* * *AUE…I DUNNO ABOUT YOU BUT I GET SO TIRED OF WATCHING NEWS PROGRAMS ON THE TV OR READING THE NEWSPAPERS AS THE ONLY THINGS THAT SEEM TO MAKE NEWS THESE DAYS ARE THE BAD AND SAD…………..
I KNOW THOSE ARE THE REALITIES OF LIFE BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY GOOD THINGS AND GOOD PEOPLE IN REAL LIFE SO I AM DEDICATING THIS MONTH’S “HOLOHOLO” COLUMN TO MALAMA KO PONO ALOHA (CHERISHING THE GOOD THINGS IN OUR HAWAIIAN COMMUNITIES)….SO LET’S TALK ABOUT THE GOOD AND THE GLAD AND THE MAIKA`I LOA/VERY GOOD THINGS IN OUR PACIFIC NW HAWAIIAN COMMUNITY. THE WINNAHS OF GOOD THINGS AWARDS ARE:
- THE “2015 THREE DAYS OF ALOHA FESTIVAL” (July 23-25) is the best large scale Hawaiian themed Festival I have attended this year. With featured guest artists/teachers like Kumu Robert Cazimero (hula), Kumu Aunty Vicky Takamine Holt (hula), Kumu Calvin Hoe (Children’s Arts & crafts and music), Uamana Arquette (Lomi expert), Rae Pacheco (Lei making), Leialaoha Amina (hula), Jeffrey Takamine (hula) and Harry Soria (MC for the Ho`ike events) it is a can’t miss event (two days of workshops (Thursday/Friday) with a Hapa Haole Hula competition Friday evening followed by a Ho`ike in the Park on Saturday). In spite of a rainy start Saturday morning which probably kept a few folks away, a crowd estimated at around 10,000 attended the Festival.and enjoyed a great program of music and dance. I thought the highlights of the Ho`ike were…..Also mahalo much to Deva Yamashiro and her Ke Kukui Foundation group for hosting another great “Three Days of Aloha” Festival……..
- ***There was one “once in a lifetime” kind of dance where the Haumana of renowned/legendary Kumu Hula Ma`iki Aiu were asked to perform a hula….so on stage for this one time dance were Robert Cazimero, Aunty Vicky Takamine Holt, Deva Yamashiro, and several other dancers who had learned the hula from Ma`iki A`iu…
***Another highlight was when Robert Cazimero called his workshop group to the stage to dance hula to the music “Wonderful World of Aloha”…the group danced superbly but most noticeable was Robert Cazimero calling Krista Espiritu to be the lead dancer. Krista now heads the Halau Hula Lehuanani group from Edmonds WA. It was a distinct and much deserved honor for Krista to be selected to be the lead dancer for this dance!!
***Another highlight was an emotional segment honoring the late and much beloved Kumu Hula Moodette/Aunty Moody Kaapana. This segment featured Aunty Moody’s Halau dancers led by their current Kumu Hula Jadeen Kaapana and Melani Panui. Kumu Deva Yamashiro’s Halau completed the Ho`ike in the Park festivities with some awesome music and dances….
I thought the following were the other highlights of this year’s “Three Days of Aloha Festival” Festival!
***Friday evening’s Hapa-Haole Hula competition. There were five categories of very competitive contests and the winnahs were from all over the map (two winners from Burien, WA; other winners from Canada, Colorado Springs, CO and Grant’s Pass, OR………..fantastic dancing!!!!
MISS SOPHISTICATED HULA: Da winner: NICOLE LEIALOHA WARD from Kumu Hula Kuulei Gumapac’s Halau Na Hanu O ku`uleialaoha from Burien, WA
MISS HAPA HAOLE HULA: Da Wiiner: JAEDEN ALOHANANI HANIF (Halau Hula Ka`Uhane o ka Pakipika from Canada)
KEIKI GROUP: From burien, WA the winner was Halau Hula Na Hanu O Ku`uleialoha
WAHINE GROUP: Kumu Hula Jeana Kama’s Halau Hula Na Kamali`I from Colorado Springs won this title
COMBINED GROUP: Halau Hula O Nuku Aina from Grants Pass, OR won this title (the two guys and six wahines were all really good!)
