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Land deal? Governor Abercrombie has proposed a settlement for past-due revenues owed to OHA. The $200 million land package comprises 10 mostly waterfront properties in Kaka‘ako. OHA is holding meetings to inform and consult with the community on the proposal. OHA wants to hear from you. To learn more, please turn to page 18. In foreground, a waterfront parcel that is part of the proposed land deal. - Photo: John De Mello








practice Mälama i ka ‘äina: and culturethical, prudent stewardship ally appropriate s. of lands and resource



Pauahi Bishop bequeathed Princess Bernice one Over 120 years ago, land to a trust with acres of Hawai‘i more than 375,000 the well-being of Hawaiians throughthat land is stewarding purpose: to restore Kamehameha Schoolsprotected. are education. Today, precious resources to ensure that its

of progress, we… During this decade stewardship of to guide the sustainable water resources resources, • Established a policy including natural our Hawai‘i land (ancestral places). and wahi küpuna from 3,000 to of native ecosystems • Increased our stewardship 179,000 acres. of ancient Hawaiian protection and restoration the birthplace of • Supported the including and historic sites fishponds heiau, a I. our namesake, Kamehameh

of our lands “The health and well-beingcritical to the are and natural resources our people.” of health and well-being NÄMAKA WHITEHEAD Ecologist Kamehameha Schools

“Over the past decade, learners in there has been significant Serving Hawaiian the right growth and development perpetuity requires and organizational resources of our organization workforce. a high-performing and its strategies, has invested Kamehameha Schools programs and services. initiatives including in both through upgrades and We have also broadened information technology and strengthened our s, professional development programs community collaboration for employees. extending our outreach of progress, we… During this decade efforts. This progress to nurture • Established a program culminates in a maturityus in our growth professional of KS that will position both on education workforce community. well for our next strategic the plan.” L

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Schools’ Kameha meha : Strategic Planwth Gro Ten Years of passionate community ago, several hundred a plan that would Just over 10 years themselves to creating Princess Bernice members committed a Schools to fulfill opportunities in chart a path for Kamehameh to create educational people Pauahi Bishop’s desire the capability and well-being of perpetuity to improve of Hawaiian ancestry. Kamehameha Schools be known as the That plan came to years Strategic Plan 2000-2015. and fewer than five progress recorded we take a look back at a With ten years of you to join us as to a future of promise. remaining, we invite and look forward decade of progress,



campuses and in published credible • Gathered and learners to data on Hawaiian make informed help our leaders decisions.


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operates three co-ed including educational system Kamehameha Schools students and an outreach programs. enrollment of 5,400 and community preschool, scholarship,

of progress, we… increasing During this decade and Hawai‘i Island, campuses on Maui • Built new K-12 percent to 5,400 students. sites statewide, enrollment by 60 classrooms at 31 learners. 20 additional preschool percent to 1,500 • Opened nearly enrollment by 50 increasing preschool plan designed education strategic through implemented an change for Hawaiians • Developed and intergenerational long-term, create to education.

the past and progress over and staff Due to its growth of full-time faculty than decade, the number a Schools has more members at Kamehameh 2,100 employees. doubled to nearly


integrated e a wide range of Provide and facilitatprograms and services to quality educationalof Hawaiian ancestry. combined serve more people campuses with a

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Aloha mai ka ¯kou, As I prepare to step down after a decade of serving as your Administrator, and now Chief Executive Officer, I would like to express how much I have enjoyed each challenge, every success and all the ways we have worked together with the community on behalf of the Hawaiian people. As one of my final acts here at OHA, I am working to support a successful Public Land Trust settlement with the state Administration. A successful agreement would finally bring closure to an issue dating back to 1978 – and one that is crucial to achieving self-reliance for all Hawaiians. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs appreciates Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s leadership in offering property in Kaka‘ako as payment to cover a settlement of past-due amounts owed the organization from the Public Land Trust. It is our priority to do due diligence on the proposal to ensure it makes sense for OHA and the Native Hawaiian people. Our first obligation is to ensure there are no legal or other barriers to using

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the land in the best interests of Native Hawaiians. OHA’s vision is to create a master plan to utilize the land in consultation with key stakeholders, such as Kamehameha Schools, Hawai‘i Community Development Authority, the University of Hawai‘i as well as members of the community. Revenue derived from the land would be used to support OHA and Native Hawaiians into the future.
 We look forward to working with the members of the Legislature as they deliberate the possible conveyance of these valuable and historic properties. As policymakers, they have the keen responsibility for balancing the needs of our entire community.  OHA is convinced that the members of the Legislature will see the wisdom of resolving this longstanding controversy. To read more about this proposal, please turn to page 18 for our cover story, which is dedicated to shedding light on the proposed agreement and the properties it comprises. Your input is important to us. Throughout December, OHA will host public meetings across the state to share information and gather community input on the proposal. Your comments are

Me ka ‘oia‘i‘o,

¯mu‘o Clyde W. Na Chief Executive Officer


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also welcome by emailing Kakaako.comments As for my departure, I originally had only intended to stay at OHA for two years when I joined the organization after 31 years at the Judiciary. But since the mission of OHA is so honorable, it was difficult to turn my back on it. Although there were difficult times, I never doubted the mission or the work we are trying to achieve. I will leave OHA at the end of the year, but my commitment to the Native Hawaiian community will continue to endure.

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The Abercrombie administration has offered a tentative deal to resolve back payments owed to OHA. State lawmakers have struck down previous proposals, most notably in 2008. Here, we offer a look at the current proposal and ask you to weigh in


Scholarship ‘Aha to visit 5 islands Page 9 By Joe Ku¯hio¯ Lewis

In an effort to boost college success for Native Hawaiians, OHA and its partners are hosting scholarship fairs statewide to connect the community to the resources and agencies that can help

Page 16 By Kathy Muneno

75 years ago, in the run up to war, President Roosevelt claimed jurisdiction over a series of remote Pacific islands. Young men from Kamehameha Schools were critical to that effort. Hear the stories of 4 surviving colonists of the Hui Panala ¯‘au


Gifts for a Hawaiian holiday Page 30 By Lynn Cook

Hawaiian books, music and DVDs are always in fashion. This Christmas season, we offer a guide to our favorite picks

Published monthly by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, 711 Kapi‘olani Boulevard, Ste. 500, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813. Telephone: 594-1888 or 1-800-468-4644 ext. 41888. Fax: 594-1865. Email: World Wide Web location: Circulation: 57,000 copies, 50,000 of which are distributed by mail, and 7,000 through island offices, state and county offices, private and community agencies and target groups and individuals. Ka Wai Ola is printed by O‘ahu Publications. Hawaiian fonts are provided by Coconut Info. Advertising in Ka Wai Ola does not constitute an endorsement of products or individuals by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Ka Wai Ola is published by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to help inform its Hawaiian beneficiaries and other interested parties about Hawaiian issues and activities and OHA programs and efforts. ©2011 Office of Hawaiian Affairs. All rights reserved.




OHA awards $1.8 million to 5 nonprofits to help improve conditions for Native Hawaiians

The Board of Trustees for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs awarded $1 million over two years to fund two programs aimed at improving the health of Native Hawaiians. Pictured from left are: Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula of the Partnerships to Improve Lifestyle Interventions (PILI) ‘Ohana Program, OHA Trustee Haunani Apoliona, Puni Kekauoha of PILI ‘Ohana, Andrea Hermosura and Robin Miyamoto of I Ola La¯hui Inc., OHA Trustee Peter Apo, Aukahi Austin of I Ola La¯hui, OHA Trustee Robert Lindsey, OHA Chairperson Colette Machado and OHA Trustee Oz Stender. – Photo: Alice Silbanuz By Harold Nedd

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


he Board of Trustees for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on Oct. 11 awarded $1.8 million in grant money to a combined total of five programs aimed at helping Native Hawaiians improve their health, education and economic self-sufficiency. The funds cover a two-year period and target programs that are expected to directly benefit an estimated 1,810 Native Hawaiians. Each program will receive between $179,700 and $500,000 over the next two years. “These programs are directly aligned with OHA’s strategies for improving conditions among Native Hawaiians,” said OHA Chairperson Colette Machado. “We look forward to seeing the positive results from the role these programs are playing in helping Native Hawaiians not only increase their economic self-sufficiency, but improve their education as well as health.” Here’s a rundown of the grant money approved for the five organizations: >> I Ola Lähui Inc. – $500,000 over two years to fund a weight-management program designed to help up to 500 Native Hawaiians counter health risks associated with obesity. >> Department of Native Hawaiian Health,

John A. Burns School of Medicine – $500,000 over two years to fund the Partnerships to Improve Lifestyle Interventions (PILI) ‘Ohana Program, which is expected to help 400 Native Hawaiians get their weight under control. >> Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement – $500,000 over two years to help up to 700 Native Hawaiians increase their economic self-sufficiency. The program calls for providing financial-education counseling as well as assisting with building assets and increasing disposable income. >> Kaua‘i Community College (University of Hawai‘i Office of Research Services) – $179,700 over two years to fund the Wai‘ale‘ale Project intended to help instill in about 170 Native Hawaiian high school students a real interest in attending college. The program reflects OHA’s focus on increasing the college graduation rate among Native Hawaiians. >> Native Hawaiian Student Services (University of Hawai‘i Office of Research Services) – $180,000 over two years to fund an internship program designed to assist about 40 Native Hawaiian students with their goal to graduate college within a two- to four-year time frame. 


Jon Van DYKE


he passing of University of Hawai‘i law Professor Jon Van Dyke, a leading authority on Native Hawaiian issues and constitutional matters, reverberates throughout Courtesy Photo: William S. the Hawaiian community Richardson School of Law and the community at large. Van Dyke passed away Nov. 29 while in Australia, where he was to give a keynote address at a conference on ocean-related law. Upon his passing, Hawai‘i leaders honored Van Dyke with the following statements: U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka: “Hawai‘i has lost a steadfast advocate for Native Hawaiian and civil rights, a leading expert on Hawaiian land and water rights law, and a tireless defender of public lands and natural resources. ... Jon always stood up for what he felt was pono – right and just. He was an inspiration for our community and his students. Because of Jon’s work, the principle of protecting our cultural and historic resources has been preserved, and the tradition of sharing our beautiful beaches and other natural resources with all continues to be honored.” U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa: “Hawai‘i has lost more than just one of its foremost legal scholars … . (Van Dyke) also brought his considerable skill and passion to advocating for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander rights, protecting individual liberties, and keeping Hawai‘i a place we can all be proud of.” U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono: “We cannot reflect on the state of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders’ rights without finding Jon at its heart. His passion, depth of knowledge and dedicated advocacy is an example of Hawai‘i at its finest.” Gov. Neil Abercrombie: “Jon was an invaluable resource. His intellect brimmed over with energy and brilliance. … He was a warm and caring individual – true to his friends and true to himself – and always, always for Hawai‘i.” Van Dyke was an adviser on the creation of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs at the 1978 Constitutional Convention and his ties to the agency remained strong. He was a teacher, mentor, colleague and friend to many here at OHA, including former UH law students who now work for the agency. Ka Wai Ola will feature a longer piece on Van Dyke in next month’s issue.

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Grassroots governance

Soulee Stroud, President of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, fourth from right, and others celebrate three new clubs that were chartered at convention. From left are: Kahu Ryan Kalama, Kailua HCC President; Maulili Dickson of HCC of Waimea; Bucky Leslie, AHCC Second Vice President; Geri Bell, Second VP of the Hawai‘i Council; Kehau Shintani, President of the newly chartered ‘Ahahui Sïwila Ke Aloha ‘A¯ina; Skippy Ioane, President of the newly chartered Hui Pu¯ Laka o Moku O Keawe; Keali‘i Lum of Ali‘i Pauahi HCC representing new club Tulipa HCC; Ma¯healani Cypher, O‘ahu Council President; and Kaniela Sharp of Ali‘i Pauahi HCC. - Photo: Blaine Fergerstrom

Civic clubs display unity in action at annual convention By Naomi Sodetani


hey came from all walks of life, came from across the islands and a continent, gathering together for a common purpose. Opening thick binders filled with the mana‘o and concerns of their diverse communities, these men and women rolled up their sleeves and worked. Fruitful dialogue resulted from their dedicated efforts at the 52nd annual Convention of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs (AHCC), held Oct. 24-30 at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku. The event brought together 536 delegates representing their civic clubs to discuss the business of the association as well as a broad spectrum of issues impacting Native Hawaiians. “Our membership is truly dedicated to the cause,” said AHCC President Soulee Stroud, who is affiliated with Hui Hawai‘i o Utah civic club. “It was impressive to see everyone engaged

in this process of civil dialogue, wanting to make a difference in in their communities as well as the state.” For Stroud, a Big Island-born business owner living in Utah: “Hawaiian civic clubs are a way for me to connect to my roots. With family living here, I treasure those ties.” The Office of Hawaiian Affairs was a major sponsor of the convening of the civic clubs, the oldest Hawaiian community-based grassroots organization. Many OHA Trustees and staff members, active in their respective civic clubs, participated in the event. This year’s gathering included a Constitutional Convention, held once a decade to consider amendments to the AHCC Constitution and its bylaws. A panel discussion also explored the significance of Act 195, which recognizes Native Hawaiians as “the only indigenous, aboriginal, maoli population of Hawai‘i.” Panelists were State Sens. Clayton Hee and Malama Solomon, OHA Trustee Peter Apo and former Gov. John Waihe‘e III. Former AHCC President Bruss Keppeler served as moderator. “We are the true native people of this land, no one needs to tell us that,” said Solomon, who, with Hee, led the charge in the Legislature to See Civic clubs on page 10

The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs honored OHA Chief Executive Clyde Na¯mu‘o at its annual convention for his leadership and commitment to the Native Hawaiian community. - Courtesy photo by Blaine Fergerstrom

Hawaiian Civic Clubs honors OHA CEO By Harold Nedd

KAHUKU, O‘AHU — The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs paid tribute to OHA Chief Executive Clyde Nämu‘o during its convention Oct. 27 at Turtle Bay Resort. Nämu‘o received sustained applause from an estimated 600 people as he was presented with a proclamation that was described as recognition of his leadership and commitment to the Native Hawaiian community. “This is the very first time that our board of directors has issued a proclamation to anyone,” said Annelle Amaral, the Kapoleibased First Vice President of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs. “This is how much respect we have for the work he’s done to help bring all of the Hawaiian community together.” The recognition comes amid plans by Nämu‘o to retire in December after 10 years in the top job at OHA. “The civic clubs’ mission and OHA’s mission are tied together,” Nämu‘o said. “What we do at OHA is support the work that the civic clubs do – with compassion and heart – to help the Hawaiian people.” 

To restore pono and ea, Native Hawaiians will achieve self-governance, after which the assets of OHA will be transferred to the new governing entity.



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MA‘O farms earns a visit from the first lady

MA‘O Organic Farms welcomed first lady Michelle Obama to their 24-acre Lualalei Valley farm on Nov. 12, when she was in town for the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference. Obama, whose own garden at the White House produces more than one ton of food annually, said she "jumped at the opportunity" to visit the farm and showcase to the world the work they do. - Photo: Treena Shapiro By Treena Shapiro

F To have choices and a sustainable future, Native Hawaiians will progress toward greater economic self-sufficiency.

irst Lady Michelle Obama took her “Let’s Move” campaign to Lualualei Valley on Nov. 12 for a youth-led tour of MA‘O Organic Farms and a lively roundtable discussion with college interns and mentors about nutrition and childhood obesity. More than just O‘ahu’s largest certified organic farm, MA‘O is the site of the Kauhale Youth Education and Entrepreneurship Initiative, a nonprofit school-community partnership that encourages Wai‘anae youth to take an active role in revitalizing a community facing numerous socioeconomic challenges. Their work has gained attention from the White House. “I’ve heard about all that’s been going on here for years and years,” Obama said. “I jumped at the opportunity to come and not just see for myself, but also to allow the world to see what you all are doing.” Kauhale’s efforts on the Leeward Coast dovetail with Obama’s nationwide effort to eliminate childhood obesity through education. MA‘O’s organic fruits and vegetables are featured in many of O‘ahu’s top restaurants, but the 24acre farm grows more than quality produce. Its community-based programming develops youth leaders as well, opening up greater opportunities for out-of-school youth, sustainable economic development, agriculture, health and Hawaiian culture. An internship program for high school graduates offers full-time community college tuition and stipends for students who work 20 hours a week at the farm. Obama’s “backyard garden” at the White House produces 2,600 pounds of food annually

and offers an educational environment where children learn to eat and make connections to the food they consume from an early age. “That, in turn, opens up a broader issue of conversation about nutrition and health and movement – but also deeper issues of access and affordability, which are some of the primary causes of obesity,” she says. “In underserved communities, kids aren’t growing up with vegetables because there are no grocery stores. People don’t have that connection.” Despite the weighty discussion topic, Obama’s friendly demeanor, bright smile and frequent laughter put participants at ease right from the start, when she commended MA‘O for putting youth to work and offering them better futures. Lifelong Wai‘anae resident Kamuela Enos, MA‘O’s Director of Social Enterprise and a member of the White House Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, says his roles have taught him the importance of responsibility and mentorship. Organic farming is a way to walk in the footsteps of Hawaiian ancestors, while still surviving in today’s marketbased economy and standards-based education system, he says. “Challenges often face us in our community – which is called ‘underserved’ by the outside – but we know the inherent value of our assets: the land and the youth,” Enos adds. Obama encouraged the college interns to talk about the challenges they face in their families and communities. With a laugh, she prompts them: “Farming is not necessarily the hot thing to do, right? So what happens when you hang out with your boys and you tell them, ‘I’m going to farm! I like arugula.’ How does that work out?”

