Date Chartered: April 1959,
Club Pua: ‘Akulikuli,
Waiho‘olu‘u: Fuchsia, Black & White,
Mele: Hole Waimea,
Po‘e ‘Ōlelo: Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka ‘āina I Ka Pono,
Po‘e Haole: The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness,
|Officers for the term 2013 - 2014
|Directors & Staff for the term 2013 - 2014|
|Pelekikena Iho Nei: Mabel Tolentino
Kākau ‘Ōlelo: Nau‘i Murphy
Kākau Leka a me ‘Aha Kuka ‘Elele: Edie Kawai
Kahu a me Loina Lehia: Dean Kauka
Mele Alaka‘i: Kanani Kapuniai & Edie Kawai
Kakiana I Pale: Tyrone Reinhardt
Kakau Moolelo: Nani Tolentino
Kakau Nupepa: Dot Uchima
Na Alaka‘i: Willette Akima, Bernie Cacoulidis, Robert Lindsey, Sam Moniz, Thomas Sing
Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club 2012
by Maulili W. G. Dickson
The Waimea HCC continues to serve the local community, perpetuating and promoting native Hawaiian attitudes, values and partnerships to improve the future of our native people and environment through activities and community service.
Membership for August 2012 is: 65.
Members demonstrated and produced leis at resorts, Pu'ukohola Heiau, festivals and parades throughout Moku 'o Hawai'i with additional workshops on hula, chants, oli, huaka`i for community members. From March to September the club promoted and celebrated the good deeds of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole as well as his history starting with events with Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders Association, an annual Poi Suppa event, a collaboration with other clubs presenting a display to schools and community events. WHCC’s cooking crew, known for their 'ono food, continues to prepare food for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kanu o ka 'Aina Charter Schools, Imiola Church Community Meals, Ho'ea Arts Festival, the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Paniolo Preservation Society, the Makali'i 'Ohana and Polynesian Voyaging Society’s crew trainings for the around the worldwide voyage, 'Imiloa Center at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, the 'Ohana Wa'a Hoku Alaka`i, Hawai'i Preparatory Academy, the taro farmers of Waipi`o, Waimea Paniolo 'Ohana reunions and graduations. The WHCC choir practices year round for performances in our Island community and for occasions within our membership as well as an annual performance of the Christmas Hallelujah Chorus.
In 2012, WHCC completed a revision and ratification of our Constitution and Bylaws. We actively supported the formation of the Kahele'aulani, a Native Hawaiian Health Program in our North Hawai'i Community Hospital, Kawaihae Ocean Festival, Merrie Monarch Festival and parade, the Kamehameha Day celebration and parade in Kapa'au-Kohala, the Pu'u Kohola Heiau National Park and Cultural Festival, Ho'olaule'a Week at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Prince Kuhio Festival-Waimea, the restriction of development on Mauna Kea summit without normal permitting process, came out against State departmental restrictions of land, water, ocean and natural resources without Native Hawaiian community input and implementation, we came out against the Public Land Development Corporation process, and we came out against the DLNR’s restrictions on hunting and fishing that deny native peoples access to natural ocean and mammal resources. WHCC is working with NOAA and the State of Hawai'i DLNR on Native gathering practices involved in harvesting and possession of dead endangered species for cultural purposes.
WHCC’s monthly meetings occur on the second Sunday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Hale Laiana Hall on Waimea’s Church Row. Presenters offer insight into our native issues and services while dining in our shared meal. The club gave out five educational scholarships of $500, for each quarter at all levels of education from pre-school to adult education and career courses.
WHCC has over 25 active partners and collaborations within the areas of the North and South Kohala – Waimea region of Hawai'i Island. We continue to welcome and pursue more such partnerships as we grow and learn more.
This year we lost our esteemed Aunty Mabel Kaleimae'ole Tolentino, our alaka`i Norman Duke Kapuni'ai, Auntie Angeline Maria Kaleookamanu “Sweetheart” Dickson and our famed musician, Cleghorn Smith “Braddah Smitty.” Now as kupuna, they continue to help us move forward.