Editor’s Note: FOCUS is a multimedia series that highlights the diversity and depth of our community through interviews and photographs.

Pake Zane was born on Maui in October 1941, but he doesn’t keep track of how many years it’s been since then.

“I don’t believe one should really be concerned with age,” he said. “The more you’re concerned with it, the more you worry about it.”

As a 5-year-old, Zane tried to calculate how long it would take for him to travel around the entire world.

“I never did figure it out, but it took me 10 years,” he said.

In that decade Zane traveled the Nile with Neil Abercrombie. He visited Barack Obama Sr., the president’s father, in West Africa. He lived on a houseboat in Amsterdam, selling dope for the government. He rebuilt 13th century homes in England, excavated Bronze in Thailand, was beaten in the streets of France and attended the coronation of a king in Nepal.

Zane moved back to Hawaii in 1973 with Julie, his travel partner and wife. Together they recycle cultural artifacts in their Honolulu store, Antique Alley.

“Most objects stimulate some kind of memory,” he said. “Whatever is made by man, I am willing to recycle it before it goes to the landfill.”

Zane has many memories to share. Listen to a few in his story:


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About the Author

  • Alana Hong
    Born and raised in Honolulu, Alana Hong has been scuba diving since age 5. She enjoys traveling, but always finds herself back in the islands she will forever call home. She currently works in Hawaii's film industry on various projects, most recently in the prop department on "Last Resort." On the weekends she can be found in the water with her camera and fins or brainstorming ideas with her creative friends.