O'ahu Council Report 2013
by Daniel Naho`opi`i
Ke One o Kakuhihewa: O'ahu Council of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs (Council) is pleased to present our annual report on the activities of our Council during the past year. Ke One O Kakuhihewa: The O‘ahu Council of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs is an organization of the 27 chartered member clubs on O‘ahu. We actively pursue the civic, economic, social, physical, and spiritual well-being of our community. And we are committed to the rights of Native Hawaiians to self-determination with a sensitivity for the traditional cultural values and assets of our culture.
Our council met quarterly: January in Waikiki, April in Makaha, July in Kane‘ohe, and October in Waimea. Our first meeting of 2013 included a swearing-in ceremony for our board of directors who started a new two-year term. The pelekikena presented a theme for his term, “… a he leo wale no” – only the voice. This theme emphasized that the voice is very important to the Hawaiian - therefore communication and communication skills are vital to the success of the Civic Clubs
O‘ahu Council conducted a Constitutional Convention (Con- Con) in May at the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at UH Manoa. Since major changes were made to the Association’s governing documents in 2011 and we have not official approved changes to our documents since 2001, the Council decide to organize this Con-Con. Using technology to distribute proposed amendments, having prescribed rules of conduct and a very diligent committee we were able to come to consensus on major issues and completed the Con-Con is less than one-day. Besides ensuring our documents were in alignment with the Association, significant modifications also included: increasing the use ‘Olelo Makuahine in our documents, organizing our clubs into the six traditional moku of O‘ahu, and adding a new committee called Komike Kaiaola (Ecosystems/Environment Committee).
O'ahu Ahupua`a Boundary Marker Project
Work continued on O'ahu Council’s project to establish markers identifying all of the boundaries of ahupua‘a within the six moku on the island. During 2013 boundary marker signs were erected throughout the moku of Kona. Work continued on pinning down marker sites in the large moku of ‘Ewa. Through the rest of 2013, we will be working with civic clubs and community members from the Moku of Waialua to conduct a site survey and schedule a huaka`i for that district. Subsequently, we will begin work on Moku Ko‘olauloa.
In July, in partnership with Ko‘olaupoko Hawai‘i Civic Club, the first stone ahu, was built by Billy Fields at Castle Junction as a model for similar structures throughout the islands. A program for caretaking of the ahu is being developed in collaboration with Na Kumu Hula of Kailua and Kane`ohe ahupua`a.
The project has involved participation by Hawaiian civic clubs, neighborhood boards, Kamehameha Schools, the University of Hawai'i, the State Department of Transportation and the City Department of Transportation Services.
Prince Kuhio Festival
Under the direction of the Association’s representative, Leimomi Khan, the O‘ahu Council took responsibility for planning and promotion of all events on O‘ahu for the Prince Kuhio Festival. The Council was fully responsible for the Waikiki Parade, Kapi‘olani Park Ho‘olaule‘a/Ho‘ike‘ike, Kapolei Ho‘olaule‘a, Choral Concert, Lei Draping, and Essay Contest. The Council also participated in various commemoration ceremonies sponsored by clubs and organizations on Oahu.
Government Affairs and Community Relations
The Council followed the lead of the Association in monitoring important legislation and encouraging clubs to provide testimony in support of bills and resolutions. The Council also worked with the Native Hawaiian Caucus and Native Hawaiian legislators to present an open house displaying the various programs and projects of our O‘ahu Clubs. The Council also actively participated in an ongoing workgroup involved in reviewing activities of the Honolulu Rail Transit Project. Our Committee on the Preservation of Historic Sites and Cultural Properties actively monitor many projects that may affect our cultural integrity. This committee also worked with many of our clubs to become good kahu for the cultural sites within their communities.
In order to promote fellowship, the Council and clubs decorated and rode on a double decker bus in the King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade and the Aloha Festivals Parade.
The clubs of the O‘ahu Council continue to maintain monthly cleanings of Mauna Ala and the crypt. The clubs also maintain their participation in Ali‘i Sundays at Kawaiaha‘o Church and also St. Andrews Cathedral.
Me ka ha‘aha‘a,
Na Daniel Nahoopii, pelekikena