Chi­nese Cul­ture Thriv­ing In Palolo

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Chi­nese Lan­guage Learn­ing Cen­ter (CLLC) will have a grand open­ing and open house ac­tiv­i­ties this week­end at its new-but-old lo­ca­tion: The his­toric Hoo Cho Chi­nese School site in Palolo Val­ley.

Events run from 9 a.m. to noon Satur­day and Sun­day at 1342 7th Ave. and fea­ture a cul­tural fair with cal­lig­ra­phy, pa­per cut­ting and knot­ting, yo-yo and jump rope games, as well as free re­fresh­ments. A lion dance is planned for 11 a.m. Satur­day. For de­tails, call 358-3507 or visit

CLLC of­fers cul­tural en­rich­ment along with Can­tonese and Man­darin lan­guage classes for all ages, from preschool to adults. Ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor is Shao Ting, a Shang­hai na­tive with ex­pe­ri­ence at Time-Warner in her home­town, and as a trans­la­tor and Chi­nese lan­guage teacher in Hawaii. She has an MBA from HPU. One of her stu­dents, Dr. Peter Ko of Hong Kong, has prac­ticed and taught medicine at USC since 1980. In 2012, he was in­spired by Ting to build a Chi­nese lan­guage learn­ing cen­ter for stu­dents in Hawaii. They co-founded CLLC.

Hoo Cho school opened nearly a cen­tury ago in the Lil­iha area to teach the chil­dren of im­mi­grants who came from Canton to work on Hawaii’s sugar cane plan­ta­tions. It set­tled in Palolo Val­ley in the mid-1970s.

Hokule‘a cap­tain Bruce Blanken­feld, a Niu Val­ley res­i­dent when not on the ocean, ac­cepted ho‘okupu from the wel­com­ing crowds at Mau­nalua Bay Oct. 21, shar­ing sto­ries about Poly­ne­sian Voy­ag­ing So­ci­ety’s statewide jour­ney in prepa­ra­tion for a world­wide ca­noe voy­age next May. Crewmem­bers spent nearly a week on East Oahu shores, teach­ing and work­ing with school­child­ren. Photo by Lawrence Tabudlo, ltabudlo@mid­

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