Riding Liquid Mountains

By Léo Azambuja Throughout the winter, iron-fisted storms punish the North Pacific, generating large open ocean swells that travel as far as 3,000 miles until reaching Hawai‘i’s north- and west-facing shores. What happens next is one of the greatest shows on Earth; a fierce display of bravado and skills by the world’s best big-wave riders. […]

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La Ho‘omaika‘i — Thanksgiving Kaua‘i Style

By Léo Azambuja Uncle calls the boys to help pull the kalua pig from the imu pit, where it had been baking and steaming all night. The pot with rice pudding was in there too. Not too far away, auntie is setting up the table, making sure there is plenty of poi, ahi poke, lomilomi […]

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NTBG: Half Century of Saving the Planet

By Léo Azambuja Fifty years ago, a Congressional Charter created one of the most important tropical botanical gardens in the planet — and the only national tropical garden in the United States. “We’ve gone from being a dream in some people’s minds to actually being on the ground and really having an impact,” National Tropical […]

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Bringing Kaua‘i’s Last King Home

By Léo Azambuja A culturally significant project is getting close to create something that has never been done before: a larger-than-life bronze statue of King Kaumuali‘i, Kaua‘i’s last king. After almost a decade trying to find an image that would be the starting point for the statue – there are no known portraits of King […]

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Junior Lifeguards Making a Difference

By Léo Azambuja What would happen if every year, more than 300 new volunteer lifeguards would help the county’s water safety officers to keep Kaua‘i beaches safe for locals and visitors? The answer is, they already do. And none of them graduated high school yet. Seventeen years ago, Kaua‘i was the first county in the […]

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The New Faces of Women’s Surfing

By Léo Azambuja The girls from Kaua‘i’s newest generation of surfers may still be in their teens, but they are destined to leave a mark in surfing’s history, whether they become full-time surfers or choose to free surf while globetrotting. “My main goal is to make the tour,” 18-year-old Tatiana Weston-Webb, of Princeville, said of […]

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The Boys of Downtown Kapa‘a

By Léo Azambuja Together, their businesses add up to nearly 150 years of existence. They have seen Downtown Kapa‘a change with the times, but they didn’t just sit back — they changed with the town, each in their own way. Ken Kubota, Winston Kawamoto and Jim Saylor are an indelible part of a small stretch […]

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The Art of Giving Birth at Home

By Léo Azambuja Giving birth at home with the help of a midwife is becoming increasingly more popular as a safe, viable option in the last 10 years. “It was the most beautiful experience of my life; it was very empowering,” said Anahola resident Nalani Cummings, adding she was “very shocked” at how safe it […]

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Painting the Town Green

By Léo Azambuja Even the Garden Isle needs help to become greener. Conscious efforts from community members, nonprofit organizations, businesses and government bodies are laying down a giant puzzle on Kaua‘i, with each piece representing a step toward sustainability. “We’re doing it, it’s happening, it’s moving,” Malama Kaua‘i Executive Director Keone Kealoha said of islandwide […]

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The Pink Revolution

By Léo Azambuja All in all, it’s just business as usual, but with a noticeable shade of pink. In January, Forbes Magazine published an article stating 11 reasons why 2014 will be a “breakout year” for women entrepreneurs. “I think there is a trend, more women are going into business. And it’s not that women […]

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