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Visitors would travel from Hilo on rail. dropped out of school at age 14 to pursue adventure as a sailor that included trips around Cape Horn and capture by the Confederate raider. during his long recovery. Benjamin Franklin Dillingham. or by “the most scenic railroad in the nation. On Hawai’i Island.N. Even with this level of support. Hilo Railroad Company had become a thriving business. and a link directly into Hilo quickly followed. He received a charter to lay the first eight miles of track on March 28. and hundreds of passengers. and drastically changed the fortunes of Dillingham and other investors. by horse. Dillingham’s 45th birthday. in the world. of Castle & Cooke. From: Early Hawaiian Bridges. shortly after the train on the left had hurtled out of the tunnel and plowed into the train at the right. and with the backing of such notables as S. One trip offered by the railroad carried intrepid visitors most of the way to Kilauea Volcano with food and entertainment and a night’s accomodation included. 1889.S. 12.KeOlaMagazine. and began growing sugarcane. which had stopped to let passengers get off to view the scenery.” the Hawai’i Consolidated Railway—a railway whose history is as rich as the route was beautiful. Hilo Railroad agreed to connect Hilo with the lush sugarcane lands north to Pa’auilo. Dozens of
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up the mountain. Railroads received early support from King Kalākaua. and within four years purchased the store in partnership with Alfred Castle. It was the final 33. who financed the purchase. 1899. along the rugged Hamakua coast that took a bit of time. Robert C. Mau’i. and the route from Ola‘a to Waiakea was opened in 1900. a Yankee who had found himself in Hawai‘i after many adventures and. and transporting the tons of cane with a rail system. At this point.” He had proposed irrigating 60. but had to go the last eight miles by horse and wagon since the end of the rail line was in Glenwood. he began building a network of friends who induced him to stay in the islands. Peterson
magine a time when the only way to get from the Hamakua district to Hilo and points south was by walking. the Oah’u Railway & Land Co. A combination of tunnels and distinctive curved trestles enabled the trains to negotiate the daunting topography. the Alabama. nobody was hurt. who in 1878 signed an act to promote their building in Hawai’i.I
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By Ann C. it wasn’t until 11 years later. “Father” Castle that the first railroad excursion took place. as history records. Dillingham began his venture with the purchase of acreage in what was then called Ola‘a—now Kea‘au—in the late 1890s. Branching out solely for tourists visitng the volcano. Massachusetts in 1844 into a reputable Puritan family. leaving him in the hospital to mend and. son of Samuel Castle.000 acres of Oahu ranch land. A 17-mile extension to the Puna Sugar Company in Kapoho and the Pahoa Lumber Company. While on shore leave on Oah’u in 1865.
. Because of the rugged nature of the Hamakua Coast. October 22. born in West Brewster. Congress in 1907 to build a breakwater in Hilo Bay and improve its harbor. two branches to other southernbased sugar plantations. On Sept. By 1889.5-mile extension from Hilo up to Pa’auilo. Surprisingly. Dillingham retired from the hardware business and put his full attention into a venture that was being called “Dillingham’s Folly. The railway was a testament to the vision of one man. many misadventures. and Hawai’i. through Mountain View. ran from Honolulu to the rice fields of Palama one-half mile away. He soon secured a job in a hardware store. 1924. planting it with sugarcane. was much more expensive to build. In negotiating a deal with Hawai’i’s territorial government and the U. mile-for-mile. which was manufacturing ‘ohia and koa railroad ties for export to the Santa Fe Railroad. hauling tons of sugarcane and freight.com | 13
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Michael also serves as engineer on the trains that run along the track for special events. buttress the bridge over Kolekole gulch between Pepeekeo and Honomu. and he spearheaded building a replica of a caboose that visitors can climb around in. this one located in Hilo. went shopping into Hilo. a fellow from Kurtistown comes in to donate some books. During the war. also provide an evacuation route is ever needed. The Maulua Tunnel alone was over half a mile in length. Two inverted trusses. and train sections lay next to the wreckage of homes and businesses. The creation of a share-use pathway would allow for an alternative to riding along Highway 130. including Lisa’s husband.” she says. And. Oldtimers recall Marines passing meal rations through the train windows into the hands of local children. too. freight—particularly that hauled from the numerous sugar plantations along the line—helped move the company out of debt. One of my favorite scenes is of a train traveling along a wooden trestle followed in perfect cadence by a car. look up to see how the old trestle was widened for two lanes of traffic. and the Wailuku River in Hilo. Some of the individual steel spans were up to 1. Much of the track near the Bayfront was uprooted and twisted. The outlying plantations encouraged reconstruction of the lines. “The actual roundhouse where trains were reversed and stored is still standing. where there would be a larger potential audience. and some brave local behavior where folks are sitting and standing on boards angled out from the trestles. special excursions (including a delicious lunch featuring cow’s tongue) were run along the breakwater as it was being built. that were once part of Wailuku River’s trestle.000 feet. It was estimated that $500. clearing years of overgrowth. credits community donations for the incredible collection of train memorabilia on display. As Hawai’i Island’s leading railroad history proponent. which for the large part has become Highway 19. Other remnants of the railroad can be seen along its old route.Loading sugar cane. v
Author’s note: I encourage all of you with Internet capabilities to follow this link to a short film made in 1916 of part of the ride from Hilo to Hamakua.000 annual trips.” she says with a smile. just as the company was beginning to recover. and no longer as dependent upon trains. if you take the old Belt Highway down into Hakalau Gulch. and perhaps allow one to harken back to the days before the advent of cars. the tunnels and trestles. Unfortunately. Folks visited family and friends. a great view of the flumes that carried sugarcane. is in desperate need of repair. or just went sightseeing. Reincorporated as the Hawai’i Consolidated Railway. causing death and devastation—including the destruction of the bridge trestles at Wailuku and Kolekole. The museum has in its collection a segment of track that was uncovered behind the house during community workdays. Then there are the photographs – hundreds of them. Lisa is advocating another train museum. but those located closer to Hilo. on April 1. The song is pretty catchy. Thirty-five trestles were built. The old railroad alignment through Puna remains fairly intact and is under consideration for a different mode. Even as we stand admiring a display. blasted through the lava rock hills. It shows some of the spectacular scenery. The resulting financial burden forced the company into receivership in 1914. It is the perfect place for this museum. yet equally old form of transportation. The museum also has an engine that Richard Chong.com/watch?v=YQSBOEbEqzU&feature= player_embedded
KE OLA | www. Catering to popular demand. plantation shacks. built in 1921 next to the county swimming pool on Kalanikoa Street.KeOlaMagazine. and refers to one of the old engine’s bells that a neighbor found and donated. the line became very a popular passenger line with more than 600. the museum’s coordinator. there are still many remnants of this past transportation system to be found.000 in repairs would get the line running again. The eight-bay concrete roundhouse.youtube. “Surprises come very much like this.
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steel trestles rose over 150 feet above the streams underneath them. Along with passenger trips. While this rich part of Hawai’i Island’s history is sadly gone. http://www. Some students rode five days a week to classes in Hilo. At three enormous gulches. who eagerly exchanged them for guavas and mangoes. over 3. Most notable were those spanning the Maulua and Honoli’i gulches. successfully voted to close down the operation. right on Highway 19 in Laupahoehoe.
