Island History

The best thing about history is that it lives.

Even though those who were part of historic moments of Kaua‘i may be long gone, photographs and memories help those moments live forever.

And that’s just what Kalei Arinaga and Karen Cole, teachers at Kapa‘a Elementary School, hope to achieve through their project, Kealia: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Recording the oral histories of those who lived and worked in the Kealia area is part of their master’s-degree work at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, and they are inviting anyone interested to attend two events.

The first is a Jan. 20 gathering at 6:30 p.m. at the Kapa‘a Elementary School cafeteria, where the ladies will present documents, photographs and ledgers, and talk about 19th- and 20th-century Kealia, in “Kealia: Discovering the Past, Analyzing the Present, and Communicating for a Responsible and Sustainable Future.” On Jan. 21, from 10 a.m., they host a Kealia talk-story session, and give anyone interested the chance to record their oral history under a tent at the Kealia General Store. A potluck lunch follows at noon.

They are also looking for more historical photos of Kealia, they said. Financial support for this Kaua‘i Historical Society project comes from leaders of the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the S.W. Wilcox Foundation.

For more information, please call 245-3373, or see the Web site, www.kauaihistoricalsociety.


Paul C. Curtis, associate editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 224) or


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