KSBE Reports Incident at Bus Stop

The following letter was sent to parents of Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi campus this evening:

Aloha mai e nā ‘ohana,

Providing a safe and caring environment is a priority for Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi. That means all times while students are in our care, including on all bus routes, to and from pick up and drop off sites.

Earlier today, Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i administration was informed of an incident occurring outside of Prince Kūhiō Plaza following bus drop off in the afternoon involving students and an unfamiliar adult. A man approached a group of students and was staring at two of these students which made them feel uncomfortable. The man approached the group saying that he was an English teacher but they realized he clearly was not. Those two students quickly removed themselves from the situation but were understandably still upset with what had transpired.

Upon the parent reporting the incident to our staff, we contacted Prince Kūhiō Plaza security, who reported the incident to police. Security also informed us that a 1 year ban of this individual from the premises would be issued.

As a friendly, safety reminder, we encourage you to make the necessary arrangements to be at your child’s bus stop 15 minutes before pick up and remain until child is safely on board, and 15 minutes before drop off to assure that your child is not left unattended at any time at the bus pick up/drop off site. Your kōkua and aloha for the safety of your child and all children ensures they are prepared in the event they find themselves in an uncomfortable or inappropriate situation.

We would also encourage you as ‘ohana, to have the conversations with your child to ensure that they:

  • Never walk around alone – stay in pairs.
  • Stay in a well-lit area.
  • Seek assistance from a nearby friend, adult, etc. should they feel uncomfortable by the approach of any person(s), and report this information immediately to someone they feel comfortable with.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact our Transportation Department at (808) 982-0038 or (808) 982-0701.

Open Access for Broken Trust Book

Thanks to support from University of Hawaii Press and Kamehameha Schools, the public now has free access to the bestselling book Broken Trust: Greed, Mismanagement & Political Manipulation at America’s Largest Charitable Trust.

Broken Trust chronicles scandal at Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate during the late 1990s, which involved all three branches of Hawaii’s government and attracted front-page coverage in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. CBS’s 60 Minutes called it, “the biggest story in Hawaii since Pearl Harbor.”

Local and national publications praised Broken Trust; Hawaii Book Publishers Association named it Book of the Year; and numerous high schools, colleges, and law schools have used Broken Trust in courses such as Modern Hawaiian History, Participation in Democracy, Trusts & Estates, Nonprofit Organizations, Federal Taxation, Fiduciary Administration, and Professional Responsibility.

The book’s surviving co-author, Randall Roth, explains in the open-access introduction that he and Judge Samuel P. King wrote Broken Trust to help protect the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. They assigned all royalties to local charities and donated thousands of copies to libraries and high schools. Source documents, legal issues, discussion questions, and lesson plans are available at www.BrokenTrustBook.com.

Roth added: “Judge King, would be delighted, as am I, that the current Kamehameha Schools trustees are supporting this open-access edition of Broken Trust.”

In Broken Trust’s open-access introduction, the Kamehameha Schools trustees express a desire to recognize and honor members of the Kamehameha Schools ohana who courageously stood up for the trust during the years of controversy. They also express pleasure that Broken Trust will be “openly available to students, today and in the future, so that the lessons learned might continue to make us healthier as an organization and as a community.”

The open-access introduction also includes this quote from the late Winona Beamer: “In Hawai‘i, we tend not to speak up, even when we know that something is wrong. Especially in the Hawaiian community, the common practice has long been to avoid confrontation at almost any cost. This approach does not serve us well in today’s world. We must learn to be good stewards of all that we have been given, and this sometimes requires that we take a stand. The way the Kamehameha ‘ohana rallied and worked together as a family to defend Princess Pauahi’s legacy says much about how to live effectively and righteously in a fast-changing world. It demonstrates the power of informed people unified by moral conviction, and should always be a source of pride and inspiration.”

Links to Broken Trust on popular platforms, and to download:

Amazon/Kindle: http://a.co/0tFjGaH
GooglePlay and GoogleBooks: https://books.google.com/books?id=z6Y2DwAAQBAJ
ScholarSpace PDF files: https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/48548

“What makes Broken Trust so fascinating is that it works on multiple levels. It’s a well-researched book about Hawaii’s history and culture; a dramatic story of judicial, political, and corporate corruption; and a cautionary tale for acting or future charitable trust board members on everything you shouldn’t do if you want to respect your organization’s mission and ensure the public’s trust. The players in Broken Trust jump off the page.” —Christopher Quay, Exempt Organization Tax Review

“Broken Trust is rich in anthropological detail and spiced with characters and quotations that would comfortably populate a John Grisham novel. The authors are fearless and uncomplimentary when documenting the role and ethical quandaries of lawyers and judges.” —James Daw, Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal

“Broken Trust reads like a political thriller with a whole assortment of characters straight out of a Tom Clancy novel and plot twists that are always unexpected. It was hard to put down. A great read!” —W. Scott Simon, author of The Prudent Investor

“I loved this book! It was like reading a thriller; I could not wait to find out what would happen next. Who would have thought that a book about a charitable trust could be so exciting? Some of the characters are truly unforgettable. I am still shaking my head at the fiduciary breaches and the conflicts of interest.”
—Professor Mary LaFrance, University of Nevada School of Law

Kamehameha Schools and the Pauahi Foundation Announce the Return of Mahiʻai Match-Up

Kamehameha Schools and the Pauahi Foundation announce the return of Mahiʻai Match-Up – an agricultural business plan contest dedicated to supporting Hawaiʻi’s sustainable food movement and decreasing the state’s dependence on imports.  Mahiʻai means farmer.  The contest is open to all farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural entrepreneurs. The application window opens today and ends Feb. 29, 2016.

Pahoehoe Parcel

Pahoehoe Parcel

“Mahiʻai Match-Up provides a venue for farmers and entrepreneurs to access some of our most valuable agricultural lands,” said Sydney Keliʻipuleʻole, senior director of statewide operations for Kamehameha Schools. “Kamehameha Schools is engaged in an ongoing effort to work with community partners to find and nurture talented farmers with innovative ideas that will increase food production for Hawaiʻi’s market.”

The top two business plans will receive an agricultural land agreement with up to five years of waived rent from Kamehameha Schools and seed monies from the Pauahi Foundation totaling $35,000 to help increase the probability of long-term, sustainable success.

Ulupono Initiative – the Hawai’i-focused impact investing firm – is once again lending its support to the business plan contest.

“Ulupono Initiative is proud to continue its partnership with Kamehameha Schools and Pauahi Foundation to assist talented farmers in realizing their dream of establishing a bona fide agricultural business in Hawaiʻi,” said Murray Clay, managing partner of Ulupono Initiative. “The goal of Mahiʻai Match-Up directly aligns with our mission of making Hawaiʻi more self-sufficient by increasing local food production. The group of entrants from the first two years has been impressive, and we are excited to see what year three has in store.”

Hawaiʻi Farm Bureau’s “Hawaiʻi Food and Farm” magazine is also a sponsor of the contest.

This year the program provides more opportunities for aspiring farmers with the introduction of Mahiʻai Mentorship – a competition created through a partnership between the schools and GoFarm Hawaiʻi aimed at developing the next generation of farmers.

Four applicants will be chosen to receive funding from Pauahi Foundation and Kamehameha Schools to attend GoFarm Hawaiʻi, a program that turns the AgCurious into AgProducers. Valued at $3,000, participants are given a combination of knowledge, experience, and support designed to assist them in becoming viable production growers, and accomplish it in a manner that encourages sustainability.  Applications for Mahiʻai Mentorship will be accepted from March 1 through May 2, 2016

To apply for the Mahiʻai Match-Up contest or for more information, visit http://www.pauahi.org/mahiaimatchup/index.html.

2016 Mahiʻai Match-Up Parcels:


Kamehameha Schools Selects New CEO

On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, I am pleased to share with you that we have selected Livingston “Jack” Wong as Chief Executive Officer of Kamehameha Schools.

Jack WongIn the last six months, we have had the opportunity to work closely with Jack, to experience the skills, and professional and personal qualities he brings to the position. Jack has demonstrated his leadership ability to work closely with the Board, the organization’s staff and the community.  In so doing, he has built relationships, trust and loyalty while advancing the mission of Kamehameha Schools.

We believe there is no better indicator of Jack’s devotion to our mission than the extraordinary work he has already done for us. After nearly two decades, Jack knows and understands our organization, and has been protecting and cultivating its legacy. He exemplifies the values of Pauahi and our schools, and we are confident you will find him to be a thoughtful, intelligent and selfless leader.

Jack joined KS in 1997 as senior counsel specializing in commercial real estate. He was promoted to director of KS’ Endowment Legal Division in 2000, and shortly thereafter helped lead Kamehameha’s defense of its Hawaiian preference admission policy. In 2013, Jack was named Vice President for Legal Affairs, and he has been serving as interim CEO since April 2014, when Dee Jay Mailer retired.

We will be sharing this news more broadly within the community today, and we wanted to make sure you heard it directly from us in advance.  The news release will be posted to www.ksbe.edu shortly.

Please join us in affirming Jack as our new CEO. We look forward to introducing Jack to you and the broader community in the weeks and months ahead.  Mahalo nui loa for your continued support of the mission and purpose of Kamehameha Schools.

Lance Keawe Wilhelm
Chair, Board of Trustees

Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Middle School Band & Keiki Choir California Schedule

The Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i Middle School Band & Keiki Choir will be performing in California over the Spring Break.  Here is their schedule of public performances.
California Flier

Please feel free to forward this to your friend’s and ʻohana that live in the area. We would love to see them and I am sure they would enjoy the mele of Hawaiʻi brought to them by our Keiki.

Join Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Middle School Band & Keiki Choir in California

KSBE in Cali

Hawaii Leads the Nation in Growing Its Ranks of Accomplished Teachers: 59 Hawaii Teachers Earn National Board Certification

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE), Kamehameha Schools and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) announced today that 59 teachers in Hawaii achieved National Board Certification this year, demonstrating that they have attained the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare students for 21st century success. Over the past three years, Hawaii has experienced the fastest growth in the number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in the nation and now has a total of 469 NBCTs.

DOE ReleaseTo date, more than 106,000 teachers in all 50 states and around the world have achieved National Board Certification, which is considered the highest mark of accomplishment in the profession. It includes a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process similar to Board certification in fields such as medicine.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the achievement of our new NBCTs,” said Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Their achievement is not only a testament to their hard work, determination and impact on their students’ learning, it is a reflection of Hawaii’s strong commitment to supporting all teachers in their pursuit of National Board Certification.”

The State of Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, Hawaii State Teachers Association and Kamehameha Schools provide administrative and technical support to teachers interested in seeking National Board Certification. Recently, the DOE has partnered with Kamehameha Schools to train Hawaii NBCTs to conduct the introductory training of the Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching at schools throughout the state.

“It is no small accomplishment to become Board certified,” said Kamehameha Schools CEO Dee Jay Mailer. “It’s a strong symbol of dedication to professional excellence for one of the greatest callings on this Earth. The Danielson approach to professional development provides pathways to such excellence and it is gratifying to know that these master teachers are ready to assist their colleagues in the pursuit of their excellence as well.”

Saluting the newest class of NBCTs, Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board, said: “Achieving National Board Certification is not only a great personal achievement, it is a strong statement about a teacher’s commitment to the profession and to students and their learning. Today, only a small fraction of America’s teachers are Board certified, but to improve the global competitiveness of our students, we must ensure that every novice teacher is on a trajectory towards accomplished practice.”

The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board Chairperson, Terry Holck states, “The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board would like to congratulate the new National Board Certified Teachers who have successfully undertaken the rigorous National Board Certification process and demonstrated their content knowledge and teaching skills against the most advanced standards in the nation. We would also like to commend the teachers who renewed their National Board Certification this past year. The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board is proud of its commitment to teacher excellence by providing subsidies and support sessions to Hawaii’s teachers who elect to go through this process. Every day, these accomplished teachers are having a positive impact on students in Hawaii.”

Research has shown that NBCTs have a significant impact on student achievement and that their students outperform their peers in other classrooms. Most recently, a 2012 study by Harvard University’s Strategic Data Project found that students of NBCTs in the Los Angeles Unified School District made learning gains equivalent to an additional two months of instruction in math and one month in English language arts.

National Board Certification is available in 25 certificate areas from Pre-K-12th grades. National Board Standards are written for teachers, by teachers and accomplished teachers are represented at every level of the organization, from key staff roles to the NBPTS Board of Directors and the Certification Council, which guides policy and implementation of the certification program. This fall the National Board announced revisions to the certification process that will help ensure more students across the country have the opportunity to learn from Board-certified teachers. Learn more about the revisions here.


Kamehameha Schools to Transition Windward Mall, Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center to Ground Leases

The following letter went out from the CEO of Kamehameha Schools, Dee Jay Mailer.

I am sending this advance notice regarding news from Kamehameha Schools to ensure that you hear about this important announcement directly from me: Completing the strategy related to our shopping centers that we announced in October with the Royal Hawaiian Center, we are announcing today our intent to offer for sale the buildings and other improvements at Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center and Windward Mall in Kāne‘ohe while retaining ownership of the underlying land.

Windward Mall Floor Plan

Windward Mall Floor Plan

This decision is part of our broad, ongoing strategy to proactively grow and perpetuate the endowment that supports Kamehameha Schools’ educational mission. As with our Royal Hawaiian Center offering, this action is aligned with our 2000-2015 Strategic Plan, which calls for active stewardship of our lands — whether for commercial, agricultural or conservation purposes — while prudently optimizing the value and use of Kamehameha’s financial and nonfinancial resources in support of our educational mission.

Proceeds from the potential sales will be reinvested in the endowment in support of our many educational programs and services currently in place, as well as those envisioned for 2015 and beyond that will serve many future generations of our lāhui. To this point, you should know that Kamehameha Schools has spent more than $2.6 billion on education in Hawai‘i over the last 10 years. Our educational programs, collaborations and other activities serve more than 47,000 learners and families each year, and Kamehameha serves as the largest private funder of public education in Hawai‘i.

Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center

Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center

Again, as with our proposed sale of the buildings at Royal Hawaiian Center, if we are successful in our offer to sell Windward Mall and Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center, it will not be a sale of our lands, but rather a sale of the buildings and other improvements on our lands.

Parents, mahalo for your trust in allowing us to teach and nurture your keiki and your families, and Alumni, mahalo for proudly representing the good and industrious men and women Pauahi so loved. We are blessed by your ongoing support of Pauahi’s legacy and educational mission!

I Mua!

Dee Jay Mailer
Chief Executive Officer

Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning Special Guest at Dedication of Royal Australian Air Force F-111C at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Today

U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning, Hawaii Senator Mark Takai, RAAF Air Marshal Geoffrey Brown, USAF General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, and Australian Consul-General Scott Dewar were just a few of the military officers, pilots, and dignitaries who attended Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s formal acceptance ceremony today, November 23, 2013, for the General Dynamics F-111C jet gifted to the Museum from the Royal Australian Air Force.

F11 Dedidcation

The 4:00 p.m. ceremony took place in Hangar 79 at the Museum on Historic Ford Island. A reception followed from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Over 200 people attended the private event. Kahu Kordell Kekoa of Kamehameha Schools officiated at the blessing.

Kahu Kordell Kekoa

The pilot name on the fuselage of the aircraft was unveiled as Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoffrey Brown, who was in attendance.

F111 Fuelselage

The exterior is an exact livery of the paint scheme and markings as delivered from General Dynamics to the Royal Australian Air Force in 1973. The F-111C joins the Museum’s growing collection of 45+ historic aircraft.

“We’re proud and honored to receive such a gift from the Royal Australian Air Force,” said Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff. “We will display it for the world to see and enjoy.”

F111 exterior

The F-111C (Australian serial number A8-130) was Australia’s principal strike aircraft from 1973 through 2010 and was affectionately known there as the Pig due to its ability to “hunt” at night with the nose of the aircraft close to the ground. With the United States Air Force it saw combat in Vietnam and participated in the bombing raids of Operation Desert Storm. The outright gift of the F-111 to the Museum is a reminder of the F-111’s shared service between Australia and the United States.

f11 presentationThe F-111C Gift Presentation and Dedication Ceremony was sponsored by Boeing and Pacific Air Forces Civilian Advisory Council (AFCAC).

Five Big Island Artisans Win Awards at 2013 Hawaii’s Woodshow

The Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) recently announced the winners of the 2013 juried Hawaii’s ‘Woodshow, Na Lā‘au o Hawai‘i. Five artisans from Hawaii Island returned with awards from the prestigious exhibition.

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“The Last Kiss… Extinction” by Scott Hare. Photo by Hal Lum

Triple award-winner Scott Hare from Kurtistown brought home an Honorable Mention recognizing outstanding execution and design for his Milo wood piece, “The Last Kiss…Extinction.”  Based on votes by visitors to the exhibition, the work was as pleasing to the crowds as to the exhibition’s jurors. Hare’s entry won the People’s Choice Award. Hare’s peers also recognized his outstanding work. Participating artists selected “The Last Kiss…Extinction” for the Artist’s Choice Award. Hare’s woodworking business, Hawaii Koa Naturals, is based in Kurtistown.

Another Kurtistown resident, Michael Patrick Smith, was also a triple award-winner returning to the Big Island with three Honorable Mentions. “Fan Leaf Sculpture” of Milo, Lychee, Koa and Ebonized Mango was recognized in the sculpture category and in the turning category, “Yin Yang Fern” made from Mango and “Earth, Sea & Sky” made from Cook Pine were awarded.

First Place Sculpture, sponsored by Hawaii State Foundation on Culture & the Arts, went to Cliff Johns for “Holo Hula.” The sculpture was created from Bermuda Cedar from a tree removed from a private yard in Captain Cook. The Cliff Johns Gallery is located in Kainaliu.

First Place Woodturning

First Place Woodturning by J. Kelly Dunn. Photo by Hal Lum

First Place Turning, sponsored by Hawaii Forest Institute, was awarded to J. Kelly Dunn, a wood lathe artist from Hawi, for his piece “Plumeria Nocturne,” which he crafted from Mexican Cypress. Kelly and Linda Dunn’s all-wood art gallery, Dunn Gallery, in Kapaau represents some of the finest wood artists and craftsmen in the state as well as selected wood artists from around the world.

Artisan Mats Fogelvik brought home an Honorable Mention for “Pua Koa,” a furniture piece made from curly Koa burl veneer, Koa veneer, and Rosewood.  His company, Fogelvik Furniture, is based in Ocean View.

Other winners at the 21st Annual Hawaii’s Woodshow were:

  • Best of Show – sponsored by Kamehameha Schools; presented to the most outstanding entry in the exhibition:  Tak Yoshino – Zen Meditation Chair “Mantra”
  • Award of Excellence – sponsored by Woodcraft Hawai‘i; presented to the most outstanding entry by one of the qualifying Career Recognition artists:  Joel Bright – Credenza
  • First Place Furniture – sponsored by Department of Land & Natural Resources, Division of Forestry & Wildlife:  Douglas Gordon – Writing Desk
  • First Place Musical Instrument:  Rich Godfrey – “Mahina” Koa Guitar
  • First Place Novice:  Hongtao Zhou – Energy Wood
  • First Place Open:  Francisco Clemente – “Silent Whisper”
  • Honorable Mention: presented to recognize outstanding execution and design:  R. W. Butts – King’s Cauldron,  Tom Calhoun – “Persephone’s Purse”,  Shaun Fleming – “Maui Forest”
  • Spirit of the Show Award; best showcases use of wood from under-utilized non-native trees while meeting exhibition criteria. Work featuring koa, mango, Cook or Norfolk Pine are not eligible:  Landon Hamada – Curved Chair
  • Kent Award – sponsored by Ron & Myra Kent; recognizes and honors the most promising first-time entrant age 18 and under: Landon Hamada – Curved Chair

Internationally recognized premier woodworker Paul Schurch, award-winning studio furniture designer Marian Yasuda and award-winning member of the American Institute of Architects and CEO at Group 70 International Norman G. Y. Hong served as jurors at this 21st annual Hawaii’s Woodshow. They had the difficult task of selecting winners from among more than 80 entries that ranged from furniture and woodturning to sculpture and musical instruments.


Hawaii’s Woodshow was held September 1-15 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona. More than 20 pieces were sold following the exhibition’s conclusion and four works received recognition awards from the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts.

Sponsors helping make Hawaii’s Woodshow possible were Kamehameha Schools, Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts, DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife, Hawai‘i Forest Institute, Woodcraft Hawaii, Halekulani On the Beach at Waikiki, Maui Custom Woodworkers, Inc., Ocean Eagle, Ron and Myra Kent, Hilo Frame Shop, Tusher Architectural Group, Thomas A. Loudat, C. Barton Potter, and Bubbies Ice Cream.

Hawaii’s Woodshow was created to promote an appreciation for the remarkable variety of Hawai’i-grown woods as well as for the talented woodworkers throughout our Islands.  Artists are limited to Hawai’i-grown wood and are encouraged to use conservative techniques such as veneering to make the most effective use of woods in limited supply. Certain rare or endangered species are prohibited.

About The Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association:

Established in 1989, HFIA is a nonprofit corporation founded by and for people dedicated to responsible forest management. HFIA promotes healthy and productive forests and a sustainable forest industry. In addition to Hawaii’s Woodshow™, along with affiliate Hawai‘i Forest Institute, HFIA sponsors projects and programs to promote healthier forests including Hawaii’s Wood Brand, forest restoration projects, and community forests with youth outreach programs. Visit HFIA www.hawaiiforest.org and the Hawai‘i Forest Institute (HFI) at www.hawaiiforestinstitute.org.

9th Annual Health and Wellness Recovery Day

A small army of athletes from the Waiākea High School Football team spent their weekend going door to door collecting pledges to support the Big Island Substance Abuse Council’s (BISAC) upcoming Strong Man Contest, which will be hosted as part of the organization’s 9th Annual Health and Wellness Recovery Day on August 3, 2013. The all day event will be held on the Kamehameha Schools Kea‘au Campus from 9:00 am.


Besides the Strong Man Contest, which will feature events like tire flipping and car towing, there will be a Move and Groove-a-Thon, a Health Fair with cooking demonstrations, giveaways, martial arts demonstrations and health and wellness promotions. The event will also have a Recovery Day Walk that is dedicated to honor and celebrate all those in recovery.

The football players’ efforts collected over $450.00 in pledges to support BISAC’s much-needed programs. “I’m truly grateful for all the players that came out to help me collect pledges for my participation in the Strong Man Contest,” said BISAC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Hannah Preston-Pita. “It really inspires me to see young people coming out to make their community a better place to live,” said Preston-Pita.

Since 1964, BISAC has been inspiring individuals and families to reclaim and enrich their lives through substance abuse counseling in a non-threatening environment. For more information about how to support BISAC’s programs or about the 9th Annual Health and Wellness Fair call 854-2827.

Kamehameha Schools Chief Executive Officer Dee Jay Mailer to Retire in 2014

DEE JAY A. MAILER Chief Executive Officer Kamehameha Schools

Chief Executive Officer
Kamehameha Schools

Aloha e ka ‘Ohana o nā Kula ‘o Kamehameha,

Today, I am announcing my decision to retire from Kamehameha Schools in 2014. I have spoken with our Trustees, and want to allow them ample time to properly recruit your new Chief Executive Officer.

Retirement means I will step out of a role I have been very fortunate to be in for 10 years at Kamehameha Schools. However, Kamehameha’s mission, people, and this precious kuleana will always be a blessed part of my life. My heart is perpetually warmed by our work together to help educate and nurture your keiki. What an honor it has been to care for Mr. and Mrs. Bishop’s dearest treasures — Pauahi’s people, her children, and her lands, all through the perpetuation of our culture and by being “good and industrious” under Ke Akua’s love and guidance.

I have given my decision to retire much thought, considering that the logical point for leadership change at Kamehameha Schools is at the end of our 2000-2015 Strategic Plan. I believe more firmly than ever that the 2015-30 Strategic Plan should be supported by a new CEO, who will be inspired by the aspirations of the community for the coming 15 years, and who will bring additional perspectives to the plan’s execution.

Looking back at my decade with Kamehameha Schools, of all the kuleana I shepherd here, the most important and fulfilling is being involved with the lives of our students! I overflow with pride each time I hear of the stellar achievements of your keiki, our haumāna — achievements of character, scholarship and talent that honor both their families and Kamehameha.

We are very proud to graduate 700 well-prepared seniors and 1,600 preschoolers every year. And with the help of many collaborators and partner organizations, we have quadrupled our reach into communities to impact thousands more keiki annually. We continue to steward and nurture our lands for the Lāhui and all of Hawai‘i, using the wisdom of our ancestral past and the clarity of present day to bring our precious ‘Āina back to health and productivity.

I offer my deepest mahalo palena ‘ole for your constant support and encouragement, and ask that over the next year, you continue to work closely with me, step-by-step to fulfill the dreams Pauahi had for your keiki and our Lāhui. There is no better way for a leader to say Aloha than with a solid and joyful finish.

Dearest mākua, I will continue to watch with pride your children and youth as they grow up to serve our world. And to our awesome alumni, I remain a proud member of your hui and give thanks for all of the deeds you have done to carry forth the values of Pauahi.

I mua Kamehameha!
Dee Jay Mailer
Dee Jay Mailer
Chief Executive Officer


21st Annual Hawaiian Family afFair on Saturday

Nā Pua No`eau, the Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children, presents its 21st annual Hawaiian Family afFair on Saturday, March 2, from 9-3 p.m. on the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Campus Center Plaza. The event is free and open to the public.

Na Pua Noeau

The theme of this year’s event is Ke Ola Mau (perpetuating our families through health and wellness) and honors Aunty Edna Baldado. Kaho`okele Crabbe will emcee with special guest emcee, former Nā Pua No`eau student and television news reporter, Mileka Lincoln.

Exhibits will highlight the various services available in the areas of health, education and social services such as free health screening and workshops. Participants can also dance for fitness to Zumba, Hip Hop or hula, enjoy live entertainment and visit a variety of food, arts and crafts booths. Children’s activities include a Keiki Fitness Center for ages six months to six years.

The event is produced in partnership with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center, Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi, Kamehameha Schools, Hawaiian Civic Club of Hilo, INPEACE Keiki Steps, Hawaiʻi Community College, UH Hilo-Kipuka and the UH Hilo Minority Access and Achievement Program.

For more information, call the Nā Pua No`eau office at (808) 974-7678.

Puna Ulu (Breadfruit) Festival Goes Nuts – Ulu a Niu

The Second Annual Puna ‘Ulu Festival—‘Ulu a Niu will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 9 am – 3 pm at Ho‘oulu Lāhui, the site of Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School at Pū‘āla‘a, adjacent to the ‘Āhalanui County Park warm ponds in Puna. The event is free and open to the public. The Puna ‘Ulu Festival—‘Ulu a Niu will celebrate ‘ulu (breadfruit) and niu (coconut) with a cooking contest, breadfruit trees and coconut palm trees for sale, presentations, keiki activities, cultural demonstrations, music all day with Diane Aki, Bruddah Cuz and Ili Wai, and local food featuring breadfruit and coconut.

The day will begin at 9 am with an opening pule by Kumu Hula Auli‘i Mitchell followed by a message from Governor Neil Abercrombie delivered by his representative Wendy Botelho-Cortez.

The buffet lunch will feature gourmet dishes by Casey Halpren of Café Pesto, Kanoa Miura of Aloha Mondays, and Mark Noguchi of Pili Hawaii and Taste. The tentative menu includes Fried ‘Ulu Croquettes, Braised Big Island Beef, Vegetable Curry, Heart of Palm Slaw with Coconut Mayo and ‘Ulu Chocolate Cookies.

Auntie Shirley Kauhaihao of Ke‘ei, South Kona, will be demonstrating how to select and prepare ‘ulu fruit. (Photo by Craig Elevitch)

Auntie Shirley Kauhaihao of Ke‘ei, South Kona, will be demonstrating how to select and prepare ‘ulu fruit. (Photo by Craig Elevitch)

Cultural activities include ‘ulu and kalo poi pounding with Uncle Jerry Konanui and ‘Anakala Isaiah Kealoha, kapa making with ‘ulu bark by experts Wesley and Lehua Sen, crafting of pahu drums from coconut with Keone Turalde, coconut weaving, and making cordage from coconut fiber with Larry Kuamo‘o. Keiki activities include games, face painting and block printing. Micronesians United will present traditional Micronesian preparations of ‘ulu with coconut milk. Demonstrations of how to make coconut milk will be held throughout the day. Local coconut water, fresh out of the coconut, will be for sale.

This year the festival is called ‘Ulu a Niu and will feature fresh coconut water for sale and cultural and horticultural activities related to niu (coconut) such as making of coconut milk, coconut palms for sale, crafting of pahu drums from coconut with Keone Turalde, coconut weaving, and making cordage from coconut fiber with Larry Kuamo‘o. (Photo by Craig Elevitch)

This year the festival is called ‘Ulu a Niu and will feature fresh coconut water for sale and cultural and horticultural activities related to niu (coconut) such as making of coconut milk, coconut palms for sale, crafting of pahu drums from coconut with Keone Turalde, coconut weaving, and making cordage from coconut fiber with Larry Kuamo‘o. (Photo by Craig Elevitch)

Learning how to cook ‘ulu and niu in new and traditional ways is one of the highlights of the festival. Cooking demonstrations will be given by local favorite Chef Mark Noguchi aka “Chef Gooch”; Shirley Kauhaihao will show how to select and prepare ‘ulu fruit; Dr. Nat Bletter, Chocolate Flavormeister of Madre Chocolate will be demonstrating how to make exquisite deserts from ‘ulu and niu; the Kua O Ka Lā students culinary arts class will present their award-winning spicy ‘ulu poke and raw foods experts Laura Dawn and Noah Dan will demonstrate how to make ‘ulu tortillas with a variety of sauces.

The public is invited to compete in the ‘Ulu a Niu Cooking Contest in which the public can enter recipes in the categories of Appetizer, Main Dish/Entrée and Dessert. Entries must include both ‘ulu (breadfruit) and niu (coconut), but the main ingredient must be ‘ulu. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each of these categories and for Healthiest Choice and Best in Show. Breadfruit Cooking Contest rules and entry forms can be found at www.breadfruit.info.

The public is invited to compete in the ‘Ulu a Niu Cooking Contest and can enter recipes in the categories of Appetizer, Main Dish/Entrée and Dessert.  Pictured is the 2012 Best of Show winner, Pūnana Cookies, by Raven Hannah and Jeremy Lutes. (Photo by Craig Elevitch)

The public is invited to compete in the ‘Ulu a Niu Cooking Contest and can enter recipes in the categories of Appetizer, Main Dish/Entrée and Dessert. Pictured is the 2012 Best of Show winner, Pūnana Cookies, by Raven Hannah and Jeremy Lutes. (Photo by Craig Elevitch)

Educational presentations about the cultural and horticultural aspects of breadfruit and coconut round out the event. Kua O Ka Lā students will present a need assessment of the importance of ‘ulu and niu in the community. Kumu Ryan McCormack will give two cultural presentations: ‘Ulu: A Hawaiian Perspective and Niuolahiki—The Life Giving Coconut. Noa Kekuewa Lincoln of Stanford University will present his original research on Kaluulu—the Ancient Kona Breadfruit Grove. Agroforestry expert Craig Elevitch of Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network will speak about Home Gardens—Pasifika Style. Dr. Diane Ragone and Ian Cole of the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden will be on hand to answer questions and will give presentations on Breadfruit and Sustainability and ‘Ulu from Root to Fruit: Tree Planting, Care and Maintenance. A tree planting with Leila Kealoha will commemorate the event.

Keiki activities at the Second Annual Puna ‘Ulu Festival—‘Ulu a Niu include games, face painting and block printing. (Photo by Craig Elevitch)

Keiki activities at the Second Annual Puna ‘Ulu Festival—‘Ulu a Niu include games, face painting and block printing. (Photo by Craig Elevitch)

The Puna ‘Ulu Festival is presented by Ho‘oulu Lāhui, Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School, Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network, the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. The festival is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Kūkulu Ola—Living Hawaiian Culture Program administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Doc Buyers Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, Suisan, Aloha Mondays, Madre Chocolate and Café Pesto. The Second Annual Puna ‘Ulu Festival—‘Ulu a Niu is a part of a larger statewide effort to revitalize breadfruit for food security called Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu. Learn more about the Puna ‘Ulu Festival by visiting www.breadfruit.info or call 965-5098.

Aupaka o Wao Lama Partnership Provides Dryland Forest Education

The Hawai’i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) and La’i’Ōpua 2020 have formed the Aupaka o Wao Lama collaborative partnership to provide West Hawai’i youth a land-based, forest stewardship experience. Aupaka o Wao Lama is a “learning while doing” stewardship education partnership, which integrates community, cultural, and science ecology. Other collaborators include Kau I Ka Mālie Multimedia Cultural Center, Kealakehe Intermediate and High Schools, Ke Kama Pono, Aupaka Ke Kilohana, Hui Lā’au Kama’āina La’i’Ōpua, Ho’ola Ka Makana’a Ka’upulehu (‘Āina ‘Ulu) and Ka’upulehu Cultural Center at Kalaemanō.

Kealakehe Intermediate Na Kahumoku students after pulling fountain grass at La'i'Ōpua Preserve. This activity was followed up with an hour of reinforcing e-curriculum at the La'i'Ōpua 2020 Mālie Tech Center. Photo: Yvonne Yarber Carter.

Kealakehe Intermediate Na Kahumoku students after pulling fountain grass at La’i’Ōpua Preserve. This activity was followed up with an hour of reinforcing e-curriculum at the La’i’Ōpua 2020 Mālie Tech Center. Photo: Yvonne Yarber Carter.


The project promotes positive change in the areas of kuleana (responsibility), mālama (stewardship), and interdependency of all living things.  Cultural Ecology Team educators Keoki Apokolani Carter and Yvonne Yarber Carter are developing cultural ecology curriculum that provides programmatic content both in the field and at Kona’s Mālie Computer Tech Center, combining traditional and modern field work with digital learning.

Students are learning about cultural ecology relationships, native plants, invasive weeds and heritage stories of the landscape and people, particularly as it relates to the mountain of Hualālai.  Kalaemanō Cultural Center educator, performing artist, and Hawaiian language teacher Ku’ulei Keakealani is providing a “mo’olelo wahi pana” (storied place) component giving a deeper grounding of the oral tradition of place.

The experiential part of this program involves the restoration of native plants in the community “Piko” area of the Aupaka Preserve in the La’i’Ōpua Dryland Preserve, Kealakehe.  The field team includes Site Manager Wilds Pihanui Brawner and Restoration Technician Kealaka’i Knoche, who together with the outreach education team and collaborators, intertwine the history of people and place with land restoration activities to better understand the lands of Kealakehe and the larger mauka-makai lands of North Kona and the Kekaha region of Hualālai mountain.

La’i’Ōpua 2020 Kau I Ka Mālie Cultural Center and Aupaka Ke Kilohana Administrator Christy Schumann is providing program support for La’i’Ōpua 2020 and Kealakehe High School Teacher Chris Ibarra, Kealakehe Elementary Na Kahumoku Coordinator Jeannine Crisafi, and Ke Kama Pono Coordinator Anthony Savvis are coordinating their student logistics, grading, attendance, recruitment, and transportation.

Other project supporters include Kamehameha Schools, Friends of Hawaii Charities, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and Kukio Community Fund and Arthur Lawrence Mullaly Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation.


Over 100 Attendees Gather for “Growing Koa in Hawai’i Nei” Symposium

The Hawai’i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) announced today that 110 people attended the “Growing Koa in Hawai’i Nei” Symposium held at Kilauea Military Camp (KMC) in Volcanos National Park on November 16th. Over 40 of them participated in the tour of Keauhou Ranch, Ka’u the following day.

Koa Symposium Keauhou Ranch Tour participants in koa stand

Koa Symposium Keauhou Ranch Tour participants in koa stand

The symposium brought together landowners, foresters, students and others interested in growing koa, for a day of panel discussions and presentations to promote sustainable forestry practices and to share the latest research on koa reforestation in Hawai’i.

“We are very pleased with the interest shown in Hawai’i’s koa industry by business owners, forestry professionals, students and other participants,” said Heather Simmons, HFIA Executive Director. “Attendance exceeded our expectations. We are encouraged by their commitment to protect, preserve and grow Hawai’i’s most popular indigenous hardwood and one of the most valuable timbers in the world,” Simmons stated.

Symposium highlights included:

  • An opening cultural protocol, “Koa mo’ōlelo,” by Cheyenne Hiapo Perry, Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance Coordinator.
  • Keynote speech by Dr. Charles Michler, Director of the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC) at Purdue University, Indiana and the Tropical HTIRC in Hawai’i. His compelling presentation addressed ways to take advantage of genetic variation that exists within koa trees for a desired suite of traits and discussed research being conducted in Hawai’i.
  • A koa mapping exercise and a preliminary report of the “Distribution of Koa Growers Survey,” by Julie Gaertner, graduate student in the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science program at University of Hawai’i (UH) Hilo.
  • “2020: A Clear Vision” group goal setting plan for koa forests in the year 2020, facilitated by Mike Robinson, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) Property Development Agent and HFIA Director, assisted by Peter Simmons, HFIA Director and former Regional Land Asset Manager for Kamehameha Schools.

The Keauhou Ranch tour included visits to a 3 to 6-year old koa plantation and to various koa stands where trials are being conducted by Kamehameha Schools on koa stand thinning. Led by Kamehameha Schools’ Land Asset Manager and forester Kama Dancil, Forest Solutions foresters Thomas Baribault, Ph.D. and Nicolas Koch, and University of Hawai’i’s forester J.B. Friday, Ph.D., the tour provided an excellent example of large-scale koa forest restoration.

Matching young-growth koa end tables by Ron Hester displayed at symposium.

Matching young-growth koa end tables by Ron Hester displayed at symposium.

Symposium sponsors included the County of Hawai’i Department of Research & Development, Tropical Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry & Wildlife (DOFAW), Awapuhi Farms & Mill, Hawaii Forest & Trail, and DHHL.

More information about the event, speakers, and planning committee can be found on the Symposium webpage. Results of the koa mapping and goal setting exercises along with a video of the talks will be posted on the site after the first of the year. Learn more about the young-growth koa study at the Young-growth Koa Study webpage.


Hulihe’e Palace Dates Set for 2013

Enjoy a free Afternoon at Hulihe’e Palace 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 to remember the late Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Presenting hula and serenade by the Merrie Monarchs, the event is part of a year-long series that honors Hawai‘i’s past monarchs and historical figures; donations are appreciated. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

Princess Bernice Pauahi is most well known as the benefactress of Kamehameha Schools. A great-granddaughter of Kamehameha I, she came of age during the Victorian Era. She was well liked and very private. When her cousin, Kamehameha V, chose her as his successor in 1872, she declined. Her refusal ended the Kamehameha Dynasty.

During her lifetime, the princess witnessed the physical and social decline of Hawaiians. Some foreigners brought disease—the native population dwindled from 400,000 in 1778 to fewer than 45,000 a century later—and controlled most commerce. Missionaries introduced a new value system.

“Distressed by the plight of her people, Princess Pauahi created a will in 1883 as an instrument of change,” says Casey Ballao, Hulihe‘e Palace docent coordinator. “She believed education could be the answer to help her people.”

The document established a charitable land trust overseen by trustees to improve the well being of Hawaiians. It operates as Kamehameha Schools today, one of the largest, private trusts in the nation.

“The will was the princess’s way to malama ka ‘aina—practice the ethical, prudent and culturally appropriate stewardship of land and resources,” adds Ballao.

Hulihe’e Palace

Pauahi married Charles Reed Bishop in 1850. She and Bishop shared a love for traveling, teaching and entertaining and the couple became astute property managers. When her favorite cousin, Princess Ruth Ke‘elikolani died, Pauahi received her entire estate (including Hulihe‘e Palace) and this inheritance comprised the major portion of Pauahi’s landholdings. The princess died a year later in 1884. To honor his wife, Charles founded the Bishop Museum in 1889 to house the royal family heirlooms and her extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts.

Hulihe‘e Palace is open for self-guided tours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays. Palace admission, which includes a self-guided tour brochure, remains $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for keiki under 18. Volunteer docents are available starting 10 a.m. to give guided tours. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org. The gift shop can be reached by phoning 329-6558.

Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i and the Calabash Cousins. The Daughters was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.

2013 Afternoon at Hulihe‘e schedule: 4-5 p.m. on the palace grounds

All Afternoons at Hulihe’e present hula by Na Pua U‘i O Hawai‘i Hula Halau and vocals by the Merrie Monarchs. Some events also include the Hulihe’e Palace Band and are noted below. On band dates, only kahiko hula is showcased. Other events offer a full hula show.

  • Jan 13: Band appearance remembering King Charles “Lunalilo” and Aunty I‘olani Luahine
  • Feb 17: Event remembering Princess Ruth Ke‘elikolani
  • Mar 17: Band appearance remembering Queen Ka‘ahumanu and Prince Kuhio
  • Apr 21: Event remembering Prince Edward Albert
  • May 19: Event remembering King Kamehameha IV “Alexander Liholiho”
  • Jun 9: Band appearance remembering King Kamehameha I “Paiea”
  • Jul 21: Event remembering John Adams Kuakini
  • Aug 18: Event remembering King Kamehameha III “Kauikeaouli”
  • Sep 15: Band appearance remembering Queen Lili‘uokalani
  • Oct 20: Event remembering Princess Ka‘iulani
  • Nov 17: Band appearance remembering King Kalakaua, Palace Curator Aunty Lei Collins and Bandmaster Charles “Bud Dant
  • Dec 15: Event remembering Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop


Obama Nominates Hawaiian to Serve as Federal Judge for U.S. District Court for District of Hawaii

President Barack Obama nominated Derrick Kahala Watson to serve as a federal judge with the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii.

Upon Senate confirmation, Watson will fill a vacancy left by U.S. District Judge David Ezra who took senior status on June 27, 2012.

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus says Watson will be the only person of Native Hawaiian descent serving as an Article III judge, and only the fourth to serve in U.S. history.

Watson went to Harvard University after graduating in 1984 from the Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, a private school system primarily attended by native Hawaiians.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1988 and earned his law degree there three years later.

Watson joined the San Francisco firm of Landels, Ripley & Diamond as an associate in 1991. He then worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of California from 1995 to 2000, serving as deputy chief of the Civil Division.  Returning to the private sector, Watson next joined Farella Braun & Martel in San Francisco and became a partner there in 2003.  Watson next started as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Hawaii in 2007, becoming chief of the office’s Civil Division in 2009.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii had 1,697 new case filings in 2011 and currently has one vacancy.

Watson will earn a salary of $174,000 per year.

Kamehameha Schools Names Robert Nobriga as New Trustee

Kamehameha Schools is pleased to extend warmest aloha to Robert Kaleookalani Nobriga, who was selected today as Kamehameha Schools’ newest trustee by the state Probate Court. He will replace Trustee Douglas Ing and begin his term on Jan. 1, 2013.

Robert Kaleookalani Nobriga

Along with his experience in governance with local charitable organizations, Nobriga brings to Kamehameha Schools demonstrated experience in the design and execution of complex financial and business strategies, and the ability to strategically direct all levels of financial affairs in a large organization. He possesses strong qualifications in all areas of financial management and planning and is considered an expert in analyzing operations to maximize performance.

On his selection as trustee, Nobriga said “I am humbled and feel very fortunate to be selected as Trustee Ing’s successor. I also have the passion and feel it is my deep sense of responsibility, my kuleana, to give back to this school which has changed my life and the lives of many family and friends. I cannot think of a higher honor than to serve Princess Pauahi in helping Kamehameha Schools achieve greatness. I look forward to contributing to the trustee team and I believe with my experience I can hit the ground running.”

Nobriga is currently the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Hawaii National Bank (HNB), where he has overall responsibility for the management of HNB’s balance sheet including investments, loans, and deposits. He joined the bank in 2006 to refocus the bank’s strategy and performance.

He co-authored the bank’s strategic plan and designed, implemented and oversees an integrated corporate performance management system which aligns strategy with budget, departmental planning, resource allocation, and employee goals and rewards.

Prior to joining HNB, Nobriga was the chief financial officer and operations officer for the University of Hawai‘i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, where he was a member of the executive team which led the turn-around effort that saved the school’s accreditation, solidified its financial base, and developed the state-of-the-art medical education and biomedical research facilities in Kaka‘ako.

Nobriga currently serves as a trustee for The Queen’s Health Systems and The Queen’s Medical Center where he is the finance committee chair and a member of the endowment and investment committee. Since 2009, he has served as an audit committee member for the Kamehameha Schools Board of Trustees.

A certified public accountant, Nobriga is a 1991 graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama and the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in accounting. He is also a 2008 graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Nobriga and his wife, Joyce, have two daughters, Amber Kawena and Lauren Kau‘ikealani.

Kamehameha Schools welcomes Trustee Nobriga and extends deepest mahalo to Trustee Ing, who has honorably served with great leadership and intelligence as a Kamehameha Schools trustee for the past decade. Trustee Ing’s aloha for Kamehameha Schools and his dedication to the legacy of Ke Ali‘i Bernice Pauahi Bishop will be forever cherished.

For more on the trustee selection process, please visit www.ksbe.edu/about/officers.

17th Annual Taste of the Hawaiian Range – I Don’t Have Balls

Last night at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, the 17th Annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range took place under a spectacular West Hawaii sunset where more then 35 restaurants took part in a great event.

Kahu Danny Akaka Jr. Blessed the Festival and Mayor Kenoi cut the Maile allowing the public in to the 17th Annual Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range

The purpose of the Taste of the Hawaiian Range is to promote an educational venue to encourage and support local production of agricultural products through social, cultural and scientific exchanges featuring a diverse array of talents brought together for the purpose of developing an ethos of compatibility, tranquility and sustainability with this land we cohabitate.

Students learning about nutritional benefits of grass-fed beef.

Before the Taste even began students had an opportunity to attend educational seminars.  Joannie Dobbs gave a nutrition seminar, talking about the nutritional benefits of grass-fed beef.  After that seminar was over, folks moved over to the next Ballroom where they learned how to cook perfect Tri-Tip.

Perfect Tri-Tip

The Seminar on “How to Cook Grass-Fed Beef” with Chef James Babian was held to a full house!

Seminar – “How to Cook Grass-Fed Beef” with Chef James Babian

Around 5:00 Kumu Danny Akaka Jr. called everyone’s attention and officially blessed the festival and the food… then the VIP’s and the Media got a first hand chance to grind down on some of this food!

Kamehameha Schools – Beef (Steamship Round)

The booth that I personally liked the most was the Kamehameha Schools booth that were giving out Fajitas made with Steamship Round meat that had been cooking all day.


The booth that seemed to be real popular with the crowd in general had Food Network Star Ippy Aiona as one of the cooks at his booth set up by Solimenes Restaurant in Waimea.

Ippy Aiona takes a break from the grill

I noticed a crowd forming around the booth set up by Honolulu Burger Company as they appeared to be the first restaurant that was ready to put out food… however, I remembered what they were serving and I told myself I wouldn’t do it… as yes… those were the Mountain Oysters!

West Hawaii Today Journalist Chelsea Jensen sure is “nuts” for balls!

Many folks think this festival is all about the Big Island’s meat industry but in reality there was just as much agriculture related stuff as there were meat products.

Its not all about the meat! Mahalo “Kamuela Grown” for donating this produce to Hawaii Island Food Bank

While some folks called me chicken for not trying things like Mountain Oysters or the Beef Heart that was prepared by Aloha Mondays…

So this is what cooked beef heart looks like?

I did get my taste buds to try out cow tongue for the first time… and needless to say, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

12th Ave Grill prepared beef tongue

Out of 35 restaurants that were present, I think I had plates from about 15-20 of them so needless to say I was full by the time I left there.  I have to say that another of my favorites that I had a couple plates from was the Hilton Waikoloa Villages preparation of Beef Brisket!

Beef Brisket from the Hilton Waikoloa

The Four Season’s Hualai selection of tri-tip was also a hit amongst people at the Taste.

Four Season’s Tri-Tip

Now that I think about it… there was one other thing that I didn’t try and it was more like I was avoiding it and that was the beef cheek that was served by the Fairmont Orchid.

Executive Sous Chef Stephen Rouelle offers me some cheek!

I asked the folks at the Taste how restaurants get picked to cook what part of the animal they do each year and I was told, “Our Meat Assignment Committee says they randomly assign meat cuts to different chefs, taking into consideration that chefs don’t get the same cut within a 10-year time frame. New chefs (8 this year) are worked into the mix and assigned one of 22 GFB cuts, or lamb, mutton, goat, feral or commercial pork.”

Out of all the tri-tips and sirloin tips and other cuts of meat that I had.. I really enjoyed the students from East Hawaii Community Colleges beef sirloin tip.

East Hawaii Community Colleges Sirloin Tips

I had never tried “Mutton” before, but  I heard it was good from someone and I bellied up and tried it.  Unfortunately it looks like I’m not a mutton guy!

Mutton from the Town Cafe

I’ve tried goat once before and didn’t really like it, the way that the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel cooked it as a slider made it taste better then the time I had tried it before.

Got Goat from the Mauna Lani Bay

I was getting pretty full by the time I got around to trying the feral pork that was being served Lechon style, but one thing I noticed, was that it did taste a bit more “gamey” then non feral pork but the taste wasn’t that noticeable.

This little piggy didn’t make it away from the cooks at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

My stomach could only eat so much meat in a few hours… so after having some soda and sitting for a while… I decided to get one last thing before I went up to my room and it was this slider made from beef flank from Village Burger.

I ended up taking this beef flank slider back to my room because I was too stuffed!

It was a great time had by all supporting island food sustainability.  You can find website links to many of the restaurants, food producers and educational displays that participated in this years Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range by visiting their website here: www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com