku‘ulei, now, will you make the necessary changes? You must, a happier and healthier person is sure to emerge. To the potential of healthy boundaries that we each deem appropriate for us to set for ourselves, I say. Let’s not debate with self, or justify the busy, let’s just do it! Maybe my story is your story, maybe our realities stare us in the face and we turn the other cheek. Whatever the case


where do I look, how do I focus? Trying to focus on one particular thing, my eyes are distracted by so much motion. I feel dizzy; I close my eyes to stop the spinning. Get grounded, I tell myself, ground yourself, close your eyes, slow your breathing because you see in this day and time it appears that even your breathing is controlled by more external forces than intrinsic energies. Go back to the lo‘i (irrigated terrace for taro) that you were in just two days ago. “Go there,” I tell myself. There where I was fully aware of my breath and the pace of my breathing. To where the mud pressed between my toes and the water I stood in, knee deep, were pleasure sensations of the natural world—yes, of Godly creation. It re-connects me, grounds me to a place and time

where I am not bound by the chains of conformity, of challenging the next to be in the front line of this rat race. To the lo‘i where I feel the muscles of my arms and those of my shoulders stretch into my back and then are flexed as I huki (pull) this kalo. The staple of my kūpuna (elders), of my mākua (parents), of the ‘ōpio (youth), and of me and my Hawaiian people. Distractions? No distractions, rather a call to the eye to look up as ‘io (Hawaiian hawk) circles high above me. Quiet. There in the heights between the Waipi‘o valley walls, he glides and reminds me of his world. A whole other dimension and perspective. One of tree tops, of branches and leaves fluttering below, of perfect flight, of catching prey with the bare claws of his feet. Like now, I touch the kalo with my bare hands, naked and exposed I am left to be real—me, who I am, true to myself. Allow those identity molecules that are suppressed and stuffed in high heel shoes to walk the plank. To be free and float within all that is natural. E ho‘i i ka piko, return to the source. Mahalo e Waipi‘o. As I hold the kalo in my hands—one native to another—I am quiet. I am thankful that in this world of constant motion, I have the ability to be grounded, solidified, and unshakeable in who I am, what I am, and all that sustains me. E ho‘i i kou piko, return to your source E ho‘i kākou i ka piko, let us all return to the source Quiet. In all this motion—be in the stillness. Find your source. ❖ | May/June 2015

Reconnecting with the ‘āina photo by Ku‘ulei Keakealani


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One of the few paintings made of Kamehameha while he was alive, and reportedly his favourite. Public Domain


The value of leadership. Lead with initiative and with your good example. You shall be the guide for others when you have gained their trust and respect. Fifteenth in an ongoing series.

Managing with Aloha: Alaka‘i | By Rosa Say


Next issue: Mālama, the value of caring, compassion and stewardship. Contact writer Rosa Say:, | May/June 2015

laka‘i is the Hawaiian value of leadership. It is a quality desired in managing and leading alike, for it includes coaching, guiding and mentoring others to support their growth and self development. Those who are Alaka‘i lead with caring for others and a strong belief in what people are capable of, both individually and cooperatively. Fundamentally, to be Alaka‘i is to lead and manage by merit of good example, for your own actions will groom your experience and your empathy, fortifying that caring and belief in possibility that Alaka‘i inherently stems from. Our oft-referred-to examples in Hawaiian history were the ali‘i (ruling royalty). They fully understood that they could only guide others when they had gained their trust and respect, and they did employ key values to guide them. As historian George Kanahele taught, “We can easily rationalize the importance of such qualities as intelligence, decisiveness, technical mastery, reputation, and goal setting, but [Hawaiian] leadership probably was more a response of the heart rather than of the mind. The leader’s enthusiasm, compassion, inspiration, energy, stamina and charisma all came from his heart. The art in leadership is not so much rational as it is emotional, or spiritual in its promptings.” Kamehameha the Great (Kamehameha I) was certainly an ali‘i driven by the guiding light of his values. Distinctive within his dynasty of rule is how he associated value alignment with the principles of Alaka‘i leadership in the society we now refer to as the ‘Hawai‘i of old.’ He made this association for us in what he said and in what he did: Māmalahoe Kānāwai, best known as “the Law of the Splintered Paddle” appears in our state constitution even today. Section 10 reads: “‘Let every elderly person, woman and child lie by the roadside in safety’—shall be a unique and living symbol of the State’s concern for public safety. The State shall have the power to provide for the safety of the people from crimes against persons and property.” When we make the decision to commit to the values we’ve articulated and deliberately chosen, we do so understanding our decision will make a contribution: It will shape the character of our community. King Kamehameha understood that the values of our rulers could and would lead the way in this shaping. Values are highly influential because they are evocative. Our values move us to act. The values King Kamehameha the Great chose for his rule included: • Mālama, or Caring: The wise ali‘i took care of his lesser chiefs and commoners alike, for together they were the strength of his rule.

• Ha‘aha‘a, or Humility: Looking after the welfare of people arises from an underlying spirit of sensitivity and feeling for others that flows from humbleness rather than from any conviction of superiority. • Kūpono, or Integrity: Kūpono combines two words, kū in this case meaning in a state of, and pono, meaning rectitude, uprightness, and goodness. There should be little difference between being honest, upright, good, fair, or worthy. • Na‘auao, or Intelligence and Wisdom: Na‘auao combines na‘au, mind, and ao, or daylight. Literally it means the daylight mind, or more appropriately, the enlightened mind, the quality of complete mindfulness that the ali‘i aspired to. • Koa, or Courage: In a society whose chiefs were trained in the arts of fighting from childhood and who proved their mettle on the battlefields, physical courage was expected as a badge of leadership. But courage has two sides: the physical, and the nonphysical, that is, the emotional, moral, or spiritual. Opposition to a hero comes in many different forms. Inspired by King Kamehameha’s legacy, these are values we can still choose today. We can make these choices and then commit to aligning our everyday actions to them; we can direct our creative energies toward the making of a future that will continue to uphold their complete integrity. In Managing with Aloha culture-building, we have chosen Alaka‘i as our core value—as a collective of Mālama, Ha‘aha‘a, Kūpono, Na‘auao and Koa in action. Thus, we refer to the practitioners of the Managing with Aloha philosophy as Alaka‘i Managers, a naming to constantly remind us to act and to lead by merit of our own good example. Several Hawai‘i historians concur with Dr. George Kanahele, believing “no one surpasses Kamehameha the Great in leadership, historic achievement and lasting impact, or in having a transcendent vision for his people.” His vision? That the islands and the people of Hawai‘i be Lōkahi: Live in harmony and remain united. You might also feel that “no one surpasses Kamehameha the Great in leadership.” I believe the possibility exists—for you and every business leader. As Kamehameha did, care for people. Look to your source and your truth, and choose the values which will guide you. ~ Rosa Say


