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September 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.


Sun Shines Bright on the First Annual
Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival

Long, non-stop lines at food booths form to satisfy local food cravings.


The Dream Begins: How Hawai`i Shaped Barack Obama

Barack Obama is every bit the polished, street-ready pol from Chicago but this new book describes him as an insecure, questioning youth called Barry Obama who grew up in Hawai'i, a state of diverse cultures, while searching for an identity to call his own.



And Then There Was One: Last Sugar Plantation in Hawaii

There was a time when sugar was king in the Hawaiian Islands. It is the reason for Hawai`i’s multicultural population, as nearly 400,000 contract workers came to the Islands from China, Japan, Korea, Scotland, Germany, Portugal, Russia, Puerto Rico and the Philippines to work on the sugar plantations from 1852 to 1945.


Friendship -- Ewa Beach Style

When I was a kid in Ewa Beach I would spend the afternoons playing with other neighborhood kids, mainly because we lived near each other and we were too young to drive and go find other friends. It was a simple existence. Come home, grab a snack, and head out to play.

Wing Luke Museum Presents:

A groundbreaking exhibit for both the Wing Luke Asian Museum and the Asian Pacific Islander American community, Ho'omau ka Huaka'i, The Voyage Continues explores the experiences of Native Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest from past to present day.


Foodstuffs: Pupu for Football Games

Jackson Kawewehi who now lives in Reno, Nevada has been reading and contributing recipes to Northwest Hawai`i Times since the beginning. As football season just started (meaning tailgate and TV parties) lucky for us he sent in a pile of “Pupu for Football Games.”


Music: Slack Key Guitar rules...

Well, it sure seems to, in the eyes of Grammy voters. One upside of all the attention given to this subgenre of Hawaiian music, due to the afore-mentioned awards, is that there has been a noted increase in the number of slack key releases in recent years, as well as more Mainland touring by these artists.

How a Pineapple Can Save a Life

Get out your grass skirt and running shoes; the third annual Winter Pineapple Classic will take place November 16th in Seattle’s Warren G. Magnuson Park.



From the Editor: Elections and Ice Shave

These are exciting times! Not only because of all the Hawai`i-related events that are taking place but because of the upcoming election.

Northwest Hālau places 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Kamaile Hamada's Ke`ala O Kamailelauli`ili`i also wins Spirit of `Ohana award.




and...Willie K!

Willie K was back in the Northwest and wow'ed the full house in Edmonds, Washington with slack key stylings and songs in traditional Hawaiian Jawaiian, and even opera!


The Events Calendar

Find out about upcoming events in our events calendar!

Mo`olelo O Nā Ali`i

With his well-trained warriors prepared to battle against the warriors of Hilo and Hāmākua, Kamehameha led one division called the malana of twelve hundred men. The other division known as Kīpu‘upu‘u was under the command of Nanuikaleiōpū, a well-known and trained warrior who was trusted by Kamehameha.



Kama`āina Profile: Leilani McCoy

Like Father, like Daughter........they both were he paionia (a pioneer, Hawaiian style)...........

Back in the "old days", the Father rode his horse all over the islands of Hawaii!




Mahalo to all of our Pacific NW Hawaiian community members who helped make the first ever “Live Aloha.....A Hawaiian Cultural Festival” at the Seattle Center a huge success!

Nā Mana`o Ulu Wale

On a gorgeous Saturday in mid-September I attended an activity last experienced in the early 1960s at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon…a college football game.

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

Walter Steiger of Hilo took this photo and writes, "In 1945 I was stationed on Oahu when several of us service men had a 3-day pass and went to Hilo. There we hired a Hilo sampan to take us around the island and spent a night at the Manago Hotel in Kona. What a memorable adventure that was! The picture here is of a restored sampan from the Lyman Museum."


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