|Spectators watching the mower parade at OKK's Independence Day Celebration at the OKK Marketplace|
in Na'alehu on July 3. Photo courtesy OKK
THE INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENT IN NA`ALEHU July 3 drew many more people than expected, said the leader of the sponsoring organization O Kaʻū Kakou. Wayne Kawachi said the group served up 450 hot dogs and cut up nine watermelons. Participants decorated lawnmowers with American flags and other patriotic symbols for a parade around the grounds of the OKK Nā‘ālehu Marketplace.
|Sen. Dru Kanuha surprised Wayne Kawachi|
of OKK today with a commendation from
the State Senate. Photo by Lee McIntosh
|Tui Masaniai and Sonny Ramos at today's|
Independence Day celebration at OKK's
Na'alehu Marketplace. Photo courtesy OKK
|Lawnmowers decorated for a parade today|
on the grounds of OKK Marketplace.
Photo by Lee McIntosh
e-cigs are prohibited at all county and state parks community entities.
KA'U WAS CENTER STAGE AT MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL on its final day, Saturday, with the performance of Ka Nani Aʻo Kaʻū - The Beauty of Kaʻū, written by the late George Lanakilakeikiahialiʻi Naope. The music and dance describe Kaʻū places Palahemo, Kalae, Kaulana, and Ahukini, each verse with the refrain Aloha no'o Kaʻū - with love and affection for Kaʻū. Naope was one of the founders of the Merrie Monarch Festival and his influence continues though his own student, Kumu Hula Debbie Ryder who teaches here.
This year, the Festival was entirely virtual. To see the event and for the winners of Kahiko and 'Auana competitions, and Miss Aloha Hula, see www.merriemonarch.com and www.hawaiinewsnow/merriemonarch.com.
|Aloha Aina advocate Haunani Trask. Photo by Kapulani Landgraf|
In her writings and poetry, Trask often warned of negative environmental and cultural impacts of colonialism, and the presence of the military and tourism on the Hawaiian islands. Her books include From A Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai'i, Night of the Sharkskin Drum and Thirty Years of Land Struggle in Hawai'i. Her film is Hawai'i: A Voice for Sovereignty.
|Haunani Trask and partner David Stannard. Photo from U.H.|
Congressman Kai Kahele said: "As the founding director of Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at UH Mānoa, she inspired generations of young scholars. Mahalo for your immeasurable contributions to the advancement of Native Hawaiians."
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DEPT. OF INTERIOR BILLS IN CONGRESS, supported by Rep Ed Case, include "critical investments in environmental protection and land conservation, clean air and water to protect our communities’ health, earthquake and volcano warning systems,” said the Congressman. “There is also funding to protect our public lands and endangered species, support our Native Hawaiian communities, assist with climate change mitigation, and help our state government with the costs of programs benefiting our Compacts of
Free Association residents.”
Proposed funding includes $44 million for the U.S. Geological Survey Biological Threats and Invasive Species Research Program, and $16.9 million for the National Trails System, which will benefit the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. Case said, “The critical work of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory cannot be overstated given the destructive impacts of both lava
flows and the emission of sulfur dioxide in the wake of eruptions as recently as last December.”
Programs and provisions requested by Case in the Interior bill also include: $452 million for National Park Service land acquisitions and State Assistance Grants; Language instructing the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations to expand the federal governments Native Hawaiian community consultation efforts. Another appropriation would be $4 million for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s State of the Birds to support efforts "to recover our most endangered Hawaiian forest bird species. There would be $33.5 million, a $3.3 million increase, for the U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Hazards Program to includes funding for the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, which monitors the active volcanoes in Hawai‘i, assess hazards, issue warnings and advance scientific understanding to reduce impacts of volcanic eruptions.
Concerning Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, Case said, “As we continue to emerge from the devastating impact of COVID-19, we must work to strengthen Hawai'i’s agricultural sector, which has been a major driver of our local economy.” Case recently testified before the Committee on Agriculture, concerning Hawai'i's special circumstances. See his presentation at https://case.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=568. He said small farms and farmers market have provided a critical lifeline "in helping to feed families during the pandemic.”
current use of the pickleball courts as well as walking and running on specified areas of the golf course before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m. to enjoy the panoramic
ocean views. Golf memberships range from unlimited play for the avid golfer to casual play options. Membership is required to play and practice golf on the course. All golf memberships include Social Membership amenities. Membership fees are designed to help underwrite programs and improvements to the facilities.
FREE LIFETIME ENTRY for Veterans and Gold Star Families to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes and other national parks available at the entry gate.