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Young HPAF vocalists perform with Liane Carroll. L–R: Sean Dunnington, Liane Carroll [back to the camera], Daniel Gregg, Michelangelo McPeek, Christine Ocheltree, Anna McFarland, Seraphim Benoists, Stacee Firestone ©Jonathan Rawle

Living, Breathing, Eating Music

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival’s music education program | By Catherine Tarleton


hese kids have to spread their wings,” says Genette Freeman, Executive Director of Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (HPAF), an annual summer music immersion program that pairs professional teachers with potential stars. HPAF creates opportunities for Hawai‘i’s young musicians in their own backyard—or concert hall. “I finally had adults give me concrete information about my voice and what options I should look at as I considered a career in the performing arts,” says Aidan Wharton of Waimea, a fouryear HPAF student who graduated from Parker School in 2013 and is now studying Musical Theatre at Penn State. “The training is incredible, and it is remarkable that such an opportunity exists in small-town Waimea,” he explains. I truly would not be where I am today, happily pursuing my dream, if it weren’t for the time I spent and people I met at HPAF.”

For the past 10 years, the month of July have been devoted to song, dance, and music at host campus Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, where music and acting teachers, voice coaches, choreographers, and encouragers bring out the best in their aspiring performers. “The summer music festival experience is different from a regular academic setting. HPAF, and similar programs like Aspen and Interlochen, offer more of a musical intensive... “It’s a different way of studying music. It’s what we call called ‘Chautauqua’ back east.” Popular in the early 20th Century, traveling “Chautauqua groups” brought speakers and performers into communities for education, culture and entertainment. “It’s a way that young students can come and get into an intense program where they are living, breathing, and eating music,” says Genette.

HPAF administrative staff and faculty in Dyer Library on the HPA campus ©Jonathan Rawle | May/June 2015

Aidan Wharton of Waimea



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Take the lush scenic northern route, and you’ll find Honoka`a only 15 minutes east of Waimea, 30 minutes northwest of Laupahoehoe, and 1 hour northwest from Hilo. It’s the gateway to Waipi`o Valley, so come over and spend some time at our restaurants and shops.

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Val Underwood HPAF Artistic Director ©Jonathan Rawle

Australian soprano Jennifer McGregor teaches a voice lesson ©Jonathan Rawle

levels: Pre-Teen Singers (a one-week program for kids 9-13), Young Singers (age 14 to college freshman), and Developing Singers (to age 31). Students come from all over the country, as auditions are held in major cities—London, Toronto, New York, Oklahoma City, Los Angeles, and Honolulu. The competition is fairly stiff. Here on Hawai‘i Island, students are encouraged to participate and financial aid is available to qualified applicants. Even in a community where music is plentiful, with ‘ukulele practically part of everyday life, it can be challenging to hear classical music or opera—much less find an opportunity for advanced study. “For at least three weeks every summer, we’re going to give you good training, and give you so many performing opportunities,” say Genette, who says they started with about 30 students in 2005 and will have about 75 this summer. “That’s just about capacity as far as housing and venues go,” says Genette. “We’re really small, so we’re able to give a lot of personal attention. By the time three weeks are over, students and teachers know each other very well.” | May/June 2015

“We raise funds to provide scholarships for local kids and to bring internationally renowned artists to come and teach. Although these teachers usually command a much higher salary than we can pay, they come and make a difference in kids’ lives. They value working with kids.” Genette adds that the lure of Hawai‘i is a great incentive for visiting teachers, as well. More importantly, the instructors see the need to expose children to classical music, opera, and various genres of performance. Elizabeth Sekona, a student of Gary Washburn’s at Honoka‘a High School, honed her violin skills with HPAF. Elizabeth says she has been involved since she was 14, all through high school, and last year she helped with the junior program. She had only played classical music before joining the jazz band, where she learned about improvisation. HPAF broadened her horizons even more, and she’s now playing with UH Hilo’s Jazz Orchestra. She says, “It was fun; I made lots of friends, met great teachers, and I learned so much from all of them.” “This is one important role we want to play in the community,” says Genette. “Music education has been cut from many school curricula—which is absolutely tragic I think.” Genette and her partner and friend, HPAF Artistic Director Val Underwood founded HPAF in 2005. Their mutual love of music, and Hawai‘i, inspired the festival. A professional concert pianist and teacher with studios in New York, Los Angeles, and London, Val has followed up with HPAF students, taking on the role of mentor for their careers in some cases. Since HPAF began, many of the students have soared in their musical careers, getting accepted into prestigious music schools and more. “One boy started with me as a violin student at eight or nine, and we realized he had a lovely voice,” says Val, continuing, “We started giving him training, and last year he was given a child’s role in a new opera at the Met [New York Metropolitan Opera]. We are very proud being able to make a significant impact on Becca Barrett these kids as teachers of Waimea ©Jonathan Rawle and as mentors.”

Other local success stories include Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy graduate Becca Barrett of Waimea, now attending Wagner College in New York in Musical Theatre. “Aidan’s dad [Bailey Wharton] recommended the festival to me,” says Becca. “I barely read music and had no voice training.” We caught up with Becca in Boston, where she was auditioning for summer stock theatre—not something she imagined doing before her HPAF experience. “There I was, 15 years old, singing and rehearsing all day— voice lessons, choreography. I thought, if I could do this the rest of my life I would be the happiest person on earth,” says Becca. “It’s unbelievable that we have this incredible pool of wellknown and experienced, professional people come to Waimea who are kind as well as talented,” says Becca. “And the fact that they care enough about students to keep in touch... I’m very grateful.” Last year, Becca studied abroad in London, which included voice lessons from her friend and teacher, opera star Jennifer McGregor. Becca says were it not for HPAF, she would never have had that connection. “There’s something really invaluable about professional training,” Becca explains. “If it hadn’t been for HPAF, I don’t think I would have been able to get to New York. I wouldn’t have believed in myself enough to go for it.” HPAF will bring more than 20 music teachers to the island this year, all of whom will work intensively with students in two divisions: the Strings Program, directed by violinist Iggy Jang and the Vocal Program, led by Val Underwood. Fifteen members of the vocal faculty will guide voice students at three different


