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6-12-96 issue of The M.A.N.
Philippine Dances and Folk Tales Featured
The occasion was an open house by the Senior Center at the Mitchell Pauole Center with a variety of food for sale including home grown produce for Filipino Dishes, crafts and rummage sales, too.
Mariano Acoba, emcee of the special program introduced storyteller Felisa Ramilo who told a folk tale, the Legend of the Sampaguita, the national flower of the Philippines. Ms. Ramilo's romantic story of tragic courage is a story of "a promise of love that went beyond time and space" .
Well-known second-generation Filipino H. Wayne Mendoza, and two of his dance students, Pamela Domingo, Miss Hawaii Filipina and Eufemio Dudoi demonstrated the regional differences of the dances of the Philippines with a historical and cultural perspective. Mendoza explained and played percussion and wind instruments as well as demonstrated some of the costumes worn in different regions. Mendoza showed the audience a wide variety of dance movements and steps from with bird-like movements of the North and the ocean creatres and manta rays of the Southern dances, moving to European and Christian influences in the Central areas and the Spanish influence on the Filipino bamboo castanets.
The audience was also delighted by the youngster who sat in the front row and was obviously captivated by the movements and music of the Itikitik (duck dance) and spontaneously imitated them, and others so well !
This activity was supported by The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts celebrating thirty years of culture in the arts in Hawaii and the National Endowment for the Arts. It is part of the Statewide Cultural Extension Program of the University of Hawaii College of Continuing Education & Community Service.
Seven from Molokai 1996 Kamehameha Schools Graduates
Reychelle Ayau and Keoni Pua'a led the list of students with the highest GPAs, from Moloka'i . The seven from Moloka'i who participated in Kamehameha Schools' Ceremonies on May 23rd in Honolulu were: Daynelle Alsadon, Reychelle Ayau, Scott Baptiste, Kaaikeola Kapuni-Szasz, Mary Lawrence, Michelle Napoleon, and Keoni Pua'a.
Electric Bill Increases
In June, residents of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai will see increases in their electricity bills, the Maui Electric Company announced on June 4, 1996. A residential customer on Maui with a typical 500 kilowatt-hour (kwh) bill will see an increase of $2.87 to $76.20 in June. this compares with May's bill of $73.33.
On Molokai, a residential customer with a typical 500 kwh bill will see an increase of $4.63 to $95.05 from May's cost of $90.42.
Lanai's residential customers with a typical 500 kwh bill will see an increase of $1.64 to $92.82 from May's cost of $91.18
These increases are primarily due to an increase in the costs of both the industrial and diesel fuel inventories, according to MECO.
Proposed Kualapu'u Community Center
Subject of Meeting
A public meeting is scheduled at the Kualapu'u Elementary School Cafetorium at 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 13, 1996 to present to the general public the final plans for the new Kualapu'u Community Center Building and ball-park landscaping. This Community Center is being constructed by the Maui County Department of Parks & Recreation on the grounds of the Kualapu'u Ball Park. Interested persons are urged to attend to give comments and ask questions.
Hauoli La Hanau,
Rachel Lahela & Naeole Naki
Born 92 years ago in Pelekunu Valley, on the North Shore of Moloka'i, Rachel Naeole moved to Wailau with her family where she grew up and met her husband, the late James Imu Naki. The couple were married by Father Thompson and moved to the leeward coast to raise their family Fishing and growing taro, the Naki's had elevent and raised raised eight children at Honouliwai. A familiar sight, Rachel Naki worked hours in the hot sun cultivating taro, with hand tools, planting and pulling taro and weeds with family help.
Last Saturday evening the six surviving children and over oen hundred grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many friends gathered to celebrate her 92nd birthday. Her children include George, who also celebrated his birthday on Saturday, Paradise, Sarah, Paul, Willie and Elizabeth.
Actively working in the lo'i kalo until a stroke several years ago slowed her down, Grandma Naki now lives with her granddaughter Darlene in Honouliwai and daughter Paradise in Kapaakea..
Several years ago, a National Geographic article photographed by Rick Cook on Molokai featured a memorable photograph of farmer Rachel Naki beside her lo'i
. Though now wheelchair bound, Rachel Naki remains the matriarch of a large, loving family and respected for the knowledge about taro and Moloka'i she has shared with her neighbors over the years.
Makaala's -Call Police 553-5355 or 911
Report On Haole-Activity
(haole: ha-Spirit; ole-without; empty. Perpetrators of crime are acting haole) Information by Maui Police Dept. - Kaunakakai District
June 4 -- KAUNAKAKAI--About 1:15 am a 911 call was received by the Molokai Station. A juvenile related that persons entered his residence and took money. Officers arrived at which time learned that two male responsibles knocked on the door, and forced their way into the residence, demanded money. Victim was assaulted by both responsibles. To avoid being beaten further, victim realted that he would give the responsibles money. He was then led to another room where money was received from another family member ($300 cash).
