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…

Day 1: ‘Aina – Babbittville

‘Aina (the land) I was born in Brooklyn. My most intimate tie to the land was descending a staircase on Flatbush Avenue to ride the #2 IRT subway into Manhattan. I thought the only thing under the ground was steam pipes and phone cables. Hawai’i, on the other hand, wears its geomorphic origins on its…

Robert Lusitana – Babbittville

Robert Lusitana ran at Grossmont College and then at UCLA for Coach Bob Larsen. A few years ago Robert decided that the time was right to honor the legacy of one of America’s greatest coaches by telling the story of his life – while weaving in the amazing backstory of Coach Larsen’s greatest runner, Olympic…