On Saturday August 26th, 2017, civic club members, scientists, political figures, and the community gathered in Heʻeia the site of Kakʻo ʻOiwi for the dedication of the NERRS Program. A remarkable morning marking a great effort, the start of new relationships, and the beginning of a new chapter in Koʻolaupoko!
Read more about the NERRS Program here: https://coast.noaa.gov/data/docs/nerrs/hawaii-reserve-draft-mgmt-plan.pdf
The Koʻolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club was founded in 1937 and has long been at the forefront of the community in advocating for the proper management of natural resources, the perpetuation of Hawaiian cultural knowledge & practices, advocating Hawaiian rights and community related issues in the legislature, & promoting family relationships and values. This year marks an extraordinary milestone in Koʻolaupoko history as the Civic Club commemorates 80 years.
A commemorative video, with interviews of Aunty Alice Hewett, Rocky Kaluhiwa, Mahealani Cypher, Aaron Mahi, Clifford Loo and Patrice Petrich highlighted the history of the club. Special kudos to the fabulous decorations on stage and centerpieces of corporate tables, the creative design of Patti Bright Ramirez, other centerpieces designed by Kumu Hula Rich Pedrina, assisted and coordinated by Teri Loo. Congratulations are in order to overall event chair Francine Gora; silent auction chair Cheryl Prince; reservations chair Leilani Jones-Tollefsen, graphic designer Jill Akana, country store chair Nancy Davlantes, video and FB chair Keau George; makana donors Nancy Davlantes, Jennie Nakamura and Mahealani Cypher; Teresa Bright who donated 80 of her special lauhala fans; and the many others who donated items or supported the 80th anniversary celebration in countless ways!
Congratulations to our Kū I Ke Kamaʻāina Awardees: Distinguished Kama’aina of Kaneohe Bay- the Kamaka ‘ohana (with brothers Fred and Sam) and Hawaiian Memorial Park as . Also honored with the Helen C. Kane Award were Keau George and Ardis Eschenberg, chosen by President Alice Hewett.
Mahalo also to Jerry Santos, Dwight Kana`e, Nāpunaheleonāpua Kumu RichPedrina’s hula halau, and Waipuna for the great entertainment! We are truly blessed!
100% of the proceeds from the silent auction benefited the Koʻolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club’s scholarship fund which is awarded annually to students of the Kāneʻohe-Kualoa area.
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
Annual scholarship applications are now available for assistance from the
Ko’olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club.
The Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club raises funds annually to provide post high-school scholarship and financial aid grants to deserving students living in the Ko’olaupoko Moku, zip code 96744.
In keeping with the mission and spirit of the Civic Club, one important aspect of the scholarship is the emphasis placed on volunteer community service in evaluating applications. Also, scholarship recipients are expected to complete a minimum of 12 hours of volunteer service in the 12 months following the award.
Scholarship applications and supporting documents must be submitted by April 15.
For more information, contact the Scholarship Committee Chair, Cheryl Prince, at email@example.com.
Composers of new, original mele or songs about the Ko`olaupoko area of O`ahu are being invited to enter the 2014 “Na Mele Ko`olaupoko Original Song Composers Competition”, slated for Sept. 21 at Windward Mall. The song composers competition is coordinated by the Ko’olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club and sponsored by Hawaiian Electric Company and Windward Mall.
“We invite our community to use the inspiration of our beautiful moku (district) of Ko`olaupoko from Kualoa to Waimanalo – to write new mele that speak of the people, places, spirit or anything else that can be commemorated in song,” said Aunty Alice Hewett, president of the civic club.
There will be cash prizes in three categories: amateur, professional, and Hawaiian language. Participants will be allowed to enter only one category of the competition.
“Our last competition two years ago brought out 19 new songs, new mele about places, people and things the Ko`olaupoko region,” Hewett said. It was a wonderful, memorable event, with many songs that should someday be recorded professionally.”
“Our community has a rich heritage, not just in our Hawaiian culture, but aiso in the diversity of our people,” she said. “We are hoping that many more composers or people who may have a song rising in their hearts Will put pen to paper, and put music to their Words, and bring them to the competition to share with the World. We look forward to hearing these mele.”
The deadline for submitting an entry form to participate in the competition is Aug. 14., and a CD or DVD of the mele must be submitted by Aug. 31. Each composer must perform original song on stage at Windward Mall or arrange for someone else to perform during the competition.
For more information, Contact program coordinator Mahealani Cypher, ph. (808) 226-4195 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click link to download ENTRY FORM here: 2014 Na Mele O Ko’olaupoko ENTRY FORM.