Miss Aloha Hula has Makaha Roots

Kayli Ka’iulani Carr, who was crowned Miss Aloha Hula 2016 at Merrie Monarch in Hilo, was raised in Mākaha.

The following article was originally published in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, written by Nina Wu:

Kayli Ka‘iulani Carr crowned Miss Aloha Hula 2016
By Nina Wu
April 1, 2016

Kayli Carr

Kayli Ka’iulani Carr of Halau Hi‘iakainamakalehua. Carr won the title of Miss Aloha Hula at the 53rd annual Merrie Monarch Festival.

HILO >> Kayli Ka‘iulani Carr of Halau Hi‘iakainamakalehua received the highest score from judges on Thursday night, winning the title of Miss Aloha Hula at the 53rd annual Merrie Monarch Festival.

With a total score of 1,134, she soared above the other dancers with an 11-point lead. Brylyn Noelani Aiwohi of Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala won the Hawaiian Language Award.

Carr, 25, is a Kamehameha Schools graduate who grew up in Makaha and works as a professional dancer at Chief’s Luau at Sea Life Park.

“It felt awesome, wonderful,” Carr said after winning. “I really just tried to be in the moment. I mean, it’s only 14 minutes and you work so hard. You work for four months to get to this point. I didn’t want it to pass me by too quickly.”

Her kumu, Robert Ke‘ano Ka‘upu IV and Lono Padilla, said she worked really hard and grew during the process of preparing for the solo competition.

A total of 12 dancers vied for the Miss Aloha Hula title Thursday night at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium. Last year’s Miss Aloha Hula was Jasmine Kaleihiwa Dunlap of Hula Halau ‘o Kamuela.

The Merrie Monarch Festival continues with the group kahiko (ancient-style) hula competition Friday night and the group auana (modern-style) hula competition Saturday night, followed by the announcement of winners and awards.

Miss Aloha Hula results:

>> Kayli Ka‘iulani Carr, Halau Hi‘iakainamakalehua, 1,134

>> Brylyn Noelani Aiwohi, Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala, 1,123

>> Ecstasy Jetta Laverne Kamakalikolehua Ligon, Ka La ‘Onohi Mai o Ha‘eha‘e, 1,107

>> ʻAulani Kameaʻiʻomakamae Latorre-Holt, Hula Halau ‘o Kamuela, 1,105

>> Kayshlyn Keauliʻimailani Victoria De Sa, Halau o Ka Ua Kani Lehua, 1,090


Wai‘anae Tigers Jr. Pee Wee Football Team Honored by Senate





[text from certificate presented by Sen. Shimabukuro on 03/31/16]

The Wai’anae Tigers Jr. Pee Wee Football Team learned the importance of discipline, commitment, and sacrifice to make their dreams a reality. Holidays, early mornings, and late evenings were often spent practicing. Their hard work paid off when the team finished the season having never been scored on by an opponent. The Tigers went on to win the 2015 Hawai‘i State Division I Championship, allowing them to advance to the National Championship in Orlando, FL, where the team placed third.

The following individuals were members of the championship team: Shane-Akoni Arindain-Pojas, Dustin Balancio-Sadamaru, Andrew Bushong, Chasen Callahan-Koko, Lathan Canionero, Luke DeCambra, Rayden DeMello, Kavassi Filimona, Kaien Gasper, Malcolm Gaston, Chayce Gomes, Victor Higa, Marc Izzi, Alvin Kalahiki IV, Elijah Kamakele-Rezentes, Chauncey Kido-White, Makana Kukonu, Shayce Lopes, Colton Lowry,Jaidias Malinao-Dias, Nainoa Nagum, Tama Tele‘e Nakoa,Keoni O’Sullivan, Keli‘i Pelenato, Dallas Pelen-Talalotu, Trent Phillips, Braedon Pieper, Christian Sansano, Moses Tabangcura,Kilohana Thomas, Nehemiah Timoteo, and Kanaloa Werner.

The team’s success would not have been possible without coaches Kenny Joseph, Davin Izzi, Alvin Kalahiki III, Shawn Kaleiohi, Kepa Kapahua, Makani Kukonu, Kawika Nakoa, Li‘i Talalotu, Boy Timoteo, and Floyd Werner.

The Wai‘anae Tigers Jr. Pee Wee Football Team has a proud history of success on the football field.  Since 2004, the Tigers have won six Hawai‘i State Division I Championships, three Las Vegas Bowl Championships, and placed third at the 2012 and 2015 Pop Warner Super Bowls. The team’s overall record for the past 12 years is 129 wins, 11 losses, and five ties.

The Senate of the Twenty-Eighth Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i, Regular Session of 2016, hereby commends and congratulates the Wai‘anae Tigers Jr. Pee Wee Football Team.  The Senate extends its appreciation and warmest aloha to the coaches, business manager, team moms, and all other supporters for their guidance of these young athletes, and wishes the team continued success on and off the field.

More photos can be found on Sen. Shimabukuro’s Facebook page, at: http://www.facebook.com/21maile/

Visit the Solar Impulse 2 Saturday April 2

 Visit the Solar Impulse 2 Saturday April 2

Visit the Solar Impulse 2 Saturday April 2

Natural Disaster Awareness for Community Leaders Course 04/16/16

Aloha All,

I am pleased to announce that we will have a Community Leaders class on Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Waianae District Park Multipurpose Room. This class will help you prepare the people in your community for disasters.  

Please let me know if you will be able to attend and spread the word. Please go to the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center’s website: https://ndptc.hawaii.edu, to register.

Don “Rock” Arakaki

     “Rock Steady”