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March 2007


Pacific Ocean Trash Impacts Land and Sea

Derelict fishing nets from the North Pacific on Honolulu Harbor's Pier 38 on their way to Schnitzer Steel's facility at Campbell Industrial Park.
Photo from Schnitzer Steel Hawaii Corp.

Marine Debris in Hawai`i

The Hawaiian Archipelago, extending 1,500 miles, is one of the longest and most remote island chains in the world. The location of the Hawaiian Islands, including the recently designated Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, within a gyre (circular ocean current) of the North Pacific Ocean, makes them prone to accumulating floating debris.




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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Oh Poi!

In one recent conversation, a man told me about his vacation and mentioned he tried poi. Then he said the following sentence: “That stuff is crap.”

Mo`olelo O Nā Ali`i

Although Keaweikekahiali‘iokamoku, also referred to in the mo‘olelo as Keawe, may have ruled with a strong arm, the mo‘olelo tell of his ability to maintain control of the government and rule Hawai‘i island without rebellions or bloodshed.


“Me”-Cycling on Oahu: Why Pay $50 a Ton to Recycle When You Can Trash It for $150 a Ton?

As you Northwest Hawaii folks slip on ice and conjure up images of sunshine and bikinis, remember that one reason you left Hawaii, is exemplified by Honolulu City’s “me”-cycling rather than recycling.

Voyaging Canoes Arrive at Majuro After 26 Days

The Polynesian voyaging canoes Alingano Maisu and Hōkūle`a arrived in Majuro, the first landfall since leaving Hawai`i in January.

Kama`āina Profile: And the Winner Is:.....

Each year, thousands of competitors dream of winning a Grammy award for musical excellence. Of these thousands, fewer than a hundred are fortunate enough to actually win a Grammy thus it is so fascinating to be able to Profile a man who has won a Grammy TWO YEARS in a row!


Music: Thoughts on the Grammy Award

For the third year in a row, since the award was first introduced, a compilation of slack key guitar recordings has taken home the Grammy for “Best Hawaiian Music Album.” And the controversy rages on.

From the Editor

There was no grand plan to focus this month on the Pacific Ocean; it just turned out that way. When I spent the month of January in Hilo, I read two items in the local newspapers that got my attention: first from Carey Morishige of NOAA about the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, a vortex of trash that accumulates and inevitably finds it way to Hawai`i.

Foodstuffs: Spam

Everyone knows that the highest sales of Spam takes place in Hawai`i where you’ll find it in every local cupboard, picnic cooler and bento box. I once heard that Guam was catching up, but Guam …that one, single, solitary island competing with our seven inhabited… how can?

Nā Mana`o Ulu Wale

Before boarding the big bird back to the mainland, I picked up a paperback in one of those little Newsstand shops at Honolulu International. The book, Broken Trust by Samuel P. King and Randall W. Roth, chronicles the “greed, mismanagement, and political manipulation” at America ’s largest charitable trust…the Bishop Estate.


Most of us have heard the story about John Kalama, the Maui native who came to the Pacific NW way back in the mid-1800’s and for whom the city of Kalama, WA was named.

Educational Announcements

The Kamehameha School Alumni Association-NW Region has available $1,000 scholarships to be awarded this year. Plus, a few ideas about college success for Native Hawaiians and other PacificIslanders.

The Events Calendar

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Old Hawai`i: Pictures from the Past

Queen's Hospital on honolulu was built in 1859 by Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV
to deal with diseases that threatened Hawaiians, brought to the Islands by foreigners.
It is now called Queen's Medical Center

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