August – September 2015

CRITICAL******IMPORTANT******CRITICAL

                        “NA`I AUPUNI”……

ALOHA KAKOU!!! AFTER ALL THESE YEARS THAT YOU AND I HAVE BEEN HEARING/TALKING/PROCRASTINATING ABOUT THE SOVEREIGNTY ISSUE AND THE POSSIBILITY OF RECREATING A HAWAIIAN GOVERNMENT, THE TIME HAS FINALLY COME WHEN THE ORGANIZATION OF A HAWAIIAN GOVERNMENT IS BECOMING A REALITY AND NOT JUST WORDS!

ALOHA ALL….HOPEFULLY SOME OF YOU, LIKE ME, MAY HAVE RECEIVED THE “NA`I AUPUNI…..OFFICIAL NOTICE OF ELECTION” DOCUMENT IN THE MAIL (I GOT MINE AUGUST 10, 2015). THE DOCUMENT WAS SENT TO HAWAIIANS WHO ARE OFFICIALLY LISTED ON THE HAWAIIAN ROLL COMMISSION ROSTER. THE BASIC PREMISE OF THE DOCUMENT WAS TO INFORM THOSE OF US WHO ARE ON THE HAWAIIAN ROLL COMMISSION ROSTER ABOUT:

BY OCTOBER 15, 2015:—REGISTRATION FOR ALL NATIVE HAWAIIANS (IF NOT YET REGISTERED) TO GET ON THE NA`I AUPUNI ROLL COMMISSION LIST OF ELIGIBLE HAWAIIAN VOTERS

NOVEMBER 1: BALLOTS SENT TO ELIGIBLE VOTERS (TO VOTE FOR/SELECT DELEGATES TO REPRESENT THEM AT THE PLANNING CONFERENCE IN 2016)

Special note: a total of 40 representative delegates will be elected to attend the planning conference (February-April 2016) which will develop the governance form/structure/etc of the proposed new Hawaiian government. The delegates will represent native Hawaiians as follows (20 reps from Oahu; 7 from Hawaii island; 3 from Maui; 2 from Kauai/Niihau; 1 from Molokai/Lanai; 7 from out-of-State Hawaiians). The delegates will be required to spend 8 consecutive weeks (40 workdays) attending the planning convention in Honolulu. Selected delegates must reside in the area they represent (so, for the “Continent/Mainland” delegates like us: how many if any delegates we get to represent our Pac NW area depends on how many voters we have registered (appears obvious that areas like Las Vegas or California probably have more Native Hawaiians so will likely get more of the 7 delegates who will represent the “out-of-state” Hawaiians but the more Native Hawaiians we get registered from the Pac NW the better chance we have to get a representative from our region).

TWO MONTHS AFTER THE CONVENTION ENDS: a ratification vote will be held among certified Native Hawaiian voters. 

*******FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO GET INVOLVED (BUT ARE NOT YET ON THE OFFICIAL HAWAIIAN ROLL COMMISSION) CONTACT:

            www.HawaiianRoll.org/NaiAupuni

Another resource for information on this subject is at www.OHA.org

* * * * * * * * *DAT’S DA HAWAIIAN IN ME * * * * * * * * *

I want to take this time to acknowledge a few folks who “no mo’ Hawaiian blood” but still do sooooo much for us Native Hawaiians/Hawaiian Islanders in the Pacific NW because as they going tell you: “dat’s da Hawaiian in me” (meaning they have Hawaiian kine hearts!

GREGG PORTER (UNCLE GREGG)…..dis guy is soooo very special! A mid-America guy (from Iowa) Gregg is:

— currently the Music Coordinator for the annual Live Aloha Hawaiian Festival

—one of the founders of the oh so very popular SUPA (Seattle Ukulele Players Associaton) group which has been perpetuating our Hawaiian culture in the Pacific NW for at least as long as I have lived in this area (44 years)

—voting member of HARA group in Hawaii who selects the annual Hoku Hanohano awards (Hawaiian equivalent of the Grammy awards)

—rotating host on the weekly Hawaii Connection Radio Show and also full time radio host on Seattle’s KUOW radio station

—full time musician for Gloria Nahalea’s Hula Halau …….

