ANCIENT HAWAII

ANCIENT HAWAIIMany question the History of the Native Hawaiian People known as KANAKA MAOLI…Where did they come from? Who were they? Was there a system, a government? How did they live? When did the Culture of Ancient Hawai’i Die? All great questions and we will do our best to get to the bottom of them here on this podcast about Ancient Hawaii.

 

If no one knows this, there is a  “POLYNESIAN TRIANGLE”  which has the 7 MAIN POLYNESIAN CULTURES:

  • Māori (Aotearoa / New Zealand)
  • Rapa Nui (now known as Easter Island) (Territory of Chile)
  • Marquesas (French Polynesia)
  • Sāmoa (Independent Protectorate Of The United States)
  • American Samoa (Territory of The United States)
  • Tahiti (French Polynesia)
  • Tonga (Independent / Partially supported by defense cooperation agreements with Australia, United States, China, United Kingdom, India and New Zealand.)
  • Cook Islands (Self Government In Free Association With New Zealand)
  • FIJI is NOT part of the POLYNESIAN TRIANGLE as many may think as most are Melanesian, not Polynesian.

MENEHUNEIt is believed that the first people to inhabit HAWAII were Polynesians from the Marqesas Islands…A race small and short in stature as well as peaceful, to them they had been called MAKA ‘AINANA, which is the accepted word today in Hawaii for a commoner, or a “person who tended the land.”…to those outside Hawaii these first HAWAIIANS had been called “MANAHUNE”Not MENEHUNE…Manahune stood for small in power or spirit…MANA stands for spiritual power or energy. Later it became MENE. The TAHITIANS are the second group of Polynesians to inhabit the Hawaiian Islands…but the Tahitians had been a WARRIOR RACE and at one time just as Tahitians invaded Hawaii and the Manahune race…Tahiti was also invaded, but by RAIATEA…and go figure the Raiateans had called the Tahitians Manahune…but Tahitians had NOT been small in stature which makes you question if MANAHUNE actually means “small in spiritual energy” or as many believe today as meaning “‘low social status”. You see…there is meaning behind everything and the word MANA or MENE-HUNE has been passed down from one Polynesian race to another. It’s not that these people didn’t exist or had been myths…the fact is that they existed, they build Fish Ponds and Heiaus thousands of years ago in Hawaii and once you understand this and the way ancient Hawaii was it all begins to make sense.

Once the Tahitians had been taken over by the Raiateans, them mixed bloodlines…So who are the ones who truly invaded Hawaii? It seems to be Raiatean/Tahitians…So even once the Tahitians came to Hawaii they as well had not been pure…they carried with them Raiatea and Tahiti culture…Both being Warrior Races the “Hawaiians, AKA Maka ‘ainana or MANAHUNE, who had been a peaceful race, didn’t stand a chance and so started to be taken over and enslaved by the Tahitian Warrior Race.

So what did the Tahitian Warrior Caste sytem bring to Hawaii? Lets break it down…

ALII AND HIS KAHUNATHE TAHITIAN CASTE SYSTEM brought to HAWAII:

  • Aliʻi. This class consisted of the high and lesser chiefs of the realms. They governed with divine power called mana from the Gods.
  • Kahuna. Priests conducted religious ceremonies, at the heiau and elsewhere. Professionals included master carpenters and boatbuilders, chanters, dancers, genealogists, physicians and healers.
  • Makaʻāinana. Commoners farmed, fished, and exercised the simpler crafts. They labored not only for themselves and their families, but to support the chiefs and kahuna…This is where the Menehune stood until they rebelled, between MAKA ‘AINANA and KAUWA.
  • Kauwā. They are believed to have been war captives, or the descendants of war captives. Marriage between higher castes and the kauwa was strictly forbidden. The kauwa worked for the chiefs and were often used as human sacrifices at the luakini heiau. (They were not the only sacrifices; law-breakers of all castes or defeated political opponents were also acceptable as victims.).

KAPU SYSTEMTHIS CASTE SYSTEM was a STRICK ONE….at the top…THE ALI’I NUI…the closest beings to the GODS…The Cheifs and those of Ali’i Blood had been descendant of the gods and interrelated! Their MANA or SPRITUAL ENERGY controlled EVERYTHING and went hand and hand with the Ali’i Nui’s “KAPU SYSTEM”

The AINA, which means land was a huge part of the “KAPU SYSTEM”Kapu meaning Taboo…which means you don’t do it…because if you did…Great punishment, even Death would follow one who broke KAPU!  In Hawaiian ideology, one does not “own” the land, but merely dwells on it. The Hawaiian mentality is that, the land is immortal (in the sense that it doesn’t go away), and gods are immortal, therefore the land must be godly, and since man isn’t immortal, man isn’t godly, so how can something ungodly control something that is. The Hawaiians thought that all land belonged to the gods (AKUA)

GODS OF AKUAAKUA was the the head of the FOUR HAWAIIAN GODS…sort of like the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit which makes up the Christian God, but the FOUR GODS that made up AKUA are:

KANE: Kāne is considered the highest of the four major Hawaiian deities, along with Kanaloa, , and Lono. He represented the god of procreation and was worshipped as ancestor of chiefs and commoners. Kāne is the creator and gives life associated with dawn, sun and sky. No human sacrifice or laborious ritual was needed in the worship of Kāne.

KU: Ku was the much-feared and terrible god of war and sorcery. He was also god of the deep forest and mountains as well as fishing. As the much feared god of sorcery whose priests practiced ana’ana, the ritual of praying someone to death. This was the sorcery of vengeance and was used under the most dire circumstances. Only the most rigorous and strict order of Kahuna and Ali’i observed Ku rituals. Those rites demanding human sacrifice to either avert a calamity or  impending battle or war in hopes of victory against an enemy.

LONO:  Lono is associated with fertility, agriculture, rainfall, music and also peace. In one of the many Hawaiian legends of Lono, he is a fertility and music god who descended to Earth on a rainbow to marry Laka. In agricultural and planting traditions, Lono was identified with rain and food plants.

KANALOA: Kanaloa was the god of the ocean, a healer god, and the springs of fresh water and the close companion of Kane. Kanaloa is also considered to be the god of the Underworld and the teacher of magic. 

DRINKING OF AWAWithin the practices of worshiping these Gods of AKUA there was a single drink that held the HIGHEST of religious significance to the ancient Hawaiians, due to its narcotic properties special cultural emphasis was placed on AWA (Kava) This root-based beverage, a psychoactive and a relaxant, was used to consecrate meals, long work days and commemorate ceremonies by the Ali’i and Kahuna. It is often referred to in Hawaiian chants. Different varieties of the root were used by the Cast System of Ali’i Nui, Ali’i, Kahuna and Makaʻāinana.  The brew served as an “introduction to mysticism into the relm of the Gods and Akua”.

The ALI’I NUI or just ALI’I were believed to be “managers” of the land for the Gods or AKUA. That is, the Ali’i controlled those who worked on the land (AINA), which were the makaʻāinana (commoners.) What the ALI’I NUI said was LAW passed down to them from the Gods. All Worshiped AKUA and the FOUR GODS of AKUA including the ALI’I NUI (NUI meaning the HIGHEST ROYALTY and CHIEFS) as there had been lower and higher chiefs…Nui being the HIGHEST OF THEM ALL. These Lands or aina the Ali’i Nui controlled had been called:

ahupuaaAHUPUA’A: An Ahupua’a is an old Hawai’i term for a large traditional socioeconomic/ geologic/ climatic subdivision of land usually within a Valley ruled by a single ALI’I NUI or group of ALI’I. Many times an ALI’I NUI (High Chief) would give an ALI’I (Lower Chief) an Ahupua’a to control as an ALI’I NUI could not control multiple Ahupua’a’s on his own. An Ali’i would then distribute power to a KONOHIKI…A headman or like a KAHU which was the caretaker of smaller areas within the Ahupua’a.

The Hawaiians or Makaʻāinana (Commoners) maintained an agricultural system that contained two major classes; irrigated and rain-fed systems. In the irrigated systems the Hawaiians grew mostly taro (kalo) and in the rain-fed systems they grew mostly uala (sweet potatoes), yams, and dryland taro in addition to other small crops.This dryland cultivation was also known as the mala. It also consisted of (Kalo) Taro, (Niu) coconuts, (ʻulu) breadfruit, (Maiʻa) bananas, and (Ko) sugar cane. The Kukui tree was sometimes used as a shade to protect the mala from the sun. Each crop was carefully placed in an area that was most suitable to its needs. Hawaiians also raised dogs, chickens, and pigs that were domesticated. They also made use of personal gardens at their own houses. Water was a very important part of Hawaiian life…it was not only used for fishing, bathing, drinking, and gardening, but also for aquaculture systems in the rivers and at the shore’s edge. The ahupuaʻa consisted most frequently of a slice of an island that went from the top of the local mountain valley to the shore, often following the boundary of a waterfall and stream drainage system. Each ahupuaʻa included a lowland mala (cultivated area) and upland forested region. An Ahupuaʻa varied in size depending on the economic means of the location and political divisions of the area. “As the native Hawaiians used the resources within their ‘ahupua’a, they practiced aloha (respect), laulima (cooperation), and malama (stewardship) which resulted in a desirable pono (balance)”. The Hawaiians believed that the land, the sea, the clouds and all of nature had a certain interconnectedness which is why they used all of the resources around them to reach the desired balance in life. Sustainability was maintained by the konohiki and kahuna: priests, who restricted the fishing of certain species during specific seasons, whcih was part of a KAPU. They also regulated the gathering of plants under a KAPU. Each Ahupua’a was divided into smaller sections called ‘ili and the ‘ili were divided into kuleana’s, also meaning (responsibility). These were plots of land that were cultivated by the common people. These people paid weekly labor taxes to the land overseer. These taxes went to support the chief by ways of crops. The common people had plenty of leisure time between planting and cultivating for themselves and the Ali’i.

