Nā Lei Makalapua - Mainland Council Report 2013
Aloha Mai Kakou!
We extend our aloha and mahalo to Moku o Manokalanipo for hosting this year’s convention. We wish you much success.
Since our last gathering at the AHCC quarterly meeting in July, the August Mainland Council board meeting was held in Chandler, Arizona. Lau Kanaka No Hawai’i HCC of Arizona were wonderful hosts. Several of our members were able to visit the Saguaro Correctional prison where majority of the inmates are from Hawaii. We were also able to have a private tour of the Heard Museum and learned about the western indigenous tribes. After meeting all day, we enjoyed each other’s company listening to the music of Hookena.
In addition, as a new executive board we have been working diligently to ensure that we are in compliance with the federal and state requirements for non-profit organizations. We also participated in a strategic planning session to identify our council priorities. Each committee has had an opportunity to meet at each board meeting to continue to develop a plan in meeting these goals.
Mahalo nui to our Policy and Planning Committee that has met several times during the year to work on revisions of our Constitution and By-laws to update and align with the revised Association Constitution and By-laws. Furthermore, as the Mainland Council continues to grow, we are working to strengthen our communication and outreach to the individual clubs.
As you will see from our component club reports, our clubs have been active in their respective areas, whether hosting or participating in festivals, conducting workshops, completing their Ho’olako projects, celebrating their youth and honoring them with scholarships, or participating in conferences that focus on Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders as we face common issues here on the continent.
As I come to the close of my first year as the Mainland Council pelekikena, I would be remiss if I didn’t mahalo the executive board and the board of directors for their strong support and leadership in moving us forward as we strive to promote the vision of Prince Jonah Kuhio. Aloha kekahi i kekahi.
Mainland Council Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs