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  • Malasada Tuesday Taste Testing Tour

    Line for malasadas on Malasada Tuesday in HawaiiToday, in Hawaii, is Malasada Tuesday. Elsewhere, you may know the last day before the Catholic tradition of Lent begins as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday or Maradi Gras. I started my Malasada Tuesday Taste-Testing Tour of Kauai by myself. It ended with help from my friend Susan and a black-and-white dog.  Here’s how it went. Read More
  • Who Needs Zumba When There Is Hula

    Coming off another spectacular performance--Kumu Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett—the week before, a local hula troupe thrilled the 500-strong audience at EKK last Monday. Kumu Lena’ala Pavao Jardin opened with a resonating oli in Hawaiian. As is the custom, she recognized ke akua, God, and her own kumu, Ray Fonseca. “I hope you will see his [Ray’s] love for hula through me,” she said. Read More
  • This is Winter in Hanalei

    Hanalei Pier in winter at sunrise.Today, I returned to my desk after a weekend writing retreat in Hanalei on Kauai's North Shore. The environmental philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore shared inspiration and tips on writing nature essays. Here, with Kathy's tutelage, is one essay I wrote from the retreat. She called this form, combining prose and poetry, a haibun. Read More
  • Guest Blogger Carol Yotsuda Wraps on Frank Hewett

    Kumu hula Frank Kawaikapukalani Hewitt addresses crowd at E Kanikapila Kakou on KauaiFor 28 years, Carol Yotsuda has orchestrated Kauai’s weekly E Kanikapila Kakou, a gathering of Hawaii’s most beloved musical and cultural performers set in a backyard musical jam session. This past Monday, the esteemed Kumu Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and his hula halau performed. In the way that has become her signature, Carol wrote her “wrap story” about the event. Read More
  • Hawaiian Music Legends in Concert

    Hawaiian music legends concert, nathan aweau, ledward kaapana, dennis kamakahiNathan Aweau kicked off the sold out Hawaiian Legends concert this past Saturday at the Kauai Community College’s Performing Art Center.  He played slack key guitar and his preferred instrument—a seven-string bass.  He sang—beautifully, I might add—and, between songs, he told stories.  Many stories.  Funny stories.  The more Hawaiian music concerts I attend, the more I realize that in order to be a Hawaiian musician, you must also a) be a decent storyteller; and b) like to tell funny and embarrassing stories about yourself. Read More
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