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March 2008

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.

"I want to see all the names."

Of the 8,000 sent to Kalaupapa over a hundred year period, here are a few of them in 1905. There were approximately 750 living on the Kalaupapa peninsula at the time and included Stephen Mahelona Napela. Brother Dutton, in the center with the white beard, worked with Father Damien and also remained on Molokai until he died in 1931.
Photo from the Hawaii State Archives

A Memorial for 8,000 at Kalaupapa

Beginning in 1866 and up until 1969, the isolation policy for Hansen’s disease (leprosy) patients resulted in a major disruption of family life where children were taken from their parents, parents taken from their children, and husbands and wives were separated regardless of their vows “for better or for worse, in sickness and in health”.

Ka Hula Hou: Pride on the Line

Mark Ho`omalu hatched the idea to have a "hula challenge featuring all kane dancers. Each group would challenge each other in bouts where the audience would choose the winner" (from the Ka Hula Hou website).





Just Cruisin'

As many of you know, I get to perform on cruise ships. I especially enjoy the Hawaii trips because I can see my family and eat like a pig, then meet up with my friends and eat like a pig, then jump on a cruise ship and eat like a pig.

American Samoa Gets First Youth Tackle Football League

In recent years, you may have noticed that there has been an increase in athletes from American Samoa playing football, either in college or on the professional level.




Music: Slack Key Ladies

This month, we get the opportunity to enjoy three of the finest female artists in Hawaiian music today, as the “Ladies of Slack Key” return for concerts and workshops (see end of the article). I recently had the opportunity to pose a set of questions to each of the performers – Owana Salazar, Cindy Combs & Brittni Paiva


The California Surf Museum

A young Thomas Gray Kiakona (middle) poses with four friends after a surfboard paddle race in this January 10, 1926, Honolulu Advertiser photograph.



The Events Calendar

Find out about upcoming events in our events calendar!

Mo`olelo O Nā Ali`i

In the last issue of NWHT, we read about the battle of Moku‘ōhai and the result of that battle. Sadly, the thousands of well-trained warriors equipped with pololū (long wooden spears,) pohaku ‘alā o ka ma‘a (slingstones) and ‘īkoi (tripping club) were Hawaiians fighting Hawaiians, cousins fighting cousins, and women standing behind their husbands as a display of loyalty to their ali‘i.


Kama`āina Profile: Williama Aven

Every little town in Hawaii had it’s unique store, places that those of us who grew up there remember as “that place down in Haleiwa which had da best shave ice in da world” or “Hasegawa General Store” on Maui which sold anything and everything or, for us Lana`i folks, it was Taniguchi’s for “broke da mouth hamburgers”

Hawaii Superferry Woes

Hawaii Superferry is in rough water. Its late August 2007 inaugural sailing was jump-started a few days earlier than scheduled to avoid a ruling over an environmental impact study (EIS), but was greeted by noisy protesters on Maui and Kaua`i.

From the Editor: Opinion/Editorial

It was Uncle Danny Kaopuiki who put us in touch with Chris Mahelona, who then sent me the website for Ka Ohana O Kalaupapa along with a copy of the bill sponsored by U.S. Representative Mazie Hirono. (It passed shortly after we started working on this issue.)


Those of you who know Kumu Hula Kamaile Hamada know him as a pretty mellowed out, low key guy (well, unless you’re one of his Halau dancers and you mess up) so I was floored when I saw Kamaile’s very-angry-at-the-Disney-world -folks email! I got pretty angry too by the time I finished reading what Kamaile had to say.

Foodstuffs: Mochi Mania

Mochi appears in various forms around the New Year, lunar or otherwise, but in Hawai`i, we eat it all year round. It can be found everywhere, including in shops that specialize in mochi of different shapes and color, some too beautiful to eat (but we do anyway!)

Nā Mana`o Ulu Wale

Word has it the 414 foot yacht owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was spotted docked at Pier 33 in Honolulu last month. The impressive, football field plus long “ship” comes complete with swimming pool, basketball court, spa, two helipads, seven smaller boats (including a 63 foot tender and a ten person submarine), and a crew of 60.



Recently, NWHT received a letter from a reader inquiring about the name Keākealaniwahine. Here is Roy Alameida’s reply:

NEW NEW NEW 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 the Ito family from Pa`ia, Maui in 1954, with a 100-lb ulua caught from shore by Gene Ito. The story goes that the fish was so big they had to leave it overnight at a local store's refrigerator before bringing it home. The photo was sent in by Keith Sato on behalf of Jim Custer, who lives in Pittsburg, California. From left: Obaachan Moto, Uncle Gene, Auntie Masue, cousins Audrey and Gary, and Jim's mother Dorothy holding his sister Iris.


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