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Ruel Heckman’s Art & Aviation Progress
uel Heckman was born in Wisconsin on April 8, 1890 of German ethnicity. By the early 1920‘s Heckman had moved to southern California and pursued art until he was killed in an auto accident in 1942. At that time he had homes in Pasadena and Laguna Beach where he executed a
series of five paintings for the storied calendar company of Red Oak, Iowa. His artistic works pondered the collision of the industrial revolution‘s streamlined machine age aesthetic with previous generations traditional pastoral ways. He liked to paint bold aviation progress with his industrial themes. And he liked to travel.
COVER STORY Art deco era artifacts of his revealed the Spirit of Progress. Heckman made journeys to Hawaii during the Golden Age of Travel and was astounded by the beauty of the people and the islands. Our cover painting from 1941, Hawaiian Fantasy Hula Girl exemplifies his love of Hawaii. Heckman‘s life was cut
short at the age of 52 but prior to his death he had exhibits at the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, the 1938 Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach and the 1937 California State Fair. Heckman captured the aloha spirit. Today his works, even his calendar paintings, go for tens of thousands of dollars.
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Raylene Ha’alelea Kawaiae’a Recalling the Beloved Kumu
ithin twenty four hours of Kumu Raylene Ha’alelea Kawaiae’a’s passing at 2:30pm on March 9th, 2012 great sadness pervaded the Big Island as news of her passing spread throughout the Island. The impact of her loss was immediately felt among the people who knew her or had the good fortune to be part of a setting graced by her spiritual presence. Members of the Hula, Hawaiian Cultural and Spiritual communities were especially struck by her sudden and unexpected loss. “Kumu Raylene,” as she was known, was a spiritual presence whose loss shook the spiritual floor in the hearts of Big Islanders. A momentary spiritual vacuum was generated and people felt it. Kumu Raylene was a highly evolved being thru whom the light of love radiated to touch the world. A person who could make an impact like that, one surmises, must have been on a long evolutionary journey of training, building and enlarging the inner self. Raylene Ha’alelea Kawaiae’a was born on June 3rd, 1950 on Oahu to a family with an exceptional musical lineage. Raylene’s grandmother, Halemanu, was a well known chanter, song writer, and hula master who performed with Kaui Zutermiester. Her grandmother wrote many songs, including the long time favorite Na Lei Ilima which she co-wrote with Kaui Zutermiester. Some believe that Raylene was a gifted child, a punahele, one favored with a gift. Growing up, Raylene came under the careful and watchful tutelage of her grandmother who
passed on all that she knew. By the time Raylene moved to Fairfield, California with her family in the 1970s’ to be with her father who was reassigned to Travis Air Force Base, she was already accomplished in the art of hula and growing in the spirit. For 20 years or so Kumu
Raylene was involved in and grew to become an intimate part of the hula scene in Fairfield and beyond to other parts of California and other states. In her early Fairfield years, Kumu Raylene inaugurated and taught hula at a Polynesian Arts Center. From there she went on to open in 1981 her first hula halau in Fairfield, Nahuapala’O Hawaii Halau ‘O Ha’alelea. Her time at the Halau allowed
her to hone her teaching style and the philosophy of her school which sought to unify and harmonize humanity and nature. In operation it was a synthesis of love, kindness, humbleness, gracefulness, fluidity, and gentleness expressed in Kumu Raylene’s hula and being. The aura of Kumu Raylene’s halau which emanated from her was a powerful magnate that attracted many students to her halau. One such student was Roy Leabig who was attracted to the halau by Kumu Raylene’s humbleness,
patience, and gentleness expressed in her teaching style. Roy, who has been living on the Big Island since 1985, became a Kumu hula in 1987. He is currently a Kumu at Halau Hula Keao O Kala in Pahoa. In 1993 Kumu Raylene moved back to Hawaii landing on the Big Island in Kohala_– Hawi/Kapa’au to be more exact. She was soon deeply immersed in the
community working for the Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center as a cultural preserver and facilitator and teaching, with Hope Keawe, hula every week at the Hawi Cultural Center. She was frequently consulted about Hawaiian culture and practices and frequently asked to do blessings and participate in community events. Kumu Raylene was also a Hooponopono practitioner who was called upon to help people resolve conflicts and reach agreements. She was also an organizational leader. Kumu Raylene was the President of the Kohala Civic Club from 1996-2000 and the Founder and President of Na Huapala ‘O Hawaii, a nonprofit organization that became the funding arm for the Malama Kukui Cultural Learning Center. Kumu Raylene’s world was, of course, much larger than Kohala. She was invited to share her Hawaiian healing art and cultural knowledge and practices throughout the world in places like Asia, Europe, and mainland USA. Where ever Kumu Raylene went, she profoundly touched the lives of people, not just by her cultural knowledge, but through the radiance of her loving being. Through her being she built bridges between cultures and people. That gift of being was known and it eventually came to the awareness of the Dalai Lama. In 2007 Kumu Raylene was one of ten Native Hawaiians invited to a private audience with the Dalai Lama in Maui. Someone who had been in a small group with the Dalai Lama observed that “much like the Dalai Lama, if you had a few minutes to engage Kumu Raylene, you would have seen the same twinkle in the eye and the same radiance. She epitomized the best of the Hawaiian Renaissance and will be a perpetual guiding light for generations to come.
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Honoring Our Host Culture BY Kumu Hula Paul K. Neves
On the Road in Argentina
ope you all had an awesome Merrie Monarch! I was on the road from January 15th to March 11th for almost 2 months. This was the longest time I‘ve been off the rock since I chose Hilo as my home 30 years ago. Better technology: i.e. SKYPE, email, Facebook kept me a lot closer then I imagined. Well, anyway folks, Argentina was very interesting. Stayed there for a whole month. It is summer there! It was at least 85 degrees everyday. I was visiting an old classmate of mine from Geneva (1988-89). Ana is a hard working single Argentinian mom with a 19 year old son named Nahuel. They live on the outskirts of the federal city of Buenos Aires in a place called San Isidro. It was neat to hear about Argentina from these Argentinians themselves. From politics to their local lifestyle, everything was just eye opening, exciting, and at times, a very awkward experience. I stink as a tourist, so I loved seeing the their view locally. Generally speaking, the people there said they identified with Europe. There is a replica of Big Ben, and European architecture is established. But there is also an obelisk like the one on the national mall of Washington D.C. American influence is there: Starbucks, McDonalds, etc. They are a handsome people. Men and women of Spanish, Italian, German, French ancestry are interwoven with an established Jewish and growing Middle Eastern, Asian and English speaking communities. Other Latins travel to Argentina to work or to visit as tourists, mainly Brazilians who now are financially
strong. Football (soccer) and politics seem to be related and held with religious fervor. Some good history, some very very terrible slaughters of the indigenous population and among the settlers as well. There‘s lots of blame and a lot of sadness. My hosts didn‘t have many good things to say about the United States and its foreign policy moves in their country and the region. It was evident that more bad things came from Uncle Sam than good. They freely criticized their own as well. They were unafraid to speak out against any and all corruption. The most popular book in the airport bookstore is of the Argentinian born revolutionary Che Guevarra, the revered comrade of Cuba‘s Fidel Castro. The memories of Juan Peron and Evita Peron are still endeared to many of the people, the Peronistas today. I got to stay up the Tigre (Tiger) River in my classmate‘s boyfriend‘s cabin. What a great time! No roads, everything comes in and out by riverboat including us. Boat stores, police, church, ambulance, you name it. Even had so called Argentine ”hippies”, their local term, who sold fresh honey and eggs every other day. Beautiful strange birds and different plants and flowers. The coun-
CONNECTING CULTURES try has bananas like the kind we have in Hilo. Hibiscus was everywhere but the locals call it ”Chinese rose”. There were lots of ti-leaf of different colors, but they don‘t use them like we do. Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, great wine and cheese and the bread was the bomb. But, of course, the best was the Argentinian beef! Seeing the sights there was interesting but experiencing how the people live was priceless. They are not perfect by any measure. They have imported the bad habit of graffiti and trash and maybe a little urban rudeness. Drug abuse, arrogance and crime have their presence there as well. They fight similar fights that we know of like government corruption, indigenous rights, rich and poor, economic disparity, militarism. When I was there, they were protesting Monsanto and others who were being accused of polluting their food and water resources. I enjoyed watching the Super Bowl there ( but not the final score! ), and spent Feb. 9th celebrating Chinese New Year in Belgrano Park in downtown Buenos Aires. There were at least ten thousand people there. Saw beautiful Tango, the national dance, performed by Chinese women dancers and Argentine male leads. The crowd went crazy for a Japanese woman and her Argentine instructor. Awesome! I cracked up when the crowd did ”Gangman Style”! Thousands of people went crazy. Then my friends took me to Colonia de Sacramento in Uruguay. To reach this 16th century colonial town we had to take a three hour ferry boat across the Rio de La Plata, their huge river. This cobble stone town was founded by my ancestors, the Portugese. It was fought over between the Spanish and then became part of Uruguay, a
little country that kind of wedges itself between Portuguese speaking Brazil and Spanish speaking Argentina. Uruguay was a mellow place to be. Went swimming in a lake and barbecued, of course, and had special times together. It was just me and Nahuel and Ana, a nice place to say goodbye. I am hoping Nahuel,
Ana‘s son can come stay with us in Hawai‘i next year. He really wants too. I think in time I will be returning to Buenos Aires to open a Halau there. But whether or not that happens, I know I‘ll be back to see my old and new friends just to refresh, immerse, and see a very different part of the world. What a life for this for this local old Hawaiian boy.
