Be Aloha Series — guava gingerblossom
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...
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,...