Koʻolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club


Congratulations to two of our members who were recently elected to serve on the O`ahu Council of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.  Mahealani Cypher of Kane`ohe will serve as president of the Council, starting in January, and Teri Loo of Waihe`e will serve as Ko`olau Moku Director.

Posted Oct. 6, 2010:

September Updates

The coming months promise to be exciting and busy for members of the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club.  We look forward to all of the good fun, fellowship and work of our club in our projects, programs and activities.

If you are a member and are interested in participating in any of these, please contact our civic club office at 235-8111.  If you are not yet a member, we invite you to join our club, which is open to all who have aloha for our islands, our people and our Hawaiian culture.  Here are some of the happenings:

Next general membership meeting
Our next meeting is open to all – we invite you to bring a friend or family member and join us at the Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center on Ha`iku Road (across from the entrance to Ha`iku Plantations).  Our potluck begins at 6 p.m., followed by our meeting at 6:30 p.m.  For the October meeting, we have invited Herb Lee of the Pacific-American Foundation to brief us on the many projects his organization is pursuing here in Ko`olaupoko.  We will also be hearing from other special guest speakers.

Ha`iku Valley
We are continuing our discussions with OHA and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands in the hopes that our non-profit partner, Ko`olau Foundation, can become the curator of this important wahi pana. OHA’s board has still not decided if it will pursue acquisition of the property from the Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands.  The Ko`olau Foundation Board of Directors has approved various procedures and a preliminary budget request as requested by OHA to establish preparedness for assumption of curatorship of the property, should it be transferred (via license) from DHHL to OHA.  They are currently working on completion of a business plan.

He`eia Wetlands/Lo`i Kalo Restoration Project
Representatives of Kako`o `Oiwi, Ko`olaupoko HCC and the Ko`olau Foundation were on hand recently to great visitors from “Ulupono”, which is a potential funder of the lo`i project.  They receive their monies from the philantrophy of E-Bay founder Pierre Omidyar, whose particular interest has been in supporting sustainable agricultural enterprises here in the islands.  It was a good meeting and we are hopeful that their support will be forthcoming.

O`ahu Council, Association of Hawaiian Civic Club – Elections coming!
Because our club will be entitled to have at least 17 delegates to the upcoming convention, we are encouraging our members to participate in the Oct. 2nd general meeting of the O`ahu Council in the Ching Center on the Chaminade campus in Kaimuki.  Anyone who is interested in attending the convention and/or is available to attend the O`ahu Council meeting is urged to contact Mahealani at 226-4195 or via e-mail malamapono@aol.com asap.

Ko`olaupoko Ahupua`a Calendar Project
We have been informed that Hawaiian Electric Charities has awarded a grant to our club to develop a 2011 Ko`olaupoko Ahupua`a Calendar.  Shandry Lopes will serve as project manager, and is already working with a photographer to gather the ahupua`a images we will need for the calendar.  Jill Akana will serve as graphic artist and will lay out the material.

Distinguished Kama`aina Book Project
Mahealani Cypher, Jill Akana and Janine Tully are hard at work gathering material for our publication of the 24 distinguished kama`aina recognized by the Ko`olaupoko HCC for their contributions to the Kane`ohe bay region.  We hope to have the book published and ready for distribution by the time of our annual dinner on Dec. 11th. 

Hawaiian Memorial Park Expansion
The Ko`olaupoko HCC general membership, at its Sept. 7, 2010, general meeting, voted to support the following position regarding proposed expansion of Hawaiian Memorial Cemetery in Kane`ohe: 

“The Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club includes, among its objects and purposes, ‘to preserve, protect and restore, when possible, our wahi kapu and wahi pana.’ Toward this end, our civic club has offered testimony regarding our concerns abuot the preservation of the heiau complex known as Kawa`ewa`e located in the `ili of Kawa`ewa`e, Kane`ohe.

“Our civic club supports the preservation and protect of Kawa`ewa`e Heiau complex and urges all decision-makers to take into account our mana`o when considering any proposal that may affect this important wahi kapu.  We appreciate the efforts of the property owner to address our earlier concerns by the removal of their proposal to extend Lipalu Street, and the creation of a cultural preserve for the heiau area.

“In the matter of proposed expansion of Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery, our club does not oppose expanding the capacity of the cemeter.  Our members, and others in our community, are deeply concerned that, as our population ages, the need for adequate cemetery space will grow.

“But we are also concerned for the people who live in the community around the property that would be affected by any land use changes.  We strongly urge that any improvements or land development changes proposed by the cemetery company not adversely affect the health and safety of this community.”

Proposed new Sewer Force Main between Kane`ohe and Mokapu:
Our civic club is closely monitoring the City’s plans to install a new sewer main to connect wastewater systems in Kane`ohe with the Mokapu Sewage Treatmetn Facility.  Two alternatives proposed by the City’s consultants include a force main under Kane`ohe bay, from Waikalualoko to Mokapu; or a tunnel through what they call “Oneawa Hills”.

A representative of our club, Mahealani Cypher, has raised concerned about both alternatives.  She said the City was unable to guarantee that there would be no leaks from the pipeline if it was installed under the bay; nor could they assure no adverse impacts on existing structures located on the ridge dividing Kane`ohe and Kailua.  She has asked that the City revisit the possibility of using the Mokapu Saddle Road alignment for the force main, which has the least environmental impact on the ocean or land resources.  Their consultant has assured us that they will re-evaluate their earlier cost estimates and impact assessments for this route.

Proposed Transfer of New Military Aircraft Units to Marine Corps Base Hawai`i
The Navy has begun community meetings regarding a proposed plan to relocate new aircraft units to the Marine Base at Mokapu. This would involve the assignment of about 1200 military personnel and civilian employees, and 1100 family members to the base. 

Members of the civic club have raised concerns about the potential adverse impacts of this proposal – including the continuing lack of affordable rentals in the Kane`ohe bay region.  When new military personnel are assigned to Mokapu, they tend to find rentals in the nearby communities and – with their housing allowances – have been able to compete successfully to obtain rentals (at higher prices), making it harder for local families to find rentals in this area. 

The civic club has asked that the Navy prepare a socio-economic and cultural impact study before any new transfer of military units to the base and, if adverse effects are indicated, that mitigation plans be developed and implemented in advance of any new personnel being assigned to the base.

Posted Sept. 17, 2010:

August Updates

Our civic club continues to keep our members very busy with a wide range of projects that help our community and preserve our culture and heritage.  Maika`i! 

To update you on a few things:

Panel Discussion on Impacts of the Akaka Bill
Members received a thorough briefing on the possibilities and limitations of legislation, now pending in Congress, known as the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (aka “The Akaka Bill”) at our last general meeting from a panel comprised of attorney Melody MacKenzie of the UH Richardson School of Law, Esther Kiaaina of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), and Lilikala Kame`eleihiwa of the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies.  They provided a historical background, updates on recent changes to the legislation, and how native Hawaiians can prepare for and participate in what happens if and when the bill passes. 

Mahuahua ai o Hoi
Our non-profit partner, Kako`o `Oiwi, is hard at work briefing potential funders and working with government agencies and others to advance the restoration of the lo`i kalo fields at He`eia wetlands. In a recent site visit with trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, it was pointed out that the project meets several of OHA’s major objectives in its newly revised strategic plan and has high potential for success in providing food for our island people.

Ha`iku Valley Cultural Preserve
Members of our civic club who are active in the non-profit Ko`olau Foundation are engaged in an ongoing dialogue with both OHA and the Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands to pursue community and cultural access to Ha`iku valley and – hopefully – establishment of a cultural preserve. The vision is to allow cultural, educational, recreational and environmental activities in the valley while preserving the wahi kapu – sacred places – of Ha`iku.  Ko`olau Foundation, the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club and Kako`o `Oiwi will spearhead a meeting of key stakeholders in the ahupua`a of He`eia soon to renew discussions on issues of mutual interest and concern with regard to opening up Ha`iku valley.

