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October 2006

Pacific Northwest News

Hui HeiHei Wa`a’s New Canoe Kawika

By Paul Lugo

On Sunday, September 17th in Silverdale, the outrigger canoe Kawika was blessed by Kumu`Iwalani and her haumana Pomaika`i, Laola, and Ka`ala. ` Iwalani states:

The wa’a, named Kawika, manifests the love and aloha of ‘Anakala David, along with his teachings, wisdom, passion and spirit.  Its physical presence inspires all to maintain and recall his legacies. In the words shared you all were asked to: E Kia’i, E Alaka’i, E ho’onaauao, E ho’olanakila, A pae ka wa’a o ke kula me ka lanakila. (To guard and protect, to lead and guide, to teach and learn, to bring success and victory, till the canoe is rested upon the upper plain with honor.) Imua Hui Heihei Wa’a, and may na wa’a a pau (all of your canoes) and kou ‘ohana  (your canoe family) be blessed a thousand fold.  O wau wale no me ka ha’aha’a.

Kawika is named for David Kawika Kekela, one of the founders of Hui Heihei Wa `a (Canoe Racing Club). August 12 th, the day David died of heart failure in 2005, is also the first day of the new canoe’s career. David Kekela was born and raised in Hilo. There he married Healani Paulo in 1968. They had five children, David, Karla, Kristie, Margaret, and Carol. By August 12, 2005 , Kawika had served in the Navy, and retired from the Trident Refit Facility in Bangor . Until now, few knew about his lokomaika`i of helping kānaka settle in Washington. His and Healani’s emphasis on family also guides Hui Heihei Wa `a. Click for a larger picture.Kawika, Moana Huddy, Robert Cabunoc, and Rodney Rodenhurst formed the Silverdale’s outrigger race club ten years ago, the first in the Puget Sound area.

Present at the maoli ceremony was Healani, a master teacher (kumu) of hula. She prayed that the canoe bless the lives of all who enter it, and the racing club. Her halau, Halau Hula O Healani, Mai Ka Aina Ona Kumula`au Ki`eki`e, has done well in competitions.

The club president, Mario Moreno, he kama `ainamai ka mokupuni nui, is convinced he was guided during the purchase of kawa`a hou. He cites a chain of events which led to the canoe’s acquistion, starting from a tip from Moana, to the timely arrival for the September 12 race.

Paul Lugo paddles for Hui Heihei Wa’a in Silverdale and competes in martial arts.


The Asian Pacific Islander Coalition Against Tobacco

By Vanessa Bader

In April 2006, I received an e-mail message asking if any youth were interested in becoming a part of an organization that works to fight against youth using tobacco called the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition against Tobacco (APICAT). APICAT was recruiting teens to participate in their 3-day youth training retreat. I had not really heard much about APICAT until 2005 when the APICAT Youth Coordinator Eric Mose sent out e-mails and came to a Kīkaha o Ke Kai Outrigger Canoe Club Junior practice at Steel Lake in Federal Way. I didn’t apply that year, but fellow Kīkaha Juniors Tiana-Marie (Kiha) Asis, Serena Bader (my sister), and Daniel Nieves did and participated in the August training at the Dumas Bay Centre and throughout the year, including being trained to lead sessions at the August 27-29, 2006 Youth Training Retreat.

I know that my sister learned a lot, so this year I decided that I would apply as well. At the end of

APICAT 2006 Youth Training Retreat Participants & Staff
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August I went with twelve others to the APICAT Youth Training retreat at Camp Don Bosco in Carnation, Washington. We came from Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Des Moines, Seattle, Lynnwood, and Bellevue.

I expected that for three days it would be like going to school. I thought we’d sit for hours learning about tobacco harms and then go to sleep. But thankfully I was wrong. We got to the camp at about 4:00pm on Sunday and right from the get go, we were doing activities and playing games that incorporated cultural and anti-tobacco knowledge with fun. We learned a lot of facts, specifically about Asian and Pacific Islander communities. For example, we learned how tobacco companies, like Phillip Morris, specifically target the Asian and Pacific Islander communities because they think that our communities are vulnerable. We learned that Hawaiian men have the highest death rate of all the Pacific Islander communities due to lung cancer. We also learned that Hawaiian girls and women make up the largest group of Asian and Pacific Islander women who smoke.

In addition to ice breakers, community building, and tobacco education activities, we practiced public speaking and presentation skills.

After learning all these facts and skills, I feel really motivated to figure out ways to prevent youth and adults as well from smoking. At the end of our retreat, we brainstormed ways to spread our new knowledge to the community. We came up with ideas like going to the Ho`olaule`a and Kīkaha events and setting up a table (look for us at the Lōkahi `Ohana O Hawai`i’s Ho`olaule`a on October 7 th). We also want to have more trainings and retreats in the future, so I encourage any youth who is interested in anti-tobacco issues to get involved. It is not only a great learning experience, but you meet great people who care about community health and keeping youth away from tobacco, and it’s fun. For more information about APICAT, call or email Eric Mose ( 206) 223-9578 / youth@apicat.org If you’re interested in Kīkaha’s youth community education project call 206-419-0717.

Vanessa Rose Kamila Bader is a senior at Bellevue HS, a member of Kīkaha O Ke Kai Outrigger Canoe Club and APICAT Youth Activity Participant. Her father is Vance Bader from Hilo and her stepmother is Melissa Ponder. Vanessa’s mother is Kathy Tegreene and stepfather is Casey Tegreene.


Keiki Hula and `Ukulele in the Pacific Northwest

By Rochelle dela Cruz

The NW Nā Keiki Hula and `Ukulele Festival is coming to Puget Sound, an event that will feature hula and `ukulele performances from youth groups not only from the Seattle area, but also from Nanakuli, `Oahu and Langley, British Columbia. (Click here to learn more about these two groups.)

The festival is being planned by Emily Lono, also known as Aunty Manu, of Hālau Hula `O Lono and was inspired by an `ukulele concert held in March 2001 at Kane Hall at the University of Washington. For that event, Aunty Manu brought up 14 children from the Pope School in Waimānalo, `Oahu with their `ukulele instructor, Franny Villareal, who performed along with other `ukulele masters.

Aunty Manu says, “I have had calls and inquiries as to when I was going to do another concert. It was in March of this year (2006) that I thought it was the time to produce a concert combining keiki hula with the `ukulele. Just as I was going to call Rodney Lopez, Sr (who accompanies Aunty Manu’s hālau) to let him know that this is the year, Franny called from Honolulu. Now, I have not heard from her since the group left Seattle in 2001. She called to see what I was doing and that she was coming up for a graduation lū`au. That is what started the ball rolling. She no longer was in Waimānalo but is now working with the keiki at the Charter School (Ka Waihona o ka Na`auao, a Hawaiian-language immersion school.) She came to visit with me to go over plans, and her directors and staff are very excited. The Kumu Hula for the children are coming up as well as a technician and other staff to do a documentary. But I was still looking for more keiki and actually dreamt one night that perhaps Canada might have `ukulele players. So I contacted Peter Luongo (of the Langley School District `Ukulele Program) and…he is coming down with 30 young people.”

Aunty Manu is in the process of building the Lono Foundation that will give scholarships to children who cannot afford the music and dance classes and bring in Kumu, teachers and tutors for workshops. For this event, she says that the family of her Hālau Hula `O Lono are the backbone and sponsors of the festival. She also has help from Ken Tran from the Ginger Palace Restaurant in SeaTac who has a foundation for children. Also participating and practicing for the big event is the Seattle-based NW Keiki `Ukulele Ensemble, taught by Rod Lopez, Sr and Pekelo (who also plays for Hālau Hula `O Lono and contributes `ukulele lessons every other month to the Northwest Hawai`i Times.) Aunty Manu’s vision is to bring island children together with keiki in the Northwest so they can learn from each other and continue the legacy of the art of hula and `ukulele.

Net proceeds for the upcoming festival will go towards the scholarship fund which will be available to all children. The NW Nā Keiki Hula and `Ukulele Festival will be held on November 4th at Foster High School Theatre of Arts, 4242 S. 144th St in Tukwila, Washington.

Ke`ala O Kamailelauli`ili`I Wins Again at E Hula Mau!

By Leona Leuders

Where to begin?  Oh my!  Ke'ala O Kamailelauli'ili'i left a few days early to E Hula Mau hula competition in Long Beach, California.  The night we arrived there was a meeting in Kumu Kamaile's room.  Auntie Sweetie handed out little gift bags and we all opened them up to see "COME ON DOWN".  The next day there were 30 of us at The Price is Right.  During the show our own Auntie Haunani Ka'ili was called to go up on stage and with all of us screaming our fool heads off, she won a 2007 Dodge Caliber!!  As luck would have it, Mr. Bob Barker asked about the group and pretty soon, Haunani was dancing the hula on stage, and we were dancing in the audience!  The show is to air on November 7th!!  And, that was the beginning of our fun-filled week, full of lei making and hula practices, little sleep, and a lot of eating at Kings Bakery Restaurant, L&L and shopping for goodies at Marukai store!

Our own Puamohala Cash won the soloist Miss E Hula Mau, we also took first place in Hawaiian Language, 3rd in women's kahiko, and 2nd in lei.  Our dear Auntie Kalili came from Hawai'i Island with some liko lehua and palapalae and we stayed up to wili lei.  In other activities, we "found" a variety of banyan and picked some with the help of a groundskeeper.  We learned to pound the young branches with our water bottles, and entwined them to wear with other lei.  Auntie Haunani Ka'ili did a nice job as our oli solo, and though she didn't place, she's number one in our hearts.  A good time was had by all!!  Personally, the pressure, emotions and lack of sleep wore on me, but I also admit to having a great time.  There were 14 hālau at the competition, 12 from California, one group from Las Vegas, and we represented Washington State.  We will work harder to do better next year!!

Leona Leuders and her husband just moved from Bremerton to Federal Way where she will be closer to her hālau, Ke`ala O Kamailelauli`ili`i and practices `ōlelo, oli and hula.


Idaho Senator Introduces Owyhee Bill

By NWHIT Staff

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) has introduced a bill to preserve more than half a million acres of pristine back-country as protected wilderness. The Owyhee area is in Idaho’s southwestern corner, named for 19th century Hawaiian trappers who arrived near Boise in 1818. Owyhee is the old spelling of Hawai`i written in 1778 by Capt. James Cook who was the first Westerner to record the existence of these islands in the remote northern Pacific. Later ship logs show that Hawaiians were on board when sea captains Cook and Vancouver sailed north from the Islands, looking for the Northwest Passage. Some Hawaiians like John Kalama remained in the Pacific Northwest and some ventured inland, as did these unnamed trappers in whose memory a river, desert and mountain range in Idaho is called Owyhee. .

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