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Kawahinela‘iokekapu | Na Kumu Keala Ching

‘Ae, Kawahinela‘iokekapu He wahine la‘i o ke kapu I lei hīhīwai kuahiwa la Pili ke aloha o Kaupo‘ohiwi Kawahinela‘iokekapu Kawahinela‘iokekapu He wahine la‘i o ke kapu Hū ka wai ola he wai ala nei I lei hīhīwai kuahiwi la E lana hele i kai ala nei   He kāne u‘i ke nānā akula Nāna i ho‘olei ia iā iho nō ‘Imi aloha ‘o Kaupo‘ohiwi Iā Kawaihinela‘iokekapu   I pō māhealani, kū ‘o Kaupo‘ohiwi I ka ‘aekai o ka punawai He leo heahea o ka ‘Ōpua Hū la‘i ka wai e Kawahinekapu ē   I ka pō‘ele‘ele o ka pō kapu He wahine u‘i laha ‘ole ē Lohe ‘ia ka leo hea e Kaupo‘ohiwi Kū konikoni ka pu‘uwai ē   Pūana Kawahinela‘iokekapu Pili ke aloha, he mo‘ohine nei E Kaupo‘ohiwi kumu lama ē He mele nō ‘o Hualālai ē   He mele nō ‘o Hualālai E Kawahinela‘iokekapu

Sacred woman of Hualālai Indeed a sacred peaceful woman Adorned by a lei of mountain snails Compassionately upon the shoulders Sacred woman of Hualālai Sacred woman of Hualālai Indeed a sacred peaceful woman Living tears flow seaward Adorned by a lei of mountain snails Upon the flow is her lei of mountain snails An amazing handsome man, admired always Upon his shoulders a lei of mountain snails Kaupo‘ohiwi seeks the creator of such lei A sacred woman of Hualālai On the fullest moon, stands Kaupo‘ohiwi At the ponds edge of Hualālai A voice is heard amongst the ‘Ōpua clouds Tears of happiness, a sacred woman Upon the darkest night, sacred night A beautiful woman as compared to no other Kaupo‘ohiwi hears a familiar voice Be still his heart, a beauty is found It is said, a sacred woman of Hualālai Together forever, a lizard woman As Kaupo‘ohiwi becomes a Kukui tree Indeed a song honoring Hualālai Indeed a song honoring Hualālai A sacred woman of Hualālai

He lei hīhīwai kau po‘ohiwi e Kawahinela‘iokekapu. Eō mai e Hualālai, ka wahine aloha iā Hawai‘iloa. A precious lei upon the bosom of Kawahainela‘iokekapu. Rejoice Hualālai, loveable woman of Hawai‘iloa. Celebrating 15 years of Hula—Ka Pā Hula Nā Wai Iwi Ola, Kumu Keala Ching

Kawahinela‘iokekapu, a sacred woman of Hualālai, was written inspired by several different stories shared by Kupuna Eleanor Makita. A beautiful woman resided upon the mountain, later to be called Hualālai. So beautiful that no one was allowed to see her beauty, she was guarded and cared for by retainers. Kawahinela‘iokekapu, is a sacred woman, a mo‘owahine (lizard woman), or a caretaker of a pond upon Hualālai, she seeks a companion of the lower lands. Upon the tears, a stream, she sends a garland (lei) of mountain snail(s) seaward. At the shoreline of Honokōhau, Kaupo‘ohiwi, a handsome man, finds this beautiful garland (lei) of love and places it upon his shoulders. Encouraged to find the creator of this lei, he journeyed upland to Hualālai. As he stands upon the water’s edge, Kawahinela‘iokekapu, with joy upon her heart, sings upon the beautiful ‘Ōpua clouds capturing the emotions of Kaupo‘ohiwi. Upon the most sacred night, Pō Kāne, Kawahinela‘iokekapu leaves her pond in search of Kaupo‘ohiwi on the shores of Honokōhau. As she reaches his dwelling, she sings a familiar song to Kaupo‘ohiwi. He turns and both Kawahinela‘iokekapu and Kaupo‘ohiwi are face-to-face with similar lei hīhīwai of Hualālai. A mist carries both of them to the waters edge of Kawahinela‘iokekapu upon the slopes of Hualālai, there Kawahinela‘iokekapu returns as the sacred mo‘owahine of the pond and Kaupo‘ohiwi turns into the enlightened Kukui tree. Forever and ever together upon the slopes of Hualālai and the leis both of them wear are the ‘Ōpua clouds always surrounding Hualālai. Eō Kawahinela‘iokekapu! | May–June 2016



Makali‘i on a visit to Kāne‘ohe Bay, O‘ahu

“He Wa‘a He Moku; He Moku He Wa‘a” — A Canoe is an Island; an Island is a Canoe

Ancient Hawaiian voyaging is reborn on Hawai‘i Island

| By Karen Valentine | May–June 2016



n each ‘ohana (family), there are those who are called to the sea and those to whom the ‘āina (land) speaks, so they plant the food and the trees that help sustain everyone, including those who choose to fish and travel the ocean highways to distant lands on wa‘a kaulua (voyaging canoes). In the 1970s, a renaissance of native Hawaiian culture began, including the knowledge and wisdom of long ocean voyages. It resulted in the founding of the Polynesian Voyaging Society with the inspiration of Hawaiian artist Herb Kawainui Kāne, who drew a schematic of a Hawaiian voyaging canoe. It was to become one that would be large enough to circumnavigate the globe and carry enough crew and supplies to sustain them. The Hōkūle‘a was built, staffed, and provisioned to make its first voyage to Tahiti in 1976. Chadd Ka‘onohi Paishon, who today makes his home here in Kohala, was there from the beginning when, as a child, he lived on O‘ahu’s west side. “Back in the ‘60s, my grandmother told me stories about our kūpuna (elders) traveling in voyaging canoes and the stories always fascinated me,” recalls Chadd. “In the third grade, we got picked to go with this Hawaiian man who was doing children’s books about Hawai‘i. He chose me and four of my friends as models for his book. The man was Herb Kāne. We just played as he made sketches. I was fascinated by this pencil drawing of a sailing canoe in his studio. I asked my dad if he could give me the picture and he did. To me it was proof that what my grandmother

told me was true. It’s still on my dad’s wall in Nānākuli. Later I heard about Hōkūle‘a being launched. I was a young man, and those guys were my idols. I thought some day I could maybe dive in the water and touch it. It turned out that one of my good friends had a connection with Hōkūle‘a, and I was invited to try out for future crew.” Fast forward and today Chadd is a master navigator for Hōkūle‘a and its offspring vessels. He studied under its first navigator, Nainoa Thompson and has covered thousands of miles of ocean, built wa‘a kaulua and now is captain of Hawai‘i Island’s own voyaging canoe and voyaging society, Nā Kālai Wa‘a. Sadly, back in the ‘70s when Herb Kāne and friends had the vision to build and sail the canoe, there was no Hawaiian still alive who knew the ancient skills of ocean navigation. A search went out to other Pacific islands, resulting in the discovery of Pius Mau Piailug, a Micronesian from the island of Satawal whose education had begun as a toddler under his grandfather, one of the last master ocean navigators. He knew how to navigate by the sun, the moon and the stars; by his reading of the winds, the clouds, the currents and ocean swells; and by the behavior of the birds and marine life. He observed the relationship of all these clues that the natural world offers to guide you to landfall. Fortunately, Mau was up to the task of mentoring the Hawaiians who wanted to learn. It became the work for the remainder of his life, some 40 years. He taught them navigation and so much

more, in the process endearing himself to his eager students, who came to call him “Papa Mau.” “The guiding principle we learned from Mau,” says Chadd, “is that the canoe is our mother, the navigator is your father. Everyone standing on the deck is ‘ohana.” Papa Mau navigated Hōkūle‘a on its maiden voyage to Tahiti in 1976, taking along apprentice navigators, including the first one, Milton “Shorty” Bertelmann from Waimea. Shorty is one of two brothers, who although from a paniolo family, were drawn by the sea and the dream of sailing the wa‘a kaulua. His older brother Clay quickly rose in the ranks to Captain of Hōkūle‘a. Chadd Paishon also joined the Polynesian Voyaging Society in the apprentice navigator program in 1990. He participated in the repair and maintenance work on Hōkūle‘a in Honolulu and became a crew member along with Shorty and Clay on the 1992 leg to Tahiti. During that voyage, gazing out over the vast ocean, Clay Bertelmann formulated his own dream, a dream about a canoe for his moku (island), Hawai‘i Island, so that his ‘ohana and his community could learn the principle of “He wa‘a he moku; He moku he wa‘a”: a canoe is an island; an island is a canoe. In other words, on the sea the canoe operates as a whole community, sustaining its people as an island sustains a community. On the canoe, the crew must work together as a team as a matter of life and death. It’s the same as on land, only much intensified. After training on the canoe, people come back changed and with a higher purpose, says Chadd. They have

Papa Mau and Tava Taupu lashed together the stone adzes for carving the Mauloa canoe. Taupu has carved ki‘i at Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park in Kona, where he has also maintained the park’s canoes. photo courtesy Nā Kālai Wa‘a

The late Clay Bertelmann, founder of Nā Kālai Wa‘a.

A double rainbow formed over Makali‘i as it was launched. photo courtesy Nā Kālai Wa‘a

Master navigator Milton “Shorty” Bertelmann, current president of Nā Kālai Wa‘a Polynesian Voyaging Society photo

Uncle Chadd and the next generation of voyagers. Seen at a March 2016 visit by keiki of Kanu o ka ‘Āina Public Charter School to the warehouse at Māhukona. Standing in back is teacher Laua‘e Sanchez, one of Clay Bertelmann’s daughters. photo by Karen Valentine

learned how to act responsibly on a communal level and how to mālama (care for) our finite natural and human resources of Hawai‘i. After Hōkūle‘a, other islands launched their own programs. A hui (association) of voyaging canoes called ‘ohana wa‘a was formed, says Chadd. “Ours was the first canoe built outside of O‘ahu. It was radical in a sense, because everything had always been done in Honolulu. Clay wanted to continue the tradition of what Hōkūle‘a had done, but bring it closer to our community. When we did it here, it inspired others.” | May–June 2016

Crew on maiden voyage of Makali‘i to Tahiti in 1995. From left: Mike Manu, Chadd Paishon, Captain Clay Bertelmann, Billy Richards, John Shore, Tiger Espere, Navigator Shorty Bertelmann, Darrell Lapulapu, Maulili Dickson. At the steering paddle is Ernie Reyes. photo courtesy Nā Kālai Wa‘a


The Hawai‘i Island canoe was named after the star cluster known as the Makali‘i (Pleiades). In Clay’s dream, the canoe’s main purpose was to be an educational tool for the voyaging tradition and culture to be continued for generation after generation. Nā Kālai Wa‘a Moku o Hawai‘i, a nonprofit voyaging and educational organization was established in Waimea in March 1993, “to preserve, protect, and perpetuate Hawaiian culture and contribute to a safe and healthy future for Hawai‘i.” | May–June 2016

Voyaging canoe Mauloa, built entirely with traditional materials and traditional methods. Its sail is made of lauhala, its hull from a single koa tree from Hawai‘i Island.


Nā Kālai Wa‘a means “the canoe carvers” in its literal sense, and also the carvers of a tradition. He wisely realized that it is not enough to be an example of this special lifestyle, but in order to ensure its continuance, the lifestyle needed to be extended into the communities through the platform of education. As it happened, Clay passed away too soon, in 2004, but he had laid the foundation.

Mauloa, the First Canoe

When the Bertelmann brothers approached Papa Mau about building another canoe, they were instructed to first build one strictly in the traditional manner. That meant that Hawaiian spiritual protocol had to be followed and all tools and all materials had to come from the island. “The tools that we used to build the canoe were made of stone from the adze quarry on Mauna Kea,” says Chadd. “Everything we used was in the same traditions as our kūpuna. So we came to understand what we had to do from building this one. We learned how we had to go back to our forest and replant for future generations.” From this charge, Mauloa was born in 1993—a single-hulled, coastal fishing canoe made entirely of natural materials traditionally utilized for canoe construction. Mike Manu, an apprentice navigator, recently shared with keiki visiting from the Hawaiian immersion school Kanu o ka ‘Āina, about the building of Mauloa. “When looking for a tree to cut,”

he says, “we tried to do it with protocol as our ancestors would have, as much as possible. We told the koa tree why we wanted to cut it down. To us, the tree is alive, a living spirit. So you have to ask the tree, a child of the forest, to become a child of the sea. We went to Mauna Kea to find the stones to make the adze for carving. We used native plants such as ‘ulu (breadfruit) for sap, lauhala (Pandanus) to make the sail, niu (coconut) for rope. The hull is made of koa estimated to be 200 years old. Other wood is hau (Hibiscus tiliaceus), light and strong, for other parts. A lot of the people here were there then, helping with Papa Mau.” Several children in the class raised their hands and shared that their parents or grandparents were there. Mauloa is still maintained and used for teaching.

It Takes a Village to Build a Canoe

In 1994, Clay Bertelmann approached Parker Ranch seeking support for the construction of a 54-foot double-hulled voyaging canoe for the local community. They provided a Quonset hut near Waimea town. The inspiration and the passion was so strong that the entire paniolo community came out to help build Makali‘i. Chadd was invited to come from O‘ahu and help, using his expertise learned on the Hōkūle‘a. “Clay called me to be part of the lashing crew.” As a result, he moved to this island and ended up marrying Clay’s daughter, Pomai, who also sails as a crew member and apprentice navigator. She is also a director of Nā Kālai Wa‘a.

From the beginning women have been a significant proportion of the voyaging crew as well as construction crew. Patty Solomon comes from a multi-generation Kohala family who are respected kūpuna in the area where Makali‘i has its home berth. They are caretakers for a navigational heiau located near Māhukona. “I was here when they built Makali‘i and worked on other canoes,” says Patty. “My grandfather learned the art of navigation but didn’t do it; he had to farm. After all these generations, I was the one who went to sea on the canoes. I was one of two wahine to sail back from Tahiti. I went to Micronesia twice, to Mau’s island, returning him home, and also on Hōkūle‘a to Japan.” Patty now works for Surety Kohala Corporation, owner of the land at Māhukona where the Makali‘i is currently under restoration, and volunteers with major tasks like fiberglassing. After nine months of construction and work by many hands in the community, Makali‘i emerged from her Quonset hut birthplace. “You had all these local families involved: the Puhis, the Case family, the Solomans and the Pa‘aluas,” says Chadd. “There was a great outpouring of community including kūpuna like Aunty Marie Soloman, Uncle Sonny Soloman, Robert Keakealani, Clarence Mederios, and Mau Piailug,” he recalls. Other Hōkūle‘a veterans also came to Kohala to pitch in. “For each person who stands on the deck of the canoe, there’s at least 100 people supporting that one. We know that when we leave Hawai‘i, we leave with the support of all our community,” says Chadd. “You know, one of the biggest things is when you help on the canoe, your energy or your mana stays with the canoe. So even | May–June 2016


Visiting college students pitch in on maintenance for the Makali‘i.

when we’re voyaging, part of them is with us and helps us to sail safely from their hard work too,” says Mike Manu. An entire procession of people followed Makali‘i from Waimea to Kawaihae Harbor for its launching on February 5, 1995. “Clay made the decision to put the wa‘a in the water at sunrise at the ramp at Kawaihae,” says Chadd. “As soon as she touched water, a rainbow started to form from Kailua to Māhukona. It started to move into Kawaihae, and when the canoe went into the water, it was a double rainbow right over the canoe.” Chicken skin. Makali‘i became the third Hawaiian voyaging canoe after Hōkūle‘a (1975) and Hawai‘iloa (1994). As Makali‘i was being launched at Kawaihae, the two other canoes were in Hilo awaiting an open weather window to Tahiti. Her maiden voyage then took her to Tahiti and the Marquesas, as part of the 1995 voyage, Nā ‘Ohana Holo Moana, The Voyaging Families of the Vast Ocean. In the South Pacific they met up with other canoes from Aotearoa (New Zealand), Rarotonga, and Aitutaki (Cook Islands). Once it sailed, the Kohala land crew ‘ohana flew to Tahiti to greet them when they arrived. “The Tahitians had never seen such an outpouring of aloha.” Clay, who had been captain on the Hōkūle‘a 1992 voyage to Tahiti, was captain on Makali‘i’s maiden voyage; and his brother Shorty, a navigator of Hōkūle‘a, guided her. Makali‘i is a double-hulled canoe with a single mast. Its specifications: maximum length of hulls: 54’; total sail: 500 sq. ft.; length at waterline: 47’; Displacement: 6.5 tons after loading; draft: 31”; crew: 10. | May–June 2016

Papa Mau and the Circle of Giving


The Bertelmann home in Waimea became Mau’s home in Hawai‘i, and he participated in many educational activities on the islands. The Makali‘i ‘ohana and Nā Kālai Wa‘a wanted to create a gift for him in return. So they built another voyaging canoe, Alingano Maisu, and delivered it to Micronesia for him and his people

Patty Solomon, of the Solomon family in Kohala, is one of many women who serve as crew members on voyages and work on the sailing canoes. photo by Karen Valentine

in gratitude for the rich legacy that he contributed to Hawai‘i. Begun in 2001, Alingano Maisu is a 54-foot double-hulled voyaging canoe. It fulfilled Mau’s intention to have a canoe to help teach the youth about their cultural identity amid all the outside influences. When Clay fell ill and passed away in 2004, his brother Shorty and Chadd oversaw the completion of the gift, launching it on October 21, 2006, and sailing it to Satawal. This gift completes a circle of giving, says Chadd. Again, many contributed. “All the different people that Mau has touched came together to help.” The Maisu and Hōkūle‘a traveled together via the Marshall and Chuuk Islands, and arrived at Satawal on March 15, 2007. They also brought along more than two tons of supplies as a gift to the approximately 500 people of the tiny island that is only one mile long. The following morning, crews of all vessels went ashore to a big welcome from the people, Papa Mau and the three chiefs of the island. As a special honor, the five Hawaiian navigators who had trained under Mau were to be initiated as master navigators in a traditional, spiritual ceremony called pwo (pronounced poh), which continued for several days, imparting the secrets behind the art of navigation. The ceremony had not been performed since Mau himself was initiated as pwo in the 1950s. He was the last one who knew how to conduct the sacred ceremony. It was the first pwo for foreigners ever, conveyed upon Shorty Bertelmann, Chadd Paishon, Chad Baybayan, Bruce Blankenfeld, and Nainoa Thompson, all of them students of Mau and all now carrying the title of Pwo.