Within each AHUPUA’A was the VILLAGE and each Village consisted of a:

HEIAU

  • Heiau, temple to the gods. They were built on high-rising stone terraces and adorned with wood and stone carved idols. A source of great mana or divine power, the heiau was restricted to aliʻi, the king andkahuna, or priests.
  • Hale aliʻi, the house of the chief. It was used as a residence for the high chief and meeting house of the lesser chiefs. It was always built on a raised stone foundation to represent high social standing. Kahili, or feather standards, were placed outside to signify royalty. Women and children were banned from entering.
  • Hale pahu, the house of the sacred hula instruments. It held the pahu drums. It was treated as a religious space as hula was a religious activity in honor of the goddess Laka.
  • Hale papaʻa, the house of royal storage. It was built to store royal implements including fabrics, prized nets and lines, clubs, spears and other weapons.
  • Hale ulana, the house of the weaver. It was the house where craftswomen would gather each day to manufacture the village baskets, fans, mats and other implements from dried pandanus leaves called lauhala.
  • Hale mua, the men’s eating house. It was considered a sacred place because it was used to carve stone idols of ʻaumakua or ancestral gods. Men and women could not eat with each other for fear that men were vulnerable while eating to have their mana, or divine spirit, stolen by women. Women ate at their own separate eating house called the hale ʻaina. The design was meant for the men to be able to enter and exit quickly.
  • Hale waʻa, the house of the canoe. It was built along the beaches as a shelter for their fishing vessels. Hawaiians also stored koa logs used to craft the canoes.
  • Hale lawaiʻa, the house of fishing. It was built along the beaches as a shelter for their fishing nets and lines. Nets and lines were made by a tough rope fashioned from woven coconut husks. Fish hooks were made of human, pig or dog bone. Implements found in the hale lawaiʻa were some of the most prized possessions of the entire village.
  • Hale noho, the living house. It was built as sleeping and living quarters for the Hawaiian family unit.
  • Imu, the communal earth oven. Dug in the ground, it was used to cook the entire village’s food including puaʻa or pork. Only men cooked using the imu.

CASTE SYSTEM OF HAWAIIWhen all was said and done everything the Hawaiian Culture was built upon was based on the KAPU, ALI’I CASTE and MANA system of AKUA

These Systems of Religion held ancient Hawaiian society together, affecting habits, lifestyles, work methods, social policy and law. The Foundational system of Hawaiian Culture was based on RELIGIOUS KAPU or TABOOS. There was a correct way to live, to worship, and even to eat. Examples of KAPU included the provision that men and women could not eat together. Fishing and planting was limited to specified seasons of the year. The shadow of the ALI’I NUI must not be touched as it would be considered stealing of the Ali’i’s mana, which was their Spiritual Energy and Power. Kapu would be placed on objects, other people, places or things…if a Ali’i Nui placed a KAPU on the HONU (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle) No one could touch or cast a shadow on one and of every caught killing or eating one DEATH would be the only punishment. If A shadow was casted upon an Ali’i Death would also follow. If there was a Kapu on fishing and you went fishing…again you would be killed. Human sacrifice was a part of the kapu system. The ALI’I believed as well as the Kahuna that the Ali’i gained more power from such Kapu’s and SacrificesKapu was derived from traditions and beliefs from Hawaiian worship of gods, demigods and ancestral Mana. The forces of nature were personified through the four main Gods of Akua. The Hawaiian mystical worldview brought to the commen people by the Ali’i Nui, Ali’i and Kahuna allowed for different Gods and spirits to take over all aspect of the natural world which controlled daily life for the Hawaiian people.

kamehameha monarchyThis KAUP SYSTEM as well as worshiping Gods lasted for thousands of years, but ended with the DEATH of the First KING of HAWAII…KING KAMEHAMEHA THE GREAT. The Kapu and way of life for the Hawaiians was broken down by his bloodline, the Kamehameha children and the Missionaries that soon followed. With the KINGS death in 1819 the inevitable end of the sovereignty and monarchy of Hawai’i followed in 1893, with THE OVERTHROW of Hawaii’s monarchy which was finalized in 1898 with the ANNEXATION of Hawaii to AMERICA.  It took just 79 years to lose HAWAII from the time of Kamehameha the Greats Death.

