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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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | July 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Kōloa, the Piko of Hawai‘i’s Sugar Era

By Léo Azambuja From left to right, Niles Kagayama, Setsuko Kobayashi and husband Toshio Kobayashi, and Toshihiro Otani at the Kōloa Monument. The sugarcane plantations — Hawai‘i’s first-large scale commercial enterprise —shaped the socio-politico-economic landscape of the Islands like no other industry. And it all started in Kōloa, Kaua‘i’s South Shore, in 1835. [...]

By | July 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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