photo: Kaleomanu‘iwa Wong
E Ala E Nā Mamo, I Ola Nā Pua 
Arise, O People, So That Our Children Will Thrive
Our club motto as given by Aunty Pilahi Paki


Established in 1959, the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation of our Hawaiian people, culture, and natural resources. We have held fast to the same threefold mission in the more than five decades of our existence; we strive to: 1- advance the appreciation, study, and practice of Hawaiian culture, 2- enrich the lives of Hawaiians and our Kailua community, and 3- mālama the lands, waters, and wahi pana of our ahupua‘a. We have been curators of Ulupō Heiau since 1987 (with ‘Ahahui Mālama i ka Lōkahi since 2006), and Ulupō continues to be our source of inspiration and hope for a permanent, thriving Hawaiian presence in the heart of our Kailua home.

Our club's song: Nā Pua Lei ‘Ilima, by Aunty Kau‘i Zuttermeister.
Our clubʻs flower: ‘Ilima
Our club's colors: ‘Ilima gold and kukui black


Thursday, February 16, 2017
7:00 to 8:30 pm
A&B Community Meeting Room, 146 Hekili St. Kailua

We have new board members to introduce, new members to ratify, dues to collect (by March 31 or your membership will lapse), a calendar to discuss, and committee updates to review. We will, of course, set up a table for mea ono should you want to bring a treat or two. In addition, the board has voted to recommend that the following item be added to article 13.1 of the KHCC Constitution:

"The Board of Directors of the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club may approve actions and make decisions via e-mail and without a formal meeting, provided that any decision or action shall be deemed approved only with unanimous consent of all Board members."

Posted below are links to our meeting agenda and the minutes-to-be-approved from our last two meetings. A link to our constitution can be found in the site menu to the right of this notice. As is our custom, we ask that you review these materials in advance, bring your smart phone with you, and/or make your own hard-copies if necessary.

Finally: save Sunday, March 12, Noon to 4, as a Civic Club workday at Ulupō. Weʻll gather, eat, talk story, and do our part to hold down the "fort" while Kaleo is navigating the Hōkūle‘a from Rapa Nui to Tahiti.


DECEMBER 9, 2016

About 15 of us gathered at Hale Kealoha for our last "meeting" of the year: no agenda, no minutes, no reports –– just an evening to celebrate the last 12 months of mālama ‘āina. Our thanks go out, as always, to Tammy and Danny Smith of the worldʻs best and Kailua‘s own Hawaiian food restaurant; nothing comes close to the aloha and ‘ai pono with which we are always greeted.

NOVEMBER 27, 2016

We had our usual good time at the Nov. 27 meeting: our four unopposed candidates were announced and allowed to speak (briefly) before we voted them in; our three scholars were introduced and allowed to speak (briefly) before receiving their magic envelopes; Kalani gave an excellent (brief) report on our experiences at the AOHCC convention; and we were left with almost an hour to sit, eat, and enjoy each others company. 

Our newly elected board members:
2nd VP - Kihei de Silva
Treasurer - Ka‘olu Luning
Director - Kalani Ka‘anā‘anā
Director - Momi Ramolete
Director - Kaleomanu‘iwa Wong

Our 2016-17 Scholars:
‘Aukai Ogomori - Trask/Mahoe Scholarship
Kauahi Ching - Charles Rose Scholarship
Kalama‘ehu Takahashi - Doc & Clara Burrows Scholarship

photo: Kīhei de Silva

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Nothing like a good day's work. Eia ka hopena (hereʻs the outcome) of  Sundayʻs KHCC weed-pulling on the northeast wall of Ulupō. Mahalo to all who showed up, and a fond welcome back to Martha Yent who joined the club in 1987, served as our secretary for years and years, and is with us again to add wisdom and institutional memory to our ongoing efforts at Ulupō.