- Another winnah was a Kupuna wahine (I think she is in her 70’s)! NIADAH BEEM is haole but definitely a Hawaiian at heart, someone who has grown to love our Hawaiian culture ! At 6 a.m. Saturday morning July 25th, Niadah and I were the only two “crazies” in the park (Aue…like it was raining lightly already and the Ho`ike was not going to start until 10:45 a.m. but there we were getting a little soaked but reserving the best seating areas while enjoying the chance to visit with each other)…Niadah told me she had attended one of the first Ho`ike in the Park events and she fell in love with the Hawaiian culture/the music and the dances, the Shave Ice and Kalua Pig, etc and has since attended every Ke Kukui Foundation event she could get to.
The Ke Kukui Foundation staff told me Niadah buys a lot of raffle tickets at every event to support the Foundation…and while she wins big time (I think she won 18 of the first 20 Raffle prizes awarded at this Ho`ike/I am sure she spends more money on raffle tickets than she wins back in prizes but she told me she buys all the tickets because she loves our Hawaiian culture/music/dances and wants to support our endeavors….mahalo Niadah!!!
- I never thought that anyone in this area would ever challenge my friend Bullie Magasayo for the title of best Malasadas maker in the Pacific NW BUT IT’S HAPPENED….The new “kid on the block” is the HAPA FOOD COMPANY HAWAII`S DONUTS…….led by a young wahine from Mililani Oahu and her husband (Leslie and Mike)…..their Malasadas are sooooooooo light and fluffy and soooooooo ono…..but they don’t make Long Johns so Bullie will keep the title of best Long John maker in the Pacific NW for a while though Mike and Leslie/Hawaii’s Donuts fills some of their great malasadas with delicious fillings (Bavarian Cream/Strawberry, etc) kinda making them “baby Long Johns” so watch out Bullie!!. For you who attend the 2015 LIVE ALOHA HAWAIIAN FESTIVAL (September 13th ) @ the Seattle Center, good news is that Hawaii`s Donuts will be there so go try them out…I promise you will not be disappointed……
- Unfortunately my next WINNAH won’t be coming to Seattle for LIVE ALOHA but Patrick Chang and his Hawaiian Café (Vancouver, WA) staff had the best food booth at the “Three Days of Aloha Festival”……their food was soooo ono! If Patrick can’t make it up to our area ….den all you folks need to stop by his Hawaiian Café place next time you drive to Portland or southwards. Patrick’s Hawaiian Café is @ 316 SE 123d Ave, Vancouver (just off I-205)
- WINNAH: PADDY KAUHANE is a great Lady, great friend and fabulous Kumu Hula whom I met several years ago when she was living and teaching hula in Canada. She has since moved back to Hawaii where she is now Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Bishop Museum in Honolulu…and she still teaches dancing to students of her HALAU HULA KA`UHANE in Canada sending instructions from Hawaii to Canada via the computer Skype program…. AND JUST TO PROVE HOW GOOD A TEACHER Paddy is, Paddy’s haumana JAEDEN ALOHANANI HANIF justwon the 2015 MISS HAPA HAOLE CONTEST….
- WINNAH: PAUL TAVAI-LATTA. I have seen hundreds of Hawaiian/Pacific Islander entertainers (including world wide known artists as well as local area musicians and dancers) in the 40 plus years I’ve lived here and I can say without hesitation that the best, most polished local area Pacific Islander entertainer I have seen perform is Paul Tavai-Latta and his Polynesian Dance group from Surrey Canada. I use shows I’ve seen in Las Vegas as the standard for grading others and Paul Tavai-Latta’s shows are as good as or better than the Las Vegas standard setters. I’ve seen Paul’s shows the past few years and I last saw them on May 30 2015 when Paul and his group performed at the 2015 Bridge of Aloha Festival in Ferndale WA. Their program was called “Journey Through Polynesia” and it was a marvelous journey via music and dance throughout the islands of the Pacific (ironically, this was a journey through the islands of the Pacific where Paul grew up….Paul was born in Canada but hanai/adopted by the Tavai family of Rarotonga and grew up in Polynesia….Paul eventually returned to his Canadian family where he began his career as a Polynesian entertainer where he has won numerous awards for his artistic performances.
