My bio
I was born in Hawaii. I was baptised in Waiohinu at the old Kauahaao Church which has since been rebuilt. Waiohinu is located in the Ka'u district on the Big Island of Hawaii which is said to be the landing site of the first Polynesian settlers. It is an area filled with history.
** Performance at Kahala Mall in Honolulu as a child. I am the one in the middle. I grew up in Kaimuki which is a suburb of Honolulu and Hilo on the Big Island.
**Teaching Hawaiian quilting as a high school student:
** I attended a school for Hawaiian children. I was educated in all facets of Hawaiian culture and history. This is also where I did a lot of singing and dancing.


** My high school trip to the volcano on the Big Island (1983) - I am in the bottom row: second person from the right in the blue shirt. My twin sister is next to me on the far right:
My husband and I were married atop Mount Tantalus. You can see Diamond Head and Waikiki in the background. On the right is a picture of us today.  This August is our 19th wedding anniversary, though, we've known each other 4 years prior.


** My oldest daughter and I at the Kodak Hula Show (now defunct)  in 1994. I have taught my keiki (child/ren) how to dance hula since they were 2 years old.
This is my oldest daughter when she was 3 1/2 years old. She is now 17 years old and is an alaka'i (assistant teacher):
** Our 'ohana (family) in 2003, all of my 5 keiki (child/ren) in 2005, and 4 of my kids dancing in 2008 (my 2nd oldest daughter took this particular picture):



** My maternal great-great-grandmother, Rachel Lokinihama Keakuanui Among (b.1878), holding one of my great-aunts:

** My maternal grandfather, his siblings, and my great grandparents (the DeSilva family of Hilo):

** My maternal grandmother, Dorothy Leilani Moniz DeSilva. She was an excellent seamstress, crocheter, and lei maker:

** My paternal great-grandmother, Agnes Lum Kahoe (deceased), and paternal grandmother, Rose Lokelani Tam-Hoy. Kaimuki Grandma, which is what we call her, is a member of Hale O Na Ali'i, the Daughters of Hawaii, the Ka'ahumanu Society, and the Chinese Women's Club. Two of these organizations are royal benevolent societies in the islands whose goal is to perpetuate Hawaiian culture and traditions.

They are Master Hawaiian quilters. They have had their works displayed in the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, the Mission Houses Museum in Honolulu, and other locations in the islands, such as libraries and hotels:



That's my Grandma!

from Honolulu Star-Bulletin 02.28.08/Photo by Art Bergere:
"Na Mele No Na Pua" co-host Kimo Kahoano, left, and event honoree Eddie Kamae chatted with Rose Tam-Hoy after the concert. Tam-Hoy celebrates her 85th birthday on Saturday, and because Kamae will not be able to go to the party, he serenaded her a cappella. 
** My extended family and I in 2003: I am the third person from the left in the white top. I was very, very hapai (literally means "to carry" = pregnant) :] :
** My grandmother was serenaded at her birthday party by beloved island musicians:


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(Look to the source)
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