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July 2008

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

The 2008 Na Po`e O Ke Kai Sprints outrigger canoe regatta on Seattle’s Green Lake was a resounding success! You could not have asked for a more perfect day for canoe racing and hundreds of Hawaiians/Hawaiian Islanders/Hawaiian at heart people were on the shoreline cheering for their respective Hui Wa’a (Canoe clubs). The powerful Kikaha OKe Kai ( Federal Way, WA) Wa`a won the most (29 races) but every other Wa`a there won at least one race and everyone had fun. Congrats for a job well done to Stan Dahlin and his Hui Wa`a O Wakinkona paddlers who hosted the regatta..........

Butch Calivo and his Hui Wa’a O Puget Sound have loaned one of their outrigger canoes to a group of interested paddlers on San Juan Island led by David Halpern (who was on the 1984 US Olympic team as a flat water kayaker) Halpern and two other paddlers came down from the Islands to participate in the Green Lake Regatta....Mahalo Butch, what a neat way to help spread our Hawaiian culture!

New face at the Green Lake Regatta.... Maile Getzen is a Hana Maui gal (the very first Hana HS alumni I’ve had the pleasure of meeting) who just completed her first book...it’s a children’s book called Gift from Heaven, a story about a boy named Keola building a Koa canoe...it’s a hard cover book with lots of illustrations and lots of Hawaiian words for children to learn.

There is no denying that a rising cost of living has put a crimp in how you and I spend our precious dollars so it was an enlightening experience to meet Jeff Ching, a Hawaiian who is owner of the “World Flair Custom Jewelers” in the Canyon Park area of Bothell, WA. I assumed that, in these hard financial times, Jeff’s business would be “hurting” as customized jewelry is not exactly an “essential need” item. Jeff says, “Business has actually been quite good as customers have been buying more and more customized jewelry (gold, silver, gems, etc) as a durable investment”. I ran into Jeff at the Green Lake Regatta where he was relaxing and fishing for trout. Jeff’s dad Joe Ching was the Chef at the original Canlis restaurant in Honolulu and came to Seattle in 1950 as the first Executive Chef for the then brand new, now world renowned Canlis Restaurant that sits high above Lake Union in Seattle.

Kathy Hokulani De Aguiar is truly a star in the sky, a beautiful lady with a magnificent personality who is also one of the best Kumu Hula in this area! Her “Hokulani Hula Studio’s 7th annual Ho`olaulea” at the Bothell, WA Senior Center complex was SRO (Standing Room Only), a fitting tribute to Kathy and her dancers. One of the highlights of the evening was the performance by Kila Leapaga’s ohana (daughter Tina Faumui and Kila’s granddaughters Maxeen, Marcella, Melandra and Maressa) who received the loudest applause of the evening for their Samoan dance! Hauoli La Hanau to Kathy’s hubby Mike De Aguiar...auwe, da guy is so distinguished (note da salt and peppah hair) and good looking (I soooo jealous)......Happy 47th Mike!

You all know that HE went to Iolani....and OF COURSE you know that HE writes da best Hawaiian comedy column in da whole world (see page 3 of dis pepah) BUT I bet you guys nevah know da HE guy (initials are Kermet Apio) is a monster guitar player?? Well......maybe not quite as good as HAPA’s Barry Flanagan but Kermet is a really good kiho`alu player soooo next time you catch his comedy act, yell at him “Hey Iolani guy...play da guitar fo` us!” And the Apio family talent is gonna be around for a long, long time as his beautiful six-year-old daughter Kaiona is a budding star hula dancer.......

GO .....Don’t miss out!!! Deva Yamashiro’s annual Ke Kukui Foundation’s Workshops/ Hoike featuring Robert Cazimero, Manu Boyd, Aunty Vicky Takamine is happening on July 24/26, 2008 in the Portland/Vancouver, WA area.......

Our nights have become a little darker as our Hawaiian community here has lost one of our brightest “stars” with the passing of Marvel Haunani Kaili (beautiful friend, Wife, Mother). Condolences to Harrom Kaili and his ohana.........Aloha `oe Haunani!!!!

Get involved PLEASE!!! There will be a Ho`okupu Benefit Concert on July 26, 2008 at the Freighthouse Square (Rainier Room), 2501 East D Street in Tacoma to help one our own/one of our best: Roddy Lopez Jr (former Hoku award winner with the Pandanus group, now with “Pacific Warning”). Roddy is on the list for a Heart Transplant operation! Lots of local talent (musicians, dancers, et al) and vendors are donating their time, talent and efforts towards helping Rod and his family in this time of need......$5 donations are requested but give more if you can, give from the heart..... Roddy’s a good guy, it’s a great cause!!

Time to hele on....life is short so don’t waste a day! Share and spread love every day in every way! A hui hou e malama pono (until next we meet, take care)...Danny

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