A Filipina's Attitude of Gratitude
BY Angie Libadisos
remember when he called that day. He said, “Hi Grandma. I just wanted to let you know that you’re a great grandma!” It sounded so good I wanted to milk it for all its worth. I said, “Yes I am and thank you so much for saying so.” “No, really.” he says, “You really ARE a great grandma. I just became a dad!” The first time I met my great granddaughter she’d just started walking. She shied away from me every time I made an approach. After a while she would hurry to her mom or dad whenever I came near her. When her mom finally asked her why she wouldn’t give great-grandma a kiss, she very articulately said, “I not nuts!” I knew then and there she and I would get along famously. This girl is a GREAT great granddaughter! Someday when she’s much older I will remind her how the nuts don’t fall too far from the tree. I recently called her dad to wish him a happy birthday. With seven grandchildren between two sons, I sometimes forget exactly how old each one is. I asked him, “So how old are you now?” “I’m twenty-eight, Grandma!” “What?” I exclaimed. “How can when I’m only thirty?” I love it when they roll their eyes and giggle. Easy audience even when the joke gets older than I really am! Though none of them share my Filipino last name, they are definitely Filipino! Choke Filipino, which means way more Flip than the quarter mostly very local Portuguese from their dads’ side. Makes for quite a handsome recipe I must say. One granddaughter has even graced the front page of Honolulu’s Street Pulse magazine as “Hottie of the week”! I’m very proud of my Filipino heritage, and equally as proud of the way it co-mingles with others here. I absolutely love that Hawaii is such a melting pot of cultures that manifest so beautifully in the younger generation more and more. My most beautiful great granddaughter has added to it by being also part Japanese on her mom’s side. I see this all as a sure sign that we humans are evolving into a more cohesive species! Why can’t we all just get along and be one big world family? A world family of United Nations? There’s something to be grateful for! Can, if you believe, eh?
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Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture
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Sovereignty By Any Other Name Wouldn’t Smell As Sweet
o-wale-ho-i-e/ Hanau ka po ia Hawaii/He Aupuni Moi. Only night/ Night gave birth to Hawaii/A Kingdom. This quotation appeared in one of the 19th century Hawaiian Language newspapers and was mentioned in Aloha Betrayed by Noenoe Silva, Ph. D. I use it as an introduction to the subject of sovereignty, a condition for existence that apparently means very much to Hawaiians because the words have a ring to them reminiscent of their most important cultural chant, the Kumulipo, which catalogued the origin of life on earth. In one of the vignettes in a set of Hawaiian language lessons created by Kamehameha Schools for the public, there is one of a conversation between a teenager and his grandmother. Quiet and thoughtful, the young man ponders what he has learned in school about sovereignty, and his grandmother fills in the blanks from her own life and experience, thus enabling her grandson to do things on his own to foster sovereignty in practice. Entering the political sphere in regard to the status of Hawaii as an independent and sovereign state, we find factual history conveniently hidden from the citizenry. Solid research, such as that being communicated in the weblog of the acting Government of the Hawaiian Kingdom, shows that when the U.S. stepped in to Americanize Hawaii it chose to violate the status of a country with which it had existing treaties
and, furthermore, one which was well established internationally. Here are examples of Hawaiian Kingdom sovereignty being played out in the world community. On January 17, 1893, Foreign Legations accredited to the Court of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the city of Honolulu included the United States of America, Portugal, Great Britain, France and Japan. Foreign Consulates in the Hawaiian Kingdom included the United States of America, Italy, Chile, Germany, Sweden-Norway, Denmark, Peru, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, AustriaHungary, Russia, Great Britain, Mexico and China. Hawaiian Legations accredited abroad to foreign States included the United States of America, Great Britain, France, Russia, Peru and Chile. Hawaiian Consulates abroad in foreign States numbered twenty-five. It’s obvious, then, that the Hawaiian Kingdom maintained an official capacity in the international community, not easily overlooked by any of the nations with whom it dealt, except, of course, by the Government of the U.S. through a false annexation strategy.
“Territorial sovereignty is the independent right of a State to carry out its activities over a territory that has been internationally recognized as belonging to a State. Since the occupation of the Hawaiian Islands by the United States on August 12, 1898, the laws of occupation apply to Hawaiian territory and where the Hawaiian Kingdom exercised its right of territorial sovereignty, the United States would temporarily exercise the Hawaiian right within the limitations imposed by the 1893 Liliuokalani Assignment and the Restoration Agreement, being international compacts, the 1907 Hague Convention IV, and the 1949 Geneva Convention IV, and U.S. Army Field Manual 2710.” www.hawaiiankingdom.org/blog. The above shows that an occupier of another country has limited and temporary powers of jurisdiction in the country it occupies. For a detailed analysis of the repercussions of the U.S. illegal and prolonged occupation of Hawaii, read the weblog of the acting Government of the Hawaiian Kingdom, particularly the sections that explain war crimes, posted January 28, 2013. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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his is dedicated to all the farmers, ranchers, dairymen and growers. We are what we eat thanks to you. It’s important for us to know where things like our broccoli, cabbage, beans, tomatoes, beef, lamb, chicken and pork, eggs, milk come from. Our pipi, our kalo, our luau leaf, our pua`a. It’s important for us to know each other. That’s how the care and Aloha goes into the cultivation, the raising, the growing. That’s what puts the “culture” back into Agriculture: Aloha. From farm to table, our farmers and growers bring to us with pride nothing less than what they would bring to their own tables. We are all on this table together. Aloha is the key ingredient in everything we buy that is produced on Hawai`i Island. You won’t see it listed on the label, but you know it’s there. You feel it. A comfort you can depend on in today’s unpredictable world. Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime. And so it is with our farmers, ranchers, dairymen and growers: They are providers and also Teachers of All Things Agriculture for those willing to apprentice. Not content to self-sustain, their mission is to community-sustain one beginning farmer at a time. It takes a special kind
of person to envision and craft successful outcomes in a culturally and environmentally sensitive way--to malama the `aina; to be willing to share freely--ha`awi hemolele--knowledge and experience with those they walk amongst; to broadcast their Seeds of Change far and wide to everyone within their reach and beyond. For a more secure future in jobs, food and family and quality of life. Growing people. Community. `Ohana. Keep an eye out for the documentary film Seeds of Hope directed by Danny Miller. This Hawai`i International Film Festival award nominee explores developing food security in Hawai`i and the impact and implications of depending on outside food sources. Keep an even closer eye on what is already being produced across Hawai`i Island, in our changing agricultural landscapes in Waimea, Hamakua and Kohala school classrooms, gardens and cafeterias, farmers’ markets and communities. Food security is not new to us; it is a way of life. Watch for Seeds of Change. Coming to a ground near you. Watch for Seeds of Hope. Coming to a theater near you. For more information or services, please visit the ROSI Room at NHERC (North Hawai`i Education & Research Center) or call 7750617.
