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 firstname.lastname@example.org.