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Queen Emma’s Journey

By Léo Azambuja

In January 1871, Queen Emma, still grieving the loss of her husband and their young son, made a remarkable journey from Lawa‘i to Koke‘e, and through Alaka‘i Swamp to Kilohana Lookout.

Along the way, riding on horseback, dozens of hula dancers, women, children, musicians and folks from all walks of life joined the queen, […]

By |October 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu o Hawai‘i Nei

By Léo Azambuja

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 are starting to really recognize our food systems don’t work, and […]

By |September 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Mo‘olelo o ka Wa‘a

By Léo Azambuja

For early Hawaiians, canoes, or wa‘a, were an essential part of their lives and society. They were the vessels — literally and figuratively — that moved them forward in life; from voyaging and finding food to celebrations and fighting wars.

But early Hawaiians were also fond of sports. And outrigger canoe racing, or heihei […]

By |August 1st, 2015|1 Comment

Balancing Past and Future at Ke Kahua O Kaneiolouma

By Léo Azambuja

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 on Kaua‘i’s South Shore that was once one of the most important gathering places on the island.

“I had a mission and a vision of what lies here. And to […]

By |July 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Hawai‘i and the Rising Sun

By Léo Azambuja

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 plantations began to lead the Hawaiian Kingdom’s economy in the second half of the 19th century, immigrants from all over the world started pouring into the islands.

“At that […]

By |June 1st, 2015|0 Comments

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|1 Comment

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