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The Dog Whisperer
BY Carl Oguss
ear Hawaiian Dog Whisperer, What is dog whispering and dog psychology? Signed ‘Canine Curious’ in Kau
Aloha! Good questions! The term “dog whispering” was inspired by an older term, “horse whispering”, which was created by the US Calvary long ago to describe the gentle way that American Indians trained their horses. Later, these Indians were hired to care for horses of the US Army. It was a tradition which grew out of the fact that Indians living in the great grasslands of western America had neither wood for corrals nor strong ropes for subduing horses by force, which was the European tradition. The Indians had learned to work gently with horses and to develop a close relationship with their mounts. There was no need to “break” the horses’ spirits or to use force to get them to submit to physical domination. Instead, the Indians moved slowly and spoke very softly to the horses (hence, the “whispering” label), offering them food and affection, and building a trust that had eluded the Calvary until then. The result was that, even in battle, the horses worked with their riders as a team, and if a rider fell, the horse returned to their side, which could save their lives. This was in contrast to the European-style dominance trained horses, who would stay with the other horses in battle, running off from a dismounted rider. There were also fewer injuries during training for people and horses alike. The US Calvary was quick to learn from their Indian handlers, and adopted the “horse whispering” approach. Aside from gentle communication with the horses, the approach takes into consideration the thoughts and feelings of the animal being trained, instead of treating them like some sort of tool or machine. “Dog whispering” borrows this gentle approach and consideration of the thoughts and feelings of the dog, and is therefore much more effective and pleasant for all concerned. “Dog psychology” is the study of the mental and emotional life of dogs, just as human psychology is the study of the mental and emotional life of humans. Early horse whisperers were great observers of the mental and emotional lives of horses. They were “horse psychologists” although they did no formal research and had no “scientific method” for evaluating their conclusions. They knew that small differences in body language were very important, and as a result, they became masters of communication with their mounts. They saw that horses were intelligent and sensitive beings, same as dogs are. In this new column in The Paradise Post, I will answer your specific dog training problems and questions. Please submit them to The Hawaiian Dog Whisperer at P.O. Box 11430, Hilo, HI 96721 or by e-mail to email@example.com along with a photo of you and your dog(s) for publication, if possible. Please include a telephone number so that I can call you for additional information and give you help, as needed, free of charge.
English is Easy
BY Richurd Somers
was watching the LPGA recently and marveled at how many ladies who lead in the LPGA are from the Far East, and how well they speak English. Of course English is a very simple language to learn as this column will prove. Now if that isn’t enough to make you turn the page to read about, and then support, one of this paper’s advertisers, I don’t know what is. Okay, hear goes: Eye want too demonstrate how simple English really is. Four example, they’re are sew many words sew similar that one quickly picks up thee weigh to communicate. However, spelling could be aye tad moor complicated. Eye was born inn the United States, sew English was mai native tongue. Eye learned it at thee dinner table and from mai first daze inn school. Mai first grade teacher (wee didn’t halve kindergarten when eye started school) taught us too reed from “Dick & Jane” books. Eye guess eye must halve learned well. Keep inn mined that their ar many words that sound alike, butt that halve entirely different meanings, like you and yew. If I was too say, “Eye like yew” it mite
mean something different then if eye said, “I like you.” Oar may bee knot? Eye grew up be four they’re were sew many predators, inn aye moor country setting. Wee boys wood get on hour bikes and ride awl day until it was dinner time. Wee wood swim at aye place called Taylor Pawned, and remove thee blood suckers from our legs before heading back home. It was aye wonder full life. Now sea how simple English is? Eye know yew
must agree with me, because eye scents yore con currents. Rite now mai “spell cheque” is going crazy and eye halve know idea why. Perhaps mai teachers back in the early daze of the 20th century did knot teach me well? Inn fact, thee copy sew far is filled with read and blew colors underscoring sew many words, witch reminds me how lucky eye am two live inn America. Aisle bet that bye now, yew ar sew happy yew continued reeding this column that yew ar singing mai praises. Well, may bee knot? Next time yew meat someone who’s second language is English, pleas think about this column and how hard each had too work at aye language many of us take four granted. It ain’t AZE simple AZE it aye peers, is it? Awl of thee above is know fault of this newspaper. Inn stead, it is “Just my opinion.”
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wo years ago I had the opportunity of meeting Miss Kona Coffee contestants and one young woman stood out from all others. I told her I thought she was going to win and she did! Corinne Quinajon's experiences have brought her full circle since our first meeting in September, 2011. I felt she is a real inspiration. Corinne is optimistic all day everyday 24/7. Most of all she wants to encourage people to follow their dream. Corinne's goal is to become a Registered Dietician and while on her path at UH she continues in competitions. She doesn't smoke, drink or party. She takes her preparation seriously. We sat down to talk while she was in her competitive prep period. She was working out regularly and watching her diet. She said she is more into fitness and health than being a beauty queen. However, she feels it's important to balance all aspects of her life whether it be glamour or fitness. I asked her how it's going? I measure my food and eat six small portions daily. I eat so much chicken breast I won't be surprised if I grow feathers. Often I experiment with healthy recipes, spices, and try to be creative with my foods. Whey protein powder is also a staple in my diet. I believe anybody can achieve their ideal body. Start today and eat a healthy breakfast. Get some exercise throughout the day. Drink plenty of water. You'll begin feeling re-
vitalized. Most importantly, believe in yourself and know you can do it. Why are you determined to pursue these competitions. What's your personal reward? On a personal level, I feel that my pursuit of these competitions pushes me to better myself and achieve self-improvement year after year. I want to be the best person I can possibly be and push myself to the limits to see what feats I am capable of achieving while continuing to make a positive difference in the lives of others, my community, state, and nation. A tough mix of courage, hardwork, and determination is the way to turn any dream into reality. What were the highlights of your reign as Miss Kona Coffee? People said you're a real sweetheart and the most open-minded person one could know. The things I care about are loyalty, heart, intent and one's general good nature. If you have these qualities, then you are alright by me. The highlights of my journey included the Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant which is an event apart from the Kona Coffee Festival week. One of my prizes was my promotional tour to Tokyo, Japan. Then there was my Miss Hawai'i experiences, and platform related events for my Eat a Rainbow Campaign. Currently I am an intern under Cecily Nago for the American Cancer Society. Eat a Rainbow is my personal
campaign to promote living a healthy lifestyle. I volunteer at events for ACS and created an Eat a Rainbow informational pamphlet and coloring book that we distribute. Community members can join me to reduce childhood obesity by liking my Eat a Rainbow page on Facebook which has nutritional tips. For more information I can be contacted at: email@example.com. Your trip to Japan must have been a wonderful experience. What can you share about the highlights? Imagine what other young people who did not have that opportunity would do with it. Inspire them! My trip to Tokyo was definitely the "cherry on top" of my Miss Kona Coffee experience. It was a magical experience and I fell in love with Japan's people, culture, and their delicious food! Basically Japan was a 10-day promotional trip as part of my Miss Kona Coffee duties. It was embarked on behalf of the State of Hawai'i and Ueshima Coffee Company to promote the world renowned Kona Coffee product to the people of Japan. Ueshima Coffee Company is huge in Japan! I heard that with a lot of aloha you respectfully were performing hula. How was that? I was able to learn hula and performed in front of UCC stores and events with very large audiences. It was exciting to make appearances on promotional radio shows and do interviews. The Japanese are wonderful and they
treated me as royalty. It was a humbling experience and I hope I was able to reflect the true spirit of aloha in return for their overwhelming kindness and generosity. Didn't you also win the talent part of that competition? Yes, after relentless preparation and hard work for several months I surprised myself by not only winning the talent award, but all divisions including lifestyle, talent, private interview, evening gown, on stage question, and the Miss Popularity award. I've been trained in classical piano since I was 5 years old. It makes me feel so good to be able to sit down at a piano and play something beautiful. Instruments are gifts from heaven. Tell me about your career goals in Kinesiology and why you want to become a Registered Dietician As of now, I am a Kinesiology (the study of muscles) major at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo. However, next semester I will transfer to Manoa in Honolulu and major in Human Nutrition to pursue my career as a Regis-
tered Dietician. I want to become a Registered Dietician specifically to help people and their families transform their lives in a positive manner through changed dietary habits. Staying physically active and eating healthy has done wonders for me inside and out. I would like to inspire as many people as possible to explore the wonders that clean eating has to offer! I'm now competing in the IKAIKA BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS on June 15th at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. I'm only competing in the physique/bikini division. Who are you most grateful for helping you on this journey? I'm thankful for my parents, Deborah and Byron Quinajon, and my sister, Natalie, for their overwhelming support, love and care. Without them, nothing I've accomplished would have been possible. We heard she can be so glam that she sweats glitter! She is taking her expectations to the next level and believes life is a work in progress with something new to learn every day.
