E Komo Mai!
Koʻolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club is a non-profit community organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the Native Hawaiian culture, the preservation and care of our ʻāina, and the strengthening of our families and community. Our membership is comprised of Native Hawaiians and “Hawaiians at heart”, and is open to anyone interested in supporting cultural, educational and service programs primarily in the Koʻolaupoko area on the Windward side of Oʻahu.
We invite all of you to enjoy learning about our island and Hawaiian culture “through Hawaiian eyes”, from the perspective of our community families, elders, and people. You can do this by participating in our various activities, programs, and service work or by becoming a member of our civic club.
Find out more about membership HERE!
Hear from our members!
This commemorative video was created for the 80th anniversary of the Ko’olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club (2017). Listen to some of our club’s most beloved and long time members as they share the history of the club, our kūleana, and what we do!
Our Club Motto:
Ua mau ke`ea o ka`aina i ka pono
the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness…
Photo courtesy Heʻeia State Park
Our mission statement:
To mālama our members, their families, and the communities in which we live by perpetuating and advocating for the traditions of our ancestors to honor our past, present and future with aloha and respect.
Club Pua: Puakenikeni
Club Colors: Red & Yellow
Club Mele: Kāneʻohe Medley-Aloha Kuuhome o Kāneʻohe & Kāneʻohe
The meaning of “Kāne‘ohe”…
Although the Koʻolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club shows care and support for all our Hawaiʻi communities, the clubʻs kūleana focus is in the Kāneʻohe to Kualoa area of Koʻolaupoko. Our club office is located in the heart of Kāneʻohe town, a rich and vibrant area filled with historical importance. Contrary to published stories from a wide variety of sources, we believe that the name Kāneʻohe does not stem from a local legend of an angry husband. In the time of our ancestors, the god Kane was supreme over the island of Oʻahu. A mighty heiʻau, or temple, was built in his honor at the base of the mountains, above a large village (now the Castle Hills area). The name of this heiau, Kukui o Kāne, means “the enlightenment of Kane”. A stand of towering ʻohe (bamboo) is hidden amidst the extensive banana patch that now covers the hillside in the area of the heiau. The name, Kaneʻohe, refers to that sacred grove of bamboo dedicated to the god Kāne.
Your kōkua is needed:
In 2007, we established a communications center office in the Atrium Building in Kāneʻohe through a capacity-building grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Now that the grant is completed, we are in need of funding to continue maintaining this vital communications center and gathering place for our crafts activities, training programs, and records.
Donations to help defray the cost of continued use of this space would be greatly appreciated, and can be sent to: Koʻolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, P. O. Box 664, Kaneohe, HI 96744.
Our club is seeking a longterm, permanent location for our office and meeting place. If you would like to donate land, space in a building or other property to help us reach this goal, we would be deeply grateful. We have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor to accept large contributions, and our club is also in the process of applying for our own IRS tax-exempt status.
We are also hoping to obtain the following equipment: a desktop computer, a laminator, a standard typewriter, folding tables, folding chairs, weed whackers, loppers, pick-axes, wheelbarrows, a working & legal pickup truck or a van. These will greatly help us in our cultural service work and community awareness programs If you have any of these items and would like to donate it to us, please call our office at 808-235-8111 or email: koolaupokohcc@gmailcom. Mahalo!
Our work to strengthen the communities surrounding Kāneʻohe Bay and to perpetuate our community’s history and heritage is far from over. Please kokua – any consideration would be greatly appreciated. Mahalo!
For more information on volunteer opportunities, please click HERE!