Jennifer Nakamura

Na Mele O Ko’olaupoko

Composers of new, original mele or songs about the Ko`olaupoko area of O`ahu are being invited to enter the 2014 “Na Mele Ko`olaupoko Original Song Composers Competition”, slated for Sept. 21 at Windward Mall.  The song composers competition is coordinated by the Ko’olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club and sponsored by Hawaiian Electric Company and Windward Mall.

“We invite our community to use the inspiration of our beautiful moku (district) of Ko`olaupoko from Kualoa to Waimanalo – to write new mele that speak of the people, places, spirit or anything else that can be commemorated in song,” said Aunty Alice Hewett, president of the civic club.

There will be cash prizes in three categories: amateur, professional, and Hawaiian language. Participants will be allowed to enter only one category of the competition.

“Our last competition two years ago brought out 19 new songs, new mele about places, people and things  the Ko`olaupoko region,” Hewett said. It was a wonderful, memorable event, with many songs that should someday be recorded professionally.”

“Our community has a rich heritage, not just in our Hawaiian culture, but aiso in the diversity of our people,” she said. “We are hoping that many more composers or people who may have a song rising in their hearts Will put pen to paper, and put music to their Words, and bring them to the competition to share with the World. We look forward to hearing these mele.”kphcc song flyer

The deadline for submitting an entry form to participate in the competition is Aug. 14., and a CD or DVD of the mele must be submitted by Aug. 31.  Each composer must perform original song on stage at Windward Mall or arrange for someone else to perform during the competition.

For more information, Contact program coordinator Mahealani Cypher, ph. (808) 226-4195 or via email:

Please click link to download ENTRY FORM here:  2014 Na Mele O Ko’olaupoko ENTRY FORM.


Legends Of Ko’olau Tours

Hear the mo`olelo of our nine ahupua`a around Kane`ohe bay by reserving a seat on the “Legends of Ko`olau” cultural awareness tours aboard The Coral Queen glassbottom boat. Although tours for this year are pau, new tours will be scheduled starting next spring!

The tour is about 1.5 hours long, leaves from He`eia Small Boat Harbor (He`eia pier). Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $10 for keiki ages 4-12, $20 for all others.

For reservations or information, email:

Kū i ke Kama`aina – Celebrating Our Distinguished Kama`aina

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The Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club in 2013 honors three distinguished kama`aina for their service to the people of Ko`olaupoko and the state of Hawai`i during the club’s annual Distinguished Kama`aina dinner that was held on Saturday, Aug. 24, 5 pm.. to 9 p.m., at Bayview Golf Course in Kane`ohe. “Ku i ke Kama`aina”, the club’s distinguished kama`aina for 2013, include renowned Hawaiian cultural expert, composer and kumu hula Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Hawaii Tourism Authority chief executive officer Mike McCartney, and former Superintendent of Schools Charles Toguchi, all of whom have led careers of service to the Hawaiian people and to Hawai`i’s communities, according to Mahealani Cypher, chairperson of the event. “We are pleased to recognize these three outstanding individuals who have truly shown, by their example, the spirit of aloha in the work that they do,” Cypher says. The dinner will feature Hawaiian entertainment, presentation of awards to Ku i ke Kama`aina and Helen C. Kane Award Winners, and a silent auction to benefit the club’s scholarship fund. Hewett is being acknowledged for his lifelong work as a kumu hula and teacher of Hawaiian culture, and is known throughout the islands, the continental U.S. and in other countries. “Through his leadership and teaching, many more people in the world understand the Hawaiian people and the importance of preserving our culture,” she adds. McCartney, a former state senator for Windward O`ahu, gave many years of service both as a senator and in his work with Hawai`i Public Television and currently as head of the Hawai`i Tourism Authority. “Besides his outstanding service as state senator for Ko`olaupoko, Mike has encouraged the Authority’s policy-making board to perpetuate Hawaiian culture and our native environment by funding many programs that support the spirit of the Hawaiian people.” While state superintendent of schools, Toguchi helped establish the teaching of Hawaiian language in public schools, something that had been resisted for many years by the Board of Education. “We are grateful to Charlie Toguchi, not just for his years of service as a legislator and state school superintendent, but also by his continuing advocacy and support for the people of Ko`olaupoko.”