All Are Welcome to Hawaiian Caucus Day on 3/9/10, 10am-4pm, at the State Capitol

Record breaking simultaneous ku`i kalo (poi pounding) at the Taro Festival organized by KAHEA, which coincided with last year’s Hawaiian Caucus Day at the State Capitol on 3/24/09. [Click on the photo for a larger view]

Hawaiian Caucus Day, spearheaded by Rep. Mele Carroll, and sponsored by members of the Hawaiian Caucus, is happening Tuesday, March 9, 2010; 10am-4pm, at the HI State Capitol. The event will feature Hawaiian cultural and educational booths, entertainment, and demonstrations. During the Senate and House floor sessions (11:30am and noon, respectively), the Legislature is scheduled to honor surfers who have perpetuated Hawai`i as the birthplace of the sport, as well as Ali`i Nui of the Royal Order of Kamehameha.
The event is free and open to the public. If you are interested in hosting a booth, giving a demonstration, entertaining, or participating in the ku`i kalo demonstration, contact Rep. Mele Carroll, or Rep. Shimabukuro by emailing or calling 586-8460.
Here are more photos from last year’s event [Click on the photos for larger views]:

Maile pictured with attorney Moses Haia (far left), and other staff from Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation.
Gege Kawelo, president of the Waianae Hawaiian Civic Club, and Maile.
Display by Ka Huli Ao (Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law).
Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, UH Manoa. Pictured: Maile, Calvin Hoe, Sunny Greer – Recent graduate, Derek Kauanoe – Post JD Fellow, and Jocelyn Leialoha M-Doane – Post JD Fellow

Maile, Corrina Moefu of Partners in Development, and June Shimokawa of the Welfare and Employment Rights Coalition

Maile and staffmember Ann Otteman with a representative from the Bishop Museum.

UH law student Ann Otteman (who is also a member of Maile’s staff), Maile & Alan Murakami of Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation

BYU-Hawaii Social Work Studies students and their instructor, Sharlene Furuto, who is originally from Waianae.

L to R: Elizabeth Finau, Penny Anale, Lupi Fiefa, Maile, Sharlene Furuto, Wendy Vaivai and Jennifer Tongi.

Students and parent from Punanaleo O Waianae, KCC instructors, Hawaiian sled/board carver Tom Pohaku Stone, and Maile.
Reknowned ancient Hawaiian sled and surfboard carver Tom Pohaku Stone and Maile.

Maile and Lynn Fallin of Kamaile Academy/Ho`okako`o Corporation

Daniel Anthony, Maile’s nephew, pounding poi at the Taro Festival/Hawaiian Caucus Day.

Maile, Ruby Maunakea, Gege Kawelo, and Chair Faye Hanohano at the Waianae Hawaiian Civic Club table.

Mahalo to Hawaiian Caucus Chair Mele Carroll and everyone who participated in and helped organize Hawaiian Caucus Day!