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April 2008

From the Editor...

 

Rochelle delaCruz

from the editor…

`APELILA

Is it `Apelila (April) already? This month we’re especially happy to be reporting on the many ways Hawai`i people are making an impact up here on the continent. Big kudos to Kikaha o Ke Kai Canoe Club, for working with the city of Tacoma on the Foss Waterway Project. Read also Uncle Danny’s Profile on the upcoming Hawaiian Festal at Seattle Center. These are significant activities that show us how we work to integrate island traditions into formal continental structures. Congratulations to former Seattle Times journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Byron Acohido from Wahiawā for his recently-published book on cyber crime. And even though Lucy Enos lived in the Islands all her life, she instilled such important values in her family that her grandson Elliot Pulham in Colorado set up a scholarship in her name. What great success stories!

From the Islands, we’re pleased to report on other accomplishments, such as Robert Takamoto’s Big Fish and Grant Higa’s participation in Strongman competitions. Grant always lets me know what he’s up to and I greatly admire his passion. We should all have something we love to do, and commit to doing it as best we can.

And finally, a word about the two island icons we lost last month: Raymond Kane and Genoa Keawe. I’m happy that I attended several of Ray Kane’s Northwest concerts in the 90s and will always remember his soothing voice, whether he played, sang or spoke. And Aunty Genoa’s essence is captured by both Kimo Ahia and Uncle Danny in their stories. I think many of us have similar memories and here’s mine: About 10 years ago on my way to Halema`uma`u crater, I headed over to the Volcano House and walked around to the lookout in back. Hearing music coming from the hotel, I turned and there was Aunty Genoa on stage inside, singing to a roomful of tourists. By now, other locals were gathering near me and we were delighted to have stumbled onto her show which we could hear and watch through the wide glass windows. But then Aunty Genoa did something quite wonderful. This “Lady of Aloha” sang to her audience inside, then turned and sang to us outside. She did this for her entire show, and I will never forget how good that made us feel. At the end, I don’t know where the cheering and clapping were louder, but I suspect the outsiders won.

Special people and special events. Northwest Hawai`i Times is happy to be able to report them. ~RdC

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