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October 2008

Pacific Northwest News

Sun Shines Bright on the First Annual
Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival

by Angela Manke

The Hawaiian flag flies above the shave ice truck in the shadow of the Space Needle at Seattle Center for the First Annual Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival.
Photo by NWHIT
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On September 7th, 2008, Hawaii came to Seattle. It was a bright and sunny day, and after six long months of planning, the First Annual Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival was finally here! The Seattle Center House stage was set, the vendors were displaying Hawaiian crafts, the halau were back stage and the `ukulele tuned, and we were ready to begin the show.

Our opening ceremony set the tone for the day with a cultural exchange between our Native American brothers and sisters and Kumu Hula `Iwalani Christian and her hālau. As is the protocol, we asked permission of our Native American `Ohana to celebrate our culture on their land. Then we were joined by First Spouse Mike Gregoire (Governor Chris Gregoire’s husband) who was proud to acknowledge the Hawaiian culture that enriches the State of Washington. Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Hawai`i Governor Linda Lingle, and Congressman Neil Abercrombie also sent warm greetings to our Hawaiian community across the Pacific. And our own Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels wrote a proclamation declaring September 7th to be “Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival Day” in Seattle!

Many aren’t even aware there are more than 50,000 Hawaiians living in Washington State, and it was our hope to connect all of them here as well as share the Hawaiian culture with Seattle which many of us now call home.

About a year ago, I was offered a position with the City of Seattle at Seattle Center in the Cultural Programs Office. To make a long story short, I took the opportunity to work with the Hawaiian community to put together a Hawaiian Cultural Festival. Our committee worked tirelessly over the past six months, and the final product was one that many of you were able to enjoy on September 7th.

The event was a huge success, to say the least! With an attendance of about 5,000 people throughout the day, Center House was bustling with excitement. You look one way and you are enticed by all of the crafts of our own Hawaiian community vendors; you look the other way and you see your long-lost hula sister from way back when; you look straight ahead and you are drawn to the music of our talented Hawaiians of the Pacific Northwest. Whew…It was hard to know which way to go!

There were activities galore – definitely something to satisfy the appetite of every attendee. If you wanted to brush up on your hula skills or learn from scratch, there were hula lessons for wahine, kane and keiki. If you wanted to learn the ancient Hawaiian warrior art of lua, there were opportunities to learn hands-on about this traditional Hawaiian martial art. Our hugely successful lei-making workshop offered a chance to learn both haku and tī-leaf lei making. We also provided a music workshop to learn about the `ukulele, slack key guitar, and steel guitar. And in addition to sharing our passion for music and the arts, there were also screenings of Hawaiian history documentary films and historical timeline and cultural poster displays to help attendees learn about Hawai`i’s past. And dozens signed up for donated items at a silent auction.

And of course, no Hawaiian event could be complete without some `ono Hawaiian food and shave ice. Right outside of Center House, restaurant vendors sold local food, and the lines were looooong. People didn’t mind waiting, though, as they were entertained by more local musicians outside.

The day was perfect, the weather cooperated, and the aloha spirit was alive and well! We couldn’t have asked for a more spectacular event. It was so great that we have already been asked by Seattle Center to join Safeco Insurance Festal, the city’s series of free cultural events. Our second annual Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2009 – so mark your calendars and be prepared for a bigger and better Festival.

On behalf of our Live Aloha planning committee, mahalo to all of you who attended, and to those that couldn’t make it, we’ll see you next year!

To see more pictures of the First Annual Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival, follow this link: Festival pictures.

Angela Manke is a transplant from Kailua, Oahu who now resides in West Seattle. She is a 1999 graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and moved to Washington in 1999 to attend the University of Washington. She is currently working at the Seattle Center in the Cultural Programs office. She is privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of and serve the Hawaiian community and share our culture with the world.



Ho'omau ka Huaka'i, The Voyage Continues:
Native Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest


Safeco Insurance Foundation Special Exhibition Gallery
at the new Wing Luke Asian Museum

  On display November 21, 2008 through August 16, 2009


Seattle, WA, September 26, 2008 - The Wing Luke Asian Museum proudly presents Ho'omau ka Huaka'i, The Voyage Continues: Native Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest, on display November 21, 2008 through August 16, 2009 in the new Museum's Special Exhibition Gallery.

A groundbreaking exhibit for both the Wing Luke Asian Museum and the Asian Pacific Islander American community, Ho'omau ka Huaka'i, The Voyage Continues explores the experiences of Native Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest from past to present day.  Themes include the Native Hawaiians' pioneer history as the first Asian Pacific Islander group in the Pacific Northwest, the rich contributions of Native Hawaiians in Washington State for the past 200 years, the community formed to preserve their rich cultural traditions and the legacies they leave for future generations.

