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Hawaii Salsa instructor leaves his footprint across Europe and Asia

Study finds drop in preschool enrollment of Latino children

His dad is a Puerto Rican from Stamford, Connecticut and his HONOLULU, Hawaii – mom is from Puerto Rico. By Laura Bornfreund, Policy Analyst, the 2005 National Household e n r o l l m e n t ? O n e r e a s o n , Who would have guessed that Education Survey (NHES) and Fuller argues, is “the lack of Ramos said: “I grew up in a Early Education Initiative the current “Global Ambassador family of dancers, party goers the 2009 Current Population government capacity to keep of Salsa” – who teaches Salsa and drinkers. That was my pace with Latino population BERKELEY, California survey (CPS). in such diverse locales as first introduction to Salsa. My -- Between 2005 and 2009, the The drop from 2005 to growth.” Other possible reasons: Copenhagen, China, Hong Kong, father was a drummer and my percentage of Latino children 2009 could be even greater for Latino mothers who lost jobs Prague, Germany, Hawaii, etc. mom was always involved with a t t e n d i n g may have -- would have grown up in the Latin dancing. At age 6, I was p r e s c h o o l elected to keep mean streets of the Bronx? But enrolled in the Starlight Dance a c r o s s t h e their children at Jerome Ramos, 26, did just that. Studio in the Bronx and fell in c o u n t r y home instead of enrolling them love with dancing. From there d e c l i n e d , in preschool. my interest and talent grew. By according to State reductions In this Issue: age 11, I was travelling with new research in aid for Business: different dance groups to other o u t o f t h e publicly funded Latina Movement in New states, including Florida. At 14 U n i v e r s i t y preschool may York City, pg. 2 I left the U.S. for the first time of California, also have led and went to perform in Japan. Berkeley. to the drop. Government: According That’s where my desire to travel Another Legislators Support Mexi- the world dancing started.” to the report, possibility is can Consulate for Hawaii, He said: “My older brother “Latino Access that immigrant pg. 8 played the timbales. Whenever to Preschool families, many he started playing, I would try S t a l l s a f t e r of whom are Community: to be a ‘musician’ with my feet. Early Gains,” Latin chamber scholarship recipient Marsha Cordes, and Oahu Head undocumented, Local Puerto Rican achieves My family would take me down s i n c e t h e Start Director Lynn Cabato, flank two Hispanic preschool awardees often avoid success in both the military to Puerto Rico in the summers. early 1990s, the and civilian careers, pg. 11 There I would study Puerto percentage of Latino 4-year- children of immigrants – as filling out forms with official Rican folkloric dances -- like olds attending preschool grew much as 10 percent, Fuller said agencies and the current Education: the bomba and plena – and, significantly – peaking in 2005 in an interview with Early Ed political climate may be keeping Study finds drop in pre- most importantly, the African at 53 percent. By 2009, however, Watch. The size of the drop them away in greater numbers. school enrollment of Latino roots and history of our music. Latino enrollment in preschool depends on how immigrant A n e w b o o k b y H a r v a r d families responded to questions Professor Hirokazu Yoshikawa children, Cont'd on pg. 17 For me, that became a passion. I had dropped to 48 percent. Bruce Fuller, co-director of on the multiple national surveys – Immigrants Raising Citizens love mixing the Afro-Caribbean Entertainment: dances with Salsa. That’s what Berkeley’s Institute for Human Fuller and Kim analyzed. For – shows that immigrant parents 5Th Annual Hawaii Salsa I’m known for now in the global Development, and researcher example, the ECLS-B and avoid programs such as publicly Festival Delivered, pg 24 dance scene is the African Anthony Y. Kim used data from CPS varied in how they asked funded pre-K due to fear of dance movements and body several population surveys parents about enrollment, with deportation. (Yoshikawa’s book examines La Cocina: including census data from 1982 one using words like “preschool” isolation.” Grilled Chorizo Kebab He went on: “Growing up in and 1990 to conduct the analysis and the other “nursery school.” the lives of Mexican, Dominican, pg 27 the Bronx was tough. There was of preschool enrollment. Data Fuller and Kim found no change and Chinese immigrants living a lot of gang violence. At the came from the Early Childhood in enrollment rates for white and in New York and explores three commonalities across the age of 9, I was shot in the right Longitudinal Study- Birth African American peers. SEE HAWAII SALSA PG.13 SEE PRESCHOOL PG.17 Why the decline in Cohort (ECLS-B) for 2005, By José Villa, Senior Editor


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Black Latina Movement in New York City By José Villa, Senior Editor

NEW YORK, New York -- Crystal Shaniece Roman is CEO and Apryl G. Lopez is President of the Black Latina Movement headquartered in New York City. According to their website: “The purpose of the Black Latina Movement is to push forward the understanding and appreciation of who and what Black Latinos are. A Black Latino is a person that: 1) Is part African-American and part- Latino; or 2) An AfroLatino. Many believe it is one in the same and to a degree there are similarities, but their experiences can and tend to be very different. Black Latinos that are part African-American and part-Latino tend to grow up immersed in both cultures.” Roman’s mother is a black Latina, the child of a mother from Puerto Rico and father from Jamaica. Roman’s father is Puerto Rican. She said: “I’m an actress that turned into a producer, director and playwright. I’ve been involved in creating a voice for black Latinas for a while. Apryl and I met in high school and we went to acting school together. Once we settled into the entertainment industry, we noticed there was a void in the market that represented who we were.”

Lopez’s father is Ecuadorian and her mother is African-American. She said: “I was born in Brooklyn and that’s where I live. We started the Black Latina Movement because we saw a need for a voice for women like us. We had talked about the idea when we were younger, but it wasn’t until we became actresses that the urgency for this type of

us to showcase who we were and what we could do. That was really frustrating, not for us, but for many other Latinas as well.” Roman continued: “So I decided to write a play called Black Latinas. From there the ideas overflowed. Apryl and I went back and forth on the writing. We poured as much of ourselves into the play as we could. We talked about growing up, our families, the racism we experienced, and how other people perceived Black Latinos.” Roman went on: “In 2008, the play was in the One Festival in the Lower East Side. It was really well received. At the end of one performance an older lady came up to me and said: ‘Wow, my sister and I felt this way all our lives. But we’ve never had the comfort to come out and say it. I could relate to everything you said in the play, but never had a forum in which to express those feelings.’ That Crystal Shaniece Roman and Apryl G. Lopez made us realize that we were organization became really evident.” doing something that affects not only Roman said: “I would go to many our generation, but others. ” auditions. Sometimes I’d go audition for Lopez said: “So even though our a black role. They would look at me and company is only four years old, the ideas say I was too ‘Latina’ for the black role. and concepts that created the company Then sometimes I would go audition for had been percolating within us for over a Latina role, they would look at me and 10 years. They were finally brought to say I was too ‘black” for the Latina role. fruition because we found that one other SEE BLACK LATINA PG.26 We couldn’t find any roles that allowed

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Successful entrepreneurs share success pointers in video series By Cecelia Taylor, SBA Media Office

ROSELAND, New Jersey and WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new video series by the U.S. Small Business Administration and ADP offers insight into the story behind the story of six successful American companies. Featuring the individuals who built their businesses from an idea to become industry leaders, the “America’s Best” series shares keys to success, best practices and lessons learned for today’s entrepreneurs. “With this series, SBA and our partner ADP offer current and potential entrepreneurs a chance to hear from the people who built their big ideas into some of America’s most successful companies,” SBA Administrator Karen Mills said. “These six people share their personal perspectives and insights into the challenges they faced, along with their failures and successes, while also offering an inspirational look at the resiliency behind America’s spirit of

entrepreneurship.” The “America’s Best” video series is available online at www.sba.gov/ AmericasBest and on www.ADP.com. The series was produced in partnership between SBA and ADP, a provider of human resource outsourcing, payroll services and benefits administration. Told from the perspective of company founders and key executives, the “America’s Best” videos profile once small U.S. businesses with remarkable stories of entrepreneurism, growth and success. They are part of the SBA’s ongoing effort to celebrate entrepreneurship and provide small business owners and start-ups with relevant programs and resources to help them grow their businesses and create jobs.

