This issue honors the indelible spirit of Hawai‘i’s people, who work to continue perpetuating cultural legacies against all odds.
Editor’s Letter: Growing up in Hawai‘i, there are many things to be proud of. From the beauty of our customs to the loveliness of our people, it’s easy to see how many become entranced by the allure of the islands. What we often forget, however, is how sometimes the origins for the source of our pride rise forth from hopelessness, when it seems like the injustices of the world would drown out any chance for conviction, opportunity, or inspiration.
It’s easy to overlook how the lingering melody of a falsetto voice ringing clear against the pluck of ‘ukulele strings arose out of a boy once hapless and given up for adoption; how the valiant charge of soldiers making the ultimate sacrifice came in spite of an entire ethnic group of people being stripped of its dignity and viewed as disloyal citizens; how the melting-pot customs that have come to define our islands evolved out of essentially what amounts to indentured servitude.
It’s important to remember this indelible spirit of Hawai‘i’s people, who work to continue perpetuating cultural legacies against all odds. While it seems like traditions are falling by the wayside the world over in exchange for a life of convenience, there still exist those seeking to carry on the traditions of the ones who came before them. Like a banyan tree, whose boughs continue to shoot down from high above, spreading slowly and expanding in size despite any effort to prevent such growth, the heritage of Hawai‘i’s people will live on.
Viva la Raza! Zaratez Mexicatessen The smell of chilies, warm tortillas, and simmering meat permeates the thick Hawaiian heat outside a nondescript eatery off King Street where patrons hankering for a taste of authentic, unapologetic Mexican street food line up in droves.
The Economics of Paradise: Drew Broderick Drew Broderick is the founder and director of SPF Projects, a new art space in Kaka‘ako dedicated to contemporary art with ties to the islands, but he is also a visual artist in his own right.
The Perfect Bite Mix plate options from Alicia’s Market. Hawai‘i is a place where the amalgamation of old and new is palpable, especially when you sample the islands’ food.