Category Archives: Hawaiian history

Big Island cowboy culture

Last week I went to Waimea Community Theatre’s live performance of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew . . . set in the Wild West of the 1890’s. It was an innovative approach, and perfect for the cowboy heritage of the … Continue reading

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From stone tools to telephone in only a century – Hulihe‘e Palace

Hulihe’e Palace in Kailua is a beautifully restored historical site on the Big Island, the oldest of the three palaces of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i. It represents the story of the Native Hawaiians’ introduction to western ideals of architecture, their … Continue reading

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But why the nose? Hawaiian bamboo nose flute lessons

“I’m taking a nose flute class,” I told my friends. “It’s the first workshop at the new Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua. We get to choose a bamboo flute, sand it, and learn how to play it. Want to come?” … Continue reading

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Traditions and Family Values

One of the best things about our homegrown festivals is the opportunity to learn more about the local history. This week is Peace Week and the Honoka‘a People’s Theatre will be presenting Traditions and Family Values, a film with snippets … Continue reading

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Hāmākua Harvest – These are my farmers

  We are delighted to have our own Farmer’s Market in Honoka‘a. (See Hāmākua Harvest – One Man’s Vision.) Yes, we can drive 17 miles to Waimea where they have three markets on Saturday. But I can choose to come … Continue reading

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Hāmākua Harvest – One Man’s Vision

I was introduced to Michael Gibson within six months of living here. He was speaking at a Third Thursday Thrive gathering about his vision for a community-based Farmer’s Market that would celebrate the Hāmākua Coast’s rich agricultural heritage. But this … Continue reading

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Beachcombing with Dr. Beachcomb

This summer I’ll be away from the Big Island for almost two months, so I decided to spend some time at my favorite beaches. Everything looks different because we had so much surf and storm damage in late winter. The … Continue reading

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