The Hawaiian Tattoo

By Léo Azambuja Hawaiian Kala Alexander, a professional surfer, actor and business owner from Kaua‘i, shows some of his tattoos done by Samuel Shaw, owner of Kulture Tattoo Kollective. Hawaiian koa wood spear courtesy of Photo by Léo Azambuja The art of tattooing arrived in Hawai‘i through Polynesian seafarers many centuries ago. [...]

By | 2017-11-30T23:42:59+00:00 December 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Hawai‘i Wisdom — November 2017

A photo of an ālala, or Hawaiian crow, by ©David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton, in exhibit at National Tropical Botanical Garden Ho‘ola‘i na manu i ke aheahe. “The bird poise quietly in the gentle breeze.” Said of those who are at peace with the world. Source: ‘Ōlelo Noʻeau, by Mary Kawena Pukui Photographer [...]

By | 2017-11-14T13:35:50+00:00 November 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Remains of a Rainbow — The Rarest Species in Hawai‘i

By Léo Azambuja Left to right, NTBG Research Biologist Ken Wood, NTBG Plant Extinction Prevention Specialist Steven Perlman, photographer Susan Middleton and NTBG CEO and President Chipper Wichman. Photo by Léo Azambuja Almost 20 years ago, two renowned photographers teamed up with two botanists from the National Tropical Botanical Garden to document and [...]

By | 2017-11-01T16:22:56+00:00 November 1st, 2017|0 Comments

The Threads of Kaua‘i’s History

Kaua‘i residents pose with their holokū at Historic County Building in Līhu‘e. From left to right, Pua Rossi-Fukino, Polei Palmeira, Donna Stewart, Saebrie Pegeder, Barbara Green, Helen Wong Smith and Victoria Lam. The Kaua‘i Historical Society is calling all its members and the Kaua‘i community to attend its gala event, The Threads of [...]

By | 2017-09-29T16:43:02+00:00 October 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Orizuru Peace Tree this Saturday

Orizuru Peace Tree will be one of the main attractions at the 32nd Matsuri Kaua‘i Oct. 7 at Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Orizuru, a Japanese folded paper crane using origami (folding paper) is dedicated to Sadako Sasaki, a young [...]

By | 2017-09-29T17:41:46+00:00 October 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Seven Hawaiian Spooky Tales

Night Marchers Akua, the 14th night of the moon when it separated from Earth and became a god, is when Hawaiians are on alert for the Ka Hauka‘i a ka Po, the Marchers of the Night. They are the spirits of dead chiefs and warriors, ‘aumakua (guardian gods of the living) and the gods themselves. [...]

By | 2017-09-27T11:03:34+00:00 October 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Sugarcane Not Dead, Just Different (w/ video)

UH Associate Specialist Ted Radovich said sugar cane has become a high-value horticultural crop as opposed to a low-value agronomic or plantation crop. Photo courtesy of UH Sugarcane, also known as kō, may not be king anymore in Hawaiʻi, but University of Hawaiʻi researchers see a sweet future ahead for the traditional plant, which the Hawaiians first [...]

By | 2017-09-05T12:14:44+00:00 September 7th, 2017|0 Comments

The Hawaiian Poi Dog

By Léo Azambuja Kaua‘i Humane Society Executive Director Scott Pisani, left, is seen here with KHS Animal Care Supervisor Benjamin Osorno and two shelter dogs; Mocha, in the back, and Byron, on the ground. The Hawaiian poi dog, or ‘īlio, was brought to Hawai‘i by early Polynesian settlers. For centuries, it was as [...]

By | 2017-08-31T06:54:44+00:00 September 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Alakoko Fishpond

By Jan TenBruggencate Menehune Fishpond There are lots of versions of the story about the building of the Alakoko Fishpond. It is an island feature full of mystery and misinformation. The pond along the Hule‘ia River celebrates one of the longest rock walls in the Islands, one of the biggest geological features — [...]

By | 2017-08-18T11:31:58+00:00 August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Blending Culture, Technology to Restore Hawaiian Fishponds

Breakout sessions furthered discussions including coral bleaching dynamics. Photo courtesy of KUA With the goal of preserving loko iʻa or Hawaiian fishponds, 15 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty and students and more than 30 representatives from 18 traditional Hawaiian fishponds across four Hawaiian islands gathered together to share resources. The three-day workshop [...]

By | 2017-08-22T09:30:37+00:00 August 21st, 2017|0 Comments