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
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
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:
He`eia Agricultural District – H.B. 389
Mahalo to Reps. Ken Ito, Sharon Har, Jerry Chang, Calvin Say, Marcus Oshiro; Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz; and Gov. Neil Abercrombie for their support of passage and signing into law this legislation, which would facilitate the restoration of the He`eia wetlands for the lo`i kalo project on which our club is partnering with Kako`o `Oiwi. The project, Mahuahua Ai o Hoi, will produce food, cultural, educational and economic benefits for our community. The measure was signed by the governor on Friday, July 8th, in Executive Chambers at the State Capitol. Mahalo also to Charlie Toguchi for his kokua.
Wailele o Ko`olau Project
This project, promoted by Richard Takase on behalf of the landowners, involves developing hundreds of homes and carving up rich agricultural lands and cultural sites in the Luluku (Banana-patch) area on both sides of Likelike Highway. The housing development would take place alongside Luluku Road near the entrance to Ho`omaluhia Park. Our civic club is gravely concerned and will be submitting our comments soon to the powers-that-be.
O`ahu General Plan Revisions
Members of our civic club attended a recent meeting held by the City’s Planning & Permitting Department, at which the public was invited to submit comments on proposed revisions to the City’s general plan. Ko`olaupoko residents and community leaders were heavily involved in providing input on the general plan when it underwent its last major overhaul in 1977. Our primary emphasis was that new growth should be directed toward the Ewa area, where the sugar plantations were being phased out; and that the Windward coast should remain relatively unchanged except for small, natural growth where appropriate. The purpose of this approach was to preserve agricultural, cultural and natural resources that are prevalent throughout Ko`olaupoko and Ko`olauloa – Windward O`ahu. This remains our concern today. Windward residents should be aware that new developments proposed for Kane`ohe, La`ie and Kahuku may affect the future of the Windward side. A major new subdivision in Kane`ohe (Wailele o Ko`olau), a complex/multi-purpose development at La`ie proposed by the Mormon Church, and expansion of the Turtle Bay Resort at Kahuku are likely to increase pressure for development all along the Windward coast. Widening of Kamehameha Highway – which would be preceded by the widening of Kahekili Highway – are the red flags that can alert Windward residents as to what government planners may be contemplating. We need to maka`ala…and be prepared.
Ahu o Laka
Kudos and mahalo to William Aila and the Department of Land & Natural Resources for adopting and enforcing new rules governing Ahu o Laka during 3-day weekends. The Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club is grateful that the state is doing what it can to restore dignity and harmony to this important wahi kapu in Kane`ohe bay.
Scholarship Recipients for 2011
Congratultions to our scholarship recipients for 2011! They were honored recently by our civic club during presentations at our July 5th general meeting. Keynote speaker for the presentations was our esteemed Councilmember Ernie Martin, who delivered an inspiring speech for the scholars and for our members. This year’s awards went to: Charles Amoy, Ihilani Cummings, Starla Frost, Sharmayne Kamaka and Brittney Like.
Posted on July 10, 2011:
Members of the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club will be honoring our 2011 scholarship winners at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, July 5th, 7 p.m., at the Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center on Ha`iku Road. The ceremony will be preceded by a pa`ina at 6 p.m. and a short business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Following the awards ceremony, there will be a coffee hour and sharing of mo`olelo Ko`olau by kupuna Ishmael Stagner.
Members of the civic club and residents of Ko`olaupoko will be undertaking special training by master stone-worker Billy Fields on Saturday, June 25th, at Papahana Kuaola in Ha`iku Valley. The training will involve learning to build stone ahu markers to identify boundaries of some of the ahupua`a in Ko`olaupoko. The workshop is part of the civic club’s Ko`olaupoko Ahupua`a Boundary Marker project.
Ahu o Laka
Club members Rocky Kaluhiwa, Jerry Kaluhiwa, Carol Bright and Mahealani Cypher all attended a recent meeting of the State Board of Land & Natural Resources, urging adoption of emergency rules to protect public safety and preserve the dignity of the island of Ahu o Laka in Kane`ohe bay. Also known as the Kane`ohe Sandbar, the island has suffered increasing crowds of recreational boaters over recent years, bringing problems stemming from alcohol use, rowdy behavior, and animals on the island. The Land Board voted unanimously to approve emergency rules restricting alcohol at the island during the July 4th and Labor Day weekends.
Members of the Ko`olaupoko HCC recently heard presentations from representatives of the archaeological firm, Cultural Surveys Hawaii, on various projects being proposed or planned in the Ko`olaupoko/Kane`ohe bay area. Discussed were plans to improve wastewater facilities at Kualoa Park; removal of ordnance in Waikane Valley; and development of residential and agricultural lots on both sides of Likelike Highway at Luluku. Members were invited to share their mana`o with the archaeologists concerning any of these sites, or to refer other residents or those with cultural of these areas, to consult with the archaeological firm.
Cultural Practitioners Retreat
As a special project of the civic club, funded by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Ko`olaupoko Cultural Practitioners Retreat is being planned for sometime in August or September. This retreat will enable cultural practitioners from throughout Ko`olaupoko to gather for a 3-day retreat to discuss issues, concerns and opportunities to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture in the Ko`olaupoko area. Project manager Mahealani Cypher is seeking the names of cultural practitioners who would be interested in participating in the retreat. The club hopes to involve practitioners from each of the 11 ahupua`a within the moku of Ko`olaupoko. For more information, contact Mahealani Cypher, ph. 226-4195.
Our civic club is in dire need of a place to call home – i.e., a piece of land and a modest building in which to house the many activities of our club. Rental costs for our unit at the Atrium Building, while given to us at a discount, are still difficult to support on a regular basis. The club has established Building Committee whose task will be to seek out benefactors to donate land and/or rental space for our club to continue our important community work. Blue Golden Smith is chairing this committee. If you are interested in serving on the committee, contact Blue via the civic club office, ph. 235-8111.
Our partner organization, the Ko`olau Foundation, has been awarded a grant to develop a conceptual plan for a cultural preserve in Ha`iku Valley. Representatives of the foundation and our civic club will be meeting soon with the Hawaiian Homes Department to ensure that continued work on this effort will be supported by the DHHL.
Distinguished Kama`aina Book
Work on our new publication, honoring the individuals recognized by our civic club as distinguished Kama`aina of the Kane`ohe bay area, is nearly completed. We are still searching for a good photo of Johnny Townsend and George Houghtailing, both founders of our club; and Ulysses Jones, who was honored by our club in 2007. The publication will feature all of the distinguished kama`aina from 2006 until 2010, and the five people who established our club in 1937.
Posted on June 24, 2011: