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November 23, 2005
November 23, 2005
Akaka Bill Importance shown in house lots
By David Shapiro
A defining mark of Gov. Linda Lingle's first term has been her steady commitment to advancing the rights of Native Hawaiians.
It's been most visible in her persistent lobbying in Washington for the Akaka bill, which would grant federal political recognition to Hawaiians.
As important is her administration's initiative at home to significantly increase the number of house lots and other leasehold lands made available to qualifying Hawaiians by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
This worthy program to put Hawaiians of at least 50 percent native blood back on the land was steered through Congress by Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole in 1921.
Since then, however, poor management by administrations representing both political parties has drawn sharp criticism locally and nationally as the Hawaiian Homes waiting list has grown to 18,000 people.
Lingle started her political career on Moloka'i, the most Hawaiian of the islands, and made ambitious promises to Hawaiian voters in her 2002 campaign for governor.
"It is the Hawaiian people and their culture that make Hawai'i Hawai'i," she said. "If the indigenous people do not feel that things are pono, Hawai'i cannot prosper."
Lingle has delivered mixed results, but political opponents can't credibly question the sincerity of her commitment.
She's made numerous trips to Washington to lobby the White House and Congress for passage of the Akaka bill, braving withering attacks from the right wing of her own Republican Party, which wrongly likens indigenous recognition to race-based entitlements.
There's little chance the measure will get a Senate hearing this year, despite promises of GOP leaders to bring it to a vote, and chances in the House are equally dim as the conservative press hammers false claims that the bill could lead to Hawai'i's secession.
The picture is more promising at Hawaiian Homes, where Lingle made a campaign pledge to clear the waiting list of qualified beneficiaries within five years — a goal restated by the department in its 2003 mission statement.
Lingle entrusted the job to Micah Kane, one of her most promising young proteges, who has pursued creative ways to partner with other government and private entities to build more homes and open more unimproved lands for use by Hawaiians.
It remains to be seen whether the department will succeed in completely clearing the waiting list, but the effort is off to an encouraging start.
Last weekend, 76 beneficiaries — some of whom have been on the waiting list for more than 40 years — were awarded lots for moderately priced homes in the Kaupe'a subdivision in Kapolei, the largest project in DHHL history.
Kaupe'a is being developed in cooperation with other state agencies, the federal government, the City and County of Honolulu, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
An additional 326 lots will be awarded there by next year, part of some 2,100 homes DHHL plans to build in master-planned communities over the next 18 months.
The Hawaiian Homes projects are by far the most impressive efforts by any public agency in the struggle to address Hawai'i's oppressive shortage of affordable housing, and the partnership approach should serve as models for others.
Hawaiian Homes is directly serving a segment of the population hardest hit by the housing crunch, and in doing so, helps others in the community by freeing up affordable housing inventory elsewhere in the market.
But the Hawaiian Homes gains could be in jeopardy if Congress fails to pass the Akaka bill to provide an umbrella of protection over programs that benefit Native Hawaiians.
Without such a shield, Hawaiian Homes and other traditional Hawaiians-only programs are vulnerable to ongoing lawsuits seeking to have them declared unconstitutional.
David Shapiro, a veteran Hawai'i journalist, can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on: Monday, November 21, 2005
76 awarded homestead lots at packed event
By Peter Boylan
Advertiser Staff Writer
John D. Kaupiko signed up to receive his share of Hawaiian homestead lands more than 40 years ago, but until yesterday he never felt the need to accept it.
So after deferring or turning down offers of homestead land or homes "eight to 10 times," Kaupiko decided yesterday to shelter his grandson by accepting a state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands house lot.
"How many young people have the opportunity to get in on a project such as this?" said Kaupiko, a 72-year-old Hawai'i Kai resident. "I gotta thank the department. It's wonderful and I'm glad a lot of Hawaiians are next."
Kaupiko was one of 76 people awarded a Hawaiian Homes house lot yesterday at a selection event attended by more than 700 people in Kekuhaupi'o Gym at the Kamehameha Schools' Kapalama campus.
Eventually, 326 lots will be awarded at the Kaupe'a subdivision in Kapolei being developed by the DHHL. Kaupe'a is a "turnkey" project, meaning a contractor will build houses on the lots. Lessees get a choice of five models.
The homes cost about $200,000 for two bedrooms and about $266,000 for four bedrooms — about half the market price. The lots average about 5,000 square feet. Construction will begin in January, department director Micah Kane said.
The subdivision is one of several master-planned communities DHHL is developing. DHHL hopes to award 2,100 new homes in the next 18 months, Kane said.
"We're gonna be relieving pressure from a financial demographic no one else is able to serve," Kane said. "There are people that have been on the list for 40 years and they will get lots today."
More than 18,000 people are on the department's waiting list for homestead lots.
The 1921 Hawaiian Homes Act set aside 200,000 acres of ceded lands for the use of people with 50 percent or more Hawaiian blood.
Residents pay $1 a year to lease the land. Some homestead awards are for undeveloped land; others, like Kaupe'a, come with homes paid for by the lessee.
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands invited people to yesterday's selection meeting based on how long they have been on the waiting list. One had to be present to claim the land award; if an awardee was not there, officials moved to the next name on the list.
By 7:30 a.m. the crowd at Kekuhaupi'o Gym was spilling out onto the adjacent field. Inside, the mauka bleachers were packed to capacity.
Children, parents and grandparents fidgeted impatiently through a 50-minute presentation on the selection process.
Gary Kama, Kaupiko's 26-year-old grandson and a father of two, said he was thrilled by his grandfather's generosity.
"It's great and he's happy to do it," Kama said. "It's a great opportunity for me because it's so hard to get houses these days."
Some of those selected to receive lots yesterday had turned down previous offers.
Gay Keaunui said she registered for the DHHL waiting list 10 years ago and has twice been offered land or a home.
The first unit she was awarded had termite damage, she said, so she decided to turn it down. When the next opportunity arose several years later, she could not qualify financially.
"I hope they call my name," Keaunui said. "I just need them to call my name along with the other 700 people in there."
Richard Panui, a 34-year-old construction worker from 'Ewa Beach, has been on the list for six years. He feels like he got a late jump on the opportunity, yet hopes to get a lot someday.
"We're kind of like way at the bottom (of the list)," he said, as the names were read. "I don't think we're gonna make this one."
The 76 lots awarded yesterday are the first phase of the Kaupe'a subdivision. Phase 2, with 128 homes, will be offered in April and Phase 3, with 122 homes, will be offered in June, the department said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Reach Peter Boylan at email@example.com.
November 20, 2005
Hawaiian Nonprofit Represented on National Native Private Equity Company
Washington DC – The Inter-Tribal Economic Alliance (ITEA) headquartered in Washington D.C. has appointed Robin Danner, President and CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) to the board of its private equity subsidiary. ITEA is a national consortium of Native leaders, chaired by Tex Hall of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribe, focused on creating economic opportunities in Native communities across the country.
Robin Danner, from the island of Kauai and a former banker, will join William Snider, President of the Native American Bank and Ruben Ramos, First Vice President of Bank One/JP Morgan Chase on the board of the private equity subsidiary. The senior executive of the subsidiary is Ivan Makil, the former Tribal Chairman of the Pima Indian Nation outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, well known for his seventh generation approaches to economic development – the concept and philosophy of considering the decisions of today based on the impact to the unborn seventh generation.
“I appreciate the opportunity to work on economic initiatives that serve all Native peoples because we are connected on so many levels,” Danner said.
Hall remarked from his ranch in North Dakota, “We want to be at the forefront of building creative and progressive economic tools that honor the responsibility we have to each other. The multi-Native approach strengthens our efforts and ITEA’s inclusion of Native Hawaiians in our efforts is good for us, and good for Hawaii.”
ITEA is a national coalition of Native government organizations and nonprofits dedicated to economic self determination and diversification in Native communities throughout the nation. CNHA is a national, member-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting community development for Native Hawaiians. For more information about CNHA, contact CNHA via telephone at 808.521.5011 or toll free at 808.709.2642, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.hawaiiancouncil.org.
Posted on: Friday, November 18, 2005
Vote on Akaka bill unlikely
By Dennis Camire
Gannett News Service
WASHINGTON — Chances are slim that the Senate will vote on the Native Hawaiian federal recognition bill before the end of the year, U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka said yesterday.
Akaka, D-Hawai'i, sponsor of the bill, said he and U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawai'i, were still pressuring Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., to follow through on his promise for a vote, but the year-end crush of legislative business may keep the bill off the floor.
"Frist is sincere, but you know how tough it is when time is running out," Akaka said.
Akaka's comments came during a briefing on the bill's status to Gov. Linda Lingle, four trustees of the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the state's two congressmen and other House members.
"It's been such a disappointment," Oswald Stender, a trustee with OHA, said about the continued delay in a Senate vote.
Collette Machado, another trustee, said she believes Native Hawaiians have been waiting too long for recognition from the federal government.
"I'm very disappointed," she said.
Stender, Machado, OHA Chairwoman Haunani Apoliona and Rowena Akana, another trustee, were in Washington lobbying for the bill.
But Apoliona said the group "continued to be optimistic" about an eventual vote on the bill and its passage.
"We're hopeful for that to occur," she said. "We will persevere."
The bill, which is being blocked by a group of conservative Senate Republicans, would allow Native Hawaiians to form their own government.
Opponents say such an idea is unconstitutional because it would create a race-based government.
In the summer, Frist committed to bring the bill to the floor for a vote in early September. Dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita as well as nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court forced an indefinite delay.
Akaka said he and Inouye have been working "diligently every day" to get Frist to follow through and schedule a vote on the measure, "but we're not there yet."
"Every day, we've been talking to him (Frist)," Akaka said. "I think he is looking for a place (on the Senate calendar) to try to put it."
