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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.
Hau`oli Makahiki Hou
With cautious optimism, we welcome the New Year. This photo of Hilo Bay captures our mood as we turn the corner and head into 2009.
State of Hawaii v. the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is a high-stakes case that is pending at the U.S. Supreme Court that will undoubtedly affect the Native Hawaiian community's claims to the so-called "ceded" lands. Ceded lands are the Crown and Government lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
The story so far: The Sv. Nikolai, a Russian American Company schooner out of Sitka, shipwrecked on November 1, 1808 on the Pacific Coast near LaPush on the West End of the Olympic Peninsula. The shipwreck is notable for Anna Petranova, a Russian woman onboard, became the first known western woman to set foot in the lands of today’s Washington State.
2008 turns into 2009…how did this happen so quickly? But let’s be grateful that we can leave 2008 behind – I know of no one who wants to remain in that sorry year that ended with the highest of highs (the election of a new president who offers hope) but the lowest of lows (financial crises affecting everyone.)
Happy New Year. I hope that you all made it safely through New Year’s Eve without injury and/or incarceration. Here in the Mainland, New Year’s Eve consists generally of going out to an event, drinking, dancing, and celebrating midnight with a toast. In Hawaii, New Year’s consists of going to someone’s house, eating, drinking, singing, and blowing stuff up.
Wow! The southeast corner of Washington now has some ono grinds at the Tiki Teriyaki Grille, located just across Rose Avenue from the Blue Mountain Mall. At 205 Wildwood, the grill is open 11am to 7pm Tuesday to Saturday.
According to sources, a young Ali‘i was smitten by the physical beauty and grace of Ka‘ahumanu and pursued his advances toward her. Hawaiian historian, Samuel Kamakau, recorded that while Kamehameha was away, Ka‘ahumanu, on several occasions, drank rum at several lū‘au (feast) and apparently under the influence of alcohol met up with the young Ali‘i, Kanihonui, at the hale moe (sleeping house).
About four years ago on one of our visits to Hawaii when John’s brother gave us a souvenir, a 12 ounce *SPAM Collector’s Edition (which we still have), I often wondered about the origin of it. Since I was an infant when World War II ended and have no recollection of its history, my curiosity got the best of me.
Every now and then, I have the pleasure of meeting someone who has been involved, up close and personal, with many of the legendary Hawaiian Kupuna who have been instrumental in the creating and perpetuating of our Hawaiian Cultural Legacy. My pleasure is doubled when that “someone” is not Hawaiian by ethnicity but purely Hawaiian in heart and by association.
The Grammy nominations were announced in December, which means it’s time for me to recap the five nominees for the Best Hawaiian Music Album award (it also means it’s time for a holiday gift to myself, as I get to quote from my previously-published Northwest Hawai`i Times reviews of some of these discs; the full reviews are available at our website, and the month they were published is noted with each title).
Hauoli Makahiki Hou Kakou………the arrival of the New Year is a time for reflection, a time to look inwards on who we are, where we’ve been and where we are going…it’s a time to say Mahalo for all the blessings we have received! It’s also a time to get involved in the excitement of new happenings……….
This is the old, now-abandoned plantation school Puunene on Maui where Olympic Coach Soichi Sakamoto taught and began training young swimmers in the Puunene Sugar Company's concrete ditch before World War II. Some of his "Ditch Kids" went on to win swimming meets in Hawai`i and at Nationals. Coach Sakamoto later coached several Olympic swimmers and was swimming coach at the University of Hawai`i in the 1960s.
Photo by Mike Byers
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