KAUAI the garden isle

KAUAI ISLAND

KAUAI in our book is the Oldest most Beautiful and visually Stunning Island in the Hawaiian Chain…it’s had some time to settle in and erode as well, creating some of the most AMAZING RIDGELINES ON EARTH! Kauai is truly the Garden Isle.

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Kauai is an outdoorsman’s playground. If you seek the best Hiking, the best outdoor activities and best camping around, Kauai is for you! If your intentions are to come here and just drink Mai Tais on the beach…Forget it! You come here to seek adventure, to test your skills from fishing, kayaking, hiking, camping, horseback riding, scuba diving, ziplining and everything else under the sun.

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At approximately six million years old, it is the oldest of the main islands. The highest peak on this mountainous island is Kawaikini at 5,243 feet…The second highest peak is Wai’ale’ale near the center of the island, 5,148 feet. The wettest spots on Earth, with an annual average rainfall of 460 inches is located on the east side of Mount Waiʻaleʻale. The high annual rainfall has eroded deep valleys in the central mountains, carving out canyons with many scenic waterfalls. On the west side of the island, Waimea town is located at the mouth of the Waimea River, whose flow formed the GREAT Waimea Canyon, one of the world’s most scenic canyons, known to all as the Great GRAND CANYON of the Pacific at 3,000 feet deep. The Na Pali Coast is the center for recreation which including Kayaking, Boating or Hiking past amazing Mountain Ridges,  Beaches and Hiking trails.

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In 1778, Captain James Cook arrived at Waimea Bay, he was the first European known to reach the Hawaiian islands and Kauai was the first island he visited. He named the Hawaiian Islands after his patron the Earl of Sandwich. At the time the Hawaiian Islands had been called the SANDWICH ISLANDS.

During the reign of King Kamehameha,  the islands of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau were the last Hawaiian Islands to join the UNITED KINGDOM of HAWAII Their ruler, Kaumuali’i resisted Kamehameha for years. King Kamehameha twice prepared a huge armada of ships and canoes to take the islands by force, and failed; once due to a storm, and the other because of an island wide epidemic. In the face of a third attempt to take Kauai and Ni’ihau by Kamehameha, Kaumualiʻi decided to surrender and join the kingdom of Hawaii without bloodshed in 1810.

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Now with some great info and history out of the way…Lets look into what you will be doing when you visit Kauai as there are an endless about of things to do for those who seek adventure in the ocean, valley’s and Mountains…from Queens Bath, to Tunnels Beach, to Wai ‘ale’ali Crater, to Wailua Falls and Kayaking the Wailua River to even Hiking the Pinnacle of Hiking on the Na Pali Coast Kalalau Trail…all 11 Miles back and forth…if you are seeking Adventure then Kauai is the island for you and we talk about it all during our Lucky We Live Hawaii Podcast…KAUAI…The Garden Isle.

 

HAWAII’s MUSIC SCENE with Bobby Pileggi

MUSIC SCENEIt’s been a very, very long time since we went head on into the Hawaii Music Scene and one of the reasons is it’s taken this long to get someone in Studio who really knows his stuff…Finally we reached out to Braddah Bobby to sit down and talk story about not only his journey to Hawaii, but for him to break down the current state of affairs with the Hawaii Music Scene here on the islands. We have some serious issues that are starting to take form here in paradise.

islandlife_bBobby Pileggi has sent out his message…”We have a very serious problem going on with Honolulu radio programming that is now affecting the culture and the future of Hawaii’s recording artists. As a music publisher for over hundreds of local songwriters and recording artists each week I receive 30 plus calls from premiere recording artists asking “Why are the Honolulu stations not playing much local music anymore?” Well here are the facts…three years ago the radio stations in Honolulu were playing 75+% of local music from Hawaii based recording artists and 25-% of their programming from out of state artists…Now it 45-% local and 55+% out of state. Furthermore the top stations are playing 2-3 songs from the same artist in their top 40 programming. You ask me why…My opinion is that it’s all about ratings versus not taking care of their own! I went to the State Capitol today on your behalf to appeal for help. I received much support from Senators and Congressman and was told that we have to contact the FCC, the stations sponsors and their GMs. If you want more information please inbox me or call me….If you care about Hawaii’s music and the future of Hawaii’s culture ACT NOW! This problem is not going to go away unless we defend Hawaiian music!”

