Celebrating Filipino American History Month

Let’s celebrate Filipino American History Month, which happens the month of October. This was originally written in 2008 and entitled: „1973:  ’Cause we all come from someplace and all go someplace, too.” Filipinos arrived in Hawaii with false promises of work in 1906. Today, Filipinos are the largest ethnicity in Hawaii.

When I was a child, in a less politically correct time, I was often asked, “What are you?”  I tried to prove this inquiry with, “I was born in Los Angeles”, yet this answer was never enough.  I needed to read Seven Card Stud with Seven Manangs Wild, an anthology of Filipino-American writings, edited by Helen C. Toribio, to understand where I came from.  The writings in Seven Card Stud covered several themes:  Social, economic, and legal issues.  What would an ethnic-specific book be without identity?


Seven Card Stud with Seven Manangs Wild, an anthology of Filipino-American writings, edited by Helen C. Toribio

Identity occurs on many levels from the person to the hierarchy found in socio-economics.  In Roots, „…there is little national interest in supporting the indigenous arts” (4).  Filipinos often struggle with “That whole Filipino stigma of shame!” (13) from The Mailbox.  This became an internal battle of fighting rejection as in Not Wanted.  Filipinos not only deal with this stigma, they deal with this issue in reality, as in A Hot Sunday in Mt. Eden where one was trying to complete homework through the chaos of dinner preparations of serving fresh chicken or the killing of a live chicken.

Another part to identity is the early loss of those who surpass their ancestor’s high hopes, as in Uncle Toto, where it is important to “Know where you came from[, this] will help you remember what you need to do and where you need to go” (74).  Toto’s death was tragic to a minority where few succeed.  Because it is through one’s accomplishments, many of which are immeasurable, that one realizes his or her identity.  In The Mighty Manhattan Born Filipina, the writer stated, “I was searching desperately for my ‘Filipino community’, even though I never really found it in the 15 years I lived in New York.”  Because Jewish and Puerto Rican populations were far greater than that of Filipinos, she fails to recognize New York as a microcosm of the country, which enables the dominant cultures to stay most visible.  She does not realize her Filipino community is within her family and herself.  It is difficult to consider this perspective as the “…niggahs of the orient”, as from The Old Man.

Being misidentified worsens this effect as in Adobo, Tamales, Blues, & Jazz on Magnolia Street, where during World War II (WWII) “…I remember having to wear a large button that said, ‘I am a loyal American Filipino,’ in bright red, white, and blue.”  However, because the button was missing one day, the writer was a “Jap” and sold inferior rice—a humiliating experience.  Because of the lack of support on an individual-, family-, community-, county-, state-, regional-, national-level, minority populations need to survive discrimination as in Being Pilipino, where one is “Always trying to float to the top…” (10).  Try as one may, there is only the best one can manage that matters.  One’s economic standing in society trickles down from the lack of this support.  In Uncle’s Top, the homemade top reminds me of the canvas backpacks my father got for my brothers and me.  Bringing it to school embarrassed me, but now such objects are in common demand for their environmental friendliness.  What matters most is having the basics.  Education is an essential entitlement for all.  In Two Brothers:  Two Filipino American perspectives, the “model minority” can apply to those who succeed via education and those effected by Reaganomics.  This was a period when funding for education for minorities in college was severely reduced.

Building an economic foundation can come from many places—it is not necessary to start it from scratch.  In Maeda’s Place, a Filipino family comes up as a discriminated minority in 1936 to an improved economic situation during WWII because they were able to buy Maeda’s place at a price they could manage.  Another instance of this fallout from WWII was found in Mama’s Cleaners.  The ironing shop was a Japanese owned business but had to be sold.  One more way to get ahead was found in The Gift.  Asians could own property if purchased by a white person and placed under their name.  Later, the title transferred  to the Filipino recipient’s name—a fortunate few.

With Davy and Mom in Los Angeles, CA home. Photo by my Dad.

With Davy and Mom in Los Angeles.

