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Laurie Kelekoma for serving as editor since July 2007.
Below is the text of the January 2011 HNA Newsletter,
which will be distributed house-to-house in Hanama`ulu by Saturday, January 29, 2011. With this posting on this the
22nd of January, you have a preview.
Happy New Year
Hanama`ulu Neighborhood Association
Association Elects New Officers For 2011
Association elects new officers for 2011. We would like to introduce the newly elected officers:
President Neil Rapozo
Vice President Eddie Sarita
Secretary Dale Matsuura
Treasurer Laurie Kelekoma
All of the new officers are Hanamā'ulu residents and have been long-time members of the association.
The Officers encourages all current residents (and former residents) of Hanama`ulu to join the association
by completing the registration form attached. As we begin a new year we would also like to ask current members to also
submit a registration form as we would like to update our database to ensure that we will be able to keep everyone informed
of our activities and events.
Please mail your completed
Hanamaulu Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 206
Hanamaulu, HI 96715
Or simply bring it to our next meeting. We would love to see you there! (See schedule)
Association Monthly Meeting
Schedule for 2011
Meetings are held every third Thursday of the Month at King Kaumualii Elementary School Cafeteria
at 7: 00 pm. January 20 (CANCELLED), February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July
21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17.
2011 PARK FAIRS SCHEDULE SET
Park Fairs Committee announces the 2011 Park Craft Fair Schedule. Fairs will be held the following Saturdays: February
26, May 28, August 20, November 19.
Fairs will all be held at Rayno Park in Hanamā'ulu and are open to the public from 8 am to
1 pm. Booths are available for $20 each and are 20 ft. x 20 ft. in size. Vendors are responsible for bringing
their own tents and tables. Vendors are allowed access to the Park at 7:00 am to set up their booths.
Spaces are limited, so reserve your booth early. If you have items such as tools, clothes, equipment, crafts and especially
fresh produce and are interested in participating in our fairs, please contact Eddie Sarita at 346-0090.
Cleanup & Maintenance
Of The Filipino & Japanese
Another cleanup of the old Filipino & Japanese cemeteries located at the bottom of Kalepa Hill
near the Kalepa Village will be scheduled soon according to Peter Rayno, Chairman of the Cemetery Committee. The Hanamā'ulu
Neighborhood Association has been doing cleanups of the cemeteries since 2003 and have improved the landscaping of the cemeteries
with these efforts. “We need more volunteers to help with the cleanups and we hope that Hanamā'ulu residents
will step up to help friends or relatives buried in the cemeteries especially asking residents who may have to come out a
lend a hand” said Rayno. In past years, we were fortunate to have had help from Stan Morinaka of
Veterans Express in Līhu‘e and his employees to come with their backhoes and trucks to haul the rubbish to the dump. With
the help of Mike Tresler and Grove Farm Co. the association built a shed near the gate of the Filipino cemetery for protection
from the sun and rain. Grass has also been planted
to help hold the soil in place and prevent runoff.
The cemeteries today are in far better condition than in 2003. The cemeteries are owned by the county but regular maintenance
was not done thus allowing Guinea Grass and bushes to cover the cemeteries and making them difficult for people to visit the
graves of loved ones. Anyone interested in helping
should call Eddie Sarita at 346-0090.
Monthly Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup
Members of the Hanamā'ulu Neighborhood Association and others under the leadership of
Laraine Moriguchi, Owner of SignArt in Kapaia, have been doing cleanups from the Wilcox Hospital through Hanamā'ulu
until the baseyard for Robert’s Tours north of
Hanamā'ulu Town. The cleanups have been done
on every third Saturday of the month (following association meetings which are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month).
The highway cleanups are finished quickly according to Laraine due to the number of people who participate.
We would like to thank the following volunteers who assist us in this project every month: Ben Alayvilla, Clayton Cataluna, Tono Duterte, Roy Goo, Pauline
Ibia, Herbert Kakutani, Catherine Mata, Larry Matsuwaki, Eddie Sarita,Vic Villon, George Freitas, Elizabeth
And many other who participate on a monthly basis we sincerely thank you for your much needed assistance.
Anyone wishing to help can call Laraine Moriguchi at SignArt at 246-8612 or you can met us at Hanamaulu
Café Parking Lot at 8am every Third Saturday.
Association Christmas Party
More than 100 Hanamā'ulu Neighborhood Association members and their families and friends enjoyed
their annual Christmas Party held on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at King Kaumuali‘i School Cafeteria in Hanamā'ulu.
The potluck dinner featured many different and delicious kinds of foods and desserts. Afterwards
singing of Christmas Carols, dancing by the seniors of Līhu‘e Senior Center, grab bag and bingo capped the evening
festivities. Everyone really enjoyed the party and Pastor Rocky Sasaki declared the event “the best Christmas
Party that the association has sponsored yet.” The party committee was chaired by Eli Ward and Dale Matsuura with
lots of help from Dely and Pastor Rocky Sasaki and others.
To Apply For Non-Profit
With legal help from Attorney Jonathan Chun of the law firm Belles Graham Proudfoot Wilson
& Chun LLP, the Hanamā'ulu Neighborhood Association will soon be applying for non-profit status with the U.S. Internal
Revenue Service. Application to achieve the designation is very difficult and could cost thousands of dollars according
to Eddie Sarita, Vice President of the association. The non-profit status will help the association not only to apply
for grants from state and county governments and other charities to help with planning and construction of a new community
center for Hanamā'ulu, a long-term project for the association. Attorney Chun is doing all of the legal work
Pro Bono (complimentary). “We are deeply appreciative and indebted to Mr. Chun” said Sarita, “he is
helping us to realize a dream to get this special project started and to raise the money to do it.”
Hanama`ulu Hillsiders Senior Softball Team
Fix Rayno Park Infield
Members of the Hanama`ulu Hillsiders Senior
SoftBall Team led by Peter Rayno have been working hard fixing up the infield of Rayno Park to make it ready for the new senior
softball season which will start soon. Members are working on the basepaths and the infield grass areas. The improvements
will make the infield not only better to play on but also safer for the players according to Rayno.
Hanamā'ulu Beach Park Cleanup Planned
Another cleanup of the Hanamā'ulu Beach Park is being planned according to Eddie Sarita who
is working with County of Kaua‘i’s Dept. of Parks & Recreation on plans for the cleanup of the park.
The last cleanup was done in March 2008 nearly 3 years ago which saw the removal of derelict cars, painting of the picnic
tables, and the new pavilion as well as landscape cleanup and pressure-washing of the concrete walkways and floors of pavilions.
Announcement of the cleanup date will be made in the news media as soon as plans are complete according to Sarita.
If you can help, please call Eddie Sarita at 346-0090.
|Ducks at play at Hanama`ulu Beach Park
|March 29, 2008 | Karl Lo Photo
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