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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

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