We also talk a little News and do some shout outs…We wanted to Post Jason’s Blog and Podcast as well for families who want to move to Hawaii with kids and are working to make ends meet in Paradise… http://www.thegoteros.com/

Below is Baba B Performing Bobby Pileggi’s Song “ANOTHER RAINBOW”

 

DANGER in HAWAII

10958083_10153046887714530_3845158742639108572_nHawaii may be a vacationers Paradise, but don’t think for a moment something tragic can’t happen to you here in Hawaii. There are many DANGERS when visiting so as long as you are prepared and know what to look for you will be SAFE!
Vacations and Locals die here all the time…almost all of them because they are not properly prepared to deal with the AVOIDABLE DANGERS. You need to know what can and can’t kill you…When people hear that there is no animals/fish that can kill you here except for the Tiger Shark people sometimes let their guard down while out in nature…However Hawaii is WILD in it’s own way and if you don’t watch it and know what to look for and avoid…NATURE WILL bite you and you may just die from that bite.
So what are the biggest dangers in Hawaii you all need to be cautious of here in Paradise…
OCEAN DANGERTHE #1 DANGER in HAWAII is THE OCEAN
Of all the reasons people come to Hawaii is for the Ocean and Sun. The Ocean has killed more people than anything else in Hawaii and it’s because people just don’t understand what the dangers are.
WAVES are a KILLER… CURRENTS, RIP TIDES and the CORAL REEF can cut you in HALF…Drowning is the TOP KILLER here!
These are top concerns when visiting Hawaii…if you don’t understand and know the Hawaii Ocean…you shouldn’t be going in it.
The Ocean here can drop off quickly, the Waves and Currents ARE POWERFUL and they don’t always have to be BIG to hurt you. Certain Beaches are Dangerous all year and others only certain times of the year. You need to know your limits and what beaches you can and shouldn’t be going to. ALWAYS LOOK AT BEACH SIGNS and TALK TO THE LIFEGUARD on the current beach conditions to be safe! do not SWIM in Waters that have strong currents, white water and no Lifeguards to be safe. NEVER go in the ocean alone…NEVER…always have a swim buddy! WINTER brings Large Dangerous swells to the North Shores while the south shores are safer…in the SUMMER the North Shore is calm while the South Shore is more dangerousALWAYS watch for the Surf and weather forecast and look for the High and Low tide before you go out for the day…BE SMART…the more INFO you have…the SAFER you will be! If you are ever in trouble and you happen to get caught in a rip current never swim against it…always swim parallel to the beach and out of the pull current…once you don’t feel the pull and it gets weaker swim into shore!
REEF DANGERSAlways wear PROPER GEAR when swimming, surfing, snorkeling or scuba diving…wear protective clothing…don’t be foolish…Do your research on what to wear…a rash guard is essential…board shorts, fins, mask, snorkel, gloves, reef shoes, bright colors etc…Do your research because the CORAL REEF can cut you and open you up like a pig and the last thing you want to do is start bleeding in the ocean…you don’t want something else coming after you! Always be careful on any reef…above or below water…above you can slip and get knocked out or cut badly…under the water the current and waves can toss you into the reef cutting you up as well…you must be prepared for such things and if you get cut by the reef you must see a Doctor ASAP…Coral is ALIVE and can infect your skin and start to grow under your flesh…YOU DON’T WANT THAT HAPPENING! Knowledge is power and education keeps you safe!
CLIFF DANGERSOCEAN ROCK WALLS AND LEDGES are another big killer…If you are Ocean level on a rock lava wall or an ocean ledge…you have a chance to die…simple as that…If you see water on the walls or ledges you are standing on…it’s time to wake up and get off those WET areas…if it’s WET under your feet…Waves are reaching that area…and if Waves are reaching that area you will get swept away into the ocean and once you enter the ocean…you got less than a 50% chance of living. If you are near the oceans edge when it comes to rock walls there is a Good Chance you may come in contact with a BLOW HOLE or a Lava Tube that connects to the open ocean shoving water up through it….Tourists think this is fun to stick their Heads near the hole or walk over them or get only a few feet away and get wet…Well…if you think this is fun…you’ll have a 50/50 chance of seriously getting hurt or even killed!
CLIFF JUMPING is for the STUPID and DUMB…or the Daredevil Teen who doesn’t have the wisdom to realize they are risking their lives…Don’t be stupid in Hawaii and jum to your death!
TURNING YOUR BACK ON THE OCEAN….it’s right up there with turning youR back on a GRIZZLY BEAR 3 feet behind you…DON’T DO IT!
HIKING DANGERSHIKING VALLEY and RIDGES…Both can be dangerous for different reasons, but if you know the Dangers you can remain safe! We break down all the Hiking Dangers in HIGH DETAIL on an earlier Podcast called ” HIKING SAFETY” so please check that Podcast out here: http://luckywelive808.com/hiking-safety-the-ins-outs-of-an-eroding-hawaiian-landscape/#more-227
