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t h e l i v i n g w at e r o f o h a

years of hula

Merrie Monarch Festival

organizer luana kawelu and others share their mana‘o page 14

King David Kaläkaua, the Merrie Monarch, is credited with hula’s revival. - Photo treatment: David Chrenko – American Photo Douglass

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Waimea Valley invites the public to bring their ‘ukulele, guitar – and their appetites – to a combination jam session and Hawaiian lu¯‘au on March 17 in the lush valley on O‘ahu’s North Shore. Courtesy photo

mea o loko table of contents Kamana‘opono M. Crabbe, Ph.D. Ka Pouhana, Chief Executive Officer Community Engagement

Ke¯haunani Abad, Ph.D. Director Communications

Garett Kamemoto Manager

Lisa Asato Communications Specialist

John Matsuzaki Communications Specialist

Francine Murray Communications Specialist

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A half century of hula Page 14 By Francine Kananionapua Murray

As the Merrie Monarch Festival prepares to mark its 50th anniversary, we spoke to those in the hula community about the world’s most famous hula festival


5 isle leaders honored as Living Treasures Page 4 By Treena Shapiro

OHA Trustee Oswald Stender, conductor Nola Nahulu and Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center deputy director Dennis Kauahi are among this year’s class of honorees

malaki | march 2013 | Vol. 30, No. 3 MAULI OLA | HEALTH

Battling diabetes, one step at a time Page 6

Step Out walk participants who have diabetes will be distinguishable by their red caps. – Courtesy: ADA Hawai‘i

By Sarah Pacheco

Native Hawaiians have a higher risk of developing diabetes, which affects more than 20,000 of the Islands’ indigenous people. The annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes raises awareness with support from an OHA grant


Hula conference is dedicated to all things Merrie Monarch Page 17 By Mary Alice Ka‘iulani Milham

Over three days in May, 40 kumu hula will participate in the International Waikı¯kı¯ Hula Conference, as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Merrie Monarch Festival

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5 isle leaders honored as Living Treasures By Treena Shapiro


he five humanitarians honored this year as Living Treasures of Hawai‘i all hail from small towns, which master of ceremonies Dennis Sekine suggested might have instilled each of them with a strong sense of community. Their contributions have touched Native Hawaiians and encouraged budding musicians reach great heights. The five were honored by the Honpa Hongwangji Mission of Hawai‘i. Now in its 38th year, the mission’s Living Treasures of Hawai‘i program honors those who have contributed to the preservation and perpetuation of the Islands’ cultural and artistic heritage. For 2013, the selection committee chose to recognize Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Oswald Stender, Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center Deputy Director Dennis Kauahi, conductor Nola Nahulu, former Royal Hawaiian Bandmaster Michael Nakasone and Honoka‘a musician and teacher Gary Washburn. Speaking at the Feb. 9 ceremony at the Sheraton Waikïkï Hotel, Gov. Neil Abercrombie said of the honorees: “They have spent their lives helping others. They have spent their lives not necessarily conscious of that fact, but conscious of the necessity of fulfilling their own destiny in the company of others, in a sense of community, in a sense of ‘ohana, of seeing all as family.” In their own ways, all the honorees have used their talents to help elevate the status of others. Stender, a real estate broker and consultant, shared his belief that anyone who succeeds in life owes something back to the community. “You need to leave a place better than you found it,” he told the audience. “You know, I’ve sat on every board you can think of that does service for the poor, the needy and the foster care program,” Stender

Freitas named UH-West O‘ahu chancellor

F Gary Washburn, seated at left, Dennis Kauahi, Nola Nahulu, Oswald Stender and Michael Nakasone were honored as Living Treasures of Hawai‘i by Honpa Honwangji of Hawai‘i President Alton Miyamoto, back row left, and Bishop Eric Matsumoto. - Photo: Treena Shapiro says. “These build a strong foundation of people that’s going to better the community.” Those boards include OHA, Bishop Estate and Campbell Estate, and Stender has also served as the director for such organizations as Alu Like Enterprises and the Affordable Housing Coalition. Working with these organizations to help strengthen families and communities is Stender’s way of reaching out to Native Hawaiians who are struggling to survive in a culture that is drastically different from the sustainable Native Hawaiian lifestyle of the past. “The impact of change and what has been done to the Hawaiian families is devastating,” Stender says. Social worker Dennis Kauahi has dedicated more than four decades to the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center, a social service agency dedicated to the welfare of orphans and destitute children and families. He has also made significant contributions at the University of Hawai‘i, including participation on the Küpuna Council that guides the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work on Native Hawaiian values and practices. In trying to help children cope with loss, Kauahi encourages them

to build spiritual connections. “I was helping … kids make canoes because canoes represented a journey – a journey to healing,” he says, recognizing that children aren’t always going to learn as much by talking as they might through a hands-on project. “As you work at something, you’re healing.” Taking inspiration from Queen Lili‘uokalani, Kauahi said he has learned the importance of accepting loss and finding a way to forgive and let go of anger, a practice he encourages among those he helps. Described as every student’s greatest cheerleader, musician Nola Nahulu has provided direction and illustration for productions around the world. In Hawai‘i, she has been a conductor and artistic director for numerous groups, including the Hawai‘i Youth Opera Chorus and Gioventu Musicale ensemble. Teachers need to share their passion and excitement for what they are teaching, Nahulu asserts. “I know that I’m basically an educator because I really like to actually feel the seed – find the potential – and I feel really good for the person when they actually blossom,” she says. Michael Nakasone, who gained recognition as the longtime Pearl

City High School Band director, more recently had a five-year tenure as the Royal Hawaiian bandmaster from 2005 to 2010. Under his leadership, student and professional musicians alike have reached greater levels of achievement, something Nakasone believes has resulted in elevated self-confidence. “Teaching music is the most wonderful profession in the world,” Nakasone says. “Each student that plays an instrument wants to play well and will do their best.” Fellow music teacher Gary Washburn, an Oklahoma native, became Honoka‘a High and Intermediate School’s band director 34 years ago. There he developed an awardwinning high school band concept aimed at teaching students how to become performers, which has led to many of his former students finding careers in the entertainment industry. “When I hear great music or when I hear a student touch their soul in terms of creating music, that is very meaningful for me,” he says. ¢ Treena Shapiro, a freelance writer, is a former reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser.

ormer Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Rockne Freitas has been named chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu by the University’s Board of Regents. Freitas is the first Native Hawaiian to lead a baccalaureate campus. Freitas will succeed Gene Freitas Aw a k u n i , who is retiring. Freitas will assume the helm of UH-West O‘ahu on May 1. UH President M.R.C. Greenwood said: “Rockne Freitas has been instrumental in developing the UH system’s efforts to become the model indigenous-serving university in the nation, ‘Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Au.’ The UH-West O‘ahu campus will serve some vital populations in the area, including Native Hawaiians, Filipinos and other important groups.” Freitas has served as the vice president for student affairs and university and community relations for the University of Hawai‘i system. He has also served as chancellor of Hawai‘i Community College. Freitas played in the NFL for 11 years and was a three-time All-Pro. Freitas said: “I was a C student in high school and athletics was a pathway to higher education achievement. To have reached this point in my educational career is a humbling reminder to me and hopefully for young children out there who hunger to better themselves. If I can do it, you can too.” —Garett Kamemoto

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House, Senate vote to repeal PLDC 2013

By Garett Kamemoto


oth houses of the state Legislature have approved proposals to repeal the Public Land Development Corp. In the state House of Representatives, the repeal plan passed unanimously after several lawmakers took to the floor to call the PLDC a mistake. In the Senate, a bill to repeal the corporation passed with little fanfare. No one rose to speak before the vote was cast. The PLDC was designed to create public-private partnerships to develop underutilized state land. However, the corporation came under fire for broad exemptions to state and county land-use regulations. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs submitted testimony saying the PLDC did not provide adequate protections for Native Hawaiian tra-

Legislative Session C<>@JC8KLI< ditional and customary practices. Public backlash by environmental, Native Hawaiian and other activists convinced lawmakers to scrap the agency altogether rather than to attempt to rewrite the law. While both houses voted to repeal the corporation, significant differences remain between the House and Senate versions of the bill. For the repeal to fully take effect, lawmakers will have to work out their differences before the legislation would go to the governor for his signature.

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Battling diabetes, one step at a time By Sarah Pacheco


here’s no sugarcoating the fact that diabetes is among the most serious and potentially deadly diseases in the U.S. The American Diabetes Association estimates that close to 26 million Americans have diabetes, and more than 79 million adults over the age of 20 are pre-diabetic. Here in Hawai‘i, roughly 8.5 percent of the population has diabetes. That translates to more than 113,000 people – our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunties, uncles, friends, neighbors, coworkers, the list goes on – living with this disease.

To improve the quality and longevity of life, Native Hawaiians will enjoy healthy lifestyles and experience reduced onset of chronic diseases.

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes When: 8 a.m., March 16 Where: Kapi‘olani Park Registration: call ADA at (808) 947-5979 or visit Fee: There is no cost to register, but all monetary contributions, big or small, are appreciated. All funds raised from the Step Out Walk stay in Hawai‘i to provide diabetes education and information to individuals and families via advocacy advancements, increased research and support services such as the “Stop Diabetes at Work” program designed to detect, prevent and manage diabetes for a healthy work environment.

Hawaiian students show flair for health careers By Greg Kashigi


he next time she feels thirsty, O‘ahu 10th grader Tiana Wong says she likely won’t drop coins into a soda machine. She’ll opt for water instead. Wong is changing her ways after a visit to the “pono lifestyle station” at Teen Health Camp Hawai‘i. “Can you imagine that one soda has so much sugar?” she asked after seeing a health educator demonstrate that a single soda can contains the equivalent of 22 sugar packets. “That made me think twice about putting bad things into my body,” Wong said. Nearly 100 middle and high school students made interesting health and wellness discoveries at the one-day event last month on the University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu campus. Teen Health Camp Hawai‘i, which will be held again on April 27 on Kaua‘i, is sponsored by Nä Pua No‘eau, the Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children in partnership with

Teen Health Camp Hawai‘i A health camp for teens will be held on Kaua‘i on April 27. For information and registration, contact the Kaua‘i office of Nä Pua No‘eau at 245-8387 or email Deadline to register is April 13. UH-Mänoa’s Health Careers Opportunities Program and the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Area Health Education Center. The camp is designed to introduce Native Hawaiian youngsters in grades 7 through 12 to opportunities in a wide assortment of health-care careers, ranging from conventional bedside nursing to lesser-known occupations such as medical social worker. The camp offers workshops and skill demonstrations run by volunteers who are local health-care professionals and UH medical and nursing students. Teen participants at the West O‘ahu camp spent the day

Of that number, those of Native Hawaiian, Filipino and Japanese ancestry are at a higher risk of developing diabetes. In fact, there are currently more than 20,000 Native Hawaiians who have diabetes. Also consider that of the 113,000 people in Hawai‘i who have diabetes, 28,000 are undiagnosed – meaning they aren’t getting the treatment they need –

learning everything from daily duties of emergency medical technicians to the benefits of improving personal health-care habits. “We want to reach out to Native Hawaiian youngsters and let them know that a rewarding future in healthcare professionals awaits them,” said UH med student and Teen Health Camp co-founder Brandyn Dunn, adding that the camp also addresses Hawai‘i’s work-force shortage in health care. The shortage has been identified in the state’s Workforce Development Plan. “This especially affects most Native Hawaiian communities. We not only need more providers, we need them to be from the communities they serve,” Dunn said, adding that the latest research shows that the quality of health care is enhanced by providers who understand the cultural attitudes of their patients. At the UH-West O‘ahu camp, representatives of local organizations handed out brochures and dispensed advice on how to pursue training for more than 20 health-care careers. “We want to empower our students and give them all the necessary tools to make the right choices for themselves so that they can further develop as Native Hawaiian leaders,” said Nä Pua No‘eau

“Red Striders,” Step Out walk participants who have type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, will be distinguishable by their red caps. - Courtesy: ADA Hawai‘i and, well, the numbers aren’t so sweet. According to Hawai‘i’s ADA executive director Leslie Lam, if trends continue, one out of three children born in the U.S. in 2000 will likely develop type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives. In Hawai‘i, the odds are closer to one in every two children, See diabetes on page 12

Dr. Damien Tavares, right, instructed Native Hawaiian student Aidan McCann on how to properly apply casting material. Dr. Tavares is a graduate of Wai‘anae High School and the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine. - Courtesy: Na¯ Pua No‘eau staff member Kaleo Manuel. The more than 50 health-care volunteers at the camp included Native Hawaiians from Ke Ola Mamo and from departments and organizations at the University of Hawai‘i, including the schools of medicine and nursing, the Pre-Med Association, the Health See health careers on page 12

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everal years ago, OHA launched Kau Inoa, an effort to gather the names of Native Hawaiians interested in creating a Hawaiian governing entity. OHA contracted with HawaiÔi Maoli to serve as a data processing service and repository for the Kau Inoa applications. With the conclusion of Kau Inoa, the data has been returned to OHA. Last year, the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission (NHRC) was created by a State law that declared Native Hawaiians the only indigenous, aboriginal, maoli people of HawaiÔi.

Conference to help smooth path to federal contracts By Harold Nedd


ore than 200 veterans and other small business owners are expected to benefit in a big way from a conference in March meant to help them clear hurdles in the path to securing federal government contracts. The 2013 Hawai‘i Veterans and Small Business Forum & Expo has been scheduled for 8 a.m. March 28, and is being organized by the Hawai‘i Procurement Technical Assistance Center (HI-PTAC), whose mission is to help local small businesses compete for lucrative

Hawai‘i Veterans and Small Business Forum & Expo When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 28 Where: Hale Koa Hotel Registration and info: Fee: $150 federal government contracts. Last year, spending in Hawai‘i by the U.S. Department of Defense reached $19.7 billion, down from $21 billion the previous year. HIPTAC last year was credited with helping local businesses secure 78 federal government projects valued

at an estimated $272 million. “We’re extremely excited about the potential for this conference to help us better position local businesses to compete and win federal government contracts that would enable them to thrive,” said Lisa Haggerty, manager of HI-PTAC. Features of the conference include opportunities for smallbusiness owners to expand their network of contacts among federal and state government officials, prime contractors and local entrepreneurs. Among the highlights of the conference are workshops on accounting requirements for federal contracts as well as useful insight on how to work with the federal government. More than a dozen public, private and nonprofit organizations are helping HI-PTAC organize the conference, whose keynote speaker will be Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. For more information about the conference, visit ¢


On July 20, 2012, the NHRC launched KanaÔiolowalu to create an ofÞcial list of Native Hawaiians who want to reorganize a governing entity. We are contacting you because KanaÔiolowalu is the next step in selfdetermination. Because you originally placed your name with Kau Inoa, we urge you to enroll with KanaÔiolowalu. Those who enroll will have an important role in shaping our future, and in designing a reorganized governing entity. To enroll with KanaÔiolowalu, please visit Mahalo, The OfÞce of Hawaiian Affairs

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OHA in the community OHA welcomes visitors from new zealand The Office of Hawaiian Affairs welcomed three health professionals from New Zealandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University of Auckland in an effort to share and discuss strategies for improving the health of Polynesians. OHA Ka Pouhana (CEO) Kamanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;opono Crabbe, his executive team and OHA staff on Feb. 5 welcomed Everdina Fuli, business manager of Te Whare Kura, a large research project that is focused on strategic priorities similar to OHAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; Vili Nosa, senior lecturer of Pacific Health in the School of Population Health, whose interest is Niuean menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health; and Jemaima Tiatia, Health and Research Council post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Pacific Studies. The welcoming ceremony included oli by OHAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kalani Akana, Mehana Hind and Ka Pouhana. One by one, OHA staff shared their aloha with our visitors as OHAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Keola Akana played â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ka Naâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Aupuniâ&#x20AC;? on the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ukulele. The trio was accompanied on their visit to OHA by Keaweaimoku Kaholokula, chair of the University of Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Here, Vili Nosa, left, and OHA Chief Financial Officer Hawley Iona greet each other with honi, a traditional Polynesian greeting. - Photo: Alice Silbanuz

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OHA Board Actions Compiled by Garett Kamemoto Starting this month, actions taken by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees will be summarized in Ka Wai Ola. For more information on actions taken by the board, please see the complete meeting minutes, including the legislative matrix mentioned below, posted online at


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Jan. 3, 2013 To approve the following revisions to the 2013 OHA Legislative Package: • Replace the contents of OHA-5, which is a bill relating to the composition of the island burial councils, with new language. • Replace the contents of OHA-8, which is a short-form bill relating to the Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force, with new language. • Remove OHA-9, which is a short-form bill relating to the Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force. • Replace the contents of OHA-10, which is a short-form bill relating to OHA’s bond authority, with new language. • Add OHA-11, which is a new bill requiring an audit of the state’s compliance with the accounting requirements of Act 1787, Session Laws of Hawai‘i, 2006 • Add OHA-12, which is a new concurrent resolution Recognizing Kuleana Lands as Historical Lands and Urging the Counties to Support Efforts to Promote Continued Ancestral Ownership of Kuleana Lands. To approve the Resolution Recognizing Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Donald Bruce Cataluna for his Service to Native Hawaiians and the State of Hawai‘i. ¯ina-McDonald. To approve the Resolution of Respect in Loving Memory of Ruby Pua Keana‘a To approve the adoption of the OHA Resolution Supporting Kaheleaulani Health Clinic at North Hawai‘i Community Hospital. Motion to approve Administration’s recommendations regarding new bills on the OHA legislative matrix dated Jan. 2, 2013, and to change Item #2 on the matrix from Support (S) to Comment (C) with the understanding that the OHA Board of Trustees supports amendments to the PLDC and if OHA’s amendments are not accommodated, then the OHA Board of Trustees supports the repeal of Chapter 161C, HRS. Motion to ratify the OHA Resolution Urging the Board of Land and Natural Resources to Exercise the Highest Possible Level of Stewardship and to Afford the Strongest Consideration to the Rights and Practices of Native Hawaiians and Sacred Sites Affected by Proposed Developments, Including Those on Mauna Kea, in the Conservation District Use Application Process.

Jan. 31, 2013 To approve Administration’s recommendations regarding new bills on the OHA legislative matrix dated Jan. 30, 2013, as amended, which includes the change from Comment to Support all 19 bills that seek to repeal the Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC).

Feb. 7, 2013 To approve Administration’s recommendations regarding New Bills and Bill Positions for Reconsideration, as well as change both Item 115, SB1353 from Support to Monitor and Item 409, SB231 from Oppose to Comment on the OHA legislative matrix dated Feb. 6, 2013, as amended. Motion to adopt a BOT policy to be included in the OHA BOT Executive Policy Manual as a new subsection entitled “Ceded Lands” within Section 2012, Advocacy: Ceded Lands 2.1.f OHA reaffirms its policy to protect the ceded lands corpus until the unrelinquished claims of Native Hawaiians are resolved, and OHA shall oppose the alienation of any ceded lands by the State of Hawai‘i, except in the following limited situations: 1. OHA shall not oppose a resolution submitted to the Hawai‘i State Legislature pursuant to Act 176 (2009) and Act 169 (2011) for the sale of the fee simple interest of apartments, townhouses and houses for home ownership, where [1] there is already an agreement in an existing contract with the state agency allowing the homeowner to purchase the fee simple interest for home ownership, [2] there have been prior sales in the same development to the extent that the units have previously been substantially sold, or [3] s ales of the fee simple interest were approved by the responsible state housing agency prior to the filing of the lawsuit OHA v. Hawai‘i Finance and Development Corporation, Civil No. 94-4207-11, First Circuit Court, State of Hawai‘i, Nov. 4, 1994.

2. OHA shall not oppose the sale or transfer of remnants by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, State of Hawai‘i, so long as OHA determines that the land proposed by DLNR as a remnant meets OHA’s understanding of the definition of remnant or that the land does not have competing, more important values to the Native Hawaiian community. 3. By not opposing the sales of any ceded lands, OHA does not waive any right or claim that it has to a pro rata share of the proceeds of the sale. 4. By not opposing the sales of any ceded lands, OHA does not directly or indirectly release or limit the claims of the Native Hawaiian people or a Native Hawaiian governing entity. Note: Action item needs second vote by the Board of Trustees to be formally adopted.

To approve the following individuals as OHA’s formal nominees to the Island Burial Councils: • Norman Kaimuloa, Nominee for South Kona regional representative on the Hawai‘i Island Burial Council • Isaac Harp, Nominee for North Kona regional representative on the Hawai‘i Island Burial Council • Ralph Palikapu Dedman, Nominee for Ka‘u¯ regional representative on the Hawai‘i Island Burial Council • Terri L. Napeahi, Nominee for Hilo regional representative on the Hawai‘i Island Burial Council • Kapulani Antonio, Nominee for Makawao regional representative on the Maui/La ¯na‘i Island Burial Council • Thomas Shirai Jr., Nominee for Waialua regional representative on the O‘ahu Island Burial Council • Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Nominee for Kona regional representative on the O‘ahu Island Burial Council To retain a professional consultant for an amount not to exceed $30,000 to Conduct a Twelve-Month Performance Review of OHA CEO Dr. Kamana‘opono Crabbe and to Present a Written Report to the OHA Board/CEO within a Specified Timeframe.

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diabetes Continued from page 6 or 50 percent of our future local population. To make sure our future has a better outlook, ADA created the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes one-day fundraising and awareness walk. Here’s the good news: • Since its inception more than 20 years ago, the ADA’s signature nationwide event has raised more than $150 million toward stopping diabetes. • Last year alone more than 150,000 participants from more than 130 walk events across the country banded together to raise more than $20 million. • This year, ADA Hawai‘i hopes to raise $550,000 for local programs and research. The brisk 2.3-mile walk around Queen Kapi‘olani Park begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 16, and is expected to end around 11 a.m.

Team OHA, led by OHA Chairperson Colette Machado, bottom right, and CEO Kamana‘opono Crabbe, second from left in back, participated in the 2012 Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. OHA is a longtime sponsor of the walk, which raises awareness of the chronic disease that affects Native Hawaiians, Filipinos and Japanese at a higher rate than other ethnicities. keiki tent with exciting games. Registration opens at 7 a.m. In addition to the camaraderie of There also will be an informawalking shoulder-to-shoulder with tion fair with a variety of vendors thousands of others (Lam expects dispensing key facts and informa3,500 walkers at this year’s event), tion about diabetes. The Office of participants can enjoy live local Hawaiian Affairs is a proud sponentertainment, refreshments and a sor of the Step Out walk.

Special Valley Admission for Kama`āina & Military: $5.00 Adult Valley Admission, $2.50 Child (ages 4-12) and Senior (age 60+) Please show your Hawaii Drivers License or Hawaii State I.D. / U.S. Military I.D.

“You see a lot of people in the Hawaiian community who suffer diabetes, and they wait so long to get help sometimes,” says Dayna Pa, who is Hawaiian-Japanese and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2004 after a routine doctor visit. “There’s a whole lot of complications that can come from the disease,” Pa adds, “like with your eyesight or your feet. You can lose sensitivity in your limbs, and if complications arise, you can lose your limbs, so it’s good to be aware of all that.” Pa, an aide to OHA Chairperson Colette Machado, has attended previous Step Out walks and plans to participate in this year’s event with family and co-workers. You’ll be able to spot Pa and other “Red Striders” (children and adults who

health careers Continued from page 6 Promotion Program, the Native Hawaiian Student Pathway to Medicine Program, and the Health Careers Opportunities Program within the UH Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity. The volunteers led hands-on activities that attracted wide-eyed teen curiosity. One of the big hits was “Stitch It Up,” which put surgical instruments in attendees’ hands with detailed instructions on how to suture abrasions on a simulated human arm. There was also “CASTing Call,” that enabled participants to apply and remove the material used on victims of broken bones in actual emergency rooms. Another popular station was “Ola Pono,” which spotlighted Hawaiian healing traditions. While leading activities, several camp volunteers also took the opportunity to urge teens to aim high for professional success in health care. Nä Pua No‘eau’s Kaleo Manual praised the volunteers for setting a good example for the young participants. “Our Native Hawaiian youngsters need the motivation from mentors who can say, ‘I was once in your shoes and as difficult as it was, I was able to move ahead and uphold a kuleana for the good of myself and my ‘ohana and

have type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes) throughout the walk simply by looking for their distinguishing red caps. “My doctor always tells me to just get out there and walk, so this is a good excuse to get some exercise, get out there in the community and support something that really helps a good cause,” Pa says. To learn more about the local chapter of the ADA, including ways to find out if you’re at risk for developing diabetes or to volunteer, visit in-my-community/local-offices/ honolulu-hawaii. ¢ Sarah Pacheco, an O‘ahu-based freelance writer, is a former assistant regional editor for MidWeek. my community,” he said. Another purpose of the West O‘ahu Teen Health Camp – to be held for the first time on Kaua‘i in April – was to recruit eligible high school student for a health-career mentorship program that will be run by first-year medical students from the University of Hawai‘i. Similar to the camp, the mentorship program aims to promote diversity in the health-care field. Experts say that diversity, known also as cultural competency in the health-care workforce, is integral to eliminating health-care disparities, such as the disproportionately high burden of chronic diseases affecting Native Hawaiians. The belief is that physicians and others in health-care delivery need sensitivity toward diverse patient populations to understand and improve culturally influenced health behaviors. Meanwhile, for Kasey Nunies, who attended the UH-West O‘ahu Teen Health Camp, the dream of someday going to medical school is one step closer to reality. “I’ve been thinking about becoming a doctor, but coming to this event and learning how to suture and make a cast has pushed me further towards my goal, and I know I will make it,” she said. ¢ Greg Kashigi is the O‘ahu site coordinator for Nä Pua No‘eau, which is supported by OHA.



Forgotten names and places By Claire Ku‘uleilani Hughes, Dr. PH., R.D.


n 1853, and for many years before that ... before there were roads ... a number of well-defined trails led from one place to another on the Islands. What is interesting is that many of the trail destinations have disappeared. For example: “The trail from Kalia led to Kukuluaeo, then along the graves of those who died in the smallpox epidemic of 1853, and into the center of the coconut grove of Honuakaha.” “The trail came out of the coconut grove and went on to Kaoaopa.” “The trail went past Papa’s heiaus of healing, and in front of the heiau was Hookuku, the residence of the heir to the kingdom.” Just beyond that, was Honoka‘upu near Kuloloia Beach. Do you have any idea where any of these places on the walking trail could be? This quotation is taken from the book Fragments of Hawaiian History by John Papa Ii. And, his map shows that the trail went from Kälia, where the Hilton Hawaiian Village is, through Honuakaha coconut grove, which was on the mauka edge of Kaka‘ako. The trail went on to the edge of Honolulu Harbor (mauka of today’s Aloha Tower) and in the ‘Ewa direction along the harbor’s edge. The map shows homes of the chiefs Kalaimamahu, Kalanimoku, Kalaniakua, Liliha and Namahana on the edge of Kuloloia beach. Kamehameha had a large compound just beyond the homes of the chiefs. And beyond that, was a place called Kapu‘ukolo that bordered the Diamond Head edge of Nu‘uanu

Stream (Chinatown, today). Obviously, this was an important trail. Today, there is no evidence of the places and none of the area names remain. Honolulu residents have no clue about the places on the map. It is not surprising, as they have all been obliterated in the name of progress. Interestingly, much of this trail is the path of the proposed rail system. In the very old tale of Hi‘iakaikapoliopele, the youngest sister of the fire goddess, Pele, many places are named, along with the winds and rains of those places. A detailed list of winds and rains of the island of Kaua‘i is found in the opening chapter of the book The Epic Tale of Hi‘iakaikapoliopele. The names are chanted by Pele. Today, only a few of us know that the rains and winds were named by the ancestors. In another point in the story, Hi‘iaka and her two companions left Kawainui and turned toward Käne‘ohe. They watched rain move across the hill, Mä‘eli‘eli, in the distance. Hi‘iaka pointed out Kilohana in the cliffs and indicated the area below it where Kalauokekähuli, the famed birthing tree of Haumea, grew. Then, Hi‘iaka chanted, naming the Kälepa rains that moved over land area of ‘Auli‘ili‘i. The three women reached He‘eia, below Mä‘eli‘eli; first, He‘eia Uli, then, on to sandy He‘eia Kea and on to Ke‘alohi Point. Here, Hi‘iaka was called upon to help a very sick man. There are several names, mostly unfamiliar and unknown, in this short passage. It is fascinating to realize how precise our ancestors were about identifying, knowing and naming the winds, rains, stars and places. Without schools, books and computers they learned them. Sadly, with all the technology that we have at our disposal today, we cannot hold a candle to our ancestors. ¢

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Merrie Monarch Festival celebrates a half century of hula

Merrie Monarch Festival > Ho‘olaule‘a Sunday, March 31, 9 a.m. Hälau perform at this free celebration. Kumu Hula Sammye Ann Young, who received her papa ‘üniki from the late Kumu Hula Rae Fonseca, will dance with the Hälau Hula ‘O Kahikilaulani haumäna. Civic Auditorium.

Culture, competition and camaraderie

By Francine Kananionapua Murray Contributing photos by: Nick Masagatani, Blaine Fergerstrom and courtesy


n honor of King Kaläkaua, who revived the Hawaiian dance in the 19th century, the 50th Merrie Monarch Festival will celebrate the event’s evolution from its early years as entertainment to what it has become since: a competition that attracts aficionados the world over. As part of the March 31 to April 6 celebration in Hilo, many original kumu and dancers will be honored at the Hö‘ike on Wednesday, April 3, as a half century of honoring Hawai‘i’s Merrie Monarch culminates in the participants themselves being honored. Here, in a nod to the milestone event, the festival president, a judge, a TV announcer, kumu and a dancer share their Merrie Monarch insights.

A legacy of hula As long as she can remember, the Merrie Monarch Festival has been a part of Aloha Dalire’s life. “It has taught me how to research, interpret and perform the mele of those who have come before me to the highest level. It’s been a forum to share my family genealogy with all hula practitioners and hula audiences worldwide. I am proud to pass this knowledge down to my three daughters and know that they will continue our family legacy of hula,” said Dalire, the first Miss Hula winner (1971), Aloha Dalire, center, with daughters, the title’s name before it became from left, Kapua, Kau‘i and Keola. Miss Aloha Hula. All three of Dalire’s daughters have followed in her footsteps and won the title: Kapua Dalire-Moe in 1991, Kau‘i Dalire in 1992, and Keola Dalire in 1999. Aloha Dalire’s proudest moment at Merrie Monarch was sharing the stage with her daughters the year her youngest daughter, Keola, passed the title to the next winner in 2000. The four Dalire women danced together on stage to “Ë Ku‘u Sweet Lei Poina ‘Ole,” their family song. “It was a proud moment for me as a mother, and I needed to find a special place to thank my own mother for paving my path for me,” said Aloha Dalire. “I’m happy that I could bring honor to my mother and all those who have come before me.” Judged on their merit Nälani Kanaka‘ole is a kumu hula of Hälau o Kekuhi, a highly respected Hilo hälau known for its ‘ai ha‘a, a lowpostured and bombastic, style of hula and oli. But when Kanaka‘ole comes to the Merrie Monarch Festival, it’s not to compete – it’s to judge. “The architects of the Merrie Monarch hula competition took King Kaläkaua’s example of reviving the hula and the arts in hopes that it would encourage the art form. At the time there were expressed concerns about the future of hula and the arts,” said Kanaka‘ole, who along with sister Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele, inherited leadership of Hälau o Kekuhi from their late mother, Edith Kanaka‘ole. (Pualani has since relinquished her role to her daughters, Kekuhi Keali‘ikanaka‘oleohaililani and Huihui Kanahele-Mossman.) For Nälani Kanaka‘ole, there are two Hawaiian arts that stand out globally: the hula and he‘e nalu (surfing). With that international exposure comes a risk of losing authenticity, she says. “When there is that kind of acceptance of an art form, there is dissemination of knowledge. The major concern was that there is an ongoing proper use of the old mele hula, its format and the rituals. It was a concern of the judges in the younger years of Merrie Monarch, and now more so.” Nonetheless, Kanaka‘ole says, judges have a good rapport with the participating kumu “in that we act as a forum for what is put out there for all to see.” “In the ’90s, Auntie Dot (Thompson) got the judges and the kumu together,” Kanaka‘ole recalls. And by 2000, the festival had tightened its rules looking for authenticity in traditional numbers being performed as a means to perpetuate the art. “The rules for the hula kahiko would reflect the requirements of the rituals for hula, especially in lei, costuming, chanting and dancing style,” Kanaka‘ole says. “When this was done, it leveled the playing field. It encouraged research, and there is accuracy in the dissemination of hula knowledge. Besides, it produces a better imprint for the world to see.”

Dancing on air Dancer Robert Aukai Reynolds of Hälau I Ka Wëkiu first competed in 2003, but it wasn’t until 2007 that the dancers in the hälau decided to take it to the next level. With the tacit blessing of their kumu hula, Michael Casupang and Karl Veto Baker, the older lead dancers in the hälau, including Reynolds, took the initiative to push themselves harder and put in extra practices as a corps. It brought the dancers together as a team, and even more as a family. The result? “We performed both our numbers exactly the way we wanted to,” he says. Their extra efforts were rewarded. As the scores were being announced, Reynolds kept track: “I said, I think my math is

The teacher becomes the student As a dancer, chanter, musician, TV commentator and a kumu hula leading his own haumäna into competition, Manu Boyd has had many roles over the past three decades. Last year Boyd entered the competition as a kumu for a sixth time, and his Hälau o ke ‘A‘ali‘i Kü Makani was honored with the first place overall wähine trophy. “Merrie Monarch has fostered excellence and discipline in my dancers, and in me, too,” says Boyd. “Our focus is always on how to best present mele in ways that are tradition-based with a fresh approach that can be enjoyed by both the performers and spectators.” Boyd is among the scores of dancers from various hälau who will perform at the Hö‘ike on April 3. The hälau Boyd graduated from is sending 50 dancers past and present to perform together for the first time on stage. “I look forward to this year’s Hö‘ike, as I’ll be dancing with my kumu, Robert Uluwehi Cazimero, and my hula brothers in Hälau Nä Kamalei O Lïlïlehua.” He will also be joining the broadcast team again for the three-night televised competition, “where I’ll hopefully be able to share some mana‘o based on decades of experience,” he says. “I have the utmost respect and aloha for (organizer) Luana (Kawelu) and her army of volunteers. It’s a blessing to have known so many of the hula ‘greats’ who have nurtured this amazing Hilo festival.”

Build it… When Helene Hale became County of Hawai‘i Chairman in 1963 the county was suffering of the aftereffects of the tsunami that hit Hilo in 1960. She asked George Nä‘ope to produce an event to draw visitors to the island. “Hula came to mind,” Nä‘ope told Ka Wai Ola in a 1992 interview. “I love to share what I’ve learned about my culture,” he said. “It hurts me when I see people doing a hula that is not Hawaiian.” Nä‘ope, who learned hula from his grandmother Malia Nä‘ope, Mary Keli‘ikekuewa Ahi‘ena Kanaele Fujii and Joseph ‘Ilala‘ole, considered himself fortunate to have grown up during an era of “great masters” who took him in and guided him. “Do it right. That’s the main thing. I learned this all for free. They shared with me and that’s the Hawaiian way,” said Nä‘ope, a founder of both the Merrie Monarch Festival and the King Kaläkaua Invitational Hula Festival. Asked to describe the Hawaiian dance, Nä‘ope, who died in 2009, mulled it over before replying: “King Kaläkaua said the hula is the language of the heart, and therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.” “The hula,” Nä‘ope added, “is my heartbeat.”

> Beard and barbershop quartet contest Monday and Tuesday, April 1 and 2 The inaugural festival featured a King Kaläkaua beard look-alike contest and a barbershop quartet contest. Mo‘oheau Park Bandstand in downtown Hilo. > Hö‘ike Wednesday, April 3, 5:45 p.m. The Hö‘ike will honor the old-time hälau, with performances by the Kanaka‘oles, the Hau‘oli Hula Girls, ‘Ilima Hula Studio, Leina‘ala Kalama Heine’s Nä Pualei o Likolehua, the men of Nä Kamalei with Kumu Robert Cazimero, and the late Kumu Hula Darrell Lupenui’s men of Waimapuna. All the Miss Aloha Hula winners will join Aloha Dalire, the first Miss Aloha Hula winner, on stage. On TV: 8 to 10 p.m. KFVE. > Arts and crafts fair Wednesday through Saturday, April 3 to 5, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; April 6, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium. > Miss Aloha Hula Thursday, April 4 Solo competition in which hula kahiko, ‘auana and oli are judged, in the Edith Kanaka‘ole Tennis Stadium. The Hawaiian Language Award is sponsored by OHA. Televised on KFVE from 6 to 11:30 p.m.

> Hula Kahiko Friday, April 5 Hälau perform ancient style hula in the Edith Kanaka‘ole Tennis Stadium. On TV: 6 to 11:30 p.m. KFVE > Hula ‘Auana and Awards Saturday, April 6 Hälau perform modern hula, followed by the announcement of awards, in the Edith Kanaka‘ole Tennis Stadium. On TV: 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. KFVE

…And they will come Although delightful in the early years – marked by song, a King Kaläkaua beard lookalike contest, relays, a pageant and hula – the festival struggled. It wasn’t until 1971 when the late Dottie Thompson suggested competitive hula and organizers invited hälau to enter that momentum began to grow. People flocked to watch. In the early 1980s, KITV started televising the annual event. “Merrie Monarch has helped Hilo town bigtime, but to me that is a side benefit. The cultural part is priceless,” says Thompson’s daughter Luana Kawelu, president of the nonprofit Merrie Monarch Festival. “I think those that are invited, they are the ones that have deep roots and they have done a lot of research. I don’t want Kawelu Thompson to slight anyone, but I feel the best come to Merrie Monarch and we are sharing the best with wrong because if it is right we are going to the world.” win by one point.” Hälau I Ka Wëkiu won This year the festival offices received more first place overall by a single point – the than 9,400 ticket requests in 4,700 letters. hälau’s first overall title. “Everyone was Merrie Monarch has 4,200 seats, but about half cheering and my kumu turned around, gave go to the hälau. In essence, the festival had about me a hug, looked at me and said, ‘thank you.’ 2,100 tickets for the general public and had to That was a big moment for me that I will never forget.” decline over 7,000 requests. Many people called In 2012, the dancers took a different approach. They the office, some hurt, and some angry. Kawelu wanted to thoroughly enjoy every part of the said it broke her heart to turn so many down. experience. They practiced just as rigorously, This year’s number of ticket requests was unusubut infused their practices with joy. Again, ally high because of the 50th anniversary. “It is a Hälau I Ka Wëkiu won first place overall. blessing that so many people love hula and want “We were always taught that it’s not about to be a part of it,” Kawelu says. the competition, it’s about the performance – For Kawelu, one of the highlights of this annihow well you do as an individual and as a group, versary event will be Aunty Pauline Kekahuna’s because everyone has their own interpretation of graceful Hau‘oli Hula Girls, the first winners of whether or not what you did is right or not.” the group competition in 1971, who will return Reynolds says: “If we do well that’s enough for us, and if to dance at the Hö‘ike. A few of the ladies are 80 we are recognized for that, it’s great. But that’s not our and older, and one of the original dancers who is goal to win. It’s just the extra icing on the cake.” now in a wheelchair is very excited to be a part of the celebration, Kawelu says. “This year is really going to be something, just watch and see.” ¢



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Ha¯lau performed during the 2012 Prince Ku¯hio¯ Ho‘olaule‘a/Ho¯‘ike‘ike. - Courtesy: Blaine Fergerstrom Alfred Apaka Tribute Sun., March 17, 3-7 p.m. Celebrate the life of Alfred Apaka and commemorate what would have been this legendary performer’s 93rd birthday. Apaka, who helped pave the way for other Hawai‘i musicians, will be remembered with performances by The Jeff Apaka Show, Jeff Au Hoy Trio, The Lexington Dancers, Aaron Mahi, Mihana Souza, Darren Benitez, John Cruz, Ken Makuakane, Lopaka Colon, Queenie Ventura, Kealoha Kalama, Pa‘hana and Kanoe Miller. The event will be emceed by Harry Bee. Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikïkï Beach Resort, Tapa Bar. No cover charge. 922-6965. Local Voices: Jeff Peterson and Nathan Aweau Thurs., March 21, 7:30 p.m. Join Jeff Peterson, recognized as one of Hawai‘i’s most versatile guitarists, featured on Grammy Award-winning and -nominated records for Hawaiian music, and Nathan Aweau, winner of three Nä Hökü Hanohano Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year, in an evening of musical harmony. Maui Arts & Cultural Center, McCoy Studio Theater. $30; $45 VIP. (808) 242-7469 or Keauhou Resort’s Annual Kamehameha III Celebration Weekend festivities March 15 to 17 commemorating the Keauhou-born King Kamehameha III, Lani Kauikeaouli, include tributes, lectures a concert and poke contest. Concert Sat., March 16, 5-10 p.m. Enjoy music under the stars featuring Darlene Ahuna, Kahalanui, Nani Lim, Waipuna Three and Kapala. A free concert trolley will run between Keauhou Beach Resort and

malaki Waimea Valley Happenings

Explore one of the last partially intact ahupua‘a on O‘ahu with two special events going on this month. From the 150-acre botanical garden to the 45-foot Waihï waterfall, the valley is deeply rooted in Hawaiian history and culture. Waimea Valley is located at 59-864 Kamehameha Highway in Hale‘iwa. For more information on these events, call 638-7766 or visit Hawaiian Lü‘au and Kanikapila with the Abrigo ‘Ohana Sun., March 17, noon-3 p.m. Bring your ‘ukulele or guitar to this freestyle music circle. Join in musically, or just come and listen to the free jam session. Hungry folk can indulge in lü‘au favorites including kalua pig, mini laulau, baked macadamia nut-crusted fish, poi and more. Lü‘au buffet prices are $25 for adults, $15 for ages 4-12. Reservations recommended. (Special valley admission for Kanikapila Sunday for Hawai‘i residents and military: $5 adults/$2.50 seniors and keiki.) Moon Walk Fri., March 22 Feel the spirit of Waimea Valley at night on this 1.5-mile round-trip walk from the ticket booth area to the waterfall. Smell the night-blooming flowers and enjoy a peaceful moonlight stroll. $5.

Keauhou Shopping Center from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Mats and chairs welcome; no coolers allowed. Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort in Kona. Free. Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest Sun., March 17, 10 a.m. judging, 12:30 p.m. awards and tasting, 1:30 p.m. demonstration by Sam Choy Both amateur and professional chefs break out their favorite poke recipe to vie for cash, prizes and bragging rights, in the second annual Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest.

Don’t miss the zany Celebrity Poke Cookoff at 11:30 a.m. with Tony Silva of Da Braddahs, Kumu Keala Ching, Brickwood Galuteria, Marlene Sai and Chris Kam. Also enjoy Hawaiian cultural demonstrations and an all-day Island Marketplace. Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. $5.

Aunty Nola Nahulu introduced a song at the 2012 Prince Ku¯hio¯ Choral Concert. Courtesy: Phil Spalding

Prince Jonah Kühiö Kalaniana‘ole, known as “the Citizen Prince,” is revered for his dedication to the native Hawaiian people and his role as founder of the Hawaiian civic club movement, proponent of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920 and former delegate to Congress for the Territory of Hawai‘i. Various events will be taking place around the state this month to celebrate his life and legacy. O‘ahu Kapolei Prince Kühiö Ho‘olaule‘a Sat., March 9, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The inaugural Kapolei Prince Kühiö Ho‘olaule‘a will kick off with an imu workshop starting Friday followed on Saturday with a day of local entertainment, lots of food and vendor booths, and Hawaiian craft demonstrations and makahiki games. Health screenings for diabetes and high blood pressure will also be available. Prince Kühiö Community Center. Free. 291-0842 or 861-1874. Prince Kühiö Commemorative Parade Sat., March 23, 10 a.m. Parade units include a cavalcade of decorated vehicles and trolleys with representatives from Hawaiian civic clubs from the Islands and the continent. The parade route goes from Saratoga Street to Kapi‘olani Park, where immediately following the parade, a Ho‘olaule‘a/Hö‘ike‘ike will feature Hawaiian artists and cultural practitioners, exhibits, Hawaiian food, island delicacies, local musical artists and award-winning hälau. 221-0991 or Prince Kühiö Choral Concert Sat., March 23, 7-8:30 p.m. The Prince Kühiö Festival is proud to have among its activities, the annual concert of choral music under the direction of choral master Nola Nahulu and produced by Kawaiolaonäpükanileo. Through the narration of each choral arrangement, the audience learns about historical places and prominent persons in Hawaiian history. Kawaiaha‘o Church. Free. 221-0991 or

Maui Prince Kühiö Ho‘olaule‘a Sat., March 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Maui honors the “Prince of the People” with a daylong ho‘olaule‘a, including exhibits, makahiki games with Kula Kaiapuna O Maui ma Nähi‘ena‘ena, food booths, Mauimade crafters and local entertainment. Keawaiki (Banyan Tree Park, Front Street, Lahaina). Free. (808) 2648779 or Kauai Pa‘akai, at Salt Pond Park Mon., March 18, 9:30 a.m. ‘Anake (Aunty) Janet Kahalekomo and her ‘ohana share their history and knowledge of salt cultivation at Pü‘olo Point, next to Kaua‘i’s Salt Pond Park. The Kahalekomo family provides fascinating details and stories about the science, customs and legends involved in producing Kaua‘i’s famed red salt, a practice that has been in place for many generations. (808) 240-6369 or Makauwahi Cave Tour Thurs., March 21, 9-11:30 a.m. The richest fossil site in the Hawaiian Islands is found east of Po‘ipü at the Makauwahi Cave, an open ceiling sinkhole that is a uniquely preserved archeological site. Learn how native plants and animal species have been restored and continue to thrive in this 17-acre living museum. Wear walking shoes and bring water. Makauwahi Reserve. $10. Reservations, (480) 225-5604 or An Evening of Entertainment at Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort and Spa Sat., March 23, 6 p.m. Those who love slack-key guitar are in for a special treat with a free

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performance by the award-winning duo Ledward Ka‘apana and Mike Ka‘awa at 8:15 p.m. Leading up to the concert will be Hawaiian music, singing and dance with Leilani Rivera Low and Haunani Kaui, followed by a torchlighting ceremony and a keiki hula performance. Seating is on a first-come basis. Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort and Spa. (808) 240-6369 or prince Anahola Prince Kühiö Day Celebration Sat., March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This year’s event celebrates the late Jennie Loke Perreira (Aunty Loke) for her exceptional contribution and commitment to educational and cultural resources in the Anahola community. Enjoy educational, health and wellness exhibits, arts and crafts, and performances. Anahola Beach Park. Free. khpono@ or Celebration of the Arts Fri.-Sat., March 29-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The crème de la crème of Hawai‘i artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, speakers and entertainers will gather for two days of music, hula, hands-on art, demonstrations, films and cultural panels, culminating with a Celebration Lü‘au and Show melding traditional Hawai‘i foods and the resort’s contemporary cuisine. A free After-Hours Party of impromptu performances and jam sessions takes place both nights at 9 in the lobby’s Alaloa Lounge. After a weekend of working up an appetite, you’ll want to stick around for the Easter Brunch on Sunday. Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui. (808) 669-6200 or The 50th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival and Competition Festival is Sun.-Sat., March 31-April 6; Competition starts Thurs., April 4 This very special 50th annual Merrie Monarch Festival will

Prince Kühiö Celebration Tues., March 26, 10 a.m. Enjoy ‘ono food, great entertainment, cultural exhibits and demonstrations at this event hosted by the Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club and the Waimea Hawaiian Homestead Association. Kühiö Hall in Waimea. (808) 885-8676 or for a full list of Waimea events. include many of the traditional festival activities we’ve come to know and love, as well as some popular events of years past such as a barbershop quartet contest, a King Kaläkaua beard look-alike contest and a pageant. Activities include annual art exhibits, craft fairs, demonstrations, performances and a parade leading up to the world renowned three-day hula competition. OHA is a proud sponsor of this event through the annual Miss Aloha Hula Hawaiian Language Award, the live KFVE broadcast and this year’s 8 p.m. premiere broadcast of highlights of the Hö‘ike, an exhibition night of hula and international performers that will feature many of the original hälau hula that performed in the first festival. The Hö‘ike is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium ($5). The 5:45 p.m. nightly competition starts Thursday with Miss Aloha Hula, continues Friday with group hula kahiko and culminates Saturday with the group hula ‘auana and awards ceremony. (808) 935-9168 or ¢


International Waikïkï Hula Conference

Hawai‘i Island Lä ‘Ohana at Pana‘ewa Park Tues., March 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pana‘ewa Hawaiian Homes Community Association has planned a Lä ‘Ohana in celebration of Prince Kühiö and his significant contributions to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920. Join in a fun-filled day of entertainment, keiki activities, games, food and information booths. Pana‘ewa Park. Free. (808) 974-7678.


When: May 17-19 Where: Hawai‘i Convention Center Registration and info: waikiki Fee: $385 ($250 for kama‘äina) for the full three days, with special rates for groups of 10 or more hula’s brightest lights: Merrie Monarch co-founder and hula master George Nä‘ope, the pioneering hula dancers of New York City’s Hotel Lexington and a not-to-be-missed personal appearance by “Queenie” Ventura Dowsett, a legendary dancer featured in the 1951 Hollywood film Bird of Paradise. With its work centered on documenting the life stories and legacies of hula’s küpuna elders, Hula Preservation Society has been part of By Mary Alice Ka‘iulani Milham with a Miss Aloha Hula winner at the conference since its inception, the 2006 Merrie Monarch and is providing at least one küpuna-cenhe sixth annual Inter- herself a former Miss Aloha Hula. tric seminar per day. national Waikïkï Hula “The nice part is, it brings Yet another plum, “Hilo Hula” Conference promtogether groups of our elders ises to bring new to share in unique ways and meaning to old create very nice and educasaying “the more the merrier” tional experiences for the with a lineup of more than attendees,” says Maile Loo80 Merrie Monarch-themed Ching, HPS president. “For workshops and seminars. us, it’s the joy of seeing them Paying tribute to the 50th together … magic always anniversary of the Merrie happens when you get them Monarch Festival, the Merrie in the same room.” Monarch himself, King David Seminars will incorporate Kaläkaua, and the festival’s presentations by hula masters storied founders – this year’s and cultural experts, includconference, May 17-19 at the ing opportunities to make ti Hawai‘i Convention Center, leaf Hilo-style lei or an ipu offers so many workshops and heke (double gourd drum) seminars, attendees will likely with master implement craftIn addition to learning mele and hula, workshops and seminars ers. have a hard time picking. With 40 notable kumu cover related aspects of hula, such as making your own ‘u¯li‘u¯li, Panel discussions include hula, the hula workshop or feathered gourd rattles. “Protocol for Hula Dancing choices include such rare in Modern Times,” moderated opportunities as “Nani Koleka” telling of the special places of Merrie by Maelia Loebenstein Carter, with (Beautiful Dorothy) – a mele writ- Monarch’s hometown, comes from Miss Aloha Hula winners Twyla Uluten in honor of Merrie Monarch Kumu Iwalani Kalima, granddaugh- lani Mendez and Kailihiwa “Hiwa” founder Dottie Thompson – from ter of Joseph Nohea Kalima, who Vaughan-Darval. composer and Kumu Cy Bridges. wrote the mele in the 1940s. The International Waikïkï Hula Just as tempting, “Mälua Ki‘iwai Seminars likewise will do honor Conference is world’s largest hula Kealoha,” a hula kahiko (ancient) to Merrie Monarch. conference, attracting nearly 600 from Kumu Maelia Loebenstein Hula Preservation Society will Carter, who presented the dance offer presentations on some of See Waikı¯kı¯ Hula on page 25

Hula dancers from around the world gather at the International Waikı¯kı¯ Hula Conference each year. - Courtesy photos: International Waikı¯kı¯ Hula Conference

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Early education: The path toward self-determination Urge lawmakers to fund early learning for all Hawai‘i 4-year-olds

By Kanoe Na¯one, Ph.D.


e are at a unique juncture – for the first time, the state of Hawai‘i is on the cusp of funding early education for all 4-year-old children across the Islands. The opportunity to create a system that

Rally Join us for a public rally at the state Capitol on March 14 at 9:30 a.m. to advocate for preschool for all Hawai‘i 4-year-olds.

best serves the needs of Native Hawaiians – and the rest of the state – is within our reach. Our influence is critical in how that system takes shape for our children. We need to make our voices heard. The state Legislature is currently considering several pieces of legislation including a $32 million budget request by Gov. Neil Abercrombie as start-up funding for the program. Hawai‘i is one of 11 states with no state-funded early learning program in place. The research and data on why this is needed is clear. We know that 85 percent of the brain is developed before age 5, making this the optimum time for learning. But, according to the Hawai‘i State School Readiness Assessment in the current school year, 43 percent of public school kindergartners did not attend some type of preschool. And, in many Native Hawaiian communities that number is more than 60 percent.

In contrast, in several high-income parents can choose. Families have neighborhoods in the state, the choices when it comes to early learnrate of kindergartners who did not ing. Center-based preschools are the attend preschool is below most common choice 20 percent. Those people think of, are troubling statisbut home visiting tics and what’s more and family-child alarming is that rate interaction programs help has been climbing. As a former Department children and of Education Hawaiparents get ian Immersion ready for teacher, I saw identity and culture as powerful components in the development of our students. Programs that focus on honoring school Photo: Thinkstock identity, language, community too. Many people and culture for Native Hawaiians have don’t realize that family child such a dramatic and positive impact for interaction learning programs like ‘Aha the well-being of all children. Pünana Leo, ALU LIKE’s Pülama I In my work at The Institute for Nä Keiki Project, Keiki O Ka ‘Äina’s Native Pacific Education & Culture parent participation preschools, Part(INPEACE), our core focus is on the ners in Development Foundation’s Tütü relationship between children and their and Me Traveling Preschool and Ka parents – children learn from their par- Pa‘alana Traveling Preschool/Homeents before they are even born – E kolo less Family Education Program, and ana no ke ëwe i ke ëwe – A child will INPEACE’s Keiki Steps parent particifollow their parent’s path. pation preschools prepare children to I remember as a parent, living in succeed in school and strengthen famiÄhualoa on 5 acres with lehua trees, lies at the same time. white ginger, cattle and dogs, and being The time is now to make your opinion outside with my little ones. The boys heard. Please join the Good Beginweren’t even 5 yet, but they helped to dig nings Alliance’s Be My Voice! Hawai‘i holes for fence posts, picked flowers for campaign to urge lawmakers to fund lei, took care of cattle and rolled in the preschool for all 4-year-olds. Visit us mud. Who would have imagined these at Sign a petiwere critical opportunities that would tion supporting the campaign, write a help my children succeed in school? letter to your lawmaker and donate to For many families, daily engagement in the cause. ¢ their child’s early learning experiences is one of the greatest gifts. Dr. Kanoe Näone is chief executive There are different paths toward self- officer of The Institute for Native Pacific determination, and one path is early Education & Culture (INPEACE) and learning and the creation of a system board president of the Good Beginnings that has a variety of options from which Alliance.

Ma¯ lama Na¯ Koa a Western system of health care. Vietnam veteran and licensed acupuncturist Edyson Kapua Ching has collaborated with anthropologist-healer By Dane Kaohelani Silva and licensed acupuncative Hawaiians turist Jeffrey Dann, have served with Ph.D., to produce a unique honor in the mili- symposium in Hilo, Hawai‘i, tary forces of the on March 15 titled Mälama United States of Nä Koa, which means “Care America for several genera- for the Warriors.” Together tions. For some of us who they have gathered a cadre were constantly exposed to of exceptional healers and serious threats of danger and other experts with knowldeath, our spirits have been edge in the treatment of negatively affected by those PTSD to share their collecexperiences. Our reactions tive wisdom and teach the to this trauma resulted in spiritual, mental and physiyears of long-term suffering cal protocols for restoring by us, our families and our lökahi in our warriors and close friends. The complete our ‘ohana. unity of spirit, mind, body In order to address the and heart known as lökahi needs for eligible veterans remained elusive to most to retrain themselves for of us and just seemed out new jobs, find safe housing of reach. and receive sustainable, In 1980, the term PTSD, traditional health care, the or post-traumatic stress Hawai‘i College of Oriental disorder, was coined by Medicine (HICOM) in Hilo the American Psychiatric has originated a Warrior-toAssociation in its third Healer program. Fulfilling a edition of Diagnostic goal of healing themselves and Statistical Manual of and their families is a reality Mental Disorders (DSM for HICOM student veterIII). Today, we recognize ans. Veteran students may four types of PTSD symp- be eligible for a monthly toms: (1) reliving the event, stipend, tuition support (2) avoiding situations that and federal student-loan remind you of the event, (3) forgiveness programs. feeling numb and (4) feelFor more information ing keyed up. When the about the Mälama Nä Koa symptoms last longer than symposium or about the four weeks, cause you great Warrior-to-Healer program distress and disrupt your at HICOM, please email me work or home life, you at ¢ may have PTSD and should seek help. Unfortunately, Dane Kaohelani Silva an ethnic group of Känaka is chairman of the Hawai‘i Maoli warriors may not be College of Oriental Mediable to find understanding cine. or complete healing within


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Charlie Rose, a former Hawai‘i County police captain, was active in Hawaiian civic clubs and canoe clubs. - Courtesy: Blaine Fergerstrom

– Charles L. Rose Jr.

‘A perfect specimen of a Hawaiian male’ By Leimomi Khan


he Hawaiian community lost a leader with the passing of Charles L. Rose Jr., on Jan. 15. Rose is a former president of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, a federation of 68 clubs throughout Hawai‘i and across the continental U.S. He was 78. Rose served for more than 40 years in the civic club movement. He helped to form Laupähoehoe Hawaiian Civic Club in 1971 and was its first president. He went on to hold several leadership positions on the Hawai‘i Island Council, including president, treasurer, director and many committee chairmanships. After moving to O‘ahu, he joined Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club and was instrumental in helping to preserve Ulupö Heiau, which the club continues to oversee as official curator. Over the years, Rose joined five more Hawaiian civic clubs and served in several leadership positions on the O‘ahu Council, including treasurer, director and many committee chairmanships. Rose was also active with Hawaiian canoe clubs. He was a charter member and first president of Kawaihae Canoe Club and served

as the president of Moku O Hawai‘i Canoe Racing Association and the statewide Hawai‘i Canoe Racing Association. He was also former president of Hä Hawai‘i and former chairperson of ‘Aha Hawai‘i ‘Öiwi Native Hawaiian Convention, two nation-building initiatives. In recent years, Rose helped to create Hawai‘i Maoli, the nonprofit arm of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, and was a founding member of Prince Kühiö Federal Credit Union, serving on both boards for several years. Rose was key in helping to bring funding to Hawai‘i Maoli and the Hawaiian community. With his friend and former Hawai‘i Maoli president Henry Gomes, he helped to secure the Kau Inoa repository contract with OHA and bring more than $10 million of funding into the Hawaiian community by applying for grants for higher education scholarships, health programs, youth leadership programs and oral histories of küpuna. Their crowning achievement was establishment of the Prince Kühiö Community Center in Kapolei with a Housing and Urban Development grant and assistance from the state

Legislature. They constructed Kïpuka, the first building of this kauhale complex, which stands today and allows Hawai‘i Maoli and the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs to own its own building and have a place for meetings. Gomes died last September. Rose’s last project was establishment of a maile farm in Wailea, north of Hilo, with Ali‘i Pauahi Hawaiian Civic Club. He helped to secure $2 million in grants from the Administration for Native Americans, OHA, U.S. Economic Development Administration and other sources until the farm could be self-sustaining in its fifth year. Soulee L.K.O. Stroud, president of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, remembers fondly Uncle Charlie’s trait of humility mixed with humor. “In chairing a meeting and realizing that he had made a mistake, with a big smile he would shout out, ‘E kala mai,’ letting us all know that even Charlie Rose makes a few mistakes!” Stroud added: “Charlie was an

influential, compassionate, forward-thinking leader who believed strongly in empowering individuals and building partnerships. He touched the lives of many, in his personal outreach, always mindful of individual and group potential. He will be missed as a friend, mentor and finest example of servant leader.” In his professional life, Rose served for three years with the U.S. Army in the Korean War. After returning home, he earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and became a police officer with Hawai‘i County Police Department, retiring after 25 years as captain of the Criminal Investigation Division. Then he worked for 17 years as an investigator with the federal public defender’s office. Rose was laid to rest in Hilo on Jan. 26. Memorial services were held in both Hilo and Honolulu. On March 2, Rose will be honored posthumously, along with Henry Gomes, at the Holokü Ball, sponsored by the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu at the Royal


Hawaiian Hotel. At his service in Hilo, Mona Bernardino, former OHA deputy administrator, recounted several funny stories of Rose in the Hawaiian community and a particular meeting at OHA where he had just returned from a doctor’s appointment and said his doctor gave him a clean bill of health. Rose proudly said, “My doctor said I am a perfect specimen of a Hawaiian male.” At his service, his three grandchildren also delivered beautiful stories of their life with “Gramps.” In retrospect, Rose’s accomplishments in the Hawaiian community, his humility and his dedication to his family show he truly was a perfect specimen of a Hawaiian male. Rose is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rose Marie, daughter, Crystal, son, Kawika, three grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews. ¢ Leimomi Khan is a past president of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.

Prepare today to succeed tomorrow KAMEHAMEHA SCHOLARS PROGRAM For students entering grade 9. Seats offered to students entering grades 10-12 based on availability.

Kamehameha Scholars is a year-round program that focuses on college and career guidance offered to high school students residing on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui and Hawai‘i. * Students who are enrolled in a Kamehameha Schools K-12 campus program are not eligible.

To apply, download an application at or call (808) 842-8800 to request an application. For program details, call (808) 534-8272.

Kamehameha Schools’ policy on admissions is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.




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Paepae o He‘eia Community Work Days In an effort to empower the community through cultural pae ‘äina sustainability activities, OHA will be sponsoring two community work days at He‘eia Fishpond in April. The two work days are April 13 and 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where fishpond restoration work may include removing mangrove or invasive limu, and refurbishing walls. OHA will be providing lunch for the volunteers. Volunteers should wear covered shoes or tabis, work clothes, hat and sunscreen, and bring water, a towel and change of clothes. Registration is required, as space is limited. Call 236-6178. Paepae o He‘eia Community Work Days take place throughout the year on the second Saturday of every month except January, June, July and August. More information is available online at

Executive director named to charter school panel Tom Hutton, a national authority of education law and policy, has been named the executive director of the State Public Charter School Commission. The commission oversees the state’s public charter schools including HawaiHutton ian-focused

E kala mai In the February 2013 cover story, it should be clarified that Nainoa Thompson’s father, Pinky Thompson, was one of the three people whose picture hung in the vault-like structure in Sen. Daniel Inouye’s Honolulu office. The story implied that it was Inouye’s father whose picture hung there, along with pictures of Henry Giugni and Gladys Brandt. KWO regrets the error.

Wisdom lays an egg

The world’s oldest known wild bird, a Laysan albatross called “Wisdom,” left, hatched a chick on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge for the sixth consecutive year. The chick hatched on Feb. 3. Wisdom is believed to be at least 62 years old and was first banded in 1956 while incubating an egg in the same area of the refuge. “Everyone continues to be inspired by Wisdom as a symbol of hope for her species,” said Doug Staller, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service superintendent for Papaha¯naumokua¯kea Marine National Monument. Officials estimate Wisdom has raised at least 30 to 35 chicks during her breeding life. Albatross lay only one egg a year, but it takes much of the year to incubate and raise the chick. Midway Atoll hosts the world’s largest albatross colony. In this Nov. 29, 2012, photo, Wisdom attempted to nudge her mate off the nest for her turn at incubating the couple’s egg. - Courtesy: Pete Leary/USFWS and Hawaiian-language charter schools. Hutton has served as in-house counsel for the National School Boards Association and was a cofounder of noted Washington, D.C., charter school Thurgood Marshall Academy. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and an alumnus of the University of Hawai‘i Public Administration graduate program. A law passed last year created a solid charter school governance structure with clear lines of authority and accountability that is designed to improve student achievement. The appointment of an executive director is a step in fully implementing the law. “I am excited to be able to play a role in what I think is a critical moment for public education in Hawai‘i, one full of challenges but also opportunities,” Hutton said. “I look forward to working with the charter school community and with others so that we can contribute to meeting those challenges and seizing those opportunities for Hawai‘i’s children.”

USDA accepting Rural Business Enterprise Grant applications The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking grantees to promote sustainable economic development for businesses in rural communities. The Rural Business Enterprise Grants are available to eligible public bodies, private nonprofit corporations, and federally recognized Indian Tribal groups to finance and facilitate development of small and emerging private business enterprises located in any area other than a city or town that has a population of more than 50,000 and the urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such a city or town. Last year the Hawai‘i/Western Pacific region was allocated $173,000 for the RBEG program. Applications for fiscal year 2013 are due by close of business on May 1. On the web, www.rurdev.usda. gov/bcp_rbeg.html.

FoodCorps recruiting A national program that brings healthy food to schools and children in underserved communities through public service is recruiting service members. FoodCorps is accepting applications and is seeking to hire 10 service members in Hawai‘i. Selected service members will dedicate one year of full-time public service in school food systems expanding hands-on nutrition education programs, building and tending school gardens, and helping bring high-quality, locally produced foods into schools. They will receive a $15,000 living allowance, potential student loan forbearance and partial childcare reimbursements. Those who complete their 1,700 hours of service receive a $5,500 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award, which can be used to pay tuition or repay qualified student loans. The 2012 Hawai‘i School Garden Survey found that school gardens were sprouting in communities all over the state. A total of 168 schools now have school garden programs, with 21,577 students and 830 teachers maintaining gardens on nearly 30 acres of land. Applicants must be 18 years or older by the start of service and hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent. Applications are due March 24. More information and an online application are available at foodcorps. org/become-a-service-member.

Annual awards dinner to honor 5 educators Retired U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka will be among the honorees at the fourth annual I Ulu I Ke Kumu Awards and dinner celebration, March 23 at Hälau ‘o Haumea at Kamakaküokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies on the University of Hawai‘i-Mänoa campus. Also being honored for their extraordinary commitment and excellence in Native Hawaiian education will be Dr. Richard Kekuni Akana Blaisdell, emeritus professor of medicine at the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine; husband-

and-wife documentarians Eddie and Myrna Kamae; and Marvlee Këhaulani Naukana-Gilding, a retired librarian at Kamakaküokalani. The awards and dinner, which begins at 5:30 p.m., raises funds for scholarships for Hawaiian students at UH-Mänoa. Tickets are $65, $520 for a table or $1,200 for a platinum scholarship table. For more information, call Hawai‘inuiäkea, Office of the Dean at 956-0980.

Kailua Project Grad imu fundraiser Kailua High School’s Project Grad program is preparing an imu for the public to bring trays of meat for cooking. It is an effort to raise money for the alcohol-free graduation night activities for seniors.

As a fundraiser, Kailua High’s Project Grad on March 29 will cook trays of meat in an imu for the public. Cost is $20 per tray. Courtesy: Malia Nobrega-Olivera The public can purchase space in the imu for $20 per tray, limited to 25 pounds each. Food should be brought in a large disposable aluminum baking tray. The meat should be thawed, seasoned, chilled and wrapped well in foil. Deadline to reserve space is March 22. Checks should be made payable to KHSPG 2013. Mail to: Kailua High School, 451 Ulumanu Drive, Kailua, HI 96734. Be sure to include your phone number, and please write “Attention: IMU” on the envelope. You must enclose a self-addressed stamped return envelope and you will be mailed a confirmation ticket. The drop off time will be 3 to 4:30 p.m. March 29, and pick up is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. March 30, at the school. For more information, call Victor Nobrega-Olivera at 383-9195 or Todd Hendricks at 728-7389. On the web, ¢.

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Honolulu Ahupuaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a NOTICE TO INTERESTED PARTIES IS HEREBY GIVEN that seven unmarked sites containing human skeletal remains (iwi kĂźpuna), were discovered by Cultural Surveys Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i, Inc. during the course of an archaeological inventory survey (AIS) related to the Honolulu Rail Transit Project (HRTP) located within the ahupuaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a of Honolulu, Honolulu (Kona) District, Island of Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ahu. The iwi kĂźpuna are considered to be over 50 years old and proper treatment shall occur in accordance with applicable legislation, including Chapter 6E Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Revised Statues, Section 43, and Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Administrative Rules (HAR) Chapter 13-300 regarding unmarked burial sites. An evaluation of ethnicity is still pending by the State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD). However, the HRTP intends to treat all remains as reasonably believed to be Native Hawaiian.

Four sites are believed to be burials based on site observations and the context of the remains. One burial site is located within the mauka sidewalk of Halekauwila Street, near the Diamond Head/ mauka corner of the intersection with Keawe Street, within public lands (TMK: 2-1-051: Halekauwila Street ROW), and within the boundaries of Land Commission Award (LCA) 982, a house lot awarded to Kukao. Adjacent LCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s include 7712:6 to Kamamalu and 677 to Queen Emma. A second burial site is located in the mauka sidewalk on Halekauwila Street, at the mauka/Diamond Head Corner of the intersection of Halekauwila Street and Keawe Street within public lands (TMK: 2-1-051 Halekauwila Street ROW) and along the makai boundary of LCA 982, a house lot awarded to Kukao. A third burial site is located in Punchbowl Street just southwest (makai) of Pohukaina Street within




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public lands (TMK: 2-1-027 Punchbowl Street ROW) and in proximity to LCA 7712 to Mataio Kekuanaoa, LCA 247 to Kanaina for Lunalilo, and LCA 3455 to Kaule for Liliha. A fourth burial site is located in Punchbowl Street at the intersection with Ala Moana Boulevard, within public lands (TMK: 2-1027 Punchbowl Street ROW) and in proximity to LCA 7712 to Mataio Kekuanaoa/V. Kamamalu. Additionally, fragmentary human skeletal remains have been identified at the following locations: â&#x20AC;˘ In the parking lot at the mauka/â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ewa corner of the intersection of Kekaulike Street and Nimitz Highway, within public lands (TMK: 1-7-002:026) and within LCA 170, a house lot awarded to Mataio Kekuanaoa. â&#x20AC;˘ In the makai sidewalk of Halekauwila Street, just Diamond Head of Halekauwila St./Cooke St. intersection (TMK: 2-1-050:067) located along the makai edge of

LCA 1503:2, awarded to Puaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a. â&#x20AC;˘ In a parking lot near the intersection of Ward Avenue and Queen Street, within private lands (TMK: 2-3-002:001) and within LCA 387, a large award to the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Consultation regarding the treatment of the burial sites and the fragmentary human skeletal remains is underway among HRTP, SHPD, the Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ahu Island Burial Council (OIBC), and interested parties, including recognized descendants from the area. The OIBC has jurisdiction in the matter of previously identified Native Hawaiian burials and the proper disposition of burials. Treatment of these burial sites will be determined by the OIBC, in consultation with any recognized lineal and/or cultural descendants, per the requirements of HAR Chapter 13-300-33.



The applicant for this project is the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) and the contact person is: Chief Planner Ms. Faith Miyamoto [Tel: (808) 768-8350, fmiyamoto@honolulu. gov ]. The applicant prefers that all of the burials and human skeletal remains be preserved in place. All persons with knowledge of the identity or history of these burials or knowledge of families possibly affiliated with these burials are requested to immediately contact Mr. Kawika Farm at the SHPD, located at Room 555, Käkuhihewa Building, 601 KamĂśkila Blvd., Kapolei, HI 96706 [TEL (808) 6928015. FAX (808) 692-8020]. Interested parties shall respond within thirty days of this notice and provide information to the SHPD adequately demonstrating descent from these specific burials or from ancestors buried in the Honolulu ahupuaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a or district. ¢


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Trustees Colette Y. Machado Chairperson, Trustee, Moloka‘i and La¯ na‘i Tel: 808.594.1837 Fax: 808.594.0212 Email:


Peter Apo Vice Chair, Trustee, O‘ahu Tel: 808.594.1854 Fax: 808.594.1864 Email:


Dan Ahuna Trustee, Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau Tel: 808.594.1881


Rowena Akana Trustee, At-large Tel: 808.594.1860 Fax: 808.594.0209 Email:


Haunani Apoliona, MSW Trustee, At-large Tel: 808.594.1886 Email:


Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey Trustee, Maui Tel: 808.594.1858 Fax: 808.594.1864 Email:


Robert K. Lindsey Jr. Trustee, Hawai‘i Tel: 808.594.1855 Fax: 808.594.1883 Email:


Oz Stender Trustee, At-large Tel: 808.594.1877 Fax: 808.594.1853 Email:


John D. Waihe‘e IV Trustee, At-large Tel: 808.594.1876 Fax: 808.594.0208 Email:

Senator Daniel K. Inouye

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enator Daniel K. U.S. Congress. Legislation Inouye’s work to he navigated through the U.S. return Kaho‘olawe Congress to include Native to the people of Hawaiians were the Native Hawai‘i, to improve American Programs Act, the the health of Native HawaiNative Hawaiian Education ians, and to support the Act, the Native Hawaiian revival of traditional naviHealth Care Improvement Act Colette Y. gation arts has defined him (1988), Title VIII of the Native Machado as a keiki o ka ‘äina. American Housing Assistance The return of Kaho‘olawe and Self-Determination Act, started on Oct. 22, 1990, the Comprehensive EmployChairperson, when President George ment and Training Act, and the Trustee Moloka‘i H.W. Bush ordered a halt Native American Graves Proand La-na‘i to all military ordnance tection and Repatriation Act. delivery exercises on All of these laws promoted Kaho‘olawe. Sen. Inouye, the health and well-being of who was chairman of the Senate Mili- Native Hawaiians and perpetuated our tary Appropriations Committee added cultural integrity. He also worked with a provision in the 1990-1991 military Sen. Akaka on the law of apology to the appropriations budget that prohibited Native Hawaiian people for America’s any of those monies from being spent role in the takeover of Hawai‘i in 1893, on ordnance-related military exercises and continued to support Sen. Akaka’s on Kaho‘olawe. The legislation also Native Hawaiian Government Reorgaestablished the Kaho‘olawe Island nization Act. Conveyance Commission (KICC) to Sen. Inouye helped to secure $3 milrecommend to Congress by 1993 what lion for Moloka‘i General Hospital, the future use of the island should be. which was then used to raise $15 million On Aug. 16, 1992, the KICC, in coor- for new facilities and medical technoldination with the Office of Hawaiian ogy. With his sponsorship, Moloka‘i Affairs, the Edith Kanaka‘ole Founda- received monies as an “Enterprise tion and the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana, Community” for community-based organized a ceremony of healing on economic development projects such as Kaho‘olawe. Gathered were major fishpond restoration, a slaughterhouse, decision-makers, government leaders an icehouse, restoration of taro lands and küpuna from each island who came and value-added commercial kitchen together to heal their differences in operations. order to heal the land. Sen. Inouye was One of Sen. Inouye’s most sigamong the government leaders in atten- nificant contributions to the Native dance and all who attended pledged to Hawaiian community was his support protect and heal the island. for the voyages and educational activiIn May 1994, Kaho‘olawe was ties of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. returned to the people of Hawai‘i. Sen. He understood the importance of the Inouye and Hawai‘i’s congressional wayfinding voyaging traditions of our delegation sponsored Title X of the FY Native Hawaiian ancestors in uplifting 1994 Department of Defense Appropri- the spirit, pride and identity of contemations Act. Title X appropriated $400 porary Native Hawaiians. Congressional million for a 10-year cleanup of unex- support helped launch Höküle‘a and ploded ordnance. Of the appropriated other double-hull canoes. A new genmoney, $44 million was provided to the eration was trained in the traditional art Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commis- and science of celestial navigation and sion to restore the island’s natural and this developed an appreciation of the cultural resources. legacy of Native Hawaiian ancestors While chair of the Senate Select Com- among all of Hawai‘i’s people. mittee on Indian Affairs, Sen. Inouye His aloha and lifetime of service was instrumental in acknowledging opened many paths of opportunity Native Hawaiians as the indigenous for the Native Hawaiian people that people of Hawai‘i with special needs we will continue to walk upon and an entitlement to access resources with dignity and pride. Aloha a hui afforded to Native Americans by the hou, Senator Daniel K. Inouye. ¢

his month’s These are the cornercolumn has little stones of the Hawaiian to do directly economy. It’s scary that with Hawaiian all four sectors remain specific issues outside the boundaries or concerns. I guess someof local control, that the times I get frustrated with big decisions are made our incestuous institutional in corporate boardrooms Peter dialogue where we seem thousands of miles away. Apo to deliberately separate Hawai‘i is 90 percent ourselves from the rest of dependent on imported Hawai‘i and become so food and 90 percent Vice Chair, self-absorbed that we can’t dependent on imported oil Trustee, O‘ahu see the forest for the trees. for energy. Tourism, our So today, I thought I’d take largest industry, is driven a break and write about by multinational corporahow we seem the same as our non- tions who render locals irrelevant to Hawaiian friends and neighbors. We their decisions. As for the military, worry about the same things: paying no matter how well-intended or the rent, holding a decent job, edu- high-ranking the local commanders, cating our kids, keeping our family they have no choice but to dance to safe, taking care of aging parents, the sound of bugles from Washingachieving home ownership. We all ton, D.C., and the Pentagon. Brace need reasons to smile. Our thoughts for the post-Inouye years of federal and concerns radiate beyond just money deprivation. Hawai‘i is a being Hawaiian and we are the same movie whose script is being written in many ways. So, what follows is an somewhere else. eclectic list of random thoughts that cross my mind as I take this respite On being Catholic from my usual column. The Pope just resigned. I am a baptized Catholic and attended CathO‘ahu traffic olic schools. I was ex-communicated The shortest distance between years ago for marrying a woman who two points is under construction. was previously married. My appeal for dispensation was denied by the Gun control Vatican. That was my first clue that The second amendment of the Catholic doctrine flew in the face of U.S. Constitution refers to the peo- common sense for people like me ple’s “right to bear arms.” Instead who think that birth control makes of telling people what they can’t sense, that same-sex marriage is a have, such as a ban on assault rifles, legal constitutional question that has it would be better to spell out what nothing to do with religion, that the they can have. Personally, I can’t priesthood for women is long overget my head around the idea that due … auwe! Good luck to the next the citizenry should be better armed Pope. He has a church to save. than the police or the Army. Arm teachers and janitors? Give me a Democracy break. I say bring the Army home When viewed in 10- and 20-year and send the NRA to Afghanistan. increments, democracy seems like chaos and impending disaster. But, Stew Lü‘au somehow over a long span of time Dis wen broke my mout’. Google the American people seem to rise to “stew luau” and “Chef Mark Nogu- collective greatness. I never thought chi.” It’s a recipe for dummies like I’d live to see a black president – me. Make plenty, ’cause you going from Hawai‘i. Truly amazing. ¢ like eat ’um for days. What is your mana‘o? I always What do food, energy, enjoy hearing from you, our bentourism and the mili- eficiaries. Contact me at PeterA tary have in common?



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loha from Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau!

no matter how difficult the task was. And it is a powerful reminder for us today as It looks like I’m Hawaiian leaders to strive starting this column each and every day to follow by again giving thanks. This his leadership and that of other time, it is a mahalo to Prince ali‘i to work toward the betterJonah Kühiö Kalaniana‘ole, in ment of all Hawaiians. Whether Dan honor of his birthday month, you are Hawaiian or not, I hope Ahuna for all the work he did on behalf you will embrace this kuleana of our Hawaiian people and to Hawai‘i’s native people. You continuing our ali‘i’s tradition see, in the 90 years since the Trustee, of caring for their people. As Hawaiian Homes CommisKaua‘i and the Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau trustee, sion Act, the health, education Ni‘ihau this is a particular honor for me and economic well-being of because Prince Kühiö was born Hawaiians remains below in Köloa, on the south shore of that of other groups. An OHA Kaua‘i. research study also indicates that Native Hawaiians receive disparate treatment As Hawai‘i’s delegate to Congress in our criminal justice system. We have and a tireless advocate for Hawaiians, come far, but there is still much work to Prince Kühiö’s crowning achievement be done. Indeed, our ali‘i have set a high was getting the Hawaiian Homes Com- bar for the rest of us to follow. mission Act of 1921 passed. Today, his legacy can be seen on the faces of Kaua‘i celebrates Prince Kühiö’s thousands of Hawaiian homestead- birthday with a gathering sponsored by ers, beneficiaries of the Department of the brothers of the Royal Order of KameHawaiian Home Lands, spread across hameha I, Chapter No. 3, Kaumuali‘i some 200,000 acres of land throughout and the women of Nä Wahine Hui o Hawai‘i. For that, generations of Hawai- Kamehameha each year, held at Prince ians have been indebted to him. Many Kühiö Park. One cannot help but feel the of us involved with the Hawaiian com- prince’s mana as dignitaries, Hawaiians munity work to support ensuring that and even tourists gather at his birthlegacy for future generations to come. place. I would also like to recognize the hard work and dedication that goes in to Health is an important issue to me the care of this park in honor of Prince personally and I can’t help but think of Kühiö every single day. the poor health of our Hawaiian people that Prince Kühiö saw in the early It is definitely a proud month for 1900s. Following deadly diseases, the me to serve as the Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau Great Mahele and the overthrow of the trustee. Now let us all go forward and sovereign Kingdom of Hawai‘i, Hawai- be proud of – and thankful for – Prince ians died at an alarming rate and many Kühiö’s vision, hard work and legacy. were living in poverty. Quite simply, And whether you are Hawaiian or not, Hawaiians had been disenfranchised and be mindful that when Hawaiians flourmarginalized in their own homeland. ish, so does Hawai‘i nei and everyone who calls this very special place home. That is what inspired Prince Kühiö to do what is right and what is pono, Mahalo nui loa! ¢

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HCDA’s plan could end up privatizing Kewalo Basin HCDA needs to consider all of the stakeholders involved before signing a 50-year lease with a mainland company!


commitment to the two finger piers prior to our signing the settlement agreement with the state. We did not know that there were “strings attached” to the properties. OHA is counting on the Kakaako lands to someday generate the revenue needed to support our many Native Hawaiian programs. The properties are crucial to OHA and our future nation becoming completely self-sufficient.

no‘ai kakou… On Rowena April 11, 2012, Akana Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the historic $200 Trustee, At-large million settlement between the state and OHA. After many years of negotiations, OHA finally resolved all claims that were raised The “Save Kakaako Ohana” is countwith the state relating to its portion of ing on OHA to develop our properties income from the Public Land Trust from in a responsible and culturally sensitive Nov. 7, 1978, to June 30, 2012. The state way while preserving community access fulfilled its constitutional obligations to to the ocean. Native Hawaiians by providing OHA with fee simple title to lands in Kakaako If HCDA gets its way, OHA’s land Makai. will surely be devalued. We need our oceanfront not only for its beauty and However, to our surprise, on June view, but also to be able to master plan 7, 2012, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser our area as a whole. The last thing we reported that the Hawaii Community need is a large cruise ship docked in Development Authority, which has juris- front of our property. It is also ridicudiction over Kewalo Basin, had agreed lous that the state believes $45 million to lease the 143-slip harbor in Kakaako is a lot of money over 50 years. In 50 for 50 years to California-based marina years, the property will be worth a operator Almar Management Inc. and hundred times that amount! a partner doing business as KB Marina LP. Help us stop this insane plan by showing your support for OHA to retain its The Almar partnership would finance rights to its waterfront. Make your opin$22 million in repair work to replace all ions known to the HCDA, your state piers and docks and would increase boats legislators and the governor’s office. slips from 143 to 243. Almar anticipates the upgrades taking five years to com- LEGISLATIVE UPDATE plete and would pay HCDA about $45 There are several bills introduced in million in rent over 50 years. the 2013 Legislature that are threatening to cause deep divisions within the Native OHA owns the property along the Hawaiian community. For example, HB Ewa side of the harbor, including the 252 seeks to prevent Native Hawaiians former Fisherman’s Wharf restau- who are not residents and/or Hawaii rant area. Late last year, OHA asked registered voters from participating in HCDA’s board to delay a final decision the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission’s on the renovation and expansion plans enrollment process. The Legislature so that we could better understand how should refrain from joining the conthe harbor changes would affect our tentious debate about who is a Native property. Hawaiian. That decision should be made by Native Hawaiians themselves. Aloha Now OHA is feeling heavy pressure Ke Akua. ¢ from both the HCDA and the governor’s office to accept the harbor improveInterested in Hawaiian issues and ments, which include two “finger” piers OHA? Please visit my website at that will extend from OHA’s Fisher- for more information man’s Wharf site. It is important to note or email me at that OHA was not aware of the HCDA’s



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Because CWRM is so important and so tied to OHA, when I was offered the chance to submit a guest column I thought I would write about this close (but not necessarily always sisterly!) relationship. Next month I will talk about this relationship, but this month I will just share a little more about the CWRM’s founding since it shapes the relationship with OHA.

ho are the “sister agenHaunani cies” of the Office of Apoliona, MSW Hawaiian Affairs? Most people might Trustee, name the other Hawaiian At-large trusts: Kamehameha Schools, the Department of HawaiThe Water Commission ian Home Lands, the Queen was created in part to resolve Lili‘uokalani Trust, the King William issues from a series of legal cases that Charles Lunalilo Trust and the Queen began on West Kaua‘i. These legal Emma Trust. They have identical or cases began with one called McBryde overlapping beneficiaries, staff often Sugar Co. v. Robinson, ruled on by the move among them and they partner in Hawai‘i Supreme Court in 1973. Two many small and large ways. sugar companies were suing each other over their water rights in the Hanapëpë But what about the state Commis- Valley. Both argued about how much sion on Water Resource Management water they thought they “owned,” and (CWRM, or sometimes called the they based their arguments on a number Water Commission)? I don’t believe of earlier Hawai‘i court decisions. most people would immediately think of CWRM as a sister to OHA. The decisions they relied on, however, were rulings made when Hawai‘i It might be argued that OHA and judges were strongly tied to, and even CWRM share a closer genealogy to stockholders in, sugar companies. Those each other than to any of the Hawai- decisions increasingly treated water like ian trusts. Both are trusts, with OHA private property that could be bought and managing its financial and real estate sold. A Circuit Court ruling was made, assets, and the Water Commission serv- and then the case was appealed to the ing as the trustees for the public trust Hawai‘i Supreme Court. That court was in water. Both were formed to address led by a Hawaiian chief justice, William wrongs with deep historical roots. Both S. Richardson. are state entities created by the 1978 The Richardson Court went all the amendments to the state Constitution, and a number of delegates to that Con- way back to the Mahele to discuss stitutional Convention were critical to Hawai‘i water rights. In brief they found the creation of both. Both have seen the water was never privatized – it was held Hawai‘i Supreme Court clarify their in trust by the king for all the people, and the state was the successor trustee. kuleana multiple times. A ruling on appeal of that case suggested Finally and perhaps most importantly, the state as a trustee could resolve these the duties of these two agencies over- private property claims against other lap. For Hawaiians, ola i ka wai – water public interests, which gave rise to the is life – and it would be impossible to creation of the Water Commission. Just fulfill OHA’s mission to work for the how the Water Commission should betterment of conditions of Hawaiians resolve private claims against the public without working on water. The state trust, including Hawaiian water rights, Water Commission itself has specific has been a critical focus of OHA ever duties to uphold and protect Hawaiian since. ¢ water rights while managing water for all the people of Hawai‘i. Thus in many key ways, the success or failure of these “sisters” will depend on the other.

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Merrie Monarch Festival “Hula is the language of the heart; therefore, the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.” —King David Kaläkaua.


motion of the art of hula and the Hawaiian culture through education. The festival is considered the world’s premiere forum for people of all ages to display their skills and knowledge of the art of ancient and modern hula.

he Merrie Monarch Hula Festival began in Hilo, Hawai‘i, in 1963 when Helene Carmen “Hulu” Hale, chairman of In preparation for the Merrie Lindsey the County of Hawai‘i, looked Monarch Festival, kumu hula for a way to attract tourists in Hawai‘i and on the conTrustee, Maui to the island. Hawai‘i Island tinental United States hold needed an economic boost classes, workshops and semiafter suffering a devastating nars throughout the year to tidal wave and a downturn in business. teach the art of hula, the meaning of Hawaiian chants and songs, the HawaiChairman Hale sent her administra- ian language, the making of Hawaiian tive assistant, Gene Wilhelm, and her clothing and crafts, and the history of promoter of activities, George Nä‘ope, our Hawaiian people. to check out the Lahaina Whaling Spree on Maui to see what lessons could be Through this ongoing year-round learned. They returned to Hawai‘i Island learning process, haumäna also gain extremely inspired. a knowledge and appreciation of the unique harmony and balance the ancient In 1964, the festival consisted of a Hawaiian people maintained with their King Kaläkaua beard look-alike contest, island environment. The chants, songs a barbershop quartet contest, a relay and dances tell stories of the Hawairace, a re-creation of King Kaläkaua’s ians’ relationship with nature – the birds coronation, and a Holokü Ball, among and fish, trees and flowers, mountains, other events. By 1968 the festival fell oceans, rivers, wind, rain and Hawai‘i’s into hard times and would have been active volcanoes. suspended had it not been for Aunty Dottie Thompson, who took over as The Merrie Monarch Festival is the executive director of the festival. focal point and catalyst that supports and draws together an extensive net“My mom wanted to move the festival work of hula hälau, kumu, hula masters, more toward a Hawaiian theme, and so researchers, professors of Hawaiian she brought back Uncle George Nä‘ope studies and haumäna of all ages who and Uncle Albert Nahale‘a,” said the cur- are committed to the perpetuation and rent festival president, Luana Kawelu, advancement of the Hawaiian history Aunty Dottie’s daughter. “Uncle George and culture. would be in charge of the pageantry and the coronation, and Uncle Albert would One only needs to spend that week in be in charge of the music. They wanted Hilo, check out the beautiful crafts in to replicate what King David Kaläkaua the many locations, taste the variety of had done, bringing the best hula danc- foods from the different vendors, watch ers from around the Islands to come the Merrie Monarch Royal Parade, and and perform and share quality and the finally walk in the stadium and smell the authenticity of hula at the time.” beautiful scent of maile, palai and our fragrant flowers made into beautiful lei With advice from the hula masters, to know that it’s not the same as staying Aunty Dottie and Uncle George intro- home and watching it on TV. I wouldn’t duced a hula competition in 1971. Nine trade this week in Hilo each year to be wähine hälau entered that first year. anywhere else in the world. Mahalo Luana and staff for all you do to perpetThe major purpose of the festival is uate our Hawaiian culture. Aloha nui. ¢ the perpetuation, preservation and pro-

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n 2012, a diverse group of Hawai‘i Island citizens joined together to form the Big Island Community Coalition (BICC). We are a group of like-minded volunteers who believe that it’s important to take a stand in support of low-cost electricity for Hawai‘i Island. What does this mean? It means taking the time to be informed and, where possible, taking a stand with fellow Hawai‘i Island citizens to support increased opportunities to

Waiki¯ki¯ Hula Continued from page 17 hula practitioners and aficionados from Japan, Taiwan, China, Singapore and Korea, as well as Mexico, the U.S., Canada, Germany, England and Finland. Sponsored by the Waikïkï Improvement Association, the conference was conceived as a magnet for cultural tourism; a way to give visitors an authentic experience of hula in its piko (birthplace). “What we wanted to do was create an experience where people could come here and experience hula in the land of its birth,” says Marnie Weeks, the conference producer. “That may be as simple as seeing the ocean, hearing what the ocean sounds like, the scented breeze, the tradewinds, so when you make a motion for the breeze you have that instilled in you, you know what that is.” Of course, the conference isn’t just for visitors. “For our local hula practitioners and dancers or people who just love

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utilize proven and reliable renewable energy technologies that result in stable, low-cost electricity for Hawai‘i Island residents.

Why is lowcost electricity so important? Trustee, Hawai‘i Because it directly impacts the quality of life for Hawai‘i Island residents. Whether it’s our electricity bill, the amount we pay to put gas in our cars and diesel in our trucks or tractors, or what we pay to buy eggs and milk (whose price includes the cost of refrigeration in the store), we pay for energy. The more we pay for energy, the less we have to pay for everything else and the more difficult our choices become.

hula this is an opportunity to experience 40 kumu hula under one roof,” says Weeks. “We try to have most lineages and styles represented in a real sort of smorgasbord, a buffet of hula.” Weeks encourages conferees to sign up early, knowing that with the conference’s password-protected system, attendees can return to the web site and change their schedule up until one month before the conference. With three days of workshops – two slots to fill on the first day and three each on the second and third – dancers, tempted to fill their schedules with hula, may miss out on the foundational offerings and deeper understanding of hula provided by the seminars. “Don’t disregard the value of the seminars,” Weeks advises. ¢ Mary Alice Ka‘iulani Milham, a Portland, Oregon-based freelance journalist, is a former newspaper reporter and columnist from California’s Central Coast.

