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Ranching Under the Rainbow - Monty Richards of Kahuā Ranch
Softcover Book
Now Available! In 1957 Monty Richards assumed management over his family’s legacy, nearly 20,000 acres of land between Hawi and Waimea called Kahuā Ranch. Adjacent to the vast Parker Ranch, Kahuā was one of the largest in Hawai`i. To Kohala, Kahuā was not only one of Hawaii’s most vital cattle ranches, it also held one of the last intact villages of old Hawai`i, home to more than 30 ranching families. From the origins of Kahuā Ranch in the early 1920s to the stories of early cattle ranching and the people of Kahuā, Monty entertains in his own delightful style of “talking story.”

With over 40 private photos from the ranch archives as well as personal tales of Monty’s life that took him to mainland as a teen and then back to Kahuā as a young man, this book will provide any reader who loves the stories of old Hawaii, and ranching in particular, with hours of fascinating reading. Over twenty-five hours of oral history are transcribed here, all told with the well known humor and love of the Hawaiian people that is Monty’s trademark.

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Historic Kohala T-Shirt - Design on Front Only
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These shirts are available in blue, pepper (dark grey), and green in sizes small to XXL. Shirts have a tapa design on the front and a blank back.

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Historic Kohala T-Shirt - Front and Back Design
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These shirts are available in blue, pepper (dark grey), and green in sizes small to XXL. Shirts have a tapa design on the front and an image of Pololu on the back. (Hat not included.)

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Historic Kohala Baseball Cap
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These hats say "Historic Kohala" on the front and "Discover the End of the Road" on the back. They come in blue, green, pink, and tan. Velcro back closure.


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Kohala Bag
Accessory

This sturdy 100% organic cotton bag features our Historic Kohala tapa design. Generously sized at 14” high x 16 ½” wide with double handles.

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‘IO LANI The Hawaiian Hawk
Softcover Book

This beautiful collection of photographs by Kohala’s own Yama Chillingworth with accompanying essays by John Culliney, biologist and Nathan Napoka, Native Hawaiian Historian, tell the remarkable story of the singular bird that was once the symbol of Hawaiian royalty. Softcover, 58 pages.

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The Painted King: Art, Activism, and Authenticity in Hawai'i
Softcover Book
The famous statue of Kamehameha I in downtown Honolulu is one of the state's most popular landmarks. Many tourists--and residents--however, are unaware that the statue is a replica; the original, cast in Paris in the 1880s and the first statue in the Islands, stands before the old courthouse in rural Kapa`au, North Kohala, the legendary birthplace of Kamehameha I. In 1996 conservator Glenn Wharton was sent by public arts administrators to assess the statue's condition, and what he found startled him: A larger-than-life brass figure painted over in brown, black, and yellow with "white toenails and fingernails and penetrating black eyes with small white brush strokes for highlights. . . . It looked more like a piece of folk art than a nineteenth-century heroic monument."

The Painted King is Wharton's account of his efforts to conserve the Kohala Kamehameha statue, but it is also the story of his journey to understand the statue's meaning for the residents of Kapa`au. He learns that the townspeople prefer the "more human" (painted) Kamehameha, regaling him with a parade, chants, and leis every Kamehameha Day (June 11). He meets a North Kohala volunteer who decides to paint the statue's sash after respectfully consulting with kahuna (Hawaiian spiritual leaders) and the statue itself. A veteran of public art conservation, Wharton had never before encountered a community that had developed such a lengthy, personal relationship with a civic monument. Going against the advice of some of his peers and ignoring warnings about "going native," Wharton decides to involve the people of Kapa`au in the conservation of their statue and soon finds himself immersed in complex political, social, and cultural considerations, including questions about representations of the Native Hawaiian past: Who should decide what is represented and how? And once a painting or sculpture exists, how should it be conserved?

The Painted King examines professional authority and community involvement while providing a highly engaging and accessible look at "activist conservation" at work, wherever it may be found.

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A Storyteller's Story: Kindy Sproat of North Kohala
Softcover Book
Growing up in a remote valley in North Kohala on the island of Hawai'i, Kindy Sproat describes his life's journey in his own words with a deep passion for the place he calls home, its culture, people, and a love of music that leads him to an unexpected career as an internationally revered and award winning artist. The nearly 400 songs and stories he learns as a boy and young man are only some of the treasures he takes with him to share with the world from Japan, Okinawa, to a bunker in Vietnam under attack, the foot of the Statue of Liberty and on to receive the National Heritage Fellowship.

His own story provides a candid and deeply personal look at Hawai'i during the days of sugar plantations, through World War II and the changes these times brought to the Hawaiian way of life. Over 65 photos and the lyrics of 30 songs weave through this both extraordinary and beautifully simple storyteller's story about a man with a heart even larger than his fame.

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Kohala 'Aina
Hardcover Book

The first comprehensive history of the Big Island's famed North Kohala district was published in November 2003. The 224-page coffee-table book, entitled Kohala 'Aina, encompasses a 300-year history from before the reign of Kohala native King Kamehameha I through the close of the sugar plantations in the late 20th century to the current renaissance.

Besides chronicling the region's long and varied history, the book makes the case that North Kohala was one of the most important and influential areas in the history of all of Hawaii. From Kamehameha's birth and residence in the area, to the missionary movement and the innovations of the local sugar industry, North Kohala was pre-eminent.

The book was written by nationally known author Sophia V. Schweitzer, a resident of Hawi, underwritten by Kohala's largest landowner, Surety Kohala Corp. (formerly Chalon Corp.), and published by Mutual Publishing of Honolulu.

In an unprecedented publishing move, proceeds from the sale of Kohala 'Aina will be donated to North Kohala Community Resource Center, a non-profit organization that supports and sponsors local community service projects and organizations.

Kohala 'Aina was conceived by Yoshihiro Kamon, Surety Kohala's leader, and commissioned by Michael S. Gomes, Surety Kohala executive and lifelong resident of North Kohala. Says Gomes, "The goal was not a textbook on the subject; instead, the desire was to create images and thoughts that would capture what life in Kohala has been like through its long and ever changing history. The more than 150 historic photographs of North Kohala that illustrate the book, most of which have never been seen publicly, were supplied in large part by the Bishop Museum."





Musicians of Kohala
Music CD

This beautiful music compilation evokes the heart and soul of Kohala as interpreted by thirteen of Kohala's finest musicians. A thoughtful gift for friends and family... and a generous gift to the North Kohala Community.

Proceeds benefit the North Kohala Community Resource Center, which sponsors many important community projects.

  • Experience Kohala's musical heritage
  • Rare tracks that were previously out of print
  • Limited collector's edition of 1000 copies

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