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The Hawaiian Tattoo

By Léo Azambuja Hawaiian Kala Alexander, a professional surfer, actor and business owner from Kaua‘i, shows some of his tattoos done by Samuel Shaw, owner of Kulture Tattoo Kollective. Hawaiian koa wood spear courtesy of www.thekauaistore.com. Photo by Léo Azambuja The art of tattooing arrived in Hawai‘i through Polynesian seafarers many centuries ago. [...]

By | 2017-11-30T23:42:59+00:00 December 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Remains of a Rainbow — The Rarest Species in Hawai‘i

By Léo Azambuja Left to right, NTBG Research Biologist Ken Wood, NTBG Plant Extinction Prevention Specialist Steven Perlman, photographer Susan Middleton and NTBG CEO and President Chipper Wichman. Photo by Léo Azambuja Almost 20 years ago, two renowned photographers teamed up with two botanists from the National Tropical Botanical Garden to document and [...]

By | 2017-11-01T16:22:56+00:00 November 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Seven Hawaiian Spooky Tales

Night Marchers Akua, the 14th night of the moon when it separated from Earth and became a god, is when Hawaiians are on alert for the Ka Hauka‘i a ka Po, the Marchers of the Night. They are the spirits of dead chiefs and warriors, ‘aumakua (guardian gods of the living) and the gods themselves. [...]

By | 2017-09-27T11:03:34+00:00 October 1st, 2017|0 Comments

The Hawaiian Poi Dog

By Léo Azambuja Kaua‘i Humane Society Executive Director Scott Pisani, left, is seen here with KHS Animal Care Supervisor Benjamin Osorno and two shelter dogs; Mocha, in the back, and Byron, on the ground. The Hawaiian poi dog, or ‘īlio, was brought to Hawai‘i by early Polynesian settlers. For centuries, it was as [...]

By | 2017-08-31T06:54:44+00:00 September 1st, 2017|0 Comments

KIFB — Feeding the Keiki, Kupuna, Kama‘aina for More Than 20 Years

By Katie Quinn The Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank is growing up. Formally known as the Kaua‘i Food Bank, KIFB is celebrating its 23rd birthday in style with a Birthday Bash Aug. 18 at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center in Lihu‘e. The Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank is growing up. Formally known as the Kaua‘i Food [...]

By | 2017-07-31T15:28:12+00:00 August 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital

Original Mahelona Hospital, circa 1940. 1917 — Hospital opens a 50-bed hospital for local tuberculosis patients. 1951 — New 110-bed Main Hospital Building is completed. It was dedicated on June 14, 1952. 1960 — Hospital begins treatment of mentally ill, in response to decline of the number of tuberculosis patients. For the next [...]

By | 2017-06-25T21:47:06+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

‘Through the Years,’ Mahelona Hospital Celebrates Centennial

By Léo Azambuja A portrait of Samuel Mahelona is seen here hanging at Samuel Mahelona Hospital’s lobby. The portrait was dedicated to his mother, Emma Kauikeolani Wilcox, by her children Alice Kauikeolani Wilcox and Allen Clessen Wilcox. A century ago, a grieving Hawaiian mother set out to build a hospital that would treat [...]

By | 2017-06-25T21:41:45+00:00 July 1st, 2017|0 Comments

KPCC, a Place for All

By Léo Azambuja From left to right, Kaua‘i Philippine Cultural Center President and Chair Lesther Calipjo, KPCC Board Member Paul Kyno, mason Haunga Tautuafoa, KPCC Board Member Marynel Valenzuela and KPCC Board Member Edwin Navarro are seen here at the cultural center’s site in May. “Ang hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan, hindi makakarating sa [...]

By | 2017-06-01T17:55:57+00:00 June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

The Wilcox Sisters’ Legacy

By Léo Azambuja The staff of Waioli Corporation tried some historic outfits for this photo at the Grove Farm Homestead Museum’s lanai. Here, Maile Kennedy wears a holoku that belonged to Mabel Wilcox, while Brandon Fujioka, left, and Harold Rosa wear palaka shirts (plantation workers’ shirts) that are part of the museum’s collection. [...]

By | 2017-05-10T20:47:04+00:00 May 1st, 2017|0 Comments

The Beautiful Lei Po‘o

By Léo Azambuja Kaua‘i resident and lei po‘o maker Elvrine Chow, standing, shows the lei po‘o she taught Hope Tams, of Nevada, to make for her wedding in March. The lei po‘o, in all its beauty, is a lei especially made to be worn on the head, looking like a crown of flowers, [...]

By | 2017-04-01T07:51:32+00:00 April 1st, 2017|0 Comments