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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.

Public Invited to Attend Statewide Comment Meetings
Monday, 11 July 2011

Waimanalo, Hawaii. 

Papahānaumokuākea Expansion Public Meetings

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Please join the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for a public meeting to discuss the proposed expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

On June 16, 2016, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz submitted a proposal to President Obama, requesting consideration of expanding the current boundaries of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument - drawing attention again to the rich cultural and scientific resources of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI).

As the Administration evaluates the proposal, we are seeking input from all interested parties to ensure that any expansion of the Monument protects the unique features of the NWHI for future generations while recognizing the importance of sustainable ocean-based economies. Please join us at our listening session to share your comments, concerns, and visions regarding the proposed expansion.

Monday, August 1, 2016 
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
Filipino Community Center 
94-428 Mokuola Street, Suite 302 
Waipahu, HI 96797

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm 
Kauai Community College 
Performing Arts Center 
3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy
Lihue, HI 96766

Written comments will be accepted in person during the public meetings and may also be submitted, in person, August 1 and 2 at the following locations during normal business hours:

Honolulu Services Center 
Pier 38, Honolulu Harbor 
1139 N. Nimitz Hwy, Suite 220 
Honolulu, HI 96817

Sanctuary Visitor Center 
726 South Kihei Road 
Kihei, HI 96753

Mokupāpapa Discovery Center 
76 Kamehameha Ave 
Hilo, HI 96720

We hope you are able to join us and ask that you RSVP at your earliest convenience by clicking HERE. This meeting is open to the public, so please feel free to share this invitation with anyone you think would be interested


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
HHCA and DOI Rule Proposal Outreach to Keaukaha and Panaewa a Success!
Tuesday, 21 June 2011



                             The Presentation on Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920

                                  Awakens the 'uhane Within the Hawaiian Homesteaders

Waimanalo, Hawaii.

Colleen Hanabusa continued her presentation on the Island of Hawaii last weekend and addresses a good size crowd at the DHHL Conference room in Keaukaha.  The event was requested by Panaewa and Keaukaha Hawaiian homesteaders curious about the other presentations made throughout the state and in Hawaiian homestead communities.

"We were very pleased with the turnout at Keaukaha and squeezed everyone that could possibly fit in the room." commented Olinda Fisher, Nanakuli Hawaiian homestead resident who assisted Colleen with her presentation.

Similar to previous community presentations the focus on understanding the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920 and the proposed rules from the Department of Interior (DOI) were the main focus of the two-hour presentation.  

Although some late attendees may have missed the introduction of the presentation Colleen's answer concerning, "if she's only doing this for a political reason?"..she said, "No, I've been doing this on all the major Hawaiian islands for the benefit of the beneficiaries in making an education and well-informed decision." 

"Colleen continues to be a valued individual who studies and researched the HHCA, its original debates at the time of Prince Kuhio in Congress." added Paul Richards, AINA President.  "Also, Colleen was a workshop speaker at the 2015 Community Development and Finance Conference at Windward Community College and drew a conference room filled of inquiring minds!"










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