With the role of navigator come responsibilities not usually associated with the job in Western minds. “The elders say that those who go through pwo, which includes a series of chanting and rituals, must carry love, respect, and light. They focus with all their mind and heart and allow that and only that to guide them to their destination,” according to the Polynesian Voyaging Society website.

The Next Generation of Navigators

The five master navigators initiated as pwo by Papa Mau, who passed in 2010 in Satawal, now assume the responsibility of training the next generation. “Now that we’ve done this for awhile, it’s even more so about the lessons we bring back,” says Chadd. “These young ones, we hope they’re going to be better than us. We expect from them Voyaging canoe Alingano Maisu, built for “Papa” Mau as a gift for his people in Micronesia. Shown here when it was delivered to Satawal in 2007 by navigators trained by Mau, who accompanied it, on the Hōkūle‘a and the Makali‘i voyaging canoes. | May–June 2016


that they’ll take it to someplace bigger. Sometimes I think we put more pressure on them because we expect more. They’ve grown up around this canoe. When we started learning navigation, I was in my early 20s. Papa Mau said you’re too old. If you want to really learn navigation you have to bring me your babies. Mau was a master navigator at age 16. Some of our crew members who have children, they’ve been sailing since they were in their mother’s womb. Their first steps were on the deck of this canoe. They are growing up around it. Watching all their auntys and uncles working on the canoe, they learn.” It’s truly inspiring to see the light in the eyes of Uncle Chadd as he shares with the keiki and embraces them as they surround him during their school’s visit to the canoes. “From the deck of the canoe, we come to understand even more so that it’s not about sailing; everyone thought it was about the navigation and the voyaging, but it’s more than that. It is about that but even more so what we do here at home. Everything we do together determines whether we’re going to make it. It also helps us understand our communities. Time on the ocean is short, but it makes an impact on what we do at home.” Nā Kālai Wa‘a has developed educational programs in partnerships with schools like Kamehameha Schools. It has taken some 4,000 schoolchildren on training voyages. It offers a busy calendar of activities for the public, including work days on the canoe, leadership and voyaging training programs for crew, vessel construction and maintenance, and provisioning for voyages.

Beyond this, the nonprofit has established educational programs in growing canoe plants and training island educators. “Over the 20 years, Makali‘i has allowed us to touch many, many schools and students and to this day we service at least 3,000 students a year,” Chadd says. “Many come from Hawai‘i, but there are many who come from the mainland and even internationally to the canoe.” Makali‘i is now undergoing its first major restoration in the warehouse at Māhukona. All of its parts except for the hulls are being totally replaced and the hulls are being refurbished. The crew expects it to go back into the water this summer and be ready to travel around the island for educational programs. Watch the website for updates and events. As he prepares to once more join the Hōkūle‘a on another leg of its current worldwide voyage, Pwo Chadd Paishon shares, “The strength of Makali‘i, the strength of what we do is in our community, which really has taken the steps, all the hands that come together, all these babies, all their teachers and schools. The canoe was built for the community. Anyone is welcome to come anytime and see what we’re doing.” ❖ Contact Nā Kālai Wa‘a: Polynesian Voyaging Society: Follow the Hōkūle‘a on her Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage: Contact writer Karen Valentine:


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ay 1, celebrated around the world as a workers’ holiday, and in England and parts of Europe as a festival of spring, in the Hawaiian Islands has been known for some four generations as Lei Day. Don Blanding, fondly known as the “Poet Laureate of Hawai‘i,” explained the origin of the Hawaiian holiday in his book, Hula Moons, thus: “Along in the latter part of 1927 I had an idea; not that that gave me a headache, but it seemed such a good one that I had to tell some one about it, so I told the editors of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, the paper on which I worked. They agreed that it was a good idea and that we ought to present it to the public, which we proceeded to do. It took hold at once and resulted in something decidedly beautiful. “…The custom of weaving and wearing flower leis originated with the Hawaiians so long ago that they have no record of its beginning… When tourists discovered Hawaii, they loved the charming gesture and they spread the word of it until the lei became known around the world.” “…Hawaii observed all of the mainland holidays as well as those of a number of the immigrant nationalities in the Islands. But there was no day that was peculiarly and completely Hawaii’s own; that is none that included all of the polyglot population there.” “So, the bright idea that I presented was, ‘Why not have a Lei Day?’ Let everyone wear a lei and give a lei. Let it be a day of general rejoicing over the fact that one lived in a Paradise. Let it be a day for remembering old friends, renewing

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neglected contacts, with the slogan ‘Aloha,’ allowing that flexible word to mean friendliness on that day.” Don proposed the holiday in his column in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin on February 13, 1928. Two days later the paper printed a letter from Don’s co-worker, columnist Grace Tower Warren, who suggested May 1st May Day celebrations as ideal for the holiday, and crafted the slogan, “May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii.” Princess Helen Kawananākoa told Don, “Indeed, I do approve of the idea. I think it is a beautiful thought and you may count on me for anything you want to help it along. And I know that you will have the loyal support of all the Hawaiians on O‘ahu. They have been discussing it among themselves and are unanimously in favor of it. The nicest part of Lei Day is that it brings kamaainas together again. With so many malihinis and malihini customs in Honolulu, the old-timers have rather withdrawn from public events. Lei Day is so much in the old-time manner that they are planning to revive many ‘good old days’ courtesies.” In 1929, Lei Day received official recognition, and continues to be marked by celebrations ranging from simple giving and receiving of lei between family and friends, to sponsored competitions, to the world-renowned Lei Day show put on each year by the Brothers Cazimero. This yearʻs event is on Maui. In 2001, Hawai‘i Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka, during a May 1 address said, “ ‘May Day is Lei Day’ in Hawai‘i. Lei Day is a nonpolitical and

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nonpartisan celebration. Indeed, its sole purpose is to engage in random acts of kindness and sharing, and to celebrate the Aloha spirit, that intangible, but palpable, essence which is best exemplified by the hospitality and inclusiveness exhibited by the Native Hawaiians—Hawai‘i’s indigenous peoples—to all people of goodwill.” Lei are an instantly recognizable symbol of Hawai‘i. The wreaths of flowers and foliage worn by both men and women add fragrance and beauty to island life. As Princess Kawananākoa explained to Don those many years ago, a lei is more than a garland of flowers hastily bought and carelessly given. She said that it should be made by the giver with much thought and consideration of color combination, fragrance, and design. Lei also are more than flowers sewn on a strand. There are lei of seeds, shells, feathers, and even words. A special song composed for a loved one can be a lei. All of them are a tangible expression of aloha, and as such are given to show love, joy, or sympathy, and as greetings and farewells. In fact, poetically, a child is called a lei, because the child is the weaving together of the love of his or her parents and ancestors. Historian and writer Emma Ahuena Taylor wrote in 1928, “The lei meant a great deal in old Hawai‘i. The favorite child in the home was called a wreath—a lei. Konia, the mother of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, when she spoke of Lili‘uokalani, called her the ‘lei


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a‘i,’ or ‘the wreath of her neck.’ As to Princess Pauahi, her daughter, she spoke of her as her ‘lei po‘o,’ or ‘the wreath of her head.’ This has been told me by my mother.” For millennia, Hawaiian poetry has celebrated the lei from ancient chants to modern songs, from poetic metaphors to literal descriptions, the lei has been a popular subject. This fascination with the lei continues today, and even engendered a holiday, Lei Day, to celebrate this delightful part of Hawaiian culture. Today, the song most associated with Lei Day was written by Ruth and Leonard “Red” Hawk. In it Don Blanding and Grace Warren were popularizing Don’s idea to create a holiday to celebrate the lei. Grace’s catchphrase, “May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i,” became the “hook”

A Traditional Lei Chant Ke lei maila o Ka‘ula o ke kai Ka mālamalama o Ni‘ihau ua mālie A mālie pā ka Inuwai Ke inu maila nā hala o Naue i ke kai No Naue kahala, no Puna ka wahine No ka lua nō I Kīlauea Ua ‘ikea

A lei of sea foam is there at Ka‘ula Ni‘ihau shines in the calm Parched by the Inuwai wind There drink the pandanus of Naue from the sea From Naue the pandanus, from Puna the woman From the pit indeed of the Volcano Let it be known

of the new song. Today, only the chorus is generally performed, though Ruth and Leonard had actually written a chorus and two verses. Though this hapahaole mele (Hawaiian song with English words) is generally performed as a hula, originally it was a fox-trot! In modern times, a lei is often given with a kiss. The story goes: During World War II, a hula dancer at one of the USO clubs was dared by her girlfriends to kiss a handsome young officer. She met the challenge by going up to him and giving | May–June 2016


him her lei, saying, “It is our custom to give a kiss with a lei.” Thus a new “ancient” custom was born. Formerly, while the lei was always given with great affection and respect, it might not always be placed on the recipient by the giver. To “na po‘e kahiko,” the people of olden times, the head was sacred. People did not put their hands or arms above another’s head. A lei was carefully wrapped in a The writer learning lei making special container, often made from her grandmother, Thelma Yuen of fresh ti leaves, and handed to the recipient. If the lei was for a very high ranking ali‘i, then the lei would be handed to a retainer to give the ali‘i. Taylor wrote, “Leis, I have always known, were, and are, an expression of love. Leis were the garments of Hiku, the god of love. When one arrives at a Hawaiian home, the dwellers therein always hasten to deck him with leis, their expression of welcome and love. At departure, that same expression—of love—and farewell, is used in leis to decorate the departing one. “At a feast, it is not complete unless every guest is bedecked with a lei. In olden times when people were traveling and they

May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i Words and music by Ruth and Leonard “Red” Hawk. Land of the flowers, of flow’ry bowers, In her gay dress she appears A sweet happy maid, may her dress never fade As she carries this day through the years May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i Garlands of flowers ev’ry where All of the colors in the rainbow Maidens with blossoms in their hair Flowers that mean we should be happy Throwing aside our load of care, Oh! May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i Lei Day is happy day out there. Land of green mountains, gardens and fountains Beaches of white shining sand Where each one I see has a smile just for me And has ready a welcoming hand May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i Garlands of flowers ev’ry where All of the colors in the rainbow Maidens with blossoms in their hair Flowers that mean we should be happy Throwing aside our load of care, Oh! May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i Lei Day is happy day out there. | May–June 2016

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came to a sacred or Lei pūpū o Ni‘ihau made with momi shells. Lei property of Hilo Lei Day Festival, historic place where donated by Don Nigro. there might be a stone Maker unknown. photo by Leilehua Yuen that was venerated, the visitors placed wreaths of greenery upon it. . . “It seems to me that anything that tends to perpetuate the beautiful custom of the lei is worthwhile. What is more beautiful and fragrant than the green maile of different varieties, as one of the standard lei of Hawaii. ‘Lei Day’ and ‘May Day’ almost seem synonymous.” Among the many supporters of Lei Day were tourism officials and business people. Along with Don, they saw huge commercial potential in the holiday. Warren and others who saw themselves more as North American expatriates living in the islands thought of the new holiday as a way to enjoy their own traditions with a tropical flavor. To Hawaiians, it was a way to regain and promote their mother culture, which they saw washing out to sea in the tsunami of modernization and Americanization. Kama‘āina Gerrit Wilder probably put the feeling of ‘locals’ most succinctly when he wrote in April 1928, “I heartily kōkua for ‘More Hawai‘i in Hawai‘i.’ ” ❖



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KTA Celebrates 100

| By Alan D. McNarie | May–June 2016

KTA Founder Koichi Taniguchi’s son, Barry Taniguchi (left), is CEO of KTA. Barryʻs son, Toby Taniguchi (right), is the company’s president.