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October 28, 2016

We have two non-profit partners at Ulupō: ‘Ahahui Mālama i ka Lōkahi (since 2006) and Hika‘alani (since 2015). Hika‘alani, whose mission is to restore ‘āina and identity at Kawainui, has submitted a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority for funding to improve the efforts of all three organizations to create a thriving pu‘uhonua at the heiau and its adjacent Kūkanono lands. The RFP asks for money to:
continue to employ Kaleomanu‘iwa Wong in his current assignment as full-time caretaker of Ulupō, assist in his efforts to remove invasives plants and restore the cultural landscape of Ulupō and Kūkanono, assist Hikaalani in developing curriculum and programing for the students that Kaleo hosts there, and make basic improvements to the YMCA entrance of the heiau (replace out-dated signs and broken benches, add a trash receptacle and brochure box). 
The KHCC support letter for Hika‘alani's request can be read here. Pictured below is our most recent photo of Kaleoʻs efforts below the heiau (taken on Oct. 26); old-timers in the club are all in agreement that the site has never looked better in the almost four-decades of our curatorship.

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October 17, 2016 

HHF Planners 
733 Bishop Street, Suite 2590 
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 

Ronald A. Sato, Senior Associate 

Aloha Mr. Sato, 

Although the latest revisions to the Draft Kawainui-Hāmākua Master Plan (EISPN, September 2016) include the elimination of a much-hoped-for rest room at Ulupō, the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club continues to endorse –with hope and enthusiasm – the current Draft Master Plan and, in particular, its support of native Hawaiian cultural practices and resources as stipulated in the DSP and DOFAW core-value statements and in Article XII of the State Constitution. 

We have said this before, but it bears repeating: We need to care for the bones of our ancestors. We need to honor our gods and keep their dwelling places in good order. We need to grow the food that is our older brother. We need to conduct our ceremonies, dance our dances, chant our chants, and tell our stories. And we need to teach all of this to our children and grandchildren so that they are not lost to us. 

The Draft Master Plan provides us with the opportunity for permanent presence and real stewardship. It allows us to be more than visitors in the heart of our own homeland. And this, we believe, is a right to which we are entitled and a challenge for which we are well-prepared. 

As for the loss of the proposed Ulupō rest room: We work regularly at and below the heiau with elementary, intermediate, high school, and college students. With community volunteers, with hālau hula, with women from the Olomana correctional center, with our own club members, and with our ‘Ahahui Mālama i ka Lōkahi partners. With as many as 80 people on a single workday. The absence of such obvious necessities as a toilet, sink, and hose-bib continues to place unfortunate limitations on all of our activities. We would like to relieve ourselves, wash our hands, and rinse off the mud. We understand the difficulties of planning a rest room on property that the State does not (yet?) own, but we are still hopeful that the Master Plan can somehow accommodate a locked, very minimal “caretaker’s” facility on the project grounds -- perhaps in conjunction with the plant nursery which is located in what appears to be close proximity to the Manu ‘Ō‘ō Rd. water and sewer lines. 

We look forward to further communication on these matters and we ask, per your EISPN instructions, that we be included in the EIS process as a “consulted party.” 

‘O au nō me ka haʻahaʻa, 

Māpuana de Silva
President, KHCC

Sunday, October 2, 2016

A very busy, multi-committment Sunday didnʻt stop 15 of us from our usual KHCC meeting and workday. Highlights included the announcement of our three scholarship recipients (Aukai Ogomori, Kalamaehu Takahashi, and Kauahi Ching), the approval of a slate of nominees for the Nov. 27 BOD election (2nd VP – Kīhei de Silva, Treasurer - Ka‘olu Luning, Directors: Kalani Ka'anā'anā, Kaleomanu'iwa Wong, Momi Ramolete); the presentation of a club-sponsored Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs resolution honoring Doc and Clara Burrows for their decades of service to our club and community, and this -- two hours of wall-weeding that resulted in the return of the north-east corner of Ulupō to a happier, far-less invaded state:

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

A very busy Saturday, September 10, began with "Mālama iā Ulupō," a community workday hosted by Kaleo Wong, Kamuela Bannister, and Hanaloa Helelā. 80 students (mostly from Chaminade) showed up for a rainy morning of clearing and cleaning. A couple of hours later, Chad Takatsugi and Kahikina de Silva worked on a stereotype-busting video project (taro patch hula as opposed to sunset on the beach hula) that involved a number of club members who also dance for Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima. And the day ended with all hula hands in the mud to "kanu i ka huli a pa‘a ka lo‘i." As an old farmer's prayer reminds us: "May our efforts yield a storehouse of kalo, may the stems be as large as banana stalks, may the leaves be as large as banana leaves, may the kalo grow so tall that a man can be lost in them…"

photo: KIhei de Silva

Wednesday and Thursday, September 7-8, 2016

We had planned with ‘Ahahui Malama i ka Lōkahi and Hika‘alani to host an IUCN (World Conservation Congress) excursion to Ulupō on Thursday, September 8, but the sign-up was so dismal (one then none) that we cancelled the official tour and decided to just hang out for a couple of days in case anyone happened by. And that they did. This "mob" (their word) of Aborigines visited us on Wednesday, and four other groups (one from Iran, one from Nepal, and two from a variety of places including Greece, Fiji, and French Polynesia) showed up on Thursday. Kaleo and Kīhei conducted a joke and insight-filled walkabout on the 7th ("We had to get out of that Convention Center because we were beginning to lose our color...The problem with western conservation is that it views man and nature as separate…"), and they were joined by Kalama'ehu Takahashi on the 8th for a day of kalo harvesting, steaming, cleaning, pounding, and sharing.

photo: KIhei de Silva

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Because we were worried about Hurricane Lester, we met under the roof at Hinawaikoli‘i instead of under the pūhala at Ulupō. We lauded the success of the most recent installment of our lecture series. We discussed the dramatic improvements that are evident at Ulupō. We were treated to Maya and Kaleo's review of their experiences on leg 23 of the Hōkūle‘a's worldwide voyage. And we voted-in eight new members (Ken Ordenstein, Ku‘ulei Rezentes, Emily Hawkins, Aukai Ogomori, Tadia Rice, Albert Ueligitone, Susan Alden, and Cosette Harms), thus increasing our enrollment to a very healthy 75. 

photo: Kalani Ka‘anā‘anā

Hallett H. Hammett, PhD
"Kailua Ahupua'a: History of the Land and People"
Monday, August 22, 2016, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Wang Auditorium, Le Jardin Academy in Kailua

Mahalo to Hal Hammatt and our 75-plus guests at Le Jardin's Wong Auditorium on Monday night. I had hoped to take better video, but I couldnʻt bear to put my pen down for anything longer than the 30 seconds it took to capture this bit of Hal's talk.The heavily underscored sections of my notes include: adjustments to Kraft's timeline based on Hammatt's core-sampling in Kawainui; the impact of Polynesian rats on loulu; the difficulty of relying on kalo pollen samples as a dating tool; Maunawili taro terraces so massive and beautifully constructed that they resemble heiau; the unfortunate fact that only 13 of the 71 old names for Kailua's ‘ili ‘āina are in use today. Itʻs hard to have anything but admiration for a man who still wears his "Save Maunawili" T-shirt and isnʻt afraid to ask us (after sharing a slide that juxtaposes Lanikai and Ka‘ōhao, Enchanted Lakes and Ka‘elepulu, Pill Box ridge and Ka‘iwa, the Mokes and Nā Mokulua, Smithʻs Point and Wailea): "Whose history is this?"

