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May 2007

E mālama o Kaho‘olawe
(to care for Kaho‘olawe)

Ahu for the rain god at Moa`ulanui, the highest point on Kaho`olawe.
Kaho`olawe, located six miles southwest of Maui, is the smallest and only uninhabited of the eight main Hawaiian islands.

Photo by Roy Alameida


E mālama o Kaho‘olawe

Kaho‘olawe (literally, the taking away) – the target island with visible scars, an island bleeding from hurt. As the days got closer in anticipation for the “occupation” of the island, I began to wonder why it took me more than thirty years to be able to set foot on this respected island.

To hear the chant that goes with this story, follow this link: E ho mai

The Return of Kaho`olawe

Kaho`olawe is a small island – 45 square miles – located 6 miles southwest of Maui. In ancient times, it was called Kanaloa for the god of the ocean.

True Confessions!

Okay, I have a confession to make. It is embarrassing but I feel like I need to come clean.

Mo`olelo O Nā Ali`i

Alapa‘i is said to have spent his remaining years in Hilo, but frequently traveled around the island to ensure all affairs were in order. It is believed, but not proven, that he was responsible for the death of Keōuakupuapāikalaninui, his nephew and father of Kamehameha I, by either poison or sorcery.


The Kamehameha Schools Orchestra in the Northwest

What a treat! The Kamehameha Schools Kapalama String Orchestra will be touring British Columbia, Canada and stopping over in Seattle on their return trip to Honolulu. 

Music: New Releases

Every month Gregg reviews newly released Hawaiian CDs; this month, he also offers a few confessions!. Read about your favorite artist or explore the Hawaiian music scene.

Mr. Waikiki Dies at 76

Donald Tai Loy Ho was born on August 13, 1930 on O`ahu and died in Honolulu of heart failure on April 14, 2007. He is arguably the biggest and best-known Hawaiian entertainer in the last 50 years and was loved throughout the world by visitors to Hawai`i who were his biggest fans.

Don Ho and I

Never did I dream I would be on stage performing with Don Ho at a show, but miracles did happen in the fall of 2003.

Kama`āina Profile: Hula Halau of Owyhee

Welcome to Owyhee Country.....the State of Idaho! OWYHEE is the written name that Captain James Cook, among others, used for the natives of the Sandwich Islands and it is the name that was used for the Hawaiian fur trappers who worked the rivers and lakes of the then Idaho Territory in the early 1800’s.

Foodstuffs: Beef Jerky

A few weeks ago, a couple of bags of beef jerky arrived in the mail from Sid and Sue Suenishi, both from the wet side of Hawai`i island but now living in Selah, Washington. We ripped open one of the bags and started chowing…oooooh, dis jerky is so `ono and tender!


An Invitation for Pacific Island Women

The 2000 United States census reported that the State of Washington has the third-largest Pacific Islander population in the United States. Although little is published locally or nationally about this population, organizations, schools and government departments have identified Pacific Islanders as having some of the greatest health, economic and education disparities in this country.

From the Editor

Maybe the holiday season is the busiest for you, but for us here in the Northwest, it’s Spring. This is when all the music and dancing starts.

Youth "Drop Dead" to Save Lives

Several Kikaha O Ke Kai Outrigger Canoe Club Junior paddlers and other members of the Coalition of Youth Against Tobacco (COYAT) recently joined youth across the country to commemorate the annual “Kick Butts Day.”




The Merry Merrie Monarch Hula Festival!

I went to Hilo for the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival and have so much to tell! To begin with, we stayed in the Volcano area where everything is lush and green and to start of your day you can pick lehua in the yard to pin in your hair.

Click here for Merrie Monarch winners!!

The Northwest Folklife Festival

Pictures, pictures, pictures!!



Nā Mana`o Ulu Wale

Happy Lei Day! As I recall the Lei Day festivities at Ben Parker Grade School in Kaneohe always included the may pole dance. Did you ever do that?


We’ll all miss him……Don Ho was a year ahead of me at Kamehameha, pretty much one of the BMOC guys of the class of ’49…great athlete, smart, good looking and even though he was tough on us underclassmen, he was a pretty nice guy.

The Hawai`i State Quarter!

Hawai`i Governor Linda Lingle approved this design for the state quarter. It won out over other designs woth hula girls and Diamond Head. Unfortunately there is no `okina between the 2 ii's in the name. the quarter will be out in the fall of 2008.


Sig Zane Re-Opens in Hilo

And you thought that the clothing and accessories were fabulous? The recent grand re-opening of Sig Zane Designs in their former location (and then some) has set higher standards on a couple of levels. 

Alert from Volcanoes Nat’l Park: Please Don’t Leave Food!

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is trying to stop visitors from leaving various offerings at Halema`uma`u crater at Kīlauea summit.

The Events Calendar

Find out about upcoming events in our events calendar!

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

This is the old sugar mill at Kahuku, O`ahu sometime in the early 1900s. The photo was sent by Bill Trimingham of Seattle, Washington, whose grandfather came to Hawai`i from Norway in 1881. Bill's uncle was mill engineer at Kahuku and his cousin Clarence Christophersen, who was born there, grew up to be plantation manager until it closed in the 1970s.

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