2nd Annual Papakōlea Pāʻina – August 12, 2017


The Annual Papakōlea Pāʻina is scheduled for Saturday, August 12, 2017, and confirmed artists are Keauhou, Kuana Torres Kahele, Pōmaika‘i Lyman & the Keawe ‘Ohana, and special guests.  The Pāʻina is a timely celebration with Keauhou, a fresh new trio comprised of Kahanuola Solatorio, Nicholas Lum, and Zachary Lum, earning nine awards for their debut album at the 40th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards Celebration on May 20th.

The theme, E Nānā I Ke Kumu, is representative of our practices in Papakōlea – taking the ʻike (knowledge) of our kūpuna (ancestors), and sharing it with others, so our present-day practices remain authentic and vibrant.  Last year, the Pāʻina served as a fundraiser for Mrs. Pōmaika‘i Lyman, 2016 Mrs. Hawaii International, in her bid for the international title. This year, the 2nd Annual Papakōlea Pāʻina proceeds will support the Papakōlea Community Scholarship Program, and other educational activities.

  • Click here to purchase your Pāʻina Tickets
  • Click here to download the 2017 Papakōlea Scholarship Application Form
  • Click here to download the Pāʻina Vendor Application Form
  • Click here to download the Pāʻina RFP for Catering Services

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.ocm.  For more information about sponsoring organizations, see below.

Papakōlea Community Development Corporation
Lilia Kapuniai

Kula No Nā Poʻe Hawaiʻi
Adrienne Dillard

Genoa Keawe Foundation
Eric Keawe


Kupua‘e Registration is Open


Papakōlea Community Development Corporation (PCDC) opens enrollment for its summer youth program – Kupua‘e. Kupua‘e was designed to serve the keiki of Papakolea, ages 3-7, through the use of Hawaiian language and culture-based programming. This program was designed to serve the keiki of Papakōlea, thus priority is given to the keiki that reside in the Hawaiian homestead communities of Papakōlea, Kewalo and Kalāwahine. The registration fee for each keiki is $150. Enrollment will close on June 17th.

Click here to download the 2017 Registration Packet.

Click here to review the 2016 Final Report.

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

Papakōlea Community Meetings – May 6th & 13th

The Papakōlea Community Development Corporation is conducting two community meetings on Saturday, May 6th and May 13th, at the Papakōlea Community Park Basketball Court to provide updates and information on current events and programming available to Papakōlea.  Meetings are scheduled to begin at 9 am and end at 10:30 am.  Topics of discussion are organized into three categories: Special Events, Programs and Information.  If you are interested in any of the topics below, join us!

Special Events
Papakōlea Float in King Kamehameha Day Floral Parade • June 10, 2017
Papakōlea Pā‘ina • August 12, 2017

Papakōlea’s Firefighter Exam Training Class #2 • June 3, 2017 – July 29, 2017
Hula for Hypertension (KaHolo Study) • June 2017
Kupua‘e – Papakōlea Summer Youth Program • July 3 – 28, 2017
Papakōlea Capacity Building Program • July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018
Papakōlea Entrepreneurship Series • July 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017
Puōwaina Land Restoration Project • July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

Free Home Efficiency Fixtures by Pono Home
Honolulu Habitat for Humanity
Introduction to Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Ānuenue
Punchbowl Administration Building Update

For more information, contact PCDC Executive Director, Ms. Lilia Kapuniai, at 808.520.8998 or lilia@papakolea.org  Mahalo.

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

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 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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