Derrick Parker, 21, concedes, “It’s really not the most popular job.” He doesn’t blame those who question his choice because he knows easy access makes it easy to take food for granted. However, as an organic farmer, he gets to eat the food he grows. The University of Hawai‘i-Mänoa student hopes to become a voice teacher (and obliged Obama’s request for a song) but he doesn’t plan to lose touch with farming. “It should be a way of life and not just work,” Parker points out. “All of us that are here, we don’t just work. This is, like, our life.” Comparing planting seeds to raising children, Parker says, “You see that seed … and you’re continually nurturing it, weeding it every few weeks, making sure it grows well.” So when he gets a chance to eat MA‘O-grown produce at an “awesome restaurant” like Town, that is the ultimate reward, he says. Ed Kenney, Chef and Owner of Town and Downtown restaurants, has been a co-producer with MA‘O for more than a decade and a board member for the past year. “As a Chef and a Director, I am given the task to, I think, tell the story of MA‘O to 600 hungry people a day,” he says. “And when you tell the story with food, and with this food, it’s incredibly easy. When you taste this food, you’re not just tasting a carrot, you’re tasting this youthful enthusiasm, you’re tasting youth leadership and mentorship. You’re tasting food security and sustainability.” Michelle “Miki” Arasato, 21, had little interest in farming or community engagement when she started interning at MA‘O three years ago. “I came to MA‘O, then I realized, ‘Oh, this is important and I have to make a difference,’ ” she recalls. “After I graduate, I want to repeat MA‘O within our community or anywhere on this island. And I plan to do that by trying to (attain my goals in) environmental studies, agriculture and Hawaiian studies.” Obama says she believes youth leadership and mentorship programs like those at MA‘O Organic Farms are key to helping people connect to the food they eat and make healthier choices. Continue to take your work seriously, she advises: “It’s one thing to farm and to talk and to eat and to grow and to connect, but the next step to change requires your preparation. (It also requires) going to school and understanding the subject and understanding how what you do connects to not just the rest of the nation but the rest of the world. These issues are affecting communities all over the globe, and it’s important for you to have the substantive foundation to back up your passion.”  Treena Shapiro, a freelance writer, is a former reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser.

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KS welcomes student delegates at APEC opening ceremony


hope to provide a sure and firm foundation so that you are not just the voices of the future, but rather the future itself. We want to make a sense of community that is real and not rhetorical.” – Gov. Neil Abercrombie

Senior Caleb Borge opened the ceremony by sounding the pü. - Photo: Courtesy of Kayla Kuboyama By Kayla Kuboyama


ith a performance by Kamehameha Schools’ Concert Glee Club and Hawaiian Ensemble, KS welcomed student delegates from 21 countries at the opening ceremony of the AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation at the Ke‘elikölani Auditorium on Nov. 8. While the student delegates from countries spanning as far as Thailand to Mexico were briefed in KS’ choral room about the cultural traditions of Hawai‘i, KS students prepared in Ke‘elikölani’s lobby. After the foreign delegates, along with KS’ three representatives – seniors James Rapoza-Lee, Jenai Akina and LeShae Henderson – chanted into the auditorium, students and kumu welcomed the delegates with an oli komo. As foreign delegates entered, KS students offered each delegate lei wiliwili, a lei of wound ti leaves

made by KS’ history department and student volunteers. Students from KS’ Concert Glee Club opened the ceremony with the “Oli Aloha,” followed by a performance of songs, including “Nä Kolokolo Ka Lani” and “Ka Huliau ‘Ana.” The members of KS’ Hawaiian Ensemble, directed by Kumu Kaleo Trinidad, also performed at the ceremony. Speakers at the ceremony included Mayor Peter Carlisle, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Noel Gould, Founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Virtual Trade Mission Foundation International, and KSKapälama Headmaster Dr. Michael Chun. All speeches echoed the purpose of APEC: cooperation. “It was all about ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’ or ‘You are the weakest link’ or ‘You’re fired,’ that was what the 20th century was all about – economic competition,” Gould said in his address. “And now it’s time for some economic cooperation.”

Chun focused on the values of old Hawai‘i and how they relate to the APEC conference. “Mai ka uka a ke kai,” Chun said. “From the uplands to the sea, there was a cooperation among Hawaiians not unlike what (APEC) is trying to achieve.” With a majority of the audience under the age of 30, Governor Abercrombie commented on the future of all APEC nations. “We hope to provide a sure and firm foundation so that you are not just the voices of the future, but rather the future itself,” Abercrombie said. “We want to make a sense of community that is real and not rhetorical.” Conferences and discussions continued until Nov. 13, and bonds were created between both national leaders and student delegates alike all in the name of cooperation.  Kayla Kuboyama, a Kamehameha Schools-Kapälama senior, is the Editor-in-Chief of the campus newspaper, Ka Mö‘ï.

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OHA in the community

HI-PTAC visits Capitol Hill

OHA staff volunteer at aPEc

Representatives of Hawai‘i Procurement Technical Assistance Center recently visited the Washington, D.C., area to attend the fall conference of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers. While there, they visited the Capitol Hill offices of all four of Hawai‘i’s congressional delegates to share information about their program and issues facing small businesses in Hawai‘i. HI-PTAC is a program of Hi‘ilei Aloha LLC, the nonprofit arm of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. HI-PTAC, which is funded by a federal grant with support from OHA, helps small businesses obtain government contracts from federal, state and county business solicitations, resulting in job creation, income generation and business retention in the local economy. Pictured with U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, second from left, are HI-PTAC Client Services Executive Assistant Erin Kanehira, left, Program Manager Jadine Lee and Senior Procurement Counselor Roy Matsuo. – Photo: Courtesy of Jadine Lee

When the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation convened in Honolulu in November, OHA employees Harold Nedd, left, Art Harris and Ivan Coelho served as volunteers. Coelho, the Executive Assistant to OHA Chairperson Colette Machado, served as a volunteer at the airport. Nedd, an OHA Public Relations Specialist, volunteered in the media center, providing support for more than 1,000 journalists from around the world, including 100 reporters assigned to the White House. Harris served as a driver for the Indonesian delegation. Besides shuttling delegates between sites and delivering food, Harris attended a dinner honoring the Indonesian Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Dino Patti Djalal. - Photo: Lisa Asato

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Community Outreach Program continued its services to the Leeward Community on Oct. 31 at the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands in Kapolei. The monthly outreach, known as the OHA in the Community Program, provides OHA’s beneficiaries with a convenient location to access OHA’s programs and informational services in their community. OHA Youth Coordinator Ku¯hio¯ Lewis, right, shared scholarship information, and Ka‘imo Muhlestein, O‘ahu Community Outreach Coordinator, provided information on OHA’s Ma¯lama Loan Program, OHA Micro-Loan Program and OHA Grants. Native Hawaiians were also able to sign up for OHA’s Hawaiian Registry Program. OHA in the Community is grateful to DHHL in Kapolei for opening its hale, where OHA beneficiaries of the Leeward community can conveniently access OHA’s programs, services and information. OHA plans to continue the OHA in the Community Program at DHHL in Kapolei from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the last Monday of each month. For more information, please call 594-1835. – Courtesy photo by Blaine Fergerstrom

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Scholarship ‘Aha to visit 5 islands

By Joe Ku¯hio¯ Lewis OHA Youth Coordinator


Welina Käkou! This month I choose to dedicate our youth page, a monthly feature in our Ka Wai Ola, to share information on scholarships available to our lähui – to assist you with college expenses. OHA recognizes the importance of keeping our beneficiaries well informed and educated. We also realize the need to make college affordable for Native Hawaiians who are weighing hopes and dreams against limited budgets. We know there’s an economic demand that requires skilled professionals, and we know that education is the foundation for becoming a meaningful contributor to society. Given these facts, OHA has set a goal to raise the number of Native Hawaiians who graduate from the University of Hawai‘i by 12 percent over the next six years. One of the strategies to carry out this aggressive goal is to ensure that Native Hawaiian students and their families are aware of the resources available to help them get through college. As part of OHA’s efforts to keep our beneficiaries informed, we have joined together with our community partners to put on a series of Scholarship ‘Aha, or gatherings. The goal of the series is to provide a venue for students to learn about financial

aid programs and increase access to financial aid. This is a great opportunity for students and their families to meet and directly interact with agencies that provide scholarships. The Scholarship ‘Aha is a partnership among OHA, the Native Hawaiian Education Association, Gear Up Hawai‘i, the University of Hawai‘i and Pacific Financial Aid Association. Here is the schedule for the Scholarship ‘Aha: O‘ahu Dec. 6, 6-8:30 p.m., Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Dining Pavilion Dec. 7, 6-8:30 p.m., Windward Community College, Hale ‘Äkoakoa Dec. 13, 6-8:30 p.m., Hale Kalaniana‘ole, DHHL office Jan. 12, 2012, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Kahuku High School cafeteria Jan. 17, 2012, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Ka Ho‘oilina Na Kühiö Community Center Kaua‘i Jan. 18, 2012, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Kaua‘i Community College, Dining Room Moloka‘i Dec. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Külana ‘Öiwi Maui Dec. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Maui College, Pilina Building Jan. 25, 2012, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Häna School cafeteria Hawai‘i Island Dec. 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m., University of Hawai‘i-Hilo, Dining Hall Dec. 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Kealakehe High School cafeteria 


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NATIVE HAWAIIAN Scholarships The Office of Hawaiian Affairs offers higher education scholarships. To be eligible for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Scholarship Fund, you must: >> Be a Hawai‘i resident or resident of the continental United States >> Demonstrate financial need >> Be enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college >> Be a classified undergraduate or graduate student >> Have a 2.0 or higher grade point average for undergraduates or 3.0 or higher for graduate students >> Be registered with OHA’s Hawaiian Registry Program (If you need to register, go to registry to download an application form.) TO APPLY, go to and search for the “Office of Hawaiian Affairs Fund” scholarship. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 For more information, call (808) 594-1835. The following Native Hawaiian scholarships are also administered by Hawai‘i Community Foundation. Visit for details about each fund and specific requirements. Deadline to apply is Feb. 17, 2012. Blossom Kalama Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund For college juniors, seniors or graduate students of Hawaiian ancestry. Hawaiian Homes Commission Scholarship For students who are of at least 50 percent Hawaiian blood quantum or a Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) lessee. Ida M. Pope Memorial Scholarship For women of Hawaiian ancestry pursuing a major in health, science or education (includes counseling and social work). Jean Ileialoha Beniamina Scholarship for Ni‘ihau Students Fund In honor of the late educator and former Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee, this scholarship is for students who are residents of Kaua‘i or Ni‘ihau Island. Preference given to current Ni‘ihau residents or Kaua‘i residents who are one or two generations removed from Ni‘ihau Island and to students who are proficient or fluent in the Hawaiian language.

Ka‘iulani Home For Girls Trust Scholarship For women of Hawaiian ancestry who are college freshmen or sophomores. Past recipients who will be juniors or seniors are also eligible to apply. Hawaiian Civic Clubs scholarships Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Civic Club ‘Ahahui Sïwila O Kapolei For information, email Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club For information, email Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club Mäkaha Hawaiian Civic Club For information, email Prince Kühiö Hawaiian Civic Club Waikïkï Hawaiian Civic Club For information, email Other scholarships available to Native Hawaiians Kamehameha Schools Nä Ho‘okama a Pauahi and ‘Imi Na‘auao scholarships (808) 534-8080, Ke Ali‘i Pauahi Foundation (808) 534-3966, Gates Millennium Scholars Program 1-866-274-4677, The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (202) 986-6892, Liko A‘e Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program (808) 984-3366, Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (Papa Ola Lökahi) (808) 585-8944, Please also visit scholarships.htm for a listing that includes hundreds of scholarships available for students attending the University of Hawai‘i-Mänoa.


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civic clubs Continued from page 5

OHA, tHe Office Of HAwAiiAn AffAirs

is seeking qualified candidates for its CEO position. The CEO manages the internal operations of OHA by providing leadership, guidance, direction and executive oversight. The CEO is the administrator and executive officer selected and designated by the Board of Trustees to oversee and manage OHA’s operations. This includes developing and overseeing organization structures, systems and procedures, employing and retaining officers and employees to carry out the functions of OHA, and guiding the implementation of OHA’s functional, master and strategic plans and processes. The CEO also serves as the spokesperson and representative for OHA on matters involving Native Hawaiian history and culture, and current social, cultural, educational, economic and political issues and trends affecting Native Hawaiians. The ideal CEO candidate will be visionary with broad general management experience including strategic planning, organizational design and development, performance based budgeting and reporting, best practices in management and technology. Also experience in public agency governance, principles of government finance and accountability, internal and external communications management, public policy and compliance advocacy, lobbying, relationship management and community organizing. Understanding of Native Hawaiian history and culture a must. Graduate degree in public administration, political science, business administration or related field. At least 10 years of progressively responsible senior/executive non-profit management, public administration, and/or executive leadership experience required, of which last 5 years must be at executive or leadership levels. Experience in designing and/or successfully leading enterprise-wide change initiatives preferred.

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pass Senate Bill 1520 into law as Act 195. “But to have formal recognition by the people of Hawai‘i as accomplished here through legislative action is allimportant to the process as we embark on our journey together.” OHA Trustee Peter Apo said state recognition “signals a major shift in the ground. It will bring the effort home by answering the first question in nation building, which is, ‘Who are its citizens?’ ” The new state law provides for a process of enrolling qualified Native Hawaiians who meet various criteria certifying their maoli ancestry. Established within OHA for administrative purposes only, a five-member Native Hawaiian Roll Commission appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie will prepare, maintain, update and publish the Native Hawaiian Roll. Enrollees will be able to participate in a convention for Native Hawaiians to organize themselves. After publication of the roll, the commission will be dissolved, having completed its work. The enrollment process is “not intended to be any kind of voter registration at this time,” Apo said. “But it will tell us who the Hawaiians are and where they are – and that is the first solid step toward nationhood.” Act 195 is “an acknowledgment of the Hawaiian people’s unrelinquished sovereignty, said Waihe‘e, who chairs the Roll Commission. The former Governor called for Native Hawaiians to step forward and take part in the “reunification” process. “Sovereignty belongs to us; we need to exercise it, because the next stage is the restoration of the nation.” For Hee, Native Hawaiian nationhood, past and future, is as close as blood. “My grandfather was born in 1888, five years before the overthrow. My grandmother was born in 1900. Both of them are two generations from me,” said Hee, a former OHA Trustee. “I can touch them. I remember them. They are indelible marks in me. That’s how close the Kingdom of Hawai‘i is to us.” State recognition strategically dovetails with ongoing efforts to achieve federal recognition for Native Hawaiians, said Solomon. “More than 20 other states have recognized native entities, tribes, clans and pueblo, and a number of state-recognized entities have gone on to gain federal recognition. And this is our intention.” With the federal recognition bill pending in Congress, Sen. Daniel Akaka told the gathering he is “reviewing and looking for ways to streamline” the bill and realign it with the state recognition process. The Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Akaka vowed to “continue to fight to ensure Native Hawaiians are afforded the same rights as the other indigenous peoples in this country, and (I’ll) use all avenues available to me to make parity a reality.” Proclamations honored Senator Akaka and OHA Chief Executive Clyde Nämu‘o for their distinguished service. Many other community leaders, cultural

practitioners and organizations were also recognized for their service and contributions, including OHA Trustee Haunani Apoliona and former OHA staffer Gladys Rodenhurst, who only missed one convention since the annual event began in 1959. Three new clubs chartered at the convention join the growing confederation of now-63 Hawaiian civic clubs located throughout Hawai‘i and 15 other states and the District of Columbia, where the 2012 convention will be held. The association has grown not just in size, but in ability, observed Mähealani Cypher, President of the hosting O‘ahu Council and a member and former President of the Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club. The delegates “really know what’s going on, they understand the issues and they voted with a lot of intelligence and strength,” she said. “Over the years, our conventions have gotten better, people are more knowledgeable about the breadth of issues that are our concern. It seems each year they’re even better informed than before.” Delegates cranked nonstop through proposed constitutional and bylaw amendments, club and council reports, open floor debates, plenary sessions, committee sessions, and voting on proposed bills. “You could hear the passion on the floor, but we always talk to one another in a respectful way, vote up and down,” said Annelle Amaral, Association First Vice President and a member of ‘Ahahui Sïwila Hawai‘i o Kapolei. “This is the kind of deliberative structure and process, transparency and accountability we train our clubs to have.” The diligent, disciplined and efficient conduct evident throughout the proceedings “belies every stereotype of Hawaiians as not having their act together,” said Amaral, a former state legislator. Sixty-seven resolutions dealing with native rights, cultural preservation, health, benefits and trusts, economic development, employment and housing, education and policies were adopted, including ones: >> Encouraging AHCC members to support the Native Hawaiian Roll >> Urging the City and County of Honolulu to halt Waimänalo Gulch Landfill operations and open a second municipal solid waste landfill on O‘ahu >> Urging recognition of Kaho‘olawe island as a sacred cultural land trust for the Hawaiian Nation, and Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana as the kahu ‘äina for the island >> Urging the Governor and Legislature to support sustainable, low-impact alternative energy that will make O‘ahu self-sufficient rather than dependent on Läna‘i and Moloka‘i for its energy. (The state is weighing proposals to transmit electricity generated from wind farms on Läna‘i and Moloka‘i to O‘ahu via undersea cable.) >> Urging the state to adopt an energy policy that moves the state toward independence by developing public energy assets on ceded lands >> Requesting that a 2,000-foot coastline setback See CIVIC CLUBS on page 33

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OHA relaunches radio show By Harold Nedd


he Office of Hawaiian Affairs radio talk show has returned weekly to the airwaves. The hourlong Nä ‘Öiwi ‘Ölino radio show begins at 8 a.m. Sundays on Hawaiian 105 KINE-FM as part of renewed efforts to help provide a stronger voice to Native Hawaiian issues and concerns. The show’s return also helps OHA’s communications program become a more multidimensional operation with growing socialmedia sites and stakes in a free monthly newspaper as well as FM radio. Radio personalities Billy V and Lina Girl are co-hosts of the show, which is simulcast on AM-940 Hawai‘i, Oceanic Cable

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stations 855 and 856 as well as on the Internet via naoiwiolino. com. Nä ‘Öiwi ‘Ölino relaunched Nov. 6 with featured guest former Gov. John Waihe‘e, who discussed the new five-member Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, which was established by law in July to play a key role in the nation-building process for Native Hawaiians. OHA Chief Advocate Esther Kia‘äina joined him in the studio as a featured guest.

The show’s relaunch on an FM radio station ends a fourmonth hiatus. The last radio show aired June 30, 2011, on AM-940 Hawai‘i. Upcoming shows in December will feature topics and guests such as: >> On Dec. 11, Puakea Nogelmeier and Kau‘i Sai-Dudoit will introduce listeners to the ‘Ike Kü‘oko‘a volunteer effort to



make 60,000 pages of Hawaiianlanguage newspapers accessible and searchable via the Internet. >> On Dec. 18, the annual State of OHA showcases the keynote address by former Gov. John Waihe‘e and the State of OHA speech by OHA Chairperson Colette Machado. >> And on Christmas Day, small-business guru and instructor Julie Percell will discuss the

success of Hawai‘i’s first graduating class of the E200 Leadership Initiative, a U.S. Small Business Administration program that helps expand opportunities for promising small businesses in underserved communities. 

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Spring 2012

Nānā ka maka; hana ka lima. “Observe with the eyes; work with the hands.” (Puku‘i, 2267)

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Planned cultural live-in center has roots in 1974 report

To maintain the connection to the past and a viable land base, Native Hawaiians will participate in and benefit from responsible stewardship of Ka Pae ‘A¯ina O Hawai‘i.

Drawing by Herb Kawainui Kane for the Spirit of Kaloko-Honoko¯hau (1974). Property of National Park Service. By Treena Shapiro

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ver the past few years, a dedicated group of community volunteers have partnered with the KalokoHonoköhau National Historical Park staff to finally realize a decades-old vision to create a cultural live-in center on the site of an ancient Hawaiian settlement. The live-in center is a key element in the 1978 founding legislation that established the Konaarea national park as recommended by a federal advisory commission comprised almost entirely of Native Hawaiians. The commission’s Spirit of Kaloko-Honoköhau report envisioned the park as a living museum where Hawaiians could reconnect with their cultural and spiritual heritage through short-term immersive experiences. The cultural live-in center proposal, however, only began gaining momentum over the past four to five years, largely due to a community-based effort to make it a priority.

Historian Fred Cachola, a member of the 1970s advisory commission, has always advocated for the cultural live-in center, but when nothing happened for decades, he decided to take a more proactive role. “I said to myself, ‘I can’t let this languish any longer,’” he describes. “I just can’t let this go on for another five to 10 years.” Cachola founded the nonprofit Makani Hou o Kaloko-Honoköhau to offer support to the National Park Service in building and managing the cultural live-in center. Others who share Cachola’s long-standing commitment to the park joined the effort. “We did that, and I can truly say that inch-by-inch we are moving forward,” he says. The community-based push served as a catalyst for beginning the compliance work necessary to build the center on federal land, explains Amanda Johnson-Campbell, a park archaeologist who has been working on the federal compliance issues. After more than five years, the park is almost ready to release an environmental assessment for public comment and is wrapping up other

regulatory requirements. Johnson-Campbell predicts, “In 2012, we’ll be able to begin actual construction out there.” So far, Makani Hou has only raised enough funding to cover one structure – a meeting hall – but is seeking more grants to build the entire center. When it all comes together, the center will be a re-creation of traditional Hawaiian construction, with some contemporary touches that will minimize the impact on the park’s significant cultural, natural and archaeological resources. Some signs of modern development will be included: composting toilets and solar power, for example. “We have to provide for modern times,” notes Jon Jokiel, the supervisory interpretative park ranger at Kaloko-Honoköhau. Jokiel, who wrote a master’s thesis on KalokoHonoköhau, says community engagement is critical to the success of the cultural live-in center. The proposal is the first of its kind for the National Park Service, so there’s no template to follow. The idea, however, is to have the center managed by community groups under oversight from the park service. All involved agree that more help is needed. At the moment, a core group of eight to 12 volunteers and a couple work groups have been at the heart of the restoration and planning efforts. More manpower, expertise and young people who understand the value of this special place are necessary to help the center, and the park, reach its full potential. “Without community involvement, it’s not going to happen,” Jokiel says. The live-in center is meant to be a place where Hawaiians and others can spend short periods of time immersing themselves in the spiritual, cultural and traditional practices that allowed their ancestors to build a large, thriving settlement in an area that today appears to be a barren lava field. Upon closer inspection, however, park visitors will find fishponds, housing platforms, heiau, canoe landings and other surviving structures that offer clues to how ancient Hawaiians adapted to a seemingly inhospitable environment. “We need volunteers to serve as faculty and küpuna to help restore and teach practices that went on in that area,” Cachola says. “We ask for the help of all Hawaiians who can kökua in every way to help us restore and rejoice in some of the finest hours of our ancestors.” Practices Cachola would like to see taught at the center include salt making, fishpond management, fishing techniques, cordage making and other cultural practices. Jokiel adds that cultural practitioners who can build thatched

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Mo‘omeheu culture

Keeping up with our ku¯puna

Frank Palani Sinenci, master hale builder This is the first in a series of profiles on elders who make lasting contributions to our communities and the Hawaiian way of life. By Kekoa Enomoto

Aerial view of completed Kaloko kuapa¯ at Kaloko-Honoko¯hau National Historical Park. NPS photo by Adam Johnson structures, weave fishnets and bring in expertise on ancient arts – particularly younger people – can help perpetuate the knowledge and carry the vision for the live-in center into the future. “(Makani Hou) is trying to reach out to people who have learned from other masters to find out who in the community has that knowledge and who can teach it,” Jokiel says. He adds that building the cultural live-in center according to traditional practices could be part of the educational curriculum itself. “By doing it, they’re going to learn it,” he explains. Ruby McDonald, of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Kona Office, has a lifelong connection to the land. Her family worked the Kaloko Fishpond for generations before it became part of the national park. She has since been involved in preservation efforts as a member of the Kona Hawaiian Civic Club and Makani Hou. “I envision a sustainable resource practice for the livein center, thereby making it an educational endeavor for those not ma‘a (accustomed) to living sustainably,” McDonald says. McDonald gives a stamp of approval to the changes that have taken place over the past three decades. “The park service does what the people ask them to do to keep it culturally appropriate. They go out into the community,

listen and do research,” she notes. The landscape has changed too much to restore the area to how it was when hundreds of ancient Hawaiians lived there into the 19th century, she says. “You can never restore anything to the way it was. You can only get a semblance of how it was,” she elaborates. Even if the ancient settlement can’t be recreated – parts of it have already been built over – it doesn’t need to be a carbon copy to perpetuate historical, cultural and spiritual practices. “I think it’s possible to be true to the tradition and the arts and crafts of that time and reinvigorate those cultural practices,” says Johnson-Campbell, the park archaeologist. Cachola remains optimistic that the vision he helped craft in 1974 will be achieved. “There’s still a lot of work to be done, but we’re not going to give up,” he says. “We need more learners, more appreciation and more kökua to help Native Hawaiians renew their cultural and spiritual values.” Treena Shapiro, a freelance writer, is a former reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser. 

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archaeologist Michael Kolb. “Pi‘ilani was tough. Pi‘ilani was my teacher,” Sinenci recalled. Two of his nine siblings, brothers Peter and Egot, “are master stoneworkers. In fact, one of them was my teacher,” he said. Younger brother Peter provided “a three-minute lesson in how to set stone” in the traditional Hawaiian dry-stack style, without cement. “Stones. What can you say? They have their own mana. They’re going where they want to be,” Palani Sinenci observed. “When you pick up a stone (you wonder), could you talk to it? And then … all of a sudden: This is a place for it, and you go, ‘Thank you.’ ” Sinenci’s pervasive impact in the areas of traditional Hawaiian stonework and hale building includes help passing 2002 Maui County legislation to give indigenous structures legal status equal to that of western dwellings. He also developed and taught a 2003 University of Hawai‘i-Maui College course in hale building, led construction of a 30-by-50-foot hale häläwai (meeting house) for Hawaiian Canoe Club in 2010, supervised the recent lashing of traditional Hawaiian fixtures at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Leeward O‘ahu, and is among the master stoneworkers featured in an educational video to be released soon. Sinenci said he’s led construction of at least 10 hale häläwai on Maui, O‘ahu and Hawai‘i islands. On O‘ahu, one may view the structures at Lyon Arboretum in Mänoa and at Mohala Farms in Waialua. Ever a builder, Sinenci continues to forge awareness of, and provide access to, practices and values of a Stone Age culture. He welcomes the public to participate in the third annual Laulima Symposium during the mid-October 2012 Aloha Festivals celebration in Häna. “It’s where just a bunch of us hale builders and stoneworkers get together and help küpuna or families get stonework restored in their yards. This year we had people from Maui and the Big Island. We did three different laulima projects in three different days for Häna residents. We call it a symposium because we teach.” Sinenci said volunteers are provided laulima T-shirts, food and a place to stay, and can walk in the Aloha Festivals Parade. (See the hanaculturalcenter. org calendar for festival dates.) So, after two decades of stacking stones and laurels, what has Sinenci learned? “I learned that our küpuna were very ingenious and very innovative and very inventive,” he said, about early Polynesian voyagers to the isles. “Their implements (enabled) them to survive 700 years without having to go back.” 

rom the halls of Capitol Hill to the shores of Häna, a Maui küpuna is stacking up stones as well as awards. Frank Palani Sinenci was among the recipients of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s 2011 Partners in Conservation Award Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C. He was honored as a master stoneworker and master hale builder who helped lead restoration of the 220-year-old Pu‘ukoholä heiau and the adjacent, more ancient Mailekini heiau following a 2006 earthquake. Kapono‘ai Molitau, Kahuna Nui of the heiau, and Daniel Kawai‘ae‘a Jr., Park Sinenci Superintendent of Pu‘ukoholä Heiau National Historic Site at Kawaihae on Hawai‘i Island, also were among the awardees. The three-year, $4 million restoration project involved the hands-on engagement of 600 people, including dozens of Maui stoneworkers, Sinenci said. Among his myriad laurels, Sinenci also garnered Historic Hawai‘i Foundation’s 1999 Preservation Honor Award, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s 2005 Keep It Hawai‘i Recognition Award, The Maui News’ designation as one of the People Who Made a Difference in 2000, and a Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ Folk and Traditional Arts Grant to train six apprentices in indigenous architecture. Regarding stonework and hale building, “the biggest aspect is laulima,” Sinenci said about the cultural value of “many hands” collaborating to ease a task. “You know, me being of small stature – it takes a lot of hands to move lots of stones,” Sinenci explained. Stature notwithstanding, his hands are dark brown, leathery, calloused and nimble. His rapidfire speech mirrors his retirement as an Air Force Chief Master Sergeant with nearly three decades of military service. The Häna native, 69, said his genealogy includes the Mo‘iha, Keaweawe and Kauwawa lines. Sinenci cut his teeth as a stoneworker two decades Kekoa Enomoto is a retired copy editor and Staff ago while leading restoration of Häna’s Pi‘ilanihale heiau, considered the largest heiau in the Pacific Writer with The Maui News and former Honolulu basin, according to Northern Illinois University Star-Bulletin.


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“I hope that at some point (the students) evolve into successful adults, just as the ‘o‘opu have evolved to live in their environment.” – Kazu Fukuda Kauinana, Sculptor

ABOVE: Kazu Fukuda Kauinana with one of his ‘o‘opu hi‘u kole sculptures. BELOW: A bronze ‘o‘opu gets some sun on the Kapolei High campus. - Photos: Courtesy of Kazu Fukuda Kauinana

To strengthen identity, Native Hawaiians will preserve, practice and perpetuate their culture.

Fishy, fishy on the lawn By Sarah Pacheco


n unusual creature has invaded Kapolei High School. It has a long, muscular body that ends in a large fan-like tail. It has a bulbous nose, wide eyes and a pair of chubby cheeks. Some lay flat against the grass, while others seem to be dragging themselves along thanks to a set of strong pectoral fins. And if you look really close, a few seem to be sticking out their tongues! Nearly a dozen ‘o‘opu hi‘u kole have made

their way onto the West O‘ahu school campus thanks to their creator, Kazu Fukuda Kauinana, who produced the sculptures as part of the Artists in Residence project established by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts in collaboration with the Department of Education. At first glance, these strange-looking fish may seem out of place on the Kapolei campus. But Kauinana was inspired more by the ‘o‘opu’s character traits than its physical characteristics. “This fish is tenacious, it’s adaptable, it’s

evolved and, to me, it’s beautiful,” he says. “It wasn’t sculpting the fish, it wasn’t anything really physical … it was the character, the kinds of traits I’d like our kids to have, and the fish fit the bill.” Kauinana’s fascination for this endemic species began several years ago. He researched the fish and learned how even though it lives in freshwater tide pools at the very tops of the mountains, the ‘o‘opu begins life in saltwater ponds near the sea. Shortly after hatching from their eggs, the little fry are swept away by waterfalls and carried down to the ocean. The fish live there until they are big enough to make their way back up the mountain pools, an arduous feat that requires both determination and adaptability on behalf of the five-inch-long creature, qualities Kauinana wanted to instill in the young minds of the high schoolers. “It’s a metaphor for the character traits students will need to succeed in their education,” he says. “The parallel between the fish and the students sort of stuck in my mind, and I hope the students can hang in there and finish their education.” In total, Kauinana created 12 concrete sculptures for the project, nine for the high school and three for the future Mälama Learning Center. Beginning in late 2010, the individual 8-footlong, one-ton ‘o‘opu were placed in various spots around the campus, each embarking on a journey to a single end point, the library. “The library was a focal point because it is a symbol of knowledge,” Kauinana explains, “and we hope that at some point (the students) will become truly educated with knowledge of all kinds.” To further drive this point home, a bronze sculpture depicting a male and female ‘o‘opu together at the top of a mountain sits at the entrance to the library as a reminder of the many opportunities knowledge and education provide. Says Kauinana: “I hope that at some point (the students) evolve into successful adults, just as the ‘o‘opu have evolved to live in their environment.”  Sarah Pacheco, a former writer and Assistant Regional Editor for MidWeek, is a freelance writer on O‘ahu.

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A dying inmate is released after 41 years

At a Nov. 2 luncheon in his honor, Delbert Wakinekona, center, poses with Lillian Harwood, left, whom he married later that day, and retired Judge Eden Hifo, formerly known as reporter Bambi Weil. - Photo: Francine Murray By Francine Murray


n Oct. 28, the Hawai‘i Paroling Authority released Delbert Wakinekona from prison, and he walked away a free man for the first time in more than four decades. Wakinekona, 67, is dying of liver disease. At the parole hearing, a parole officer offered to house Wakinekona if he was released, a former warden from Folsom State Prison vouched for his conduct, and state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, who represents the district where Wakinekona planned to return to live, supported his return to his family. “It was pretty clear where the (paroling authority) members were going once the DPS (Department of Public Safety) doctor revealed that Delbert has only days or maybe a month to live,” said Alan Murakami of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corp., who worked on the case for Wakinekona’s compassionate release. Some of the NHLC staff working on his

case met Wakinekona for the first time at their offices on Nov. 2 as they welcomed him for a small luncheon. Wakinekona told them the first thing he did was pinch himself to see if he was dreaming. And then, he said, he thought of future generations. “We got to start working with the young kids, even if we have to take them back to the ‘äina the old-fashioned way,” he said, stressing the importance of nurturing Hawai‘i’s youth and preventing them from following his path. “Take them back to the ‘äina because it isn’t like the old days. There are too many gangs. If you belong to one gang and you have family in prison that belong to another gang, you will have to fight each other and someone will get hurt. We all Hawaiians. We not gangs.” For decades Wakinekona has lobbied for better conditions and educational programs for prisoners. “All that time, 41 years both here and on the mainland he has been speaking about the need for programs, and what really

matters not just for himself but for everyone,” said retired Judge Eden Hifo, who served in District Court and Circuit Court for more than 22 years. “Today after being through all of that, you can hear that still in his heart and in his head. And if anyone has the credentials to speak about these things, it is Wakinekona.” In 1976, Wakinekona, a prisoner in Hawai‘i’s maximum control unit who was sentenced for burglary and felony murder in 1970, appeared at a hearing to examine why the unit’s programs were a failure. After the hearing, Wakinekona was singled out as a troublemaker, according to U.S. Court of Appeals records, and three days later he received notice that he was being considered for transfer to another penitentiary. He was sent to Folsom State Prison in California. Wakinekona sued, claiming the transfer violated the due process clause of the 14th amendment, because the committee, which decided to transfer him, was biased against him. The case moved through the courts, until in 1983


was out he vowed to turn himself in if they would consider improving conditions for the other inmates. However, they would not negotiate with an escapee. when the U.S. Supreme Court Recalling his time at Folsom, ruled against the constitutional Wakinekona said: “All they had challenge, and the great interstate there was the Mexican Mafia, inmate transfer from Hawai‘i the Black Guerrilla Family, and began. here, one stupid Hawaiian.” He “He brought this lawsuit felt alone, like he was in a foreign (Wakinekona v. Olim), which is country. now a pretty “I survived 20 common thing, years up there. I am sorry to How? It’s all in say, all over the here,” he said, country because pointing to his the conditions head. “You have are so bad,” to stay strong explained Judge within yourself. Hifo, formerly In life, respect known as the gets you respect. sleuth KGMB If I don’t give TV news reporter you respect, I Bambi Weil, don’t think you who attended will give me the William respect. That is S. Richardson what we have to Law School at teach the kids: the University respect among of Hawai‘i. themselves and “As a result of the küpuna. It the lawsuit, the kept me going.” media was given Wakinekona access to cover it, said he believes and we got to go the key to to OCCC (O‘ahu – Delbert Wakinekona, r e d u c i n g C o m m u n i t y a dying former inmate and long- recidivism is time advocate for prisioners education, and he Correctional Center). And is adamant about as we went it. “They’ve got through, of course, we found Mr. nothing,” he says of prisoners. “So Wakinekona. He was in his cage what do they expect a guy in prison and was able to show us the rat to do when he comes out? hole, which the cameras were of “They have to go home to their course able to focus on. He spoke parents, some may have a wife, to us and we were able to continue but then what? They never learn to follow up.” anything. Whatever they used to It all started when Wakinekona do before, say drugs, they will do wrote a letter to reporter Weil and drugs. And where will they end someone snuck it out to her. There up? Back in the House. That is why was going to be a sit-down strike, they need programs to improve, and he thought she could be a learn and change,” Wakinekona voice for those in prison, recalled said in an ever-weakening voice. Wakinekona. “I wanted her to “We are all Hawaiian. These know this would be a peaceful brothers coming out have nothing. demonstration.” In the letter, he These boys are willing to work. Put suggested she meet the warden, them to work and have them go to and said, ‘When you hear the horn school on the weekends. And then, blow, that’s me.’ ” they can work on the land and give Wakinekona later escaped and back to the community.”  was convicted for it, but while he

“In life, respect gets you respect. If I don’t give you respect, I don’t think you will give me respect. That is what we have to teach the kids: respect among themselves and the ku¯puna. It kept me going.”

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Kamehameha Schools alumni and students heading for the Line Islands aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Itasca in January 1936. Back row, from left are: Luther Waiwaiole, Henry Ohumukini, William Yomes, Solomon Kalama and James Carroll. Front, from left are: Henry Mahikoa, Alexander Kahapea, George Kahanu and Joseph Kim. INSET: Colonists supplemented provisions with an abundance of the remote islands’ fresh fish and lobster.- Photos: Courtesy of Bishop Museum

Patriots in the Pacific

This month, as the nation marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, 4 Hawaiians recall their roles in claiming territory for the U.S. in the run up to war By Kathy Muneno

Patriotism comes in many forms. For more than 130 young men from Hawai‘i, it came on a deserted island. Make that a trio of deserted islands near the equator – Jarvis, Howland and Baker. It also came with tragedy, sacrifice and adventure. And now only five of the Hui Panalä‘au, group of colonizers, remain to tell their story: Mannie “Woody” Phillips,

his younger brother Paul Phillips, George Kahanu Sr., Emanuel “Manny” Sproat and Edmond Newton. All are now in their 90s, with the exception of Paul, who is the youngest at 89. “I can remember almost every detail of my time on the islands and yet I can’t remember what happened 10 minutes ago,” Paul quips. Their time on the islands started more than seven decades ago.

“To be frank, (at the time) I didn’t think it was important at all,” says 95-year-old Mannie Phillips. “Now I think it was probably vital.” “It was worthwhile,” says Sproat, 94. “It cut off the Japanese from moving further south.” More than six years before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States embarked on the secret mission to colonize the islands, to claim them as its own and to provide a landing site for

flights between the West Coast and Australia. The government looked to Kamehameha Schools graduates and students for recruits. In addition to the stereotypical idea that Native Hawaiians would be best suited for remote island living, the government was looking for young, single men who were fit, friendly, disciplined, could fish and swim and who could follow the chain of command. Kamehameha was an ROTC school so all of the

young men had such training. The first group left Hawai‘i in March 1935, with two Native Hawaiians and three military personnel assigned to each island. The islands had to be occupied for one year before the U.S. could claim them. As their tenure wound down, back in Hawai‘i, the recruiting continued. Kahanu, 94, recounts the day when he was a 17-year-old junior boarding at Kamehameha Schools and was called to the principal’s office: “He said, ‘Would you be interested in going on a cruise?’ That was it. I said, ‘Of course, sure! Where we going?’ He said, well, you’re gonna go on this trip to the Line Islands as a spare, just in case. So I said OK, and that was the extent of my knowledge of what was going on.” When Kahanu returned to class, his friends asked what happened. “I said, eh, you know what? I’m going on a cruise. Wow!” His “cruise” as a spare lasted from January to March 1936, when the first colonizers returned. The project ended and President Roosevelt claimed U.S. jurisdiction over the islands. However, there was a rush to recolonize the islands believing the British would challenge that claim, and the project continued until 1942, no longer in secrecy and this time with four colonizers from Hawai‘i per island, no military personnel and eventual recruiting from outside Kamehameha Schools. Colonizers earned $3 per day. But they didn’t just occupy the island, they worked hard with a list of duties to accomplish – collecting weather data around the clock for the government, collecting specimens and data for Bishop Museum, keeping detailed logs, clearing land, cooking, cleaning and burying waste and rubbish. Their time was regimented, with a designated leader who would assign duties and rotation. ‘The finest of all the islands’ The Phillips brothers, Kahanu and Sproat colonized Jarvis Island,

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though at different times. Newton was a spare and never colonized an island. Jarvis is the largest of the islands, all of 1.6 square miles, about 1,310 miles from Hawai‘i, just south of the equator. This barren island was once mined for guano. Sproat describes his first sighting of Jarvis: “It reminded me of a pancake floating in a tub of water. And I’m thinking, my goodness, are we going to stay on this?” But, there was much to like. “Jarvis was, I thought, the finest of all the islands,” says Paul Phillips, acknowledging he didn’t colonize other islands. “The lobster there was unmatched anywhere. The island is surrounded by a barrier reef and inside, when it’s calm, water gets knee deep and at night we’d go out – one guy would carry a lantern, the other a canvas bag – and pick lobsters with a glove.” Kahanu agrees: “It was the best island. It was the biggest. It had everything.” As a caveat, to be sure, each colonizer likely thought their island was the best. When Kahanu heard the U.S. was returning to the islands, he asked the principal if he could sign up for another tour. “I had been there,” Kahanu reasons. “I knew what it was like. I would enjoy being a colonist now.” This time, in June of 1936, he and three other Native Hawaiians stayed on Jarvis for three months. Kahanu compares the experience to an enjoyable outing. “If you went on a picnic,” he says in all seriousness, “you have to carry all your supplies with you, the food, you sleep on the ground, whatever. It would be a kind of similar experience, going on a picnic.” Not quite. Take the mice, thousands of mice, running right across them as they slept, or tried to sleep. Kahanu says they placed large, empty cans flush with the ground around their Army cots and in the morning would find them half full of the rodents. There was no housing, just tents. No electricity. No communication with the outside world. If they got sick, they hoped they got well. They had canned food, even pancakes for breakfast and fresh



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water brought in by the barrel full, used for brushing teeth and drinking only. They also ate loads of fish. The waters were teeming with äholehole, uhu, weke. Using a spear was too slow, Kahanu says, so they used a gunnysack to scoop them up, eat some and dry the rest. “With three scoops you get a full bag,” he says. Sundays were special. “We went out and got a couple of birds for hekka and that’s how we got fresh meat, killing a couple birds, you know. Cook it with shoyu. Oh, yeah, was good,” says Kahanu. “The booby bird was good. Taste like chicken.” Sproat and Paul Phillips were not as impressed with the fowl, perhaps it depended on the kind of bird you ate. Also on Sundays, Kahanu’s group would religiously hold church service. “You know, being away from home, you think a lot about who can take care of us,” Kahanu says, “and the good Lord is the only one that can take care of you right, see that nothing happens. … We had a sermon, anyone would lead, talk to us. We’d have the singing, hymnals. And then after that we would talk (about) different things, get it all out.” They maintained the peace among them, and that is a common comment from colonizers. “You know, when you think about it, life’s too short to argue especially if you’re on a foreign island, what’s there to argue about? We were four Kamehameha boys, … and you respect the upper classmen,” Kahanu says. Discipline was so ingrained, they raised the American flag even though no one but themselves was looking. Some colonizers did so regularly, while Kahanu’s group only did so on special occasions like Kamehameha Day and the Fourth of July. Or, “If you see the ship coming in, you raise it fast,” Kahanu says with a laugh. By August 1936, Kahanu was ready to return home. On board the ship that came to pick him up was Sproat, who disembarked and started his three months on Jarvis. Sproat, also a Kamehameha student, had heard rumors about the colonization project and saw it

as a great summer job. “I was just a young guy, 17. You don’t do much thinking,” he says. Sproat’s group of four salvaged lumber from the ship Amaranth that had wrecked on the reef at Jarvis. They built living quarters and a structure for taking weather reports. In addition to fishing, Sproat says he enjoyed observing what little life there was on the island – plants, animals, insects. And for entertainment, they played checkers and his leader Jacob Haili had a guitar, so they would sing in the evenings. “I liked the life,” Sproat says. “It was a different experience and it was pleasant. We didn’t have to work hard, nothing strenuous.” In the first week of November 1936, with no advanced word, he says he “just saw the ship coming, so we packed our things.” Turning points Sproat says the only bad experience he had was when an eel bit him while he was fishing.

Kahanu’s group all broke out in boils, and their leader had them each take a shot of castor oil. It worked. But there were much more serious medical emergencies as well. Two colonizers were burned when a weather balloon exploded. They were lucky. A ship happened to arrive shortly later. It was a much more tragic ending for Carl Kahalewai. He suffered appendicitis while on Jarvis. A ship was sent to pick him up, but on the way home to Hawai‘i his appendix ruptured and he died at sea. Kahalewai’s death and many other stories about the colonization project began receiving attention in the local newspaper and even some mainland papers. People started writing to the editor to volunteer as colonizers or to suggest perks for the boys like sending them a piano. And while previously some parents didn’t even know their child was headed to the islands or about the project, now, some parents, like Mannie Phillips’ father, were encouraging their sons to sign up.

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Mannie did, and in June 1939, at 18, the Roosevelt graduate went to Jarvis. He enjoyed the experience so much, he signed up for three tours of duty. The second was on Baker Island, the third back on Jarvis. He says he learned to be selfsufficient but more importantly that’s “when I really realized what I wanted to do, become a military pilot.” So he would bring his books to the islands and study hard. It was in the time of the Great Depression so the pay was vital to help him pay for college. He had applied to the University of Chicago, and it’s while he was on Jarvis that he received in the mail his letter of acceptance. To his surprise, at the end of his third tour, the ship arriving to pick him up in August 1941 brought his replacement – his younger brother Paul, then an 18-year-old Roosevelt graduate. See PATRIOTS on page 26

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Hawaiians are owed revenues from the state’s use of lands in the Public Land Trust. The back payments stretch to 1978. A tentative settlement to resolve the longstanding issue is up for discussion By Harold Nedd


n the lead up to the 2012 legislative session, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is holding a series of meetings as part of a wider effort to inform and consult with the community on the state’s offer to settle longstanding claims for past-due revenues owed to OHA from the Public Land Trust. The first round will consist of 11 public meetings at various locations throughout the state, where OHA will review the terms of the tentative deal that, if approved by the Hawai‘i Legislature, would give OHA 25 acres of largely waterfront property in Kaka‘ako valued at an |

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estimated $200 million. These meetings, the first of which was held on Dec. 2 on Maui, will also afford the Hawaiian community the opportunity to voice their mana‘o on the tentative deal that would resolve a dispute that dates back to when the agency was formed in 1978. At the same time, the community meetings will provide OHA with an opportunity to share its vision for the 10 parcels that could potentially bring millions into the agency to help fund communitybased programs aimed at improving conditions for Native Hawaiians. “It may not be a perfect deal, but it is worth pursuing,” OHA’s soon-

to-retire Chief Executive Officer Clyde Nämu‘o said at a recent meeting with nearly two dozen stakeholders from the Native Hawaiian community. The back payments due to OHA have triggered multiple lawsuits against the state. The payments are Native Hawaiians’ share of revenues from the state’s use of lands in the Public Land Trust. That land trust, comprising 1.2 million acres, includes but isn’t limited to former Hawaiian kingdom lands that were ceded to the U.S. government upon annexation and later transferred to the state government at the time of statehood. The Public Land

Trust is reserved for five purposes, including for improving the conditions of Native Hawaiians. Nämu‘o, who plans to step down as CEO on Dec. 30, told stakeholders that two rounds of community meetings are planned to discuss the tentative deal reached with the state. In the first round, OHA will review the terms of the deal as well as potential opportunities and get feedback from the community. In the second round of meetings, OHA will revisit the same communities and share reaction from the various community meetings as well as key points raised about the proposed deal. The briefing came a day after Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced on Nov. 16 the settlement offer that state lawmakers are expected to vote on before the next legislative session ends in May 2012. As Abercrombie explained, “If ultimately approved, this agreement will finally and completely resolve any and all claims relating to OHA’s share of ceded land receipts from Nov. 7, 1978, to July 1, 2012.” The settlement would not affect the $15.1 million in Public Land Trust revenue OHA receives annually from the state, which OHA uses to fulfill its statutory mandate of improving conditions of Native Hawaiians. The appraisals of the properties are based on 2011 market values. “I think it’s a fair settlement,” said OHA attorney Bill Meheula, who negotiated the deal. Even so, OHA Chairperson Colette Machado is mindful of potential hurdles that might have to be crossed as the closely watched issue unfolds. She is anticipating resistance from opposing groups. “We will have a big battle in the Legislature,” Machado told stakeholders. “But this proposal will help unify us and bring out the best in our leadership skills.”  Already, the tentative pact has inspired support and confidence from some of OHA’s key allies, including former Gov. John Waihe‘e III, Chairman of the five-member Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, which was established by law in July to play

a key role in the nation-building process for Native Hawaiians. “I am glad that the issue is working toward a resolution,” Waihe‘e said. “The sooner the deal gets done, the better. We’re talking about money that is owed to us.” State Senate Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria, who represents Kaka‘ako, attended the Governor’s news conference. In a conversation afterward, he suggested that he felt duty-bound to help overcome barriers to securing legislative approval for the deal. “We have to finish this settlement,” Galuteria said. “Now is the time to strike this deal.” OHA and the state have been close to a deal before. In 2008, OHA reached a similar tentative settlement with former Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration for about $200 million in land and cash. But state lawmakers did not approve that deal, which included $13 million in cash and about 209 acres of commercial properties on O‘ahu and the Big Island. Among those at the center of that storm was Meheula, who does not expect the same kind of battle this time around. “We all learned from the last time,” Meheula said, referring to 2008. Subsequent proposals have also died at the Legislature. Community consultation and outreach throughout the entire process are top priorities this time around. This is a direct response to a sense that the broad Hawaiian community was not consulted on the 2008 proposal. Meheula said he believes OHA’s chances are better this time for a number of reasons. For one thing, the 10 parcels offered in the latest proposal are clustered together in the same area in Ka‘akako, which is under the jurisdiction of the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority. Meaning, OHA – like any other landowner in the area – would have to get any proposed development reviewed and allow public comment on projects. In addition, Meheula feels strongly that the latest offer will be See PAST DUE on page 28




Kamehameha Schools’ Strategic Plan: Ten Years of Growth Just over 10 years ago, several hundred passionate community members committed themselves to creating a plan that would chart a path for Kamehameha Schools to fulfill Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop’s desire to create educational opportunities in perpetuity to improve the capability and well-being of people of Hawaiian ancestry. That plan came to be known as the Kamehameha Schools Strategic Plan 2000-2015. With ten years of progress recorded and fewer than five years remaining, we invite you to join us as we take a look back at a decade of progress, and look forward to a future of promise.






Provide and facilitate a wide range of integrated quality educational programs and services to serve more people of Hawaiian ancestry. Kamehameha Schools operates three co-ed campuses with a combined enrollment of 5,400 students and an educational system including preschool, scholarship, and community outreach programs. During this decade of progress, we… • Built new K-12 campuses on Maui and Hawai‘i Island, increasing enrollment by 60 percent to 5,400 students. • Opened nearly 20 additional preschool classrooms at 31 sites statewide, increasing preschool enrollment by 50 percent to 1,500 learners.

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Since the year 2000, Kamehameha Schools doubled the number of learners and caregivers it serves to over 45,000 in fiscal year 2010.

• Developed and implemented an education strategic plan designed to create long-term, intergenerational change for Hawaiians through education.











“Our successful collaboration with Kamehameha Schools has spanned over five years. In my humble opinion, KS’ collaboration with us emulates the very best in the collaborative partnership model.” KATHY MORRIS

Executive Director Hui Mälama O Ke Kai Waimänalo

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Work with families and communities in their efforts to meet the educational needs of people of Hawaiian ancestry. Kamehameha Schools is dedicated to restoring the well-being of Hawaiians through education, but cannot do it alone. By collaborating with community organizations like ‘Aha Pünana Leo, Papa Ola Lökahi, the State Department of Education, and the University of Hawai‘i, we have been able to extend our educational reach to thousands of Hawaiian learners throughout the state. During this decade of progress, we… • Provided per-pupil funding for 17 Hawaiian-focused start-up and conversion public charter schools totaling $49,306,568. • Awarded approximately $80 million in contributions to over a hundred community collaborators including early childhood education, Hawaiian language and Native Hawaiian support organizations. • Place Kamehameha teachers in 200 public school classrooms to help boost the literacy of keiki from kindergarten to third grade. Since the year 2000, Kamehameha Schools’ investment in community collaborators has doubled to more than $20 million per year.

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Cultivate, nurture, perpetuate and practice ‘ike Hawai‘i (Hawaiian knowledge). Hawaiian language and culture permeate Kamehameha’s campus and outreach programs and are now being cultivated in our workplace as well. As a Hawaiian organization, Kamehameha Schools promotes Hawaiian living and learning and encourages its employees and learners to embrace nohona Hawai‘i – a Hawaiian way of life. During this decade of progress, we… • Implemented an organization-wide policy promoting the cultivation of ‘ike Hawai‘i (Hawaiian knowledge), ‘ölelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language) and nohona Hawai‘i (a Hawaiian way of life) among our leadership, staff, and learners. • Created the Ho‘okahua Hawaiian Cultural Development office to help integrate Hawaiian culture, language and learning opportunities into the Kamehameha workplace. • Supported organizations that build and enhance cultural capacity, including Hawaiian immersion schools and Hawaiianfocused charter schools. Kamehameha Schools offers its employees over 40 Hawaiian cultural huaka‘i (field trips) and papahana (workshops) which draw more than 500 participants each year.











“Having a disciplined investment and spending policy enabled us to weather the fiscal crisis of 2008 without employee layoffs or Royal Hawaiian Center a reduction in programs. Today, our educational KIRK BELSBY spending is even higher Vice President of Endowment Kamehameha Schools than before the crisis.”

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Foster the development of leaders who focus on service to others. Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop was a true servant leader. Since the inception of our strategic plan, we have made an institutionwide effort to instill the leadership qualities she exemplified in our campus and community learners. During this decade of progress, we… • Created the First Nations’ Futures Fellowship program aimed at developing service leaders to steward natural and cultural resources in perpetuity. • Developed the Külia I Ka Pono summer enrichment program which hones servant leadership skills in students through a connection to the ‘äina. • Awarded over $120 million in post-high scholarships with special consideration given to students pursuing careers contributing to the well-being of Hawaiians. Kamehameha Schools preschool and post-high scholarship recipients have performed over 500,000 hours of service to the Hawaiian community over the past ten years.

Optimize the value and use of current financial and non-financial resources and actively seek and develop new resources. Approximately 98 percent of the revenue that supports Kamehameha Schools comes from its endowment. This reliance on a sole source requires that we take a conservative and long-term approach to our investments. This approach helps ensure that our programs and services continue in perpetuity. During this decade of progress, we… • Instituted investment and spending policies to ensure that our financial resources serve today’s learners as well as those of future generations. • Created Ke Ali‘i Pauahi Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports our educational mission by cultivating scholarship funds and awarding post-high scholarships to Hawaiian learners. • Developed a plan establishing five values to guide all of our Hawai‘i land transactions: education, economics, environment, culture and community. It is the kuleana of Kamehameha Schools to manage its real estate and financial assets wisely ensuring that educational programs and services benefit Hawaiian learners for generations to come.






Mälama i ka ‘äina: practice ethical, prudent and culturally appropriate stewardship of lands and resources.






Continue to develop as a dynamic, nurturing, learning community.

Over 120 years ago, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop bequeathed more than 375,000 acres of Hawai‘i land to a trust with one purpose: to restore the well-being of Hawaiians through education. Today, Kamehameha Schools is stewarding that land to ensure that its precious resources are protected. During this decade of progress, we… • Established a policy to guide the sustainable stewardship of our Hawai‘i land including natural resources, water resources and wahi küpuna (ancestral places). • Increased our stewardship of native ecosystems from 3,000 to 179,000 acres. • Supported the protection and restoration of ancient Hawaiian heiau, fishponds and historic sites including the birthplace of our namesake, Kamehameha I.

“The health and well-being of our lands and natural resources are critical to the health and well-being of our people.” NÄMAKA WHITEHEAD Ecologist Kamehameha Schools

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“Over the past decade, there has been significant growth and development of our organization and its strategies, programs and services. We have also broadened and strengthened our community collaborations, extending our outreach efforts. This progress culminates in a maturity of KS that will position us well for our next strategic plan.” LAUREN NAHME

Director, Strategic Planning Kamehameha Schools

KS staff at Ka Papa Lo‘i ‘o Kanewai

Serving Hawaiian learners in perpetuity requires the right organizational resources and a high-performing workforce. Kamehameha Schools has invested in both through initiatives including information technology upgrades and professional development programs for employees. During this decade of progress, we… • Established a program to nurture professional growth in our education workforce both on campuses and in the community. • Gathered and published credible data on Hawaiian learners to help our leaders make informed decisions.

Due to its growth and progress over the past decade, the number of full-time faculty and staff members at Kamehameha Schools has more than doubled to nearly 2,100 employees.

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Kaka‘ako Map A. $34,980,000 1011 Ala Moana Blvd. and Kewalo Basin TMK: 2-1-58-95 & 2-1-58-125* (221,363 sq. ft.)

E. $17,160,000 919 Ala Moana Blvd. (AAFES), TMK 2-1-58-6** (95,832 sq. ft.)

B. $17,750,000 - 123 Ahui St. and 113 Ahui St.


F. $30,660,000 - 160 Ahui St., TMK 2-1-60-5** (200,942 sq. ft.)

TMK: 2-1-58-2 & 2-1-58-35* (137,213 sq. ft.)

G. $18,470,000 - 160 Koula St., TMK 2-1-60-6** (110,904 sq. ft.)




C. $13,820,000 - 59 Ahui St. TMK: 2-1-58-124 & 2-1-58-126* (88,916 sq. ft.)


J. $24,890,000 - Ilalo St. TMK 2-1-15-52** (240,059 sq. ft.)



D. $7,400,000 - 45 Ahui St. and 53 Ahui St. TMK 2-1-58-48 & 2-1-60-13* (40,841 sq. ft.)

K L. $21,930,000 - End of Keawe St. TMK 2-1-15-51** (227,645 sq. ft.)

* Zoning: Waterfront Commercial. ** Zoning: Mixed Use. Note: Parcels K and L are comprised of public trust lands.

K. $11,420,000 - Point Panic End of Ahui St., TMK 2-1-60-1* (69,000 sq. ft.)

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Hawaiian Home Lands Trust invites beneficiaries: Join us in moving forward

By Alapaki Nahale-a


n recent weeks you may have heard about the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust and Kamehameha Schools discussing a new site for the Ka Pua Initiative, a state-ofthe-art learning center surrounded by a Hawaiian homestead community on the Wai‘anae Coast. This is just one of several exciting projects we at the Trust are gearing up for and we want to make sure that our beneficiaries are ready to join us. First, a little background on where we’re headed and some of our planned projects. When the Hawaiian Homes Act of 1920 was approved nearly 100 years ago, it set into motion Prince Jonah Kühiö Kalaniana‘ole Pi‘ikoi’s vision for reversing a trend – Native Hawaiians were becoming a dying race. The idea behind the new law was to return our people to their ancestral lands. ‘Äina Ho‘opulapula, the phrase used to describe the Hawaiian Home Lands program, literally means, “to sprout forth from the land.” The current Hawaiian Homes Commission, the new leadership team, and staff of the Hawaiian Home Lands are ready to return more native Hawaiians to the land – ‘Äina Ho‘opulapula. In October, the Hawaiian Homes Commission approved the Trust’s Strategic Goals and Objectives for the next five years – the four goals are: >> Deliver diverse homesteading opportunities. >> Provide excellent customer

service. >> Ensure the financial well-being of the trust. >> Reaffirm and assert trust status. With these goals, we hope to build a solid foundation that will support much of our work in the coming months and years DELIVER You will see the trust completing projects that were already in the works. Kaupuni Village in Wai‘anae is one example. We have and will complete new turnkey and self-help homes in the homesteads of Känehili in Kapolei, Kumuhau and Kaka‘ina in Waimänalo, La‘i ‘Öpua in Kona and Pi‘ilani Mai Ke Kai in Anahola. We are also laying the groundwork to develop new residential opportunities such as multi-generational homes inspired by the Hawaiian concept of kauhale. We will be building one Kauhale-style home as a pilot project, slated for completion next summer. Plans are in the works for transitional rentals, condominiums and communities with integrated educational facilities. We will also be rolling out new agricultural and pastoral awards – which we have not done for years – that include a focus on clustered sustenance farming agricultural lots. To help determine the needs of our application waitlist beneficiaries, we are in the process of surveying them on the kinds of homesteads and in what areas our beneficiaries want to live. SERVE A staff comment sums up the goal of a renewed emphasis on customer service: “Good customer service benefits both the beneficiaries and the employees/ DHHL.” The trust will focus on better communications and relaying

information to beneficiaries and the public. It will also look to professional development to assist staff in focusing on providing excellent customer service. PROTECT The trust has a finite amount of land and resources. As a result, ensuring the financial wellbeing of the trust is an important goal. We will be improving internal operational efficiencies, creating synergistic partnerships and alliances, and diversifying revenues. One of the hurdles on the horizon is the end of the $30 million Act 14 settlement monies in 2013. We will be working within our new goals and objectives to

meet that challenge head-on. ASSERT Reaffirming and asserting Trust status is important in protecting the Trust and advancing the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act. Now that you know a little more about where the Trust is headed, we’d like to make sure that we will be able to contact you, our beneficiaries, when these projects are ready. About 13 percent of those on our application waitlist do not have current addresses and other contact information filed with the Department. If you are an applicant and have moved anytime while waiting for a homestead award, please make sure your address, phone number and other information are current. If you need to change your contact information, you need to fill out an “Information Change Notification Form” and sign it and mail it back to us. You can get the form in several ways:

>> Online: Go to our web site at: and then click on “Applications” in right-hand column to get to the Applications Forms. >> Phone: Call us at 1-808-6209500 to request that a form be mailed to you. >> Office: Visit us at 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway in Kapolei or at any one of our neighbor island district offices. A list and addresses of our neighbor island offices can also be found on our web site. Join us – together we can move the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust forward and fulfill Prince Kühiö’s vision of ‘Äina Ho‘opulapula.  Alapaki Nahale-a is the Chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission and Director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. The views expressed in this Community Forum are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

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By Claire Ku‘uleilani Hughes, Dr. PH., R.D.


t is Makahiki season, the time when Hawaiians welcome Lono’s gift of rains and wind. Nature is filled with many signs of the presence of the Hawaiian gods. Certain objects are symbolic of each of the major gods. For example, Mary Kawena Pukui tells us that Lono was represented by a wooden carving of the head of a hog. Districts were divided into ahupua‘a (altar of the hog), and annual offerings to Lono were collected at these altars at the borders of the districts. Lono is represented by thunder, lightning, earthquakes, rain and wind, dark clouds, rainbows, whirlwinds that sweep the earth, waterspouts, the clustering clouds of heaven, and gushing springs on

the mountains. Chants referred to rain clouds as “bodies (kino) of Lono.” The ‘uala (sweet potato), whose cultivation on the drier lands was dependent on winter rains, is identified with Lono in his hog form as Kamapua‘a (hog child). Humorously, the humble ‘uala were sometimes referred to as the “droppings” of Kamapua‘a. Lono is the god of plants and planting. He is the focus of worship connected with crops. In old Hawai‘i, prayers for adequate rainfall, abundant harvest and protection from droughts and famine were offered to Lono at heiau mäpele, which were built and used by the maka‘äinana, in addition to the larger heiau ipu o Lono or hale o Lono. Martha Beckwith tells us that in ancient times the common people remembered Lono’s powers over plentiful harvests with a food gourd, which was used only in family prayers. Each home kept a gourd in the mua (men’s house), by the kua ahu (altar) or ipu o Lono, with

symbolic offerings of food. At the beginning and end of each day, the man of the house offered prayers in the presence of the gourd of Lono for the well-being of the chiefs, commoners and for his own family, and then ate the food from the gourd. As god of fertility, Lono was celebrated in the Makahiki festival held during the rainy season, which covers a period of four months. Priests prayed for rain for abundant crops or to escape from sickness and trouble. The red fish, the black coconut, the white fish and ‘awa were also symbols of Lono. Such ho‘okupu of food and other products of the land were presented to Lonomakua (Lono-the-elder) during the annual Makahiki, and the offerings were collected at the altars of the district borders. In a royal procession through the districts, the harvest tribute was accepted and the land and crops were blessed and released from kapu. The ali‘i nui, or high chief, acted as deputy of Lono, who was represented by a symbol remarkably suggestive of the sail of a square-

Kapono Souza bears an akua loa staff at a makahiki procession at Pu‘uloa. - Photo: Chris Usher

rigged ship. This symbol was a tall staff with a small, carved figure at the peak and a crosspiece near the top from which hung a square of white kapa (bark cloth). In a coincidence of place and timing, Capt. James Cook landed at Kealakekua Bay to provision his ship during the season of the Lono festival. Cook was received and worshipped as Lono-makua. During the subsequent disheartening and disillusioning events, the navigator was killed, as we all know.



The event occurred on the shores of Kealakekua, literally the path of the god, where for centuries Lono-makua, the bearer of rain and plenty, had been believed to have come ashore each year. 

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PATRIOTs Continued from page 17 “I didn’t recognize him!” Mannie says with a laugh. “We were not the mushy kine,” Paul says, “Just, ‘Hey, brother. Howzit.’ That kind of thing.” Paul says they were one of about a dozen sets of brothers who were colonizers. The way he saw it, “What big brother can do, little brother can do as well.” By then, the colonizers had long been enjoying more creature comforts like outhouses and steel beds. They would receive 5-gallon cans of Saloon Pilot Crackers from family back home, fill it up with 200 dried fish and send them back. It was so hot, fish dried in a day and a half, Paul says. In his spare time, Paul learned from his leader Mike McCorriston how to make linen throw nets and feather lei. War comes to the outpost While life on the island was enjoyable, life in the outside world was changing. There was a war in Europe. Japan was an increasing threat. Paul was into his second consecutive tour on Jarvis on Dec. 7, 1941. “We weren’t aware really that Pearl Harbor had been attacked,” he says. “We had radios but the government radio was out, so we were unaware that the attack was on.” And they, along with the rest of the world, were unaware that one day later, on Dec. 8, the Japanese bombed Howland and Baker islands. Two colonizers on Howland, Joseph Keli‘ihananui and Richard Whaley, were killed. The six remaining – two on Howland, four on Baker – spent the next 54 days hiding from the Japanese in the daylight, getting food and water at night. Meanwhile on Jarvis, Paul says around the ninth of December, they contacted the Coast Guard station in Hawai‘i to send in their daily weather reports. “They told us to get off the air, stay off the air, maintain radio silence, that Pearl Harbor had been attacked and not much more. So of course this was

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quite a concern to us, not knowing what condition the island was in, what condition our families were in. So it was two months without any contact with the outside world.” He says late in December he awoke before sunrise and noticed a ship off shore. “So not knowing friend or foe, we decided, let’s move out of the camp area, find shelter. ... As soon as it got light enough, it turned out to be a Japanese submarine. They started shelling us with their deck gun.” He says, “Fortunately for us their target was not the camp area but an area toward the center of the island. It was solid, looked like an airfield, so I think that’s the reason for the shelling. … There were no casualties and no damage to the camp area and that was the last of any hostilities. Of course, we were pretty cautious after that.” In February 1942, two ships arrived to take them home. They had to move quickly, so most of their personal possessions, like Paul’s feather lei, were left on the island. On Feb. 9, Paul was the last of the colonizers to step off the islands. The colonization project was over. Following a debriefing in Honolulu, Paul says: “We were advised to find jobs within 10 days or two weeks or we could be inducted into the military. Good luck. And with those two words, the Panalä‘au program ended right there: Good luck. That was it. Not another word from the United States, from anyone.” “Under a Jarvis Moon” Like the Phillips brothers, Sproat and Kahanu, many colonizers went on to serve in the military and serve their communities in some capacity. And yet through those years, so many said nothing about their time on the islands. “We didn’t talk about it,” Kahanu says. “Even like today, military people, you don’t talk about things.” But Kahanu finally did open up to his granddaughter Noelle Kahanu, and only because she asked. She is a Project Manager at Bishop Museum, and a co-worker who saw a Jarvis log book written

by George Kahanu asked Noelle if she was related to him. When Noelle asked her grandfather, he went into his bedroom and brought out an armful of memories. “I kept a pretty good file,” he says. “So I gave it to her, and I told her, I even have a song on Jarvis.” Kahanu and a fellow colonizer composed it on Jarvis, and he sang it for Noelle. After all these years he remembers every word: “The moon on Jarvis Island, just makes me long for you … ” With that, Noelle launched years of research and gathering of oral histories from many of the colonists. She then co-produced and directed the documentary Under a Jarvis Moon and is pushing for national recognition for the colonists. An ‘important chapter in American history’ On July 26, 2011, U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka introduced a resolution co-sponsored by Sen. Daniel Inouye acknowledging the “contributions and sacrifices of the young men who served as colonists.” Akaka’s office says it “has not yet been considered by the full Senate and there is no timeline for if or when that might happen, unfortunately.” U.S. Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Mazie Hirono submitted a companion resolution in the House on Aug. 5 and it was referred to the Natural Resources Committee. The hope was that the resolutions would pass this year, the 75th anniversary of President Roosevelt claiming jurisdiction over the islands. “We want the nation to know about, and celebrate, this important chapter in American history,” Akaka said at a screening of Under A Jarvis Moon at Hawai‘i Theatre in August. “I still do regret the fact that the U.S. government never saw fit to recognize the panalä‘au for their contributions, their dedicated service, the ultimate sacrifices that they made in carrying out this mission for the government,” Paul Phillips says, but then “you have to sit back and think there was a war on. Then it was kind of forgotten.” But for those who do know, they stand in awe and say thank you.

ABOVE: Colonists Elvin Mattson, left, Dickey Whaley and Joe Keli‘ihahanui relax on Howland Island. Whaley and Keli‘ihahanui were killed when the Japanese bombed Howland on Dec. 8, 1941. Thanks to the efforts of the Hui Panala¯‘au, Keli‘ihananui and Whaley were brought home to Hawai‘i. They are buried at the Hawai‘i State Veterans Cemetery in Ka¯ne‘ohe. BELOW: William Stewart Markham, Kini Pea, Killarney Opiopio and James Kamakaiwi with two military personnel on Howland Island in 1936.- Photos: Courtesy of Bishop Museum And for each of the remaining colonists, they carry a proud legacy and memories unmatched. “It’s been a remarkable lifetime” says George Kahanu, who still carries the experience with him. “Even today when I sleep, I turn in one spot,” he says, just as he did on his Army cot on Jarvis.  Kathy Muneno is a weekend weather anchor and reporter for KHON2.

