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Kahua

Volume 1, Issue 1 • Summer 2013

A publication of the Hawaii Recreation & Parks Society

IN THIS ISSUE

From Garden to Table The Benefits of Fun in the Sun Maui’s Firsts And More!


Kahua

A publication of the Hawaii Recreation & Parks Society Volume 1 • Issue 1

CONTENTS

2013 HRPS Board President – Iris Fukunaga President-Elect – Ruthie Heuton Secretary – Susan Tanaka Treasurer – Debbie Hirata-Humphrey Treasurer-Elect – Jayson Chun Big Island Vice President – Glenn Kokubun Maui Vice President – Jason Lopez Oahu Vice President – Todd Hiranaga Kauai Vice President – Cindy Duterte Annual Conference – Donna White Constitution/Bylaws – Stephanie Araki Information/Communication – Colleen Casey Legislative – Jon Chinen Membership – Marc Koga Professional Standards – Denny Higa and Diane Tafua Program – Samantha Sun, Elizabeth Tsuruda and Jo-Ann Yatoga Ways & Means – Roger Watanabe and Keora Blakeley Awards & Citations – Susan Yamasaki Aquatics – Beau Beair Members at Large – Duane Fujiwara, Steve Min, John Buck and Marge Millet

Published July 2013 • 2013/1

Hawaii Recreation & Parks Society – Our Purpose A nonprofit professional and public interest organization formally known as Hawaii Recreation and Park Association (HRPA). Members are vitally concerned with elevating standards and promoting high criteria of professionalism in recreation and park activities. The scope of the Society’s membership includes professionals, interested citizens, students and organizations in the recreation and park field at all levels and areas of service. HRPS is dedicated to advancing the recreation and park field in the state of Hawaii by expanding professional and educational opportunities for its members and supporting programs that provide improved leisure services in Hawaii. The Society acts as an independent voice for the recreation, park and leisure movement at federal, state and local levels and is an affiliate of the National Recreation and Park Association

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President’s Message.................................................................4 From Garden to Table..............................................................6 An Edible Tapestry in the Urban Landscape...........................7 Richardson’s Mobi-Mat Access Project 2013..........................8 Chicken Long Rice....................................................................9 Setting and Achieving Goals.................................................10 Sculpting Holiday Cheer........................................................11 Kualoa Regional Park.............................................................12 Swimming Pools: The Benefits of Fun in the Sun.................13 Maui’s Firsts.............................................................................14 HRPS Annual Conference......................................................16 About the cover: Kahua in Hawaiian has several meanings that relate to the parks and recreation profession: a foundation or grounds, such as a playground, a campsite or a sports site; and a quilt on which a pattern is appliquéd. Kahua is our foundation on which we will build the communication among HRPS members.

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President’s Message

Aloha, and welcome to the Hawaii Recreation & Parks Society’s first magazine publication. We hope you will enjoy the articles written by the various members and friends of HRPS. Many of these hard-working recreation professionals are behind the scenes and do not get accolades for their good work. We just want to feature them and let everyone know of the wonderful programs, parks, pools and events that the various counties put on throughout the islands.

We are also featuring various locations on Kauai and our annual conference to be held August 28-29, 2013. Come and meet the fabulous HRPS members putting on this annual conference. The neighbor-island hospitality, warmth, traditions and education sessions are well worth the effort to attend. The members of the Hawaii Recreation & Parks Society put on some well-attended events throughout the year, starting with our Silver Streaks Walk for Seniors at beautiful Magic Island on the island of Oahu; the various Hershey’s Track and Field meets on Maui, the Big Island, Kauai and Oahu; and ending the year with the Diamond Head Arts and Craft Fair at Kapiolani Community College. Various events such as the Tin Can Chef Challenge; karaoke;

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the Christmas trolley ride; hikes to various scenic areas; and professional development workshops in lei-making, plant identification, aquatics and parliamentary procedures are just a few of the events sponsored by HRPS this year alone. We could not include everything in this first publication, but you can always keep up with HRPS via our website or our own publication, Kahua. We hope you enjoy the magazine, and, when you see a parks and recreation staff member, let him or her know what a great job he or she is doing. Praise improves a person’s outlook and personality. Iris Fukunaga President Hawaii Recreation & Parks Society


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From Garden to Table A Profile of Community Gardener Leonora Ching, aka “The Pickle Lady” by Joshlyn Sand

Leonora Ching displays the fruits of her garden prepared using recipes from her book, The Pickle Lady’s Pickle Passion Cookbook.

