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Aloha, Hilo: People, places and (beautiful) things

By Elizabeth Kieszkowski / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com on April 11, 2015
From left: John Rampulla, a Navy "IT1," or information systems technician, and 13-year veteran, Andrew Watson, an "HM3" (hospital corpsman) and 5 1/2 year "lifer";  Quadre Phillips, a boatswain mate 2d, three years in; Terrance Williams, boatswain mate 3d, with 11 years of service. The men said they were part of a small group that was able to leave Pearl Harbor-based destroyer Chung-Hoon on Saturday, to visit Hilo during Merrie Monarch.
Seeking out lucky finds and smiling faces in Hilo during Merrie Monarch. READ MORE »

Merrie Monarch: Faces of the fest

By Elizabeth Kieszkowski / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com on April 11, 2015
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Merrie Monarch attracts Hawaiian culture enthusiasts from across the islands and beyond. READ MORE »

This is Hula: A Tribute to Aunty Nona Beamer

By Elizabeth Kieszkowski / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com on April 10, 2015
Oahu's Calvin Hoe, a former student of Nona Beamer at Kamehameha Schools, dances at a Hula Preservation Society event in her honor during the 2015 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawaii.
The Hula Preservation Society remembered Aunty Nona Beamer at the University of Hawaii-Hilo's Imiloa Astronomy Center during Merrie Monarch with story, song and hula. READ MORE »

Video: Maile Loo-Ching dances in tribute to Nona Beamer

By Elizabeth Kieszkowski / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com on April 10, 2015
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The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is celebrating the Merrie Monarch Festival with a showcase of musical performances and cultural presentations this week. READ MORE »

Faces of Merrie Monarch: the Arts Fair

By Elizabeth Kieszkowski / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com on April 10, 2015
"Tita" Aiwohi of Kea‘au, a maker of ipu, or Hawaiian drumming gourds. Her business is called Na Mea Ipu o Tita.
Artists at Merrie Monarch offered many beautiful items to remind us of the beauty and resilience of Hawaii and Hawaiian people. READ MORE »

Video: Merrie Monarch Invitational Arts Fair

By Elizabeth Kieszkowski / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com on April 9, 2015
Eli Miura of Hilo, maker of lomi sticks, walking sticks, canes and nose flutes, showed that he sources two kinds of bamboo for canes — one hollow, one solid.
Eli Miura of Hilo, maker of lomi sticks, walking sticks, canes and nose flutes, showed off his wares at the Merrie Monarch Invitational Arts Fair on Thursday, April 9, 2015. READ MORE »

Merrie Monarch and arts of the island

By Elizabeth Kieszkowski / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com on April 9, 2015
A blown-glass, etched urn, "Blue Ipu" in the style of a Hawaiian ipu, or drumming gourd, by artist Heather Mettler. Behind it: Hilo-born artist D. Howard HItchcock's painting of Kilauea, c. 1921-1924, when a fiery lava lake existed within Kilauea caldera.
Aloha! I've been in Hilo and Volcano for two full days now, and I am getting a sense of the rhythms of these communities. READ MORE »

Crater fest: Scenes from Volcano

By Elizabeth Kieszkowski / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com on April 8, 2015
The goddess Pele is a fiery presence in Volcano. Revered Hawaiian artist Herb Kane painted this portrait of Pele, on display at the Jaggar Museum.
Aloha from Volcano, where Hawaii island is still growing, as lava continues to flow from Kīlauea. READ MORE »