A Koʻolau mai au… I am rooted in Koʻolau

Keau George

Kū I Ke Kamaʻāina Awards & Benefit 2018

The Civic Club’s Kū I Ke Kamaʻāina Awards & Benefit is held yearly.  This year it was hosted by Haleiwa Joes Kaneohe on Monday September 3, 2018.  Surrounded by the beauty of the koolau and amongst many happy faces, the club honored our Distinguished Kamaʻāina of Kāneohe Bay, 2 Helen C. Kane awardees, and our 2018 scholarship recipients.  A silent auction was also held at this event where 100% of the proceeds went the the club’s scholarship program.  Thanks to our community friends and supporters, we raised over $2900!!!

Waiheʻe Water Tunnel Tour

On Aug. 17, 2018, 60 members of the Koʻolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club went on a tour of the Waiheʻe Water Tunnel in Windward Oʻahu.  The tour was led by Auntie Mahealani Cypher.  While small groups rotated to enter the tunnel, others enjoyed swimming in the nearby Waiheʻe stream (also known as “Ice Pond”).  Some hiked up to Waiheʻe Falls and others made lei from fresh greens to leave as hoʻokupu.  It was a fabulous day filled with friendship, love, and a renewed respect for our ʻāina & wai.  This tunnel was built in the early 1950s to supply water to the Windward side, particularly the Kailua & Kaelepulu areas.  The tunnel is 1800 ft long and is indeed an engineering marvel.  We must mālama our wai and protect this precious resource we are so lucky to have in our moku.