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the Ali'i in Kona
- By Kelly
ver since the U.S. annexed Hawaii in 1898, the native
royalty – ali’i – haven’t played much of a role in
governance, though some did, early on: most notably Prince
Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole. Had Queen Liliuokalani not been
overthrown, he was considered next in succession, and would
probably have become King. As it happened, he served a year
in jail for joining the putsch that failed to restore the
monarchy. But in 1903 he was elected Hawaii’s first U.S.
Congressional Delegate, and he’s honored now, every March
26, with a state holiday called “Prince Kuhio Day.”
I mention this because he was
the last member of the ali’i to own and live in the Big
Island’s only royal residence: Hulihe’e Palace, on Ali’i
Drive in Kailua-Kona. Since it was essentially a
vacation-house, Hulihe’e is pretty small for a palace: it’s
a simple two-story building with a footprint of only 30 X 60
feet, and just three rooms plus a lanai on each floor. A
parlor and a dining room flank the center entry hall, above
which the sitting-room is flanked by two bedrooms. In Kona
alone, there are literally thousands of houses that are
bigger; but none has such an illustrious history.
One of the very oldest surviving
buildings in Hawaii, it was built in 1838 for the second
governor of the Big Island. In 1844, the house passed to his
daughter-in-law, Princess Ruth Ke’elikolani, who was
half-sister to the last of the Kamehameha kings (IV and V).
She willed the house to Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, who
died young; and although Pauahi’s will created the Bishop
Estate, the house itself was sold to King David Kalakaua.
The “Merrie Monarch” had it
extensively remodeled in high Victorian style, with stucco
on the outside, plastered interior walls with gold-leaf
moldings, and crystal chandeliers. The rooms are kept,
today, as they were commissioned by Kalakaua, and contain
many pieces of furniture that he and other royal family
members owned and used, along with displays of
museum-quality artifacts from pre-contact Hawaii.
Prince Kuhio and his brother,
David Kawananakoa, were the last royal owners, and it went
into private hands upon Kuhio’s death in 1922. The palace
would probably have been torn down to make room for a hotel;
but it was acquired in 1925 by the Daughters of Hawaii, a
not-for-profit group originally formed in 1903 by kama’aina
(locally-born) haole women who wanted “to perpetuate the
memory and spirit of old Hawai’i and of historic facts, and
to preserve the nomenclature and correct pronunciation of
the Hawaiian language.” (The organization also maintains
Queen Emma’s Summer Palace, mauka of downtown Honolulu, in
The walls are made of local lava
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Your Home with Cost-Saving Remodeling Tax Credits
the 40th anniversary of Earth Day was celebrated last
month, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
reminds home owners that they can use fewer resources
and save money by taking advantage of federal energy
efficiency tax credits through the end of the year.
who purchase qualifying water heaters, windows, air
conditioning units and other appliances, insulation and
roofing can be eligible for tax code section 25C tax
credit, equivalent to 30 percent of the cost. There's a
$1,500 overall limit for purchases made in 2009 and
save money, save energy, and be a good steward of the
Earth's resources," said NAHB Remodelers Chair Donna
Shirey, a remodeler in Issaquah, Wash. "I can't think of
a more appropriate way to commemorate Earth Day."
Taylor of Columbia, S.C., enjoyed Earth Day with a new
tankless water heater that supplies plenty of hot water
for her active family of four. Remodeler and NAHB member
Pete Williams of ATherm Remodeling in Columbia suggested
the switch because it was less expensive than relocating
her existing gas water heater during a whole-home
Williams told her about the energy-efficiency tax credit
the family would also enjoy, that was the icing on the
cake, Taylor said. "Any time you can do something that
makes a home more energy efficient and saves you money,
of course you should do it," she said.
Shawn Nelson in Burnsville, Minn., helped home owners
combine the federal credits with a state program that
offered rebates for ...
on the Big Island, Far-Seeing From Here
Part II - Imiloa, the Healing Force
- By Kelly Moran
the summit of Mauna Kea, there are few places on earth where
you can see so many stars so clearly. You’re on top of
nearly every cloud, nearly 14,000 feet above sea level, and
there’s essentially no smog or air pollution at that
altitude. Vog from Kilauea doesn’t blow that way, either: it
would first have to climb up and over Mauna Loa, which is
very nearly as tall as Mauna Kea, and vog gasses are heavier
There’s no “light
pollution” here either: as a courtesy to the astronomical
observatories, all the streetlights on the Big Island are a dull
yellow color that doesn’t register on their telescopes. In fact,
hardly any of them are looking for visible light. Most are
searching the sky in other “wavelengths,” including infrared
radiation (which is invisible but which we notice, mainly, as
“heat”), and the even longer wavelength
as “sub-millimeter.” One of the telescopes –
the Keck - is actually
two telescopes in one, that act like binoculars, and hence give
a more three-dimensional image.
Mauna Kea has been an enormously
attractive platform for viewing the heavens. But that does not mean
that astronomy has been popular here. Several groups of native
Hawaiians and environmental activists have, for years, vigorously
protested plans to construct yet another observatory – one which
will contain the world’s largest mirror, thirty meters across.