—FULL TIME ADVOCATE FOR ALL THINGS HAWAIIAN 

JEAN SMITH………..dis lady has done a lot for, and continues to promote/perpetuate, our Hawaiian culture..

—first: when we speak of in-house Hawaiian themed concerts/workshops in the Seattle Metropolitan area Jean Smith is the person we think about!. A few years ago, Jean renovated her house in Bellevue, WA adding a second floor to include a small (capacity 40) concert hall with stage plus two bedrooms and a full bath….rationale was that most Hawaiian kine concerts/workshops had to do their activities in larger/expensive venues and Jean wanted to provide a venue for smaller Hawaiian themed concerts and workshops where attendees could be up close and personal with the guest stars…..the entertainers and workshop hosts thus also had access not only to a smaller venue but also to a place to stay when they performed.

—Jean is a very good Hawaiian Slack Key guitarist, having been a student (and close friend to Keola and Moani Beamer) and flying to Hawaii to participate in Keola’s Hawaiian Aloha Music Camp workshops for years). She has been and still is a coordinator for Keola’s Aloha Music Camps.

—Jean hosts a kanikapila in her in-house concert hall the first and third Saturdays each month and on average more than a dozen Hawaiian musicians show up to enjoy the music and fellowship

—like most ethnic Hawaiians, Jean does all this voluntarily, giving from the heart (her Hawaiian heart)…..

* * * * * * * * *SPEAKING OF DAT’S DA HAWAIIAN IN THEM* * * * * * * * *

And speaking, ironically, of going to inhouse concerts in Jean Smith’s hale in Bellevue, WA; I don’t know how many of you know MAILANI (a new star in the Hawaiian musical circle)…….well,I had the opportunity and good fortune to attend MAILANI’S inhouse concert at Jean’s a few weeks ago……..and AUE …

MAILANI……….SOOOOOO HAWAIIAN: in her soooo Hawaiian kine looks, in her powerful voice, in her talk story style (it is fascinating to me how much I am learning every time I go to concerts like this one from folks like Mailani about my Hawaiian culture (Mailani related stories about how the songs she sang that night were originated by our beloved kupuna of old like Our Queen Liliuokalani and King Kalakaua………but then she tempered her talk story with comments about the more recent of our Hawaiian cultural lineage (Mailani’s vocal talent is basically home grown/learned by listening and jamming with her father and grandfather back in Kailua, Oahu and the only “real voice training” she ever had was under the fiery, upbeat Hawaiian entertainer Teresa Bright).

Weldon Kekauoha & Jack Ofoia visit Pacific Northwest

Weldon Kekauoha & Jack Ofoia visit Pacific Northwest

Another in-house concert I had the honor of attending, featured DA GUY who is sooooooooooooo   Hawaiian:   WELDON KEKAUOHA!: accompanied by his so talented (and so funnily Kolohe) music partner Jack Ofoia, Weldon got on stage said “Aloha and welcome” then with 40 of us admiring fans watching and listening, Weldon spent a full photo 2-1thirty minutes doing nothing more than strumming his guitar and singing traditional Hawaiian songs (Aue…what a wonderful treat!). When that was done, Weldon began to talk story, enlightening those of us in the audience with tales about his ohana and how he got

Halau Hula O Lono

Halau Hula O Lono

started into his music career………wonderful, wonderful evening of Hawaiiana…I found out later that Weldon had spent two hours earlier in the day singing for the folks at the Kauai Family restaurant and then left Jean’s inhouse concert to perform for another 3-4 hours at the Ginger Palace II lounge in Tacoma…sharing his talent and spreading Aloha………WELDON: YOU DA MAN!!!! 

