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!
“Lei Day at the Mall” – Lei competition and Hawaiian Entertainment – April 28th
Want to try your hand at fashioning a beautiful Hawaiian lei? Or enter a special lei made by recycled man-made materials? Win cash prizes at the upcoming lei contest on Sunday, April 28th, at Windward Mall. The competition is open to adults and keiki – rules will be available at Windward Mall and the Hawaiian Civic Club office, 46-005 Kawa St., Ste. 104, in Kane`ohe. Ph. 235-8111 for more information.
“Legends of Ko`olau” Cultural Tours aboard the Coral Queen Glassbottom Boat – April 27th!
Hear the mo`olelo (legends) of the nine ahupua`a around Kane`ohe bay shared by historian Mahealani Cypher, and learn about the marine resources of the bay from noted native Hawaiian cultural practitioner, Uncle Jerry Kaluhiwa. Seating is limited and is offered by reservations only, first-come, first-served. For reservations or information, contact the civic club office at 235-8111 or via email: email@example.com.
Celebrating Kanaka & Heritage…
Our newly-released 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.
Cultural Service at Ha`iku Valley - Sunday, April 28th
Our next cultural service work in Ha`iku valley has been scheduled for Sundays, March 10th and 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.
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.
If you have office space (or warehouse space) in the Kane`ohe area that you would be willing to donate for our use, at least for the next 12 months, this would also be greatly appreciated.
We are also hoping to obtain the following office equipment: a mid-sized copier (not a computer printer), a laminator, a standard typewriter, a bookshelf and a file cabinet. If you have any of these items and would like to donate it to us, please call our office at 235-8111. 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!