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February 2009

E ho mai -- A Chant

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.


President Barack Obama

On January 20, 2009, Hawai`i-born Barack Hussein Obama became the 44th President of the United States of America. With great pride we celebrate his election to the highest office in the land, and wish him clear skies and kind winds as he steers a troubled ship of state.

After the election but before the Inauguration, President-elect Barack Obama brought his family to Hawai`i for two weeks. At left, he waves to the crowd at Punahou where he came to play basektball on December 30, 2008.

Photo by Kristen Collat



A First-Hand View of the Inauguration

Steve Kajihiro of Seattle went to Washington DC for the inauguration of Barack Obama. He stayed in New York City and took a flight to DC on the Big Day. Here is what he wrote on his blog:




Beauty Types of Three Races from Hawaii

Like most American fairs since the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) gave time and space to feminist causes.  Not only did the AYPE feature a special Women’s Building, which still survives as the University of Washington’s Cunningham Hall.



From the Editor: The Cure for Winter Doldrums

At the college where I teach, students (and teachers) always hit a wall right around now. It’s the second month of the new year (so the thrill is gone,) the middle of winter (cold, rain maybe even snow,) everybody’s sick (ya need a cough drop?) mid-quarter (only halfway?!)… the doldrums.



On January 20th America inaugurated its 44th president and didn’t return the damage deposit to the outgoing 43rd president. President Obama’s assuming of the White House marked many firsts in our country’s history, most importantly the first time a person who grew up in Hawaii and moved to the mainland was elected to the highest office in the land.


Mo`olelo O Nā Ali`i

“I mua e nā poki‘i a inu i ka wai ‘awa‘awa, ‘a‘ole hope e ho‘i aku,” (forward my little brothers, and drink of the bitter waters, there is no retreat) became the motto of Kamehameha during the battle of ‘Īao on Maui. Upon hearing this from their Ali‘i, the warriors of Kamehameha understood that the battle would be fought until the bitter end.

Foodstuffs: Opposites Do Attract! (And the best squash picture ever!)

Last month, Karen Yoneda sent in many SPAM recipes for our food page (see Foodstuffs in Northwest Hawai`i Times Jan’09) Along with it, we also wondered if there were recipes combining SPAM with tofu, unlikely culinary partners...or so we thought.



Kama`āina Profile: Ink

INK……….what an awesome name for a person……it’s one of those unique names that appears destined to be identified only with one person! Most of you already have an idea who my Profile guest is as so much has previously been written about Ink Aleaga, whose marvelous exploits on the athletic field for the University of Washington are legendary.



Music: The Year in Review

The new year brings another opportunity to glance back, and here are my favorite Hawaiian CDs of 2008:


Nā Mana`o Ulu Wale

Were you able to find a few moments in-between inauguration festivities for quiet reflection in an effort to meet my challenge of summing up your life in just six words? If so, was condensing your life to just a half dozen words merely an interesting process or a life changing, “ah-hah” moment?




Atta Boy Lana`i….the largest single site, state of the art solar power plant in Hawaii (7,400 photo voltaic panels spread over a 10 acre site) was recently dedicated on my little island home. It will provide 1.2 megawatts of electrical power to Lana`i residents (who must have the highest cost of living situation in Hawaii as virtually everything from fuel to food to fashion has to be imported.

The Events Calendar

Find out about upcoming events in our events calendar!

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

Here is a view of downtown Honolulu in the early 1940s, taken from the top of Aloha Towert looking mauka. This photo comes from the collection of Jean Manning and was sent in by her son Elliott, who was born in the Islands and now lives in Yakima, Washington.


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