Akaka said the Senate now is tentatively scheduled to work through today, maybe into the weekend, and then return Dec. 5 or Dec. 12 for another week of work.
He said he also has asked Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, a co-sponsor of the bill, to help by speaking with Frist about scheduling a vote.
"He said he would," Akaka said. "I'm banking on that and his status within the Republican Party. I haven't heard back from him yet."
Contact Dennis Camire at email@example.com.
Posted: November 18, 2005
Policy Research Center envisions bold new futures
by: Brenda Norrell / Indian Country Today
TULSA, Okla. - The National Congress of American Indians announced that its new Policy Research Center, with the goal of envisioning new futures for Indian tribal communities, initiated consultation aimed at defining a bold new direction for Indian country.
During NCAI's 62nd annual convention, newly elected President Joe Garcia, San Juan Pueblo governor, said the genesis for tomorrow's Indian country must come from within.
''We must protect our culture, our people and our language,'' Garcia said. ''One person, one tribe cannot do it, as it takes a multitude of power, of organizations, a multitude of spirit and the Indian mind to get us to the next level.
''We cannot turn over decisions to Congress, the president or state legislatures. We have to do it ourselves; we have to do our part as one nation - the Indian nation. I am committed to lead in this great effort.''
Describing NCAI's new Policy Research Center as one of the largest interactive policy discussions in the history of Indian country, NCAI Executive Director Jacqueline Johnson said the bold initiative would bring together local tribal community members, including youths and elders, around a collective agenda aimed at a bright future.
''These intimate discussions will culminate in an agenda prepared by tribal leaders so they can address the issues that are important to them to promote a better Indian country for the seventh generation,'' Johnson said during the convention.
Created in 2003, the Policy Research Center was fashioned to provide a forum for forward-thinking, deliberate, proactive Indian policy development. Front-and-center during the roundtable discussions at the convention were tribal lands, cultural protections and the importance of Indian youth maintaining connections to their land and culture. Natives said solutions must be found within their own communities. Further, they expressed the need for greater jurisdiction over lands, people and events on tribal lands.
NCAI said the historic session produced visionary discussions regarding tribal leaders' roles in reinforcing sovereignty and securing the future for generations yet to come.
Policy Research Center Director Sarah Hicks said the findings would be analyzed and molded into a tribally driven research agenda that will direct the work of the center. ''With this initiative, we can imagine and create a different future for our communities,'' Hicks said, adding that the gains made through tribal self-determination and tribal authority are vital in addressing problems still faced in communities.
November 22, 2005
Kokua ‘Ohana – Supporting Native Hawaiian Foster Families
The Kokua `Ohana Project is new program under the umbrella of the Partners In Development Foundation, funded by the Administration for Native Americans. The project is focused on the ongoing recruitment and support of new native Hawaiian foster families. This is accomplished by networking partnerships with faith based and community based organizations in Hawaiian communities. Kokua `Ohana recognizes the disproportionate amount of Hawaiian and part Hawaiian children in Hawaii’s state foster care system. Over half of children in foster care custody are Hawaiian, an average of 1400 children. Unfortunately, only half of those children are placed in homes who share their cultural heritage and ethnicity. Kokua `Ohana in partnership with the Department of Human Services is working intensively to bring cultural balance to the state foster care system. If you would like more information on this exciting project, please call their main office on O`ahu at 595-6320. Hanai I Ka La`akea- Foster the Sacred Light
Published: November 20, 2005
Alaskans ask, 'What's best for rural education?'
Parents, policymakers weigh loss of culture, classroom success
By KATIE PESZNECKER
Anchorage Daily News
Regional boarding schools may be the key to success for rural teenagers, the best way to educate them for competitive futures -- or they may hasten the demise of Native customs and languages and traumatize children by yanking them from their families.
This complicated conversation is engaging parents and policymakers across the state, reopening a debate that seemed closed 30 years ago. The death of the regional boarding school system and the rise of village high schools was supposed to fix what ailed rural education. Now there's widespread talk of bringing boarding schools back, and opinions are as passionate as ever.
Take Harley Sundown, principal of the Scammon Bay school, a stalwart cultural preservationist who speaks to his children only in Yup'ik. If establishing regional boarding schools means closing small village high schools, he's against it. Closing schools would suggest they can't work, he said. It would further submerge teens in outside world influences and hasten the erasure of Native ways.
"Our culture is deteriorating right now," said Sundown, father to 11 kids. "We're facing an uphill battle to hold on to that last bastion of culture, that last remainder of culture. There are people who really try to hold on to that."
Then consider John Larsen, past president of Aleut Corp., now with his own architecture firm in Anchorage. Like Sundown, he went to boarding school as a child because most villages had no high schools. And he thinks they are the way of the future.
"It's probably a sacrilegious thing for an Alaska Native to say, but we're essentially a few generations away from having one foot in the cave and one foot in modern society, and you've got to decide what world you want to live in," Larsen said.
"If you want to be successful, you can't sit back and ignore these things that are essential to your future and your lifestyle. It's great that people learn their languages and customs, but it's not where the future is."
Last week, Gov. Frank Murkowski said resurrecting some form of the regional boarding school may be the smartest way to dramatically improve rural Alaska students' chances of getting college degrees and competing for jobs outside the village -- especially if the state or school districts could duplicate the success of Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.
"That school is an alternative boarding school where 90 percent of the students are from rural Alaska," Murkowski said. "Every kid who took the (high school graduation exam) last year passed. Every one. The enthusiasm on that campus is so evident. We simply have to address an opportunity for kids from very, very small communities to access a regional boarding school."
A CHECKERED PAST
Boarding schools have a long and sometimes baneful history here. They were started in the 19th century by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as virtual assimilation factories. The federal government switched gears in the 1920s, opening three vocational boarding schools. After two decades, those fell into disrepair, prompting the BIA to open Mt. Edgecumbe in 1947.
Edgecumbe and some church-run schools were for decades the only high school option for thousands of rural Native teens. Thousands more went to BIA schools Outside.
That changed when Alaska Legal Services in 1972 filed a class-action lawsuit known as the Molly Hootch case. It charged that the segregated and unequal system discriminated against Natives. As a result of the agreement reached in that case, the state eventually built 105 village high schools.
Over the years, Mt. Edgecumbe has flourished, operated by the state since 1985, still largely enrolling Native students and graduating some of Alaska's most prominent Native leaders. It always has a waiting list, and its students routinely post stellar scores on state-mandated tests, including, as Murkowski noted, the high school graduation exam.
Meanwhile, small village schools have struggled.
Various state data on education in the Bush say teacher turnover is epidemic, test scores are often dismal, and drop-out rates are high. And with tiny enrollments -- nearly 40 percent of Alaska schools have fewer than 100 students -- there's little variety of elective and advanced courses.
Murkowski questioned whether teenagers in that environment can truly learn to compete and interact in a larger community.
"The answer is, some of them can, some of them can't," the governor said. "Kids need that interaction, that competitiveness."
DIFFERENCE OF OPINION
Former Kotzebue Sen. Al Adams left home in fall 1957 for Mt. Edgecumbe. The experience made him more independent and disciplined, he said.
"So my preference has always been a boarding school concept," Adams said. "But not everybody agrees with me. Many parents have different ideas. And some would like to ---- for a good education. And some would object. They want to have their child right next to them in their community and being active in that village and region."
Sundown, from Scammon Bay, first attended boarding school in Bethel. He didn't stick with it, though.
"I did like Bethel," he said. "It's just that when I came home, I started remembering how I liked Scammon Bay even more."
Then a tough-as-nails BIA teacher named Skip Winslow told him, " 'You better get your butt back into school.' He was such an intimidating presence, he influenced me that much."
Sundown enrolled at the Catholic boarding school in Saint Marys and left with fond memories of its devoted educators and strict discipline.
"Everything you did, there was a mandate coming down from the top telling us, 'Hey, this is when you clean up, this is when you wake up, this is when you go to study hall,' " Sundown said. "And that's one of the biggest things there that is not presently in a lot of village schools. Structure."
But taking teenagers from villages is hard on culture and family, he said. Sundown sent his oldest son to Heritage Christian School in Anchorage.
"But then he came home during spring break and didn't want to go back," he said. "After that, I decided I didn't want to send my kids back anymore because I only get to spend 17 or 18 years with them at home and I want them to be with me as long as possible."
But Larsen, the architect, said most village schools aren't getting the job done.
He understands parents wanting to pass on language and cultural traditions to their children.
"But that should not be a priority," he said, "because in 50 years what would they rather have? A college education or be able to speak Yup'ik?"
Larsen was 13 when he left King Cove for Edgecumbe. It was tough sometimes, he said. He had never left the village without his mother. And back then, you couldn't just call your parents if you got lonely.
His children went to school in Anchorage, "but if I was still in the village, I would have sent them to Mt. Edgecumbe before I kept them in a tiny high school."
Leatha Merculieff grew up on St. Paul, a tiny Pribilof island without a high school. In the fall of 1990, she and a dozen Aleut classmates headed to Edgecumbe.
"That was the first time I saw an Eskimo ... when I got on the jet to go to Sitka. We're 14, all teeny-boppers, boy crazy, and we see these boys, all ballplayers, and we're drooling. ... So then these guys start talking and we're like 'holy cow! They sound so different.' "
She later graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is now getting her master's at Alaska Pacific University. Going to Edgecumbe pulled her from the village forever.
"Most of us who left at age 14 work in Anchorage or somewhere else," said Merculieff, who works at the Alaska Native Medical Center. "We have degrees. There are no real positions to go back to in Saint Paul. I'd be going up against my mom, the city clerk out there for 30 years."
