Ke One o Kākuhihewa
O'ahu Council Report 2012
by Māhealani Cypher
The O'ahu Council of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs is pleased to present our annual report on the activities of our Council during the past year.
Our Council held two sessions to train civic club presidents and other Hawaiian leaders on developing effective leadership skills during this past year. One of these trainings involved providing our club leaders with tools and ideas to improve their relationships with their boards and civic club members. A second session involved learning how to coach others to achieve common goals and visions for personal and civic club projects and activities. These training sessions are a continuation of services provided manuahi by executive leadership trainer Jim Bagnola of The Leadership Group, who is well-known nationwide and in other countries for the concepts he teaches to improve our skills as leaders in our communities.
O'ahu Ahupua`a Boundary Marker Project
Work continues on O'ahu Council’s project to establish markers identifying all of the boundaries of the four moku on the island which have not yet been placed. Ko'olaupoko and Wai'anae ahupua`a boundaries have been marked in previous projects by those two clubs, and the Council’s project team is in the process of marking the moku of Kona, 'Ewa, Waialua and Ko'olauloa.
Project coordinator Francine Gora has scheduled the dedication of the first boundary marker for the moku of Kona, O'ahu, to be installed near the intersection of Ala Moana Boulevard and Pi'ikoi Street – marking the boundary between Waikiki and Honolulu ahupua'a. The dedication will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24. 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.
Representatives from the 'Ewa moku have been working with the project team to complete the identification of boundaries for the ahupua'a in their moku; a huaka'i for the steering committee from civic clubs and neighborhood boards from the district has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27th. The project team has begun work with representatives from the moku of Waialua, and will begin work with Ko'olauloa in January.
Festivals and Parades
The O'ahu Council has participated in the Prince Kuhio Festival and the Kamehameha Day parades. The Council has also taken part in the Onipa'a commemorative celebration at Iolani Palace.
O'ahu Council has voted to accept two new clubs into our Council. These are:
- Na Lani 'Eha Hawaiian Civic Club – Ku'uipo Kumukahi, President
- Malama Mele o Hawai'i Hawaiian Civic Club – Lanet Abrigo, President
We welcome the members of these two clubs into our O'ahu Council. The Association board of directors has voted to charter Na Lani 'Eha HCC; Malama Mele o Hawai'i Hawaiian Civic Club is scheduled to have their charter request considered by the AHCC board of directors at the next 20 meeting in October.
To assist its clubs with the opportunity to participate in this year’s annual convention in D.C., the Council voted to cover the cost of the clubs’ delegate and alternate registration fees for the 2012 convention.
The Council also solicited grants and donations to help ensure that every club was able to send their president or leaders to attend the convention, and received $10,000 kokua from Abigail Kawananakoa Foundation. The funds were used to purchase round trip airfare for four club leaders, with the remainder being divided among all of the other clubs to help with their convention expenses.
The Council also coordinated a Community Swap Meet at Hawai'i Maoli’s offices in Kapolei, in which our civic clubs were given the opportunity to raise additional funds for their convention expenses.
Me kealoha pumehana,