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 firstname.lastname@example.org.