Under a Jarvis Moon A screening of the documentary is planned for 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center theater. Admission is free and seats are first come, first serve. To schedule a community screening, please contacting Noelle Kahanu at Bishop Museum at 848-4190 or noelle.kahanu@ More information on Hui Panalä‘au is also available online at



ABOVE LEFT: Now in their 90s, brothers Mannie “Woody” and Paul Phillips pose with Snoopy on Jarvis Island in August 1941. The Philhawaii_hirdetes_3.78x4.9_cs4.indd lips were among more than 12 sets of brothers who helped colonize the islands. ABOVE RIGHT: The colonists' many duties included taking weather readings, pictured, keeping daily logs and collecting specimens and data for Bishop Museum. - Photos: Courtesy of Bishop Museum BELOW: The colonists and the film co-producers at a showing of the documentary "Under a Jarvis Moon." Manny "Woody" Phillips, left, Noelle Kahanu, Paul Phillips, Heather Giugni, George Kahanu Sr. and Lisa Altieri. - Courtesy photo by Kapulani Landgraf


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Continued from page 18 buoyed by Attorney General David Louie’s public statement about the settlement being totally unrelated to any “overthrow or sovereignty claims.” “He had to come out and say it this time,” Meheula said, adding that the statement should help avoid major problems of the same nature this go-around in the Hawai‘i Legislature. “This wasn’t said last time.” The potential for new conflicts should also lessen from the deal being nonbinding, Meheula said. “It’s like a letter of intent,” he said. “But it’s enough for OHA to spend money to do the due diligence. If we need to change terms, we will, as long as it makes sense.” For his part, Louie told reporters during the news conference that he felt “the settlement represents a reasonable compromise.” “Nobody is totally happy, but we wanted to bring in the community and the Legislature early in the process so they can weigh in,” he said. Meanwhile, OHA officials have moved quickly to guide expectations. Speaking to reporters at the Governor’s news conference, Machado said she was eager to begin the planning process, but she also expressed her desire to be sensitive to residents’ concerns about open-space preservation. “It is the largest open space left in downtown Honolulu,” Machado said. “With that in mind, we want to work with everyone.” In answering questions at a meeting with stakeholders the day after the press conference, Machado’s sentiments were echoed by Nämu‘o as he reassured the group that OHA is keenly aware of potential environmental concerns that could help determine whether the properties are worth investing in. Some of the parcels have the potential to generate revenue. “If the deal goes through, those revenues would go to OHA,” Nämu‘o said. In years past, for instance, the site of the former John Dominis Restaurant, which is part of the proposed settlement, generated $1 million. Walking stakeholders through the list of properties, Nämu‘o shed light on his thinking for the parcel housing the AAFES Building, at 919 Ala Moana Blvd., saying it could be used to construct a new headquarters for OHA

ABOVE: OHA Chairperson Colette Machado and Gov. Neil Abercrombie at the announcement of the proposed ceded lands settement. BELOW: Joining them for a team cheer are OHA attorney Bill Meheula, left, and State Attorney General David Louie, far right. - Courtesy photo by Ricky Li/Office of the Governor

or perhaps the headquarters of a new Native Hawaiian government. Nämu‘o also pointed out that OHA can be more realistic about the chances of reuse of all the properties once the agency is able to push deeper into assessing the risks of developing these properties. “Our first obligation is to make sure there are no legal or other barriers to using the land in the best interest of Native Hawaiians,” Nämu‘o said. If all goes well, OHA would create a

master plan with the ability to forge strong relationships with key stakeholders such as Kamehameha Schools, the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority and the University of Hawai‘i, Nämu‘o said. “OHA needs to make sure the land is used in a thoughtful way that is helpful to the entire community,” Nämu‘o said. “We will balance cultural and environmental considerations with the need to support programs that benefit the Native Hawaiian community.” 

Here is the complete schedule for Round 1 of the community meetings OHA is holding across the state. In a second round of meetings, OHA will revisit the same communities and share round-one feedback as well as the results of the agency’s due diligence on the parcels. The dates, times and places for Round 2 meetings will be announced at a later date and posted online at Comments are also welcome by email to Here is the schedule for the meetings:   MAUI   Maui Waena Intermediate School,  795 Onehe‘e St., Kahului, Dec. 2,  5 to 7 p.m.   KAUA‘I
   Lïhu‘e Public Library, 4344 Hardy St., Lïhu‘e, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to noon   KONA (BIG ISLAND) Kaniohale Community Center,  74-5100 Haleolono St., Kailua-Kona, Dec. 9, 5 to 7 p.m.   HILO (BIG ISLAND) Department of Education Annex,
450 Waiänuenue Ave.,
Hilo, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to noon   NORTH O‘AHU Wahiawä Recreation Center,
1129 Kilani Ave.,
Wahiawä, Dec. 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.   CENTRAL O‘AHU McKinley High School (site is pending confirmation),
1039 S. King St., Dec. 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.   EAST O‘AHU  Waimänalo “Ka Ho‘oilina Na Kühiö” Community Center,
41-253 Ilauhole St., Waimänalo, Dec. 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.   LEEWARD O‘AHU Kapolei Middle School,
91-5335 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, Dec. 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.   LÄNA‘I Läna‘i High & Intermediate School,
555 Fraser Ave.,
Läna‘i City, Dec. 17, 9 to 11 a.m.   MOLOKA‘I Külana ‘Öiwi Complex,
600 Maunaloa Highway,
Kaunakakai, Dec. 17, 3 to 5 p.m.




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EARLY HISTORY The ongoing dispute over income and proceeds from the lands of the Public Land Trust between the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the State of Hawai‘i centers around approximately 1.2 million acres of lands received by the State of Hawai‘i at statehood in 1959; it is intertwined with the overall claims of Hawaiians to approximately 1.8 million acres of crown, government and public lands once belonging to the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, commonly referred to as the “ceded lands” from which the Public Land Trust lands largely derive. In the 1898 Joint Resolution to provide for annexing the Hawaiian Islands to the United States, the Republic of Hawai‘i “ceded and transferred” to the United States absolute fee and ownership of the 1.8 million acres described above. The annexation impliedly placed these public lands into a special public trust, as it required that all revenue or proceeds from said lands “shall be used solely for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Hawaiian Islands and for educational and other public purposes.” The “Organic Act” of April 30, 1900, gave the control and management of these lands to the government of the Territory of Hawai‘i. The Admission Act, which was passed in 1959, transferred a portion of these (ceded) lands and explicitly created the Public Land Trust to be held by the State of Hawai‘i. Importantly, subsection 5(f) of the Admission Act recognized the public trust status of this portion of the “ceded lands,” stating that: The lands granted to the State of Hawai‘i by subsection (b) of this section …, shall be held by said State as a public trust for the support of the public schools and other public educational institutions, for the betterment of the conditions of native Hawaiians, as defined in the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920, as amended, for the development of farm and home ownership on as widespread a basis as possible for the making of public improvements, and for the provision of lands for public use. Such lands, proceeds, and income shall be managed and disposed of for one or more of the foregoing purposes in such manner as the constitution and laws of said State may provide. … (Emphasis added.) Source: Report on Public Land Trust “Income and Proceeds” Due OHA







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awaiian words are a gift in and of themselves. Words that sing the beauty of Hawai‘i – about Hawaiians, by Hawaiians and often in Hawaiian. In these Islands, you can peruse long, full shelves in book and music stores and be reminded that Hawai‘i is the only state with its own language, its own music and its own dance – all published and packaged for gift giving, for others or to yourself. Ka Wai Ola did a little preholiday perusing to gather these gift suggestions for the Hawaiians and Hawaiians at heart on your list. Our thanks go out to those who provided their insights and kökua, including Kehau Abad of Kamehameha Publishing, Maile Meyer of Native Books/Nä Mea Hawai‘i and Carol Abe of University of Hawai‘i Press. Happy shopping! Mele and more mele

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This basketful of plenty features gift ideas for book, music and DVD lovers. - Photo: Lisa Asato

Moloka‘i music man Lono sings, plays guitar and produced Oldstyle VI: e aloha e, In the Light and the Love of the Ancestors, inspired by the people of the Friendly Isle. Listening to it is like hanging out in his backyard. This CD continues his musical-series study of old-style Hawaiian music, with songs honoring royalty, ‘aumäkua, storytellers and the little coconut tree “hänai by tutu lady.” $20. lonomusic. com Hula, by Robert Uluwehi Cazimero, will make you get up to dance hula even if you don’t. Think Mary Pukui’s Pua Lililehua. Lucky if you live Hawai‘i, you can see Cazimero perform weekly at Chai’s Island Bistro at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Says Cazimero, “This small speck of land, in the biggest ocean on earth, connects Hawai‘i with the world and often

that connection is through hula.” $12.98. mountainapplecompany. com. E Ho‘i Mai, the second CD by Waipuna, celebrates the journeys of the heart for Kale Hannahs and Matthew Sproat, with a song selection inspired by the island of Kaua‘i. The sound is addicting. Two songs, one by Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and another by Puakea Nogelmeier, are among the featured originals, along with collaborations by Hawai‘i’s top entertainers. $16.98. “Ma” Lulu Kelohilani Kahele taught her grandson Kuana Torres Kahele the meaning of kaunaloa – perseverance. The Hilo native has used that as his inspiration for his first solo CD, Kaunaloa, which he calls “his voice in the collective of Hawaiian culture.” The 13 songs are all Kuana originals. Liner notes are a must read, making listening more profound. $12.98. Hi‘ikua’s debut CD Aia I Hi‘ialo, with songs composed and performed by Kalehua Krug, Kamuela Kimokeo and Blake Leoiki-Haili, honors the legacy of the past. The group’s name signifies “to carry on one’s back.” Their music takes you back and forward into the future. $13.98. Imagine the best Hawaiian concert ever with island musicians performing their very favorite songs. Island in Your Eyes is singing just for fun. Savor the Hawaiian music legends Hapa, Teresa Bright, Jeff Peterson, Amy Hanaiali‘i, Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, Keali‘i Reichel, the Brothers Cazimero, Maunalua, Jake Shimabukuro and more. Named for the Brothers Caz classic, Island in your Eyes is exclusive to ABC Stores. $17.99 In Sea of Love, Raiatea Helm combines her talents with producer Guy Sibilla for a date night at a bygone era of the “Hawaiian Club.” No matter where you are or what the day brings, it gets better

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with a minor in history, author John R.K. Clark has written Hawai‘i Surfing: Traditions from the Past. The book is a history of the sport of surfing with words from the Native Hawaiian surfers who wrote for Hawaiian language newspapers of the 1800s (culled from online newspaper resource Clark, a lifelong surfer, former lifeguard and retired Honolulu deputy fire chief, traces his lineage back to the 1853 marriage of Irish sea captain William Carey Lane to Mary Kahooilimoku, a Hawaiian chiefess. $24.

by pushing the play button on this CD, reviving the musical sounds from the 1920s to ‘60s. Harry B. Soria’s liner notes tell a tale. $12.98. mountainapplecompany. com. For the DVD collector Rap: Hawai‘i’s Comic Genius is a time machine into our collective past, created by TV producer Phil Arnone. For those too young to remember Hawai‘i’s most gifted comic, Rap Reiplinger, this DVD is an introduction to “Room Service” the Territorial Tavern and a cast of characters that are holdyour-sides funny. For those who have memorized every great line that Rap delivered, this is a life history of why, where and how the comedy happened. $12.98. Those Who Came Before is the 10th documentary in the Hawaiian Legacy Series by Eddie and Myrna Kamae. Telling of Eddie’s journey of musical self-discovery, this DVD pays tribute to the music of Hawaiians whose gifts of knowledge helped guide him: author and translator Mary Kawena Pukui, the “Songwriter of Waipi‘o” Sam Li‘a, “Aloha Chant” author Pilani Paki and Hawaiian cultural resource Lilia “Mama” Hale. $12.98. mountainapplecompany. com. Voices of our Küpuna, the Hula Preservation Society’s first DVD

is an amazing gift that includes the viewer in a comfortable conversation with kumu who spent their lives immersed in hula. Auntie Nona Beamer, Uncle George Nä‘ope and Auntie Kahili Long Cummings even dance a bit in the 90-minute DVD that begs the replay button. Japanese subtitles are optional. $30. hulapreservation. org and click on “What’s New.” Mana I Ka Leo, Power of the Voice, by 4 Miles LLC, takes the viewer on a visual journey artfully led by the voices of the chanters. Hear and absorb the energy of the ancestors. Hökülani Holt, Dr. Kamana‘opono Crabbe, Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole and Charles Kau‘pu oli (chant) in this DVD proudly supported by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. $25. The Merrie Monarch Festival 2011 DVD offers 12 hours and 10 minutes of hula heaven for “hulaholics.” Relive every moment of the 50-plus hula ‘auana and hula kahiko performances as well as the dances of 12 Miss Aloha Hula contestants at the annual “Olympics” of hula competition in Hilo. $50. And, let a little hula grace your loved ones’ daily lives with the companion 2012 calendar for $14 featuring cultural insights into hula, mele, instruments and adornments seen in the performances.

Page turners Ka Honua Ola: ‘Eli‘eli Kau Mai – The Living Earth. Descend, Deepen the Revelation, by Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele, “embodies the renaissance of consciousness we are experiencing as a lähui and forever changes the way we explore our mo‘olelo,” says Ulalia Woodside. Topics flow from the movement of lava from one homeland to the next to an ‘awa chant to fulfill the request for long life. “Take time to enjoy,” says Kanahele. “Remember, this gift took many lifetimes to wrap. Don’t be in a hurry to unwrap it.” $24. Some books are a place to simply get lost in translation. No Nä Mamo: Traditional and Contemporary Hawaiian Beliefs and Practices by Malcolm Naea Chun is one of those books. Chun’s book is his way of gathering words and history. It is akin to filling a lauhala basket with historic gifts, then offering them to everyone in words they can easily understand. The reader could spend a day or a month in the chapter on Ho‘onohonoho (cultural management) and the first encounter with Capt. James Cook. Humor is not lacking. The chapter is titled “Trading as the First Encounter: This Little Piggy Went to Market.” $40. uhpress. For those majoring in surfing,

Ua Mau Ke Ea: Sovereignty Endures – An Overview of the Political and Legal History of the Hawaiian Islands, by David Keanu Sai, Ph.D., sounds scholarly. It could be called a “think piece” in the world of political commentary. Sai, in concert with Kau‘i SaiDudoit of Ho‘olaupa‘i Hawaiian Language Newspaper Project, who collaborated on a DVD, has created a curriculum that educators describe

as “an academically sound and well-written textbook.” The book provides insight on the foundations of the political and legal history of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i and its relevance to Hawai‘i today. $35. The keiki book Kili and the Singing Tree Snails, by Janice Crowl and beautifully illustrated by Harinani Orme, is really a gift for everyone. One line tells it all: “This story takes place in Hawai‘i long ago, at a time when a king’s home had not yet fallen down, and the snails had not yet disappeared from the land.” Take a trip through Hawaiian history through the afterword and resources sections, describing 482 calabashes of poi, 1,820 fresh fish and 4,000 heads of taro. Read on! $16.95.  Lynn Cook is a local freelance journalist sharing the arts and culture of Hawai‘i with a global audience.

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A Cazimero Christmas Fri.-Sat., Dec. 9-10, 7:30 p.m.; and Sun., Dec. 11, 2 p.m. The Brothers Cazimero and friends Leina‘ala Kalama Heine, Hälau Nä Kamalei, The Royal Dance Co., Miss Keiki Hula 2011 Sheyla Ballesteros, Master Keiki Hula 2011 Rahstan Benavides, and special guest Jimmy Borges wish everyone a very Mele Kalikimaka with a not-to-be-missed holiday performance. $30-$75; $5 discount available to HTC members, seniors, military, students, youth and groups. Hawai‘i Theatre, O‘ahu. (808) 528-0506 or hawaiitheatre. com.

Maui Arts and Cultural Center, McCoy Studio Theater. (808) 2427469 or

A Hawaiian Christmas Sat., Dec. 10, 8 p.m.; and Sat., Dec. 17, 2 p.m. on KITV Sun., Dec. 25, 8 a.m. on radio Hawaiian 105 KINE For your holiday pleasure enjoy the television special “A Hawaiian Christmas,” featuring Lehua Kalima, Amy Hanaiali‘i Gilliom, Kapena, John Cruz, O’Brian Eselu and Afatia Thompson at the historic Kaumakapili Church. Narrated by Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, produced by Kenneth Makuakäne and sponsored by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Generations: Kekuhi Keali‘ikanaka‘ole Sat., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. Nä Höku Hanohano Award-winner Kekuhi Kanahele is joined by her mother, Pualani Kanahele, and her son, Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole, for an intimate musical performance of her contemporary Hawaiian hits. $30. Maui Arts & Cultural Center, McCoy Studio Theater. (808) 242-7469 or

Slack Key Masters with Daniel Ho & Tia Carrere Thurs., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. Grammy Award-winning artists Daniel Ho and Tia Carrere perform together in a musical medley of smooth jazz, slack key, ‘ukulele, contemporary Hawaiian  and Hawaiian hymns. George Kahumoku hosts and opens the show. $25-$45.

Willie Wonderland Christmas Concert Sat., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. The irrepressible Willie K belts out his favorite yuletide hits in a Christmas concert to benefit Growing our Own Teachers on Kaua‘i, a nonprofit that promotes teacher scholarships for Garden Island residents. $35-$45. Kaua‘i Community College, Performing Arts Center in Lïhu‘e. (808) 8266988 or

Kökua Kailua Hulihe‘e Palace Concert & Village Stroll Sun., Dec. 18, 4 p.m. Listen to the sounds of the season with a free Hawaiian music concert featuring the Merrie Monarchs Men’s Glee Club, with hula by the Etua Lopes hälau at historic Hulihe‘e Palace. Before the concert, take a stroll through historic Kailua Village (1 to 6 p.m.) and enjoy local musicians, artists, merchants and restaurants. Free. Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i Island.

