HAWAII & CUBA IN THE NEWS
The Garden Island: Kauai Voices Return from Cuba Tour
Members of Kauai Voices returned home Wednesday after one week of singing in Cuba with three separate Cuban choirs, becoming the first Hawaiian vocal group to perform there. Twenty-two members of the 50-member Kauai ensemble made the trip, along with a pianist, bass player and percussionist.
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.