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Business Virtuosos: A Century of Crafting ‘Ukulele

Photo: Fred Kamaka Sr. and Sam Kamaka Jr.
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For over a century, the name Kamaka has been synonymous with exceptional ʻukulele. In 1916 – after stints as a farmer, professional musician and member of the Merchant Marine – Samuel Kamaka, Sr. began crafting koa ʻukulele in the basement of his Kaimukī home. Five...

Native Hawaiian Clergy in Hawaiʻi’s Episcopal Church

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The Episcopal Church in Hawaiʻi celebrates the Feast Day of the Holy Sovereigns King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma on November 28. That is also Lā Kūʻokoʻa, the day Hawaiʻi’s sovereignty was recognized by Great Britain and France in 1843. The Episcopal Church has a...

Pacific Isles Equipment Rental, Inc. Investing in Future Generations

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Blood, sweat and tears. That is how John Griffin, Sr. started Pacific Isles Equipment Rental (PIER, Inc.). Being a contractor and working in construction was something Griffin had learned from his father; but the business side of construction represented a whole new learning curve. “I was...

Hoʻohui ʻOhana | Family Reunions: November 2020

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E nā ʻohana Hawaiʻi: If you are planning a reunion or looking for genealogical information, Ka Wai Ola will print your listing at no charge on a space-available basis. Listings should not exceed 200 words. OHA reserves the right to edit all submissions for...

A True Servant Leader

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As of Nov. 1, Trustee Robert Lindsey Jr. of Waimea Hawaiʻi will have two more days left in his illustrious tenure as Hawaiʻi Island Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee. While we all look forward to working with the newly elected Trustee for Hawaiʻi Island...

Reasons to Choose Entrepreneurship as a Career Path

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This month, Ka Wai Ola’s theme deals with a subject matter I’ve taught at Hawaiʻi Pacific University for many years…entrepreneurship. Why are young people particularly interested in starting their own businesses? Why do you think entrepreneurs are more likely than employees to achieve financial...

Supporting Hawaiian-owned businesses

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Each year OHA gives Native Hawaiian-owned businesses an opportunity to advertise their businesses in Ka Wai Ola. The ads are provided free of cost and help promote Kānaka-owned businesses with OHA's 75,000 print and digital subscribers. Show your support for these businesses and their...

Intellectual Savagery Denies Humanity

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Hui Mālama I Nā Kūpuna O Hawaiʻi Nei Part 7: Empowerment Through Education Read this article in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi With passage of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we began to assert these rights in international repatriation cases to effectively frame the...

Dollars and Services: The Complementary Roles of Financial Assistance and Social Services at LT

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By Penn Pantumsinchai Between March and August 2020, Liliʻuokalani Trust (LT) committed up to $1 million to help with “emergency financial stabilization” for kamaliʻi and their ʻohana. These small, one-time awards helped to offset the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As LT begins to implement...

Healthy Employees: A Win-Win Proposition

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Having an employee wellness program is a testament to how much a company cares for the health of its workers and their families. In my work with Native Hawaiian-serving businesses, I have seen firsthand the benefits of employee wellness programs. Their success is attributed to...

DHHL Revamps Financial Support Service Program

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Most of us are not taught the basics of money management while in school and many families fail to engage in open conversations about how money can work for, and sometimes against, us. In many settings, the notion of discussing credits cards, savings, mortgages...

Virtual 43rd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival Premieres November 5

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By Pauline Worsham Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) presents the premiere of the virtual 43rd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival on Thursday, November 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. on KHON2. The two-hour program will be live-streamed on www.khon2.com and on KHON’s YouTube channel. It will be...

Mākeke | The Marketplace | November 2020

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Classified ads only $12.50 - Type or clearly write your ad of no more than 175 characters (including spaces and punctuation) and mail, along with a check for $12.50, to: Ka Wai Ola Classifieds, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, 560 N. Nimitz Hwy., Suite 200,...

The Made in Hawaiʻi Festival Online Marketplace: A New Way to Shop Local

Photo: Beautiful lauhala hats on display
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By Lauren Zirbel The Made in Hawaiʻi Festival has been supporting local businesses for over a quarter century. For the tens of thousands of shoppers who visit the Festival each year it is an experience like no other, with hundreds of stalls of local food,...