Archive for March, 2010

Maui Lavender Co.

March 28th, 2010
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Maui Lavender Co.

On a drive up country Maui we found a hidden secret. It is Cathy Toda's lavender farm and the Maui Lavender Company. It's like entering heaven and mahalo to Cathy for creating the state's first and only purely organic lavender farm featuring 82 lavender varieties and a collection of exotic roses.  Maui Lavender is "aromatherapeutic, luxurious, natural" and if you go on their site these are only a few buzz words that come to mind when you suss out what this local company offers the public in a world-class product line. Not to mention Maui Lavender is the only organic lavender grown on an extinct volcano, on the cinder covered slopes, of majestic Mount Haleakala.

Ok a little about this plant used for centuries around the world?  Upcountry Maui provides a microclimate suitable for the growth of lavender. With the lack of water and approximate 4,200-foot elevation on the slopes of Mount Haleakala, this is an ideal location for growing this drought resistant plant that thrives in colder regions. Very few locations within the Hawaiian Islands are capable of supporting lavender so they are grown on Maui, the island voted "best island" for several years in a row, visitor count to the area increasing each year.  The purchase of omiyagi (gift items for friends and family) and remembrances of visitors' trips are a key component to contemporary travelers. They seek out items that are made in the islands versus imported to Hawaii.   So when we support Cathy Toda, and businesses like her Maui Lavender Company, we are sustaining a green Hawaii.  We are buying local products and supporting agriculture in our precious Hawaiian Islands.

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Vintage Hawaii - Classic Cars

March 19th, 2010
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Vintage Hawaii - Classic Cars

Growls and roars. Bright colors, flashing metal, smooth curves and naked engines. Up and down the black tarmac they pace, hundreds of hungry eyes following their every move. Each month a collection of beauty, masculinity, and good ol' fashioned Americana gathers in the parking lot at the Mililani Town Center and at other locations around the island. A far cry from braggadocio street races and frenzied car movies, this is a family event. Here grandmas and grandpas enjoy the cars of their youth with their youth.

Yes, the cars are vintage, but so is the atmosphere. Our golden-hued dream of the fifties lives on in the sense of neighborhood that permeates gatherings like these. Much of our old Hawaii feels lost in the empty and distancing canyons of Honolulu, but coming to a place where you feel once again like a kid playing kick-the-can with everyone on the block -- this is a welcome respite from our "modernity".  Here everyone remembers the first car they worked on and they remember that first time dad took them out to the garage.  For them the cars are more than status symbols and simple coolness.  These four wheel beauties are a direct physical link to a place that, once passed, exists only in our minds. It is childhood, it is one's youth, our excitement for the great beyond and a yearning for the unknown that our first car brings into knowing.

Experiencing all this brings to mind what has been lost as we've moved from past to present, be it in our own lives as we move from childhood to adulthood, or as a state coming from where we once were to where we stand.  Innocence... once lost is not easily regained.  Seeing grown men hanging on to these precious bits of their youth is a welcome sight. They may be wizened and roughened in ways, but quietly they see the preciousness of our innocence and the hope it brings. To their children they are passing on that hope each time one of them hands over the keys. So what hope are we passing on?

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Isaac Warsh, Pacific Network.tv

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Alfred Apaka - Waikiki Icon

March 18th, 2010
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Alfred Apaka - Waikiki Icon

If you were born before 1950 you probably heard his name and his voice no matter where you grew up. He was that popular to mainstream American audiences and his romantic baritone voice still resonates throughout the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Tapa Room.  The showroom where legendary Waikiki entertainer Alfred Aholo Apaka captivated thousands of visitors with his golden voice. This was an era our parents and grandparents knew.  This was the wild and romantic Waikiki of the 1940’s - 1950’s.

This man, arguably the foremost interpreter of hapa-haole music, is remembered once again, over fifty years later this coming March 19, on what would have been his 90th birthday. A kanikapila-style ceremony will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian's Tapa Room. Public is welcome. Some of the entertainers who will pay tribute are Nina Kealiiwahamana, Danny Kaleikini, Melveen Leed, Boyce Rodrigues, Bev Noa, Gary Aiko, Joe Recca, Aason Mahi, Scott Furushima and others.  A rare treat.