Victim and family member were then instructed to stay in the room. Responsibles left, fleeing in unknown direction.
One of responsibles identified as Leroy K. Wright, with the identity of second responsible being investigated.
Leroy K. Wright charged for Burglary I, 2 counts of Robbery I and 2 counts of Kidnapping.
June 6 -- about 7:30 am. Benjamin S.K. Albino wa arrested as the second responsible in the above case. Albino was charged for the same offenses as Wright.
Court Report ( Defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty ) Andy Sarabia .......Cr#96-0194(3)....charged with Assault on a police officer, Sarabia plead NoContest to harassment Sentence 5-8 $200 fine. Michelle Drewyer-prosecutor
Drug Graphic Ban at MHIS?
Release by MHIS-SCBM (N. Lawrence) The Molokai High and Intermediate School SCBM Council recently passed into policy a ruling forbidding any display of drug graphics on campus. This ruling which pertains to personal items such as book bags, folders, backpacks, and jewelry broadens an earlier ruling which banned the display of drug graphics on articles of apparel. The school defines drug graphics as words, logos, or pictures that portray alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs and drug paraphernalia.
The council encourages parents to be aware of this ruling when their youngsters are shopping for next year's school supplies and apparel. The council and the school hope to help families avoid incurring expenses for items which may not be used at school.
Molokai High and Intermediate School has pledged to be a drug free campus, and we on the SCBM Council ask your support of this worthy goal.
(Awue! Another bad example: SCBM-Council makes policy that violates the individual' Rights to freedom of speech guaranteed by the Constitution. Kids see adults doing drugs, alcohol, smokes, and disrespect laws.....look at the adults! Who are the role models?-G.P.-editor)
No Drugs: A Loving Dad's Reasoning
submitted by M. P.
Kualapuu School PSO End-of-the-Year Notes
by Kathy Kennedy
If you were unable to attend the May 28, PSO General Membership Meeting, you missed a very interesting, high-energy get-together. Principal Alan Ashitomi explained the new work sampling portfolio as well as the new grading system. The work sampling system, a program which includes all the pertinent areas of learning and personal development looks to be very promising as well as child/teacher friendly. The concept is surely exciting. Next year's teachers were also introduced.
Donna Puaa, 1995-96 PSO President reported on the past year's activities. The PSO Board worked hard this year in getting the financial records in order and the new Board will have a well-organized accounting system. After much lively discussion, it was decided to set aside Account II only for the proposed playground equipment designated to improve upper body strength in the Upper Grades Area. Another issue discussed and approved is for one member of the PSO Board to sit on the SCBM Board to relay communication between organizations.
PSO Board officers: President Donna Pua'a , VP Joyce Woolsey & Stephanie Okimoto; Treasurer Jane Woolsey; Secretary Kathy Kennedy , except for Historian Julie Lopez, who will retain her position for the coming year, will be replaced by a new board. The new Board members and community-minded, hard-working individuals elected for the next year are: President Nanamae Puailihau; Vice-Presidents Jade Keoho and Dana Kaahanui, Treasurer Debbie Kelly, Secretary Edith Naki. Congratulations and best wishes for a productive year!
If you have not ordered your 1995-96 year book, contact Julie Lopez or call the school, 567-6126. For a book packed in memories in pictures, the price of $10.50 is a real bargain. The book will include pictures of the May Day celebration and 30th Anniversary Party as well as other end of the year activities. The book is slated to be out in July.
Everyone anxiously awaited their name being called for door prizes. The Molokai business community and individuals showed their special brand of Aloha in donating prizes. Special thanks to Molokai Drive Inn, Take's Variety Store, Molokai Drugs,Inc., Molokai Sight & Sound, Guy's Rawlins Chevron Service, G.T. Auto, Imports Gift Shop, Molokai Ranch, MCC Farm, Molokai Fish & Dive, Hikiola Cooperative, INc., Akea Farms, Coffees of Hawaii, Baron & Stephanie Okimoto, K.D. Farms, and Pepsi Cola/Seven Up Molokai. Mahalo nui loa!
Everyone was treated to delicious cakes and juice prepared by the loving hands of Mike Shizuma and staff and it was ono!! Thanks Mike!
And to the parents, staff and volunteers who went the extra mile this year, your efforts and good will is much appreciated. It is folks like you who make Kualapuu School such a special place.
LETTER: Kualapuu Grateful
[Ed note: In mid-April, the 6th grade class at Kualapu'u who had been cultivating a garden with the intention of selling some produce to partially fund a class trip to Kaua'i was vandalized. A visitor who read the story about the incident in the M.A.N. responded when she returned home to Los Angles.]
Dear 6th Graders,
My friend and I were having a vacation on your beautiful island enjoying the magnificent beaches and spectacular sunsets when we happened to read your local newspaper. We were really sad to learn bout the destruction on your garden. You worked very hard and that was an awful thing to happen.
I'm sending $50 to hep make up part of your loss. I hope you still get to make your trip to Kaua'i and have a good time.
You and your teacher, Ms. Lukonen, keep up the good work. I am a teacher too, so think I understand how you feel..
Dear Ms. Nowacki,
Aloha! We (Miss Lukonen and class) really appreciate your donation to help us with the problem of our garden being vandalized. This was a difficult phase for our class, but we got through it together. It is extremely painful to see your hard work destroyed by thoughtless, uncaring people. Sometime in the future we will again put our hard work into a project similar to this one and complete it successfully. There can be people in the world nowadays who do terrible things like this to others. This is not something we expected to happen to us. We still don't understand how or why someone would want to do this to us. It wasn't just the garden that was hurt.
We are very grateful to you, in part for your monetary donation, but primarily for restoring our faith in people through your thoughtfulness. In your generosity you have helped us to see that there are also people in the world who try to solve problems. You supported us during an unpleasant time in our lives and showed us the are people who care about what happens in the world and are willing to do something about it.
We discussed how to use your donation and finally decided. Since it's the end of the year and we are going onto the intermediate school, we decided to purchase garden tools so next year's class can continue the garden we started this year. Aloha pumehana,
Miss Lukonen's Sixth Grade Class
photo: We Did Get to Visit Kaua'i !
Some Kualapu'u sixth grade students who traveled to Kaua'i were Ena Tilini, Micah Buchanan, Sunday Hanchett, Kehau Low, Darryl-Lynn Dudoit, Crystal Keoho, Glenna Maikui, Pohai Mollena, Tiana Levi, Kawai Lopez, Mark Levi, Taofia Piliati.
AARP Molokai Hears About Police Services
by Gladys Brown
Maui Police Officer Clint Crane of the Molokai District spoke at the June 5th meeting of the Molokai AARP Chapter. Officer Crane was an excellent speaker. He was knowledgeable and personable. He spoke for an hour on the different aspects of the police protection available to us. After he fielded questions with answers that showed much research and statistical data. Everyone at the meeting was impressed with his presentation. He stayed to answer individual questions stemming from personal incidents.
The information given us on possibilities of citizen watches in our neighborhoods, preventive measures against burglaries, opportunities to help the police and reasons for police limitations was well received.
Thanks to Capt. George Kahoohanohano for allowing the AARP and others to hear this fine officer.
The next meeting of the Molokai AARP Chapter is scheduled for Wednesday, July 3, 1996 at the Mitchell Pauole Center, 9:30 am.
by S. Flowers, Tutu Pua
Wednesday, May 29th
Well, that old "redeye" flite lived up to it's name, at least from Honolulu to Dallas/Ft. Worth, plus two more hours on into New Orleans, Louisiana! Number one son and family didn't get much out of Tutu the next day, but now it's better, so six-year old Bryce will help make a dinosaur picture with felt cutouts.
The country here is green, level and has water, water, everywhere! There are salt and crawfish farms, sugar cane fields, and Avery Island -- where they make HOT Tabasco sauce. It's also where I buy boxes of Dirty Rice and Jambalaya (hello Ona!) to send back to Molokai. I brought some inamona along. Will see how the locals here like Aunty Louisa's poke ahi !
Like many cultures, as the old-timers pass on, the French/Acadian, or Cajun (pronounced CawJune) language is fading away too. New Orleans and the town of Natchetaches were established in the early 1700s. Baton Rouge (Red Stick) is Louisiana's capitol. I am here in Lafayette -- next stop, Purvis, Mississippi to see number one daughter.
Purvis, by the way is closest to Hattiesburg. Someone said that town got its name when Hilo Hattie stopped by one time, but I don't know about that! I'll write from there. "Til then, bonjour, mes amies, and aloha, Pua
Read About It!
by Sri TenCate
Each public library in the Hawaii State Public Library System will be closed for two days in June for staff training on the System's new Ameritech Automation System. Molokai Public Library will be CLOSED on two Wednesdays, June 19 and June 26, for the training. Books and other library materials may be returned in the bookdrops located on the front lanai.
We thank our volunteers and the Friends of the Library for their continuous support and we also appreciat
e the magazines and books donated by the generous donors on the island. This summer Molokai Public Library HOURS will remain the same: M, T, Th, F -- 9 am - 5pm; and Wednesdays 12 non - 8 pm.
Children who will be in Preschool through Grade 6 this Fall are encouraged to participate in the1996 Summer Reading Program, "Discover the Magic of Reading". Youths who will be in 7-12 grade are invited to sign up for the Reading Program, "Rock, Rap 'N Read". The reading programs will start on June 10 and end on July 26. Visit your public library for details.
