Annual Meeting & Potluck 12/28

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Dec 232017

Kau Chamber of Commerce annual meeting & potluck
Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 5-8PM at the Discovery Harbour Community Association building.
Call 808.936.5288 for more information.

2016 Scholarship

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Aug 182017

Recipients for 2016:

  • Jay-R Abalos
  • Tyler Amaral
  • Lexis L. Andrade
  • Tiani L. Castaneda-Naboa
  • Monica Lynn Pascual Cavarrubio
  • Ty Alfred De Sa
  • Charlotte Faye Esquida
  • Sheilla Mae Felipe
  • Annie Mae Flores
  • Leaokalani Hashimoto
  • Kaweni Christopher Ibarra
  • Kamrie Koi
  • Rochelle Koi
  • Crystal McIntosh
  • April Joy D. Miguel
  • Tiare-Lee Shibuya
  • Jennifer Flores Tabios

The winner for our essay contest: “How will your education benefit the District of Kau?”

Leaokalani Hashimoto

Great Teachers Make Great Leaders

Great teachers are the unsung heroes of the world. They play an important and difficult role in our society. Many of us can recall a teacher who has influenced the course of our life, however; quality teachers are becoming harder to find and keep here in Hawaii. I want to become an elementary school teacher so I can help fill the need for qualified teachers and inspire the youth of Kau.

The ancient African proverb says “It takes a village to raise a child” but what has happened to our “village”? According to Hawaii News Now, DOE officials expect as many as 1,600 vacancies throughout the state next school year. Corey Rosenlee, president of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, shared that “Hawaii has the highest turnover rates in the nation, and this is more so for people that come from the mainland.” Corey added that recruiting teachers from the mainland is an ongoing cycle. That is the reason why I am studying to become a Hawaii elementary school teacher.

Teachers who are recruited from the mainland are often placed in rural schools, like Naalehu Elementary and Kau High School. New teachers are often surprised by Kau’s unique, rural lifestyle as well as the state’s high cost of living. I was raised in Kau and attended Naalehu Elementary school and graduated from Kau High. As a native, I can relate to and understand the racial and cultural background of our youth. I live in Waiohinu and hope to teach at Naalehu Elementary, one of Hawaii’s public schools that needs qualified teachers. I want to use the knowledge I have acquired to inspire students of Naalehu Elementary and Intermediate School and help them identify their strengths and reach their full potential. I want to create a great classroom for students to learn, feel successful, and achieve.

I am grateful to say that I am the product of great teachers, including my parents who successfully fulfilled their role as my first teacher. I am passionate about education because of the time and energy these wonderful teachers invested in me. They helped me acquire the skills, knowledge, and expertise needed for success in college, career, and life. Great teachers do not receive a high salary or get praised daily for their contribution, however, they enjoy what they do and are passionate about education. Great teachers are sustained daily by the outstanding opportunity to change a student’s life. I hope to be as great as the teachers who have inspired me.

The Ken Wicks Kau Chamber of Commerce Scholarship will help me achieve my educational goals with minimal impact on my family. My academic studies are a major part of my professional development, but like many things, it comes with a price. I am a mother and my family is my number one priority. Balancing academic with family life is always a challenge. This scholarship will alleviate some of the financial burden that my ongoing studies have placed on my family, allowing me to concentrate on my education.


2016 Art Show

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Feb 072017

Winners of the 2016 art show:

Thomas King won best of showand Reta Hill won people’s choice with her quilt, Sunny Beaches. Reta’s quilt will appear on the cover of The Directory 2017. We had a tie for people’s choice, with Lee McIntosh taking second place with his photograph, Lamp Posts of Kau.

First place winners:
C.S. Tucker in the crafts division
Ann Bosted in the photo division
Olivia Ling in the sculpture division
Thomas King in the wood division
Reta Hill in the quilt division
Nancy Stafford in the jewelry division
Eric DePeralta in the lei division
Susan Jennings in the graphics division
Lynn VanLeeuwen in the painting division
Alan Stafford in the weaving division
Dion Beavins in the youth division
Charlotte Crysdale in the keiki division

Second place winners:
Betty Clark in the photo division
Don Elwing in the sculpture division
Susan Jennings in the wood division
Kaaren Hughes in the quilt division
Jennifer Kampf in the graphics division
Masako Sakata in the painting division

Third place winners:
Don Elwing in the wood division
Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa in the photo division
Alice Hosticka in the quilt division
Peter & Ann Bosted in the graphics division
Alice Hosticka in the painting division


2015 Art Show

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Feb 062017

Winners of the 2015 art show:

Suzanne D. Kaliko won best of show with her painting, Aunty Shows her Quiltand Peter Anderson won people’s choice with his photo, Red Caldera. Peter’s photo will appear on the cover of The Directory 2016.

First place winners:
Peter Anderson in the photo division
Susan Condie Jennings in the sculpture division
Thomas King in the wood division
Teri Jensen Phillips in the quilt division
Ann Snow in the jewelry division
Elizabeth Kuluwaimaka in the lei division
Dave Golston in the graphics division
Suzanne D. Kaliko in the painting division
Jeanette Howard in the weaving division
Grace Smith in the youth division
Audrey Meyer in the keiki division

Second place winners:
Ed Bruneau in the photo division
Scott Manley in the sculpture division
Dave Golston in the wood division
Nadine Ebert in the quilt division
Toni Santana in the jewelry division
Nancy Lake in the graphics division
Lynn Van Leeuwen in the painting division
LoriLee Loren in the youth division
Kamali Compehos in the keiki division

Third place winners:
Lee McIntosh in the photo division
Dave Golston in the sculpture division
Alice Hosticka in the quilt division
Kathie Griffeth in the jewelry division
Marla McCasand in the graphics division
Tanya Ibarra in the painting division
Nalu Compehos in the keiki division


2015 Scholarship

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Feb 062017

Recipients for 2015:

  • Layla Abellera
  • Tyler Amaral
  • Evan Enriques
  • Annie Mae Flores
  • Kaweni Ibarra
  • Gregory K. Javar Jr.
  • Nysa M. Kaniho
  • Kamrie Koi
  • Jennifer Kau’i Losalio
  • Crystal McIntosh
  • Denisha Navarro
  • Siena Okimoto
  • Tiare-Lee Shibuya
  • Jennifer Flores Tabios
  • Jenisha Young

The winner for our essay contest: “How will your education benefit the District of Kau?”

Gregory K. Javar Jr.

Local Lands in Local Hands

“Aole TMT! Aole TMT!” These are the chants of Native Hawaiians speaking from their hearts to stop production on our sacred Mauna Kea. The preservation of our Hawaiian lands plays such an important role in the Hawaiian culture, while advancing technology plays an important role in the science world. There seems to be no peaceful solution to these rising conflicts. Why can’t the native people and the scientists find peace? Different mindsets. In the Hawaiian culture, the people know the significance in the Mauna and see it as a sacred and holy place. While on the scientific end the Mauna is just as equally significant, only for a different reason, scientific discovery. The mountain reveals that there are two different sides, the cultural and the scientific. Although there are many scientists who try to preserve the Hawaiian culture, I believe there is not enough. This is part of the reason why I am pursuing my goal in becoming a civil engineer.

Pursuing my engineering career would not only benefit the technological world, it would also benefit my Hawaiian culture. My future plan is to move back to Ka’u and work as an engineer on the Big Island. If I am back on the big island I’d be able to be a bridge or a mediator between conflicting sides. I would be able to tailor the projects so that they would be advanced in a modern way without interfering with Hawaiian culture. I feel like that is very important in this day and age because of the rapid growth of industry and modernization. With the current issue of Mauna Kea going on, I feel like Hawaiian engineers should work on ways to prevent future conflicts. As a native of Ka’u I feel like it is my Kuleana to “keep country, country” and at the same time keep us intact with the modern world.

Growing up in Ka’u, kids learn many values that many other kids do not have the privilege to learn. I’ve been to a lot of places and have seen the lifestyle and can honestly say that Ka’u is one of a kind. Our keiki learn respect, values, and learn that if you take care of the land, the land will take care of you. That’s what’s special about our district, we all are one with our land, and as locals we do what we can to protect it. As a future engineer, I see this as a great opportunity to make a long lasting impression. For our people, for Ka’u.


2014 Scholarship

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Feb 062017

Recipients for 2014:

  • Tyler Amaral
  • Kayla Andrade
  • Chazlyn Fuerte Castaneda
  • Benjamin Houghton
  • Kamrie Koi
  • Anjulie Larson
  • Jennifer Kau’i Losalio
  • Maria Miranda
  • Marley Strand-Nicolaisen
  • Siena Okimoto
  • Tiare-Lee Shibuya

The winner for our essay contest: “How will your education benefit the District of Kau?”

Tiare-Lee Shibuya

Smile in The Face of Fear

I could smell hand sanitizer and a minced smell of coffee. The air was very still with a musty fringe. This was definitely in a hospital and I was in the waiting room. As I look around I see many faces of despair, sorrow, and wariness. I sit patiently awaiting the news of my grandfather with a serious concerned face. I have contemplated over and over in my mind of what the different scenarios could be, but I didn’t see this one coming. My grandfather Clarence Abraham Andrade has just been diagnosed with lung cancer said to be the size of an orange. I was completely speechless and my tear ducts filled.

Cautiously, we make sure to smile and show no concern of death in our faces as I greet my grandfather in the hospital bed. My family and I sat listening to his minimal options he had and watch as he decides what he wants to do. He decides that life is not over for him yet and he wants to fight this cancer away. So in a span of two years, he fought his hardest with all his might and never complained of any pain. We all right there standing next to him every step of the way. We would take him to his radiation chemo therapy and he would be the guy making jokes about the chemo not affecting his hair because he was already bald. This is the exact moment where I knew exactly what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it and where I wanted to do it.

Consequently, my goal was to always be a Registered Nurse and graduate with my BSN degree. Now, I can say I want to be an Oncology RN and eventually expand the Ka’u Hospital branch to have its own oncology department. Just take a second and think of all the possibilities and the many lives that can be saved. According to the Cancer Journal for Clinicians in 2014 there have been 1,340,400 deaths from cancer this year and we are only in April. I could help so many families in the district I love called Ka’u. It would be the only way I feel accomplished by having and supporting the district’s needs health wise.

Similarly, I would be able to relate to the patients on a deeper level because I have been there. I have not personally experienced cancer but I have been a family member to experience it four times. My grandfather had lung cancer and his wife had a tumor in her breast. My other grandparents my grandfather had kidney cancer and my grandmother had colon cancer. I know that the family would want the best available help and I would be right there by their side coaching them on what to expect but also keeping that hope alive because a cancer patient wants their family and to be loved during this tragic time.

Finally, I would like to be a registered nurse and help my community have the strongest oncology system it could have. There are many lives to be saved and I feel that I was set here to help cancer patients. I will provide the best service and a caring support system. I would like to bring smiles in the face of fear for all those people. It would be such an honor to devote myself to my community and to keep everyone healthy.


2014 Art Show

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Sep 012015

Winners of the 2014 art show:

Ric Start won best of show with his quilt, He Kila Mo‘i, and Suzanne D. Kaliko won people’s choice with her painting, Green Sand Beach. Suzanne’s painting will appear on the cover of The Directory 2015. We had a tie for people’s choice, with Peter Anderson taking second place with his photograph, South Point Blowhole.

First place winners:
DeeDee Bodine in the graphics division
Peter Anderson in the photo division
Bob Knapp in the sculpture division
Bob Knapp in the craft division
Bob Stock in the wood division
Ric Stark in the quilt division
Deon Beavins in the keiki division

Second place winners:
Wanda Aus in the graphics division
Luke Kanahele in the photo division
Aubrey Ahl in the sculpture division
Luke Kanahele in the craft division
Patty Bowles in the quilt division
Victoria Kanahele in the keiki division

Third place winners:
Greg Rush in the graphics division
Gen Galletta in the photo division
Seth Kanahele in the craft division
Ryder Brown in the keiki division


2013 Art Show

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Sep 012015

Winners of the 2013 art show:

Susan Condie Jennings from Ocean View won best of show and people’s choice. Her ipu, Honu O Ka’u, will appear on the cover of The Directory 2014.

First place winners:
Nancy Stafford in the photo division
Scott Kekuhaupi’o Manley in the sculpture division
Nancy Stafford in the craft division
Susan Condie Jennings in the wood division


2013 Scholarship

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Dec 202013

Recipients for 2013:

  • Tyler Amaral
  • Kayla Andrade
  • Leah Velasco Cariaga
  • Donald Garo Jr.
  • Amber Leigh V. Hondonero
  • Benjamin Houghton
  • Gregory Kirk Javar Jr.
  • Marley Strand-Nicolaisen
  • Tiana Pascubillo
  • Louise Vivien B. Santos

The winner for our essay contest: “How will your education benefit the District of Kau?”

Tyler Amaral

A World Without Computers? Not In My Community!

Imagine a world where there are no computers, television, smart-phones, or anything electrical. Think about it, there would be no way to do the things people love to do, there would be no email, no YouTube, nothing to do with the Internet. How would people react? Thankfully, there are electronic devices, for now. But, what happens when they break? Who will be able to fix them? This is where my plan comes in. My plan will definitely help the town of Kau, by going to college to study computer and fix computers. With this information, I would love to teach people in my community how to use computers successfully and hopefully they will learn to love using computers. I would also like to offer a free or really cheap computer workshop so I can fix computers for everyone. I know that some may not be able to fix their computers because most of the stores charge a very high price. Hopefully this business will also make money as well.

The reason why I chose computers as a passion is because a lot of things are becoming computerized and if you don’t know how to use computers, then it will be very difficult to find a job. Another thing is that computers can be used for a variety of different purposes from doing research to writing a report to watching a movie. Keeping in touch with people all over the world using email and “skype.”

Since I like computers a lot, I decided to focus on that as a senior project. For my senior project, I needed to spend a minimum of 40 hours on something, and I figured that I could spend that much time fixing computers. So, after that I decided that, I had to figure out a good project so I would get approved. After thinking, I saw that a lot of people did not own computers in my community, so I decided that I would donate computers to the needy families of Kau. As of February 25, 2013, I was able to donate five computers, free of cost, to families that need them. These families vary in ethnicity, age, and yet, they all still need computers, because computers are universal. I donated a tower to the local youth group, and four complete systems (tower, monitor, cables, keyboard, mice) to four local families in Hawaii. One of those families is living in a bus. Another family is living with a grandmother in a foster home situation.

Other than that, I also plan to help set up weekly programs to help teach people about computers. I would generally like to teach a class of intermediate/high school age students and the senior citizens. I chose those two groups because the students are the right age to learn and retain information regarding computers. I chose the elderly because they might like to use their computers to keep in touch with their families via email and videoconferencing. I would like to teach the intermediate/high school age students basic computer skills such as maintenance, fixing, and maybe even simple web design. I would like to teach the elderly basic things such as running programs, email, and maybe even basic computer maintenance.

I will also continue to donate regularly to the needy families of Hawaii. I will also love to work at the local elementary or high school as a computer technician, which I believe I am able to handle since I have completed my senior project.