Many people have asked how to help the people impacted by the volcano here on the Big Island of Hawai’i. As you know, the volcano fissures and the lava flows are getting bigger and even more people are permanently displaced by the loss of their homes. The evacuations are still in effect. With the ash plumes on Thursday, schools in that area were closed . The whole situation is highly stressful, and help is appreciated. Because most of my readers are from the mainland United States or abroad (hi, you lovely Australians!), I am focusing on online aid. If locals are reading, I”m sure you know that there are direct donation and volunteer companies out with Salvation Army, all the local banks, Food Basket, Food Banks, and Emergency Disaster Services. If you know of another solid donation avenue, please leave the link in the comments on this post. Mahalo nui.…

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This is a post about the voyage of the Hokule'a, a Hawaiian canoe that has traveled around the world. This post has photos and videos. The photos were taken by me and are available for purchase at Meriah Snaps; my Patreon contributors will be getting one mailed to them at the end of this month).
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Merrie Monarch Festival 2018 Hilo, Hawaii
Hawai'i was a monarchy until a rebellion (led by foreign residents) overthrew Queen Lili'uokalani in 1898. The kingdom was annexed to the United States 5 short years later. From that time on (and actually even before then), the Hawaiian language and culture was actively discouraged by the missionaries whose influence was strong. Hawaiian language itself
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