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

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 world that still makes in a traditional way the Hawaiian sea salt, or pa‘akai — “to solidify the sea.”

“Basically, it is part of […]

By |May 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Legacy of Kekaha Sugar Co. Lives On

By Léo Azambuja

Last month, the Kaua‘i Historical Society unveiled a colossal project that took nearly 15 years: The preservation and cataloguing of about 1,000 maps and roughly five tons of ledgers corresponding to more than a century of operations at the former Kekaha Sugar Co.

“It’s like a sampling of the plantation culture and history that […]

By |April 1st, 2015|0 Comments

He Kumulipo — The Source of Darkness

By Léo Azambuja

At the time that turned the heat of the earth,

At the time when the heavens turned and changed,

At the time when the light of the sun was subdued

To cause light to break forth,

At the time of the night of Makalii (winter)

Then began the slime which established the earth,

The source of deepest darkness.

Of the […]

By |March 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Looking Back Toward the Future

By Léo Azambuja

Early Hawaiians significantly altered the environment over a span of at least 1,200 years, burning forests and building fishponds and extensive lo‘i systems. But they worked closely with nature to ensure a wealth of resources for a long-lasting, self-sustainable society.

As a result, before Capt. James Cook first arrived in Hawai‘i in 1778, there […]

By |February 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Maha‘ulepu Ahupua‘a’s Legacy

By Léo Azambuja

For more than 1,000 years, Maha‘ulepu Ahupua‘a’s rich fishing grounds and a valley floor blessed with a self-replenishing aquifer, perfect for agriculture, supported a thriving Hawaiian community.

Today, the uninhabited 2,700-acre ahupua‘a is considered a crown jewel of Kaua‘i’s South Shore. Despite development threats and a former sugar plantation that leveled precious historic sites, […]

By |January 1st, 2015|0 Comments

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. As the […]

By |December 1st, 2014|0 Comments

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 salmon, sticky […]

By |November 1st, 2014|0 Comments

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 Botanical Garden […]

By |October 1st, 2014|0 Comments

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 Kaumuali‘i when […]

By |September 1st, 2014|1 Comment

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 state to implement […]

By |August 1st, 2014|0 Comments