November 3, 2011
Our purpose is to honor those among us who teach about our cultural and natural landscape: the ocean, land, people and spirit that connect us all. The common thread of the storytellers in these pages is the depth of wisdom and the hope each possesses and has generously shared.
On November 3rd, we celebrated our Storytellers, by bringing them and our ohana together for a special magazine preview and photography exhibit at Ko Olina.
This collection of stories is guided by the beauty and enduring power of nature, by history retold as future knowledge not forgotten, and by the promise of empowering Hawai‘i’s youth. Each of the contributors share the belief of giving to community and taking responsibility to lead sustainable lives of peaceful relationships.
Through the Hawaiian tradition of storytelling, the people’s connection to the ocean and land is preserved. Our storytellers weave the rich history of Ko Olina, the Wai‘anae Mountain Range coast, the ‘Ewa plains of O‘ahu and surrounding Pacific Ocean. The telling of stories continues the knowledge of ocean and land. Without the storytellers, the essence and soul of Hawai‘i would be lost forever. We thank all who participated in this labor of love and we are grateful to be
able to share just a few of the stories of this remarkable place in Hawai‘i.
Aloha, Mona Abadir
- Bridging Heaven and Earth
Aunty “Nettie” Tiffany nurtures the cultural ties at Lanikuhonua. By Rasa Fournier
- Lessons of a Hawaiian Grandmother
Alice Guild, Mary Philpotts, & Judy Staub share their special memories of a remarkable woman. By Kaui Goring
- Unearthing the Past
Discovering the secrets of Kalaeloa with Shad Kane. By Jeela Ongley
- Living Culture
Kamaki Kanahele and Aunty Aggie Cope are preserving the wisdom of the past for future generations. By Lianne Bidal Thompson
- Watermen of the Wai’anae Coast
Fostering a legacy with Buffalo and Brian Keaulana. By Bunky Bakutis
- Voyaging Into the Future
Billy Richards shares how the Hokule’a and Hawai’iloa are teaching tools for the culture and history of Polynesia. By Lynn Cook
- Rooted in Tradition
For Albert Silva, the key to the future lies in the past. By Chad Pata
- Tracking Time
The Hawaiian Railway Society recalls a bygone era. By Sarah Pacheco
- Destiny Defined
For Kumu O’Brian Eselu, hula is about character. By Nina Wu
- Ancient Fibers
Dalani Tanahy is the keeper of kapa traditions. By Carol Chang
- West Paint
Mark Kadota finds inspiration in Wai’anae. By Florence Parma
- Sowing Partnerships
From Farm to Community: MA‘O Farms, Makaha Studios and Searider Productions. By Lehua Kai
- Nanakuli’s Ambassador
Josiah “Uncle Black” Ho‘ohuli. By Lianne Bidal Thompson
- Ko Olina magazine is a collaboration between Oahu Publications, Inc. and Honu Group Communications, LLC for Ko Olina Resort Operators Association, with support by The Resort Group.