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Where Food Meets Culture


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Where Food Meets Culture


Hawaiian Moon Calendar


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Hawaiian Moon Calendar


Traditional calendars observed the movement of the stars, sun, moon, and all natural phenomena to create a holistic place-based resource and behavior management system.  This system not only outlined what could be gathered or harvested at what times in what ways, but it protected our food sources for generations to come. On a deeper level, it oriented the individual within a framework of patterns found in the natural phenomena that was a part of, and integral to, the life of that individual within his/her particular land area, family group, and larger community. 

For more information on the Kaulana Mahina methodology, what we refer to as the Hawaiian Moon Calendar, we recommend visiting Kalei Nu`uhiwa's website here and Hawaiian Voyaging Traditions' page here.

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Meet the Team


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Meet the Team


Mike Lofaro

Professional CHEF

As chef de cuisine at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Chef Mike Lofaro thrives on thrilling diners with delicious and elegant dishes that focus on his love for the water and what he fondly refers to as his “hunting grounds,” the Pacific Ocean. Lofaro surfs, paddles outrigger canoe (with a fishing pole perched on the `iako,) stand-up paddles, and spearfishes. It is this connection with the ocean’s fish, lobster, squid and seaweed that inspires his menus. A graduate of the coveted Culinary Institute of America in New York, Lofaro was raised in a big Italian family on Block Island, Rhode Island.

KATHY MUNEN0

producer / HOST

Kathy Muneno loves telling stories about life in the islands. In addition to KHON2’s extensive coverage on Hokulea, Hawaii’s voyaging canoe, some of Muneno’s favorite reports involved going to the taro fields of Kauai to talk about the state of the poi industry and the challenges farmers face, and meeting a family who raises alpacas on Hawaii Island. The proud graduate of Kaiser High School and University of Hawaii at Manoa is a television news veteran with more than 18 years of experience, and currently news anchor at KHON2. 

kainoa horcajo

Cultural Practitioner

Born and raised on Maui, a graduate of University of San Diego, Kainoa Horcajo is Hawaiian Cultural Ambassador at Grand Wailea. Horcajo has led group facilitation of multiple conferences & workshops in the Hawaii as well as conducted culture-based training with thousands of executives and employees. He continues to consult at Hana Pono where he creates cultural studies and cultural impact assessments. His unique background also includes community outreach positions at State of Hawaii Legislature and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. 

bill paris

director / camera / editor

Bill Paris has decades of experience in Hawaii, specializes in ENG production, including Network television magazine programming, breaking news, live shots, documentaries, reality - you name it, Bill has shot it. His recent projects include Paramount Pictures "Tropic Thunder", National Geographic Channel, Travel Channel, Dateline NBC, national news networks and everything from ABC Good Morning America to NFL Pro Bowl. Bill owns Crew Hawaii and can be reached at www.crewhawaii.com.

 

Yvonne biegel

executive producer

Yvonne Biegel has more than two decades of Hawaii travel industry experience, and is Director of Public Relations at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. She won the "Public Relations Hotel of the Year" award for Waldorf Astoria worldwide in her first year.  As public relations director, Yvonne has represented all three of the AAA Five Diamond luxury resorts in Hawaii. She has been involved in more than 200 productions on Maui and was line producer for a prime-time series for Discovery's Travel Channel. Yvonne enjoys promoting Hawaii through its people, culture, art and food.

scott culbertson

sound engineer

One of Hawaii's top sports news anchors for many years, Scott Culbertson moved behind the camera as a multi-talented producer and sound engineer. He has worked on many of Hawaii's top productions.

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