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Senate Honors Hawaiian Language Leaders

The Hawai‘i Senate Majority announces that the Hawai‘i State Senate honored five Hawaiian language kumu for their leadership in reviving and teaching ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i in our schools statewide.  These ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i kumu are Dr. Larry Lindsey Kimura, Dr. Ku‘uipolani “Ipo” Kanahele Wong, Dr. Papaikanī‘au Kai‘anui, Kananinohea Kawai‘ae‘a Māka‘imoku and Lolena Nicholas.

Courtesy of Hawai‘i Senate Majority office.

Dr. Larry Lindsey Kimura is a pioneer of the ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i movement and he has worked tirelessly for its revitalization for almost 50 years. Dr. Kimura is an Associate Professor of Hawaiian language and Hawaiian Studies at Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College at UH Hilo.

Courtesy of Hawai‘i Senate Majority office.

Dr. Kimura founded the Ka Leo Hawai‘i Hawaiian language radio talk show in the 1970s and 80s, during which time he also co-founded ‘Aha Pūnana Leo and wrote curriculum for Papahana Kaiapuni Hawai‘i (the Hawaiian Immersion Program) in the public schools.  Here he developed the course material and trained teachers to teach their subjects in Hawaiian language statewide.  Dr. Kimura is also a well-known songwriter and ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i activist.

Dr. Ku‘uipolani “Ipo” Kanahele Wong is born and raised on Ni‘ihau and she was the mānaleo (native Hawaiian language speaker) resource kumu at the Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at UH Mānoa.  She is the first person from Ni‘ihau to receive her doctorate degree in education and she currently serves as an Associate Professor at UH Mānoa and as the Director of Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language.

Lolena Nicholas is also a native speaker from Ni‘ihau.  She was a co-host for the radio talk show Ka Leo Hawai‘i, and she has also served as the mānaleo at Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language.  Known fondly as “Auty Lolena” to thousands of ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i students statewide, Kumu Nicholas is an icon in the Hawaiian language revitalization movement.  A film was produced in 2014 about her life’s work.

Courtesy of Hawai‘i Senate Majority office.

Dr. Papaikanī‘au Kai‘anui graduated with the first Hawaiian immersion class on Maui in 2001, and she is the first immersion student to complete a doctoral degree.  Today she is an instructor of Hawaiian at Maui College.

Kananinohea Kawai‘ae‘a Māka‘imoku is the first immersion graduate to return as a Hawaiian immersion teacher and she is now helping to prepare new immersion teachers across the state.  She also sits on the faculty of Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language.

UH Hilo College of Hawaiian Language Announces Dean’s List Spring 2014

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Ke kūkala aku nei ko Ke Kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Hilo Ka Haka Ula O Keelikōlani i nā inoa o nā haumāna kaha oi no ke kau Kupulau 2014 (<a href="http://hilo.hawaii.edu">University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo</a> Ka HakaUla O Ke`elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language announces its Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 semester):

Jai Ho Choi, Samuel Clubb, Dillon Dominguez, Brandi Dugo, Shari Frias, Philip Gamiao, Alexander Guerrero, Kayla Ing, Linda Ixtupe, Erika Jardin, Kamalani Johnson, Tiphani Kainoa, Kamaleiku`uipo Kalehuawehe-Valentine, Micah Kealaiki, Jacqueline Kinge, Maile Kipapa, Gail Klevens, Dylon Koehn, Ciera Lamb, Hannah Lockwood, Daniel McDonald, Candice Miner-Ching, Lilia Misheva, Samantha Pa, Christopher Ramos, Kapuaonaona Roback, Koa Rodrigues, Ronald Santos, Nelli Semenko, You Jin Shin, Eric Taaca, Gabriel Tebow, Lindsay Terkelsen, Randall Yamaoka, and Cheyne Yonemori.

Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani College of Hawaiian Language Fall 2013 Dean’s List

Hawaiian Language College

The following students in Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo received Dean’s List honors for the Fall 2013 semester:

Alexandria U`ilani Agdeppa, Ka`alalani Wilson Ahu, Corey Thomas Bell, Samuel Frances Clubb, Dillon Keane Dominguez, Brandy Dugo, Martin Keone Ennis, Alexander Kawika Guerrero, Kana Hayase, Stacy Caruth Joel, Kamalani M Johnson, Aleysia-Rae K Kaha, Kamaleikuuipo Kalehuawehe-Valentine, Micah Leialoha Kealaiki, Emma Nohea Laurel Aika Koa, Dylon Garreth Koehn, Monique Lee Komoda, Ciera Mae Lamb, Yixiao Li, Daniel William McDonald, Hokulani Bennett Mckeague, Maranda Dawn Mumm, Amanda Rose O’Farrell, Angela Ann F Pastores, Natalie Laua`e Poy, Christopher Bryan Ramos, Ronald Kaipo Santos, Noriko Sato, Nelli Vyacheslavovna Semenko, Jennifer Ku`uipo Thomson, Teren Nahelenani Travaso, Kellie Chiemi Yagi, Cheyne Isao Yong Yonemori, and Abcde Kawehi Zoller.

Sig Zane to Deliver Keynote Address at UH Hilo Fall Commencement

Hawaiʻi Island artist, dancer, cultural practitioner and clothing designer Sig Zane delivers the keynote address at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo fall commencement on Saturday, December 21 at 9 a.m. in the UH Hilo New Gym.

The Zane Family celebrates Kuhao Zanes Na Hoku Hanohano Award presented by the Na Hoku Festival for Best Graphics

The Zane Family celebrates Kuhao Zane’s Na Hoku Hanohano Award presented by the Na Hoku Festival for Best Graphics

Students have petitioned for a total of 262 degrees and/or certificates from the colleges of Arts and Sciences (174), Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (19), Business and Economics (21), and Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani College of Hawaiian Language (18), while 30 others are candidates for various post-graduate honors.

Zane, an O`ahu native, moved to Hilo in the mid-1970s in search of an unhurried life and to study the Hawaiian culture. He joined Hilo’s Halau O Kekuhi in 1981, and immersed himself in the art of hula under the direction of Edith Kanaka`ole along with her daughters Pua Kanahele and Nalani Kanaka`ole, who he would later marry. Through hula, Zane developed a deep understanding of the relationship between native plants and the Hawaiian culture.

He opened Sig Zane Designs in Downtown Hilo over 25 years ago, featuring a line of aloha shirts, dresses, bags and tees with popular motifs that reflect native Hawaiian culture, heritage and practices. Zane, Nalani, and their son, Kuhaoimaikalani, have been working together for more than a decade on special projects which combine their unique designs with fundamentals rooted in culture and place. They have produced iconic images for jewelry, hotel rooms and airplanes, and most recently created the traditional bamboo stamp design ohe kapala for Hawaiian Electric Incorporated.

Amanda O’Farrell, a Hawaiian studies major, is student speaker. O’Farrell was born in Hilo, raised in Puna, and graduated from the Kamehameha Schools Kea`au campus. She has maintained a 3.6 GPA at UH Hilo and made the Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani Dean’s List four times.

O’Farrell has been an active participant in numerous cultural and environmental initiatives throughout the island, taking part in invasive species removal around Hale Pohaku on Mauna Kea, collecting native species seeds at Hualalai, and participating in a heiau clean-up in Keaukaha. Her immediate post-graduate plans are to care for her two young children, but hopes to return within two years to pursue a masters degree in ethnobotany/ethnomedicine. Her dream is to be a traditional Hawaiian healer, practicing the art of la`au lapa`au and lomilomi. She also expressed interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in traditional medicine or public health.

 

Kanu o ka Aina Launches Online Education – Program Open to Anyone Grades 6-11

Kanu o ka Aina (KANU) New Century Public Charter School is launching a Blended Learning Hui. This expansion of KANU is an addition to traditional, classroom-based education and is available to students in grades 6 to 11. The educational components of the hui are online learning for core subject classes and Hawaiian language coupled with integrated, self-directed, independent, place-based projects.

Kanu o ka Aina

“We are excited to bring this free and flexible additional learning option to the public,” said Allyson Tamura, KANU co-administrator. “Whether a homeschooled student seeking additional support or an enriched program, someone whose learning style fits this educational experience, or a simple desire for online education within KANU’s educational philosophy, our new Blended Learning Hui can be an ideal solution.”

