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

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.
Tita Kathy Collins

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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Spam-bivalent

Tita shares her feelings about the new flavor of Spam.
Kathy Collins Liddo Bitta Tita

Tita Leaves for Vacation

Tita goes on vacation to the East Coast.
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.
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Da Muddah Tongue

Wala‘au with our newest columnist, Tita, a.k.a. Kathy Collins.
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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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One Cold Wahine

Tita recalls stories about the snow goddesses of Mauna Kea on the Big Island.
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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

Tita Fashionistah

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

Spring Fevah

“April showahs bring May flowahs.”
Tita Kathy Collins

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

Get Change?

Liddo Bitta Tita
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No Can

When she heard about Hali‘imaile Pineapple Company starting up, Tita was so happy...
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

Tanks, Eh?

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

Da Bes’ Gift

Tita asks Santa to give us the gift of giving.
Liddo Bitta Tita, Kathy Collins

Da Real Kine Christmas

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

Dear Prezadent Obama

Tita addresses the president.
Tita Kathy Collins

Happy New Year!

Tita talks about new year's.
Kathy Collins as Tita

One . . . Two . . . Tree . ....

Tita recalls her childhood Christmas decorations and how long it usually takes to take down the tree every year.
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.
Tita Kathy Collins

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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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.
Kathy Collins as Tita

Roses are red. Violets are blue.

Our local authority knows bes.
Tita Kathy Collins

Dim Sum

Tita talks about lucky numbers, and not so lucky relatives!

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Maui Holiday Gift Guide

Fun & fabulous island gift ideas!