Lisa Barton. troops on leave packed the passenger cars en route to Camp Tarawa in Waimea. with 211 water openings. A must see for all train and history enthusiasts is the Laupahoehoe Train Museum. 1946. They uncovered a switching stand where the trains were once turned around.com | 15
. of Hilo donated and a team of volunteers. And you have to see the 8-minute video that she and friend Ray-Jo Baker made. crossing over 12. a tsunami hit the windward side of the island. bicycles. Michael restored to running order.100 feet of tunnels were constructed. The museum is in the old station agent’s house and is testament to community involvement.006 feet long and 230 feet in height.
who provide the power. while the youngster of the bunch turned 80 in March.KeOlaMagazine. The one thing five of them have in common is age—they are all octogenarians. Mathyssens.OF THE PEOPLE
“Paddling encourages me to honor our Lord.” alerting paddlers when to simultaneously switch sides. it’s a sanctuary. Born and raised in South Africa. a great-grandfather who teaches online college chemistry. a canoe full of paddlers heads out of Keauhou Bay for a morning workout. seats two through five. a retired special ed professional from LA.” says Moller. 78. They say it’s “a spiritual experience” to be out on the ocean in the early morning. Virginia Isbell. which enables people to paddle for fun. subbed for Moller who was out of town. “And it’s because of our strong. When talking to the octo-crew after a morning workout. watching the sun slowly rise over Hualalai.
from my existence.” Founded in 1980. Cari Mathyssens and Paul O’Brien. KKC is one of the state’s 75 canoe clubs. KCC athletic director.” Steersman Isbell. Joan Lawhead. has been paddling for 35 years. Crew in seats one. Virginia Isbell (who’s the youngster at 78 and sometimes helps as steersman) and Elton Moller. even while others compete in the sport. who sets the pace. they all seemed to agree that paddling is one of the highlights of their lives. or how short. The oldest was born in 1927. The former state legislator of 16 years is proud that outrigger canoe paddling was named Hawai‘i’s official team sport under her watch in 1986. A designated crew member calls out “hut-ho. who is also a lifetime member of Kai ‘Opua Canoe Club. steered the octo-crew during the regatta and her husband Don. which promote the Hawaiian sport and cultural activity of outrigger canoe paddling. “It doesn’t matter how old you are. Thursday and Saturday mornings. 80-year-old paddlers. The 80-something paddlers include Joanie Clark. The kupuna paddlers were recently honored during KCC’s Founder Regatta when they paddled during a “special event. you can get out and paddle. Each paddler
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While the sport has evolved in the last 15 years to include one-man (OC-1) and two-man canoes with its own winter racing season. The narrow and deep. team paddling involves a crew of six: the stroker. They come from all walks of life and hail from different parts of the world. who turns 80 in August. These octo-athletes are members of Keauhou Canoe Club’s (KCC) recreational program. Joanie Clark. Elton Moller. Cari Mathyssens.” says Bill Armer. “Paddling offers me a place I can get away
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For O’Brien. Hawaiians used the ocean as their super highway and the outrigger canoe was their SUV. “We’re probably the only club in the state with active.” she states. the retired CEO has done his share of sailing and continues sculling at his summer home in Connecticut. 400-pound-plus ocean canoe is designed to slice through the water and is balanced by an outrigger lashed to the canoe’s left side. In ancient times. Joan Lawhead. recreational program. and the steersman—who does just that.
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Octogenarian paddlers who practice three times a week as members of Keauhou Canoe Club’s recreational program include from left: Paul O’Brien. who created all the wonder around us. says she can’t imagine life without paddling. It helps me integrate and appreciate the culture where I live. three and five paddle in sync on one side of the canoe while seats two and four paddle on the other.
tries to mimic the other in timing and technique so they all “feel the glide” as the canoe thrusts forward. Made of coveted koa and fiberglass, canoes are the prized property of canoe clubs, who can easily have a dozen or more of the 45-foot-long boats. Clubs provide organized instruction and practice time, plus insurance, in exchange for annual dues. Clubs also belong to their island’s racing association. From May through July, the Big Isle’s Moku O Hawai‘i Outrigger Canoe Racing Assn. (MOH) stages exciting club regattas at rotating locations. Competition in 2010 culminates with the Big Isle championship July 24 in Hilo. The isle’s top winning crews then travel (not paddle!) to O‘ahu August 7 for the Hawai‘i Canoe Racing Assn.’s 58th state championship at Ke‘ehi Lagoon. During regatta racing, crews strive to paddle together in splitsecond unison. They vie in sprints ranging from a quarter-mile to 1.5-miles long. Most races involve turning on a dime around a colored flag—dousing the flag results in disqualification. Each regatta has nearly 40 events (races) that are classified by sex, age and skill set. Club racing continues info fall for the long distance season. Major events attract international competitors, such as Kai ‘Opua’s Queen Lili‘uokalani Races (which includes a double-hull race where two, six-man canoes are lashed together for an OC-12 event). The Hawai‘i season ends with the 41-mile Moloka‘i Channel crossings: the Na Wahine O Ke Kai for women and the Moloka‘i Hoe for men.
Today, more than half of KKC’s 500 members paddle recreationally; they are not obligated to race if they don’t want to. Both Bockus and Athletic Director Armer admit they will race, if available, to fill an empty crew seat. A long-time competitive paddler, Bockus still enjoys the excitement of racing but due to summer traveling, can’t commit to a racing schedule. Armer oversees KKC’s racing and rec programs, making sure there are enough canoes available to accommodate two morning shifts of rec paddlers, plus post-practice coffee and pastries. He also schedules the monthly birthday potlucks, which may include speakers on Hawaiian culture and fitness. “We’ve had a high of 96 recreational paddlers go out one winter morning,” Armer details. “We’ve probably got the largest rec program in the state.” He adds that 80 percent of KCC’s rec paddlers are over the age of 55. A retired school principal from Denver, Armer credits KCC’s rec program with changing his and his wife’s retirement plans. “Cindy and I figured we’d travel for 10 years, staying awhile here and there,” he confides while watering the grass outside the canoe halau. “But that all changed in 2002 after we hooked up with the canoe club.”
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New Race Honors Jane Bockus
After the commitment-heavy racing season, some paddlers take a break from the sport over the winter. Others have oneman canoes and vie in events staged by the Hawai‘i Island Paddlesport Assn. The desire to “stay in shape” and continue paddling with crews over the winter provided the seed for Keauhou Canoe Club’s recreational paddling program. Jane Bockus, a KCC founding member, is credited with pushing for an organized rec program in the mid-1990s. “It’s great, especially for older paddlers, to have the availability of year-round conditioning,” says Bockus, 67, who has been paddling since 1978. She said the program was also spurred by the amount of snowbirds coming down to the club’s Keauhou Bay canoe halau asking to paddle from October to March.
