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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Hawaii welcomes Aloha Friday

More than two decades after Kimo Kahoano recorded it, Islanders still sing along to the cheerful tune that begins, “It’s Aloha Friday, no work till Monday,” and many celebrate the end of the work week with a pau hana drink or two with friends. The concept of Aloha Friday has spread even to the Mainland,…

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West Maui’s “hui” roads tell a tale

If you’ve been around West Maui much, you’ve probably run into the “hui” roads, like Hui Road E and Hui Road F. Where did these strange street names come from? I found an answer in a series of essays published in 1932 by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. They were written by Leslie Watson, a civil engineer…

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Eating My Words About Maui Dust

It turns out I was wrong. In a blog post I wrote last year after HC&S announced the closing of its Maui sugar plantation, I warned of increased dust from the abandoned fields. As it happens, I had moved to a place windward of the central valley fields a couple of years before this big…

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