Hauoli Makahiki Hou Kakou………the arrival of the New Year is a time for reflection, a time to look inwards on who we are, where we’ve been and where we are going…it’s a time to say Mahalo for all the blessings we have received! It’s also a time to get involved in the excitement of new happenings……….
My beautiful friend Dina Manatad (who is now the Marketing & Promotions Director for the Silverdale (WA) Beach Hotel) invites you all to attend the Hui Hei Hei Wa’a “Special Ohana Night” event featuring the Tropical Storm music group and great food, fun and fellowship Hawaiian style! The event will be held at the Silverdale Beach Hotel on Saturday, February 21, 2009. (360-698-1000 for info).
The Kamehameha Schools Alumni group here invites you all to join them in their Founder’s Day Celebration from 11 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Sunday January 25, 2009 at the ACRS Facility on Martin Luther King Jr Way. The Founder’s Day event is a celebration of the life of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, founder of the Kamehameha Schools and benefactor of many programs designed to improve the lives of her Hawaiian people!
Reserve Sunday September 13, 2009 on your calendars as a “must go and support our local area Hawaiian community” event…….it’s the date for the second “Live Aloha….A Hawaiian Cultural Festival” at the downtown Seattle Center complex!!!
The University of Hawaii-Washington State University football game on September 12, 2009 will be played at Qwest Field in Seattle!
Two of the oldest and largest Hawaiian community events in all of the Pacific Northwest, The Lokahi Ohana O Hawaii Ho`olaulea, return in 2009 at the Chief Leschi School complex in Puyallup, WA. The Spring Ho`olaulea will be held on April 11, 2009 while the Fall Ho`olaulea will be held on October 3, 2009.
Coming back again are the “Pakanini Bash” (April 2009) in Yakima and the “ Blue Bridge Bash” (October 2009) in Kennewick, WA.
I have another beautiful friend, Pinki Culbertson who lives in Spokane, WA now but calls Haleiwa, Oahu her “home” in Hawaii. Pinki says that the Hawaiian community in Spokane is sponsoring the first ever “Spokane Bash” on March 20-22, 2009 (email MIZJMC120@aol.com for more info).
Just in case any of you happen to go to/through Spokane, WA, Pinki says there are several places where one can get “Hawaiiankine food”. Following is her list……. Aloha Island Grill (1220 W Francis); Aloha Island Grill (1724 N Monroe); RAW Sushiand Island Grill (523 West 1 st Avenue); PF Chang’s Chinese Bistro (801 West Main Street); Anthony’s(510 North Lincoln); Twig’s Bistro (three locations: 808 W. Main Ave…..4320 S. Regal….401 Farwell Rd); Okane’s On The Hill (2910 E 57 th Ave) Kim’ Korean (1314 N. Division); Kim’s Teriyaki (927 W. Garland)……mahalo Pinki!
On Thursday December 18, 2009 (following the big storm that covered the whole Pacific NW with snow and ice) Boy Chun Fook, a leader in our Washington State Hawaiian community, was driving his eighteen wheeler Pepsi Cola truck/trailer on I-5 near Olympia, WA when he hit a slippery spot and the truck jackknifed, sliding into and nearly going over the guard rail into the lake below. Some of you might have seen the Channel 7 (KIRO) TV clip of his jackknifed truck. Boy says it was scary as he thought for a moment he was going swimming in that cold lake, but he says he is okay………..
Who was this man….and why? The Spokane newspaper obituary lists him as John Yoshikawa. The Honolulu Star Bulletin calls him John Yoshikawa Kuapahi. He died of smoke inhalation in a small 20’ x 25’ former garage rental unit in Spokane, WA on November 24, 2008. The rental unit was so crammed with cardboard and thousands of books (mostly non-fiction/ technical) that the Spokane Fire Chief said “Nobody should be living in there”! John Yoshikawa Kuapahi, Honolulu’s St Louis HS class of ’50 grad, was a brilliant student and his classmates (who called him Jumbo because of his “big heart” style) thought he would one day be a doctor or an engineer. He joined the US Navy after high school and was cited for his heroic actions in helping prevent a serious fire aboard one of the Navy’s nuclear submarines. He left the Navy and in 1961 “disappeared” from Hawaii, cutting off all communications with his family and friends there (most of them did not know he was in Spokane until after his death). Some think he went to college and became a college professor between 1961-1980 but nobody knows for sure! John showed up in Spokane, WA in the early 1980’s and chose to live the life of a recluse. The few who knew him said he was extremely intelligent and very generous, doing a lot of things to help others (he was a hospice volunteer among other things). He refused pay for tasks he did, instead asking that the money be donated to churches. He did daily chores at a Japanese restaurant in Spokane but refused pay, accepting a small box of food instead. Who was this man? Rest in peace John………….
Twice the grief……our deepest sympathies go to Ali`iolani Naipo of Lacey, WA on the death of her beloved Mother Audrey Palapala Basques. Molokai born Audrey was a warm, friendly lady who was an excellent singer and entertainer. She died on Saturday December 6, 2008! A few days later, Ali`i also lost her Father to Cancer. Me ke Alohapumehana to Ali`i, her siblings and all their ohana!!!!
Auwe, it’s time to hele on……a hui hou e malama pono…………..Danny
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