Association of
Hawaiian Civic Clubs
Founded 1959 - Honolulu, HI

Maunalua Hawaiian Civic Club

Opelu Ha’alili I Ke Kai |  The Opelu That Makes The Ocean Ripple - Refers To Fast Moving People


Kitty M. Simonds


P.O. Box 240388, Honolulu, Hawai’i  96824

Hope Pelekikena ‘Ekahi:

Mark Mitsuyasu

Organized | Chartered:

10/20/06   |   10/25/06


Alice Worthy

Club Pua:

Kaunaoa Ke Kahakai & Hinahina Ku Kahakai

Kakau ‘Olelo:

Aulani Silva

Club Colors:

Orange and Silver


Hailama Farden

Club Mele:

Hanohano ‘O Maunalua


Kelvin Char

HCC Email:

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Na Alaka’i:

Daniel Nahoopii, Wesley Blackstad and Charles Kaʻaiai


Information submitted by:

Kitty Simonds


2018 Club Report


1) The Club supports a fish survey project that was conducted through the cooperative effort between Maunalua bay traditional fishermen, professional videographer and the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council. The study looks to cross validate traditional fishery knowledge with scientific underwater observations over an extended period of time. A known ko'a, Big Rock, selected as study site and surveyed monthly based on the lunar phase and weather conditions. Traditional fishermen predict what species they anticipate seeing at the koa based on season. Fishermen take visual survey of the ko'a identifying species and estimating the poundage. Underwater video cameras deployed to randomly selected grid sites for an hour. The footage analyzed for species diversity and abundance. Thirteen months of surveys were conducted between the years 2014 to 2015. In 2018, additional surveys are being conducted to evaluate changes in fish assemblages and abundance between years.


2) Mark Mitsuyasu, Maunalua HCC vice president, and Chris Kramer, president of the Maunalua Bay Fishpond Heritage Center, hosted 16 high school students participating in the 2018 Marine Science Course on Fishery and Resource Management hosted by the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council and Moanalua High School to day of learning about non-fishing impacts and its effect on Maunalua Bay. .


3) Club established contact with Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, GEMS Financing Program Gwen Yamamoto-Lau and Valerie Kubota for State financing of solar water heaters for club members. Gwen invited to present at O'ahu Council meeting.