Core subjects offered online through K12/Aventa Learning will include English, Math, Science and Social Studies. Hawaiian language classes will be offered through Niuolahiki from Aha Punana Leo. Independent projects will incorporate Hawaiian culture, history, traditions and practice with 21st century technology.

All students’ paths will be charted by a college preparatory Individualized Learning Plan authored and maintained in a partnership of student, ‘ohana (family) and KANU. Two to three hour long, weekly face-to-face sessions with a KANU instructor/advisor are required and will help students stay on target to complete classes and projects. The schedule, to the maximum allowable degree, is flexible and uses a 12 month calendar. The program is scheduled to begin September 1, 2013 but KANU will be accepting students until October 1 or until all spaces are taken, whichever comes first.

As a free public K-12 school, KANU, which integrates Hawaiian culture, language, traditions, community and the natural environment in a curriculum that is project-based and place-based, is held to the same performance expectations and same assessment testing that all schools throughout the state must follow. The school achieved Annual Yearly Progress Safe Harbor status for the 2012-13 school year and has received six full years of accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Applications for KANU Blended Learning Hui can be picked up at the KANU office or downloaded from the Hui’s website at http://bit.ly/kanublendedlearning

Questions about the program can be addressed to Kamaka Meringolo: kanublendedlearning@kalo.org.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama “Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha” – Part 1

The Hawai’i Community Foundation has started an organization called the Pillars of Peace and it’s goal is to bring world leaders to Hawaii in the future for public talks about things that are going on in the world.

Ehunuikaimalino member Hero Wooching shares a moment with His Holiness on stage. (Photos courtesy of Pillars of Peace)

Ebay Founder Pierre Omidyar and his personal ties to His Holiness the Dalai Lama made it possible for the Dalai Lama to make his first visit to Hawaii since he was last here in Maui a few years back.

Here are some of the pictures that were released from his visit:

His Holiness enjoys a moment with preschoolers from Aha Punana Leo O Honolulu, a Hawaiian Immersion School.

His Holiness greets Hawaiian singer Anuhea Jenkins

His Holiness greets Taimane Gardner after her electrifying ukulele performance

His Holiness is presented with a pu, or conch shell, an integral component of Hawaiian Culture, by Troy Kanuha

His Holiness talk with Princess Abigail Kawanakoa, the most direct descendant of the last queen of Hawaii, at Iolani Palace

His Holiness thanks a group of three and four-year-olds from Aha Punana Leo O Honolulu School.  The Children performed “Hele Au,” a song about their school sung in the Hawaiian Language, to welcome His Holiness to the Bishop Museum

His Holiness presents a khata to Princess Kawanakoa

His Holiness tours the Bishop Museum with Board Chair Allison Gendreau (right) and his translator (left).  His Holiness is wearing a lei of kou, or orange blossom, grown on the museum grounds.

His Holiness was presented with a Mahi’ole at the Bishop Museum.  In olden times Mahi’ole were symbols of high rank.

Virginia Hinshaw, Chancellor of University of Hawaii at Manoa and Robert M. Witt, Executive Director of Hawaii Association of Independent Schools welcomes His Holiness to the Stan Sheriff Center for his talk to students, “Educating the Heart”.

To listen to the Dalai Lama’s talk from Saturday, click here: Educating the Heart

Say What? Sign Posted on Tree and I Can’t Understand What it Says

Today at work I went into some interesting areas.  Anyone care to translate what this sign means?

Eddie Aikau Foundation Rewards Young Writers – Winners of 2012 Essay Contest Include 10 Big Island Students

The Eddie Aikau Foundation presented its 7th Annual Essay Contest awards, Saturday, March 17, honoring 25 statewide winners, ten from Big Island Schools. Eddie’s brother Solomon and wife Linda Gillette Aikau of Waimea joined family members on Oahu for the awards presentation.

Shari Jumalon, Konawaena Middle School teacher, with KMS student winners Justin Jennings, Thomas Johnston, Danielle Uemura, and Ku'uipo Bettencourt and Tania DuPont of Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School, with Eddie's brother Solomon Aikau (Photo by Bernie Baker)

“We’re very happy to see so many Big Island students among the winners,” said Solomon, co-owner with Linda of the Eddie Aikau Restaurant in Kings’ Shops.  “It shows that Eddie’s story, and the values he represents, are spreading across the islands and beyond.  It’s a story that everyone wants to connect with, and we and the Foundation are very proud of all these young writers for sharing it in their own words.”

