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April 2006

From the Editor...

 

Rochelle delaCruz

Aloha kākou. With this April issue, we celebrate the second year that Northwest Hawai`i Times has been in print, and we’re still having fun! It’s more work that any of us expected, especially now that the website is up, but by now, it’s clear that this is how we should be spending our time.

Spring is here, which means different things to different people. Sure, the cherry blossoms are blooming in the quad on the U-Dub campus, the tulips will soon be on full display up in Skagit and my heavy coat moves to the back of the closet, but that’s not what comes to my mind when spring arrives. Instead, I think about poi and laulau because this is the time of year when Hawai`i students on college campuses everywhere are putting on their annual lū`au. At the same time, canoe clubs are also gearing up for their season and Hawaiian musicians are coming to our area. The ads and notices in this issue confirm that the emphasis is on those three events this time of year. Winter really has no meaning for us when we’re in Hawai`i, but here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s important to mark the transition to the season when the world around us returns to color again, after months of gray.

Much of the news this month comes out of Hawai`i , with the long-awaited opening of `Imiloa, the Mauna Kea center. But we also pause to remember the elegant Margaret Inouye, wife of Hawai`i ’s long-time Senator Daniel Inouye, and those seven souls who got swept away when the Kaloko Dam burst. There aren’t many plantations left in the Islands but with this tragedy, we’re now forced to pay attention to those remnants of a different era.

Mahalo nui loa for your continued support and help in getting the paper out. We can’t do it without you! ~RdC

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