Kiamo Motooka has a message he wants the world to hear. Thanks to dedication and belief in himself, he’ll be delivering it this weekend. “It’s uncomfortable for sure, but it’s something that needs to be addressed,” he said. “It can’t be ignored.” Motooka will be giving a presentation on teen suicide, as well being interviewed and posing in Speedos, when he travels to Las Vegas with other men from Hawaii to compete in the Mr. All American Man title, under the direction of Jenna Yap.
Gannenmono, or the first Japanese immigrants to arrive in Hawaii 150 years ago, celebrations feature a trio of events for Kauai’s people to enjoy on Sept. 21 and 22. “Our signature program is the autumn Matsuri Kauai festival,” said Jeffrey Kimoto of the Japanese Cultural Society. “This year’s theme celebrates the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii, and we will be having a series of events related to this celebration.”
When I moved to Kauai five and a half years ago, one of the first people to reach out, say hello and welcome me, was Joe Frisinger. He and his wife, Jane, invited me and my wife Marianne out to their home for lunch and to meet their neighbors. We were fortunate enough to spend more time with Joe and Jane at their beautiful Princeville home.
Kauai is a place for transitions. People come from all over the world to see spectacular beauty and realize the island’s ancient lessons moving in their lives. Locals are quick to recognize this tectonic shift, communing in acknowledgment that all are part of a larger, subtler transformation, even when those evolutions are involuntary.
History and real drama happened in the Korean peninsula this past week as families separated by the Korean War were reunited after 65 years. Parents in their late 90s and early 100s met their children in their 70s in Kumkangsan Resort, on the eastern coast of North Korea.
If there is a book title that’s appropriate considering the author, it’s this one: “Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul, and, of course, Surfing.” And the author? Laird Hamilton.
Trash washes up on Kauai’s beaches daily, said Kilauea artist Abigail Boroughs. “I’m doing something good with this trash,” Boroughs said. “Some of these pieces I’ve had for years, like this buffalo in the“Flood” piece. I’ve had that for a while, and when the floods happened, it just fit in.”