The Ancient Hawaiian Legacy of Kahiko Hula

In seclusion on an island in Hawaii, men move in strong succinct, yet graceful, motions guided by the rhythm of a polished gourd struck with purposeful motion of the chanter. The ocean rails against the shore competing with their calls, their chanting, and their hula.

Kahiko is the most ancient form of hula and it is never performed with a grass skirt nor accompanied by a ukulele and steel guitar.… [Read more]

It’s A Wrap – Week in Review, April 15, 2011

Don’t you find yourself wanting to drift away at times? You know…just take a break and let your thoughts float away like a cool ocean breeze? I do! Like many of you, I don’t get to relax, enjoy nature and have ‘do nothing’ time as much as I’d like. Life gets in the way; responsibilities must be managed, chores must be completed and (paid) work must be done in order to repay debt obligations.  … [Read more]

Maui: An Affair to Remember

I am amazed by how big the ocean is. You stand ashore, and as far as the eye can see is nothing but blue. The depths are equally awe-inspiring. In “shallow” regions, the water can be 600 feet deep; in not-so-shallow waters, it can be 20,000 feet without breaking a sweat. Twenty thousand feet of water…for miles upon miles…as far as the eye can see.… [Read more]

Kama‘āina

I’m not sure what mechanism of time it is that has provoked in me a profound change. I am from Hawai‘i. As with most places that were colonized, there exists a complex mixture of assimilation, independence, hostility, and acceptance. People still take offense when outsiders refer to non-Hawaiian residents of the islands as Hawaiians. Hawaiian is an ethnicity; the nomenclature for a non-ethnic resident of Hawai‘i is, “local.” The Hawaiian word is kama‘āina (native born).… [Read more]