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September 2006

Hawai`i News

Hau`oli Lā Hānau e Mō`ī Wahine Lili`uokalani

Hawai`i remembers Queen Lili`uokalani on her birthday, September 2, 1838. Having no children of her own, Lili`uokalani, in 1909, established a Deed of Trust which directed that all her property be used “for the benefit of orphan and other destitute children in the Hawaiian Islands, preference to be given to Hawaiian children of pure or part aboriginal blood.” The Trust, now known as Queen Lilil`uokalani Children’s Center, provides social services to orphans and destitute children, their families and communities in Hawai`i.

~~Roy Alameida

 

IZ: Voice of The People

From Rick Carroll

The first biography of  the late legendary Hawaiian singer of "Over The Rainbow" was released in Hawaii on August 15, 2006 on the eve of the 10th anniversary of his death.

IZ Voice of The People is a big 200-page, 10 x 10-inch, hard cover coffee table book with more than 200 photos, and a foreword by his widow, Marlene. She also contributed anecodotes, memorabilia and never seen family photos.

IZ Voice of The People is also a contemporary history of Hawaii from 1959, the year Hawai`i became a state, and the year Israel Kamakawiwo`ole was born; it tells how he grew up in a fabricated version of Polynesia created for tourists, and how he and other young Hawaiians came of age during the revival of the Hawaiian culture, and found their time had come.

The book also traces the evolution of Hawaiian music from  Martin Denny's George Shearing-inspired Exotica, to slack key guitarist Gabby Pahinui, and finally Eddie Kamae and The Sons of Hawaii, who inspired Israel and his band, Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau to sing songs in the once forbidden Hawaiian language. Israel sang four songs that became anthems in the peoples' on-going struggle for sovereignty and became ""the Bob Marley of Hawaii " and the most influential Hawaiian singer since Don Ho sang Tiny Bubbles.

I begin a West Coast/Hawaii book tour in mid-September. Actually, I will be signing books at the 49th annual Monterey Jazz Festival in the Tower Record & Books booth on Sept. 15th, then off to Hawaii, then back to West Coast, and maybe Seattle.

Aloha ~~ Rick Carroll

 

Aloha Festivals Announces 2006 Theme

“Nā Paniolo Nui O Hawai‘i – The Great Cowboys of Hawai‘i”

 
HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (2006)––
Aloha Festivals announces its 60th anniversary theme, “Nā Paniolo Nui O Hawai‘i – The Great Cowboys of Hawai‘i,” a tribute to the life, music, spirit, and family of the Hawaiian cowboy, or paniolo. The theme, chosen carefully to embody the poignancy of the 60th Photo from the Aloha Festivalsanniversary, recognizes the powerful parallels that exist between ancient Hawaiian culture and the way of life of the paniolo.

Since 1793, when the first cattle arrived as a gift to King Kamehameha, the Hawaiian cowboy has held an extraordinary place in the history of the Hawaiian people. The paniolo are the ultimate expression of cultural fusion because they came from afar, but adopted and maintain to this day, the values and ideology prevalent in Hawaiian culture. The Hawaiian cowboy is of the land and lives in harmony with nature. They are the result of a revered lineage. Most importantly, they are persevering in ku, or steadfast in the perpetuation of their distinct culture.

The paniolo have contributed vital elements to the traditional landscape, both symbolically and figuratively, of Hawai‘i. They’ve imparted an unparalleled work ethic, a true commitment to family, and the joyful melodies of their folkloric music. They’ve shaped the rolling hills of Hawai‘i with grace and their “rock solid” spirit warranting the paniolo an esteemed place of honor within Hawaiian history.

Aloha Festivals chooses each theme with the intention of having it mirror the organizations’ mission to share Hawaiian culture with spectators and participants. Today, the paniolo does just that by embodying what makes Hawai‘i different from any place in the world, multiculturalism.

