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Dough Raising Night Tuesday at Honokaa Elementary

Calling all pizza lovers: Help support Honokaa Elementary School by ordering a pizza from Domino’s Pizza in Waimea. Every second Tuesday, Domino’s will donate 10 percent of all orders placed that day to our school.

On Dec. 11, it’s a special “Dough Raising Night.” When order and prepay with a credit card before 4 p.m. on Dec. 11, Domino’s will deliver your pizza to the Honokaa Elementary School Office at 5:30 p.m. Just call Domino’s Pizza Waimea at 885-4400.

If you have any questions, please call Hilda Yagong at 775-8820, ext. 225. Help the school to “raise some dough” and give yourself a break with a “no cooking” special night! Thank-you Domino’s for giving Honokaa El this opportunity to raise much-needed dollars and thank you to our community and parents for all your support.


The community is invited to attend the film premiere of “The Shigematsu Family and the Legacy of Sugar.” This short documentary film tells the story of one family whose ancestors emigrated from Fukuoka, Japan, and arrived in Hawaii in 1907.

Denzaburo Shigematsu went to work for the Honokaa Sugar Company, as did four of his sons and many of his grandchildren. When the plantation closed in 1994, the family’s livelihood was in question, but their identity was not.

The film begins with a brief introduction to the global sugar industry and the history of commercial sugar in Hawaii and follows the Shigematsu family through five generations to the present, youngest generation. Personal interviews and historic photographs from the Christensen Photographic Collection and the family are used to tell the story. Their history is similar to many families in the community.

The documentary addresses the role the sugar plantation played in the history of the coast as seen through the eyes of one family, as well as how the changing values of succeeding generations both form and reflect contemporary culture in Hawaii. The film was made possible by a grant from Hawaii Council for Humanities and will be shown at the Heritage Center.

It will become part of the Heritage Center’s permanent exhibit and serve as a prototype for other plantation family histories. It was directed by Sarah Anderson and photographed and edited by Winter Anderson/HILand Films in collaboration with the University of Hawaii at Hilo History Department and the NHERC Heritage Center.

The public is invited to the premiere of this locally produced film on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. in the NHERC conference room.


The North Hawaii Education and Research Center (NHERC) would like to announce the University of Hawaii at Hilo spring 2013 courses being offered in Honokaa. They are Business 100, Introduction to Business, with instructor Chelle Pahinui, Wednesdays from 6-8:30 p.m.; Computer Science 100, Principles of Computer Science, with instructor Keith Edwards, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:45-6 p.m.; Agriculture 230, Sustainable Agriculture, with instructor Patrick Niemeyer, Mondays from 4-6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4-5:50 p.m., and Anthropology 470, Museology, with Momi Naughton, Saturdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

All courses are held at the NHERC located just below the hospital in Honokaa. Classes begin January 7, 2013. Registration is open now. A limited amount of scholarships are still available. To apply, please contact NHERC at 775-8890 or email at The 2013 Legislative Session convenes on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.


Rep. Mark Nakashima invites you to one of his following pre-session meetings for the Rural South Hilo Community. They will be on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Papaikou Community Center, and for the Hamakua-Honokaa Community on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at the North Hawaii Education & Research Center (NHERC).

If you are unable to attend, but would like to share your concerns or ideas, please contact his office at 974-4000, ext. 6-6680 or email him at He will also be meeting with the senior citizens clubs at their respective senior centers.

Carol Yurth’s column is published every Sunday and spotlights activities on the Hilo-Hamakua coast. She welcomes items for her column. Reach her by mail (46-1240 Kalehua Road, Honokaa HI 96727) at least 10 days before the requested publication date, call her at 775-7101, or e-mail


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