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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Kaʻū News Briefs May 25, 2024

The first graduating class of Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences on Saturday, May 25, 2024
at ceremonies in traditional Hawaiian attire. Photo by Ophir Danenberg
Trinity Faye Young, aspiring Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, will
head off to study animal science. Photo by Ophir Danenberg
    The Charter School began classes 20 years ago with elementary students and kept building its student body toward high school graduation.
   On Saturday, twelve students graduated with one of them having attended the school since kindergarten. 
    Student Leahi Ka'awa gave the Welina, the greeting for the opening. In her Puakula Address, Principal Kalima Kenney welcomed the students and families and said she was very grateful to be with the first graduating class.
   Lanakila Manguail gave the Special Address. Raised in Honoka'a and graduating from Kanu O Ka `Aina Charter School, he is considered a cultural and environmental protector, cultivator and educator. A Kumu Hula, he has worked in the state Department of Education and has run for several elective offices.
    Manguail shared his own Charter School experience as a student and recalled the teachers giving him the personal attention he needed. He talked about the chapters of life, which for students, "is always school," but changes. He said, "Life is always a journey. Life began with the first breath."
Lanakila Mangual was keynote speaker and talks with 
Ocean Keal'i Nainoa Nihipali-Sesson who is heading to Orange
Coast Community College to play football. Photo by Ophir Danenberg

He noted, "We are always in the real world." He suggested to students that they seek to live a balanced life through understanding. He talked about the fine line between having pride and "being stuck up. You find pride in haahaa," humility, but he cautioned, "Don't let humility stop you from seizing the opportunity. That is the balance of walking through life." He advised the students to "continue to strive for the righteous path every step of the way."
   Manu Goodhue, the Volcano high school coordinator and registrar, came from a background in college counseling. In her Kumu Address, she commended the students for staying with the program to become the school's first high school graduating class. She pointed to the challenges, particularly during the COVID pandemic, with times of education going online and on the phone. She said,"it is a privilege to have overcome those challenges."
   She stressed that the most important aspect of the school is the community, particularly with the small program at Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences. She left the students with the message, "You are not by yourself. We are here for you guys. Remember this is your home. If any time you need something, you are part of this 'ohana forever."
Kumu Manu Goodhue helped develop the high school
program at Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences.
Photo by Ophir Danenberg
   In his Student Address, Alden Wells described, by name, his appreciation for each student in his graduating class. He said the experimental nature of the school was possible only because of the solid foundation cultivated by students and instructors. "A solid foundation makes everything, a solid 'ohana, a solid education."
    Before the presentation of diplomas, family members tied the cloth that draped each student in a Kīhei Ceremony, symbolizing the completion and celebration of their achievements.
   Graduating Summa Cum Laude was Centelle Xitlalli Kaleimakamaeokapoli Bautista.
   Graduating Magna Cum Laude was Alden James Wells.
   Graduating Cum Laude were Merlin Renato Kaaumoana Harber, Kaimana Michael Erin Klein, and Shane Ala Yeakle.
   Also graduating were Raymond K.Crittenden, Miccaiah Kaneali'i Dupre-Augiar, Nainoa Kamana Kaaa Dawson, Ocean Keal'i Nainoa Nihipali-Sesson, Nickolas Dio Tucker-Lilleeng, Mardani Pu'uwai Sugai and Trinity Faye Young.
   For more on Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences, see https://www.volcanoschool.net/.

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Last year during the Fourth of July Rodeo weekend, sponsored by Ka'u Roping & Riding.
Photo by Joy Marie Ridgely
KAʻŪ ROPING & RIDING'S FOURTH OF JULY RODEO WEEKEND WILL BE JULY 6 AND 7 AT NĀ'ĀLEHU RODEO GROUNDS. The action starts Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. with Slack Roping. Rodeo event competitions begin at noon. They include: Open Dally, Kane-Wahine Dally, Century Team Roping, Ranch Mugging, Double Mugging, Rescue Race, Po'o Wai U, Tie Down, Wahine Breakaway and Youth Barrels. Events for keiki include: Goat Undecorating and Dummy Roping.
    Paniolo will vie for All Around Cowgirl and All Around Cowboy titles. Competitors include working and recreational paniolo with age group events from keiki to kupuna.
     Rodeo queen competition for young ladies will begin soon for ages eight to 18. Contact Tammy Kaapana at 808-854-7917.
    Here are the results of the Spring Rodeo at the same location:
    Open team Roping: 1st Bronson Branco and Kaihau Onaka; 2nd Josh Gomes and Kaihau Onaka; 3rd Kevin Hill and Kaihau Onaka; 4th Josh Gomes and Chris Awa.
    Wahine Team Roping: 1st Brandy Gomes and Kaiahu Onaka; 2nd Kevin Hill and Makayla Awa; 3rd -
Last year's Rodeo Queen ShaniaLee Silva congratulates Wahine
Double Mugging winners Makayla Awa and Katie Andrade and their
 keiki at the 2023 July 4 Rodeo weekend. Photo by Joy Marie Ridgley

Brandy Gomes and Damien Flores.
    Century Team Roping: 1st Gilbert Smith and Allen Gomes; 2nd Audwin Aiwohi and Mac Castillo.
    Double Mugging: 1st Bronson Branco and Nalu Villanueva; 2nd Rigan Kaapana and Dale Arruda ; 3rd Frank Costa and Dutyn Abaya.
    Wahine Mugging: 1st Katie Andrade & Kalia Andrade.
    Kane/Wahine Ribbon mugging: 1st Raisha Karratti and Jamin Mederios; 2nd Katie Andrade and Bronson Branco; 3rd Shannon Benevides and Billy Benevides; 4th Makayla Awa and Chris Awa.
    Wahine Breakaway: 1st Katie Andrade; 2nd Kalena Kaiwi; 3rd Shannon Benevides; 4th Kalia Andrade.
    Po'owaiu:1st Bronson Branco; 2nd Kaihau Onaka; 3rd Westin Joseph.
    Dummy Roping 4 & Under: 1st Kapena Leite.
    Dummy roping 5-8: 1st Skylar Branco; 2nd Ella Marie Jose; 3rd Jesamy Ann Silva.
    Goat Undercoating 4 & Under: 1st Kapena Leite; 2nd Leann Silva.3rd Eva Jose.
    Goat Undercoating 5-8: 1st Jesamy Ann Silva: 2nd Maximas Parks: 3rd Ella Marie Jose.
    Keiki Barrels: 1st Ella Marie Jose; 2nd Maximas Parks; 3rd Ezera Leialoha.

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Kilauea Military Camp Memorial Day begins at 10 a.m. with
speakers, Boy Scouts, music, hula, prayers from a chaplain and a
speech from Brig. Gen. Ray Gandy, Jr.

Malama Kai Foundation's Reef Talk on Friday, May 30 will be live streamed on
YouTube channel@malamakai. This is a free event, but donations are always welcome.
 Contact Kater Hiney, Malama Kai Foundation, Reef Talks Coordinator, for more information
 at kateralisha@gmail.com,