One common theme not often mentioned is the hardships found in realizing one’s mistakes, like The Pig.  It is a tradition in some minority populations for segregated gender activities, like the Filipinos’ slaughtering a pig.  Tragic mistakes happen even in traditional practices, like selecting the fattest pig and not realizing sow was pregnant.  The economic loss of loosing six piglets to a single meal is beyond unbearable to the father who tried to get ahead for his family.  Noting skin color in others makes getting ahead more difficult. In Piedmont Avenue, a “Chasm [is] determined by economic”, status.    “…we affected a rough and tough attitude that was in contrast to the silent ‘you don’t belong here’ stare of the boys our own age…”  The attitudes from those different from a minority population stem from social conditioning taught to us from our parents and reinforced by peer groups.  Collectively, several groups add to this delusional imbalance, while other groups  absorb this shock.  Still, other Filipino families are able to get ahead, if even illegally, as in Uncle Eddies’ Restaurant:  “My Uncle’s gambling establishment was just one of many in the Chinatown area of Oakland.“  Bribes were given to policemen to keep their secret gambling in the backroom as a social venue for Filipino men to come to.

Because there were few Filipinos in the early days, socializing with other Filipinos created a community.  In The Modern Pool Hall, “…anti-miscegenation laws,” prevented Filipinos “from marrying outside their race”, so other people’s “children…would be the only family that many of these men [migrant field workers] would ever know.”  For men and for women, social gatherings serve a purpose.  In 200 Grand Avenue, “…membership in this organization brought us into a social circle within a Filipino community where new friendships were developed.” Additionally, in Seven Card Stud with Seven Manangs Wild, card playing was an opportunity to aid a proud Filipino financially, who would not take pity money.

Money management maybe a personal issue rectified by a close circle of friends; however, racism is an issue in need of greater numbers to support the fight against.  Prior to the civil rights’ movement, there was nothing to substantiate legal ramifications for the Filipinos.  In The Turning Point, the “Filipino American community became involved with the struggles for civil rights” in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  For some Filipinos, in And then there was one, “…seeing my roots brought me closer to my present…” (79).  The Tydings-McDuffie Act of 1934 restricted the number of Filipinos in the US, as stated in My Manang Dad, War Bride Momma, and Maverick Me, in which 50 Filipinos entered the US per year.  This restriction ended in 1965.

For many who discriminate, a commonality amongst the discriminator and the discriminated exists.  In Of Pipes, Tobacco, Dad, “When I think of my parent[s], I marvel at the incredible adaptability, resourcefulness, and faith that helped them survive a brutal ocean crossing, overwhelming homesickness, and a transition to a strange and new culture.  Surviving the Great Depression, and certainly racism and bias, gave further proof of their strength and determination.”  Discrimination appears from ignorance, not only of one’s own history but of history in general.  It is common for some people to speak and display their utter “bliss” and disrespect for their forbearer in this way.  This is remedied as in My Manong Dad, War Bride Momma, and Maverick Me, by providing cultural diversity and relevant education for all students because “In difficult times, we know we stand on our ancestor’s shoulders.  We seek to strengthen our community legacy from across the Pacific, where I began my life’s journey.”

Paternal great grandparents: Tan Quintana Family

Paternal side of my maternal great grandparents: Tan Quintana Family

Today, proud Filipinos Kiss the Ground, because they are “empathy[ic] for [their] grandparent[s] who sweated for pennies” (?).  Filipino immigrants made many sacrifices to get the present generation to where they are now.  If self-acceptance is not present, then self-loathing takes its place.  Discrimination plagues a community that does not support its minority populations. Perhaps one perspective to adopt is Cultural Engineering, where we don’t see our differences as problems.  We see them as resources.  Being mindful as in not asking What are you?, but realize “we are all basically members of the same race, the human race” (25).  With early social conditioning and signs like “No dogs or Filipinos allowed” (29), it explains why I never felt good about being Filipina.  Ultimately, I am “of [a] humble beginning… and every historical event that came upon the Philippine archipelago and where Filipinos were brought or went to…  I am a [wo]man of the world…mestiz[a]o—the ultimate mix of East and West….”

