Liddo Bitta Tita

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

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’!
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

Germ Wa’fare

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

Da State of da State

Tita talks about celebrating the state of Hawaii's birthday in August.
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Music to da Ears

Guys from da oddah islands, dey t’ink we braggin’ when we say, “Maui no ka ‘oi,” but we not. We jus’ tellin’ da truth about da place we love, an’ we ra-minding ourselfs about our kuleana.
Tita Kathy Collins

No Can

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

T’anks—island style

Tita recalls Thanksgiving traditions from childhood.
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One Cold Wahine

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

Summatime?

Our local authority knows best!
Kathy Collins Liddo Bitta Tita

Tita Leaves for Vacation

Tita goes on vacation to the East Coast.
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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.
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

Tita vs. da Dragon

Tita welcomes in the Year of the Dragon with a tale of a Maui lizard goddess.
Kathy Collins on Luxury

Nuttin’ but da Bes

Tita talks about the luxuries of life from her perspective.
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 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 Fashionistah

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

Tanks, Eh?

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

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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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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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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Da Rites of Spree-ing?

Tita reminisces about her favorite spring rituals from childhood.
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Eh, No Foolin’!

Tita has some tricks up her sleeve for April Fools pranksters.
Tita Kathy Collins

Da Lei of da Land

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

Da Bes’ Gift

Tita asks Santa to give us the gift of giving.

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