The essay contest awards presentation takes place each year on March 17, “Eddie Aikau Day,” as proclaimed by the 2004 Hawaii State Legislature.  Cash prizes were awarded as follows: 1st Place $500, 2nd Place $350, 3rd Place $250, and $100 for each of the Honorable-mention winners.  A total of 627 entries were judged on essay content, presentation and writing skill, in both English and Hawaiian divisions.

Contest themes focus on the values and spirit of big wave surfer Eddie Aikau, who was lost at sea March 17, 1978 while paddling for help for his shipmates of the capsized Hōkūle‘a, a traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe.  This year’s theme asked students to comment on that heroic decision:  “Eddie’s actions reflected the Hawaiian values of KOKUA (to help) and KAHIAU (to give generously with the heart, without expecting anything in return).  How do these values inspire your actions and how do they influence your decision of who to help, when you can’t help everyone?”

In the English language division, Hawai‘i Island winners are:

  • Tania Dupont, 3rd Place Grade 7, Waimea Middle School, teacher Liz Noetzel
  • Danielle Uemura, 1st Place Grade 8, Konawaena Middle School (KMS), teacher Shari Jumalon
  • Ku‘uipo Bettencourt, 3rd Place Grade 8, KMS
  • Thomas Johnston and Justin Jennings, Honorable Mention, KMS

In the Hawaiian Language Division, Ke Kula O Nawahi‘okalani‘o Pu‘u in Kea‘au swept the awards with five of five winners, all students of teacher Ke‘alohi Reppun.

  • Alaka‘i Iaea-Russell, 1st Place Grade 7
  • Kaualiliko Baclig, 2nd Place Grade 7
  • Iona Kumupono Kim, 3rd Place Grade 7
  • Tuvae Nerveza-York and Hokulani Fortunato, Honorable Mention, Grade 8

The Eddie Aikau Foundation’s annual Essay Contest is open to all students, grade 7-10.  The Contest Theme is announced and submissions open in November, with a January deadline to enter.  The Foundation is a charitable organization created to share Eddie Aikau’s life, contributions and accomplishments while promoting education and the advancement of Hawaiian culture. The Foundation strives to inspire people to develop a strong sense of pride in themselves, their heritage and their community through Eddie’s remarkable spirit and character.  For more information, visit www.EddieAikauFoundation.org.

Eddie Aikau Restaurant and Surf Museum

Eddie Aikau Restaurant in Kings’ Shops, Waikoloa Beach resort, is locally-owned and operated by members of the Aikau Family who live on Hawai‘i Island.  Supporting the best of Big Island agriculture and aquaculture with Contemporary Hawaiian Cuisine, sharing memorabilia from Eddie’s big wave surf career, the restaurant is a living tribute to a Hawaiian hero.  www.facebook.com/EddieAikauRestaurant, (808) 886-8433.

Proposed Bill Would End Protection of Iwi Kupuna

Received from a source.  This unconstitutional proposed bill (LNR-07(12)_Burial_bill_rev.10-17-11-1) would end protection of the iwi kupuna and would make sure that Native Hawaiian ‘ohana cannot protect their iwi kupuna.  What’s more, it would cost $60,000 MORE per year to have one state-wide burial council versus the current system of a burial council for each island.

I am still researching to discover which legislators are sponsoring this evil bill.  I know that current State Historic Preservation Division Director, Pua Aiu, who is of Native Hawaiian descent, spoke in favor of this concept at the annual Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs convention this past November.  People attending the convention were outraged since the SHPD and Pua Aiu have already broken many burial laws to the extent that the National Park Service is not funding their $1,2 million grant for the first time ever.

Please help stop this bill before it even makes it into committee.  Call your representatives today.  Tell them to fix the system in favor of Native Hawaiian ‘ohana and the iwi kupuna, instead of making it more favorable for real estate developers.

Mahalo!

Charles Flaherty

Big Island Teacher Recognized at the Capitol for Work with Cultural-Based Learning Program

Bonnie Pua Case, a teacher at Waimea Middle School, was honored today with a certificate of recognition from the Hawaii State Legislature at the Outstanding Advocates for Children and Youth Awards Luncheon.

