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April 2007

Spring Finally Comes to the
Pacific Northwest

Daffodils blooming in the Northwest are a sure sign that the wild and woolly winter is over, and these dollies from Hawai`i are happy that Spring is here!

Spring has arrived in the Pacific Northwest and not a moment too soon. The Puget Sound area usually experiences mild winters (east of the Cascades is another story,) but this year has been unusually cold and icy and weather reporters on the continent blame it on “the Pineapple Express”, a mass of warm air from somewhere around the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawai`i does not experience the four seasons because of its proximity to the equator so there is no celebration of spring in the Islands. But here in the Northwest, the Hawai`i community welcomes spring with ho`olaule`a, lū`au and mele. Happy days are here again! ~~RdC


The State of Hawai`i

As Hawai`i begins planning for its 50th year as the 50th State in the Union, underground rumblings of discontent and unhappiness with how the islands have evolved are surfacing in various ways.



While awaiting a flight from Seattle to Honolulu at SeaTac Airport in Washington, Keli`i Brown of the Maui Visitors Bureau lost some of the Ni`ihau shell lei he’s wearing in the photo. They were in a Tupperware container. Because of their sentimental value, Keli`i is offering a $5,000 reward to have his lei returned home to Maui. If you know where these lei are, please contact kgallery@aloha.net or phone (808) 553-8520. MAHALO.

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Las Vegas!

Greetings from Las Vegas! If you are a sponsor of NWHT, I just wanted to let you know that I am down here doing shows. The paper doesn’t spend your ad dollars flying me to Vegas to write 800 words that (if I’m lucky) will equal three chuckles and a grin.

Mo`olelo O Nā Ali`i

When all preparations were made ready for the invasion of Maui, Alapa‘inui set sail with his fleet and landed at Mokulau, in the Kaupō district of Maui. He met no resistance from the Maui forces, but soon found out the Kekaulike had died recently and his body was taken to Iao Valley for burial.



Starr Rodenhurst Goes to National Hoop Shoot Competition!

Nine-year old Starr Rodenhurst has earned her way to the National Hoop Shoot competition to be held in Springfield, Massachusetts on  April 21, 2007. 

Voyaging Canoes Arrive in Satawal

The voyaging canoes Hōkūle`a and Alingano Maisu left Pohnpei at the beginning of March for Chuuk then Satawal, home of Mau Piailug. Hōkūle'a was the lead canoe on this leg with Nainoa Thompson as Captain and Navigator, but also on board were other navigators including three other crewmembers from the original 1976 voyage: Billy Richards, John Kruse and Snake Ah Hee.

Kama`āina Profile: Farmer's Daughter

Our “Farmer’s daughter” first learned about selling fruits and vegetables when she helped her Mom and Dad on their 22 acre farm in the Anahola Homesteads on Kauai.


Hawai`i-Born Actor in New Rock Opera

Marc delaCruz who was born in Hilo and grew up in Seattle, has the lead role of Sam in Where Elephants Weep, a Cambodian rock opera and the first of its kind every produced.

Music: New Releases

Every month Gregg reviews newly released Hawaiian CDs; this month, he also reviews a few DVDs. Read about your favorite artist or explore the Hawaiian music scene.

From the Editor

After months of cold and somber days, Spring arrives in the Pacific Northwest with an explosion of green leaves and kalakoa flowers. When we were in Hawai`i, didn’t we take all those blooming plants for granted; in fact, we even looked at some as pests! “Dat yellow ginger takin ovah da whole yard!”

Foodstuffs: Hot Stuff!!

When I first moved to the Islands, I wanted to fit in as quickly as possible so I copied my Hawaiian family especially the eating of local foods. Here are a few things I learned from Uncle George and Auntie Hattie.

Da Pidgin Connekshun: Eh, Lu`au Time!

Nalei Halemano (Waianae Hi 2006, Pacific Univ. 2010) luvz Hawai’i culcha an hula. Nalei, wan hula instucta fo da Pacific University Lu’au, wen invite us guyz da oddah eevneen fo spock da Kahiko an da Freshmanz Lu’au hula practees.




Whitworth Lu`au

Spring in the Pacific Northwest always means lū`au, since Hawai`i students away from home look forward to celebrating their academic survival for another year.

Nā Mana`o Ulu Wale

Last month I left you with the semi-rhetorical question, “Can a place and its people be loved to death?” We know the answer to that question is unequivocally, “Yes!” Furthermore, we have done it, for the most part, merely by our presence.


Gooood news! Our Man Peter Buza (owner/chef/cook/waiter/ “whatever needs doing guy” for the Kauai Family Restaurant) is back in Seattle to stay!

Low and Behold

The hair. The tattoos. The humble attitude. They're all distinctive characteristics of former `Iolani School hoops star Derrick Low. They're also what makes him a true Hawaiian.

Ralph Steele & Everett Explosion Basketball

Japanese Millionaire Gives Homes to Hawaiians

A Japanese real-estate multimillionaire is giving eight of his million-dollar homes in Hawai`i to low-income Native Hawaiian families.

The Events Calendar

Find out about upcoming events in our events calendar!

NEW NEW NEW Audio Clips

Listen to audio clips from some stories in the Northwest Hawai`i Times. Here's a couple but going get sah mo' bumbye!

Old Hawai`i: Pictures from the Past

This is the Moana Hotel in old Waikiki. It was built in 1906 but the main building (in the back) was renovated in 1989. This photo is from the collection of Evelyn Farleigh, whose father Nolan Clodfelter was in Hawai`i around 1917.

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