House District 13

Third Annual Legislative Hawaiian Caucus Day at the State Capitol showcases Hawaiian culture, practices, and values

In News Release on March 26, 2009 at 10:51 am

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Honolulu. The 2009 Legislative Hawaiian Caucus sponsored the third annual Hawaiian Caucus Day event at the State Capitol and worked in collaboration with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, KAHEA and Na Kahu o Haloa in efforts of educating, demonstrating, and sharing the Hawaiian culture, practices, and values.

This year’s theme was maka o lili‘u: seeing through the eyes of Queen Lili‘uokalani.

Members of the Legislative Hawaiian Caucus wore traditional Hawaiian kihei, a rectangular garment worn over one shoulder and tied in a knot.

On the House Floor, Rep. Mele Carroll, Chairwoman of the House Hawaiian Affairs Committee and Chairwoman of the Legislative Hawaiian Caucus, introduced House Resolution 292, which honored the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu and the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, and presented Hawaiian Civic Club leaders a certificate of recognition for their services to Native Hawaiians and the people of Hawai‘i. The recognition coincides with the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu’s 90th anniversary and the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs’ 50th anniversary.

House Resolution 292 congratulates and commends the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu and the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs for their outstanding contributions and commitment to perpetuating the vision of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole Pi‘ikoi.

“Our appreciation for the longstanding service and leadership that the members of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu provide to protect Hawai‘i’s future is commendable and deserves more than our applause,” Rep. Mele Carroll said.

The first Hawaiian Civic Club was created by Prince Kuhio in 1918 to ensure that Hawai‘i’s first people have an outspoken voice in their future. Prince Kuhio believed that the future of the Hawaiian community and its people could be protected and promoted only through an organized effort by Hawaiian leadership. He believed that Hawaiians should help their young people secure an education that would enable them to compete successfully in the new cultural environment introduced to Hawaii in the 19th century.

The Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu’s annual scholarship benefit fundraiser, Holoku Ball, has generated thousands of dollars for higher education opportunities for Hawaiians while perpetuating Hawaiian formal elegance.

In recognition of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu’s 90th anniversary and the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs’ 50th anniversary, Rep. Mele Carroll and Rep. Roland Sagum III presented the certificate and leis to Leimomi Khan, president of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs; Leatrice Kauahi, president of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu; Anita Naone, immediate past president of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu; Momi Clark, director of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu; and Manu Boyd, past president of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu.

Education and Demonstration

As part of the day’s celebration, a Taro Festival was hosted by the Legislative Hawaiian Caucus, KAHEA and Na Kahu o Haloa on the ground floor rotunda of the State Capitol. Hundreds arrived to watch taro farmers from throughout the state participate in the largest unified gathering of Ku‘i Kalo to celebrate Hawai‘i’s living taro traditions.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs provided lunch on the third floor: kalua pig, lau lau, squid luau, poi, chicken long rice, haupia, sweet potato and pineapple.

The third and fourth floors of the State Capitol featured informational and educational exhibits and demonstrations by Native Hawaiian Practitioners, agencies, non-profits, and community groups.

Among the exhibitors were Bishop Museum, the National Conference of State Legislatures — State Tribal Institute, Ke Ola Mamo, Popoho Na Pe‘a, Kawakini NC Charter School, Ho‘okako‘o Corporation, Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, Kalo‘oiwi, Creations of Hawai‘i, Alu Like, Inc., Tom “Pohaku” Stone, Ka Huli Ao: Native Hawaiian Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian law, Kamehameha Schools, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, SMG Hawai‘i Convention Center, ‘Iolani Palace, Ko‘olauloa HCC, Kahana Valley Community Association, Hakipiu Learning Center, Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve, Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, DOCARE, Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Martha’s Lei Stand, Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, King Kamehameha Celebration, Kokua Ohana, Moloka‘i Community Health Center, Kanaka Council, Partnership Alliance, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, and Pa‘u Drapings.

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