VALLEY DANGERSVALLEY HIKES can be dangerous for many reason…some of them are the fact that Valleys are Humid as well as Wet and Muddy…slipping and falling is very possible on valley Hikes and the major concerns with Valley Hikes are: FLASH FLOODS, ROCKFALLS and MUDSLIDES. When it comes to entering Valleys your main goal is most likely reaching the Waterfall at the end of it…but one of the biggest mistakes people make is when they reach the waterfall at the end may it be a standing pool below it or a swimming pool below it…YOU DON’T want to spend more then a Minute or Two taking Selfies or pictures with you under the Falls…Being under a Waterfall is one of the MOST DANGEROUS places you can be in the valley…Just remember this…a Pebble the size of a Quarter or bigger falling from a very tall Waterfall wiLL crush a hole in your skull…so just remember that…If you want a seriously tragic case of this…please look up the Tragedy at Sacred Falls on Oahu. Still to this day…Rock falls happen there as well as many other waterfall locations…Also…Jumping from High Waterfalls with Large pools below…DON’T DO IT…if you jump and enter the water where the water is flowing into the pool below…yes, the water will be deep and that’s not the problem…the problem is the power of the falls can be so powerful that it can hold you down and even get you stuck somewhere under the falls…again…don’t be stupid!
RIDGE DANGERSRIDGE HIKES are even more dangerous…mainly because the Ridge is HIGHLY EXPOSED to the ELEMENTS from the Sun, to the Wind to the Rain…The Hawaiian Islands are created by Volcanic Rock…This Volcanic Rock is HIGHLY POROUS and Highly Porous rock is very EROSIVE…meaning the Ridge terrain of Hawaii’s Mountain range is never the same and always changing and eroding…You must deal with the elements and the erosive landscape…Many have died simple walking and hiking the ridge as the volcanic rock would collapse right under their feet. You also have to deal with rain and wind storms that can come and go across the top of the mountain range within minutes depending on the wind currents and trade winds.
Bottom Line HIKING is a SPORT…and with all Sports there are dangers, but when you are up against Mother Nature in Hawaii the only way you can win or stay safe is with Knowledge and Education…KNOW HIKING and Know it in HAWAII because Hiking in Hawaii is unlike hiking anywhere else because of the erosion of the Hawaiian landscape. If you are not prepared to Hike the Hawaiian Landscape and don’t educate yourself on the dangers of Hiking…You could be on the 5 o’clock news…you don’t want to be on the 5 o’clock news folks.
So lets go over a quick list of other dangers to be careful of in Hawaii…
STREET DANGERSCROSSING THE STREET
You may laugh, but Locals don’t and many have lost friends and loved ones because of it…If there is something to worry about after the Ocean…it’s other Human Drivers driving and not paying attention to pedestrians…You need to be on the DEFENSIVE and follow the laws when it comes to crossing the street and basic road rules. We see too many deaths these days from pedestrians on our streets.
 DEHY DANGERSDEHYDRATION
Always stay Hydrated at ALL TIMES while out across Hawaii…it could save your life. Strenuous activity, excessive sweating, or a fever are common causes of dehydration. So are staying in the sun too long, not drinking enough fluids, and visiting or moving to a warm region where it doesn’t often rain or hve moisture in the air. Alcohol and Caffeine only  increase dehydration. Sometimes only WATER isn’t the best idea when it comes to losing water and sodium from your body during strenuous activities so have some Sport drinks with you like GATORADE and even Sports Gels like GATORADE ENERGY CHEWS,  as well as GATORADE FUEL for before your activity and GATORADE RECOVERY for after your activity…The Gels are to be taken during your activity along with Whey Gatorade Protein Bars along with you Gatorade Thurst Quencher which is the regular Gatorade most people get.
LIMITS DANGERSKNOW YOUR LIMITS and ABILITIES
Never over estimate your Abilities…there is no reason to show off or act cool…if you do that you’ll be six feet under…know you can always turn back….never be a tuff guy and show off…BE YOU…it’s ok.
LAVA DANGERS
DON’T ATTEMPT TO WALK  LAVA FIELDS or WALK on HOT LAVA. There is little to no chance you will find your way out of a Lava field…there are no markers and getting lost or coming close to flowing lava, vents or Tubes is a sure way to be sent home in a Body Bag, that’s if they find you…DON’T DO IT unless You have a Professional Guide and Volcanologist!
COCONUT DANGERSCOCONUT TREES
Go ahead laugh again…DON’T MAKE IT A HABIT of SLEEPING or RESTING under a COCONUT TREE that have Coconuts on them….150 PEOPLE die a Year from Falling Coconuts30 times more likely than dying from a Shark…You’re not laughing anymore are you?
SUN DANGERSSUN EXPOSURE and POISONING
NO JOKE…even I got degree burns from the Hawaiian Sun after falling asleep on the beach one evening after being drunk…I only woke up when it was too late…3 hours sun exposure put me in the Hospital…Don’t be me…I’m waiting for that cancer to show up…no joke!
LEPO DANGERSLEPTOSPIROSIS
Drinking exposed water to the elements or from Farms up stream can give you Lepto…Open Cuts can also give Lepto when exposed to running water from Streams or Waterfalls…
BUG DANGERSANIMALS & BUGS
Boars, Sharks,  Centipedes, Cane Spider, Black Widow and the Jumping Spider, Cane Toads, Fire Ants, Poison Dart Frogs, portuguese man of war, Lion Fish/Scorpion Fish, Sea Urchins
*There has been words tossed around that you need to be careful at night around the islands and Honolulu and Waikiki…That people do bad things at night in HAWAII…This is just NON-SENSE…in fact Hawaii is ranked 36th out of the 50 states form crime rates…and by City of HONOLULU is in the TOP 10 at #5 for lowest Crime Rates for a City, but if you want to make a point…Yes…Humans are the most arrogant, ignorant and violence species on Earth, so yes…I would watch my back around other Humans…but I’d watch my back around them no matter where I go or what state or country I live in.