Ko`olaupoko Ahupua`a Boundary Marker Project
We are moving along on our boundary signage project, and have finalized the design of the graphic and signage that will be used.  Letters to both the State and City transportation directors have been sent, asking for their concurrence and acceptance of the signage.  The City transportation director has responded positively, and a letter has been sent to the Honolulu City Council, offering to donate the signs that will be posted along city and county roadways in Ko`olaupoko.  We are awaiting a response from the director of the state Department of Transportation.

Cultural service work at Kawa`ewa`e and Kanehekili Heiau
Our club will be working with others to clean Kawa`ewa`e heiau on Saturday, Aug. 28th, and Kanehekili Heiau on Sunday, Aug. 29th.  The work involves clearing vegetation from these two very sacred places. Volunteers, tools, and refreshments are needed.   

Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs state convention
Our civic club is preparing to participate in the November convention of the 58 civic clubs from Hawai`i and the continental U.S.  We are calling upon our members to let us know as soon as possible if they are interested in attending the convention, either as a delegate or an alternate.  Participation is open to members whose dues are current and who are able to attend pre-convention caucuses for the club and O`ahu Council.  We are also asking members to let us know if they have any suggestions for resolutions that can be brought to the convention by our club – issues of concern, commendatory, or other matters are generally valid and will be reviewed and forwarded by our board of directors.

Kualoa:  a gathering of the world’s indigenous healers will be welcomed on Sept. 5th
The Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club will be participating in a food booth fundraiser at Kualoa Beach Park and will join in the festivities to welcome native healers from around the world on September 5th.  Anyone interested in volunteering to work should contact the civic club office at 235-8111.  

Posted August 14, 2010:

June Updates

Aloha mai kakou,

We are pleased to report that our club continues to be very involved in many activities that support our core mission and our community.

Among the exciting new programs is a partnership that we have developed with Alu Like to train native Hawaiian youth from the Kane`ohe-Kualoa area. Funded by federal stimulus monies, these youths will be paid to learn about our area’s history, heritage and culture.  Known as The Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club Cultural Mentoring and Education Program”, the program involves working with our cultural practitioners and others within the civic club and community to share our knowledge with these teenagers so that they themselves can train others.

Among the training goals of the program, these youth will hopefully learn:

* History of Kane`ohe area and Ko`olaupoko
* Mo`olelo (stories, legends)
* `Oli (chants)
* Hawaiian values, protocols and cultural practices
* How to conduct a cultural tour
* How to deal with the public
* Our kuleana (responsibilities) in the ahupua`a, and about the ahupua`a of Ko`olaupoko.

The student-trainees are responsible to:

* Strive to be pono – righteous in all their thoughts and behavior
* Come to work when scheduled
* Be available and accessible to contacts from our trainers
* Dress appropriately for the work they will be doing
* Show respect for themselves, each other, the trainers and the community
* Forgo smoking, alcohol and drugs when participating in program activities
* Refrain from rough-housing or other rude and disruptive behavior while on field outings
* Call on their families to assist with transportation as needed
* Provide their own lunches (they are paid for the training)
* Ask questions if they have concerns or don’t understand

A big mahalo to program coordinator and lead trainer Mahealani Cypher (Native Knowledge LLC), assistant coordinator Shandry Lopes, Aunty Alice Hewett, Rocky Kaluhiwa, Sol Naluai and Liko Kaluhiwa for giving of their time and talent to develop these young people into cultural trainers for our community.

Major Projects – Ha`iku Valley Cultural Preserve & Mahuahua Ai o Hoi (He`eia Wetlands)

* Submitted grant requests to both OHA and the Castle Foundation for funding to support capacity-building and planning for the He`eia wetlands project.  We are grateful to both funders for providing start-up funding to get this major community initiative moving forward. Mahalo!

* Met with Kaulana Park, chair of the Hawaiian Homes Commission, regarding Ha`iku Valley, urging him to work with OHA and our community to ensure that a cultural preserve is established in the valley.  Received assurances from him that he is supportive of such action.

* Met with Brennan Morioka, director of the state department of transportation, to urge his kokua and support for the cultural preserve project in Ha`iku Valley.  Received his assurances that he would do what he can, including requesting needed federal funding to support completion of the H-3 cultural mitigation plan.