"A Tribute to Slack Key" featuring John Keawe will be held on Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 pm at Molokai Public Library. John Keawe was born and raised in North Kohala on the Big Island. Mr. Keawe's interest in music began while he was in high school. While in the U.S. Navy, he continued learning and expanding his guitar playing skills. In 1973, he heard an album by the late Gabby Pahinui and was overwhelmed by the beauty of Hawaiian slack-key guitar. The albums he has released include "Island Touch", for which he was nominated as the most promising artist at the 1990 Hoku awards, and "We all Need Friends". He also won the prize for best instrumental performance at the 1994 Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards.
…from Alana's Parents
FAX dated June 3, 1996
To all media:
We are leaving Seattle tonight on a Northwest Airlines flight at 11 pm. Alana will be admitted tomorrow to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for further testing and treatment prior to a transplant, and we are hopeful that this procedure will be a success for Alana. We recognize and fully appreciate that our departure is just another step in a long journey that began last March, and we believe that we are at this important juncture today as a direct result of your efforts.
We can't thank you enough for all of the help and support you've given this pas month-and-a-half. The overriding success of this effort is due to your efforts in getting the information out in a timely and accurate manner and in moving the public to respond.
Thank you again for your help and well wishes. We hope to be in touch with you from Seattle. ---- Stephen and Adelia Dung
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the special hard-working people who helped with his year's MHIS Alumni Association Senior Luau. Without all of you, my job would be a difficult one. BIG MAHALOS to Bobo & Melody Alcon, Jean & Ruthie Misaki, Mits & Gladys Watanabe, Noreen Kaalekahi, Earl Nakamura and Philip Kikukawa assisted by the Junior class volunteers.
To all the class representatives who attended our meetings and sold their tickets -- Lily Young, Vivian Ainoa, Susan Poaha, Moana Duvauchelle, Billy Dudoit & Lana Apuna To all the reunion classes JOB WELL DONE!! Thank you for attending the special event and for making it a very enjoyable one with your beautiful decorations and your exceptional talent (especially when class of 1956 stole everybody's song.)
A SPECIAL MAHALO to those who donated items for awards to all participating classes. Jean & Tadashi Misaki, Nina Kawano Kan-Hai (Pepsi), Kevin Misaki (Misaki's) Jeff Egusa (Friendly Market Center), Brent Davis, Blossom Poepoe (Kanemitsu Bakery) and Melody Alcon.
To Mrs. Kalani and Molokai High School staff for pulling together the gym for us, coordinating security, and all those miscellaneous tasks we gave you. To Gerald & Ana Ne and Moana's Hula Halau. The FOOD WAS ONO! Great job and hope to see you next year.
Finally to the Graduating Class of 1996, this luau was all for you. Next time you attend this luau it will be your 10th year reunion. You all must come back and keep the tradition of painting rocks. Remember your roots, your home, your family, and how you started. Billy Dudoit gave you words to be respected YOU MUST HAVE PRIDE IN YOUR SCHOOL. Hold your head up high, follow your dreams so they become reality, strive to better yourselves and become successful in whatever you do.
--Mahalo nui loa, Victoria "Puni" Burrows-Kahue, Vice-president/Luau Chairperson
Molokai's Forum For Liberty
with the Libertarians
by George Peabody 1-808-558-8253,
email@example.com (Richard O. Rowland)
"The obscure takes a while to see, the obvious, longer"
[ We believe government has no role in financing, operating, or defining schooling, or even compelling attendance.]
What's wrong with the government run "common" school concept? by Sheldon Richman, Cato Institute
(continued from The MAN 6-5-96)
.... I think we can see how separation of school and state will improve education for everybody, including the poor."
Historical examples: Lester Frank Ward 1897 The secret of the superiority of state over private education lies in the fact that in the former the teacher is responsible to society... The result desired by the state is a wholly different one from that desired by parents, guardians, and pupils; John Ruskind 1900 The first duty of a State is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed, and educated, till it attain years of discretion. But in order to the effecting this the Government must have an authority over the people of which we now do not so much as dream; Benito Mussolini boasted of his government control of education that at every hour of every day, I can tell you on which page of which book each schoolchild in Italy is studying.
But there are lots of folks who seem quite a bit less enthused about political control of schooling, or at least of its indoctrination or conformity effects: Thomas Jefferson 1777 To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. 1800 I have sworn on the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man; Benjamin Disraeli 1874 Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery; David Tyack 1974....bureaucratization (in government school systems) has often perpetuated positions and outworn practices rather than serving the clients, the children to be taught.
