* * * * * ** * *GOOD BYE, GOOD BYE * * ** * * * * * * * * * *
The words to one of my very favorite song goes:
Good bye, good bye…..
Oh why must we say good bye
I’ve heard that word in every land
“Ke ora te tura” the Polynesians say
“Farewell dear friend, we’ll meet another day”
From far away Japan, “Sayonara” they say
I wish they didn’t mean goodbye
As I leave London town, I hear their “Cheerio”
From Spain “Hasta la Vista”
“Adios” from Mexico
As I sail from Hawaii, I hear “Aloha ‘oe”
I wish they didn’t mean goodbye………
But sadly, there are times we all must say “Goodbye” to friends and loved ones who have left us to go home to be with God………while I don’t like starting my columns by saying Goodbye, the start of the year 2016 has seen several members of our Pacific Northwest Hawaiian community leave us so with teary eyes and heavy heart we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the loved ones of the following members of our Pacific NW Hawaiian Islander communities who have left us….
To the loved ones of OLIVER PICKFORD….tall, handsome and full of Aloha Hawaiian with his warm voice and friendly style, who was always spreading the spirit of Aloha wherever he went….like the Hawaiians of old, Oliver has left our world so much richer through his surviving wife, five children and twenty grandchildren….
To the family of RODNEY KWOCK MEN LAM the guy with the perpetual “glass half full” optimism. Such a friendly man with soft voice and warm smile.
To the family of ROBERT IGNACIO, one of those quiet soft spoken guys who was always in the background tirelessly going around doing things to help others (whether it was for Halau Hula ‘o Lono where his beautiful wife Terri is one of the hula dancers or at other Hawaiian themed events).
To SANDRA ALONZO (successful small business owner of the Queen’s Closet store in the Lakewood section of Tacoma) on the loss of her Mom. Sandra has been so instrumental in perpetuating the Hawaiian culture by leading the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association in Washington a few years ago and, with her husband Ray Alonzo, by helping form and nurture the popular MUO/MONDAY UKULELE OHANA.
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While it is with sadness that we say Aloha `oe to Oliver and Rod and Robert and Sandra’s Mom, we also need to acknowledge those in our Pacific NW Hawaiian community who have been or are recuperating from serious health problems…for those we say mahalo Akua for blessing them:
AUNTY JEAN KEALOHA CABUNOC………hospitalized for a few weeks for surgery and treatment for a heart ailment. Aunty is out on her own now and recuperating slowly but surely
BEN BAKER…..(Tacoma, WA) recovering from triple bypass surgery in early March 2016 which is in addition to the Diabetes Dialysis treatments he has been undergoing for the past year. Ben is recuperating well and hopefully he will be well enough to greet you all as the MC at the April 2nd Aha Mele Festival at the Chief Leschi School complex in Puyallup, WA.
FRANCIS DOO (in Portland, OR)…just had back surgery (2nd week of March 2016) after weeks of living with intense pain; the operation appears to have been successful and we pray that this great musician will mend quickly and completely so he can live without pain and continue to perpetuate Aloha through his various music endeavors in the Pacific NW..
KEN ESPERAS (in Spokane, WA)…celebrating a great life after his successful kidney transplant operation four years ago….
CANDACE MELENDEZ……recuperating happily from a scary, painful period while doctors checked out a cyst which thankfully turned out to be benign…more testing still awaits Candace…..hope it all stays good for her.
CYRIL PAHINUI……beloved benefactor (founder & host of the annual Seattle Slack Key Festivals) of our Pacific NW Hawaiian community has been seriously ill for the past few months….prayers and wishes for a complete recovery for this man who is a legend in his own time………
ME…..I mahalo Akua for helping me through a difficult two months after my lower right leg got swollen to nearly twice it’s normal size prompting my doctors to perform vein stripping operations (22 incisions) which because of my heart disease problems (one heart attack, four strokes over the past five years and blood thinner medication program) made the operation a lot riskier because of the possibility of heavier than normal bleeding. The operation was successful and I am fine now and almost ready to start dancing hula again (nah)….
* * * * * * *SO WAT HAPPENING WIT THE SOVEREIGNTY TING??* * * * * * *
Last time I mentioned this subject was in November when the Na’i Aupuni Program was ready to begin a process that was intended to have Native Hawaiian delegates elected to meet at a convention in Hawaii for 20 weeks to begin a process, create policies and procedures for establishing a sovereign Native Hawaiian government. Well the U.S. District Court stopped the election process due to ongoing lawsuits. The Na’i Aupuni leaders decided to go ahead with a mini convention anyway and some 111 Native Hawaiians who had applied to be the original delegates held a convention in Hawaii in spite of the District Court action! And amazingly, the mini convention members were able to get some significant infrastructure work done (they created some key recommendations toward establishing a Native Hawaiian government):
—-CONSTITUTION: they created a basic but comprehensive Constitution that could become the governing document for a new Hawaiian government.
—Citizenship: defined that those eligible to participate in/be part of a Native Hawaiian government must be descendants of the aboriginal and indigenous people who were in Hawaii prior to 1778 (Captain Cook’s arrival)
—a second very important provision they created wisely provides for dual Hawaiian nation and U.S. citizenship if a sovereign Native Hawaiian government is finally approved.
The whole issue of Sovereignty for Hawaii is very complex and complicated; you can learn more about the current status by going to the following websites:
The next step appears to be getting Native Hawaiians to vote to ratify the proposed Constitution and other infrastructure provisions of the NaiAupuni 2916 mini-convention; this will involve first getting Native Hawaiians who are not currently on the NaiAupuni roll call to register to vote (this will take some time to get done so no hold your breath just yet)……………BUT:
* * * *2016 IS A BIG ELECTION YEAR SO EVEN IF YOU ALL NO MO’ (don’t have) a HAWAIIAN GOVERNMENT TO VOTE FOAH RIGHT NOW…IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU ALL GO VOTE DIS YEAR because who runs our local area and federal governments depends on who we vote for …..mark the following dates on your calendars…..
MARCH 26: State of Washington Democratic Party Caucases
APRIL 25: Deadline to register by mail or update your voter information
MAY 6: PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY 18 day voting period begins
MAY 24: 2016 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY
AUG 2: 2016 WASHINGTON STATE PRIMARY ELECTIONS
SEPT 15: 2016 WASHINGTON STATE GUBERNATORIAL SUMMIT in Tacoma
OCT 10: Last chance/deadline for mail or online registration/voter info update prior to the General Election
NOV 8: 2016 GENERAL ELECTION
* * * * * * * * * * * HERE IS ONE MOAH ACRONYM FOAH YOU * * * * * * * * * * *
P.O.I. Every community got dis kine……..P O I …….not talking about the stuff dey make from Taro but about People of Influence! Here is a list of some of the people in our Pacific Islander/Hawaiian Islander Pacific NW communities who have da power, da influence, and da will to get things done or at least to help get tings done for da rest of us…….
LUA PRITCHARD………Samoan lady who is Executive Director of APCC (Asian Pacific Cultural Center) in Tacoma and who is currently promoting a budget request to the Washington State Legislature for funding a larger, more effective cultural center for Pacific Islanders in the Pacific NW…
HEATHER MINTON……Big Island lady who (congrats to her) just celebrated her 80th birthday. Heather is the Executive Director of the National Association of Pacific Americans Leadership Institute which trains upcoming Pacific Islander leaders.
STEPHEN “BRADDAH” GOMES……da Portagee guy from Kauai who is founder, Master Host of the popular weekend “Hawaii Radio Connection” shows in the Seattle metropolitan area……
GAIL STRINGER…….beautiful and caring wahine/Mom/friend of all who grew up in
Honolulu (Waikiki area; Punahou grad) who is owner of the popular Hawaii General Store (HGS) and HGS Travel in Seattle. Just celebrated (congrats) her 50th B’day. HGS is the place to go for your poi/leis/crack seed/Hawaiian music CDs/latest updates on what is happening.
GREGG PORTER..Radio host (Hawaii Radio Connection shows and on radio station KUOW) voter in the Grammy Awards and Hoku Hanohano awards. This Hawaiian at heart Haole from Iowa knows better than most about current Hawaiian music status (who is where doing what kine stuff) Perpetual spreader of Aloha via the SUPA (Seattle Ukulele Players Assn which he helped create years ago) and playing music with Gloria/Bill Nahalea and their Halau Hula….
ROBERT & DIANE NAKIHEI……owners of the oh so popular “Bobby’s Hawaiian Style Restaurant” in the Seattle area. Bobby is a great musician/bass player and Master Chef…….
DEVA YAMASHIRO: founder and leader of the non-profit Ke Kukui Foundation and Ke Kukui Halau in Vancouver, WA. Hostess of one of the biggest annual Hawaiian themed events in the Pacific NW (the annual THREE DAYS OF ALOHA FESTIVAL in the Portland, OR-Vancouver, WA area)
BEN BAKER…….President of the Moku Aina A Wakinikona Hawaiian Civic Club.
Leader of the Na Leo music group in Tacoma, WA. Lieutenant in the Puyallup Tribal Police Force. Excellent contact with Native American tribes in the area.
GERNA BENZ…..Successful business owner; great influence with the Native American Tribes in Washington State. Strongest advocate for retired Military veterans in Washington State.
AUNTY MANUIKI HOOPI`I LONO……the Hawaiian version of the always on the go-go-go battery rabbit of advertising fame. Aunty Manu has her hands in more Hawaiian themed activities in the Pac NW than anyone else I know….involved in popular events (Seattle Slack Key Concerts @ the Carco Theater in Renton; Aloha O Na Kupuna Festival in Seattle/Bellingham, WA areas; teaches hula in Burien/Renton/Bellingham.
ANGELA MANKE PETERSONS…..Executive Director of the annual Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival in Seattle. Unfortunately for us, this so very talented young lady will be leaving Seattle for Hawaii in the near future as she has been offered a great job back home.
RICKY CHANG……..another one of our always on the go-go-go folks who is, in my mind, the key contact for Hawaiians living in the East side of Wakinikona. Ricky was instrumental in the creation of the two largest and most popular Hawaiian themed annual East Washington State Hawaiian themed events (Pikanini Baby Bash in Yakima and the Blue Bridge Bash in Tri-Cities WA).
BRENDA ANCHETA……if Deva Yamashiro is our action person in the Southern NW Pacific Islander communities and Ricky Chang our Eastern Washington action guy than Brenda Ancheta is definitely our Northern Washington Hawaiian Islander action person!. Founder and leader of the NW Hawaiian Ohana foundation and the annual Bridge of Aloha Festival. Hauoli la Hanau to Brenda on her recent b’day!
JEAN SMITH……Aue, dis is one grand Haole lady who has hosted a huge number of Hawaiian themed events (workshops, kanikapilas twice monthly, concerts, etc) in her house in Bellevue, WA. Jean has also been a coordinator for Keola Beamers Hawaiian Music Camps in Hawaii….
GLORIA & BILL NAHALEA….can’t leave the “Aloha Twins” off our POI list!
Bill and Gloria have been perpetuating Aloha in the Pacific NW for decades through their Halau/music/retail store and television programs.
JERI “LIKO” TACKETT…..is our beloved OLELO HAWAII LANGUAGE
instructor whose Olelo classes at Bellevue College have really been growing in size over the past five years. Mahalo Liko for continuing to perpetuate our Hawaiian culture as Language is the basic foundation of any culture…..
* * WASSUP, COMING EVENTS, ACTIVITIES & STUFF * *
MARCH 12 KONAKAPILA SPAM JAM (BREAKFAST WITH LIVE HAWAIIAN MUSIC) @ KONA KITCHEN RESTAURANT SEATTLE..10 a.m.-noon
MAR 12 MAWHCC HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUB MEETING in Lacey, WA
MARCH 19 LUNCH WITH AUNTY MANU’S HAWAIIAN MUSIC GANG @ KAUAI FAMILY RESTAURANT Seattle11 A.M.-2 P.M.
APRIL 1: MAKANA performance at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Info@ Seattlesymphony.com
APRIL 2: The first of our BEEG Seattle area events…..it’s time for the AHA MELE FESTIVAL @ the Chief Leschi Schools complex in Puyallup, WA. All day event, starts at 11 a.m.
APR 7 HOKULE’A, MALAMA HONUA WORLD WIDE VOYAGE. Polynesian Voyaging Society presentation by former Hokule`a Captain Gordon Pi`ianai`a. 7 p.m. in the Pacific University’s Taylor Meade Performing Arts Center (McCready Hall) Pacific University is in Forest Grove, OR about 23 miles west of Portland.
APR 8 KERMET APIO IN-HOUSE CONCERT, BELLEVUE, WA (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
APR 9 KONAKAPILA SPAM JAM @ KONA KITCHEN SEATTLE 10 a.m.-noon
APR 16 AUNTY MANU LUNCH & HAWAIIAN MUSIC @ Kauai Family Restaurant in Seattle…Great food and good fun…. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
APR 23 OUTRIGGER CANOE….Rusty Iron Race in Vancouver, WA
APR 24 INHOUSE CONCERT FEATURING STEVEN INGLIS & THE UKULELE BOYS…..contact email@example.com
MAY 7 OUTRIGGER CANOES….ROOSTER ROCK RACE IN CORBETT, OR
MAY 14 OUTRIGGER CANOES…MANU BAKER SPRINT RACE IN SPANAWAY LAKE, WA
MAY 14 KONAKAPILA SPAM JAM @ KONA KITCHEN RESTAURANT SEATTLE, WA. 10 a.m.-noon….come have really ono breakfast (Loco Moco or Spam and eggs over easy or Portuguese sausage and rice etc)and enjoy some great Hawaiian music at da same time.
MAY 21 AUNTY MANU LUNCH & HAWAIIAN MUSIC @ KAUAI FAMILY RESTAURANT SEATTLE. 11a.m.-2 p.m.
MAY 28 OUTRIGGER CANOES…PO`A O KE KAI REGATTA IN SEATTLE (GREEN LAKE)
MAY 28 ANNUAL “BRIDGE OF ALOHA FESTIVAL” IN BELLINGHAM, WA
JUN 11 OUTRIGGER CANOES….PUGET SOUND REGATTA, SILVER LAKE IN EVERETT, WA
JUN 11 “KONAKAPILA SPAM JAM” @ KONA KITCHEN SEATTLE
JUN 18 AUNTY MANU LUNCH & HAWAIIAN MUSIC @ Kauai Family Restaurant in Seattle. 11 A.M.-2 P.M.
JUN 25 OURTRIGGER CANOES…..HUI HEIHEI SPRINTS, PUGET SOUND/SILVERDALE, WA
JUL 16-17 OUTRIGGER CANOES…GORGE DISTANCE RACE, COLUMBIA
RIVER, STEVENSON, WA
JUL 27-30 ANOTHER BIGGEE EVENT: “THREE DAYS OF ALOHA FESTIVAL” IN VANCOUVER, WA-PORTLAND, OR FEATURING ROBERT CAZIMERO/MANU BOYD/AUNTY VICKIE TAKAMINE HOLT & OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS
AUG 20-21 “UWAJIMAYA HAWAIIAN WEEK CELEBRATION” with live entertainment both days at the Seattle, WA and Beaverton, OR stores
SEPT 11 THE BIGGEE “LIVE ALOHA HAWAIIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL” @ SEATTLE CENTER
OCT 8 ANNUAL “BLUE BRIDGE BASH” IN TRI-CITIES” WA
OCT 15 “ALOHA O NA KUPUNA” FESTIVAL” @ Blaine, WA United Methodist Memorial Church
NOV 12 CYRIL PAHINUI’S ANNUAL “SEATTLE SLACK KEY FESTIVAL”
SPECIAL: ONE LAST NOTE: The HAWAII GENERAL STORE in Seattle features their own unique Seattle Seahawk football jerseys (Seahawk Green and blue with “IO KAI” (Hawaiian for Sea Hawk) stenciled on the back. Really neat jerseys!!!
Guess who walked into the Hawaii General Store on Mar 4, 2016????????????????????
None other den da BEEG SEAHAWK himself to say mahalo to Gail Stringer and the HGS staff for promoting the Seahawks!!!!
Yep: It was Seahawks coach Pete Carroll who had heard about the HGS Hawaiian style Seahawk jerseys and wanted one for himself (he bought two) Soooooo….if you no moah one “IO KAI” jersey yet you bettah go buy one quick before all
AUE….IT’S TIME TO HELE ON………SOOOO BE KIND TO EACH OTHER!!!!
A HUI HOU E MALAMA PONO (UNTIL WE MEET NEXT, TAKE CARE)
ME KE ALOHA PUMEHANA/ WITH WARMEST ALOHA!