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Mahalo to all who came out to celebrate 2010 with us at the Mahalo and Holomua Fundraiser for KAHEA at thirtyninehotel in Honolulu!

See more pics at:  http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=263987&id=253125612987

Mahalo to our silent auction donors, hosts, sponsors and volunteers! It would not have been possible without you! 
thirtyninehotel

Marty WillieMaze Aranaydo
Bess Press Hawaii
FLUX Hawaii Magazine
Green Builder’s Depot
Ed Greevy
Ka‘ala Farms
Kailua Historical Society
Ka Pa Ola Hawai‘i
Colleen Kelly
Kona Brewing Company
Gelareh Khoie
Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation
The Hawai‘i Independent
Honolulu Theatre for Youth
Hui Kū Maoli Ola
Jamal Lahiani
MAMo Gallery
Don and Renee May
Native Books Nā Mea Hawai’i
Mark Noguchi (and family!)
Lindsey Ozawa
MELT HNL
Noelani Design
Patagonia
Sticky Farms
Jan Yoshioka
Kamuela Enos
Melissa, Yok, and Ty-ty!
Smooth Remedy
Shane Tsukuyama
Whole Foods

Couldn’t make it, but still like support KAHEA? You can make a gift today at: https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=727

KAHEA does it all without Federal dollars or corporate gifts! Mahalo to our grassroots `ohana of donors for making our work possible!

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Mahalo to all of our O’ahu ‘ohana who came out to celebrate and support last Friday at the fundraiser at the MAMo Gallery for PEWA!

Artists Carl Pao and Solomon Enos working together inspired a collaborative consciousness expressed as PEWA. This “butterfly patch” commonly associated with the repair of a beloved ‘umeke, is an old symbol of connecting, a healing tool to bring flesh together, a link between man and gods, a rejoining of precious wood. The connection is in itself, a thing of beauty.

Beautiful art and beautiful company–we owe a heartfelt mahalo to artists Solomon Enos, Carl Pao, and to Maile Meyer, Dana, Na Mea, Pa’i Foundation and the rest of the MAMo folks for their support.

You can go and check out PEWA at the MAMo Gallery in Chinatown for a few more weeks!

More information at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/MAMo-Gallery/

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May = MAMo

…and MAMo is Maoli Arts Month!

Support Native Hawaiian artists and cultural practioners, check out the event calendar at http://maoliartsmonth.org/?q=node/20

Also, Doris Duke theater at the Honolulu Academy of Arts is sponsoring first “indigenous Hawaiian film festival” this month. Runs from May 1 – May 26, including the premiere of Mālama Hāloa, film by Na Maka O Ka Aina.

See schedule at: http://www.honoluluacademy.org/cmshaa/academy/index.aspx?id=2402

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We heart Kealoha Pisciotta and we’re excited to have her in town! We’ll be talking story and sharing `awa at StudioBe in Chinatown with Kealoha on July 25, 2008.

She’ll be speaking and screening excerpts from Mauna Kea: Temple Under Siege, a film by Na Maka o ka `Aina. We’ll be talking with Kealoha about her experiences and activism in protecting of the sacred summit of Mauna Kea from development. Today, the IFA and a consortium of international institutions has a multi-million dollar proposal to build the largest telescope in the world on the last pristine plateau of Mauna Kea.

`Awa Circle + Talk Story: Sacred Landscapes
Friday, July 25, 2008
7PM to whenever pau
at StudioBe
corner of Beretania + Smith
63 N. Beretania St., 2nd Floor

A Hilo girl, cultural practitioner and former telescope tech, Kealoha’s tireless activism has helped to protect Mauna Kea’s sacred summit from unmitigated telescope development. She is the president of Mauna Kea Anaina Hou.

Mauna Kea, on the island of Hawai’i, is sacred as an elder ancestor and kinolau (physical embodiment) of spiritual deities. The summit area is also ecologically unique, and home the endemic weiku bug, which feeds on insects blown to the summit by updrafts.

Today, thirteen telescopes and support facilities crowd the sacred landscape of Mauna Kea. Even after 30 years of community opposition, a consortium of institutions led by the UH Institute for Astronomy (IFA) continues to propose new telescope construction. Today, over 1,000 individuals regularly drive to telescopes on the summit, leaving behind some 500,000 gallons of human waste toxic chemicals such as ethylene glycol and liquid mercury over the Big Island’s only aquifer.

13 of the richest nations in the world currently pay only $1 per year for their use of the sacred summit.

Construction has damaged and leveled the peaks, spewing dust and facilitating human intrusion that is wreaking havoc on this fragile and unique Hawaiian ecosystem. These impacts, coupled with the introduction of invasive predatory arthropods, are decimating populations of the wekiu bug, one of 11 endemic and imperiled species that call the mountain home.

“If we say yes to more development, we are saying yes to the desecration of our temple and our ancestors, yes to the destruction of our waters, and yes to the possible extinction of life itself.” – Kealoha Pisciotta

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