Aloha Kakou Newsletter (Buck Mueller)
The Blondie Project
The Blondie Project was organized by former Maui resident and current cancer fighter Sherry Norman. Sherry started this project with hopes of improving the hours long treatment process that cancer patients have to endure. Her goal is to raise $4,000 to purchase six iPads that cancer patients can use while receiving treatment at the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center. Contact Sherry at 808-264-5065 if you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt, sweatshirt or tote bag.
The CASA of Lane County is our selected beneficiary for the month of September. The mission of the CASA is to provide a powerful voice for abused and neglected children in Lane County.
The Churchill High School Pacific Islanders Student Union was our beneficiary for the month of June. Students in this club are perpetuating the cultures of the Pacific by learning hula and siva dances and songs, playing the ‘ukulele and having gatherings that include food and fellowship. Members have participated in various cultural events throughout the Pacific Northwest. They have attended college and university lū’au events, a Samoan dance festival in Seattle, and a Pacific Islanders conference at Portland State University. Members have also performed cultural dances for the community at various festivals, school and community events which help to raise funds for the club to continue its outreach in the community. The club is open to any and all students, faculty and staff at Churchill High School.
The Churchill High School football team was our beneficiary for the month of July. The football team is proud of the diverse student population at Churchill High School. This year, there are students of Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, Micronesian and Guamanian ethnicity on the football team. Several of these students are also active members of the Churchill High School Pacific Islanders Student Union and actively participate in perpetuating their cultures in the school community. We are proud to support the football team who invests in fostering diversity among the players and throughout the community.
Mele ‘Ohana Kanikapila (Ben Hottenstein)
Mele ‘Ohana of Oregon was our beneficiary for the month of August. The members of this group joined together with a common purpose of perpetuating the Hawaiian culture, language, songs and music. They do this by performing for multiple community events. All funds raised by the group go towards their “Ukes for Kids” program which provides free ‘ukulele to school and community groups. To date, the group has donated over 600 ‘ukulele to students in the Eugene and Springfield communities.
‘Uke Fest (Buck Mueller)
In May 2018, Pau Hana Fridays supported the annual ‘Uke Fest, run by Buck Mueller. This event is an opportunity for students to showcase their ‘ukulele talents on stage at Whirled Pies in Downtown Eugene. This event is open to all ‘ukulele students and student groups. We are proud to sponsor students who are learning and perpetuating the art of playing the ‘ukulele.
Kalapu Pasifika was our beneficiary for the month of June. Kalapu Pasifika is a University of Oregon student organization that provides a welcoming space for Pacific Islanders and anyone who is interested in learning more about the culture.