The Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club was established in 1937 and brought together many families throughout the windward coast to celebrate and preserve our Hawaiian heritage. It is one of the largest civic clubs in the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, and the largest Hawaiian community organization in the windward district, primarily in the Kāne`ohe bay region.
The association honored Ko`olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club at its recent convention with the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana`ole Award, considered the most prestigious award given to a civic club for its dedication towards their mission and its accomplishments.
The association also honored Clifford and Teri Loo of the Ko’olaupoko Civic Club as the 2018 Pualeilani award outstanding civic club ‘ohana of the year. They devoted their time to help coordinate the monthly cleanings for the Royal Mausoleum known as Mauna’ala with Oahu Hawaiian Civic Clubs.
Today, we honored their hard work, dedication, and effortless contribution to the community they love and forever holds in their hearts.
Club President, Aunty Alice Hewett
First Vice-President, Leialoha "Rocky" Kaluhiwa
Former President, Mahealani Cypher
Treasurer, Nancy Davlantes
Corresponding Secretary, Teri Loo.
Honoree, Clifford Loo
Also, joining us in the gallery is recording secretary, Cheryl Prince.
Among its founding members were renowned hula master Aunty Kauʻi Zuttermeister, George Keʻehukulani Cypher, George Houghtailing, Johnny Townsend, Isaac Kanakanui, and Solomon Halualani. Its membership numbered in the thousands during those early days, when each of the founding members enlisted Hawaiians and “Hawaiians at heart”. According to some of the club’s elders, active members came from all over the windward side, from Makapuʻu to Waimea Bay.
Today, the Civic Club continues its effort to support the culture and heritage of Native Hawaiians through its educational and service programs, community outreach, and participation in the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.
Membership in the club is open to all Native Hawaiians and to those who are “Hawaiian at heart”. A “Hawaiian at heart” is defined as someone of non Hawaiian ancestry who loves our islands, our culture, and our native people. Dues are nominal, and the club’s range of activities include field trips and outings to cultural sites, workshops, informational and educational meetings, participation in various community events, service projects, picnics, social gatherings, and the monitoring and advocating of legislative happenings that benefit (or hurt) Native Hawaiians and our koʻolaupoko community.
In addition to monthly meetings and activities, club members take time to mālama – care for – Mauna ʻAla (Royal Mausoleum), the Lunalio crypt at Kawaihaʻo Church, Haiku Valley, Kawaʻewaʻe Heiau in Kāneʻohe, and Kukuianiani Heiau in Waikane.
The Koʻolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club is a member club of the Oʻahu Council of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.
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