English jazz artist Liane Carroll and Waimea director and actress Beth Dunnington. ©Jonathan Rawle Director James Darrah directs the cast of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti ©Jonathan Rawle | May/June 2015

Rehearsal backstage at Gates Performing Arts Center, led by nationally known stage director Mark Lamanna. ©Jonathan Rawle

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“What’s extraordinary is some of the kids can’t even sing ‘Happy Birthday’ at first,” says Beth Bornstein Dunnington, who directs the Young Singers program. “By the end, they are full-on performing Broadway musical numbers.” An important part of the education program as well as an effort to raise funds, HPAF faculty, guest artists, and students will present a series of recitals, concerts, and staged productions available to the public throughout the Festival. Beth says it is rewarding to see the Pre-Teen Singers in concert, especially when their family is in attendance. “It is the most moving show of the Festival,” says Beth. “They really come out of their shells. Not one kid holds back. Every single kid comes out. I’m really proud of it.” For Pre-Teens, the cost is much less than the regular HPAF tuition. A day at HPAF may start with a one-on-one acting class with Beth, so they can learn how to perform their song, followed by sessions with a voice teacher, a dance movement class, work with the choreography coach, lunch in the cafeteria and show rehearsal. Beth says that many of the kids who go through the Pre-Teen program will apply for Young Singers and continue their training. “It’s a Julliard-level program, with voice and strings and opera,” says Beth. Success story Kaikea Mead, 13, of Waimea was one of Beth’s Pre-Teen Singers in 2013. “Beth taught me how to pose and stand for my song, how to project and be confident in my singing. And how, if I feel something needs to be changed in the song, it’s OK because it’s my song,” says Kaikea. “She was very inspirational and helpful.”


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Kaikea continues, “It was really cool, because I got to practice with Phil [Kadet], and he’s a really good piano artist and he taught me about singing and getting the timing down and how to read music...I got to sing “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from The Lion King in the show. It was a great experience.” Kaikea was in the musical Aladdin, playing Jafar. “It was great. It made me love singing, especially getting the feedback from the audience. This dad came up to me with two really cute little girls who wouldn’t leave the theatre until they got a picture with me.” Kaikea enjoys working with musical productions at Parker School and plans to continue performing. Gracie Bostock, 12, of Waimea has been an HPAF student for the last three years, starting as a Pre-Teen Singer. “I had Beth Dunnington as an acting teacher. She was really fun and very supportive of me,” says Gracie. “I was just trying to pursue acting, and with help from her I started singing. She was my inspiration... She helped me discover a whole new part of my voice.” Gracie enjoys all kinds of music, though musical theatre is her favorite, with Rent and If/Then topping the list. “If/Then is about how the smallest choice in life can impact any path,” says Gracie. “The end of the show is very reflective,” she says. “Being so young, I like to think I go for any decision, but on the other hand, I’ve got to be really careful about the choices I make.” Reinforcing her choice to pursue a performing career, Gracie and her mother recently took a trip to New York, which of course included some of Broadway’s best. “I thought, Wow, a thousand people sat in this same seat and watched this show over and over,” says Gracie. “What if a thousand people come to see me?” Break a Leg Gracie, Aidan, Kaikea, Becca, and Hawaii Performing Arts Festival 2015. ❖ For more information: 808.333.7378, Contact photographer Jonathan Rawle: Contact writer Catherine Tarleton: L Allegro Operatic Performance 2012

Created in 2005 with a stated mission of forming a world class training program in the beautiful environs of Hawai‘i, HPAF has over the years brought over 450 young artists from around the world to Hawai‘i Island, contributing over $3 million to the local economy. The organization has awarded scholarships to more than 100 young artists from Hawai‘i.

Crossword Puzzle | By Myles Mellor

This page is for Ke Ola readers to have FUN while learning about the Hawaiian culture and this wonderful island we call home. Some answers are in English, some are in Hawaiian. Some answers will be found when you read the stories and ads in this issue. Feel free to use the online Hawaiian electronic Oh yes, you can find the answers on page 83. Your feedback is always welcome.

DOWN 1 Holy 2 Puppy bark 3 Hawaiian value of leadership 4 Great Hawaiian King 5 Hawaiian poet and artist, Terry _____ 6 Hawaiian word for upright 7 Hawaiian word for a shrub that grows in strong wind 11 Hawaiian hawk 16 Track of a wheel 19 Not home 21 Hawaiian word for back 23 Hawaiian navigator (using the stars), _____ Ha‘o 24 “_____is never finished, only abandoned,” Leonardo da Vinci 25 English word for Puna 27 Hawaiian word for sovereignty 28 English abbreviation for Mountain 29 Hawaiian word for intelligence or wisdom 30 Hawaiian purple sweet _____ 34 Superstar 36 Siamese, for one 37 Little dog 38 Hawaiian word for to strike | May/June 2015

ACROSS 1 Professional name for the radio diva who helped shape awareness of Hawaiian music 6 Hawaiian word for brave. Also a large native forest tree 8 Hawaiian word for path or trail 9 English word meaning pola in Hawaiian 10 Goal 12 Friend 13 Hawaiian word for any worm 14 Life story in miniature 15 Additional 17 Shade of color 18 Hawaiian word for to ask, question 20 Hawaiian word for handsome or beautiful 21 Hawaiian word for to cluck 22 Do something 24 Morning time 26 Executive Director of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Genette _____ 31 Fire Goddess 32 All _____ Jazz 33 Hawaiian word for pick off a plant 35 Bug or a butterfly 37 Southeast district of Hawai‘i Island 38 Hawaiian word for cook in an imu 39 Sustainable and environmentally friendly like the _____ Market and Cafe in Honoka‘a 40 Position indication 41 Word meaning upright and just in Hawaiian


