Liddo Bitta Tita

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

Kathy Collins as Tita

Da Perfeck Food

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

Wala‘au with our newest columnist, Tita, a.k.a. Kathy Collins.
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Dear Prezadent Obama

Tita addresses the president.
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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.
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Tanks, eh?

Kathy Collins Why Septembah my mos’ fav’rite month: My birt’day. My bes’ friend’s birt’day. Maurice Sullivan’s birt’day. Who dat, Maurice Sullivan? He da guy went start Foodland Supah-Markets, and...
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Da Bes’ Fo Real Kine

Tita has writer's block, but comes out alive.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Germ Wa’fare

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

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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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’!
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.
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Claws-trahphobia

Dis time a da year, plenny people call me fo’ come tell ‘em spooky stories.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Roses are red. Violets are blue.

Our local authority knows bes.
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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 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.
Kathy Collins Liddo Bitta Tita

Tita Leaves for Vacation

Tita goes on vacation to the East Coast.
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Summatime?

Our local authority knows best!
Kathy Collins as Tita

Obama Five-Oh!

Maui celebrity Tita says if the birthers had only gone to Obama's baby luau, there wouldn't be such a fuss about the president's birth certificate.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Tita Fashionistah

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

Dim Sum

Tita talks about lucky numbers, and not so lucky relatives!
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No Can

When she heard about Hali‘imaile Pineapple Company starting up, Tita was so happy...
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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 Rites of Spree-ing?

Tita reminisces about her favorite spring rituals from childhood.
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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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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 on Luxury

Nuttin’ but da Bes

Tita talks about the luxuries of life from her perspective.

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Sweet Memories: Komoda Store and Bakery

Komoda store and bakery celebrates 105 years in Makawao.