As part of Hawaii’s Children and Youth Month, the Hawaii Outstanding Advocate for Children and Youth Award was established by the Hawaii State Legislature to recognize the superb commitment and efforts demonstrated by organizations and individuals that protect and promote Hawaii’s youth. Thirteen individuals and organizations were honored this year.

Case was nominated by Rep. Cindy Evans for her notable achievements and work at Waimea Middle School. She has served the school as a classroom teacher, the Student Services Coordinator and, most recently, the ‘Ike Hawaii Resource Teacher.

The ‘Ike Hawaii cultural learning program plays an integral and essential part in guiding the school’s objectives in Hawaiian-focused cultural curriculum, projects, practices and perspectives.

“Pua has been an inspiration at Waimea Middle School,” said Rep. Evans. “She is committed to the ‘Ike Hawaii cultural learning program that strives toward connecting culture to curriculum and tying tradition to technology. We are very proud of her achievements and dedication and commitment to educating Hawaii’s youth.”

As a mentor and kupuna, Case strives to inspire each child to understand and love their culture and land (aina). She encourages children to have a sense of pride and respect for their Hawaiian heritage through storytelling and hula workshops, and the teaching of chants, history and geography. In addition, with the ‘Ike Hawaii Mala’ai school garden workshops, Case has provided a hands-on experience for students to learn the importance of working and cultivating the aina to maintain a sustainable community while collaborating with others in the community. The program is designed to connect students to cultural lifestyles and resource practitioners in the community.

The program focuses on the theme of “Sense of Place, Sense of Identity,” which was selected to nurture connection to the places, traditions, history and heritage that surround the student’s everyday life. A sample semester of events for 7th graders would include: introduction to Hawaiian language; lessons on traditions, culture and lifestyle of Kamehameha; site visits to the PIKO Gallery for Social Studies lessons; pa’u lesson and horse lei-making service project for Aloha Festivals Parade; and a hands-on lesson on making cordage as was done in the Pacific and Hawaii as shown in their textbooks. These are just a few of the many lessons with the “make it real” component of the ‘Ike program initiative.

Governor Abercrombie Appoints Native Hawaiian Roll Commission

Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced his appointments for the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission (NHRC).  Established in July when Governor Abercrombie signed Act 195, the NHRC starts the process that will eventually lead to federal recognition of Native Hawaiians.

