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The Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920 as amended was authored and introduced into the United States Congress by the elected Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole.  The Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association and all other Hawaiian homesteads, its residents and applicant are beneficiaries of Prince Kuhio's foresight, diligence and commitment to protect the Native Hawaiian population.

This brief history of the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association is to serve as a basis and foundation to educate its members and all homesteaders, applicants and U.S. citizens.  

The Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) was founded in 1938 by the first resident homesteaders awarded leases by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands then under the authority of the Territory of Hawaii. 

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Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Pi'ikoi 

Aunty Rebecca Chun, a WHHA members who had passed on recalled during her early teen years of living across on Kaiona Beach with her family before being awarded a lease to property they now reside on fronting Kalanianaole highway.  She had shared showing black and white photos of herself standing on the beach next to their "squatters" home before moving and "I've enjoyed every moment since then..." were her last words recounting the early years of the Waimanalo Hawaiian homestead.

As later homesteaders moved onto the property extended from Ala Koa Street and Kalanianaole Highway to the present-day 7-11 convenience store their names echo the history of an honored past...Grandma Ho, Joseph Kaakua, Joe "Gang" Kupahu and many more whose descendants still have moved onto other homesteads or married and assumed the leases their great grandparents once received.

WHHA takes pride in learning and hopefully preserving this oral and candid history of this organization and those who had made this community a "strength and guide to all native Hawaiians."  Our WHHA Historian is tasked in keeping these events which affected our lives directly or indirectly and to ensure we remember of heritage and history. 

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