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LONG STORY SHORT Meet Skylark Rosetti with Leslie Wilcox It started as our small, little radio station promotion. We realized that, you know, in one year, we had double the amount of recordings. And I said to Krash, Look at this, we had thirty-six records this year recorded, and if next year it’s up to seventy-seven. And he said, We should do something about it; we should honor these people in the recording industry. And as a small, little radio station promotion, it turned into the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, and we mimicked ourselves after the Grammy Awards because we thought that’s what we could be, a Hawaiian Grammy Award. Did you have a budget for it? Oh, yeah; all of three hundred dollars. [chuckle] We had to beg and barter, and back then, we you know, went to the Ala Moana Hotel and said, Do you want to have this event? And they looked at us like, Hawaiian music? Yeah, we want to honor our Hawaiian music. And it’s interesting, because people like Melveen Leed, they could walk down the street and nobody knew who they were. Now, Melveen Leed walks down the street, and Mon-Th 11am-10pm • Fri & Sat 11am-Midnite
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And so it was an opportunity to hear chanting, in stereo, and music that has been recorded in stereo for years but never on a stereo band. It was exciting. It was a wonderful time period. A popular broadcaster today, Billy V, Bill Von Osdol, says you were his radio kumu, and he was so thrilled when you called him over to work at KCCN FM. And he said, basically, you folks built the studios. We did. I mean, we hammered the nails, and we [chuckle] I mean, from the ground, up. It was nothing but an empty room and they said, Go put up a radio station in there; and that’s exactly what we did. And once you got this traditional Hawaiian format going, how did it do? It did really well, Leslie. I was amazed at how many people were listening. I had no idea that the young kids would gravitate to it so well. I thought, Na Hoku Hanohano; you are a three-time award winner, and I always hear your name when people talk about the founding of the Hoku Hanohano Awards. Tell me about it.
Well, you’re going back to the 30s now. How did you know about them? Well, because I had old 78s; I collected records. You know, Mom kept her collection, and that’s what started my collection. ‘Cause she would have to practice her hula to these old recordings. And so I started listening to them, and I loved the swing era, and I loved that sound of Hawaiian music with big band. And so, when I had the opportunity to seek these people out, I wanted to make sure that their stories were told, or that somebody could you know, share them with the rest of the audience so that we could all learn about that era of Hawai‘i. At that time, was there Hawaiian music on the air? There was one station, and that’s why I was so excited about getting an opportunity to work there, was KCCN. They were the only — AM? It was an AM station; it was from sunrise to midnight. And it went off the air at midnight, and it was an opportunity to share. And I have to laugh, because back then, it was the other side of Hawaiian music, as Krash Kealoha, who was the program director at the time, would call it. They were doing the Funky Hula, and they were doing you know, all this different kinds of hapa Haole, almost, music. And I wanted to bring back the Hawaiian, the traditional Hawaiian. I wanted to hear Genoa Keawe on the radio again, ‘cause she wasn’t being heard. I wanted to hear some of the traditional music. And did they think that
old school, it wouldn’t — They did. – draw an audience– And they said — -- people don’t care. No; and I kept saying, No, they do want to hear about this. I want to play chants; I opened my show every morning with a chant, because I felt that was important for us to hear that we came from, you know, beats and chanting before. And every program that I watched as a child growing up, with Aloha Festivals, you had a chanter come out and welcome everybody; and I wanted that when I performed and did my radio show. So I would open my shows with chants, and explain what those chants were about. And people started to listen, you know. They hadn’t heard the language translated in quite sometime. And then you would get a chance to do something that radio executive Mike Kelly would say, changed the radio landscape of Honolulu forever. Is that putting it—Hawaiian music—on the FM then? Yeah. You know, somebody didn’t want it; I don’t know why. They didn’t feel that Hawaiian music was worthy enough for FM, or something; I don’t know. Every format had been covered in FM, but Hawaiian music. And I said, Why don’t you put Hawaiian music on the FM band? And they said, Well, will you do it? I said, Absolutely. Why shouldn’t it be on the FM band? Well, what kind of music would you play? Hawaiian music. You wouldn’t put the chants on FM, would you? Yes, I would. You know.
loha, and welcome to Long Story Short on PBS Hawaii; I’m Leslie Wilcox. The Honolulu Skylark. I remember the first time I heard her on the radio. It wasn’t just the beauty of her voice, or the image of a Skylark, that held me. It was her knowledge and understanding of Hawaii people, music, history, values. In the radio industry where companies and personnel tend to come and go, the Honolulu Skylark has made a lasting impression. We’ll catch up with her next. The Honolulu Skylark is Jacqueline Rossetti. Her warm voice and warm personality became a fixture in island radio in the mid-1970s. Since then, she’s been named Hawaii Broadcaster of the Year and Hawaiian Woman of the Year. And today, she lives and works on Hawai‘i Island where she’s known simply as “Skylark.” When people talk about you, they say, popular radio personality, Honolulu Skylark, or beloved personality. And they say something with you that I don’t hear about them saying with other DJs; it’s influential radio personality. What happened? What did you do? I think I listened, Leslie. I had a passion and care for keeping our culture alive. I wanted to know why songs were written; I didn’t want to just hear the songs. I wanted to talk to the composers. And so I armed myself with going out and meeting them, caring about why they wrote a particular song, what inspired them. I wanted to hear about the careers of people that I had heard their music over the years. One of my favorite people, Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs, his big band, syncopated swing era; I loved that. And so he said, Why would you want to be interested in talking to me? I said, Because you did this, you were the ambassador of good cheer in the 30s. Why did they call you that, Uncle Alvin? And so I would sit with them, and they would tell me their stories.
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LONG STORY SHORT she’s a star. You know, and we sort of, you know, did that; we made stars of our own entertainers that were just going unnoticed in our lifestyles. You knew Brudda Iz, Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole very well. And I’ve read that you pointed out something about him, which is that he really didn’t come prepared to the studio. Never. And as a result, for example, in the song that has gone platinum all over the world, you know, you hear some incorrect lyrics and — Lots of incorrect. -- consolidating lyrics. He changes chords. Israel’s own interpretation of what the song is supposed to sing like. And it’s because he gets inspired, and you go into the studio, and he’ll just sing whatever comes to his heart. And he must have been thirteen or fourteen years old when I first met him. And they would call me up on the radio; I wasn’t at KCCN at the time. I worked at a station that — KNDI, at midnight played Hawaiian music when KCCN went off the air. And I think that’s what lured them to have me come to join KCCN, was I was doing a midnight to eight in the morning Hawaiian music show. And the entertainers were calling in and — and listening to me and — And I bet Iz called you all the time.
