Ted Blake, also known as the “Puakenikeni Lei Man,” is a fixture on Kauai’s south side. Passionate about the history of that region, the current community that is continuing Kauai’s legacy, and about growing the food that keeps them fed; Blake likes to encourage people to get back to their roots.
Parker Keawe Smith and Mattaniah Millbrand are lifeguards for the Kauai Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau. They work on the North Shore, chasing drowning strangers on jet skis in some of the scariest seas in the world. In winter, when the big swells roll in, it’s a life or death job on a daily basis.
For the first time, kumu Leina‘ala Pavao Jardin’s Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina‘ala is sending their kane (men) to the Merrie Monarch Festival in April.