- WINNAH: As the last segment of the Ho’ike in the Park event at the Three Days of Aloha Festival, OHA ((the Office of Hawaiian Affairs) staff showed an hour long animated film called PA`A KE AUPUNI on a large outdoor screen in the Ho`ike in the Park setting for the hundreds of people (mostly Hawaiians/Hawaiian Islanders/Hawaiian at heart folks) who were there watching the Ho`ike program. PA`A KE AUPUNI (basically translates to “firm in belief” of the Hawaiian Monarchy government) very impressively described the beginning-to-end story of the Hawaiian Monarchy government of old Hawaii! Most of us Hawaiian Islanders have heard parts of this story throughout our lifetime but this was the first time I had seen the story in one neat, detailed and very comprehensive package. I thought it was an excellent movie and one that needs to be shown to all Hawaiians/Hawaiian Islanders so we all can have a better understanding about the issue of sovereignty for Hawaii so that we can make sound decisions about what the future of Hawaii should be if and when we are asked to do so. I have to applaud OHA for creating this movie and especially for not trying to influence our decision making options (the movie cited lots of facts about the rise/demise of the Hawaiian monarchy but the movie did not make any recommendations about decisions we may need to make in the future). I mentioned to the OHA staff there that this movie (DVD format) should be distributed to Hawaiians/Hawaiian Islanders/Hawaiian at heart people everywhere especially to those who do not live in the big Metropolitan areas like Seattle/Tacoma/Portland/etc. and they agreed. I requested that they send me some DVDs which I could distribute to Hawaiian Islander groups (Halaus/Outrigger canoe clubs, etc.) which could show the film at their group meetings or at events like the Blue Bridge Bash or Yakima Baby Bash.or Halau hula practices. When I get the DVDs I will be reaching out to some of you so I can send copies to you. Actually the “Pa`a ke Aupuni” film is brand new and was scheduled to be shown in Hawaii until July 31st so the showing on July 25th at the Three Days of Aloha Festival was the first time to a live audience. OHA has established a link for individuals to download free copies of the film (visit kamakakoi.com/paa)
- WINNAHS: I’ve been asked by several of you to publish a list of the places in the Seattle/Tacoma/Portland areas that have live Hawaiian music entertainment on a recurring basis……..soooo, here is the most recent list:
Kona Kitchen Restaurant, 8501 5th Ave…..live kanikapila 2d Saturday of each month from around 10 a.m.-noon. It’s Spam and Jam time (stop in for Spam & Eggs breakfast, bring uke/guitar or voice and join in for a music Jam after you pau eat)……..
KAUAI FAMILY RESTAURANT, SEATTLE, 6324 6th Ave S…live music with Aunty Manu Lono and her group on the 2d Saturday of each month from 11 a.m-2 p.m.
PAC ISLAND GRILL, 2012 320th St, Federal Way live music every Friday and Saturday evening
GINGER PALACE II 8736 Hosmer ST, Tacoma, live music every Friday and Saturday evening
TACOMA CABANA, 728 Pacific Ave, Tacoma. Don Yoder and his Hawaiian Swing Band performs most Wednesday evenings
PATRICK’S HAWAIIAN CAFÉ, 316 SE 123D AVE—LIVE Hawaiian MUSIC Friday and Saturday evenings (various rotating Hawaiian musicians)
BAMBOO HAWAIIAN GRILL, 515 SW Carolina St, Portland, OR live music every Friday and Saturday evening featuring Francis Doo and his dancers
NOHO’S HAWAIIAN RESTAURANT (2825 SE Clinton St, Portland) has live music featuring Kaleo Titcomb and his group Friday and Saturday evenings
MO` WINNAHS…FACES, PLACES AND TINGS………………….
HEAVENLY HANA…..I haven’t been there yet but a visit to Heavenly Hana is on my bucket list…..the pictures I’ve seen of the place are so exotically beautiful and den there is da challenge of dat scary two lane road that you have to drive for miles to get to Hana….scary driving cause you have the mountain on one side of the road and a sheer cliff drop off on the other side and only two narrow lanes for cars….while I have not been there I do know some folks from there and they are definitely WINNAHS! Of course I’m referring to my “Holoholo” column partner (Maile Lono-Batura) who just returned from a huge family gathering in Hana of the LONO’s from Hana ohana (Maile’s Dad Steve Lono is probably one of the most popular of Heavenly Hana’s native sons; Steve is definitely a WINNAH!)….Maile says the LONO Ohana reunion was a huge success…….so welcome back to not so heavenly Seattle Maile and ohana!!!
DEFINITE WINNAH: The “2015 BRIDGE OF ALOHA FESTIVAL” in the Bellingham/Ferndale, WA area which honored/celebrated the relationship between Native Hawaiians and members of the Native American tribes in the Pacific NW was a tremendous success. The 2015 Festival honored the Samish Tribe and our Pacific NW Hawaiian community. I had the privilege and honor of doing the opening Blessing in conjunction with the elders and several members of the Samish Tribe and it was, very honestly an emotional/heart warming moment for me especially afterwards when many in the audience thanked me for doing the opening Pule in the Hawaiian language. The Festival itself was an awesome demonstration of the many talents of the Native Hawaiians and Native Americans and the large group of entertainers who came down from their Canadian homes to perform. It also was a huge display of the passion/compassion and Aloha shared by the huge audience (largest so far for this event which started six years ago). Congrats to Brenda Ancheta and her NW Hawaiian Ohana group for sponsoring/hosting this great event!
I have in the past and will continue to mention inhouse concerts hosted by Jean Smith in Bellevue. Past concerts have featured folks like Patrick Landeza, Kamaka Brown, Brother Noland….future attractions include Keikilani Lindsey and Weldon Kekauoha in September and Braddah Waltah later on. Because of the small size of the concert area, attendance is by invitation only…….Those of you who might be interested in getting on the invitation list need to contact Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Faces………..I really like going to the various Hawaiian themed activitiesthroughout the Pacific NW because it gives me a chance to meet new friends or to reunite with old friends……among old friends I saw either at the Bridge event in Ferndale WA or the Bridge event in Vancouver, WA: Manono McMillan, the Molokai wahine and her ohana including her very special guy Nick…..in Vancouver old friend/hula dancer Karen MacFarland was there from Boise, Idaho as was old friend Paddy Kauhane….new friends in Vancouver included Claxton and Darnell Fernandez from Aloha, Oregon and retired US Army veterans SFC Robert Yamamoto and Sgt. Major Reggie Kama both are now retired and live in Colorado Springs, CO….from the Columbia River Outrigger Canoe Club was James Jackman……..
COMING EVENTS, CONCERTS & ACTIVITIES
6TH KENMORE CITY CONCERT IN THE PARK FEATURING LED KAAPANA & MIKE KAAWA
6th KEIKELANI LINDSEY @ inhouse concert in Bellevue, WA. One ofthose small (maximum 40 seats for audience), intimate (pot luck dinner @ 6 p.m.) then the up close and personal concert @ 7 p.m. See my note earlier in this column about requesting to be included on the invitation list.
10th SPECIAL HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE class by Hawaiian Language expert Dr Ku Kahakalau @ the South Seattle Community College
15th & 16th UWAJIMAYA HAWAIIAN ISLAND WEEKEND with entertainment at the Uwajimaya Stores in Seattle, Bellevue and Beaverton, OR
22d WELDON KEKAUOHA @ IN-HOUSE CONCERT IN Bellevue, WA
29th Fund Raiser Luau in Cashmere, WA
13th THE 2015 LIVE ALOHA HAWAIIAN FESTIVAL (11 A.M.-7 P.M. @ the Seattle Center (Hawaiian music and hula; Ono Hawaiian food; Hawaiian Crafts and Vendors; Cultural workshops; Keiki Korner) Featured artists is music group MAUNALUA from Hawaii
5th STEVE INGLIS at inhouse concert in Bellevue, WA
2nd-4th Annual Blue Bridge Bash in the Tri-cities, WA area
8th SEATTLE SLACK KEY FESTIVAL with Cyril Pahinui and Friends
MARCH 2016 3rd Annual Portland Slack Key Festival
APRIL 2016 KE KUKUI CULTURAL LUAU
MAY 2016 KE KUKUI MAY DAY CELEBRATION
JULY 28-30, 2016 14TH ANNUAL THREE DAYS OF ALOHA FESTIVAL
WISHING THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF OUR PACIFIC NW COMMUNITY “HAUOLI LA HANAU”
1 Dan “Kapena” Tankersley (my oldest son)
1 Sandy Alonso
4 Stan Dahlin
10 Ahoi Simeona (my mentor)
7 Jan Yasue
7 Paoakalani Gene Naipo
8 Terri Yap Yoshikawa
8 Isis Fejeran Baker
9 Mary Bud Robactake
10 Alisa Yoshikawa
12 Herb Kai
13 DJ Kanani Mark
14 Crystal Tankersley (my moopuna)
13 Lihue Ling
14 Kealani Naipo
18 Nicole Baker
21 Nina Estores
22 Marlene Samuels
23 Edsel Ralar
24 Emma Thompson
27 Edith Harrey
28 Lopaka Thompson
31 Kamoha Baker
31 Danny Kaopuiki
Congrats to my favorite East of the Mountains Hula dancer/big rig truck driver Judy Krzan who is looking absolutely fabulous since she went on her weight loss program and she says she is feeling so much healthier now.
