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Fun Stuff

  • Brother Noland's Hō‘ea Initiative Tracking Camp - Summer 2015

    The Hawaiian Survival Handbook is the essential textbook for Brother Noland's Hō‘ea Initiative Tracking Camps. The next camp starts May 31, and there are still spots available. (Children and adults welcome.) Read on for more details about what these camps entail and info on how to sign up for the upcoming camp.


    With nature as the classroom, the Hō‘ea Initiative provides various training opportunities for youth and adults in a wide range of life skills, including wilderness survival, nature awareness, tracking, cultural appreciation and much more. These interactive camps and sessions are designed to immerse participants in nature while increasing self-reliance and appreciation of the natural world by introducing participants to the resources found in nature and teaching them how to recognize and utilize those resources. Participants learn a variety of skills to live off the land and ocean. Early Hawaiians lived and existed in total balance and harmony with all things in nature and their resources were nurtured and never depleted.

    The early Hawaiians knew and followed the seasons and cycles of all things in the universe following a spiritual protocol we call aloha...permission, conservation, preservation...sharing and sustaining life not just for one’s self but for the greater community. The Hō‘ea Initiative programs are a passionate effort to provide universal understandings inside all of us through indigenous knowledge and principals found outside in the natural world. We provide the opportunity to increase one’s peripheral vision and strengthen his or her whole mind-body-spirit completeness.

    Brother Noland and his Hōe‘a Initiative crew: HIT trainers Palakiko and Jenny Yagodich, and junior trackers Karina Jacang and Alex Johnstone. Brother Noland and his Hōe‘a Initiative crew: HIT trainers Palakiko and Jenny Yagodich, and junior trackers Karina Jacang and Alex Johnstone.

    All of Brother Noland’s Hō‘ea Initiative camps and sessions follow the same core format. Although the core format is always the same, we are also free with our planned curriculum so that we are able to move and adjust with the environment around us. Sometimes admiring an ‘ohana of monk seals or a visit from a pueo takes us away from our agenda…we allow freedom for these types of gifts from nature.

    Summer 2015 Tracking Camp Details:

    Adult Camp - Sunday, May 31st  2015 – Wednesday, June 3rd 2015

    Youth Camp – Wednesday, June 3rd 2015 – Friday, June 5th 2015

    **Adults have the option to stay the entire time, the 31st – 5th


    Airfare is the responsibility of each participant and the camp/session fee is $300 per person ($500 for adults staying for the entire camp).  This fee covers ground transportation on Moloka‘i, meals, activities and community speakers. Payment is due in cash or by check on made out to Hoea Initiative  by Monday, May 4th.

    Travel Reservations – Reservations are the responsibility of each participant. 

    • Please plan on arriving on Moloka‘i the afternoon of May 31st.
    • If you leave on the 3rd, please plan an early flight as we will be picking up the Junior Trackers on the first flights.
    • Please plan to leave the evening of the 5th.

    More details about specific flights will be available as we move closer to camp dates.

    Additional Details:

    We are asking that each participant bring the following with you to Moloka‘i:

    •   Your signed waiver
    •   Something organic to add to the food table (fruit or veggies from your yard or something similar)

    Contact Hō‘ea Initiative at hoeainitiative@aol.com or (808) 729-8293 to reserve your spot and obtain the necessary forms and detailed information.

    The Hawaiian Survival Handbook
    by Brother Noland
    Hardcover; 164 pp.


  • Holiday Book Gift Guide 2014

    Need a little help with your holiday shopping this year? Well, first, let’s just say: Books make great gifts! (Especially for our keiki who could use a break from their screen time.)

    Here’s our gift checklist to give you a speedy way to cross at least a few folks off your list — and it’s all available on our newly redesigned online store for home delivery by Christmas! (Just be sure to place your order by December 18.)

    For the Perry & Price Posse Member

    Chances are good there’s at least one in your household—after all, this dynamic duo couldn’t have dominated Hawai‘i radio for more than three decades without their loyal listener posse. Perry on the Left, Price on the Right: Thirty Years with the Odd Couple of Island Radio, a brand-new large-format book, shares the behind-the-scenes stories of this unlikely pairing with of photos and KSSK memorabilia.

    $19.95, hardcover

    GET IT AUTOGRAPHED! Perry & Price will be at Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana, from 11AM – 1PM on Saturday, Dec. 13.

    For the Outdoors Enthusiast

    Experienced hikers probably know most of what’s contained in this fun, yet informative, handbook from lifelong outdoorsman (and award-winning musician!) Brother Noland, but they’ll still appreciate the whimsical line drawings and matter-of-fact approach. For those who have less experience, The Hawaiian Survival Handbook offers a crash-course in vital commonsense tips to take in before heading into the bush.

    $16.95, hardcover

    For the Aspiring Writer

    With the ‘ohana coming together for the holiday season, maybe now’s the time to get the best writer in the family motivated to chronicle your history! From nationally bestselling author Darien Gee (aka Mia King), Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir is a guide that goes beyond “how to” and gets you to completion through exercises and encouragement. Includes writing tips and inspiration from more than 20 of Hawai‘i’s best known writers, teachers, and storytellers.

    $14.95, softcover

    For the Keiki

    ‘Tis the season to give a gift that encourages your favorite child to use their imagination and appreciate our natural surroundings. In Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! Wordsworth the Mouse’s best friend Emily has moved away, a new girl from Japan named Akiko is sitting in Emily’s chair at school and, worst of all, a bulldozer has invaded Wordsworth’s special koa grove where he thinks up new poems. What should Wordsworth do? Special gift set includes a tree-growing kit with three milo seeds (a type of tree in the hibiscus family, similar to hau, that came to Hawaii with the Polynesian settlers), a peat soil pod and instructions.

    $14.00, gift set including tree seeds and book

    $10.95, hardcover book alone

    For the Homesick Kama'aina

    Know someone who needs a taste of home? Send them this ‘ono gift pack with everything they’ll need to make their own SPAM® musubi (even directions on making them without a musubi mold!)—Jus’ Add Rice! Each set includes a copy of the award-winning From Kau Kau to Cuisine: An Island Cookbook, Then and Now by Arnold Hiura, featuring 60+ recipes from Chef Jason Takemura and KTA Super Stores’ Derek Kurisu; a Cane Haul Road dish towel, 8 packets of shoyu, a 10-sheet pack of nori and one can SPAM®.

    $45, complete gift set

    $29.95, hardcover book alone

  • Two For Tuesday Deal for August 26, 2014!

    TWOFORTUESDAYWho among us hasn’t, at some point, been teased or made to feel smaller than we are by someone else? Our Two For Tuesday deal this month highlights a pair of books that teach kids to think smart and be proud to be themselves. Gecko and Mosquito and It’s OK To Be Different were each written and illustrated by a talented young woman—Gecko and Mosquito by artist Melissa DeSica and It’s OK To Be Different by intermediate school student Mahealani Sims-Tulba.

    Two For Tuesday Deal: $12 for Gecko and Mosquito and It’s OK To Be Different. You’ll save 50% on this pair of children’s books that take a stand against bullying.

    Bonus Offer: Little Wordsworth the Poet also faces teasing from his classmates when he writes poems about things they just can’t see. But guess who turns out to be the hero when it rains and rains and there seems to be no hope that the sun will shine again? Add Wordsworth the Poet to your order for just $5.00 (a 54% discount)!




  • Eddie Wen' Go Comes Alive!

    Eddie Wen' Go at The Hawaii TheatreEddie Wen' Go: The Story of the Upside-Down Canoe, Marion Lyman-Mersereau's captivating children's book about the courageous Eddie Aikau, told by the sea creatures who watched as the voyaging canoe Hokule'a overturned during a storm and the brave waterman Aikau paddled off for help, will be staged next month at the Hawai'i Theatre as part of the HTC 'Ohana Series.

    Marion Lyman-Mersereau, a crewmate aboard Hokule'a during its fateful voyage, wrote Eddie Wen' Go to share Aikau's legacy of courage and sacrifice. It has long been her dream to see Eddie Wen' Go as a live-action play and that day has finally come!

    Coinciding with Hōkūleʻa's round-the-world voyage, this imaginative production uses hula, chant, masks and puppetry to bring the book to life. Two performances will be held on Friday, September 19, 7pm and Saturday, September 20, 2pm. To purchase tickets or to learn about student matinee performances, visit the Hawai'i Theatre website.

    Ticket prices: General admission, $10; HTC members/seniors/military, $7; Students, $5; Children under 4, free.Copies of Eddie Wen' Go will be available for purchase at the shows, and Marion Lyman-Mersereau will be on hand to sign books.

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