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. I am the daughter of an authentic Kodak hula girl and an old school local longboarder. I am a sunshine junkie, and a Titan. I love Hawai’i and its magnificent land, people and culture. I love food, the ocean, playing outside, all things Disney, my family and my husband (not in that particular order).
If you wish to contact me, please email: heather (at) heleloa (dot) com
Thanks for your interest and support!