The Board of Water Supply came to meet with the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club Board. They shared information about the current draft Environmental Impact Statement being prepared for the Haiku Stairs and other information about the current status of the stairs. The Civic Club Board shared their concerns as well as their views for the future of the ahupuaʻa in our kuleana area. Below is some information prepared by the Board of Water Supply on the process of the EIS (draft predicted to be released mid 2018 for commentary) and some frequently asked questions. For purposes of mitigating access to the stairs at this current time of negotiations, the map included in this pamphlet was not posted.
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