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September 2006

From the Editor...


Rochelle delaCruz

I spent the last Saturday in August at Lake Washington, watching the grand finale of the summer outrigger canoe racing season and what a fabulous day it was. The weather was perfect with sun rays shimmering on the water. But even better was the honor of participating in a traditional wa`a blessing that took place before the races began of the new Kīkaha O Ke Kai outrigger canoe Manu, named for Uncle Manu Baker. The ceremony was performed by Kumu Onie Rendall from the Tri-Cities with several members of her hālau along with dancers from the hālau of`Iwalani Christian. The gathering was at the Sand Point Beach Park in Seattle with nine canoe clubs combining into thirteen paddling teams from Washington and Oregon. Even though I could only stay for the morning, the paddlers and their family and friends made a day of it. A hot day and cool water, canoes and escort boats, children playing in the “waves”, Hawaiian music, friends and food made me think I was back home. How nice that these traditions continue up here. Mahalo to all who make these events happen.

There are other end-of-summer stories to report as well – motorcyclist Jack Gagen who just completed a cross-country ride to raise money for children, and the newly-released biography on Brudda Iz. But as always, lots to look forward to. Marsha Hansen writes about locals and football around Olympia while Ari Cutler reminds us about the UH Warriors. Lonnie Wiig tells about a “beeg kahuna” from Peru we need to visit down in Portland and we also got a scoop from Sam Choy who’ll make another appearance on the FoodNetwork. And I head back to Hilo for a couple of weeks in September to enjoy one of my favorite celebrations: the Aloha Festivals. The opening ceremony just took place at Halema`uma`u at the Volcanos National Park and the entire month of September will be filled with events such as kīho`alu, falsetto, kupuna hula and more. Look for me sitting on the sidewalk at the Paniolo Parade.

Ā hui hou ~RdC

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