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Talk Story with Dr. Isaiah Walker at Surfer The Bar tomorrow night at 8:30pm

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Dr. Isaiah Helekunihi Walker,
author of “Waves of Resistance: Surfing and History in Twentieth-Century Hawai‘i”
8:30 p.m.
Surfer The Bar,
Turtle Bay Resort
57-091 Kamehameha Hwy
Kahuku, HI 96731
(808) 293-6000

“I am Hāloa” Trailer

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

I am Hāloa Official Teaser iamhaloa.org from Haloa Nakalaukapalili on Vimeo.

At the heart of this story is a plant known as kalo or taro, which has nourished the Hawaiian people for hundreds of generations. “I am Hāloa” is a feature-length documentary film produced by Laukapalili Films, about the importance of this plant to Hawaiian identity and culture. The film tells the story of Hāloa, the original Hawaiian, and his relationship to the traditional Hawaiian food staple derived from kalo, commonly known as poi.

“I am Hāloa” tells the story of three 17-year old Kamehameha high school seniors, Lahela Paresa, La’ahiahoaalohaokekaimalie Kekahuna and Taylor Anne Meali’i Fitzsimmons, who embark on a 90-day journey of self-discovery under the guidance of their kumu and kalo ku’i practioner, Daniel Anthony. Together they will travel throughout the Hawaiian Islands to better understand their ancestry and to re-establish a lifestyle link to the first Hawaiian, Hāloa. For 90-days they will commit to cultivating, harvesting and eating kalo (taro / poi) for three meals a day. During these 90-days the young women will travel from Oʻahu to Kauaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, Moku o Keawe, Kahoʻolawe, and Lānaʻi to learn from some of the most respected leaders in Hawaiʻi about the past, the present, and the future role that Hāloa could play in guiding the people of Hawaiʻi.

“I am Hāloa” will explore the inherent values and conflicts that come with incorporating Hāloa into modern lifestyles and the innovative, savory new ways this ancient, sacred food is revolutionizing global cuisine through a sustainable kalo culture. These three young women will work with several of Hawaii’s top slow-food-minded chefs who believe in cooking with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Chefs include Lee Anne Wong, Ed Kenney, Mark Noguchi and Andrew Le, who are committed to incorporating pa’i’ai into the menus of their progressive kitchens.

“I am Hāloa” is currently in its kickstarter fundraising campaign and is encouraging the people of Hawaii to help create this film. Production with the Kamehameha seniors is slated to begin February 2014 kicking off the 90-day “Hāloa Challenge” and inter-island exploration. Summer 2014 will be dedicated to post production and “I am Hāloa” anticipates premieres in world-renowned film festivals in Winter 2014-15.


Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Kaulana Nā Pua

All Hawai’i Stands Together


Friday, November 23rd, 2012

nvs. Chief, chiefess, officer, ruler, monarch, peer, headman, noble, aristocrat, king, queen, commander; royal, regal, aristocratic, kingly; to rule or act as a chief, govern, reign; to become a chief. Fig., kind (see naʻau aliʻi, ʻōpū aliʻi). Aliʻi nui, high chief. Kāna aliʻi, his chief (controlled directly or raised by him). Kona aliʻi, his hereditary chief; his chieftainship. Aliʻi kūʻokoʻa, independent chief, autocrat. Name of the beach park where the surf break, Haleʻiwa, is located.

2012 Mele Manaka (Merrie Monarch Festival)

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Merrie Monarch homepage

Kick-Off to Mele Manaka 2012 from Oiwi TV on Vimeo.

RIP O’Brian Eselu

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Award-winning Kumu Hula of Halau Ke Kai O Kahiki.

Creative director of Paradise Cove.

Composer. Musician. Friend. You will be missed, OB…

Like dye?

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

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This is Ma’ohauhele, which is a native hibiscus and Hawai’i’s state flower.

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(Hibiscus brackenridge)

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My good friends, Kuali’i and Lahela Camara, made dye for some kids t-shirts while we were camping in Ka’ū. It’s a simple, organic process that takes about 90 minutes, and is a fun activity for children.. The following is a step by step iPhone account of how this Hawaiian couple makes dye out of Ma’ohauhele (yellow hibiscus).

Step 1: pick the flowers that aren’t open.

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Pick the flowers that look like these. Avoid the brown ones if possible.

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Step 2: take off the butt from the flower and place flower into a pot. Dispose of butts in a compost heap.

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Step 3: add water to pot.

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Step 4: simmer the flowers and water on low heat for about 30 minutes.

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Step 5: mash the flowers in the pot to get the dye to separate.

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Step 6: strain the dye from the mashed flowers using a colander.

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Step 7: add lime to make the dye darker and it also makes the dye set better on material. Ancient Hawaiians grounded up coral to get the lime.

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Step 8: make test strips on a lousy shirt to see how much lime to mix in. The more lime the darker the color. Strips on left have no lime in it and strips on the right have more lime.

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Step 9: make sure the t-shirt is clean, wet the t-shirt and place into pot with simmering dye.

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Step 10: after approximately 15 minutes remove the shirts from the pot and hang dry. When it dries you have a t-shirt dyed with Ma’ohauhele.

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Makahiki Kuilima this weekend at Turtle Bay

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Kamakau Makahiki Close Promo from Oiwi TV on Vimeo.


Sunday, December 25th, 2011

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Kamehameha Surf Team fundraiser this Saturday

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Kamehameha Surf Team anchor and senior Ezekiel Lau boosting at the Red Bull Rivals.

Image by Zak Noyle, Red Bull Content Pool