Date Chartered by AHCC: October 28, 2005
Club Colors: Royal Blue + White
Club Mele: He Inoa No Ka‘iulan‘i
Club Motto (Hawaiian): Mai Po‘ina ‘Ole
Club Motto (English): Never Forgot
Pelekikena: Carole Lanialoha Lee-Sumbers
Pu‘uku: Mokihana Leilani Pao
Pelekikena Iho Nei: Leonard Mendiola
Po‘e kokua (Staff):
Kakau Mo‘olelo (Rec. Sec.): Bill Richmond
Mele Alaka‘i: C. Lanialoha Lee-Sumbers
Sergeant-at-Arms: Robert Richart
Na Alaka’i (Directors):
Kehaulani Lum, Leonard Mendiola
Email: kvkchicago at gmail.com
Ke Ali'i Victoria Ka'iulani Hawaiian Civic Club-Chicago 2013
In 2011 Ke Ali‘i Victoria Ka‘iulani Hawaiian Civic Club (KVK- Chicago) began to introduce Club Initiatives in the area of Health Disparities and was met with little success ever since. Earlier this year, members of KVK gathered to brain storm idea’s to make this effort appealing. The result, Fitness! Island Style was born. And I am pleased to say, Success! Patrons came to take the challenge of a rotating 15-minute power hit of increased levels of rigorous dance drills dance drills of Hawai’i, Aotearoa, Samoa, and Tahiti. E ho’omaika’i to our members for their perservance!
Round two of availing Hawaiian language programs to the Chicago area saw growth from our previous year in 2012. Having deemed the two-part series of ‘Olelo ‘Ohana both a necessity and success, this year’s ‘olelo program included a next phase addition of two more pono workshops called “Introduction to Haku Mele: Hawaiian Song Composition”, and “Na Mele a Ku-Kanikapila Session”. Both tailored to accommodate the Midwest’s region’s way of life and livelihood. Delivered were traditional songwriting techniques and methods to gain a deeper understanding of the beauty of mele and ‘oli; and, Learning hands-on the deeper meaning of songs composed by the Presenter, Dr. Ku Kahakalau, Ph.D.
KVC-Chicago members were also eager to participate in a project that will contribute to effective programming our constituents need most. As Basic Hawaiian Pilot Testers of Ku a Kanaka Hawaiian Language Program, our constituents are afforded the ability to reinforce their newly acquired knowledge, while playing significant roles to kokua from abroad. Mahalo to Dr. Ku Kahakalau for recognizing the importance of reaching into the communities to ensure native speaking Hawaiians abroad thrive alongside others more fortunate.
As we follow the wisdom of our Kupuna and guided by the spirit of our By Laws, we are proud to have forged a new Club tradition that Celebrates & Honors Kupuna who migrated to the Midwest, impacted the future growth of our Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander communities, and, recognized for their exemplary contributions to our surrounding serving local communities, nationally and internationally.
At the 2013 Festival of Aloha-Chicago Opening Ceremonies, KVK-Chicago awarded certificates to two Kupuna. Recognizing Tupuna Paddy Te Tai, of the Midwest’s Maori Community, and Internationally known as a member of the Legendary Mary & The Maori HI Five that received their own star in Las Vegas. A special treat to have Paddy Te Tai joined by his son Steve Te Tai, and grandson Waihuka Te Tai to receive the Kulia I Ka Nu‘u Award. And Honoring Kupuna George Kawelo, Pelekikena of the Wai‘anae Hawaiian Civic Club, Sponsor and Sister Club to Chicago’s Ke Ali‘i Victoria Ka‘iulani Hawaiian Civic Club, and mentoring us as we acclimated to a ‘new way of life’ in the Midwest. We were blessed to have Gege’s sister and new Pelekikena Malmanette ‘Mele Kawelo of the Wai‘anae Hawaiian Civic Club and daughter Kaloke Kawelo join us at the 2nd Annual Festival of Aloha-Chicago, Opening ceremonies to speak and receive the Mai Po‘ina ‘Ole Award. Each Award was presented by Mrs. Illinois USA 2013, Jesse Tevega accompanied with a special makana of the official Hawai‘i Tartan designed by Douglas Herring in 1997 and adapted by the Caledonian Society of Hawai‘i’s official tartan. In 2001, the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs of the Hawai‘i State Legislature passed a resolution adapting the Hawai‘i Tartan as a Hawai‘i’s official tartan, and has also been registered with The Scottish Tartans Society. KVK-Chicago especially looks forward to working more with our Arizona Club to continue to do great work in support of our Native Hawaiian Beneficiaries. I am reminded by the very nature and spirit of my son’s name who, like his sister, will walk Vigil on his first visit to convention,that the members of KVK-Chicago are silently strong in thought, growing by our actions and gaining in momentum. ‘I mua!
Pelekikena, Carole Lanialoha Lee-Sumberg