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McBride ‘Ohana working together to make a lei

1st Quarter Events

Another Exciting Quarter!

Indigenous Education

This year’s Fall Festivities have kept us all busy here at the


Hawaiian Cultural Center. Aside from the many activities planned for our Native Hawaiian community, this quarter has been full of educational and culturally edifying opportunities. We were fortunate to learn from one of Hawaiÿi’s prestigious indigenous educators, Kü Kahakalau. We also had the opportunity to share more about our culture at two educational events for our local youth. But not only was it an insightful quarter, but it was full of fun activities for everyone!

January 16, 2012 Sign up for our next set of family sessions. Now only 5 weeks long!

January 21, 2012 Join us as we watch our families compete to make the best Poke.

Traveling LAOKO Sessions PISA High School Conference Mana Conference Breakfast with Santa

Save the Date! LAOKO Sessions Poke Challenge

Halloween Bash

‘Ohana Saturday April 21, 2012 Come and enjoy a fun-filled day for the whole family!

Christmas Kanikapila


FALL 2011

Indigenous Education By Tina Cabiles The term indigenous education refers to the inclusion of traditional Native teaching methodologies with the intent to pass on indigenous bodies of knowledge. At the forefront of indigenous education for Native Hawaiians is Kü Kahakalau and her ÿohana (family), whom we were blessed to Ku Kahakalau presenting on indigenous education

have visit us at the Hawaiian Cultural Center and share their mana'o (knowledge) with our community. On October 13th, we organized a community presentation on Indigenous Education with Kü Kahakalau and her ÿohana as the presenters. Well attended by local Pacific Islander educators, the manaÿo (knowledge) shared by ka ÿohana Kahakalau was not only well received, but definitely resonated
 with each of those present.

What stood out for many was the emphasis given to learning and embracing our Native Languages at ALL levels of ability, and the importance of using the terms and vocabulary we DO know and focusing on building on those. For many it removed the stress factor of how much there is to learn which can be daunting, and placed it squarely on seeking out varying methods to learn and incorporate the use of our language on a daily basis, in everyday situations. Relations, relevance and rigor. Those three components and how they are applied in the Hawaiian Charter School movement by Kanu O Ka ÿAina are still echoing for us here in Utah. We are still in the contemplation stage as we determine how best to implement these key ideas and best practices into our current and future programs. 2

Kahkalau family sharing more on Makahiki


Participants playing various Makahiki games

FALL 2011

With Ka ÿOhana Kahakalau


Makahiki – a time of rest, a time of

Participants playing Könane (Hawaiian Checkers)

The evening began with an

peace, a time of celebration. In honor of the

introduction to Makahiki, which included a

God Lono, it was during this four-month

more in depth description of the different

period where war was kapu (forbidden), and

games played, and the different chants used

temple ceremonies and all hard labor

throughout this celebratory period.


After the presentation, everyone had a

During this time of celebration, it was

chance to experience how these games and

customary for commoners to participate in

chants were actually performed. It was the

friendly competition thru games like huki

perfect opportunity for everyone to learn that

huki (pulling game), haka moa (fighting

not all these games were as easy as one

chicken), ‘ulu maika, Konane (Hawaiian

would think. Some were more competitive

Checkers) and other various traditional

than others, but that just made the experience


more enjoyable.

On October 14th we had the

By participating in these games, it

opportunity to recreate said events here at

brought our community that much closer to

the Hawaiian Cultural Center with guidance

knowing and understanding our culture and

from our guests, Ka ÿOhana Kahakalau.

heritage. Kahakalau ÿohana demonstrating how to play haka moa (chicken fight game)

Participants playing huki huki (pulling game)



FALL 2011

Halloween Bash By Nohea Hanohano

Before we start giving thanks or remembering the sacrifice of one, we take a little time to give into our superstitions and child-like fantasies.

Various age groups participating in the donut eating contest

We celebrate Halloween with costume parties, trick-or-treating, fun games and great friends. Here at the Hawaiian Cultural Center, we are no different. We held our 2nd annual Halloween Bash on Saturday October 29 and what a great success it was.

There were games for all ages, donut eating contest, oreo cookie contest, musical chairs, and a costume parade. You can’t have a party

Keiki (children) participating in a relay race

without the food, so of-course the LAOKO team was serving up some hot-dogs and chips for everyone. To top it off, we ended the day with a spooktacular spook alley and a fun and safe trunk-or-treat for the kids. We want to thank everyone for coming out in supporting and participating in our 2nd Annual Halloween Bash.

Its always good to just hang out with the ÿohana (family)



FALL 2011

Traveling LAOKO Sessions Families cleaning their ÿumeke (family bowl)

With this being the start of our final year with the Lei Aloha O Ka ‘Ohana grant, we found it necessary to reach out to as many Native Hawaiians as we could throughout the state of Utah. With our community members spread out, it can be difficult at times to make the journey to Midvale. So this is where we changed our approach and took the Learning about Häloa

sessions on the road. One of our stops included spending a weekend up north in Logan, where we had the families work on their very own ‘umeke (family bowl). Here they learned the various uses of their bowl, and worked together to clean it out and make their own design. The children then learned more about their elder sibling Häloa, and did a simple art project to take home with them. We also had the opportunity to drive down to Utah County and have a 5-week session with a few families there in Provo. Thanks to the hospitality shown by Omai Crichton and Sweets Restaurant, we were able to have a warm place to host our LAOKO sessions. In order to better accommodate all those who attended, we condensed our 13-week program into just 5 weeks, which seemed effective as we could cater to more people in the same amount of time! We found this approach to be more effective because we were able to share these values and practices to more members of our community who, due to location, have difficulty coming to the Hawaiian Cultural Center to participate. It was a privilege to serve more of our community, and to be able to enlighten them both culturally and spiritually. Utah County family making lei



FALL 2011

Pacific Island Student Association High School Conference Convened on the campus of the University of Utah, Pacific Islander students from various high school districts in the Salt Lake area attended the annual High School Pacific Islander Conference. Hosted by the Pacific Islander Student Association (PISA) the event on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 assembled students in the Union Building all dressed for success prepared for what the day would bring. “Rooted Generations” the theme for this year’s conference included breakout sessions plus workshops in which students were motivated and encouraged to identify who they are as a Pacific Islander that will connect them to their island roots. The Genealogy/Navigation workshop presented by Tina Cabiles-Carden, LAOKO cultural specialist touched base on how we are connected through family and where we come from as Pacific Islanders. This workshop talked about connection through ocean, lands and blood. Approximately 45 students whose ancestry lines stem from Samoa, Tonga, Hawaii, New Zealand and Tahiti attended the workshop. Students were introduced to the wayfaring practices of their ancestors whose navigational skills plotted a course that would connect the past to the future. Prior to the conclusion of the presentation, students were asked to ponder some pointed questions: What makes you proud to be Polynesian/Pacific Islander? What will your descendants say about you? What will you leave for them to find pride in? Students who responded hoped to be able to make a difference not only in their own lives but an impact it would make for their families. One young lady hopes to become the first female Pacific Islander President, while another hopes to become a lawyer in order to help his Pacific Islander community. The impact these young people hope to make in helping their families and people leads them to become well-rooted Polynesian people, living a positive legacy for their future generations to follow. High School students listen as Tina Cabiles discusses Hawaiian navigation