The Commission is composed of five members, one from each county and one at-large seat.  They are: former Governor John D. Waihe’e (At-Large), Lei Kihoi (Hawai’i), Mahealani Perez-Wendt (Maui), Na’alehu Anthony (O’ahu), and Robin Puanani Danner (Kaua’i).
“These individuals represent various sectors of the Hawaiian community.  Each brings experience, talent, knowledge, and skills that collectively create a broad-based team,” Governor Abercrombie said.  “This team will put together the roll of qualified and interested Native Hawaiians who want to help determine the course of Hawai’i’s indigenous people.”
The Commission will be responsible for preparing and maintaining a roll of qualified Native Hawaiians as defined by the Act. Once its work is completed, the Governor will dissolve the Commission.  The roll is to be used as the basis for participation in the organization of a Native Hawaiian governing entity.
“Now is the time to unify as a people,” said At-Large Commissioner Waihe’e.  “The belief in our nation building process is being realized.  It has been a long time coming but today we have a renewed sense of confidence for our people and our future.”
About the Native Hawaiian Roll Commissioners:
John D. Waihe’e III is the appointed At-Large commissioner. After serving as Lt. Governor under Governor George Ariyoshi, Waihe’e became the first Native Hawaiian Governor and served two terms from 1986 to 1994.  His administration created the A-plus after-school-care program, restored more than 16,000 acres of public lands to the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust, and created a committee to help define sovereignty.  In 1993, he created the Hawaiian Sovereignty Advisory Commission.  Waihe’e, 65, became active in politics after serving as a delegate on the 1978 Hawai’i State Constitutional Convention where he was instrumental in the creation of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.  He earned his undergraduate degree at Andrews University in Michigan and was a member of the first graduating class of the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai’i.  Waihe’e lives in Honolulu.
Na’alehu Anthony is the appointed O’ahu County commissioner.  Anthony is the Chief Executive Director of ‘Oiwi TV and the Principal of Paliku Documentary Films.  He is the Director and Executive Producer of ‘Aha’i ‘Olelo Ola, Hawaiian Language news.  Anthony has produced and directed a number of films including the award winning PBS Documentary of Mau Piailug: The Wayfinder. Anthony, 36, is a member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and a captain for interisland and coastal sails. He has documented all the major voyages made by Hokule’a.  Anthony holds an MBA and a BA in Hawaiian Studies from UH-Manoa.  He is a 1993 graduate of Kamehameha Schools and lives in Kailua.
Lei Kihoi is the appointed Hawai’i County commissioner.  Kihoi has served the Native Hawaiian community in various aspects for over 25 years.  As a former staff attorney for Judge Walter Heen, she wrote and promoted legislation regarding Hawaiian matters.  Kihoi, 66, is a trained counselor in ho’oponopono, mediation and facilitation. She served on a number of boards and organizations including Hui Hanai (Queen Liliuokalani Trust), Polynesian Voyaging Society, and the Native Hawaiian Bar Association.  Kihoi is a graduate of Castle High School.  She earned her BS in Education from UH-Manoa, a MSSW from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and her law degree from the UH Richardson School of Law.  A beneficiary of the Queen Lili’uokalani Trust, Kihoi is a resident of Kailua-Kona.
Mahealani Perez-Wendt is the appointed Maui County commissioner.  Perez-Wendt was the Executive Director of Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (NHLC) for 32 years before retiring in December 2009.  During her tenure the NHLC litigated landmark cases including Public Access Shoreline Hawai’i v. State, and Waiahole Community Association v. State.  Perez-Wendt, 64, was the first Native Hawaiian board member of the Native American Rights Fund.  She has been recognized with a number of awards including Outstanding Hawaiian Woman for Community Service, in 1983; Liberty Bell Award from the Hawai’i State Bar Association in 1990; Kalanianaole Award in 2003 from the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs; Native Hawaiian Advocate Award in 2009 from the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement; and Hawai’i Women Lawyers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. Perez-Wendt has published poetry and stories in more than a dozen literary journals and anthologies.  A graduate of the Kamehameha School for Girls, Perez-Wendt lives in Wailuanui, East Maui.
Robin Puanani Danner is the appointed Kaua’i Commissioner.  She is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA).  Danner has over 20 years of experience working in the field of Native to federal trust responsibilities and government relationships to empower Native peoples.  She has extensive management experience in the nonprofit, for-profit business and government sectors.  She was the Vice-President and Branch Manager of that National Bank of Alaska and is the former North Slope Borough and Tagiugmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority County Housing Director and Indian Housing Authority Executive Director. Danner, 48, founded CNHA in 2001 and developed each of its programs including the first statewide Native Loan Fund, the Hawai’i Family Finance Project, which is certified by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and funded by the U.S. Treasury to promote financial literacy; the Homestead Self Help Program; and the Hawaiian Way Fund, to advance philanthropy in support of culture, knowledge, and language.
Danner resides on her homestead in Anahola.

A Message of Sorrow From the Director of “Get A Job” on Friend and Cast Member Charles Ka’upu

It is with great sadness I share the loss of friend and cast member Charles Ka’upu.

Brian Kohne with Kumu Charles Ka'upu.

Many of you who were on set day-one will remember the special blessing of the project he performed – I was so moved and comforted by his words in those moments that despite the obstacles we were to face, all apprehension and fear in me was alleviated. His presence and divinity was felt throughout the production, and I for one will never forget being moved, entertained, and comforted by this great Hawaiian through the years.
He also performed the most amazing and magical blessing of Malama Pono Productions in 2005 A “Dedicated To The Memory…” message and photo will be created and placed at the end of “Get A Job,” so that in our own small way the production will keep alive his memory, and honor his deep contribution to our movie.
We will post additional information on the Get a Job Facebook page with respect to further honoring of Charles Ka’upu, who forever will remain alive in our hearts and minds, and onscreen with a special poignant brilliance.
Charles, we love you…
Brian Kohne
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2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards… And the Winners Are!

The 34th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards were held at the Hawaii Convention Center last night and I just want to say that the Big Island of Hawaii was well represented and came away with many Na Hoku Hanohano Awards this evening.

Even Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi was impressed with the amount of awards Big Island recording artists received.

