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August 2008

Kama`aina Lifestyle................Holoholo............

Most of us have always treasured the relationship between our Hawaiian culture and that of our Native Americans Ohana! Thus it was no real surprise, but certainly a pleasure to have the Puyallup Tribal Elders extend the full support of their Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino staff towards the “Old Soldiers of Hawaii Reunion” event September 25-28, 2008! Gerna Manuia Benz (Reunion Coordinator) especially wanted to express a mahalo from his group to Doreen Vitek (Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino Group Sales Manager) for “going the extra mile” in planning for the essential logistical support (lodging, transportation, facilities and food/beverage service) for the 300-350 guests who are expected to attend the Reunion. Members and their guests will be flying in from all over the world for this, the Old Soldiers of Hawaii’s 19th Annual Reunion event! Most of the Reunion events will be held at the EQC facility in Tacoma, WA. Anyone interested in attending the Reunion should contact Gerna Benz (osh08reunion@msn.com, 253-906-5668!) The Cecilio & Kapono Concert at the EQC Events Center on September 27, 2008 coincides (on purpose) with the Reunion schedule and it would be a great time and place for our Tacoma/ Seattle area Hawaiian community members to gather and greet the “Old Soldiers of Hawaii” group and their families...........

Wow! Kenmore City’s Concert in the Park (July 14, 2008) featuring Hawaiian kiho`alu artists Jeff Peterson and Steven Espaniola (with guest stars Ellery Panui on bass and beautiful dancers Brooke Kahealani Fern and Nasim Mokihana Simmons) was a resounding success!!! Mahalo to Kenmore’s Mayor Dick Baker and Councilman Glenn Rogers (Kamehameha guy) and major sponsor FM Radio KBCS for helping perpetuate our Hawaiian music/culture through this two hour program of Hawaiian music and dance! Enjoying the Sun and Fun at the concert: former HPD officer/Kailua HS alum/very nice guy Tim Culler and his son Chris (just graduated from Eastern Washington U); my NWHT cohort Gregg Porter and Momi; Chris Legassy (Punahou gal); Franklin Johnson (another KS guy); beautiful dancer Tomo Hellman; Hawaiian at heart fans Rob & Theresa Bendzak; Paula Monsarrat Steele; and Jeff Peterson’s cousin Erik Peterson (Punahou ’84) who now resides in Bothell, WA! Great show...........

Bernie Simeona, Jack Aldrich and I played music at the Pyramid Brewery in downtown Seattle for Punahou grad Peter Noble and his beautiful bride-to-be Beth Johnson (Minnesota gal) It was virtually a Punahou event with Buff & Blue grads like Patti and Bop Singlehurst, Judith Johnson and Anne Noble (proud mother of the groom) there. I always suspected that Punahou folks like to pahty and this was proof positive.....it was just one great big, happy pahty for the over 150 family and friends who had flown in from all over the world to be a part of Peter and Beth’s wedding! Congrats to Peter and Beth!!! And den, turns out that the guy overseeing the pahty was Pyramid Brewery’s Special Events Manager William Simeona (Oahu guy)! Stop in and say hello to William next time you go to a Seattle Mariners or Seattle Seahawks game.....

Another new face.....Kylee Silva, Ewa Beach gal who tends bar at the Red Wind Casino in Yelm, WA....mixes a great martini............

Get well wishes go to three of the most outstanding kupunas in our Seattle/Tacoma area. Uncle Williama Aven (co-owner of Aunte Nani’s Ohana Koffee Korner in the Country Village, Bothell, WA) is recovering from by-pass heart surgery! Aunty Jeanne Cabunoc (beloved lady, mother of Timmy Cabunoc, both of whom donate so much of their time, talent and efforts helping out at Hawaiian community activities) is also recovering from a heart ailment. Letwell Tim, one of the nicest Hawaiians around, is recuperating from major surgery! Williama, Jeanne and Letwell are feeling much better and send their Mahalos to all for the prayers and good wishes.....

Our loss is Hawaii’s gain.....Dr Kamuela Ka`ahanui is going home....to stay! After many, many years of being a Seattleite (teaching at the Antioch University in Seattle, serving as one of Seattle’s most talented and knowledgeable experts on Hawaiiana: olelo, mele, hula, history, ukulele), our “Ambassador of Aloha” has been offered an extended teaching position with the University of Hawaii. Kamuela is returning to the place he (and many of us) loves most, Hawaii, our Aina Hanau! Vaya con Dios Kamuela.......

Get involved....please! Our first ever “Live Aloha...A Hawaiian Cultural Festival” is just a few weeks away (September 7, 2008...11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.) Come help us celebrate and share our Hawaiian culture with our Seattle area friends and neighbors! Make it a three day “Hawaiian Islanders” weekend (September 5-7, 2008) by supporting the Punahou HS girls volleyball team on Friday (Eastlake HS) and the Punahou HS football team on Saturday (8 p.m. at Seahawks Stadium/Qwest Field) and “Live Aloha” on Sunday! Courtesy of my new friend Tim Culler: Ahuwale ka po`okela i kauhana ia ha`i.............(It is through the way you serve others that your greatness will be felt!)

What a great philosophy...............let’s all start by getting involved!

Gotta hele on............a hui hou e malama pono............................Danny

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