Most of us have heard the story about John Kalama, the Maui native who came to the Pacific NW way back in the mid-1800’s and for whom the city of Kalama, WA was named. John Kalama left us a legacy of over a hundred descendants who are proud of their Hawaiian/Native American heritage. I’d like you to know about another Hawaiian who also left us a legacy we can be equally proud of. On a sunny morning in mid-January 2007, in the beautiful town of Tulalip, WA there was a celebration of life event honoring WilliamAnthony Kainoakupuna “Tricky” Napeahi Jr, a Hilo guy whose wife Annette is a Native American member of the Tulalip Tribe. While “Tricky” did not have a city named after him, he and Annette raised a loving family of four sons/twelve grandchildren/one great grandchild who were all raised in a home filled equally with Aloha and Indian cultures. TrickyNapeahi’s Big Island Ohana includes the Big Island Pau `ole and Mahi families. Aloha, a hui hou aku, Tricky!
A couple of years ago….on the streets of Seattle, Maile Alicia Mokihana Lono, a beautiful, talented and compassionate believer of rights for our Hawaiian people joined hands with me and other area Hawaiians to show support for the Kamehameha Schools admissions policy giving preference to ethnic Hawaiian children. Maile was born on Maui. A graduate of the U of Washington (Community and Environmental Planning) with a Masters degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University, Maile is currently Manager of the NW Biosolids Management Association whose mission is to make the environment we live in safer! Many of you know Maile’s Dad (Steve) and Mom (Rose) as they are present at most Hawaiian events in the Seattle area (Steve is that tall, handsome Hawaiian guy who performs as security staff at many events). Steve and Rose have three beautiful daughters (Lani, Maile and Keana) and one mo`opuna (5th grader Makena). Maile recently “joined hands” with Ryan Butera at “Shipwreck’s Beach” on Kauai….Congrats Maile and Ryan.....we wish you happiness, good health and every success in your life together……
Sad to say Aloha oe to the Doong Kong Lau Hakka restaurant on Aurora Avenue which has closed after nearly twenty years of serving the best “Hawaiian style” Chinese food in Seattle…..owners Cindy and Henry are going back home to Hawaii to enjoy their kupuna days…
I hadn’t seen Paul Kalani Zoller (Waianae guy, Security Staff at the Tulalip Casino in Marysville) for a while but ran into him recently and he was all smiles….his son Kalani Zoller, Jr a Marysville grad, has been awarded a football scholarship at Western Oregon University ... Kalani Jr (6’4, 275 pounds) will be a defensive end there…..
Democracy at work….or should I say Democrats at work? Whatever…the newly elected, Democrat led US Congress recently approved $62.5 million dollars for native Hawaiian programs ($39 mil for Education, $14 mil for Health Care, $9 mil for Housing). Ironic that Congress won’t recognize us as an indigenous people yet they approve funding for Native Hawaiian programs huh? Politics aside, it’s just nice to see our people back home get some much needed help!
Start saving your dollars and get your calendars out ‘cause “da Hawaiians” are coming!! Coming are Kalapana (31 March at the Benaroya), HAPA (14 April, Shoreline CC), Keola Beamer (21 Apr in Bremerton , 4 May in Olympia , 5 May in Kirkland ), Led Ka`apana/Mike Ka`awa (24 April, Triple Door), da Slack Key Wahines (Brittni, Cindy, Owana) in Edmonds 13 May and Ho`okena/Melveen Leed (18 May, Green River CC).
Not quite so expensive but still real gooood local/Seattle area Hawaiian musicians can be heard Friday evenings at the Ginger Palace restaurant in SEATAC and at the PACIsland Grill in Federal Way…Reminder: for a really great show, music and food, join Kumu Hula DevaYamashiro and her Kaleinani o Ke Kukui dancers and the Holt Brothers (Keawe & Kaloku and their music friends) at their March 10, 2007 Cultural Luau in Vancouver, WA…..lots of reasonably priced hotels/motels in the Vancouver area so drive down, enjoy the show and spend the night there...well worth it!!!!
Just got a note from Karen McFarlane in Boise where she and her Owyhee Hula Ohana dancers are having fun and spreading Aloha in the great state of Idaho …keep up the good work Karen!!!!
Your kokua needed………Keikilani Naipo was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes when she was 16 months old; she then spent 5 days in ICU and another 4 days in after care at the Mary Bridge Hospital in Tacoma. Now three years and over 5,000 insulin shots later, that beautiful, smiling four year old will be “leading” the Keikilani’s Krusaders on a march (May 5, 2007 at the Point Defiance Park in Tacoma) to help raise funds for the continuing fight against Diabetes! The Naipo family (Kari, Paoa, Michael, Kamiko and especially Keikilani) would love to have your support in this event!
Get involved: there is one outrigger canoe club in Montana, three in Seattle, one each in the Washington cities of Bellingham, Kennewick, Silverdale, Everett, Federal Way and Stevenson, and seven in the state of Oregon and they’re all starting to warm up for the upcoming Outrigger Canoe Racing season. They’re always looking for new members so if you’re looking for exercise/entertainment with an Aloha spirit, go join them!!!
Gotta hele on…..until next time, a hui hou e malama pono………Danny
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