Maha‘ulepu Ahupua‘a’s Legacy

By Léo Azambuja

Sisters Hi‘iaka and Anonui Emery in the Makauwahi Sinkhole.

Sisters ‘Anonui and Hi‘iaka Emery in the Makauwahi Sinkhole.

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, …

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Riding Liquid Mountains

By Léo Azambuja

Kaua‘i’s Danny Fuller drops into a bomb at Peahi, Maui, in December 2012. Photo by Bruno Lemos

Kaua‘i’s Danny Fuller drops into a bomb at
Peahi, Maui, in December 2012. Photo by Bruno Lemos

Throughout the winter, iron-fisted storms punish the North Pacific, generating large open ocean swells that travel as far as 3,000 …

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La Ho‘omaika‘i — Thanksgiving Kaua‘i Style

By Léo Azambuja

Smith Family Garden Luau GM Kamika Smith, center, with Kiah Imai, left, and Eddie Pagatpatan, right after pulling the Kalua pig from the imu, where it had been baking and steaming for nine hours.

Smith Family Garden Luau GM Kamika Smith, center, with Kiah Imai, left, and Eddie Pagatpatan, right after pulling the Kalua pig from the imu, where it had been baking and steaming for nine hours.

Uncle calls the …

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NTBG: Half Century of Saving the Planet

By Léo Azambuja

National Tropical Botanical Garden CEO Chipper Wichman

National Tropical Botanical Garden CEO Chipper Wichman

Fifty years ago, a Congressional Charter created one of the most important tropical botanical gardens in the planet — and the only national tropical garden in the United States.

“We’ve …

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Bringing Kaua‘i’s Last King Home

By Léo Azambuja

Cultural practitioner and Hawaiian language translator Keao NeSmith models for the statue of King Kaumuali‘i.

Cultural practitioner and Hawaiian language translator Keao NeSmith models for the statue of King Kaumuali‘i.

A culturally significant project is getting close to create something that has never been done before: a larger-than-life bronze statue of King …

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Junior Lifeguards Making a Difference

By Léo Azambuja

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Standing, lifeguards Kaimi Kaneholani, left, and Eugene Ancheta. Sitting, from left to right, junior lifeguards Kellen O’Rourke, Kaeo Kruse, Kaira Kaaihue and Micah Nobriga-Ferris.

What would happen if every year, more than 300 new volunteer lifeguards would …

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The New Faces of Women’s Surfing

By Léo Azambuja

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Kaua‘i’s young surfing talents are seen here at Hanalei Pier. From left to right, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Natalia Smith and Kiana Flores.

The girls from Kaua‘i’s newest generation of surfers may still be in their teens, but they …

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The Boys of Downtown Kapa‘a

By Léo Azambuja

cover-for_kauai_14-6_35Together, their businesses add up to nearly 150 years of existence. They have seen Downtown Kapa‘a change with the times, but they didn’t just sit back — they changed with the town, each in their own way.…

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The Art of Giving Birth at Home

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Giving birth at home with the help of a midwife is becoming increasingly more popular as a safe, viable option in the last 10 years.

“It was the most beautiful experience of my life; it was very …

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Painting the Town Green

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Even the Garden Isle needs help to become greener.

Conscious efforts from community members, nonprofit organizations, businesses and government bodies are laying down a giant puzzle on Kaua‘i, with each piece representing a step toward sustainability.

“We’re …

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