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Earl Kamakaonaona Regidor was born and raised in the quaint sugar plantation village of Pa’auilo, Hāmākua, on the Island of Hawai’i. Throughout his life, he has always believed in the importance of sharing true and genuine aloha.
Regidor is the youngest in a family of 12 children and fondly recalls family life in a small community. “Music was always a part of our family,” he said, “I can’t remember one day there wasn’t music present, whether it was live or played on a record player.” However, being young and carefree only lasted about 18 years for Regidor. Six months after graduating high school, he enlisted with the United States Navy and served for four years. He credits the military for transforming him from a young boy to a man, and later for allowing him to continue his education.
In 1996, Regidor joined Hualālai Resort as one of the mea ho’okipa, or hospitality ambassador, at Ka’ūpūlehu Cultural Center. In 2006, he became manager of the center and was ordained by Universal Ministries. He now performs at weddings and blessings, which adds another fulfilling facet to his colorful life.
Regidor says he loves his job at Hualālai Resort because he can share everything that was shared with him by his makua and kupuna (parents and elders), which is everything about Hawai`i.
For Regidor, community service has always been an important part of his life. He believes the old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” says it all. He says it’s very important to work together to get things done in making a community a better place to live. His message to the youth of today and the future? “Share the knowledge that was shared with you as it will help the future generation to follow and build upon.”