From the Editor...
March 2009 -- I knew this day would come; I just didn’t know when. In 2003 when we started planning da pepa, I always said such a project would require serious effort and commitment. I pledged at least five years, because that is the kind of time needed for something of this scope.
February 2009 -- At the college where I teach, students (and teachers) always hit a wall right around now. It’s the second month of the new year (so the thrill is gone,) the middle of winter (cold, rain maybe even snow,) everybody’s sick (ya need a cough drop?) mid-quarter (only halfway?!)… the doldrums.
January 2009 -- 2008 turns into 2009…how did this happen so quickly? But let’s be grateful that we can leave 2008 behind – I know of no one who wants to remain in that sorry year that ended with the highest of highs (the election of a new president who offers hope) but the lowest of lows (financial crises affecting everyone.)
December 2008 -- President Barack Obama. That has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? And not because Obama was born and grew up in Hawai`i – that has nothing much to do with it. Oh sure, we’re proud that he spent formative years in the Islands and graduated from high school there, but that was never the reason to vote for him.
November 2008 -- 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.
September 2008 -- So…how do you like the color? As if we have to ask! Can’t tell you how many photos have been sent in earlier that had us wishing our pepa was in color, but that requires many things, most importantly advertisers who want a color ad. As we’ve been getting inquiries, we finally said, “Shoots, let’s do it!” And here we are.
August 2008 -- I spent the month of July with my spry 91-year old (“91-and –a-half” she likes to remind us!) mother, who still goes for a walk around her Kaumana neighborhood at 5am every morning and works in the yard when it isn’t raining, which was nearly every day I was there and so unlike Hilo.
July 2008 -- Things are supposed to slow down a bit over the summer but not this month. It seemed that stories were popping up everywhere…which is why you’re wading through waiwi, parades and trash on our front page.
June 2008 -- Everyone is impacted by escalating airfare, but we Hawai`i people are especially affected, since flying to the Islands is not only our main way of travel, it’s really our only way. People from other states – even Alaska – have the choice of driving home...
May 2008 -- Now that it’s May I think we can finally celebrate some warm weather, although around Puget Sound, we were all a bit confused at the end of April when we got dumped with a big surprise snowstorm, confounding not only the trees and flowers that were happily blooming, but us folks too.
March 2008 -- It was Uncle Danny Kaopuiki who put us in touch with Chris Mahelona, who then sent me the website for Ka Ohana O Kalaupapa along with a copy of the bill sponsored by U.S. Representative Mazie Hirono. (It passed shortly after we started working on this issue.)
February 2008 -- Aloha Pepeluali which I’m sure you’ve guessed means February. It’s the birth month of Kamehameha IV, whose short life is recounted by Roy Alameida. It’s also the death month of Captain James Cook, first Westerner to document contact with the Hawaiians in 1778 and subsequently killed at Ka`awaloa, on Kealakekua Bay on February 14th.
January 2008 -- Hau`oli Makahiki Hou…from Hilo! We decided to make another fast trip back to the Islands for the holidays. After the big storm and flooding in the Pacific Northwest in December, we thought a little warm weather and sunshine would do us good, but HAH!
November 2007 --We hope you are enjoying our November issue, a month when we always honor the birth of Kalākaua, the last male monarch of Hawai`i who did much to restore some of the Hawaiian traditions that had gone underground because of suppression by outside forces.
October 2007 -- With Fall comes…football…what else? I know it’s not only a male thing because I have a few female friends who are devoted to that contact sport. But it’s still a baffling game to me, mainly because I can’t figure out those calls that the umpires make.
August 2007 -- As August brings summer to a full boil, you’ll find some of us (like me) in the Islands. Around this time is when I hele on to Hilo and if you’ve ever been there, you know it’s a good place to kick back with friends and family, wala`au, eat, sleep, holoholo.
April 2007 -- After months of cold and somber days, Spring arrives in the Pacific Northwest with an explosion of green leaves and kalakoa flowers. When we were in Hawai`i, didn’t we take all those blooming plants for granted; in fact, we even looked at some as pests! “Dat yellow ginger takin ovah da whole yard!”
December 2006 -- As we’re approaching the end of 2006, I’ve noticed a trend. Many of us from Hawai`i up here on the continent are getting more and more serious about returning to those Islands we love so much.
October 2006 -- I was in Hilo for a couple of weeks in September and read, watched and listened to the final weeks of campaigning for Hawai`i ’s primary elections. Sometimes primaries are boring, but not this year, when Ed Case challenged Dan Akaka for his Senate seat, based on age.
September 2006 -- I spent the last Saturday in August at Lake Washington, watching the grand finale of the summer outrigger canoe racing season and what a fabulous day it was. The weather was perfect with sun rays shimmering on the water.
August 2006 -- As soon as I arrived in Hilo at the beginning of July, I heard about the shootings of wild horses in Waipi`o Valley and the very next day, drove the 40 miles to Honoka`a to attend the first meeting.
May 2006-- Aloha from Hilo, where I spent the month of April. It was an unusually wet month all over the island chain, and in Hilo it was cold as well (if you consider early morning temperatures of 60º cold. I know you’re all rolling your eyes, but let me tell you when you’re in Hawai`i, that’s COLD!)
August 2005 -- Aloha kākou from Kahului, where I’m among at least a dozen of us from Pacific Northwest hālau attending the hula conference. What excitement, where the days begin with hula practice at 7:15am (but with Keali`i, so who minds?)
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