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Papakōlea Summer Youth Program Wraps-Up

On Friday, July 29th, Kupua’e wrapped-up with a Hō‘ike presented by 23 keiki and four kumu at the Papakōlea Community Center.  The keiki took the audience of over 100 community members through their four-week journey of lessons learned relating to their homestead, lo’i kalo, loko i’a, and more.

“I am proud of each keiki and our kumu, for their commitment to Kupua’e, and what we set-out to achieve,” stated Ms. Lilia Kapuniai, Executive Director of Papakōlea Community Development Corporation.  “For most of the keiki, this was an introduction to Hawaiian language- and culture-based education, and they loved it.”

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I am thrilled that we were able to fulfill this vision of our community leaders, while engaging with third-fourth generation homesteaders of Papakōlea,” Kapuniai continued. Some interesting program statistics include:

  • 23 keiki enrolled, with 7 attending Hawaiian language- and culture-based schools;
  • 90% of respondents reported increased sharing of Hawaiian words, mele or oli at home; and
  • 95% of respondents reported their keiki were satisfied-very satisfied with Kupua’e; and
  • 100% of respondents believes Hawaiian language- and culture-based educational programs are important-very important.

Kupua‘e, the Papakōlea Summer Youth Program, was established in the summer of 2016 to serve keiki, ages 3-7, through Hawaiian language- and culture-based programming.  Kupua’e started on Tuesday, July 5th, with maximum enrollment, and ended with the Hō‘ike on Friday, July 29th.  Mahalo nui to our team of kumu and support, comprised of ‘Iolani Kamauoha Uli’i, Kahanu Walker, Kalehua Oliveira, Kaumuali’i Titcomb, and Kekaimalu Piena.

The program was made possible through support from First Hawaiian Bank, Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc., the Hawaiian Way Fund, Hawaiian Community Assets, Kula No Na Po‘e Hawai‘i, Lincoln Elementary School, Malama ‘Āina Foundation, Peter Terry, Harold Johnston, and Polynesian Adventure Tours.

Papakōlea Summer Youth Program Kicks-Off This Week

Kupua’e kicked-off on Tuesday, July 5th, with maximum enrollment at 25, ages 3-7.  The keiki started the week learning about Papakōlea through oli and mele, they participated in makahiki games, spent quality time with kūpuna, made numerous creative art pieces, and successfully finished their week in the “Papakōlea Pizzeria”.  The following slideshow highlights activities completed and fun had during the first week.

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Kupua‘e, the Papakōlea Summer Youth Program, was established in 2016 to serve the keiki of  Papakōlea through Hawaiian language- and culture-based programming.  Kupua‘e started on July 5th and ends with a hō‘ike on July 29th. The program was made possible through support from First Hawaiian Bank, Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc., the Hawaiian Way Fund, Kula No Na Po‘e Hawai‘i, Lincoln Elementary School, and Malama ‘Āina Foundation.

Hotel Lexington’s Hawaiian Room Dancers Delight Kūpuna

Hawaiian Room Dancers

Members of the Hawaiian Room Delegation that performed at the Hotel Lexington’s Hawaiian Room, in New York City, 1937-1966.

The kūpuna of Papakōlea host “The Hawaiian Room Dancers” in a special presentation coordinated by the Hula Preservation Society (HPS) and the ALU LIKE, Inc. Ke Ola Pono No Nā Kūpuna Program.  Today’s presentation was inspirational and quite lively!  Kūpuna traveled from as far as Wai’anae and Waimānalo to talk-story, kanikapila, and dance with the Hawaiian Room Delegation.  The delegation performed in the Hotel Lexington’s Hawaiian Room, in New York City, from 1937-1966, and established themselves as an off-broadway success.

Kanikapila Session

Non-stop kanikapila by participating kūpuna.

In 2014, Filmmaker Ann Marie Kirk produced a beautiful documentary of the oral histories collected on behalf of the HPS.  A link to “The Hawaiian Room” film trailer can be found here:  To purchase the DVD or for more information about the Hula Preservation Society and The Hawaiian Room, call 808.247.9440, e-mail or visit

Hula by kūpuna.

Numerous hula performed by participating kūpuna.

Kūpuna programming is offered every Thursday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, at the Papakōlea Community Center, in partnership with ALU LIKE, Inc.   For more information about ALU LIKE, Inc. and their programming, call 808.535.6700 or visit  For more information about the Papakōlea Community Development Corporation, call 808.520.8998, e-mail or visit

Papakōlea Homestead Community Float Ties for 2nd

Papakōlea homestead community ties for 2nd place Float in the 100th Annual King Kamehameha Day Floral Parade on June 11, 2016.  In 11 short days, community leaders designed a concept, coordinated resources and built a beautiful float highlighting cultural activities alive and vibrant in our community. This is the first float entered in nearly a decade.  A huge mahalo to the leaders, contributors and community that made our participation a huge success. The following slideshow highlights contributions, hard work and positive energy that went into the float.  Papakōlea Proud!

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2016 Kupuaʻe – Papakōlea Summer Youth Program

Kupuaʻe, the Papakōlea Summer Youth Program, is scheduled to start on July 5th through July 29th.  The registration period is closed, with enrollment at maximum capacity.  Kupuaʻe is a pilot designed to provide fun and educational programming with a strong focus on Hawaiian language and culture.

For more information about PCDC or Kupuaʻe, contact Lilia Kapuniai at 520.8998 or

Papakōlea Pā‘ina for Pōmaika‘i Lyman

Papakolea Pa‘ina poster

The Papakōlea Pā’ina, themed E Nānā I Ke Kumu, is a benefit and celebration for Pōmaika’i Lyman, as she prepares for the 2016 Mrs. International competition in Florida on July 22nd and 23rd.

LIVE entertainment will include Ledward Ka’apana, Del Beazley, Jerry Santos, the Asing ‘Ohana, Josh Tatofi, Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine with Kumu Hula Ka’ilihiwa Vaughan, and more.

Lū’au plates will be available for pre-sale (take-outs at $15/plate and VIP seating at 10 am, noon and 2 pm for $25/seat). Event will include a keiki zone, kupuna korner, vendor booths, a silent auction, cultural demonstrations, and a great time. Tickets are available online (see link above to

This is a partnership of Papakōlea CDC, Kula No Na Po’e Hawai’i, and community. Please help us support Pōmaika’i and her ‘ohana on this important journey!

Contact 808.520.8998 or e-mail for more information.