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some dragon fruit honey from Tai Shin Farms, see some block printed clothing from Tropical Trappings, and get some delicious ice cream from Ohana Farms while you are on your way to Sandy’s traditional lauhala weaving and Ray’s Energy Pendants. If you decide to go to the left, you can start off with a hot cup of 100% Kona Coffee from Princess Radha Farm and check out some fine jewelry from Chris Johnson. You will see authentic Hawaiian weaponry and sandalwood at Rose Woodcrafts, handmade rugs, delicious frozen fruit pops, locally made sausage, hand-blown glass, and maybe even get your palm read. Make sure to spend some time listening to the weekly live music. Want a bamboo flashlight? How about a bamboo saxophone? They’re here. A massage? Hand-painted silk clothing? A chiropractic adjustment? A mobile veterinarian? All here. As you stroll, you will pass wonderful artwork, healing oils, the abundance of South Kona farms, and stylish jewelry. Make sure you stop by The Point of Origin to speak with one of our celebrated authors. Get a glass (or jug!) of healthy kombucha at Big Island Booch or mamaki tea at Kitchen of Creation and maybe a nibble at Oven and Butter or Earthly Delights Organic Farm. Oh, the food! Leona always has some “Local Grinds” cooking and Big Al will be glad to sell you some of his fantastic marinara sauce. Lotus Café for Thai, The One Day Café for quiche and wheat-free baked goods, Pizza Rovers for fresh baked pizza, Adriana’s for Salvadoran. YUM! The South Kona Green Market is easy to find. It’s located mauka (mountain side) at the Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Gardens at mile marker 110, across from the Manago Hotel. South Kona Green Market 82-6188 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook Sunday 9am–2pm 808.328.8797 To become a vendor contact Tim Bruno: | May/June 2015

n 2008, husband and wife team, Tim Bruno and Karen Kriebl, teamed up with Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden and 24 founding members to begin a truly local farmers’ Tim Bruno and Karen Kriebl and artists’ market. Tim says with pride, “Again the ancient farm fields are filled with local, handmade products supporting our mission of ‘from the land and by our hand.’” As one of Hawai‘i Island’s premiere markets, The South Kona Green Market (SKGM) seeks to provide residents and visitors to the island with quality products. It’s also a place for family and friends to gather and enjoy delicious food, fabulous live music, and outstanding craftsmanship. Stop by to get your weekly produce, enjoy a meal, and stay for the day. Make it a part of all your Sundays! The South Kona Green Market prides itself in offering a great selection of quality, island products each week. You’ll find a great selection of produce, 100% Kona Coffee, wearable and fine art, handcrafted items, and freshly prepared foods. SKGM now accepts EBT for produce purchases. Want to help your neighbors while enjoying your time at The Market? Every Sunday, South Kona Green Market vendors and customers can donate fresh produce and canned goods to supplement the nutritional needs of community members via The Food Basket. Cash donations are also cheerfully welcomed. A walk through The Market is a blast. Most vendors, sometimes as many as 70, have permanent spots so it is easy to find your favorites every week. When you arrive, if you choose to go to the right, you can begin by sampling some flavored macadamia nuts from Joe’s Nuts and examining beautiful hair adornments from Marge. As you head up the slight incline into the heart of The Market, Fire Island Coffee, Luana’s protea arrangements, or the singular artwork of well-known artists Francene Hart, Priya Lucas, and Shirley Pu Wills might captivate your eye. Then which way? The Market is laid out like a medieval village, with surprises around every corner. You will want to make certain to sample


Susun Gallery—Kailua-Kona


usun Gallery is an acrylic painter, hula dancer, lover of the ocean, and all things Hawaiian. She opened Susun Gallery Artschool in Santa Cruz, California in 1987, after a career as a sign painter in the San Jose area, and as an art consultant in Carmel. The Artschool is home to hundreds of talented art students, all learning to draw, paint, and sculpt their world, their way. Susun now lives in Kailua-Kona and shares her art knowledge with our community. She is the art teacher at Kahakai Elementary School, and recent creator of The Missing Piece. The fourth-grade children at Kahakai School painted this monk seal conservation mural that will travel to all the islands, and find its home at The Bishop Museum on O‘ahu.

Artschool on the Beach is a fun way for locals and visitors to explore painting with great results in a short period of time. People can experience paradise while creating a personal masterpiece in Hawai‘i. You can join Susun and let her introduce you to the joy of painting. Fill your paint cup from a waterfall, rub red dirt and black sand into your painting, and take divine notes from nature. Create an original masterpiece while on vacation or at home, on the beach, with premier guidance, in a place larger than life, Hawai‘i Island! Get your feet wet, feel the Hawaiian heartbeat flow through your brush, and paint rainbows from life. Make a lasting memory, for yourself, and the ones you love. Experience Hawaii by painting on location with renowned fine artist and teacher, Susun Gallery. Discover a tropical masterpiece where the land meets the sea. Capture rich exotic colors, rustic textures, swaying palms, soft white sand and warm azure waters in a lasting memory. All ages, all cultures are welcomed. Private classes in drawing and painting are available at Susun’s studio mid-town off Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona. | May/June 2015

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Cliff Johns Gallery—Kealakekua Betty Gerstner, George Aldrete, Vicki Rohner, and William Wingert. Much of their foot traffic comes from their neighbors Annie’s Burgers and Gypsea Kealekekua Bay by Gelato. “I’ve put Aurora King impressive things up in front—large blown glass sculptures by Daniel Moe on a lit pedestal by the front door, and opposite that, the fantastic beaded jewelry by Mary Darwall. It’s fun to watch the reaction people have as they catch sight of the huge turned wood vessels against the wall.” Aurora says that turned wood vessels of that size are rare and that passersby become “transfixed.” Aurora also finds joy in seeing their reaction to a Mats Fogelvik table with “perfect inlay.” She describes the encounter she has witnessed so many times. “They run their hands over the silky finish, examining the perfection of the joinery, and at this point they are beginning to realize this is not an ordinary gallery. The deeper they go, the more the wood art amazes them.” Aurora is transfixed herself by the interactions she observes, even after all these years. “I never get tired of witnessing [them] because I am so proud of these extraordinary artists. At least three or four times a day I hear, ‘this is the most beautiful gallery on the island.’ Of course they are talking about the quality of the art.”   Huli Huli Cliff Johns Gallery by Cliff Johns 808.322.0044 Monday–Saturday, 11am–8pm 79-7460 Mamalahoa Hwy, #104, Kealakekua


