HAWAII & CUBA IN THE NEWS

Pacific Business News: Hokulea finds Hawaii parallels in Cuba economic development, tourism

On March 18, the Hokulea’s 12-member crew was welcomed by friends and family from Cuba and Hawaii as a performer played the sacred batá drums along the dock of Havana’s Marina Hemingway. The arrival of the traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe was largely overlooked in the buzz over the arrival of another envoy with roots in Hawaii: President Barack Obama.

Pacific Business News: Hawaii nonprofit Cubanakoa Foundation seeks to strengthen Pacific-Cuba ties

Soul de Cuba Café founder Jesus Puerto was visiting family in Cuba in 2006 when a cousin offered him a bite of something delightfully familiar. “What are you cooking?” he asked. “Frituras de malanga,” she replied. Puerto’s eyes widened, realizing it was the Cuban variety of taro.

HAWAII'S CHAMPIONS

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) Cosponsor of Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

Cosponsor of Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) Cosponsor of Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)

Cosponsor of Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI-01) Cosponsor of Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI-01)

Cosponsor of Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act