MOLOKAʻI NUI AHINA…

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Like most Hawaiians, my family gatherings consisted of ono food, coolers of beer (juice for us kids) and everyone sitting around laughing, singing and jamming on the ukulele. Growing up one song always stood out, Molokaʻi nui ahina. As dad said “it was grandma’s favorite song” and he would always remember her singing it. Alice Pa grew up on Molokaʻi, her family was given one of the first plots of Hawaiian homestead in Hoʻolehua. It’s been many years since her passing but every time I hear this song I will think of my dad, his mom and the friendly island of Molokaʻi.

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This past weekend a few friends and I crossed the Kaʻiwi channel in search of surf, solitude and good times. It was my first time along the northern coast and the views were breath taking! I had hiked down to Kalaupapa a few years ago but being off shore in a boat gave me a whole new perspective. With perfect weather, mālie waters, lingering surf and a few curious ‘onos the trip was better than I could have imagined. I am honored to have roots in this beautiful island and grateful for the chance to enjoy it’s beauty.

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