2013 KSBE Ho’olaule’a is Tomorrow – Preserve Your Family’s Story

Are you going to the Kamehameha Schools (Kea‘au) Ho‘olaule‘a tomorrow?

KSBE 2013

Here’s your chance to win an oral history session (tell your family’s or an ancestor’s story!) at the silent auction.

Bid on a Talk Story Press Oral History session at the Kamehameha School (Kea‘au) Ho‘olaule‘a. It’s this Saturday, February 16, 2013 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free admittance).

It’s a silent auction, where you bid on paper. The highest bidder wins a guided, one-hour oral history interview, which will be recorded and delivered to them on CD and in transcripts.

Leslie Lang
Hot Tip: When I offered this same one-hour “oral history to CD” project last year, at the same silent auction, people didn’t seem to know quite what to make of it. There were only two bids, and the Oral History CD went for quite cheap! So if you’re interested, you might consider swooping by that day. Let me know if you have any questions.

Auction proceeds support the Kamehameha Schools PTO, which is such a good cause. Your bid supports scholarships, sending classes to special events, authors’ visits, athletes traveling to games and more.


Lyman Museum Begins “Going Green” Big Island Agriculture Excursions

“Going green,” with an eye toward self-sufficiency, is a goal shared by an increasing number of Big Island residents.  Our island now produces only 10-15 % of the food we eat, which means we must rely on vulnerable transportation systems, with the ever-present threat of being only a few days away from empty grocery store shelves.  But there is more—much more—to cultivation than mere food production … there is also beauty, savoring, human history and culture, and healing.

Beginning in February 2012, the Lyman Museum will offer a unique exploration of the Big Island’s agricultural potential through a five-part series of educational excursions.

Using the image of “The Garden,” these excursions will take us to a number of research and producing farms.  We’ll learn about water, land, and power resources; hear specialists in food production, transportation, and marketing; hear pros and cons of genetically modified food production; consider the cultural aspects of food that shape our diets; and enjoy the sensory experiences our gardens provide.

Join us for one or more of these exceptional learning experiences:

  • Saturday, February 4:  The Garden as Provider I
  • Saturday, March 17:    The Garden as Provider II
  • Saturday, April 14:      The Garden as Teacher
  • Saturday, May 19:       The Garden as Healer
  • Saturday, June 16:       The Garden as Paradise

Kaika, a farmer at Dragon's Eye Farm in Kapoho

Among other activities, we’ll visit an apiary, a coffee and tea plantation, an experimental farm, hydroponic gardens, a self-sufficient home, a Zen garden, an exotic products garden, a bonsai garden, and a palm garden.  We’ll learn from experts about the “locavore” movement, about ethnogastronomy, and about perception of taste and scent.

Dr. Judith Kirkendall and Leslie Lang will lead the excursions.  Kirkendall is an anthropologist who specializes in the anthropology of food.  Lang, author of Exploring Historic Hilo and co-author of Mauna Kea, has a master’s degree in cultural anthropology with a focus on Hawai`i and the Pacific region.

Each excursion will begin at 8:30AM and end at about 3:00PM, with chauffeured transportation, free entry to featured activities, and product sampling opportunities.  Lunch will be provided, and all tickets include same-day admission to the Lyman Museum upon return.  Cost is $75 per excursion ($65 for Lyman Museum members).  To register, please call the Museum at 935-5021.

Latest Book Contest for Cheapskates Like Me: Exploring Hilo


Many of you may have noticed the “Big Island on the Cheap” feed that I’ve had on my blog for a while now.   All week long they have been having contests to enter for random prizes.

If you went to the site, you would have also seen that they have an Oahu version of this site called “Honolulu on the Cheap“.

Well I just happened to peak my head over at those crazy Honozoolu folks and those lucky buggahs have a contest going on to win Leslie Langs book “Exploring Hilo” today…. What Honolulu folks… NO BOOK OF YOUR OWN!

So if you didn’t get a chance to enter when it was on the Big Island on the Cheap Site… here’s a second chance on the Oahu site.

Just for your information, it does appear that many of these contests are ENDING TODAY… So get your entries in while they are still open!

Follow the Hokulea and Other New Twitter Users

If you haven’t signed up for a free Twitter Account, you can here.

Polynesian Voyaging Meets 2009 Technology. I know it’s becoming a Twitter world when you can follow the Hokulea on Twitter now.

Some other people that have joined Twitter recently, Stevens Media Columnist from Las Vegas Geoff Schumacher

Big Island Writer Leslie Lang

Honolulu WEEKly Editor Ragnar Carlson

And if you just feel like lurking around my tweets you visit me here, but I’m not nearly as exciting as Aaron over at The Kona Blog.