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June 2006

Pacific Northwest News

GO HAWKS! GO HAWAI`I !

By Rochelle delaCruz

Thanks to Hawai`i islander Ivan Kealoha, sailors and their families at the Everett Naval Station recently had an opportunity to meet four Seattle Seahawks: Lofa Tatupu, Craig Terrill, Grant Wistrom and Michael Boulware.

Petty Officer 1st Class Kealoha from Hilo, Hawai`i, emailed the Seahawks to ask if Tatupu and some

Seattle Seahawk Lofa Tatupu (in white) on a recent visit with personnel at Naval Station Everett:
(L-R) Petty Officer Third Class Samakar Soloman from Federated States of Micronesia, Airman Lean Bolokavika from Tonga, and Petty Officer First Class Ivan Kealoha from Hawai`i.
Photo by Corky Hardy

other team members would come to Naval Station Everett to meet the sailors and sign autographs. Four Seahawks agreed to visit Everett, to thank the men and women serving their country.

“Bringing a smile to so many people’s faces really means a lot to us,” said middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, son of Hawai`i ’s NFL fullback Mosi Tatupu.

“We get too much credit for what we do on Sunday afternoons. You all are the true heroes. Thank you for making it possible for us to play the game as we do,” added defensive end Grant Wistrom.

Kealoha said, “When you see a smile from young or old alike, it just makes your day even better.”

There were plenty of smiles when the four Seahawks walked into the gym at the naval station where their fans were waiting. After addressing the crowd, they signed autographs on football cards, photos, football jerseys and helmets. Then they asked to visit the ships so they could meet the sailors who couldn’t get to the gym. They toured the USS Rodney M. David and the USS Ingraham and signed more autographs and posed for pictures.

Cmdr. Steve Mclaughlin, executive officer for NAVSTA Everett said, “Ivan Kealoha… made a dream come true for the men and women serving this country.”

In appreciation of Kealoha’s invitation, the Seahawks gave him season tickets and invited him to their training camp in Kirkland.

“I’m a strong believer in teamwork and…without everyone’s help, it couldn’t have been done,” said Kealoha after the Seahawks left.

Ivan Kealoha was born and raised in Hilo, Hawai`i and graduated from Waiākea High School in 1987. He joined the Navy and in the past 19 years, he’s been stationed in London, Japan and Taiwan where he met his wife Amy Chin-wei Kuo. Ivan’s parents are Isaia Kealoha and the late Gertrude Waianuhea Kealoha from Kalapana Kaimū, famed for the black sand beach that Tūtū Pele reclaimed in 1991. They both taught at Pūnana Leo, the Hawaiian immersion school where only Hawaiian is spoken, and Isaia Kealoha teaches there still. Ivan says, “Kaimū will always be in our hearts and minds forever… (and) even though I have been around the world, I will never forget where I’m from: THE GREAT RAINY TOWN OF HILO, HAWAI`I.”

 

PNW-ORCA Returns To The World Outrigger Sprint Championships in Aotearoa

By Mike Byers

Members of Pacific Northwest Outrigger Racing Canoe Association returned to the World Champion Outrigger Sprints on March 21, 2006 for five exciting days of racing in New Zealand (Aotearoa) on Lake Karapiro . They had participated in the World Sprints in Bora Bora (2002) and Hilo (2004).   There were twenty six countries entered with approximately 2000 paddlers.

The Championships lasted for five days with six members of Hui Heihei Wa'a, Silverdale, making it to the finals in the 500 meter and 1000 meter Golden Masters division (60+ years). Ten teams from around the world raced to place in this division.

Edward Melendez, Tim Spiro, Ron Lund, Mike Byers, Gary Bertrand of Hui Heihei Wa'a and Pete Wylie of Kikaha 'O Ke Kai (steering) made up the crew for the finals.

The Golden Master team took 4th in the 1000 meter final out of ten canoes.  The 500 meter final was one to remember. The team had placed 4th in the 500 meter trial. Then one of the crew had to leave New Zealand right before the final event was called. Permission was given by an official to allow the remaining five crew members to participate in the final 500 meter event with the understanding that should they place, they would be disqualified for paddling with only five of six team members.

Paddling with their "heart" and the "mana" given to them through their coach, Rodney Rodenhurst, they started from last place and moved ahead, gaining lane by lane to the finish line with tears in their eyes and happiness and pride in their hearts.  Ed Melendez commented after the race, "We were not going to come in last!" The team received a great welcoming on the beach upon their return. Who knows what they could have accomplished with a full crew!

Mike Byers paddles for Hui Heihei Wa `a in Silverdale, Washington and has participated in three World Outrigger Canoe Sprint Championships. He said, “Our small team from Silverdale was right up there with the best!” Mike swam for the UH Swim Team under Coach Soichi Sakamoto and graduated from the University of Hawai`i. He practiced law for 30 years and is now retired.

