Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club

A Koʻolau mai au… I am rooted in Koʻolau

Christmas Dinner & Parade

Christmas DinnerTickets are going fast for our annual Distinguished Kama`aina Awards & Benefit Scholarship Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11th, 5 to 8:30 p.m., at Windward Community College’s Hale Akoakoa Building.  We will be honoring three distinguished Kama`aina:  Rev. Bob Nakata, Aaron Mahi and the late Edgar B. Jones.  We will also be recognizing two civic club members – Shandry Lopes and Leilani Jones-Tollefsen – for their outstanding service and dedication during 2010.  We are asking all members to purchase or sell at least five tickets between now and Dec. 7th.  Call Leilani at 348-5957 for tickets or information.

Christmas Parade:  The Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club will be entering a float and marching unit in the upcoming Kane`ohe Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 4th, starting at 9 a.m.  Helpers are needed to build and decorate the float, or to provide greens for the decorations.  Please call Rocky Kaluhiwa at 286-7955 if you can  kokua.

Posted Nov. 26, 2010:

November Updates

State Convention
Having just returned from the 2010 convention of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, we are proud to report that the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club received many positive comments from among speakers and presenters at the convention.  Attending the convention on behalf of our club were president Mahealani Cypher, Rocky and Jerry Kaluhiwa, Clifford and Teri Loo, Kona and Ed Pelekai, Aunty Alice Hewett, Aunty Carol Bright, Janine Tully, Shandry Lopes, Erika and Malia Liashenko, Haleaka Martin and Aaron Mahi. Congratulations to all of our delegates for being onipa`a – steadfast – in attending the convention and representing us so well.

Ahupua`a Boundary Markers – Convention News
Mahealani participated in a presentation about our Ko`olaupoko Ahupua`a Boundary Markers Project, introducing the project and Chris Dacus from the State Dept. of Transportation.  Mr. Dacus announced that the state had approved the new design of the boundary marker and that it had become a new state standard that can be used to mark boundaries of ahupua`a throughout the islands.  Installation of the Ko`olaupoko boundary signage is expected to begin within the next two months, according to Dacus.  The Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club is planning a similar project along the Wai`anae coast, and it is anticipated they will be able to acquire all of their approvals and install signage shortly thereafter. Ko`olaupoko had hoped to coordinate both signage installations on the same day, but DOT informs us that is unlikely at this time. Many other clubs have indicated they intend to pursue similar projects in their moku. 

Annual Dinner
Tickets are now available for our club’s annual Distinguished Kama`aina Awards and Scholarship Benefit Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, 5 to 9 p.m., at Hale Akoakoa on the Windward Community College Campus.  We will be honoring three distinguished kama`aina who have contributed – above and beyond – to our communities around Kane`ohe Bay or to the Hawaiian people.  This year’s honorees will be community advocate Rev. Bob Nakata, former Royal Hawaiian Bandmaster Aaron Mahi, and the late Ed Jones, who worked tirelessly for numerous community projects such as parks and senior centers.  Also being honored will be two members who will be recognized for their volunteer efforts on behalf of the club – Shandry Lopes and Leilani Jones-Tollefsen – and will be receiving the Helen C. Kane Award. Tickets for the dinner are $25 for adults, $10 for keiki 12 and under.  Call the civic club office, ph. 235-8111, for reservations or information. 

Posted Nov. 15, 2010:


Congratulations to two of our members who were recently elected to serve on the O`ahu Council of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.  Mahealani Cypher of Kane`ohe will serve as president of the Council, starting in January, and Teri Loo of Waihe`e will serve as Ko`olau Moku Director.

Posted Oct. 6, 2010:

September Updates

The coming months promise to be exciting and busy for members of the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club.  We look forward to all of the good fun, fellowship and work of our club in our projects, programs and activities.

If you are a member and are interested in participating in any of these, please contact our civic club office at 235-8111.  If you are not yet a member, we invite you to join our club, which is open to all who have aloha for our islands, our people and our Hawaiian culture.  Here are some of the happenings:

Next general membership meeting
Our next meeting is open to all – we invite you to bring a friend or family member and join us at the Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center on Ha`iku Road (across from the entrance to Ha`iku Plantations).  Our potluck begins at 6 p.m., followed by our meeting at 6:30 p.m.  For the October meeting, we have invited Herb Lee of the Pacific-American Foundation to brief us on the many projects his organization is pursuing here in Ko`olaupoko.  We will also be hearing from other special guest speakers.

