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February 27, 2012

The REAL Message targets youth, spreads awareness

The reported amount of high school students who ever used cigarettes decreased by almost half, from 63.3 to 36.9 percent, between 2000 to 2009, according to the 2009 Youth Tobacco Survey data summary compiled by the Hawaii State Department of Health.

Members of REAL want that number to just keep going down.

“Tobacco-related deaths are the most preventable cause of death on the planet,” said Nicole Sutton, director of REAL and a member that has been involved since the very beginning.

REAL Activists in Hawai'i. -- Photo courtesy of The REAL Message.

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February 25, 2012

Taro Saturdays

First Saturdays at Ka Papa Lo‘i O Kānewai are beginning again this year, starting at 8:15 a.m. on Feb. 4.

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa students and volunteers from the surrounding community come to devote their time to caring for the lo‘i, or taro patch, at the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.

Volunteers learn to perform traditional farming practices to nurture the kalo (taro) and native plants that surround the area while spending time with family and friends.

“One thing that we do here that’s a little different from other places is we make mounds to plant the taro in,” said Hiapo Cashman, the director of the lo‘i. He added that this is a traditional practice done with sugarcane and ‘awa (also known as the kava plant).

Conversing in Hawaiian also gives participants the opportunity to brush up on their Hawaiian language skills.

“Students know they can count on it for class,” said Cashman, noting that many students fulfill their community service hour requirements for scholarships through First Saturdays.

The “Hawaiian Renaissance,” a movement to revive and preserve traditional Hawaiian culture, influenced the restoration of the lo‘i in Kānewai, according to the UH Mānoa Catalog. In 1980, UH Mānoa students found the irrigation ditch that is now the lo‘i and took an interest in restoring the area. Kūpuna, or elders, taught UH Mānoa students the traditional farming practices used to sustain the kalo in the lo‘i today.

Working at the lo‘i is definitely a hands-on experience. Volunteers should not be afraid to get a little muddy.

Courtesy of Hiapo Cashman

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September 27, 2011

Over 200,000 bibliophiles celebrate National Book Festival

The drizzly, gloomy weather came to a halt for enthusiastic bookworms out and about the National Mall for the 11th annual National Book Festival this weekend.

Over 200,000 attended this year, breaking last year’s record of 150,000, according to School Library Journal.

112 authors, including award-winning authors, met at the festival to interact with fans, sign books, and give book readings.

Books were available for purchase from the Barnes & Noble bookseller pavilion, but festival patrons were welcome to bring their own. Many attendees stood in hour-long lines to have books signed by authors, poets, and illustrators.

Books and authors were separated into different pavilions, including History & Biography, Fiction & Mystery, Poetry & Prose, Contemporary Life, and the new pavilions State Poets Laureate, The Cutting Edge, and Graphic Novels.

Gadget-geeks considering setting down paperbacks and getting into the eBook craze visited the Digital Bookmobile to try out different eBook devices, browse a public library online, and learn a little bit more about media available electronically.

This year’s theme, “Celebrate the Joys of Reading Aloud” was promoted by activities geared toward the younger crowd. Musical acts and children’s authors gathered at the “Family Storytelling Stage” pavilion, in addition to other tables set up with various kid-friendly activities.

Children were welcome to get creative and make their own bookmark or sit down and read. Excited young fans took photos with PBS show characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog and the cast of SUPERWHY! or hopped on a real-life version of The Magic Schoolbus.

Normally a one-day event, the record success of 150,000 attendants last year caused the festivities to expand to two days this year: Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25.

Target, Wells Fargo, and the Washington post, among other sponsors, made this festival possible with the help of the Library of Congress.

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Hawaii-based readers not in the Washington, DC area can attend  a local Book and Music Festival in the month of May. This year’s festival featured local authors Maya Soetoro-Ng and Roseanne Barr, among others, as well as the musical group Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawai’i and Slack Key Guitarist Cyril Pahinui.

Hawaii Book & Music Festival Website:

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