Community gardening is a new discovery for Leonora Ching. Like many, her gardening passion was first fueled by a love of fresh food. “I find I come to the garden about five times a week and work one to two hours. I come in the morning before it gets hot. I planted green onion first. I have lettuce, cucumbers, chili and tomatoes. I’m just getting started, but I love it.”

Leonora is one of the busiest “retirees” I’ve ever met. Her occupational therapist career led her to the mainland, but she spent the last 20 years with the Ho’opono Center for the Blind. She now teaches cooking at Loveland Academy three times a week and on Saturdays at the Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health Center. She gives tours in Chinatown and is constantly sharing her pickling love and promoting her book, The Pickle Lady’s Pickle Passion Cookbook, at demonstrations islandwide. Leonora is third-generation Chinese on both sides. Her mother was an amazing cook. After attending college in Kentucky, she returned to Hawaii and realized she couldn’t cook a thing! That’s when she got serious and had her mother teach her. She recently brought the tradition full-circle by giving her two mainland chil-

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dren a one-month crash-cooking class. She shares, “It was intensive. We did about 10 recipes a day. I don’t know what happened after I came home (laughs) … but I wanted to pass these things on to my children.” When asked why pickled recipes, Leonora said, “Well, there’s no other book quite like it. I wanted to write it down and share with people here and on the mainland. These are recipes we like locally but also international things. And it’s easy! I tell people these dishes are so good and cost you pennies. It isn’t hard and takes so little money, no equipment or special supplies. In fact, you probably already have all you need … some vinegar, sugar, salt. And Chinatown is your best bet. I shop there 99 percent of the time. I don’t go to Safeway unless I’m desperate!”

What’s the recipe people ask about most? Leonora quickly answers, “Oh, the Korean pickled garlic! You can eat tons and have no indigestion or odor. You soak it in vinegar for a week and then in soy sauce for a month. Everywhere I go, people love it. And the sweet sour kai choy is very popular.” Leonora has ideas for future books. She wants to pass on her knowledge of Chinatown. The book would span history to today’s markets. She would include what they sell with recipes on how to prepare these things. She says, “I want to include old-time recipes you can’t get anymore.” She would also like to write a book on how to cook for “local boys.” This was funny because I had asked if she ever gets asked to pickle meat. She said, “Yes, you can! I have wonderful recipes like


Chinese sweet sour pigs’ feet and a great pickled pressed salmon! “Folks give me vegetables they don’t know what to do with … a ‘pickle challenge.’ I like to experiment. Sometimes I walk around stores, and the ideas come. I use the garden for inspiration, and TV Food Network is a favorite. I pick up a lot from Korean cuisine. I have a Korean neighbor who’s been a great source of knowledge and ideas.

Recipes Sweet Sour Chinese Mustard (Kai Choy) Pickles 2 lbs. kai choy ½ c. water ½ c. vinegar ½ c. sugar 1 T. Hawaiian salt 1 T. ginger, slivered Slivered pickled or fresh chili peppers

“People tell me their stuff won’t turn out like mine. But it can! You just adjust it. I tell them they can even use stevia or Splenda. But I always caution to watch the salt. It’s a balance. Even I don’t follow recipes exactly.” Leonora uses social media to reach out. Her Facebook page has her demo schedule and recipes, and she posts vegetable specials she finds around the island. She says, “I’ve been using it for a few years. I need to add more photos. But I really want to share, and it’s a great way to do that. When it comes to recipes, sometimes people don’t want to share, but I do!” Joshlyn Sand is a horticulturist and arborist for the Honolulu Botanical Gardens and president of HSUFP.

An Edible Tapestry in the Urban Landscape

The Community Gardening Program by Joshlyn Sand

Cut cabbage into bite-sized pieces. Boil 2 c. water. Add cabbage, stirring until darkens and glistens (about two to three minutes). Drain and put in bowl. Boil ½ c. water, vinegar, salt and sugar, stirring to dissolve. Pour hot mixture over cabbage. Add ginger and peppers. Mix well. Bottle and refrigerate. Wait three to five days before eating if you can wait that long!

