43 Things Every Local Must Do
(page 4 of 6)
Call everyone older than you “aunty” and “uncle.”
And be called aunty or uncle by everyone younger than you.
Make your carport your other living room.
Its open-air ambience is just right for parties, watching Sunday football games, karaoke, and just talking story with the neighbors. It’s Hawaii’s version of the front porch.
Have a pair of “dressy” slippahs.
Go Cardboard Sliding.
We don’t have snow on Oahu. But we do have hills and cardboard boxes. No childhood would be complete without sliding down the slopes and getting grass stains and bruises at Kakaako Waterfront Park, or in Temple Valley, or possibly even—and not with our permission—on local golf courses late at night.
It’s OK if you forgot someone’s name. Hui will get their attention.
Know Your Miss Hawaiis.
The Miss Hawaii Scholarship Pageant has been around since 1948. Since then, 65 women have worn the Miss Hawaii crown, representing the Islands with distinction. As a local you should at least know a handful of them. Here are six to remember:
• Yun Tau Chee (1948). The first Miss Hawaii. She was the first-ever Asian American woman to compete in the Miss America Pageant. Notably, she took the Miss Hawaii crown only after the original winner was disqualified for not having enough high school credits.
• Gertrude Kapiolani Miller (1954). She later traveled around the world with the Harlem Globetrotters as a friend of team founder Abe Saperstein. In 1984, she was put on trial for the shooting death of her husband, dairyman Robert Toledo. The jury ruled that she acted in self-defense.
• Kanoelehua Kaumeheiwa (1973). You know her now as Kanoe Miller, who has delighted guests at the Halekulani with her hula performances for the past 34 years. Sister publication Hawaii Magazine recently noted that Miller “may very well be the most photographed Hawaii hula dancer in history.”
• Elizabeth Kapuuwailani Lindsey (1978). The veteran filmmaker and television actress (perhaps best known for her recurring role in the late-1980s drama series China Beach) is now a respected anthropologist. She is the first female National Geographic Fellow as well as the first Polynesian explorer for the National Geographic Society.
• Carolyn Suzanne Sapp (1991). Hawaii’s first Miss America. She later starred in Miss America: Behind the Crown, an autobiographical TV movie that shed light on the abusive relationship she shared with former UH football star Nuu Faaola.
• Angela Perez Baraquio (2000). The second Miss Hawaii to capture the Miss America crown. Today, she and her sisters are still Living Local on the TV program.
Eat shave ice.
Our new favorite is Shimazu’s at 330 N. School St.