Ua mau ke`ea o ka`aina i ka pono…
the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness…
Our mission statement:
To malama our members, their families,
and the communities in which we live.
E Komo Mai, Welcome!
Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club is a non-profit community organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the Native Hawaiian culture, our heritage and our people. Our membership is comprised of Native Hawaiians and “Hawaiians at heart”, and is open to anyone interested in supporting cultural, educational and service programs primarily in the Ko`olaupoko area on the Windward side of the island of O`ahu, Hawai`i.
We invite all of you to enjoy learning about our island culture “through Hawaiian eyes”, from the perspective of our native people. You can do this through this website, by participating in our various tours and other activities, or by becoming a member of our Hawaiian civic club.
Please download the membership form from this site, complete it and mail it with your dues to the address noted on the form. These nominal dues help us to sustain and maintain our work to support and preserve our native Hawaiian culture and the history and heritage of our islands. Frind out more about membership HERE!
Beautiful Ahu Pohaku Dedicated…and Vandalized – but it will be rebuilt soon
Our beautiful ahu pohaku, stone marker identifying the boundary between the ahupua`a of Kane`ohe and Kailua, was dedicated July 27th at Castle Junction – but auwe! It was vandalized on Aug. 24th. A special fund has been set up at Hawaii Maoli for donations to defray the costs for rebuilding this important cultural monument. Ph. 235-8111 at the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club or 394-0050 at Hawaii Maoli if youwould like to donate. for more information.CLICK HERE
The Hokule’a is a voyaging canoe, that some may consider a living treasure. Our Hawaiian ancestors had a vast knowledge for the sky, and the physical world around them, and because of the mana’o they kept generation to generation, the Hawaiian people became masters and navigators of the Pacific Ocean. Members of the Ko`olaupoko HCC joined with others in Ko`olaupoko to welcome the Hokule’a voyaging canoe on September 29th at He`eia Kea Pier, and later for a pa`ina and kanikapila that same week. The canoe will be leaving soon for a long voyage around the world. We celebrate Hokule`a and its crew, and salute them on their efforts to prepare for their world voyage in 2014.
Cultural Service at Ha`iku Valley - Sunday Nov. 24th
Our next cultural service work in Ha`iku valley has been scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 24th, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The work involves cleaning Kanehekili Heiau and other wahi kapu in the valley. This is a cultural access program of the Ko`olau Foundation and the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club. Volunteers are asked to bring weedwhackers, loppers, heavy-duty rakes and other gardening tools to help clear invasive vegetation off the heiau. If you do not have tools, we have some to share with you; or you can bring lunch or refreshments for the volunteers. Call 235-8111 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Celebrating Kanaka & Heritage…
Our publication, “Distinguished Kama`aina of Kane`ohe Bay”, is now available at the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club office for a small donation of $10. Also available are the beautiful Celebrate Ko`olaupoko shirts, in forest green, navy or chocolate brown, which are $15 and $18 apiece. The book highlights 24 individuals whose lives or contributions helped shape our communities around Kane`ohe Bay. The shirts carry the theme, “No Ko`olau Mai Au – I am rooted in Ko`olau” in vibrant earth colors. Call 235-8111 for office hours and more information.
Restoring Productivity to the He`eia wetlands – work in the lo`i kalo!
The Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club works with Kako`o `Oiwi and the community to malama this taro field (located just mauka of the long bridge). Volunteers are also working in the lo`i on Wednesdays and Fridays, and other days by pre-arrangements. Other work days are planned. For more information or to volunteer, phone Kako`o `Oiwi at 352-0764.
Would you like to participate in Cultural Service Work?
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the communities we live in & provides a rewarding experience. Not only is it an opportunity to help a good cause, volunteering is an opportunity to learn new things! Do you need volunteer service hours? If you need volunteer hours to satisfy scholarship or community service requirements, we have an interesting variety of programs in which you may want to volunteer – please visit our “Programs and Services” page for more information.
Na Mele O Hawai’i!
Choral singing for fun and fellowship – every Monday night, 7 to 9 p.m., at the civic club office, 46-005 Kawa St. Suite 104, led by member Aaron Mahi. Bring your ukulele or other musical instuments, bring your voices, and e komo mai – come and join us! Open to all – you do not have to be a member to participate.
The meaning of “Kane`ohe”…
Contrary to published stories from a wide variety of sources, we believe that the name of our community, Kane`ohe, does not stem from a local legend of an angry husband. In the time of our ancestors, the god Kane was supreme over the island of O`ahu. A mighty heiau, or temple, was built in his honor on the slopes of the mountains above a large village that extended from the mountains to the bay. The name of this heiau, Kukui o Kane, means “the enlightenment of Kane”. A stand of towering `ohe, bamboo, is hidden amidst the extensive banana patch that now covers the hillside in the area near the heiau. The name, Kane`ohe, refers to the sacred grove of bamboo dedicated to the god Kane`ohe.
Our sincere mahalo…
We could not have accomplished much of our work these past years in the Ko`olaupoko area without the kokua of many wonderful individuals, businesses and organizations in the Kane`ohe community. We extend our deepest mahalo nui loa to all of you for your support and many kindnesses, and invite each and every one to join us, Hawaiians – or “Hawaiians at heart” – as members of the Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club.
Your kokua is needed:
In 2007, we established a communications center office in the Atrium Building in Kane`ohe through a capacity-building grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Now that the grant is completed, we are in need of funding to continue maintaining this vital communications center and gathering place for our crafts activities, training programs, and records.
Donations to help defray the cost of continued use of this space would be greatly appreciated, and can be sent to: Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, P. O. Box 664, Kaneohe, HI 96744.
Our club is seeking a longterm, permanent location for our office and meeting place. If you would like to donate land, space in a building or other property to help us reach this goal, we would be deeply grateful. We have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor to accept large contributions, and our club is also in the process of applying for our own IRS tax-exempt status.
We are also hoping to obtain the following equipment: a mid-sized copier, computer printer), a laminator, a standard typewriter, folding tables, folding chairs, weed whackers, loppers, pick-axes, wheelbarrows, a working & legal pickup truck or a van. These will greatly help us in our cultural service work and community awareness programs If you have any of these items and would like to donate it to us, please call our office at 235-8111 or email: email@example.com. Mahalo!
Our work to strengthen the communities surrounding Kane`ohe Bay and to perpetuate our community’s history and heritage is far from over. Please kokua – any consideration would be greatly appreciated. Mahalo!
For more information on volunteer opportunities, please click HERE!