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Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Historical "Fact or Not?"
Sunday, 18 March 2012

Waimanalo, Hawaii. 


In preparation for the upcoming Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Celebration by the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) in the annual Prince Kuhio Parade on Saturday, March 26, 2016 a "trivia" is posted here to test your knowledge.  Fact or Not?

-  Ka Ho'oilina na Kuhio was named for Prince Kuhio because of his legacy as serving in many capacities during his life.  The title on the marker located at WHHA differs from this one above.  Which is the correct spelling of the official title of the community center at WHHA?

-  Was Princess Elizabeth Kahanu ever the Chairwoman of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL)?  If so, when?

Yes.  Princess Elizabeth Kahanu Kaauwai-Kalanianaole became the first woman and the second person to chair the Department of Hawaiian Home Land.  She was appointed and re-appointed in 1925 and served until 1932.

-  Why did Prince Kuhio inherit Pualeilani estate?

 Prince Kuhio inherited Pualeilani from his aunt Queen Kapiolani upon her death.  Queen Kapiolani and Prince Kuhio's mother, Victoria Kekaulike Kinoiki are sisters.  Jonah and his two brothers were hanai by Queen Kapiolani and King Kalakaua. 

-  Where were the first homes lease awards located in Waimanalo?  Do they still exist today?

The first Hawaiian homestead leases awarded in Waimanalo are those homes located mauka across from the present-day Kaiona Beach Park from Makapuu to the corner of Ala Koa Street and Kalanianaole Highway.

-  Did Mrs. Blanche Pope ever lived in Waimanalo?  Where?

 Mrs. Blanche Pope lived in Waimanalo on or near the present Waimanalo Beach Park area.  Some say that her home was near the former park caretakers home Mr. and Mrs. George and Eleanor Mahoe just makai of the present Hale Wa'a.

-  What destroyed the old Waimanalo Intermediate School administration building? 

The old Waimanalo Intermediate School administration building was built of wood and included the library and several classrooms.  Fire destroyed the building one evening in which the flames could be seen as far away from homes on Poliala Street.

- The old fishing shrine or "koa" that was located near the Makai Pier near Kaupo next to Makapu'u beach park.  Rumors said that it was the construction of the Makai Pier that destroyed that "kos" is that true?

 No.  The "koa" or fishing shrine that once was built there along with others in Mauna Lua bay were actually destroyed by the tsunami of 1946.  A picture photograph of the koa in Waimanalo, Kaupo was taken and printed in the O'ahu Names and Places.

WHHA Submits Comments on U. S. Department of Interior Proposed Rules
Tuesday, 08 November 2011

 Waimanalo, Hawaii

Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) submitted written comments to the recent Regulation Identifier No. 1090-AB05 - Procedures for Reestablishing a Formal Government-to-Government Relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community on December 30, 2015.  

"It was very interesting and challenging, but the comments submitted reflected the majority of the homestead residents and WHHA with regards to federal recognition and its processes," commented WHHA President Kamakana Aquino.

Aunty Moana Akana, WHHA Secretary agreed with Kamakana, "It was very challenging in composing a comment that best voiced the homesteaders in Waimanalo."

Several talk story sessions that included former U.S. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa provided excellent background and encouragement to Waimanalo homesteaders in seriously considering and submitting their individual written comments.  Similar sessions were held at Papakolea, Wai'anae, Nanakuli, Kapolei, Panaewa-Keaukaha, Kona, Maui, Moloka'i and Kaua'i.

 Copies of the DOI Proposal and written comments will be available this Monday during the WHHA Welcome Dinner while supplies lasts.

DHHL Community Commission Visit in March 2017 a Success!
Tuesday, 08 November 2011

Waimanalo, Hawaii 

Waimanalo Hawaiian homesteaders greeted the arrival of the Department of Hawaiian Homes Director Jobie Masagatani, several Commissioners and Unit Managers to Waimanalo - Ka Ho'oilina na Kuhio Community Center as part of their annual community visit.

A dinner catered by Keoki Emonds -  Ono Steaks and Shrimps and hosted by Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association preceded the meeting attended by 80 - 100 homestead residents from Waimanalo, Kumuhau and future residents as Kakaina.

WHHA President Kamakana Aquino updated the community and homesteaders with completed activities done during 2016 that provided added services and programs to the benefit of the residents.  "I want to also stress the importance to our residents and applicants the historical value of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920 and especially the work and vision of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole..." commented WHHA President Aquino.

"WHHA will be represented be a couple of Association current and past leaders at the Prince Kuhio Parade scheduled on Saturday, March 25, 2017 hosted by the Associaton of Hawaiian Civic Clubs through Waikiki" added WHHA Treasurer Moana Akana.  "In addition, WHHA Director Punahele Pires will be a guest Pa'u Rider in the parade too!"  commented WHHA Akana.


US Dept. of Interior Names Assistants
Monday, 11 July 2011

Waimanalo, Hawaii. 

         news release

Date: April 6, 2017

Secretary Zinke Appoints Skipwith and MacGregor to key Interior posts

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the appointment of two Deputy Assistant Secretaries to serve as leaders at the Department and help carry out the President's priorities to put America first. Aurelia Skipwith will serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks and former House Natural Resources senior staffer Katharine MacGregor will serve as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management.

"I'm excited to appoint two women of extremely high caliber to help lead the Department of the Interior into the next century of service for the American people," said Secretary Zinke. "Ms. Skipwith and Ms. MacGregor bring with them decades of experience on natural resources, wildlife, agricultural, and legal matters. I have no doubt they will help shape and strengthen the Department and allow us to better serve the American people as we manage and conserve our land and resources."

Aurelia Skipwith will serve as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks. In that role, Skipwith will assist in the development and implementation of the Administration's policy objectives on matters relating to our public lands and wildlife. Skipwith brings with her years of national and international experience in both the public and private sectors and nonprofits. Skipwith is graduate of Howard University and earned a J.D. from the University of Kentucky. She is a licensed member of the Kentucky Bar.

Katharine MacGregor will serve as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. MacGregor will advise the Assistant Secretary and Secretary on energy development and public land use. Before joining the Department, MacGregor was a senior staff member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Natural Resources Committee. Prior to that, MacGregor served as the Legislative Director for then-Majority Leader Eric Cantor. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

ESSA Town Hall Meetings Scheduled Announced
Friday, 01 July 2011

 Waimanalo, Hawaii.



What is ESSA?  Pre. Obama signed into law the "Every Student Succeeds Act" or ESSA which also includes requirements by law affecting public, public charter schools, Native American Indian (NAI) and Alaskan Indian (AI) and the Native Hawaiian Education Act (NHEA).  
The act was signed into law and becomes effective 2017 which requires changes to the Native Hawaiian Education Council (NHEC) which is a major component of NHEA.  For more information concerning ESSA, check this hyperlink - www.ed.gov./essa
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