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“Throughout its history, SBA has provided critical support to tens of thousands of startups and small businesses,” Mills said. “This series highlights the stories of six of those firms and shares best practices and lessons learned that can be helpful to other entrepreneurs and small business owners who are working every day to grow their

businesses and achieve their own piece of the American dream.” “Like the SBA, ADP has a long history of supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses with a proven record of helping businesses grow. ADP is proud to have worked closely with the SBA to make this series of educational videos available on the web and to honor some truly remarkable business success stories,” said Regina Lee, ADP’s president of Small Business Services and Major Account Services. “We join the SBA in saluting the accomplishments of these six businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit of the people behind them, and hope that these compelling and motivating videos will inspire and inform others on the path to similar success.” Featured companies in the “America’s Best” video series include: - Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation, Port Washington, Wis. - Established in 1922, Allen Edmonds operates 32 retail stores in 17 states, and is among a small minority of companies continuing to produce the majority of their shoes domestically. Between 1979 and 1989, Allen Edmonds received SBA-guaranteed 7(a) loans totaling $2,265,000. - Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, Mo. - In 1979 the three founders, Neal Patterson, Cliff Illig and Paul Gorup,

sat around a picnic table and decided to create a company. Today, Cerner Corporation is an industry leader in medical system design. In 1983 Cerner received a $200,000 7(a) loan and a SBAlicensed SBIC financing of $630,000 in 1986. - Columbia Sportswear Company, Portland, Ore. - Rescued from near bankruptcy, Gert Boyle took over operations of Columbia, started by her parents, and turned it into a $1 billion company. The business received an SBA-backed loan for $15,000 in 1970. - The Gymboree Corporation, San Francisco, Calif. Joan Barnes created Gymboree in 1976 as a place where moms and their children could play and exercise. Since then, it has become a giant corporation that includes almost 600 Gymboree retail clothing stores and nearly 300 Gymboree Play & Music centers worldwide. Over the years, the corporation received investments totaling nearly $5 million from a SBA-licensed SBIC. - Radio One, Inc., Lanham, Md. Among the largest African-American owned and operated media corporations in the United States, Radio One was started by Catherine L. Hughes in 1980. Radio One owns and/or operates 53 radio stations located in 16 urban markets in the United States. The company received investments totaling $9.5 million from SBA-licensed SBICs in the late 1990s. Hughes also received an SBA-guaranteed 7(a) loan for $600,000 in 1980. - Ruiz Foods, Dinuba, Calif. - Founded in 1964, Ruiz Foods is the top seller of frozen Mexican dishes in the United States. Under the brand names of El Monterey and Tornados, it produces nearly 200 frozen Mexican foods. Ruiz Foods co-founder Fred Ruiz benefitted from technical assistance through SBAaffiliated SCORE counselors and also received SBA-guaranteed 7(a) loans in 1977 and 1979 totaling $275,000.


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Walmart Foundation donates $5 million to fight senior hunger communities; • Forming the Walmart Institute B E N TO N V I L L E , A r k a n s a s – for Senior Nutrition Education, a new Recently the Walmart Foundation training initiative consisting of Senior announced a $5 million grant to Meals Nutrition Certificate program training On Wheels Association of America sessions and online resources for senior OPE N (MOWAA) to help fight senior hunger in nutrition professionals and the general 7 DAYS communities across the nation. Through public; A WE E K • Creating the MOWAA State-Affiliate the grant, MOWAA will boost the efforts of Senior Nutrition Programs Training Wheels Program to help (SNPs), organizations that provide organize additional MOWAA affiliated wrap your critical services to more than six million State Associations across the U.S. hand around a cold mojito and feast The announcement came on seniors in the U.S. currently facing the on our spicy braised oxtail stew. MOWAA's Mayors for Meals day, when threat of hunger. "We know that seniors are among more than 1,000 mayors, and other elected www.souldecuba.com those hardest hit by hunger in this officials, rode along with MOWAA 1121 BETHEL STREET Mon – Thurs 11:30am – 10pm country. Many are home-bound, and rely drivers to deliver meals to seniors in need Fri – Sat 11:30am -2am (Across from the Hawaii Theatre) on neighbors and community volunteer in local communities across the country. Sunday 11:30am – 8:30pm 545-CUBA (2822) programs like Meals On Wheels to help Many seniors struggle with hunger put food on the table," said Margaret because of a lack of resources to access "At Meals On Wheels, our goal is or prepare food due to limits McKenna, president of the Walmart in transportation, mobility or to deliver meals so that no senior goes Foundation. "Through this $5 million health problems. MOWAA's hungry," said Enid Borden, president and grant, we hope to bring additional Member programs have the CEO of Meals On Wheels Association of attention to senior hunger, a n d ability to America. "We are thankful to Walmart, help ensure our parents, and appreciate their assistance grandparents and as a long-standing partner, in friends, who have our efforts to reduce and added so much ultimately end senior hunger to our lives, have in the U.S. With this grant, access to healthy and and their continued support, nutritious food." since 2000 we will Part of be able Wa l m a r t ' s to make a $2 billion difference commitment for the to support thousands hunger relief Call us now! (808) 744-7225 of seniors efforts through in America 2015, MOWAA will who are going to use the funding in several bed hungry right ways, including: now." • F u n d i n g " Wa l m a r t Later this spring, Foundation-MOWAA Building deliver much needed the recipients of the Walmart Foundationthe Future Grants" to help more than 100 local Meals On Wheels programs nutritious meals directly to seniors, MOWAA Building the Future Grants will purchase stoves, refrigerators, trucks which makes the organization a valued be announced. For more information, and other equipment needed in the partner in Walmart's effort to help end visit www.walmartfoundation.org or www.walmart.com/fightinghunger. fight to end senior hunger in local hunger. By José Villa, Senior Editor

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Legislators Support Mexican Consulate in Hawaii By José Villa, Senior Editor

Consulate, which usually sends a mobile consulate team to each major Hawaiian island once a year to render consular services. A University of Hawaii December

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- A resolution requesting the establishment of a permanent Mexican Consulate in the state of Hawaii was presented in the 2011 Hawaii State Legislature’s session. On April 8, the resolution passed, with amendments, the House Committee on International Affairs and then moved to the Senate. While the resolution was not a bill and, had it passed the Senate, would not have carried the force of law, it would still send the message of a strong call to action. Representatives Karen Awana (D- Honokai Hale, Nanakuli, Lualualei, Maili) and Cindy Evans (D-North Kona, South Kohala) introduced the resolution Hawaii State Reps. Cindy Evans and Karen Awana as a step towards addressing the limited access to consular services 2010 study, "Mexicans in Hawai‘i: that Mexican nationals who live in Recent Flows, and the Community’s Hawaii face. Currently, Hawaii is under Problems and Prospects," concluded, the jurisdiction of the San Francisco "A permanent consulate would be

better positioned [than the mobile San not have identification, they deport you, Francisco consulate] to act as an on- and when one has documents, they take site watchdog for the civil rights of its them from you.]'" Mexican nationals. At present, as our "We introduced the bill when we research demonstrates, these rights are realized the growing population in our being violated with impunity by state and the needs for a presence by the federal, state, and local agencies Mexican Consulate," said Representative based in the state. It would also K a r e n Aw a n a , H o u s e C h a i r o f ease the difficulties Mexican International Affairs. Representative nationals face in accessing Cindy Evans said, "I appreciate the consular services." support we are getting for this resolution The UH study reported, from the Latin community through the "When asked what she perceived emails and phone calls to the senators to be the greatest problems in and representatives." the community, a participant According to US Census data, from Kailua-Kona spelled them within the past ten years, the Hispanic succinctly: 'La Inmigración, la population in the state of Hawaii has policía, la discriminación. La increased nearly 38%. Currently, 8.9% policía: esperan a nosotros of the state's total population is Hispanic cuando hay música mexicana y and 2.7% is Mexican, which translates nos paran. La Inmigración: si no to 35,606 Mexican residents and 115,966 tiene identificación te deporten Hispanic residents. y cuando tienen documentos The resolution passed the House se los quiten. [Immigration, the police, International Affairs Committee and discrimination. The police: they wait the full House. It stalled in the Senate for us when there is Mexican music and International Affairs Committee and they stop us. Immigration: if one does died

EPA’s FY 2012 Budget Proposal reflects tough choices needed for the nation’s fiscal health By Jalil Isa, EPA Press Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Obama Administration recently proposed a FY 2012 budget of $8.973 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This proposal reflects President Obama’s commitment to ensuring the government lives within its means while ensuring that EPA can carry out its core mission: protecting public health and our environment, while reducing air and water pollution in communities across America. This budget proposal represents about a 13 percent decrease from the FY 2010 budget of $10.3 billion. “As millions of families are cutting back and spending less, they expect the same good fiscal sense out of their

government. That is why this budget reflects the tough choices needed for our nation’s short- and longterm fiscal health – and allows EPA to maintain its fundamental mission of protecting human health and the environment,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “This budget focuses our resources on the most urgent health and environmental challenges we face. Though it includes significant cuts, it provides EPA with what we need to fundamentally protect the health of the American people.” Some key 2012 budget initiatives

include: $350 million for projects strategically-

chosen to target the most significant threats to people’s health in the Great

Lakes ecosystem, a $125 million decrease from FY 2010, the first year of the initiative. $2.5 billion--a decrease of $947 million-- combined for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs). EPA will continue to work with states and communities to enhance their capacity to provide clean water and safe drinking water to Americans. Federal dollars provided through SRFs will help spur efficient system-wide planning and ongoing management of sustainable water infrastructure. SEE EPA BUDGET PG.26