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urora King, owner of Cliff Johns Gallery in Mango Court, Kealakekua, glows with pride when she describes the artists who have their work on display. “The thing to understand about these wood artists is their long and varied histories. These are not your up-and-coming young talents; these are Hawai‘i Island’s masters,” Aurora says. David Reisland, Gregg Smith, Mats Fogelvik, and Cliff Johns are good examples. Barry Williamson’s furniture sells well. He has an artistic background, including stained glass and leatherwork before getting into construction and then furniture. Almost all the wood artists spent years in construction or cabinetmaking and graduated to furniture and art pieces. David Reisland is aligned with the studio furniture movement, which straddles the world of fine art and the world of furniture. Any one of these artists is capable of astonishing works of art. They are champions. Aurora took over the gallery from Cliff Johns in 2013, keeping the name unchanged because of the consortium of master wood artists Cliff had put together and the reputation of the gallery. A lifetime artist herself, she knew some of them since she moved here in 1997 and sold their work for years in the high-end galleries that represented them as well as her. Other wood artists with work on display are Don Albrecht, Alex Franceschini, Kelly Dunn, Elmer Adams, John Mydock, Gerrit VanNess, Tim and Tiffany DeEtte Shafto, Doni Reisland, and Karen and Mark Stebbins. Aurora also features her own fine art, plus other visual artists: Lisa Bunge, Diane Tunnell, Bonnie Sol, Mark Martel, Joseph Ster, Esther Szegedy, Segmented Vessel by Gregg Smith


Hawai‘i Island Farmers Markets Friday 10am—3pm Green Lake Market entrance to Green Mountain, Kapoho Smiley Burrows 808.965.5500



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

Saturday and Tuesday 8am–2pm, Saturdays * Hāwī 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. 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). | May/June 2015

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 7am–noon * Kino‘ole Farmers Market. Kino‘ole Shopping Plaza, 1990 Kino‘ole St., Hilo, Sunday 7am–2pm Pāhoa Village Farmers Market, Luquin’s/Akebono Theater parking lot in Pāhoa. Sunday 6am–2pm * Maku‘u Farmers Market, Kea‘au-Pāhoa bypass road.

Daily 7am–5pm Kea‘au Village Market, 16-6550 Old Volcano Rd., Kea‘au 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. Saturday 7:30am–4pm Keaukaha Pana‘ewa Farmers Market. Railroad Avenue, across from Home Depot, Hilo. Homegrown produce offered by Hawaiian Homelands lessees. Saturday 8am–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).


Sunday 6:30am–10am * Volcano Farmers Market, Cooper Center, 1000 Wright Rd., Volcano Village. Saturday and Wednesday 8am–2pm Na‘ālehu Farmers Market, Ace Hardware lawn.


Saturday 8am–noon * Keauhou Farmers Market, Keauhou Shopping Center, Keauhou. Saturday 7:30am–10am Waikoloa Village Farmers Market, 68-3625 Paniolo Ave., Waikoloa Community Church parking lot across from Waikoloa Elementary School. Saturday 9am–noon Holualoa Gardens Farmers Market 76-5901 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa Sunday 9am–2pm * South Kona Green Market Captain Cook, Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden Wednesday 8:30am–1pm Kings’ Shops Farmers Market Waikoloa Beach Resort Kohala Coast Wednesday 9am–2pm Ho‘oulu Community Farmers Market, Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay Wednesday 2pm-Dark Kona Sunset Farmers Market In front of K-Mart, Makalapua Center Wednesday–Sunday 7am–4pm Kona Village Farmers Market, corner of Ali‘i Drive and Hualālai Rd.

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Plainly Vanilla | By Sonia R. Martinez


Sweet Sautéed Corn with Vanilla Bean

Shuck and clean the fresh ears of corn and cut the kernels off the cob. Sauté the corn in a skillet with a pat or two of butter, and add a vanilla bean that has been split; you can scrape the seeds and add them to the corn also. I also like to add a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme. Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. If you don’t have a vanilla bean, use vanilla extract. For the equivalent of about six ears of corn, use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla and stir to blend well. Try it next time you make your favorite fresh corn pudding— you won’t believe how good it tastes! Oh, and by the way, if you use a vanilla bean with your corn, remember to rinse it, let it air dry, and you can use it again by placing it in your sugar bowl or jar. Contact writer Sonia R. Martinez: | May/June 2015

he term ‘vanilla’ is used commonly as a synonym meaning plain or basic. Nothing is further from the truth! Vanilla is a rich and complex ‘spice’ used in almost all parts of the world. Vanilla originated in Mexico and was in use centuries before Spanish contact. It’s a flavor derived from the bean pods of the vining Vanilla planifolia orchid plant. The name vanilla is the Anglicized version of the Spanish word vainilla, which is the diminutive of vaina, which in turn, means pod. The Spanish took pods and vines back home from their New World travels, and eventually, vanilla-producing orchids were being grown in other parts of the tropical world with perfect vanilla-growing weather. Vanilla has been grown commercially on Hawai‘i Island for more than three decades with one major grower and several smaller ones. If you’ve ever wondered why vanilla beans are so expensive, it’s because they are labor intensive and a time consuming effort. After saffron, vanilla beans are the second most expensive spice in the world and can be literally worth their weight in gold! It can take five years to produce one single vanilla bean for market. A newly planted vine can take up to four years to produce its first blooms. The light creamy green blossoms open only one day a year and need to be hand pollinated during a four-hour period that one day. The beans start forming after the blossoms fade, and take several months to reach the perfect stage to be harvested. Not all of them reach maturity at the same time, so harvesting is done daily for several weeks. The beans are blanched after harvesting, sun-dried for a few months, and then can take up to three more months to reach their peak. When selecting vanilla beans, the best quality will look thick and plump with a nice gloss on their surface instead of ones that look like dried sticks. There are several ways you can make your precious vanilla beans stretch for several uses. One of them is making your own vanilla extract. About 95% of the commercial ‘vanilla products’ in the markets are artificially flavored with vanillin a synthetic substance derived from lignin (a natural polymer derived from wood pulp during paper making process), or ‘laced’ with coumarin instead of the pure vanilla bean. Making your own vanilla extract is simple and