In its 30th year, Keauhou Canoe Club (KCC) honors founding member Jane Bockus with the first annual Jane’s Long Distance Race on Sept. 11. Bockus says the race is a warmup to the Moloka‘i Channel crossings with a 32-mile course from ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay to Keauhou Bay. Crews of up to 12 members must perform open-ocean seat changes so all entries must be accompanied by an escort boat. For info, visit http:// www.keauhoucanoeclub. com/home/janes-s-raceinfo-and-rules. Photo by Vytas Katilius
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“The snowbirds aren’t here during the racing season,” Bockus, a native of Canada, continues. “They just want to get out in the ocean and paddle, while meeting people in the community.”
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Armer explains that paddling “opened up a world of ocean activities” to the Colorado couple. “Our connection to the club led to all these other connections,” the 63-year-old steersman details. “While we still go visit our kids, the club is our ‘ohana here—we think of it as family.” Some of those connections have linked the Armers to volunteerism, such as manning aid stations for Ironman or helping with the logistics for the annual GEMS workshop. Isbell points out that rec paddlers are the ones to most often attend club functions and lend a hand, whether it’s the annual Christmas potluck or a funerary spreading of ashes in Keauhou Bay. “Rec paddlers are in it for fun and fitness. They aren’t competing for seats on a crew and everything is more relaxed and social.” A 50-year Big Isle resident, Isbell paddled competitively up until a couple years ago and has a box of medals to prove it. “Paddling helps keep your mind focused,” she adds. “And you really get to know somebody once they’re with you in the canoe.” Octogenarian paddler Joan Lawford sums up the feelings shared by many KCC rec paddlers, “When I’m out on the water, I feel the blessings of living in paradise, including being healthy.”
From left: Cindy and Bill Armer and Jane Bockus enjoy paddling in Keauhou Canoe Club’s recreational program, one of the largest in the state. Photo by Vytas Katilius Whether 8 or 80, in it for racing or recreation—stroke by stroke, paddlers pull together for a common goal—to “feel the glide.” For information on KCC, visit www.keauhoucanoeclub.com; find info on Big Isle paddling at www.mokuohawaii.org.
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The late Kindy Sproat. When completed. instilling a sense of continuity and oneness. a template of how life can be. musicians and those touched by Sproat’s life. The film is being shot on a state-ofthe-art RED Digital Cinema camera that produces movies with the same look as 35 mm film at a third-less the cost. On “A Gift to the Heart. The documentary film. Nealy has taken his documentary process to the community to gather what he refers to as Kohala’s mana. “The way I work on this type of film is I let all the recorded material speak to me.” Creating a bond between cultures and celebrating the human spirit drive the premise of the movie. “When a kupuna dies (it’s as if an) entire library is lost. He plans to interweave all the stories together to create a film that tells the story of a man and the impact he had locally and globally. explaining that in his sunset years Sproat understood the significance of this legacy and agreed to let Nealy share his story in the form of a documentary. Nealy is working with two friends. He is interviewing numerous kupuna. is currently in the production stage. Kaniela “Danny” Akaka and Kumu Raylene Kawaiae’a.” he said. I sit with it and listen… and it tells me what it wants to be… where it wants to go. on his favorite front porch perch. but worked into the fabric of the film’s sub-themes is the focus on the unity of the Kohala ‘ohana and establishing a sustainable model for existence. As with his previous culturally sensitive films. singer/storyteller. I know they will resonate.” the pair share their mana’o and making sure that everything in the film is pono.
laughing and singing about waterfalls jumping off the cliffs. “He understood the wisdom he held and we are deeply honored to have his and his wife Cheri’s blessing to carry his story to the people of Hawai’i.
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living with. a Christmas tree. My experiences aren’t typical out there.” convey the wild.” he says.” The crunch of a’—sharp chips of lava— sounds beneath our feet. If it breaks through. gazing at me with intense blue eyes.” the brittle lava that flows with lots of gases. moved to California.” “I’ve hiked every inch of Kilauea before eruptions. and reading the subtle signals of the Pu’u ‘Ō ‘ō-Kupaianaha eruption of Kīlauea. He points out relics of lava pits and tumulus mounds. for safety. Flashing his first photo.” Does he have a special connection to Pele? “Pele shows up in my pictures sometimes. walking on the burning ground.Stationed like a sentinel at the gates of Pele’s labor. shape-shifting his fiery mistress. “For me it’s a geological spectacle. “The smell of lava relaxes me. but they don’t come easily. This is where I belong. I went out to the volcano and hiked and I just knew.”
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Extraordinary glimpses of Kilauea like “Fire and Ice. I know eruptions. “I wouldn’t have taken you where I was the past two nights. While geologists study the magmatic differentiation in olivine basalt flows and write papers on rock composition in the Uwekahuna laccolith. timeless spectical of our planet recreating itself.” he says. As he walks he avoids the “shelly pahoehoe. and the even more lyrical pieces like “Lunar Rainbow. As he matured. and you walk over it. Maybe it’s the Native American in me. “You can’t get the photo if you’re dead. I view it as a living art museum and nature is the artist. learning. maybe tune up and resize. it’s like going through pie crust. I don’t. “It leaves pockets. “I don’t need to do a lot on my computer. but he’s “spent a fortune on shoes. split with his wife. he feels the thundering beneath his fingers. and made his way to Hawai‘i in 1991. you can get cut. Kilauea. I hope to learn to paint so I can show some of the visions I’ve seen but couldn’t catch with a camera. People notice. “I need orthotics because one leg is shorter than the other. “I need the exact same slippage on both feet. where he picked up his first Kodak 110 Instamatic at the age of 10. I’ve stashed food and water along the routes I walk. and outfitted with costly lifts. I am just lucky enough to be able to capture some of its images with my camera. I can’t just go get new shoes.” He now shoots digitally with a Nikon DSLR. For some. however. to capture an other-worldly scene. but he grew up in Michigan. which began in 1983. waiting for the once-ina-lifetime moment. “They have to be melt-proof.KeOlaMagazine. is wide awake and flexing her fertility. Bryan has concentrated all his energies on being in.com | 25
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t’s a party at the Parker School Farmers Market. bread has always been a community tradition.” As for ovens.” Historically. the Egyptians may have invented them. artisan bread. pizza rounds and other choices available on a given day. But I say keep it small. tender-hearted. cookie crumbles. with piles of dinner rolls and a display from the freezer. On the other side. glisten-y peppers begging to be picked for a still life. “I mean. plus rich. at the resorts. “The attraction to baking for me. is Sandwich Isle Bread Company. polite dogs on leashes stare at kids playing life-sized chess. Faster and more is not necessarily better. Elevate the community with it. keep it local. “is when I have the peel in my hand and I’m pulling the bread out and it’s hothot-hot and making that sound and it smells real. crisp-crusted. Evangelista and Palafox are rocking and reggae-jamming near the entry gate. “It was all about trust. A pile of empty baskets on the side speaks to the success of the main event this morning: warm. two guys are deep-frying taro chips. with the longest line and most seductive of smells.” says Cabrera.” Kay says. That’s the American model for success. “It’s backwards.” says Cabrera. sniffing hopefully in the direction of Chef Tom’s sizzling breakfast grill. Later Greek bakers thought to turn the tandur on its side.” He pauses to check the temperature with a laser thermometer. placed mouth-down over a fire to keep heat around the dough as it cooked. between Woody’s tomatoes and the Hamakua coffee stand. foccacia. the ingredients are high quality—organic whenever possible.com | 29