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(808) 936-9202 or The Art & Traditions of Hula at Kïlauea Wed., Dec. 21, 10:30 a.m. Kumu Maile Yamanaka leads lessons in hula, lei making and ‘ukulele at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m., respectively. Free (donations welcomed). Sign up is first come, first-served. Park entrance fees apply. VAC Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. (808) 967-8222 or Waimea Ocean Film Festival Wed.-Sun., Jan. 4-8, 2012, and Tues.-Fri., Jan. 10-13, times vary Returning for a second year, this festival celebrates the ocean and island culture through a series of ocean-related films, breakfast talks, Q&As, receptions and art exhibits. Enjoy yoga on the beach, outrigger canoe lessons and other early morning activities. Jan. 4-8 events will be held at Waimea and Kohala Coast venues; all other dates will be at Four Seasons Resort Hualälai. The festival operates on a pass system, and films are grouped into blocks with either filmmaker Q&As or other films. Passes include breakfast talks. Fees apply; some discounts offered for purchases by Dec. 15. (808) 8546095 or 

Daniel Ho and Tia Carrere will showcase their Grammy Award-winning style at the Slack Key Masters series on Maui. - Courtesy photo

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole will join his mom, Kekuhi, for a concert at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. - Courtesy photo



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civic clubs Continued from page 10 easement be placed on all stateowned land on Hawai‘i Island >> Proposing county property tax of Hawaiian Homes Lands and structures be considered in a reassessment of county real property taxes >> Requesting that Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and OHA consider the acquisition of lands in lieu of past non-payment of funds due these trusts >> Requiring the state Board of Education to mandate that all public and charter high school students obtain credit for one year of Hawaiian language instruction >> Urging the Mayor, Honolulu City Council and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit to commit and plan to avoid damage to all iwi and native burial sites

found in the path of the rail-transit system >> Urging OHA to provide a Native Hawaiian health survey for Native Hawaiians living on the continental U.S. and Alaska Backed by the strength of the association, and meant to spur action, resolutions are distributed to the appropriate governmental agencies and often support testimonies to affect legislation. The civic club movement began in 1918, when Prince Jonah Kühiö founded the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu with the vision and mission to enhance the lives of Native Hawaiians through an organization that would serve community needs and promote informed civic engagement.  Naomi Sodetani is a freelance writer, documentary producer and former Publications Editor of Ka Wai Ola o OHA.



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OHA advisory board seeks members The 11-member Native Hawaiian Historic Preservation Council is seeking applicants to serve as island representatives. Applicants may reside on any island and must be at least 18 years old. Travel expenses are covered by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The council advises OHA’s Board of Trustees on historic and cultural preservation issues. If you are interested, please email Keola Lindsey at keolal@ or call (808) 594-0244.

‘Ama‘ama season closed through March The Department of Land and Natural Resources reminds the fishing public that the season for ‘ama‘ama (striped mullet) will be closed from Dec. 1 through March 31, 2012. “ ‘Ama‘ama are about to enter their peak spawning season,” said William J. Aila Jr., DLNR Chairperson. “The annual winter closure is designed to help the fish reproduce successfully and protect the species from overfishing.” Violations of the size or season restrictions can result in fines of up to $500 and/or 30 days in jail, plus up to $100 for each fish taken. Copies of statewide fishing regulations for all marine species are available in Honolulu at the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) office, 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 330, and at all neighbor island aquatic resources offices. Fishing regulations can also be found on the DAR   web site at To report fish catch size or net violations, call (808) 643-DLNR (643-3567).

Lei Queen applicants sought The Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking applicants for the 84th annual Lei Queen Selection. Applications must be postmarked by Friday,

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news briefs Jan. 13, 2012.  Applications are available at or by calling the department at 7683041. The theme for the 2012 Lei Day Celebration is “Lei U‘i Onaona – Sweet Lei of Youth.” Applicants must be 18 to 30 years old by Saturday, March 3, 2012. The Lei Queen Selection event will be held Saturday, March  3, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McCoy Pavilion. The event is free and open to the public. The 85th annual Lei Day Celebration will be held Tuesday, May  1, 2012, at the Queen Kapi‘olani Regional Park and Bandstand, from 9  a.m. to 5:30  p.m.  In preparation for the annual lei contest, staff will provide free lei-making workshops at various sites on O‘ahu in April. Visit the web site or call the number above for the schedule and more information.

Kanu Hawai‘i launches “No Waste Challenge” Through the end of December 2011, Kanu Hawai‘i runs the first “No Waste Challenge,” a social marketing campaign calling on people and organizations to reduce waste during the holiday season, the time of year that typically generates 25 percent more garbage than normal. The campaign closes with a weeklong challenge from Dec. 18-26 to limit household trash to a single bag for the entire week. Through education and behavior change, Kanu Hawai‘i aims to divert 50,000 pounds of trash from the landfill throughout December. Participants are given tips on how to conduct a home waste audit of what goes into their garbage bins. Each week, the challenge is designed to reduce a different type of waste. To participate, you can register your commitment at Participants can post photos of things they do to reduce waste in their daily lives via Twitter using the hashtag #nowaste, by tagging @Kanu Hawaii in the photo on Facebook, or by posting a journal | n ativ e hawaiia n » n e ws | f e at u r e s | e v e n ts

Lua group heads to Aotearoa

‘O¯lohe Dr. Mitchell C. Eli and Pa¯ Ku‘i A Holo is participating in the first three-day Traditional Martial Arts joint training exercise Dec. 5 to 7 on Mokoia Island in Rotorua. Tumu Patrick Mohi of New Zealand will teach the arts of taiaha (long wooden club) and patu (short hand weapon), while Dr. Eli will instruct in the bone-breaking, joint dislocating art of the Hawaiian lua. Sponsored in part by the Maori Waipareira Trust, this exchange is an integral component of an extensive series of meetings and conferences in Rotorua, Whakatane, Waikato and Auckland on sharing of knowledge on mana, protocol, leadership, traditional healing practices, as well as community and economic development initiatives. The meetings and training in December is in preparation for the continuation of the process in 2012 as key Ma¯ori dignitaries, cultural and business leaders will converge in Hawai‘i for a joint dedication and opening of a marae on Kualoa Ranch and to further strengthen cultural ties. – Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Mitchell Eli

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Lomilomi center reopens Hands Toward Heaven Lomilomi Center has reopened its doors at 1113 Kapahulu Ave. The center is  Hawai‘i’s first state licensing massage therapy program focusing on the ancient Hawaiian art of hands-on healing.  The core program, Foundations in Lomilomi, runs from Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, to Thursday, March 28. Convenient weekend and evening classes will be held Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays.  Directed by Noelani Bennet, daughter of legendary songstress Emma Veary and the granddaughter of Nana Veary, wisdom keeper and author on Kahunaism, Consciousness and Ho‘oponono, Bennet possesses a unique insight into the practice and philosophy of lomilomi with over 30 years of experience. Lomilomi is sacred work. Meditation, movement exercises to strengthen the practitioner, chanting, knowledge

of human anatomy and physiology and exposure to different massage modalities such as shiatsu, reflexology and Swedish massage provide students with a wellrounded background to become effective practitioners. Space is limited. Interested students may be eligible to receive financial assistance from Alu Like Inc. for their instruction. For information, visit or To request an application and speak to an academic adviser, email and include your name and contact information.

Historical Society 2012 calendar for sale The Hawaiian Historical Society’s 2012 calendar paying tribute to Hawaiian hula images will is now available for $10. The calendar features significant dates and factoids in Hawai‘i‘s

history, local holidays and the phases of the moon. Calendars are also available at the Mission Houses Gift Shop, Native Books at Ward Warehouse, Bookends in Kailua, Basically Books in Hilo, and Hulihe‘e Palace Gift Shop in Kailua-Kona. For information, call (808) 5376271.

Genealogy class to resume in January The 2012 Genealogy Classes “Digging For Your Roots” begin in January and run through October. The two-day course will be on Tuesday and Thursday of each week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee is $75. Tuesday classes are held at the Family History Center at the corner of Beretania and Punahou streets, 1560 S. Beretania St. Thursday classes are held at Kanaina Building on the ‘Iolani Palace grounds. Call Fran McFarland at (808) 203-7245 or email 

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hen we think of vivacious spirit perfectly. He always people who’ve made a had that special spirit that brightened difference in our com- any room. Eric’s ministry was not munities, confined to the walls of different his church as he enjoyed images come to mind – a feeding the homeless preacher, a politician, a and reaching out to the businessman. For family incarcerated at the Federal and friends on Moloka‘i and Prison. Eric felt that he was O‘ahu, the image of Eric reaching people during Fontes would suffice. Not times in their lives when for gallant achievements, the word of God could take or for being an acclaimed hold in their hearts. Colette Y. humanitarian, but for being For the past five years Machado a generous friend with an Eric and members of inspiring disposition and a his church took part Chairperson, humble message. in a monthlong prayer Trustee Moloka‘i In September, Eric pilgrimage called Pule and Lana‘i passed away on O‘ahu Hämau, or Silent Prayer. while assisting a fellow Each year the group of police officer with a traffic prayer warriors traveled to stop in Makakilo. His and family, the Neighbor Islands spreading the church members, co-workers and gospel of Jesus Christ through song friends celebrated his life and legacy and prayer. Families familiar with of love. the outreach group look forward to Eric Charles Fontes was the son the annual visit from Eric and the of the late Mac Fontes (Ann Fontes) traveling prayer family. of Kaunakakai, and Lottie “Haia” Eric’s infectious personality Burrows (Leslie Burrows Sr.) of was coupled with the famous “air Hoolehua. Eric was born on Aug. instrument” he was known for. No 26, 1966, and attended Kualapu‘u one knows when his instrument first Elementary and Moloka‘i High appeared, but he never forgot it, and School. He was proud of being a it was always tuned to the Lord’s member of the rambunctious class frequency. It came in handy since of 1984. he loved to sing Praises and Worship Eric felt that the Lord wanted to the Lord. He was often teased him to be a police officer. With the about it, but it never bothered him, support of his wife, Li Ann, he was and he never stopped playing. His persistent in his pursuit of a career in instrument was priceless. law enforcement. In 2005, the Lord Eric planned to move home to blessed him with admission to the Moloka‘i to build his home on his Honolulu Police Department’s 149th homestead, care for his parents, work recruit class. Although he was the for the Moloka‘i Police Department oldest in the 149th recruit class, he and worship at Ierusalema Hou wore his heart on his sleeve and gave Church in Hälawa Valley. double the effort to keep up with the On Oct. 8, hundreds of loved ones younger recruits. The bond he forged and uniformed officers gathered at the with his classmates stayed with him Kanakaloloa Cemetery in Ho‘olehua throughout his seven-year career to bid him farewell. Eric is survived with HPD. Anyone who knew Eric by his wife, Li Ann; daughter Corie agreed that being a police officer Li; son Layne; grandchildren Elijah, suited him because he had a way Alyssa and Blaize. of interacting with people that was Eric will be remembered as always positive and compassionate. doing what needed to be done, being Eric was an ordained Evangelist willing and available, being helpful, of Ka Hale Ho‘äno O Ke Akua and always looking for ways to make Church in Kalihi, O‘ahu. This life better for those around him.  position humbled Eric but fit his

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A sovereign kind of Christmas


t’s holiday time and you We are children of the sea, you deserve a break! So, rather and me than having you slog through We are joined by the spirit of a regular column, I ancestral dignity thought I would offer Sing a song, sing a you a holiday gift of song of sovereignty music by posting the lyrics to a song I had As we walk together, the pleasure of writing down that dark and with Jeff Rasmussen in lonely road the late ’80s. It’s titled Let us pray the voice “Sovereignty Song.” of reason shall prevail Peter I wrote the lyrics. Jeff Every step into the wrote the music. Go to future, is a step into the Apo the past web site if you want to As we trudge along Trustee, O‘ahu hear the audio. If you an old familiar trail want a free set of lyrics with chords, just email We are coming home me at to thee, Mother Nation Hawai‘i Hau‘oli Länui Käkou – A Happy As we march from every corner Holiday To Us All! of this land See the rainbow in the sky, our Sovereignty Song colors flying high We are coming home to thee, Sing a song of sovereignty, O Hawai‘i! wherever you may be Throw your voice upon the We are native to this land, let wind and let it ring us walk, hand in hand Join the voices of the ages in We are children of the sea you an ancient melody and me It’s a song you should not be We are joined by the spirit of afraid to sing ancestral dignity Sing a song, sing a song of It’s a song that was written by sovereignty our father’s father’s hand Sing a song, sing a song of It’s the only thing we have at sovereignty  our command Sing it to the children, so that Feel free to contact me on they will understand twitter @PeterApo, Facebook/ That their future lies within PeterApo, or PeterAOHA@ our trembling hands We are native to this land, let us walk, hand in hand

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no‘ai kakou … stand together to protect this precious In our Oct. 19, 2011, mountain against any further assault by Community Meeting held the university. Who do they think they in Waimea on the are that they can continue to island of Hawai‘i, desecrate our sacred mountain our beneficiaries challenged and lands for their own the OHA Board of Trustees to financial gain? On March 14, stand up and be counted and 2009, the Honolulu Advertiser voice our objections to the reported that Yale University Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) paid $12M to use Mauna Kea project on Mauna Kea. telescopes for just 15 nights As everyone knows, Mauna annually over 10 years. Who Kea is a ceded land asset is profiting from all of this Rowena belonging to Native Hawaiians commercialism on our sacred Akana and the general public. mountain? Certainly not OHA Hawaiians have considered or the state. This precious Trustee, At-large Mauna Kea a sacred place mountain is being subleased since the beginning of time. by the state for $1 a year. OHA is mandated by Greed, Greed, Greed. The Hawaii Revised Statues Chapter 10 to bible says that it is NOT money that is protect and preserve sacred sites and to evil but man’s lust for it that is evil. advocate for our Hawaiian people. The I am calling out a Kahea to all who sacred mountain of Mauna Kea and all love and respect the island culture of its cultural sites must be protected at and its people and all who live here to all costs. hear the cries of the people of Hawaii In an article I wrote on Mauna Kea in Island to put a stop to the desecration August of 2009, I cited various concerns of Mauna Kea. that our administration had regarding Please contact your Senators and the Draft Environmental Impact Representatives to change the law Statement (EIS) done by the University that gave the University of Hawai‘i’s of Hawai‘i. First, the Draft EIS was Regents the power to have autonomy premature because the state Board of over leased ceded lands for $1 a year. Land and Natural Resources had not As Trustees, we are mandated by state received or approved the four sub- law to advocate for all Hawaiians and to plans it required of UH in April 2009, protect sacred sites. This is an oath we including: (1) a Cultural Resource Plan, recite when we take office. Although (2) a Natural Resources Management unpleasant and unpopular, we must Plan, (3) a Decommissioning Plan, and take a stand against the establishment (4) a Public Access Plan. when the state allows valuable lands to Despite all of the objections and be leased for $1 a year and allows the concerns made by our staff, the lessee to desecrate the lands that belong OHA Board of Trustees still voted to to the people of this state. approve a resolution supporting the Your comments to your Senators and selection of Mauna Kea as the site for Representatives and letters of support the proposed TMT project. Instead of to protect Mauna Kea from further approving the resolution, OHA should desecration will be very valuable when have sued the University of Hawaii for we speak to them about the university’s mismanagement of sacred ceded lands. mismanagement of ceded lands and OHA’s administrator noted that the lobby them to amend the law that cultural resource analysis of the Draft allowed UH to do this. EIS was “wholly flawed.” There were ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Mahalo nui also alternative sites available, such as loa for your support. the Chilean site at Cerro Armazones. Interested in Hawaiian issues and OHA? Now the University of Hawaii is building an 18-story building on the Please visit my web site at www.rowena slopes of a Mauna Kea. This latest for more information or email act by the university is so egregious me at  that it is time for all of Hawaii to | n ativ e hawaiia n » n e ws | f e at u r e s | e v e n ts

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loha Kalikimaka käkou. OHA successful acquisition of Ooka building Trustees fill Maui vacancy in Wailuku for Mälama I Ke Ola Health from two nominees, by six Center,” (Carl Martin). “… work with affirmative votes, no Maui Cultural Lands and delater than 60 days veloping the Olowalu Cultural from Nov. 1. Meet Rose Marie Reserve has shown her strong Hooululahui Lindsey Duey, commitment to perpetuating raised at Pu‘unoa in the fishing the Hawaiian culture and the village of Mäla, Lahaina, Maui, ability to gain community by father James Fay Kaaiohelo support,” (Mike White, GM Lindsey, ‘öpelu fisherman, and of Kä‘anapali Beach Hotel mother Rose Marie Pu‘ana and Maui County Council). Lindsey, pineapple cannery Haunani Apoliona, “… relentless dedication worker. to empowering our HawaiMSW More than 51 years ago, ian people,” (Elle Cochran, Rose served with the U.S. Maui County Council). “… Trustee, At-large Army in Maryland, met and imperative that you folks put married John Vincent Duey of someone on the board who is Indiana, and returned to ‘Ïao pro-kanaka, and has a known Valley, Maui. Winona Rubin, Manu HISTORY of helping Hawaiians in the Goodness, Papa Kawika Kaalakea, community … someone who will serve Uncle Harry Mitchell, Auntie Kealoha us, and not corporate interests,” (Steven Camacho and küpuna inspired Rose’s and Pauahi Hookano). “… taro farmers community service for the past 33 years, (forced) to fight for their water, a battle 30 years with Alu Like, she has served to waged for over 20 years is still active in support and empower Native Hawaiian the courts … many native farmers alive people. Rose says, “It is very important when these lawsuits were filed have that this OHA Trustee position be filled passed away and their children are now with someone of intimate knowledge left to continue this battle … there is a of our Hawaiian people, someone they better choice for Trustee at this time … trust ... knowledge of who they are … Rose Marie Duey,” (Vincent Dodge). their needs and aspirations, someone “As a Native Hawaiian taro farmer from who has been physically active and also Kaua‘i I strongly urge you to support an activist with them.” Rose Duey … people of Maui deserve Since Oct. 21, 160-plus letters, e- to have a representative who will fight mails, expressions of support arrived for their rights to their water … do not from Maui (Ha‘ikü, Kahului, Wailua, risk losing your credibility with OHA Pä‘ia, Kula, Lahaina, Kïhei, Wailuku, beneficiaries … do what is pono for the Häna, Waikapü, Ke‘anae, Olowalu, people,” (John Kekiala Aana). “No other Pukalani, Makawao) O‘ahu, Moloka‘i, candidate demonstrates such depth and Hawai‘i Island, Läna‘i and Kaua‘i. breadth of experience … she is evenSome are quoted below: “She is indus- handed and balanced ... a successful trious, honest, sincere … grounded in businesswoman and a community adher beliefs,” (Kahu Keawekane-Beere vocate … will represent all segments of of Keaukaha). “We find Rose Marie to our community … has worked with corbe a woman of integrity, wisdom, well porate as well as grassroots interests for versed in Native Hawaiian issues ... an the benefit of our lähui … has garnered advocate for the community,” (Maui To- respect from both ends of the spectrum,” morrow Foundation). “… has empow- (Dana Naone Hall). “I am a resident of ered numerous individuals and commu- Moloka‘i … known Rose for over 20 nities … as Ka ‘Ohana o Kahikinui… years… work alongside her in a profesMahi‘ai Lau Lima Mea Kanu taro sional capacity assisting and advocating farmers of East and West Maui … will for the betterment of our Hawaiian peoenact sensible stewardship of our land ple … a strong advocate for the protec... natural resources ... and continue to tion of water rights, and environmental empower Native Hawaiians …,” (Nani issues in the State of Hawai‘i,” (Edmund Santos). “… chair of the Maui Com- Pedro). 36/48  munity Clinic’s building committee to