The following artists won awards for their hard work that was recognized by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts:

Most Promising Artist:

MARK YAMANAKA – Lei Pua Kenikeni

Female Vocalist of the Year:

NAPUA MAKUA – Mōhalu

Male Vocalist of the Year:

MARK YAMANAKA – Lei Pua Kenikeni

Group of the Year:
KUMZ – On the Summit

Christmas Album:

Willie K -Willie Wonderland

Album of the Year:

AMY HĀNAIALI‘I AND THE SLACK KEY MASTERS OF HAWAI‘I –
Amy Hānaiali‘i and Slack Key Masters of Hawai‘i

Song of the Year:
KALEOONĀLANI by Mark Yamanaka from LEI PUA KENIKENI

Single of the Year:

HE LEI KAULANA – Nā Palapalai

Extended Play Release of the Year

SOLO UKULELE – The King of Pop – Abe Lagrimas, Jr. and Friends

Anthology of the Year – Producer’s Award:

BEST OF NĀ PALAPALAI, THE – Nā Palapalai; Shawn Pimental, producer

Compilation of the Year (Various artists) – Producer’s Award:
KONA – Dave Tucciarone, producer

Contemporary Album of the Year:

FOREVERMORE – Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson

Haku Mele -composer’s award for first-time recorded Hawaiian-language song or chant

Kainani Kahaunaele – ‘Ohai ‘Ula

Hawaiian Album of the Year:

MŌHALU – Nāpua Makua

Hawaiian Language Performance:

Kainani Kahaunaele -Ohai ‘Ula

Instrumental Album of the Year:

‘UKULELE NAHENAHE – Herb Ohta, Jr.

Island Music Album of the Year:

AMY HĀNAIALI‘I AND THE SLACK KEY MASTERS OF HAWAI‘I
– Amy Hānaiali‘i and Slack Key Masters

Jazz Album of the Year:

DJANGO WOULD GO – Hot Club of Hulaville

R&B / Hip Hop:

COCONUT WIRELESS – Kepa Kruse

Reggae Album of the Year:

GREEN, THE – The Green

Religious Album of the Year:
SOMEWHWERE UP AHEAD – GOSPEL HYMNS OF HAWAII, VOL. II
– Ata Damasco

Rock Album of the Year:

STREAM DREAMS – Kamuela Kahoano

Slack Key Album of the Year:

PLAY WITH ME PAPA – John Keawe

Favorite Entertainer:

NAPUA MAKUA

Engineering Award:

Bryan Sanchez and Jeffrey James – Hawaiian Girls

This years winners as well as previous winners:

Click on the pictures below for larger versions:

$1.5 Million Released for Kealakehe Community Center

From the Hawaii House  Blog:

Rep. Denny Coffman today praised the release of $1.526 million in design and planning funds to Laiopua 2020, an organization under the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), to build a new community center and medical clinic in Kealakehe.

“This project was my number one capital improvement priority during the 2010 legislative session,” said Rep. Coffman (District 6 –North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Honokohau.)  “In addition to creating construction jobs and permanent employment, the Laiopua Community Center will provide core government service facilities in a key location of the Kailua-Kona community. I want to thank my legislative colleagues for including this project in the CIP budget during a year when we face many fiscal challenges, and applaud the Governor for releasing the funds.”

The site is next door to the 1,500-student Kealakehe High School and nearby to the 800-student Kealakehe Intermediate School and the 1,000-student Kealakehe Elementary School.  On the immediate north side of this 26-acre community complex, is over 325 Native Hawaiian homes with another 900 homes in the planning stage.  On the immediate south side of the community complex is the planned Kamakana Villages Project; a 2,300-unit affordable housing development being planned by Hawaii Housing Finance & Development Corporation (HHFDC) and developed by Forest City.

According to DHHL, groundbreaking is anticipated to take place in July 2011.  The community center is currently planned to include a computer lab and learning center, audio-visual center, after school and summer enrichment programs, culinary program and community kitchen, and space for community meetings and gatherings.  In addition, the community center will include space for social service programs related to existing agencies.

“When completed, this project will provide childcare, healthcare, Hawaiian cultural, recreation and family support services,” continued Rep. Coffman.  “The Big Island team of legislators believe that this is a model community project in the right place at the right time.”