Make It Happen, Step 1: Choose the Path

It’s time to make it happen. It’s one week into 2019, the year in which I proclaimed I’m going to write (and actually finish) a novel, and I thought I knew my plan. Suddenly, though, I have two projects to choose between. I need to make a decision. Let me …

“Gathering Places” Tour a Success!

East Hawai‘i, of course, has so much interesting history, and one of the fun things about our tours is that we can sneak people into places one doesn’t ordinarily get to see.

Beginning Ukulele Class

Macario will teach a continuing Beginning ‘Ukulele class at the East Hawai‘i Cultural Center starting Saturday, June 6. The series of 1.5 hour classes, which will meet on five consecutive Saturdays at 10 a.m., cost only $25 total for the public and $20 for EHCC members. “You don’t have to know anything about …

Dottie Thompson, George Naope, & the Definition of “Resplendent”

Aunty Dottie Thompson and George Na‘ope, together credited with starting Hilo, Hawai‘i’s Merrie Monarch Festival 46 years ago, are both looking frail this year, and both attended the festival briefly on the final night in wheelchairs. Still, one can always count on Uncle George to look absolutely resplendent. Re·splen·dent   (rÄ­-splÄ•n‘dÉ™nt) adj. …

Live Twitter from the Merrie Monarch 2009 Kahiko

Because I like multi-tasking, I will again be tweeting live from the Merrie Monarch tonight (Fri. April 17th) during the Kahiko competition. Follow me at @LeslieLang, or follow #merrie. Off I go to pick some orchids for my hair! We’re leaving for the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium soon.

Hula at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, and Tears

It’s Merrie Monarch week and it’s absolutely the best week of the year here in Hilo.  We went down to the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel this afternoon and watched the free hula performance by Puanani Crumb’s Halau Hula O Hilo Hanakahi. It was wonderful. The music, the hula, the crowd. Hula Legend Uncle …