Puainako Renovation, 1977

Keawe St. Dry Goods Department


t looks, at first, like a typical modern supermarket: row on row of gleaming shelves and glass-fronted coolers, a meat counter, a deli, a bakery. Look a little closer, and you’ll start to see the things that make this place something that could only exist in Hawai‘i. Start with the entire section displaying dozens of varieties of poke: that uniquely Hawaiian delicacy that combines raw seafood with flavorings from the island’s diverse ethnic communities—from scallops in Japanese Ponzu sauce to “Ahi Korean.” Nearby, there’s a whole cooler unit devoted to various brands of tofu, including several from small companies based in Hilo. A rack in the produce department holds bags of poi. Scattered around nearly every section of the store are dozens of “Mountain Apple” brand products, all grown or produced on Hawai‘i Island: everything from local grass fed beef (including some cuts ready-marinated with teriyaki sauce), to liliko‘i jams and marshmallows, to chili-pepper jelly, and to “Da Kine Chips” made from taro and sweet potatoes. Welcome to KTA, a local success story that’s celebrating its 100th year of business this year. “I know people come from the other islands just to pick up our poke,” remarks Debra Arita, standing on a catwalk that circles high above the store’s sales floor. Debbie is the assistant to Barry Taniguchi, the store’s CEO, and stands in as his spokesperson when he’s traveling. She’s enjoying a view that customers almost never see, one that’s all-too familiar to the store’s behind-the scenes staff, who have to merely step out their office doors to see what’s going on with the clerks and customers below. The Mountain Apple line now includes more than 425 products from 38 vendors, “not including products made in house such as sushi and poke,” says Debbie. Each store, she notes, has some Mountain Apple specialties that only they make; the Kona store, for instance, is responsible for an “awesome Chantilly cake dessert in a cup that I love.” Debbie’s boss, Barry, has said that the reasons for the chain’s success are “multiple” including strong support from the community and from their employees. He often uses the word “humbling” when he talks about the fact that KTA has been around so long. The company has support from the community and its employees because of how the company itself has acted and the traditions it’s established. How that mutual company and community relationship evolved is a tale that combines equal

Taniyo and Koichi Taniguchi Hidetoshi and Barry at the Kona store, 1984. | May–June 2016

Waiākea Town Store 1800s, exact date unknown

parts of the Hawaiian traditions of aloha and lōkahi—which translates roughly as “working together”—and a generous dose of the Japanese principle of kaizen, or “continuously striving for improvement,” along with large dollops of family solidarity and community spirit. The company was lucky enough to hit on that magic combination early on, and to maintain it for four generations. KTA officially began before July 1916, when an unassuming little 500-square-foot grocery and dry goods shop opened in Hilo, across the street from the spot where the Suisan Fish Market stands today. The real start of the story, however was a few years earlier, when a young man named Koichi Taniguchi arrived in Hilo from Japan, without enough money left to pay his passage the rest of the way to California, where he was supposed to take over from his father as gardener on an estate in San Jose. Koichi only meant to stay in Hilo long enough to earn the rest of his passage. However, he fell in love with the island. Then he fell in love with a girl named Taniyo, and married her. To support themselves, Koichi and Taniyo began delivering groceries around town by bicycle, until they had enough money to open their 800-square-foot “real store.” Their little mom-and-pop store found a ready market in the growing Japanese-American


The Puainako flagship store was built on ten acres of former sugarcane land. | May–June 2016

neighborhood of Shinmachi, which then clustered along the bayfront between the Wailoa River and downtown Hilo. They lived upstairs over the shop. Koichi headed the business and took care of the flow of goods from mainland and Japanese suppliers to the store’s shelves. Taniyo did the accounting and publicity, in addition to taking care of the couple’s nine children—as well as customers’ kids. She was known for welcoming shoppers’ children with handfuls of candy. That first store was called K. Taniguchi Shoten (shoten is “store” in Japanese). The chain’s current name originated on Hilo’s docks. “When Koichi and Taniyo ordered products from Japan, they would have initials on their box—KT in a diamond,” recounts Debbie. “Another store had the same initials. Koichi said, ‘We’re going to add a letter, an ‘A’ to distinguish from that other store.’ ” The original KTA store, along with Shinmachi, disappeared in the waves of Hilo’s 1946 tsunami. By then Koichi and Taniyo had opened a second store in downtown Hilo. Based on the amount of silt and debris under the second store, Debbie believes it was probably damaged by the 1960 tsunami—yet it survived, and was later expanded. The family survived, too. They lost one son, Toshiyuki, to a hunting accident. The two oldest sons, Yukiwo and Hidetoshi, went back to Japan to study business in Hiroshima then returned to join the company. Their youngest son, Tony, studied


at UH-Mānoa. When Koichi retired, Yukiwo succeeded him as KTA’s CEO; he was succeeded, in turn, by Tony. Now, a century later, KTA has grown into a chain of six supermarkets around the island, with nearly 800 employees. The Taniguchi family opened their first Kona supermarket in 1959, with Hidetoshi in charge. In 1965, they began construction on a new flagship store on ten acres of former cane land in Puainako, on the outskirts of Hilo. That store was followed by KTA in Keauhou in 1984, Waimea in 1990, and finally by KTA Waikoloa Village Market in 1990. With each new store, KTA brought along a company culture that combined community service with innovation. In the early days of their first store, for instance, when automobiles were still a relatively new thing on the island, Koichi and Taniyo invested in a truck to haul goods from the wharf to the store and to make deliveries to plantation communities along the Hāmākua Coast. Long before the credit card was invented, the Taniguchis extended store credit to their downtown Hilo store customers until payday, even giving out groceries in exchange for the promise of fresh produce. “On payday, long lines would form outside the downtown store, which functioned as a local bank where workers could cash in their paychecks before shopping,” according to a short store history called “A Century of Serving the People on the Big Island.” The chain’s website claims a long line of other innovations: the island’s first self-service meat department (the downtown Hilo store, 1956), the first in-store bakery in the state (Puainako store, 1977), the first supermarket in the state with barcode readers at all checkout counters (1979), and the island’s first grocery with a full-scale deli department (Keauhou, 1984).

Waikoloa Village Market , opened in 1990

The Keauhou store opened in 1984.

Kailua-Kona, the second store, opened in 1959

The first KTA was lost in the 1946 tsunami. The downtown Hilo location was the second store in the chain. | May–June 2016

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The Waimea store opened in 1990.


In 2007, the company’s Waimea and Waikoloa stores joined the photovoltaic revolution, with rooftop panels to generate in-house electricity. Of course, there’s the Mountain Apple branding program, which launched in 1994 in the wake of the closure of the island’s sugar plantations. “KTA recognizes there is more at stake than simply identifying new economics to succeed sugar,” one company document notes, explaining the motivation behind Mountain Apple. “There are concerns for diversifying the island’s agriculture, and for preserving green space and the easy going aloha spirit and rural lifestyle of Hawai‘i Island. Most of all, there is concern for the stalled mobility of the people of Hawai‘i.” To this day, small farmers and businesses that might not have enough production or financing to market their products on their own can get their start under Mountain Apple’s umbrella. The involvement of the chain, and the Taniguchi family, in the island community goes well beyond Mountain Apple. Barry heads the local Boy Scout Council. The company actively supports charities and nonprofit institutions such as the American Heart Association, the Hilo Medical Center, the North Hawai‘i Community Hospital and the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center. KTA has sponsored local sports teams and donated to local schools, including UH-Hilo and a Hawaiian immersion program, ʻAha Pūnana Leo. It has also supported the host culture in other ways, too. The shelves of its stores bear bar codes, for instance, which allow those with a cell phone to read the names of various products in Hawaiian. KTA remains a privately owned family business, and the Taniguchis remain at the heart of it. Barry is Koichi’s grandson; he succeeds his father Yukiwo and his uncle Tony in that position. Barryʻs son Toby is the company’s president. At least a half-dozen family members hold various positions in the company. It may seem a bit old-fashioned in the modern world of mega-corporations, yet somehow this family business has not just survived, it has thrived, despite the competition from national chains such as Safeway and even the advent of big box discounters such WalMart and Target on their home turf. So what, really, is the secret of KTA’s success? It may be even simpler than uniting lōkahi and kaizen. Koichi and Taniyo, and their children after them, have loved and cared for Hawai‘i Island, and Hawai‘i Island has loved them back. ❖ Contact KTA: Contact writer Alan D. McNarie:

Hawai‘i Island

Charter Schools

L–R: Freshmen Edward Hernandez, Lily Aguilar, Audreea Ewing, Joy Boswell, and Venus Kohana outside Building C at Hawaii Academy of Art and Science.

n the past two issues of Ke Ola Magazine, we’ve explored various charter schools on the island, describing these public schools that are focused on Hawaiian language and culture or are project-based. They are unique in character, in location, and in struggles to exist with limited budgets and a lack of real political support from the Department of Education (DOE) and State Legislature. In this issue, Ke Ola Magazine focuses on several more charter schools that are no exception for their uniqueness. These are project-based schools with opportunities for youth to delve into passions they may not find or be able to pursue elsewhere. How these schools came to be and continue to exist inspire conversations about education and schools in our diverse communities around the island. Unlike the traditional DOE school, charter schools don’t receive subsidies for the three basics in education: transportation, facilities and food.

Hawai‘i Academy of Art and Science Public Charter School Steve Hirakami, the principal of Hawai‘i Academy of Art and Science Public Charter School (HAAS), says it first began with a couple of teachers at Pahoa High and Intermediate School. Wendy Schaeffer and Gail Loeffler had this idea for another educational option in Pāhoa.

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“We were all so amazed at the disrespect, violence, and profanity,” Steve recalls. “Nobody wanted to do anything about it. It was not conducive to a learning environment. Kids were basically disrespecting themselves.” With the passage of the 1999 Charter School Act, Wendy and Gail wrote a detailed implementation plan. In the fall of 2000-2001, these two women took their bold step with HAAS. Steve and other HAAS representatives gave their presentation to the Board of Education, got acceptance of their implementation plan, and received their charter document. “That day, there was no building, desks, teachers, a special-education plan, food service, transportation—literally all we had was a piece of paper.” From June 21–Sept. 4, 2001, the HAAS group worked to arrange food to come from Keonepoko Elementary School, transportation to come from Robert’s Hawaii, and a lease for the space with New Hope Christian Fellowship Puna church located in Pāhoa. Steve addressed the crowd of students gathered for the first day of school, noting the rules, especially the “golden rule,” “treat everyone with aloha and everything will work out.” Sixteen years later, HAAS has HAAS Principal its brand, “aloha in education.” Steve Hirakami

HAAS was able to have its campus on Post Office Road in Pāhoa appraised at $1.1 million and borrowed money to build its administration building, longhouse, and pavilion for its high school campus. In 2007, HAAS had the opportunity to buy the neighboring seven acres to form its upper middle school campus among the fallow macadamia nut orchards. With an updated appraisal of $2.2 million, they were able to borrow money for the land purchase. There is now the potential to acquire another 14 acres to make a total footprint of 25 acres. “We can consolidate the school and save on incredible rent we pay on the outside,” Steve says.

Volcano School of Arts and Sciences Teacher Patrick Baker working in a mathematics lab with students Isabella Paris and Dayton Hayes at HAAS. | May–June 2016

“The environment for learning is paramount,” Steve says. “Respect each other.” HAAS has instilled community service in the school, making 144 hours of charity work a graduation requirement. HAAS uses Total Quality Management in Education, Margaret Byrnes’ pedagogy, which involves stakeholders and is what Steve describes as “a bottom-up way of running things.” “It’s really interesting to manage a school from the bottom, up. Teachers have a say in the hiring of fellow teachers,” he says. “The kids define the school,” Steve says. “They like the school. They are the face of this school. I think the defining factor is that the kids want to be here.”


A group of parents and teachers in Volcano spearheaded the opening of Volcano School of Arts and Sciences (VSAS) in 2001.

VSAS Assistant school director Chris King-Gates with bus that costs $66K per year.

Volcano School of Arts and Sciences Sixth graders. L–R: PhoebusDomingo, Timothy Costales,and Andy Kvatek

Today, the school resides on two different parcels: land owned by Kamehameha Schools adjacent to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and a parcel on Department of Education land originally donated in 1914 by the Lee family for a school for Volcano’s children. Students on both campuses have the luxury of being in the forest amongst native and endemic plants. The school has “very active, hands-on learning,” which is placebased, focused on scientific and cultural learning. There are 156 students in the school in all, and eighth grade is the highest grade. Kathleen Kam, who can be credited for the mural outside the KTA Super Stores in downtown Hilo, is one of a number of artists who participates in the Artists in the Schools program that VSAS offers through grants. She comes to the school once a week to teach the students. Right now they are working with Window Books. Since the fifth grade class is reading Island of the Blue Dolphins, their window books take that focus. Another highlight of the school—learning trips. For instance, the third grade class goes on a learning trip every Monday to the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Ka‘ū, and around the island looking at geology and biology. Many of the learning trips are led by Jeff Judd, a former law enforcement ranger for the national park. Learning trips are fully integrated into the school curriculum, which is based on the Common Core Standards and the mission and vision of the school. VSAS’ counselor Kim Miller teaches a social and emotional curriculum that includes, feelings, awareness, mindfulness, self-control, and resolving problems peacefully. It promotes a “peaceful classroom.” Kim says that she teaches students to have physiological awareness, noting, for example, how deep breaths can calm you down. The fact is, though, “Every kid who comes here, the state gives about a thousand dollars less per student than the traditional DOE

school,” the VSAS Assistant Director Chris King-Gates noted. One of the most expensive aspects of the school is transportation. Some students ride on Hele-On buses from as far away as Ocean View and South Point Road to get to VSAS. The school has a bus that only goes as far as Nā‘ālehu. The educational director, Kalima Cayir says, “The bus costs the school $66,000 per year, about $20,000 of which is covered through usage fees. The school is currently seeking grants and funding to establish a financial aid program for families who cannot afford to pay the $75 per month bus fee.” One of the school’s greatest success stories is its school lunch program led by Amalie Dorn. She started it in 2013, as a parent interested in her own children’s nutrition. Meals are prepared at the Keakealani House, the former Keakealani Education Outdoor Center where the middle school classes are taught. “We want to prepare meals that are fresh, with as much local produce as possible,” Amalie says. “We don’t cook with salt, sugar, or seasonings.” The Hawaii Child Nutrition Program is looking at her program to model, as VSAS was the first school to institute a farm-to-school program. Currently, Amalie is working on a School Food Hui program with Kona Pacific Public Charter School. Fourteen charter schools have signed on to be partners in the School Food Hui, which will involve sharing a business office, menu planning, and buying. All the schools will pay into the program. A Kona Pacific staffer wrote the grant for the first three years of funding. “The DOE is looking at our model for their own,” noted Amalie. “It’s exciting.”

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Amalie also chairs the Friends of VSAS board, which recently received a $618,000 grant to plan and design a new campus on the same land as the Keakealani Building. More recently they received a $285,000 GIA grant (Hawai‘i State Grant In Aid) to build a community commercial kitchen. The vision for the new campus is to provide community access to our commercial kitchen, multi-purpose center and library, according to Kalima.

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Down the hill, at Mountain View Elementary School, Connections Public Charter School started as a school within a school in 2000. Connections’ nonprofit, Community-Based Education Support Services, looked to downtown Hilo for a lease of the Kress Building, and ultimately bought the building from the Fong family. Over the years, the school’s nonprofit organization has had three other building tenants: Boyd Hawaii LLC, which is the school’s food service provider, Wallace Theaters, Connections senior Travis Greenleaf with and Akmal Foods his carousel made in the makery class. Suraya’s Indian Kitchen in the 45,984 square foot building. Located in a tsunami inundation zone, however, the school acquired a 65-year lease on 73 acres in Kaumana in hopes of relocating from Hilo bayfront. The school applied for a special-use permit to develop a portion of the property into a school and also a “multigenerational community center,” according to Heather McDaniel, who has been with the school for 16 years. The county planning commission and the Circuit Court, on appeal, both denied the special-use permit. Another appeal is pending, but, for now, the school’s expansion plan was thwarted by what Heather described as “NIMBYS that don’t want a school there, or any development.” NIMBY, as you are likely aware, is an acronym for “not in my backyard.”

“Part of the charter school challenge is that there is no facilities funding,” Heather says. She credits “creative people on the board” who snatched up the three-story Kress building. On the first floor, where there used to be a five-and-dime store and a soda fountain, is the elementary school, along with the office, storage, and cafeteria. Akmal Foods Suraya’s Indian Kitchen takes up a corner of the front window area. Administrators’ offices, middle school and high school are housed on the second floor that was recently renovated with $1.5 million in grant-in-aid funds from the State Legislature. All-in-all, the school takes up 25,457 square feet of the building. The school has Connections teacher Bill Thorpe with a computerized a Ferris wheel a student has been design class working on in the makery class. referred to as the “makery” taught by Bill Thorpe and Greg Henkel. Using computers and a 3D laser printer, the students make things out of wood, plastic and metal. “We are kind of having to untrain them because they are experienced with gaming and take off,” Greg pointed out. “We have to note the technology is sophisticated and they cannot just push buttons.” Connections students also are involved in video and music production and dance. The school has finished creating its music studio on the second floor.

Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School While the other public charter schools might be having facility issues, Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School doesn’t have any issues with space.

LCPCS Special education classroom.

Michael Okoye is the third director of the school since it converted to a charter school in 2012–2013. One teacher from DOE stayed; Todd Otake teaches music, agriculture, and communications. Office manager, Tracy Jardine also stayed. Tracy has lived in Waipunalei for the last 37 years—her children attended the school, as did her husband. “This community needs this school. It’s the last thing we’ve got.” The school has students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Currently the school population is 242, and if you count the students enrolled in the school’s online “Harmony” program it’s 301. Like other charter schools, there are fewer students in the higher grades. Michael has noticed a trend of one small class and one big class, say a small freshman class, followed by a large sophomore class, and is not sure why that is the case. Laupāhoehoe offers a woodworking class by woodworker Peter Ziroli.  They received a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) grant which comes with a curriculum and helps kids learn how to handle emotions and conflict. Laupāhoehoe has also partnered with Kuikahi Mediation to do peer mediation. In another building, there are two classrooms for individuals with special abilities and needs, including one room devoted entirely to sensory objects for students with autism or on the autism spectrum. DOE has tapped Laupāhoehoe school for a facelift, since it is a conversion school and the facility is still owned by DOE. Each of the classrooms are expected to be painted in the coming months.