FALL 2011

MANA Conference On November 17th, we were invited to attend the semiannual MANA conference held at the Salt Lake Community College Redwood Campus. The purpose of this conference was to discuss concerns, issues and challenges facing the Pacific Islander Community here in Utah, and to develop possible solutions. A representative from each Pacific Islander group was then invited to share a traditional practice with all those who attended. As is appropriate in Hawaiian traditions, the Lei Aloha O Ka ‘Ohana team performed an ÿoli (chant) to welcome all those in attendance. It was the perfect way to set the mood for the upcoming discussions. Select members of the community were then asked to sit on a panel as the discussion began. One of the main issues discussed was how one deals with their sense of identity here in Utah. Who do they best identify themselves with when living away from their “homeland”? It was enlightening to hear the many different opinions of our community members as they shared the various challenges faced when answering this seemingly simple question. One of the best things about attending this conference and participating in these discussions was hearing the perspective from a variety of Pacific Islanders. There were those who grew up in the islands, and later moved to the continental U.S., those born and raised here, and those who were born in their home country, but raised in another country, be it in the United States, or another island in the Pacific. This diverse group made it easier to understand the types of families that come through the Hawaiian Cultural Center, and enabled us to gain a better understanding on how we can better cater to their needs. By remaining active in the Pacific Islander community and continually building relationships with such organizations we are better equipped to help more of our Native Hawaiian peoples by making them aware of such issues, and helping to develop possible solutions. 7


FALL 2011

Breakfast With Santa With the Holidays coming up in full swing, it was time for our annual Christmas Activity with the younger keiki (children) in our community. Last year we rang in the Christmas season with a Santa’s Workshop, which was complete with various craft stations, and games for the little ones. This year, we thought we would change it up a bit and host a Breakfast with Santa. The idea was to have our younger children around the ages of 3-5 to come and enjoy an early morning activity, complete with good food, games, and then top it off with a visit from the big guy himself. Our menu was complete with buttermilk pancakes, breakfast sausage and eggs. Along with some yummy muffins and a fruit salad as a

side. We had more than enough food for the keiki (children) and their makua (parents) that were there. All that was missing was Santa. Sadly, his reindeer got sick, so he wasn’t able to make it to breakfast that day, but that didn’t get us down. We played games like Duck, Duck, Goose, Musical Chairs, and Simon Says. Soon enough, the children forgot the whole reason they were there, because they were too busy having so much fun! After games, we had everyone take a few pictures in front of the Christmas tree which were later printed off as a keepsake to take home. Although it didn’t go as planned, nobody left empty handed. Their arms were full of goodie bags and treats, and their bellies full from a great spread. It was a great way to welcome the holiday spirit!

Santa didn’t come for breakfast, but he did show up for dinner at Kanikapila



FALL 2011

Christmas Kanikapila As is tradition, Christmas is one of the holidays where family and friends come together to share meals and enjoy each other’s company. At the Hawaiian Cultural Center we do this on a monthly basis with our Kanikapila (musical gathering) and potluck. We look forward to our Christmas Kanikapila because we like to do a big shebang.

This year we were fortunate enough to have Uncle Andy Dudoit of Moloka`i serenade us with his beautiful voice, Tausala Utah entertain us with their beautiful and talented dancers, and of course we can’t forget our favorite friend from the North Pole. Santa was able to give some time to the kamaliÿi (children) and take some pictures. We are always so grateful and humbled to have such a supportive and involved community that makes these events such a success.

Tausala Utah and LAOKO’s very own perform for the crowd 9


FALL 2012

Naupaka By Nona Beamer This tale of two lovers forbidden to be together depicts why the flowers of the naupaka plant grows the way it does. This book describes the love Princess Naupaka has for a commoner Kauÿi, and takes you on a journey as these two seek for approval from the Gods for their union, and the unfortunate fate that befalls them.

Meet the Board President:

Marcia Stroud

Vice President:

Scarlet Patte


Ben Au


Angie Kawaÿakoa

741 West Smelter St


Patricia Leong

Midvale, UT 94047


Darren Medeiros


Stacy Wood

Trustee at large:

Neal Hanohano

Hawaiian Cultural Center

Phone: (801) 56 ALOHA

Hawaiian Cultural Center Staff Kathleen Madsen – Project Manager Nohea Hanohano – Accountant Tina Cabiles – Cultural Specialist Uÿilani Keo – Project Assistant

December 2011  

Indigenous Education, Makahiki, Halloween Bash, Traveling LAOKO Session

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