Stuggling to Find a JOB in Hawaii

FINDING A JOB IN HAWAIINo one has ever moved to Hawaii and had an easy time finding a JOB here…well, unless you have the GODS on your side who allow you to TRANSFER JOBS from the mainland…if you manage that…well Congratufuckinglations…but for the rest of us…it’s a OUTRIGHT BATTLE and the one thing you need to settle down here in Paradise or it’s time to ship out back to the mainland or become homeless in Ala Moana Beach Park!

DONT BE THIS GUYYou never want to be that guy or girl that gives up, leaves Hawaii, goes home and crawls up in a ball crying like a little baby as to why you failed! YOU DON’T WANT TO BE THAT GUY! You seriously need to understand that people fail because they give up and don’t try again…ITS OK TO FAIL…as long as you get back up and try again…God hates a coward and failure and if you made it this far to get to Hawaii you would rather burn in Hell than go back to where you DON’T want to be…Not everyone makes it in Hawaii…Winners do…Leaders do…the rest follow the others home. So what happens if you do have a hard time getting those roots in the ground…getting your first Job to allow you to survive until something better comes around…There is a great first stop even if you have NO EXPERIENCE in a certain field, people ARE looking for those Jobs that need to be filled, but very few apply for, if you have a passion and desire you can do anything if someone teaches or trains you to do, that’s the type of spirit that are in people who Dream…INDEED one search. all Jobs. Ck out this LINK: http://www.indeed.com/q-No-Experience-l-Hawaii-jobs.html

