Kamehameha Schools’ Class of 2018 celebrates victory after winning five of the six awards given at the 98th Annual Song Contest on March 16, 2018. The seniors managed to win the Richard Lyman, Jr., ‘ōlelo Makuahine Award, the George Alanson Andrus Cup, the New England Mother's Cup, the Helen Desha Beamer Award and the Charles Edward King Cup. Junior Josiah Hernandez took home the Louise Aoe McGregor Award for outstanding student director. - Photo: Jacob Chinn

‘Imiloa announces Merrie Monarch programs

During the first week of April, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i will host a cultural enrichment program series in celebration of the 55th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival.

The programs complement Merrie Monarch’s mission of using education to perpetuate, preserve and promote hula and Hawaiian culture.

Wednesday, April 4

  • 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Hula Preservation Society – Talk story and workshop with Puanani Alama
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m.: Hālau Hula I Ka Leo Ola O Nā Mamo – Hula and mele performance by Ke Kula o Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u

Thursday, April 5

  • 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Hula Preservation Society – Hula and talk story: New York City’s Hawaiian Room
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m.: Talk story: ‘76 Hōkūle‘a Crew – Community presentation

Friday, April 6

  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Forum on Hula: Tradition, Innovation, Globalization and Change – Sponsored by OHA
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m.: Ho‘ā & the Keiki of Project Kuleana – Musical performance

Pre-sale tickets are $10 for each program ($8 for ‘Imiloa members) and can be purchased at ‘Imiloa’s front desk or by calling (808) 932-8901. A limited supply of same day tickets will be available for $15. Visit ImiloaHawaii.org for more information.

Hōkūle‘a on Hawai‘i Island

Hōkūle‘a has sailed to Hawai‘i Island for a two-month visit as part of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s “Mahalo, Hawai‘i” sail.

During the stay, PVS will share lessons learned from Hōkūle‘a’s three-year Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage through presentations and talk story sessions, family-friendly events, canoe tours and volunteer opportunities.

In April, Hōkūle‘a will be in Hilo, then will sail to Kawaihae the first week of May. More information is available at www.hokulea.com.

Inaugural Ka‘ahumanu Awards recognizes community treasures

Auntie Bessie DeMello of Kahului and Lady Grace Spenser of Wailuku were honored by the ‘Ahahui Ka‘ahumanu Chapter IV Wailuku at its first annual awards ceremony.

Bessie DeMello
Lady Grace Spenser

DeMello, a Ho‘olehua, Moloka‘i-native, 91, is a former police officer who has served as a kūpuna mentor in public schools, and performed with the Maui Police Department glee club and MPD’s Maui Boy Builders Band. She’s also a former member of Nā Hōkū Hanohano-nominated trio Ahumanu.

Spencer, born in Kohala on Hawai‘i Island, has many community affiliations, ranging from Hale O Nā Ali‘i for 41 years and ‘Ahahui Ka‘ahumanu for 26 years, to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Nā Wahine Hui O Kamehameha Kahekili Chapter IV for 36 years each.

The ceremony at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center included chant, song, hula and lei draping of Queen Ka‘ahumanu’s statue.

Ka‘ahumanu Ali‘i was born March 17, 1968, at Pu‘u Ka‘uiki in Hāna Bay. She was the favorite wife of Kamehameha the Great, and after converting to Christianity, she was known to start schools and distribute books.

Hawaiian Airlines adds culture-based programming

Throughout the month of June, Hawaiian Airlines will offer its passengers a chance to learn about the power of culture-based education for Native Hawaiian students through a series of exclusive in-flight videos.

Kanaeokana, a network of local schools and organizations focused on strengthening Hawaiian education, produced the film series, which will be available on international flights on the airline’s Airbus A330 aircraft.

“Expanding our reach helps us bring our message to different audiences. The experiences nurturing our students are valuable not just for Native Hawaiians but have relevance to everyone,” Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier, Kamehameha Schools Maui’s Hawaiian protocol facilitator said in a release. “We all should be sharing in the kuleana (responsibilities) to Mālama Honua and each other.”