As a nearly neo-native American English speaker, I appreciate Convergence, whose lines reverberates every human being’s struggle:  “He chose, instead, a different path, one which ultimately led to the one we both walked on.  Here, in this forest[,] our lives converged.  Two places [,] ten thousand miles and 50 years a part were merged through a memory relived.“

Willie K at Mulligans on the Blue

Mulligans is the only Irish owned and operated bar and restaurant at Wailea Old Blue Golf Course with expansive ocean views. They pride themselves in offering fabulous food and affordable drinks at affordable prices. Their menu offers local favorites and  traditional pub fare. They also feature two separate Happy Hours with food specials.

Willie K performs regularly at Mulligans on the Blue. In the above video, his daughter Lycette Kahaiali’i dances the hula after Willie makes special announcement regarding the Na Hoku Awards.

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Merrie Monach Festival 2018

Merrie Monarch Festival begins 1-7 April 2018!

Merrie Monarch Festival: Celebrate the 55th Anniversary for the Merrie Monarch Festival, the international hula competition of the world. When I returned home to the Hawaiian Islands in 2010, I planned on being at the Edith Kanakaole Multipurpose Stadium at Hilo, Hawaii island for that golden week. However, as life goes, I found myself in Switzerland watching the livestream on KFVE. Because of the 12-hour time difference, I watched the group hula kahiko performances early on Saturday morning, which normally begins airing on Friday night. Staying connected to the Hawaiian Islands is a matter of choice, just as having any wonderful experience repeated with frequent visits.

After the Prince Lot Hula Festival ended, I shamelessly asked Kimo Kahoano to pose with me.My first exposure to hula was after my family relocated to Waianae, Oahu, where I attended Maili Elementary School. Throughout the Hawaiian Islands, the Public education system instructs students in arts of hula by a kumu hula (source of knowledge for hula) to prepare for May Day, which has been repackaged as Lei Day at the Hawaiian Islands. Having spent my early elementary school years at San Rafael, California doing a sloppy May Day (add to check list: What is May Day?) dance, I developed a perspective and an appreciation for learning hula.

Because I was given exact movements for hands and footwork, I was able to practice to my heart’s content within the privacy of my backyard. I do not remember the hula I learned for grades, 4-6, but my third grade hula remains in my bones, or at least the loi cultivating, poi scooping and eating parts. Thus, my favorite hula is from the pre-missionary contact–kahiko or traditional hula.

After Captain James Cook’s crew landed on Hawaiian islands, the missionaries were not far behind. The missionaries being devout Christians abolished hula performances throughout the Hawaiian Kingdom, call the traditional performances an „abomination.“ Not until King David Kalakaua’s time, the penultimate reigning Merrie Monarch, was hula revived to perpetuate Hawaiian culture. Mahalo nui to the Merrie Monarch!

UPDATE: Hula of the Merrie Monarch Festival is the highest level of performance that the competition is considered the „Olympics“ for Hawaiians and Hawaiians-at-heart. Watch the livestream (Hawaiian Standard Time).

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 6pm (HST): Miss Aloha Hula

Friday, 6 April 2018, 6pm: Group Hula Kahiko

Saturday, 7 April 2018, 6pm: Group Hula ‚Auna & Awards

For updates, check the Merrie Monarch Festival’s official website.

Prince Kuhio Day: Holiday in Hawai’i

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianole was next in line after Queen Liliuokalani's passing to reign over the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianole was next in line after Queen Liliuokalani’s passing to reign over the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Prince Kuhio Day: Holiday in Hawai’i. Aside from King Kamehameha Day (11 June), Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana’ole Pi’ikoi Day (26 March) is the only other holiday celebrating Hawaiian royalty that is recognized under the occupation by the United States. Prince Kūhiō served as a territorial delegate in the US Congress, where he served ten consecutive terms from 1903 until his passing in 1922 as a Republican. His first convictions were to side with the Home Rule Party of Hawai’i, but he realized he needed to win a seat in Congress to carry out anything on behalf of the Hawai’ian people.

