Surf Bathing Lahaina 1855

Water Colour by James Gay Sawkins (1806-1878)

Bathing scene, Lahaina, Maui. Water colour. 1855. James Gay Sawkins. A very rare image that illustrates both canoe and board surf-riding, with several sailing canoes in the background. Although the riders positioning is unfortunate, this is typical of many images of this period. The activity is communal, with small prone boards on a small left-hand break close to shore. The board-riders appear to be female, note the swimmer in the right foreground who has her breasts covered. This possibly indicates the image as an authentic report, whereas some images significantly detail this feature.

There is a long history of Surfing in Hawaii.

Surfing was an important cultural and social pastime. Surfing’s Historical-Cultural Impact includes Hawaiian Language vocabulary specific to surfing, Ole, and Mele, Prayers, and legends. Historical figures from the modern age, like Princess Liliokalani, were surfers. And many Ali’i surfed. We have many examples of well-preserved surfboards of various ages dating back to the earliest times. Hawaiian history, culture and society and intimately connected to the sport and art form of Surfing. Surfing in Lahaina is also well documented and was home to surfing (168 years ago) for all social classes including Royalty. Surfing continues until the modern-day and represents an unbroken Hawaiian traditional practice, that characterizes the Hawaiian’s love, respect, and mastery of the ocean.

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Beware of Fake Surf Schools

Beware of fake Surf schools, There are a lot of scammers out there. You have to watch out for them and don’t be fooled even by a slick webpage. They may have no insurance, be unsafe, unpermitted, and have to sneak around. Also be very careful of giving away your credit card and personal info too, fake instructors and schools can easily rip you off without even meeting you. Sadly fake surf schools and related scams are on the rise. Continue reading “Beware of Fake Surf Schools”

Kihei-Wailea Rotarians come to the rescue | Maui News

Kihei-Wailea Rotarians come to the rescue |  Maui News

Group to provide 28 tubes designed to help prevent ocean drownings


Apr 30, 2017

The Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea is ready to install 28 rescue tubes next month at beaches across South Maui to aid residents and visitors in waters that have accounted for more than a quarter of drownings on the island over the past decade, the nonprofit said.

“We’re really excited because this saves lives,” Rotarian MaryMargaret Baker said.

The tubes had been set for installation Saturday, but rainy weather postponed the work until next month.

The bright “banana-yellow” cylinders are approximately 50 inches long and can keep three adults afloat. They will be placed every 300 feet starting at Kalama Beach Park’s north end to Cove Park, Charley Young Beach and all three Kamaole Beach parks.


Suspended purple dresses at Capitol bring attention to missing women

Over a dozen purple dresses suspended from the ceiling of the state Capitol Wednesday brought attention to missing women in observance of International Women’s Day. 
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Over a dozen purple dresses suspended from the ceiling of the state Capitol Wednesday brought attention to missing women in observance of International Women’s Day.

“Each dress represents a real woman,” a sign posted near the display said. “Honor invisible stories. #iwd2017.”

A group called Af3irm hung the dresses to honor the international day celebrating women. The group is a transnational feminist organization that focuses on activism to spread awareness of social issues against women.

One onlooker noted the dresses blowing in the wind resembled ghosts — and that was the intention of the symbolism behind the public art piece.

Some dresses displayed names like ‘Charlie Scott’ to represent an individual woman. Others had messages saying, “15 percent of Filipinas are killed from Domestic Violence related crimes,” “44 percent of incarcerated women are Native Hawaiian,” or “Thousands of native American women disappear every year.”

The dresses were up for about 20 minutes before state deputy sheriffs removed the display, Khara Jabola of Af3irm said.

“It was a symbolic act of art and messaging,” Jabola said. She calls it a form of “artivism,” when art and activism collide.

A march through Waikiki will was also held Wednesday to show solidarity with the International Women’s Day.

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Women go on strike in US to show their economic clout

The event coincides with the U.N.-designated International Women’s Day, and organizers say they want to “stand with women around the globe” who supported their efforts Jan. 21 with similar protests in cities around the world.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Many American women stayed home from work, joined rallies or wore red Wednesday to demonstrate how vital they are to the U.S. economy, as International Women’s Day was observed with a multitude of events around the world.

The Day Without a Woman protest in the U.S. was put together by organizers of the vast women’s marches that drew more than 1 million Americans the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The turnout on the streets this time was much smaller in many places, with crowds often numbering in the hundreds. There were no immediate estimates of how many women heeded the call to skip work.

“Trump is terrifying. His entire administration, they have no respect for women or our rights,” said 49-year-old Adina Ferber, who took a vacation day from her job at an art gallery to attend a demonstration in New York City. “They need to deal with us as an economic force.”

The U.S. event – inspired in part by the Day Without an Immigrant protest held last month – was part of the U.N.-designated International Women’s Day.

In a message, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said leadership positions are predominantly held by men, and “outdated attitudes and entrenched male chauvinism” are widening the economic gender gap. Closing that gap would add $12 trillion to global GDP by 2025, he said.

Gueterres also lamented that “around the world, tradition, cultural values and religion are being misused to curtail women’s rights, to entrench sexism and defend misogynistic practices.”

In Warsaw, thousands of women showed Poland’s conservative government red cards and made noise with kitchenware to demand full birth control rights, respect and higher pay.

In Rome, hundreds of women marched from the Colosseum to demand equal rights. Thousands marched in Istanbul, despite restrictions on demonstrations imposed since last year’s failed coup. Turkish police did not interfere.

Women also held rallies in Tokyo and Madrid.

Germany’s Lufthansa airline arranged for six all-female crews to fly into Berlin. Sweden’s women’s soccer team replaced the names on the backs of the players’ jerseys with tweets from Swedish women. Finland announced a new $160,000 International Gender Equality Prize.

A crowd of about 1,000 people, the vast majority of them women, gathered on New York’s Fifth Avenue in the shadow of Trump Tower. Women wore red and waved signs reading “Nevertheless she persisted,” ”Misogyny out of the White House now” and “Resist like a girl.” Thirteen people were arrested for blocking traffic, police said.

School in such places as Prince George’s County, Maryland; Alexandria, Virginia; and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, canceled classes after hundreds of teachers and other employees let it be known they would be out. In Providence, Rhode Island, the municipal court closed for lack of staff members.

In Washington, more than 20 Democratic female representatives walked out of the Capitol to address a cheering crowd of several hundred people.

Dressed in red, the lawmakers criticized efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi encouraged more women to go into politics, saying, “You have marched for progress. Now you must run for office.”

A few hundred people gathered on the lawn outside Los Angeles City Hall to rally for women’s rights. Julie D’Angelo took the day off from her job in music licensing, saying she wanted to stand for those women who can’t afford time away from work or are too intimidated to ask for the day off.

Hundreds of women dressed in red and holding signs with photos of their local lawmakers gathered at the Utah Capitol to remind legislators they are closely watching how they handle women’s issues.

In Denver, several hundred people marched silently around the state Capitol. Kelly Warren brought her daughters, ages 3 and 12.

“We wanted to represent every marginalized woman whose voice doesn’t count as much as a man’s,” said Warren, a sales associate in the male-dominated construction industry.

Some businesses and institutions said they would either close or give female employees the day off.

The owners of the Grindcore House in Philadelphia closed their vegan coffee shop, where eight of the 10 employees are women.

“The place definitely wouldn’t run without us,” said Whitney Sullivan, a 27-year-old barista who planned to attend a rally.

In New York, a statue of a fearless-looking girl was placed in front of Wall Street’s famous charging bull sculpture. The girl appeared to be staring down the animal. A plaque at her feet read: “Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes a difference.”

As part of the Day Without a Woman protest, women were also urged to refrain from shopping.

Some criticized the strike, warning that many women cannot afford to miss work or find child care. Organizers asked those unable to skip work to wear red in solidarity.

Monique LaFonta Leone, a 33-year-old health care consultant in Colorado Springs, Colorado, had to work but put on a red shirt and donated to charity, including Planned Parenthood.

“I have bills to pay, but I wanted to make my voice heard, no matter how quiet,” she said. “I also wanted to make a statement to say that women are doing it for themselves. We’re out here in the workforce and making a difference every day.”

Trump took to Twitter to salute “the critical role of women” in the U.S. and around the world. He tweeted that he has “tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy.”

First lady Melania Trump marked the day by hosting a luncheon at the White House for about 50 women.

The White House said none of its female staff members skipped work in support of International Women’s Day.

Lovely Monkey Tattoo, a female-owned tattoo parlor in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, offered tattoos with messages like “Nevertheless, She Persisted” – a reference to the recent silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor – with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood.

Women make up more than 47 percent of the U.S. workforce and are dominant among registered nurses, dental assistants, cashiers, accountants and pharmacists, according to the census.

They make up at least a third of physicians and surgeons, and the same with lawyers and judges. Women also account for 55 percent of all college students.

At the same time, American women earn 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. The median income for women was $40,742 in 2015, compared with $51,212 for men, according to census data.


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Associated Press writers Phuong Le in Seattle; Mike Householder in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Michelle Smith in Providence, Rhode Island; William Mathis and Edith Lederer in New York City; Nick Riccardi in Denver; and Kevin Freking in Washington contributed to this report.


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Blood Bank still searching for property to relocate operations

The agency overseeing the Honolulu rail project want a piece of the Blood Bank of Hawaii’s property, but have objected to buying the whole parcel — and paying full price.
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City officials, and the agency overseeing the Honolulu rail project, want a piece of the Blood Bank of Hawaii’s property.

The Blood Bank wants to sell its entire 22,500 square-foot Dillingham Boulevard site to the City — it’s been appraised at $5 million — but the rail authority says only wants a portion of the land.

The city has discussed forcing the sale through condemnation.

“At any day, we could receive a lawsuit for seizure of part of our property,” Blood Bank CEO Kim-Anh Nguyen said. “That’s the sword hanging over our head.”

Nguyen says the Blood Bank must move out of its Dillingham home before rail construction hits the corridor, since blood bank operations will impacted by related closures.

Since discussions began two years ago, the non-profit says it has checked out 30 properties, but none of them were right.

“We need to be close to the airport, because we ship blood every day. We need to be close to our hospitals. And we need to have generator power access,” Nguyen said. “The building itself has to support a lab with heavy equipment.”

Anticipating rail work that will affect traffic, the Blood Bank divided its operations, moving the drop-in donor center five miles its from Kalihi headquarters.

As a result, the blood bank says, drop-in donations plummeted. To make up for it, the blood bank increased mobile blood drives.

“We’ve actually been trying to cut our costs,” Nguyen said. “This has put in a wrench it. Yes. It costs more.”

The move, Nguyen says, contributed to the non-profit losing money last year. It now needs capital from the sale Dillingham property to help pay for a move to a permanent home — a move that could cost $10 million or more.

“Just renovating our satellite center so we could move our donors, that cost $1.5 million. We just don’t have that money in our reserves,” Nguyen said.

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2-year-old missing after wandering away from Kalihi home

Police are asking for the public’s help in trying to find a 2-year-old who wandered away from her Kalihi home.
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Police are asking for the public’s help in trying to find a 2-year-old who wandered away from her Kalihi home on Wednesday afternoon.

The girl, Mika Garen, wandered away from her home near Kaumualii Street about 1 p.m.

She is wearing a blue dress with white polka dots, gray pants and pink slippers. She has two ponytails, and weighs about 40 pounds.

Police said she has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who sees Garen is asked to call 911 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

This story will be updated.

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Entangled whale spotted in waters off Kauai

Federal wildlife officials say they’re searching for an entangled humpback whale in waters off Kauai.
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Federal wildlife officials say they’re searching for an entangled humpback whale in waters off Kauai.

A spokesperson for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the whale was first spotted off Koloa Landing on Sunday, with two knotted ropes wrapped around its body and through its mouth. Two tiger sharks were spotted nearby.

Photos of the whale were taken by entanglement responders, the administration says.

NOAA employees say they mobilized on Sunday after the initial sighting, but were unable to find the animal. There were unsubstantiated reports of another sighting Wednesday morning, the administration says.

Anyone with information on the animal is asked to call the NOAA hotline at 1-888-256-9840.

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