one way to ensure you are using a pure product. The easiest way is to insert a few beans in a large, clear glass container filled with food grade alcohol. Many people use vodka, but I prefer a dark, fruity rum as it gives your vanilla a smoother, deeper, and richer flavor with the natural ‘sweetness’ of the rum. Some instructions ask you to chop the vanilla bean; I don’t. I use at least five beans per cup and split one of them open and leave the rest whole. I leave the beans in the extract when done and don’t filter it, although it’s alright to do so.  I start a new batch when my bottle shows only about 1/2 to 1/4 inch of vanilla left (depending on how much vanilla I feel I will be using in the next few months) so I always have a good strong batch on hand. You can reuse the beans in the next batch (add some fresh ones too) or if you remove them and use fresh each time, you can use them to make vanilla sugar. If you use vanilla beans that have been previously used for making vanilla extract, make sure the beans are thoroughly dried before you put them into the sugar, or they will develop mold. I dry my used vanilla beans by leaving them out on the counter on kitchen or tea towels and let them air dry completely. Turn them over a couple of times to make sure all sides are dry. For every two pounds of sugar you pour into a plastic or glass container that seals tightly, add one or more beans by sticking them into the sugar. I add a few to mine, since I like a strong vanilla flavor. Seal and leave for about a month. Use the vanilla sugar for sweetening hot or iced tea, coffee, in baking, or sprinkle over oatmeal or fresh fruit. A few years ago, I learned a simple little trick during a cooking class taken at the Hawaiian Vanilla Company in Pa‘auilo. To make fresh corn taste even sweeter, the trick is to add vanilla!


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 Peter Van Dyke, 808.323.3318

Hawai‘i The Big Island

Basically Books Sherry Bracken, 808.334.1521 808.961.0144

Quick Eventz

Donkey Mill Art Center 808.322.3362

Downtown Hilo Improvement Association

Akebono Theater–Pāhoa 808.965.9990 808.935.8850

Aloha Theatre–Kainaliu

Food Hub Kohala

Aloha Performing Arts Company Karla Heath, 808.224.1404 808.322.9924

Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i

Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art/ EHCC

Kahilu Theatre–Waimea

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Kailua Village Business Improvement District 808.961.5711

Volcano Art Center Julie Callahan, 808.967.8222

Holualoa Village Association

Original art by Herb Kane

Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona Saturday, June13, 9am to 11am | May/June 2015



oin the celebration of Hawai‘i’s great monarch in Historic Kailua Village. This year’s floral parade features beautiful pa‘u equestrian units representing the Hawaiian Islands, plus private mounted units, the queen’s unit, horse-drawn carriages, hula halau, marching bands and floats. More than 120 riders on horseback! After the parade, join us at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel for a FREE CONCERT & HO‘OLAULE‘A Featuring Nathan Aweau

Presenting Sponsors: Kamehameha Schools, BMW of Hawaii, Oceanic Time Warner Cable and more. 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

KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY C ELEBRATION P ARADE 808.969.9703 808.323.3222 808.334.9880

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 808.324.0350

Lyman Museum Emily Benton, 808.935.5021

Nā Wai Iwi Ola (NWIO) Foundation Kumu Keala Ching

North Kohala Community Resource Center 808.889.5523

One Island Sustainable Living Center 808.328.2452

Palace Theatre–Hilo 808.934.7010

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

UH Hilo Performing Arts Center 808.974.7310

Resort and Shopping Center Cultural Events Log onto websites for event calendars

Keauhou Shopping Center

The Shops at Mauna Lani 808.322.3000 808.885.9501

Kingsʻ Shops–Waikoloa 808.886.8811

Kona Commons Shopping Center 808.334.0005

Waimea Community Theatre

Kona International Marketplace

West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy

Prince Kuhio Plaza 808.885.5818 Virginia Holte, 808.329.8876

CROSSWORD SOLUTION 808.329.6262 808.959.3555

Queens’ MarketPlace–Waikoloa 808.886.8822

Big Island

Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i

May 21 - 25, 2015 Movies Under The Stars:

Indie narrative features & shorts from Hawai’i and around the world. Daytime films at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i!

Free Family Films: May 22-25

Grand Opening: May 21, 7:30 p.m. at The Shops at Mauna Lani.

Taste Of The Movies: Friday, May 22

A new food event with 10 chefs celebrating 10 years of BIFF!

Best Of The Fest: Monday, May 25 - Memorial Day

Three of Hawaii’s best Hawaiian entertainers & BIFF’s audience-choice films.

Tickets: From $8 or passes from $30.

Order online or at the door. Check Kama’aina rates.

Questions welcome: 808.883.0394

Special accommodation requests Call BIFF by May 16. | May/June 2015

Celebrity Sightings:

Meet Hollywood stars Arielle Kebbel, Will Estes & star-makers in person.


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 808.961.5536

Calabash Cousins Hulihe‘e Palace Grounds, Kailua-Kona

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 cares Kailua-Kona | May/June 2015

Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm Saturday, 9am–2pm


Community Kōkua Volunteer Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hospice Care North Hawai‘i Hospice, Waimea

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

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

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

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 Rachel Silverman 808.887.6411

Kalani Retreat Center Kalapana

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

To submit volunteer information for your nonprofit,

Kohala Animal Relocation & Education Service (KARES) Kamuela/Kona Shopping Area

Saturdays and/or Sundays, 11am–4pm Volunteers needed to assist with pet adoption events. Contact: Deborah Cravatta 808.333.6299

Kona Community Hospital Auxiliary Kailua-Kona Ongoing Various volunteer positions Contact Pat Fornataro 808.238.0587

Kona Choral Society Kailua-Kona

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

Kona Toastmasters Kailua-Kona

1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6pm

Community Kōkua Volunteer Opportunities

Contact 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

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

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

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

Soroptimist International Kona Kailua-Kona

Parrots in Paradise Sanctuary Kealakekua

Sundayʻs Child Foundation Kamuela

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

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

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

The Pregnancy Center Kailua-Kona (serves the entire island)

Monday–Friday Volunteers needed and appreciated! Free pregnancy testing, ultra sound, and client support. Contact Matthew Schaetzle, Director 808.326.2060

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

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Kohala Zipline

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ob Pacheco has a passion for the natural world of Hawai‘i. His passion began almost as soon as he stepped off the plane in 1990 and quickly realized that these islands contained diverse and unique ecosystems rivaling any place on earth. He had worked as a naturalist on the mainland and concluded most residents and visitors were only seeing Hawai‘i’s beautiful scenery and had little knowledge of Hawai‘i’s natural history. He decided to combine his passion and vision—to share the natural history with others and to help conserve Hawai‘i’s endangered environment by educating them about it. It was a vision that fit well with the growing worldwide interest in eco-tourism. Soon thereafter, and with the help of his wife Cindy, the idea for Hawaii Forest & Trail was born in 1994. Many years later, Rob and Cindy opened a second business and Kohala Zipline was born. If you are new to ziplines, please know that your safety and comfort always come first. Kohala Zipline has one of the best guide to guest ratios in Hawai‘i—one guide for every four guests. Your first zip is a short practice run for education. Kohala Zipline guides provide detailed, hands-on instructions and teach you how to adjust your speed and orientation. As you glide from tree to tree during the course itself, guides are available to help you at each platform, a strategy that’s part of their redundant safety systems. There is time on the platforms for the guides to answer all your questions, from basic know-how to place-based inquiry and technical intricacy. North Kohala is a land of stunning beauty and profound cultural significance. Towering waterfalls and resplendent forests create the backdrop on which the story of King Kamehameha the Great begins. Kohala Zipline offers exciting and educational adventures in the lands of Hawai‘i’s first king. Old Hawai‘i comes alive on the Kohala Zip & Dip as you zipline high above the forest floor, picnic on the rim of Pololū Valley, and swim under a private waterfall. The Kohala Zipline Kohala Canopy Tour is unique as it’s almost entirely tree-based. The elevated platforms are built directly into the trees. The suspension bridges arch high above a streambed. You are up in the forest at all times, so you can fully experience a serene Hawaiian environment. How do they get you out of the trees? The course ends with a safe and exciting rappel. Whether you live here or are a visitor, you are sure to enjoy this amazing experience! Kohala Zipline 7:30am–3pm, 7 days a week 808.331.3620 55-515 Hawi Road, Hawi

Big Island Honda Kona

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LEARN PRIMORDIAL SOUND MEDITATION “Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. it’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.” ~ Deepak Chopra, M.D.

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Big Island Honda in Kona 75-5608 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona 808.217.9224 sales 808.217.9803 service These stories are special features for our advertisers. If you have a business you would like to have featured, please call 808.327.1711 x1.

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here are a number of reasons why so many drivers flock to Big Island Honda’s Kona showroom. They’re renowned for their superb selection of new Honda models. When it comes time to upgrade, many customers trade in their vehicle. These used cars are also offered to their customers, and some are even certified with the same guaranteed performance and quality as new ones. They have financing experts who will help you drive home the car you’ve chosen on your terms. Big Island Honda also has a state-of-the-art auto repair center, which is equipped with the latest Honda parts and staffs it with highly trained mechanics. You can even browse their inventory online, request more information about vehicles, set up a test-drive, and inquire about financing options. Fletcher “Ted” Jones presides over one of the most successful luxury automobile dealer groups in the United States and owns Big Island Honda in Kona. Ted has been credited with pioneering a revolutionary approach in which ‘guests,’ not ‘customers,’ are treated with the same level of service you would expect from a five-star hotel. The son of industry legend Fletcher Jones Senior, Ted meticulously manages an automotive retail empire that spans four states and 19 dealerships. Marty Barger, General Manger, runs the Kona operation. Marty has been with Ted since 2006 and at Big Island Honda in Kona starting in 2009. He is a recipient of the Honda Master Salesperson Award and several Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Awards. Korey Pulluaim is the General Sales Manager and has been with Big Island Honda since 2008. One of the things that makes Big Island Honda in Kona so special besides their inventory and staff, is their commitment to supporting the West Hawai‘i community. One of the events they have sponsored recently are Kalikimaka No Na Keiki (a holiday program sponsored by Family Support Hawai‘i) where Big Island Honda provided books, clothes, and shoes for five children this past Christmas. They also support Hospice of Kona, Peaman races, PACE, and many other local school and community events.



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The Fireplace & Home Center

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he Fireplace & Home Center in Historic Downtown Hilo was originally opened by Jeffrey Mermel in 1979. In April 2014, he passed the torch to Cary and Susan Freeman. Cary began his career in the stove, fireplace, and chimney business in 1989 in Missouri and Arkansas. After Cary and Susan were married in 1994, they moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where Susan was thrust into the business. Cary is certified by The National Fireplace Institute as a Master Hearth Professional and by the Chimney Safety Institute as a certified Chimney Sweep. Susan has a degree in Interior Design from the University of Missouri so she is able to assist the perspective client in the aesthetics of how to transform their room around the woodstove or fireplace. Cary first came to Hawai‘i when he was stationed on O‘ahu in the 1980s for several years in the military. He vowed to one day to return to the place where he discovered his love for scuba diving. The same great staff that you have come to trust remains at The Fireplace & Home Center, dedicated to providing you the products that you desire for your home heating needs and BBQ activities. They can take your project from the initial planning stages all the way to the completed installation. The Fireplace & Home Center carries some of the biggest brands in the industry such as Jotul, Hearthstone, Heat & Glo, Harman, Quadrafire, Lennox, and several others. They have many new products and accessories, from hand forged copper ash buckets to fire pits. In addition to retail sales, the Fireplace & Home Center also offers: • Sales, service (including repairs), installation, and delivery • Concrete and rock chimney repairs  • Chimney waterproofing • Rain cap installation  • Chimney cleanings and chimney repairs  • Dryer vent cleaning, repair, and installation • Outdoor kitchen design and construction  • Fireplace construction • Inspections for real estate transactions You are invited to visit their newly restructured showroom in Historic Downtown Hilo with more than 20 stove and fireplace models on display to help you choose one for your home. The Fireplace & Home Center Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat 9am-4pm 256 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo Hilo Bay Building 808.961.5646