One change Laupāhoehoe has seen this year is the students all have Chrome Books and are working on a program called “Grad Point,” which is an online curriculum aligned with Common Core standards and allows the school to hone in on the students’ strengths and weaknesses. “What we’re trying to do is meet the needs of the community, at the same time we’re transitioning toward attracting more students,” Michael says. “The attraction involves offering things like woodshop and also autoshop, some of the more technical aspects of education that will be useful out of school.”  Michael is eager to see the school “move further along the road to academic progress.” “I don’t want to say our focus is test results, but we need to improve,” he says. Students need to become better readers as well, Michael noted. He also would like to see a more robust computer science program, and a Laupāhoehoe Director robust agriculture program | May–June 2016

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along with a strong Laupāhoehoe Office Manager Tracy Jardine vocational arts program. “We want to prepare kids to live here, but also participate in the global community.” Indeed, despite their unique challenges, the charter schools toured for this series all seem to share the common goal of passing along practical knowledge and at the same time they are trying to prepare students for the world outside their small and diverse communities. ❖ Contact Hawai‘i Academy of Art and Science Public Charter School: 808.965.3730, Contact Volcano School of Arts and Sciences: 808.985.9800 Contact Connections Public Charter School: 808.961.3664, Contact Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School: 808.962.2200, Contact writer and photographer Tiffany Edwards Hunt:


Activities with Your Keiki | By Tiffany Edwards Hunt

Aerialist Lena Stepp in Hiccup Circus.


t’s the perennial topic—what to do with the keiki for the summer. On Hawai‘i Island there are ample programs, activities, and excursions—it’s just a matter of online searches and phone calls to get the scoop. Ke Ola Magazine has saved you the trouble, compiling an A–Z guide to resources and ideas—from day camps and sports programs to experiences like camping and museum hopping—to aid you in the best summer plan to fit your family’s needs, budget and lifestyle. This list isn’t meant to be comprehensive. Apologies to those planning summer excursions for which we werenʻt able to include information. Send your posters and flyers with descriptions to for inclusion on our social media sites.

Aloha Performing Arts Company . Contact Melissa Geiger: 808.322.9924

. Isaac Hale Beach Park, Kapa‘a Beach Park, Kohanaiki Beach Park, Kolekole Gulch Park, Laupāhoehoe Beach Park, Māhukona Beach Park, Miloli‘i Beach Park, Punalu‘u Beach Park, Spencer Beach Park, and Whittington Beach Park Hawai‘i residents pay per night with valid ID—Adults (18+): $6 | Juniors (13–17): $3 Children (12 years and younger): $1 | Check website for out of state visitor rates. For reservations: . Ho‘okena Beach Park Hawai‘i residents pay per night with valid ID—Adults (18+): $6 | Juniors (13–17): $2 Children (12 years and younger): $1 | Check website for out of state visitor rates. For reservations 72 hours in advance:

Center Stage Hilo

. Classes for ballet, modern dance, or hip-hop For rates and times: 808.990.7163,

County of Hawai‘i Summer Fun

. For more information on activities offered for various communities around the island:

. BISF will host a series of five-day summer sailing camps. Mon–Fri, 9am–3pm | Novice sailors, age 8–12 Dinghy sailing and beach camps in Keauhou Bay | Jun 20–24, Jun 27–Jul 1 Intermediate sailors and beginners, 12 and older . Keelboat and dinghy sailing out of Honokōhau Harbor | Jul 11–15, Jul 18–22 . Performance dinghy sailing and racing at Honokōhau Harbor | Jul 25–29 For fees and registration: 808.325.5529,

East Hawaii Cultural Center (Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art) . Wed–Fri, 10am–4pm | Sat, 10am–2pm | Free Admission | 808.961.5711,

“Bird Park”

Foreign language courses

. Part of the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Kīpukapuaulu Trail, or “Bird Park” as it is widely referred, is 1.5 miles up Mauna Loa Road, off Highway 11. Read the 28-page trail guide:

Donkey Mill Summer Art Experience

. For information on visiting artists and workshops: 808.322.3362

Earl’s Garage

. Multiple-week workshops on science exploration in Waimea: 808.885.6777

. Rosetta Stone foreign language course . West Hawaii Education Academy | Contact Chrissy Politowski: . French in East Hawai‘i | Contact Sylvie Garnero: | May–June 2016

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Kennedy Jarvis as “Kennedy Rabbit” (L) and Lena Stepp as “Charlie ChapLena” (R) at Hiccup Circus.

Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy

. Basketball—808.881.4290 . Equestrian camp—Judy Falk, 808.885.4302 . Swim— . Tennis—808.881.4037,

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Fun Factory

. More than 75 arcade games and a prize gallery | Waiakea Center Games range from $1–$3 each | Summer hours, 10am–midnight 808.969.9137 for more information and party bookings.

. The park is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Visit Jagger Museum, Thurston Lava Tube, take in the impressive view of the Halema‘uma‘u Crater, or take a day hike on one of the park’s 11 trails, including Bird Park, referred to earlier in this article, Kīlauea Iki, and the Crater Rim Trail. . The 36th Annual Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival & BioBlitz Engage in authentic Hawaiian cultural practices and learn how native Hawaiians lived closely to the land as its stewards. | Sat, Aug. 27, 10am–3pm This free event is themed E Ho‘omau (to perpetuate; to continue in a way that causes good to be long-lasting) |

H.I.C.C.U.P. Circus Summer Camp at S.P.A.C.E.

. East Hawai‘i | Pantheon School of Gymnastics, four one-week camps in June for ages 3–13 Mon–Fri, 8am–noon | 808.961.2502 | . East Hawai‘i | Pacific Gymnastics | 808.934.0642 . West Hawai‘i | Kona Aerials | 808.329.4313

. “Elemental Theatre” for ages 7-15. L–R: Kanoa Lindewai, Camp ends with a show featuring beginning Ashton Brey, Jasper Closter, and advanced and students performing Kennedy Jarvis. acrobatics, magic, stilt walking, aerial silks, juggling, music, balloon twisting, and more! May 30–June 3, 10am–4pm | Contact Tristan Graham: 808.965.8756,

Happy Feet Summer Soccer Camp

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. Kids classes are taught during the summer | Contact Shannon Hickey: 808.935.8380

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. A monthly card for $25 buys $1 pass on the weekdays and $3 pass on the weekends. Otherwise, a round of golf at the muni costs $15 on the weekdays and $20 on the weekends. Tee times run from 7am–5pm, however the facility, which includes a driving range, is open until 6pm | A bucket of balls at the range costs $3.50 | 808.959.7711

Hilton Waikoloa Village

. For $160 for up to four people, based on availability, you can reserve use of a room from 10am–6pm. Enjoy the 175-foot water slide or the “Fish Pipe,” a simulated water ride, at the Kona pool, or rent a kayak, stand-up paddle board, or peddle bikes on the Main Lagoon. While at the hotel, check out the “Seaside Putting Green,” a 30,000 square foot putting course, which costs $10 for adults and $7 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 can putt for free when accompanied by a paying adult | Hawaii Ocean Sports: 808.886.6666 for costs not listed or to prearrange these activities | Call the Hilton at 808.886.1234 to reserve a day-use room or an overnight stay.

Hulihe‘e Palace

. On the National Register of Historic Places, this museum was once a summer vacation home for Hawaiian royalty. The Daughters of Hawai‘i manages the palace for the Division of State Parks | Mon–Sat, 9am–4pm | Sun, 10am–3pm The entrance fee is $6–$8 for kama‘āina adults and $1 for children | 808.329.1877

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

. Hilo planetarium and exhibits Children under 5 receive free admission | Kama‘āina—Children 5–12: $7 | Adults: $12 Group reservations are available | | May–June 2016

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Island Dance Academy

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Jack’s Diving Locker

. Learn about marine animals such as dolphins, whales, sharks, and sea turtles with hands-on activities, arts and crafts. The camps involve beach excursions and fun-in-the-pool snorkeling and diving. . Ages 6–8: Keiki Sea Camp (5 days) . Ages 8–14: Sea Camp Hawaii series (5 days) Seal Team Scuba Camp (5 days) | Master Seal Team Scuba Camp (5 days) . Ages 12 -18: Open Water Scuba Camp (4 days) Advanced Scuba Camp (4 days) | Rescue Diver Camp (4 days) 808.329.7585,

Junior Music Academy

. For class schedules and rates: 808.331.2000,


. Eat, sing karaoke, play arcade games, or bowl at this family friendly entertainment center in Kailua-Kona | Daily, 9am–2am | 808.326.2695 for rates and reservations

Kilauea Military Camp

. Bowling Lanes and Recreation Lodge is housed in the camp at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park | Lanes are first-come, first-serve—$3 per person per game. Mon–Fri, 1–10pm | Sat, Sun, and major holidays, 11am–10pm | 808.967.8350

Kona Horseplay

. Day camps planned for the summer on property above Kona Coffee Mill. Camp rates depend on the age of the child and camp lengths. There are discounts for siblings and referrals. 808.345.4696 | |

Kuleana Education Summer Program

. Become well versed on how Hawaiians traditionally built fishponds and hone in on ancient fishing skills with a tour of brackish pools throughout the North Kona park. This no-fee park is open year round. The gate for Kaloko road leading to the Hale Ho‘okipa Visitor Center is open Daily, 8am–5pm. There is also an entrance to the south end of the park and beach area from Honokōhau Harbor. Contact the visitor center: 808.326.9057

. Open to any students—kindergarteners to eighth graders. June is “Music Mania”—introducing kids to jazz, pop, rock and roll, and more There will also be science and art and space camps, according to organizer Dana Kern. July is “Around The World Camp”—involves making food, art projects, and playing games from different countries. 9am–3pm, $35 per week, with aftercare available from 3pm–4pm Contact Dana: 808.989.0986,

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. Summer day camp programs at Hilo and Kailua-Kona schools. 808.262.4538,

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. Classes in b-boy, hip-hop, jazz, ballet, and voice taught by Angela and Maika at the YWCA in Hilo | Contact Angela Woods:

Ocean Rider Aqua Farm Tours Ocean Rider’s Kona Seahorse Farm

. Mon–Fri, 10am, noon, or 2pm Tickets—13 and up: $42 | Children ages 7–12: $32 | Toddlers’ ages 3–6: $30 Infants: free | Reservations: 808.329.6840,

Pacific Tsunami Museum

. Tue–Sat, 10am–4pm Kama‘āina adults and seniors: $7 | Children ages 6–17: $4 | Children 5 and under: free

Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (Place of Refuge)

. Educate yourself on the Hawaiians’ ancient kapu system and the pu‘uhonua of this archaeological site by listening in on ranger talks that are scheduled throughout the day. Daily, 8:30am–4:30pm | Park fee is $5 per carload | 808.328.2326

Pony Fun Days

. An equestrian program for children ages 6–16. Pony Fun Days are meant to be a fun introduction to ponies, more like a petting zoo. Learn about the different kinds of ponies—groom and brush them, and pick their feet. Separate lessons involve saddling, bridling, tying, leading, mounting, steering, and riding. Contact Nani: 808.987.1492

Pu‘ukohola Heiau National Historical Site

. Visit one of the largest restored heiau in Hawai‘i, located in Kawaihae | 808.882.7218 | May–June 2016

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. 808.932.7607 | . Classical Ballet Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Conditioning, and Choreography camps will be offered to children ages 10 and up. These camps are for dancers with ballet experience who are interested in dancing on Pointe, Dana Sugai or those who are already on Pointe and wish to continue learns how to to strengthen and improve their technique. Classes will sew ribbons on her ballet include core strengthening, GYROKINESIS® exercise  slippers in ballet variations, classical and contemporary choreography. preparation for Pointe Shoes Mon–Thur, 8:30am–12:30pm at West Hawaii Camp #1: June 6-9 | Camp #2: June 20-23 Theatre Camp #3: July 11-14 | Camp #4: July 18-21 and Dance Academy The fee is $195 per student per camp. Contact West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy: 808.329.8876, Contact writer Tiffany Edwards Hunt: Photos courtesy of H.I.C.C.U.P. Circus and West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy.

For the Best Years of Our Lives

Mary Ann Lim | By Catherine Tarleton


unty Mary Ann Lim piles out of her Honda CR-V and hands me her ‘ukulele as she gathers up two fragrant puakenikeni lei and a spritzer bottle. Hair perfect, white mu‘umu‘u, Tahitian pearl, lavender jade and Hawaiian bracelets jingling, she clips on shell earrings, finds her lipstick, and adds color to the flashing smile that completes her look. Once inside, seated in the open atrium at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, with late afternoon sun streaming across the ocean-blue tile, she spritzes the lei and places it around her neck, folds the other back into a kitchen towel. “It’s sad if you have flowers and don’t use them,” she says. She picked the flowers this morning, after weeding the garden a while, tossing in some laundry and making breakfast for her granddaughter. She’ll give the second lei to Halani Berard when she arrives, completing the musical duo they laughingly call the Golden Girls, who serenade guests three nights a week. | May–June 2016

Puakenikeni Lei and the hands that created it.

“My dad taught me to play,” Mary Ann says. “I think I still play like him. Simple, simple. Sonny scolds me. I just like the way it was.” Her musical laugh says she is teasing about her son Sonny Lim, award-winning Hawaiian musician and slack key artist. Sonny’s sisters are Charmaine Davis, and Nā Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap, Lorna Lim, and Leialoha Amina. As matriarch of the legendary Lim Family, Mary Ann’s ‘ohana includes Merrie Monarch champions, winners of Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, songwriters, singers, dancers, kumu hula, and more. Grandson Manaola Yap is an up-and-coming fashion designer in demand. A busy family with widespread branches, the Lim’s are deeply rooted in Kohala, where mother Mary Ann’s genealogy reaches back to Hawaiian ali‘i. Mary Ann Neulu was born in her grandparents’ home in Hawi Homestead March 23, 1936. “All my mother’s sisters went to their parents home to give birth,” she says. “They had a midwife who helped.” Her father, William Neulu, worked for Niuli‘i Mill, eventually Kohala Sugar. “Neulu is an old name,” says Mary Ann. “You can’t find it today. Neulu was one of the ruling chiefs of Hawai‘i—from the line of ‘Umi, chief of Waipi‘o.” Her parents and grandparents would speak Hawaiian at home. “I heard it all,” says Mary Ann. “They could speak but they couldn’t teach us. I can understand, but can’t speak it, only a very little.” Until the Hawaiian Renaissance era, schools suppressed teaching Hawaiian language, and other elements of culture. Thankfully, interest was revived in the 1970s. Life in Niuli‘i and other communities revolved around the sugar cane industry. Before Mary Ann was born, there were seven


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sugar mills in the Kohala District: Kohala, Union, Niuli‘i, Hawi, Halawa, Hō‘ea, and Star. In 1937, they were consolidated into Kohala Sugar Company, which at its peak had 600 employees and produced 45,000 tons of raw sugar on 13,000 acres. A network of waterways diverted streams to the mills; a narrow gauge railroad delivered sugar to landings around the island. “The train passed by our home,” she says. “It was driven by our neighbor, Mr. Akana. He was the conductor. I remember the whistle blowing, the burning cane, the cane trucks. We knew the numbers of all of them, and there were flumes passing by our house. We used to catch the canes out of the water and chew them. We said ‘that’s our toothbrush.’ ” “There was a Filipino camp, a Korean camp, Chinese and Japanese camps. The Hawaiians had their houses nearby, and there was another Filipino camp at Makapala,” she says, referring to the plantation system of housing imported laborers, grouped by nationality. “I met all these different people. We knew their children; we knew all the family names, the elders.” The holidays were very special occasions, especially for the children. “Every home made food for you,” Mary Ann says. “I used to go with the Filipino musicians and serenade everybody when I was nine or 10 years old.” With a close knit family and extended ‘ohana of many friends, Mary Ann says they often reminisce about those times. “When we meet each other we talk about it, and we realize the changes,” she says. “It was hard work before—and we still work hard. Our children can’t keep up with us.” Her father taught her to play ‘ukulele at a young age, and her first kumu hula was Aunt Sarah Pule (wife of community leader and legislator Akoni Pule for whom the highway is named). “I went for two days, then came home and said I don’t want to learn,” says Mary Ann with a smile. Mary Ann, a senior at Kohala High Fortunately, Margaret School, Class of 1954 Moku, another teacher in

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The Lim family Back row: sister Rose, mother Rose, father William, brother William, brother Edward Front row: Mary Ann, brothers Lawrence and Allen

the neighborhood took her under her wing. “She used to say, ‘If you just walk in and I’m teaching, you come in too,’ ” says Mary Ann. “There were always all these kids over there, hanging out the window, on the porch. ” “I was a dancer for many years, from when I was five or six years old. We danced for the USO,” Mary Ann says, remembering when 50,000 marines came to Waimea’s “Camp Tarawa,” to train for the battle of Iwo Jima. “We took our May Day shows to Waimea. At that time, the tutu’s went and threw money—and then the military threw so much money we had to go with a push broom to collect it all.” | May–June 2016

Mary Ann and husband Elmer Lim at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards in the early 80s.


