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  • Thanksgiving Ipu 2014

    Aloha to Marissa Klug and her Ohana! First of all, Happy Thanksgiving 2014 to everyone and to all of our Ohanas! Second, I’m thankful for the great Ipu that Marisa Klug made for me that arrived in the US Mail with a special note about the Mano (“Shark” my family Aumakua), the Lauhala and the Kalo! She says the Ocean of Lauhala symbolizes forgiveness and compassion as well as the interconnectedness of life. “Lau-hala” is the leaf (“lau”) of the hala tree. I have a red hala near the most eastern part of our aina (“land”) in Kahakuloa where we…

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  • Nov 21: A Weekend in the Life…

    I’ve been told that I should write out a checklist to help me get organized and get things done. I thought you might get a kick out of seeing my list for this weekend and get a sense of what my life is like… Note: Access to our farm is severely limited! The County of Maui is doing road repairs on the main road through Kahakuloa between the 7.5 and the 10 mile markers, which is where we live. The road is closed to traffic everyday Monday-Friday between 7:30 am – 5 pm and expected to run until the end of…

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  • Nov 17: A Day in the Life…

    This past week was another busy and fun filled life. Most of my early mornings and days were spent catching up on the farm from my 44 day absence while I was touring with Uncle Richard Ho’opii and Led Kaapana. I spent the entire past week fixing fence lines and gates, weedwacking, mowing and trimming our overgrown trees and weeds and feeding them to our 60 goats and sheep, over 100 ducks, Nancy’s 3 mini- horses Spirit, Kona Hea and Nani and our 18 – now 17 Austriod laying hens- (I gotta bury one that got killed by the other chickens…

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  • Pa‘a ‘Aina Preparations for Kingston

    On November 22, 2014 there will be a celebration for the first birthday of Kingston Keanula‘iokahana Carvalho-Baylosis. We are in the midst of a whole series of food preparations because it’s the fist year baby luau for my hanai grand nephew Kingston Keanula‘iokahana Carvalho-Baylosis.  His dad is Vince Baylosis and Brandi Carvalho is his mom. On November 22, 2014 we are going to celebrate his 1-year-old birthday. It is Hawaiian cultural tradition where each right of passage calls for a celebration or Pa‘ina or commonly called Luau today. The correct name of the celebration should be Pa‘a ‘Aina or Pa‘ina…

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  • Aunty Addie -100th Birthday Celebration

    I received a phone call from Aunty Patty Nishiyama  while I was on my 44-day music tour a few weeks ago. She asked me if I was available on Sunday Oct 26, 2014, the day after I returned from touring, to help celebrate and play for Aunty Adelaide Kaiwi Kuamu Sylva’s 100th Birthday. I immediately said yes and arranged for a performance under the famous Lahaina Banyan Tree. I knew Aunty Addie’s grandson Archie Kalepa from my days living on Hawaiian Homestead Lands in Lahaina where we met at several community meetings. I also taught several of Tutu Ade’s grand…

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