Also we would like you to be well aware of the JOBS that NEED to be filled in Hawaii…Here is a SHORT and EXTENDED List:

ALL THINGS HEALTHCARE (Nurse, Doctor and all things under Health)

ALL THINGS SERVICE ( Hotel service, Restaurant service, Travel service)

ALL THINGS MILITARY

ALL THINGS CONSTRUCTION

ALL THINGS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT JOBS)

*HEADS UP: If you get into those fields you need to make 30K to manage your life with Roomates…if you want to have your own place and manage your life in Hawaii you need to make at least 60K

THIS IS WHO IS HIREING MOST in HAWAII:

  1. Kaiser Permanente- Healthcare and medical work in many different positions at a range of educational levels. Travel Nursing is another good option in Hawaii, for travel nurses, doctors, physical therapists, and others. Higher pay, increased benefits.
  2. Hawaii Pacific Health
  3. State of Hawaii
  4. Bank of Hawaii
  5. AT&T
  6. Booz Allen Hamilton
  7. Macy’s
  8. Castle Medical Center
  9. Kamehameha Schools
  10. Robert Half International
  11. Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  12. Hawaii Medical Service
  13. Hilton Brands
  14. BAE Systems – IT, electronics
  15. Starwood Hotels

JOBS SET TO INCREASE NEXT YEAR 2016:

  1. Home Health/Personal Care Aides
  2. Computer Software Engineers
  3. Medical and Public Health Social Workers
  4. Cargo and Freight Agents
  5. Social & Human Service Asst.
  6. Personal Financial Advisors
  7. Compliance Officers
  8. Water & Liquid Waste Treatment Plant & System Operators
  9. Physical Therapists
  10. Coaches and Scouts
  11. Nursing Aides, Orderlies
  12. Respiratory Therapists
  13. Hairdressers, Hairstylists, etc.
  14. Maritime: Captains, Mates, and Pilots
  15. Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
  16. Interpreters and Translators
  17. Pharmacy Technicians
  18. Skin Care Specialists
  19. Self-Enrichment Teachers
  20. Medical Scientist

HIGHEST DEMAND JOBS in HAWAII 2014:

  1. Engineers – Electronics, Mechanics, Project Management, Combat Systems
  2. Nursing – RNs and LPNS
  3. Physicians – MDs and DOs
  4. Software Engineers
  5. Sales related jobs – Includes medical sales and sales of Caterpillar machinery and equipment.
  6. Military support jobs – US Army and US Air Force.
  7. Teachers for Chinese and English Languages
  8. Network Administrators
  9. Jobs with the State of Hawaii
  10. Maritime Jobs

NEVER GIVE UPPlease don’t forget…We are talking OAHU here…It’s got the Job size to pick from and the population…if your intention is to go to the other islands to find a place to live and a Job expect your challenges to be twice as hard…it’s always best to establish yourself on Oahu…learn the job market…the people and culture…then if you wish to move to another island do so in a few years…You’ll be more understanding of how Hawaii and it’s people work…TRUST US! Now…if you have the LUCKY FORTUNE to transfer to an island because of your mainland Job you are one of the Few and YOU my friend are one lucky SOB…We got nothing really to talk about…except we are very, very jealous…lol.

Your Move and Finding Jobs will NOT BE EASY…you may need to live with roomates, you may need to take a job you don’t like or want, but many do just that here in Hawaii…they Compromise to live the dream…You may need to do the same thing until you find what you’re looking for and are able to afford a place on your own and find a job you are happy with…this is the CRUEL REALITY of LIVING HAWAII!

DONT EVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS…Most people never start because if they don’t make them come true in their eyes they are FAILURES and there is nothing else to hope for…Well…you won’t know till YOU TRY! You are more a COWARD if you don’t try to reach your Dreams and fail then if you don’t try at all and keep dreaming about it. Living in Hawaii is a BLESSING, A GIFT, A DREAM…You need to WORK for this…you need to BLEED for this…Don’t you every think other wise!