Queen Liliuokalani, last reigning monarch of Hawaiian Kingdom.

Prince Kūhiō descends from the Kalākaua lineage and was the next heir to the Hawai’ian Kingdom after Queen Lili’uokalani. However, as the monarchy was overthrown in 1893 by American-backed businessmen, namely Republicans, Prince Kūhiō accomplished much during his Congressional service: 1) Appointing Hawai’ians in civil service positions; 2) Introducing and implementing local governments by county; 3) Advocating to remove: a) Requirement for high blood-quantum, and b) Replace lease land with fee-simple on the Hawai’ian Homes Commission Act of 1921. In the end, Prince Kūhiō failed to bring change to the Act, but the Act set aside 200,000 acres for Hawai’ian homesteaders. Prince Kūhiō celebration on Kaua’i. Association of Hawai’ian Civic Clubs‘ Kūhiō Festival are celebrated annually.

Ke Kai O Kahiki

UPDATE for Merrie Monarch 2017: Please support Ke Kai O Kahiki with fundraising!

Sugar Cane Culture Club is honored to be collaborating with Ke Kai O Kahiki (The Seas Of The Ancestral Lands). Ke Kai O Kahiki is a mens’ Hula Halau (Dance group) based in Waianae, Oahu of the Hawaiian Islands. In the past and under the direction of Kumu Hula (Source of Dance) O’Brian Eselu, Ke Kai O Kahiki demonstrated a strong Performance record in the Merrie Monarch Festival, also known as the Olympics for Hula. Ke Kai O Kahiki placed first for the kane Division five times and also first for the Overall Festival four times in the past 15 years of Performance.

In this 2009 Video, the Halau performs to the mele (chant): Tu ‘Oe; the ka’i (opening step): Paka Mai Ana Ka La Ma Puna; and the Ho’i (closing step): Ho’i E, Ho’i La, Ho’i I Kalani E. Some of the top comments include, 907valleygirl’s “Real men Dance Hula!!!,” and aggie leaupepe’s “Ke Kai O Kahiki are the best… O’Brian is truly gifted, and it’s awesome they won this!”

Unexpectedly Kumu O’Brian passed away in 2012. Now under the direction of a former front line dancer, Kumu La’akea Perry. The kane of the halau, as mentioned in 2015 Hawaii News Now interview, say their former Hula brother and now Kumu keeps O’Brian’s legacy thiving and alive.

As recently as 2014, Ke Kai O Kahiki performed for the Aloha Concert at Carnegie Hall. U’ilani Japan Inc./U’ilani Productions, Inc. presented this Concert. This Performance took place on Thursday 29. May 2014, 20:00 on Ronald O. Perelman Stage in Isaac Stern Auditorium.

In the Video below, Kumu La’akea is interviewed at Lanikuhonua, the Leeward Oahu property where the halau practices.

‘Ai ha’a (deep bent knee) is the style of Dance the halau performs. This is seen in the Video below where the pa’u (wrapped skirt made of raffia) hovers above the stage. This hula style is punishing and requires intensive Training, which includes climbing coconut trees. Makepa, photographed in Feature Image (and link to hula performance of Kauo Pu Ka ‘Iwa Kala Pahe’e), mentioned that “In times when you’re dying and your legs are about to fall apart and you’re on fire–you go to give that extra bit of more effort to stay with it and pull through. Not only for you, you’re doing it for your Brothers, too.”

Here’s a recent Facebook comment posted by Heather to Ke Kai O Kahiki on 15. January 2016: I so wish I could tavel to Wai’anea to see and meet you all in person. I first saw y’all perform Tu’ Oe on the video where the dancers wore yellow. From then on I was hooked on your dance group. The gentleman in the loin cloth and the one that was to his right in the video, and the one that was behind him who took the lead. Those three got my hot Italian blood goin’. Damn! Y’all are awesome and very sexy! Please keep goin’ on your craft and don’t stop with the Videos; it may be the only way I get to see you. Thank you so much for the entertainment.

Reply by Ke Kai O Kahiki: Thanks for supporting our group. The appreciation of our hula performances is accepted with much gratitude. We will post much more videos in the future. Mahalo!