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GOVERNMENT Hispanic Leaders Call on U.S. Department of State to Issue Keystone XL Pipeline Permit

By MarĂ­ Roma Villa, Editor

based veterans organization."The turmoil in the Middle East and dollar-per-gallon price increase over the past year show how important it is to get this pipeline permitted and built," Rodriguez added. More than $7 billion of private capital will be spent building Keystone

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A varied group of Hispanic leaders is calling on the U.S. State Department to issue a permit that will allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built and operated. The Keystone Pipeline System will transport crude oil from the Athabasca Oil Sands in northeastern Alberta, Canada to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma, and further to the U.S. Gulf Coast. It consists of the operational "Keystone Pipeline" and proposed Keystone XL (Keystone Expansion) pipeline. Support for the pipeline, along with impatience about how long the process is taking, is being expressed by leaders from Hispanic organizations, including veterans, business, professional, trade, grassroots and other groups. "Keystone XL is an important project for America's future, and it's important to the Hispanic community, America's fastestgrowing population and business segment," said Saul Valentin, national chairman of the National Hispanic Professionals XL. Independent studies conducted Organization. Hispanic leaders say America's energy by economist Dr. M. Ray Perryman security, economy and environment are concluded that spending will stimulate all reasons they have joined together to creation of 118,000 full-time-equivalent urge the U.S. Department of State to jobs during construction. Once in operation, the stability Keystone XL move the project forward. The U.S. Department of Energy says adds to U.S. oil markets will stimulate Keystone XL Pipeline would allow the at least 250,000 permanent jobs, and U.S. to reduce America's dependence on probably more if oil prices remain high, oil from Venezuela and the Middle East according to Dr. Perryman. "The administration can create by as much as 40 percent. "The oil Keystone XL will deliver is hundreds of thousands of jobs with the conflict-free oil from nearby, friendly stroke of a pen, all fueled by private sources," said Gil Rodriguez, CEO of the capital without a cent of taxpayer money. American GI Forum of Texas, a Hispanic- Approval of Keystone XL is an important

Association. "The fact that Keystone XL will allow 200 tankers to be taken off the high seas each year is a great environmental plus, as well," Marquez added. "Keystone XL is very important to the Hispanic community. It offers shovelready jobs and checkbookready business opportunities," said Rosa Navejar, President of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "The economic impact of this project will not only provide jobs and contracting opportunities in states from the Canadian border to the Gulf Coast, but it will also provide states, school districts and localities all along the route with much-needed tax revenues," Navejar added. D r. P e r r y m a n ' s s t u d y concluded that almost 23,000 of the jobs stimulated by construction expenditures are likely to be held by Hispanic workers. In addition, the pipeline will need 13,000 skilled workers for good-paying jobs during construction, and industry sources say almost 40 percent 30 percent higher than that of the general of pipeline construction workers are population, according to recent U.S. Hispanic. "A large share of the jobs this project Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. From an environmental and safety creates and stimulates will be held by standpoint, the Department of State's Hispanic workers," Nino said. Dr. Perryman's study also concluded Draft Environmental Impact Statement said the project would have minimal that the Keystone XL also offers "notable environmental impact, and its recent opportunities to Hispanic-owned firms." The Department of State began year-long Supplemental study found studying the Keystone XL permit nothing to change that conclusion. "Pipelines are widely known to be application in 2008. It has recently said the safest, most environmentally sound it expects to make a decision before the way to transport oil," said Jose Marquez, end of the year. But the Department of national president of LISTA, the Latinos State's schedule has been delayed at least in Information Sciences and Technology SEE HISPANIC LEADERS PG.26 project for Hispanics and everyone else who is trying to find work, feed their families and help get the economy back on track," said Jose Nino, Board Co-Chair of the Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity Institute (HAP Institute). Hispanic unemployment is more than


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Largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders convenes in Miami By U.S. Hispanic Chamber Media Office

MIAMI BEACH, Florida – From September 18-21, 2011, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), Fortune 500 companies, Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs) and local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce - from across the country – will be in Miami where Hispanic business is hot. The USHCC will host its 32nd Annual National Convention & Business Expo at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs. It represents the interests of nearly three million Hispanico w n e d businesses in the United States that - combined -generate in excess of $400 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United

States and Puerto Rico. "This year's National Convention will be the premier event for Hispanic business in America," says Nina VacaHumrichouse, USHCC Board Chairman. "We invite business leaders across the nation to come to Miami Beach to take part in networking and developing business opportunities." The schedule includes signature events such as the: Business Matchmaking; Ultimate Latina Luncheon; Million Dollar Club Breakfast; International Opening Ceremony; HBE Elite Luncheon; and Business Expo. New events have also been added including, the: Perfect Match Reception and Green Builds Business. "Hispanics represent significant economic and political influence. Today, working with Hispanic B u s i n e s s Enterprises is good business and represents a huge opportunity for corporations," says Javier Palomarez, USHCC President and CEO. "The 2010 Census confirms what we -- at

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COMMUNITY

Local Puerto Rican achieves success in both the military and civilian careers By José Villa, Senior Editor

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Steve Colón is President of the Hawaii Division of the Hunt Development Group (HDG). According to its website, HDG “is one of the nation's leading privately owned developers and real estate investors specializing in public-private partnerships, value-added asset management, real estate acquisitions, and financial services. The Group's focus is on military housing, multi-family housing, mixed-use, masterplanned communities, government buildto-lease programs, government enhanced use lease programs, Class A office space and retail centers.” Colón grew up on Long Island, New York. He said: “Most of the family on my father’s side came to New York from Puerto Rico. Their ancestors had gone to Puerto Rico in the mid- to late 1800s from Spain. My father’s family moved to New York in the early 1900s.” Colon continued: “I attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and spent six years on active duty with the Navy as a shipboard officer out of San Diego. I then left the active duty Navy, stayed in the reserves and attended graduate school. I got my MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and then started my real estate career.” Colón went on: “During my time in the real estate industry, I’ve gained extensive experience in three primary areas: sales; asset management; and development. The last eight years I’ve been involved - almost exclusively - in real estate development, but in the early and mid parts of my career, I focused on Latin America. I worked in Mexico City as a real estate developer for a couple of

years. After that, I went down to Chile in its Mexico division when 9/11 hit. and worked with a U.S. home builder Since I was a Naval Reserve officer, I there for three years. So was activated, sent to I’ve had a lot Hispanic Japan for a year and community contacts.” was then assigned We asked Colon, here at the Pacific was building homes Fleet Pearl Harbor. or projects different in Since that, I fell in Latin America than in love with Hawaii, the U.S.? He responded: met a great gal here “Yes, absolutely. Mexico and decided to stay.” was very different. Chile He continued: is very much like Europe. “I run Hunt In terms of construction Development they were more G r o u p ’s H a w a i i advanced, developed D i v i s i o n . We and sophisticated than got involved here Mexico was.” because back in Steve Colón With his focus on Latin America, 2003, the Group signed a historic what brought Colón to Hawaii? He said: agreement with the Navy called the “I was working for a U.S. home builder ‘Ford Island Master Development Plan.’

That agreement gave us redevelopment rights at: the former Iroquois Point and Barber’s Point Navy housing areas; the former weapons base in Waikele; and a lot of infrastructure and housing on Ford Island. We used that agreement to expand our business.” He went on: “Since then we’ve also acquired a large project on the Big Island called Palamanui. It’s about a 1 ½ mile from the Kona Airport. That’s a large master-planned community project. We don’t have anything coming out of the ground yet, because we haven’t put in the infrastructure, but we’ll build it from the ground up. We are also doing a neighborhood shopping center on the north shore of Kauai near Kilauea. That will also be a ground-up project.” Colón retired from the Navy in SEE COLON PG.26

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The Latino Coalition's Chair Hector Barreto Appointed to U.S. Chamber Board By José Villa, Senior Editor

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Latino Coalition (TLC) applauds the appointment of its Chairman, Hector V. Barreto, by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to their Board of Directors. "As the former head of the SBA, Hector understands the uncertainty facing small businesses today," said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. "He also comprehends that by taking steps such as passing the pending trade agreements, creating a competitive tax environment, or improving the process by which regulations are enacted, there is a lot Washington can do to level the playing field for American businesses. The Chamber will benefit from his

experience in public service." "I am honored for this great privilege and look forward to helping the Chamber shape policies that will create jobs, improve our economy and create an environment that helps the small business sector continue growing," said M r. B a r r e t o .