Mary Ann never dreamed of being a professional entertainer. “I wanted to be an accountant, a bookkeeper, or a secretary,” she says. “I still know shorthand.” In fact, she uses shorthand at times to capture song lyrics as she hears them. She went to school at Makapala, graduated from Kohala High School, and continued to play music and sing in church. “We all could sing,” says Mary Ann, remembering her friend, the late Clyde “Kindy” Sproat, another of Kohala’s legendary musicians and storytellers, who lived nearby. “Later, when he was in the military, he heard the Lim Family’s music on the radio and realized ‘I know those people.’ ” About that time, Elmer Lim came back to town. He and his family had moved to Honolulu when the mills were closing, and he returned with a roofing company, to re-roof the elementary school. “He and a friend opened a pool hall,” says Mary Ann, and I used to hang around the store. Candy was only five cents.” Elmer was a talented ‘ukulele and guitar player, and singer. On O‘ahu, he had played with name entertainers. “He was with Eddie Kamae, Joe Marshall, Linda Delacruz, Ililani Miller, the Kalima brothers,” says Mary Ann. “The brothers were so big they took them around to gigs in a flatbed truck with the piano.” “He was a Dragon and I am a Rat,” she says, referring to their Chinese astrological signs. “We were a perfect match.” She and Elmer married in 1954. He went to work at Parker Ranch as a Caterpillar driver then trucking foreman, and the family moved up to the bucolic ranching community of Pu‘uhue (near Kahua Ranch). They would sing and play together, and when the keiki came, they joined in the growing Lim Family music tradition. At one point, Mary Ann was working as a custodian in the plantation office in town, and noticed a photo display showing families on house lots that the company had given free and clear.

She asked a girlfriend who worked there, and learned there was one more available. “I said ‘my father didn’t know about that,’ and I ran home and got Dad, and got my husband. And I got the lot,” she says. “That first night we stayed there, nobody slept. There was no mooing cows, and those familiar sounds.” In 1965, Mary Ann started working for the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, the island’s first luxury resort, before it opened. “I was a cafeteria food server,” she says. “I had to climb through the sand piles and ladders and everything to serve hot food to the workers, I loved it. I love to cook.” Her 30-year career there was not limited to the kitchen, however. “Our Food and Beverage manager had musicians here and there,” says Mary Ann, who knew that Aunty Margaret once invited him to a lū‘au at Keokea Beach Park, where he saw the Lim’s playing music. “So, one time he got stuck, and he called me to play for cocktail hour,” says Mary Ann. “Then that worked up to several nights a week, with traveling time included.” The Lim Family, in various forms, entertained at the hotel’s famed lū‘au for the next five decades, continuing today with daughter Nani and husband Ed Yap’s company, Traditions Hawai‘i. In 1988, Mary Annʻs husband passed away suddenly. They had been married for 34 years. Mary Ann remembered a sermon from some time in the past. “They asked the question, ‘Are you able to take care of yourself if you lose your spouse?’ ” she says. “And I said, ‘Yes, I think I can. I will.’ I was never afraid.” “My husband died during Merrie Monarch time,” she says. “He had so many friends. My garage was so full of vegetables, the Love’s driver brought all these buns, and breads and rolls, the

people who fished brought fish.” In the days ahead, she went through his possessions. “I made different bags for my sons, with his clothes and things. The only thing they couldn’t use were his shoes. Their feet were too big.” Her faith was tested again in 1997 when son Kimo was killed in a helicopter accident at age 29. “Kimo was a powerful male dancer. He had so much energy,” she says, touching the Hawaiian bracelet on her wrist. The inscription inside reads, “For the best years of our lives, Aloha, Dad, and Children.” Today, she is a super busy Tūtū of 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and nearly countless nieces, nephews, and hānai relatives. Always on the go, she plays music in the Mauna Lani’s atrium three nights a week with her friend Halani Berard, and appears at numerous fundraisers, concerts, music festivals, and special events—with various combinations of the Lim Family— across Hawai‘i and beyond.

Awards table in Mary Annʻs home where her daughter Lornaʻs hālau practices. | May–June 2016


“I love to travel; I love to go to Japan. I’ve been over 100 times. The people are nice, and the food is extra nice,” she says. Mary Ann also belongs to the local chapter of the Organization of American Chinese Women of the Island, and is actively helping with their history project. She works with Lorna’s hālau, and is learning to speak the Hawaiian language she loves. If that’s not enough, she wants to write a book for her family, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Zurvita nutritional products that she uses and sells to her friends.

“I look back at what a rich life I’ve had,” says Mary Ann, as Halani arrives with her beautiful ‘ukulele, handcrafted by Mary Ann’s late husband. Mary Ann gives her the lei and they take a moment to tune up. Hotel guests fill the chairs and are greeted with a warm “Aloha.” As they sing, soaring voices drift up through the atrium, lift songs to the upper floors and the clouds above, heading heavenward. ❖ Contact writer Catherine Tarleton:

Eho‘i ke aloha i ke Kulaiwi

A chant of Kohala, written by Lorna Lim, Nani Lim Yap, and Leialoha Amina. E ho‘i ke aloha i ke Kulāiwi Ka ‘āina ka makani ‘olu o Kohala Kū i ka la‘i O Pili me Kalāhikiola ‘Ekolu pua wili ‘ia me ke aloha (No) Nā pua, Nā Lei, Nā mamo lā eā...eā...eā

Come with love to the homeland, The land, the beautiful, pleasant wind of Kohala. Stand in the calm place of Pili and Kalāhikiola, Three flowers entwined with love, The flowers, the lei, the generations.

To be chanted three times.

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Each has a personal and professional complement to them, such as self-managing one’s behavior and managing others. As all business owners and company founders know, it’s much too easy to get mired in the day-to-day routine which businesses are chock full of, without an unwavering focus on values, mission, and vision. Frankly, without mission and vision, businesses are boring. Our distinction between the two appears at the top of the page, and I encourage you to co-author Series Two with me. Take a few minutes to decide for yourself the reading and learning relevance you seek, whether it be personally in the mana‘o of your Aloha spirit, as a working professional, or as a Managing with Aloha business person articulating your community connection to the Ke Ola mission to “celebrate the arts, culture, and sustainability of Hawai‘i Island.” The Life is our life. Values, mission, and vision have something in common: They only matter if you use them. This commonality is significant, for using them makes all the difference in the world. Make this personal, for work is personal. In Managing with Aloha’s language of intention, we refer to mission and vision as our ‘Imi ola, which we also know as the value guiding us “to seek your best possible life.” Leaders wise with humility know people are more apt to invest in and be committed to their own decisions regarding mission and vision, than they are to following the marching orders of a leader, even one considered founder— and I do believe that is how it should be! If you would like to share your mana‘o with me as a reader of this column, please write me at the contact page of my website, for I would love to hear from you. Live, work, speak, manage, and lead, all with the bountiful Aloha Spirit I know is within you. ~ Rosa Say Next issue: We revisit Aloha, our genesis value. Contact writer Rosa Say:, Rosa Say is a workplace culture coach, a zealous advocate of the Alaka‘i Manager, and the author of Managing with Aloha, Bringing Hawai‘i’s Universal Values to the Art of Business. | May–June 2016

loha mai kākou. Last issue I wrote, “Prepare to grow. Should there be a Phase II to your business? Decide on the tone for it, and have your vision illustrate your dawning of a brand new day, Ka lā hiki ola.” This issue, we do so. After speaking of 19 Hawaiian values inherent to our sense of place, values aligned with our mana‘o (belief and conviction) in business and workplace health, we imua (move forward) with Managing with Aloha’s Series Two within this, our Ke Ola ‘Ohana in Business conversation. Mahalo nui for continuing to welcome me as your Alaka‘i ka ‘ike, your guide in our learning together. Our ethos, that characteristic spirit of a culture or community as manifested in its beliefs and aspirations, remains the same— we work on being true to our values. Within our ethos we make three crucial choices: we focus on the values of Aloha to guide our behavior and our decisions; we focus on our relationships and partnerships, defining ‘Ohana as the “human circle of Aloha” and company we keep; and we focus on the work you devote your efforts to, knowing that your work ethic will sustain you physically, intellectually, and emotionally. We ho‘ohana (work with intention) as people who do important work; work which matters to our families and our community. Those foci center any Managing with Aloha practice—values, relationships, and intentional work. Values are first, because values drive the other two and they equip us, as well. Values come packaged with morality and our good intentions—they drive us to be our best selves. Aloha, ‘Ohana, and Ho‘ohana will be our core values in Series Two, and with upcoming issues we will revisit all 19 values as first introduced to you in Series One. Going forward, think of Series Two as our value of the month program, in our case, fresh value inspirations for the coming two months, as framed by each new Ke Ola Magazine issue. Let’s name our Managing with Aloha practice of value alignment “Aloha Intentions.” These Aloha Intentions are those five active verb phrases we’ll constantly study, verbs I’ll coach you to practice contextually: Living with Aloha Working with Aloha Speaking with Aloha Managing with Aloha Leading with Aloha


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would then be disposed of appropriately as part of the pani (closing ceremony). Lei are worn with caution, if at all, however, by pregnant women. Only open ended lei should be worn while pregnant, as closed lei are felt to increase the risk of the umbilical cord kinking or looping around the neck. Every treatment for illness closes with a pani, a ceremony which provides both physical and spiritual completion. Depending on the specific illness, a special lei specifically made for the closing might be used in the pani. For example, an open-ended lei of limu kala (Sargassum echinocarpum). At the end of the pani, the patient swims in the ocean and allows the lei to float away, carrying off any remains of the illness or disharmony which caused it. Another lei of seaweed, the lei limu pahapaha (Ulva fasciata), was harvested and braided into lei to carry home, where they were dried and later pounded for use in poultices to treat bruising. In addition to lā‘ī, the leaves of ‘ape (Alocasia macrorrhiza, Xanthosoma robustum), ‘ipu‘awa‘awa (Lagenaria siceraria), or ‘ohe (Schizostachyum glaucifolium) might be fashioned into a kind of lei and worn to protect a person from negative influences. I was taught that when wearing any lei as a pale (protection), one must ‘oki, remove, all anger, resentment, and bad feelings. Just as negative influences cannot cross the pale to reach the afflicted person, they also cannot cross the pale to leave. So, before putting on a lei as a pale—therefore before beginning treatment of the illness or injury, we must ‘oki. Then we must take responsibility for our own part in the disharmony and ask forgiveness, often of ourselves! Then the healing process begins. Contact writer Leilehua Yuen: Bibliography Gutmanis, June: Hawaiian Herbal Medicine, Kāhuna La‘au Lapa‘au Gutmanis, June: Nā Pule Kahiko, Ancient Hawaiian Prayers McDonald, Marie A. and Weissich, Paul R: Nā Lei Makamae McDonald, Marie A: Ka Lei, The Leis of Hawaii Shook, E. Victoria: Ho‘oponopono | May–June 2016

n honor of Lei Day (May 1st), I thought I’d write about the use of the lei in traditional healing. I originally was taught by Aunty Nona Beamer to use the lei lā‘ī (lei from the leaf of the Cordyline fructosa or tī plant) in various protocols for hula and pule, prayer. Later, in a workshop with Sylvester “Papa K” Kepelino, he encouraged me to continue to do so in my practice of lomilomi, hamo, and ho‘oponopono. Imagine how pleased I was to later find a family photo, dated 1931, in which one of my own kūpuna is wearing that exact same style of lei! The lei lā‘ī is probably the most familiar lei used in ceremony and healing. I call the tī plant “the Hawaiian top kitchen drawer.” From it I can make twine, wrapping paper, disposable plates, baker’s paper, “aluminum foil,” “aspirin” to reduce fever, heating pads, and it is a spiritual pale (protection) to keep negative influences from coming inside its bounds. Back in the 90s, when I underwent major surgery, Aunty Nona accompanied me to the hospital making lei lā‘ī as we traveled. Of course, I could not wear it into the surgery, so as I was wheeled through the big swinging doors she held the lei above my head and chanted for me. When I awoke, groggy and sore, my eyes were greeted by lei lā‘ī surrounding me in my recovery room— the foot of my bed, the head of my bed, my bed rails—all had lei lā‘ī tied to them, as did the whiteboard on the wall before me. Whether it was the specific efficacy of the lei, the surrounding aloha they represented, or other reasons, I was later told that I had healed remarkable well, and quickly. The use of lei in various forms of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing is ancient. A lei of lau ‘uala (Ipomoea batatas), sweet potato vines and leaves, was worn and used by mothers to encourage milk flow, or vines of the related pōhuehue (Ipomoea pes caprae) or beach morning glory. Alternatively, a lei made of wauke malolo (Broussonetia papyrifera), a kind of mulberry, could be made. The bast, the soft white inner bark, of the wauke would be beaten smooth and allowed to ferment just until it formed a milky slime, at which time it would be worn by the new mother. Sometimes lei of the leaves of plants used in treatment might be worn throughout the treatment period. These lei


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t’s a Wednesday afternoon in the former cane town of Honoka‘a on the Hāmākua Coast. Waves of hard, windy rain are pounding down. In the back of an elderly yet brightly painted former store building across from the Honoka‘a High School sports field, Mahealani Maiku‘i is helping some grade school kids with their homework, while her husband Karl chops vegetables and pounds ginger for soup. In the front room, a couple of local adults are playing guitar to entertain more kids. “Aunty, what’s this word?“ asks one keiki (child), pointing to an unfamiliar collection of letters in his book. “Truthfulness?” Mahealani responds. “That means honesty.” Mahealani is the director of the only free after-school care program on the entire Hāmākua Coast. About 15-20 kids, from kindergarteners to high school seniors, show up on any given afternoon. When the center was first founded as a YWCA program in 1991, she says, “Their main focus was to create a safe space for kids.” It still does that, providing children with somewhere to go for a few hours between when school gets out and when their parents get home from work. Keiki at the center receive homework help, play games, socialize, and are fed. As the organization has evolved, it’s broadened its goals to help kids with other needs: teaching them life skills, for instance,

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from cooking and sewing to cooperation and leadership. The center is working to help at-risk kids who need guidance and maybe some positive adult role models. The Center has developed partnerships with other organizations, including the Hawai‘i County Prosecutor’s office, the Hāmākua public schools and local churches. It’s working with the schools and the prosecutor’s office, for instance, to develop programs that count for community service and even high school course credit. It’s partnering with the local Methodist Church on a program that teaches kids how to sew. At the center itself, hungry kids not only get to eat; they get to help Karl and other volunteers prepare the food, while learning life skills from cooking to cleanliness. “Even as little as this one is, they wash dishes,” says Mahealani, putting her arm around a six-year-old. Learning those skills is a an especially urgent need in this scenic yet struggling district, which is still trying to recover from the closing of the sugar industry—moving from “the plantation era to the entrepreneurial era,” as Jack Zimmerman puts it. Jack’s a member of the Hamakua Youth Council, the board of the 501c3 nonprofit that took over the operation of the center from the YWCA eight years ago. He stopped by today on other business; however, when he heard that a journalist was coming, he decided to stay and help field questions while Mahealani divides her time between the interview and the keiki. As she helps another student with a math problem, he explains another way the center has become more than just another place for kids to go. “Just before Mahea came, we started expanding our program to studying Hawaiian culture through agriculture. It was through that program that she became connected with us,” he says. “We started developing our main themes: using Hawaiian culture as the lens to look at the multicultural community.” The key here is “multicultural.” Hāmākua, like most of Hawai‘i, is ethnically diverse. In addition to the kanaka maoli (native Hawaiians) the people of Hāmākua represent at least four major cultural groups—European/American, Portuguese, Japanese, and Chinese. There is also a host of smaller yet still significant ethnicities: other Polynesian and Micronesian islanders; African Americans, Koreans, Latinos—not to mention the evolving island culture itself, with its own history and its own Pidgin language.