A while back I wrote about a young baby Alma Antonio-Claussen who was very sick with a rare disease and was being treated at Stanford University hospital. I ran into Alma’s mother (Amy Antonio-Claussen) at the Three Days of Aloha Festival and Amy wanted me to say Mahalo to all who prayed for Alma’s recovery from her illness and also that Alma is in good health now and growing bigger and better every day..
Aue, it’s time to hele on……be kind to each other….a hui hou e malama pono…………………………………..Uncle Danny
Aloha Holoholonw readers…Sistah Maile here…thought I would share cool side trip excursion my folks did wen cruise out to Lahaina side to visit old friends from my Dad’s hula troop days. When he wasn’t working construction, diving and all other kine jobs you have to get live there, he also used to dance with Aunty Emma Sharp in Lahaina with his cherished friend, Kalani Naeole. Da crew wen ferry over to Lana’i for day trip and guess what they found? Our very own Kaopuiki ohana and the olelo passed down from generations ago about the history of the Garden of the Gods. Legend tells of a challenge between two priests, from Lana’i and Moloka’i, to outlast the other in keeping a fire altar lit. Priest Kawelo burned everything available and this is what created the moonscape surroundings known as the Garden of the Gods.
When we were back Hana to celebrate our kupuna that passed away last month, we visited two very special places.
The Pi’ilani Heiau at Kahanu Gardens that is full to da brim with mana. My Uncle ‘Blue’ Francis Lono worked at Kahanu for decades, tending to this amazing treasure preserving native plants and native ancestry. The National Tropical Botanical Garden talks about his tenure there, “From its earliest years, Kahanu Garden was fortunate to have Francis Kikaha Lono as an employee. He was affectionately known as “Uncle Blue,” because he was a blue-blooded Hawaiian in every sense. Until his retirement in 2001, Uncle Blue was synonymous with Kahanu Garden, leaving a significant and lasting imprint on the garden.” If you ever come across the book, Maui on My Mind, you can see a picture of my Uncle Blue standing in front of this heiau. He instilled a legacy of caring for da aina and always representing for our ancestry.
Adjacent to Kahanu Gardens is a community farm called Mahele Farms. They were hosting a surprise birthday luau for my Uncle Bully Ho’opai so we went out to join in. Many of you are familiar with the word Mahele as it was a significant time in Hawaiian history, where the land was redistributed by the King, also know as the Great Division. The concept of mahele is to share, divide, apportion equally. Prior to this, land management was managed by a system called ahupua’a, that represented slivers of land from mauka to makai that you belonged to and could retrieve and trade resources from.
Mahele Farm’s mission is ‘to operate a productive community farm that serves as an educational, sustainable and healthy food resource for the isolated Hana, Maui region.’ It started as a partnership between Kahanu Garden and Hana School’s construction and agriculture programs. In addition to the job training programs, a strong volunteer group tends to the garden to keep it thriving. Volunteers share in the bounty of what they’ve helped to grow. Such an akamai collaboration that really left an impression. Keep up the great work Mahele crew!
Enjoy dis ’96 degree in da shade’ kine weather we getting here in the Northwest and try stay cool. A hui hou…talk story later…Sistah Maile.