Koʻolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club

Legends Of Ko’olau Tours

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Hear the mo`olelo of our nine ahupua`a around Kane`ohe bay by reserving a seat on the “Legends of Ko`olau” cultural awareness tours aboard The Coral Queen glassbottom boat. Although tours for this year are pau, new tours will be scheduled starting next spring!

The tour is about 1.5 hours long, leaves from He`eia Small Boat Harbor (He`eia pier). Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $10 for keiki ages 4-12, $20 for all others.

For reservations or information, email: legendsofkoolau@aol.com.

Kū i ke Kama`aina – Celebrating Our Distinguished Kama`aina

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The Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club in 2013 honors three distinguished kama`aina for their service to the people of Ko`olaupoko and the state of Hawai`i during the club’s annual Distinguished Kama`aina dinner that was held on Saturday, Aug. 24, 5 pm.. to 9 p.m., at Bayview Golf Course in Kane`ohe. “Ku i ke Kama`aina”, the club’s distinguished kama`aina for 2013, include renowned Hawaiian cultural expert, composer and kumu hula Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Hawaii Tourism Authority chief executive officer Mike McCartney, and former Superintendent of Schools Charles Toguchi, all of whom have led careers of service to the Hawaiian people and to Hawai`i’s communities, according to Mahealani Cypher, chairperson of the event. “We are pleased to recognize these three outstanding individuals who have truly shown, by their example, the spirit of aloha in the work that they do,” Cypher says. The dinner will feature Hawaiian entertainment, presentation of awards to Ku i ke Kama`aina and Helen C. Kane Award Winners, and a silent auction to benefit the club’s scholarship fund. Hewett is being acknowledged for his lifelong work as a kumu hula and teacher of Hawaiian culture, and is known throughout the islands, the continental U.S. and in other countries. “Through his leadership and teaching, many more people in the world understand the Hawaiian people and the importance of preserving our culture,” she adds. McCartney, a former state senator for Windward O`ahu, gave many years of service both as a senator and in his work with Hawai`i Public Television and currently as head of the Hawai`i Tourism Authority. “Besides his outstanding service as state senator for Ko`olaupoko, Mike has encouraged the Authority’s policy-making board to perpetuate Hawaiian culture and our native environment by funding many programs that support the spirit of the Hawaiian people.” While state superintendent of schools, Toguchi helped establish the teaching of Hawaiian language in public schools, something that had been resisted for many years by the Board of Education. “We are grateful to Charlie Toguchi, not just for his years of service as a legislator and state school superintendent, but also by his continuing advocacy and support for the people of Ko`olaupoko.”

Annual Convention – Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs

Members of the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club were well-represented in this year’s annual convention of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, held at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku during the last week of October.  Thirty delegates and alternates attended the meetings, which included a Constitutional Convention, huaka`i (tours) to various wahi pana in Ko`olauloa, and many other activities.  The Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club was awarded the Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana`ole Award as the “most outstanding Hawaiian Civic Club” out of over 60 clubs nationwide.

 

Posted on Dec. 2, 2011

Cultural Retreat at Moku o Lo`e

Members of the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club joined ranks with the Kailua and Waimanalo civic clubs to host a gathering of Native Hawaiian practitioners from Ko`olaupoko for a retreat on the island of Lo`e – Moku o Lo`e – also known as “Coconut Island”.  The event in early August was aimed at bringing together practitioners to unify them in their efforts to preserve and perpetuate our Hawaiian cultural heritage.  About three dozen practitioners participated, with many others providing support in other ways.

Posted on Aug. 9, 2011

 

Widening of Kahekili Highway

The State Dept. of Transportation has begun community meetings to discuss whether they should proceed with two projects for which environmental impact studies were completed over 20 years ago:  the widening of Kahekili Highway from Ha`iku Road to Kamehameha Highway at Hygenic Store; and the installation of an interchange at the intersection of Kahekili Highway and Likelike.  When first proposed in 1990, the projects were deferred due to community opposition.  Concerns raised by members of the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club are that widening of Kahekili to Hygenic Store will lead to increased pressure to widen Kamehameha Highway up the Windward coast.  This will lead to urbanization of the Windward coastline. The club is also concerned about the impacts of the project on the restoration of the farmlands at He`eia wetlands, and upon Kaualauki Heiau (Kahekili north of Ha`iku Road) and upon cultural and agricultural resources at the Likelike/Kahekili intersection.

Ko`olaupoko Cultural Practitioners Retreat
The Ko`olaupoko HCC was successful in gaining agreement from Marine Corps Base Hawaii to suspend training flights over Moku o Lo`e (Coconut Island) during the weekend of Aug. 5-7 during a cultural retreat planned for Native Hawaiian practitioners from Ko`olaupoko. 

Posted on July 27, 2011: