Don’t believe the common myth about “haole” in Hawaii

Pale strangers stumble ashore from the great sailing ship that has just appeared along a Hawaiian coastline in the late 1700s. Polite Hawaiians attempt to greet them in the local style, but these newcomers reject the traditional practice of touching noses. The Hawaiians conclude that these strangers are “without breath,” or spirit — in other…

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Sugarcane Days Wins Preservation Award

I am happy to announce that Sugarcane Days: Remembering Maui’s Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company is winning an award from the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation. According to the foundation’s website, “The Preservation Honor Awards have been presented annually since 1975. The awards are Hawai‘i’s highest recognition of preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and interpretation of the state’s architectural,…

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