Alfred Apaka serenaded visitors at the Moana Hotel and later at Don the Beachcomber’s where television personality Bob Hope discovered him.  His pure talent and charisma soon gained national recognition with appearances on Ed Sullivan’s prestigious Talk of the Town and The Dinah Shore Show.  But he was best known for his lavish shows at the Tapa Showroom.  His performances drew hundreds of listeners who wanted to satiate their musical cravings with unique and consistent stylings like no other.  Some say he helped create a Las Vegas style in Waikiki – big shows that topped visitors’ island experiences. Others consider him as great a singer as Bing Crosby.  Still others say that he was the greatest male vocalist -- ever.

Today a life-size bronze statue, dedicated to him on his 78th birthday, stands at the Hilton in honor of Hawaii's most popular singer in the last half- century.

Born into a musical family (and Hawaiian royalty) Apaka became a well-known recording artist who created a global appreciation for Hawaiian music. He sang with various orchestras including Don McDiarmid's Royal Hawaiian Hotel house band and Ray Kinney's troupe in New York.

Then in 1960 Apaka unexpectedly died from a heart attack when he was only 40 years old. While Hawai‘i may have said farewell to this "golden voice" of the islands, many agree that Alfred Apaka's presence still rings melodiously throughout the world.  Aloha Alfred Apaka. Mahalo for all the Aloha you left many generations.

Thank you to Jeff Apaka for some wonderful family photos.  For more please visit the Entertainment Channel at http://entertainment.pacificnetwork.tv/WaikikiIntheWakeofDreams/ or contact Media@PacificNetwork.tv for the film Waikiki in the Wake of Dreams.

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Ahupua'a Markers

March 8th, 2010
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Ahupua'a Markers

The majestic Ko‘olau mountains that have become a trademark of O‘ahu’s Windward side have a new adornment. Bright pink ribbons tied along roadsides serve as temporary boundary markers for the 11 ahupua‘a of the Ko‘olaupoko district. The Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club put the markers in areas from Kualoa to Maunalua Bay in Hawai‘i Kai and members recently took a driving tour with city and state officials to get approval of the sites.  Once approved permanent markers that look similar to street signs will replace the ribbons as early as June according to Civic Club President Mahealani Cypher.

“We wanted to educate the community so that they know what ahupua‘a they’re living in and so that they can better connect with the land,” Cypher said.

Members of the non-profit civic and community organization followed the last official Kingdom of Hawai‘i map from 1876 to determine the ahupua‘a boundaries. The initiative began after the creation of the ‘Aha Moku council in 2007 which provides community input for natural resource management issues.  A more culturally appropriate marker will also sit besides the signs. State officials have been working on a design that looks similar to a stack of stones from ancient Hawaiian times. The name of the ahupua‘a will also be visible on the marker.

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Alyssa S. Navares, PacificNetwork.tv

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Aloha Waikiki Premiere 2010

March 5th, 2010
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Aloha Waikiki Premiere 2010

More than 600 people gathered last month to honor some of Waikiki’s most legendary icons – from beach boys to beach girls to local entertainers and icons. The Aloha Waikiki celebration at The Sheraton was a classic kanikapila Hawaiian-style gathering for the young and young at heart where the new-aged Waikiki met up with historic Waikiki.

Mahalo  for making this event possible:  Sheraton Waikiki and The Edge at Waikiki, Southern Wines & Spirits, Ted Bush and Waikiki Beach Services, HASR Fine Wines, Kona Brewing Co., Hilo Hattie, Wolfgang Steakhouse,  2 Couture and a bevy of models including Miss Hawaii USA, Miss Teen Hawaii; Hosts Alan Wolensky and Jade, the Pacific Network crew, the new cast of Aloha Waikiki, Michael Monis and his natural body builders; all the bartenders who were finalists, and to guests who made it such a wonderful moment in time: Jimmy & Vicki Borges, Boyce Rodrigues, Sue Damon, Sam & Fred Kamaka, Jeff Apaka, Princess Regina Abigail Kawananakoa, Van Horn Diamond, Mahealani Martin Riley, Watters Martin, Gordon Rapozo & Nina Kealiiwahamana Rapozo, Sam Kapu Jr., Gary Aiko, Tony Conjugacion, the Sean Nau'auao Trio, Aunty Kealoha Kalama, Loretta Apa, Buffalo & Momi Keaulana, so many hula dancers and musicians, and many many great friends of Waikiki. Let's celebrate more often... in Waikiki.    More video to come.

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