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The plantations once brought most of those groups together, drawing them in from around the world with the offer of jobs and providing an economic and a psychological anchor for the community: a sense of security and a common enterprise. Then sugarcane left, taking at least 1,200 primary jobs with it, casting those groups adrift and leaving Hāmākua to reinvent itself.

Prepping the ‘āina (land) for planting. | May–June 2016


Mark Mendes carving planting beds. | May–June 2016

For a while, the big companies that held the plantation lands tried, and failed, to sell the community on a scheme to sell eucalyptus trees for paper. Ironically, for a while the whole coast united around its opposition to the eucalyptus scheme, which would have tied up thousands of acres and created only 40 or so jobs, and had raised environmental concerns as well. It’s become clear, since then, that no single economic engine will replace sugar; the only solution is a host of smaller solutions. If all those cultural groups no longer have sugar in common, what do they have? One answer may be the land itself. Every single one of those cultures has its own tradition of agriculture, starting with the Hawaiians and kalo (taro), and Hāmākua still has plenty of land. One of the challenges the community faces is how to find ways


to reconnect the coast’s youth with the land, before the kids drift away. The Youth Center has launched itself into that challenge. It began sponsoring field trips to nearby Waipi‘o Valley, one of the last places where traditional Hawaiian wetland kalo farming has been continuously practiced for generations. “What we did was to help—local style—local farmers in the field, and in turn they shared with them [the kids], talk-story style. Letting this make their own connecton to The huli, the their own culture,” says Mahealani. living crown of the taro plant, The kids got to meet, work, and talk which is replanted story with four of Waipi‘o’s older taro after the root is harvested. farmers, she says. “One of the uncles said he was on one side of the valley watching the 1946 tsunami come in, and was on other side when the 1960 tsunami happened.” Such encounters, she believes, “just gave the kids a sense, just listening to the experiences of the kūpuna (elders)—it gave them a sense of grounding, no matter what.” It affected the elders, as well.

“One of the older kupuna—when the kids started chanting, she started to cry. She started talking to them about when she first met her husband and what they used to do in Waipi‘o,” Mahealani recalls. The humans weren’t the only kupuna that the children met: “We worked mostly with the four kūpuna, not just physically… in working with the huli [the living crown of the taro plant, which is replanted after the root is harvested]—the huli is also the ancestor, because you don’t know how far back they go.” The center has also entered into a fruitful collaboration— literally—with a group called Hamakua Harvest, which shares its goal of reconnecting the people of the district with the soil—or, as its website summarizes, “to promote and advance Hāmākua agriculture by supporting local farmers, enriching the region’s social fabric, and promoting healthy rural lifestyles for the benefit of Hāmākua’s communities, economy, and environment.” With the help of a joint Atherton grant, the two groups have started a half-acre garden on the outskirts of Honoka‘a, near the site of a farmers’ market that Hamakua Harvest also runs. In charge of both the market and the garden, from Hamakua Harvest’s end, is Julia Meurice, yet it’s been a collaborative effort between members of both organizations, as well as volunteers from the community. Last January, volunteer Mark Mendes landscaped and laid out eight garden plots, and the center started bussing kids out for gardening classes. Three of those plots have been planted, so far, including a Hawaiian cultural heritage garden featuring “canoe plants” such as kō (sugarcane) and kalo. Beds of annual vegetables including swiss chard, tatsoi, broccoli, tomatoes, beets, okra, lettuce, dill, and kale are also in the ground. The center and its volunteers are contributing coconut palms, ti plants, a‘ali‘i (native hardwood trees) and avocado trees. “Fruit trees to come,” Julia adds. When the garden is in full production, the two groups hope to sell the produce to local families and use the proceeds to sponsor agriculture-related scholarships and internships for the kids. The Peace Committee of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Mission, the local Buddhist temple, is another partner working with the center on an ambitious project: a series of afterschool “workshops” to teach local students about each of the area’s major cultural groups.

“We will include learning about culture, language, food [and cooking], as well as the contemporary pop culture (pop music, fashions, etc) in order to better reach teens and encourage harmony among all ethnic and demographic groups in our community,” explains the Peace Committee’s Miles Okumura. Those plans acknowledge yet another culture: the common culture of kids themselves. There’s a reason why the workshops will focus on pop music, not classical music, says Jack Zimmerman. “The vision was to bring youth together from around Hawai‘i Island to be immersed in Hawaiian Culture and through that, they would create their own youth culture…that could recognize similarities in each of their communities—cyber-bullies, e-cigs, and so on—and also hopefully bring to life some sort of youth advisory council for our island.” This isn’t the first time that the two groups have collaborated. They recently teamed up to bring magician Bruce Meyers to town for a youth-oriented show, and plan to invite him back to conduct a magic workshop. “We have strategized working with the youth center because they are the most active, the go-to institution in town when it comes to working with children and students. They are singular as an agency in the Hāmākua area when it comes to trying to provide inspiration and moral education for youths,” believes Miles. It’s all a lot of work, going each year after a dwindling pool of grant money and then eking it out with the sweat equity of volunteers. However, some of the rewards are beyond money. Mahealani recalls teaching a lesson on the Hawaiian phases of the moon “as my parents taught me,” then having one of those moments beyond price, when a young girl took over the lesson. “To see your little first grader be the leader for the rest of the group, and watching that they had respect for her in that way and not to intimidate her.…She had the confidence to stand there in front of her older peers and recite the moon phase chant back and recite it to them, and they had the respect to recite it back [to her]. To me that measures success, when we can have our 7-year-old stand there and be confident enough to lead the group.” ❖ Photos courtesy of Hamakua Youth Center Contact Hamakua Youth Center:, 808.775.0976, Contact writer Alan McNarie:

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In 1993, the Kaikodo building was added to the state registry of historic places, and in 1994 was added to the National Register of Historic Places on Hawai‘i Island.

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| By Megan Moseley

n the corner of Keawe and Waianuenue Streets in downtown Hilo stands the historic Hilo Masonic Lodge Hall built in 1908, currently known as the Kaikodo Building. From the outside, the structure may catch your eye for its concrete walls and towering windows. If you were to take a closer look and stroll through the inside of the facility, make sure to take a breath as the beauty of the early 20th century facility may leave you speechless. Replete with towering ceilings, spacious rooms, delicately crafted wooden staircases and a view of Hilo’s bayfront and downtown hub, this building’s aesthetic appeal is hard to beat.

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Located at 64 Keawe St., the Kaikodo Building, also formally referred to as the Bishop Trust Building, was built around the same time the Volcano Block Building and the S. Hata Buildings were constructed in downtown Hilo when Hawai‘i was still a territory.

One of the oak stairways that leads to the upper floors.

This large edifice made a name for itself as being one of Hilo’s only concrete-constructed buildings. It has three floors, a basement, and was designed in a way to resemble the Renaissance Revival style. It’s exceedingly spacious with stairways made of oak that lead to the upper floors. According to a newspaper clip dated January 18, 1906, the structure’s estimated original cost was $30,000. On the second floor, there is a ceremonial temple room that was used by the Masons for gatherings. This one-of-a-kind Former Kaikodo Restaurant space.

One of the rooms used by the Masons for gatherings. | May–June 2016

meeting hall contains high ceilings (the room is about 35 feet by 55 feet) and has cast brass suspended light fixtures, along with an organ gallery. This room, in particular, is so incredibly spacious that it gives your mind room to think and inspires creativity. It’s also where the popular Hilo dance studio, Center Stage, used to reside before moving to its current location at the other end of town. While this area may have the “wow” factor, there are many rooms in the building that have been used for a variety of purposes. One room, for instance, was the location for filming a dramatic scene for the 1987 crime thriller movie Black Widow. Multiple


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rooms have also been used as political campaign offices, hosted wedding parties, fashion shows, and more. A partial third floor is also home to several offices, a former Ladies Lounge, the Organ Gallery, restrooms, a central light well, and several storage rooms, including an armory. From the top of the structure is an incredible view of downtown Hilo. When standing on the roof, one can see the ocean over the breakwater in Hilo Bay, down Kinoole Street and Kilauea Avenue. You also have a beautiful view of a nearby arched Wainaku Bridge over the Wailuku River. According to older records, this area used to be used as a rooftop garden. | May–June 2016

The Evolution of the Kaikodo Building


While the building is certainly alluring, there’s currently only one tenant left—Le Magic Pan, Hilo’s only French crepe restaurant. Liza Belykh, a 23-year-old Le Magic Pan employee, says she’s always hearing customers comment on the building. “They’re always saying how big and beautiful it is,” she says. “Of course they always try to check it out and go up the staircase.” Next door to the French-inspired restaurant is where the Kaikodo Restaurant used to exist before closing down in 2007. The current owners, Howard and Mary Ann Rogers, opened that restaurant around the time when they first bought the space. However, that wasn’t their original intention. “When we bought the building, although it was a wonderful and very special structure, it was tired and needed some attention to bring it back to life,” say the Rogers. “Our vision was to have a museum on the second floor, using the vast Masons’, what we called ‘ballroom,’ as the center of activity.” With that idea in mind, they started making some additions and renovations, including adding a freight elevator, which ran from ground floor to the third floor in hopes of being able to transport the art they envisioned would occupy the upper floors in an almost gallery-like setting. “We also reconstructed various room spaces to allow a more even flow of movement with the museum in mind. We then explored how we would have to do further renovations in order to satisfy the museums and private collections that we would be borrowing from for the agenda we had planned. We had actually gotten the archaeological team in Pompeii on board and had selected an exhibition of numerous treasures we would bring

from that city destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius to the foot of Mauna Kea—Pompeii to Pele! A brilliant idea!” the Rogers contest. They also had plans to bring in an exhibition from Yokohama in Japan. Unfortunately, those plans fell through. “After some testing and research, it became clear that the expense and time spent would not be met with the reception that we had hoped. So, that idea went, sadly, down the drain,” they explain. So, instead of a museum, they decided to establish a restaurant, which required major renovations. The Rogers say, however, those renovations did not compromise the character of the landmark building. “We removed some of the old walk-in vaults that were installed when the structure was used in part as a bank, and turned others into wine-cellars. We established a large restaurant area on the ground floor and laid new floors, installed an early 20th century, 20-foot wooden bar from England, a large set of tall wooden doors from a 19th century library on the Hainan island near Taiwan, their beautiful stained glass and carved wood setting off Early 20th century, 20-foot wooden bar from England.

one section as a special Chinese dining room, with its deep red walls and ancestor portraits as décor.” Another room was made into a sushi bar with large Japanese landscape-painted folding screens mounted on the walls. That area is currently where the Le Magic Pan is located. While the restaurant may have closed a few years later, some of these beautiful details are still visible today, including light fixtures that are made of hand-blown glass from Murano near Venice.   “The restaurant saw some great days, got great publicity nationwide, but again, despite exciting activities year in and year out, it was not quite the right fit for Hilo,” say the Rogers. Before the Rogers owned the building, it was purchased by Toyama Hawaii, Inc. in 1992, the same company that at one point owned Nani Mau Gardens. They are attributed with making some major renovations on the antique structure. In 1993, the building was added to the state registry of historic places, and in 1994 was added to the National Register of Historic Places on Hawai‘i Island. It is also included on Historic Hawaiʻi Foundationʻs list of properties.

Building a Brighter Future

The Kaikodo building has seen many walks of life come in and out of its doors. The Masons built the structure between 1908 and 1920 and left around 1985, when they decided to move to new premises. Since then, there’s been many people coming and going, yet nothing seems to last. “What makes us most sad is that the building is not being used to its fullest potential,” say the Rogers. “It must sometimes feel abandoned and alone.” Over the years, there have been various tenants that have occupied the structure including Bishop Bank, now known as First Hawaiian Bank, and Uncle Don’s Ohana Grill in 2009. While the history of this Hilo staple may be written on its walls, its future is unknown and the current owners are hoping to bring new life to its doorstep. “We hope that someone will bring life and activity back into it. It has great beauty and nobility and much potential. ❖ Contact writer Megan Moseley: | May–June 2016


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Hundreds of people flock to Uncle’s Awa Club in Kalapana every Wednesday to listen to the sweet melodies of the Kalapana Awa Band. L–R: Ipo Quihano, Sam Keli‘iho‘omalu, Glenwood Tolentino, Robert Keli‘iho‘omalu Jr., Ikaika Marzo.

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ravel to the end of Kapoho–Kalapana Road in Kaimū on a Wednesday night and you’ll find the weekly night market at Uncle’s Awa Club in full swing. Long communal picnic tables are packed with folks enjoying all manner of fresh cooked food from the nearby farmers market. New age vendors ply their wares offering hand-crafted jewelry, tarot readings, and crystals, while farmers sell organic produce. The soundtrack to this weekly festival of sights and smells is the sweet melodies of the Kalapana Awa Band. United by a love of music and strong family ties, every week the band shares Hawaiian culture through its music, performing for hundreds of visitors from around the globe, and local residents alike. For many, the music reminds them of old Hawai‘i. One of the reasons so many people come to hear the band play is that the music represents authentic Hawaiian music. “It’s not the touristy version of Hawaiian music,” says Glenwood Tolentino, lead singer of the group. Since Uncle’s Awa Club, formerly known as Uncle Robert’s Awa Bar, is situated on the eight-acre Keli‘iho‘omalu family compound, it’s not surprising to learn that the Kalapana Awa Band involves several members of the Keli‘iho‘omalu ‘ohana. (See Ke Ola Sep–Oct 2012 issue for the Uncle Robert Keli‘iho‘omalu story.) Officially, the Kalapana Awa Band is comprised of Glenwood Tolentino on lead vocals and ‘ukulele; drummer Ka‘ulu Tolentino, who is Glenwood’s nephew; bassist and back-up vocalist Ipo Quihano; Sam Keli‘iho‘omalu on ‘ukulele; his brother Robert

Keli‘iho‘omalu Jr. on lead and rhythm guitar; and their nephew Ikaika Marzo on guitar. While these are the core members, you can find any number of musicians joining them on stage from week to week. Indeed, the Keli‘iho‘omalu family is well known for their musical ability. Uncle Robert’s wife Philmen, affectionately known as Aunty G Girl, is widely known for her singing and songwriting. Many of their 11 children inherited the couple’s musical talents. Sam and Robert Jr. recall growing up in Kalapana with a house filled with music and musicians. “We used to have parties at our house and we had all these different musicians come play with my mom,” says Sam. “We used to have a great time and enjoy the weekends.” During their youth, the Keli‘iho‘omalu boys could also be found on Sunday mornings singing at the Star of the Sea Painted Church in Kalapana (the church was subsequently moved to Kaimū after being threatened by a lava flow in the 1990s). (See Ke Ola Nov–Dec 2015 issue for the Star of the Sea Painted Church story.) In the early 1980s, Robert Jr. and Sam moved to Hāna, Maui after they each respectively graduated from high school. Sam and Robert Jr.’s mother, Aunty G Girl, grew up in Hāna. Glenwood’s mother and Aunty G Girl are sisters, making Sam, Junior, and Glenwood first cousins. “We’re all real close,” says Sam. Glenwood, who was born and raised in Hāna, had played in front of audiences for many years by the time his cousins moved to Maui. 67 | May–June 2016

Each talented in their own right, together the members of Kalapana Awa Band enchant audiences with music reminiscent of old Hawai‘i. They love playing music and you can feel the aloha in the songs they sing.


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Born into a musical family, Glenwood recalls singing at events across Maui from when he was just a young boy. “I used to go with my grandmother when I was six years old,” says Glenwood. “She was in a group and would sing all over the island. She would take me along and slap me up on stage.” With the three cousins all living in Hāna and Robert Jr. and Glenwood working together at Hana Hotel, it was only natural that they started performing together. They teamed up with one of Glenwood’s uncles, Jonathan Tolentino, and formed a band. “When we were in Hāna we had a group called Hui Eha Ohana (four families), with Glenwood Tolentino, Jonathan Tolentino, Robert Keli‘iho‘omalu and me,” says Sam. “We played weddings and all kinds of events all over the island,” adds Glenwood. The group performed for about seven years before Sam and Robert Jr. returned to Hawai‘i Island. A year later, in 1989, Sam moved to California where he lived for more than a decade. While the young men went about pursuing careers and starting families, Glenwood, Robert Jr., and Sam continued playing with various musicians. “I played for years with Keani Kaleimamahu, who’s a master slack key artist, and Ipo Quihano in the Sons of Kaimu,” says Robert Jr. Sam and Robert Jr. also released a handful of albums performing with family and friends. The two brothers played on three albums released by their mother: Aloha Kaimū, Aloha Kaimū Part II, and Kalapana I Ka Wa Kahiko: Imua Kakou. Robert Jr. was also featured on Slack Key Traditions. The brothers started performing together again when Sam returned to Hawai‘i Island. “When I moved back to Waimea in 2001 we started the group again,” says Sam. This time around the band was comprised of Ipo Quihano, Sam, Robert Jr. and Ikaika, a well-known slack key artist in his own right. Sam says the group didn’t have a name. Then in 2004 Glenwood moved to Hawai‘i Island. He jokingly says he came for a baby party and never left. “Prior to Glenwood coming back we were playing music but we never had a name,” says Sam. “We got back together like we were on Maui but we added Ikaika and Ipo,” says Sam. “When Glenwood got added to the band that’s when we became the Awa Band. The Awa Band is fairly new,” says Sam, noting that the current band has been together for six years.

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First cousins Robert Keli‘iho‘omalu Jr. and Glenwood Tolentino, have been performing together since the 1980s when they lived on Maui and had a band called Hui Eha Ohana.

Robert Keli‘iho‘omalu Jr.

Uncle Robert had created Uncle Robert’s Awa Bar many years earlier on the family’s property and since the place was a well known gathering spot in the community, it made sense for the guys to play there even though the awa bar had a tiny stage at the time. A couple years later, lava from Kīlauea volcano started entering the ocean in nearby Kalapana and thousands of visitors a day were flocking to the area to watch the lava. Sam says they never set out to create a weekly event, which has gained international acclaim, drawing thousands of people to their door. It just evolved that way naturally, with the Kalapana Awa Band playing front and center. “We [Ikaika and my nephew] were doing lava tours of Kalapana when the lava was coming down,” says Robert Jr. Sam, who recently moved back to Kalapana, decided to expand the awa bar area with a large covered outdoor pavilion and much larger stage. “The place was too small,” says Sam. “We built the building out before we did the farmers market and playing on Wednesday nights was a natural progression of that.” “It just happened, it grew organically. There were tourists coming and after a while one of our good friends came up and said we should have a market on Wednesday night. It just happened that the music started playing.”

Glenwood Tolentino

“The first week was only a handful [of people],” recalls Glenwood, of when they first started performing as Kalapana Awa Band. “And the next week was a little more, and it started to get busier and busier until what it is now, which is pretty busy on any given Wednesday.” For a time, the band played on Friday nights as well. These days the entire band performs on Wednesdays. Robert Jr., Sam, and Glenwood also play during the Saturday morning farmers market at Uncle’s Awa Club from 8am–noon. The band is also invited to perform at events across the island on a regular basis in addition to their weekly performances in Kaimū, such as the annual Big Island Slack Key Festival. “We play weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, retirement parties, and we do a lot of funerals too,” says Glenwood. Sam and Glenwood each noted that the group is considering making an album, although they admit that finding the time to do so can be difficult since many of the members are involved in different side projects. Robert Jr. and Sam also said the band is currently exploring opportunities to perform on the mainland and in Japan. In the meantime, the band can be found every Wednesday night center stage at Uncle’s Awa Club. “Everyone’s here to have fun and relax in the middle of the week,” says Glenwood. | May–June 2016


Having played music together for more than 30 years, band members say they still have a lot of fun performing every week. “It’s good fun,” adds Sam. “We know each other already. We know what each other can play. We like to put good music out there for the people.” “We like to make people feel like this is old Hawai‘i, says Robert Jr. “We love music. When we play, it’s all from the heart. We play because we love to play music. ”


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Sam Keli‘iho‘omalu says he and his siblings grew up playing music and entertaining people at their family home.


Sam and Robert Jr. say they see their performances at the weekly market as a larger extension of the musical parties they grew up with in their youth. “We were always entertaining people,” says Sam, reflecting on the times they played music with Robert Jr. (L) and his nephew Ikaika Marzo (R) their parents as played together for years before the youngsters. “From Kalapana Awa Band officially got its name. there, we look at it now and that’s what we do. But now we entertain the world.” “We went from a small gathering at our house every week to a huge gathering every week.” ❖ For more information on the Kalapana Awa Band: Facebook: Google page: Contact writer Denise Laitinen:

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rtist Mary Koski was one of Hawai‘i’s premier painters portraying Hawai‘i and its beautiful people with grace and affection. Her portraits were widely sought after and her tender paintings of children have won her a place in the heart’s of people all over the word. Ke Ola Magazine did a full feature story about Mary in the September-October 2011 issue, which can be read in our digital magazine, available on our website. Born in San Diego, CA, Mary was an honor student all through school, and was notedly talented in art, ballet, and music. She majored in Art at the University of California at Santa Barbara and at Mexico City College in Mexico City. She began her career as a professional artist at the age of seventeen. She designed and hand drew ads for a well known agency in Santa Barbara and made beautiful hand painted scarves and ties that were sold at I. Magnin’s new department store on Wilshire Boulevard. It was considered among the most elegant department stores in the nation, at the time. While in Mexico City, she met and married her husband who was there with the Finnish embassy. A year after they were married, they moved to Brownsville, Texas. While there, she did many murals in both private homes and public buildings, while focusing on starting and raising their young family.

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Mary and her mother lived in Honolulu in the late ’40s, both of them working at the Royal Hawaiian. Mary loved Hawai‘i, so in 1961, she and her family moved to Hilo and rented the Richardson’s Estate in South Hilo, which is now Richardson’s Ocean Park. At that time, she started to paint portraits and did many families in Hilo. It wasn’t until moving to San Francisco, a few years later, that she started to paint seriously and began showing her art at several galleries. In the mid ’60s the family moved again, this time to the north east, to Lancaster, PA. She felt very much at home there and they stayed for six years. During this time, her career in painting took off and she became well known for portraits, still lifes, and miniature paintings. In 1970, Mary began an extended painting tour of Europe with commissions and exhibitions in Central Europe and Scandinavia. After many one-woman-shows, her work is now found in public and major private collections around the world. She painted many portraits of dignitaries and royalty and had a wonderful time going through all the art museums and refining her craft. After returning to the United States in the mid ’70s, she and her husband, along with her daughter, Kathy, and son-in-law Bertil Long, opened a fine arts gallery in Houston, TX. While they all enjoyed the gallery business, they decided, as a family, to search for a better quality of life than a big city could offer. In 1983, when Mary moved back to Hawai‘i with her family, she felt, like so many people, that she had come home. She was captured by the innocence, beauty, and charm of Hawai‘i’s children. Today her “Children of Hawaii” calendars and books are loved by children and collectors alike. On January 25, 2015, at the age of 85, she passed away quietly in her beautiful home in Waimea on Hawai‘i Island, surrounded by her family, friends, cats, flowers and fairies. She is sorely missed.

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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.

Saturday and Tuesday 8am–2pm, Saturdays * Hawi Farmers Market, North Kohala, across from Post Office and Nakahara Store under the banyans. Saturday 8am–1pm Waimea Town Market at Parker School, 65-1224 Lindsey Rd., Waimea/Kamuela. Saturday 7am–noon Waimea Hawaiian Homestead Farmers Market, 67-1229 Mamalahoa Hwy at Lindsey Rd, Waimea. Behind the post office across from Kahilu Theatre. Fresh locally grown produce, flowers, plants and value added food items, and crafts. Saturday 7am–noon Waimea Nui Farmers Market 64-756 Mamalahoa Hwy (Hwy 11), Waimea Fresh produce, ono food, live entertainment, family friendly 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 9am–2pm * Hamakua Harvest Farmers Market, Honoka‘a Hwy 19 and Mamane St. Quality farm products, live music, educational workshops, covered eating area. Sunday 9am–1pm Laupāhoehoe Farmers Market. Next to the Minit Stop on Hwy 19. Local products. Daily 8am–5pm Pana‘ewa Hawaiian Home Lands Farmers Market, Puainako and Ohuohu Streets by Walmart, Hilo. 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.

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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 Monday–Saturday 10am–6pm * Cheek Dimples Farm Stand Hwy 11, Mountain View 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. | May–June 2016

Wednesday 9am–2pm Ho‘oulu Community Farmers Market, Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay


Saturday 7:30am–2pm Honoka‘a Farmers Market, Mamane St., Honoka‘a, Honoka‘a Trading Co., Old Botelho Bldg.

Sunday 6am–2pm * Maku‘u Farmers Market, Kea‘au-Pāhoa bypass road.


by Marian Berger April 30th - June 5th Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park 9am - 5pm, daily. Free; park entrance fees apply | May–June 2016

Sponsored by the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.


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. Running through May, IAC will host a special exhibit of “Historic Works on Paper” showcasing original prints and watercolors by renowned 18th to 20th century artists: John Webber (pictured left, top and center: A Man of Kamtschatka, Traveling in Winter and Tereoboo, King of Owyhee, Bringing Presents to Capt. Cook), Charles Bartlett (pictured left, bottom: Hawaiian Fisherman), Madge Tennent, Huc Luquiens, and Jean Charlot. THE ISAACS ART CENTER at Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, 65-1268 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela, Hawaii. Adjacent to the HPA Village Campus. HOURS: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tue. - Sat. Admission is free. For information, or to arrange group visits: 808-885-5884 or WEB: &

Keiki in the Kitchen | By Sonia R. Martinez


Cornucopia Spring Rolls and Peanut Dipping Sauce

Use any combination of veggies you want or have on hand; the following are just suggestions: Avocado Carrots Cucumber or Zucchini Green Onions Mushrooms (I like to use Enokitake Japanese mushrooms) Mint leaves (a few) Red Bell Pepper Snow Peas (handful) Sprouts—Alfalfa or Bean (optional) Thai basil leaves (a few) Rice Wrappers All veggies are peeled, washed, and cut into sticks. Fill a shallow bowl with warm water and dip the rice wrappers, one at a time, for about five seconds to make them pliable. They tear easily, so be careful. Place soft wrapper on cutting board and lay a few pieces of each cut veggie and herbs on top, with the ends barely sticking over the edge. To close the wrapper, fold the bottom and sides into the center and rolling over the veggies, forming a hornshaped cornucopia so that one end is tight and the other open. Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce 1/2 C Peanut Butter 2 T Soy Sauce 1 tsp Sesame Oil 1 tsp Honey or Sugar (to taste) 1 clove Garlic, minced (optional) Seasoning Mix (see my note below) 1/2 C Water, warm Mix well by whisking all ingredients in a large measuring cup and serve in small bowl along with the spring rolls. Note: For recipes like this I prefer the Premium Natural Simply Asia Mix, which is a sweet ginger garlic seasoning mix, from Simply Asia Foods, LLC. Contact writer Sonia R. Martinez: | May–June 2016

ave any of you seen Master Chef Junior on TV? No? Well…if you have children at home, you should! Keiki (children) between the ages of eight–13 compete in a series of cook-offs in this fascinating series. Some have been helping in the kitchen or cooking meals for their families since they were three and four years old! If you’re afraid to let your keiki “play in the kitchen,” you need to see the level of sophistication these keiki are able to achieve. Wrap yourself in lots of patience, take a deep breath, and let them at it! “What better way is there than spending quality time with family while working together in the kitchen? Get your children involved in helping prepare the meal. They can peel veggies, and depending on age, cut them. They can mix ingredients. Older children can help with some of the actual cooking and I guarantee they will enjoy it if you turn it into a game. Don’t criticize anything they do wrong, instead, take a few moments and show them the right way. They will feel great pride in their accomplishments…and who knows? You just might be grooming the next Great American Chef!” (excerpt from From Soup to Nuts) To nurture their love of cooking, start small and turn it into a fun game. Keiki have short attention spans, so whatever you do, make it interesting. Besides, conquering tasks in the kitchen helps build their confidence and self-esteem. Depending on their ages, you can start by letting them help you make up a menu and shopping list, then shopping for the ingredients. When shopping, let them select a new-to-them fruit or veggie to try. If they choose something you’re not familiar with, Google it to find ideas. Play a game of “I Spy” in the produce section of the store with you calling out the name and let them go find it. Have aprons and mitts and kid sized kitchen tools that are “just for them.” It might be a good idea to have their own personal stool to stand on to reach the sink and counter. Let them wash fruits and vegetables when getting them ready to cook. Let them snap the green beans, snap peas, break off the broccoli or cauliflower flowerets, and tear up the lettuce for salads or sandwiches. The younger ones can snip herbs in the yard and sprinkle them to season food; older children can peel, cut, and slice veggies and fruit. Even small keiki can make mashed potatoes using a potato ricer or masher. From the beginning, teach them safety and sanitary rules, knife-handling skills (depending on age), operating small appliances, hand washing, and working in clean areas. One of the most important tips in the kitchen is to always remember to “Stage your Meal Preparations.” In chef circles, this is called Mise en Place (putting in place). French pronunciation is mize ʻn plahs. To stage your meals, first read the recipe carefully and gather all the ingredients. Wash anything that needs washing. Peel whatever needs peeling, chop whatever needs chopping, premeasure whatever needs measuring, and place everything on the counter in your work area, including all the equipment or gadgets needed. This will save a lot of legwork and will prevent finding

out at the last minute something is missing. Start with easy dishes that don’t require cooking. Here is one that any child can make from start to finish. All it requires is a bowl of warm water, spring roll wrappers, a few veggies and make the sauce using peanut butter. What’s not to like?


Kailua Candy Company—Kailua-Kona


he Kailua Candy Company has been in business since 1977. This hometown staple is a favorite for those with a sweet tooth, kama‘āina (locals) and malihini (visitors) to Hawai‘i alike. Their candy has been described as “delicious,” their establishment has “great service,” and they have the “best chocolate turtles ever.” A review on from Charlotte, North Carolina says, “The turtles and Kona swirls are so delectable that I ended up shipping 17 boxes home.” Cathy Barrett, president of Kailua Candy Company, says they only use quality products for their candies and source many ingredients locally. Kona Coffee They’re known for the two candies Swirls mentioned above, properly referred to as the “Macadamia Nut Honus” and “Kona Coffee Swirls.” The Kona Coffee Swirls are made with white chocolate, blended with dark chocolate, mixed with very finely ground 100 percent pure Kona Coffee. This delectable concoction used to be served on the Captain Bean’s Dinner Cruise every night in Kona for more than 20 years. Cathy is the second-generation owner of this unique sugar-stop after taking the business over from her parents. They

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opened the store after moving to the island and felt inspired to make a living doing something they enjoyed. Macadamia Nut Ho nu “My dad retired at age 50 and decided he had too much energy and not enough money to be retired,” she jokes. “And in his opinion, at the time, there was no quality candy on the island.” So her dad and mom, Jack and Ginney Smoot, decided to get into the treat-making trade. They started going to chocolate tastings and looking for delicious ingredients to use in their goods. “After getting help from a candy expert on the mainland, they opened the first Kailua Candy Company,” Cathy says. “When we started, we were located in the old Jug and Jigger liquor store storage room across from the Kailua-Kona pier,” she recalls. Shortly after opening, Cathy joined her parents to help run the business. They eventually moved locations to the Old Industrial Area and later moved again to their current location in the Kaloko Industrial Park on the corner of Kamanu and Kauholo Streets. “Both the store and Kailua-Kona have changed a lot over the years,” Cathy says. “It’s been a great experience.” What’s been her favorite experience of all? “Being able to live in Kona full-time and not having to get back on that airplane and crying back to Caliornia.” Kailua Candy Company 73-5612 Kauhola St # 1, Kailua-Kona Mon–Sat; 9am–5pm 808.329.2522 | May–June 2016

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Kohala Grown Market & Farm Tours—Hawi


n the beautiful and stunning North Kohala area resides the Kohala Grown Market & Farm Tours. Owner Leo Woods says through the tours visitors and locals alike get to experience fruits they’ve never had before, see the beautiful coastline along North Kohala, and eat lots and lots of tasty and rare cuisine. The market is a locavore store where they carry local produce and feature products from around the island. It’s also where the farm tours begin. The company partners with about six different farms in North Kohala and, depending on the tour, customers get to see one to two different farms during their trip. “The farms we go to are diversified farms,” he says. “We also like to focus on exotic fruits and the main farm we go to has extensive exotic fruit.” So what kind of fruit exactly would you get to try during one of these tours? Everything from rare bananas to a Rollinia, a unique tree fruit that Leo likens to soursop. The experiential tours teach about the amazingly diverse food grown on Hawai‘i Island. “It’s all about learning about the history of the fruits, trees, and how they made it to Hawai‘i,” he says. They teach their customers about how Hawaiians used different fruits, vegetables, or spice and herbs for various reasons. They also provide the opportunity to talk to a farmer about what and how they grow their food.