Senior Master crew with Golden Masters participating: Ed Melendez, Tim Spiro, Gary Bertrand,
Mike Szewczyk, Mike Byers and Patrick Remmel of Hui Heihei Wa'a
Photo from Mike Byers

 

OHA Holds West Coast Meetings to Discuss
Akaka Bill and Kau Inoa

by Rochelle delaCruz

A team from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) recently held meetings with former Hawai`i residents living on the West Coast. They began with a presentation in San Diego to explain which OHA programs could be available to Hawaiians living on the Continent. Then they came to the Kah Nee Ta Resort in Warm Springs, Oregon and met with members of the Native American-Native Hawaiian members of the extended Kalama family who, according to Aulani Apoliona, “…were especially interested in basic historical and cultural information of their Hawaiian ancestry and most enthusiastic to register all members of their families in the Kau Inoa Registration.” The OHA team wrapped up their visit in Seattle where they urged all Native Hawaiians to register for Kau Inoa and clarified recent changes in the Akaka Bill.

(L-R) OHA Chair Haunani Apoliona, Adminstrator Clyde Naum`o and Kau Inoa Outreach Coordinator Aulani Aploiona in Seattle.
Photo by Sherman Brown

After many delays, Senate Bill 147, also called the Akaka Bill (for Hawai`i Senator Daniel Akaka and co-sponsored with Senator Daniel Inouye,) is scheduled to be voted on the long-awaited motion of cloture in the Senate. Cloture is a process to force a vote and must be supported by 60 senators. If cloture is invoked, then senators are forced to debate the bill for 30 hours and vote on it. The vote on cloture was promised last September, but Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn) pulled it from the calendar. (The Senate leader can add or drop items to the daily Senate calendar.) Then Hurricane Katrina became a more pressing issue and the Akaka Bill was again delayed until now.

According to Aulani Apoliona from OHA, the first critical date is Tuesday, June 6th which is when Senator Frist promised to allow the petition to be filed. The cloture vote would take place a day or two later and if 61 Senators vote to remove the holds, then the hope is that the Bill can have a floor hearing and vote before the end of June. There is always a possibility that a major political issue will again delay the Akaka Bill, and there is a greater urgency this year to have it come to a vote soon as Senator Akaka is being challenged by Hawai`i Representative Ed Case in the fall elections. Even though Case supports the Bill, he does not have the same passion for it as Senator Akaka.

In Seattle, the OHA team answered questions about the Akaka Bill. The main part is in Section 7a) Recognition of the Native Hawaiian Governing Entity (gives) “the right of the Native Hawaiian people to reorganize the single Native Hawaiian governing entity to provide for their common welfare and to adopt appropriate organic governing documents.” There is to be a 9-member commission whose job will be to prepare and maintain “a roll of the adult members of the Native Hawaiian community who elect to participate in the reorganization…” and to certify that “the adult members of the Native Hawaiian community proposed for inclusion on the roll meet the definition of Native Hawaiian…” (For more stories on the Akaka Bill, click here.)

The purpose of Kau Inoa or the registration of Native Hawaiians, is for the re-establishment of a Hawaiian government which was illegally overthrown by a cabal of American businessmen in 1893. In order to participate in any reorganization (through Akaka or in some other way,) Hawaiians interested in participating must first be identified.

According to the U.S. census of 2000, there are 400,000 Native Hawaiians in the United States. 240,000 live in Hawai`i and the remaining 160,000 live on the Continent. There are approximately 60,000 in California, 13,000 in Washington and 6,000 in Oregon. OHA Chair Haunani Apolonia said, “Some states have only 200 Native Hawaiians, but our goal is to find, connect and reconnect all 400,000.” As of April 2006, Kau Inoa has registered 47,000 Native Hawaiians.

If you are interested in registering for Kau Inoa, contact one of the coordinators listed here or Hawai`i Maoli, P.O. Box 1135, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96807 (808 394-0050) or OHA (1-800-366-1758.) To download the Kau Inoa application form: www.OHA.org.

Oregon: Kaleialoha Mahiai-Hess -- (503) 810-2982
Washington: Danny Kaopuiki -- (206) 361-0646
California: Ku`uipo Paulo -- (213) 202-5502
Texas: Chester Mahelona -- (972) 263-6128
Nevada: Lehua Vincent -- (702) 612-4938

 

YEA FOR STUDENTS!!

Pattilou Uilani Reeves graduated from Cornish Arts College, May 2006 in Seattle with a degree in multi-media, majoring in videography. Patti is the daughter of Kathleen and Rick Butler and the late Gill Reeves of Kuli`ou`ou. She is pictured here with Ricy, one of her three sons.

Photo from Kathleen Butler

 

Former University of Hawai`i stars Falaniko Noga (left) and Nuu Fa`aola (right) speak to football players at the Big John Manumaleuna Foundation's All Polynesian Football Climic, which was held on May 19-20, 2006 at Foster High Schook in Tukwila, Washington. The Big John Manumaleuna Foundation is a non-profit organization which uses the unique perspective of Samoan and Polynesian cultures to promote education and a healthy lifestyle through sports. Both Noga and Fa`aola now reside in the Puget Sound area. The clinic also included football players Jack "The Throwin' Samoan" Thompson (Cincinnati Bengals) and Frank Manumaleuna (Kansas City Chiefs).

Photo by Steve Kajihiro

Nā Haumāna O Hawai`i Class of 2006
Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Photo from Edna Gehring

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