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France and England seek it out religiously. with the help of Aphorism Engineering and friends. bags of “grog” for heat retention and “beton” to seal the joints.’ Of course the wheat has to come from someplace else. Eventually. In the ‘70s Kevin and Kay came to the Big Island. 7-10 a. Denmark. sailing between Hawai‘i and Oakland. decorative breads for special events. if the economy falls completely apart and we’re all broke and out of work. where they opened a little bakery called Kay’s Creations. Inc. or follow your nose to find Sandwich Isle Bread at weekly Waimea farmers markets: Tuesdays. people still ask for her liliko’i tart. Many hands rallied to place bricks. and grandson of a chef on the Matson Line. In May 2007. set and let it “proof” for 30 days. Kekela Farmers Market on Mana Road Saturdays. another thing to share. a small staff and a six-day baking week that produces more than 400 loaves.’” At the time they did a lot of work with highly detailed. Photo by Catherine Tarleton
. It’s one thing to know myself. the faithful think nothing of shelling out $20 or more for fresh bread on a Saturday morning.I kept thinking. still quarried from the original location at Larnage. “He had all these books. visit www. He left resort pastry kitchens behind to follow his bliss. larger oven.” he says. The Cabreras ordered their oven kit from France. “People told me they had been waiting for good bread to happen. “When we go to Hilo. German.” says Cabrera. tamp grog. Friday. “I wish I had figured out how to do what I wanted to do years ago. at the top of his game..” Cabrera would love to bring the bread community full circle.m. Cabrera’s Le Panyol oven is based on that 2. French.000-yearold technology. the bread line stops here.” says Cabrera. baking for statewide Chaine des Rotisseurs galas in Honolulu and teaching workshops through the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo.. “Macrobiotic diet people are probably our most loyal customers. all of which usually sell. Originally from the West Coast. Waimea (across from Watanabe Floral. individual bricks. Big Islanders and mainland visitors from Belgium. some ‘locavores. it’s like ‘Hawaiian yeast. amazing reaction from the public. baking days at Tropical Dreams Ice Cream location.Continued from page 29
in the front. smear slurry. Le Panyol produced bread for the angels. Lalamilo Farm Rd. 2-5 p. The Italian Baker by Carol Field.” says Cabrera. “The satisfaction was immense. We called it ‘bakentry.” said Cabrera.com. the wood-fired oven is constructed of individual tapered refractory bricks made of “terre blanche” (white earth). Thursday. resort work drew them to the west side. Then we can have somebody mill it and I can take it to a school. “Chef David taught me about using shapes that you see in the kitchen for your forms. a critical factor in bread-baking. “People feel OK spending that amount of money for that item. Finally fired up with donated kiawe.)
Kay Cabrera (right) and coworker Karen Warthman happily tempt customers. Developed in Provence in the 19th Century.” Today. doing things like turning pears on a lathe. “We got this amazing. Cabrera continued to learn and expand his bread repertoire. Some four months later they received stacks of pre-shaped. books about Swiss breads.’” During his successful career as baker chef. attending the finals of the Coup de Monde (world cup of bread) at the Artisan Bakers Conference in Los Angeles.” Kevin and Kay Cabrera (Kay is a well-known pastry chef in her own right) live in Waikoloa Village. they have a second. I spent a lot of time in the carpentry shop with him. by way of Australia. while Kevin Cabrera answers queries by the curious at the rear. “And we have some vegans. Parker School Farmers Market at the intersection of Mamalahoa Highway and Lindsey Road Wednesday. and. began welding up a heavy-duty trailer with custom turntable. But I always said. where Kevin worked with creative chef David Brown at the (then) Hyatt..” v For more information. Kids eat bread but have never seen where it comes from.SandwichIsleBread.. we made swans from a gravy boat for example. “It’s impressive to me when people buy more than one loaf. Cabrera first saw Le Panyol at the Breadmakers Guild of America “Camp Bread” and decided he wanted one of those babies for his own.. Kevin is the son of an Irish mom and Puerto Rican policeofficer dad. ‘I want to make bread that looks like that.” In a down economy. “I’m looking for somebody to grow some wheat for me and make some grain.m. The dome shape provides very even heat.” says Cabrera.’ They buy our pan au levain (a French sourdough) because the starter actually originates here. One faithful fan doesn’t even eat bread but loves to see a fresh loaf on the table.
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Susan J. or e-mail SandwichIsleBaker@Gmail. Spread the cubed olive bread on a half-sheet pan and toss with half the olive oil. about 12 to 15 minutes. Let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour so the flavors blend.ahuihouservices. inspired by the flavors of Chef David Brown’s grilled cheese sandwich from the (former) Waikoloa Beach Grill menu.com
. tomatoes with their juice. Le Panyol iglooshaped oven. Call 989.. cut in ½ inch cubes ½ cup good quality olive oil. Makes 6-8 servings. Season to taste with coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper. in Provence. Bake until lightly browned. still quarried from the original location at Larnage.KeOlaMagazine.
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how it tastes and how our food choices affect our community.KeOlaMagazine. we let our farmers sell at our Saturday farmers market. clean and fair. The grass-fed cattle range free for forage. succulent cherry tomatoes and soft Boursin cheese. Only locally caught seafood is served. presented in a melt-in-your mouth Cabernet sauce and accompanied by red potatoes. To practice these principals. they aren’t fattened up in feedlots and are free of antibiodics and hormones. rather than those that withstand long-distance transportation. As Slow Food proponents. crunchy purple wax beans.”
. For example. along with spent grains from Kona Brewing Company. turnips and heirloom tomatoes. Holualoa Organic for arugula. commercial shrimp industry and so shrimp isn’t on the menu. Adaptations for organic produce and Kona Blue Sky for coffee. “We currently can’t get free-range chicken so we aren’t serving it. mustards. The pigs were harvested at the Big Isle’s Kulana Foods and are USDA approved. it advocates for growing and using seasonal food that is harvested when perfectly ripe. the couple hopes to reverse people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat—where it comes from. tatsoi. citrus. doesn’t approve of the largescale.com | KE OLA
Slow Food. owners Chef Wilson Read and partner Barb Gerrits don’t sutbscribe to fast food and fast life. animal welfare and our health. Fewer food miles means less transport time and less packaging means less pollution. Always on the dinner menu is grilled beef tenderloin.
According to Slow Foodies. covered lanais. As part of the Holuakoa Pig Project 2010. They disdain the disappearance of local food traditions—such as making pasta and tortillas from scratch. The delicious. what we eat should be produced with respect to the environment. bananas and veggies. It’s also better to have knowledge and control over what we eat and how it’s produced. which “combines pleasure with responsibility. a food system that is good. environmental sustainability and social justice—in essence. committed to a food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste. They can be had. who spent some time as a young adult in Louisiana. In addition. And they’re doing it one entrée and soup at a time. Chef Read. believes food that tastes good gives us pleasure. labor-intensive delicacies illustrate the restaurant’s philosophy toward food. the jowls were dried for guanciale. “We support our producers by offering a daily changing menu based on the food they can provide. but Holualoa first. And what we don’t use.” “We’re a Slow Food establishment. To get that fresh taste. “This project enabled us to use all of the animal—nose to tail.
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Relaxed dining al fresco at Holuakoa on terraced. the restaurant recently raised its own pigs at nearby Wai‘aha Farm.” details Chef Read. which was founded as a non-profit in 1989. locally suitable varieties of food should be used.
andmade potato gnocchi…house-cured bacon…homemade fresh pasta lasagna…
Admit it—the above is not your normal restaurant fare. who butchered the pigs and has been curing his own bacon and smoking hams.” reads the restaurant’s mission statement.
Those farms include Chez Marquis for figs.” says Chef Read. who studied cooking at the French Culinary Institute in New York City. except in chicken salad. “We try to get our food from Holualoa sources and others as close as possible. Holuakoa uses pasture-raised beef from the Big Island. in the heart of Holualoa village at Holuakoa Gardens Restaurant. True to the tenets of the Slow Food movement. rainbow carrots. Eggs are farm-fresh from Holualoa. however. Italian bacon made by rubbing salt and peppers into the meat and letting it cure for a few weeks.
We don’t rush people through here. fresh fruit smoothies. organic ales and gluten-free beer. He’s proud of his homemade pasta and potato gnochi—it takes an hour just to make the pasta part of the tasty
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dumpling. Saturdays Photos by Fern Gavelek Email Fern Gavelek at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ever heard of confit? It’s a French culinary term used to describe meat cooked and preserved in its own fat.rr. v Holuakoa Farmers Market: 9 a. peas.-3 p.” says Gerrits. It’s served as a “small plate” with organic red beans. weekends. open-pollinated cultivars that were commonly grown before industrialized agriculture. local beers. an old-world grain with reduced gluten. “We limit the amount of people we serve for dinner.” he muses. sustainable production methods and indigenous varieties. To that end.2233.-2:30 p.m. such as the fresh fruit cobbler— perfect with Holuakoa’s homemade ice cream. we become a partner in the production process. caramelized onion and red wine sauce. Reservations are recommended. but open air.Chef smoked some of the pork shoulder for tasso ham. house-cured bacon and freshly baked cornbread.KeOlaMagazine. weekends. “The Slow Food philosophy is to take pleasure in your food and the company you keep. a Louisiana specialty that’s marinated and richly seasoned. Full bar and wine list. dips. is used to concoct large. it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect the heritage of food by ensuring the survival of traditional. plus fresh eggs and produce.
Slow Food asserts that those who produce food should receive a fair wage and recognition for work.m. TuesdayFriday and 9 a. who trained at the New England Culinary Institute. just north of the post office.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a. pizza dough. griddle-made pancakes.m. pastries and desserts.” Chef supports agricultural diversity and uses heirloom and unusual varieties of veggies. salads and breads. organic pastries and desserts. Named for its upstairs holua sled made by esteemed Hawaiian artisan Herb Kane. 322. Gluten-free breads are served on the weekends. All seating is covered. The couple concedes they must “ship in” food that’s locally unavailable: organic dried beans.com | 33
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. which Chef Read fashions into pastas and in-house baker Ryan Salerno. visiting them and understanding their challenges.” The idea is that by being informed about how our food is produced and actively supporting those who produce it.-3 p. Ready to go for a ride? Holuakoa Garden Restaurant: brunch 10 a. oils. The restaurant sells out on certain nights. thyme and a drizzle of Tuscan olive oil. the belief is that the diversity of our food will be lost. uses for all the fresh baked bread. whipped cream and pure maple syrup. “Relationships are important. Holuakoa Café: 6:30 a. carryout service. Tuesday-Saturday. The main dining area has a courtyard feel across from the coffeehouse. it’s seared and accompanied with a savory white carrot puree.m. Also brought in is a variety of organic flours. and I want growers to be appreciated. Proponents of the Slow Food movement. Also called heritage foods.m. Otherwise. In addition. lentils. Chef Read gets to know his food producers.” says Chef Read. owners Chef Wilson Read and partner Barb Gerrits. Located on Mamalahoa Hwy. Chef says he cooks “a la minute” (to order) and makes food in small amounts. Using self-described.” It’s easy to jump on the Slow Food bandwagon—the concept considers consumers to be “co-producers. Find Chef’s own pork confit on the menu. parking also in rear.m.m. “We barter on pricing and keep things flexible so we both (restaurant and growers) can benefit from all our hard work. maxing out at 60 for dinner.m. turnip greens.-2:30 p. He considers his demi-glaze or brown sauce to be one of his finest accomplishments. served with fresh island fruit. Serving specialty coffee drinks. it’s beautifully topped with sautéd carrots. “It’s creative cooking.m. Holuakoa has cozy seating in little nooks and crannies around a garden and koi pond.com. pre-made sandwiches. Spelt. Seating inside and out. Holuakoa culinary facts: Chef makes all his stocks from baked bones.
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Getting bamboo approved as a building material has been a very intensive and lengthy process in the United States. Their home exudes a real natural touch and affinity for the ‘aina. proud of their sustainable lifestyle. Ed Smay and Ralph Brydges are proud owners of a beautiful bamboo home located in Orchidland in the Puna District. sustainable green builder and manufacturer based in Maui. he discovered bamboo homes and Bamboo Living in Maui. “We are completely off-grid. a made of bamboo. A unique and well-appointed outdoor shower pavilion located next to the master suite is another design feature with pebbled floors and curtains to provide total. “When Ralph was searching online for alternative types of structures.
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f the fastest growing and reusable materials. the chief cabinetry and flooring can be architect of Bamboo Living. open-air privacy. “It was a 10-year commitment and a labor of Love. and every fixture were carefully chosen to create this cohesive look. His company spent more than $500.” he says.com | 35
David Sands is one of those passionate individuals who advocates and evangelizes the use of bamboo for constructing bamboo homes. and we are starting to plant fruit trees and getting a vegetable garden going. to the finish built homes. KE OLA | www. The company has been designing and building panelized homes made of renewable bamboo for the past15 years.” says Sands. “We initially visited Maui to see some of the model homes and were impressed with the quality and look of these tropically-inspired homes and knew that this is what we wanted. “Bamboo use in homes All the structural posts.
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Country Style Living! 3 bed 2.A desire for an alternative home and sustainable lifestyle inspired Ralph Brydges (left) and Ed Smay to build this all-bamboo home in Orchidland in Puna. the rebuilding process is relatively quick. The cost of building these homes and shipping them onsite would be comparable to a custom-made home here in Hawai‘i. green living standards and sustainable lifestyle. 15 have been built and located on Hawai‘i Island. One of Sands’ long-term goals is to see bamboo grown here in Hawai‘i for use in building homes.” To date.
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Beautiful vaulted ceilings. and also working with the regulatory agencies to get some viable species of bamboo approved through the UCC. vendors.org. “our members can then market bamboo as a viable green. exposed bamboo rafters and many other finish details radiate a natural and inviting warmth and feel inside the home. demos. Free admission to help celebrate all things bamboo! v Email Noel Morata at emorata@yahoo. “A SariSari Life – Hawaiian Style” at noelmorata. arts and crafts and more.blogspot.com. visit its web site at www.Society.” says Manion. to 3:30 pm at Papaiko Hongwanji. We are a very determined organization. A very active organization on Hawai‘i Island. plant sales. This will hopefully spur a new green industry in Hawai‘i and even export this back to the Mainland. it is very expensive to set up and it takes a lot of dedication.americanbamboo. “The process is very time consuming and slow. and we want to make locally-grown bamboo available for use as an approved building material. “Once some of the bamboo species are approved. Hawai‘i Bamboo Society members are growing a variety of bamboo that will be suitable for use in furniture and home building.
