Monthly Archives: June 2007

My Story – Mai Lee, Honolulu

We met Mai at the Front Desk of a Honolulu Hotel, where she was checking us in for a one night stay. She was warm, welcoming, and more—she was honest. “Why is it” she asked ‘Iokepa, “That other native Hawaiians … Continue reading

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My Story – Pana‘ewa Koani, Waimea, Kaua‘i

Early in our friendship, Pana‘ewa–then a sixty-five year old kupuna (elder) and a retired engineer–shared this story. “I was proud and privileged to be selected from this remote Westside village—at age twelve–to attend The Kamehameha School. “You had to be … Continue reading

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My Story – Eddie Apana, Kahului, Maui

We met Eddie, a handsome young man, in a shopping center food court, on Maui. ‘Iokepa complimented him on his authentic and beautiful puka shell lei. Eddie returned the compliment: ‘Iokepa, too, was wearing a lei he’d strung himself. They … Continue reading

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