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


2010 Scholarship

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Feb 072017

Alesha Ulu Makuakane and Katelyn Cadeauz Mitchell were selected as the recipients for the 2011 Ken Wicks Ka’u Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. Their essays are posted below:

Ulu Makuakane

Focus on Health & Nutrition for Kau

Education is a door to opportunities that can supply a future full of success. It can provide knowledge to pursue career aspirations and also provide experience to share throughout society and the community. By receiving a college education, I believe that I cannot only achieve my career goals, but more importantly, invest in the future of my community.

My family and I have lived in Kau for many generations. My ancestors were said to be reigning chiefs in this district before Kamehameha. As a Native of this land, I take it upon myself to reach out and connect with the people of Kau and serve the community just as my kupuna did before me. I have faith that I will be able to do this with a college education. Attending college has always been one of my main personal goals. I would like to major in health and human nutrition and someday become a certified dietician. My interest in nutrition was influenced by my own acts of being cautious about what I ate, exercising daily and reading labels so I could have a healthier lifestyle. By maintaining a balanced diet I have never felt more energized and confident in how I look inside and out, and this is what I want for the people of my district.

One of the reasons why I admire Kau is its undeveloped and untouched land. Here in Kau there are no fast food restaurants like McDonalds, Burger King, or Jack in the Box. These fast food chains contain foods that are high in calories and fat which could cause people to be unhealthy and receive the risk of becoming obese. Since the presence of these kinds of food isn’t available all the time in Kau, it helps families cook homemade meals, which helps with practicing good nutrition. By becoming a dietician I will use my skills and knowledge to inform the people of this district how to use and eat the right food for a balanced diet. I would like to counsel them in the proper way to read labels, getting their daily caloric intake and getting the correct amount of foods from each food group. I want to advertise healthy nutrition because obesity has become a major health issue for all ages due to the intake of certain foods and lack of exercise.

By providing lessons on nutrition I could help Kau make healthier choices and take steps into a healthier future and become an improved neighborhood. Practicing good nutrition can ensure a longer, healthier and happier living and if I educate them, they will be able to enjoy life to its fullest.

I believe that I can impact this community and make a difference because of my education and my connection with the people of this district. My family ties here have made this community a part of me and who I am, and if I can help the lives here I can become a productive citizen of my community, society and country.

Katelyn Mitchell

Teach Teens the Value of Education

As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to become a teacher. I never wanted to be an astronaut or a policewoman, just a teacher. Since I was a first grader sitting in my class, I’ve dreamed of teaching a group of students like my teacher taught me. I’m still interested in teaching and want to become an elementary school teacher, and I want to do it here in Kau.

I moved to Hawaii when I was six and entered Naalehu Elementary and Intermediate School as a first grader. Since then, I have attended Naalehu Elementary School, Konawaena Middle School, and Konawaena High School.

After I graduate from college, I plan on returning to Kau and teaching at Naalehu School. I had a wonderful experience there and I hope that I can have the positive effect on the students that my teachers once had on me. I hope to teach in a first or second grade classroom.

I also have a passion for leadership and am interested in becoming a principal as well. Working with the community and the families of students is rewarding because you can really strengthen ties between the school and the community. As a student leader, I have learned that a school with a strong community behind it is capable of anything.

Having grown up in Kau, I know how important education is to our youth. Many students in our district do not feel the need to finish high school and graduate, each for their own reason. I want to work on changing this attitude and get the teenagers to realize how valuable an education is.

By inspiring students at a young age to enjoy school, I think I can have a significant impact on their decisions about staying in school and graduation. While school is a learning environment, I believe that making it as fun as possible is important. I think that if students are not interested in what they are learning about, they will not try to do the best of their ability.

With the current economy and the importance of education, students need now more than ever a reason to be excited for school. I believe that the public school system in Hawaii does not put a strong enough emphasis on art, music and sports. I am going to be graduating soon and having been in the public school system my entire life. I think that I have not been exposed to enough art, music and sports. These subjects not only teach students lessons that they are not exposed to in their core classes, but also create a fun and healthy environment in school.


2007 Scholarship

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Feb 072017

The Ka’u Chamber of Commerce began their scholarship program in 2007 as an essay contest. Students were asked what they envisioned as their role in the future of Kau. Megan R.M. Lamson was selected as the very first recipient. Her essay is titled:

Marine Conservancy: The time is ripe to protect Kau’s precious ocean resources

I am working on my Masters Degree in Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science at the University of Hawaii, Hilo. For my thesis, I plan to conduct a one-year research project to characterize the local fish population at Honuapo Bay in Kau, to confirm that the area is an essential marine habitat that merits legal protection. I will link the world of marine resource management and my own research with community outreach and public education. Over the next several years, I hope to organize and implement a marine science curriculum for the students of Naalehu Elementary and Kau High School. This program would focus on the natural history of Hawaii Island, using hands-on science projects and field trips as the main teaching tools.

On a short-term basis, I want to share my love and enthusiasm for our ocean and its inhabitants with local youth so we can form an alliance that fosters conservation efforts in Kau. I plan to collaborate with other Kau residents and community groups to develop a multifaceted community-based marine management plan specific to our area-blending traditional ecology knowledge with recent scientific breakthroughs. My long-term goal is to continue my research emphasis along Kau’s coastline and to promote marine conservation here as a career. I will persevere with this objective until all of Kau’s myriad natural resources are adequately protected.

Here in Kau, we are blessed with one of the largest and most pristine coastlines in all the Hawaiian Islands. I hope to inspire the next generation to appreciate their natural surroundings and to acquire a mind-set of sustainability and conservation that they can later pass on to their children. We cannot force our rules upon the ocean, but we can use our best resources (from old kapuna wisdom to cutting-edge scientific research) to remedy the pervious harm incurred, and to minimize our ecological footprints into the future. Please help me lead Kau towards this purpose.


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 Ka’u?”

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 Ka’u?”

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


Annual Meeting December 29

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Jan 142014

Our annual meeting will be held Thursday, December 29, at 5PM at the Discovery Harbour Community Association building. This is a potluck dinner. As one of my pastors used to say, bring enough food for your family and one other person. If everyone does that, there should be plenty of food to eat. But please don’t bring any alcohol. This meeting is open to all Kau Chamber of Commerce members and their family. Happy New Year!