Hawaii Safe Routes Hui hiring network partners

From: Laura Dierenfield

…Hawaii was selected to be part of an exciting new 20-state Safe Routes to School collaborative funded by the CDC, Kaiser and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation…We have formed a network called the Hawaii Safe Routes to School Hui (http://www.hawaiisaferouteshui.org/) and our mission is to make it possible for more keiki walk and bike safety to school. Many of us may have remember doing that once upon a time but many of our kids don’t enjoy this most basic of rights – to be able to walk or bike safely in their own neighborhood.

The Hui will develop a plan over the next few months, drawing on the talents of educators, law enforcement, public safety professionals, developers, engineers, business leaders, planners and students. Besides making the neighborhood safe for kids, Safe Routes to School helps to reduce reliance on cars, helps friends and neighbors connect face to face, and improves safety for all road users. We warmly welcome you and your organization to join us! It’s going to be fun! Our first Hawaii State Network call will be on Tuesday the 26th at 1:30pm. I can send you call-in info and the agenda if you are interested. Mahalo in advance for sharing with other folks in your organization or others you work with.

Also, we’re hiring! It feels so good to be able to do this and humbling to get so many great applicants. We’re looking for a Safe Routes to School Coordinator for East/North Hawaii Island. If you are interested or know of anyone, please have them check out the job posting at http://www.pathhawaii.org/

MANA: Movement for Aloha No ka Aina

MEMBERSHIP MEETING FEB. 6 @ LEEWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

MANA: Movement for Aloha No ka Aina

is meeting on February 6, 2010, at Leeward Community
College in Wai‘awa.

The purpose of the meeting is to set a strategic plan for
2010, establish a governance and decision-making
structure, and to review our platform.

MANA is a grassroots party dedicated to building power
for independence and social change. MANA’s platform
supports independence, malama ‘aina, demilitarization,
health, culture, popular education, economic
independence, diversity, and inclusion.

New members are welcome.

What: Meeting

When: Feb. 6 2010

Where: Leeward Community College
Cafeteria

Time: 9:00 am: Light breakfast

9:30 am -4 pm: Meeting
Food will be provided.

Please RSVP to rsvp@manainfo.com to
establish a headcount.

Uncle Eddie Ka`anana Tribute: Ku`i Kalo at Capitol on 1/25/10

On Monday, January 25, 2010, Friends of Uncle Eddie Ka`anana and Rep. Maile Shimabukuro are co-sponsoring a tribute to a beloved kupuna (Hawaiian elder), Eddie Ka`anana. Ka`anana passed away in July 2006.

Ka`anana hailed from Miloli`i, a fishing village in South Hawai`i Island, and dedicated the last 25 years of his life to passing on the traditional Hawaiian practices that he was raised with. In particular, Ka`anana taught others to speak Hawaiian, malama aina (care for the land), and ku`i kalo(make poi). Ka`anana became an “uncle” to hundreds, if not thousands, of young people, through his volunteer work at Ka`ala Farm, Anuenue Hawaiian language immersion school, Kapapa Lo`i `O Kanewai at UH-Manoa, and other venues.

“In memory and celebration of uncle Eddie Ka`anana we invite all whom he touched to join together on his birthday to clean andku`i kalo (make poi) at the State Capital Rotunda,” said Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, one of the event co-sponsors.

“To gather and ku`i (pound taro) is a simple demonstration of our connection with and love of Haloa, our culture, real food and our love for uncle. It will send a message to our lawmakers that we are here again. Kaipo`i and I `see’ that uncle will be smiling to see us together at the capitol,” said Vince Kana`i Dodge, one of the organizers.

Many in the group support the ban on genetic modification of kalo (taro), the plant which Hawaiians believe is their ancestor, Haloa.

Date: January 25, 2010

Time: 3-7pm

Place: Rotunda, State Capitol (courtyard on ground level, site of previous “Haloa Jam”)

What to bring: ku`i mea, cooked kalo (taro), i`a(fish), la`i (ti leaf) for wrapping pa`i`ai (concentrated poi), awa, kanikapila (musical instruments and song)

We will provide some cooked kalo and i`a malo`o (dried fish), bring extra ku`i and cleaning mea

Kokua (help) needed with: setup, cleanup, cookingkalo, organizing the presentation of Ku Kahakalau’s DVD “na kupuna”, getting footage of uncle’s last public appearance and sharing (Bachman Hall Haloa Rally), inviting na kanaka i aloha nui o anakala

Contact:

Kaipo`i Kellings, 722-8175

Vince Kana`i Dodge, 478-6492, aipohaku@hotmail.com

Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com