(HawaiiNewsNow) - It is said that a tree is only as strong as its roots and Sam Kapoi is true to his.
Aloha kakahiaka kâkou. Wahi a kahiko, i ulu nô ka lâlâ i ke kumu. Pçia nô ia no Sam Kapoi he kama e kû ana nô i kona poʻe makua, na lâkou i aʻoaʻo mai.
"My grandpa and grandma is the ones who wen raise me from young kid days, so I credit him with everything that he gave me," says Kapoi.
Na koʻu mau kûpuna nô i hânai mai iaʻu, a mahalo au iâ lâua no nâ mea a pau.
"He was always real gung-ho with the Hawaiian cultural stuff and he wanted to learn how to do video so he could tell his own stories and stuff like that." said John Allen, III , Video Advisor, Searider Productions.
Nui kona ʻiʻini e haʻi ʻia aku nâ moʻolelo Hawaiʻi e nâ Hawaiʻi e like me ia.
John and Sam met at Waiʻanae High's Searider Productions media program, where Sam and his cohorts produced many award-winning video projects.
Ma ka papahana hoʻopuka pâpaho ʻo Searider Productions ma ke kula kiʻekiʻe o Waiʻanae i launa mua ai ʻo John me Sam, a ma laila nô i hoʻopuka ʻia nâ ʻano hua like ʻole i mahalo nui ʻia e ka poʻe.
"He's going to be the guy who's gonna lead our community into the next few decades," said Allen.
He alakaʻi kaiâulu ana nô ʻo ia.
Now Sam is at Mâkaha Studios, Hawaiʻi's fastest growing business in 2010.
A i kçia manawa, he alakaʻi ʻo Sam ma ka hale hoʻopuka ʻo Mâkaha Studios, ka pâʻoihana ulu wikiwiki loa ma Hawaiʻi nei wahi a Pacific Business News.
"We get good people and we do good stuff out here, you know, not the normal stereotype. That's what I try to prove to people around the world," said Kapoi.
He mau kânaka a hana maikaʻi ko kçia ʻâina. Makemake au e hôʻike i kçlâ.
Sam is a captain for E Ala, Waiʻanae's double-hulled canoe.
He kâpena ʻo Sam no E Ala, ko Waiʻanae waʻa kaulua aloha.
E Ala did come back to Waiʻanae for a short time, but in the coming year Sam will lead the charge to build a permanent home for the canoe.
Ua hoʻi nô ʻo E Ala no kekahi wâ pôkole, akâ i kçia makahiki, e ʻimi ana ʻo Kâpena Sam i ke kûkulu ʻia o kekahi kikowaena hoʻonaʻauao holomoana, kahi e noho paʻa ai ʻo E Ala.
"One day, we will have a big canoe here in Waiʻanae, and we going back home! Show these kids where we from, you know?" asks Kapoi.
I kekahi lâ, e loaʻa pono ana nô ko kâkou waʻa nui a e hoʻi ana kâkou i Kahiki!
"I always called him the unofficial king of Waiʻanae, the unofficial aliʻi of Waiʻanae. Since he's been in high school, I always teased him about that," says Allen.
Kapakapa aku au iâ ia ʻo ia ke aliʻi ʻo Waiʻanae.
"My community is everything to me, you know. Everything. Yup. Represent!" stated Kapoi.
ʻO ke kaiâulu nô ka mea nui iaʻu. ʻOnipaʻa!
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