Date Organized: February 1952
Date Chartered: April 18, 1959
Club Pua: Pikake
Waiho‘olu‘u: Red & Gold
Mele: Kona Kai Opua
Makia ‘Olelo Hawai‘i: Kulia I Ka Nu‘u
Makia ‘Olelo Pelekania: Strive for Excellence
Pelekikena: Maurice Kahawai`i
Hope Pelekikena ‘Ekahi: Aka Demasa
Pu‘uku: David (Kawika) Carlson
Pelekikena Iho Nei: Cynthia Nazara
Kakau Mo`olelo: Teresa Nakama
Ho`opa`a Mo`olelo: Luana Keanaaina
Mele Alaka`i: Honey Bea Ravenscraft
Sergeant-at-Arms: Gerard Mahi
Kahu: Arthur Mahi
Na Alaka‘i: Leilani Mahi, Chuck Flaherty
Club contact: Chuck Flaherty, (808)345-2453,
oneheart at aloha.net
The Kona Hawaiian Civic Club was founded by Princess Helen Lydia Kamaka’eha Lili’uokalani Kawananakoa in 1952. We would like to give a great recognition to kupuna who have recently passed, Ali’i Nui Arthur Mahi and past Pelekikena Ruby Pua McDonald.
Today, President Maurice Kahawai’i holds the club on a steadfast foundation with activities such as:
1. Sewing leis for the Kamehameha Statue Lei Draping in Kohala.
2. Annual fundraiser and awarding of two educational scholarships (applications available on website).
3. Worked with Ka Lei Maile Ali’i HCC to sponsor in Kona the reenactment of the 1897 Ku’e Petition against annexation by the United States.
4. Actively involved in the public and governmental affairs including: restoration of Alula in Honokohau, streamlining permitting for restoration of Hawaiian fishponds, stopping inhumane aerial shooting and waste of feral animals, purchase of the ‘O’oma coastal property for the public, repeal of the Public Land Development Corporation, Section 106 consultation on the Queen Ka’ahumanu highway widening project, support for a ban on genetically modified organisms and associated toxic chemical use on the island of Hawai’i, working against a 10-year ban on harvesting in and around Kaupulehu, protection of the ala loa trail and other trails in existence as of the passage of the Public Highways Act of 1892, as examples.
5. Testified before the Hawaii County Council, Hawaii State Legislature, and various government agencies to enhance and protect Native Hawaiians, their culture, as well as all members of the Kona community.
6. The KHCC also networked with OHA, Makani Hou O Kaloko Honokohau, Kuakini Hawaiian Civic Club, ‘Apono Hawaii, and other community organizations that share our goal of striving for excellence.
Other activities included the gathering, cleaning, and sale of hala leaves and pot luck holiday celebrations. The club welcomes the community at our monthly General Membership meetings held the first Thursday of every month at Kani O’Hale at Laiopua. Membership applications and other information can be found at http://www.konahawaiiancivicclub.org.