Group to honor Native Americans

November has been proclaimed Native American Heritage Month in Maui County by by Mayor Alan Arakawa.

The Haleakala Chapter of National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution will honor Native Americans this month by donating a collection of DVDs and books to the Holoholo Bookmobile celebrating the Choctaw, Comanche and Navajo tribes for their unique contributions to world history.

The Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I used their native language to create an unbreakable code, and during World War II the Navajo Code Talkers were well known for also using their native language as an unbreakable code.

On Tuesday, representatives from Haleakala Chapter of NSDAR will hold “Code Talker” story time and a bookmark-making session at the Kihei Youth Center immediately following the visit of the Holoholo Bookmobile from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

Additionally that day, Maui’s NSDAR is offering to pay for replacement library cards as needed for KYC members. A parent or guardian must be present to sign the library card application.

Ernestine “Kahea” Hue Sing, who is of Native American heritage from the Kickapoo tribe of Kansas on the side of her mother, Nancy Hue Sing, will be sharing some of her culture with the members of KYC from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

Hue Sing is the executive assistant/program director of the Kihei Youth Center.

November is also National Family Literacy Month and children and parents alike are encouraged to visit their local libraries and receive their first library card for free.

For additional information, call Maui Regent Barbara Kenrich at 264-1016.