|Halau Hula O Leionalani performs first and third Saturdays at Ke Ola Pu'uhonua in Nā'ālehu. Photo by Brenda Iokepa-Moses|
|Sami Stanbro and Ed Olson at Keola Pu'uhonua in|
Nā'ālehu Saturday with cultural demonstrations and
hula on first and third Saturdays, of the month, 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Photo by Brenda Iokepa-Moses
The halau performs during a regular event at Keola Pu'uhonua, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., first and third Saturdays of the month. Cultural practitioners give demonstrations and teach the public. On Saturday, a group from Puna joined in with a kalo demonstration, pounding poi and inviting the public to join in.
Halau Hula O Leonalani Kumu Debbie Ryder said, "A lot of community people came out to support the practitioners and enjoy the hula." She called it "A real 'Ohana Day." Halau member Jamie Kailiawa, whose late husband Bull Kailiawa planted the Kaʻū Coffee, now grown by Olson along Hwy 11 by the historic graveyard in Pāhala, came out from Hilo to thank Olson for his donation and to give him a lei. All of the keiki and women dancers who will travel to Japan also presented lei to Olson.
|Ed Olson receives lei from young hula dancers for his|
donation toward their upcoming visit to Japan to perform
and visit cultural sites. Photo by Brenda Iokepa-Moses
Working at Ke Ola Pu'uhonua are Demetrius Oliveira, Hulali Waltgen Puli and Chelse Kobzi. They are all employed through Alu Like. During the summer, said Ryder, Alu Like will also employ youth to work to help steward and further develop the cultural gardens.
Halau Hula O Leonalani offers classes from keiki to kupuna at Pāhala Hongwanji in the old Japanese school classrooms. Tuesdays are for beginners from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. minimum age five, followed by advanced hula class from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Wednesday, keiki kāne classes are 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., an advanced opi'o class from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a ladies class from 6 p.m. to 7p.m.
For more information, contact the Kumu at 808-649-9334.
|Keiki of Halau Hula O Leonalani performing Saturday at Ke Ola Pu'uhonua in Nā'ālehu. Photo by Brenda Iokepa-Moses|
|David Fuertes was guest speaker|
at the Kaʻū FFA banquet.
Photo from Kahua Pa'a Mua
|Kaʻū High Ag teacher and FFA advisor Kaweni Ibarra, |
FFA student member Pomai Kajiwara-Ke, and advisor
Jessie Denny hold three awards for Ke including Star
Farmer. He also received a scholarship. Photo From FFA
During the FFA banquet, Kaʻū High agriculture teacher Kaweni Ibarra, Jessie Denny, Cynthia Emmsley, and Janelle Cardenas, who are all advisors for Kaʻū High's newly relaunched FFA, helped facilitate the event with the chapter officers.
FFA chapter officers summarized their accomplishments for the. year and members who participated in the the FFA Greenhand Degree program received certificates of recognition.
"Gov. Josh Green, M.D. is proud to announce wide legislative successes in the Administration's first legislative session. The Green Administration, through strong collaboration with the legislature, has secured the passage of a diverse portfolio of legislation that embraces the bold vision for the State of Hawai'i outlined by Governor Green during his first State of the State Address."
|Gov. Josh Green. Photo from National Governors Assn|
The Governor's assessment says "the 2023 legislative session secures critical achievements in all four areas. The Green Administration will build on these achievements over the next year."
To tackle homelessness and housing needs: The Rental Housing Revolving Fund will receive $280 million over the next two years. $100 million has been appropriated in FY24, while $180 million has been appropriated in FY25.
For the Dwelling Unit Revolving Fund, $50 million is appropriated for each year.
Kauhale Projects throughout Hawai'i will benefit from an infusion of $15 million in FY24 and $33 million in FY25.
ʻOhana Zones will benefit from an infusion of $15 million.
State Rent Supplement Program ($6 million in FY24); our Housing First Program ($3.7 million); our Rapid Re-Housing Program ($3.7 million); and our Homeless Outreach Services ($1.7 million).
More than $150 million for the Hawai'i Community Development Authority for infrastructure improvements for housing developments.
improving the existing child and dependent care tax credit.
For Climate Change Adaptation, the Hawaiʻi Green Infrastructure Authority will receive $100 million to lower the energy burden for more than 4,000 Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed households in Hawai'i.
For Hawai'i's Health Care Crisis, "this administration has secured funding to provide loan forgiveness programs for social workers, nurses, and physicians across Hawai'i. These investments will help shrink the state's physician shortage and ensure better health outcomes for communities across the state" with the following:
$30 million for the Hawaiʻi State Loan Repayment Program. "The State of Hawaiʻi is the first state in the country to start and invest in a loan repayment program for medical professionals to recruit, retain and attract doctors, nurses and social workers."
Reduce health disparities for the 450,000 residents on Medicaid through $30 million dollars per year investment, matched with $43 million in federal support to raise Medicaid reimbursement rates. "Currently, physicians are reimbursed at a higher rate for patients on Medicare than those on Medicaid, discouraging healthcare providers from taking Medicaid patients. This investment ensures parity in reimbursement rates, facilitating access to higher quality care for Medicaid patients."
Crucial investments in rural and neighbor island hospitals including:$50 million for Hilo Medical Center ICU and Medical Surgery Expansion; $18 million for Kona Community Hospital for Pharmacy and Infrastructure upgrades; $21.2 million for improvements at Samuel Mahelona Hospital in Kapa'a, Kaua'i; and $39 million for Maui Health System for repair and maintenance projects
The Governor's statement said that collaboration with the Hawai'i State Legislature extended beyond these four priorities and includes the successful negotiation of a new contract with the Hawai'i State Teachers Association.