 

 

 

HONEYMOON in HAWAII

honeymoon in hawaiiA honeymoon to Hawaii is one of the most special occasion in a couples lifetime, an occasion that will be remembered for the rest of their lives. It’s a time that will make an impression on you and perhaps make it clear if you wish to visit such a place like Hawaii again to relive those days you first got married and fell in love. These are the memories you will take with you…the hopes and dreams as a couple as you move forward through life. Hawaiian Honeymoons are what dreams are made of…but if you want it to be a dream…make sure you know, what you want from it…where you want to stay and what kind of adventures you wish to seek…

Anyone can book airfare and a hotel…but how will you know where to stay…what island to visit…What adventures to seek out? You need people who have been there, seen and done that….YEAH…THAT’S US!!! We have seen it all, done everything you could think of doing and we’ll go over as much of it as we can on this podcast about Honeymooning in Hawaii….Here at HAWAII ALOHA TRAVEL and WAYDE’S WORLD HAWAII we know we are “LUCK TO LIVE HERE…now we want you to be LUCKY YOU TOOK YOUR HONEYMOON HERE!

HAWAII, an example to the World

AN EXAMPLE HAWAIIIn a World of Darkness…Hawaii shines as a great example of Aloha Spirit and tolerance…But Hawaii was NOT always that way…Hawaii is possibly most notorious for intolerance… Being the youngest state in the nation, Hawai’i became the 50th state of the United States in 1959, and actually acknowledged its 55th year as part of our country this past Friday, August 15th. Some Hawaiian sovereignty activists believe that Hawai’i still remains, or should once again become, an independent nation, many here still argue that the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893 was illegal and resulted from an armed invasion by the United States…WELLIT DID!

Despite the history that trails behind Hawai’i becoming part of the US, today most residents live together in relative peace. Hawai’i is known as the melting pot of the Pacific, meaning there is a large blending of ethnicities including Hawaiian, Portuguese, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Mexican, African American, Caucasian and many others. But for the most part, all live in harmony in Hawaii. Through everything Hawaii has been through…It’s truly an example to the rest of the world about how different races can coexist in one place, get along and be at peace with each other.

It would be naive however to say that we ALL get along every waking minute of the day. Of course there is some racial profiling and name-calling (haoles, mokes, Portagees, etc.) that exists in Hawai’i, but you really don’t see much political unrest like many of the other states have. We don’t have protests over racial disparages, police shootings based on discrimination or gang violence…But why?

I guess we could start with the general disposition of local people. Mostly quiet, reserved, self-conscious, respectful, peaceful, not looking to stand out in a crowd or make a scene. Hawaii has a laid back attitude and it’s been that way for a very long time. The ALOHA SPIRIT…it’s just here…in us, in the air, the water, the land…it’s a powerful thing that just doesn’t exist anywhere else on earth and when you visit Hawaii or leave Hawaii you either feel it or miss it…You also carry it with you no matter where you go and sharing the aloha spirit is a great gift the world deserves. We tell people…You can explain the Aloha Spirit…they need to feel it for themselves…and once they do…there is no going back.

We know we are lucky to live Hawaii, but we are truly blessed to carry, understand and share what the Aloha Spirit is to the world…it’s an example to the World indeed to live Aloha~ Love.

 

Sports in Hawaii

Sports in HawaiiSports in hawaii is pretty much non existent when it comes to Pro Sports…except for SURFING so if you plan on moving here don’t expect to get excited about the Hawaii Sports world! The Ironman Triathlon, Triple Crown of Surfing and the PGA are the closest you will get here in HAWAII and even the NFL PROBOWL has been an on and off thing here in Hawaii…We hope it comes back for good…COME ONGIVE US THE PROBOWL FOR GOOD…PLEASE HAWAII!!! 

Ignorance is bliss I guess for those who have lived their lives without any major professional sports teams and it’s hard to pick ones to root for on the mainland…I guess it’s a bunch of bandwagon types here, could be the NFL chargers in football one year, the Patriots another or the Seahawks the next year, if you are winning, well I guess people in Hawaii are following you and buying hats and t-shirts…but you won’t see anyone with gear on of a loser here, well you may see some wearing Raiders gear…god help those poor souls…lol. There is just no dedication to Pro Sports teams here, not sure they know what that is in Hawaii…some also pick a team that have a player on it from the Rainbow warriors football team or baseball team that make it to the Pros and go with that…Since COACH CHOW took over the Rainbow Warrior college football team they have been a complete stinker and Chow knows it, but lets look past that Hawaii doesn’t have any pro football, baseball, basketball, hockey or anything else…What they do have are all the Watersports and Extreme sports of the world as well as PRO SURFING…The sports here in Hawaii are actually sports that any of us can have a go at so why not get out there and try surfing, bodyboarding, spear fishing, free diving, wind sailing, beach volleyball, stand up paddle boarding, Kayaking, Hiking and the list goes on and on…SO DON’T GIVE UP HAWAII…if you can’t find any sports on TV that gets you excited to watch in Hawaii…just get out and do your own sports!

