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WHHA Hosts National Museum of the American Indian Board of Trustees

Waimanalo, Hawaii. 

Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) hosted the National Museum of the American Indian Board of Trustees on Wednesday, December 3rd at its Ka Ho'oilina na Kuhio Community Center in Waimanalo.

Patricia Zell and husband William Cox along with 40+ tribal leaders and museum staff members visited the Hawaiian homestead community along with OHA Trustee and National Museum of the American Indian Board of Trustee Haunani Apoliona.  Later, in the halau DHHL Chairwoman Jobie Masagatani extended their greetings to the WHHA Executive and its Board of Directors hosting the event.

"It's been quite awhile and so happy to be back" as Pat Zell stepped out of the bus greeting WHHA Officers and other guests.  Besides WHHA Board members, guided tours were provided be Kamehameha Schools - Waimanalo Pre-School, Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center - Waimanalo, Ke Ola Mamo - Waimanalo unit and Windward Community College (WCC) and Pacific Growth Associates (PGA) led by Tamar deFries and Booby Hall.

The brief and information tours covered early and post-secondary education, workforce development, social services, health education and prevention and the under construction Community Technology, Education and Employment Center (CTEEC).

"The comments received were impressive and gratifying," commented WHHA President Paul Richards as he spoke with Indian leaders during the OHA sponsored luncheon.  The formal pule included a short moolelo of the historical information regarding the himeni, "Ho'onani I Ka Makua Mau" which a second verse was added by Haunani Bernardino and was sang by everyone present.

"Although it was a steady gentle rain "ua liilii" everyone enjoyed the opportunity to meet, sit and share the event.  Though some of the tribal leaders were called to Washington DC by President Obana for National Conference of Indian Tribes, the remaining attendees expressed their gratitude and compliments on the achievements of the Hawaiian homesteaders!" 

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WHHA Welcomes Aotearoa College (High School) Students to Waimanalo

Waimanalo, Hawaii. 

Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) welcomed 40 high students referred to as, "college" from Aotearoa and ten of their team leaders to Waimanalo with a dinner on Tuesday, December 16th at WHHA's Ka Ho'oilina na Kuhio Community Center with a night filled of demonstrations and dinner.  

The welcome began as they entourage arrived and provided a mihi and Keaka Kealoha chanted an oli aloha in reply welcoming our guests.  As a line of welcoming began which included traditional honi and kisses; WHHA introduced the members of the Executive Board and its Directors who were present along with Pa Ola Hawaii alaka'i and her students.

WHHA presented as a gift books which were donated from Native Hawaiian Books and Kamehameha Schools to the visiting team to add to their library collection upon their return.  A formal demonstration was led by Pa Ola Hawai'i alaka'i Pomai and her students in the native Hawaiian cultural traditional lomilomi which also included hula, lua and oli influences.  The students and guests were impressed and eagerly participated as "volunteers" and stayed after for lomilomi demonstrations later that evening.  Prior to the dinner, a song was offered by the students and administrators of a traditional Maori hymn and in turn, WHHA and community members sang, "Ho'onani I Ka Makua Mau" as a blessing for the dinner prepared by volunteers of WHHA. 

Dinner was provided for everyone in attendance with the guests served first and they eagerly offered to do a show for everyone which lasted about an hour.  

"WHHA always takes every opportunity such as these to educate and provide a "learning experience" for everyone in attendance and especially for our members and leadership" explained WHHA President Paul Richards.  

In attendance were seven Boys Scouts from Troop 45 some homesteaders whose task was to interview students as part of their merit badge for Citizenship in the World.  Ryzen Lane, Hauoli Williams and Sonny Campbell were able to interview students and gain a better appreciation and exposure to citizens of a foreign country.

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