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Relay for Life honors survivors of cancer

Come join the Relay For Life fun this Saturday! Honokaa High and Intermediate School is very happy to provide details for the upcoming Relay For Life Event. This year will feature a new format. The event will take place from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. at the Honokaa High School field. Tri-chairs for the event are Gabriel Ramirez, Shermae Ambida and Melanie Ebreo. Please join us for a day in the park as we celebrate HOPE.

There will be great entertainment by Times Five, Crescent City Band, Larry Gomera Band, Halau Helelei Pua O Waipi‘o, Cameron Hart, Hui Ho‘okani and Ho‘onanea. There will even be Zumba for all to enjoy. There will also be our ever popular Keiki Karnival with games for kids and great food.

One of the goals of the event is to honor cancer survivors. If you or someone you know is a cancer survivor and would like to join us for our survivor luncheon, our survivor lap, and our newly added survivor tea, please call Angella Brandt or Cheska Asuncion or Sheryl Yadao at 775-8800, ext. 264. The survivor lap will take place at approximately 11:30 a.m. Survivors should be at the survivor tent by 11 a.m. The survivor luncheon will follow at approximately noon. The survivor tea will take place at 7 p.m. at the survivor tent. There will be warm drinks and dessert for all survivors. You do not need to sign up ahead of time in order to participate.


Here’s an announcement about the upcoming Onomea & Kainaule Camps Reunion meeting. Anyone who was a resident of the former Onomea or Kainaule Camps, and their friends, are welcome to join the fun in planning for a reunion this summer. The meeting will be on Tuesday, March 12, 6 p.m. at Ronald Crivello’s Place, located at 1073 Kaumana Drive in Hilo. This is the former Wilson’s Store, near Chong Street. The reunion will be on Friday, July 5, at Papaikou Hongwanji in the multipurpose hall. For more information, contact Ronald or Loretta Crivello at 935-4735. Spread the word!


It’s Dough Raising Night! Help support Honokaa Elementary School by ordering a pizza from Domino’s Pizza in Waimea, on the second Tuesday of every month; that’s this Tuesday, March 12. Domino’s will donate 10 percent of all orders placed that day to our school. “Dough Raising Night” pizzas are delivered right to Honokaa Elementary School.

Here’s what to do: Order and prepay with a credit card before 4 p.m. March 12, Domino’s will deliver your pizza to the school office at 5:30 p.m. Call Domino’s Pizza in Waimea at 885-4400. If you have any questions, please call Hilda Yagong at 775-8820, ext. 225. Help our school to “raise some dough”! Best deal of the night, large three-topping pizza only $9.99 each! Thank-you Domino’s for giving us this opportunity to raise much-needed dollars and thank you to our community and parents for all your support.


The North Hawaii Education & Research Center is still taking registrations for its “Intro to Beekeeping” workshop. In the past two years, Hawaii Island has experienced a significant decline of honeybee populations. This does not only affect beekeepers, but also farmers of coffee, macadamia nuts, melons, tomatoes, cucumbers, citrus, avocado and lychee.

The need and desire to keep bees on farms or in backyards is growing every day. In this course students will walk away with the skills to capture and maintain their own honeybee colonies. The beginning beekeeping course will have both in-class presentations and hands-on training with the honeybee colonies.

In-class presentations will be held on Thursday evenings at NHERC and hands-on training will be held on Saturdays in Laupahoehoe and Ahualoa: March 14-April 16, Thursdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuition is $150, $125 for the first 10 to register. Call 775-8890 to register.


Waimea’s Beamer-Solomon Halau is showcasing its fifth generation’s hula legacy at Kahilu Theatre on on Saturday, March 16.

The Beamer Solomon Halau O Po’ohala fifth-generation hula loea Hulali Solomon Covington – the hula master whose kuleana (responsibility) is to be “the culture keeper” of a particular style of hula, chant or music – and her work to “po‘ohala” (pass on) this knowledge to the next generations — will be in the spotlight during the halau’s fourth hula drama at Kahilu Theatre.

Doors to Kahilu Theatre will open at 5 p.m. and the show will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $15 presale, or $25 at the door. For tickets in advance, call 938-6357 or email:

Hula Loea Covington will be joined on stage by her sister, Malama Solomon, the halau’s kakau ‘olelo (historian), and hula school’s keiki to kupuna dancers. Together, they will share an extraordinary glimpse of this family’s 150-year hula legacy as it has transitioned through Hawaii’s own historical evolution, from pre-contact native traditions as a sovereign Pacific Island Kingdom to a 21st-century American state.

Hulali Covington actually wears two papale — hats — for the halau. First as kumu hula, the instructor of this particular school of dance. Her second responsibility as hula loea means she alone is entitled to enhance the style handed down by a respected line of Hawaiian women that reaches back to the mid-1800s.

The story will begin with Great Great Grandmother Isabella Hale‘ala Desha, the first Hula Loea who taught her daughter, Helen Desha Beamer. Great-grandmother Helen Desha Beamer, also a celebrated Hawaiian composer, shared the hula traditions with her daughter-in-law, Grandmother Louise Leiomalama Walker Beamer, who in turn taught her daughter. That daughter is Flora Tita Leiomalama Desha Beamer Solomon, mother of Hula Loea Covington and Kakau ‘Olelo Solomon. Better known simply as “Tita Beamer Solomon,” she became the recognized choreographer who, in practice, formalized the Beamer Solomon method of dance, which she passed on to her two daughters.

But the story doesn’t end there. The sixth generation — Kakau ‘Olelo Solomon’s daughter, Leiomalama Tamasese Solomon — will be the featured dancer carrying on the legacy. Leiomalama recently placed first as a solo dancer at the 2012 Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival. Her competition number was her Great-great-grandmother Helen Desha Beamer’s renowned “Kimo Hula,” which tells of the Henderson family home in Hilo in the early 1900s and the glories of its magnificent flower garden, named “Moanikeala” — a fragrant breeze.

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 (46-1250 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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