Hanabusa Presentation Continues at Kailapa, Hawaii Island and UH Maui College



                             The Presentation on Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920

                                  Awakens the 'uhane Within the Hawaiian Homesteaders

Waimanalo, Hawaii.

During the weekend of July 25-26, 20156; Colleen Hanabusa continued her "Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920 - What Have We Forgotten" before gathered families and an assembly of 200 attendees!

The involvement of Ms. Maka'ala Kalilikane and her husband in the Kailapa Hawaiian homestead community also brought the concerns of the recent DOI proposed rules. Maka'ala had  attended the 2015 Community Development and Financing Conference held at Windward Community College sponsored in collaboration with Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA), Na Kuhio 'Ike (NKI), Pacific Growth Associates (PGA) and Auamo I Na Alaka'i (AINA).  

Ms. Hanabusa had prepared and presented a workshop focused on the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act (HHCA) and taking the title above as her main focus.  

"I was asked by Paul Richards to speak on the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920 and understood the reason behind it; however, after I explained the title and the intent, we both agreed!  Look where it has brought us to!"  Exclaimed Colleen and Paul.

On Hawaii Island, the Kawaihae Hawaiian homestead community of Kailapa and its involvement of the Kalilikane ohana led to a gathering of families and appreciation for the extension of knowledge gained as a result of the presentation.  "I could see the expression of amazement on everyone's face as Colleen spoke.  They were really grateful for the time spent to visit and share her (Colleen's) mana'o with the homesteaders," shared Uncle Black Ho'ohuli, observer, and Vice President, AINA.

At the University of Hawai'i - Maui College a crowd of 200+ gathered at the auditorium and included a "read through" of a written comment to be submitted by the Ahupua'a o Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead (AoHH) representing lessee's in the Nanakuli Hawaiian homestead community.  "We were amazed and very grateful for the opportunity to attend this meeting and it really informed us as Hawaiian homesteaders and the importance of understanding our role" commented at Waiohuli resident.

The two-hour presentation ended with positive outcomes and with a closing reminder by Hanabusa, "...what really matters is what you do after you leave this meeting!"   Added comments by Uncle Black was, "...as homesteaders, everyone must submit a written comment whether  you are for it or against.  It matters!"  Added AINA President Paul Richards, "..it is important for the DOI and your elected congressional delegation to know how you actually feel!  If you're trying to win a raffle or lottery you would simply sign a form and mail it or drop in a box.  This is not a raffle, lottery or contest.  It's a proposal for a rule that will change the way we look at doing business which affects the lives of every native Hawaiian now and in the future." 

Another community meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 2015, at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the DHHL Keaukaha office, sponsored by the community..  

The event is FREE and open to the public. 

Eagle Scout Project Blood Drive Results in 31 Pints of Blood Donated
Waimanalo, O'ahu 
Waimanalo homestead resident Ka'ehu Keawe, a recent 2015 graduate of Kamehameha Schools - Kapalama extends his "mahalo nui loa" and is grateful for the help and response received in his recent Eagle Scout Project - Blood Drive held on Saturday, July 25th at the Waimanalo LDS Ward.
Over 41 signed up and 8 walk-in donors and those unable to donate for various reasons still produced 31 pints of blood!  Hawaii Blood Bank Coordinator, Jonette Correira commented on the positive attitude and the manner in which the event was coordinated.  "We're very thankful for the work Ka'ehu had done in planning this event and making it a success!"
Ka'ehu scheduled and presented his project at the monthly meetings of the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association, Waimanalo Neighborhood Board and Waimanalo Canoe Club.  Besides, he contacted other church groups, individuals and those in the community to garner his sign-up roster.  Congratulations! 

Blood Drive in Waimanalo a

Success!  Mahalo nui loa!


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