2018 Kupua’e Kauwela Opens with 57 Keiki

Papakōlea, HI – Fifty-seven (57) keiki arrived at the Papakōlea Community Center for Kupua‘e Kauwela 2018 on June 12th. This year, the Papakōlea Community Development Corporation (PCDC) expanded the program to serve keiki, ages 3-10, and to provide programming during each intersession.  The curricula is designed to educate keiki through the application of the traditional ‘ohana system and principles of aloha – aloha for the ‘Āina and aloha for each other.

Kupua’e is a culture-based educational approach utilizing ‘ōlelo Hawai’i to provide intersession enrichment activities and laying an educational. foundation for their specific age group.  Kupua’e is a program of the PCDC, established in 2016. Our team of Kumu and Kōkua include: ‘Iolani Uli’i, Kahanu Walker, Kalehua Oliveira, Kaumuali’i Titcomb, Kelli-Anne Ganeku, Chantal Keli’iho’omalu, Beau Shishido, Kawai Kaneakua-Rauschenburg, and Wini Walker.

Mahalo nui to our partners that made Kupua‘e a reality in 2018: Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i, Kamehameha Schools, Hawai’i Executive Chauffeur, LLC, Hawai’i Super Transit, Hawai’i Lodging and Tourism Association, Lincoln Elementary School, Koki Kitchen, Aunty Theone Kanuha, Aunty Helen Hew Len, Aunty Lani Kapanui, Matt & Mokihana Asperilla, and the PCDC Board of Directors.

For more information about Kupua’e or PCDC, contact Ms. Lilia Kapuniai, PCDC Executive Director, at 808.520.8998 or lilia@papakolea.org.

3rd Annual Papakōlea Pāʻina Details


Papakōlea , HI – Tickets are on sale now for the 3rd Annual Papakōlea Pāʻina.  The Pāʻina will feature memorable performances by Ei Nei, Ho‘okena, Makaha Sons, Weldon Kekauoha, and special guests.  This line-up of legendary favorites are sure to charm guests with their favorite melodies.

The event will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at the Papakōlea Community Park.  The theme, E Nānā I Ke Kumu, is representative of our practices in Papakōlea – taking the ʻike (knowledge) of our kūpuna (ancestors), passing it down through generations, so our culture remains authentic and vibrant.  Proceeds from the 3rdAnnual Papakōlea Pāʻina will support the Papakōlea Community Scholarship Program and community educational initiatives.

During the month of July, tickets are priced at $25 per adult ticket and $10 per keiki (ages 12 and under) ticket.  Adult ticket prices will increase incrementally each month leading-up to the Pāʻina (August – 35).  Ticket holders will receive an ‘ono Hawaiian plate, court access to the concert, access to lomi, and more.  Anyone can visit the 20+ unique vendors featured in the marketplace.

  • Click here to purchase your Pāʻina Tickets at EventBrite
  • The 2018 Papakōlea Scholarship Application period is now closed.
  • Click here to complete the online Pāʻina Vendor Application Form

The Papakōlea Community Development Corporation (PCDC) is a 501(c)3 community-based nonprofit, established in 1999, to serve as a steward of the Papakōlea Community Park and Center, and provide the residents of the Papakōlea, Kewalo, and Kalāwahine, with a full range of comprehensive services. PCDC is coordinating this event with the support of Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i, another community-based nonprofit that exists to provide educational and health services to the residents of the Hawaiian Homestead communities of Papakōlea, Kewalo, and Kalāwahine; and the Genoa Keawe Foundation, a nonprofit established, in honor of the late Papakōlea community member and legendary Hawaiian musician, to preserve and promote traditional Hawaiian music, culture, and language.

For more information about the event, contact Ms. Lilia Kapuniai, at 808.520.8998 or e-mail papakoleapaina@gmail.com. For more information about sponsoring organizations, see contact information below.

Papakōlea Community Development Corporation
Lilia Kapuniai

Kula No Nā Poʻe Hawaiʻi
Adrienne Dillard

Genoa Keawe Foundation
Eric Keawe


Papakōlea Park Mandates Police Security Policy

Papakōlea , HI – Effective immediately, a uniformed Honolulu Police Department officer is required at all special events held after 4 pm at the Papakōlea Community Park and Center with 100 attendees or more.  The purpose of mandatory police security is to maintain order, provide security, facilitate traffic flow, take action against violations of the law, and enforce PCDC rules and regulations.

The decision was made at a Special Meeting of the Papakōlea Community Development Corporation (PCDC) Board of Directors on June 26, 2018.

“The recent incident is the first of its nature in over a decade.  Papakōlea is a close-knit community of nearly 2,000 residents, established 84 years ago through an amendment to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act (1921).  Papakōlea has numerous community accomplishments to celebrate and I am proud to call Papakōlea my home,” stated Ms. Lilia Kapuniai, PCDC Executive Director and Papakōlea resident.

PCDC is a 501(c)3 community-based nonprofit, established in 1999, to serve as a steward of the Papakōlea Community Park and Center, and provide the residents of the Papakōlea, Kewalo, and Kalāwahine, with a full range of comprehensive services.  For more information about PCDC, contact Ms. Lilia Kapuniai, PCDC Executive Director, at 808.520.8998 or lilia@papakolea.org.


Highlights from Kupua‘e 2017 First Fall Intersession

Hulō! Hulō! With 26 participants, Kupua‘e completed its first Ho‘omaha Hā‘ulelau (Fall Intersession), between October 9th and 13th. Led by Kumu ‘Iolani Kamuoha Uli‘i and Ka‘apuni Kekauoha Kama, the keiki, ages 3-12, participated in five huaka‘i to Waimea Valley, Kaiona Beach Park, Kōkua Kalihi Valley – Ho‘oulu ‘Āina, Kahuku Farms, and Polynesian Cultural Center.

Mahalo nui to our partners that made Kupua‘e a reality this Fall: Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i, Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc., Kamehameha Schools, the Cooke Foundation, Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association, and the PCDC Board of Directors.

PCDC Receives Grant Raised from Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk

On September 22nd, the Papakōlea Community Development Corporation (PCDC), received an award raised through the Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, organized by the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association.

Ms. Kuuipo Enos, PCDC President, received the award on behalf of the organization.  Funds received were used to support Kupua’e – the Papakōlea Youth Educational Program.  On October 13th, PCDC completed it’s Fall Intersession pilot.  Mahalo to everyone that participated in the Charity Walk, and the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association for the award.

Highlights from the 2nd Annual Papakōlea Pa’ina

The Second Annual Papakōlea Pā’inathemed E Nānā I Ke Kumu, was held on Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 10 am to 3 pm, at the Papakōlea Community Park.  The community gathering honored our kūpuna and celebrated community resiliency.  Over 600 people attended the event, having access to a marketplace of 25 local vendors, and ‘ono Hawaiian food prepared by Kalehulani LLC and the Koki ‘Ohana.

The 2017 Papakōlea Living Legacy Award was awarded to Tutu Eliza Kaimihana Nahoeu.  The 2017 Papakōlea Cultural Practitioner Award was awarded to Aunty Ethel Teruko Leiroselani Mau.  As a direct result of the event, the Papakolea Community Scholarship Program was established, and five scholarships were awarded to: Chanel Kahanu O’Keola Walker, Kamali’i McShane Padilla, Triton Ramos, Pi’imoku Ma’a Kahealani Keahi, and Victoria Solatorio.

Community enjoyed an incredible show by: Pomaika’i Lyman and the Keawe ‘Ohana, Keauhou, Kuana Torres Kahele, and Natalie Ai Kamauu. Special guests included: Aunty Nina Keali’iwahamana, Kelina Eldridge – 2017 Miss Aloha Hula, Hālau Hula O Nāpunaheleonāpua, Hālau Kaulakahi, and the Men of Hālau Nā Māmo O Pu’uanahulu.  Mahalo nui to our event Chair, Uncle Sam Kaina, and all entertainers and participants making this event a reality.