(Technically, it’s a cluster of small mirrors, each
computer-controlled, that produce an image equivalent to what would
be seen if it were one big chunk of glass ground into a parabolic
mirror – but such a mirror would be impossible to transport up, and
is probably impossible to fabricate, anyway). The University of
Hawaii has never been able to deflect objections to new
previous blog post], but the UH Institute for Astronomy has
recently helped to cultivate a generation of children and young
adults who are intrigued by astronomy. The reason is . . .
means “far-seeing,” and it’s a hands-on science museum, located just
mauka of the UH-Hilo campus, and centered on the science of
astronomy. It houses the only planetarium on the island, and the
only 3D projection system as well. Current shows include two that
were locally produced: “Awesome Light 2,” which shows distant
galaxies that the infrared and sub-millimeter telescopes have
explored; and “3D Sun,” with three-dimensional images of solar
flares taken from special satellites. The planetarium also draws in
new audiences by showing 3D light-shows with rock music.
But if that were all, Imiloa would not
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10 Tips for Water Conservation
warm weather makes its way across the nation, sprinklers come out of
hibernation and return to their full time positions, pools fill up,
and many a garden hose sees daylight for the first time in months.
But in an era where water shortages are a sad but true realty, many
homeowners are now concerned with how to conserve water. Here are 10
tips to help your family use water more responsibly.
Sprinkler Use. Homeowners want
lush, green lawns. This is understandable when one considers that
curb appeal can mean added value and better resale potential. To
make your sprinklers as efficient as possible, try to use them
during the coolest hours of the day, either during the morning or
evenings. This helps to minimize evaporation due to heat. And adjust
your sprinklers so that you aren't watering the sidewalk or
Rain Sensors. While you're at it,
install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller. There is no
need to water your lawn when nature is already handling the job for
Responsible Landscaping. Not
every region of the country has the climate for lush, green yards.
Consider following the lead of Southwestern homeowners, who opt to
plant drought resistant plants, supplemented by rocks and stone.
Washing Dishes. Have one side of
your sink filled with soapy water to wash dishes, and then fill the
other side of your sink with clean water for rinsing. This keeps you
from having a steady stream of water running as you rinse.
Washing Clothes. Energy Star
rated appliances reportedly use 30 to 50 percent less water, not to
mention giving you incredible energy savings. Consider replacing
your old washer with a newer, more efficient one.
Water Level. This tip goes hand
in hand with tip number five. Be sure that your load size matches
the load setting. A large load setting utilizes more water, so
Cleaning the Drive. Consider
using a broom instead of a hose or powerwasher to clean your
driveways and sidewalks. Recent statistics say this small change can
save 80 gallons of water every time.
Low-flush Toilets. Newer,
efficient toilets use around 1.6 gallons a flush, as opposed to 3.5
with standard toilets. According to water conservationist George
Whalen, these bathroom fixtures can save you up to $100 ...
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Island Calendar of Events
INTER-TRIBAL POW WOW
5/29/10 - 5/31/10
Times: 9am-6pm Sat & Sun,
Free Admission, Everyone Welcome
Place: Wailoa River State
Everyone is invited to experience the sights, sounds, flavors
and spirit of Native America through music, dance, storytelling,
food, arts and crafts at this free family-oriented event with
opportunities for audience participation throughout the weekend.
At Wailoa River Park in Hilo. This is a drug and alcohol free
KAHAUNAELE IN CONCERT
Purchase tickets on-line or at the door
Kilauea Military Camp Theater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Contact: 808-967-8222 or
A Hawaiian music concert
featuring the Hoku award winning Kainani Kahaunaele. The depth
and breadth of her musical tapestry ranges from classic to
contemporary and blues-jazz flavor. A fluent speaker of
Hawaiian, Kainani's singing style and original compositions
honor the rich traditions and language of the Islands. Her debut
CD received a Hawai'i Music Award for Best Traditional Hawaiian
Album and this concert celebrates her latest recording, "Ohai
Ula." Don't miss a rare offering of traditional and contemporary
Hawaiian music by this gifted next-generation singer-songwriter.
FESTIVALThis festival features a hoolaulea with top Hawaii recording artists such as
Cyril Pahinui, hula halau, various cultural presentations,
Hawaiian chant competition, dance of the warrior exhibition,
food, and art and crafts booth.
Place: Moku Ola (Coconut
Island) in Hilo
Date: 6/13/10 - 6/19/10
Admission: Fee; see website
Kalani Oceanside Retreat in Puna
943-0999 or visit
Forget the stresses of everyday life and rejuvenate both your
body and spirit at this week-long adventure camp with TV fitness
guru Gilad. Three healthy meals a day, yoga, pilates, water
exercises, various workout classes, plus daily hikes and more.
At beautiful Kalani Oceanside Retreat in Puna. Find out how much
fun a healthy life can be.
Most people naturally think
of the ukulele as an instrument for playing Hawaiian music, but
in the right hands – like those of Benny Chong, Byron Yasui and
Ben Kaili, who will perform in this concert – it shows it is
also extremely versatile in the realm of jazz music.
Admission: Fee; see website
Palace Theater, downtown Hilo
(808) 934-7010 or visit
always special events happening in and around Hilo! Here
are a few ongoing Calendar of Events: