Maui Full-Moon Events Support Kaho`olawe

I watched a very large full moon rise through the clouds over Haleakala last night as I listened to Hawaiian songs and ancient tales about Kaho`olawe, the island floating a few miles behind us on the western horizon. The occasion was the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC) Mahina`ai Night, an event that’s been going on…

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Maui Fair Almost a Century Old

  It’s Maui Fair time, a tradition that goes back to 1916. The whole community pitched in to make the first Maui County Fair a success. Plans included a “department of domestic arts” that would show home products, including cookery, household decoration, and fancy work; commercial exhibits from Honolulu houses of business; and the foremost…

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Finding Echoes of the Past

One of my favorite things is to take a research trip to Honolulu and spend days delving into original documents from Hawaii’s past. It’s one of those needle-in-a-haystack deals. Somewhere in the thousands of files stored in the State Archives or the Mission Houses library are fascinating nuggets of information about places and people, but…

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Labor Actions Changed Hawai`i Work Life

Before World War II, Hawaii was run by an oligarchy for the benefit of the plantations which had brought in thousands of workers and created a unique multicultural social structure. Workers were housed in plantation villages called “camps,” and many of their needs, from medical care to kerosene for the stove, were provided by the…

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