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or a combination of all three. a workaholic.” A lucky few work simply because they enjoy doing what they do. whose current projects include South Kona Police Station. it doesn’t make sense to disappear into work and never spend time with your family. he said. the Thirty Meter Telescope Headquarters Facility and the Bay Clinic Ka‘u Family Health Center. Long hours and weekends spent at the office were expected and encouraged. ‘ohana harmony and business. We determined the key factors for a high lifestyle quality for a business owner are the balance between personal health.IN BUSINESS
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Scott Fleming (39) is the owner of the architectural firm Fleming & Associates. We also found that the business owners with the highest quality of life prioritized their lives by focusing first on personal health. “I do not expect.
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Rose Delfin R.KeOlaMagazine. time and money into our families and businesses. As owner of a number of different businesses myself. a leading architect in Hawai‘i and owner of the Hilo-based architectural firm.com) He saved time for this moment with daughter Lillian at Mauna Kea Beach. I learned early on that some of these businesses enhanced my quality of life. He says he learned early in his career that finding a balance between business and personal life is dependent on establishing personal and professional priorities and time management. When people are expected to work 12-hour days. productivity and quality ultimately suffer in the end. “I was quick to notice that every single one of my employers was either divorced. obese. but it was obvious that the level of production was not necessarily proportionate to the time investment. is a good example of using these principles. on the business itself. because without health we can’t do anything. “And as we spend every day investing significant affection. and.” Since that time I’ve helped other business owners find balance in their business and personal lives and I want to share some of their success stories with you. Here are two stories.” Because we work for the good of our families. Business Consultant
hile a member of the faculty at the University of Hawai‘i Hilo College of Business and Economics I worked with my students to identify the key factors in creating a business lifestyle model that enhances the owner’s own quality of life. because without family harmony it is tough to focus on business. It’s better to invest yourself to an eighthour day and maximize your efficiency and productive output by being fully committed to your work activities. “The great majority of us work because we need to purchase items required for the happiness and sustainability of our ‘ohana and for the ongoing attainment and fulfillment of how and where we choose to live our lives. HI 96720 808-640-6179 cell
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My personal health suffered and I wasn’t really ‘there’ for my family even when I was physically present. because without health we can’t do anything. I found that.KeOlaMagazine. “It helped so much to relieve stress and. not only because they have to. Lillian and Katherine.
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more efficient. Focus on the business itself. my biggest challenge was that the business was becoming all-consuming. while working in a movie or game of golf.” he says. I was working. Focus next on family harmony. Anastasia. he decided to move his office out of the house and into their ‘ohana. and not going back. I had more energy for photo shoots. “This allowed me to develop the habit of really leaving the office at 5 p. told me: “Early on in my business. Brown reports. was more focused and was getting more done. landscaping and practicing his hobbies of oil painting and photography.” (www.”
Practically. Specialties include family and visitors’ photographic records of “Life’s Special Moments. because without that it is tough to focus on business.“Rarely do I work more than an eight-hour day or on the weekends. 2. but because they also want to. This doesn’t mean that I’m not thinking about some element of work after hours but it does give my body time to rest and recharge and have fun with the kids. “Another way that I have helped improve my business-life balance is by surrounding myself with experienced.” Fleming is dad to four girls: Hannah. Focus first on personal health. but as the business has taken less of a priority. proactive and positive creative thinkers that love doing what they do. I found that my work day became more efficient and more pleasurable. even when I was not working. He also finds time for reading.
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Grif Frost helps Big Island business owners “LQ” their Businesses (www.LQBusiness.” Brown also realized that his health was suffering and just decided one day that he was going to do a triathlon. as he learned personal boundaries and to honor his family. Bob Brown.m. although it took time out of my work day. a professional photographer who owns Eye Expression Photography. too.com | 39
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Current technology allows us to effectively harness this renewable energy resource. System maintenance. grid-tie systems are connected to the utility grid so they can use utility electricity when needed and send back unused surplus of generated electricity to the grid. A general cost guideline for most systems is about $5. Battery storage becomes a backup system in case of a blackout. “Our electric bill has been zeroed out and we even produce a surplus of energy without compromising our everyday usage. First. and local suppliers are saying Hawai‘i is in a boom cycle for PV installations. Panels are combined in arrays that are sized according to our energy demands. This is referred to as “scalability. An inverter converts the direct current into alternating current. it is advisable to lower your overall demand by installing a solar hot water system. The primary advantage of a grid-tied system is the lower upfront cost.
Solarman puts the finishing touches on the photovoltaic system installation for Michael Longo and Rob Nunally.KeOlaMagazine. not only financially.50/watt or $20. Without batteries. the return on investment for a complete PV system is around 14 percent with a 7-9 year payback and a 25-30 year useful life. Despite the high entry cost. Photovoltaics is the direct conversion of light into electricity. says. Given that within the next 25 years our world’s energy demands are expected to more than double.” A major disadvantage is that there is less incentive to conserve. In general.The Life
t’s been said that the amount of sunlight that hits the Earth’s surface in one hour is enough to power the entire world for a year. propane fixtures. who chose a grid-tied photovoltaic system for their home in Onomea. A solar professional will assist you in calculating your actual KWh demand. In his 33 years
KE OLA | www.” How much will a PV system cost? Well. respectively. 3) Battery-less grid-tie systems are the simplest of all renewable systems. compact fluorescent and LED lighting. the popularity of photovoltaic systems continues to grow as financial incentives in the form of State and Federal Tax Credits become more enticing. as every decision that increases your energy demand must be carefully considered. and must have batteries to provide energy storage during times of low input or high usage. blackouts or brownouts. as panels can be added incrementally as finances allow. the real financial return on investment for the life of the system becomes much more attractive. These electrons are then directed into a current to supply electricity.com | 41
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. A backup generator can be utilized if the available sunlight is inadequate. tree trimming
and troubleshooting skills are often necessary responsibilities. such as battery replacement. There are three basic types of photovoltaic (PV) electrical systems on the market today. off-grid systems are completely independent of the utility grid. The primary advantage of off-grid systems is complete energy independence. but also for our environment. there is no backup system in case the grid goes down. 1) Stand-alone. If surplus energy is generated. PV modules are a commodity and pricing will fluctuate based upon worldwide supply and demand. having only the energy generation technology and an inverter connected to the utility grid. even if the appeal of never receiving a utility bill remains quite tempting. which becomes compatible with our household needs.000 for the average home. that depends on several variables. it’s about time we started looking up and take advantage of this boundless energy from the sun.
the price for most components will invariably come down. and carefully weigh the anticipated benefits. the more roof area you will need. which can be a benefit to the customer if the proposed products are equivalent in quality and performance. clean and green technology is all the rage. As noted by Paul Moore of Solarman. As innovations in the technology continue to improve. if finances necessitate a phased approach. Healthy competition may drive down the pricing. Yes. “The market really needs to stabilize to provide customers with locked-in pricing beyond 30 days and more predictable lead times when ordering. made the decision to invest in a sizable grid-tie PV system on his building to lower his utility bill.m. Hawai‘i receives great “peak sun hours. but you don’t want to cut any corners. There is no shortage of dealers. The sun will continue to shine down on us.com | KE OLA
. client references. safe. Thin film solutions are gaining in popularity and are the fastest growing segment of the technology. as well as ongoing technical support and advice.” To be cost-effective. v
in the industry. distributors and installers of PV systems today. Inquire about product warranties from any manufacturer or supplier. Panels can be added on at any time.