Merculieff wouldn't trade her Edgecumbe experience for anything. She made deep friendships with people from around the state, got good grades, and traveled around playing basketball.
PREP SCHOOL APPROACH
But back when boarding schools were the only option, people had plenty of horrid experiences, said Diane Hirshberg with UAA's Institute of Social and Economic Research. She recently published a report on the long-term effects of boarding schools on Native families and communities.
Some told stories of sexual and physical abuse, of being beaten for speaking their Native languages. Others recalled how the dorms filled at night with the sounds of children crying.
If the state does open more boarding schools, there need to be rules in place for how these schools are operated and paid for, said Sen. Gary Wilken, R-Fairbanks.
Existing boarding schools, such as one in Nenana, want more state funding, he said. They're expensive to run. This year, for example, the state is giving Mt. Edgecumbe $3.3 million on top of the regular per-student funding.
Wilken avoids using the words "boarding school." The phrase "conjures up these old ghosts," he said. So he calls them "prep schools."
"I think we're going to be driven to a prep school system of some sort. ... And first we have to decide, what are the rules under which we allow for formation and funding of new prep schools? That is the decision that has to come from the governor.
"But there's a lot more to it than throwing money at it."
Daily News reporter Katie Pesznecker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 18, 2005
By LEE IMADA, News Editor
Wailuku In Central Maui where the incidence of child abuse and neglect are the highest in the county, there is a place where families can get help and feel at home.
Neighborhood Place of Wailuku’s Hale ’Ohana, operating out of the old T.K. Supermarket in Happy Valley since the summer, has been adding to its arsenal of programs to help combat child abuse and strengthen families.
The newest program is after-school homework tutoring from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in a partnership with Hui Malama Learning Center.
The program’s goal is to assist parents unable to help their children with homework because they lack the knowledge or time. It also gives children access to the Internet and its resources, and works toward changing negative attitudes about education.
Many parents, particularly Native Hawaiians, “haven’t had good experiences in the education system,” noted Pualani Enos, Hale ’Ohana project director.
Hale Ohana is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Other programs available are keiki hula for girls from 4 to 5 p.m. on Mondays; Hawaiian language classes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month; keiki hula for boys from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays; ukulele classes from 3 to 4 p.m. Fridays; kanikapila, or Hawaiian back yard jam sessions, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays; and teen hip-hop classes from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
Through partnerships with agencies like Parent Project and Families for Real, Hale Ohana also offers parenting and child-development classes.
Classes to help people earn their GED, or high school equivalency diploma, should begin by the end of the month, said Joanna Barnes, Hui Malama Learning Center’s literacy outreach program director. Other offerings are planned, including storytelling, drama classes, and Hawaiian history and protocol.
All classes are free and open to anyone.
The goal is “to provide family-strengthening programs to prevent childhood abuse and neglect,” Venus Rosete-Hill, executive director of Neighborhood Place of Wailuku, said last week.
Neighborhood Place of Wailuku was established in April 2004 after reports showed children living in areas from Waikapu to Waihee suffering a high incidence of child abuse and neglect, Rosete-Hill said. For example in 2004, 174 of the 324 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect came from Wailuku, according to statistics from the state Department of Human Services.
The nonprofit agency’s mission includes working to prevent child abuse and neglect by “helping families recognize and build upon their own strengths.” To do this, Neighborhood Place works to create a support system that is culturally sensitive.
The idea was to make families “feel comfortable when they walk in,” Rosete-Hill said. Neighborhood Place has been helping family members access the social service network on the island.
“Maui has a lot of great social services, but a lot of our families weren’t accessing them,” she said.
Neighborhood Place does more than recommend referrals; staff members actually take individuals to their appointments, said Rosete-Hill.
Social service agencies were interested in partnering with Neighborhood Place as well, Barnes said. Grant money is used more effectively, and services are coordinated better when agencies work together, Barnes said.
“People we service don’t understand how we are all connected,” she said.
Hui Malama had developed a relationship with Neighborhood Place while working on another cooperative project involving Maui Community Correctional Center prisoners, she said.
The creation of Hale ’Ohana was the next step for Neighborhood Place, which was looking to build a place where families could practice the skills they’ve been learning, Rosete-Hill said.
Neighborhood Place did not start out as a Hawaiian program, but 80 percent of the 125 families served ended up being Hawaiian, she said. The organization used the high proportion of Hawaiians served by the program to garner a $105,000 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to start up Hale ’Ohana, she said. Hui Malama helped equip Hale ’Ohana with a $15,000 grant from Pizza Hut, which is involved in a variety of literacy efforts.
The hope is that by effusing the program with Native Hawaiian culture, Neighborhood Place staff members “can rebuild the network that Hawaiians used to have with their ohana and their community,” said Enos.
She noted that there are many people in the area with skills and knowledge who are willing to volunteer their time. Rosete-Hill said Neighborhood Place is always looking for volunteers who are given training to ensure they are in line with Hale ’Ohana’s 10-point value structure:
Hale ’Ohana is always looking for new ideas from its families, said Rosete-Hill, a sentiment echoed by Barnes.
Get four people together, and they can have a class, Barnes said. “It’s very grass roots,” said Rosete-Hill. “They (the clients) tell us what they want.”
Neighborhood Place, in turn, is a voice for struggling parents.
“I don’t believe ’the system’ helps parents raise children healthy and happy,” said Rosete-Hill.
“We believe all parents love their kids,” she said, though some may lack parenting skills.
The stresses caused by the difficulties of providing for the basic necessities of life are often the fuel for child abuse, Rosete-Hill said. Most of her clients have jobs and make too much money for welfare but not enough to comfortably provide housing, food and transportation.
Parents work two jobs, leaving less time for family. On top of that, many businesses are not “family friendly” when it comes to leave policies for parents with sick children, she said.
“Stress levels go up, their fuses are short,” she said.
Some parents turn to drugs, she added.
Rosete-Hill encourages everyone to help parents who appear to be suffering from stress.
“It’s OK to lend a helping hand” to a parent in distress, she said. “It’s OK to take that risk . . . because we all get affected when there’s child abuse.”
For more information on Neighborhood Place of Wailuku and Hale ’Ohana, call 986-0700.
Date posted online: Friday, November 18, 2005
Man who knows too well, teaches life is a precious gift
Sioux City Journal
By Michele Linck, Journal staff writer
Arnold Thomas tried to kill himself shortly after he turned 18. The shotgun blast under his chin blinded him, disfigured his face and forced him to work several years to regain his voice. It didn't take his life. It sent it in a new direction.
Thomas, a member of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribe in Idaho, spoke Thursday to the largely Omaha Indian student body of Macy Public High School. He will speak to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders there today.
He was invited as part of the Omaha Tribe's effort to combat a growing number of suicide attempts on the reservation -- 18 since this summer, none fatal. In an interview Thursday afternoon, Thomas said he doesn't dwell on his suicide attempt in his many presentations to different audiences such as prisoners, veterans, teachers, corporate leaders, health professionals or people from other walks of life.
"What I try to share, number one and foremost, is life is a gift and it's precious," he said. Other truths he teaches are that people have an innate ability to bounce back, to use negative experience for good later and that people should encourage, love and mentor one another.
But Thomas doesn't preach.
"I use humor, compose my own songs and integrate Native songs into my presentations," he said. "I have individuals stand up and do activities related to self-esteem and well-being."
Thomas, 35, of Salt Lake City, was a Nevada high school elite football and basketball player with the promise of college, or even pro sports, ahead of him when he tried to commit suicide. He was using drugs and was trying to cope with his father's suicide.
With a renewed will to live, he went on to graduate from the University of Utah with a masters degree in social work and training as a mental health therapist. In 1999 he formed his own firm, White Buffalo Knife Consulting. He travels extensively in the U.S. and Canada on his own, a practice he characterizes as exercises in trust.
In Macy, he said he talked about finding ways to connect to the community, to share emotions and to find good ways to relieve stress, not drugs and alcohol. "We're trying to find other strategies so our young people can feel proud, feel positive and have some good self-esteem," he said.
"My message is cross-cultural," Thomas said, noting there were 30,000 suicides in the United States last year. He said he works to build self esteem and good mental, physical and spiritual health as well as to maintain physical balance.
Thomas said he uses ancient traditions such as that of giving thanks, but make them appear contemporary. With youth, he may start talking about being thankful for external body parts, from eyes to feet, then for internal organs, then for our physical presence on the earth, then for the elements of the earth.
"I believe our youth forget that connection to their grandmas and grandpas," he said.
However, he said he thinks Indian youth remember, at a genetic level, the historical trauma and grief of their people and that they don't know how to deal with the dreams of what happened. He said it is much like some people today who are still troubled by the horror of 9/11.
Rosalie Two Bulls, mental health director for the Carl T. Curtis Health Center in Macy, invited Thomas to speak in the Macy schools. She is also hoping to build a coalition with the Winnebago and Santee tribes in Nebraska to create suicide prevention strategies for their reservations where, she said, suicide appears to be a growing problem.
Posted: November 18, 2005
Renewable energy may bring economic boom
by: David Melmer / Indian Country Today
DENVER - A most unlikely partnership between tribes and cities may be in the offing, and the connection could go a long way toward saving the environment by providing clean and renewable energy.
A Native Renewable Energy Summit was held in Denver Nov. 15 - 17 to brainstorm for ways in which the cities and tribes can partner to achieve their individual goals. The summit was designed to bring ideas to the table that could develop into workable plans for tribes and cities to work together to move toward a cleaner environment while overcoming pitfalls and generating economic opportunities.
Tribes - especially those in the northern Great Plains - want to develop clean, economically sustainable energy sources; and they have great wind resources available throughout most of their tribal lands.
The many cities that have pledged to reduce their dependence on carbon-producing power share a common ground with the tribes. Tribes could lead the way by showing their commitment to clean air and water, and creating the potential to expand the distribution of power.
