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The spirit of the islands captured in fashionable, modern aloha wear
Updated, classic aloha wear with vintage aesthetics and a fitted look read
He Makana O Nā Rama

2 oz KōHana Kea Rum (Manulele varietal)
½ oz Noilly Prat Extra Dry Vermouth
½ oz Giffard Banane du Bresil
1 dash Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

Combine ingredients in a pint glass filled with ice. Stir to incorporate. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.


Our kūpuna put feathers
on our words
and the rain beads.

And we glide,
rising and diving,
piercing sea skin.

Marks for mating
signal verb tongues
from beak to beak.

Our kūpuna put feathers
on our words as storms
come, go, linger.

Our feathers scatter
the light and keep
our stories warm.

They harmonize us into the land
with no lines to question
where it ends and we begin.

Our kūpuna put feathers on our words
to remind us how wonderful it is
to ruffle our bodies in the stream.

Dancing In The Belly
​Turn to the left, Ma says. ​So I pierce sea with pen ​to pivot, and sweet ​potatoes roll against our feet. read
Hawaii Opera Theatre announces 2017-18 season

Since 1961, Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT), formerly a division of the Honolulu Symphony Society and incorporated in 1980, has served to enhance the quality of life in Hawaii by presenting opera performances of the highest standards, while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Through four productions annually in the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, HOT offers opera to almost 18,000 residents and visitors each season thereby increasing the public’s awareness and exposure to opera as a multi-media art form.

In addition to the staged opera performances listed below, HOT will hold "Mele Under the Stars," its first outdoor gala concert at the Waikiki Shell, on September 1, 2017. Tickets to this event are on sale at the HOT Box Office and online now at Tickets.HawaiiOpera.Org. Subscribe today to save by contacting the HOT Box Office at (808) 596-7858.

Ancestral tools of survival recreated for modern hands

Gordon ‘Umialiloalahanauokalakaua Kai is a Lua practitioner and fashioner of Mea Kaua—ancient Hawaiian weapons and tools

Gordon ‘Umialiloalahanauokalakaua (‘Umi) Kai crafted his first Hawaiian weapon some 45 years ago. Made from the wood of a mango tree and ringed with shark teeth, his first leiomano or “lei of the shark,” is still with him. So too are all his other first attempts. “They remind me of my mistakes, so I won’t make them again,” he says.

Janice Leinaala Noweo Kai, his wife of 42 years, is a skilled weaver in her own right. ‘Umi and Janice are part of a small group of Hawaiian artists perpetuating the craft of making tools that were once essential to survival. Whether it’s a pāhoa (dagger), ihe (spear), hīna‘i hīnālea (fish trap) or poi pounder, the process of making implements is time-consuming. Sometimes it takes more than 30 hours to transform raw materials into a functional, high quality work of art.

In ancient times, Hawaiians only had fire, stone adzes and files made of coral and sea urchin spine to work with. Yet they crafted such beautiful, functional implements. “Even with power tools, I sometimes have difficulty matching their skill,” says ‘Umi. Each of the pieces he crafts bears his trademark cluster of four isosceles triangles, a symbol that’s also tattooed on his chest.


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