Carol Forsloff–While the aloe plant has received acclamation from alternative medicine aficionados, in Hawaii it is known for many things, a healing source that brings serious benefits to its users. The coconut has its wonders, but coupled with the aloe plant the two can tango with the best alternative methods … Continue reading
Carol Forsloff–For years one of the more picturesque properties on the Waianae Coast had its reputation marred by the combination of greedy real estate agents and slum lords that caused many local people to be shut out of the rental markets, especially in the poor areas of Hawaii, depressing both … Continue reading
Limu—Seaweed As in: Seaweed is important in the Hawaiian and Asian diet because it can be wrapped around rice, meat and a host of other food items.
Tutu–grandmother This is a word children seem to love to say, as it is pronounced too-too and is a delightful way to remember grandmother.
While the world sees the devastating volcano eruption in Nepal and the massive storms on the mainland United States, Hawaii, although experiencing less volatility in its environmental difficulties, nevertheless has its own vulnerability to climate change. Hawaii’s temperatures are eased by trade winds that are present even in the hotter … Continue reading
Along with the arrival of people from many lands, Hawaii has been gifted with ideas and activities that make it a melting pot of the arts. Who would think the kind of music born in America that took European folk music, weaved into it the experience of the mountain people … Continue reading
Carol Forsloff—“That’s a long way to drive, isn’t it?” The young Walmart clerk looked surprised when I told her I live in “Makaha. It is about 18 miles from Kapolei, the new city on Oahu and a 20 to 30 minute drive. But in many ways, it is a forgotten … Continue reading
‘Ua mau ke ea o ka ‘aina i ka pono–Hawaii’s State motto, The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. The value of the land is underlined by the State’s own motto that reminds everyone to care for the land and its people.
Around much of Oahu’s ocean rim, alongside the roadways or on the beaches, stand crosses decked with flowers and other memorials that remind one of the “game of chicken” too many people play, that the sea will always win. Despite warning signs of high currents, undertows, and other dangers both … Continue reading
Hapai–pregnant As in: I didn’t know she was hapai again. Has she told you if she wants a girl or a boy this time? This is a very common term and more likely than not to be used by a local person than the standard English word “pregnant.”