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…

2015 Breakfast with Bob from Kona: Tuesday – Babbittville

Here are the interviews from Day 2 of the 2015 Edition of Breakfast with Bob from Kona. Enjoy! Mirinda Carfrae Luke McKenzie and Beth Gerdes Jan Frodeno Jodie Swallow Sunny Garcia Tyler Butterfield Tim O’Donnell Lionel Sanders Angela Duncan Naeth Caroline Steffen Bart Aernouts   Sponsors Subscribe to Newsletter Subscribe to Babbittville SwimRun San Juan Islands…

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…