Hawaiian cultural classes are returning, expanding in 2013

| November 30, 2012 | 3 Comments

Participants string strands of yellow and purple plumeria as part of an interactive lei wili (lei making) workshop at the Sgt. Yano Library. (File photo)

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
Native Hawaiian Liaison Office

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii is delighted that its popular Hawaiian cultural classes will be resuming after the new year.

For the last few years, Soldiers and family members have enjoyed the opportunity to learn about Hawaiian culture through a variety of weekly courses, workshops and special events.

The cultural offerings are scheduled to resume in early 2013, and in addition to hula, lei making and other workshops provided in past years, new courses in Hawaiian history, feather work, carving and other traditional crafts are being developed.

“We are extremely excited to have this opportunity to share our culture and the aloha spirit with Army families,” said Dr. Trisha Kehaulani Watson, project manager and proprietor of Honua Consulting, a contract company developing the cultural immersion program.

“As someone who grew up in Mililani, I feel a deep personal connection to this area,” Watson said, “and I am honored to have this opportunity to get to know this community better.”

USAG-HI’s new cultural program and classes will give Army families an opportunity to work with a wide range of Hawaiian cultural practitioners and participate in cultural experiences, both on and off post.

In cooperation with Army Community Service’s Relocation Readiness Program, educational trips and tours to off-post locations will soon be offered every month.

“The new off-post experiences are a unique opportunity for Soldiers and family members to really engage and embrace the Native Hawaiian culture and community,”  said Charlyn Sales, ACS relocation readiness program manager.

Sales and Watson plan to offer group visits to ‘Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu, Bishop Museum and the Hawaiian Plantation Village in Waipahu. Additionally, unique hands-on experiences, such as a visit to a functional lo‘i (taro) patch and an ancient fish pond are also being considered.

Community members wishing to find out more about the classes may subscribe to the new Native Hawaiian monthly newsletter, “Ho‘ona,” expected to launch in December.

“‘Ho‘ona’ means ‘to calm,’ as this program is meant to give relocating families a sense of comfort with their new duty station,” Watson said.

Ho‘ona Classes

To sign up for the Hawaiian Liaison newsletter or to receive updates on classes, workshops and other special events, visit www.hawaiianliaison.com or email usaghi.nhl@gmail.com.

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Category: Community, Native Hawaiian Community Program

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  1. Anakala Kama says:

    Sounds peachy. I hope they teach the troops about the illegal overthrow and subsequent occupation of the islands Kingdom!

  2. Doug says:

    Aloha looking to attend a feather making class on the Waipahu area, please contact to inform on location to attend,
    mahalo nui loa

    • haw says:

      Doug, if you’re an on-post resident, call the Island Palm Communities’ Community Center for Native Hawaiian-related upcoming classes. Get the telephone numbers for community centers at https://www.islandpalmcommunities.com/Contact-Us/.
      For classes in off-post communities, consult the “MidWeek” guide or the “Honolulu Star-Advertiser.” Also, review the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation website at http://www.himwr.com for upcoming classes.
      Aloha, HAW Staff.

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