He did. [chuckle] He and Skippy. And he continued to — And their group. -- do that most of his life, called — Oh, he did. -- folks up, and had his say. He did. He loved radio; that kept him entertained. And he said, Come on out to Makaha; I have this group, I want you to hear us. And I went out there, and there they were; just these kids in, you know, puka clothes, and just — but their harmonies and their voices, and their family unit was so endearing, and I just loved them. And I brought them to KCCN, and did their first recording, and we started playing — this was when we could play bootleg music on the air. And so that’s how they started their career. And you went and sought them out, and they knew it. Yeah; they did. You gave them a voice they really didn’t have. But what would move you to go all the way to Makaha to talk to a couple of teenaged boys about their music? Once I drove into their yard, and Mama and Daddy were out on the porch, I said, Oh, my gosh, I found myself home. And I just — you know, they were just this sweet family, opened up their hearts to us, and to me, you
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know, and I just, you know, I felt like home. Skylark’s passion for the people and traditions of Hawaii resonated with listeners at a time that Hawaiian music and culture were going through a renaissance. That’s when she really found her “voice.” Well, let’s go back ‘til way before the Honolulu Skylark emerged. Where’d you grow up? What was your growing up like? It was a wonderful Hawaiian family. The Mahi’s are my mother’s background; she had ten brothers and sisters. Are you related to Aaron Mahi, the — That’s my — -- former band leader? -- first cousin. Yeah; his father and my mother are brother and sister. There were ten children in that family, and they all had four or five children each. And so we had a wonderful family home in Kalihi, where my grandfather lived, and our families built their beach house in some property that my grandmother had right across from what we call Baby Beach Park in Ka‘a‘awa. So our family spent weekends in Ka‘a‘awa and weekdays going to schools in the Kalihi area. When you say it was a Hawaiian upbringing, what does that mean? When you’re in a Hawaiian family, you learn nurturing of values and living off the land. And we did things like hukilau and did our own imu and kalua pig, and you know, fished. And it was just a warm, family thing. We all slept together in the same beds, and we all bathed together. [chuckle] You know, it was that kind of a family. Rossetti doesn’t sound terribly Hawaiian. No, my father’s pure Italian, and Mama and Daddy met in Pearl Harbor. And he just loved our family and became more Hawaiian, almost, than my mother. She
Skykark Rosetti wanted to be Americanized. You know how that was — That was the — -- back then. -- generation, World War II. That was that generation. And Dad wanted to be Hawaiian; he wanted to learn to fish and hukilau, and you know, do all of those things. And so he gravitated more to being Hawaiian than Mama did. And he loved the brothers and sisters, and just got along very well with them. And traditional Hawaiian music; when did that come into your life? I think it had always been surrounded in my life. My father — and I have to give him credit, because he loved things Hawaiian. And during our raising up, Dad was involved with something called Aloha Week back then. And he surrounded us with just wonderful mentors that were our aunties. I didn’t know that they weren’t really related to us, ‘cause we always had — everybody was aunty and uncle. So your pure Italian dad — Yes. -- and not your fullblooded Hawaiian mom introduced — Thank you. -- you to this. Yes. And he was, you know, hanai’d by Auntie ‘Iolani Luahine, and Auntie Sis Wiederman, and these wonderful pillars of Hawaiiana.
And they nurtured my father in this business. I remember watching Auntie ‘Iolani dancing at ‘Iolani Palace in these beautiful Hawaiian pageants. And I said, That’s what I want to do; I want to keep our culture alive. I never saw her dance in person. Is it true what people said, that when she danced, it was as if something else was inside her, living through her? Absolutely. Auntie enjoyed an inu, and when we were at parties, after the big pageantry, she would have an inu or two. And then all of a sudden, she’ll hear a song that somebody’s dancing or singing, and she became a whole different person. And you’d look at her like, what happened, what possessed her. And she’d just start dancing or chanting, or — she was just a marvelous woman. And then after it was pau, it was like, Oh, where am I? [chuckle] And she’s — And she went back to -- back at the party. -- hanging out — Yes. -- at the party. Absolutely. And she was just a gracious, lovely lady. So your dad worked for Aloha Week, or volunteered for Aloha Week? It was a volunteer thing for over forty years of his life. He’s director emeritus, if you look at the — well, I don’t know where we are with that
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Continued from page 11 right now. That breaks my heart terribly to see an organization like that starting to fall apart on the neighbor islands. But it got to me see what life on Kaua‘i was like, what life on Moloka‘i was like. Because we would go from week to week to the different — M-hm. -- islands, meet some wonderful people who all cared about the culture. I don’t know if you remember; we used to spend time at Ala Moana Park when there was an Ulu Mau Village. And they had all the little places that you could go and visit and learn your culture, and pound poi, and watch them weave. It was just a marvelous time to grow up. And later, they moved that by He‘eia Kea. He‘eia Kea; but it wasn’t the same as in Ala Moana Park, where it was closer to the people, and people could come and visit. And that’s what Waikiki is trying to move toward now, having lost some of that authenticity. Absolutely. Yeah. So here we are; going to Kamehameha. Did they infuse you with Hawaiian? I think there were wonderful people up there, like Auntie Nona Beamer, who was encouraging you to, you know, learn hula and to dance. And I had always been a part of the music scene. Mama was a hula dancer with Hilo Hattie, and she toured with the Al Kealoha Perry Show and danced at the Lexington Hotel in New York. And so she — you know, she always had her music with us, and she always taught us hula. And then we went to formal
THE PARADISE POST training in our neighborhood where we grew up in Foster Village with Auntie Rose Joshua. So we — at the age of five, we were dancing hula and chanting, and you know, uniki’d by the age of fifteen. And you know, I didn’t know what that was back then, but it was just a part of how we grew up. You know, and how brothers and sisters would drum and beat the tin cans or the cracker cans in those days for the Tahitian music. And it was hula schools, where you learnt ancient hula, auana hula, Samoan dancing, Tahitian dancing, and Maori dancing. We talked earlier about the Hawaiian renaissance. One of the highlights of that period, besides the return of traditional music, was Kaho‘olawe and freeing the island from target bombings by the military. Were you involved in that? Well, you remember the gentleman who started the theme and raised the theme of Aloha ‘Aina, aloha awareness: entertainer, musician, and a dear friend, George Jarrett Helm. In fact, I named my son after him; that’s how close we were. A wonderful family of Moloka‘i. And you know, he could sing, and his beautiful voice would transcend to the kupuna. And then when he would talk to them about aloha ‘Aina, they could relate to him. And then he started to say, This island is not a distant rock; don’t bomb it. I live right there; I can hear this. It’s paining me to just watch this smoke go up. Why are we continuing to do this? And it was his thought, his vision of freeing that island from the harshness of the bombing, and watching the red dirt surround the
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LONG STORY SHORT islands; it almost looked like it was bleeding, the island was bleeding of its red dirt. And he said, We’ve got to stop this. He went to the legislature. And I’m sure you know, people can look at the history books; he gave his life for that island. And I think we were in the early stages. Women were like Auntie Emma DeFries, who I was studying under at the time, a dear friend who I grew up with up. Auntie Frenchy DeSoto said, Do you want to go to the island? And this was in the days when nobody was going to the island; they had just arrested the nine protestors on the island, and they were giving us an opportunity to go in legally and to look at the island. And I was one of those first seventeen onboard. We were called the first warriors, as they call us today, but we went to take the kupuna to see so that they could see that it wasn’t just a rock. We weren’t bombing just a rock. Did you feel any mana, or anything special on that island? Oh, you could feel the island; you can still feel the island today if you to got Kaho‘olawe. It’s just chicken skin. You were there with your camera; you saw how beautiful that island is. And you know, to walk the ancient trails, and to see, you know, poi pounders and shell carvings that you don’t see on any other island except Kaho‘olawe; it was exciting. Dr. Patrick Kirch did this whole study that we were a part of, and we looked at how the sediments of the earth and how the people — it was just m-m, magical, wonderful. You’re telling me something I didn’t know. Do you think it was George Helm who bridged, you know, he went from music to cultural –I think it was. I think he had this magical voice that could attract people to listen to him, and then he could tell
his story. He could say, Hey, this island needs to stop this bombing. And I think that’s the way he got the message across. And that was a multigenerational protest and rally, and in the end, very successful. Except — – now we can’t free the island of all the ordnance. [chuckle] And you know, it’s sad, because here we thought that was what was going to happen with all that money being dumped into — we were gonna be able to get it all off the island. And when we were there, we had no idea we were tromping around with live ordnance on the island. You know, and here we are, taking kupuna and flying them from districts. And Inez Ashdown, who was raised on the island, you know, was in our party, and she was telling the story of how the goats were here, and this water tank was here. And you know, we had no idea that we were tromping her through live ordnance. But we were so passionate, and we were so excited at the time to document these stories. And Uncle Harry Mitchell being with us, and you know, him sharing his passion for the island, because his son and — yeah, it was a wonderful time. Rich cultural experiences have shaped Jacqueline “Skylark” Rossetti’s life. Today she’s a single mom living in Hilo – she wanted more a country lifestyle for her children. She’s still broadcasting and still promoting the Hawaiian culture. You’re still the Honolulu Skylark, but for the last almost twenty years, you’ve had a neighbor island perspective. Are you happy with the state of Hilo radio? I think it’s unique; it’s growing, it’s changing. You know, we don’t command the advertising dollars that we
could get with Honolulu, but we’re a unique market. And I enjoy, again, like I did with the old kupuna, going out and meeting who these people are, what they’re doing. We have wonderful farmers like Richard Ha doing some wonderful things; Barry Taniguchi, who’s had this store in Hilo forever. And you know, bringing that into the mix, where people can understand who our community is, is just endearing to the listeners. Of all of the musicians, the entertainers, and others you’ve come across in your career, who’s impressed you the most? You know, it’s funny you would say that. There were people, like I mentioned earlier, Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs was a dear man who had that 30s and 40s era. And then in the 50s and 60s, I would have to say there were people like Ed Kenny and Marlene Sai, and those people and those voices that shaped Hawaiian music that I’ve gravitated to as dear friends. And then in the 70s, it would have to be my friend Gabby Pahinui. I loved Pops. He just transcended this down-home earthiness about him, with that little kolohe style like Israel, always getting himself in trouble with his wife. Skylark continues to share her voice and her stories, hosting radio shows and, for 30 years, the Merrie Monarch Festival of hula. She has a beautiful voice. And she is a beautiful voice, speaking with understanding and love of the islands. Mahalo to fellow broadcaster, Skylark Rossetti and you for joining me for this wonderful Long Story Short. I’m Leslie Wilcox of PBS Hawaii. A hui hou kakou! Watch Long Story Short on PBS Hawaii every Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Encore broadcasts air on Wednesdays at 11 pm and on Sundays at 4 pm. The first air date of this interview was on Aug. 12, 2008.
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ORIENTAL MEDICINE Spring Cleansing!
BY Alvita Soleil O.M.D., L.Ac., NCCAOM
hat is it about the spring season that makes it so appropriate for cleansing and rejuvenation? New growth, transformation, and regeneration! We can use these forces of renewal, revitalization and rebirth to great benefit during a spring cleanse. The month of April according to many spiritual traditions is an invitation to release what does not serve us anymore, and to reconnect with the emergence of a new life. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Spring and Fall seasons provide the best opportunities for deeply detoxifying and cleansing different harmful toxins that have accumulated in the physical, and emotional energetic body over the past months and year. Why detoxify? We live in a sea of toxins. Many of us have exposure to strong pollutants every day, even on the “paradise island” – we cannot avoid them. Toxicity is a serious concern for all of us. We are witnessing the increase in electromagnetic pollution, industrial chemicals, and pesticides, resulting in contamination of all types. It comes to us through our food, water, and the air we breathe. Even breast milk from American women is contaminated with more than 100 industrial pollutants, and chemicals, including pesticides, brominated fire retardant and heavy metals. Often the body is overburdened with external stressors and internal toxins, stagnant blood and/or excessive fats, drugs, and alcohol. Some symptoms may
occur such as allergies, headaches, nausea, irritability, foggy thinking, estrogen dominance, muscle tension, skin eruptions, itching and fatigue. Additionally this increased toxic load puts a tremendous burden on the liver and other organs, and can lead to chronic disease over time. Benefits of cleansing Periodic physical cleansing creates a foundation for long term health. The benefits of cleansing are numerous: weight loss, glowing skin, an increase in energy and mental clarity, a reduction of physical symptoms, revitalized organs, and breaking unhealthy habits. The emotional and spiritual benefits of cleansing gives a new motivation and a clearer vision of values and priorities. How does the body detoxify? Our bodies are already engaged in an automatic process of eliminating toxins. The lymph, the liver, gall bladder, kidneys, gastrointestinal track, skin and blood continually eliminate wastes. In TCM, spring is related to the wood element and to the liver and gall bladder. As such, the liver is the focus of the spring cleanse, and is in need of a little help along the way. Your help! The liver loves nourishing green food, and the body responds with vitality when fed with organic, vibrant
food, filled with enzymes. Your body also knows when you feed it with “not so supportive” food. You know what they are; foods that have strong inflammatory potential such as processed foods, highly salted or sweetened foods, red meat, alcohol and stimulants, and let’s not forget dairy and sugar. If you do not know the foods to which you might be sensitive, kinesiology testing, or lab work can assist you. Planning to cleanse? There are many different ways to engage in cleansing. Make sure you choose a detox program that fits your constitution and your needs. A cleanse can be as short as 3 days, or as long as 21 days, 10-14 days is optimal for most individuals. Whatever detox program you choose, start with a preparation phase, followed by a middle segment that is more intense, and end your cleanse by repeating the preparation phase.
A clean diet is the most critical component of any detoxification program. Increase fibrous, nutrient rich foods like fruit and green vegetables, and boost your liquid consumption. This can be in the form of water, herbal teas, vegetable soups, broth, and lemon sweetened with stevia. In my clinic, I use supportive, detoxifying herbs or homeopathy to assist in the process of cleansing. The Liver/Gall Bladder flush is also done at the appropriate time during a program, maximizing the process of elimination. Dry brush exfoliation helps to promote circulation and detox the lymphatic system. Exercise, saunas and Epsom salt baths can promote natural elimination of substances through the skin. Please refer to my website for a holistic detoxification program; I will be happy to an-
swer questions. Make your cleansing personal Lifestyle changes are vital. Read food labels, become familiar with food additives, buy organic if possible or even grow your own! Your diet should be clean and nutritious. Nourish yourself by taking time to be in nature, smell the flowers. Meditate again, get a massage! Find a friend that can support you in your cleansing journey. Clean your closet. Release emotional toxins by communicating and expressing your feelings in an appropriate way. Start something new. Just as nature is reinventing itself, we can too. Alvita Soleil is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, healer, teacher, and artist. In practice since 1982, she is the co-owner of the Aloha Health Clinic in Kamuela. Visit us at www. Dr.AlvitaSoleil.com or call (808) 889-0770.
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oy is like a soft spring rain that allows us to lighten up and enjoy ourselves. It‘s a way of seeing things. Thich Nhat Hanh who wrote Peace Is Every Step says, ”Wonder and delight are present in every moment, every breath, every step, and is present in every moment of our own ordinary everyday lives if we can connect with it”. Joy has to do with seeing how precious things are. It‘s about noticing. We get caught up in our personal pain and worries. We don‘t notice the stars shinning in the sky or that the wind has come up or that someone has left flowers at our door. We can relax and realize that behind all that goes on in our mind, the sun is always coming up in the morning and going down in the evening. Birds are singing and the bamboo is blowing in the wind. Food, flowers and trees are growing out of the earth. There is enormous richness everywhere. We can develop our passions, curiousity, and interest for life. We can connect with our joyfulness. We can start right now, acknowledging the preciousness of each day is a good way to live and a good way to connect with our JOY. Sit, breathe, move and feel yourself blooming right where you‘re planted. Enjoy my Yoga classes at The Studio in Honokaa Town on Monday at 8:30 a.m., on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. and on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. for newcomers. For information call 775-1614.
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NATURAL PERSPECTIVE BY Marcel Hernandez, N.D.
Do You Remember?
K. I came into the kitchen for a reason, I just can’t remember what it was. Let me look in the fridge. Hmm. Nothing there rings a bell. I wonder if I wanted something out of the cupboard? No. Does the paragraph above describe early onset Alzheimer’s or an episode of senile dementia? The answer is, probably neither. Episodes like this are common at any age, but more so in an unnaturally aging brain. That’s right, I said that memory loss is NOT an inevitable part of the aging process. The brain is capable of producing new brain cells at any age, so significant memory loss is not an inevitable result of aging. But just as it is with muscle strength, you have to use it or lose it. Your lifestyle, health habits, and daily activities have a huge impact on the health of your brain. I had a patient the other day, a young man in his mid 30’s, whose story was way too familiar. He felt his memory was not what it used to be. When I asked him how his sleep was, he replied that his job made inhuman demands on his energy and joie de vivre. Working in the great pressure cooker that is Silicon Valley levels even the strongest constitutions, no matter what the age. In addition to job stress, relationship stress, loss of a loved one, change of residence – any stressful situation may impact memory function. High stress and memory dysfunction are immortal partners. Other elements that impact memory function are anxiety and depression and the prescription pharmaceu-
ticals prescribed to manage these conditions. Alcohol abuse, recreational drugs, chronic infections, lack of exercise and sleep problems also decrease memory ability. Notice that most of the things that affect memory result as a consequence of questionable life choices? Here are ten strategies you can use to keep your memory quick and vibrant. 1) Examine your decision making process, especially the ways in which you manage stress. It may be helpful to seek a counselor who assists you in examining why and how you make life choices. 2) Exercise every day. Studies have shown that older people who do even mild exercise, like brisk walking, had far superior memory function than sedentary people. The reason is that exercise is the number one stress busting tactic of all as it releases a plethora of happy molecules (endorphins) and also aids with restful sleep. ”In general, what‘s good for the heart is good for the brain,” says Gary Small, MD, director of the UCLA Center for Aging. 3) Eat a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables – leafy greens blueberries, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots – you get the idea. These rainbow foods are rich in antioxidants that protect our cells from free radical damage. 4) Use supplements wisely. Health providers in the alternative and complementary medical field often give their patients shopping bags full of pills, thinking that health springs in gelcap form from a bottle. Studies show that a daily Vitamin-B complexrich multiple helps maintain memory function. Turmeric has also been shown to be ex-
cellent as it has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. There are other nutrients that may also be of merit that are being studied as you read this. 5) Do mental calisthenics. To keep your brain sharp, many experts say, you need to exercise it regularly. Play scrabble. Do crossword puzzles. There are a few web sites that offer memory improvement games, BrainMatrix.com is one. http://www. brainmetrix.com/memorygame/ 6) Sleep. Healthy sleep patterns are crucial for cognitive performance, especially memory. Seven hours of sleep each night is what experts agree upon. Sleep is essential to lower levels of stress hormones, to relax and refresh your entire body, and to literally turn off your brain 7) Drink a little red wine. Some studies indicate that red wine is good for the heart and thus the brain, the experts say. Not all the reasons are understood, but many researchers believe red wine may be good for you because it contains the antioxidant resveratrol. It is important to note that excessive alcohol intake can disrupt sleeping patterns. Unless you have organic or functional brain damage, there is no reason you cannot improve your memory function. But it does take focus, and focus is yet one more memory technique. Dr. Hernandez is happy to address your health-related questions in this column. He may be contacted at HawaiiND@BigIsland.net
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thoroughly renovated and expanded Edith Kanaka‘ole Mu lti-Purpose Stadium was officially blessed during a ceremony held today at the prominent Hilo facility. Mayor Billy Kenoi recognized the contractors,
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Continued from page 15 cians, plumbers, welders, carpenters, grounds crews, and tree-trimmers collectively spent more than 1,000 hours improving the stadium and the surrounding grounds. In addition to performing their normal duties, the employees’ work included replacing worn bleacher seat and foot boards, plumbing fixtures, and electrical fixtures, adding landscaping, installing new signs, and fabricating guardrails to improve the safety of bleacher spectators. Dozens of community volunteers also provided vital painting, landscaping and other facility improvements that saved taxpayer dollars. The Department wishes to recognize and thank the Jehovah‘s Witnesses – Hawai‘i Circuit 5 members, Hilo Jaycees, 1st Battalion 12th Marines and Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center inmates. Also thanks go to East Hawai‘i District Tennis Association, Hawai‘i Carpenters Union, Local 745, Hilo High School tennis teams, and tennis players from Hiloarea schools for contributing their time and efforts toward the renovations. The Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Purpose Stadium upgrade is the anchor of a $4 million revitalization of the Ho‘olulu Complex, which also includes work on the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, Aunty Sally Kaleohano‘s Lu‘au Hale, and multiple support buildings. For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@ co.hawaii.hi.us.
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MAGICAL HAWAII THE hawaiian kupua
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upua is translated in the Hawaiian Dictionary as "demigod, cultural hero, especially a supernatural being possessing several forms; one possessing mana, to possess magical powers." Closely related is the root kupu, meaning "upstart," and the associated word "kupu'eu," meaning "rascal, scamp; hero, wondrous one," because in hero tales the kupua figure is often mischievous in addition to being heroic. The activity of a kupua is called ho’okalakupua, and missionary influence can be seen in its translation as “magic, to do wondrous acts; a magician, enhanter, witchcraft; extraordinary fisherman, elusive thief.” Kupua tales abound in Hawaiian mythology and can be found on all the islands. Most kupua stories follow common patterns, including birth in a symbolic
non-human form, the ability to shapeshift, travel to other lands (earthly or otherwise), the possession of magical abilities and objects, titanic struggles that involve the protection of the weak or the defeat of evil persons or spirits, mischief-making of some sort, riddling, and often some kind of relationship with the Mu or Menehune people. There may be the invention or gifting of culture traits and communication with animals, as well. The most well-known ku-
pua of all is Maui, frequently called Maui Kupua. His modern name of "the Hawaiian Superman," is actually a good translation of that. Maui is famous all over the Pacific, but in Hawaii he is usually associated with seven deeds or "strifes" recorded in the epic chant "Kumulipo." These are the obtaining of "'awa" (kava) from the gods, pushing up the heavens so people can walk upright, obtaining the secret of fire, fishing up the islands, snaring the sun, rescuing his mother from a monster, and dying in an attempt to obtain the secret of eternal life. The next most famous kupua, at least in Hawaii, is Kawelo. Although no clear story is told of his own shapeshifting, it occurs in his family and may have occured to him at his birth. He becomes a super fisherman, a super warrior, and a wonder-worker. Probably the main event is the great battle with an evil chief on Kauai in which
•APRIL 17 Kawelo apparently dies and comes back to life and finally wins. Another famous kupua is Kamapua’a, sometime lover (or ravisher) of Pele, the volcano goddess. Usually described as being a “half man, half pig” (modern paintings have him looking a lot like the European nature god Pan), Kamapua’a was actually a man who could take the form of a pig. Or, since he was born in pig form perhaps he was a pig who could take the form of a man. In any case, he could also take the form of the humuhumunukunukuapua’a (triggerfish with a snout like a pig) and many kinds of plants. He could stretch his body to any length when necessary, too. In addition to his affairs with Pele, he had
many other adventures and won many battles. Palila was a kupua born on Kauai in the shape of a cord and could take the shape of a man or an invisible spirit. He became a super warrior and traveled the islands, winning Oahu for his father and supporting underdogs on the others until he finally became ruling chief of Hilo. There are many other kupua stories, wildly exaggerated like all good legends, yet formed out of actual events, actual people, and actual powers and abilities. It is because of the common traits shared by the kupua in these stories that they can rightly be called the shamans of Hawaii. For more writings by Serge Kahili King visit www.huna. org.
