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E ho mai -- A Chant
In the May 2007 edition of the Northwest Hawai`i Times, Roy Alameida wrote the story E mālama o Kaho‘olawe about helping students learn to care for the land of Pauahi (founder of the Kamehameha Schools) in whatever way possible and to continue learning about Hawaiian history, culture, and language. E ho mai is an oli asking permission to enter a place. It is also asking the ancestors for guidance during whatever learning will take place.
This E ho mai is chanted by the freshmen (class of 2011) from Hawaiian Culture class and members of Ho`olāhui Pākīpika (Hawaiian Club) at the Kamehameha Schools - Kea`au campus on Hawai`i island where Roy Alameida teaches.
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Pā`ū Riders will be at the Strawberry Festival parade on June 20th in Marysville, Washington. Organized by Cyndi Pa, the Colors of Hawaii Kau Lio Pa`u Riders are now training and raising money to participate in this popular summer festival. Princesses from Washington State will be riding for each of the Islands.
I knew this day would come; I just didn’t know when. In 2003 when we started planning da pepa, I always said such a project would require serious effort and commitment. I pledged at least five years, because that is the kind of time needed for something of this scope.
So here it is, the first column that I don’t want to write. I knew the end of this column would come at some point, but I figured it would be when all the people who did not attend Iolani or Punahou would gather up and protest outside NWHT headquarters, demanding that my column mention other schools or be replaced by cruise ship coupons.
After the death of his cousin, Keōuakūahu`ula, at Pu`ukoholā heiau, Kamehameha was recognized as the ruler of Hawai`i Island. He remained on the island for several years and used the time of peace to rebuild the economy of the island, obtain large amounts of firearms from foreign ships and retained John Young and Isaac Davis as his military advisers and strategists.
`Ulu or breadfruit, was one of the subsistence plants brought by the early Polynesians when they voyaged in doubled-hulled canoes over the Pacific Ocean to settle the Hawaiian Islands. After kalo, `ulu served as a secondary staple to the early Hawaiian settlers and provided a back-up source in case of famine or other natural disasters.
As I write my final “Kama`aina Lifestyle...a Profile” column, my biggest regret is that there are so many Profile stories I won’t have a chance to tell about Hawaiian Islanders in the Pacific NW who spend so much of their time and talents spreading Aloha.......
Let the story be told… of Hawaiian music over the past five years. One big story would have to be a new recognition of this music’s status in the world, with a category for “Best Hawaiian Music Album” at the Grammy Awards.
The first time we went back to visit my sweetie’s family on O`ahu (I had already met them on one of their visits to Seattle), we flew into Honolulu, picked up a rental car, and drove across the Ko`olau range to their home on the Windward Side. I was immediately invited to sit with her dad out on the lanai, where pupus would be served.
Auwē, some kina news, eh? Are you in shock? That’s okay, I found out that this would be the last edition of the Northwest Hawai`i Times a month ago, and I’m still in shock. We all (the staff of this paper) support Rochelle’s decision to put this five-year labor of love to bed with this the 60th edition. Her reasoning is sound, the timing is right, and new life adventures are beckoning our dear editor…as well as the rest of us for that matter. Therefore, this is the right path at this time…the mind says it is pono.
For our last Holoholo, Kathy and I dropped in at the Pac Island Grill to listen to the Kaulele trio (Bernie Simeona, Peter Tabali, Kila Leapaga). Kaulele was fun to watch and listen to but what struck me most was how wonderful it is to be in the midst of a gathering of Hawaiian Islanders. Whether it’s at the Kona Kitchen or Bobby’s Hawaiian Style or the Kauai Family Restaurant, gatherings of Hawaiian Islanders are always full of warmth, friendliness, fun and good food.
Here is a view of downtown Honolulu in the early 1940s, taken from the top of Aloha Towert looking mauka. This photo comes from the collection of Jean Manning and was sent in by her son Elliott, who was born in the Islands and now lives in Yakima, Washington.
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