QUIT BITCHING HAWAII

quit bitching hawaiiOk…so we here in Hawaii don’t really have anything to bitch about…RIGHT? Well…Maybe…or maybe not…Just because we live in Hawaii, the MOST AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL PLACE on EARTH, doesn’t mean we DON’T BITCH…We got issues and problems here just like anywhere else in the world, but SERIOUSLY… what could we possibly BITCH about here in Hawaii? Well…lets break it all down for you guys…there are plenty!

 

trafficCOULD IT BE TRAFFIC?

YES!

 

 

 

SWIMSUIT READYCOULD IT BE HAVING TO BE SWIMSUIT READY 24/7?

YES!

 

 

 

LEAVING YEARLYCOULD IT BE HAVING TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS ON A YEARLY BASIS?

YES!

 

 

 

cost of livingCOULD IT BE THE COST OF LIVING?

YES!

 

 

 

RUNNING INTO EXCOULD IT BE RUNNING INTO YOUR X’s AND PEOPLE YOU HATE 24/7 ON A SMALL ISLAND?

YES!

 

 

 

AND THE LIST goes ON and ON…You’ll hear them all…but in the end…is there really anything serious to BITCH about in Hawaii? Not really, considering we are the luckiest people in the world to live here, but what the hell!

HAWAII HISTORY in a NUTSHELL

Hawaiian History( * EXCUSE US once again for the AUDIO issues…Not truly having the funds to have a fully funtional Studio has created issues for us, but we are always trying to fix them…Mahalo Nui Loa for your Kokua, understanding ) So when did it all start in Hawaii? With what History tells us the first settlers to the Islands arrived from the Marquesas sometime around 500 known as the TRUE Hawaiians or “KANAKA MAOLI”…Settlers from Tahiti arrived sometime in 1000 and may have enslaved the Marquesans.  The Marquesans, also known as Menehune, had been a much smaller race…Tahitians had been much stronger and larger, forcing them to build temples and work in the fields. The Menehune had been the true first settlers to Hawaii, making them the true Original Hawaiians of the islands. Today the invasion of the Tahitians are known by all as the HAWAIIANS “Kanaka” who currently live on Hawaii with possible bloodlines of the Menehune still on the last known locations of Kauai and Niihau…In a Nut shell that explains the time before the West discovered Hawaii. The WARRIOR race of Hawaiians known today had been the Tahitian Warriors that invaded HAWAII so many years ago…King Kamehameha the Great, being the Largest, most powerful and greatest Tahitian/Hawaiian Warrior of them all at at over 7 feet tall and 350 pounds. But is this a story and myth or is this fact? IT’S FACT and this is how we know…it is WELL KNOWN that the ALI’I NUI…ROYAL CHEIFS wore the feather cape of Royalty in the Red and Yellow feathers…The Cape still exits today and is the length of 7 Feet…Hawaiian chiefs NEVER EVER let their feather capes touch the ground when worn in Battle…So Kamehameha stood well over 7 Feet…possibly 7’3″ or 7’4″ in his prime. 

Hawaiian History4The British explorer Captain James Cook was the first known Westerner to sight the island of Oahu, on January 18, 1778 sometime after his exploration of Tahiti. He was killed in a fight with Hawaiians when he returned to the islands a year later, Turning his gun on the chief was abad, bad idea. With this discovery of Hawaii many Westerners would soon come to the islands with the idea of conquest in mind. Powerful Hawaiian rulers of Royalty (Ali’i Nui) battled for control of the island chain. In 1795, King Kamehameha the Great, who controlled the Big Island of Hawaii, captured Maui and Molokai and set his eyes on Oahu. Kamehameha’s large fleet of battle canoes landed in present-day Waikiki which is all part of Hawaii history. His warriors moved across the valley and into the mountains pursuing the late Chief of Maui and now Chief of Oahu, Kalanikupule, who took rule from his late dead father, Kahekili, who was ruler of Maui and Oahu. From the first battle on Maui against Kalani to his battle at Punch Bowl and his last at Nu’uanu Pali, Kamehemeha was relentless in uniting the Hawaiian islands. Several months later after the coward Kalani had ran from the battle of Maui and Oahu he was found in the mountains and put in front of the the Great King where he was sacrified! Kahmehameha’s place as ruler and King of the Hawaiian islands was complete with the surrender of Kauai’s cheif Kaumualii.

