Poke Nūhou: News Briefs | October 2018

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Pohoiki Boat Ramp in Puna has been surrounded by roughly 14,000 cubic yards of black sand due to the eruption in Kīluaea’s Lower East Rift Zone. However, the boat ramp itself shows no damage. According to Finn McCall, an engineer with Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, “We have a lot more analysis to do, but it appears, based on our initial assessment, that we could actually remove the black sand and re-create the entrance to the boat ramp.” - Photo: Courtesy DLNR

Award recognizes efforts to revitalize and normalize ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i

‘Aha Pūnana Leo is one of three organizations being honored with a tourism legacy award at Hawai‘i’s Global Tourism Summit.

‘Aha Pūnana Leo, a network of Hawaiian language immersion preschools, along with Hawaiian Airlines and Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, will be honored on Oct. 3.

“‘Aha Pūnana Leo is being honored for its dedication to the teaching and advocacy of ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language) in Hawaiian medium education schools. Hawaiian Airlines and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa are being recognized for the commitment of their respective business practices and employees to the implementation of ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i within their operations,” according to a Hawai‘i Tourism Authority news release.


Native Hawaiian Education receives $7.5 million in federal funds

The U.S. Department of Education will be awarding Hawai‘i $7,502,520 to support Native Hawaiian Education.

“Over the past few decades, the Native Hawaiian community has developed innovative ways to revitalize the Hawaiian language and integrate culture with education,” said Senator Brian Schatz, a member of the Appropriations Committee. “This investment will give us more resources to help children reach their full potential in school and beyond.”

The funds will be split among several organizations that serve Native Hawaiian students: Partners in Development Foundation, Maui Family Support Services, Bishop Museum, Laiopua 2020, Friends of the Future, Ho‘okako‘o Corporation, state Department of Education’s Nānākuli-Wai‘anae Complex Area and the University of Hawai‘i.


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Heidi Tsuneyoshi. – Photo: Courtesy

First Hawaiian woman elected to City Council

Heidi Tsuneyoshi will be the first Native Hawaiian to serve on Honolulu’s City Council after winning outright in the primary, garnering 53 percent of the vote.

Tsuneyoshi will represent Honolulu City Council District 2 (Mililani Mauka to Kahalu‘u). The Wahiawā-native, who holds psychology and counseling degrees from the University of Hawai‘i and Chaminade, has worked at the Women’s Community Correctional Center, the Leilehua High School Counseling Department, homeless and transitional shelters, and also served as the statewide coordinator for a childhood prevention program.

Most recently, Tsuneyoshi served as community liaison and senior advisor for Council Chair Ernie Martin, who is vacating the District 2 seat after reaching the city’s term limit.

“I’m truly humbled and honored to be elected the first Native Hawaiian woman to the Honolulu City Council,” Tsuneyoshi said. “But I do wish we as a county had reached this milestone long before I ever decided to run because representation is so important. With two daughters, both graduates of Kamehameha Schools, it’s always been impressed upon me to be a good role model and show them that anything is possible.”


Hawai‘i Rise holds community day

Hawai‘i Rise Foundation hopes to bring the local and Native Hawaiian community together to engage and increase awareness, knowledge and experiences in cultural activities and resources available to support education, development, health and wellness.

Hawai‘i Rise Community Day will be held on Sunday Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Keaukaha Elementary School Cafeteria & Gymnasium (Kawananakoa Gym). The community is invited to come together to participate in cultural activity workshops to gain new skills and experiences; enjoy music, dance, and speeches from local keiki, musicians, and educators; and learn more about programs, services, and resources available from organizations across the community.

This event will be free and attendees will have the opportunity to work with local experts who will guide participants through activities such as poi pounding, creating lei po‘o, lauhala weaving, “Hawaiian Music through Art,” “Hawaiian Art on Canvas,” natural healing remedies, and more. Participants will also be encouraged to visit education and resource booths at throughout the day to engage with organizations and services that provide information, support, and opportunities for personal, educational, professional and cultural growth and development. In addition, “Kako‘o Local” booths will provide local and Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs and small businesses opportunities to connect and share their products with the community.

Hawai‘i Rise Foundation believes that the Big Island is full of hard-working and dedicated individuals with vast potential sometimes overlooked or unfulfilled due to socio-economic circumstances, lack of accessibility or support to develop that potential. Through the generous support of the OHA, County of Hawai‘i, Arnott’s Lodge but most of all the Community of Keaukaha, Hawai‘i Rise Community Day will bring the community together for a day filled with opportunities for engagement, learning, development and growth. – Submitted by the Hawai‘i Rise Foundation


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2018 Maui Homesetad Summit flyer.

Maui homestead summit scheduled for November

KULA — Forms, flavors and spiritual aspects of kalo, or taro, is a staple of the inaugural Maui Homestead Summit this November.

Organizers invite the public, especially Hawaiian homesteaders, to the free event highlighting farming and ranching topics. The summit unfolds starting 9 a.m. Nov. 3 at He Piko No Waiohuli community center and culminates with, for daylong attendees, an ‘aha ‘aina (feast) featuring a Maui hālau and live music.

Waikapu kalo farmer Bobby Pahia keynotes the summit luncheon with kalo varieties, tastings and huli, or shoots, to take home and plant. As the traditional Makahiki season of peace begins, Pahia also discusses the spirituality of growing and eating kalo, the staple of Hawaiian cuisine.

Other presenters include a Kaua‘i community organizer of national stature, and Ke‘anae natives on healing la‘au Ilapa‘au teas. Garden Isle leader Puanani Danner, who chairs the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA), speaks at 10 a.m. on what the 1921 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act federal trust means to Hawai‘i and native Hawaiians. Danner serves on the 11-member board of First Nations Oweesta, the only national Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) delivering capital to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian CDFIs. Currently the capital totals $8 million in loan funds.

Then at 2 p.m., Marc Aquino and Ku‘ulei Anakalea DeRego speak on “La‘au Lapa‘au Teas at Makahiki.” They present their Ke‘anae knowledge of backyard herbal infusions that address health conditions — a gift marking the start of Makahiki season.

The summit offers free registration, lunch and dinner. Event reservations are required at website paupena.org. He Piko No Waiohuli community center is located at the bottom of Lau‘ie Drive at Mile Marker 15 of Kula Highway. For more event information, see webpage www.paupena.org/summit, email paupena.kekoa@gmail.com or call/text (808) 276-2713– Submitted by Pā‘upena CDC