Reply by Heather: Does La’akea Perry still dance with the group?

Reply by Ke Kai O Kahiki: This is Laakea. I have taken over the group as of April 2012 when our founder passed away.

Reply by Heather: A few weeks ago was when I saw my first video of the your group doin’ the Tu’ Oe (the one i mentioned above). You were the one that stood out the most to me. I started searching for more videos to watch and started researching hula and its orgins. I also noticed that in more videos recently you where chanting instead of O’Brian Eselu. It wasn’t until 3 nights ago that I saw that he has passed. Watching the videos of the news report of his passing I found myself getting teary eyed for you all. He was a true innovator of your style of male hula. Watching you Dance, I felt that you are a strong dancer; Ke Kai O Kahiki could not have been or could be in better hands. Ok, honest Moment, I do have a little crush on you. Lol. I do hope that I can see more new video of you dancing and if not I’ll have my ear tuned to your wonderful chant. You’re outstanding; keep it up. Btw, I’ve be come a true fan of Ke Kai O Kahiki.

Reply by Ke Kai O Kahiki: Thank you for your kind words. I do my best to serve the group in any way that is needed. Right now, I must put aside my dancing and lead as Kumu. Before O’Brian passed away ,he said that I have a lot more years of dancing left in me and that my dancing will be done in a different capacity….in a different setting. For now, I will continue to fill his big shoes as best as I can. Mahalo for your support.

Reply by Heather: The more I watch, it really makes me wish and want to travel to Wai’anae to come see y’all in Person.

The above Video is from the Red Bull BV One World Dance Competition. Ke Kai O Kahiki closed the Show with Ke Ahi Alapa Kukula Ula I Ka Lani, breaking barriers and sharing Hula in a new light…

Currently, Ke Kai O Kahiki is fundraising for the 2016 Merrie Monarch Festival. Their fundraisers include succulent food, heart-pounding entertainment, a delicious bake sale and raffle. These are their upcoming events:

Fundraiser-Merrie Monarch 2016: 5. March 2016, 11am-2pm at Paradise Cove, Luau Gardens, O’ahu

Merrie Monarch Festival: 1.-2. April 2016 at Hilo, Hawai’i

9th Annual Grow Hawaii Festival: 23 April 2016 at Bishop Museum, O’ahu

For more Information, please email: info@kekaiokahiki.com; or call: (808)722-0943 (HST).

We continue to develop rewards, so check back to bring the HANA HOU Hawaii Festival to Zurich, Switzerland AND also Support this Hula halau as they prepare to the Olympics of Hula at the 2016 Merrie Monarch Festival.

2015 Miss Aloha Hula of Merrie Monarch Festival

2015 Miss Aloha Hula of Merrie Monarch Festival! Wonderfully light footed hula dancers competing for Miss Aloha Hula title in solo performances this morning. I was up a little before 6:00 AM (UTC+01:00), so my set up was half hazard with sprawling wires leading from the workroom to the bedroom. I sat up half asleep at the edge of the bed near the doorway wondering, „Why don’t things work?“

Miss Aloha Hula took place Thursday 18:00, 9 April 2015 at the Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium in Hilo, Hawai’i. The hula competition has contestants performing hula in kahiko (traditional) and ‚auana (modern), as well as oli (chanting). The following audio recordings are of the Miss Aloha Hula contestants‘ oli. Order of appearance and 2015 Merrie Monarch Festival lineup with the final five counting down to 2015 Miss Aloha Hula of the Merrie Monarch Festival.

Miss Aloha Hula 2015 Contestant: Larriley Rawlins

Larriley Rawlins

Larriley Kehaulani Kaleonahe Kehahuna Rawlins (partial oli)

Kelsey Galago

Kelsey Galago

Kelsey Marie Ku’ulei Miliama Haina Galago

Tiana Soares

Tiana Soares

Tiana Kehaulani Arrocena Soares

Elizabeth Armstrong

Elizabeth Armstrong

Elizabeth Pualani Armstrong

Tiffany DeSilva

Tiffany DeSilva

Tiffany Kulani DeSilva

Tifeni Gene Ann Kanoe Elvenia’s oli was lost during the interrupted stream, sadly.

Alyssa Marie Ku’ulaniopu’u Mitsuko Akiyama

2015 Miss Aloha Hula of Merrie Monarch Festival Countdown:

‘Anela Tanigawa

‘Anela Tanigawa

‚Anela U’ilani Ruth Rusano Tanigawa (4th Runner Up)

Jayna Shaffer

Jayna Shaffer

I didn’t capture Jayna Marie Kau’iokalanimalie Shaffer’s oli (3rd Runner Up with 1074 points). Corrections are welcome in comments below.

Noelani Dudoit

Noelani Dudoit

Noelani Dudoit (2nd Runner Up with 1080 points)

With a delayed setup, I missed recording Miss Resulta's oli, who took 1st Runner Up for Miss Aloha Hula title (1085 points)

Abby Resulta

Abby Claire Hali’ahauola Resulta (1st Runner Up with 1085 points): I missed recording Miss Resulta’s oli, but I got one photo of her while my camera turned on in black and white mode–some things are not meant to be captured.

Jasmine Dunlap

Jasmine Dunlap

Ho’omaika’i ‚ana 2015 Miss Aloha Hula Jasmine Kaleihiwa Dunlap! Kimo Kahoano announces Kumu Kau’ionalani Kamana’o and Kunewa Mook of Hula Halau ‚O Kamuela, as Miss Dunlap performs „He Kau No Hi’iakaikapoliopele.“ Miss Dunlap scored 1113 points!

2015 Merrie Monarch Festival Results with Support for Mauna a Wakea

2015 Merrie Monarch Festival Results with Support for Mauna a Wakea: Being away from the land my great grandparents made their home, I cannot help but feel disconnected most of the time. The Merrie Monarch Festival always reconnects me to Hawai’i, and my time dancing hula in San Francisco was the closest to actually being home and surrounded with my hula sisters. Some of those furthest away are learning about the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea’s summit, which Support for Mauna a Wakea delays commencement.

Published on Apr 11, 2015: Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka at Mauna Kea performing Manono [originally performed during Kahiko night at 2015 Merrie Monarch Festival] amid Demonstration Against TMT. Uploaded by Maui Now on Youtube: Maui Now is the online news and information hub that’s all about Maui, Hawaii. With videos, news, sports and community content, Maui Now provides you with a quick way to find out what’s happening on Maui. With no 100% local news on TV, MauiNow.com provides the answers our community needs.

From the TMT headquarters in Pasadena, California. He nani nō! Mana wahine...eō!!

Posted on We Are Mauna Kea’s Facebook page by Lori Halemano.

From the TMT headquarters in Pasadena, California. He nani nō! Mana wahine…eō!!

Published on Apr 7, 2015: Aunty Pua Case explains Kapu Aloha at the TMT shutdown on Mauna Kea. The proposed thirty meter telescope would be built on top of sacred burial grounds in a conservation district and violates eight conservation laws and desecration law HRS711-1107. The case is in appeals as of April 7th when this video was made on the twelfth day of #TMTshutdown prevention of TMT construction. The mountain contains Hawaii island’s main aquifer and is their primary source of fresh drinking water. Native species found only there are at risk as well as fresh water due to construction of the 18 story telescope. There are already 13 telescopes on the mountain and 9 of them do not work. Hazardous chemical leaks, mercury spills and sewage seepage have been problems with the other telescopes and 8 acres on some of the last undeveloped slope of the mountain is way, way, way too much. We are not opposed to the TMT, we are opposed to the location. Aloha nui. Uploaded by Protect Mauna Kea on Youtube.
Posted to We Are Mauna Kea's Facebook page by Hood's Martial Arts Academy.

Posted to We Are Mauna Kea’s Facebook page by Hood’s Martial Arts Academy.

Published on Apr 10, 2015: Kamana`opono Crabbe [Ka Pouhana (Chief Executive Officer) at Office of Hawaiian Affairs] speaks to those gathered at UH Manoa for the ahu dedication. Uploaded by Nanci Munroe on Youtube.

When: 4/15/15 (3:30-6:30 PM) Where: Kukaniloko (Wahiawa Birthing Stones) Hele mai

Posted to We Are Mauna Kea’s Facebook page by Travis Maxwell.

After searching the social media posts for a variety of photos, I wondered about what headlines come out during 2010 to inform the people of Hawai’i about TMT’s construction. As I relocated to O’ahu in June 2010, I was unaware of Hawai’i politics.

Republican Governor Linda Lingle accepted TMT’s final environmental impact statement (Read 1110-page statement.), on 9. May 2010, and signed with TMT to construct on Big Island’s Mauna Kea.

Posted by Iwalani Lehua Mae Nawahine.

Posted on We Are Mauna Kea’s Facebook page by Iwalani Lehua Mae Nawahine.

On The Maui News, former Hawaii Governor Lingle Praises Citizens for Toughing It Out on News Flash 29. May 2010:

In addition, I recently approved the final EIS for the $1 billion TMT Thirty-Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, which is widely supported by the Big Island community because of the economic benefits the project offers and the potential to spur career and education opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Mahalo and aloha!

Governor Linda Lingle

Posted to We Are Mauna Kea's Facebook page by Christine Gora.

Posted to We Are Mauna Kea’s Facebook page by Christine Gora.

Did you know, reported on Big Island Video News on 16. June 2010, that the Cerro Armazones in Chile was also competing for the final TMT build site? On 28. June 2010, University of Hawai’i Board of Regents approved TMT project on Mauna Kea. Eytaka Ciencia, La Ciencia de Forma Sencilla announced TMT’s construction on Mauna Kea, Hawaii on 30. June 2010.

On 15. September 2010, Associated Press via Nancy Cook Lauer’s blog All Hawaii News announced the endangered palila songbird, found only on slopes of Mauna Kea volcano, faces extinction. All Hawaii News covers government and political news from all the Hawaiian Islands.

Posted on Stand for Mauna a Wakea's Facebook page by Ryan Motoyama.

Posted on Stand for Mauna a Wakea’s Facebook page by Ryan Motoyama.

October 2010, Shara Enay of Hawaii Business reported in an article entitled, „3 Ways to Revitalize Hawai’i Economy„:

Hawaii Island is also home to the Thirty-Meter Telescope, which Sen. Fukunaga says is the result of remarkable community collaboration. “People from ag, tech, education, tourism and every other sector imaginable came together to bring the TMT to the Big Island and the whole state will reap the benefits of that collaboration,” she says.

In spite the major TMT developments on Mauna Kea, the headlines and news coverage was minimized and hidden within other island news. TMT’s history project is posted on their website.

Civic Beat posted on their Facebook page: Women from Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka o Uka under the direction of Kumu Hula Napua Greig from Maui, dance and chant at the Mauna Kea visitor’s center.

Gérard K on Mauna Kea.

This blog started out as „2015 Kahiko Hula Merrie Monarch Festival“, then became „2015 Kahiko Hula Merrie Monarch Festival or We are Mauna Kea.“ Scratching the surface of headline news (since so little was reported about TMT and its construction on Mauna Kea during the process), and I updated to the current title: 2015 Merrie Monarch Festival Results with Support for Mauna a Wakea. Pushing STEM may be to keep pace with the rest of the world; however, what good is keeping up in a rat-race when the community water supply is ruined and undrinkable? If I could go back in time, I would study politics and law in Hawai’i.

The Chicago Sun Times, reported by Tina Sfondeles on 22. January 2015, former Hawai’i State Governor Linda Lingle was offered Chief Operating Officer of Chicago to Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration. The Windy City has not changed much from the roaring 1920’s.

2015 Merrie Monarch Festival results

Women’s Kahiko Hula

5th Place: Hālau Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea, Kumu Hula Kapua Dalire-Moe

4th Place: Hālau Nā Mamo O Puʻuanahulu, Nā Kumu Hula William Kahakuleilehua „Sonny“ Ching & Lōpaka Igarta-De Vera

3rd Place: Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe, Nā Kumu Hula Tracie & Keawe Lopes

2nd Place: Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka, Kumu Hula Nāpua Greig

1st Place: Hula Hālau ʻO Kamuela, Nā Kumu Hula Kauʻionālani Kamanaʻo & Kunewa Mook

Men’s Kahiko Hula

5th Place: Hālau Nā Mamo O Puʻuanahulu, Nā Kumu Hula William Kahakuleilehua „Sonny“ Ching & Lōpaka Igarta-De Vera

4th Place: Kawailiʻulā, Kumu Hula Chinky Māhoe

3rd Place: Hālau Hula ʻO Kahikilaulani, Kumu Hula Nāhōkūokalani Gaspang

2nd Place: Nā Kamalei, Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero

1st Place: Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka Lā, Kumu Hula Kaleo Trinidad

Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka Lā- He Inoa No Keōpūolani. Posted on Merrie Monarch Festival's Facebook page.

Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka Lā- He Inoa No Keōpūolani. Posted on Merrie Monarch Festival’s Facebook page.

Wahine’s ‚Auana Hula

5th Place: Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe, Nā Kumu Hula Tracie & Keawe Lopes

4th Place: Hula Hālau ʻO Kamuela, Nā Kumu Hula Kauʻionālani Kamanaʻo & Kunewa Mook

3rd Place: Hālau Nā Mamo O Puʻuanahulu, Nā Kumu Hula William Kahakuleilehua „Sonny“ Ching & Lōpaka Igarta-De Vera

2nd Place: Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka, Kumu Hula Nāpua Greig

1st Place: Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine, Kumu Hula Kaʻilihiwa Vaughan-Darval

Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine. Photographer ?

Kane’s ‚Auana Hula

4th Place: Hālau Nā Mamo O Puʻuanahulu, Nā Kumu Hula William Kahakuleilehua „Sonny“ Ching & Lōpaka Igarta-De Vera

3rd Place: Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka Lā, Kumu Hula Kaleo Trinidad

2nd Place: Hālau Hula ʻO Kahikilaulani, Kumu Hula Nāhōkūokalani Gaspang

1st Place: Nā Kamalei, Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero

Na Kamalei. Photo credit by Deniis Oda. APRIL 10, 2015.

Na Kamalei. Photo credit by Deniis Oda. 10. April 2015.

Wahine Overall

3rd Place: Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine, Kumu Hula Kaʻilihiwa Vaughan-Darval

2nd Place: Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka, Kumu Hula Nāpua Greig

1st Place: Hula Hālau ʻO Kamuela, Nā Kumu Hula Kauʻionālani Kamanaʻo & Kunewa Mook

Hula Hālau ‘O Kamuela- Kiʻekiʻe Kīlauea Me Maunaloa. Posted on Merrie Monarch Festival's Facebook page.

Hula Hālau ‘O Kamuela- Kiʻekiʻe Kīlauea Me Maunaloa. Posted on Merrie Monarch Festival’s Facebook page.

Kane Overall

3rd Place: Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka Lā, Kumu Hula Kaleo Trinidad

2nd Place: Hālau Hula ʻO Kahikilaulani, Kumu Hula Nāhōkūokalani Gaspang

1st Place: Nā Kamalei, Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero

Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehionāpuaikawēkiu-okalani Cazimero. Photo posted on Merrie Monarch Festival.

Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehionāpuaikawēkiu-okalani Cazimero. Photo posted on Merrie Monarch Festival’s Facebook page.

Overall Merrie Monarch Festival Winner: Nā Kamalei, Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero

Ho’omaika’i ‚ana to all Kumu Hula for creating innovative hula choreography! Mahalo to all hula dancers for beautiful and light-on-the-feet footwork! Mahalo nui to Kfve.com for live streaming the Merrie Monarch Festival! Mahalo nui loa to Pele and Mauna Kea for uniting the people of Hawai’i, Hawaiians and Hawai’i-at-heart!