Home Tours Hawai‘i

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fell in love with the island lifestyle and culture at the age of 10 when I was invited to a local family lū‘au and tasted the wide variety of fruits and flavors here on the islands,” recalls Lisa Christian, owner and operator of Home Tours Hawai‘i. “I was introduced to this company six years ago when our ocean front condo was one of the homes on the tour. As the business grew, so did my involvement from homeowner, to driver/assistant, to sous chef, and now owner.” Pat and Lisa Christian traveled to the islands many times and finally made the move in 2004 to full-time residents. Growing up working in the family’s restaurants on the mainland, they learned the necessary skills needed. Their love of living on the islands is apparent throughout the tour. Their goal is to help others taste the Hawai‘i Lifestyle and see what life is like past the hotels, lū‘aus, and restaurants. Award-winning homes—Award-winning island cuisine. Combine the two and you have the Home Tours Hawai‘i Progressive Brunch Tour. The tours are four-hour, exclusive excursions so you can truly experience the Hawaiian lifestyle. You get to enjoy a 4-course progressive brunch using fresh Hawai‘i Island ingredients. You’ll visit private homes and gardens ranging from ‘localstyle’ kama‘āina cottages to spectacular estates in your choice of Kailua-Kona or Hilo. The homes embrace life in the islands, are relaxed, peaceful and calming. Many feature breathtaking views, gourmet kitchens, guest suites, and ‘ohanas (mother-inlaw units). The newest culinary tour Home Tours Hawai‘i is offering is a two-hour delectable cacao (chocolate) tour of Kokoleka Lani farm, a sustainable cacao and coffee farm. Taste-test cacao in three forms—straight from the pod, just roasted, and the finished bar from local, small-batch chocolate makers like Madre Chocolate. As an added bonus, farm co-owner Greg Colden leads the tour through the Polynesian pod-style home where he also has a soap factory. If that weren’t enough, Home Tours Hawai‘i will tantalize your taste buds with a variety of their chocolate culinary samplings, including chocolate mousse, Hawaiian drinking chocolate, and 100% Estate Grown Kona Coffee. What a delightful way to spend two hours! Home Tours Hawai‘i was awarded the Hilo Princess 2013-14 CRUISE Shore Excursion of the Season! You don’t have to be on vacation to enjoy Home Tours Hawai‘i. ​ Home Tours Hawai‘i 808.325.5772


Ka Puana–The Refrain

This excerpt is from Volcano resident David Kāwika Eyreʻs book which is a work of historical fiction based on Hawaiian sources and years of research. Used with permission.

Kamehameha The Rise of a King | May/June 2015

| By David Kāwika Eyre


Like Kaha‘i, Kamehameha would grow the land. Slowly, the life of the land would return. Slowly, for too many people had died. There were not enough kānaka left for the heavy work. It was later that year that Kamehameha married the sacred chiefess Keōpūolani. Of Kamehameha’s many wives, Ka‘ahumanu was his beloved, and Keōpūolani his most sacred. Keōpūolani was of the Pi‘ilani line of Maui. She would bear Kamehameha children of the highest rank, which was the ni‘aupi‘o kapu of their mother. When Keōpūolani was rounded with their first child, Kamehameha gave her the sacred sash of Liloa. He was given the feathered sash at Pu‘ukohola when he became ruling chief of Hawai‘i Island. Now, because of Keōpūolani’s higher kapu, the sash would be hers. When their first child, Liholiho, was born, he was placed under the care of Kamehameha and Ka‘ahumanu. At the age of five, Liholiho was proclaimed heir to the kingdom by Kamehameha. The boy’s education in the world of men began. They moved to Kona on the Island of Hawai‘i and lived at Kamakahonu, land of the ‘Eka wind, the smooth sea, and heaped fish. Kamehameha taught his son to fish aku. “These are days of rain,” Kamehameha would explain to Liholiho. “The lehua bloom in the sea.” They paddled to where the terns circled and screeched. They let out their lines, out and out. An aku took the hook in its hard mouth. The father helped the son pull the bulky, jerking fish into the canoe. “This is the first fish,” Kamehameha said. “It is kapu for Ku‘ula and our ‘aumākua.” Back on shore, they went to the shrine. Kamehameha taught Liholiho to plant coconuts and trap eels, to grow kalo and to pound poi. Liholiho would watch and listen, then do, and say very little. Kamehameha would put his hand on his son’s shoulder. That was praise enough. It was during this time that Pele grew jealous of Kana‘iaupuni and threatened to destroy the lands along the Kona coast that he so loved. Pele had earlier helped Kamehameha against the Ka‘ū chief Keōua. But now, the seers said, Pele felt ignored and forgotten.

And so the rock-eating woman, she who craves ‘opihi and snores in the rocks, sent her fiery lava to destroy the bay at Kīholo, a place famous for its quiet beauty. A place much beloved of Kamehameha. Streams of red and black rock smoldered and smoked seaward from Hualālai, the long-slumbering volcano. Kamehameha understood the signs. “I must appease Pele or face her fury!” he told Liholiho as they set out for Kīholo. The day darkened. The ali‘i nui, with his son and several chiefs, made their way along the rugged coast, makai of where the lava was eating. Near the place of ‘opihi, the lava rumbled and the fiery rock blazed at their skin. Smoke made their eyes burn and drip. Kamehameha felt the drag of Liholiho’s hand. “Have courage, my son. There is always fear. Without fear there can be no courage. Without courage there can be no great deeds.” Kamehameha threw black boar, black ‘awa, and black niu on the red rock. Nothing happened. He drew in his breath and shouted at the glowing lava. “Pele! Eia au! I am Kamehameha!” The red lava blazed back at him. He gathered his hair in the clasp of his fist. With a slice of his dagger, he cut off a handful of hair and held it “Here, Pele! This is my offering for you!” He flung hair onto the smoldering lava. It burst into crackling flame. The lava slowed. Out of the flame and smoke appeared a line of dancers. Pele herself was leading the figures across the lava, chanting her fiery pleasure, her black hair and red kapa streaming behind. She turned her head and glared at Kamehameha. Her dance slowed. As one, the dancers leaned and lowered their heads. They stamped forward, stamped back, elbows bent, knees bent. Each foot kicked to the opposite ankle. They thrust their pointed fingers downward and stamped again. Pele moved toward Liholiho, her eyes a blaze of heat. The boy edged close to his father. With a sharp jerk of her head, Pele stamped her foot and turned away. The lava stopped. Kamehameha wiped the sweat off his face with his arm. He watched her. Finally he found words. “Pele, I will never ignore you again. It is my sacred vow to you: Pau Pele, pau manō!” And so the beautiful bay of Kīholo was spared. Liholiho looked up at his father and said, “It is a lesson of my youth that I will never forget!” Contact author David Kāwika Eyre: Kamehameha: The Rise of a King is available from the author and local bookstores.

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