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  • Merrie Monarch's Miss Aloha Hula 2011

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    Miss Aloha Hula at Merrie Monarch Festival 2011As the sun set and the sky turned purple and, then, dark black, inside the Edith Kanakaole Stadium, the crowd found its seats at the 48th annual Merrie Monarch Festival. Twelve dancers vied for the 2011 title of Miss Aloha Hula. They would each dance one kahiko dance in the ancient tradition and one 'auana dance in the modern tradition, and by the end of the evening just before midnight as the rain fell hard outside, one would be recognized as Miss Aloha Hula.

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  • Merrie Monarch Hoike Night

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    kanakaole opening chant at merrie monarch 2011Last night, the Kanaka’ole family officially kicked things off here in Hilo for the 48th annual Merrie Monarch Festival. The Ho’ike Performances also included dances from the Marshall Islands, Tahiti and New Zealand. Evidence of the festival is everywhere in Hilo. There are shiny banners at the airport greeting participants and attendees and “Merrie Monarch Attendees Welcome Here” signs made out of cardboard on side streets in front of retailers. Arts and crafts fairs and art exhibits are scheduled all week long.

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  • Merrie Monarch Here We Come

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    luana maitland wearing a haku lei on her headThis is Luana Maitland. She is wearing a haku lei, or a lei that is made from braiding or plaiting, in this case, from many different plant materials. The haku lei is traditionally worn on your head, around your wrist or, even, around your ankles. I expect to see all kind of lei in the next few days, as I am headed to Hilo to experience Merrie Monarch Festival—the world-renowned hula competition that honors King David Kalakaua and all things hula.

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  • Writing It Real Like Mark Twain

    Destination: Kauai, Hawaii Island, Maui, Oahu

    mark twain's letters from hawaii bookApril is National Poetry Month, so it seems appropriate to post a poem. I have long pondered the one I have selected for you. It was first published in 1889, some 16 years after Mark Twain visited the Hawaiian Islands—only he called them the Sandwich Islands—for four months and a day. You know him, right? Mark Twain. He penned Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, also known as the Great American Novel. At other times, he clenched his tongue firmly in his cheek and wrote one thing when he meant another. He wrote essays and short stories and letters that still--100+ years later--make us laugh out loud. He was known as a novelist. A satirist. A humorist. But what he wasn't known as was a poet. And, yet, we have this, what has come to be called his "Hawaii Prose Poem."

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  • Art is Alive in Kapaa

    Destination: Kauai

    albatrosses made out of plastic cigarette lighters by susan scottThis past Saturday evening, I joined my friend, artist Pam Woolway at a.ell design for the monthly Old Kapaa Town Art Walk. Pam displayed her ceramic Ganesh figurines and served chai and curry nut balls, while I tried on Angelique’s numerous creations made from bamboo and soy fabrics and poured pinot noir. Outside, musicians Pat Gmelin, Joe Zingaro and Spencer played guitar and drums. Down the street, Kathy Cowan celebrated one year of Alley Kat Art, and people gathered on the steps of Ship Store Galleries.

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  • Tsunami Preparedness: Live Aloha

    Destination: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu

    dolphin painting from the Hawaiian Oracle cardsIt's Monday morning, March 14, 2011 in Hawaii. I pull back the sheer curtain covering the window beside my desk to peer through hibiscus bushes. I see blue sky, white clouds and the glare of sunshine through a dappled leafy view. A shama thrush belts out a musical tune. My dogs race upstairs to investigate a sound that only they can detect. I sit at my computer, fingers poised above the keyboard. Threads of sentences stream through my head. But I am at a loss for words. I must write about the tsunami in Hawaii, of course. How could I not?

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  • Malasada Tuesday Taste Testing Tour

    Destination: Kauai

    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.

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  • Kohala Coast Getaway, Part 2: King's Trail

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    The King’s Trail, also called the Mamalahoa Trail, once ran for 32 coastal miles from the village of Kailua-Kona in the south to the village of Puako in the north. The sign along Waikoloa Beach Road says it was originally built in the mid 1800s by prisoners and Hawaiians who paid their taxes in labor. It was used as a highway, of sorts, for pack animals. As such, it was stretched taut, in a straight line, with curbs of stone built up along the sides in order to keep the horses, donkeys and mules on the right path, just in case their riders nodded off to sleep during their long ride. I would imagine many of these riders set out at night to avoid the heat of the day, because there is absolutely no shade on the trail.

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  • Who Needs Zumba When There Is Hula

    Destination: Kauai

    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.

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  • This is Winter in Hanalei

    Destination: Kauai

    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.

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