“He Moku He Wa‘a, He Wa‘a He Moku: Our Canoe is an Island; Our Island is a Canoe” shows how Kamehameha Schools Maui students were inspired by Hōkūle‘a’s Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

“Ho‘okahe Wai: Let the Streams Flow” features Hālau Kū Mana Public Charter School’s eighth-graders, who spent a year learning about uplands and water issues facing Hawai‘i, which culminated in a large-scale stream cleanup.

“Changing Tides: Ka ‘Umeke Kā‘eo’s Education Movement” explores a fishpond with a student from Ka ‘Umeke Kā‘eo Charter School on Hawai‘i Island, showcasing how students use ancestral knowledge to address contemporary issues.

See these videos and more on Kaneokana’s YouTube page: goo.gl/jtGQna.

Writer’s retreat returns to Mokule‘ia

Writers have a chance to hear from nationally-recognized writers and editors, island bookmaking artists, musicians and a filmmaker at the Mokule‘ia Writers Retreat from May 6 to 11.

The retreat features intimate writing workshops, coaching, music, yoga, beachcombing, visits to sacred sites and cultural programs.

Speakers include editors and writers Zoe FitzGerald Carter, Larry Habegger, Constance Hale, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Bridget Quinn and Matthew Zapruder; bookmaking artists Tamara Moan and Lynn Young; musicians Kuki Among, Adam Asing, Kaipo Asing and Bobby Ingano; and filmmaker Lisette Marie Flanary.

The cost is $1,300 and covers lodging, meals and all workshops and activities. Other packages are available from $600. For more information visit www.campmokuleia.com/retreats/writers or email constancehaleretreats@gmail.com.

May Day at Bishop Museum

Robert Cazimero and musical guests Keauhou, Kapena and Ei Nei will perform at a May Day concert on the Great Lawn at Bishop Museum.

Entertainment also includes performances from Hālau Nā Kamalei O Līlīlehua, Hālau Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima, Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima, Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau and Hālau O Ke ‘A‘ali‘i Kū Makani. Lei, food, cocktails and merchandise will be available.

Tickets are $25 for lawn, $35 for a reserved seat and $75 for a VIP ticket. Tickets are available at seetickets.us, Bishop Museum, Local Motion and O‘ahu HI Finest. Visit www.greatlawnhawaii.com for more information.

Evening strolls resume at Waimea Valley

Moon walks at Waimea Valley resume in April, providing the opportunity to tour Waimea Valley under a full moon.

The first 2018 Moon Walk will be on April 28, with entrances at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

Free Moon Walk admission is included in the price of a dinner buffet catered by Ke Nui Kitchen at the Proud Peacock between 6 and 8 p.m. Dinner is $34.95 for adults and $17.50 for keiki ages 4-12. Visit waimeavalley.net to make reservations.

Suit filed over Maui sand mining

Wailuku, Maui – Mālama Kakanilua and members Clare H. Apana and Kaniloa Kamaunu filed suit against the Director of the Department of Public Works for extending the grading permit for Maui Lani Partners’ sand mining operations with Maui’s Environmental Court on March 14. They are represented by Maui attorney Lance D. Collins.

Days after Maui’s Environmental Court issued an injunction severely restricting Maui Lani Partners’ ability to continue its sand mining operation, the County renewed Maui Lani Partners’ grading permit for one year for unspecified “good cause” and without review or concurrence from the State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD). In its letter responding to Mālama Kakanilua’s concerns, the County said it had requested comment from SHPD but had not received a response.

Mālama Kakanilua is a hui formed many years ago to protect ‘iwi, burials and other historic and archaeologically significant sites in Maui. The group is named for Kakanilua, a famous battle that occurred in the sand hills of Central Maui. After six weeks of evidentiary hearings, the Environmental Court issued an injunction severely restricting Maui Lani Partners’ activities.“We have been asking the County to review the permits so it was a complete surprise that they granted a year extension after the injunction was issued and only a few days after receiving the request by the developer,” said Clare H. Apana, a cultural practitioner and founding member of Mālama Kakanilua. The County Council recently adopted an ordinance which put a moratorium on sand mining while the County’s sand resources are studied and inventoried, but exempting those holding a valid grading permit as of the date of the ordinance’s adoption. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs recently sent a letter to the County strongly condemning the surreptitious permit renewal without addressing the previous lawsuit, the injunction or SHPD comments. – Submitted by Iwi Protectors, iwiprotectors.com.