Ha`iku Valley
We are continuing our discussions with OHA and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands in the hopes that our non-profit partner, Ko`olau Foundation, can become the curator of this important wahi pana. OHA’s board has still not decided if it will pursue acquisition of the property from the Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands.  The Ko`olau Foundation Board of Directors has approved various procedures and a preliminary budget request as requested by OHA to establish preparedness for assumption of curatorship of the property, should it be transferred (via license) from DHHL to OHA.  They are currently working on completion of a business plan.

He`eia Wetlands/Lo`i Kalo Restoration Project
Representatives of Kako`o `Oiwi, Ko`olaupoko HCC and the Ko`olau Foundation were on hand recently to great visitors from “Ulupono”, which is a potential funder of the lo`i project.  They receive their monies from the philantrophy of E-Bay founder Pierre Omidyar, whose particular interest has been in supporting sustainable agricultural enterprises here in the islands.  It was a good meeting and we are hopeful that their support will be forthcoming.

O`ahu Council, Association of Hawaiian Civic Club – Elections coming!
Because our club will be entitled to have at least 17 delegates to the upcoming convention, we are encouraging our members to participate in the Oct. 2nd general meeting of the O`ahu Council in the Ching Center on the Chaminade campus in Kaimuki.  Anyone who is interested in attending the convention and/or is available to attend the O`ahu Council meeting is urged to contact Mahealani at 226-4195 or via e-mail malamapono@aol.com asap.

Ko`olaupoko Ahupua`a Calendar Project
We have been informed that Hawaiian Electric Charities has awarded a grant to our club to develop a 2011 Ko`olaupoko Ahupua`a Calendar.  Shandry Lopes will serve as project manager, and is already working with a photographer to gather the ahupua`a images we will need for the calendar.  Jill Akana will serve as graphic artist and will lay out the material.

Distinguished Kama`aina Book Project
Mahealani Cypher, Jill Akana and Janine Tully are hard at work gathering material for our publication of the 24 distinguished kama`aina recognized by the Ko`olaupoko HCC for their contributions to the Kane`ohe bay region.  We hope to have the book published and ready for distribution by the time of our annual dinner on Dec. 11th. 

Hawaiian Memorial Park Expansion
The Ko`olaupoko HCC general membership, at its Sept. 7, 2010, general meeting, voted to support the following position regarding proposed expansion of Hawaiian Memorial Cemetery in Kane`ohe: 

“The Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club includes, among its objects and purposes, ‘to preserve, protect and restore, when possible, our wahi kapu and wahi pana.’ Toward this end, our civic club has offered testimony regarding our concerns abuot the preservation of the heiau complex known as Kawa`ewa`e located in the `ili of Kawa`ewa`e, Kane`ohe.

“Our civic club supports the preservation and protect of Kawa`ewa`e Heiau complex and urges all decision-makers to take into account our mana`o when considering any proposal that may affect this important wahi kapu.  We appreciate the efforts of the property owner to address our earlier concerns by the removal of their proposal to extend Lipalu Street, and the creation of a cultural preserve for the heiau area.

“In the matter of proposed expansion of Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery, our club does not oppose expanding the capacity of the cemeter.  Our members, and others in our community, are deeply concerned that, as our population ages, the need for adequate cemetery space will grow.

“But we are also concerned for the people who live in the community around the property that would be affected by any land use changes.  We strongly urge that any improvements or land development changes proposed by the cemetery company not adversely affect the health and safety of this community.”

Proposed new Sewer Force Main between Kane`ohe and Mokapu:
Our civic club is closely monitoring the City’s plans to install a new sewer main to connect wastewater systems in Kane`ohe with the Mokapu Sewage Treatmetn Facility.  Two alternatives proposed by the City’s consultants include a force main under Kane`ohe bay, from Waikalualoko to Mokapu; or a tunnel through what they call “Oneawa Hills”.

A representative of our club, Mahealani Cypher, has raised concerned about both alternatives.  She said the City was unable to guarantee that there would be no leaks from the pipeline if it was installed under the bay; nor could they assure no adverse impacts on existing structures located on the ridge dividing Kane`ohe and Kailua.  She has asked that the City revisit the possibility of using the Mokapu Saddle Road alignment for the force main, which has the least environmental impact on the ocean or land resources.  Their consultant has assured us that they will re-evaluate their earlier cost estimates and impact assessments for this route.

