Date Chartered: April 16, 1966
Club Pua: Lokelani, Waiho‘olu‘u: Pink
Mele: Lei Lokelani
Po‘e ‘Ōlelo: E Maka‘ala Kakou
Po‘e Ha‘ole: Be Alert
President – Lui K. Hokoana
Vice President – Sharon Char
Treasurer – Sasa Ewaliko
Secretary – Leone Purugganan
Central Maui Hawaiian Civic Club 2013
by Lui K. Hokoana
Aloha Mai Kakou,
Greetings from the shores of Maui Nui a Kama. Congratulations to the Kaua'i council for hosting this year’s convention. We hope all attendees are rejuvenated with the spirit of Kuhio, our founder, and leave with a sense of accomplishment.
This years theme - 'O ka mauli ka mea e ola ai kanaka, is an appropriate metaphor for the work of the Central Maui Hawaiian Civic. As members of our community and the civic club we constantly ask ourselves if the work we are doing would be pleasing and in line with Kuhio's vision. We believe so! At the core of this work is the Punawai project - an after school program for indigent children. Punawai currently enrolls 30 students from the central Maui area. Our Central Maui members staff the program. They provide tutoring, help with their homework, computer literacy, culture activities, and most importantly a loving an caring environment where they can thrive. Program funding is provided by Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center – Maui unit. The program is in its 7th year of operation and our evaluations have shown a strong correlation between the program and improvement in the participants’ cognitive learning.
Scholarships continue to be a mainstay of the clubs activities. This year we awarded approximately $5,000 in scholarships to Maui college students. In addition, we continue to partner with the Native Hawaiian Education Association in hosting the Native Hawaiian Scholarship Aha's – a financial aid workshop providing information about Native Hawaiian scholarships and other general financial aid information. These Ahas will be held on every island beginning in November and ending in January. For Native Hawaiian Scholarship 'Aha dates please go to: www.nhea.net. Lastly, at our 2nd Annual Kupamaka'ainana Awards we honored Trustee Colletee Pi'ipi'i Machado, QLCC unit director Iris Mountcastle, OHA Community Advocate Thelma Shimaoka, and Hawaiian musician Richard Ho'opi'i, for their service to the Native Hawaiian community. In the true tradition of the People's Princes – club members provided the food, made the lei hulu awards, and even provided the music and dance to honor our dignitaries. The 3rd Annual Kupamaka'ainana Awards will be held on March 29, 2014 at the Pukalani Community Center. We will be honoring Community Leader Mona Kapaku, Kumu Hula Lucky Cabral, and entertainer George Kahumoku. We will also hold a Holoku contest that evening. Please join us if you can.
Maika'i wale no Kaua'i hemolele wale i ka malie,
Lui K. Hokoana, President
Central Maui Hawaiian Civic Club