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membership is as diverse as the nation's business community itself, with more than 100 corporate and small business leaders serving from all sectors and sizes of business, and from all regions of the country. TLC was founded in 1995 by a group of Hispanic business owners from across the country to research and "Tom Donohue is a great advocate for develop policies relevant to Latinos. business in America with a proven TLC was established to address policy track record of success. I look forward issues that directly affect the wellto supporting his efforts as a Chamber being of Hispanics in the United States. Board member." The coalition's mission is to develop Mr. Barreto served five years as initiatives and partnerships that will the Administrator of the U. S. Small foster economic equivalency and Business Administration after being enhance overall business, economic and appointed by President George W. Bush social development of Latinos. TLC is a and unanimously approved by the United non-profit nationwide organization with States Senate on July 25, 2001. During offices in Washington D.C., California his stewardship, the SBA exceeded all and Guadalajara, Mexico. previous records in small business loans, "Having a leader from the Hispanic women and minority owned business business community like Hector Barreto support, disaster relief and private- on the U.S. Chamber Board is clearly the public sector procurement opportunities. vision his late father, Hector Barreto Sr., Barreto directed the delivery of financial a legendary Hispanic Business leader, and business development programs to envisioned and I know that he would be America's entrepreneurs from a portfolio very proud of this tremendous honor and of direct, guaranteed and disaster loans responsibility; the U.S. Chamber will totaling more than $45 billion. have a great Small Business advocate As the Chairman of The Latino on their Board," says Manuel Rosales, a Coalition, Mr. Barreto helps oversee a member of TLC's Board of Directors. national organization that represents The TLC agenda of building Latino interests with senior executives communities for a stronger America of many Fortune 500 companies and continues across the country. Their government agencies both federal and next conference will be the West Coast local. Economic Summit taking place October T h e U . S . C h a m b e r ' s b o a r d 7th & 8th in Los Angeles, CA.


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Hawaii Salsa Instructor

Then one day he got an email inviting him to teach a dance class in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ramos said: “I went with my Business, Entrepreneur Studies, Finance dance partner Duplessey Walker, niece Continued from page 1 and Mandarin Chinese.” of Salsa dancing legend Eddie Torres. leg. That experience gave me a whole Ramos continued: “When I arrived Through that experience, I was able new perspective and made me realize in Hawaii in 2002, I was about 17 and to establish connections with one of dance might not be there forever and that didn’t know the biggest event I really needed to get a good education. anybody. So coordinators Luckily, I was always a ‘teachers’ pet.’ By I figured the and club owners age 14, I was in an after-school program best way to there. I was able called NFTE (National Foundation for meet people to offer some Teaching Entrepreneurs). Through them was to start suggestions. I learn how to create business plans, t e a c h i n g And now I work income statements, start a business, run t h e m t o there as an event a business, etc.” dance. That coordinator, I He continued: “So by combining w o u l d help throw these two passions – dancing and allow me to concerts, do education – I created a little dance establish a nightclub events, program for kids. We started a business name in the and coordinate called “Dancers’ Dreams.” I used that community. the visits of business to write a business plan to help T h e f i r s t musicians from the sister of the Starlight Studios’ owner p l a c e I all over the start her own dance school. That plan t a u g h t a t world.” allowed me to win – out of 15 contestants was the Al Why did he - first prize in a business plan competition Franz Dance decide to stay and a scholarship at the Marriott Marquis S t u d i o . I in Copenhagen? on November 2, 2001.” remember He said: “At this Ramos added: “Most of the contestants R a y C r u z point, I’m staying had great ideas and business concepts for ( h o s t o f in Denmark businesses they wanted to start, but my t h e S a b o r because there’s plan was actually in operation, so I won T r o p i c a l a lot of growth the “Operational Plan” award. So I was s h o w and it’ll help to generating income at a very young age, on Hawaii Public Radio) placed an get my name established throughout even though I didn’t know what I was announcement on his program. I had one Europe. I’ve always been really fond doing, but I went along with the flow. But student and from there it just grew and of China and are about name brands. If I guess people saw that I had a teaching grew. Hawaii was my springboard for I can become famous in Europe, doors ability.” everything I’m doing today (the global will open for me in China.” As a result of the business plan travel and dance instruction.” He added: “Another reason was competition, Ramos R a m o s l e f t the economy. The global recession has had his choice of “… Hawaii in 2008 due caused many Americans to cut back the Top 10 business to family reasons. on leisure activities – like Salsa dance schools.” He had Both his mother and classes. But there’s a lot of opportunity thoroughly enjoyed father had work- here. This year, I’m going to Prague, his trip to Japan, was related injuries and Beijing, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Poland thrilled at the possibility needed additional and Ireland. I’m getting the exposure of more world travel, care. He said: “I’m that I wanted by using both my business and wanted to get as the youngest in training and dancing skills. I’m literally far away from New my family. Being leaving my footprint across Asia and York as possible. He that I was born Europe.” said: “Why not place on Mother’s Day, As someone who personally benefitted myself in the middle I’ve always been a from the excellent Salsa dancing training of the world? I can go momma’s boy. So this young man provides, I can confirm to China, California, when mom got sick, that his “footprint” is improving the Jerome Ramos and Julie Camous travel anywhere, etc., I needed to be the quality of lives of thousands of people so I decided attend Hawaii Pacific good son.” He stayed for a while to around the world who love to dance University. There I earned an MBA in help out. Salsa!

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Latin Business Hawaii and Hawaii Hispanic News sponsored

Jeannie Yukimoto, Rick Mikami, Paul Vierling, Samantha Haas, and Keanu Bruner

Joe Booker and Jeannie Yukitomo

Some friends enjoying the mixer

UH professor Joy Logan and Primericas’ Sunita Uluave

José Villa, Rep. Karen Awana and Michael Libertini

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our May Networking Mixer at Pablo's Cantina

Atlas Insurance’s Amanda Zamora and Plaza Club Membership Director Star Miranda

President of Latin Business Hawaii, José Villa and Nueva Esperanza Pastor Rauna May

Bank of America’s Michael Libertini and New York Life’s James Domingo

Miriam plans to open a Spanish funeral home here

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Increased funding is needed to encourage Latinos to enter STEM careers By José Villa, Senior Editor

equivalent undergraduate enrollment is Hispanic. UC Riverside is one of only four research universities with the HSI designation. The HSI Program provides grants to help the institutions expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students. The grants also enable the

RIVERSIDE, California – A recently released report co-written by a University of California, Riverside professor argues that more attention needs to be placed on finances to increase the number of Latino students graduating in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The authors of the report: Lindsey E. Malcom, an assistant professor of education at UC Riverside; Alicia C. Dowd, an associate professor at USC; and Terrence Yu, a consulting researcher – found STEM majors with more financial support from their parents were more likely to graduate from highly-selective institutions than students with less support. Dr. Lindsey Malcolm is an Assistant Professor, Higher Education schools to expand and enhance their Administration & Policy Graduate School academic offerings, program quality, and of Education. Her specialty is the myriad institutional stability.) of issues leading to equity in higher Malcolm continued: “I’m interested education for historically-disadvantaged in what predominantly white institutions student populations, including: Hispanics: can learn from these minority-serving African-Americans; Native Americans; institutions that can be incorporated into certain Pacific Islanders; and some their programs so that all institutions can Southeast Asian groups. increase the success of their minority Malcolm said: “I’m primarily student populations.” interested in how state, federal and “Our findings reveal yet another way institutional policies can facilitate that Latina and Latino students are opportunity and success in the sciences. disadvantaged in the current context of I also do work specifically involving rising college costs and falling non-load minority-serving institutions because: financial aid,” Malcom said. Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs); The report, “Tapping HSI-STEM Historically Black Colleges and Funds to Improve Latina and Latino Universities (HBCUs); and Tribal Access to STEM Professions,” comes at Colleges and Universities (TCU), have time of increased attention on increasing done so much with so little. They carry the number of Latino students trained in a disproportionate share in educating the STEM fields. and awarding degrees to these students, Last year President Barack Obama and providing opportunities is science signed the Health Care and Education as well.” Reconciliation Act, which infuses (Editor’s Note: HSI is a federal $100 million annually through 2019 to designation for colleges and universities increase degree attainment in STEM where at least 25 percent of the full-time fields at Hispanic Serving Institutions

(HSIs). curriculum aligns and transfer students The report is the third in a series can select majors in any STEM field of released the past two years by the Center study offered at the university. for Urban Education at USC. The reports, • Involve research collaboration funded by a $670,000 grant from the between community college and fourNational Science Foundation, aim to year college faculty, developing the increase the number of Latino STEM professional networks that create graduates. opportunities for STEM transfer students T h e r e p o r t to access research laboratories and o f f e r s a l i s t o f scientific studies at universities. recommendations for • Support programs, such as having HSI schools seeking industry guest speakers on campus, to the federal grants: involve faculty in networking with • I n c o r p o r a t e scientists and engineers in the private r e s e a r c h sector. opportunities into The report divided Latino students the core curriculum into three categories – self-support, (rather than into parental support and balanced support special programs that – based on sources of financial support may not be accessible they used to pay for college. to working adults). Only 26 percent of self-supporters • Increase support graduated from a research university, for intensive junior compared to 46 percent of those a n d s e n i o r y e a r parentally supported and 42 percent STEM research experiences. with balanced support. • Develop prestigious, well-funded Similarly, self-supporters attended opportunities, such as symposia and institutions of lesser prestige. Only teaching institutes, for community 21 percent of self-supporters attended college and four-year university highly selective institutions, compared to professors to collaborate to develop 32 with parental support and 34 percent innovative coursework to ensure that the T:7” with balanced support.

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E D U C AT I O N Útiles escolares

Verduras Coma verduras crujientes como merienda en la escuela.

Granos integrales Consuma como merienda cereales integrales listos para comer o galletas integrales.

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Preschool

Fuller told Early Ed Watch that we should focus on equalizing access or conventional wisdom has led people put our eggs in the basket of improving to think that the quality of programs quality,” he said. Fuller said that funding Continued from page 1 is lower in high-poverty mechanisms should be neighborhoods, but this sensitive to where the groups that may adversely influence their is not necessarily the case Latino child population is children’s development: avoidance of anymore. As requirements growing. Money for new programs and authorities; isolated social for Head Start programs, early education programs networks; and poor work conditions.) for example, expand should flow based on this In Fuller and Kim’s research, another and focus on improving growth. concern is whether Latino children who quality, early education He also suggested that do attend early education programs programs located in lowwe need to figure out ways are attending centers of high-quality. income communities can for preschools to be more While Fuller and Kim found that Latino improve to the point of inviting organizations for children attended “academically focused” either being on par or Latino families in general. preschools at about the same rates as of higher quality than Latino parents often face their white counterparts, some features offerings in middle class language barriers and a of the Latino-attended schools appeared neighborhoods, which lack of cultural sensitivity to be of lower quality. may not require the same Gov. Neil Abercrombie congratulates Fabian Aki when they visit centers. Based on an analysis of a study training or credentials on 615 California preschools serving for teachers. “When it comes to low- More bilingual early education teachers, Latino children of immigrant and non- income – often immigrant – Latino and this means that more bright and immigrant parents conducted by the communities, though, it appears the old committed Latino students need to be Rand Corporation earlier this year, Fuller conventional wisdom still holds true,” recruited into early childhood preparation programs. and Kim found disparities in quality asserted Fuller. “We do know that second and third between California preschools serving Early Ed Watch asked Fuller about children of immigrant and nonimmigrant policy changes that would need to be generation parents are more likely to parents. For example, the quality of made to improve access to and the enroll their children, but we can certainly classroom materials was found to be quality of early education programs hurry that process along by making slightly lower and the adequacy of space for Latino children of both immigrant parents more welcome and feel more slightly less in centers serving immigrant and non-immigrant status. “There’s a comfortable with formal preschool families. nagging policy dilemma about whether institutions,” Fuller said.


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Puerto Rican Day 2011 Waipahu Cultural Plantation Park

Puerto Rican Heritage Society sponsored the event

Los Boricuas de Hawaii dance troupe

Francine Lopez dishing out some “Gandule Rice”

The shirt says it all

Puerto Rican flag in hung on “La Casita”

Jose Oliveras (aka:“DJ Jose 808”)

Ramona and Tato Caraballo, and daughter Yvonne Hernandez, flank Rep. Donovan DelaCruz.

Young Rican wears his colors proud!

Ruben Tejada brought his family to celebrate


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Puerto Rican Day 2011 Waipahu Cultural Plantation Park

Local Puerto Rican band entertained the audience

Pastor Jorge Torres (NuYoRican) with State Rep. Donovan DelaCruz

Puerto Rican couple enjoying the day

Local braddah grinding on pasteles with gandule rice and salad

The official event t-shirt

Newspaper fans stopped for a photo with Senior Editor of Hawaii Hispanic News JosĂŠ Villa

Proud Boricua dad with his beautiful little girl

The Boricuas De Hawaii getting ready to perform

Cuban matriarch DoĂąa Ena (2nd from right) with some peeps


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FA M I L Y & H E A L T H Artists defy myths about autism through their work By Priscilla Cabral-Pérez

AIEA, Hawaii -- When Debra Hosseini’s youngest son, Kevin, was diagnosed with autism at age four, she left her career as a computer analyst to become a relentless advocate for individuals with autism, a disorder characterized by the difficulty to communicate and socialize with others. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s most recent report, autism spectrum disorders affect 1 in every 110 American children. These numbers have caused great concerns in both the scientific community and the general public. Much research has been on these disorders, but a cause and a cure remain unknown. The most important thing parents need to understand is that early diagnosis is crucial for early treatment. If they have concerns about the development of their child, they should contact their pediatrician. Leaving her career on the side “was not a difficult decision as my job hours were dwindling and then one day, the job was not what I was doing. It had been replaced by involvement in the issues related to people with developmental disabilities,” said Hosseini. Her advocacy efforts, and her experience as a curator of art shows for people with autism, made her the ideal candidate to compose the book “Artism: The Art of Autism.” “As I compiled (it), I realized the book is a wonderful tool to help dispel mainstream myths about people with autism,” she said. Among those myths are the misconceptions that autistic people are not creative or imaginative, and that they are stoic. “The book dispels this myth by the emotional content of many of the pieces and the voices of the people in the spectrum. One of the surprises

in writing the book was the teenagers’ eloquence in expressing their awareness of autism; and how their art has helped them communicate and develop a sense of self,” said Hosseini. The book includes an array of visual art - varying from oil paintings to watercolors to drawings in ink and marker. The artists’ backgrounds are also diverse; and while some are wellknown professionals, others are talented amateurs. Among the artists in the book is Cody Young, from Aiea, Hawaii. His mother, Sheri Young, noticed Cody was not developing at the same pace as other children. It was brought to her attention that at almost 3 years of age, he was the only kid in his classroom who was not talking. “After a talk with his preschool teacher, we took him to the doctor. He referred us to a neurologist, who referred us to a child psychologist, who told us what we didn’t want to hear: Cody was autistic,” said Sheri Young. A year after being diagnosed, Cody would spell hundreds of words with his boggle blocks, but was incapable of connecting any meaning to them until he came across Shania Twain’s music. “One day Cody spelled ‘Shania Twain Live’ and pointed at it. I said: ‘very good!’ He spelled again and kept asking me to look at it. He got a super intense look on his face, spelled it again, walked across the room, grabbed the remote control, and put it in my hand, pointing to the words. He wanted to watch the video of her concert and he couldn’t figure out how to let me know. He must have remembered the bold words at the beginning of the video and connected it! Those words meant that video. It literally opened up his world. C-h-a-i-r meant ‘chair’, m-i-l-k meant ‘milk,’ and so forth. His love for Shania and her music gave him

the ability to communicate,” said his mother. Cody’s family was able to get the word to Twain about the impact her music had in his life. He was able to meet and spend a few minutes with her in 2003. “We didn’t know if he would recognize her as the lady who sings on his TV, but as soon as he saw her, he hid tightly behind my back. He knew! The expression on his face was priceless,” said Young. Cody has shown great progress, thanks to: the treatment he receives at Loveland Academy, a transdisciplinary center in Honolulu; and his participation in the SPARQ (speed, power, agility, reaction, and quickness) drills with Liahona Youth Empowerment, a nonprofit that offers after school programs for at-risk and special needs children. He is fascinated with all kinds of transit and commercial vehicles and has a large collection of drawings on this topic. A couple of his drawings are presented in the book. He also paints watercolors. Another artist featured in “Artism” is Ben Diez, from Layton, Utah. Ben developed normally until he was about 18 months old. He then appeared to stagnate and to have lost some of the verbal and social skills he had attained. Despite exhibiting autistic signs, such as his inability to read until he was in junior high, and his exceptional visual and spatial abilities, Ben was not diagnosed with autism until he was almost 20 years old. By the time he was in seventh grade, Ben knew he wanted to pursue a career in animation and his talent was evident. He started by drawing anime characters and then moved on to creating 2-D animations with pencil and post-it notebooks. His talent was recognized by Art Access’ PARTNERS program, which matches artists with disabilities with professional mentors.

