MACC's Holt named interim KIRC official
Gov. Neil Abercrombie has appointed Hokulani Holt, cultural programs director at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, as interim commissioner to the Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission.
The appointment is subject to state Senate confirmation.
Holt wears many hats including serving as kumu hula for Pa'u'o Hi'iaka, as a Hawaiian language and culture lecturer at the University of Hawaii Maui College and as former KIRC culture and education manager.
"We are so pleased to welcome aunty Hoku," said KIRC Executive Director Michael Naho'opi'i.
"It will be a great challenge but also a great pleasure," said Holt.
KIRC was established by the state Legislature in 1993 to manage the Kahoolawe Island Reserve while it is held in trust for a future Native Hawaiian sovereign entity, a news release said.
Parents reminded to fill out federal form
Parents of Hawaii public school students are encouraged to complete and return to their school a federal census survey card that was sent home Wednesday.
The annual survey determines the number of federally connected students in the public school system for whom the state receives impact aid funds, said the state Department of Education on Friday. These funds provide partial reimbursement to the state for local tax loss resulting from tax-free federal installations.
During the 2011-12 school year, the state logged more than 30,000 federally connected students and received more than $80 million - or an average of nearly $2,700 per student - in federal impact aid the following school year, the DOE said.
That amount represented about 20 percent of the state's average per-pupil expenditure, the DOE said.
Parents should contact their school if they have not yet received a survey card. Cards should be filled out and turned in as soon as possible, ideally sometime this month.
However, schools will accept the cards throughout the school year, the DOE said.
Jam session set for Hale Mahaolu today
Hale Mahaolu will host a music jam session from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today in its Elima Hall, according to an announcement.
Singers as well as guitar and ukulele players are welcome to participate. Cookies and soft drinks will be provided.
For more information, call 359-3076.