Liddo Bitta Tita

Kathy Collins (a.k.a. Tita) is an actress, storyteller and radio personality. Like Tita, Ms. Collins grew up on Maui.

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Fill ‘Em Up!

Hungry on the run? Tita knows where to go to get the best Maui gas station grindz!
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Da Long an’ Da Short

Inspired by her new short haircut, Tita shares Hawaiian, Filipino, Japanese and Chinese beliefs, customs and superstitions about haircuts.
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Da Beaches of Maui County

Tita shares her memories and choices for the best beaches on Maui and talks about the famous Waikiki Beach on Oahu where her family picks seaweed fresh off the beach and eats it.
Liddo Bitta Tita, Kathy Collins

Da Real Kine Christmas

Island holiday traditions can be funny and just as fun as a white Christmas!
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Da Rites of Spree-ing?

Tita reminisces about her favorite spring rituals from childhood.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Tita vs. da Dragon

Tita welcomes in the Year of the Dragon with a tale of a Maui lizard goddess.
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Dear Prezadent Obama

Tita addresses the president.
Kathy Collins Liddo Bitta Tita

Tita Leaves for Vacation

Tita goes on vacation to the East Coast.
Kathy Collins on Luxury

Nuttin’ but da Bes

Tita talks about the luxuries of life from her perspective.
Kathy Collins, Tita

A Not So Scary Plot

Tita shares her memories of Halloween growing up on the islands and the family traditions of putting food on the family graves of past loved ones.
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Da Glow of Mem’ry

In her column for July-August, Tita talks about cane burning in Maui.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Eh, Show Respeck!

This popular legend set in the forests of Kauai shares the story of Hawaiian fire goddess Pele and her sacred ohelo berries.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Da Las’ Word

Why I t’ink pidgin is da bes’ language. When come to words, pidgin is way mo’ efficient dan regulah English. An’ yeah, pidgin is one real language. Da real name is Hawaiian Creole English.
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Eh, No Foolin’!

Tita has some tricks up her sleeve for April Fools pranksters.
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Eh, We Go Talk Trash

See, in da olden days on Maui, back when Tutu and Pops was helping their kids raise their kids, recycling came natural to all us local families.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Tanks, Eh?

The Pidgin speaking alter ego of Kathy Collins, Tita, shares her favorite Thanksgiving story inspired by a famous brothers Grimm fairy tale.
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Spring Fevah

“April showahs bring May flowahs.”
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Da Lei of da Land

Tita tells it like it is: May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i; Garlands of flowers everywhere. . . .
Kathy Collins as Tita

Da Big Ambrosia

Tita, the alter ego of radio personality Kathy Collins, takes on the Big Apple and decides its more like the Big Ambrosia.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Roses are red. Violets are blue.

Our local authority knows bes.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Good to da Las Drop

Ovah here. da ua (rain) bring da pua (flowahs), no mattah what da calendah say.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Da Odda May Days

For Maui born Tita, Kathy Collins, this month brings three reasons to celebrate here in Hawaii, including May Day, Mothers Day and Boys Day.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Tita Would Go

Pidgin-speaking Tita answers the question: Where does someone from Hawaii go on vacation? She shares all about getting off the rock and exploring.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Da Perfeck Food

Tita talks about her love of poi and the annual East Maui Taro Festival happening in Hana.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Germ Wa’fare

Tita talks about local cures for the common cold Hawaiian style.
Tita Kathy Collins

How dat old saying go?

Tita takes her talk story tradition on the road, up to Yellowknife, Canada.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Tita Fashionistah

Our local authority shares her fashion advice on what the well-dressed tita wears—and why.

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