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Chiefess Kamakahelei, Ali‘i Nui o Kaua‘i

By Léo Azambuja Kaua‘i Museum Executive Director Chucky Boy Chock is seen here with a painting of Chiefess Kamakahelei, in exhibit at the museum. The painting was done by Evelyn Ritter, who has portrayed several chiefs and royalty also in exhibit at Kaua‘i Museum in Lihu‘e. Chiefess Kamakahelei ruled over Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau [...]

By | 2017-03-01T12:39:11+00:00 March 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Be My Valentine — Seven Hawaiian Love Tales

The Legend of the Hau Blossom Photo by Daniel Finchum (www.kauaiainaart.com) Pōhuehue and Kaunaʻoa lived near Kahana Bay on O‘ahu. They loved each other deeply. One day, after an argument, Pōhuehue got into his canoe and paddled to Lānaʻi. Kaunaʻoa became very sad and afraid she would never see her lover again. Pōhuehue [...]

By | 2017-02-01T11:02:58+00:00 February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Kaua‘i — Reiki’s Gateway to the West

By Léo Azambuja Hawayo Takata Early in the 20th century, a tiny baby girl was born to Japanese immigrant workers on Kaua‘i. She was so small that her parents picked a name representing something huge; the Big Island of Hawai‘i. And accordingly, her accomplishments in life — and beyond it — were monumental. [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:45:44+00:00 January 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Festival of Lights — 20 Years Brightening Christmas on Kaua‘i

By Léo Azambuja Elizabeth Freeman, founder and director of the Festival of Lights, inside the Historic County Building in Lihu‘e. Photo courtesy of Festival of Lights/Ron Kosen For the last two decades, the Festival of Lights in Lihu‘e has become part of the local folklore during the holiday season, with its creative and [...]

By | 2016-12-01T13:29:53+00:00 December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Food as a Way of Life

By Léo Azambuja A Hawaiian man pounding taro to make poi, circa 1890s. Taro plants can be seen behind him. Aside from the obvious reason of feeding the population, food has been a significant component of Hawaiian life since the early days of Polynesian settlers more than a thousand years ago. Today, any [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:17+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

From Saimin to Shave Ice, the Food of Paradise

By Léo Azambuja Justin Barcial, left, Nick Barcial and Ashley Oishi-Larusso are the fourth generation of the Hamura family that will one day take over Hamura Saimin. Modern local Hawaiian cuisine is a combination of early Hawaiian foods and dishes from immigrants of different ethnicities who came to Hawai‘i in the last two [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:17+00:00 November 1st, 2016|0 Comments

The Holokū, Fit for a Queen

By Helen Wong Smith 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 elegant Hawaiian holokū dress became popular among Hawaiian royalty in the 19th century. Inspired by the [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:19+00:00 October 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Celebrating the Resourceful Coconut

By Léo Azambuja Celebrity Chef Sam Choy, center, along with Chef Lucas Sautter, of Courtyard Marriott, left, will be doing cooking demos at the 20th Annual Coconut Festival at Kapa‘a Beach Park Oct. 1, 2. Courtyard Marriott GM Nick Britner, right, is supporting the event with a special dinner on property Sept. 30. Photo [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:24+00:00 September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Uncle Charlie’s Throw Nets

By Léo Azambuja Uncle Charlie demonstrates how to throw net at Smith’s Beach in Anahola. It’s a hot midsummer afternoon in Anahola. Charles Blake Pereira, better known as “Uncle Charlie,” is standing at the edge of the water at Smith’s Beach, his eyes focused on the shorebreak. “It’s gonna take a while to [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:28+00:00 August 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Kōloa Plantation

Kōloa Plantation Store, circa 1924. Photo by Grove Farm Museum In the early 1800s, Koloa was scarcely inhabited by Hawaiians who grew a variety of kō, or sugarcane, called kōloa, or long sugarcane. But Hawaiians didn’t produce sugar, they chewed the sweet stalks of sugarcane. In 1789, the first Chinese came to Hawai‘i [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:40:30+00:00 July 3rd, 2016|0 Comments