Category Archives: Hamakua

Coastline on northeast side of Hawaii, extending from Waipio and Honoka’a on north end to Hilo on south end. Largest concentration of the Big Island’s sugar cane industry and plantation camps.

Saving Hawaiian traditions – Kalopa State Park

On the Big Island, they say that new-comers either “get” the island, or Pele chews them up and spits them back to the mainland. Lots of new residents pack up and leave because they don’t understand this environment. I have … Continue reading

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Plantation Days Festival: Celebrating our differences together

My first introduction to the importance of sugar here on the Big Island came in a sermon from Father Bob. He reminded us that 18 years before, the people all along the Hāmākua Coast were invited to step outside their homes … Continue reading

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Zipping through the canopy

One of the first friends I made on the Big Island was Dianne. She thinks expansively about everything. So for her 65th birthday, she decided to go zip-lining and invited her family and all of us in the Women’s Circle … Continue reading

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Beginner’s beachcombing in Hawai’i (#1 of 3 essays on HI beachcombing)

At this month’s Third Thursday Thrive meeting we enjoyed a show-and-tell by one of the world’s leading beachcombing experts, Deacon Ritterbush, also known as ‘Dr. Beachcomb.’ She’s a knowledgeable, down-to-earth woman and scholar who relates what she sees on the … Continue reading

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