Sep 07, 2016
Mālama ʻĀina finished the year with an ʻohana-planned pāʻina at Kuala’s Secret Island. Families enjoyed a fun-filled day of sun and swimming at the private beach park, along with kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and a lunch buffet. It was a great way to celebrate friendships made and wrap up Mālama ‘Āina for 2017! (November 2017)
The Family Strengthening group Imua Na Hawaiʻi from Kīpuka Haleʻaha celebrated their closing paʻina on November 14, 2017. Lead worker, Kuʻuipo Garrido, graduated six families into the ukulele making ʻohana. This program is a kākoʻo effort with Haleʻiwa Cultural Learning Center who volunteer ukulele makig talent and manaʻo. (November 2017)
Trick or treat! Kīpuka Kauaʻi and Liliʻuonamoku show off their creative costumes in celebration of Halloween. (October 2017)
“We don’t talk about it because it makes people uncomfortable,” said Erin Merryn, who shared about her personal transformation as a survivor of child sexual abuse and her advocacy work to pass Erin’s Law to protect children of sexual abuse. At YWCA Laniakea. (October 2017)
LT staff at Liliʻuonamoku joined friends from Chaminade University (new President Lynn Babington; Esben Borsting, director of the office of Native Hawaiian Partnerships; and Diane Peters-Nguyen, vice president for institutional advancement AND daughter of LT’s own Colonel David M. Peters) for a photo op following our meet and greet. (October 2017)
LT iHuddle committee rocking their One Drop of Love t-shirts! Mahalo nui Fanshen, for the super rad gift! (September 2017)
Nalei, Maka, Kuʻuipo, Nicole and LT kamaliʻi performed at Liliʻu: Tribute to a Queen – an evening concert at Iolani Palace celebrating the life and musical legacy of Queen Lili’uokalani on the 100th anniversary of her passing. (September 2017)
The LT Evaluation Kakoʻo won first place for their poster submission at the Hawaii Pacific Evaluation Association conference this past week. (September 2017)
Kīpuka Molokaʻi using their break time to stretch during the Pua Liliʻu training to enhance their wellbeing. (September 2017)
Happy National Payroll Week to our favorite payroll teammates, Jun-Romeo Farinas and Amy Hung! (September 2017)
Sweet biscuits, we'll miss you! Mahalo to Liliʻuonamoku admin, Brittany Myszak, for all your hard work and for bringing your positive energy and warmth to the office everyday. (September 2017)
#LTiHuddle guest speaker, Marley Dias, took a break from the conference to explore the Queen's palace. (September 2017)
Our #LTiHuddle guest speaker, Julia Ormond, spoke on Hawaii News Now - Sunrise, last week. Julia shared the haunting issues of human trafficking and enslavement in the U.S., and more specifically Hawaiʻi. Mahalo, Julia for spreading the word on a crucial issue, and for joining us at #LTiHuddle. (September 2017)
A big congratulations to Kalena Eaton & ʻohana on their handsome baby boy, Kealiikuokalani "Kealii" Malachi Kekona. (July 2017)
The County of Hawaiʻi organized a two-day community event, with the intent of removing all the trash and clearing overgrown brush at Old Airport Park in Kona.
Being a good neighbor, Trust staff from Kīpuka Namahana and Liliʻuonamoku lent a helping hand to clean up the park, located next to our Keahuolū lands. (July 2017)
50 participants representing a cross section of disciplines and organizations gathered to discuss Native Hawaiian (NH) wellbeing at the Kūkulu Kumuhana Conference: Creating Radical and New Knowledge to Improve Native Hawaiian Wellbeing, hosted by LT’s R&E and Systems Change teams.
To create a sense of history and place, film maker Meleanna Meyer was invited to the conference and shared her ‘Āina Aloha, 6’ x 20’ two-sided traveling mural. One side of the mural depicts the pain associated with cultural historical trauma and the path to healing, while the other side of the depicts the Kumulipo and the hope for the future. Mahalo to Meleanna Meyer for sharing her talent and beautiful mural with all participants. (July 2017)
Summer intern, Kealakukui Mahoney, shared all that she learned after completing her 10-week journey with the Trust, and also read a beautiful poem that she wrote for the Queen.