* * * * * * * * * *FACES IN/OF OUR COMMUNITY* * * * * * * * * *

A guy in our Pacific NW Hawaiian community I consider to be a close friend is Uncle Ed Tanaka (Kailua, Oahu guy and a Seattle area radio/on stage celebrity personality) Ed was at the Mailani concert with his beautiful wife Mona…..Ed and Mona are a walking Wikipedia resource about modern day Japan (where they have ventured several times over the past few years, enjoying the community/especially “Samurai” kine culture of today’s Japan). Uncle Ed is the host on the Hawaii Radio Connection show (KCBS FM 93.1) every second Saturday (noon-2 p.m.) of each month. Spinning in his rich baritone voice news, music and stories of Hawaii adding occasional guest interviews to spice things up…IF YOU HAVE NOT YET, TUNE IN AND LISTEN TO ‘UNCLE ED @THE HAWAII RADIO CONNECTION (KCBS 93.1 FM) ON THE SECOND SATURDAYS OF EACH MONTH…GOOD FUN STUFF.

LEIALOHA KAULA……founder of OHANA Foundation (Beaverton, OR) and Halau Ka Lei Hali`a O Ka Lokelani (the cherished ones of the yellow rose) Leialoha is doing such a great job with her OHANA Foundation and Hula Halau that she was recently interviewed by the “Oregon Art Beat” TV show in Portland. Congrats Leialoha…keep spreading Aloha your way!!!!

BRENDA ANCHETA….FOUNDER/LEADER OF THE NW HAWAIIAN OHANA (NWHO) FOUNDATION (Bellingham, WA) and founder of the annual Bridge of Aloha Festival…..the NWHO Foundation in conjunction with Aunty Manu Lono sponsors numerous hula classes for folks way up there in the northern part of our PAC NW Hawaiian community to include:

Classes at the American Legion Post #7 Hall in Bellingham on: Oct 18, November 1, 8, 22, 29. Contact for into: Brenda (360-319-3601; Kalea 360-853-6684; Josephine 360-820-8074

DEVA YAMASHIRO: founder and leader of the Ke Kukui Foundation in Vancouver, WA sponsors of the very popular “THREE DAYS OF ALOHA FESTIVAL” every year. Currently, Ke Kukui Foundation is sponsoring Hawaiian Quilting classes at their Ke Kukui Arts & Cultural Center 301 E Mc Loughlin Blvd, Vancouver, WA. Classes are taught by Aunty Sue Bunda on following dates in 2015::

Sept 26; Nov 7, 21; Dec 5, 12.

ANNiVERSARY CONGRATS TO:

———THE ESPERAS (KENNY & DARLENE) OF SPOKANE, WA ON THEIR 42nd ANNIVERSARY: Kenny (kidney transplant survivor) is a neat guy who loves playing Hawaiian music

———THE KAUHANES (ELIAS & LISA): Elias is a very popular/in high demand Hawaiian musician in the Seattle Metro area while Lisa is a warm, beautiful amd very successful business lady from Kailua, Oahu who perpetuates the Aloha spirit in everything she does! July was also Elias’ Hauoli la Hanau month/congrats!

—-PRAYERS AND BEST WISHES go to members of our Pac NW Hawaiian community who have health issues..

——-SHARMAYNE SCHILLING…… a lady whom I consider to be one of those who helped create (especially during her days as a leader of the Lokahi Foundation and 50th State Club) the Pacific NW Hawaiian community as we know it today.

——-MARY LU VERDUIN…whose month old great granddaughter in Florida is scheduled to have open heart surgery at the end of September.

******HAUOLI LA HANAU WISHES TO:***************

KAPUA SAMUELS………….SEPT 4

MALIA KAOPUIKI-DELANEY….SEPT 5

NAOMI WAGONER…………SEPT 11

ANGELINA DAQUIP………..SEPT 14

VALERIE IBARRA………….SEPT 15

JHENYA HART………….SEPT 18

JACK N BAKER………….SEPT 23

APRIL WEST BAKER……SEPT 24

EMILY AUNTY MANU LONO…..SEPT 26

GARY MEDEIROS……….SEPT 30

* * * * *2015 LIVE ALOHA A HAWAIIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL: A ROUSING THOUGH A BIT WET SUCCESS * * *  

ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2015 THE WEATHER TURNED VERY SEATTLE LIKE FOR THIS GREAT EVENT (RAINED IN THE MORNING BUT CLEARED UP IN THE AFTERNOON) WHICH REDUCED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ATTENDING THE EVENT………………………….