And recent attempts to contract out to edcation services does nothing to alter the monopolistic nature of the government run school system because compulsory funding (taxation) continues. Parents have no more freedom to take their money elsewhere than they have under the old system. That the private firm can lose its contract if it fails to perform might be thought to provide some incentive to be responsive. But responsive to whom? He who pays the piper calls the tune. The private firm will seek to satisfy, first, those who control the contract: the school board. Parents and children will come second, if at all.
Monopoly, whether managed by government workers or by private firms, leads to bureaucracy. What education needs is the opposite of bureaucracy: entrepreneurship.
In education, as elsewhere, we don't know in advance who will come up with truly valuable innovations. If parents and children are to have access to them, innovators must be free to offer their ideas directly-without first getting permission from authorities who may feel threatened by outsiders.
Parental freedom to control the money and entrepreneurial freedom to offer innovative services will combine to make education the best it can be. That's how it works with doctors and shoe stores. The socialist economies failed because they lacked those features. Even Albert Shanker, president of the American Federation of Teachers, has acknowledged, "It's no surprise that our school system doesn't improve: it more resembles the communist economy than our own market economy."
Sheldon Richman is senior editor at the Cato Institute and author of Separating School and State: How to Liberate America's Families, published by the Future of Freedom Foundation. MHIS Golf Team Receives New Equipment and Contributions from Community Groups
1995-96 Golf Team members Hanalei Yasso, Peter Berg, Seizen Bonk (coach) Jared Ishida, Janelle Ishida, with one of the tournament orgnizers George Harada and Principal Sarah Kalani and brand new golf bags with stands.
Last year, the family of avid golfer, the late Joe Chinen under the direction of his brother Thomas Chinen organized the "Joe Chinen Memorial Golf Tournament". In September, the tournament was held at the Kaluakoi Golf Course with 105 golfers participating from Molokai, Oahu, and Maui. Proceeds of the tournament bought eight golf bags and several dozen pro-type golf balls for the Molokai High & Intermediate School Golf Team. There was also a balance of cash contributions presented by George Harada, isle coordinator to Principal Sarah Kalani.
In addition, the Kenneth Misaki VFW Post 3870 organized a Golf Tournament sponsored by Misaki's, Inc. at Ironwood Hills Golf Course. Net proceeds from that golf tournament were also contributed to the MHIS Golf Team.
Observations Sometimes Don't Tell The True Story
by Lowell L. Kalapa , Tax Foundation of Hawaii
Let's set the record straight when it comes to the tax burden in Hawaii -- Hawaii taxpayers carry one of the heaviest burden of taxes when all taxes are tallied and counted.
In recent weeks, a number of statements have been made that in part are accurate observations, but when taken into perspective are far from the truth. One misconception is that Hawaii has one of the lowest property tax burdens in the nation and therefore real property taxes can be raised.
While that statement is true, one must remember that Hawaii does not rely on the real property tax to fund one of the most expensive public services, education. Unlike mainland jurisdictions which fund education at the local level, Hawaii chooses to make education a state level responsibility. Thus, state tax resources are used to pay the tab for education as well as health and human services. As a result, Hawaii's general excise tax which is sometimes referred to as a sales tax, consistently ranks the state NUMBER ONE in sales tax burden per capita. And while the rate of 4% is comparatively low to other state sales tax rates, it should be remembered that it is applied to nearly all transactions including the "sale" of services. In other jurisdictions, the sales tax is usually applied only to the sale of goods and then only on the sale to the final customers.
The general excise tax is applied to the sale of goods not only at the retail level, but also at the wholesale, manufacturing, and producing levels albeit at a lesser rate of 0.5%. Services on the other hand are nearly always taxed at the 4% rate.
Because the general excise tax base is so large, the nominal rate can afford to be low. How large is the tax base? One national sales tax expert measured the sales tax bases of all states which have one against total personal income of each state. Total personal income represents the entire wealth of the state for any one year. Here in Hawaii, the general excise tax base was found to be 144% of the state's total personal income or 44% larger than the total wealth of the state. That's because the same product or service can be taxed more than once. By comparison, California, with which we are often compared, has a sales tax base equal to only about 50% of that state's total personal income. New Mexico which had the next largest base after Hawaii weighed in with a tax base of only 89% of its total state personal income.
Some often ask why don't we go to a straight sales tax like that found in other states. Well, lawmakers might find it embarrassing levying an 11% rate in order to generate the same amount of dollars that our 4% general excise tax produces and that is if food is not exempted from the sales tax.
The point is that all taxes be taken into consideration before drawing a conclusion. It is more important to see where Hawaii ranks in overall tax burden for the combined state and county tab.
On that point, it is an accepted fact that Hawaii consistently ranks in the top four or five most heavily taxes states. To say that Hawaii taxpayers can afford higher taxes is a reflection of a lack of knowledge and understanding of the tax structure in Hawaii.
