Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs
Founded 1959 - Honolulu, HI

Kaha I Ka Panoa Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club

c/o Sharon Ku’uipo Paulo
PO Box 9817, Moreno Valley CA 92552
Websitewww.panoa.org
COASM
Date Organized: April 2010
Date Chartered by AHCC: July 16, 2010
Club Pua: Aheahea
Club Colors: Sand and Light Green
Club Mele: Na Pua Panoa
Club Motto (Hawaiian): E ho‘ohui‘ana I ko kakou po‘e Hawai’i I ka Panoa
Club Motto (English): Uniting our Hawaiian people in the Desert

Club Officers:
Pelekikena: Sharon Ku‘uipo Paulo
Hope Pelekikena: ‘Ekahi: Lono A. Kollars
Pu‘uku: Theodora Furtado

Na Alaka’i (Directors)
Anthia Austin, Margaret Sanborn, Virgil
Chancy, Pikake Chancy, Kory Jones, Chryssa Jones

Club Contact:
Phone: 951-575-5772 Cell: 951-534-3750
Email: kuuipofrom2ndroad at ymail.com

Purpose and Objectives

To address and support the needs and concerns of the Native Hawaiian communities in the eastern most deserts of Southern California in the area of health and welfare, community advocacy, leadership development, socio-economic sustainability and to participate in activities which promote the civic life of the community.  Panoa, as the organization is so lovingly referred to, is committed to uniting our members and the community-at-large in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship, mutual understanding and to preserving the cultural traditions of the Native Hawaiian people living on the continental United States and Alaska.

Kaha I Ka Panoa Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club 2013

Club Activities:

Kaha I Ka Panoa Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in the State of California founded in April 2010 following the work of club members who discovered while working on the Census 2010 project, that there were approximately 17,000 Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders living in the easternmost deserts of Southern California; otherwise known as the Inland Empire. Today that number has grown to over 20,000 and by U.S. Census standards, along with our Asian cousins, is the “fastest growing community in the entire state of California.”

In 2010 Panoa (as we so lovingly call our club) celebrated the first Inland Empire Ho‘olaule‘a to find our community in a place that is foreign to all Pacific Islanders; the deserts of California. This past June, we hosted the 4th Annual Inland Empire Ho‘olaule‘a to an estimated audience of 7,000 people over the two-day period. It was ans amazing event and we are so proud of the growth over a short period of time. The event is finding our communities (or vice versa) and fulfilling the intent of why we host this annual celebration of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island cultures.

In July, board members of Panoa who also sit as board members of Hawaiian Inter-Club Council of Southern California, hosted the 35th annual ho‘olaule ‘a at Alondra Park in the city of Lawndale, California where the estimated crowd attendance is 80-1000 people ovet the two-days. It is the “grandfather of all ho‘olaule‘a on the continent” celebrating 35 years of servie to our Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Island communities in southern California. The Pelekikena fo that organization is also the Pelekikena of Panoa and board members who sit on both boards include Margaret Sanborn and Lono Kollars.

In ensuing months Panoa will continue to work in partnership with other organizations such as the Alliance for Justice and the Asian Pacific Legal Center to further the mission of promoting the theory and practice of the principals of good government and good citizenship, guided by Native Hawaiian values and to participate in activities which promote the civic, economic, health, education and social welfare of our community.

We’ve added new members this year and hope to revamp our board of directors to include those members in positions that will enhance and augment the community outreach and capacity work that Panoa needs to do.

For more information about Panoa, you can find us on Facebook at Kaha I Ka Panoa Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club.