Jeff Coakley discusses how he came to Kohala as a young adult, ready for a change, having lived a “fast life” on O‘ahu for many years. He shares anecdotes regarding his personal experience in Kohala, and some of the notable Kohala people he met, including Sonny and Tommy Solomon. These kupuna taught Jeff about traditional ways of living off the land, as well as how to live Kohala’s values. The interview ends with a very simple, but inspiring message to the youth of Kohala.
Photo credit: National Archives and Records Administration, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Credits and video information
Recording date: 7/2/22
Location: Kamahemeha Park, Kohala Reunion, Kohala
Videographer: Lucas Manuel-Scheibe
Editor: Elijah Bermudez, Hawai'i Community College