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Kamalani Hurley

Interview with Award-Winning Author Ilima Loomis 

Wel­come to the first in a new series of inter­views with Native Hawai­ian and local Hawaiʻi writ­ers! I am very pleased to intro­duce award-win­n­ing author Ili­ma Loomis. She has an exten­sive back­ground in writ­ing for chil­dren but in jour­nal­ism as well as con­tent mar­ket­ing, sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy. Her award-win­n­ing books include ʻOhana is Fam­i­ly and Eclipse Chaser. 

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Kamalani Hurley

Her Name was Violet, by Stephanie Namahoe Launiu 

In her beau­ti­ful per­son­al his­to­ry first pub­lished at Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa in 2014, Stephanie Nama­hoe Lau­niu describes writ­ing about her grand­moth­er, Vio­let Wong Hoe, as a spir­i­tu­al experience.
“Grand­ma was born only two years after annex­a­tion at a time when Hawai­ians weren’t free to speak their native lan­guage or open­ly prac­tice their cul­ture. She was so very Hawai­ian to the core.” 

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Kamalani Hurley

Monday is National Spam Musubi Day (Thanks, L&L!)

Mon­day August 8 is Nation­al Spam Musubi Day, and that means a free musubi from L&L Hawaiʻi. This quirky it-should-be-a-hol­i­­day is just anoth­er exam­ple of what makes Hawaiʻi, well, Hawaiʻi. And because I love both spam and his­to­ry, letʻs have a lit­tle of both in todayʻs blog post.

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Kamalani Hurley

I am a Farmer, Revisited, by Sheila Arasato 

Dur­ing my years as a pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaiʻi — Lee­ward Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege, one of my con­tri­bu­tions to my Native Hawai­ian com­mu­ni­ty was found­ing and pub­lish­ing Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa Native Hawai­ian Writ­ing and Arts. Every­one, regard­less of eth­nic­i­ty, was invited

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Kamalani Hurley

Lā Hoʻi Hoʻi ʻEa is July 31 

Native Hawai­ians every­where cel­e­brate Sov­er­eign­ty Restora­tion Day on July 31. Lā Hoʻi Hoʻi ʻEa is our nation­al hol­i­day when we remem­ber when our king­dom was returned to the right­ful native gov­ern­ment after being seized by the UK in 1843. 

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Kamalani Hurley

12 Things Native Hawaiian Kids Like 

I love chil­dren’s author Tara Lazar’s blog. Many years ago she post­ed “500+ Things That Kids Like.” From 3D movies to zoos, the won­der­ful list is a reminder of the things that make child­hood fun. Let’s add to this list. To start, here are 12 things Native Hawai­ian and

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