Hawaiian Caucus Day 2010 Photos: Update – New Photos from House Communications Office

See bottom of post for link to new photos. Click on the images to enlarge.

Legendary Hawaiian surfers were honored on the Senate and House Floors. Bottom Row, L-R: Richard “Buffalo” Keaulana, Clyde Aikau, Mitchel Alapa, Derek Ho, & Ben Aipa. Top Row, L-R: Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, Rep. Roland Sagum, & Rep. Marcus Oshiro.

Maile posed with Richard “Buffalo” Keaulana. [See excerpt of text from Keaulana’s congratulatory certificate, below]

Momi (far right) and Lehua (center) Keaulana watched Richard “Buffalo” Keaulana receive his certificate.
Maile posed with members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha, who were also honored on the Senate and House Floors. 

Daniel Anthony of Mana`ai gave a ku`i kalo (poi making) demonstration.

Kia`i Lee of Partners in Development (PID) played the ukulele while students of PID’s preschool at Paiolu Kaiaulu emergency shelter sang and danced.

The Legislature’s Hawaiian Caucus Day, held on 3/9/10, was a big success. There were many exhibits and displays, and Makaha’s own Richard “Buffalo” Keaulana was recognized for his many contributions to the state. Here is some of the text from Keaulana’s congratulatory certificate:

“WHEREAS, Richard “Buffalo” Kalolo`okalani Keaulana, born in 1935, and one of the last pure-blooded Hawaiians in the world, was inducted into the Hawai`i Sports Hall of Fame on March 2, 2010; and
WHEREAS, Keaulana served as head lifeguard at Makaha from 1969 to 1995, was the steersman for the Hokule`a’s first historic voyage from Hawai`i to Tahiti in 1976, and won the Makaha International Body Surfing Championship in 1954, 1956, 1957, and 1958, and the Makaha International Surfing Championship in 1960; and
WHEREAS, in February 2010, Keaulana successfully hosted the 34th annual Buffalo’s Big Board Surfing Classic, which has perpetuated and revived the arts of longboarding, bodysurfing, body boarding, paipo boarding, tandem-surfing, Bullyboarding, canoe surfing, Beachboy style, Alaia board surfing, and other water sports; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fifth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2010, that this body hereby congratulates RICHARD “BUFFALO” KALOLO`OKALANI KEAULANA for his contributions to, and accomplishments in, the sport of surfing, and extends to him, his family, and friends its warmest aloha and best wishes for continued success in all future endeavors.”
Mahalo nui loa to Hawaiian Caucus Chair Mele Carroll and her staff for spearheading another successful Hawaiian Caucus Day! Click HERE to view a photo album from Hawaiian Caucus Day, or visit this link:
UPDATE – Visit this link to see another photo album from the House Communications Office: http://picasaweb.google.com/hawaiihouseblog/FloorPresSurfersAndHawaiianCaucusDay03092010?feat=directlink
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