Aloha, Kealakukui, and mahalo nui for your great work and many contributions this summer. We will miss you dearly, and wish you the very best in your future endeavors. (July 2017)
Congratulations to Kawehi Pontin & ʻohana on their new beautiful baby girl, Hayzel-Ray. (July 2017)
We were thrilled to partner with the Positive Coaching Alliance of Hawaiʻi to learn more about the proper way of reinforcing a positive attitude while working closely with kamaliʻi. Mahalo to PCA Hawaiʻi for all their help in getting the LT staff and UH student athletes and mentors well prepared for our Uhauhumu Pōhaku Sports Day event. (June 2017)
Kauaʻi opio had a blast during their summer retreat at the Waimea Plantation Cottages. Opio had the privilege of hosting aunty Jacquelyn Pualani Johnson, who performed her one-woman play about the Queen's life and her relationship with her hanai children. Opio also participated in activities from the recent collective impact training and also enjoyed a soothing painting session. (June 2017)
Dance on! Maui kamaliʻi and staff at a ballet/modern dance class - a piece of the LT performing arts pathway and pilot summer progam at kīpuka Maui. (June 2017)
LT teammates joined our trustees at the Lei Kaʻapuni Honua benefit dinner honoring the homecoming of the Hōkūleʻa, at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. (June 2017)
The fabulous women of LT, at the 40th Annual YWCA Leader Luncheon at Sheraton Waikiki. (June 2017)
Mahalo nunui to an anonymous donor who made a Cubs game at Wrigley Field a dream come true for LT teammates attending the Social Innovation Conference in Chicago. Go Cubs Go! (June 2017)
Some of team LT with CNN commentator Van Jones at the Social Innovation Conference. A couple of Van’s gems: "What happened to right and wrong vs right and left?" and "In our country, common pain should lead to common purpose, common projects, common sense!" (June 2017)
The motley and happy crew, at Wrigley Field. (June 2017)
"This is the big one," Summer said about her picture here with Seattle Seahawks' Michel Bennett. OK, OK. We get it. (June 2017)
Nalei, Dawn, Kanoe, Elizabeth Salmonowicz, community engagement manager for Joffrey Ballet, LeeAnn, and Kauʻi display their dancing skills while touring the Joffrey Ballet headquarters and dance studios in Chicago. (June 2017)
While waiting at the airport, Summer and Kauʻi met Hawaiʻi's undisputed featherweight champion Max "Blessed" Holloway, fresh off the performance of his career against Jose Aldo in Rio de Janeiro. (June 2017)
Liliʻuonamoku staff welcomed David Druley, chairman and CEO of Cambridge Associates, to the kīpuka. David shared a bit about investments from his perspective, with more than 25 years in investment management – first in his home state interning as an analyst at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, then founding and operating Druley Investment Management for nine years, and finally in Boston with Cambridge. Staff grilled him with some pretty tough questions, too. “Where'd you get those shoes,” Palama had to know.
Mahalo to David for the visit and to all at Cambridge Associates who do such a fabulous job managing the Queen’s investment portfolio! (May 2017)
LT is going GREEN! The installation of photovoltaic panels at our Koʻolau Poko kīpuka is under way. (May 2017)
LT teammates working hard at Pua Liliʻu pilot training, while attempting to stay warm at Muolaulani. Hats off (!) to our pilot Kīpuka for their participation over the next three months. (April 2017)
Our staff over at kīpuka Kauaʻi celebrated their awesome admins with a Mahalo Fiesta! The day consisted of a taco bar, nachos, fun photos with props, ice cream and cake, and of course lots of appreciation, laughing and fun! (April 2017)
Our office managers spent two days at kīpuka Leihano attending a workshop and retreat. The 1st day of workshops consisted of customer service and organizational core values presentations hosted by Ku`ulani Keohokalole and Ann-Marie Fernandez. The 2nd day was spent painting beautiful Koi fish on canvases which represented “Hoʻomoe wai kāhi ke kāoʻo” - traveling together like water flowing in one direction.
Mahalo to Kuʻulani Keohokalole and Ann-Marie Fernandez for hosting the workshops and Loke Glackin for accomodating their stay. (April 2017)
Some people teach hula, some make leis, others ... shred skirts and iron costumes! Mahalo nui to all the staff that helped behind the scenes at Ka ʻŌpua Haʻa I Ka Mālie Dance Explorations Program. (March 2017)
Mahalo to Mercedes, Amy, Jun-Romeo and Sherine, our awesome HR staff, for treating all kīpuka to some delicious donuts, cupcakes and pizza in honor of national professional social work month. (March 2017)
After his own experience growing up in poverty, Duncan Campbell used his successes in the timber industry to create Friends of the Children in 1993 in Portland, Oregon. Friends of the Children provides the most vulnerable children a nurturing and sustained relationship with a professional and paid mentor who teaches positive values and has attainable expectations for each child to become a healthy and productive member of the community. Pictured (from left to right): Kahele, Kelly Anne, Duncan, Roimata, Summer & Kanoe. (February 2017)
Check out Dean’s sweet ride, a 1971 Nissan Skyline GT-R, that was featured as “ride of the week” on Honolulu Street Pulse. (February 2017)
Congratulations to Moani & ʻohana on the arrival of her beautiful new baby girl, Audrey Leihiwanani Daubert. (February 2017)
While visiting the Cook Inlet Tribal Council in Alaska and learning about their program work and outstanding makerspaces, Dawn and Dean found a few moments to channel their inner keiki by making snow angels. Mahalo to Marty for capturing this fun moment! (February 2017)
Molokaʻi kīpuka staff, reflecting on their personal wellbeing (and laughing about it) as they color in each petal in the Pua Kalaunu framework. The emerging work of Pua Kalaunu and the LT Practice Model were shared to all staff. (February 2017)
After an amazing show at the Concert Hall, Alvin Ailey II dancers Gabriel Hyman, Yazzmeen Laidler, and Martell Ruffin (pictured at bottom, left to right), and artistic director Troy Powell (with Bob, Nalei and LeeAnn in top photo) visited with LT staff and kamaliʻi, sharing about the rigors and the rewards of dancing with the AA II company. It was an inspiring and memorable night for all! (February 2017)
LT staff got down and dirty during their visit to Keahuolū earlier this month. The crew enjoyed each other's company, as well as the beautiful scenery of Keahuolū. (February 2017)
Justin and Mike working hard, inspecting the latest section of Kamakaeha in front of the Kona Judiciary. Nice job, guys! (February 2017)
We were honored to hear from the inspiring and motivating University of Hawaiʻi head football coach, Nick Rolovich. Coach Rolo shared his manaʻo on teaming, leadership, and his overall experience after completing his first year as head coach at UH. Mahalo nui, coach Rolo, and good luck next season! (February 2017)
Mahalo to the Pua Kalaunu Committee, pictured here at their last meeting at Leihano. The committee’s exceptional work – the Pua Kalaunu diagram and rubric, will move forward to inform the work of the LT Practice Ad Hoc Committee and the Service Criteria Committee so that, organization-wide, we have one way to talk about and assess wellbeing and needs. (February 2017)
Thanks to our awesome admin team, Moani's surprise baby shower was a success! We can't wait to meet the newest edition to the Daubert and LT families. (February 2017)
Kehaulani Padilla, LSW of Kīpuka Koʻolau Poko, presenting at the Hawaii NASW conference on "Instigating Family and Social Change through Community Cooperatives: The Story of the Waimanalo Market Co-op." (January 2017)
LT staff gathered to celebrate and bid farewell to Mike Walsh upon his retirement, and mahalo him for all he has done throughout his outstanding career with two aliʻi trusts for almost 30 years. Mahalo nui, Mike, and happy retirement! (January 2017)
Ferraro Choi, architect and interior designer for our Liliʻuonamoku 8th floor office space, has won the Kimball Office 2016 Design Competition "Design Down Under" for our office! Congratulations to Ferraro Choi, lead designer Kurt Katada, and his fabulous team. Mahalo for our cheerful workplace. (January 2017)
Enjoying a romp on LT’s swings are Rachel Thorburn, Child Welfare Services (CWS) acting program development administrator and Caz Monoyama, CWS cultural specialist. Joining the merry duo at Liliʻuonamoku was Heide Lilo, quality assurance project director of the Hawaii Child Welfare Continuous Quality Improvement Project at University of Hawaiʻi. Today’s meeting topic: sharing data about the disproportionality of Native Hawaiian youth in the CWS system and seeking collaborative opportunities. (January 2017)
Evaluation 101 with our ʻohana services team leads, special project managers, and strategy leads. This was the second of a six-series course to build evaluation thinking and capacity. Who said evaluation can't be fun! (January 2017)
Happy birthday ... to our fearless leader. May your dreams come true!
It's Ugly Sweater Day at Liliʻuonamoku! Meagan, Mike, and Tiare get festive for the holidays. (December 2016)
Mele Kalikimaka to Ashley and the Flynn ʻohana, and congratulations on their new arrival, Leila Noel.
The Koʻolau Poko ʻOhana Caretakers group got into the holiday spirit by each painting a snowman. It was a family activity. What fun for all! (December 2016)
LT staff supporting Roimata Mozo at the world premiere of her film “Transcend: The Jon Mozo Story” at the Hawaii International Film Festival. (November 2016)
Rob Robinson (left), general manager for the Pacific Beach Hotel, gives Mike Walsh, LT chief financial officer, a peek at extensive renovations of the new hotel entrance and lobby.
Liliʻuonamoku staff were treated to a very special guest speaker at this week's meeting. Head coach Laura Beeman of the Rainbow Wahine Basketball team shared her inspiring words and excitement for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Mahalo to Coach Beeman for joining us this week ... GO BOWS!! (October 2016)
Our awesome staff at the Kauaʻi kīpuka got into the Halloween spirit with their scary face masks. (October 2016)
On October 29, 2016, Na Kama Kai held their 5th annual Pa`akai fundraising gala at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Na Kama Kai is a non-profit, ocean-based agency that provides free ocean awareness clinics throughout the state. The organization was founded by Makaha-boy/St. Louis grad/pro-surfer Duane DeSoto and their mission is to create stewards of the ocean. Cathy, Christy, Sharon, and Kauʻi shared a table with former Governor Neil Abercrombie and retired Judge Mike Town. The evening was hosted by News Anchor Keahi Tucker and highlighted the group’s efforts throughout the year. Surf’s up, Na Kama Kai! (October 2016)
Our lovely staff had the oppourtunity to attend the Myron B Thompson School of Social Work's 80th Anniversary Dinner. Pictured are (bottom row from left to right) Nasi, Nicole, Trustee Asam, and Haley; (top row from left to right) Kaʻaiʻai, Leni, Yuki, Joy, Iris, Stephen, Melody, and Sharon. (October 2016)
The Na Leo Pulapula opio of Kīpuka Haleʻaha hosted the "Na Lei O Makalapua" event this month. The event gave the opio an opportunity to connect with one another and give back, all while practicing their leadership skills. Opio spent their time learning ancient moʻolelo, creating skits, making Hawaiian crafts, working at Heeia Fishpond and, to top it off, enjoying a mini concert by Josh Tatofi. (October 2016)
While at the Neil Simon Theater in New York, Dawn, Nālei, and Nasi snapped a picture with Old Deuteronomy from the musical CATS. (October 2016)
LT staff at the Hoʻola Na Pua fundraiser to spread awareness about sex trafficking and inform people about their mission, at the beautiful Koʻolau Ballroom. Pictured are David, Kahele, Sharon, Kristi, Leialoha, Kanoe; and Shelly, Rowena and Nālei in the back row. (October 2016)
The Koʻolau Poko ʻOhana Caretakers enjoyed a fun filled weekend with our kamaliʻi at a Kaʻaʻawa country home. Many exciting activities were set up for the keiki, including a hula hoop and tug of war contest, flying wood airplanes, riding kayaks, collecting rocks, and swimming in the ocean.
A delicious lunch of hotdogs, hamburgers, and yummy fruits and veggies were prepared by Uncle Colin and Uncle Steve. And as if the day couldn’t get better…everyone devoured some refreshing shaved ice. Needless to say, the keiki were very happy and so were their ʻopu. (October 2016)
The Kīpuka Kona kamaliʻi, along with chairman Kaulukukui, share in the celebration of the Queen's Birthday. (October 2016)
Awesome picture of our beautiful Queen, Trustee Yim, and ʻōpio, Thys Clawson, at Kīpuka Windward celebration of the Queenʻs birthday. (September 2016)
Our very own Kanoe Enos, along with friends Kaipo Kukahiko (left) and Kihei Nahalea (right) enjoying some Kanikapila and serenading the crowd at the Richardson School of Lawʻs annual fundraiser. (September 2016)
Theresa Ahuna-Turqueza, a Kamehameha School student living on Lāna`i, wrote “A Poem for the Queen” to honor Liliʻuokalani on her 178th birthday. Hauʻoli lā hānau, Queen Liliʻuokalani, and mahalo nui, Theresa! (September 2016)
A Poem for the Queen
Eia kekahi mele e pili ana iā Liliʻuokalani
She was the last monarch of Hawaiʻi
Ua ikaika ‘o ia. Ua makemake ‘o ia e hoʻomalu i nā kanaka o Hawaiʻi
She stood tall when they locked her away in her room at ʻIolani Palace
Ua haku ʻo ia i nā mele no ke aloha no nā poʻe Hawaiʻi
They overthrew the Hawaiian Kingdom after taking OUR queen prisoner
But instead she said, “I could not turn back the time for the political change but there is still time to save our heritage.”
He moʻi wahine ʻo ia a ua aloha ʻo ia i kona mau makaʻāinana
E ‘ōlelo ana kākou e pili ana ko kākou kuamo’o ‘ōlelo
No laila haʻi wau i kēia mele no Liliʻuokalani a mahele hoʻomakaʻāina wau iā ʻoukou
CELEBRITY SIGHTING CONTEST continues: Mariska Hargitay (aka Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) with Pālama and Jamee Miller. Hargitay hosted her Joyful Heart Foundation's preview of the NO MORE Public Service Announcement (PSA) Campaign to be aired in October, at Ed Kenney's Mud Hen Water. Gee, Pālama ... you're looking pretty celebrity-like yourself! (September 2016)
Hālau Kū Māna Public Charter School celebrated the Queen’s birthday a day early with hoʻokupu of oli and hula at Maunaʻala. Wonderful to see Hawaiian ʻōpio paying tribute to their aliʻi. Maikaʻi wale nō Hālau Kū Māna! (September 2016)
Aloha, Keiki, and mahalo nui for your great work and many contributions to us all -- we will miss you, and are certain your future looks very bright indeed!
Take a look at the iMovie Keiki created about her experience as a trust intern and presented to staff at her farewell luncheon today. (August 2016)
Vernon Viernes of LT Honolulu (top left) poses with a volunteer group from Bloomingdales who worked at Liliʻuokalani Gardens' "Stream Clean Up" this past weekend. At the request of Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Vernon has been giving talks to volunteers about the Queen, her gardens and the trust at the monthly community cleanups. (August 2016)
This year Aloha United Way launched a promotion called “Random Acts of Aloha”, which is an opportunity for them to thank businesses that have shown constant support for their campaign. The Liliʻuonamoku staff were selected for the Random Acts of Aloha and were fortunate to receive a sweet treat as a thank you. Mahalo AUW for our yummy Jamba Juice! (August 2016)
The ‘Aha Kāne Maui Unit, led by Eliot Reinhardt and Mitch Kepa, had the opportunity to meet with positive male role models who work to make our community a better place. This summer, ʻōpio were able to meet with Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui and Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu. Before the meeting, the ʻōpio greeted the lieutenant governor in the Maui Unit parking lot with a haʻa.
Lt. Governor Tsutsui implored the ʻōpio to never give up on their dreams and to stay positive. He even brought gifts just in time for the new school year! Police Chief Faaumu encouraged our ʻōpio to be humble, do well in school, and be of service to others. Hoʻomaikaʻi to the ʻōpio who participated in this group and mahalo to the guests who shared their insightful manaʻo. (July 2016)
Mahalo to Iris Mountcastle for this update.
The Koʻolau Poko unit had a fun time with the folks from Create a Canvas. It was an acitivity for their `ohana caretakers and their keiki. Following the instructions and demonstration by Andrea James, a high school art teacher, 30 of the participants created masterpieces! The children were excited and eager. The caretakers, most of whom had never painted in their lives, really got into it. As the saying goes, “A good time was had by all.” (July 2016)
Liliʻuonāmoku staff were treated to a performance by Kulana Mua o nā Kane. This group of young men, led by Ikaika Lindo and Vernon Viernes, performed several oli, mele, and hula, as a final presentation of what they learned throughout their summer program. They even presented our trustees with a kōnane board that they made themselves! Mahalo e nā ʻōpio for the wonderful performance, you should all be very proud of yourselves! (July 2016)
Inspired by Queen Liliʻukalaniʻs love for gardens, Na ʻŌpiopio Lama a Liliʻu (The Enlightened Children of Lili’u, Kauai Unit) visited Kauai’s National Tropical Botanical Gardens (NTBG), which hosted a unique traveling exhibit “Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks.”
This exhibit featured 14 nature-themed sculptures, each using an average of 28,000 Lego pieces! The NTBG has many educational programs for those interested in working with plants in various ways and in careers such as horticulture, botany, and conservation. There is even a Native Hawaiian garden with medicinal plants used for lāʻau lapaʻau.
The NTBG is a popular destination for tourists, however, this is not the case for our Native Hawaiian families. Barriers such as cost, lack of time, and disinterest prevent our youth to explore their own Kauai nei. But thanks to the generosity of Queen Liliʻuokalani, a few of our ʻōpio were able to enjoy this experience and gain a greater sense of ʻāina. (July 2016)
Hoʻomaikaʻi Jazmin! Congratulations on the successful completion of your six-week internship here at Liliʻuonāmoku. Mahalo for your wonderful presentation on everything youʻve learned while helping with Slippah Camp and Macbook Rollouts. We appreciate all of your hard work and will miss you very much! A hui hou!
On July 1st, we celebrated the opening of our new Leihano office space, located in Kapolei. This new office space will serve as a satellite location of Lili’uonāmoku, and as a space for staff to collaborate and meet with keiki, families, and members of the community in the greater area. The office area is complete with staff workstations, a large and open community room, several smaller collaboration corners, and a kitchen.
Mahalo to everyone who made this new facility possible, from the purchasing and renovation of the building to the paint on the walls, and everything in between. Special thanks to Sunnie and Maka for the beautiful blessing, and for always making sure that we remain culturally and spiritually mindful in all the transitions taking place. (July 2016)
Slippah Campers Naʻauao Vivas and Morgan Leleiwi display the first pastries ever baked at our Capitol Place apartment. LeeAnn and Barbara volunteered to be the designated taste testers and they approve! Great job Naʻauao, you are officially dubbed "Braddah Crocker!" (J