Residents have long asked for opportunities to incorporate cultural enrichment back into our communities, open spaces and parks. With the inspiration of cultural leaders in our district, my ongoing initiative is to restore the history and culture of our Leeward communities by creating opportunities for our residents to connect with each other and our beautiful coast.

On May 22, 2016, residents came out to “Pa’ina in the Park” — an afternoon at Kapolei Regional Park filled with cultural performances, activities and a gathering for all from keiki to kupuna.

It was a beautiful Sunday for all— residents brought their ohana, their mats and lawn chairs, and a picnic basket to enjoy a beautiful day of performances, games and family fun right in our own district. Highlights of our afternoon included an exquisite concert by The Royal Hawaiian Band, an ukulele showcase from the Alu Like Senior Citizens Ukulele and hula performances by the Ulu Ae Learning Center Hula—Kapolei Middle School Students.

This event is precursor to Malama Kapolei, a special cultural opportunity taking place on July 9, 2016, which will honor and recognize the sacred hula mound at Puu o Kapolei (Kapolei Regional Park). The City & County of Honolulu in partnership with the Ulu Ae Learning Center look forward to presenting a day of hula, Hawaiian music, and a beautiful sunset performance by the Royal Hawaiian Band.   I encourage all of our residents to attend this memorable event.

I am so excited for all of the future planned events that are coming to our district and I also encourage our residents to bring forth any suggestions for City projects and cultural enrichment opportunities that will benefit our growing community. With your help, we will work together to ensure that the Leeward Coast will continue to serve as a culturally rich community for our ʻohana and keiki!


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