The first issue of the Northwest Hawai`i Times came out in April 2004. At that point, we had been discussing “da pepa” for nearly a year – what if, what for, how to – when finally, we said, “OK, ‘nuf talk…we goin doyum NOW!” So we pushed off our canoe (to use a phrase we must like because it keeps popping up...) and invited everyone to join us. And you did. Every month we are delighted to meet new readers and writers. Sometimes you email or call just to wala`au, and that makes us happy too.
But there’s a group of people who have been faithfully working with us behind the scenes, without whom we would not be able to get the paper out to you. It’s hard work putting even this small newspaper together, but after we got the first issue out in April, it dawned on us that all that work doesn’t amount to anything, if we can’t get the Northwest Hawai`i Times distributed to all the places we think you, our readers are. Staff and family deliver the paper from Everett to Seattle, Bellevue and Federal Way, but it quickly became clear that we couldn’t do it all ourselves, especially if we wanted to get the paper farther out there, to Bremerton, Tacoma, Olympia and beyond. Word got around that we needed help and people stepped forward.
Well aware of the crucial role they play, we want to acknowledge all of those who have been helping us deliver our paper. So we asked them to write something about their connection to Hawai`i and to send us a photo. Here are some of their stories. Should you run into any of them as you’re out looking for the Northwest Hawai`i Times, please give them a big mahalo from all of us!
(In addition to these lovers of Hawai`i nei, we are also grateful to those who have occasionally hauled a bundle to their halau or lu`au or ho`olaule`a or any other event where they knew large numbers of Hawai`i folks would be. Don’t hesitate to call us for a batch if you’re going over the mountains or through the woods for a party or a meeting.)
Me ke aloha pumehana… ~Rochelle
My name is Marsha Hansen, formerly Marsha Tarasawa. I grew up on the Ewa Plantation on Oahu. When I was growing up, I wondered who I was going to marry. I told myself "No Haoles, No military, only a good local boy". Well, I now know you never say never. I married a haole and in the military with no local connections. Imagine that!
We were stationed at Ft. Lewis a year after we got married and that was the first time I lived away from Hawaii. From here we went to Alabama, Texas, back here to Washington and then to Japan. Wes' dad got sick so Wes got an early retirement from the Army and we moved to Texas. A year later, his dad passed away, Wes sold his share of a heating and air business and we moved back here to Washington. .
Wes and I have been married 20 years and have two good-looking hapa haole kids ( I can say that because they are my kids). I work part-time at the Hawks Prairie Package Express in Lacey. Steve and Sandy call me their "Hawaiian Connection" because once the Hawaii people find out that I'm from Hawaii, they keep coming back. Steve actually has some ties to Hawaii - his uncle was with the rapid transit system (or the bus system).
I remember the first time we were up here back in 1984, we were at the Ft. Lewis PX having lunch and I told Wes that I really missed home. There was another soldier there that was from Hawaii and he came over to let me know that there were a lot of Hawaii people up here. He gave me his phone number and said that if I ever got homesick to give him or his wife a call and they would help me feel better. Having the Hawaii Times has the same effect for me. It lets me know of the Hawaiian community here in the Northwest.
Thank you for "da pepa"!!!
OLYMPIA -- Wes Hansen
I’m Wes Hansen, the haole husband of Marsha (Tarasawa) Hansen. I was born in St. Louis, MO and put into an orphanage at the age of six months. At age three, I was adopted by a military family and then joined the Army myself at age 19.
After eight years of service, Uncle Sam assigned me to Hawaii in July of 1980. Little did I know the impact that would have on my life! I first met Marsha in October of 1980, but it wasn’t until December of 1982 that we started dating and ultimately married. In Marsha I found love and compassion that had escaped me since birth. I spent 25 years in the Army. I retired from the Army and now sell life and mortgage insurance. We live in Lacey with our two great hapa kids!
I remember the first time she took me to meet her family! It was New Years Eve 1982. That was quite a night. Driving into Ewa Plantation, I felt like an endangered species. I was the first haole to ever enter her parent’s home. When I walked into the house, the silence was deafening. After Marsha introduced me, her mom wouldn’t speak to me at all and her dad only said “Hello”. Her sister, Iris, was back from the Mainland to visit, so I was not a shock to her. Marsha’s dad loosened up a little during the evening, but her mom was steadfast that I was trouble. I knew I had to do something to break that block of ice she put between us. Then midnight approached and with it came the traditional foods. Her mom brought out sashimi and handed me a fork. I gave it back to her and took chopsticks instead, which caught her by surprise. And then without hesitation, I ate some of the sashimi using chopsticks. Finally a very small crack appeared in the ice.
I spent five years in Hawaii, the longest I have ever lived anywhere in my life. Marsha’s immediate family and extended family of Aunties and Uncles have made me a part of their family now. Hawaii gave me true love, a true family, and a true home.
Paul Ramon Lugo was born this month during World War II in New Mexico. His parents were traveling evangelists who had met in Hawai`i. Some years later the family moved to Hilo. Paul’s favorite memories are of walking to and from school barefoot; of hibiscus lined roads and fragrant forests.
Paul’s roots go farther back to the Borinque migration to Hawai`i. His kupunakane Ramon Camacho left Spain for Puerto Rico, and from there went to Kaua`i. There he lived with a common-law Hawaiian wife and had a family. Ramon’s second wife was Paul’s kupunawahine.
Several other related Borinque families had also migrated no na mokupuni Hawai`i. They included Fraticelli, Cruz, Sanchez, and Lugo. On one of the islands, Paul’s parents met; however by then na `ohana were migrating to the San Francisco Bay area. There he was a high school three-sport athlete.