A plan is on the table to build wind turbines on nearly all of the Plains reservations to provide the power they and nearby communities need.
The marriage of a clean environment and economic development may not be easily created, yet the obvious barriers seem to be few.
Mayors from 180 cities across the country have signed on to an agreement to protect the climate and agreed to participate in the principles of the Kyoto Protocol, even though the federal government is not a party to that international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
So far, three cities - Boulder, Colo., Aspen, Colo. and Seattle - have agreed to explore possible partnerships with the tribes. Those cities' mayors participated in a conclave in Denver with tribal leaders from all corners of the country.
''The cities are desirous of taking positive action. Since the United States has not participated in the Kyoto Protocol, the cities are taking the initiative,'' said Robert Gough, secretary of the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy.
Boulder Mayor Mark Ruzzin said his city's residents want renewable energy used. ''And we are starting to see that all across the country.
''There is a grass-roots component with cities; and now we need to see if the states can move now, and then eventually get the federal government involved,'' Ruzzin said.
''This is very much an environmental and economic area worth tapping into. We are seeing wind as extremely viable. Wind is here and the sun is here: we need to tap into them for the future and change what the past has built upon.''
That's good news for the tribes. There is an estimated 17,000 times more wind on the northern Great Plains than would ever be utilized. But putting the package together may be difficult.
Questions remain about financing wind turbines, connecting to the grid, exploring what type of agreement tribes would have with federal power authorities and - one of the largest 'ifs' - whether enough turbines are available. As more countries take advantage of the wind to generate clean power, a worldwide shortage of turbines has developed.
Renewable energy use for power is growing in this country, especially locally. Ruzzin said Boulder set a goal of finding 500 customers who wanted to use renewable energy, and before the idea was formally made public the city had more than 1,000 subscribers.
Aspen has agreed to a zero-carbon footprint. That city uses power from the Western Area Power Administration, a federal agency, which normally would produce power from hydroelectric dams. But given the current drought conditions, hydropower is down and Aspen now receives 80 percent of its power from coal-generated facilities. Eventually, the tribes hope, the city could request WAPA add tribally generated power to the grid.
WAPA's extra power comes from the No. 1 producer of carbon dioxide in the country - Basin Electric Power Cooperative. Located in North Dakota, Basin Electric supplies most of the power for the Great Plains. Basin Electric burns lignite coal, one of the most polluting of fossil fuels used in electricity generation.
Beth Conover, director and special adviser of Denver's Sustainability Initiative office, said the city is very interested in reducing greenhouse gases and supports renewable energy sources.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors has endorsed a positive climate change, and most of the mayors have been contacted by ICOUP to begin dialogue toward that goal.
''There is a tremendous generation capacity on reservations; the idea is to find ways of getting power to those cities to reduce their carbon footprint. This would provide a chance for some of the poorest areas to provide a sustainable, low-carbon future,'' Gough said.
Most customers in the cities, when asked if they would be willing to pay a little more for power that was generated from renewable sources, said they would.
The market is there, the opportunities are there; but the logistics need to be worked out. That part appears to be the most difficult. Tribes may be in a better position than most cities or states when it comes to legal matters because of their sovereignty. The sovereignty of the tribes and their connection to the federal government may be the link to get power on the grid.
To become renewable-energy role models, tribes need to set an example. Some tribes have set environmental standards, but to be part of the clean, renewable energy movement they must also pass standards and rules and enforce them not just on their own lands, but on private and government-owned lands as well.
Legal precedent has been set in that area by the Isleta Pueblo of New Mexico against the city of Albuquerque. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Isleta's right to force Albuquerque to abide by the Pueblo's standards with a wastewater treatment plant. The Pueblo demanded clean water, and the city was forced to build a new treatment plant to protect the water that flows into the Pueblo.
The new energy bill passed by Congress holds many opportunities for tribes, Gough said. Those opportunities may just be the openings needed for further discussion and partnering with other government entities to create a viable economic engine for tribes with renewable resources.
November 22, 2005
Tribes urged to be self-reliant
By Judy Gibbs Robinson
Her voice careening off the marble walls of the Capitol Rotunda where several hundred people listened, a freshman legislator Monday urged self-reliance for American Indians.
"We can no longer sit back and allow people to take care of us," state Rep. Lisa Johnson Billy, R-Purcell, said in a keynote address at the state's eighth-annual Native American Heritage Celebration.
"God didn't put us here to live in chains and bondage and oppression. I'm tired of living in poverty," Billy said.
This year's celebration, co-sponsored by the Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission and others, was dedicated to language preservation efforts.
Billy, who is Chickasaw and Choctaw, and Comanche language teacher Geneva Navarro received Oklahoma Spirit Awards for their efforts on behalf of American Indians. Organizers also presented recognition awards to at least 13 individuals representing tribal language programs.
"We are losing our languages very fast, all of the tribes. I'm very sad because of that," Navarro said. "A few of us who are left are trying to save it," she said.
In her keynote, Billy discussed some negative statistics about Indians, including the highest teen suicide rate and highest accidental injury rate of any racial or ethnic group.
Self-reliance is the key to turning negatives into positives, Billy said, noting many tribes are moving in that direction, buying back land they lost in previous centuries and using it to provide education and jobs.
"I'm honored that this land really is mine, that our tribes have now repurchased our land," Billy said, noting that tribes now are the fourth-largest employer in Oklahoma.
"That is awesome, especially if you look at where we came from; where we've been," she said.
The trend toward prosperity through self-reliance must continue, Billy said.
"I want to be here on the Earth, maybe when my daughter has children, and I want to open up the next Census that says Native American people are now the richest people in health, in finances, in employment of any race," she said.
Posted on: Monday, November 21, 2005
Bishop Museum reshaping its future
By Will Hoover
Advertiser Staff Writer
A fundamental change that began 21 years ago to broaden the appeal of the Bishop Museum is drawing increased revenues and highly visible improvements.
This weekend, the museum opened its $17 million Science Adventure Center, all but $500,000 of which was paid before the first visitor walked through the doors.
Plans for the near future include an $8 million restoration of the museum's iconic 115-year-old Hawaiian Hall, an ambitious international project to trace Hawai'i's roots back thousands of years — possibly to ancient Chinese seafarers — and the creation of a 120-student high school for young people interested in learning about culture and the environment.
"I think we're on a roll," said president and CEO William Brown. He touts the museum's $9 million surplus in fiscal 2005 and the whopping $20 million surplus in 2004, thanks in large part to an $18 million estate bequest last year by the late widow of the grandson of Victoria Ward.
The surplus is in contrast to years when the museum was losing hundreds of thousands a year — such as a $750,000 deficit in 1985 even as it was reporting a potential loss of $1.35 million in 1986 (in an effort to bring that potential loss down to around $600,000, the museum terminated 13 positions that year and began closing the facility three Sundays a month).
Since then, there has been remarkable improvement. The museum reports more than 330,000 visitors annually, and in the past four years its endowment has nearly doubled from $30 million to $56 million.
The turnaround has followed initiatives that include an increased focus on fundraising, aggressive capital improvements and efforts to make the museum appealing to a larger audience through Hawaiian Hall's changing exhibits and the Castle Building's traveling exhibits.
Other highlights include:
"We're out of survival mode now, and into growth," said Brown. "And the most immediate and concrete manifestation of growth is the Science Center."
DIVISIVE ISSUES REMAIN
But progress hasn't come without a price. Even now there are lingering shadows that have haunted the halls for nearly two decades.
Those shadows include the schism over whether the museum should emphasize scientific research or public attractions, a sense of dread among staffers that they could be terminated at any moment, and a chasm in the Hawaiian community regarding the facility's role as its cultural protector.
That's the museum Brown inherited in 2001.
Following 16 tumultuous years touched off by his predecessor's efforts to bring popular traveling exhibits to what had always been an institution focused exclusively on research, the museum's reputation was in question, its financial future was in doubt, and its staff morale was at rock bottom.
Brown and others believe the museum has moved past much of that and that the institution has stabilized. The emphasis is now on growth.
The institution's literature touts it as one of the world's 10 largest and most prestigious natural history museums, with some 24 million plant and animal specimens, photos, art works and cultural artifacts.
But even as Brown moves into the first year of his second four-year contract, some Hawaiians question his leadership, especially with regard to the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
One person who believes the museum has improved under Brown's tenure is DeSoto Brown — no relation — collections manager of the Bishop Museum's archives.
He says the atmosphere at the museum is better than it has been in years. Before the arrival of the current director it was as if the facility was under siege, he said.
When DeSoto Brown, who is one-eighth Hawaiian, began at the museum in 1987, the place was already in turmoil. Largely, he said, that tension was a result of a major change in the museum's long tradition as an elite domain for serious researchers and scientists.
Donald Duckworth, museum director at the time, had arrived from the Smithsonian in 1984 to an institution in deep financial trouble and on the verge of closing down. His clear mandate from the board of directors was "to reshape what had been a closed, reclusive kind of institution ... to create an open, stimulating public museum," he maintained in a letter to the board at the time.
Under Duckworth's watch, the Castle Building was built specifically to host traveling exhibits such as dinosaur and wolf extravaganzas that frequently had little to do with Hawai'i's culture or history.
"And, yeah, it was controversial," said DeSoto Brown. "Because, on one hand people were saying, 'Is Bishop Museum's mission to bring in fake dinosaurs, or is it to study and preserve the natural cultural history of the Pacific?'
"The other side was going, 'Wait a minute — it is a good community thing to be providing something that people like instead of saying, 'No, that's beneath us.' "
In the midst of that painful transition, he said, the museum's darkest hour unfolded with a split in the Hawaiian community over the facility's role as caretaker of the Hawaiian culture's most treasured objects.
