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Micah Iaukea
Shaka Tea Be Aloha Kamakakehau Fernandez

Be Aloha: Kamakakēhau Fernandez

  Music Entertainer. Song Writer. Educator. Kamakakēhau embodies aloha. Not just as an accomplished entertainer and song writer in Hawai’i, but as someone who lives by his kuleana (responsibility) of perpetuating the cultures of both his ancestral roots and the ʻāina he was raised. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Kamakakēhau adopted the culture that brought him to Hawai’i at only 6 weeks of age and now shares his mana’o (knowledge) with the youth of our community through 'ōlelo Hawai'i, the Hawaiian language. On this May Day feature of Be Aloha, we celebrate through his mele (songs) and stewardship of the culture which embraced...

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Bella Hughes
Shaka Tea Be Aloha Reise Kochi

Be Aloha: Reise Kochi

Captured at Arts and Letters Nu'uanu, Shaka Tea caught up with Josh Tengan and Reise Kochi.In this two-part Be Aloha feature, we sit down with both gentlemen to discuss their individual work and views as part of Hawai'i's tapestry. - Avant-garde. Elegant. Vibrant. Meet: Reise Kochi Oʻahu’s Reise Kochi is best known for his distinctive leatherwork, which frequently makes an appearance in fashion spreads, collaborating with Hawaii’s most exciting creatives and on the runway. Self-taught and keenly aware of the power of intuition, he is known for his ability to combine elegance with edgy. Most recently, Reise has also ventured into working with...

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Bella Hughes
Shaka Tea Be Aloha Josh Tengan

Be Aloha: Josh Tengan

Captured at Arts and Letters Nuʻuanu, Shaka Tea caught up with Josh Tengan and Reise Kochi. In this two-part Be Aloha feature, we sit down with both gentlemen to discuss their individual work and views as part of Hawai'i's tapestry.   Visionary. Scholar. Altruistic. Meet: Josh Tengan Born and raised in Honolulu, Josh has been championing contemporary artists of Hawaiʻi locally and globally after Hawaiʻi called him home in 2014. Josh brings an unmatched level of unaffected, probing intellect to all the exhibitions he has curated for nearly a decade. With his artist-first focus as a curator, project manager and writer,...

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Micah Iaukea
Be Aloha: Tolentino 'Ohana

Be Aloha: Tolentino 'Ohana

Parents.Multi-passionate Entrepreneurs.Beekeepers. Meet: Marina and Ryan Tolentino ‘Ohana first — the Tolentino’s are a husband and wife team who have leveraged a family passion into the blossoming legacy of Tolentino Honey Co. They live by an entrepreneurial spirit inspired by their children, the land, and providing wholesome nutrition for their community. Having taken part in curating countless special events from the West Coast to Hawai'i through the event styling of Roam Rentals Hawaii, the Tolentino ‘Ohana have carved a path forward while still providing pure aloha for not only our hearts, but now our tastebuds. Both beekeeping and raising a young family in...

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