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2020 Census

Census questionnaires will be delivered or mailed to households via U.S. mail in March 2020. Respondents can fill out the census online, answer by telephone, or mail back the questionnaire. Census workers from your community will visit households that do not return questionnaires. Information brochures are available in a number of languages...including ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i! For more information on Census and how you can get involved. visit or THIS IS ME a video produced by The Kalaimoku Group for Census 2020  

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.

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.

Saturday, October 10th, 2020 at 3:00pm
Mākua Valley

Mālama Mākua with Justin Kealapono Hill

Meeting ID: 939 1262 7813

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Saturday, December 12th, 2020 at 2:30pm
Moon Kahele

Ukulele Christmas Mele with Uncle Moon Kahele

Meeting ID: 976 3982 8510

Password: 198906

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