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Kaleo Wong reports that three more lo‘i kalo were planted during September's second-Saturday workday. Mahalo to all –- die-hards and newbies -- who continue to support KHCC, AML, and Hika‘alani at our monthly forays into the wilds of Kūkanono. Actually, if youʻve been following us for the last couple of years, the "wilds" have been tamed a quite a bit, a we are now able to enjoy several beautifully restored areas of thriving ‘āina momona.

 photo: Kaleomanu‘iwa Wong

Sunday July 17, 2016

Our unofficial (but pretty darned accurate) figures show an $8,000-plus profit for KHCC‘s biennial fundraiser. This will allow us to offer three $1000 scholarships for the current and upcoming school years –- and leave us with a not too shabby nest egg for s.y. 2018-19. Thank you, one and all, for your support and contributions, especially the Tammy Smith ‘Ohana of Hale Kealoha, Nā Hoa, sound-man Nick Masagatani, Mele Apana, Ānuenue and Ko‘iahi Punua, Manu Boyd and the ‘A‘ali‘is, our set-up and take-down crews, and the following silent auction donors: Alyce Belonis, Herman Marciel, John Kalani Zak, Kapalai de Silva, Kauka de Silva, Lynn Cook, Moana Eisele, Nancy Cullen, Normie Chock, Doc and Clara Burrows, Sharon Billingsley, Sue Pignataro, and Ululani Young. We did well and will do good. Please share scholarship application info with KHCC members, families, and friends.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

We firmed up our Poi & Pāpale plans, celebrated Central Pacific Bankʻs donation of $2500 to our scholarship fund, voted-in six new members, partook of Aunty Claraʻs famous egg-salad kanawika, and were blessed with rain while we planted 24 kī on the borders of two lo‘i and an 'auwai. Much thanks to members Kalamaehu Takahashi and Aniku Chong for site prep, hole-digging, and take-down.

photo: KIhei de Silva

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Members of the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club (led by hulu kūpuna Doc and Clara Burrows in the snazzy convertible), Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima, Kai Oni Canoe Club, and Hale Kealoha all did their best to be ho‘okahi in thought, heart, and love (on car, foot, and trolly) while participating the 100th King Kamehameha Parade. The phrase "Kini Kailua" is from an old saying ("Kini Kailua, Mano Kāne‘ohe") and means "Kailua is forty-thousand strong, a multitude, an overwhelming force."
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

While we were parading in Waikīkī, another Kailua multitude was hard at work at the foot of Ulupō. Kaleo Wong sent in the following report:

"Sorry I couldnʻt be with you guys at the parade today, I hope it went well. This is what Kaimi [Scudder of AML] were up to instead. We had about 35 people with us today including Hanaola [Helelā] and his ohana, Kimo, 5 reg
ulars, Kalamaehu [Takahashi], and Anianiku [Chong].

This top picture is what this area originally looked like last year, before I talked to Hanaloa about clearing it. [The next] is how we started off our morning, clearing all the lau niu and stumps from the 8 niu I cut
before the group got there... [The last] is the end result of a cleared slope and a newly reclaimed loi. Before we started today, the weeds were continuous up below the kukui and to the tarp covering our kiawe. It's kind of hard to appreciate the amount of work done today by looking at the pictures, but you will understand when you ike maka."

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sitting in the shade of the pūhala tree at the foot of Ulupō, we heard the story of the treeʻs planting, many years ago, in memory of club members Napolean and Kawao Durant, and we celebrated our own treasured elders, Clara and Doc Burrows, with lifetime memberships, lei hulu, and the planting of another special tree.

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Kaleo Wong: The Atlantic and Other Crossings
Monday, May 16, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Wang Auditorium, Le Jardin Academy

"IʻD RATHER BE THE GUY BAILING WATER." -- Last Monday night, Navigator Kaleo Wong pretty much entranced an audience of 70-plus at the 11th installment of KHCCʻs Hawaiian Culture Lecture Series. Kaleo’s talk ranged from the legacy of Kailuaʻs voyaging chiefs to the breathing of Kāne at what westerners call the doldrums, from the all-enveloping Atlantic fog to the hoailona of orca, lightning, noio, and the touch of Uncle Mel Paoa. Mahalo nui to Le Jardin Academy for again allowing us to use the Wang Auditorium, and mahalo as well to our new sponsor Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i for the funding necessary to keep our series afloat and on course.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