Among Paul’s earliest memories in the Bay Area were of half-tracks and the 11:45 Catalina. Later, joining the Army enabled him to travel to Hawai`i and serve in Korea. The Taekwando training at Camp Humphreys culminated years later on Treasure Island where he taught martial arts until that base closed. Paul’s Army training enabled his current Defense vocation. Fifty years after leaving the islands, his inner Hawaiian self emerged. The suppressed longings have given way to finding his lost `ohana. The Times has been a catalyst in this self-discovery.
H. (Harry) Donald Kona Moore was born at St. Francis Hospital in Honolulu on March 20, 1940. Of Hawaiian, Native American and Caucasian background, Kona was adopted and raised by a haole family.
He has seven children scattered around the world: Danelle is in Hawai`i, Richie is in Texas, David is serving in Iraq, Leilani lives in Spain, Donnie is in California and Melinda and Mark are in Minnesota.
Kona is proud to be a part of the Lōkahi `Ohana o Hawai`i, which he joined in 1993 to help in any way to promote, honor, teach and give aloha the Hawaiian way. He has been particularly dedicated and energetic in getting the NW Hawai`i Times delivered on the Kitsap Peninsula!
My wife Sandy (Florence Kehaulani Namauu) as we call her and I have been members of the Hawaii 50th Club since September of 2003.
I met Sandy in Tacoma, Washington. We married in 2001 and managed a Senior Citizen complex here in Tacoma.
I heard about the Northwest Hawai`i Times newspaper from someone and decided it would be a good thing to share with the club. So I contacted the newspaper to find out how I could get some to deliver. I told my wife and she was surprised and happy to hear about the Hawaiian newspaper. She had left home in August of 1981 and except for phone calls she makes to the Big Island, this is a good way to keep in touch with her culture.
I understand this, because I come from Poland. And I always welcome news about my birth country.
Sandy has just been elected Vice President of the club for a two-year term and together, we will support the Hawaii 50th Club. Thank you for your interest in me.
TACOMA -- Mapuana Tandal
Kalani & Mapuana Tandal, are Life Directors for "Children Of Polynesia," also known as "C.O.P.". We are not a halau, but a Polynesian Cultural Exchange Team. We started this in 1988 (when Kalani was stationed at Fort Campbell , KY. ), in our garage with our 4 children and other transplanted military families from Hawai`i . We just wanted to duplicate and share the "Aloha-spirit" with others, while having fun dancing. Our instructors came with their experiences and mana`o (knowledge) in their Island Cultures and began teaching our keikis. It just grew from there, until today --- it's our own keikis who are instructing the classes now.
Actually in 1994, here in Tacoma we formally became known as "C.O.P.". Our families came from Renton, Belfair, Lacey, Seattle, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Skyway, Graham, Orting, Tacoma, and even Hawai`i (during summer vacations). We received many invitations from the Native American Reservations to conduct cultural exchanges; we've done private parties; schools; colleges; nursing homes; and restaurants. As a dance team we've traveled to Canada, Montana, California, Oregon, South Dakota, Kentucky, Kansas, Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee, around Washington, and Hawai`i. We've conducted fundraisers: to Duncan, Canada with Hui Hei Hei Wa`a Outrigger Canoe Team; to scholarship one student to New Zealand; to attend a World Christian Gathering of Indigenous Peoples Conference in Hawai`i; and more to come. We participate with Hawaiian events, and International events around Washington.
We teach Tahitian: tamure, aparima, ahuroa, and toere drums; Maori: kapahaka, taiaha, patu, and poi; and Hawaiian: Christian hula, auwana, kahiko. Our students are taught to make some of their own implements, costumes, and accessories. We devote time to learn the island culture protocols, as well as proper execution of each basic step. Our team is not for everyone because you are learning 3 styles of dancing, and not just one. This becomes a challenge because you must keep each style separate and distinct from looking like each other.
We owe our successes to our Na Kupuna (Elders), who've prayed for us and given us a very long life-line of ALOHA. The families and friends who've danced with us before and now, believed in what we were doing, and were willing to lend their mana`o to better the whole team. Even those who've moved on, still come to visit us with their warmth, smiles and cameo performances. To our friends in the Hawaiian community who often give us advice which we cherish and respect. And our friends who are not Polynesian, but because they devote their time to learn our island cultural dances --- we live on. Most of all we are grateful to our Lord Jesus, who saw worth in our Polynesian cultural dances, and given us favor of man to perform with all our hearts, as an extention of His own hand.
Terry has been a big fan of the Northwest Hawaii Times since the first copy came out. Guess ‘cause his photo was on that cover. He usually starts his weekday (sometimes the weekends too) at 6am at the airport helping people check in as a Kama’aina Volunteer for Hawaiian Airlines, and he passes the paper out to people checking in. He then goes to work full time at World Class Travel. He can also be seen working sometimes at the Hawaii General Store. He loves the people there and what they stand for, spreading Aloha.
Terry’s claim to fame includes, being born to Masakazu and Betsy, having three sisters, Lorna, Ruth, Lori Ann and one brother Aaron. He’s from the sunnier side of the Big Island, an alumni of Konawaena High School; he served a two-year mission in Bolivia in the late ‘70s, graduated from BYU-Provo in the early ‘80s, moved to Seattle to work for a former executive of Alaska Airlines in the late ‘80s, is involved in the Hawaiian community in Seattle, has been to over twenty countries in the world, and is blessed with the bestest people he can call his friends.
Hobbies includes collecting polished stones, eggs many of which are made of stone, seashells, CD’s from the ‘70s, traveling, taking pictures and eating.
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