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In the May 2007 edition of the Northwest Hawai`i Times, Roy Alameida wrote the story E mālama o Kaho‘olawe about helping students learn to care for the land of Pauahi (founder of the Kamehameha Schools) in whatever way possible and to continue learning about Hawaiian history, culture, and language. E ho mai is an oli asking permission to enter a place. It is also asking the ancestors for guidance during whatever learning will take place.
This E ho mai is chanted by the freshmen (class of 2011) from Hawaiian Culture class and members of Ho`olāhui Pākīpika (Hawaiian Club) at the Kamehameha Schools - Kea`au campus on Hawai`i island where Roy Alameida teaches.
The schooner Tamana was built by Kamehameha's ship builders at either Waikiki Beach or along the shore of Honolulu Harbor in about 1805. This detail from a painting of Honolulu Harbor in 1808 is by renowned marine artist and historian Raymond A. Massey. It shows canoe halau modified to shelter the ali'i's fleet of western-style schooners. Massey's art work of historic Age of Sail scenes in Hawai`i and in the Pacific Northwest can be viewed at www.shipstoregalleries.com
Illustration courtesy of Raymond A. Massey
By now, everyone knows that Illinois Senator Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008. And even though detractors try to deny Obama’s Hawai`i connections, these are also well known: born on August 4, 1961 at Kapi`olani Medical Center in Honolulu.
President Barack Obama. That has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? And not because Obama was born and grew up in Hawai`i – that has nothing much to do with it. Oh sure, we’re proud that he spent formative years in the Islands and graduated from high school there, but that was never the reason to vote for him.
When Punahou’s third year Hawaiian language class invited a small group of high school students from the Yakama Nation Tribal School, Kumu Fergerstrom’s class got a chance to play consummate hosts. The visit was a cultural exchange, with students from both groups sharing song, food, dance and words of friendship in their languages of origin.
Can you believe it is December already? About a week ago I finished paying off the bill from last year’s Christmas. I sure do enjoy it though. I think being a parent makes you look at Christmas differently. Through them you see it as pure joy.
The exhibit presents artifacts, photographs, digital photographs, multimedia and vivid stories from the presence of Native Hawaiians over the past 200 years in the Pacific Northwest. Exhibit developer Joshua Heim noted that Native Hawaiians were the first from Pacific Islands and Asian countries to make their way to the Northwest.
Four years had passed since the battle at Moku‘ōhai where Kamehameha took part in the death of his cousin Kīwala‘ō who, at the time, had control of the governance of Hawai‘i island. But it was the bold appearance of a young woman who requested from the Ali‘i, including Kamehameha, that the body of Kīwala‘ō be her kuleana or responsibility to prepare for burial.
Everyone has heard at least one joke about fruitcake…you know, that dense doughnut-shaped delicacy chock full of candied fruit and nuts, soaked in 120-proof brandy and aged to delicious perfection. Not much cake in fruitcake but who’s complaining?
Hers is a remarkable story of how the pathway of life can often be a long, twisting and difficult road. It also speaks of how much patience, hard work and perseverance it can take to reach a life objective! Perhaps, most importantly, Dr. Kai's story is also saying to all of us "Follow your dreams! Go for it! It can be done!"
Every month Gregg reviews newly released Hawaiian CDs. Read about your favorite artist or explore the Hawaiian music scene.
Matthew Kaopio’s newest book, Hawaiian Family Album, contains eleven stories which once forbidden, are now being shared for all to enjoy. Each story is accompanied by Matthew’s remarkable mouth-brush paintings.
As you may or may not know I have used this little corner of the world to comment at least once or twice on wannabe Hawaiians. You know them. They are usually in front of you in the line for the latest Hawaiian kine music event.
Some of you know/perhaps even share in my story (about being raised in a time when the focus was for Hawaiian youth to learn to “walk, talk, act” like the haole because his was the world we would be working in). I had a recent visitor to my home who is the antithesis to that philosophy.
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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 Dole Pineapple water tower that hovered over the `ewa side of downtown Honolulu for 65 years. When you said it, you knew Chinatown, Aloha Tower and Fort Street were near. For more, see Roger Close's column from December 2008.
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