Two events — the disappearance from the museum in February 1994 of the culture's two most sacred relics, the ka'ai, and the fate of 83 sacred burial objects the museum loaned to a Native Hawaiian group — were the most dramatic examples of that conflict.
"We felt embattled," said DeSoto Brown. "We had tensions from within between workers. At the same time we were getting more and more criticism from the outside community."
Most of that anxiety has eased with time, a different management style and the museum's improved financial fortunes, he said. Staff members feel freer to simply do their jobs, and relations with the public have improved, he said.
One person who has noticed a change for the better is Lilikala Kame'eleihiwa, former director of the University of Hawai'i's Hawaiian Studies program.
"I was at the museum archives recently and I was happy to see a lot more Native Hawaiians and locals there," said Kame'eleihiwa, who described her earlier experiences at the facility as noticeably less pleasant than her recent visit.
She is also enthusiastic about the museum's goal of eventually making all its collections, including the entire archive collection of rare and valuable photos and documents, available electronically.
Edward Halealoha Ayau, executive director of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei, a group dedicated to preserving Native Hawaiian burial sites, said the appropriate role of the museum is to care for what rightfully belongs there while helping in the repatriation of bones and artifacts that he says by law should be reburied.
Instead, he said, the museum "has adopted an anti-repatriation agenda."
In 2000, the museum lent the group the 83 artifacts. The group then buried and sealed the priceless objects inside a Big Island cave.
William Brown disagrees with Ayau's view of the museum's role, and said the museum has taken two actions that only put it in a stronger position when it comes to repatriation.
"One is to take a hard look at the federal statute that defines the requirements for repatriation and evaluate what the terms of the statute really mean in a way that the museum had never done before," he said.
"Frankly, if you just open the door of a museum and let people take stuff out, then it's not going to be very secure.
"The other thing that helped is that we've had a significant shift in additional members of the board that are Native Hawaiian."
Meanwhile, Brown notes that while the museum is doing well with capital investments to fund such visible highlights as the Science Center and Hawaiian Hall renovation, it has been a break-even struggle to raise $17 million in annual operating expenses.
"And we don't get money from the Bishop Estate," he added, referring to a commonly held misbelief that the museum is tied financially with the wealthy Kamehameha Schools (the museum has operated under a trust separate from the school since 1892).
In the end, Brown said, his primary function gets down to the perpetual task of raising money. At the same time, he said he never loses sight of the museum's mission: "To study, preserve and tell the stories of the cultures and natural history of Hawai'i and the Pacific."
That was the mission when Charles Reed Bishop founded the museum in 1889 to honor his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of King Kamehameha the Great, said Brown.
"And that mission hasn't changed."
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November 19, 2005
Wal-Mart archaeologist to fight claim he desecrated remains
By Sally Apgar
A Honolulu archaeologist who oversaw the construction site of the Keeaumoku Street Wal-Mart complex vowed to fight allegations that he violated state laws regarding burials and desecrated human remains.
The state Historic Preservation Commission has recommended $210,000 in fines, the highest possible under law, against Akihiko Sinoto, of Aki Sinoto Consulting, and other archaeologists involved in the Wal-Mart site for allegedly failing to notify "proper authorities" in a timely fashion when a burial site was inadvertently found during construction that began in 2003.
Sinoto said yesterday that he and the other archaeologists "intend to vigorously defend ourselves" in a state administrative process that could begin next month. The other archaeologists, who worked with him or were subcontracted by him, are Paul Tichenal and L.J. Moana Lee of Honolulu-based International Archaeological Research Institute Inc., and J. Stephen Athens and Rona Ikehara-Quebral of Honolulu.
The commission, which oversees inadvertent discoveries of remains older than 50 years, also alleges that the archaeologists conducted unauthorized physical examination of the remains of children, excessive gluing of skeletal remains and failed to examine human remains "in a respectful manner."
Specifically, the commission report said conduct included "writing on a child's skull with indelible red ink, taping a child's (an infant's) teeth to an index card, using duct tape and modeling clay to hold remains together and writing the words 'Handbag Louis Vuitton' on a paper sack that contained a human hand."
The state noted 21 violations consisting of 17 instances of "unauthorized physical examination of the remains of children and probable native Hawaiians."
Yesterday, the board representing the Department of Land and Natural Resources was scheduled to hear testimony on the case in an administrative proceeding brought by the Historic Preservation Division.
But testimony was deferred after Board of Land and Natural Resources Chairman Peter Young said Sinoto had filed a written request for a contested hearing, a quasi-judicial process to be run by the DLNR. After a closed-door session, Young announced that a hearing officer would be appointed and the matter would be deferred, probably until next month.
"We unequivocally deny allegations made by the state Historic Preservation Division," said Sinoto in a statement, adding that the archaeologists "stand by the professionalism and integrity of our work at the Keeaumoku Wal-Mart site."
Sinoto said that the preservation division "has grossly distorted the facts of the case. Every single charge is without foundation."
Sinoto was hired by the project's general contractor, Dick Pacific Construction.
Paulette Kaleikini, a recognized cultural descendant of the remains at the site, was disappointed that a hearing was not held. "We should have been allowed to give oral testimony today. We took time off from our jobs," she said outside the hearing room yesterday, adding, "The board should have heard what we have to say instead of shutting us down. At this point there is nothing for them to contest."
Moses Haia, an attorney with Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. who represents Kaleikini and Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawaii Nei, an organization that conducts reburials of native Hawaiian remains, said that while he applauds the Historic Preservation Commission "for taking the position it does in the submittal, I am saddened that these remains are now held hostage by the very process that is meant to prevent their disturbance."
The bones are being held at the site, pending reburial.
November 17, 2005
Cave items lawsuit busies burial council
A member alleges back-room politicking before a vote today
By Sally Apgar
A MEMBER of the Hawaii Island Burial Council says the panel's chairman might have violated the state's open-meeting laws by speaking privately to other members about a vote scheduled for today.
In a letter Tuesday to state Deputy Attorney General Vince Kanemoto, who serves as legal counsel to the council, Dutchie Saffrey wrote that within the past week Chairman Charles Young had told her he was calling each member of the council individually to discuss the vote.
Saffrey wrote that Young told her the council's attorney wanted to go into executive session today to discuss the legal ramifications if the council votes in favor of intervening in a federal lawsuit over the fate of 83 artifacts from Kawaihae, or "Forbes," Cave. Saffrey said Young was opposed to an executive session.
Young refused comment yesterday, saying he wanted to see her letter first.
Kanemoto said only that "the Office of Information Practices has primary jurisdiction over complaints of Sunshine Law violations."
Saffrey wrote that from her telephone conversation with Young, "It was clear to me that he was working to line up support for his position that there should be no executive session so that he would have the votes in hand prior to the meeting to take whatever action he wanted regardless of legal advice or what public input occurred at the meeting."
At issue is a vote over the council's intervention into a lawsuit brought by two representatives of native Hawaiian organizations seeking the return of 83 items reburied five years ago in the Big island cave. The two groups want the items returned from the cave so that 14 claimants can examine the items as part of the federal consultation process that oversees the reclamation of native Hawaiian remains and artifacts from museums.
The suit was brought in August by Abigail Kawananakoa, a descendant of Hawaiian royalty, and La'akea Suganuma, president of the Royal Hawaiian Academy of Traditional Arts, against the Bishop Museum and Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawaii Nei (Group Caring for Ancestors of Hawaii), a native Hawaiian organization that repatriates and reburies remains and artifacts.
According to the suit, Hui Malama took the 83 items in February 2000 as a "one-year loan" from Bishop Museum. It reburied them in the cave and has since refused repeated requests to return them.
Kawananakoa and Suganuma, as claimants recognized under federal law, have said they are seeking the return of the items so that all of the claimants have an equal voice in deciding their fate.
On Sept. 7, Chief U.S. District Judge David Ezra ordered Hui Malama to retrieve the items from the cave and bring them "back to a secure location at the Bishop Museum where they will be held in an undisturbed condition" until the 14 competing claimants can decide their disposition.
Hui Malama has a pending appeal of Ezra's order before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In the meantime, at its September meeting, Hui Malama asked the Burial Council to intervene in the suit on its behalf.
Saffrey is at odds with Young in part because Young supports Hui Malama on the issue and she does not.
In a December state auditor's report, the island burial councils, as a group, were criticized for failing to file notices with agendas of their meetings.
Last month, the Honolulu City Council was sued by eight journalism and open-government organizations for violating the state's open-meeting laws when its members met privately to discuss a reorganization plan before coming together for a public vote.
November 19, 2005
Rota seniors visit Guam manamko'
By Katie Worth
Pacific Daily News
For much of her life, 67-year-old Marcelina Pinaula has, on clear days, been able to see Guam from the beach on the south side of her island.
But until Thursday night, she'd never actually set foot on Guam.
The Rota resident was among more than 60 manamko' from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands who are on island visiting Guam for the "2005 Guam/CNMI Manamko' Goodwill Tour."
For Pinaula, it was the first time visiting Guam, though she's lived in Rota and Saipan her whole life. But for others, it was only one of many visits to Guam, a chance to catch up with old friends and relatives.
The visit was coordinated between the CNMI Office of Aging and the GovGuam Association of Retired Persons/Servicio Para I ManAmko, or GGARP/SPIMA. The group of elderly in the CNMI have taken trips in the past to Palau and Japan.
The manamko' arrived on Thursday and had dinner at Shirley's in Tamuning that night. Yesterday morning, they went from their hotels to Namo Falls in Santa Rita. They met up with Guam manamko' for lunch at the new senior citizens center in Santa Rita.
Today, they'll head to UnderWater World and shopping at Kmart. On Sunday, they will attend Mass at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica. The group will return to the CNMI on Monday.