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Protecting Kaloko-Honoköhau from modern-day impacts Trustee’s note: This month’s column protected this place from being developed, is written by Jeff Zimpfer, Environmental threats to this wahi pana now come from Protection Specialist with the National Park neighboring lands, and the National Park SerService. vice (NPS) is again partnering with s we shared last month, the Hawaiian community to fulfill the beginning in the late park’s mission. 1960s Hawaiians Many traditional and customary organized to protect practices of Hawaiians in the park the makai areas of the depend on abundant and clean Kohanaiki, Kaloko, Honoköhau groundwater that comes from and Kealakehe ahupua‘a from mauka rains, which flow makai development. They were motithrough the park as groundwater. vated because many cultural From time immemorial through the Robert K. practices are perpetuated in this establishment of the park, most of Lindsey, Jr. place, relying on its rare and the surrounding lands were used for valued natural resources; it is conservation or agriculture. Today, Trustee, Hawai‘i also said to be where the iwi of however, most lands surrounding the Kamehameha Nui and possibly park are currently or proposed urban Kahekili are buried. Because of zoning. Currently, there are more than the efforts of the Hawaiian community and a dozen proposed or ongoing developments the significance of the area, in 1978, Congress within 2.5 miles of the park that will add established Kaloko-Honoköhau National thousands of residential homes, roadways Historical Park to preserve, interpret and and parking lots, industrial and commercial perpetuate traditional Native Hawaiian activi- areas, and hotels and condominiums. ties and culture. While creation of the park The flow of groundwater into the park can


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trustee messsages be reduced by development, because of wells that are drilled around the park. If all wells permitted prior to 1998 were pumped at their maximum rate, groundwater discharge at the coastline in the park would be reduced to less than 50 percent of what flowed when the park was established. The decrease in freshwater flows would increase the salinity of the waters upon which the park’s species and practitioners depend. To address this, the NPS is doing many things, including commenting to the State Commission on Water Resource Management on an update to the Water Use and Development Plan (WUDP) for Hawai‘i County. The NPS commented that water resources along the Kona Coast are susceptible to pumping from higher elevation and coastal wells, and that cultural and ecological uses of groundwater are not recognized in the WUDP update, nor were they explicitly considered in the state’s determination of the sustainable yield. The NPS is encouraging the commission to consider designating the Keauhou Aquifer System as a Water Management Area, which would provide them administrative control over the location and pumping rate of wells in the region.



The park’s water quality is threatened by pollution from things like fertilizers, herbicides, oil, grease, metals, pathogens, toxic chemicals that come from urban development. Mauka rain and irrigation can carry pollutants down slope to the park in groundwater. Hawai‘i Island has no stormwater treatment infrastructure; storm water is directed to “drywells,” which are simply holes in the ground that allow storm water and pollution to enter the aquifer. Existing and planned homes around the park are allowed to use cesspools and septic systems, which can contribute to pollution. Developments are also allowed to dispose of treated wastewater in “injection wells,” which are simply holes in the ground that allow wastewater to enter groundwater. Impacts from human and animal waste have been seen on coral reefs on Maui and in the Caribbean. The NPS continues to work collaboratively with stakeholders to protect KalokoHonoköhau’s cultural and natural resources from off-site impacts. Recently, OHA and the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs passed resolutions encouraging stakeholders to actively work to protect clean, abundant groundwater in the area. 

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2012 AKANA/AI/AI CHANG/MCGUIRE HAUSTEN/AKI – Aug. 18, 2012, in Käne‘ohe, O‘ahu, the first Family Reunion of: Kahale Keneka‘ole Kaluahine (w) B: 9/17/1850 Waiehu, Wailuku, Maui D: 4/29/1924 Honolulu, O‘ahu. 1st husband Ai Chang Cheong Yit (Tang Hoon). They had three children: Their 1st child Akana Ai Chang B: 7/4/1871 Wailuku, Maui. D: 2/21/1953 Honolulu, O‘ahu, m Shee Hu B: 9/14/1874 Kwangtung, China. D: 12/17/1959. They had 11 children. Their 2nd child Emma Kaleionamoku Ah Choy Ai Chang B: 3/27/1876 Wailuku, Maui. D: 10/13/1969 Honolulu, O‘ahu. 1st married in 1900: John James “Jock” McGuire, and their seven children. Emma’s 2nd marriage on 5/16/1916: Henry Thomas Hausten, and they one child. Third child of Kahale and Ai Chang, was Thomas Allan Ah Kan Ai Chang B: 5/14/1880 Wailuku, Maui D: 6/25/1947 m Sarah Ah Kin, one son Thomas Allan Ah Kan Ai Chang. Kahale Keneka‘ole Kaluahine 2nd husband was Henry Ka‘iwi Aki B: 1850 Honolulu, O‘ahu D: 12/19/1900: 1 son Henry Ka‘iwi Aki Jr. B: 4/28/1891 Honolulu, O‘ahu D: 2/15/1967 Honolulu, O‘ahu m 7/15/1911 Lucy Liliake‘ala Kahaumea B: 11/28/1893 Laupähoehoe, Hawai‘i, D: 7/1/1987 Honolulu, O‘ahu. Eleven children. Please contact Gay McGuire 808-295-9683, nalo, Patsy McGuire 808-732-3089 and Betty Shodahl 808-262-8961. KAHAKU/HAMAUKU AKONA – The descendants of David Nalehua Kahaku Opii (b.1906) of Waihe‘e, Waikäne, O‘ahu. T.H. married in 1937 at Papulukoa, Käne‘ohe, to Victoria Hamauku Akona Jones (b.1911) of Wahiawa, Köloa, Kaua‘i. T.H. will be having the first ‘Ohana Reunion in July 2012. David N. Kahaku is the son of David Kahaku Sr. of Maui T.H. and Kaanunu of O‘ahu T.H. Victoria Hamauku Akona Jones is the daughter of Mathias (Haueauku) Puahiwa Hamauku of He‘eia, O‘ahu T.H. and was hänai by Ulysses Henry Jones and Mary Napoe Awa in Käne‘ohe, He‘eia. Mathias father is J.M.K.H. Akona and mother is M. Kihei Kapaianu and resided on the island of Kaua‘i. T.H. Lucy (Lucia) Hamauku Akona is her mother. The family request all ancestral and descendants of the Kahaku, Kaanunu, Kapaianu, Hamauku, Opii and all related families to contact these following family members to update our ‘ohana’s genealogies and for more information regarding the reunion: Ilona Lopes (808) 216-6671, Ronny Cruz (808) 2392494, Peter Jones (808) 699-1444, and Chevelle Keawe (808) 630-5520. KUKAHIKO – To the descendants of John, Kamaka and Halulukahi Kukahiko, the reunion will be from July 19-22, 2012, at the Veterans Foreign War Hall in Kïhei, Maui. A letter was sent to those on the mailing list. A registration packet will be sent out shortly.  A web site is  being worked on. Please continue to check Facebook event Kukahiko Reunion 2012  or email kukahiko2012@yahoo. com for updates. KUAHULU – We are looking for the descendants of Kuahulu of Pelekunu, Moloka‘i. These will include the descendants of Mr. David Kuahulu Sr. (born on or about 1872). His children were Hattie, Rose, David Jr., Paul, Elizabeth (Lizzie) and Agnes. These may also include the descendants of MAIHANO of Häna, Maui, and Kalehua of Pelekunu, Moloka‘i. We are planning an ‘Ohana Reunion on the island of Moloka‘i in October 2012. Please contact Moana Akana at (808) 9271809 or email, or contact Heli Silva-Ducaroy at (808) 723-5284 or email LOVELL A ME HOLOKAHIKI – The ‘Ohana of Joseph and Mele Holokahiki will gather on the Big Island July 25-29, 2012. They had five children: Loika, John, Daniel, William and Jennie. Please

save the dates. We will be visiting the birthplace of Mele Holokahiki. Come and meet family. Visit our web site, Send your mailing information to: Teri Apana, 125 Hoku St., Hilo, HI 96720 or email . PUHI – The descendants of Edward Kenao Puhi and Annie Kepale Poli‘ahu are planning their family reunion at Hale Nanea clubhouse in Kahului, Maui, July 13-15, 2012. They had eight children: Edward Puhi Jr. (m), Kamaile Puhi (f), Ida Leilehua Puhi (f), Annie Kenao Puhi (f), Mammie Hiku Puhi (f), Miriam Lahapa Puhi (f), Walter Leilani Puhi (m), George Kaihilani Puhi (m). For information regarding the reunion or to send your information, email Anne Nohealani Stephens (Kamaile’s granddaughter) at or call (808) 281-8648. RENKEN – The descendants of Ernest Valentine Holbron Renken and Elizabeth Kapeka Kaleilokeokaha‘i Cummins Merseberg Kekahio announce the Reunion 2012, Saturday, 29 September 2012. Place TBA. We’re looking for our relatives who are closely related to Ernest and Kapeka. The next meeting is January 2012. Find us on Facebook “Ke Lei Hulu O Ka Ohana Renken” Group. For information, contact: Jan K N DeRego at or Jojo Chaves at Send inquiries to 2013 JARRETT/KAOO – To all descendants of William Jarrett (1815-1880) and Hannah Kaoo (1825-1867), there will be a family reunion on the island of O‘ahu scheduled for July 26 and 27, 2013. Please submit your contact information (addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses) to: or to 91-832 Pa‘aloha St., ‘Ewa Beach, HI 96706. Mahalo, Sandy and Lani. TITCOMB – Family reunion for descendants of Charles Titcomb and Kanikele has been set for Thursday to Saturday, July 4-6 of 2013 on Kaua‘i. Children are: Susan (Christian Bertelmann); Julius (Malia Kalaupuhipuhi, Sophie Houghtailing); Emma (August Dreier); MaryAnn (James Hall Fiddes or Feddes); Angeline (John Spencer); Louis (Hannah Sheldon); George Rufus (Caroline Mae Morteno); Hatttie (Frederick Weber); and Kanikele. Contact: K. Nani Kawa‘a @ 808-2854548 or email at for more information. ‘Imi ‘Ohana • Family Search Kahawaii/Haili – The descendants of Rebecca Ewalani Kahawaii (1869-1950) and George Mikaele Haili (1872-1927) will be gathering for the first time to celebrate a family reunion Aug. 3-4, 2012, in Maui, Hawai‘i. The Haili ‘ohana originates from Kawaihae (Pamaiuluhaililani he kane/ Maika‘i ka wahine) and the Kahawaii ‘ohana originates from Moanalua (Kahawaii he kane/Kalua Ikalii he wahine). We would like to gather the families of Harry George Haili (Rachel Lahela Bright), Peter David Haili (Elizabeth Keleionaia Manuia), Agnes Kanui Haili (William Hoopai Sr.), Elizabeth Kalua Haili, Simon Haili, John Kahawaii Haili (Katherine Florence Zoller Altery), and Clarisa “Clara” Mileka Haili (Carlyle Nelson). If you are descendants of the above family members, we invite you to join us for a weekend with good food and family fun. We look forward to seeing everyone there! Monthly meetings are being held to plan the festivities, the ‘ohana is asking for all family members to send their contact information to Kehau Newhouse at (808) 344-0921 or email Mailings will be sent to known addresses in early 2012.

KA ‘OHANA O KALAUPAPA – 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 ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa, P.O. Box 1111, Kalaupapa, HI 96742) or phone (Coordinator Valerie Monson at 808-573-2746). There is no charge for our research. All descendants are also welcome to become part of Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa. KAAIHUE – Aloha, my mother’s name is Clara Hooipo Kaaihue born April 28, 1922. She was born and raised in Lahaina, Maui. Her parents’ names are John lihau and Cecelia Kupu. They were both born in Kapok, Maui, and resided on the Honolua Ranch. In doing my Hawaiian ‘Ohana research, I noticed that her name on her birth certificate says Adeline Kaaihue. My mother never went by this name and I don’t know where it came from. I am unable to complete my Hawaiian Home Land paperwork because I need someone from the ‘Ohana to write a letter testifying the she is one in the same person or if there was a twin and she received the wrong birth certificate. Please email me, Edie Williams, at or call me at (559) 813-0418. KAHALEANU – Doing family genealogy research. Please kökua if you have any information on Kahula Kahaleanu, the mother of my grandmother, Elizabeth Keaukai Akana. Much Mahalo! Bob Horcajo, LINCOLN – Aloha to anyone who is interested or who can help me with my genealogy. My name is Clayton Chee and I am trying to compile a genealogy of the Lincoln family from Kohala. I have been doing genealogy for about 30 years now off and on on both sides of my parents’ lines. The line I am doing now is one of my great-great-grandmothers and her name was Caroline Lincoln Naiwi. She was the oldest daughter of George Washington and Rebecca (Bell) Lincoln. I have a lot of information down and  the hard part is getting the last two generations going back and the last two generations going forward. I am trying to update the names and dates of the family. I am also doing the genealogy of George Washington Lincoln’s brothers John Adams and William Henry Lincoln, who were the sons of Lorenzo Bernard Lincoln and Ka‘ai‘a Kuawalu. If anyone can help me by updating the ‘ohana, it would be really appreciated. You can either email me at aspencierra1997@yahoo. com, call me at 852-7103, find me on Faceook or write me at 41-280 Huli St., Waimänalo, HI 96795. Mahalo nui! MEHAU – I am searching for my half-sister (A-Nella, Mehau) and my stepmom Beverly Mehau, who resides on a Big Island ranch. I got separated from this family when I was in elementary. If anyone has information about my family, please provide me with an address on how to contact my ‘ohana at: Norbert Alcaide, 1250 E. Arica Rd., Eloy, AZ 85131. NAWAI – William Nawaii (Jr.) was married to Mary (Mealeana) Kanana, and they had several children together. William Nawai also had a child with Mary Haake her name was Annie Nawai. I don’t know for sure if William Nawai and Mary Haake were ever really married. William Nawai also had a child with Isabella Lawrence, named Josephine, who was put up for adoption right after birth. My name is Russell Pineapple Rintoul. My mother is Josephine Nawai Lawrence Rintoul from the island of Maui. If you have any information, please contact me at Russell Pineapple on Facebook, call (406) 690-6481 or email ptpthut@ PERRY/HULEIA – I am in the process of tracing the families of my grandparents Becky Perry and

Joseph Huleia who were both victims of leprosy (now referred to as Hansen’s disease) and sent to Kalawao/Kalaupapa, Moloka‘i, in the late 1800s. The Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa organization, consisting of patients/residents, their families and friends, is helping to provide a web site for searching for families. This organization, of which I am a member, is preparing to build a monument in remembrance of the 8,000-plus victims of that dreaded disease and need our kökua to make this project a reality. Please contact me: Pi‘olani Motta, 545 Queen St., #605, Honolulu, HI 96813. PIO – The descendants of Kelii Pio aka Kaawalauole Kelii Pio are seeking information of his birth parents, his siblings and place of birth. Our information says that Kelii Pio was born in Waipi‘o on Hawai‘i Island in or about 1844. We need to confirm this information. Kelii Pio married (w) Keoahu and had six children all born in Kaupo, Maui: 1) Sampson Kahaleuahi Pio, born 1864; Victoria Nakoaelua Pio, born 1867; Malaea Kaawalauole Pio, born 1870; Samuel Kaukani Pio, born 1871; Ipoaloha Pio, born 1873; Joseph Kaleohano Pio, born 1890 (his birth date needs more research). If you have any information on Kelii Pio or his siblings and children, please contact: Gabriel Kaawa, phone (808) 728-5938, fax (866) 376-3192 or email kaawap001@hawaii. WAIPI‘O VALLEY – Kalainaina, Paakahili, Thomas, Honuiwa, Keliiwaanui, Kailikakio, Kaohimaunu, Kanekoa, Nakagawa, Lau Kong and Ah Puck. My family surnames come from Waipi‘o

Valley on Hawai‘i Island. I am working on my family’s genealogy and any information big or small on these families will be greatly appreciated. Descendants of Samuel Kalainaina and Malaka Kaliwai Paakahili, Edwin Thomas and Emalia Honuiwa, William Keliiwaanui and Kailikakio, Mahoe Kaohimaunu and Kaumekekoi Kanekoa. My great grandparents are Lily Kaeha Mahoe Kaohimaunu and Young Leong Ah Puck, and Emily K. Thomas, Charles K. Thomas and Nancy Ana Kalainaina. My grandparents are Rachel K. Ah Puck and Charles P. Thomas. We are also looking at a reunion in 2013! If you have any information on these families, please contact me, Yoko Lindsey, at P.O. Box 463 Kamuela, HI 96743, or email me at WILLIAMS/KEKUIA – Searching for ‘ohana of Keaka Kekuia of Ka‘ü. He married Waiholua Kekaua. Together they had many children. Many of the Kekuia branch were given Williams as their last name. Today a big branch of this ‘ohana are Williams. There will be a gathering for descendants of Jack Williams Kekuia/Ka‘aiuhi Kuehu and their children: Julia K. Williams, Julian “Boy” K. Williams, Johnson K. Williams, Lui Pa‘aina Williams, Annie P. Kunipo ( Kuleloa), Rose Lokelau Mersberg, Iwani Foster and George Williams. The gathering is planned for 2012. Please contact R. Lino Geremen (great grandson of Julian “Boy” Williams) at or on Facebook: Lino‘okalani Mahuka Geremen. Call 732-5909.

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Land deal? Governor Abercrombie has proposed a settlement for past-due revenues owed to OHA.