Celebrating a time when Hawaii boasted the only reigning monarchy in the U.S., Aloha Festivals illuminates a culture and experience found nowhere else in the world. Ceremonious events such as a royal investiture occur amidst the lava fields of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes, and the now famous falsetto contest connect the festival to its cultural roots, while colorful floral parades and festive block parties characterize contemporary Hawai‘i. The 60 year-old festival brings to life what makes Hawai‘i truly distinct during September and October and spans six islands. Hawaiian Airlines is the statewide presenting sponsor of Aloha Festivals for 2006. Major funding is also provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Most events are made possible due to the generous sponsorship and support of private and corporate donations.

In 1947, Aloha Week was created as a public festival to honor the cosmopolitan heritage of Hawai‘i through music, dance and history. The first Aloha Week was held during the fall as a modern-day makahiki, the ancient Hawaiian festival of music, dance, games and feasting. By 1974, Aloha Week expanded to a month-long slate of activities, with events on six islands. In 1991, it was renamed Aloha Festivals to reflect the festival’s expansion. The 60 year-old celebration now encompasses hundreds of events. While each island features a parade and ho‘olaule‘a, or block party, Aloha Festivals also showcases events that are unique to certain islands such as the Ms. Aloha Nui Contest on the Big Island honoring the large stature of island women.

For the most current schedule of events, visit www.alohafestivals.com. To purchase an Aloha Festivals ribbon ($5) and receive the official 2006 program guide, call (808) 589-1771. Ribbon sales help to fund the statewide festival and provide for discount admission to some events.

 

Nā Mana`o Ulu Wale

-Random thoughts, casual observations and other bits of fluff.-
by Roger Close

My small contribution of time and energy in Hālawa Valley continues…twenty one days and counting. Recent endeavors include weed eating the banks of the lo`i and `auwai, pulling weeds from the lo`i, and digging up the stumps and roots of small trees growing in unwanted places. Often it feels like the weeds are winning! The good days are when other volunteers or some of Lawrence’s `ohana are also working…the weeds no win!

I have come to learn that my respect and admiration for Lawrence Aki, as well as his hopes and dreams for the use and preservation of Hālawa Valley , are widely shared by locals and visitors alike.

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The next time you return home to Hawai`i or come as a visitor, I urge you, indeed I challenge you to find a lo`i (specifically one with weeds), ask permission of the owner, and spend a few hours pulling weeds. It just may be fun and possibly something between satisfying and spiritual. Most certainly it will be hard work! At a minimum, the taro will thank you.

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As I drive to Kaunakakai town for groceries, I notice more and more “Save Lā`au Point” and “No to Lā`au” signs going up along the 13 miles. Actually, they are all over Moloka`i in numbers greater than that of the mongoose! The Lā`au opposition is growing and the fight could become the next big chapter in the “aloha `āina” movement. “Aloha `āina,” a term which goes back at least to 1893 and rekindled again with the landing on Kaho`olawe over 30 years ago.

This is also not the first time the people of Moloka`i have openly defied the island’s largest landowner, Moloka`i Ranch. The first time was in 1975 when the organization Hui Alaloa mobilized to gain access to the mountains and beaches which had been closed off to the general public for years.

Currently, Moloka`i Properties Limited (MPL), historically and commonly known as Moloka`i Ranch, is offering up to 40% of their land in the form of a community based land trust in exchange for the development of 200 luxury estates at Lā`au Point. Lā`au is an area which includes undeveloped coastline, subsistence hunting and fishing areas, and historical and cultural sites at the southwest corner of Moloka`i.

As MPL concludes the last of their public hearings to satisfy the Ranch’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), a large group of anti-Lā`au activists organized by Hui Ho`opakele Āina (a save Lā`au group) is planning intervention strategies to include a full-scale occupation of Lā`au Point. Walter Ritte, organizer of Hui Ho`opakele Āina and member of the Kaho`olawe landings, has been quoted in local papers as saying, “Occupation is a tactic for the warriors. Some people like to go to meetings. Some people like to hold signs. Some people want to occupy the land.”

Adding fuel to the fire is the fear by Hawaiian Homesteaders that the proposed Lā`au Point Estates threaten their water supply. The Department of Hawaiian Homelands could potentially enter the fray if they deem the Lā`au proposal to be detrimental to homesteaders.

Another “fly in the ointment” and perhaps the greater challenge for the opposition, will be reversing the position of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). OHA is in open support of the MPL master plan, as is the Moloka`i Enterprise Community (EC) who voted for the land use plan.

Ultimately, a decision will be made by the State Land Use Commission, whose authorization of a critical zoning change from Agricultural to Rural would mark a point of no return. “Once they agree to that, it’s over,” said Ritte, but he doesn’t think it will ever come to that. Members of Hui Ho`opakele Āina say the fight for Lā`au is just beginning. “Aloha `āina!”

Until next time, mālama pono.

Click here for more Random thoughts, casual observations and other bits of fluff.

Roger Close is a semi-retired Oregon educator who currently lives in the San Juan Islands. He was born and raised in Kāne`ohe, O`ahu. At eighteen, Roger left the islands to attend Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon . Like so many, he ended up staying on the mainland, returning home for occasional visits.

 

Do You Remember...?

By Manny and Bettyjean Fernandez

Swimming at Fort DeRussy ... trying not to get stung by da Portuguese Man-o -War...There was a pier behind the Moana Hotel There was a jungle between the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Kalakaua. And you can go catch Samoan Crab, White Crab, Hawaiian Crab and dig for Oysters and Clams in West Loch. The big tidal wave from Japan that washed up over Kalakaua Avenue... Being able to tell what month it was by the color of Diamond Head ... When inside Diamond Head was opened to the public again.. hiking inside and finding big cannons sticking out of concrete pukas. 1949... auwe!... a big underwater shelf broke off and shook the whole island!

Webley Edwards with his mike walking along the beach and talking to the tourists... and taking the mike down to the ocean to let everyone listening on the mainland hear the sound of the waves at Waikiki... on Hawaii Calls... When all the tourists were mostly movie stars or rich and came on Matson ships and stayed at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and wore furs in the evenings!. Walking down Waikiki Beach and sparking movie stars without their toupees, wigs and make-up... And sell them coconut hats for $10 per hat. Trader Vic's .. Don the Beachcomber's... the Zebra Room all painted with Zebra stripes outside... Seeing painfully sunburned and peeling tourists at Waikiki ... Doing the Hula in the "May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii " celebration... Using the uli-uli's, ili ili's and pu'ili's... making our own hula skirts out of ti leaves... splitting the ti leaves with our thumb nails and having green hands for a week... 4 digit phone numbers? No, I remember 5 digits.

English standard schools...Japanese language lessons...

When nobody locked their houses or cars..."Right on the kinipopo"... When anything that said "Made in Japan " was junk... When everyone called Plumerias "Graveyard Flowers".. (MAKE' MAN!!)  When restaurants were called either Cafes or Grills... Wooden sided station wagons filled with bananas... "Banana Wagon"... Buying Sushi cones on way home from school from the Sushi man and his cart on the corner... Sunday morning, December 7, 1941 ... masks. . air raid drills... backyard bomb shelters... 442nd, "Go for Broke"... bobbed wiah" on da beaches... KILROY WAS HERE... Eating lots of Spam...

Kaimuki red dirt...everything you bought white turned reddish brown... your sheets, your underwear... Surfing in your palaka bathing suit... Fitted Holokus with long trains with a loop for your wrist... Tita dress: cuffed up Levis, Aloha shirt with the sleeves rolled up twice, ear rings and slippahs. Wearing a white sailor hat.. Wooden slippahs with two slats of wood across the bottoms...we called them "clop-clops"... when you could buy sox and tennis shoes that came in-between the big toe and the rest of your toes... Waking up with mo'os in your bed, sometime dead because you slept on them and sometime just their tails were left behind... Shave Ice on a hot day... Finding Japanese green, white and lavender glass fishing balls in various sizes floating in to the beaches on the North shore... "Calabash cousins"... Watching sea weed being harvested on a weekend... Torch fishing at night...

Listening to Hawaii Calls... Playing around the mouth of Blow-Hole... trying to guess when it would blow... so you could run... Playing on top of the Reservoir in Kaimuki... When there were so many palm trees that coconuts were falling on people's heads... and owners cutting them down for fear of getting sued... Arthur Godfrey playing his ukulele... Hale Loki... "Hawai-ya Hawai-ya, Hawai-ya?" and Chesterfields ... Listening to the Japanese radio station...The traffic cop in a little booth in the middle of the street with an umbrella over it... Uku-pile-a-roaches and FLIT GUNS... later to be replaced by...the SLIPPAH.. Servicemen... complaining about "life on the rock", drinking, swearing, hitchhiking, making passes, driving too fast, and sometimes getting blown off the Pali on their motorcycles... Manoa Valley ... swiping painted candles from the Chinese Cemetery ...laying on the graves to see what it felt like to be dead.. looking at all the photos on the gravestones and wondering about their lives... sliding down the ti leaf slide and going home covered with mud... going "mountain apple-ing"...hiking to the falls in the rain through the bamboo when there was no trail... "liquid sunshine" everyday about the same time... fire crackers and smoke filling the valley and the houses on Chinese New Year... When everyone had a pune'e and at least one old Koa table in their home... When  Nu'uanu Valley was a thick, lush, tropical rain forest.. with many upside down falls... the monkeypod tree in the middle of the road at Nu'uanu and Vineyard...

Kapiolani Drive-In... Fran's Drive In ..KC Drive In (for Waffle Hot Dogs & Orange Freeze -- umm ono!) alongside the Ala WaiCanal...Kelly's Drive In... When Kalakaua Ave. was a two-way street... Admission to the Honolulu Zoo and the Aquarium was free... Waialua, Ewa, Kahuku and Waianae sugar plantations. .working in the cane fields.. cane trains... the irrigation system was up on wooden stilts... Honolulu Airport was on the Diamond Head side of the runway... Jumping into the water holding a Hau leaf in your mouth so the water wouldn't go up your nose... Working in the pineapple factory and the fields... Riding horses in Kapiolani Park ... When the Natatorium was called the Tank... The Manapua Man...The Lunch Truck at Ala Moana Beach and their ONO chow fun and the curry beef stew over rice when you're cold from swimming. The Japanese neighborhood vegetable wagon. Lau Yee Chai was on Kuhio Ave. and set off firecrackers every Saturday evening at 6...

Going to dances at the Ala Wai Clubhouse and dancing under the stars (and sometimes raindrops!). Riding the electric boats on the fragrant Ala Wai Canal.

Going to the Saimin Stand for a bowl of saimin for 15 cents and BBQ stick for 10 cents... wonton mein for 25 cents. And, big cone sushi for 5 cents a piece.

 .. .THIS WAS THE OLD HAWAII !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And readers add:

…The bess part of this issue for me was the "Do You Remember...?"section. Only one question for Manny & Bettyjean. Did they live in one high class neighborhood? I was a JPO at Manoa School and we wore the khaki long pants, white shirt with tie (snap on kine), JPO red sash, red plastic helmet, but we went barefoot (luau shoes). Maybe it was the Kaumana or DeSilva School keeds in Hilo what wen wear shoes. – Pat Naughton

…den dat do you rememba?  talk about nostalgia.  wow, i could go off on a two-hour tangent weet manny.  i dont know about 9 cents at da varsity, but garans wuz 9 cents at da Porky Pig club at da Kaimuki Theatre.  i steel rememba da cool air comeen out from eensai da teater.  an one time had one keed weetout 9 cents and da usha wen let heem eensai fo free - afta all da full ticket keeds went eensai.  i steel rememba dat incident frequently.  i teenk eet profoundly affected my life.  i mean, when you growing up in kahala, hod fo imagine dat get keeds weetout 9 cents. – Lonnie Wiig

Do You Remember…Part II was sent in by Manny and Bettyjean Fernandez. Manny K. Fernandez is a well-l\known island musician and won the Best Hawaiian CD 2006 People’s Choice Awards for My Island Paradise . Manny and Bettyjean now live in Aloha, Oregon.

