Hawaii Maoli Founder Bruce Keppeler Receives Appointment from Governor Abercombie
H.K. Bruss Keppeler, long time member of Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu and also a member of the Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club has been appointed by Governor Abercrombie to serve on the Hawaii Community Development Authority(HCDA). Bruss’ appointment is subject to approval by the Senate, as it is with most gubernatorial appointments. The Senate hearing is expected to be held with the next couple of weeks.
Bruss has served in many leadership roles in the Hawaiian Civic Clubs, including club president, council president and president of the Association and is still active with his clubs. He was one of the founders of Hawaii Maoli and is a practicing attorney. Bruss is also active in the Native Hawaiian Bar Association, the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce and the Royal Order of Kamehameha.
HCDA is a powerful State agency that was established to plan for underutilized urban areas of the State. It has also assumed the role of redeveloping certain areas such as Kalaeloa and Kakaako.
I am Hāloa
A feature length documentary about the staple food of Hawaii; Kalo (taro) and it’s connection to Hawai”s culture.
I am Hāloa is a feature length documentary film about Hawaiian identity and culture, as understood through the story of Hāloa, the first Hawaiian person in the Hawaiian Creation Story known as the Kumulipo, and the traditional Hawaiian staple food commonly known as poi. This film tells the story of three Kamehameha high school seniors who are embarking on a journey of self-discovery as they travel throughout the Hawaiian Islands to gain a better understanding of their culture and to re-establish a link to the first Hawaiian, Hāloa. For 90 days they will commit to cultivating, harvesting and eating kalo (taro) for three meals a day. During these 90 days the girls will travel from Oʻahu to Kauaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, Moku o Keawe, Kahoʻolawe, and Lānaʻi to learn from some of the most inspirational leaders in Hawaiʻi about the past, the present and the future role that Hāloa could play in guiding the people of Hawaiʻi. I am Hāloa will explore the inherent values and conflicts that come with incorporating Hāloa into modern lifestyles and also the amazingly delicious new ways that this ancient, sacred food is revolutionizing cuisine in Hawaiʻi. These three young ladies will work with some of the top chefs in Hawaiʻi like Lee Anne Wong, Ed Kenney, Mark Noguchi and Andrew Le, to see how Hāloa is being incorporated into the menus of the most delicious restaurants in Hawaii. Read More…
Aloha ‘oe Senator Daniel Inouye
Hawai‘i Maoli was honored to be with Senator Daniel Inouye in August as we presented him with the Ka Mana O Ke Kanaka award. In the words of our Board President, Ramsay Taum:
We honor the life and service of a man who has served the State of Hawai‘i and its people in the United States Congress since 1959. His courage on the battlefield may have earned him the Medal of Honor, but it is his “Hawaiian at heart” persistence, commitment and dedication to improving the living conditions of Kanaka Maoli and native peoples in America that has earned Senator Daniel K. Inouye our admiration, respect and gratitude.
I first met Senator Inouye in 1978 in Nashville, Tennessee at a Bureau of Indian Affairs gathering of tribal leaders from across the continent. I was there as the student-teen representative of a seven-person delegation from Hawaii supporting the Senator’s effort to seek inclusion for Native Hawaiians in the Native American CETA program. Not only did he succeed in that effort, but in the thirty plus years since, Senator Inouye has championed the causes and rights of Native Hawaiians and other first nations people across the country year in and year out. His accomplishments are unparalleled. Mahalo piha e Senator Inouye. Rest well. You will be truly missed. Aloha!
Please click on the sphere for our 2012 Annual Report.