BUT IT WAS STILL A VERY ENJOYABLE DAY FULL OF GREAT MUSIC/

DANCE, WORKSHOPS AND FOOD……..HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EVENT:

A NEW HAWAIIAN TRIO (MAUNALUA) WAS THE LEAD ENTERTAINMENT…..and they demonstrated very well why they have won Hokuhanohano awards the past few years…..nice renditions of old traditional Hawaiian mele and some more contemporary songs……

There were a number of really nice hula presentations during the day but I thought that Hula Halau Kalehualani (led by Krista Espritu) of Edmonds, WA had the strongest, best performance by a local (Seattle/Tacoma) area group….nice music by Kupono (Peter Tabali on bass/Kermet Apio on guitar/two of the Baker family guys subbing in for regular member Elias Kauhane; plus Ron Tupac on lead guitar) plus excellent dancing by the nearly 100 members of Halau Hula Lehualani (keiki, kaikamahine (younger ladies), wahine and kupuna…..

Also there was the emotional and great hula dancing by the late Aunty Moody Kaapana’s halau….and from up north, the Bellingham dancers were great as was Aunty Manu Halau Hula from Burien, WA who performed the opening ceremonies for the 2015 Live Aloha Festival.

By far the best music group I heard at the 2015 Live Aloha Festival was a group called “The Kahaialii Boys” with Kalani Kahaialii and his two brothers…WOW!!! Such sweet harmony

So many, many fans and friends were in attendance:   da Big Hawaiian (Uncle Williama Aven) and his lovely Aunty Nani…….from North Bend WA I saw the Lasardis (Ruby and her hub) came down to da Beeg City….roaming throughout the crowd while coordinating all the activities (food, music, security, etc) while also tracking the actions of her young baby Aija was Live Aloha’s Executive Director Angela Manke Petersons (and her mom Joan and Dad Jim and her hub Lucas) Also seen in the crowd: the King of Malasadas in the Pacific NW, Bullie Magasayo…..running her Hawaiian General Store (HGS) booth was the Punahou gal/ HGS owner Gail Stringer with her able helpers Terry Uemura and Kiapu Wolfe….I ran into the very lovely Kumu Hula Joanie Hughes…. And in the Kanikapila tent, were some of the guys (Kai Uahinui and Kenny Esperas) I am so impressed with because every year they drive (at least 4 hours one way) from Spokane to Seattle just to participate in the Live Aloha Festival….leading the kanikapila were Rod Higuchi and Don “Dr Cookie” Yoder. Acting Master of Ceremonies were Seattle radio stars Uncle Ed Tanaka and Braddah Stephen Gomes…..also there da great looking guy from Hana, Maui Steve Lono and his lovely lady Rose (hey, I can’t forget to mention three of the prettiest Hawaiian wahines in this area: the Lono gals Keana and Maile (my Holoholo.nw partner) and Maile’s beautiful little daughter Schaller….Cris Legassy (a Punahou Alum) was there.. as was Cindy Pa, Alaka`i/Leader of the Wakinikona Pa`u Riders…recently returned from Hawaii was good friend Phyllis Manzano…..

*******Congrats to Angela Manke Petersons and her planning group for a very successful Live Aloha 2015 Festival**********************************

*******HERE’S SOMETHING FOR DA OLD TIMERS IN OUR PAC NW HAWAIIAN COMMUNITY……

The Angel of the Winds Casino (off the I-5 Freeway in the Stanwood, WA area) hosts the “50+ Club” (yep sorry you youngsters but you have to be 50 or older to qualify) but what a fun gig this is….four piece bands play for your entertainment and dancing (and honestly I am amazed at some of the old folks who show up..they have definite problems walking around but when the music starts, they get on the dance floor and really shake it) Going to this event is like going to a nightclub in the middle of the day……and to top it all of….it’s a free event PLUS the Casino gives each attendee a $5.00 discount off their lunch buffet (normal $10 price) which ends up costing those who attend a total of $5.00 for all the food you can eat plus three hours of really good music to listen to/reminisce/or dance to…where else can you get a bargain like dat????…….WHAT A DEAL! Kathy and I go up there most Mondays and have met some real nice folks…..the 50+ Club program is scheduled to go at least until the end of this year sooooo you all come by and join us……………….

