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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. 


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.

The Association adopted as its governing documents a Constitution and Bylaws which continue to provide guidance to its leadership and members concerning programs, services and especially supporting, protecting the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920 (as amended).  The continued improvement of the quality of life, education and morals of the Waimanalo community is the prime goals and objectives. 

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. 

In 2000, the start of the construction of a 10-year long-term strategic plan was started based on data collected from homestead residents of the "needs" of the community.  The results was a 3 acre community center complex consisting of, 1) Halau or main meeting hall including WHHA Boardroom, 2) Hale lua - restroom facilities and 3) Hale Kuke or commercial kitchen building.  These buildings were constructed and financed through the efforts of the WHHA governing board and "paid for entirely prior to construction."

The actual long-term strategic plan was envisioned as a ten year project; however, the entire project including fund-raising was completed within seven years.  The official name of the entire complex was selected through a contest with the winning name, "Ka Ho'oilina na Kuhio" or "the legacies of Kuhio" which honors the accomplishments of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole. 

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