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November 2007

From the Editor...


Rochelle delaCruz

from the editor…

November Notes  

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.

November is also a month to thank our veterans, and how lucky that a couple of weeks ago, I received an email from Kapiolani Community College asking permission to use in their Hawai`i Nisei Story our photo of Mantokuji Soto Zen Mission on Maui, now on our website. My antennae went up and after a few email exchanges, project manager Shari Tamashiro said she’d be happy to write something up for our paper. BIG mahalo to all our veterans, and to Shari for sharing with us a new way to tell the stories!

For all of us from the Big Island, the name Ikua Purdy is legendary. Even today a hundred years later, we know about this esteemed Parker Ranch cowboy trained on the slopes of Mauna Kea who went all the way to Wyoming to win the steer-roping contest. But what was new, was learning about the Paniolo Preservation Society (PPS) in Waimea, responsible for Purdy’s induction and planning a big celebration next year that includes Wyoming. Kudos to PPS for getting Purdy inducted into the Hall of Fame, and mahalo for their dedication to these unsung paniolo heroes. We’ll be printing more information on the Waiomina Centennial Celebration when it begins next spring for those of you who might want to saddle up. (There’ll be lots of other events for non-riders.)

So now begins the holiday season and we’re looking forward to December and the New Year. We know you have tons of stories that celebrate this memorable time. Share them with us so we can enjoy every one of them. ~RdC

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