A look back at the most popular online stories this year.
In 2021, which was another challenging year for many, it seems readers continued to find moments of reflection, reclamation, and restoration, predominately in pieces that took a hard look at Hawai‘i’s landscape — from both the natural and the built environment.
A history of militarization and commercial development has often left Hawai‘i’s inoa ‘āina (traditional place names) silenced. Can one truly honor Hawaiian places without acknowledging the important nature of inoa ‘āina?
The Kānaka ‘Ōiwi athlete didn’t just witness Duke Kahanamoku’s wish of seeing surfing become an Olympic sport — she won gold. Now, as surfing’s first female Olympian to win gold, Carissa Moore reflects on what’s next.
Written in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, these personal essays by a native historian, visual artist, urban researcher, and travel writer stitch together the complicated emotions and societal issues that affect everyday island living.