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Crosses line the row of monkey pod trees scheduled to be destroyed to make way for a shopping center in Kōloa, Kaua`i.
Photo by Mizu Sugimura
I moved to Seattle from Hawaii in September of 1985, back when Woodinville was wooded, Kent was more warehouse than strip mall, and a guy could get into the UW with a 2.7 grade point average and light brown skin.
It’s that time of year again, where everyone with any interest in Hawaiian music gathers to either (a) celebrate that the recording industry recognizes the distinct, unique and valuable genre of Hawaiian music enough to award it a prestigious trophy, or (b) complain how the Mainland folks just don’t “get it,” and keep selecting winners (or even nominees) who don’t deserve to represent the Hawaiian music scene.
The mo‘olelo tells of the loyal support among the Ali‘i for Kīwala‘ō. But there was also support for his cousin Kamehameha whose core supporters were initially his uncle Kaha‘i (half-brother of Keōuakupuapaikalaninui, Kamehameha’s father) and Kānekoa, a well-known Ali‘i of Waimea.
Wars are Hell........there is no simpler way to say it! And all of us who have been or are still involved, whether as the military serviceman or woman going off to fight the battles or as the family left behind, are impacted in various ways by Wars!
Kent Bowman was best known in the Islands as pidgin storyteller K.K. Ka`umanua who re-told popular fairy tales Hawaiian style: “Goldie the Blonde Malihini and the Three Wild Pua`a,” “Rumple Dakineskin,” “Little Lei Puahi,” among others. He also poked fun at local politics which inspired his stage name. (Say “Ka`umanua” but think in English.)
Aloha Pepeluali which I’m sure you’ve guessed means February. It’s the birth month of Kamehameha IV, whose short life is recounted by Roy Alameida. It’s also the death month of Captain James Cook, first Westerner to document contact with the Hawaiians in 1778 and subsequently killed at Ka`awaloa, on Kealakekua Bay on February 14th.
Vernie Watson was born and raised in Honolulu but now lives in Port Orchard, Washington. She comes from a family who she says, “lives to eat!” Vernie honors the cold Pacific Northwest with some recipes for salmon and cod, fish not found in warm, Hawaiian waters but often appear canned or salted in Island dishes. She also throws in a Korean noodle favorite and true to island form, ends with a spectacular dessert.
Au-we! The University of Hawai`i football program sure went through some warp-speed changes during the first fifteen days of January. There is an island/Pacific Northwest connection with new Warrior head coach Greg McMackin.
Barack Obama, born in Honolulu and a graduate of Punahou, is in a hotly contested race with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States. He also supports the Akaka Bill, also known as the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act.
This photo of Old Hawai`i is not so old, but definitely from the past. Kaimū, the famous black sand beach rimmed with coconut trees, was at Kalapana on the island of Hawai`i. The much-photographed landmark is now completely gone, covered with lava from Pu`u O`o in 1990. Mahalo to Lisa Perin who sent in this picture and wrote, "It was taken at the Black Sand Beach, one of our favorite places to go." Lisa lived in Hawai`i from 1970-1979 and now resides in Bothell, Washington.
Photo Courtesty Lisa Perin
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