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42 | www. “We are certainly seeing more and more PV installers coming in every year.m. year round. no matter how tempting it is to save a few dollars. which directly impact our utility rates. whether the system is mounted on the roof or on the ground.KeOlaMagazine.” This is not a project for the do-it-yourselfers. but do your homework. appropriate PV experience and proper licensing for the solar professional. and large commercial installations impact the availability of panels for residential customers. John Adams. and reliable. It is safe to say there is no such optimism for the future price of fossil fuels. no matter how long it takes to get our attention. he says he has never seen anything like this. South facing orientation is ideal for the highest efficiency. Don’t be swayed by the lowest price.” Valenta advises anyone considering a PV system to plan well in advance and allow sufficient time for proper delivery of all necessary components.Continued from page 41
The larger the system. count the cost. you must have unobstructed and unshaded. as the technology has gained mainstream acceptance. along with the appropriate roof angle (pitch). who owns Kohala Pacific Realty in Hawi. as experience will pay off in the long run. Be sure that the person designing and installing your PV system has the expertise to make it efficient. Sufficient space for a roof mount must be considered. with over 22 years experience in the photovoltaic industry. monocrystalline PV cell panels are the best-quality modules available on the market today. to 3 p. For flat panel systems.
Instead of heavy tilling. This “return to nature” farming is paying off with more bountiful crops. Natural farming concepts are often the exact opposite of what is generally accepted today. the growers were advised to just cut down most of the weeds and use them as a preventative layer. even though many will likely find it will take time to incorporate all of this new thinking into their practices.com | 43
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. In simple terms. They use natural nutrients to control pests and to enrich their soils without excessive manipulation of the land. He has been an organic farmer for more than 30 years and just recently started the natural farming process at his farm. Instead of excessive weeding and efforts to eradicate weeds. “After treating the soil with IMOs.
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new trend—natural farming—is being embraced by backyard gardeners and farmers here on Hawai‘i Island. increased production and created enriched and healthy environments for the soil.” he added. a majority of the farmers participating took away new ideas that they may take with them to the fields.” After digging into the soil. can be used as mulch. dropwort or pig weed (also known as portacula). This gathering learned new. The main goal of natural farming is to create fertile soil by developing an enriched growing environment that supports indigenous micro-organisms (IMO’s) and worms..” Cavarly says. pesticides. the farmers were told to make shallow holes to sow or transplant their seedlings. In fact. cassava. innovative natural farming methods
Master Cho showed different approaches to natural farming that replace expensive fertilizers. green materials to provide bountiful. mugwort. raw products and indigenous. heavy tilling destroys the majority of healthy micro-organisms that are prevalent just below the surface of the soil.
from Master Han Kyu Cho. It is planning extensive farming seminars on all the islands. papaya and white pineapples. founder of the Cho Global Natural Farming Institute. most important. he has already seen a marked improvement to his operations. Natural farming uses farming techniques before western and conventional farming methods became the de-facto standard. A new non-profit group called Cho Global Natural Farming USA has been established in Hawai‘i to spread the knowledge of natural farming techniques. equipment and labor. focusing on long-term sustainability and using local. cow bones or even green materials like bamboo leaves. On Cavarly’s farm. This Korean organization has trained many large-scale farming communities and is now expanding into other countries. there were many conventional farming concepts that were challenged during this seminar.” such as corn. nutrient development and natural tilling of the soil. The farmer creates a welcoming environment for the organisms by creating natural nutrients for fertiliza-
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tion and natural pesticide control. the fertility of his soil. John says excitedly. “I have recently embraced natural farming along with my organic farming and this has produced amazing results in a very short timeframe. bananas. along with spiritually connecting farmers back to their environments. Overall. which he countered was actually detrimental to the soil’s environment. farmers use only what nature provides to farm their properties. decreasing farming expenses and an increasing awareness of stewarding farms in a better way. One illustration cited was excessive manipulation of the soil through tilling. I also did a test batch of beans in a trenched area of extremely poor soil. weed prevention cover and nutrient development for the soil. One of the early adopters of natural farming is Onomea Organics. six flats of poha berries and parsley were started with indigenous micro organisms as an initial test batch and. This might include crushed egg shells. the beans were growing like crazy in a very short time—starting flowers and developing pods. An initial “mulch crop. with no nutrients and worms. Apparently. organic crops. These live components are the keys to increasing soil fertility. John noted a huge difference
KE OLA | www. local and other raw materials to create nutrients to fertilize their crops. These methods have been shown to enhance growing organically. productivity and. They gather indigenous. John Cavarly’s farm in Onomea.OF THE LAND
John Cavarly of Onomea has achieved increased production and improved fertility on his organic farm with natural methods. Even though John has been growing plants organically. within two weeks.KeOlaMagazine. “I noticed incredible growth and solid root systems—at a much faster growth rate than normal. He explained how using natural farming techniques and materials actually reduced costs. which currently produces a variety of dry land taro. An initial program sponsored by Hawai‘i County and various local organizations attracted more than 300 participants from all over the Hawaiian Islands.
” Cavarly says. including calcium deposits which are a major requirement for the soil. Other natural farming concepts utilized include minimizing excessive weeding and efforts to eradicate weeds. a weed prevention cover and nutrient development for the soil. experimenting with bio-char (charcoal) applications on various beds. Another concept is shallow digging for starts and seed cultivation. One Bill. adds. growing an initial cover crop like corn.
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in the soil culture with worms popping up everywhere. This is only one farm that has initially started the natural farming process to treat extremely poor soil conditions that had no worm cultures and suffered various viruses on plants. “Those taro are looking very healthy even though they received no rainfall for over a month’s timeframe. A monthly group forum has also been started to meet and share more information about natural farming techniques being used locally. Digging shallow creates a tougher environment for the plant and doesn’t disturb the soil’s composition and natural elements at the surface of the soil.KeOlaMagazine. and experimenting with different solutions and improvements. “the virus has been eliminated from my taro patch and my plants are all very healthy and green. Finger pointing? Only when you dial. positive results included more fertile soil.localgarden. “After treating my taro beds with IMO. He also mentioned that the new convergence of worms resulted in better nutrient development. eradication of viruses and pests and increased plant growth and productivity.
44 | www. Taro patches throughout Hawai‘i Island have been affected with the Dacheens Mosaic virus.” He also planted a patch of taro before a severe drought hit this side of the island and.
