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Heiva i Tahiti

By Léo Azambuja ‘Auli‘i Lu‘au by Urahutia Productions at the Sheraton Po‘ipu. Tahitian dance, known for its excitement, fast drumming, shaking of the hips and challenging steps, has won the hearts of many hula dancers on Kaua‘i. In most Polynesian lu‘au in the island’s hotels and resorts, Tahitian dance is now the main [...]

By | June 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Ke Nani Kapa o Hawai‘i

By Léo Azambuja Kawaikini Public Charter School senior Jaclyn Ku‘uleimomionalani Ka‘ahanui, left, and sister Jaylyn Kawaiopua-Ululani Ka‘ahanui, a junior at the school, are seen here holding kapa and kapa making tools at the hut built by students in the school’s Hawaiian garden. It was an ordinary early morning. People all around Kaua‘i were [...]

By | May 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Kamokila, Playground of the Ali‘i

By Léo Azambuja From left to right, Kamokila Hawaiian Village staff Kamalei Gonsalves, brothers and part owners William Kihei Fernandes and Benjamin Braga Fernandes, who are third-generation stewards of the village, and staff Owen Koishigawa. Wailua is well known as an area filled with a sheer number of sacred heiau and ancient Hawaiian [...]

By | April 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Sharing the Breath of Life with Lio (w/ video)

By Léo Azambuja Ruby Arnold, left, mounting Duchess, and Melela‘i Sproat-Beck, mounting Matisse, are seen here performing hula during the Equine Enrichment and Empowerment Education program. It’s Friday afternoon in Kilauea. In a marked circle by the edge of the largest mahogany farm in the country and near a pond half-covered with water [...]

By | March 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | January 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | December 1st, 2015|0 Comments

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, [...]

By | November 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | October 1st, 2015|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | September 1st, 2015|0 Comments