* Work continued on cleaning Kanehekili Heiau in Ha`iku Valley, with volunteers coming regularly to malama na wahi kapu.

– Ko`olaupoko Ahupua`a Boundary Marker Project
* Met with Brennan Morioka to enlist DOT’s support for acceptance of the new Ko`olaupoko ahupua`a boundary marker signage being planned by a steering committee of representatives from the Ko`olaupoko, Kailua, Waimanalo and Maunalua (Hawaii-Kai) Hawaiian Civic Clubs, the Kahalu`u, Kane`ohe, Kailua, Waimanalo and Hawaii-Kai Neighborhood Boards, Hawaii’s Thousand Friends, and other community members. He is awaiting the sample signage before making a commitment.

* Received grant from OHA to match earlier funding from Castle Foundation to provide support for completion of this project and to fund the Distinguished Kama`aina publication and a Ko`olaupoko cultural practitioners retreat. Mahalo to OHA!

* Worked with graphic designer on sample signage, and circulated sample to KPHCC board and to steering committee members. Final graphic design will be submitted to state and county transportation departments for their approval before signage will be ordered.

* Worked with state and county transportation officials to determine specifications for signage, and with signage vendors to obtain bids for signage.

– Cultural Education Program

The civic club continues its many efforts to raise awareness of the rich culture, history and heritage of the nine ahupua`a around Kane`ohe Bay. 

During this reporting period, two cultural tours have been given aboard the glassbottom boat at He`eia-kea Pier, with mana`o shared by Mahealani Cypher and Jerry Kaluhiwa.  

In addition, the club has provided tours to Likeke Trail, Lulumahu Valley, and Na Wahi Pana o Kane`ohe. Members also journeyed to Kahuku-uka with Makaha Hawaiian Civic Club president John DeSoto and Army archaeologists to visit ancient Hawaiian villages, burial mounds and wahi kapu in the area.  Mahealani also took a group from Kako`o `Oiwi into Halawa Valley on a quest for `awa plants to grow at He`eia, and accompanied representatives of Hawaiian Memorial Park through a proposed cultural preserve that would be created at `ili Kawa`ewa`e, an effort to recognize the importance of that major heiau.

– Community Engagement

The club also participated in a telephone conference with the federal Advisory Council for Historic Preservation regarding proposed new guidelines for federal agencies in dealing with native Hawaiians and concerns for protection of Hawaiian sacred and historic sites, and in a Heritage Tourism conference at the State Capitol.

Representatives of the club also assisted Hakipu`u Learning Center and Hawaiian Electric with a service project to clean invasive limu from the reef at Kualoa Beach.

– Meeting Notes

Guest presentations at our civic club meetings included HCAP, who offered energy-saving program to replace lightbulbs and refrigerators in the homes of our kupuna; Rep. Jessica Wooley and Sen. Clayton Hee, offering a wrap-up on the recent legislative session and the Akaka Bill; Hawaiian Memorial Park, inviting the club to work with them to malama Kawa`ewa`e heiau complex; Townscape Planners and Mahuahua Ai o Hoi, providing an update on the He`eia wetlands project; and a “movie-night”, during which members viewed three interesting films about salt-making on Kaua`i, Celebrate Kane`ohe 2007, and Malama Halawa, the Caretaking of a Valley (H-3 struggle).

– Acting President

A big mahalo to 1st Vice President Leialoha “Rocky” Kaluhiwa, who has served very well for the past three months as acting president of our club while I took a “sabbatical” and focused on moving our grant projects forward.  She is doing an excellent job! 

Me kealoha pumehana,
Mahealani Cypher
Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club President

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Posted June 9, 2010:

March Update

Aloha mai kakou,
Our club continues its many programs, projects and activities throughout this spring. The following is our quarterly report of our accomplishments from January through March, which will be presented at the April 10th meeting of the O`ahu Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs (also included are several recent meetings in early April): the “Read-Aloud Program”, inviting members to participate in family reading programs in the Kane`ohe area;

Major Projects – Ha`iku Valley Cultural Preserve & Mahuahua Ai o Hoi (He`eia Wetlands)
* Provided a site visit and tour of Ha`iku Valley and the He`eia wetlands for Department of Hawaiian Homelands Chairperson Kaulana Park and his staff to give them a first-hand look at the vision and potential benefits of restoring these areas to productivity and cultural use. Also provided a site visit for Terry George of the Harold Castle Foundation, which is considering a request for funding by our non-profit partner, Kako`o `Oiwi, for restoration of the He`eia kalo fields at Hoi, and to representatives of Kamehameha Schools, the adjoining landowner.

* Met with Terry George of the Castle Foundation and Trustee Walter Hee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs regarding funding for the Mahuahua Ai o Hoi kalo restoratin project at He`eia wetlands.

– Ko`olaupoko Ahupua`a Boundary Marker Project
* Installed temporary pink flags to identify prospective locations for ahupua`a boundary markers from Waimanalo to Kualoa.

* Provided presentations to the Kahalu`u, Kane`ohe, Waimanalo, Kailua and Hawai`i-Kai Neighborhood Boards and to the Kane`ohe Business Group on two major KPHCC initiatives, the Ko`olaupoko Ahupua`a Boundary Marker project and the He`eia wetlands restoration project (Mahuahua Ai o Hoi).

* Provided a tour of recommended boundary marker sites with representatives of the state and county transportation departments.
Legislative Action
* Met with area legislators to discuss legislative priorities for the coming year.
* Submitted testimony on matters of concern to the civic club and the Hawaiian community to the State Legislature and Congressional delegation.
Service Programs
* Coordinated the cleaning Ke Ali`i Lunalilo’s crypt, and participated in Lunalilo Ali`i Sunday at Kawaiaha`o Church.
* Coordinated volunteer service work cleaning Kanehekili Heiau in Ha`iku Valley.
* Participated in Team Kaho`onei in the Walk for Diabetes at Kapi`olani Park.
Planning for Seven Generations Ahead
* Attended meetings of the Ko`olaupoko Sustainable Communities plan, and met with the Board of Water Supply to discuss the Ko`olaupoko Water Resources Plan.
* Participated in research on the resilience of native Hawaiian cultural practitioners caring for fishponds or lo`i, through travel to several islands.
* Participated in an OHA economic development conference and a board leadership training workshop at the Hawai`i Convention Center.
* Met with owners of Hawaiian Memorial Park cemetery to discuss their plans for expansion.
* Met with potential funders regarding opportunities for partnerships in current and future projects.
* Held several fundraisers at Iolani Palace and at the Atrium building in Kane`ohe.
Community Outreach and Cultural Activities
* Participated in the salute to Aaron Mahi, former bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band.
* Participated in several Hawaiian cultural events at Iolani Palace, the Hawaiian Caucus and Historic Hawai`i Day at the State Capitol, and the Pualeilani Culture & Arts Festival at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.
* Attended a Partners-in-Development/Tutu & Me tree-planting program at KEY project in Kahalu`u.
* Participated in the Kuhio Day parade and Kuhio Day festivities at Kapi`olani Park.
* Provided cultural tours of Likeke Trail, Na Wahi Pana o Kane`ohe, Lulumahu Valley, and provided a cultural tour of Kane`ohe Bay aboard the glassbottom boat for visiting urban planners and educators.

Health Program Offered
by Ke Ola Mamo

Naomi Nascimento of Ke Ola Mamo has presented to our club two new health programs being offered in Ko`olaupoko by the native Hawaiian health system:  an exercise class ($1 per session) is being offered 2x a week at the QLCC building in Waimanalo; and lomi lomi sessions will be available to members at a cost of $10 for 45 minutes. Ke Ola Mamo is looking for locations in Kane`ohe to provide both of these programs; members are asked to assist in finding a suitable place for the exercise classes.  The club has made available the civic club office for lomi sessions, located at 46-005 Kawa St., Ste. 210.  Call Naomi at 845-4646 or email her at: nnascimento@keolamamo.org to register for either session or for more information.

Hope to see you all at our next General Membership Meeting  on Tuesday, May 4th, 6 p.m. at Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center on Ha`iku Road.

A hui hou,

Mahealani Cypher

Posted March 18, 2010: