Date Chartered by AHCC: October 1993
Club Pua: Ilima Maoli
Club Colors: Dark Blue and Reddish Brown
Mele: Queen's Prayer
Motto: E Mau Ke Ea O Ka `Aina I Ka Pono
(Let sovereignty return the righteousness of the land)
Pelekikena: Rona Rodenhurst
Pelekikena hope ka Manawa: Lance C. Holden
Hope Pelekikena ‘Ekahi: Lehua Kinilau
Hope Pelekikena ‘Elua: Joseph Kuhio Lewis
Pu’ukū: Melissa Lyman
Kākau ‘Ōlelo: Val Kane
Kākau Palapala: Kristen Wertin
Sergeant-at-Arms: Dan Lyman
Kahu: Kala Holden
Na Alaka‘i: Shad Kane and Buddy Pohina
'Ahahui Siwila Hawai'i o Kapolei 2012
by Lance C. Holden
Members of the ‘Ahahui planned an enthusiastic 2012 year. Our cultural workshops for lei, kahili and hulu continue to keep our club busy, members also conducted a series of kahili pa‘a lima workshops at DHHL Hale Pono‘i building. Our kahili pa‘a lima workshop will again be featured at the CNHA’s 11th Annual Convention “Culture in Action Session”.
In addition to our established programs and cultural workshops the ‘Ahahui hosted two successful primary candidate forums, held an open house with membership drive, and hosted fifteen weeks of free Hawaiian Language classes for members and community.
A first for the ‘Ahahui this year was our open house and membership drive. Members came together to showcase our club’s successful programs, committees and events. The open house was a great opportunity to introduce the ‘Ahahui and the civic club movement to the new residents of Kapolei’s Hawaiian Homestead communities. Besides learning about the ‘Ahahui Siwila Hawai'i o Kapolei, guests learned the history of the Hawaiian civic club movement and about Prince Kuhio the founder of the first Hawaiian Civic Club.
Our ‘Ahahui took full advantage of this year’s Ho'olako grant opportunity to support free Hawaiian language lessons for club members and Kapolei community residents. Using the teaching style of “Ke Ala Leo”, club members and guests attended three five week courses. A total of twenty-one students attended the fifteen week course learning sentence structures, increasing vocabulary and pronunciation.
The ‘Ahahui hosted two successful primary candidate forums, in partnership with OHA, No Vote No Grumble, and five Hawaiian Homestead Associations, three Hawaiian Civic Clubs, two Native Hawaiian non-profits and the Rotary of Kapolei. Each forum was facilitated by Gina Mangieri of KHON 2 news and aired on 'Olelo TV. The first forum featured candidates for the heavily contested City and County 1st Council District, the second forum highlighted candidates for the 2nd Congressional District Race.
Working in partnership with the Kapolei High School Arts Department and the Kapolei Police Department’s Community Policing Division, members coordinated a restoration day for a rundown old military bunker that was covered with graffiti at Pu‘u O Kapolei Native garden; the old military bunker became a gathering place for undesirables to hang out. Students from Kapolei High School painted a beautiful mural depicting both the Hawaiian and military history of the Kapolei area and Pu‘u O Kapolei, adding a beautiful addition to the Native Garden landscape.
Our ‘Ahahui is excited to announce that 2013 is our 20th birthday anniversary. Members are very busy planning a full year of great events to celebrate our 20th year and we invite you all to join us in our celebration.
As another successful year comes to a close, we proudly keep striving on behalf of our heritage to do all we can to fulfill the mission of our ‘Ahahui, the O‘ahu Council and the Association.