.” John has been further experimenting to see what additional effects might be gained through various methodologies. This has been a major cost savings for him in both minimizing his reliance on organic fertilizers and in reducing the need for pesticides. v For more information: www. Within a short growing cycle.
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When the music started playing. this beautiful home was also used as a kama’aina house of hospitality during World War II. Charles Brotman. donates his time to after-school band projects in Kea’au for students in grades four to seven. A picturesque setting on Hilo Bay. He strongly believes there’s a need to help all children develop their talents and provide opportunities for them to share their accomplishments. so we didn’t know each other personally”. the youngest of ten children decided music was a sensible way to express himself. Chaka Khan and Ry Cooder. the Grammy and Hoku-award-winning songwriter-bassist/guitarist who is the shy. perseverance. Combine together in a laid-back home environment utilizing a strong work ethic. I had a band in the ‘70s called “Soul Five-O”. rather than just sitting around watching TV or playing games. a unique. “Kids today need to be able to express themselves musically. with a slight glint in his eye.com | KE OLA
“I was playing music on Oahu and traveling back and forth to Hilo to play as well. My sister was my first musical partner and we would play ‘ukulele and sing together” She leads me out onto the lanai. Christy Lassiter and Randy Lorenzo. it looks and feels like the perfect. with a regal yet unpretentious air and undeniable social etiquette. “I rule them with a velvet glove and cast iron fist. Otis Redding. Randy has worked with Gabby Pahinui. Darrell. when I got a call to put together a band to play at Hilo International Airport for arriving and departing passengers. community. Hilo-based musical group whose music and spirit are far-reaching. no doubt due to its unintentional strategic placement. Darrell Aquino and Randy Lorenzo. good feeling. I knew Randy would be great to have in the band and we started playing and really enjoying it. overlooking a large backyard (and only slightly larger Pacific Ocean) where the other members. Peter Moon Band. Country Comfort. My grandmother often hosted parties here and I was expected and encouraged to participate. the group’s Hoku-award-winning musical director. It was a warm. among others. The Result? Mili Nanea. Aretha Franklin. they both do. they cut me no slack nor do I expect that. It brings me great pleasure to see the joy on their faces after realizing they are capable of achieving musical success. “Through hanging out in this scene I knew who Darrell was. feeling the vibrations and soaking up the resonance. have taken a break during the recording of their debut CD. local accent. Blessed with award-winning songwriting skills. where the band is finishing recording their new CD. “Along with surfing at Sandy Beach. These nights weren’t always pleasant or rewarding but it did instill a strong work ethic and allowed her to hone both her musical and
. Christy is tall and elegant. On a sunny Hilo morning. as she gives me an unhurried tour of the music room. In fact. quiet one in the band. Aside from his own prodigious musical activities with Mili Nanea and Sugah Daddy. peaceful place to create. “Just because I am a woman.”
46 | www. Growing up on O‘ahu in Waimanalo. Interestingly. Throw in a dash of good-natured humor. all that kine stuff.” Christy says. but we were both busy working in different bands.” quips Darrell Aquino. at her family’s homestead.
Mili Nanea—left to right: Darrell Aquino. It is clear that they enjoy each other’s company and are a firm yet respectful ‘ohana. We played Sam and Dave. “Actually.” says Darrell. pointing out the grand piano. “This is where my grandparents lived and I spent much time growing up. nobody gets to slack off. working with them makes me push myself harder to step up to the plate and swing”. Christy came into the picture after having worked hard several nights a week at a Hilo establishment. one-third of Mili Nanea. I would crawl under the piano and hug its legs.KeOlaMagazine. Remember the past fondly while living Aloha and looking towards the future. acknowledging both Darrell and Randy Lorenzo.The Life
ake three pedigreed and talented musicians with mutual respect for one another. family. they smile and laugh easily at each other’s stories and they know that when it’s time to work. where she played Hawaiian music on the ‘ukulele and sang popular songs. I loved listening to and playing soul music. faith and friends. I am greeted by Christy Lassiter. a proud father. Add patience. Stay focused while bringing and sharing joy through music.” says Randy in a lilting.
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Sunshine on the Horizon. 2010.935. so what should we do now?’” says Darrell. this love overflowing. true Hawaiian experience. Proof is in their guestbook: “You are all sparkling gifts to me. ukulele. that’s pau. I knew at this point that sometimes words are not necessary. Thank-you for sharing your precious gifts with me. a memory that both touches and blesses my heart beyond words. Their live performances validate their understanding and expression of Aloha. see resources below. she stood and gracefully began a hula.KeOlaMagazine. “We all realized that we enjoy working with each other and believe in giving back. “I was working for an hourly wage and learning to be a good communicator while developing a rapport with the audience.. ‘Ok. how much I needed this beauty. it’s the Aloha that matters. through their engaging and joyous presentation. (Note: The next camp will take place August 3-7.4021 hawaiianmusiccamp@gmail.” During performances at Hilo Airport.. and hula and they will also camp under the stars and receive a totally
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Hawaiian Music Camp August 3-7. they realized that they were not only making sweet music. with humor and open hearts you invite us to a piece of pure Heaven on Earth. self-titled CD (July 2010). both here in Hawai’i and around the world.. lovely hand movements. When it was time to say goodbye. this life. “We thought.com To Contact Mili Nanea: 808. May God bless you in all your giving. due to a tanking economy. “It was a blessing when I got the call to work with Randy and Darrell. with a beaming smile and fluttering. Mili Nanea will continue bringing their music to many fans. I turned and asked Christy. with the late afternoon Hilo sun gleaming over the water. students can learn guitar.stage skills. Their Hawaiian Music Camp will help insure that Hawaiian music is being perpetuated through three very capable and enthusiastic individuals.”
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. since they are the future. with enthusiasm.)
With the release of their debut. With your music. bass guitar. “What exactly does Mili Nanea mean?” Without hesitation.
Like many good things. but they were touching people profoundly and intuiting the visitors’ musical subconscious.” says the former Miss Aloha Hawai‘i and UH Hilo grad.” At this camp. decreased tourism and state budget cuts..
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Annual Parker Ranch Rodeo Waimea This award-winning. Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) vie 9 a. this event educates attendees about endangered Hawaiian green sea turtles.m.org. July 4
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Note that information on events is gathered from various sources and Ke Ola is not able to reconfirm all details. Lihikai Hawaiian Cultural Learning Center in Keaukaha. Coconut Grove Shopping Center. The evening will showcase “ExtrABBAganza” by the Puna Men’s Chorus. plus fireworks. Hours: Mon/ Tues/Thurs/Fri 8:30 – 4:30. culminating in a spectacular fireworks display over Kings’ Lake. baroque. pool party with two DJs plus live Musasa Marimba Ensemble. Includes opera. theatrical and instrumental performances such as piano. 10 a. featuring hula halau on the lawn and an evening Tahitian “Te-ao Maohi” performance plus Hawaiian music. this publication goes to press several months prior to event dates and details may change. children’s activities and the traditional parade (5:30 p.886-8811 or visit www. Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center.org. Visit www. the family fun features a wild and wacky rubber ducky race.
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The Nature of Things Hilo As its name suggests.) along Ali‘i Drive with the Hawai‘i County Band. Watch as the young honu (turtles).
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