Artifacts, photographs, multimedia and first-hand stories from Native Hawaiian civic and cultural leaders will be featured.  Also included are digitized photos, documents and oral histories which were collected specifically for the exhibit and will be available to the public through database accessible onsite and through the Museum's website.  In addition, a series of family-friendly community programs will be presented in collaboration with the exhibition.

In 1995, voyaging canoes Hōkūle`a and Hawai`i Loa arrived in the Pacific Northwest. This photo of native people welcoming Hawaiians will be among those on display at the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle, Washington.
Photo by Ray Narimatsu

We hope visitors will gain a greater understanding of the rich history of Native Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest and as the original descendants of the indigenous people of the Hawaiian Islands.  Visitors will embark upon a journey that will dispel common stereotypes about the Native Hawaiian culture through authentic stories and experiences offered.

This exhibition is the result of one year collaboration between Native Hawaiian community members representing a host of Native Hawaiian civic and cultural groups in the Puget Sound.

Ho'omau ka Huaka'i, The Voyage Continues: Native Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors:  Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, 4Culture, Humanities Washington, Women's History Consortium.

~From the Wing Luke Asian Museum

The Wing Luke Asian Museum is dedicated to engaging the public in exploring issues related to the culture, art and history of Asian Pacific Americans.  A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the Museum was founded in 1966 and celebrates its namesake, Wing Luke, the first Asian Pacific American elected to public office in the Pacific Northwest.  The new Wing Luke Asian Museum is located at 719 South King Street in Seattle's Chinatown/International District.  For more information, visit www.wingluke.org


How A Pineapple Can Save A Life

by Caroline Goles

Get out your grass skirt and running shoes; the third annual Winter Pineapple Classic (www.winterpineappleclassic.com) will take place November 16th in Seattle’s Warren G. Magnuson Park. The 5K race, which presents teams a series of obstacles which must be navigated as a team, has raised over $275,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The race has become an event of individual expression, with teams embracing the ebullient spirit of the event, donning grass skirts, costumes and even a bikini or two has been seen scampering over obstacles on a crisp November morning. And amid the fun and the folly, is an indomitable determination to fund a cure for blood cancers and bring hope to the individuals and families suffering this disease.

The event is the inspired vision of Seattleite Eric Cox, whose son, Brody, bravely battled, and has now beat, leukemia. Eric was searching for a way to distill goodness from their ordeal, a vehicle that could do something big for the LLS mission. He envisioned an event that would be a bit different than most; a bit more challenge, a bit more folly and a way to bring a bit of Hawaii’s aloha spirit to Seattle, just as the rains of winter began to set in. With this dream, and a fledgling band of volunteers, The Winter Pineapple Classic was born. The event presents a unique course of obstacles and challenges, held secret until the day of the race, which teams of two or four must navigate together. The race concludes with a Hawaiian luau and celebration. The inaugural event in 2006 raised over $85,000, and last year 1700 participants raised $191,000 for LLS and its mission.

For Addie Harrington, team captain of 22-person strong “Running for Addie’s Daddy”, the event is a day to celebrate her father, cherish his memory and bring together, once a year, the amazing support group that helped her family through her father’s heartbreaking fight with Lymphoma. “It is such an amazing gift, this race. The Pineapple gives us a way to bring the group back together, to honor my dad. You cannot help but laugh. There in the front of my mind is the fact: ‘you are here because Dad is dead’. But you cannot help but laugh while trying to toss a pineapple through a tire.”

As the event enters its third year, our goal is to establish the Winter Pineapple Classic as one of the premiere athletic events in Seattle and a lighthouse fundraising event for LLS. The mission of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. With sponsorship and participation from REI, Georgetown Brewing Company, 95.7 KJR FM, Outdoors Northwest, Sellen Construction and Northwest Construction, the Winter Pineapple Classic will take place on Sunday, November 16th, at Seattle’s Warren G. Magnuson Park. Registration, race information and fund-raising information can be found at www.winterpineappleclassic.com.

For additional information about the race, its mission, or PR, please contact Caroline Goles, cgoles@microsoft.com | 206.851.5234.


Northwest Hālau places 1st in Lei, 2nd in Kane Auwana and 3rd in Hawaiian language at E Hula Mau in California

Kamaile Hamada's Ke`ala O Kamailelauli`ili`i also wins Spirit of `Ohana award

Kumu Kamaile Hamada adjusts Jason Sloan's lei

Kehaulani Mann takes the stage at E Hula Mau

Lei made of pyracantha berries from the Northwest and banyan leaves
from California hangs on a tree.

"We picked and pounded branches, stripped leaves and put bark in strands and twirled them into a reasonable facsimile of maile," says Leona Lueders of the hālau. "Then after the competition, we hung them on a tree at our Long Beach motel as tribute and mahalo."


and...Willie K!

Willie K was back in the Northwest and wow'ed the full house in Edmonds, Washington with slack key stylings and songs in traditional Hawaiian Jawaiian, and even opera!

Photo by Glenn Freudenberger

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