Updated: Dec 18, 2020
"It takes a village to raise a child."
A timeless and familiar noʻeau to many communities reminds us of how significant every member is in the up-bring of our youth. Whether they're at home, in a classroom, or on the field, we all have the ability and privilege to influence their lives and raise them up. Today, Ka'u Art Gallery has the opportunity to raise up an ʻōpio and athlete from our Kaʻū community, Jonah Beck.
Jonah is from Nāʻālehu, Kaʻū. He attends and plays football for Kaʻū High School and Pāhala Elementary. Occasionally he plays running back, but his position is middle linebacker for the Kaʻū Trojans. This past summer, Down Under Sports solicited Jonah to compete in their annual competition hosted in Gold Coast, Australia. Although the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Down Under Sports plans to re-schedule the bowl game for Summer 2021.
According to Jonah, the tournament is two weeks long and consists of several sports categories including basketball, tennis, track, and football. For Jonah, the purpose of the tournament is to “expose high school athletes to new experiences and give them new chances to learn and get better at the sport.” When we asked him why it’s important, he shared “it is great for scouting and really helps players get noticed by colleges.” Should the tournament continue as scheduled, Jonah will represent Hawaiʻi in the football competitions. In the meantime, Jonah and his ʻohana are doing what they can to raise $3,500 by Summer 2021.
While many donations have come from family and community organizations such as ʻO Kaʻū Kākou (O.K.K.), Jonah works hard to make baked goods and snacks in order to meet his goal. Some of these items include Chinese Pretzels, Peanut Brittle, Chex Mix, as well as various Li Hing Mui and Lemon Peel Gummies. When he has time to make it, he may even sell bags of smoked meat and kalua pig. In addition to all his efforts, he also does various side jobs working with our community members including Kaʻū High School teacher, Wayne Kawachi.
Thus far, Jonah has participated in a few community events to raise funds including our first annual Holiday Arts and Craft Sale event and Ka Lae Coffee's recent Small Business Saturday event. On Wednesdays and Saturdays you can find him and his 'ohana at the ʻO Kaʻū Kākou Farmers Market in Nāʻālehu, but can also purchase some of his snack items at Honua’s Coffee House. We recognize that many hands make the work light. If you're wanting to support Jonah, you can do one of four things:
Purchase items while at the O.K.K. Farmers Market or Honua’s Coffee House
Contact him to place an order (email Jonah Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Make a donation (email Jonah Beck to inquire how)
Share this information with someone you know
It isn't work if your having fun and we are enjoying these opportunities to uplift our community! We look forward to following up with Jonah after the tournament. Until then, best of luck Jonah!