If you get through the HARD TIMES…if you BATTLE back your URGE to GIVE UP…and you MAKE IT IN HAWAII….trust me…it will be like you won against the world…You will smile everyday…you will walk, hike, swim, bike with a grin on your face from ear to ear…you will live in a BLISSFUL STATE knowing you have done something so few do because you believed in yourself and you never gave up…You’re living the dream and now you join the club of knowing and understanding fully what LUCKY TO LIVE HAWAII truly means!

 

HAWAII 2015

HAWAII2015Well…another year is here…2015 has been a great start so far, but we have a lot of catching up to do…We cover a lot of news in this Episode to start off the new Year of 2015…We discuss RAIL which has gone almost 1 Billion over budget to Haleiwa Towns new look, we also touch on Social Media again and how the local community and Military have changed the face of Oahu because of it and how RESPECT is needed when traveling across Oahu’s trail…something new comers and even those who have been here for a while still don’t understand…

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We also discuss the New “From Mauka To Makai” Non Profit Wayde and his Crew are forming to change the Face of Hawaii. http://www.maukatomakai.org/ We also talk about plans for the new year and moving to Hawaii in 2015 and the challenges we need to look out for as Hawaii is NOT a cheap place to move to…No matter the issues Hawaii has…it’s still worth moving and living here. We are turly Lucky to Live Hawaii…yesterday, today and everyday from this point forward.

Giving out a SHOUT OUT to our Braddah up North…Braddah Jason…one of the BIGGEST “LOST” Fans on Earth…now we just need to get Braddah Jason out to do our LOST TOUR!…Check out his Killer Video!

THE HAWAII CHRISTMAS MUSIC PODCAST (2014)

XMAS PODCAST MUSICMELE KALIKIMAKA 2014, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, Yata yata and a Happy New Year to all our listeners here at “Lucky We Live Hawaii”. This week we wanted to do something special again like we did last year with our all HAWAIIAN CHRISTMAS MUSIC Podcast and give you guys a few weeks to enjoy this years CHRISTMAS PODCAST full of Wayde and Bruces favorite Music from when they had been kids…

MELE KALIKIMAKA PODCASTSome or many of these songs Wayde and Bruce picked are probably your favorites as well! We also put in some OLD STORY TELLING from Bruce and Wayde. We would also like to mention an album close to our hearts called: FIRST CHRISTMAS RECORD FOR CHILDREN done in 1954. These are the stories that formed what Christmas was originally based on and you can listen to them below in some LINKS we posted from Youtube…when it comes down to it Christmas isn’t based on gift giving, but family, peace and hope of something better…if that means the birth of a savior for some, just a time to get together with family or a time to drink and be merry…that’s fine by us…The Holidays are for everyone that LOVES, LAUGHS and HOPES for a day when we are all at Peace.  In this Holiday Podcast we put together 14 Holidays songs for your Christmas pleasure…Stay warm out there and Mele Kalikimaka folks! SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR!!!

FIRST CHRISTMAS RECORD FOR CHILDRENShare with your family a taste of Christmas past from the 1950’s. Please listen with the entire family what our Mom and dad played for us in the 1970’s:

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Being THANKFUL in HAWAII

THANKSGIVINGIt’s that time of year again…The HOLIDAY SEASON and this is the time of year to be GRATEFUL for the things you have…no matter how little or how much. THANKSGIVING has always been a time to get together with family, ohana or friends and just eat, laugh, play, watch movies, drink and enjoy each others company…it’s about friendship and love…the smells, the sounds…we should be thankful for such simple things because there are those who don’t even get to enjoy a hug from a loved one or a slice of turkey with gravy or candy yams or even a warm place to sleep…Yes…YOU ARE THANKFUL…and I hope for those of us who have family, friends, love and friends we take a moment to do something wonderful for those who have less…there is nothing like giving of yourself to those who have nothing…Here in Hawaii many of us are just thankful we wake up each day in the most beautiful place on Earth…We are thankful for the birds that sing in the morning, the smells of the Plumeria flower that floats in the air, the sounds of the ocean waves as they pound the power sand beaches, the sounds of the wind through the palm trees above…So simple, but we are so thankful for such things…We are all lucky to live here in Hawaii…Blessed indeed and to give back to the communities that have given us so many memories is truly an honor…We live in a very special place…

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.