At lunch yesterday, manamko' from all over Guam and the Mariana Islands sat and talked as they ate red rice and barbecue. A band played Chamorro music and many of the manamko' stood up to dance.
Sixty-eight-year-old Angelica Aguon Omar, a visitor from Saipan, sat at a table with manamko' from Ipan.
"It's nice to get together with the Guam manamko' so we can see who our families are, and next time we come, we already know someone," Omar said.
She said the manamko' from the CNMI and Guam might be able to learn something from each other. She said the manamko' in Saipan are very active and do a lot of handicrafts and other projects. She pointed to her blue and white knit mwar-mwar and lei, saying she'd made them in class at the Saipan senior center.
Tino Tebuteb, a 67-year-old from Saipan, said he saw an old friend who used to live on Saipan at the Santa Rita senior center yesterday. He said it's nice to get to know some of the manamko' from other islands.
"It's very nice, I enjoy it. We like to know each other, because we're almost the same," he said.
November 18, 2005
House approves $286 million for Hawaii military construction
WASHINGTON DC- Hawaii will receive $286.55 million in military construction under the Fiscal Year 2006 Military Quality of Life-Veterans Affairs conference report approved today by the House of Representatives.
$7.7 million for upgrades to the Hickam Air Force Base electrical system was added to the bill at the request of Congressman Neil Abercrombie, a senior member of the House Armed Services committee.
The measure goes next to the White House, where the President is expected to sign the bill.
"These construction projects will help the military and they will help Hawaii," said Abercrombie. "Federal investment has always been a key element in our economy and it will remain important for the future. The bottom line here is jobs, contracts and small business survival. I worked hard to get bipartisan support for this funding, and I'm pleased to see those efforts paying off for Hawaii.
"The projects represent a commitment to military personnel and the units stationed in Hawaii. They reflect our determination to maintain an infrastructure that will support isle-based commands for decades to come."
The bulk of the Hawaii projects will provide support and training facilities for the 25th Infantry Division's Stryker Brigade.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Pacific Business News (Honolulu)
Congress OKs harbor funds
Congress has given final passage to an appropriations bill that contains $7.5 million for Hawaii and Alaska to improve ferry infrastructure.
In Hawaii, the money will make it easier to provide harbor facilities for Hawaii Superferry or any other ferry service.
The money comes in a bill which Sen. Daniel Inouye says contains more than $44 million in funds for numerous Hawaii transportation, drug and housing projects, over an above the more than $150 million that the state may get in separate highway and transit funding.
"Air, sea and surface transportation links are our lifelines," Inouye said. "The projects included in this legislation will solidify our transportation infrastructure."
The bill also includes more than $2 million to subsidize air service to Hana, Kalaupapa and Kamuela/Waimea. And there is $4 million to design new towers for Kona and Lihue airports.
Posted on: Sunday, November 20, 2005
Voices, self-esteem rose in Waimanalo Keiki choir
By Lee Cataluna
At first, the children wouldn't sing by themselves. They came in with their buddies, three at a time, to audition for Noelani Mahoe.
But over time, the chorus at Blanche Pope Elementary School in Waimanalo grew so popular, half the school wanted to audition. The kids, 240 of them, had to come in one at a time to sing for their no-nonsense teacher, Mrs. Mahoe, who sat through it all.
"One boy, he was a special-ed student, he came in and sat across the room from me with his back to me and started singing," Mahoe says. "And what a beautiful voice! I taught him 'ukulele and guitar, and he just caught on so fast, but he was just a natural singer."
Mahoe eventually got him to face forward.
There were a lot of turnarounds during Mahoe's tenure as Hawaiian-culture teacher at Pope Elementary from 1970-1980. She led the kids from the little country school to concerts on big stages, performances on the Mainland, a tour of Japan and several recording sessions.
"I would ask the teachers to send me children they think need to develop self-esteem, even though they may not be great singers, to help them develop. And so I had some children, I'm not going to say who, but they didn't have the greatest voices, but it helped their self-esteem. I wanted that for them."
The children's chorus, called Waimanalo Keiki, made a Christmas album that became an instant favorite.
Now, 30 years later, Mahoe has re-released the classic "Mele Kalikimaka" and a second album, "Keiki o Waimanalo — Surf, Sand and Song" on CD.
"I wanted to do this 10 years ago, and we started, but just never finished," Mahoe says. "And then I thought, you know what, I'm getting old. It was now or never."
There aren't many Hawaiian albums for kids, and Mahoe says that children especially love hearing the voices of other children. These were the main reasons she wanted to get the recordings out on CD.
But also, the albums represent fond memories and proud achievements.
Mahoe is widely regarded as an expert in Hawaiian music and language. She published the classic "Na Mele O Hawai'i Nei, 101 Hawaiian Songs," and studied the Hawaiian language under Samuel Elbert and Mary Kawena Pukui. She has recorded and performed with Leo Nahenahe for more than 40 years. For many, including her former students, she is, as the expression goes, the source.
"Oh, yeah. There's some that call me all the time. 'Auntie, you know the words to this song?' or 'Auntie, I'm going to do this — what you think?' "
At the height of popularity in the 1970s, the Waimanalo Keiki were invited to sing at hotels, shopping centers and city events. Parents formed a booster club and ferried the kids to all their gigs.
"You know what was so amazing? Some of the parents had never been to Waikiki," Mahoe says. "The first time they had been to the hotels was when the kids went to sing."
The chorus was invited to perform for a school in California, so off they went, knowing only that they would be hosted by families from the school.
"My principal's sister was teaching there and kind of arranged things, and I didn't realize until we got there that we were staying in Beverly Hills. The kids all stayed with wealthy families. ... And the kids would tell me, 'Mrs. Mahoe, I have my own bed!' and 'Mrs. Mahoe, when I get home, they take my clothes and wash my clothes!' "
In the summer of 1978, the Waimanalo Keiki went to Japan on a tour that included so many performances, Mahoe got mad and had to put her foot down.
"These are children, they're not cattle!" she remembers saying. The kids were just so popular. Everyone wanted to see them.
"At the hotel we stayed at, you know, the kids were so friendly, they'd go downstairs, make friends with the people in the stores, help them fold clothes and put things away. When we left there, the storekeepers all came up to say goodbye to the kids."
She taught her students to play instruments, to sing in three-part harmony and to dance hula the correct way, but she balanced these lessons with a healthy dose of practicality.
"I always told the kids, 'I don't care what you do, but make sure you have a job. You play music on the side. Unless you going be Danny Kaleikini.' "
Some of them did.
One day, one of her students called her to say he was going to take a job as a musician.
"I said, 'Listen, will you be able to support your family?' He said, 'Yeah, Auntie, I think I can.' I said, "OK. ... Now make sure you have medical insurance.' "
A CD release party is planned for 10 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Elks Club in Waikiki. Mahoe is hoping to gather as many former Waimanalo Keiki as she can, whether they were on the albums or not, for a kind of reunion.
"We found some. And I called some of the parents and some of the ones I know, I told them, 'Come on, start looking for everybody. Tell them come down and bring your group! And if they cannot make it, you come down yourself and bring your instrument!' "
Lee Cataluna's column runs Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Reach her at 535-8172 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 20, 2005
Hawaii now being promoted musically
The Aloha Live concert tour hits key tourism markets
By Jaymes Song
TOURISM PROMOTERS have seduced millions of visitors to the islands employing tropical images of breathtaking beaches, azure waters and swaying coconut trees.
They're now using the soothing sounds of Hawaiian music.
The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau last week wrapped up its 11-city Hawaiian music concert tour, Aloha Live, with two sold-out shows in Seattle, the same city the tour began on Aug. 20.
"We've had phenomenal success this year, bigger crowds than ever," said Warren Wyatt, president of WorldSound, which produced the concerts. "The whole purpose of the Aloha Live tour was to spread the music, culture and aloha spirit of Hawaii around the country."
The tourism bureau, a private agency contracted by the state to market Hawaii to North America, spent $75,000 sponsoring the concerts and tapping top Hawaii musicians Kealii Reichel and Na Leo Pilimehana to perform.
The performances also featured dancing by hula halau, or hula schools, from the concert cities.
The selected cities were all key feeder markets for Hawaii tourism, including Las Vegas, San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Portland, Ore. The concerts were usually preceded with a marketing and public relations campaign about Hawaii.
Jay Talwar, the bureau's vice president of marketing, said the agency is using music as a marketing tool, just as New Orleans did with jazz and the Caribbean with its steel drum sounds.
Hawaiian music, however, has varied styles that have been gaining popularity and acceptance in recent years beyond these sunny shores. Island music has expanded into a wide range of offerings, from traditional ukulele strumming and falsetto singing to contemporary instrumentals and "Jawaiian" reggae.
"It's the antidote for everything that's going on in the world right now," Wyatt said. "When you see so many disasters and atrocious situations all over the world, Hawaiian music is the exact opposite of that. It has a healing quality to it."
"Facing Future," a 1993 album by the late Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwoole, became Hawaii's first platinum musical release this summer after selling more than 1 million copies in the United States.
Kamakawiwoole's gentle voice and ukulele have enchanted listeners around the world, making him one of Hawaii's most recognizable artists. The singer topped 750 pounds, contributing to his premature death in 1997 at age 38.
In February, the first Hawaiian music Grammy was awarded.
"Slack Key Guitar Volume 2," a compilation of songs by various artists featuring the uniquely Hawaiian slack-key tuning guitar sound, won the Grammy for best Hawaiian music album.
Before the Recording Academy added the award, artists performing traditional Hawaiian music had been relegated to folk music categories.
On Dec. 13, Hawaii ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabakuro, who is a big star in Japan, is scheduled to do his first live nationally televised gig on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."
"It's hot around the country and around the world, and we've got a lot of wonderful Hawaiian musicians, and so it's just a natural to put the two together," Talwar said.
Nearly 17,000 people attended the Hawaiian concert at the Hollywood Bowl, which was one of the largest crowds ever to see a Hawaiian music concert on the mainland.
"We're trying to give them a sample of Hawaii through the music and the culture," Wyatt said. "They can experience what Hawaii is all about."
Five years ago, Hawaiian music concerts outside of Hawaii were primarily attended by Hawaii natives or isle students going to college on the mainland. These days, most of the concertgoers have never been to the islands.
"They have a limited amount of access to things Hawaiian, so as their hunger grows, they're going to eventually find that in Hawaii," Wyatt said. "Hawaii is a beautiful place, probably the most beautiful on earth, but what makes it even more beautiful is the cultural aspects."
November 21, 2005
Ocean is a ‘powerful’ teacher
By: Jan TenBruggencate
Four Kamehameha Schools students participated last month in a weeklong scientific study of current patterns around the Big Island, working in the company of researchers from the University of Hawai'i School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.
Third-year graduate student Paulo Calil, a physical oceanographer, was in charge of a project to measure and describe the flow of ocean currents around South Point on the Big Island. It's a complicated situation, in which currents rip and wrap, and create small and large spiraling eddies of water that can flow toward any point of the compass, depending on where you measure them.
In addition to conducting the basic research, Calil and his school sought a way to involve promising students interested in marine science. They approached Kamehameha Schools teacher Laura Duffy, who offered four students: Keoni Kaleiwahea, Jason Patterson, Kaleo Hurley and Hau'oli Smith.
"As a marine science teacher, I know that the sea herself is a powerful instructor. I believe there really is no better way to truly inspire students to pursue science than to have them experience the application of the demanding content," Duffy said.
The group spent seven days at sea aboard the research vessel Kilo Moana, and Duffy said the experience for the students was powerful.
"Paulo Calil created a rare environment where the students were an integral part of his science crew. They were not just observers, but stood watches and monitored equipment as circulation data was collected. More valuable and lasting than any written lesson, these students experienced the rigor, excitement and beauty of open ocean research," Duffy said.
The kids said they had expected to do menial work and be asked to stand back when the real science got done. They were surprised.
"I was involved in the deploying of the tripods for the studying of ocean floor movement. Before the trip, the thought of being able to help with a project like this had never crossed my mind," Patterson said.
They steered the boat and learned about using navigation and plotting gear, and Smith said crew members taught her "about 15 knots."
"On this trip, I got to talk to amazing scientists, and watch astounding research that only in my dreams I would expect," Kaleiwahea said.
The group also conducted a plankton tow, towing a fine-mesh net behind the boat and retrieving it to study what it had collected.
If you have a question or concern about the Hawaiian environment, drop a note to Jan TenBruggencate at P.O. Box 524, Lihu'e, HI 96766 or email@example.com. Or call him at (808) 245-3074.
November 22, 2005
Band amps up for NYC parade
Forty isle high schools will be represented on Thanksgiving Day
By Tom Finnegan
THIS THURSDAY, the 79th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York will get some aloha to go with its numerous balloons and celebrities.
Despite a chilly forecast complete with rain and possibly snow flurries, nearly 400 of Hawaii's high school students, representing 40 high schools from around the state, are expected to march, play and dance throughout the streets of the Big Apple as one of only 10 bands in one of the biggest and most famous parades in the world.
And the parade will mark the Hawaii All-State Marching Band's second public performance after only a week of rehearsals.
While the musicians and dancers have been preparing for months for this trip to the East Coast, groups from each island were "doing steps in a vacuum" as they practiced without their full off-island contingents, said Liz Hahn, mother of two boys on the squad from Waimea, Kauai.
Their first full practice with all 390 or so members of the squad, Hahn said, came Sunday in a parking lot at the Pentagon.
Just hours later, the full band performed yesterday, at the request of U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, in front of Capitol Hill. Numerous friends and relatives, and Hawaii's two senators, among others, attended.
"It was an absolutely fabulous performance," said Hahn. Akaka and U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye "really made the kids feel special," she said.
And while Hahn might be a little biased, Inouye was amazed by the group as well.
"I was deeply impressed by their performance, especially when I learned that this was the second time the band had played together," Inouye said through his press office.
Inouye also praised John Riggle, the all-state band's director and the director of bands at Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama High School Campus for the past three decades.
"To be in charge of 50 band members is an accomplishment," said Inouye, who himself was a band member at McKinley High School. "To be in charge of nearly 400, that's almost unbelievable."
The hard work is far from done.
After sightseeing tours of the Smithsonian Institution and much of the memorials and monuments in the nation's capital, the band and its chaperones, filling 14 large tour buses, moved on to Philadelphia for more practice and a little more sightseeing.
Then it's on to New Jersey, and more practice before the big day Thursday, and quite the crazy day.
Hahn said that band members have to be in New York by 3:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning for a technical rehearsal. Then it's back up to the parade's start at 9 a.m., the 2.5-mile parade and then a performance for the television cameras and millions watching at home.
The weather is supposed to be in the low 40s as well, but you won't hear these kids complaining, Hahn said.
Members of the band "are having fun and playing music," bonding with fellow musicians and dancers from across the state, she said. "They are literally bringing sunshine to a cool place."
As for the cold, Hahn said, band leaders required long underwear underneath their red and yellow aloha attire, and black pants underneath their raffia skirts. The dancers will be wearing flesh-colored leotards and jackets for the parade, and will remove the jackets for their performance at the end of the parade.
The Na Koa Alii Band was founded in 2002 and performed in the Rose Bowl parade on Jan. 1, 2004. While the Kauai All-island Marching band represented the Garden Isle at last year's Rose Bowl Parade, this marks only the second tour for the all-state marching band.
According to their Web site, their repertoire includes "Pate Pate," by Te Vaka, and "Mele Kalikimaka." The band's 20-member auxiliary will also perform Tahitian and hula dances.
The parade will be shown, on tape delay, at 9 a.m. Thursday on KHNL 8.
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CIVIL NO. 05-1-0307(3) IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND CIRCUIT STATE OF HAWAII TO: HEIRS OF KANUI (k); HEIRS OF MARAEA WAIKOLOA; HEIRS OF NUA WAIKOLOA aka NUA WAIKOLOA BURNS (w); PAUL WAIKOLOA BURNS; HEIRS AND OR DEVISEES OF JENNIE K. KEPILINO AHIA; DON K. AHIA; JOHN L. AHIA, JANE K. QUERUBIN, RUBY K. AHIA, JUDETH L. OLIVERA, JEANETTE K. AMADEO, CHARLENE K. AHIA; HELEN WAIKOLOA; JOBE L.K. WAIKOLOA; JOBE LONOIKAMAKAHIKI WAIKOLOA; MATHIAS WAIKOLOA; EMMA WAIKOLOA; BERNARD WAIKOLOA; JACOB KAUAUKIU WAIKOLOA; JAMES KAUAKANILEHUA WAIKOLOA; WAIKOLOA aka M.W. WAIKOLOA aka NIHOE WAIKO-LOA; MAHOE JOHN WAIKOLOA; HEIRS OF HELEN IOPA aka HELEN TILTON aka HELEN IOPA WAIKOLOA TILTON; aka HELEN IOPA PARKER; LEANDER TILTON; MARIA A. TILTON; MARY TILTON; FRANCES TILTON; THOMAS TILTON; HELEN PARKER aka HELEN KAPIOLANI PARKER HAYSELDON; CLEMENT KAWEHIOMAILELAULI PARKER, JR.; GEORGE EHUMUIKAIMALINO PARKER; ENID UMIOKALANI PARKER; VESTA ADELE PARKER; ELLEN MAE PARKER; EVA NITTA PARKER; ELLEN LANA LEI PARKER; JULIA KAUAKEA WAIKOLOA aka Mrs. D. KUPAU; DAVID KUPAU aka THEORDORE DAVID KUPAU; VIOLET KUULEI KUPAU; ALPHONSE HENRY KUPAU; ROSE KUPAU; MAHOE JOHN WAIKOLOA; AGNES WAIKOLOA; RAE ANN LEONG; STATE OF HAWAII; OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS; owners of adjoining lands: A&B PROPERTIES, INC.; MASAAKI J. DOI; MASUYO DOI; and Heirs or persons named above who are deceased, or persons holding under DOES 1 through 100, and all other persons or corporations unknown claiming any right, title estate, lien or interest in the real property described in Plaintiff's Complaint adverse to Plaintiff's ownership and TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that Plaintiffs BRUCE RAY FAULKNER and CHRISTINE LOUISE FAULKNER claim fee simple ownership, together with others, to: All of Land Commission Award 5507, Apana 2 to Kanui, Royal Patent 3343, at Pauwela, Hamakualoa, Maui, Hawaii, Tax Key 2-7-008-068(2). YOU ARE HEREBY FURTHER NOTIFIED that Plaintiffs BRUCE RAY FAULKNER and CHRISTINE LOUISE FAULKNER have filed a Complaint to Quiet Title in the Second Circuit Court, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, requesting that title to the above-described real property be determined quieted as to any and all adverse claims not presented and/or adjudicated in this action. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear in the courtroom of the Honorable Joseph E. Cardoza, Judge of the above entitled Court, Hoapili Hale, 2145 Main Street, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, on Wednesday, the 28th day of December, 2005, at 8:30 a.m., or to file an answer or other pleading and serve it before said day upon Plaintiffs' counsel TOM C. LEUTENEKER, Carlsmith Ball LLP, 2200 Main Street, Suite 400, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793, to show cause, if any you have, why the prayer of said Complaint should not be granted. Unless you file an answer before the time aforesaid or appear at the Second Circuit Court, Wailuku, County of Maui, State of Hawaii, at the time and place aforesaid, your default will be recorded, and said Complaint will be taken as confessed and a judgment by default will be taken against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED: Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, Oct. 28, 2005. C. CASIL CLERK OF THE ABOVE-ENTITLED COURT CARLSMITH BALL LLP TOM C. LEUTENEKER 721-0 2200 Main Street, Suite 400 Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793 Telephone No. 808.242.4535 Fax No. 808-244-4974 Attorney for Plaintiff (Hon. Adv.: Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2005) (A-262146) Posted on 11/9/2005