Thank you, Kamehameha School Bishop Estate
As a delegate to the State Democratic Party Convention, I was appalled to see a resolution introduced to cap the payments to Bishop Estate Trustees, and another resolution to limit the percentage of money spent by non-profit organizations on administration and salaries. Thank God, they were defeated.
Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate employs hundreds of people in Hawaii. They pay millions of dollars in taxes to the state through their profit making businesses. They educate thousands of Hawaiian children at no cost to the taxpayers. In fact, the Bishop Estate saves the taxpayers millions of dollars by educating these students. For your information, they are only tax exempt as it applies to the schools. As a charitable trust, they earn all the money themselves to support the schools and do not ask anyone to contribute one penny to this charity called Bishop Estate.
In my opinion, we have no business telling any private business how much their administrators or trustees should get paid.-- Jan Yagi-Buen, Waihee, Maui
Thank you from Prisca and Joe
I cannot find the words to express our Mahalos to the many friends and families who came from California and from the outer islands …and to local Ohanas and friends whose presence made the gala celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary so perfect.
To the many friends who I didn't see, I want to apologize for the kids who had planned the surprise luau, and for the many friends who I didn't see because I had been away since 1956 and returned to retire in 1990…and my children vaguely remembered whom to invite. I wrote some witty incidentals of school day memories, my way of letting my old friends know that I have not forgotten any of them, that they made up some of my most treasured memories…my school days at Kilohana in the 40's. Believe me, in 50 years, there are lots of stories to share. Nevertheless, Mahalo to all who helped make my evening (and Joe's) most memorable one.
Mahalo to all, and for your love, support and kokua and your generous gestures. Ed, Chops and all … you made Kawela for a single shing evening, "Camelot Place". Thanks, Kids! We love you all so! Joe and Prisca Medeiros
Animal Bill of Rights
A petition to the United States Congress
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is seeking a legal remedy to address growing problem of abuse and exploitation of defenseless animals by humans. The ALDF is attempting to have Congress approve the first ever Animal Bill of Rights, and they are asking all people who care deeply about animal welfare to sign the petition or send a letter to U.S. Congress to support the cause of justice for animals.
Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has used the legal system to stop animal suffering that has been supported with Taxpayers' dollars: young rabbits squirm in pain from the vial of drain cleaner a "researcher" has just forced into its eyes in a "scientific test"....a three week old calf scrapes his face raw against the bars of his tiny pen in nervous frustration. He was separated at birth from his mother as all calves destined by Agri-business industry to become veal for consumption by humans. The calf is condemned to suffer a lonely life, restricted to that pen, often with chronic disease and malnutrition.......A steel jaw trap caught a red fox, shattering her bones and holds her in excruciating pain until a human returns to club her to death and strip he skin from her lifeless body....Pigs, goats, deer are caught in wire snares on Molokai by The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii to die a slow death from suffocation, blood loss, starvation, infection, thirst as there is no escape.
There is a simple reason why these and millions of other animals are subjected to torment and death: they have no legal rights. Without legal protection, animals are doomed to remain helpless victims of abuse and exploitation by humans, much like humans were exploited as slaves until emancipation took affect in 1800's. When our founding fathers signed their names on the Declaration of Independence, they risked their lives for the idea of liberty. By their courage and willingness to speak their conscience, they inspired an entire nation to stand up against the forces of tyranny. With ALDF's proposed Animal Bill of Rights, and lots of signatures from citizens who have the courage to sign their names in support of legal rights for animals, the end of the nightmare of cruelty and exploitation of animals becomes a real possibility in America.
If you want to send your own personal letter to Congress in support of the Animal Bill of Rights, here is what it says: I, the undersigned American Citizen, believe that animals, like all sentient beings, are entitled to basic legal rights in our society. Deprived of legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. As no such rights now exist, I urge you to pass legislation in support of the following basic rights for animals: 1) The right of animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect and abuse. 2)The right of laboratory animals not to be used in cruel or unnecessary experiments. 3) The right of farm animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs. 4) The right of companion animals to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care. 5) The right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and a self-sustaining species population. 6) The right of animals to have their interests represented in court and safeguarded by the law of the land. Send your letter to the 103rd United States Congress, Washington, D.C. 20240, or send to Animal Legal Defense Fund, PO Box 96041, Washington, D.C. 20077-7136.
Teaching Program Offered by PETA
Violence toward animals linked to violence toward people
Violence in schools is increasing at a frightening pace. Children are hurting other children and taking out their frustrations by abusing innocent animals as well. Why?
Research shows that violence toward animals is often linked to violence toward human beings, says Alex Pacheco, president of the animals rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). But just as children can learn to be cruel, they can also learn compassion. And just as they learn abuse, they can learn empathy, he concluded.