Proposed Transfer of New Military Aircraft Units to Marine Corps Base Hawai`i
The Navy has begun community meetings regarding a proposed plan to relocate new aircraft units to the Marine Base at Mokapu. This would involve the assignment of about 1200 military personnel and civilian employees, and 1100 family members to the base. 

Members of the civic club have raised concerns about the potential adverse impacts of this proposal – including the continuing lack of affordable rentals in the Kane`ohe bay region.  When new military personnel are assigned to Mokapu, they tend to find rentals in the nearby communities and – with their housing allowances – have been able to compete successfully to obtain rentals (at higher prices), making it harder for local families to find rentals in this area. 

The civic club has asked that the Navy prepare a socio-economic and cultural impact study before any new transfer of military units to the base and, if adverse effects are indicated, that mitigation plans be developed and implemented in advance of any new personnel being assigned to the base.

Posted Sept. 17, 2010:

August Updates

Our civic club continues to keep our members very busy with a wide range of projects that help our community and preserve our culture and heritage.  Maika`i! 

To update you on a few things:

Panel Discussion on Impacts of the Akaka Bill
Members received a thorough briefing on the possibilities and limitations of legislation, now pending in Congress, known as the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (aka “The Akaka Bill”) at our last general meeting from a panel comprised of attorney Melody MacKenzie of the UH Richardson School of Law, Esther Kiaaina of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), and Lilikala Kame`eleihiwa of the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies.  They provided a historical background, updates on recent changes to the legislation, and how native Hawaiians can prepare for and participate in what happens if and when the bill passes. 

Mahuahua ai o Hoi
Our non-profit partner, Kako`o `Oiwi, is hard at work briefing potential funders and working with government agencies and others to advance the restoration of the lo`i kalo fields at He`eia wetlands. In a recent site visit with trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, it was pointed out that the project meets several of OHA’s major objectives in its newly revised strategic plan and has high potential for success in providing food for our island people.

Ha`iku Valley Cultural Preserve
Members of our civic club who are active in the non-profit Ko`olau Foundation are engaged in an ongoing dialogue with both OHA and the Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands to pursue community and cultural access to Ha`iku valley and – hopefully – establishment of a cultural preserve. The vision is to allow cultural, educational, recreational and environmental activities in the valley while preserving the wahi kapu – sacred places – of Ha`iku.  Ko`olau Foundation, the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club and Kako`o `Oiwi will spearhead a meeting of key stakeholders in the ahupua`a of He`eia soon to renew discussions on issues of mutual interest and concern with regard to opening up Ha`iku valley.

Ko`olaupoko Ahupua`a Boundary Marker Project
We are moving along on our boundary signage project, and have finalized the design of the graphic and signage that will be used.  Letters to both the State and City transportation directors have been sent, asking for their concurrence and acceptance of the signage.  The City transportation director has responded positively, and a letter has been sent to the Honolulu City Council, offering to donate the signs that will be posted along city and county roadways in Ko`olaupoko.  We are awaiting a response from the director of the state Department of Transportation.

Cultural service work at Kawa`ewa`e and Kanehekili Heiau
Our club will be working with others to clean Kawa`ewa`e heiau on Saturday, Aug. 28th, and Kanehekili Heiau on Sunday, Aug. 29th.  The work involves clearing vegetation from these two very sacred places. Volunteers, tools, and refreshments are needed.   

Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs state convention
Our civic club is preparing to participate in the November convention of the 58 civic clubs from Hawai`i and the continental U.S.  We are calling upon our members to let us know as soon as possible if they are interested in attending the convention, either as a delegate or an alternate.  Participation is open to members whose dues are current and who are able to attend pre-convention caucuses for the club and O`ahu Council.  We are also asking members to let us know if they have any suggestions for resolutions that can be brought to the convention by our club – issues of concern, commendatory, or other matters are generally valid and will be reviewed and forwarded by our board of directors.

Kualoa:  a gathering of the world’s indigenous healers will be welcomed on Sept. 5th
The Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club will be participating in a food booth fundraiser at Kualoa Beach Park and will join in the festivities to welcome native healers from around the world on September 5th.  Anyone interested in volunteering to work should contact the civic club office at 235-8111.  

Posted August 14, 2010: