Papakōlea Summer Youth Program Opens This Week

Kupua’e kicked-off on Monday, July 3rd, with 22 keiki from Papakōlea, ages 3-7.  The keiki started the week learning about Papakōlea through oli and mele, and they went on huaka‘i (excursion) to Pūowaina and Kūkaniloko, where they learned about the cultural significance of each sacred place.  For some added fun, the keiki stopped at the Pineapple Garden Maze.

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 3rd and ends with a hō‘ike on July 28th.

Mahalo to Hawaiian Civic Club of Wahiawa Nonprofit and the Punchbowl National Cemetery, for their hospitality and tailored tours.  Kupua‘e is made possible through support from Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc., Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i, The Cooke Foundation, Lincoln Elementary School, CNHA’s Hawaiian Way Fund, and PCDC. 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