Hailama Farden KSK’89 was named a 2018 Living Treasure of Hawai‘i by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai‘i. The awards program honors those unique to the islands who give unselfishly of themselves and continue to make a significant contribution towards enriching society. Hailama was honored with four other honorees at a gala held in February 2018 at Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikīkī. As one of Hawai‘i’s leading language and cultural resources, he was selected for his service throughout the community providing cultural advice and translation. Hailama also serves as the hope pelekikena mua (1st vice president) for the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs’ executive committee.
Casey Medeiros of Makakilo, O‘ahu, passed away on Feb. 28, 2018. Born in Hilo, Hawai‘i, she was an administrative coordinator for HMSA, member of Innovative Concepts Church and New Hope Kapolei and a graduate of University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
KSAA North Hawai‘i Region held their first huaka‘i to
Kalaemanō in Ka‘ūpūlehu, Hawai‘i, on Feb. 25, 2018. Kalaemanō has become a piko of activities, a laboratory and training ground for our future leaders in conservation, land management, research, monitoring, and cultural grounding. The event was planned by Spencer Wong KSK’90 and Beth Lau Wong KSK’92 and included guest speaker Pelika Andrade KSK’95, a conservationist and cultural expert.