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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Da Long an’ Da Short

Inspired by her new short haircut, Tita shares Hawaiian, Filipino, Japanese and Chinese beliefs, customs and superstitions about haircuts.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Good to da Las Drop

Ovah here. da ua (rain) bring da pua (flowahs), no mattah what da calendah say.
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Da Bes’ Gift

Tita asks Santa to give us the gift of giving.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Da Perfeck Food

Tita talks about her love of poi and the annual East Maui Taro Festival happening in Hana.
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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. . . .
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Da Muddah Tongue

Wala‘au with our newest columnist, Tita, a.k.a. Kathy Collins.
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Tita Leaves for Vacation

Tita goes on vacation to the East Coast.
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.
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Da Rites of Spree-ing?

Tita reminisces about her favorite spring rituals from childhood.
Liddo Bitta Tita, Kathy Collins

Da Real Kine Christmas

Island holiday traditions can be funny and just as fun as a white Christmas!
Kathy Collins as Tita

Tita Fashionistah

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

Tita vs. da Dragon

Tita welcomes in the Year of the Dragon with a tale of a Maui lizard goddess.
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Nuttin’ but da Bes

Tita talks about the luxuries of life from her perspective.
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T’anks—island style

Tita recalls Thanksgiving traditions from childhood.
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Da Bes’ Fo Real Kine

Tita has writer's block, but comes out alive.
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Dear Prezadent Obama

Tita addresses the president.
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Da State of da State

Tita talks about celebrating the state of Hawaii's birthday in August.
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Fill ‘Em Up!

Hungry on the run? Tita knows where to go to get the best Maui gas station grindz!
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.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Get Change?

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Maddahs an’ Suns

Reflecting on Mother's Day, Tita shares a story about Hawaiian demigod Maui and his mother, goddess Hina.
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.
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Dis Bon Connected to da Mem’ry Bone

Tita talks about Maui's Obon dances, and visiting with the spirit of her Okinawan grandfather.
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How dat old saying go?

Tita takes her talk story tradition on the road, up to Yellowknife, Canada.
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Da Glow of Mem’ry

In her column for July-August, Tita talks about cane burning in Maui.
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Da bes’, once upon a time

To me, da Bes’ of Maui—den an’ now an’ always—is da people. And da people make Maui . . . da Bes’!

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