Ben has a persistent spirit that is manifested in everything he does, including skating. He seems to have adopted “Never give up” as his personal motto. “As we watch him skateboard, we can see how this creed is played out at the skate park. No matter how many times he falls, he always gets up. After much determination, we witness some awesome kick flips, varial flips and primo slides!” shares his mother Lani Diez, in the book. Hosseini advises parents of children who have been diagnosed with an autistic disorder “not to get lost in their child’s diagnosis, and remember to take care of (yourselves). Take one day at a time.” The diagnosis of a loved one can be an opportunity to change one’s perspective in life. “It has caused me to be less judgmental, more compassionate, present in the moment, and has allowed this book to come out. My entire life has changed because of my son, Kevin,” said Hosseini. Many adults and adolescents on the autistic spectrum have protested the notion that they should be “cured” or “normalized”. Among the most vocal of them is Temple Grandin, who has a doctorate degree in Animal Science and has designed half of the cattle facilities in the U.S She often appears in books, and newspaper and magazine articles; and is the author of several books, including “Thinking in Pictures,” where she said that if science got rid of autism, the world would be rid of some genius and creativity as well. Grandin is also featured in “Artism,” where she is quoted as saying, “If I could snap my fingers and be non-autistic, I would not – because then I would not be me. Autism is part of who I am.” Hosseini hopes her book challenges the perceptions of those who read so that they ask themselves, “What’s normal anyway?”


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Saint John's Health Center educates Latinos on prevalent health issues affecting the community main line of attack to turn aside these diseases. He recommends three easy SANTA MONICA, California -- ways that can help Latinos to safeguard March 30th marked the annual observance their health: • Eat healthy: A diet rich in fruits, of Doctor's Day, an opportunity to raise awareness about the active roles vegetables, complex carbohydrates, lean physicians play in our community where protein and low-fat dairy can help protect they are facing health crisis affecting your heart. Avoid foods that are high in Latino families in alarmingly amounts. fat, cholesterol and salt such as fatty cuts To celebrate Doctor's Day, Saint John's of meat, bacon and butter. • Get moving: Make a commitment Health Center, and its top Hispanic physicians, aimed to educate Latinos to be more physically active. Every day, in L.A. County. This did so by opening aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity a dialogue between patients and their activity such as walking, dancing, house doctors to help them understand and cleaning or gardening. • Ta l k t o y o u r prevent common doctor: Increase your diseases affecting knowledge. Ask about the Latino your risk factors Community. –identify and take "High blood action on those you pressure, diabetes, can control. Nothing obesity and high replaces a discussion cholesterol are with your doctor. the most common Saint John's truly diseases why respects the leadership Latinos come to role its physicians play see me," says Dr. in providing highOscar Hernández, quality medical care. internal medicine Doctors are partners physician from in Saint John's medical Saint John's. "Lack of information, and underutilization of mission to the community. It is the health services, are regular problems expertise and contributions of doctors for early diagnosis in our community. that enable this organization to treat As a physician, and as a Latino, I have more than a million patients since the the responsibility to encourage the hospital was opened more than six community to be proactive and learn decades ago. Among other services, about their health. Education is key in the personalized outpatient nutrition and Diabetes Care and the fully digital disease control and prevention." Genetic is a major factor predisposing Imaging Center at Saint John's are staffed Latinos to conditions such as diabetes. with highly experienced physicians that Furthermore, obesity is particularly are renowned in the community for their problematic as far as the links between exceptional care and compassion. For more information on health it and chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, both of which are issues and common diseases affecting prevalent in the Latino Community. Dr. the Hispanic community, visit Saint Hernández says getting yearly-checkups John's Health Center website at http:// and practicing a healthy lifestyle are the www.stjohns.org By José Villa, Senior Editor

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National Wildlife Federation’s first Ever Kids TV Series in Spanish By Marí Roma Villa, Editor

NEW YORK, New York -- Hispanic preschoolers and families can soar with eagles, greet the sun with meerkats, dive deep with dolphins and touch the sky with towering Redwoods with Animalitos Exploradores (Wild Animal Baby Explorers). The exciting new series bounds, leaps and pounces onto national Spanish network, Vme in its daily Vme Niños block 7:30am – 12:30pm (ET) and the 24/7 cable channel Vme Kids. Animalitos Exploradores premiered April 22nd and is the first-ever Spanish TV offering for children from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the nation’s largest member-supported conservation organization. ( E d i t o r ’s Note: The NWF is committed to connecting people with nature, and inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. NWF has four million members and supporters who are dedicated to: safeguarding wildlife habitat; confronting global warming: and bringing nature and the benefits of time spent outdoors into people’s lives in a meaningful way. More NWF info is available at www. nwf.org.) Based on NWF’s multi-awardwinning preschool magazine, “Wild Animal Baby,” the standout show comes to life with an irresistible combination of lovable 3D animated characters and stunning high-definition liveaction footage. Showing kids and their caregivers that that every backyard or neighborhood is a fertile playground for exploration, Animalitos Exploradores , sweeps young viewers along on interactive explorations by land and by sea, teaching them about nature and

Built on solid educational guidelines from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Animalitos Exploradores caters to preschoolers’ individual learning styles with a winning combination of entertaining, enlightening and age-appropriate content. Preschoolers are encouraged to use all five senses as they investigate natural science concepts along with the show’s five animated animal characters, who use their “Explora Gear” to find the answers. All along the way, Animalitos Exploradores p r o v i d e s preschoolers with important learning skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving, teamwork and observation. NWF’s mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for the future of the country’s children. The prestigious organization has been dedicated to educating kids about wildlife and wild places for more than Miss Sally the Salamander, Sammy the Skunk, Skip The Rabbit, Izxzy The Owl, and Benita the Beaver 50 years with such and easily executable outdoor activities teaching skills to keep everyone on track. beloved magazines as “Ranger Rick,” that reinforce their appreciation of Sally always makes a grand entrance “Your Big Backyard” and “Wild Animal nature – whether they live in the country with her trademark “Hello-a-lo, a-loo Baby.” Animalitos Exploradores is an outgrowth of the highly-successful DVD Explorers!” or the city. “With Animalitos Exploradores, as initiative that NWF launched in 2006 Among the scaly, feathered and furry animated stars of Animalitos in everything we do, NWF is committed under the “Wild Animal Baby” name. to making learning fun for kids while With more than 250,000 units sold to Exploradores are: - Benita The Beaver – She sees beauty instilling in them a lifelong respect for date, and counting, NWF identified a in all things and is eager, warmhearted wildlife and the environment,” said large and growing audience “roaring” for and always ready to learn. Benita is NWF’s Director of Production Tony more natural science-based programming to entertain and teach. a tactile learner who always wants to Summers. Where to watch Vme -- In more than “Animalitos Exploradores fosters experience everything. She likes to say: early nature exploration and helps 40 markets, Vme is available free over“I love, love, love to explore!” - Skip The Rabbit – He’s always ready preschoolers understand the world the-air, and on basic digital cable. Vme for a new discovery and is never without around them,” said Guillermo Sierra, is also carried nationally via satellite his trusty “Explora Gear.” The group’s senior vice president of programming in the basic and Hispanic packages of leader, Skip is a logical thinker. He likes at Vme. “By bringing Wild Animal Dish Network and DirecTV. In some to say “affirmative” when the answer Baby Explorers to Vme, we are able to areas, Vme is available on Verizon expose young viewers to the beauties of FiOS and AT&T U-verse. For local he’s looking for is correct. - Izzy The Owl – Plucky and curious, the natural world and foster a respect for channel information go to vmetv.com/ estaciones Izzy is a real “can do” owl full of nature that lasts them a lifetime.” creatures big and small – while fostering confidence eagerness. No task is too an enduring appreciation for the great big for Izzy and everything to him is “coo cool!” outdoors. - Sammy The Skunk – The youngest Vme’s young viewers join five lovable and intrepid wildlife characters, the member of the group, Sammy loves to “NSI” (or Natural Science Investigators) hide, is unabashedly silly and serves as unit as they explore the natural world the eyes, ears and attitude of the show’s around them. Tied together with dynamic young viewers. When he says “Stinker live-action interstitials that inspire young alert!,” watch out! -Miss Sally The Salamander – She’s viewers to “be out there” Animalitos Exploradores showcases real young the oldest in the group and the big children and families engaging in simple sister who uses her knowledge and