Hawaiian History5During the reign of King Kamehameha Honolulu was a village of small huts near the water, but it was clear to sailors that Honolulu harbor offered a perfect place to set anchor. As more ships came, Honolulu began to grow and grow so King Kamehameha moved his residence from Waikiki to Honolulu to tighten his control on the sandalwood trade, but his reign ended in 1819 when he passed of natural causes. By the 1820s, whaling ships began to stop in Honolulu. Their crews were a rough crowd. Taverns and brothels soon followed. Not far behind after the Kings Death were Christian and Morman missionaries who traveled to the islands to convert the Hawaiians, who the Christians called savages and sinners. The missionaries exerted enormous power and influence by the mid 1,800’s and they managed to convince the Hawaiian royalty to change their Kapu ways as well as prosecute drunken sailors and curb the growing prostitution trade. Most whaling boats abandoned Honolulu for the safer confines of Lahaina on Maui. The sons of these original missionaries would in time become businessmen who wielded enormous power in the islands. They cheated and lied to the Hawaiian people and took control of most of the land, and operated large and profitable sugar plantations with slave like labor. Westerners also brought many diseases that decimated the native Hawaiian population. Faced with a worker shortage, the plantation owners brought in thousands of Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Filipinos, and Koreans to work the land and today this is the base of the major diversity and melting pot Hawaii is today.

Hawaiian History6Hawaii had become a desirable place to outsiders. In 1843, the British held the island for five months before being defeated. The French followed in 1849, also being defeated. The Hawaiians got their kingdom back again and again, but could not stop the steady flow of foreigners coming to the islands and with each group of outsiders that came, more disease and death followed for the Hawaiians who had no immune system to fight these illnesses. By 1893, the Hawaiian kingdom was once again under siege by outsiders when AMERICANS had flooded Hawaii…at this point the Hawiian Kingdom and the Hawaiian warriors had been decimated with disease…they had almost no one left to defend Hawaii. 

Hawaiian History3Haole Sugarcane planters, the Christian missionaries and American businessmen plotted with the United States Minister to Hawaii, John L. Stevens, to overthrow the Hawaiian monarchy. Queen Lili’uokalani, who had recently succeeded her brother, Kalakaua, was pushing for democratic reforms when she was forced to relinquish her authority. But the queen did not cede her powers to the provisional government that had just overthrown her. She ceded it to the United States with the hope that it would do the right thing for the Hawaiian people. The U.S. President Grover Cleveland agreed the overthrow of the Queen and her people had been illegal. “By an act of war, committed with the participation of a diplomatic representative of the United States,” Cleveland wrote,“and without authority of Congress, the Government of a feeble but friendly and confiding people has been overthrown. A substantial wrong has thus been done which a due regard for our national character as well as the rights of the injured people requires we should endeavor to repair.” Cleveland ordered the lowering of the U.S. flag, but the provisional government refused and fought against Clevelands requests. Hawaiians, greatly outnumbered and at this point without weapons to defend themselves, were no longer in control of their own destiny. The provisional Haole Missionary government in Honolulu systematically tightened its control of the islands, even imprisoning Queen Lili’uokalani for several months in her own Palace that the Late and last King, Kalakaua built for her. By 1898, Hawaiians could only watch as the United States finally annexed the islands, removing and destroying the last of the Monarchy of Hawaii.

Lowering of the Hawiian flagBecause of the overthrow and annexation, Hawaiian control and Hawaiian citizenship were replaced with American control and American citizenship. ALL RIGHTS had been taken away from the Hawaiian people…EVEN TO VOTE! The Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) suffered a unilateral redefinition of their homeland and people, a displacement and a dispossession in their own country…GENOCIDE!  Today, many of the remaining Hawaiians are among the poorest residents on the islands and continue to suffer today while vacationers and travelers watch them smile and dance at Luau’s, never knowing or understand the TRUTH of the dying Hawaiian people, history and culture.

HAWAII US MILITARYFor the United States, the Territory of Hawaii, especially Honolulu, became a key military post. Large installations were built, including bases inside Diamond Head, an extinct volcano and important Honolulu landmark. Massive guns and Pillboxes have taking over many of the historic and cultural locations in Hawaiian history. Many today lost in time. Through the early 1900s, the military presence grew steadily until the Pearl Harbor attack…The United States and Hawaii was brought into war and Hawaii was never the same with…Today there are 11 Military Bases on Oahu and countless live fire locations where the land has been destroyed…The Island of Kahoolawe itself was utterly DESTROYED by the military and still is void of life today…once a very SACRED island and the Largest trading post at one time for Hawaiians…There’s a REASON why vacationers and vistors don’t know of this island or have never heard of it…because the US MILITARY Destroyed it and all the flora and fauna that existed there.