Southeast Asian Pickled Tomato Salad 1 lb. large cherry tomatoes, ¾ ripened ¼ c. vinegar 2 T. fresh citrus juice – lemon, lime or orange 1 clove garlic, minced 1 stalk green onion, cut in ¼-inch pieces 1 T. shallot, red or yellow onion, diced 1 t. sugar 3 T. fish sauce 6 mint leaves, broken up or julienned 1 Hawaiian chili pepper, bruised

Cut tomatoes in half and put in bowl. Add rest of ingredients and mix well. Cover and let flavors marry in refrigerator until serving time. Let sit a few hours or next day for best flavor. Hint: To heighten flavor or add color, try adding unpeeled Japanese cucumbers or fresh dill!

Across the island on any given day, there are thousands of green thumbs in motion. Gardeners are busy tending more than 1,200 garden plots provided at a nominal cost by the city and county of Honolulu. What drives someone to grow his or her own food even in the most urban environment imaginable? I took a garden stroll with Wayne Sasaki, community garden coordinator, and asked if it’s about more than vegetables. Wayne explains, “It’s definitely more. People like being in touch with nature. It’s a basic human need. Gardening has a soothing effect on people. It’s been medically proven. Even for me, if I’m feeling stressed, I go for a walk around the garden, and I just relax.”

tee of elected gardeners who volunteer to organize the membership and keep the garden running smoothly.

There are 10 garden locations with varying costs. Each garden is managed by a commit-

For more information, log on to: www1.honolulu. gov/parks/hbg/crgp.htm or call (808) 522-7063.

Wayne Sasaki admires a gardener’s handiwork at Foster Community Garden.

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Richardson’s Mobi-Mat Access Project 2013 RECIPE FOR FUN Stir together: • One black-sand beach sprinkled with olivines • Diverse marine wildlife and a calm, protected cove • Mobi-Mats, hippocampes and swim noodles • People of all abilities who love the beach • Hilo aloha

Heat at 84 degrees until toasty, and enjoy with friends!

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The shoreline ocean water blends with fresh water from artesian springs, creating a cold refreshing mix that is less salty. It tastes great! Honu (green sea turtles) cruise around, enjoying the buffet of limu on the rocks along the shore. A monk seal basks on the shore in the winter, pro-

tected by temporary barriers that help to preserve this rare animal.

Richardson’s Rolls Out the Mobi Mats in July!

A pilot project has grown into a fourth season of beach access at Richardson’s Ocean Park. Mobi-Mats are temporary pathways rolled out to improve


wheelchair access along the small sandy shoreline near the lifeguard station. People with disabilities, friends and families, caregivers, agencies, visitors, lifeguards, and watermen and -women have been included in the discussion, planning and hands-on practice to improve beach access for people of all abilities. We’ve created meaningful relationships, linking supports and safety networks, while working and playing together to promote health; wellness; and a strong, diverse community.

disabilities in Hilo. Deep & Beyond’s Snorkel Days will provide snorkel gear and swim buddies once a month from May through September. Mahalo nui loa to: all lifeguards at Richardson’s, volunteers from Hope Services Ponahawaiola Independent Living Program and everyone in Hilo who loves the beach. For more information, contact: Alisa Mitchener Recreation Specialist 799 Piilani Street Hilo, HI 96720 Phone: (808) 961-8681 Email: amitchener@co.hawaii.hi.us

Collaboration is the key to successful inclusion. Everyone benefits as we maximize our resources and achieve common goals: 1. Encourage participants to try new recreational activities 2 Improve self-confidence and social skills 3. Facilitate healthy community inclusion The Mobi-Mat Beach Access Project has helped pave the way for a new independent snorkel program for people with

Chicken Long Rice Ingredients • 3 pounds chicken leg quarters • 3 (32-ounce) cartons chicken broth • 1 tablespoon Hawaiian sea salt • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger root, sliced • 1 (8-ounce) package uncooked bean threads (cellophane noodles) • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced • 1 package shiitake mushrooms (dried) Directions 1. Place chicken, chicken broth, salt and ginger into a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the chicken is tender and no longer pink, about 35 minutes. Remove chicken, and strain broth into a new pot. Discard the solids.

