Painting Hawaiʻi's Past
Tourism in Hawaiʻi
Aloha Authentic is a show celebrating Hawaiian culture. Through conversations with local artisans, cultural practitioners, kūpuna and community members, we all learn more about Hawaiʻi, our native culture and unique lifestyle.
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Host Kamaka Pili sits down with Jerome Koko, the last original member of the iconic Hawaiian music group, Mākaha Sons. We step back about 45 years to hear how the original group "Mākaha Sons of Niʻihau" formed, how they evolved over the decades, stories of Braddah Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole, and even a special musical performance.
On this episode of Aloha Authentic, host Kamaka Pili learns what made Hawaiʻi the melting pot it is, starting from the plantation era and wartime. Tour guide of Hawaiʻi’s Plantation Village Gary Tokuda paints us a picture of what life was like during the plantation days, and local Chef Sam Choy explains how Hawaiʻi’s cuisine came to be.
Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau
(City of Refuge)
On this episode, host Kamaka Pili sits down with local fashion icons
Nakeʻu Awai, and Danene Lunn of Manuhealiʻi. Learn where the fashion of Hawaiʻi originated from, how these designers got started, and what motivates and inspires them to perpetuate the art.
Episode 202: Hawaiʻi State Archives
Hawaiʻi is a very special place with a rich history. But before we focus on the many aspects that make Hawaiian culture unique, we wanted to start the new season from the beginning. How was the Hawaiian Islands formed?
From a geologically perspective, itʻs about volcanoes. But in a Hawaiian perspective, volcanoes are associated with the deity "Pele." In this episode, we speak with Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and Kumu Hula Nālani Kanakaʻole of Hālau o Kekuhi to learn about how Hawaiʻi was created and who Pele is.
Considered one of the most intricate art forms in the Hawaiian culture, featherwork continues to be perpetuated today. Host Kamaka Pili sits down with 3rd generation featherwork artist Aunty Mele Kahalepuna-Chun to talk about this ancient tradition. She even shares how we can make a feather lei.
Episode 212: Hawaiian Martial Arts & Healing
On this episode of Aloha Authentic, host Kamaka Pili sits down with Hāloa ʻĀina to learn about restoring Hawaiʻi’s ecosystem using Sandalwood. Learn what makes Hawaiʻi’s climate unique, how Hāloa ʻĀina is positively impacting their ecosystem, and how they’re creating zero-waste products with Sandalwood.
In this episode of Aloha Authentic, host Kamaka Pili speaks with Native Hawaiian artist and historian Brook Kapūkuniahi Parker as he paints Hawaiʻi’s past. Hear the stories behind his paintings, why he paints our royalty, and where he draws his inspiration from.
Fashion in Hawaiʻi
45 Years of the Mākaha Sons
Waimea Valley and the Use of Plants
In this episode of Aloha Authentic, host Kamaka Pili sits down with Noah Keola Ryan and Tasha Ryan of North Shore EcoTours to talk about ecotourism in Hawaiʻi, and the importance of visitors learning about Hawaii’s past. We then head over to the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority to speak with Chief Brand Officer Kalani Kaʻanāʻanā to hear the State’s perspective of tourism.
Considered the first location on the island of O'ahu where foreigners first stepped on land, Waimea and its valley holds important significance in Hawai'i's history. In this episode, we learn about that history, the way of life in the ancient days, and even the role plants played in society.
If you are someone who loves Hawaiʻi's history and culture, you want to be familiar with one of the greatest public resources available....the Hawaiʻi State Archives. From learning of Hawaiʻi's history to researching your genealogy, Hawaiʻi State Archives is a place to know about.
On this episode, host Kamaka Pili sits down with Hawaiian martial arts practitioner, Umi Kai to learn about Lua (Hawaiian martial arts). Lynette Paglinawan joins the conversation to share the duality of Lua and the importance of healing. Umi returns to share how to make a Hawaiian utility knife from wood and shark tooth.
Episode 201: Creation of Hawaiʻi
Melting Pot of Cultures
On this episode, host Kamaka Pili sits down with Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park guide Kahakaʻio Ravenscraft to learn what a puʻuhonua is. Hear how it was used in old Hawaiʻi and how it is still
Restoring Hawaiʻi's Ecosystem