CIVIL NO. 05-1-0415(3) IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND CIRCUIT STATE OF HAWAII TO: HEIRS OR ASSIGNS OF KAMAKAHEANA; HEIRS OR ASSIGNS OF MUNE (W); HEIRS OR ASSIGNS OF WILLIAM BROOKS; HEIRS OR ASSIGNS OF PAAHAO (K); HEIRS OR ASSIGNS OF PANE (W), also known as FANNIE KAIALIILII (W); GREGORY WAYNE KAIALIILII; HEIRS OR ASSIGNS OF FANNIE K. RODRIGUES; VIRGINIA KAHAE, or her heirs and assigns; RUBY JARDINE, or her heirs and assigns; HEIRS OR ASSIGNS OF MELBA AGNAS RODRIGUES AIKAU; KEALA JOHN AIKAU; HEIRS OR ASSIGNS OF VIOLET LIWAI; DAVID PUNA LIWAI, or his heirs and assigns; HEIRS OR ASSIGNS OF ESTHER SILVA; LIZZIE DINGHN, also known as LIZZIE DING HU; BERNARD K. SILVA; MARY E. MONIZ; and Heirs of persons named above who are deceased, or persons holding under said Heirs, and spouses, assigns, successors, personal representatives, executors, administrators, and trustees of persons named above who are deceased; DOES 1 through 100, and all other persons unknown claiming any right, title, estate, lien or interest in the real property described and TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that Plaintiff KAPUNA SEASIDE LLC, a Hawaii limited liability corporation, claims fee simple ownership, together with others, to: Royal Patent 6205, LCA 4405-Z:1 and :2 to Kamekaheana at Waihee, Maui, Hawaii, Tax Map Key 3-2-02-18(2), 1.790 acres. YOU ARE HEREBY FURTHER NOTIFIED that Plaintiff KAPUNA SEASIDE LLC, has filed a Complaint to Quiet Title and For Partition in the Second Circuit Court, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, requesting that title to the above-described real property be determined quieted as to any and all adverse claims not presented and/or adjudicated in this action. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear in the courtroom of the Honorable Joseph E. Cardoza, Judge of the above entitled Court, Hoapili Hale, 2145 Main Street, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, on Wednesday, the 7th day of December, 2005, at 8:30 a.m., or to file an answer or other pleading and serve it before said day upon Plaintiffs' counsel TOM C. LEUTENEKER, Carlsmith Ball LLP, 2200 Main Street, Suite 400, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793, to show cause, if any you have, why the prayer of said Complaint should not be granted. Unless you file an answer before the time aforesaid or appear at the Second Circuit Court, Wailuku, County of Maui, State of Hawaii, at the time and place aforesaid, your default will be recorded, and said Complaint will be taken as confessed and a judgment by default will be taken against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED: Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, Oct. 17, 2005. C. CASIL CLERK OF THE ABOVE-ENTITLED COURT CARLSMITH BALL LLP TOM C. LEUTENEKER 721-0 2200 Main Street, Suite 400 Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793 Telephone No. 808.242.4535 Fax No. 808-244-4974 Attorney for Plaintiff (Hon. Adv.: Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2005) (A-212765) Posted on 11/2/2005
CIVIL NO. 05-1-0444(3) IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND CIRCUIT STATE OF HAWAII SUMMONS STATE OF HAWAII TO: HEIRS OF NAULIULI (K); HEIRS OF KAMAKEE (K) also known as KMAKEE NAULIULI (K); HEIRS OF KAHINA (W); HEIRS OF KAILIANU (K); HEIRS OF HOOKANO MAHI also known as HOOKANO KAILIANU KUEHU (W); HEIRS OF KAOHE (W) also known as KAOHE KAILIANU KAAIHUE (W); HEIRS OF KAHAOLE (W) also known as KAHALUU KAILIANU KEHUNALU (W); HEIRS OF LAHAPA (W) also known as LAHAPA KAILIANU NAWELE; HEIRS OF HOOPII KAILIANU (K); HEIRS OF NAUE KAILIANU (K); HEIRS OF P.N. POMAIKAI; HEIRS OF KAPENA POMAIKAI; HERIS OF KAHOOKANO (W); HEIRS OF HAOLE KAILIANU (W); and Heirs of persons named above who are deceased, or persons holding under Heirs and spouses, assigns, successors, personal representatives, executors, administrators, and trustees of persons named above who are deceased; DOES 1 through 100; and all other persons or corporations unknown claiming any right, title, estate, lien or interest in the real property described in Plaintiffs' Complaint adverse to Plaintiffs' ownership and TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that Plaintiffs JAMES K. AH SAM and MARY E. AH SAM and PATRICK H. AH SAM, Trustee of the Patrick H. Ah Sam Revocable Living Trust dated June 20, 2000, claim fee simple ownership of all of the following real property: All of that certain parcel of land (portion of the land describe in and covered by Royal Patent Grant Number 3383 to Nauliuli and Kahina) situate, lying and being at Waiakoa, Kula, District of Makawao, Island and County of Maui, State of Hawaii, bearing Tax Key designation (2) 2-2-012:012, area 0.715 acre, more or less. YOU ARE HEREBY FURTHER NOTIFIED that said Plaintiffs have filed a Complaint to Quiet Title in the Second Circuit Court, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, requesting that title to the above-described real property be determined quieted as to any and all adverse claims not presented and/or adjudicated in this action. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear in the courtroom of the Honorable Joseph E. Cardoza, Judge of the above-entitled Court, Hoapili Hale, 2145 Main Street, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, on Wednesday, the 30th day of December, 2005, at 8:30 a.m., or to file an answer or other pleading and serve it before said day upon Plaintiffs' counsel TOM C. LEUTENEKER, Carlsmith Ball LLP, 2200 Main Street, Suite 400, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793, to show cause, if any you have, why the prayer of said Complaint should not be granted. Unless you file an answer before the time aforesaid or appear at the Second Circuit Court, Wailuku, County of Maui, State of Hawaii, at the time and place aforesaid, your default will be recorded, and said Complaint will be taken as confessed and a judgment by default will be taken against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED: Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, Nov. 10, 2005. D. MORIOKA CLERK OF THE ABOVE-ENTITLED COURT CARLSMITH BALL LLP B. MARTIN LUNA 865-0 TOM C. LEUTENEKER 721-0 2200 Main Street, Suite 400 Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793 Telephone No. (808) 242-4535 Attorneys for Plaintiffs (Hon. Adv.: Nov. 16, 23, 30; Dec. 7, 2005) (A-276685) Posted on 11/16/2005
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTH CIRCUIT STATE OF HAWAII SUMMONS TO: DEFENDANTS MINAMINA (W), ALSO KNOWN AS MINAMINA KAHIKIKAIWALEA, HER HEIRS OR ASSIGNS; DOE DEFENDANTS 1-20; and ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that Plaintiffs, ADAM P. KILLERMANN and JANET D. KILLERMANN have filed a complaint in the Fifth Circuit Court, State of Hawaii, CIVIL NO. 05-1-0137, to partition and quiet title to Plaintiffs' fee simple title to certain lands being the portion of the Ili of Kuhumu at Hanapepe, Waimea, Kauai, Hawai'i, within tax map key (4) 1-9-001-009, (being a portion of the land described in and covered by Deed to Aihoi from the Estate of Kamehameha IV). YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear in the courtroom of the Honorable Kathleen N.A. Watanabe, Judge of the Fifth Circuit Court, on January 10, 2006, at 1:00 P.M., or to file an answer or other pleading and serve it before said day upon Plaintiff's attorney, Philip J. Leas, whose address is Cades Schutte LLP, Suite 1200, 1000 Bishop Street, Honolulu, HI 96813. If you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED: Lihue, Hawai'i, October 28, 2005. DALE N.Y. TAKIGUCHI CLERK, FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT (Hon. Adv.: Nov. 16, 23, 30; Dec. 7, 2005) (279292) Posted on 11/16/2005
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIRST CIRCUIT STATE OF HAWAII SUMMONS TO DEFENDANTS KEALOHAIO (k); PO-HAKU KANEAKUA (w); their respective heirs or assigns; DOE DEFENDANTS 1-20; and ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that Plaintiff, NORTH SHORE LAND AND FARMING COMPANY LLC, has filed a complaint in the First Circuit Court, State of Hawaii, CIVIL NO. 05-1-1955-11, to quiet title to Apana 2 of Land Commission Award 7404 to KEALOHAIO, situate at Kawailoa, Waialua, Oahu, Hawaii, within TMK (1) 6-2-003-026. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear in the courtroom of the Honorable Victoria S. Marks, Judge of the First Circuit Court, on January 3, 2006 at 9:00 A.M., or to file an answer or other pleading and serve it before said day upon Plaintiff's attorney, Philip J. Leas, whose address is Cades Schutte LLP, Suite 1200, 1000 Bishop Street, Honolulu, HI 96813. If you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED: Honolulu, Hawaii, November 4, 2005. N. ANAYA CLERK, FIRST CIRCUIT COURT (Hon. Adv.: Nov. 11, 18, 25; Dec. 2, 2005) (270275) Posted on 11/11/2005
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