Date Organized: June 22, 2004
Date Chartered by AHCC: November 9, 2004
Club Pua: Naupaka
Club Colors: Blue, Red & White
Club Motto (Hawaiian): Aloha O Na Kulaiwi
Club Motto (English): Our Love for Our Homeland
Club Mele: He Hawai’i Au-“I am Hawaiian”
Pelekikena: Darlene Kehaulani Butts
Hope Pelekikena ‘Ekahi (VP): Micah Kohono Mossman
Hope Pelekikena ‘Elua: Virginia “Gini” Moore
Pu‘uku (Treasurer): Aloma Meyers
Po’e kokua (Staff):
Kakau Mo’olelo (Rec.Sec): Kamaka Strahle
Kakau ‘Olelo (Cor. Sec): Kamaka Strahle
Ho’opa’a Mo’olelo (Historian):
Kahu: Maile Duggan
Congressional Liaison: Shirley Queja
Na Alaka’i (Directors):
Momi Cruz- Losano, Bryce Mendez, Mokihana Scalph
Cell Phone: 540-903-7283
Email: dbutts at makakoaenterprises.com
KAMHCC wrapped up a full calendar of successful events.
January 20, 2013 – KAMHCC and Tenesi HCC donated florals that greatly added to the success of the Hawai`i State Society of Washington, D.C. Inaugural Ball. The same florals were delivered on January 22 to the DC Veterans Administration Medical Center to be distributed to the hospitalized military men and woman, active duty and retired who served with honor.
March 23, 2013 – KAMHCC, in partnership with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Halau O `Aulani and Arlington County Arts Division hosted the Kamehameha Lei Draping Ceremony Community Rehearsal in support of the Sunday, June 9, 2013 Kamehameha Lei Draping Ceremony to be held in the U.S. Capitol Building, Visitor Center, Emancipation Hall. 127 hula haumana and musicians under the direction of Kumu Hula Pomaika`i Gaui of Kehaulani Hula Studio, Salt Lake City, UT, Kumu Hula Momi Cruz-Losano, Waianae, HI and Kumu Hula Manu Ikaika, Alexandria, VA gathered to learn the musical program. To coincide with celebrations in Hawai`i, Prince Kuhio was honored in song AND a cake for all!
March 24, 2013 – Georgetown University Hawai`i Club Lu`au. Handouts from the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission – Kana`iolowalu were made available to the more than 300 attendees.
April 16, 2013 –American University Hawai`i Club Lu`au. Handouts from the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission – Kana`iolowalu were made available to the approximately 130 attendees.
April 28, 2013 – George Washington University Hawai`i Club Lu`au. Handouts from the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission – Kana`iolowalu were made available to the approximately 200 attendees.
May 8, 2013 – Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies Gala. Senator Mazie Hirono received the Pioneer Award; First Asian American Woman in the Senate. A Special Tribute was awarded to the family of Senator Daniel K. Inouye in the form of a portrait. Vice President Joe Biden was the keynote speaker.
June 9, 2013 – Kamehameha Lei Draping Ceremony, U.S. Capitol Building, Emancipation Hall, Washington, D.C.; THEME: “He Hoaka Lei no na Hanauna E Alu Like Mai”. To honor the beloved Kamehameha through the generations. CULTURAL OFFICIANT: Kumu Hula Pomaika`i Gaui, Kehaulani Hula Studio, Salt Lake City, UT, Participating Kumu Hula: Momi Cruz-Losano – Namakahonuakapiliwale Hula Halau, Waianae, O`ahu, HI; both members of KAMHCC and Manu Ikaika – Ho`omau I ka Wai Ola O Hawai`i – Alexandria, VA. Senator Mazie Hirono, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Congressman Eni Faleomavaega, Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Vice Chair Peter Apo and Ka Pouhana Dr. Kamana`opono Crabbe spoke to the audience of 477.
May 25 - 26, 2013 – National Museum of American Indian, Washington, D.C. - Celebrate Hawai’i Festival; KAMHCC members served as docents, workshop facilitators, information station assistants, performers and attendees. Well over 20,000 guests viewed exhibits, participated in craft workshops, attended `olelo Hawai`i, mo`olelo sharing and watched 4 hula presentations during this 2 day annual celebration. Hawai’i’s own Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, a Grammy nominated singer performed at 5 p.m. on the museum’s Welcome Plaza. The Aloha Boys opened the evening concert.
June 4, 2013 - The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) and the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) coordinated an Alaska-Hawaii Roundtable in Washington D.C. at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 628, for a small group of their respective members. The purpose of this Roundtable was to promote the interests of our Native peoples at the Congressional level. This Roundtable is intended to continue the legacy of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). KAMHCC Pelekikena represented.
August 17, 2013 – Pacific Fun Day - This event, started by Reverend Sui Meki To'alepai (Samoa) of Baltimore, in the summer of 1985 brings local Polynesian music and entertainment groups and communities closer together for a day of fellowship and cultural sharing. This is a family oriented activity to share our songs, dances, arts and crafts, talents and food. This not-for-profit event is put together by Pacific Islanders and friends with love. Island community leaders are encouraged to take this opportunity to share island information with their local community members, family and friends as well as other Polynesians. KAMHCC disseminated Kana`iolowalu applications, fielded questions and discussed KAMHCC membership.
This Pelekikena extends a warm aloha to my dedicated Board and wide membership for their patience, stamina and creativity. I look forward to working with all of you in 2014!