We talked about our Poi & Papale fundraiser, about revising the clubʻs scholarship application, and about marching in the 100th annual Kamehameha Day Parade (more details soon on all three items). Then we spent several hours clearing and cleaning up the long-unused imu site in preparation for KU KA ‘ONO AT KUKANONO, a thank-and-feed gathering that will be the first of many KHCC, AML, and Hika‘alani efforts to engage our community in reclaiming land and identity at Kawainui.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

About 25 volunteers turned out on Saturday morning for this month's Lā Mālama: regulars like Will Page, soon-to-be-regulars like a mom and her daughters who enjoy the stress-relief that comes from muddy labor, and college students from all over (Seattle, Brazil, Waimānalo) who are intent on working off their community service hours at "the best place to do it." All were tag-teamed at noon by Suquamish students and chaperons from Chief Kitsap Academy of Poulsbo, Washington, who ended their week-long visit to O‘ahu with new lo‘i "boots" and a lesson of waiho i ka cell phone / hula ka lima i lalo (put the phone away, engage in the work, and be where you are). Some got it, some didn't, but as with all culture instruction, we hope for delayed as well as immediate enlightenment. Mahalo to a KHCC-AML-Hika'alani-Alele team that included Doc Burrows, Ka‘olu Luning, Lehuakona Isaacs, Maya Saffery, Kaleo Wong, Nancy Cullen, Kamuela Bannister, and Kalani Ka‘anā‘anā. And to Hale Kealoha for again feeding the lāhui and its guests.  

photo: Kīhei de Silva

"Was Action" on March 12

Kaleo Wong reports that there were about 50 volunteers at Kūkanono yesterday (although we sometimes use Ulupō and Kūkanono interchangeably, Ulupō is the name of the heiau, and Kūkanono is the name of the land division in which the heiau is located –- so when we are not tending to the heiau itself, we are actually working at Kūkanono) for our monthly community work day. "We cleared the trees we cut down, fixed kuauna on for different lo‘i, weeded all the lo‘i, halihali branches, weed-whacked the bird pond trail, and moved mulch to the waukē spot." Mahalo to all who showed up; if we can keep at it, week after week, month after monthjust imagine. 

photos. Kaleomanu‘iwa Wong

March 6, BOD & General Membership Meetings

We talked-story under the pūhala, "bucket-brigaded" the newly toppled African tulip (mahalo to our new affiliate, the Kailua Hawaiian Chainsaw Club), signed-on three new members (the aforementioned chain-sawyers), and planted huli in one of our pua‘a ravaged lo‘i. All in all, it was a great first meeting of the reconstituted KHCC.

photo: Kīhei de Silva

Late February, 2016

One of the many advantages of the KHCC-Hika‘alani partnership is that Hika'alani's Kaleo Wong can provide all manner of otherwise-have-to-hire-somebody-else services at Ulupō and Kūkanono. Because he is a licensed tree-trimmer, for example, he is in the process of removing large invasives (African tulip, mango, monkey pod) from our kīpuka at an estimated savings in excess of $70,000. And then there are the pua'a who have been feasting in our lo‘i for several months. Because Kaleo has a hunter's license, we are now permitted to trap the kolohe buggahs at the foot of the heiau, we are free from having to wait for the various state agencies to send their own approved hunters, and we now have good reason to fire up our long-dormant KHCC imu. Kaleo is talking about at mid-May feast for our volunteers and Ulupō neighbors. Stay tuned. 

photo: Kaleomanu‘iwa Wong

KHCC Announces its 2015-2016 Scholarship Awardees:

MeiLan Pololeikanikuamauna Sim of Kailua (pictured below)*
Britny Kauahiokula Ching of Kailua*
Christina Ku‘ulei Rezentes of Kailua*
Kainoa Liu of Waimānalo
Chris Makaneole-Waiolama of Waimānalo
Keelan Kaleiali‘i-Palama of Waimānalo
Lauren Fujioka of Kāne‘ohe
*club member

photo: Kīhei de Silva