First Saturday in Kapa’a

First Saturday t-shirts to benefit the community event

What started out as a small monthly gathering a few years ago, Kapa’a town’s “First Saturdays” of the month have become a boon for businesses and a monthly social event for community and visitors alike. When the recession hit a few years ago, it prompted people to focus on supporting their local economy read more

Mango Season

A bowl of ripe mango fruit

Years ago there was a large, looming mango tree near our house on the south side of Kaua’i. Not only did it provide an abundance of juicy mangos each summer, it offered shade and greenery during the sometimes excruciatingly hot summers among the landscape of cactus and lava rock of the Po’ more

Hawai’i’s past history and lore revisited

Humehume of Kaua`i: A Boy's Journey to America, an Ali`i's Return Home

One of the most renowned cultural myths of Hawai’i is that of Pele—the Goddess of the volcanoes—who is often seen as powerful and sometimes wrathful in many stories and lore of the past. Recently, one Hawai’i author retold one of the original tales about Pele, as if she were living in current day. read more

Lei and the Month of May

This writer's kindergarten graduate donning kukui nut and plumeria lei

In 1928, May Day officially became “Lei Day” in Hawai’i. Technically and historically, this means May 1st. But over the years in Hawai’i, the entire month of May has become a celebration of flowers lovingly flung over loved ones. One reason for the prolonged festivities is that at this time of year, fragrant and colorful flowersread more

Seed Exchange

Sugar cane cut and ready to be exchanged

It was a first for me. But not for hundreds of others, who showed up on April 1st, 2012 to the 9th biannual Seed Exchange on Kaua’i. The event—filled with music, cups of kava, presentations, and a mass trading of goods from the garden— was held at The Children of the Land in Kapa’a, Kaua’iread more

The Majestic Moli

Laysan Albatross Nesting

For years I have heard my friend Hob’s stories about her experiences with the Laysan Albatross seabird, known as moli in Hawaiian. Not only is Hob a volunteer and advocate for the species on Kaua’i, she has a connection with these birds that is rare and beautiful. When she invited me to a presentationread more

Hawaiian Food

Ahi Poke

Examine the foods of Hawai’i, and what will be revealed are the plethora of cultures—Japanese, Filipino, Chinese, Thai, Portuguese, and many more—that have shaped the vast cultural cuisine of the islands. Therefore it can be difficult to decipher what authentic Hawaiian food more

Kanuikapono Public Charter School

Students harvesting taro on a field trip

Hawai’i is home to 31 public Charter Schools across the state, offering children the option of alternative, progressive methods of education without the high cost of private schools. In fact, they are tuition-free. According to the Hawai’i Charter School Administration Office, Charter schools are defined as “state-legislated, legallyread more

Lauhala: Learning the art of Patience

lauhala bracelets

When I told my friend Aunty La I was embarking on learning the art of lauhala, she smiled and answered, “You’re learningthe art of patience.” The leaves (lau translates to leaf in Hawaiian) of the Hala tree (Pandanus tectorious), also known as the Screw Pine, have been used in Hawai’i throughout history for a plethoraread more

The Salt Beds in Hanapepe

Removing rocks and debris from the gathered salt.

With clouds dotting the sky on a calm morning in October, over thirty young children and their caregivers tromped through red clay mud to the salt beds in Hanapepe. Mothers stepped carefully as they held their babies in their arms, four year olds happily squished their toes in the earth, and grandparents flung their slippers read more

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