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April 2017 is Disaster Preparedness Month!
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Rebuilding communities after disaster
Green circle with text: 90 percent of all U.S. disasters involve flooding.

April is Disaster Preparedness Month. Between 2000-2012, natural disasters in the United States caused $1.7 trillion in damage and affected 2.9 billion people. For people living in rural communities, dealing with disasters can present a unique set of challenges, including inadequate communication due to sparsely populated areas and limited resources. 

Low-income people are most likely to suffer during a natural disaster and poverty is particularly persistent in rural America. That’s why NeighborWorks America is hosting “Hope in the Delta: Turning the tide on persistent rural poverty.” You can join our live webcast April 20, at 10 a.m. ET. Meanwhile, here’s a look at how some of our network groups help residents cope when disaster hits home

Congratulations to All Graduates! Class of 2017!
Wednesday, 05 November 2008


Waimanalo, Hawaii

Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) and Na Kuhio 'Ike (NKI) along with its general mebmbership would like to extend our congratulations and acknowledge all of the hard work our graduates have done during the past years.

"We recognize and acknowledge the dedication and work both in the classroom and community and wish them all our very best for a successful future,"  commented WHHA President Kamakana Aquino.

Congratulations to our collegiate students who received their diploma's earlier during the month. 

Emergency Preparedness Continues as Hurricane Season Arrives
Thursday, 09 October 2008

Waimanalo, Hawaii

CERT or Community Emergency Response Team led by Waimanalo homesteader Frencha Kalilimoku and her husband, Calvin emergency preparedness  ranging from the recent "sanitation" practices during times when electrical and water access interrupting normal services.

"We are normally prepared for water storage; however, sanitation needs are vital and important for residents to seriously consider planning and preparing for how to handling and safely storing trash, garbage including human waste during difficult times." counseled Althea Watanabe and her husband Vernon before an audience of 50 residents.

Particularly, Althea cautioned residents to prepare for the separation of feces and urine as to avoiding the eventual stench when both are combined and instead should be separated.  Modern day products allow and can conveniently convert liquids to manageable hard solid waste form to easily dispose safely and convenient.

For more information, contact Frencha or stay informed with the next workshop or Emergency Preparedness Fair. 

U.S. Dept. of Interior Announces Rules Regarding DHHL
Saturday, 27 September 2008

May 10, 2016

Interior Department Announces Native Hawaiian Home Lands Rule


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of the Interior released a rule to clarify the process for federal review of land exchanges involving Hawaiian home lands and amendments to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act (HHCA) proposed by the State of Hawaii. The rule will enhance the Departments’ ability to work with the State of Hawaii and beneficiaries to maintain the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust, which is vital to the welfare and strength of the community.


“The Department of the Interior takes our responsibilities to beneficiaries seriously,” said Kristen Sarri, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget at the U.S. Department of the Interior. “The Hawaiian Home Lands Trust is vital to the welfare and strength of the native Hawaiian community, and especially to the beneficiaries who live on the lands or are on the waiting list for a homestead lease. Our goal is to help ensure the management of the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust occurs in a fair, transparent, and sustainable manner. We believe this rule helps attain that goal.”

The Department received comments from beneficiaries of the HHCA, the Native Hawaiian Community, the State of Hawaii, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and others on the proposed rule. The final rule issued this week sets a clear path for the beneficiaries, the State of Hawaii and the Department on how to work together in protecting the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust.  By utilizing the processes required by this rule, there will be greater confidence that reviews will be fair, timely, in compliance with all applicable Federal laws and completed with the primary goal of protecting the interests of the Trust and its beneficiaries.

The rule clarifies for the State and the beneficiaries the Department of the Interior’s land exchange review process when Hawaiian home lands are involved, the documents the Department will use for the review, and the standards to be used in that review. The rule ensures appraisals of properties involved in a Hawaiian Home Lands Trust land exchange meet Federal standards and that all parties can be confident in the results of the appraisals; requires certain Federal laws, when applicable, are appropriately applied in land exchanges, including NEPA, National Historic Preservation Act, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA); and states that all land exchanges involving Hawaiian home lands are reviewed with the primary goal of protecting the interests of the Trust and its beneficiaries.

The rule also clarifies for the State and the beneficiaries the steps the Department will take to review proposed amendments to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act and the standards to be used in that review.


The final rule is available for review at http://www.doi.gov/hawaiian.  



10th Annual Gabby Pahinui Music Festival
Friday, 22 August 2008



 Waimanalo, Hawaii. 

Aloha kākou! The 2017 Gabby Pahinui Waimānalo Kanikapila is set for Sat., May 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Waimānalo Beach Park. Admission is FREE! T-shirts are now available for ordering in our online store.


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