2. Fill a bowl with hot tap water. Add the long rice noodles and shiitake mushrooms, and let sit for 30 minutes or so to soften. 3. Stir onion into the broth, and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Meanwhile, remove the skin and bones from the chicken and discard. Roughly chop the meat and set aside. Remove the mushrooms and cut into quarter-inch-wide slivers. Add the noodles, chicken meat, green onion and mushroom slivers; simmer until noodles are tender. 4. After the noodles have sat for 30 minutes, stir in the chicken meat. Reheat and serve. Season to taste. Serves about eight. If you’re serving island-local-style, serve with rice, and the servings drop down to about four.

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Setting and Achieving Goals by Joyce Spoehr

In both my personal and professional lives, I have been very goal-directed. This has not only kept me focused, but it also has strengthened my physical and mental well-being. In my first full-time position as a recreation director at the Richards Street YWCA, goal-setting was used as a form of evaluation to evaluate progress and opportunities for improvement. Performance goals were measured and needed to be in sync with the YWCA’s goals in addition to increasing enrollment and revenue. This was my first introduction to setting goals. YWCA classes are offered 51 weeks a year. In order to generate interest in classes during the late ’70s and early ’80s, I focused on what was popular at the time. As soon as a class filled, I would offer another class. Disco dance, tennis and aerobic dance were popular. Classes were offered before work, during lunch hour, after work and on weekends. The Y didn’t have a tennis court, so the court at Washington Place was acquired to use for lessons. Aerobic dancing was so popular that it was offered not only at the Richards Street facility but also at the telephone company and the airport. These classes taught me the importance of offering classes that the public was interested in at a time and place that they were able to attend. Goalsetting was critical in order to juggle all the activities, which, in turn, helped meet the YWCA’s goals. The satisfaction came in fulfilling my goals.

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In 1982, I had two daughters in private school with college on the horizon, and I left the YWCA for a higher-paying position at the Department of Parks & Recreation, C&C of Honolulu. It was a big adjustment going from supervising 75 part-time instructors for 250 classes a week to teaching four children’s classes a week. Raises are based on union contracts by meeting a “satisfactory” evaluation. It wasn’t until 1984, when I started working at Kilauea Recreation Center, that I was able to start a new program at a new recreation center and offer a variety of classes. I was able to set my own goals and offer more classes to the public. In 1994, I attended the California Parks and Recreation Conference in Anaheim, California. One of the workshops was on setting long-range goals. The emphasis was on the smaller steps it took to reach a long-range goal. As a result, I set two long-range goals for myself. One was personal — run 75 marathons by the time I turned 75 — and the other was looking toward a career change that offered me more opportunities for advancement and new learning experiences. I enrolled in an NRPA Maintenance School, which qualified me for a position at the Botanical Gardens. The marathon goal has become more of a mental discipline to achieve and has not only kept me fit but also has kept me focused on taking that NEXT STEP!


Photo courtesy of Ron Slauson

Sculpting Holiday Cheer “Shaka Santa” and More Christmas Fun in Honolulu The City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation has played a large role in the Christmas display for Honolulu City Lights. In 1989, former Mayor Frank Fasi decided to add a new dimension to Christmas in the islands. Designer Owen Ho came up with the “Shaka Santa” idea, and artist Kurt Nelson was commissioned to sculpt a 21-foot-tall, tanned, barefooted, open-coated Santa Claus to sit in the fountain at Honolulu Hale. Newly hired Parks and Recreation Arts and Crafts Specialist Mike Smith was assigned the task of assisting Kurt in creating this new piece as well as a host of smaller pieces. With Kurt as the lead and Mike as the assistant, Parks staff members were called upon to assist with the coating and finishing of the sculptures.

All the large sculptures were carved out of Styrofoam by Kurt. Mike and Parks staff members were then taught a technique used in the construction industry. Cement would be mixed into an adhesive, and that would coat the sculptures with fiberglass cloth embedded for strength. The finish would be brushed out smooth with a damp paintbrush and be given 24 hours to dry. The next day, a second coat of cement and adhesive mix would be applied and brushed out again. This coat would be the finish coat that hides all the fiberglass mesh and imperfections in the sculpture. After another 24 hours of dry time, the sculpture could be primed with masonry primer and painted with house paint. In 2001, the finish coat was changed to automotive paint to get brighter, festive colors.

