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  • The Kokua Initiative: Honoring Boogie Kalama

    A crew member on the double hulled outrigger canoe, The Hokule'a, that voyaged from Hawaii to Tahiti in 1976, George "Boogie" Kalama was known as a man of the Land and Sea. He was said to be deeply spiritual and a great comfort to those around him, truly embodying the essence of "aloha." He was well known in the Big Island community as someone who cared and gave to anyone in need. Boogie Kalama [...]
  • Access To Clean Water In Malawi: Pump Aid's Impact

    There's a major threat wreaking havoc on third world countries. Water-borne diseases festering in pools of unclean water kill more people per year than violence, including war. One of these deadly diseases is diarrhea, and because most people lack the proper treatment it has become the fifth leading cause of death in Malawi. And the younger generations are at an even greater risk. About 45% of [...]
  • Introducing: Waiakea's Kokua Initiative

    In 2019, we're committed to using our time and resources to help others in our local communities. Introducing: The Kokua Initiative. This is Waiakea’s new landmark program for investing in local community projects and non-profits. The Kokua Initiative focuses primarily on education, addiction, and environmental stewardship here in Hawai’i. While Waiakea already has a handful of firsts, we're [...]

Paradise On A Budget: Hawaii Travel Tips

With its soul stirring sunsets, blissful beaches, world class waves, and lush natural wonders, it is no surprise that Hawaii is a destination people dream of visiting. If money is what’s keeping Hawaii in your dreams and not in your reality, we’d like to show you that traveling to paradise doesn’t have to cost you a pretty penny. This post highlights several money-saving strategies that will [...]
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Living aloha

Far more than just a quotidian salutation, ‘aloha’ is a state of being and a way of life that pervades Hawaiian culture. ‘Aloha' encompasses living in complete harmony with the Earth and those around you; it fosters a deep appreciation of relationships; it translates to the sending and receiving of positive energy; it is rooted in love, peace, and trust. To live with aloha is to live with a set [...]
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Embracing The Spirit of Aloha

Hawaiians take immense pride in their unique and intimate bond with nature. Waiakea reflects the Hawaiian pillar and practice of “malama i ka ‘aina,’ (to care for and to live in harmony with the land), by striving to be at the forefront of sustainable practices. As ‘keiki o ka ‘aina,’ children of the land, it is our responsibility to claim stewardship for the land. In fact it is not the land [...]
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Pineapple Jack-o-lanterns

 When it comes to Halloween, why do pumpkins get to have all of the fun? We decided to skip the traditional jack-o-lantern and show pineapples some love. Voila: we give you the Pine-O-Lantern.
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Shane Borland, 17 Year Old Skater/Surfer, Is Chasing His Dreams

Shane Borland, endearingly called “Shan-o” by friends and family, can be found cruising the California coast looking for swells, chasing big waves on the North Shore and around the world, or tearing up the skate park at national contests. At newly-turned 17 years of age, he’s a two sport-anomaly.
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Win A Trip for 2 to Hawaii

Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water wants to send YOU to the Big Island this summer! That means airfare for two to Hawaii, a four night’s stay at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel in an ocean view room, daily snorkeling, a round of golf at Hapuna Golf Course, and a choice of a luau dinner and show or Let’s Go Crabbing at Hapuna’s Ocean Terrace.
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Hokulea Makes Landfall In NYC: World Oceans Day

By harnessing the power of the tides and looking only to the stars for guidance, The Hōkūle‘a, meaning Star of Gladness, has circumferenced the world with boundless aloha. A legendary voyaging canoe, the Hōkūle’a’ has one goal: to deliver the message of Malama Honua – To Care For Our Earth. Along its journey, the Hōkūle’a will reach 27 different nations, crossing 60,000 nautical miles, and [...]
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Bearded Brothers: Siblings Team Up and Take It On

Maddison and Riley McKibbin, brothers and teammates, have been playing volleyball together since high school. In fact, they are the only brothers to have played together in both high school, college, indoor professional, and professional beach volleyball.    
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Earth’s Greatest Navigators: Hokulea Honors Richard Branson, Dalai Lama, & Desmond Tutu

A Symbol of Peace & A Sustainable Planet The Hōkūle‘a, meaning Star of Gladness, has traveled thousands of nautical miles around the globe, propelled by the winds and tides, and navigated by the stars. The purpose of Hōkūle‘a’s great voyage is to deliver the message of Malama Honua - To Care For Our Earth. Stopping in 26 different countries, traversing 47,000 nautical miles, and visiting 85 [...]
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Cultural Significance of Water in Hawai'i: World Water Day

The significance of water for Hawaiians runs much deeper than how the western world views it today. Fresh water was more than a means to an end; it shaped social divisions, played an important role in the stories of procreation, and was the currency of societal wealth.
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Welina: Wave Sliding

“Like many in Hawaii, the practice of wave sliding has become deeply integrated into our way of life. It doesn’t define us, but rather allows us to honor our heritage as well as our commitment to the sea. A genealogical gift that has been passed down for thousands of years, I do my part so that it will be passed down for a thousand more.” -- Cliff Kapono
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How Living On A Boat Will Change Your Life

Poema du Prel has been living on her 30 foot sailboat, Black Pearl, in Tahiti for the past few years. The best part? Seeing the blue sky over the ocean from her bed.  The challenges? Having to fix leaks and broken engines alone.
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