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y friend was driving down the road and had an AHA moment and called me. “I was thinking about calories in food” she said. “Someone just made this stuff up, didn’t they? I mean, it’s just a number! Why is everything someone else’s idea of how things should be? This is crap!” I replied “This is default thinking.” For example the chair in your living room is what you purchased as a chair because its creator designed it as a chair, the manufacturer produced it as a chair and you purchased it as a chair. You have chosen by default to retain the creation, purpose and idea of ‘chair’ in your ownership and use of it. Others coming into your home don’t have to recreate a chair from their own thoughts in order to use yours. (Your pets probably see it as a bed.) They go along with your presentation of your perception of ‘chair’, by default. In someone else’s home a chair could be an upended crate or a stack of books, or a fireplace hearth. Some default thinking has purpose. We don’t have to take time and energy to enter someone’s living space and create a chair for ourselves. It’s easier to default to their view. But when we apply this to art, we begin to understand how we can perceive other than by default. The art in your home is what you have determined to be art. But others may not see it so. They use their own perceptions to determine it as junk, worthless, valuable, and artistic, etc. We acknowledge that everyone else may not view our wall hangings or ceramic pieces as art. No big deal. We’re used
to individual perceptions in things requiring sensual interpretation. We are not used to individual interpretations of things we take for granted, like tables or chairs. Once you realize you are in someone else’s thinking, like calories that may or may not have value to you to go along with, you can change it. That’s the big AHA! You simply tear off the label called calories and experience calories as energy (which is a perfect example since calorie means heat output converted to energy). So in that moment of conscious awareness, your AHA moment, you get to choose how you wish to apply the now unlabeled energy. You have loads of options for applying the unleashed energy. Use it to lose weight or gain muscle. Use the energy to heal an old scar. Use the energy to enhance your
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hatever we are experiencing in our lives, we have the choice to change our perspective on how we view the experience. This is our saving grace. No matter the intensity and emotion we are feeling about any given experience, we can decide to change our viewpoint and see the event from a higher perspective. Suffering is always optional. There is always an opportunity to change our feeling about something. The big challenge is to do it…to actually make the effort to see something in a lighter vein. To realize that our particular drama is temporary, as all things are, seems to help when facing a challenge, whether big or small. As an example, one of my neighbors had her parked car hit by some teenagers having a joy ride and smashing cars. She of course went through all of the emotions of loss and anger and feelings of vulnerability at first. By relaxing and knowing that there are no “real” accidents…everything that happens occurs due to human thought, she changed her perspective from pain to expectation of the good that could come. The situation brought her a newer and better car. The boys’ parents’ insurance made sure of that. Our vibrational output attracts what we experience. She was attracting a so-called negative event into her life due to her past thoughts and instead of holding on to suffering from the event, she change her perspective to ex-
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t was Pau Hana on a Monday and I was driving over the mountain for dinner but I had no idea what to expect from Lava Lava Beach Club. Imagine my surprise as I followed the signs directing me past the public beach parking to a new parking section behind an open columned building on the sand in front of Ana’eho’omalu Bay’s south end. As my eyes took in the bustling activity of a nearly packed Lava Lava Beach House I felt I was the last to know of this new offshoot of popular Huggo’s. Rather extraordinaire I thought as I noticed colorful details of chic design, the sounds of Kevin Teves Hawaiian music drifting through the air, the laughter of families and the feeling of contemporary Hawai’i. The friendly host led us to our wooden table on the lanai under the female kiawe tree whose little yellow flowers gently dropped all around us. Tables were set upon the sand as well as large bright cushioned wooden furniture where families enjoyed their Pau Hana Lava Lava Beach Club (LLBC) special beverages and pupu. I thought to myself what a wonderful spot for visiting families to rest after a long day of playing. At LLBC there are beach front cottages also available to rent for the night or for private parties. LLBC was designed to accommodate large groups comfortably and I looked forward to turning on my The Paradise Post readers to this fresh spot. From the moment we arrived until after desert when
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Executive Chef Jeff Reedman came out to greet us our service was exemplary. Kiwi, our main server for the night, took good care of us. She explained the extensive yet comprehendible menu full of the island‘s delectable combinations. We knew there were going to be big compliments for the tongue twisting specials of the night to which our eyes got big just while learning about them. We followed all of her suggestions and we‘re not disappointed. For starters Kiwi suggested ”Lava Lava Sip It” adult beverages. None of us had ever had a Lava Flow on the Rocks or a Huggo’s Mai Tai. Our unanimous favorite coincidentally was also the bartender’s favorite called Sandy Toes. It was a drink made from lemon, honey, Bombay Sapphire, blueberries, fresh sage leaves and a ‘sandy rim’ of salt and black pepper. It was a fascinating combination that went straight to my po’o (head). We started with a half pound of West Coast Pacific Mussels in a roasted garlic, Dijon, and cream sauce. Next we devoured the Ahi Poke with fresh avocado, yakame, cilantro, ginger and sweet potato chips. We sam-
pled their Coconut Shrimp with Guava and Sweet Chili Sauce. The Hook Line and Sinker that night featured Fresh Catch Seared Onaga and two Seared Shrimp in a Brandy Caper Sauce. One friend tried their Coffee Rubbed Rib Eye which included Cheesy Spinach Mashed Potatoes. You can also ”Take Your Steak Surfing” by adding Lobster or Coconut Shrimp. We took each of her suggestions because Kiwi made them sound so delicious. And guess what? They were scrumptious. My godson, whose birthday we were celebrating, had eyes so big when his steak came surfing with lobster right into his opu (stomach). Kiwi explained that our dessert was in the oven. We found out it is their most requested one called Sticky Icky Apple Banana Mango Pineapple Cobbler. It takes about ten minutes. We didn’t mind waiting while our dinner settled so we enjoyed the entertainment of beautiful Hula dancer Ranae KeaneBamsey. I appreciate Hula entertainment no matter when or where and I’m thankful that our islands malihini get the chance to enjoy this treat on the sand every evening.
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This is a fun, educational and historical museum documenting life of multi-cultural immigrants who came to Hawai‘ i to work for the plantations since the 19th century. 27-246 Old Mamalahoa Hwy. in Papaikou (near Pinky‘s and mauka of old Baker Tom‘s). Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, Adults $8, Kamaaina and Seniors $6, Military $5, Youth $3, Under 5 yr. free, Family Rate (Full admission for adults, 50% off other members of the family)
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OLD PLANTATION DAYS
Without modern transport or communication, plantation workers relied on shops like the Yoshiyama Store in Papaikou, Hawaii for their food, supplies, and handwritten communication to loved ones. The Yoshiyama Store has recently been renovated into a plantation museum, which encompasses a vast collection of photographs, ephemera, and conversation from the good ol‘ plantation days. See page 21 for information on the Hawaii Plantation Museum.
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AS ABOVE SO BELOW What’s Going On Up There? BY Carol Barbeau
Spring Is For Resurrection
hat do you want to birth or resurrect in this 4th month of a number six year of love? April 2013 is a number one month of NEW BEGINNINGS. KEYWORDS are aggressive, straightforward and adventuresome as the planet of action Mars entered ARIES. Now we’ve entered a time of action and fire. As the sun moved to Aries on March 20th our theme has been looking inwards at self (Aries) and beginning to make the magical transformation in our world. Welcome to the second stage of the Vernal Equinox and a time of FIRE and LIGHT. The magical theme for April is youthful energy and adventure. The Tarot card THE FOOL rules this time astrologically. It may be time for you to plant a rowan tree by your door so that only good and peace may enter. Use the herbs and oils of LEMON and TANGERINE for joy. How about putting LAVENDER candles in the window to welcome all wonderful things into your life? The colors of April are all forms of RED, which is the color of passion, and new beginnings. Red carries unbelievable power if you wear it, or even visualize it. Ruby or Garnet would be great stones to wear until April 19th when the Sun enters Taurus. After that more grounding and centering gemstones like Aquamarine, Amethyst, Agates, and my personal favorites, Tourmaline and Jet will work better to help you
manifest what you are ready to build now. March was about believing, trusting and manifesting. Now April is about planting and movement. The Dark of the moon Magical Wishing days this month are the 8th and 9th with the Moon and Sun in Aries, further pushing us towards a more active life where we participate in our own lives rather than sit on the sidelines The new moon on the 10th would make it hard to hold back some of the transformative energies which seem to be pushing many of us to take responsibility of our future. I feel strongly we are all going to be creating new rules, regulations and plans for our lives. Mercury, the trickster planet of ideas and communications, is on fast forward this month after the retrograde of last month still in Pisces until the 13th. Aries energy is much into the “I AM” mode rather than the “I Believe” mode of Pisces. How best to use this? Visualize your strengths, abilities and courage and believe in all that you are visible to others. The symbol of Aries is the RAM, head down and charging forward and with Mercury. You’ll be happy to know that the planet VENUS which is about love and what we want moves on the 15th into the more settled sign of Earthy Taurus. Venus will be the ruling planet after the 20th of this month and carry her energy of LOVE into all our lives. The energy of Taurus asks us to move into our talents
and abilities. Earth energy (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn energy) is always about building and in this material world we cannot ignore possession or owning things, people, emotions and events. I always remember what we possess that lasts forever are not material things, but inner strength, courage, compassion, understanding, learning and love. Taurus represents meaning and purpose and I feel we will find our places over the next 60 days. The eclipse season is back. The Full moon on April 25th is a FULL MOON LUNAR eclipse with the sun in Taurus and the moon in Scorpio. Full moons are about letting go so use this time for better relationships coming at the New moon Solar Eclipse May 9th. Pluto, the planet of transformation, death and rebirth, in the sign of Capricorn moves retrograde on April 12th. Pluto retrograde hopefully will cool some of this powerful energy off and give people a bit of a time of rethinking how to more peacefully and
•APRIL 23 joyfully make the necessary changes in our world and in our own personal lives. Spring always has the promise of the fulfilling year to come. See yourself as the Fairy Godmother or Godfather of Spring in your own life for those around you. Wave that wand, roll up those sleeves and get busy creating. As Saturn moves into position to retrograde next month we are asked to move further inwards. Saturn in Scorpio asks that we correspond with our intuition and how we are feeling about life. Saturn in Scorpio is trying to teach us all that when we do what gives us joy then we truly accomplish more. Spring is about personal
growth. Many energies coming into our lives will tune us into what we can do to help the planet and nature. So lets get going and make our lives better. Remember eclipses ask us to eclipse that which does not work for us anymore. What have we built (Taurus) which we do not feel good about (Scorpio) that needs to come down with the full moon on the 25th? We are going to be happier with a fresh, clean, clear space in our lives to build our dreams upon. Carol Barbeau is a professional astrologer. You may contact her for more information by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or go to her website at www.carolbarbeau.com.
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