Date Chartered: October 27, 2005
Club Pua: Pikake (Chinese Jasmine)
Waiho‘olu‘u: White & Royal Blue
Mele: He Inoa No Ka‘iulani
Po‘e ‘Ōlelo: Mai Po‘ina‘ole
Po‘e Ha‘ole: We will never forget
Pelekikena: Carole Lanialoha Lee-Sumberg
Pu'uku: Leilani Pao
Pelekikena iho nei: Leonard Mendiola
Kakau Mo'olelo: Bill Richmon
Alaka'i Mele: C. Lanialoha Lee-Sumberg
Sergeant-at-Arms: Robert Richart
Na Alaka'i: Kehaulani Lum
Ke Ali'i Victoria Ka'iulani Hawaiian Civic Club-Chicago 2012
by C. Lanialoha Lee-Sumberg
2012 has proven to be a year of growth for KVK-Chicago. Great leaps forward were taken in partnership with our sister cultural arts organization, Kupa'a-Pacific Island Resources. Together a newly established platform was created to bring diverse pacific island cultural arts and workshops beneficial to our serving communities and surrounding states. The Festival of Aloha of Chicago created a path for Hawaiians and Hawaiians at-heart to come and relax, sing, play 'ukulele, hula, and learn the Hawaiian language held at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The Opening Ceremonies reflected the uniting of Native People’s as the Elders from the American Indian Center joined Kumu Hula Puanani Edgar and Alaka'i Nani Edgar in the ceremonial protocols and blessing of this Inaugural event. It was truly moving for all who experienced the spirits that set the pace and tone for the Festival of Aloha. Annually the KVK-Chicago will be afforded the opportunity to sponsor and present Pono Workshops that center on issues most sensitive to us.
This year we offered three Pono Workshops. Native Hawaiian and other Asian and Pacific Islanders Health Awareness Brunch which supports a primary KVK Club Initiative of health disparities, Na 'Olelo O Hawai'i, Hawaiian Language - Telling Others What To Do And What Not To Do presented by Ku Kahakalau, and New Hawaiian Civic Club that allowed us to develop a curricula other Clubs can look to and those interested in forming a new Club in their area.
Our Club was also featured in the April issue of Mana Magazine that helped us to reach far distances to raise awareness of the work we are doing in the Midwest, and including our Club’s efforts in support of the Roll Commission. These workshops were supported by grants from Hawai'i Maoli and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs which made it possible for us to accomplish so much in our first year at the Festival of Aloha.
We would also like to congratulate and welcome the newly formed Hawaiian Civic Clubs who joins us in representing the Midwest region.
C. Lanialoha Lee-Sumberg