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November 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.


Humpback Whales Begin Annual
Migration from the Northwest to Hawai`i

Humpback whales that feed over the summer in the North Pacific make their way to warmer waters around Hawai`i in winter months to mate and birth. This year, the first sighting of a humpback has already been reported near Maui.

Photo courtesy of HIHWNMS NOAA Fisheries Permit #782-1438 & #782-1719



Honu Nests Discovered on Moloka`i

Imagine that one evening you are walking along the beach to watch the sunset with your neighbors and you see a shadowy form on the sand. In a moment you see the shadow move. You walk towards it and realize that it's a very large female Hawaiian green sea turtle. This honu begins digging and sand is flying all over.



Hawai`i's Nets-to-Energy Program

For years, Hawaii-based longline fishermen have encountered derelict fishing nets when traveling to and from fishing grounds and when fishing in areas where ocean currents converge and marine debris accumulates.


Ew, You Betta VOTE!!

I read a quote from Hawaii’s governor Linda Lingle, a female Republican Governor of a non-contiguous state who wears glasses but isn’t the vice presidential candidate, I guess because she doesn’t talk like a North Dakota high school senior.

Sea Turtles, A Hawai'i Wildlife Guide

You're likely to find green turtles gliding through the sea around reefs and in shallow waters near our island shores. Dive down and you may find them sleeping under ledges of lava rock and coral. Occasionally, green turtles sunbathe on coral heads or beaches. They are named "green" turtles for their green-tinted body fat, colored by algae and sea grass that they eat.


Foodstuffs: Papaya Ecstasy!

Papaya, an herb resembling a palm tree, grows from seeds to a height of 10 to 13 feet. It bears fruit within a year of planting and has been grown commercially in Hawaii since the 1920s. Papaya is filled with nutrients: Vitamin C, antioxidants, iron, calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Copper, Phosphorus, Potassium, Iron and fiber.



Music: New Releases

Every month Gregg reviews newly released Hawaiian CDs. Read about your favorite artist or explore the Hawaiian music scene.

Understanding the Lives of North Pacific Humpback Whales

The annual migration of North Pacific humpback whales to their winter breeding grounds has begun. Most North Pacific humpback whales winter in one of three lower latitude areas: Hawai‘i, western Mexico and the islands of southern Japan. As many as 10,000 humpback whales, the majority of the North Pacific stock, choose to migrate to Hawai‘i each year to mate, calve, and nurse their young.


New Airline Service for Inter-Island Market

Mokulele, a Kona-based airlines, will expand its service to provide inter-island flights between Honolulu – Lihu`e (Kaua`i) and Kona ( Hawai`i island) starting on November 19th. Service to Kahului, Maui and Hilo will begin early next year.



From the Editor: Nets, Whales and Honu

Sometimes the planets align, which is what happened this month. Since the first whales of the season were recently reported off Maui, I thought that would make a good lead story because not only do whales migrate to the Hawaiian Islands during the winter months, so do many of us humans.

2nd Annual UKEtoberfest in Eugene, Oregon

The 2nd annual Eugene UKEtoberfest celebrated two days of concerts and workshops devoted to ukulele music, open to all and located on the University of Oregon campus.




St. Joseph School, Hilo -- 140 Years and Counting

The St. Joseph School `Ohana is pleased to share its 140th anniversary with alumni and friends throughout the islands and on the West Coast. From our mailing list we know we have a number of graduates in the Pacific Northwest, in the Puget Sound and Greater Portland areas with a few scattered east of the Cascades.


The Events Calendar

Find out about upcoming events in our events calendar!

Mo`olelo O Nā Ali`i

After the battles at Laupāhoehoe, Kamehameha remained for some time, tending the lo‘i, fishing and rebuilding the heaiu, Papauleki‘i. But in order for the heiau to be complete, it required the sacrifice of a human.



Kama`āina Profile: Lahui o ke uli pao `aha

The Bridge really is blue...and the Bash is simply: "da best Hawaiian style party intown".....lastly, the increasing popularity of the Blue Bridge Bash is amazing! Since the three day (October 3rd-5th) 2008 Blue Bridge Bash, tons of emails have been flying the internet extolling the virtues (fun, food, fellowship and fabulous music) of the BBB!




There is no greater sacrifice that any person can make than giving his life to save others! Corporal Teruo Kawamura was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in the Vietnam War, throwing himself on an explosive device that cost him his life but prevented death or serious injury to his fellow soldiers.

Nā Mana`o Ulu Wale

It appears a couple more manmade landmarks of my small kid time on O`ahu are becoming endangered. `Ewa Field and the Waikiki Natatorium are poised to go the way of the Old Pali Highway, Kau Kau Korner, the Dole pineapple water tower, and the Honolulu Stadium.



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 a train transporting sugar from the fields to a mill on Kaua`i. Trains were first brought to Hawai`i for the sugar industry but today, (except for occasional tourist activity,) there are no trains in the islands. And by 2010, there will be only one sugar plantation left, on the island of Maui. This photo is among many from the collection of Evelyn Farleigh, whose father Nolan Clodfelter was in Hawai`i around 1917.


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