Date Chartered: February 10, 1972
Club Pua: Puakenikeni
Waiho‘olu‘u: Royal Blue & Gold
Mele: Ka Na‘i Aupuni
Po‘e ‘Ōlelo: Ua Mau Ke ‘Ea O Ka ‘äina I Ka Pono
Po‘e Haole: The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness
Pelekikena: Lucille V. Chung
Hope Pelekikena ‘Ekahi: Louise “Sweetie” Maikui
Pu‘uku: Rosie Sakane
Pelekikena Iho Nei: Walter C. Victor (Deceased)
Po‘e kokua (Staff):
Kakau Mo‘olelo (Rec. Sec.): Evalani Hirano
Ho‘opa ‘a Mo‘olelo (Historian): Ululani Sherlock
Sergeant-at-Arms: Albert Maikui
Na Alaka‘i (Directors):
Nani Langridge, Ernest Thomas, Mitchell Kanehailua
Email: ehirano at hawaii.rr.com
Six members- Lucille Chung, Evalani Hirano, Nani Langridge, Ulu Sherlock, Shirley Kanehailua and Marlene Kanehailua- represented our club at convention in Washington D.C. last October. For some, it was their first trip to D.C. We were kept busy at plenary and committee meetings, but also enjoyed the scheduled social events as well as the spontaneous kanikapila sessions our conventions are noted for.
The founder of our club, Charles Rose “Kale Loke”, died on January 15, 2013. He held membership with several clubs, but his distinction with us is that he was the founding President of our club, a prominent figure in the Hawaiian Civic Club movement and he will sorely missed. The club assisted the family with refreshments at his memorial service held in Hilo.
Members of our club assisted in various activities in Laupahoehoe and along the Hamakua Coast. These activities included:
- Braddah Smitty’s 8th Annual Laupahoehoe Musix Festival at Laupahoehoe Point on 2-23-2013. We assisted by folding all of the t-shirts that were sold and we also secured a booth at the event to sell beverages.
- Participated in the 13th Annual School/Community Service and Memorial Project on March 27, 28 and April 1, with being present to answer questions regarding the 1946 disastrous tidal wave after a documentary featuring one of our members, Kawaihona Poy was shared, cleaning the Laupahoehoe Congregational Cemetary at Laupahoehoe Point and ending with a memorial service and luncheon.
- Participated in two plantation talk story sessions-one in Laupahoehoe and another in Honokaa, where former plantation workers shared their stories, the diverse cultures of each community, work ethics, values and lessons learned.The North Hawaii Heritage Center also displayed and exhibit of Plantation Days.
- Assisted a Boy Scout earn his Eagle Scout Badge by rebuilding an Informational kiosk at Laupahoehoe Point and filling the kiosk with photos and information about the history of Laupahoehoe Point, the 1946 Tidal Wave and the strength of the community as it is now.
- Helped to sew lei with the Hilo Unit of the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center for the draping of the King Kamehameha Statue on 6/1/2013 and the Queen Lili‘uokalani 175th birthday celebration at Lili‘uokalani Gardens on 9/7/2013.
- Assisted with family fun events at Hakalau Bay Park on 7/20/2013 and the Laupahoehoe Pool Bash on 8/31/2013 by donating food, registering participants and bagging school supplies.
- The Laupahoehoe Community/Public Charter School completed its first year as a charter school with approximately 180 students. The current school year started with 215 students. Our president stays involved and keeps our club informed of their progress and innovative programs such as a “Seed to Table” program involving gardening, processing, cooking and eating crops in four refurbished learning kitchens completed by community volunteers and a $10,000 grant obtained by the community. The registrar at the school started an all-volunteer after-school program especially for students who did not qualify for A-Plus state- subsidized program. Community volunteers share their expertise in horsemanship, choir, ceramics, yoga, environmental science/gardening, cooking, art, introduction to film, team sports and storytelling.