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A scuba class holds lessons in Kamakahonu Bay between the King Kamehameha Hotel and Ahu`ena Heiau. Hawaiian groups are protesting the hotel's claim that it owns Ahu`ena.
Photo by NWHIT
Ahu`ena Heiau on the grounds of the King Kamehameha Hotel at Kamakahonu Bay in Kailua, Kona on the island of Hawai`i is the site of recent protests by Native Hawaiian groups. Kamakahonu was the personal residence of King Kamehameha the First from 1812 until his death there in 1819, and the first capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
At issue is the recent purchase of the hotel by Pacific Hotel Company of Santa Barbara, California and eviction from the office in the hotel lobby of Kulana Huli Honua, guardians of Ahu`ena. Kulana Huli Honua has been responsible for upkeep, security and educational programs at Ahu`ena since it was restored in the 1970s by David Kahalemauna Roy. Roy’s daughter Mikahala is the president of Kulana Huli Honua and continues her late father’s commitment. The eviction suggested that the new owners see no need for collaboration with Kulana to maintain the traditions of Ahu`ena.
The Native Hawaiian groups are also protesting the hotel’s recreational activities in the vicinity of the heiau, such as the nightly lū`au for tourists.
Pacifica Hotel Company claims ownership of Ahu`ena Heiau but Article 12, Section 7 of the Hawai`i State Constitution protects traditional religious practices of Native Hawaiians.
Kulana Huli Honua filed suit against the hotel owners and the state for not protecting Ahu`ena and similar sites in public trust. A recent court settlement allows Roy to use the free office space in the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel until Dec. 1st. After that date, she must leave the office but may continue conducting Hawaiian religious practices at the heiau. Educational events are not addressed in the settlement.
The question about ownership was withdrawn because of legal technicality but Roy’s attorney Robert Kim said he plans to introduce an expanded lawsuit.
By Steve Kajihiro
Do you believe in second chances? I’m sure the University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan does. I won’t go into details of the past but Brennan got into some trouble as a freshman while at the University of Colorado and was dismissed from the football team. Brennan got his second chance in football with the help of the fans and the University of Hawaii.
Colt Brennan became even more popular with Hawai`i fans by showing up with the eight Hawaiian islands dyed in his hair.
On September 15, 2007 at the UH vs. UNLV game in Las Vegas, Nevada, I met Randy Miyamoto, a local radio personality from All Sports Hawaii who told me how he helped bring Colt Brennan to Hawaii.
Randy said that several years ago when Hawaii wide receiver Ashlie Lelie left for the NFL, Coach June Jones was looking for a receiver with speed and height. Randy said that his friend and “frat” brother David “Taz” Murtaugh was a coach at Saddleback Community College in California. Coach Taz informed Randy that he had a receiver named Jerard Rabb and thought Rabb may be of interest to Hawaii. Coach Taz sent Randy a highlight tape of Rabb but was told to check out the quarterback too. The quarterback was Colt Brennan.
Randy said he gave that highlight video to coach Rich Miano, who passed it on to Coach June Jones and quarterback coach Dan Morrison. Later in the spring, Rabb and Brennan were invited to Hawaii for a recruiting trip. Rabb eventually went to Boise State but Brennan was invited to walk on since there were no UH scholarships available.
“The rest is history and Colt has a cult following as he has embraced the islands and we have embraced him with his charm, poise and his love for the islands and its people. He is treated like a celebrity and his numbers prove it!!” states Randy.
Brennan currently holds 20 NCAA records, including the career record for the most games gaining 400 yards or more of total offense. In 2006, Brennan was the WAC Offensive Player of the Year and was selected as a 3rd team AP All-American. Brennan finished 6th in the Heisman Trophy voting last year. And last year when Brennan was urged to enter into the NFL draft, he decided to remain at UH and continue playing with the Warriors for his senior year.
As of this writing, Brennan is averaging 420 yards per game, with a 77.4 completion percentage, and 12 touchdowns.
Watch for Colt Brennan as he goes for the Heisman Trophy in 2007.
Steve Kajihiro, a graduate of Aiea High School and the University of Hawaii who now lives in Everett, Washington, is a sports photographer.
By Ray Smith
In August 1979, I had to travel 6,000 miles back to Hawaii to learn my own phone number.
There's a story here obviously.
Like many of today's seniors, my youth was in the era of 'crank' telephones. Years later good fortune landed me in Geneva, Illinois with a job at Telephone Engineer & Management, one of two trade magazines serving the Independent (non-Bell) telephone industry. When GTE invited our publication to profile one of its more exotic properties, Hawaiian Telephone, I gladly jumped on an airplane.
I had grown up in Hawaii, my dad a pastor on the very rural island of Kauai before and through World War II. Back then there were no hotels, stop lights, street signs, few tourists. And telephone service was provided by locally-owned Mutual Tel until it was acquired by GTE in 1967.
Our 1979 facilities tour on my native island of Kauai included meeting with Ezra Kanoho who was GTE island manager, later to serve in the Legislature as a state senator. One interview was with Service Office Manager Herb Apaka whose brother had been a star end on our Kauai High football team when I was a teen sportswriter in the '40s.
Ray Smith on the Kellogg-magento
As it was beginning to sound like "old home week," in walked a petite retiree introduced as "your operator in Koloa when you were a boy!" I stared open-mouthed as Carol Yamamoto recited: "Let me think now, Reverend Smith was on Line 31 and number 4W226. In those years we had to memorize all the numbers." There were 200 subscribers on a 10-party open wire service that ran through a vintage PBX in this onetime sugar plantation town which today is the gateway to thriving Poipu Beach resort.
I grew up with a Kellogg magneto--turning one short, two long to ring up the next door neighbor. There were no printed directories so I didn't even know our phone had an actual number. But "Central" did, and she placed our calls by name, gave us time-of-day and even tracked down playmates upon occasion. Truth is, I never knew Mrs. Yamamoto even though we kids bought crack seed at her father-in-law's Yamamoto Store kitty-corner from the little green shack out of which she worked under the monkeypod tree.
Reflecting back, toll to distant Lihue twelve miles away was a dear 15 cents. Calls to Oahu over 90 miles of ocean were beamed by RCA AM radio, one of the first point-to-point commercial circuits in the world, later replaced by microwave. During wartime, operators worked fearsome hours. Mrs. Yamamoto told me "we thought the Pearl Harbor attack was a hoax. Local traffic got busy and our two inter-island circuits were tied up. Then the radio station confirmed the worst and we stayed at the boards all day." Soon the Garden Island became the training site for up to 10,000 troops and my mom, Gertrude, put on a headset as a censor. She monitored GI calls home and hated having to disconnect young men when they unintentionally told a loved one something forbidden.
In another interview for that '79 assignment, Community & Government Relations Director Ward Russell described when he sailed across the 17 miles of channel between Kauai and Niihau. Bought privately from the monarchy, tiny Niihau's several hundred pure-Hawaiian residents had no phones. Russell recalls, "Back in '53 I sailed over there with the owner, Alymer Robinson. When we landed he sent word back home that we were okay--by carrier pigeon. I mildly suggested we could easily run a line from the dock up to the one village on the island. He said 'no way!'" Medical and other emergencies have been by shortwave radio.
Deprived? Who's to say. Not me.
Ray Smith is a retired journalist and publisher who lives in Wheaton, Illinois. He attended Koloa School and graduated from Kauai High in 1950. His mother Gertrude taught kindergarten at Lihue School and his father Howard was the pastor of Koloa Union Church.
Christopher Agpoon of Keaukaha on the island of Hawai`i won the Clyde "Kindy" Sproat Falsetto and Storytelling Contest with his rendition of "Pua Melie". As part of the Aloha Week Festivals, this was the 16th year of the annual event, held at the Hapuna Beach Prince Ballroom on the Kohala Coast of Hawai`i island. Among the many prizes for first place is a contract with Hula Records Recording Company.
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