Mike led this project from 1989 to 1997. In 1998, he was promoted to be the Kapiolani regional park manager. Since Alex Ching was assisting him regularly throughout the years, he was called upon to take Mike’s temporary assignment just during Christmastime starting in 1998. Alex has been in charge from 1998 until the present time.

Aside from Mike as the lead Parks worker, every other Department staff member would “volunteer” time out of their regular schedule to assist as time permitted. There has never been a full-time crew to work on the Christmas displays, and the workers who came out to assist varied as time permitted in their work schedules. Needless to say, without the continuity of regular staff, managing the work on these large sculptures has always been challenging.

As for the sculpting, Kurt Nelson was contracted to sculpt from 1989 to 1991. Mike Smith took over in 1992 to 2002, saving the city thousands of dollars versus giving Kurt an outside contract each year. Although Alex Ching was in charge of the sculptures in 1998, he didn’t start sculpting until 2003. There has almost always been some major sculpting project each year since 1989, and Parks staff members have always been a huge part of its completion and success! Kahua

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Kualoa Regional Park

As you drive along the coastline from Kaneohe or Kaaawa, you will see Mokolii Island and want to stop and take pictures at Kualoa Regional Park. Many kama’ainas and visitors stop and enjoy the beauty and serenity that Kualoa has to offer. Kualoa also impressed the early Hawaiians with its peace and beauty. It was a pu’uhonua, or a place of refuge, for those seeking sanctuary for some misdeed or breaking of a kapu. The Kualoa ahupua’a is regarded as one of the most culturally significant places on the island of Oahu. In myths and legends, it is a sacred place to the ancient Hawaiians. Kualoa means “long back” and refers to the shape of the mountain ridge behind Kualoa Park. It also suggests that the strength of a warrior is in his back and the strength of the island is in its mountains. Kualoa Regional Park actually sits in two ahupua’a. One is Hakipuu, and the other is Kualoa. There is an altar at Kualoa that divides the two ahupua’a. Kualoa was a training site for young ali’i warriors. It was also the site of Makahiki, an annual celebration honoring the god Lono. During this time, contest and feasts were done, and no hard labor or war was allowed. The highest mountain peak is Kanehoalani, or Kane’s heavenly companion. One of Oahu’s most famous 12

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burial caves is said to be in the ridge of Kanehoalani. It is said that the cave Pohukaina contained caverns that ran through the Koolau Range and had openings in Moanalua, Kalihi, Waipahu and Kahuku. Kualoa Regional Park was purchased by the city and county of Honolulu in 1972 for $8.4 million from the descendants of Dr. Gerritt Judd. In 1974, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The east beach area was used as an airfield in World War II. From 1942, it was used as an airstrip, vehicle barracks and a recreation center. It was used until 1951 to train pilots.

Located at Kualoa is Apua Pond, a bird sanctuary that is the home to the ae’o, or the black-necked stilt. Also, migratory birds such as the kolea, or the Pacific golden plover, and the akekeke, or the ruddy turnstone, come here during the months of August through April.

The voyaging canoe Hokulea was assembled and launched into the water for the first time from Kualoa. The south beach is called Hokulea Beach after the history-making voyage in 1987. Kualoa has been the site where voyaging canoes start and end their journey.

Kualoa is a place of serenity holding a rich history and striking natural beauty. Preserving the cultural heritage, and the natural resources and being a part of history in the making is a privilege and obligation of everyone who comes to this sacred place.


SwimmingThe Pools Benefits of Fun in the Sun The city and county of Honolulu has 21 swimming pools. However, managing and maintaining a pool can be anything but relaxing. Pools demand a great deal of time, energy and money. To successfully manage a swimming pool, staff members must address many issues, including liability, usage regulations, staff training and maintenance. Proper management ensures that the pool will be safe and enjoyable for everyone — this is no small task. Every pool supervisor needs to consider the following: personal safety for all swimmers; a fun and relaxing atmosphere for all patrons; a well-maintained pool appearance and consistently safe water chemistry; and a knowledgeable staff that is always courteous, respectful and open to suggestions for a safer and more enjoyable swimming experience. With all this at stake, the city and county pools are still free to use for lap and recreational swim. That’s right, no fees. The city also offers free swim lessons, which is important, considering we are surrounded by water.

Swimming lessons are an essential part of a child’s education. Being able to swim increases confidence and can become an enjoyable and healthy total-fitness hobby. Besides swimming lessons, several facilities offer water polo, junior lifeguard and swim-team programs. Swimming lessons are not just for children. The city also offers adult lessons, as well as water aerobics classes. Swimming provides many health benefits and is a good low-impact cardiovascular workout. Swimming is often recommended for those people who are recovering from injury, or swimming can be used as part of a rehabilitation routine. Swimming is a low-impact activity that has many physical and mental health benefits. Swimming is a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water. The plain facts are that swimming, water jogging and aqua aerobics are physical activities that can be pursued for a lifetime and have benefits comparable and possibly superior to those found with walking or running, and they are FREE at all city and county pools. So you have no excuse to not get wet, learn to swim and start exercising.

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Maui’s Firsts

The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation has celebrated more than one “first” in recent months.

Maui’s First Dog Park

The county’s first off-leash dog park was opened to an enthusiastic crowd on March 15, 2013. Dog owners approached the county several years ago requesting space in the parks to take their dogs where their pets could run freely and play with other dogs. The first step was an ordinance change to allow dogs off-leash in a public area followed by the adoption of administrative rules. The next step was securing funding. The budget designated the first park at Keopuolani Park in central Maui. The fenced area is approximately three-quarters of an acre. It has a double-entry gate that allows a secure area for the removal of the leash before the dog enters either a space for dogs under 20 pounds or a larger space for bigger dogs. The water fountain is designed for humans with a ground-level spigot for the dogs. The final step in the Keopuolani Park development was a grand opening and blessing. Pictured here is Mayor Alan Arakawa and

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the first dog. They were the first to enter the park. He told the crowd that this was a first dog park of more to come. He has given permission to a group upcountry to develop another park on seven acres at the Eddie Tam complex in Makawao. They are busy trying to make it a reality.

Maui’s First Kickball League

The South District staff offered the first co-ed kickball league to an even more enthusiastic group of players. The first kickball league was organized by Todd Richter of the South District. While many participants have said they have not played kickball since the fourth grade, it has been so popular that it is likely to have more teams in the next round than the first 11. Judging from the team names, ranging from Meatballerz to Footloose, everyone is there to have fun. According to Josh Richardson, who rolled the first pitch, “It is tons of fun.” Joe Chmeleck, another player, agreed that it is surprising that it is so much fun. The fact that it is co-ed does not lessen the competitiveness, as some of the girls are the most competitive. Another plus to the program is the utilization of Kihei’s newest community park. As Todd sees it, “This has been a real home run for our South District.”

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On behalf of Hawaii Recreation & Parks Society (HRPS), I encourage you to attend our annual conference happening on the island of Kauai from August 28 (pre-conference) through August 30. I hope you will find the sessions to be enlightening and rejuvenating.

HRPS Annual Conference, August 28 (Pre-Conference)-August 30, Island of Kauai

Our pre-conference will kick off with golfing at Wailua Golf Course, or join us on an excursion to Makauwahi Cave on the beautiful island of Kauai. Let’s not forget about the fun and exciting night activities of bowling or kicking back and enjoying the hospitality of our Kauai members. The evening activity will be a social “Kaua’i Kine Talk Story” at Rob’s Grill. We are offering a full agenda during the two days of the conference. On Thursday, Roy Sakauma, renowned ukulele professional, will share his insightful story of growing up and learning to deal with bullying and overcoming huge odds to become one of Hawaii’s most honored ukulele teachers. We will also be honored by a special greeting from Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho. On Friday, a blue-ribbon panel of directors of parks and recreation departments from across the islands will discuss a range of topics that affect municipal programs in the state of Hawaii. Don’t miss out — conference registration will be happening soon. Don’t delay! Hope to see you there! Aloha, Donna White

Breakout Sessions Include: Leadership Kaua’i Walking School Bus Park Security Officers Park Maintenance and Beautification Laughter Exercise

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