These costs affect some of us more than others – for example, those on fixed incomes are forced to make difficult decisions about what bills to pay as energy costs continue to rise. We received messages from Hawai‘i Island residents sharing stories about having to choose between feeding families or paying for electricity. Some business owners shared that their monthly electricity bill is higher than their rent, which puts their businesses in jeopardy. So why is the BICC important? Because it illustrates the importance of Big Island residents joining together to make low-cost electricity a priority. We are past the times when we can sit back and do nothing. We can’t afford to let others make decisions for us and then complain about the results. In today’s world, all action, even inaction, has dire consequences. The BICC is a perfect example

of how residents can join together with a common goal that helps everyone. Hawai‘i Island is already a national leader in renewable generation. HELCO has made a lot of progress and is continuing to take big steps to generate electricity using clean, renewable resources including solar, wind, hydro, ocean, wave and geothermal technologies. Not all technologies, however, lead to low-cost electricity. We need to be paying attention to what is happening so that we can provide our mana‘o to decision makers to emphasize that lower electricity rates are a priority for us because we are already paying four times the national average price for electricity. Everyday citizens CAN and SHOULD make their voices heard on issues as important as energy costs. The BICC takes this role seriously – we monitor what is



happening and we share the information with our friends, coworkers, family members, social media partners – anyone and everyone who will listen. Sometimes we are on the same side as the utility supporting a technology or project that will decrease our reliance on imported fossil fuels and keep our prices down. Sometimes we are on the opposite side when there is a rate increase or a project that will definitely result in increased prices. We are always consistent, however, in preserving the opportunities for low-cost electricity generated by indigenous, renewable resources with proven technologies. What we have learned in the short time that we have been in existence is that together we can make a difference. We invite all of you to take action to make low-cost electricity a priority. Together we can shape the clean energy future for our state. ¢



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AKUNA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The descendants of Goo Tong Akuna/Puakailima Kaholokula and Goo Tong Akuna/Chang Shee (aka Chang Oe) will be holding their eighth family reunion in Las Vegas July 29-31, 2013. Check in is July 29. This event will be held at the California Hotel. All descendants of Ah Ki Akuna, Apiu Akuna, Ah Chuck Akuna, Mary Ah Pin Chung-Leong, Hannah Ah Han Ah Fong, Mabel Ah Lan Alana Wallace, Jack Pun San Akuna, Henrietta Ah Hong Apo, Malia Maria Naehu, Edward K. Akuna, Agnes Neki Igarta, Lawrence Goo, Yeh Wah Goo, Sing Kum Goo, Sim Goo, and Choy Goo are invited to attend. For info, contact Elsie Kali at 9208 W. Meranto Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89178; or (310) 606-0049. Or, contact Mev Igarta at 21129 Catskill Ave., Carson, CA; mevorligarta@ or phone (310) 830-8356. JARRETT/KAOO â&#x20AC;&#x201C; To all descendants of William Jarrett (1815-1880) and Hannah Kaoo (1825-1867), there will be a family reunion on the island of Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ahu in July. The reunion dates have changed; the new dates are July 20 and 21, 2013. We are seeking descendants of Emma Jarrett (1855-1889) and William Kumukoa Allen (1826-?), also descendants of Jane Kalua Jarrett (19141981) and Charles Keaweaheulu Reeves (1904-1945). Family members from these two branches who have not contacted us yet and are interested in attending the family reunion for all descendants of William Jarrett and Hannah Kaoo, please contact us as soon as possible. Submit your contact information (addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses) to: Jarrett_fam_reunion@yahoo. com or to 91-832 Paâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;aloha St., â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ewa Beach, HI 96706. Mahalo, Sandy and Lani. JONES â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aloha, the descendants of William Claude a me Maâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;eMaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;e Jones (from Käneâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ohe, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ahu) will have its third â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ohana reunion on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Wailoa State Park-Pavilion 2 on the Big Island. We will have a Keiki Fishing tournament sign-up from noon to 12:30 with fishing until 2 p.m. An adult must accompany keiki. We will have fellowship from 3 p.m.: talent show/sharing from 3:30-4:45 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m. If interested in talent show, email kauilaniperdomo@ We are asking our â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ohana to bring one main dish and either a side dish or dessert. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ohana will supply the paper goods, rice, green salad, juice and water. Please contact Karen DeSilva at (808) 966-6872 or Noelani Spencer via email nspencer001@ to let us know if you will be attending and dishes you will be bringing. We will be creating T-shirts, so if you would like to ensure that we contact you, email or call one of the cousins mentioned above. We invite all descendants and extended â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ohana to join us.

KALEOHANO/WENTWORTH â&#x20AC;&#x201C; To all descendants of (h) Apela married (w) Waiolae, children are: Kaiapa Apela, (h) James W. Kaleohano (w) Kekipi. Tutu Kekipiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents are: (h) Keawe (w) Poaimoku, whose children are: (w) Kuaana (h) Peahi Kealakai, (h) Hawila (w) Alice Wentworth, (h) Holualoa (w) Keawehaku Kaholi, (h) Holua (w) Keawehaku Kaonohi, (h) Apela (w) Kamela Kaula (h) Howard Hawila Kaleohano & (w) Alice Ale Wentworth, there will be a family reunion June 22 and 23, 2013, in Kailua-Kona at the Old Kona Airport. Descendants of Ella Kawailani Wentworth (Obed Naukana Kaiawe), Moses Moke Wentworth (Annie Kaapa/Ilima Uhai Hao), Alice Ale Wentworth (George K. Beck Sr.), Louisa Kekipi Kaleohano (James Kealaiki Sr.), Annie Kaleohano (Anum Y. Kealamakia), Adeline Waialoa Kaleohano (Moses Keale Sr./ Joseph Kahale), Sophia Kapono Kaleohano (Daniel Huakanou Kaiawe), Smith Kaleohano (Louisa Kawale Kaupu), Howard Hawila Kaleohano (Mabel U. Kahale/Lily Kanohea), Daisy Kauwana Kaleohano (Acho Young), Mary Haulani Kaleohano (W. Kurishige/ J. Valera) are all invited to this event. For registration and more info, contact Dean Kaiawe 9873229, Mike Crisafi 323-3002, Sonya Fukushima 323-3574 or visit the Kaleohano/Wentworth family page on Facebook for updates. DAVIS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Invitation to descendants of Aliâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Wahine Sarah (Kale) Kaniaulono Davis, 17971867, daughter of Aliâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Nakai Nalimaalualu and Isaac Davis, adviser to Kamehameha I. Husbands: James Kanehoa Young, Alexander Adams, Pahaaikaua, Kanekuapuâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;u and Kaholokahiki. Children: Aikake Adams, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Uwaikikilani Halstead, Amelia Nakai Davis, Mele Kuamoâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;o, Fanny and James Kanehoa Young Davis. A public tribute to Kale Kaniaulono Davis will take place at the 20th annual Celebration of the Arts at the RitzCarlton, Kapalua in Honokahua, Maui, near Kaniaulonoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grave. Descendants are invited to join other family members Saturday, March 30, to mälama Kaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gravesite in Honokahua and be present at tribute ceremonies. RSVP Clifford Naeâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ole, (808) 665-7084. KINIMAKA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A July 5-7, 2013, family reunion in Honolulu is being planned for Kinimaka descendants, and descendants of Hanakeola and David Leleo Kinimaka. Kinimaka and his first wife, Haâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;aheo Kaniu, were the mäkua hänai of King Kaläkaua. In 1844, Kinimaka married again to Pai and from this union they had one daughter and two sons. Their son David Leleo Kinimaka (hänai brother of King Kaläkaua) rose to the rank of colonel and became the commander of the Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guard at â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iolani Palace. David married Hanakeola in 1874 and their children were: Mary Haâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;aheo Kinimaka (m) John Atcherley; Alice Kehaulani Kinimaka (m) Samuel Mahuka Spencer; Rebecca Kekiionohi Kinimaka (m) Arthur Akina Apana; Fannie

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Kahale uki-o-Liliha Kinimaka (m) Joseph Kunewa, and Mathias Percival Hoâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;olulu Kinimaka (m) Virginia Keawe. Descendants of John Kaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;elemakule Sr. (grandson of Kinimaka), descendants of Samuel Leleo and descendants of Matilda Leleo-Kauwe are all cousins invited to attend this family gathering. A highlight of the family gathering will be a guided tour of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iolani Palace and a family lĂźâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;au on the palace grounds. Mainland and overseas travelers are urged to book air reservations early. For detailed reunion information, please visit the Kinimaka website at For those who do not have access to a computer and are unable to make payment online, call the Planning Committee at (808) 206-1582 for alternative instructions as soon as practicable. KUPAHU â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The descendants of Henry I. Kupahu Sr. and the committee board members will host the 2013 Reunion on Maui NĂś Ka â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oi (Kapalua). The event is scheduled for Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30, 31-Sept. 1, 2013). Fourth Generation, your monthly dues of $25 per person must be paid on or before all scheduled monthly meetings. Make checks payable to Emilyn Santella or Kaulana Obatay and mail to: Kupahu â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ohana Maui Reunion 2013, c/o Kaulana Obatay, P.O. Box 10124, Lahaina, HI 96761. All â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ohana, check for updates and scheduled monthly meetings on Facebook via the Kupahu â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ohana Maui Reunion 2013 site; if you are not a member, please feel free to join. For information, contact Kincaid Sr., at or cell (808) 281-3885. As a reminder, this is a camping reunion to reflect on our many kĂźpuna (Ua hala mai poina/Gone, but not forgotten) who left all of us the value and legacy of being a Kupahu. Mahalo Nui Loa, e Mälama Pono, Kincaid and Darlene Kupahu Sr. NAKAGAWA/AH PUCK/LAU KONG/THOMAS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Descendants of the Nakagawa, Ah Puck, Thomas and Lau Kong families of Waipiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;o Valley will be having a family reunion July 26 and 27, 2013, on Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Island. Contact Yoko Lindsey (granddaughter of Rachel K. Ah Puck and Charles P. Thomas.) for more information. Email,; phone, (808) 989-0854; mailing address, P.O. Box 463 Kamuela, HI 96743. NAUMU â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A reunion is being planned for the entire Naumu â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ohana. It is scheduled for Monday, May 27, 2013, (Memorial Day) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. It will be held at Ă&#x201E;nuenue School, which is located at 2528 10th Ave., Honolulu, Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i 96816. Please contact Charles Naumu at cjmnaumu@, (808) 247-5926; or 45-837 Luana Place, Käneâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ohe, Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i 96744. PAHUKOA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The descendants of Thomas and Marianna Pahukoa are having a fam-

ily reunion July 4-7, 2013, at the Keâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;anae Peninsula on the island of Maui, Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i. We have a committee of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ohana that are putting together a fun event. We are working on housing. Shirts and genealogy books are available for presale and donations are also being accepted. Please call 1-808-281-0040 if you are interested and want to come or email me at or my mailing address is 1885 Launiupoko Place, Wailuku, HI 96793. Please make checks payable to Pahukoa â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ohana Reunion Fund. Order forms are being mailed out and we have been sending out newsletters. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gotten one, please call me so that I can add you to the mailing list. Aloha and we hope to see all of our â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ohana there. There is also a website at and Facebook at Thomas and Marianna Pahukoa. YIM/WONG â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Yims and Wongs combined family reunion is planned for May 24-26, 2013, at Kualoa Beach Park, Käneâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ohe, Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i. Contact Leila Kahana at email or phone (808) 2912768. Registration deadline is April 1. Family members are descendants of: Carrie Chong Keau Kaehuokalani (Ape) Akima and Thomas Kekahio; Francis Shui Len (Soon Yen) Kaailau Yim and Ah Chew Charles Mokiao; Harry Ah Fook (Mac) Yim; William Kui Fat Yim; Katherine (Ahlan) Yuen Lan Keolakaiula Yim and George Lam Kin Mau; Harriet Ah Yin Yuen Yin Yim and Nelson Charles Ah Tong Mokiao; July Ah On Kim Yam and Rose Ah Chuck Wong; Violet Ah Yin (Small Ah Yin) Yim and Albert Alapaki Kamakana; David Ah Kau (Ah Sook) Yim; Keala Ah Moe (Amoy) Yim and Frank William Niderost; George Sung Hing Wong; Alice Tun How Wong and George Pan Yee; See Moy Wong; Ethel Ung Choy Wong and Pluto Mauliola; Sung Wing Wong and Helen Chock Jeon Young; Sam Kwong Wong; Rose Ah Chuck Wong and July Ah On Kim Yam; Robert See Dot Wong and Violet Lan Yuk Zane; David Ung Sau Wong and Josephine Tengan; Look Tung Wong; See Chong Wong; Albert Ah Pu Wong; and Ah Lai Wong. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Imi â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ohana â&#x20AC;˘ Family Search

AKANA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I am looking for descendants of Kamalii Akana and Akiona Akana. Akiona Akana was born in 1891 on Maui and Kamalii Akana was born 1895, also on Maui. Would greatly appreciate any information youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to find. Mahalo, Marilyn Kido, KA â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;OHANA O KALAUPAPA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Has records and resources that could provide you with information about any ancestors you might have had at Kalaupapa. Contact us by e-mail (, mail (Ka â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ohana O Kalaupapa, P.O. Box 1111, Kalaupapa, HI 96742) or phone (Coordinator Valerie Monson at 808-573-2746). There is no


THE KULEANA LAND TAX ordinances in the City and County of Honolulu, County of Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i, County of Kauaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i and County of Maui allow eligible owners to pay minimal property taxes each year. Applications are on each countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s web site.

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