*****SCHOLARSHIPS……..SENDING OUR KEIKI TO COLLEGE IS EXPENSIVE…….SO TO TRY TO HELP SOME OF YOU WHO HAVE KEIKI…HERE IS SOME SOME CONTACT INFORMATION ON SCHOLARHIPS THAT ARE AVAILABLE IN OUR AREA)**********

  • CONTACT:   ASIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND  (email: info@apiasf.org)
  • GATES MILLENIUM SCHOLARS PROGRAM: deadline for submission of applications: January 12, 2016
  • APIASF General Scholarshp program: closes January 8, 2016
  • APIASF/AANAPISI Scholarship program: closes October 15, 2015

Also most of the Hawaiian clubs in this area sponsor some form of scholarships so you should contact them (like the KS Alumni Assn/NWR; the Moku’aina a Wakinikona Hawaiian Civic Club; the NWOH in Bellingham, WA; the Ke Kukui Foundation in Vancouver, WA; the OHANA foundation in Beaverton, OR; NAPA in Seattle; etc)

 * * * * * * * * *WASSUP: COMING ACTIVITIES/EVENTS * * * * * * * * *

OCTOBER:

3 – 4       THE “BBB” BLUE BRIDGE BASH IN TRI-CITIES, WA. THE BIGGEST AND BEST HAWAIIAN THEMED FESTIVAL for the Pac NW Hawaiian community members who live east of the Cascade Mountains. Three days of Old fashioned Hawaiian kine fun and fellowship….music, dance, food and good fun Friday-Sunday…sorry to say that I will miss this one (for the first time in 6 years)

4      STEVEN INGLIS & KEALE in concert at the Cascade View Covenant Church in Vancouver, WA

5     ANOTHER IN-HOUSE SPECIAL: Featuring Hoku Hanohano award STEVEN INGLIS &KEALE…potluck at 6 p.m. and concert at 7 p.m. info at neeej@aol.com

6      4th Annual E Ala E Hula Exhibition @ Alpenrose Dairy Opera House, Portland, OR

9 – 10      FIRST ANNUAL TACOMA UKULELE FESTIVAL @ Ginger Palace II in Tacoma

 23      DA UKULELE MAN JAKE SHIMABUKURO in concert at Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA

DA BEEGEST HAWAIIAN CONCERT IN DA PAC NW FOR 2015 IS COMING: DON’T MISS IT……………………….       

November 8, 2015:   THE SEATTLE SLACK KEY FESTIVAL featuring:

Special attraction:   Da Molokai Tita (yep, the Paniolo Ladyherself) MELVEEN LEED….and GEORGE KUO; HI`IKUA; IKAIKA MARZO; JEFF PETERSON; NATHAN AWEAU; STEVEN ESPANIOLA; PATRICK LANDEZA; JEFF AU HOY; PETER MOON; SEAN OLANUI ROBBINS; AND THE ONE & ONLY CYRIL PAHINUI…WITH MC’S SKYLARK ROSSETTI and our own BRADDAH GOMES…INFO@SeattleSlack Key Festival.com.

AUE! WHERE ELSE CAN YOU GO TO ONE CONCERT AND SEE SO MANY STAR ENTERTAINERS ON ONE STAGE AT THE SAME TIME??? WOWEE: MELVEEN & NATHAN & JEFF & PETER MOON & GEORGE KUO AND CYRIL PAHINUI??? NOPE CAN’T THINK OF ANY PLACE ELSE…SOOOOO GO GET YOUR TICKETS SOOOOON BEFORE ALL GONE…..INFO@SeattleSlack Key Festival.com. 

Aue…time to hele on……..be kind to each other……a hui hou e malama pono/until we meet next, take care!!!!!!!!