COUNCIL OFFICERS AND BOARD STAFF:
Bucky Leslie, Pelekikena (Kuakini HCC)
Geri Bell, Hope Pelekikena (Kuakini HCC)
Eva Hirano, Pu'uku (HCC of Laupahoehoe)
Maulili Dickson, Alaka 'i (Waimea HCC)
Alana Yamamoto, Kakau 'Olelo (Kuakini HCC)
Laura Aquino, Hope Kakau 'Olelo (Kuakini HCC)
Aloha kakou and greetings from the Island of Hawaii! The Hawaii Council extends its congratulations and best wishes to Sarah Peters, the Kauai Council, and its clubs for a successful convention.
We look forward to chartering a new club, Na Kanaka Noeau, at this year’s convention and the reinstatement of Ho’opuloa Hawaiian Civic Club. This will increase the number of active clubs on the island to 11.
Club reports indicate a variety of cultural, civic, economic, educational, health, and social welfare activities all focused on perpetuating our cultural heritage, strengthening our communities, and self-determination. These were reinforced at Council meetings with several presentations; among them, grant and fundraising opportunties, Kana’iolowalu, and the topics of self-determination and unrelinguished sovereignty. Participation in the annual Merry Monarch parade is always an exicting and uplifting event not only for us as participants, but also for those along the parade route. We were well represented by clubs across the island, Oahu and the mainland. An impressive group! Several celebrations honoring the accomplishments of Prince Kuhio were held in March. In June, Council members and clubs participated in the draping of the Kamehameha statues in Kohala and Hilo, the annual parades, and various island festivities.
Mahalo to my Executive Board, club Pelekikena and Alaka’i for your support, dedication, and leadership. A special mahalo nui loa to Christine Naito who served as the Council’s Hope Kakau 'Olelo during my first term as Pelekikena.
Mark October 25 to November 2, 2014 on your calendar as we i mua Moku o Keawe ! and host the 55 annual convention at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott.
Bucky Leslie, Pelekikena