Date Chartered by AHCC: October 1993
Club Pua: Ilima Maoli
Club Colors: Dark Blue and Reddish Brown
Mele: Queen's Prayer
Motto: E Mau Ke Ea O Ka `Aina I Ka Pono
(Let sovereignty return the righteousness of the land)
Pelekikena: Rona Rodenhurst
Pelekikena hope ka Manawa: Lance C. Lanakila Holden
Hope Pelekikena ‘Ekahi: Lehua Kinilau
Hope Pelekikena ‘Elua: Joseph Kuhio Lewis
Pu’ukū: Melissa Lyman
Kākau ‘Ōlelo: Val Kane
Kākau Palapala: Kristen Wertin
Sergeant-at-Arms: Dan Lyman
Kahu: Kala Holden
Na Alaka‘i: Shad Kane and Buddy Pohina
'Ahahui Siwila Hawai'i o Kapolei 2013
‘Ahahui’s is celebrating its 20th anniversary and members planned an enthusiastic celebration year.
The first quarter saw the newly formed Health Committee begin the Weekly Walking Hui. They continue to meet Saturday mornings, trekking through areas around Kapolei. Hawaiian Civic Club 101 workshops for new and potential members were scheduled and implemented quarterly. The ‘Ahahui took great pride in completing our part in the mālama Mauna ‘Ala cleaning in February.
“Mahalo Ke Ali‘i Kuhiō” is the 1st Annual Kapolei Prince Kuhiō Ho‘olauleʻa at Hawaiʻi Maoli. The celebration was coordinated by the ‘Ahahui on March 8 and 9, 2013. On March 8, we began with an Imu workshop in partnership with Waikīkī Hawaiian Civic Club. The Imu was dug with the hard work of our Nā Koa members and Community members were invited to share the Imu. Festivities began the next day at 9 am with vendors, health screenings and entertainment. Save the date for March 8, 2014.
Kana’ioluwalu, the Hawaiian Roll Commission, was invited to make a presentation at our March general meeting. Our ‘Ahahui challenged other HCCs to enroll their members and ‘ohana. The first quarter events ended with the Kuhiō Day Parade in Waikīkī. Our ‘Ahahui decorated the car for our club member and 1st VP of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Annelle Amaral.
The second quarter events featured the Health Committee hosting a lā‘au lapa‘au seminar at the ‘Ahahui’s native garden at Pu‘u O Kapolei. This was funded through the Ho’olako grant. Our members also assisted with the transcription of 42 pages of a Bishop Museum archives manuscript that was translated by Mary Pukui in the Awaiaulu project requesting transcription kōkua. We held our second Open House and Membership Drive at DHHL’s Hale Ponoʻī, featuring a presentation on the history and cultural sites of Kapolei by Shad Kane in addition to community outreach. Members came together to showcase our club’s successful programs, committees and events. We continue this great opportunity to introduce the ‘Ahahui and the civic club movement to the new residents of Kapolei’s Hawaiian Homestead communities. Besides learning about the ‘Ahahui, guests learned the history of the Hawaiian civic club movement and about Prince Kuhiō, the founder of the first Hawaiian Civic Club.
In May we celebrated with our sister organization by attending the Kalaeloa Heritage & Legacy Foundation’s Kauhale blessing and Pā‘ina at the Heritage Park. What a great pleasure to see the ‘Ahahui’s vision for such a park become a reality. In June an ‘Ahahui representative attended the Ford Foundation Philanthropy Summit in New York City. We learned a lot about grants!
In our third quarter, ‘Ahahui was able to assemble 350 back packs filled with school supplies for our “Tools for School” program. Back packs were distributed to children from Kamehameha Housing, Onemalu Transitional Shelter in Kalaeloa and the QLCC Waianae unit. The Health Committee sponsored an ‘ai pono potluck and engaged members to learn about a healthy diet and choices for healthier potluck items. ‘Ahahui was also honored to provide scholarships to three deserving young women to support their continuing post-secondary education.
Our cultural workshops for lei, kahili and hulu continue to keep our ‘Ahahui very busy. ‘Ahahui members created 10 centerpieces for Hawai‘i Maoli’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner. For the third year, members conducted kahili pa‘a lima workshop at the “Culture in Action Session” at CNHA’s 12th Annual Convention. One of the participants was so inspired that during the next two days of the convention he made two kahili paʻa lima on his own!!
The Fourth quarter begins with the ‘Ahahui joining other organizations for the Kapolei Community Workday. Volunteers from several groups gathered to beautify the Kapolei and Kalaeloa communities. The ‘Ahahui will celebrate its 20th Anniversary in November at the Pacific Beach Hotel. We will present our Eō Nā Lani Award to 3 ‘Ohana that have made outstanding contributions to the hui, to the Kapolei community and to the State. In December, we will be having our annual “Christmas at Onemalu” event, a shared outreach project with the Hui, Onemalu staff, and Church organizations. Lunch, entertainment, games and door prizes are provided. The families will receive food baskets and every child will receive a gift to open on Christmas Day.
As another successful year comes to a close, we proudly strive to continue and share our heritage with all, thus fulfilling the mission of our ‘Ahahui, the O‘ahu Council and the Association.