2015 Breakfast with Bob from Kona: Championship Edition – Babbittville

The best part of the Breakfast with Bob week: Championship Edition on Sunday after the race! Here are the videos from our post-race show. Enjoy! Jeff Symonds: Andy Potts: Jan Frodeno: Timothy O’Donnell: Daniela Ryf: Heather Jackson: Rachel Joyce: Michelle Vesterby: Susie Cheetham: Tyler Butterfield: Andreas Raelert:     Sponsors Subscribe to Newsletter CREDO Tri…

Day 5: Kokua – Babbittville

Kokua (assistance, cooperation, lending a hand) This is another of those Hawaiian words whose true meaning differs subtly from a single-word translation such as “help” or “crew.” Kokua carries an undertone of cooperation, of mutual assistance. A better translation would be “pitching in.” Which is why “kokua” is the only word to adequately describe 5,000…

Day 4: Ali’i – Babbittville

Ali’i (Royalty, or rulers) Up until 1893 when Queen Liliʻuokalani was overthrown by a U.S.-backed coup d’état, the islands were ruled by various flavors of ali’i. There were nearly a dozen classes of royalty, including the kahuna, but the Big Lebowskis were the ali’i nui. Each island had its own, and they governed with divine…

Day 3: Keiki – Babbittville

Keiki (child, or an immature plant) There’s just too much self-evident irony in that definition to warrant a lot of exposition. But upon reflection, English is also full of anthropomorphisms (my excuse to use a six-syllable word): there are parent-child relationships in data bases; we grandfather in old laws; typesetters try to avoid orphans and…

Day 2: ‘Ohana – Babbittville

Actually, ‘ohana means more than family. Think of it less as a noun than as an imperative. The Maōri cognate of ‘ohana is kōhanga, meaning “nest,” and from that origin flows a set of obligations that are baked deeply into Hawaiian culture. Families are tied together, and that binding includes caring for one another, cooperating…