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How I became a Puerto Rican Gypsy By Libby I. Juliá Vázquez

CHIGAGO, Illinois -- Who would have thought that the event foretelling the path my life would take would happen at such a young age. Like a scene early in a movie—the importance of which the audience understands as the story unfolds—it was an omen of my life to come, my first move. Soon after my first birthday my parents packed me up and sent me to Puerto Rico with my abuela. The January cold of my birthplace in upstate New York was too much for my asthma to endure. My parents soon followed ready to make a new home in a warmer climate. Our family settled into the dream: a house with a backyard, centrally located in a tight-knit neighborhood. Surrounded by a fortress of family, playmates, and neighbors who all knew me by my name; as a child I felt secure in my world. But even in childhood security is just an illusion: a mirage that fades when reality presents itself. In my life, reality came in the form of divorce and it spun my world off its axis. There was packing, there were goodbyes, and there were tears, as we prepared to travel on to parts unknown. We landed in the city of Chicago, a new life in a new language. From that point the only thing I knew for sure was that only change was guaranteed and that the concept of home was a dream that would solely exist in the depths of my imagination. As time passed my story unfolded, and that early scene was explained. The omen of my first year fulfilled as I moved almost every two years from the age of eight; living in a total of four cities, three

states, and two countries in my lifetime. For these very reasons it has always been my desire to find some permanence, all the while expertly avoiding it. n the fall of 2003 I had the opportunity to travel to Spain for 10 days. Having grown up with the last name Juliá—not a common Puerto Rican name to be sure—I’d been told that it had its roots in Spain and France, and though Spanish was just one part of those roots, I was beside myself at the opportunity to

explore them. I fell in love with the country—oh the wonders of Madrid—as soon as we left the airport for our hotel. My 10-day visit spent trying to figure out how I would move there. In retrospect, it wasn’t the lure of Spain that called to me. After all, I had the same feelings about Florence, Italy the year before. In fact, it was how I felt about almost every place I visited. From my teenage visit to my birthplace of Rochester, New York—a place I never really knew—to Boulder, Colorado, to Miami, Florida. Every trip was like holding a blouse up to my

torso to try it on for size: a superficial measuring method that just like a quick trip, couldn’t really tell me if the fit was right. But that simple fact never stopped me from thinking it could be. I fell in love each time and like any true romantic, I dreamed of the possibilities. It is easy to dream. Having said a thousand goodbyes, leaving entire lives behind, I have become an expert at walking away. Each time I take only what I can easily carry and store as many memories as my mind allows. I recently shared my fears of my nomadic tendencies with a friend, and he responded, “It’s ’cause you’re a gypsy.” “Hmm…a gypsy? It sounds romantic. But…” I sometimes think that I no longer have the strength for goodbyes and memories are no longer enough. I’ve become tired of walking away and may be ready to rest. Ready to plant roots and take my seat on the wraparound porch to watch them grow. I believe that I am ready to reach for that dream that I thought only existed in the depths of my imagination: a home. But, here I am again filled with wanderlust, preparing for a move to yet another city. My mind is filled with questions, and I wonder if I will ever settle down. Will my life ever be anything more than looking out into the horizon to see what else is out there? The answer may be as simple as it is complicated. Perhaps the world is my dream home. An image in my mind surrounded not by a picket fence, but by the many memories I’ve created. When I envision it, in my heart of hearts I know that my friend is right: I am a gypsy.


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E N T E R TA I N M E N T 5th Annual Hawaii Salsa Festival Delivered

Friday and Saturday nights featured a economy, as festival visitors: went on the islands. You could feel the excitement in the full schedule of dance performances and sightseeing tours; rented cars and mopeds; HONOLULU, Hawaii – The recently- went shopping the headliners of the event. On concluded Hawaii Salsa Festival a n d d i n e d a t both nights, Hawaii’s own Son delivered as promised. It was over too local eateries. Caribe took the stage first and soon for local Salsa aficionados and Not only were treated everyone with a heavy visitors who came to experience the they here for the dose of Salsa. The excitement Aloha spirit Hawaii is known for. It festival, but also began to build as they welcomed brought together Salseros and Salseras, to experience Yoko, “La Japonesa Salsera” from all parts of the globe, to share what no other to the stage to perform a few one common thread - their love of Salsa festival in numbers from her CD. Salsa music and dancing. Over 13 the world offers… Later, Jimmy Bosch, known countries were represented by instructors, the Hawaiian throughout the world to be a performers or salsa enthusiasts. powerful force as a trombonist, experience. The recent tragedies in Japan had composer and entertainer, took For six days, cast some doubt as to how many would the clave beat the stage with Son Caribe. The leave their ravaged country and attend filled Waikiki party was on…nonstop! Both or perform at the festival. Slowly, but s t a r t i n g w i t h Yoko and Jimmy performed Photos by Mark Okuda surely, our Japanese brothers and sisters Z a n z a b a r o n songs from their CDs. The crowd One of the many “WOW” moments during the Festival began arriving. They were weary, but Tuesday night. enjoyed the music and responded met with open arms, hugs and plenty of The action then moved to the I’likai air and on the dance floor during the by dancing to every song. At one point, Aloha. I will never forget those moments. Hotel ballroom on Wednesday and then opening events as people knew the best a large group of Japanese dancers came If only for a few days, we would find this year’s official festival home - the was yet to come. Thursday’s night Super out to dance to a number performed by solace through our love for Salsa music Hilton Waikiki Beach Prince Kuhio. Moon welcomed the official start of the Yoko. It was a touching moment. The one and dancing. DJ Rod Moreno and yours truly DJed festival with a dance lesson, a number of thing that sticks out in my mind about Festival Organizers Dakin Ferris and the first few events as the crew of performances and open dancing the performers Evan Margolin, until 2am Friday morning. from Japan is o f ( w w w. By 9am, the ballroom was their knowledge S a l s a C r a z y. transformed into three of Latin music, com), and their separate classrooms. which goes team, worked Additional hotel rooms beyond just non-stop this were used so instructors dancing. The past year to could share their talents music they use make this and during hour-long workshops for performances future Hawaii at all levels and styles of is impeccable. Salsa Festivals dance. In all, whether you A f u l l successful. were a beginner, intermediate crew of DJ’s Through hard or an advanced dancer, there representing work and was something for everyone. Hawaii, New aggressive Even instructors attended Yo r k , S a n Photos by Mark Okuda marketing, workshops to sharpen their Francisco, Salt Another “WOW” moment HSF tickets skills and pick up a new Lake City and Photos by Mark Okuda became the move or two. Lessons including: Seattle were on hand as well to provide “Dressing to impress” takes many forms in Salsa hottest ticket Mambo; Cha Cha Cha; Bachata; Hip non-stop music until the last note was in town and gala festival events were international talent, including the festival Hop Salsa; Rueda; Music Appreciation; played late Sunday night. Then it was sold out weeks in advance. This also headliners - recording artists Jimmy Zumba; and Samba were offered daily over until HSF 2012. translated into revenue for the local Bosch and Yoko - made their way to until 4pm. SEE SALSA FESTIVAL NEXT PAGE By Ray Cruz, Entertainment Editor


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Salsa Festival friendship would be established. In my eyes, many long-lasting friendships An interesting side story involved a began during this festival. On Sunday night, I cleared the dance simply adorable senior couple exhibiting the wisdom of age. They had traveled floor and told the story of the senior from the east coast to attend the festival. couple I had met from the East Coast. I They recognized me when we were invited them to the dance floor to start off having breakfast from the night before the next Aloha dance. It was a touching moment. Once as the MC. They they started shared stories dancing to a of back in the Tito Puente day, when they tune I knew had danced to they would the Tito Puente, recognize the Machito and place went Tito Rodriguez nuts. It was Orchestras. Their as if we had story reminded turned back me of my own the hands of parents going out time for them. to places like the Aloha dance… Palladium, “The indeed! Home of the A “Big Mambo” and the Mahalo” to all Caborojeno in the performers, NYC. musicians, We s t a r t e d D J s , Yo k o a new tradition & Jimmy this year. Ferris Bosch, www. had asked us to S a l s a C r a z y. incorporate an Photos by Mark Okuda com, the “Aloha” dance. A kimono-clad Salsera and her partner volunteers and Simply put, when the DJ said “Aloha dance,” the dancers especially all the attendees for making asked someone they didn’t know to the festival such a memorable one. See dance. Who knew? Maybe a new lifelong you on the dance floor at next year’s. From previous page