art1aOn August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the fiftieth state of the United States. The Haole celebrated, but for many native Hawaiians, becoming a state was just another suffering blow against dreams of sovereignty. In 1993, in a joint resolution, Congress formally apologized to the Hawaiian people for the illegal overthrow of Queen Lili’uokalani, but that was it! Many KANAKA, native Hawaiians continue to press for some type of sovereignty or the reinstatement of some form of monarchy to give more control to Hawaiians over their land so the Haole can no longer continue to destroy it and it’s limited resources.

tourism hawaiiStatus as a new state, the tourism hype, romantic and often inaccurate Hollywood movies about Hawaii, and the selling of the Hawaiian culture that barely exists today has turned the islands into a major travel destination for Americans and Japanese. Honolulu’s Waikiki District, which in the 1900’s was mostly wetlands, Taro and Banana fields has came to host more than 9 MILLION PEOPLE A YEAR NOW. Waikiki can no longer house the vistors coming so they will expand and expand until Waikiki falls into the ocean. With this uncontrolled growth, Homelessness has gone up, Rent have gone up, Hotel costs have gone up, food costs and taxes have goe up…and many Honolulu residents, kama’aina, locals and Kanaka Maoli soon will be unable to afford to buy their own homes or live off their incomes while the rich move in and buy up Oahu from the outside. There are Tourism jobs, but many are low-paying jobs. Today a land that the GREAT KING fought for and united has became heavily dependent on tourism, especially Japanese tourism. By 2020 the Medium House price in Oahu will reach 1 Million dollars…our question is…if that is true…Who will be living here except the rich and who will be working at McDonalds, Starbucks or Walmart to serve the rich? Hawaii has come so far hasn’t it…Are we still lucky to live Hawaii? Yes….Are there changes that need to be reversed…Yes…will they be and will HAWAII one day again be the most incredible place to live and love…We believe so, but we need to get back to the OLD WAYS…the ways of the Kanaka Maoli…Balance is Key and we are tiping in the wrong direction as of today.

 

 

 

CLIMATES of HAWAII

Climate in HawaiiThey say HAWAII has most of the CLIMATES of the WORLD…and, well…IT’S TRUE! Some say 11 of the 13 Micro Climates, but in fact they only have 8 of the 13 Micro Climates and 4 of the 5 Major Climates.

If you live in Hawaii or have vacationed here and have visited the Rainforest Valleys of Kauai or the Snow covered Volcanic mountain tops of the Island of Hawaii you know you have felt all the climates of paradise. Hawaii with all its climate zones have unique ecosystems and weather characteristics and changes. A climate change can take place depending on the elevation, pressure variations, rainfall and wind. From humid tropical zones at 500 feet to the Alpine zones at over 10,000 feet…Hawaii has everything you could ever want and when it comes to Weather…well…overall you can’t beat it anywhere on Earth…Just one more reason why we are so Lucky to Live Hawaii.

SUPERNATURAL in HAWAII

supernatural 1The SUPERNATURAL in Hawaii runs Deep and we can’t cover ALL OF HAWAII so today we will focus on some of the Ghosts, Supernatural and Stories of old here on OAHU…From the Battle at Nu’uanu Pali to the Falls of Kapena where the Demigod of POKI, which was where the Guardian Dogs of Nu’uanu lived…there are Supernatural being and places across the island…We’ll get into some of these amazing Ghosts and Spirits of MANA here on Oahu.

 

NIGHTMARCHERS 2One of the most Supernatural beings of ALL OF HAWAII are the NIGHTMARCHERS! These guys SCARE THE S#IT OUT OF US…Nightmarchers (huaka’i pō or “Spirit Ranks,” ‘oi’o) are the “MANA” SPIRITS of ancient Hawaiian warriors. On the nights of Kane, Ku, Lono, Akua, or on the nights of Kaloa they are said to come forth from their burial sites to march out to past battles or to other sacred places. They march at sunset and just before the sun rises. Anyone living near their path may hear chanting and marching, and must go inside to avoid notice. They might appear during the day if coming to escort a dying relative to the spirit world. Anyone looking upon or seen by the marchers will die unless a relative is within the marcher’s ranks- some people maintain that if you lie face down on the ground they will not see you. This is to show respect. However, if exiting the area is the fastest option, it is recommended. Placing leaves of the ti (Cordyline sp.) around one’s home is said to keep away all evil spirits, and will cause the huaka’i pō to avoid the area. Another thing is to always highly respect the night marchers which can result in great things.

NANAUE 3Another STORY is that of the WESTSIDE Legend of the SHARK DEMIGOD…and the Lair of NANAUE (The SharkMan) Half Shark/Half Man…The LAIR was KANEANA CAVE and it still exists today…It’s near Makua beach in Makaha…at one time there was a passage to the sea far back in the cave.  After NANAUE would capture his victim he would bring them back to the cave to devour them.  His ominous presence is till strong there.  This cave is also where mankind was brought to form there by the Akua (god) or Kane.

