Meet Lono


Meet Lono, our family Tiki.  Lono watches over us from a vantage point in the living room, surounded by family photos and totemic objects.  He is decorated with shell leis from Maui, and a gold champagne-glass ornament from a bottle of Mumm DVX. 

[Link]  Lono, usually called Lono-makua(Father Lono) was the most humane of the three primary akua. He cared for the crops, maturation, fertility, forgiveness, healing, and other life-sustaining aspects of life. Hawaiian legends tell of Lono appearing to the people many hundreds of years ago and promising to return someday. Captain James Cook was mistakenly identified as Lono when he arrived in the Islands because of these verbal traditions.

82 Responses to “Meet Lono”

  1. 1 Jason

    You can / should report Hia to the Maui Police @ 808-244-6400, press # to go to the operator. I filed a report last night with them and basically youhave to take him to small claims court because it is an “Agreement” that he would send the merchandise. I visit Maui often and will be filing a law suit. I am pretty sure Hia is keen to the idea that most people will never file a claim in courts since they were only there visiting.

    Also, I suggest contacting the BBB and writing to the Maui News. I suggested they run a story on the thievery that is going on.

    Trust me, when I go back to Maui which i do twice a year, I will be visiting with Hia in small claims court. If he doesnt show, then a warrant is placed for his arrest. Very simple. This could have been very simple if he just returned my calls and sent the tiki.

  2. 2 David

    FFS, don’t call the police on a commercial dispute. Kapu! And not very aloha either. The guy works on Island Time, and is an artist to boot. Savvy?

  3. 3 JAson

    With all due respect David, the police knew his name immediately and he has NUMEROUS complains on file with them. This isnt a case of “island time” or “Im an artist”, this is clearly a case of someone knowing how to take advantage of visitors, and doing so. Without a police case (reference #), you are unable to file in small claims court. So while your advice may be good for certain circumstances, for those of us who have been ripped off (and this is now YEARS of occurrences, imagine those who havent even posted on the web) reporting him to the authorities is the only option when months of calls not being returned have passed.

  4. 4 Jason


    I received a call from Hia yesterday. The call to the police worked and he has promised to send the tiki out today via fedex, and gave me a tracking #. Fingers crossed I get the tiki.

  5. 5 kelly hunt

    Hi. I also bought a tiki in lahaina on 2/28/14 for $700.00 cash. I was suppose to receive it in a couple weeks. Its been a month and I am getting very nervous about being ripped off. I wish someone would call me back or email me.
    Kelly Hunt

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  9. 9 Jeff Hughes

    I purchased a Tiki on 7-17-14 form Auhia Lavaka and have not received it yet. His answering machine is full. Does anyone know if the Lavaka’s are reachable other than at 808-463-1740?

  10. 10 Anonymous

    I have had much better success contacting Hia’s wife at 808 463-0537. Hia doesn’t answer his phone very often and you usually aren’t able to leave voice messages.

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  12. 12 kelsey

    My Husband & I gave Hia over $400 cash to carve some turtles for us and also make a couple custom frames over 2 years ago! We were there in November 2012 and we still have not received our carvings. Our first experience with Hia was on our honeymoon in 2011 and we also purchased some already carved items from Hia. We had intended to make it a tradition to buy carvings from Hia on all of our trips to fill our house with his beautiful carvings.
    We have been EXTREMELY patient and understanding! He did finally call us a few months back, promising our carvings but we still have nothing. We would love to have our carvings or at minimum a refund.

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  19. 19 Jerry Maske

    I visited Maui in February 2016, screwed up, left Hia a bunch of money for a carving and have nothing to show for it. I’ve taken all the phone numbers listed here and will try to contact him directly.

    My trip there was a celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary and this carving was a gift from me to my bride. I’m trying to believe Hia is just on “Island Time.” But the rest of the world is NOT.

    Hia, if you read this, I’ll be trying to get in touch. My wife enjoyed meeting you and she’s devastated you would treat us like this. You and I talked like men and I thought I could trust you. We rode in your truck and I helped you cut some Koa. Now you screw me over like this. Bad! Please get it together.


  20. 20 Jerry Maske

    After a letter AND a phone call, Hia finally sent my carving. The concept of “Hawaiian Time” seems to be prevalent here. People actually believe being late and not doing what you’re contracted to do is okay as long as you blame it on being a Hawaiian Artist.

    Well, It’ll be a long cold day in Hades before I EVER order something like this without some sort of guarantee. In Hia’s case, I should have bought the carving and taken it to a UPS store to ship it myself. Would have saved me all this anxiety and been cheaper too. He’s a pretty good rip off artist and charges HUGE dollar amounts for shipping.

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