Thousands of supporters from Molokai, Hawaii and around the world gathered on Molokai April 27 to celebrate the life and legacy of Aunty Moana Dudoit. Members of the late kumu hula’s halau over the past 40 years reunited, performing together in remembrance of Dudoit, who died March 16 at the age of 73.
The celebration, which followed a memorial service for friends and family, honored Dudoit with hula, food and togetherness. Dudoit’s grandniece Zhantell Dudoit emceed the event, adding humor and commentary as different generations of the halau took the stage. Dudoit’s sister Raquel Dudoit, who also led the halau, helped provide music for the dancers.…
Coffee, keiki and good causes brought the crowds up to Kualapu`u this weekend as Coffees of Hawaii celebrated 20 years of harvests in the area and 200 years of coffee in Hawai`i.
“She was pretty much abandoned when I came here ten years ago,” Coffees of Hawaii owner Mike Atherton said about the plantation, adding he was proud that he was able to keep the company harvesting coffee through the years.
March 16 was declared Coffees of Hawaii Day at the opening ceremonies Friday. The event led into an afternoon parade and evening festivities, including Project Runway: Plantation Style, where teams competed at the Kualapu`u Center to create the best fashion piece out of burlap and plastic paper without sewing.…
The successful “Go Green & Carbon Clean” CFL Project was featured in the “Hawaii Home Energy Makeover Show 2″ produced by the Blue Planet Foundation. The show aired twice in October (KGMB & KHNL) and is looking to re-broadcast in December.
Local filmmaker Matt Yamashita just completed a new DVD in partnership with the Molokai Visitors Association (MVA). The purpose of the video is to introduce potential visitors to the “real Molokai” without flashy commercialism.
Check out his videos below, and read next week’s Dispatch for more and an interview with Matt Yamashita and Julie Bicoy of the MVA.