Kupua’e Kauwela 2017 Highlights

PAPAKŌLEA, HI – The Papakōlea Summer Youth Program, Kupua’e, wrapped-up on Friday, July 28th, with an impressive hō’ike.  Kupua’e began on July 3rd with 22 keiki, ages 3-7.  Through culture-based programming and the use of ‘ōlelo Hawai’i, Kupua’e offered the keiki of Papakōlea a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in mea Hawai’i, as a pathway to school readiness.

This year, keiki went on four engaging huaka’i where they learned about our sacred stones, makahiki games, wa’a culture, and maintenance of our loko i’a. They visited Kūkaniloko, Ala Moana Beach Park, Kānehūnāmoku, and Paepae o He’eia.  Special activities included making pala’ie, music and ukulele lessons, youth financial literacy activities, and ku’i kalo with our kūpuna.  The short video below highlights a sampling of activities coordinated through Kupua’e.

Kupua‘e is made possible through support from Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i, Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc., Kamehameha Schools, The Cooke Foundation, Blue Wing Ki’i, Hawaiian Community Assets, Kalehulani, LLC, Koki Kitchen, Lincoln Elementary School, Polynesian Adventure Tours, CNHA’s Hawaiian Way Fund, Harold Johnston, the Waiau ‘Ohana, Kaleihau Kamauu, Lehua Matsuoka, Peter W. Moon, Matt & Moki Asperilla, and the PCDC Board of Directors. Mahalo nui to all partners and community members for making Kupua‘e a reality.

For more information about Kupua‘e or the Papakōlea Community Development Corporation, contact Ms. Lilia Kapuniai, PCDC Executive Director, at 808.520.8998 or lilia@papakolea.org.


Kupua‘e 2016 Final Report Published

In 2016, PCDC implemented its first summer youth program, Kupua‘e, utilizing ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i as its foundation in providing culture-based education, to 25 keiki of Papakōlea, ages 3-7. The program was incredibly successful by increasing access to ‘olelo Hawai‘i and culture-based programming, and promoting school readiness for pre-kindergarten/kindergarten levels.  The 2016 Final Report is available for download and review by clicking here.

PCDC is preparing for 2017 programming and will be distributing applications in May 2017.  If you have any questions or are interested in receiving an application in May, e-mail Ms. Lilia Kapuniai, Executive Director, at lilia@papakolea.org.  Mahalo.

Kupua’e Haumana Receive Awards

Three haumana (students) of Kupua‘e, Papakōlea Summer Youth Program, received awards from Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Ānuenue today. Teuila Tuasivi received the Po‘okela Award for academic excellence and appropriate behavior. Kysyn Kauahipaula-Guerrero-Wilson and Kape‘a Perez received the Kilohana Award for demonstrated effort and significant progress. Ho‘omaika‘i (Congratulations) to our keiki of Papakōlea.

Awarded keiki featured left to right: Teuila Tuasivi, Kysyn Kauahipaula-Guerrero-Wilson, & Kape’a Perez.

Kupua‘e, the Papakōlea Summer Youth Program, is a program of the Papakōlea Community Development Corporation, established in 2016 to serve keiki, ages 3-7, through Hawaiian language- and culture-based programming.





Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou!

Happy New Year 2017!

Wishing you and your ‘ohana a year filled with joy, happiness and prosperity. So many exciting programs and events planned for the Papakōlea Hawaiian homestead community – Homestead Housing Briefing, Scholarship Fair, the Annual ‘Ohana Health Fair, the Papakōlea Pā ‘ina, Kupua‘e, and more. Stay tuned for more information and updates.

Me ke aloha pumehana, Lilia Kapuniai, PCDC Executive Director