Samuel Kamakau Laboratory Public Charter School staff and board members celebrated the launch of the Manomano online Hawaiian dictionary held at Ka Waiwai on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. - Photo: Alice Malepeai Silbanuz

MANOMANO: Advancing the ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i movement

Samuel Kamakau Laboratory Public Charter School staff and board members celebrated the launch of the Manomano online Hawaiian dictionary held at Ka Waiwai on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. In addition to providing an extensive dictionary of Hawaiian words translated to English, the free online resource provides users with customizable flash cards and a word of the day feature to be used as learning tools to help propel the Hawaiian language movement forward. The Manomano website is now live and may be accessed at

Learn about Native Hawaiian communities online

A new feature in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Kīpuka database provides demographic information about Native Hawaiian communities throughout the state.

The demographics can be viewed by county or individual community. They include information about the Native Hawaiian population, as well as housing, social and economic characteristics by Census Tract and Census Designated Places. Community information provided includes the total population, as well as the Native Hawaiian population. The number of households and families – and the average number of people in each – as well as the median age is included.

The Native Hawaiian Community Profiles are available in the Map Gallery section of the Kīpuka database at

Locally produced seeds available for purchase

Hawai‘i’s small-scale farmers and home gardeners have a new option for puchasing seeds that are locally adapted and selectively bred to thrive in the diverse soils and microclimates across the islands.

The Hawai‘i Seed Growers Network, through The Kohala Center’s Hawai‘i Public Seed Initiative program, launched an online store last month at Seed varieties available include beans, flowers,
fruits, greens, herbs and peppers. Prior to the online marketplace’s launch, the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa’s Seed Lab was the only local seed producer.

“Restarting a local seed industry in Hawai‘i is a slow and ongoing process,” Lyn Howe, director of The Kohala Center’s Hawai‘i Public Seed Initiative, said in a press release. “It takes many generations of growing and selecting varieties to produce quality seed with consistent, desired agricultural and culinary traits. But when you’re 2,300 miles from the nearest seed source, we think it’s a wise idea and worth the effort.”

Free workshops on family resiliency

Kamehameha Schools and ‘Aha Kāne present Ho‘ī Ka Mana I Loko (Return to the Power Within), a series of free cultural workshops designed with a holistic approach to help participants sustain themselves and their families.

The series of 10 health and wellness workshops, which started in December, offer an opportunity to learn from the work passed down by our ancestors to help maintain and restore mauli ola (health and wellness). The following workshops will be offered weekly from Jan. 13 to March 10:

  • Jan. 13: Nā Mea Pā‘ani, physical approach to Hawaiian Games with G. Umi Kai
  • Jan. 20: Ho‘oma‘ema‘e, internal cleansing of the mind and body with Emmalani Makepa-Foley
  • Jan. 27: Lomilomi, traditional practices of Hawaiian Lomilomi with Keola Chan
  • Feb. 3 and 10: Nā Waiwai, financial planning and resiliency for families with Saydee Pojas
  • Feb. 17: Kōnane, cultivating strategic thinking for the mind with Nalu Andrade
  • Feb. 24: ‘Ai pono, healthy eating habits and food selection with Ka‘iulani Odom
  • March 3: Ke ‘au Hänau, traditional Hawaiian birthing practices with Cami Kanoa-Wong
  • March 10: Ho‘oponopono, balance and conflict resolution in the home with K. Paglinawan For more information and to sign up, contact or call (808)765-8333.

Hana Lima Vendor Directory accepting 2018 listings

Hana Lima, a directory of Made in Hawai‘i products and Hawai‘i based businesses, is accepting new businesses for inclusion in the 2018 edition.

The first Hana Lima directory was produced in 2017 by the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association, in partnership with the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

The directory lists artisans, practitioners, caterers and restaurants, entertainers, nonprofit organizations and vendors. The 2017 directory is available for download at

To be included in the 2018 Hana Lima Directory, email your business name, a short description and contact information with website and social media links to before Feb. 15.

Kamehameha Schools scholarship deadline approaching

Kamehameha Schools is accepting applications for college scholarships for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.

The deadline for the ‘Imi Na‘auao Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship for graduate students, is Jan. 31.

Applications for need-based Nā Ho‘okama a Pauahi Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students will be accepted through Feb. 15. Pauahi Foundation scholarships, which include more than 100 funds for students in a variety of fields, also have a Feb. 15 deadline.

To learn more, visit

Kāne‘ohe Elementary dedicates building to Akaka

The administration building at Kāne‘ohe Elementary School now bears the name of its former principal and retired U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka.

Akaka’s daughter Millannie Mattson and grandson David, were present for the unveiling of a plaque that will be on view in the front office. Sharing a message from her father, Mattson said, “My dad always tells us, ‘You never stop learning. You always take advantage of the opportunity to learn even more. You learn here, you learn at home, you learn wherever you are and you use (those lessons) to the best of your ability.”

Principal Derek Minakami said that Akaka’s legacy at Käne‘ohe Elementary was the model he provided as a school leader who was sincerely interested in students and what they were learning. Sixth-grader Madison Matsuoka added, “As we reflect on all that Senator Akaka worked towards
on our behalf, keep in mind his quote regarding the power of education: ‘I have witnessed how education opens doors, and I know that when sound instruction takes place, students experience the joys of new found knowledge and the ability to excel.’”

After serving as principal, in 1976 Akaka was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served 14 years. He then served in the Senate from 1990 to his retirement in January 2013.