PETA's new education program is responding to this crisis. Focusing on teachers as well as children, PETA is working hard to give educators the tools they need to teach respect for animals-putting children on the road to developing into responsible, caring, compassionate adults. "That's not easy when others (media, TV, rodeo's, etc) are doing their best to convince our children that exploiting those who are weaker or different from us is okay, as long as there's some advantage to be had," notes Pacheco.
He noted that hunters, furriers, and the nations largest funder of animal experiments, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have distributed "educational" materials for schools complete with posters of smiling experimenters cuddling happy animals in shiny new laboratories. This is in contrast to the shocking realities: cruel, excruciatingly painful, unnecessary, scientifically unsupportable "experiments" on animals in conditions of filth and loneliness often without food and water.
"That's why PETA is working vigorously to complete a vital new component of our Education Program," says Pacheco. PETA plans to distribute their innovative "Humane Education Kits" to schools and educators this fall. "Our kits will include lesson plans for teachers, engaging handouts for children, and a copy of Ingrid Newkirk's Kids Can Save The Animals! 101 Easy Things to Do. Our materials will be positive, practical and factual, and fun, promises PETA. "From wildlife to pets, animals share our children's world, and teaching respect for them will have profound benefits for our society as a whole", notes George Peabody, PETA member and editor of The Molokai Advertiser-News. We want to teach children that all animals have feelings: yes, birds need love, dogs get lonely, cats and cows feel pain just as people do. We plan to supply schools and libraries as soon as possible.
Call PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) direct on the mainland at 301-770-7382, or call George Peabody on Molokai at 558-8253. "Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment"
Finest Volunteers and Friends of Kaunakakai School Treated to "Legends"
by S. Peabody
Each of the schools, and Kaunakakai Elementary School is no exception, depends on volunteers and friends to facilitate activities and the education process in these days of budget and staff cuts. During the school year, parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles and businesses, friends contribute time, skills, money, resources to get the job of education done beside the teachers in classrooms.
Whether its time spent reading to a class, helping during recess on the playground, cutting out paper displays, baking cakes for a class party, or accompanying a class field trip, volunteers and friends come in handy. They are appreciated by the Kaunakakai staff and Parent Teacher Organization. Yvonne Friel, Parent Community Networking Center facilitator again marshalled her resources and through some creativeity pulled off another great event.1to another great show.
For the breakfast…Thank you, Joyce Bellino, Judy Yamamoto and the cafeteria staff, Janice Espiritu, Keith Ayres, Glenn & Dorna Hayashida, Sharon Sinclaire, Russell Abe, Elsie Urauchi, Alithea Adachi, Sally Mangca, Matt & Vicky Kreider, Beth Sakurada, Anabel Saiki, Jane Inouye, Clint Dela Cruz, Robyn Brown, Jeff Moniz, Sarah Sykes, Lynn Kahalewai, Danial Dela Cruz, Becky Koontz, Karen Pare, Kiku Akiyama, Jaty Puaa Spencer, Robert Sahagun and the Kaunakakai PTO. photo: "Legends" stars Gary Moore "Little Richard" and John Fortuno, "Elvis", along with Becky Koontz' second grade class provided wonderful entertainment for last weeks volunteer appreciation breakfast. Sugar Tupola, one of Kaunakakai's volunteers enjoyed the breakfast and program planned by PCNC coordinator Yvonne Friel and volunteer Ella Alcon. missing from photo Susie Bishaw who coordinated breakfast.
MERCHANT PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO WELFARE FRAUD
Young Kim, the first person to be prosecuted under the state's beefed-up welfare fraud law, pled not guilty today to charges that she bought food stamps for cash. In 1995, welfare fraud was reclassified as a felony rather than a misdemeanor, now punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Kim was working at Brudda's Liquor and Grocery on North School Street when an undercover officer told her he needed cash and offered $380 in food stamps. Kim allegedly paid him $190 for the stamps.
William Harrison, Kim's attorney, said the case is clearly one of entrapment. "The undercover officer came into the store posing as a down and out person who needed some money for his kids," Harrison said. "He begged my client and she felt sorry for him."
According to Assistant Attorney General Thomas Koenig, law enforcement officials are trying to crack down on welfare fraud, adding that food stamps have become a form of "black-market currency." If people are allowed to sell their food stamps, Koenig said, they are able to get things the system is designed to keep them from buying, like cigarettes and drugs. Kim's trial is set for July 8.
S M A L L B U S I N E S S V I E W S
By Sam Slom, President, SBH
Why would anyone in business run for office In Hawaii? Because somebody has to provide the leadership and fiscal sanity so lacking in our deadbeat Capitol. The 20 and 30-year incumbents must be challenged. Voters must have a clear choice to one-party rule. Politicians who don't listen; those that value the "High 3" more than alleviating the struggles of their constitutents, must be fired Business people don't like politics, don't participate in business organizations and don't get involved, and then wonder why we are the favorite targets of the Legislature. This has got to stop. Business people know how to prioritize and how to make the tough decisions. It is time we start doing it in political office.
The mess has to be cleaned up. We have enough lawyers, union puppets and insurance reps in the Legislature.
Let the call go out to business men and women, individuals who know how to meet a payroll, who live within their means and accept responsibility for their actions, '96 offers a small window of opportunity for real CHANGE.
If we don't act to become candidates, then we must at least act as strong, vocal supporters of business candidates.
Interested? Need encouragement? Contact SBH's political action affiliate, PAYCHECKS HAWAII.
The Backpackers Guide to Hawai'i
The Backpackers Guide to Hawai'i by Stuart M. Ball Jr. [1996, 130 pp. color illus., maps, ISBN 0-8428-1785-0, a Kolowalu Book, University of Hawai'i Press}, is a detailed, fully illustrated guide highlighting ten of the best backpacking trips on the Big Island, Kaua'i, Maui, and O'ahu. Three trips included in the appendix, including the Wailau Trail on Moloka'i , the rugged Kohala Ditch on the Big Island, and part of the the Mohihi-Waialae are "closed" because the trip crosses private property and the landowner will not grant permission -- and or the route is not maintained and sections of it have become virtually impassible. Each of the trips has a section on special features, directions to the trailhead, a detailed description of the route day by day (covering points of interest, safety considerations, and campsites along th trail), and a topographic map keyed to the route description.
Helpful hints in planning the trip and safety considerations are vital to the backpacker, especially the caveats about leptospirosis, high streams, narrow trails, rough lava, hunters, the ocean, and even alititude sickness in Haleakala and Maunaloa, that backpacking in Hawaii "carries certians risks, and no trip is ever completely safe.". Included in the book are great color photographs of a number of the trips areas, worthy of picture postcards, by Deborah Uchida. The author, Stuart M. Bell, Jr. has been backpacking in Hawai'i for more than twenty years and is a hike leaker for the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club and the author of The Hikers Guide to O'ahu.
As summer approaches, and vacations are planned, The Backpackers Guide to Hawai'i offers interesting reading for the active outdoorsperson. -- SP
Even One Night of Disturbed Sleep Impacts Mental Alertness During the Day
Even one night of frequently disturbed sleep not only causes daytime sleepiness, but affects a person's mood, attention span and mental flexibility, according to a study published last month by the American Lung Association. The study, intended to determine the cause of daytime sleepiness in people with nighttime breathing disorder sleep apnea also has implications for others whose sleep is frequently disturbed such as people with pain disorders. "In Hawaii, sleep apnea is a major health problem." says Edward J. Morgan, MD, director of the Hawaii School of Sleep Medicine and Technology. "Sleep apnea is present in approximately two percent of the general population and somewhat higher in Hawaii. It used to be thought that only overweight individuals had sleep apnea, but we now know differently. Sleep apnea is a major cause of excessive sleepiness, fatigue, and intellectual deterioration in the general population," Morgan added.
The new study appears in the April issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical care Medicine ®, published by the American Lung Association. Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person stops breathing for at least 10 seconds at a time repeatedly during the night. When a person starts breathing again he is roused from sleep in order to breathe,. and as a result can be excessively sleepy during the day. Sleep apnea occurs in 2% to $% of the population, and in its severe form appears to be the most common medical disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness.
"In Hawaii, our sleep laboratory began in 1982," Morgan said. "Its growth has been phenomenal due to the major problem sleep apnea has here in the islands. Our laboratory has had more experience than many labs on the Mainland.Many of the factors giving rise to sleep apnea in Hawaii are somewhat different than those traditionally seen on t he Mainland, including cranio-facial abnormalities in non-Caucasians."
According to Allan Pack, MD, PhD, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia , "If you have sleep apnea or pain that causes frequent sleep disturbances, you may not realize that you're not getting enough deep sleep. But it can really impair your daytime performance." The researchers noted that there has been disagreement as to whether the daytime sleepiness experienced by people with sleep apnea is caused by sleep disturbances or by the oxygen deprivation that results from frequent breathing stoppages during the night. To test the effects of sleep disturbances alone, they selected subjects with normal nighttime breathing. According to Dr. Pack,people with severe sleep apnea often have many more sleep disturbances during the night than did the study subjects. "We see people who have 60 or even 80 disturbances per hour," he said.
a common treatment for sleep apnea is nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, which is delivered by a device consisting of a small blower attached with a flexible tube on a snug-fitting mask placed over the nose. Air pressure delivered through the device keeps the airways open during the night, restoring uninterrupted sleep. The treatment can rapidly reverse daytime sleepiness caused by breathing disorders during sleep. For more information on sleep apnea, contact the American Lung Association of Hawaii office in Honolulu, Maui, Kaua'i, Kailua-Kona, or Hilo.