Aloha mai kakou,
Our club continues its many programs, projects and activities throughout this spring. The following is our quarterly report of our accomplishments from January through March, which will be presented at the April 10th meeting of the O`ahu Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs (also included are several recent meetings in early April): the “Read-Aloud Program”, inviting members to participate in family reading programs in the Kane`ohe area;
Major Projects – Ha`iku Valley Cultural Preserve & Mahuahua Ai o Hoi (He`eia Wetlands)
* Provided a site visit and tour of Ha`iku Valley and the He`eia wetlands for Department of Hawaiian Homelands Chairperson Kaulana Park and his staff to give them a first-hand look at the vision and potential benefits of restoring these areas to productivity and cultural use. Also provided a site visit for Terry George of the Harold Castle Foundation, which is considering a request for funding by our non-profit partner, Kako`o `Oiwi, for restoration of the He`eia kalo fields at Hoi, and to representatives of Kamehameha Schools, the adjoining landowner.
* Met with Terry George of the Castle Foundation and Trustee Walter Hee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs regarding funding for the Mahuahua Ai o Hoi kalo restoratin project at He`eia wetlands.
– Ko`olaupoko Ahupua`a Boundary Marker Project
* Installed temporary pink flags to identify prospective locations for ahupua`a boundary markers from Waimanalo to Kualoa.
* Provided presentations to the Kahalu`u, Kane`ohe, Waimanalo, Kailua and Hawai`i-Kai Neighborhood Boards and to the Kane`ohe Business Group on two major KPHCC initiatives, the Ko`olaupoko Ahupua`a Boundary Marker project and the He`eia wetlands restoration project (Mahuahua Ai o Hoi).
* Provided a tour of recommended boundary marker sites with representatives of the state and county transportation departments.
* Met with area legislators to discuss legislative priorities for the coming year.
* Submitted testimony on matters of concern to the civic club and the Hawaiian community to the State Legislature and Congressional delegation.
* Coordinated the cleaning Ke Ali`i Lunalilo’s crypt, and participated in Lunalilo Ali`i Sunday at Kawaiaha`o Church.
* Coordinated volunteer service work cleaning Kanehekili Heiau in Ha`iku Valley.
* Participated in Team Kaho`onei in the Walk for Diabetes at Kapi`olani Park.
Planning for Seven Generations Ahead
* Attended meetings of the Ko`olaupoko Sustainable Communities plan, and met with the Board of Water Supply to discuss the Ko`olaupoko Water Resources Plan.
* Participated in research on the resilience of native Hawaiian cultural practitioners caring for fishponds or lo`i, through travel to several islands.
* Participated in an OHA economic development conference and a board leadership training workshop at the Hawai`i Convention Center.
* Met with owners of Hawaiian Memorial Park cemetery to discuss their plans for expansion.
* Met with potential funders regarding opportunities for partnerships in current and future projects.
* Held several fundraisers at Iolani Palace and at the Atrium building in Kane`ohe.
Community Outreach and Cultural Activities
* Participated in the salute to Aaron Mahi, former bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band.
* Participated in several Hawaiian cultural events at Iolani Palace, the Hawaiian Caucus and Historic Hawai`i Day at the State Capitol, and the Pualeilani Culture & Arts Festival at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.
* Attended a Partners-in-Development/Tutu & Me tree-planting program at KEY project in Kahalu`u.
* Participated in the Kuhio Day parade and Kuhio Day festivities at Kapi`olani Park.
* Provided cultural tours of Likeke Trail, Na Wahi Pana o Kane`ohe, Lulumahu Valley, and provided a cultural tour of Kane`ohe Bay aboard the glassbottom boat for visiting urban planners and educators.
Health Program Offered by Ke Ola Mamo
Naomi Nascimento of Ke Ola Mamo has presented to our club two new health programs being offered in Ko`olaupoko by the native Hawaiian health system: an exercise class ($1 per session) is being offered 2x a week at the QLCC building in Waimanalo; and lomi lomi sessions will be available to members at a cost of $10 for 45 minutes. Ke Ola Mamo is looking for locations in Kane`ohe to provide both of these programs; members are asked to assist in finding a suitable place for the exercise classes. The club has made available the civic club office for lomi sessions, located at 46-005 Kawa St., Ste. 210. Call Naomi at 845-4646 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org to register for either session or for more information.
Hope to see you all at our next General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, May 4th, 6 p.m. at Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center on Ha`iku Road.
A hui hou,
Posted March 18, 2010: