Episode 404 Web Exclusive:

Arrival of the Military

Welcome to the web exclusive segment for the one-on-one conversation with the MCBH Commanding Officer. If you haven’t already, be sure to watch the full Aloha Authentic episode regarding Mōkapu Peninsula and the military’s occupation.

Episode 403:

The King's Royal Yacht

Did you know King Kamehameha II owned a royal yacht? Now you do! On this episode of Aloha Authentic, host Kamaka Pili revisits Kauaʻi Museum and sits down with Executive Director Uncle Chucky Boy Chock to continue their conversation about Kauaʻi’s rich history. Originally named Cleopatra’s Barge, the ship was built in Massachusetts in 1816, and later became the Royal Yacht of King Kamehameha II. Boasting mahogany inlays and decorative trim, velvet seats and even the first flushing toilet—this vessel was a luxurious floating palace. The King wanted to build a fleet of naval ships because he understood the power of having a Navy. Unfortunately, the ship sank in Hanalei Bay in 1824, while the King was in London, where he also died. Today, the yacht continues to lie at the bottom of Hanalei Bay, and occasionally remnants of the ship wash ashore to later be displayed at Kauaʻi Museum. Learning about the ship, and other exhibits at the Kauaʻi Museum, has gotten easier thanks to augmented reality software. Now guests at the museum can scan QR codes with their phones and have the exhibits and paintings come to life with stunning visuals and sounds. 

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Episode 402:

Music of Maui

On August 8, 2023, wildfires ripped through the former capital of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, Lāhaina. For those affected, the journey to recovery will take time, but music has the power bring communities together. On this episode of Aloha Authentic, host Kamaka Pili is joined with Aunty Kuʻuipo Kumukahi of the Hawaiian Music Perpetuation Society to feature Hawaiian singers and songwriters with ties to Maui, to uplift and heal the lāhui. Hear music and words of inspiration from Alakaʻi Paleka, Liz Morales, and Kamakakēhau Fernandez. 

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Episode 401:

Waikīkī Surf Club Celebrates 75 Years

This year marks 75 years of the Waikīkī Surf Club. In this episode of Aloha Authentic, host Kamaka Pili sits down with the President of Waikīkī Surf Club Luana Froiseth, and Secretary Glenell Choy to learn about the club’s rich history. 

Waikīkī Surf Club was founded in February of 1948 by a group of Beach Boys who wanted to compete in canoe racing after being turned away from joining other canoe clubs. When thinking of a club name, they chose “Waikīkī Surf Club”, as opposed to the obvious choice “Waikīkī Canoe Club” because it was founded by surfers, not canoe paddlers.  

​​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.

Episode 404 Web Exclusive:

Arrival of the Military

Welcome to the web exclusive segment for the arrival of the military on Mōkapu Peninsula. If you haven’t already, be sure to watch the full Aloha Authentic episode regarding Mōkapu Peninsula and the military’s occupation.

Episode 404:

Mōkapu and the Military

The Mōkapu Peninsula on Oʻahu’s windward side has been inhabited since the 13th century. Originally valued by Hawaiian royalty, this land has been the spot for vacation homes for aliʻi as well as a productive agricultural area. The presence of the United States military has been seen since 1918. In this episode of Aloha Authentic, host Kamaka Pili sits down with the Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Base Hawaiʻi Col. Jeremy Beaven and Senior Cultural Resources Manager June Cleghorn, to learn about the peninsula’s role in Old Hawaiʻi and the efforts the Military is doing to be good stewards of the ʻaina.