Lau Kānaka No Hawaiʻi News & Upcoming Events

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July, 2021

Lau Kānaka No Hawaiʻi's July 17, 2021 General Meeting at 2:30 PM

Our next meeting will be on Saturday July 10, 2021, at 2:30 PM via Zoom.

Agenda items include an update on 2022-23 Officer and Board Member nominations. Please submit your nominations for new Board Members to David or Margarita Chong at Newsletter revisions and member input. Possible physical gathering in September 2021.

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The Fight for Oak Flat

The Fight for Oak Flat is a short documentary about the proposed Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona and the people fighting to stop it from destroying Oak Flat, a unique natural area held sacred by indigenous peoples and used heavily by outdoor enthusiasts.

Filmed, directed and edited by Craig Johnson, a filmmaker based in Phoenix, Arizona. Narrated by Don Steuter. Drone Footage was captured by Duke Romero and Nick Deo. Still photos by Steve Pavey. Audio mastered by Kevrie Howard. The film received financially support from the Sierra Club Palo Verde Group and Grand Canyon Chapter. All filmmaking decisions were made solely by Craig Johnson.

Resolution Copper and the U.S. Forest Service denied request to interview for this film.

TAKE ACTION! Ways to help save Oak Flat

Kamehameha Summer Enrichment Program 2021

Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i is a one-week program for students that will be entering the 6th grade. The program engages students in hands-on learning activities focused on cultural values and practices to develop Hawaiian identity and leadership.

Click here for more details.

Lau Kanaka No Hawaii does have scholarship funds available for eligible applicants.

Lau Kānaka No Hawaiʻi September 2020 General Meeting 

Maria Hechanova is a morning reporter on 3TV & CBS 5 News Arizona’s Family. You can see her live reports on Good Morning Arizona Saturdays & Sundays from 6am -10am on 3TV. Maria grew up in Glendale & her mother Henny is a longtime Lau Kanaka member. 

Before becoming a journalist and stepping in front of the camera, Maria honed her stage presence at many Aloha Festivals with halau Ka’ea Mauna Lani under the direction of Matalena Anglemire. 

Maria has an extensive water safety and swimming background and leads a water safety campaign with the goal to prevent drownings. A true Arizona local girl, she grew up in the Valley and graduated from Northern Arizona University.

Lau Kānaka No Hawaiʻi General Meeting: In the footsteps of Queen Kapi'olani with Special Guest Speaker Colette Higgins - Saturday, July 11, 2020, 1:30-3:30 pm

Lau Kānka No Hawaiʻi has the pleasure of hosting Colette Higgins, who will be sharing her 2016 sabbatical experience, tracing the footsteps of Queen Kapi'olani when she traveled to England as a guest at Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887.

Her 56-day journey led her to the same seven cities visited by the queen (San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, New York, Liverpool, Norwich and London) in the same order, at the same time of year, using similar modes of transportation (including crossing the continental United States by train and the Atlantic Ocean by ship).

Queen Kapiʻolani used this travel experience as an educational opportunity for herself, and she was very well received along the way. Higgins will share photos and stories about her journey and what she learned about Queen Kapiʻolani by following in her footsteps.

Colette Higgins holds an MA in history (Pacific Islands), a BA in history and anthropology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and an AA in liberal arts from Kapi‘olani Community College. Higgins taught Hawaiian history for nearly 20 years, and is a recipient of the Board of Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award and Frances Davis Award for Excellence in undergraduate teaching. Currently, Higgins is a dean of academic affairs at Windward Community College where she oversees the language arts and humanities departments, the academic support units, and the early college program.