Date Chartered by AHCC: September 3, 1964
Club Pua: White Carnation
Waiho‘olu‘u: Fuschia and White
Mele: Waikīkī Hula
Makia: E Huki Like
Pelekikena: Malia Nobrega
Hope Pelekikena: Pi‘ikea Tomczyk
Pu‘uku: Dwynn Kamai
Kākau ‘Ōlelo Ho‘opa‘a: Lisa Letoto Ohata
Alaka‘i: Nona Kamai
Waikiki Hawaiian Civic Club 2012
by Malia Nobrega
Na ke kanaka mahi'ai ka imu o nui. The well-filled imu belongs to the man who tills the soil. ('Olelo No'eau #2239)
For the last few years Waikiki Hawaiian Civic Club (WHCC) has sponsored our annual “Fish and Poi” event. However, this year we tried to make it a little different by doing an “Imu and Fish” event in collaboration with Ka Papa Lo'i o Kanewai at UH Manoa. Each year we invite Native Hawaiian foster care, legal guardianship and adoptive families and love providing these learning opportunities for them.
What is an “Imu and Fish” event? Well, we start a few days before the actual workshop day by gathering all of the needed materials like the kiawe wood, kumu mai'a, la'i, and kindling. The day before the event, the workshop participants gathered at the lo'i and helped us to prepare the imu. In the afternoon the imu is lit, the food is prepared, and later closed and left for the evening.
In the early morning we gather together again at the lo'i to kokua with the community work day. This year we were able to provide akule for the participants to clean and prepare for drying. We also found a few aku that we used to demonstrate the preparation of different types of poke.
Right before lunch we open the imu and later get to pa'ina pu with all of the 'ohana that have gathered. Pua'a kalua, 'ulu, kalo, 'uala, rice pudding, and poke…hu ka 'ono!
The pua'a kalua from the imu is also used for our food booth fundraiser at the Prince Kuhio Festival and Ho'ike'ike at Kapi'olani Park. This year our menu included our 'ono pua'a kalua plate and sandwiches as well as a chicken long rice plate.
In September 2012 we also participated in the 'Onipa'a festival at 'Iolani Palace in celebration of Queen Lili'uokalani’s birthday. Once again we had our famous pua'a kalua and chicken long rice menu.
If you know someone that would like to learn more about making an imu or preparing fish for various dishes feel free to contact us.
E HUKI LIKE!!!