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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Thursday, March 31, 2022

Nāʻālehu Elementary School's fourth graders, led by Kumu Maile Tavares,  took part in a simultaneous statewide dance,
Liliu E, the Queen's Hula, on Thursday, joining other schools virtually to celebrate the 175th anniversary
of Washington Place, the home of Queen Lili'uokalani, and now the Hawai'i Governors Mansion.

DANCING HULA, NĀ'ĀLEHU AND PĀHALA FOURTH GRADERS CELEBRATED 175 YEARS IN HISTORY  OF QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI'S HOME. On Thursday the students joined in a simultaneous performance with other fourth graders from around the state, numbering in the thousands, from some 38 schools. While students danced on the grounds of the historic home in Honolulu, Nāʻālehu and many other students performed in their own venues, sharing their hula kahiko online. It was Liliu E, the Queen's Hula, to the chant composed by Hula Master Antone Ka'oko in honor of Lili'uokalani.
    The Nāʻālehu performance was led by Kumu Hula Maile Tavares. Parent Maile Jean Makuakane said, "I'm so blessed to have my fourth grader attending Nāʻālehu Elementary to have been able to participate in this beautiful performance along with 2,500 fellow fourth graders.. I'm sooooooo extremely touched  my heart is so happy!"
    Also performing were fourth graders from Pāhala Elementary. See the performances and the entire celebration at https://www.facebook.com/GovernorDavidIge/videos/696457218366671.

Queen Lili'uokalani on the grounds of Washington Place.
Photo from Hawai'i State Archives
    Queen Lili'uokalani's home in Honolulu is known as Washington Place, built by the family of Capt. John Dominis, whose son became husband to Lili'uokalani. King Kamehameha decreed that the home forever be called Washington Place in honor of the first President of the United States. It serves as the Hawai'i Governors Mansion. 
    The event on Thursday was the kickoff of the 175th Anniversary of this National Historic Landmark. It included a proclamation signing by Gov. David Ige and the performance of musical compositions by Lili'uokalani. First Lady Dawn Imano-Ige chairs the celebration, which is ongoing through May 14. In attendance were representatives of  Hawaiian Civic Clubs and many other local organizations and agencies.

Hula Master Antone Ka'oko, who wrote Liliu E.
    On Friday, Washington Place opens a new exhibit on the life of Queen Lili'uokalani, followed by tours on Saturday with a concert on the grounds by the Royal Hawaiian Band. Public tours are available by reservation through May 14.
    Virtual opportunities are available online. See a tour of Washington Place through excerpts from Liliʻuokalani: Reflections on Our Queen, directed by Edgy Lee at https://washingtonplace.hawaii.gov/news-and-events/in-the-news/.

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 Pāhala fourth graders joined in the statewide celebration of Queen Lili'uokalani's home.
HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUB OF KAʻŪ has announced applications are open for its scholarships for higher education. 
Royal Coat of Arms of Hawai'i is the 
Hawaiian Civic Club logo.
    Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka'ū has been providing scholarships for higher education since its founding in 1969. The first scholarship was awarded to Paulette Kaihilani Ke in 1970, who now serves as the Vice-President of the Civic Club and is also a kupuna at Ke Kula Nawahīokalaniopu'u.
    Civic Club President Berkeley Yoshida was also a recipient of the club's scholarship in 1983. Most recently, scholarships were awarded to Mālie Ibarra and Dacy Davis in 2018 and to Ryan AhYee and Josiah Barrios in 2019, all of whom are graduates of Ka'ū High School.
    Last year's scholarship was awarded to Elyssa Abellera, a 2021 graduate of Kamehameha Schools Hawai'i. She is pursuing her undergraduate degree at the University of Portland majoring in Biology, and minoring in Psychology and Neuroscience.
    Abellera shared the following about her college plans. "I hope to graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Biology in 2025. Following my graduation in 2025, I will then attend medical school. With my hopes of attending medical school, I aspire to become a Surgeon. Specifically, I plan to pursue the speciality of Pediatric Surgery or Cardiothoracic Surgery." A statement from Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka'ū said, the organization "is extremely proud of Elyssa and and all of our scholarship recipients, and we look forward to awarding a scholarship again this year."
    The scholarship amount is currently $600. Application deadline is Friday, April 29. Applications must be downloaded from the Civic Club website at the web address below. Applications may be submitted by Email, US Postal Mail, or in-person. Further details are found on the scholarship application, which can be viewed on the website.
    Email any scholarship questions to hawaiiancivicclubkau@gmail.com and share this information with any students graduating this year. To make a donation to the Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka'ū Scholarship Fund, send a check to P.O. Box 6108, Ocean View, HI 96737.
    The scholarship application may be downloaded from https://sites.google.com/view/hawaiiancivicclubkau/scholarship.

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