E komo mai!
Ua mau ke`ea o ka`aina i ka pono…
the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness…
Our mission statement:
To malama our members, their families,
and the communities in which we live.
E Komo Mai, Welcome!
Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club is a non-profit community organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the Native Hawaiian culture, our heritage and our people. 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 Ko`olaupoko area on the Windward side of the island of O`ahu, Hawai`i.
We invite all of you to enjoy learning about our island culture “through Hawaiian eyes”, from the perspective of our native people. You can do this through this website, by participating in our various tours and other activities, or by becoming a member of our Hawaiian civic club.
Please download the membership form from this site, complete it and mail it with your dues to the address noted on the form. These nominal dues help us to sustain and maintain our work to support and preserve our native Hawaiian culture and the history and heritage of our islands. Find out more about membership HERE!
Call for Scholarship Applications
Annual scholarship applications are now available for assistance for the Ko’olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club. See Scholarship Application (link)
Scholarship awards are available for Native Hawaiian students from the Ko’olaupoko moku.
The deadline for applications has been extended to April 30th. For more information, contact Cheryl Prince at 722-4736.
THE NATIVE HAWAIIAN CONSTITUTION & RATIFICATION
Members of the Ko’olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club participated in the ‘Aha 2016 Hawaiian Constitutional Convention, at the invitation of Na’i Aupuni. We are pleased that the ‘Aha completed its draft of a Constitution and Declaration for the Native Hawaiian Nation.
Besides a continuation of Native Hawaiian efforts toward self-determination and declaration of sovereignty, preparations are underway for a ratification of the Constitution by the Hawaiian people.
Those already registered to vote under the Native Hawaiian Roll, aka Kana’iolowalu, would be able to vote on the ratification. Other mechanisms are being pursued to allow Hawaiians registered and validated in other ways to enable them to vote.
If you are a descendant of the indigenous people who resided in the islands prior to 1778, you would be eligible to vote. Kana’iolowalu continues to register voters; you can register online at www.kanaiolowalu.org.
More details are available at www.hawaiiannation.com
KU I KE KAMA’AINA DINNER 2016
On Saturday, August 6, 2016, the Ko’olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club will be hosting its annual KU I KE KAMA’AINA Awards and Scholarship luncheon, location tba. Please SAVE THE DATE! We will be honoring two Kama’aina businesses and families who have served the people of Kane’ohe for generations: Ko’olau Farmers, a co-operative of local families who have provided valued farm products, plants and flowers for over 50 years; and the Yamashiro family, which owns and operates Yamashiro Building Supply, aka ACE Hardware, for a similar length of time.
Beautiful Ahu Pohaku Rededicated, Honors Hawai`i’s ancient past
Our beautiful ahu pohaku, stone marker identifying the boundary between the ahupua`a of Kane`ohe and Kailua, was re-dedicated December 6, 2013, at Castle Junction. Mahalo to all who donated to the Ahu Pohaku fund, set up at Hawaii Maoli, to defray the costs for rebuilding this important cultural monument.Contact 808-235-8111 at the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club or 808-394-0050 at Hawaii Maoli if you would like to donate. For more information.CLICK HERE
Cultural Service at Ha`iku Valley
The work involves cleaning Kanehekili Heiau and other wahi kapu in the valley. This is a cultural access program of the Ko`olau Foundation and the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club. Volunteers are asked to bring weedwhackers, loppers, heavy-duty rakes and other gardening tools to help clear invasive vegetation off the heiau. If you do not have tools, we have some to share with you; or you can bring lunch or refreshments for the volunteers. Call 808-235-8111 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Celebrating Kanaka & Heritage…
Our publication, “Distinguished Kama`aina of Kane`ohe Bay”, is now available at the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club office for a small donation of $10. Also available are the beautiful Celebrate Ko`olaupoko shirts, in forest green, navy or chocolate brown, which are $15 and $18 apiece. The book highlights 24 individuals whose lives or contributions helped shape our communities around Kane`ohe Bay. The shirts carry the theme, “No Ko`olau Mai Au – I am rooted in Ko`olau” in vibrant earth colors. Call 808-235-8111 for office hours and more information.
Restoring Productivity to the He`eia wetlands – work in the lo`i kalo!
The Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club works with Kako`o `Oiwi and the community to malama this taro field (located just mauka of the long bridge). Volunteers are also working in the lo`i on Wednesdays and Fridays, and other days by pre-arrangements. Other work days are planned. For more information or to volunteer, phone Kako`o `Oiwi at 808-741-3403
Would you like to participate in Cultural Service Work?
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the communities we live in & provides a rewarding experience. Not only is it an opportunity to help a good cause, volunteering is an opportunity to learn new things! Do you need volunteer service hours? If you need volunteer hours to satisfy scholarship or community service requirements, we have an interesting variety of programs in which you may want to volunteer – please visit our “Programs and Services” page for more information.
Na Mele O Hawai’i!
Choral singing for fun and fellowship – every Monday night, 7 to 9 p.m., at the civic club office, 46-005 Kawa St. Suite 104, led by member Aaron Mahi. Bring your ukulele or other musical instuments, bring your voices, and e komo mai – come and join us! Open to all – you do not have to be a member to participate.
Our sincere mahalo…
We could not have accomplished much of our work these past years in the Ko`olaupoko area without the kokua of many wonderful individuals, businesses and organizations in the Kane`ohe community. We extend our deepest mahalo nui loa to all of you for your support and many kindnesses, and invite each and every one to join us, Hawaiians – or “Hawaiians at heart” – as members of the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club.
Your kokua is needed:
In 2007, we established a communications center office in the Atrium Building in Kane`ohe 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: Ko`olaupoko 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 mid-sized copier, computer printer), 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: email@example.com. Mahalo!
Our work to strengthen the communities surrounding Kane`ohe 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!
The meaning of “Kane‘ohe”…
Contrary to published stories from a wide variety of sources, we believe that the name of our community, Kane`ohe, 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 O`ahu. A mighty heiau, or temple, was built in his honor on the slopes of the mountains above a large village that extended from the mountains to the bay. The name of this heiau, Kukui o Kane, means “the enlightenment of Kane”. A stand of towering `ohe, bamboo, is hidden amidst the extensive banana patch that now covers the hillside in the area near the heiau. The name, Kane`ohe, refers to the sacred grove of bamboo dedicated to the god Kane`ohe.