|Filming within a Hawaiian church to create Hawaiian Soul, a film about the legendary George Helm|
to be shown in Pāhala and Ocean View on Tuesday and Wednesday. Photo from Hawaiian Soul
HAWAIIAN SOUL, THE 'AINA PAIKAI FILM ON THE LIFE OF GEROGE HELM, comes to Kaʻū Tuesday at Pāhala Plantation House and Wednesday at Ocean View Drive-in. Both free presentations are outdoors and start at 7 p.m. Hawaiian Soul premiered at the most recent Hawai`i International Film Festival where it won Best Made in Hawai`i Short and the Audience Award. It also won the Audience Award at the latest Maui Film Festival and most recently won the Audience Award - Hawai`i Narrative Short at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival.
The Director's Statement says, "Hawaiian Soul is a narrative short-film dedicated to the real life Hawaiian hero George Jarret Helm, Jr., a skilled and talented musician that used his voice to inspire a revolution of consciousness during the 1970s native rights movement, now known today as the Hawaiian Renaissance. This short, fictional story is based on true events and captures key moments where music fuels both George's passions of celebrating Hawaiian culture and guarding whats left of it."
In a background statement, the director and producers note that after his death Helm's goal was achieved in stopping the military target bombing of Kaho'olawe. Helm died at the age of 26 and it has taken this long for his family to be willing to talk about it, say the filmmakers. Their statement says that "the timing of Hawaiian Soul couldn't be more serendipitous. The production team build a level of trust and respect with the Helm 'ohana by stating their
Hawaiian hero, George Helm."
In addition to Director, writer and producer 'Aina Paikai, the filmmaking crew includes Producer Kaliko Ma'i and Executive Producer Kekamaikaikamaikalani Helm. The film stars Komea Fukumitsu as George Helm. Raiatea Helm is a Songbird in the film.
FEDERAL PROPERTY WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS and the aim is housing, according to a Department of the Interior press release issued today. It says, "As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to honor relationships with Indigenous communities and uphold trust responsibilities, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves today announced the transfer of an 80-acre parcel of surplus federal property at the former NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on O‘ahu for inclusion in the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust. The land has the potential to provide homesteads for 200 to 400 Native Hawaiian families."
|Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland|
“The Native Hawaiian Community has waited more than 20 years for the federal government to address a $16.9 million credit owed by the United States to the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “Today’s action is an important step in our commitment to resolving the Hawaiian Home Lands Recovery Act settlement. We thank the Department of Commerce, General Services Administration, State of Hawai‘i, and Native Hawaiian Community members who provided their input during consultation on this transfer.”
Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves said, “We are pleased that Native Hawaiians will now have access to the 80 acres in Ewa Beach where the NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center once resided. With this overdue transfer, this parcel of land will soon be called home for hundreds of Native Hawaiians."
William J. Aila, Jr., Chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission, said, “Residential lots on Oʻahu are of the highest demand from applicants on the waiting list. This land transfer is an opportunity for
beneficiaries that is truly in line with the spirit of the Hawaiian Home Lands Recovery Act.”
|Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves|
The General Services Administration notified the state of Hawai‘i of the availability of NOAA’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center site in 2020. "The former Pacific Tsunami Warning Center land represents the best available property offered to the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust by the United States, suitable for residential development, under the HHLRA. After an appraisal, environmental review, and consultation with the Native Hawaiian Community, the Interior Department notified the General Services Administration that the site is suitable and approved the conveyance to the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust to satisfy $10 million of the $16.9 million credit," says the federal statement.
The project team will engage the support of an audio engineer and videographer to guide the development of the project resources, which will be made freely available online.
Papahana Kuaola will receive $99,943 for ‘ILI‘ILIKAUHALE. It aims "to strengthen the connection between kanaka (people) and aina (land, that which feeds us) by developing and presenting community-based education programs focusing on the knowledge, use, and growth of Hawaiian food and medicinal plants," says the description. The project team will develop and implement nine sequential learning sessions, reaching 600 participants either in-person or online.
Project activities will focus around the 63 acres of conservation land that Papahana Kuaola stewards and the identified native plants that flourish on the property. With the guidance of cultural practitioners and native plant specialists, staff will generate on-line curriculum and hands-on workshops to bring these perspectives to the community. Participants will learn skills that can be utilized in everyday life while deepening their understanding and appreciation of Hawaiian culture.
care for and interpret the collections of Waimea Valley. A consulting conservator will complete a general conservation survey of the collections, which include Hawaiian cultural sites, Native Hawaiian plant collections, and Native Hawaiian cultural artifacts.
The project includes funds to purchase necessary supplies and equipment to support staff work under the guidance of the conservator to assess, catalog, rehouse collections, and improve ongoing collections management practices. The longer-term project goal is to improve the wellbeing of the surrounding community by serving as a trusted space for community dialogue and the care and interpretation of Hawaiian culture.
A FREE VACCINATION EVENT IN OCEAN VIEW IS SET FOR THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 19 at Ocean View Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also offered are free sports physicals for students
12 years and older. The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered to the public.
Those 12 to 17 years of age will require permission from a parent who is present at the event.
Sports physicals will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents must be present. Location address is 92-8924 Leilani Circle in Ocean View.
current use of the pickleball courts as well as walking and running on specified areas of the golf course before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m. to enjoy the panoramic ocean views. Golf memberships range from unlimited play for the avid golfer to casual play options. Membership is required to play and practice golf on the course. All golf memberships include Social Membership amenities. Membership fees are designed to help underwrite programs and improvements to the facilities.
Call 808-731-5122 or stop by the Clubhouse during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 94-1581 Kaulua Circle. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. See The Club at Discovery Harbour Facebook page.