These are just a Few of the Supernatural stories, Ghosts, Demidogs we will discuss in this weeks Podcast so sit back, relax, turn the lights down, light a candle and just…Listen!

OVERWEIGHT in HAWAII

NOTE!!! (Podcast is fixed but still over modulated, my bad, that will be taken care of the next show……)

OVERWEIGHT IN HAWAIIWe know how many people have a hard time losing WEIGHT in general, but doing it before vacation? It’s even harder…We don’t hold the Key to losing weight before your vacation, but we do know many attempt to do it and we wanted to give those who are having a hard time with their weight some advice as well as some  encouragement…Being overweight is a touchy subject and some joke about their weight, others take it seriously and become defensive…we’ll talk about both sides…it’s what we do…so lets go over some things you should start to do if you DO have intention to lose weight for your vacation, but first you must understand 100% that DIETS DO NOT WORK…EVER! When you make the choice to lose weight you are not going on a diet…you’re making a LIFE STYLE CHANGE that you will continue after your vacation…period!

over weight big guy girl

First…if you are 40 pounds over your normal weight for your height and size (BMI) Body Mass Index…you are OBESE! We see far too many people Obese vacationing in Hawaii…So if you know you are 30-40 or more pounds over weight your focus shouldn’t be to look hot in some nut huggers or bikini…Your focus should be just to feel fucking confortable in your own skin…you should be thinking about what it will take to go snorkeling, Hiking, walking, ENJOYING HAWAII and not just sitting around and huffing and puffing…You can’t be perfect…but at least you can feel better than you do today so that when you go on Vacation you can really do the things everyone comes to Hawaii to do!

over weight big girlSo where do you start? Well, first off…don’t start off by FUCKING YOURSELF! It’s all about your WILL and once you HIDE THINGS, LIE  and SABOTAGE yourself…you can just forget it, but if you have the WILL and POWER…keep reading…
START 8-12 MONTHS out from your vacation6 MONTHS minimum!
Clean your cabinets of sugars, all fried foods and other diet-killing junk foods that say they are FAT FREE yet contain high amounts of real or fake sugar. Also…No processed foods! NO MORE LIQUOR… Alcohol is packed with calories. Go grocery shopping and BUY REAL FOODS: vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains…NO BEEF, chicken breast, turkey and fish high in Omega 3 fats. How many Calories are you taking in a day…lets cut those down…depending on your body height and weight. It’s also time to hit the home gym…Add moderate exercise to the mix with 5 days cardio M-F, 3 days lifting weights M-W-F, 30-60 mins a day. You can do this at home and around the house…you don’t need to pay for a gym membership to get healthy and in good shape. Buy basic 10 & 20 pound weights.

Basics for eating during the start of your LIFE STYLE CHANGE…

YOU MUST Eat breakfast every day..Eat raw fruit, yogurt, granola, hard-boiled eggs Organic peanut butter with celery or carrots….wheat or grain bagel or bread. Eat a healthy snack before lunch. Again, fruit, yogurt, nuts, oatmeal. LUNCH is your largest and most important meal of the day. Fish, chicken, turkey with a Veg and a small starch with fruit, yogurt and nuts. Have an afternoon snack, something healthy as you have been eating all day, Nuts, celery, carrots, cukes, yogurt, make smart choices. The goal is to reach dinner time hungry enough to eat, but not enough to feel as if you’re starving.
Eat a  small dinner. A Large protein (fish, chicken, turkey) and a variety of vegetables, fruits and salad with light dressing, olive oil, balsamic vinegar…etc.
These are life changes, not a diet plan…this is something you stick to the rest of your life and what better way then to change your life for your vacation to Hawaii and the rest of your days…just imagne how healthy you will be NEXT TIME you come to Hawaii…you can change your life, you can change your bad habits…it just takes you…you and your will power to say ENOUGH…I’M READY FOR CHANGE!

TALKING STORY in HAWAII

TALKING STORY IN HAWAIIIt been a few weeks…Wayde and Bruce have been very busy with business so they haven’t been able to do a Podcast, but today they are back with a day off and LOTS OF NEWS to cover…TODAY we catch you up on TWO WEEKS OF NEWS and we TALK STORY about the last two weeks of COMMNETS and QUESTIONS from you guys so just sit back, relax and let the F-BOMBS BEGIN! Next week we have a few days off so we’ll be able to get back on a SUBJECT MATTER…we went so long with news and getting to your Questions we didn’t even have time to talk about BEING SAFE in Hawaii…With recent Tourist Deaths across the island chain we wanted to talk about safety once again…from Mauka to Makai…over land and sea…We’ll touch base about this next week…