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January 2008

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Rochelle delaCruz

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Aloha New Year

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! Hilo rain had other plans and we spent two weeks trying to stay dry in Kaumana with big umbrellas, old sweatshirts and long pants. It might have been a little colder and damper on the wet side of Hawai`i Island than expected, but family time was warm and toasty.

We knew this New Year issue would focus on two stories: first, Benny Lagmay because we’ve all been thinking up ways to help him get a new heart (see Danny’s Profile,) and second, football. While we were preparing the January 2008 issue, we figured that Warrior fever would still be high, with University of Hawai`i ending their football season undefeated and headed to the Sugar Bowl. Duane Shimogawa is right on point when he says “Football without a doubt is king in the Aloha State and with no professional team, we seem to adopt UH as our professional team,” and Kermet seals it with “…the people of Hawaii (even those who live elsewhere now) are beaming with pride.” But the buzz was so high that more sports reports and photos – Tommy Lee, Ken Niumatalolo, Hawai`i students at University of Puget Sound – kept turning up.

There are other terrific stories – Gregg’s in-depth interview with Keali`i (you know you’ve hit it big when last name isn’t needed), Roy’s Mo`olelo of chiefly struggles and Roger’s explanation of Makahiki. We’re very interested in the opening of the Lāna`i Culture & Heritage Center and hope to visit it soon, and congratulations to Chloe Maier of Spokane who’s Miss Teen World Washington.

As we wrap up another year and look forward to the new, we want to again thank those who help make this paper possible. But a special mahalo to all of you who send in stories and pictures. Along with our staff of writers, you bring a balance of voices to this paper which helps us reach a wide range of readers.

From all of us at Northwest Hawai`i Times, we wish you a new year filled with peace and aloha. ~RdC

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