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Kaumualii, the sandalwood trade, and Georg Anton Schaffer

From the 1790s until 1830, sandalwood – the fragrant wood of the iliahi tree – was exchanged by Hawaiian chiefs for foreign goods offered by New England traders, who then shipped it to Canton, China, where they sold it for profit to Chinese merchants, who fashioned it for sale into boxes and chests, or sold it as medicine, perfume, or incense.

Hihimanu the Spotted Eagle Ray

Meet hihimanu the Spotted Eagle Ray. Its Hawaiian name means “magnificent” and if you have ever seen one fly by you underwater like a giant butterfly, you will know how it got its name!

Births for Sunday, November 24, 2019

• Leondrew Aevrei Baclig Salom • Domina Lea Stares-Esqueda • Ryder Kamakana‘akeakua‘ina‘awimaikalanimai Niau • Laveya Keaupuni Kaneakua • Josiah Benjamin Kapoiwa Kekui Kali-Kahalewai • Kekai Ka Pomaika‘I Makamae O Ku‘u Ola Bukoski-Matsusaka

Happy Camper for Friday, November 22, 2019

The holidays are definitely here, as Edwin Vea (he was helping Karin Panui of Mailelani’s at the Kekaha School craft fair last week) hosts his own Beach House Restaurant craft fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with more than 60 vendors (that’s bigger than the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Media TV event, where Karin was one of about 40 vendors!)

Tips for Thanksgiving

One more year is almost gone, and we’re about to enter holiday season again — which means that we need to be a little more careful not to gain more than a few pounds! Especially now at Thanksgiving, with lots of delicious food and of course the leftovers too…

Births for Tuesday, November 19, 2019

• Peyton-Kaena Alii Lono • Kami Ann Kalikopuaonapohaku Rosario • Braylee Jordyn Kahikulani Fernandes • Kamaha’o Kapuni’ai Kawika Planas • Isla Grace Irons

Happy Camper for Monday, November 18, 2019

Nope, Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami didn’t make it to the obstacle course, where everyone was anxious to see how he would do against the never-ending supply of Wilcox Elementary School students who competed against celebrities, including Kauai Fire Department Deputy Chief Kilipaki Vaughan (he was even distracted by tossing fuzz balls in the Not In My Backyard game!) and the KFD crews, Kauai Police Department Chief Todd Raybuck and the KPD crew (Paul Applegate said he lost count of how many kids beat him in that course).

Happy Camper for Sunday, November 17, 2019

Kudos to Franci Davila, Trysen Kaneshige, Seth Womble and the many, many hands (did you get yours involved?) on a great ‘O Au Keia, A Healing Mental Health Art Show, that found life in the former Sports Authority space (Kukui Grove Center had the Vance Pascua mixed martial arts experience there last week). Carol Yotsuda was getting worried her Garden Island Arts Council board was going to leave her alone to disassemble the environment, and Trysen amassed a nice collection of artists for a nice “street” flavor, and Joanne Parongao had to get the Tsunami Taiko ensemble involved.

Talk Story: Aunties Franque and Yolanda

Louise Oclit and Yolanda Hala‘an live together in the bushes back by Salt Pond Beach Park. On Monday, they gave The Garden Island’s reporter permission to come talk story with them at their home.

Kauai railroad historian Rick Burrell

It was Rick Burrell’s grandfather, John F. Barretto, a longtime locomotive engineer for Makee Sugar Co. and Lihue Plantation, who first sparked his intense interest in Kauai’s railroad history.

Happy Camper for Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Junior Leones was participating in the annual Veterans Day service for the first time as he joined Nate Paleka (he’s related to Kapaa High School’s Calvin Paleka) and Makoa Ibaan on the caretaker team (great job getting the place readied for the service!).