Let’s begin by explaining the word “Heleloa” – according to my Tutu Heleloa (my great grandmother), our family originated on the Big Island of Hawai’i. When the King and other chiefs wanted to send messages to people in the villages, they would send runners. These runners were known as ‘hele loa’ – the Hawaiian translation is roughly “to go a far distance” or “to go on forever.”
The heleloa were information runners. My goal is to perpetuate my family’s lineage by sharing “all things Pacific Islander” with those of us here on the mainland, starting with Southern California. It’s my way of helping transplant locals (and locals at heart) feel just a little closer to home.
This project is close to my heart, and it continues to grow into something very special – a place of information, resource and community!
As you may have guessed, Heleloa is my family surname. My first name is Heather, and “I’m just a little Hawaiian and a homesick island girl…” I am a proud and thankful mom to the most beautiful boy, the daughter of an authentic Kodak hula dancer and an old school longboarder, and my best days are spent with my family in the sun and water.
If you would like to contact me, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your interest and support!