LA ESQUINA DE RAY (RAY'S CORNER) Aloha!..Ray Cruz

(Ray Cruz is the host of the Sabor Tropical Salsa music show on Hawaii Public Radio's 89.3 FM KIPO. Ray plays the best Salsa music from yesterday and today.) Every month in this column I'll provide you a list of the must - have music for your collection. These are my picks for this month. They are in no particular order, but should be included in a Salsa connoisseur's music collection. 1.Jorge Alberto - Mi Tumbao 2.Joe Rizo - Mongorama 3.Manny Oquendo & Libre Homenaje 4.Lucky 7 Mambo - Chapter 1

5.Cachao - The Last Mambo 6.Bobby Sanabria - Tito Puente Masterworks Live! 7.Choco Orta - Choco Swing 8.Various Artists - Fania Records 1964-1980 9.Mayaquez Big Band - El Legado 10.Mambo Legends Orchestra - Watch Out! Ten Cuidao! Please visit our website for a complete list: www.salsaafterdark.com. And listen to "Sabor Tropical" on Hawaii Public Radio KIPO 89.3 FM, Saturdays from 5-8pm. On-Air request line: 7928241. Listen "Live" via the web at www.hawaiipublicradio.org.

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Hispanic Leaders

EPA Budget

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over FY 2010. This funding will help communities take steps to meet the pollution standards EPA has developed under the Clean Air Act and the Clean Continued from page 11 Water Act. An additional $46 million for 2007 as a Captain. He succeeded in his regulatory efforts to reduce greenhouse Continued from page 9 military career and succeeded in his gas (GHG) pollution and implement Continued from page 8 civilian career. GHG reporting requirements under once before, "and we want to make sure What advice does he have for Latinos $1.2 billion for the Superfund program the Clean Air Act. This includes $25 that doesn't happen again," said Tony and Latinas coming up now? He said: to support cleanup at hazardous waste million for states and $5 million for Morales, past national commander of “The first thing for me was getting a sites that addresses human health and EPA to address GHGs in Clean Air Act American GI Forum. good education. As a Latino, I had "Keystone can stimulate more wonderful opportunities afforded to me environmental hazards at the nation’s permitting activities. $67.4 million to support EPA’s efforts employment opportunities for our at Annapolis and the Wharton School. highest priority sites. While EPA will be exploring efficiencies in the program, to clean up America’s great water bodies, returning warriors, and employment I can’t overemphasize enough how the $70 million reduction to Superfund specifically in the Chesapeake Bay. This eliminates some of the stress felt by our important it is for them to take advantage programs will slow the pace of new water body serves as an economic engine veterans and their families. It is important of every opportunity to further their for an entire region of the country, and this happen as soon as possible, since education. That carries a lot of weight projects and completion of projects. $27.5 million increase in enforcement millions of Americans rely on it for we believe unemployment contributes and will give them credibility.” and compliance, allowing for critical access to clean, safe water. Investing in to the suicide rate among returning He continued: “I really looked hard investments to increase efficiencies these waters will help local economies veterans," said Tony Morales, past at the quality of the organizations and national commander of American GI tried to join excellent companies. I have and streamline enforcement by using and protect Americans’ health. $584 million to support research Forum. the latest e-reporting and monitoring been fortunate not only to have worked "Squeaky-wheel interest groups have for great companies, but to also have tools. EPA will increase oversight and and innovation into new and emerging inspections at high risk chemical and oil environmental science. This includes already caused the State Department found excellent mentors at each. We all facilities in order to protect Americans’ a $24.7 million increase to Science extend their study. We need to make sure have up and down periods in our careers. to Achieve Results (STAR) grants that doesn't happen again. The safety and During one of my ‘down’ periods, it was health. $16.1 million more to reduce to ensure that EPA is using the best environmental soundness of the pipeline a mentor that helped me get through that chemical risks, increase the pace of science to protect the air we breathe, the have been thoroughly established. We difficult time. And these eight years at chemical hazard assessments, and water we drink and the land we build need the State Department to move ahead Hunt have been the most professionally provide the public with greater access our communities on. EPA’s research with this permit," AGIF's Rodriguez satisfying of my entire career.” to chemical information so they can program is being restructured to ensure added. To recap, I would tell my younger "A delayed permit means delayed Latinos and Latinas: 1) get the best make better informed decisions about that scientific work is conducted more jobs. Our economy is stalled in a jobless education you can get; 2) work for the their health. Learning more about these efficiently and effectively. More info on the EPA’s proposed recovery. We need leadership from best companies you can; and 3) find chemicals will help protect Americans FY2012 budget is available at: Washington to get jobs to the people, and someone in those companies who can from potential threats to their health. $1.2 billion for state and tribal grants http://www.epa.gov/planandbudget/ the Keystone XL project will do that in help you guide your career. And then – a big way," Valentin said. -- an overall increase of $84.9 million annualplan/fy2012.html work very, very hard.

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person that could totally relate to the concepts and ideas. Once Crystal and I realized our similarities and consistent vision, we were formulating what this company would look like – even though we had never put the ideas down on paper.” Lopez went on: “Currently we have another play called The Colors of Love, which is about four different couples. It focuses on Black Latinas,

as well as the male counterparts. This is the first time we’re bringing in male counterparts to the company.” Lopez continued: “We created the film Memoirs of a Black Latina. We did the film to showcase beautiful Black Latinas, to show the world we exist and to tell our stories. The film has been screened

Crystal Shaniece Roman and Apryl G. Lopez

in various parts of the nation. We never knew it would be used as an educational piece in conferences. It will be screened with a panelist discussion at the Pan-African Wo m e n ' s A c t i o n S u m m i t Conference in Minneapolis August 10-11. On the 11th, Crystal and I will be keynote speakers for young women 21-35.” I applaud the courage, initiative and vision of these two young ladies. They embody my favorite quote, by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”


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Maryknoll Students Visit the Spanish Ship Hesperides By José Villa, Senior Editor

Chris Cramer and his Maryknoll High School Beginning Spanish class recently participated in a tour of the

Simó. Pictured from left to right are: Nicole Avilés, Tatiana Irvine, Heather Kurzenski, Mark Uekawa, Connor Donahue, Manuel Pascual, Cristina Ancheta, Elizabeth Mueller, Reuben

11086A01 ship Hesperides at Aloha Tower. The ship, from Spain, is navigating around the world as part of the Spanish scientific expedition "La Malaspina". 2.062" The scientists on board are studying the deep water of the oceans across the world. In coordination with Daniela del Valle, of the University of Hawaii SOEST Department, and the Hawaii Hispanic News staff, the students were treated to a private tour with Chief Scientist Rafel

Pacual, Chief Scientist Rafel Simó, Lukela Los Baños, and Tevita Ofa

La Cocina Grilled Chorizo Kebabs

Transform your cookout into a Spanish tapas party with these simple Grilled Chorizo Kebabs. Found in tapas bars throughout Spain, chorizo skewers, known as Pinchos (or Pintxos) Morunos are a delicious and easy Spanish tapas recipe. Simply thread skewers with garlicky, spiced GOYA® Chorizo, onions, peppers and tomatoes, and then grill. For a savory touch, drizzle with a paprika sauce that comes together in less than 1 minute. Ingredients For the sauce: • ¼ c u p GOYA® Extra Virgin Olive Oil • 1 tsp. GOYA® Minced Garlic (or 2 fresh garlic cloves, finely chopped) • ½ tsp. Paprika • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh parsley For the Skewers: • 1 bell pepper, cut into 1” squares • 1 package (7 oz.) GOYA® Chorizo,

cut into ¼” rounds • ½ onion, cut into 1” squares • 8 grape tomatoes Directions For the Sauce: 1. Heat oil in small skillet over medium heat until warm; add garlic and paprika to oil. Cook until garlic is light golden brown and fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer sauce to bowl to cool. Stir in parsley and adobo; set aside. For the Skewers: 2.Alternately thread peppers, chorizo and onions among 8 skewers, beginning and ending with pepper. Add grape tomato to bottom of each skewer. 3.Heat grill to medium heat. Add skewers to hot, greased grill grates. Cook, turning skewers occasionally, until vegetables are tender and chorizo is well browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer skewers to platter; drizzle with reserved sauce.

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