Highlights from 2018 Kupua’e Fall Intersession

Hulō! Hulō! With 30 participants, Kupua‘e completed its second Ho‘omaha Hā‘ulelau (Fall Intersession), between October 8thand 12th. Keiki, ages 3-10, participated in four huaka‘i to Kuhiawaho, Mokauea Fishing Village, Honolulu Zoo, and Moli’i Fishpond. Click here to watch a sampling of activities coordinated through Kupua’e.

Mahalo nui to our volunteers and partners that made Kupua‘e a reality this Fall: Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i, Kamehameha Schools, Lincoln Elementary School, Hawai‘i Hawaii Super Transit, Kuhiawaho, Mokauea Fisherman’s Association, Honolulu Zoo Staff, Kualoa Ranch, and the PCDC Board of Directors.

Papakōlea Beware: Stranger-Danger is in Town

Click here for more information about the details of Tuesday’s incident, .  Click here for Stranger-Danger Safety Tips that can be shared with friends and family.

Highlights from the 3rd Annual Papakōlea Pā‘ina

3rd Annual Papakōlea Pā‘ina Highlights from Lilia Kapuniai on Vimeo.

Eo Papakōlea! We enjoyed another successful Papakōlea Pā‘ina yesterday.  Roddy Imada received the 2018 Living Legacy Award.  Dr. Mitchel C. Eli received the 2018 Cultural Practitioner Award.  $5,250 was disbursed to the 2018-2019 Papakolea Community Scholarship Recipients – Kawaiokapualeilehua Kāneakua-Rauschenburg, Kaimiloa Ah Mook Sang, Noah Au, Shastyn-Thor Kekahuna, and Ulalia Solatorio. 670 people served.

Mahalo to our sponsors and supporters: MIRA Image Construction, LLC, Menehune Water Company, LLC, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Sam Kaina, Kumu Rich Pedrina, Chef Zone, Kupua‘e, Kupuna Community Care Network, Manulani Chong and ‘Ohana, and community philanthropists.  Mahalo to all volunteers coordinated by the staff of Kula No NāPo‘e Hawai‘i, Puni Kekauoha and ‘Ohana, and Faith Kalamau and the Kaho‘olawe Pā‘ū Unit.

Kupua’e Kauwela 2018 – Success!

2018 Kupua’e Wrap-Up from Lilia Kapuniai on Vimeo.

PAPAKŌLEA, HI – Kupua’e, the Papakōlea Youth Intersession Program, wrapped-up today with an impressive hō’ike.  Kupua’e began on June 12th, and finished on July 27th with 54 keiki, ages 3-10.  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 worked in the garden every Thursday, and went on seven engaging huaka’i where they learned more about Papakōlea, ‘āina-based programming, wa’a culture, and maintenance of our loko i’a. They were hosted by Kawaipuna Foundation at Kualoa, and visited Moli’i Fishpond, Polynesian Cultural Center, Kōkua Kalhi Valley, MA’O Farms, Papahana Kuaola, and Pu’u ‘Ualaka’a.

Kupua‘e is made possible through support from Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i, Kamehameha Schools, Executive Chauffeur Hawai’i 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, Bill Quinlan, Manuwai Kapiko, Matt & Mokihana Asperilla, the Solatorio ‘Ohana, 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.

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.

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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.