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 KAANAPALI, MAUI HAWAII—Today we offer photos of aloha (below) to our Native Son whose new twitter account is filled with racist commentary.  ALWAYS  LOVE  OVER  HATE  ALWAYS  Is…


joe IMG_1855KAANAPALI, MAUI , May 13—This great news show, which comes on at 1 am. on Maui but in this household is taped for viewing at breakfast,  reports that Congress voted yesterday to cut Amtrak funding despite the need to boost it to make trains safer. Details in previous post.

An informed rail man says there is a lower cost answer. Put a second engineer in the engine cab. That costs money too, however, and because Amtrak  is short of cash (unlike European railroads that are heavily subsidized) it cannot afford to do that either.

Also, had a second engineer been on the train he might not have  agreed on the speed as well since that train was trying to make up time.

Joe Scarborough went ballistic this morning, saying how he has said over and over again he supports funding for infrastructure. Yet, over all, Joe is among those who rant against big government. For twitter: #morningjoe


IMG_1785KAANAPALI BEACH, MAY 15. MESSAGE ONE: FEAR THE FORK, a t-shirt warning about lifting your fork too often to grow fat and shorten your life, as seen on the Ka’anapali Beach path.

MESSAGE TWO: FEAR CONGRESS whose conservative members fail to fund Amtrak properly because they do not like “big government. ” In case conservatives have not noticed, big government gives Amtrak the funds to install a system that cuts train power automatically when speeding but has not funded Amtrak enough.  A national safety board official said this week’s train crash would not have occurred had this system been in place. Amtrak has a been trying to add this protection system wide for many years but has not gotten the funds to complete it. It does not matter what improper actions the engineer took. The automatic system would have slowed the train.

Big government by the way also rebuilds infrastructure (including bridges that are disintegrating through lack of funding), protects our food supply when agencies have enough money do to so and keeps this country great.

Wake up Congress. Support our infrastructure and if your only decision maker is does a law help business, remember that business only thrives if it has  infrastructure to deliver its goods.

This photo blog chronicles life on the world’s  best beach (according to Conde Nast) and occasionally comments on news of the day from a perspective as far away from Washington DC as you can get. . 

Maui Tropical Plantation soon may become one of Maui’s most popular visitor venues


Waikapu, April 20. The Maui Tropic Planatation is on the way to becoming one of Maui’s favorite tourist attractions as the result of a major improvement program that is turning this tropical paradise into an oasis and showplace. Giant wheels used to crush sugar cane provide ambiance.

New shops designed in plantation style have been elegantly designed by a top designer who previously has been involved with Mama’s Fish House. A family from the Mainland has opened a spectacular soap shop. A new bar still under construction will feature a historic locative.

The developer also plans to build a new town nearby. Maui News told that story Sunday but missed the real story for 2015–the creation of a favorite place ideal for strolling or just reading a book, maybe even Voices of Maui or Voices of Aloha. Voices of Maui Talk Story, LLC photos

BREAKING NEWS (Delayed) 4272 three pointer fails Duke Vs. Mich State


Honolulu, April 6–Posted up during the final four game Saturday, your blogger attempted a 4373 mile shot to Indianapolis against Duke. Unfortunately, my shot rolled off the rim. Coach K has brought his team frequently to the Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament. In one free throw contest between coaches and local students, Coach K was the only coach in recent memory to sink all three. However, even he could have not made this shot. The blogger successfully predicted the defeat of Kentucky and now predicts the Big 10 will rule. ON WISCONSIN from a fan of Illinois. Sara Foley photo.

SURFS UP: 11 photos taken in 30 minutes that show why Kaanapali is the worlds best beach

Ka’anapali, March 25. On or one the way to the beach we see ladies in bikinis, surfers, someone with a wonderful tatoo ordering a drink, learning yoga and enjoying a treat. Never a dull moment along Kaanapali Beach, especially during spring break. Voices of Maui Talk Story, LLc photos

There’s a beautiful Secret Garden on Maui? Where could it be?

Maui, Hawaii, March 22–Friends of a wonderful lady with the ultimate green thumb gathered yesterday for a traditional Hawaiian ceremony to bless a “Secret Garden”  of Native Hawaiian plants and the  the land surrounding a new dwelling. The garden is secret because the owner, who nurtured some of the plants from seedlings or small shrubs and planted all 1000 of them herself is a private person. You will find no clue here of where it is, but through closeup photos you will be able to enjoy it anyway.  This work should serve as a model for others.


PROFILE: Keeaumoku Kapu Leader of 193 mile march around Maui


Protecting the culture a quest for Keeaumoku Kapu

Voices of Maui • Beyond the Beach

May 29, 2014
LAHAINA – Keeaumoku Kapu, head of Na ‘Aikane o Maui, the increasingly important cultural group here, in early life got no respect. Today he is one of the leading practitioners of Hawaiian culture, last week honored by leading the Maui delegation that greeted the Hokule’a voyaging canoe headed around the world.

Kapu kneeling at seasonal festival at Kaanapali Beach Hotel  Norm Bezane photo, circa 2005

Kapu kneeling at seasonal festival at Kaanapali Beach Hotel Norm Bezane photo, circa 2005

Kapu kneeling at ceremony at Kaanapali Beach Hotel Norm Bezane photo, circa 2005
Kapu kneeling at ceremony at Kaanapali Beach Hotel Norm Bezane photo, circa 2005
As a Hawaiian man living in his ancestoral lands, where he was a minority, Kapu quit school at 17 to help with family finances. On the job one day, he was called lazy by a union foreman for returning five minutes late on a lunch hour.

Kapu had been working 18 hours a day. “I did not see my wife. I did not see my kids. I had to leave at 4:30 in the morning and didn’t come home until 1:30 at night. I used to work 18 to 20 hours a day.”

Keeaumoku Kapu (kneeling at right) participates in a cultural ceremony.

His immediate response to the foreman’s lazy comment: “I quit.”

“I was steaming,” he remembered years later. “I went to the office and talked to all the head bosses and said, ‘This is what you guys did to me after working six months straight?’ I slammed the door. Then, two weeks later, they offered me a contract for $190 a week, and they flew me back home once a month. So instead of not seeing my kids for six straight months, I could see them once a month.”

At 27, Kapu moved on, settled on Maui and began growing his own fruit, vegetables and taro (15 plots) above Launiupoko for subsistence. He also set out to learn as much about the Hawaiian culture as he could, so that his sons and daughters would not be culturally deprived.

In trips to Tahiti and even New Zealand, Kapu found elders who could teach him more about Polynesian and Hawaiian culture than almost anyone back home.

Each year, the family makes a cultural pilgrimage to Hawaii Island (“Big Island is not its Hawaiian name,” he said). After the first trip, he got rid of all the furniture in his house except the TV. He told his kids material things didn’t matter.

Kapu over the years has been involved in multiple groups. He has served on the Maui County Cultural Resources Commission, chaired the Maui/Lanai Burial Council and Native Hawaiian Historic Preservation Council and serves as a member of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. His service of various boards adds up to 30 years.

A few years back, he led a Torch March around the entire island, his Hawaiian brothers greeting them in the greatest numbers in Hana.

“The walk was magical,” he said. It enabled him to identify people in each ancient Hawaiian district who anyone, including developers, could consult to assure proper respect for the culture.

For several years, Kapu was known as the man who wanted to curtail the once raucous Lahaina Halloween celebration as being foreign to Hawaiian tradition. His input spurred the county and LahainaTown Action Committee to bring Halloween under better control.

To tap his deep knowledge, Lahaina Restoration Foundation has been working closely with Kapu on its new Imagine project to revitiliize of the harbor area while respecting Hawaiian values.

Sara Foley, who heads an initiative by the Maui Friends of the Library to transform the Lahaina Public Library front lawn into a Hawaiian garden with Polynesian and native plants, has brought Kapu in as member of the group’s lawn planning committee.

Kapu, his family and others have agreed to restore an ancient stonewall on part of the lawn and install a new “King’s Taro Patch.” The family has already planted a test plot and will take care of the new plantings once they are permanently installed.

Supporting the culture is a family affair. His wife, U’ilani, heads Aha Moku of Hawaii, a group with an emerging museum and education center near the Front Street tennis courts.

Kapu would have been a great candidate to sail on the Hokule’a voyaging canoe. But he won’t. He is too busy teaching, protecting and preserving the culture in Lahaina.

Columnist’s Notebook: The columnist’s quest to learn about and appreciate the Hawaiian culture continues. The long-needed Hawaiian cultural renaissance has been underway for some time now, and we all benefit by touching and embracing the culture in a place where most of us are guests.

Exclusive: Hawaiians complete 193 unity march photographed from the perspective of a marcher

Lahaina–March 10–Native Hawaiians who believe a higher power watches over them completed a 193-mile trek around the island Saturday. Kupuna Ke’emoku Kapu In a powerful statement at journey’s end said “if we don’t practice our culture, we are going to lose it. The old ways link us together. It is that simple.” TOMORROW ON THIS SITE: Ending ceremonies in Moku’ula. MARCH 19: my exclusive story in Lahaina News reporting on the march with a photo spread. Produced by Norm Bezane, VOICES OF MAUI TALK STORY, LLC.


THE 47 Republican Senators  sent a direct message to Iran today in part saying Iran does not understand our Constitution. The Senators are the ones who do not understand our  Constitution.

Under our system of government, the Executive Branch through the President is the developer of our foreign policy.

The Congress is not. The only role of Congress is to approve or disapprove treaties. Current negotiations with Iran are not treaties.

One wonders why so many of our Congressmen on both sides are so stupid. They do not know history and they do not understand our traditions. They have an agenda of destruction rather than constructive;  They fail to take  constructive actions or provide commentary that advances our interests as a country and not undermines them.

 Enlightened opinion  from Voices of Maui Digital News  far enough from Washington, D.C. to have correct perception.