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The Majestic Koholā

By Léo Azambuja Courtesy HIHWNMS/ NOAA Permit # 774-1714 Every year, from September through April, more than 10,000 humpback whales in the North Pacific swim nearly 3,000 miles to warm Hawaiian waters. The whales spend several weeks in Hawai‘i, mating, giving birth and nursing. It’s one of the greatest shows on Earth, with [...]

By |February 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Ahupua‘a Explorations — Knowing Your Place

By Léo Azambuja Clockwise from top left, Leina‘ala Maka-Adric, Jesus Perez Valenzuela, Kala‘e Abrams, Elijah Poch, Sasha Poch and Daniel Kitch in Hanalei, with the Hihimanu mountain on the background. Over the decades, native Hawaiians and long-time residents across the Hawaiian Islands have seen untouched environments being replaced with neighborhoods, resorts, malls, military [...]

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Mele Kalikimaka

By Léo Azambuja Musician Larry Rivera is seen here with his daughter, musician Ilima Rivera, and great granddaughter Hilina‘i Kananiokamahina Kahaunaele at Kamokila Hawaiian Village on the banks of Wailua River. As the holiday season approaches, children on the Mainland dream of a white Christmas filled with snow. But here in Hawai‘i, “Christmas [...]

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The Return of King Kaumuali‘i

From left to right, Kumu hula Leina‘ala Pavao, Jayna Shaffer, Brylyn Aiwohi and Saim Caglayan are seen here by King Kaumuali‘i’s statue unveiled at a private event Aug. 29. By Léo Azambuja King Kaumuali‘i avoided an imminent bloody war by agreeing in 1810 to rule Kaua‘i under King Kamehameha I. But in 1821, [...]

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Queen Emma’s Journey

By Léo Azambuja Nalani Kaauwai Brun, who will be portraying Queen Emma at the Eo e Emalani i Alaka‘i, is seen here by a painting of the queen's husband, King Kamehameha IV, in the Ali‘i Room of Aston Aloha Beach Hotel in Wailua. In January 1871, Queen Emma, still grieving the loss of [...]

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Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu o Hawai‘i Nei

By Léo Azambuja Diane Ragone, director of the Breadfruit Institute. A food crop that once played a major role in providing food security for hundreds of thousands of native Hawaiians could be the key to unlock sustainability for millions of people living in some of the most hunger-ridden areas in the world. “People [...]

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Mo‘olelo o ka Wa‘a

By Léo Azambuja Kaiola Canoe Club members, left to right, Phil Morgan, Kim Matzen, Pepe Trask, Joe Rapozo, Mike McHenry and Arthur Chow are seen here paddling in Niumalu. For early Hawaiians, canoes, or wa‘a, were an essential part of their lives and society. They were the vessels — literally and figuratively — [...]

By |August 1st, 2015|1 Comment

Balancing Past and Future at Ke Kahua O Kaneiolouma

By Léo Azambuja Stewards of Ke Kahua Kaneiolouma, from left to right, Kane Turalde, Daniel Simao, Billy Kaohelauli‘i, Tyson Gomez, Rupert Rowe, Chad Schimmelfenning, Kimo Burgess and Keoki Makaneole. For more than 15 years, a group of about 35 people has been working diligently to bring back a massive socio-cultural and historical site [...]

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Hawai‘i and the Rising Sun

By Léo Azambuja From left to right, Maile Taniguchi, Steven Domingo, Fay Tateishi and Aiko Nakaya are seen here at the Kaua‘i Soto Zen Temple in Hanapepe. Of all ethnic groups comprising Hawai‘i’s melting pot, no other had more impact in the state’s modern socio-politico-economic landscape than early Japanese immigrants. When large sugar [...]

By |June 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Preserving Kaua‘i’s Culture in Pa‘akai (w/video)

By Léo Azambuja Frank Santos, with his daughter, Kuulei Santos, and his granddaughter, Waileia Siale-Santos, at the Hanapepe salt. Photo by Léo Azambuja Each summer, 17 families return to a small stretch of red earth near the ocean in Hanapepe to continue a tradition spanning several generations. It’s the only place in the [...]

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