The Ko'olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club has received a $47,269 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and part of the funds will be used to delineate the ancient districts - ahupua'a - on the island of Oahu. The boundary signs project received matching funds from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation.
Ahupua'a are land divisions created from the mountains to the sea, whose resources once provided all the needs for the people living in those areas of the islands. The sign project has been under discussion for years, and the club decided to use old maps of the Hawaiian Kingdom that place Hawai'i Kai in the Waimānalo ahupua'a, Mahealani Cypher, club president. said.
The 11 Ko'olaupoko ahupua'a are Kualoa, Hakipu'u, Waikane, Waiahole, Ka'alaea, Waihe'e, Kahalu'u, He'eia, Kāne'ohe, Kailua and Waimānalo (including Hawai'i Kai). In the second phase of the project the club will hire teams of educators, including kūpuna and youths, to teach everyone about their natural and cultural resources and Hawaiian sustainability practices, Cypher said.
Greg Knudsen, Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board Chairman, said the residents seem pleased, as board members are concerned about the protection and preservation of the Hawaiian culture and archeology.
If you would like to be involved in the project, contact the Ko'olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club. They are a non-profit community organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the Native Hawaiian culture, our heritage and our people. Their membership is comprised of Native Hawaiians and "Hawaiians at heart," and is open to anyone interested in supporting cultural, educational and service programs primarily in the Ko`olaupoko area on the Windward side of the island of O`ahu, Hawai`i.
Barbara Abe, Realtor