  

 

The UH Warriors

By Uncle Ari

 

The University of Hawai'i Warriors football team kicks off the 2006 campaign in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on September the 2nd against the Alabama Crimson Tide. June Jones enters his seventh year as head coach at Hawai'i .  Two new coaches were brought in to help this Warriors team: offensive line coach Dennis McKnight and special teams coach Jeff Reinebold.  McKnight, an eleven-year NFL lineman himself, should help ease the loss of former offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh who departed to Oregon State.  Jeff Reinebold has more than twenty-five years of coaching experience, both in the professional and collegiate ranks. 

The Hawai'i offensive attack is led by signal caller Colt Brennan.  Brennan, a junior, amassed a total of 4,301 passing yards and 35 touchdowns in 2005.  Leading the way on defense will be defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis who was a former basketball standout.  Linebacker and junior college transfer Jacob Patek will help shore up the defense immediately.

Hawai'i will be looking to get back in after not being in a bowl the last two years.  But this year’s schedule isn't easy. The Warriors have to play both at  Boise State on September 23rd and Fresno State on October 14th. They wind up the season playing Big-Ten team Purdue on November 25th and Pac-Ten team Oregon State on December 2nd. 

Here’s the Hawai'i Warriors 2006 football schedule and times:

09/02/06 at Alabama
09/16/06 UNLV
09/23/06 at Boise State
09/30/06 EASTERN ILLINOIS
10/07/06 NEVADA
10/14/06 at Fresno State
10/21/06 at New Mexico State
10/28/06 IDAHO
11/04/06 at Utah State
11/11/06 LOUISIANA TECH
11/18/06 SAN JOSE STATE
11/25/06 PURDUE
12/02/06 OREGON STATE

Uncle Ari moved to Seattle in 1995 from Kaneohe.  He graduated from Castle in 1983 and enjoys writing music and being a radio host, golfs when he can, loves to play poker. A cool dream of his would be to be on the final table at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and also would love to have a sit in session with musical groups Steely Dan, Rush, Yes, Kalapana and Keola Beamer.

New Hula Competition

By NWHIT Staff

The Merrie Monarch Festival that is held in Hilo in April has some competition. The first Moku O Keawe International Festival will take place in November on the other side of Hawai`i Island, at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. CEO of the newly created Moku O Keawe Foundation is Margo Mau Bunnell of the Big Island Visitors Bureau who said that the idea of the festival came from Japanese travel agents.

While all are invited to participate in the opening night Ho`ike, the Merrie Monarch competition isn’t open to hālau around the world. In an interview with the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, George Na`ope, one of the founders of Merrie Monarch, said, “Merrie Monarch is for our people because education begins at home and we don’t want anyone taking it away from us. The competition is for those who are born or live in Hawai`i.”

There has been growing interest in hula worldwide, especially in Japan, and anyone who has attended the Merrie Monarch Festival will notice the crowds of Japanese fans. Many Hawaiian kumu hula travel regularly to Japan to offer expertise in well-attended workshops and to judge in hula competition there. A qualifying round of Moku O Keawe International Festival was already held in June and the three Japanese hālau who placed first, second and third have confirmed their entry in the event to be held at Waikoloa. Many Japanese hālau want to win a hula competition in Hawai`i.

Helping with the event is a Merrie Monarch judge Nalani Kanaka`ole of Hālau O Kekuhi and Nani Lim Yap whose hālau Na Lei O Kaholokū won overall in this year’s Merrie Monarch Hula Festival.

For more information: www.mokuokeawe.org


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