Aloha, and welcome to Ki`ihele!
The voice for this column wasn't hard to find. After all, I wrote Joyride Through Cyberspace for three years, always with a sense of wonder for the extraordinary cultures that have developed in the rarified air of the Internet. Sometimes I imagined myself as the Web's Margaret Mead, wandering through these virtual islands in a pith helmet and a billowing chiffon scarf, exploring all that I saw with enthusiasm, tolerance, and amazement. (Okay, it's a little goofy, but you get the idea.)
That sense of wonder, I felt, would serve me well as I sat down to write the first installment of my first column for the first issue of Island Server, Hawaii's new entertainment newsmagazine.
Deciding on a name for the column was the biggest challenge. I felt strongly that it had to be Hawaiian, to honor the spirit of the venue. For hours I pored over every Hawaiian dictionary I could find, seeking the word or phrase that best conveyed what I wanted to do with my column.
I finally settled on a single, melodic word: ki`ihele. In Hawaiian, it means "wander".
Ki`ihele update: In the fall of 2000, the focus of IS Magazine shifted from online Hawai`i to the islands' arts and entertainment scene. Therefore, the August 2000 installment of Ki`ihele was the last. I began writing my new column, Niele, in early 2001 - you can check that out here.
Halau Away From Home, August 2000
Virtual Aloha Revisited, September 2000
Dressing Up That Chicken Skin, October 2000
Paradise Envy, November 2000
Pinning The Stars To The Sky, December 2000
Auld Lang Signs, January 2001