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Customers experiencing the all-inclusive tour will also get to stop at the Kohala Welcome Center. The fourand-a-half hour tour ends at Sushi Rock restaurant, where they have a special menu that features local ingredients. Kohala Grown Farm Tours recently started a condensed tour where customers visit only one farm. No matter which tour one takes, visitors will walk away with a new perspective. “Most people come away totally fascinated by the information that’s shared. Fruit tasting is a big highlight. Locals and visitors to the island join together on the tour and half the things on the table no one has ever tried,” Leo says. Kohala Grown Market & Farm Tours 55-3419 Akoni Pule Highway, Hawi 10am–5pm 808.937.4930 | May–June 2016


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.

Konaweb Shirley Stoffer, 808.345.2627

Hawai‘i The Big Island Sherry Bracken, 808.334.1521

InBigIsland 808.333.6936

Quick Eventz

Akebono Theater–Pāhoa 808.965.9990

Aloha Theatre–Kainaliu Aloha Performing Arts Company | May–June 2016 808.322.9924


Basically Books 808.961.0144

Donkey Mill Art Center 808.322.3362

Downtown Hilo Improvement Association 808.935.8850

Food Hub Kohala Karla Heath, 808.224.1404

Friends of NELHA 808.329.8073

Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network

Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art/ EHCC 808.961.5711

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Volcano Art Center Julie Callahan, 808.967.8222

Holualoa Village Association

Honoka‘a People’s Theatre 808.775.0000

Hulihe‘e Palace 808.329.1877

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i 808.969.9703

Kahilu Theatre–Waimea 808.885.6868

Kailua Village Business Improvement District 808.326.7820

Kalani Oceanside Retreat 808.965.0468

KAMA Hawaii Keiki Guide 808.987.3302

Kona Historical Society 808.323.3222

Kona Choral Society 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 Liz Ambrose, 808.935.5021

Nā Wai Iwi Ola (NWIO) Foundation Kumu Keala Ching

North Kohala Community Resource Center 808.889.5523

Resort and Shopping Center Cultural Events

Palace Theatre–Hilo 808.934.7010

Log onto websites for event calendars

Society for Kona’s Education & Art (SKEA)

Keauhou Shopping Center

Queens’ MarketPlace–Waikoloa

UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

Kingsʻ Shops–Waikoloa

The Shops at Mauna Lani 808.328.9392 808.974.7310

Waimea Community Theatre 808.885.5818

West Hawai‘i County Band

One Island Sustainable Living Center 808.328.2452 808.961.8699

West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy 808.322.3000 808.886.8811

Kona Commons Shopping Center 808.334.0005 808.886.8822 808.885.9501 CROSSWORD SOLUTION

Kona International Marketplace 808.329.6262

Prince Kuhio Plaza 808.959.3555 Virginia Holte, 808.329.8876

Aloha Performing Arts Company Presents

Adapted by Susie Burke and Jerry Tracy

June 10 to 19 Fr/Sa 7:30 pm Sun 2:30 pm

Adult $15 Senior $12 Child $5 | May–June 2016

Aloha Theatre, Kainaliu 808.322.9924


To submit volunteer information for your nonprofit,

Community Kōkua

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

Volunteer Opportunities


CommUNITY cares

Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island

Donkey Mill Art Center

Methodist Church Palani, Kailua-Kona 3rd Saturday, 10am Trap, neuter, spay, community education, colony feeding, management. Contact Cathy or Nancy 808.327.3724 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 BK Calder 808.329.9555

Kailua-Kona Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm Saturday, 9am–2pm Community suffering from cancer, medical hair loss, domestic abuse. Contact Tiana Steinberg 808.326.2866 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.

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

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 Wildlife Fund

Hawaii Adult Literacy/Volunteer Training

Hospice Care

Hawai‘i Community College, Kailua-Kona Ongoing 11am–3:30pm Training to teach low-literacy adults to improve their reading and writing. See website for more info.

Wai‘ōhinu Coastline, Ka‘ū SE Hawai‘i Island beach cleanups. Ongoing 7:45am Contact Megan Lamson 808.769-7629 North Hawai‘i Hospice, Waimea Monday–Friday, 8am–4:30pm Care for families facing serious illness. Contact Catrinka Holland 808.885.7547

Kona Choral Society

Susan McCreary Duprey, Artistic Director, presents

Beyond Borders featuring | May–June 2016

“A Little Jazz Mass” & More


Sunday, May 15th, 2016 • 4pm Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa Tickets: Adults $20 • Students $5 Call 808.334.9880 or visit

To submit volunteer information for your nonprofit,

Community Kōkua

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Hospice of Hilo, East Hawai‘i

Serving Laupāhoehoe to South Point Ongoing Seeking volunteers to provide staff support and care to patients and families. Contact Jeanette Mochida 808.969.1733

‘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

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

Parrots in Paradise Sanctuary

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

Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary

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

Snorkel Day for People with Disabilities

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Sundayʻs Child Foundation

Kamuela 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 | May–June 2016

The MonaLisa Touch Laser offers revolutionary FDA approved relief of vaginal discomfort, itching, dryness, painful intercourse and other symptoms experienced by perimenopausal, menopausal or post cancer patients!

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


Keauhou Shopping Center Talk Story with an Advertiser


Ka Pā Hula Nā Wai Iwi Ola, under the direction of Kumu Keala Ching presents:

Ho’omana Enlightenment

Saturday June 4 Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens Gates open at 2:30, show begins at 3pm $10 adults, $5 keiki | May–June 2016

(Keiki under 10 free)


Join us to celebrate Ka Pā Hula Nā Wai Iwi Ola’s 15th anniversary and Kumu Keala’s birthday!! Bring the family, come and share the joy of hula and music!

eauhou Shopping Center, “Kona’s Legendary Gathering Place,” has a great selection of merchants and incredible Hawaiian Culture events that honor the rich Hawaiian historical heritage of the area. General Manager Kristin Kamakau says, “We are able to ensure events are truly “legendary” by treating each event as an opportunity to provide an authentic and credible learning opportunity about how special this place is.” The Keauhou Kahalu‘u Heritage Center is part of the shopping center. Plan a visit (admission is complimentary) and learn why Keauhou is so special. Owned by Kamehameha Schools, and managed by Jones Lang LaSalle, the center provides service, shopping, and fun for residents and tourists in one location. And oh yes, there’s plenty of free parking! The shopping center is also a stop on the Honu Express Trolley, making it convenient for those without transportation. Kristin joined the property eight years ago, and has initiated many exciting activities for the center such as partnering with KAPA-FM for the monthly Hui Kakoʻo benefit concert series, Thursdays kupuna crafts, Fridays hula show and Saturdays farmers market, which are all free. Her vision is to have the shopping center fully occupied with thriving tenants. “I like helping others help themselves.” Keauhou Shopping Center is a big participant and sponsor of the Hawaiian Food Basket and Support the Keiki. Kristin says, “Come and visit us! Stop in and say aloha! We have many wonderful merchants offering great things!” Keauhou Shopping Center 78-6831 Ali‘i Drive, Kailua-Kona 808.322.3000

Tickets are available online at and at the door. Lawn seating—bring mats or folding chairs. No coolers or alcohol please!! For tickets and information please visit us at

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Statements 73-5590 Kauhola Street, Kailua-Kona 808.326.7760

KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY C ELEBRATION PARADE Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona Saturday, June 11, 9am to 11am


oin the celebration of Hawai‘i’s great monarch in Historic Kailua Village. Marking our 100th anniversary, this year’s floral parade will showcase 20 pa‘u queens from past parades in Kona, plus beautiful pa‘u equestrian units representing all the Hawaiian Islands. Horse-drawn carriages, hula halau, floats and marching bands. More than 120 riders on horseback! After the parade, join us at Hulihe‘e Palace for a FREE CONCERT & HO‘OLAULE‘A featuring recording artist, Hoku Zuttermeister Presenting Sponsors: Kamehameha Schools, BMW of Hawaii, Oceanic Time Warner Cable and more.

Big Island

Film Festival at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i

May 26-30, 2016 Meet the stars at sunset receptions, relax and enjoy new, independent movies under the stars. Don’t miss “Best of the Fest” Monday, May 30 with top Hawaiian musicians plus Audience Choice Best Feature & Best Short!

Michael Gross “Tremors”

Free Family Films at The Shops at Mauna Lani.

Reservations & details:


Tickets start at $8, Passes from $30

Bellamy Young “Scandal” | May–June 2016

f you’re looking to express yourself in your home or office, look no further than the designer store, Statements, located in Kaloko Industrial area. This full-service showroom has everything from the finest furniture to home décor that accentuates Hawaiian homes. Statements is locally owned and operated by interior designer Kenneth J. Salandra, who has been in this business since 1968, and enjoys helping his customers find the right fit for their lifestyle. “Designers have a point of view and we help clients realize their dreams,” he says. The sales team at Statements knows how to pinpoint the best design elements and how to help the client discover their true inner vision. Often that vision is to reflect the tropical paradise they live in. “Because we’re in Hawai‘i, they want to have a Hawaiian experience,” he says, “so, I have a lot of items that say, ‘Hey! We’re in Hawai‘i!’ ” The store is filled with unique finds from all over the world, including jade from China, baskets from Lombok, lacquer from Vietnam, pillows from France, and more. They also offer a wide selection of bedroom furniture, dining and living room pieces, lights, lamps, accessories, art, mirrors, designer rugs, wall coverings, and window coverings. Kenn attended the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design and in 1968 owned a design business in Northern California. He moved to Hawai‘i in 1992, because he “wanted to live in a tropical place.” Now he is able to provide his expertise and creative insight to everyone on the island. Known for integrating the old with the new, Kennʻs designs reflect his keen interest in his craft. Kenn and his design team puts an emphasis on mixing various styles, along with cultures and different eras, to “create striking, impressive, and uncommon environments.” Asian—Hawaiian—Modern—Traditional. Think Fusion. This is tropical living defined­.

Original art by Herb Kane

Talk Story with an Advertiser | By Meagan Moseley


Dolphin Journeys, LLC

Celebrating a Long Time Advertiser with Ke Ola


olphin Journeys, LLC prides itself on putting its customers and the ocean first and foremost. Owner and operator Captain Nancy W. Sweatt says she works nearly 365 days a year, and it’s all in the name of love. Nancy has been running the business for about 20 years and attests that Dolphin Journeys, LLC is not your typical tour company. It’s a perfect activity for those looking for something to do that has heart, as well as a love for the dolphins, whales and mantas. “My life and livelihood is all about the dolphins swimming in the warm coastal water of the clear blue Pacific. The ocean has called me all of my life and 21 years ago the dolphins called me to join their pod. The dolphins are playful, they are healing, and they help you to remember to love.” she says. Nancy and her staff at Dolphin Journeys, LLC are not afraid of putting love into what they do, because it makes the customers feel more welcomed, safe, and calm during their trips. “We cater to our guests with care and comfort, and are interested in their hearts desire. The most precious time and money many people spend is on their vacation,” she says. Dolphin Journeys, LLC also provides services to disabled or handicapped individuals looking to experience the ocean in a new way. When customers choose Dolphin Journeys it’s “their” adventure, Nancy says. That means when a customer gets on the boat, they get to choose how long they want to stay and what they want to do. There’s no time pressure on Nancy’s boats. “I have an innate fascination with people and want to have them experience the amazing wonder of the dolphins, whales and manta rays in a safe, comforting adventure,” she says. One guest gave this review, “I will definitely go on another excursion with Dolphin Journeys and would recommend this to everyone who wants to see the wild in a whole new way.” Currently, the boats are located at Honokōhau Harbor, along with a Dolphin Journeys, LLC shop in the Gentry’s shopping area

at the harbor. The shop Captain provides T-shirts and Nancy Sweatt other knick-knacks along with books about ocean life and videos of dolphins playing throughout the day. Nancy believes that her business has been successful over the past couple decades by learning through trial and error, and by “remembering to offer love at all times.” Ke Ola Magazine is grateful to Nancy for being one of the original people to start advertising with us from the first issue. She and her staff offer their guests a copy of Ke Ola on each trip. Mahalo Nancy! Dolphin Journeys, LLC 808.329.3030

Swim with dolphins.

Manta rays in the day


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Ka Puana–The Refrain

A.K. Driggs, the author of Abandoned in Search of Rainbows, is a Kailua-Kona resident. These excerpts are used with permission.

January 25, 1954, in upstate New York was another gloomy arid frigid winter day. In downtown Rochester, piles of icy snow, filthy from automobile exhaust, road salt, and sand, lined the sidewalks. As Mrs. Slora, owner of Saeger’s Grill, the neighborhood bar and restaurant located at 218 Clinton Avenue North, tended to her chores inside, she saw a young woman enter through the bar’s side door. Dressed in a long, black coat and a flowered kerchief tied around her head, she appeared very tired. As the young woman headed directly toward the restroom, Mrs. Slora noticed that she was carrying a brown paper bag. After several minutes had passed, Mrs. Slora realized she’d not seen the woman come out of the restroom. Thinking there might be a problem, Mrs. Slora hurried over to find out if she could help. But when she opened the restroom door, the woman was not to be found. What she did find, however, was the paper sack the woman had been carrying. It had been placed on the lid of the toilet seat. Mrs. Slora walked over and peered inside the bag. To her utter dismay, she saw a tiny infant, sleeping peacefully. Bits of dark brown hair flared out from beneath the blanket in which the child had been wrapped. As gently as possible, Mrs. Slora removed the tiny bundle, unwrapped the blanket, and saw that the abandoned infant was a baby girl.

Over the years, I was indeed diagnosed as colorblind by more than one doctor, which in the scheme of things has caused me no serious problems. I've learned to ask for help in choosing color combinations before stepping out in public. But I never quite got over the fact of just how rare it is for a girl to be colorblind, and the fact that I was in that teeny tiny miniscule percentage of females with this "problem" in some ways pissed me off because, once again, I was different. On the other hand, because I saw colors in a different way, we soon discovered that I had a rare ability to adjust our color TV so that the color would be perfect. Why? Who knows? All I know is that the word got out: "Having trouble adjusting your color TV? You don't need a TV repairman; just call Kimmy Driggs. She'll fix it for you." Calls came in all the time. I loved that. ................................................................................. Kim holding her favorite Humpty Dumpty doll

"Kim, you are cancer free. You are cured. I don't say that always, but I'm sure of it." So said my oncologist, Dr. Michael in July 2003. And five days later, as his words repeated in Jae's and my heads, we sat in a plane pushing back from the gate at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. We were on our way to Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii for another seventeen-day vacation. My body was tired from the previous seven arduous months of fear, stress, shots, tests, treatments, and inner turmoil. I was totally bald, and my skin looked dull and greyish. But my spirit was overflowing with happiness, and my smile beamed with joy. I was going to Hawaii. | May–June 2016

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................................................................................. I learned quickly that by being an adopted child I had been chosen. Although I didn’t comprehend the distinction from how Chip and I were chosen but other children were not, I sure loved the sound of that word, “chosen,” especially the way my mom said it.

One morning while Janet was still sleeping, I got up to go outside and listen to the Hawaiian mourning doves. I took a yellow pad of paper and sat on the grass overlooking the ocean. Closing my eyes, I thanked God, the angels, and the great beings who watch over us for saving my life and giving me another chance. I realized in that moment that life is short, is precious, and can change in a heartbeat. Although Jae and I had talked of moving someday to Hawaii, I no longer wanted to wait so long. I asked them please to show me a way to manifest how Jae and I could move now, not five or ten years from now, to the islands. Abandoned in Search of Rainbows is available from Basically Books, Kona Stories, and other local bookstores. Contact author A. K. Driggs:




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Ke Ola Magazine, May–Jun 2016

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