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Sunday, April 03, 2022

Ka‘ū News Briefs, Sunday, April 3, 2022

The late Johnny Lum Ho's halau took first in the Merrie Monarch wahine kahiko competition in 2016.
Photo from Merrie Monarch Festival

JOHNNY LUM HO DIED ON SUNDAY. He was Kumu Hula of Hālau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua on Maka'ala Street in Hilo. He was 81, his halau winner of numerous Merrie Monarch awards. He was also the last of the kumu whose halau have performed at Merrie Monarch since its opening in 1971. He grew up in Keokaha.

Johnny Lum Ho passed away
at 81 on Sunday.

    U.S. Congressman Kai Kahele issued the following statement: "Johnny loved to tell stories of Hawaiʻi, its people and places through his unique style of song and dance. He will be remembered for his commitment to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture, in particular, his passion for hula and unsurpassed leadership as a respected kumu. For decades, he and his Hālau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua graced the Merrie Monarch stage with creativity and memorable performances. Maria and I extend our heartfelt condolences to his 'ohana and loved ones. We are grateful for his significant contributions to Hawaiian culture and hula. His legacy will continue through the many lives he touched."
    Johnny Lum Ho was known for his compositions, including Can't You Hear Me Calling, which is the title of his album, A He Nani, Sweet Lei Lehua, Ka Pua Loke Lau, Fagatogo and Da Bus Coming.
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COUNTY HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT'S VIRTUAL RESOURCE FAIR IS MONDAY, April 4th, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., and on Tuesday, April 12th, from 9 am – 10 am. This event is free and open to the public.

Mayor Mitch Roth said, “As we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that we

have a thriving workforce to support our economic resurgence. We are committed to providing as many resources as possible to uplift our communities and bolster our working class. Together we will rebuild our economy, and we thank our partners for helping to host this virtual resource fair in continued support of our island home.”
    Representatives from the American Job Center, Goodwill Industries Hawai'i, Hawai'i Community College, and the State of Hawai'i – Workforce Development will be sharing information about their services. This free, online event provides an excellent opportunity for job seekers and those wanting to learn about educational and skills training programs to hear directly from the program experts. 

    To participate and receive a link to the meeting, you must register. Session registration for the April 4th event is a https://tinyurl.com/AJCFair2, and for the April 12th event is https://tinyurl.com/AJCFair3. For more information, call (808) 961-8379 or email at ohcdadmin@hawaiicounty.gov.

New members of Kaʻū High School's National Honor Society. The Adnisors in the middle
David  and Chayanee Brooks. Photo from Kaʻū High School

NEW MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY were inducted last Friday at Kaʻū High School. They are front row: Jasmine K. del Rosario, Cherrise Althea D. Calumpit, Calaysa A. Koi, David Zachary Ramos, Kelson A. Gallano, Morgan S. Pieroint, Hidi T. Vidal and Tayler L Rasmussen. Back row: Danny Edder, Kehionalani Forcum, Amelia M. Urie-Bounos, Erica Tailin, Timmothy S. Moskalenko, Mark Angelo Velsco and Semayah Doil. Advisors are David Brooks and Chayanee Brooks (center front).       The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 and involves some 18,000 schools worldwide. Its four pillars are Scholarship, Service Leadership, and Character.

    A statement from The National Honor Society says, "In the last 100 years, the face of education has changed immensely in this country. It wasn’t until 1938 that federal law regulated minimum age of employment and capped work hours for children so that they could go to school, and Thurgood Marshall didn’t argue Brown vs. Board of Education to end racial segregation in public schools until 1954.
    "The Civil Rights Act didn’t outlaw discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, or national origin until 1964. And it was only in 1990 that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) changed terminology from “handicap” to “disability,” and that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law prohibiting discrimination against those with disabilities in all areas—which was especially important in education. But NHS, too, has grown up over the years, increasing access to more and more students and supporting schools in shining a light on the values of Everyday Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character."

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